Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Simple sundress

I saw my sewing machine inside the cupboard by accident this morning. Then just out of sudden I was in a huge need to make something. I know I have to make Iki's small bags, apron, etc before he starts school in less than two weeks, but I made a dress for me instead (^___^). Well, I still have time - less than two weeks- for that LOL.

I saw a simple yet pretty sundress this morning and fell in love with it. So after lunch, I decided to TRY to make it!

I use SARONG we got as a farewell gift from Hiro's colleague at Karebbe. The checkers pattern is just so familiar to my eyes, and the fabric is comfortable to touch. Sarung Gajah Duduk gitu loh! :p

Look....Not bad, right? Eventhough Hiro said that he doesn't want me to wear it whenever I go out with him (#_#). Dasar laki cerewet!

Would be like this in the summer:

Hmmmm....I look fat......!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Our Weekend

It's cold outside. I call it a wintery spring :p.

This is how we spent weekend TOGETHER in the dining room. In our own different world (>.<)

Note: I sit between them. In front of the little white computer.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Welcome, cute little boy!

My goodfriend Tomomi gave birth to this handsome little boy last Monday. Iki loves him and whenever we went to visit them he just can't get his eyes off him. He kept calling him Haya-chan (he's been wanting a baby girl and decided to name her Haya :p - too bad I'm afraid that it won't happen!)

Welcome unnamed baby (they haven't decided the name yet!!), we sure will spend a lot lot of times with you (^____^)

Visiting Mbak'e (^_-)

Iki is having spring holiday now. It's time to bring him around to visit friends then! So today we went to visit mbak Maria and her two children Rui & Rei. Nova and Kiyo also joined, so we were just perfect!!

As usual a visit to mbak Maria's house is a special treat. She always prepare yummy Indonesian food, that I don't cook much now. First because stupid me forgot to bring here the most important ingredients: CHILLI!, and also you know, cooking Indonesian require so many spices and preparation that backed me off sometimes. In other words: Lazy hehehe

So today I forgot my weight watching. I forgot my calorie intake. I forgot anything about reducing my weight. Pokok'e makan terus!!

I've been craving for tempe, and look what she prepared. Oseng oseng tempe. OMG, yummy!! Nambah'e sampe gak terhitung lagi hihihi

And I know that this Babi Tinoransak has my whole week calorie, but it was soooo delicious I can't stop eating it again and again and again.

Even Nova brought this best Risoles ever!

Mbak Maria has two kids, which for me is quite an impossible thing to do in Japan :p, but still she baked this yummy orange cheese cake

Thanks a lot mbak'e. Bisa makan makan enak juga bisa ngobrol ngalor ngidul pake boso jowo. Yuk main lagi mumpung anak-anak masih liburan (^_^)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

The life back in Japan

It's been a month here. I have been trying my best to fit in, but so far.....still difficult.
We live in company apartment complex, almost all my friends when we lived here 2 years ago are all over the world now. Only one left, thanks God she's still here.

Iki is good now. He can adapt to his new school already and told me yesterday that he loved it. He also goes to swimming school once a week (just started yesterday!), and he enjoyed it.
Which is good. Very good.

But not me.....yet.
I am stuck with houseworks. never ending one. I guess living in Indonesia spoilt me a little bit too much. I had a maid, a cook, and a gardener. I almost did nothing for the houseworks. I am still trying getting used to it, though. But it upset me me when papa-chan told me that houseworks is an easy job, and he couldn't understand why would I need almost the whole day only for that.
I wished he could see from my point of view, not his :(. I feel like not appreciated.

I couldn't make friends yet. I have Tomomi, but I don't want to bother her too much. She has many friends and lots of activities. She introduced me to some of her friends though, but we have communication problem that we couldn't be connected....yet? My japanese is really bad now! i can't believe it, that I can't even communicate.

Every afternoon after picking Iki up at school I have to wait for him playing together with other kids. There're also other mothers waiting but I couldn't get into their world. I feel that they are afraid to talk with me because I don't speak Japanese well. I always could see their irritating eyes, if I don't understand something and someone had to explain really slow to me. At the end, I was just standing there, being ignored. One woman is really nice, though. She knows some English words so she helps me a lot. I really appreciate it, but she can't help me all the time right? :D.
I feel like I'm an alien among those mothers. Some really like to look at me from top to toe. Sometimes I put on "extreme" clothing and enjoyed their shocked eyes hahahaha.

I don't understand why would it be different this time. Last time it was pretty easy for me to get new friends. But maybe because they were from various backgrounds, meanwhile that Iki is going to company school now, all the fathers work for the same company. I don't know....I dont know if it makes any difference.

I spent almost every night alone after Iki's sleeping. Hiro has to go drinking almost every night and he said that it's also work for him, that he can't possible say no. It started right away, left me no time to tell him how I feel or cope with the life here. When he is home he would be too tired because of the alcohol from the previous day, or busy with his hobby, with his gadgets. I feel like I don't have quality time talking with him for ages. I miss those times in Sorowako, when we spend midnights talking at the veranda.
This is a big culture shock for me. Before this he always spent more time at home until I got settled in. But this time I feel like I have to fight with the situation by myself. I feel really lonely.

Alright. I'd better sleep now. It would be another looooong day tomorrow. I hate to go to bed alone.

I know I will be fine. I need more time, but I hope wouldn't be too long.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Wednesday Bento: Anpanman

Every Wednesday I have to prepare bento or lunchbox for Iki to bring to school. Previously I just put rice balls, veggies and fruits inside, but lately he's been complaining. He saw his friends' cute bento and wanted the same for his too!!!!

So this was his bento for today

Anpanman face: Rice with abon ikan haruan, ham, tomato, nori
Clockwise: strawberry, mini tomato, rolled ham and cheese

"how about mama?"

Yesterday night, when Iki and papa-chan were taking a bath.

Iki: Papa, look!! (touching papa-chan armpit hair)
Papa: It's armpit hair
Iki: wow, that's a lot
Papa: Yeah....a man has a lot of hair under their arms.
Iki: How about mama?
Papa: mama is a woman so she doesn't have it.
Iki: No!! she has it. You know? she always do this: wiiingggg wiiinggggg
(while making shaving movement under his armpit)