My Harbolnas Wishlist*

9 Dec 2015

This post is brought to you by Zalora

Hi, friends! Did you know that December 12 (1212) is Harbolnas or Hari Belanja Online Nasional (National Online Shopping Day)? Yes, it's a thing, in case you've just heard about it. Online shopping has grown crazily fast these past years that we have a special day dedicated for it now. Various online shops are offering crazy year-end sales on 1212 for up to 90% off!

My favourite online shop, Zalora, will celebrate the day from as soon as December 10 which is tomorrow! Zalora has a lot of branded fashion items, both local and international. This is your chance to get those branded shoes you've been eyeing for months. I've added several items to my wishlist so I can buy them all tomorrow. Here they are:

Dresses and Parka from Zalora // My Harbolnas Wishlist | Hola Darla
Bags and Lip Tint from Zalora // My Harbolnas Wishlist | Hola Darla
Shoes from Zalora // My Harbolnas Wishlist | Hola Darla

What about you? What are you going to buy on Zalora's Harbolnas? ;)

Harbolnas Zalora | Hola Darla

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In The Heart Of The Sea

6 Dec 2015

In The Heart Of The Sea Movie Review | Hola Darla
In The Heart Of The Sea hasn't been released yet in the US, so I'll try to avoid giving spoilers as much as I can (though I believe that most of you have already known the story as it's a real event on which Moby Dick was based).

In The Heart Of The Sea tells a based-upon-true-events story about the crew of the ill-fated whaling ship, Essex. Having found out that the sea where they usually go to hunt for whales is already fished out, Captain Pollard and his crew begin a dangerous journey to the Pacific Ocean to find more whales. However, their ship is wrecked by a gigantic sperm whale and they have to survive, adrift in the middle of the open sea with only three small boats and limited food supply.

Honestly, I haven't read Moby Dick (or any classic novels, really) and after discovering that this survival story was real, my mind was blown. I board a ferry ship every year to go to Lampung for Eid and I've been wondering "What if the ship sinks?" since I was a small kid. Watching this movie gave me the chill and goosebumps, but then I remember it's only a narrow strait that I cross every year. There's a very small chance that I would have to be stranded at sea, but the movie is still scary anyway.

My fear set aside, there's nothing much to say about In The Heart Of The Sea. It's really nothing special, aside of a band of casts of handsome bearded dudes (Ben Wishaw!). This is that kind of movies you watch and forget. I'd give it two out of five stars.

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Murders and More Murders: 4 TV Shows I'm Currently Obsessed With

3 Dec 2015

1. Motive
Motive TV Series | Hola Darla
I stumbled across this Canadian TV series while browsing through channels, trying to find CSI or Law and Order. Neither of them was showing, so I decided to give Motive a try. I instantly fell in love with how the story is delivered. In most of the episodes in general crime or detective series, we get to be detectives ourselves and guess who is the killer. Motive, on the other hand, tells us who is the killer and who is the victim right from the beginning of each episode. The story then tells us how the detectives put the clues together to find out who is the killer and what is their motive (hence the title) using a back-and-forth storyline. It's a fresh twist for my thirst for crime/detective series. If you know me, you'd already know that I'm a sucker for murders, blood, and all other detective stuff (Agatha Christie basically 'converted' me when I was 12). I've always been a huge fan of CSI and Law and Order, but Motive has become #1 on my list.

2. Sense8
Sense8 | Hola Darla
My husband introduced me to Sense8 when it was released, but I found that the pilot episode was not interesting. However, I then gave it another try a few weeks later and it turns out to be one of the best sci-fi TV series I've ever seen. The story is about 8 people ('sensates') who have some sort of connections with each other. They can feel, see, taste, and basically sense everything that the others sense. The pilot introduces all those 8 characters and that was the cause of my initial confusion-turned-to-boredom, but starting from episode 2 we get to see deeper stories about each character and my confusion faded away. Sense8 is funny, thrilling, and full of action. You will love this one ;)

3. Dexter
Dexter Season 1 | Hola Darla
One of the perks of watching a TV shows that are no longer airing is you can binge watch all you want without having to wait for newer episodes to air. I watched the final season of Dexter when it was aired on Fox Crime (or AXN?) and I decided to buy the first season DVD. I'm almost done with it now; just 2 more episodes left.

