Healthy Bites in Yogyakarta

I have been really enjoying my hometown lately. Despite the horrible traffic (that is getting worse by the minute), Yogyakarta is slowly turning into a city with interesting culinary choices. There are so many cuisines here from local food to Indian, Italian, French, you name it. I have to admit that not all those cuisines are worth trying since many are adjusted to the likings of “Yogyakartans” (hence sickly sweet :P), but there are some worthy of trying.

With the rise of many health-conscious communities in Yogyakarta, I also see many health-conscious restaurants popping up here and there. This really makes me happy!

Here are some of the places to eat in Yogyakarta that I consider to have high awareness of their food source and to ensure that their food is of the highest quality. I know that “healthy” is too big of a word so what I mean here is that these places offer a balanced diet menu, with lots of veggies options and often even vegan and vegetarian options. These places do not use MSG and make the effort to use mostly local products.Read More »

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Picking Up the Pieces

Life has been weirdly wonderful. I haven’t updated my Cancer Talk section in a long time, partly because I just don’t wanna talk about cancer right now. But I will tell you this, the result of my transplant wasn’t as good as I hoped but it wasn’t a total fail either. I have to continue my treatment for another 6 months, but not chemo or radiation. The treatment is once a month, a two hours antibody infusion. It’s not painful at all, very fast and I can go back home after the infusion. I call this infusion my superpower recharge.

So what to do during those period at home? I feel well enough now to do activities (though not for a full day), but what activities can I do? I have no job, I cannot travel like I used to anymore, I feel like standing in the ruins of my life. I can’t just not do anything at home, it would be too boring for me and possibly stress me out. I am a person who actually likes being busy.

When I came back home after the transplant, I was happy to be back home. However, after a while it was easy to drown in my own sorrow, to feel sorry for being in this condition, to see all my friends thrive while I was stuck. I didn’t want to feel this way and so I decided to pick up the pieces of my life. I may not have the life that I imagined I had at this age, but I refuse to be useless and pity myself.Read More »

Favourite Noodles of Petaling Jaya

It's been a while since I posted here, really am trying to be a better blogger LOL but I am failing miserably (obviously).

Anyway, this time I'm gonna be writing about food, everyone's favourite topic.

I have a little confession with you, I am a little tired of "Malaysian food". Don't get me wrong, it's not that the food in Malaysia is bad, it is not. I've written plenty about my favourite cuisines in Penang, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur, but it's just ever since my treatments in Malaysia, I associate Malaysia with hospital visits. As I used to stay for a long period of time in Malaysia for my hospital visits, having the same kind of food over and over again really made me frustrated. I missed Indonesian food and I just grew tired of nasi lemak and friends.Read More »

Staycation Kejutan

Entah apa yang mereka pikirkan, namun dua teman yang saya kenal di dunia blog tiba-tiba mengirimkan e-mail ke saya. Isinya bukan tulisan yang panjang, melainkan hanya sebuah gambar dengan beberapa kalimat saja. Salah satu kalimatnya “Prepare your sunglasses and put your hat on, for this Tropical Staycation”, lalu ada alamat salah satu hotel yang sedang naik daun di Jogja.Read More »

Solo dan Ulang Tahun

Beberapa tahun belakangan ini, setiap kali keluarga kami ada yang berulang tahun, tidak pernah dirayakan dengan spesial lagi. Alasannya ya apalagi kalau bukan karena saya yang sedang sakit.

Mei tahun ini, saya sudah lebih enakan dari tahun-tahun sebelumnya. Pas sekali bulan Mei papa berulang tahun, dan pas sekali kami sedang di Jogja dan adik saya yang di Singapore bisa mengajukan cuti.Read More »

Cancer Talk #30: What’s Next?

Mid 2016

After several rounds of chemo, my doctor told me I needed to get a PET scan. I hate PET scan. I don’t mind the actual process of PET scan, but I really dislike that moment when the result is in my doctor’s hand.

Anyway, I took my PET scan as planned and guess what? My cancer was almost all gone except for a small part. I was mad, because ALMOST is not good enough for me, I wanted to hear it’s ALL gone.

My doctor looked at my result and he told me that he thinks chemo wasn’t working anymore. Well, he could keepΒ giving me chemo and it would probably make that small part go away but chances are, it would come back again.Read More »