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LV Preview Collection 2015
28 August 2015



Attending LV 2015 Shoes Collection preview hosted by Ayla Dimitri. Oh look at these cute chocolate shoes!





Welcomed by these cute array of shoes.











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Movie Friday: People Places Things.




It's been awhile since I had a free time alone at home. I woke up today and figuring out that I had a day off to watch some movies. I picked this indie Sundance Festival 2015 movie called 'People, Places, Things'. I had a complex feelings during the whole movie, all the feelings described in this movie is somehow so detailed yet so common. I feel a lot of connection with the story, especially the main character, Will Henry, a graphic novelist and an art & literature professor who had recently been through a divorce. 

Every scenes and emotions here are perfectly captured, through the pictures in the artworks that Will draws according to his lonely life, it's somewhat playful but sad at the same time. How he teaches his students at school shows a unique insight of his mind; everything is charmingly written.




  




The movie starts with a question, "Is happiness a sustainable condition?", as in Will's mind, there is no use of looking for happiness, because happiness is not a sustainable condition. You fell in love, it was fun, someday it just went away and you just need to deal with it. Struggling of living his loneliness,  finding new love and at the same time, wondering if his feelings for his ex wife, Charlie, ever really go away. It's a story of how young couple fell in and out of love, they handle confusion in relationship;  new love, break ups, letting go and moving on.


Will: You've been through this before… do they ever go away?
Diane: They do go away, you know.
Will: When?
Diane: Good luck, Will. It's nice while it's lasted.

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Charlie: I'm afraid I'm making another mistake.
Will: I don't think of what we did as a mistake.
Charlie: It didn't work out.
Will: It did… and then it didn't.
Charlie: What is that mean?
Will: It means... you can never predict what's going to happen. Or how we're going to change.


Clement's awkward-but-cute character is a major charm to the movie. It's so effortless and believable. Overall it's a wonderful romantic comedy movie, all the dialogues are sincere and heart-felt, I even cried a bit. It's my new favourite movie and it's a Friday well-spent. I love today.


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A Journey of Self-Love: Hello Philippines!
24 August 2015


I'd say one of the perks I enjoy from blogging is visiting new places and trying out things I never tried before. After what happened with my personal life a few months ago, the only thing I need is a getaway. A reboot to start fresh again. Luckily I got this invitation by Cetaphil (worldwidely known as a healthy skincare brand focusing in sensitive and acne-prone skin), to visit Philippines and do some 'adventure' there. Sounds interesting. A blogger and also a good friend of mine, Claradevi, was coming too. So I said yes immediately to this trip. Feeling adventurous and a bit clueless, we were not really knowing what kind of 'adventure' are we going to face there. This is my first time going to Philippines and I know it will be awesome. I love unexpected trips!


I believe the best way to heal your heart is by traveling. Thank God for my impulsive decision (as always), this trip turns out to be not only a physical restart, but I could say this is a life-changing experience. It took quite some time to write this post since this is rather a personal reflection for me than any usual blogging trips, it's a heart-to-heart experience. The adventure I got is rediscovering my own inner self. Rebooting my self-confidence and body image. Let's start the adventure, shall we? :)




Landed in Manila, Philippines. We rode for about one and a half hour by car and finally arrived in a beautiful scenery of jungle-ish greenery. It's San Benito, Lipa City. Far away from the city noises, I can only hear chirping birds and the sound of all other wild bugs. It's quite a remote area, a perfect place for a retreat. Me and Clara shared a room together, and here's the hut we will be sleeping in for the next 3 days. It's literally like a fairy house. No electricity, no TV or mini bar or whatsoever, with a beautiful view of all things green from the window. We sometimes have one or two gorgeous peacocks (yes, peacocks!) chilling in front of our door in the morning… A total interaction with nature, isn't that magical.



Our magical little sanctuary.



Chilling out on the front porch which is the level one of our bedroom. Loving our little hut!



What it looks like on the outside, a uniquely designed hut inspired by traditional Filipino house.



Everyday encounter with this pretty yet mysterious peacock.





