Easyhotel, Kuala Lumpur – Review


Address: No. 110, Jalan Tun Sambanthan (Brickfields) KL Sentral , Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Type of room I stayed in : Deluxe Queen Room


My Review :

There’s nothing that could top its location, the elevator to the bridge connection to NU Mall, Monorail, and KL Sentral is right in front of this hotel. Very convenient access to various public transportation option. They provide 5 MYR breakfast coupon for 1 person per day to eat at ABC bistro at the ground floor, right beside the reception. There’s elevator at the hotel. The bathroom has sandals. They provided nice sajadah for Moslem to pray and Kiblat direction on top. The TV has cable channel like FOX Movies for entertainment option. Electric kettle, fridge, three electric socket to charge your phone, clothes hangers, table and chair. The bed and blanket is comfy. An easy to adjust hot shower, and toiletries. The toilet has water spray which is a must for me, Bangkok doesn’t have that. The check out only took 1 minute which is very convenient since I have to catch the train to the airport.



Be Myself


There was a time back then when I was younger that I regret I couldn’t be like someone else.

Then as time goes by, I learned to accept myself and think out of the box, that nobody is perfect and what matters is to be comfortable in your own skin.

Right now, there are still many people who told me to change this and change that, become more like this and more like that but I just want to be myself.

I now think that just having few people in my surroundings who like me for who I am is still better than having plenty of people but have to constantly change myself to please them so they would not leave.


Add Home Hostel, Bangkok – Review


Address: 82/1 Song Prapha Road, Don Meung, Bangkok, Donmuang, 10210 Bangkok, Thailand


Type of room I stayed in : Standard Single Room


My Review :

It has a lot more facilities than you think it will offer for the price. I stayed in single room and it’s right up stair. The hotel only has 3 rooms at the main building, one behind receptionist and two rooms up stair. There is one bathroom can be used by the two rooms. My room has TV, Clothes rack, laundry basket, sofa, a fridge, two complimentary mineral water, sandals. The bed, pillow, and blanket were comfy. Mirror for the room is the only addition I need. The bathroom also has separate slippers to wear. There are toiletries given and towel is provided as well. What I love most is the location. You can just walk from Don Mueang Airport, take exit of gate 1 ad walk to the right side, cross the street in the airport, then walk to go outside of the airport to see the walking bridge right beside Family Mart, cross the street from there with the two conjunction and you will see the food stall and 7 Eleven right across the street. Walk a little from 7 Eleven, around 200 meters and you will see add home hostel sign, enter the narrow street and you will find the hotel on your left behind the first building of the main street. There are still a lot people past midnight so it feels safe to walk there.


Left and Right Brain Balance

Left-Brain/Right-Brain Test

I first tried this test during my University year, but I thought lightly of the result. Just saying, “Oh, I got 50:50.”

Then over the years when I encountered various tests on the web, there are several tests similar to this, to test whether we are more left brained or right brained. I got 50:50 most of the time. I started to think, is there something more to it. I read more about this and found that:

Studies on patients with brain damage have allowed scientists to determine how each side of the brain controls different functions. The left hemisphere, for example, specializes in language skills and logic. The right hemisphere allows us to recognize shapes and faces and express and read. Most people are not likely to be strictly left-brain or right-brained – we use each side of our brain depending on the task we’re dealing with. However, some theorists and researchers believe that there may be one side of the brain that we draw on more, which can in turn make the personality traits characteristic of that side of the brain to be more dominant than others.

We go through life attached to a lot of personality-related labels – introverted, optimistic, strong but silent, drama queen, etc. But left-brain or right-brain? These are not so well-known. Interestingly however, whether it is our left hemisphere that is more dominant or our right one, the distinction can impact our personality and the decisions we make. For example, left-brain people are more organized and systematic. Right-brain people are more creative and intuitive. So which side of your brain is more dominant?


I tried the test above and once again got 50:50 result.

How to read your results: If you score closer to the right side of the graph, your personality is more characteristically right-brain. If you score closer to the left side of the graph, your personality is more characteristically left-brain. If you score somewhere in the middle, you share characteristics of both sides of the brain.



Both your right and left hemisphere seem to have reached a level of perfect harmony – rather than trying to dominant each other, they work together to create a unique and well-balanced “you”. Your spontaneous, impulsive, and free-flowing right brain creates an exciting and adventurous world, while your left brain helps you make sense of it and keep track of everything.

When faced with a problem or a tough decision, you’re not only able to break things down and make an informed and sensible choice, but you’re also not afraid to go with your gut when necessary. You tend to express your individuality both in words and actions, and although you’re perfectly comfortable running on a schedule or planning things ahead of time, there are occasions when you love to throw in a little spontaneity.

Your balanced outlook and approach to life creates a desire in you to not only understand the world, but to also take it in your hands and mold it as you see fit. With both your right and left hemispheres working together to guide you, you are able to understand yourself and life in general from so many wonderful perspectives.



The test stated that it is scientifically validated although I’m not sure until what certain point.

