Tuesday, 27 November 2012

To The Wedding

A few weeks ago, I went to one of my college friend's wedding, it was an afternoon party. I did mention that I don't like wearing dresses, didn't I? I was taking my baby and also I need to breastfeed her so I avoided wearing dresses because I found it too troublesome. 

I chose this loose top designed by mom and a palazzo pants. The materials of the outfit are so light so I think they are suitable for an afternoon party. 


Loose Top - designed by my Mom
Palazzo Pants - My Mom
Shoes - Amante (you can't hardly see them, can you? :D)

Monday, 26 November 2012

When Pink Meets Black


Do you like rain? I love rain. It's pretty romantic, I mean, without the thunder and the lightning :D. I remember the times when I was a child and I carried my big umbrella almost everyday on rainy season. Even when I was in college my friends and I used to love running in the rain in our waterproof jacket. I like it when we stop by somewhere to get warm and have something to eat. Or jump in to a bus sitting side by side, watching the rain outside from the bus window and laugh while the music man playing his guitar.

It's been raining almost every day now. Yesterday, my Hubby, my Bebe and I were about to go somewhere when the rain fell down again. So I asked my hubby for a photo shoot while waiting for the rain to stop :P.



I like this pink meets black combination. It gives a soft color and a bold color at the same time. Comfy sweater, comfy pants, comfy shoes. Nothing's better than a warm comfy outfit in a cold rainy day, isn't it?


Sweater - Unbranded
Pants - colorbox
Boots - Fly Shoes

Friday, 23 November 2012

Sanlat 2012

Di perumahan saya selalu diadakan pengajian setiap minggunya. Kebetulan kemarin jadwal pengajiannya adalah tahsin. Gara-gara saya iseng menginstal Quran Android di telepon genggam, saya jadinya tidak membawa Quran sendiri. Walaupun hp saya layarnya cukup lebar, 4.2", tetap saja membaca Quran itu lebih enak aslinya ya. Hehehe...

Nah akhirnya saya meminjam Quran seorang teman, Ibu Pipit, yang super duper besar. Rasanya sudah lama sekali tidak membaca Quran sebesar itu dan membacanya sambil menelusuri huruf-huruf tersebut dengan telunjuk. 

Ah, tiba-tiba jadi ingat kenangan masa kecil waktu belajar membaca Quran dan menunjuki hurufnya dengan ujung lidi yang dipotong. Saat itu saya pergi sekolah diniyah setiap sore jam 03.30 dan pulangnya lari-lari karena takut terlewat nonton film Satria Baja Hitam. Hihihi...

Gara-gara teringat masa-masa itu, saya membongkar kembali album foto saat kami ibu-ibu di perumahan menggelar sanlat untuk anak-anak TPA dalam rangka menyambut bulan Ramadhan kemarin. Senang rasanya melihat anak-anak berkumpul dalam nuansa yang Islami. Saya pun jadi mengingat indahnya kenangan mengaji waktu kecil.

Kebetulan saya ini memang senang memotret orang, jadi saya mendapat kesempatan memotret deh :). Berikut beberapa foto hasil jepretan saya pada even tersebut. 


Selamat datang Ramadhan :). Pasang-pasang pita biar meriah ya...





Peserta No. 1 :)

Nonton film kartun sahabat nabi sebelum acara dimulai.

Tempel menempel :)


Mrs Pipit and the lovely daughters :)

The two best friends :)

Mrs. Ayu and the lovely kids :)
Ayo buka lagi Qurannya ya...

Mrs. Fitri and lovely daughter



I love the color of these two photos :)

With grand mom :)

Me and My Bebe

Pose dulu sebelum hafalan ya :)

Ini lho ibu-ibu gurunya. Masih pada belia banget yah?

Engga Full team nih fotonya...

Pulangnya, anak-anak dapet donat dan snack untuk berbuka juga alat tulis :) 
Ah, malah jadi kangen pengen bulan puasa lagi. Hihihi....

