Minggu, 10 Mei 2015

How To: Cycling & Keep Chic in a Sunny Day

As you know, Bandung's weather nowadays is superbly unpredictable. Extreme sunlight with little gale in the morning 'till the noon, hard rain in the afternoon, both weather are the last thing a cyclist hope for.
But don't let these weather hold you to go out with your bicycle! Here are some trick to dealing with the weather:

Good Playlist. Yes, as I said in my previous post, listening music would be very helpful. Make a special playlist for cycling in a hot, sunny day. But remember, choose your song wisely to add to your playlist. Because in a hot, sunny day, your temper is as hot as the sun above. So choose the one that makes you chill down and not makes you hate the weather, but enjoy the hot, sunny day instead :)
For example, here are some of my song choices in my "Nyepedah Panas" playlist:
      # I Feel Free - Cream
      # Close To Me - The Cure
      # Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
      # Amsterdam - Peter, Bjorn and John
      # In The Sun - She & Him
Or you can go to my 8tracks and listen to this to feeling like a nonchalant on a hot day:

Sunglasses, Hat, or Helmet, or anything to cover your head from the sunlight. Because the direct sunlight pointed at your head is the reason that makes you feel angry and high tempted. And also makes you a little dizzy. If you have nothing to cover your head and you have a long cycling route, you may fainted. And why sunglasses? To deceive your eyes that the sunlight is not too bright and to makes you feel cooler :p

Step aside from the road. Take a break. If you feel exhausted and senggol-bacok (yes, the hot weather can cause you to be like that, believe me.) already, you MUST step aside from the road, find a shady spot, and sit down. You have to sit in that shady spot under the tree or under a building shade or stop by to the nearest cafe or whatever for at least 2 song. If you already chilled down, please continue your ride :)

Sunblock. Do I have to explain why we need sunblock so much?

The last, but the most important, Sabar. Cycling in a hot, sunny day may be your biggest challenge. It can makes you angry, extremly exhausted, senggol-bacok (the feeling that you want to crash and punch every car with good air-conditioner or anything that get you in the way) and everything that makes you feel like giving up the bike. So, the key to survive all of that is patient. Sabar.

Happy cycling!

photo courtesy of: www.thesartorialist.com

Rabu, 29 April 2015

Bicycle and Ayurveda: how it brings out the best in me

 It was one year ago when my friend introduce me to Ayurveda, a system of Hindu traditional medicine founded in India 5000 years ago. It was one of the oldest health science ever found, older than the invention of penicillin. 
I’m not a person who would easily agree with something un-logical. Although Ayurveda is mainly used by the Hindus and have strong relation to religious ritual and may sounds fairly superstitious, but the more I learned about Ayurveda the more I found Ayurveda logical and made sense. I was intrigued by the idea of Ayurveda, and it led me into researches from books and hundreds online articles about Ayurveda. Since then, I’ve learned and followed basic rules of living according to the science which I’ve applied to many of my routines and favorite activities. Surprisingly, it could explain so clearly the reasons why I love bicycling and how good it made me feel. It turned out that bicycle can brings the best in me, that may have been buried inside.

First, let me give you a brief explaining of Ayurveda before I get to that point. We will get to the bicycle part, I promise you. Bear with me.

According to Ayurveda, every things existed in the universe has its own Dosha. Dosha is element consisted in our body which forms a human being, the elements is grouped in three dosha: Kapha (earth & water), Vata (wind & space) and Pitta (fire & water). Every things included: activities, sounds, food, animal and of course, human.
Understanding the logic of Dosha and how to relate it with our body is not rocket science, very easy.

I will take Vata Dosha for example. What relate the most with wind characteristic? I’d say; movement, free, unpredictable, cold. Then a person with Vata Dosha dominance would have a thin body, light body weight and will remain skinny no matter how much food they eat. When balanced, a Vata person will be creative as they let their imagination freely, have good sense of art and will have no problem with dancing any other activities using body movements. But the downside, when imblanced a Vata person will most likely be moody, easy to change their mind and will experience many mood-swings. Sounds like ‘wind’ to you?

What I meant when I said “when balanced..”, is because Ayurveda key to an ideal healthy life is simple; to be balance. Ayurveda treat a disease or a sickness as an imbalance state of our body. So, if you are a Vata person, which means you already have many wind element in your body, then you are more likely to be sick when you ‘consume’ too many wind element from external. With ‘consume’, it is not only mean the food we consume only with one of our senses, but it is also means the experience, the activities, the weather which we consume with all our five senses, and affect not only our body but also our mind. So if you catch a cold, the cure is not only with taking medicine or going to the doctor, you can cuddle with your loved ones that can warm up your body and make the cold go away. And when imbalance, our body is not only produce sickness, but also brings out the bad habit and bad character such as; laziness, mood-swings, angry, jelousy, hatred, etc. As a wise man once said, Mens sana in corpore sano.

