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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CHOOSING CUTICLE NIPPER - [GERmanikรผre] 5mm Cuticle Nipper | REVIEW

It's been a long time since I've done a review on anything nail art related, BUT! I'm making a nail care routine video right now, so here's a review for one of the tools I use in the video.

By the way, totally not realated, but I'm LOVING Britney's new album 'Glory', especially the 'Man on the Moon' track. It's so good. Check it out!! /*edit:clearly this post was started months ago lol. But I still love the album tho. Also, NOW blogger support emoji yaayy ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜, they added it on the dashboard ๐Ÿ˜†*//*2nd edit: lol the first edit was written months ago when I just discovered the emoji feature*/

Okay, let's get back on track. The review.

GERmanikรผre 5mm Cuticle Nipper
I was emailed by Dave last February offering me to try the cuticle nipper and nail file from GERmanikรผre. As I was actually looking for a cuticle nipper at the time (yes, I've been planning the nail care routine video for MONTHS! /*edit: more than a year now*/), I immediately looked for information about the brand because I've never heard about them before.

I was specifically looking for a good quality cuticle nipper with sharp blade and reliable material because it's used to cut (dead) skin around your nails after all, so it's better if it's sharp to prevent over-cutting, or worse, tear on your cuticle, which can lead to bleeding and infection (damn, imagining that hang nail tearing down gave an imaginary stinging on my nails).

Ever heard of the phrase "Dull knives are more dangerous than sharp ones"? Even though that phrase is for kitchen knife, I think it's applicable in cuticle nipper as well. Blunt nipper will just make you tug on your hang nail or dead skin really hard, which is just not safe.

Once I felt pretty confident that it's a quality product (they're a German company btw) and not those generic cheaply made ones, I agreed to give them a try.
I've had this nipper and the nail file for SIX months /*edit: 9 months now*//*2nd edit: 11 months now lol. Now you know how long it takes me to write a single blog post* ๐Ÿ˜‚/, so I guess now is about the time that I review them (the nail file review is coming up in the next couple of days).

Like all my reviews, I'm gonna start with the basic information:

  • Handcrafted in Solingen, Germany
  • Made of surgical steel from Sweden
  • Jaw length available in 3mm, 5mm, 7mm, and 9mm
  • Jaw shape available in standard, tapered, and tower point
  • Exclusively available at
  • Retails for US$37.95 (the 5mm standard jaw I'm reviewing). Full price list HERE.

Another thing worth mentioning here is that GERmanikรผre is against forced/child labor, so their products are guaranteed free from unethical workmanship.

With that basic info out of the way, let's get into the nitty gritty.
GERmanikรผre cuticle nipper is made of High Carbon Stainless Steel, also called Surgical Steel. I'm not gonna try to explain what surgical steel is in my own words 'cause that's probably gonna be confusing af, but here's a quote from this website:

Stainless steel is an alloy that contains 10.5% or more of chromium (Cr) and iron (Fe) in excess of 50%. Chromium is the element that makes stainless steel so resistant to stains.
Carbon steel has a good edge when sharpened properly and regularly, and it is a much harder material for using in knife construction. Carbon steel knives corrode more easily and need to be oiled on a regular basis.
High carbon stainless steel is a metal alloy containing relatively high amounts of carbon. When you combine carbon steel and stainless steel to get high carbon stainless steel you get the best of each alloy. This steel is resistant to rust or staining, it’s very hard, and holds an edge with minimal maintenance. It is generally thought of as a higher quality stainless steel alloy.

Think of surgical steel as the best of both world. It's hard and holds its sharpness well like carbon steel, but it's also stain resistant, like stainless steel. As far as I know, at the time of this blog post is being written, GERmanikรผre is the ONLY brand that uses this material for its cuticle nipper!
Here's a comparison to another cuticle nipper I bought from Althea (not sure, but I think the brand is called It's My).
You can clearly see the difference in the quality. To be fair, the price of the GERmanikรผre nipper is almost 10x to the other one, but it means that the extra cost goes into the quality, not some gimmicky shit.

