Sunday, June 04, 2017

‡ MEgoes2TW - Part 1 ‡

First of all, I'd like to apologize for not updating the details of my trip during UWRF 2015 (you can check the post for Day 1 here and Day 2 here though).

I promise I will definitely continue with the details for Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5.
Also I am working with the draft for details of my Singapore trips.

As for now, for today, for this post, I will write down the details of my latest trip to... TAIWAN!

Since it's only one week since I returned from there, I think my memory is still good enough to remember the details. Hopefully.

P.S.: I am not a travel blogger so do not expect a good writing from me in this post (not as if I'm a good writer when it comes to non travel stuff though, lol).

Let's see what I can do with words, some pictures, and the excitement from the travel!
Oh, it's part 1 because it will be a long post so I decided to make three posts instead of one.







Prologue.

On 28 August 2016, I was at The Manhattan Fish Market - Central Park Mall for lunch with Monica Dewi Putri. During that period, travel fair was held at the mall and she told me about a plan to spend holiday alone.

Destination: Taiwan.

The conversation went on and on and she ended up persuading me to be her travel companion. It was such a dilemma for me as I wanted to save money for my dream destination: Japan.
However it's such a rare chance for me to travel with a good friend (as much as we annoy each other) and, on top of it, a heaven of food! Yes, Taiwan and the famous night markets and food and everything.

We went to Panorama Tours in Central Park and decided the travel date: 20 May until 27 May 2017 with these reasons:
  • 20-21 May are Saturday and Sunday
  • 24 May is my birthday
  • 25 May is a holiday
  • 26 May is her birthday
  • 27 May is Saturday
  • 28 May is Sunday and we could take a rest before workday!

It's IDR 4,295,000 for the round trip with Cathay Pacific.
You'll find the details later.


VISA.

Applying for VISA to Taiwan is not difficult, I might say.
It's my first time applying and I was so worried about everything, not to mention both of us applied for it just two weeks before our departure! (Please do not follow our steps for your own safety)

We applied it via Panorama Tours again for a Single Entry (IDR 750,000 excluding 1% tax).
They will help with the VISA application form and you'll need to provide these requirements:

  1. Original Passport; should be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival.
  2. Old Passport; if any
  3. Visa Photo 4x6, white-colored background
  4. Letter of Guarantee; if you're an employee, request it from your office
  5. Personal bank account statement of the past three months; if you have a KlikBCA account, you can print it by yourself at home!
  6. Copy of Family Card

A normal single entry takes 6-7 workdays so, again, do not wait until two weeks before departure.
We're so good at procrastinating. Seriously.

The VISA was granted 3 days before the departure. Ha!
I was so worried, no kidding.


Itinerary.

We had discussion about where we wanted to go in Taiwan and it's so difficult as we found too many spots to visit. From Taipei to Taichung to Alishan to Kaohsiung to everywhere else.
However as we considered the traveling time and everything, we picked two cities to stay: Taipei and Kaohsiung.

If you are a type of person who loves to create a neat itinerary, I'd recommend Travefy for you!

Easy and neat itinerary with Travefy

We used the online planning web to create the 8-day itinerary, writing down the time and place, including the details for us to note. Travefy also provides the option to convert the itinerary into PDF file or share the link with others!

I also installed the Android app instead of printing the handout as my guide during the trip there. Convenient much? (You can't edit the itinerary yet from mobile app though)

Oh, I'll mention the spots I couldn't visit for your information later! In case you have the chance to visit them. ;)





Day 1. Saturday, 20 May 2017.

Flight

We arrived at the airport earlier for dinner and baggage check-in (remember, no power bank in baggage!).
After half an hour waiting at Starbucks and another hour at the boarding room, I finally stepped in the Cathay Pacific aircraft for the 12:05 AM flight! Yes, it's first time for me.

They definitely live up their reputation as an outstanding airline. Even for a passenger of economy class, you'll feel comfortable with the seat, in-flight entertainment (IFE), food and beverages, and the services. Due to the night flight, blanket and pillow were prepared for each passenger.

I tried to catch a sleep but I'm never good with sleeping in vehicles; stiff neck at its worst. However I need to sleep so I woke up once in a while, including when the flight attendant distributed the snack. I finally gathered my consciousness an hour before we arrived at Hong Kong International Airport.

The IFE is updated with the latest entertainment stuffs! At least for me it's updated enough. I watched a comedy movie during the flight, "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates". A crazy movie. Not the best one but enough to make me stay awake during the flight from Hong Kong to Taiwan.

2 boarding passes for 2 flights

Quick view of Hong Kong International Airport (hopefully I can visit HK in the future!), we moved on to the next aircraft. I got refreshment! Pastry, cookie, and lemon juice. I barely slept as I knew it would not be a long flight.


