Sunday, December 3, 2017

Things I Learnt at Twenty Three.

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TWENTY THREE
and things I have learnt through out the journey. 



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It seemed like forever ago when I celebrated my seventeenth birthday.
I remember the feeling of being seventeen and graduated high school months earlier at the same year, not knowing what I wanted to do, not knowing where I'd be in the next five years, not knowing if the heartbreak would heal or if I would find somebody to love, or to simplify it, lost.
Fast forward to six years later,  year twenty-seventeen, I turned twenty-three (couple weeks ago). Nothing crazy.
I celebrated my birthday week with close friends and on the weekend (which was the actual birthday), I flew to Byron Bay for 24 hours with a stranger I met in Cairns, which later I call a friend. As I said, nothing was crazy but it was just what it needed to be; surrounded by the people I value the most and being fully myself to welcome twenty-three. *raise the glass*

I know it is too soon to give a speech about life but I believe it is never too early to share the things I have learnt through out my teenage years and the transition to adulthood, because I was once very young and anxious about the future and confused on dealing with things. I was once too young to call it a self discovery but I think no one knows you better than yourself. 


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So here are the things I have learnt at Twenty Three.


  1. It is okay to be lost. I have realised that many of us have envisioned what we want to be when we grow up, doctor, businessmen or women, pilot, you named it. But through-out the process, you start to discover more interesting things about yourself and the things you want to do or the one that's gonna be your career/job. Some of us are lucky enough to discover the passion real quick, but some are still wondering around juggling the possibilities of careers or focus on your calling. Some people have a full time job at fancy office and not happy because they say it's not their passion or what they wanna do, meanwhile some of us are still searching for the call while working as a waitress or barista or sales assistant at Nike (etc). It is okay to be confused, it is okay to be lost. Because when you're lost, you tend to push more boundaries to find yourself, and girlfriends, it doesn't happen overnight. 
  2. You are going to lose people along the way. Yup! You are going to lose a lot of friends. The people you thought you'd be friends forever, the high school mates, or anyone you have encountered with. The older you get, the more you understand yourself. The more you understand yourself, the more you value it. You no longer have time to deal with toxic unnecessary conversations that has nothing to do with you or your growth. You no longer have time to hang out to kill time. You no longer have time to manifest your friendship by being there in person every single day, no. At twenty three, you will find the way you value your time and for the people who do not get it, frankly, they have to go. 
  3. Heart breaks, darling, it's not the end of the world. Remember your high school crush? Remember that guy who took forever to reply your text message? Remember the guy who told you he likes you but did nothing to prove it? Remember the guy who cheated on you? Remember all the heart breaks that you possibly can and how you thought it was the end of the world, you were extremely broken and sad about it. You thought it was everything and he left and suddenly your world crumbles because you think he was your everything. Okay, you need stop now! It is not the end of the world. I understand the pain can be extremely terrifying that to the point where it can change you completely. But you have to remember that it is not the end of everything. You will still wake up the next morning to a whole new day and you will still fight through. You will get things together and there will eventually be someone out there who will put the pieces back together and love it. There will be a person who will love your broken pieces as whole and love you for who you are like you've never been loved before. 
  4. Never compare your journey to others. This millennials era is really daunting. We tend to compare what we have done to other people's milestone. For example, your friends in high school are getting married and some are having kids. while you're still sitting in front of the screen browsing where to eat next weekend with your friends. Or people are achieving this and that, and when you look at yourself, you have barely done any washing for the day. You get what I mean? Millennials tend to compare their achievements to other people's success. Let me tell you kids, at twenty three, you'll question your worth a lot more in achieving things. What matters to other people might not matter to you, vice versa. Focus on your own goal, tick your own list, give yourself 100% motivation to do it all. The more you compare, the more you pay attention to people rather than yourself and the more it happened, the further you are from your goals. 
  5. Happiness is an inside job. Darling, you can't expect anyone to make you happy, if you do so, they more likely have the control to take it away too. Your happiness is your responsibility. I don't wanna sound like a bitch when I say this, but I am comfortable enough to admit that I no longer want people to take control on how I feel. If this is the moment I have to be selfish in order to protect my self and to be happy, I'll do what it takes to let that be. What I have realised lately is that I am in charge of making myself happy. I expect less from people and more from myself. Because no one understands you better than you do. 
  6. Just do it. The Nike slogan is probably life's best advice. During your transition from teenage years to adulthood, you often find yourself in confusion on whether you should take that major or text that guy you've been eyeing on or start a conversation with a stranger while traveling or the list goes on. When you couldn't stop thinking about things and have been debating on whether you should do it or not, probably just do it. It is always better to look back and say 'I did it' and know the consequences rather than mumble 'I wish I did' in regret for the rest of your life. 
  7. Travel solo, at least once in your life. Solo traveling was one of the best decision that I took this year. I had to travel solo when my boyfriend could not make it to the trip. I really learnt about myself and my intuition, learnt how to trust myself fully and I learnt how to be alone with myself. At the beginning of solo traveling, I felt really lonely in such a big hotel room all by myself, having no one to talk to while visiting the most wonderful views, eat alone, navigate myself for the journey all on my own. Do they sound awful? I guess it is normal to share the bad side first than the bright side :) But then I realise that I can't be at a new city I have never been before and be sad about it. So I decided to change my mindset completely. That hotel room wasn't big at all and I learnt how to rest and prepare tomorrow. Having no one to talk to while discovering places wasn't bad at all, I paid more attention to my surrounding and met strangers along the way and even be friends with some of them and share my passion for travel to them (I even gave my Melbourne itinerary to a Chinese couple that shared the airbnb apartment with me while I was in Cairns). Little did I know, I have gained a lot by traveling solo, and it made my heart so full. 
  8. Love yourself. These days, it is very easy to hate yourself. We begin to question ourselves and lack of confident. Loving yourself doesn't mean your narcissistic. Loving yourself means taking care of your body instead of wanting to look like Victoria's Secret angels body. Loving yourself means be confident in your own skin, despite its colour or its size. Loving yourself mean let go of the things that are toxic to you; be it environment, friends, conversations, etc. Loving yourself means you respect yourself and every inch of your soul. We are all beautiful in our own ways and loving yourself is one of the main key to appreciate your beautiful soul.
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I am pretty sure I have 100 more lists I'd love to include in this article, but these are the major issues amongst millennials (including myself). I am not saying that I am perfect. I am imperfect and through my imperfection I wanted to share this with you, so you know that you're not alone in this midlife crisis. This is also a little reminder to myself, in case I would feel less excited about my life, I'd be able to look back at this article and be reminded. 

