FRENCH BEAUTY

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A typical French pharmacy in Paris is my safe haven.. I find comfort in looking for new products to try out and old yet trustable products that I have ran out of, or even just searching the shelves for products that I might like. For me French beauty products are god sent and they are my lifesavers, they have saved me from sunburns, acne, and even bad hair days. The products that I have tried are very gentle and soothing for the skin, they don’t irritate the skin and doesn’t cause it to dry up. I can never stop raving about La Roche Posay to all my friends, their Effaclar Gel Face Wash has saved me from acne and uneven skin tone. Along with their Effaclar Duo that aims to corrects the appearance of imperfections. Another product I love is the Klorane Dry Shampoo that helped me through my bad hair days when I don’t have enough time to wash my hair in the morning.

Since a few years back I have sworn by these french beauty products that you can easily find in their pharmacies. If you are interested I suggest you do a little bit of research since it can be a bit tricky shopping if you don’t speak french, and especially if you want to improve your skins condition you need to buy the product that is right for your of skin type.

IMUN 2016

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Last week has been a busy week since I attended my first ever Model United Nations or also known as MUN in Universitas Indonesia. For those who are not familiar with MUN it’s basically a simulation of the United Nations conference for high school and university students. I was extremely honoured to be the delegate of Vietnam in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Affairs (SOCHUM) council. Joining IMUN also made me very aware of the problems that the world is currently facing, in SOCHUM we try to deal with the issue of statelessness and our main goal is to prevent and also find the solution for more than 10 million stateless people that we have right now.

I was very nervous for my first conference day because I was scared that I might not bring enough research or if I might say the wrong things. When I first stepped in to the conference room everything was happening so fast, and to be honest I was a bit shocked by how fast paced everything was. But as the days went by it got easier for me to connect, socialise, and negotiate with other delegates, that was when the real fun started, since we already knew each other we had the chance to be a little bit more relaxed around each other during the un-moderated caucus and lunch time. During the last day of the conference we have finally voted on a draft resolution we all think is the best solution for the problem. We also had an entertainment caucus (not a legit thing!) where we had a dance battle, which was extremely hilarious.

I had an amazing time during Indonesia Model United Nations and I am really interested in joining other MUN events. I highly recommend this activity for those who love to debate, negotiate, and who would like to become future diplomats. My tips for joining the MUN is that be confident, have proper research, and most of all just have fun!

xx

Ikyu

 

 

DECISIONS

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This year big decisions are to be made. Decisions that might even change my life drastically, decisions that I am not ready to make. It is kind of crazy that high school is going to end in about 7 months, and for the past 9 years this school is all I knew about. I have seen the same faces for nearly a decade, and those people have been my second family. But in less than 7 months I’m leaving that entire chapter of my life behind to start a whole new adventure. It might sound dramatic for those who have been through this before, but please do understand that this whole thing is a bit much for me right now, there are doubts in my head if I will ever make it in life, or if I am taking the right courses, or even something as simple as, will I make friends in university?

All of these questions have been on my mind for quite some time now, but as time draws near the more I am sure of the decisions that I am making. Now, I can’t wait to go on this new adventure that awaits for me in less than 7 months, and I made a promise to myself that I will make the most out of that 7 months that I have left with my high school friends.

xx

Ikyu

HIDDEN SANCTUARY

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Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, I can even have it as my lunch and dinner. And my favourite healthy breakfast spot is in SNCTRY, a small space in Dharmawangsa that provides a variant of healthy foods, such as: smoothie bowls, salads, fruit bowls, juices, etc. The place is just so lively, bright, and colourful that you can’t help but feel like you’re in Bali for a while. My favourite is actually their Almond Chocolate Superfood Bowl! It is just so creamy and delicious, being a mixture of white dragon fruit, banana, almond mylk, and almond butter I also like to add some granola too, because they are just to die for! They also have DAMA almond milk, which I LOVE, especially their earl grey almond milk. I really wanted to try their salad last time but they weren’t available yet since it was still very early.