Arrival, SIM Card

Excitement filled me when we landed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
FYI, Taiwan has two international airports: Taoyuan at north and Kaohsiung at south.

First thing first: baggage.
I always wonder why it always takes longer time to pick up baggage at Soekarno-Hatta compared to other international airports. Maybe it's just me.

Afterwards we picked up our 10-day SIM Cards.
Yes, pick up. We already booked for it via Klook here.


Where you pick up the SIM Card. Credit goes to Klook website.

Truth to be told, we were quite confused whether to choose a SIM Card or a Wi-Fi device. Since there were only two of us, we decided to have a card for one. More convenient albeit more expensive.
Just showed our passports and national identity cards (KTP), plug in the SIM Card in phone, and we're ready to be connected by unlimited internet!

It's around IDR 220,000 for a 10-day SIM Card.


Transportation Pass

Next is getting an electronic transportation pass.
We were given three options and, our bad, we had zero information regarding the differences. The lady at the counter offered us EasyCard as it's the most popular one. Without second thought, we bought the cards for NTD 100 and top-up NTD 400 for the fund.
She told us that if we wanted to reach Taipei Main Station from the airport, it would cost us NTD 160.

Quick tips, if you want to go and stay around Kaohsiung, I'd recommend you to have iPass instead of EasyCard since the latter can only be used for the MRT at Kaohsiung; you can't use it for buses in Kaohsiung and you can't top-up at any Kaohsiung stations.
However EasyCard does offer more if you'll spend time in Taipei. Its availability wins for sure. So if you go to both Kaohsiung and Taipei, get an EasyCard but make sure you have enough fund in the card during your stay in Kaohsiung.


Credit goes to EasyCard official website

Anyway, we're not going to Taipei for our first day.
Instead we took Taipei High Speed Rail (THSR) from Taoyuan to Kaohsiung.


Go, go, go to the train!

THSR is equal to Shinkansen in Japan and it's really helpful for people who need to save traveling time. Does it really different compared to the ordinary train?

Here's the difference.
If you take a train from Taoyuan to Kaohsiung, it will cost you around IDR 260,000 to IDR 330,000 for 5-6 hours trip.
Meanwhile my trip from Taoyuan to Kaohsiung by THSR cost me around IDR 480,000 for 1 hour and 35 minutes trip.
You tell me about the difference in saving time.

I bought the one way ticket at Klook (again) here.
You can check the schedule at THSR official website here to decide your schedule. 

You only need to show the voucher on your phone and passport to the ticket booth, then you'll receive a booklet (?) with the details of your chosen trip: train number, seat number, departure, arrival.
Yes, you'll get that instead of a card to tap on the card reader. To pass the card reader, show the booklet and your passport to the staff and they'll let you go through.

The booklet as the exchange of ticket. Credit goes to kkday website.

In THSR, you're allowed to eat and drink. You'll have enough space for your seat and, don't worry, it's really comfortable and clean. Nothing much I could say about the THSR but it's a really good experience (I wish Indonesia will have this kind of facility in the future).

Arriving at HSR Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung, I got my phone ready to check the train map, installed on my Android phone as Transit TW (you'll find it on PlayStore as Transit Taipei Taiwan NAVITIME here). This one is really helpful if you need to check the route map (Taipei and Kaohsiung).


Accommodation

Now come the part: where did we stay in Kaohsiung?

We rented a place listed in AirBnB; the host is David and you can check his place here.
For 3 nights, it cost us around IDR 1,040,000 (including travel credit using reference link). Yes, that's the cost for 2 persons.

It was raining when we arrived at the nearest MRT station to his place (we communicated with him using WhatsApp after the booking confirmation). After around 5-10 minutes, he met us at the Exit 2 of Cultural Center MRT Station and walked us to the apartment.
The AirBnB title is not an exaggeration; you just need 30 seconds walk from the exit to the apartment! There's also an elevator so we didn't need to exhaust ourselves with the luggage.

Upon arrival, David showed us our (lovely) room, completed with private bathroom and amenities, hair dryer, TV, wardrobe, queen-sized bed, lamp, and mineral water. He also prepared some snacks, fresh fruits, and vegetable juice! He also explained that we're allowed to use the washing machine.

Lovely room, isn't it?
 
Afterwards he told us the best places to visit in Kaohsiung (he prepared the list already!) and, unfortunately, when we asked him about going to Fo Guang Shan, it's unlikely the best timing to go there.

Image of Fo Guang Shan for reference. Credit goes to Pinterest

It's almost 2 PM there and we needed to take a bus to reach Fo Guang Shan. Not to mention the weather was somehow unstable; rainy, sunny, rainy, sunny. He recommended us to visit the newest mall there due to those reasons. Monica and I decided to drop ourselves at two malls today as both are not too far from one another.


