Girls’ Talk about Menstrual Cup

Yesterday, the teenage class at our learning center was quiet because only a few students came. The rest had a scout activity to attend. So there were only Delon, Oming, Mang Dewi, Kristi, Mang Listya. I guess just the five of them. I showed the cloth diapers of my sons, my menstrual pads and my menstrual cup. Yes! Maybe you will think it’s a little bit ghastly or disgusting. But I had made sure that everything was cleaned. I even had rewashed my menstrual cup, just to make sure no stain at all on the white surface. But you know what this is part of learning. I believe they would understand.


Even more, I haven’t used my menstrual pad so long since I got my menstrual cup. So there we learnt and I let them touch my sons’ cloth diaper but not my feminine pads and my menstrual cup. They were eager and enthusiastic. Even Phoebe our current volunteer also wanted to see my menstrual cup. I demonstrated to them how to put the menstrual cup inside the vagina. It’s by folding it and then it will pop up inside the vagina. They were terrified of the pain when that thing is popped up inside the vagina. However, I told them that I always feel nothing when my menstrual cup is inside there. The silicone is soft and flexible, you won’t feel anything, trust me.

Oming and Mang Dewi said that they would use a menstrual cup when they were married. Well, that’s their personal options. Because in our eastern culture we don’t use tampons and we hold tight to our belief to keep our virginity by not letting anything get inside our vagina. But I have a different opinion about virginity. Never having sexual intercourse means virginity, although tampons, menstrual cup, and medical tools already got inside our vagina. Nevertheless, I had never used tampons, menstrual cup and never had medical tools inside my vagina before my marriage. So, I can’t say that my beliefe is right and their belief is wrong, that’s all so personal.

I myself used a menstrual cup for the first time was a few months after I gave birth to Kavin, my second son. If I was a teenager back then, I don’t know if I would be brave or interested in using a menstrual cup. But what I thought now, I would use a menstrual cup to reduce everyday disposable menstrual pad waste. To get its convenience during doing some sports because I love to exercise. And for the benefit of my health. Disposable menstrual pads are made with bleaching chemicals and plastics, they are actually nasty to our intimate and delicate area.

Yuck, nasty! That what I call nasty! Using disposable menstrual pad every month, so our intimate area is exposed to unhealthy things. But, showing my menstrual cup and cloth menstrual pad to my students is not considered nasty!

How about Phoebe’s reaction? Phoebe is a 20-year-old American girl, and she was pretty delighted to hear that there is a thing such as a menstrual cup! She hasn’t known before that menstrual cups exist! She couldn’t wait to tell her friends and sister about this! What great news! She told me that this is not fair that girls should always spend their budget on tampons every month, which is not cheap! A pack of tampons is about US$ 10. With one menstrual cup that you can buy through Amazon about US$ 23-28 (Diva Cup), you can wear it every month during your period, and that’s enough until 10 years!

Phoebe was amazed, and she asked me whether she could buy it here in Bali. So I said yes, she could buy at Zero Waste Bali store for Organicup that costs about Rp495.000 or at Love Anchor Canggu for Bali Dreams menstrual cup that costs Rp 150.000. Phoebe planned to go to Canggu this weekend and she directly texted her friends and sister about the menstrual cup. She told me maybe her friends and sister would like to get menstrual cups with her while in Bali.

It’s amazing that more girls are aware about their period and the waste that we can produce since we depend on feminine hygiene. Disposable menstrual pads and tampons can be reduced if we choose the most eco-friendly alternative.


The picture of the menstrual cup shown here is the menstrual cup that I bought for my friend in Surabaya, Yanty. I bought it at Love Anchor Canggu weekend market for Rp150.000, the small-sized one. I chose the small size because she is already married, but she hasn’t given a vaginal birth yet. Even now OrganiCup has already launched the mini size for the teenagers. Hmmm, interesting!

