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Friday, December 18, 2015

What Do You Like About Christmas?

Christmas 2016
When I was in Indonesia, Christmas was the busy season for me and the Vocal Groups I joined. We got invitations to sing in Christmas services: churches, companies, offices, etc. As I moved to USA, it became different. I didn't sing anymore but finally I became St. Claus Lady for my family. Isn't it fun?!

I really enjoy being a St. Claus. As I love giving, St. Claus is a perfect match of character I can be. Although without any St. Claus outfit, but the spirit of giving is insight into me. 

Other things that I like about Christmas is togetherness. In this special time I would love to serve the best cook for my family. I tried to cook different menus every year although several members of family expect me to cook Nasi Soto Ayam. My daughters Mimi and Ariel asked this if I would make Nasi Soto Ayam for Christmas but I told them I didn't have ingredients and would make it next time. I hope they weren't sad.

Speaking about Christmas menu, I had been searching it. As I have many recipes books, I took a look several of them. After reviewing, finally I made a list.
* Christmas Eve: Louisiana crab dip with crackers, cookies and French stuff; Mocha eggnog or hot cocoa.
* Christmas Breakfast: Homemade sage sausage patties; pancake or praline French toast; creamy
   strawberry breeze and milk.
* Christmas Lunch: Mango chutney chicken curry or Moroccan chicken; Spinach spirals with mushroom sauce; Holiday hominy or Swiss scalloped potatoes; Honey whole wheat pan rolls or savory biscuits; rice; cranberry orange punch and Crystal Light.
* Christmas Dessert: Blackforest cake or cheesecake; French vanilla cream puffs or brown sugar cashew fudge.

I will ask my family to vote if they want to. If not, it's OK. I will decide which one I would like to make.

So . . . what do you like about Christmas? Meanwhile you might be thinking about this, take a look below some pictures from 2013: making cookies for Christmas.

My little daughter helped me making Nastar Cookies
Nastar Cookies (Indonesian cookies with caramelized pineapple filling

Homemade cookies by Fida and Ariel Abbott (Christmas 2013)

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Where Does It Pay To Shop Online?

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Have you heard of EBATES? I heard it for the first time in 2006. As I had curiosity about their offering -- Where it pays to shop online -- I wondered if I would get as like what they had advertised, so I signed up and started searching. The result was satisfied. They work with a bunch of big-name brands like Nordstrom, Amazon, Kohls, etc., so I gave it a try by making an order for the stuff I needed and got money back through Paypal. It's free and super easy to use. I had been several times getting money back from EBATES, but then I stopped continuing it as I began to work at Walmart. Since then, I forgot about EBATES.

Recently their marketing activities popped up last year. Every month I got a reminder email informing my Monthly Account Statement that has a pending cash. I tried to check it out after many months I ignored it, and Whoa la!!! They have added many big-name brands like Walmart, TurboTax, GoDaddy, eBay, Jc Penny,, Sprint, TraightTalk, VirginAmerica, Vistaprint,, Teleflora (where my ex-fiance--my husband now--sent the flowers to me from USA to Indonesia), T-Mobile, Staples, Kitchen World, Starbucks Store, Spa & Wellness Giftcard, Sony Store, Sleepy's, Shutterfly, Sears, Sanrio (my favorite character), Sam's Club, Rite Aid, PetSmart, Philips, Samsung, PBS KIDS shop, Office Depot and OfficeMax, Nike, NBA Store, Music & Arts, Microsoft Store, Lowe's, Levi's, L.L. Bean, HBO Store, Gymboree, Golf Outlet USA, Godiva, Etsy, Dollar General, Disney Store, Crayola, Babie R Us, Auto Zone, AT&T Wireless, Armani, Apple Store, 4inkjets, Yves Rocher (one of my favorite beauty products), CheapTickets Air,   Estée Lauder, and other hundreds big-name brands. 

