Ladies, seperti yang kita tahu saat ini kualitas udara di beberapa daerah di Indonesia, salah satunya Jakarta dalam kondisi yang kurang baik. Tanpa kita sadari, hal ini tentu mempengaruhi kesehatan kulit kita. Walaupun kulit kita terlihat baik-baik saja, tapi bisa jadi partikel polusi yang nggak terlihat secara kasat mata masih menempel di pori-pori atau permukaan kulit.
Bagi ojol warriors yang biasanya naik minimal dua kali naik ojol untuk aktivitas dan harus berhadapan dengan lebih banyak polusi asap kendaraan karena terjebak macet di rush hour, kamu tentu harus memberikan perhatian dan perawatan ekstra untuk kulit wajahmu sehingga kulit wajah tetap sehat dan ternutrisi dengan baik.
Berikut tips skincare bagi ojol warriors yang praktis dilakukan serta ampuh menjaga kesehatan dan kecantikan kulitmu:
Hal pertama dan terpenting untuk melindungi kulit wajah dari polusi adalah menggunakan sunscreen. Although sunscreen is supposed to protect you from the sun, not air pollution, it’s still a must because too much sun exposure is also harmful to the skin. Para pengguna ojol berpotensi terpapar sinar matahari secara langsung. Jika nggak dicegah dari sekarang dapat berbahaya bagi kesehatan kulit jangka panjang. Karena itu, pastikan kamu sudah menggunakan sunscreen minimal ber-SPF 30 sebelum bepergian. Pokoknya jangan pernah melewatkan sunscreen dalam tahap akhir skincare routine kamu ya!
Bawa Face Spray
Sesampainya di tempat tujuan, segarkan kembali kulitmu dengan kandungan yang menyegarkan pada face spray atau face mist. Biasanya face spray mengandung efek soothing yang diperlukan kulit agar nggak stres setelah terkena polusi dan panas matahari. Nggak hanya pas sampai di tempat tujuan, kapanpun kulitmu terasa kering, gunakan face spray untuk menyegarkan kulitmu.
With or without makeup, double cleansing is a must in our skincare routine. Kita nggak pernah tahu berapa banyak debu dan kotoran yang menempel di kulit wajah kita, apalagi bagi ojol warrior yang setiap hari terpapar hal tersebut. Karena itu, bagian yang terpenting adalah membersihkan wajah secara maksimal. Mulailah dengan oil based cleanser yang berfungsi membersihkan sisa makeup dan kotoran yang menempel pada kulit. Setelah itu, lanjutkan dengan water based cleanser atau sabun cuci muka. Dengan rutinitas double cleansing yang benar, kamu dapat memperkecil potensi kulit kamu menjadi breakout karena paparan polusi dan sinar matahari.
Skincare yang Mengandung Antioksidan
Salah satu kandungan yang baik untuk melawan polusi adalah antioksidan. Efeknya mungkin nggak terlihat overnight, tapi untuk jangka panjang skincare yang mengandung antioksidan bisa jadi penyelamat kulitmu dari penuaan akibat dampak buruk terpapar polusi. Kamu dapat menggunakan produk yang mengandung antioksidan seperti rosehip, niacinamide, green tea dan kandungan vitamin C dan E.
Jika double cleansing dilakukan setiap hari, deep cleansing cukup 2-3 kali setiap minggu saja. Kamu bisa bergantian menggunakan clay mask, exfoliating toner atau face scrub tergantung kebutuhan kulitmu saat itu. Deep cleansing atau proses eksfoliasi sangat diperlukan karena bermanfaat untuk membaut sel-sel kulit mati dan partikel debu nggak terperangkan di pori-pori kulit kita. Walaupun setiap hari melakukan double cleansing, ternyata nggak cukup karena masih ada bagian kecil di dalam pori-pori yang munggkin nggak terjangkau oleh facial wash. And that’s where your exfoliate best friend needs to step in!
Kalau kamu punya rekomendasi produk skincare dan tips yang bagus untuk ojol warriors juga, share di komentar di bawah ya!
