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Blue Ming Floral

It's been waaaaaay too long since the last time I had my nails "posed" with fancy backgrounds, isn't it? I remembered the last time was already 20 weeks ago. But this free journal just matched the design so well so I just have to :))

I've been deeply in love with this one of my new polish from Color Club, Blue Ming. It is the perfect minty-green-blue polish that I've been searching for! Don't you agree that it looks great? And the floral design (from this tutorial) just added the beauty of my nails. I'm just excited! I painted these before I went to sleep last night and this morning I was super excited to wake up because I wanted to adore and look at my nails again. Guess I found a weird new way to excite myself to wake up early~

What To Do When Stuck On Flood

Of course, paint your nails! This is dedicated to my love to donuts. Don't you think they are way too sweet, adorable, cute, good-looking, colorful, happy and everything good else? LOL. My friend Claudia brought me some of my new nail polish that I bought from Taobao and I am super happy! It was my very first time trying out the Matte About You polish too, and I'll have to say that I FREAKING LOVE IT! Though I'll have to admit too that I waited not long enough before applying the top coat that it kinda ruined the donuts. But still, they are cute, full stop. #LoveIsBlind

Not only they are adorable, but they also happen to be easy to create! I promise on the next time I'll do better on my nails, not only looking good on the tutorial. Now that I have these on my nails, I won't have to worry if I am running out of food while stuck in my room because of the flood. I can just eat my nails, right? #CreepyMuch? :)))

Sastika's Ultimate Guide To Live The Best Days Of Your Life

Do I already sound like a life-pro from the title? Don't think the thoughts like "what in the world is wrong with this girl" already LOL. Now, if there's something I can be proud to tell about my life, that would be that I am living a super happy, full of blessings life. Of course it's not that I have no problems in life, but I just think life really is good to me.

Today, I want to share some principals that I have been living in, how I live my days. It's not just that I want to act teaching or thinking that I am better than any other people, but this is also the way I remind myself about how I should live my days if who knows, one day I'll be the one who need these. You know, just in case.

I believe happiness is a state of mind, not about what's been happening around you but the more like how you act and react to everything. So, here are my tips on how to live the best days of your life :))

Love Yourself (no matter how weird random you are)
I know there's many people out there who love me the way I am (like my Dad, my Mom, my Papa, my Mama, my Father, my Mother, LOL JK), but it's for sure that I am one of the ones who love Sastika most (sounds narcissistic much?). 

Matthew 22:39 says that we got to love our neighbor as ourselves. So, if you haven't even learned to love yourself, to treat yourself well, how can you go and love others? I learned that I got to treat people the way I want people to treat myself, don't you think that it's the same thing with treating others like the way you treat yourself? People will not appreciate you if you don't even know how to do to yourself.

I used to say this to a friend (and got laughed at, LOL), "Happiness begins when you started to love what you see in the mirror". I mean look at me, I realized that I ain't nothing like Miley Cyrus (?) or Raisa (LOLOLOL), but I still like what I see in the mirror, because I am me and I know that no one else is. Learn to accept yourself, both from the positive and negative sides and always know that you are precious. This is like the most basic idea of being happy, without this I don't think people will ever know how to be happy about their lives.

PS. The only thing I need to be careful about is, how not to love myself too much :))))))

Stop Comparing Yourself to Other People
Everyone has got their own lives, they also deal with their own problems. Never think that your life is more miserable than other people, and so goes the other way. Don't think that you got way better life than other people that makes you think that you are far better than them.

I found that when I have started comparing myself to another person, it's the easiest way to bring myself down. And now that I learned it the hard way, I know that comparing myself to others does no good to me, so I stopped doing so. By the way, comparing lives and being motivated by other people are two different things. So as being motivated and being obsessed with other people's lives are different as well.

Care Less (not careless)
No matter how good or how bad you are, there will always be some people talking sh*t behind you. I have this principal that people's words or opinions towards us is like looking in the mirror. It's good to know how you appeared in front of it, if you look good or not, but when you cared too much about only what you see in the mirror or when you look just too much into it, that would definitely be the problem.

Of course this is not an excuse for being a douche bag. What I'm saying is that, even though what people think about you is important, but it's not the most important thing. What's most important is that you know who you are and if God approves, F what others say. It's your life anyway.

