Setelah menunda karena malas yang tergolong akut dan kesibukan yang sebetulnya nggak sibuk banget tapi biar keren jadi bilang saja saya memang sibuk, akhirnya terkumpul juga semangat untuk menulis bagian kedua dari liburan hipster RAM dan saya (nyatanya mengumpulkan semangat saja udah lebih susah daripada menulisnya). Without further ado, ini bagian kedua! Continue reading “Liburan Hipster, bagian kedua”→
Catatan: Sesungguhnya masih nggak yakin apakah saya bisa menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia, tapi kalau nggak dicoba ya nggak bakal tahu juga hasilnya gimana.
Alkisah saya dan RAM memutuskan untuk liburan pada penghujung tahun ini, selain karena saya sudah keburu ambil cuti tahunan dan bakal rugi banget kalau nggak dipakai untuk jalan-jalan, saya dan RAM juga pengen liburan ala-ala (sungguh, saya nggak mau banget menyebut liburan kami sebagai bulan madu, genggeus pakai banget, asli!). Berhubung kami anaknya nggak mau rugi (saya sih sebetulnya yang nggak mau rugi serta pemalas total), kami sepakat untuk liburan ke Bandung. Hasil diskusi panjang lebar dengan teman saya yang sudah berdomisili di Bandung sejak beberapa tahun yang lalu (code name beliau adalah Kach), saya memutuskan minta tolong Kach untuk dibuatkan itinerary liburan Hipster. Saya mau nginep dan makan di tempat yang lagi hits di kalangan kawula muda Bandung (tapi ada disclaimer penting, saya nggak mau di tempat yang banyak dedek-dedek gemes). Nah, postingan berseri ini adalah pengalaman dan sekelumit review saya. Jom lah!
Saya itu orang Indonesia, bahasa pertama saya (kayaknya sih) bahasa Indonesia. Mengenai bahasa pertama saya bahasa Indonesia apa bukan itu sebetulnya debatable, karena bisa jadi bahasa pertama saya adalah bahasa Indonesia yang sok lucu ala-ala orang tua kalau ngomong sama bayi. Intinya, sebagai orang Indonesia yang kebetulan suka menulis (meskipun isi tulisan lebih banyak yang ngawur daripada yang bener), saya pengen bisa menulis pakai bahasa Indonesia. Masalahnya adalah, pas dicoba kok malah malu sendiri yah? Kayak bukan diri sendiri gitu.
Setelah menimbang kurang dan lebihnya seandainya saya menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia, saya putuskan untuk tetap mencoba menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia, meskipun (1) mungkin nggak lebih sering dari menulis pakai bahasa Inggris, (2) lebih besar kemungkinan saya menulis tidak dalam bahasa Indonesia yang baik dan benar, (3) dan tentunya masih ada bahasa Inggris yang nyempil.
Mungkin dalam beberapa hari ke depan saya akan mulai menyusun postingan blog pertama saya yang isinya soal laporan liburan hipster saya. Sejujurnya ide yang akhirnya memaksa saya untuk berani nulis pakai bahasa Indonesia adalah pengalaman liburan hipster saya kemarin yang pengen banget saya bagikan di blog, tapi kayaknya meuni susah nulis pakai bahasa Inggris, kayak nggak dapet feel-nya gitu (alesan aja sih, aslinya emang males mikir pakai bahasa Inggris).
You guys!!! It’s April! Well, actually we’ve already five days into April, so my utter surprise is completely unnecessary. Anyway, I’m on another business trip since yesterday. I’ll be in Makassar, South Sulawesi, until Friday. In the meantime, I’ve finished My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. Whoa!!! That book is one crazy ride for me. Stick around for my complete review. I can’t promise I’ll be writing any reviews while I’m here because I have series of meeting to attend to and not to mention, reports to write about.
Also, seriously, April? Really? The fourth month already? Why am I getting the feel that 2016 is in such a hurry to turn into 2017? Man, time really does fly. I just wished I had been able to do some other stuff in between. In the mean time, enjoy Spring and watch flower blooms, if you’re lucky enough. Adios!
A conversation with oneself in response to The Daily Post writing prompt, Never Again.
“Have you ever gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought to yourself, I’m never doing that again!”
“Let’s see. I don’t think I have.”
“I call bull on that. There has to be, right? Are you seriously telling me that you really never gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought about not doing it again?”
“Obviously I’ve been to new places and/or tried new experiences, but I don’t think it was something that I would not do again.”
“Let’s try this one more time. Are you sure? Are you seriously telling me that thats is your true and final answer? There is no way someone as cynical, sarcastic and pessimistic as you are never thought about something remotely close to not wanting to do something again. Not to mention, we both know that you don’t like to try new things.”
“Sweetheart, that’s where you are wrong. It’s not that I don’t like to try new things. I am just reluctant to change.”
“Focus, please. Are you sure?”
“Sure! Truthfully, not all the places that I have been to have been lollipops and rainbows, but it’s not something so bad so as to make me think I would not want to go there again. I like to think I’m one those privileged people that had the chance to explore the world. What’s so bad about being able to go places, although it might not be the best of experience, that I had to not want to go there again?”