Bicara tentang kulit wanita Korea, pasti kita langsung teringat akan kulit yang sehat, mulus, dan pastinya glowing. Dengan kondisi kulit tersebut, wanita Korea cocok untuk jenis makeup apa saja, baik natural maupun bold makeup. Namun jangan salah, ternyata untuk mendapatkan kondisi kulit wajah tersebut mereka melakukan perawatan yang cukup unik. It’s called 10 step skincare routine yang sudah menjadi fenomena global dan dibicarakan semua orang. Lalu apa sajakah 10 langkah tersebut? Yuk, simak cara dan urutan 10 langkah rutinitas skincare ala Korea ini, siapa tahu kamu tertarik juga untuk mempraktikkannya!
Have you heard about double cleansing? Ya, teknik ini juga berasal dari para wanita Korea.Pembersih wajah atau cleanser yang digunakan pun bervariasi, ada yang menggunakan cleansing oil, cleansing balm, cleansing wipes (tissue basah pembersih makeup), cleansing cream, atau cleansing milk. Semuanya mampu mengangkat makeup dan kotoran yang menempel pada wajah setelah seharian beraktivitas. Aplikasikan ke wajah sesuai dengan cara pakai jenis cleanser.
2. Face Wash
Double cleansing yang kedua adalah dengan membersihkan wajah menggunakan water-based cleanser atau biasa disebut face wash. Membersihkan wajah dengan pembersih berbasis air gunanya adalah untuk mengangkat sisa residu dan kotoran dari cleanser yang digunakan sebelumnya dan membersihkan wajah hingga menyeluruh. A little tips, basuh wajah dengan air hangat agar pori-pori wajah terbuka dan siap untuk menyerap skincare selanjutnya.
Eksfoliasibertujuan untuk membuat kulit tetap halus dan selalu dalam kondisi “baru”. Eksfoliasi biasa dikenal sebagai face scrub atau exfoliator. Bagi kamu yang sering menggunakan heavy makeup atau terpapar sinar matahari cukup sering, eksfoliasi merupakan bagian yang cukup krusial karena berfungsi untuk membersihkan pori-pori dari sel-sel kulit mati. Namun hal ini nggak dilakukan setiap hari, melainkan cukup 2-3 kali dalam seminggu.
Pemakaian toner ke wajah berfungsi untuk menghidrasi dan mempersiapkan kulit sebelum menerima rangkaian produk skincare lainnya. Umumnya ada dua cara pemakaian, yaitu bisa dengan kapas sebagai aplikator atau langsung dituangkan pada telapak tangan untuk lalu menepuk-nepuknya ke seluruh kulit wajah.
Sebenarnya essence dan toner nggak beda jauh. Bahkan tekstur nya hampir sama. Namun fungsi essence lebih cenderung untuk menghidrasi serta membantu perputaran sel kulit untuk menghasilkan sel kulit baru secara rutin dan teratur. Cara pengaplikasiannya sama dengan toner, tuangkan ke telapak tangan, lalu aplikasikan dengan cara menepuk-nepuk ke wajah hingga essence meresap secara sempurna.
Ini adalah tahap penyempurnaan kulit yang ideal. Produk yang digunakan bisa serum atau ampoule yang berfungsi untuk secara langsung menangani masalah yang paling utama pada kulit wajahmu. Maka dari itu, sesuaikanlah dengan tipe kulit atau skin concern-mu saat ini. Contohnya, jika kamu sedang bermasalah dengan bekas jerawat dan warna kulit yang nggak merata, kamu bisa menggunakan Niacinamide. Kalau ingin kulit yang cerah, kamu bisa memilih serum vitamin C. Untuk melembapkan secara maksimal, bisa aplikasikan hyaluronic acid. Jadi, kenalilah kondisi kulit wajahmu sebelum menerapkan treatment.
7. Sheet Mask
Di Korea baik wanita maupun pria rutin menggunakan sheet mask, bahkan hampir setiap hari. Mereka meluangkan waktu setiap 15-20 menit pada malam hari untuk menggunakannya. Sheet mask merupakan salah satu rutinitas penting karena memiliki banyak essence yang mampu memberi kelembapan ekstra pada kulit. Jangan memakai sheet mask melebihi batas waktu yang ditentukan ya, dan jika sudah selesai, pijat sisa essence hingga menyerap ke seluruh wajah kamu. Sebelum dipakai, simpan sheet mask di dalam kulkas untuk efek menyegarkan.
