Exploring Bandung’s Beauty – Part One

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Hai Bandung! So happy to end this fantastic year with another wonderful trip to one of my favourite cities in Indonesia. We took a midnight roadtrip to Bandung on Friday night. It was rainy but we were too excited for this trip so we didn’t want to cancel our plan (just because the heavy rain!), we left home around 11 PM. We arrived at 3 AM and hiked it all the way to the top of Tebing Keraton to catch the magical sunrise. I have always wanted to visit Tebing Keraton, and so happy to finally tick off this place from my bucketlist. It felt so surreal to be able to see the sun slowly rise over this magical place. So the 3 AM hike was definitely worth the lack of sleep and of course the struggles too. We were the first people who reached the top, so it was like we had this place for ourselvesūüėÄ It was amazing to see this sleepy town covered in thick fog. Yes, I am kinda obsessed with morning fog, especially after following some fellow instagrammers from PNW (Pacific Northwest).

Tebing Keraton is located in the Cimenyan district. The recent increased popularity of the cliff might well be the result of social-media buzz with thousands of visitors posting the location on Instagram. And it was amazing to see some of the daredevils placing themselves very near the edge or high above the rock just to get the best picture for Instagram. You know, it made me want to sit on the edge of the cliff too, but it was too risky, so I decided to take some selfies a little bit far from the edge.

After we had enough of this view, we decided to descend and on our way, we found a Sundanese “warung” selling instant noodles, coffee, tea and local dishes. We were so hungry so we had our breakfast here while basking in the golden morning rays. And again, the view from this warung is so magnificent! The air was so fresh and cold.

It was only 7:30 AM when we back to our car. We wanted to go to Bukit Moko – the highest hill in Bandung. But we were just too tired for another hikes so we decided to drive to our hotel. Anyway, I must say that having my selfie taken on the most talked-about cliff in Bandung somehow feels like an accomplishmentūüôā

Looking forward to many more adventures in 2016!

Love,

Fefiana.

A day at the beach: Carita Beach, Banten

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Fefianist - Carita BeachFefianist - Carita BeachBanten – a little gem in West Java. So¬†happy to be back on the beach again. Believe it or not, the last time I came here was eleven years ago. So when my Mom asked me to spend our weekend here I couldn’t say no, because I really need to escape from Jakarta for a while and I think I deserve a weekend getaway to the beach after quite a stressful moment – proposal thesis defense. Yes, I just passed it a week ago, ooh I’m so happy at least I’ve passed another important test in my final year. Banten is a little town in West Java, it takes 4 hours to reach this town by bus from Jakarta. I came here with my parents and little brother.¬†We arrived here at 10 am.

We were greeted by the warm sunshine, friendly local people and those dreamy blues. I couldn’t wait to say hi to the dancing waves and those charming palm trees. There’s something about being at the beach that’s so healing. I think there’s nothing more beautiful than spending a day off far from the bustling city with family, away from the crowd and having a lovely picnic at the seaside. Oh, this is absolutely a moment to remember.

¬†After we had lunch, I think I need some “me time”, so I spent my whole afternoon wandering alone, soaking up the sun, taking pictures, singing and dancing. Letting go of everything that has been holding me back. I feel so free, happy and loved. Nature helps me to connect with this powerful, loving presence.

“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard” -Psyche Roxas Mendoza

With Love,
Fefiana

Perfect Sunday Night at the Singapore Riverside (Clarke Quay)

Hello, I’m back now and ready to share with you guys my recent holiday in Clarke Quay, Singapore. Sorry if it took some time since my last post, I’ve been really busy with University life: final exams, assignments and last week I had to submit a BRM proposal. Thanks God, now I get some free time for the next two¬†weeks.

And oh, before I get super busy preparing for the Eid celebration, it’s time to write a post about my amazing night chilling with friends at Clarke Quay, Singapore. So let the story begins!

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Well, after we had dinner at Takashimaya Square and so (yay!) thankfully our lugages were bought by my friend’s Aunt to the apartment, so we could walk easily without having to bring those heavy bags everywhere. We headed to Somerset MRT Station and passed by some famous streets like Orchard Rd and Grange Rd. Had to stop and take some pictures.¬†This time we were accompanied by my friend’s cousin. So happy we shouldn’t have to hold a map on our hand! (Ha ha)

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Creepy look – I know. I loved every step I took on this journey. It was one great night surrounded by good friends and strangers at the same time. The night sky filled with so much joy and happiness, oh I can’t forget how lovely it was – strolling down the streets, taking pictures, having a good conversation with friends.¬†This little heart was filled with gratitude.

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Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the¬†Singapore River Planning Area. The quay is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay.¬†Clarke Quay was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875, who played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.

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 I like taking tons of pictures while traveling. And share some of them here on the blog and also on my instagram account. I was so surprised when I got a notification that my picture got featured by the Official Singapore Tourism Site, on their instagram account here. What a pleasant surprise to get featured by such great account. I am happy so many people gave me lovely feedback, and my work can inspire them to find places to visit in Singapore.