I'm gonna show you some features that's worth considering when purchasing a cuticle nipper!
Double-Spring & Beveled Joint
This nipper has double-spring, which gives it a smoother and frictionless squeeze (HERE's an example of a single-spring nipper if you're not familiar with it), while the beveled joint works to reduce friction as well. Less friction means less wear and tear, so the nipper can last for years without being jammed. I can definitely vouch for the oh-so-smooth squeeze, it's super easy get control over of the area I want to cut because of this.

Here's a great video if you're not sure what are joint types, spring types, jaw lengths, etc and their differences:

*yes, I realized I made a typo in writing "disassemble", so just pretend I typed it correctly ok ๐Ÿ˜…*

You can disassemble the spring for easy cleaning and lubrication. I admit though, having to disassemble it everytime I want to store the nipper becomes a bit mundane to me, or maybe that's just me being a lazyass lol 'cos really it only takes 2secs to disassemble, but I still feel lazy to do it.

Leather Case
I love love love the case. It makes the nipper look chic ๐Ÿ˜. Vanity aside, the case also makes it easier to travel with, as the sharp blade is safely protected inside the case, so I don't have to worry that the blade might scratch other things inside my bag.
Oh! And they said that the leather is also dehumidifying and wick away condensation, which I assume can make this nipper even more rust-proof.
Crush Stopper
Probably one of the most essential feature to look for in my opinion (other than material). You see how there's this tiny gap between the sharpened edges? It's a nifty little feature, because if you over-squeeze a cuticle nipper and the sharpened edges meet and firmly pressed against each other, it will dull the nipper overtime. So what crush stopper handle does is it basically prevents you from over-squeezing the blade by only permitting the nipper to close just far enough to cut cuticle tissue, thus the sharpened edges barely touch each other and stay sharp longer. I first thought that I won't be able to cut my cuticle and other bits (like striping tape, etc) because of the gap, but it actually works just fine since the gap is really small.

I put together this quick video to show you just HOW SHARP this cuticle nipper is! (I did double-fold in this video, but the nipper is able to handle until 4-FOLDS, that's 16 LAYERS of +/- 48gr PAPERS people ๐Ÿ˜ฑ - tho I don't recommend you to use it to cut paper at all ๐Ÿ˜… )

I've had this nipper for 11 months now and it still looks and feels as good as the first time I used it, grip and squeeze smooth as ever, and the sharpness stays the same too (I just tested it again using paper lol. DON'T do this please, it's meant to be used to cut cuticle, so I think using it on paper -multiple layers too at that- over and over again is gonna dull the blade a bit. If you die die have to prove the sharpness, then do it just once or twice).
  • Quality build and material
  • Long-lasting
  • Crazy sharp
  • Nice grip and smooth squeeze

  • Only available online
  • The only other con I can think of is the price point, which admittedly is on the expensive side. Think of it as an investment 'cos this nipper will last you YEARS and only require rare sharpening (I haven't needed to sharpen mine so far after almost a year. I'll update this post when I need to sharpen it, but that's probably still way way down the line).

Here's the LINK to this nipper I'm reviewing. There are other types of nipper available too with different jaw length and shape.

Hope this blog post helps you guys in knowing what to look for in a cuticle nipper!

FTC Disclaimer: The Germanikรผre cuticle nipper was sent to me to try. However, I'm not compensated nor obligated to make this review blog post. None of the links are affiliate. I simply write this blog post to share with you a quality cuticle nipper available in the market, and to share what I've learnt to look for in a cuticle nipper.

Monday, January 16, 2017


There's this quote that I really like. You can say that it's my most favorite quote ever.

I love it so much it actually kinda becomes my mantra.

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

A bit too cliche? Well, it IS a good quote (it's by Marylin Monroe btw. Man, she could really churn out quotable morsels of wisdom). And something I truly believe in.

I believe in every core of that words.

People DO change, and there's really nothing you can do about it. You can't ask people to sincerely be what you want them to be on command. What you can do is lament the change for eternity. But that's just not productive, is it? So you just have to let go. Don't waste your energy on it. It's not easy, you know, letting go. So sometimes I have to do it bit by bit, but I'm doing it at least. At least I'm not stuck and keep being a baby about it. I'm not even sure if it's for the best, but it is what it is, for now.

