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Modern Day Gifting Problem – how was your Christmas Gift business this year?

christmas gift problem christmas gift for kids, christmas present problem, gift kids love, amazon wishlist, amazon sale christmasWe love gifts and Christmas is the busiest time of the year for the Gift Business. So do your kids love your Christmas gifts this year?

We were thinking of doing a 2012 year in review as it is the most proper way to end the old year and begin the new. Somehow, we end up creating this gifting problem cartoon. Hope you like it!

Modern day gifting can be a tricky business.But don’t worry, in the olden days, Christmas gifting also can be very, very dramatic. Why not have a look at this short story?

We will do a new column on the new Midnightvisitor site (Yep, the new site is still in progress, we haven’t forgotten about it :D). We will put up a new short story every weekend. Hope you like them. We certainly love to read in the D house.

BTW, have you got your Gift list ready on Amazon yet? We are preparing for next year’s Christmas gifts already, haha. 😀

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The Gift Of The Magi by William Sydney Porter / O. Henry – A Midnight Story

The Gift Of The Magi

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.

There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.

While the mistress of the home is gradually subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the home. A furnished flat at $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.

In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could coax a ring. Also appertaining thereunto was a card bearing the name “Mr. James Dillingham Young.”

The “Dillingham” had been flung to the breeze during a former period of prosperity when its possessor was being paid $30 per week. Now, when the income was shrunk to $20, though, they were thinking seriously of contracting to a modest and unassuming D. But whenever Mr. James Dillingham Young came home and reached his flat above he was called “Jim” and greatly hugged by Mrs. James Dillingham Young, already introduced to you as Della. Which is all very good.

Della finished her cry and attended to her cheeks with the powder rag. She stood by the window and looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard. Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a present. She had been saving every penny she could for months, with this result. Twenty dollars a week doesn’t go far. Expenses had been greater than she had calculated. They always are. Only $1.87 to buy a present for Jim. Her Jim. Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling–something just a little bit near to being worthy of the honor of being owned by Jim.

There was a pier-glass between the windows of the room. Perhaps you have seen a pierglass in an $8 flat. A very thin and very agile person may, by observing his reflection in a rapid sequence of longitudinal strips, obtain a fairly accurate conception of his looks. Della, being slender, had mastered the art.

Suddenly she whirled from the window and stood before the glass. her eyes were shining brilliantly, but her face had lost its color within twenty seconds. Rapidly she pulled down her hair and let it fall to its full length.

Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim’s gold watch that had been his father’s and his grandfather’s. The other was Della’s hair. Had the queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty’s jewels and gifts. Had King Solomon been the janitor, with all his treasures piled up in the basement, Jim would have pulled out his watch every time he passed, just to see him pluck at his beard from envy.

So now Della’s beautiful hair fell about her rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters. It reached below her knee and made itself almost a garment for her. And then she did it up again nervously and quickly. Once she faltered for a minute and stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn red carpet.

On went her old brown jacket; on went her old brown hat. With a whirl of skirts and with the brilliant sparkle still in her eyes, she fluttered out the door and down the stairs to the street.

Where she stopped the sign read: “Mne. Sofronie. Hair Goods of All Kinds.” One flight up Della ran, and collected herself, panting. Madame, large, too white, chilly, hardly looked the “Sofronie.”

“Will you buy my hair?” asked Della.

“I buy hair,” said Madame. “Take yer hat off and let’s have a sight at the looks of it.”

Down rippled the brown cascade.

“Twenty dollars,” said Madame, lifting the mass with a practised hand.

“Give it to me quick,” said Della.

Oh, and the next two hours tripped by on rosy wings. Forget the hashed metaphor. She was ransacking the stores for Jim’s present.

She found it at last. It surely had been made for Jim and no one else. There was no other like it in any of the stores, and she had turned all of them inside out. It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation–as all good things should do. It was even worthy of The Watch. As soon as she saw it she knew that it must be Jim’s. It was like him. Quietness and value–the description applied to both. Twenty-one dollars they took from her for it, and she hurried home with the 87 cents. With that chain on his watch Jim might be properly anxious about the time in any company. Grand as the watch was, he sometimes looked at it on the sly on account of the old leather strap that he used in place of a chain.