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Anista Fefiana - Clarke QuayAnother ticked off to my bucketlist. I’ve always wanted to visit this place at night. And so happy I decided to go there on a fine Sunday night when there was a live jazz music performance. As you can imagine, the night vibe here was all so lovely and incredibly awesome. This place way more enchanting and lively at night. I found myself sitting there, at the Singapore Riverside, admiring the captivating – colorful lights, listening to the people’s scream on the bungee jumping ride, and listening to the musics. I couldn’t help myself not to take some pictures and videos of this beautiful place. People come here to escape, to enjoy the night life (yes this place also known as a clubbing district), chilling with friends or their loved one.

Anista Fefiana - Clarke QuayI didn’t realize that it was a famous bridge in Clarke Quay until I came home. Too bad I didn’t take a photo myself, and this one was taken by my friend. You can get that Marina Bay Sands view from this very spot. Oh this picture seems can’t justify its beauty. Does it mean I should come back and take a slow walk in order to get to see this view? Hehe next time, baby!

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A candid picture of me by my friend. Overlooking and capturing the lovely boat at the Singapore Riverside.

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Anista Fefiana - Lock Love CQLOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Love is definitely in the air at Clarke Quay. It was a surprise seeing Locks of Love crammed on one side of The Central mall fence in Clarke Quay. Never knew they have such place. The myth behind the love lock is that when a couple fixes a padlock on a bridge (or in this case, a fence and this Love – sign) and throw away the key, their love for each other will never end. So far, this¬†is the only love lock place I’ve ever been to. Dear future fianc√© (whoever you might be), I wouldn’t mind if you take me to love lock on a Paris bridge or the one in Italy, or in the Netherlands and propose me there (hahaha!)

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Anista Fefiana - Clarke QuayI left a piece of my heart in Clarke Quay. Wish one day I can bring my special one here.

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Anista Fefiana - Clarke QuayWhen we were about to head back to the apartment in Choa Chu Kang at around 10:30 pm, we passed by this street art filled with beautiful murals. Lovely! Clarke Quay never failed to please me, it was beyond my expectation. We couldn’t help but posing and capturing our moments. The murals here show us about¬†the Singaporean’s life around the Riverside area in the past. Not too far from this spot, I saw a street performer playing a guitar and singing one of my favourite songs so beautifully. I couldn’t exactly remember what song he was playing! But it was one of my Dad’s favourite songs that¬†I used to sing since I was a kid, so it was a song by George Benson “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” or a song by Richard Marx, “Right Here Waiting”. Oh my, it was a really romantic night.

Artist Statement about Singapore River

Artist Statement about Singapore River

Anista Fefiana - Clarke Quay Anista Fefiana - Clarke Quay Voil√°! Now you are at the end of the post. Finally I could finish this post :’) I hope you can enjoy these travel photos and story shared by me. See you on the next posts!ūüôā

Yours Truly,

Fefiana

Holiday in Singapore

‚ÄúThe world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď Saint Augustine

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Hello world,
So happy to be back on the road again and explore one of my favourite countries – that’s also on my bucket list. Yeah, I just came back after my short-travel to Singapore. You actually do not need to¬†stay for more than a week to explore this whole country. Why? Because this country is very small, so it takes only one to two hours by MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) to go to each region in Singapore. So actually 5 days or a week stay in Singapore is more than enough to get to know many places and things in Singapore.

Packing situation

Packing situation

This is my very first time visiting Singapore, and first time traveling abroad with my friends. Glad to travel with one of my friends who has been there before, so she knows a little bit more about Singapore. We started our journey last week, on the 7th of June 2015. We booked the two- way tickets almost 8 months ago. Yeah, that time I was so desperately in need of holiday, so when I was working and have plenty of time to browse the net I always checked the airline website to get the most updated promoūüėÄ haha yeah, it was quite frustrating¬†to always keep your eyes on the screen and trying to compare the price for each day. But I do love it. For me, planning a travel is as much interesting as the travel itself. I like organizing things, find interesting places to visit and also arranging things to do. I talked to¬†my friends on a private group conversation and asked them if they want to plan a trip together. It was quite confusing as each of us want to visit different places. I actually voted for Malaysia, because I have so many Malaysian friends who asked me to come there, but at the same time I’m more interested in visiting Singapore. And two friends voted for Bali. I am actually okay with these three options, but when most of them agreed to book tickets to Bali, I told them that it is better for us to visit Singapore together, as the flight to Singapore is way cheaper than the flight to Bali, Indonesia. So I think we should give Singapore a shot. We kept chatting on WhatsApp the whole day – in our separated office, and later in the evening we finally booked five two-way tickets to Singapore. Yay, we were totally excited for this trip!

Flying from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Changi Airport, Singapore

Flying from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Changi Airport, Singapore

After months by months, weeks by weeks, days by days counting, we finally here on our journey. We met a week before our flight to buy some things we need, booked some tickets to Sentosa Island and discussed many other things related to our trip.

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I met so many Indonesian people here. Singapore is really a great place to escape.

