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Best Nine Instagram 2016

Here’s the thing, I don’t believe that 2016 events can be shorten into nine pictures to conclude the whole year for you..  I believe there is more to just nine…

I have to say that 2016 was a fast year… Like I said before and again I could imagine it like a blink of an eye…

photo-2-1-17-2-02-46-pmMy best nine is :

  1. Fighting Until We are One :

It was my bestfriend from college’s wedding. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I was so honour to also be her photographer on her big day… It was an amazing and daring wedding for me too. Such a brave decision made by the two when they actually put aside their differences to become one as life partners. I respect them whole heartedly… Was a great weekend wedding with the help of my lil sista cousin, and her two gifted friends from her old university too. It was a match made for both the wedding couples and the documentary team.

  1. com

This was a blessing in disguise, I was hired as a video producer for a local music website. This website is specific for local Indonesian musicians to show their talents through the world wide web. We are here to help local artist promote their music through our website and Youtube channel. Packed with several contents for audience to see, I met the whole team and absolutely blend in. I learned a lot from them, met amazing musicians and how the music industry work.

  1. Late Night Hangout Buddies

These are uur friends when we needed to hangout late nights for chats. From serious talks about life until silly jokes long forgotten and found again. A pleasure to be able to talk endlessly with this bunch…

  1. Dad Mom

Aww, the power couple, through thick and thin, these two are the people I look up to so much. Thankfully they are my parents. Believe me, they are far from perfect, but they seem to have it right at times. For better for worse they say, right? Well, these two are the answers to my questions about relationships from time to time.

  1. The Big Ten

These are my first cousins from my mother’s side. They are a silly bunch but so loving and caring, I sometimes don’t really believe that we are blood related. I’m grateful to have them all. I pray that we would never part from our silly ways and make life less stressful than it already is at times.

  1. Sister Love

My sister, she’s the bomb. She is a real fighter. 2016 was a rough ride for her. But she made it through. She’s my greatest gift, as I always say. She can never replace anyone ever.

  1. My Balance

I believe I met this wonderful person for a reason, 10 years has gone by and we still are glued to each other. Although we have our differences in perspective, but we keep on trying to understand each other differences. He reminds me a lot about the things in the little things I fail to see. It is why I call him my balance in life.

  1. Being a Bridemaid for a Day

“Shinta, will you be one of my bridesmaid?” First, I did not believe what I just heard, it was a surprise for me because well, I did not know that I was even considered a closest friend by this darling gorgeous lady. She is one of my boyfriend’s closest friends since highschool. Ever since I went out with my boyfriend, I have to say I found a dear friendship with her and we’ve connected ever since, until the day of her wedding. She and her husband are the cutest couple I’ve ever met and wonderfully happy for them both. I was very excited to be her bridesmaid and it showed. So this is the picture of the princess bride herself and her bridesmaid.

  1. 4/5 of the Fantasic Five

I have long wanted to watch my brother play hockey and this was the day, but to explain, this is my mom’s cousin sons. Here in the picture only has two of her sons, now the eldest is not with us in the picture because he is so far away. He lives in America now. So that’s why I call it the 4/5 of Fantastic Five. Although the good news is, this year there is a very good chance that we’ll have another full Fantastic Five picture together again!

So once again, thank you 2016 for the wonderful memories with this lot! Thank you for the lessons and great adventures. Now I’m off to 2017 and start new memories! :*

Best Nine Instagram 2016


Oh my goodness… It is already 2017 ! My word!

Now is it just me but 2016 passed by soooo quickly… I kinda lost track. It has been so fast, it seemed like a blink of an eye. People say that means we were damn busy… some say its because we were as productive as we were suppose to be.

Don’t get me wrong about 2016… Lots of good things happened last year, but I just wanted to fast forward and just get straight into 2017. I believe that things will be better. Many events and milestones to look forward to. All I want to do it pray that it will eventually happen as wished for.

One of the things I wanted to promise myself, was to write in my blog again. I haven’t been updating my blog in ages, it’s a disgrace. I love writing. I can’t get enough of writing, but these few years back, I was too distracted by things that made me think now, it was useless. Things that really don’t matter. Superficial things.

So I’m going to dedicate myself to writing everyday in my blog no matter what the topic is. And then less social media. Like cut down on a few things and focus on the computer for real research, job seeking, college hunting, writing blogs, and photo editing and etc.

Hang on, a little break from this. I’m going to re-watch Star Wars : Attack of the Clones . Continue soon..


New Job, New Adventure

Back to writing.

Well, it has been about 2 years since I wrote a piece in this blog, which is sad and very inconsistent of me. 😦

But anywho, let me start again.

I wanted to write again because I think I have lost the touch of talking to myself. Storytelling has always been my expertise, so why have I not been using it?

These past two years I have developed a certain attraction towards moving images instead of writing or reading. Everything seems to be on video, if you want an information about something, its on video. Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook. Anything. Everything is there. So the urge on picking up a pen or even just typing has long gone.

