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Celebrating International Women's Day and Hosting My Food Photography Workshop

March 8th is widely celebrated as International Women's Day all around the world, including here in Jakarta, Indonesia.
This year, along with Accenture, a company which moves within the management consultation industry, I have collaborated with them to deliver a Food Photography Workshop for the International Women's Day Celebration event dedicated to the employees.

So through this post, I would like to share a little bit of my activity and what I did to celebrate this wonderful day as well as my thought about it.
This celebration was held on Friday, March 10th 2017 at the Function Hall of Citywalk Sudirman, which started from noon until the evening. The event began with a panelist discussion which consisted of female entrepreneurs and motivators. It was amazing to see how times have changed now and how the current working industry celebrates women more, trusting their abilities to hold positions equal to men. I am sure this brings a greater balance to the whole working ambience with men and women working together, each conquering the problems they face with their own unique capabilities.

And through this day, the committee of the event would also like to enhance the knowledge and(or) talent of the female employees by holding workshops, another way to empower women even more with better knowledge. There were three workshops held with different topics to cover, the Food Photography Workshop, Coffee Latte Art Workshop, and Sushi Making Workshop.
And as what I have stated, I would be covering the Food Photography Workshop, while Nino Fernandez, an Indonesian Actor would be covering the Coffee Latte Art Workshop, and we had an expert chef for the Sushi Making Workshop.


The participants had the choice of choosing which workshop they would like to attend when they received the invitation. So everything was organized well and went smoothly.
As I got on to my station, I was amazed to see that there were quite a number of people who are actually interested in food photography. I was super pepped up to share my experiences and what I have learnt over the years of being in the blogger industry as well as my knowledge on food photography.
Of course, if I was asked whether I was nervous or not, I would be lying if I said no. At one point, I was afraid that I might not be experienced or knowledgeable enough to "guide" them. But thanks to the participants' appreciation and proactive attitude, I soon got over it and felt comfortable speaking in front of the crowd.


I divided the workshop into two different sections, the part where I share some guides, tricks and talk about my experiences along with how I do things, and the part where I let the participants practice the photo taking process by themselves. Participants were also welcome to put up any questions for me to answer regarding photography problems that they face or simply curious about.

You really can't unsee the heart shape that we unintentionally made, can you?

I would like to convey my gratitude and thank you so much to all of the participants who have taken part in my Food Photography Workshop! I appreciate it a lot, and I hope that I managed to help you all answer your queries with satisfying responses.

Another thing which instantly put a smile up on my face was when a committee came up to me telling me that she went around asking the participants how my workshop went, and the participants actually said that I was very professional and they were satisfied to have learnt a lot through this.
It was very gratifying and I felt like there was a sense of accomplishment within me, to be able to share and help others to become better. Now for those of you all who are reading this, I would like to let you know on how are also able to do good deed, try to compliment someone or give credit for whenever they do something good, you'll never know how good it can make someone feel and brighten up their day.

What did you do during International Women's Day? Did you celebrate it, and if you did, how was it? Share it with us down below!
And through this chance, I would like to wish you all a Happy Belated International Women's Day by the time this post comes out. May all genders be equal and cherished without any prejudice nor discrimination. Here's to wish us all reach a brighter future ahead! Cheers!

P.S. Sorry for the low quality images within this post as the lighting was pretty dim inside the hall.

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Mustika Ratu Slimming Tea; Fit and Health Bloggers Gathering

As I tend to visit a lot of different restaurants and trying a wide variety of foods almost every single day, I can say that the risk of me gaining weight is pretty big. Especially when I hardly exercise to burn off those extra calories.
I have always been worried and self-conscious about it, and been planning to properly maintain my body weight to a proportionate number but of course, it is mostly only thought out and yet hardly executed in a proper way.

Fortunately my current body weight is just right and I don't need to worry too much. But sometimes, I just can't rid the thought of getting obese out of my mind due to my huge appetite.
Earlier this month, my friend asked me to sign up for a gym membership at one of the gym clubs here in Jakarta together with him, and so I did.

AND THEN, I FELT LIKE THIS MUST BE A SIGN FROM ABOVE TO TELL ME TO TAKE CARE OF MY WEIGHT!

Not long after, I got invited to this bloggers gathering event held by Dream.co.id x Mustika Ratu at Twin House, Cipete. The main purpose of this event was to introduce their slimming products and also to point out that guys can also consume slimming products as well.

I MEAN, JOINING THE GYM AND SLIMMING PRODUCT INTRODUCTION TO ME, COINCIDENCE MUCH?

This must be a sign.
*Looks down at my belly*
Yes, indeed.

Fast forward to the D-Day of the event, upon arrival, we were seated at our own pre-arranged seats, not many familiar faces were seen from the usual bloggers gathering events that I go to, and so I simply sat awkwardly on my seat.

Le awkward lunch moment, and I finished everything off my plate!

KINTAN Japanese BBQ Buffet - Jakarta

On Monday evening, as I was idling around with nothing to do, my friend suddenly called me up for dinner, explaining how much he was craving to have a Japanese Meat BBQ for dinner. So as we were pretty hungry at the moment, we agreed straight away to go for an All-You-Can-Eat restaurant. We decided to try out the newly opened Kintan Buffet - All You Can Eat Japanese BBQ.

Truth be told, as we didn't do much research beforehand, we went to Kintan Yakiniku located at Pacific Place, SCBD, only to find out the bitter truth that it is different and they don't serve buffet menus there. Words couldn't explain how disappointed we were (and hungry) at that time, so without any further ado afterwards, we went straight towards Emporium Pluit Mall for the long-awaited buffet dinner. Yes, we took the extra effort to move from South Jakarta to North Jakarta for the sole sake of it.


Upon arriving at Emporium Pluit Mall, the clock has struck around 8.30 P.M. and it took us around 5 to 10 minutes to get to the restaurant from the parking lot. The server told us that the last order is on 9.00 P.M. but we still went in ahead anyway after the kind advice from the server.