Wednesday, August 9, 2017

You're My Lobster

This post is dedicated to a very special someone. My "lobster".

To the man who has taught me what Love is:

Patience (for putting up with my antics)
Courage (for making me stand up for myself)
Doting Parents (for becoming my personal 'manny' when needed)
Loyal (for going that extra mile for me)
Caring (despite your 'stiff' persona)
Encouraging (for pushing me to take more risks)

..and most importantly,
Annoys the living daylight out of me.
But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thank you for a wonderful 8 years of love and adventures.

We made a promise to love and cherish each other 8 years ago, so Here's to many more amazing adventures to come!

Happy Wedding Anniversary, my Love.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Bullet Journal: Start

I have been diving into the whole bullet journal journey. I'm finally able to put my mind into it and ready to commit myself into this whole wonderful world of bullet journaling.
And what do you know, it actually worked really well with my OCD and anxiety issues.

How to start, you ask?


To start your own bullet journal adventure, all you really need are two things: a Journal and a pen.

Any kinds of journal and/or pen will do. In my case, since I'm such a stationery geek, I really put a lot of effort in choosing the perfect journal and pens that I know would work well for my needs. I really love my Leuchtturm1917 dotted journal (I prefer the dotted pages compared to the lines or squares because it's so much easier to work around with). This journal has great paper quality, has a decent number of pages and it looked simple and chic. For pens, I personally love ones that feels buttery soft when you write with: Staedtler, Uni-ball and Greebel are my personal favorites (all in plain black). And then, to add more colors and dimensions to your bullet journal, I like Koi Brush Pen. Also, to add more decorations to your bullet journal, I love using stickers and washi tapes (you can find them online these days).

If you're interested and want see more of my bullet journal adventure, I occasionally record my journey on my instagram story. So make sure you hop on there (@karagunawan) and see when I post stuff about my bullet journal. Would love to hear your feedback and whatnot.

Until next time!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Japan Hauls

Check out some of the goodies I got from my recent trip to Japan!

(We'll go from Left to Right)

1. Blazer and Shorts Co-ords
These are from H&M. I've been looking for blazer and shorts co-ords for a while now, so when I saw it on their website of course I wanted it. However, the H&M Jakarta don't have them in one set (they only came with the blazer). So when I saw them in H&M Kyoto (as a complete set), I snatched them right away. The fabric materials are fine, they're comfortable and fit very nicely. It looked nice too.

2. PureSmile gold and black pearl sheet masks
These are my favorite sheet mask brand from Japan. My personal favorite has got to be the gold and black pearl one. They came in a pack of 8. I bought them in Tokyu Hands, but you can find them in any Japanese cosmetic/drugstores.

3. Marvel Face Pack (Iron Man and Captain America)
I also love these characters sheet masks. This time I got The Avengers' series. I can't wait to use them.

4. KITTA washi tapes and Alphabet stickers ("K")
I geeked out a bit at Tokyu Hands' stationery aisle.

5. REPETTO Rose Mary Jane in black patent

6. Harry Potter's "Ravenclaw" pin
I got this pin at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studio Osaka.

7. VANS Old Skool sneakers

8. UNIQLO frilly white tops

9. Fringe earrings in tan

10. High waist trousers in military green
This trouser I also got from H&M on my last day. I saw it on the display mannequin, fell in love, tried it, bought it. End of story.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Little Update

I know I have been M.I.A all last month. No excuses there.

June has been a crazy month for me with the travel we just had followed with Eid Mubarak week. I haven't had the time (nor the strength) to actually sit down and post any blog. The first week of June I have been super busy with my son's end of school year things. Soon as school's out, we flew to Japan for about 2 weeks-ish. By the time we returned home, we had to power through for Eid Mubarak celebration week. I was thoroughly exhausted, so I just took my time to relax with the family for that last few days of June before actually going back to our normal routine.

Not to worry though, things will definitely change, because I will be updating you with what's been up in my life all last month up to now.

So sit back, relax, and stay tuned for the updates!

Coming real soon.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Current Favorites: Perverse 'Muse'

I really love cool sunglasses. I've had quite a collection. Classic edgy style mostly. None of those weird funky looking ones though.

