Playing Around the House

I am so excited right now because I am going to have my little brother at our place. He still has to work for 2 weeks at Tong Tong Fair in the Hague, after that we will play tourist together ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot wait to have him over here! Meanwhile the laziness is taking me over, and kinda procrastinating some house chores. Yes, we have a long weekend now and I am loving it. Here are some objects I capture around the house ๐Ÿ™‚

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wild flowers

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lazy cat of mine ๐Ÿ™‚

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good morning! sunshine before the rain comes

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my handsome cat ๐Ÿ™‚

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Around the House

I took the pic in the weekend, when I finished with weekly clean up and before our friends came over for some tea and homemade pie! We finally have curtains for the windows in the living room ๐Ÿ˜€ ! After 2 years without curtains I came to the point that I wanted it so badly. Every time I got the money to buy curtains, I somehow always used it for something else (another priorities).

And then, one day I got it for my birthday present in November…My husband hung it upย there and my parents in law were hiding in our living room. When I came inside, I was so surprised. Our jungle living room is now perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh my, I know…they spoil me!

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Perfect Time for Cuddling

Hello there,

I have had a nice weekend. Started off with a workshop for young entrepreneurs on a Thursday afternoon. It is located in Amsterdam, I took a half day off so I could attend the workshop together with J. It was really fun, we met different kind of people and backgrounds. But all of us we had our dreams, and we were idealists. We wanted to contribute something good to the world with our business ideas.

J is an idea machine, he always has creative ideas and sometimes good too! Mine is not really a profit generating business but I would say, I would really love to make it come true someday. I cannot tell you much, but a part of it is a thing I am passionate about and another part is what I want people to be more aware of. It is always nice to meet other idealists and steal others’ creative minds. I have been to this kind of event more often than J, but this time it was more of making your ideas a bit real by discussing it with others, and write it down by simply following entrepreneurship steps to start off our own business.

And on Friday I went out with a dear friend of mine and went for a dinner in the city with her, stuffed myself with delicious pasta at Vapiano ๐Ÿ™‚ and spent the evening catching up with tiramisu on the side! And on Saturday J, my in-laws and I celebrated my father in-law’s late birthday dinner at an amazing all-you-can-eat Japanese/Thai/Chinese restaurant across our apartment. We cannot stop telling people we know how good this restaurant is! In case you are around the city where we live, please take a look at Judo. They have fresh sushi and delicious Chinese and Thai food. We’ve had such a cozy evening and went home with our big tummies. And on Sunday J and I went swimming at our local public swimming pool. Sundays are our swimming day, we usually walk together with our sport bags on our shoulders to the swimming pool and chat on the way there and back.ย  Yesterday we broke our own records. J swam 40 laps in 20 minutes, and me…errr, I swam 15 laps in 2o minutes hahaha! See, how sporty I am? Anyhow, we were proud of ourselves though ๐Ÿ™‚ I love our Sunday swims. Do you have any activities you usually do with your hubby/partner too? It can be a small thing but it is always cozy and sweet when you do it together.

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Oh my, there are many exciting and fun events coming up. There will be Sinterklaas party, epic Christmas party from work and of course long holiday! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am pretty excited with this year’s festivities. I am no longer occupied by wedding planning or whatsoever! Nada ๐Ÿ˜€ … Jeez, and I just realize that this year goes utterly fast. It seems that it is just last month that we got married at the city hall.. and I can barely catch up with all the things happened after….

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last month’s traditional wedding reception

 

J and I spend a lot of times snuggling on the couch and watching TV series lately. The weather is very conducive to snuggle, with heater on, candles, cups of hot coffee, and two spoiled cats beside us (or on our laps when they are in the good mood). It is the best thing in the world, I guess. Be at home, while it’s cold outside. Cuddled up with your cats and husband in a warm house, safe and sound…I cannot stop saying how gezellig it is up here now! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are having good times too wherever you are now, and spread the love! xxx

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Thirty Autumns

I always describe myself as an autumn girl. Because I was born in November and I adore the pretty colors of trees in autumn, I like how we dress up, it is fluffy and not bulky like in the winter, I like its wetness because it rains a lot and the color of the autumn sun. I celebrated my 30th birthday a couple of weeks ago and I really had a blast. I love my new age, I love how it sounds and I am thankful that I am still alive in my 30th year of existence in this world. My heart is filled with joy and overloaded with love from my new family.

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In the weekend we invited some of closest friends and my husband cooked his signature spicyย tunaย pie and chicken pie. I made some pecelย (Indonesian vegetable salad with tasty peanut sauce) and tumpeng. My best friend D cooked yellow rice for us, then I cooked tempe dishes, tofu, Indonesian chicken dish…a lot of food and condiments ๐Ÿ™‚ . There was laughter, love, and warmth in our apartment…balloons, buntings, (hand-made) presents and ice creams. I love them to bits. Thank you dear Lord Almighty for giving me this wonderful life. I cannot describe my gratitude in words.

Thank you.

With love,

Oppie

Splash of Colors

I love colors. I think I can never pull off Scandinavian house style, they love to use white and crisp walls and floors. White furniture and a tad bit of colors here and there. So sterile. So serene.

But I love colors too much. I get instantly a kick from seeing colorful cushions, fabrics, flowers, anything. It soothes and fixes my moods. The same effect I get when I smell fresh roses ๐Ÿ™‚

Below are some of fave pictures taken with my phone:

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Hydrangea

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Kitsch Kitchen in Rozengracht. Went there a while ago to buy enamel plates

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cute corner at De Drie Graefjes’ porch (they have delicious cakes!!)

