Matthieu & Hera

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A Fresh Start with Antipodes Skincare

Antipodes Skincare

Antipodes Skincare

Antipodes is a certified organic and premium natural skincare brand based in New Zealand and is the first natural skincare brand that I discovered. Even if it was not love at the first use between us, I bought a few products from them and plan to continue doing so. If you want to know my thoughts about their products, keep on reading!

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Waterfall Trip in North of Bali

Waterfall Trip in Bali

Waterfall Trip in Bali

There are many waterfalls in Bali, most of them are in Singaraja regency. It is a 3 hours trip from Ngurah Rai airport. Since we live in Denpasar, we went there by motorbike.

We did a two days trip (Saturday and Sunday) as it was more convenient to spend the night over there. On Saturday, we spent half of the day driving north, stopped mid-way for lunch and looked for an accommodation to spend the night. We ended up exploring our first waterfall late in the afternoon, around 16:00 PM.
The first waterfall we visited was located in Sambangan Village. They call it Sambangan Secret Garden but it is better known as Aling-Aling Waterfall, especially by local people. There are many waterfalls in this area but we decided to explore this particular one after hearing good reviews about it. If you look at Google, Instagram or Google Map, there will be many things you can explore with these keywords (Aling-Aling, Sambangan, Waterfall).

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This year, I successfully completed my second Ramadhan! It is a demanding experience, both for your body and mind. Because of the abstinence of food and other things, it taught me to not take anything for granted and to appreciate the little things…

This year, the month of Ramadhan happened during  the month of June and I wrote this article at different times along the way…

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Obrolan Matthera #1

Halo guys, apa kabar nih? (semprat-semprot Cling dulu biar kinclong)
Maaf ya vakum… karena perjalanan hidup lagi berlika-liku dan sulit untuk menuliskannya, lebih cepat mendokumentasikan via snapchat aja, hehe.. kalo ada yg aktif di sana bisa add saya di hera.shinysmile isinya seputaran objek pariwisata di Bali, tempat makan, my skincare addiction and kehidupan sehari-hari aja. Ga bakal banyak wefie.
Kali ini saya pengen cerita ttg obrolan sama Mamat saat buka puasa sabtu kemarin. Ntah dengan nada protes atau iri tiba-tiba dia buka percakapan dengan bilang “kok bisa sih kamu tidur dengan suara ribut begitu”.

sleep in waerebo

Matt mencoba tidur waktu nyampe Waerebo

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What to Look For in a Life Partner

life partner

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When I started having a serious relationship in my teenage, I realized that spending more than half of our life with the same person is terrifying.  Although I had drawn my future life with this person as the effect of monkey love, I love you till the end kinda imagination. After the first broke up, It took me a handful of experiences before I knew what I need to look for in a life partner.

So here is my humble suggestion.

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Unchain My Heart

Last week I was driving back home after work. Same way as I use every day. All of a sudden, I hear a weird noise under my feet and the motor starts to slow down. My chain just broke.

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The French Pharmacie Haul

French Pharmacy Haul
Pharmacie Haul! It was the only activity I planned since my visa to France got accepted. Well, I did Lush Haul, Carrefour Haul to get Le Petit Marseilleais and friends, and off course Sephora Haul at last. What can I say, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right?

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Things Different in France

Things Different in France

This time was my third time I visited France. Visiting France for Christmas festive was a different experience than my other visits. It filled with family gatherings, food, champagne, and gifts! It was the first time I received so many cadeaux, mostly about skincare, which is my current addiction.

In this post, I am not going tell how we spent our Christmas and New Year’s Eve because basically it was an intimate moment with other family members. Good time for me to get to know more member of C and K clans. Right now, I want to write about my experience and things I spotted that make my forehead or eyes get more wrinkle from pondering or laughing. Here they are…

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Review: Jojoba Oil from Utama Spice

Jojoba Oil from Utama Spice

Jojoba oil has saved my skin during Christmas trip to France so, I am going to review about it. This Jojoba Oil comes from Utama Spice, one of natural skincare company in Bali.

What is it?

Based on their website, Jojoba oil is structurally and chemically very similar to the human sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin because sebum is also largely comprised of wax mono esters. In most cases, it can act as a substitute while giving similar or added benefits compared to sebum. 

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2016 matthera

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Thirteen days passed by and it went just like what I need. I do not have high hope for this year, but I do have some goals for my sanity. So here some points I want to emphasize for 2016

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In 2015, I joined Goodreads reading challenge to read 12 books, but I managed only to read ten books (one book was not available on Goodreads). This year I increase the number up to 15 books with an expectation to read at least two books in a month. Current reading is a true story about a royal family in Saudi Arabia. The title is Princess More Tears to Cry written by Jean Sasson. I quite like this book and now on page 155 out of 392. The next book to read is 5W1H written by Yoris Sebastian. It has only 131 pages, I will manage to nail two books in January. For the next few months, I am eyeing some books on Amazon since they are not available at our local bookstore. It is going to be my first purchase on this site. Excited.

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