i think this is my very last blogpost.

twenty-seventeen has almost come to an end in a few hours. You might think I am currently having fun with my friends in the lounge, having some drinks, laughing over the past, and thinking about our 2018 resolutions. No, I am not. I am just sitting here in the middle of the stairs, writing down my very last blogpost which I have thought about for a long time.

But let’s talk about today first, I went out with my high school friends, catching things up and reminiscing the old times. Truth be told, we have been friends since primary school.

This is Abdul, he used to be really chubby and squishy but he has made a lot of transformation.

This is Alin the sweetest, she has always been the same girl next door I have always known.

We had lunch and gelato together. Everything felt wonderful though the weather was crying but it did not hold us to have some gelato precisely.

We talked a lot. Past. Present. Future. Everything in between.

Please do not get me wrong about writing this as my last blogpost, all riddles always have an answer in the end, right? Before everything else, I would like to make a tribute that lasts forever in my memory. A tribute that I went through in 2017 with the amalgam of joy, tears, tense, excitement, or even something that I could not even describe of. I think I would start my tribute from my lifetime passion as content creator, passionate undergraduate student of Public Relations, fashion and travel enthusiast, philanthropist, and myself as myself.

That clips above are the screenshots of my very first episode of #HerJournal. My first episode was super awkward because I did not feel comfortable talking to myself in front of camera. Until now, to be honest. Haha! 

2017 is the year where I started my side career in videography. I remember my struggle to get my first mirror less camera by pushing myself to achieve above 3.5 GPA whilst I knew I was completely caught up with many projects and organizations and that was the time where I became super pessimistic. But somehow when it’s meant to be, it will be. I finally got it by my own sweat!

And by that time, I have been keen enough to finally produced some video projects such as #HerJournal vlogs, “Flora and Fauna” visual poetry for Fauna Land Ecopark Ancol, “the words i hope you never have to hear” short documentary film, Clean and Clear Short Ads, Look Book for #LAHI and many more since I am really passionate with filmmaking and also because I like to watch videos of Jay Alvarrez, Sam Kolder, Beautiful Destinations, Connor Franta, I always wish that I can have a great talent like them in time.

Since then, one of the milestones that I have been dreaming of in 2017 has been finally achieved by winning the first best position of Vlogging Class in Clean and Clear because of my short documentary film “the words i hope you never have to hear” and its behind the scene.

I am really glad that my work is slowly being recognized by public and one thing that has led me to become JanSport Campus Ambassador Indonesia from my long night of editing, compiling, and narrating for the video submission. I always have to realize that things happen when we are eager enough to achieve it thus the universe can help us in achieving it.

2017 is also the year where I started to feel my blogging career is slowly recognized. I got my very first fashion show invitation to Jakarta Fashion Week 2018. VIP Class! I was invited by Cotton Ink and they also gave me two pair of clothes which I love the most. These little things are something that I am truly grateful of. From that moment, I have finally become a content contributor for Clean and Clear website where I feel that my writing skill is appreciated again by people.

Not only that, I also remember my very first international internship would be with Development Innovation Insider that produces Change Magazine where my first article about sexual violence is finally published worldwide. Since then, I believe every single thing that you write comes purely from your heart because when your mouth cannot speak, words speak.

2017 is also the witness for my very first experience stepping my feet on the mountain to watch sunrise in Bromo Mountain and my very first time watching Kecak Traditional Dance directly in Uluwatu Temple. Here are some vlogs that you might want to see how I spent my days savoring the beauty of Indonesia.

2017 is the witness of my journey in realizing my attempt to be at least an influential good student in my university. President Model United Nations 2017 would actually be my very last MUN Competition and that was the first time for me to finally realize that you do things for yourself not for anyone, without feeling forced.

But then again about my last MUN competition, who knows that somebody would change my mind eventually? Moreover, I never knew that I actually could fit in to one of the most competitive competition, Unilever Future Leaders’ League 2017. Nobody knows that I spent the whole night without sleeping for the video submission and I am really grateful that I could meet amazing people that have changed the way I see life into something really positive.

Lastly, 2017 is the witness of me growing as myself. I am grateful to meet all of the people I have become friends with in every single year. Regardless they come and go, I will always try to find something that I can learn from them and that is the point where I could slowly shape myself into somebody I hope can be influential for a lot of people.

However, I am wondering what your thoughts are after reading this far. ‘Feeling awed?’ or ‘Oh, Chia is bragging!’ or ‘nothing at all’. I hope you remember I said this earlier,

“all riddles always have an answer in the end, right?”