Things DO go wrong, even when you have already carefully planned everything in your head. But, I do learn to enjoy the moments where everything's a bliss more. To really take a moment and appreciate how "just right" that moments are. To not take them for granted.

This might sound bitter, but I truly believe, that when it comes down to it, trusting yourself is your best bet.You never know with people, even the ones you ought to trust fully may surprise you. lol I sound like a scorned damsel in distress. But really though, I've learnt that you just can't place a burden on people to always be truthful to you. You can't place that great of responsibility on other people.

And the last thing might just be my favorite of all. Sometimes good things DO fall apart to make way for better things. I love the lingering sense of hope attached to that sentence. It gives me the courage to rise my chin, stand straight, and just keep on going. Not just it is what it is, but what it WILL be.

Not sure if I make much sense. I'm super famished now ๐Ÿ˜ซ.

Okay okay, just NOW as I finished typing on famished, my Go-Food order came ๐Ÿ˜!!! ok brb to eat now.


This is totally not related to this post as a whole, but might as well share it while we're on the topic.
Ordered this Creamy Dory Rice Bowl from random tenant I saw on the "nearby list" and I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the portion. It's generous, especially for the price. It costs me 26.5k IDR. Quite cheap, huh? Tastes pretty yummy too. This is the name of the restaurant:

Mister Lie Rice Bowl
Ruko Paramount 7 CS, Blok DF3 No. 27
Jl. Boulevard Raya Gading Serpong, Gading Serpong, Serpong, Tangerang

Worth every penny. Definitely gonna order from this place again via Go-Food ('cos I'm a couch potato and it's free delivery using Go-Pay, so why bother?). Man, I love Go-Food. It never disappoints, always delivers ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Ok, i'm finishing this post now. Back to eating. It's amazing how much food can make me happy.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

JAPAN Summer Trip Day 2 Pt. 2 | Dotonbori & Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Okay, I'm on a roll here, so I'm gonna finish up the part 2 of this post.

Here's what I got so far on the travelogue:

As I said on my previous posts, we had to leave USJ early because we had a dinner reservation.
WHO GOES TO JAPAN AND EAT CHINESE FOOD PLEASE? Especially if you're from Indonesia where we pretty much have Chinese food almost

Though, I can't really blame the tour agent here, because there are some members of the tour who don't like Japanese food, so I'm guessing the tour agent kindly tried to accommodate that. To their credit, the Chinese food here were actually really tasty. And I couldn't really be all the pissed, because (other than the fact that it was my dream vacation-Japan ftw)...
It was also my Mom's birthday!!! I don't even know where they got the birthday cake lol. No way the brought it all the way from Indonesia, right? *By "they", I meant my parents' friends, not the tour agent*
Err, I guess this watermelon was particularly sweet and juicy? That's gotta be it, cos I bothered to take an individual picture of it.
Family pic with the Birthday Girl
And full group pic *sorry for the boring caption, what else could caption it with?*

It was only around 7.30 PM when we finished dinner and we were supposed to head to the hotel already, but I REFUSED to 'cos...well, it's only 7.30 PM ๐Ÿ˜‘ So I asked to be dropped off at the Namba area we went to on the first day. My parents and one other family (they're my parents' best friends. Let's call 'em Mr. & Mrs. H and their daughter Irene and son Hans) joined me.

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Stopped by Family mart 'cos Japan's convenience store is damn awesome.

