Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Looking Back to Our 2013

Time flies, as 2013 is coming to its end, it's time to take a look back at what we've been doing in this 2013. Yes, "we" (me and my boyfriend), never a day without him, right? *blushed* (#'_')

At the beginning of 2013, we celebrated new year with some high school mates. Meeting high school friends has always been very fun. No matter how long we didn't see each other, but we always have stories to tell. And all of those stories never failed to make us feel that we are best friends! =]

Then it's my birthday, read about it here. He bought my favorite cake for me, Chantily from breadtalk.
I was so thankful!

At the end of January we attended one of my colleague's wedding. It was the first wedding which we attended in year 2013.
Happy wedding, Denny! =]

In February, we went back to our hometown to celebrate Lunar New Year. We've been living separated from our parents for several years since college and we went home once or twice in a year.

Two families gathered to have a reunion dinner =]

Love! ♥

We were in the ferry, on the way to grandma's kampung to give grandma a prayer. I miss you, grandma!

Met some high school best friends. We've all grown up!

At the end of February, I made a very difficult decision. I decided to leave my job at Ernst & Young after a very long and thoughtful consideration. I clearly remember how it felt. I was in a very deep dilemmas. It was my first job and I've stayed for two years, it was like a second home for me. I shed tears when writing the resignation letter :(

My resignation letter :(

Let's move on to March. The beginning of March is enjoyable, we attended one of my best friend's wedding.

Happy wedding and happily ever after, Emil! ♥

Well, March is enjoyable until one morning, I received a horrible news. My father had an accident. Two days later, he left the world. It was the most heartbreaking moments in my life. I lost my father, the father who raised me up. I wrote a post about it, you may read it here: May Daddy Rest in Peace. I hate myself for not able to do anything and till the end, probably father didn't know that I loved him :( 

We never have a beautiful family portrait. This is one from two family picture that I have.

I also had my baptism together with my boyfriend in March. My friend, Marsha was my baptism guardian.
We are officially Catholic =]

End of March, I left my job at Ernst & Young. I also wrote a post about it, read it here: The end of my Journey with Ernst & Young. Honestly, I do miss the days I worked at Ernst & Young. It was such an unforgettable memories and a tremendous experience in my life. Two years at Ernst & Young has taught me many things.
It was so true that the exceptional experience of EY will last a lifetime!

April is the beginning of my second job. I joined a manufacture company which produces toys. Yes, it is a toy factory, sound interesting? *wink* ;)

One of the products that we produce.

As I joined this company, I also moved my residence to the area near the factory, in the suburbs of Tangerang city. We lived around the rice fields. We went to the town only at weekends, either to Jakarta or Tangerang. Oh, I forgot to mention that my boyfriend also work in this company. That's one of the reason why I left my former job and join this company.

In May, I went back home to give my father a prayer on his 49 days memorial. I only went back for 2 days. In this short time, I didn't forget to enjoy Batam's delicious food. At that time, I only manage to enjoy nasi ayam and sop ikan, because I have to immediately fly back to Jakarta. Argh, I miss my hometown food!

Sop Ikan dan Nasi Ayam :9

On the 2nd week of May, we celebrate mother's day, read it here: My Mother is My Angel.

Love mommy ♥

3rd week of May, we attended one of my senior's wedding.

Happy wedding c'syelvy =]

June and July ... I don't remember much. Hmm, no special events going on in these months. We only took a few pictures. But one night in June, I remember that we were hungry and we went out looking for food. It's hard to find any delicious food near my current residence, thus we drove to Pantai Indah Kapuk in Jakarta and we had our supper while enjoying beautiful night view there, at JetSky Cafe.

August... it's the long Eid holiday. We did nothing for the holiday, we either went to shopping mall or stayed home watching korean dramas -_-!! Ah, his brother started his college study this year, so he came to Jakarta with his mother. His mother stayed for a few days and we had dinner, chit and chat about many things. We even do some crochet together! Yes, his mother also a crochet lover ♥

It's a granny square bag. I did the squares and she helped me join the squares all together.

