HOLIDAY….on process..

due to some serious family problem, suddenly my parents decided to visit me in german!!! And once again i changed my profession from doctor to travel agent

it  is pure happiness for me to planning the whole itinerary  and to plan each little detail and make it as precise as possible. I love it!!!! to the point that the whole process of creating the itinerary sometimes becomes the best part of the whole holiday itself.

sigh…maybe i should quit my job as doctor – __-

recently i didnt felt the same spark anymore from my job. Maybe i just need a long good holiday and take a break from german.

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2nd Hair diary in Deutschland

I was really occupied with my new life here and after a long time I finally realized how horrible my hair had turned into. It was completely a huge chaotic hair color   -___-

the front side looked quite normal

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but the back side was absolutely awful!

My previous experience with hairdye was not very successful and I think I become somehow afraid to coloring my hair again. And also because I was simply too lazy to search for the good product LOL, but then seeing all those photos with such a horrible hair, I could not postponed it any longer.

So, I decided to colored my hair again ASAP. The 2nd question that popped was, which color? Black? Ash brown?

I swear I already bought 1 pack of l’oreal hair color ash brown. But then the next day, suddenly I craved for black hair. And just like that, I went again to the nearby Rossmann and buy this product. Schwarzkopf Brillance intensive color crème with blackred color.

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The tube from them was quite efficient to color my roots but it was hard to used to coloring my lower part. The next time I buy this product, I will cut the tube! Jeez! It made my entire bathroom so mezzy!

The smell was mild and bearable. But the color itself was really strong! For the entire 2 weeks, everytime I washed my hair, the water turned into red/pink color.

And here is the result.

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The last time I had black hair was 5 year ago!

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Under direct sunshine the red color will show up and looked pretty!

LOL my mom was freak out when I sent her this picture! She never thought that I will had black hair again after all those year of color and bleaching, and yet at the beginning she was totally against colored hair. She always said that my skin was too dark to had color hair.

But now? LOL she told me to coloring my hair again. She finds it was strange to saw her daughter with black hair.

After a month the black hair started to faded and turned into reddish brown. Suit me better in my opinion 🙂

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Japanese Viertel in Duesseldorf

Have I ever told you that I was crazy about Japanese food? It was absolutely frustrating for me that I could not find any authentic Japanese food in Dortmund. Lucky me, duesseldorf is the neighbor city from Dortmund! Every time I am craving for authentic sushi or ramen, duesseldorf is the answer. Aunthentic Japanese food created by japan people. can not asking for more!

So, if you go to duesseldorf , there is this small area that was called Japanese viertel located in Immermann strasse. It was area where you could find anything about japan. From restaurant, cafe, supermarket, bookstore, saloon to MAID CAFÉ and manga Café. And all the menu was available in 2 language, German and Japanese, ton of kanji and  hiragana katakana everywhere along the street. The first time I was here, I got this strong atmosphere that I was not in German but in Tokyo! Every little bit of corner was screaming JAPAN out loud.

I had tried several restaurant here and I will write my review:

  1. TAKUMI (ramen)

Everytime I googled what is the best ramen restaurant in Dusseldorf, the answer is always between takumi and naniwa. So I tried them both.

Takumi has a sapporo style’s ramen. The soup base was available in shoyu, shio and Miso. NO TONKOTSU based T_T too bad

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The soup was amazing, the meat was big disappointment. It was too dried.

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Gyoza was good, crunchy and delicious.

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  1. NANIWA (ramen)

Also no tonkotsu soup based T_T sigh…

The soup was similar with Takumi but the tasted is stronger

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The meat was much more better!

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Gyoza was better than takumi, but the appearance was a bit strange.

So in my side, I prefer NANIWA!

  1. NANIWA (sushi)

Right in front of naniwa ramen is the naniwa sushi. The sushi is absolutely delicious!!!! I could not asking for more. Totally authentic Japan.