If you are aware of what I am saying, scroll back up and gather up the red bold sentences. From that, I hope you can fill those sentences with your own words which will be become your 2018 resolutions. Do not feel odd with the past tense I used there. I hope you would proudly say it in the end of 2018 because you have achieved the dreams you have always dreamed of.

Thank you very much for reading this far. I almost finished my 365 pages of 2017 in a few minutes, and I am about to reach the end of the last sentences. And here we go, I am going to close the book and I hope this very last blogpost of 2017 will be giving you power to be very much alive in 2018. Be someone who is passionate in doing what you are doing, no matter what people think about you, you cannot always please everyone in the room. Happy New Year 2018!

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VLOG | Brunch at Common Grounds

Hello, Loves! Back to another weekend of September and I am so glad that I just finished with the Model United Nations conference. It went great and I spent for almost 5 days working in the conference discussing about the most neglected humanitarian crisis in the world at Lake Chad Basin and human capital crisis in African States. I was representing Libya and it was stressful yet fun!

This time I will be showing you one of my favorite places to have brunch at. They are renowned by serving the best of the best Western brunch like Eggs Benedict. But this time, I will be showing another menu of them. One of the dishes I ordered was Salted Caramel Pancake.


Look at the perfect plating and the caramelized banana in there, perfectly made with love. Oh, stop drooling over there. Instead of writing and spending too many words, let me make you drooling over some other dishes by checking this vlog out. Enjoy!

What do you think? I really love the foods they have in there, the vibes of the cafe is amazing but it would be much more amazing if it ain’t located in the mall however the foods they have there are really worth to taste.

That’s all I have for this weekend, I hope you like it and thanks for watching! Have a great weekend x

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KADO, Hidden Japanese Restaurant in South Jakarta

Japanese restaurant. Salmon sashimi. Sushi. Dayum!

I think I just found myself drooling over the dishes I just mentioned. Ah, I am so hungry!

Enough with the intro, this time I am going to bring you to the hidden gem I found in South Jakarta. It’s actually a quiet popular restaurant but also a very unknown to be found because of its hidden location in Ayana Hotel Jakarta. The place is very popular to be visited by real Japanese, so when you come, you somehow will feel the real ambience of Japan because of its surroundings.

Now enough with the environment chit-chats, let’s get started with the dishes. Yee-ha!

This might look small but the bowl is actually really big. Very excellent for the hungry ones, just like me! The first dish to be reviewed will be Chicken Katsu Don.

Excellent plating. Tasty smells. Very amazing for the visual look. At the first bite, your tongue will be served with tasty sweet rice along with the cut onions. This deep fried chicken cutlet on top of rice tasted quiet sweet because it was also contained with soy sauce I believe (I am not a food expert but this is what exactly it tasted like). It costed for 75 IDR and I would say it is worth it for the hungry because I couldn’t even be able to finish it.

The second dish to be reviewed would be Gyu Stamina Don. I was wondering why the name is Stamina, so I asked the waitress then I got the answer! She said because it was also served with fresh egg yolk so that’s why the name is Stamina. Hmm now I see. This grilled beef on top of garlic tasted not so far like Yakiniku I guess. It tasted great, and I believe you would get stuffed easier because it contained a lot of protein. It costed for 88 IDR. That’s why I got salad in hand too.

Just like the Japanese culture, ocha shimasho (Let’s do tea, or take a break over something to drink). A hot tea has always been great for the companion of Japanese foods. Therefore, ocha no jikan (time for tea)!

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So, that’s all! I hope you find this review helpful to get to know more about this hidden gem in Ayana. Interested to try this one too? What’s your favorite Japanese food? Share what you like in the comment box below. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, loves!😊

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Easy Homemade Cupcake Recipe

Semester break has influenced me to have a knack on cooking since I have no idea what to do besides managing two events, reading novels, listening to fifty shades music, and feeding rabbits. Boring? Not really but half of me said yes it really is.

It’s one week away to college and I decided to spend my last Monday afternoon of semester break in the kitchen making cupcakes with Mom! I found this easy recipe and I believe you can do this at home by preparing these super easy ingredients,

2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
3/4 cup of sugar

Step 1. Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl in high speed except the melted butter for 5 minutes. Then add the melted butter, stir it in slow speed.

Step 2. Preheat oven to 375f or 190c. Prepare the cupcake papers (oily in the inside is highly suggested to avoid sticky result) and put them in the cupcake moulds.

