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Eid Mubarak 1442 H


EID MUBARAK!

 

May we all have a blessed Eid, wherever we are! 

Insya Allah, Allah SWT’s continued blessings & forgiveness will be bestowed upon us

Maaf lahir batin atas segala khilaf, alpa, dan kesalahan sepanjang tahun. Semoga Allah SWT menerima segala amal ibadah kita dan menjadi pribadi yang kembali pada fitrah-Nya.



Stay safe, happy and healthy, wherever you are! Have a blessed Eid, filled with love, joy, and togetherness


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February is almost over and  I am again embarking on a new journey and learning experience as I join the national leadership training here in Jakarta. We have this blended learning method, as the classical way offline classes was introduced, of course with the strict health protocol. Well, I have to admit I was excited but at the same time was cautious as well. Good thing that we have to check things out and with the antigen being conducted to each and everyone of us. Without this, we are not allowed to join the class. And looking at the agenda, I think we will be super busy studying and learning more, while at the same time expanding our network. Again, wish me luck!


On the other side, I have been visiting Lampung on our break. The four of us once again visit our beloved hometown and this time, we came back to Kota Agung, the city in Tanggamus regent where my hubby's family is originally from. Sadly, one of our older relatives passed away and we went there for his burial with health protocol. At one point, it is good to touch base with the big family from my hubby's side but then again is sad to see Datuk Loh, the last line from my hubby's grandma, passed away. Innalillahi wainnalillah rojiuun. Rest in peace, Datuk. 

Well, life is indeed so full of surprises and we just need to embrace all those changes. 

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Thank You, 2020

Thank you, 2020

Thank you, 2020! 

 The year 2020 has been very special to each and every one of us.

This is the year when we witness the unprecedented global crisis which significantly change our lives in so many facets. 2020 has been the year of changes, adaptations, set backs, fear, disappointments, challenges, as well as new adventures, inventions, out-of-the-box ideas and survival. No words can describe it completely as it is really a m矇lange of emotions and reactions, something that perhaps, we have never thought or done before. 

 Some might say 2020 is so blurry. There is so much fear confusion, so many uncertainties, so many doubts. So many unanswered questions. Disinformation, misinformation, hoaxes tinted the year like mushrooms in rainy days. There are times when I really hate to see my phone or TV and read or hear the news there. The world and the future look bleak. Frustrating. 

Traveling stops. Offices close. Schools and works start from home. Businesses collapse. Jobs lost. Hospitals and medical personnel are overwhelmed. Family gatherings are avoided if not forbidden. The list goes on and on and on. 

Yet as times go by, we learn to make peace with this chaotic circumstance. Health protocol is introduced and strongly recommended, if not obliged. Masks are our primary necessity, something we cannot leave home without. Hand sanitizers are always within reach and cleaning hands properly are taught again through various channels and platforms. Never we realize before how basic good habits can save lives! 

put on your mask!


Then all of us become digital nomads. We might move here and there or stay at home but we are more connected than ever. Virtual meet-ups and gatherings are on our daily schedules. Shopping, grabbing our favorite munchies and food & beverages, as well as other supplies are done electronically as well. Life is indeed recalibrated! Well, in short, so many things happened, so many changes occurred, so much love and faith embraced. Yet still so much to be grateful for! All those bleak pictures from COVD-19 pandemic also bring about various opportunities and new advantages. 

Kalau bicara tahun 2020, rasanya memang nano - nano banget ya. Saya masih inget saat di awal tahun 2020, kita semua penuh semangat dan rencana baik, yang nyatanya memang harus disimpan dulu untuk kesempatan lain karena ada COVID-19 yang tiba - tiba mampir dan sekarang masih betah bersama kita semua. Saat di awal bulan Maret kasus pertama COVID-19 di Indonesia diumumkan secara resmi, kita semua bertanya – tanya apa yang sebenarnya terjadi dan kita harus berbuat apa. Kita resah dan gundah karena perubahan yang harus dilakukan tidak selamanya mudah dan memerlukan pengorbanan. Kita dicabik dari kebiasaan selama ini dan 'indahnya' dunia nyaman yang kita lakoni setiap hari. Kita harus memilih untuk tetap di rumah agar sehat, selamat dan hidup atau menuruti nafsu, menafikan keadaan dan egois turuti tabiat bersosialisasi kita yang tidak selamanya penting dilakukan. 

a little break for our family during the pandemic


Buatku, ini bukan pilihan yang mudah, kawan. Terbiasa living in a fast lane, kalau kata orang - orang di film, membuat aku sangat terbiasa sibuk, mobile, traveling ke sana kemari, dan bertemu dengan orang banyak. Saat semuanya harus dihentikan, aku sempat limbung. Lalu kesal, marah dan protes. Tidak terima dengan keadaan yang memaksa kita harus menghentikan gaya hidup kita di era 'old normal'. Walaupun, in the end, tentu saja akal sehat (dan peringatan konstan dari suami tercinta) membuatku memilih untuk #dirumahaja. Sungguh hashtag juara yang mengubah hidup kita di tahun 2020 ini.

