Hi! This one is gonna be quite short post about my attempt on food that I want to share to you. So, after such a long time didn't try any kind of food, and stop challenging myself on any kind of recipe, finally this weekend I dare myself to made Seafood Stew! Mom always make traditional and simple seafood (or mostly, mussels) stew using shallot and fingerroot along with a bit sea salt. That's amazing! But this time, I'd like to use not only mussels but also squid and king prawn! HAHAHA I was so serious looked for the green mussels that barely hard to find these days at traditional market, so I went to a big wholsale market only to buy less than 1 kg green mussels cost only IDR 3000. Damn cheap!) 

So, I prepared myself to made this dish since it's all about seafood that need more treatment on how to keep it on the fridge and how to wash it before ready to cooked. After looked for the treatment, then I searched about perfect recipe for my first (serious) attempt on seafood. I got it! Jamie Oliver's seafood recipe. I'm not really referrenced to his recipe, I made some innovation from his recipe instead. If Jamie only using squid, then I used 3 kinds of seafood (green mussels, king prawn and squid) and add some sweet corn for an additional condiment. So, here is the version recipe of my Quick Stewed Seafood with Tomatoes: 

- King Prawn ( 1/4 kg )
- Squid ( 1/4 kg )
- Green Mussels ( 0.3xx kg )
- Sweet Corn ( 1 fresh sweet corn )
- Tomatoes  ( 2 fresh tomatoes: chop tomatoes without seed )
- Bay leaf ( 1 bay leaf ) 
- Onion ( chop onion )
- Oregano 
- Lemon ( Lemon juice and lemon zest )
- Tomato and Chili Sauce ( BUT becaues I rans out of tomato sauce and I only had left-over instant bolognaise sauce at the fridge, so I used that xD ) 
- Coriander ( a bit for a final touches ) 
- Water, paper, salt, sugar, chicken powder, and oil

Spread the oil, and put chop onion and tomatoes on a skillet or pot (whatever you think it's nice for a stewed dish) till it perfectly caramelized. Pour some water along with sweet corn, stir and wait untill it simmering, then put first stars of the day: King Prawn and Green Mussels, ladies and gentleman! xD the last is the squid, which need to put in few minutes before it off from the stove. Why? because we don't want to have a too chewy squidy on you stew dish. Just make it quick when cooked squid. Don't forget to add tomato sauce, chili sauce, (bolognaise sauce), bay leaf, oregano, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, paper, sugar, and chicken powder. DOOOONNNEEE!! SERRVEEE!! EAATTT!! BARE HAND AND GO WILD! ENJOY YOUR SEAFOOOD AND MAY GOD WITH YOU TO FACE A WEEK AHEAD. 


Picture Courtesy: Dallas Clayton

Here and now, at the Rooftop Bond up above my house, with my oldish Laptop, accompanied by hot lemon tea - I'd like to share a new step of my life. A worker life. When I was a kid, I always wondered that to be a worker must be at the cubical, computer, sitting with phone that always ringing, collect a lot of paper, meeting, presentation, and etc. As a grew up, I start to realized that to be a worker is not always be in a cubical or everything as I imagine. Remember I always waaaant to be an architect, work and always sticking around with paper, pencil, ruler, draw this, browse this, out-of-town duties, super busy, and cool (HAHA!) 

But then I realized all over again that, our dream plan, sometimes (or I don't know exactly) is not the best plan for us. Yap, I dreamed to be an architect but I didn't take architecture in university. I took telecommunication majority, instead. Then I have to 'turn-left' and thinking: What I'm going to be? 

In the end (at least for now) I'll let God to choose the way I should pass, and I'll just ask for the strength to start and finish-whatever what God gives to me. But I still pray for something I really need during my unplanned journey (let's say). There are some point that I asked for so many times, each time after Salat. And if I track back, most of them are granted. Now on. 

Shortly, I'm now working for Business/IT Consultant Company based in Semarang, with the expatriates came from Belgium as my Project Manager and CEO. The employees, most of them are the same age like mine. They are fun and lovable. I really interested to live in diversity. Different culture, different point-of-view, different skin, different background, and different story. All those differences are the things that always be missed. If you think I works in a cubical, then I'll let you know that my workplace is border-less. I just realized this things that with no border, I can feel how we react to each other, directly, face-to-face. And if you think I work 7 days stays in the office, then I'll let you know that I am very mobile person. I go wherever the customer is. And if you think I speak normally in Bahasa, then I'll let you know that I HAVE to speak in English most of the time even in an unprepared presentation. 

Those things are one of my wishlist. Challenging. I pray for something challenging if someday I hired as an employee. To work not just like everybody else.To have a friends that have the same spirit, friendly, caring, who will not give up on each other. To work in diversity (in a good thing). To meet new people, to face them in any situation. 

Yesterday, surprisingly, in the middle of crazy deadline and bunch of issues/bug/or whatever, the management told me that I passed the probation period less than 2 months and I'm officially the employee now. Alhamdulillah. Tho, I need soooooooo many times to learn, to know, to understand about this company and its core business. Because for me (at least for now) it's not all about the money. It's about how I can learn from these experience. Indeed I'm still too young, too new, too innocent about this things, just like a freshman-year, but still I need to be thankful for everything. 

I'm sure that something big deserve better, and effort won't hurt the result. Everything will be paid off someday. I know that. To be honest, as I work not just like somebody else - even in this short time I've ever felt surrender. But once ever said that: 

"I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now"

So, well.. Alhamdulillah, then :) 

But I still have my another dream-work, wish I get that opportunity someday. Aamiin! :) Hey by the way, the title of this post inspired by what I'm working on now hahahah and FYI, my hot lemon tea already cold as I finished writing this post. Have a wonderful weekend, folks! xx

If you are following my Instagram and my Path, you probably know some of my posts are using #RooftopBond. I don't know exactly why I choose that name. This is actually just a small renovation from a small part of my house, so #RooftopBond is just for fun! Hahaha :D 

You may familiar with picture above as I ever post it in my previous post. My house was built 22 years ago-1993. That's why some of the part has already obsolete and kinda dangerous. It could collapse anytime. Laundry room is one of them. After family discussion, we've decided that we have to fix it immediately. To build or not to build a new room? We finally decided to threw away the ceiling (and change it with the transparent one) and let it borderless, no wall! Not really borderless actually, but we'd like to make it bit open. We need an open space since we live in a coincide house and there's almost no space for 'green-area'. This is good! No need to turn on the lamp at noon because the sun bright directly to our space, we still have a place to drying clothes, little-getaway after work hour to enjoy the wind and expand Mom's greenieeessss! Yay!

As you can see, the before look was so awful. Then I paint it all by myself during the last days of Ramadhan month. EXHAUSTED! But I kinda happy with the result. Add this and that, placed this and that and done! 

The highlight : Lamp! Night view at my #RooftopBond

Today, it's actually haven't done yet because I still need more greenies and 2 high DIY chairs. Well, slowly but sure. All I can present here is the current condition of my #RooftopBond. You know? There are almost no new things beside those 2 cushions from sister-in-law and the greenies. I just put everything I already had - and plan for another DIY things. 

So now, maybe you have to be more sensitive and look around your living. Is there anything you need to be renovated? Discuss with your family. Make things new in the house from the brainstorming of each member of your family is FUN! Sometimes it end-up concept-less (my experience) since there are lot of thoughts, but with a good reference and inspirations, you can express your idea and mix it up with another family member's idea. Keep it economical, no need to make a massive renovation, check your warehouse and try to start DIY. Let's get inspired!

Chillin' out at my #RooftopBond, shall we?