Spring finally has come :-)

I thought today was going to be another cold day in England. The sunshine in here sometimes misleads you. You wake up with the sun shining through your bedroom window, smile on your face, then you come out to the balcony and it’s deadly cold. but this morning was different. I woke up early around 7 and drank my usual lemon water. I went out to the balcony and it was warm! and I was only wearing a t-shirt. So, I got really excited and got my book and magazine, put Ry’s pj pant on and start reading and enjoying the sun. It’s 9 o’clock and breakfast in the balcony is a great idea. Oh i’m loving it!

First breakfast outdoor

Breakfast in our balcony

I hate to admit that BlackBerry makes my life easier

9700 Bold

9700 Bold

If you’re Indonesian, most probably you would have a BlackBerry. I don’t know who started the BlackBerry trend in Indonesia, but he/she did a good job. Most of my Indonesian friends got one and at first I really did not want to get one and became the same like everybody else, it’s just like the iPhone in UK and OZ, it’s a trend. I’m one girl who did not like to follow the trend, if i can I create my own. But at the end, BlackBerry got me. Yes, I gave myself in to the world of BlackBerry.

The first day I had it, I complained. I was still in denial mode that I actually became one of many that gave in to trend and technology.

After a week, I couldn’t part with my BlackBerry. I ‘ve got what people called the BlackBerry Syndrome. You can’t be apart from it. It’s sick. But it makes my life easier. I can chat with most of my friends for free through BlackBerry messenger wherever they are. I’ve got my email delivered to me without me have to check it. And the most important is, I can check my Twitter anywhere, upload pictures to twitter, mention and retweet. I have to admit I love my BlackBerry!

The Best Birthday Cake Ever!

February is my birthday month and everybody who knows me well, know that I love birthdays, especially my own :P. This year’s birthday was a bit sad, all my family and close friends were far far away across the sea, but my gorgeous man made the best effort to make it special. The reasons I love birthday are wrapped presents and cake. I love yummy, huge cake. This year the cake I’ve got had a lot of thoughts put in it.

My birthday Cake

My birthday Cake

Bday Cake

Bday Cake

The inspiration of my birthday cake was, MEW my fave band in the world http://www.mewsite.com/ Tigger my cat, Cheetah my fave feline, and my fave fashion brands MIU MIU and CHLOE.

It’s so pretty i didn’t want to cut it.

How we spent a sunday in a cold weather… suitcase hunt

Yesterday we went to London to look for a suitcase. I’m going abroad on Sunday to Jakarta, Indonesia to visit my grandma. Before yesterday, I’ve been eying on Mandarina Duck Suitcases. I took Ryan to check them out. Ryan thought, the duck was not good in terms of functionality.  I gave up so i let him choose. I always look for design and colour first, then functionality. Well Ryan is the opposite, he looks for functionality first so he started to weigh every suitcase, open it, check it… it took hours. After checking 3 department stores, Selfridges, Debenhams and House of Frasier, we found the perfect one at Selfridges. It claims to be the lightest and strongest with patent technology. It’s a huge 85cm suitcase by Samsonite and admittedly very light as it’s claimed to be. The material is made with “Curv®” technology http://www.samsonite.co.uk/cosmolite/category-en.htm?or=0570605311&od=004773505 It’s not cheap but Ryan said it’s worthed since it has 10 years international warranty. By the time we bought the suitcase I was so tired and needed a glass of wine. We were at Selfridges so we went to the champagne bar and I tried a delicious Green Apple Bellini. It was a great drink to end the day. Well, I’m not going to look for a suitcase for a while now, it’s just so exhausting.

Brain, go to sleep! Does Wii stimulate your brain?

I’ve been awake since 3.30am, feeling fresh and i could not get back to sleep! What’s going on with my brain?? why did it send a deceptive message to my body to wake up?

It happened twice this week, but the first time i managed to get back to sleep after 1 hour. Other days I also woke up early like 6 am but not as early as 3.30am!

I tried to think what have changed to my lifestyle this week and the only thing I could think of is exercise. Yes, I have started exercising this week as it’s one of my new year resolution to have a super hot body by summer and at our wedding next year. Ryan has supported me by getting me a Wii Fit Plus for Christmas.

I’m a lady of excuses when it comes to exercise. Oh, it’s too cold, ooh it’s raining, Oh, i just wash my hair yesterday. Well, when you live in England, the weather does not really support any outdoor activities. So Ryan bought the Wii for me.

I enjoy the Wii very much, and I’ve been good and use it without any excuses. The games and exercises are fun So maybe it stimulates my brain. is this why my brain keep wanting to get up at early morning? I have lots of energy now, my brain keep waking me up at odd hours? I’m not much a sleeper to start with. Usually, I only need 6-7 hours sleep, more than that, i would be grumpy.

The bad side of this new habit is I keep waking Ryan up. He’s a light sleeper and get easily awake but the slightest sound or light. So to make it up to him, I baked him a delicious banana bread for breakfast and serve it with his favourite Matcha Latte.

