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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!

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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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DIY Christmas Ornaments – Christmas Wreath

Grand Christmas Ornaments

Heavenly Beauty – Jakarta Snapshots through D’s Camera

Let It Snow song and lyrics

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?

christmas gift guide for man

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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Are you travel ready this Christmas – Casual Christmas Outfits

long flight holiday

Long flights could be hard especially for the little ones. This winter, where are you going to spend your Christmas?

Lots of the expats in Jakarta are getting ready to fly!

To America.

To France.

To Sweden.

To Australia!

Are you travel ready this Christmas? What have you packed in your suit cases? Even if you are not traveling, what are you planning to wear this Christmas?

We love dresses, the fancier the dress the better. Little woman’s dream.

But it didn’t work sometime. You see, most of the time, we are invited to attend family gatherings where wearing casual outfits are the best.

We certainly don’t want to go to a picnic in the park with our fancy dress, let alone sitting on the grass with it. Or how about a beach-side barbecue dinner? Can you image wearing high heels and hot red lips standing among the smoke? Oh, no. We can’t do that. Not with the children in sight.

So we found a few items and through together a casual yet stylish outfit for this Christmas, just for you, and with affordable prices.

Actually, we haven’t got around to do that either (CHECKING THE AFFORDABLE PRICES, that is), because we have a dinner party to attend. A casual one, of course, in a cozy Jakarta home!

So see you tomorrow.

Meanwhile you can check a few of our fancy dresses here while planning a more practical travel outfit for the flight!

Love. D

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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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What Are These Children Doing

what are these kids doing

Do you know what these kids are chasing in this photo?

Yes, this is this week’s MidnightVisitor Quiz.

Hint: they are not rushing for Santa’s Gift boxes. 😀

We met these kids from the Jakarta German International School in Pacific Place last week. They performed many Christmas carols and songs for all the shoppers. Everyone had a great time.

choir Jakarta German International School

After the performance, the kids got some well deserved entertainment.

magician jakarta

A magician playing lots of magic tricks with the kids.

santa's helper

Magicians little helper cheered on.

Lady in red watching magic show in jakarta

Even adults were attached to the magic shows. See the lady in Red? So concentrated.

As usual the reveal will be next Monday. We have time stamped this one. 😀

Love. D

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A Casual Floral Christmas Outfit

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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

christmas-present

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:

h santa and sleigh

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. 😀

christmas gift shops

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.

heaven beauty blue

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.

single lady with grey hijab

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.

h old couple

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

h middle aged women

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.

h barbie and aceh wedding

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Red and Gold Glittered Candle – Christmas DIY Craft

red and gold glittered candle for christmas

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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Jakarta snapshots through D’s Camera – Who is coming to town this Christmas?

We all know our Jingle Bells by now. Guess who is coming to town this Christmas? The town, of course, is our beloved Jakarta!

We have prepared a nice roadshow for you on another topic this week for D’s Camera. But our plan is not relevant any more as soon as we see this:

Yep. Obviously, this Christmas Hello Kitty is coming to town, and we’ll paint the city red PINK?

Not happy? Nor is our snowman here. Snowman and Hello Kitty? An innovation idea. Does it work?

Look at the snowman’s face, hint, hint, hint…

To make this Christmas the best ever in Jakarta, the marketing team has worked hard and even throw in a few goodies for us. How about a lucky dip by our very own reindeer? That would cheer us up in no time.

Or how about all the other relevant cartoon characters we like? We have the most popular ones here.

Alas, although we looked very hard, we couldn’t find Santa Claus in this fairytale land. Soz, nothing we can do.

Maybe we should ask those marketing people at the back stage? See, they are still busy planning. There’s still time till the big day, right?

Actually we admire this Christmas fairytale castle so much, we have even dug out some news for you. Curious to know who is the boss of this fairytale land of Hello Kitties?

We waited, waited and waited. Well, our effort didn’t wasted, here comes the BOSS (music and drum rolls here…)

Well out of this group of impressive marketing genius, guess who is the boss?

You’re right.

The Lady.

It has to be her. Now we understand — errr the PINK.

So what is NEXT? We’re a bit disoriented after all these pink. Haven’t see this much pink since Miss D was 5.

Gosh, time flies by so quickly!

How about a bit black and white? Our eyes need some rest after all these hello kitty…

This is more like our style. Feel better now? How about a bit more color, like RED? After all it is Christmas season we are in. Be sensible.

What? This is not sensible enough for you? Are you a 5 years old?

OK, OK, admittedly it’s a bit crazy. Christmas underwear? Not allowed here. After all this is a family blog. We want to set good examples for our kids, don’t we?

