Time flies :)

17 Sep

Wow, it’s been more than 6 months I haven’t written anything on my blog! Time does fly… so many things have happened in our life πŸ™‚

hmmm.. let’s see…

1. We got a super duper cute beagle named Titan. We don’t have any kids yet, so he is our bundle of joy! πŸ™‚

Isn't he the cutest dog alive of what? πŸ™‚

I believe that when we have a baby we’ll probably love our baby a million time more than we love Titan now; I just cannot imagine that, I think my heart will explode with joy when that happens πŸ˜€

2. I got a job, quit that job, got a much better job πŸ™‚

3. We have decided to start trying for a baby πŸ™‚

4. If everything goes well, we’ll have our own house by next month!! πŸ™‚

We are truly blessed πŸ™‚


Diva cup

19 Jan

Ehm…. this entry might be too feminine or personal for some people, but.. it’s my blog.. so I’m gonna write about it πŸ˜€

I read about menstrual cup years ago, butΒ  was always reluctant to give it a try. I thought… some things are just meant to be disposable, right? Few months ago, I read more aboutΒ  it, I read lots and lots of testimonials about it, and finally.. just last week, I gave it a try πŸ™‚

To put it simply, it is not for the faint of heart…. You gotta be comfortable looking at and maybe touching that special bodily fluid.

It takes a lot of practices getting it in and out your body, but once it’s in (correctly), you can’t feel it, and it’s very comfortable πŸ™‚

The main reason why I tried it, is because I don’t want to throw away 10 or more pads/tampons into the landfill every single month. I feel really good about my small contribution for our Mother Earth πŸ™‚

English as a second language

18 Jan

Unlike Malaysia, Singapore and Philippine, English is not the first language or a common speaking language in Indonesia. I was fortunate enough to have gone toΒ  really good schools from elementary up to high school, therefore.. my English is pretty good.. I think.. :p And I spent about 3+ years in OZ, which I think helps too.

But still…. having been exposed to English language since I was a kid is not the same with having it as a first language. I’m pretty confident with my English in writing.. I think my grammar and my spelling are much better than kids nowadays :pΒ  Listening (face to face), I’m pretty good at that. Speaking, I think it’s pretty good.. though sometimes my lips are faster than my brain. But.. I’m really really bad at communicating through the phone. I find it quite hard to grasp what the other person is saying.. I’m not sure why…. maybe because I cannot read their lips? Sometimes it gets quite frustrating 😦

And I also find, that sometimes my accent might not be as easy to understand for people who are not so used to me. That makes me not confident la 😦 Thank goodness my hubby can understand every single word that come out from my lips, so at least I could get that “talking quota” done every single day :p And somehow, not talking in your mother language every day (talking as in real talking, chatting and email are not included), kinda makes me feel a little bit lonely.

hhh.. I’m sure millions of immigrants feel the same way. Eventhough we are fluent in English, but still… it’s just different if English is not your first language.

On a totally different note, I feel the same way about the cultural difference. I live with my brother in law, so usually during dinner time or after dinner time conversation, my hubby and his brother talk about some cultural stuff (like old movies, weird jokes, some supposedly famous person), and I have no idea what are they talking about. Jokes that I find funny, they don’t find it funny. Some stuff that they find hilarious, I find it mean or cruel or just simply not funny. hhh.. there’s something about some American jokes that I don’t get -.-”

It’s stuffs like that that sometimes make me feel…. not home.. kinda like a lost salmon who swam too far.

I like to talk about Indonesia’s politics stuff, traffic jam in Jakarta, weird food that people here find disgusting, rainy season and that yearly flood in my beloved city, stuffs that are familiar.. stuffs from back home.. because they make me feel home-y. I’m sure lots of people feel this way when they move to a new country eh…. esp if they are in mixed marriages, somehow the move feels more.. permanent. I go through this cycle between being fine and homesick almost every other day….

