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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Meaning of True Love

When you say “love,” it need not necessarily be convenient; most of the time it is not. It takes life. 

Love is not a great thing to do, because it eats you up. If you have to be in love, you should not be. You don’t climb in love, you don’t walk in love, you don’t stand in love, you fall in love. You as a person must be willing to fall, only then it can happen. 

Our love story started long before Isybel Harto and I ever actually met.

Whenever I am with this boy, it is like having my emotional batteries recharged with joy. His smile radiates into me. Thank you for loving me..

You are the first person I have been in a serious relationship where I did not think maybe I’d be better off with someone else. There is no doubt what is in my heart. I love you abang..

Sometimes loving you gets confusing and I wonder what will become of us. Yet, each time something happens that separates us for a little while, we come back stronger. True love is like that. It endures. It overcomes. It lasts.. ☺️☺️

To many it’s just another day, but for me it’s another twenty-four hours we get to be in love. Thank you for sharing the good times and being here with me in the difficult ones.

My Love…

You are my best friend; my shoulder to lean on, the one person I know I can count on. You’re the love of my life, you’re my everything that I dreamed of and more…

Friday, August 16, 2013

Happy Independence day, Indonesia..

Today is Indonesia's Independence day. Yes, my country is having its 68th birthday...
So proud of being an Indonesian..

Hope we will be more great ♡  I love Indonesia.. Merdeka

Independence Day for every nation holds a great importance, for it has a great value attached to it from the freedom perspective. All the lively nations of the world celebrate their respective solidarity days with complete enthusiasm and make special arrangements to celebrate this day at the max. Indonesia’s Independence Day is approaching for year 2013 and many special programs have been arranged in this context too.

This special day is celebrated in the perfect manner in number of ways and many special arrangements have been made to make the most of the day. Not only this, but citizens engage themselves in numerous activities for this day in order to show off their love and respect for their country. However, Indonesians greet each other the Independence Day through saying;

Selamat Memperingati hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan Republic Indonesia Yang Ke-68 Merdeka!

Indonesia celebrates Independence Day yearly on 17th August, to mark our declaration and solidarity in front of the world. We achieved their freedom back in 1945, as before that we were colonized by Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese for more than 300 years. In our language, we call it Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia or just Hari Proklamasi too. We have our major celebrations held in Negara Republik Indonesia.. ;))

However talking particularly about the day celebrations, below would give a perfect idea;

1.    Flag Raising Ceremony:
The special day, 17th August, the Indonesian Independence Day starts with unfurling of our national flag by the President of Indonesia. People watches this ceremony live and some sit back at home on this day and enjoys this moment on Television screens with our national anthems being sung..

2.    Day-off:
For the commemoration of this special occasion, all the private and government owned institutions, businesses and offices remain closed. They started preparing for this day from the past 2-3 month, to ensure everything goes perfect on this special festive day. All sorts of businesses and individuals play their parts both socially and financially to participate in the preparations and decorate their residences and local area with different decorative items, including leaf flags, Indonesia big red-white flags and other regulatory banners.

Since from the past 2 years, the Independence Day of Indonesia came during the month of Ramadan, which had limitations of celebrations….but as for year 2013, the day is expected to come with more festivities than ever before, since it is coming after the month of Ramadan and Eid Idul Fitri too.

3.    Competitions & Concerts:
The locals and citizens of Indonesia hold special kinds of competitions for this day, which includes general knowledge competitions, quizzes and gaming activities. The tourists from all around the world will get to see numerous activities being carried out on this day for their attractions. Additionally, free concerts are arranged where singers perform their songs for the love of their homeland and entertain the audiences.

4.    Parades:
Special marching bands show off their parading activities on the local streets, where huge number of people are gathered up to witness this parade. The parade normally includes a wide array of participants including people coming with their decorative cars, bikes, barongs, and kuda lumpings.

5.    Panjat Pinang:
Panjat Pinang is the game, which is hugely famous among the local citizens of Indonesians. In this game, people make up their teams of around 3-4 person, who each tries to climb up the slippery poles to catch up with the gifts and prizes hanged up there on the top of the pole. The game is really fun to watch, since they do crazy acts while climbing up..