➣ Lunch, Dome of Light

However we needed food for lunch first.

We took the MRT and got ourselves amazed at Formosa Boulevard MRT Station as we snapped some pictures of the Dome of Light, the largest glass work in the world. It was designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata.

Beautiful indeed!
With zero information, we walked out from the MRT station, trying to find food. Yet we couldn't find any around at that hour. I wonder if we're just unlucky or we missed any available restaurant there! Thirty minutes or so, we're too hungry to argue, we finally stopped at... 7-11!

Our choice of lunch was cold noodle (NTD 45). Yes, we didn't realize it's cold noodle though. We did wonder why the staff didn't offer to heat the noodle first. I bought a watermelon milk (yes, you didn't read it wrong) and it tasted wonderful (NTD 39)!


There's also a variant for Papaya Milk there!

Taroko Park

Long story short, we reached Taroko Park (stop at Caoya MRT Station, Exit 2) and realized it's actually a high end shopping mall; we bought nothing there (considering the Godiva Ice Cream but it's NTD 200 so, no, thank you).
We finally ordered a plate of Omurice at the food court since we're still craving for food. Not bad but it's a little bit overpriced I might say.

I forgot the name of the restaurant but I think it has 'Airport' word within (?)

Officially opened on May 2016, Taroko Park (大魯閣草衙道) is a shopping center completed with F1-level karting circuit licensed by Suzuka, roller-skating rink, softball and baseball ground, and fitness center. You'll also find a Ferris Wheel and a carousel here!


The carousel is behind the name; mostly visited by children and their parents
➣ Dream Mall, Kaohsiung Eye

Two stops away, we took Exit 3 of Kaisyuan MRT Station to Dream Mall (夢時代). Some said there's a shuttle bus to reach the mall but we couldn't find any so we just dragged our feet to the largest shopping mall in East Asia.
Yes, you read it right. Consisted of 11 floors, this mall is famous for the rooftop amusement park. Find the Hello Kitty Ferris Wheel, fondly called Kaohsiung Eye (高雄之眼), and take a cart to the top to see the beautiful view of Kaohsiung city!


Slightly edited using Mirror Lab app. Beautiful city, isn't it?

Oh, Monica is not a big fan of height but I managed to drag her along (she thanked me later for sure). It's not in her agenda but, oh, like one said: we can't let fear determine our future.
Irrelevant quote but I just want to put it here (because I just watched The Lost City of Z yesterday).

We purchased milk tea in Dream Mall (remember, Taiwan and milk tea are heavily related!). Doesn't exist (yet) in Indonesia but I think it's quite good.

Mine is of course the chocolate one!

Kaisyuan & Jinzhuan Night Market
 
You see, we put one night market for our dinner stop there. One night, one night market. That's how greedy we are.
However, very unfortunate to us, we failed on our first night to visit Kaisyuan Night Market (凱旋觀光夜市), also the Jinzhuan Night Market (金鑽觀光夜市).
No, it's not because we didn't have the time.

Walking for 1 km from Dream Mall, we found what they called as the largest night market area in Taiwan and ended up with disappointment.
There were not many vendors open for business at Kaisyuan. Most of the stalls were closed. We barely had any interest to buy food there.

Jinzhuan? It's closed.
We found the schedule, written specifically that the night market is open on Saturday but it's completely dark. Is it out of business already? Were we just unlucky that night? We don't know.

Feeling too exhausted to walk for another kilometer to the MRT station, we took a bus (and that's when I found out you can't use EasyCard for Kaohsiung bus. HA!). Turned out it's a free one (I can't differentiate it actually; we just followed other passengers).

We returned to the apartment right away and called it a day.
Lunch at 7-11, no dinner, but we're in Taiwan!




That's all for the Part 1!
I'm going to post the second part soon! *fingers-crossed*

Until the next post!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

‡ Jan to Apr 2017 ‡

Hello 2017!

Yes, I know, it's already April so greeting the 2017 is a little bit late -- okay, it's very late.
However this is my first post on the blog this year!

Nope, no more new year's resolution to be written here.
I know, I finally break my own tradition but, well, changes can happen anytime and anywhere! (I know, lame excuse)

How is your 2017 as the year has knocked the fourth month?

Mine has been quite a colorful journey up to this day.
New Year, Singapore, Chinese New Year, Valentine, Easter.
It will be so rude of me if I just sum my January to April in a sentence so I'm just going to ramble everything as much as I can here.


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Travel.
Semarang on 4 January 2017.
Taking a flight early enough to open the new year, right?
I was asked to help for a project in Purwodadi for a couple of days so, no, I didn't stay there long enough for more fun -- but I think the others spend their time very well there together! Glad that you all enjoy the moment!

