Bye Bye, My Friends!

After months of being away from home and travelling here and there, end of last month I finally reached my parent’s home again where all of my stuffs are. First time I opened my room, I looked around that pinky room that I left for half a year and whispered to my self, “Sh*t, I’ve got too many stuffs all this time that I don’t need nor use anymore.”

One of them is my book collections, among them are hundreds of my comic books. Unlike other kids who just borrow comic books from friends or comic book rental, I always push myself to own things I like since I was a kid. Many of these books had been moving places to places as I brought them with me, I wanted to be close to my books just in case I suddenly miss reading them. But this side of me has been bothering me as a person who moves often, they take space and cost money to transport them to new place. Also, in the era where you can get many books and information so easily from the internet, it’s impossible for me to choose to read these comic books again amid all the downloaded books I plan to read. So what’s the point of keeping them anymore, I don’t want to be trapped in dependence on nostalgic feelings. Furthermore, who knows where I would be and live in the future? One thing I know, I will not live in West Sumatra for a long time, maybe in other cities, maybe other countries, who knows. Hence I decided to donate them.

I’d never thought that I would ever give away my books just like that. I bought them with my pocket allowance saving when I was in elementary school. I remember how I starved myself during breaks and watched my friends enjoying their snacks. I always thought I’d have a library in my future house where I would put my books and my kids would read them. If my friends borrowed my comic books, I nagged them (sometimes terror them) to return the books immediately. Because these books mean more than books to me, they’re dreams, memory and friends. They were medicines when I felt sad when I was a kid, I grew up with them. The early role models I had in my life were not from real life, they’re from these stories instead. I didn’t like reading books without pictures, because I like drawing and adoring other people’s drawings.

But let them be those good old days, I don’t prefer purchasing real books anymore because of my nomad life. I want to keep less things in life. Also, I don’t think my kids would be interested to read them, they will have other new heroes, even I don’t want to read comic books from my parents’ era.

So finally after 20 years (I started buying books since I was 6 y.o), I posted on my soc-meds that I was looking for a new home for my comic books, my childhood friends. I don’t want them to stay unread in my quiet bed room anymore. Better they give dreams to other little kids like what they gave to me, before other new heroes come and fade their charms away.

A friend suggested me a non-profit library in Padang, West Sumatra called Shelter Utara. There, people can read and borrow books, they don’t need to pay if they want to borrow books, but they have to put books in exchange. The books I found there are very interesting, if I stay in Padang, I will absolutely rent books there. Shelter Utara also regularly holds event and discussions on arts, literary works and social phenomenons. I was amazed that this organization has established since three years ago and managed by collective young people whose vision and mission is to share knowledge. They even held free classes for kids in the neighborhood and they said kids like to come every afternoon after they play soccer. Doing this makes me feel happy, knowing that my books will cherish other people’s lives.

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I may not have them in my bookshelves anymore, but I will always have them in my memory.

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Lessons that Travels Have Taught Me (so far)

Experience is the best teacher and the most experiences I’ve got are from travelling or living nomadically. I’ve moved a lot in my 27 years although none of the places I’ve lived in or visited is abroad. Well my country is big and it’s not easy for a developing country citizen like me to travel abroad. Also, every corner of Indonesia is so different even though it’s in the same island; the people, culture, norms, weather, etc are different. The first time I moved to other city was when I was 17 y.o when my parents decided to go back to their hometown in West Sumatra. I hated it back then, the fact that I had to be separated with the things and people I’d been familiar with. Ten years later, I’ve become a restless soul that always wants to be challenged by new environment periodically. It has given me long-term impacts and lessons that shape the person I am and will be. Even the ways I travel changed. Let me share some things that travels have taught me so far :D.

  1. Travel has made me realize that life is short.

Life is short to do and be something I’m not, to only read one book, to only have one perspective, to stop questioning, to not seek for answers, to be spent in only one place, to only have one dream, to learn only one skill. And most importantly, to not be shared.

2. Changes are not always scary.

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Starting again in new places with new people, situation etc sounded scary before for me. But I survived, I’m glad of most changes that happened, sometimes a reset button is necessary. Breaking the comfort zone is good, just because something is familiar doesn’t mean it’s better. It is when you’re already outside the box then you can see what’s wrong about the box.

3. The world is so big and there are so so so so so many people in the world.

The more places I visited and the more people from different background I met, the more I want to see and experience other places. This makes me realize that for me moving is one of my needs. Many people seek for settling down in one place until they’re old and die, while I don’t think myself belongs to that category. Even if I know Bali is my fave place to live, it doesn’t mean I want to stay in Bali forever. I will someday settle, just not now. Also, knowing that there are billions of billions of people in the world–I mean yeah of course all people know the big number of population, but many of us choose to trap ourselves into small community; like people in our city or our country only–makes me more optimistic in life that it doesn’t matter if one person doesn’t agree with nor like me, there are still billions of people in the world, even Trump is still liked by some people. It doesn’t matter if I feel I don’t belong with people in West Sumatra, maybe I just happened to be a black sheep, I met people who are like me–the black sheep–in Bali, whose homes are away from homes. There will be a lot of places in the world that are more willing to accept who you are, you just need to find where it is.

