Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer soon

I guess the downside of living in the Swiss countryside is that the weather is cold most of the time. Some lucky days we had sun rays .. but we rarely had a warmer weather, even in spring. Maybe it's just this year, because last year we had a very hot summer. Well, anyhow .. it's Switzerland after all, and we're not far from the mountain and weather can be so unpredictable.

Have I wrote about our adopted cat before? .. uumm .. I don't think I ever wrote about it here. Well, last winter in December we adopted a cat from an animal shelter. My daughters called him Léo (as, in Léopard) because his behavior is a bit wild like a wild cat, and thought that leopard is also in the feline family, so there it goes. He has a grey and white coat and according to his medical & adoption certificate, he's a grey european tiger race. He's okay. A bit troublesome, sometimes, but he's a gentle loving cuddly cat actually.

Today, as I finished and posted all orders from clients in Swiss last week, I guess I just take a little break before start to do clients orders fro Indonesian clients. Why I took Indonesian orders? well, because I'm going there this summer holiday, so why not making some cash too while I'm at it? profit wise, I don't think I'll make much as I'm going to adjust the price to IDR which is way bellow what I'm selling in CHF here, but I don't think I'm selling myself short, I'm just selling out some creations to close friends and family, sort of clearance sale. I know they won't or can't pay for what the price I put here. It's also Ramadan now and Hari Raya soon, so think of it as a gift (a paid gift, for that matter) :)

So while I'm on a day off (it's Monday, and while everyone out to their respective schools or work places - I decided to take a day off). I decided to draw some of my fave spring-summer flowers, it's good for your well-being ... :)

my drawing today ...

and the original pictures I took from nearby poppies field.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Power Of Positive Mindset

April will soon change to May.
My birth month celebration will soon be over, but I hope I could continue to celebrate life. 

This month is very colorful to me, while for some people I know it's a bit dark and cloudy .. I'm not saying that my life is always colorful and positive, though .. but I know - by now - at my age, how to deal with clouds or shadow. The key is in yourself. Your mindset. Choose to think positive in every possible way, especially during a darker moments. 

My sunny days were a bit blocked by a cloud on my birthday (on the 12th), my close relatives send me sad news, that things are going to get bitter and bitter for them. That they're struggle financially. They're underwater. One is unemployed and just trying to live each passing day on a very minimum standard of living. Etc etc .. bla bla bla ..  

I knew them. I knew how they manage their life. How they used up their entire savings. How they live their life before it's become this low, this poor .. They used to have lots of money. More than I have in my whole life. But they're simply lazy. What can I say? .. laziness has got the best in them. Skills and knowledge? they won't upgrade. Learning something? their head couldn't take it in. But what I really think is just LAZY, period. They never pushed their mind to think! their eyes to be able to see! .. their not blind and God gave them everything they need as a human being, but they don't use it. That's what I think. Yes, I'm angry ... but they're my family, how could I just ignore them? I can't.

Me and my husband started from ZERO (financially we had nothing when we got married), we live in a very modest rented house, and we both worked until my husband got a job in Paris on 1999 and we moved to Europe and now stay in Switzerland. All of our journey looked so easy for them, but we were the one who live the life as a foreigners in a foreign country with NO ONE not a single family helped us. We are grateful that God give us strength and capability to adapt, to learn, to fight, to work hard, to survive until we're capable to live quite comfortably now with our two daughters. All of it started from a determination and a positive mindset that if we're keep trying, there must be a result.

You see, the power is within, not outside of us. If you want to change your life results, you need to go within and start working on your thoughts. Your thoughts create your feelings. Your feelings determine the way you act. The way you act defines your results. So if you are feeling a little depressed, down, anxious and unworthy, then you know the only way to change that is to go to your thoughts. You are the one who control it, and with the help from God, God willing make a way. That's what we did and we believed.

.. and back to talk about my needy family back home .. I still think they have hopes. We could only help what we could help, but we can't provide financial security, it's not helping them, teach them to fish, don't give them the fish ready to eat every time .. they should be able to get back on their own feet. That's what me and husband trying to do to them when we visit them this summer .. hopefully they'll understand and willing to change .. for their own sake!


