My Concern

#PersonalThoughts : Do Independent Women Need No Men ?

Independent woman ? What comes across your mind when you hear that word ? A career-oriented woman ? A woman who can do anything by herself ? Or just an ordinary woman ? Or even a woman who doesn’t need a support from her man ?

Well ~ whatever comes across your mind might be affected by your perspective. How do you perceive the word woman or how do the society has to do with woman and many more. I’m here not to talk about either your perspective right or wrong.

I assume several men might think that independent woman is a ‘dangerous’ creature, because we *almost do everything by ourselves. You know what I mean by “everything”, don’t you ? Of course I’m not talking about LITERALLY EVERYTHING. Alright back to the topic. My experiences say that man has a tendency for taking care of his woman and feeling pleasure when his woman need them. Then how if his woman take care of herself very well ? Not only we take care of ourselves well, we also have an independent thoughts. We have a strong mind, if I can say so.

That’s okay, that’s cool, that’s totally fine. Then, do you think we’ll just ‘abandon’ our man ? NO. Do you think we don’t need a support from man ? WE NEED THEM. Just like they need us. It’s just what we need from them is more likely to something emotional. Like, when we have a problem which we know how to solve it, we need them to comfort us. By hugging or cuddling or even just ‘useless’ comforting words or maybe comforting sex. That won’t solve our problems literally, but the comforting makes us feel supported and stronger then we can solve the problems whole-heartedly.

How do you think now ? Still ‘scared’ to have an independent woman by your side, man ? We can support each other, you know.

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Books · My Concern · Uncategorized

#BookThoughts : J A N S H E N by Risa Saraswati

Storyline

Janshen adalah teman tak kasat mata Risa yang paling muda, umurnya baru 6 tahun ketika dia meninggal. Novel ini menceritakan bagaimana kehidupan Janshen beserta keluarganya selama di Hindia Belanda (Indonesia). Sebelum memulai semuanya ada satu hal yang Risa sampaikan bahwa Janshen sebenernya adalah nama belakang anak lelaki periang ini, nama depannya adalah Jantje. Tetapi dirinya lebih suka dipanggil Janshen, menurutnya nama Jantje terdengar seperti nama anak perempuan. Satu hal yang mudah diingat dari sosok Janshen adalah dia suka warna pink karena itu warna kesukaan Annabelle.

The Lovable Family . . . but A Little Bit Unfair

Janshen adalah anak bungsu dari 4 bersaudara, dia satu – satunya anak lelaki dalam keluarganya. Elizabeth, Annabelle, dan Reinna ketiga kakak Janshen yang selalu menyayangi sang bungsu. Kedua orang tua yang berprofesi sebagai pedagang, baik hati kepada siapa pun, keempat anak yang mengikuti jejak kebaikan kedua orang tuanya. Tidak ada yang salah dengan keluarga Janshen, semuanya terlihat sempurna. Tapi apakah kesempurnaan itu memang nyata ? Jawabannya tidak untuk konflik yang lambat laun terjadi pada keluarga ini.

Perhatian orang tua Janshen, terpusat pada anak pertama mereka yang menderita sakit jantung semenjak kecil. Tidak berarti mereka pilih kasih, hanya saja Elizabeth memang memerlukan perhatian lebih agar kesehatan fisik dan mentalnya selalu terjaga. Namun, perhatian tersebut menyebabkan anak – anak mereka yang lain harus sedikit berkorban, ahh atau banyak berkorban, terutama Reinna. Dari situlah masalah mulai bermunculan. Hal itu pula lah yang menyebabkan kematian Reinna. Semuanya sudah terlambat, mereka saling menyesali segala kejadian buruk yang menimpa mereka.

Lalu bagaimana dengan Annabelle ? Kakak kesayangan Janshen ? Annabelle adalah sosok paling dewasa di antara mereka berempat, sering menjadi penengah apabila terjadi pertengkaran di antara mereka. Dia pula lah yang sering menggantikan peran orang tua mereka untuk Janshen. Bukankah Janshen terlalu kecil untuk menghadapi segala masalah yang menimpa keluarga harmonisnya ?

The Unreal Love Stories

Memang ada kisah cinta seperti itu ? Ada. Dan ini terjadi pada keluarga Janshen, pada kedua putri mereka. Aku nggak mau ceritakan kisah cinta mereka. Aku tidak pintar menyusun kata kata tentang cerita cinta. Well ~ that’s not the case. I just don’t want to share it here. It’s much better to read the novel.

