Investing on Jakarta Apartment for Rent or Sale

Looking for a place to live is a big challenge and moving to a place which is entirely new with no family or friends to ask for the help is another different story. You have a plan to move to Jakarta and you don’t know where you should start to look for a place to live permanently. However, it is not an impossible task as long as you know what you want and then find out what to do.

What You Want
Speaking of what kind of place you want to live, you have to be wise to decide whether it is must to have or just nice to have. Perhaps you want a comfortable and safe place to live with complete and the best facilities but determining which facilities that you really need could save a lot of money from your current budget. One example, which one is better for you, looking for Jakarta apartment for rent or apartment for sale? If you are already in safe stage financially, purchasing apartment is a good investment, however if you are just starting a new life, rent an apartment is a much better idea to avoid a long term credit.

What to Do
Once you have determined what you want, now it is time to find out what to do. The first thing to do is spare some time to do some researches and the hunt. It is important, so you have enough time to compare places, facilities and the prices whether they meet your need and budget or not. Looking for an assistance from an expert is a good idea too but don’t just trust them entirely, you should actively participating in the apartment hunting to make sure you get what you really want and need.

Why apartment? Well, the trend of property in Jakarta is moving rapidly in the recent years. Renting an apartment in Jakarta is as easier as looking for Jakarta apartment for sale. In other words, investing your money in property field like apartment in Jakarta is highly recommended because it is not difficult to monetize your property right now because the demand is progressively increasing year by year. 

My 2015 Closed with Sad and Happy Ending

Happy New Year 2016...!

Speaking of new year and then the next thing in topic line is resolution. I used to have a lot of resolution, most of them somethings I haven’t done before. In other words, they just like a dream I want to reach. Well, I almost reach 30 so life is no longer an adventure but somethings I should have planned really well, besides my 2015 is closed with sad and happy ending. After I decided to resign from my job in order to do pregnancy program, 3 days before my last day, God decided to give me the best gift ever, I am pregnant for 4 weeks. However, two days after that my husband called that my grandmother passed away. Sad and happy ending at the same time, God knows what a good timing is, with this pregnancy news, at least my parents could deal with my grandmother funeral with a bit hope that next year, they will have a little grandchild they’ve been waiting for all these years.

Anyway, so what’s my resolution/plan for this year? Just like I said, instead of dreaming, I decided to do somethings I always do and add some plans in it.
1.       Reading 100 books
I have read 117 books last year though I was a full time worker, so with my own time to manage right now, reaching this target is not impossible.
2.       Learning English again.
Well, perhaps it is the time for me to use my knowledge I’ve gained during my 6 years in college of learning English. To spend my free time, I think teaching English is not a bad idea either.
3.       Learning Math again.
Some of my friends ask me this question; why math? Well, from what I’ve read, what you’re doing during pregnancy is what will your baby do too inside your belly. It means, if I am accustomed myself with math and then my baby’s brain is also accustomed to it too. Just like if you eat a lot of vegetables during pregnancy, and then when your baby born, their tendency to love vegetables is higher.
4.       Sleep Early.
This is the most important thing off all the resolutions I have. Why? Because I only have less then 8 months to enjoy this luxury because instead of hiring baby sitter, I decided to do all the nursery business myself.

So, those are the plans, what yours?


Resignation: Not a Decadent but an Improvement

You would never know where you will be ended one day or even tomorrow. I used to be a student and then I worked as website content writer slash SEO specialist, currently I’m working as a personal assistant for a plantation company. The unique thing of those career paths of mine, nothing is really related, I mean could you imagine an English Language and Literature student could ended up as a SEO specialist and then dealing with crop and fertilizer application? Well, me as the subject here, never in the million years expected that, but here I am, writing to you in my blog about my remarkable jobs.

However, there is one common thread from those career paths; it is English. Well, as an English Language and Literature student, I was eligible to work as a website content writer and then learned a bit here and there about SEO and as an English Active Speaker, I was also recruited to work in a Sri Lanka Plantation Company, though in the beginning I don’t have any single experience of working in a plantation but with all the hard work and willingness of learning new things, so far I’m fine because as a website content writer, I read, learn and write new things every day, and as a personal assistant, I also read and learn new things every day.

