Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Lauv - Love Somebody (lyrics)

Why do I do this?
Pick you up and put you down and put you through this

Started off as a good thing, a sure thing
You held back, but I know
In the moment our lips touched
The rush sent us straight to the moon
I should've known that we'd be coming down
Right to the bottom where we are now, mmm
Started off as a good thing, a sure thing
What the hell did I do? Yeah

Every time I think I love somebody
Always find a way to throw it all away
I don't ever wanna hurt nobody
I don't wanna be the one to say
That we gotta have a conversation
I don't wanna watch the tears roll down your face
No, I hurt you and I, I'm sorry
All I wanted was to love somebody

Why do I do this?
Pick you up and put you down and put you through this

Why do I do this?
Pick you up and put you down and put you through this
Why do I do this?
Pick you up and put you down and put you through this
Why do I do this? (Every time I think I love somebody)
Pick you up and put you down and put you through this (Always find a way to throw it all away)
Why do I do this? (I don't ever wanna hurt nobody)
Pick you up and put you down and put you through this (I don't wanna be the one to say)

That we gotta have a conversation
I don't wanna watch the tears roll down your face
No, I hurt you and I, I'm sorry
All I wanted was to love somebody

I'm just in love with this song at the moment. The tune and the lyrics fit perfectly together.

-phn

Saturday, December 14, 2019

7 Cactus Conditioner Bar

Hello, lovelies~ I'm all familiar with shampoo and lotion bars, but I am new to the concept of a conditioner bar. I guess I never really looked into it because I rarely use conditioner for my short hair. Plus, the conventional conditioners usually made my hair limp and greasy. 

When I bought two shampoo bars from 7 Cactus on Tokopedia, they gave me a bonus of a heart shaped conditioner bar. I've only been using it for a few weeks, but I feel that it's enough to give a proper review. 
L-R (top) : Conditioner Bar, Sea Salt & Calendula Shampoo Bar. Bottom : Rose Matcha Shampoo Bar


Using the conditioner bar is easy because all you have to do is to rub it either on your hands or straight to your hair. I prefer the latter because the bar feels weird and slippery in my hands lol. 

Performance wise, it makes my hair soft and smooth when it's dry. I notice that it look straighter than usual. Not sure if there is dimethicone in them because I can't find the ingredients anywhere. If you have the ingredients list, let me know so I can edit this post to include them.

Have you tried the 7 Cactus Conditioner Bar? Lemme know in the comments below and until then, I'll see you later~

P.S: This is probably the shortest review I have on my blog.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Nano Healthy Family : Relaxing Massage

Hello, lovelies~ I just got back from getting a full body massage after 3 years (I think) at Mall of Indonesia. There is another one at Pluit, but since this one is closer to my office, I decided to go to MOI.


If you're looking for Nano, it's located right next to Gramedia and right in front of 6 Pack restaurant on the first floor. The place looked small from the outside,

You go straight towards the receptionist, located at the farther back of the shop. I requested a full body massage and asked for short pants. Afterwards, I went in to the locker to put all my belongings, change into said short pants and sandals before going further into the unknown for a feet washing session.

There are rows of wash basin complete with a flexible faucet that just shows how big the place actually is. My therapist came and she washed my feet with soap before soaking it in warm water that has a foot soak liquid. Whilst my feet were simmering soaking, she massaged my shoulders and it felt great.

My feet were then dried after 5 minutes or so ( I have completely lost track of time here) and she led me into a dimly lit room to further enhance the relaxation mood. I took off most of my clothes so it'll be easy to massage, obviously.

 Okay. Time to tell you a little secret.

I don't quite like massages, especially on my calves and ankles.

There I was contemplating on whether I made the right decision to get a full body massage knowing full well that those areas are going to get some TENDER LOVING CARE.

Either this is going to be an enjoyable session of muscle relaxation or pure torture for the next 90 minutes.

I'm glad to report that it wasn't the latter. 

(Thank you, Lord Jesus!)

The therapist is quite professional because she remembered the pressure she needed to exert on me, the weakling who could NOT, for the life of me, stand massages. She started quite strong and asked if it was too painful, can you guess what I said?

