Announcement: I’m participating in NaBloPoMo February 2013!


It seems like everyone’s preparing for Valentine’s already (including myself … but only mentally). I’m still deciding what to make for Stanley when the day comes, but one thing I’ve decided to do is taking on the challenge to blog everyday throughout February!


This will be the first time I participate in NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month :)

NaBloPoMo is a daily writing/blogging exercise that challenges bloggers to stay disciplined throughout the month. At BlogHer, NaBloPoMo runs all year round. The fun part is that every month features a different theme.

And the theme for this February will be about love & sex.

As I prepare my heart to take on the topic all month long *gasp!*, I invite you to take a peek at what I’ll be covering:


Friday, February 1, 2013
When was the last time you said “I love you”?

Monday, February 4, 2013
Tell us about your first crush.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
How old were you the first time you fell in love?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Do you remain friends with ex-boyfriends after you break up?

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Describe your ideal date night.

Friday, February 8, 2013
Name the most romantic movie of all time.

Monday, February 11, 2013
What is your ideal Valentine’s Day celebration?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
What is your favorite Valentine’s Day candy?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
If you could send out Valentine this year as you did back in grade school,
what type of Valentine would you send out to your blogosphere class?

Thursday, February 14, 2013
How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?

Friday, February 15, 2013
How did this Valentine’s Day compare with Valentine’s Days of years past?

Monday, February 18, 2013
What is the most romantic book you’ve ever read?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Martin Luther King Jr. unpacked love and hate when he said,
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Which is easier for you to feel: Love or hate?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Erich Fromm said, “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’
Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you’.”
How do you define mature love?

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Do you think people can live without love?

Friday, February 22, 2013
Aristotle said, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
Do you agree or disagree?

Monday, February 25, 2013
Do you think you would enjoy being a “sex symbol?”

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Do you think sex education should come from the parents, the school, or a mix of both?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mae West described sex as “emotion in motion.” Unpack this idea in a post.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
When do you feel your sexiest?


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So girls, you up for the challenge? Quick – signup before February 5. After that you won’t be able to participate.

And guys, as you can see, February will be an exciting month for you to discover real answers from real women. I don’t promise that you’ll completely understand how women think by the end of the month, but I can guarantee better chances of landing yourself on the next date, improving your sex life, and getting your woman to want you more :)

Feel free to bloghop around the list of participants here.


Buh-bye now, January. February … here we come!




Thank you


There are so many interesting ideas popping up everyday around the blogosphere.

Today is no exception. There’s something cool I can’t help but share with you guys.

I stumbled upon thxthxthx: a thank you note a day the other day. Leah Dietrich, the UK-based scribbler behind these thank-you notes, launched the blog in 2009 as a daily exercise of gratitude. Never had she imagined that two years later, 200 of these notes are going to be compiled into a bestseller – thxthxthx: Thank Goodness for Everything. Thanks to the thxthxthx blog, she has been grateful ever since.

Take a look at some of the notes (these are my favorites!):


Dear distance running:


Dear farts:


Dear foods I ate but did not photograph on vacation:


Dear very hot weather:


Dear heart:


Dear singing in front of someone:


Dear thxthxthx:


Don’t you just love how simple they are? Suddenly you realize it’s the little things in life that count.

I think thxthxthx is a living proof that there is always, always, always something to be thankful for (and not just on Fridays), don’t you think?


How are you blessed in your life today? Can’t wait to tell you mine tomorrow on TGIF! :)




Grilling at Pangkep 33


Rainy days call for platefuls of heartwarming food.



No matter the weather, Pangkep 33 has got all the spices to hearten you up and stifle your livid moods. Take a peek at the great stuff they brought to our dinner table:





Cumi Telur Bakar (Grilled squid with egg): Every bite of this tanginess was delightful – it’s soft, tart, and chewy all at once. Take a chunk out of the pulpy squid and dip it into the bowl of kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), and I’m sure the bite will tickle your appetite as it did to mine. Definitely one enticing starter for our night.