Step 3. Bake the cupcakes and get ready with the icing. Make sure you have these,

2 cups of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of condensed milk
Crushed oreo
1 egg (set aside the yolk)

For the icing, you only need to stir it until soft and looks white. However for the icing, it’s up on your creativity. You may add M&Ms, chocolate chips, etc.

And this is how my cupcakes look like,

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These sweet treats are such a good companion for reading. After seeing these, are you interested to make your own cupcakes? Let me know what you think on the comment box below and you may share the result on Instagram by tagging me 🙂

Hope it can inspire you, have a great cooking day!

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Summerbird (Bed and Brasserie): Was I Impressed?

Hello, Guys! Who likes to stroll around the city and look for new places? If you do, I have this one coming up for you!

Basically, this is the first post of “Odysseia” where I will start reviewing hidden gems in the cities or even countries I visit. Can I say yay to that for the very first post?

I was introduced by my friend to have a visit to this Bed and Brasserie located in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. I was welcomed with vintagely cute interior. From that perspective, I might say that this place is better for youth.

The staffs are really nice and understanding which made me feel comfortable to stay longer for small talk with friends and photos indeed.

I ordered two coffees, a lattè and a cappuccino. I was expecting for some artsy foam on top but nope, just a cup of coffee. I didn’t order much since I was quite stuffed, I only ordered one mixed platter which has sausage, calamary, wedges, and onion rings in it. It tasted fine but a bit tasteless to me. More spices would be great.

SummerBird also has hotel in the upstairs with various rates. I didn’t stay but I loved to see the corridor with the vines which gave the homey look because they don’t have 20 rooms or above like hotels you always notice in general.

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The tables for its cafe are not only downstairs but they are also available in upstairs along with the rooms. The vintage look of its cafe made me feel want to stay longer for another sip of coffee but unfortunately, the foods I ordered was fine but not outstanding.

To sum it up, here’s what I think about Summer Bird for my first impression.

Ambience (9 out of 10)
Food and Beverage (8 out of 10)
Service (9.5 out of 10)

Impression (8.8 out of 10)

Have you ever been here or interested enough to visit? Share what you think through the comment below. I will also do another reviews for Odysseia. I can’t wait to do it further! Thanks for reading ❤

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Reviving Summer with Tsaibucha

Summer is almost in the edge of cliff! But you can still revive it with this new invention of tea by Tsaibucha. Since I was introduced to it, I think I just found a new drink which is much better than smoothie and also, healthier!

The atmosphere of summer never fails anyone to have fresh drinks. And this fermented tea just hit the nail on the head!

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The first time I heard the name of Tsaibucha was pretty odd to me but I was enlightened that there’s a meaning behind its name. Just like your name. Tsai means tea in Greek but also means cool in Chinese. And Bucha refers to Kombucha which is kind of fermented tea.

And that’s what I like from Tsaibucha, the most unique tea I’ve ever tasted. It tasted acidly sweet, not far from the taste of wine. The uniqueness of Tsaibucha itself is, they never add any artificial ingredients and always let the biotechnology work for it.

I used to spend my whole weekend reading magazine and any other books with any kind of beverages and tea wasn’t even on the list. Since I was introduced to it, now I prefer to have Tsaibucha for my drink in the weekend. And also, I can take it anywhere I want to,

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Last but not least, how do I get it? Tsaibucha can only be purchased online. It doesn’t cost a leg and an arm, very much worthy for a bottle of Tsaibucha. You can have it for 1.5 USD or 20 IDR. Get yourself a bottle of Tsaibucha and let it revive you! Have a great weekend!

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Get On Diet With Vanilla Ice Cream

This diet method lets you eat Vanilla Ice Cream. Isn’t that bizarre? This diet is totally different than the others, it only needs 3 days to lose around 10 pounds. Because of that, I wanted to give it a try.

Day 1
I started day one on Tuesday. I bought some foods I needed for the next 3 days because I was actually running out of food in the fridge, ouch how sad. You need a total preparation before you do this diet.