I hope this article can be useful to you and please share your thoughts about this by commenting down below :) I would love to hear your thoughts! Until then, xx Lenny.

Photo by Daryl Irawan
Outfit Black Dress - Zara, Hat - Sportsgirl, 
Outerwear - H&M, 
Necklace - Gregory Jewellery, 
Earrings - Lovisa Jewellery
Location Canola Fields, NSW


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Day Trip to CANBERRA from SYDNEY

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CANBERRA, 
the capital city of Australia


Many of you may not know that Canberra is the official capital city of Australia, a lot of people might never heard of it. 
Couple days ago, The Lonely Planet just announced Canberra as one of their best city to visit in 2018 (came in the third place after Seville in Spain and Detroit in USA). It wins over big cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. 
What's the buzz?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Era.

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NEW ERA 

Dear youngster,

the world is always evolving

so do you.

you and I will go through the same phase in life where,

there will be a turning point in every end of a road

there will be ice cream, chocolate if you wanted to
and dear youngster,

I am talking to you

don't be too hard on yourself,

for a love needs to be devoted to your beloved soul

and nourish it with positive energy
finally youngster, 

I am talking to you,

dear my old self

the new Lenny gives zero damn about your one or two things, and 

if she can always come to the phone right away, 

it's none of your business.

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These whole month has been a roller coaster of emotion and physical health. I have been so goddamn exhausted. Pardon me if the come back always includes complains, but I do want to keep the plot story honest and transparent here. Not because of peer pressure (oh come on, you are not Taylor Swift, Lenny)!
I decided to cut my hair short in one good afternoon after work. No, I did not break up with my boyfriend (we are perfectly fine). Every time I have a new hair do, I always feel like a completely different person and to be honest this latest hair do has given myself a whole new level of confidence; a sassy and fierce looking one. It also happened to be Spring when I have my hair cut, so I guess I can call it 'ready for Spring'? :)


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Looking back at myself and the whole transformation, I am always surprised on how different I have become from a person I was last year or years before. How I have gained my confident, how I have discovered my style and know which pieces that work for me and which don't, how I value quality over quantity, how I have only a few good friends, how everything has shifted in a way I never thought of 5 years ago. 
I guess all the turning point in life is going to happen to all of us, later in life, or some time.. I guess all the road will lead us here, to a point where you will understand yourself so well and love it better. And I am just so thankful for everything that happened to me lately, I have seen myself grow so much internally and I am really thankful. I am ready for the new era. 