This place also share the same venue with a coffee shop, But First Coffee, and a mexican restaurant, Taco Local, if you’re in more of a cheat day mood. I really recommend going here early in the morning (around 9-ish) since they open from 8 a.m. (weekdays) and 7 a.m. (weekend) making it a great post-workout meal if you want something healthy and fulfilling.

xx

Ikyu

SNCTRY – Pelaspas Dharmawangsa, Jl. Dharmawangsa Raya No. 4, Dharmawangsa, Jakarta

GIRLS DAY OUT!

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It has been over a year since we have gotten together, and a meeting was long overdo. I have missed both of these girls so much and this day out was exactly what I needed after a very exhausting and tiring year, it’s just really fun to spend a day filled with shopping, sushi, and some much-needed gossip-ing over dessert. There is just something so special about spending a day with your cousins, you don’t really talk to each other everyday and they’re not really the first person you look for when you need someone to listen to because we tend to go to our friends first, but once you get together with your cousins, well for me at least, I just can’t help but tell them everything they have missed in my life.

I think overall it was a very successful day, I got my sushi (a much needed break from all the lebaran food), Danti got her make-up, and Icha got her Union cake! Thank you girls so much for putting up with my “blogger” antics and being so understanding when I didn’t allow you to eat before I got a decent picture! Other than that thank you for teaching me more about make-up because I literally never put on anything except for sunblock. I really hope that we can do this next year, or maybe even before that!

xx

Ikyu

BOMBERS

 

I recently have fallen in love with the bomber jacket trend, this clothing piece has come a long way since being a jacket only used by military pilot or the bombardier into something so popular and widely used by a lot of people in popular culture (including me! I am so guilty of owning a couple bomber jackets even though I live in a very tropical and extremely humid country). There are now so many variations of bomber jackets to choose from, the classic (with the green-ish colour) to the maroon and even the embroidered ones.

I used to think that styling a bomber jacket should strictly only be paired with jeans and a plain t-shirt, but after scrolling through my pinterest timeline and opening tons of fashion blogs I finally realise that it is not restricted to the kind of tomboy-ish look, but you can also really make it look girly by pairing it with a dress or personalise it to your own style. I love it when girls dresses differently when they use the bomber jacket, it really puts the outfit together and I really like when someone combines 2 different clothing items that contradicts each other and make the whole outfit unique.

The bomber jacket have become one of the staple piece for the “it-girls” like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, the trend is also widely popular amongst the street style fashion people. I love looking at how versatile this one jacket is, and how it can really make an outfit. I hope you guys enjoy the pictures that I show you guys here (all pictures are gathered from the internet, credits to everyone! :p).

xx

Ikyu

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SUMMER ADVENTURES

You know when summer is getting closer and you start to make unrealistic plans with your friends, such as: go on a road-trip together, have brunch in that new restaurant in town, , go to the beach, don’t stay in bed till noon, don’t be lazy, and do something totally unexpected and spontaneous, etc.

Well, that was me a month ago..Being the lazy person that I am, when summer actually rolled in, here I am in my pajamas staying up late watching my favourite rom-com movie at 11 pm, which will probably explain why I would still be in bed until 2 pm tomorrow. If I am not in my bed you can usually find me in the movie theatre, because I have been watching tons of the new movies, like: Now You See Me 2 (seen this twice already), The Conjuring 2, Finding Dory (LOVEEE the movie), and X-Men: Apocalypse.

It’s not that my summer is not fun, I actually really enjoyed it. I did make a banoffee pie that ended up really good, but extremely time consuming that I don’t think I would be making them for a while now. But when I go on social media I am again reminded of my so-called summer plans, because people are posting their summer vacation pictures and I just get a little bit of pressure to go out and enjoy myself during this time of the year, even though I am already content with what I am doing right now (aka going out only a few times).

Well, I think that is all for now! Thanks for reading my late night summer plans rant, and this was actually a very spontaneous blog post that is a bit more personal and un-planned. I don’t think this would be a thing though in my blog, but I really hope you guys enjoyed it!

xx

Ikyu

adieu!

