Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Family and Friends

I thought I'd post a little something before I head to the airport.

On the 21st, we celebrated my grandmother's birthday at our house. It was only a small family lunch/gathering.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Singapore Bound

So I'll be jetting off to Singapore first thing tomorrow morning for our end of year family vacation. It wasn't actually our first chosen destination.. (we were toying around with the idea of going to Japan or even Hong Kong) but due to one thing and another, we had to finally settle on Singapore. Still YAY!

I haven't been able to post any travel/packing/getting ready with me-related posts because I have been super preoccupied with a lot of things so I'll try to post something during my vacay-cay.

I'm still stumped with packing in this wee hours.. so unlike me. But as I said before, I have been super preoccupied the last couple of days. Bear with me.

Until my next post!

Lisa's Baby Shower

On the 19th we celebrated something pretty special. My dear friend, Lisa, is expecting a baby. So what better way than to have a baby shower in her honor?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Time for Change?

So for the last couple of months, I've been thinking of making quite some drastic changes with my blog (look, layout.. you know, things like that). I don't know. It's kind of huge.. for me at least. So we'll see. Come 2015 I might start out my blog with a new look.

Stay tuned. 2015 are only days away. Start the countdown.

Christmas with The Gunawan's

Merry Christmas everyone! I sure hope you all had a very merry Christmas day. We sure did! As a yearly tradition, we always celebrate Christmas day at my grandmother's house (from my father's side). And from the Maxi Gunawan's family, I'm always in charge of deciding on what to get everyone and (obviously) the gift-wrapping P.I.C. Tiring? Yes. But it's all in good fun!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Since 1996

Last weekend a bunch of my friends whom I've known since 1996 (some even longer than that) that I'm lucky enough to call my group of best friends had a get-together at my house for some R&R with the kids. We've known each other since we're kids and now each of us has kids of our own. How bananas is that?!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Random Things

"What are you doing?"
"Taking selfies.." 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Can you feel Christmas?

You know Christmas is getting closer when everywhere you go all you see are Christmas decorations to start up the festivities. I know it's already in the middle of December, but Welcome to December! A month filled with so much joy and festivities!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday Breakfast Ritual

This is my creation: Cinnamon French Toast with sailboat and cloud shapes

So the last few Saturdays, it has been our ritual to have a festive (somewhat) breakfast menu. Specifically, it has becoming our 'Pancake Saturday' ritual. With husband being the pancake master. Little A has becoming quite fond of our little ritual, that every Saturday morning he would wake up and ask for a pancake to.. his dad.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Halloween with Little Ghouls

On November 12th Littla A's school held a (belated) Halloween Party at Tamani Kemang. Thanks to the wonderful moms who coordinated the event, it was a very fun-filled awesome party. All the kids had an awesome time!

Little A and I dressed up all in black. He wanted to be a skeleton, so I bust out my makeup skills to 'face paint' him into a creepy skeleton. He loved it. His skeleton sweatshirt was from Disneyland's Pirate of the Caribbean souvenir shop.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Diet Detox by Andang Gunawan

Another HUGE congratulatory goes out to my mother who just released another new book 'Diet Detoks' last week. The event was held at Kinokuniya Plaza Senayan, attended by so many of her family, amazing good friends and her fans.

Congrats mom! So proud of you.

Ordine della Stella d'Italia

On October 29th my father was honored by the Italian Government receiving the Ordine della Stella d'Italia at the Official Residence of Italian Ambassador here in Jakarta.

Ordine della Stella d'Italia simply translated: Order of the Star of Italy. Basically my father was honored as Orders of Knighthood in Italy for his contribution with the business and economic collaboration/partnership between Indonesia and Italy.

So proud of you papa!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lime Crime Pink Velvetine

One thing you need to know about me is that I was never a lipstick kind of girl. Lipstick just intimidates me. I was literally convinced that me and lipstick weren't meant to be. I just don't think I look good wearing lipstick (although many people have said otherwise). Maybe I just haven't found the perfect one yet. I mean, I do own a bunch of lipsticks in my beauty kit collection. However, I've only worn them for special events only.. not on a daily basis like some other girls would have.

