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.
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.
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 standard does exist EVERYWHERE. We can’t deny the fact that society form certain beauty standard. It’s also the society whom against that beauty standard when it’s ‘harmful’ for other people.
Are we going to talk about how the beauty standard formed ? Nope. At least not in this article.
What’s the Beauty Standard in Indonesia (particularly Javanese) for female ?
*First thing first I’m going to point out the beauty standard from my very own experience and perspective. It doesn’t apply to anyone, that’s why it called a stereotype. So ~ chill ~
Obviously, have no obesity. Some people say skinny is better than fatty. Probably, in romantic relationship, it’s shameful for some men to ‘walk’ with big girl. Or it’s difficult to hold them. Not sure. Also probably people think fatty is unhealthy, while it’s not 100% true. You know, every body-shapes has a chance to be unhealthy.
No arm & leg hair. Arm and leg hair is just for men. That’s what I thought until high school. I only knew that women had soft and thin arm & leg hair. I entered university and realized that women could also had a pretty thick arm & leg hair. And that’s not a ‘sin’, that’s normal. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Fair skin-tone. Some people call our, Javanese people, skin-tone as exotic. It’s not dark yet not very bright, just like tanned-skin. We call it ‘sawo matang’, literally means ripped ‘sawo’ (kind of fruit). However, having bright skin consider as prettier than having ‘sawo matang’ skin. Like, when people ask what girl’s type men would like to date. They always mention, “Tinggi (tall), putih (bright skin), langsing (slim)”. Every person has their own type okay ? So chill ~~
Straight & Long Hair. Long hair considered as feminine, straight hair considered as tidy and pretty. Having short hair particularly men-like-haircut considered as a tomboy, even parents want their daughters to maintain their hair long. Talking about hair shape, there was the era where straightener tool is famous and almost all of my female friends have it. And most of them straighten their hair. Then, another era came where perm and wavy hair became a trend. Well ~ it’s just up to our decision either to follow the trend or not, right ?
What’s my relationship with those beauty standard ?
I couldn’t count how many people -for my entire 24 years life- told me that I’m fat, I need to lose weight, I have unhealthy body, I won’t get a man ’cause I’m fat, asking my body’s weight. I got offended, ’cause I KNEW they didn’t say that to encourage me to be a better person. They did that ’cause I was different from probably what they expected. And I didn’t ask them to interfere my body, I didn’t interfere theirs as well. Lately, I don’t take what others words as an ‘insult’. Whatever they say, I’m here just being myself. And doing my best to become healthy and happy !
So the answer for ‘Should I Fit-In to the Beauty Standard?’ is NO.
Music is not a privilege for millennials, however millennials affect the music industry these days. What is the relationship between millennials and music ?
First thing first let’s break down what millennials supposed to mean. Some articles say millennials born between 1980 and 1994, another articles say millennials born between 1980 and 2000. Let’s not debate about that here, okay ? There are several stereotypes characteristics of millennials which tend to the negative sides, such as :
Millennials prefer having small-paid job which comply their passion rather than having a high-paid job which doesn’t meet their requirements even though they have the qualifications for the job;
Millennials are consider lazy because they see themselves as the more hard-working and responsible rather than the generation before them;
Millennials work to live rather than live to work;
Millennials are compulsive job-hoppers, they will go to one job to another jobs to meet their satisfaction;
Millennials have little time for experienced colleagues.
Do you think those stereotypes are absolutely true ? Or do you have another idea about the millennials’ characteristics ? Either those are applied to every individual or only stereotypes because of certain people, I believe there’s the reasons behind it.
The relationship between millennials and music. The data given by ERA and BPI that millennials listen to music 75% more than baby boomers (people who were born between 1946 and 1964). Based on Billboard survey about millennials artist on music industry on 2016, ‘Where Are U Now’ by Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber and ‘Royal’ by Lorde is the best songs which represent millennials best. While Kehlani is one of the most innovative millennials singer. Those data from the survey took place in USA and Britain, but it can represents a little bit about music industry in Indonesia.
Let’s break down some well-known Indonesian millennial artists in music industry.
