Favorite Things and Unseen 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It's only one day left until we greet 2015, I'm beyond excited for a new year! This year has been passed just like that, but I am so glad I am standing right here right now. What do you guys plan to do? New year's eve this time we just spend night at home, since Bali is loaded, going outside definitely not a good idea. Here I am writing my favorite things in 2014 and some unseen photos. Looking back always feel good, those memories remind me again how amazing things happened because of God's grace. I hope you guys have a great one. Happy (soon) new year! 

1. The first month of this year, me and Andreas started to look for our wedding's venue, along with our family. We only went for three venues because wedding chapel in Bali are too much and too tempting! Good news: We booked and fully paid already! 
3. My first teaching experience not in a regular class. I was teaching Mandarin in a resort for their staffs. Absolutely amazing experience! 
4. My best friend made a visit to Bali, out of nowhere! It was like my birthday suprise but not. 
5. First Nyepi experience. I got goosebumps how the entire island "turn off" the electricity and activities for whole day. 
7. Officially 12 months in Bali!
8. Soft opening for our family business first outlet, Jesrisoles. Blessed blessed!
10. Wedding preparations and marriage stuffs are getting so serious.
12. Move my butt finally to hit the gym. 
14. Turning 23 - last stop being single lady. 
16. Collecting my gratitude things in this gratitude jar for a year.
17. Christmas's lesson this year: Enjoy every little things with a grateful heart, they are God's miracles. 
18. Year-end family getaway! 
20. Finished 488 pages of Twivortiare2 by Ika Natassa in two nights. 

Anyway, still praying for AirAsia QZ8501, such a heartbreaking news at the end of year ): My prayers and thoughts with families and friends, stay strong and God is with us.

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Beauty Love: What's In My Makeup Pouch

Friday, December 12, 2014


I am not a makeup girl, honestly. Little girls normally want to wear makeup when they grow up, I think I am not one of them. The first and only makeup tool that I had when highschool was compact powder. Some of my (popular) friends in school used blush and lip gloss to school. Later when I graduated from highschool, I started to think maybe I need to be more girlie, so one of my friend (she's 5 years older than me and wears makeup daily) took me to mall to get my first makeup kits. 

But then, I abandoned my first eyeshadows, mascara, blush for almost two years. Out of nowhere, I asked my ex-roommate to take me buy some new makeup tools again, this time I promised myself to wear them often. And yeah, I didn't break that promise till today! 


Here on my makeup pouch are all my daily makeup stuffs. I wear them almost every week, mostly when I go to church, casual day out with family or friends, for work, etc. Let's see what I have here: 

1. Maybelline Clear Smooth Aqua Gel Foundation (light beige) and Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One (natural) SPF 25 PA++
I am totally a Maybelline girl, maybe because Maybelline is the only one makeup brand that friendly to young skin and the price are friendly. I never get my skin problems since I used Maybelline. Sometimes I want to try another "department store" makeup brands, but I'm afraid they are too harsh for my skin. So for now, I just stick to Maybelline.

I am totally a sucker for gel eyeliner! The first time when I tried gel eyeliner, I was like "gosh, this product is totally created just for me!". I have monolid eyes, liquid eyeliner never works for me and I can't use it by myself (usually my eyes turn red and so teary). Gel eyeliner is just perfect for my eyes, easy to apply and last longer, even when I'm sweating lots, it doesn't smudge out. Eyeliner is a MUST for my daily makeup because it will make my eyes more open and bigger (especially when I have terrible sleep or hard cry night before). I heard Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner is kinda popular too, maybe I'll try out someday. 

Did I mention I'm a Maybelline girl? Haha. I used the other one before this, but the falsies is very nice too. Mascara helps me to make my eyes bigger too, but sometimes it sucks because I wear my glasses at the same time. You know, your mascara sticks with your glasses, ewhh.

It's hard for me to find a perfect eyeshadow palette for everyday look. When I found this at NYX counter, I know this is will be my perfect palette. And it really is! It's pigmented and the colors are so lovely. It can be used for casual wear and you can make a smokey look with this palette too. This is just perfect. One of my favorite too. 