We missed one wedding feast in September. He was sick that day, so we couldn't attend the wedding :( Happy wedding, vina! Have a blissful marriage ya! =] No other special events in September, but we went on a date for several times. One day, we went to Summarecon Serpong Mall by using motorcycle and experienced the self service gas station.

Weird, but okay lah~ hahahaha! 

At School Food enjoying extra hot and spicy Ddeokbokki, slurp :9

October ... tick tick tick .. time was ticking so fast, October already. Our friend, Eriec, he came to Jakarta from Singapore for his holiday. We went out for dinner and he spent one night at our dorm. I'm so envy with his skin, he has a very white skin, geez!

Spotted the white skin guy right away, right? lol!

We also went to a small island called Untung Jawa Island. A little bit dissapointed with this trip, but yah it's alright. Hahaha! I imagined there will be a beach with white and soft sand, clear blue water, etc. So when I reached there, I kinda .. errrrr.... so this it is! None of my imagination came true, lol!

Anyway, it was fun after all XD

The last wedding which we attended in 2013, Happy wedding Jun and Indah (#'_')

November, what happened in November? Hmm... We received our confirmation sacrament on 16 November, I didn't take any pictures :( It was Saturday, we rushed to the church directly after work (we work a half day on Saturday). We don't even had our lunch, we were so hungry on the road -_- Before went in, we ate Bakwan Malang in front of the church. It taste very very delicious, well, maybe because we were too hungry. Hehehe~

At the end of November, my mother's aunt came to Jakarta from Bangka. This is my first time meeting her :) I felt very awkward, she is totally a stranger to me. Fortunately, my brother is a little bit talkative, so the atmosphere became better. Hehehe~

Oh, I found another picture taken in November, a blurrr one -_-

J.co Chocoloco is too yummy! :9

Well, let's get to December, the last month in the year! I love December the most. Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, they are all in this lovely month *love* ♥ 

Gathering with high school mates surely add my favors to this month! It does bring back high school memories~

Happy birthday, beb! Currently, we are living at a kind of village and it took more than one hour drive to town. I wanted to bought him a delicious birthday cake, but I can't drive. So I asked my friend to help me buy Martabak kacang coklat nearby and candles, and SURPRISE! Hahahaha! I wish you happiness, health and wealth, my dear! *chu♥*

Oh, December almost reached its end. We were so busy lately, we even forget about our anniversary. So the scenario is slightly like this:
We were at the mini market, buying snacks and we were looking at the expiry date of a chocolate bread. 
Me: What date is today? *while looking at the expiry date* 
Him: It's 20th. 
Both: *looked at each other* ... 
Him: Ah, today is 20th December~ I give you this pulpy orange as present~ 
Me: ... ~_~!
At the end, he drink up the pulpy orange all himself.
So we didn't celebrate anniversary this year, but never mind. What matters the most is that we are happy everyday and we enjoy our togetherness so much! Even after all of these years (and we are still counting), we are still in love! ♥

Next, Christmas is around the corner~
Merry Christmas! May the fragrance of joy, blossoms of hope and glow of peace always be with you =]
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, making a real snowman, walking hand in hand in the white snow, ah! sounds romantic~

Lastly, today is the last day of 2013. No words can really describe this year for me.
I am thankful and I welcome 2014 with a warmed heart =]
Happy new year!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Tiny Heart Big Love

Today is the last day of my long holiday, tomorrow have to get back to work already. Aah~ It would be nice if holiday never ends. You don't need to work but still get paid every month, so nice! Hahaha. Hey, stop daydreaming, it would never happen. There isn't a company has a big heart like that. And oh, heart, we are talking about heart. Every person has a heart, don't you? No matter what the size is, what important is that it has love, even if the heart he/she has is very tiny. Love is what matters =] There is a quote from John Lennon, saying that "It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love". Love is what makes us human. Let's manifest even more love in our already magnificent world. Tiny heart, BIG love ♥

Thinking of heart, I was inspired to make a heart amigurumi. I use the pattern written by Denae from Ami Amore, here. She is so nice to share such beautiful pattern for free. There are many pictures provided so that the pattern and the "how to" are easily understood by readers.