¬†We landed in Changi Airport Singapore after flying an hour and 40 minutes. We were welcomed by the sunshine and hot weather. It was one fun sunny day, and I loved it. We then headed to Arrival Immigration and then we went to ION Orchard to buy simcards and get some food for dinner. I didn’t buy the simcard in Changi, because I read some bad experience from travelers who bought it in the airport. I’ve also read that an Indonesian guy had to pay Rp 1.200.000 for two simcards, just because he couldn’t speak English and he got fooled by the seller.
I am so amazed by the kind and helpful guy at the 7-Eleven that we found in a corner of¬†ION Orchard mega mall, he was both the cashier and the shopkeeper in that counter where we bought our simcard at. I chose SingTel,¬†I paid it for¬†$15 ¬†and got the $18 value. He was so patient while explained to us and helped us to registry our simcard even though the queue was totally crazy and he was the only one in that counter. It was very impressive. If you plan a trip to Singapore and wanna buy a simcard, you should come to this guy. Totally recommended! To be honest, he looked not so friendly, but in fact he really is¬†so kind and helpful and nice at the same time, one lesson learned – don’t judge a book by its cover. That is why I love travelling, I get to meet many people along the way and get to know them personally. Amazing experience!

Disembarkation form. Anyway, this is a new design for Indonesian passport

Disembarkation form. Anyway, this is a new design for Indonesian passport

Finally, after hours of walking we met my friend’s Aunt and she came with her husband and three lovely kids. Oh yeah, we actually already booked some rooms around Lavender MRT Station, but my friend’s aunt offered us to stay at her house, so we cancelled our stay at that hotel. Then we had dinner at Pinque Nique, in Takashimaya Square.

Pique Nique - Breakfast spot for dinner, anyone?

Pique Nique – Breakfast spot for dinner, anyone?

After finished our dinner around 9:30 pm, we wanted to go to Clarke Quay and Chinatown. But alas, since we use MRT to go home, and it only operates till 11 pm, so we only¬†visit Clarke Quay. We were accompanied by my friend’s cousin, that was so helpful because it was night and having someone who knows all the MRT routes from Somerset Rd to Clarke Quay and Choa Chu Kang was really a great idea.

I will post and tell the detail about our trip to Clarke Quay on the next post, so don’t miss it out!ūüôā

Greetings from Singapore,
Fefiana

Door Duisternis tot Licht: Letters of Javanese Princess

My friends and I when we were in Kindergarten. We dressed up in kebaya to celebrate Kartini's Day.

My friends and I when we were in Kindergarten. We dressed up in kebaya to celebrate Kartini’s Day.

“I have been longing to make the acquaintance of a modern girl, that proud independent girl who has all my sympathy! She who, happy and self reliant, lightly and alertly steps her way through life, full of enthusiasm and warm feelings; working not only for her own well-being and happiness, but for the greater good of humanity as a whole.”

-RA. Kartini


Been wanting to post a story about RA Kartini here on my blog. And today I think it’s the right time to publish this post, as today, on the 21st of April, we Indonesians commemorate the date as “The Day of Kartini”. I’ve read some books that explain many things about her, her spirit, her family and everything in between. This woman, Raden Adjeng Kartini was a prominent Javanese heroine.¬† She was known as a pioneer in the area of human rights for native Indonesians.
She was a princess from the Island in Java. born on April 21, 1879.¬† When Kartini was born, Java was still part of the Dutch colonies, the Dutch East Indies.¬† Her father was the mayor; her mother was his ‘first’ wife. Yes, Polygamy was still a common practice among the nobility, and Kartini experienced first-hand the conflicts and sufferings that arise from this practice. ¬†She was an active person and had a big dream to help Indonesian women to reach their dreams, and the most importantly is to get a proper education. She was lucky to get allowed to study in school until the age of 12, she was allowed to study because she came from¬†an aristocratic family. But it didn’t make her feel superior to her peers, she was so humble and always share her knowledges to all of her friends.

When she was 12, she was pulled from school and ‘secluded’ at home.¬†This was another common practice among nobility to prepare young girls for marriage. But it didn’t make her stop dreaming, she continued to educate herself on her own. She had some penpals in Holland, in her letters,¬†¬†she expressed her hopes for support from overseas. In her correspondence with Estell “Stella” Zeehandelaar, R.A. Kartini expressed her desire to be like a European youth. She depicted the sufferings of Javanese women fettered by tradition, unable to study, secluded, and who must be prepared to participate in polygamous marriages with men they don’t know.

She actually against the practice of polygamy, but she¬†worshipped her father, so, when her parents arranged her marriage to a man who already had three wives, yes, three wives, she accepted and was married¬† on November 12, 1903.¬† Her husband, a liberal, not only continued to allow her to write to her friends, but also assisted her in establishing the first primary school for women in Indonesia.¬† It was located in her father’s house and children and young women were provided with a basic education.¬†Her first journey into the outside world was to accompany her parents to the festivities held in honour of the coronation of Queen Wilhelmina.

However, her enthusiasm at educating Indonesian girls was to be short-lived.¬† Kartini’s only son was born on September 13, 1904, and a few days later on September 17, 1904, Kartini died of complications of birth at age 25, but her spirit in Indonesian women’s soul will never die.¬†And we definitely will always remember her as one of the most inspiring Indonesian women.

