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My Favorite Things

I got this idea from another slicer to make lists of my favorite things (the number for each list, 11 in this case, is the number of the date). I had so much fun the last time I did it, I thought it was time to do it again! 🙂

Everyday Things I Wouldn’t Want to Live Without:

  1. Books
  2. Internet
  3. My favorite water cup
  4. Go-Jek
  5. Music
  6. Good quality lip gloss
  7. Glasses
  8. Toothbrush/toothpaste
  9. A good quality writer’s notebook
  10. House plants
  11. Flipflops

Adventures to Have Before I Die:

  1. Another week in Nepal at the Little House in the Rice Fields, where I can connect with nature, relax, write, read, and rest.
  2. Visit Antarctica and South America before I’m 40
  3. A month in Inle Lake, Myanmar, riding my bike all around, taking boat trips out on the lake, eating my weight in Burmese tea leaf salad, volunteering at a local school, and getting regular massages
  4. Stay in a villa above the water in The Maldives
  5. Eat my way through India, traveling around to all the different areas to try all the flavors they have to offer
  6. At least a month in Bali, focusing on my health, eating smoothie bowls for breakfast and vegan food for lunch and dinner, swimming and exercising every day
  7. Learn how to skydive on my own
  8. Live in a small town in Italy, learning how to cook pasta, pizza, and desserts from scratch
  9. Fall in love again
  10. Scuba diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
  11. Ride the Trans-Siberian train

Pasttimes I Never Tire Of:

  1. Traveling
  2. Slicing
  3. Reading
  4. Trying out new restaurants
  5. Photography
  6. Jigsaw puzzles
  7. Cooking for others
  8. Spending time in the sun
  9. Dreaming about where I’ll travel to next
  10. Listening to music
  11. Learning new things

Treats I Could Eat/Drink Every Day:

  1. English Breakfast Tea
  2. Goat cheese (on almost anything!)
  3. Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
  4. Smoothie bowls
  5. Bagel sandwiches
  6. Mango sticky rice
  7. Pavlova with fresh cream, passionfruit sauce, and luscious, ripe berries
  8. Freshly cut fruit
  9. Berries, yogurt, and granola
  10. Fresh lime or mango juice
  11. Pappadum with mango chutney and tamarind sauce

People I’d Be Lost Without:

  1. Mom & Dad
  2. Randi & Logan
  3. Michelle
  4. Linner
  5. Shaggers
  6. Callie
  7. Lisa
  8. Wayne
  9. Miriam
  10. Nicole
  11. Kathy

Places I Want to Visit:

  1. Perth, Australia
  2. The Maldives
  3. Topas Ecolodge in northern Vietman
  4. Luang Prabang, Laos
  5. Iceland to see the Northern Lights
  6. Barcelona, Spain
  7. Cape Town, South Africa
  8. Lisbon, Portugal
  9. Chile- Santiago, Easter Island, and the national parks
  10. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  11. Calgary, Canada to see Shaggers, Jeezy, and Marlowe

Words I Believe Hold Magic:

  1. Hope
  2. Serendipity
  3. Joy
  4. Wanderlust
  5. Wonder
  6. Love
  7. Authenticity
  8. Gratitude
  9. Enough
  10. Adventure
  11. Vulnerability

Gestures that Make Me Smile:

  1. Unexpected gifts, like a plant or a book they know I’ll love
  2. A thoughtful thank you note, preferably handwritten
  3. An invitation to dinner at someone’s house
  4. A hug when I most need it
  5. An offer of help when I’m sick or not feeling well
  6. An invitation to go on a spontaneous adventure in my city
  7. Being tagged in a funny meme
  8. A conversation where no one looks at their phone
  9. Spending quality time together
  10. A well-timed joke
  11. A text to say they’re thinking of me

Favorite Songs (as of this publication):

Click here to listen to my favorite songs

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Rain Preparations #sol18

Jakarta ranks as one of the worst cities for traffic in the world. No joke. With an estimated 25 million people, no metro or subway, few sidewalks, and even fewer highways, that means a lot of vehicles on the road. When it rains, the traffic is ten times worse, so a 5 km journey goes from 20 minutes to an hour. Yes, you read that correctly. It can take an hour or more to go 5 km (roughly 2.2 miles). Now you see why I use Go-Jek for delivery so much.

Anyhow, tonight I had plans to meet my boss and his wife, along with a colleague who is in town, for dinner in Kemang, a trendy area in South Jakarta. After a busy day at IKEA, I dozed off on the couch this afternoon, lulled to sleep by the steady rain outside my window. When I awoke, I only had 30 minutes before I was meant to meet them. Thirty minutes to get somewhere in Jakarta is not very long, so I was a bit worried I’d be late. After changing, I realized the rain had momentarily stopped, although the sky was still grey and ominous. If I get a taxi now, I’ll for sure be at least half an hour late. I’ll have to Go-Jek it. But that means there’s a high chance I’ll be stuck in the rain on the back of the bike.