"Bu, bisa pelanan dikit? Makasih.."

She just lowered the pressure and it felt good. I can feel my muscles relaxing and not tense anymore, especially the ones on my back, near my scapula. She applied gentle pressure and it made a popping sound that felt rewarding.

After the massage session ended, I went out to sit for a bit in their living-room-look-a-like and drank a small glass of Wedang Jahe. It's hot ginger water with a little sugar in it that has A LOT of ginger it was spicy. G would've loved this drink.

I went back to the locker, changed my pants, and paid at the same receptionist place. The cashier is just right next to it. Each therapist has their own number, so if you want the same one for your next visit, just remember their number.

All in all, I enjoyed my full body massage session despite being a weakling upon being massaged. My muscles feel more relaxed, especially because I just swam the day before. I'm thinking of making this into a weekly or bi-weekly thing in my schedule. What do you think? Do you guys do massages, too? Let me know in the comments below and until then, I'll see you later~

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Burgreens : Whole-Food Plant-Based

Hello, lovelies~ I recently went to a vegan restaurant at Mall of Indonesia, Kelapa Gading called Burgreens. They have opened for quite some time, but it was new in North Jakarta region.


The restaurant is located on the First Floor right next to that popular snack store (ACS). I'm not sure how I can explain it clearer than that lol. G and I haven't been eating beef and pork for five months now, so this restaurant interests me. 

We ordered a lot of food to try out, but funny enough, not the burgers because we're just simply not in the mood to eat one. I got Katsu Kare and G got Vegan Rendang something for the mains. Vegan gyōza, vegan yakitori, and mushroom soup are the sides and/or appetisers we got.

Katsu Kare came with brown rice with mock chicken underneath the Japanese curry sauce. I like the mock chicken as it has a meat-texture. The one where it rips to shreds, you know? I'm not a fan of the curry sauce, though. It tasted slightly diluted and watery.


Vegan Rendang that G got took a while to get to our table. I've already finished my Katsu when it arrived. The mock Rendang meat is well seasoned, but the texture of the rice is a bit to soft for me. There's not photo of this dish, I didn't take it because G was already late to his appointment since his food took 30 minutes to get to the table.

Vegan Yakitori was OK, but maybe the veggies on the stick could be heated together with the chikn? It just felt slightly cold whereas the chkn was warm.

My favorite was the Vegan Gyoza and the dipping sauce. The gyōza could do with a little bit more time so the bottom gets cripsy. The sauce is yum for me. It's well balanced between salty and tangy. Yum. *throws kisses like an Italian chef*

I would probably come back to eat here when we're at MOI, which is probably every two weeks as G always gets his haircut here. I'm really curious to try out the ramen. I think it would be even better if the plates were warmed up before serving the food on top, so the food won't go cold fast. Just a friendly suggestion.

For dessert, we got two scoops of vegan chocolate ice cream and vegan raspberry sorbet from Cream Fiction. Their ice cream stall is inside Burgreens, you can't miss it. Since there was a promotion, we got another scoop for free, so we had three scoops each! I haven't had dairy ice cream in one (or two?) months, so I'm kinda missing it. It's still next to impossible to get vegan chocolate ice cream where I live, so this was definitely a treat.

The milk (or mylk) base is coconut milk to get that creamy texture found in dairy-based ice cream. I really thought it would get in the way of the chocolate taste, but boy was I so glad to be proven wrong. IT WAS SCRUMPTIOUS! I may have found my go-to vegan ice cream, should I be craving it during that time of the month. I can taste the chocolate and the creaminess, but without any of that coconut taste (that I despise). It wasn't too sweet or bitter, it was just right.

As for the Raspberry Sorbet, I quite like it. Weird, huh? I'm usually not into fruit flavored ice cream or sorbets, but this just tasted fresh and tangy. I LOVE IT!

If you're ever in MOI and is craving for vegan food, drop by Burgreens. Maybe you'll find something that you'll like here. There's ice cream too if you're up for it.
They have reusable straws, too!

