Monday, April 14, 2014

Pink Daisies In The Midst of Grey: Being A Responsible Citizen

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Last Wednesday was election day in my country, so both Hubby and I stayed home from work to vote. Actually I was too lazy to vote, because I lost faith in politicians anyway, but Hubby gently reminded me that we should be a responsible citizen and vote. Also, the Church advised us to vote. Even if we choose not to vote anyone, people had advised me to just vote more than one party. That would result my vote being annuled, but at least it cannot be used by irresponsible parties. 

Politics and election is a dirty business. My husband had moved from his older neighborhood to our current one, so he voted here near our house. Yet, his sister found out that in his old neighborhood, someone claimed to be my husband to vote using his name! By some odd God's interference, that man stood right in front of Hubby's sister so she caught him off guard, interogated him, and he just walked away. We shared through social media, and found out that this case is not rare, it happened a lot for those who moved. Their identity got stolen to double vote. That convinced me even more that I should and must and will vote every single time, starting from now! Every vote counts!

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Let's talk about happier subject. After voting, we bought this super delicious, super yummy, fluffy, crusty, croissant like picnic roll, filled with thick slices of ham, cheese and egg. Hmmmmmm... Very good breakfast, perfect for a lazy sunny day! (Though it rained in the afternoon) We stopped by at a neighbor's place, a sweet single woman whom we like so much named Lucy, and gave her two slices of the picnic roll. The loaf consisted of ten slices, Hubby ate four slices in one sitting, I ate two, so we still have more than enough to share for afternoon snacks!


Here's a closer look of this heavenly goodness... See the shredded cheese on top and how thick the filling is? It's very satisfying!


And then we spent the rest of the day playing with our son, Michael. See, he's playing with his favorite toy of the day: Mommy's lunch box. I stopped buying him expensive toys a long time ago, since he prefers to play with the most common daily things he finds around the house: spoon, tins, cans, pots, pans, boxes, remotes, Mommy's purses, Daddy's car keys, etc. Frugal Mommy, frugal baby.


I found these pictures of an outfit I wore when I was nineteen weeks pregnant from a long time ago. I thought I would just post them anyway because they're not doing anything good just sitting idle in my laptop. The wrap skirt, of course, had been refashioned so they would fit my belly. A good thing about wrap skirt on pregnant women, you can just adjust the strap every week according to your waistline. Super easy, super frugal maternity wear. Also, it is still a stylish maternity wear.

Also, you cannot do much when you are pregnant and your belly is protruding and you don't want to spend tons of money on clothes that you will only wear for several months, so I played a lot with accessories. Pregnant women can still be fashionable. I cannot stress this enough.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Do You Know Coralina Grey?

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Disclaimer: Please note that I’m not trying to offend anyone or to be judgemental here. All writing here is my own personal opinion, from my perspective that might be different from other people’s opinion and thoughts. Many other people might have benefited and learned technical skills from these two YouTubers I write about. I just happen to benefit and learn other, non technical “skills”. Also, I have been subscribing to these two lovely ladies for years, so there’s no way I don’t like them nor not enjoying their videos! ^__^

If you have read and followed my blog for a while, you would have known that I love watching YouTube videos. To me, magazines are the place to seek and get inspired by the (photoshopped) perfection of celebrities, models, socialites and the “beautiful people”; while the internet such as blogs, YouTube and Instagram are where I seek inspiration from ordinary lives of ordinary people.

For that matter, pictures of the glorious Megan Fox showing off her two months post partum lithe body on Voque magazine don’t anger nor discourage me, like they do a lot of people. News on Marisa Meyer mentioned her baby was easy inspired me to be a better mother and not losing my hair out instead of horrified me. On the other hand, if my favorite bloggers or YouTubers have started to get over-commercialized and too professional looking, I stopped subscribing. I love my magazine and news “heroes” to be “perfect”; while my internet “heroes” to be real. Real homemakers. Real career women. Real mothers. Real people. Real career women. Real business women. Too thin, too fat, too tall, to short, too tired, frustrated, happy one day, sad the next, with problems, pimples, mood swing, imperfections. REAL women. It’s just my personal preference on how I seek inspiration and motivation.
Now, a lot of those bloggers and YouTubers I follow for many different reasons. And not always what you think. For example, I follow many YouTubers simply because I like their voice. I tend to do my morning routine while “listening” to YouTube videos, so if I can’t stand listening to the voice, I won’t subscribe.

Today I’d like to share a story about two particular YouTubers whom I am subscribed to and enjoying. One is a beauty “guru”, the other is an organizing “guru”. Actually, they are just two ordinary women who love beauty and organization. I personally think YouTubers use the word "guru" too lightly. 

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The first one – let’s call her Miss Pinkie - is a sweet cheerful girl with sunny disposition and an adorable husband who has a beauty channel. She is cute with makeup on, but definitely not a gorgeous woman. She loves makeup and shopping and thrifting and cooking and trying out new beauty products. She has tons and tons of lipgloss in every shade of pink imaginable, which all look almost the same, but she insisted as “very” different. She admitted to have problems with huge pimples and skin problems, but she looks like she has radiant, flawless complexion on camera. She mostly does haul videos and only a handful of makeup tutorial, because as she admits, she only wears natural colors and pink lipstick. A beauty “guru” who has bad skin almost all the time and wears only natural look and pink lipstick? Errr… that’s not a beauty guru to me. That’s a girl who loves collecting pink lipglosses and natural color pallettes!

