elyse: (coffee love: not a morning person!)
When was the last time you stayed up all night? What were you doing?


Um.... last night? *lol* xD
Some of you already know that I'm nocturnal, so yes I stay up all night (almost) EVERYDAY (^∇^) I go to bed when the sun rises. That's my original body clock since birth *nods nods*

As for what I'm doing every night...
Well, the usual activities one usually does after working hours, including: finishing up work, fangirling & flailing, watching dorama, chatting, emailing, browsing, reading, downloading (mostly videos), having intimate conversation with Dad, talking to mom, etc. It's so much more comfortable doing all those in the silence of the night in my own private space with no one bugging me! Yes, I really came to love the night ♥

elyse: (nodame cantabile: piano noda)
When you have to study or get work done, what music (if any) do you put on to help you concentrate?


You might be surprised with my answer, coming from someone with a strong music background throughout her whole life.

I don't listen to ANY music while I study or get work done. In fact, if my ears catch the sound of music playing, be it in the background or not, I can't really concentrate and thus can't study or get work done! I might even move to a peaceful place with NO MUSIC at all so I can concentrate better and resume my work/study. I just love silence too much! (That's why I love the night ^^)

I know that's really weird, because music has been a huge part of my life until now. I played the classical piano since 5 years old, non-stop until I graduated high school and went to university. I was introduced to jazz in univ & have since become an avid jazz aficionado until today. My work since 2003 is very much music-related (I'm a music organizer). So I've never been apart from music since I was 5, but I can't listen to music while also doing important things! I think I know why, though. It's because of my deep music influence... that if I hear the faintest music playing, my mind would focus on music instead of what I'm doing xD

My ears are very sensitive, so I can catch the slightest sound of music playing in the far background and can focus on it right away. That's why, whenever I need to concentrate on something very serious (& esp. to get important work done), I really despise it if someone ignorantly plays music (esp. if the music is not to my liking!) without considering that it could be annoying to others.

Bottom line is: I love music so much and it's a huge part of my life. But I'm very picky in what I consider GREAT music! So I don't appreciate if anyone puts music loudly in private areas (unless that area is yours to begin with, like in your car, your house, etc) & thus in a way forcing everyone to hear it. Same thing with websites that have music playing automatically without the option to mute it! Thanks, but I'm not interested in your music! >_<
elyse: (nana: hachi - speak)
How many languages do you speak?

Fluently? Only 2: Indonesian & English.
I can speak regular Javanese, although not too fluent.

In the past, I learned French, Mandarin, and Japanese. I could speak those languages a little bit when I was still learning them. But since I don't practice them anymore... I totally lost my ability to speak them! >_< Well, unless for the very few commonly used words, such as: je ne parle pas français, 再见, or とてもおいしいかった (^∇^)

I wanna learn French and Japanese again...!
elyse: (takako uehara: mickey)
How many different places (cities, houses, apartments, dorm rooms, etc.) have you lived in? Which is your favorite? And your least favorite?

  • I was born in Semarang and lived there (in my grandma's house) until I was about 20 months old.
  • My family and I moved to Jakarta in 1981, living in a house in Cengkareng, West Jakarta.
  • We moved again to another house in South Jakarta in 1991 and lived there until I graduated high school in 1997.
  • I went to the US of A for university at Penn State. The city is called State College, but the university area is called University Park. Weird, I know, since University Park is basically INSIDE State College! For the first year, I lived in dorms. The first 6 months, I stayed at Wolf Hall (in Pollock Halls). And the next 6 months at Runkle Hall (in North Halls). I love Runkle Hall better than Wolf Hall, albeit smaller. Runkle Hall felt more intimate :3
  • I despised living on campus because I had to share with a roommate (whom I couldn't choose myself coz it was randomly assigned!), so I moved to an apartment on my sophomore year. I lived in a 2-bedroom apartment at Beaver Terrace with a very nice Indonesian friend. I lived there for 3 years, until univ graduation in 2001. My bedroom is SO BIG that my Indonesian friends loved to hangout at my apartment and infiltrate my bedroom xD
  • Upon graduation, I moved to Southern California for work. For the first 1 month, I rented a room in a house (in Irvine, CA) owned by an Indonesian senior couple, but since I didn't like the couple AND the room, I mostly stayed at my (then) boyfriend's apartment (Las Palmas in Irvine). Then, in an effort to cut paying for an empty room that I didn't use anyway, I moved to my (then) boyfriend's apartment for two months, while also searching for an apartment / room nearby.
  • My mom's friend's friend (a senior Indonesian couple) offered me to rent a room in their daughter's (empty) townhouse at La Habra, CA. The townhouse for rent was next to the senior couple's townhouse. So I rented the smaller bedroom on the second floor (the master bedroom wasn't for rent since it was reserved for whenever their daughter & grandchildren came to the US -- they were living in Indonesia at that time). What I really love was: most of the time I had the whole townhouse for myself! xD xD I lived there for 11 months.
  • Since I was going to take a professional degree in UCLA, I decided to move to Pasadena, CA, so that the commute wouldn't be too long. I chose a one bedroom loft at Alexan City Place. I rented this apartment for 6 months, but I only happened to stay there for a month, because I went home (to Indonesia) on Oct 2002 to apply for student visa for my UCLA degree. Guess what: the application was rejected.... twice! ヾ(。`Д´。)ノ  So I was stuck in Indonesia for good and the apartment was left empty for the remaining 5 months! [○・`Д´・○]
  • Thus, I have since lived in Jakarta for good (since Oct 2002) at my parents' South Jakarta house until today.

