Be You (tiful)

[Monthly Quote]

Be You

Hey Humans!

Let’s talk about self confidence. I understand that in life we just want to fit in. We all want to be noticed, and some people are just a natural at it, but some aren’t. I’m honestly a very awkward person when it comes to socializing. I can be very good at it, but most times I get the urge that I’m trying too hard and I realize that I’m not being myself. I’ve began to realize especially in making new friends, is that when you try too hard to be friends with someone and you turn into someone you’re not, then fate says that that is not where you belong. I feel like everyone deserves a place or someone that shapes them into a person they naturally are supposed to be. That is where you get to find your own happiness.

I remember getting anxious in the morning before school because I was always afraid of a ‘friend’ getting mad at me. But then years and years afterwards I realized that I could choose the people I want to keep. When you overthink something and you get scared by just the thought of it, think again. Is it because you’re scared you’ll fail and disappoint other people, or yourself? If it is because you’re scared of other people, they ain’t worth your time! Your time is yours, you get to choose what you want to do with it. If your answer is because you’re scared of disappointing yourself, I’m 80% sure you’re on the right track and one day you’ll never regret doing what you’re doing.

But honestly it’s alright to make mistakes, that’s life! Without making mistakes, you can’t be a better you. So don’t ever be scared of being who you want to be just because you’re afraid of failing. Be true to yourself, find the people who would care for who you are, and find a place your heart has been searching all this time.

So be you! By being you that is where your true beauty comes from. Beyoutiful.

Cya soon,

Syra 🙂

Confident by Demi Lovato

[Weekly Jam]

Hey Humans!

This song is absolute power. When I’m feeling scared or anything, I start remember this song and start singing “What’s wrong with being confident?”. That couldn’t be more true. Look away from those evil minions in your life, you’ve got better things to be great at, while they’re just busy doing useless. Just remember that it’s alright to be confident! You have a voice, a mind, an idea, be confident and let it out!

Cya soon,

Syra 🙂

Beauty of West Sumatra, Indonesia (5/7)

Hey Humans!

28 December 2011,

Today we’re finally going to look around Padang. So this morning, a driver that we booked came to our hotel to pick us up. We planed to go to Solok today, it’s a really long drive from here.

When we got to the place, one thing I learned here and why actually tourists don’t want to come to Indonesia, we have to pay for everything! We pay for getting into places, parking, toilets, and then there’s beggars. Once you give money to the beggars, they ask for more. And the view? Great! But poor thing Indonesia don’t take care places for tourism, so this place was not a really great place to sit down and relax.

On the way home, I saw something really scary. So there’s this person, umm… Sitting on top of the bridge of a railway. just look at the picture. (Sorry it’s kind of blurry)

See the red circle? Yep, that’s him. How did he get up there?

Cya soon,

Syra 🙂

Kill ’em With Kindness by Selena Gomez

[Weekly Jam]

Hey Humans!

I’ve been thinking about the saying “kill them with kindness” which Selena Gomez always say and she even made a song for it. It’s when you act nice to people although they treat you badly. It’s like you prove them wrong that whatever they do to you, it won’t impact you in any way. By that then this person would feel humiliated that they can’t be a better person. So that is what I think “kill them with kindness” means. Selena Gomez’s song to me has really great lyrics and it represented very well of what it means and what she’s trying to say to people. Overall, I’m really into her new album “Revival”, she’s done a great job. I’ve followed her music from before she even had a first album, and this album is by far the best. She’s improved so well with her voice. Bravo!

Cya soon,

Syra 🙂

Chicken Legs With Lemon and Honey

Hey Humans!

I’ve been cooking more recently. Resulting in saving more money and eating healthier food. Which to me is a great deal for a student. This time I want to share my experience in cooking chicken legs with soy sauce, lemon, and honey.

What do you need?

  1. 3-4 Chicken legs (however you want really!)
  2. 3tbsp Soy Sauce
  3. 1/2 Lemon (Less or more depending on preference)
  4. 3 tbsp Honey (Less or more depending on preference)
  5. Pinch of Salt
  6. 1 garlic clove
  7. Olive Oil
  8. Pan

What do you do?