When Della reached home her intoxication gave way a little to prudence and reason. She got out her curling irons and lighted the gas and went to work repairing the ravages made by generosity added to love. Which is always a tremendous task, dear friends–a mammoth task.

Within forty minutes her head was covered with tiny, close-lying curls that made her look wonderfully like a truant schoolboy. She looked at her reflection in the mirror long, carefully, and critically.

“If Jim doesn’t kill me,” she said to herself, “before he takes a second look at me, he’ll say I look like a Coney Island chorus girl. But what could I do–oh! what could I do with a dollar and eighty- seven cents?”

At 7 o’clock the coffee was made and the frying-pan was on the back of the stove hot and ready to cook the chops.

Jim was never late. Della doubled the fob chain in her hand and sat on the corner of the table near the door that he always entered. Then she heard his step on the stair away down on the first flight, and she turned white for just a moment. She had a habit for saying little silent prayer about the simplest everyday things, and now she whispered: “Please God, make him think I am still pretty.”

The door opened and Jim stepped in and closed it. He looked thin and very serious. Poor fellow, he was only twenty-two–and to be burdened with a family! He needed a new overcoat and he was without gloves.

Jim stopped inside the door, as immovable as a setter at the scent of quail. His eyes were fixed upon Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read, and it terrified her. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor disapproval, nor horror, nor any of the sentiments that she had been prepared for. He simply stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face.

Della wriggled off the table and went for him.

“Jim, darling,” she cried, “don’t look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. It’ll grow out again–you won’t mind, will you? I just had to do it. My hair grows awfully fast. Say `Merry Christmas!’ Jim, and let’s be happy. You don’t know what a nice– what a beautiful, nice gift I’ve got for you.”

“You’ve cut off your hair?” asked Jim, laboriously, as if he had not arrived at that patent fact yet even after the hardest mental labor.

“Cut it off and sold it,” said Della. “Don’t you like me just as well, anyhow? I’m me without my hair, ain’t I?”

Jim looked about the room curiously.

“You say your hair is gone?” he said, with an air almost of idiocy.

“You needn’t look for it,” said Della. “It’s sold, I tell you–sold and gone, too. It’s Christmas Eve, boy. Be good to me, for it went for you. Maybe the hairs of my head were numbered,” she went on with sudden serious sweetness, “but nobody could ever count my love for you. Shall I put the chops on, Jim?”

Out of his trance Jim seemed quickly to wake. He enfolded his Della. For ten seconds let us regard with discreet scrutiny some inconsequential object in the other direction. Eight dollars a week or a million a year–what is the difference? A mathematician or a wit would give you the wrong answer. The magi brought valuable gifts, but that was not among them. This dark assertion will be illuminated later on.

Jim drew a package from his overcoat pocket and threw it upon the table.

“Don’t make any mistake, Dell,” he said, “about me. I don’t think there’s anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less. But if you’ll unwrap that package you may see why you had me going a while at first.”

White fingers and nimble tore at the string and paper. And then an ecstatic scream of joy; and then, alas! a quick feminine change to hysterical tears and wails, necessitating the immediate employment of all the comforting powers of the lord of the flat.

For there lay The Combs–the set of combs, side and back, that Della had worshipped long in a Broadway window. Beautiful combs, pure tortoise shell, with jewelled rims–just the shade to wear in the beautiful vanished hair. They were expensive combs, she knew, and her heart had simply craved and yearned over them without the least hope of possession. And now, they were hers, but the tresses that should have adorned the coveted adornments were gone.

But she hugged them to her bosom, and at length she was able to look up with dim eyes and a smile and say: “My hair grows so fast, Jim!”

And them Della leaped up like a little singed cat and cried, “Oh, oh!”

Jim had not yet seen his beautiful present. She held it out to him eagerly upon her open palm. The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.

“Isn’t it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You’ll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it.”

Instead of obeying, Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.

“Dell,” said he, “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. And now suppose you put the chops on.”

The magi, as you know, were wise men–wonderfully wise men–who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.

Seasons Greetings From D

Season's Greetings

D Family wishes all friends and readers a happy and prosperity holiday season.

Thank you and best wishes for the New Year!