My favorite is Alexan City Place at Pasadena.... although I lived there for the shortest time!
The apartment is sooo nice (and new! -- when I moved there, it was like only a month old) and spacious (it has a loft, too!) and modern, totally my favorite type of apartment!

My second favorite is the townhouse at La Habra. The place is so so (not new, not modern), but I can have the whole townhouse for myself, most of the time ^^ The bedrooms are upstairs. Downstairs you'll find the living room, dining room, and kitchen. It's really nice, it feels very homey.

My least favorite gotta be the dorms! No matter how nice a dorm could be... a dorm is a dorm! x_X You can't have your own space (or maybe you could, but still.... it's a dorm!), and usually the bathroom is shared. I just don't like sharing my private space *lol* Ooh, not to forget all the dorm rules! Being a nocturnal that I am, it's really hard to abide by the rules (esp. the one where you can't talk on the phone after midnight outside of your room. Well I didn't wanna bother my roommate who was sleeping, but I also wanted to talk to my (then) boyfriend so I had to go outside and whispered on the phone! And I always got scolded because of that -_-). I just HAVE to have my own space, without having to worry whether I would bother people with my weird sleep cycle, and vice versa.

However, after trying both houses and apartments... I like living in a house better, esp. because it's much more spacious (I'm a bit claustrophobic) and it feels more private.
Those are the keys of my life: privacy & space! xD
elyse: (nana: hachi - flowery)
What's the story behind your username?


Ah yes, I had wanted to write the background story of Lisette, but never got around to do it till I saw this question. Thank you, Writer's Block! :D

I have used the nickname Lisette for a long, long time. I think I started using it since more than 10 years ago, when I was in my senior year of high school (1996-1997), I used it for my IRC handle/nickname.

The story behind it goes like this:
I was an avid historical romance novels reader during high school, blame it to a few friends who got me to liking 'em. But thanks to them, my English improved a lot, because the vocabularies were oh so difficult! ^^
So one day I read Linda Lael Miller's vampire series novels: Forever and the Night (1993), For All Eternity (1994), Time Without End (1995), Tonight and Always (1996). Lisette is a character (the queen of vampires) in Forever and the Night and For All Eternity. Albeit she's an antagonist character, I fell in love with the name ^^; So I started using the name for my pseudonym from then on! xD

At first, most people I met online (through IRC, ICQ, and my then-website ikkoku.net; before the LJ era) knew me by the nickname Lisette. Only a few knew my real name.

Since about 6 years ago, though, I came up with another nickname. Because Lisette is a common Western female name, I found that many times the username Lisette was already taken. So I searched the Kabalarians for a French female name and liked Flavenne. It's a rather unique name, and I can always sign up with that name (it's never taken!), hence I tend to use Flavenne more than Lisette.

Nowadays, I mostly use either Elyse or Flavenne for my username. I kinda neglect Lisette, actually >_< But I never stop liking Lisette, and sometimes still use it as pseudonym whenever I want to conceal my real name.
elyse: (appare jipangu: eeeep! no!!)
Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever encountered one?