The finished size of my heart amigurumi is about 3 cm. It is tiny. Making tiny amigurumi tends to make my fingers hurt. Because the stitch is very small and it's kinda hard for the hook to go through the stitches. Even though it may hurt my finger, but I still do it and I love it ♥

See, isn't that lovely? It totally worth the hard work. How much love and patience that we pour into the things we do will determine the outcome. Believe it or not =]

These tiny little hearts are so pretty. You can make it into keychain, phone charm, a brooch, anything you could think of. I make it into a hanging charm for my USB flash drive. I sew the 3 tiny little hearts together and add a small bell to the charm.

Ta-Daa! Here it comes~ and yeah, I am done. Thank you so much to Denae from Ami Amore for providing such beautiful heart amigurumi pattern =]

Friday, 16 August 2013

Colorful Pen Holder

It has been months ago since my last update. I've been busy. What am I busy with? I don't really know, just busy. Life happens. Somehow my world has become smaller. I am not living in an urban area, I live in a small town. Well, literally a village. I only went to the town on weekend, not every weekend. But life's not boring at all, it's colorful, as colorful as this pen holder that I just crocheted =]

This is a quick, easy yet beautiful handmade pen holder, and it's cheap. You can make it from any dispose cans and scrap yarns. Every color in every round only needs a very small amount of yarn. I started by doing a magic ring with 12 dc inside the loops. For the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc rows, I used the standard increase pattern. I crochet in the round until the round measure fit the cans, in my case it was 72 dc. After that, I did dc without any increase till the top of the cans. Last, crochet a flower and 2 leaves, sew it on to create a sweet look. TAA-DAA! I'm done! XD

Sunday, 12 May 2013

My Mother is My Angel

There are Angels God puts on this earth, who care for us and guide us.
You can feel their love and gentleness, as they walk through life beside us.

They do great things for us every day, they whisper in our ears.
They even hold us in their hearts, when we are filled with all our fears.

They are always there to give a hug, and try to make us smile.
They treat us with respect and love, they treat us like their child.

God blessed me with an Angel, I’m proud to call my own.
She has been with me throughout my life, been with me as I’ve grown.

She has guided me the best she can, she has taught me like no other.
And I’m thankful I’m the lucky one, who get to call her, MOTHER.

-Kathleen J. Shields-

Mommy, on this very special day, as special as you are, I would like to wish you a very happy mother's day! Thank you mommy for everything you've done for me. I may not have always said it, but you are the most beloved. Your encouragements, support and love has helped me grow to what I am now. I am so thank you for brightening up my life, so grateful for your unconditional love. I realize that words are never enough to thank you for all that you do, but still, I want to say thank you. You are the angel that God sent for me. I love you, mommy =]

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Pastel LOVE

It has been a month and a week since I left my former job. My new job is very interesting and fun, I enjoy a lot! But I've been very busy since then, there are a lot of work to do. I don't even have time to stalk on twitter! And of course, I also have no time to crochet :( Nevertheless, I love my new job and I've learned many things which I never know before, especially things that related to people. It's fun, trust me! =]

In the middle of my busyness, I was thinking to crochet a new pouch for my Samsung Galaxy S3. But I never got the time. So many things are waiting to be done. And finally, today I manage to crochet a new "home" for my beloved S3 and I named it "Pastel LOVE" ♥ The colors are in pastel, they are beige, 2 shades of pink, and lilac.

It fits perfectly to my phone, I love it! Do you love it? =]

Sunday, 5 May 2013

49 Days Memorial of Daddy

Can't sleep. Keep thinking of my daddy and tears can't stop. Until this minute, I still can't accept the fact that daddy has left us, THAT WAY. A very harsh goodbye, without a word. It has been 49 days and yet I still shed tears whenever I think of daddy. I still can't let go. It is so true that people said that you won't know what's gone until it's gone.