The Betrayal

Tidak cukup masalah keluarga menimpa mereka, ketika Nippon (Jepang) menginvasi Hindia Belanda, keluarga ini pun terkena dampaknya. Tentu saja. Mereka kan orang Belanda. Sebaik apapun keluarga Janshen terhadap pribumi (orang Indonesia) tidak menjamin mereka akan melindungi keluarga ini. Ketika perlawanan orang Indonesia terhadap Belanda dan Jepang mulai berkecamuk, satu persatu pribumi yang bekerja pada mereka berbelok arah mendukung perlawanan bangsanya terhadap penjajah.

Personal Thoughts

Sudahlah pokoknya cover novel karangan Risa ini selalu nyaman dipandang mata. Pun novel seri terakhir dari teman tak kasat mata Risa ini. Ilustrasi karakter Janshen dengan warna dasar pale pink, memudahkan aku ketika membayangkan setiap kejadian yang melibatkan Janshen. Walau sayang sekali, ilustrasi gambar di dalam novel ini memiliki resolusi rendah. Entah apa alasan Risa mencantumkan gambar seperti itu.

Aku SUKA BANGET dengan novel ini dibanding W I L L I A M, cara Risa menceritakan kisah Janshen menyenangkan. Bisa bikin emosi aku naik turun. Bahasa novel ini juga enak dicerna, tidak ruwet. Risa benar benar bisa membawa aku memasuki dunia Janshen.

Where to Get

Yupp yupp, novel ini pun milik adikku @galihhayu , dia memang fan Risa. Begitu pre-order dibuka dia langsung membelinya di @sarasvamily , ditandatangani langsung oleh Risa ! Bonus yang bikin adikku super bahagia.

Bisa juga dibeli di Gramedia Online.

*Gambar menyusul

Books

#BookThoughts : W I L L I A M by Risa Saraswati

WILLIAM
Sc. : Writer’s Personal Doc.

Storyline

WILLIAM menceritakan kisah seorang anak lelaki bernama William Van Kammen, seorang anak tentara Netherland, yang pindah ke Hindia Belanda alias Indonesia bersama sang papa dan mama.

The Mature Boy

Novel ini lebih fokus pada kisah William dan sang mama, Marry, digambarkan sebagai perempuan high-class dan gengsian. Akibatnya Marry pun selalu menginginkan William untuk menjadi ‘sempurna’ dan high-class seperti keluarganya pun untuk selalu bergaul dengan kalangan elit saja.

William adalah seorang anak cerdas dan pendiam, cenderung bersikap dewasa dibandingkan dengan anak – anak seusianya. Setelah pindah ke Indonesia, dia berteman dengan seorang Indonesia bernama Toto dari kalangan rakyat biasa.

Unlovely Mother

Aku bisa bilang kalau Marry ini nggak sayang dengan William, di sisi lain William selalu berpikir positif tentang sikap mamanya. William berpikir bahwa mungkin memang begitulah cara sang mama menyayanginya. Namun, sedewasa apapun pemikiran William, dia pernah mengungkapkan apakah mungkin dia bukan anak kandung orang tuanya. Saking cueknya sang mama, sebenernya papanya ini sayang dengan William tapi nggak menunjukkan itu karena semacam takut dengan Marry. Terlalu takut kehilangan Marry. Walaupun selama ini William menerima perlakuan sang mama, sesaat sebelum meninggal, William mengunkapkan perasaan kecewanya terhadap sang mama.

Tragic Life

Kisah hidup William selama hidup ini mengenaskan, sedih dan sebal bercampur jadi satu saat baca novel ini. Ending kisah ini pun bikin hati nyesek. Jadi berpikir, kok bisa anak seusia William harus mengalami hal seperti itu. Aku bisa menangkap satu hal penting dari kisah William,

“We can be mature not because of our age, but what we have been going through.”

Personal Thought

Thumbs up buat cover novel ini !!!!! Super duper suka ! Ilustrasi karakter utama novel plus satu warna dasar, nyaman banget dipandang deh ! Jadi ketika baca langsung bisa banyangin gimana sih appearance’nya William, bikin imajinasi lebih jalan.

Aku nggak baca novel ini full, ada beberapa bagian yang aku skip, karena cara berceritanya kurang nyaman buatku seperti belum bisa bawa aku untuk tenggelam dalam kisah William secara sepenuhnya. Cara bertutur Risa di novel ini juga terasa tidak runtut. However, I think I got what Risa wanted to tell us about.

I really appreciate the author, Risa Saraswati, yang udah ‘berani’ mengangkat kisah dari teman – teman tak kasat matanya. Thank you Risa !

Where to Get

Novel ini dibeli oleh adik @galihhayu , aku sih numpang baca aja plus nge-review. Wehhheeheee. Beli online di akun Instagram @sarasvamily, harganya Rp. 75.000.