Burgreens
Mall of Indonesia Lantai 1
(di sebelah ACS or di sebelah A&W)
Pokoknya deretan Bakmi GM

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Favorite Zero Waste Swaps

Hello, lovelies~ Ever since I participated in Plastic Free July, my lifestyle and views on the world has certainly changed a bit. I read on how recycling isn't really a solution to the abudant plastic problem that we are currently having, how the oceans are polluted with not just a bunch of plastic straws, but also fishing nets and ghost nets that killed the majority of marine life, and how our actions can spread to other people as well, no matter how small it is. 

Okay, that got serious real quick.

In this blog post, I want to share some of my favorite lifestyle, zero-waste swaps that I have been implementing in my lifestyle. Again, I have ellaborated on how I can't be zero-waste in this post right here, but hey, I'm trying my best.



MENSTRUAL CUP

This is the first swap that I am over the moon with. I have been telling this to my friends, I have blogged about this, I even discussed this with G every time I am using it! I have blogged about this in this post, so go and ready about it if you haven't already. 

It is a silicone cup that you insert into your vagina to work as a plug to stop the blood from coming out during your menstruation. You have to take it out every 12 hours to prevent Toxic Shock Syndrome, so don't leave there for days on end, okay? After cleaning and rinsing all the sacrificial blood out of the cup, just insert it back in and you're good to go!

I know it might seem intimidating at first, but once you learn more about it, it may just be your BFF during your period! I have only tried Organicup and am loving it. 

SHAMPOO BAR

Back in 2012, I used a shampoo bar from LUSH religiously to a point that I felt like buying backups upon backups of said shampoo bar. It was expensive enough on its own and shipping is just the icing on top of the expedition cake.

Glad I didn't though.

2019 rolls around, lo and behold, we have shampoo bars available locally! Here in Indonesia! One of the first ones I tried is from Segara Naturals and the recent on is from 7 Cactus. I'll post the review on my blog later after I finished using them. Obviously not gonna write a review post after one time using, right? ;)

I like this swap because it eliminates all the plastic bottles usually found in shampoos. Also, most of my shampoo don't have refills, so I have to keep buying the bottle over and over again. Sure, you can recycle the plastic bottle, but you do realize that you can only recycle them so much before the quality drops to a point that the plastic is just unusable anymore, right? 

FOLDABLE SILICONE CUP

I don't have a lot of tumblers from before going zero waste, I do have lots of mugs, though. There are some tumblers in my house, but the plastic is all warped and weird. Some are also not informative of what type of plastic they're made of. To be honest, I'm kinda scared to use them because of the plastic leaching problem if it's not clear as to what type of plastic it is. 

A-N-Y-W-A-Y . . .

I bought a collapsible silicone cup for buying drinks like coffee, lattes, or milk tea (I don't drink dairy milk anymore, but that a whole other blog post). It fits in my bag and doesn't take up too much space since it folds into a smaller dimension.

SILICONE LUNCHBOX

I'm not sure why it's even called a lunchbox when I use it for practically everything else. Let's just call it a box then.

Right.

This may very well be a godsend from the heavens above as they are watching me waste food when I'm in restaurants. It's not A LOT, but bits and pieces here and there. Maybe like 2 spoonfuls of sauteed broccoli along with 2 pieces of fried tofu? Still counts as food waste, though. 

Fear not for I have my handy dandy trusted silicone lunchbox to fit those into! I usually give the food scraps to the stray cats in front of my house. They seem to enjoy their dinner time a lot more nowadays and I get to eat to a comfortable level of satiety. Everybody wins! 

GROCERY BAGS

Aside from the addition of IDR 200 for each plastic bag used in stores nowadays, I prefer to use my own reusable grocery bag because of the eco friendly and strength aspect. I buy fruits, pasta, milk (plant based), and coffee weekly. Those things are heavy, dude. The thin plastic bags would've ripped easily. No, I am not gonna use double plastic bags to ensure the safety of my things, so reusable bags became the solution. I have a few of them in my bag at all times.

These are just some of the swaps I can think of at the moment. Keep in mind that plastic is not the enemy here and I am not in any way, shape or form ANTI-PLASTIC. I came from a medical field where every single one of the sterile equipment is (mostly) single use plastic for a valid reason. It's just the principle of HOW WE USE PLASTIC that needs to be revised.