And after her death, Mr.¬†J. H. Abendanon decided to collect all of her letters‚ÄĒa 106 of letters and published them in 1911 in the Hague under the title,¬†“Door Duisternis tot Licht,” (from Darkness into Light).¬†And in 1922, the first Indonesian translation of her letters were published, translated by Indonesian students who were attending Dutch University under the title:¬†“Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang”.

I haven’t finished reading those letters, but here’s a few of her penpals in Holland: Nellie van Kool, Zeehandelaar, and Mr. J.H. Abendanon (the Minister of ¬†Culture, Religion and Industry in the Dutch East Indies).

She’s one of my many role models since I was a kid. Her spirit, her hopes, dreams, and her ability to speak foreign language fluently (especially Dutch;¬†the language that I wish I could speak fluently) has inspire and influence me and other Indonesian women.

I can feel her burning spirit on those letters she wrote to her Dutch friends. It teachs me to be a strong-independent woman, to be a woman who never be afraid to speak her mind and to inspire other women in all possible ways.

Usually on Kartini’s Day, women and girls wear traditional clothing (kebaya) to symbolize their unity and participate in costume contests. I remember when I was in Kindergarten till High School I always participated on this contest. I woke up early in the morning, went to salon and dressed up in Kebaya. Went to school and joined the parade. I won the contest for 3 or 4 times, I couldn’t exactly remember. And I got some cups from those contests :D¬†Oh, I miss the old days!

So, happy Kartini’s Day to all Indonesian women. Always fight for what you think is right!¬†Let’s continue her spirit, be a woman who can inspire one another and we also should be well-educated, as well as men.

(Sources: some books I’ve read while in Elementary school, Junior High School and Senior High School, some stories my Mom told me during my chilhood (she is a good and accurate story-teller), and some articles I’ve read recently related to Kartini’s letters.)

 

With love,
Fefiana.

Weekend on the beach

"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused".
-Rainer Maria Rilke

Hi, can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for freaking 3 years. My Anniversary with WordPress was 3 days agoūüôā Time flies so fast. And now, I wanna share something with you.
Last week my friends and I went to the beach. It has been a while since we last met. This time we decided to go exploring the nature and we seriously had a plan to catch a sunset, but…. unfortunately, the weather was so damn bad, it was cloudy and raining in the morning. So, as you might probably guess, we couldn’t see magical sunset on this beach.

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Hi, Mr. Grey. Wait, I mean hey you there Mr. Grey sky, why you look so gloomy?

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Look! There are some hanging clothes on this boat. Oh no.

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We arrived here around 5:30 pm and went home at 8 pm.

It was on Saturday when we came here, no wonder why there were many people along the beach. They usually spend the Saturday night with their loved ones.

It was on Saturday when we came here, no wonder why there were many people along the beach. They usually spend the Saturday night with their loved ones. There are some nice restaurants here, if you want a romantic dinner, don’t forget to give Bandar DJakarta and Seggara Ancol a try. Many people come here to catch sunset while enjoying their dinner.

Please don't expect too much. This city beach isn't like the ones in Bali. No bikinis, no magical sunset, and no clear blue water.

Please don’t expect too much. This city beach isn’t like the ones in Bali. No bikinis, no magical sunset, and no clear blue water.

So here they are my high school friends.

So here they are my high school friends.

We took lots of pictures. Because I am too lazy to upload each of them here, so here it is our memories in one collage. This one made by Christine.

We took lots of pictures. Because I am too lazy to upload each of them here, so here it is our memories in one collage. This one made by Christine.

There is also one romantic cafe around here, it's Le Bridge Ancol. From the outside, Le Bridge looks like an upmarket café, located on a bridge right in front of the beach of Ancol. It is a nice sight since it seems to be on its own island, away from the shore.

There is also one romantic cafe around here, it’s Le Bridge Caf√©, Ancol. From the outside, Le Bridge looks like an upmarket caf√©, located on a bridge right in front of the beach of Ancol. It is a nice sight since it seems to be on its own island, away from the shore.

Ancol is an administrative village in Pademangan District, North Jakarta, Indonesia. It is located in the coastal lowland of Jakarta. Ancol is bounded by Jakarta Bay to the north, Sunda Kelapa harbor to the west, and Kali Japat canal to the east. Ancol contains the main beach resort of Jakarta. Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, the largest integrated tourism area in South East Asia, is located in Ancol.

Ancol is an administrative village in Pademangan District, North Jakarta, Indonesia. It is located in the coastal lowland of Jakarta. Ancol is bounded by Jakarta Bay to the north, Sunda Kelapa harbor to the west, and Kali Japat canal to the east.
Ancol contains the main beach resort of Jakarta. Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, the largest integrated tourism area in South East Asia, is located in Ancol.

Even though this city beach isn't that nice and dirty, but I feel so happy to be here with my friends. So it's not where you go, but who you travel with :)

Even though this city beach isn’t that nice and dirty, but I feel so happy to be here with my friends. So it’s not where you go, but who you travel withūüôā

We walked across the bridge and found this sparkling view. Jakarta can be so peaceful and nice at night. But this city never sleeps. Just like Jason Walker's song:  "This city never sleeps but it sure knows how to sleep tonight. And my heart knows how to beat but it don't know how to beat right. And I can see the streets but I can't see the street signs With my eyes on the sidewalk . I was lost, it was so dark. I'm alone, I'm alive. And my hope still scrapes the sky . Like all these buildings I will try . To leave the world behind until my head is clear Draw a new skyline. and change my atmosphere..."

