Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Writing Challenge: Day 4

DAY #4: List five places you want to visit

1. Pasar Malam
© Fajri

2. Shakespeare and Co.

3. Abandoned Amusement Parks

4. Central Park in Winter

Monday, August 28, 2017

So when I was in Seoul drinking with my bosses and colleagues, I had this epiphany.

"This is what we don't have back in Indonesia," I said.
"We don't drink with colleagues. As the matter of fact, we don't drink. But this is what we actually need. You need to let it loose when you want to get to know somebody who is not your friend; and drinks surely help, right?"

I'm sure those were not the exact words, I was kinda light-headed so there might be an inappropriate joke in between, but, yeah, you get the point.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Writing Challenge: Day 3

Maafkan ketidakkonsistenanku.

DAY #3: What are your top three pet peeves?
  1. Being rudely interrupted. I do get mad when people do this. There was this video of me secretly recorded by a friend when I received a call from mbak-mbak kartu kredit and got rudely interrupted. I didn't yell at her, but I did my "Sebentar, Mbak, saya masih bicara" in the tone of "Shut the fuck up, bitch."
  2. Good books with terrible grammar. Especially Indonesian books in which si penulis nggak bisa bedain "di" preposisi dan "di-" imbuhan; atau pakai kata "acuh" untuk menggantikan kata "cuek"; KBBI daring kan gratis.
  3. Dimwits who queue right in front of the elevator doors. WHY JUST WHY.
  • Pushy people who obsess to have everyone agree upon his argument
  • When "literally" used in figurative sentences
  • Spitting in public
  • Three blank posts in a row on Instagram
  • Close-mindedness
I can give you 2840169 more.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Oryza sativa

​Underneath the twinkling lights where everything seemed in motion he asked, "How do you feel?"
"About what?"
"This. All of this."
"Happy." I replied with the sincerest smile. Maybe my head was resting on his shoulder. Or my hand tried to reach out for his. Maybe not.
He repeated my single-word answer in disbelief. "Happy?"
"Content, if I should say."
He looked confused. I refused to force him to understand something I couldn't explain.

The pictures of my grandfather's late life my youth had always been overshadowed by started to fade away. His overthinking, his Alzheimer's, the emptiness reflected on those tired eyes before the Universe finally took him away; those curses I was certain would be mine when my time finally came.

The beat expelled the anxiety. Whether it's the heart's or the music's, I had nothing to worry about.
For once I no longer lived in the future.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Writing Challenge: Day 1


DAY #1: List 10 things that make you really happy

1. My baby brother
2. Hitting the high notes perfectly
3. Tasty iced coffee in the morning
4. Being around people who let me be me
5. Warm, inspiring conversations/stupid talks that makes you laugh and snort at the same time
6. Being alone (+good movies +rainy days)
7. Seeing my mom laugh at my jokes
8. Good games that make you postpone everything
9. Post workout sweat (especially if you have to drag your lazy ass off beforehand)
10. Cozy coffeeshop with good music

10+1. Bandung

Anaknya gampang seneng.
You can easily tell whether I'm an extrovert or introvert, can't ya?