4. Jessica Jones
Marvel's Jessica Jones | Hola Darla
I must admit that I haven't read any JJ comics. I had no idea who she was before watching this series. Well, I still have no idea what her role in the Marvel universe is, but I know that she is badass. Being a huge fan of Veronica Mars, I found Krysten Ritter playing a PI hilarious. My first thought after finding that Jessica Jones has similar neo-noir genre like Veronica Mars was "Look at that. Gina Goodman pretending to be Veronica!" The series itself is quite boring. I think it is too slow-paced. Kilgrave is a promising enemy and his power seems so scary at first, but as the series progresses, Kilgrave's power looks less and less scary. It's a good show, but not good enough to make me want to rewatch the whole season.

Images from 1/2/3/4

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Being a Wife

9 Nov 2015

Afief & Dara - Blog Miss DaraA few days ago, my husband had a high fever. His temperature was very high that even his palms were hot. I was super worried and I did a bad mistake: googling his symptoms. Google gave two illnesses that matched the symptoms: dengue fever and typhus. Those two illnesses can be very dangerous and the patient may have to be hospitalised. Both can end up in death too. I was shocked and panicked.

I texted my mother in the middle of the night out of frustration. The next morning, she and Dad came to our place and drove us to the nearest clinic. Turned out, my husband only had a cold and common fever. I was thankful but also embarrassed for being panicked.

During our marriage, my husband had fallen ill several times, but he'd never had a fever that high. I couldn't sleep that night. I watched him sleep and my mind wandered and thought of the worst thing possible. He pushed himself too hard on his job. He sits in front of the computer at work all day, and when he comes home he will also sit in front of his laptop up until it's time for bed. Coding is both his job and his hobby, so it's kind of hard to pull him apart from his laptop. Should I drag him into a new hobby? Gardening, perhaps? (According to Red, it's therapeutic. Haha!)

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Life Lately

7 Oct 2015

Hello! This lazy blogger is finally back again! Where have I been, you might ask (or not)? Nowhere in particular. I just caught up with this whole commuting thing. Living an hour away from the city where we work makes the commute time take most of our time, I guess. There's a lot of things I could have done instead of sitting behind my husband on our daily motorcycle ride to the city doing nothing. It's been almost 10 months but I've just realised about this time consuming commute these past weeks. I love the house where we live in and the neighbourhood and the small town, but perhaps we need a place closer to the city. There's still a lot to figure out.

Well, anyway... It's October again! It's my and this blog's birthday this month. I had planned to throw a blog birthday party by holding a giveaway, but life got in the way and I didn't finish the planning. Next year, I promise ;)
Tutoring | Hola Darla
Miss Jess | Hola Darla
Laskar Pelangi + Cappuccino | Hola Darla
Mirror Selfie Using Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime | Hola Darla

While I was away:

  • I started tutoring again! After months without explaining grammar and reading strategies, this brain can finally breathe again. I teach two boys and one girl on two separate tutoring schedules. I've missed being called "Miss Dara" by students ;)
  • I've been craving for novels and reading materials. And because money is really tight this month, I finally started reading Laskar Pelangi, a novel that I actually bought in 2008 but never read up until now. Crazy, huh? Haha!
  • I bought a new phone! It's a Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime (a review coming up soon). It's a mid-range phone and not too pricey, but it's the reason why money is really tight this month.

How are you?

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21 Sep 2015

Line Chat | Hola Darla
Six years ago, I got into a huge fight with a girl on Facebook. I called her "slut". She was an ex of my (then) boyfriend who wouldn't stop texting him. I was so annoyed by her presence and I got super mad. After several weeks, we started insulting each other on Facebook. When I finally had had enough, I posted that stupid status calling her that horrible, horrible thing. I was 18 back then, on my first semester of uni. I was a stupid teenager and didn't think forward. I regretted it in an instant, but the damage was already done.