We walked across the bridge and found this sparkling view. Jakarta can be so peaceful and nice at night. But this city never sleeps. Just like Jason Walker’s song:
“This city never sleeps but it sure knows how to sleep tonight. And my heart knows how to beat but it don’t know how to beat right. And I can see the streets but I can’t see the street signs
With my eyes on the sidewalk . I was lost, it was so dark. I’m alone, I’m alive. And my hope still scrapes the sky . Like all these buildings I will try . To leave the world behind until my head is clear
Draw a new skyline. and change my atmosphere…”

 

 

 With love,
Fefiana.

Future?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Currently reading: “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

Lately I’ve been thinking about my future. Well, I always think about it though, but it’s getting more serious now. It’s¬†so¬†scary to think about it yet it motivates me to do everything perfectly in order to get the best results. The world is too big to only live in one place. I need to get outta this place; a place that makes me feel so comfort to ever leave it, a place I call-home. The future is too uncertain and sometimes things don’t go the way we want; sure it brings so much fears especially for those who haven’t done their best yet and prepared themselves to the big-real world. I know, it will never be an easy thing when it comes to step out of comfort zone and live far from my family. But I want to give myself a test, how far I can go and explore this so-called beautiful Earth, and see how long I can survive and depend my life on no one but myself, and use my creativity and own ability to solve problems. Thinking and writing about this makes my heart beats so fast, I am so stoked! I cannot wait¬†to see what the future has to offer. I truly cannot wait to meet new people and get along with them. I wanna go beyond my limits, try new things, overcome all my fears, I¬†absolutely want to live my life to the fullest.

And it’s so amazing when you were just seriously thinking about a serious thing aka your future, you suddenly found an amazing person with inspirational words that make you feel so motivated. Well today I stumbled upon¬†Emily Thomas’s account. Who is she? Okay, ¬†she is a writer, she’s a Contributor of the Huffington Post, a motivational speaker (no wonder why her words are so motivating), she based in Seattle, Washington and San Diego, California. So happy I could find another inspiring account on this Instagram world. Mostly¬†I spend much time checking this social networking site, I think I need to find people who can inspire me and shape me to be a better person inside and out. So it’s okay to spend time on Instagram while you can also learn something from it, right? Emily is one of the most amazing people I’ve found on Instagram. So glad that we are following each other now,both on twitter and instagram. As a new follower, I stalked her pictures and read those magical words (sorry for being too creepy, Emily!). Damn, I am so amazed by the way she thinks and inspire people. Her words are so extraordinary and magical.¬†And this is one of my favourites:

Ability..

I think one of the best things my travels have taught me that we have the ability to make our life what we want it to be. I have the ability every day to decide that I could either stay home and do nothing, or get up and explore. Our life is not a product of our circumstance, but a reflection of our choices.
Every day, we have the ability to choose to do something that will make us smarter. You can read. You can engage in a conversation that evokes new ideas. You can push the edge just a little further.
Imagine if, every day you did is something like that. Imagine the collective result of those tiny changes. It’s incorporating every day habits that will eventually manifest into greatness.
We often put so much pressure on accomplishing big things, that we tend to forget that small acts combined are what propel us forward.
What little things will you do?

These words resonate within me. That’s so deep and I can’t get these out of my mind. When I feel so inspired like this, there is nothing better I can do than to¬†put pen to paper, or get my laptop and start writing.
PS, as I feel so energised and motivated now, I think it’s a great time to start making a list about the things I want¬†to do¬†for my final project. (Yeah do it now, Fefi. The sooner you graduate, the better!)

Whoever reading this post, I hope you have a wonderful day or night. Who knows that you might also have inspired me in some ways!ūüôā

With Love,
Fefiana.

Holiday In The Sun

Just got home from my East Java trip (again) 3 weeks ago, a quick trip to relieve all the stress and pressure. The reason why I went to Surabaya is because I have to attend my cousin’s wedding which is actually on the 7th and 8th of February. I couldn’t come¬†on the 6th February because I still had one final exam to be done, so my sister, my sister’s boyfriend and I booked the tickets on the 7th of February.¬†Too bad I couldn’t come¬†to witness their special day, but the second day of the wedding party was amazing too. Even though the wedding was only two days, but we stayed ¬†for a week to explore East Java and stay away from the hectic city life, Jakarta. It was really a great time, where I could enjoy¬†my days after a stressful and tough semester, and celebrate my 21st birthday which is on the 1st of February. Sooo, the wedding party is just an excuse. LOL.

