happy birthday, you!

sami's birthday is actually on december 22, but we postponed celebrating it until he's in town on december 24 :) nataya and i had prepared a present for him, but nataya ruined the surprise by telling her dad (when we're greeting him on the phone on the D-day) what we had bought a day before. booohoooo! but cute at the same time. lol.

i didn't bake any cake, sorry! but i did managed to buy a slice of mille feuille from the strudels factory, his favorite ;)

the pic explains itself :)
the present ;)

yup that's the candle :))
yup, THAT's the candle!

um, what's inside?
"oh, what's inside?" -- fake expression :))

tiny birthday cake!
yummy cake ;) --ignore the tape ;)

family picture :P
of course, girl.. you can have it :))


cirebon trip

we decided to have a short trip to cirebon on our anniversary weekend (17.11.10 until 20.11.10). cirebon is a small city located at the far east of the west java, near the borderline between the West and Central of Java. you may google if you want to know more about the city ;)

we prepared everything for the trip about a month before (after browsing here and there), like: buying train-tickets for the departure, making travel-car reservations to get back home and booking a room-hotel. both sami and i haven't been to cirebon yet, and we do know nothing about the city itself (except from the internet). that should be very exciting! ;)

we went from bandung by harina train, a long-distance night train from bandung to semarang (central of java). the train was scheduled at 8:30PM, but it went off about 15 minutes later. 

nataya enjoyed the ride very much. she got very excited from the very beginning, she just can't wait to get on board :)) she loves her seat very much and enjoyed every minute of it: drinking milk, reading books that we brought along, drawing on the table-built in the seat until she felt sleepy and finally slept with her head on my lap. the air-conditioning was very chilly, so she was covered with 2 layers of blankets (and so was her mom, hehe).


we arrived at cirebon past midnight, around 1:30AM. since the hotel was just 200 meters away from the train-station, we decided to take a walk. after checking in, we went straightly to bed ;)

the next day, after having breakfast at the hotel, we did a city tour: pasar kanoman, keraton kanoman, cirebon harbour, seafood lunch, then having sate kalong for dinner. we went around the city by angkot and becak. nataya enjoyed everything although it was very sunny (and i mean VERY), hot and humid. so for dinner she got KFC chicken and 20-minutes playing at the KFC playground. well, since the places that we visited were mostly the parents interest, she deserved an award for being super-nice! ;)

(day 1) pasar kanoman
(day 1) pasar kanoman
(day 1) in front of the vihara
(day 1) keraton kanoman
(day 1) pelabuhan cirebon

pity, that it was not the right time to visit the keraton kanoman (kanoman palace). we couldn't get inside every corner of the place. we were just allowed to enter the museum, main hall, and terrace which was located in front of the keraton area.

the second day was started with nasi jamblang at the harbour for breakfast. it was damn good. everything in it was just yummy! ;)

(day 2) breakfast

after that, we stopped by at the pasar, then continued our trip to trusmi village by becak (yes, a 30-minute trip by becak. the three of us in one becak!). trusmi is a village of cirebon's batik shops and workshops. sounds boring to nataya, hahaha.

(day 2) trusmi

luckily we found a shop which provided a restaurant with a small playground, clean toilets and musholla. oh heaven. so mommy could do the shopping while dad and kid were busy in the playground ;)

tired of batik hunting, we went back to the hotel. took a rest then get ready for the afternoon walk to the bakery nearby the hotel, continued to the city hall, and seafood dinner at h.moel. we really wanted to try mie koclok, one of cirebon's signature dish, but the place was closed since it was Idul Adha. we went there twice. too bad.

(day 2) bakery
(day 2) alun-alun

the third day--the last day, time to take pictures of the train-station, continued with empal gentong for breakfast.

