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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ramadhan

Today marks the first day for Muslims all over Malaysia and all over the world celebrating the start of the fasting month, Ramadhan. This is an excerpt the I have gotten from the net on fasting and the holy month of Ramadhan which I found to be very interesting. It is a dialog between our Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h. and the devil (my apologies to those who do not understand Malay, the whole dialogue is in Malay):

Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h. asked,
"Jika umatku berpuasa kerana Allah, bagaimana hal engkau?"

The devil answered,
"Ya Rasulullah! Inilah bencana yang paling besar bahayanya kepada hamba. Apabila masuk awal bulan Ramadhan, maka memancarlah cahaya Arasy dan Kursi, bahkan sekalian Malaikat menyambut dengan kesukaan. Bagi orang yang berpuasa, Allah akan mengampunkan segala dosa yang lalu dan digantikan dengan pahala yang amat besar serta tidak dicatatkan dosanya selama dia berpuasa. Yang menghancurkan hati hamba ialah segala isi langit dan bumi; yakni Malaikat, bulan, bintang, burung, dan ikan-ikan semuanya siang malam mendoakan keampunan orang yang berpuasa. Satu lagi kemuliaan orang yang berpuasa ialah dimerdekakan pada setiap masa dari azab neraka. Bahkan semua pintu nerakan ditutup manakala semua pintu syurga dibuka seluas-luasnya serta dihembuskan angin dari bawah Arasy yang bernama angin Syirah yang amat lembut ke dalam syurga. Pada hari umat tuan mula berpuasa dengan perintah Allah datanglah sekelian Malaikat dengan garangnya menangkap hamba dan tentera hamba; jin, syaitan dan ifrit lalu dipasung kaki dan tangan dengan besi panas dan dirantai serta dimasukkan ke bawah bumi yang amat dalam. Di sana pula beberapa azab yang lain telah menunggu kami. Setelah habis umat tuan berpuasa barulah hamba dilepaskan dengan amaran agar tidak mengganggu umat tuan. Umat tuan sendiri telah merasa ketenangan berpuasa seperti mana mereka bekerja dan bersahur seorang diri di tengah malam tanpa rasa takut berbanding bulan biasa."

For those who are interested in reading the whole dialogue, here is the link.

Selamat berpuasa to all.


xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

| The month of Ramadhan is the month in which the Quran was revealed; a guide for the people, the most authoritative of all guidance and a criteria to discern right from wrong. Anyone of you who knows that the month of Ramadhan has begun, he must start to fast. Those who are sick or on a journey have to fast the same number of days at another time. God does not impose any hardship upon you. He wants you to have comforst so that you may complete the fast, glorify God for His having given you guidance, and that, perhaps, you would give Him thanks. |
Al Baqarah, verse 185

Everyday Portraiture with Edwin Lay

I attended another photography course at Alvin Leong's Academy of Photography. This time it's a talk by Edwin Lay on basic everyday photography, which is basically what I've been looking for (since I practically take photos on an everyday basis, and my photos are nowhere near those shown on the advert for this talk).


So, this is Edwin Lay. This photo is kinda blur and I didn't bother taking any better photos of him simply because I was too busy jotting notes. This everyday photography thingy is not as easy as it looks!

So how was the talk? Well.. the best part, for me, was that I get to learn lots of cool new stuff that I didn't think that I'd learn in a course like this, i.e. how to pose, for instance (I thought we'd just be clicking our heads off, or something). Anyway, back to the course. For a supposedly 5-hour session (the program was supposed to start at 1 pm and end at 6pm) it is a superbly jam packed session with lots and lots of simple basic knowledge (that you are supposed to know, duh!, but you didn't know, apparently). And for another thing, we didn't end our session at 6pm. And no, we did not end early either. Our session ended somewhere around 7.30pm (surprise! surprise!). And it wasn't because we were overly inquisitive students who had lots of questions to ask. I think the session ended late because Edwin is such a committed teacher who'd wish to impart as much knowledge as possible onto our teeny, photographer-wannabe brains.

Another surprising part on the session was that we had an outdoor photography session and an indoor photography session. So we get to feel how it's like capturing candid photography (which I majestically failed at, due to my self-conscious and super-shy nature, rightttt). Really, it's not easy when you're walking at the sidewalk and minding your own business and everybody's looking at your DSLR looking as if they think you'll be whipping your camera around and start taking candid photos of them at any second (which was my main intention anyway) but can they just be cool about it. It's not everyday that people want to take candid photographs of you, can't you just accept that and follow in the footsteps of Kim K or Paris H for a while?