Sunday, 18 November 2012

I Love Chiffon Shawl :)

Hello again,
How's your long weekend? I hope it's great! Everybody loves holiday, doesn't it?
I do love holiday although our little family didn't go somewhere in particular. But we just love the togetherness. You know, spending more time in beds in the morning or just having a cup of coffee made by my Hubby in the kitchen while watching my Bebe danced to Hi-5 songs on Disney channel :D.

Anyway, we went to Moshaict store opening in Kota Kasablanka Mall on Thursday. The mall is located in Casablanca, Jakarta. There's a hijab tutorial demo by Irna Dewi sale up to 50% on special items and 10% all items. 

I found scarves from my favorite scarf brand, Mocca, and bought two scarves. I bought a light turquoise chiffon shawl and a beige-glittery chiffon shawl.


I just love chiffon shawl!!! I love how it makes such a nice drapery when we wear them. They're so easy to wear and we can wear them to any occasion. 

But chiffon shawl is pretty expensive. So it is important to know which brand really suits you well. Here I am going to share how I choose chiffon shawl for myself.

First, observe the fabric that really suits you well. I think every woman has their own preference about this. I like chiffon more than chiffon cerruti. Its material is a bit thicker than chiffon cerruti but the drapes fall more gently and nice on me. 

Second, I like to examine the needlework. Since I bought some chiffon shawls, I know some needlework are neat and some are not. I never underestimate this because I believe it will affects the shawl on my face.


Look at the neat needlework on the edges of the shawl

Last but not least, I always check the size of the chiffon shawl. I prefer a chiffon shawl in the size of 75 cm in width and 200 cm in length. It will be wide enough to cover my chest and long enough to be wrapped with style.

I mentioned that I bought chiffon shawls from my favorite brand, Mocca. Here they are;

So in love with the glittery chiffon shawl :*

I couldn't help to wear the glittery chiffon shawl. Hihihi... Here it is.


Can you see the glitter? You have to look really closely to see the glitter :D


Friday, 16 November 2012

The Girls' Day Out

It's been a while now since the last time I post something in Indonesian :D. Sebenarnya pertama kali nulis blog ini karena iseng dan pengen mengasah tulisan saya dalam bahasa Inggris. Sambil belajar minum air. Lho? Hehehe... Tapi kangen juga bikin postingan pake bahasa sendiri ya. Gapapa dong :P.

Saya mau sharing tentang Girls' Day Out. Hari saya dan si Bebe berjalan-jalan berdua saja tanpa si Papa. 

Sejak anak saya masih kecil, saya membiasakan diri saya supaya tidak merasa kerepotan kalau membawanya berjalan-jalan, terutama kalau kami pergi berdua saja tanpa si Papa yang biasanya setia gendong-gendong si Bebe. Ya, tetap repot sih. Tapi at least karena sudah terbiasa, saya jadi masih bisa menikmati berjalan-jalan walaupun repot.

Nah, kalau mau jalan-jalan, saya menyiapkan beberapa 'alat perang' ini hehehe.... 



1. Strap untuk tas. 
Ini buat saya penting banget. Alasannya, anak saya sering berlarian di mal kesana-kemari jadi lebih gampang deh ngejar-ngejarnya :P. Sekarang saya lagi suka tas yang agak besar tapi ada strap yang bisa dilepas-pasang jadi alat perang masuk semua ke dalam tas deh. Tapi kalau pas pergi bareng si Papa juga bisa dilepas dan dipakai dengan dicangklong begitu. Hihihi..

2. Tisu Basah
Ini juga penting ya. Kalau habis makan kadang sisa makanan belepotan di wajah, di tangannya kadang di kepalanya si Bebe. Maklumlah anak saya itu punya kebiasaan bermain-main kalo makannya sudah bosan terus biasanya garuk-garuk ke kepalanya. Hehehe... Nah, tisu basah itu kadang ya jadi pertolongan pertama. Apalagi kalau dengan tidak sengaja (atau sengaja?) dia melemparkan makanan ke kerudung saya. 

