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January 2016

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY - Cheesy quotes are cheesy, and sometimes it's hard to understand it, and it feels so funny if out of sudden, there is 13 years old girl who suddenly turned into Mahatma Gandhi and start to post the quotes on her timeline, and we just wondering, really? In spite of she understood it or not, to dig the deeper meaning of one quote, it's like solved the math formula, not everyone will understand.

Shit happens and could be worse every time and every day, there is often a time when you think about something or someone else's opinion regarding your life choices, hesitation & skepticism from them or even from yourself, bad day, ugly and fake people, insecurities because you feel that you are different and does not fits with society, everything that makes the happiness taken away from you every single moment when everytime you think about it. Even if your life is just fine, sometimes you ruin it by overthinking and let the negatives vibes rule your mind, makes you do not enjoy every details of your moment. I am not going to teach you a lesson right now, but I find these Inspirational Quotes have inspired me a lot, and maybe it could be your references for this year positives vibes inviter or simply as an advice.

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES

If you believe that everything happens for a reason, you also need to believe that everything is connected. When we brought this into the concept of Karma, that I believe you already understand. But people tend to be nice and good to people who do good for them, I know it's hard to be good to someone who hurt you, but just not to be like them, don't hurt them back, that's the law. Do not expect people to repay your kindness, but be kind to everyone even though you do know them, because someday, the universe will repay your kindness, in the way you never expect. I know it is not easy, but that's the law in my understanding and by my experience, everything connects.

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY

Overthinking about what future will be is totally killing today's vibe! because it's mostly scary things lol, but because it has not happened, it also doesn't exist yet. It is pretty calming that if you enjoy this moment whatever this moment is giving you, you will always be grateful and enjoy it.

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY

What if the result is beyond your imagination? what if your fear will actually lead you to your pleasure and enjoyment? what if there are so many good doors to open but you too scare to open it? because once again bad overthinking
15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY
Rain could be good but it could be bad too.
It is simply that you need both good and bad things to grow.

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY

Ignorance is not cool. There is so many knowledge lying in the book, inside people's mind, in the air, everywhere. Do not hesitate to ask, do not hesitate to listen!

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY

Let's say you expect something from someone, appreciated them first!

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY

Remember that your precious time of life is not to pay a lifetime bills, and wish for the weekend every Monday! So how your Tuesday was? 
15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY
Surprise surprise, give space for a surprise in your life. Maybe a long road trip with friends you called for this last-minutes plan, a cup of coffee for random people, random reunion, random talks, just BE RANDOM!

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY

It always right now! No time for fear!
15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY
It is. If you already understand that nothing is eternal in this material world, you are safe!

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY

The other "I don't give a fuck" thing. I didn't suggest you to do something stupid and bad, I only can give you direction to see, not what I see.
15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY
Hear your own music, it maybe different with others, but that's ok!
15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY
So many people have spent countless hours, days and years getting to know someone else but failed to spend that valuable time knowing them self - know thyself first. To have an understanding about yourself; What kind of "know" is this?
Know what you want, know what makes you happy, know who are happy to see you happy, know that the person who responsible to your happiness is yourself.

15 INSPIRATIONAL LIFE QUOTES FOR A BETTER DAY

I think it says it all.

Whether you think these quotes have inspired or annoyed you, do you have any favorite Quotes?

AWARTA NUSA DUA LUXURY VILLA BALI

Awarta Luxury Villas & Spa | Nusa Dua, Bali
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CHECK IN AT AWARTA LUXURY VILLAS NUSA DUA - How I loved low season in Bali, and how I loved that I chose Awarta Luxury Villa & Spa for my stay in Nusa Dua, Bali. I remember why I picked Awarta Nusa Dua because as a newcomer or we said it less than 2 years old property in Bali, it is still fresh & pristineJ. Also, the concept of its property is Peranakan or royal oriental, when some of the new opening hotel and resort going minimalist, but not with Awarta, so that you can find one of their main restaurants has a very strong royal oriental impression, it is Ru Yi Chinese Fine Dining. The rest is a fusion mixed with traditional Indonesian heritage, with strong images of wood, carving, also with tropical plants like the bird of paradise and frangipani flowers in each villa and actually everywhere. Awarta is the real definition of home away from home in its luxury Bali way.

Each villa named after flower, if I am not mistaken lol, I got stayed at villa no 3, Orchid, I got the privileged to have my stay in the biggest one bedroom villa (if you read this, please request villa number 3, because it was my awesome experience and you can have it too). There is one main bedroom, outdoor living room, and dining room, one private pool with cabana, big wardrobe closet, a big room with a bathtub and outdoor shower next to it, spacious restroom with big mirrors. I think all that is a perfection of a luxury villa.

