Christmas & End of The Year Post

It’s Christmas again now. Last year I celebrated Christmas in Vatican and probably it was one of the best christmas moments in my life so far. Two years ago, I was celebrating Christmas in London only to know that everything was close down on the Christmas day, even the church (!). Seems like it was only yesterday. I don’t like the way time goes so fast.

This year, I’m celebrating christmas back home with the whole family in Indonesia. Just like the old days. But somehow I miss my grandma. Christmas is just feel different without my grandma being around us. And it’s already seven years after my grandma passed away. Hope she’s happy up there. Heaven must be really happy to have her around.

Anyways, no one give me christmas cards this year. *sad face*. I remember when I was studying in UK, everyone sent me christmas cards, even the ones who are not celebrating christmas. I miss their kindness. To be honest, there’s always this one hope inside my heart to go back there. Let this be my christmas wish this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

And since this post obviously going to be the last post of the year, I just want to sum up the year 2013. 2013 for me was the year when real life started to punch me right on my face. I ruined some good opportunities that come to my life. But I took it as lessons learned, rather than failures. On the bright side, I also started some new things, joined new organizations, met new people, and attended some interesting events. And yes, don’t forget, I got a job this year which gave me a little bit of ‘incomes’. ย I’m still grateful, no matter what.

And in 2014, I hope I can reach that biggest dream in my life. Apart from that, I also got some targets to be done next year. One of them is related to my blogging life. I’ve already had some rough ideas on what I’m going to do with my blog(s) next year. I’ll share with you later about that. Yeah, apparently being unemployed for these past few months has made my creative minds gone wild!

So, see you next year! I’m signing off from blogging stuff for the next two weeks. I’m going on holiday! Yeay! I’ll still be active on my Instagram, though. So feel free to follow my Instagram account. *self-promotion*

Merry christmas, happy holiday, and happy new year!

Wishful Wednesday (5)

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For this Wishful Wednesday, I will put this poetry book, called “Love & Misadventure” by Lang Leav. Why? Firstly, my friend highly recommended it to me. Secondly, ย everything about this book has already gone viral on Tumblr. Most people give positive reviews on Goodreads. The fact that this book won the second place for Goodreads Choice Awards 2013’s Best Poetry makes me even craving to read this book. I’m just curious.

Furthermore, it’s a book about love. Aha..I always like to read anything about love, because I’m just simply a hopeless romantic girl. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Unfortunately this book costs IDR 200-ish k, which I found too expensive for such a tiny book. But maybe I’ll manage to buy it as a christmas present for myself, anyway.

Wanna join Wishful Wednesday? Follow these simple rules :

-Silakan follow blog Books To Share โ€“ atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
-Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
-Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
-Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)

My Childhood Christmas Tale

I grew up believing that Santa Clause exists. My parents made me. I’m so thankful now that they made me believe in that such kind of fairytale. I had a wonderful childhood because of that. ๐Ÿ™‚

I still remember how on early Decembers I started to pray so that Santa would bring me presents that I wished to get on the Christmas day. I wrote a letter to Santa the day before Christmas, put it inside a shoe, filled the shoe with a handful of grasses taken from our backyard. Why grasses? Because I believed that Santa’s rain deers must be really exhausted and hungry after a very long journey from North Pole to my house. So I gotta feed them.

I believed in Santa Claus until I was a 6th grader and honestly I couldn’t remember exactly how I figured out that all of those stuffs about Santa Claus was actually fictional. However, during that period when I still believing on the existence of that chubby beardy old man from North Pole, I got so many presents from “Santa”. Most of them are books. Encyclopedia of Influential People and Harry Potter series were just some presents from “Santa” that I can still remember until now. Yeah, I’ve been a bibliophile since I was very young, indeed.

I never hate my parents for “lying” to me (and my brothers) about Santa Claus. It made my Christmas more joyful, as a kid. And somehow nowadays I secretly hoping that I could repeat those moments. I miss being a kid.

Christmas is still my favorite day of the year, beside my birthday. And today is just a little bit over a week before Christmas.

As a kid or as an adult, there’s one thing that never change about Christmas. It’s the time for family gathering. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I have a kid someday, I will make him/her believe in Santa Claus, as my parents did to me. I want to bring the joy of Christmas for my kid, as well. ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy counting the days until Christmas, guys!!! Don’t forget to warm yourself with a cup of hot chocolate (and some marshmallows on top of it….oh how I miss marshmallows, it’s hard to get them here) during this gloomy weather.