I need to write again

My weakness is not to be consistent. I got easily distracted and don’t finish what I start! This blog for example…I haven’t written for ages!

I do have a lot to talk about but sometimes laziness is on my way!

So as my 2010 resolution that I will be more determined on everything I do (except shopping, i actually need to do less of that!), new posts will be up soon 🙂

xoxo Mia

Oh my knees, why are you so weak?

It happened again last Monday night. The incident i dreaded so much. My right knee cap moved out of the socket but came straight back in.

The pain was so unbearable and traumatic.

The first time it happened was when I was 17 and doing stupid dance move, it was my left knee that time. Since it happened in Indonesia where people believe in traditional medicine, my parents and uncle took me to a traditional masseur. It was the most painful experience in my life. The masseur massaged the injured knee and applied a traditional balsam, which l learned years later  that it actually made the injury worse. The healing took a long time so my dad decided to take me to a doctor. The doctor said it nothing broke and the damage was on the ligament and cartilage. The doctor gave me some exercises to strengthen the knee and I could laugh again.

A lot of things happened to my life but my knee was fine until February, 2005. I went back to Indonesia for my sister wedding and one night I went clubbing with this boy I really fancied. I was dancing the night away when my left knee collapsed again. The worst thing was, since it was in a club, everyone thought I was drunk cause when it happened you just fell down because of the pain. Apparently I passed out for a few minutes and everyone thought I was drunk. I got up and felt the pain but I was having too much fun and so the other people around me. I went back home and fell asleep. The next morning I couldn’t move my knee and it was swollen badly. I called my best friend and after that called my mom. That time, my relationship with my mom wasn’t very good. She also didn’t like the guy I was seeing (and also my friends), so she was showing her concern by interrogating me, instead of showing empathy.  I was crying with pain and she was upset because it caused her trouble in addition to the headache from my sister’s wedding reception. She took me to a bone specialist doctor in one famous hospital in Jakarta. The doctor told us that I needed a surgery. God, I was so frightened. My mom did not believe the doctor and thought he only wanted a quick cash, because the x-ray showed no bones were broken. In Indonesia, the health care system is not excellent. There is no such thing as a free treatment. Therefore, doctors are more like businessmen. So surgery was out of the options, RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) and was the medicine. The healing process took about two weeks and was just in time with me going back to Australia.

Two months later, it happened again. I was out with my girlfriend Tana clubbing celebrating my new single life and we were on the dance floor when it happened. Again, everyone thought I was drunk. It was so awful and the security guy even told me off for sitting on the speaker. What made it worse, the club was in underground, so we had to climb up the stairs to get out and no one would help us. So I called the ex-boyfriend whose heart I just broke a couple of months before. He took me to my sister’s house and the healing process started all over again. My sister took me to the emergency room and again nothing was broken just a damage on the tissues. However, this time the GP in the hospital referred me to an orthopedic but disappointingly he could not give me an answer why it happened.

A year passed by and my knee was fine. A lot of things were going on in my life that year (2006), I quit my job because of stress and other things. I started to go to the gym regularly since I had a lot of free time. Then I joined a contemporary Indo dance group to perform at Indonesian Festival. I was enjoying it so much when my knees got aggressive and yes both knees moved when I was practicing with the girls. I collapsed and could not stand up at all. So I called my sister and my then boyfriend to take me home. It was the most horrifying experience so far. I could not move at all even to the toilet. That night when I needed to go to toilet I passed out and my then boyfriend panicked. In the morning, my sister called the ambulance and took me to the hospital. I stayed overnight in the hospital. They gave me crutches and the knees started to heal but slow this time. The damage must had been worse than previous incidents. I didn’t remember which knee, but one knee healed faster than the other. I also had to visit the physiotherapist regularly to strengthen the muscles. He told me my dancing career was over, sadly.

Now is 2009 so it’s been the longest time since that last incident. Well I had been doing yoga to strengthen the muscles and I haven’t done anything like dancing to put more risk to them (I miss dancing so bad though). However, last year I remember it almost happened but it didn’t. I could feel it moved but not to the point to where it used to be. I just have to be careful not to twist my body so much, but sometimes I just forget.

Well that what happened last Monday, I did a turn. Yeah I was walking and I turned around, however only my body that turned not yet my legs and the right knee cap moved and it was so painful. Ryan who never experienced me being like this before, was a bit confused of what to do. I said to him pick me up and put me down on the bench, after 5 minutes the initial pain was gone but I was still in shock. The knee went to be stiff but the pain was gone. Honestly, what was going through my mind that time was PARIS. I could not afford any injury. I was scared it would be swollen and my walk would be restricted. We got home and straight away did RICE and I fell asleep.

The next morning, my knee looked the same! I was so surprised no swelling at all. It was a bit stiff but I could walk okay. I was just so thankful, I didn’t know what happened, the damaged must not been so bad.

Well I’m fit and healthy for Paris 🙂 and I hope it will stay that way forever!