I wonder if it really brings benefit of some sorts by having this so-called balance left-right brain. Or is it the contrary, it brings about some confusions because you’re not exactly this and not exactly that, like I often feel. Some studies that I read do claimed that balanced left-right brain hemispheres brings so many benefit. Balancing them could be achieved by meditation. To see some potentials, you can see this picture:

This study also mentioned that Numerous electroencephalograph (EEG) studies have shown that humanity’s greatest philosophers, thinkers, inventors, and artists use both brain hemispheres together, in unison.

And that meditation works to balance both hemispheres of the brain, forcing them to work in harmony. Scientists call this “whole brain synchronization” and when achieved, your brain experiences extremely beneficial changes in hemispheric blood flow and chemistry. See more on EOC INSTITUTE

If that’s true then I want to be one of that greatest philosophers, thinkers, inventors, and artists. Although I knew that having potentials are useless if you don’t work for it and just idle by. I guess I have to move it, move it. I like to move it.



Source: PsychTests, EOC INSTITUTE, Boys & Toys Reviews

Sorry! No Last Name


I’m glad that Facebook now has allowed empty last name in their account setting. That’s why, I officially write my name just as it is.

Not all country has the same citizens’ name regulations.
In Indonesia, birth name can be one word only or as many words as they want and their father’s name is not necessarily included in their birth name. It can be included by choice. This makes it hard to define Indonesian name into standard name form like:
First Name, Last Name or
First Name, Middle Name, Last Name

Which in other form, it is stated:

Birth Name, Family Name or

Forename, Middle Name, Surname

As my name is only consist of one word, so whenever I fill any of such form, I usually put my name twice or thrice; or make it empty if it is allowed. Though some people will find it weird.

There was some instances when I was abroad, the staff at the airport is confused by my name and the ticket was printed with the same name twice. Then I explained that my name is only consist of one word. Another encounter regarding this name issue also happened with a bank customer service and an immigration officer at the border of UK. They accepted my explanation but it was just weird for them.

I then thought to myself that I would name my children (if I ever have them) with two or three words so they wouldn’t encounter such confusions.


Panduan Menulis Opini Oleh Tasmilah


Sabtu, 17 Februari 2018 lalu Pukul 16::00-18:00 WIB, Saya mengikuti seminar WhatsApp Group (WAG) dimana saya tergabung, dengan tema “Produktif Membunyikan Data Melalui Opini” yang disampaikan oleh Mbak Tasmilah, SST. Sekilas tentang Mbak Tasmilah seperti tercantum pada gambar adalah bahwa Mbak Tasmilah itu seorang fungsional statistisi di BPS Kota Serang, ibu dari 5 anak, dan penulis 69 opini di 14 media selama 2 tahun terakhir. Suatu pencapaian yang hebat, bukan? Namun, Saya kenal Mbak Tasmilah bukan baru di seminar ini. Dulu sewaktu saya masih kuliah di almamater saya, saya pernah satu kos dengan Mbak Tasmilah di kos-an saya yang kedua, lebih kurang selama empat bulan sampai saya memutuskan untuk pindah ke kos-an lain. Di benak saya masih teringat masa-masa waktu kami di kos dulu dan tentunya kita tidak akan pernah menduga akan bertemu kembali di grup Perempuan BPS Menulis. Mendengar prestasi Mbak Tasmilah, saya merasa takjub, bukan karena jumlah opini yang dihasilkan Mbak Tasmilah atau bahwa Mbak Tasmilah berhasil menembus Kompas yang terkenal selektif memilih opini, tetapi lebih pada betapa Mbak Tasmilah berhasil menemukan cara positif untuk mengatasi kejenuhan rutinitas kantor, membagi waktu di tengah kesibukan pekerjaan dan rumah tangga, serta menaklukkan diri sendiri akan rasa malas, keengganan, demi meraih kemajuan diri sendiri.  Saya yakin dari sosok seperti Mbak Tasmilah inilah, kita perlu belajar bagaimana cara menulis Opini, yang merupakan medium positif bagi perkembangan diri Mbak Tasmilah.

Menurut Mbak Tasmilah, dalam menulis opini, ada tahapan-tahapan sebagai berikut:
A. Proses Menulis Opini
1. Menentukan tema yang aktual.
2. Menentukan sudut pandang (angle) atau perspektif.
3. Mencari dan menggunakan referensi/rujukan, pendapat para ahli.
4. Memulai menulis, memetakan dan mengidentifikasi masalah, membahas permasalahan yang sudah diidentifikasi , sampai membuat konklusi.

B. Menentukan tema Aktual dapat dilakukan dengan cara:
1. Amati berita headline koran-koran utama yang memiliki reputasi baik setiap hari selama 4 hari.
2. Amati berita-berita di TV selama seminggu.
3. Baca situs-situs berita mainstream, seperti kompas.com, detik.com, vivanews.com, dll.
4. Ikuti berita yang dimuat berulang selama 3-4 hari.