And the other stuffs I have in my pouch are eyelash curler, some of bobby pins and hair tie, Sasa dual eyeliner and eyeshadow brush from Masami Shouku. Ah, I forgot to mention my lipstick, I got it from Revlon. But I need another brighter shade because my Mom said to me, a girl always needs a nice lipstick. And I'm thinking to get an eyebrow kits also a blush/bronzer palette. Any suggestions girls? (: 

Little Thoughts of You

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

October 2013, my boyfriend, or as you guys know, Andreas, popped out the question already. I am not sure it's an official proposal thing or not because no ring there haha (well, he said one ring is enough for the wedding day and he gave me another sparkling thing instead), but he asked me and I said yes, so yes I'm getting married. I'll tell you about the wedding preparation details as I can later, but first let me tell the story how we met and introduce you to someone that I've been relationship with for 4 years and 5 months.

Nggak kenal maka nggak sayang (:  

My most favorite selfie during my post-graduation trip to Hong Kong!

We met in 2009, it was my first semester on college in Guang Zhou, China. The first time I eyed Andreas, never crossed my mind that I would marry him someday. I wasn't into him, really. The only reason because he's not the guy that I wanted. I had barely ever start a conversation with him. He belonged to a group of friends that I didn't close to. What the matter is, I wasn't interest anything at all about him. I didn't know since when some of my friends started to tease me with him. I was a little bit annoyed, because every time I saw Andreas, I became hate him more hahaha (sorry, love!). But seriously, I was questioning a lot why it has to be me with Andreas? And what did he think about me? About this jokes by some of our friends? What does he feel? Does he really like me?

Well, it was not a joke and I think God also had planned something for both of us. 

One day, when I had my lecture, my phone received a text message, from an unknown number. I still slightly remember what the message was about: "Hey there, a girl who is wearing white shirt today. How are you?". I stared down on my clothes immediately, and yes I was wearing a white top. The next thing I did, I gave a glance to my best friend (who was my "teman sebangku" for 4 years). She was like, "what?" and I showed her my phone and she started giggling. That gave me enough explanation. Andreas knew my white top from her. He got my number from her. And it was officially my first text message from him.

More and more messages came in. We started to chat on MSN too (yes guys, MSN was so popular back then. Remember all that cheesy gif emoticons?). It has been going on just like that for almost three months. I started to see him in different person than I thought who he was before. Sometimes he acts awkward in funny way (at least for me), he always has interesting different point of views, he will swap his food with mine everytime when I don't like my food order, and he is the only guy who brought me bunch of fruits when I was sick and tells me fruits are healthy, and also made me go to the gym. Andreas had surprised me lots of things.

After all, he was like become a place for me to share what's happening on my every day's life. Every night I found myself rolling over at the bed while having a night phone call with him, and he was the first person that I looked for when I'm upset or in a trouble. I remember when I went out one night to buy some fresh fruits, the rain was pouring down suddenly and I didn't bring an umbrella. I was panicking and I didn't know why I called him for asking help (later I remembered because he lived not far from the fruits store) and he came to bring an umbrella for me just in a minute. He walked me home and we didn't talk each other. That time, I finally felt something strange that people usually called... butterflies in  stomach. I think there are sooo many of them in my tummy!

And they are keep coming until this day. It has been already five years since the first time I met him. And this kind of feelings, are still the same when he walked me home every night. We are not a perfect or dreamy couple, sometimes we make mistakes and we learned from it, sometimes we blame each other but we love again. I was feeling afraid of marriage this thing, I was worried about everything. Not about what wedding dress I should wear or how many bridesmaids that I need, I was more worried about what kind of wife or mother I am going to be, am I good enough for him, for the family that we will raise together? He smiled at me and said, "everything is gonna be okay." Now I know and always know, I'll marry a right man.

Someone told me marriage sounds so crazy, crazy enough to choose one person to spend all of their life with. You chose me and I chose you. But I believe God chose both of us to walk together in the next life path. I love you and I always do. Again, see you soon next year in October.