My second flight in 2017 is for holiday purpose!
Yes, I visited Singapore for the fourth time and, yes, I will be happy to visit the country next time if I have the chance.

This time my companions are no other than Jeanette and Valentcia who agreed to purchase the flight+hotel within 5 minutes.
From 15 to 18 January 2017, three of us spent our days as much as we can according to our picked destinations!
Maybe I should put the details on another post for my visit to Singapore. Yes, I definitely should do that.


I also visited Cikarang last month for another project.
This time it's interesting as I was given the chance to meet a team from German! Speaking of practicing my English professionally, right?
It's only a week but I think (maybe) I will meet them again in August.


Movies.
Up to today, I have watched 28 movies at cinemas. I wonder if I will pass the records I made for myself last year (46 movies).

Movie of the year? Definitely Beauty and The Beast.
It's such a timeless movie and, despite some minor stuffs, I think the live action version of this Disney fairy tale is perfect!

However the movie with best score goes to Hidden Figures.
La La Land and Lion are also worth to mention because they are great but I just love Hidden Figures to the bits!



Music.
Dreamcatcher!
If you love anime and K-Pop, you definitely should give this group a try!
Their songs, "Chase Me" and "Good Night" can pass as opening soundtrack for anime!
(I'm so happy to discover their songs because I miss watching anime like how I used to do years ago)


And Ed Sheeran's new album? Gold.
I love (almost) all of the tracks in 'Divide' because they're beautiful!
I always have things for beautifully written lyrics, seriously.
  

Events.
The first wedding party I attended this year is Surya and Norita's wedding!
More will come after August, I guess. Like people said, most weddings are held during the months of -Ber (September to December).


Oh, and today is also another event to note.
Jakarta is full of curiosities and interests lately due to the governor election. Politically, it's interesting as people pay more attention to how important their votes can change a city. However I always wonder why (some) people choose to spread 'hate' than 'peace'.

I personally go for #GueDua but, today, on the second round of election, it seems like my wish doesn't align with the expectations. However, as they say, whoever win the election doesn't matter, as long as the citizens vote for them.

For better Jakarta.


Personal.
My 2017 is not all bright and happy. I had some days full of... How should I put it?
Unstable emotion? Trust issue? Internal struggle?
Maybe a little bit of each. I personally (and secretly) wish January will stay as the most complicated month of 2017 for me; yes, please, no more complicated month to mark my calendar.

However, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?
Fortunately, things work out and I learned a lot of things (hardly), although it's confirmed that I still have a lot to learn and do.

I also (kind of) celebrated my 3-years work anniversary at STEM!
To sum up, I've worked as a professional consultant for five years! Five years, people!

Now where am I in the line of writers though?
That's a rhetorical question.
I should be the one who answers that, I know.

Putting that aside, I had a haircut two weeks ago!
Trying to have 'hime-cut' but I don't think it's a success (Google it; I'm not going to post my picture here because I don't look good in the new haircut, lol).
Now I have a problem to take a picture for VISA purpose... which I'll tell you the purpose later. Later as in later... 2-3 months?


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Well, I guess that's it for now.
I should give a post dedicated for Singapore later.
And I should have an interesting post in June. ;)

Thanks for reading.
Have a blessed life ahead, people!


Saturday, December 31, 2016

‡ Scenes of 2016 ‡




How is your 2016?

Mine has gone somehow a little bit too fast that I still can't believe the calendar of 2016 is on the last page today. However, still, there are many memorable things to cherish and I'd be happy to share them here.

Yes, here I am with another review of my year!

This year I'm going to write down the moments as many as possible, completed with the pictures if there are any. Let's just say it will be like a diary-summary-list.

There are Instagram and Path, but this blog is the first of all when I really want to remember moments. ;)

For  previous references: 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015


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Scene 01: January

Take 1. New Year in Surabaya!
Take 2. My first movie in 2016: Single. Watched it my best friend, Jeanette.
(This year she will still be there and I kinda miss the apartment... or more like the fun with her? Ha!) 

Our first selfie in 2016!
 
Take 4. Not there but it's the wedding day of Randy and Enny! They're friends whom I have known since my college days. A bright and lovely couple! I will look forward to see Randy-Enny Jr.!
Take 5. Back to Jakarta and finally met my own Christmas 2015/New Year 2016 gifts: Amazon Kindle and the set of Hogwarts Library! I bought it through bistip.com.


Kindle Paperwhite & the set of Hogwarts Library

Take 6. Watched Ip Man 3 with my Mom and little brother. I still think the second title is the best.
Take 11. Monsieur C (yes, a very awesome writer-best-friend of mine) returned to Jakarta for holiday and he brought back the complete series of Harry Potter I requested him to order! Ah, no, I don't open them to read. I put them in my book shelf with care and love. Oh, he also gave me a lot of snacks! (waiting for his next return for snack, oops!)

