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Certain things catch your eye, but
pursue only those that capture the heart.

(Ancient Indian Proverb)




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A workweek’s worth of binge blogging


This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day (Friday):
Is it easier for you to work together with other people or to work alone?
Yesterday’s prompt (Thursday):
Have you ever been part of a group blog? Tell us about your experience.
Prompt of the day before yesterday (Wednesday):
Do you feel like you reveal too much of yourself on your blog?
Do you think you hold back too much?
Prompt of two days before yesterday (Tuesday):
Do you think you’ll still be blogging 10 years from now?
Prompt of three days before yesterday (Monday):
How has blogging changed your life?
Tell us one thing that is different now than
from before you started blogging.


Man, I’ve been ditching my NaBloPoMo challenge for a whole week. Just haven’t had the time to really sit down and think things through. The last thing I want is to sacrifice posting up crap just to fulfill the challenge, and quality beats quantity – all the time1.

I covered the topic of how much I reveal and hold myself back really briefly on last Friday’s post, How blogging will change you—in GIFs. I’ll go more into details after the jump. In response to Tuesday’s prompt, I want to memo a post I did two years ago, Me + 10, and that I’ve got 8 years left to manifest those dreams into reality. So since blogging has been an integral component of the process, there’s no question as to whether I’ll still be blogging 10 years from today.

Now I can’t really tell the difference between my life before I started blogging and after, since it’s been my sidekick for more than half of my life. In the beginning, all I did was posting vents, rants, complaints, and any other forms of rubbish, neither having any intention whatsoever of what the blog would become nor the awareness as to how I’m actually responsible for making it public.

But what I can examine is the difference after I began familiarizing myself with blogs that were written by full-time2 bloggers.

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  1. … and probably the hardest lessons I’ve learned through blogging. []
  2. i.e. professional []

Links I Love: 2014.3.14

Happy weekend!!

I’m so excited~ This week I’m heading to a local animal rescue to see what they have in stores. I’m not getting a pet or anything per se, but I thought it’ll be great to expose myself to the future possibility. I never really have a pet in my life, and I so, so, so wish to have one since forever, but my parents aren’t exactly the biggest fans of animals.

Despite so, I know that before I die, I wanna care for one and love it as best as I can :)

What are you guys up to this weekend? See the coolest/must-read links from around the web after the jump. Enjoy!




♥ Why being skinny doesn’t mean you’re not fat (and how it puts you at higher risk of death). [TIME]

♥ Denim galore: 52 looks to get inspired[Who What Wear]

♥ The right sunglasses for your face shape[Free People]

♥ This coming from a man: Girls with short hair are damaged. [Return of Kings]

♥ 15 truths I wish I’d known about love 15 years ago[HuffPost]

♥ 76 important books you can read in one day[PopSugar LOVE]

♥ Real ways to develop a thick skin[Thought Catalog]

♥ The ultimate cheat sheet for dealing with haters[Altucher Confidential]

♥ 101 fun + amazing facts[Mental Floss]

The psychology of FOMO. [YouBeauty]

♥ You are not who they say you are. [Jarrid Wilson]

The 4 mantras of successful entrepreneurs. [Entrepreneur]


via Style Du Monde / Free People / PopSugar / fanpop


Get in, get out: My go-to 25-minute elliptical workout


Disclaimer: The information below is for educational/entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional help. Before beginning a new exercise regimen or making any other changes in your lifestyle, always consult with your physician and/or a certified coach.


Confession1: I’m a cardio queen. After years of experimenting, I found no other form of cardiovascular exercise I enjoy more than running.2


But several months ago, I was hit by a really bad IT band syndrome on my left leg. Even walking became difficult. The pain creeped up really slowly during the weeks before, and I just thought it’s one of those sores that’ll go away as long as I keep moving those muscles. But the pain only got worse.

It forced me to stop playing during one of my weekly tennis rallies – I couldn’t run after the balls as fast as I could, much less control my shots as accurately as I’ve done before. And then there’s the crazy painful sports massage. The following weeks after left me completely restrained from hitting the treadmill whenever I’m at the gym. Either I skip cardio entirely or choose to work with some other cardio equipment until I fully recover.

This leads me to reunite with my longtime pal, the elliptical trainer, and it’s something I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with.

It doesn’t help that out of the four basic components of physical fitness, i.e. speed, strength, flexibility, and stamina, I value stamina the most. Too often, the longer I stay during an elliptical workout, the more I find myself ended up compromising myself and go easy.

It just doesn’t take as much mental effort to last through an elliptical workout as on the treadmill, and there’s always the voices in my head that will come while the clock is ticking (“I’ve got resistance to keep up with the intensity”, “I can lay low for a bit with my balance”, ”No need to go long when I’m already this fast”).

It’s very different from running, at least for me, where your balance, posture, and movements are entirely arbitrary.

But here’s the good news: This machine is much easier on your joints, as you’re not stressing them a lot like when you’re pounding the pavements. When used correctly, the elliptical shouldn’t cause knee pain. As it turns out, those precise reasons I don’t find the it as challenging have become the reasons that allowed me the time to heal while still keeping myself active. So I figured it can also benefit anyone who’s recovering from a running injury, but still wants a gripping workout to keep those cardiac muscles strong.

