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Sunday, August 31, 2014

MY HUSBAND'S DREAM: A Message from My Late Brother

"You can't take care of my sister if you can't take care of yourself." That was the message from my late brother to my husband in his dream. He also got other short message: "Relax, massage." So, yesterday he told me about this dream when he gave massage to my feet in the evening. Then I told him later if that day (yesterday, August 30) was my late brother's birthday. My husband said, "Oh, My God! He is around us, even-though he is already in heaven but he is able to watch us."

Because of that dream, my husband told me he would like to quit smoking. Well, I wanna see later if this dream works well to make him quitting from smoking. I told him my brother loved me so he wanted him to take care of himself so he could take care of me. I believe my late brother knows my condition/situation and he sent a message through his dream. And my husband's response, "Oh, he loves me more. He wants me to take care of myself." I smiled and said, "OK, he loves you more." That made him happy, hehehe.... Absolutely.

His attending in my husband's dream reminds me to write something special about him. I'll do it in the next upcoming week. Thank you my brother for your message, and thank you my aunt and her family who has visited his grave on his birthday. I'm sure he was happy having visitors in his special day.(*)



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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Harvest Party

What comes up in your mind when reading the title of this post? "Harvest Party", hmmmm???  Well, I didn't have the real harvest party but I would like to celebrate every small blessing from one of my summer activities: GARDENING. Every harvest is blessing.
This time I would like to share my joy--(almost) every harvest from my small garden.  These pictures below present (almost) every small harvest I have during this summer.
Picture 1. This is the last picture I took but it wasn't the last harvest.
In the following week I harvested more and shared them with my neighbors.
Picture 2. Harvest before Picture 1.
Picture 3. Making garden salad from my own garden--Picture 2.
Picture 4. Harvest before Picture 2
Picture 5. Harvest before Picture 4. I found something rare.
Picture 6. Harvest before Picture 4.
Picture 7. Harvest before Picture 6
Picture 8. Harvest before Picture 7.
My husband had an idea to shape them like . . . hmmm, can you guess it?
Picture 9. One of my sweet green pea plants.
Picture 10. My only one grape tomato plant.
Picture 11. Two cucumber plants.
Picture 12. The second harvest.
I have a special post about my first harvest.

Picture 13. Having small snacks from my own garden--Picture 12--and shared them with my hubby and my youngest daughter.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Meeting the Mayor (Walikota) and Chief of Police of West Chester, PA

Well, well . . . this is little bit old news but I haven't posted in couple months since I met the Mayor and Chief of Police, West Chester-PA face to face in March 2014. It was the most interesting interview and experience in my whole life in looking for a new job. Why did I mention it? Because I never thought before if I was going to meet the government leaders face to face. I got a phone call regarding my application. I was very nervous since I knew I was going to meet the first person of West Chester, PA. But my nervous was gone when I met her. She is the most friendly and down to earth leader I ever met in person. No doubt if people in West Chester, PA chose her become their Mayor.

Carolyn Comitta
West Chester, Mayor
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In the interview, she told me if they received more than 50 applications and only took 10 of them for interview and I was one of them. From 10, they will choose only 1 person. She congratulated me for this even though in my mind I had already known I would not going to make it. If there were 10 candidates--and I believed it was only me who was an immigrant, I was not going to make it. I was very sure there would be other candidates who were more qualified and had more experiences than me. So, I just enjoyed that long interview with her. We had nice talk and she is the kind of person, full with attention. I could not imagine how lucky the person who would work with her. She would be the best BOSS she ever had.

From my first meeting with her, I had very good impression about her. She looked very respectful and didn't put her as the higher level than others. 
My nervous appeared again when the lady told me I was going to meet the Chief of Police, Scott L. Bohn, as my second interview after done with her. As same as the first interview, I had good impression about him, as same as the Mayor, but he talked more than her, so I enjoyed little bit story he told me, hehehe...
Meeting the Mayor and Chief of Police of West Chester is my first experience I even never had before when I was in my country, Indonesia. After meeting them, my mind popped up comparing with the Mayor and Chief of Police in Indonesia. Probably they will have adjutant and I will feel the Strata when meeting them. Who knows, but that was I thought as I knew most of Indonesian government leaders acted that way. I hope it will change and better now as they have a new President who can show them that the leader is there to give the service, not to get the service.