What Are These Children Doing? – Reveal

Good morning, dear readers,

How are you today? We are in China by now and this is a scheduled post. Hope you like it.

So what are these children doing in the photo below:

what are these kids doing

These children are very excited. But no, they are not rushing for the red ribbon-ed Christmas gift boxes. No, they have more exciting stuff to chase.

girl chasing bubbles in Pacific Place Jakarta

Such a happy girl, what are you staring at?

bubble machine

See that silver machine in the center of this photo? See those oozing white bubbles coming out this machine?

Yes, you are right. It is a bubble machine. It has created such a festive moment  for the kids. They are chasing around like mad. Childhood memories, magical and unforgettable.

kids chasing bubbles in Jakarta Pacific Place Shopping Mall

Do you have any childhood memories that keep you warm this Christmas? How about create one for your children now before they grow up too quickly?

Bye for now and see you soon.

We are going to chase our own bubbles now…

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Be Prepared

the east

For rambling blogs

Or no blog

Or blogs we put up and then lost in transistion

Or blogs we delete/heavily edit

Or maybe, just maybe

if we are lucky, and everyone else is lucky

business/blogging as usual.

Who knows?

We are going to China.

At least that’s for sure and we are excited.

Are we continuing to blog while we are there?

We are not sure.

Time

Time, we guess

Time will tell

Have a splendid Christmas

and see you soon

Love. D

Christmas Gift Guide For Man – Have you got that Christmas gift for him yet?

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We haven’t shopped for Mr. D for a long time now. Actually we haven’t shopped for Mr. D since our last failed pants shopping trip. He hates shopping. We hate shopping for him. 😀

But, don’t worry. Organized as Mrs. D is, she has even got a Christmas Gift Guide ready for Mr. D. Actually it is the perfect Christmas Gift Guide for any man. Why not have a look?

We have the usual toilette, perfume, tie, undies, and casual T shirts for Mr. D. He needs them everyday anyway. A good excuse to go shopping.

If we have a bit more cash, we will buy him a nice pair of new shoes. Good quality shoes which can last another 10 years, we hope. OK, make it 5 years. Ten years is a bit ambitious, even for us.

We might even buy him a nice piece of jacket. Not that we need it everyday here in Jakarta. Just that it feels nice to wear a jacket every now and then. Besides, we might travel and it might be chilly where we go. So a nice but causal jacket will be good for Mr. D.

But what Mr. D really, really need is a great leather sofa. Mr. D is a night owl and can work really late till the wee hours. A great leather sofa will make his night peaceful and comfortable. A great investment, don’t you think? A hard working man deserve a great comfortable place.

OK, a great sofa might be great. But that’s only Mrs. D’s wish upon Mr. D. If Mr. D had a choice, guess what he really, really want? How about a Harley-Davidson? If he had a choice, we think him might opt for a good old Harley. 😀

Too bad, that’s not allowed. Not when we are in Jakarta anyway. Maybe, just maybe, we will get one for Mr. D, if we are back to Sydney. And if, he has worked really hard for it. 😀

For more fashion style, check out our online shopping guide

Midnight Visitor’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide for Women’s Fashion here

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The Best Christmas Tree Competition – Have you put up your Christmas Tree yet?

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Gosh, only two more weeks to go before Christmas! Thirty days to be exact. Are you excited?!

Not everyone is celebrating Christmas in Jakarta, we have 80% population of Muslims, the world’s largest Muslim country.

But been a metropolitan city Jakarta is, we do run Christmas Tree Competition here.

Have a look at this, do you know what it is?

christmas tree green and orange

The green, orange and gold colour, very Christmas like, isn’t it? Well, you are right. It is not only Christmas related, it is actually the certer of Christmas!

It is the Christmas Tree!

christmas tree gold green and orange

How about you? Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? Time is running out.

Wanna join the Christmas tree competition? Have a look, there are some amazing trees here: unique and environmental friendly to say the least.

christmas tree voting

Polluted as Jakarta is, we do have a green cause. Please vote our Christmas green tree:

christmas tree green with red and white candy cane

We have throw in a giant candy cane for whoever supports our green course. 😀

Hope you like it.

christmas tree gold

How about a golden Christmas tree? Actually we love the magical lights at the background better.

