Nov 9, 2016

Jakarta Marathon 2016

Just a few days before race day, I know that my temperature has not been normal. All feverish and nausea with throbbing headache all day long. But I refused to stop myself from this race that I have signed up for.
After taking antibiotics and paracetamols for three days, I decided to just... do it.
"My siblings, Mom, Ompung (Grandma), my best friend, my in laws are going to be there at the finish line."I told myself as I pull my compression socks to my knees. 

Finishing 7 minutes slower than your previous personal best hurts. But I have learned to see every race that you completed as a PB. Why? First, the route is different. The weather, and the local people are too. I was spoiled with Ubud views in Lari Masuk Desa, and the cheering Balinese dancers in Maybank Bali Marathon. The 25KM long views in Lake Toba? Gosh, that one is a must to repeat.

I did not have those aforementioned perks in this race. To make things harder for mental endurance, there were not that many supporters cheering for you too. Some even honk you from their car even they have been informed about the road closure days before.

But you cannot expect a race to be "perfect" as per your liking, yes? Because, just like in the race of life, perfection is non existing. You need to allow the imperfection mold you. And if you are lucky, it brings out something in you that you never know you have.
In my case: apparently running 21KM under the rain is the best cure of all.

My siblings and cousin completed the 5K. I did the Half Marathon.


Entering the finish line drenched in sweats and rain. I remember thinking about doing a Full Marathon right at that moment.




Nov 4, 2016

Membawa Tuhan Dalam Sampul

Puisi ini saya tulis di tahun 2011.
Dan sayangnya, masih berlaku disaat ini.

Membawa Tuhan dalam Sampul

Ketika pemberontakkan semakin kehilangan muaranya
Ketika berita dan wacana lebih banyak memekakan telinga daripada menyercahkan harap
Saya memilih untuk membaca puisi-puisi tua, bermimpi masih ada negeri dongeng dengan kerubim dan tetua bijaksana di alamnya...

Ketika Tuhan dibawa-bawa
Untuk menjadi sampul pembenaran sebuah tindak anarki
Saya memilih untuk mendengarkan Dia lewat desir angin, melihat Dia di mata anak kecil saat mengagumi kupu-kupu, dan mengartikan gerimis sebagai airmataNya

Dia bilang, saya harus berdoa bagi yang mengkhianati saya
Dia bilang, saya harus sodorkan pipi yang lain saat ditampar
Dia bilang untuk tetap percaya dan jangan takut walau saya sedang melewati lembah kekelaman Dia yang Esa. Yang Maha.

Kalau Dia kuasa berkata seperti itu
Apakah mungkin Dia perlu lagi dibela?

February 2011

Nov 1, 2016

Androgynous

Just trying out a new look.
Have you tried an androgynous style? I am leaning into it but as I still enjoy being all girly and feminine, I do not want to overdo it.

I am so touched by how many people get isnpired by my style and sometimes some of them try to pull off a style the minute I shared about them. Thank you beautiful people.
My fashion-stylist friend told me that the first thing to take note is to know your body, do not force a style. You can get inspired by so many things around you but if you immediately copy them as soon as a trend comes in a hashtag, you might end up looking not as best. My legs are short, but I have a small waist so I can wear a high waist pants to create an illusion of longer legs. Minus looking bulky because my body frame is small.
My cheeks are chubby, so my big and frizzy hair will make it worse. Hence, the short cut.

PS: Do you think this look suits any body type?





Oct 31, 2016

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Oct 20, 2016

The one question I will ask my future man

If someday I will walk down the aisle and wed myself to the one I want, I am going to ask him this question.


Oct 3, 2016

The day I bid an emotional goodbye to Nike.

Is when I met Asics DynaFlyte.

I tried Asics on my fun 5K run in Bali Triathlon. Then, I took them for my Half Marathon run in Maybank Bali Marathon.
You've guessed it right that it was also the pair that supported me to conquer my 25 Half Ultra. In which I came is as 8th in Female categories!
Its FlyteFoam really supports my ankles and reduce shocks to your legs. And tho I still have to deal with my shin splints every now and then, it was no longer as bad as it used to be.

What are your runners?

ps: Yes, you can buy them too. Stealth marketing is one of my thing. 

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