I remember, daddy once took us to the swimming pool. It was several years ago before daddy and mommy divorced. He taught me how to swim and yet I still don't know how to swim! Oh, I'm so failed! I was afraid that I may drowned, but daddy kept saying that "it's okay, daddy will look out for you". And I kept replying "No, I will just sit here and play with the water".. So I always ended up sitting at the pool side and watched daddy swim. Daddy loved to swim freestyle. Right now, in my head, there is a very clear vision seeing how daddy swam freestyle. After swam for a few rounds, he would order fried rice and we ate together at the pool side. This memory of us in the swimming pool suddenly popped up to my head. It was one of the good moments with daddy.

Now if I rewind my memory, actually there are many good memories with daddy. I remember clearly how daddy looked at me and smiled. When he was alive in this world, I just couldn't think of these moments. What I remember was his bad behavior when he drunk and how he loved to gamble. The feeling I had for him was not hatred, it was anger. He promised us for a thousand times that he would changed and he wanted to turn over a new life, but he never did, even after the divorced. That's why I was so angry. Right now, none of these matters to me. Daddy left, in a way that I never imagined. What I regret the most is that I have not told him "daddy, I forgive you and I love you". I got angry with daddy, I wanted him to live a better life, be a better husband to my mommy, all of it were because I care. Deep in my heart, I know very clearly that I love and I do care for daddy. But I never told daddy, thus till the end maybe daddy didn't know that I love him. No, it's not my excuse to comfort myself. If I don't care, then I won't be angry. Angry also an emotion. Well, now I don't even have the chance to show daddy that I care about him. Is this the way how God punish me for not being a filial daughter? I can't forgive myself, it's like there is a very big and heavy stone in my heart that can't be put away. What am I supposed to do? Maybe most of you will say "it's already too late". Yes, I do realize that it's already too late. But is there anything I could do to make it better? I think there is not.. What's done can't be undone..

Thursday, 28 March 2013

The End of My Journey with Ernst & Young

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! FAREWELL, I HATE YOU!!! Of all events, I hate farewell the most :(

Yeah, today is my last day working at Ernst & Young. I've been there for 2 years and a month. I finally know the feeling of resign, this is how it feels. Cleaning up the locker, completing the clearance procedure, etc. I shed tears when I cleaned up my locker. I flashed back and remember many moments both sad and happy moments. I keep my stuff in this locker for 2 years and now I have to leave. Not only this locker that I left behind, but also my laptop and my friends. This is very heartbreaking.

My locker, laptop and EY ID Card.

 Farewell gifts from my friends. The bag is from my team and the wallet is from some friends :) Thank you, dearie! I love it!

The greeting cards. I want to reply some words to the greetings:
To Fitria: Although our time together was very short, but you've been a great friend to me. Don't be sad, cheers! =]
To Buddy: Hahaha.. From JKT to Sorowako? That's an unforgettable memory!
To Mas Ojan: Thank you for your guidance and everything, including approval for my OPE and overtime :p
To Oggy: Sure I will be happy happy joy joy! Thank you! (^_^)V

To Kami yang tertinggal, masih belum move on, masih mencari tmpt lain: Hahahaha.. This is hilarious! Semoga kalian cepat move on, sehingga tidak merasa tertinggal lagi XD Kiss Kiss Muach! BIG HUG! Gonna miss you all!

Another gift from my friends =]
According to Lidya, this is a body shop lipstick and mascara. See, how weird she is. LOL! We don't need to bully her, she bully herself excellently. Hahahahaha..
But in my eyes, of course this is a lovely hair clip -_- And I love it!
To Verina: makasiii veerr.. ditunggu ya undangan lu.. hohoho..
To Lidya: gw kurang happy klo ga bisa bully lu.. gmn dunk? hahahaha.. *I will miss you! muach!*

See, my friends are so heartwarming, they are so nice! In the future, I really hope to gather with all of you once in a while. I wish all of you and also the firm may success and all the very best for the future =]

And oh, I also wrote a farewell note to my friends, I sent it via my office email before I left. The subject of the email was: A Letter from ME to YOU. Actually I want to include more pictures in the email, but I was shy ('_'#) I post my farewell email here, so that I may read it again in the future :)

