Just Say It

These days maybe almost every social media were floaded by the news about this flower garden. Amarylis, right?

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(Source: Google)

Because of nowadays lifestyle everybody wants to be popular. They took photos at famous places, in Bahasa called “tempat ngehits” and post them on their instagram, path, facebook, twitter. What else? Tumblr? Weheartit? Pinterest? Yeah.. Whatever accounts you have.

The news said that this garden’s damaged because of uhm… an inappropiate act & beahviour of the visitors. My news feed in my facebook were floaded by posts which related to this subject for days. It’s not only my facebook, but my Line and Path, too. At first I take it as a common news publication. I admit it i got some important informations from your posts and I agreed with your opinions. But it’s been 5 days if I count it correctly and there are still many posts about it after I tried not to log in to my account.

I’m not trying to forbid you to speak your mind up, guys. But, really when you post it too many, especially with your angry captions, I think it’s not ‘sharing a news’ anymore. It’s shaming and bullying. Yesterday I even found a its zombie meme.

If you say “Who told you to log in to you FB, Path, bla bla bla?” kind of thing I’ll say I need to get in to my accounts, to get news, to get informations, entertaiments.  If you were in the same position where your timeline is full of my floading posts, you’ll feel annoyed, too, right? Don’t you think by mad at them, shaming them, you also shaming yourself? They wrote something to replied you and you replied it again by posting it? So, what’s the difference between you and them? If you mad at them just scold them directly, not the entire people on your timeline.

When I See You Again

I had gathering with some old friends tonight to celebrate Cipto’s & Refnita’s graduation. I didn’t really talk with them these past… 2 years I think. Yes we met just once or twice a year, we had awkward moments, we acted like strangers. I had my own business in my faculty, I quit from the organization, I had that accident which make the spaces between us became.. wider.

Tonight I had a feeling I missed us of being togehter. Yes we had misunderstandings and fights, but tonight we meet again, we chat, we laugh, we joke. I felt this condition is quite similar to Charlie Puth’s song.

“It’s been a long day without you, my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again. When I see you again.”

When we said goodbye tonight I felt blue. It was like today is the end of the day. I’d just realized that I missed our old moments. Yeah, when I see you again.

 

This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen

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345 pages

Published: 2004

Publisher: Speak

Genre: Romance Fiction, Young Adult, ChickLit

 

When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about? (Goodreads)

 

My thoughts:

Actually i wrote the review on my Goodreada account a llloonngggg time ago. But I’ve just copied it onto this xD

I’d started to read this book since March 2014 but I’ve just ended it the next month. And to be honest, beside i’ve been busy with my homeworks and research paper, i didn’t really get into the story. I prefer Sarah’s previous book, Just Listen. It’s more inspiring to me.

This is the story of Remy Starr, the girl who always make – and – then – break up. What we call this kind of person? Playgirl? I think no. She just doesn’t believe in love because she’d been witnessed her mother’s marriages.

Since she’d been with Dexter, there are parts of her changing little by little. She didn’t realize it when her friends did. And she afraid of falling trully in love with him. So, just that. She broke up again, then found a new guy, again. But, would she do that along the time? Until the rest of her life?

Even though I didn’t really enjoy this book, i got an inspiring quote from the book. It answered my problem a bit. It convinced me to do what i thought i could do. It told me to take the chance and be brave to face the risks. It taught me to try to do great things which i thought it’s impossible for me to make it.

“if anything, it makes you weaker. Because you’re doing it out of fear. Fear of taking that chance. Of letting go and giving into it, and tht’s what make us what we were. Risks. That is living. Being too scared to even try it – that’s just a waste. I can say I made a lot of mistakes, but I don’t regret things. Because at least I didn’t spend a life standing outside, wondering what living would be like.”

Dragon’s Lair – Chantal Fernando

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273 pages

Published:  2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Romance Fiction, Adult

 

The first in a new sexy romance series from bestselling author Chantal Fernando about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them.

When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.

Or should I say, someone?

Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in.

I’m a law student. They’re criminals. He’s the vice president of a motorcycle club. I’m a good girl with a strict upbringing. He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother.

And I’m screwed. (Goodreads)

 

My Thoughts:

Dragon’s Lair. Well, Dragaon’s Lair is… amusing book. Entertaining. For me, it was a bit similar to Beautiful Disaster. The bad boy, the tattoo, good girl, they fell in love and getting married. If Travis in Beautiful Disaster was a fighter, then Dexter Black was a motor club’s president. I prefer Dragon’s Lair though. Sorry, I can’t tell you more about this book because it’s like everyone knows how’s the story, the conflicts, and the ending. Well, enjoy

The Gift – Cecelia Ahern

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276 pages

Published: 2006

Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern.

If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?

Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else.

On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room.

But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time?

As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all.

This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what’s inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts: 

After i got this book, I didn’t expect anything from it. The synopsis also didn’t give me any clue about the exact story. When I read some chapter of this book, I thought “So, Cecelia once again wrote about uhm… what should I say? Unreal person? The person only can be seen by particular person. What is it? It’s not a ghost. Or is it an angel? But when I countiunued it I thought “Oh, wrong assumption” because Gabe, who I think the imaginary human, can be seen by everyone.

Unlike If you Could See Me Now, Cecelia told us the main story through the storyteller inside this book. I didn’t get the “The Gift” of this book until the end of this story. At the begining it told me about the busy Lou Suffern who ehm.. abandon his family. He cheated on her wife, he didnt care about his family events, he gave promises but he also broke it.