“What did you have for breakfast? Why are you somewhat wise today?”
“Now, Lady, you are just plain hallucinating. I’m not wise. I’m just being honest. How many people get the same opportunity as I am to travel to new places? Plenty, obviously, but there is plenty of other people at the other end of the line. I don’t think it’s favourable for me if I’m complaining or act like an ungrateful prick just ’cause of one bad trip.”
“Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?”
“No. You know I sleep like a dead man in a coffin. I don’t move around when I sleep.”
“Yeah I know that. It’s just that the answer doesn’t sound like you. But, maybe you have grown up. I guess.”
“Wait! On second thought there’s this one thing I did that I would not want to do it again. I ate a crocodile meat once. For some reason, I thought it was chicken. Don’t ask how. Point is, I ate that crocodile meat and it’s the saltiest thing I’ve eaten, by far! I don’t regret the experience, because it made a great ice breaker, but hell will freeze over before I have to eat another crocodile meat. Wait, or was that alligator meat? What’s the difference between alligator and crocodile?”
“Go to your stat page and check the top 3-5 posts. Why do you think it has been successful?”
“So, when the instruction says that I’m suppose to go to my stat page and check the top 3-5 posts, what’s the time frame? Do I go by weeks, months, or years?”
“You just have to go and make things complicated, haven’t you?”
“I think this is a legit question. So? Any thoughts?”
“Let’s go by yearly. Since this is 2016, sadly you only have about less than two months worth of posts to look through.”
“Alrighty then. Based on this year’s post, the top 5 posts are (1) So, when are you going to get married? No, seriously, when?; (2) This plan better be good, or else…; (3) The Just; (4) You were saying?; and (5) What’s the worst that could happen?”
“Why do you think it has been successful?”
“Gee, how would I know? It’s not like I generate the numbers because I visit my blog all the time just to see if I could rake the numbers up.”
“Okay, can’t you at least take a guess?”
“Here’s what I can tell you; the first post was my angsty rant about marriage, I was so angry when I wrote about it, I felt like I just had enough of marriage talk. The second one was a rant about my plan after I came back from Seoul. The third one was me ranting about my name. The fourth one was about a imaginative talk that I had with you and the…”
“Whoa whoa. Hold up. Hold up. Imaginative talk with me? If anything, you’re the imagination. You are nothing but a figment of my imagination.”
“Calm down. It’s unique enough that you spend your free time talking to yourself, you don’t need to up your game and decides to have an argument with me.”
“Fine. Whatever. Just get to the point then.”
“Okay, the fifth post was one of my fictions about a conversation between two sisters that were later joined by their brother. Having said that, these posts were written because, either I was very angry about something or I was just simply being honest with what I feel or what I think. Or it was something that I wrote because it was in a way inspired by things closest to me. I guess being honest about something made it easier for me to be thorough about what I wanted to say, however unclear I can be with my explanation of things.”
“So you think those posts were somewhat successful because you were honest about writing it?”
“I wouldn’t say the posts were successful per se, but it did generate more views compared to the other posts. It even generates more views than my book review post, and in case you forgot, the book review posts were actually the core of this blog. It’s obviously much more successful in gaining views than most of my fictions, which seems pretty sad on my part.”
“Because you thought you’re a good writer?”
“No, because I want to be one, and how can I be a good writer if no one is interested in what I wrote?”
“Not a big deal. So long as I can write what I want to write and have people stopping by to read it, that’s good enough for me.”
“Hey, it just dawned on me that you’re less sarcastic today. Something’s the matter?”
“Ah just work stuff. We’re back to our working life, and I can feel that it’s going to messed up our blog writing schedule. I don’t have the energy to be sarcastic when I’m already drained out from the daily commute and the daily ‘fake-it-till-you-make-it’ attitude at work.”
A conversation with oneself in response to The Daily Post writing prompt, Live to Eat.
“So, do you live to eat or eat to live?”
“Definitely the eat to live kind.”
“Why so sure? Normally you would complain about how indecisive you are at about now.”
“Nope, not when it comes to food.”
“Although I like to eat, and I don’t mean just like, but I adore the idea of eating, I find it incredibly pathetic if one sole purpose or drive in life is just to eat. It seems like you’re a slave to your needs.”
“But isn’t it also pathetic that you view food or eating as only the means to survive? You know, instead of enjoying the food itself.”
“But what makes you think that while I’m eating for mere survival that I am not enjoying the said food?”
“The thing with eating just for the sake of living is just like what animals would do, right?”
“But, humans are practically animals too, right?”
“Okay, now we’re just straying from the topic. Here’s another question, since you’re more into the eating to live, would you in anyway go through troubles for the best meal in your life? And if you would, how far would you go?”
“Hmm, I probably would, but maybe not far enough. We both know, I’m too lazy to walk even from my room to the refrigerator for a drink.”
“You’re a weird person, aren’t you?”
“Make that the two of us. Now, I think it’s time for a late dinner.”