19 in 2019 Update: January

Read more than 10 books

In this month alone, I have read 5 out of the 10 that I planned to. It would be so dumb if I can’t read 5 more in the next 11 months haha. If you fancy befriending me on GoodReads, this is my GoodReads profile (here). Out of the 5 books I have read, This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is my favorite. Although The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight has proven to be more useful than I thought. That shit is life changing.

Buy enough under garments

Lol to have this up on ze blog. But yea if I can cut my laundry frequency by purchasing a dozen more under garments then I better do that. So I did buy a few more this month. Man this is very weird to be talking about stuff like this online haha.

Sign up for YNAB non trial version

It was due for me after 3 months of trial to purchase the premium version of YNAB. But I chickened out and now YNAB-less. Maybe next month?

Go to gym during lunch break 2x a week


19 in 2019

  1. Celebrate my birthday
  2. Return to Copenhagen for our 1st year wedding anniversary
  3. Print our wedding photos & hang them at home
  4. Buy a new parka
  5. Reach 10K
  6. Read more than 10 books
  7. Go to gym during lunch break 2x a week
  8. Pay someone to do our taxes
  9. Buy enough under garments
  10. No buy makeup
  11. Visit my family
  12. Organize our apartment
  13. No buy shoes
  14. No online shopping for clothes
  15. Document all recipes I often make
  16. Track zero days challenge
  17. Plank for one minute every day for a month
  18. Sign up for YNAB non trial version
  19. Do online courses for work
(made this list at the end of 2018 on my notebook but never published here)

Why Acne Studios is My Go To Jeans Brand



Because their jeans fit me.

It’s as simple as that.

Oh, you want more details? Allow me…

My first pair of Acne Studios was one that I bought from the sales. They say to not shop the sales because you’re more likely to buy things that you don’t need. I say, I’m not going to spend €170 for something that I don’t know will work. So this is my research pair. At least that’s how I justify it. I purchased one Skin 5 jeans in the color indigo.

First impression wasn’t good actually, other than how they fit. They smelled weird and they stained when I crawled on the table in the meeting room (don’t ask). But they have evolved to the pair that I reached daily. The length is perfect despite it being 32. I usually go for 30 because I’m a short person. But surprisingly this pair doesn’t bunch up on the ankles for me. They look real good on me from front and back. My biggest pet peeve is when my jeans stretch after wearing them a few times in a row, but this pair doesn’t do such thing to me. They keep tight even though I’m not handling them with care.


  • Don’t stretch after constant wear
  • Perfect fit and perfect length for my height (163CM)
  • Feels thick and sturdy
  • Color doesn’t fade after wash


  • Smells weird initially (gone after few washes)
  • The price

I also love the fact that now my blue pair has some whiskers on the back of the knee, which make the jeans look more casual and worn in. So now that I have 2 pairs of the jeans in the color that can go with any kind of outfit, I feel like my jeans search is over for now. I’m telling you, being a shorty is difficult when it comes to finding a good pair of jeans.

New York Minute

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Honestly, it feels so surreal that right now I’m typing up a post about my New York trip. As a generic Indonesian, I always felt like going to US is such an impossible thing to do. There are a lot of horror stories when it comes to obtaining US visa. Fortunately, mine was quite breezy (if you don’t count my stupidity of not bringing passport on my first interview). And now I feel like there are a lot more places that I can visit. Because visa application doesn’t feel unreachable anymore.

I won’t be typing up my experience day by day because it will be so boring and I have a very very very short memory, so I don’t really recall all of the things that I did. But here are the highlights of the trip:

  • Meet up with my childhood friend. I have promised her that I would visit her in the States for years and it finally happened!
  • Visiting museum of natural history. I spent 5 hours in there all by myself and the only reason why I left is because I got cold! I really want to go back and read everything.
  • Walked from start to finish on the high line bridge. What a beautiful concept! And seeing this concrete jungle from the bridge was very relaxing.
  • Breakfast at the cafe where they shot You’ve Got Mail.
  • Crossing Brooklyn bridge in the rain (I count it as a positive thing).
  • Seeing a very cool breakdance performance in Times Square.
  • Korean BBQ in Korea town.
  • Reading at a bookstore cafe in Chelsea, feeling like a local.
  • And many more that I can’t remember.

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New York, I’m coming back for you. To see more of your beauty. Good thing my visa is valid for 5 years!

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