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What is the most creative and innovative country? There is no exact measurement to be creative and innovative, and this result solely comes from my very own judgement, preference, and tendencies (you see, I have a tendency to like anything japanese due to my inner otaku that can never cease no matter how old I am).

And my answer is, yes obviously Japan.

So for those who are very curious about Japan, here is a brief explanation from our beloved trusty wikipedia:

Japan (日本 Nihon or Nippon), officially the State of Japan (日本国 About this sound Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku), is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan’s name mean “sun-origin” (because it lies to the east of nearby countries), which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun“.

Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku, together accounting for 97% of Japan’s land area. Most of the islands are mountainous, many volcanic; for example, Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji, is a volcano. Japan has the world’s tenth-largest population, with over 127 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.

And which side does Japan convey it’s superiority on innovation?

Their tendency to rely on… Machines. Err. Well they are the first who invented robotic dogs, do they?

And they even merge it with their daily life, especially in food. That’s why cheap sushi nowadays are produced by these little fellows

They can even make the rolled sushi ones using other machine!!!

And for your information, Japan is the country with the most number of patents in the world. If you don’t believe it, check this out.

Note that Japan has a side of somewhat very wacky creativity.

When it comes to food, the japanese is known to be very sensitive about the appearance. They like their food to be presented in details and in “tiny” bits. sometimes the appearence can be a bit overwhelming for those whose in charge as the cook…

Pretty cool, huh? All are made using edible ingredients.

Another thing. The Japanese love their tofu and often, due to their activities, aren’t able to enjoy freshly made tofu (which they consider a delicacy). However they very creatively solve a problem using this…

This is a bottled soymilk, with a coagulating powder for tofu (notice the red packet there? Yes it is the magic powder that turns soymilk into tofu). To have it freshly made, simply pour the soymilk into a bowl, mix the powder into it and then pop it in the microwave for a few minutes and yeah! You’ll have a freshly made tofu, without the hassle.

They were pretty much creative and innovative for a nation, I guess.



beneath my name

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my name is nistria.

And if I asked my parents why I was named Nistria, their answer will be something like this:

“Nis” comes from the city where my mother and father live in france, Nice (you actualy read it like “nissss” not “naisss”)

“Tri” because it was the third year my parents lived in France.

and “A” just to make it sounds girly. hahahaha

and then my grandfather give me a chinese name, Zeng Mei Ying.

Zeng is our family name, Mei comes from Mei Gui, means roses, and Ying means heroism, something heroic and such.

Combined that, I like my name Nistria because it’s very unique (you can hardly find other person with the same name as mine!) and I like my name Mei Ying because it sounds good and it is easy to be written.

and i guess that’s all about my name…

Welcome to the Mille-Feuille Sonata

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Hello world, this is my first post on my umpteenth blog. I always like blogging, but never to the extent that I update it regularly XP. But hey, I’m blogging again!

Well it isn’t my sole intention that I’m writing a blog again. Since I am a student of SBM-ITB, and I’m on my 3rd year, I enrolled in a course called “creativity and innovation”. This course is lectured by Mr. Apiq and indeed, I found it very unorthodox and cool. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be the course that I looooveee the most ❤ ❤ In this class, to obtain a score, you need to write a blog and well, this is my blog 😀

As for my title… why Mille-feuille sonata?

well for those who are wondering what a mille-feuille  is, this might give you guys a slight idea of it’s physical appearance.


classic french mille-feuille

mille-feuille is a classic french dessert consists of thin puff pastry layers with vanilla custard, topped with sweet vanilla glaze. heavenly. it is my favorite dessert and i will be able to make it one day for sure (hopefully).

And why sonata?

because I want it. Look at these boring covers of musical books. They’re boring. They’re expensive. Even worse, most of them are not published in Indonesia so you have to buy them online (IF you want them, of course). But I like it. I love classical music. Don’t ask why XD i just loooooveeee it and currently learning it. To some people, they are boring. But to me, they’re my saving grace. Even just staring at them without playing the tune will make me feel like a professional pianist (HAHA YEAH RIGHT).

Welcome to my Mille-Feuille Sonata. Here you will see a combination of my favorite things… 🙂



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