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Life Lately

Some of life updates and thoughts through the past few weeks:

1. Found myself as an ignorant but at the same time a very softhearted (as in lembek, not lemah lembut). Watching the kiddos got eliminated on Junior Master Chef almost teared me up all the time, even I got sad when Shei got eliminated too got me sad like wtf, I didn't use to be like that though; watching a very sad movie barely even 'touched' me. It got me thinking like is it maybe I am ignorant because it is that I am afraid  caring too much will get myself into some too-deep emotional bond with others. Well, it's just one of my hypothesis though, maybe I am just ignorant like that.

2. Felly's getting her baking business started: Salt & Sweet for some delicious nastar treat!

3. Bought myself a super pretty and colorful and useful and great and made-me-super-happy ABM 2015 Planner. It arrived around two weeks ago after one month shipping from the States and I felt super ecstatic about it! Also decided to treat myself subscribing on the Happy Mail - January edition arrived last Wednesday and just today the December one (though a little bit late) got into my hands two days after. Totally made my week brighter and this is a subscription that I totally not gonna regret. Le excitement! PS. Did I tell you this photo on my Instagram reached more than 150 likes already? That's the most liked photo of mine so far - I haven't even pulled my #hashtags tricks yet! LOL. #SastikaTheBanciLikesStrikesAgain

4. Caught myself some cough, already lasted for around a week. Didn't stop me from eating ice cream, froyos, nasi uduk, keripik kentang, oops sorry I'm getting it started again.

5. Mom celebrated birthday yesterday and today a cousin of mine was getting married at Medan, feeling sad for not joining because didn't get to be with la big familia.

6. Still struggling in the having-healthier-lifestyle (in order to get thinner, of course)-battle. Already tried cutting rice, drinking more water (though I suspect it gained me some good kilos for drinking too much; I think my body is full of water fat, if that makes sense), and started doing some small exercises - started doing cardios and now trying to make good friends with the weights. Let's just hope this will bring some goodness #fingercrossed.

7. Picked and sipped on other person's cup at Starbucks. Happened last Sunday while I was with some new friends. Wanted to try on the new menu Raspberry Truffle Mocha so did I order (btw used Tania for my name because I just hate it when I have to spell S-A-S-T-I-K-A every freaking time) then waited. A friend who ordered after me already got his drink so I thought mine should have been done too, right? I asked the barista for my coffee then she/he at that time told me to wait, after I waited they gave me some pink-colored drink that I assumed was mine (had no idea how it should have turned out) then took it to my table. After a sip or two, I was thinking like, "Hmm this mocha does not taste coffee at all ya, it's quite milky". I turned at my cup and there was beautifully written "Jeffry" something, I was like, "Sh*t whose drink is this?" I thought it was my friend's one because his name was Jeffry  then I went asking him because I thought if I was drinking a friend's then it is forgivable lah  right? He said, "No, I was just about to order", I started panicking and asked my friend's opinion if I should give it back (hesitated because I drank some already) or just pretended nothing happened and drank it all. Did put it back to the barista's table where the owner of that drink actually had waited for quite long. Put on my poker face and told him, "Sorry ya salah ngambil". #OhGodWhy #HopeHeWontEverReadThisPost

8. Maleficent on Disney Tsum-Tsum is so powerful one, the best so far!

10 Things I'll Always Be Thankful For

I was so inspired by this post from my dearest friend, Jane. When I read at her post, I told myself that I got to do one too. So, here is what I could come up with at this moment:

1. Being able to be alive and see and hear and taste and touch and feel things. The last time I went to church I heard the preacher mentioning about some who have not been able to see anything since they were born. Guess I shouldn't have taken my (kinda-blurred-but-still) perfect vision and many other uses of my body parts for granted. I can't imagine if I can no longer witness the beauty of the blue sky and starry nights, that sounds too scary for me. Don't even let me think about not being able to taste good food #scarieststoryever

2. Family that is not perfect, but perfect just as it is. Sometimes I nag at my parents, sometimes I pissed them off, the other time I shouted at my brother or sister or they do to me, but family will stick together as one, no matter what comes ahead, through thick and thin.

3. Having friends that are too caring, loving and supporting. No matter what I am doing or what I am being through, it's good to know that there are always some people that I know they got my back.

4. Endless supply of blessings. There are always some new ones every single day!

5. I set the air conditioner in my room to be automatically switched on every 7 PM. Every time I am back from the office and finding out it's still not on yet - it has always been a pleasant little surprise #baladalembur #baladatukangkeluyuran #baladatukangcarimakan

6. Those little things that I can't live without, some of the world's best invention ever but sometimes be taken for granted: warm blanket, hot shower, hair dryer, nail clipper, and many others.

7. Internet and a whole new world it takes me to.

8. Being currently single. I have plenty of time I can spend on myself, playing with my friends, knowing new people, exploring new things and every other lessons and experiences being single has taught me and let me do.

9. My blog, my gratitude journal, notes, handwritten letters and cards, photos and every other thing that are always there to remind me that I am one super blessed person and I don't have any reason to be complaining or not being grateful, not even any.

