Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Conversation & Tea at Semasa

Hi... guys. How's your holiday so far? (This question is especially directed to all of you who've just graduated from high school last May)

My 'holiday' is filled with a sea of bubble wrap, a pair of huge pink scissors, rolls and rolls of transparent tape, strangers' addresses, and coffee / tea making equipment. Guess what does that make me?

A packer.

I know, I know, it doesn't sound like the coolest part time job ever, but from my experience, it's definitely not an easy one. Especially when it's fragile stuff that you're dealing with. And lately the orders became crazy and I just have no time & energy to breathe calmly and paint and do the things I wanted to do. We small online shop runners should be truly grateful for crazy order days though! :)

But yesterday, I was able to catch up with a good friend and have some conversation over tea. I'm not a cafe goer to be honest, but we both have always wanted to try Semasa Cafe and we finally did.

The cafe itself is located on the third floor of Olveh Building, a historic building from the Dutch colonial era. The white Olveh Building is located across the busy Kota Station, so you can reach it by both train and TransJakarta. A few minute walk is needed though. :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Midnight Talk: Insecurities

It's almost 12AM and I've just done uploading new stuff to my online store. Then I remember writing this post a few weeks ago out of frustration but it was not yet finished so I left it on draft for awhile.

Sooo I feel like we're most likely to feel insecure at night. Like, all of your evil thoughts are some kind of nocturnal animals that only appear at nights, hoping to eat you alive.

But wait, are they really evil thoughts? Or are they just brutally honest ones?

Maybe they're both.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Book-Hunting at Big Bad Wolf 2017 + Mini Haul

Last Friday, my friends and I went to ICE BSD (Hall 7 - 10) to visit a book bazaar called Big Bad Wolf 2017. It's happening for 280 hours NON STOP (which is insane!), starting from the 21st at of April at 08.00 AM to 2nd of May at 11.59 PM. But VIPs can access the hall a day before it opens for public. We're no VIP maaan, so we went there on the 21st.

We took the train to Rawa Buntu Station then continued our journey by GrabCar (a.k.a an online transportation). There was no ticket necessary to enter the hall, or should I say heaven of books. Basically we were greeted by thousands of books!

Sorry this picture is blurry af, I didn't realize my camera was out of focus hehe. But as you can see, they stack the books and put them onto small tables, so we can move around freely. Most of the books are children story books and activity books and also hobbies (like art & design, music, traveling, crafting, sporting, planting, and cooking), but you can also find YA, romance, history, crime, classic, self-help, and dictionaries etc. Most books are in English, but there are lots of Bahasa and translated ones too, separated and placed in the sides of the room.

Aside from individual books, they've also got a few box sets and notebooks slash journals, and some kind of design archive in boxes? I found them pretty interesting! If you're going, I advise you to: 1) Bring food 2) Bring cash or credit card because they don't accept payments with any debit cards aside from Mandiri 3) Think thrice before buying, or else you'll end up with piles of books you probably wouldn't even read.

Sorry guys, I judge a book by its cover. I mean look at this!

These books are huge guys!

Found Big Bad Wolf at Big Bad Wolf dawwww

Do you want to talk about the prices? They're super. Supeeeeeer. I think you don't need to check on Google about the price because I think they've got the best prices, but you can always take a look at the reviews first before buying.

I ended up buying 2 books, one on cooking and one on politics. Thing is, I couldn't find the YA novels and children story books that I want to buy, and also I couldn't find The Art of Tangled or Big Hero 6 or Zootopia YET I found Dory and Monster University!!! I am disappointed. Truly disappointed. :( Maybe I should've just gone with the MU one?!?!?

And guys, funnily enough, my brother went there days after and bought the same books as me - one also on Japanese cooking and one exactly the same book! Ha ha. Such bro-sis bond. Such waste on money hahaha cries. :')

A lot of people complained about the long queue at the cashier, and about how the good books are being monopolized and bought in one go by certain people, etc etc BUT all in all, I should say that I had fun there. It was more like a treasure-hunt than book-hunt to me. I kind of regret not buying The Rosie Project, though. Maybe next year I should go again? :)

xx emilywip

Saturday, March 4, 2017

[Poetry] Dear Kid

Dear kid,
sorry to say
but your Sunday morning cartoons
and best friends forever
they're all lies

Dear kid,
by the time you see the world
you'll realize
that the sun isn't the one moving
that not all turtles unable to run
that crossroads are there forever
and that friends
come with terms and conditions

Dear kid,
people will perpetually show you
how unpromising, how unintelligent,
how underachieving,
how you're not gonna make it

you may think of them such disagreeable
it feels wrong, yet so right
and in the end
you'll blame you

Kid, tell me,
what else can you do
but focus on your path
its dreadful deserts, its unforgiving oceans
and death valleys?

You'll reach the fairy land
when it's all rainbows and unicorns
there will come true,
your dreams!

So, kid,
post-script this in your being
let them form their jealousy into words of hatred
let them turn their great talents into utmost pride
let them

[05/03/17 - written by emily]

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Let's ACTUALLY Achieve Our 2017 Goals!

Hi guys!

As we all know, this year is coming to an end. I've been really grateful for the little things I received or got to experience in 2016. Here are some from my Insta stories.