WITT #21: Vlog vs Blog

[Language: Bahasa Indonesia + English]

Beberapa waktu ini, aku lagi rajin banget “nongkrongin” Youtube. Alasannya? Mungkin sama dengan sebagian besar orang-orang pada umumnya, yaitu nontonin Vlog dari beberapa public figure, ada yang bikin video mukbang (Korean, means: menayangkan video yang isinya orang lagi makan dalam jumlah yang buanyak!), showing off their travel journey ataupun hanya sekadar nonton beauty tips and recommendation.

Vlog ini bisa dibilang hal yang lagi rame banget di Indonesia, karena simply because it makes you rich and famous! Even you don’t have to be celebrities or model. Ini tentu menjadi sebuah kultur baru di Indonesia, khususnya untuk para muda-mudi yang kreatif, juga para millennials yang mencari ketenaran.

Dibandingkan dengan blog yang mungkin sebagian orang it’s so last yeaaar, vlog ini sangat happening, karena kita tinggal play, pause, forward, backward dan reply sesuka kita. Dilengkapi dengan audio, video dan animasinya, bikin vlog ini lebih easy to enjoy it and more real-time! Pada setuju gak, sih?!

Sebenarnya, post aku ini lebih kepada ingin mengungkapkan rasa kegamangan (halah!) aku as a loyal blog-reader and writer. Jadi tuh, selalu kepikiran dan mempertanyakan, apakah sebegitu happening nya si vlog-vlog ini sehingga akan mengurangi budaya kita untuk membaca?

Misalnya, membaca blog.

Padahal setelah dipikir-pikir, jika dibandingkan, yang mana lebih mudah antara vlog dan blog, jelas jauh lebih mudah nge-blog sih. Karena kita tinggal sediain konten tulisan, mau idenya seperti apa, terus bagi yang mau lebih menarik, bisa masukin beberapa foto pendukung untuk mempercantik tulisan kita, lalu tinggal publish deh! Beda banget sama nge-vlog, kita harus banyak ambil footage video, belajar untuk edit video, buat konten dengan konsep yang menarik dan eye-catching, atur audio dan masih banyak hal lainnya. Untuk sebagian orang mungkin nge-vlog jauh lebih memudahkan dan tentu, menguntungkan! Tapi kemudian, apakah ini menjadi tanda blogging will be extinct very very soon? NOOOO.. I really hope it won’t happen.

Emang kenapa?

Aku itu termasuk orang yang harus, wajib banget membaca setiap harinya. Kalau lagi gak ada buku atau novel yang menarik untuk dibaca, at least, aku sempat-sempatin baca berbagai macam artikel, berita, bahkan sekadar pengalaman atau tulisan dari bloggers yang aku follow! Biar apa emangnya? Gak biar kenapa-kenapa sih, but…

“Reading will always fill my soul and my mind. It is more than just a habit.”

Iya, jadi sepenting itu buat aku untuk membaca setiap harinya. Selalu ada esensi khusus yang aku rasakan setiap membaca yang menurut aku, gak bisa dibandingkan dengan ketika kita menonton video dari para vloggers. Ya, walaupun sekarang juga disambi buat nonton vlog yang kebanyakan soal travel sama kuliner sih.

Ada kepikiran untuk buat vlog?

Ada banget! Tapi aku itu gak sepede dan senarsis itu sih ngobrol depan kamera, I feel myself more comfortable behind the camera than in front. Sejauh ini, masih sangat menikmati untuk menulis dan mengekspresikan diri dengan menulis di blog, instead of video.

Walaupun sebenarnya, selama aku jalan-jalan atau traveling, aku selalu dan hampir gak pernah lupa untuk mendokumentasikan perjalanan aku baik dengan foto maupun video. Jadi, ya cukup banyak foto dan video yang aku ambil, walaupun masih sangat gak profesional sih.

Nah, kalau menurut kalian mendingan baca blog atau nonton vlog? Terus masih ada gak sih yang baca blog orang “gini hari”…? Leave your comment below ya!

 

WITT #20: After Birthday, New Baby Born!

Me and my family was really happy and yet, nervous since at the end of last week! Because my older sister was having her due date of her pregnancy. The doctor said the due date approximately around 12 – 19 June 2017 (which is on my birthday on the 19th!). In the afternoon during my birthday, my Mom accompanied my sister went to the hospital as advised by the Doctor. We were waiting for few days at home but the baby had not come yet until 20 June midnight, so the doctor finally told her that they need to do sectio caesarea for the baby.

It was such a depressing and deeply saddened for us, because we never expect that will happened to my sister and seven years ago, she gave a normal birth for her first baby. I believe it must be very tough for my sister to experience such a thing. But then we kept reminding my sister that the most important thing is her baby’s health.