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  1. Maruyasu

They sell many variant of japan food (bentos, sushi, soba and other cooked food).

The onigiri was delicious! And cheap LOL

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Sushi was so-so. Still better than the one I had in Dortmund though.The price is very friendly.

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the karaage was no-no. it looked amazing but no, it tasted really average.

  1. Café cerisier

I had tried Japanese cake before in Japan and it was the best cake I ever tried in my life. And I had big disappointment with this one. Does it taste delicious? Yes, absolutely. But does it taste like the one I had in Japan? No.

The store was joined together with the mod’s hair saloon and quite hard to noticed. It is a small store and yet very cozy. Love the atmosphere.

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The guanaja schokomousse was much much better than the mont blanc. The schoko cake tasted absolutely delicious with a mixture of bitter chocolate with vanilla cream. The gold leaf makes the appearance really beautiful.

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The mont blanc, it tasted so-so. To be fair, I am always a big fan of chocolate and not a big fan of nut. Maybe that is the main reason I don’t liked this one.

For the supermarket, I visited 2 supermarket, Dae yang and Shochiku. Daeyang is a hybrid between japan and korea, so you could find some of the korea authentic stuff here and they provided many variant snack and stuff, more than shochiku. But in other side Shochiku sold fresh fish (sashimi quality) and beef that was typical stuff for Japan market such as sukiyaki beef and unagi (YES UNAGI!!!). I also tried a cheese cake? I don’t quite sure but it tasted so GOOD!

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Buy furikake and pasta sauce too. It was soooo delicious! I will buy the mentaiko pasta sauce again!

Totally in love with this city! I totally recommend you readers too visited this small street and enjoy Japan in German.

Japan Tag 2016

Japan tag!!!!

Honest, I was really surprised when I found about this festival in Internet. It just show up from nowhere in my facebook timeline, and I was extremely thrilled! Japan festival in Germany!

So I booked my ticket and went there to enjoy my japan tag festival.

When I arrived in the train main station (hbf), the festive atmosphere was already spread to the entire city and the station! I could see many people walking in the street with costume (cosplay) and it was really a culture shock for me.

I had many experience with anime/cosplay festival in Indonesia and never ever I saw so many people with their full costume walking around happily in the street as if it was normal thing to do. And no one starred at them with judgmental or pervert eyes. I could not imagine what will happened if people with their costume walking in the street in Indonesia LOL

My entire plan was spend the day in the festival area near the river. BUT. That day was quite hot and I was occupied with so many delicious food in the street toward the main stage, and I ended up arriving too late to the main stage T_T seriously Dusseldorf is definitely a heaven for japan’s food lover! The sushi and ramen are very authentic and delicious. I will post about it in my next post.

There were many booth that was already closed and I could only enjoyed a few but it was really interesting. From cultural show, traditional dance, kimono showcase, to nandaroid, action figure and cosplay properties.

The cosplayer were extremely cool! Very friendly and good looking *blush*

Favorit of the day was the assassin creed cosplay team. Super mega cool!!!!!

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And special pose only for me 😛

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Have I ever told you that I had zombie fetish? If the world must come to end, please make it zombie apocalypse and I would gladly be eaten by zombie LOL

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he was very friendly and posed in front of camera even though i was to shy too asked him to posed for me!

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The zombie cosplayer was very friendly despite the gore appearance LOL they even play with the children

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Naruto girl version and kakashi sensei, both looks very gorgeous!

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Darthvader!!!!! My favorite villain ever

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Many cosplayer and people wore this big sign “FREE HUG” and apparently there was free hug event toward the evening.

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TONS of  people in the street!

