Tuesday, August 9, 2016

To dream & see the world : Switzerland

Life is full of (unpredictable) surprises when you least expect about things to happen. And as cliche as it may sound, when it happens to you, that phrase actually make a lot of sense. For those who have been following this blog, I started this virtual journal of mine with only two simple reasons: to share things that captured my eyes and hopefully inspire others with my stories.

And for that reason, I chose the title, "My Unpredictable" for this blog simply because I often feel that life's experiences and the opportunities that came along my way to be quite unpredictable. Every journey, people, story that I had encountered always greet me with different purposes which happened to be great most of the time.

This mid year, I've been given a wonderful opportunity to travel and see the other side of the world I've never dreamt of visiting with my big family. We went for a three weeks trip with 15 family members in total, being a globetrotter across Europe. I'm already back in Jakarta and have been dealing with my post-vacation-blues for almost two weeks already! I decided to make a series called "To dream & see the world" out of my long trip where I'll be highlighting some places that has won my heart.

Our first stop was Switzerland, where I had witnessed such a breathtaking view of Mt. Titlis and visiting a dreamy small city called Luzern. It was a bit chilly in the morning as we leave for Mt. Titlis and I still clearly remember the excitement during my early days of arriving in Switzerland and when I just simply being mesmerised by my window seat view. Every sight was totally new to me. I was loving every second of it and feeling grateful for what mother nature has to offer.

We took a cable car ride and continued our journey going to the top of Mt. Titlis. As soon as we arrived, it was cloudy so we can barely see anything. Although I was feeling a bit disappointed at first, despite the fog, me and my cousins spent an hour or so playing snowball fight together.

As the time goes by, the road get more slippery and when I realised that my oxford shoes get super wet, finally the sun's out! Just the right time before we leave, a beautiful array of sunlight came towards the mountain and we spend more time enjoying it. It was breathtaking and for a brief moment I couldn't really believe what I saw. There are so many things in life to be thankful for, and being able to witness such a heavenly view is on top of my list. I've always said this, but whenever I travel to new places, especially when mother nature is right in front of you, I feel more grounded.

Tune in next week to read more stories from my trip to Europe! 
If you're still reading this, thank you for dropping by and have a lovely week :D


Fransisca Angela

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday : Pasar Baroe

I was having this conversation with a friend about photography and some random stuff some time around midnight. When both of us questioned the true meaning behind photography once again with the over flowing visuals on social media these past few years that finally led us to a conclusion that we (despite rambling about things) need to go for a trip together simply to reconnect with ourself and (of course) our camera. 

There were three of us; me, Li, and Renaldy. We came from a very different backgrounds but have the same interests and now pursuing our passion in the photography field. What makes this trip enjoyable is we also have different interests when it comes to our photography object. 

Li, as the man behind the lens of lifestyle online media, Manual Jakarta who's always been interested in architecture was the one who quickly stopped whenever a great shape, lines, or perspective catch his attention. Renaldy, the founder of film photography community called Jellyplayground ,who's been well-known for his girls in film camera photo series has deep interest towards mundane object we found on the street. While me, I've always been mesmerised by people, small alleys, well street photography in general. So it was quite fun seeing how we approach different either object or subject during the walk.

I used to do this random trip a few years back then during my college days, either with a few friends or simply by myself. I still remember how I used to go back and forth to this one particular vintage camera shop and had a long afternoon chat with the shop owner in Pasar Baroe. But as the time goes by, I get very occupied with work and slowly forgetting to spend some quiet time with only my camera hanging around my neck.

The trip began from a meet-up at this new coffee shop then we take the cab to Pasar Baroe. It was a bit chilly as we arrived so we decided to had lunch first. We went rooftop-hopping from one building to another (still, with the rain) since Renaldy had quite many references. And do endless walking through small alleys while we exchanged jokes and conversations. We visited Cikini to have our ice tea and evening meals before going back home. It was pretty much a well-spent day with these two people.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Blues

I'm listening to Gretchen Rubin's podcast right now as I'm writing this blog post. And the only reason I tuned in because they're talking about one issue that I've been dealing for quite some time called "The Sunday Blues". I personally think there's nothing wrong with my day to day activities right now. Looking at how many people are dying to get a job on my LinkedIn feed makes me feel beyond blessed and grateful, so I cannot complain.

But sometimes, when it comes to Sunday, there will always be a mixed feelings. And to be honest it's not fun to feel grumpy on the only day off you have throughout the week. The thing about my Sunday Blues, most of the time it will be either very laid back or intense. And it usually began with a sleep deprived, although I had 7 hours of sleep every day. I just feel so tired when I woke up on Sunday morning after spending my Saturday night hanging out with my closest friends.

Hearing that podcast gave me a new perspective about what's the Sunday blues is really about. I also read some comments filled with many people who can relate to that topic, sharing their own experience and I find this one to be quite relevant to me!

"I think Elizabeth captured my experience best, when she talked about having too much choice on Sundays, and having to make decisions about how to spend the time. It almost feels like I clear the decks so that Sunday can be restful and relaxing, but when I get to Sunday I'm antsy and anxious, and can't decide what I want to do. I could choose a million different things, and I think that's the problem! It feels so important to really use this special day well, and not waste it, but then I end up spoiling it by feeling anxious and grumpy. " - Victoria
And to deal with this-so-called Sunday blues, I usually treat myself by paying a visit to my favorite vintage coffee shop at Cikini with my Mom, watching tv series, or working out. And after I had my dinner, then it's bed time again. I know I will be fine the next morning I wake up for work. So, I just knew there's such thing called as the Sunday Blues, and a friendly reminder to live in the moment.  Or maybe it's a sign that I need another getaway? :p

Have you been experiencing Sunday Blues too? 
Do share your stories, would be interesting to hear!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Day of Silence

Living in a country with so many diverse culture, people, and backgrounds. I embrace national public holiday the most. All photos taken straight from the phone camera while strolling around the city during Nyepi holiday.

Well, the mandatory day of silence didn't really affect us who live in Jakarta.
So the least I can do was making the best out of it. We tried probably one of the best Indian restaurant, went to see a photo exhibition, hanging out at the park, and ended our day off watching a movie screening from Thailand. It was pretty much a good day with Yosephine, Dini, and April.