How about bring in some real Christmas magic? For that, we give you the magical moment! (with a price tag of RP32499.000, you will need to work out how much it is by yourself, you’re on your own on this one :D)

And just for our record, please don’t get Jakarta wrong. We have plenty Santa Claus here. We haven’t got the chance to show you any only because we are a bit dazzled by all the Hello Kitties we saw today. That’s all.

To end today’s show on a high note, we present you our very own Jakarta Santa Claus:

Umm… he looks pretty normal to us, just like any other Santa Claus you would have seen in any other cities around the world, what do you think?

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Santa Claus and Snowflakes

For this week’s MidnightVisitor quiz, we will have an easy one. Since it is so easy, we figure, we should have two quiz, instead of only one.

Two easy quiz = One normal quiz

Do you agree? We are proud that we are really good at Mathematics!

Here are the two easy quiz for this week:

1. Where does Santa Claus live: Green Land, Scotland, Iceland, or Lap land?

2. How many points does a snow flake have? 5, 6, 8, or 9?

It should take you 5 seconds to answer and your time starts now.

Enjoy.

Photo credit: flicker thecolorofair

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Christmas Celebration – When Shall We Start – Reveal?

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Dear readers, how are you today?

It rained today, again, just like any other day in the past week here in Jakarta. The rain started around mid day though, not the same as previous days. We ended up having blue skies again at around 2 o’clock. Felt much better this way! We got a whole afternoon without rain. Hurray!

As you know, the reveal for last week’s MidnightVisitor Quiz: Christmas Celebration – when shall we start’ won’t be released until 25th of Dec, 2012, the actual Christmas day. But it would be nice to know how we fare so far, wouldn’t it? Let’s peek just a bit, and see how we go so far. That’s nice, don’t you think?

Well, so far, we have the votes in as below:

80% – we should start to celebrate Christmas 1 month prior the big day. Yeh, we are level headed beings, very sensible.

20% – we should celebrate Christmas any time we like. Brave souls. We admire you!

Actually, this result fits the 20-80 rule perfectly. Don’t know what a 20-80 rule is? Well it is also called the Pareto principle or Pareto efficiency. Here is what we find on wikipedia:

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.[1][2]

Business-management consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who observed in 1906 that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population; he developed the principle by observing that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained 80% of the peas.[2]

It is a common rule of thumb in business; e.g., “80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients”.

The Pareto principle is only tangentially related to Pareto efficiency, which was also introduced by the same economist. Pareto developed both concepts in the context of the distribution of income and wealth among the population.

Based on this rule, 20% of the voters so far are the main force in the Christmas fever. They are the advocates, the passion, the fire, the spirit and soul of the Christmas celebration.

And the 80%, they are only going  through a storm (like the one we just had today). Remember the quote for this week from Garrison Keillor?

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.

What do you think? Like the Pareto principle? Which side are you on this Christmas according to the Pareto principle? It would be interesting to know.

Take care and good night.

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Miss D’s Christmas Wish

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Miss D adores horses, ever since she was little. Her favorite Sydney Royal East Show activity was horse ridding.

A typical conversation prior to Christmas in the D house was like this:

‘What Christmas present do you want this year, honey?’

‘A horsy!’ Miss D would always reply.

She was OK not to have a Nintendo, a WII; her favorite chocolates, even her beloved Joke books.Occasionally, she might be satisfied with a chicken. But, what she really, really wanted was a horse.

Every year.

Ever since she was little.

chook washing Sydney Royal Easter show

What was Miss D staring at? Any ideas?

chook wash Sydney royal easter show

A chicken! And don’t get it wrong. This was no ordinary chicken. This chicken had just received a royal bath, and now was enjoying her massage. Sydney Royal Easter Show, the best times we had back then. All those lovely years. Now you know why we started our chicken business in the D house. The root was planted right here. 😀

OK, back to our topic. Miss D’s horse obsession is a puzzle to us. We have never run a horse business in the D family, not even our great-grandparents; nor have we ever lived in the Australia outback where horses run wild. We are city animals, by default. But horses are Miss D’s forever dream. She was enchanted by those beautiful, magnificent animals.

Coming one Christmas season, we were in Toy’s R Us. It was one lucky day for Miss D because we saw this huge toy horse. It was beautiful, and we had to buy it, right that moment.

That year, Miss D was five and that Christmas she was the happiest five years old girl in the world. Her dream had come true.