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Photographed by Caroline Ng 

Bralette (as outerwear) - ZARA
Sheer White Top - ROMWE.COM
SKIRT - GLASSONS.COM
BOOTS - Vintage
HAT - SPORTSGIRL.COM

Sunday, August 6, 2017

FLOWERS ACROSS SYDNEY

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To you,
when you wake up in the morning, 
I hope you think of me,
how I miss you
how I long for your arms
how I wish to spend my mornings
next to you,
talking about absolutely ridiculous things,
sipping my coffee while staring at your face..

These miles have done its justice
for the fact that I can't kiss you right now
kills me
your whispers in my ears,
your scent,
your touch,
'I love you', I murmured in my prayers
wishing to be where you are,
with your favourite breakfast and your cup of cappuccino

and when the night comes,
this city feels lonely,
seems like it is missing your presence,
just like I do,
these roses are pastels, but my flame will always be red
for you.

Lenny Novitasari 
Aug 6th '17


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An immense influence of millennials era has gone way and beyond to the point where shopping through your finger tip has made possible. Through visual presentations and preferences, anyone can make a purchase on their devices for absolutely everything, including flowers. I understand that most of us prefer to visit markets or seeing the object directly before purchasing as well as the chance to 'gram it before buying them, but I couldn't be more impressed for the fact that ordering flowers online is now possible, thanks to Flowers Across Australia. 

Flowers Across Australia provides flower delivery services in Sydney and Melbourne upon your request. There are varieties of selections based on your particular occasions, flower types, bouquet style, price range, and they also provide gift selections to go along with your flowers (mind blowing). I find it pretty impressive and make surprising your significant others easier, well as the person who lives far from home and having my best friends overseas, I love to send my love during their special days with gifts or pampered them. I find this service really helpful and innovative in this millennials era.
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Here is how to order :
Step 1 
Head to their website here.http://flowersacrosssydney.com.au 

Step 2
Choose your flowers. You can choose based on occasions/flower types/Style/ or you can create your own bouquet. Then add any gifts on the side (if needed), such as alcohol, balloons, gift card, etc. 
Step 3
Arrange the delivery.
This is why I choose Flowers Across Sydney. They make it possible to arrange the day of delivery as you wish. 
Step 4
Finalize payment 
Step 5
Sit back and relax, and your loved ones will love you more for that surprise.

Thank me later.





Saturday, August 5, 2017

AN AFTERNOON TEA WITH BYRON BAY COOKIES

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AN AFTERNOON TEA with BYRON BAY COOKIE
at Bistro Rex

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When Byron Bay Cookie sent an invitation to an afternoon tea, you say yes. I am very thrilled to be there amongst amazing females in food. I was also there to try out the dessert collaboration between Christina Manfield and Bistro Rex's Jo Ward and Michelle Powell. The dessert is called Pear and Ginger Spice Crumble and is here to celebrate the launch of Christina X Byron bay Cookies' newest cookie flavour 'Ginger Spice Cream Cookie' which was by the way, really good. We were lucky enough to taste the new cookie before it is available for public from September 1st in David Jones (or online)

The dessert, Pear and Ginger Spice Crumble, was a whole new experience. I should've clearly wrote down the components of the whole dessert when Christina was explaining it but instead I was busy digging in because...... come on, it is a special dessert :) The only thing I can remember was how good it tasted, the texture of the dessert as whole. So there were cookie crumbles, lemon cream, pear and with apple/pear and raisins based. The dessert was served with a glass of 2015 Eric Bordelet Poire Authentique pear cider at the event. Each component compliments the other and until today as I am writing this to you, I still remember the taste of it, I am already planning to make a special visit to Bistro Rex.... just for the dessert!

