Tuesday, September 16, 2014

20 Facts About Me

Blog-tagging like the old times!
Ditag ama blogger kondang Puput Utami, sesuatu bangeeet *_* Hehehee here's 20 Facts About Me, I'll write in Bahasa.
Jedeeer. Sori narsis. Ini foto lagi belajar dandan sendiri di rumah, nggak diposting sejak 2013 karena malu wkwkk.
  1. I am twenty-something years old.
  2. Lulusan Teknik Industri ITS, alhamdulillah cumlaude.
  3. Nggak pernah kerja formal di suatu perusahaan. Kerja di butik trus lanjut ke usaha catering keluarga.
  4. Setelah menikah memutuskan resign, karena catering sibuknya Jumat Sabtu Minggu (padahal suami kan liburnya weekend).
  5. Baru mulai 'belajar' masak satu tahun setelah menikah, yakni pas pindah ke rumah sendiri :p
  6. Belum bisa nyetir. Padahal udah ambil kursus 2 paket.
  7. Ngga bisa naik sepeda (apaaahhh???).
  8. Sempat kursus fashion drawing & sewing di Arva School of Fashion Surabaya.
  9. Lagi suka ilmu financial planning. Sempet ikut kursusnya Ligwina Hananto. Perencanaan keuangan penting banget tuh!
  10. Kalo kepo ama suatu topik bisa betah berjam-jam browsing. Misalnya kepo tentang gaya hidup minimalis, kepo khasiat essential oils, kepo jenis tanaman untuk di dalam rumah, kepo ke blognya crafter dll. Hahahaha...
  11. Nggak fotogenik. Buat bikin postingan fashion butuh 129762xx foto baru dapet 1 foto yang bagus.
  12. Banyak sisi introvertnya.
  13. Kalo habis datang ke pesta / acara keluarga / kegiatan sosial, butuh waktu untuk menyendiri & tidur untuk recharge energi (aneh ya?!?). Mungkin karena poin nomer 12.
  14. Ngeblog sejak 2009.
  15. Sudah ke menjejakkan kaki ke 13 negara. Hal yang terasa mustahil sampe jaman kuliah (baru pertama kali keluar negeri setelah lulus kuliah).
  16. Dulu paling suka pelajaran Kerajinan Tangan dan Kesenian. Tapi sejak kelas 2 SMA, mata pelajaran itu sudah nggak ada.
  17. Sama sekali nggak suka olah raga T_T bahaya nih.
  18. (Hampir) selalu ketiduran di angkutan umum. Angkot, busway (berdiripun bisa bobok), bis, kereta, ngantuk semua...
  19. Ajaibnya tiap udah dekat tempat tujuan, bangun otomatis. Ya pernah juga sih kelewatan terminalnya :)))
  20. Suka banget DIY projects!
Fiuhhh susah juga ternyata nulis 20 fakta gini, bingung mau 'membongkar' apa lagi :p Alhamdulillah kelar juga.

Now I'm tagging my blogger friend for #20factsaboutme, Sishi, Irma & Ica :D Semoga mereka mau yaaa...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Art: Anniversary Sketch

September 2, 2012, I got married to a funny & loving man :')
I made this watercolor painting while hubby was working out of town at our anniversary date. Lately it seems like long distance marriage due to his workload >_< Hey you owe me a nice anniversary dinner yaaa!


I hope our family is blessed with joy and happiness, semoga Allah segera mempercayakan kita jadi orang tua, semoga rejeki lancar & halal, juga sehat selalu.. Aamiin.
your super duper lovely wife

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Create Your Own Unique Phone Case

Salaam,
Recently I got my customized phone cases from Pokaku... umm well, actually not for me. I ordered them for my hubby's iPhone 5C & bro in law's 5S.
In Pokaku website, we can choose cases for phone & tablet, and choose to buy artist's design or create our own. This is fun!! 

Ready made design are a bit more expensive, because it includes royalty for the artist. I choose to design the case myself, so easy because Pokaku provide a simple program in the website to upload your desired picture & text & so on.

We can also sell our design if we want to, and set how much royalty we want each time people buy a case of our art in Pokaku. Exciting, right? One thing to remember if you wanna sell them is your art should be made by you, not from copyrighted materials.

So happy when Pokaku arrived! Only about 3 days from my design submission! Nice & safe packaging. I designed (a very simple design: Garuda in wooden) for hubby, and bro in law wanted Paul Fr*nk's pattern to match his ID strap. 

Can you see the difference? One is doff and one is glossy :D As I wanted! Hehehe the wooden print looked so real in doff ;)

There is only one small cons in my experience with Pokaku: there's a bit imperfection of pattern in curved corner of the case. Well maybe it's because of manufacturing process, bending flat object to curve ;)

Aaaand I wish Pokaku had Lenovo phone case. Right now they only make Blackberry, iPhone, iPod, LG, Samsung, and Sony cases.

