29 April 2013

Plastic surgery

I bet you have heard or read about the Miss Korea contestants look alike issue?

If you haven't, click here to read it

Agreeing to the Geek in Heels' post, I too have nothing against plastic surgery - if you have the need and/or the money. Many people who have undergone a plastic surgery either needed it or wanted it. The prior is often caused by accident or some parts of the body that becomes of disturbance as one gets older. The latter is caused by trend and public opinion. Whether you need it or want it, a strong financial support will be required.

I agree to the prior reason and despise the latter. I just cannot understand why someone needs to look like JLo or Angelina Jolie or even Barbie.

And the ugly truth is, you can't hide your plastic surgery forever. Ever heard the case about a woman being sued by her (ex)husband because she didn't mention about her plastic surgery and in result, their kids look really....oh well no kids are ugly, but in this case, they don't look like their parents?

We used to have a joke that goes like this "beauty is relative, but ugliness is absolute."

As much as I believe that no one is ugly, we have weaknesses that we see in our reflection in the mirror everyday. The challenge is to live with it, hide it with make up, or attempt to hide it forever with plastic surgery.

24 April 2013

Jack Carroll with his own comedy style

What can we learn from Jack Carroll?


You should watch this video, if you haven't. I was in tears watching this video.

 Not only was he funny, but he was very positive, despite his circumstances.

"Sometimes our weaknesses can be our strengths!"

How often do we say that and really mean it? Jack said it and did really mean it.

May this video remind us of the many things we should be grateful. And if we were in a deep trouble, may we dare to say "our weakness can be our strengths!"

What I learned from 7:14

In my previous post, I shared that I joined this movement called prayer 7:14. Well, actualy it ended a couple of weeks ago, but my works got the better of me.

Let me share briefly what Mr. S and I have learned during the 8-days of praying and (social media and watch-soccer) fasting.

Mr. S and I have never been a serious prayer. We prayed regularly - before our meals, before going to bed, and in the morning. But if you know what I mean, the prayer time is very regular. It is something we do - rituals - so we never had the longing or calling to pray.

This 7:14 movement has actually challenged us, or me personally, to really want to pray; and to learn to pray unselfishly.

I often prayed only for family, myself, my spouse, my work, my day, my health, and ask forgivenes for my sins. It's all about me.

This time, we prayed for a lot of things, not only for ourselves.

When we kicked off on Sunday, we felt like 14 minutes were very long. How could we pray in 14 minutes? So the first day, we prayed I think for 10 minutes, then realized that we still had 4 minutes, and we continued. On this first day, we were searching and thinking of subjects or topics we should pray for.

Starting from the second day, it got easier. We were more comfortable to pray out loud, topics seem to come easily. We finished praying after 13 minutes.

But strating from the third day, we no longer had trouble praying. Topics kept coming. We kept praying. And I think, we prayed almost 30 minutes once or twice.

We prayed for our friends, we called them by name, we said each issues they had and asked for God's help. We mentioned every concern we had in our heart, our dream. We prayed for our countries - the upcoming elections, the open corruption cases, the politicians, other political agenda, North Korea, and many more.

At church, we heard some stories about the result of this movement: some people got better, some relationships were mended, some situations appeared to be brighter. For a split second, I had questioned "what were the result for us, God? because I didn't see any miracels happening after 8 days."

But I was reminded that after this movement, prayer has become the most essential part of our relationship. Believe it or not, my relationship with Mr. S got even closer. And most importantly, after our social media and watch-soccer fasting, we learned to let go things that are less important in our lives.

So no 'blind man can see' miracles happened to us, but we definitely benefit from this movement.

8 April 2013

7:14 Prayer Movement

source: AG.org

Praying and fasting for 8 days?

This is new to me.

All my life, I have told myself that I am not someone who has been given a gift to pray or fast. I am sure that I am more a doer than a prayer.

I'd go overseas to save the less fortunate people, I'd do anything to help people who are in trouble or in hunger. But sit down and stay at home and pray and fast, well, I always said "it's not for me!"

These previous weeks, my church, ICA, has been announcing that they'd take part of this 7:14 movement. When hearing it for the first time, I thought, never would I be able to do this. But I kept thinking about it. And the more interesting thing was my husband was also thinking of joining.

Fyi, he is even less of a prayer than I am. But thank goodness, we often remind each other. So when I don't feel like praying before going to bed, he'd wake me up and ask me to join in prayer. Or the other way around.

So, when I knew he was open for this idea of praying and fasting, we just had to take part. And we did!

So today is our second day.

The idea of this movement is to pray and fast for 8 days, from 7 - 14 April. We'd pray for 14 minutes every day, at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM. We also will fast.

The fasting part is interesting. Again, I cannot fast. Nor could I go on diet either. If I fast or go on diet, I'd think about food all the time. Haha :) When I eat normally, I just don't think about food, sometime I even don't remember to have lunch or skip breakfast. Strange, ey?

So when fasting is part of the activity of this 7:14 movement, I thought, no way! I would not be able! But the pastor at ICA gave a different perspective on fasting. Fasting means to give up something that we love so dearly to be able to get closer to God. It's like a way of saying nothing is more important than God.

That was an aha moment for me! I knew what I loved so dearly that often came between me and God. Social media. Yes, as geeky as it may sound, I am addicted to social media. I cannot skip my rituals checking twitter. The first thing I do when I open my work computer is to check Facebook, I often go to my BBM just to check people's status.

This is what I will fast for these 8 days. As for Stefy, he is addicted to watching soccer. If he is not watching the live match, he will spend hours watching the highlights. So, this is what he'll give up for the next 8 days.

Interesting, no?

I hope we will make it until the 8th days.

1 April 2013

Beauty Treats

Am I the last person in Indonesia, who found out about Beauty Treats??

I think I might be, because everybody seems to have been talking about it.

I just subscribe for 3 months subscription to get the beauty box.

If you haven't heard about this, well basically you subscribe for it, you get a beauty box evey month, which contains different samples, and that's it!

From the marketing point of view, this will be a great opportunity test products and get a feedback. Also, this is very good to get coverage: beauty bloggers will write about the favorite or least favorite products they find in the beauty box.

Right now, the list of products is not yet announced, so I thought, well why not subscribing for 3 months (here is where my Chinese way of thinking kicks in - by subscribing for 3 months, I save IDR 10,000 :P LOL). And then we'll see, if the products are those average products that I can get in the drugstore or supermarket, then I think I'll stop.

But if the products appear to be products from well-known brands that yet to be launched or a brand new product line and we get to be the first to try it, then I think it's worth it!

I heard about it when I was in the Netherlands. My friends said she would get products from Kiehl's, L'occitane, Lush,... and many nice stuff.