"Believe"? That word is an understatement.
How could I not believe if I had seen & sensed too many (and not only ghosts) since I was born? O_O

There.
My little secret is finally out :P

That's also the primary reason of why I mostly go to sleep after dawn / sunrise, unless I'm too tired.
So I'm not jetlagged nor insomnia nor do I have DSPS (Delayed sleep-phase syndrome). I've become a night person since babyhood (is there such a word? *lol*) and I've since come to love the night.

It would probably be best to make use of this nocturnal cycle of mine to join the Nocturnal Adoration Society! :D If only there is such thing in Jakarta... I hope there will be one soon!


Added on 4 September 2008, 02.03 AM:

If you had to give up one of your five senses, which could you live without?

My sixth sense! :D

I'll give it up anytime.
And perhaps.... I could live normally.
elyse: (fashion: ferriswheel)
Is there a topic you can't stop writing about in your journal? Why do you write about it so much?

LIFE!
Of course, I will never grow tired talking about my life. As long as I'm alive, I will always talk about life and everything in between :)
Because, there are just so many aspects of life that I can explore, think about, experience, discuss, and share. I will never run out of subtopics when writing about life.

And all of the readers will say, "Of course we all talk about our lives! Duh." :P

Alright, my bad.

Let's make the answer a fun one.
I probably can never stop writing about travelling in my journal. Simply because I love it forever.
elyse: (thinking of love love)
What words do you find wise enough to live by?


There are so many, but these are my current favorites (that I can remember):
  • The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.
    ~ Chinese Proverb
  • You may be gone tomorrow, but that doesn't mean that you weren't here today.
    ~ unknown
  • The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
    ~ Samuel Johnson
  • Going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.
    ~ Ernest Hemingway
  • You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
    ~ Woodrow Wilson
  • Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in raising everytime we fail.
    ~ Conficius
  • It’s up to you to infuse your life with meaning. No one can do that for you. Not your parents, your job, your favorite band, your Playstation 3 or that new pair of seersucker Chucks you bought the other week.
    ~ Lee
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
    ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
    ~ Lin Yutang
  • If you don’t enjoy what you have, how could you be happier with more?
    ~ unknown
  • To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold every before me, even in the doing of little things, the ultimate purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done – this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.
    ~ Thomas Dekker
  • There are those relationships that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous...
    ~ Carrie Bradshaw, from Sex and the City
elyse: (kurt halsey: togetherness)
Where do you call home?


Eh... that's not easy to answer. Or at least, the answer is not a single one.
Places I would call home are: Semarang (Indonesia), Jakarta (Indonesia), State College (Pennsylvania, USA), La Habra (California, USA) and around Southern California.

Why so many? Let me elaborate.

My mom is from Semarang, and my dad is from Ambarawa.
I was born in Semarang and stayed there until almost 2 years old. Then my whole family moved to Jakarta.
Although I've been living in Jakarta since then, I went to Semarang & Ambarawa almost twice a year, because my grandparents from dad's side were in Ambarawa & lots of my dad's family are in Semarang. My dad's family is pretty large (he has 9 siblings), so we used to gather together every holiday: my dad's siblings and their children (my cousins). That happened yearly until my grandparents moved to Jakarta when I was in jr high school (around 1992/1993).

After that, we still go to Semarang at least once a year, because my mom's dad's grave is there & she has to take care of it once a year (according to the Chinese tradition). I'm usually the one who accompanies her until now (except when I was in the US).
Sometimes we also go to Semarang for family incidentals (such as weddings or funerals) or any other non-family invitations.

In 1997, I went to the USA for my study. I was in Penn State (the city is State College, Pennsylvania) for 4 years, then I moved to La Habra, California for 1 year (during my OPT - optional practical training). I worked in the city of Orange while I was in La Habra. My close friends were in Irvine, so I went there a lot during my La Habra days.

In 2002, I went back to Jakarta for good... and I've been here till today. Like previously said, I still go to Semarang at least once a year. I also go to Bali a lot (since my family has a villa there), but I don't call Bali home, since it never feels like one.
elyse: (morning musume: nacchi - pink beret)
What commercial do you love the most? Which do you hate?

Here's one of the few commercials that I love the most ^^
(also because it's Kassy :P)
Of course I'm not gonna post commercials that I hate, since there are a lot of them! O_O


elyse: (rika)
What is one thing you MUST do before you go to bed at night?