21 February 2011 was my first day at Ernst & Young. And today, 28 March 2013 is my last day being here. My apologies if I could not meet you all personally to say my farewell. Two years and a month, it's not a long time but it has been a wonderful journey. What I love the most about EY is the people, hence it's hard to say that time has finally come for me to bid you farewell. I'm trying so hard not to cry today :( Leaving comfort zone is not easy, really. I enjoy having all of you around me so much. I hate farewell, but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life starts with good-bye. Rather than saying good-bye, maybe better if I say see you soon =]

In this opportunity, I would like to say thank you to Bapak Isnaeni Achdiat and Ibu Monika Prasodjo who has given me the opportunity to join ITRA big family. ITRA has been my second family who accompanied me through thick and thin over the last 2 years. I could never say thank you enough.

Also thanks to my team, Binawan Fauzan, Audry Adikara, Buddy Setiawan and Fitria Mutia. My deepest gratitude for guiding and assisting me during my time at EY. My apologies if I can no longer assist you in your endeavor with Ernst & Young. Mas Ojan has been the most possessive manager I've ever met, he will never share his staffs with other managers again since that INCO engagement. Hahahaha.. And he is also a manager who never get angry. Whenever I saw him, he will smile at me :) Oggy has always been the superb nice senior, he is very understanding. Fitria, I am so sorry that I have to leave so soon. You are the first staff who joined my team after myself. It's a pity that our time together was very short. And Buddy, we're best friend. There are so many things that we went through together. We are a package, no matter where we go, we always go together *in the matter of work of course, not personally*. Where there's Buddy, there's Yanti. That's so sweet! >.<

And looking back to INCO team, Riza Arfani, Evelyn Hendrata, Denny Masran, Ricca Purnomo and Buddy Setiawan again (see, we even went to the middle of nowhere together!! lol). INCO was the most stressful engagement yet most enjoyable and memorable. We were so worried and anxious, there are laughters, tears, every emotion was here. We worked until midnight in the working days and we played hard on weekends! Remember the house we lived in, Mawar 29 and 31? TAB where we had our meals? Pizza Lousiana where Mas Riza told us many funny stories? Pantai IDE, Pantai Kupu-kupu, Pulau Kucing, Underwater Cave, Air Terjun Matabuntu, Taman alat berat, Ricca's favorite Baso dan kelapa muda pasar F? We visited so many places and it was FUN! I will not forget how it felt when I was forced to jump into Danau Matano. I was so scared, I can't swim! And I remember that Denny tried to take away my buoy (pelampung). Oh, he was so meanie. A BIG THANKS to INCO team, I learned many things from this engagement and got many valuable experiences. Legend said that if you drink the water from Danau Matano, then you will definitely go back to Sorowako again. So, did you drink? Me hopefully didn't. Hahahahahaha! I will never forget our togetherness in this engagement.