Perhaps some conversations or emails I used to deal with could tell you how different my jobs are from one to another:

This is the email I’ve sent this morning to ICT Team due to some errors found in my JDE:

I used to have access to input PR for code OH, OR and ON for PT BMS - GMO (10401011). However, now I could input PR for code OR only in item Purchase Requisition Processing. While for OH and ON the options are not available.
Besides, I cannot access the waiting approval in item Order Approval for PR with code OR, OH and ON at all.

Do you understand that? Well, it is full of technical term which only ICT Team and JDE user would understand.

Weird conversation about Crop Budget might make your forehead wrinkled.

Finance Guy       : How could you break down the year budget into monthwise?
Me                      : I’m using yearly trend to see the actual production of crop every month in every estate.
Finance Guy       : Well, that’s possible but how about block harvested which is not yet full harvested in a year.
Me                       : That’s could be a problem, perhaps we could take the majority block only. Because I’ve tried to do the next year crop budget by month, instead of by year, but the result is surprisingly too high.
Finance Guy       : Would you please do the month trend first and I’ll see what I can do.
Me                       : Sure…

When I was still in university:

Friend A               : Have you done the report for Western Philosophy class?
Me                         : Still don’t get it how Plato’s cave theory related to The Matrix. I just love watching Neo and Trinity in that movie. I don’t want to know at all about Plato and his cave.
Friend B               : Could you guys stop talking about that philosophy class, it gives me headache. We have important problem here. Book Report class. What’s book we should read this month? I’ve done with all those classic Shakespearean novels. I’m not even a romantic.
Me                         : Haha… how about David Copperfield, you could learn a lot about industry revolution in that novel as well as autobiography of Charles Dickens.
Friend B               : Nah… too depress.
Friend A               : I’ve been reading To Kill A Mockingbird.
Me                         : I love that book. You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes.
Friend B               : The one with slavery history in America?
Friend A               : Yup. But reading history from Scout Finch’s point of view won’t make you fall asleep. Instead, you will enter her little world and enjoy her adventures and as a bonus, learn a lot about the history itself.
Me                         : Just like Rick Riordan and his Percy Jackson series. He is practically my Greek Mythology teacher. Sometimes, learning history could be fun.
Friend A               : Yeah, as long as you know which book you should read.

Some people once asked me a lot about what SEO or Search Engine Optimization is and how I could make money from Search Engine.

Me                         : I believe you’re using Google as your search engine.
Friend                   : Yup. The only search engine I know.
Me                         : Just imagine you have an online store selling handcraft. You might using social medias to advertise your products, however to look more professional you need a website or a blog. It could improve trust from your customers and at the same time widen your target market.
Friend                   : But the competition will be hard.
Me                         : That’s why you need me as your SEO specialist. I have methods to make your website or blog listed in the top 10 of Google rank.

Well well well, those are all the career paths I have crossed. This December will be my last day to be a personal assistant in this plantation company.

I’ve decided to move on since I have more priorities than before. Since my husband decided to be a teacher in a remote place, instead of becoming a CSR Assistant in the same company where I’m working right now, the ‘us’ time is becoming lesser and lesser. That’s why, resigning from my position right now is the best thing I could do because sometimes life is not only about making money but much more about making more high quality time with the ones you love.

So, what I’m going to do after this? Should I be worry because I will become unemployment again? Surprisingly, I don’t worry about that. Why? Because I always believe, that we were born to do more than just go to work, pay bills and die. Besides, there is always a way when you have a will.


Sophie Kinsella: Finding Audrey - A Story of A Girl in Her Dark Glasses and Her Depressive Episodes

Finding Audrey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow... being a parent is not a picnic. It makes me rewinding back my memory, did I that obnoxious when I was a teenager?

Well, I like this book so much. So much educations in one short, fun and hilarious story about Audrey in her dark glasses and her depressive episodes.

