Throwback Thursday ☆ Taipei In Instagram & 6 Impressions of Taiwan

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These photos pretty much summarize our trip to Taiwan during this past winter break in 2014 and New Year’s of 2015. I have posted those same images of our family trip in Taiwan on my Instagram account as well as my blog’s Facebook Fan Page. I have taken some other photos with my DSLR in order to write our travel recommendations of Taipei, Yilan, a town an hour-train ride from Taipei and Pingxi, an hour-drive or two-and-a-half-hour train ride from Taipei in the near future. If you plan on going to Taipei, I hope you will come back to my blog to get some of the recommendations. I can’t take credit for them, though. They were researched by our friends, Kara and Josh, who have lived there as expats and they know the best places to visit for visitors. Six Impressions of Taipei 1. Clean The city looked super clean […]

Snap Shots ☆ Summer 2013

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After we put a closure to our wonderful 3 years in Jakarta, my family and I flew to Tokyo. I stayed there with my 3 kids for 3 weeks at my parents’ place. During those 3 weeks, I hardly took pictures. Or blogged. Or used email. Part of it was withdrawal. The last month in Jakarta to prepare for the big move with 3 young children was exhausting. More importantly I didn’t have the time to do so in Tokyo. How do parents find the time when they take care of 3 young kids or more? Then I flew with my 3 kids, 8-year-old, 5-year-old, and 16-month-old, from Tokyo to the Washington metropolitan area to join my husband. With the jet-lag, I could hardly find the time to get on internet. I started taking photos again, but a week into my return to the U.S. I left my precious camera […]

Borobudur, Magelang in Central Java ☆ Street Photos ☆ Yogyakarta Trip

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On the second day of our stay in Borobudur in Magelang, Central Java (40 km/15 mi northwest of Yogyakarta), Indonesia, we did a sunrise tour at Borobudur. We all woke up at 4:00 a.m., so we all took a nap in the morning. The husbands kindly took our older children to a local restaurant for lunch for a change and adventure so that the wives could stay at our hotel, Saraswati Borobudur Hotel, and chill with the younger ones, but after they got back to the hotel, the husbands were tired again and took a nap. My son started fussing and I didn’t want him to disrupt my husband’s beauty nap. Plus, there is so much you can do in a hotel. So, I took him for a walk in a stroller. I strolled around on the street where the Saraswati Borobudur Hotel was located. I love peeking some local […]

Project KOI XV ☆ Acapulco Dining Table & Sledge Dining Chair

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These photos of the dining room set at the gallery on the second floor of KOI Kemang in South Jakarta, Indonesia, were taken in November, 2011. At that time I was 5 months pregnant and was not blogging much due to my nausea. Now it’s all good memories even the struggles during my third pregnancy. These photos have been forgotten to be used on my blog and recently I saw them in my iPhoto and thought I should post them on my blog. So, here they are. This dining set has an Acapulco Dining Table and Sledge Dining Chairs. The straight lines of the furniture makes the minimalist and clean-cut look. I like minimalist furniture with simple lines. My favorite style at the moment, however, is an industrial design that is more edgy such as in Project KOI XII and Project KOI XIII. As for the availability of this furniture, […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Christmas Decoration French Inspired Red & White

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Here’s another inspirations for Christmas which I am very excited to present to you on my blog. My Japanese friend in Jakarta asked me a couple of weeks ago if I could take photos of the Christmas decoration at her home and then told me that it was her dream to have her home featured on my blog. I felt flattered and humbled. I knew that she has visited my blog, but I thought that it was because she was my friend and didn’t realize that she has actually followed it. She invited me to her home this week and I took the photos. She also cooked lunch for me! I arrived at the front door of her home and I saw a pretty wreath hanging outside. Then the door was opened and the white Christmas decor by Indonesian artisans welcomed me. She told me before how much she loved […]

Happy Halloween ☆ Tulisan

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope you had a fun and memorable Halloween this year! I decided to participate in a Tulisan Halloween Photo Competition. Don’t you think that would be a fun activity? I actually really enjoyed taking photos of the Tulisan items with a Halloween touch. I hope they will like mine because I would love to have their Premiere 2012 Gallery Tote as a prize! I hope that the people who were affected by Sandy would get their normal life back soon. My thoughts go out to those who are dealing with the damages the hurricane brought.