What I Am Looking Forward To

Monday, December 1, 2014


It supposed to be a Monday favorite links post, but I am sorry there are no links to share because I scroll too much Instagram lately. Anyway, I am looking forward to these little things:

1. 2015. When I woke up this morning and checked out my Path, I was seeing everybody posted something about "welcoming December!" or like "sweater weather hey December". One thing that I realized was "oh my gosh, next month is freaking January!!". Yes, 2015 just like at the corner guys. Plenty of things happened this year, some of them are so thrilling yet some of them bringing us happiness. I am not gonna complain, because 2014 is just another great year, I wish you have the same thought with me.

2. Sushi date. Have I mentioned before that I don't eat sushi without Andreas? It's not cheesy thing, it just because I don't have sushi partner with me here, either my family member. When I eat sushi, I eat everything. I eat a lot, like seriously guys, I order everything in the menu if I go out for sushi with him. Maybe this is just one of hundred reasons why we are being together (nah, you can put some cheese here). Anddd, I guess this brings us to another dream: eat sushi in Japan! 

3. Some good books for holiday. Call me geeky because I am. I just bought myself a new novel yesterday (I got Christmas discount for it, yay!), and I am thinking to get more until the end of the month. Have you read something nice lately? Please let me know!

There you go my little post from me tonight. To be honest I am lacking of inspirations these days, but I guess a new month will take me back to the right mood and bring me lots of new inspirations. Let's get a beauty sleep already, good night everyone and stay awesome!

Sisters Meet-Up in Bali

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's funny when I have my friends come to Bali for (their) holiday and they ask me to give a tour to some places, it turns to be my holiday too. This was happened when my favorite girlfriend was here around two weeks ago. You guys probably guess who is she already huh? Yes, it's Miss Taniady!

She has planned her visit to Bali from last year, she even got crazy cheap tickets for it. She was about to spend for eight days (I guess?) here, but since she just started her new job few months ago, so five days maybe enough (while the truth was NOT enough hehe). We had too much fun, too much food, too much laughs, too much talks. I just love the time we've spent together.

I didn't take so many pictures with my camera, since Sastika was bringing her "kece" camera. I'll just share few pictures from mine, and I took some from her too.  

 This lady was taking pictures endlessly and always makes me wait for minutes when it comes to eat. For this case, my coffee. Anyway, look at that face haha.

 And now it my turn to take my latte!

On the most famous beach in Bali (you know where), waiting for sunset. I love the colors on this pictures, lovely!

 Great walking beach, can you guess already where is it?

Sisters selfie!

I just let her to share the rest of (our) holiday pictures on her blog. Oh crap, I've missed those times already. At the end of the holiday, after I sent her to the airport with my Mom, I felt... okay, just a little bit... sad. No more chit-chats before bed, no more strolling around the town with the red bike, no more brunch at fancy little cafe, but I believe there must be another great time that we can meet again. Okay I should stop here or my cheesy mode is about to start again haha. Well, I'll see you again sister! Have a great everyone, stay awesome!

Twenty Three

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Wait guys, did I just make a post about my birthday here? Oh, wait... it was last year! And now I am twenty three! 


Time flies reallyyy fast when you're enjoying every minute of it. There were plenty of memories and surprises since the beginning of 2014, now we're closer to a new year again (like two months to go!). My birthday this year was kinda special. Yesterday it's Jesrisoles first time joined a local event at Kuta Beach. I was in charge to take care of our booth for whole day. The night before my birthday I was so grumpy, later I knew that I got PMS (yes, girl. I was dealing with PMS, on my birthday, how cool is that). It was really exhausting day, but I can't stop smiling receieved birthday messages from friends at the same time (thank you guys for the wishes!), plus, I earned some money on my birthday, ehehehe. Long story short, the event went pretty well, I got a chance to meet some new local friends too (thanks for coming by yesterday friends!), and also enjoying a beautiful sunset scenery! I was so thankful for a dear helping partner yesterday on the event, Nini! She's a really nice person. We just met each other on that day and we had a nice conversation. Thank you so much Nini for your help, we couldn't make it without you!
Thank you so much Nini, you are such a great partner!

It was almost 11:00pm when we arrived at home. My mom picked me up and I found she bought a cheese cake for me! Despite of the tiredness, I was very happy because a birthday cake was on my lap and can't wait to eat it up! We didn't have time to cute the cake and blow the candles yesterday, so I just blew the candles today! I was very happy, my belly is the happiest one.

The... best... cheese cake... EVER! The bottom part is brownie cake!