To show our gratitude for your readership this year, we have gifts glore for everyone. Enjoy your Christmas and have a great new year.

christmas gift

Love. D

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Christmas Table Decoration Ideas

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Looking for some Christmas table decoration ideas? We are excited when we see this Martha’s Woodland Christmas table.

Maybe next year we will try this table if we are back to Sydney? We always have a nice table setting during our Christmas season back home. Here in Jakarta with only 6 cubic meters of shipping, we have to make do with a simpler and rented table. 😀

Anyways, we will be traveling this Christmas, guess the Christmas table can wait…

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Let It Snow song and lyrics

Now that we have snowflakes on our Midnightvisitor site, we have to sing the snow song. So here we go:

 

Let It Snow song and lyrics

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful.
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It doesn’t show signs of stopping,
And I brought some corn for popping;
The lights are turned way down low,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

When we finally say good night,
How I’ll hate going out in the storm;
But if you really hold me tight,
All the way home I’ll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing,
But as long as you love me so.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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World Peace For You – DIY Christmas Card

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Now that Mrs. D has a second wish for Christmas, she has to make it happen.

‘World Peace’, this is a hard one, especially when we live in Indonesia. Every day we were reminded of ‘danger is looming’ around the corner.

We have guards in our house (although their job is mostly sleeping during the day and night.) 😀

Guards at the shopping mall (they can’t sleep, day or night, poor guys).

Guards at school and office entrance (OK, they can sleep, sometimes, when the rush hour is over).

And don’t even mention guards at the Embassies, they hold real guns, and they won’t be afraid of using them.

Etc, etc…

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So a big thank you for those who reminded Mrs. D. World Peace is a must have this Christmas in the D house and everywhere else in the world.

How about sending a little bit of ‘World Peace’ to you family and friends, and spread the love?

To do that, we have come up with a very simple, yet elegant idea:

peace love joy christmas card

Why not create some DIY Christmas cards with the simple words :

Peace, Love and Joy

It is easy to make. Simply find a piece of craft paper you like, and gather a few great ideas and away we go. You can even put your favorite photo and send together to the world (aka your loved ones)…

How about a Royal Blue one, royal blue is popular this Christmas thanks to our royal baby:

Peace, Hope Love Unique Christmas Card

Or a cute little elephant. Elephant is such an adorable animal and we love riding them. They sure can help with world peace with their mighty trunks and good personalities.

Or a classic Christmas bauble with your favorite family photo:

What does world peace mean to you?

Love. D

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Mrs. D’s Christmas Wish and World Peace

Mrs D at Crayfish Party Jakarta

We have talked about Miss D’s forever Christmas wish recently. How about Mrs. D? Woman and Christmas, dangerous areas. Watch out, Mr. D and your bank account. 😀

To have more fun this Christmas, Mrs. D has a wish. Only one wish, she’s not a greedy person. After all, Mr. D’s wallet is her wallet, too. We are a traditional family, ‘AA share’ has no place in the D house (well, Mr. D might think otherwise, why don’t you ask him?). 😀

So what is Mrs. D’s Christmas wish? Well, Mrs. D’s wish is the D’s wish anyway. It’s something better for the D family for sure. Actually, you might benefit from her wish as well.

Is it ‘World Peace’, Mama?

See, we have already put a puzzled look on your face. Haha.

OK, ‘world peace’ can be her Christmas wish, too, only for you.

Second wish, alright? We all entitle to three wishes when the genie asks, don’t we?

Back to Mrs. D’s first Christmas wish: all Mrs. D wants this Christmas is (music and drum rolls here):

A Brand New Website!

Disappointed? Woman, why can’t you be grand, be worldly? ‘World Peace’ is a much better choice!

Bad luck. Mrs. D’s only wish this Christmas is a new website, with good reasons, too. And being an obedient husband Mr. D is, he will be our Santa Claus this year.

So, yeah, you will see a brand new website after this Christmas, when we are back from our holidays. It’ll take a while for us to figure out the technicalities, but you will see.

What is your Christmas wish this year? How about ‘Peace on earth’ or IPad III? We think those are much better choices.

Be wise, choose carefully.