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So, my sister and her boyfriend organised a surprise to me on the 1st of February. That night, I was checking my phone and I screamed when the clock showed 12:00 AM on the 1st of February as it means I’m officially 21! (yes, the beginning of a new age should be celebrated in an exciting way, such as:¬†screaming and¬†smiling with uncertain reasons. I’m that weird,¬†I know).¬†And suddenly the light went off, my sister and my parents came into my room and sang me a birthday song. I was out of words! Such a beautiful surprise. Well, they always give me surprise every year and each year was so magical. And I got lots of presents from my friends, and my family, lots of sweet and kind wishes from all the lovely people. And what make it even more incredible is,¬†when I woke up on my birthday, I got a chance to talk¬†to my all time favourite modern-poet and super talented production designer, Lauryn. I am such a big fans of her. She said she wants to send me a postcard all the way from California.¬†As I love all of her works, so that was SO¬†epic!


I took almost 500 pictures during the trip from East Java to Central Java :”) So here ‘s at least some of them!

We went to Surabaya by train. It took 12 hours to reach Surabaya from Jakarta. But we didn't feel so bored because we spent our time watching some movies, listening to musics, and eating. We also met a very cute baby boy, and he was so entertaining! We reached Surabaya at 2 AM. My uncle, and  then some of my cousins picked us up at the train station.

We went to Surabaya by train. It took 12 hours to reach Surabaya from Jakarta. But we didn’t feel so bored because we spent our time watching some movies, listening to musics, and eating. We also met a very cute baby boy, and he was so entertaining! We reached Surabaya at 2 AM. My uncle, and then some of my cousins picked us up at the train station.

 

First stop: Gresik. I didn't sleep well that night. Only got 3 hours of sleep. Before attending my cousin's wedding, we went for an afternoon stroll around Alun-Alun Gresik with becak ride (traditional public transportation in Java). It was a sunny day, my kind of favourite day.

First stop: Gresik. I didn’t sleep well that night. Only got 3 hours of sleep. Before attending my cousin’s wedding, we went for an afternoon stroll around Alun-Alun Gresik with becak ride (traditional public transportation in Java). It was a sunny day, my kind of favourite day.

 

A nice place, great ambience.

A nice place, great ambience.

It was really hot. But it didn't stop us for taking pictures. There are so many foodstreets here, and we tried some of them, and surprisingly the taste was so yummy!

It was really hot. But it didn’t stop us for taking pictures. There are so many foodstreets here, and we tried some of them, and surprisingly the taste was so yummy!

There are some other historical places around this area to visit, such as Makam Sunan Malik Ibrahim but we didn't have much time to visit each of them. Next time, maybe?

There are some other historical places around this area to visit, such as Makam Sunan Malik Ibrahim but we didn’t have much time to visit each of them. Next time, maybe?

Tadaaa! So this is my brother, and soon-to-be my brother in law :D

Tadaaa! So this is my brother, and soon-to-be my brother in lawūüėÄ

 

We went back to Alun-Alun for having dinner together with my cousins, my sister and her boyfriend. Never thought that this place was way more crowded at night.

We went back to Alun-Alun for having dinner together with my cousins, my sister and her boyfriend. Never thought that this place was way more crowded at night.

 

As a metropolitan city, Surabaya become the center of economic activities in East Java and the surrounding area. Most of the population is engaged in services, industry and trade. These are the list of some interesting places to visit in Surabaya: Suramadu Bridge (this bridge connected Surabaya and Madura) it is one of the most famous and largest bridge in Indonesia, House of Sampoerna, Surabaya Zoo (the biggest zoo in Indonesia), Tanjung Perak Harbour, Sub Marine Monument, Tunjungan Street, Jembatan Merah (Red Bridge), and The Heroes Monument. I am sure there are many interesting places in Surabaya that I don't know and haven't visited yet.

As a metropolitan city, Surabaya become the center of economic activities in East Java and the surrounding area. Most of the population is engaged in services, industry and trade.¬†These are the list of some interesting places to visit in Surabaya: Suramadu Bridge (this bridge connects the mainland from Surabaya to the island of Madura), House of Sampoerna, Surabaya Zoo (known as the largest zoo in South-East Asia, and also known as the zoo with the most collections of animals), Tanjung Perak Harbour, Sub Marine Monument, Tunjungan Street, Jembatan Merah (Red Bridge), and The Heroes Monument. I am sure there are many interesting places in Surabaya that I don’t know and haven’t visited yet.

 

On the next day before heading to Tuban (my Grandparents' house) we decided to visit my Aunt's house. And I found this beautiful garden in front of her house. Well, I couldn't resist its beauty, so I took some pictures and and tried my best to snap a flying butterfly around this garden, but I failed, yeah!

On the next day before heading to Tuban (my Grandparents’ house) we decided to visit my Aunt’s house. And I found this beautiful garden in front of her house. Well, I couldn’t resist its beauty, so I took some pictures and and tried my best to snap a flying butterfly around this garden, but I failed, yeah!

 

While traveling to different places, I always enjoy myself strolling down on the alley.  Took this picture before leaving Gresik. Hello, Veteran Street!

A morning stroll on the Veteran Street, Gresik.

 

Tuban is a town located on the north coast of Java, in Tuban Regency, approximately 100 km west of Surabaya, the capital of East Java. Tuban is surrounded by Lamongan in the east, Bojonegoro in the south and Rembang, Central Java in the west.