Well, I have something to say actually, I even have the draft post that I wrote a week before haha. I was planning to post it on my birthday. But I changed my mind to save it for another right time. It's a story that deserve to be told. I'll give you a hint: Something that I decided to make it official. Aha, you guys probably guess what it is already? No? Please staying here with me for the next story. Have a great Sunday everyone, stay awesome! 

5 Pictures of Tuesday 07

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 (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 Favorites #3

Monday, October 13, 2014


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! (:

Workspace Favorites

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I supposed to clean up my workspace (yesterday), but I feel like to sit down in front of my laptop and decided to write a little post. I am gonna clean up my desk after that, promise!

I'm always wondering how my workspace looks like if I work in an office. You know, the office like cubicle one, and your desk would be full of stuffs like post-its, sharpies in different colors, magazines, and other cute things. When I was browsing to GoGirl! magazine website, I found an interesting post, they actually share about the magazine crew workspace! Some of you guys probably (already) knew that I'm always dreaming about working in magazine company, and GoGirl! is my favorite local magazine to work for. The magazine crew workspace are so TEMPTING! They really look like "a desk" that belongs to magazine office (I mean they look so colorful haha). Oh well, let's take a look some of my favorite workspace:

 The editor's desk

 The managing editor's desk

 The editor's desk

The fashion stylist's desk. I adore the colorful post-its wall! 


All pictures above are courtesy of GoGirl! Magazine website

And this is my workspace looks like right now: 


Sorry it doesn't look very nice for your eyes haha, but I am working on it. Later after I re-arrange the stuff on my desk, I will show you my workspace looks like and details on the desk! I am also thinking to move my desk to another corner because the desk right now is beside my bed. I realized it is not really 'healthy', so I am about to seperate my workspace from my 'sacred' place.

Now I am really gotta go to clean up the desk, wish me luck! Have a wonderful day and stay awesome!

Eat in Bali: Sundate Today at Bebek Bengil Ubud

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I am always feeling excited about weekend. I will take a break from the routine and usually I will take my family out on Sunday after church. But for today, my mom has planned to have lunch at Bebek Bengil Ubud. You might often hear about this place because Bebek Bengil is one of must go place when you are in Bali. Bebek Bengil serves you an original taste of Balinese crispy duck, if you are not a really fan of duck, they have chicken meal on the menu. But since the duck is the main course here, so let's give it a try. Oh anyway, this was my second visit already.

 Various of condiment plates that come along with the crispy duck. 

 Say hello to the famous crispy duck! 

 After lunch, a cup of nice Bali Coffee is a genius choice.

And some ice creams won't hurt you. (I didn't eat this, it was my little brother's sweettooth order)

I recommend you to have seat at the second floor, you will enjoy your crispy duck with the beautiful scenery (that's what I love about Ubud, the atmosphere always a breathtaking). But make sure you have to book first so you will have the best seat. Okay, I am getting hungry after I saw the duck pictures all over again haha. Time for dinner! And this time, we're gonna enjoy mom's cooking. Have a good day and stay awesome people! 
 

Bebek Bengil Ubud (Dirty Duck Diner) 
Jl. Hanoman, Padang Tegal, Ubud
(0361) 977675

Simple Homemade Iced Latte with Starbucks Via Ready Brew

Friday, September 12, 2014

Making a perfect iced coffee at home is almost impossible for me. There's no coffee press or espresso machine (I plan to buy myself a coffee press later on my upcoming birthday!). Thanks to Starbucks they make this amazing product calls "Starbucks Via Ready Brew". Basically, it is like instant coffee, but hey it is Starbucks instant coffee. You can drink Starbucks at home. That just amazing.
You only need one sachet of the via brew, I used the Colombia one (just mix it with hot water), fresh milk, and some ice cubes. Pour the milk until the glass half full (or maybe little bit more), fill it with the ice cubes (coffee ice cubes is better). Then, this is my favorite part because this is the moment when the iced latte seems perfect. Pour the coffee on top, like a macchiato, and put your straw. Voila!