4. The more I travel, the more I need less.

The moment of packing and unpacking are the times I know I’ve been collecting or wanting things I don’t actually need. It’s the time I have to decide which one to keep in my life. I still don’t travel light, but for people who know me and with so many things I had back home, it’s an achievement to pack my life into just some briefcases. It makes me realize that if I’m ok with it during travelling, then I will be okay with same at home. The more I don’t understand why people could be so obsessed with having a big big family home, taking loans for big house, fancy cars, electricities, etc. That makes more sense to me if it’s for property business, but I can’t see myself living in a big house because I don’t need that. I need plane tickets, enough money and health.

5. Self-discovery.

I’ve read somewhere that if you want to find yourself, leave your home. My self-discovery process happens faster every time I am away from home, my goals get clearer.

6. Travel gives me hope and faith that THAT kind of life is possible.

Since my childhood, my parents and most adults around me taught me how scary it is to have no uniforms, which means a job in institution or company. I believe that every generation has their own advantage from the previous generations, hence we should not live with the same fears. My generation’s advantage is the advance of information and communication technology. I don’t want to miss this opportunity. Nomad living is possible which allow us to make money from anywhere we want. It makes it possible to earn in different currency. That if I really want something to happen, there’s always ways. Travel allows me to meet alike-minded people who many of them are more successful in their 30s than my parents who worked for over 30 years in institutions. And what great about these people are their energy and creativity that are always alive and pumped.

7. Complaint less, be more patient and grateful.

When you just move to a new place, then expect the unexpected, things go out of plans and it’s okay. I saw how people can live with less and still be happy which all too often we forget how to live like that.

8. Shop less, experience more.

I can say I’ve been very lucky to be able to travel myself since young age. But the way I travel and how I see it have changed a lot. I used to only target big cities with big malls during the sale season, travel was only about shopping for me. I always flew back with extra baggage than when I left. Doing it for years, I always felt exhausted after the holiday (and broke, of course), also felt rushed during the travel. I used to list so many shopping agenda in my itinerary for a 2-3 day holiday. I think that’s how most Indonesians are like during holidays, we try to go to as many destination as possible in super short time that we don’t really enjoy our visit anymore, it’s become more like a check-list than a relaxing holiday. Now I prefer to have much less agenda and be more spontaneous. I rarely shop unless it’s something very special that I still think of after 3 days, by then I know I really want it rather than an impulse buying. I buy something that I will use and remind me of the place when I see and use it. Someday when my hair turns grey, it’s the experience that I will remember, not how many and expensive things I bought.

9. Enjoy solo travelling while you can.

The idea of travelling with a partner and family may sound tempting to many. I have friends who missed their travelling opportunities or chances to move somewhere only because of waiting for a life partner to arrive. That’s not me, at least for this moment. Most of the time for me at this moment, I want to have a time for myself. When I get married, I will less likely have it anymore, I will have husband and kids to travel with for years. So now is my time for my self (before I get stuck with them, LOL). It’s nice to have a travel partner sometimes, but not every time.

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So that’s my ode to travel. I’m sure that’s not all yet–at least what I can think of for now. I want to continue living like this, moving place to place, looking forward to more adventures and changes for the better because nothing is more exciting than seeing who I will be at the end of each one. PS: this year I will have my first international travels, can’t wait!!

Jakarta, oh, Jekardah

Jakarta as the country’s capital is just another big city like any other big cities, harsh in its beauty, or beautiful in its harshness. Many Indonesians moved to Jakarta hoping to reach their Jakartan dreams; the high desires for lifestyle, convenience and fame. For me, I cant stand Jakarta at all. I don’t understand how people can enjoy life in Jakarta, because you have to have the ability to ignore your surrounding and turn off your empathy.

Jakarta is the ugliest face of this country for me. It’s not only about the traffic and politics, but also the face of social gap that it serves right in front of your eyes.

You work extra just to be enough to pay the bills and spend extra hours stuck in the traffic, wake up at 4 am and reach home at 8 pm. Can’t even imagine doing that for two weeks, don’t even ask me for years. It’ll age and drain me emotionally and physically. And will that job be able to pay your health issue later?

Having stayed in Bali where sexy is make-up free, cheerful and relaxed, I was feeling strange when I came to Grand Indonesia Mall in Jakarta. I didn’t know what it was, then I realized that I felt strange because I hadn’t been seeing that much hair extension, thick makeup, and 8 cm heels for a long time. People looked uptight, I don’t know whether its the botox/ facelift or that they dont wanna crack their make-ups. I passed a pillar mirror and saw how barefaced I was from head to toe compared to my surroundings.

The big malls I visited in Jakarta are always busy in the cafes, food courts and restaurants. I checked the price and it’s more expensive than the bule cafes in Bali, but still I always saw many Indonesians lining up for those expensive cafes in those fancy malls. I couldn’t believe what I saw and asked, “Are we that rich? Really?”