I’ve been using menstrual cup for four years now. The crowds start to be interested to this eco-friendly alternative so that several brands of menstrual cup come up. If you wish to read my review about my menstrual cup, read here.

Now, how about you, girls? Have you considered your waste during your period?

♡ Intan Rastini

Ten Years of Being Together with My Mountain Man

On June the first was the day when we have been together for ten years. I remember June the first, ten years ago… we were at the mount Papandayan, several meters away from the sea level. You woke me up in the middle of the night. It was almost midnight. There was a full moon. You asked me to join you going outside the tent and see the moon together.


Mount Papandayan, West Java, 2009

The moon was very bright and big round. We enjoyed the moonbeam in the dark night on the certain top of the mountain. It was very cold outside. I sat on your lap, I guess, while you were sitting on your foldable tripod seat. We could see the stars beside the moon. We enjoyed the midnight sky scenery, and we shared our initial love.

I can’t believe it happened so long ago! Already ten years! We committed to the relationship since that experience hiking Mount Papandayan in West Java together. We went to West Java from Jakarta on May 30th, 2009. And then we arrived there and spent our first-night camping at the base camp of the mount.

On May the 31st, we spent our second night and we already hiked into a certain level on the mountain surface. We were wet and cold in the middle of the rain, and it was quite an emergency that you quickly decided to build the tent by the cliff, nearby the water stream. And I was quite afraid of the landslide too during our sleep in the tent! Thank God, we were safe.

Then we spent for the third and the last night on June the 1st 2019. It was the day when you showed me that you love me. I kept asking you to quit smoking because I didn’t want a boyfriend who smoked. In return, you asked me to kiss you because you tried to quit smoking. Then the moonlight shower with you. And we were together ever after, taking care of each other more eloquently than before.

Now that we have been together not as a girlfriend and boyfriend anymore. Still as lovers, but bounded in the more legal relationship. We have spent two years of being in a relationship –mostly in a long distance relationship. And the rest is our togetherness as spouses, as a family, and thank God we always live together after our marriage. No long distance relationship anymore!


You cut the grass and left the heart shape to show me

Some people say that the hardest time is the first year of the married life. Fortunately, our hardest part is in the two years of our relationship, which was the most emotional time and challenging. To me, the first year of our marriage was flowing effortlessly. We didn’t quarrel a lot or even had a fight. I recall our primary stage of married life was quite easy. We could adjust to each other while living together smoothly.


When I got my hyperemesis gravidarum

So what can I say more…? Ten years is a long period of time, and we have been through it. Now we are raising two boys and facing a parental life. Our romance has grown into nurture to our children, hasn’t it? Happy ten years of our togetherness, my husband, my partner in life.

Love you for always being caring, responsible and protecting to our family. May we can still be passionate and loving to each other for the next years. God bless us for good health, affection, experience, and longevity. Unfortunately, we don’t have the latest romantic photo to show yet, although I really want to have it so bad after all these years. All of our fierce images were in the past when there were no Kalki and Kavin. Hahaha…

Beach Couple

From the mountain to the beach, I love you. Here I quoted my favorite song and the lyric is very deep and suitable for us… I took from Google search.


Your wife,



Florida Georgia Line
First time I met you, knew I never could forget you, girl
You always saw the blue skies past the rain clouds in my eyes
There’s music in your laughter from the floor up to the rafters
You’re that happy-ever-after I’ve been after my whole life
Who knows where I’d be without you?
No, I just couldn’t be without you
I’ll just say, “Amen”
I can’t count ’em on one hand
But honey, look there on your finger
I’d say I’m a lucky man
God made two lovers out of strangers
A little house on a little land
A little creek, a little Jeep
Same old moon everybody sees
It sure ain’t hard to count your blessings
Yesterday we celebrated our first year together
And together still feels better than that first night we met
I never dreamed that you could be so perfectly created, girl
He made a perfect angel, and He made you just for me
Who knows where I’d be without you?
No, I just couldn’t be without you
I’ll just say, “Amen”
I can’t count ’em on one hand
But honey, look there on your finger
I’d say I’m a lucky man
God made two lovers out of strangers
A little house on a little land
A little creek, a little Jeep
Same old moon everybody sees
It sure ain’t hard to count your blessings
No, I can’t count ’em on both hands
But honey, look here at this picture
I’d say we’re a lucky fam
I’m thankful to be with you
A little house on a little land
A couple kids, two or three
Same old song that we’ll always sing
It sure ain’t hard to count your blessings
Oh yeah
Always take time to count your blessings
Written by: Brian Kelley / Jesse Frasure / Jordan Schmidt / Keith Smith / Tyler Reed Hubbard / Tom Douglas
Blessings lyric © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Swimming at Lovina Beach