You can also add more sweetener, sugar, flavored syrup or anything that will please your mouth. I would like to add some vanilla syrup but I don't have any. This plain iced latte is more than enough for me. I am gonna try another coffee recipes, because make your own iced coffee at home is really cool. Sorry for the not so photogenic coffee. I was thinking it must be the ice cubes. The ice cubes melt so fast right after I hit them with the hot coffee. I looked up this recipe later I will try once again to make my iced coffee perfect.

Good luck on making of your own. Just keeping try until find your perfect iced coffee. Stay awesome!

[GIVEAWAY] Your Passion Journey

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hello hello. Nggak kerasa udah enam bulan berlalu sejak terbitnya buku PassionTalk. Setiap baca ulang buku sendiri, rasanya aneh, seneng, nggak percaya, semuanya campur jadi satu. Impian nerbitin buku, udah ada sejak SMP, di mana saat itu lagi suka banget baca novel genre teenlit dan seri Chicken Soup. Walaupun PassionTalk diterbitkan secara self-publishing, namun aku seneng banget karena bisa menyelesaikan apa yang aku suka. Terkadang amaze sendiri melihat bagaimana cara kerja sebuah mimpi, atau passion di hidup seseorang. Lewat menulis, aku belajar mengenal diri sendiri maupun keadaan di sekitar. Lewat menulis juga, aku mendapatkan banyak feedback yang bisa membangun karir menulis ke depannya. Dan lewat menulis, I found some people told me that my writings marked their heart. It's crazy I know, but I always remind myself that those all are not about me, it's always about The Almighty One. So, buat teman-teman yang udah baca PassionTalk, terima kasih. (:


Sebelum melanjutkan buku berikutnya (yes, there will be always another book after the first one, right?), aku punya dua copies PassionTalk buat kalian yang belum baca. Cara untuk mendapatkannya mudah. Kalian tinggal masuk ke link giveaway ini, share passion atau mimpi kalian, baik yang belum diwujudkan maupun yang sedang "on the way". Kalian boleh bebas bercerita, tujuannya biar orang lain juga bisa menikmati cerita kalian dan we can encourage and bless each other. Dua tulisan terpilih, masing-masing akan mendapatkan 1 copy buku PassionTalk plus tanda tangan penulis :D

Aku tunggu cerita kalian ya! Stay awesome and be blessed!


PS: Preview PassionTalk, bisa dilihat di link berikut ini: http://bit.ly/VlEY05

Back From The Town

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello my beautiful readers, are you still there? I just came back from the town, well actually I got back here since last Saturday. I booked my flight to Jakarta and stayed in Bogor (Andreas's hometown) for almost two weeks. There are so many things that I've done, these three little moments are my most favorite part: 

(1) Meeting Andreas's family again, which is very very nice. I still can remember how I met his family for the first time, around two years ago. Man, it was so damn awkward!  Thank God after some trips we have been together, now I am getting closer with all of them. And this may sounds little bit cheesy, but it is so sweet when you are getting know more about your boyfriend from his family story. Hearing what Andreas usually did when he was a kid, or how his brothers always made pranks for him (and he always tried to take revenge but failed :P). Please telling me that I am blessed having them in my life (: 

(2) Finally I met up with GBI GZ friends! It has been for a long time guys, I really miss them all! Despite of not-so-good-service from the cafe we went, we had a really great time. We talked lots, we shared lots, took some selfies and we made a little earlier birthday surprise for our dear friend, Sastika! She didn't have any idea that time haha. Your birthday has passed already but I hope we made you happy!

(3) I didn't tell about my coming to anybody, including my two best girl friends, Kina and Jessica. I did a little surprise for both of them and I really did a very good job hahaha. Their "damn what are you doing here" face is sooo priceless! I am so glad we finally reunited and yeah I miss you both already. 

With my two best girlfriends


Okay, this blogpost is starting like a personal diary but whatever, because this is my blog and I am happy that the fact I am sitting in front of my laptop, blogging while watching TV on Monday. I hope you guys having a great Monday too. Stay awesome! 





10 Things I've Learned Working at Starbucks

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello my dear friends. Just for your little information, today was the day I ended my job as a barista at Starbucks. And now you sounded like "What? Did you just write the post reasons why you chose to work at Starbucks?". Well, it seven months passed already, and I don't get it how times jump that far. And yes, I was only working for seven months. 