Wearing my own Kasmaran Pagi Sore dress which I made myself, will be available soon at @KasmaranIndonesia, my little sewing project to express my love of Indonesia's traditional heritage. :) Pairing my batik dress with white sneakers, because why not.



 Bringing Staccato white sneakers abroad with me, 
the comfiest sneakers with extra inch on the insole for extra height. ;)


Oh, we got company! Cetaphil also invited beauty vloggers from all around Asia. From Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Philippines. We quickly get along and exchanging tips and tricks on beauty, fashion, and *of course* love life. Meheheh.



with beauty youtubers: Jamie and Roseanne from Singapore, 
Kristin and Ana Victorino from Philippines, and Clara my fellow Indonesian blogger.




On our first lunch, the table situation is so noisy already! :) We talked about our blogging background, shared happening trends from each other's country, telling each other our skin conditions, it was basically endless girl talks on the dining table every time. 


And by the way, we're having organic VEGAN foods for as long as we're staying here. I only prayed that I would not act embarrassing since I never tried vegan diet before, I simply just can't give up foods. But look what we have here…. It's actually even better than my usual meals. It's vegan, it's healthy and totally guilt-free, superb.



This colourful and (surprisingly savoury) salad. 



Mint with cocoa nibs smoothies and Jackfruit mousse. Guilt-free.



Vegan dark chocolate cake, with mango, pineapple, papaya, lime and banana smoothies.



Fresh fruits every morning!


I'm never a fan of raw veggies and any kind of salad before, but after a three-days quarantine of strict vegan diet, I could actually crave for raw veggies (What kind of sorcery is this?!) ...It's an awesome kickstart to a healthy lifestyle.



Everyday scenery.



Lovely reminder on the mineral bottle.


After lunch, we headed for Yin Yang Body Polish Spa, which is an award-winning spa as chosen by Asia Tatler Reader's Choice, and guess what, I'm not exaggerating, it is indeed one of the best spa experience I've had in my life by far. Thank you Cetaphil for treating us so dearly, and making me feel beautiful inside and out. :)




Best. Retreat. Ever.


( Continued on the next post… )


+ Pic 2, 9 and last pic credit to Claradevi.


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A Journey of Self-Love (Part 2).






After all the treatments with the spa and delicious healthy foods, we gathered in small groups for workshops and a deeper sharing session, coached by Martina Fink, Switzerland-based beauty and life coach. She explained what is the meaning of self-love and skin confidence. What defines a beautiful woman inner and out, what a true Cetaphil woman means.




We had a heart-to-heart sharing session and it was very insightful. To be gathered around with 14 women, all around Asia, all in my age range and have been involved in beauty and fashion field for quite some time. All of them are so beautiful and seems flawless. But after the session, we found out that we've all experienced what every teenagers are facing; the skin crisis, breakouts, how some of us got bullied for having severe acnes or other skin problems that won't go away. Appearance is one of the biggest concern in every girl's life growing up, and it can be tough. It affects our body image and confidence. What we feel becomes what we are. We grew up with insecurities, and people's judgement matters the most. We no longer value ourselves and we tend to listen to other people's comments as a reflection of ourselves.





In this journey, Cetaphil encouraged us to fix what went wrong in our mindset about being beautiful. It's not about fixing what's already there; some people want fair skin, some people want tanned skin. I had these freckles on my face since I was a kid and I grew up believing it's not pretty;  I want a flawless skin. But turns out the ladies I met here thought my freckles is pretty and it's a uniqueness I should embrace.




Self-love is about taking care of what we have. Treating ourselves good from the inside. That's what Cetaphil has taught us for these whole 3 days, with healthy foods and lifestyle. Loving yourself and enjoying life doesn't mean eating anything you want, but taking care of our body responsibly. Healthy lifestyle is not always torturing. My personal commitment after going back from this trip, I managed to do a jogging and sit-up routine everyday, and also signed up for Muay Thai class. Such a big improvement from zero work-out to finally having an everyday work-out routine. That's self-love. :)


For my skin-confidence commitment, my self-love is proven by:
- Finding out what product fits my skin condition.
- Learning to read the ingredients of every product carefully.
- Always put on moisturiser and anti-UV A & B every morning before going outside the house
(from what I just learned from the workshop, UV A and B is more dangerous than I thought and it really can't be ignored.)
- Not lazy to remove my make-up and clean my face twice daily.
- Drink plenty of water (I have a big bottle of water beside me as I'm writing this post… yasss to discipline!)



went home with this starter kit for my sensitive and acne-prone skin: 
Moisturizer & sunblock, cleansing cloths & gentle cleanser that I use as make-up remover.