How to Make Play Date More Fun

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I took my daughter and her two friends to a play ground with my baby. It was a hot day. I was the only adult and thought “how am I going to entertain myself?” I wasn’t going to run around with the kids because I had to watch my baby son. I also knew that I would have to nurse him outside at the playground at some point. So, my solution? I took my camera. If you are not a type of parent who likes to run around with the kids, my advice is to take a camera with you and take photos of the kids. It’s a great way to take photos of children because they are having fun and you can capture great smiles and action moments. Also, you’re under the natural light which allows you to experiment photo taking in different angles and background. Needless to say, […]

50 mm lens

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There are times I cannot wait till my youngest, the third child, who is 5.5 months right now, starts kindergarten. Then other times, I wish my kids don’t grow up so fast. I want to preserve precious moments and expressions of my three kids. That’s why I take photos. I still have a lot to learn and have so little time right now, but I love taking photos. I snap away with my Canon EOS Rebel T2i with 50 mm lens in a hope that I can keep some decent shots with my kids. If I can have some photos that remind me of the happy moments with my kids when I am older, I’m good.

50 mm lens

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For my birthday this year which I just celebrated a couple of weeks ago in June, my husband got me a 50 mm lens which I have warmed up in my wish list for a long time. I have always heard about the great value the 50 mm lens has for its price. It is a fun and wonderful lens to have even for people who are a beginner to photography like me. The pictures taken by the 50 mm lens have warm lighting and feel like they have clear air. The photos taken with the 50 mm lens tell stories more than regular lens which came with my camera. I am still getting used to the lens, but I hope to acquire skills so that I can benefit from having the 50 mm lens. I’m like a little child with a new toy.

Flying Daughter

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It was the last day of school. Bunch of school friends got together for a pool play date. Some people are leaving Jakarta for good to move onto their next destinations. I brought my camera to take photos of the kids, but I ended up being too busy with my baby son and also chatting with friends. A couple of hours later I saw that my daughter was playing by herself, so I picked up my camera and got to her. This is what I did to entertain ourselves. Below was a photo project I did with my first daughter. She jumped from a diving board and I took photos. Just like the “yowayowa camera woman diary” blog. Have you seen this? It’s really interesting. Here are some that came out more decent than others. Oh, hello! Yippeeeeeee!! You surprised me! I can also sit in the air! I am […]

Monday Mode ☆ ONEANDAHALF & Brightspot Market

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I bought this set of tops at ONEANDAHALF at Brightspot Market. I finally made it to Brightspot Market held at Gandaria City for the first time in my two-year stay in Jakarta!! My sweet husband and our three munchkins came with me. I could’ve stayed at the market all day looking around, but with my family being there, I knew that I had to be quick. It was for the best because I probably would have spent the money that I shouldn’t right now. I really love the scarf like shirt! I have been wanting to have one and now I have it in my closet! I found this combination of shirts in the basket with a “sale” sign in the photo below. It was one of the best bargains I found and I was very happy. ONEANDAHALF www.oneandahalfclothing.com Where to find -The Goods Dept- Plaza Indonesia Extension 4th Floor, […]

Bayon ☆ Angkor, Cambodia

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The Bayon stands at the center of Angkor Thom. Bayon was a really cool Khmer temple to visit. We did not see other parts of Angkor Thom, but I am really happy that we went to Bayon. We visited Bayon after we finished our races in Angkor Wat, which I plan on writing about in the future post. The photo below on the left is me (on the left) and my girl friends. Bayon is different from all other places we have visited. The giant faces on the walls make Bayon unique and distinctive of all the temples in Angkor, Cambodia. Can you tell how big those faces are? No, I’m not talking about our faces. It felt like we were walking in rocky mountains. There were some places that I thought would be a cool place to take portrait photos. My friend, Kara, is on the left. Kara is […]

Monday Mode ☆ Purple Tutu

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I found these photos of my middle child taken in April, 2011 in my iPhoto library and realized that I never used them for my Monday Mode last year. It’s been a year since these photos above were taken and a lot has happened since then. She was the youngest child of two back in April, 2011. Now she has a little brother. She’s still going through the transition after her brother was born. I hear it’s hard to be a middle child. I’m the oldest, so I can only imagine what it feels like to be a middle child and I am definitely learning about it as I raise her. I am constantly making a conscious effort to give her enough attention. When I look at the picture of my two older children from the past years, they make me nostalgic already. How can they look so different in […]