I've always wanted to be able to pull off so many wonderful colors of lipstick there is.. until I found this:

Lime Crime in velvetine collections. I brave myself and purchased one color that I thought might suit me: the Pink Velvet. Soon as I tried it on.. I AM IN LOVE. The pigmentation was just spot on.. the consistency of the product itself was like nothing I've ever tried before. It does have a matte finish, but it doesn't dry out my lips like most lipstick do. I can just easily apply my Burt's Bees lip balm on top to make my lips look more moist. It was very easy to apply and once you put it on, it'll last the whole day!

My Birthday Boy

Last Saturday was husband's birthday! Happy birthday my baby daddy, my best friend, my constant rock and my luvvah! Wishing you all the greatest and everything you've always wanted in life! Little A and I love you so much to infinity and beyond!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Once Upon a Dream

"I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
And I know it's true that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you, I know what you'll do
You'll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream."

Once Upon a Dream
-Lana del Rey

Wednesday, October 22, 2014



Coming soon A/W 2014

My mother's project will soon come to a realization. So many amazing pieces in vibrant colors. Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

#20factsabout Me

So I've been 'tagged' by a few people on instagram to do this #20factsabout Me thing. I have been thinking of doing it sooner but just kept on pushing it away. I don't know maybe I just haven't thought about what 20 facts about me that are interesting enough to be shared with people.

But I guess enough putting things aside, I'm going to do it. So if you want to know 20 random facts about me.. Read on.

Friday, October 17, 2014

upcoming project

So I've been asked to be a part of this upcoming project of fashion line by my mother and her friend. Last Monday I did a photoshoot for the catalogue and whatnot. Yeah. As you can see, I modeled the clothes. These photos are just some of the teasers of what they'll be offering once they're ready to launch the line. Stay tuned for that!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kellogg's Lip Balms

Found these cute collection of Kellogg's lip balm in three different flavors - Rice Crispies, Frosted Flakes, Coco Pops - on ASOS online shop ($5.71 each).

I mean. How cute are they? I can't even.. Gah!!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Palo Alto and Other Gifts

Palo Alto Stories by James Franco
(thank you sissy!)

Over the weekend I went to my in-law's house for Idul Adha celebration (making a quick lunch stop at my grandmother's along the way). Lo and behold, both of my sister in laws got me a birthday present! Better late than never, I say. Ha ha.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Kupu Dayoh by Sapto Djojokartiko

On September 30th, I was honored to be chosen as one of Sapto Djojokartiko's muses to walk the runway wearing his creations with a few other amazing girls for the YAPNAS charity gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt hotel Jakarta.

The collection is called "Kupu Dayoh" and it was simply breathtaking.

Skateboard and Sprained Ankle

So I got my birthday wish came true. Husband and Little A got me a longboard last week.. the oh-so-beautiful Dusters California longboard. I LOVE IT. The exact one from my wishlist.

Friday, September 26, 2014

My Birthday Y'all

It was my birthday y'all! Actually, my birthday was on September 24th.. I haven't had the time to immediately update my birthday hoopla. Anyway. I'm officially turning "Sexy" years old. Haha.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Brighter Days..?

So we've finally parted ways with Little A's nanny of almost 4 years. Husband and I have come to the conclusion and we both agreed that she should just resign from her duty. I wasn't as devastated as previously mainly because I knew this was coming from the moment she 'forgot' to tell me she was getting married. And then she 'forgot' to tell me she fell pregnant when she previously told me numerous times that she doesn't want to get pregnant because she wants to focus on her only kid from her first marriage. And then she 'forgot' to tell me that her new husband who is a police officer will be mutated to other city in October. And then she casually 'forgot' to let me know that they need to move sooner than expected (as in September). All in all, she really didn't gave us enough time to process all these information and to at least find her substitute. Oh heck no. A week before her 'move' she mentioned it to us. I was disappointed to put it mildly. I was pissed mostly. That's why I wasn't that upset when we decided on her resignation. Life goes on.