If I ever met the Mayor and Chief of Police, probably one day I am going to meet the higher government leader. You may laugh when reading this, but one day you will shout, "Oh My God!" (Hahaha.... I got you!)

OK, guys, this is just a little story of one of my best experiences I share with you. I write this not to impress you, but to remind all of us. Every day we can make little bit progress. A progress to move forward. We are not going to move 1 mile at the time, but only 1 inch. Everyday I always think, what one, two or three little things I am going to do to move me forward although sometimes God gives us different direction than what we expect, but we should remember He knows the best for our life.

KEEP MOVING FORWARD!!!
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Herbal Medicine from Jokowi (Candidate of Indonesian President 2014) to My Husband

Another duet picture style of "Jokowi and Gregory" instead of "Prabowo vs Jokowi"
Prabowo is the first candidate of Indonesian President 2014.
Jokowi is the second candidate of Indonesian President 2014.
Gregory is the first President in the family, forever and ever.
Herbal medicine. I have consumed it since I was a child, especially when I was teenager during my menstruation period. I am a lucky wife who has a western husband who has interest in herbal medicine. Although he doesn't consume it frequently, only when I order it online once/twice per year, he never says "No" to try it.
When I watch the video of Jokowi and his wife who were being interviewed by a famous Indonesian media, they shared the secret of their herbal medicine. His wife always makes this herbal medicine by herself for him every morning and afternoon. There are four ingredients she uses: temulawak, ginger, mung bean water, and honey. YES!!! That was the first word I said after they mentioned them. Then my husband figure popped up in my mind. Yes . . . I would like to make this herbal medicine for my husband. He looked enthusiastic when I told about this. 
Now, I have the problem: where I will get those ingredients. Hmmm, maybe at Asian Market in Philladlphia. Let's see if they have those. If you know where I can get temulawak extract, would you please let me know? Mung bean is also difficult to find at any markets around here from Walmart, Acme, Giant, Bottom Dollar Food, etc. 
Video when they shared about their herbal medicine
Now, what the health benefits we can get from those four ingredients so I really want to make it for my husband too?
1. Temulawak (Java turmeric/turmeric's twin)
According to an article I read from the Jakarta Post, mentioned "Based on several scientific studies, temulawak has a higher percentage of curcumin, around 68 percent compare to 47 percent in turmeric. Curcumin has the highest amount of antioxidants compared to grape seeds, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Antioxidants help the body fight against damaging free radicals that destroy cells and degenerate the body’s organs. The onset of diseases such as heart disease and cancer, as well as other problems like weakened immune system and premature ageing, stem from these free radicals. In this case, curcumin works both to cure and prevent diseases by regenerating cells. With today’s busy life, the body’s cells are easily destroyed by pollution and consuming chemical-based drugs and alcohols."     

2. Ginger
According to an article I read from the World's Healhtiest Foods, mentioned "Ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects."

3. Mung Bean
Regarding to an article I read from Get Healthy, mentioned "Mung bean contains vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as vitally important minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. It can reduce heart disease and cholesterol levels, an antioxidant that supports healthy vision, good for diabetics, support healthy liver functions, help the skin slow down the aging process and strengthen hair and nails." 

4.  Honey
According to an article I read from care2.com, mentioned "Honey can Prevent cancer and heart disease because Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease; Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit; Anti-bacterial, anti-fungalAll honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand; Increase athletic performanceAncient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners; Reduce cough and throat irritation: Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep."

I can't wait to get those ingredients soon and wonder if my husband will love it. 

Mentioning the name of Jokowi, do you ever hear about him?  An attached video below is little bit information about Jokowi if you never heard anything about him. He is the third Best Governor in the world and one of 50 Greatest Leaders in the World. For more detail about him, you can read it from Wikipedia. He is a candidate of Indonesian President 2014. Today, July 9, 2014, Indonesia is holding direct presidential election. I hope it will go smoothly and I want to see his name crafted with a new title: Indonesian President, 2014-2019. (*)



Giant Concert, as one of Jokowi campaigns that none of Indonesian president candidates 
did it before. 
Many people love him. His simple performance with the strength of his heart for better Indonesia have won Indonesians' hearts.
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