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I Need Your Help!

So, the video above (that was currently uploading during the time I wrote this) is my entry for YOUC1000 x ESMOD Jakarta Fashion Design Competition that is currently ongoing. It was a quite long story on how I finally managed to join this competition and (eventually) being the finalist. Okay, since it's still a long way to go for me to finish the upload, I'll just write down why am I joining this.

It started back then in January when I decided to join fashion design elective class. The main reason why I'm joining the class is just because I don't really want to take web design or interactive design class (I really really avoiding less sleep this semester because of reasons, one of them being my asthma). The other reasons was because I love to read and keep updated with the current news and trends in the fashion world. I would love to learn fashion from a creator's (designer's) perspective rather than a consumer's view.

Anyway, after some few classes (it was almost mid-term), my lecturer showed the class about the competition and later decided that in order to take the mid-term assignment, students MUST make an entry for the competition. So, I come up with the ideas some few days before the deadline and then proceeds to the making (sketching, drawing, etc). I sent my design on the deadline day and life goes on.

I never expected anything would happen (I consider my design is not good enough and fashion design would not be something that I will do in the future), but then BAM!, someone in my class told me that I am one of 19 other finalist for the contest. 3 of them are my classmates. I was a bit certain about continuing the competition because I literally had many other things to do, like internship and assignments. I almost turn down this competition.

But then I have this little revelation that says that you should finish what you start, and gaining experience is the most precious thing you could ever get in life. A short, intense conversation I had with one of the greatest designer in Indonesia in my opinion, Max Suriaganda, concluded my decision to go on. He said: "Don't consider this a a competition because it will tense you up. Treat this as an opportunity." and, "Remember to be brave and confident with your own works, because you own this work, you are the one who really understand this work."

That's all for the whole story. Quite a long one, actually! So... I need your help to: vote this video on YouTube if you really like this video. The voting system will affect on the final result of the competition. I really, dearly, appreciate every likes and views and time that you give! I'll be having jury session next May and by the end of May, my work will be on a fashion show held by ESMOD Jakarta. Wish me luck! This is quite scary but I'm excited!

Finally, I wish you a great day (and night)!

Sawasdee, Bangkok!

Hello! I'm writing this post upon my arrival at home from my weekend getaway to Bangkok. Yes, you'll expect another travel journals on my upcoming posts. Hehe. Actually, this will be my last weekend getaway before I'm having my 3 months internship (wish me luck for this! I'm excited for this but also a bit afraid for some reasons). For this time, I went with my usual travel trio, which are my mom and my grandma.

Bangkok is a nice city, (though it was scorching hot: 36º C on the daytime) which covers up all aspect such as cultures, history, foods, and even shopping. While my grandma and mom was busy with their shoppings, I went to several places like temples, museums, and even searching for Thai traditional foods that are literally EVERYWHERE on the street.

It will take longer time for me to write the travel journal since it's the (last!) final week, so I'll spend around a week to write all of my experiences I had there. Until then, enjoy this short clip preview for this upcoming travel journal (I'm so happy that I finally managed to upload something on my YouTube account!) and I'll see you soon!

Impromptu Visit to Bandung

It seems that I become a bit of a travel blogger, isn't it? 

So, I had another weekend spent outside my town, which is Bandung for this month. Actually, I'm a bit lazy to write something about Bandung because Bandung is getting overrated, in my opinion. I mean, look at here, here, here, and here. I don't want to even bore myself writing about this city, so I decided to wrap it up into a simple blog post about places in Bandung that I visited.

As always, I hope you'll enjoy reading this as I enjoy writing it.

#1 NuArt Sculpture Park
I was considering to do some art galleries visits the time I arrived at Bandung... Without knowing that Bandung is quite hellish on weekends (thanks to traffic jams and hordes of people from Jakarta coming to this city for leisure. Including me. Hehe). I started to list down all of recommended art galleries in Bandung and I've got like 10 art galleries to visit. And as you expect, I was only able to visit 1 gallery out of 10!

Anyway, NuArt Sculpture Park was actually a really big park, located inside of a residence in Bandung (I learned that if you're going with taxi, please say the address, not the name. The taxi I was in got lost when going to this place) consisting of sculpture gallery, a quite pretty park you can stroll around, and a restaurant and a café.

NuArt Sculpture Park's owner is none other Nyoman Nuarta, the famous sculptor for his works such as Garuda Wisnu Kencana and a big, swirling sculpture in front of Museum Nasional Jakarta.

