F FOR FLIPPED
One fine morning, under the shade of a sycamore tree, a beautiful story was once told. Delicate yet appealing. It all starts beneath the shade of the giant sycamore tree, right when Juli met Bryce.
One thing so special about the sycamore tree is not because of its gigantic size, nor the shade it has beneath its leaves. It's special because a girl was once sat on one of its branches, feeling so small and divine at the same time. The feeling you can only get once you join Juli Baker up in the tree.
One Baker's youngest daughter who has a heart as big as the sycamore tree, also has a daring love for the boy next door, the Loski's youngest son. At the very young age, whether it be lucky or unlucky for Juli to fall in love with a boy of her life. Bryce Loski is the name. Having a crush for the 7-year-old Juli was nothing but a mere fact that she likes Bryce's two beautiful deep eyes and ooh the dazzling smile he always has. And a 7-year-old Juli could tell that Bryce is going to be her first kiss. She doesn't need anything more than that picture. Until...
One afernoon, that picture just went off Juli's mind. Bryce Loski is nothing more than just a pretty face. A now 13-year-old Juli learns a thing or two off the picture the 7-year-old Juli once had. Having a crush for the 13-year-old Juli started to take on a different turn. The view up on the sycamore tree is all it takes to teach Juli Baker how to see a complete different picture of life ..and love. A feeling Juli once had for Bryce is now gone. At the same time, things started to change too for the boy next door.
One night, Bryce started having all kind of symptoms indicating he is indeed in love. Things won't get weird for Bryce if that love is for a normal girl. But, nope, the butterflies in Bryce's stomach are telling him on and on that "Bryce is sitting in a tree with Juli Baker!" Yes, that Juli Baker he's been avoiding since the start of the second grade. All the things going on his mind, stomach, and heart is telling him out loud that he's just FLIPPED! The next thing is that...
One other beautiful story was being told once more in the front yard of the Baker's house, when Bryce planted a young sycamore tree for Juli. The same lawn that 7-year-old Juli Baker started to have a thing for the boy next door.
This is not just a story about two lovebirds. This is something more than that. It is a story about life, love, and the meaning of both in between.
The second you hear the story, you're getting all kind of emotions that, as a matter of fact, can't be any truer.
Juli said, may the silence connects you in a way words never could
"Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss; but every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and once you do, nothing will ever compare." - Chet Duncan
R FOR THE RÊVEUR
/ rêveur / (n) one who has been introduced to Le Cirque des Rêves and found himself just can never get enough of it, or simply just can't let go of it easily.
I just had such a great ride into the night circus. Three long months have been spent to explore, dig in, and discover what might be the concealed tricks or the illusions the night circus held.
It took me two months, preparing to set my feet on its vast and magical courtyard.
And it took me 3 rough days to complete the puzzles of what might be hidden inside the night circus.
But it took me barely a wink to be mesmerized by its whole scene. As fast as it comes, so does the night circus end. Only now, with warning that my only clue is that I ran too deep inside it, while the night circus is closing soon with the moon cascading down so fast as if it was pulled by the gravity, losing its power. And then I can see the light, confirming that the dawn has won the day once more.
Not as fast as the night circus caught me mesmerized, the feeling of letting go as the dawn comes is unbearable, a difficult one. Though physically I may not be in the night circus, my mind and heart are in the night circus, as I've left pieces of me staying up alive wandering and running through every entrances of its black and white tents.
And that is enough for me to know that, me too, has joined the club of black-clad patrons in bright red scarf. I'm a rêveur, too.
"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."
- Oscar Wilde, 1888
As for a book lover, my punishment is that I reach the last pages before my two bare eyes, and found that letting go won't be as easy as turning each of its pages.
T for THE LITTLE PRINCE
"Once upon a time there was a little prince who lived on a planet that was scarcely any bigger than himself, and who had need of a sheep."
