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Family Holiday to Bali (2)

Since we became an expat in Abu Dhabi and living so far away from our home country, I don’t want my daughter becomes unfamiliar  with our culture and tradition.

That’s why in the last holiday I brought her to “Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppet” in Ubud, Bali. It was really a unique museum, consisting of five traditional houses (two of Javanese Joglo, another two of Javanese Limasan and one Balinese Pavilion) that were used as display rooms of their collections. It feels like you are at home while looking to the collection. Also, eventhough there was no air conditioner in the museum, the atmospere was so fresh because the museum was located in the middle of paddy field, with a river in front of the museum.

What’s really interesting was to learn that some masks have philosophical meaning. Take Barong mask, for example, it was a lion-like creature and a character in the mythology of Bali. It symbolized the spirits and leaders of the good. This mask also used in religious ceremonies as a tribute to the God.

The museum itself has a mission to preserve Indonesia’s most colourful heritage collection. With total collection over 1,000 masks and over 4,000 puppets from all over the Indonesian archipelago, as well as China, Korea, Africa, America and Europe. It really was a good place for family trip because it served as a great educational exhibits for young generation to love the cultural heritage better.

Well, eventhough my baby weren’t reading any texts in the signage let alone noticed of what she was seeing, her eyes was so busy screened room by room. The variety of forms and colors of the masks and puppets were really attracted for her. In my opinion, it’s a way to stimulate the development of her brain.

After finished the trip to the mueseum, we went to Gianyar for lunch, I already made an appointment with my friend who owned Dharma Giri Restaurant. We ordered seafood and Spicy Smoked Chicken, the taste was awesome! I wanted to order it again. hiks ?.

After a not-so-long discussion, Ko Andy and Ci Jujun suggested us to visit Kanto Lampo waterfall. It was not widely known among tourists yet. We got lost for almost 15 minutes on our way there. Thanks God, we finally found the place after asking directions to the local people.

After we parked the car, we took the stairs leading down to the narrow river. I stepped down the stairs while carrying baby deira. I’ve never been to a waterfall as good as this one that was also easy to reach, only few steps down from the parking lot.

There were two waterfalls there, a bigger one with a lot of water rushing down, and the smaller one where you could take a shower. For those who love photography, this place is highly recommended to visit.

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Family Holiday to Bali (1)

Last August my husband took annual leave so we planned a short holiday while visiting our home country in Indonesia. We decided to go to Bali, one of the most popular holiday destination in Indonesia.

It became so much exciting because it was my first time to visit Bali with my husband and daughter. So we needed to go to places that were family-and-kid-friendly. Time to say bye to the beach clubs ???hahaha.

Well, husband and I agreed to take it slow, not too many plans in advance. We did only some sightseeing blogs or forums and just prepared for the hotel room and rented a car. We spent 5 days in Bali.

Here are the details:

Day One

It’s time for holiday! After landed in Ngurah Rai Intl Airport we had brunch in Warung Mak Beng, this stall only sells one set of menu. With 28,000 Rupiah (USD 2) you willl get a bowl of fish head soup, fried snapper fish plus chili sauce, complete with the white rice.

The fish-head soup tasted light, a bit sour with slices of cucumber. To eat the soup, first I squeezed the lime into the chili sauce. Even though the chili sauce was quite hot, it perfectly balanced with the sour-but-fresh-ness of the lime. Then, I dipped the fish, that was fried until it’s tender inside and crunchy outside, into the sauce. I could guarantee, they totally blended in your mouth!

After that, we walked to the Sanur Beach Market. My eyes catched another balinese food in one of the stall. So we stopped by and ordered Rujak Kuah Pindang and Tipat Cantok. Both were heavenly delicious ?. One day, I will share the recipe!

Rujak Kuah Pindang is kind of fruit salad, but the sauce are made from chili, shrimp paste, fish broth, salt and sugar. 

Tipat cantok is a combination of rice cake and steamed vegetable seasoned with grounded peanut. 

After we finished our craving, we went to Ubud. We stayed at Ubud Tropical Garden, I couldn’t hold my self from enjoying the swimming pool in front of our room.

In the afternoon, we decided to visit Monkey Forest, just 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The forest was beautiful and relatively quite with only a few visitors since it’s not a public holiday/high season.

Sure enough, we found a lot of gently monkeys here. In general, monkeys will not come to you if you do not bring bananas or any other food. If you want to interact or feed the monkey, please do it carefully. If you offer bananas or food to the monkey and they approach to take it, do not ever try to pull it back, or the monkey will be angry ?.

