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Friday Can’t Wait

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Udah nyanteinyantei, baru inget kalo besok pagi janjian ama PT buat di”siksa“. Akh!! 😖
Dari data timbangan terakhir, berat ideal perlu turun 2-3 kilo lg. Wheew. Glad though that most of my old dresses and pants are wearable again (without having a visible tummy, lol).

Having a flat stomach is not easy, but not as hard as well!). We just need to stop saying these three things: kenyang!”, “males”, “pesen delivery yok!” Lol.

1. “Kenyang

Never ever let your body experience this. You know that bloated feeling when you’re going with friends to an all-you-can-eat buffet back in college? Well, those days were gone. Stop eating before you feel full.

2. “Males”

Nothing good comes out of laziness. Lazy people are pathetic and deserve to be fat.
I’m just agreeing with comedian Bill Burr, who said he has nothing against fat people but can’t seem to understand why we can’t say someone is fat. “Why? It’s not a race or religion, and it’s totally curable!!” “Do you know what one’s gotta do to get a six-pack stomach? It’s freaking hard. Now, what does one has to do to get fat? Nothing!” Hehehe, brilliant.

3. “Pesen delivery, yok!”

A recipe for disaster if you are trying to maintain your figure yet living alone. Ordering food with Go-food, Grab food, etc, requires you to order a minimum portion of food (usually above Rp 50k) and it will force you to finish it. Catering is just as worst if we can’t pick the menu. As results, we lose more money AND gain weight. It’s a lose-lose situation! Cooking is way cheaper and healthier. Don’t have time? *Bullshit* There are so many Buzzfeed tutorial videos out there on how to cook in 5-10 mins 😄Don’t have a stove or refrigerator? Buy one or move to a new place. You can still have just either one, but can’t survive without both. At least if you have a refrigerator, you’ll be able to eat only half of portion and then keep it in the fridge, right?

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How Airports Extort Money from Us #1

Everything sold at an airport is bloody expensive. If you’d ever wondered how much they mark prices up, well, it could be 200% or more. No kidding. 

See some examples of prices at Juanda international airport in Surabaya:

Bogasari milkfish is priced based on weight: Rp 70,000-Rp 100,000

Coconut flakes (srundeng): Rp 30,000

Regular crackers (krupuk) Rp 30,000-Rp 85,000

This sh*tty overlysweet coffee is Rp 24,000, taken straight from that icky cheap Nescafe #coffee machine often found at 7-Eleven or Circle K 🙄 

… but I’d still prefer this place over Starbucks (coffee priced Rp 60,000 and up) because they are less crowded & has plenty of power outlets! 

Tip: If you want to spend more than an hour of waiting for eating & drinking, just head to the nearest lounge. They only charge Rp 150,000 per person (but of course it’s free for some Indonesia’s bank credit card holders). #juanda #surabaya #TGIF #airport #travel

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.