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Beautiful side of Dusseldorf

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the sky that day was very pretty blue, just like a paint of brush

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after this pose, strong wind blew my hat! and it falled to the restaurant below the bridge and i punched my husband eyes when i tried to catch my hat. I swear it was unintentional LOL

the closing event was the super spectacular 25 minute fireworks show. This was my first firework show that have meaning behind all those beautiful show. The theme of this year was “tree, flower, animal-world of nature”. They consist of 5 scene:

  1. Opening show, thunder
  2. Blue ocean
  3. Plant and animal
  4. Rainbow
  5. Final, gold rain

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It was beyond speech, everything was very beautiful and grandiose. Absolutely perfect closure to wrap the entire day.

 

cherry blossom festival in Dortmund

another post to celebrated the beauty of spring

in nearby park from Dortmund, there was this small cultural festival called kirschbluetenfest cherry blossom festival in english. As part of the japanese culture, they always celebrated cherry blossom/sakura during the early April and to honour this tradition, they will created sakura festival here in Dortmund.

thanks God that day the sun smiling so bright! seeing so many beautiful sakura tree, basicly it was dream comes true!

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they also planned 200 new cherry blossom tree! i could not imagine, maybe in the next 5 year the park will be covered by pink petals!

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in the entire park they also had a booth to introduced japan culture to the locals, such as go (traditional board game), calligrafy,  and also wishing tree.

there is also a cultural show like taiko, ikebana, and kimono show, but unfortunately i was too late to come T_T sigh

i will definitely come again next year!

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and a LOL moment, when i saw this street, my mind just go direct to nami island LOL this line of tree really are similiar with the tree from Winter sonata!

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my first spring in Germany

For someone who spend 28 year in tropical land, spring is something that I could never experienced before. I had experienced winter and fall before during my holiday. In my case, i never ever will be a fan of snow or winter. I hate cold. As for fall, it is indeed such a beauty, but spring is the winner. Spring is officially my favorite season of the year!

All the flowers are totally mesmerizing! But the one that really stole my heart is this pink small flower. SAKURA!

I totally adore Sakura since I was small. Reading all those manga from Japan, they always mention about how beautiful this small flower. It was quite hard for me to imagine how could one big tree had no leave and instead covered by small pink flower. But after witnessing it by my own eyes, i totally understand why so many people fall in love with sakura.

Near where I live, there was this street, and the whole street had a long array of sakura tree! OMG! The first time I saw it, I scream out loud, screaming from the top of my lung “SAKURAAAA!!!!”

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I had a pink carpet beneath my foot!

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totally envy the owner of this houses, i could not imagine the joy of gazing on the beauty of sakura direct from your window every day!

 

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This spring was totally dream comes true for tropical child who totally love manga and anime like me. Everything was so pink and dreamy!

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The only sad thing was, it only last for 2 weeks T_T after that it turn into normal tree sigh…. Need to wait for another 1 year to enjoy this magnificent view

1st hair diary in Deutschland

Another hair journey of mine

This time I was having a really had great doubt to dye my hair. I was considering to dye my hair to black and just playing safe. Why? Because I had hard time to choose new brand to replace my favourite brand ever. LIESE.

Previously I had tried many cream hairdye from Europe brand, and honestly speaking, I still think the japan brand are definitely the best.

Another hair dye that I had tried before is the hair dye foam from Schwarzkopf, and the result was quite good. That’s why this time I choose another hair dye foam from Schwarzkopf. The perfect mousse in chocolate souffles color or in Deutsch, helles schokogold/ light chocolate gold. Quite a safe color to experience.

The positive side:

  1. The smell! I could not smell the annoying chemical at all. It was just like what they said in the box, free amonia.
  2. Easy to used
  3. My hair was not so damaged as when I used the other hairdye

The negative side:

  1. It was SO TINY! My hair is only medium length, and yet I could not used it to dye all my hair. I need 2nd box, and I didn’t have it. Completely disaster T_T
  2. My root was still dark T__T it didn’t penetrated my black hair

 

As you can see from the picture, this time my hair was..err… a little bit chaotic. The next time I used this product I will definitely buy 2 box. BUT then again, it was completely unexpected for my medium hair length.

Sigh…I really don’t know what should I do with my hair next T__T