I highly recommend you to try the Glico caramel pudding (the first thing picked up by the cashier in the video). It's soooo freaking yummy. My lil' brother and I ate a lot of it while we were there, and also carted a whole lot back to Indonesia. The pudding is so smooth and milky and you can already taste the caramel flavor in the pudding, but then you got the luscious caramel sauce too to go with it. SO. SO. GOOD. GO TRY. PLEASE. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ
Also bought this really yummy takoyaki from a store at the street behind the famous Glico running man sign street. Not sure what's the name of the store is, but it has this big octopus statue on top of it. BUT! I think it's different to the super famous one with gigantic octopus statue alongside Glico running man sign. Ah, sorry lah super confusing. There's the address and name on the side of the box if you can read Japanese.
Walked further into the Dotonbori street to find okonomiyaki for supper (also was still looking for motsunabe), but unfortunately most of the shops had either closed or past last order ๐Ÿ˜ž We did find one place that serves motsunabe and still open:
I think it was around closing time too, so the place was pretty deserted. 
Settled in, but then the owner said the motsunabe was sold out (they also have kushikatsu, but I already satisfied my craving for that on the first day), so we skedaddled. Felt kinda guilty tho, 'cos we already pulled the chairs and everything ๐Ÿ˜–

Walked back to near the takoyaki place (I sorta forget already, but I'm pretty sure it was near the takoyaki place we had earlier) and settled on this random place that serves gyudon.
Beer to accompany the meat ๐Ÿ˜‹
Ordered a plate of Gyoza to share. Looks pretty standard, but..

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™ THIS WAS (and still is) THE BEST GYOZA I'VE EVER HAD ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ

I've mentioned a couple times in this blog of my distaste for gyoza/kuotie/wotie type of food. Mainly because I can't stomach the skin. The skin just tastes weird to me and most of the time makes me wanna throw up. Even the super famous wotie in Jakarta still tastes yucky to me. At the time I went on this trip, the only gyoza in Jakarta/Tangerang that I can enjoy was the one from Chin-Ma-Ya, and even there I can only eat max. 2 gyoza before I feel nauseated. Now I've found a better one (better than Chin Ma Ya, not the Osaka gyoza) at Aeon BSD-forgot the name of the place-.

Okay, back to the dabombdiggity-so-good-imma-cry gyoza!

The skin DOESN'T TASTE AT ALL like the gyoza skin I've tried before. This one doesn't taste "flour-ish" and the thickness is just right. And the filling...oh the's SO SO JUICY and savoury and just all around delish.

This was the only gyoza I had during this trip, so I don't know whether this place has like exceptionally good gyoza or it's just that all the gyozas in Japan are really yummy. I suspect the latter, 'cos I didn't have a single bad meal here. Even the tour-standard eating places are at least decent.
The above photo shows my stupidity ๐Ÿ˜…

Here's the story:

Mrs. H ordered the gyudon set with tamago (egg) which comes with soup as well. The first thing to arrive at the table were the soup and a bowl of raw egg. She asked me how to eat the raw egg, so I, being a smart-ass, told her that maybe you pour the egg into the soup and the warmth of the soup will sorta cook the egg ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… Soooo stupid I feel embarassed just by typing this lol.

So she did as I said.

Moments went by and the egg was not even cooked at the very least. I said "uhm, just wait, maybe it takes some times."

Then, one of the chef came out to serve the gyudon. He saw the bowl of soup with the raw egg in it and freeze for seconds in confusion. And suddenly he laughed out loud. Like really really laughed out loud. After he's done laughing, he told us in gesture that we're not supposed to mix the egg with the soup.

He then proceeded to take the bowl of ruined soup back to the open kitchen (while still chuckling) and brought back a NEW bowl of soup AND another bowl of egg.


Yup. He gave us another egg even though it was totally our (my) fault that our first batch was ruined. So nice ๐Ÿ˜ญ.

It's a simple bowl of egg, but it's not something I see often here where I live and I was just touched, ok? Can't explain it, but i thought it was really nice of him.
He also showed us that the egg was supposed to go on top of the gyudon. I was so stupid ๐Ÿ˜…, especially because I've seen countless photos of gyudon with egg yolk on top, I even ordered the gyudon with egg yolk in Yoshinoya SG a couple months prior to this trip. *face palm*

Anyway, moral of the story, the chef was really kind. And I was a ding dong.
One more pic of the awesome gyoza.

