So, a few days ago, we made our own homemade mie ayam bakso (translate: chicken noodle with meatballs Indonesian style) all from scratch.. well, except for the noodle (it was dried packaged noodles hehe). But everything else was homemade. From the toppings, meatballs, soup broth and the fried crispy wontons. It was super delicious if I do say so myself!
A friend asked for the recipe, and it was a success too with her family! So hurrah! I'm telling you, these noodles are just as good, if not, better, than the ones sold in restaurants or street food stalls. It's super fresh, clean and healthy.
Inspired by my love of watching Man Vs. Food on Discovery Travel and Living channel, I decided to make my own version of the Juicy Lucy burger (basically a burger with cheese inside the patty instead of on top of the patty) for tonight's dinner. It was quite a success! The beef was juicy and full of flavor, the melted mozzarella cheese inside the patty oozes out perfectly and the bun (okay it was store bought) was scrumptious. I had to give myself a pat on the back.
There might even be a request for repeat performances any time soon from the family, haha.
Hey I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything is right I said, hey I put some new shoes on and everybody's smiling It's so inviting, oh short on money but long on time Slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine And I'm running late and I don't need an excuse 'Cause I'm wearing my brand new shoes.
-"New Shoes" by Paolo Nutini
So I bought this gorgeous new babies today. I'm so in love with my new studded loafers. Been looking for these kind of shoes forever. They're from Topshop, came in varied colors (baby blue, pink, yellow, white and black). These are the newest that came in to the store. I think the black one is much more edgy and kece (translate: awesome) don't you think? Haha.
Well, what do you know. We're entering the Ramadhan month again. I can still remember the day baby A was born approximately one week before Ied Fitri about 2 years ago. Afterwards I haven't done a proper fasting due to breastfeeding and other stuff. This year, other than the monthly crimson wave visitation, I'm planning to do a proper full fast.
Today is the first day of fasting, I hope all is well. And may all of you who are also fasting, have a great day fasting ahead!
Next stop, Taman Safari Indonesia! It has been about, what, 3-4 years since my last trip there? I got quite excited because apparently they've been renovating a lot since then.
Anyway. On our way there, although it wasn't his lunch time yet, and he just had 210ml worth of milk, baby A kept buzzing in our ears: "mamam?? mamam??" ("eat?? eat??"). So we decided to stop for lunch at Puncak Pass restaurant where he gobbled down kid's burger in record time. The husband and I shared fish and chips, bitterballen, croquette and pannenkoek (that's Dutch style pancake). Yum.
On our way down to Taman Safari, baby A snacked on his biscuits (is he hungry or what). He also managed to take a little nap before we entered the safari.
Excited seeing all the animals.
After we're done with the safari tour, we took stroll around Taman Safari's park to see other attractions. They have various rides for both children and adult. I'm pretty intrigued with the brand new 3D haunted house, but unfortunately they're closed that day for maintenance.
All in all, I gotta say, I'm really proud of our safari zoo. It looked amazing. Again, if you got kids already, take them there. Don't be too cool for our local attractions. Don't just go to the zoo only when you're abroad haha. We got a pretty awesome one here too. Even most expats I've encountered while we're there were pretty amazed too. They get to ride camels, elephants, horses and ponies!
Before we head back to Jakarta, we took a short stop at Cimory Riverside shop to buy some flavored milk and snacks.
On our way home, we were greeted by a ridiculous traffic jam. We were tired, baby A was super exhausted I'm sensing that he slept most of the whole way back, but it was a damn fine day.
We decided to have an impromptu trip to Puncak yesterday. It turned out to be a wonderful day. Left bright and early, we headed to Cibodas National Park. Cibodas National Park is basically a super huge park which preserves many vegetation located just about 4km from the entrance of Kota Bunga. The park is super beautiful. I suggested that those of you who has/hasn't got kids already, should take a trip there sometime. I kid you not, it's very beautiful. You can even have a picnic near the large pool by just hiking a bit to the top (you can also ride cars to take you there, or the park buggy). But remember to always keep the park clean!
"We're not too cool for local attractions!"
The park really has taken my breath away. Even baby A is really enjoying his time there running around freely and identifying many plants and trees. If you ask about the weather, not too worry, it can be hot but the cool wind definitely will make you feel like you're somewhere abroad with amazing parks.
