Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016

"Here's a little button of love and surprise bracelet for you, courtesy of Coldplay..." Shouted a nice bald man with a black t-shirt who greeted us on the gate of Metlife Stadium.

I looked at my hubby's face and we both broke huge grins.

We are going to watch Coldplay, LIVE!
Coldplay comes to New York City!


Sudah hampir dua minggu dan saya masih belum bisa move on dari konser keren yang kami nikmati di musim panas kali ini.

Ada yang suka?
Saya dan Rudi ngefans banget, dari jaman pacaran pas band ini baru terbentuk #ketahuandehangkatannya.
Betapa kami sering terharu dengan lirik-lirik sederhana tapi jleb dan falseto Chris Martin yang menghanyutkan, plus permainan musik apik dari grup yang digawangi Chris bersama Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, dan Will Champion. Tidak heran kalau saya dan my munchkin, suamiku tercinta, semangat '45 waktu tahu mereka akan ke NYC.

One of the concerts that my hubby and I are waiting for, Coldplay - Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016, is totally awesome.

we got the ticket :)

Since last December 2015, we had been eyeing this concert. I have to admit that For this time, my hubby agreed to come along. Remember I had a blast on Beyonce's - Lemonade 2016 concert last May? Read the story I went there with my friends. For that concert,  my hubby was not as eager as me, but it didn't take long for him to say yes for Coldplay.

So, we got the ticket and months later, the day is coming!

We had the show on Saturday, July 16.
Rain or shine, baby...whatever happens, the concert is indeed on.
You can tell how excited we both are!
Before we got married, and in our first couple of years of marriage, Udi and I loved to go to concerts.
Coldplay, here we comeeeee :)
As it was held in Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, we managed to drive there with our friends, 7 in total, including one bebe :).

courtesy of Coldplay...
Metlife was filling up fast.
And I'm not surprised if the concert was sold out.
That huge stadium was packed.
We can feel the vibe, the love...the enthusiasm, delight.
The uplifting spirit that makes my hubby and I happily grinned almost all night long.

As the opening, we have Foxes and Alessia Cara. 
As new comers, they're good.
They surely got the attention of the audience although the stadium was not full yet.
Really enjoy Cara's hits, Here :).

We managed to have our quick dinner, if' not just snack :), of hot dogs and chips. Super healthy yeah >_< but it was just for that night. That one special night.
While waiting for the concert, we enjoyed the glittering sky as the sun set.

Then, at around 9.30, our surprise bracelet lit up.
Coldplay is here...yaaaaaay.
And the concert started.

the second song, Yellow :)

And nothing else I remembered but singing along with Chris, my hubby and thousands of people, old and young, in the stadium. 

Holding hands with Udi, we sang all night long on top of our lungs, 
What a delightful feeling!

If only you could see the roaring cheers as our bracelet lighted up and the music intro echoed all over the stadium paired with uber-cool visual effects on those giant screens on the stage.

Opening with a bang, fire works and great light show, A Head full of Dream opened the concert that night, followed by Yellow, one of my favorite tracks from Coldplay.

Then the whole night was lit up with colorful light shows, coming from our cool bracelets, as well as the top-notch laser shows from the stage. I forgot to count how many hits they played but I remembered vividly sang along on "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, the Scientists, and Paradise. Cool clips with Beyonce were shown when "Hymn for the Weekend" was played. Then we enjoyed Clocks, Viva la Vida, Charlie Brown and A Sky Full of Stars.

Chris was 'chatting' with us, his fans as well, in the middle of the concert. Introducing the band and spoke more about how he enjoyed NYC and the series of concert they will have in the US.

Then the music continued, even as they changed the stages.

I think it was three times when they moved around and performed more songs that night.
They also sang a special request from instagram.

I didn't want this concert to end :).
I didn't want to stop singing.
I didn't want to go home.

But of course, all the good things have to come to an end.
So, thank you very much, Coldplay, for such an unforgettable night.

Hope to see you around....soon :).

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One super hot Sunday and we all need some cool breeze.
To Prospect Park, Brooklyn, we go :)

by the lake...

Obi and the swan :)


my monkey girl :)

nothing sweeter than cool scoops of yummy ice cream 

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I don't know what the weather is in your place but New York City is certainly warming up, if it's not too hot.
At least for me.
And I'm a tropical girl inside out :).

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It works for a while, although we sadly rush back to the air-conned room if the heat is too much.

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Recently, I got a phonecall from Kisha Kelly. Remember her? She's my dearest friend from who initially introduced me to this wonderful organization. 

It's s been quite some times we didn't get in touch and how time flies as August is soon coming.

Every August, I join a kick-off breakfast event for our Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk, conducted every October, rain or shine. I have the privilege to join this event for the last two years, since my furst month of chemotherapy.

And how cancer has united us all!  
In a good way.

Young and old, parents or kids, survivors or families, healthy or slightly unwell, with or without hair, we all were there to join the fight!

Kanker memang terdengar menakutkan.
No, let me rephrase it.
Kanker memang menakutkan!

Oh, how I shivered when I first found out that I had those bloody cells (excuse my language >_<) in my body. 

Saya masih ingat dengan jelas air mata yang tumpah dan sesegukan yang tiada henti ketika kenyataan bahwa saya menderita kanker payudara akhirnya terbukti lewat hasil lab dan telpon dari dokter saya. Langsung terbayang keluarga kecil saya, plus rentetan prosedur yang harus dijalani, biaya yang tidak sedikit, serta dampak psikologis, fisik maupun lainnya.
Berat dan tidak mudah? 

