when life knocks you down

/ September 16, 2016 /
Hello everyone! So here I am, writing this post at 2:29AM

I decided to name this post "when life knocks you down" – as an ode for confusing things that have been regularly turning up in my life lately

Life is not perfect as we wish or want it to be – life is tough. Life is weird, I think I can say that. Life gives you lemons and expects us to make lemonades without any knifes or squeezer. 

Early this year, I found out that my dad's cancer relapsed. It was not an easy period for our family. He was diagnosed with nasopharynx cancer (cancer located at the back of the nose) back in 2011, and in March 2016 for his yearly check up we found out the cancer came back. We were devastated and all hope seems to be so thin. Radiation and chemo are not the way for you to go if you have second time cancer– as the cells are obviously quite strong. Long story short, after weeks of discussing, we decided that the best route is to go to Japan and do a cyber knife treatment. It's not a surgery with knifes and all that, fyi –the treatment delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy and this treatment so far have been successful on patients with relapsed case. Thank God everything went well, the treatment lasts for 3 days and my dad is stated clear again by the doctors in August. He will do another check up in November so let's hope everything will be great :)

Okay so, from what happened to my dad, I learned these few crucial things that I want to share as I've been seeking strength to tackle my life problems; 

First, it's the power of prayer. I witnessed so many people (thank you so much!) genuinely care for him and pray for his health. I really believe now that if you pray hard for it, God will gives you answer on His time. It might not be the answers that you wished/asked for, but it will be the best and it will be right on time. He is never late. 

Second, is to be positive in negative situation. I can say that I'm a very positive person –but it's fucking hard to stay positive when life keeps on punching you, rite? I'm pretty sure my dad was the most devastated one when he found out that the cancer was back again. But I mean, he did not show it publicly that he's sick or sad. He kept his spirit up, stay positive, eat all the organic/healthy food and drinks that my mom prepared for him (he went on a strict diet recommended by other cancer patient, and still is now. We decided to keep everything clean for him with few cheat days :P). Doctors also said the key to health is your mind –so I guess it's crucial for us to see the good things first rather than what sucks. Let's say "yah.. at least this happened now not later on" rather than "fuck shit then complain complain complain." 

Things happen for a reason
You met/crossed path with the wrong people for a reason
You found the right one for a reason
You get what you wished for a reason

At first, it's gonna be hard to see what's good when everything else seems so bad, but when you get the habit out of it, life will become easier, slightly stress-free, and you'll feel lighter. Keep this in mind,

THIS TOO SHALL PASS

Third, be kind. This one is easy, yet so hard. I'm not freaking Cinderella, I have my moments when I dont have the courage and I cannot be kind. As I said, I AM NOT CINDERELLA

Fourth, to try. I am not Cinderella, but at least try to have courage and be kind. You know, life is a wheel, sometimes you go up sometimes you go down. You'll never what hits you, so it's better to spread kindness rather than spreading hate. Help others when you can.

You reap what you sow. So when shitty, weird things happen to you; Don't seek revenge. Just focus on your own shit –seriously if you mind your own business, you won't have time for other things. Improve yourself, do better, and take the high road. Smile and sing it like Selena, "Kill em with kindness". 

Finally, be happy and be grateful. Your blessings outweigh your problems. 

Stop and smell the roses.


TWIST at Dawn & Willow

/ August 14, 2016 /

Last night I had the chance to join the first ever Indoestri Dinner – TWIST at Dawn & Willow. Five course dish were prepared by Chef Ade Kurniawan and Chef Oscar Widjaja. First, special shout out to @manualjakarta team for choosing me as your giveaway winner. So, I took my boyfriend with me to Indoestri last night and we joined the rest of the guests. We should've sit outside underneath the twinkling lights, but unfortunately it was raining. Hence, our table moved inside. Rustic flowers, linen table runner, and candles decorated our tables, giving it the rustic/garden feel. It was somewhat over 7, they finally served their first dish. It might took a while for the food being served, but the two chefs managed to deliver the taste for each dish. 

Our appetiser, the 3 croquettes taste like Gado Gado, Singkong, and Sate Padang. I must say the sate padang one was really good. On to the next one, the frog fritters (as you can see below)!! Prolly the best dish of the night. I just wish they don't have the toothpick as a decoration otherwise I would have wiped clean my plate. The sauces were amazing, there were 3 different sauce– garlic miso, marmalade apple cucumber, and garlic cream. So soo good. Some people said the garlic miso reminds them of that Kanpai (a resto in melbourne) sauce.
Frog Fitters