Love. D

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A Red Christmas with White Snow Flakes

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Good morning, dear readers,

How are you today? A lovely day here in Jakarta.

You might be surprised to see that we have a Red background for our blog and wonder if you have come to the right one. Yes, you have. This is still the MidnightVisitor you have been reading all those years.

But, we have changed our colour scheme from a crispy white background, to the Christmas holiday red. Put a bit colour on this holiday season. Why not?

Actually, initially we only wanted to sprinkle some snow flakes on our blog. We love snow flakes and BTW here is our official reveal for last week’s MidnightVisitor Quiz:

Each snow flake has 6 points and Santa Claus lives in lapland all his life.

Now back to the Christmas red. When we did that (sprinkle the snow flakes, of course), we found it didn’t work because of the white background we have.

What the hack, why not paint the town (aka our blog) red this Christmas? That’s exactly what we did and that’s why you have seen our Red Christmas background today. Hope you like it.

This red Christmas background will be kept forever, since we are the 20% Christmas advocates. Will you still coming back after the Christmas just because we do this? We hope so.

Don’t worry, we couldn’t do that to you. We still love our crispy white background. After all it has been with us since the beginning through all those tougher days. How about keep the Red theme till January? After that we will switch back to our white background.

Enjoy.

Love. D

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Heavenly Beauty – Jakarta Snapshots through D’s Camera

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Obviously, we went to the wrong shopping mall last week. To do Jakarta justice, this week we will show you the real Christmas celebration in our beloved city Jakarta.

Not only will we show you all the Santa Claus in Jakarta, we will also show you some ‘heavenly beauty’, just to make up the misunderstanding of our part from last week’s Hello Kitty roadshow.

Enjoy.

To start with, we will show you the grandest Santa Claus and sleigh we have ever seen in a shopping mall:

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Like it?

Santa sleigh fly in the sky

Have a look from the back. Santa is flying in the sky with silver reindeers. Mind you this shopping mall is 6 floors tall. Look at those tiny people on the ground floor.

This Santa Claus and silver reindeers sleigh is at least 5 meters long. It is huge, built with great efforts and is magnificent indeed. We have never seen anything like this in a shopping mall back in Sydney. Have you seen anything like this in your city? We would like to hear.

Jakarta not only has the grandest Santa Sleigh, we also have white Christmas snowy castles.

Christmas snow casltes

Plus Christmas gift shop. Snowman, Christmas trees, baubles, candy canes, ornaments. You name it, we have it right here. With a coconut tree standing by. 😀

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Christmas in Sogo, a fancy department store.

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Now that we have proven that we do have Santa Claus in Jakarta. We will start our real topic for today. How about some more Heavenly Beauty? And a blue one would be nice?

This is called Hijab. It is a everyday wear for Muslin women and is a fashion icon in its own right.

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Back in Sydney, girls are interested in topics such as ‘How to wear scarves in a hundred ways’ in winter time. In Jakarta, we have ‘How to wear a Hijab in 100 ways’, all year round. As a matter of fact, we have a  Hijaber community here just to do that.

Do you have a scarf community in your city? Maybe we should start our very own right now.

hijabers community

Want to see some real life hijaber in action? Jakarta has plenty.

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A single lady entering the shopping mall. Love the beige colour she is wearing. Very on the trend, slim, modern and beautiful. Wait, did we just say ‘modern’? Actually, it does have a very modern feeling to it, if you have seen it yourself in person.

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Another young lady. This time in grey outfit and matching hijab. The girls in Jakarta sure knows their colours.

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A mum buying a toy for her little boy. And that’s the aunt in the far right corner wearing a white hijab. Young and pretty. The best age.

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Obviously, older women wear hijab more often. This couple looks lovely. Great colour match. How long have they been married?

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Here comes the true ladies of Jakarta. Middle aged, content with life’s offer and always, always dress in nice clothings. Hijab or not, our ladies in Jakarta always look presentable. BTW, they carry authentic branded bags, not fake / factory outlet stuff, alright?

How about pink? No pink in this one?

OK, to end today’s show, we will show you a true Arch wedding and our darling beauty girl – our very own pink Barbie. Side by side, these women can conquer the world.