So these are some photos taken from my outdoor session..

No, this lion is not trying to be candid. It's just made to look like that. I think this is my best candid photo of the day *cheeky grin*.

I tried taking his candid photo many many times, but at the risk of being accused as a stalker (no, I do not have a crush on this guy, I don't even know him) I decided to leave before he starts whacking my head with his video cam.


This is a participant of our session. I know where I got this photo wrong. I'm supposed to use the rule of thirds and she's supposed to be a lil' bit more to the left. The one that I took (that complied with the rule of third had my subject blurred, not as easy as it seems, that is).

Anyway, I left that course with my knowledge and hope to put in practice all those tips and tricks that Edwin has taught me. I came home with added knowledge, a certificate of attendance and a photo of me (which looks totally cool, I must say) as a memento of our studio session.

Can't wait for the next course that I'm planning to attend, travel photography which will happen somewhere in October this year (if I'm not mistaken). Anyways, if anyone of you out there is interested in photography classes, just visit Alvin Leong Academy of Photography here.

Cheerio!


xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Another Wedding Update

Bride - Check!
Groom - Definitely Check!

So am I missing anything in preparation for this wedding?

Ah well... The return of Bridezilla? Should any blushing bride-to-be who's only got less than 6 months start screaming under the stress of not enough time, too much to do and not to mention, everything seems so overpriced that you feel like it's impossible to keep to your budget (and not mentioning the fact that the budget in itself is already bursting at the seams?).

So, what have I achieved so far?

Pre-wedding - Check!
Wedding venue - Check!
Akad nikah dress - Check!
Wedding gifts aka hantaran - Check!
Doorgifts - Check!
Wedding boudoir - Check!
Photographer - Check!
Hair, makeup, and wedding gown for hotel reception - Check!
Bridesmaid dresses - Check!
Pelamin - Check!

Seems like quite a lot, right? Let's see the unchecked ones:

Mattress for the boudoir - Uncheck!
Videographer - Uncheck!
Wedding gown for persandingan - Uncheck!
Invitation card - Uncheck!
Comforter - Uncheck!
Caterer - Uncheck!
Bedroom decoration - Uncheck!

*sigh*

So much to do and so little time. And not to mention those that I've forgotten to list out right? These unchecked items might set us back another 20k (if my guess is right *despair*)

Ahh.. Tomorrow is another day and I have less than four months to make sure all those unchecked stuff gets checked.

Cheerio!


xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fashionista's Travels: Macau

Macau-Hong Kong-Shenzhen. Who wouldn't be excited, right? Let's start at the beginning shall we?


This is the Lisboa Hotel and Casino. All hotels and casinos are brightly lit so that you can't miss it =P

Our trip initially brought us to Macau, since we landed there. I totally did not know what to expect. Having never been to Macau (and only a handful of my friends have been there before), we decided to just wing it (with the help of a lot of downloading, useful websites and webpages that is).

Arrived at around 8.30pm we decided to hail a cab and went straight to our hotel, Metropark Hotel Macau, checked in and immediately left our bags in our room to scrounge the streets of Macau. Within walking distance are row and row of hotels and gambling centers.. What can I say? Macau is Las Vegas of the East.. As I am not in Macau to gamble my lifesavings away, then there is only one other option (other than sightseeing that is), that is to shop my lifesavings away (haha! ain't that ironic).


Ponte de Amizade bridge (Portugese for Bridge of Friendship) connecting Macau Peninsula and Taipa Island.




This is the shopping complex at The Venetian, Macau. It is a superbly beautiful place. FYI, all these buildings are actually indoor and the sky is actually a painted ceiling!


Love the architecture. Super nice.


There's a canal inside The Venetian, which actually mimics The Venetian, Las Vegas.


There are performers all over the shopping complex, giving us plenty of free (but very impressive) performance everywhere!


The painted ceiling. Beautiful, isn't is?


My fiancé =P


We went next door to The City of Dreams and dropped by at Hard Rock Hotel for some souvenirs. Finally got my Hard Rock t-shirt *yeay*.