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Titanic, 1997

As Leonardo DiCaprio won Oscar 2016 for Best Actor and posed with Kate Winslet I can't help recalling .. when they're together in The Titanic movie back in 1997. I could never forget the film .. and how could I forget, it always has a very personal meaning to me .. as in 1997 when the movie was out in the cinema we were just married and moved to live in Bangkok, Thailand.
I came to watch the movie .. alone. Yes, alone. We were just moved to a new country where I don't speak the language (although English was widely accepted anywhere), I can't read Thai character, I have no families living there, no friends and no job. Great. Oh .. yes, I have a husband, but he's out working from 9 until late, busy with his projects. So, I didn't mind going to the movie alone.
The film - as you may also know - was sad .. and yes, I cried .. a lots! but that's the good thing when you watched a movie alone .. you didn't care what other people think of you when they saw you with red eyes, blowing nose on tissue, sunk helplessly on your seat when the film was ended ... but that day remains forever in my memories. I heard Rose and Jack conversations before Jack sunk in the depth of the cold ice water sea and died:
ROSE: "I love you Jack"
JACK: "Don't you do that, don't say your good-byes. Not yet, do you understand me?
R: I'm so cold.
J: Listen, Rose. You're gonna get out of here, you're gonna go on and you're gonna make lots of babies, and you're gonna watch them grow. You're gonna die an old... an old lady warm in her bed, not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me? ....

I nodded. Just as if Jack was talking to me. And that's what I'm going to do .. I'm gonna go on, make babies, watch them grow .. I'm not gonna give up and sink to the depth of the cold sea ..
[Rose letting go of Jack's hand] " I'll never let go, Jack. I promise."
[she kisses his hand and watches him sink, almost falling apart before she finally climbs back into the water to call the lifeboat back] "Where to, Miss?"
Rose: "To the stars." ......


 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Another Fashion Show


I'll be doing a fashion show again on March 05th 2016.
This time in the German speaking canton of Swiss.
I'll be doing it together with Basel based designer.
So right now I'm focusing to make the show the best possible show I could possibly do. Wish me luck! ;)

Friday, January 01, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!

2016 means I've been blogging here for more than 10 years! :)
 
Happy New Year.
Lets hope for the best 365 days ahead.
 
 
This year marked a new adventure again for me. The creators boutique that I've been working in collaboration with, has moved from Geneva to Lausanne. The manager said she will contact me again around mid-January. That means, I have to be ready with new creations before mid-January too.
 
I'm just excited to show her my creations, I hope to impress her and I'll try my best to bring the best I could and not to disappoint her. This also a chance for me to showcase my works in other Swiss canton another part of the country. I heard Lausanne is more "hype" and modern than Geneva ...
 
Oh, well .. just wish me luck! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Our 18th Anniversary

Happiness is doubled when shared ..
 
We invited a bunch of good friends on Sunday for lunch. It's also a perfect time to open our new house to friends who's close to us, who helped us, encouraged us, be there for us during our stay here in Swiss.
 
To share His blessings for us for 18 years of marriage, to be grateful for everything He gave us, health, happiness, patience, determinations, courage and love ... being together and face this life is easier if you have someone, that special person we gave our vows to share lives ..
 
In this crazy world where many couples we knew were giving up and choose a separate ways, we wish we could still be together for many more years to come .. amen.

Friday, September 18, 2015

September Note.

We are coming near the end of summer with the rains, crisp and windy weathers comes autumn.
 
I closed summer episode with some good points. The Cutural Day last time on the 5th September was a success. Many visitors came to the event. I managed to sell some dresses and skirt (2 of them for foreigners - or local clients). People started to appreciate more of my creations, I received 4 orders just enough to get me going. They all said, they're not in a hurry, so I can take my time finishing their orders. Mostly the orders are to wear for December events (Xmas, New year) and birthdays presents. So, I'm doing them in a more flexible time.
 
I also received an email from the boutique (a sale report for August) not bad, two of my dresses were sold. I tried to keep my "income" in a separate account lately, I opened an e-deposit account to keep track of how much I'm making with these creations stuffs for "Petits Pas". I'm not much of an accounting person, I'm better at spending than saving, and that's not a good thing, right? :) so, I'm taking a little step to change that bad habit, I started to save all the payments I received from selling my handmade stuffs. That's actually my new year resolutions, I want to see how I can handle my own financial budgets :)