But now, because of a certain event has happened. I think writing would be good again for me which I also hope that my interest in moving pictures or images won’t be too far away from me again.

I have loved moving images since I was a baby. That’s all I can say. When I wake up in the morning, I can still remember our living room in an apartment in Sauders Street, New York. The soft, white carpet that covers our brown picket floor. Our tv placed in the middle of the room, it was as tiny as I can remember, but to a 1 year old, it might have been humungous. I would just sit not far away from the tv and watch my favourite cartoons. Back then, of course, I didn’t know how it would make such a big impact for me now. As I realised, I can never put my eyes away from something visual. It is drawn to me closer and closer, whether its to do with photography or moving pictures.

So now, after 3 years of being a freelance photographer and part-time videographer (if needed), I landed on a job as a producer again but it is more into the music industry. Now get this, this job that I landed on is the most flexible one I’ve ever experienced. I only work 6 hours , well more or less , in a week. This time, being a producer for this music website isn’t as complicated than being a producer for a big music video production which I have had my fair share back in 2011. But all is good, I am learning something totally new and that is the local music industry in Indonesia. Not just Jakarta, but in Indonesia. These whole entire nation. Hmmm…. quite the homework, right? Well, I can’t say that I am a ‘real’ music enthusiast, I do enjoy music, all sorts, but I can’t say that my knowledge about music is my expertise. So there you have it, Shinta, something new to learn about. I strongly believe that whatever I did in the past, made me come up this path. With a boyfriend who knows more about music than me, I think this is God’s way of making me more humble to my boyfriend’s interest and devotion towards music and Indonesia. Don’t get my wrong, I still love Indonesia, but sometimes I can’t help but think, I do not know much about my own country sometimes.

So here you go, Shinta. Your puzzle now is to figure out how to get yourself more involved in the music industry in your own country and help them visually send their messages in through to the whole country and hopefully, the world.

Until my next writing. 😀



New Job, New Adventure

Small and Long Chats

Lately, I have been blessed in meeting all sorts of people that made my day much better.

I will tell you the people who lid me up this past week.

1. Dhee and Julez

These two girls have been my dearest friends since forever. More than 10 years, these girls has made me laugh and smile through my days of growing up. We don’t regularly meet, but when we do, we would already have these precious moments that I cannot really describe in words. They have been there for me, at times when I need them. Never have they thought of me as anyone stranger than life, as they have accepted me the way I am today, and will always be. Julez is in Jakarta at the moment, while waiting on her break-through of her digital e-book and as for Dhee, the newly wed and already pregnant, is working her way in finishing her school, also teaching English in a nearby campus in Jakarta. We, three, have reunited after an absence of 8 years. Definitely enjoyed the day in one of the oldest mall in J-town, and continued with a half an hour photo session back in my place for old time sakes. We will be meeting again soon this coming week before Julez goes back to Riau, where she lives. This small rendezvous was a very very fun one.

2. My uncle, Om Iwan (“Om” is “Uncle” in Indonesian)

This is my favorite uncle whose a pilot from my dad’s side.He is one of the excellent pilots of Garuda Indonesia, and has brought many planes from Seattle to Indonesia. (That’s something huh.) He has always been the most exciting, adventurous and kindest uncle that ever lived. When I was still a kid, he would always kidnap me to go out of the city to have an adventure… Whether it was going to the beach to chill and eat barbecue fish and drink coconut right from the tree or even just chilling, watching the latest movie in the theaters. He has always been a very happy person. And as years gone by, we had connected again through the same hobby that we both have, which is photography.  So one day, I introduced him to Toble (if you read my previous blogs) , and we exchanged our love for cameras and I notice he had a hand-grip strap for his camera, which I have been looking for. After a while we haven’t met for quite a while, he says to pick something from his house, and it was a hand-grip strap! AHH!! Awesomeness.

So he told me to drop by his place to get it anytime I can. Knowing that he usually flies off to who knows where, sometimes, to Europe, or Australia, Japan. I would never know whether he’s in town or not. I decided to drop by one day. Didn’t expected him to be home, but as I was leaving after receiving the small gift, he drives in his garage just in time to chat with me. It was nice to talk to him again. Always admired him since I was a kid. Told him to ask my dad to go cycling on Sundays. He gladly agreed to it and asked my dad to join him that Sunday morning.

3. Mba Dinar (“Mba” is called “Sister” in Indonesian)

A lovely working mother of two whom I met because a dear friend Afra, referred me to her as a freelance writer. Mba Dinar needed someone to write for her upcoming website next year, and needed someone who can connect and share her vision, translating it all to an inspirational journey. After all the bbm texts, phone calls, only-one-time meeting, we met again for the second time for a 2 hour interview. If I was going to write about her, I needed all the information I can get by asking her questions of her visions and dreams about her new upcoming business plan she was going to make. That Saturday morning, I had a one-to-one session with her in a small coffee shop in Kemang, and thankfully, we had the place to ourselves, where it was just quietly set up for us both. I recorded our conversations through my laptop, enjoyed and exchanged of common principals in life. She had a great desire to help others and to come across someone like her is very hard to find these days. A soft, melancholic lady with a heart of gold for me, she was a figure of a big sister I long wanted. A person with gave you the touch of words that made you feel good about yourself and never tried hard to please  you.