This is us on the way to Hong Kong. There are daily ferry services from Macau to HK. The ride only took us about 1 hour.


Had to fill in the immigration form as Macau and HK are governed separately (Macau being previously under Portuguese ruling and HK under the British ruling).

I really adore Macau, those bright lights, the casinos and the shopping complexes are super nice (and not to mention cheaper than Malaysia). But then again, HK's pretty awesome too. I'll do an update on HK soon, ya..

Til my next update, cheerio!


xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

Pre Wedding Singapore

As I told y'all before, I (or more appropriately, me and my fiancé) have had more than one pre wedding session. Why did we do it? I simply don't know. Maybe because since we were going overseas anyway, we decided to bring a photographer along and take photos of us. Well, whatever it is, it's done. We had our first pre wedding in Singapore (since we had to buy some stuff for the wedding) and our second one in Macau (the recent holiday that I was mentioning about) and another session in Hong Kong (no, it is not a separate pre wedding session since our trip consisted of Macau-Hong Kong-Shenzhen all in one go). Ah well.. I've let the cat out of the bag now haven't I? So, here are some shots from the pre wedding session in Singapore that I love =).

This is one of my favorite photos out of that pre wedding session. I absolutely love silhouette photography and this one is a beautiful one of us. We both love branded items (and just in case you're wondering, no, he has not given me any LV handbags yet, though I'd say soon, he will *wink*)

This is another silhouette of us that I adore. As I'd written above, my fiancé loves giving me high-end handbags (which I happily accept, thank you very much). A Prada is also one of the things I'm looking forward to (and no, I'm not telling what handbags he already has given me *grin*).

Just in case you're wondering, our photo session was taken at Orchard Road, during Christmas sale. We wanted to capture the lights and festive mood as part of our pre wedding shot, so there there we were, gob-smacked in the middle of all the festive lights.

Though I don't like how the shadow falls over my face (thus taking away the focus from my face) but I love our pose in this one.

The next day we went to Universal Studios for our second photo shoot. We deliberately went for Universal Studios (as it has just recently opened in Singapore last year). It's the first time the three of us (meaning me, my fiancé and our photographer) have been to Universal Studios.

This photo needs no explanation =)


This one was taken later as we were wandering around Sentosa Island.

To love, relationships and my upcoming wedding.


xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

Ps: My pre wedding photo shoot was taken by Nazar Ibrahim Photography so if you're interested on getting to know his stuff, his link is here www.nazaribrahim.com.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Me and @Nano_Jamali during KDPAHA Reunion Dinner 

Steply Me and @Nano_Jamali during KDPAHA Reunion Dinner 
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VCSP: 5 Pillars Attributes

As I am writing this, I am currently on a plane back from KLIA to Kuching (terribly sorry that it took me a few days to finally upload this post, but I've been busy with other things at work). I have just attended a five-day program, more specifically the Vice Chancellor Special Project: 5 Pillar Attributes, aimed at enhancing the student's ability on Leadership, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Effective Communication, Entrepreneurship and Teamwork.



So you might be thinking, what on earth is VCSP and why do we need to do something like this? Well, VCSPs are projects that have been put forward by UiTM's Vice Chancellor and one of them involves increasing UiTM graduates' level of leadership, critical thinking, creativity, communication, entrepreneurship and teamwork. And why do we want to do this, you might ask? Ah... Well... There comes the tricky part. UiTM is a university for Bumiputeras. Bumi-putera literally translates into sons of the soil, thus Bumiputera in this sense refers to the natives of Malaysia. Natives being the Malays, Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Asli and other native races of Malaysia (thus excluding the Malaysian Chinese and Indians, as their ancestry originates from China and India respectively). So back to the VCSP thingy. Why do we need to do this? Simple. It's because our graduates themselves have rated themselves to be low on these attributes and this is one of the ways for us to help our graduates. But if you ask me, I would have to say that our graduates ain't that bad (as the 5-day program had showed us their skills and abilities are actually not that bad) but then it's the Malay (most of them are Malay) characteristic of being humble and the fact that our eastern culture makes us downplay our capabilities lest we be called vain or arrogant. So, instead of giving themselves the rating that they deserved, they kinda rated themselves to be quite low especially in the communication and entrepreneurship segment. Imagine our horror at finding out our students are underperforming in those areas (as I told you, the rating comes from our own graduates).