10. Nasi padang, and its other amazing fellas grouped in a category called "food".

Photo credit: Pocket Fuel

2014 in Review

Finally! I too am excited to finally be back on leaving scratches on le blog. Well, the plan was actually to write more things about le daily life or whatsoever I thought worth-publishing, but turns out it became another post about a year that has gone. Man, I am still in awe that 12 months already passed since the last time I wrote this post. *insert the signature "Time sure does fly" phrase here*

Anyway, 2014 has been a great year, though I am not really sure that I could recall it as the best year of my life. That is so because I believe there will be some other years to come that will be even greater, even better than the twenty fourteen. Can I hear an Amen to that?

January: celebrating new year with friends at Puncak // first ever experience of le famous "banjir" in J city // GBI GZ COOL at Jakarta began for the first time // having some friends coming home from Guangzhou // baby Flindt broke his hand but he's been fine // serial finished: To The Beautiful You // home trip and meeting dear family and friends // celebrating CNY at hometown (and got to play with super duper cute baby Flindt!)

February: Danau Toba with all family members // pertama kali kenalan sama pensil alis LOL (why didn't I get along with this magic invention earlier?) // my "mellow" side strikes but I survived, it bothered me quite a lot that time, though // having le sister coming to Jakarta // serial finished: Carrie Diaries Season 2 // booked my cheap flight tickets to Bali (500K for round-trip, it was quite a deal! // game of the month: Cookie Run

March: le bro's graduation, and I got to get back home again and met my family // baby Flindt's injured hand was healed // serial finished: Reply 1994 // le cousin, Deny, got promoted to Surabaya on his job // Felly's lamaran // launching www.sastikataniady.com wohooo! // finished 4th Bible reading // interviewing for a new job, made another life decision to leave my current job that time, which I know was a right thing to do

April: spent a lot of good times with friends // enjoying last days working at Daqing // serial finished: Emergency Couple // got to get home (again!) and celebrated Papa's birthday also resting before starting new job! // book read: The Fault in Our Stars // game of the month: 2048

May: moving out to Karawaci (Grace's Dormitory it is!) // starting my days at Terry Palmer Indonesia // meeting a lot of new people and making good friends with them // le brother made a visit and we had sushi together // baby Flindt was already two! // Rex's puppies birth, one named Fighter passed out // song of the month: Tak Kemana-mana

June: being so into politics, which is rare, which I no longer am LOL // buying my first ever sport shoes // getting along with office colleagues // my Amah was coming to town! // pocketing NPWP (LOL) // getting myself a fish tank, which lasted for about 2 weeks before all the fish died (some were killed by me though, I think it was the last two) // moved to my current room 

July: our new president, Mr Jokowi, is up! // Bogor trip with friends // a lot of "buka bersama" treat LOL // game of the month: Let's Get Rich (I didn't get rich for playing, though) // long holiday for Lebaran! // another homecoming trip and meeting dear family again // joined insurance #penting #pakebangetya

August: another Bogor culinary day trip // cut hand epic tragedy // finally starting my first run (which only lasts for.. two weeks. what an irony) // my very first ever business trip, to Shanghai! - so happy to be back to China again, though it was exhausting, but I was very happy

September: turning 23 but not feeling gloomy, I call that a good thing // birthday surprises and also presents made my month even brighter // being quite busy at work // my first ever credit card got approved - kinda made me happy because a lot of people say it's not that easy to acquire KK BCA #pentingjuga // game of the month: Disney Tsum-Tsum

October: spent a lot of good times with friends // getting some pairs of new glasses for cheap prices! // my new camera arrived! // serial finished: Fated to Love You - Korean version // IKEA with friends which made me super happy that day, I don't know why

November: Ci Lusi got married // spending some time with Jane while she's in town // my super exciting Bali trip! // a month with a lot of treat, like seriously I hope this happens more often LOL #kiampa // we actually had a new car to drive to the office, me and my dorm-mates were hyper-excited about it LOL // improved my driving skill, I actually can drive and park by my own now, yay!

December: starting my small business (hopefully) as a baby step for a better opportunities in the future // Christmas gathering at office and also with GBI GZ fellas // my good friends, Andrew and Bagoes proposed to their girlfriends at the same day! // new valuable experience where I learned not to lie and had bad intention when I wanted a good result // Diana's visit to Jakarta // having my first hair cut after 1.5 years! // being home for Christmas! // met some old friends and had crazy laugh together // finished my 5th Bible reading, starting fresh on the new year! // new year's eve with friends and watching fireworks

By the way, while writing this I just realized that I've been home for 5 times last year, I really didn't realize that LOL. 2014 has been such a blessing to me and I'm happy, I am thankful for every minute that has happened. 

To 2015, I actually have some expectations that I wish I can accomplish or MAYBE can happen naturally in their own way. I have this feeling that this year may not be easy, but I know that as long as I am doing the right thing, everything will be just fine. Beside, what can really go bad when you have one awesome Daddy with you, right?

I am not hoping 2015 to surprise me, instead I am challenging myself to bring out the even more positive version of myself, do more goods to people (including myself), stop doing things that bring no good contribution to my future and everything else. Well, we'll see how well/bad I'll behave then :)