Tuban is a town located on the north coast of Java, in Tuban Regency, approximately 100 km west of Surabaya, the capital of East Java. Tuban is surrounded by Lamongan in the east, Bojonegoro in the south and Rembang, Central Java in the west. Oh yeah, I am so happy that the Official Instagram account of Tuban Tourism (@exploretuban) posted this picture on their account. Such an honour!ūüôā

 

For me, traveling is such a remedy. It makes me feel as peacefully connected to my own being as wandering or traveling completely off the grid (even though sometimes it sucks not being able to be connected with the whole wide world). And this is a place of complete and utter peace, something that is so rare to be found in Jakarta.

For me, traveling is such a remedy. It makes me feel as peacefully connected to my own being as wandering or traveling completely off the grid (even though sometimes it sucks not being able to be connected with the whole wide world). And this is a place of complete and utter peace, something that is so rare to be found in Jakarta.

 

As soon as I arrived there, I realised that some things have changed. My Grandfather has passed away when I was 12 years old. That time I didn't even say goodbye or kiss his cheeks as I was so busy preparing my graduation day in Junior High School. He was a soldier in the Dutch Era. I promise myself to write a post about him on this blog, I am so proud of him, really. And this picture remind me of him as I stumbled upon Virginia Brown's quote: "Sometimes the hardest goodbyes are the ones never said, the ones that always just hang there in the back of mind like a dark cloud".

As soon as I got there, I realised that some things have changed. My Grandfather has passed away when I was 12 years old. That time I didn’t even say goodbye or kiss his cheeks as I was so busy with my final year in Junior High School and so I couldn’t come to his funeral in East Java. He was a soldier in the Dutch Era. I promise myself to write a post about him on this blog, I am so proud of him, really. And this picture reminds me of him as I stumbled upon Virginia Brown’s quote: “Sometimes the hardest goodbyes are the ones never said, the ones that always just hang there in the back of mind like a dark cloud”.

 

It wasn't the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen, it wasn't the one I've expected. But every sunset has its own magic, and this one was one of the monet of pure magic.

It wasn’t the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen, it wasn’t the one I’ve expected. But every sunset has its own magic, and this one was the moment of pure magic.

 

Found this colorful houses on my way to Central Java.

Found this colorful houses on my way to Central Java.

 

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As an ancient town, Tuban is of considerable historical and cultural value. The most prominent feature is the beauty of the scenery such as beaches, caves, and forests, especially the teak forest. This is a monument on the border between East and Central Java.

 

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As a beach lover, I always want to come back and loving every single thing on this beach. The entire atmosphere was amazing. The beach gave me so much joy, I felt totally free, and the scenery was incredibly beautiful! The sky was the bluest blue you will ever encounter, and the temperature of the surrounding provided a warm blanket for your soul. If you were to escape from anything, and wanted time on your own without the hassle of city-life or technology, this is the place to be. (PS: this picture doesn’t do its beauty any justice).

 

Hello Semarang! It's really great idea if you plan a raod trip from East Java to Central Java. I mean, let's see this beauty! I love taking lots of pictures while traveling, and this picture is one of my favourite picture I took during the trip.

Hello, Semarang! It’s really a great idea if you wanna plan a road trip from East Java to Central Java. You’ll find so many beautiful surroundings, you’ll see a simple thing totally with a new ¬†and different perspective (that’s the benefit of traveling). I also like taking lots of pictures while traveling, and this picture is one of the most favourite pictures I took during the trip.

 

Well, that’s all. Another tick off to my bucket list. I am so proud to say that Indonesia is heavenly beautiful. From¬†Sabang to Merauke, this amazing country is filled with so many beautiful beaches, mountains, and another beautiful landscapes. I cannot wait to explore those exotic islands, breathtaking mountains, and all the gorgeous landscapes.

(On a side note, I have an instagram account where I usually post my holiday pictures and lately, it becomes a platform for me to write down my feelings into poetry, here’s the link if you care enough to see ’em:¬†https://instagram.com/fefianist/, and these are some short videos I took on my way¬†from Tuban to Central Java: here and¬†here)
Till next journey, my friends..

 

Love,
Fefiana.

Two O Fifteen: 2015

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Saying goodbye to 2014, and giving warm welcome to 2015. 2014, you were a magical year and one of the greatest years in my life. I had many good times and also bad times in 2014. It has taught me how to handle this kind of situations. Ups and downs. Rise and fall. Laughs and tears. Failure and success. That’s life. And I’m very thankful for that. But now it’s time to say goodbye and let’s make a new year filled with lots of hopes, prayers, and we should do our best to make our dreams come true.