Years have gone by quickly, Miss D is twelve now but her love for horses never diminishes. Quite the opposite, her dream is actually getting bigger. She is no longer satisfied with her toy horse. She really, really wanted a real horse. On a farm, in a real horse stable, where she can look after him, and ride him in the morning glory.

By now, you would know where our money would be, if we ever won the Lotto. Wouldn’t you?

Of course, we will buy a horse stable in the Australia outback and start our horse business straight away. No doubt about that.

Such will be a perfect, fairytale ending to Miss D’s forever Christmas wish.

Until then, Miss D will be happy just to scratch her favourite horses on a piece of paper like this:

horse, green grass and blue skies

or this:

horse, horse carrige and ancient warrior with arch and arrow

Do you have a Christmas wish that you want to fulfill ever since your childhood? How about having a horse for a change?

 

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Side Project: 3 easy holiday decorations

We have a huge pine tree in our garden back in Sydney. We use to collect pine cones and make them into Christmas ornaments. We paint the pine cones into silver or golden colours,  and they look magnificent.

Seems people do like pine cones for their Christmas decorations. We love this Christmas centerpiece from nowwhatstheplan. Hope you like it, too.

christmas pine cone and candle centrepiece

Side Project: 3 easy holiday decorations.

This Christmas center piece is featured in our grand Christmas Ornaments collection. Too see all our grand Christmas Ornaments collections, click here. There are so many brilliant Christmas ideas on our Christmas Ornaments page, you definitely should check it out. You’ll be delighted.

From Christmas wreath, Christmas ornaments; reindeers, angles; to Christmas fashion, Christmas recipes. There are so many goodies. Even better, you can add your very own Christmas favorites there. Simply send us a message via the comment button. If we like what we see, we will include it on our Christmas Ornament page. How good is that!

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Christmas Celebration – When Shall We Start?

Dear readers, how are you today?

A blue sky day eventually turns into a stormy day, again.

There are just so much rain here in Jakarta at the moment. Every day, 3 o’clock on the dot, it starts to rain.

Just a quick note for this week’s MidnightVisitor Quiz. Since we have started celebrating Christmas early this year, we want to know if that’s OK.

Anyone out there actually enjoys celebrating Christmas as early as possible, like us? Or, you just hate to mention Christmas. Not that you don’t like Christmas, but that it might just be a bit too early. It is not even December yet, some would think.

So this week’s MidnightVisitor Quiz is a survey.

Have fun.

P.S. We won’t close this survey until 25th Dec, 2012.

 

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Christmas Ornament

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In true spirit of celebrating this year’s Christmas, we are starting a new project in the D house: the grand Christmas Ornament project.

  • Enter your web link (or your friend’s web link, or any link you like) for anything about Christmas: a craft, DIY, decor, fashion, recipe, tutorials via the comment button
  • A follow on Midnight’s blog is appreciated
  • A mention of our Christmas Ornament project on your site anywhere will be fine (use the Logo we designed) or link on your post
  • Be friendly and visit a few other blogs, you might find inspirations there.
  • Tweet your entry & let your Facebook friends know

Every week, we will pick one Christmas Ornament entry we like, and feature it on the Midnight’s blog here. Yes, the judgement is final and we have the say on which one to pick.

Unless, of course, you get lots of votes your way to say that you are the best Christmas Ornament for that week. Power to the people, or your family, children, friends, workmates, pets, passers-by, rein-deers and maybe even Santa Claus himself. 😀

Logo for our Christmas Ornament project is here:

christmas ornament logo

Come and grab the Logo now, and send your Christmas Ornaments our way. Your effort won’t be wasted. Your Christmas entry will be shared on our Christmas Page, with a nice picture from your blog and a link to the post you shared. Take a look now, there are already some great Christmas Ornaments there.

Sounds like fun? Why not submit your post now? It’s only one click away and the community will remember your contribution to this year’s Christmas and beyond.

Who knows, Santa might even pay you a visit for the good deed you have done. Worst case, anyone who enter will also receive a Christmas card from the Ds. And that’s a promise!

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Christmas Dress – Golden Dress

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Diamond is a girl’s best friend. How about gold? Not a bad friend either, we hope.

This holiday, why not add some glitter and glamor to your wardrobe. Gold is a must have colour in any girls wardrobe this Christmas. It will transform any ordinary day into a magical fairytale in no time. Gold will bring your luck. Maybe you will even meet Mr. Right in that shiny armor of gold? Gold can enchant and soften the most stubborn heart.

Nicole Kidman, Cleopatra, Merilyn Monroe have all dressed up in gold before our time. Gold is what legends are made of.

We love gold, not in a cheap way though. Gold can actually look cheap if not dressed properly. It needs a bit of personality and charm to match its grand status. Are you ready for gold this Christmas?