NuArt Sculpture Park
Jl. Setraduta Kencana 2 No. 11, Bandung

#2 Garasi Opa & Kineruku
I found this pretty little gem in the heart of Bandung after doing some research on vintage and antiques shops in Bandung (Bandung is quite known for its vintage shops so I decided to give a try). This shop is located in a house at Jalan Hegarmanah. 

Garasi Opa was impressive. They sell lots of antiques from fashion items, old records, old books, and even antique furnitures! Of course, I don't want to miss any opportunity for not buying any goods from Garasi Opa.

While Garasi Opa sells antiques, Kineruku is a small library where people (especially students in Bandung) can borrow some books, just like a normal library do. But... There's something special about Kineruku. Kineruku provides some rare books that aren't in everybody's reading list, such as philosophy books, arts and design books, or even an old Indonesian poetry book. I was amazed. And oh, they also sells some of their books and some merchandises.

#3 Museum Geologi
Probably one of the best museum I ever visit in Indonesia (Museum Kata Andrea Hirata is still my number one!). Museum Geologi is basically everything you want to know about the earth; stones, gems, natural resources, and many things else. The museum was once a Dutch building, but I love on how the graphic design makes this museum not so boring to visit.

#4 Pasar Buku Palasari
Imagine a market... But books! I found this book market while browsing through the web about some interesting places related to literature I can visit in Bandung. This place is quite large and there are LOTS of book shops you might want to explore. It's recommended to visit this place in the afternoon, as the market is not really crowded on that time.

For this visit, I bought myself Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarasthura because I've been dying to buy one. I was considering buying Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex but turned it down because I should do some school works, not spending almost my time reading books. Sob. 

#5 Farmhouse Lembang
This place is currently a must visit for every Indonesian. In a nutshell, this place is a giant selfie spots and you can dress up as a Dutch Lady and pretend you're having a giant trip to Europe.

The nice thing about this place is: 1. You'll get a complimentary milk or grilled sausage by redeeming your entrance ticket, 2. There's a quite interesting petting zoo, where you can buy some animal foods such as grasses and carrots, 3. The atmosphere is pretty cool and I guess it's a quite decent place for a  short weekend getaway.

Some things that I don't quite get: 1. The hobbit house that was ALL OVER the media. It's just a pinch and it's nothing like the original ones in New Zealand, 2. Too many people decided to bring tongsis or selfie stick rather than asking their other family members to take their picture, 3. The Dutch Lady dress is just ridiculous.

#6 Tangkuban Perahu
The last place to visit after spending weekend in Bandung is of course, Tangkuban Perahu.

Interesting place, beautiful view, but why oh why people are trying to sell me funny animal hats?

Bonus: The one and only Gedung Sate, the icon of Bandung.

It Starts and Ends With an 'A'

I was diagnosed with asthma last March. And I'm currently spending my whole weekday skipping classes because It's getting worse last week.

Life also can be pretty sucks, eh? It was actually an allergy reaction, and it can be easily prevented by keeping my environment clean from dusts and staying away from high pollutant places, plus I should not letting my cat enter my bedroom. I also have to keep control on my walking pace (it means I can't walk too fast). One time I keep my normal walking pace and ended up dying, unable to breathe properly. Finally, I should always bring along my 'survival kit': an inhaler, health mask, medicines and various pills, and some few throat lozenges.

But unfortunately, firstly, I was known for being too lazy on cleaning my room. And I love to bring my cat into my room for several cuddly company reasons. Secondly, I walk in a super fast pace a lot, usually to save time. And lastly, I am a such a clumsy being; from forgetting to bring along essential stuffs (even my phone), or stupidily losing all of my stuffs that I have. I have to overcome my weaknesses, of course, and coping on a brand new lifestyle for the sake of my health.

I thought this sudden diagnosis is somekind of curse to me for being a reckless and lazy individual at first. I was crying to my mom when I thought I would have an asthma inside me. "Why should I?" I constantly asked the deity above. And the answer is: It happens to me because I have to be a better person than I am right now. I should start to clean my room more often, and reconsidering bringing my cat inside my room. I can always cuddle him anywhere but my room, eh? I should make a much more effective time management system with my new slower walking pace. And how I should be much more prepared before leaving home. 

I believe anything happened for some reasons including you, dear asthma. 

Bring it on. Asthma is not the reason I'm stopping to believe.