I and my husband have been invited three times to come to Singaraja. The invitations were for a wedding ceremonies and a blessing ceremony for the newborn baby. Those were the wedding of my husband’s cousins in Singaraja, they are brothers. The first wedding was held for the younger brother then the ceremony for the newborn baby, and next was a wedding for the older brother.

The wedding was held in Balinese tradition and it was a sacred ceremony in a lifetime. We wished our cousin and his bride to be happy and to have a long-lasting marriage. I also would never forget the moment when I was married to my husband so I believed for everybody, a wedding ceremony would be a tearful yet full of happiness moment.

Because of the wedding was held in Singaraja, it took us about 2 hours to get there by motorbike. When we arrived at Singaraja, I didn’t want to miss the chance to swim at the Lovina beach as well. The journey made us pass the hills from Tabanan and then arrive at the northern seashore of Bali. Bali beaches on the north are very calm with small waves, unlike the southern beaches. So I was brave enough to swim there. It was a great moment to swim at the calm sea without being afraid of the big waves. Of course, you had to be able to swim if you wanted to swim in the sea. I even tried to dive from the dock.

Well, I really enjoy swimming in the northern Bali sea. To me it’s a precious moment. However, before I got married, when I was still in relationship with my husband, we also reached to the north Bali, to Git Git Twin Waterfall then Lovina beach. Yeah we had swum there once before we got married. It is because my husband who told me that he used to swim there when he was on the job training at Pizza House Restaurant.

Between swimming in the sea and in the swimming pool, I think I like it swimming in the sea better than in the pool. But to get access to the calm sea in the north is such an effort. There are some other foreign tourists who swim in the sea besides me. Most local people don’t swim at Lovina beach. Maybe Indonesian people prefer swimming in the pool and when they go to the beach they play on the seashore with the sand and the waves.

Always bring your bento and drinking bottle to the beach

Happy holiday!

And I feel terribly sorry for some Indonesians who underwent a natural disaster Tsunami in Anyer, Banten and Lampung. May God always be with us. Keep being strong.

❤️ Intan Rastini

Free Spirited American Volunteers

I always love to have volunteers from the United States of America because I adore the country, the freedom, and liberty. So when American volunteers come, it is very delightful to me to ask them about anything related to their country. The first American volunteer that I got at the learning center is Ian Alfaro from Hawai, but his family is from Mexico so he is also a Mexican. He is a surfer anyway and he brought his surfboard to our learning center, he did surf at Balian Beach.


Next, I met a couple from Washington, USA. They are Lisa Beck and Daniel Kirkpatrick. They are married with three children, their oldest son is in the same as me. I also asked them to be my American parents, and they said yes. They are very nice and kind. Once they asked me about teaching my sons English then I said that my sons had a speech delay, they cheered me up and Daniel told me a story about some different animal, for example, a rabbit, a snake, a chicken, a bird, a fish, a frog who are taught to swim, to fly and to walk. In the swimming lesson, none of them can swim except fish and frog. Next, in the flying lesson, none of them can fly except a bird, even the chicken is hardly fly. At last in the walking lesson, none of them can walk except a chicken, the rabbit jumps and the snake slithers.