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Red and Gold Glittered Candle – Christmas DIY Craft

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We love wine and candles. The Christmas season won’t be complete without our two dearest friends. How about a glittered candle to light up the darkest winter nights?

This red and gold glittered candle is our kind of Christmas decoration for the Christmas dinner party. It is beautiful, magnificent for the eyes and is super quick and easy to make. This one is for those romantic at heart. Why not have some fun this Christmas and glitter away!

Materials needed:

  • Glitters: any colors, but we love gold colour
  • Candles: any candle will do, but to create that Christmas feeling, why not use red? Red is Christmas.
  • Brush
  • Masking tape (preferably two sizes to get the wanted effect, but one size will be just fine)
  • Glue or spray adhesive
  1. Use masking tape to cover the area of candles you don’t want to have glitters on. (Use two different sized masking tape to create different gaps on the candles.)
  2. Use the brush to apply a nice even layer of glue onto the non masked candle areas.
  3. Sprinkle the glitter onto the candle, turn the candle as you go.
  4. Make sure the coat of glitter is nice and heavy
  5. Shake the candle gently so that any non adhered glitters are off
  6. Repeat until the entire candle is coated.
  7. Let the candle dry for about 20 minutes on the paper plate

Enjoy your Christmas dinner with your very own red and gold glittered candle this Christmas. Have fun.

Photo credit: vivalavidabonita

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Captain Jack Sparrow Seasons Greetings

Captain Jack Sparrow 2012 Seasons Greetings

Seasons greetings from our beloved Captain Jack Sparrow. That’s really, really nice.

Have you found your treasure yet? We have traveled thousand miles across the high seas, just to say: Merry Christmas, me maties!

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Christmas Carol Puzzle – Reveal

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Hi, there. It is getting late and we haven’t done this week’s Time To Reveal yet.

Last week, we asked:

How many Christmas Gifts will the lucky person in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” carol get?

Have you figured out? Well, a week has passed and we have to get our mathematics right. So without further ado, here is the answer:

The lucky person in ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ carol will get 364 presents!

364 presents? Is that lucky or what? Where is he going to put all these Christmas presents? He definitely needs a warehouse for these. Good for the economy. We should do this more often. We won’t have a recession if it is Christmas everyday in his house. 😀

How many Christmas presents do you wish to get this year? Hurry up, rent that warehouse before we get in. We are renting ours tomorrow…

Meanwhile, keep those Christmas presents rolling in, we love Christmas presents!

Good night and sweet dreams.
Love from D

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Show Me A Christmas Present Google Can’t Find

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Christmas is such a magical time with gifts galore for everyone. Who is the real Santa Clause this year? Do you know?

Our best bet is….(drum-rolls)…

Google!

Show us something Google can’t find, and we will send you a medal for the world’s Guinness record.

For the record, we think for this year, you can find anything, yep, anything from Google search. Online shopping is a wonderful thing and it is very popular. What are you fancy this year? Fashion, food, travel, entertainment? Google can satisfy any possible human needs in less than 1 second. Lightning fast. Actually Google search is so fast that it is kind of scary sometimes.

To add some fun to our Christmas hunting, this week’s MidNightVisitor’s Quiz is:

Show Me A Christmas Present Google Can’t Find.

OK, we are no Einstein, and to be honest, we have no answer to this quiz.

But God knows, there must be someone out there, who knows better. Maybe we should do a Google search? What do you think? We are typing right now.

Google, here we come…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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We love Jack Sparrow. Watching the Pirates Of The Caribbean is a great way to spend a lazy Saturday night. Especially now that we are in the wet season in Jakarta. Watching the Pirates of The Caribbean on a dark, raining Saturday night is even more enticing.

We have watched the Pirates Of The Caribbean series a few times already. The Pirates of the Caribbean: on stranger tides remains one of our all time favorite of the Jack Sparrow movies.

What’s not to like about Jack Sparrow? Nothing. He is our hero. He is fun, smart, hilarious and unpredictable. He is our King of the Pirates. Period.

The story of the On Stranger Tides is about Jack Sparrow and his former lover (Penelope Cruz) on board the Queen Anne’s Revenge. An unexpected journey thus began.