It's family day all on Saturday. Started the day with lunch with my parents at the Shangri-la hotel's buffet coffeeshop Satoo. Then played with baby A at the hotel's pool and garden area where he had such a blast running around freely.
Later on we had dinner with the husband's family at The Duck King cilandak townsquare. The dinner was on behalf of celebrating the baby brother's acceptance at the university of his choice. Baby A has his first taste of staying up way past his bed time haha.
You know I love Emily Schulman's blog.. well, recently she made this giveaway 'competition', which I excitedly joined. You know I really really want this book and really really looking forward to seeing it in bookstores? I mean who wouldn't want to get a signed copy of her new released book with a box of goodies including: notecards and envelopes from Walnut Paperie, a set of pretty hair ties, newly launched Estee Lauder viper nail polish and Star Pink lip gloss, Diptyque Baies candle, and chocolate-covered gummy bears?? I DO!
But of course, only almost 27k people had to join the competition. With my luck, I'm pretty sure I won't win --"
Surely I was right. She just announced the three winners who will be the recipients of those fab giveaway price.. and it ain't me. *sighs* Oh well, off waiting at the bookstore we go. I hope it'll be available in this country sooner than later.
Can you please make another book giveaway for me? Pretty please? And make sure I won this time?
So today the people of Jakarta had a national day off on behalf of the DKI Jakarta Governor election. I, though don't know about most of the candidates, had decided to use my vote and take part as the people's voice to make a choice. Well. One can only hope for the best. May the winner can bring this city into a better future.
The purple mark on the pinky is a sign that says: "You have voted."
I took baby A along to the election site. He didn't understand a thing. He didn't really care of what the heck is going on. The only thing he cared about was the police car parked near the election site. He was ecstatic.
Especially with a toddler around. I get to experienced things all over again from the eyes of baby A. Everything seems a lot more fun through the eyes of a child. I guess sometimes that's what grown ups seem to forget. We get on with our lives forgetting what matters. It's the simplest and littlest things in life that we must cherished.
Last weekend was super fun. Before baby A, even though we have a pool at home, we rarely swam in it. Now with baby A, especially with his fondness of playing in water, we tried to make a routine weekly swimming habit. It's a great outdoor activity. I don't want my son to be cooped up indoor knowing nothing but video games (which happened a lot with kids these days). Also, the husband is obsessing over baby A's Thomas the Tank Engine toys.. I think he's ready to build the Sodor Island in our house --"
Life is a playground. Especially with a tot like baby A brightening up my days.
I have been working hard to get back into shape. I'm really aiming to return to my pre-pregnant, nay, pre-wedding body shape. So I have been adding 5 days a week workout routine lately. A few months ago, I only managed to do 2-3 days of workout a week, and sometimes I still skip workout sessions simply due to laziness. But I want to ditch that bad habit of laziness, and really put my mind into it.
So here's the play by play:
- Aerobic Striptease (courtesy of Ms. Carmen Electra) 2-3x a week. - Muay Thai 2x a week - Running 1-2x a week
I switched aerobic striptease with pilates every once or two weeks, just so I won't get bored like I used to. I find the key to not feel bored, especially for those whose not really a big fan of working out like myself, is to switch up your workout routine often. It keeps challenging your body and your muscles for something new too.
I'm also trying to eat good. Be more healthy. Wish me luck.
Baby A's current obsession recently is his array of football jerseys. Now that he's able to pick what he wants to wear, whenever after bath time, I'd let him choose what he wants to wear. I can still remember the time when he only wants to wear his freakin' Spongebob t-shirt. Now? Only his Manchester United football jersey will do *sighs* ...
I've been getting quite good with the whole baking thing. I've even able to sell some of my baking goodies to a few customers, with positive responses. I came up with the recipes myself and I thought these recipes were quite good! So far I've came up with the following cupcake flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Chocolate, Double Chocolate Fiesta (for those chocolate freaks), Green Tea, and Lemon. Recently, my mom asks me to make a tiramisu flavored cupcake. I didn't want to just follow other people's recipes, so I went to the kitchen to experiment.
Here are the results: Tiramisu Cupcakes with Mascarpone Cheese Frosting.
I thought it was super delicious! Super moist, not too sweet, and the frosting really brings everything together perfectly.
If you're interested in ordering my cupcake, go ahead ask me by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.