Inside the forest, there were three temples :

  • Pura Dalem Agung (The Main Temple), In this temple, people worship the God.
  • Pura Beji (Beji Temple), Pura Beji often used for ”melukat” as a place for spiritual and physical cleansing.
  • Pura Prajapati (Prajapati Temple), This temple is adjacent to the cemetery. The cemetery is used temporarily, while waiting for the day of the mass cremation which is held every 5 years.

We didn’t know what was the inside of the third temple because, unfortunately, my baby cried outloud as we approached that place, so we decided not to visit it.

Out from the forest,  we decided to go looking for food. We went to Goa Gajah, because I remembered there was a food stall that sold Ayam Taliwang. Approaching Goa Gajah site, suddenly we found some sigsn to Yeh Pulu Temple that was founded in 14th century.

Wow! That’s the first reason why we stayed in Ubud area! 

My husband wrote a novel and Yeh Pulu played a pivotal role there, but none of us had ever visited it before, so we thought of visiting it, to give more soul to Yeh Pulu in the novel. Actually we planned to go to Yeh Pulu the next day, but those road signs gave us the sign to switch the plan.

The ticket counter was about to close, I thought we’re the last visitor. A short walkway from the ticket counter through paddy field lead us to a unique carving on the natural stone wall. It was about 2 meters high and 25 meters long.

The relief described the daily life of Bali, the ambience was serene with only the sound of wind-blown paddy leaves and some birds chirped. Another couple of foreign visitors came to the wall shortly after we arrived.

We spent about half an hour there, and before back to the hotel we drove to the Ayam Taliwang food stall for dinner.

Ayam Taliwang is a spicy Indonesian grilled chicken dish from Lombok. With traces of shrimp paste, it is tasteful and unforgettable. It can be served with a side of plecing (kangkoong in chili sauce) and beberuk (eggplant in chili sauce).

The dish finally close the day.

Stay tuned for my Day Two! ??
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Splashing the pool with kiddo

Weekend has come, so husband and I agreed to join Water Splash Session with Speedo, an in-pool family gathering sponsored by Speedo, one of leading brands of swimming products. The event was held at the pool area of The Palace Hotel, Downtown Dubai.

I had everything packed one night before, so we can quickly be ready to go in the early morning. We left home at around 7:20 AM and drove for 1.5 hour from Abu Dhabi to the venue. We were thrilled because it’s our first time joining formal swimming class for my baby. Furthermore, I can meet up with my friends from #uaemombloggers community ?

The hotel’s location is strategically located next to the Burj Khalifa, the highest tower in the world. I loved the arabian atmosphere of the hotel, with the Souq Al Bahar beside the hotel entrance. The consierge warmly informed us the pool’s location.

We came a bit late, but the Speedo Swimsquad team still gave a short briefing to the audience. We changed into swimsuits provided by Speedo and get in the pool quickly so we didn’t miss any activities guide by the instructor.

The instructor was so patient and she even remembered the name of each baby. We were splashing and singing hokey pokey nursery rhyme together. My baby loved to swim, she really felt comfortable in the water. Maybe it’s because since she was 3 months I already brought her to the beach and pools.

The Speedo was called leading brand not for nothing. The fabric was soft and comfortable, and the cut was fashionable. All in all, the suits were designed and built to support our swimming activities. We enjoyed the suits and the event.

Husband and I are believe that swim is an essential life skill. It is also a great exercise for kids. It is not only a really good physical activity but also gives our daughter confidence in the water. But most importantly, it’s lots of fun from splashing the water all around.

Skin Therapy Oil: A Remedy for My Dry Skin

Few months ago, I was choosen as Palmer Middle East brand ambassador. Last week I have received one of their newest product “Skin Therapy Oil”.

Actually, I have a lot of problems with my face’s skin, whose type is dry and a bit sensitive. Throughout the summer, my skin usually gets worse. Sometimes it feels itch, crack and even bleeding.

Many researchs said this type of skin is better treated by using oil moisturizer rather than lotion because oil is more effective and less irritating than lotion. So, upon receiving the packaged, the first thing I did was checking the main ingredients of this product.

From the packaging, we can easily know the main ingredients of this product:

  • Cocoa ButterIt makes excellent skin moisturizer, plus it does more than just hydrates the skin — it actually helps healing it from the inside out too. It also contains compounds called cocoa mass polyphenols, which some studies have found can help diminishing signs of aging, plus soothes sensitive skin that suffers from rashes.
  • Vitamin C, The antioxidant of this vitamin have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help protecting the skin from ultraviolet exposure.
  • Vitamin E, This vitamin helps in neutralizing free radicals that damage cells. It prevents the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radicals. It treats wrinkles by boosting collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic. Vitamin E oil also treats wrinkles by supporting new skin cell growth and speeding up cell regeneration.
  • Retinol, Topical vitamin A derivatives that boost collagen to reduce fine lines and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth skin.