Friday Finds ☆ Cuisine Wat Damnak ☆ Siem Reap Angkor, Cambodia

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When my girl friends from Jakarta and I were in Siem Reap Angkor in Cambodia for the Angkor Wat Half Marathon in December, 2011, we had our special meal at Cuisine Wat Damnak. I am very thankful to Jaime, one of my girl friends whom I traveled with, for having done the research and found this restaurant. This is a beautiful restaurant in a quaint neighborhood. We took a tuk-tuk out to this restaurant and we at one point thought that we were on the wrong track, but we weren’t. We drove through a dirt road, passing through local residential areas in the dark and all of a sudden this restaurant popped out. Cuisine Wat Damnak is a fusion restaurant founded by a French couple, Joannès and Carole Rivière on ‘the concept of using only local fresh seasonal produce’. To read more about the chef, please click here and to […]

Monday Mode ☆ Pink n’ Fluffy & Gold

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My friend gave this lovely pink skirt to my daughter and I love it. I want one for myself although as turning 37 soon, I would not look good in it. I want my girl to wear it all the time. So, I grabbed my camera and went outside to take photos of my daughter in the outfit. My daughter cracks me up. I think this posing habit is my influence. She poses every time I point a camera to her. 私の友人は、この素敵なピンクのスカートを娘にくれました。あまりにも可愛くて、私もこういうスカートをはきたくなっちゃいますが、もうすぐ37歳になる私には似合わないですけどね。娘にはこのスカートをいつもはいて欲しいくらいです。 そこで、私はカメラを持って子供達を連れて外で撮影をする事にしました。次女は結構三枚目。というか、このポーズをするようになったのはきっと私の影響ですね。カメラを向けるといつもポーズするようになっちゃいました。 I want these sandals for myself although gold is not my color. このサンダルは私も欲しいです。ゴールドは私には似合わないんですけどね。 My daughter loves swings. I did when I was a child and still do. 娘はブランコが大好き。私も子供の頃から、そして今でも好きです。 The girls loved playing on a seesaw together. It was not all that easy for me to take photos of them in action. I need to explore and learn more about what ISO to use with what shutter speed […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Baby Boy Nursery

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Finally our baby boy’s nursery became presentable. This room used to be my girls’ play room and look like this. Per my daughters’ request, I painted the wall in lavender when we moved in almost two years ago. Then I became pregnant last year. The need to find a room for a new addition arose. I decided to move toys from this small play room to an extra room downstairs and change this small room into a nursery. Since we didn’t know the gender of the baby before the birth, I could not make it look more boyish beforehand when I had more time. I would’ve loved the wall in gray for a boy. Then there comes a baby boy. Since we have a year left in Jakarta and I have been busy with three kids, I have not felt motivated to invest the time and money to change the […]

Preah Khan & Preah Neak Pean ☆ Angkor, Cambodia

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PREAH KAHN Preah Khan and Preah Neak Pean were the last two ruins out of five we visited on the first day of our sightseeing tour. You can tell from the number of photos I took here compared to three other sites that my arms were getting tired of taking photos. The stone carvings at this temple were quite amazing. The entrance with huge statues pulling snake must have looked magnificent when they were first built. PREAH NEAK PEAN Preah Neak Pean was a large square man-made pond. I didn’t know that it was most photogenic during the wet season and fortunately when we went, it was just after the rainy season was over. We walked on a pier to get to the end and saw the ruin in the pond. The sun was bright when we visited Angkor in December, but it wasn’t as hot as it looks. When […]

Ta Som ☆ Angkor, Cambodia

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After visiting Ta Prohm and Pre Rup, we got back on our tuk-tuk and headed to Ta Som. ター・プロムとプレ・ラップに行った後、またトゥクトゥクに乗って、今度はター・ソムへ向かいました。 I loved riding a tuk-tuk in Siem Reap. Compared to tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok, it’s much more chill, the scenery was pretty and the cool air felt nice in December. シェムリアップのトゥクトゥクは良かったですよ。バンコクのトゥクトゥクに比べると、ゆっくりなので安全で、自然の多い景色は奇麗で、12月の涼しい風に当たることができて、とても気持ちよかったです。 Ta Som was serene and I loved the peacefulness of the site. There were not many tourists when we got there which was nice. My photos do not do justice of Ta Som. I hope you’ll have a chance to visit Ta Som if you go visit Siem Reap. ター・ソムは落ち着いていて、静かで、平和な感じがとても素敵でした。私たちが付いた時はあまり観光客が居ませんでした。私の写真では上手く伝えられず残念です。シェムリアップへ行った時、是非こちらも見てみることをお薦めします。 I’m lucky to have my beautiful friends who were great models during the trip. I had so much fun photographing them! 素敵なモデルになってくれるお友達が居てとてもラッキーでした。彼女達の写真を撮るのが楽しかったです!

