Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Serenity (noun): The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. If you live in a big city, daily routines may bring you to a boredom. Once in a while, you have to get our from the routines, and getaway. And these getaway, usually seek for serenity.

Actually, being calm and peaceful is also different to each person. Some people loves to travel into another bustling city, some people just wanna stop and enjoy the calmness of the nature.

When I travel to Kyoto, I often see japanese rock gardens around. We usually know these gardens as “zen garden”. The garden is so peaceful and you can feel the time will pass so slow. Try to sit near one of the gardens, and feel the moment.

Zen Garden at Eikando Zenrin-ji
Zen Garden at Eikando Zenrin-ji. March 2014

The Japanese rock garden (karesansui) or “dry landscape” garden, often called a zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water.

They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.

Visiting a zen garden, always made me feel at peace.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Serenity.”

Kakigori

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Moment in Time.”

Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with syrup and condensed milk. Popular flavors include strawberry, cherry, lemon, green tea, grape, melon, “Blue Hawaii,” sweet plum, and colorless syrup. To sweeten kakig?ri, condensed milk is often poured on top of it. It is not like a snow cone: It has a much smoother fluffier ice consistency, much like fresh fallen snow, and a spoon is almost always used to eat it.

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Picture above is “Boo!!! Kakigori” with matcha syrup and matcha ice cream. That’s why it is green. But the ears are made from strawberries. How cute! <3 They have it in many flavors: strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, matcha, ogura, black sesame. I choose matcha (green tea) because I love that flavor so much! So the green shaved ice dessert with a bear shape, came to my table, ready to serve. Below those shaved ice, there were some egg puddings lying there, waiting to be found and tasted. Sweet, but not extremely sweet :) I wanna go there again, someday. Prepare for the long queue line. Waiting time approx. 15-30 minutes :D Location: SumoBoo - Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

In grammar, a future tense is a verb form that marks the event described by the verb as not having happened yet, but expected to happen in the future.

This week photo challenge is about “future tense“, which will be expected for some visions of the future, daydreams, and wishes frozen in time.

And it is still phoneography month, and yes, phoneography means took a photo with your phone ^_^ so the pictures below are taken from my camera phone.

Below is the photo of incoming train, nearby my home. This train has not arrived yet, but it is expected to arrived in the future, which is in a few minutes after I took this picture.

Incoming Train. Location: Duren Kalibata Station. Taken with HTC One S smartphone.
Incoming Train. Location: Duren Kalibata Station. Taken with HTC One S smartphone.

No one can see the future, nobody can guess what the future is. The train above is expected to be arrive in a few minutes after the shoot. But nobody can be really sure whether the train will be stop, or just passing by, or explode!

Since nobody knows exactly what will happen about their future, so we put our hope and expectation to wishes, dreams, and prayers for our future. Below is a picture of one of the streets in Yangon – Myanmar. I took a short walk nearby of our hotel.

One of the streets in Yangon - Myanmar. Taken with HTC Sensation.
One of the streets in Yangon – Myanmar. Taken with HTC Sensation.

At that time I walk, I walk, I walk on the street. Without knowing what will happen at the end of the road. It was a different country and different language they use. Curious killed the scary part, and my feet just walk on. My expectation is at the end of the road I will find something interesting to write about ^_^

The future is the indefinite time period after the present. Its arrival is considered inevitable due to the existence of time and the laws of physics.

And as I write this post, I remember a quote : “The past can not be changed, and the future is unsure. But we can learn from the past and change a better future.”

So, how about you? How about your future?
Do you think you know what will happen? Did you ever pray for your future? Tell me :)

Weekly Photo Challenge : Lunchtime

Eating is something that you should do if you a human. Of course, any mankind on this earth surely like to eat. Especially when we are in a deep hungry state.

Anyway, in the big city, lunchtime has so many meaning. Lunch meeting, lunch date, etc. And lunch typically falls in the early-middle of the working day, it can either be eaten on a break from work, or as part of the workday. The difference between those who work through lunch and those who take it off could be a matter of cultural, social class, bargaining power, or the nature of the work.

Regularly, I cooked my own lunch, and bring it to the work. It is just for financial reason :p but when I woke up late or when I just don’t have any mood to cook, I will have lunch nearby my workplace. Nothing special with my daily lunchtime.