In the heart of Nusa Dua, but it felt like you were in a remote location, so if you are planning for quite, slow vacation like a honeymoon, or a short escape? thanked plants that surrounded perfectly, I also had the tightest sleep and was waking up in total recharged. Sun kissed every plant but the wind keep us cool, and we had the great breakfast at Long Table Restaurant accompanied by the sound of water because there is a big pool in next to Long Table, unfortunately, it’s no longer can be use for guest convenience reason. Add in it, the sound of traditional Balinese bamboo gamelan played by two men near the restaurant, very cozy. And do not be surprised, if there is no one having breakfast with you because the in-dining villa breakfast is free for your convenience here.

I also having my spa treatment at the heavenly luxurious Thevana Spa, picked the Ancient Healing massage that no doubt the best massage I had so far because my therapist was a nice guy who strongly lifting my body like chiropractic doctor because the crack sound was so much releasing me. Closing the afternoon with cakes and tea by the pool is 2.0 perfection and for all that experiences,  I agree if recently Awarta won an award as Best Newcomer 2016 by Conde Nast Johansens, Congratulation Awarta and keep up the good work, see you soon J

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AWARTA NUSA DUA LUXURY VILLA BALI
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AWARTA NUSA DUA LUXURY VILLA BALI
AWARTA NUSA DUA LUXURY VILLA BALI
AWARTA NUSA DUA LUXURY VILLA BALI
AWARTA NUSA DUA LUXURY VILLA BALI
AWARTA NUSA DUA LUXURY VILLA BALI
BOOK NOVEL REVIEW THE PILGRIMAGE BY PAOLO COELHO

REVIEW THE PILGRIMAGE BY PAOLO COELHO - This book has opened my eyes that religion and mysticism are never can be separated. Its connection with unexplainable phenomena such as spirit, magic, anomaly, often irrational practices and a thousand years of history which is hard to prove. This book telling you a story about two people who having their own spiritual journey across a road which is famous among pilgrimage in the entire world; The journey started from Saint Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

I suggest you read the original book, or English book because I find it was so bored because of bad translation to Bahasa Indonesia, so many repeating words, prolix, and sometimes we don't really get the situation because of extraneous words because every chapter was telling you about some spiritual practices and its own drama. Even though, you will find beautiful words by Coelho who talked about experience, the Earth, Catholic Curch, Dream, Soul, Death, Pray, Love, and War.

Although almost all the chapters tend to be boring because you will be brought to another story when the character entered new setting during his pilgrimage, but near the end, the climax is totally there. Enjoy the pilgrimage for weekend reading :)

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Buku yang cukup menarik, memberikan wawasan tentang pencarian spiritual dari mata seorang Katolik, mereka pun ada ritual ziarahnya. Walau saya masih belum terlalu mengerti mengapa yang menjadi objek adalah pedang, yang berupa material bukannya ke ranah spirit yang lebih gaib, tapi pada akhir cerita pedang hanya menjadi kiasan.

Sayangnya, saya rasa terjemahan kedalam bahasa Indonesia menjadi kurang bagus, terasa masih kasar sehingga saya bosan dan sebal untuk menuntaskan bacaan yang harusnya menjadi bacaan ringan untuk satu atau dua hari selesai. Cerita yang cenderung terkesan betele-tele bahkan kabur-kaburan ke cerita sejarah, namun beberapa inti dari pesan Coelho di beberapa bab cukup mengesankan. Cerita tentang pengalaman, bumi, gereja katolik, mistisme sihir, mimpi, jiwa, kematian, cinta dan perang.

Walaupun di bab awal bisa dibilang membosankan, namun klimaks benar-benar ditaruh dibagian akhir sehingga keseruan tunggal justru ada disitu. Pesan pamungkas dari sebuah pencarian menulusuri tapak suci para peziarah dari Saint Jean Pied de Port, Prancis sampai Santiago de Compostela, Spanyol. Cocok untuk bacaan di akhir pekan lah ;)
TEGALALANG RICE FIELDS UBUD BALI

TRAVEL: ROAD TO UBUD - Ini adalah sepenggal cerita dari #PlesirBali yang belum sempat terkisahkan, Ubud, tempat dengan atmosfir budaya, alam dan kuliner yang memukau, memanggilku untuk kembali suatu hari nanti, tahun ini.