The complete series of Harry Potter! It costs me around IDR 200,000 only!

Take 13. Chronosphere Episode 1! Tried the escape game with Chris and we managed to finish it (fortunately).
Take 14. Sad news of the day: Alan Rickman left the world. It's such a heartbreaking news.

A word that will always remind us of Alan Rickman
 
Take 16. 2 stages of Tick Tock Escape Room! Twice ALMOST made it. (Speaking of unable to save money, blame me)
Take 19. Paid a visit to Cirebon for a meeting with client. Been a while since I spent a night at Hotel Amaris. I pretty like staying there.
Take 20. Reading The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. It's a dreamy yet sad story with lessons of love in music.
Take 21. Received a packet from Singapore. It's a gift from my soulmate-author-friend, completed with a handwritten letter: "I would never find the joy in writing if it wasn't for you." (on another note, I will meet her in two weeks! Yey!)


Gifts to be treasured from a beloved friend

Take 24. Stephen and Ely's wedding day! Met up with some old friends from HIMSISFO there.
Take 25. Finished watching Signal Episode 2 and I knew I had found the best mystery drama from South Korea! A really recommended series! (This is coming from someone who is not really into K-drama)
Take 27. Succeed in escaping the stage Devil's Triangle of Pandora Experience.
Take 29. Super belated birthday surprise for Brenda. We're getting 'better' in giving belated birthday surprise, eh?

Wefie with best friends is always perfect, right?




Scene 02: February

Take 1. Watched The Finest Hours; drenched in rain on my way back to hotel. Oh, I watched this when I was in Cirebon for a cut off project at client's office.
Take 8. Chinese New Year with Monica. Chung Gi Wa to Beatrice Quarters to Taman Anggrek. We met Jeanette there!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Take 9. Failed to escape The Lost Tribe with my officemate at Pandora Experience. It was really fun though!
Take 15. Chronosphere episode 2 with Chris. Speaking about epic fail, he said. Ah, we could do better, couldn't we? *laugh*

one team managed to escape, one team was not! Until next time!
 
Take 16. Watched Deadpool. Indeed an unique superhero he is. Not even sure if he is supposed to be called a superhero! Will look forward to his appearance in the next Marvel movie!
Take 17. Project at Cikarang started! Home for months. (Though it will be a short one, turned out we were surprised later! Ha!)
Take 20. Received the copy of "How To Script A Kiss" where I wrote one of the stories: One Special Night. Come to think of it, it's the last project I actually joined where I got selected. Oh well.


inspired by The Script's Never Seen Anything Quite Like You




Scene 03: March

Take 5. Watched Comic 8: Casino Kings Part 2. Watched the first part with my Mom and two youngers brothers before. Unfortunately, not as funny as I thought it would be.
Take 8. Watched Zootopia. The first animated movie I watched on cinema also the first movie I watched in Cinemaxx, as well in Cikarang! (Buy 2 get 3, HA!)
Take 9. Watched London Has Fallen. Three of us (Cikarang team) took our time to Summarecon Mall Bekasi for a quick break.
Take 12. My little brother's 18th birthday! (He's in college already now, taking IT as his major) 

Ervan, my youngest brother, with me and Erric, my first younger brother

 
Take 20. Watched The Mermaid with my Mom. Said it's the highest-grossing film ever in China.
Take 22. Met an old friend, Bali, at Mall Lippo Cikarang. It's always nice to spend some times to update news from others. Oh, I also watched Allegiant with my team.
Take 23. Watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The beginning of Justice League, I see. The fifth movie I watched in March! Wow!
Take 29. First time learning how to drive a car! I was convinced by my team (and my curiosity). In case you're wondering, nope, I'm not able to drive a car properly on street yet.




Scene 04: April

Take 4. Visit to Cileungsi. Had dinner with the team there.This is an unplanned plan (what is that word?) but, sometimes, the unexpected is good, isn't it?

Bebek Jumbo!

Take 7. Happy 2nd work-anniversary at STEM to myself!
Take 9. Another heartbreaking news: Kouji Wada passed away due to cancer.
Take 15. Valentcia's belated birthday surprise with eMpTy. The girls recreated the same pose from four years ago at the same exact place. (Trust me, the comparison pic was taken after dozens 'clicks' by Wien)

Happy belated birthday, Valent!
 
Let's take another comparison picture in 2020!
Take 16. Watched The Jungle Book with Monica and Wien. An interesting movie indeed. I don't follow the cartoon version though.
Take 26. Watched Backtrack in Cikarang. Because we had a voucher for one free ticket and it's going to expire so... Jumpscare! *laugh*
Take 30. Visit to Big Bad Wolf Books Indonesia at ICE BSD. First time to AEON Mall. Ah, I haven't read the books I bought there. Oops! (There are a lottt of foods to enjoy at AEON!)