This summer I am saying goodbye to one of my closest friend since elementary, because she is going away for college in Singapore. I know that she is not moving to the other side of the world, but I am still going to miss her like crazy! So, if you’re reading this Shab I just want you to know that I am so grateful for having you as a part of my life for the past 8 years. I literally don’t know how I would ever survive junior and senior high without you here by my side.

You were always there for me every time I needed someone to talk or just listen to my ever-so dramatic life stories (even though most of the time you don’t even understand what I am saying with all the crying and shouting going on). Time went by so fast and I am surely going to miss all the sleepovers, the late night domino’s run, the shopping trips (SO sorry for dragging you all over PIM multiple times), the late night HokBen deliveries (all them egg chicken rolls!!), and basically every moment I have spent with you.

We have grown so close in the past years that I think you know me just as much as you know yourself. Our friendship even reached to the point where your house has also become my second home that I could just enter without waiting for you (or Mas Kholis) to answer the door for me and even going to your grandparents house on a monthly basis.

I know that most of the time I don’t really show how much I appreciate our friendship, but I really want you to know that I love you and I will really really REALLY miss you when you go to Singapore, but I know that this is your stepping stone towards a great future (remember: BIG CLOSET, HAPPY LIFE).

So here’s to the years that have yet to come, may our friendship continue to grow and prosper in the future, and for the many memories that we’re going to make (super ready for WTF 2016!)  So be ready for me, knocking on your apartment door visiting you in Singapore.. Okay? 😉 Good luck with your studies there Shab and dont you dare forget about me!!

xx

Ikyu

(I am proud to say that I didn’t cry in the process of writing this blog post, even though my eyes did get a little watery.)

SWEET TOOTH

PUDDING

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It was like love at first taste, and the rest is history.

I have loved sweets for as long as I can remember and this particular dessert holds a special place in my heart.. It’s pudding to be exact, since I was little my aunty loved to make chocolate pudding with chocolate vla and the extra chocolate shavings on top. But as I grow older my taste buds has grown with me and since then I have fallen in love with one special pudding from Pudding Dessert. 

Pudding Dessert has been a favourite of my family since a few years back, everyone in my                        family loves it from my mom, my aunt, my cousins, and even my grandma (she says its not too sweet). They sell a variant of different flavours, but my favourite will always be their biscuit pudding, it is just three layer of pure heavenly goodness. The biscuits with the pudding base along with the vla just goes so well together and it is not too overly sweet that makes you sick but it is just the perfect amount of sweetness, I also do not doubt that their product are made with the highest quality product.

I highly recommend their puddings if you want to send gifts to your friends or family, since it is Ramadhan. Another great thing is that when you buy their pudding you are also giving back to the community, since they have a program going on that donates Rp 2.500 (small size) or Rp 5.000 (large size) for every pudding that you purchase during 6 June -5 July 2016.

Spread the love guys! ❤

xx

Ikyu

Check out the full menu on their social media:

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HEALTHY LIFE!

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For years I have tried to be healthy, but my lifestyle really makes it challenging for me because having to prepare everything for a healthy meal is really time consuming and I am either too busy or just simply too lazy. But not long ago I have found all the answers to my prayers, DINI HARI, a brand that sells overnight oats with various different flavours. I am ashamed to admit that I am very picky with the things I eat, and I like only a little variation of fruits and vegetables. With Dini Hari overnight oats I can eat healthy, and it is very practical for me to eat in the car when I am rushing to go to school. Another perk of ordering from Dini Hari is that they deliver to your front door if you live in the JaBoDeTaBek area. With many different flavors to choose from, my favourite is the chocolate banana.

Dini Hari is THE healthy food for anyone who wants to start eating healthy but just doesn’t want to give it all up yet. So give it a try, you can buy their products online or even in       Kem Chicks, and tell me what you think about it.

(check out : @dini.hari (ig))

XX

Ikyu

(photo credit: dini hari instagram)