March 16, 2017
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Home, House, Imagination

When I was 12 years old (I hope I remember that age correctly), I imagined of having a small cabin to live with my four best friends: Rosi, Ana, Nana, Nanik.

Then at the age of 22 I want to have a big two-storey house with luxurious furniture where I can welcome friends to chat things.

Getting older, around 35 I just wanted to have a house. Just a house, any kind of house as I was so tired of renting rooms. And, thanks God I bought a tiny home near  river bank. A small house with two bedroom, enough for me an my cat to live in. It has a small garden to the right side of it – small, really small full with sand for neighborhood cats to poo and play. It has free walls inside for my orchids to hang…. And the front wall for my wijayakusuma to bloom happily. And, it has comfortable space for friends and family to stay overnight or just pay a short visit.

I am so thankful for what I am given in my life. I hope I still have a chance to share more with all my frineds and family and all animals around me.

Light is coiling around me, praying for the best.

My house is there to pray for me…. I’m here somewhere praying for my house.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you….

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Erawan, Bangkok – March 16, 2017 – 22:16

January 1, 2017
rike jokanan

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Chocolate Cake – Ready Ingredients

January 1, 2017

Isn’t it so exciting to welcome a new cycle? Hmmm…. It is an agreed cycle, don’t complain. It is what we believe the first day of another new year. Let’s just take it for granted to make my writing short…. 🙂

Yes, it is my first day of the processes of the making of my chocolate cake of success.

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Picture is borrowed from http://www.livinthepielife.com/2010/12/chocolate-sheet-cake-with-toasted-pecans/

All are checked and ready! All are good ingredients. In my real life, they are my ideas, thoughts, projects, inteligence, optimism, determination, and faith to God.

Day #1 is well done.

What’s next?

Tools! Ok, let’s find them. Remember, those should be the cleanest and every one of them should be ready.

Ok…. See you later when I have those tools with me, Friends!

Singapore – January 1, 2017 – 5:00am

December 31, 2016
rike jokanan

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2017 – Resolution….

New Year is coming…. Again!

Excitement is always there in the cut of a new cycle. Reviewing what’s past, planning what will be…. All emotions are forced to mix just like egg, flour, sugar, milk in a bowl of dough. Just remember putting the right measurement.

So, what baking is for 2017?

Making a chocolate cake, people would want to make a physically beautiful cake tasting good. People love a cake that looks pretty and tastes delicious, am I right?

Like making a beautiful and delicious chocolate cake, that’s what I want my life a head especially my 2017 be like.

I’ve gotta….
Prepare the best ingredients and know how much each of them is needed;
Get ready with the cleanest and most complete tools;
Spend good time in the kitchen;
Concentrate to the processes, never miss any one and do it as instructed;
Be patient.
My chocolate cake is my success in 2017.

Whatever I do, I succeed. And, I know as long as I have the proportion of ingredients and correct processes, I will!

Ok, Friends. Let’s get the ball rolling.

2017, I welcome you…. Please welcome me and be nice to this self.

Gotta spread the love and joy!

Success, success, success!

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Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons King Arthur Flour Black Cocoa, optional
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup strong black coffee (I used Green Mountain Coffee’s Vermont Country Blend)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to make:
– Heat oven to 180°F.
– Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set aside.
– In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa(s), baking soda, baking powder and salt.
– Mix on low until dry ingredients are thoroughly combined.
– Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes; the batter will be thin.
– Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
– Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
– Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
– Cool completely.
– Frost as desired.

Featuring: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/the-best-chocolate-cake-recipe/
Picture is also taken from the same website. Thank you!!!

Singapore – December 31, 2016 – 6:06pm

December 4, 2016
rike jokanan

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The Maestro – a unique antique

This time I’m talking about one artist, a true artist from my beloved country, Indonesia. He is truly one of his kind. How he composed his works, the way he expresses his ideas and feeling, the way he dresses, all his ways are just unique.

Sudjiwo Tejo is a “dalang”, a puppeteer whose puppet shows are performed or written while modified in such a way to make the original plot and real life situations intertwined. Mostly he conditions the current political issues into his shows, writing, music and paintings. 

He is at the same time a mathematician whose logics are incredibly artistic – my goodness! One of his beautiful statement is: Math: Finding Harmony in Chaos. He presented the topic in 2011 TED Talks in Bandung. He is a badass, genius and deserves a presidency like what he is in his imaginary country “Republik Jancukers”.
Many people think he is “just” a crazy artist seeking his way to the true ways (which is one? Please tell me.) but I’d like to say this maestro is more than what he seems to be. He’s an artist, a scientist, a man of his word, a revolutionist, a country lover, an honest human being.