The students' presentation during campfire night. Superb work guys. What's even amazing is that the students only had about 3-days to plan and act. Wow!

So, more than 200 students participated in this program, for five days and four nights. The program is super-packed, which is good (in my opinion). A jam-packed itinerary brings out the best (or the worst) in people. In this case, we got to witness the students cooperate with each other, discuss and bring themselves to a higher level, as clear-headed rational young adults, able to adapt to pressing situations. Each day, the program starts at 8 am and ends at around 10.30 pm. Even then, most students would be awake until wee hours of the morning, preparing, planning, and completing the tasks given to them. And to me, they've performed admirably.

The students' presentation. One of the most wonderful presentations that I've ever seen.

So, what happened? The 200 plus students were grouped and then grouped into various different groups (according to the different activities that they were currently assigned in). The best part (for me) is that the students had to show off their different talents and all that they learnt (which included singing for those from the Music Faculty, acting for those from the Creative Arts Faculty, drawing for those from the Art and Design Faculty and try out the many different foreign languages according to the country that they were assigned in). Some students really stood out as leaders (they took charge from Day 1), most students displayed really good team spirit. Unfortunately there was one thing that I noticed throughout this program, the lack of command in English is really palpable (or it could be their lack of confidence in their ability to present in English). A number of students (who when presenting) asked upfront if they could present in Bahasa Malaysia (I kept trying to encourage them to at least try to speak in English, it didn't matter if they're English is spattered with grammatical error or the wrong pronunciation, but a number of them insisted on presenting in Bahasa).

My students and me with Dr. Z and Dr. Roy =)

I guess this might be the outcome of our education system; lavishing those who excel with praise and those who failed are punished, albeit it was supposedly done in the student's best interest at heart (students in some schools are sorted in classes based on the grades of the students). You might say that my opinion is baseless, but I am also the product of the same education system. Interestingly I have been called coconut brain by my teacher (empty brainless head, like a coconut) whenever I answered most of the mathematical questions wrongly in class. I guess it is up to us, as lecturers to show the students that it's okay to try (and fill your sentences with grammatical and pronunciation errors) but you'll be better at it as time goes by (if you keep on trying, that is).

Irma, Dr. Z and me. Dr. Z is one of the of the committee members that made this VCSP program a reality. Kudos to the committee on the success of the program.

But then, this is what I loved most about this VCSP program. It made learning fun. The students were able to explore and use whatever resources creatively and in the best manner that they think possible. No punishment were granted to those who didn't do well, instead, all groups were rewarded accordingly. All in all, the feedback from the students were, they had fun and they would love to attend another similar program (if they were given an opportunity to, that is).

This is me and my students. We are giving you the hand (five fingers representing the five pillars, duh)

Ah well, I love the spirit and charm of the youth. It makes me feel young, like when I thought everything is possible and that I could change the world once I graduate. Well, Insya-Allah, with the success of this program and more programs to follow at faculty and campus level, we can just change the students perception on their abilities.

'Til my next post. Cheerio!


xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fashionista Escapades: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

After my trip to Indonesia, I had to leave to Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sabah. It seems to me that I've been traveling every other week now, so life has been kinda hectic. But I've always looked forward to my trips to KK, and this time it's no different.


For this trip, the main reason for the trip was an audit training workshop, but since the training ended on a Friday, I decided to extend my stay in KK until Sunday. My mum came along on Friday and we had a fun weekend together, driving up until the tip of Borneo, to Tanjung Sempang Mengayau, near Kudat.

And since this trip consisted of me and a few colleagues (some of them have never even been to KK before), so I became the unofficial tour guide, which had me showing off the best parts of KK that I love to visit whenever I'm in town. First stop, Tanjung Aru.

Our view. It was almost sunset when we arrived at the beach.

Tanjung Aru is about 10 minutes drive from town. It's situated right next to the airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA), Terminal 2, for low cost carriers like AirAsia and Fireflyz. It's a beautiful beach right overlooking the South China Sea, and right next to the beach there's an eatery which I love. Why? Cause it has steamed corn on cob, steamed peanuts and many other tidbits that you can snack on while watching the sun go down. The downside, too many people does not make for a great time. The crowd can be a bit stifling at times so choose your spot wisely.

The stalls selling corn on cob and peanuts. Yummy!