We have picked a few golden pieces right in time for the Christmas season. Hope you like them.

1. Hervé Léger Embellished knitted jersey dress

Christmas Crafts – DIY Clay Monkey and Turtle

Miss D loves craft. She loves to make things with her bare hands and is pretty good at it, ever since she was little. Must have inherited from Mr. D, who is a DIY guy all his life. There is nothing Mr. D cannot fix in the D house. That’s a pretty grand statement, don’t you think?

Since it is almost the holiday season now, Christmas craft is very popular among the kids. Let’s show you some of the crafts Miss D made recently, shall we?

The other week, Miss D had some friends over for sleepover. The girls had a lot of fun chatting, playing games, eating pizza, swimming in our pool. And surprisingly, they even squeezed some time in making this:

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A very cute, smiling clay monkey.

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See the tiny tail of this monkey. Must be a very happy monkey. Enjoy some bananas? We have plenty in Jakarta.

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An even more cute, and colorful turtle. The blue, orange and yellow colours come together in a very nice way and is strikingly beautiful. Miss D loves turtles and has her own pet turtle, Indah.

The girls loved these DIY Clay animals and plan to buy some DIY Clay as soon as they go back home. Miss D loved them even more, and she has proudly put these animals on her display shelf.

This holiday season, why not spend some quality time with your children and do some DIY clay projects. DIY clays are very cheap and anyone can make nice items out of it. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy making any of the items. Just use your imagination or a good picture you find in a book, or on the website.

Clay is a very versatile material and we can make many Christmas crafts out of it. How about a tiny, clay Christmas tree? Or some lovely Christmas rein deers? Even Santa Claus himself is not out of reach. The choices are endless.

The last time we check, people have  even made Christmas earrings out of the DIY Clay. Maybe we should try these when we have a bit more time? We love earrings, and Christmas earrings are a must have for this Christmas.

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Christmas Dress – Animal Print Dress For Christmas

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It is official: we love animal printed dresses in the D house. How about a Christmas dress in animal prints this Christmas? Again, we turned to our style icon Nicole Kidman for some inspiration.

Oh, no. Nicole, what have you done? This looks so bad. Faded animal printed coat? Makes you look a hundred years old. And the hair? What is going on?

Shows how hard it can be sometimes to dress up in animal printed items. Even our style icon, our beautiful Nicole Kidman can get it wrong. Dangerous territories, ladies. Hati – Hati ( Hati – Hati means be careful in Indonesia languages, and we say this all the time in the D house, especially when driving. :D)

Let’s see what we can do to the rescue of our darling Nicole Kidman. Actually, we find some really nice pictures of Nicole in fancy animal printed dresses. Phew, what a relief. Almost made us dying there just then.

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Look at this beautiful piece of green animal printed dress. It is elegant, femanile, and stylish. OK, maybe not the shoes. The shoes are a bit over the top. But it is Christmas. We can indulge ourselves a bit, can’t we? Be bold, have a bit more fun, relax and enjoy the extra luxury of the holiday season. Where is that glass of Martini? Let the party begin.

Feel just a bit more in need of that star shine of glamorous? Try the white fur collared coat. It will tranform you into a super star in no time. Besides, it is winter out there. This warm, cosy white fun collared coat is indeed what we need.

And, yes, our Nicole Kidman is back to her normal self now that she is in the right dress. See how much she is enjoying that moment? Is it the green animal printed dress that is doing the magic? We think so.

1. Motel Audrey Silhouette Dress in Lime and Purple Tiger Life

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DIY Christmas Ornaments – Christmas Wreath

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We fell in love with this Christmas wreath as soon as we see it.We have to have this Christmas wreath in the D house. Good thing is, this is a DIY Christmas wreath. Yes, we can actually make this wreath ourselves.

When looking for inspiration for this year’s Christmas ornaments, we stumbled upon this little gem – a Christmas Wreath. Not an ordinary Christmas wreath that you can buy from any shops. We wouldn’t like that. This is a DIY Christmas book wreath.

This Christmas book wreath is unique, beautiful, elegant and gives a modern feeling at the same time. We love books in the D house and a book wreath for Christmas? That is heavenly.

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This Christmas book wreath is easy to make and doesn’t cost a thing if you are a bookworm like us. Simply get ONE old, used book that we don’t need anymore. Plus a hot glue gun and a piece of cardboard (we get ours from a cardboard box).

1. Cut the cardboard into a round ring

Any size that fits the place where you are going to put the wreath. Be careful, the actual Christmas book wreath will turn out much larger than the cardboard ring.