Such an opening. Why would a little prince live alone on his little planet and why would he need a sheep? Another question came up when I read that the aviator drew the little prince a box, implying that the sheep he wanted was inside the box. And that's all the little prince ever wanted. Perfect!
It managed to make me wondering about so many things, not only things in the book itself, but also things in my life too.
Certain things happened, or maybe way too much has been going on in our life, but sometimes we just forgot that it does happen, and rather to it did happen. And...sometimes we forgot things that had happened were once happened for the first time too, one day.
It also snapped me to realize that I'm growing up too, we all are. I was once a kid, but sometimes I just wish to grow up faster.
As a kid, of course we had a dream of living as a grown-up. Wait, never heard of that? Oh, c'mon that's why Xavier Lopez Ancona invented Kidzania, the world of grown-ups catching up with every child's dream. And maybe as grown-ups, we had a dream of turning back time to when we were once a kid. But, not for this particular person, which happened to be an acquaintance of mine who hates kids as a grown-up and even when he was once a kid. Well, it got me wondering, something bad must've happened to his childhood that has shaped him the way he is now. Strange right? Then again, the little prince had me wondering, perhaps it's not the childhood that he doesn't want to remember, but the grown-ups that made him feel like the way he was and he is. It's never be a child-like thing when we are a child. Since we were all once a child. In the mind of a grown-up, understanding a child is like going into the child-like things, but maybe when you meet that little prince from orbit B612, you'll soon change your mind because you've just met a fascinating mind, so mesmerizing, only a child can think of.
Have you realized that when we become a grown-up, all the "first-things" is just a daily routine, passing by just like the sun who catches the moon faster as each day goes by even faster when we grow up? I was wondering too, why do days go by pretty quickly as every year gets a year older. That means I'm growing up and I'm the one who doesn't even know that I am.
The little prince has shaped the way I think that growing up is pretty scary as two options have grown up too, becoming so many options to handle. "Being a grown up" ... how does it feel?
Last Sunday, is no particular Sunday as I just woke up and do my daily routines. And that daily routines also include playing The Sims 3 😅 Then not long after dinner, I decided to watch one of the Studio Ghibli movies (that honestly I've been keeping not to be watched so that I can watch it all day on holiday, but anyway..) that I got from my friend, it's "The Secret World of Arrietty," which is also known as "The Borrowers".
Such a great movie, a story about the borrowers who lived inside a sick boy's house & kinda 'borrowing' things from the human-beings. I was just wondering how great it'd be to be one of the borrowers, feeling so small, and trying as hard as I can not to be seen by humans, when it's the complete opposite with humans who'd rather be seen and suck all the attention they can get. It also made me wondering that we - humans - are actually borrowers too. We borrow everything from this earth, so just take what you need and leave the rest be, because we're not snitchers, but we're also just the borrowers. It's such a great, great world, with such amazing things happened, even the unexpected. So just be prepared and be ready (always) to live and survive in this world. Because after all, we're all just the borrowers.
H FOR HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
A friend of mine who has the same interest as me in books, lent me a book, a fantasy book, with medieval settings, because she knows how much I love fantasy and historical fiction books. So she lent me Howl's Moving Castle, a book which was also been adapted to a Studio Ghibli movie with the same name as the book. Let me tell you why I love the book,
Firstly, it's a book everyone can read. The story is just so light, it's truly a book to spare your time with.
Secondly, the book has that kind of power (that every readers must've known when they read good books) that makes you not wanting to put the book down. Although I must say, that it's not that powerful.