Dan ternyata aku bisa jadi orang rumahan!

Aku bisa 'mengikat' my itchy feet untuk sementara waktu dan memaksimalkan apa yang bisa aku lakukan di rumah. Bersama orang - orang tercinta dan terdekatku. Dan amboi... nikmat sekali ternyata rasanya, kawan. 

Masak bareng dengan anak - anak. Bangun tidur pagi di samping my munchkin tanpa gedubrakan dan jejeritan bergantian mandi dengan anak-anak karena ngga mau terlambat ke kantor (karena resiko terlambat adalah gaji dipotong). Menikmati lentiknya bulu mata anak - anak saat mereka tidur. Sholat berjamaah setiap saat dan mengirim doa untuk mereka yang kita cintai.  Bersimbah keringat membongkar gudang dan mengeluarkan barang - barang yang tidak lagi diperlukan. Bercanda bareng tiga kucing Persia gemes yang ada di rumah. Menamatkan semua buku koleksi yang lama tergolek manis di lemari buku. Melihat dan menikmati kenangan perjalanan hidup lewat foto dan video yang menumpuk di external hard disks. Menikmati liburan berempat ke tempat cantik di tanah air. Mendapat kawan baru dari berbagai platform digital dan komunitas keren yang aku ikuti. Bahkan mendapat apresiasi dan terpilih sebagai Guiding Star Google Local Guides di bulan Desember lalu. Itu, kawan, hanya sebagian kecil dari nikmat-Nya yang luar biasa di tengah pandemi untukku dan keluargaku. 

honored to be one of the Google Local Guides Guiding Stars 2020 

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Untungnya, seiring dengan waktu, kita melakukan begitu banyak perubahan dan penyesuaian. Awalnya untuk bertahan hidup, namun kemudian kita merasakan kenyamanan dan kepraktisan dari gaya hidup baru ini. Meskipun awalnya kita merasa 'kalah' dengan pandemi ini, tapi sesungguhnya kita meraih 'kemenangan' dalam banyak hal, termasuk memberi momen - momen berharga yang tidak akan kita nikmati jika pandemi tidak melanda. Kita justru terbuka mata dan hati akan indahnya dunia yang berbeda dari yang telah menjebak kita selama ini dengan kesemuannya. And for that, my friends, I can never thank my Rabb enough.

Stop! Pause! Postpone! Recalibrate! Revive! 

Mungkin itu cerita kita di tahun 2020. 

Dan bukan tanpa konsekuensi or drama karena banyak dampak buruk yang harus kita alami dari pandemi. 

But hey.. we’re re still here. Insya Allah safe and sound! And as long as we hold on to our hope, faith and love, life in 2021 should be brilliant! 

Percayalah, nikmat-Nya tidak akan berhenti hanya karena pandemi. So, be grateful!

Here’s to the new year glittered with hope, health, happiness & prosperity! 

Bismillahirrahmanirrahiiim..

Birthday Galore at the Frakarsas Family

Birthday galore at the Frakarsas

Happy happy birthday!

December is a triple special for me and my family. It’s all about birthdays, birthdays, and birthdays! Plus vacation LOL.

I believe I have been telling my dearest blog readers that I am surrounded by 3 Sagitarians. My hubby, my son and my daughter. Good thing I am a Leo ♌️ so I can handle them (if you know what I mean  ).

So this time, in this super special 2020 thanks to the pandemic, we actually managed to do things differently. We celebrated 2 birthdays in Bali (yaaaaay) and 1 in Jakarta with the my big families.

We started the birthday galore with Obi, my daughter. Although I was in the middle of preparation for meetings, we still get a chance to celebrate it in our hotel bedroom in Nusa Dua, Bali. We even had the mini birthday cake with cherries and chocolate on top .

So Happiest birthday to my baby bunny, ma mija, the brightest girl in the house (after mama hahahahaha) 弘♥️弘. No .. I was kidding. I bet you will be even brighter, smarter, more fun and more soleha ya love. I can’t tell you enough how proud I am to see you grow this gracefully all these years. Have blessed days head, gorgeous! May Allah SWT bless us all. Always!