As soon as I walked outside the big mall, I saw similar view outside the building at the street food seller next to a smelly dirty water drain. I don’t want to dare my self with Jakarta street food, coz I always got bellyache and diarrhea right after it. Most of them were store employees in the mall. Ironically some of the people were wearing the uniforms of restaurants from the malls. That’s Jakarta, that’s Indonesia.

In Bali, beauty is for everybody to enjoy, whether you’re rich or poor or middle class, it doesn’t really show. In Jakarta, beauty is luxury and people want to show off how rich they are compared to the other people around them. You may see them taking GoJek, but at the same time holding their Zara, HnM shopping bags, these brands are not cheap for Indonesians.

For Indonesians–which are very different from the developed western countries–, living in a small room in a tall-apartment building means that you’re rich, rather than having a house with a garden. These apartments are mostly equipped with swimming pool, gym, convenience store, cafe, daycare, playground, tennis court, etc. The fancier ones even have sauna, jacuzzi, library, coworking, etc which are included in the fee they pay every month. But these life-indulging facilities are often lonely. People don’t have the time to enjoy it, they’re either busy working overtime or stuck in the traffic.

You can’t be impulsive in Jakarta, you need to know what you wanna do and go every day because it’s not easy to move around. Sometimes one km can take up to 30 mins or an hour.

But what for me is really frustrating is that the fact that even after you pay a lot for convenience in Jakarta, it’s still not worth it. You live in your expensive apartment but every time, every morning, you are served with the view of Indonesian poverty, the slum areas which are located right next to your apartment. If you look straight to the horizon, you see the optimistic tall buildings that are far away from you. But when you look down, just 10 meters from your place are houses made of paper boxes. Why do you pay so much if this is what you are going to see everyday?

What really slapped me in the face was when I was taking my baby cousin to the play room in a fancy apartment that my uncle owns. One side of the room is a glass wall so you can see everything outside. In that play room for the rich kids, the toys were complete, I’d never had that many toys in my childhood. What sit right next to the big glass wall was a 1.5 meter wide doll-house, complete with the tiny furnitures, I never played with a doll house when I was a kid, nobody in my neighborhood had a doll house. How ironic the contrast of the doll house and the view of human houses outside the glass wall is. Even dolls, non-living things, have a more decent house than human houses. What should I tell my baby cousin later about it when she starts to speak and ask questions? Other kids in the room were so loud and naughty, they just didn’t care about it, maybe they’ve been used to it that they didn’t even bother to ask what are the paper boxes with roofs outside the window.

This is Jakarta, this is Indonesia.

Feb’s Faves: Skincare Drugstore & Organic Murah

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Semenjak di Bali kemaren, hasrat belanja skincare organic dan drugstore gw terpenuhi karena banyak pilihan tersedia, gak seperti di Sumatra Barat atau Lampung dulu. Yang pasti gw selalu mengincar yang se-natural mungkin dan anti beli yang mahal, dulu gw udah pernah coba produk-produk dari yang mahal sampe yang murah gak jelas karena cuma jadi korban marketing. Dengan pengetahuan yang udah lebih mumpuni, udah fixed deh yang natural memang lebih baik dan cantik–walau pun harus bermodal–gak mesti mahal. Beberapa produk ini udah gw pake selama 2-3 bulanan, so here’s why I like them:

  1. Energizing Day Cream by Himalaya

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Gw emang udah lama banget nyari day cream yang cocok, selama ini pake produk dari Acnes dan BioDerma tapi ngerasa kurang greget karena gak mengandung pelindung dari sinar UV, terlalu ringan untuk di umur aku yang telah meninggalkan usia belia ini, haha… Pertama kali beli agak ragu karena harganya agak mahal juga sih dan packagingnya gak travel friendly, tapi setelah dipakai hasilnya lumayan oke, creamnya cepat meresap dan menahan minyak lebih lama dibanding dua merk sebelumnya.

2. Body Butter by Utama Spice

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Gw udah ngefans banget lah ya sama brand ini, khusus untuk body butternya gw udah pernah review di postingan sebelumnya, bisa dicheck disini.

3. Face Serum Mineral Botanica

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Face serum ini ternyata penting banget agar manfaat cream-cream setelahnya terserap dengan baik dan lebih maksimal. Sebelumnya gw pake pre-serum dari The Body Shop dari rangkaian Drops of Youth dan gw udah menggunakan itu bertahun-tahun, tapi hanya dipake untuk ritual malam aja, karena mahal ciiinn… jadi pemakaiannya diutamakan di malam hari aja, nasib miskin memang begini lah.. haha. Terus ketemu dengan face serum dari Mineral Botanica ini, ada dua varian face serum; acne untuk wajah berjerawat dan brightening yang fungsinya untuk mencerahkan dan anti-aging. Jangan tertipu dengan kata brightening-nya dan berharap kulit bisa jadi putih, karena sebenarnya yang dimaksud adalah membuat kulit lebih fresh dan lebih kencang.