Indonesian Romance Reading Challenge 2014

Akhir-akhir ini saya suka jalan-jalan ke blog para pecinta buku Indonesia. Ternyata banyak di antara mereka yang mengadakan book challenge. Salah satunya ini : Indonesian Romance Reading Challenge yang di-host oleh Yuska dari blog Lust and Coffee. Challenge yang cukup menarik, sehingga saya akan mencobanya untuk tahun depan. Yeay! Kebetulan saya sudah agak jarang membaca buku dalam bahasa Indonesia akhir-akhir ini dan kebetulan juga saya jarang me-review buku (karena malas!) :p. Jadi, saya akan menantang diri saya sendiri dengan mengikuti challenge ini. Doakan semoga berhasil. Nah berhubung saya suka lupa, lebih baik saya list saja ya buku-buku yang rencananya mau saya baca. Dan dalam rangka diet beli buku baru (tapi kalau ada yang mau kasih buku gratis, akan diterima dengan senang hati), saya akan re-read buku-buku yang sudah saya punya saja. Target awal 12 buku dulu aja lah ya. Jadi tiap bulan baca 1 buku. Not bad! ๐Ÿ˜€

1. A Very Yuppy Wedding by Ika Natassa

2. Antologi Rasa by Ika Natassa

3. Marriagable by Riri Sardjono

4. Lukisan Hujan by Sitta Karina

5. Divortiare by Ika Natassa

6. Madre by Dee

7. Saman by Ayu Utami

8. Rumah Kaca by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

9. Jendela-Jendela by Fira Basuki

10.Empat Musim Cinta by Adhitya Mulya, dkk.

11. Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk by Ahmad Tohari

12. 28 hari by @beradadisini & @ndorokakung

 

Kalian juga bisa ikutan Reading Challenge ini dengan aturan sebagai berikut :

1. Follow blog Lust and Coffee via email

2. Mendaftarkan blogmu di Mr. Linky

3. Memasang button IRRC 2014 di blog masing-masing.

4. Level dalam challenge ini:

Fling: membaca 1-5 buku
First Date: membaca 6-10 buku
Going Steady: membaca 11-20 buku
Engaged: membaca 21-30 buku
Married: membaca 31+ buku

5. Setiap bulan ada hadiah untuk pemenang yang diundi via random.org

6. Bakalan ada GRAND PRIZE untuk peserta yang setiap bulannya mendaftarkan minimal 1 link review dan mencapai levelย Marriedย pada akhir Desember 2014.

7. Link postingan akan saya buat tiap bulannya.

8. Just have fun ^^

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Wishful Wednesday (4)

Hello! It’s time for another Wishful Wednesday post. This is my fourth WW, anyway.

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Just like the previous WW, this time I also want to list more than one book. As I’m planning to re-read the Harry Potter series next year and I want to read the original version of them (not the translated one), I wish I can get the UK version (the ones published by Bloomsbury, to be specific) of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets; Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban; Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire; and Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. Why I’m craving for the ones published by Bloomsbury? Because they got very cute covers. And I judge books by their covers. ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course after I read the reviews before. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I started reading Harry Potter when I was a 6th grader. The time when they released the Indonesian version of Harry Potter series, for the first time. Since then, I grew up reading Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s adventure. As an adult, I’m so curious of what it feels to read Harry Potter series again. That’s why I want to read the UK version, so that I can get the ‘real’ experience. lol. ๐Ÿ˜€ To be honest, nowadays I prefer reading books in their original versions rather than the translated ones.

Well, if there’s anyone of you have the UK version of Harry Potter, I would be really really glad if you want to swap with my Indonesian translated versions of those titles. Although, I’m pretty doubtful if there’s a person who are willing to do this kind of ridiculous book-swapping. Haha. I think I will try to find those books in bargained price. If you got some informations on where can I get them (maybe you have any recommendations on some local online bookshops that sell imported books in bargained price), your help will be much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on the next Wishful Wednesday!

You can also join this meme, by following these rules :

-Silakan follow blog Books To Share โ€“ atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
-Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
-Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
-Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)

Wishful Wednesday (3)

Setelah absen minggu lalu, saat ini saya kembali dengan Wishful Wednesday! Sekarang saya mau post dua buku sekaligus. Saya sudah ingin sekali memiliki kedua buku ini sejak lama, tetapi akhir-akhir ini keberadaan buku ini sangat langka. Tanpa berpanjang lebar lagi, saya ingin sekali baca Jejak Langkah dan Rumah Kaca, karya Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Dua seri terakhir dari Tetralogi Pulau Buru. Terakhir kali, saya membaca Anak Semua Bangsa mungkin sekitar 5 tahunan yang lalu. Dan jujur saja saya ingin tahu bagaimana kisah Minke selanjutnya. ๐Ÿ™‚

Waktu itu saya sempat menemukan kedua buku ini di Indonesian Book Fair bulan lalu di stand buku langka. Saya sudah mau beli, ketika si mbak penjaga stand berkata bahwa untuk seri ini mereka hanya menjual satu set empat buku, tidak bisa dibeli secara terpisah. Hyyaaa! *tepok jidat*

Jadi, kalau ada teman-teman yang tahu di mana saya bisa mendapatkan kedua buku ini, tolong beritau saya ya! Di Gramedia sudah susah ditemukan juga, soalnya. Mau yang bekas atau baru, tidak masalah. ๐Ÿ˜€

Oke, sekian update WW dari saya. Sampai jumpa minggu depan! (mudah-mudahan gak absen lagi ya)

Teman-teman yang kebetulan membaca blog saya bisa juga lho ikutan Wishful Wednesday-nya Astrid ini. Here are the rules :

  • Silakan follow blog Books To Share โ€“ atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
  • Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
  • Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
  • Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)