This fine morning, on the very first day of 2015, I would like to make a review about my life in 2014. And here they are:
In 2014 I turned 20. I had so much fears before my 20th birthday, because I thought life would treat me differently and changed me in some ways. That I thought I wasn’t ready for that. But it wasn’t true and in fact I could enjoy my 20s with lots of interesting things that I never imagined before. In this year, I made friends with many¬†people from all over the world, especially with those amazing people from Australia, Korea and some people from the Europe. They are so inspirational and absolutely have beautiful souls. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by good and positive people. I spent great times with them, and I met some of them in person for the first time (that’s why 2014 has so many good things to remember). In 2014, I traveled to some places I never been there before. I also went to see some concerts and had the most memorable moment with some people that I thought it was just a dream few years back. I got good grades in Uni even I’ve been in some stresful moments¬†doing my¬†never ending assignments. But I am happy that I am not alone, because I have lovely classmate especially my close friends that I feel they are my true friends¬†and we never claimed ourselves as bestfriend but in act, we all are, (oh hello dear Jengs; just in case if you guys read this postūüėÄ ). I got my very first postcard from my good Italian friend, Irene when she was in London. And I never imagined that I made some important decisions, and one of them was quitting from the comfort zone. Well, 2014 was one of amazing years to remember. I never regret every single low moment in my life; because that’s where I learn to stand strong after some broken dreams; to forget, forgive and accept my life the way it is.To let go of people who didn’t worth my time, and never appreciated me in some ways. Thanks all for being part of this amazing journey in 2014.

So now, let’s forget about the past and¬†make new resolutions for 2015 instead. I love making a list of my new year’s resolutions; by having list to do, you will know what you have to¬†do to make things happen. And you’ll focus on doing it.¬†So, what are your resolutions?

Here they are my resolutions for the new year:
1. I can find a good and interesting topic for my final project in Uni, and I can finish my study before the end of the year (Amen)
2. Travel (at least one country and also some cities in Indonesia)
3. Be more independent, be a better person for myself and everyone around me
4. Fall in love and be loved back
5. Meet new people, learn new things and be more open minded
6. I believe in people helping people. So I hope I will always lend my hand for those who need me
7. Find new hobby
8. Learn foreign languages (I should learn more about Italian, French and Dutch)
9. Say yes to every good opportunity
10. Be a positive person and hopefully can inspire others
11. Be a good daughter
12. Less panicked, stop thinking too far ahead, or dwell on the past, and enjoy my present moment
13. Stop complaining and appreciate what I have
14. Buy things I always wanted to buy
15. Meet an amazing guy with a great personality, a kind of caring, sweet and intelligent guy; fall in love and be loved back. Wait, what?! Did I mention it before? Lol.

I will try my best to¬†achieve my goals and really hope 2015 will be one wonderful year with lots of interesting things to experience and make it a fantastic year to remember.¬†Here’s to a prosperous 2015.

Cheers,
Fefiana.

Here Comes December

Howdy people! Can you believe that¬†we are now at the end of the year again? December is the Friday version of the year. I mean, who doesn’t love December? Everybody does, just like they love Fridays.¬†

And December is also my second favourite month after my birth month, February. I always love the feeling this month brings. As usual, so many beautiful and unexpected moments happen during this month. I am not a Christian, so I do not celebrate the Christmas. But, I just love December because it’s that time of the year where there will be so many festivals (and year-end discounts and offers. Haha) in town. Everybody loves it, they are welcoming December with a pocket full of hopes. Holiday is just around the corner. People already made plan to spend their New Year’s Eve¬†together with their family, friends or their loved ones. Such an exciting thing! Yeah, planning a trip is always a nice thing for me. I can randomly browsing on the net for hours only to make a list about what things to do and places to go. It’s so challenging¬†for me yet it’s so fun. I like organizing things. So far, I still don’t know where to spend my New Year’s Eve. Usually we celebrate the New Year’s Eve with my family at home. New Year’s Eve is one holiday that can be a special moment for us to cook. For the past few years, we always had BBQ feast at home. My sister and I always cook for the New Year’s Eve and try new recipes; last year we made chocolate pudding, spaghetti, and other meals. And this year we should try another recipesūüėÄ I literally cannot wait to celebrate it.

Well, to be honest, what I had on my mind while I start writing this post is that I wanted to talk about my never-ending-assignmennts and exams in this semester. But see that, I’m too excited that December is coming until I forget that I was going to complain and worrying about this semester. (I even changed the title of this post as I feel it didn’t match with the bodyūüôā ). Well, It’s just one and half semester till I finish my study in University. So it is that time where I got loads of assignments and exams to do. It’s so tiring. Stressing me-out. Depressing. But yeah, everybody who wants to get¬†a Bachelor Degree should get through it.¬†Nobody said it was easy.¬†Just like what Coldplay’s song said. This week I just had my midterm exams. One of the lecturers just told us about our score, and I’m so thankful that I could pass the Auditing and Assurance exam. Yes, it was quite hard, almost every student in the class said their heads were about to explode while answering the questions. The lecturer also like to give us oral test or written test before the class starts. The lecturer told us that there’s only 9 students who passed this test. And luckily I am one of them, and can’t stop thanking God I got the highest score in the class. It’s a paid-off¬†after all the hardwork. God always listens, always gives us the best if we want to try, believe in ourselves and if we never give up! I always tell myself:¬†Winners never quit and quitters never win.¬†That’s right. So all I have to do is just face it and enjoying every moment I am living¬†now. I am sure I will miss my college life later. So it’s better to enjoy the present moment and make great memories with friends before we graduate and live our own life. Thank you for everyone who always come up to show and give your support¬†to meūüôā

Let’s counting days till New Year and let’s make these remaining days become a memorable one.

Love,
Fefiana