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A neighbor’s door .. so dreamy

Sweet Heat Wave

Dear blog, sorry for being lazy in updating this blog… I seem to be very busy with life. House cleaning, watching series with J, friends visit, crafting, gardening, blogwalking, but not blogging. I have nothing to write, and if there is something to write about it will sound cheesy and uninteresting (for me). I cannot type for too long now because I do not want my shoulder get hurt, but all I wanna say is that I have been intensely enjoying the sun for weeks now on my balcony.

I told J the other day, ” Hey, het was precies 7 jaar geleden dat wij zo’n hitte golf zomer hadden en dat was toen we net elkaar leren kennen, weet je dat nog?” {Eng= Hey it was 7 years ago when we had this heat wave summer, when we met each other}

ย … At least that is how I remember it!

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Indehoy di Balkon

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Masih di sisa postingan bekas bersih-bersih kemarin… Karena setengah hari selaen ngublek di dalem bersihin rumah dari bulu kucing, setengah hari nya lagi ngublek di balkon, ngebabat semak belukar dan semak – semak ilalang dan padi yang menguning! Hahaha, suka lebay ah..Iya abisan ga pernah banget gw duduk duduk di balkon kalo enggak pas summer. Dingin bok! Mana banyak angin, secara kita tinggal di lantai 6 aja dulu jadi tuh angin terasa lebih kayak badai lah. Jadilah tuh balkon ga keurus banget..Cuma J doang sih yang suka duduk disana sambil nyari ilham..Saya cukup memandang dirinya dari balik jendela sajah (eeaaaaa..kampring)

Jadi kegiatan dimulai dengan nyapuin tuh balkon yang penuh sama debu dan taneman yang mati dari winter/spring kemaren karena ga pernah dikasih aer yang cukup..Lupaa!! hahaha. Trus elap – elap seluruh sisi balkon pake aer dicampur ammoniak dikit supaya kotoran nya semua ilang, dan terakhir ngosek aja deh tuh ubin balkon sambil goyang dombret :/ Ditinggal setengah jam lebih dikit eh udah kering deh tuh ubin, bayangin gimana panasnya wiken kemaren!! Kedengarannya sih asik ya bersihin balkonnya cuma maaakk sumpah deh gak banget! kotorannya membandel banget, kayak udah nempel seabad lamanya susah abis digosok nya alhasil musti kerja 3x! Hadeuhh…mateee lah saya, encoookk nyonyaahh!!

Tapi yah untungnya menjelang maghrib selese juga deh tuh. Dan abis itu gelar tiker yang gw beli sehari sebelumnya pas nyiapin postingan The Hangout buat bulan Juni-Juli..*hehehe buka kartu! Tadinya mah beli ini tiker buat sunbathing di pantai cuma halah who are you fooling gitu loh, pantai sini mah gak berpotensi buat sunbathing mendingan di pake buat balkon aja.Tapi setelah dibersihin dan digelar tiker kok kayaknya masih kurang seger deh. Akhirnya kemaren pas lunch break, sengaja mampir ke toko bunga deketย  kantor dan lumayan ada beberapa macem bunga yang gw taksir.

Gini deh hasilnya:

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{ Balkon ikke sekarang…ehmm, tapi kenapa sapu nya eksis banget ya? }

Kalo ada yang bertanya-tanya ini kursi nya kok gak matching ya kakak? Ya begini ya dek, itu kursi coklat budug itu kedemenannya J hasil mungut dari sampah tetangga. Tapi jangan salah, sekali naro pantat di kursi budug itu dijamin ga mau bangun! Pewe abess. Dan yang ijo itu kayaknya ditinggalin sama nenek yg dulu punya apartemen ini..gretong ๐Ÿ˜€ makanya warna nya juga disko gitu hahaha! Trus bangku tinggi yang ada cat kuningnya itu juga mungut dari sampah nya tetangga yang dibuang di jalan hehehe ( maklum kami adalah kelompok scavengers yang suka mendaur ulang sampah tetangga ) Males beli kursi baru summer juga paling sebulan doang. Mubazir…Kita sih udah seneng lah sama balkon ini walopun ga gede-gede amat dan bentuknya juga sederhana kita sih orang yang gampang seneng nya lah.

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Dan bunga petunia fuchsia buat di meja..ini pot nya kayaknya gratis dari Albert Heijn (supermarket) taun kemaren deh :p Gw simpen karena suka sama kincir angin nya. Trus dikasih gelas lilin senada. Ciyehh adem deh mata nya ๐Ÿ™‚ Total beli bunga buat di balkon ini cukup 15 euro sajah..gatau deh tuh di tempat laen kali bisa lebih murah, cuma kalo musti nyari yang mungkin lebih murah musti ke pasar, jauh bookk! Ya segitu aja lah bunga nya kalo mati kan gak nyesek..(yahh jangan doongg!!) emang gak sebanyak tanamannya mbak Nella :p

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Nah, semoga aja cuaca cerah nya ga cuma sebulan kayak biasanya ya…Kan enak kalo gini kita kongkow – kongkow di luar terus ๐Ÿ™‚ Apalagi tepat di bawah apartemen itu kan lapangan yang ada air mancur nya, jadi ada suara – suara gemericik air gitu kalo sore, ahh serasa liburan ajah. .. *ngarep. Ada yang mau mampir?

Kalo kamu gimana, suka nya duduk – duduk di dalem rumah apa di luar rumah? Enak nih yang punya teras gede..punya pohon apa aja?