Feeling good about yourself is hard. Feel good anyway.


This is a post I promised last week. It’s going to be another long one I have to warn you about.


There was a time when I made life harder for everyone around me. It creeps itself up very slowly, but it started from something small. Might seem so simple you wouldn’t have thought it could have so much influence on your life beyond the bathroom mirror. But truth is, how you regard yourself determines how you behave and how you respond to others.

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Mega Italian feast at Mamma Rosy #ZomatoFoodieMeetup


I’ve recommended this restaurant to practically everyone who asked me where they should go to get some Italian fix in Jakarta.


Sooo it’s not that hard to picture how excited I was when I found out my second meetup with the Foodies is going to be at Mamma Rosy :p

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Gifts for the geeky guy in your life


Show some love for that guy you’re thinking about this Halloween:

Geeky gifts for geeky guys

Spider-Man vision mask that lights up when you put it on from Hasbro
MS355R walkie talkie that’s waterproof
4GB Darth Maul USB hard drive, muahahha
Trick or treat: 20-inch Hulk candy bowl holder!
60×30″ Gameboy beach towel by ThinkGeek
 Official DC superhero cookbook: Batpizza, Superburger, Wonder cupcakes, and more
Chewbacca wind-up to troll people :p
The exclusive Game of Thrones card game
Cute Buzz Lightyear cookie jar :) almost 10 inches tall.
Iron Man iPhone case
Anti-scratch video-recording glasses, 100% UV protected
 Sonic the Hedgehog action figure by Nendoroid
 The complete set of dragon balls
Cute ‘pop quiz’ mathematical clock
Collector’s edition: Optimus Prime action figure Platinum Edition
☑ Something else to troll people: Remote control shark to swim in the air


I want them all for myself too, especially the video-recording glasses. It’s a very Iron Man thing to do.

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The things you can do with the world in the palm of your hand …


 What are you getting for the geeky friend in your life?



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21 irresistible things you’ll love about the engineering boyfriend



Guess what: Today is Engineer’s Day in Singapore. Yes, there is such a thing, and it’s a worldwide thing, except in Indonesia.

I cared because my older brother is one, my boyfriend is one, my best friend is one, and I find myself attracted to the engineering type the whole time I was consciously single. While I’ve welcomed other types and learned to tolerate many things, I still come back to the ones in engineering. You know – the ones who stays in the lab till 6 in the morning, doesn’t shower, and heads off to a morning class immediately.

Besides how obviously intelligent they are, I didn’t really understand why I’m so inclined to these guys until I give myself time to ponder upon it now.

Just woman to woman, here’s why you’re far better off with that bespectacled guy than with Mr. Abercrombie & Fitch:


He’s cute.

I don’t know why the media always portrays engineers as unattractive. You see, nerds and geeks are very different (think Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) – geeks tend to be more socially aware than nerds are. The engineering guys I’ve met are all but hermits – it’s how I met them in the first place. Believe me all you want, but they all happen to be cute. Best of all, they don’t even know it.


His glasses.

Tell me this isn’t just me: Most men think women want humongous muscles and protruding veins. Tell you what – it’s creepy. Women love a good mix of openness and mysteriousness, and a pair of warm eyes hidden beneath those thick, big glasses do just that. It makes us curious, it makes us want to get to know you more, and it makes us wonder what you’re like without them on. It’s like bra for men.


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My 100% natural nighttime routine


As promised, here’s a not-so-long post on my 100% natural skincare regimen before I go to bed. I’ve followed some of these steps for a long time, but have only incorporated these oils into my routine about a month ago. Technically, I use everything here for both day and night, but for night I’ve now excluded all commercial products1 and go all natural to reduce the chances of getting any adverse skin reactions while I sleep.

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  1. see the 9 ingredients in products I tend to avoid. []

10 steps to believe you’re beautiful


How you perceive yourself has a much bigger effect on your day than you might think. Plus, it’s so easy to feel unpretty in the face of roadside billboards and the pages of glossy magazines (especially on bad hair days).

My hair is fine today, thanks, and this morning I want to share my personal battle with self-esteem. I still attempt to overcome it on a daily basis, and there’s a whole dark side to the story that I’ll be sharing next week. But for now, let me just run through what I do to pick myself back up again:

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