Books I've bought at Big Bad Wolf Books event




Scene 05: May

Take 1. Watched Captain America: Civil War. It feels more like The Avengers 3 for me. Still, I enjoyed it with my younger brothers.
Take 2. Watched Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2 with Monica. After 14 years, the sequel is brought to cinemas! FYI, this movie makes people want to visit Yogyakarta.
Take 5. Meetup with old friends from Junior High School. From AEON to karaoke! 

Friends since Junior High School

Take 7. Visit to Ancol with Jeanette and Wien. From Alive Museum to Seaworld. It's been a longgg time since I visited Seaworld. It's a fun day!

Posing at Alive Museum
 
Take 19. Visit to Cirebon (again). A quick meeting before returning to Cikarang with team.
Take 21. Watched X-Men: Apocalypse. This movie reminds me of several conversations happened between a friend of mine with her new acquaintance. *laughs*
Take 22. I went to JF Hair Studio to have a (little) change. You know, green hair. You can read the detail here.

Take 24. My 25th birthday! This year I spent my birthday in Cikarang for work. Still thankful for all the birthday wishes and greetings! My team and I went to watch The Green Room that day as well.

A quarter of century

 
Take 29. A special day to remember. I'll keep it in heart for now. *winks*

My name is engraved there!



Scene 06: June

Take 4. Mom's 51st birthday. Her four children finally managed to be in a frame. Ha! I also attended Nicky and Maria's wedding party at night.

Mom with four of her children

STEM team at Nicky and Maria's wedding

Take 11. Watched Now You See Me 2, the sequel of one of my favorite movies. Anyway, Daniel Radcliffe is in the movie!
Take 16. Took SAP Exam and passed! Yey! Although I expected myself to get better score but, well, we've done it, friends!

We passed the exam!

Take 23. Watched Central Intelligence. Blackout at the house we're staying in Cikarang so we took a shot for a comedy movie. Lesson learned: "Be a hero in your own story."
Take 26. Visit to Paws and Tails Dog Cafe. My Mom and little brother visited AEON for the first time as well.

The dogs are so cute there!


 
Scene 07: July

Take 2. Watched The Legend of Tarzan. I fell for Robbie Margot here; even before I realized she would be in Suicide Squad!
Take 3. Watched Rudy Habibie. Heard about how good Reza Rahardian in the previous movie. He is indeed very good. Lesson learned: "Every problem has a solution."
Take 4. Watched Independence Day: Resurgence. I coincidentally watched it on the exact day of America's independence day!
Take 6. Visit to IKEA. There was sale everywhere at the day so I grabbed some stuffs to home! (where are those stuffs now, I wonder)

Instragammable spot ;)

Take 16. Received my belated birthday present from friends: laptop bag! I received it after spending lunchtime with Jeanette, Monica, and Rufina. I always bring it whenever I leave Jakarta for work.

Jeanette's not in the frame because she left first, HA!

Take 23. Watched Skiptrace. Because Mom is a fan of Jackie Chan, of course. Who is not?
Take 24. Watched Star Trek Beyond. Wow, I watched a lot of movies in July!
Take 31. Preparation for Go Live in Cikarang. A senior, Rini, came to be our companion. (The more, the merrier!)

Reminder of the month


Scene 08: August

Take 1. Go Live in Cikarang! The project is somehow delayed due to several reasons, from May to August. Anyway, managed to finish another cycle with the help of team!
Take 4. Watched 3 Srikandi. Our kind of celebration as a team after the Go Live. It's an entertaining movie to enjoy.
Take 6. Watched Suicide Squad at The Premiere XXI. Talented stars but not an awesome movie. A new experience of watching at cinema though! *grins*

The rose is a gift but not in the way you think of ;)


Take 13. Watched Alice Through the Looking Glass. The most ridiculous reason of war that I have ever seen. Seriously. Yep, I'm disappointed.
Take 17. Watched The Nice Guys at Puri Indah Mall and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV at Central Park Mall. Double movies in a day!
Take 21. Writing #MyCupOfStory as a loud argument happened. The argument left a 'scar' when the term of 'leave' is spoken. Anyway, the story I've written can be read here!
Take 26. Watched Mechanic: Resurrection. Not very bad but too invincible that the main character became unrealistic for me.
Take 27. Watched The Secret Life of Pets. Second animated movie to watch at cinema. Couldn't surpass Zootopia's score. Oh, 7 movies in a month!
Take 28. The day Monica 'trapped' me to agree on a plan that I never expected to happen but, somehow, I'm glad I agreed. *laughs*  The time is coming near!

Countdown to the day!


