Ode to Se’i (Sarapan Se’i)

​Yuk sarapan pagi,
dengan yang bergizi,
bekal awali hari.

Yuk sarapan se’i,
benar-benar berenergi,
agar hari kita maksi.

C’mon, c’mon, o yeah…

Se’i dengan havermut,
agar perut tidak gendut,
siapa takut.

Yeay, yeay, huh hah, huh hah…

Comotkan se’i ke sambal lu’at,
asam gurih pedasnya pas menyengat,
sungguh paduan yang tepat.

Ow, ow, ow…

Untuk badan yang kuat,
Yuk kita satukan tekat,
untuk hari yang hebat…


Feeling Is Everything

​When you are dealing with feeling, it seems like you deal with everything.

Feeling sometimes is so overwhelming.

It seems like it’s bigger than power, order, objective, routine, fact, intelligence, and commonsense; even though I fact it is affected by them. Feeling is part of complex thinking process. Feeling, together with the information & logic we attain, provides us the drive to do something or to comply with, it also gives us the sense of urge & importance, and it leads us go towards direction of our future.

Feeling we have it inside.

Feeling, I do receive you, I do accept you.

I deal with you everyday, I befriend with you.

Feeling, would you help me to decide big things as well as deciding daily trivia things towards good big things?

Feeling, I think we can nurture it regularly with openess, interaction, knowledge, and goodness to result better.

Feeling, I think how we shape our feeling is one way how we shape our future.

Feeling, I treat you good,… would you also treat me good?

Counting My Clutter, Etc.

This posting is featured in Miss Minimalist missminimalist.com 

First, let me wish everyone A Happy New Year… And a good luck for everyone this year.

During December till today (3 Jan 2017), I have done some decluttering, including 1 of my 4 shoes. My final goal is to be more intentional in life ahead. Decluttering, streamlining & minimalist lifestyle are in the same thread, and I think they’re one of the greatest, cheapest, and easiest way to achieve an intentional life.

The road to minimalism started when I moved to a new company in June 1998, right after a political succession & shift in my country. The new company I worked for was handling IKEA’s suppliers. I just knew there had been a global homeliving company like IKEA (yes, I know so little about the world…) who designed, outsourced, controlled the quality, and then distributed them around its store around the world, but not in Indonesia at that time. (Even now, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit IKEA in our capital city yet. But I always arrange my home IKEA like with local things around me hehe… ). There was one IKEA catalog in the company that I fell in love immediately, I checked it after lunch at lunch breaks.

Then I picked my sister college book about various history & the influence of philosophy & culture that manifestated into architectural trend, “Citra Wastu” by Y. B. Mangunwijaya. The unit telling about true utility & plain functional architecture trend of German philosophy really caught me. I could relate this philosophy to IKEA style. From that moment I stopped collecting ethnic unique knick knacks. I gave most of them to my nieces & friends. I shifted my ideal style of ethnic tropical home to a simple tropical home with very minimum delicate details.

Then when the Internet was accessible, unintentionally I found blogs about minimalism. I then learn & follow a couple of minimalist bloggers & guru such as Leo Babauta of Zen HabitsFrancine Jay’s Miss Minimalist, then Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism, and mother of four Allie Casazza. I think they’re all incredible source in their own standpoint & capacity on teaching minimalism, simplicity & intentional life, even though until at the moment I haven’t joined any of their paid course/bought their books yet.

But the real turning point was when our first baby was born 11 years after our marriage. I had become a stay at home mom at the time. Speaking of time, physical & mental energy, I was always almost exhausted & overwhelmed in a daily basis at the end of the days, even though I had a domestic helper every other day. My husband worked long hours, often traveled out of town for days, and arriving home already tired. Then the next 21 months the second baby came. Up to now, I could not imagine what and how I can do with the kids if I had not been into minimalism.

