Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pictures Perfect

"We are all made in different personality and we are unique by our own way. But one thing we know, God has made us become a family. And it wouldn't be changed forever." 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Favorite Links

Happy Monday everyone, how was your day? I hope everything is going well. Feel super great since this morning when I woke up. And as I remember, I was even screaming "what a beautiful daaaaay!" when I just opened my eyes, and realized it was pretty gloomy outside hahaha. Whatever, I should do this every day because it really feels good. 

This happy-good-mood brought me here to post another Monday links. Some my favorite links for this past week and I think that would be great if I share them with you all. Sharing is loveee, right? So here we go! 

(1) Personal Branding by The College Prepster
I never thought about personal branding for this blog, but this old post from Carly was like a ringing bell for me. This blog has been running since early 2010, I slightly remembered why I decided to begin this blog, the point is, I want to take this blog seriously. I am kinda curious how I "publish" my trueself through this blog for all this time, so personal branding is kinda important. And about business card, I have mine already since  Jesrisoles was born (I feel so proud when I handed my first business card and everytime I meet someone for business requirement, I'll hand over my card :P), but still I want to make another one. Maybe another design with the title "blogger/writer/entrepreneur/" under my name. Awww. 

(2) "You never know who you're inspiring" by Maxie
This post is like a little morning call for me (thank you Maxie!). Beside thinking desperately about how we are going to inspire others, please note this. Everyone's watching you. Every move you make, every words you say, people pay attention to you. We never know that our life is important for someone. So, live well. 

(3) "Oh My Coffee" by Dinda Puspitasari
Dinda's blog is my new favoriteeeeee! I started to follow her on Instagram because she has those cute illustrations and personal style (gosh, such a talented girl!). This link is a random post I found, but I was like "oppssss" when I read it. Oh my coffee, maybe I should cut my caffeine too? ): 

(4) 7 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight 
My sleep hours is kinda messy since I have this crazy working shifts. I used to go for bed at eleven, but now is really impossible to go to the bed on that time. I am trying to stack my pillows well, sprinkling my body with bedtime powder for baby in lavender scent before sleep (sometimes it works), and listen to my piano instrument playlist. I was thinking to move over my bed, because the position right now is really close to my working desk, which is not really a comfort zone (because my phone, my tablet, my laptop are near my bed, duh!). Having a really beauty sleep is hard, if you are a good sleeper, you are so lucky. I promise when I finished this post, I am going straight to my bed.

(5) Bali's Best 5 Hidden Beaches 
Andreas sent me this link and he asked me to seek these beautiful hidden beaches, I said yes. Bali owns much of beautiful, gorgeous, and romantic beaches ever. Some of popular beaches are full of tourists and I almost cannot enjoy the real itself anymore. Andreas will be back next week here and wish us luck as a beach seeker!

Well, that's it. As my promise, I am ready to bed now. Have a good night people, don't forget to stay awesome in the next morning. Sweet dreams!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

10 Moving Secrets & Tips Living in Bali

The title sounds expert already. The truth is, I am not that expert about living in this city, but this place has given me lots of lessons in one year (praise to God!). There are still some hidden places need to be experienced. Some closest friends and family members asked me, "How does it feel living in Bali?" and my answer always be, "Oh, it feels like everyday is a holiday."

And I am not kidding.

I never thought I would live in Bali. The first time I visited this gorgeous place when I was 9 or 10 years old. Then, I had my second visit in my 15. The place never change, still beautiful still sexy as it is. Bali for me always a place for vacation, or for school graduation trip, and last but not least is for honeymoon. Now I find my family stay in here, is always something magical.

Well enough for my opening speech (tehee!), now as a celebration for my one year living in Bali, I decided to write this post. I hope you guys enjoy it as I do. 

1. Forget and leave your comfort zone. 
Moving into a new place is never easy. I have been three times with moving experience. The first one when my parents decided to move to a temporary place because they started a business, then when I was in college, when we moved to a new dormitory building, then the last one was last year.  It's really hard when we had created the comfort zone, where we are in right circle of people, we had our freedom, but then we have to leave them all and start a new one. So, just move your butt, lift your face and just let it go. Trust yourself, you are gonna have another good place to get moreee experiences!

2. People visit all the time.
People like your friends, family, your parents' friends, relatives. Just be prepared, especially when it comes to holiday season just like now. Bali is one of favorite getaway place and always in everyone's holiday list.
That's why I suggest you to do the next step...