With little choice, I decided to order a Go-Jek and take my chances, knowing that even then I was going to be late. Having been caught in the rain on a Go-Jek in the past, I knew I had to come prepared. I quickly changed out of the clothes I intended to wear for dinner, opting for a pair of running shorts, a singlet, and a rain jacket. Stuffing my dinner clothes, a hand towel, and extra pair of undies in my purse, I was ready to go. You might be wondering why the extra undies. Well, one time I got stuck in the rain during a torrential downpour and I was soaked right through to my knickers. I wasn’t going to risk it tonight!

Hopping on the back of the bike, it had started to drizzle again. About 5 minutes later, the rain started coming down in sheets. At this point, I was unhappy with my footwear choice as my shoes became soggy. Oh well, I’ll have to live with it. As we wove through the cars lined up at the traffic lights, I was glad I’d gone with the Go-Jek instead of the taxi. I may be wet, but at least I’ll get there at a reasonable time. Pulling into the parking lot, I made my way through the winding hallways to the inside of the mall.

Dripping wet from the ride, I thanked myself for packing dry clothes. I slipped into the restroom to quickly change before dinner. The line for the toilets was so long! I’m not waiting in that line. Sneaking over to a corner near the sinks, I toweled off my legs before removing my rain jacket and pulling my shirt over my singlet, then as quickly as possible, I changed my shorts. If anyone even noticed the bule (foreigner) in the corner changing her clothes, they didn’t bat an eye. Luckily I wasn’t soaked through and still had dry undies. I’m a risk-taker, but not that much of a risk-taker! Dry, apart from my squishy shoes, I made my way to the restaurant where I enjoyed a delicious Thai dinner.

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The Wonders of Go-Jek #sol18

Life changing. All-in-one. Takes laziness efficiency to the next level. Simply put, Go-Jek is amazing.

Prior to life in Indonesia, I’d experienced the conveniences of Uber and other ride-share apps as well as food delivery services like Sherpas in Shanghai and Food Panda in Bangkok. They definitely made my life easier, and when I was feeling especially lazy or I couldn’t be bothered to get out in the rain, they were definite lifesavers. But I’ve never experienced anything like Go-Jek until Jakarta. Go-Jek, an all-encompassing travel and delivery app, is cleverly named after ‘ojek,’ Indonesian for motorbike, which happens to be the main form of transport used.

Just today, I used Go-Jek to get home from work. My driver arrived in minutes and I jumped on the back of his motorbike (helmet on, of course!) for my ride home which cost a whopping 8,000 IDR ($0.58 USD!). Throw in a tip, and that’s about a buck to get home. Indian food on my mind, I decided to order something from a restaurant in the area. Go-Jek to the rescue again! I ordered and about 45 minutes later, I was chowing down on some spicy Korma, butter naan, and samosas, all for a delivery fee of about a dollar. Okay, I know what you’re thinking…Yeah, yeah, we can get a ride home and order some food to be delivered. Other than how cheap it is, what’s the big deal?!?

After dinner, I realized I was really sore from my workout yesterday and in need of a massage to work out the kinks. But, I was already home and in comfy clothes, and it looked like it might rain, and the traffic in Jakarta is the worst, so leaving my house wasn’t really high on my priority list. You might be thinking…She’s gonna Go-Jek a ride to the nearest massage place, isn’t she? If you are, you’d be wrong.

I told you Go-Jek is all-encompassing, didn’t I? Well I wasn’t lying. I simply opened up the app and ordered a Go-Massage, where a masseuse comes TO MY HOUSE to give me a massage! I got to choose the type of massage, length of time (60, 90, or 120 minutes), gender of the masseuse, and the time they would come. Let me tell you, having a massage in the comfort of your own home, where you can take a shower and go to bed afterward is a little slice of heaven.

After ordering my Go-Massage, a lovely lady showed up half an hour later and gave me a relaxing one-hour massage, the kinks and knots melting away. You might be thinking, this is amazing, but how much could that possibly be?!? I mean, the convenience of someone coming to your house has to cost big bucks, right? Wrong again. My one-hour massage cost 80,000 IDR (roughly $6.00 USD)! After leaving a very generous tip by Indonesian standards, I was out 12 bucks. FOR A MASSAGE IN MY HOME! I know, it’s crazy ridiculous, isn’t it?

In addition to these features, I have used Go-Jek for Go-Shop, where you literally put in the name of any shop and your shopping list and a personal shopper will buy it for you and deliver to your home for a nominal fee. A few times I’ve even used Go-Glam, a feature where you can have someone come to give you a mani/pedi in your home (or do your hair or make-up, both of which I haven’t yet tried). There are many other features I’ve still not tapped into either. Go-Jek has made me so spoiled and is a definite perk of living in Indonesia!

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