8. Eye Cream
Apabila kamu ingin bebas dari dark circles atau mata panda, coba usahakan untuk selalu menjalani rutinitas ini. Selain dapat merangsang regenerasi kulit, eye cream mampu menjaga kelembapan dan membantu mengencangkan kulit di area sekitar mata. Jangan menggosoknya secara berlebihan, karena dapat membuat kerutan dini di daerah mata. Cukup aplikasikan dan tepuk-tepuk pelan dengan menggunakan salah satu jari tangan.
Kunci dari seluruh rangkaian skincare routine adalah dengan mengaplikasikan moisturizer atau pelembap. Pakai pelembap secara teratur, baik siang maupun malam, demi mendapatkan kulit yang kenyal, glowing, dan terhindari dari garis-garis halus.
Entah pada hari itu kamu beraktivitas di dalam maupun luar ruangan, sunscreen is a must! Rutin menggunakan sunscreen pada pagi hari dapat berfungsi sebagai produk anti-aging alami pada kulit wajah kamu.
After all, 10 steps skincare routine is about consistency and long-term result. Kamu nggak akan melihat hasil yang kamu mau dalam semalam. Lalu walaupun 10 langkah ini terdengar sangat banyak untuk dilakukan, kamu nggak perlu melakukan 10 langkah sekaligus. Mulailah dengan menambahkan satu atau dua langkah dahulu ke rutinitas skincare kamu.
So, let’s do a little change to have a new glowing skin. Are you ready?
Makeup sudah menjadi hal yang tidak dapat dipisahkan dari wanita. Saat ini tren makeup seolah terbagi menjadi dua, yaitu Korean makeup dan western makeup. Jelas ada beberapa perbedaan antara keduanya. Korean makeup identik dengan alis lurus, warna-warna soft, serta blush-on on-point. Inti dari Korean makeup adalah untuk mencapai ‘no makeup makeup look’. Sedangkan western makeup is all about sassy look. Dapat dilihat dari bagian alis yang dibuat melengkung memperlihatkan volume tegas serta warna-warna gelap seperti hitam, abu, dan cokelat menjadi pilihan warna favorit untuk western makeup.
Makeup is not just about beauty, but sometimes dapat mencerminkan karakter diri kita. Sebelum memilih style mana yang cocok untuk kamu, simak dulu, yuk, perbedaan diantara keduanya. There’s nothing better than trying on different looks and finding the one that you love!
Korean Makeup: Baik Korean makeup dan western makeup, keduanya sama-sama menggunakan foundation. Namun Korean makeup lebih prefer ke penggunaan BB cushion atau BB cream sebagai base wajah agar tidak terlihat cakey. Style Korean makeup juga tidak bertujuan untuk memperlihatkan wajah yang tirus, yang penting adalah kulit cerah, bersih, dan glowing. Dan jangan lupa aplikasikan blush on. Western Makeup: Bedanya, western makeup sangat terobsesi memiliki wajah tirus. Itulah sebabnya mengapa pecinta western makeup lebih menyukai penggunaan concealer, bronzer, teknik contour, baking, dan layering. As Kim Kardashian always says, “Contour is life!”
ALIS & MATA Korean Makeup: Coba, deh, kamu lihat alis-alis member girlband Korea. Hampir semuanya memiliki alis yang lurus dan tidak terlalu gelap. Tujuannya adalah untuk terlihat lebih muda dan innocent. Lalu eyeshadow harus terlihat se-natural mungkin agar tidak memberikan kesan makeup berlebihan. Warna-warna pastel seperti peach, pink, dan nude akan selalu jadi andalan. Untuk eyeliner puncenderung diaplikasikan sangat tipis.
Western Makeup:Two words I used to describe western eyebrows: tebal dan tajam menukik. Alis yang bold dan pointy adalah kunci dari western makeup. And smokey eyes never dies! Bisa dilihat kalau western makeup sangat menyukai warna-warna eyeshadow yang gelap dan mengandung shimmery andmetallic. Eyelashes yang tebal, panjang, dan lentik juga menjadi ciri khas western makeup.
BIBIR Korean Makeup: Bibir sempurna adalah bibir yang kecil. Untuk membuatnya terlihat kecil, biasanya dipakaikan concealer di sisi luar bibir. Pola efek gradasi atau ombre memaksimalkan tampilan bibir yang terkesan alami dan fresh. Western Makeup: Bold and full. Western makeup lebih suka bibir yang terlihat tebal dan berisi. Itulah sebabnya mengapa filler bibir sangat ramai di Amerika. Tinggal dipoles dengan warna pekat, contohnya merah, jadi, deh!