Raisa and Isyana Sarasvati, as their newest collaboration single ‘Anganku Anganmu‘ music video watched by more than 10 million viewers on YouTube, which just released on March 2017. That is such a huge hits ! The worth mentioning thing is both of them were born on early 90’s.
Tulus, as his latest album ‘Monokrom’ with some best hits such as ‘Monokrom‘ and ‘Pamit‘, chosen as Album of The Year Indonesian Choice Awards 2017. Tulus, himself, also chosen as Male Singer of The Year in the same award;
Jaz, a 23-year-old male singer, with his most best song ‘Dari Mata‘ which released on May 2016 as the music video watched by more than 30 million viewer on YouTube. Like almost everywhere I go, mall or cafe, the song is being played. He is nominated as the Favorite Male Singer on Cornetto Pop Awards this July;
Yura Yunita, from her album ‘Yura’ there are hits songs such as ‘Cinta dan Rahasia‘ and ‘Berawal dari Tatap‘. She has been nominated several awards such as Indonesian Choice Awards and Anugerah Musik Indonesia (AMI) Award. Yura was chosen as the Most Friendly Musician in OZ Radio Bandung FM Awards 2017;
Dipha Barus, the only DJ mentioned in this list, he collaborated with some singers such as Rinni Wulandari & Teza Sumendra with their song ‘Lemme Get That‘, Kallula with their song ‘No One Can Stop Us‘ and Nadin ‘All Good‘. He was chosen as the Best Dance/ Electronic Production Work at AMI Award 2016.
I can say that their music represents the millennial music listeners in Indonesia. I can get several similarities from them :
The genre mostly are pop, jazz, and the collaboration between those two; including Dipha Barus even though his music has EDM aspect in it. Millennials listening more soft music these days to balance their ‘rough’ days;
The songs mostly talk about romantic relationship and love, which probably millennials concern about it more and represent their life;
The music video style is like a short movie, which millennials enjoying audio visual platform;
The singers’ voice is clear and they have easy-listening songs, which millennials prefer a relaxing music to refresh their mind from their dense daily routine;
They mostly released their single(s) or album on digital platform such as Spotify and YouTube, where most millennials prefer those platform rather than the physical form like CD/ DVD.
From the conclusion above, we can say that music these days represents the life of millennials. And the music industries might be adjust themselves to the millennials ‘requirements’ toward music as for 2020 they will be the most productive generation.
That’s a pretty easy question yet tough answer. At least for me.
I don’t remember when did exactly I start to like coffee.
Probably it was just me watching my mother drinking coffee every morning, since her teenage life even until now, she is 54. Then I got emerged on it and started liking coffee. I don’t know, not sure.
How do my mother drink coffee ? Like any other households in mostly Indonesia; she mixes the coffee powder with granulated sugar then pouring the hot water. Stir it until the sugar dissolved. We calls it kopi tubruk.
She drinks the coffee after it settles down in the bottom of the cup. And it has a delicate taste !
Anyway I’m not going to talk about my mother’s liking toward coffee.
It’s me, my turn, I wonder whether coffee is my life.
Wait ! Is it even a necessary topic to talk about ? Yes absolutely !
Morning coffee. That’s what cross my mind when people say, “I’m a coffee drinker” or “I’m a coffee lover”.
They can’t start the day without drinking their morning coffee. Either they drink it at home or buy it on their way to their work.
And that is super cool !
However that’s not what I am. I can’t drink coffee in the morning, or I even barely have my breakfast. It makes me nauseous.
Why ? Perhaps, my body can’t adjust itself to caffeine.
*First thing first yeah I know tea also has caffeine on it, and I don’t drink tea often.
Well ~ I’m not sure, I’ve never had any medical check-up before so I just make my assumption.
The coffee affect on my body is probably common for “amateur” coffee drinkers; nausea, feeling super active, feeling excited, dizziness, I even throw up everything I digested before drinking the coffee.
I don’t want to give up on coffee despite the effects to my body.
Observing my own body. I drink the coffee brand my mother always buys, it’s an arabica coffee. And yeah my body gives me the reactions I mentioned before.
Lately, I realized that my body reacts quite different towards robusta coffee. I get less nauseous.