It sounds interesting, doesn't it? I might take a look again when one day I look for something I need. If they have it, I'll purchase from there. Check it out! Maybe you're interested to take a look. Have fun, get some money back, and happy shopping! ***
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Letter for Representative Harry Lewis Jr.

Representative Harry Lewis Jr.
315 West First Avenue
Parkesburg, 19365

Dear Mr. Lewis Jr.,

     Two weeks ago I read Chescobus Public Notice. It mentions the City of Coatesville eliminated their financial support of the Coatesville LINK in March 2015. The City's elimination of their financial support requires that alternative local funding sources be secured from businesses and municipalities along the LINK service area. If alternative funding sources are not found, the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) will be forced to drastically reduce Coatesville LINK service as soon as July 2015.

     This service is very important to me and many Walmart associates who live in Coatesville and Parkesburg. I believe there are many people also use this service to go to their work located along Route 30 or wherever the bus passes the companies they work at. Because of how vital this service is to me and the surrounding community, maybe there is a chance from you to help us to partner with TMACC to find local, sustainable match funding sources.

     I appreciate your consideration to find a solution for this letter. 

(Your name)
(Your employer name) Associate, (city, PA)

I wrote that letter above yesterday morning before going to work and sent it in the afternoon. If you, your family, your friends or any other people you know who live in Coatesville or Parkesburg, PA and often go to work, Lancaster General Hospital or other places by Chescobus (Coatesville LINK), you can also send the similar letter or call Representative Harry Lewis Jr. at 610-857-2145 or contact Coatesville City Council and your municipal, Chester County and State elected officials. Tell them how vital the Coatesville LINK is to you and your community, and urge them to partner with TMACC to find local, sustainable match funding sources.

Contact list of State elected officials:

Senator Andrew Dinniman
1 North Church Street, West Chester, 19380

Senator John Rafferty Jr.
2325 Pottstown Pike, Pottstown, 19465

Representative Becky Corbin
180 Gordon Drive, Suite 106, Exton, 19341

Representative Tim Hennessey
351 West Schuylkill Road, Suite 9, Pottstown, 19645

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Growing After Being A New Citizen

Even though I have been almost 13 years living in the USA, I am still learning many new things--like a person who is aged almost 13 years old that still needs to learn a lot things. I consider my age of 13 years old of becoming a resident in the USA. I love learning so I can grow. So what I have been learning? OK, let me write a long list below:
- learning to so speak English in my daily activities;
- becoming a wife to an American;
- becoming a mother to my baby and my three grown up kids (teenagers at that time);
- becoming a cook lover;
- becoming active using internet to browse many interesting stuffs;
- learning to write after almost 20 years absent;
- learning to blogging using my second language;
- learning to be a self-published author;
- learning to know the school system by following the school activities of my youngest daughter;
- learning about American Girl Scouts systems and activities which my youngest daughter joins in;
- learning how to garden and grow flowers, fruits and vegetables in the country who has four different seasons;
- learning to apply jobs;
- learning how to interact with many type of Americans;
- learning how to socialize with my husband's big family;
- learning how to socialize with others;
- learning to volunteer at elementary school by teaching students reading;
- learning the new skills by taking some courses in the different fields: crafting in English writing, entrepreneurship, marketing, administrative assistance and federal taxes;
- learning many new systems from paying bills, health insurance, purchasing online, etc.;
- learning to handle many new challenging things happened in family circumstances that mostly drive me crazy;
- and many other things.
Believe or not, I still need to learn many things. Learning is awesome even though sometimes it makes my nerves become tense; drains my energy, time, thought, and money (hahaha).
Becoming a new citizen is the right decision. My family is here. My soul is here. So, here I am with lot of hopes, goals and dreams. 
So what I have done after being a new citizen? For this answer, I don't have a long list but I have been satisfied for taking two big steps: protecting my family by having life insurance and building the stronger financial by having an investment.
And what will I plan to do next? For this answer, I still don't have a long list either, but several things I am sure to do soon is continuing my tax school (Intermediate level) this summer and becoming a volunteer in the community. (What I really enjoy my life--good and bad) ***
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