• Health & Beauty,  Life

    Eat Fresh, Eat Well: Ryoshi Izakaya Signature

    This isn’t a paid post for Ryoshi Izakaya Signature. Rule of thumb when it comes to socializing is to appreciate the ones who are kind to you. Perhaps someone asks you out for a date, friends send you home although their house isn’t in the same direction with yours, or you’re invited for dinner. The appreciation doesn’t have to be ‘tit-for-tat’. It’s as simple as bringing them their favorite snack from your home country when you balik kampong and paying for the parking ticket. Or, you can also write a blog post about it, as I do 🙂 Last weekend, I was invited by a friend to his newly-opened Japanese…

  • Life

    You are a Gift – What I Learnt from the Alpha Weekend

    Let’s talk about Gift and Alpha Weekend. What kind of people that you consider are gifted? Sure, in general, people who are gifted are the ones with very high IQ, capable of talking in multiple languages, great singers, great leaders, great dancers, etc, etc. In short, they’re super talented and successful. Until I learned another meaning of Gift during my Alpha weekend in Melaka. Alpha is a short, interactive session where people can explore the basic of Christian faith. It’s not only open to Christians but to everyone. You can be a non-Christian or even a free-thinker to join the session. Ask anything you want and express your opinion freely…

  • Health & Beauty,  Life,  Money,  Travel

    To All Travelers Who Starve Themselves, This is for You

    As much as I wanted to write about Cuban food, somehow the idea of sharing my opinion about the relationship between some travelers and food appeared. In short, they starve themselves in order to travel. There’s some news about travelers who set an extremely low budget for food so they can travel. One girl walks to the office and eats only vegetable. If she feels like spending more, she’ll have canned fish. Her goal? To have luxury holidays! Of course, not all travelers go to that extreme. As someone who has done it, I, too, chose to be hungry so I could save more money to fund my travel. For…

  • Life

    I Find My Soul Therapy Through Patterns. What’s Yours?

    Ok, so this blog post may not be directly discussing money or travel. I’m just thinking that soul therapy through patterns may help you save some bucks in case you think that a shopping spree or splurging will give you emotional and spiritual healing. There will be times when you feel anxious, moody, can’t sleep or feel lost. Maybe you’re still healing from past experience, trying to move on, etc… If you’re a religious person, praying will do a lot of wonders. Aside from praying, other activities like dancing, playing a musical instrument or colouring also help. One of the things that put my soul in peace is when I…

  • Life,  Money,  Travel

    A Wanderlust’s Journey to The Road Less Traveled

    What I’m going to share with you isn’t about discovering a secret travel escape or an inspirational book by M. Scott Peck. It’s how to overcome your wanderlust, live a life with fewer trips in a year – like what I’m trying to do. I always see wanderlusts as happiest people. Oh, the twinkle in their eyes! You can feel the burning passion in them when they share their travel stories. That cheerful, spontaneous spirit and dreamy eyes… But what happens if you take the passion away from them? Like what I’m trying to do now, toning down the wanderlust within. Toning Down the Wanderlust Within Why? Because as a…

  • Life,  Money,  Travel

    How “Begpackers” Make Me Feel Grateful for My Powerless Passport

    I used to feel bitter towards “begpackers” because of my powerless passport, but not anymore. First of all, according to Global Passport Power Rank, my Indonesian passport is ranked 58th out of 93. While doing this research, I get to know that my passport is ranked lower than the passport of the countries I never heard of like Nauru, Kiribati, and Vanuatu. More surprisingly, the passport of Timor-Leste, which was part of Indonesia until 1999, is doing better – sitting at the 45th position! The Roots of My Bitterness Towards “Begpackers” For someone who loves travelling, the roots of my bitterness towards “begpackers” are obvious. I have to work hard…

  • Life,  Travel

    I Visit Lonely Planet’s Hottest Destination 2019 and Regret

    Like most of my friends, or should I say, most Asian, Sri Lanka, Lonely Planet’s hottest destination 2019, is a country that we never dream of visiting. It doesn’t even cross my mind. However, my crush tells me that he’s been to Sri Lanka four times and the country is one of travel’s best-kept secrets. Really? What are the good things in Sri Lanka? Soon after, Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka as the best country in the world to visit in 2019! I feel so curious. I know that I need to see and experience the country myself. “You better hurry or it’ll soon become packed with travellers, just like…

  • Life,  Travel

    Globetrotters and ‘Macarons’, Is It True?

    Some people think that globetrotters or people who travel a lot will kiss and bang strangers from around the world. Perhaps, in every country they visit. Where’s this perception comes from?? Once I had catch up with my ex-colleagues. We’re very close and brutally honest, we discuss anything. At one point, my male friend asked me, “So Clara… Do you try a lot of ‘macarons’ when you’re travelling?” “Macarons?” I asked in confusion. The first thing that popped up on my mind was Ladurée, the famous French macaron that I tried while in transit in Charles de Gaulle. “You know what I mean,” he looked at me with naughty gaze.…