What makes my body reacts differently ? I, then, comparing these two species of coffee.
An article here says that arabica coffee has a little bit sour taste, also I find another article here says that the acidity is high. That article also says that the robusta coffee has more, almost double, caffeine than arabica coffee.
Then I understand that my body wants the lower acidity in the coffee and pretty fine with the caffeine.
Yes ! I finally figure it out ! Sorry caffeine, I “blame” you all these years. Now I know !
Since then I often buy my “own” low acidity robusta coffee. If the term makes sense. LoLs.
I can have my morning coffee now ? Nope. My body still can’t consume it in the morning, I can’t stand the wanna-throw-up feeling !
Is coffee my life now ? If “my life” means I can’t live without coffee, then the answer is NO. Then do I still consider as a coffee lover ? Yes I am, I enjoying drinking it whenever I want to.
— It is always delightful to find my “own” coffee — Rani Aisyah
It’s somehow a habit for people to generate body-shape standard and picture the non-general body-shape as a very bad thing. I’ll talk about how people around me interfere my body-choice.
“Dik* you need to have a diet, look at you. You’re too fat,” my aunt directly told me that.
I was, of course, pretty surprised hearing her said that.
I mean, come on ! She only met me after years and that was her comment ?
I wasn’t the polite-to-relatives kind of girl, so I talked back to her and I believe that was my right.
“You’ll hardly get a husband with your body,” she added.
Waow ! Is she God or what ?
I, then, told her that I didn’t care about that. Like come on, I need a man of course, but not the one whom doesn’t want me.
It’s so weird how she said those nasty words, she also has plus size body and I expected her to encourage me.
That was one comment from my relative, I got lots of bad comments about my body and mostly I let them know that I feel comfortable with my body. Duh !
Seriously though, I don’t bother others’ body-shape choices. In one condition, as long as others don’t bother me. I’m not the kind-to-all type of person anyway.
Listen, if those people think plus size means not healthy and they want me to get healthier. There’s a good way to give me advice, not by giving discouraging words.
I really do my best to accept my body, yet sometimes I can also feel insecure if people discouraging me almost all the time.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t ask others to encourage me, yet I don’t ask them to discourage me either. I don’t think they will get any benefits anyway. However they keep doing it.
I have a pretty ‘sharp’ tongue*, sometimes spell out whatever I mean to in a good way, apparently that’s only what I thought. Some people tend to think I’m too offensive.
Anyway, with that kind of character, people still giving me bad comments. Don’t you usually avoid being judgmental to ‘sharp-tongue’ people like me ? Ahh unfortunately it doesn’t apply here. They are too happy meddling others’ matters.
Yeah yeah, the way I think like this isn’t an instant result, it needs process. The older I get the more knowledge I get and one of the knowledge is to accept any body shapes. It’s even weirder, people who bad commenting my body are from my age and even older like my relatives. Don’t people usually get mature throughout the time ? Ooh yaa of course, age doesn’t define maturity and maturity doesn’t defined by age.
I admit that I’m a plus size woman; fat, stretch mark surely exist inside my body, yet I’m enjoying all of that.
I’ve ever read a meme about friendships, a very close friends bonding by ‘sarcasm’ and ‘insult’. And yeah, me and my close friends are on that state. I don’t get offended by what they say and vice versa, ’cause we don’t mean it to literally insult each other. Do strangers usually insult each other and everything just fine ? Hhmm, I don’t think so. They will get offended, right ? And maybe fight each other. Oke Rani stop right there ! You don’t know that much. Ooppss alright.
Last thing, do my body shape bother you ? If yes, why ?
Haii people out there, whoever read this. Please enjoy being you !
Thanks for reading. Have a nice day.
*Dik = Adik, an address for younger people. Usually to address younger siblings. But yeah my aunts and uncles address me ‘adik’.
*Sharp-tongue = people who talk freely that sometimes others get offended by. Sorry not sure how to describe this well. Indonesian people tend to small talk and not spell out their thoughts (sometimes I do). So freely-talk people still a minority (I don’t do any research about this of course, but it seen). Thoughts here means a good way, not the thoughts for bad commenting others or another bad thoughts.