Saat Jual Kaos Kaki Bayi Perempuan Online, Dapatkan Perhatian Para Ibu Terlebih Dulu!*

24 Mar 2017

Sebagai insan yang gemar membelanjakan uang, wanita memang sepertinya mempunyai daya tarik tersendiri untuk pelaku bisnis, apalagi ibu-ibu. Termasuk di dalamnya adalah pebisnis e-commerce. Wanita memiliki sikap belanja yang berbeda dengan kaum adam, contohnya untuk aksesoris buah hati mereka seperti kaos kaki bayi perempuan. Cara belanja wanita sudah pasti menimbulkan tanda tanya bagaimana cara agar bisa memuaskan dahaga belanja mereka. Ketika kepuasan belanja sudah mereka raih, pasti mereka akan terus menjadikan Anda sebagai tempat belanjanya.

This is what life looks/feels like lately

20 Mar 2017

Dara at Kedai Seni Djakarta | Hola Darla
It's been almost 2 months that Afief and I live separately. He landed a new job in Jakarta and had to move there immediately, while I still have to stay here in Bandung because I still need to teach my students at least until SBMPTN (uni entrance test, which is around May/June).

Everything happened so fast. Afief left his previous job on October and had been freelancing for a project with a community from Australia. All the while, he had been interviewed by this company several times since December. By the end of January, he had had about five interviews with them but still no news about whether he was going to be hired or not. And then, on Friday, 3 February, he got an email from them, saying that he was accepted and he would start on Monday, 6 February. So we went to Jakarta on Saturday to find him a place to stay and he moved there on Sunday. Just like that and I've lived alone since.
Empty bed | Hola Darla
Little Ungil | Hola Darla
I must admit that I've always wanted to live alone since junior high. But since I went to a uni in town, I didn't move out of my parents' house. And then just a few months after graduation, I got married and moved in with Afief, so I had never really lived alone. I adjusted to this solo living quite well, though. But it gets lonely sometimes, especially when I come home late after night tutoring and there are just cats greeting me at the door. There are nights I want to cuddle, but there's only Chop-Chop (the other two are not cuddlers) and then Ungil comes and bugs Chop-Chop to the point that he goes out of the house for the rest of the night :(
Argo Parahyangan Kelas Ekonomi AC | Hola Darla
Old carriages in Purwakarta Railway Station | Hola Darla
We visit each other every weekend. We take turns; last week was my turn to visit him in Jakarta, so this week is his turn to visit me here in Bandung. So, there have been a lot of solo train rides. Long distance relationship is expensive haha! But we will survive. It's only temporary and I'm joining him in Jakarta later this year. We only need to figure things out about where we are going to live in, because surely we can't live in a small room with three cats (I'm not going to give them up!) so we need to find a house. And finding a house in Jakarta won't be easy. All fingers are crossed and all prayers are sent.

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Tentang Hijab Instan*

12 Mar 2017

Beli Aneka Hijab Instan di Tokopedia | Hola Darla
Dari dulu, aku emang gak suka ribet. Pengennya segala sesuatu cepet beres, cepet selesai, gak bertele-tele & to the point aja. Sampe udah gede gini pun ternyata aku masih gak suka ribet. Boro-boro contouring, nyisir aja kadang enggak. Untung pake hijab. (JOROK!!! :p)

Books I Finished in February

8 Mar 2017

Books I Finished in February - Hola Darla
The reading craze still continues, friends! In February, I read another four books. I'm way ahead of my 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads. I even edited it; I changed my goal from reading 12 books this year to reading 20 books. I'm halfway there & super excited. The last time I read this crazily was in 2012, I guess? I don't know. I may have never even read 12 books in a year. So, let's do this!

These are the four books I read last month:

1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - Hola Darla
I received this book a few months ago for the Travelling Novel Challenge. The pace is very slow that I eventually stopped reading after page 20-ish. I like Shirley Jackon's short story, The Lottery, that I read for a class in college, but reading her longer writing is kind of painful for me (maybe I'm just dumb haha). She took her time to describe everything in such minute details while the main plot itself is actually quite brief. I also found it hard for me to imagine the time and place setting; is it in America or England, 1800s or 1900s? (Again, maybe I'm just dumb.) I also failed to identify the climax. The novel seems to just end right there. Overall, this novel isn't for me.

2. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Dash & Lily's Books of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan - Hola Darla
I really like Rachel Cohn & David Levithan's another collaboration, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, and I also like its movie adaptation (starring Michael Cera & Kat Dennings, so I had been wanting to read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares for years. The imported books shops in my city never have it in stock, so when I found out that a translated version of this book has been released, I bought it immediately. Just like Nick & Norah's, Dash & Lily's is a simple & sweet story about girl meets boy in a silly setting. Lily is bored during the holidays & his brother suggests that she leaves a journal in a bookshop. The journal, filled with clues & dares, is found by Dash, who decides to take the dare. The journal goes back and forth between the two of them & when they finally meet... nope, they don't instantly fall in love with each other. Haha! Go read it. You're gonna like it ;)

3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini - Hola Darla
I first found out about this novel when I watched its movie adaptation. I read several pages of the ebook (which I pirated... oops!) The story is about a teenage boy who has depression and suicidal thoughts. When he almost jumps off a bridge, he decides that he needs help & then he checks himself in to a mental ward in a hospital. Since I liked it, I decided to order a printed copy. Right after I ordered this book, I found out that the author, Ned Vizzini, committed suicide a few years ago. It broke my heart. And it certainly made the book have deeper meaning and more authentic. Mental health is something that people in my country don't really pay attention to; even I used to think that people who commit suicide is stupid. I was very, very wrong. More people should read this book to open their mind.

4. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Hola Darla
(Technically, I finished this book just a few minutes after midnight on March 1, but... whatever!) I didn't really know about Terry Pratchett, but I've read Neil Gaiman's Coraline in junior high & really liked it. Good Omens was one of the book that I started reading for a readalong with the NovelTea Book Club, but I didn't finish it & completely forgot about it. I finally got around to continue reading it last month. It's very funny! It's a story about the several days before what is supposed to be the armageddon, but because of some errors made by both the 'good' & 'evil' the armageddon plan becomes hilariously flawed. The story relies heavily with Christian versions of the apocalypse, but I'm quite familiar with Christian myths (I like myths from different religions and beliefs; they're fun readings). If you're not, the book might be a bit confusing, but the footnotes help (or not? :p) & you can just find everything else in Wikipedia.


It's halfway through March & I've already read two books. I'm on my third one right now, but I have this project with a deadline around the corner, so I may read less this month. It makes me sad. I guess I've become an addict at this point!

Hi, I'm Dara, and I'm a book addict.

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Mengenal Lebih dalam Tentang Blazer Wanita*

4 Mar 2017

Tampil cantik serta menawan bagi seorang wanita adalah sebuah hal yang sudah seharusnya dilakukan dalam segala situasi, baik formal maupun informal. Dengan tampil menawan, para wanita akan lebih memiliki rasa percaya diri yang tinggi, sehingga performa dalam segala kegiatan mereka dapat memperoleh hasil yang optimal. Salah satu cara agar dapat tampil menarik adalah dengan memperhatikan gaya berbusana mereka dalam segala suasana, baik untuk moment formal maupun informal. Blazer wanita sebagai salah satu busana formal wanita, agaknya dapat menjadi pilihan yang tepat ketika seorang wanita sedang bekerja. Meskipun blazer sangat cocok digunakan sebagai busana kerja, namun dalam pengaplikasiannya tetaplah membutuhkan perhatian khusus agar dapat membuat penggunanya tampil lebih menarik.