Happy birthday, Ibu.

Mom’s birthday was yesterday, and I wish I had done something special for the birthday. Alas, I didn’t.

I guess she’s allowed to brood, this one time. Because, not only she has huge dramatic flair, I think a person is allowed a one day where one can brood if things don’t go out their way, that day being one’s birthday.

But, my Mom was never big on celebrating birthdays. She finds it frivolous, so to speak.

Either way, I want to congratulate my Mom on her 60th birthday.

Okay, full disclosure, I legit had to use a calendar to count my Mom’s age. I genuinely thought this was her 50th birthday. What the fuck, dilchh?

MY MOM IS 60 YEARS OLD!!!!

WHAT THE FUCK??

How did it happened?

How did my Mom grew so old? And so fast, while we’re at it.

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December: in retrospect

Wow. 2018. I’m still reeling from it. I’m still not excited about life in general, but damn am I excited that finally I can kiss 2017 good bye. See you never. I know, it’s not good to look into the past, but I’m a firm believer that whatever you have today is the fruit of your yesterday, ergo humour me by looking back at whatever happened in December of last year (oh man, you have no idea how great it feels to type last year for 2017, ha!)

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It’s a day in a life of a woman.

Every 22 December, Indonesians celebrate Mother’s day. It was declared by Indonesians first President in 1959. The said day was chosen to celebrate the spirit of Indonesians women and to raise the awareness for nationalism. As time progresses, the day was then used to celebrate the day of mothers. These days, more youths are becoming aware of the origin of the said day, and have use it to celebrate the empowerment of women.

Whether you celebrate this day to commemorate your mother, or to celebrate the empowerment of women, you have to admit that being a woman is hard and it is not going to get any easier than this. So, stop getting into petty fights on Twitter, or Facebook, or whatever social media platform when someone use this day to celebrate their moms, or simply to celebrate women. This sound cliche, but we, women, must stick together if ever we want this world to be a much friendlier place for women.

How do we do that? I honestly don’t know, but I’m going to start doing these things, you are welcome to join, though.

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2017 in books

18 days to the end of 2017, and I’m pretty sure loads of people are getting themselves busy, what with shopping for Christmas gifts, or preparing for NYE, or if you’re like me, you’re busy collecting your life in 2017 in as many forms as you can have.

I don’t know if you’re into compiling the top nine photos of your most liked Instagram photos, but you can definitely do that if you’re up for a bit of a humble brag.

I’m not gonna lie, when your life is just series of complaints, like your truly, the only thing that’s a bit of a look up nearing the end of the year is to humble brag about the things you’ve achieved. But, then I realised, I haven’t achieved a lot this year. Not only it took me almost eleven month just to finish my Goodreads reading challenge, but I pretty much spent a close to two months worth of wallowing in self pity. What a great 2017, eh?

Either way, since this blog started of as a book review blog (turned into ranting blog too, somewhere along the way), let’s start my year in review through a look back on some of the books I’ve read this year. I’ve made an infographics to simplify it, and to cater to those of you who are not big on reading too much words in a blog post.

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November bookish box

Last October, I tried my hands on a book subscription box, courtesy of The Bookish Box. There were loads of options to choose from; from the complete bookish box experience (consist of books, goodies, and t shirt), plus size box (for those looking for a plus size t shirts), adult book box, or just a book or just a t shirt.

I went with the YA and t shirt option, since I have no need for the goodies. I’m not big on accessorising, so best to just stick to the things I know best, that is reading a book and collecting t shirts. The box itself usually ships from USA on 17 of each month. My own box arrived in Bogota on 30 November, that was a close call and at that point prior to the arrival of the package, I already consider it a lost package.

Here’s a titbit about me; I love online shopping because when the stuff came it’s like getting a gift.

When the package arrived, I was out of town and a friend told me about it. I really couldn’t wait to come and open it.

The moment of truth!

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