4. Castor Oil Utama Spice

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As you may know, gw penggemar body oil, dari VCO, olive oil, rose hip oil, dll. Utama Spice yang produk-produknya banyak menggunakan bahan minyak alami adalah salah satu incaran gw. Salah satunya adalah castor oil yang baru gw coba dan baru pertama kali denger tentang castor oil. Castor Oil berasal dari tanaman Riccinus Communis ini memiliki keistimewaan di antaranya:

  • Mengangkat kotoran sisa make-up (bahkan yang waterproof)
  • Low comodogenicity, artinya tidak beresiko menimbulkan komedo/ jerawat
  • Baik untuk rambut dan kulit kepala yang kering
  • Dapat digunakan sebagai pelarut maskara yang kering

5. Baby Skin Pore Eraser by Maybelline

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Cocok untuk bagian hidung yang lebih mudah oil, sebelumnya gw pernah pake Wonderblur dari The Body Shop, tapi mehong bo’… Ternyata produk dari Maybelline ini gak jauh beda kualitasnya, bikin bagian hidung jadi smooth banget dan oil control lebih lama dibanding hanya dengan menggunakan moisturizer aja. Pore erasernya ini diambilnya sedikit aja dan dioleskan hanya dibagian yang pori-porinya lebih terbuka.

6. Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier

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Micellar water udah booming banget semenjak diperkenalkan oleh Bio Derma yang harganya mahal banget. Emang bener sih, micellar water ini emang terobosan baru yang lebih mengangkat kotoran muka bahkan setelah cuci muka. Namun setelah menghabiskan tiga botol micellar water dari Bio Derma yang tidak ramah di kantong, gw mulai mencari alternatif baru yang lebih murah dan mudah didapatkan di Sumatra Barat, dan pilihan jatoh ke brand Garnier. Awalnya deg-degan takut gak cocok, ternyata kualitasnya gak jauh beda kok, emang sih pake yang BioDerma wanginya lebih harum dan rasanya lebih fresh, tapi untuk masalah pengangkatan kotoran, hasilnya sama kok.

7. Purifying Neem Mask by Himalaya Herbals

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Menurut aku ada dua brand yang bisa jadi alternatif varian Tea Tree dari TBS, yaitu Acnes dan Himalaya. Neem mask ini tekstur dan hasilnya mirip dengan charcoal mask TBS, tapi wanginya lebih nyengat. Aku tadinya sering pake clay mask dari Utama Spice, tapi rempong juga kalo harus diracik dulu, jadilah pilih Neem Mask ini yang bentuknya tube, praktis digunakan, murah, banyak, dan ampuh buat jerawat!

8. Hair Oil by Botaneco Garden

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Berhubung gw gak bisa hidup tanpa hair dryer dan catokan, jadi berbagai vitamin rambut is a must untuk menjaga ujung rambut dan kehitamannya. Kalo menggunkan VCO atau olive oil, rambut jadi berminyak dan lepek, sedangkan kalo pake hair oil dari Botaneco Garden ini membuat rambut lebih berkilau tanpa rasa lepek, wanginya juga harum, botolnya aman dari tumpah. Gw sih lebih suka ini daripada hair oil dari L’Oreal.

Co-working Spaces in Bali

Millennials have brought a new style in work habits in which we prefer to be able to still make money from anywhere we want. Bali as the holiday destination is also in the digital nomads’ travel lists where they want to travel yet still be productive.

Co-working space is basically you’re renting a desk instead of a whole room or building as a place where you go to be more productive even when you’re working freelance or on your own stuffs. Maybe this sounds a bit strange, why would you leave your job to later spend money just to go to an office? Well, for many people, we can be more productive and motivated when we’re surrounded with people with the same working ambience, while at home or a nice cafe, we tend to procrastinate.

To be honest, I didn’t know about this concept until August 2017 when I came to Bali. I was totally amazed by this idea, also the fact that most co-working spaces in Bali have communities and interesting programs that help you to network or improve your knowledge in other fields. Here are some co-working spaces that I’d been to during my stay in Bali from October 2017 to March 2018. These places are located in different parts of Bali, if you don’t know, one good thing and very unique about Bali is that every area has different vibe and different characteristics of people. Say, Ubud is more like the meditation and yoga center, Kuta is for party animals, Sanur is where the oldies go to, Canggu is creative and relaxed.

  1. Kumpul Coworking

Kumpul is located in Sanur and shares the building with a creative house Rumah Sanur, a cafe and coffee shop, then a shop. Equipped with a good internet connection and office equipments (printer, fotocopy, skype rooms, lockers, infocus etc), it has a well-balanced proportion of members between locals and foreigners. Faye Alund, the founder, is also an amazing woman who likes to share and help women and communities as I’ve attended some events for women entrepreneurs that she held. It collaborates with Google and became the place where Google’s Gapura Digital initiative took place. Various membership package starts from Rp 30.000,- (USD 2.2) for hourly drop in, one day visit Rp 200.000 (USD 15) , weekly and monthly packages for 20 and 40 hours, and unlimited monthly and weekly. There’s discount for Indonesians too. However, I didn’t register myself here because lately there have been less events and people, also I’m not a Sanur people.