Namun saat kita tahu apa yang bisa kita lakukan untuk melawannya, maka kita pun akan punya kekuatan untuk berjuang.
Untuk mengenyahkannya dari tubuh kita.
Untuk terus berupaya hidup sehat.
Untuk tunjukkan bahwa kita tidak akan mengalah pada kanker sebelum berjuang sepenuh tenaga.

Keep the spirit high!
Mungkin ini adalah salah satu anugerah terbesar dari Gusti Allah kepada saya dan juga mereka yang saat ini masih terus berjuang untuk hidup lebih sehat dan bersih dari kanker.

Introducing, Mba Yuni...

Dan semangat ini yang saya kagumi dari Mba Yuni, Tri Wahyuni Zuhri

Kartini Next Generation 2015!

Seorang Ibu sekaligus penulis buku dan blogger handal yang tidak pernah lelah berbagi dan memberi inspirasi 
Lewat bukunya Kanker Bukan Akhir Dunia, saya seolah diingatkan dan diyakinkan bahwa kanker ada untuk diperangi! 

Saya pertama kali kenal Mba Yuni lewat media Facebook. In the middle of my new 'battlefield', against breast cancer, Mba Yuni hadir dengan kobaran semangat dan inspirasinya yang luar biasa. Bahkan meskipun saya berada jauh di New York City, Mba Yuni dengan baiknya mengirimkan saya soft copy bukunya, Kanker Bukan Akhir Dunia.

Menderita kanker bukan berarti kita menyerah pada nasib. Menderita kanker bukan berarti masa depan kita otomatis kelam. Or as rightly pointed out by Mba Yuni, kanker bukanlah akhir dunia.

Satu pelajaran penting yang saya camkan baik-baik dari Mba Yuni adalah pentingnya ikhtiar, tidak menyerah, seraya selalu meminta yang terbaik pada-Nya, adalah cara terbaik untuk memerangi penyakit yang tercatat sebagai salah satu dari 4 penyakit tidak menular pembunuh utama di dunia.

Berjuang memang tidak mudah.
Please, saya bukannya hiperbola, melebih-lebihkan atau bahkan minta simpati atau dikasihani, namun berjuang melawan kanker dan berupaya untuk bisa sembuh memerlukan kekuatan hati, semangat, pikiran dan juga fisik.
Been there, done that!
Ada banyak prosedur yang harus kami lewati, mulai dari mastektomi, kemoterapi, radiasi dan serangkaian konsultasi lainnya. Itu hanya tindakan besar, di luar berbagai tes darah, sonogram, mamogram, biopsi dan rangkaian tes yang harus dilalui. Belum lagi aneka dampak pengobatan yang hingga kini masih saya dan banyak penderita kanker lainnya rasakan.

Luka bekas operasi, rambut rontok, kuku menghitam, kesemutan permanen, tulang keropos, kulit super kering, mood swings, berat badan naik,  dan menopause dini hanya sebagian kecil dari dampak yang kami alami akibat berbagai prosedur pengobatan yang dijalani.

Banyak cerita dan pengalaman pribadi yang sempat saya tuliskan, sebagai bagian dari pembelajaran hidup maupun harapan agar apa yang saya tulis bisa membantu penderita kanker lainnya dan memberi informasi. Meskipun rangkaian tindakan tersebut dilakukan di New York, namun sedikit banyak terdapat beberapa kesamaan dengan tindakan yang dilakukan di tanah air. 

Dan saya belajar banyak dari Mba Yuni, yang sudah membuktikan itu semua kepada kita.
Lewat tulisan di blog dan bukunya, Mba Yuni jabarkan dengan gamblang apa itu kanker dan apa saja yang akan dihadapi oleh mereka yang tervonis menderita kanker, dengan details pengalaman dan cerita yang sarat informasi, pelajaran dan inspirasi.
Lewat sharing pengalamannya, mba Yuni tularkan semangat yang tidak pernah padam dan ikhtiar yang tiada henti berkat rahmat-Nya. 
Lewat guliran kata, Mba Yuni ingatkan pentingnya bersyukur dan selalu percaya bahwa Yang Maha Adil hanya memberi yang terbaik untuk hamba-Nya, bahkan ketika kita diuji oleh-Nya lewat penyakit.
Dan lewat kegigihan dan senyumnya, Mba Yuni yakinkan semua bahwa jika kita mau berusaha, Allah SWT akan memberi jalan-Nya.

Tidak salah kalau Mba Yuni pun sukses menyabet gelar Kartini Next Generation untuk tahun 2015.
Sederet penghargaan dan tulisannya sudah dimuat di berbagai media cetak nasional maupun lokal.
Dan lewat akun media sosialnya, Mba Yuni tidak pernah letih berbagi dan menginspirasi.

To those who want to know more about her, jangan ragu untuk mengunjungi mba Yuni lewat berbagai akun media sosialnya yang truly inspiring dan sangat informatif.

prestasi mba Yuni luar biasa...

Bisa dicek di sini yaaaa...
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Dan sekarang, Mba Yuni masih terus berjuang agar tetap sehat. Saya pun demikian, karena pada prinsipnya perjuangan untuk hidup sehat idealnya berlangsung selama hayat dikandung badan.

Semangat ya mba Yuni.
Insya Allah Allah SWT tidak akan memberi cobaan kepada hamba-Nya jika mereka tidak sanggup menghadapinya.
Doa kami untukmu, always.
Keep fighting, keep shining!

*All photos are taken from Mba Yuni's blog