*Update : Novel ini bisa dibeli di Gramedia Online.

Coffee · My Concern

When A Glass of Move On Chino Boost Your Mood

Almost every brand has its own signature style, am I right ? What interesting to discuss about is the history behind the creation of the signature style. The story might be pleasure, sad, touching, or even ironic. This story about a signature style, signature beverage to be exact, is pretty delight and motivate.

DW Coffee Shop is the name of the coffee shop in town, Malang, one of the busiest city in East Java based on my opinion. The ambience in DW  Coffee Shop is quite cozy, from the interior, it uses wooden chairs and tables in its smooking area and the combination of wooden-iron tables and chairs in its no smooking area. The place is not too big not too small, spacey enough to talk comfortably with your friends or partners; beside DW Coffee Shop has open-wide windows which you won’t feel stuffy inside. It’s a little bit noisy ’cause the coffee located in the roadside, but we can ignore that fact by enjoying the coffee and its signature beverage.

Move On Chino
Move On Chino (Sc. : instagram.com/dw_coffee )

Here we go ! Move On Chino is DW Coffee Shop signature beverage. Based on the owner, another coffee shops don’t have this kind of beverage. Move On Chino is basically the combination of coffee and chocolate which is believed the benefits are to boost the mood and relieve stress. You can actually google more articles about coffee and chocolate benefits. The creator of this menu hoping that the customers who drink Move On Chino will have a better mood and ready to face the ‘rough’ day. Now you can relate why the name is Move On, right ? It’s served both hot and cold, just choose whichever you like.

Ready to order Move On Chino to boost your mood ? But first, you need to believe in order to feel the benefits, don’t you ?

Pssttt you won’t spend much for this beneficial and delicate Move On Chino. 😉

Coffee · My Concern

Oyster Mushroom_Cappuccino Progress – 3rd

Lately, I started working in a coffee shop in town. It has been almost 3 weeks, and within that time I have to master the server’s and cashier’s duties. While mastering that two important roles, I shall learn how to make a good coffee-shot alongside with its art – Latte art to be exact. Even though, I am taking charge of server as stated in the contract, I will take another two important roles which is barista and kitchen. Means I shall make a good coffee and another beverages also the foods. However, making a good coffee-shot is not as easy as its written recipe.

How many grams coffee powder, how do we distribute the coffee in the portafilter, how do we extract the coffee, the time accuracy, how do we steam the fresh milk, how do we pour the steamed milk into the espresso based, how do we make the latte art, and many more which probably will be updated once I get another information about this.

And I think, it will be more fun, and of course useful to update my progress here. So, here it is my 3rd attempt on making Cappuccino. I didn’t take a snap of my 1st and 2nd attempt.

Latte Art_Jamur Tiram

It taste plain, the distribution process and the tamping is not good enough. The steam milk needed to have more foam and more milkyness. I didn’t pour the milk evenly. I didn’t intended to make the oyster mushroom, I don’t even know what that is. LoLs.

Future · My Concern · Uncategorized

What Plan Do I Have for My Future ?

As I can remember, I started making plan for my life when I was in high school.

I learned Japanese language for approximately 2 years in high school. It was an after-school activity provided by the school. Thanks God, for me, there were only about 10 people joining the course. The more the merrier is not suitable for me when learning everything in a class. LoLs. It made me easier for me to learn Japanese language well. I like the teaching method and the materials. It was super fun !

What was that for ? I planned to apply for bachelor’s degree in Japan after graduating. I did the research a little about the scholarship, the living cost, the environment, what should I prepare, and any other things. However, I didn’t passed the national examinations. It was a big obstacle for me to handle. I, unfortunately, buried deep my dream to study in Japan. Well, the story is quite long but I’m not going to write it here. I might be write the full story in another article.

When I finally made to university, I was so freaking happy AF ! I had about 4 months before starting the university life. Once again I took Japanese language course, this one I needed to pay. LoLs. ‘Cause it was provided by private course. Do I want to start over my study-at-Japan plan ? No, I didn’t. Told you, buried deep that dream ~ I just like learning language. So which point was the plan in this phase ? Learning language, to not wasting my 4 months doing nothing.

Recently, I made another plan, a very big plan I should fulfill no matter what ! * Well let’s see though ~ First thing first, I should graduate from university of course, I’ve been study for 5 years. I know that’s so late, yeah one and another reasons came why I couldn’t finish my study for 4 years. Anyway, that’s not my ‘another plan’, what do I do after graduating is my plan.

