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Cherry On Top


When I was doing this I came to realize that my nail art skill (?) has been decreasing a lot, especially when it comes to my left hand drawing. Guess I need a lot of more practice after being absent for too long. Well, what I was drawing today is, as you can see, cherries. Got the inspiration from instagram, and I also made the simple tutorial.


Instructions :
1. After applying base coat, paint nails with base color. Here I used Orly's Ancient Jade.
2. With a slightly big dotting tool, make two big dark red dots (Big Apple Red by O.P.I)
3. While waiting for the red dots to dry, draw an upside down V for the stem (?) of the cherries.
4. Draw another short line from the top of the upside down V.
5. You may not see any difference from the fourth picture but there is actually two lighter red dots (Canjun Shrimp by O.P.I) inside the dots we made on step number 2. 
6. Using a small dotting tool make some polka dots.
7. For a final touch (shiny effect), get a pink (Faceshop's) polish and draw lines according to the picture using your nail art brush. After they are all dry, seal it with your top coat.

For the rest of the nails, I made smaller cherries and the ways are the same, but just without step number 4 and 7. This nail art design is actually very simple, no need of great skills or whatsoever, just some patience (I ruined mine because I was not patient enough, top-coating them before they were fully dried #sigh). The process of the nail art itself only needed less than an hour, so it's pretty quick, right? Why don't you try them? :)

About Blogging : Some Useful Links for Blogger Design

Hey guys. I am super happy that my "makeover" for the blog is finally finished. As what I said on my previous post, I wanted to change the appearance of the blog's pages too, and they were done! Check out my new pages here : travel, nails and projects

What I loved most about my blog's new appearance is that it looks really clean (the old background was too "eye-catchy", beside I think it is time for a more "mature" blog background LOL) and the next thing I loved most is what I stated before : the new navigation bars! The process was quite a pain in the ass but I was happy they are nicely done. It didn't look "too much" but it is just nice, I think :))

So on this post I want to share some links that have been very useful for me to make my this humble blog nicer. I hope there will be some points that can be useful for you guys too.

BLOG'S TEMPLATE
My blog's template was a free template that I got from PuglyPixel. The reason why I chose single column template is because I think a single column will look much neater than two or three columns, and ever since I changed to this style, I never regretted it. The bad thing about it is just you can't put too much information on your blog, but I am just fine with it.

PuglyPixel's free templates were all good, but the thing that I don't really like is that it is pretty hard to deal with the html codes, since the codes are not 100% similar with Blogger's default templates. But even without changing this and that on the templates, they were already good, so I still think PuglyPixel's free templates are recommended.

SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTONS

I have seen so many blogs with these buttons and I was like thinking how did they put those in? I finally found the best answer here, and this link was where I grabbed my FREE buttons.

NAVIGATION BAR

Don't you agree that navigation bars like these have given the blog a more "professional" look? LOL. I tried to find how to make things like these on google, even though I didn't know what is the best keywords to these, but guess what, I figured the way out by myself MUAHAHA. Ahem, I found out that this was actually quite easy to do.

What you got to do is make the picture of your navigation buttons. In my blog they were those buttons I highlighted above. For example, the "home | about | link loves | follow this blog" bar actually consists of four different buttons. I separated them to "home |", "about |", "link loves |" and "follow this blog". So, it was actually four different pictures in one, but since the background color is the same with my blog's background, it doesn't look like they were different pictures.

The next thing to do is get the html codes of the pictures. You can do it by uploading your pictures in Photobucket or other imaging websites. After you get the code, the rules are the same with the social media buttons. Copy the html codes from the buttons you have used before for the social media buttons, but change the img source code into the html code of the pictures you uploaded before. Don't forget to change the link of your website's code too.

I know I explain this in quite a mess but I hope you get my point. If you don't, feel free to ask and I'll be glad to assist :)

RELATED POSTS WITH THUMBNAILS


It is nice when if you have this at the end of your each post. This widget shows some posts that were related (have the same labels) with your current post. You can also adjust how many related posts to show. Besides, this is really easy to install! Get this widget here.