 

Scene 09: September

Take 4. Watched Train to Busan. The first Korean movie to watch at cinema in 2016. It's recommended!
Take 10. Felix and Nina's wedding day! They've been together for more than 10 years and they're so lovable! Congrats!


BINUS friends at Felix and Nina's wedding


Take 11. Willy and Yola's wedding day! Two wedding nights in a row!
Take 12. Hilda's bridal shower with bridesmaids at Fortunate Coffee PIK Jakarta. Five bridesmaids planned the simple gathering secretly to surprise the bride-to-be. It worked!

My first time joining a bridal shower!

Take 17. Goodbye home for 6 months at Taman Simpruk. The house full of 'surprises: from Gekko (Tokek), big spider, hundreds of ants, to millipedes' invasions! Anyway, we're leaving the house for good this time. *laughs*
Watched Warkop DKI Reborn: Jangkrik Boss Part 1. Such a nostalgic movie! Of course, the original has its unique touch!
Take 18. Hilda's bridal shower with Agatha and Livia. We've been best friends since 2002 and we've agreed to have a bridal shower when another one of us will be married next time!
Accidentally at the same cafe where Amelia, Christa, and Selvi were surprised by their friends for a bridal shower as well.
I also went to watch Bad Moms at Cinemaxx Gold. (Buy 1 get 1 free! HA!)

Hilda kept the properties for the next bridal shower ;)

Take 19. Anak Kost! First night at Fontana Kosy Kost. After years of being called as 'anak kos' when I was still studying in Binus (because I was ALWAYS around there even when I could be at home), I became a real 'anak kos'. *laughs*
Take 24. My second time coloring my hair: blue-ish purple but, unfortunately, never made it to surface. *sad face*

I wish the colors could stay :(

Take 25. Ichsan and Isabella's wedding day! Third wedding party of my classmates from college! Congrats!

Third time meeting these people in a month! How fun! ;)



Scene 10: October

Take 2. Dion and Hilda's wedding day! I am honored to be a part of my best friend's special day! (The dresses are all by Hilda's sister, Winda Halomoan! Pretty, right?)



The pretty bride and her bridesmaids squad!
Take 8. Joel and Evi's wedding day! Second wedding of officemate in 2016. Congrats, Jo!

We have other pics; this one is the normal pose ;)

Take 15. Watched A Monster Calls. Been a while since the last time I watched a movie by myself. It's actually a pretty touching movie (if only some kids didn't ruin the moment).
Take 16. Double movies! Inferno and The Accountant. A day could be fine for hours and then ruined in a moment due to miscommunication. Yep, argued a lot at night due to lack of understanding. (Still feel sorry)

Double movies in a day is always fun

Take 19. Last day in Cikarang. Yes, for good! Bye, my life as 'anak kos'!
Take 24. Watched Bridget Jones's Baby with Monica. It's a sweet, fun movie!
Take 26. Watched Doctor Strange. I like Benedict Cumberbatch and watched this movie for him!
Take 29. First time took Transjakarta to Karawaci. Managed to do it alone! Oh, it's also the first time trying board game at The Bunker. It's fun!


If only board games are not too expensive, I would buy a lot!




Scene 11: November

Take 5. Monica's baptism day. She asked me to be her Godmother and, as my Godfather once told me, one way to enrich your soul is to guide. Proficiat, Mon!

Hopefully we can be the brighter light for God and the World together!

Take 9. Watched Hacksaw Ridge, a biographical war film. I thought it would be full of drama. Apparently there are moments of laughters. It's a great movie!
Take 11. Erica's Bridal Shower at Pala Adas. She's a friend of mine since elementary school and I am so happy for her! Thanks girls for the plan!

All in white for the bride-to-be!

Take 12. Watched Keeping Up With The Joneses in Ultra XD. I seriously didn't feel anything different between Ultra XD and 2D.
Take 17. Watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 4DX3D. The movie that I've been waiting for years! (Niffler is cute! Newt is cute! Oops)
Take 18. Back to Cirebon for a day. There's a meeting to attend and I spent another night at Hotel Amaris!
Take 19. Samuel and Nathalia's wedding day. Couldn't manage to attend the special day. Congrats to Sam and Nat! That evening, Monica received Sacrament of Confirmation as Teresa. Hello, Teresa Monica Dewi Putri!

...and then we had dinner at Gojira. We're all about food. ;)


Take 20. Daniel and Erica's wedding day! Met several old friends there. It's been a while!

Prettiest bride and the most handsome groom!


Take 22. A special one's birthday! Thought I wouldn't be able to give the birthday cake but God is good! Happy birthday!

Tiny cake by tinytreats

Take 26. Brenda's 26th birthday! eMpTy finally managed to give a surprise on the D-Day! *laughs* I also watched Allied after the surprise at Balekota. A realistic ending, indeed.

Not a big surprise but, yep, on D-Day! On D-Day!