So from all of those comparison, we could say that Korean makeup is about natural, youthful, and innocent. Meanwhile, western makeup shows a strong, independent, and sexy woman. Which one suit you the most?
Fashion and cosmetics are inseparable in a woman’s life. That is why we are expanding our business to cosmetics starting from lip products which we call THIS IS APRIL SATIN LIP STOCKING.
On April 6th, right on our birthday month, we are launching 7 shades of Satin Lip Stocking which was inspired by the qualities of a millennial women.
#BeautyIsNotJustAboutLook is the tagline of This Is April Satin Lip Stocking. We are trying to remind all women that beauty is not only what it shows on the outside but more to what we have inside. We are trying to amplify that Being Independent, Compassionate, Confident, creative, Fierce Bring Good Vibe and Being Fearless are also beautiful.
We are having 7 successful millennial women to represent each shade and name each shade by their beautiful qualities.
MATTE FORMULA – NUDE EVERYDAY COLOUR – LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
Since i was a kid i always want to do something differently. Being a follower is never an option. Revolution will never happen if everyone thinks and act exactly the same – Shahnaz Soehartono
I always and always try to be my true self. I don’t need a mask to cover up because being independent also means you are free to live without nothing to hide – Shahnaz Soehartono
For me, one of many importance of being independent is for sure about being secure with who you are and what you believe in. It is extremely empowering knowing that you are in control of your own life and your own choices, yet remaining respectful to others who are different from you - Shahnaz Soehartono
An independent woman for me is a woman who’s not afraid to stand for what she believed in and can rely on herself, both physically and mentally without seeking for approval from others. And that is indeed beautiful – Shanhnaz Soehartono
So yes, #beautyisnotjustaboutlook Independent is beautiful
I AM SHAHNAZ SOEHARTONO and #IAMINDEPENDENT
GWEN WINARNO, A Natural, Healthy Food Practitioner and Pure Foods Company owner also our very own Compassionate Women representing Shade 02 COMPASSIONATE #IAMCOMPASSIONATE
MATTE FORMULA – NUDE EVERYDAY COLOUR JUST A TAD DARKER THAN INDEPENDENT – LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
When i was younger, I was very into fashion. Nowadays, i am still into fashion. But, beside fashion world, i also am interested in healthy living and women empowerment. For me, compassionate is an action. It starts with a feeling and then hopefully followed by an action of doing something kind based on the feeling – Gwen Winarno
I see a lot of women with self-hate and not being kind to themselves and I’m speaking of my younger self too. But then as i get older, i become more aware of this and able to practice self-love – Gwen Winarno
Every little things that happen in your daily life is a chance to practice self-love and compassion. Compassion towards yourself and towards other being. Being compassionate is important. It reminds us that we are all essentially the same. Life is pretty much a cycle, what goes around comes back around. So for me it is always good to be able to help others – Gwen Winarno
My goal in life is to share knowledge. When you are blessed with knowledge, sharing them is the most beautiful thing, which for me is also an act of compassion. And a women who is compassionate is indeed beautiful – Gwen Winarno
So yes, #beauty is not just about look. Compassionate is beautiful – Gwen Winarno
I am Gwen Winarno and #IAMCOMPASSIONATE
LALA KARMELA, Young Talented Musician, Artist & Confident Women representing Shade 03 CONFIDENT #IAMCONFIDENT
MATTE FORMULA – MEDIUM DARK PINK FOR YOUR EVERYDAY COLOUR– LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
I am a musician, an actress and i also have a law degree. If i am not confident i won’t be where i am today. I feel most confident when i’m on stage, owning my music. I also feel it takes a lot of guts and confident to do my law degree at my age when everyone else were a decade younger – Lala Karmela
Being confident is essential. It is a surviving kit. A tool to receive respect from one’s surrounding when used well – Lala Karmela
A confident woman is a woman who is owning every action with class and grace. Who takes care of oneself and comfortable in their own skin and that is indeed beautiful – Lala Karmela
So #beautyisnotjustaboutlook . Being confident is beautiful – Lala Karmela
MATTE FORMULA – MAUVE PINK FOR YOUR EVERYDAY COLOUR– LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
I’ve always been making craft since i was a kid. I always make something myself for a gift when my friends were having their birthdays. I feel that if its handmade by me, there’s an extra touch to it – Martha Puri
