[TAG] I am awesome

29 07 2009

I was tagged by Eru more than a month ago in his post where I am supposed to tell the whole world about 7 awesome side of me ๐Ÿ™‚ *I didn’t ask for it, trust me!*

The rules are:

  1. Write down 7 awesome side of you
  2. Tag other people to share their awesomeness

As I am trying to be as objective as I can to write this post so I’ve asked friends to tell me more about it.

YS-laughbag and coffee addict: U are a genuine nice hearted guy
YS-laughbag and coffee addict: Basically u already nice inside
YS-laughbag and coffee addict: U r good with secrets
YS-laughbag and coffee addict: Mature and wise
YS-laughbag and coffee addict: Patient

That’s 5 already from a friend on a chat, not that hard eh? ๐Ÿ˜›ย and next…
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7 05 2009

Death is what separate us between this world and the world after life (heaven, hell, nirvana, you name it).
It will usually leave us with mixed emotions from glad to sadness.
I’ve also lost someone I loved years ago and will always be hard to face another lost, no matter how many times we’ve lost someone we loved.

Everything in this world have its life cycle.
Death is our last life cycle as human in this world and what lies afterward, not a single person in the world know what awaits.

Should death frightens us? It’s a question to be answer by each individual’s faith & beliefs.
This quote from I Corinthians 15:55-57 should answer how do I see death:

55.”Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” 56.The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57.But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

As for facing the death of our loved ones, hope the following will give strength to anyone who just lost their loved ones.

Be strong for yourself and your family for the departed has moved on to a better place than this world.
For the departed has lived his/her part in this world including facing the deaths of families, friends, relatives before him/her and it is now our turn to face the passing of our loved one from this world to another and also to keep moving on with our life until death came upon us.
Let cry be our last expression of love for the departed.
In the end let us smile, for the departed is now smiling upon us from wherever he/she now may be.
As we move on, let the departed keep on smiling by the way we live our life to the fullest ’til the day we are united once more for eternity.


I wrote this post dedicated to my friends, family, relatives who have lost, are losing, and probably going to lose someone dear to them.
My deepest condolences and God be with you all.

Trying out something new

7 01 2009

Sometimes I get really bored if I don’t have anything to do, especially at home. So this christmas and new year holidays, I took most of my spare time at home trying out some recipes I found on the internet…

My first one (and my really realy first time cooking or making something on my own) was Naan Bread, an Indian thin bread. Got this recipe from AllRecipes.com.
It looks simple with the following ingredients and directions (also available on the site):

7 g active dry yeast
235 ml warm water
50 g white sugar
45 ml milk
1 egg, beaten
10 g salt
615 g bread flour
6 g minced garlic (optional)
55 g butter, melted

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
  2. Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  3. During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.
  4. At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.

I did something wrong with the yeast (Hey, I’m newbie!), I used instant yeast which doesn’t need to be dissolved in warm water but should be mixed with warm water into the mixture. It caused my dough not to rise properly, so to “fix” this I made it thinner than usual and layered. In the end it was giving pretty much the same result as the real naan.

naan dough

naan dough

naan done

naan done

A few days after that, tried to make a no bake cookies, which I thought easy by looking at the recipe and didn’t involve any baking. Got this recipe, again, from AllRecipes.com.

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Lovina-Menjangan (17-18 August 2008)

30 08 2008

On Indonesia’s 63th Independence, me and my friends went to an area on north of Bali called Lovina.

North of Bali is famous for it’s marine tourism.

17 August 2008

We departed from Tuban, Kuta area at 8am using 2 cars and 5 motorcycles. The route was heading straight north from Kuta via Bedugul. The whole trip to Lovina took about 3 hours in total. After checking in at the guest house (took 2 different guest houses to accommodate all of us), we went for lunch and some did their pray first before going to Labuhan Lalang (North-West of Bali). One comment on my guest house is, it wasn’t the dirtiest place I’ve seen but 50000rp/room for two is decent if you’re going to use the place strictly to rest and not fancying anything like room service, tv set, hot water (it’s beach and you surely do not need hot water).

Our destination for that day was Menjangan Island which is a great spot for diving and snorkeling. The trip to Labuhan Lalang took about 2 hours and then about 30 minutes by boat to the island.

on Menjangan

Bali 10K 2008

12 08 2008

Ever been in a marathon?

Yup, Bali 10k 2008 which carried the theme “Run for Unity” has passed and guess what…I was on it!

It was held on Sunday, 10 August 2008. The starting location was Lapangan Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat Bali, Renon, Denpasar.

It was my first ever marathon and guess not too bad for an amateur. I took part in public category along with 30 colleagues from the company I worked for. I’ve made it to the finish in a little bit less than one hour. Okay, that’s not much, I know!, especially compared to the international athletes (many of them were Kenyan and were dominating the international athlete category!!) which only took 29-30 minutes to finish! But still, it was not so bad for first timer with less train or exercise.

It was a really fun experience as many people from all around the world were participating as well in the run. I saw lots of Japanese (saw two cuties :P) participating and their kids. Pretty surprising that kids that took part in it have really strong stamina and there were many of them, almost literally, really beat me up.

The run kicked off at 6am by the Minister of Tourism and Culture still which was still a pretty dark condition. I ran (or jog :P) almost the whole kilometres, did walk to drink and rest a few metres before reaching the 9th KM mark. There were few people passed out laying on the street! Quite lucky that I was not one of them. One interesting thing was there’s a guy behind me shouted “Konichiwa…konichiwa..” I though he was greeting another Japanese, and then he ran beside me and greeted me…I did wear a bandana that was folded like a Japanese head band but never thought that I’d look like a Japanese, maybe because I was already too pale at that time :LOL:

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Naughty Nuri’s Warung

27 07 2008

Last Thursday, my friends (Ria, Jeffry, Purwo, and Cahyo) and me were going to this one Warung (famous for it’s ribs, steak, and BBQ, especially among expats). It was Naughty Nuri’s Warung.

The location is on Jl. Senggingan, Ubud. Just straight ahead from Monkey Forest Road, right across Neka Art Museum. I got that one AFTER got through some twists and turns on our way there because there were none of us ever go there but we didn’t actually got lost, we actually took the long way via Gianyar. The long way actually brought us to go through a different whole world, a place full of art museum, galleries, cafes, restaurant, and the cool weather which was really different from the “usual” Bali. Ubud is actually famous for it’s cultural activities, artists, and writers (you might heard of Ubud’s Writers and Readers Festival).

To go there, just ask people how do you get to “Bebek Bengil”, a famous duck restaurant in Ubud (or see the billboard sign around Ubud), and ask where do you go from there. This is what I ate, a juicy Spare Ribs. My other friends ate Tuna Sandwiches and Roasted Chicken. The ribs cost me 55,000 rupiahs or equal to 7 US$ (with today’s exchange rate). I can assure you that it was worth the price.



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