Eat Good Food
Forget love, I'd rather fall with chocolate donuts. Eating yummy things never fails to boost up my mood (except when I am on my mental breakdown, like when the nightmare of my thesis defense -I know I'm not myself anymore when green tea frappe and ayam goreng don't attract me- LOLOLOL). So while you can, go try food that you never do and make yourself happy. At this point I am not saying that you should go and get some diabetics but know the limit lar :)) 

Do Things That You Love
YOLO YOLO YOLO they say. Well, somehow it was true. You may only live your life once on the earth, so why waste the time doing things you hate? Go find your passion and pursue them, or you'll regret it when you're old and helpless. But be wise of course, don't waste time on useless things. Speaking of passion, it always inspires me whenever I see my dear friend, Jane, is being so passionate in doing things that she loves, writing. Me, myself? I have too much things that I love that I don't have time to do all of them LOLOL. I guess I really need to learn how to focus.

Set Goals
I realized whenever I'm running out of goals, I become confused about what I have to do in my life. I guess that is why we need goals. Not only because it brings excitements, but also because it gives us guidance about what we should do in our life. Start by making short-term goals, like yearly goals and by time learn to set life-time goals.

Those Little Things
Life is not a big thing, it is about gazillion little things. Don't take things for granted, moreover never take people for granted. Whatever they do, no matter how little it is, appreciate it. Thank God for them and those little things would be the pieces that make our imperfect lives perfect :)

Write Down Things That Make You Grateful
My 365 Days of Gratitude Project has helped me realize even more that my life is never out of blessings. I really think this is a very positive habit that I should keep. Every night before going to sleep, do a quick flashback in your mind about what has been happening on the day, and thank God for them and His guidance.

Travel To New Places
It's a huge world! Even when you have time to travel, it won't be enough for you to explore this whole world. So if you're not exploring, the loss is definitely yours. I say to myself that each year I have to send myself to somewhere new, to see things that I never saw, to experience things that I never did. If only I got the money and the time, I'd be traveling now, not sitting on my office desk and being so sleepy all the time LOL.

Live Everyday Like It Is Your Last
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." - Matthew 6:34. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet to come, so live today as the it is the very last day of your life and appreciate today. Do not be afraid of tomorrow for God is already there.

I've always been thinking if I'm going to die today, will I regret? I often find myself answering, "No, I will regret nothing". This thought has been helping me to live my life. Never leave regrets in your life, that is why make everyday counts by living it to the fullest. They said that you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. I approve :)

I Am Thankful For...

shuttle bus It takes me straight to where I live and it's free. Beside, I can also have some walk before heading home at the malls and maybe do some shopping when I have more money LOL.
my job I admit sometimes it gets too boring, but I realize that this job I have is the best lar. Besides, my bosses are really caring. Who am I to complain about it, right?
community GBI GZ's COOL has started yay! It's good to be back to such community, and I got to learn things for some elder brothers and sisters about some precious life lessons.
friends Some Guangzhou friends are back for vacation and we got to see each other more often, means no more boring nights having nothing to do, because I'm going out every night (sounds like I go partying every night, but actually just going out to eat a lot of street food LOLOL)
holiday Got a day off this week, better than nothing. What I can't wait is I am going home in just another two weeks for CNY vacation. Can't wait to meet la familia soon :)
family It was Mom's birthday in just a few days ago. I am thankful that my family is never running out of God's blessings and all the members are living healthily and happily.
the rain It started when the sun hasn't even risen and hasn't stopped when the sun sets, it made me come late to the office but it makes me able to stay longer behind the blanket.
food Thank God for Ayam Lepaas, Mie Goreng Jawa, Nasi Uduk, Martabak Coklat Keju, Martabak Telor, Roti Panggang, Kuo Tie, Seafood Kalimati... I think I should stop already.

The Best of 2013

I love making lists of what I have done at the past. Like what I have done last year, this time I am also going to share about what has been happening back then in 2013. Thanks to the book of blessings, writing and listing this has become even much easier!

January 24-February 14
Holiday season has always been my favorite. At this time I was able to travel to some cities in Java along with some friends and also took them to one of my most loved place on earth, Danau Toba. It was also the time of Chinese New Year where I got to spend time with the whole family and also play with Baby Flindt :))

February 18-March 1
Even though I don't love teaching that much, but my two working weeks teaching experience has given me a lot. I am glad that I got the chance to do things like that and now that I come to think about it again, teaching was not that bad actually, I pretty enjoy doing it.