Thirdly, the characters! Yes, the characters are all so unique and unimagineable. Those pretty much explain why I love the book and if you have some time, go read it. Don't say that you've watched the movie so there's no reason for you to read the book. I mean, it's a complete different story if you read the book yourself. Comparing the book to the movie, I guess there is a lot of things missing from the book, that's so unfortunate. And the movie is too cartoonish, a typical Japanese cartoon. I even got myself a little disappointed when I first see Howl in the movie. The Howl I read from the book with Howl I saw in the movie is a complete opposite. I felt a little like Howl in the movie is a little girlish and has that kind of calm and charming personality that almost every male character in the Japanese comic has. When Howl in the book, is far more boyish, though he put so much interest in her appearance. Anyway it's a good book about a young girl working in her family hat shop left by her deceased father, leaving her and her stepmother having to run the shop by themselves, while her stepmother sent her little sisters to apprenticeship. Unfortunate for Sophie, that young girl name, who's apparently the eldest child in the family which made her had that unfortunate destiny. That unfortunate destiny even bought her to an unexpected meeting with The Witch of the Waste, who turned her into an old lady, such a powerful curse which not only made her a few decades older, but also made her not being able to tell anybody that she's been cursed. Luckily, that unfortunate destiny also bought her in meeting with Howl, or should I say his moving castle (it's literally moving). Finally, her journey as an old lady in the moving castle found itself to revoke the curse. Her unfortunate destiny also turned to fortunate destiny as she fell in love with Howl and so did Howl. The point is, it's such a great book where you'll find that the seven-league boot is actually real in the Land of Ingary. I even found Howl stuck in my head and not in the pages anymore. xoxo
C FOR CIRCLE
I have a group of friends in senior high and we are still as close as we used to be back then, although we don't attend the same university. Let me introduce them first. The first one is Aloysia, she's one of my favorite, well they're all my favorite, actually... She currently takes the nursery school at STIKES Borromeus which is located at Kota Baru Parahyangan. The other one is Yemima, she currently takes teacher school at Pelita Harapan University, while the last is Deyans, who takes industrial engineering at Parahyangan Catholic University, the same university as me. Although we attend the same university, but we don't get to see each other so often, which is - weird.. So on Tuesday, 22 December 2015, we finally met up and I really really miss them so much. Actually I was planning not to go for some reasons, but when I opened LINE and see our chats which in the conversation, it seemed that they've been waiting for this opportunity to come. And I was touched, to be honest.. that's what changed my mind. So I decided to go and I don't regret it, not at once. I realized that I miss them so much, although our meeting kinda felt a little awkward, but I really appreciate every moment of our togetherness.. I think our friendship's not the most perfect relationship, not the fanciest kind of friendship and not the coolest kind of friendship.... but despite all of the odds, I still love them, I do really appreciate our friendship, why? because they're that kind of friends you always find in the quotes in pinterest LOL... the ones who will never betray you, who will never ever stab your back, the ones who will always be there for you for good or the worst, I will always find them by my side.. AND this, I'm telling you, is friends for a lifetime.. xoxo
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F FOR FRIENDS OR F FOR FOES?
Tough question, huh? I'm pretty sure everybody has questioned themselves for at least once. As for me? Zillion times. The first time I made friends was in the kindergarten and it didn't end well, I was abandoned, alone, yeah, by myself. The next time is the elementary school. I had about more than two groups. Well, literally split up and made a new one. During my elementary school time, I had about fives to six pal changes. Perhaps, it changes every single year. And in the middle school, I had a group of friends. It's funny to think back about it, because it's so cheesy back then.... To think about it is even very embarrassing for me...in a good way. LOL. So I had three girls with me during my first year in the middle school. One of them had a terrible for-a-silly-reason-fight with the other two, not with me haha, and so she decided to part ways with us. There we are, the three of us, recruiting new member, haha. We're back with four again until our last time together in the middle school. Luckily, I met again in the university with our ex-member haha...she is apparently taking the major in the faculty I'm in. And our other member, who previously had a fight with the 'ex-member', she is in the same university as us two. Fortunately, things are okay between us three. We're just acquaintances now. No fight, just hi. In the high school, I made friends with three simple girls, they're the best so far. They're so humble and the most important thing is that they could take me for what I am. I could be as open as I am with three of them. One of them is in the same university as me, the other one got to a nursery school, and the other one got a scholarship to become a teacher in a good university. I'm so proud of the three of them. In the university, I made friends with three stupid girls. They're so funny. And then because the two of them is not having the same major as me, we kinda part ways. I finally found 'friends' in my own major. At first there were six of us, but now it's narrowing down to four of us. I trust them at first, they're so funny and they're the new kind of friends I haven't found before. But now, as time taught me, I couldn't trust anyone like I used to be. But damn me! Sometimes, I get lost in this kind of friendship.