We went to the hotel after this 'cos it was almost midnight already.
Our hotel for the night.
The room is actually really spacious for a hotel in Japan (It's as big as a standard hotel room in Indonesia).
Standard coffee/tea. I tapao the tea. *typical chinese*
For luggages etc
The bathroom is rather big too for a hotel in Japan.
Standard tub
Awesomesauce toilet!!! Oh how I miss Japanese toilet ๐Ÿ˜ญ
Not sure what rinse is. Conditioner, maybe?
They provide facewash too! I love the amenities provided in Japanese hotel, they always give you huge sizes and also more variety!

Okay, abrupt end of this post, I'm gonna go edit the Day 3 photos now ๐Ÿ˜†


Saturday, December 10, 2016


I call this noob review because, well, I'm a noob when it comes to automotive ๐Ÿ˜…

How NOOB? Let's just say in my dictionary, there's only 3 kind of cars.




That's it! I cannot really differentiate between between one hatchback to another. I can't even differentiate between Innova and Avanza ๐Ÿ˜‚

Now that we've established how noobshit I am when it comes to car, I'm gonna share with you what I DO know about the All New Sienta from Toyota that just launched in Indonesia recently.

I'm not gonna talk about all the technical spec of the car, because if I do so, I'll probably just copy-paste the spec from google -you could just as easily google the spec yourself-, and also because that means I would have no clue what I'd be writing about. Horsepower, what horsepower? Power steering, what's power steering? You get the idea.
Instead, I'm gonna talk about 10 features that I think you might LOVE in the All New Sienta!

Here goes:
This is probably one the main feature that makes Sienta stand out, because it's the FIRST car in its class to have this feature add in.
If you're not familiar with Dive-In seat, it's basically a feature that lets you fold your 3rd row seats under you 2nd row seats. So when folding in the 3rd row seats, you get MORE baggage space than you normally would in a car with no Dive-In seat, and yet you can still fit 5 people in the car too!
This is how big the baggage space is with just the 3rd row seat folded in

For me personally, I go on a city-to-city trip (mostly Jogja-Jember-Surabaya) a lot, especially when I was a kid. And coming from a family of 5, you can imagine HOW MUCH LUGGAGE SPACE we need, and yet we can't fold in the 2nd row seat because we need enough seats for 5 people. With this feature, where the 3rd row seats are folded under the 2nd row seat, we can easily fit 1 or 2 more luggage at the back. I hope this explains the genius that is Dive-In seat ๐Ÿ˜†
Not to mention the HEIGHT of the baggage space. My brother's huge Alaskan Malamute could probably fit in there comfortably. MORE on this feature HERE.

Okay, I know that this is not exactly a "feature", more like an option.
But I just love the fact that it has a fromage trim option ๐Ÿ’•

Because black trimming is boring af in my opinion ๐Ÿ˜… Fromage just seems more elegant, beautiful, cleaner, and classier imho.

Just like I mentioned in previous post, it has power sliding door.
Not a feature that a car in its class usually comes with I think. While it looks a bit gimmicky for my needs, I can actually think a couple of reasons for it to be functional for me:

Tight Parking Space
A lot of places in Jakarta and Tangerang has tiny parking space -*ahem* I'm looking at you Summarecon Mall Serpong & Mangdu *ahem*-, so power sliding door makes it easier to come out of your car. You can just jump to the 2nd row too if you really can't open the front door due to limited space. *let's take a moment of silent and thank whoever designs the AEON and IKEA parking space, because God bless him/her!*

This probably when this feature comes in really handy for me. When I'm carrying a lot of shopping bags alone, it helps that I don't need to put down the bags to hold the door before placing them in. Also for carrying the shopping bags out of the car too! I can't tell you how many times I got slammed by my car's door when I'm trying to get my shopping bags because it keeps closing when i don't hold it.

For the higher Sienta Type, you can also control the power sliding door remotely!

Speaking of the power sliding door...

Because it has anti-pinch technology where the door won't close if there's an obstacle in front of it. I don't think this is something that I personally would find useful, because I hope I'm not that clumsy to get my hand stuck in power sliding door. Then again, I'm not the most "un-clumsy" person out there either, so better safe than sorry. PLUS, it means that this power sliding door is totally safe for little kids who seem to have their hands stuck in a lot of things ๐Ÿ˜‘

THIS!!! This is one of my most favorite feature!!!๐Ÿ˜
To understand why, you HAVE to see the leg room in my car. It's an effing MESS down there. I got all kind of trash and wrappings and all this itty bitty litters scattered ๐Ÿ˜…

So, yeah, you can use this under seat tray as a temporary trash can!

