Bali Musings Day 8-12 | Travel

The rest of my time in Bali blurred together as I packed, babysat, wandered around the island soaking up all the beauty, and spent any spare minute I could with friends. I know I’ll never forget these moments as I grow up. Going to church for the last time was filled with hugs and laughs as we all masked our disappointment. We even went out to lunch with Kat, Jax, and Lyssa. We realized that every time we went somewhere after church, it was with this original group, and every time we’re so tired we’re all delirious, acting crazy and talking nonsense. I remember looking at this group of friends feeling a sudden surge of hope in my chest. I went so long thinking I’ll never make friends to suddenly having three great ones.

All the way up till our last day, I had the time of my life. Even if there were times I broke down and gave into the feeling of hopelessness, realizing I’m leaving the place where my whole life consisted, yet again. I pushed that aside, though. I refuse to feel that way. This move will be good for my family and I, I repeated in my head. This is good. 

As days of bowling, bird parks, and escape rooms past, and the day of the move looms closer, we put the finishing touches on our house. I went outside to take a Polaroid photo of the home we lived in for the past two years, smiling at all the memories. I realized that I am more than satisfied with the time we spent here. Staring at my house, I looked back at the memories forever engraved in my head: the beach, friends, church and ministry, stepping out of my comfort zone, and feeling and being closer to God than I ever had before. And later, sitting on the plane towards Jakarta, I can finally start feeling excited for the new adventures waiting for me there.


Wow! The last post of the Bali Musings series. I hope you all enjoyed, I know I have! I hope you didn’t mind the ups and downs of my emotions over the week, this was literally my inner monologue during this time.

This was the place of many firsts for me, and I was so glad it was here. Living in Bali was never meant to be permanent, and so is living in Jakarta. I guess growing up in this certain lifestyle affected my way of feeling and allowing myself to feel accepted and that I belonged. Unfortunately for me, as I began to feel that way I only had a few months left, only I didn’t know it yet. I hope I can feel that way in Jakarta again. I hope I won’t allow myself to build walls around my heart so tall that it takes years to break them down again. I hope I let people in, even though I know I’ll leave again.

Bye for now, Bali.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Bali Musings Day 4 | Travel

I woke up this morning still having that feeling of dread. I shook it off, though, putting off that feeling until we left. Right now, I would feel nothing but contentedness. Eating the leftover snicker doodle cookie bars for breakfast, I finished my “to-do” list and was shocked to find out that it was nearly eleven o’clock. We decided to eat lunch at Trattoria in Sanur, not far from Café Batu Jimbar. Usually I eat pizza, but today I felt like something a little different. I eventually decided on spaghetti carbonara and some calamari to share with my youngest sister. After we enjoyed our meal, we drove to Mall Bali Galleria in Kuta. We went straight to Ace Hardware to buy a slow cooker, and to Gramedia to finally get that birthday present and to buy a highlighter, since my pink one ran out of ink. (Pink is very important, obviously).

I fell asleep during the ride home and before I knew it, we were back home. It was a particularly hot day, so my sisters and I decided to take a swim. We splashed and played bubbles with my sister’s dog, and for a moment, I felt happy. I realized then that I was eternally grateful to my sisters and that with them around I’ll never truly be alone.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Bali Musing Day 3 | Travel

After the usual morning routine of breakfast, studying, and getting ready for the day, we headed to another one of our favorite cafes, Café Batu Jimbar in Sanur. We live near Sanur so we were able to go there often. With its comfortable atmosphere, good service, and even better food we always feel at home.  After having our favorite lunch, hummus and salad for me, fish salad for my sister, nasi campur for my mom, and a ham and cheese sandwich for my other sister, we went to Hardy’s across the street to search for that birthday present we couldn’t find yesterday. We eventually decided on painting a plastic ball with some of his favorite things, since he plays basketball. (Update: the ball deflated so we need to find a plan B, lol.)


When we finished at Hardy’s, we drove to Krisna, the holy grails of tourist shopping. My mother found out that nobody sells boxes here! She phoned every box company in Bali and surrounding islands but came up with nothing. Finally she asked one of her friends and they told her that Krisna has some. So there we went. Buying boxes kind of made it more real for me. My heart broke a little bit more after buying the boxes but I shook it off because I’ll be okay. It was only about two o’clock when we got home, and we had a guest coming over at four. He was my sisters’ English tutor, and my youth group leader. Our families have grown close to each other throughout the months he tutored them. My sister cooked some chicken and roasted vegetables, while I baked snicker doodle cookie bars.

Despite the happy day, I went to bed that night with a heavy heart, feeling lonely and defeated. I can only wish and pray that I’ll feel better tomorrow.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Perfect Cookie Dough Base/Snicker Doodle Cookies | #Faith’sCreations

My youngest sister Faith wanted to bake something today, and since we’re low on supplies we decided on some snicker doodle cookies! This is the first time she’s ever baked by herself, and she decided to make one giant cookie instead, but we only had the one cake tin and ended up looking like a snicker doodle cookie bar! Nevertheless, I’m super proud of her and am literally eating the cookies as I type.

