Rabu, 25 November 2015

The Delutional Society

It's such a blessing to have an ability to see. We can enjoy the beauty through a pair of eyes.  It's a pleasure!

But the story becomes different when you measure some abstract things with eyes.

For example:

You meet a friend who wears an original Chanel bag, and you give her a respect.
You greet a folk who bring a little old dusty tote bag he sewn himself and laugh at him.

And they both are humanbeings.  So what's the matter?

We're drowning in the society who give each other's value by looking at the belongings. By separating the people who drink Starbucks and kopi tubruk to different social classes.  We really think that friends that pay your dinner more often is better than the other who may be honest about havin' a hard time collecting coins for some public transportation.

Okay.  It's beyond crazy.  We really forget how to be a human.  We were born naked.  We die without bringing a ten million handbag.  This industrial era has been so delutional for all of us.  But it's not just the system to blame, but our basic greed.

We literally spend the whole life to own everything in our sight? It's not even bearable! If we really want to have all the assets in the world, okay, we will be exhausted and it won't be enough to do that in a lifetime. You have to be reborned milliion times! :))

So. Let's. Stay. Human.

flowers. effortlessly pretty. more beautiful than all the clutters we collect just for the social status' sake. 

Selasa, 17 November 2015

Veggie Report #infinity

I miss that Sunday organic market at Flamboyant.  Mmh.  

That picture sums up my daily meal.  Leaves, fruits.  Add some carbohydrate folks like cassava, sweet potato, potato...some rice and veggie noodles or pasta.  
Yes, baby, vegetarians are not living with ONLY lettuce.  :)) 

It's strange that I survived my ovo-lacto vegetarian life anyway.  Strange but sure.  I wrote about a delicious chicken spinach just on 2013 and in the middle to end of 2014, I talked about going to a wedding and got nothing to eat but salad! Hahaha!

I choose mushroom over salmon all the time.  Even on my last visit to Braga Permai, I had this bulky Risotto Al-Funghi and almond corn soup...while I usually pick a salmon steak.  I no longer crave for some chicken broth and assume it's just a water.

And, yes, I have no difficulty in choosing my to-go-lunch. I'm good with sliced carrots, potato, any available greens, blanketed (?) in kebab wraps, hide some mashed beancurd inside, pretending it's a cheese.   When I need something creamy? Oh, I'll go with coconut milk with mung beans porridge or black glutinuos rice.  :))

Oh, and, by the way, I discovered a new vegan café in town. The name is Fortunate Coffee - Jalan Kebon Sirih, Bandung. Indonesia.

So happy!
Here's some snapshots of that lovely restaurant.

the 'duh, I can't eat any of this'-free menu ! 

soothing window with vegan bread offerings in those baskets

creamy vegan fettuccinne -- light and guilt-free

my pasta and mom's pasta--both are yummy!
too bad i forgot to mention to give me 'straw-free' drinks to the barista.

Minggu, 04 Oktober 2015

Selamat Datang, KeepCup!

In Bahasa Indonesia, 'selamat datang' means 'welcome'.  To whom do I say welcome? To the newest kiddo in my shelf...the KeepCup

I bought one from Revebelle shop.  After 3 months of thinking.  Actually I've stopped craving for one months ago, until I found out that I need a proper container for on-the-go fruit juices or smoothies, or if I accidentally order a portion of frozen yogurt or ice cream.  It's creepy to wash an postjuicefilled glass bottle because I have to reach some corners with bottle brush. Sometimes the rest of it stays.  And then there is a smell you can't stand.  Seriously. 

Well anyway, this glass-cup-shaped tumbler is also better to keep some fruit slices and everything. 

So, hey-yeah, after a long proccess of judging, I decided to adopt one.  Helloooo, new stuff!
Why do I buy a KeepCup, by the way? Well, since I often left with guilt after any drink outside, or dessert.  There are disposable plastic cup (or paper) and plastic (or wooden) spoon along with the serving.  Plus the straw, sometimes.  That is the point of my horrid feeling.  I don't want to enjoy some meal while cluttering the Earth with small annoying stuff! 

KeepCup is a plastic cup--but it's reusable, and I believe it lasts long--looking at the plastic quality.  The shape is friendly, and it's easier to be washed cleanly. 

What kind of container do you use for your beverages and food? 

Don't you think that reusing is amusing? :D

just one OOTD bonus with my Guyu bag (my own) and favourite Argyle & Oxford shoes,
and the carnival-themed dress that looks like a soulmate to me...