  • Breakfast 
    1/2 grapefruit
    1 slice of toast
    2 tbspn of peanut butter
    1 cup of coffee (with caffeine) or teaProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHow I did it :
    I didn’t have grapefruit, so I substituted grapefruit by putting 1/2 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water
    What I felt :
    2 tbspn of peanut butter but I only had 1 slice of toast. I started feeling nauseated before I had tasted it but actually it felt okay at first but then I felt queasy in the last bite. After I had spent the peanut butter and toast, I drank a glass of baking soda and I felt more queasy than ever. I like peanut butter but not that much.
  • Lunch
    1/2 cup of tuna
    1 slice of bread or toast
    1 cup of coffee (with caffeine) or teaProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHow I did it :
    I substituted tuna with chicken. I added a little bit of spices like pepper and salt in it. Very little. I couldn’t eat plain chicken for God’s sake.
    What I felt :
    I started enjoying this diet. Though two hours after meal I had felt hungry, I couldn’t get some snacks and eat and smile. I had to wait for dinner.
  • Dinner
    3 ounces of any meat (same size as deck of cards)
    1 cup of green beans
    1 small apple
    1/2 banana
    1 cup of vanilla ice creamProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset How I did it :
    Meat that I ate was chicken, I didn’t eat 3 ounces of chicken, that was quite too much for me. And I only ate 3 green beans, I don’t know if that was the same as 1 cup of green beans but I only ate 3. I also substituted small apple with pears. I had a quite big pear and I only ate half of it.
    What I felt :
    Dinner is my favorite in military diet because I could eat ice cream. I felt hungry at 9 above, I used to eat whatever I wanted whenever I felt hungry but this time, I had to control my lust on foods.

Day 2
I woke up at 7 and went to the kitchen immediately. I know that we technically have to wait at least two hours before breakfast, but I didn’t mind, I cooked for my lovely belly. But you know what? I successfully lost 2 pounds from Day 1! Let’s see what would happen in Day 2.

  • Breakfast
    1 slice of bread or toast
    1 egg cooked (however you like)
    1/2 bananaProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHow I did it :
    I made omelette because I hate sunny side up egg. I accidentally added too much butter, so the omelette looks oily in the pic above. But I left it for a couple of minutes and wrapped the omelette with tissues to get the oil absorbed.
    What I felt :
    That was enough for breakfast.
  • Lunch
    1 cup of cottage cheese
    1 hard boiled egg
    5 saltine crackersProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHow I did it :
    I went out that day, so I put the meal into a food container. I substituted cottage cheese with 1 slice of cheddar cheese. I didn’t find saltine crackers but I found a cracker which has 9 calories. All you need to know is, each saltine cracker has 13 calories.
    What I felt :
    It was good but I’m not satisfied. People who are on diet will never be satisfied, will they?
  • Dinner
    2 hot dogs (with no bun)
    1 cup of brocolli
    1/2 cup of carrots
    1/2 banana
    1/2 cup of vanilla ice creamProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHow I did it :
    I kinda cheated in the afternoon. My mother brought me meatballs and I ate 3 because I was tempted. And I also had no hot dog that time, I completely forgot about hot dog. So, I think it was fine and I became a vegen by substituting hot dogs with a cup of green beans.
    What I felt :
    It tasted so vegetable.

Day 3
I lost 2 pounds from day 2. It was the same as I had lost from day 1. I had known this from the start, I wouldn’t lose weight up to 10 pounds, maybe 6 pounds or less. But however, I had been doing it for 2 days and I only needed one more day to finish.

  • Breakfast
    1 slice of cheddar
    5 saltine crackers
    1 small appleProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHow I did it :
    I substituted small apple with grapes though I substituted it with pear on day 1. Color up your life, guys. Don’t get stuck on the same menu.
    What I felt :
    It was okay.
  • Lunch
    1 slice of bread or toast
    1 egg (cooked or however you like)Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHow I did it :
    I made scrambled egg because I had made omelette and hard boiled egg in the past 2 days. I also added a little bit of spices too like pepper and salt. I can’t live without seasoning.
    What I felt :
    It was delicious.
  • Dinner
    1 cup of tuna
    1/2 banana
    1 cup of vanilla ice creamProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHow I did it :
    I substituted tuna with chicken like I did on day 1. I also ran out of vanilla ice cream, so I added strawberry ice cream in it.
    What I felt :
    It was delicious because I met vanilla ice cream.

This diet method is well-known as military diet and that’s how I did my military diet. It was kinda bad in the first day, especially in the breakfast menu. But day by day, especially on day 2, I started getting used to it. In day 4, I’ve successfully lost 5 pounds. But however, I have to do this continuity to lose more weight. You can do this every week with 4 days off each week. It’s all about habit, I liked having snacks and eating sweet foods but as you can see in the military diet menu, they have less sweet and salty foods. And I think that’s why they let you eat vanilla ice cream at night because human’s body needs sugar. And brain can’t work entirely without sugar, people who don’t consume sugar, they tend to feel tired when they think.

If you need any questions, feel free to comment below. Good luck with your diet, have a great day 🙂

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