Friday, March 24, 2017


On my 3-long-months holiday last semester, I’m doing an internship at a BUMD that handles one of Indonesia's biggest railway project. The reason why I chose this place is because but I want to do an intern whilst helping something for my country (tho idk if my projects helped/not LOL). The other reason is I wanted to do an internship in my hometown. The office is located at the central of the capital of Indonesia. Why should I say it is as the central of the capital? Because it really is located near one of the landmark in the capital of Indonesia, Monumen Selamat Datang. 

By doing an internship there, I already feel like a business woman because I had to deal with Jakarta's congestion everyday. I went to the office by public transportation, Trans Jakarta Busway. My dad took me to Masjid Agung station, then I got off at the 10th stops (either Bundaran HI or Harmoni station). I usually depart from my home at 6 o'clock, but sometimes when I'm too lazy to leave early, I'd depart at 6.15 in the morning. And just by the gap of 15 minutes, the road was already packed and I'll arrive 30-45 minutes late. That's how crazy the traffic in Jakarta in the morning. Other than the traffic, the transportation user sometimes didn't really care about the rules. Here are some pictures that I took from inside the busway, about how packed Jakarta in the rush hour and some pictures about the road user whom disregard the regulations:

 (the sign says it all "Dilarang Berdiri, No Standing", yet people still stands above the sign)

 (road users were using the busway path, so the busway still get congested)

Despite the craziness on my way to the office, I really enjoyed my internship there. I get to know a lot of friends from different majors and universities that have the same interest in transportation. At first, it's kinda awkward because there's only one guy in our team. But as the time goes by, other guys joined and we're pretty much doing everything 8 hours a day in a month or so together. We knew what will each of us do when we're bored (since we actually didn't really work for ~literally~ 8 hours a day), whether it's watching a movie, listening to music, sharing stories with each other, or maybe us girls did read some makeup reviews together lol. We ate lunch together, whether it's in Mbok Parti (at the canteen near our office) or in Grand Indonesia/Plaza Indonesia which is located at the opposite of our office. The other unyu moment is when each of us were exchanging gifts as a farewell gift. We also support each other by attending the others' presentation with their intern's advisors.

There are a lot of things that I got by doing an internship there. One, public transportation is the main solution of a city's congestion and the citizen's amenities. Two, by planning a public transportation, we're not only talking about the vehicle, but also pedestrian and other aspect that might support the integration of transportation system so that the citizens want to use it. Three, a good public transportation is when one doesn't compete with each other (for example, a Kopaja will always compete with each other to fill their passengers before they depart to the next stop). Four, Jakarta REALLY need a new transportation system so that the citizens won't be troubled going to other places, especially in the rush hour. Five, MRT Jakarta might be the solution. Six, internship will give you more knowledge and a wider connections :-)

xx, Tia

Monday, March 13, 2017

Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème - Loved

"It’s time to put your lipsticks on notice. The Amore Matte Lip Crème has arrived. This revolutionary, highly saturated liquid-to-matte formula dries to a soft, velvety finish for fuller-looking lips. Its double-sided, flexible plush applicator hugs the contours of lips, working to lock in bold, opaque color. Non-sticky, smooth and ready for all-night wear (up to 16 hours!) our Amore Matte Lip Crème is the ultimate transfer resistant kiss-me-matte."

Milani is one of the best drugstore brand which has sooo many holy grail products according to beauty bloggers or youtubers. Milani is recognized by their baked powder blush, foundation, mascara, and also their lip crème. I choose the shade number 12 - Loved because, again, it's suitable for my skin tone, as well as other skin tones. The colour is nude brown but //pretty// nude. Why I said it's pretty nude, because sometimes, other nude colours didn't really match with my skin tone.

As for the packaging, I love the gold-ish lid that makes it look fancy, tho it's a drugstore product. For the applicator, it's pretty much the same as other lip creme. This lip creme dried down quickly, yet feels really comfortable on my lips. It's transfer-proof, and stays quite a long time on my lips. As for the smell, it smells like vanilla cake.. I love the smell more than any other lip cremes. Oh my Gosh, I'm a fan of this product! I have no issue with this product. Here are the Loved swatch on my hand and also on my lips:

It's VERY worth to buy, considering it's not that expensive (140.000 IDR if I'm not mistaken) and very comfortable on my lips, but unfortunately, if you want to buy Milani products, you have to buy it online, because they haven't sell it anywhere in Indonesia. Other than the lip crème, I'm also interested in their Color Lipstick Statement. I'll write a review once I buy it!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

ESQA Matte Lip Liquid - Mauvy Nude Review

Hi! I'm back with another review, and this time it will be a lipstick review, ESQA to be exact. ESQA is an Indonesian brand, it's quite new I believe. I've been wanted to buy it since it's first released, but the shades that I wanted was always been sold out. So, I had to wait until they restocked them. ESQA had two types of lip products, Satin Lip Crayon and Matte Lip Liquid. I really wanted to try both of them but since it's quite pricey for a local brand, I tried their Matte Lip Liquid first.

