Body Acceptance

Long before cancer and all that, I had always been very self conscious about my body. I was never confident with my body and had always been the fat friend. Before I knew I had cancer, my weight dropped drastically. I didn’t know it was because I was sick, I was of course delighted and when I took some pictures of my “new” body, friends took their time to compliment me, saying how much prettier I look now that I’ve lost some weight. Finally, I was not the fat girl anymore.

When I found out it was because of cancer, well, my world came spiralling down. I lost so much weight that I was stick thin, that even a size S was too large for me.

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Summer in Mykonos

This is an old post, originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

I am not a big fan of beaches. I grew up in Yogyakarta, only an hour away from some nice beaches, yes a contradiction. However, these beaches are barely swimmable as they are located in the south and the south sea is known for its vicious waves hence swimming isn’t recommended.

Also, I remember when I was a kid, I went to one of the “friendlier” beaches and during my stay there I heard a news of a young, married couple who were dragged by the waves into the sea. It was a pretty scary experience as you can imagine.

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Silence and Coffee at Omah Minggir

It was December when I first heard of the name “Omah Minggir”. One of my favourite woman entrepreneurs, Alarasati (who makes beautiful ceramics), was on vacation in Yogyakarta and her place of stay piqued my interest. She tagged Omah Minggir and I had to settle my curiosity. One of my favourite things about living in this tourist city is ironically it is the travellers who often find places that I would never have found myself.

Within minutes I found out that Omah Minggir was not very far from my house. I was excited at the prospect of coming to this place very soon and informed my family that we simply must go there.

January, the holiday was over, people were going back to work and Yogya was finally a little less crowded. I decided to call Omah Minggir before coming since the place was around 20 minutes away from my place and I didn’t want to find it close when I got there. The friendly man who owns the place assured me that it was open for business.

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Reading, A Meditation of Some Sort

In 2018, I read a lot, 86 books to be precise. Well, “a lot” is subjective since there are a great number of people who read way more than me (I wonder, what do they do for a living? Do they have a secret meditative recipe for reading so many books? If so, do you think they will share it with me if I ask them really really nicely?), but for my standard, that is quite a number.

To be quite honest with you, I didn’t even realise. I just read, read and read more. I do love books (!). I have always been surrounded by books since my dad is also a bibliophile, I remember him making a small library in our old house, complete with codes on his books as well as a sort of system for people to borrow (I’m pretty sure he lost some of his books to people borrowing and never returning – honestly those kind of people!).

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5 Reasons Why I am Head Over Heels in Love with Barcelona

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 30 May 2016.

There are so many reasons to love Barcelona. There is something about Barcelona that gives off an exciting, high-spirited vibe that I can’t seem to get enough of.


I’ve been to the city twice and yet I’d still like to return again someday (maybe in spring or autumn, not in the blazing, scorching hot summer weather again). However, despite the notorious summer heat, Barcelona is still one of my favourite places and here are the reasons:Read More »

Trekking at Penang National Park

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 23 April 2017.

Penang is definitely my favourite place in Malaysia. I love the fusion of cultures and of course, its mouth-watering food. Penang also has amazing nature. You can relax by the beach at Batu Ferringhi or befriend gorgeous butterflies at its Butterfly Park. Not far from those two attractions, also lays Penang National Park. I found that there are many activities you can do inside the national park, including trekking. And I love trekking!

Walking through unspoilt forest, breathing fresh, unpolluted air is my type of heaven. Only an hour away from the bustling city, I could just do this in Penang! Timothy and I dedicated one day for trekking at Penang National Park. Before going inside, all visitors had to report at the front desk where the staff asked which trekking trail we want to take. They also informed us about each of its duration. Then we had to sign their visitor’s book, including our hour of entry. I was really pleased by the control given by the staff.Read More »