*Photo source: Kumpul’s IG

2. The Night Market Cafe and Coworking

It’s located about 5-7 km from Seminyak, I don’t really know what the owner’s concept of the place is. The building is nice, the cafe is also good and cheap, but for a coworking place, the music is too loud and there’s no office equipments nor community like other coworkings. But it rents out meeting rooms also with good internet connection, with electricity socket almost in every table. There’s no border between the cafe and coworking, so you can be in the same room with lovey-dovey couples, families, etc while you’re working. There’s no membership fee either, you just need to buy the food. It doesn’t open 24 hrs, and I don’t recommend coming at after 16.00 as the cafe starts to get busy.

**Photo source: The Night Market’s Instagram

3. Genius Cafe and Coworking Sanur

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with my besties, Jennifer and Gaby on my last day.

Even though Sanur is not my fave in Bali, but I came to Sanur Beach almost every week for the free talks that the place holds every week. Every day it has regular free events, and my fave was the talks where people who are already experts in their own field can register themselves to host a talk, mostly business coach. During the talks, they give 50% discount on food and drinks for Indonesians and Genius members. Although it also doesn’t have office equipments, skype rooms and indoor rooms, it has a very nice community with very positive vibe. The staffs are very friendly, they remember our names. I met some good people here where I’ve learned a lot from, including Dee, the owner and founder of the place. She’s a Rusian woman with a love for Bali and dedication to women empowerment. When I visit Bali again, Genius cafe is in my must-visit list for sure, I miss the people already! Check out its price here.

4. Hubud

Hubud is the first co-working space in Bali, one of the two coworkings in Ubud. Hubud is for me one of the best, it is designed with an open space concept, surrounded by gardens, and equipped with amenities such as fast internet, a printer, a scanner, a copier, and a seminar room. Located near The Monkey Forest, next to Habitat Cafe. The people in Hubud are fun, also every week they hold regular events and most of them are free. Too bad I’m not an Ubud person, but would like to visit Hubud again in my next Bali visit.

Check out its price here.

5. Dojo

Dojo is the winner, it’s my fave coworking space, also because I’m more of a Canggu person. Well, you’ll know what I mean if you’ve been to Bali. Dojo has the coolest office place because it has a pool! Yess, you can work by the pool on bean bags and if you’re lucky, hot guys usually jump into the pool, what a distraction you wish you have in your office, right? It opens 24 hours and offers you a night worker membership for you who work like an owl (read: at night). The coolest thing about Dojo is the vibe that you get from the people there, every week they hold free talks for members and public, Dojo also provides events where start-ups can meet up and network. Some successful youtubers and vloggers did talks here, I was lucky to get knowledge from them. It also has regular photography meetings. Btw, in Canggu and Ubud, people are either barefoot or in flip-flops, and when you enter the coworking space, you leave your flip-flops outside and work barefoot. Also, there’s no AC in Dojo, unless in the meeting rooms.

Check out its gallery, price and events here.

Actually, I made a youtube video on this topic, I didn’t take pics, hence I’m using photos from their own IG accounts. But if you wanna see a tour of the coworking spaces, please kindly watch my vid 😀

Happy nomad life, everyone!

#BeautyReview: Body Butter by Utama Spice

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Beauty brand yang paling sering gw review di blog gw adalah Utama Spice karena I’ve fallen in love with this organic skincare brand! Well, I’m into organic skincare only, gak nafsu deh kalo ngeliat brand-brand lain yang lebih mahal dan lagi hebring, karena menurut gw, untuk apa buang duit mahal-mahal kalo cuma untuk barang-barang kimiawi yang gak natural, belum tentu baik, dan apalagi kalo pake animal testing segala. Yang bikin gw tambah cinta dengan Utama Spice ini adalah karena ini brand Indonesia, made in Bali!

Dulu gw adalah customer The Body Shop, namun sekarang udah selingkuh, hehe. Hanya produk Drops of Youth yang masih gw pake, selebihnya, terutama untuk produk yang berbasis oil, sudah digantikan dengan Utama Spice. Selain karena rasa nasionalisme yang tinggi, harganya jauh lebih murah, kandungan alaminya pun lebih banyak. Difikir-fikir, untuk apa menghabiskan duit untuk produk organic yang diimpor dari negara lain padahal negeri sendiri sangat-sangat kaya raw materials.

Menambah list panjang koleksi Utama Spice gw adalah body butternya yang menjadi salah satu my current faves di semester pertama tahun 2018 ini. Body butter dari Utama Spice saat ini ada lima varian; Rose Allure, Lavender, Tropical Flower, Lemongrass Ginger, dan Cocoa Love. Masing-masing varian memiliki campuran oil yang berbeda-beda yang menentukan wanginya. Terdapat dua size kemasan, yang kecil ukuran 30 gr dengan harga Rp 26.000 dan yang besar ukuran 100 ml dengan harga Rp 83.000. Kecuali untuk varian Cocoa Love, ya… Harganya dua kali lipat lebih mahal, mungkin karena bahan dasarnya Cocoa Seed Butter yang lebih mahal.