Peanuts galore!


Freshly steamed corn, anyone?

During the weekend, we wanted to head off to the islands (my mum haven't been to any of the islands off the coast of KK) but unfortunately it rained. There are many beautiful islands near the city (about 15 - 20 minutes boat ride away) and the jetty is right smack in the middle of town (the jetty's called Jesselton Point, just in case y'all feel like dropping by KK anytime soon). So we said goodbye to our well-laid plans and opted for a road trip to Kudat instead.

The road leading up to the edge of a cliff overlooking the meeting point between the South China Sea and Sulu Sea.

Kudat is about 2 and 1/2 hours drive or 3 hours drive away from KK. The roads are winding and if you're lucky, you might find some ox loitering by the roadside (and some taking a nap or resting in the middle of the road!) so you have to be a bit careful when driving. The view at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau is worth the journey there. I've been here before so this is my second time braving the 3 hour drive all the way to the tip of Borneo. My mum haven't been here before so this is my treat to her (as she had to miss a trip to the islands due to the rain *shucks*).

The view from the top. The view is actually more spectacular than this *sigh*.

About 10 minutes from Tanjung Simpang Mengayau is the town of Kudat. A small fishing town which you can finish a tour of the whole town in about 10 minutes *cheeky grin*. The seafood here is nice (near the Esplanade, if I'm not mistaken) but unfortunately it only operates at night, so if you're dying to try, then opt for a night in Kudat.

Mummy posing for the camera. The day was terribly windy.

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau actually has a nice beach next to the cliff. Unfortunately, as we arrived there somewhat at 4.30 pm and we had to consider the 3 hour drive back to KK so we had to take a raincheck on the beach. So no photos of the beach here, sorry.

Here's proof! I've been to the tip of Borneo. Yeay!

This place was only made accessible in 2002 (or was it 2004?) so the roads getting to Tanjung Sempang Mengayau can be a bit underdeveloped (some parts was not properly tarred so be mindful while driving, potholes can be quite a shocker when driving at high speed).

Another windy shot. Thanks mum for the shot!

Another shot of mummy. You can see the waves crashing fiercely below.

Me by the edge of the cliff.

On Sunday we decided to take another road trip to Kundasang. This time we decided to drive using another less traveled road as on weekends the roads to Kundasang can be rather congested. FYI, to climb up Mount Kinabalu you have to drive towards Kundasang and as this road is frequented by visitors and tourists who are going towards Kinabalu Park, Porring Hot Spring or Sabah Tea Plantation, the road can be filled with all sorts of tour buses, vans and rented cars (and not to mention the locals going on and about their business). And these are a couple of shots that I took while I was there:


Mount Kinabalu shrouded under a mist of clouds. You can barely see the mountain as it's so high up so most of the time you'll just notice clouds and mists in abundance. The weather is extremely cool up here that it's always a great day for walking (unless when it rains of course).

Tried some nature photography shots but then I think I'll do better with more appropriate lens, so I'll let the yearning for a new set of lens rest for a while.


The best part of my trip? Meeting up with my old buddy Ateng. She's married to a Sabahan and currently works in KK so I only get to see her when I'm there. All the more reason to make my trips to KK more frequent, aye?


Until my next escapade, have a great weekend everyone!


xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fashionista Escapades: Bandung and Jakarta

(This post is kinda a month and a half late, so please pardon the time difference between my first post on Palangka Raya and this continuation of the trip to Bandung and Jakarta which transpired afterwards. Too much traveling does not make Fareiny a good blogger. Sorry peeps!)

From Palangka Raya, we took a midday flight to Jakarta, arriving somewhat around 3 pm. We rushed straight to Tanah Abang; famous for fabrics and materials at utterly cheap prices and gowns and workwear and many other stuff. Unfortunately, Tanah Abang closes at 4 pm and we arrived there just in the nick of time. The gates to the parking lot had already closed and we had to leave Tanah Abang empty handed.


Tanah Abang consists of two buildings, interconnected with walkways above the road, about 10 floors high, the first five floors is filled with shops and the remaining five is for the parking lot (give or take). The 10th floor is a praying area for the muslims (or so this is what Pak Kurniawan tells me).

We had already planned to spend the night in Bandung, so we instructed our driver, Pak Kurniawan to drive straight to Bandung, which is about two hours away (not inclusive of any traffic jam along the way).

