Monday, October 20, 2014

20 Facts About Me

After my dear friend shared her #20FactsAboutMe on her blog, now it's my turn. I have posted this on Instagram, but I thought it would be fun to share it here too. I changed some points and it still a real fact about myself. So here you go:

1. I'm wearing glasses since eight, trying to wear contact lenses now even sometimes I feel weird about my round face and uneven eyes. However, thanks to makeup! 

2. I feel my best while I'm wearing comfy tee, jeans, and flatshoes.

3. I can't drive and I don't have driver's license. But I do ride motorcycle and I have license for that.

4. I have a big big big crush with Hello Kitty. She had received rumours about what she really is. You know what, I don't care either she is a girl or a cat, my love for Kitty is real.

5. I hate yellow colored veggies/fruits. I hate pineapple, I hate durian, I hate jackfruit, I hate corn. But I love lemons, bananas and mangoes! Wait, is mango yellow or orange colored? Never mind.

6. Grumpy faces happen to me when I don't find my coffee in the morning. Lately, iced brewed coffee from McDonalds is my favorite. It's cheap, it's hot weather-friendly and it's iced coffee.

It might looked little bit watery, but it tasted niceee

7. I don't go to amusement park. If I do, I only ride merry-go-round... and flying elephants.

8. I quit drinking soda since high school, I guess. Now I'm trying to cut drinking Teh Botol.

9. I always want to dye my hair! Once I bought a hair color foam from Etude House, because it doesn't cause a big damage for my hair. I was planning to dye my hair when I got back to Guangzhou. I was so excited until guilty feelings came to me for not telling Mom about my plan (my Mom said I supposed to be proud of my black hair, and Raissa said so hehe). Long story short, I confessed to my Mom and she was mad and warn me never dare to try this again (':

10. I love everything that goes with cookies' n cream or Oreo things. Ice cream, milkshake, chocolate, cakes, anything!

11. Wednesday is my favorite day in week.

12. I'm totally a family-girl. I love hanging out with my family, Sunday is our day. We usually go for casual lunch or dinner after church. Little informations about my family members: A serious yet humorous man Dad ever, a Mom who loves to laugh until she cries, and also two young brothers who like to share awkward and silly jokes.

 Old picture taken by my granny last December. We were almost tanned!

13. I'm a typical blood type A and also proud to be an INFJ.

14. I love grey and black for my outfits. But I try to wear bright color sometimes to cheer up my mood.

15. My money mostly goes for books and coffees... also bubble drinks.

16. I used to work at Starbucks for seven months. Now I work from home, running an online shop business, tutoring Chinese, and helping Mom to organize her culinary business.

17. This is how Andreas describes me: tough, organized, grumpy, a cry-baby, "chubby belly". (Really honey? Chubby belly? Really?)

18. My favorite movies all the time: The Devil Wears Prada, Freedom Writers, Julie and Julia.

19. I am an ugly when I got really sick. I don't want to go anywhere except my bed.

20. I always believe one of verses in Bible: A man reaps what he sows.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 Pictures of Tuesday 07

 (1) It was my first time hit the gym in the early morning. I finally took a big decision to take a membership for gym class two months ago if you guys wondering. I was sweating much and feeling so gooood on the entire day. That's the best way to begin my day!

(2) After gym, I deserve a cup of nice morning coffee. Excelso the only coffeeshop they have in the plaza building so I don't have other choice. I was about to order iced latte but the breakfast menu that I was going to order comes with free coffee, so... yayy for that! This is my first robusta house blend coffee from Excelso. I was thinking to drink it black. However, a little bit sugar won't hurt.

(3) And here you go the breakfast! Sorry for not-so-appetite picture, trust me they taste nice. The baked tomato almost melted in my mouth! 

(4) This picture was taken few weeks ago, also in Tuesday. This is me while working in Jesrisoles (remember the culinary business that we run last year?). I take the responsible for social media promotions, so I take lots of pictures for daily updates. Please have a look of our risoles house business on Instagram, @jesrisolesbali. Come visit us when you are around!

(5) It has been a long time, say hello to our dear furry friend! She is almost 11 years old (it's 77 in human years!), she loves to play hide and seek with you, she loves cereal for breakfast, and we love her very much!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Favorite Links


Happy Monday everyone. Another great links that I found and I hope they will inspire you through the day. Well, I mean for the next day, because I meant to post this in the morning but yeah whatever. You can read them before you sleep and feel good on the next morning. Have a great night and sleep well.
 

1. "Less is More: Tips on Living Minimal" by Pale Lily
I have been thinking about "simplicity" lately in every aspects of my life, and my mind was blown by reading this beautiful post. Everyone of us could live a simple life, but we normally turn it to a complicated one instead (I said normally, because.. it is!). I don't know why since when I feel like that I take my life as a competition. That makes me sometimes I am afraid that I am not good enough to be a better person. When I see people do better than I do, I start to compete. Sounds bad I know, but thanks God I realized everyone owns different life. If I won't live my life, then who will. Stop comparing myself is definitely my first step for living minimal.

Anyway, please do visit Pale Lily, Sofia writes beautifully in every post. A plus for the clean layout.