Overall, my experience with Pokaku is satisfying! Aren't they lovely & make perfect gifts?

If you want to know more about Pokaku, you can kepo-kepo:
Instagram: @pokaku | Twitter: @pokaku | Facebook: pokaku
Tia

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tutorial: Enhancing Pics With Photoscape

As a blogger who post pictures a lot, I really need photo editing software. Sometimes pictures from camera is too dark or too faint/dull. But I'm too lazy to open Photoshop (and for a few month I have no Photoshop installed).

Lucky, for Windows user who don't have Photoshop, we can use Photoscape, a freeware, to enhance the appearance of our pictures. In this tutorial, I'll show you some Color Curves trick.
Before editing - After editing (using Photoscape)

Very easy to do it! Open Photoscape, drag a picture you want to edit to "Editor"

After your picture is opened, click a small arrow in "Bright, Color" (1), then click "Color Curves" (2)

Then play with the curves! Photoshop user must have known the function of Curves. If you don't know, it's a tool to lighten/darken the picture and add some depth. 
From what I experienced (I never really studying Photoshop... just trial and error), first you drag the line in "b" area a little up, then your picture will suddenly gets brighter. The "c" area will brighten/darken the light colors, and the "a" area will lighten/deepen the dark colors (shadow). Ahhh explaining is confusing, let's just try ittt...

Look at the curves? I adjust 3 points, from "a", "b", and "c" area which I talked about before.

Then click the "Saturation" tab next to "Color" tab. You can adjust the saturation curve to enhance the colors.
If you drag the Saturation curves up, your picture will add more colors.

If you drag the Saturation curves down, your picture will lose its colors.

If you are satisfied with the result, you're done! Save it as a new file :)

Photoscape also have some effects like lomo cameras... And you can also add text / crop / resize pictures or make a collage from a few pictures. For a freeware, Photoscape is easy & fun to use :)

Either your pictures are from a high end camera or just a phone camera, you can always enhance it to your liking ;)

PS: you can google "download Photoscape" if you want to have the freeware

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yellow Mustard

What I wore a few weeks ago (hahahahaa a very late post!)
Yellow mustard maxi: hijabenka.com
Drape vest: sew at a tailor
Printed scarf: thamrin city

Maxi dress is sooo versatile for mix & match, you can wear vest, cardigan, and belt to make a different style :)

How's life lately?
*switch to Bahasa*
Sudah hampir seminggu aku di Surabaya, mengerjakan urusan kependudukan yang agak ribet. Hehehe... sudah hampir 2 tahun tinggal di Jakarta, tapi namaku masih ikut di Kartu Keluarga bapak ibu di Surabaya. Suami juga masih di KK ortunya. Walaaah... Maapkan kami yang tidak tertib ya bapak ibu walikota...
Soalnya mau ngurusin hal yang begini agak ribet sih, jadi ditunda-tunda mulu. 
Maka, dalam rangka membuat KK baru dengan suami + mengukuhkan diriku jadi warga Jakarta, aku harus:
  1. Minta surat pengantar ke RT di tempat asal (Surabaya) bawa KTP & KK asli, lalu..
  2. Minta TTD RW tempat asal (di surat yang sudah ditandatangani RT) bawa KK & KTP asli
  3. Minta pengantar ke Kelurahan bawa surat pengantar RT RW, KK asli, KTP asli, fotokopi KK
  4. Menyerahkan pengantar dari Kelurahan ke Kecamatan bawa surat pengantar kelurahan, KK asli, KTP asli, fotokopi KK, fotokopi surat-surat yang dari kelurahan untuk dicap di kecamatan sebagai bukti pengambilan surat apaa gitu yang akan dibawa ke...
  5. Ke Dispenduk!
  6. Dilanjutkan dengan proses pencatatan namaku ke Jakarta - yang dengar-dengar sih harus dilakukan dalam waktu 30 hari setelah keluar surat dari Dispenduk Surabaya - dan tahapnya mungkin ke Dispenduk Jakarta - Kecamatan - Kelurahan - endebra endebre di Jakarta. *akan diupdate setelah selesai urusan nanti*
Tahap 1 & 2 aku lakukan hari Minggu malam, tahap 3 & 4 Senin pagi. Pas hari Senin di kecamatan, kutanya ibu petugasnya, "Selesainya kira-kira kapan ya bu?" "Yah semingguan lah mbak, diambil Senin depan.." "Lho kok lama bu?" "Ya dicoba aja Kamis datang ke sini mbak, mungkin udah jadi..."
Oalaaah... Lamanya yooo.... Baru setelah keluar surat dari kecamatan, aku bisa ke Dispenduk >_<
Jadi belum jelas balik ke Jakartanya kapan. Sabar yaaa suamikuuu...