The most important of it, all the ingredients are natural, no phthalate and preservative added. So, I think this product can be an answer for my face’s skin issues.

I have some tips for using this product:

First of all, I simply cleanse the face with cleanser and toner I usually use, then I apply the oil all over the face, massaging the skin so the oil can perfectly absorb on my face. I apply it twice a day. Morning before starting my activities and night before I go to bed.

Within three days, my skin feels supple, soft and smooth with this unique, non-greasy and non-staining formula. With their reasonable price, surely Palmer’s product can be an option for your skin issues.

*This is an honest review regardless as my status as Palmer’s Brand Ambassador

When she isn’t baby anymore!

It just feels only yesterday when i was holding a little tiny baby girl in my arms. Today I find her a way smarter. She even knows how to ask her papa to play peek-a-boo together.

Lately, I was struck by a revelation that my dear baby wasn’t really a baby anymore ?. Every time I look at her, I see her as a big girl who is so curious and excited about something new.

Another progress happened. A few months ago, when she started feeding herself, she used to grasp her food with her whole hand and tried to shove her whole hand into her mouth. But I recently noticed she began to use her fingers to pick up specific part of the foods. From articles I read, this step has something to do with her development of fine motoric skills like writing, clumping, cutting, etc. So I should just let it happens, and not to push her to jump into the next step of feeding: using cutlery.

For another surprise, just as everyone told me it would, my baby found her voice and started saying baba. I wasn’t surprised, is her papa is her first love, right?. Her second words is mamam. I don’t exactly know, does it refer to me as her mama or it means she wants to eat in bahasa (Ind: makan). A day after, she added  her vocabulary further with words like red, juice, sayang (eng: love), apa (eng: what).

It’s trully amazing how much she has changed and developed in just 9 months. I keep on thinking of what will happen when she becomes 1 year old and starts to walking and having her own choice instead of doing everything what mama told.

One thing, though, luckily for me she still needs a lot of pamperings, always wants cuddles and hugs from me, and me alone ❤️

Korean Drama Industry: Cultural and Economic Impact

In my community there are some people who underestimate the quality of Korean Drama. I don’t know exactly why, because most of them don’t even watch any single Korean Drama until finish. Too early too judge, perhaps?

I think there are many aspects that determine the movie quality. The producer, cast, director, wardrobe, setting and, the most important, the story itself. In fact, finding a good movie in Korean Drama is as easy as finding one in Hollywood movies.

In this article, I want to invite you to pay attention to Korean Drama industry that overwhelmingly powerful and remarkably popular. The popular definiton isn’t only about the number of their fanatic fans, but more to their success in introducing korean culture to the world.

For example, I learned a lot about traditional wedding preparation in Korea by watching 20 episodes of “Can We Get Married?” and 16 episodes of “Love and Marriage” drama
Let me explain in a bit what I got ?

Marriage, as the most important stage of someone’s life, needs a significant amount of time for the preparation. So, from episode to episode, the drama is all about how the groom and bride working harder to manage their emotion when preparing the wedding.

Korean traditional wedding

Since their wedding were decided by the groom and bride’s elders, problems start to appear when the bride’s elders give the list of dowry that must be provide by the groom. In return, the bride also needs to give something to the groom’s elders as a manner to say thank you.

Another conflict is about the background check (education, social, and economic status, etc) that is usual thing to do before the actual wedding is organized. The side who is found to have slacks should make a commitment to close the gaps.

Actually, the main story is familiar and so common to happen in other countries. But Korea is one step ahead for their creativity in packaging a simple idea into something out of the box.

Its wonderful when you see they still proudly wear hanbok (korean traditional dress) for the ceremony. It’s also amazing how you feel hungry and craving when the actors start to eat ssambap, bulgoggibibimbap, kimchi like I do . Even many moslems wanna try the taste of soju after watching the stars savor it ?.

The writer try to cook ssambap


Something that you think is small turns to be a huge factor that brings economical profit to korean national income.

If you don’t believe me, you guys can check how many people visit Korea because they watch it’s beauty through the Korean Dramas because I wanna go there someday ?.

#babydei and Car Seat

#babydei is 8 months old and since she was  newborn, she always cried whenever I put her in the car seat. She didn’t stop crying from the time her papa started the engine until we arrived to the destination, or until I got her out of the car seat ?