NUMBERED PAGE NAVIGATOR


If you are bored with the old "Home" and "Older Post" or "Newer Post" on the bottom of your blog's page (like me), then this widget is the helper. I really like this one too. You can choose from many designs that suits your blog most, and of course it is FREE. Get this widget here.

ADDING WIDGETS ABOVE HEADER
As you can see, my social media buttons were above my blog's header. In some templates' layout this actually is not possible, like in my this template. But thanks to this link, I found the way out to this problem and I am super happy with that.

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Those are the links I used while I was making some changes on the blog. I know I ain't no pro-blogger, not even close, but as a blogger, I think when people look at your blog, their first impression doesn't come from your posts first, but from your blog's appearance. So I really think that the blog's look is important. Another thing I wanted to see on a blog is neatness, and justifying the texts on your blog post will make a big difference. Trust me.

Well, I hope this post I made today will be useful for any of you and your blog. Let me know if you have any question and again I say, I'll be glad to help. Have a great day, peeps :)

A Little Taste of Bataknese (+ The Blog's New Face!)


See guys, I know I do not know everything about Bataknese food but today I am just going to share about some of Bataknese food I've been eating (and loving) since I was little. Since I belong to a city that is located in North Sumatra (the city of Pematang Siantar), where most people were Bataknese, so you can say that I am pretty familiar with these food. So, shall we?


The very first one is Babi Panggang (roasted pork). The pork itself is very crunchy and it is really different with the Chinese style roasted pork. They usually serve this with plain rice and also Bataknese style sambal (chili sauce) which I really like, and also (cooked) blood as the dipping sauce. 


Here comes Saksang. It is made from minced pork (or from what I heard, sometimes dog meat) stewed in blood, coconut milk and special spices. When I was little I didn't notice that this was cooked with blood, and when I found out that it actually is, it somehow made me hesitate a little to eat this LOL but I swear this tastes really good that I can't stand to stop eating this.


This may be the last one, but surely isn't least. Ikan Mas Arsik is a traditional food from Toba. This carp fish dish is cooked with many kinds of spices and it tastes somehow salty and spicy and also a little bit sour. Was my sister's favorite since she dislikes Babi Panggang.

Well guys, this is it, short post to introduce you some of the food from my hometown. I am a believer that Indonesian food is the best food in the world #proudIndonesian so I really think that these kinds of Bataknese food are also worth your try :)

PS. I just made some changes on the blog, I bet you saw them already, right? Been working on the not-really-friendly html codes, googling about this and that about blogger tips and tricks and this is it! The blog looks a lot simpler than the old one, but I really like it. My favorite part is the new header and navigation bars. I love them :)) So sorry for this too much excitement. I'll be working on the pages too later, but there are some housework to do so maybe later. Let me know what you think about the new look of the blog and I'll be glad to hear. Take care guys!

Summer Nails (Epic Fail)


Another nail art I managed to work on yesterday. I really like stripes but turns out these ones I was making didn't turn out like what I wished it did. I guess it is because of the color combinations, I don't think these colors I used match each other. Well, before removing them I guess it is not a sin to take a picture of them. By the way, here is the tutorial of the nail art that I got from Youtube. Yeah, I know mine sucks, but oh well, imperfection is a part of learning, isn't it? :P


An Amateur Guide to Samosir Island


Hola guys, at today's post I am writing some guides about traveling to one of my most favorite place on earth : Samosir Island. To you who probably have no idea about what Samosir Island is, it is an island that is located within Danau Toba (Lake Toba) which is the biggest volcanic lake in Indonesia, also in the world.

I've been to this place several times, for so many times to be exact. My family (and I personally) really love this place so today I am sharing this to all of you, in hope that to you that haven't actually been there will have that interest to come and visit this place. To make this post neater, I am dividing the post into some several part, I hope you guys will get them all LOL.

PS. Everything I write here mostly are from my point of view or my experiences. I know it won't be perfect but am trying my best :)


Lake Toba itself is located in Northern Sumatra. The best way to reach Lake Toba is taking 4-5 car trip from Medan (don't forget to stop by at Pematang Siantar, my hometown LOL). If you don't have your car with you, you can rent one, or if you're just traveling with just one or two friends and you think renting a car would be too expensive, you can just call some taxis to take you there and they will drop you off at the city of Parapat.

