- Go to a chiropractor
- Try out acupuncture
- Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
- Yoga at least once a week
- Eat more fruits
- Eat more veggies
- Drink more water 30 mins before and after meals, NOT during. Drink at least 4 glasses of water when I wake up.
- Solitude, silence and writing every morning – not exactly morning pages but it helps a lot spiritually and mentally!
- Travel as much as I can before we get pregnant
January – Lombok
- February – Bandung (cancelled)
March 4-10 - Yogyakarta March 22 to 23 – Manila March 23 to 27 – Mindanao March 27 to April 04 – Manila
- May 5 – 7 – Singapore (probably cancelled because I’ve no one to go with)
- July 30 – Bali
- August 25 – Bali
- November - Manila
- November 28 – December 1 – Manila, Vietnam
- Year-end goal: Try getting pregnant
- Start earning money from my blog – I already contribute to our income but a girls gotta find more than one way to contribute to the household (which is the reason I sell cupcakes and banana bread too!)
- Sew Christmas Gifts for friends myself
- Go back to my ideal weight of 100-105 lbs. YES I AM SHORT OKAY?
THE INDONESIA LIST
I’ve crossed out many on my list but haven’t had the time to write about all of them. Took WAY TOO MANY pictures and now I am overwhelmed with sifting through them all. Argh! Our stint is usually only about 3 years and we’re more than halfway through.
Eat at a Padang Restaurant Visit Taman Safari Visit Taman Mini Experience Dangdut music Surf in Bali Watch the Kecak Dance in Uluwatu, Bali
- Sunset at Tanah Lot
Watch the Sunset at the Rock Bar Visit Borobodur Temple which is the biggest temple in the world (Yogyakarta) Watch the Ramayana Ballet in Prambanan Temple (Yogyakarta) Ride the Becak and Andong in Yogyakarta
- Learn the Balinese dance
Eat martabak manis in Fatmawati
- Eat ‘internet’ - Indomie + telor (egg) + kornet (corned beef)
- Have custom-made solid old teak furniture made for the entire home
- Ride the Bajaj (tricycle)
- Go to Gili Trawangan
Visit the MONAS– post pictures!
- Check out the different museums here in Jakarta
Go to Gemstone market Try Jamu Try the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak (Civet Cat poop coffee) Visit Bogor Botanical Garden Go antiquing at Jalan Surabaya, Jakarta Learn how to surf Try scuba diving
- Try parasailing
- Climb a volcano – just Taal perhaps?
- Try sky diving or bungee jumping – just one will do!
Learn to play tennis Learn how to DJ
- Learn how to POI
- Learn to speak Spanish – I’ve done Spanish one but I am far from conversing with TD’s family who speak Spanish at home
Do Yoga Touch a Komodo Dragon Visit the Maldives
- Visit the Caribbean
- Visit Africa
- Live by the beach (and surfe) for at least 1 month
- Live in Spain
- Live in a Latin American Country
- Write a book
One of our good ol’ faithfuls in Manila is a small restaurant in the basement of the Rockwell Powerplant Mall. The food is consistently good, the service fast and the prices quite reasonable. We always order the same dishes whenever we go. Pictures after the jump! One doesn’t really go here for the ambiance, but it’s not that bad. Just very basic, like an old Japanese Ramen house. Beef ramen Crispy pan fried pork Gyoza And our favorite thing to order here is the Gyudon. We ask for 1) the beef to be well done 2) the egg to...read more
Another Jakarta favorite of ours is Chung Gi Wa Korean BBQ restaurant. The ingredients are fresh and the quality of the food is amazing, especially for the price. This is also great for pork-lovers like us, because the pork meat is way cheaper than beef! It’s great to eat here in a group, because its comes out cheap, even if you order beers. Ask the waitresses for what they recommend and they can help you out! The best thing is the staff cook the meat for you on your table. Service is fast and efficient. Reservation is a must, because...read more
TD is a man of few things. He likes his electronics, but like most men, he doesn’t really do knick-knacks. However he did want his own remembrance of Jakarta. We found this antique gun in Kemang Timur in a shop called Rambuata (I pass by it on the way to (and near) Koncept Kemang and Lio Gallery. It’s a very small shop with furniture piled up, out front. We got it at such a great price with TD’s amazing haggling skills (he is even better than me!). We don’t really care if it’s real antique or repro, for the...read more
Another good ol’ faithful for us when we are craving for seafood is Pandan Seafood Restaurant. It’s not super cheap, but not that expensive either and the food is always good, and we tend to eat a lot of rice when we are here hehe. I like the interiors as well. Always perfect with seafood is Jeruk Kelapa, refreshing yummy drink with young coconut meat in orange juice. How did I only learn about this drink this year? It’s so yummy! Fish in curry kangkung bauang putih deep fried balls of tofu and prawns – a favorite...read more
We just had the last of our Drink-Our-Booze Parties last Saturday. It wast not only the perfect way to clear our liquor and say good-bye with a bang to our friends, but it was also a perfect way to clear the pantry. I really shouldn’t be cooking any more but there is still so much food so I did what I could with what I already had available. I made paella (using chorizo from Spain from my MIL), wild mushroom pasta using white truffle oil from Truffles & More Philippines, mangga’t bagoong to finish the Barrio Fiesta Bagoong we...read more
Whenever I am in the Philippines, I never fail to go to my dentist and aesthetician Dr. Laura of Affinity Dental Clinic. I’ve worked hard to maintain my teeth and gum health over the years. I’ve even had braces twice (the first one was to straighten teeth) and the second one was to avoid risky surgery, that could possibly damage some nerves in my jaws. I am the type of person with teeth that chip and get tooth decay easily so I have to be vigilant, and always have to get cleaning and fillings. TD is lucky though, he never never...read more
If you’ve been following my Facebook Page and/or my Instagram, you might have noticed a lot of a) shopping for on boots/practical footwear on sale and b) tons of packing. I’ve also done some Pinning of useful info that we might need when we get to post. Yes we are getting cross-posted to another country! I’ve announced it on Instagram, but I realised I never really announced it officially on my blog! So here it is! It’s official! We’re moving to BERLIN! The city of cool! Woohoo! So the practical footwear is a...read more
I’ve written about Ramen Sanpachi or Ramen 38′s original location in Blok M which serves pork. We wanted to try their halal counterparts in the mall to see if it would be as yummy. This is a cheap eat in the mall, that is a better alternative to fast food burgers. ocha panas (hot tea) TD and I order this meal with 12 chicken gyozas and some Japanese fried rice. It’s pretty big so we usually share. My favorite part of this meal is the gyoza and the fried rice. I could do without the soup and the slices of...read more
I am busy organizing and decluttering, not just my home but also my computer files, when I stumbled upon some of last years photos of Manila. I am really missing Manila so this is my way of coping… by writing about the stuff that I miss! One of the places we like in Greenbelt (and there are so many!) is Mr. Jones Diner. It’s a fabulous retro diner with gorgeous interiors, fab retro details and yummy food. I’d recommend eating the diner food since it seems so apt. Even the waiters have a retro-ish uniform! Cool! They are...read more
We finally made it to PAWDAY 2013, which is organized by Jakarta Animal Aid Network or JAAN every year to raise funds for JAAN’s animal aid activities. We dropped by at the tail end because DiploDog is not really socialized yet and we were also tired from Part 1 of our Drink-Our-Booze party the night before. We came at the perfect time, there were still some dogs, but not too much to overwhelm DiploDog. Pictures of the beautiful park and super cute dogs that we saw after the jump! From Pawday 2011: Socializing a dog is important and as...read more