Last Christmas day, I had lunch with some of my family. It was something that unusual, since we are rarely meet each other. Here’s a picture of us, happily eating those Szechuan dining.

Family lunch on Christmas day (2012).
Family lunch on Christmas day (2012).

And here is a picture of a friend who is really enjoy her lunch hahaha..
I took the picture with my HTC One S phone :)

@ssetiawan with 4 portion of Coto Makassar! :D
@ssetiawan with 4 portion of Coto Makassar! :D

And how about your lunchtime? Anything delicious?

–Inspired from Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime.

Playlist of the Week

Every morning and afternoon when I drive to my work, I often listen to the radio. Actually any kind of the radio, but recently I stay tuned on Cosmopolitan FM radio.

There are some songs that really into me.

First one is “Be OK” from Ingrid Michaelson.
This song actually was her first single. The song was featured in a commercial break, some TV serials. It wasn’t that cheesy and the very simple refrain of the song caught by my ears. I quickly soundhound the song, and found the title :D

“I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok / I just want to be ok today / I just want to feel today, feel today, feel today / I just want to feel something today”

Yes, I just want to be ok today, tomorrow, and everafter ^_^

Second one is “Home” by Phillip Phillips.
“Home” is the debut single and coronation song from American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. The lyric is so touchy, and I suddenly feel that I wanna go home. Yes, home. But where’s my home?

I want someone say to me that “….The trouble it might drag you down / If you get lost, you can always be found / Just know you’re not alone / Cause I’m gonna make this place your home…”

Third, “It’s Amazing” a song by Jem.
This song was the first single released from her second album Down to Earth. The song was featured in the 2008 film Sex and the City and on the official soundtrack.

It was a great song to encourage people who are in a deep frustration, and can get up back to their feet again. “It’s amazing, it makes my heart sing…. Yes you will hit a wall / But get back on your feet / And you’ll be stronger and smarter…”

Fourth, it’s The Sundays with their “When I’m Thinking About You” :)
It’s one of the songs in Static and Silence album of The Sundays.

Remember my post L’amour et la Douleur? At the end of the post, I wish that I don’t want to wake up? I think this song is good to go with that post :)

Let the daydream for a little while longer / ah.. yeah… / hope I’ll never wake / when I’m thinking about you / (yeah) hope I’ll never wake / cos now I’m thinking about you

Fifth, Way Back Into Love by Hugh Grant.
This song is a pop song, written by Adam Schlesinger, from the 2007 film Music and Lyrics. There are two versions: a demo version sung by Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore and the final version sung by Hugh Grant and Haley Bennett.
It was used as the love theme in the film, much of whose plot revolves around the writing and arranging of the song.

And the refrain really made me in a mellow mode of mood hahaha :D
“All I wanna do is find a way back into love. / I can’t make it through without a way back into love.”

And if I open my heart to you,
I’m hoping you’ll show me what to do,
And if you help me to start again,
You know that I’ll be there for you in the end!

There… are my playlist of the week. How about yours? ^_^

–inspired from Daily Prompt: Playlist of the Week

Weekly Photo Challenge : My Neighborhood

It’s a phoneography challenge from The Daily Post!

Every week Daily Post giving us photo challenge that we can post any kind of photos or pictures depends on the theme of the week. Since this week, Daily Post start to give challenge on phoneography. Phoneography means took a photo with your phone ^_^

Here’s the challenge :

To kick this off, grab your phone and head out the door. That’s right — get on your feet and go outside to explore — and document — where you live. I want to see your neighborhood: The path you take for your daily morning run. Your local coffee shop or dive bar. The nearby alley of street and community art. A shot of the intersection that perfectly captures the bustle of your own corner of town.

So?

Welcome to my neighborhood. I didn’t live in a town that full of green green grass of home. I live in a very busy city : Jakarta – Indonesia.
I also didn’t live in a house that surrounded by green park. I live in a simple apartment in the middle of the busy city.

What I like is… the morning scene from my 10th level window. Captured last year.

Sunrise from my window room
Sunrise from my window room, taken with Samsung Galaxy Note N7000.

Not every morning I found this scene, since I am not a morning person :D

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Down. We spend a lot of time looking ahead, looking from left to right before we cross the street, looking into the sky for Superman, but not a lot of time looking down. What do you see?

This post inspired from Weekly Photo Challenge: Down.