I also would like to thanks ITRA-ers (in alphabetical order): Afriyandi Amin, Albert Winadi - you're a very heartwarming person, berti ^^, Albertus Adrian, Alexander Agustinus, Alvie Deliana, Alvin Furyadi, Anissa Retmasari, Annisa Hasan, Arief Bayuni, Bun Bun, Cempaka Pradipta, David Kusnadi - the Mr. Nice Guy, Dina Rianti (R), Elizabeth Verina - titip mbok, klo dia bandel, gelindingin aja :p, Erina Astri - wish you happily ever after with the prince charming, cik erin, Evan Winata, Evarista Julyanti, Firlyanti - thanks for guiding me as my counselor, ci firly, Fransisca Polyani - thanks for gossiping with me, sis!, Friska - gw bakal kangen gmn rasanya terobos 3 in 1 ama lu!, Go Edwin, Handika Masbudi, Ilham Budiman, Indira Syafira, Indra Widijanta, Indrajaya Bombom - forever KOREA!!! DAEBAK!!, Irene Suryadi, Ivan Santoso, Jefika Gunawan - gw ama sasa uda R jee, kapan giliran lu? haha.., Jonathan - jangan demot terus joo, tar tempat harddisk lu gw kirimin ke kantor ya, Josef (R), Karina Sari, Karl Beltazar, Kenji Wijaya (R), Kunti Ulima (R), Liana Danilian, Lidya Octarina - sedih, ga bisa bully lu lagi.., Marko Suswanto, Marsha Atmodjo (R), Nadhila Putri, Nelly Margaretta (R), Niko Sutiono, Nitingke Ong, Normandia Yulianita, Paramasatya Sularso, Pradipta Sidi - stay cute!, Pradita Susan, Pratiwindya Wardana, Rachma Heyder - tas lu tar gw kirim ya, siap-siap dapat paket :p, Ramos Rajagukguk, Rakean Harun - jangan ngeliatin foto mobil-mobil aneh mulu, hahaha.., Reis Bunda - tetep cantik ya sis!, Renya Riandini, Retnani Hapsari (R), Ria Angelina (R), Rian Sagara (R), Riana Putri - ayo cepetan move on riii, lol, Rudi Yonatan - the most gentleman friend, do not count the calories while eating, enjoy the food! haha, Sarah Hutagalung (R), Stanley (R), Stella Clarissa, Steven Anwar, Tinnike Lie - semoga kita sering ketemu lg di tempat makan favorit lu, Trya Mukna - di EY juga byk loh perempuan yg bs merajut, ibu-ibu sekretaris yang di tower 2 lantai 6 hobby-nya kan merajut.. hahaha..., Vonny Martanegara, Weiniati Meilancye - jgn lembur mulu weinii, you need to pay more attention to your health, Wicaksono Agung, Willy Budiman, Windy Widjaja, Wita Luis, Yori Arifiyatno.

Not to forget, many thanks to other colleagues: Febio Keynando - thank you for being our single fighter during ASSR 101 & 102 training, Junita Mandasari, Nuryanto, Rendi Pratama, Diana Chen, Olivia Teresa, Bintar Prabowo, Dwi Rachmawati, Eka Cynthia, Hendra Han, Laurentia Dermawan (R), Supriyanto Prabowo, Jesica Meryanti, Metaria Gunawan, Andrew Hartarto, Agnes Tambayong (R), Ary Witoyo, Hardy Suteja, Hilman Prakosa, Diana Limas (R), Henny Dewanto, Ira Lukman, Fricilia Sheila (R), Maria Oktawiyastuti (R), Lia Hutagaol, Nadyarini Sianipar, Robert Suwanto, Pau Line, Reinarda Gozali, Farid Widjaja, Apriawati. Also thanks to Pak Achmad Nasum, Mbak Nining, Mas Ipul, Mas Fahrul, Pak Anjar Deliawan, Mba Upik Aprilda, Mba Sri Purwani, Pak Mamat, Mba Vetta Tovanneu, Mbak Letetia Sjahbuddin, Pak Dendi Suhendi, Mbak Alshamira Hamid, to all EY back office staffs, and all of you whom I can’t mentioned here one by one.

Please kindly accept my apology for any mistake or inconvenience that I might have caused in the past. It is my hope that we will stay in touch (yang married jangan lupa undangannya :p) and may our path come across again in the future. Actually there are still many stories that I would like to share with all of you in this letter, but somehow this letter has turned out this long >.< Maybe I will share those stories in my blog some other time :) This 2 years staying at Ernst & Young has been a tremendous experience for me.

Best Regards,

Yanti Rostarina
Email: yanti.rostarina@gmail.com
Mobile: *not gonna publish my mobile number in my blog* XD
Also find me in social media such as facebook, twitter, instagram, my personal blog, etc =]
Many ways to keep in touch, aren't it?
P.S: Try not to access my blog from EY's network. EY block some contents of it, hence the layout become terrible O_o

It is not easy for me to say good-bye to you,
We've shared so much life and laughter.
I'm so grateful for both the good and bad times we've shared.
I will really miss those times when we had our lunch together.
You will always stay in my mind and in my heart,
No matter how far you are :)
Whenever I join, however long I stay, the exceptional experience of EY will last a lifetime! That's me :)

-The End-

So, this is the end of my journey with Ernst & Young.
Here are other photos taken in my last day and one day before =]

I will definitely miss you =]