One thing I know for sure is that trusting and loving someone so much, will only eventually hurt me. All this time, I try my best, just being me. I'm so honest with them and give my best sincerity. But mother knows best. She told me that don't be fully honest or fully sincere to your friends, at least you have seen all the good and all the bad in them. It's too soon to call us best friends. It's even too soon to be fully sincere to them when I don't even know if they're sincere as big as I am to them. One thing for sure is that I have a friend now, she is so honest and sincere. That's one thing I like about her. Just look at her eyes and you'll know that she's honest and sincere, the kind of friend you want to have in your life. I'm pretty sure and I'm confident that she's the one that she's the one that can be my lifetime friend, the one I can totally be honest and sincere with. Being in a friendship is totally a good way and positive way for me. But it's also tiring. It hurts too. I wish I could have a boy friend, not a girl friend. I wonder how it feels. I'm sure boys won't be envy of you, because they're boys, not girls. xoxo
"Shoot my back with a bullet, since my back is bullet-proof, not knife-proof."
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B FOR BOOK
Recently, I just finished reading Thirteen Reasons Why, a novel by Jay Asher. It's a good novel, so touching and I found myself drowning into every pages. Story about Hannah Baker, is quite similar with the story about Olive in Easy A. But the difference is Olive didn't kill herself, while Hannah did. When Olive used her reputation to help others, Hannah didn't, she was so sick of her reputation, she even killed herself and did something terrible. Hannah recorded her own voice the day before she took her own life and kinda put a blame to every person that made her life miserable to the point she decided to take her own life. Hannah's story is sad while Olive's story is kinda fun. Even when I read Hannah's story - I'm not gonna blame Hannah, but - I was so upset that Hannah couldn't do anything to all the people that had tortured her. If I were her, I'd probably stand up for myself, for my dignity, for my self-esteem, for everything I could stand up for inside me. Poor Hannah Baker, but everything she said is somewhat true. It's a good book to start to, but not with a fresh story line, but it's interesting because throughout the book, I kinda listened to Hannah Baker's voice from the recording tape, as if I were Clay Jensen listening to the tapes. There's also a lot we can learn from this book, especially for understanding others around us. It's never too late to help, it's never, that's what I learned from this book.
My impression after reading this book is that,
The scariest thing is to listen to what people think about you and really think it's true.
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"No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people.
J FOR JOURNALING
Yessss!! This month I just realized how amazing and fun a journal can give! Just started from a few days back that I found this fact out. Jo loves JOURNALING!!! Previously I started a like on planning using a daily planner and I still do. So, I decided to make one using free printables available on Pinterest or just go Google it. Planning sure is fun, even I've decided to bought a new one just to know what it feels like to have to buy a complete planner. So I bought the planner on line from an account I found in instagram and I bought this cute planner called a Suburban Life Organizer for 70K. It fits a twelve months monthly planner, and just a little for the daily planner. I actually feel disappointed that it only provides several pages for a daily planner, not even fit for the whole semester! So I probably need to think about this issue. On the other hand, I found something special about this planner, it has some pages - squared ones - that is really cute to use as a journal. So I started pinning on pinterest and find out more about Journaling.