As Jakarta is a very populated city, the roads are littered with peddlers, ever ready to sell their wares to anyone who wishes it to be so. However, on my part, these people are certainly risking their neck to make a buck. And who's to say that life in Malaysia is hard, they should try living in Jakarta.


Upon arriving in Bandung, we immediately checked into our hotel, Galeri Ciumbuleuit Hotel and Apartment. A nice three star hotel, but compared to Aston Hotel Bandung which I stayed in during my previous stay in Bandung, I prefer the latter. Aston is much, much nicer than Galeri Ciumbuleuit.


Being superbly hungry, we asked Pak Kurniawan to wait for us as we checked in, then left our luggage at the good hands of the bellboys and immediately left for dinner. We were absolutely famished! By that time it was already almost 9 pm so we went to Paris Van Java (a mall with an absolutely beautiful architecture) and had dinner at Katapiring. The outer part of the building is littered with many different cafes that it was almost impossible for us to decide on where to eat. Tummies growling, we settled on the first one we saw.

The next day saw us scrounging Pasar Baru (FYI: Pasar Baru in Bandung is the equivalent of Tanah Abang in Jakarta) so I wasn't too sad on missing out on shopping in Tanah Abang.

This is kinda how it looks like in Pasar Baru. Rows and rows of shops selling beautiful fabrics, all at full display for me to choose. Yeay!!

After Pasar Baru, we left for Rumah Mode, which is kind off my favorite store in Bandung. It's well known among Malaysians for selling branded stuff at factory prices (which is why it's my favorite store). I got some shirts for my brothers (Calvin Kleins and Armanis) while I got myself a Marc Jacob, Guess and Armani shirt. I have definitely gone to retail heaven *sigh*.

Rumah Mode is also known for its beautiful architecture. In front of the store there's a nice cafe selling all sorts of food, which are super yummy. A perfect way to start a shopping spree is by making sure your tummy has had a good filling =P.

We ended the day by having dinner at Paskal (superb food, a must-try place for foodies). As our trip was a short one (we only had a couple of days in Bandung) so we didn't really get to venture much. We did go to some other shopping areas like Cihampelas Street but they're not selling my kind of stuff, so, no photos by me, sorry peeps!

Had Batagor at Paskal. Batagor is an Indonesian delicacy. It's some sort of fried dumpling that is dipped in chili sauce prior to the munch-munch (if you get what I mean). Super yummy too.

I must confess that this store sells the best takoyaki that I've ever tasted! I loved it so much that I wanted to get some takoyaki before our journey back to Jakarta the next day but unfortunately Paskal only opens at night. Boo-hoo =(

Since we left Bandung quite early, we managed to arrive in Jakarta somewhere around 3 pm. So I persuaded my friends to let me bring them to Taman Mini Indonesia. It's actually a huge park that consists of the many different types of architectural houses among the Indonesian provinces. I've been here before on my first trip to Jakarta, where my cousin (who was and currently is still residing in Jakarta) brought me here.

This is a replica of a traditional house in Kalimantan (Sarawak's neighboring state). If you're a Sarawakian, you would notice that the architecture is similar to Sarawak's native Bidayuh houses. The building behind me is called a Barok, it's actually some sort of a living room for the longhouses (if I'm not mistaken). Since Sarawak and Kalimantan are neighbors, there are bound to be Sarawakian Bidayuh and Indonesian Bidayuh, same race, same culture, but unfortunately, different nationalities.
This is not a house of any province in Indonesia. But I loved the architecture anyway. Looks like a fairytale castle, so much so that I imagine Sleeping Beauty might be in one of those rooms overlooking the park =).

On our last night in Indonesia, we had our dinner at Sate Khas Senayan, absolutely delicious food, relaxing atmosphere and the best part, free wifi!


We left Jakarta on the morning flight. When we arrived at the International Arrival Hall, we realized that Harrods was open for business. Kak Ratna got herself some pretty bags and purses while I got myself some pretty photos. Serendipity, right?



Til my next travel update, have a great weekend peeps! I'll be off to a wedding tomorrow, hosted in the same hall where I'll be hosting mine. So tonight, I'll have to prep Nikki so that I'll be able to take some photos for my future reference.

Good night everyone! Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite =P


xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo