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As known as Sonia Eryka, a happy-go-lucky kid who stays and lickin Jakarta's lips as a blogger, vocalist, freelance fashion stylist, experimental photographer, and a cafe owner.


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The Cashless Society
23 June 2015

Remember how we used to go to money changer before going somewhere abroad? or when we still need cash every time we go shopping? Just like ditching old pair of shoes in our closet that doesn't go in trend anymore or a piece of skirt that doesn't fit any longer, digital era has been so evolved that we're ditching all the old traditions of shopping with the new ones, all to make your life easier. Now we can dine and shop comfortably with only our phone in our hand using Rekening Ponsel, you won't even need ATM card to do a transaction or to withdraw your money. And you also can do international currency transaction with Go Mobile banking. So many things are changing for a good thing.

And I'm inviting you to join a fun fashion challenge at www.hariginigitu.com, all you need to do is upload pics of your old style versus your current style on Instagram or Twitter. Maybe a fashion throwback, things you wore 5 years ago and what you wear today, and proof why today's style is better in your opinion. The most creative submission will win IDR 2,500,000,- each for 3 winners. Competition will be closed on 9th of July 2015. Good luck peeps! ☺

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17 June 2015

It might come off a little bit of surprising, but…. I'm a Universal Studio newbie. Where have I been?! I KNOW. At this visit, I finally dropped by (by dropping by, I mean for THREE-WHOLE-DAYS. I have no idea exactly how huge it is but it's certainly need more than a day to discover it all)  Resort World Sentosa and checked out what inside it. First fact, it's not only Universal Studio. But it's the first destination I'm going for! :)

The ticket!

Honestly, I'm not a thrill-seeker. I'm that no-fun kid who sits and watches your backpacks while you're going on a roller-coaster. But I was curious to try Puss in Boots' Giant Journey, USS's newest family roller-coaster ride that is safe for all ages. I'm in! :)

Caution, Gingy might break when the roller coaster is down by surprise. It tasted delicious tho!

And I tried other Far Far Away attraction includes Shrek's 4D theatre. Entering this gate welcomed by Counting Crow's 'Accidentally in Love' definitely made my day. I love dramatic entrances.

Hats and accessories! Fits my outfit of the day.

Back to the hotel for dinner! we dined at Palio, Michael Hotel, for italian dishes specialty.

Fresh eggless Pici Pasta, or as called 'Pici Con Aragostelle e Zucchine Alo Zafferano'.


Their Tiramisu was the best but I couldn't miss their other tempting desserts too.

In the morning, we did a quick tour of Resort World Sentosa's newest hotel located in Jurong, Genting Hotel Jurong. It's family-friendly, there are plenty of room types to choose from, it's all nicely designed, easy access to Resort World Sentosa in just one stop shuttle bus, and they have this unique self-service system, a 24-hours vending machine for foods, sunblocks and medicines so it's all very convenient.

Back to Resort World Sentosa, all dressed up in UK indie designer label Alice's Pig sixties inspired top and ready to visit the one and only museum where you just can't behave, TrickArt Museum Singapore.

doing 'The Hobbit' perspective illusion with my little brother.

The other fact I just knew about Resort World Sentosa is that they have sooooo many good choices when it comes to culinary experience! They have dozens of restaurants with celebrity chefs and big names in culinary world such as Cat Cora, Joel Robuchon, Scott Webster, and this time I'm trying out the uniquely concept restaurant, a 'Spa Cafe' named Tangerine, with Chef Ian Kittichai. Specialises in healthy detox meals, all the foods and beverages in this restaurant is definitely flavourful AND totally guilt-free! each and every menu is written with ingredient details and amounts of calorie. This Asian-Western fusion cuisine goes in perfect harmony with award-winning spa treatment, ESPA, to indulge you in your vacation. Sounds just purrrrfect.

Signature detox drinks with honey.

Lean and Spicy Black Angus Tenderloin.

Asian Style Sea Bass and Salsa.