So anyway. It has been almost over a month now that we're nanny-less. It wasn't as chaotic as I thought it would be. I've been tending over Little A on my own.. it has been fun as Little A was such a pleasure. And he has been very helpful. No major tantrums whatsoever.

Now I'm thinking. Do I need another nanny/helper? I'm quite enjoying my time with Little A. I'm not sure I like the idea of 'sharing' him with a new helper. Although at times, I do still need help for someone watching and tending him when I have work to do in which I can't exactly take him to tag along every time.

Anyway. It has been brighter days so far. Maybe once I'm going to have another kid, then I'll think of finding a new helper or nanny. We'll see. Parenting has been a lot of work.. tiring yet so rewarding in every aspect.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I Dream of Japan

I dream of Japan.
Spicy Ramen from Belly Good Pdk Indah Mall 1 (Area 51 Food Court)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Birthday Wish List!

Hola! So someone's birthday is coming up in a few weeks (hint: yours truly) haha. And that special someone have created a birthday wish list this year..

Just so, you know, in case you're wondering what to get for this special someone *double-wink* for her birthday.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


So a couple of weeks ago, my mother went on another trip to India. She got me some of the most adorable knick-knacks from her trip.. which I absolutely adore!

Golden Indian deity, Silver and Gold Indian earrings

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Prestige Sept 2014

Remember that photo shoot with Prestige magazine I did a while back? Yeah. They're out now! I'm very pleased with how the photos turned out. And if I say so myself, ain't lookin' too bad either!

Here it is:

L-R: Gendis, Cherry, Me

Monday, September 08, 2014

Small Celebration

Over the weekend we decided to have another celebration on behalf of Little A's birthday. This time we wanted to share the festivities with our family and friends from Yayasan Khazanah Kebajikan at McDonald Pondok Indah. We played games, magic shows as well as cakes. It was a fun time for us all.

Happy Birthday Mom

It's my mama's birthday today! My best friend in the whole world.. one of the most beautiful, kind, talented, smart, generous and so full of compassion woman I've ever known! I love you ma, I'm wishing you endless health, wealth and joy!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Hello September

My favorite month of the year!

Get ready for an upcoming birthday wish list because, you know, my birthday is in September. Haha.

September, you're gonna be awesome!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Breakfast in Black

All black: StyleGodis shades, Converse sneakers, Givenchy mini pandora bag

After dropping off my kid at school, I went to have some girly breakfast get-together with a few of my girl friends on Wednesday. We had lunch at this cafe/eatery close by called Nom Nom Nom.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy 4th Little A

My boy turned 4 on Tuesday (Aug 26th!). Happy birthday baby cake, may God always bless you with good fortune, health and joy. I will always love you till infinity and beyond.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Japan: Day 3 - Tokyo (Recap)

11 May 2014 (Tokyo)

Blogger's note: Sorry! I know it has been a while since I promised to continue my Japan travel story.. but a lot has been going on and now I'll try my best to finish the whole story!

After my eye issue the previous day, I'm going to start day 3 in Japan with a bang (even though I had to wear my sunglasses the whole day outdoor as well as indoor). I won't let my eye irritation stop me from having fun.

We're heading to Tokyo Tower!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Coming Soon: Prestige Sep 2014

So I have been chosen (with a few other girls) to be a part of this project by YAPNAS (non-profit organization concentrating on Asthma and Heart problems) as one of their muses collaborating with Indonesian designer Sapto Djojokartiko.

When I found out that I'll be collaborating with Sapto, I was ecstatic! I've always loved his work and his creations. So I'm honored to be wearing his designs. And last Friday (Aug 15th 2014) all of the muses had a photoshoot for Prestige magazine September 2014 issue, to model Sapto's designs and talk a bit about the program itself. It was fun. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Food Truck

So Food Trucks are currently (kind of) been trending in Jakarta. I'm a big fan of the show Eat Street, you know, the one showing all kinds of food truck across America. And of course it builds the saliva in my mouth watching every episodes.