*sigh* I know friends and job will bring me back to my old routine, and I will feel more home-y.. but it’s not easy eh.. πŸ˜€

All I can do is just…. give it time πŸ™‚

Caffeine kick :D

18 Jan

I am not a coffee drinker, somehow.. coffee and my tummy just don’t get along, at all! Which is fine, because I’ve never been a coffee drinker anyway, so I don’t really know what I’m missing πŸ™‚

But… I do love tea πŸ™‚ I rely on tea for a caffeine kick in the morning. In my old office, there’s always a pot of hot Chinese tea throughout the day. It’s great πŸ˜€ I usually drink about 2 or 3 huge cups of it, which explains why I am such a good employee hehe :p

Now that I’m here in western land, I get my caffeine kick from Earl Grey tea. I can really notice the difference, the day that I’m not drinking tea in the morning.. I’m usually.. hm.. to put it simply.. not motivated. The day that I get that caffeine kick in the morning, I’m really productive πŸ˜€

Man… it makes me think… where would human technology or human civilization be without caffeine (coffee)? I’m pretty sure coffee plays quite a big role eh…

It’s flipping cold!!

17 Jan

So, as usual, during weekend we went out to Willow to mom and dad’s house. I like to think their house kinda like a retreat πŸ˜€ Now we live in a small-ish house with my brother in law, so.. it’s pretty erm.. friendly :p

It feels good to stay a few days out in Willow, cause mom and dad’s house is really nice, spacious and tucked in the woods. Another thing about their house though…. it’s cold!! It’s usually like.. about 20 degrees colder than Anchorage!

When I was in Jakarta, I couldn’t imagine what it would like to be in 0 degrees C (let alone F!!). I always thought it would be unbearable. Well… water can freeze in 0C (32F), so why our eyeballs won’t freeze solid in our eyesocket, right? or… why our nose wouldn’t just snapped off? or… why our ears wouldn’t just freeze up and fall off? I know all of those scary scenarios won’t happen cause our body generate heat.. but still.. I can’t wrap my mind around it.

And now… 3 months has passed since that faithful day my hubby and I landed here, and I’ve grown tougher and tougher πŸ˜€

It was minus 33F last Sunday, and what we did? We went inside the hot tub πŸ˜€

With hats of course, I don’t want my ears to freeze and snapped off πŸ™‚

Sweet-sour-salty-spicy pickled pineapple

9 Jan

As we all know, most Asian people love love spicy food. Our love for spicy food sometimes branched out to putting chili on our fruits as well! πŸ™‚

For me, that one time of the month when I become so *cough* adorable and patient *cough* I’m always craving for overly salty and hot food. Back home, I can just buy hot pickled young mango (this is the best, it’s soooo sour sometimes my eyes twitched while eating this), hot pickled pineapple and hot pickled fresh nutmeg and other various tropical fruits that Indonesians can get their hands into (that are of course.. pickle-able).

Since I just bought a whole pineapple, I attempted making pickled pineapple yesterday.

It is so easy, it only takes about 5 mins kitchen time.

I boiled about 1.5 cups of water with 5 tbs sugar, 1tbs salt, 1 tbs vinegar, and about Β½ tbs crushed dried red pepper. This makes a ‘pretty light’ pickle. If you like your pickle to be saltier/more sour/sweeter/hotter, just add whatever your heart desires πŸ™‚ note : do not inhale the steam, inhaling hot vinegar fume is not pleasant!

After the solution is warm-ish, put pineapple slices in them. Leave it about 2 hours minimal so all the flavors can penetrate into every cells of the fruits, I left mine marinating overnight.

I tried them in the afternoon today and I’m very pleased with the result πŸ™‚

ο»ΏYum yum yummmm πŸ™‚ And by pleased, I mean gorging on about 10 slices at once πŸ˜€

Baked Chicken & Veggies :)

7 Jan

I was feeling rather lazy last night… just didn’t feel like slaving away in front of the stove for an hour just so my hubby can inhale the dinner in 10 mins. So I just made an effortless baked chicken and veggies, which turned out really good πŸ™‚

1. Preheat the oven to about 325F

2. Grab a big bowl, and toss some chicken pieces (I used boneless and skinless chicken thighs) and veggies (I used carrots, cauliflower, tomatoes and onion) with some olive oil, minced garlic, sake (or white wine), salt and pepper.

3. Dump everything in an ovenproof dish, chuck in the oven, and just leave it for about an hour.

5 mins before an hour mark, toss some green salad with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper πŸ™‚ And you got yourself a healthy and nutritious dinner, and most importantly.. super easy πŸ˜€