Journaling itself is a brilliantly fun way to start or even end your day, especially for those who love to write, as for me, since I LOVE to write, journaling is definitely my thing. I usually end my day with writing on my journal. It actually helps me reflect on what I've done through the day, bad things, good things I've said or done, or even what would I wish for today or the next day. It all gives me a whole new energy even though I haven't slept yet and just go to bed at 2 a.m. every single night, or should I say 2 a,m, might. Having some doodles on your journal pages is definitely a YES. Or even sticking stickers from your sticker album you kept since kindergarten (just like me). It even saves your money and you give a little role to the stickers itself.
Last thing for sure is, make sure that when you're in the middle of the writing, don't let anybody bothers you, just find a space where only you can fit in and nobody else can. It's important to do that in privacy so you can really reflect on yourselves and on your day. Because for me, my journal is me, it contains everything about me and my day. My journal knows every single detail about me and my day, it even understands me the most, it even entertains me (I'm not crazy, I swear). As for me, I don't like when somebody disturbs me in the middle of my writing, it's like when you have your period, and you carve for delicious desserts, and when you have one for your own, somebody suddenly took a bite of your cake (it does matter, even just a tiny spoon of cake). Just like what just happened people, my sister suddenly came on to me, wanted to know what I was doing. It's kinda annoying for me, even though I know that's so sweet sis, I swear, I do know - but just please let me finish my writing then you can be the first person to read it. At least, now I have another topic to reflect later on my journal, it is do not be mean to your sister. Anyway, trust me, you can try on journaling, if you don't feel like it's your kinda thing, just don't bother yourselves on doing journaling again, try something else you love.... a tape recorder, perhaps?? xxx
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R FOR ROLE MODELS
So....almost everybody got their own role models. And who's mine? Do I even have a role model? SURE!! First of anybody I can think of is - obviously - my angelic MOM and my beautiful sissy, Edita Carla Octavianti.. They're both just got the characteristic of their own and if you meet them, I bet you want them to be in your family. Like what I do, I am leeching into those two, because they're more than just a-ma-zing !! They're marvelous and my everything - love u both <3<3 Beside my own family, I still got my other role models. Emma Watson, yeah, I literally love her because I saw her in Harry Potter which is one of my favorite thing when I was in elementary and junior high school, and I'm sure enough that the whole world know her, why not? I mean, she's a-ma-zing, she's famous, rich, and she got the brain! She even got herself a degree from Brown University .. and now, she's working on a project as an ambassador for #HeForShe campaign that was conducted by the UN, campaigning gender equality. And she's been giving a-ma-zing speeches too! You should go and take a look for yourself right NOW! (If you're curious enough, just click that NOW button!) It doesn't end in Emma (sorry, Em), but I found myself stunned by her charm, toughness, honesty, plainness, and her brain, I mean, she's clever! But wait, who's 'this SHE' I've been talking about? Well, guess if you can, but I'm just gonna tell you easily, 'this SHE' is..........*drum roll playing* LAUREN CONRAD ! She's a multi talented actress and she's an American sweetheart. Her dream's to be a fashion designer, but she began with a role in 90210 and continued to enjoy her spotlight by showing us her personal life in The Hills. She shows me not to stop chasing my dream, whatever it is, and she nailed it! Yeahh!! She has her own brand, Lauren Conrad, and been working with Kohl's as the official retailer for her clothing line. She's also creative and smart, she wrote several books that soon became the best seller in America. Not long, she started another project called Little Market to empower women in developing or underdeveloped countries. The point is, you go google her name and you'll find yourself amazed as I am. Yeah, she's the other a-ma-zing woman I look up to. Wait, I've got Em & LC on my team, but I think it's not enough that I'm literally Asian but doesn't have an Asian role model, well you got me! This Asian role model I look up to as well, is.................IRENE KIM ! Yesss.. she's full of color and smile and happiness! She's a model from South Korea and she's such an Asian sweetheart model in America. I love her passion and she's totally FASHTASTIC! I also like her humor to be a dorky girl hahaha.. Well, those five people I look up to are my role models and I love them - xoxo
with bright smile
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