But I love watching and listening to her videos, and have been subscribing to her channel for years. Why? Because she is like a little sunshine that spreads radiance and positive energy through my laptop monitor! Because she really enjoys what she’s doing and it shines through! Because of her sweet little voice, girlish giggle, her compassion, her cuteness, her sweetness, cheerful demeanor and bubbly personality! She is like a little sunshinemaker that makes me smile and happy and ready for the day. Sometimes her sweetness is a little bit of sickening when I have had a bad day, but most of the time, she just makes me smile! She doesn’t share knowledge with this particular subscriber. I have been following her for several years, and I still have not learned anything technical wise in terms of beauty and makeup, but I definitely receive a lot of positive energy from her.

Another YouTuber whom I watch religiously – let’s call her Miss Busy – is a young wife  who loves branded purse and an organizing junkie. Do you happen to know someone who is continually running around in circles, making lists, check things off, schedule everything including bathtime and bedtime, planning things, and looks like she's actually going nowhere? But you can tell that she feels like she has accomplished a lot because she can check things off her long daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly lists? Do you have a friend who makes a list for every single thing she does including “eating breakfast”, “bathtime” and “bedtime"? Have you ever watched a friend like that, constantly busy, constantly fussing, moving, while exclaiming “Oh, I have so many things to do!” when in fact, you swear that if she stopped 80% of what she’s doing, it won’t really matter, and you want to tell her "Breathe, woman! Breathe! It's OK not to write down "lunchtime" once in a while! It's not the end of the world!" Yep. I can relate because I feel that way about this particular YouTuber. I swear, this young lady seems to spend more time in planning and taking care of her gallizion agenda, calendar, workbook, project management book, etc. than actually doing the projects! Or if she really does a lot of projects - since she has many notebooks and office supplies on project management - she doesn't post them on YouTube!

Sometimes while watching her, I was being snooty and thought “Hah! You’re saying you’re busy now? Wait till you have babies, Missie!” I know, snobbish, rite. Over the years, I have learned several tips from her. Yet sometimes it’s dizzying to see how many different pouches she “must” bring for traveling, how many magazines she “must” read and can’t catch up with because she said she has too many subscriptions yet she cannot imagine living without having them, how many necessities she “must” pack in her suitcase because she'd rather carrying everything than not having them, etc. I was like “Howdy, this woman is not an organized person, nor is she a productive, efficient, or an effective person. She is just restless and must keep busy all the time in order to feel alive and useful!" - that judgemental thought crossed my mind from time to time seeing how flustered and always overwhelmed she was. Nevertheless, I like her, at least her YouTube persona and watching her videos is just fun and entertaining, though as I mentioned, a bit exhausting sometimes.

She came across as a happy wife and homemaker, who loves her life, her husband, and her huge collection of organizing tools and stationeries. Despite all her restlessness and her “Oh, I don’t have time for anything! Cannot get anything done! I’m sooooo busy!” tone – in almost every single video - , she looks like a sweet, loving, cheerful little lady and I just love to watch people who are happy about their life and themselves. I found her refreshing, though sometimes, again, dizzying. She inspired me to get organized, though as I said, I learned almost nothing from her organizational tips. However, her burst of energy and lovely smile keep me motivated to search through the internet for real organization tips and think of my own ways to get organized.
Well, so, if I “judge” these two ladies so harshly, what about me? Doesn’t it mean I also run around in circles just like them?
Yes.

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I won’t deny it. These two ladies, at least on the videos, seemed so loved by their husbands. The men seemed to dote on their wives and their little antics and girlie obsessions with makeup and organization. The men look amused. That’s exactly how I feel about these two. And sometimes, even the most expert person doesn’t affect me – or anyone – that way, because… well, because they don’t make you feel warm inside, if you know what I mean. And THAT, my Friends, is a positive thing. And if that means I’m also running around in circles, saying they’re no good one minute, and then how amazing they are in another minute, so be it.
These two women, though seems like they don’t produce or make any “real” accomplishments or showcasing “real” techniques and useful tips on their videos, they have done so much more. They stay true to themselves and live the role that God has assigned to them. Some people, are born with no specific technical skills, but they have the ability to draw people in, comfort them, inspire them, make them feel loved and happy and warm inside. Tired souls go to them. Dark souls seek them for rays of sunshine. Negative souls can benefit from their positive energy. They bring joy and lights everywhere they go. Thanks to technology, they can even share this precious gift across the ocean, all the way from the US, to my room here in Jakarta, shines through my laptop screen. Isn’t that awesome!

There are many "real gurus" on YouTube and blogosphere out there. These two particular women inspired me - continuously - to really go out and seek these real gurus, learn from them, and improve my own organizational skills and smiling while doing it. Without them, I would only stare at all the videos on how to effectively organize pantry and never actually doing it, except, well, maybe once in a blue moon. Haha!
And that, my Friends, is one helluva of accomplishment. (I know, I’m contradicting myself.)
And today, I’d like to say thank you. Thank you, internet and whoever who created and perfected it. Thank you, for YouTube and blogosphere community. And that’s including Instagram community! Thank you, dear Friends whom I have met on the internet. Thank you for your sweet comments and for taking the time to read my ramblings. Thank you for your wonderful posts and videos. Thank you for sharing your lives and gifts with us all.
You never know it, but you all have influenced me, and a lot of that, in a good way.
Thank you.
“Only, everyone should live as the Lord has assigned,
just as God called each one. I give this order in all the churches.”

(1 Corinthians 7:17)

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