C. Struktur Tulisan Opini
1. Judul
2. Pendahuluan
3. Pembahasan
4. Kesimpulan


1. Judul : Singkat, padat, jelas (3-5 kata)
2. Pembuka (lead) : merupakan kalimat atau paragraf pembuka yang mengajak, menggoda, mengusik pembaca agar terus membaca sampai tuntas.
3. Penjelas (Batang Tubuh)
4. Penutup (ending)

D. Menyusun Alinea
1. Satu alinea biasa mengandung satu pokok pikiran
2. Uraikan inti masalah dengan singkat (3-5 kalimat)
3. Sifatnya, apakah menanggapi opini orang lain atau mengajukan opini tersendiri?
4. Uraikan pokok pikiran utama (main idea) menjadi beberapa pokok pikiran penunjang/turunan
5. Hubungkan satu alinea dengan alinea selanjutnya dengan jembatan pikiran (bridging) yang kuat
6. Hubungan antar alinea bisa bersifat: kronologis (waktu), spasiologis (ruang), dan kausalitas (sebab-akibat)

E. Membuat dan Edit Draft
1. Selesaikan draf, apapun bentuknya, tulis aja apa yang ada di kepala sampai bener-bener mentok.
2. Endapkan tulisan awal selama beberapa waktu, cari inspirasi/kesibukan, perhatikan deadline.
3. Tinjau ulang draft awal dan periksa dari segi substansi, struktur argumentai, atau gaya penulisannya.
4. Bisa meminta pendapat atau masukan dari teman sebelum dikirim ke redaksi. Note: Kalo Mbak Tasmilah sering meminta bantuan suaminya untuk membaca opini sebelum dikirim.

F. Pentingnya Data
1. Data penting untuk memperkuat pendapat yang diajukan, apalagi BPS merupakan gudangnya data. Penulis dari BPS diuntungkan dengan ini. Karena tiap bulan BPS selalu merilis data, ini bisa menjadi ide untuk menulis tiap bulan.
2. Referensi penting untuk menunjukkan bahwa semua pendapat yang sama/berbeda sudah dipertimbangkan.

G. Buatlah Profil menarik
1. Biodata yang memuat pendidikan dan pekerjaan kita, ini untuk menunjukkan kompetensi kita sebagai penulis. Contoh: Tasmilah. ASN di BPS, Pendidikan DIV statistik Ekonomi. Kalau perlu tulis juga penulis opini di Kompas, Suara Pembaruan, Suara Merdeka, Radar Banten, dst.
2. Alamat yang mudah dihubungi, scan ktp, foto, dan norek npwp (jika koran nasional).

H. Mengirim Ke Redaksi


Demikianlah ulasan singkat mengenai hal-hal yang disampaikan dalam seminar WAG bersama Mbak Tasmilah. Bagi siapa saja yang berniat untuk menulis Opini, semoga sharing ini bisa bermanfaat. Sarana untuk mengembangkan diri bisa apa saja. Ada yang berbisnis, memasak, membuat kerajinan tangan, melukis, bermusik, dsb yang tentunya sesuai dengan minat tiap orang yang bisa berbeda-beda. Namun, jangan pernah berhenti untuk mengembangkan diri. Karena dengan terus mengembangkan dirilah kita bisa lebih menghargai hidup ini. Pesan ini tentunya saya arahkan pada diri saya sendiri yang seringkali masih lupa akan hal tersebut.



To Love


I have often talked about love, the concept and all that stuffs. I have also imagined so many times how it will be when I am in love. Although my actual experience of love is zero as I have never been in relationship before, but I believe I know a thing or two about love as I am a keen observer. I read, hear, watch stories about people in love and associate with their feelings as if I went through their lives already. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But it’s true.

As much as dreamy person I am, I am also a realist. I don’t really imagine love without flaw like a fairy tale. I know love needs efforts, from both sides involved. There isn’t any single person without flaw in this world, if that’s what you would call it, but I’d rather say it weakness. Every human has weaknesses and strength. Even the most perfect person you could ever recognize has his weakness, you just haven’t seen it yet, or blind yourself from seeing it. This is where love plays the part. Love can make you blind to see the weakness of someone you love. Or perhaps, rather to say, you see the weakness, you know it, but you just don’t care about it. That weakness is something you could tolerate. You just focus to see the good sides of the one you love. So in that sense, I believe there is this compatibility between two people meant to be in love.

We hear a lot about this love compatibility. If you are compatible with someone, you won’t consider that person’ weakness as something detrimental that could turn off your interest. So people could see it as something big and questioning why do you even love this person. But to you, because you love him/her, it doesn’t matter to you. That’s why I always think you should be true to yourself and be honest with your partner so he/she could see the real you and whether this love you both have for each other are meant to be.

When you are open with each other, you see each other’s scars of the past, you could sense whether you are meant for each other by how much acceptance you receive. Someone who is not willing to see your scars won’t be someone destined to love you so just let him/her run away. On the contrary, someone who is destined to love you will embrace you for who you are, scarred or anything. The burden you carry is the burden he/she is willing to share with you as much as his/her burden is something you could lighten. So one concept of love is to share the burden of each other and to become each other’s strength to withstand it all.

So here’s to Love!
May we all find someone to love.