(day 3) train-station
(day 3) train-station

we had KFC for lunch, delivered to hotel, then checked out around 12 noon. and got picked up by the travel-car not long after. the traffic wasn't very smooth, we got in a traffic jam around cadas pangeran-sumedang until cibiru before entering bandung. but we arrived safe and sound at our house in bandung at 6PM. and it was sooo good to be back home :P 

after all, we all enjoyed the trip! even nataya. she kept on telling stories about the train, hotel, travel-car, and becak ;)

more pictures, check out the flickr set!

this used to be their playground

my grandmother from my mother's side used to live in jakarta, but because of this and that, she has decided to move in with her sister, who lives alone in an old house in bandung.

generation to generation has been living in this house. the last generation who lives here were my grandmother's sister and her husband. but after her husband passed away last year, she then lives alone in that old-style big house. a house which has many rooms with high ceilings, you know those kind of old-style houses. both my grandmothers decided to sell the house because of the high-maintanance, and moving into a smaller house. but they haven't found a buyer yet nor a new house.

meanwhile, they're already starting to pack and give away old things that are scattered all over the house. me? instantly happy to explooore the house looking for goodies to steal. hahaha. like these chairs ;) i'm sure no one would like to have these. see.. :))

3 stooges

this is the current living room of the house, which is daily quiet (no one's around). the picture was taken on Idul Adha day, when the family gathered around after the morning prayer.

and i got these from exploring! ;)

old stamp
old stamp

surely no other grandchild would be happy having them like i do :P next mission: the iron stamps! got the info from my mother who told me that the family once owned a set of those stamps which was used to mark the kitchen utensils. oh! very next mission! :))

cake stand

would this cookie-tray match the next tea-party i'll be throwing? hmmm..
cookie tray by mjolk (via poppytalk)



amazing 5 years of us. ups and downs. goods and bads. oh. it wouldn't be nothing without you :) i love you  
(flashback) 19.11.05
one of the wedding pictures; taken a day after the wedding.


pasta never fails me

spaghetti hot spicy
couldn't forget the taste of warung pasta's hot & spicy spaghetti, i made myself one at home a few days afterwards with some balado udang left-overs found in the fridge :P
sauteed some chopped garlic and kaffir lime leaves, stirred in the balado, adding some salt and a little bit of italian herbs and finally mix in the boiled spaghetti while hot.
the taste was um.. okay, still spicy and hot though it wasn't as hot as the warung pasta's. but the home-made one had some potatoes and stinky beans in it. that's because balado udang has them for sure and that made the dish a bit weird. LOL. never mind, let's say i was creating a fushion dish :P


my first bazaar

as far as i remember, this was my first bazaar, i think. well at least the first one for k.e.d (kotak emas design)--my label in designing paper goods.

together with ienk/rupa sulam, niken/sachi kids & home apparel, and rima, i openend a booth at the pasar seni itb 2010. i was selling handmade journals, notebooks, blank cards, and engraved pencils. though they weren't sold out, but (i think) they made a good response from people.

the 12-month-journal. block-binded with various handmade cloth cover. inside pages were designed by k.e.d, finalize with high quality offset printing.

the 12-month-journal. block-binded and covered with handmade leather cover. inside pages are the same as the cloth cover journals.

displaythe notebooks. hand-printed covers and hand-binded for finishing. one pack consisted of 3 color covers.
displaythe hand-printed blank greeting cards (hanging at the above line). one pack consisted of 5 designs with an envelope each.
displaythe digital-printed blank greeting cards (hanging at the below line). one pack consisted of 5 designs with an envelope each.

the engraved pencils with 3 kind of sayings: (1) do or do not. there's no try (taken from master yoda's/star wars saying), (2) words are sharper than a knife, (3) there's time for everything. turn off the tv.
the blank cards. the small square ones are off-set printed. one pack consisted of 6 designs with an envelope each.
made the paper bunting and garland based on this tutorial.
a customer :)
with vira, one of the happy customers.
and alfa, who also buy k.e.d stuff :) -- picture taken from vira's FB photo album

and finally the designer, the crafter, the producer, the shopkeeper, yup it's a one (wo)man show, haha. well with (a lot) of help from sami, thank you dear. -- picture taken from vira's FB photo album.

thank you so much for those who did stop by and purchasing k.e.d! forget to take pics of each of you, sorry.