I never try this game..hahahaha

6.    Festivity in Tribeca Park:
The festivities for the Independence Day start from the 12th of August and remain till 18th August, where all the youngsters depicts their love for their homeland in different and unique ways. This occasion is held in Tribeca Park, the central part in Jakarta. This festival includes the creativities of the younger generation, along with music, dances, various entertainment performances, competitions, carnivals and number of thrilling programs. Most importantly, the occasion focuses on the importance of understanding the meaning of “Independence” and its true sense and spirit through their campaign.

7.    Exhibitions:
Various kinds of art related exhibitions, focusing of painting and photography ones, which takes place from 12th to 18th August. The occasion will include the performance for “Each one for all’ by the EFA project and many more along to that.

8.    Dangdut Football:
Adding little insanity to the day; people gather up to play their favorite crazy going game of Dangdut football. All the grown men plays soccer dressed up in silk hugging sarongs, which is again a fun treat to watch.

Oh God.... I really miss it :((( 

Every year  on August 17  the red  white flag was always flown as usual  in my area as an honor and love for Indonesia.. 

With the spirit of the Independence day, as the commoners,  I hope Indonesia will become increasingly mature, more advanced, can continue to improve the welfare of its people ...
Just expect Indonesia to be a peaceful country secure and prosperous ...

In Germany, in this different land, I always proud and also thankful to be Yours, Indonesia..
I love you till the end ;) 
Merdeka.. Merdeka.. Merdeka..

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is the capital of the canton of the same name. It lies on the river Limmat where it flows out of Lake Zurich, and is the largest town in Switzerland..

The city is a cultural mecca, and in international polls frequently figures among the most desirable cities in the world to live in. In the 19th and 20th centuries in particular it attracted many notable writers, artists and composers. The Dada art movement was born in Zurich's Cabinet Voltaire in 1916. Today it boasts not only many museums, theatres and concert halls, but some 500 bars, nightclubs and discos. The Bahnhofstrasse is one of Switzerland's prime shopping streets.

Wealthy, expensive and cosmopolitan Zurich is the cultural capital of Switzerland. Though a glass of Petite Arvine or plate of rösti will set you back quite a bit in this modern, progressive metropolis (not quite as much as in Geneva mind you), Zurich is well worth the effort and price.

Sure, a basket of common goods in the city costs a lot. Switzerland is famous for the hit it takes on your wallet. Yet Tokyo, Osaka, Moscow, Hong Kong and yes, Geneva, rank above Zurich in this regard. So dismiss the frugal cynics and reflect on another characteristic of the city and Switzerland in general: quality of life. Zurich consistently ranks up there with the likes of Vienna, Montreal, Auckland and other Swiss gems like Geneva and Bern in the ever-elusive “best quality of life in the world” index. Tour the city and these NINE must-see attractions to find out why.

1. Linsenhof

A hill and section of old Zurich, the Lindenhof is the historic home of a Roman castle and fortress. A wonderful recreation space for locals and visitors alike, the vehicle-free zone provides beautiful panoramas of Zurich.

Beautiful city.. That's all :D

2. Lake Promenade

This being Switzerland of course, Zurich has a lake and lush scenery galore to admire. Head outside the old city to the idyllic confines of Lake Zurich then, either on foot or via bicycle. Stroll, meander or just plain walk. The views are brilliant here.

3. Bahnhofstrasse

Like Fifth Avenue in Manhattan or Avenue Montaigne in Paris, Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse is more of a curiosity than a feasible, accessible place to shop for mainstream tourists. Easily one of the most expensive streets in the world, the major thoroughfare is awash with all the posh brand names, from Tiffany to Dior, Zegna to Bvlgari. All in all, a superb place to window shop and dream, perhaps not to score a bargain or haggle however. :)))

4. Kunsthaus

Since the year 1910, Kunsthaus Zurich has been one of the most significant art museums in Switzerland and Europe. The collection of mostly Swiss-centric art is as impressive as the historic edifice itself, one of the most recognizable in the city..

5. Fraumünster

Another vital city symbol, the Fraumünster dominates the Zurich skyline. The abbey of the same name dates back to the year 853, incredibly, and the church contains some impressive stained glass design work by none other than Marc Chagall.

6. Grossmünster

Built in the Romanesque style, the Grossmünster is one of three principal church landmarks in Zurich. Singular for a major role in the Protestant Reformation, construction on the monastery church began in the year 1100. Built on a Roman cemetery, the Grossmünster has priceless historical import and strikes a dramatic pose from Lake Zurich.