A couple of things that basically are done in front of the dear computer (in no particular order):
  • Check my emails and make sure nothing urgent that needs immediate attention is forgotten to be taken care of.
  • Check my utorrent and make sure I've moved the finished torrents to its appropriate folders.
  • Check twitter: read the latest tweets, reply to @elyse tweets & post new tweets.
  • Find interesting movies/dramas that I haven't downloaded from either [personal profile] jdramas or [profile] asian_doramas & leave the 2 laptops (my mom's and my bro's) to download them while I go to sleep :P Also make sure that the main desktop continues to download dramas via utorrent.
  • Make sure any work that must be done before the following day arrives is done completely.
  • I might be sneak peeking or skim watching jdrama / jmovie for as long as I'm hooked (ranging from 5 mins to hours :P)
  • Click all the interesting URLs on the latest tweets @ twitter.
  • Browsing endlessly, for lack of better things to do.
  • Do moderator jobs for the Yahoo groups I'm maintaining (i.e. approve pending messages, mostly).
  • Delete spam messages that are quarantined here.
  • Check Facebook & its (fluff)Friends app for any activity that needs attention.

See, so many activities before going to sleep. No wonder I always sleep so late (read: after 6am), right? ^^

Actually, I might not do all of the above, but most of them are essential. I usually manage to say a little prayer (or a lot, depending on whether I can still keep my eyelids open or not) before I finally fall asleep :)
elyse: (perfect girl evolution: sunako)
Has anyone ever done something so horrible to you that "I'm sorry" couldn't fix it?

Oooh yes!
Actually, the person didn't even say "I'm sorry", because she didn't realize that she had made a huge mistake.
But if she were to say "I'm sorry", the damage done couldn't have been fixed in any way.

I'll explain more.
To protect the identity of those involved, I will be as ambiguous as possible.

A few years ago, I was horribly backstabbed. By a -supposedly- good friend whom I trusted with all my heart, who chose to backstab me over someone else that wasn't worth the effort, to begin with. It was proven right in front of our eyes only a few days after that backstabbing incident. But she didn't realize the damage she had done to me, not to mention that she didn't realize making the big mistake in the first place. It might not have meant anything to her, but it meant a great deal to me, because friendship starts from complete trust, at least for me.

See, I'm the type of person who can trust completely, until I'm cheated or find out that I shouldn't have trusted anyone that much in the first place. As I grew older, I was struck by the reality that, even though I've been so trusting all this time, people don't reciprocate or appreciate that effort.

So I learned a life lesson the hard way.
And even though I did forgive her by heart (without saying anything to her, because she didn't realize anything in the first place), I didn't forget the backstabbing incident. Memory cannot be erased; good or bad. And I have such a good memory, too! I couldn't deliberately push that memory into my subconsciousness, even if I wanted to so much.

I have, since then, become very careful in my relationship to her.
And deep inside my heart, I could never be the same Elyse again to her.
Maybe she did realize that I changed over time.
But as to what reason, she wasn't really clear.

C'est la vie.
And life goes on.
I'm still the same trustful Elyse, just maybe that quality decreases a bit.
elyse: (nodame cantabile: allegro)
If you were independently wealthy, where in the world would you live and how would you spend your time?

Ah, I love this question, for I can elaborate on my passion & dreams ^^

First of all, being independently wealthy is one of my dreams that I hope to achieve sooner (if possible by the time I'm 35 or as late as 40).
The question goes waaay beyond where I would live & how to spend my time.
Actually, I have several passion & dreams that I hope to achieve by being independently wealthy.

So let's pretend I'm now independently wealthy, with a great husband & 3 kids :)

I would live in Jakarta, but I will travel extensively (to anywhere in the world, but mostly Japan & Europe), while at the same time taking care of my kids here.
My husband might not be in Jakarta all the time, too, since he has to take care of his businesses abroad, thus making him travel extensively.

I would have a big charity / non-profit organization that helps others in need in various ways that I could think of (actually, since very young, I've had a passion of helping my immediate circle - those I know around me - with their family & personal problems, whatever it might be. I just want to continue doing that & extend it to a waaaay larger circle to include & bless the helpless people in urgent needs out there).
I might also still take care of my music organizer business, but not very much involved like before. Only to supervise once in a while.
I would have a pastoral counseling & psycho-medical center (I might be one of the counselors, too) for people in need (and especially for problematic children, i.e. autism, etc).
I would also manage or supervise several other charities / non-profit organizations that deal with the poor, the sick, and the abandoned.