My next stop at Resort World Sentosa is the S.E.A Aquarium! I can easily say this is my most favourite attraction since I love to observe things and the underwater world is downright breathtaking. Really loving the mysterious yet enchanting atmosphere of this oceanarium, I can just sit for hours looking at these wonderful sea creatures moving gracefully. There are not just one or two but more than ten huge aquarium filled with 100,000 unique sea creatures divided by their ecosystems, like shark tanks, manta rays, and sea jellies. Another awesome thing here, you can actually dip into the tank to do a sea trek, and swim with leopard sharks or take selfie with a humongous manta ray. This is truly magical to me.

This is the observatory tank where you can do a sea trekking inside it.

Moving to another side of the S.E.A Aquarium, if you're not feeling adventurous enough to swim with the sharks, well at least don't miss a unique experience of an underwater fine dining (...it does remind me of the scene in Shark Tale!). The OCEAN Restaurant is opened by American celebrity chef and first female Iron Chef, Cat Cora, serving sustainable seafood with Mediterranean and Californian accents.

Who thought an unexposed shipwreck could be this pretty?

I went to the Adventure Cove waterpark which located right after the SEA Aquarium and still inside the Resort World Sentosa (now you have any idea how big it is) for a fun dip and Rainbow Reef snorkel. They have a swimming pool that connects to manta rays tank, separated by the glass. It's thrilling enough for me! Overall it's a wonderful experience staying in Resort World Sentosa and it's good to know I can do so many other things than just shopping, I'll be continuing my journey to Singapore Fashion Week on the next post! :)

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Can't Be Tamed
12 June 2015

Born with wavy, bouncy hair has its glory and a few downsides. Some days it could be this effortlessly chic 'bed' hair, when the waves and curls go in all the right directions, and some other days, you wake up to a real mess on your head. Just like Miley Cyrus, the frizzy hair is literally can't be tamed

Honestly, one of the reason I cut my hair short was because I got frustrated by the never-ending evil cycle of taming my hair: it was naturally wavy from the start, and I bleached and coloured it so it got even more unmanageable. For people with coloured hair and wavy to curly hair, or both, you know the struggle. Straightening it with flat iron will make it seems 'healthy' and 'tidy', yet having a continuous contact with super hot surface everyday surely made it worse. Until one day I had enough of this cycle,  so I cut my hair and starts fresh. 

This short hair actually make my day so much easier, though I admit that I'm quite a lazy bum, I still had no time to straighten my hair and I wish there are some treatments to make my hair less 'frantic' and easier to manage every morning. The key is to make it looks natural and healthy. 

My hairstylist at the salon recommended me to try this new product by Makarizo called MAXI Smoothing. I was worried it could be damaging at first, but after looking at the ingredients, it is ammonia-free and it contains keratin and grape seed extract to protect and nutrition the hair during the smoothing process, making your hair smoother and shinier than before.

It assures me because they have 3 formulas, from virgin hair, to chemically treated and damaged hair, that means this one's the mild kind of straightening product, not the one that makes your hair super thin or turning stiff straight. They also have the after-treatment neutraliser made of soy protein to moisten your hair, making it natural-looking, and more manageable. This smoothing treatment can be done at the salon only, so do consult to your hairstylist to know which MAXI Smoothing formula suits your hair type and condition! :)

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04 June 2015

Visiting H&M HQ yesterday for a preview of their upcoming Fall / Winter collection, available in stores worldwide on September 2015. Here's a quick sneak peek video of the 70s inspired collection. Retro prints, flashy fabrics dominated by gold, silver and copper tones, slouchy turtleneck sweaters, latex and leather jackets. ME LOVE!

There is an ideal portion of basic items such as white tanks, bulky sweater, super comfy-looking turtleneck jumpers, and monochrome pieces that is very current, combined with bold, sparkly pieces from the past. 70s retro prints, 80s sequins and latex, to 90s crop tops, all trends reoccuring in one season, adding a futuristic intergalactic-theme accessories that makes this whole collection even more exciting.

Slouchy sweaters are my thing.

to-die-for 70s printed boots.

My girl Clara accompanying me trying on things.

H&M STUDIO from head to toe.

  Intergalactic theme statement necklace. Love love love.

my sorry-not-sorry-for-messing-up-your-showroom-it's-because-you-have-such-a-nice-collection face.

pics & video by me and Clara for Sunday Mag project. Xx

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