After stayed for 2 and half days, finally the baby girl came to this earth! Yaaasss..

We are so happy to welcome the baby! And since the first day she came to this world, I can’t barely stop to looking at her cute and lovely face.

 

Welcome to this world baby Aspasya…

 

Love, xoxo

WITT #19: Welcome, My Month!

Hello June and Welcome New Month!! #hellojune #welcomejune #begoodtome #summeriscoming #june #summertime #summersunshine #pinacolada #fruitcocktail #palmtrees #sunshine #winsometaylordesigns:
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Yassss! Welcoming June is always my favourite thing to do every year. Why? Because it’s my birthday’s month and it’s a sign that summer season is coming!

Somehow, June always gives me some heartbeats (and a headache) because it is a sign that my age will be added a year older. Then it will come many questions like, what I have already done during all years? What kind of good deeds I did to other people? Did I’ve done something useful for others? Do I already make my parents happy and proud of me during my whole life?

Lots of questions will come up to my mind and after more and more wishes, I will say during my birthday.

But I feel more grateful for things that I already had and all things that I have spent these past few years. Allah has been very kind to me, my family and people that I love. I’ve been experiencing ups and downs too these past few years, but it make me learn a lot, it make me grown up as the best version of myself and I will never stop to learn to be better.

Oh, I have so many things going on in my head now, I have so many stories to tell and share it on my blog, and I can’t stop to tell the world, that I am a very lucky girl and (hopefully) will always be.

Happy June, my lovelies!

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Oh yes, in case some of you who keep asking what is WITT? It is the abbreviation of ‘What I am Thinking of Today?’. It almost tells how I feel, what I am doing and what I wanna do 🙂

WITT #18: H-7 to go (back) to Stockholm!

I am so happy that next week, I will be back to the first travel (far away) abroad, first city, first country, first Scandinavian country, the first European country that I ever visited! Yes, it is Stockholm.

Back to October 2015, I went to Stockholm for the Stockholm Internet Forum 2015 as one of the participants. It was the best experiences so far for me, I met with a lot of new friends and networking. And surprisingly, I never thought that a country which located in the north part of the world could be very beautiful with their original sparkling colour which also divided by some lakes.

I love how the old city in Stockholm gave a new spirit, enthusiasm, and incredible feeling! And this year, actually it’s next week, I will have a flight to Stockholm again to attend the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017! It’s an honour for me to be back and participate a huge forum like that. And can’t hardly wait to gain new knowledge, new friends and of course, new experience and excitement!

I will try to write some blog posts about the conference and my adventure or journey to Stockholm Part 2!

See ya..

 

WITT #16: Yessss, April!

Hanna Nyman More:

Dear April,

I was waiting for you a lot during last March. I am so happy that this month has come! There are some important events during this month. Like today, every 4th of April, we are celebrating Wedding Anniversary of my parents and also my brother and sister-in-law. This year, my parents turning to 42nd Years Anniversary which is wonderful for me and my siblings! Because we are sure, it’s not easy to stay very long time like what they do now. I love them a lot!

And my brother with my sister-in-law also turning to 3rd Years Anniversary today, yaay! Lotsa love today.

Another thing, I also can’t wait for my love’s birthday on April 15! Even we are having long distance relationship now and I can’t be there for him on his birthday but we will meet each other in Paris next month! Oh, I can’t hardly wait to meet him and of course, his family. And the most important thing, to have a short and everyday dating with the most lovely boyfriend that I ever had ❤

And the last, please be beautiful month of the year for me!

Yours truly,

Astrid

WITT #15: Welcome, March!

Heyho! Sorry, I’ve been busy recently with some works these past few days and I guess it will be busier in upcoming weeks, even until at the end of this March. There will be some important events, short projects, and another reports to be finished. Let’s cross fingers, everything gonna be alright!

Anyway, I started my 1st of March with a super useful and full of knowledge by joined and arranged a workshop which specifically made for Indonesian CSOs which working on and/or has a campaign on the abolition of the death penalty issues. In this chance, we met with some senior advocates as well as some of the junior staff, campaign and social media staff, and even the university students. I really like this workshop because I could be a participant and the organiser at the same time, which is super-cool and yet busy.

And plus, this early of March, Jakartans, Indonesian and even other countries were looking at us! Why? What else if it’s not about the King of Saudi Arabian who is currently having a holiday in Bali with his 1.500 entourage. Yes, one thousand five hundred people flew from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia. Well, I don’t understand why Indonesian people should or specifically our Government seems very exaggerated due to his visit to Indonesia. Oh yes, and it’s even funnier when I knew, the King and his entourage will visit Bali for their holiday. Sorry for being so rude with the question, but I just don’t get it, why the King really wants to go there while Bali is quite famous for beautiful beaches and surrounded by beautiful, sexy girls who usually use bikinis, not burqini?