7. Landesmuseum

The paragon museum of Switzerland is the de facto National Museum in Zurich. Known as Landesmuseum, the arts and culture facility is one of the most vital in the country and indeed, Europe as well. Take your time in this notable Zurich gem – your patience will be rewarded.

8. Schanzengraben 

From the 13th century until the late 17th century, Zurich was a typical city-state, with extensive fortifications and ramparts. Today, traces of these Schanzengraben, as it were, exist throughout the old city. From Rennweg to Limmatquai, elements of medieval Zurich unfurl one by one to intrepid pedestrians.

9. Rietbergmuseum

One of the best museums on the continent devoted solely to non-European art, the Rietberg is a paramount cultural institution in Zurich.

Zurich is charming, peaceful and elegant and one of my most favorite cities in Europe...

I miss you, Zurich, till we meet again <3


White Swan...

Milan, Italy

Milan (Milano in Italian), the motivating force behind the financial sector of Italy, is the second largest city in the country behind Rome. The city holds a strong position as the capital of the Province of Milan as well as the regional capital of the Region of Lombardy. While Rome does enjoy its position as the administrative capital of Italy, Milan makes it presence felt strongly in many areas mainly in the fashion industry...

So, this is Milan...
I really love this city :)

I want to tell you about the best place to visit in Milan.. You must try hehehe... ;)

1. Quadrilatero d’Oro

Milan vies with Paris for the title of fashion capital of the world. This makes it a great place to see high-end fashion designs (even if you don’t intend to buy anything). The best place to get a taste of Milan’s famous fashion sense is in the Quadrilatero d’Oro, a collection of streets that are lined with the world’s most impressive (and expensive) designer boutiques. This is definitely not a neighborhood for budget-conscious travelers to shop, but it is arguably one of the best places in Italy to window shop, especially if you have an interest in the fashion industry.

2. The Duomo

Milan’s main cathedral is a prominent part of the city’s skyline. The Gothic-style church is adorned with hundreds of thin spires and statues. It is possible to spend hours wandering the exterior looking at the intricate details of the building. The interior is equally inspiring. It costs €6 to climb to the top of the cathedral, but the views of Milan’s skyline from in between the spires could make it seem like a worthwhile expense. :))))

beautiful Duomo :*

3. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

This shopping mall is as much about atmosphere as it is about buying and selling. Built in the 1800s, it boasts a glass roof and mosaics on the floors. The outlets inside the Galleria include everything from Prada and Vuitton to McDonald’s. Lights and decorations make this an especially attractive place to spend time in over the holiday season.

4. Castello Sforzesco

This large castle housed some of Milan’s most prominent ruling families and was also controlled and used as a residence or army barracks by Spanish, French and Austrian invaders. Its long and colorful history makes it an interesting stop for tourists. It is completely free to wander the grounds of the castle. There are several on-site museums that charge admission. However, a pass to all Sforzesco’s exhibit halls is only €3 (and free for anyone under 25).

5. Giardini Pubblici (Public Gardens)

This spacious green area in the center of the city is one of the few truly natural spaces in Milan. Aside from allowing people to take a break from the urban landscapes that dominate most of the city, the gardens boast some interesting attractions, including a lake, an impressive collection of statues, and fresh-water springs.

6. Parco Sempione

This is another large public green-space. It sits in the shadow of the Castello Sforzesco. The park boasts statues and ponds as well as sports fields, a library, theater and museum. Another welcome freebie for visitors to Sempione: there is no charge to connect to the wireless internet network that is available throughout the park.

7. San Siro Stadium and Museum

There are a few famous stadiums in the world, and when it comes to Italy nothing compares to the San Siro Stadium It’s the biggest stadium in Italy, with a capacity of more than 80,000 people, and its distinctive design makes it instantly recognizable. What’s more, because it’s home to two of Italy’s biggest football clubs, there’s something going on just about every weekend during the Serie A season.

It's real, not in your TV anymore, rin ;)))

Picture taken by Ilham @San Siro Museum ;))

I don't know this guy, but just for fun..hahaha..

There is no word that can describe the feelings when you finally see there are a few famous stadiums in the world.. I called that "Amazing trip" ;)))

For your information, Milan is one of Europe’s great urban tourist destinations. While it is not the best place in the world to have a budget vacation, it is possible to experience both the modern and historic attractions of the city without having to part with any money.

Do you have your own favorite free places to visit in Milan? Let us know in the comment section below! ;))) bye bye..