I used to work as a graphic designer for a tv station but working for a corporate for me wasn’t creative enough. I couldn’t be able to explore my creativity more – Martha Puri
I started @idekuhandmade purely out of hobby with 500.000 rupiahs and it goes really well from there. My business also empower woman around my area, so they can have added income and still have a whole lot of time for their family – Martha Puri
A creative woman is a woman with endless energy and always try to make everything better and more interesting. And that is beautiful – Martha Puri
So yes, #beautyisnotjustaboutlook , Creative is beautiful – Martha Puri
I am Martha Puri and #IAMCREATIVE
NICOLINE PATRICIA MALINA, The world class professional fashion photographer representing Shade 05 FIERCE #IAMFIERCE
MATTE FORMULA – DEEP RED FOR YOUR FIERCE LOOK– LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
I started as fashion designer, makeup artist also model. I also tried being a painter. But somehow i felt it wasn’t fierce enough for me – Nicoline Patricia Malina
I learned photography as an autodidact. I didn’t have lights and other professional equipment and i shot pictures with whatever i had. But that didn’t make me feel small, It somehow made the photographs very personal. I think that’s fierce – Nicoline Patricia Malina
One of the most fierce moment of being a photographer is when i took pictures of tigers. I was inside the tiger cage and although there were guards, the tigers were not really tamed. The best shot was actually the last picture when the tiger jumped at me and i fell down. It was unforgettable – Nicoline Patricia Malina
A woman who are fierce is a woman who is passionate, who will try their best in what they do, with whatever they have at hand. And most of all they love what they are doing – Nicoline Patricia Malina
So yes #beautyisnotjustaboutlook . Fierce is beautiful – Nicoline Patricia Malina
I am Nicoline Patricia Malina and #IAMFIERCE
KAREN CARLOTTA, Pastry Chef & Owner Union Brasserie representing Shade 05 GOOD VIBE #IBRINGGOODVIBE
METALLIC MATTE FORMULA – NUDE BROWN COLOURED WITH A TOUCH OF GOLD GLITTER TO ADD A SPARK OF GOOD VIBE – LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
Before i worked as a pastry chef, i worked in a bank. But it did not bring the joy in me. I got sick because i didn’t love what i do. You know that if you do something that doesn’t bring you joy, you will not be happy. So, i realised that i have to follow my passion – Karen Carlotta
It was not an easy road. But those experiences made me sure that pastry & bakery really makes me happy. And it is not only me who is happy. My family is happy, people that enjoys my cake also happy. Everybody is happy. I mean, who doesn’t love cakes and sweets? – Karen Carlotta
So, I am happy being a pastry chef and i bring good vibe to others around me and also to those who enjoy my work. What can be better than that? – Karen Carlotta
And a women who is happy and bring good vibe is indeed beautiful – Karen Carlotta
So yes #beautyisnotjustaboutlook . To bring Good vibe is beautiful - – Karen Carlotta
METALLIC MATTE FORMULA – BRIGHT RED COLOUR WITH SHEEN OF GOLD FOR FEARLESS LOOK – LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
I was a hard news journalis. I mostly dealt with politics and natural disaster. It took a lot of bravery and guts to do my work. And honestly i enjoyed the adventure, the knowledge, the experiences, the adrenaline. And then i started diving and got involved in travel programmes. That is the moment when i feel like i found my true passion, which is diving and travelling – Marischka Pruedence
I quit my daily job as a news reporter and journalist and pursue my dreams to travel more. It is a huge decision to make, but i don’t regret it – Marischka Pruedence
I do not believe that there is a certain path that everyone should walk on. Because everyone is unique. And to pursue your dream and to follow your passion is simply fearless – Marischka Pruedence
A woman who is fearless is a women who is not afraid to show who she really is, what she really wants and not afraid to go after it. And that is indeed a beautiful women – Marischka Pruedence
So yes #beautyisnotjustaboutlook . Fearless is beautiful – Marischka Pruedence
I am Marischka Pruedence and #IAMFEARLESS
This Is April Satin Lip Stocking is priced IDR 119.000 and can be found in all of our 45 stores (except our Factory Outlet Store at Ciputra Mall Jakarta). This can also be purchased through our website, instagram, line, wa, bbm and also our official store at Shopee Mall called This is April Indonesia Official Store.
We are also collaborating with some reputable online beauty shop. You can also get our SATIN LIP STOCKING at : Bilik Ayu, Love By April, TWL Cosmetics, Makeupuccino, Frontcover dan Houseofmakeup.