"Our Matte Lip Liquids are full-coverage and long-wearing. The creamy texture glides on smoothly over lips like a gloss but dries to a moisturizing matte finish and not drying on the lips. It’s vegan and enriched with a dose of nourishing vitamin E to keep lips hydrated. This is perfect for going out, as it will not budge!" (source: ESQA's website)

I bought the lip product in shade Mauvy Nude. Many beauty youtubers already made a review about this lip product, and some of them said that Mauvy Nude suited wide range of skin colour, and that's the reason why I chose this shade. I have high expectation about this lip product, since it claimed to be formulated without: Parabens, Phthalates, Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Gluten.

The product is very well designed with rose gold packaging, and I'm super in love with the packaging. It looks fancy for a local brand. For the applicator, it's just like the regular applicator and I have no complaints about that. As for the colour, it's very pretty, and it matches with my medium skin tone. But, unfortunately, I don't like how it wears on my lips. It's so thick that it became very sticky once it dries. It's very uncomfortable for me. I've tried both with and without lip balm beforehand, and the results are the same, I don't really like the feeling of this lip product on my lips. I'm very disappointed by this product :( wish they'll change the formula since it's pretty much vegan and the colour is very pretty to my liking :( I have to think again before buying the Satin Lip Crayon. Here are few pics of the Mauvy Nude shade swatches on my hand, both with and without flash:

xx, Tia

Monday, February 20, 2017

Thailand Day 3 - Grand Palace

On our third day in Thailand, we decided to go to Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Siam. It's one of the major architectural symbol in Thailand. We first went to the nearest BTS station from our hostel and then stopped at Saphan Taksin station, took Exit 2. Then we took the Chao Phraya Express Boat (the ones with green flag) to Ta Chang Pier (No. 9). With just a 5 minutes walk from the market nearby, we could easily spot the Grand Palace. The ticket cost 500 Baht for foreigners. After going out from Grand Palace, you should try coconut ice cream and mangoes. Just mangoes itself is very delicious. It's perfect after dealing with the sun lolThen, we decided to go straight back to the hostel, since our flight will be at 4 PM and I was really exhausted by just going around the Grand Palace under the hot sun, and sadly we didn't go to either Wat Pho nor Wat Arun :(

Here's my video about my trip to Grand Palace:

xx, Tia

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thailand Day 2 - Santorini Park

On our second day in Thailand, we went to Santorini Park in Cha Am, Hua Hin. If you know me well, I've been dreaming about going to Santorini, Greece. But unfortunately, until today, I still haven't checked that from bucket list. Then this photo of Santorini Park popped up when I was looking for nice places in Thailand. So I thought, it's a must to go to Santorini Park!

Santorini Park is located in Cha Am, Hua Hin, around 3 hours from Bangkok. There are few options to go to Santorini Park. First, you can go there by private car or taxi. And the second option is you go there by bus or van. If you want to go there by private car or taxi, you can either rent them via internet or near the minivan shuttle, but it costs you a little bit more expensive. If you're going there by bus, it takes you a long time to finally arrived in Cha Am. As I went to Santorini Park by minivan, I will tell you my whole journey to the east side of Thailand.

My mum, my sister, and I departed from the hostel at 6.30 AM in the morning, and took the BTS to Mo Chit station. After arriving at Mo Chit station, we walked to the nearest bus station and took the bus number 25. They dropped us at the bus terminal, and then we walked down the market and get in the waiting room inside the terminal building, and rented a minivan there. Actually, the van was slightly uncomfortable to my liking, and little did I know that they'll dropped us at the opposite of Santorini Park, which we had to walk across the toll road. A frikkin toll road, with lots of trucks passed by. We had to wait till the trucks passed by and /literally/ run our asses off to get to Santorini Park. I don't recommend you to go to Santorini Park by van if you're with your family. You'll prefer to go there by private car or taxi, although it's much more expensive. Now I know why the van is slightly cheaper. Duh.

I arrived at Santorini Park at 11 AM. (So you can estimate how long does it take to get to Cha Am from Bangkok). When I enter the area, I was mesmerized by all the white clean walls around the park. It's actually a theme park with waterventures and a hotel to stay in. I actually pretty much speechless because I really am lovin the place, so I won't go on with another story. Here's photos that I took at Santorini Park (beware: I upload A LOT of pics, since I can't really choose which one to upload, and they're all very pretty!!)

Here's a video about my trip to Santorini Park, Cha Am, Hua Hin:

xx, Tia