  1. Heat your pan on medium heat. When it’s hot enough add your olive oil (just enough to cover the base of your pan) and add you garlic clove all chopped up. Leave it for a 1-2 minutes until you smell the garlic.
  2. Place your chicken legs on the pan and leave it for around 3 minutes until chicken adds a bit of color
  3. Add your soy sauce, lemon, honey, and salt! Leave it in while checking your chicken and flipping em around. If the sauce is too thick, slowly add water.
  4. Cook chicken for 20 minutes and it should be cooked. Check the inside by cutting the middle.

I’m not a great cook, I’m still learning. But this was sure fun to make! I’ve tried making this twice. My first try the chicken wasn’t cooked all the way to the middle, but the taste was really great! It was sour but I didn’t really get much of the honey taste. My second try the chicken cooked all the way, but it didn’t taste as great as the first try. So this is really a trial and error process, this is why I tell you to experiment on your own preference! If you’re really going to try this out, good luck!

Cya soon,

Syra 🙂

Here by Alessia Cara

[Weekly Jam]

Hey Humans!
This here is a breakout artist. While I was googling her name I was shocked to see her age is the same as mine! She’s born on the same year as me. Such a young artist and making good music, bravo! I’ve had dreams of being someone like her, but that’s just not my fate. So I’m so proud to see someone so young to be great. Her name is Alessia Cara and her recent hit song is ‘Here’. I just love it. As to what I pictured, this song is about someone who feels like they don’t fit in and they wonder “What am I doing here?”. Honestly I understand that feeling so much, because I’m mostly silent and I would just observe my surroundings. Then I realize the weirdest things in life and people. I hope this makes sense hmm… Anyways, great music, great lyrics!

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Cya Soon,

Syra 🙂

Never Too Much Candles

Hey Humans!

I’ve been obsessed with candles! They help keep me calm and focus. After the many candles I’ve tried, there are love and hate relationships through them all. So here are my candles, and the pros and cons of them.

IMG_6324I hate it when candles burn uneven! The sides! That is a lot of wax left that I can’t burn anymore obviously because the wick is dead. But that bothers me so much! Well, I honestly don’t really like this scent either. I don’t like that the scent isn’t strong enough for a room. I’m not going to stick my nose on top of the candle to smell it! A part from that, I love the glass package! Definitely going to reuse this.

IMG_6327Next is how much I hate it when a candle doesn’t burn until finish because the wick is shorter than the wax! I love this candle so much. I got this from ikea, I can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s such a nice flower scent. Not like the mainstream jasmine scent though. Oh and the glass and lid are so pretty! But….. The wick died before I could finish this beautiful scented candle! I’m so sad…

NoIMG_6195w this candle here is so hard for me to burn. So hard because I love it so much! In this picture it looks squeaky clean, but I swear I’ve burnt it a few times now. This is a 3 wick candle, so it burns evenly. The lid is such a pretty metallic. And I love the scent! It’s like nature. If you’ve read my blog before, I love being in the nature. So having this candle brings calm to me. This is very similar to the Bath and Body Works 3 wick candle. I’ve never bought a BBW candle because it’s twice the price they sell in Indonesia.

IMG_6332This is my favorite candle of all! Lemon? My favorite! And I’m so glad of how strong this is for a room. Even if I leave it open in a room, you can smell it when you walk by. This is only a 1 wick candle, and it still burns evenly because of the big wick. But funny how the jar looks now after burning it a long time. But besides that, I love this candle!

IMG_6200I have a lot of others left in the closet.. And I’ll be sure to be making something out of all the glass and jars of these candles! I might make a DIY post someday? Well if you want to see them all come over to my youtube channel and watch the video! Oh and don’t forget to leave your path by liking and subscribing. Oh and I’ve attached the video at the bottom of this post. Give it some love!

Cya soon,

Syra 🙂

It’s A Birthday Thing

Hey Humans!

So last September was a birthday month for me. Not that it’s my birthday, but there were 3 birthdays of my close friends and my mom and dad’s 25th wedding anniversary! It was such a festive month of presents. Then one day I got so bored and wanted to re-decorate my wall, and it turned out something like a birthday decoration. And another funny thing is I like wrapping presents with something other than wrapping paper with printed images. So….. I bought crepe paper. I was looking for the color blue, because my friend likes blue. I couldn’t find a blue crepe paper, so…. I bought yellow, which is my favorite color! Hahahhaha. I was like “at least if they don’t like the color, I do”. I know, I’m weird..