April 18
The day where I experienced my first and apparently last Songkran Festival in Guangzhou. I was too lazy as a student to join school's programs but I was glad that I decided to finally join this one's. Also spent the rest of the day hanging out with Olin and having a sleepover at her dorm.

April 25
It was when my pre-graduation photo shoot was held (yes, Chinese school has this PRE-grad things). I was so blessed by the love of people around me who came to show their love and of course for the gifts too LOL. Ah, on this day also the day of our church's COOL gabungan where Jane was sharing about passion. Just right man at the right place.

May 6
I always wonder if I am brave enough to do something spontaneous and crazy. And on this day I proved that I was able to at least do something close to it. I cut my long hair to super short and managed to surprise everyone, including myself LOL. Not that quite big action, but I felt like I was able to overcome myself. Girls will know how much we will hesitate when we're going to cut our hair LOL.

May 30
Probably the most hilarious day of the year, where green tea latte and fried chicken did not even attract me at all :)) Learned the hard way about taking things too easily (read: underestimating), but I know that God still loves me so much, even though I was so stubborn and proud :))

June 27-June 28
Trip to Shaoguan as the last trip for me to spend with classmates and also the other schoolmates. I wonder when will be the next time for things like this to happen again.

June 29
We haven't even slept enough after the Shaoguan trip, but the next day we just had to wake up early, because we're freaking GRADUATING! Even though my parents couldn't make it, but I was still very happy to have the other family members from GBI GZ to share the happiness of the moment. This day was also the last chance for me to be at GBI GZ Youth as the leader. I was relieved, but I was also sad when I remember that I couldn't be there anymore.

July 8
I used to think that I was the kind of girl who will never get drunk because that is just not my thaaang LOL but Miguel had won over me :)))) I also found out that I was the type of person who did not go crazy when I was drunk, but instead, I became crazily.... quite :)) Le friends were expecting me to spoil out all my secrets while I was drunk, but apparently they have to be disappointed. PS. I also found out that I was allergic to alcohol drinks LOLOLOL.

July 10-July 25
Had my China trip to several cities along with le family (and experienced the amazingly breathtaking  beauty of Huangshan too). Had to leave Guangzhou in a hurry without having the chance to say proper goodbye to all the friends, and mark the date where I know that a new life had been waiting for me.

September 6
Months have passed since nothing. I was spending too much time at home trying to figure out what I should do for my future. A few days before this day I finally started to apply for jobs, and on this day, I finally got my first interview invitations!! That feeling of excitement was really good. I also knew that the day where I'd have to set off has been set.

September 12
Another interview invitation came, but who'd have known that it would be the one I am working on right now? LOL. This day I also managed to get my driving license (that I never even used) LOL.

September 23
Too many first times in a day LOL. It was my first time taking a busway at Jakarta, my first ever job interview at a bank, my first try on Sushi Tei and this and that. I was really blessed too to have good friends and cousins to be with me on my first days in Jakarta.

October 20
I still get goosebumps when I remembered how God emptied the street just for me to go to church :P Has been so far the best day of my LIFE and I know for sure that my God loves me so much.

November 8
Just when I think I already had enough love from my God, He was still able to surprise me. Even on the dream I never even dreamed of winning lucky doors or anything, but winning this gadget had already put a ridiculously silly smile on my face LOL.

December 14
Jakarta sucks when it divides me from my friends because of its traffic. But I was thankful that this day I was able to meet Felly and Agustine and spent time with them, also managed to bake my first (failed) patch of  macaroons and also playing with bulbs.

December 24
After months of living alone, I realized that I was missing a community like what I used to have back then. I was thankful that I was able to spend Christmas eve with them.

December 31
Another year that is full of blessings has passed. I was happy that I managed to finish my this project and also that I got to spend time with some friends in welcoming the new year at Puncak.

2013 marks the year as the turning point of my life. I may have not reached too many things, but I know that this is a start for me where my battle of life began. I am thankful for everything and every person I know who has been a part of my life, especially in the past year. 