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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Zero Waste or Low Waste? Bonus Low Waste Swaps

Hello, lovelies~ Have you heard about plastic pollution? It's all over the news and some places have even banned those single-use plastics. According to TIME, 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean EVERY YEAR.
Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash

I'm not against all single-use plastic, of course. Syringes are made from plastic that is disposable or single-use, but it has benefits of being able to keep infection rates low to none. There is no more cross-contamination thanks to sterile equipment that is wrapped in plastic. So? I'm not against plastic nor do I avoid them like the plague.

Would I call myself a zero waster or living a zero-waste lifestyle?

I don't think so.

Maybe it's more of a Low Waste Lifestyle instead

Anyway, I have a few tips for you who are interested in learning more about this lifestyle or looking for ideas on swaps to be more conscious of our waste. Just know that it's not gonna always be smooth sailing in our journey for minimal waste.

Don't be too hard on yourself if a waiter gave you straw in your drink or a plastic bag with your food order. We live in a linear economy, so breaking up from it will be a task. We have to slowly change into a circular economy, so there would be less waste. Remember this mantra when you're starting this lifestyle,

We don't need a handful of people doing it perfectly.
We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.

Let's get on with the swaps I did on my journey of minimizing my waste.

Bringing my own shopping bag so I don't have to use the plastic bags that stores usually provide. I usually have 3 or 5 of these in my bag. Sometimes, I do still forget to use my own shopping bag when I'm getting my food to go. When I do remember, I return the plastic bag back to the shop. 

Not using straws and using our own reusable cups when we're getting bubble tea. I have to admit that this one habit is slightly harder than the previous ones. G and I don't really use straws when we're drinking, except when it comes to bubble tea. We can't drink it straight from the glass because they're at the bottom and it's hard to get both the tapioca balls and the drink at the same time. Am I making any sense? Sorry if it didn't.

Anyway, we ended up getting those wide reusable glass straws to suck up those pesky, delicious balls of tapioca and sugar.

We're both hot tea drinkers, so we have opted for loose leaf tea when it comes to steeping a hot cup of tea. No more using tea bags for us since some of them (may) contain plastic within the bags to make it more durable when steeped with hot water. Of course, not all tea bags have this, you have to research the brand.

Ice cream would have to be my favorite dessert out of all of them. I like to have them in a cup because I'm not too fond of eating the cone. In my bag are two reusable cups (around 400 ml) and two metal teaspoons that I bring so I can use them for ice cream sundae. This way, I won't feel guilty when I'm enjoying my ice cream in a cup.

I have started using a menstrual cup for that time of da' month. It was (really) a learning curve and I have written about it in-depth in this post right here. All I can say is you really gotta be CHILL when using a cup.

I am starting a compost box at home where all the food waste (vegetable scraps, fruit peels, etc) goes to rot safely and turn to compost for the plants. Our landfill is overloaded with organic and inorganic waste that they formed mountains of garbage. The organic waste (food scraps mostly) gets buried underneath and decomposed anaerobically because of lack of oxygen. When it starts to decomposed anaerobically, methane is formed and released into the atmosphere as one of the worst greenhouse gases. Methane is able to trap 100x more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

This is all I can think of now. If I have more swaps, I'll it in a new blog post later on. My bag kinda looks like I'm going to have a picnic by the river because of the eating utensils. All I'm missing is a rug to lie down while I enjoy the calming sounds of the river.

I know this isn't much and I'm only one person doing all of this (2 if you count G), but I'm trying to help in any way I can to the best of my ability for the earth. I know that companies should be held responsible for managing their own waste, but I don't think there is a law for that, so until then, I'll just be here and do my best to help our Earth.

Have you made some low waste swaps to help reduce plastic pollution or reduce waste in general? Let me know in the comments below. Until then, I'll see you later~

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Organicup Review and Experience

Disclaimer : If you are someone who are easily grossed out or uncomfortable with the topic of woman reproductive system and chunks of blood and menstruation, then this blog post is not for you. 