“This is a story about people, who, not unlike parcels, hide secrets. They cover themselves in layers until the right person unrwrap them and discovers what’s inside…” At the front page Cecelia told the readers this so I guessed that this is about revealing, solving someone’s problems. In common way. Meet someone new, share the problems, share the solution, problem solved. But it wasn’t.

This new guy helped him to realized something more precious than his job. I admit it when I read this story it slapped me not too hard, but hard enough, because my situation a bit similar with his. “ You’re happy there? No point in working hard on something if you’re not, because at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?” this quote really hit me. Gabe tried to make him realized to stop working overtime and spend more time with his family. And when I read this I was mad at Lou because I had realized it and already knew what to do and he still been blinded by his mind 😐

The gift from the book that Cecelia wanted Lou and us to recieve was time. Time to cherish your family. Time to do anything right. Time to be happy.

“Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely. Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning. Time can’t be given. But it can be shared.”

Anna and The French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

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400 pages

Published: January 2014

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Genre: Romance Fiction, Chicklit, Young Adult

Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Anna and The French Kiss. I had read this book about 5 months ago I think and actually wrote the review but unfortunately some viruses attacked my laptop and all the files can’t be opened. I won’t say much about this one because I can’t recall what I had written perfecrtly. This book is amazing to me, especially for those who the students who study abroad.

When i read this book, I remember when I moved to other town for my high school for the first time. Just like Anna, I also scared that no one want to be friends with me because we have different lifestyle. But who knows that there was a girl who willingly introducing herself to Anna. She helped her to adapt and introduce her to her friends. and like common teenagers, they have friendship and love issues, too. Jealousy and misunderstanding.

I just want to say i’m lucky and glad to trust my instinct to buy this book after I read the synopsis. The story about Anna and Etienne, it was just a simple love story. Yes, the guy were described nice and charming, but unlike the other imaginary perfect guy, Etienne has a habit and well, difficult life?

This books contains such beautiful words. It wasn’t like quote words but it has meaning, like one of the piece of my favorites “.. Because I was right. For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person. And we’re finally home”

Critical Eleven – Ika Natassa

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344 pages

Published: August 2015

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Genre: Romance Fiction, Adult, Chicklit.

Language: Bahasa Indonesia

Dalam dunia penerbangan, dikenal istilah critical eleven, sebelas menit paling kritis di dalam pesawat—tiga menit setelah take off dan delapan menit sebelum landing—karena secara statistik delapan puluh persen kecelakaan pesawat umumnya terjadi dalam rentang waktu sebelas menit itu. It’s when the aircraft is most vulnerable to any danger.

In a way, it’s kinda the same with meeting people. Tiga menit pertama kritis sifatnya karena saat itulah kesan pertama terbentuk, lalu ada delapan menit sebelum berpisah—delapan menit ketika senyum, tindak tanduk, dan ekspresi wajah orang tersebut jelas bercerita apakah itu akan jadi awal sesuatu ataukah justru menjadi perpisahan.

Ale dan Anya pertama kali bertemu dalam penerbangan Jakarta-Sydney. Tiga menit pertama Anya terpikat, tujuh jam berikutnya mereka duduk bersebelahan dan saling mengenal lewat percakapan serta tawa, dan delapan menit sebelum berpisah Ale yakin dia menginginkan Anya.

Kini, lima tahun setelah perkenalan itu, Ale dan Anya dihadapkan pada satu tragedi besar yang membuat mereka mempertanyakan pilihan-pilihan yang mereka ambil, termasuk keputusan pada sebelas menit paling penting dalam pertemuan pertama mereka.

Diceritakan bergantian dari sudut pandang Ale dan Anya, setiap babnya merupakan kepingan puzzle yang membuat kita jatuh cinta atau benci kepada karakter-karakternya, atau justru keduanya. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Actually, last month I finished Critical Eleven, another Ika Natassa’s book. From what I observed through the teasers in her instagram it’s surely about relationship of Ale and Anya. Like Twivortiare or Antologi Rasa, well, I thought it was nearly like Antologi Rasa. I thought it will tell about their story from dating to wedding. From a hmm.. common couple? To husband and wife. I thought the main problem is like Haris’s and Keara’s, the fight, the past, problem solved and they get married. I though it was.

After I read it, it was totally different from my expectation. They had been married. Yes, it also told us about how they met, the dating, the wedding proposal, their relationship things before marriage, but just a little. Ika wrote it as a flashback.

The main story was about loss. Losing someone they love. Lossing each other presence because they still love each other, losing someone’s trust. It was also about forgiveness, regret. And like the other books, it was also about the life lessons. And like always, Ika shared many knowledges through her books. I know a little about coffe, health, job things and many more because of her. I love her books because they are realistic.

Her books are not like the others which tell us about a common girl who marry a prince charming. She gave us hot men!! 😀 Name it, Om Beno Wicaksono and Harris Risjad as the most famous men in her books. And now she added Ale Risjad. Overall it was good, really good, but the ending……

Standing Still

I thought.. I thought that I had moved on. I remember on midnight when new year has begun, I  swear, I promised myself that I’ll be good. I’ll have a new life, I’ll be happy with my life here. After all these years I believed I did it. I believed I left them behind. I believed I did it because right after I made that promises i felt… enlightened.

But tonight, after being so miserable with my own feelings these days. After being so pathetic remembering, recalling, looking those memories back. After I re-thinking about my feelings I realized that I had never moved from that spot. I thought those feelings are totally gone, but I was wrong. Those feelings were burried deep, deep inside this heart, and it’s coming to surface a little. I realized after all these years all I did was just standing still.