Use it to store a spare flipflop/clothes for emergency. I got a couple of shoes on my leg room that add to the mess, so this under seat tray could be really helpful for that. The only thing is, I probably can't store heeled shoes in it 'cos it won't fit.

Pretty self-explanatory...
You can store your cold drinks in it and it'll keep them cold better than if you'd put it in any other compartment. This compartment actually has an opening (?), I don't know the correct term for it, but it has this opening that distributes the cold air from the AC, thus it can keep your drinks cooler in here.

This is so simple it seems gimmicky ๐Ÿ˜‚
But yet, actually perfectly functional. No more rummaging through a stack of cards to find my e-toll with this. *Please imagine it's an e-toll there in the picture instead of a membership card ๐Ÿ˜…*

You can start your engine with a simple push of a button.
This is a quite common feature already, so I'm sure most of you guys are familiar with it. With this feature, you don't need to put your key in the car to start the engine, so your key can basically stay in your bag all throughout your drive, from walking out of your house to walking inside your house.

That's also because you don't even need to press/key-in your car key to open the door! As long as you bring your key with you near the car, the door will automatically unlock. And it will automatically locked itself after you leave your car for a while (though I highly recommend you to immediately lock the car yourself once you get out of the car).

So YAY to no more rummaging a messy bag looking for a car key with hands full of things!

Yup, it has TWO LCD Screen!
The first LCD is this one on the driver's dashboard. It tells you your speed, gas, etc etc. I wrote etc etc 'cos I honestly don't know the term for the other things ๐Ÿ˜‚

Oh, and it says "Hello" to you when you start your car. I heard it says "Happy Birthday" too! Extremely gimmicky, but cute nevertheless ๐Ÿ˜…
The second LCD is this one, the MAIN entertainment console. It's full on touch screen LCD, so there's no more buttons on it. Not that button is a bad thing, but full touch screen LCD like this looks cool ๐Ÿ˜†

It's SUPER responsive and fast too! I have a touch screen LCD too in my car, but I have to push quite hard on the screen to get it to respond, and it's pretty slow too in doing certain tasks. In its defend though, it's not a spanking new LCD.

Btw, you can connect this console to wi-fi too and browse through internet.

USB, HDMI, 3.5mm Jack Connectivity
This console have 3 connectivity you can choose! You can even connect you Android with it and the console will mirror your Android screen. Pretty neat, huh?

DIGITAL AC Control Dial
Okay, this is not an LCD Screen, but I have to include this too. I admit this is more of a vanity thing rather than functionality, but it looks damn cool when you can precisely set your AC temperature lol *clearly, I have my own definition of cool, but I digress*

Last but not least, and certainly one of my favorite, it has control buttons on the steering wheel!
This one on the left to control the volume and tracks on the main entertainment console. I CAN BOGART THE RADIO ALL I WANT ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† SKIPPING SONG TRACKS ALL I WANT TOO!! I HAVE THE CONTROL HOHOHO ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Also, on a more serious note, it's safer. The control button on the steering wheel helps me focus more while driving because I don't need to fiddle with the main screen to change song tracks/volumes (I tend to fiddle quite a bit with my songs when I'm driving).
The second control buttons on the right are for changing the information on the driver's LCD panel.

So that wraps up my noob review on the Toyota's All New Sienta!
I think some of the features I mentioned here are only available for certain types of Sienta (There are Type E, G, V, Q). To know more specifically about the types and more features available, please refer to their official website ๐Ÿ˜ And check out their product video for the Sienta, it's pretty cool!

Hope this noob review can be of a help somehow! See you guys on my next post, it'll be the continuation of my Japan travelogue ๐Ÿ˜Š

till then, take care,

FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post through Sociolla Blogger Network. I was compensated for this blog post. However, all opinions, experience, and such are honest and genuine as always ๐Ÿ˜†