Hello, lovelies~ I know, I know. I am SO late in the game with these menstrual cups, huh? It takes me that long to join the cup users.

Nobody says that.

Ever.

Anyway, I am going to share with you the menstrual cup that I used during my last period, which is Organicup. Since I have only used this brand, I can't really tell which one is more comfy or less firm or whatnot, but maybe in the future, I will.

Who knows.

Alright, so what is a menstrual cup, I hear you asking from a distance. Well, my fellow first-time cup users, it's basically a cup that you insert to your vagina to collect the blood to sacrifice to the Gods for you to later dump out. It's made of medical-grade silicone, so none of that nasty chemicals on the lining, etc.



Before using it ( at the beginning of the menstruation cycle), I boil the cup for 5 minutes. Make sure that the water is already boiling before you put the cup in so the cup won't touch the sides of the pan. Afterward, just make sure it's cooled before removing it from the pan. Wash your hands and the cup before insertion.


MY EXPERIENCE                                   
The morning of the first day using it was surprisingly pleasant and easy. I used a C cup fold, but it wouldn't go in easily, so I switched to the punch down fold. It went in way easier because of the smaller diameter. Once it's inside and a little adjusting, I couldn't really feel the stem.

As a reference, I work at an office from 9 to 5 mostly sitting, maybe walking up and down the stairs a few times to get my papers from the printer. I thought I was gonna have spots when I check after 12 hours, but nope. My pants are clean as a whistle!


Getting it out is easier than inserting it because it's just a slight pull at the stem, pinching the base and pulling it out gently. I never thought I'd be satisfied to see the 'red juice' collected inside the cup. My first day has a quarter of the blood collected.

Now, I have a short temper that is a bad quality when combined with elevating hormones that makes me go into mood swings with just a snap. When I was gonna change the night of the first day, I had a hard time making the cup unfold. It didn't occur to me that I can just simply TURN the cup at the base to make it a round shape, hence sealing the deal.

but I didn't think about that

I LOST IT.

I HAD A BREAKDOWN.

G even offered to help since he said he would have a better sight at the 'target'. I politely declined in tears and hysterics. I was thinking of how I have failed as a medical doctor, not being able to place this medical device inside of me successfully. I started to think about how my family would be disappointed in (not that they're proud, to begin with) me because of my failure. I started to feel like a failure. Oh my, it was just nasty to look at. Geez...

Yup. That's what my hormones + short temper does to me during my period.

I SERIOUSLY DON'T KNOW WHY I DIDN'T TURN THE CUP.

I tried again for the last time before going to bed, but no luck. The cup is still left there unfolded and I'm still bawling my eyes out because of the failure. G consoled me and reminded me to take deep breaths and that this isn't the end of the world. If it wasn't for him, I would probably be in the middle of an anxiety attack. So, I took the cup out, used my sanitary pad and cried myself to sleep.

*phew*

The second day was a lot better since I did turn the cup at the base once it's already inside. There were a few leaks because I inserted the cup way too deep that it probably slanted to the side. It still caught a few milliliters of blood, so that was good.

The third and fourth day went smoothly because there was less blood than the day before. I already got the hang of inserting the cup and how deep it should be. My cue was inserting it until my index finger was about a quarter inserted. I then let go and it usually unfolds automatically. Right after my period ended I boil the cup for 5 minutes and store it in the cloth bag.

Verdict?

I enjoyed using it to the point that I wanna say...

SANITARY PAD WHO?
and

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!

also ...

HOW DO I LIVE WITHOUT YOU~?

I like that I can't feel anything while using the cup. There is no need to change pads every few hours. I don't have irritation because of the friction between my skin and the sanitary pads. There is also the financial and environmental effect of using menstrual cups. Sure it costs a lot in the beginning, but for the convenience and less (much less) waste piling up at the landfill, this is a worth to buy product for me.

How about you? Have you tried or thinking of trying a menstrual cup? Let me know in the comments below. I think I'm gonna do a separate post on tips for using a menstrual cup. This post is already too long I don't even know if you made it here. Until then, I'll see you later~


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