Anyway. I finally found one here in Jakarta while I was cruising around the Kemang area with husband and Little A over the weekend. It's called Jakarta Food Truck I've heard about this one a few months ago, but apparently this particular food truck have changed their locations. And here it is.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

July Favorite Hauls

I realize it's already August, but I wanted to talk about some of my favorite things that I got in July. I call it my favorite 'hauls' because seriously, it was a haul.

Belated Eid Fitri

Happy (belated) Eid Fitri! May your life will always be filled with happiness and prosperity. It was an Islamic holiday all last week. Which means.. all domestic helpers in our house (and most of Indonesian households) will be away for holiday. Haha. Anyway.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Japan: Day 2 - Tokyo (Recap)

10 May 2014 (Tokyo)

It's our second day in Tokyo! The weather couldn't be any perfect. It was sunny and bright.  Although it can get pretty unpredictable with the spring wind. The first day in Tokyo was fairly sunny although it get rather windy later in the afternoon. The wind was cold!

Anyway. Today we decided to head out to Omotesando and making our way to Shibuya etc later on. At least that was the main plan.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Japan: Day 1 - Tokyo (Recap)

Finally I'm starting my Japan trip recap story! Please bear with me on this one because it might take a couple of days to finish the whole thing. So here we go!

8 May 2014 (Jakarta)

We depart for Japan from Soetta Airport with the red eye flight (Garuda Airlines baby!). As with our previous trips, Little A was always such a joy to travel with. He was calm and cool as a cucumber throughout the whole flight.

9 May 2014 (Tokyo)

Finally arrived in sunny Tokyo! It was already late in the morning when we arrived.. at the airport we managed to get ourselves some pocket wi-fi to take us through the whole trip (better than having to pay roaming fee and whatnot!).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gadgets Double Trouble

I know I haven't been posting anything for quite some time now. There's only 1 post on June 2014 and we're now almost reaching the middle of July. Here's the thing. Both my laptop and iPad have been gone error out on me at the same time! And I just haven't had the chance to have it fixed. My oh-so-nice husband is now lending me his laptop for me to use until both of my gadgets double trouble are being fixed.

Anyway. We're almost nearing the end of children's school holiday. My son will be starting school as a kindergarten student in a new school first thing on Monday.. how time flies by. I'm quite anxious about it. But excited at the same time.

What else has been happening? Oh yes. Yesterday was Indonesia's President election day. We're waiting for July 22nd for the final countdown on who will be our new President for the next 4-5 years? Hopefully the best candidates will win (namely the one I have voted for haha).

I will try to post more (and do the Japan vacation recap) in the next days or so. Be patient with me here. I'll see you soon!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Shanum's 1st

My little niece, Shanum, turned 1 on June 3rd. To celebrate, we held her birthday party last Sunday (June 8th) with friends and family at my mother in law's house.

Happy birthday Shanum! May your life will always be filled with love, joy, health, wealth and laughter. You still have a loooong way ahead of you, make the most of your beautiful life!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Welcome Home Pandora

Remember a while back I posted a wish list post? Well, lo and behold. I finally managed to get this baby (Givenchy Mini Pandora) home with me! Special thanks to my friend, Armita Soenaryo, for finding my dream bag in my preferred color (black!). Soon as I received the package I couldn't wait to take it out. So of course it met up all my expectations perfectly! Smooth, sleek slouch, perfect size to store just about all my necessities (wallet, compact powder, lipstick, lipbalm, sunglasses, two cellphones..), hassle-free and the leather is so light! Perfection! I absolutely love it. Best purchase of the year most definitely.

Look Who's Back?

Why, moi of course!

I know it has been far too long, but! I just got back from my Japan trip last Friday and I simply haven't had the energy to upload any photos yet, let alone write any recaps of the trip. So please bear with me. I will get to it sooner rather than later.

Japan was awesome. I can't believe I haven't gone to Japan any sooner.. it was so beautiful. Despite the language barrier, it was not an issue at all eventually, it was a memorable trip! I can't wait to return to Japan again in the near future!