Then the second birthday is super duper special as we celebrate my hubby’s born day and our anniversary as well. 16 years and still so much in love, complete with everything in between! We were in Ubud, staying in one of our favorite private villas there, and had a blast!

When people ask me how I - or perhaps ‘we’ can survive our relationship this long (9 years dating & 16 years of marriage and counting 弘.), I might say I don’t now. I just enjoy the journey, - no matter how absurd and horrible it may be 突五 , complete with its ups and downs;  be true to myself and try to ensure respect is on our day-to-day menu. Obviously, it’s not always a rose-colored glasses world we have, but it sure is colorful enough to make you realize how blessed and lucky you are to have each other. You don’t always have the privilege to spend your life with someone that makes you feel super comfortable being yourself. With Udi, I have been through hell and heaven and he still stands by me until this very moment. I sincerely hope I can do the same! Here’s to 16 (or 25 from the scratch 弘) years and counting ya love ♥️. 

Finally, the finale for this year’s birthday galore in the Frakarsas family is abang Bo’s. My first born son.

I still remember vividly when I came to Monash medical Center in Melbourne twice before I delivered my first born. It was quite an experience and an adventure for me and my hubby @frakarsa because it was only the two of us at the time and we were far away from home. Alhamdulillaaaah all was well and we celebrated the joy of being new parents merrily. But Bo has been a lovely and understanding kid since the very beginning as I have no trouble at all in raising him until now when puberty hits LOL. And he’s been traveling around since a tender age of 7 days, accompanying me to the boxing day sale then flew back home to Jakarta when he was only 39 days old!  

Now, he is still a soft-hearted and loving boy who is not afraid to show his love to mama, yours truly, Bapak et Obi. He hugs me before going to bed and says I love you to us. He helps with household chores and cooks well! And he’s our cats’ favorite!

Thanks for being a unique and helpful you, Bang.. here’s to being 14 and more brilliant years to come ♥️! Bismillahirrahmanirrahiiim ♥️♥️♥️

Before his birthday, we had photo session taken during our last visit to Bali and during our stay in Conrad Hotel, Bali. I love all the result and really thank Conrad for these wonderful shots and beautiful memories we share in there ♥️♥️.

So that’s our birthday galore this year. We are so grateful for all the beautiful things Allah SWT has bestowed us. May we all be blessed. Always.



Wonderful Wednesday with My Purple World, Oh My Heartsie Girls and Friends


I hope everyone is safe, happy, and healthy wherever one is!

I have been following the news and see the continued spiking numbers of COVID-19 cases in so many countries, including Indonesia. It's sad to hear the news and some happened to somebody we know. 

As I have shared before, I have been traveling for work and this week, my family and I explored Bali. It's good to be back on the road as we all love traveling. But at them same time, we cannot deny that we get anxious whenever we meet big group of people or traveling to a place packed with visitors. Of course we are trying our best to seriously implement new normal norms and health protocol. It becomes the new SOP and standard whenever we have to make contact with others or travel for work. Hopefully that will help us prevent the spread of the virus.

Happy happy birthday, mija

Amidst the pandemic, we are blessed to spend my daughter's 10th birthday in Bali. I had a meeting and my kids had their final exam but before we started anything, we managed to have a little celebration. Just the 4 of us, in our hotel room. Nothing fancy, but we have a little birthday cake and candle blowing session. Alhamdulillah Obi, or Nadine, has healthily grown. Tons of love, mija, and may Allah SWT bestow you with abundant blessings. Always.


Here comes the kisses LOL.. look at her face!

While in Bali, we decided to pay a visit to Nusa Penida Island. It's simply AMAZING!

Kelingking beach, Broken Beach, Angel's Billabong and Chrystal Bay are on our itinerary and through a private tour for a safe and healthy trip, we finally enjoyed this breathtaking beauty. Check out some photos at WW: The Amazing Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida, Bali. More photos and stories are certainly coming!

Now, let's enjoy Wonderful Wednesday with My Purple World, Oh My Heartsie Girls and Friends.

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday Linkup #236

We are here the first week in December and 18 days from Christmas morning as we prepare for Christmas. Although it is hard this week, it is our pleasure to share with you lots of new recipes and Fashion Feature

And since it is Christmas we look forward to seeing your DIY ideas and yummy recipes your fashions ideas and home decor and dont miss my Traditional ⇒Oh My Heartsie Girl in A Holiday Baking Exchange Linkup

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