Now how do you reach the island of Samosir? If you're with your car, you can take the ferry from Pelabuhan Ajibata to get to the island (usually costs around IDR 90,000/USD 9 per car) OR if you don't have any car with you or you just have your motorcycle with you, you can get on the regular boat at Pelabuhan Tiga Raja (or maybe Tiga Dolok shoot I forgot, so sorry LOL it should be between those two) and pay IDR 7,000/USD 0.7 per person. You'll be dropped at Pelabuhan Tomok when you reached the Island.


There are a lot of choices to this. Many hotels, villas and inns are available to rent, name it Bagus Bay, Pandu Lakeside Hotel, Carolina Hotel, Samosir Villas, Toledo Inn etc etc etc. If you are not traveling on peak season, one night stay usually ranges around IDR 150,000/USD 15 to IDR 400,000/USD 40 per room and you won't have to make any reservations. BUT on holidays, the prices may increase up to IDR 1,000,000/USD 100 (!) or even more per room and don't forget the reservation, of course.

DO NOT expect for five stars hotel with king-sized bed, luxury furniture and bathroom, because you are going to be disappointed. According to what I know, three stars hotel is already quite a rare thing here. Most hotels or inns are at the same standards, rooms with beds and bathroom, but not that, you know, WOW. But it is not bad at all, but just not that good, got my point? LOL. The thing is, just don't expect too much. Oh ya, most hotels don't have air conditioner but don't worry, even without it you still have to sleep with your blankets on because it gets cooler at nights.

If I could recommend, I would say that Pandu Lakeside Hotel is okay. Carolina Hotel is always full-booked on weekends so according to its popularity, the hotel must be okay too. But in my opinion any hotel will do as long as it is clean, don't you agree?


Dining at Samosir is about Bataknese food, I guess. Make sure you try their babi panggang (roasted pork) and ikan bakar (grilled fish). I really loved their Bataknese style chili sauce! You will also find many pizzerias at the island. I don't even know why do they have to have that many pizzerias. If you're way too confused about what to eat, Carolina Restaurant at Carolina Hotel may be an option. Not that the food there were really good, they're just fine, edible at least. Besides, the prices are not too expensive.

Another to try is Magic Mushroom. Well to be honest, I never even tried this and I don't know how in the world it looks or tastes like but they said that eating it will make you laugh at no reason (?) LOL, so are you interested? But by the way they also said that the making procedures includes shit (LOL!) inside HAHAHAHA sorry but I don't know. Please let me know if you tried one :))

Ah, almost forget. There is also this Roti Samuel which sells homemade breads. The breads taste best when they're just out from the oven. 


Are you kidding me? Of course the lake! (LOL) You will be impressed on how huge and beautiful she is. The water is also clean (though in some parts of the lake are already contaminated T^T). But after all, just the view of the lake is already the best.

Okay, if you insist to see something else, there are also some hills and you can also visit Pangururan (from which I know is hot spring, maybe I was wrong though) and there is also some ancient king's tomb that is located near Pasar Tomok.


In my very opinion, the best answer to this is : rest and relax. Enjoy the very beautiful view, take a break and forget all the stress you had for a while. Take a sit at the beach (by the way do we still call it beach at a lake? LOL whatever) while listening to the music with your iPod and breathe the fresh air. Sounds perfect (read : to me LOL).

The other must do thing if you don't bring your car is to rent motorbikes or bicycle and go for a ride, enjoy the view and take a look at the Bataknese style houses and meet the people too. I personally would prefer motorbikes to bicycle because it can take us further and faster. Besides, I will not have to worry for my feet to get bigger for riding too much bicycle LOL.

Another option is water sports. Of course you can swim at the lake, and you also can rent the jet ski. They also have banana boat too now.