3. Tempat Minum
Ini tempat minumnya harus diisi sampai penuh. Kadang si Bebe kan minta mimi tapi engga ada tempat menyusui. Saya kasihlah air putih. Tapi kadang saya haus juga, jadi saya buka aja tutupnya dan tenggak itu air minum daripada muter-muter nyari air mineral dan bayar (motif ekonomi ini namanya :D).

4. Dompet
Saya hanya menyimpan kartu-kartu saja di dompet. Saya usahakan uang tunai saya simpan di saku celana biar tidak ribet ketika membayar dan tidak buka-tutup tas terus. Selain itu, kadang saat mengobrol dengan teman atau sedang makan, si Bebe juga suka bermain-main dengan kartu dan foto-foto di dalamnya.



5. Jaket tipis.
Berhubung cuaca di sini panas, saya bawa jaket yang tipis saja untuk si kecil. Selain tidak terlalu membuat dia gerah, jaket ini juga ringan jika dibawa di tas. Kadang, pada saat-saat tertentu, si Bebe menumpahkan air ke bajunya, jaket ini lumayan juga sebagai baju ganti. Saya orangnya malas membawa baju ganti karena seringnya sih ga kepake juga dan nambah berat doang. Jadi kejadian ketumpahan air itu cuma force major saja. Saya pernah mengalami ini. Saya pakaikan si Bebe jaketnya dan baju basahnya saya angin-anginkan saja di bawah mesin pengering tangan sebelah wastafel. Hehe...

6. Diapers
Kalau ini sih harus ya. Kadang kan anak kecil suka tiba-tiba saja pup, jadi tinggal lari deh ke toilet atau nursing room terdekat.

7. Topi
Ini model topi yang bahannya tidak tipis tapi tidak tebal dan gampang dilepas-pakai. Kadang saat jalan-jalan ada saatnya mal terasa begitu dingin, atau tiba-tiba saja saat berjalan hujan turun, atau kadang kita harus menyeberang dan cuaca sangat panas. Jadi pas banget deh untuk melindungi si Bebe.



Nah, kalau yang ini fungsi entertainment semua. Pokonya semuanya gunanya buat mengibur dan bikin dia asik ketika kita melakukan sesuatu. Saat saya hang out bersama teman, ada kalanya teman mencoba baju, atau mencoba sepatu atau lagi ada di kendaraan umum dan si Bebe menjadi bosan malah sering minta mimi di depan banyak orang. Bete kan? Jadi alihkan deh perhatiannya dengan barang-barang ini, 

8. Buku bacaan
Dia sering menunjuk-nunjuk dan suka gambar-gambarnya. Biasanya saya ajak ngobrol apa yang ada di gambar dan dia merespon.

9. Kertas kosong dan krayon
Anak saya sekarang lagi demen banget corat-coret. Jadi sekarang sih seringnya bawa kertas kosong sama krayon aja, buku bacaan udah jarang saya bawa.

10. Handphone
Wah ini sih penting banget ya. Di samping buat nelpon dan sms dan fungsi yang lain, HP juga saya isiin dengan aplikasi menggambar, game angry bird kesukaan si Bebe, aplikasi tiup lilin ulang tahun (ini yang paling dia gandrungin akhir-akhir ini) dan semua video baby tv yang dia suka. Yah, pokonya biar dia anteng deh.

Kalau yang sifatnya entertainment itu sih tergantung mood saya juga bawanya yang mana dan berapa banyak :P.