Pertama kali coba testernya di store Utama Spice di Ubud, well teksturnya beda banget dengan body butter yang banyak di pasaran Indonesia. Kalo body butter lain umumnya teksturnya lotion yang lengket, body butter Utama spice lebih mirip butter dan berkesan oily, ya karena bahan utamanya memang minyak, yaitu Virgin Coconut Oil yang sangat baik untuk kulit. Awalnya ngerasa aneh emang, takutnya lengket-lengket gitu, namun ternyata enggak banget! Minyaknya langsung lumer di kulit dan membuat kulit coklat gw terlihat mengkilap seperti abis pake tanning oil namun tanpa rasa lengket! Namun baunya gak selembut produk lain seperti TBS, makanya aku cuma beli yang Rose Allure dan Tropical Flower yang menurut aku wanginya gak terlalu strong.

Berbeda dengan varian yang lain, Cocoa Love teksturnya sangat-sangat padat seperti balm. Wanginya harum coklat banget sehingga biking ngidam Silverqueen setiap kali dibuka, hehe. Karena soliditynya, gw pun makenya harus mengikis pake kuku bagian luar dulu baru dioleskan ke tubuh. Hasilnya di kulit gak nampak kilau minyak seperti yang lain, namun wanginya tahan lama dan bikin kulit lembut. Tapi aku mensejajarkan Cocoa Love ini dengan Petroleum Jelly, Lucas Papaw dan kawan-kawan yang lebih sering digunakan untuk kulit-kulit kasar seperti di siku, telapak kaki, lutut, dll. Kenapa? Karena harganya mahal, hehe.. padahal enak banget kalo kulit jadi wangi-wangi coklat gitu.

Untuk harga segitu, mungkin banyak yang merasa ukurannya terlalu mini. Namun sebenarnya kalo kamu memakainya dengan cara yang benar, akan bertahan lama. Karena kita gak perlu make banyak-banyak seperti body lotion, cukup tipis-tipis aja saat dibalur akan merata ke bagian yang lain. Buat aku yang rajin menggunakan body butter setiap hari saja, yang ukuran 30gr itu bisa bertahan untuk 2-3 minggu. Oia, body butter ini juga dibundle menjadi gift set yang lucu banget dengan tin can khas Bali, cocok buat jadi oleh-oleh dari Bali! Pemesanan produk bisa langsung di situs resmi Utama Spice atau lewat IG mereka.

Review produk Utama Spice yang lain di blog aku:

#BaliDiary: Gak Enaknya Tinggal di Bali

I LOVE BALI SO MUCH…

Satu-satunya daerah di Indonesia yang gw bikin gw jatuh cinta pertama kali adalah Bali. Sebelumnya gw udah pernah buat tulisan kenapa tinggal di Bali itu enak. Tapi gimana pun juga, semua hal ada plus dan minusnya. Tulisan kali ini membahas kurang enaknya tinggal di Bali, bagi gw hal-hal berikut ini hanya hal minor, gak sebanding dengan plus pointsnya. Anyway, hopefully ini bisa jadi informasi dan bahan pertimbangan buat kamu-kamu yang niat pindah ke Bali temporarily or permanently 😀

  • Bali = Banyak Libur

Bali bisa jadi singkatan dari “Banyak Libur”. Hari libur di Bali bisa dua-tiga kali lipat libur nasional. Orang Bali yang masih menjaga tradisi memang hobby banget bikin perayaan dan upacara. Jadi di Bali berlaku kalender libur lokal. Eits, mungkin bagi beberapa, banyak yang malah seneng ya kalo banyak liburnya! Ya mungkin aja, kalo kamu bekerja sebagai PNS atau kantoran. Tapi bagi kamu yang menjalankan usaha sendiri, jadi repot deh kalo toko-toko pada tutup dan para pekerja kamu pada cuti libur, deadline jadi ngaret karena libur. Makanya sekarang banyak usaha di Bali yang memvariasi karyawannya dengan agama dan asal dari daerah lain biar bisa tetep jalan di hari libur lokal.

  • Penutupan Jalan yang Bikin Macet

Masih berkaitan dengan poin pertama, kadang-kadang upacara keagamaan seperti ngaben, bisa memakan jalan sepenuhnya dan berakibat penutupan jalan. Alhasil jadi macet di jalan alternatif. Tapi ya maklum lah ya namanya juga Indonesia, hampir di semua daerah di negara ini adalah hal lumrah yang namanya ‘makan’ jalan umum buat acara hajatan. Bedanya, kalo di Bali, bisa nutup sepanjang jalan, bukan cuma gang depan rumah aja. Hehe… Repot dah kalo lagi buru-buru naik taxi online, mana jalan di Bali pada kecil-kecil –..–“