Two years later, I tried to apologise to her. I felt I had grown more mature and after carrying the burden of regret for two years, I finally had the courage to apologise. She responded in a cold manner. She said she accepted my apology but I knew for sure I had hurt her too deep. We didn't keep in touch after that.

Until a few days ago, on 18 September (always a surprising day), she added me on LINE. We finally talked after four years. I was surprised yet very happy. The burden of regret was lifted and I can walk a little lighter today. I'm so thankful for her forgiveness and if she were here, I would hug her tightly.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

"A thousand friends are too few; one enemy is too many."
- Turkish proverb

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The Age of Adaline

17 Sep 2015

The Age of Adaline movie poster | Hola Darla
The Age of Adaline was released on 24 April, but I just watched it last week. I wasn't very interested at first, as I'm not usually into sappy romance (I'm more of a rom-com lady), but my husband insisted (my husband insisted, can you believe it? Haha!). So I made some popcorn and then we watched it together.

The Age of Adaline is told in a fairy tale-like narration, using a deep male voice as the narrator. It tells a story about Adaline (Blake Lively), who stops ageing after dying in a car crash and then resurrected by a lightning. She stays being 29 years old, even after eight decades have passed her by. She is forced to keep it as a secret after several government institutions want to take her in and turn her into an experiment object. The only person who knows about this secret is his daughter, Flemming (Ellen Burstyn), who at some point grows older than her own mother. Because of this secret, Adaline can't be close to anyone. She has to move and change her identity every decade. For several decades, everything seems to be under control, until she meets Ellis (Michiel Huisman; Cal in Orphan Black!). She is hesitant to open up to Ellis at first, but they grow closer and closer, up to the point where Ellis takes Adaline to his parents' anniversary party. Turns out, Ellis' father (Harrison Ford) is a man with whom Adaline had a relationship a few decades ago. Back then, she left him when she saw that he was going to propose to her. From that moment on, Adaline has to decide what she really wants.
Adaline and William | Hola Darla
While the story itself is not really interesting for me, I really appreciate the casting department of this movie for choosing Anthony Ingruber to play the younger version of Harrison Ford's character, William. You might have read this statement in other blogs and websites, but... Dude! He totally looks like a young Harrison Ford!
Adaline and her dog | Hola Darla
Back to actually talking about the movie: Turns out, it's not a sappy movie (or so I think). Although it's kind of tragic, Adaline's attitude makes it hard for me to be sad for her and/or pity her. I don't know if it's the quality of Blake Lively's acting or the story writing that makes me feel this way. At the end of the movie, I only sympathize Flemming and I'm sad for the old dog. It's a shame because the premise and the trailer were actually good.

I'd give The Age of Adaline 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Oh and favourite quote:
Favourite quote from The Age of Adaline | Hola Darla
Have you seen The Age of Adaline? What do you think about it?

Images via 1/2/3/4

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Jerman Fest 2015 in Bandung

15 Sep 2015

Die Erfindung Der Liebe on German Cinema Jerman Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
Jerman Fest is back again! The annual event was opened with the screening of Metropolis, a classic silent sci-fi movie made in 1927, accompanied by a live orchestra. A few days later German Cinema started. There were nine movies shown in three days free of charge. Afief and I only watched 6 movies, one documentary and five feature films.

Jerman Fest is a festival held by the German government through the Goethe Institute to introduce their culture (particularly arts) to Indonesian people. German has a lot of good movies and I think it's been an honour to be able to watch some of them, thanks to Jerman Fest. It's quite hard to find European movies in Indonesia; Hollywood is very dominant here.

I'm going to write a review for each movie we watched, but in the meantime here are some screengrabs from Auf das Leben, Zeit der Kannibalen, and Als Wir Traumten:
Auf Das Leben on German Cinema Jerman Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
Zeit Der Kannibalen on German Cinema Jerman Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
Als Wir Traumten on German Cinema Jerman Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
See you in the next post! ;)

Images via: 2/3/4

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Being the First to Get Married among Your BFFs

11 Sep 2015

Being the First to Get Married among Your BFFs | Hola Darla
I used to have this strong belief: "Getting married won't change a thing; having kids will." As long as there were still the two of us (well, three if you count Jess), we would be able to live our lives just like we had done before getting married. The only change is that we live together now.