Stay tuned for my Japan recap stories!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Travel: What to Pack

So the long awaited day is finally here! We're jetting off to Japan tonight (red eye flight mind you *sighs*) and we're super excited you have no idea.

What do I pack for this trip? Read on. 

Monday, May 05, 2014

Hospital and Japan

What's been up. Quite a lot actually. I haven't been able to do blog updates because husband was hospitalized due to dengue fever all last week. But he's out now, strong and healthy! Let's keep it that way because what's coming up? JAPAN TRIP. Only days away until our Japan vacation. Actually, we're supposed to leave for Japan last week. However due to husband being hospitalized, we basically re-arranged everything in the last minute figuring out whether we could move all our tickets and hotel reservation dates. Praise the Lord, everything went just smoothly. So yeah. Stay tuned for my packing and travel hoopla in the next couple of days.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Girl Crush: Rima Vaidila

(all pictures courtesy of @rima_rama)
Meet Rima Vaidila (aka @rima_rama on instagram). Business student, Fashion blogger, Next models. She's my current girl crush. I literally covet on all her instagram pictures and her blog. I mean, hello? That hair, that flair of effortless cool, that chic casual fashion sense?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Shorts for Sale

Check out my 'other' instagram @littlesparrowjkt because I've got some awesome preloved shorts for Spring on sale! Grab them while they're still available! Send me an email if you have any questions.

Happy shopping! More stuff will be uploaded there soon.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Panamas

I've always been obsessed with Panama hats.. Well, I'm always obsessed with hats, particularly in the style of wide brim fedora and panama. These styles suit my face shape best, I think. And I'd wear them with anything. The panamas are especially great for Spring and Summer look! I can't wait to rock them this Spring/Summer.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bye Bye Peanut

Although it was fairly short, we still thank you for the brief joy and miracle you have brought on us.. on our family. We are forever grateful even for your short existence.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Alexa Chung for Eyeko

What do I think about the product?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello No. 2

Wonderful news in our household!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Shrimp, Zucchini, Avocado Salad

I've been addicted to this meal. Very light yet fulfilling, and its packed with nutritious food like avocado (a great source for good fat). You can substitute the shrimps with skirt steaks or chicken breast.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Last weekend was a long weekend.. We didn't really do anything much, due to Little A was coming down with a flu (and he's still recovering at the moment) and husband suffered a stomach problem.

Anyway. Last Sunday we went to a birthday party. It was actually my mother in law's friend's granddaughter's birthday at Gran Mahakam Hotel. Afterwards, we sat for coffee and desserts at KOI Mahakam Cafe and Gallery.


Words to Live By

Friday, January 10, 2014

Beauty Kit

Let's talk about makeup. I love makeup, although I may not look like it, but I do. Personally, for daily makeup routine I like a more natural look with a little bit more definition in my eyes (more on that later). But for night-time or any special occasions, I like to play more with my makeup.

So today I'm going to be discussing about some of my favorite and go-to makeup to beautify myself.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Little Sparrow Sunglasses

Hey. Visit my other blog Little Sparrow and check out some affordable awesome limited vintage and flea market find shades (aka sunglasses) up for grabs (aka for sale)!

Click here to go straight to the page.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Singapore: Day 4 (recap)

5 January 2014

So it's our last day in Singapore (we're catching a flight back home with Garuda the very next day early afternoon).. we woke up a bit late today, we decided to take things easy. We're just going to stroll around Orchard road doing some hardcore shopping (not).

Singapore: Day 3 (recap)

4 January 2014

So it's the fourth day in Singapore. Husband, Little A and myself decided to head out on our own to the S.E.A. Aquarium Sentosa. Apparently Guinness World Record of the largest aquarium in the world. So of course we had to check 'em out.

Weather forecast: supposedly cloudy with a chance of drizzles.
In actuality: SUNNY DAY! 

Singapore: Day 2 (recap)

3 January 2014

It's time for LEGOLAND today! Got up bright and early because we're heading to Legoland Johor Baru Malaysia. Little A was super eager to get his hands on his favorite Lego toys.