Anyway, I've reduced the amount of my shoes collection to only 6 pairs! Previously, I think I have around 10 or something.  Mostly never worn again after an event or posteuphoria-of-havin'-new-kid-in-town.  Just a reminder, some people out there have no shoes to wear and walk by bare foots.  It's fine for several personalities and needs, but...hey, maybe you can donate your unused shoes to those who need it more! :D

Kesayangan Belakangan

Lagi iseng nyobain odol organik Jack 'n Jill.  Segmennya anak-anak, tentu saja.  :)) Sebetulnya waktu dulu, suka banget sama pasta gigi Zwitsal yang bau pisang dan stroberi--bahkan pas retret kelas 6 SD pun masih pakai itu bareng temen.  

Tapi karena tobat dari bahan-bahan absurd, beralih ke merek lain.  Aslinya sih, sekarang suka pakai soda kue + minyak kelapa murni sebagai pembersih gigi. Cuma, kalau lagi iseng pengen wewangian dan lucu-lucuan, ya pakai Jack 'n Jill.  Teksturnya lembut, transparan, dan aman ditelan.  Malah manis gitu rasanya.  Nggak berbusa, sehingga nggak bikin bibir kering kerontang ( kadang kan odol umumnya bikin bibir penuh derita).  

Kemudian ada si sabun arang bambu.  Tanpa minyak kelapa sawit (faktor penting nih!).  Saya pakai buat mandi dan keramas.  Kenapa sabun batang? Hemat, tidak buang-buang wadah, dan lebih menyenangkan saja.  Busanya lembut, nggak berlebihan dan bikin licin.  

Dan ini tiga jagoan perawatan muka...belum ganti sih sejak bulan-bulan silam. Masih berkisar di serum Vitamin C alami, serum muka Aster & Bay, dan VCO untuk bersihin dandanan + obat jerawat.  Itu ditaruh di atas dus gelas...betulan dipajang sedemikian di kamar. Dus gelas hadiah dari Inez.   Kemarin saya baru beres-beres kamar, mengeliminasi buku-buku yang sudah tidak disentuh.  Ada celah sedikit di rak, lumayan. Dan cangkir manis ini memang masih bertengger di kotaknya (malah tadinya dibungkus kertas).  Kebetulan, kata-katanya bagus! 

Simplicity, the peak of beauty. 

Cocok banget buat yang lagi obsesi bersih sederhana minimalis kayak saya.  Dan juga, ya, kecantikan yang sederhana memang lebih menyenangkan daripada yang palsu berlebihan, kan? :D 

Eh tapi saya nggak menyudutkan pihak-pihak penggemar dandan, lho.  Asli.  Kalau kalian suka soft lens warna-warni atau matte lip cream yang lagi beken, silakan! Saya suka kok melihat penampilan yang lucu-lucu.  Cuma...ingat, jangan serakah di lemari. Cukup punya 1-2 warna bibir saja.  Pakai semua yang sudah dimiliki.  Tak perlu rakus.  Jodoh mah nggak ke mana (?).  

Salam dari Paleo Si Tapir dan korek kuping kayu (eh aslinya, pakai ini mendingan daripada buang-buang cottonbud, lho!).  


Kamis, 01 Oktober 2015

Aren't You Tired of Throwing Every Single Thing Instantly?

Ah, sorry for the long, long title! :D

But, seriously, do you ever feel like you're so exhausted with this grab-go-gone situation? You buy a drink, throw the bottle right away.  You enjoy a pocketful of bastagor bumbu kacang kecap manis and you toss that plastic (sometimes, double plastic) immediately.

You have some coffee from your favourite café and you never bring the paper cup home.  Noodles at the loveliest restaurant in town and you should see a styrofoam box flying right away into the bin? Fragile plastic shopping bags from the supermarket...EUGH.

Oh, crap, even if we do that to not piling up our house, we still create another pile outside! On the landfills! Hey, maybe we've successfully declutter our wardrobe and living room, but we still clutter around the neighborhood! 

How rapid and thoughtless our lifestyle is! We can't even drink anything more than 1 minute because we're always ( acting like we're ) hectic, busy, and trendy ( meh ). That's how we fill the Earth with rubbish in the end.  Because we do everything impulsively. Even all disposable products are the result of our impatient life rhythm.

Since I found out that we, humans, are so destructive to our Beloved Planet Earth, I've been trying to be a reuser.  I started with using reusable lunch box and shopping bag back then when I was around 16-17 years old.  I avoid plastic / styrofoam box at school's canteen by bringing my own food container all the time.  Besides being ecofriendly, I eat slowly.  20 minutes of break is not always enough to eat up all the meal I have.  Don't forget that I have to order the lunch first in first 5 minutes!