One thing to emphasize, bullying is a serious matter. This books makes me realize that there was one time, back in my elementary school, a senior tried to bully me (thought I didn't think that as a bullying activity until recently I read a lot about school bullies), not really serious ( I guess ), she and bunches of her friends were surrounding me and asking some stupid questions that I couldn't answer, and then they were just laughing in my face like their superior and better than me. Well, as an only kid in my family, I was accustomed to just mind my own matter and just sway away matters that I don't really care or like. See, I think it is one of the best thing of being the only kid in a family, I could be very independent, like 'I don't need you, I could do it myself', though it could be really lonely sometimes and trust me, I was a selfish and obnoxious one at that time, which is not good at all. Because of that, I tell you, if somehow you have an idea to only raise one child, please throw away that idea if you can because being an only child is no fun at all. Trust me, I am one, so I know what I'm talking about.

Gosh, I just reveal one of my dark side haha... aside from that, once again school bullying is a very serious subject that each education professional should realize how dangerous it is. The problem is, sometimes people just don't care or, as in Audrey case, consider her as an attention seeker, when the fact is there's a serious damage in Audrey's psychology because of that. People just don't get it sometime, but this book is really helping you understand that in the simplest way you could think of.

Anyway, this book is just one example that reading book about mental health, children education, children psychology and parenting method could be really fun. That's why I love Sophie Kinsella. Good job.

This book is recommended for both parents and their teenagers. Read it together could be really fun, both kids and parents could shout 'See, I told you so!' or 'Gosh, it is so you!'.


I Remember... Do You Remember?

I remember…

There was the time when I was still a geek. Yeah… I still a geek now but less geeky than the last time I remember when I hid behind Lord of the Rings books and learned Legolas’ language, which is super geeky, because what’s the point? It’s not like you could put your ability in speaking fiery language to your CV:

Language capability:
Bahasa  Indonesia                 : Excellent
English                                  : Excellent
Fiery                                      : Excellent

Anyway, speaking of Lord of the Ring, I remember when I was still an English Lat student, I learned about Beowulf. I mean not the Beowulf the movie with Angelina Jolie, the original manuscript of Beowulf, who once upon a time was almost burnt to ashes because it is considered to be misled by church. However, somehow (I forget the complete history since I’m less geeky now) the manuscript found by J.R.R. Tolkien and some inspirations of characters were coming from that manuscript.

Well, enough of history lesson today. I’ve got more actual event to write in my other blog about this smog phenomenon in some countries around Indonesia.

Nb: just found out that word ‘smog’ is actually type of fog which mixed by smoke. Gosh… I love English.


Just Me Being Thankful

It’s weekend and I’ve been reading books like crazy.

Well, one thing I’ve been learning since I was in university and took English Language and Literature as my major is you could learn a lot of things from literature. I remember, when I was in high school, I got a good grade in Japan history exam not because I studied like a nerd but because I love Ruruoni Kenshin so much and it is comic books which happened to be written based on history of Meiji.  And then, I learned better about Industry Revolution from Charles Dickens’ books.  Besides, I don’t do traveling, I love it but I cannot do it, but through books, I could be anywhere I want and learn about a country or a place even better than anyone who has been there. I know it’s kind of sad, but what can I do, you’re living this world once, you have to find a way to make yourself happy and books are not just a good escape for me but source of information where I could learn a lot of things without making myself miserable just because I live in the middle of nowhere.

Anyway, I’ve been reading a lot about student’s lives out there, especially in America. It is not like me judging or something but I’m just curious. I realize that the current economic situation kinds of messy right now, because I’m working in foreign company so I’ve seen the effect from the front row. However, back to the monetary crisis in 1998, I found how desperate a country like America is when it comes to crisis like this, suicide cases increased significantly at that year but I remembered really well that back home, my parents were just fine at that time. They even bought a new set of chairs for our living room at the very year. Economic crisis is so out of the picture.