and if you readers want to buy some of the products just comment on this post or just email me to kotak.emas.design(at)gmail.com. thanks :)


what we've been doing lately

the sketchbook for nataya's 4th birthday goodie bag was some of our trial and error in doing screen-printing at home. both of us don't have any experience in it. so after browsing here and there, including tarlen's article, we decided to give a try. and we like it! thus bring us an idea to make some more (with another design) for the pasar seni itb 2010

so since then, maybe since the early of september, we did screen-printing at home on weekends. besides notebooks, we also produced screen-printed blankcards/greeting cards. and besides the screen-printed stuff, i also made some 12-month-journals with cloth covers and leather covers.

so forgive me for the lack of posting. i am not very good in multitasking. LOL. cannot do crafting and blogging while taking care of the house AND the kid.

hopefully i could post more pictures tomorrow, when everything's done--neatly packaged, ready to be sold. hopefully i could make it ALL on time. hopefully.

meanwhile, this might be a kind of sneak peek. picture was taken on 19 september 2010 when sami was screen-printing one of the greeting cards design.
screen printing at home


new way of saying

thank you :) 
we received this from oma anna about a week ago.

on nataya 
looking good on nataya. adding to her hairpins collection :P


happy birthday, nataya

nataya's turning 4 today :) the day went smoothly. she behaved very well all day. she seemed to understand that it's her special day and she didn't want to ruin it :)

waking her up with presents from sami and i: a set of play cash register and weights, some paints, and a set of 'how to draw mickey mouse and friends'. happy she was opening them all :)

nataya, 4th birthday
we held a small party at school with her classmates. blowing a 4-candle on a strawberry shortcake. actually sami planned to bake one for her but we decided to buy one instead because sami couldn't be in bandung in time for the party. so it was just ata and i (and her classmates + teachers, off course). but it was ok, nataya didn't make it hard at all! good girl :)

nataya, 4th birthdayhappy birthday, girl! be good, sweetie. be stronger, happier, smarter and everything. hopefully i could be there always for you watching you grow. love you, nataya!

nataya, 4th birthday
playing with the present all day long, over and over again :)

nataya, 4th birthdaythe goodie bag: custom-made pencil, sketchbook, pouch by k.e.d, a choice of kid's fave character (snoopy, hello kitty, kerokeropi, doraemon, and mickey mouse) rubber stamp, and small juice.


sibebo's flowers

to wear on eid mubarak day :)

i ordered them to wear on the eid mubarak day. the stripe blossom is for me while the roses are for nataya. after a loooong journey, they were finally in my arms ;) not to worry, it wasn't sibebo's fault nor the courier's, it was purely the error receiver :))

nataya's looking pretty in the rose, but she wore it only in the morning, as soon as we arrived the family gathering's place, she put it off :( and gave it to mommy. (see picture on the previous post)

trial, the rose matches the milk :D
this was a day before eid mubarak day, doing the trial, she wore it long enough :) 

and these are our outfit on the day. how about it? does it look good on me? ;)

selamat idul fitri!

wow it's been so long since the last post. so sorry :( but things have been very c r a z y. this and that, this and that, ladada, ladididi. huff. 

shame on me for sending this late late idul fitri greetings to all of you. it's been almost  a week. oh my!

anyway, happy idul fitri to all of you who's celebrating. may Allah SWT bless us and hopefully we could meet the beautiful Ramadhan next year :)

selamat idul fitri!
nataya and her cousin, alisha on Idul Fitri day, before going to sami's family gathering. and yes nataya is wearing one of the sibebo's rose pin ;)


dad + kid

astonishing. when i was busy reading something on the web, nataya was busy doodling on a piece of paper. i didn't notice. i thought she was just making lines or so. but when i closed my laptop to see what's she's doing. o my god. she showed me her drawing and it was pretty clear. not just lines looking like loose thread :P she told me that it's a kid and his/her dad. so sweet.
nataya's drawing

and it's not her first time drawing a dad+kid scene. a few months ago she did this, dad+kid whale. ah her daddy must be so proud :)
nataya's drawing