I've encouraged my family to use reusable shopping bags since 2008.  It's not easy at first.  I have to remind them all the time, I have to be super duper assertive.  And cautious! I begged to buy a SuperIndo shopping bag, and then Griya's reusable tote.  I have to be strong and (somehow) patient about speaking, "No carrier, please!" to the cashier staff and get that 'you're weird!' eyegaze.

But what is the result? My Mom and Dad is now addicted to use these cotton bags to bring their groceries, even snack or new towel stock! Everything! I'm now an automatic plastic rejector ( is this word exist? ), and they are very similar to me now.

After I feel everyone is good at this step, I found out another trouble called...STRAW.  Those pretty PLASTIC STRAWS.  Do you realized how quick it is to change the status of a straw.  From a decoration to a functional pipe and voilà, it becomes a waste.  It will travel to the nearest sea and hey, a sea turtle swallow it and get hurt...so, yeah, that instant straw can be evil. Though it doesn't mean to do so.

One day, I heard about glass and bamboo straws as an alternative.  Y'know, we can drink some beverages without straw at all, but it doesn't work for some kind of liquids--sometimes depends on the container's shape, too.

Not only straw.  There are more you'll probably find in most food court or food truck around the country.  Plastic eating tools: spoon, fork, bamboo chopstick's wrap, abundant tissue papers, etc.  Sounds a lot? Yes it is a lot.

But if I'm the only person who uses reusable alternatives in this place, will I create an effect? I don't know.  

Anyway, I'm so impressed with the condition in Ubud, Bali.  Where I can find so many vegan restaurants I'm touched and oh, there are plastic / bamboo straws being used FOR REAL ( never find one in Bandung, huh! ). I ate here and there without worry and guilt. And I'm free from that separate-the-meat-and-give-it-to-your-brother scene! I'm inspired. 

Not only being enviromentally kindhearted, they support the slow-eating movement.  Eat with heart, mindfully.  Do not hesitate.  Do not be greedy.  Keep calm, inhale, exhale, eat like it's the best moment in your life.  The food shall have better taste in your consciousness!

Bali Island is so-sea-y.  Maybe they have bigger concern and effort because they actually see the oceans are filled with unbiodegradable craps.  Marine creatures are disturbed!

Okay, maybe I live in Bandung.  We may not be the ones who see the actual destruction.  But we have to realize that what we do here could give an impact there.  So, be responsible and release your ego a little, please.  Consider what you throw and what you do. 

Get busy! Try to reuse things from now on. Bye disposable straw, spoon, fork, plate, box, bottle... and sanitary napkins (for ladies).

The clock is ticking and we only have ONE SINGLE Planet Earth  ( until someone discovered that Saturn might be able to hold a life, but it is a little too early, right? )

If you find that this post is not systematic, uhm, I'm sorry.  A little sleepy when writing. :) 





Minggu, 27 September 2015

Farewell to The Long Summer

There was a storm in my hometown.  Heavy rain and excessive wind blows. Trees are falling onto the ground and I believe a chaos happened on the road.  Thankfully I was home, talking with an elementary school kiddo. She's a friend of mine.  Once, she's my neighbour, below. ( I live in 2nd story).

Talking about rain, yes, the rain came after a long...long heat of the sun.  Seriously, it's not normally this hot during the day and afternoon.  But this year's a hit! I don't know what is the exact cause.  My first expectation is surely the global warming phenomenon--duh, it's been forever.  Or perhaps it's a storm in the sea.  El nino or something.

Or it's just The Sun being bold!?

Whatever.  But remember, during the hot weather, always befriend a sunscreen and a lot of summer fruits: mango, pineapple, papaya, etc.  Ah, I know Our Creator has created a very detailed system.  He makes all those refreshing-sweet fruits grow during summer in tropical country.  So generous! :)

Don't leave your tumbler behind, too.  Bring it everywhere.  You're going to need a lot of water supply, but don't consume too much bottled water since it is definitely a big, big waste on our landfills!

Anyway, after a week, the rain hasn't make a come back.  HAHAHA.  It just hopped and said 'hello, I'm exist!' and went away again.

Rain, rain, you're quirky!

While it's still summer in rainy season months, wear those light tees or blouses and shirts and circle skirt and shorts or skorts and enjoy living in Indonesia, with The Sun above our head. :)

I don't know how, but cat is definitely a unique creature! Every single one is unique, for sure.  But cat seems to have deeper thought and trick.  And it's cute. 

Anyway, far from the cat topic, 
have you ever stay around people you usually meet,
and be still to just feel the vibe? 

Try it, it's fun. 

Happy Post-Super-Moon Monday!