When I was working as website content writer, I read a lot of websites which offered student loan. So, in some literatures or novels I’ve been reading recently about American and European students, they’re struggling with their studies but even after graduations they have mountains of student loans to deal with first before they could really live their lives. Well, now I understand why I didn’t see the direct effect of economic crisis around me, until now. It is because, here in Indonesia (well at least in the city where I live), we’re so accustomed to live like ‘what you have is what you get’ and I don’t even have credit card. That’s why, after graduation, there is no student loan to worry about, even my parents don’t have house credit to deal with because they bought the land in cash and built the house bit by bit based on their current financial situation, all paid in advance. Even now, when I already married, the only credit my husband and I have is a small land we bought with a river view but it’s not even reach 30% of our salaries (as suggested by financial planner as maximum credit you could pay per month), and it’s only for two years, not like mostly properties which reach 30 years to be paid off.

Yeah, I know, this topic is kind of heavy for a weekend post in my personal blog but I like sharing my thought and sometimes it is not that simple but why you should choose the harder way if you have a simple way. Though perhaps, the harder way will give you all the happiness you want, like with all of the credits you have, you will have more money you could do anything with but don’t you ever think to find happiness in the simplicity and just simply being thankful about that? Because it is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.

I’m just saying ^^

Happy Weekend everyone…



Classic to be Read: To Kill A Mockingbird Sequel - Go Set A Watchman

You know what, I really don’t care when the last time I wrote in this blog but right now I just feel like writing because I got big news today. Have you ever imagined there is going to be a sequel for To Kill a Mockingbird? Well, I would never have that kind of thought, it’s like Harry Potter has book 8; you should know what I mean.

However, nothing impossible in this world because once again we found a miracle in the form of To Kill A Mockingbird sequel entitled Go Set A Watchman. I know, sometimes I could be so exaggerate but whoever has read To Kill A Mockingbird would like the book. I used to read classic because I had to (since I was an English Literature student and everything) but even years after that, I really enjoy reading To Kill A Mockingbird, not because I had to read it but just simply because the book is amazing.

Well, as a sequel you will find some characters from To Kill A Mockingbird. Yay, once again we will step into Scout’s shoes but the setting would be on some twenty years later. Just a fascinating thought to know the grown up Scout because even as a kid she’s already lovable and smart, just imagine when she became a grown up woman. Gosh, just can’t wait to meet Scout’s return to home in Maycomb, Alabama to visit her father and share her story.

Interesting trivia of the manuscript of Go Set A Watchman is the manuscript was assumed to have been lost but then it was discovered in the late 2014. Thanks God for whoever that has found the manuscript because it would make this world a little better. Besides, not every day classic story written in mid of 1950s and will be published in modern time. Imagine, it is your mother’s favorite book when she was little and then right now you could read the sequel together with her without her bragging that she has read the book before you. I’m just saying.

Ah, but we should wait until July 14th, 2015 to read the book. So, don’t forget to place your pre-order in your favorite bookstore people! Yay.


Weekend Reading Choice: Kelly Oram Marathon

What did you do for last long weekend? For me, it was Kelly Oram marathon... ^^

The Avery Shaw ExperimentThe Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What do you need after all day you should deal with a monthly report that you usually need like 10 days to finish but due to year end closing, you should finish the monthly report in two days?

The Avery Shaw Experiment is exactly what I need, it is short, hilarious, lovable and totally an easy reading.
So, I could deal with my pressure later after I enjoy the Seven Stages of Grief. I never enjoy social science before but this one is absolutely fun to know.


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hah... after Cinder & Ella, I decided to stop reading all kinds of romance book because too much dose of romance could make my head dizzy... However, romance also one kind of genre that could assist me neutralizing the doze of work pressure in my head. Besides, after two days ago I read The Avery Shaw Experience, I cannot find better romance books but Kelly Oram's. So, V is for Virgin is the next choice.

It is easy reading and I just need like 3 hours to finish reading the book and then continue reading A for Abstinence, but all of the sudden, on 5 PM (can you believe it, 5 PM???) my boss call a meeting for all estate managers and as usual I ended in the middle. So, I lost like 2 hours of my reading time and once I reach home, I found bed much more appealing than anything else.