That said, I want to share this particular workout today. It’s the minimum standard whenever I’m running short on time:


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Depending on your current fitness level, the goal of the resistance is to maximize your use of perceived exertion. Also note that there isn’t any particular speed requirement: As long as your heart stays within the 150-200bpm range, you know you’re getting an effective aerobic workout.3


So the next time you rationalize yourself out of cardio with the after-burn effect, or simply decide to forgo the gym, think about this: The time you need for this workout is equals to the time you use watching a sitcom episode (or about seven cat videos on YouTube). Choose one that your future self will thank you for.




via Healthy Relationship


  1. and this may not come as a surprise []
  2. Although swimming comes to a close. []
  3. Speaking of which, please check your target heart rates here, as reported by the American Heart Association. []

Enjoying the seaside air at Takigawa


Believe it or not, this is my first time ever trying out Takigawa.

The Japanese fusion chain has been around for a decade now, even expanded to some thirty outlets throughout the country.


While I’ve seen Takigawa outlets in major shopping centers in Jakarta, I never seem to hop in and take a bite.  I guess I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to Japanese fusion restaurants just because they’ve grown to become a culinary convention, and consequently that makes authenticity a rare gem. So I think most of you are probably more familiar with Takigawa’s signature dishes than I am, and know the outlets around that are good. Despite so, I actually quite enjoyed my dining experience at Ancol’s Takigawa, albeit primarily for cosmetic reasons.

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Comeback trend: White crop top


Remember the early days of Britney?

Yeap, she was all white in a skin-tight crop.

We’ve all probably noticed a number of A-list celebrities donning the midriff-revealing item these days, whether they’re down the street or the red carpet. It was predominant in the ’80s and ’90s, thanks to Madonna, who started it all. Gwen Stefani, J Lo, Mariah Carey and Shania Twain are just a few names I can recall who was rocking the crop top during those days.

Lily Aldrige in the Spring/Summer 2014 XOXO campaign

Lily Aldrige in the Spring/Summer 2014 XOXO campaign


Lily Aldrige in the Spring/Summer 2014 XOXO campaign


Now maybe this is just me, but despite its on-screen prevalence back then, I didn’t really see it as commonly worn as it is today. Perhaps because I’ve grown so used to seeing it on TV that I think it’s quite an outlandish look for the average girl on the street. And frankly, it takes a lot of confidence for anyone to carry herself in a crop top (except maybe Princess Jasmine).

It’s really one of those items that you either love or hate – like durians, or natto. Though I haven’t worn one that rises up as high as my lower chest, I’m considering the crop top a try, particularly one in white. It’s athletic, figure-flattering, and fairly versatile. No doubt I think it’s one of the styles with the most staying power over the long run, even if its current vogue is only going to last till next year.

Just see the line of crop-clad stars below:


  • NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Tao Okamoto attends the Calvin Klein Collection fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Spring Studios on February 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
  • launches the new PacSun holiday collection at PacSun Glendale Galleria on November 9, 2013 in Glendale, California.
  • Singer Lana Del Rey pops out of the London Hotel were she is staying to greet fans and waiting photographers.

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  • West Hollywood, CA - Jason Statham and girlfriend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley spend the evening shopping for art pieces in West Hollywood. Rosie looked great in her white cropped top, capris, and nude heels. AKM-GSI October 19, 2012 To License These Photos, Please Contact : Steve Ginsburg (310) 505-8447 (323) 4239397 or Keith Stockwell (310) 261-8649 (323) 325-8055
  • BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 7th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 27, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
  • Diane Kruger==CALVIN KLEIN S/S 2013 Fashion Show==205 West 39th Street, NYC==September 13, 2012==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - CLINT SPAULDING/


What do you think? Will you wear or are you already wearing a crop top?


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Meanwhile in my dreams, Christian Grey showered me with this lavish set of goodies, which features Alexander McQueen’s white faille top, hehe. A girl can dream.


White glow


Cropped cotton-blend fraille top by McQ Alexander McQueen
Fortune teller skirt with sheer panel on Topshop
Signature 18k white gold pearl drop earrings by Tiffany & Co.
18k gold rock candy large lollipop diamond mother-of-pearl ring by Ippolita
Delicatesse Ombres Fleures eyeshadow palette by Chanel
Écriture de Chanel automatic liquid eyeliner by Chanel
Iridescent pumps by Stella McCartney
Reverso Lady ref: 2611410 by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Cellumination Essence EX by SK-II
Facial Treatment Clear Lotion by SK-II
A Perfect World antioxidant moisturizer with white tea by Origins
White tea & mint travel candle by Aquiesse
CAST tea cup & saucer by Kinto



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How blogging will change you—in GIFs.


This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day:
What have you learned about yourself through blogging?
Yesterday’s prompt:
Does blogging bring out your best or worst self?


I cannot pinpoint the exact date I started blogging. If you haven’t already know, I have a number of my very first blogs erased.

What I know for sure is that blogging has watched me grow from puberty through adolescence, and now, we’re joining hands into early adulthood.

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