  • Balinese are (too) slow and relaxed

Waktu gw di Lampung dulu, orang-orang Bali terkenal dengan keuletan dan kerajinannya, makanya banyak orang Bali yang sukses di Lampung. Ternyata Balinese yang tinggal di Bali jauh berbeda. Yah sama lah ya, orang Minang di perantauan dengan orang Minang yang belum pernah merantau juga kan beda. Mungkin ini efek tinggal di daerah yang terlalu nyaman, alhasil gaya hidup mereka terlalu nyantai alias gak ‘ngoyo’. Secara background gw Sumatra, jadi kerasa banget. Salah satu kelebihan di SumBar adalah orangnya cepat tanggap, contoh kecilnya aja kalo di tempat makan. Kalo di SumBar, mayoritas pelayanannya cepat tanggap. Tapi di Bali, sloooowww banget, gw keburu starving! Huhu… Ternyata bukan cuma gw aja yang merasakan ini, temen-temen bule gw juga merasakan hal yang sama! Di pekerjaan yang lainnya juga begitu, hal ini jadi berdampak ke beberapa industri di Bali yang akhirnya kalah bersaing dengan negara lain. Salah satu contohnya adalah usaha garmen. Pernah ada masa dimana industri garmen di Bali laris manis, namun sekarang investor-investor asing banyak yang sudah berpindah ke Filipina dan China, seperti yang pernah gw dengar dari podcast tentang seorang fashion designer yang pernah mencoba produksinya di Bali. Kebanyakan businessmen garment yang bertahan di Bali adalah new businessmen atau mereka yang tulus cinta kepada Bali dan memilih membantu kehidupan di Bali.

  • Misinterpretasi cueknya orang Bali

Salah satu yang bikin betah tinggal di Bali adalah karena orang-orangnya yang tidak ngurusin urusan orang atau pun memaksakan sesuatu ke orang lain. Namun, karena terlampau cuek, orang Bali bisa disalahartikan sebagai tidak ramah. Apalagi kalo kamu berasal dari daerah dengan tingkat basa-basi tinggi seperti Sumatra Barat dan Jawa. Gw pertama kali dateng agak shocked, kenapa ya ni orang-orang kok sensitif ke gw, apa ada yang salah dengan muka gw yang membuat mereka jadi bad mood. Ternyata memang orang Bali begitu, kurang berbasa-basi. Kalo ada temen-temen gw dari Sumatra yang datang berkunjung, mereka juga merasa begitu dan gw harus menjelaskan bahwa sebenernya mereka gak berniat seperti itu. Yah begitulah, di Sumatra kebanyakan basa-basi alhasil kepo. Di Bali terlalu cuek, jadi gak ramah. Haha, serba salah ya!

  • Susah Cari Parkiran

Jalanan di Bali itu kecil-kecil. Mungkin karena berasal dari desa-desa kecil dan gak menyangka kalo Bali bakal berkembang seperti ini, jadi infrastrukturnya masih skala desa. Menurut aku, tempat paling mudah di Bali untuk cari parkiran cuma di Denpasar yang merupakan kota tuanya Bali, karena Denpasar dari dulu sudah dirancang sebagai daerah pemerintahan (that’s why Denpasar is the most borrriiing part of Bali for me, but I lived there, hiks!). Contohnya jalan-jalan di Ubud dan Kuta yang sempit-sempit banget, toko-toko gak punya parkiran, satu parkiran untuk semua. Jadi kita harus jalan kaki ke tempat yang dituju. Walau pun enak juga sih jalan kaki di Bali, cuci mata liat toko-toko yang unik-unik, tapi kalo lagi buru-buru kan susyeeh jugaa…

  • Kurangnya variasi jenis pekerjaan

Hal ini gak berlaku bagi gw sih, karena di Bali sebenernya cocok dengan gw dari semua aspek, berhubung gw juga enterpreneur. Namun hal ini pastinya berbeda dengan kalian yang sudah terbiasa dengan dunia korporasi. Bidang yang paling berkembang di Bali adalah pariwisata, jadi kebanyakan lapangan pekerjaan yang tersedia adalah yang berhubungan dengan pariwisata dan lifestyle. Katanya sih, kalo kamu bisa berbahasa Inggris, sangat mudah untuk mendapatkan pekerjaan di Bali. Tapi ya gitu deh, otomatis range jenjang karir tidak seluas di kota-kota besar seperti Jakarta. Bali cocok banget bagi orang-orang yang bekerja remotely (digital nomad), tapi buat orang-orang yang kerjanya bergantung dengan lokasi dan korporasi, agak susah sih untuk pindah ke Bali.

  • Almost Everything is Imported

Bisa dibilang, ‘nyawa’ Bali terletak di bidang pariwisata. Bali bukan daerah penghasil sumber daya alam, hanya bergantung pada pariwisata. Walaupun masyarakatnya masih banyak yang bertani dan pergi ke sawah, tapi itu lebih kepada tradisi dan kebiasaan (kerjanya sih di sawah, padahal income-nya dari villa, hehe), namun hanya cukup untuk kebutuhan sendiri, gak cukup untuk memenuhi kebutuhan industri pariwisata di Bali. Kebutuhan makanan (dari bawang, cabe dll) dikirim dari Jawa atau Lombok. Kain Bali pun bukan dari Bali, tapi dari Jawa. Tas rotan yang lagi ngehits banget dan disebut Tas Bali, sebenarnya dari Lombok dan dijual murah banget di Lombok, sekitar Rp 100.000, namun di Bali harganya udah naik starts from Rp 200.000 sampe Rp 700.000! Tapi tetep aja banyak yang beli! Haha.

