My First Tattoo

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It took me 5 years to finally got what I want to make as my lifetime tattoo. I chose Mandala as my first tattoo. I used black ink because I don’t want to spoil the beauty of the design with fancy colors. I want to keep it simple because the design itself already look very grand. The meaning of the tattoo is:

The mandala, while in design is dominated by squares or triangles, has a concentric structure and actually translates to “circle” in Sanskrit.  These symbols offer visual elements that balance and represent harmony and unity. The mandala is extremely versatile and can carry a number of meanings that are limited only by the creator and the observer. The overall goal of a mandala is to be a tool on one’s spiritual journey.

The mandala’s design is meant to be not only appealing visually, but to absorb the mind in a way that silences chattering thoughts and allows the observer to gain a higher level of awareness.

Mandalas are designed from the center outwards, which tends to give them a floral appearance. Because flowers are typically circular in nature, circles and flowers can be combined to create a tattoo that is symbolic of femininity, eternity and balance.

Mandala artwork is a large part of Buddhist and Hindu religions. These designs are often depicted in sand art. Due to their geometric nature, tattoos containing mandalas look best on a flatter section of the body, such as the chest or back.

Each person who observes a mandala will have a different experience, but meditating on this symbol is said to make the observer relaxed and gives them a resolution or clarity on their intention.

Mandalas have been used in almost every religion. They may be given a different name and meaning, but the basic definition remains- that they are circular, spiritual works of art. Due to this, mandala tattoos are a great choice for someone who lives a deep, spiritual life. (source from here)

I don’t want to talk about my decision to chose Mandala as my tattoo. I want to talk WHY I decided to make a tattoo. I have to thank my late Mum because she gave me the permission. Mum worked abroad since 2007 and she came back for leave on 2010. When she came back, of course me and my Mum were having a “girls talk”. The she made a confession.

She opened up her shirt and revealed small tattoo on her left chest. It was letter “R” as the first letter of her name. Then I tentatively asked can I get one. She just nodded and said, “If you can hold the pain, yes you can. Make sure you found the meaningful one because it will attach to your body forever.”

Okay, I got her permission. So I started to looking a design that will be my first tattoo. It took me a while before I found this Mandala design. Too bad my Mum wasn’t with me when I made it. Well she can watch me getting tattoo from Heaven, right? She saw how I can handle the pain of the needle during the process. Yeah I was cursing in low voice but I managed to keep still until the tattoo finished.

Without her permission, I don’t think that I will make the tattoo. When I read the meaning once again,,, yeah I think I found the perfect tattoo for me.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tattoo….You?.”

No Pet for Me

Am I animal lover? Well, at least I never throw a stone to stray cats or dogs. I let them enjoy their life in peace.

Am I a pet owner? Nope. I don’t have a pet and I don’t think pet is for me. I once a pet owner. One accident made me a bit trauma having a pet.

I once have two adorable hamsters. My friend gave them to me. My Mum called them Hamham and Taro. We didn’t know which one is male or female. We love them so much and fed them every day. Until one day, one of the hamster stop eating much and went to sleep almost whole day. It was Taro.

Me and my family kinda worried, what happen to Taro. We saw Taro still eating, so we keep gave them food. Until one day, I woke up with a big surprise. It was ordinary Sunday morning when I woke up. I saw Mum and my brother circling the cage. I asked them what’s going on.

“Taro gave birth!” said my Mum. I rushed and sat to her side and looking for the little hamster. There was none. “Where’s the baby?” I asked.

This time my brother answered my question, “Hamham ate them all!”

His answer made me almost passed out. Then my brother explained how he knew Taro gave birth and how Hamham ate the babies. That explanation really made my whole family sad. The most tragic thing, few days later Hamham and Taro escaped from their cage. Don’t ask how.

Since then, I declare that I’m not fit as a pet owner. No, Sir!

*Prompt 27 April: Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to? Menagerie

Would You Barter?

Would you barter? How about all transaction we know is only barter? How you determine the value of the things you will trade? I’m sucks in Economy subject when I was in high school. Now I have to write about this???

I don’t think barter will suit me. I mean, judging by the value of the things… It can be decrease in the matter of time. The only thing that constant, in my opinion, is gold. Not everybody has gold, right? Beside, how do I know to get item A, how many item B I should prepare? That will be another headache.

Barter system is the earliest way of trade in humankind. It created the base of trading system we know now. I kinda curious how people determine the value of things and what to trade. More important, how many items to trade for getting the specific item ya…

*Prompt 26 April: If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle? Barter System

My Own Blurb

I suppose to write a blurb for my own book. This is where I stuck. First, I don’t know what kind of story I will make. Second, I also suck in summarize things. Okay, here we go!

Emily Wood was just an ordinary girl from little town called Wakespring. She decided to leave her home and pursuit her country singing dream to big city Nashville. Things weren’t going like Emily’s thought. When she almost gave up her dream, Jonathan Big came. Soon, both of them became lovers. However, there was one thing Emily didn’t know about Jonathan’s past and Jonathan will make sure no one knows about it. Including Emily…

There goes my blurb. Why I wrote this? I have no idea. It just popped up in my mind.

*Prompt 25 April: Write the blurb for the book jacket of the book you’d write, if only you had the time and inclination. BYOB(ookworm)

Choosy Spicy

I have Minang tribe in my blood. Minang is one of the tribe in Indonesia that have delicious foods. Rendang was voted as the most delicious food in the world and often served in big occasions of Minang people. Mostly Minang foods contains chili, red and green, and totally spicy. The taste is the combinations between chili and spices ingredients, and the taste was,,, WOW!