Now the kids this year will be 5 and 7, and I’m in my early forty. As a stay at home mom, I have more time & energy to do my things again these recent years. However, I don’t do any businesses from home. I just take an English course and try to regularly write my blog idlehomemaker.wordpress.comin my spare time. With the higher demand from today’s school toward younger kids, and as any other moms in every corner of the world, I have to put a balanced effort in everything for the wellbeing of all family members. By the way, I may not be a very business-like person nor a Type-A person and more looks like an agricultural one maybe. I still need to learn a lot about managing time, physical & mental energy as well as be a healthier person, and what I would like to reach in the future years. And my home is still far from a real minimalist home, though. I can’t do a Konmari approach with 2 young kids around and all the activities. But I’m very positive to be a more minimalist & intentional in life this year. If you would like to share any suggestions to me, I am very pleased & thankful.

Finally, I decluttered approximately 140 things in 2016, not an impressive number… , mostly just-in-case things, some knick knacks, broken toys/things (actually can be repaired still, but I choose to give them up). And this early January, I have decluttered 30 things, mostly our overgrown kids’ clothings & my not-so-favourite-anymore from my wardrobe.

Cheers to all of you. Have a nice day…

Best regards,

Sebelum & Setelah Beranak… 

Dulu Ace Hardware, sekarang Daisho…

Dulu ProDesign, sekarang Activ Furniture…

Dulu Periplus or Gramedia or Paperclip, sekarang Tokobukumurahonline, Uranus, or Toga Mas….

Dulu Baskin & Robbins or Zangrandi, sekarang Walls, Campina, or Cone/Sundae A&W…

Dulu kadang Myoung Ga or Hoka Hoka Bento, sekarang bikin daging teriyaki/”BBQ” dan nugget (sering bikin) sendiri…

Dulu kadang Pizza Hut or Kafe Pisa, sekarang bikin pizza & spaghetti sendiri…

Dulu Swatch, sekarang none… Karena Swatch nya masih awet, ganti baterai

Dulu Crocs, sekarang Daimatu…

Dulu Starbucks or The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, sekarang jerang & seduh any Nescafe sachet, teh, & also this nice one Kopi Jahe nya Sido Muncul…

Time goes by, needs change.
Namun biarlah kebahagiaan & kegembiraan selalu menjadi milik kepunyaan kita… 

30 Things I Gave Up in 3 Days 

Living in equator we have only 2 seasons, dry & rainy season, therefore we (my hubby, kids & me) never wear & buy pajamas. Our pieces when we’re at home for day & night are simply short sleeve’ shirts & shorts.

Following is the 30 things I gave up in the first 3 days of 2017…

1.  A sometime work sometime not perforator. 

2.  A repaired toddler’s toy. 

3.  Corrugated papers for crafts. 

4.  A Snack box for toddler. 

5.  A lunch box. 

6.  2 pieces of my kids’ old shorts. 

7.  5 pieces of my older kid’s not 100% cotton shirts. 

8.  IKEA 2016 catalogue. 

9.  A now too small black Hush Puppies T-Shirt. 

10. A ragged underwear. 

11. 6 outgrown shorts of my younger kid.

12. 4 outgrown tops of my younger kid.

13. 2 new too heavy towels with embroidered names from my brother. 

14. A now almost never wear Grey blazer of mine. 

15. 2 collar tops I’ve been bored to wear. 

16. 2 table calendars of 2016, of course hehe… 

The end of the list. I hope for you all a great day. 



Resolution 2017

​The best way to look attractive is to keep our weight ideal. It doesn’t need to add your shopping budget/buy things. What we need to do is just eat healthily and exercise regularly. We would get a healthy body and disciplined mind. It also complies to a streamlined, minimalist, and simple living. It helps us to minimize expenses on medical, skin & slimming center too.

Two weeks ago I got disturbing maag (too much acid in the stomach), cholesterol test got my LDL is not optimal. My diagnosis I eat too many tasty & fried food, I tried to compensate the cholesterol by drinking green tea but too many & got me stomach problem (maag). Dec 2016: Height 158 cm, weight 59.5 kgs. 

Simple, Streamlined Target: 

able to jog 3x/week regularly by the end of Jan 2017 & put off weight 8 kgs by the end of March 2017.