PS 1: di kecamatan, KTP dan KK akan diambil oleh petugas, karena statusku akan berubah - bukan lagi warga Surabaya - dan KK akan diperbaharui tanpa namaku.
PS 2: dengar-dengar dari temanku, di kota yang baru, dibutuhkan legalisir copy akta nikah (legalisir-nya di KUA ya!) Jadi alangkah baiknya kalo mau ngurus-ngurus kependudukan gini, semua berkas asli dibawa... Siapa tau butuh >_<

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Traveling: Hello Jogja! #2 (+ Food Review)

Assalamu'alaikum! ^_^
Continuing my Jogja story on early June, here's what I do in Jogja for a week (while hubby had a workshop - he works and I shop! Just kidding heheheh):
  1. I went to Prambanan temple with hubby's friend's wife + kids
  2. Met my highschool friends, one is studying postgraduate at Jogja, and one lives at Seyegan (town near Jogja)
  3. First meet up with Lucia, a blogger friend, crafter from Jogja
  4. Meet up with Aicha, a former Hijabee Surabaya committee who studies postgraduate at UGM
No no no shopping. Because a wife should be wise on spending money! ;p
Prambanan Temple!

With mbak Fika's cuteeee daughter! >_<

Still on restoration after earthquake & volcano eruption hit Jogja

With Swasti (+ her newborn daughter!), Danar, and meeee at Swasti's house, Seyegan


Went to Taman Budaya Jogja with Luchie, a few days before the Art Fest began (by the time they held the Art Fest, I have already went back to Jakarta, poor me!)

Luchie guided me to Museum Mainan Anak Kolong Tangga inside Taman Budaya (it's really located under the stair!)
Toys & puppets from all around the world


Lotus Mio cafe at Jl. Tirtodipuran, food looked simple but it tastes good. But only if you like the taste of western food, a little bit bland and not much spices ;) Price quite expensive, but looked like they have good quality ingredients. (There's also a cute gift shop inside the cafe!)

Luchie took me to Kurnia Lurik, a lurik factory (with no machine!) where Abdi Dalem Keraton usually buy many of it. It is on JL. Krapyak Wetan, No. 133 Yogyakarta.


On the way back to hotel, me and Luchie ride becak from Jl. Tirtodipuran to Taman Pintar (then I took a shuttle bus from there). We passed by Keraton, Tamansari, and Abdi Dalem's houses. No picture, because I only wanted to enjoy that afternoon riding becak with the wind blows over my face ;D
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Okayyy, that's my adventure. And here's some bonus: Cheap Foods found near hotel (Jl. AM Sangaji Yogyakarta)

1. Neru Ramen, across Tentrem Hotel. Favorite! Only around $1 per portion and super full stomach!
I tried the curry broth (beware, it's super hot!) and ordered mango juice. The mango juice was superb, real mango and so refreshing ^^
Ummmm, if you wondered whether this ramen is halal or not, don't worry. Cheap ramen stalls around Jogja is like noodles. No they don't use p*rk :D

2. Nikkou Ramen. Been there twice. The first one, me and hubby arrived at 7 pm and their ramen was already sold out!!! >___< Then the day after, we went there at 6.30 pm and tried the menu (not complete, some menus were sold out, what the?!?!)
Broth not as savory as Neru Ramen. Price was around $1.5
Place was more comfortable than Neru.

3. Peacock Coffee. Delicious coffee at Rp 20.900 ($2). May not be suitable for a coffee expert but for a coffee liker, I like it. Tried cinnamon coffee (love it!) & green tea latte. Note that for a day, me and hubby only bought 1 cup and share it (although we love coffee, we avoid too much coffee coz it makes our stomach sick). Only for my hubby stay awaken during the nights when he had to study! 


5. Sego Goreng Kambing Goat. Delicious & cheap! Walaaahhh!! Bough a portion of fried rice (share it with hubby, because it has big portion) + extra egg + lamb meat & anti-cholesterol tea. Only paid $4 and our tummy = happy.

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Then we moved to another hotel at the last day. Can you guess where is this?
It's in the hotel!

And tried Pecel Solo near Hyatt Yogyakarta. The most expensive Pecel I've ever tasted (but it's yummy!). Guests were all fashionable & mbois (hey suroboyo people do you know what mbois means?? Necis gituuu)
Pictures of Indonesian celebrities & politicians & president were on the wall (they visited Pecel Solo).
Paid $8 for a portion of pecel + terik daging (yum!) and nasi liwet (hubby loved it!)

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Another yummy food I forgot to capture:
Rumah Makan Prasmanan Flamboyan - cheap! Masakan rumahan :9
Bebek Slamet - waaaa I love fried duck!!!!
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Anyway, happy fasting! Sorry for posting so many foods here hehehehehee

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