This post is going to turn up into an ‘idea’ post. You might find an idea for a birthday party, or wrapping gifts, or even gift ideas! Okay, without further ado… What are gift ideas for a friend? Boyfriend? Mom and dad? How should I wrap it?

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First is a gift I and my friend gave to my best friend. She loves make up so much, and I couldn’t keep track of her make up collection. Instead of giving her more make ups, we bought her a beauty book. Which she has been wanting the imported beauty books. I wrapped it in a crepe yellow paper. I did not use any sticky tape because I wanted to have a sleek elegant finished wrapping. So I used glue to stick ’em together. Tied it up with a ribbon, and I actually made a bow out of crepe paper.

page3Second is a gift I bought my boyfriend. I got him a custom guitar pick with his signature which is also printed on his custom guitar. So I thought it was cool to steal his guitar signature and got it custom-ed on a guitar pick. You can’t actually use it, but it could be nice as a necklace pendant. Things like these I think is really nice, a lot of thought put into, and it’s not that expensive either. I got it wrapped with the left yellow crepe paper I had, tied it with a ribbon, and this time I didn’t make a bow, obviously because the box was too small for a bow. So I made small flowers out of (again) crepe paper. I’m so obsessed with crepe paper. You get a lot with a small amount of money!

Last is what did I give to my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary? It was a very sentimental gift. I worked hard on thinking of ideas. I made them a video of me and my brother’s childhood. My dad used to film on a tape handy-cam back in the day, so I figured to collect them and combine them. Then I put in photos in chronological order until now. I put in on how we’ve all grown and all of our achievements. It got me in so much tears on the whole editing process. I even got my brother to record a message through video because he lives overseas. So even without wasting any money, you can still give a great gift!

pageOh, and this is what my wall looks like! I thought it would be funny, I’ll be re-decorating it again soon.

Cya soon,

Syra 🙂

Beauty of West Sumatra, Indonesia (4/7)

Hey Humans!

27 December 2011,

Too sad, this is our last day in Cubadak Island and we had to leave at 10 am. We went straight to packing, breakfast, and said goodbye to the people on the island; especially Dominique, Nanni, and Marco. Then we got on a boat where there were 3 other families on the boat too. So, that was the end of our trip in Cubadak Island….. Will be missed.

DurianBut, our trip in Padang isn’t over yet. Our next stay is; Pangeran Beach Hotel. On the way, we got some durian. I’m not a huge fan of durian, so I didn’t eat any. My brother and dad really liked it, they said it was sweet and good, even my mom who usually don’t eat durian said it was good.

We got to the hotel, it’s a 4 star hotel, but I gotta say, it’s just like all those other standard hotels. But there’s a gym, and a swimming pool right next to the beach. You can’t swim on the beach though, ‘cause the tide is big here.

Since we’re hungry, we got lunch. We’re in Padang! And we haven’t exactly ate real traditional Padang food! So we went on a public transportation (here we call it “angkot”) to a restaurant.

At night, we went to a kind of seafood restaurant right next to a beach. I ate shrimp, didn’t eat fish because I don’t really like fishes. I also got itchy because of my allergies (I really don’t know what I’m allergic to).

A view from our hotel window. Padang is well-known for the pointy roof tops.
Dinner is served, Bon Appetit!

Cya soon,

Syra 🙂

Photograph by Ed Sheeran

[Weekly Jam]

Hey Humans!
I know this song has been around for a very long time, and I could’ve had this in the weekly jam if I had this segment earlier. But this song deserves it! It is Photograph by Ed Sheeran. Ed Sheeran is one of THE BEST musician. I love how he can work the loop station with his guitar and voice, and do it live in front of thousands of people! He’s a one man band, but he amazingly can make it sound so huge. I myself have a loop station, although I use mine to experiment with my violin. But damn, using a loop station is hard! Once you get the beat wrong, it goes wrong all the way. So bravo Ed for playing it live in front of thousands and thousands of people! Come by to Indonesia, I’ll definitely HAVE TO WATCH!

PhotographCya soon,

Syra