My current absolute favorite at the moment has got to go to my 'Muse' sunglasses in white (here), which retailed at $42 a piece, from Perverse Sunglasses, a Los Angeles based sunglasses company.

Check out their website for more cool and chic sunglasses to your heart's delight. I highly recommend this brand. Not only they have so many varied selections, they are super affordable and well-made too. I'm eyeing on what to get for my next purchase.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Food for Thought

A Hero is someone who has given his life to something bigger than oneself. - J.C.
..with all his flaws and imperfections

Terus terang saya bingung bagaimana mau memulai tulisan ini. Hati, pikiran, bahkan langkah kaki saya goyah. Pagi ini saya terbangun dengan mendung nya cuaca. Seperti mendung nya hati ini kalau ingat nasib yang menimpa pak Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaya Purnama.

Kemarin hakim telah memvonis pak Ahok dengan hukuman penjara 2 tahun karena 'dugaan' penistaan agama. Padahal menurut saya pak Ahok sama sekali tidak menistakan agama. Hukuman tersebut di mata saya sungguh sangat tidak adil. Jika Ahok harus dihukum karena 'dugaan' penistaan agama, kenapa pihak-pihak lain yang sudah menistakan negara, Pancasila, hukum di negara ini, bisa bebas begitu saja? Ya, saya tidak munafik. Saya tahu pasti ada orang-orang di belakang yang saking takutnya dengan seorang Ahok, takut kegiatan 'kotor'-nya di obrak-abrik, they'll willing to do whatever it takes to bring this man down. What kind of justice is that? Orang setulus dan sebaik pak Ahok yang sudah berjuang mati-matian demi keutuhan dan kemajuan negara ini malah dijatuhkan.

Saya tidak akan berhenti memperjuangkan apa yang sudah dimulai oleh pak Ahok. Saya percaya masih banyak orang-orang yang sepemikiran oleh pak Ahok.. kita tidak boleh berhenti berjuang. Kita juga tidak boleh jadi membenci Presiden Jokowi, tidak boleh menjadi apatis. Bukan karena saya seorang pendukung Jokowi. Karena saya percaya pak Jokowi dan pak Ahok merupakan salah satu dari anak-anak bangsa terbaik yang dimiliki oleh Indonesia. They can do great and good things to our country.

Sampai hari ini saya menangis. Tapi besok insya allah saya bisa move on seperti yang sudah dipesankan oleh pak Ahok kepada semua pendukungnya:

"Perjuangan untuk saya harus dipertahankan. Jangan kepancing untuk marah sama Jokowi, karena justru itu yang 'mereka' harapkan..."

Betul pak. Kita boleh marah dan kecewa sekarang. Tapi tidak boleh terpancing. Tahan emosi, bergerak terus perjuangkan negara kita. Negara yang menganut sistem Pancasila.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Current Wish List: Chanel Mini Square


It has been quite a while hasn't it? But let's talk about something fun.
That is: my current something-I-wish-I-can-have-right-now.

Although I actually have quite a few things/items in mind that I really, really lusting over.. Right now, I'm going to make it a mission of mine that this year I'm going to get my hand on this baby:
(Even if it means that I have to scrimp and save, so be it)

The CHANEL Mini Square bag in black caviar

Why the teeny tiny little purse you say? Well, to tell you the truth, I'm at that stage in my life where I don't need to bring the whole nine yards inside my purse. I'm cool with bringing just the necessities: wallet, phone, lipbalm/lipstick, small hairbrush, powerbank (charger), and a compact powder (occasionally).. You know, the necessities. And I personally think this purse is so versatile it can go from day to night in an instant. It is uber chic, classic and timeless.

You can't go wrong with a Chanel bag (no matter how 'petite' it is). And being a Chanel lover, you can never go wrong with getting a classic quilted ones, because every year Chanel increases their price and having a classic one won't ever lose its value if you ever decided to part ways with your purse/bag (meaning: selling it).

I'm eyeing on the black caviar one because let's face it.. the caviar leather is so much easier to maintain. Unlike the lambskin one. One scratch and you'll cry yourself a river. I'm not the kind of person who 'baby' my luxury bags either. So I like my bags to have awesome durability.

So yeah. This girl is on a mission. And I'm ON IT.