Writing Journey

In term of writing, 2016 wasn’t really a good year for me. I was sooo unproductive. At first, I wanted to “blame” my business’ for keeping me busy doing this and that, but.. no.. after all, it was just me who didn’t make time for writing.

In 2016, I only published 1 book, Unexpected Love. Unexpected Love was launched at Jogjakarta, my favorite city! I got a chance to met my reader and had a lil chit chat with them. It was fun and memorable!

In february 2016, 1 of my books, 365 ideas of happiness, was listed in top 10 recommended book at 1 of major bookstore chain in Indonesia. Was never expecting it before. Zuper proud!

But still, in term of writing process, it was bad bad bad. I didn’t even update my blog for more than a half year. And of course, launching a new book was only in my imagination. Gosh, I thought I should stop calling myself a writer.

Then something happened..

In the end of 2016, Hipwee.com emailed me and asked me to be there exclusive contributor. I was like… hmm.. writing again? The suddenly I was not only excited, I felt it was like a trueeee reminder for me to write again. It’s a call!

So this year I make a promise to myself that I will write again. *Finger crossed*

January wasn’t bad at all. I updated my blog, I keep writing for hipwee, I also started to write for rockingmama. But the mosttt exciting one is I finished the first editing process for my upcoming book. Woohooooo!

Now I can’t wait for February! Hope it’s gonna be a productive month!

Brownies Pudding Cake

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Gong xi fa cai!

It’s Chinese New Year and of course it’s pouring rain outside. Soooww what’s better than just staying at home and enjoying the weather with family.

Buttttt staying at home won’t be perfect without munching something sweet right? Well, life wont be perfect without munching something! So today I decided to make brownies pudding cake. I have kept the recipe for ages but I don’t really know why I never tried it before. I got it from facebook but I gotta substitute some of the ingredients with what’s available in my kitchen. So this one is my version. Still good tho. Don’t worry! Haha!

This recipe is so easy. The ingredients are nothing but very simple. Seriously when I finished making the batter, even the oven wasn’t hot yet. Yes, it’s that fast!

The brownies was soft and the pudding made it yummier! Would be perfect if you add vanilla ice cream when enjoying it, too bad I didn’t have it in my fridge.

So, here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

Brownies:

  •  1 cup all purpose flour
  •  1/2 cup granulated sugar
  •  1/4 cup cocoa powder
  •  1,5 tea spoon baking power
  •  1/4 cup vegetable oil
  •  3/4 cup milk
  •  1/4 salt

Pudding:

  •  1/3 cup granulated sugar
  •  1/3 cup brown sugar
  •  3 table spoon cocoa powder
  •  1,25 cup boiling water

How to make it

  1. Combine all the brownies ingredients, mix until smooth.
  2. Pour the batter into baking pan.
  3. Mix all the DRY pudding ingredients, sprinkle over the batter (DO NOT MIX with the batter).
  4. Pour slowly the boiling water over the top.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes.

Go give it a try and let me know the result. Good luck!

5 Things To Enjoy at Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis

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Hello, everyone! I know it’s a lil bit late, but.. Happy new yearrr! Woohoo! 😛

It’s 2017 already, huh? Time does fly so fast. I didn’t even realise that I had not update this blog since april 2016. And of course, when I got to review my 2016, I remembered nothing. So here I am, promising myself to start blogging again. *finger crossed*

Anyway, how’s your holiday? Mine was fun and refreshing! My kids and I went to Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis Golf & Resort couple weeks ago. Well, it’s actually my firstborn’s request. She loveees staying in the hotel every time holiday come. So I was like… hmm ok staycation sounds like a good idea because i still can work at night. Yeah, you read it right. Working on holiday, that’s sooo me. And yes, I did work at night there.

The hotel’s pretty. The view’s beautiful. And the facilities were incredibly satisfying. Here are 5 things you can enjoy there.

1. Swimming Pool

Royal Tulip has 3 swimming pool. Didn’t wanna waste the chance, my kids managed to swim two times while we stay there. Even the rain didn’t stop them. Have I told you that they are like fish! Always happy when seeing water. Me? Not so much. I cannot swim, ladies and gentlemen. So if one day you see me in the middle of (a deep) pool, please, HELP!

2. Kids club

There’s a kids club in one corner of this hotel. Your kid can play with the slide, lego, and many more. It’s also very very clean. But you gotta be careful because one of the slide is, in my opinion, too steep and seems dangerous.

3. Zen roof

I think zen roof it the hottest spot at Royal Tulip. I believe everyone take pictures there (or it’s just me?). The view is breathtaking. I can picture myself standing there for an hour to get my mind clear and relax. No wonder they use this place for doing yoga every weekend.

4. Fire Grill & Bar

I tried this restaurant for dinner. They serve pizza and steak. I ordered Margaritha Pizza (85k) and Quarto Formaggi (110k). All are delicious. My favotire was the quarto formaggi, the cheese was very thick as expected. Super yummy!

5. Outbond for kids

Can’t talk too much about this facility since my kids didnt try it. The flying fox looked so fun, but my firstborn always said that she’s scared of height. Oh, and I really really really want to try to do wall climbing there. Too bad it’s for kids. Wait, I do look like a kid right? I should have tried it! *plak*

Honestly IMO Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis is a lil bit pricey. But the facilities are seriously worth the price. So if you just wanna stay at the hotel to enjoy and explore every single thing the hotel has, Royal Tulip is definitely a good idea. But if you just need “a place to sleep” or you just want to stay at the room, well I guess you can find much much muuuch cheaper hotel with a room as good as Royal Tulip’s.

After all my kids were so happy staying there. I felt relax and refresh when I got home. Holiday well spent my dear!