Ok, let’s be positive, maybe they really want to get tanned.

Welcome, March, fellas! I wish you have a good spring season ❤

 

WITT #14: Bonne Année 2017

Hello, friends! Happy new year for all of you in every part of the world. This will be my first WITT post in 2017 and I am so excited about everything that this year will bring me to! But I hope it will bring full of happiness, excitement, laughter, loves, and more luck to me, my family and my beloved ones.

Well like any other people, I would like to make a (long) list of my 2017 resolutions, so this is it…

  1. Be more grateful for my life and getting closer with Allah SWT 🙏
  2. Always giving the best thing and to make my parents proud of me more!
  3. Would love to meet the cutest, sweetest, funniest, lovely and awesome boyfriend, Igor Girault. I wish we are still in love for each other, stay forever and lots of travel together! 💼🎒
  4. Be healthier than last year, eat healthily, drink more waters, enough sleeping time
  5. Starting to more practice on IELTS and get the best score IELTS. Bismillah! 📖
  6. To read any kind of books at least 2 books every month 📚
  7. Visit and have another holiday in Europe, especially explore cities in France and visit my family in Geneva
  8. Be more successful in everything that I do
  9. Study and preparing to apply for Master scholarship programme in human rights
  10. Engagement? Get married? Hope for the best ❤
  11. Explore Indonesia and Southeast Asian region. See the world as much as possible!
  12. More active in writing, blogging, photography, journaling, and other creativity things
  13. Saving more money for (i) future, (ii) travel, (iii) education
  14. Learn more about cooking and baking!
  15. Be kind to everyone, keep courage and be patient to face any problems in this life
  16. Self-discipline, well-organized, tidy, on-time and make to-do list (prioritise activities)
  17. More self-respect 🙂
  18. Learn and practice more French!

Bismillahirahmaanirrahiim… Insya Allah, I am ready to face 2017 and fulfil every resolutions above!

Semangat!

xoxo

WITT #13: Achievements in 2016

Alhamdulillah, as we are getting close to the New Year 2017!

There were so many things I’ve done in 2016 which bring me to the person who I am today. Huge thanks to my Mom’s prayers who always leads me to see the world perfectly with my imperfection! I feel grateful that Allah has already given me many chances to make my family, moreover, my parents feeling proud of me.

Alhamdulillah…

My 2016 Achievements and Great Moments:              

  1. Lived in Geneva, Switzerland for 3-months
  2. Joined with the 32nd UN Human Rights Council Session at the Palais des Nations, UN Office Geneva, Switzerland
  3. Gave an oral statement on behalf FORUM-ASIA at the 32nd UN Human Rights Council
  4. Working abroad the first experience in Geneva, Switzerland
  5. I met and lived with a great family Philippino and Nigerian in Meyrin, Switzerland
  6. Experienced fasting during Ramadan month in Geneva, Switzerland for almost 17 hours/day!
  7. Celebrated Eid Mubarak together with PTRI Geneva family and Indonesian who lived in there <3</li>
  8. Got my 26th years birthday in Geneva, Switzerland. The best birthday present so far!
  9. Got gallbladder surgery at the HUG, Geneva – Switzerland
  10. Had a chance to joined the 17th of August independence day ceremony with the PTRI in Geneva
  11. Visited the Vatican City and Rome, went to the Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican Museum, Sant Angelo Castel, Pantheon, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Villa Borghese
  12. Visited Venice and Padova during the summer time
  13. Went to beautiful Chamonix. Touched down Mont-blanc and Aiguille du Midi 3842m to see the sunrise at the top of the mountain
  14. Went to very cute small town Annecy, France
  15. Spent my short holidays in Barcelona, Spain and Toulouse, France
  16. Went to Lausanne, Switzerland
  17. Met someone in Subway restaurant, we ended up spent our journey on the train during our travel from Toulouse Matabiau to Lyon Part Dieu, and now he is becoming my boyfriend, my future husband and my everything, Igor Girault. JE T’AIME SAYANG KU 💞😘
  18. Had a chance to gave a short human rights training session
  19. Had many chances meeting with many awesome people in every part of the world. Thank you for being part of my journey and history!
  20. Alhamdulillah, that I still could spending my money and my time to help my parents both financially and mentally.

Dear Allah, thank you so much for always being there for me, my family and my beloved ones. You are the one who really knows what I need and what I really want in my life.

I feel so grateful for all of the things that you gave and brought into my life in this wonderful year. I love You beyond every word in this world.

Please, giving me many chances to make my parents and my family proud of me next year!

Goodbye 2016, thank you for giving me many lessons and experiences so far!

Hi, #NewYear2017, let’s we rock the year!