Nih, seperti waktu saya janjian sama temen kuliah saya di Paris Van Java Bandung beberapa bulan lalu. Malnya kan luas banget dan saya pengen menikmati juga kangen-kangenan sama teman saya yang ternyata baru saja alih profesi jadi Dosen Komunikasi. Aiiih... Selamat ya neng :D

Ini penampakannya;




Saat berjalan-jalan sama si Bebe tanpa papanya, saya paling demen sama sepatu yang saya pake di foto itu. Sepatunya wedges dari Crocs, jadi membal gitu. Ringan dan ga bikin cape kaki. Selain itu yang paling saya suka sih, sepatu ini modelnya terbuka, jadi ga gerah, dan ada strapnya tuh di ankle-nya. Jadi mau dipakai lari-lari atau naik-turun eskalator pun sepatunya tetep nempel di kaki ga takut lepas atau kurang cepet mengejar si Bebe.

Selain itu, karena saya masih menyusui, saya prefer pakaian yang longgar dan gampang diangkat dari bawah dan di dalamnya saya pakai tank top. Jilbab pun saya prefer panjang untuk menutup kalau-kalau sedang di area terbuka dan si kecil minta mimi, pokoknya mah terlindung dari pandangan orang. Saya sih tidak terlalu suka pakai baju yang bukaan depan untuk menyusui. 



Foto di atas ini adalah jurus saya yang lain kalau saya sudah kecapean: membawa si Bebe ke toko sepatu. Saya sih biasanya ga beli sepatu, cuma lihat-lihat dan nebeng duduk di toko sepatu. Biasanya si Bebe akan melakukan hal di foto di atas: Ngaca. Hihihi...

Akhir-akhir ini memang dia lagi seneng banget melihat dirinya sendiri di kaca. Jadi sambil saya beristirahat sebentar saya biarkan dia mengaca dan megang-megang sepatu sepuasnya. Kalau saya sih biasanya milih toko sepatu yang interiornya agak luas dan rak-raknya aman bukan terbuat dari kaca karena repot dong kalau kejedot :P. Paling aman sih toko sepatu yang seperti di foto, raknya terbuat dari kayu yang tumpul dan tidak begitu berbahaya (ya kecuali memang jatoh atau ngejedotin diri sendiri ya.. wkwkwkwk).

Nah, begitu cerita saya tentang jalan-jalan berdua sama si Bebe. Mungkin tiap ibu punya trik sendiri ya kalau ajak buah hati jalan-jalan berdua saja. Tampak repot yah mungkin buat yang belum menikah atau belum punya bayi. Ya memang repot sih, tapi seru kok. Hehehe... Malah sekarang kalau jalan-jalan berdua suami ga bawa si Bebe rasanya gimanaaa gitu. Ada perasaan seneng punya "me time" tapi tiap lihat balon, inget anak. Lihat baju bayi, inget anak. Trus mikir,"Yah, coba tadi diajak ya pasti dia seneng."

Jadi gimanapun, buat saya bawa si Bebe kemana-mana tuh paling enak deh walaupun repot. Ya walaupun ga da si Papa, kita Girls' Day Out aja ya? :D.

The Umrah (Part 3-end)

This is the last part of the Umrah post. 

We spent five days in Mecca and the next day we were off to Medina. We stayed at Mubarak Al-Madinah Hotel in Medina for two days. We were so excited to see Nabawi Mosque. 

Unlike Masjidil Haram, here in Nabawi Mosque women and men have their special gates and they cannot be seen together inside the mosque, even if it is a man with his wife. It was too bad that at every gate for women, we were checked by women securities. It seems like we were not allowed to bring cameras, though I saw some people managed to use their cameras inside. But my hubby said men were not checked by securities when they got in so some men can take pictures inside the mosque.

In Nabawi, there are places that attracts many people to pray. The tomb of our Prophet, Muhammad SAW, is located here. Also a place called the raudhah. Raudhah is located between the tomb of Prophet Muhammad and the mimbarRaudhah is actually the original size of Nabawi Mosque back then. It is described as the garden of paradise.