I’ve talked to my husband, maybe it’s all about the car seat. I thought the fabric is not well enough for my baby or maybe it just about the straps too tightly holding her body. I’ve tried so many ways to make her enjoy the trip. From toys to baby food, you name it!

So we decided to change the rear facing car seat to the forward facing one but, again, I was so dissapointed because it didn’t get better even after she faced forward. Then, my husband had a super duper brilliant idea. He asked me to use my seat belt in passenger seat and to show #babydei that I got trapped with the straps too.

Guess what? It worked perfectly ?

Even baby learns from what parents do much more than what parents say ?.

I can understand why some children seemed nice and some were not. Actually it’s not about the children. It’s all about us, the parents. People will easily know about you by the way your child plays, talks and behaves. The ones who are treated respectfully by their parents will show respect, and vice versa.

From now on, I have to be more careful on how I behave in front of my baby #fight ??

Even if there’s nobody expects me to be a perfect mom. Everyone wants to give what best for their children, right?

Flying with #babydei

Last month, I and my family travelled into our lovely home country, Indonesia. Fun yet scary because it was my first experience of bringing baby (7 months) for flying. I couldn’t imagine, what will happen in an 8 hours of flight to Jakarta, plus 1,5 hours of flight from Jakarta  to Surabaya.

I took some notes from the trip , as maybe someday I will need it again hahaha

  1. Don’t even forget to request baby bassinet to the airline you flew with. Eventhough #babydei only used the bassinet for 1 hour of sleeping, we can make the bassinet as an additional space ?. Just put the diapers, baby toys or anything inside to get more space on your seat. Ssst, actually I got this tips from #mamamysha.
  2. Any of us have felt that weird ear-popping sensation when travelling on a plane. It’s a common, normal part of flying. This is related to pressure changes in the air space behind the eardrum. That explains why so many babies cry during the last few minutes of the flight, when the air pressure in the cabin increases as the plane prepares to take off/landing. So does #babydei. Some simple thing to reduce this effect is by taking the breastfeed/bottle milk or put a food in the baby’s mouth so she can chew to make the Eustachian tubes become unclogged.
  3. Some airlines also provide baby food that placed on a jar, but I suggest you to bring your baby’s favorite food from home. Actually, I’m not kind of mother who strictly prohibit instant food but unfortunately, my baby doesn’t like it.
  4. Long before the day, try to talk with your baby that we’re going to vacation by plane. “We can see the sea from above the sky.”, “We will be so close with the stars!”, etc. Desribe anything fun about travelling. Make her feel happy and excited too. Eventhough she doesn’t seem to really understand, trust me that she does!
  5. Spread the positive vibe! Some of passengers even help me to babysit #babydei. So I can relax a bit and enjoy the flight hahahaha ?
  6. I feel haunted when imagine how the other passengers will stare at me if my baby starts to cry outloud. With a supportive travelmate beside you, you will feel warm and more relax to handle your baby. Thank you hubby! Finally we make it ❤️

Happy travelling!

Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum

It’s common for people arriving at a new place to experience “culture shock”. Culture shock is an uncomfortable feeling caused by the disappearance of everyday symbols that people used to see in their daily life.

Many things may trigger this culture shock. In my case, it was my previous status and profession.

My status as a single lady made me used to take decision on every thing in my sole interest. There was no such typical topics as “where does your husband work at?”, “where are the children study at?”. Those questions that were thrown when you started to stay here. Back then I had to deal only with “What do you do for living?”, “What is your hobby?”, and “What do you do at weekend?” -kind of questions.

Yes, the universe spun around me, myself, and I

Also, my previous profession made me interacted with people from various backgrounds such as government officials, ambassadors, businessman, etc. Many times, I had to meet them not only once or twice, but multiple times with high intensity.

The conclusion I got from those interactions was: The sky never declared itself high. People knows the sky is high, effortlessly.

That’s why I was surprised when I met some people in haute couture a la socialites and judge others based on what they wore. Hilarious.

Actually, when we look for the definition of “socialite” in dictionary:

… A person (usually from a privileged background) who has a largely known reputation and a high social position in upper class society. A socialite spends a significant amount of time attending various fashionable social gatherings.

It makes me wonder, so if you have not boarded the airline in first class, have not driven Rolls Royce, have never brought kangkoong in Hermes ala @princessyahrini, and have no connection with any royal family, will the real socialites will only see you as social-climber, at best ?

Last but not least, in my personal opinion, not surprising if those sosialite-wannabes act more brightly than the real one, because they have to advertise themself in their effort to be recognized. The real socialtes, on the other hand, don’t have that urge, since they all already are shining.

#emangnyinyir #emangnyindir

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