Johnny Depp has done a great job as Captain Jack Sparrow and he is a delight to watch. His lover (Penelope Cruz) doesn’t disappoint either. She is such a sexy lady and is a match made in heaven for Jack Sparrow. She has added a much needed female touch to this movie which some of the other Jack Sparrow movies lack.

We love the mermaid part of this movie. It is so beautiful and intriguing. We love the costume sets and the authentic movie scenes. We love the funny and witty dialogues. Most of all we love Johnny Depp. He has brought alive our very own hero Captain Jack Sparrow.

This movie is action-packed, full of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. A true pirate movie.

Do yourself a favor. Don’t miss this movie. Pirates of the Caribbean: on stranger tides is simply one of the best Jack Sparrow movies. At least it is as good as the first Jack Sparrow movie IMHO.

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Halloween DIY Costume – Little Red Riding Hood

 

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Halloween Dog Costume

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Check out this dog costume! It is so cute! Why should our humans have all the fun on Halloween? Take your dog for a trick n treat. People will adore them.

Happy Halloween tonight, everyone. Enjoy.

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Halloween DIY Costume – Jack Sparrow

Want to be the king of the Pirates? Try this Captain Jack Sparrow Halloween costume. You can become the king himself in no time.

Why should the girls have all the fun on Halloween night? This one is for the boys.

All you need is a white shirt, a blue vest, a pair of black loose pants, some good old black boots (worn out ones are the best), a scary pirate hat (or a bandana will be just fine), plus bling bling rings, and away you go.

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Oh, don’t forget the make-up and the dreadlocks. The make-up and the dreadlocks are what make this costume come alive. Our first picture shows you how the King of The Pirate looks.

Have fun and enjoy your Halloween night.

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Halloween Is Truly Here

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Went shopping today and realized that Halloween is well and truly here in Jakarta. All the shops have some Halloween decorations and also have Halloween merchandise for sale.

Miss D’s Haughted House will go live next Friday Night. She can’t wait for the big night.

Are you Halloween ready?

We sure are!

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Pirate season starts here for Halloween! Arggggg, me hearties!

Receptionist wearing Halloween Pirate Hat. Handsome boy. Lovely smile.

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How big is this pumpkin? Ginormous! Wonder how many tummies this can fill!

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More pumpkins! That’s the spirit!

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AHHH!! Spiders… Get them out of the house! This one’s working hard, getting ready for some SPOOKINESS!

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BOO!!! Did I scare you?

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Watch out! The black cat is in town.

Sure don’t want to be stalked by that… bad luck…

Ready for a joke? We are so Halloween ready that we’re telling jokes about black cats! (Wait… is that bad luck too? Find out in the joke!)

Q: If a black cat is following you, is it bad luck?

A: Well, it depends if you are a human or a mouse!

Miss D finds this joke perfect for Halloween! Do you have any Halloween jokes in stall? If so, post a comment or send us a quick email!

Happy Halloween my dear friends! Don’t forget to trick ‘n’ treat!

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Fashion Halloween Style

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Halloween Show Time

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Went to watch a theater show of Dracula recently as part of our celebration of this year’s Halloween. Dracula is a famous 1897 Gothic horror novel and is a classic to watch prior to Halloween. Dracula was described as “the most blood-curdling novel of the paralysed century”. It has been filmed into various movies since the 1930s.

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Picture above is Hollywood actress Winona Ryder and she played Mena in the 1992 Dracula movie. We really like the Ball Room dance scene in the Dracula movie. The masques and gowns are grand and majestic.

To celebrate Halloween in style, we all need some great costumes.

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Dancing in passion, love everything about the red gown and the golden masques. Red and gold always go together and gives a grand and majestic feeling. Very classic indeed.

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Watch out. How soon things can turn from glamor to evil and ghostly? True in life too. Lucky it is only a movie.

Keep It Real

To keep it real. We have found below:

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Dracula Countess Adult Ballroom Dancing Vampire Costume. Why not celebrate Halloween in ballroom style? This costume is grand. It includes the dress with stand-up collar and glovelets. The dress has Invisa-Fabric front plunge & waist accents. Very majestic.

halloween costume, halloween party, halloween pirate costume, vampire halloweenWho won’t like to be a pirate. A girl pirate, that will add more charm to any Halloween party. This pirate costume is classic but cute and cheery.If you don’t want to go for the full costume, go get a pirate’s hat, like what Sandra Bullock did here.