The area between my house and my mimbar is one of the gardens of paradise.” (Hadith Al-Bukhari).

Many Moslems come to the Raudhah to set their prayers and to feel closer to the prophet. How can we not, there is the tomb of our beloved prophet :). The area for women and men are separated so they couldn't see each other. There is a woman security too to manage the people inside it. Since everybody wanted to set their prayers so nobody is allowed to set their prayers too long. Some people who had been to Nabawi before asked me to say their regards to Prophet Muhammad here.

Here are some pictures My Hubby and I took in Medina,

Some street near Nabawi Mosque

Women selling garments. There were veils, sari, etc.

Nabawi Mosque. I love the architecture and the canopies look like huge umbrellas. Each of them has a machine inside of them. It is open when it's rain or when it's hot. It's so cool isn't it? And did I mention that the white marbled ceiling of the mosque is frequently opened and closed? It's so cool!

Do you notice the closed canopy at the left side of this picture?
This is how the umbrella looked like when it's closed.

There are many birds here.

Some street in Medina

We spent only two days in Medina then we went off to Jeddah by bus. There were two buses to take us all. But our bus, was broke down in the middle of nowhere. And I mean, in the middle of nowhere in the desert!!! :D.  

The driver said it was a cracked radiator. All the passengers gave their water to fill the radiator but the bus only moved for two or three meters. It was really hot and we were so thirsty. My hubby and I get off the bus and took some "In the Middle of Nowhere" pictures. Hahaha...

Here they are:

So tired and so shabby but we thought
it was a great story to be said to our family. Hihihi...

In The Middle of Nowhere.... :D

The head of the group, H. Dede, finally decided that the first bus must be back and pick us up because it would be too long to wait for the sparepart for the bus and fix it. So we got into the first bus. All the ladies were sat down and many men except the elderly had to stand up along the way to Jeddah.


We finally arrived at Trident Hotel, Jeddah. We got a great room. Beside the bedroom and bathroom, we got our own living room :D. It was too bad that we only spent a day here. We were all starving and we're so thankful that the food was great. That night we went to the market to buy some things for our family and friends.

We bought slippers, perfumes, matching watches, etc. By the end of the day we went back to the hotel, there is a beggar asking for some money.

"Indonesia, Indonesia," he said with mimic, hands and expressions asked for money.
"No, we're poor already," My hubby said. Hahaha... that day we only have 15 Saudi Riyal for taxi. The rest of our money is in IDR, Indonesian currency.



The Next day we went off to King Abdul Aziz Airport to fly home. The flight was delayed and we ran out of Saudi Riyal currency. We finally exchange IDR100,000 to buy two cups of coffee and some croissants :). 

And that's the end. Hihihi... thank you for reading the story of our Umrah :). We hope we can go back there again someday for the Hajj. Aamiiin....

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Chic Geek

A few months ago, my sister in law asked me to accompany her to find a perfect eyeglasses for her. She doesn't like wearing glasses but she needs it once in a while. We got into a store and she found out that it's hard to find a glasses that really fit her. "How do we choose a good eye glasses?" she asked.

"Eye glasses are like men. When we see the one, it is the one." I answered.
Hehehe....

Some of you who are being nearsighted like me must be agreed that it's pretty hard to find the glasses that really fit for us. The glasses is like a frame for our face so it is important to find the perfect one. We all have different needs, different likes and dislikes and different 'big no-no's. But even with all of those specific criteria, it's still hard to find the best one.

For me, I like glasses that reflects who I am and giving the best feature of my face. So often, I need to wear glasses all day (except when I'm sleeping) so the glasses must be comfortable on my nose. And don't forget that I'm wearing hijab so the frame of the glasses must be comfortable on my ears.

I like glasses that is made of plastic material so it feels light and comfortable. I like  bold frames too. I sometimes like light metal material but lately I bought glasses made of plastic.