My life in Jakarta this past months has been pretty much the highlight of the year, for all the good and bad things that happened. On this chance I really wanted to thank some specific persons. Firstly for Ci Felly and Ci Meycia (also the rest of their family) for welcoming me in Jakarta. I had been a troublesome for them for my first two weeks in Jakarta, but they really were treating me so well. I feel like a part of.. family :') I really couldn't imagine me without them that time. 

The other Cicik that I would love to say thank you to is... Ci Fanny! She has been such an angel falling from the sky to help me in my time of despair LOL. Okay, seriously now. I didn't even bother if I had dinner or not, but she constantly reminded me to have my dinner, and even took me for it. Just when I thought I am living on my own, but she came and became a good sister for me. Ci, if you're reading this (I know you probably will LOL), thank you. We may not have known each other for too long, but I am thankful to have you as a friend, also as a sister. Ayooo kita semangat taun ini biar bisa kurus bersama dan hidup lebih hemat yah ahahaha :)) Don't throw up already!!

For everybody else that has been great friends for me, you know who you are. I am glad that some of le good friends are back to Indonesia and now that we're getting closer in distance, I just hoped that Jakarta's traffic won't be the obstacles for us to hang out more often. And I am super excited that GBI GZ Indonesia COOL has started! 

Now that it's already the sixth day since 2014 (almost a week le!), I am expecting so much from it and can't wait to see what it has in store for me. No matter what is going to happen, I know that my God will always be with me and I should have nothing to be afraid of :)

365 Days Of Gratitude - 2013

Speaking of 2013 that unexpectedly has just gone and never to come back again, today I'm going to share about one of my yearly goal back in the year of twenty thirteen. Remember what I said at the end of this post? Well apparently that was what I have been doing for 2013. It was the the project of "365 Days Of Gratitude".

As you've heard from the title, the concept was actually pretty simple. Ever heard of this saying "count your blessings, not what is missing"? Well that is pretty much what inspired me to do this. What I did was simply writing down every single thing that made me happy during the day, before I go to bed. It could be anything, in fact what I wrote usually were random things, but most of them are about what I ate *food never fails to make me happy* :))))

When I first started, as usual things always got really exciting. I was able to list so many things and write them as long lines and make a story about how something or some people had made me feel happy. But after a few months, you pretty much can guess. It's not that I lost the excitement, but I just didn't have THAT urge to write too long and so I just wrote in very short lines, every single day :))

Does it always get easy to write things that make you happy? Of course, not. When you do things like this you'll see that there were just some days of the year where you weren't really on your best condition, when all you wanted to do was just cry yourself to sleep (okay, I'm exaggerating LOL), will you still be able to say thanks to the Man above?

I did struggle on this thing too. In the book I found out there were some days where it got really hard to say thank You Lord, when I didn't even know what to write in the book of blessings because I just felt like it was a messed up day. And finally at that time all I could come up with was things like "It has been a pretty rough day for me, but I guess the good thing is that this day will end soon and I believe tomorrow is a different day". At the end I realized one thing; there is no such thing as a day without blessings. It was hard, but the good news is a bad day never lasts more than 24 hours, does it?

Maybe it's not that something-to-be-proud of, but I am really glad and thankful that I managed to write all of them down. So, here I am proudly saying that on the year of 2013, all I got was :

1283 listed blessings, uncountable unlisted blessings.

This is also a proof that I'm a pretty committed person, right? LOL. This isn't anything difficult but being able to do it every single day in a year is pretty much an achievement for me. So, am I up to do it again this year? HELL YES :))

It's Freaking 2014!!

It does not even feel like a different year already. Don't you think it's funny how we walked our days regularly and *boom* suddenly it's another freaking year. By the way, how did you guys spend the new year's eve? Of course I am asking because I am going to tell about what I did LOL. I was spending out the last day and first day at Puncak along with some friends and of course had some fun. But the sad thing is I just got back this morning at 5.30 AM and now I am sitting already on my office desk. Got to survive this for the next 8 hours. MUST. WORK. CAN'T. SLEEP.

Anyway, I hope everyone's having a great new year and may this 2014 bring us more joy and let's be better, shall we? Bad things may happen, but believe that it's all for good :) Just so you know, one of my resolution for 2014 is to care more about my appearance, not always looking so sleepy every time I go working (because I do), but sad to say that I have failed miserably on my first day #ButIJustWantToGoHomeAndMeetMyBed .______.