I might not be able to say accurate things about him using words but one thing for sure: he is a free thinker in my version.

I need not to find someone from other parts of the world to know what it takes to be a smart human being, uniquely smart, a unique antique: the President of The Republic of Jancukers, SUDJIWO TEJO.


Soetta before Changi – December 4, 2016 – 18:46 (JKT time)

December 3, 2016
rike jokanan

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Retail Therapy – a noisy silence

It’s been a busy year and I know my years ahead are gonna at least as busy as 2016 or even more…. Exciting!

And Singapore is always busy like me. There is always holiday event every month and that’s why discount is kind of never ending. This is November and people are some celebrating Thanksgivings, some are welcoming the Christmas. All the decoration and lighting on the road, at the malls, around the parks, just everywhere are glowing and luring us people stay outside of the homes. Singaporeans are as busy as Singapore. Exciting!

But the excitement is such a contagion from the vibe to people and from people to more people. What I’m trying to say is more people stay outside of houses and stay in the malls instead. Shopping! Ok, at least eating. Or, just sightseeing – window shopping. 

I then enjoyed the vibe of shopping. To get Ris of stresses they say…. but no, it is not really that. I was not in stress at all. It was just that I found that some of my wishes should be realised. I’ve been so harsh and stingy to myself for the past four years. Excited!

The decision was made and ought to be executed. 😂

A suitcase, many pieces of clothes and fabric, scarves, shoes, sandals, gadgets, blah blah, blah blah and of course books!

Then I felt so light.

My goodness! Did I just say I’m light! I means I was stressed before shopping. Hmm…. Gosh, I just committed a retail theraphy while – I said – I was not in stress! Interesting!

So, don’t take it for granted  when you think you are not in stress and you just want to buy what you need. Think twice. Otherwise, you’ll end up drying out your wallet.


Singapore – December 3, 2016 – 2:58am

October 28, 2016
rike jokanan

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Mengalah (in Bahasa Indonesia)

Kata temanku aku tidak terbiasa mengalah. Mungkin benar, mungkin salah. Benar karena profesiku sebagai auditor identik dengan cari-cari salah orang dan harus mempresentasikan “kesalahan” tersebut secara sistematik dikemas apik sehingga yang disalahkan tetap mau ikhlash disuruh memperbaiki kesalahannya dalam waktu singkat secara akurat.

Salah karena sesungguhnya aku banyak sekali berkompromi terhadap tujuan hidup orang lain di luar pekerjaan. Saya biarkan orang yang seharusnya bertanggung-jawab terhadap kami para perempuan di keluarga kami “ucul” menikmati kenikmatannya sendiri malahan seringkali membebani kami mulai dari beban pikiran, perasaan maupun materi. Aku juga berkompromi terhadap tak terwujudnya beberapa mimpi besarku sebagai seorang perempuan. Pokoknya nggak papa deh ngalah asal jangan masalah pekerjaan aja.

Tapi sebenernya nggak juga. Aku banyak juga membiarkan orang lain melangkahiku. Lagi-lagi nggak papa….

Sudah lama kukesampingkan menang-kalah walau masih sedikit tersisa dikotomi kedua makna tersebut. Menang jadi arang, kalah jadi abu – sama-sama hancur karena api amarah. Tak ada yang memang, keduanya kalah….

Hari ini baru saja kumenangis. Rasanya hatiku terpukul sekali karena satu masalah yang telah begitu panjang diperjuangkan dan hampir menang ternyata dipupus dan (hampir) diputus kalah.

Bukan, bukan aku tak mau kalah. Bukan masalah. Sungguh.

Hanya kutelusuri lagi betapa orang ini memperjuangkan kesalahannya yang (hampir) (di)menang(kan) ini dengan jalan yang menyakitkan, sangat kasar dan menganiaya.

Oh, tak apa. Kuambil ini sebagai praktik puasa. Berpuasa dari yang terlihat, berpuasa terhadap kemenangan semu.

Lalu aku tersenyum, menarik selimut dan siap tidur….

Bukan menang, bukan salah. Bukan tersakiti, bukan disakiti. Bukan harga-diri, bukan kehinaan. Aku hanya ingin terbebaskan…. dari diriku sendiri….

Batam – 28 Oktober 2016 – 23:50

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