Alas, that is not always the case. As much as I want to be the same person I was before my wedding day, I've changed. I've changed in more ways than I know.
Being the First to Get Married among Your BFFs | Hola Darla
Being in a group chat with my girls is no longer the same. We used to talk a lot about heartbreaks. We were a bunch of single, independent ladies who had been BFFs since high school. We had shared a lot of relationship's ups and downs. Now that I'm married, I feel like an outsider whenever they talk about heartbreaks. I occasionally have my share of heartbreaks too, but not the same kind as their heartbreaks. I feel odd being the only married person among single ladies.
Being the First to Get Married among Your BFFs | Hola Darla
Friendship feels strange nowadays. I know that friends drift away and it's inevitable, but I never thought that it would happen so clearly before my eyes. Thankfully my husband and I share some friends, so we still get to hang out with them every now and then.

Don't get me wrong. Married life is so, so fun! But it also comes with a price. It's been almost nine months, but there are still a lot to figure out. It's an adventure I won't trade for any other thing :)

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Blogging Rant*: Four Things To Do Before Sponsoring A Blog

26 Aug 2015

Four Things To Do Before Sponsoring A Blog | Hola Darla
I've been sponsoring three blogs for the past couple of months. Purchasing an ad spot is new to me, even though I used to do ad swap back in the day of blogging glory 2010-2011. If done right, sponsoring other blogs can be very helpful in increasing your blog traffic and follower numbers. Alas, that's not the case for me. Out of the three ads I've purchased on three different blogs, there's only one success. But the experience has taught me these four things I should have done before sponsoring a blog.

Get to know the blogger first. The very first time I sponsored a blog was by googling for small-to-medium blogs that accept sponsorship. Then I bought their cheapest ad. It was a tacky move as if I was shooting in the dark. I didn't know the blogger and as it turned out, we literally had nothing in common. It was a waste of money and I wasn't satisfied with the result. After sponsoring that first blog, I decided to sponsor a blog that I had known for a while, Sincerely, Sara. It was the total opposite. I got my fair amount of traffic and followers while I also supported a blogger I genuinely like. It was a win-win situation and I'm really glad I did it.

Visit the blog's current and past sponsors. It's important to know that your blog and their blog's current and past sponsors at least have one thing in common. The first blog I sponsored was a beauty blog and their sponsors were also beauty and hair blogs with contents like makeup products reviews, beauty tips and how-to's, and things like that. I, on the other hand, rarely (if ever) write those kinds of post. Sara and I both love YA fictions, Marvel movies, and other geeky stuff, so our blogs are not very different (although her blog is more organised and focused than mine). Her sponsors were all also similar in taste. I didn't feel like an alien when my ad was placed among them. So, another point for Sara!

Study the available ad choices. Blogs that accept sponsorship usually have several choices of sponsorship you can choose from. The cheapest one usually only offers an ad space on the sidebar, perhaps with several additions like a shoutout on Twitter and a link back in a blog post. Other options may give you the opportunity to do a guest post or a giveaway. Study these sponsorship options carefully, so there won't be any misunderstanding in the future.

Choose the kind of ad/sponsorship that suits your blog. For example, if you are a crafty blogger with an Etsy shop for handmade accessories, you may want to choose the kind of sponsorship which gives exposure to both your blog and your shop, e.g. an ad space on the sidebar plus an opportunity to do a giveaway. Also, don't forget to choose the sponsorship in accordance to your budget.

Sponsoring other people's blogs is a valuable experience. It brings new friends and also helps you grow. I hope these tips from me are helpful for you who are new to this whole sponsorship thing ;)

*Blogging Rant is an irregular feature on Hola Darla, in which I talk about blogging and other things related to it.