I was dreaming about get a part time job at Starbucks since I was in highschool (and it was also on my 2012 life list, you may check my journal). Life seems like teasing me, even God loves to tease me since the beginning. I never thought I would find myself working at my favorite coffee shop, with my Chinese Education degree (funny that my friends out there working as a teacher, me busy making lattes for everyone), as a full timer, andddd... in Bali. But I am so thankful for this great opportunity. Working at Starbucks has taught me almost about everything. And now I am here, writing some of the things that I have learned:
1. Customers are always right.
This is quite obvious, but yeah it is. Customers always want to get the best, especially when it talks about coffee (everyone takes coffee seriously, did you know that?). Some of customers might ask for random drinks, some of them maybe don't have any clue what to order, or some of them hates the taste of the coffee that we just made. Thankfully, Starbucks is a big company. We are gonna make whatever you want until you feel satisfied and happy with your drinks. Your coffee tastes wrong? Sure, we are gonna make another one. It is our passion to brighten up your day (:   

2. Working with crazy people ever. Not literally crazy, I mean like you will meet bunch of different people. I was kinda "special" when I worked at Starbucks, I was the only one Chinese there, and it feels like you drowned in a wrong pool. The first month when I joined the team, I was trying hard to blend in. Long story short, I found out there's one or two people hates me. Not like really hate, but I know they don't like me. But I just don't care, I guess you guys has been those kind of situation too. Wherever you work at, you will find out some people doesn't like you. It's okay. People are just people. And this case taught me something familiar when I was in Sunday School: love the people who hates you and pray for them. 

3. Friends with local. Last week, I had little talk with my friend. He asked me why I chose to work at Starbucks, the money is not that good, especially when he knew my degree. Well, I told him it's not about the money. Yes I make minimum wage at Starbucks. Reason why I choose to work here because I want to friend with local people. I came here as a stranger, but I have to stay here. Getting know to the locals is a must for me. Understanding what they usually do and don't, learn the way they talk, getting know about the local tradition and so much more.

4. Barista is not always making coffee. I mop the floor, I clean up the merchandise shelf, I change the dustbin bags, and any other else. You would never imagine how we work daily.   

5. I have to memory all of drinks menu in Chinese. Our store customers mostly are Chinese tourist. So, speaking in Chinese is a must. I jotted all the menus from Starbucks chinese site. It sounds silly at the first time, but we are getting used to. Let me tell you how to say" frappuccino" in Chinese... it is "Xing-Bing-Le" (星冰乐). :D

6. Smile a lot. Because it helps. Sometimes I don't feel energized for work or maybe "a special monthly guest" are coming, but smile cures everything. Start with fake smiles is okay. Your job is make someone's day, start from yourself first, and spread it out.
7. Treat customers like friends. And don't be surprise if you will get few new real friends after that. This is why we are trained to memory customer's name, especially for those regular one. 

 Meet my favorite regular customers hereee. They are Taiwanese who also work at the same mall building where I worked in. They are so nice, friendly and soo adorable. I am gonna miss them all (':


8. You should read The Book Onward. Before you decided to join the green team, kindly asking for you to read this book first. Learning about a company where you are gonna work in is important. Ps: thanks for Andreas's brother who surprised me with this book, after two months I wore my green apron :P

9. This is kinda little trivia, yet really interesting: Korean people always goes for Americano, Chinese people always goes for Xing Bing Le, Australians always goes for Flat White, and local people always goes for promotions like "buy 1 get 1" hehehe.

10. Starbucks is not only about making coffee, you make experience through your coffee.


Working at Starbucks took me to another new experience, new world and also another opportunities. I am gonna miss everything: making coffee for customers, making free coffee for myself (hehe), hearing awkward jokes with the Balinese friends (seriously, sometimes I don't get it what they're talking about, I just laugh), sharing nasi bungkus at break time...  

Times flies, and my life still goes on. I had some plans already to move another chapter. I am gonna put deadlines for each of my plans. Wish me luck, friends. Whatever you are doing right now, keep going and don't forget to stay awesome! 

Oh anyway, I have one question. Have you ever working a job that you never expected? How does it feel like? And what has the job taught you? Share your story at the comment box below and I would really like to read it!


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