Pre Rup ☆ Angkor, Cambodia

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Pre Rup was the second ruin my two girl friends and I visited after our first site, Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm and Pre Rup are completely different in the way they look. The interesting part of Pre Rup was to be able to climb the temple and see the view of Angkor from the higher place. Three of us walked up the steep stairs. At first I wasn’t sure if I could climb up being 25 weeks pregnant. It felt like I was rock climbing when I was walking up the stairs. プレ・ラップは、ター・プロムの後、シェムリアップで2番目に見に行った遺跡です。タープロムとプレ・ラップは、外観が全く違う遺跡です。プレ・ラップの面白いところは、高いところへ階段を登って行く事ができることで、アンコールを高い視点で見る事ができます。友人と3人で急な階段を登りました。最初妊娠25週の私には登れるか少し不安でした。階段の段が目の前にあって、階段を登っている時、ロッククライミングをしているような気がしました。 When I got to the first tier, I was glad I did. The view was refreshing and beautiful. When I walked down the stairs, I tried not to fall. No one likes to see a pregnant woman roll down the stairs, right? Pre Rup would be hard to do with small children, but I saw a family […]

Ta Prohm ☆ Angkor, Cambodia

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Ta Prohm is the very first temple my girl friends and I visited in Siem Reap. I was excited to go there as I heard that Ta Prohm was the most photogenic temple as it was left in much the same condition as it was found. I must say that it was breathtaking and serene. It was one of my favorite temples we visited (we visited 7 temples) in Siem Reap. If you love to take photos, you cannot miss Ta Prohm. ター・プロームは、私の女友達と一緒に行った一番最初の遺跡です。ター・プロームは、元来の形のまま保存されている遺跡らしく、一番フォトジェニックであると耳にしていたので、とても楽しみでした。ター・プロームは、息をのむ程素敵で、そして静かでした。シェムリアップで訪れた遺跡の中でもトップの大好きな場所です。写真を撮るのが好きな人にはたまらない場所だと思います。 Even my friend’s son was into taking photos. He was so adorable.  友人の息子までが一生懸命写真を撮影していました。可愛かった〜。 As I walked through the temple with my friends, I snapped away. There were so many scenes where I wish I could preserve in my camera as I saw, but it was not possible. お寺を歩き回る間、かなり写真を撮りました。私の目で実際に見た通りに写真に残したいと思ったのですが、無理でした。 We were greeted by cute children on the way out. 出口まで歩いていると、可愛い子供建ちに会いました。 We walked out of the gate and already […]

Great World Serviced Apartments ☆ Singapore

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I stayed in Singapore to give birth our third child from the beginning of February, 2012 till the beginning of April, 2012. Our third child, son, was born on February 29, 2012. Since my stay was considered medical evacuation from Jakarta, my husband’s work paid for the stay. I could choose a place to stay from many options in Singapore, but I picked Great World Serviced Apartment and I am very happy with my decision. I learned about Great World Serviced Apartment through people I know who have stayed there in the past. In fact, it is one of the most popular serviced apartments in Singapore. I’ll list the reasons why I like Great World Serviced Apartments blow for those who might be interested. 第3児出産のために、ジャカルタを2月上旬に離れ、4月上旬までシンガポールで過ごしました。その際、グレイトワールドサービスアパートに滞在しました。医療目的で行ったため、運良く夫のオフィスが滞在費を負担してくれたので、こちらに滞在可能でした。どうやってグレイトワールドサービスアパートを知ったかというと、グレイトワールドサービスアパートに滞在した経験のある方がお勧めしてくれたからです。シンガポールには他にも沢山選択肢があるのですが、グレイトワールドサービスアパートにしてとても良かったと思います。実際、グレイトワールドサービスアパートはシンガポールのサービスアパートの中でも人気のある場所の様です。下にその理由をリストアップしましたので、ご興味があったら見てみて下さい。 Living Room Bed Rooms Kitchen Olympic Size Pool and Kids Pool Kids Lounge Playroom Arts and Craft Activity For Kids Great World Serviced Apartment staff […]