Now below is something really deadly. Not for the fainted hearted for sure. But, hey, it is Halloween. Why not go the full length and play Death himself? This costume is so dramatic and boys would love it.

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DIY Halloween Craft

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DIY Halloween Craft

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Miss D has finally got her Halloween Haunted House sorted. They will have 3 large cages on Halloween night, with big scary skeleton, bat and spiders and all.

It’s going to be the best Halloween ever!

How about you? Any progress for the scariest night of the year?

Why not get some inspiration from a book? Back in Sydney, we always go to the local library to get our books. It’s free and you get to pick from many wonderful books.

Here in Jakarta, English books are hard to find. They have a few English novels in the book store, and English dictionaries, lots of them, and for all kinds of languages. But for a bookworm like Miss D, it is not nearly enough!

That’s why we love Amazon.com. There are so many books there, like a candy shop for hungry Miss D.

So, this Halloween, why not get a good book, and have some DIY fun for Halloween? The kids will thank you for it. We have picked a few books that are classic and fun. Hope you like them as much as we do.

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The Big Book of Halloween: Creative & Creepy Projects for Revellers of All Ages
Gooseberry Patch A Ghastly-Good Halloween
Halloween Tricks and Treats (Better Homes & Gardens)
Enhanced Eerie Elegance: More Halloween Party Ideas & Recipes with a Touch of Spooky Style
Face Painting (Klutz Kit)
Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Growing Tree)
Creepy Cute Crochet
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraidof Anything

Are you Halloween Ready?

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Miss D is really looking forward to Halloween this year. She was afraid of Halloween when she was little and refused to put on those scary masks. But this year, she has been bubbling about her ‘Haunted House’ for a long time. Turns out she is planning her Middle School’s Halloween Night and she is really excited!

People do celebrate Halloween here in Jakarta. Some of them hold parties too. Last year, our neighbour held a big party and the noise lasted till mid night. This year, we can already see Halloween merchant on sale in major shopping malls in Jakarta.

So, are you ready for Halloween, the spookiest night of the year?

Come on, if you are reading this post, you’re probably still not Halloween ready.

Why not start now? There are still a few weeks left.

From eerie soundtracks to black witch costumes to scary ghost masks, there’s just no limit to what you can do to celebrate this year’s Halloween.

Let’s be confident and bring out the creativeness in us all and get  the party started, shall we?

The Lust Look

Cleopatra

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What’s Halloween without a tribute to the legendary Queen Cleopatra?

This make up captures the­­­ extravagance and licentiousness of Cleopatra’s unmatched, enduring allure. It is simply fascinating and spectacular!

Blinged Aye, Matey!

Sandra Bullock and her son make such adorable pirates in any Halloween party. No doubt about it, it is a classic move to be a pirate in any Halloween party. You will turn people’s heads just by turning up in the pirate costume.

Cat Woman

Watch out, the Catwoman is in town! Even with heels, the acrobatic Catwoman always lands on her feet. This costume is stunning. Who wouldn’t like this impressive, shimmering look? This costume alone will get you noticed.

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Keep It Real

Grim Reaper

To get Miss D’s Haunted House ready, we are setting our eyes on this Grim Reaper Holding Candle Lantern Halloween Decor. This spooky grim reaper has a hole on his back for hanging. It is a chilling decoration for any room on a Halloween night. Perfect for the Haunted House for the middle school.

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Halloween Door Wreath

How about a DIY Halloween Door Wreath? This one looks really cool. But we can make something simpler. It is not too hard to make. Stick to the color black, orange, and we should be fine. Why not give it a go and have some DIY Fun! Design our very own Halloween Door Wreath and get the kids involved.

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GIANT Creepy Cloth SPIDER

Spiders and bats are always a hit during Halloween. You can make your own spider or bats. Get the scissors and paper ready, and cut away! Or if you are not in the mode, go check out this Giant Creepy Cloth Spider, it extends 4 feet wide! It will instantly transform any room into a Haunted House.

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So, is your house Halloween ready? Have you prepared anything exciting for your kids? Send us an email and let us know the fun of Halloween in your house. We’d love that!

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