2. "10 Things You Need to Learn to Start Living The Life of Your Dreams" by Grease and Glamour
There's only one word to describe this post: fancy. I am not a girl who really likes or eager to travel around the world, but I always find in such an amazing way when people learn about life through a journey that they take alone. Again, it still related to living minimal, if you guys take a decision to live your dreams, let's doing these 10 things together. Scare yourself enough, push yourself enough, then let your future surprises you.

3. "How to Breath" by Zenhabits
In case you suddenly forget how to take a breath, this post is for you.

4. "Healthy Iced Coffee Protein Shake" by Simply Taralynn
I have a seriously relationship with coffee (in case you don't know about it). Since I haven't get my coffee maker yet, I always go for instant coffee and that's not really good. I am so glad to find this genius recipe from Taralynn (known as Undressed Skeleton). It's great recipe because I had my very first protein powder already and I can't wait to mix it with coffee. Sounds like this will be my next favorite drinks, we will see.

5. "Breakfast Hacks: 17 Ways You're Eating Breakfast Wrong"
My dear friend Sastika sent me this link, because she knows me that well about breakfast *wink*. Some of them I've been following right, the rest of them just blow my mind. And you're so wrong when you don't have your breakfast in a day.


Monday Favorite Links is a blog feature where I share something inspiring or lovely from the internet world. You can also share with me your favorite links on the comment box below! (:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Life After That (Starting Our Own Business!)

"How's life after being a barista?" a top question that most friends and relatives asked me about. So this post is the answer.

After being a barista for seven months, I struggled lots about what I should do in the future. I don't want to push myself, so I booked my flight to the town to take a little break. Remember this post? Basically, I just spent my days in Jakarta only for two days (dan itu pun nggak berturut-turut). One day I spent to the wedding exhibition with Andreas (oh wow, are you getting married? Let's talk about this later!), and a week after I met my Guangzhou friends. I spent the other days in Bogor, which is Andreas's hometown. 

I've learned lots of things when I visited his town. Besides quality time with the big family, we mostly talk about our future and I've been studying about his business world (Andreas works on his family business, toko grosiran sepatu). I asked Andreas about what I have to do after this, he simply answered me, "Sell shoes!", and I think that's a great idea. Well, this idea was born a year ago but I just don't feel right to do it. A year later, I think I am ready to start it. So... yup. Finally I can manage myself to start my really own business. 

Our business is not that huge, we start from a very small beginning. There are so many things we can do out there but we ended up to run an online shop. It's simple and online shop itself has become a lifestyle for almost Indonesian people. Why shoes? Common, us, girls, never get enough of shoes. I love shoes! I never wear anything comfortable than my flat shoes, so I told Andreas, "let's sell flat shoes!". 

I never imagine run a business with a partner, especially when your partner is someone that you consider as a "dream partner". It's really nice working together with Andreas, since he knows much better about the shoes world than me, he helps me a lot. Plus, by running a business together, we become closer even more. We are now on long distance relationship, so I guess this is a positive thing and also the best thing ever we did. 

I have a personal thought of starting a business. For most people I know, the first motivation they want or they start business is about money. Let's be honest, everybody needs money, including myself. But for me, besides about financial things, I started this business because my love for shoes and deep down in my heart I always want to do a business. I don't want to say this but I have to, if I didn't went to Chinese Education for four years, I would find myself in a business major in college. So, my heart always goes for business. I enjoy every little things I do. I go for shoes hunting from different supplier, make orders, take the shoes pictures by myself, promoting in the social media, and many things. And I thank God I didn't find myself complaining so far about doing this, why complain if you got a blessed and blissful life, right?

The business that we run is a minimalist one, only Andreas and me as a one team together. How's the business going so far? It has been two weeks since I first uploaded the shoes collections on Instagram, thanks God it went so well. Some dear friends take a part of this, we are so happy. One day when I received more than two orders in a day, I was incredibly happy! My Mom saw me then she smiled widely said, "You did it, huh? You finally started your life as a businesswoman!". My cheesy mother here we go again hahaha. Once again we started it with a very small seed, I told Andreas already that someday we can produce our own shoes with our own brand, is that really cool? 

Anyway, I have been writing so long and I haven't tell you yet what the business calls haha. It's VFEETSHOES. We kinda mixed the word "vivid" with "feet". So, we combined it as "vfeet" (I hope you get it). Thanks to "semangkok bakso" that we had that day we made this name haha.

I didn't plan to write this post today actually, I supposed to take some more pictures of my babies, then post them up to Instagram. The good thing is, after writing this, I finally gather myself to go downstairs and start working! If you guys want to take a look what kind of shoes we sell, go for check @vfeetshoes on Instagram. Beware girls, pretty shoes gonna ask you to take them out with you today! Happy weekend and stay awesome guys! 

Here you go some pictures of my babies to perfectly close this post: 

(1) I make a real simple DIY backdrop setting for shoes photoshoot. Actually I stole the idea from Kak Andra's Instagram. I slightly remembered she posted her "911" photo setting like this, soo.. terima kasih ya kak idenya haha (: 
(2) Close up of my babies. Are they pretty? Because I think they are! 
(3) Our shipping this week, it's a milestone! Thank you so much fellas!
(4) No no, I am not doing #ootd shoot. It just me, "sacrifice" myself to be a model for my shoes, and two days ago we just celebrate "Hari Batik Nasional". I was wearing my Mom's Batik and my little brother did a great job for taking this photo.

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