Our conversations had lifted my heart, my own desires in life. Funny thing is that I felt really connected to this lady that I have only known for a couple of days. I only prayed under my breath that she will be the one of my mentors in life. 🙂

4. Ibu Nuning (“Ibu” is “Mrs / Madam” in Indonesian) 

Last Sunday, I paid a visit to SOS Children’s Village again to also donate my old books and toys to the kids there, and met Ibu Nuning. A lady who has been working for SOS and the kids for 27 years now. I thought she was amazing, her love towards the kids and her job has made me look upon myself and wonder if I’ll ever find that strength to go through this life. Sharing small chats, and discovering that she has already lived without her husband by her side for 13 years,but only because her husband is also working for the SOS Children Villages in Semarang, Central Java. They have this long distance marriage, and still working along fine. She said she prayed every night for strength to do as she was destined to do. And thankfully, until today, there hasn’t a day gone by that she has regret her decision. Every month she will have at least one time to go visit her husband in Semarang, but that she has gone through for 13 years. I can never imagine what she is going through, but I am so sure, she is blessed and well taken care of by God himself. God bless her for her love towards the things she goes through in life.

So these are the people I’ve come across last week, that has given me more meaning to my life. These small and long chats are the fruits of my life that I never replace… Thank you God…

Small and Long Chats

Fun Freelancing for a Good Cause – Part III

You would think that one has met its match, everything would be alright in the end, right? But again, I try each day to remind myself, don’t be over confident in the things we come across, for sometimes we would find ourselves in very difficult positions that we aren’t able to move or help because there are just things we cannot handle on our own.

Thinking that my main job was done, things got a little heavier when it came to dealing with finance. It wasn’t my duty, though I had to think of the other options and solutions the clients can do. Conflicts among the client and interior designer also rose to surface. And that money can be a very very sensitive subject. Assumptions from both parties were building up and I had to make amends with both. There were mistakes to begin with, but the only point back then was to find a solution to this matter. It was quite crucial because it all depended on the time frame that was available, because it didn’t go through, then we were eventually doomed. My job here was to be able to help each and every side there is to this project and my goodness, my head was cramping. I didn’t know that it would be that difficult to handle cause it really got so tense between all parties. I only can pray that this is all for a good cause, nothing more nothing less, and that everything will turn out okay in the end. I was also praying so hard to God and my grandfather to actually help me out on this. I know I can feel my grandfather present and that he is looking down at me for this. I just needed a little hope.

But no need to worry, my prayers were answered. Finally it all went through and things started to look good. I also cannot believe the fact that Didit (interior designer) can finish all the new designs of 3 rooms could be done in just 2 days. It was the most satisfying feeling ever to have met a good team that could do the job well and right. Without any lack of disadvantage, things had just worked out the way in planned in the end. Although, AxN had to work their way around all that drama, we had managed everything to be done on time.

Overall, this project had made a big impression in me. It felt great to help others. Others who are in need. And this was one of the greatest achievement for me this year in 2012, I must say. Something worthwhile, even for a month. Nothing could beat the pleasure of me, having time to actually talk to every single one who was involved with this project. The client “Axiata” and “Zenith”, the TV production team “AxN”, the kids who got their wishes Adit and Benny, the director of the whole SOS Children villages association of Indonesia and his most helpful colleagues, the XL company in Indonesia and most definitely the interior designer, Didit + Sandri, the fantastic duo couple that made it all happen. God bless. All of them were really kind and helpful in their own special ways. Meeting these all sorts of people was actually what I really want to do. Discovering the stories and backgrounds of most of the people I’m working with. It was a blessing. Nothing can beat with that, as I know that not many can have this kind of experience and I have to say I’m quite lucky to have it all in my plate this past month. This was a great satisfaction had really made me felt worthy of myself and that I can actually do more than what I already have.

I think from time to time I would love to be able to experience projects like this again. As long as I’m helping another and making them smile is all I want to do in my life. Through stories, photographs or moving images, would make me real whole as a person in this world, to become someone a bit better each day.

God bless for all the people that helped this project come through and most of all, praying for the very best for the lovely kids and mothers living in SOS Children Village in Cibubur. May you all be blessed with all the finer things in life. Oh and also God bless for Ibu Dian who gave me this opportunity to make things happen. Hopefully I will find more exciting projects with you.

Thank you God, and the whole Universe for this.

Me with Adit & Benny

SOS Children Village + Friends

Adit And Benny

Juliana, Grace, Zoe, Shinta

Didit, the interior designer