2. Fold the pages one at a time into a cone shape.

3. Stick the folded pages onto the cardboard, starting from the outer layers. ( 4 – 5 layers is good)

And there, we are done. A fabulous, elegant, wonderful Christmas book wreath.

The best thing about this Christmas book wreath? This book wreath can be very, very versatile. It can be colourful, or all white. It can be of different texture and feel. All depending on the books, or magazines we are using.

Why not try it yourself? How about a colourful Christmas book wreath? Use up all the magazines from the past year and make them into a lovely DIY Christmas ornament. Give them a new life and let people appreciate their beauty and charm once more.

To see all of our beautiful Christmas Ornaments, go to our Christmas Ornaments page here. You will love them. Christmas ornaments, christmas recipes, Christmas Carols, Christmas fashion…anything we love this Christmas will be there. We sure love Christmas.

Photo credits: sugarbeecrafts

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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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Kids and Christmas

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CHRISTMAS AND SANTA. SUCH A MAGICAL TIME FOR KIDS. What do kids think about Christmas? Have a look at these sentences written by school kids in their English classes. 😀

1. Christmas is :

Christmas is a holiday.

Christmas is a happy holiday.

Christmas is a very happy holiday.

2. Simple sentences about Christmas:

I love Christmas.

You love Christmas.

Everybody loves Christmas.

3. Compound sentences about Christmas:

I love Christmas so much that I want to have Christmas every day.

You love Christmas so much that you want to have Christmas every day as well.

Everybody loves Christmas so much that we all want to have Christmas every day.

(A groundhog day? Ummm...... sounds like the Jakarta 
temperature, 30 degrees, the same everyday...)

4. Subject first sentences about Christmas:

Christmas is very white.

Christmas is very happy.

Christmas is so very cool!

(Yep, we think Christmas is very cool, too)

5. Adjective sentences about Christmas:

A very happy Christmas to you.

A very cool Christmas to me.

A very white Christmas to everyone!

6. Adverb sentences about Christmas:

Quickly I devoured all the Christmas turkey on my plate.

Happily I opened my Christmas gift one by one.

Quietly I hide behind the Christmas tree and wait for Santa, but annoyingly  I fell asleep.

(Poor kiddo, do you kids do the same on Christmas Eve, 
waiting for Santa to climb down the chimney? We have 
our shares of Miss D waiting for Santa. :D)

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Christmas Dress – Blue Dress For Christmas

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Blue is such a classic colour. It suits Nicole Kidman very well. We love this dress Nicole Kidman is wearing. It is a perfect Christmas dress, don’t you think?

We love Christmas. Blue is a brilliant colour for any occasion. Especially for Christmas parties. Why not find the perfect blue dress this Christmas?

We have searched online, and come up with the perfect outfit for this Christmas. Let the Christmas party begin!

NOTTE BY MARCHESA Cobalt Draped One Shoulder Silk Chiffon Dress in Blue

Christmas Dress – Red Dress for Christmas

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We love Christmas. It is the best time of the year! Normally, we don’t wear red dresses. Red dresses are too bold, too strong, too stand out. But Santa wears red. Red is beautiful. This Christmas, we will start celebrating with a great piece of Red dress. A stylish, not over the top red dress, OK?

As you know, we love Nicole Kidman. She is Aussie. She is beautiful, tall, elegant, and marries to a hot, hot guy. Oh, we hate her. Just a tiny bit…

Nicole Kidman dresses in many styles. Look at this red dress she puts on, isn’t it gorgeous?

We have found a great red dress for Christmas this year.

It is a Herve Leger Contrast inserts strapless dress. It is a Rayon body con bandage dress featuring contrast color inserts on the front and back and a concealed side zip closure. Strapless. Very body hugging and sexy.

Compliment this great dress with gold and black accessories, bold makeup, and a stunning pair of red high heels.

We can feel that Christmas is coming. How about you?

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Christmas Carols We Love

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Back in Sydney, it was a family tradition for the D Family to attend at least one Christmas Carol Night prior to Christmas. So many families got together and sang under the moon and stars. It was magical!

Miss D had sung many Christmas Carols with her school choir and she loved it. She learned quite a lot about Christmas through these Christmas Carols. Each carol is special and has its own story.

We have gathered lots of Christmas Carols over the years and we love them all.

Here are a few of our favorite Christmas Carols. If you want to see the Lyrics, just click on the title.

12 Days of Christmas

Silent Night

Jingle Bells

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

We wish you a merry Christmas

O Holy Night

Joy to the World

Noel

White Christmas