Everybody is unique, nobody are made the same. Everybody are made from different dominance elements. Me myself, have 2 dominance Dosha. I am both Pitta and Kapha person, which means my body constitution is made from fire, earth and water. To balance myself, I have to find a daily routine that contradict my dominance Dosha. Which in my case, cycling. Cycling requires a constant body movement and it also make you embrace the wind as you cycle. Perfect for me who needs more Vata in my body!

If you have read my blog, you may have read many ways of me provoking to start take bicycle into your daily commune and how good it feels to ride a bike. Since I learned Ayurveda and know myself better, I am now more certain that cycling is good for both my mind and body. It’s not only makes me healthier, but it also brings out the best in me.

I’ve been saying this many times, both in real life and in my blog, that I always felt confidence, brave and much much happier when riding a bike. And after riding, I always be more productive and the happiness after riding my bike stuck until the end of the day. Bicycle has been a cure to my bad days. But I’ve never been able to explain how riding a bike has made it all possible. “It just… Felt good!”, has always been my best answer. But now, I can explain it better. The downside of being a Pitta are; hot-headed, ambitious and selfish, and for Kapha; lazy, dependent and sluggish. If I’m being imbalance, those shoddy traits will ruin me. But when balance, a Pitta-Kapha person will be focus, determined, smart, well-organized, faithful and hold firm believe. Riding a bicycle is one of my way to be balance and brings out the best in me. “To be a better self” is a best motivation for me to keep cycling. And it should be for you as well.

Gadis Prameswari Azahra
Photo content: found on Pinterest

Minggu, 21 Oktober 2012

It has been too long since the last time this blog been updated. You guys are missing a lot of things we did since the last post. A lot of fun things!
We now have Sunday Smile Picnic and Bike.Bdg that currently we've been working on, and I also want to introduce the other chic cyclist that will also contribute on this blog.
I'll keep you up with the stories later on this blog!
So, keep ride and stay chic.


Selasa, 13 September 2011

Bandung Cycle Chic X HUB! goes Picnic!

Me & the girls finally have a real 'Nyepedah Piknik' last friday! Hurray!

We have the picnic at Babakan Siliwangi (Baksil), the soon-to-be Bandung's city forest.
HUB! invite us to support their campaign, #HayuUlinDiBaksil (usually called HUB)
That is why we decided to have a picnic there, it's how we support them in our own way. Chic cyclist's way!

There were cookies, risoles, soes, bread with PB&Chocolate, and Tortillas with my homemade salsa :).
We only take pictures from Tenny's iPhone, because --unlucky us-- neither of us remember to bring camera. But thanks to Ibun from HUB! who made a very lovely video of us while we were picnic. Thanks Ibun! :D

In the middle of the city forest, under the shade of big trees, with breezy afternoon wind, with real 'picnic meal'. It is exactly the picnic we were dreaming :)

the meal

the girls and the bikes

Actually, this is an experimental picnic to make a bigger picnic later on. We do hope more lovely cyclist will join us next time :D

p.s: visit HUB! blog here: hubbandung.tumblr.com and support their campaign by play aaaaaaanything you like at Baksil, without do any harm to the forest of course. 


Sabtu, 25 Juni 2011

Pocari Sweat - Youth Sweat Beautiful

Here is TV commercial of Pocari Sweat. Uh, they are so cute! And so chic!
And I loveee the tagline, Youth Sweat Beautiful!

Nyepedah Piknik 24/6/2011

We haven't been riding together for a pretty long time, and when we do, we decided to 'Nyepedah Piknik' (I don't know what's English for Nyepedah Piknik, but it's mostly about riding our bicycle around the town and have picnic after that).

We have got everything to go picnic. I brought ham & cheese sandwich from Roti Gempol, Tenny brought her home-made Risoles that she just cook that morning, the camera already set, and the weather is perrfeeect (not too sunny with breezy wind)!

Then we pass through Jl. Sultan Agung, and we decided to stop by at JUICED Juice Bar.

We stayed there until it gets dark and we realize it is night already.
And it's too late to have a picnic in the park.
And yes, we decided to eat our picnic meal there, at the bar.









Hope our next Nyepedah Piknik goes according to plan, a real picnic at the park!

Rabu, 23 Februari 2011


found www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk and made this,


been thinking to turn this into a t-shirt ever since. What do you guys think? :D

cups cups,