I FOUND PARADISE ON EARTH



Cheers from Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia! I always knew this place was such a paradise, and I cannot be more thankful that Frans and I had the chance to vacation there for the 11th honeymoon since we got married.

We took more photos underwater as it was a diving trip. I'll upload them on Facebook instead of here. But here are a couple of pictures of our one-week stay, hopefully it'll invite more of you to visit this beautiful country of ours :)


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WHERE DID TIME GO



In this quick check-in I just wanna say can you believe how fast time flies? Christmas is just two months away, people! 

Next week I'll be going on another beach vacation to east Indonesia, one of the most popular diving destinations in the world. I AM SUPER EXCITED! Follow my Instagram and Snapchat for feeds.




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TURN THAT FROWN UPSIDE DOWN

Tomorrow (October 2) is a National Batik Day in Indonesia. I expect most people would be wearing Batik tomorrow, but I plan on wearing Batik for the full week. I'll be sharing on Instagram (or Instagram story) so if you would like some ideas you can check my page @wynneprasetyo . Ciao!


Have you ever woken up feeling trapped in a tedious routine and you kept hoping some wonder would happen to light up the day? I used to have days like that and boy that's an exhausting way to carry on living. I managed to break out of that shell with a few tricks that have worked for me, which I am sharing in this post for your reading pleasure and hopefully your aid.

1. Healthy first drink

I started consuming a glass of fruit juice every morning. We switch between sweet and sour-tasting fruits, but they are all always so fresh for the body. A secret to a happy heart is a healthy body to sustain it.

2. Sing in the shower

Or if your spouse is still sleeping, hum works too. Sing some random song that comes in your mind, it could even be any impromptu melody your brain creates. Extra boost of happiness is guaranteed if you dance to the music (as dance-y as moving your body on a slippery floor gets).

3. Pay attention to the good stuffs 

This is a cliche, yet not enough people do it! You know how if you'd kept snoozing your alarm every morning around the same time, one day you'd have grown a muscle memory that would let you pick up the phone and hit the snooze button while you remain unconscious? Muscle memory works for the brain too! Look around and force yourself to notice the things that are going right. Maybe they aren't magical, they aren't extraordinary, but they aren't going wrong. 

Things going right makes your day okay, and that's already much better than half of the world's population who are having a bad day on the same day. 

Once you accustom yourself to noticing the good stuffs, you'll start feeling grateful for the good things and the greater things. It will keep your mind in a positive state, and you'll see every day there's something new to be happy about.

4. Send music to your soul

When working on my assignments at work, I like to listen to Hillsong music on the background. The melody and the lyrics just inspire me and keep me going. Find some music your ears can enjoy as you do other stuffs, so that your soul would constantly be in a good vibe. 

5. Show off those dimples 

You probably pass by a million people every day on your way to work, at work, and on your way back. You don't know them, you don't make contact with them. Try putting on a smiley face as you walk and maintain the smile as you make eye contact with any passer-by. Some may look away, some may smile back, some way stare weirdly. It doesn't matter. You are not smiling for them, you are smiling for your soul! For me smiling to the world is like opening wide the window of my soul so it could breathe fresh air. And that is downright therapeutic.


I practice these every day and I have been feeling so much more excited and blissful. I hope you can pick up one or two habits of the foregoing and benefit from it. Plus, if you have another trick that keeps your day interesting, please do share in the comment box!   




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IT'S BEEN A LOT OF IT'S BEEN A WHILE-S



Today is a national holiday in Indonesia and yesterday was my sister's birthday so we went to a celebration luncheon. We forgot to bring the main gift we had bought for her but luckily we remembered the other little gifts that we had prepared and YAS she thought they were thoughtful. Take note ladies, the best gifts come from the heart and do not necessarily drain your loved one's wallet. 

So tomorrow is the kind of Friday I live for. Coming after a day off and right before the weekend is like fast-forwarding the whole five work days in just 8 hours (or in my case, 12 hours)!

As we approach the end of the year, every single day feels more and more like it's holiday. Now everyone that has been following my journey knows my husband and I are one of the lucky people who work a job we love, but we have a dream vacation planned for next month and we just cannot wait! You're welcome to guess the destination. Clue: It involves oxygen tank and a wetsuit. Yeay! 



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ACT OF KINDNESS


I am not sure if it's because the internet has made world wide news very much accessible to everyone or the world is really getting crazier and crazier with all the attacks, discrimination, and hate going on in various regions. As much as I am grateful for still being safe up until now, I strongly feel that I have to take part in something to make the world a better place. However at the same time, I also feel like anything I would do must be carefully thought over because some people may consider taking part as taking sides, which may be unfavorable to the whole making-the-world-a-better-place thing. 

I figured the easiest thing to do, and the first thing we should do at this point, is to try to love much more than I have done now. We all love our family, our friends, and acquaintances but that is not enough. Send greater love. Love a greater range of people (and animals, and nature). Have an even bigger heart. Forgive. Be sincere. Be thoughtful. 

Remember what Desmond Doss said and make it a mantra: "Please, Lord, help me get one more." One place at a time, one occurrence at a time, one person at a time. Love always wins, I believe that. 


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MIDWEEK BREAK



Thursday break is one of my favorite little things in the world. Why? Because the following work day would feel like a Monday at first, but it actually is a Friday and another day off is coming right after. Today is one of those days, yippee! 



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A KID THAT I AM



"Once I was seven years old. My momma told me 'go, make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely'." 

I relate to that lyric of Luke Graham's song. Except I wasn't seven, I was thirteen and a freshmen in junior high school. And it wasn't my momma, it was my dad. And the message wasn't to go make friends, it was to put responsibility and punctuality ahead of social agenda.

My father is a very disciplined guy, and he made sure his three kids take after that trait. That moment when he was furious to find out that I wasn't home when he came back from work because I wondered off to my new high school friend's house without telling him really took me aback, as well as several other incidents where I had promised him I'd be home at a certain hour and only reached home several minutes after such hour, which is his biggest pet peeve. But growing up, I keep finding that punctuality and responsibility are traits that are hard to come by. My father is much more lenient now that the kids have grown up, and my husband has taken me under his wings, I am grateful for his lessons and his ways of teaching them to me. I would consider that's the best life advice I've ever had.

Tell me, what's the best advice someone has ever given you?



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THE COMEBACK OF TRENDS


I loooove all these trends from my childhood that are coming back. Big belts, big sleeves, big everything. I remember when I was a kid, I had a peculiar taste in fashion. My mom and sister never liked any piece of clothing I pointed at when we were going shopping (more like when my mom was going shopping with two little girls she had to keep an eye on), and because I was not old enough to have my own money, those pieces I pointed at never ended up in our shopping bag because obviously my mom would not buy me something she didn't like. It happened for years and years, and made me think that I had a terrible taste. This is likely one of the reasons I started this blog when I was a teenager, to reach out to a wider fashion community and find out if other people also thought my taste was that terrible. Years have passed, I am still not sure what's the answer to that. But whatever it is I'm happy to be in this blogosphere. Cheers!




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