Saturday, May 21, 2016

Venezia



How magical life can be ?

One night I was sitting at the edge of my bed, looking outside the window of my tiny apartment with so many things and questions running in my head. I could see my neighbors started to turn off their lights, somehow it felt so quiet but it's the perfect time to just take some time to summarize my day, thinking what I've done today...what I want to achieve tomorrow and what's next. 
Well, I'm living the dream in Singapore. Living the kind of life I designed. A 27-year old little lady who's super lucky to get to do things she loves, working with music and entertainment industry, she travels a lot and writes on her free time. She loves herself a little too much, enjoy having drinks with her girls after work and dance and sing to her favorite songs while walking towards the train station. I used to think I am Carrie Bradshaw but obviously I am not and a lot happier to be the best version of myself. 
Life is magical. From the moment I decided to dream big and live big, it never be the same again. Even sometimes it's hard, that I don't think people would want to walk in my shoes but I am glad I always have the courage to fight, go above and beyond - dedicate hours and hours to work on my dreams so I get in places I've always wanted to be.
So here I am...exactly where I need to be. Between the drum beats, beautiful lyrics, melody and rhythm, I have all the freedom and space to create and inspire. I have purpose to do cool things to help others...like musicians and fans, it may be a small contribution but through music, everything seems possible and yes you can always make positive changes. As much as I am curious what's next, but I really don't want to rush things. It's amazing how life loves you so much that everything you want...including big opportunities just coming into your hands. 
What's your favorite magical moment in life ?
Apart of what I have now, let me take you back to one of magical mornings in my life. Can't believe it actually took me almost a year to post all these pictures from Venice. Waking up in Venezia !!! Last minute decision always the best. My best friend and I left Rome to see what Venice has to offer. An overnight train ride took us to beautiful morning in Venezia, wandering around little streets with few coffee / gelato break. Santa Maria della Salute that was once I could only see through pictures ( oh we also have the fake one in Italy pavilion at EPCOT, Disney World ) finally became so real. Just like Cinque Terre, Burano, or Rome - Venice has stolen my heart too. I decided to return to Italy this summer to celebrate my birthday and once again let life surprises me..























Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hanoi

To begin with, I have a long history...( and crazy adventure too ) with Vietnam. I called it history because I found myself grew a lot during my trip exploring Vietnam - from Hanoi all the way down to Saigon last year. You've heard there's a lot can happen in a year, so that's what exactly happened to me. Obviously I would have never picture my life the way it is now, and looking back... I guess Vietnam will always be a part of it. 



I went to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time in 2012 to celebrate my birthday and decided to return and continue my South East Asia trip last summer. Spent about a week in Luang Prabang then took an overnight bus to Hanoi. I read all the horror stories about the bus ride but I grew up doing a lot of road trip with my family so I knew I could handle it. 

The journey was quite smooth, except the bus drivers weren't friendly. The bus broke down about 15 times, had one dinner and toilet break, the rest... the driver just stopped whenever he wanted to pee and it wasn't a good idea for us - girls. I had to hold my pee for hours, was sooo tired and hungry, but glad to have done the long ride with new travel buddies. After almost 30 hours sitting on the bus, we finally made it to Hanoi. 

Speaking about favorite places in Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake was definitely my favorite people-watching spot in this city. It was like when time stops and all you could hear or feel just happiness, the laugh sounds and love. Couple looked deeply in love, kids ran around, old women chatting, artists, tourists and photographers...all together in a park. Sometimes I wish I had this kind of superpower where I can read their minds but who cares, at least I could see them smiling, happy... and that's more than enough to remind me how Hanoi brought happiness and peace even it was crowded and hectic on the road. 

Be still and enjoy the present, always appreciate little things and have faith in your journey






















Sunday, May 8, 2016

San Francisco

Happy Mother's Day to all amazing mothers out there


I spent my weekend at home, literally just chilling in bed. Isn't it the best part of weekend, where you can be lazy ? I just moved into my new apartment about a month ago and to be really honest, it feels great to unpack and settle in, find myself a home after few years traveling. So does that mean, am I done here ? No more traveling ? Definitely nope ! Never. Being incredibly lucky to travel the world and meet new people, home means some of very special people I know. I've spent about 4 years on the road, from Malaysia to USA, from Spain to Cambodia ( that's including sleepless nights at the airport or night buses ) Waking up in a new city, I never try to find a home - but to make one... til one day I guess I've reached the point where I'm restless...for a home. 

Moving to Singapore after Orlando was definitely a great big change in my life. The country offers not only huge opportunities in entertainment industry but also the lifestyle where I mostly enjoy how convenient the public transportation is ( if you born and raised in Jakarta, I'm sure you know what I mean ). I am grateful to do cool things every single day with bunch of creative people, still able to travel, and in the end of the day coming home to a place where I can rest, relax, and begin again simply mean a true luxury to me. 

While I love every single moment living my new chapter in Singapore, I still have couple of places in my mind that I would love to live. Some people that knows me well, they know how I'm obsessed with New York City - but it's totally a different experience when I visited San Francisco in March 2015. You've heard it many times "..left my heart in San Francisco", fortunately that's what happened to me and I am sure to everyone who's been there. Who doesn't fall in love with San Francisco ? Pretty houses that make you dreaming how it feels like to live there, office buildings that leave you curious what's happening inside and how much you wanted to be a part of exciting projects and if only ohhh you can move and just grab that opportunity. I remember I spent about 6 hours walking non-stop on my first day exploring San Francisco, made it to Golden Gate bridge and the rest just wandering around...even in a strange place like this, I could feel like I am home.