Selesai sarapan pagi hari di hotel baru di daerah Kuta, aku dan dua temanku merencanakan untuk makan siang di Ubud sebelum pulang kembali ke Jakarta. Ubud adalah tentang budaya yang asri, alam yang alami, hamparan sawah bertingkat yang memukau dan pilihan bermacam-macam kuliner ada disini, dibandingkan dengan area lain di Bali seperti Kuta dan Nusa Dua, Ubud memiliki daya tarik mistis yang tidak bisa dijelaskan dengan kata-kata, namun dapat dirasakan setiap kali berkunjung kesini.

Akhirnya kami sampai di Ubud Monkey Forest, tempat berkumpulnya monyet-monyet klan Ubud yang terkenal akan keberanian mereka untuk merampas barang bawaan pengunjung. Jadi aku tanggalkan topi dan kacamata yang aku tinggalkan di mobil, hanya kamera tergantung di leher, kami membeli beberapa sisir pisang untuk hadiah kepada para monyet karena sudah menyapa kami dirumah mereka, belum apa-apa keseruan sudah menyambut kami di gerbang depan. Berjalam memasuki kawasan hutan, saya menyembunyikan pisang-pisang tersebut di balik baju. Tapi salah satu penjaga berkata, "Jangan disembunyikan, nanti mereka mencakar", tentu saja saya turuti, tapi hasilnya baru tiga langkah pisangnya sudah habis diambil para monyet penjaga gerbang :(

Monyet-monyet besar cenderung diam, bagus lah lagipula kami pun tidak berani mendekat, monyet-monyet sedang yang aktif sekali merampas pisang dan jika ada kesempatan akan merampas barang-barang yang lain. Tapi monyet-monyet kecil, mereka hanya ingin bermain. Mereka bercanda dengan menggigit kaki, memanjat, meloncat dan memainkan rambut, hal sudah biasa saya terima ketika bermain dengan kucing di rumah, ya hampir sama, tapi sepertinya lebih seru bermain dengan monyet-monyet ini haha, mereka lebih responsif. Tapi hati-hati ya, selalu bawa perlengkapan siaga higienis portable; seperti anti-bacteria gel atau tisu basah. Tapi tenang disana ada toilet yang layak kok, selesai mencuci tangan dengan sabun, membasuh beberapa bagian tubuh dan menyekanya dengan tisu basah, kami pergi ke Tegalalang Rice Terrace, melihat keindahan terasering sawah berundak yang termahsyur itu.

Sampai di Tegalalang Rice Terrace kami menikmati beberapa menit pemandangan hijau kekuningan di depan mata, walau sebagian padi sudah disemai, tapi keindahan sebagian padi yang menguning jarang kami lihat sekarang ini. Sebenarnya banyak sekali tempat makan di area ini. Makan dipinggir sawah, hal yang bisa Ubud tawarkan bagi setiap pengunjungnya. Tapi mari kita ketempat yang tidak asing saja, Bebek Tepi Sawah Ubud, walau banyak sekali cafe dan restoran baru, dari yang harga yang membumi sampai gaya dengan harga setinggi langit, tapi yasudahlah menu-menu di restoran Bebek Tepi Sawah dengan sambal matah khas Bali siapa yang mau menolak? aku sih tidak, lalu ditutup dengan minuman buah kelapa asli, kesempurnaan. Rasa lapar dan haus akan makanan enak, minuman yang menyegarkan, pemandangan yang mengambil setiap tarikan napas dan pengalaman dengan monyet-monyet hutan Ubud menutup #PlesirBali sampai suatu saat nanti aku kembali lagi.

DELUXSHIONIST TRAVEL ROAD TO UBUD BALI - FASHION AND LIFESTYE BLOGGER INDONESIA
DELUXSHIONIST TRAVEL ROAD TO UBUD BALI - FASHION AND LIFESTYE BLOGGER INDONESIA
DELUXSHIONIST TRAVEL ROAD TO UBUD BALI - FASHION AND LIFESTYE BLOGGER INDONESIA
DELUXSHIONIST TRAVEL ROAD TO UBUD BALI - FASHION AND LIFESTYE BLOGGER INDONESIA
DELUXSHIONIST TRAVEL ROAD TO UBUD BALI - FASHION AND LIFESTYE BLOGGER INDONESIA
DELUXSHIONIST TRAVEL ROAD TO UBUD BALI - FASHION AND LIFESTYE BLOGGER INDONESIA
DELUXSHIONIST TRAVEL ROAD TO UBUD BALI - FASHION AND LIFESTYE BLOGGER INDONESIA
DELUXSHIONIST TRAVEL ROAD TO UBUD BALI - FASHION AND LIFESTYE BLOGGER INDONESIA
DELUXSHIONIST TRAVEL ROAD TO UBUD BALI - FASHION AND LIFESTYE BLOGGER INDONESIA


