// Sweet Lord S’mores //

I may have been on semi-hiatus for a year (I guess??) but hey! I’m back! I was busy with school and everything around this year as I was preparing for college and national exam. Now that I’m graduated and have a lot of free time, I’ll be writing again. And I wanna share several things that have been on my draft since last year.

I cooked! Again! After a while (well, this actually happened a year ago but I feel like sharing it anyway). Wasn’t really cooking but I did go to the kitchen and made something. I made something to break our fast and it was something sweet.

I made the famous s’mores dip. As usual, I adapted the recipe from pinterest. I changed some of the ingredients because of the availability in my country. Probably imported-supermarkets have it but I was too lazy to search for it.

This was the recipe I recently used: http://www.cleverlysimple.com/smores-dip/
I changed the graham crackers with Marie Regals’ biscuit and I wasn’t using Hershey’s chocolate bar. Instead, I was using Cadbury’s and Harvest’s (the cake bakery) chocolate bar.

I actually did follow every step of the recipe, unlike most of the time. I succeeded but it was too sweet in my personal opinion. I probably should have used dark chocolate instead of the normal ones (milk chocolate bars).

We didn’t finish the whole pan in one day. The next day I made the dip into a biscuit sandwich; biscuit-dip-biscuit. Then I kept it inside the refrigerator. Less sticky and less sweet though. 🙂




// First Roll with Lomo’Instant //

I’ve been using instax/polaroid since I was twelve and I always bring my hello kitty instax whenever I travel (except when I can’t afford to buy the refill/pack). I could define my love with instant photography is an eternal love.

As it got older, my instax didn’t work as well as it was and it had been repaired more than I could even remember. At the same time, Lomography released their lomo’instant camera that uses Fujifilm’s instax film. So, I was thinking, maybe it is the time for to get a change.

I did buy the lomo’instant on March, the Mumbai edition that came with the lenses and it was on sale (which was great!). The lenses are fisheye, portrait, and close-up. Also, the 4-color jelly filter that goes to the flash.

I thought it would be as easy as it seems but I failed a lot more than I succeeded. I once forgot to open the lens cap so yeah you know what happened. Often I didn’t know which mode should I use to get a good result. Yes, I recommend y’all to read the manual book 🙂 But here are some of the results from my first trial with lomo’instant.

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// Short Getaway to the Island of Gods //

It has been a while since I visited Bali. It was 4 years ago since I came to the Island of Gods and it had changed a lot.

Recently, I went to Bali with my school when the 12th graders were having their national exams. The trip last in 5 days and 4 nights, it was enough to explore some holy and sacred places I never visit before.

There were several places that we visited, such as Bali Bird Park, Tirta Empul Temple, Panempahan Village, Gunung Kawi Temple, Soekarno’s Museum, Nusa Lembongan, Kampung Kopi Kemenuh, and Penglipuran Village.

My favorite places out of all destinations we visited are Tirta Empul Temple, Gunung Kawi Temple, and Panempahan Village. The culture from these places is protected very well which makes these places feel more holy and sacred. People who come to the temples in Bali respect what the people of Bali believe in, where they must wear a sarong to cover their body parts from hips to toe.


Purifying Bath at Tirta Empul Temple, Bali, Indonesia


We also actually did stay for one night in Panempahan Village. We learned some of their handy crafts and I got the chance to learned to make a decoration for their upcoming ceremonies. Also, to take a closer look on how they carving cow’s skull. Late at night, the chief thought us one of the most popular Balinese dance, Kecak. It was nice if everyone actually did participate.


Cow’s Skull Carving at Panempahan Village, Bali, Indonesia


This trip made me miss Bali so much and wish I could return sooner, as I was avoiding to come to this place back then because of the crowd and traffic. I regret it now and wish I could come back here sooner for diving.

Check out for the rest of the pictures on my vsco! 🙂


// Dera-uno //

This trip might be a while ago but I’m going to share it anyway cause it was a great time.

Back in December, precisely after Christmas, I took a flight with my fam to Kalimantan Island, precisely to Balikpapan early in the morning. From Balikpapan, we took another flight, using a smaller plane, to Berau. No, we’re not there yet. We took a one-hour-drive to the public harbor. Then we rode a speedboat to Derawan, our main destination.

Derawan may be a tourism site, but there are still lots of local people and the site is still very traditional. It’s not like you are going to find any fine dining restaurant there. But don’t be disappointed because they still have great food and fantastic coconuts.

The first day I just snorkeled with my cousin, unplanned. We were asked to snorkel just to take a picture of a sea turtle. So, we jumped off the deck without fins and snorkels, only with a camera. That was a huge mistake cause how are we suppose to see? But soon, my parents gave us the fins and snorkels.

The real trip was on the second day. We traveled around the three islands nearby Derawan, which are Sangalaki, Kakaban, and Maratua. It was great. I couldn’t describe everything.

Our first destination was to see manta rays or probably snorkel nearby them. Unfortunately, they were nowhere to be found.

We snorkeled with jellyfish, jumped for 2 meters height from a cliff, played with baby sea turtles and went to a beautiful lagoon. I couldn’t describe everything in words. It was really great and the lagoon was so beautiful. Thank god the weather was great that day.

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Lagoon at Kakaban Islan, Kalimantan, Indonesia

The next day, it was okay in the morning. We got a chance to snorkeled and saw the huge shark whale. It was a whole new experienced and awesome. But right after we snorkel, it was raining, heavy rain. We were stuck inside our room and my mom, bro, and I canceled our diving trip. It was so bad. Fortunately, the rain didn’t last the whole day. At the afternoon, we rented bikes and went around the island.

Well, despite the bad weather, it was an amazing trip. And you can check all the photos on my vsco!



pikiran 11:05, tiga.

Days are no longer the same. It’s not trashy, but it’s not the best shape I would imagine.

Lights are shining brighter than it used to, and darkness stays where it should be.

But why does the light does not shine as bright as when it tried to fight the dark?

Monotone as they could say.

Deep thoughtful talks with certain, or particular, people. How it feels so long yet it was very short. The mental-supports in every word we say to one another, that we did not realize.

Yet it was all back when the darkness dominated half of the soul. When we spent most our time at the present, reflecting the past, and not thinking straight about the future.

Do I miss the darkness and wanting it more than the lights? Or do my eyes are to blind to see the upcoming things?


pikiran 11:05, dua.

It has been 2 months since short getaway to Singapore and 5 months since the #soloadv. to the United States. Oh, how I miss the holiday.

Right now, I’m in the middle of final exams week. Probably just starting, but this body need a rest after all the hectic weeks it been through since September. All the competitions I participated in, made me work harder on catching up all the school projects, tasks, and tests. Despite the hectic and exhausting weeks, it gave me a whole new level of experiences and new friends. High Scope Model United Nation was the highlight of the hectic weeks.

Still, I really need holidays. I need time to rest and to chill without doing any tasks. Just enjoying the things I love to do; a time to read books, drawing, and finishing all the DIYs that I couldn’t finish all this time. I miss getaways; to other cities or visiting new places; trying new food and other things.

Oh! And how I miss the sea, a lot. I miss the quietness of the underwater world; the peaceful moment that I can only get when I dive.

Tari Kecak, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, 2013.


p.s.: I know it seems the pic doesn’t relate with anything I share, but well it does. It’s Uluwatu, Bali 3 years ago when I had my Christmas & New Year holiday with my Brazilian sister.