Versatile Blogger Award

YAY!

YAY!

This is my first nomination everrrr! Thanks to Chloe who nominate me far away from Georgia (the country). It is such a great surprise to my Monday, this nomination really a booster for me to do my daily post here in wordpress.

Again, მადლობა Chloe.

Well, the rules are like this:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award, and leave a link to their blog.
  2. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  3. Nominate 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly

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So, seven things about me that i have not explain on my about page are

  • Honestly, i am not just a foodie, I am a constantly hungry person.
  • Other than becoming a distinguished writer, my dream goal is also to be a professional mother.
  • I am such a forgetful person, i keep thinking if this is a serious disease but too afraid to go to a doctor for that.
  • My first poetry slam was in Ubud, Bali. I got into top five for Women Poetry Slam in Ubud Writer and Reader Festival. I have the video of me in that slam, but still to shy to upload it in my youtube account.
  • I fancy British accent. I tried to do Manchaster dialect, but i give up because i dont know how to learn it, i never assure if i say it correctly or not. So i guess i will just learn the received pronunciation.
  • I am into Broadway songs lately, thanks to Glee. I feel like musical songs have more powerful lyric and relatable tone. My favorite song list are from Wicked (of course!) , Once and The Lion King duh!
  • I love making plans. I used to make unrealistic plan before but now i try to make plan that is reliable.

Well, those are random fact about myself and i am really curious to know about yours.

I nominate:

Nadcissism

Dani Kurniawan

Blog Ayunda Damai

Be Illustrated

Cerita Empat Musim

That Emily

Mencari Jejak

Abstract Theories

Bespoke Traveler

Dorkchops

Ami and The Night

Cerita Neng Mumun

Twenty Something Girl

The Sewing Nook

Nisa dan Chicco

 

Have a great day, fellas!

Apps to live with

I spend half of my day googling on cool apps.

The keywords that I am using are:
Best-apps-for-woman
Best-apps-for-writer

And after downloading some and delete some, I finally found the ultimate apps that I should have. The list would be even longer if I didn’t burn my iPhone (there are so many cooler free apps that IPhone provide 😣). I also found some apps that can link you to do some charity (good deeds in one click!), but again you can only got it in Apple store.

Well, here are the must to have apps in my version. All of them are free and android friendly.

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1. Evernote

I was a fan of notebook. But, after years with them and I find my self very consuming lately. I finished one note book in two months!

After I have my Sony Xperia Z3, I got addicted to my phone. This phone is really handy, sleek and totally comfortable to hold for long time. I actually didn’t intend to download any notebook app, but then I keep find this app suggested in some sites. There are another notebook apps, Gmail even provide Keep as an official app to be the notebook app. But I think Evernote is the best. Like Keep, the notes are  synchronised to our email plus they are also provide a space to do work chat. The feature that I love the most is notebook and tags. Usually in the other app they just provide user to make posts, but in Evernote user can differenciate each post by put them in different notebook, user also can use tag. So it’s easier to search the post that we want to see.

2. Dinner Spinner

If you consider yourself a cook, this is a must app for you to have. Rather than googling on the recipe that you already think of, Dinner Spinner provide the recipe ideas for you. You just have to type the ingredients that you have, or you can just tell them the main idea of yours and see tons of recipe that they will provide.

The recipes are provided by allrecipes.com which is my favourite food website, because they provide homemade recipe that everyone can do. You can also save your favourite recipes and write down your grocery list there.

So so good.

3. Merriam-Webster
I can’t find Thesaurus in Google play and Merriam-Webster is one of the best English dictionary app on Google play.
There too many English words that I still have to know the precise meaning and how to use it well. Everytime I read, it really annoys me if I have to open a real dictionary to understand the meaning. So this mobile dictionary helps a lot. Now I am also not afraid to use new words on my writing. 😍

4. WordPress mobile

Not until I download this app I have an urge to blogging again. I think this app helps a lot to stop me from procrastinate while blogging. Somehow I could focus on my writing whenever I want. This app deduct my doubt in blogging, I am no longer think about how many words should I use, was that a good opening sentence, lalalala. Because I write in a very limited space, I didn’t really do much editing and rethinking. But thats the point, blogging helps to just write, write and write.