 To the next menu, it's called the "Local Fish" but I assume this was gurame being grilled and hidden under a jelly. Served with some pineapple sagoo and pineapple curry foam. Not my fav, it reminds me of a deconstructed gurame asem manis though.
Last savoury dish is the Pigeon Duo. I'm not a big fan of pigeons cus they taste like "ati/ampla" and I don't really like it. But that one part covered with crushed pistachio is just AMAZING. Simply, amazing. 
Pigeon Duo
Last dish! Dessert!! I'm not really a fan of "deconstructed" dish since sometimes I found people overdo it– but I must say, this es teller was soooo good. The jackfruit was still cold and icy it gives a fresh taste into your mouth. 
Deconstructed Es Teller
I'm not really good at explaining things –so my review in describing some of the food would be really bad. For every savory dish, they also matched all the food with different kind of mocktails. My favorite one could be the one with the fish, since it was a mix between white grape juice, soda, ice tea, and rose. Sounds yummy right? Also, during the dinner we were being entertained with live music by BINJ. The singer is actually one of my colleague. I'm so so so proud of her!! Finally again, thank you Manual, Indoestri, and Dawn & Willow for an awesome dining experience. Wishing each everyone of you a big success! Thank you and see you around!

lucky number 7

/ June 21, 2016 /
TOP @label8store // PANTS @atsthelabel // SHOES Nine West // SUNGLASSES @justraito
Time really flies eh! It has been 7 years since I started do blogging. I started thesourcherry.com in 2009, and moved to sergeantkero.com in 2011. So many things have happened since that, lots of hiatus, but anywho I'm very grateful for all the experience that I've been through. In life, generally my life has never been better. I have a steady full time job, in a field that I love – fashion retail; side job that is growing day by day  floristry called @studiojiro; and my blog slowly but sure coming back to life. Outside from those, I have a healthy family (Thank you God!), amazing friends, business partners (who gave me so many new opportunities!), loving (and super patient) boyfriend, super awesome (and expensive) hobbies (diving im looking at u). Seriously, I should be grateful. I'm so looking forward for what the rest of the year will come!

So, here it is what you've been waiting for.. For the 7th year of my blog, I will be giving away these two (yes! 2!) Glossier Balmdotcom - Universal Skin Salve to you all. All you have to do is jump away to my IG @sergeantkero and see this post below. You can find the how to there :D


 Shot this outfit pic yesterday after a lunch (+shopping) date with @marshellajastine. She's a fashion stylist, so if any of you guys need a stylist for your photoshoot, you can try to contact her. One of her latest projects is for the new sunglasses brand called RAITO. They're showcasing their collection right now at Dia.Lo.Gue Art Gallery in Kemang right now. You can follow their instagram @justraito. In below picture, I'm wearing the Shichinin sunnies with yellow lenses. Super loving it, a really nice addition to my sunnies collection.

So check them out, and don't forget to join my giveaways..!! Have a great day everyone!!
SUNNIES // @justraito
Pics by @marshellajastine

the weeknd

/ June 13, 2016 /
It's 7PM on a Sunday night.. How are you guys feeling? I hope all of you had fun this weekend! For myself, I began this weekend strong (but it leads to a lot of soreness). Strong means getting "tortured" by Ride Jakarta's chief - Gita on her private class session. Private class includes a 40 minute riding + 15 mins core and arm workout. Intense shit. But the best part it, you get to do it with your friends (with a minimum of 5 people) and request songs! With me, there were a lot of KPOP songs. Even one 4-minute song that I didn't even give/recommend to Gita. I was like whaaat.. Where did you get this song? I guess I managed to drag another girl into the big black hole of KPOP. The usual class provides different kind of song genre with different coach. For 45 minutes, you'll be challenged to run up the hill, ride easy, medium, hard, up, and down. You might feel so tired, but I think it's all worth it. After every class, I feel so happy, I also can see myself getting stronger (hopefully strong enough to start crossfit again) If you're interested in her torturing class, you can check out @ridejakarta on IG (I'm just joking about the torturing part, it's a really fun class. I'm addicted)
Can't wait for next weekend! Ready for the upcoming session. #BikiniBod we're coming!
JUMPSUIT @Milcah_ID / SANDALS Seed Heritage / BAG Cotton Ink / CHOKER Love and Flair
Taken by RHK
Sunday morning, I started my day by arranging a bouquet for one loyal client! Tried to make it special for his wife, as she is such a sweetheart! Her bouquet consist of; roses, eryngium, super cute buds of baby roses, carnations, and lots of eucalyptus.

@studiojiro
 Finished with all the delivery for the day, me and my fam are ready for Sunday's mass. Since their opening day, I haven't been able to take my parents to St Ali, so that's where we're having lunch. Per Glo's (their chef) recommendation, I decided to get this beautiful dish of salmon. Can I just say? It's so good. Super loving the lightness of it, and the pomegranate just yum yum! My dad opted for "clean eating" (literally) since that's what he can only eat right now. Good coffee, yummy food, and great companion - I feel content and happy! 

























After one afternoon spending time with my friends and their babies, now I feel tired. Man, age doesn't lie. So here I am writing this, thinking how I will plan my week ahead. So excited, can't wait to get back to riding and crossfit! Wishing you a week full of content peeps! xx

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Carol was born in 1989 and a Cancerian. Loves ice cream way too much, you should keep your distance when she's on sugar, because she might gets too hyper. Loves to travel and try new things. You can follow her journey on IG #kerotravelseries. Simple things make her happy, she likes quiet place, prefer few close friends rather than big groups. She has her own floristry now, it's called @studiojiro. Their arrangements are pretty moody, that's what makes it so special, it's so her! E: sergeantkero@me.com | IG: @sergeantkero

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