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Weekend Links

23 Aug 2015

Gah! Runny nose and an-hour-non-stop-sneezing are the worst, no? Both my husband and I are sick today, so we stay home all day and sleep in. I woke up at 5pm and it was the best day nap ever! But our internet connection is wonky tonight, so if this post doesn't show up right, I'm so sorry. But here are your links:
  • My team, Chelsea FC, just bought Pedro from Barcelona. The football player was heavily connected to Manchester United during the transfer session this summer, but then... Surprise! He's with Chelsea now!
  • As a non-native English speaker, often times I get held back from writing because of the grammar rules. Then I discovered that there are some rules in English grammar that we can actually break.
  • I've been sponsoring several blogs for the last couple months and Becky's post about what to look for when sponsoring other blogs is very helpful. (I'm sharing my thoughts about this same topic next week).
  • Once upon a time in my life (or really, it was about three years ago), I got super sick of my city and decided to move out right after uni. Well, it didn't happen but Sarah's post reminded me of those moments and what I could've done if only I really took that path.
  • I can't wait for the new season of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter! But in the meantime, I'm squealing over the awesomeness that is SHIELD versus Carter DubSmash death match (for charity!)
Get well soon to us!

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Change is Hard

21 Aug 2015

Learn to Dress More Modest (Syar'i) | Hola Darla
This Eid, I had this resolution of trying to learn to dress more modest. I've been wearing loose dresses with wider, chest-covering scarves. I must admit that this style is quite inconvenient; muslim women aren't supposed to show their skin except for their face and hands, so it is necessary to cover our arms, and eating with long sleeves is not the most pleasant thing in the world. That, or I just need more time to adapt.

Loose dresses and wider scarves are super comfortable, though. I feel like I'm free to move however I like without the fear of getting anything exposed (like when you wear jeans with small t-shirt and you sit down and half of your buttcrack is showing. Noooooooo!!!)

Change is hard. I still wear pants whenever I feel loose dresses wouldn't be comfortable to be worn to certain places, e.g. traditional markets. But I'm learning each day. And I hope I'm getting better at it.

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Random Thoughts

19 Aug 2015

I'm back... again. In yet another attempt to be back to regular blogging. I have so many post ideas in mind but can't seem to put them into neat, readable formatted words for public consumption. Blogger's block has never been this strong. Ugh.

Anyway, allow me to share several thoughts I've been having lately. Perhaps some of you can relate to one or more of these?

Pink Dress | Hola Darla
I've been wearing a lot of pink lately. People has started speculating that I'm pregnant, specifically with a baby girl. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not pregnant. My cheeks look chubbier but my stomach is as flat as an ironing board (or maybe not really).

I love napping with Miss Jess and often get worried if I'd crush on her while napping and she'd die. Today I found out that that is something which will unlikely happen. I accidently kicked her head and she bit my foot. She always puts up a fight (and ends up winning).

After seeing the news about my country's economic situation, I realised how dynamic life is. And even though my little young family has to strive harder now, I see hope in everything. I feel so energised and full of life right now that I start to think I'm being silly and naive.

Book Haul | Hola Darla
I have a new found love for Eka Kurniawan. Earlier this month, I finally gave local novels a try after years of being disgusted at how silly their back cover synopsis are. I picked three books, one that of Eka Kurniawan, the other two are by Dwitasari "and friends". I stopped reading Dwitasari's Jatuh Cinta Diam-Diam halfway through, but I fell deeply in love with Eka Kurniawan's Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi. I love his writing style and his stories are very unique. Two of his novels are going to be published in English next month: Beauty is a Wound and Man Tiger (you can pre-order here and here).

Did you know that my husband is a blogger too? I hadn't read his blog for a while, but yesterday I went and saw this post about his first Ramadan with me. I might have cried a little. He is very amazing. I love him. And I'm glad I did well in our first Ramadan living together.

I miss reading your blogs. How are you? Tell me one of your random thoughts right now!

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13 Months Planner from Etsy

6 Aug 2015

13 Months Planner from Etsy | Hola Darla
It wasn't until July when the long holiday was over and I got to get back to work that I realised I needed a planner. It was too late for me to buy one at the bookstore, because they only have the January to December ones. It would be just a waste of money, buying a whole year planner that can only be used for five months. So naturally, I looked up cute planners online. I fell in love with this planner and this Erin Condren's LifePlanner, but when I checked out the shipping fee for both of the planners to my address... well, let's just say it made me want to pack up my bags and move to Canada. Because seriously, why is the shipping fee more expensive than the items I want to buy? It's so unfair *cry in the corner of my room*

And then, I browsed Etsy and found several fancy looking printable planners for less than $20! I found several designs that I liked, and based on several consideration, I chose 2015-2016 Daily Planner from The Nifty Studio ($14). I love the colourful design. It's also super simple and doesn't have too many pages. It really suits my needs.