V is for Virgin is a very interesting story. I've read a lot of books, especially YA books which include sex issue for high schooler; and no matter how much the book I've read, I still feel exaggerate toward the issue. I mean, come on, is sex that important (red: hard to avoid/resist) for teenagers out there? I know, I know, there are some kinds of culture difference and mindset, besides I've never been among them. My high school experience was pretty normal and I think high school is not really change much after I left it 11 years ago, at least in Indonesia.

And because of my conservative point of view, I love Valerie the way she is, not only her courage to stand tall for something she believes the most, but also because of the idea of 'waiting until marriage'. Yup, the reason behind her 'waiting until marriage' is actually more and less the same with the reasons why we, Indonesian , decided the same way; but the difference is it is already part of our culture in Indonesia so it's not that difficult though right now that kind of culture is already in big question mark, but still being virgin until marriage is a very big deal for us here.

Anyway, because of this book, I'm officially Kelly Oram's big fan because not much book with American lifestyle setting is in this kind of zone/topic.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So far 3 stars for this sequel... ^^

Review soon, got meeting to attend in 5 minutes... yay... just a perfect day before a long weekend... -_-


Here comes the review, it's already 6 PM and I'm still in the office but thanks God, tomorrow is holiday, Happy Easter every one... ^^

So, A is for Abstinence, what should I write about this book? Well, if I should compare this to V is for Virgin then it's like reading it in different time but with the same character. Actually, it is a very good point of this sequel, because you could feel that all of the characters are growing up in this second series.

However, as the sequel the first book is still much better because V is for Virgin got a strong point but A is for Abstinence is just like another romance novel but still I love Kyle and Valerie, their story, their history and their happy ending just a perfect combination. Though the ending is kind of ruining the whole series, I mean, they finally decided to get married in a rush just so they could do sex? Or perhaps I'm too feminist???

Nevertheless, Kelly Oram, You're ROCK!!!!

nb: Just notice when I almost reached the last chapters. There is Brian Oliver in this book, you know the one who played Kyle in V is for Virgin the movie and the one who kiss Adriana in Kyle's birthday party, LOL, yes, that's Brian Oliver from Cinder & Ella, hahaha... just love the coincident.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow… totally Kelly Oram weekend… after The Avery Shaw Experiment and V is for Virgin series, yesterday I read Serial Hottie twice in a row… yeah… twice because my L word is totally for Seth Bishop and read about him is never be enough…

Yup, Seth Bishop, a hottie who just moved in to the house across Ellie Westley’s house. Seth lived with his Aunt who is a best-selling crime novelist, they moved in was simply for research for Seth’s Aunt new novel, she needed an experience to live in suburb area. However, almost at the same time they moved in, a serial killer was started which well known as Saturday Night Slasher, all of the victims are redhead which means totally fit with Ellie’s features and they died because of some stabs with knife. The speculation started in Ellie’s head which later also supported by her sister Angela, that Seth was actually the Serial Hottie Killer because of some similarities, like Seth’s obsession toward Ellie because she is a redhead, his advance ability with knife, his disappearance every Saturday night and his favorite game is Assassin’s Creed, furthermore Ellie and Angela found pictures of some redhead girls (some of them were the Saturday Night Slahser victims and one was later to be victim) in Seth’s bedroom. So the fact that Seth’s characteristic that easily got emotionally angry and threaten to kill everyone who tried to steal Ellie from him was not helping either.

So, did Seth Bishop the Serial Hottie Killer?

Of course not. Well, it was true that he obsessed with redhead but not just any redhead but only a redhead named Ellie Westley. His advance ability playing with knives was also true because of his childhood trauma, he saw his mother died, stabbed with knife, so to overcome his trauma, instead of avoided the knife; he used it to deal with his nervous habit. And about his disappearance every Saturday night was simply because he needed a distraction or he would break Ellie’s window just to be with her. His favorite games was Assassin’s Creed because since nine years old, he has been living with his aunt who lived, breathed and slept murder mysteries, so as her research assistant Seth also got interested with anything related to perfect murder. And the reason why he has the pictures of the redhead girl in his room was because he assisted his friend from FBI to solve the case. So, left the last doubt, why he moved in to Detroit at the same time with the Serial Killer? Easy, the answer was coincident. However, Seth had reason why he decided to moved in across the street of the Westley’s because when the realtor brought him and his aunt for the first time to see the house, he saw a redhead did her homework on the roof and at the same time Seth seemed could not think anything else but plotting a series of plans so he could approach that redhead, made her his and forced his aunt to live in the city until that girl ready to moved to California with him.

