Friday, June 30, 2017

[Poetry] Darkest Nights

at times when you can't sleep


you find yourself thinking about that person who used to fill your darkest nights with the brightest stars

and sometimes,

you find yourself writing about him.

[01/07/17 - em]

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 - em]

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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Semasa di Kota Tua: Dec 2016 + Mini Art Haul

Hello, dear reader. Hello, December.
On Saturday, I was checking out my Instagram followings' Insta stories, when I found out that there was an event happening at Kota Tua (Old Town), the Fatahilah Square to be precise. It was only held for two days during the weekend, so the day after was obviously my last chance to visit it.

So, knowing about it the day before, my friend Jeanne (I feel like I forced her to come with me) and I went to the event on Sunday. It's called Semasa di Kota Tua. The event is a combination of art workshops & a creative market with an orchestra performance. Aside from that, there were also 'Sketch Together at Kota Tua' & 'Unrevealed Kota Tua Walking Tour' programs.

We both went by using Transjakarta, stopped at Kota Station, and walked from there. It was held on the 2nd Floor of Gedung Pos, specifically at the Batavia Market. I've learned that this wasn't their first event. They've hosted several events like this in the past year.

Note: most of the pictures in this post aren't high quality, but I hope you'll still find them enjoyable like I do.

As we entered the room, we were greeted by this teal colored wall that I think really matched the ambience. The other side was full of glass windows overlooking the Fatahilah Square. The room wasn't that huge and it was packed with people, but it still felt cozy. I have to say that I really, really like the tenants!!! There were so much cool, creative individuals that I've met there, along with their lovely products.

The day before, I spared some money to buy mini cookies from Surely Someday Kitchen, but they've already ran out of the cookies by the time we arrived! :( I was really curious about their Cocoa Earl Grey, Rosemary Honey, & Honey Lavender cookies. The friendly people at their table suggested me to buy online, though. And I'll definitely order soon haha how can I resist those tiny cookies with interesting flavors and shapes?

There were different types of things, ranging from fabric, to leather goods, carved wood, to natural beauty products and aromatic oils, candles, ornaments, to postcards, accessories, pins, art prints, notebooks, art zines, and more fantastic stuff. My favorite? Art prints and postcards!

There was a music performance at 3-4pm. I'm not that into music but I think that was one beautiful, elegant performance.

I also bought a bottle of matcha from Yuuyuu Tea and a bar of Potato Chip Milk Chocolate from the growing chocolate industry, Pipiltin. I have to say that they're a little expensive but also nice.

We went home not long after and I thought to myself: I THINK I HAVE TO GO TO THEIR NEXT EVENT!

There was actually potato chip chunks inside the chocolate bar haha! For those who love potato chips and milk chocolate, you gotta try this. Their chocolate packagings are all also so nice.

I've ended up using the spared money for art prints haha! Bought a Kiki's Delivery Service postcard from asobi, an art print from Zora, and another art print from Liunic. #noregrets

Thank you, Semasa di Kota Tua, for the great event & for introducing me to some new brands to add to my go-to list. Actually made my week. :)

While at Kota Tua, you should visit Semasa di Kota Tua!

x emilywip