For the cover, I wanted something personalised. I found several Etsy shops which offered personalised planner cover, but I chose this one from Clean Life and Home ($3,75). As you can see, the polka dot design looks quite similar with the Erin Condren's planner that I originally wanted, but not identical. So I guess it's a win-win for me. Yay!

I had it printed and bound in a local printing company, Angkasa Putra. It only costed about IDR200k (about $14,75). So the total cost is $32,5. It's way cheaper than buying from or Erin Condren (plus the shipping fee. God!)

Here are some pages from my planner:
13 Months Planner from Etsy | Hola Darla
13 Months Planner from Etsy | Hola Darla
13 Months Planner from Etsy | Hola Darla
13 Months Planner from Etsy | Hola Darla
13 Months Planner from Etsy | Hola Darla
13 Months Planner from Etsy | Hola Darla
13 Months Planner from Etsy | Hola Darla
13 Months Planner from Etsy | Hola Darla
I really like how it turns out! It's very unique and very "me". I'm 99% sure there is nobody else with the exact same planner like this one. Haha ;)

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Weekend Links

2 Aug 2015

Happy Sunday, friends! After weeks of drought, it finally rained last night. My plants are all happy and this morning the cold wind was blowing. While I know the dry season is still here until November (or so the weatherman said), the rain last night brought so much joy. It was much needed; a proof that small happiness matters.

Right. Now links!
Tomorrow is Monday again! I wish you a productive, yet fun, week ;)

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Dinner in Donwoori

1 Aug 2015

Donwoori Jalan Lombok Bandung | Hola Darla
All things Korea have been popular quite a while now in my country. I remember all the hypes were started when I was in junior high. One of my best friends introduced us to Super Junior, a Korean boyband. Since then, everyone seems to be infected by this Korea fever, except me. I can even say that I hateeeeeeeee this trend. I can't stand K-Pop and K-dramas. To me, all those Korean celebrities look like the same person. I really can't wait for this trend to end already and being replaced by the comeback of Bollywood or telenovela trends (Thalia, anyone?)

Besides the rise of fame of K-Pop and K-dramas, K-food becomes popular too. Many Korean food restaurants start their business in the past years. And because of my hatred towards K-whatever, I'm not interested in trying any. However, I finally give Korean food a go when my girls met up for dinner in Donwoori last night.
Donwoori Jalan Lombok Bandung | Hola Darla
Donwoori is a suki and Korean food restaurant located in 53 Lombok St., Bandung. The menu consists of all the popular Korean food like (bear with me, I don't really know how to correctly spell them) Topokki, Bibimbap, Kimchi, Ramyun, and the likes. We ordered one plate of Topokki, which was enough for the four of us because the portion was quite large. Surprisingly (to me. Haha!), it tasted good! Not really unique because it tasted similar to a local dish called 'seblak', but still good. I may buy it again someday. May. Haha!
Donwoori Jalan Lombok Bandung | Hola Darla
Donwoori Jalan Lombok Bandung | Hola Darla
We also had Suki with Tom Yam and chicken broth sauce. The Tom Yam sauce was super yummy, while the chicken broth was so so. If you ever come to Donwoori, I suggest you try the Tom Yam sauce because it's the best Tom Yam sauce I've ever had so far. No kidding.

The place was quite packed as it was Friday night, but it was cosy. The waiters and waitresses were very nice and we didn't have to wait for too long for our order to come. The food and drinks were a bit pricy but still affordable. I'll definitely come back, specifically for the Tom Yam sauce! ;)
Donwoori Jalan Lombok Bandung | Hola Darla
Donwoori Jalan Lombok Bandung | Hola Darla

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Likes & Dislikes: Ant-Man

27 Jul 2015

Likes & Dislikes: Ant-Man | Hola Darla
For the very first time in years, I didn't watch Marvel movie on its first showing day. Ant-Man was released one day before the Eid. There was no way for me to go to movie on Eid eve, so I had to skip the premiere. It was such a bummer, given the fact that I had a straight record of seeing the premiere. Haha!