SMYTHSON AGENDA NOTEBOOK

2016 TOP NOTES - As I am looking back to my previous year on Deluxshionist Best of 2015, I feel (or I wish to be exact lol) that 2016 will be so much excited than I can imagine. I realized that I had pulled myself out from the hype from most of the offline events in 2015, not really because now I am based in Bandung, but more to know who really exactly want to support me so I can support them back, but that’s all about advertising and money. How about the other thing? Did I need to make a plan to be a better blogger?

Everyone knows that most of Indonesia’s Top Blogger have been monetized their blog since a long time ago, I also started it in 2012 (2 years after my first post) and it becomes something crucial for me to keep writing the content. Fashion, at the first place, is not a cheap topic, moreover, my background of experience were close with the luxury lifestyle industry. I had played with IDR 500 million Bottega Veneta briefcase bag made of genuine crocs skin, very fragile silk Gucci double breasted suit that once there was stylish accidentally been tearing it, scratched Giorgio Armani patent leather moccasin, almost pay compensation for some tainted Alfred Dunhill leather goods. All those nightmares, but thanked God, I worked full of responsibility, in short words that were my world, even though I prefer said a very good quality but yes that’s luxury.

But then I realized that I had limited myself in the word of luxury itself. I can make my own definition of luxury, even Offline is now the new luxury, and so you know that I love to be invited for dinner without bringing my camera or shot what I had for dinner, or very slow and quite times in the middle of rice fields without care so much about taking pictures, and today’s offline is a new luxury. But do not get me wrong, I love taking pictures, be presents in all the social media channels I am handling myself and note to myself that I should spread it more real-time.

It is Luxury to have a chance to visit new places, gain your knowledge, read more books, meet with genuine people, do new things, more good and deep conversation with family and friends, you never truly can count your blessing right, but there are goals to make and reach, so here they are my material possession wish and strategies in 2016 in blogging, here we go…

1.    New Camera
I still blank whether it would be a mirror-less camera or another DSLR, whatever it would be, it must be produced instant good photos. I always practice to use the camera since the first day of blogging, to look back to 2010, I still remember that I need to buy middle up DLSR to support my career in the blog sphere. Now in 2016, I need to change it, so this will be my priority on material possession wishes in 2016.

2.    New Destination
Even though there is no fixed schedule and I want the Universe to surprise me, it will not be hurt to wrote down my bucket list so I can remember why at the first place I want to visit them, although everything can be change depend on situations. Let’s says that I will choose 1 inside the country which are so many options, 1 inside the region of South East Asia, and 1 outside the region, and it would be; Bangka Belitung, I want to go back to Thailand (Hua Hin – Bangkok – *the bonus if I can pass the border to Siem Riep, Cambodia*), and Turkey. So we will see where I will go this year because I actually wrote them all in my notebook and hope everything is in one frequency.

3.    Content Creation
I consider to make a Youtube video, it would be travel related, so wish me luck. I know it will be very time-consuming, so I open the widest door for collaborations, calling all young videographer who want to add their portfolio or let’s creating something together, I am very welcome to contact me at deluxshionist@gmail.com ;)

4.    Local Brand
I was thinking to work more with local brand, or, at least, will create a special page for them on my blog, but again will see, because there are a lot of difficulties work with local because sometimes it wasn’t mutualism relationship, they are struggling with budget marketing, but that’s all on my mind, I can figure it out, and will see if the readers like it or not, because why I try to focus on travel-related content, because it gives me more sessions on the blog, the market is in travel frenzy, even the fashion things that I need to feature must be when I travel, so it looks totally relevant.

5.    More Giveaway
Another travel related wish inspired by another blogger and social media celebrities. I think it would be a very good idea not only to share the story but also to share real experiences. It’s a good idea that worth to work on it, so the lucky readers and followers will actually have the same experience I got or just a little piece of the place I have been visited, so I wish the budget for this will always be there for this aamiin.


I don’t think it will be as easy as writing it down, but it’s definitely worth to try and from what I believe that when you write down everything the universe will work the rest, so we’ll see and good luck. If it’s all too much, I just wish for a better me who truly enjoy the ride of 2016 and to meet a bunch of good and caring people along the way, please dear God, aamiin.

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