Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tulip Park Day

It was a very lazy Sunday...all of us woke up so late. Didn't really feel like going out, but it's always good to let Shahmeer play outside, sooooo we took him to this tulip park called Parc de l'Ind├ępendance in Morges.:)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happiness Is Chicken

Today we drove all the way to a village in Posat to eat in a famous small restaurant called Auberge de la Croix d'Or that serves.....fried chicken! Woohooooooooo! The area was so lovely that not only did we have great food, we also spent time walking around. Shahmeer was so happy too! :)

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Stroll With A Troll

Shahmeer really really loves to play outside, totally an outdoor kid, so it's becoming a regular thing everyday to spend the afternoon either in the park, the forest or in the playground hehe..and mommy will always dress up! :D

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Richest Poor Man

Even when you're feeling poor, giving whatever you have left for someone else feels so, so rewarding. Because other people's happiness makes us the happiest.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

26 Weeks & Feeling Jiggy

Schmiley Mo striped top, hubby's Boggi blazer, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, Prada bag, Gucci shoes

Monday, April 17, 2017

What I Wore Today

Stradivarius striped turtleneck top, hubby's H&M shirt, Prada bag, Staccato boots

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Four Days in Italy

Easter holiday is quite long over here in Europe, so hubby decided that we should spend the long weekend in...Italy! :)

We decided to go to two cities; Milan for shopping, and Bolzano specifically Val Di Funes to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the valleys and mountains.

Milan was of course amazing for its high-end brands (and I definitely drooled in Prada and Miu Miu), but I personally felt that the city was rather chaotic and messy, especially with the crazy parking happening on every inch of the streets, and the vandalism that is happening on every single wall that it really turns you off from taking street pictures. Of course there are cleaner places, but just some. Or maybe it's just me heheheh. And they really stare at you uncomfortably. But food is cheap here! :)

My favorite in Milan was Via Della Spiga; a charming street to walk down and admire the shops in. Expensive brands, but it has this really nice vibe and good for window-shopping and a nice stroll. Another favorite of mine was 10 Corso Como; a shopping and dining complex which shows and sells works of art, fashion, music, design, cuisine and culture. The items they have here are highly curated and definitely feeds an artsy soul. And oh, Fondazione Prada is definitely a must-visit! It is an institution chaired by Miuccia Prada dedicated to showcasing contemporary art and culture.

On the nature side, Val Di Funes was ah-ma-zing. Surrounded by the fascinating and world-famous Dolomites, this valley is definitely one of those places you guys should have on your bucket list.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Before I left for Switzerland, I managed to get myself this book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I’ve heard about this book before from a friend who recommended me to read it, and honestly, the words ‘tidying up’ did interest me because I myself am a tidy freak heheh.

So today, after 2 weeks of settling down here in Swiss, I finally had the time to just sit down and read. And I finished this book within the day because it was such a light read that made me not want to stop.

It is truly interesting on how about 90% of what Marie Kondo is teaching inside the book is what I have been applying in my own life myself. I was amazed on how our thinking are so much alike, I just did not realize that what I was doing for all this time was actually something that can be laid out like this. I really believe that ‘tidying up’ is healing, that having your house clean and well-organized is good for you body and mind, and that throwing things that you do not essentially need in life is a way to live light and healthy. I thought I was simply being a tidy freak, but no, being tidy is extremely essential to be happy in life.

Marie Kondo also teaches us about many techniques on how to store our items at home, including how to fold our clothes and socks. For example, she suggests to fold and keep our t-shirts vertically so that we can see our clothes better, therefore allows us to be fully aware on all the clothes we own – and ‘throw away’ the ones we no longer need or hardly wear. Keeping clothes this way is also more space-efficient, and reduces the amount of wrinkles on the fabric.

As for socks, Marie suggests to fold or roll them instead of balling them up. In her words; “if they are folded over, balled up or tied, they are always in a state of tension, their fabric stretched and their elastic pulled”. She believes that even fabric needs a ‘rest’, as funny as that sounds. But it’s true. So here is a better way to keep our socks:

Of course, there are so much more taught inside this book, and trust me, they are life-changing, just as the title suggests. I really recommend you guys to read this book because this book is really useful and happiness does start from a tidy home.

Because I love this book so much, I am giving away 5 (five) books for free. Simply share this blogpost link on your blog or Instagram before May 7th, 2017, and when you do, please use the hashtag #TheLifeChangingMagicOfTidyingUp and mention @bentangpustaka so I can track it. You can include any picture relevant to tidying-up, just make sure you include my blogpost link so that people can read about my book recommendation and hopefully start implementing the magic of tidying-up in their lives too...:)

If you're interested to buy this book instead, you can purchase it here. Muah!:)

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