3. Make a list of your favorite places in Bali.
So you won't get dizzy to give some good recommendations to them. From local restaurants, cafes, shopping places, and so much more. Sometimes they know even better about good places than me. Once my friend came and she asked me about one place that I never been there before. Then she teased me like, "you don't now that place? Man, you live here!" And I was like, "Duh, it's only one year for me," haha. Well that's a good thing too, we have a new thing in our list. Anyway, speaking of this point, I also make a list about my favorite place to eat in Bali (because I love to eat) and sure I will share it to you here next time!   

4. Budget everything. 
Lucky me, I stay in a same roof with my parents, so I don't have too much worries about what I have to eat today, money to pay a rent, and other else. But make a budget is still a must for me. I start to learn how to make a proper finance budget with my Mom since I got my first own income. When you start to budget everything, you still can buy a nice clothes and have some desserts at the end of month *justsayin* (:

5. Make friends with locals. 
This is why I decided to get a job in Starbucks and I am so thankful having some local friends now. It's awkward at the first time. We have different culture, we have different way to speak (most of local people speak Balinese and they own an accent), we have different habits. But, guess what, we decided to break those walls and start to make a friend with each other. They teach me some languages in Balinese, and I teach them some words in Chinese. My first month working at Starbucks was a nightmare (seriously), but the next month, I go to work with light step and joyful feeling. 

6. Get your own ride. 
In this case, a motorbike will be so much better. Traffic here is not too heavy like Jakarta (oh please). But if you want to visit places like in Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud-where there is so hard to park a car, motorbike is a rescuer. But first make sure you have your own a driver license and you can ride that motorbike. And last, be careful on the road. Have a safe trip to the beach!  

7. Think twice before you buy something. 
When I packed all of my stuffs before moving, gosh I was exhausted! I threw lots of things and some of them that I didn't ever know they were existed in my closet before. You just moved in, so think twice before you buy something. There is a huge different between the thing you need and the thing you want ((:  

8. Try local food. 
They won't hurt you, except you have some allergics. Local food always the best. When the first time I saw "Babi Guling (pig roast)" signs almost in every street's corner, I was like "ewhh". But when I tried it, I just can't stop. There are also another local food such like Ayam Betutu, Nasi Campur Bali, Jimbaran Seafood and so much more. If you decide to move here for some reasons, make sure you try all of these good stuffs!

One of my favorite food, they called it "Dirty Duck Diner".

9. Save your friends or other important numbers on your phone.
Your friends at work, your boss, your friends at local church, plumber's phone, etc. You don't know how much you will need them all.

10. Don't stop exploring and learning everyday. 
Like what I said before, a new place always gives you a permission to explore even more. Surprise yourself, surprise everyone with your existence. Speak out loud when its needed, never stop your feet to step out from the door, keep smiling when facing every problems. It's never gonna be easy I know, but you will see.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

It Has Been A Year

I was scrolling Instagram yesterday and some of graduation pictures popped up (congratulation, guys!), then I realized it has been a year already since I graduated! I was thinking about being a college student and working full time are completely different. I almost can't tell about it, because it has different experiences and of course different excitements. Don't you guys think so? Well, life feels like just has passed yesterday, but when I am looking back and then I realized once again... wow, I have been walking this far. 

Some questions suddenly come in to my mind, one of them speaks a little bit louder, it says: "It has been a year already, what things you have done so far?" to be honest, I really haven't done so much things in a year, beside moved to a new city, started a new business with family (which is probably I will share about this next time), got a real job at Starbucks and wrote a book. To be honest again, my heart desires more, more and more. Recently, I found some ordinary people out there (when I say "ordinary", I mean "extraordinary") has done so many things, just in few months, not even a year! Started a big project, lauch a new restaurant... man, these all sounds ridiculous but somehow they are telling me like, hey you can do that too, if only you start to move your butt now.

Anyway, as a little celebration about my one year after graduated and moved to Bali, I will make a blogpost that I am gonna share some moving secrets and tips living in Bali. Sounds nice already? Yeah, I am getting excited too! It's on working right now and I hope I can do the best. And oh, I never posted my graduation photos before. It might be late (yes, it was late), but better than never. Here you go. 

 Cheesy picture with my incridibles. Puffy faces with happiness overload. 

Once again, happy graduation for all of my dear friends! Prepare for the best future ahead and good luck! 
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