 Take 27. Harris and Amelia's wedding day! Thankfully I could attend her special day. (Still apologetic for unable to make it for Selvi's wedding day on 2 October and Christa's wedding day on 5 November)

HIMSISFO for the special day

Take 30. Driving to Purwodadi. No, of course, I didn't drive. My project manager, Christine, and I were accompanied with the office driver for 10 hours. Yes, 10 hours. Another new experience. Ha! (I laughed a little bit too much with Christine)
 
Wefie at Purwodadi!




Scene 12: December

Take 1. Started the blueprint phase in Purwodadi. I also got the chance to know my (temporary) partner. She has a lot of funny and interesting stories in life. *laughs out loud*
Take 3. We're in Semarang!
Take 4. Sunday Mass at Cathedral of Semarang. I was so sick in the morning that I couldn't sleep for a wink. Thankfully my partner gave me a medicine... which didn't work the way it should be but, anyway, I was cured!*laughs*
Take 6. Back to Jakarta; my first flight using Citilink. The plan to give Jeanette a belated birthday surprise is a success! It's unfortunate that Brenda couldn't join in person.

Succeed in surprising Jeanette!

Take 9. Cut my hair shorter than I planned. I originally wanted to keep it longer but my hair loss was getting worse.
Take 11. Goes to Bandung! A short escape in MPH group. Only seven of us made it. This take consists of Kawah Putih, Bakso Enggal Malang, Kane Pizzeria, Roti Gempol, and Marlo Kitchen. Anyway, also my first AirBnB experience!
Take 12. Back to Jakarta after the short escape. This take consists of Mie Rica Kejaksaan, One Eighty Coffee, and Sate Maranggi Purwakarta. Until next trip, MPH!

A group picture during the first (incomplete) MPH trip


Take 13. Watched Sing with my Mom. Third animated movie in 2016. It's a lot of fun with good songs!
Take 17. STEM (early) Christmas lunch at SATOO at Shangri-La Hotel. We also exchanged gifts there; I got a cow-shaped pillow from Edwin. 

Been a while since STEM-ers gathered together
Take 18. Watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at CGVblitz Velvet Class. Thanks Ci Fanie for the voucher!
Take 22. Watched Assassin's Creed after made a silly mistake. I (freaking) bought tickets for Wednesday and realized it on Thursday, fifteen minutes before the movie. Oh, and I'm honestly disappointed with the movie.
Take 23. My second time to receive Sacrament of Reconciliation. Glad that I could make it on the last day in schedule!
Take 24. The first time best friends since junior high school spent Christmas Eve together! Me, Agatha, Hilda, and Livia. From lunch to dessert to Mass to dinner

Took this one at Latteria PIK. Until 2017, girls!

Take 25. It's Christmas and I spent it with writing a story that I had not touched for three years! Yey!
Take 27. Sad to hear the heartbreaking news of Carrie Fisher passed away due to heart attack. You'll always be loved.
Take 28. I went to watch Cek Toko Sebelah at night with my family. It's unexpectedly a fun yet heartwarming movie! I recommend it to people who want to enjoy a year-end movie! Wow, I watched a lot of Indonesian movies this year!

However, there's also another heartbreaking news of Debbie Reynolds passed away; she's the mother of Carrie Fisher. Looking at these pictures of them make my heart breaks. Rest in peace, beautiful mother and daughter.

Debbie Reynolds with Carrie Fisher


Take 30. Last workday in 2016! I wasn't able to snap a pic together last year because I was in Surabaya. I had a new picture to cherish the day!
My last movie in 2016: Passengers. Watched it with Delbert, Fenny, Hendy, Very, and Wien. Couldn't understand why the review is bad. I personally think it's a very good movie!

Random wefie at 3rd floor!

Before we watched Passengers. MPH's last wefie in 2016


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As I just finished writing all of those above, it's already 5 PM here, less than 7 hours to 2017!

2016 has been a year full of surprises and changes for me.
I'm thankful to God that I am allowed to experience all of those moments, good or bad, happy or sad, they're all parts of my life.


15 wedding invitations, 46 movies, Escape Game, learn to drive a car, ombre hair, SAP exam, bridal showers, Bandung trip, Purwodadi project, lunch at SATOO, Christmas Eve with best friends, and a lot of more wonderful moments.
Thanks for everyone who have made my 2016 a great year.

If there is one thing I'm missing in 2016, it's the fact that I haven't succeed in writing a book but that's another story to tell in next post. ;)
I even still owe you the details of UWRF last year! Sorry! *bows*

Anyway, I hope you have a blessed 2016.
It's been an awesome movie of 2016 for me. Hopefully the movie of 2017 will be another masterpiece!

Have a great New Year's Eve.

I'll see you in my first post of 2017!