Category Archives: a single life

Happy Valentine’s Day Wherever You Are

It is the thought that counts. Fancy dinners are nice one in a while, but nothing beats #homecooking. Glad that I’m getting better in this (but still far, far from restaurant quality, of course).

 

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After Two Weeks of Cycling

I have recently started riding my bicycle within 5 km distance to save time, money and get fitter. Needless to say, I quickly found my childhood joy of cycling! (even though I often got trapped in the middle of heavy polluted and congested traffic or got teased by male passersby. GRR!)

Spent absolutely Rp 0 for 3 roundtrips to the gym and grocery stores a week (which usually spent on Uber/ Gojek + multiple tiring phone calls to the drivers). I could reach 2 km distance in 10-15 mins (after finding nice shortcuts), in comparison to 30 mins waiting + travel time if I use Uber/Gojek. The downsides are I have to shower as soon as I reach a destination (cuz this is NOT a 4-season country like Italy), and run my washing machine more often.

“I noticed that I was spending huge money on things I didn’t really need: trips to the bar, pretty clothes, takeout coffee, and so on. And all this with a mortgage and other big expenses to take care of,” said the girl in the article.

Yass, I agree. Apparently, I can live without (Doohh, of course, you can!) buying new clothes, fatty snacks, fancy meals or even cut my lifestyle spending by 90%.

Things I miss the most:

  • Salon treatment (seriously, biweekly pedicure, hair spa, massage routine is nice)
  • Traveling to a new country
  • Mingle with friends in fancy cafes (I limit social meetups only with small circle of friends at a time)

Things I don’t miss at all:

  • Buying new clothes, shoes & bags
  • Eating out after work (I like cooking for myself, cuz I can listen to music & think about other stuff while preparing the meals)
  • Hipster food & drinks (Rejuve, Kopipapi, Kokonut, Shilin, MisterPotato, etc)
  • Starbucks (bought a coffee maker instead. One cup brewed from good coffee beans only costs like Rp 1,500)

Things I still hold on to:

  • Investment & insurance
  • Platinum gym membership (it’s almost like breaking off a long relationship with your gym buddies, teachers, etc. Plus, I still need the yoga classes & hot showers in strategic malls around the city)
  • Netflix (reduced it to 1 screen viewing, but I still like to see their original shows & I have committed to eliminate piracy within the best of my ability)
  • Books & digital storage purchases (paperback, ebook, cloud server)

I will slowly get back to my old routines once I get the right full-time job, but I think I’ve learned a lot through this frugal living experience and will continue to ride my bicycle for fun & health reason. After all, I’ve lost like 3 kilos within 2 weeks. Not bad at all.

Would You Date Girls Who Travel?

“Date A Girl Who Travels”

I think the writer of this article is in love with a traveler** 🙂

But jokes aside, I remember that I once asked someone to join my solo trip. I felt that he has a kind heart. And he does. We explored the island, shared beers and laughter, a little bit crazy fun on the side, then before we knew it we were dating for quite a while. We did road trips, hit the road without a single map in hand, got lost here and there, but we’d always enjoyed it.

If I were to meet someone special, I would definitely travel with him for a while first to see how compatible our strength, weakness, intelligence and views about the world are. Maybe I live in vain, or maybe I think too much. But I know what I want.

I know that something worth to wait for is something worth to keep for the rest of your life.

**The harsh truth is most guys would feel intimidated by a female traveler, especially if she likes to travel solo. Many guys would choose a woman who can be a “trophy wife” –someone who physically looks flawless, is a bit clueless about many things, needy and luckily master the art of putting make-up.

Do I Plan This?

“So are you planning to be alone (forever)?” a guy asked me today.

Hmmm, if only I could get a dollar every time someone asks me that 😙 (NOTE: I would prefer AUD, pls, cuz I’ll be using the currency soon. Lol)

How would I know if I’m going to change my mind or not within the next decade? Getting married is easy, people, but getting a compatible lifetime partner is NOT. Marriage is the beginning of a new chapter, it’s not the end nor the goal.

I feel sorry for you if you feel that way 😶 #asingleslife

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Oh I feel so (geek) smart… 😙 Figuring out by myself on how to use my old wireless router with my new Fastnet connection… A bit understood about IP address, MAC address, ARP binding anddd… the difference between WAN & LAN port 😆 *time to grasp it all: 2.5 hours of googling*

Sooo, with TP-Link’s TL MR3220 + 2 UTP cables I can now connect my 2 laptops and 3 mobile devices to the wi-fi!! 4 Mbps is not too bad for Indonesian standard :p *happy happy*