Ant-Man tells the story of Hank Pym, who invented a substance called Pym Particle which can shrink human into an ant-like tiny form. He shut down his own research because he saw that his invention could potentially create chaos in the world. However, he needs to use the particle again when his protegee, a young scientist named Cross, gets closer to finding hiw own shrinking substance. Hank is already too old to become Ant-Man, so he chooses Scott Lang, a criminal freshly out of prison for burglary. The two men along with Hank's daughter create a plan to steal Cross' invention to stop it being exploited by Hydra.

+ It's refreshing to see smaller (both literally and figuratively) Marvel movie. After seeing London and Sokovia being destroyed in previous MCU movies, seeing Ant-Man saving the world by fighting Cross on top of Thomas the Tank Engine is super entertaining. Ant-Man is a proof that superhero movies can be fun and don't always need to be depressing (remember Age of Ultron?)
+ I love the father-daughter relationship in this movie. Not only the relationship between Scott and his daughter, Cassie, but also the one between Cassie and her mother's fiance, Paxton.
+ I know both Hank and Scott are good looking as hell, but my all-time favourite character is Luis! His best scenes are the Dubsmash-like ones. Haha!
+ I also love the part where Falcon shows as a cameo. "It is really important to me that Cap never finds out about this." Hilarious!
+ But my version of the best scene is of course the one when Siri plays Disintegration by The Cure. Classic yet techie joke.

- It's less funny than any other installment in MCU. It's even less funny than The Amazing Spider-Man.
- I don't really know Paul Rudd. I didn't even know the name Paul Rudd before Ant-Man. And I think his acting is flawed. There are several lines which should have been funny but came out just wrong, IMO.

That being said, I'm glad Ant-Man will be joining the Avengers in the next movies. But I'm also sad because Ant-Man marks the end of MCU Phase 2 and the Phase 3 won't start until next year. That's okay though, we will have Mockingjay Part 2 later this year ;)

Image via.

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Eid Mubarak! (+ A Little Bit of Life Lately)

24 Jul 2015

Eid Mubarak from Dara and Afief | Hola Darla
Eid mubarak, friends! Sorry I took a long break without a precaution. I'm really bad at managing my online and real life. Turned out Ramadan this year was more exhausting that I thought it would be; with me having to cook for sahur early in the morning, it felt like the day was way shorter than 24 hours. I felt so burned out, especially when Eid was coming closer and Eid shopping had to start. It was all so crazy!
Celebrating Eid with Afief's family in Pesawaran and Pringsewu | Hola Darla
I still think it's funny that both Afief and I call Lampung our hometown. He was born and raised in the border region between Pesawaran and Pringsewu, while I go to North Lampung every year for Eid because my Granny lives there. I always imagined going 'mudik' (=back to one's hometown for the holiday) to my (then future) husband's hometown somewhere in eastern Java and no longer going mudik to Lampung. But no; I still went to Lampung for Eid this year. And I'm going to Lampung for all the Eids to come. It's amazing. Haha!
Miss Jess during the road trip to Lampung | Hola Darla
Also, we took Miss Jess to her very first car ride which was really a long road trip. She didn't see that coming and became kinda stressed during the trip. But as soon as she arrived in Negararatu, she found her freedom in the form of trees. She climbed trees, the roof of Granny's house, and all the furniture inside the house. She had so much fun.
Miss Jess found some freedom during her stay in Negararatu | Hola Darla
That poor thing wanted to chew on the birds, but the humans wouldn't let her. She was seriously mad.

We stayed in Lampung for 10 days and went back to Bandung last Wednesday. It was the longest holiday I have ever had (or so I think), since we usually stay for only about 7 days. We didn't do much but it was fun anyway.

Do you celebrate Eid? How was your Eid this year?

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