Months ago, in the almost the same time, there were 2 possible job vacancies I applied. Those jobs were in a very different field, service work and editorial-team work. I got called to have an interview with the service work. I answered every questions passionately and as realistic as possible also as positively as possible. I was very confident and satisfied with my answers. The acceptance announcement would be 3 days after the interview. I waited and hoping that I got accepted, three days later they texted me saying I got accepted and I was so freaking happy AF, like I screamed in joy ! They asked me to sign the contract 2 days after.

While waiting for that day, I got a phone call which I thought it was from a bank. It turned out that the editorial-team work invited me to have an interview with them. I was also happy but confuse as well, ’cause I already got accepted in the other place. But I didn’t sign the contract yet, it meant I was belong no where. The interview experience was important for a job seeker like me, I decided to come to the interview out of respect for the company.

The interview day came, there were also a writing test like making short news. I was a little bit confuse ’cause they allowed us (the interviee) to access the internet in our own gadget while I didn’t have mobile data on. In the end, I could overcome the obstacles and as myself ofc I was being calmly confident.

There was also an interview after thw writing test. I didn’t expect that they’re going to rebranding their product. I only did practice to answer the possible questions. I was pretty sure that my answer not a bad. However I wasn’t good at organizing the words, I mean, it’s rebranding and waow the question was just amazing.

Then the contract-sign day for the service work came. I officially the crew there. Days after, I got an announcement e-mail telling that I got accepted at the editorial-team work.

I could cancelled the service-work contract. However, I have a pretty high self-determination that I finish what I started. I e-mail the editorial-team work telling them I couldn’t sign a contract with them.

FYI, I can see that the job at editorial-team work is so me. Writing, rebranding, editing, making a concept. And the job in service-work is the opposite. I used to be a leader and working in front of the ‘screen’, now everything is just the opposite. Am I whining ? NO.

Others may questioned my decision, but what they don’t know is my plan behind my decision. What’s the plan ? Tell the story later.

Beauty · Tools

(Fake) Harry Potter Wand Eyeshadow Brushes

Alohomora !!!

I’m not a huge fan of Harry Potter’s books or movies, yeah I watched the movies but you know can’t call myself the HUGE fan. Anyway, I saw an IG store posted the picture a I was like, ” Oh my God, I shall have those magical brushes !” And here it is. These brushes are not the authentic one, it’s the fake version. I bought it ’cause it’s affordable, I can’t afford the original one. That’s an excuse ? Yeah whatever.

Overall

The package consists of a black velvet pouch and 5 eye brushes. The handle of the brushes is heavy, not sure what its made of maybe like a metal or something similar. They don’t have anything printed on its handle, no brushes’ name or usage, but it’s easy to recognise its usage. All the hair are pretty soft, it won’t hurt your face at least. I’ve already used and washed it more than 5 times, the hair won’t fall and the smoothness remains.

I’m not sure whose wands these are, so I’m just guessing based on this website and depending on my not-really-good eyesight when I write this.

The Brushes

Albus Dumbledore – Blending Brush

I usually use this to blend the eyeshadow on my crease. It fits my eyes’ size perfectly, not too small not to big. Although it’s a little bit dense on the bridge of the hair, but not a problem I can make it works.

Harry Potter – Pointed Brush

This brush is dense yet still soft, using it to apply dark colour eyeshadow (for smokey eyes) on the outer tip of my eyelids. Recently, I washed the brushes and this pointed brush was broken, the hair loose ’cause the glue no longer sticky. I took out the hair then replaced it with another hair brush. Yeah the handle still in good condition, thanks God !

Hermione Granger – Flat Angled Brush

This is the smallest brush in this set, I uses it to apply the eyeshadow on my lower lash-line. It can also be used for applying gel eyeliner and defining eyebrows.

Ronald Weasley – Angled Brush

This is the fluffiest brush in this set, I sometimes use it to blend the eyeshadow on my crease but it’s too big for my eye. So yeah I also use it to (powder) contour my nose.

Lord Voldemort – Flat Brush

I use this small brush to tap the eyeshadow on my eyelids. The performance is not really good. I thought the eyeshadow was the problem, but after trying it with another eyeshadows, the performance still not good. I must spray water or face mist so the eyeshadow will stick to the brush.

Cleaning Process

I just wash it with cold water and antiseptic soap or baby shampoo, clean it thoroughly by swirling the brushes on patterned platform, then rinse with luke-warm water. Dry it by press it on paper towel, I sometimes use hair-dryer on low heat when the weather is not sunny. It takes 2 or 3 days to completely dry.

Where to Buy ?

I bought this set in an online shop for IDR 120.000 (excluding the shipping cost). Not sure whether they still sell it though.

P.S. : All the images featured here belongs to my personal documents