Written by : Jasmine Jawie Pictures by NickNock_28, Sry Wahyuni and Kiki Amalia
October 2017, This Is April launched a new collaboration with Chelsea Islan called This Is April X Chelsea Islan Charity Collaboration. Some percentages of the profits were donated to produce and delivering shoes for children in Papua.
February 8th - 13th 2018, This Is April team (Jasmine & Ayu) and Chelsea Islan went to Papua to deliver the shoes directly to a few student centres. Two thousands shoes were produced and delivered to 20 student centres at Wamena and Sentani.
We managed to visit 3 places to deliver 300 pairs of shoes. Those three places were Tunas Harapan Student Centre at Potikelek, Gunung Susu Student Centre and Yosua Student Centre at Sinakma. All located at Wamena.
Let’s start from day one. We went at 22.45 WIB from Terminal 3 Soekarno Hatta by Garuda Airlines. It was almost a six hour flight. We took a direct flight to Sentani and arrived at 06.10 WIT. Sentani is two hours ahead Jakarta, so it was still 4 am Jakarta time when we step our foot at Papua.
We had breakfast while we were waiting for our next flight with Trigana Air to Wamena. The earliest flight from Sentani to Wamena by is at 7.45 and 8 am. But we took the 10.20 flight by Trigana in case our flight from Jakarta got delayed. It took around 40 minutes to get from Sentani to Wamena by jet. If you use ATR plane it would take 15 minutes longer.
We arrived at Wamena at 11 am and the temperature was nice. It was a bright day but the temperature is certainly cooler than Sentani, which was around 24 degree celsius. We got to our hotel which was not far from the airport. We put our luggage and had the chance to rest for 30 minutes and again get ready to visit the first school to deliver the shoes.
The first school that we visit is called Tunas Harapan Student Centre at Potikelek Wamena. We were greeted with traditional dances. The children were outside, lining up and dancing when we arrived and gave us flower necklaces that they made themselves. It was a mix of paper flower and Plastik Flower which is a real flower that looks like plastic and is commonly found in Wamena.
It was such a touching moment, some of the kids came only with sandals or not wearing any sole at all. Chelsea Islan and us were helping them to tied up there shoes and had a little chat.
Some 12-14 years old girls came up to us and gave us a Noken. Noken is what we put on our head. It is a multifunctional knotted or woven bag native to the Papua. It is usually hung from the head to bring various goods from carrots, potato, woods even children!. Can you imagine how strong their heads are? Amazing. These girls handmade the noken and gave it to us. It was very personal, it was truly sweet.
We were there until it gets quite dark and some of the children were running with our cars as we left. They were so happy. The spark on their eyes were priceless. That was the first spot and the first day. We have delivered 100 pairs of shoes out of 2000 pairs that we have spread along Wamena and Sentani.
Our hotel had no air conditioner in it. We did not need it though, since the night was always raining and it was around 15 degree Celsius every night. It was one of the best night ever since we did not get enough sleep on the plane the night before and the beyond happy feelings we got after visiting Potikelek.
We went to two different schools on the next day. It was Gunung Susu Children Centre dan Yosua Children Centre at Sinakma. A hundred pairs of shoes were given to each of the children centre. It was as touching as the first one. Some of the children came without shoes or sandals and they wanted to go home bringing the shoes on their hands. They were not wearing it home. When Chelsea Islan asked them why, they said because they don’t want the shoes to get dirty because they love the shoes so much. That statement hit us. For most of us, shoes we care about are those branded and hyped shoes, while for them, they just love the shoes because they do not have any. After we talked to the children that the shoes were given to be worn to protect their shoes, they were willing to wear it. Another deep thoughts came to us.
Chelsea couldn’t stop her tears from flowing. We surely were very touched. Urban city life sometimes move too fast that makes us restless and overlooked little stuff in life which we should be grateful for, little stuff that really matters. That moment, we realized that we have been blessed and it was such a blessing to be able to share the happiness with the children in Papua.
There are in total 2000 pairs of shoes that were produced from This Is April X Chelsea Islan, but we visit three places only and delivered 300 ourselves. The other 1700 pairs were delivered by Compassion which was collaborated with Langkah Kasih.
