Main Menu, The World Through My Eyes

I am back, Blog World!

It’s been ages.. I know. I can’t even imagine how time flies this fast as I saw my last post was on 3rd of July last year! Well, so many things have been happening (of course! what do you expect what’s been going on for almost a year). Laughter and tears, ups and downs, but what’s the most important thing is I take every single thing that has happened as a lesson to be a better person.

Let me share a little bit what happened with my personal life as it was the biggest change for me in last year. Sadly, I had to break up with my 2 years ex-bf last year. I know, middle of 2014 was one of the hardest moments for me but at the same time, that was the best decision for both of us and we amazingly turned out to be so much better as friends. We knew we were horrible as a couple since our expectation towards each other was always hard to meet plus some fundamental difference issues.

Yoga keeps you balance!

Yoga keeps you balance.

Since then, most of my world is mostly about work (I’ve been enjoying it so much as it’s my passion too!), girl friends, hang out, socializing and networking, trips around the island and exercise. I kept myself busy and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into my consciousness.

Oh ya.. Did I tell you this? Not so long after my break up, I’ve got a promotion at work – a new challenge for me to keep me excited everyday. Besides that, the connection between I and some friends are getting stronger as I spend more time with them, I have some amazing work mates in general at the office and another countless blessing!

 

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Surfing makes me happy.

These two ladies are such   a gift from heaven.

More time & more connection with friends.

Housemates, Weekendmates, Second Family.

Housemates & Weekendmates.

From these life lessons, I started to believe that when we lose something, the universe will give us another great thing, or even better, to replace it. Even the romance fortune is not on my side this time, I believe it will come when its time.

The most important thing is, keep seeing the positive side in everything. Embrace every moment with open arms, open heart and open mind. Believe in good karma and universe’s rules, what you give is what you get in return. You will be fine 🙂

From Bali with Love.

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Living An Island Life, Main Menu

The Day of Silence (Nyepi) for Land’s Purification

As we familiar with Earth Hour, a worldwide movement for the planet to turn off the lights for one hour which organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Balinese also have Nyepi Day (The Balinese New Year) on their Bali land. It is the day when you need to keep minimum lights or turn it off and reminds silent for 24 hours every once a year.

Every culture or religion all over the world has their own way to celebrate their new year. Such as, the Moslems have the Muharam year as their religion new year, The Chinese have Imlek or better known as “Gong Xi Fat Chai” as their new year celebration and most people around the world using the Gregorian calendar, which celebrates the New Year on the 1st of January. The same thing occurs in Bali. Nyepi is Balinese new year celebration, even tho Balinese also use Gregorian calendar as well for business purposes.

Nyepi is a day to keep the balance of nature surroundings. You won’t hear any noise at all, only birds singing and dogs barking. This is my 2nd Nyepi experience in Bali. Last year I was staying at The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa and spent the whole Nyepi there. This year, I stayed at home. It was a silent and dark night last night when I was in my balcony yet we saw the beautiful stars so clearly and we heard nothing but the dogs barked. We turned on the side table lights inside the house which were not exposed to the street and enjoyed my movies and my meals like normal days. What a peaceful evening..

Now, let’s talk about Nyepi celebration stages. Three day before Nyepi, Balinese does Melasti. This activity is to clean the statues as the symbol that help to concentrate the mind to be closer to the God in the water sources such as lake, river, etc.

One day before Nyepi, it called Tawur Kesanga. All Balinese does the ceremony, praying for the safety and also do the Ngerupuk parade and the Ogoh-ogoh (the monsters made by Balinese as the symbol of evil’s spirit) carnival. The Ogoh-ogoh monsters are surrounding our environment which have to be got rid of from our lives. The monsters will be carried around the land after sunset and be buried by the beach at the end. Its the symbol of land’s purification.

The Pajegan for ceremony in the afternoon. It is done oneday before Nyepi.

The Pajegan for ceremony in the afternoon. It is done oneday before Nyepi.

Ogoh-ogoh to be carried around the town.

Ogoh-ogoh to be carried around the town.

Then the next day is Nyepi Day where every street in Bali is very quiet. There are nobody doing their normal daily activities. Pecalangs (the traditional Balinese security man) control and check the street security. The Pecalangs’ job is to control the street and also to stop any activities that disturb Nyepi Day. No traffic is allowed at all, no cars, no people, and everyone has to stay in their own houses. Light is kept to a minimum or not at all, the radio or TV’s volume is turned down and nobody works on this day. Nyepi day starts from 6am until the next 6am (24 hours).

Today (one day after Nyepi Day) called Ngembak Geni. It is the day when the Balinese usually visit the relatives to forgive each other..

Basicly from the religion and the culture’s point of view, Nyepi Day is meant to be a day of self introspection and meditation to purify our heart. Nyepi day is one of the unique celebrations in Bali, most probably the biggest one yet has made Bali as the attractive island with its magnificent culture.

The beautiful young Balinese girls are ready for the ceremony before Nyepi Day.

The beautiful young Balinese girls are ready for the ceremony before Nyepi Day.

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Island Outfit

Find and express yourself by getting lost in the paradise on earth!

The chic outfit which is not too much for your beaching time!

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Living an island life, apart from the office outfit to go for work, is pretty much simple. Such as for the ladies, you get your pretty slippers on, little simple dresses, put the shorts and the tank top on, then smile and yes you are accepted everywhere! For me personally, for the daily life, I always don’t wanna look too much but at the same time I try not to look too plain as well.

There are many casual stylish boutiques around Bali but for some reasons I am so in love with the boutique called Lost in Paradise which spreads around Seminyak and Legian. They offer some vintage style, classic, retro, casual stylish and it’s always up to date! The clothes are mostly made by the real cotton which is very comfy to wear for both men and women. They offer various kind of tops, shorts, long pants, bags, cute accessories and fashionable sunglasses as well. Even what they offer is mostly casual, but they also have the collection of some formal outfits, depends on the occassion that you are going to attend! I bought some of their collection and all of them are quite last for long! It’s really worth the money with such quality.

The price range starts from around IDR 300,000 and above. It is not cheap yet not too expensive either. This shop is definitely worth it to be added into your list when you are in Bali! Are you ready to explore some beaches with the charming look? or planning to go to a beach party tonite? Here is the answer before you go..

Various of chic outfit that you can find.

Various of chic outfit.

Stylish men outfit.

Stylish men outfit.

Some ladies accessories that they offer.

Some ladies accessories that they offer.

Options of sunglasses depend on your personality.

Options of sunglasses depend on your personality.

What they put on the wall.

What they put on the wall.

Their attractive vintage lights that catch my attention!

Their attractive vintage lights that catch my attention!

Their logo to let you know that the perfect summer is here!

Their logo to let you know that the perfect summer is here!

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All is here!

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