Most people will go to Pasar Tomok, a traditional market located near Pelabuhan Tomok (remember the place where you will be dropped off when you reach Samosir?). This place is not just a spot for tourists, but locals also go there to buy fruits and vegetables. While buying souvenirs like t-shirts or other things, bargaining is recommended. Don't be surprised if the seller "shouts" at you, it is not that they are angry at you or what, it just happens to be their style :))

Those are basically what I could come up with. I would give a tip that is pretty important if you're going : cash ready. There is only one ATM at Pasar Tomok and it will be somehow not convenient to draw cash there. Plus, some hotels may not accept credit cards for payment, so bringing more cash would be a very wise thing.

So, I hope you enjoy this long post and I hope you don't think it's boring (it is fine if you do, though). Sorry if I LOL-ed too much because I just loved to. Show me some love by dropping good words on the comment box if you are willing to :P Hope everyone is having a great day, and last, don't forget to visit the beautiful lake and island, okaaaaaay? #VisitIndonesia

Pinky Stripes and Floral + Tutorial


It's been way too long since my last nail art. I'm back at Indonesia already and too much holiday makes me become a lazy ass (not that I wasn't one before though LOL). Thank God today I finally managed to do one. By the way please excuse the poor quality picture. You know, poor lighting.

I also managed to make another simple how-to's on this nail art, but only for the floral parts, since the stripes part I believe everyone can do it without any tutorial. I just painted my nails with the base color (here I used Pedal Faster Suzi! by O.P.I) and made the stripes by the white striper brush. Here are the pictorial of the floral parts.


At first of course paint your nails with the base color (Alpine Snow by O.P.I), then make some pink circles (Pedal Faster Suzi!). The circles do not have to be perfect since they are flowers. Then take some red polish (Face Shop's) or darker pink (Kiss Me on My Tulips by O.P.I) and create the details of the flowers. My method was to draw a G and a smaller C (refer to picture). And at last, make the leaves with green polish (Ancient Jade by Orly).

So that was basically how I did my nails today. Sorry if the pictorial was not that good, I've tried my best :) And since I am still on my kind of "holiday" (which actually is days on being unemployed LOLOL), I think I'll try to update my blog. I've thought of some posts about my past holidays and maybe some things else. Well, I hope everyone is having a great day. Take care, people.

Not So Yellow Mountain


This is another story of my past trip (August 2013) to one of China's most famous mountain, so called 黄山 (Huangshan, or literally means Yellow Mountain). This mountain was not named after the color of yellow but according to my guide, it was named after a king in ancient China. Not going to blab too much about the history though, since I don't really remember (I didn't even pay too much attention on it LOL).

We were taking cable car to reach some top of the mountain, until then we still have to take pretty far mountain paths to our hotel at the top of the mountains (around 40 minutes of walk if I was not mistaken). The view of the mountain was pretty cool though, mostly are the view of the pine trees and peaks and beautiful skies view.


We stayed a night at the hotel at the top of the mountain. There were only two hotels at the top, so most people will simply hike at the morning and go home before it gets dark. Ah, one thing is there is no air-conditioner at the hotels, but we don't have to worry since it is the top of the mountain, right? How "hot" will it actually get at nights? 

When you actually stay overnight at Huangshan, the thing is there will be no "too-fancy" food for breakfast, lunch or dinner, even at the hotels. It is not that the food was bad or something, but there is limitation for the food, since from what I heard, people have to carry their food supplies by feet from far away, so it's like no cars, no motorbikes, all by people. So no expectation of too much beef on your meal if someday you're going there, okay?


This is what I loved most from my trip to Huangshan, PERIOD. This is one of the most spectacular view that I have been seeing in my whole life. These pictures was taken around 7 in the morning when we were heading back to the city. We have to wake up so early to avoid the long queue-ing since it was the public holiday. But all of that was nothing, this view paid everything!

You're gonna have to see this by yourself. It was just THAT amazing. So guys, if any of you have the chance to visit Huangshan, then go. I've been to many mountains in China (Chinese just loves mountains so much, I guess?), but I haven't seen one quite like this. 

Well then, those are it. I hope you guys enjoy this short post and I'll see you next time :)