It was raining after we left Yosua Children Centre at Sinakma Wamena. So, we decided to stop by to have some warm coffee. Schop Coffee Shop which was located at Irian Street was said one of the best. It was a small coffee shop, they serve Wamena Coffee. It was one of the best moment as well. Good coffee, good people and we were at Papua. If you plan to visit Wamena, you might want to try another coffee shop too called Mukoko which is located just on the front of Wamena airport. They also sell Wamena Coffee Bean. There is also another place worth to visit called Hotel / Kafe Jerman, but we did not get the chance to visit because it took around 1.5 hours from central Wamena to get to the place. The view is great they say, but than we did not fully regret that we did not go because we went to a place which we can say Paradise.
The next day, we started early at 6.30 am and heading to Habema Lake, the highest lake in Indonesia located at 3225 meter above sea level. It was more than two hours drive, but it certainly was not boring at all. The view was literally breathtaking. We first stopped at an army basecamp at Napua District. We had to report our journey for safety reason. After that we drove to Habema Lake. We couldn’t help but to stop the car and enjoy the scenery. The clouds were like a blanket beneath our feet. It felt like the world above the clouds. Nothing really beats the beauty of nature.
Along the way, we see greens and trees and rainbow too. First time we thought Papua would be dry, but we were wrong. Papua is very fertile and has a lot of green scenery. We stopped at a landscape on 3300 m asl where we could see the whole Habema Lake below us. Habema Lake is 224.35 ha wide and 9.79 km in circumference. From here, we can see the peak of Trikora Mountain, which is the third highest peak in Jayapura Mountains after Puncak Jaya and Mandala.
We took a few pictures and shot some videos before leaving to another breathtaking spot. Oh yea, there is no toilet here. So, you have to go to behind bushes and rocks if you need to go to the toilet.
We drove another hour to Batas Batu or Papan Batu. The place is even higher up. If you can reach Habema with any car, to Batas Batu you need a 4 wheel drive cars. The place is very remote, we met some native Papua walking around wearing koteka and bringing a huge knife. It is common for them to bring knife around when leaving the house. Perhaps, like us always bringing our phone when leaving the house.
After an hour of super bumpy road and amazing view we arrived at 3400 meter above sea level, Batas Batu. It was 7 degree Celsius freezing, the wind was chilly which makes it feel even colder, yet the sun was shining fiercely. Most of us got sunburn, but you know tans and burns fade but memories last. So, it was beyond worth it.
We went up to the mountains of grey and white rocks. It was not hard but tricky since the rocks were so sharp. Once we got to the top, the view was oh so out of this world. The white and grey rocks looked like covered in snow from pictures taken. It actually does snow sometimes when it gets really cold.
We didn’t want to leave but we had to. We went back to our hotel and packed our things to fly back to Sentani the next morning. Our flight was supposed to be at 8 am by jet but there was a delay so we had to switch to a turboprop plane. The plane was a small non jet plane and the boarding pass was manually written. Some of us got a little nervous, but thank God the weather was great.
The ride was unexpectedly smooth and we arrived safely at Sentani after an hour flight. We had to wait for our luggage to arrive, which was sent with another plane. After our luggage arrived, we checked in at our hotel in Sentani. We went to this one place called Love Lake. It is called by the name love because it is a lake with a heart / love shape surrounded by green hills. It feels like you are in Teletubbies Hills. Its green grass and blue sky as far as your eyes can see. You need to experience it yourself to understand the magical feelings we felt inside. Even great pictures don’t absorb the beautiful vibe. We felt like little puppies who run around happily on green fields. For you who loves green landscapes, this is a must visit. You can just lay down and enjoy the grass scents. It is that beautiful.
We stayed there until dark and drove to Jayapura for dinner. We had dinner at a seafood restaurant by the Yos Sudarso Bay. It felt like you were in mini Hong Kong since there were buildings and pretty city lights surrounding the sea. It was very different from Wamena which we experienced the day before.
We flew back to Jakarta with an early flight the next day. We bought Roti Abon and Wamena Coffee bean for souvenirs. For those of you who loves to travel, Papua should be in your bucket list.
We went to Papua to fulfill the mission to deliver 2000 pairs of shoes for children in Papua from This Is April X Chelsea Islan, but we came home with more blessing from the humbling and amazing experiences we had.
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Written by Jasmine Jawie Picts by Sri Wahyuni, Bruno Oktavian DS, Adi Chandra and Jasmine Jawie