  • Terlalu nyaman

Nah, lho! Kok bisa terlalu nyaman malah jadi gak enak?? Well, di satu sisi kita penting juga untuk menghadapi ketidaknyamanan kalo kita mau berkembang. Apalagi kalo kita disekeliling Balinese yang slow and relaxed. Akhirnya gw lebih sering bergaul dengan bulenya di Bali biar jiwa kompetitif gw tetep hidup. Terus, di Bali gak ada demo, gak ada spanduk-spanduk hate-speech atau provokasi. Jadi gak kerasa kalo negara kita ini politiknya lagi kacau balau. Di satu sisi bagus sih, bikin kepala dan hati tenang. Tapi buruk juga kalo kita jadi gak mawas diri bahwa hal negatif tersebut ada.

  • Second-Class Citizen

Kalo di postingan yang sebelumnya gw mensyukuri karena sering dapet diskon KTP, kali ini gw bahas kejadian yang bertentangan dimana WNI diperlakukan lebih rendah ketimbang WNA, dan mirisnya lagi perlakuan diskriminatif tersebut malah dilakukan oleh sesama WNI sendiri! Gak semua sih seperti ini, hanya sebagian kecil, tapi sangat menyebalkan kalo melihat ‘saudara’ sendiri malah mendewakan bule. Biasanya terjadi di tempat hiburan seperti cafe dan clubs. Mereka memprioritaskan tamu bule untuk memenuhi tempatnya agar terlihat lebih eksklusif, padahal kan harga makanan yang dibayar juga sama aja! Contohnya aja di sebuah club malam yang lagi hits banget saat ini, yaitu La Favela. Gw udah kecewa banget sama club satu ini, udah banyak review buruk di internet juga buat tempat satu ini yang mana hanya memberikan free entry ke tamu bule. Karena disangka bule (entah darimana sih gw ini bulenya… –..–“) awalnya gw disambut baik, tapi pas gw udah ngomong bahasa Indonesia, langsung disuruh memperlihatkan KTP dan no free entry, pake waiting list lagi, katanya lagi full. Begitunya ada tamu bule, langsung diperbolehkan masuk. WTF banget kan, no more waiting, langsung aja gw cabs! Langsung deh gw udah black list semua tempat yang masih satu group sama La Favela ini, termasuk yang di Canggu, La Brisa, udah ilfeel duluan gw untuk berkunjung kesana.

  • Bersaing Lapangan Pekerjaan dengan Bule

Ada beberapa pekerjaan yang mengharuskan lw untuk bersaing dengan bule dan pasarnya sendiri lebih memilih yang bule ketimbang orang lokal. Salah satu contohnya adalah pekerjaan sebagai guru yoga dan instruktur surfing, secara gitu gaji dua pekerjaan ini sangatlah menggiurkan. Bali kan terkenal banget sebagai mecca nya yoga setelah India, sehingga yoga di Bali diperlakukan sebagai komoditas untuk dijual ke turis-turis, baik turis domestik mau pun internasional. Sedih juga kalo liat turis domestik sendiri lebih prefer sama pengajar bule dan memandang sebelah mata kualitas bangsa sendiri. Well, pengalaman gw yoga di Bali, kalo dibilang masalah bahasa, Bahasa Inggris para pengajar yoga WNI yang gw temuin udah super duper banget! Malah yang pengajar bule dari negara-negara seperti Perancis dan Rusia lah yang kacau balau yang merusak konsentrasi gw. Pengajar Indonesia juga gak kalah kompeten kok! Gw pernah bayar mahal sama pengajar bule di salah satu tempat yoga yang tenar, namun kecewa banget karena ternyata cuma dapet fotokopian kertas berisi lima kalimat. Usut punya usut, banyak kejadian di Bali dimana para bule-bule ini bekerja tanpa KITAS atau pun visa kerja. Mereka orang-orang yang baru lulus teacher training (yang mana juga digalang tiap kali owner yoga studionya lagi butuh duit) sehingga penghasilan mereka itu gak dipotong dengan pajak. Sedangkan para guru yoga WNI harus bayar sertifikasi yang mahal dan pajak penghasilan. Sedihnya lagi, hal ini terjadi juga karena adanya korupsi di level pemerintahan. Awal-awal dulu gw juga tergiur dengan this so-called bule charm, namun setelah tahu hal ini (gw dapet bocoran dari tenaker lokal dan orang dekat para businessmen bule ini), gw lebih baik bayar mahal tapi masuk ke saku orang Indonesia sendiri daripada bayar lebih murah di tempat yang gak mematuhi peraturan negara gw.

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However, I still love Bali and Bali is still the best for me! I will leave Bali soon, but I leave to come back. Bali, I will come back for sure!