Sometimes people call us geek just because we wear glasses, don't they? That made some people who are being nearsighted don't really like wearing glasses. Some people just don't want to be called geek.

I remember my sister in law tried on a frame and asked my opinion about it. "It looks edgy and make you look smarter," I said with smile.

And she said, "Then I don't like it. I don't want to be seen smart." 
Hehehe...

So that day she chose a frame from Elle with nice plastic bows accents on the sides of the frame.

We don't have to be like a geek just because we wear glasses. Just enjoy it. Or even when you're a geek, just be a chic geek :).



You may have seen this glasses many times on my posts. Lately, this frame is my favorite. It is brown, bold, vintage and made my eyes look wider. It's very comfortable even when I wear hijab all day. It's from Converse.



I bought this glasses last year. It's from United Colors of Benetton. It is bold and made of plastic too. I love the purple accents on each side of the frames.

Ah, I love my glasses. It doesn't matter if some people called me geek. 
Just be the chic one :).


Shawl - Unbranded
Blazer - atmosphere
Shirt - Triset OXA
Jeans - Point One
Wedges - Amante


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Sapu Lidi

I was just looking at my photo albums in my laptop when I saw this album and giggled. The photos were taken at Sapu Lidi, a sundanese restaurant located in Jl. Sersan Bajuri, Lembang, Bandung. 

My hubby and I went there before we're married. It was his idea. He said the place was so good that many young couples choose the place for pre wedding photo location. We both were working in Jakarta so it's just nice to find some place in Bandung to refresh ourselves in the weekend and at the same time, visiting his parents.

Lembang is a cool mountainous town in the north of Bandung. Its highest point is the top of Tangkuban Perahu Mountain. It's famous for its fresh air and nice places. 

It was a pretty funny experience and sometimes I just can't stop giggling when we talk about it. My hubby, who was then used to be my boyfriend :P, brought his old motorbike. We were going uphill, uphill and uphill, and ...the track was turned out to be pretty tough for the old motorbike. 

There was a big bus in front of us and the bus was going so slowly. Since we rode an old motorbike and couldn't go faster on the track, we couldn't prevent being blown by its smoke. So we kept riding behind the bus, patiently. We frequently made jokes about his lame old motorbike and we just laughed at it :D.

My hubby and I like traditional sundanese food, kampung (country) style. It's simply because we rarely find gepuk, sayur kacang, pepes tahu, karedok, nasi goreng cikur (kencur), nasi tutug oncom, and many more in Jakarta. They are the food we grew up with and so eating them brought us so much memories :D.

We ordered nasi goreng cikur (I really don't know the english words for this fried rice :P) and karedok (mix vegetables with peanuts spicy sauce). It was too bad we didn't take the pictures of them.

The place was nice and green. There were wooden bridges, a lake and wooden shacks around the lake so we really had nice views and surroundings while we ate. It feels like we're back to nature and eating in kampung style


The traditional wooden shacks around the lake



There's a river and some wooden bridges too :)

Taken with tripod :)


A wooden bridge
You can find out more reviews of this place here or just go to Sapu Lidi Official Website here.


PS: there is a sundanese music on the website :)



Monday, 5 November 2012

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

So sorry that I removed the last post about my new watermark. It turned out that I don't like it very much. I'm still trying to make the new one. But haven't found the design I really love. I'm just lousy in designing artwork :p

I want to share some pictures that were taken last week by My Hubby :D. We just wanted to hang out to the mall and the idea was to have fun with matching outfits with my Bebe. We both were wearing jumpsuits and pink. So, why don't we take pictures? :D

Since my Bebe is a little toddler now, she has so many expressions. Her favorite pose is placing her forefingers on her cheeks. Sometimes It makes me take that pose too. Hihihi... 

We girls just want to have fun :)


Strike a pose!

Hey!!!



And again. Hihihi...

The Outfit
Jumpsuit - et cetera
Cardigan - Unbranded




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