Kangkung Bunga Pepaya (Stir-fried water spinach mixed with papaya flower buds): I grew up eating plenty of vegetables, but kangkung, or water spinach, is one of my all-time favorites because it has crunchier stalks compared to most leafy greens out there. Kangkung is almost like the go-to vegetable choice in Southeast Asian cuisines. Traditionally prepared with just a simple stir-fry and some sambal, the crisp kangkung texture and the bitter, biting buds made a perfect match for this dish. Papaya flower buds are a popular finishing touch to a lot of Indonesian dishes, and for this one they’re an excellent complement to enrich the chewy kangkung stalks and add a dash of acridity to it. Don’t forget to include those sweet tomato slices to your biteful to make everything taste extra juicy.


Kuwe Rica (Grilled trevally jack with freshly ground red chillies and chopped onion): Pangkep 33 is truly a gem for those who really want to feel satiated. Frankly I was dumbfounded to see the size of these fish when they were served, as it’s rare to find helpings as big as these in other seafood restaurants. Not to mention the bulky, fleshy treasures I found once I dug my fork deep into those vibrant bed of chillis. Careful though – it’s hot. Nonetheless worth the cry for some scrumptious flare-up inside your belly.

Pangkep 33
Jl. Pluit Putera Raya No.12A
Jakarta Utara 14450
(021) 7078 5432
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Little Nibble: Klappertaart, Manadonese coconut tart with rum


There’s something sweet, squishy, and delicious on my breakfast table this morning. It was a gift I received from Stanley upon his return from a four-day trip to Manado, the largest city in the Sulawesi province.






It’s the luscious Indonesian klappertart, which literally means coconut tart. Thank you baby! :) It’s great to keep my belly thick and warm while the weather’s making everyone trembling these days.


One word: YUM.

You won’t want to miss this Dutch-influenced dessert when you visit the city of Manado. Sold at just about every bakery store throughout the city, klaapertart’s allure has reached to a nationwide popularity today.

Thanks to heaps of young coconut flesh and juice, the klaapertart custard tastes piquantly soft, almost like the French soufflé. Blended with a fluff of wheat, eggs, milk, sugar, and margarine, the delicate custard had me melting at my breakfast table.

Stanley got me the one with the rum flavor, but I sensed dashes of sweet-smelling cinnamon too, with slivers of crisp almonds and raisin sprinkles smothering the crown of this feathery treat.

Nothing feels better than finishing the whole tart by the end of the day.


Have you ever tried a klappertart before?




Fruits With Benefits: B is for Blueberries


This is the second post of Fruits With Benefits: Eating Healthy From A to Z.
To see the complete series, click here.


Hello Monday! Hope your weekend was restful. Let’s start off this week without moaning :)



Monday is a great day to have these blues~


Enjoying smoother skin now? Good – say thanks to your avocado. Every other Monday I’ll be filling you up with a juicy fruit that quells your sugar cravings and fully satisfies your appetite. With bite-sized information and easy-to-grab fruits, I aim to make you eat more of these goods so you can feel good and look good.

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Fitness Journal: How to set goals that lead to success

my fitness journal-01

*Current goal*3.1 miles at max pace 7’59″ / mi (read: under 24:45 min)
Total mileage: 14.48 mi
Target mileage of the week: (nil)




“Plastic bag.”




Katy Perry – Firework




MondaY, 21 JANUARY 2013

5.22 mi run in 51:38 min (pace: 9’54″ / mi)




Thursday, 24 January 2013

4.76 mi run in 45:17 min (pace: 9’31” / mi)


(Resistance training: Elliptical machine)

00:00 – 05:00 – Level 7
05:00-07:00 – Level 25
07:00 – 08:00 – Level 24
08:00 – 09:00 – Level 23
09:00 – 10:00 – Level 22
10:00 – 11:00 – Level 21
11:00 – 12:00 – Level 18
12:00 – 14:00 – Level 25
14:00 – 15:00 – Level 24
15:00 – 16:00 – Level 23
16:00 – 17:00 – Level 22
17:00 – 18:00 – Level 21
18:00 – 19:00 – Level 18
19:00 – 22:00 – Level 25
22:00 – 23:00 – Level 7








Saturday, 26 January 2013

4.5 mi run in 43:58 min (pace: 9’46” / mi)