Monday Mode ☆ Meridian 110 Handbags

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I met Starlet through blogging. She’s a fashion blogger living in the Bay Area in California. She has a cute blog called “Can you come home“. We actually took an online blogging class Blogging Your Way taught by the decor8 founder, Holly Becker, and A Creative Mint founder, Leslie Shewring. By the way, if you are looking for a course to learn about blogging, I highly recommend this class. We didn’t find each other till later through other source though. She and her brother founded a handbag brand Meridian 110. She told me about her new business and I offered her to take photos of her new line. I’m an amateur photographer, but I do love styling, so I offered my unskilled photography and styling to her as a friend. I had a chance to look at her products in person for taking photos. All I can say is that […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ KOI Kemang & Livingetc Indonesia October 2011

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I had an honor to collaborate with Livingetc Indonesia about a month ago as a guest ‘stylist’ during a photo shoot for one section “decorating etc”. I worked on the side with Atri, the editor and technology specialist with Livingetc Indonesia. I had a lot of fun working with her. It was my dream come true! I had so much fun! I posted an article on the behind the scene of the photo shoot with Livingetc Indonesia. These above photos are the ones used in the October Issue of Livingetc Indonesia. I think they turned out very well!! 1ヶ月程前、Livingetc Indonesiaのデコレーティングetcの撮影に、ゲストスタイリストとして携わるという、素敵な機会に恵まれました。リビングエトセトラインドネシアの編集者であり技術関係を担当しているアトリと一緒にお仕事をして、とっても楽しかったです。スタイリスト(私の場合は名前ばかりですが)としてのお仕事は夢見ていたので、とても光栄でした。以前撮影の様子をブログの記事にして掲載したので、良かったら見てみて下さい。上の写真はリビングエトセトラの10月号に採用された最終の写真です。素敵に仕上がったと思います。

Project KOI XV ☆ Dining Set

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It’s been a while I posted photos for Project KOI, the photos of the furniture sold at KOI of which I take photos at KOI Gallery in Kemang. I took these photos of furniture sold at KOI Kemang in June before I left for vacation. I haven’t gotten around to post them until now and it’s already the end of September. Ah, I wish I was more organized and motivated!! For styling this dining set, I used simple props. I wanted the details of the furniture to be the focus of this set. I love the painting that is hanging on the wall for its abstract, simple, yet warm look. I can see myself having something like that in my house. Except I cannot afford the beautiful painting. Project KOIのために写真を掲載するのは久しぶりです。Project KOIとは、KOIクマンのギャラリーで販売されている家具の写真のことで、撮影に携わっています。6月上旬に休暇に出る前にこれらの家具の写真を撮影しました。今までこの写真を掲載する時間が無かったのですが、もう9月も終わりなんですね。もっと計画性とやる気が欲しいです。 このダイニングセットをスタイリングするために、シンプルな小道具を使ってみました。その理由は、家具の細かいデザインに焦点を当てたいと思ったからです。壁に掛かっている画は、抽象的で、シンプルで、それでも暖かいのが良いなと思いました。この画であれば、私も自分の家に飾っていることを想像できます。値段が高くて手が届かないのですが。 にほんブログ村

Bali Trip Photos

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GRAND HYATT HOTEL & SLIDE GRAND HYATT HOTEL KIDS DAYCARE The last photo in this collage is my second daughter washing herself after having had an accident… Sigh. 最後の写真は、次女がおもらしをしてしまって、洗っているところ...まったく。 BALI COLLECTION The Italian restaurant UNO was fine. It was one of the popular restaurants in the Bali Collection. If you are going to spend money on Italian food though, I recommend Salsa Verde at Grand Hyatt. Coco was a supermarket in Bali Collection. I ran out of pulsa (money charged for minutes for cell phone), so I went to Coco to purchase some pulsa. I picked up Rp. 50,000 (about $5.5) of pulsa which I ended up paying Rp. 75,000 for: 50% service charge. I learned that I need to check my pulsa before going on a trip to Nusa Dua if I didn’t want to pay the tourists price. イタリアレストラン「UNO」はバリコレクションでも人気のあるレストランでした。味は悪くなかったと思います。もしイタリア料理にお金を払うのであれば、私はグランドハイアットにあるサルサベルデがお勧めです。 Cocoとはバリコレクションにあるスーパーです。私の携帯電話にあるプルサ(携帯電話のプリペイドの料金)がなくなってしまったので、Cocoへ買いに行きました。50,000ルピア(500円くらい)のプルサに75,000ルピアを払いました。観光客用の値段を払いたくないのであれば、ヌサ・ドゥアへ行く前にちゃんと携帯電話の料金が入っているかどうか調べなくてはならないのだと、教訓を学びました。 PLAYING AT LAGUNA RESORT SPA POOL I decided […]