This is a super versatile recipe. If you want snicker doodles, but someone else wants chocolate chip, just split the dough into two and make both! Or add whatever you want, the sky’s the limit!

Anyways, on to the recipe!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Cream together both sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Once combined, add in the egg and vanilla.
  2. Sift in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined. The dough should be crumbly. (add chocolate chips now if you are making chocolate chip cookies!)
  3. Shape into individual balls or press into a pan to make one giant cookie. If you are making snicker doodles, roll cookies in or sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar.
  4. Bake at 170 degrees C/350 degrees F for 10 minutes for regular cookies. Bake for 20 minutes at the same temperature if you made a one giant cookie.

That’s all for this recipe! I hope you enjoyed, and if you decide to make this recipe, let me know how it turned out!

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars | Jane Bakes

Have you ever felt like eating the perfect snicker doodle cookie but was too lazy to actually prepare and roll all those individual cookies? I know I have, and here’s the perfect solution: cookie bars.

I got this recipe from Carlsbad Cravings, but I modified a few things so if you want to check out the original recipe, click here. I love her blog name, by the way, I may be partial because I’ve had the best memories in Carlsbad, and am going to college near there next year.

The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup of buttermilk, but we don’t have buttermilk in Indonesia, so I substituted it with a 3/4 cup of plain yogurt. I also cut down the sugar, and that’s about it for the modifications! Oh and also, my oven is literally the smallest oven you’ll ever see, so instead of one batch in a 9×13 inch pan, I did two batches in a 5.5×8 inch pan.

Anyways, onto the recipe!

Cookie Bar Base:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 5.5×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the flour, cream of tarter, and baking soda in a medium bowl and set it aside.
  3. Cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until combined. Add in yogurt and vanilla. Add flour mixture until just combined and set aside.
  4. Mix together cinnamon sugar topping.
  5. Evenly sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cinnamon sugar topping at the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add 1/4 of the batter and spread evenly. (For easier spreading, place parchment paper on top of the batter and use your fingers or another pan and press down to spread.) Add another 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cinnamon sugar topping. Drop another 1/4 of the batter on top of the cinnamon sugar and use a spatula dipped in melted butter for easier spreading.  Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top for that true snicker doodle cookie experience.
  7. Repeat step six for your remaining batter.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool and store at room temperature.
  9. Enjoy!

Overall, I’d give this recipe 4 stars! It tastes and smells amazing, I’ll definitely make these again. I might make a few changes though, so if they turn out well, I’ll be sure to share them with you!

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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“today we will live in the moment unless it is unpleasant in which case we will eat a cookie.” -cookie monster

That Time I Ate a Cow Tongue | Jane’s Rambles

Okay, I guess I should explain.  A few years ago, when we were still in California, some family friends came from Indonesia and we all went on a road trip to San Fransisco. But of course, we just had to make a quick detour to Las Vegas.

We had a great time, we went shopping and went everywhere you could in Vegas with a group of girls ranging from sixteen to seven. Some of the clothes I still wear even now. I guess you can say that I haven’t grown since then, haha.

On our last night there, we stopped for dinner at a random Japanese restaurant and we split tables, between parents and kids. I don’t really remember what we talked about, but I remember laughing until we couldn’t breathe, and teasing and just pure happiness. I remember being so happy, that when the grown-ups dared me to eat a cow tongue, I did.

I don’t know what brought on this memory. Maybe it was just me trying to look back in my life trying to find some happy, some it was me trying to look at what life was like when things were easier. When things were simpler.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Best Banana Muffin (aka Banuffin) Recipe! | Food

Hello, everyone! How are you all doing? I’m currently away from home right now, and as I’m sure you all know, home is where the oven is. I haven’t baked in ages and I’ve been missing it. So I figured I’d share a recipe with you all!  I wish I had some nice pictures to go along with this post, but as I said earlier, I don’t have an oven so I won’t be able to bake it.

I suppose I should explain as to why the title has “Banuffin” in parenthesis. Well, when I was planning to make these one day, I told my family and “banana” and “muffin” sorta squished together and “banuffin” came out. I guess it stuck! (The other day, I told my sisters that we had to sweep and mop the floors and “meep” came out. I think I have a problem.)

This is a really great, simple recipe that’s not only quick but is a total crowd-pleaser. There are a lot of great healthy banana bread/muffin recipes out there, but I just have to say this is not one of them. This is the cheat day banana bread-filled with all the good stuff. (Which means it’s totally the opposite of healthy.)

Alright then, onto the recipe!

best banana muffins

*the original recipe calls for 1 cup sugar but I narrowed it down to 1/2 cups since Indonesians aren’t a big fan of sweets, but whatever you choose will do!

And if you want to get really crazy, add in 1/3 cup of walnuts or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or, add in both. Get crazy. Live your life.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer

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