He said that the moral story was every child has his own skill and ability timing, so I shouldn’t worry about the speech delay happen to my sons. It is a very heart-warming story that ever given to me to cheer me as a mom. In fact, Daniel and Lisa are education consultants. So they work to train people, to train students, to set or design a school program and so on. They also run an international school. Daniel also an Aikido practitioner, so he taught the kids and me about Aikido. It is totally a coincidence because I am truly interested in Aikido since a long time ago I watched an actor who practiced Aikido because it is the only martial art that is used to defend yourself not to “attack”. And yes it is true Aikido is the harmony of energy.

Although Daniel and Lisa are old and ugly (hahaha this was Daniel idea) but they are really fun and adventurous! Then after Daniel and Lisa, there was Shannon Breslin from Chicago. She works at California right now. She was just graduated from university when she came volunteering at our learning center. She has a cheerful and positive attitude. Shannon loves to play soccer, she is really sporty. Once I ran with her in the hills and she could keep going running uphill and downhill faster than me. I told her that she’s got log slim legs like a horse! Haha she is indeed tall. When we ran together she was afraid of the dogs barking at us and she used me to cover her LOL!

Thanks to Hannah Spencer from NZ who took this picture

After Shannon, there was an adult volunteer who works as a speech therapist and as a secondary school teacher (I think it a high school). She is not really American because she is a Russian who moved to the USA. Her name is Laura Kovalenko. She is a yoga enthusiast too! Like me. We have the same interest in exercise and workouts, the difference is just she can do difficult yoga poses while I still can’t hahaha. I have ever consulted about my son speech delay and she advised me very well. She is very open and friendly. The way she taught the kids make me learn how to teach better. I even invited her to come to the English lesson of my private student and we played continuing story with the dice. Laura lives in New York! Yeah, New York my dream city. I want to visit NYC someday, I will just call Laura to pick me up from Ellis Island. Laura said that the statue of Liberty is close to her home. Wow!

Who is going to be the next American volunteer that I would meet at the Learning Center Eka Chita Pradnyan? I don’t know, we’ll see. From them, I got many souvenirs. It is funny because Shannon and Laura gave me the same thing: bracelet. Shannon gave me a brown mosquito repellent bracelet while Laura gave me a white bracelet. And they almost look the same braided bracelet! Just in different colors. Daniel and Lisa gave me the most things that I really like: American Magazine! Besides that, they also gave me a foldable magnifying glass and mechanical flashlight (without battery but using our muscle to turn on the light) for an outdoor activity. Even more, Daniel wrote me a credit as an English teacher! Thanks a lot for the gifts, I will keep them and remember you always in my heart.

💕 Intan Rastini

Post-tonsillectomy Journal

Continuing about my tonsillectomy story…

Oh, before and after the tonsillectomy surgery I consumed Ricola candy from Janin sometimes.

This journal is based on my own condition and should be remembered that everyone’s condition is different to each other.


Friday, March 2nd 2018 The day I was discharged from the hospital

Lunch for the second time: KFC Cream soup + dipped Garlique Fun Fries to the cream soup

Double soft bread dipped in milk

Dinner: KFC cream soup (the seasoning was quite strong though)

Saturday, March 3rd 2018

Dipped double soft bread to milk

Sun baby puree (red rice) + milk

Rice porridge + half cooked boiled egg

Sunday, March 4th 2018

Eat rice porridge+carrot+bean+chicken+bandeng presto+half cooked egg. I ate this menu 4 times for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dinner again.

Dipped double soft bread into milk

Dipped Biskuat chocolate crackers into milk

Monday, March 5th 2018

I ate Sun baby puree (red rice) and drinking milk with dipped cookies as breakfast

I attended the test for a job appliance in my village office but I could still speak a little in a low voice.

Lunch: Sun baby puree (mung bean) and then I ate tipat cantok with bean sprout and boiled spinach/gondoh.