It’s romantic, isn’t it?

Okay, to be frankly, having an overprotective boyfriend like Seth is kind of creepy but also kind of hot. I mean, whenever Seth wanted Ellie to be in his side and every time their togetherness was interrupted, he would get emotionally angry and even threaten to kill whoever they are. Gosh, I even could not decide whether it is creepy or hot?


Are You A Fan Girl? American Girl on Saturn (Saturn #1) by Nikki Godwin

American Girl on Saturn (Saturn, #1)American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How could I stumble to this book in the first place?

Well, yesterday was supposed to be high quality tea time with my husband, after my very long day at work and his very long trip to Randau Jungkal, we decided to just sit, enjoy the tea, a box of chocolate. He turned on the TV and I turned on my laptop browsing. He found Fishing show in NatGeo called Cold Water Gold and so attached to that show and I found this book from my Calibre list. He watched and I read, yeah so much of our high quality tea time.

Anyway, I remember that I got recommendation from Goodreads because of I read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, so I expected this book to be some kind of alien abduction or something but I was wrong.

In early chapters of this book reminded me of One Direction concert in Indonesia last week, full of screaming, crying and all kinds of crazy teenagers. Some of you might be thinking 'What A Waste' or worse, but I didn't think that way because fyi I was like those crazy teenagers once, when Westlife was on their top of their fame. Yeaaah... reading this book brought me back to that time when I have a big crush with Nicky Westlife just like the character of the book, Chloe who is living the dream, because Milo (I'm thinking about Nicky Westlife ^^) one of the member of boyband named Spaceship Around Saturn have crush on her. And I was once like Chloe's five years old sister, Emery, who collected SAS posters all over her bedroom walls.

So, because of that experience, I really enjoyed reading the book and just can't wait for the next book which will be published on May 2015 (next month).

The story started when Spaceship Around Saturn's concert was interrupted by a gun shot and the boys should be in a lockdown in a safe house. An agent suggested the nearest and the safest safe house is in his house because he has enough room for them all and no one would ever suspect that the most phenomenal boyband at all time is lockdown in just any civil house. However, those agent has three daughters, one of them is the biggest fan of SAS, the five years old Emery, while the older, Chloe and Aralie, never expected that they would fall in love with two of the SAS boys.

I know, that's cliche and everything but as I said, I was them once and wished that I was in their position at that time. Yup, I'm such a fangirl, aren't I? ^^


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Classic Reference in Modern World: Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Suite Scarlett (Scarlett, #1)Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a busy long weekend... yay... so though my 'to read list' is long but I only can manage to finish this one. Actually, I would have finished the second book if I have a book but then I decided to read Divergent instead.

Anyway, I love Suite Scarlett so much. Why? Because of its reference to Hamlet. Well, I know I kind of weird when it comes to Hamlet, because since I was in college, I thought I have a special connection with this Prince of Denmark or perhaps because I'm watching too much Prince and Me but still when it comes to Shakespeare then nothing could compare Hamlet, or perhaps Twelfth Night.

So, I love Suite Scarlett.

You know what, when I read the review about this book that Scarlett has been in living in her family hotel in her whole life reminds me of Paris Hilton and her family hotel. Haha... but Scarlett life is soo much fun to read than the Hilton Sisters.

Scarlett and Spencer is like two hilarious pairs. In the book, the ones who play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Eric and Spencer but in their real life, it is Scarlett and Spencer. Just love the two of them even Lola and Marlene got jealous of their connection.

What else to say? God, it's Monday and I think I will continue reading Divergent though there are some contracts I need to prepare. But reading it for a couple hours and dealing with those contracts until I call it a day, sounds like a plan to me.


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