I've been using the cleanser for a month as body wash, 
and it helps clearing up my acnes because of it's gentle formula. 
I even customised it with my own fresh coffee scrub to add a healthy glow to my skin. :) 



Most of all, do things that makes you feel happy, so your inner glow shines through. Happy girls shine the brightest, isn't it? :)




( Excuse my unladylike pose, we were having fun climbing trees and stuff. )


In the workshop, we were asked to write down our insecurities and what we felt about ourselves. After that, we wrote down an appreciation list for everyone in our group.



A heart-felt note written for me by Kristin, my dear Filipino friend in the group.


On the last day, we set up a pool party as a farewell *sobs*. We shared so many personal stories through out the whole workshop session that it felt like we already bound so close.



Kristin and Rachelle from Philippines, Haniz, Charis and Emily from Malaysia, and Clara.
My precious girls! :)



CANCER GIRLS SQUAD! 



We even celebrated birthday together! Toey and Amy from Thailand, Charis and Marlene from Malaysia, Jamie from Singapore, turned out they shared birthday in the same week :) We celebrated it with a *gluten-free* chocolate birthday cake!



One last hug before going home :( ...Aaand I got caught on picture holding the leftover brownies from last night. Classic, Sonia.


I got so many positive vibe from this trip, it's some kind of revelation that I'm the only person responsible for my own happiness. It inspired me to write this post according to how this three-days journey affecting my personal life after break-up, on my way back from Philippines. I felt so lucky to meet the most beautiful, creative, and kind ladies. They comforted me and we make each other stronger by not being afraid of sharing our vulnerabilities, as our experience can be an inspiration for all other girls. Thank you, girls, for being beautiful inside and out.

Here are some valuable points I learned and I will always remind myself as I got home from this trip. It's a good mantra I'd like to share with you, all my beautiful readers, as well:

Love yourself. 
Appreciate yourself. 
Know what's best for you. 
You're beautiful, and do not let anyone make you feel any other way. 
Treat yourself good because you deserve it.




For more info on products and whole Cetaphil Experience, you can check out Cetaphil's official twitter, Facebook and instagram.


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"Chateau Fleur" Haute Couture 2016 Collection - Hian Tjen
22 August 2015




Very psyched and honoured to attend Hian Tjen's first solo Haute Couture show, witnessing Indonesia's designer major talent and brilliant minds. Hian Tjen successfully pulled off so many beautiful pieces in one show! There's nothing that I couldn't love from each of the pieces he showcased last night. Looks like the inspiration comes from fairy tales, all of the imaginary characters came through from the fairies, the goddesses, the beasts, the witches, the reindeers, butterflies, eagles, each piece is translated in Hian Tjen's haute couture way and it seems magical. Amazing touch from Andreas Zhu on make-up and Rinaldy A. Yunardi on accessories and headpieces adds up the enchanting appeal to the whole collection.



  
Details and amazing craftsmanship on each dress.

Loathing for this beautiful silhouette mermaid dress.



Not all heroes wear capes.  

My favourite out of sooo many of my favourite dresses on stage!
 The details and movement took my breath away on the first sight.

Oh! Dream dress. So fierce.


















The man behind this magnificent show. Congrats, kak Hian Tjen!


What I wore last night was also a piece by Hian Tjen. I always love how his work always make beautiful silhouette of a woman's body. It defines my waistline and curves very well and the accent on the chest is beautiful, it's transparent but not vulgar at all, rather mysterious in my opinion. Thank you Anas for helping me taking these outfit pics :)








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