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Christina Manfield for Byron Bay Cookie, 'Ginger Spice Cream Cookie'
available to public from September 1st 2017 in David Jones or online at cookie.com.au
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The dessert pop up will be running until August, 26th 2017 and make sure you make a reservation here and all proceeds from each crumbles sold will be donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FIRST TRIP TO PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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"It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times,

It is true, 

that you'll never know if you never experience it yourself." 

PERTH
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

It was claimed as one of the 'boring' city in the world,they said there's nothing much to do..but it speaks different language to me, that city in the heart of Western Australiais slowing raising up the bar.and if you think there's nothing to see or do in Perth,darling you're missing out.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BALI, INDONESIA : first trip


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chapter I 
- how to escape touristy Bali - 
Today marks two months since my first trip to the paradise, Bali. I have finally got all pictures done to cite my joyous time in Bali, Indonesia. Shall we start?

Four months before the trip, I called my bestfriend - Gabby - out to join me in Bali, she was keen to come along and she brought Angelia along with her. A month before the trip, Angel and Gabby has already decided places to visit in Bali, they listed down hell-a many places (note : they used to live in Bali for 6 months, so they know what's goin on :p).  
I have never traveled Bali before, I have only been to the airport for transit. But as much as I wanna make the best out of my four days, I personally tried to avoid touristy-places as I can. When I mentioned escaping touristy places, I mean it! Thankfully I have travel buddies that have the same thoughts and it was the best four days of my first time in Bali.  

Sundays Beach Club is a private beach located at The Ungasan Resort and Villa. You do not need to reserve. It costs IDR 300,000/per person (equal to AUD30), which includes towel, IDR150,000 Food & Beverages Voucher to be purchase at the restaurant, free Kayak and snorkeling equipments and you may stay as long as you want.
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wearing : Straw Hat - Sportsgirl 
Black Dress - The Fifth Label 
Sandals - Rubi Shoes  
Pineapple Kimono - H&M 
Sunnies - Elsa Lanvin

TEGALALANG RICE FIELDS - UBUD

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UBUD ART MARKET

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wearing :
Pink Off Shoulder Top - Glassons
Shorts - Cotton On
Belt - Uniqlo
Shoes - Adidas Original
Backpack - Calvin Klein
FOLK CAFE - UBUD

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WARUNG BABI GULING IBU OKA - PORK SUCKLING

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SARASWATI TEMPLE

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SISTERFIELD CAFE - SEMINYAK
My favourite cafe in Bali by far. Sisterfield serves Australian standard breakfast, lunch menu and service. They also have serious marble goals!

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ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE - Bedugul

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PANAMA KITCHEN & POOL - Canggu
I have to say this is my favourite place so far. Besides how photogenic this whole place is, the foods are way to go. However a minimum IDR100,000/per person purchase is required.

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wearing :
Longsleeves White Top - Rockmans Fashion
Skirt - ZARA
Sandals - Rubi Shoes
Black mini messenger bag - Roxy

AZUL BEACH CLUB - Legian
A perfect spot to enjoy the sunset while dipping in the pool sippin' coconut mojito. What a moment to spend the last night in Bali :) 


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sippin' coconut mojito like a boss :p

wearing :
Kimono - H&M

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best. sunset.

Last outfit before leaving Bali.

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wearing :Pajamas Outerwear - Glassons 
Yellow Suede Top - Sportsgirl 
 Jegging Pants - Uniqlo

I was sad that Bali trip ended faster than I thought. Bali has such a good vibe, or what I'd called positive vibe. And I believe Bali will always have me coming back for more :)

Peace Out,
Lenny x 

Here's how I arrange flight, accommodation and getting around Bali :

FLIGHT  I flew JET STAR from Sydney directly to Bali. I spent AUD250 for one way (including 20kg check-in luggage). I did not purchase in-flights meal because I fueled myself at the airport, but I did purchase in-flight entertainment, I couldn't get away from my boredom. 
ACCOMMODATION I stayed at Sense Sunset Hotel in Seminyak and paid $88 for three nights. I always book my hotel at Booking.com every time I am planning a holiday, besides the cheapest price and the best room I could get, it is a really easy booking process.
You can now enjoy AUD20 off your room by booking through my link : HERE! 
GETTING AROUND BALI We got around Bali by car. Gabby arranged a car rental and she droves us the entire trip.
Another way to get around Bali is by motorcycle (for short distance), taxi or rent a car + driver.
*Note: Bali has 15% - 21% tax surcharges when you dine in the restaurants.