However, I don’t like spicy foods. Since I was a little girl, I don’t like chili taste in my foods. The habit last until high school. That was the time I was trying to put some chili, we called it sambal, in my foods. The reason was simple, my friends challenged me. Yeah, I was cheap back then because the bet was he would pay for my food hehehe.

Since then, I put sambal in my food in any chance. Not every food I eat with sambal. I’m totally choosy. I like sambal made by Mum and Grandmum. In restaurant, I’m a picky person. The decision of putting sambal based on the taste and the appearance. Kinda hard to explain it in words. Right now I don’t have the pictures of sambal I like and sambal I don’t like. It’s all about instinct hehehe.

If I have to choose, I’d rather have my food free from sambal! It’s my nature, yet I have to compromise with taste sometimes hehehe.

*Prompt 24 April: Do you love hot and spicy foods or do you avoid them for fear of what tomorrow might bring? Ring of Fire

My Playlist

I want to share my playlist this week. I will give 5 songs that stuck in my head. Here we go!

1. The Weeknd – Earned It

One of the song inside “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack album. In my opinion, this song should be the main song, not Ellie Goulding’s. The reason? Just read the lyrics. It described perfectly of how Christian Grey’s admiration to Anastasia Steele. Period.

2. SNSD – Catch Me If You Can

You didn’t expect that I will listen to K-Pop songs, right? Well, I love the new sound of this girls. That’s why I keep it on my playlist. Very catchy tunes!

3. Tiesto & KSHMR feat. Vassy – Secrets

I love Tiesto! Every time he released new track, I always listen with enthusiastic. Including this song. When it comes to Tiesto, I’m not gonna say much.

4. Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix)

The lyrics is simple. The melody really catchy. This song made me fall in love with Robin Schulz. This song made me love Deep House.

5. Calvin Harris feat Gwen Stefani – Together

I love this song because the lyrics kinda represents my feeling to my boyfriend. Beside, Gwen Stefani’s voice really one of a kind and fit the song.

So that’s the song I listened intensively this week. What’s yours?

*Prompt 23 April: Who doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, the three secrets to happiness — go silly or go deep, just go list-y. The Satisfaction of a List

Me and EDM

Nowadays, I’m listening to electronic dance music. EDM, for short. My friends asked why I suddenly listening to this kind of music. Actually, I already listen to EDM from 11 years ago. They just don’t know that fact.

I can still remember the first song I heard. It was Traffic by Tiesto. When the song reached the middle, I felt like I’m out of body. Totally new experience for me. It was in my friend’s car and she is an EDM fan. She gave me some of her collection and I started listened to it. So yeah, I’m not that new to this kind of music.

The reason is simple. It was personal thing and personal taste. I keep it in a closet because I don’t expect people to understand my choice of music. Other people tend to judge our unusual taste. For me, that’s ridiculous. Now, why I declare my love to EDM?

I found friends that makes me enjoy EDM in different way. Previously, I enjoy EDM only the song, now I explore the history of the genres and the musicians. Meaning, I read Wikipedia and various source just to know more about EDM.

Due to this reason, I set up a dedicated page to EDM in my other blog. Contains tracks I’m listening and also review about it. Kinda slow now, but I’m trying to update it as soon as possible. Hopefully, I can contribute not only as a groupies, but involve more in industry as well.

*Prompt 22 April: Write 500 words on any topic you like. Now remove 250 of them without changing the essence of your post. Slash and Burn

Know Your Company

Having someone to discuss is cool. Especially if we have the same interest. Usually I avoid sensitive topics like politics or religion. Why? I don’t think I have expertise in that. Beside it’s my personal opinion.

I avoid these topics whenever I talk to my friends. I definitely avoid to talk about politics and religion with someone I just know. Why? We don’t know their mind. Believe me, last year’s general election proved it. Differences in political choice caused many rift even in family. My Facebook timeline full with political opinion and even defamed both president candidates.

If your choices can make family torn apart, how about with someone you don’t really know? Chaos, like I’ve been through with Facebook and Twitter during election. Exhausting. Need to unfollow and unfriend some of my friends because their posts full of hatred.

If someone ask you about politics and religions, I suggest you keep the conversation to the minimum. Usually, if they didn’t get the answer they want to hear, they will keep asking until you say yes to their opinions. Don’t. Just give your proper response then leave the conversation. So far, it works for me.

*Prompt 21 April: “It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree? Polite Company

The Review

I would like to review my own life.

Maddy Pertiwi, to people who know her, is a lively person. She likes to make jokes. Considered geeky enough because she loves science fiction, especially Star Trek. Yeah, call her Trekkie. She has a good life with her family. However, nobody expect that behind her smiles, she hides secrets.

Secrets of her fears and worries. About life and love. Like layers, with each layers represent her true feelings about everything. To know about Maddy’s life, you can’t just sit down with her 5 minutes. Takes lot of probing and approach before she can finally trust you. Once she trust you, she will pour his heart out for you.

This attitude is part of her awareness. Many times hurt by someone she loved, she can’t trust people easily. To outsider, she can appear as a cold person. To someone who know her, she is completely different person. In front of them, Maddy is a cheerful person and love to laughs.

To sum up, Maddy’s life is like puzzle. You have to be patient to collect the pieces and put it all together. Once you put all the puzzles, you will know the story of Maddy’s life.

*Prompt 19 April: Write a review of your life — or the life of someone close to you — as if it were a movie or a book. Four Stars