As for how I would spend my time, aside from the above projects, I would also have lots of fun with my friends & community.
I would travel with family & friends to wherever in the world we want to go: sakura hanami & culinary trip overdose in Tokyo and all around Japan, watching Wiener Philharmoniker in Vienna, strolling around the French Riviera while staying at beautiful beach-view villas from St. Tropez to Monte-Carlo, relaxing in England's towns & villages, playing with baby tigers & baby lions in South Africa, and so many more! :3

Of course, when in Jakarta, I would also do the things we usually do to have fun: hanging out in cafes & lounges, listening to jazz, watching movies, barbeque-ing, shopping, and I shall not forget: good food everyday! :D

Do they sound like impossible dreams?
elyse: (i heart ny)
What do you always carry with you?


Must-have items in my handbag:
  • wallet
  • 3 cellular phones :P (or at least the primary 2 gsm phones)
  • 2 digital cameras (Leica C-Lux 1 & Canon Ixus 850 IS)
  • mint
  • foundation powder

The other things are optional, but still necessary.
No wonder my handbag is always heavy :P
elyse: (nana: hachi - pink smile)
What is the most common compliment you receive?

Something related to my body.

"You have such a nice body!" (thank you)
"Wow, you're so thin!" (well, I used to be thin, but now not really. You wanna see my tummy?)
"You have to eat more!" (I eat like a pig already)
"How come you eat so much and manage to be so slim?" (*hands up* ask my faaast metabolism)
"You're so lucky, you don't have to worry about gaining weight" (who said so? I'm actually stressed out with this stomach faaaat *_* --> need to exercise!)

I receive those compliments too much that they never make me blush. 
elyse: (ginban kaleidoscope: togetherness)
How did you spend Valentine's Day?

Nothing fancy.
Having a fellowship with my community, Domus Cordis.
We meet every other Thursday, and Valentine's day just happened to be one of those cell meeting days.

On a side note, I haven't celebrated Valentine's day for the longest time.
elyse: (simple: lady on the beach)
What is one of your favorite poems?


A PROMISE TO MYSELF

by Jan Baller
 
I promise, from this day forward:
To accept myself unconditionally
To always love myself  & cherish my existence
To always show respect
To not demand perfection
To stop putting myself down
To give myself the credit I deserve
To be my own best friend,
Someone I can depend on
To open my eyes to the beautiful promise in me
To utilize my God – given talent to build inner security,
And make a positive contribution to the world,
 
Because…
Only if I love myself,
Can I truly love others
Only if I respect myself,
Can I truly respect others
Only if I’m open to the specialness in me,
Can I genuinely appreciate the uniqueness in others
Only if I cherish my own existence,
Can I become the person I was meant to be
elyse: (nodame cantabile: allegro)
What are 10 things you are thankful for?
  1. My life. Being alive. Being able to see the world.
  2. My family (parents, brother, grandparents, etc).
  3. My faith & gifts. It's a privilege. It's God's deepest desire within me.
  4. My health.
  5. My past, present, and future. Of what was, what is, what will come my way.
  6. My friends. True friends.
  7. My community. Domus Cordis.
  8. The internet!
  9. The opportunities which I have so luckily had ever since I was born.
  10. My brain.

The list might change every once in a while according to priorities & things that happen in my life as the days go by.
Or I might just post a new list by then ^^

Happy Thanksgiving!
elyse: (perfect girl evolution: shy sunako)
Boo! How are you celebrating Halloween?

I don't celebrate Halloween.
In fact, I have a meeting & an event tomorrow. There's a birthday celebration mass & I have to organize the music for it.
So, yup, that's how I'm gonna celebrate Halloween.

But I noticed someone's birthday is on Halloween. Happy birthday, [personal profile] beverly!
How does it feel to have a birthday on Halloween? ^^;

Of course, the userpic is Sunako. It only fits her perfectly!
Speaking of Sunako... I wonder when Perfect Girl Evolution is going to finish. I really want Sunako & Kyohei to hook up in the end *full of hope*
elyse: (nana: hachi - pink smile)
How would you describe your personal style?

Just one word: eclectic.

It's really hard to elaborate, for I have a unique & constantly changing style for every aspect of my life *nods nods*

eclectic

"There are those relationships that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous..."
~ Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City)

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