Dragon fruit (fruits really made my throat itchy)

Dinner: rice porridge + chicken + meatballs

My voice was getting clearer at night.

Tuesday, March 6th 2018 The day I visisted Otolaryngologist.

My post surgery condition is good.

On the way home from the hospital I stopped by the minimarket and bought some snacks because I was so hungry at lunch time. I ate Pop Mie or instant noodle in a cup and a corn puff snack which was soft and easy to be melted on my tongue.

Wednesday, March 7th 2018

My throat is still a little bit aching and I felt something lumpy when I swallow or drink.

I ate wafers and soft rice (cooked in rice cooker with a lot of water).

Thursday, March 8th 2018. A week after the surgery.

I ate rice. That’s the only thing that I wrote on my calendar.

Friday, March 9th 2018

I visited the dentist in Puskemas to have my tooth cavity fixed. It was quite scary to open my mouth widely. Since I needed to keep my mouth open, there is some saliva accumulated in my mouth but I had difficulty to swallow it spontaneously and quickly. I was surprised at that time that I needed more time just to swallow my own saliva.

After I got home I ate nasi kuning with spicy sambal. Yeah, I could eat spicy thing on this day.

Saturday, March 10th 2018


I attended Ratih’s graduation ceremony. I ate fried fries and burger. And then at lunch time I ate spicy Balinese food called “nasi ayam campur“. Spicy food agaaaiiiin….

Sunday, March 11th 2018


my family and I visited Oma Trudy van der Madden House. And we ate mini Oreo there. Oma and Opa offered me ad my husband Bintang Beer, but we didn’t want to drink. Then we bought fried chicken on our way home as take away.

I started teaching again on Monday, March the 12th. Eleven days after the surgery.

It was still such and effort to talk loudly especially to the students in the class. I really couldn’t shout. And because I was kept talking because of explaining the lesson, my throat felt dry in some way. I needed drink a lot of water whenever I had to speak more intensely.

I tried to eat fruits. Unfortunately on March the 14th eating rambutan is very worse! Rambutan Made my throat become prickled. However something lumpy on my throat was decreased.

I visited the dentist again on March the 15th to get my tooth cavity filled permanently. After that tooth filling I wan’t suggested to eat for the next 6 hours, so instead I ate two cones of ice cream! Ha ha I finally ate ice cream 2 weeks after my tonsillectomy instead of doing it soon after the surgery.

The next days I hardly can remember what I ate everyday, but I am sure that after two weeks and a half I could eat almost everything. I did fasting on Nyepi day on Saturday, March the 17th. And it was easy because I just didn’t need to swallow anything. I skipped digesting activity for 24 hours.

Ok on Monday, March the 19th my throat was totally fine. I didn’t feel sore or ache but I could see a little bit white spot on my ex-tonsils space.

Wednesday, March 21st 2018.

I could still feel a soft lump tingled on my throat.

I think I got quick recovery that I could eat everything in less than a month, in about three weeks. My throat and my ears also weren’t too aching after a week although I could still feel something lumpy on my throat. I also could speak better day by days.

Today is already exactly two months plus two weeks or 11 weeks after my tonsillectomy surgery. I feel very healthy, and there is no lumpy thing anymore on my throat. Plus I haven’t catch a cold at all since last February 28th, the day when I was admitted to the hospital for tonsillectomy.

Yeah that was nice because my sons have already caught a cold twice this month. I know I know adults have better immune system than children but I feel better that I haven’t had any sore throat from common cold or from eating too much fried food/spicy snacks lately. May this healthy state stay for long. My favorite food during recovery from Tonsillectomy is Tahu Tipat. It’s a sliced of sticky rice with fried tofu, blanched bean sprout with peanut sauce. Hmmm…. Yummy.


Ate Tahu Tipat in the Suraberata Market May 1st 2018. Two months after Tonsillectomy.

❤️ Intan Rastini.