The World Through My Eyes

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort – Jane Austen

Reminiscing my last trip to Jakarta, 4th – 10th of March 2014.. Visiting my parents, for my mom’s birthday, meeting my good old friends, visiting few new places.. 6 days of changes were good enough to refresh my mind..

But here is what happened behind that fun trip overall.. After I’ve got use to living alone most of the time since 2005, being totally independent, doing anything with the responsibilities all on my own, makes me a little bit difficult to had to stay with my parents again. Of course I do miss them so much but honestly some times it was just kinda irritating by being asked many stuff such as why I go out a lot with my friends (in fact I only went out with my friends for 2 times during my 6 days in Jakarta), why I didn’t spend all my time with my parents during my trip until being asked about my near future plans many times which left me nothing but high pressure and I have to face it no matter what..

I know I should be more understanding and more mature in facing it and actually yes I felt I was better in handling that situation compared to my previous visits. I keep imagining maybe one day if I had kids, I think I would do the same without I noticed it..Who knows.. As I realized that’s just because they really love you and worried so much about you without realizing it became the pressure for the kids..

At the end, I always keep in mind that parents, all over the world, only want what’s best for their kids and they work so hard for their children to reach their goals and dreams. And nobody loves you more than your parents do.. No matter how much your life partner loves you, nothing compared to parents’ love. It is true. And regardless how old you are, you will always be the kids on your parents’ eyes..

No matter how I love my life in Bali at the moment, I will keep visiting my parents regularly at least once a year. Yes we argue sometimes, especially I and my mom, but hey I think it is something normal as long we solve it and we are totally good after that. I think it only caused by the generation and culture gap but we know very well that we love each other.

During this trip, I was quite glad, since my dad became the commissioner in his company, he doesn’t need to go to the office everyday which makes him having more time to do his hobbies. His hobbies are pretty much unique. Last time he had lobster farms at home, then switched to created some mats by plants and now producing plants fertilizers.. What a unique family I have which I am really glad to have them as my parents.

Let me introduce you to my happy mom, my dad and my mermaid Ariel..

Let me introduce you to my happy mom, my dad and excuse me about my Ariel, the mermaid 😛

Completed family. Dad, Elder brother, mom and me back in 2010.

Meet the family. Dad, elder brother, Mom and me back in 2010.

Dad, Mom and me in 1993.

Dad, Mom and me in 1993.

Another picture of Dad, Mom and me, 17 years after the picture above :)

Another picture of Dad, Mom and me, 20 years after the picture above 🙂

On Friday night and Sunday afternoon I went out meeting with some close friends that I knew back in KL. We were pretty much knowing each other’s histories and now most of them are already back in Jakarta and working there.

Those were an exciting Friday night and a beautiful Sunday to meet all of them and I realize that we all have various directions of life and different fates now whereas couple of years ago we were all still the same..University students who lived in student apartments with the money pockets given by our parents to be spent smartly if we didn’t want to suffer at the end of the month. Haha..

Now, one is getting married in the middle of the year and is really happy, one has finally settled with a good boyfriend who is treating her well, ones are still searching for “the one”, one has already moved on from the ex, one is focusing so much on her career and doesn’t want to think about men at the moment, one is still worried with the religion issue with the boyfriend, one has chosen to be a strong single mom as it’s the best decision for her and I am really happy for having them 🙂

Good friends who are close in my heart.

Good friends who are close in my heart.

6 days seemed too short but it was already good enough since I also couldn’t leave my office longer than that.. Now I am glad for being back in Bali but honestly I still miss my parents and it is a normal feeling I guess..

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Man-Made Specials, My Bali Exploration

Spotted An Impressive Vintage Shop on the Island

“Looks kinda un-interesting from the outsite but I knew there is something about this place..”

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To those who consider themselves as art appreciators, they might find this post very informative. Look what I found about a week ago, a super awesome vintage shop which sell the items from the 1940’s.

The shop which look unattractive from the outside, makes some people most of the time just simply pass by the main road without noticing there is such a precious thing in town, unless to those who knew this place from words of mouth of course..

Once you step on and go inside this shop, it is actually quite spacious with so many antiques from  Java, Dutch (as Indonesia had been colonized by Dutch for 350 years back then), England and also Bali which able to bring you the feeling of how it feels living back in the 1940’s.

Planning to travel?

Planning to travel?

Can you imagine they have the old school salon seats, the dentist seat, unique looking lamps, old school radio, telephones, sewing machines, typing machines, old styled luggage which became fashion trends again, until the scales and various of cute little cups. Since it’s all the real antiques, I don’t think you have to worry about copycats as it won’t be found easily anywhere else.

Back then I think they didn't have to worry so much when the electricity went off all sudden.

Back then I think they didn’t have to worry so much when the electricity suddenly went off.

This scale reminds me alot of my grandmother's shop and my happy childhood back then.

This scale reminds me a lot of my grandmother’s shop and my happy childhood back in the 1990’s.

Don’t you think it’s very interesting to find some uncommon places like this? Especially those who seek the ideas of building restaurants, hotels, etc. In order to atrract people to come to your business, you have to be different and crazy, agree?

All the stunning unique looking lights.

All the stunning unique looking lights.

Who needs some hair treatments?

Who needs some hair treatments?

Feel like checking your teeth's condition?

Feel like checking your teeth’s condition?

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Isn't it beautiful?

Isn’t it beautiful?

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Man-Made Specials, My Bali Exploration

The “Little House” That Really Makes You Feel Like Home

The colors, the walls, the tile pattern on their semi-open terrace overlooking the main road, the homie decoration and everything lovely in a simple way that you can only find in La Casseta Italian Restaurant (meaning The Little House in Italian) which makes you don’t feel like living in Bali for a moment..

Owned by an Italian and specialized in Italian foods, you can imagine how pure the taste they offer with the authentic food recipes..photo 3(1)

Onetime, we found this place for the first time by a chance, when we drove by Umalas area. We thought we won’t find anything special around here since this area mostly surrounded by villas, mini markets and food stalls. After a while, we saw this cute restaurant and we thought that we had to go there to check it out. And as our feeling was telling us at the first time we saw this restaurant, we ended up felt the satisfaction! The foods and everything met our expectation! No regret! This is one of the restaurants that make us come back for more and tell our friends. The lovely restaurant itself, the foods and the great location with tranquil ambience.

I don’t think many people have already known this place as the location is kinda secluded, unless those who are already living here for some times and familiar with Bali roads. And this is what I like to do, explore the unexplored and share it to you..Meaning: The Little House

The fantastic foods, the lovely dessert, the good service, all is rolled into one in this restaurant! Besides the delicious pizza, fresh salad and carbonara that I’ve tried before, my recommendation is their dessert, Panna cotta with strawberry topping.. It tastes like heaven! So, buon appetito from Island of the Gods…

Panna cotta with the strawberry on top. Perfection.

Panna cotta with the strawberry on top. Perfection.

A good dessert and homie ambience.

A good dessert and the homie ambience.

Italian style tile patterns. Simply lovely.

Italian style tile patterns. Simply lovely and unique.

You should try it.

The homie restaurant that’s totally worth a try.

Excuse me for this. But this place is just too lovely to miss the photo capture!

Excuse me for this. But this place is just too lovely to miss the photo session!

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