Plus, I am able to got spoon from my sleeping hubby while I write my post. 😳

5. Period Tracker

Well, this app is especially for woman. I think it’s important to know your period cycle to figure out the healthiness of your reproduction organ, with this app we don’t have to humming a lot in the the doctor whenever the doctor ask how is your period cycle. This app also show the fertile time and ovulation, although they don’t say it’s gonna be 100% accurate since the fertile cycle should be based on 6 months period cycle.

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Yep, that’s my top 5 new apps other than duolingo, social media and photo editing apps. I actually searching for a game to download that doesn’t make you addicted but enough to fill your boredom. I downloaded The Sims yesterday, I have a feeling I will delete it soon. 😝 do you have any recommended game for me?

What is your favorite apps? Enlightened me, please.

Getting ready for April!

Finally I have a strategy to my post uni-wife life status.

As an overactive girl, I will be sick all the time if don’t have anything to do. It has been three weeks since I arrive and I still haven’t found a challenging activity for me. For that I got terrible headache and flu! I thought my online university study time could spare my boredom a little, but in fact it couldn’t. Because the courses are so relatable, I could finish a week courses in a day. I really feel an urge to join organisation or a club or something. But in fact there is no English book club in aachen and I haven’t found any org nearby (most of the organisation are around Berlin).

I also realize that I can’t do much in here, since my German is still very basic. My language course will start somewhen in June (I am in the waiting list!). So I have two empty months, and I spend most of my time alone since B is busy with his study and working life.

B encouraged me to go to the gym, but somehow I feel like gym isn’t my kind of sports. I told him I will search for yoga class or thai boxing class around, when I am ready to do sport 😝

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Found it in new apartment. A sign for me to write more

Upon my boredom, I found these online writing projects for my ultimate boredom in April:

1. Writing 101 initiated by The Daily Post

I need this so bad, as an undisciplined  person I need to be reminded all the time to do a routine. I need an extra motivation that will make me move myself on. So the idea of having a daily email that will provide you prompts and themes are the best for me. I believe blogging daily will nurture my writing habit, I really hope I can succeed this time.

WRITING 101 will start on 6th April.  The great thing is this project is not only  provide theme and prompts daily but there is also community site where participants are able to share and connect with each other. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will also be on hand in the comments to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.

If you are interested to join you can register here.

2. NAPOWRIMO
This project will oblige me to write poetry every day in April. YAY me! Yay National Poetry Writing Month!

I think two years ago, my blog turned into a poetry blog for some months because I was in a confusing state of love. Was it three years ago? Hm… I post poetry everytime I blog (which was so rare but still more often than I used to post). Since then, poetry become my escape goat, if I am too lazy to write I push my self to write a poetry. Whether the poetry is finished or not, it doesn’t really matter. I also use poetry to trigger inspiration, before I continue to write my (unfinished) novel. For that the poetry should be finished, so I got the nice feeling of finishing something.

Check their website for more info.

3. Applying to become contributor for MuslimGirl.com

Yeah, being married doesn’t stop me to embrace my girly side. I am not even 21, I don’t have kids yet, so I guess people still could look at me as something that could represent a girl. Some kids that I met on the street even thought that I am the new student in their school. They thought I am 14 😱. So there is this cool muslimah website, (for me it’s like Rookie but talking about muslim girl life) that I can really relate to some of the article, so my thought was I can be contributor in this website.

I feel like there is not much representative from South East Asian muslim girls (most are American) in that website, I feel an urge to tell my story for living in two big muslim countries. Plus, right now I become the minority in Germany, so I have stories to be majority muslim and minority muslim. 🙂 One of the qualification is to have a good grammar, I am kinda worry about that. But then, let’s just try!

I will send them my resume tomorrow. Let’s see how it turns out!?!

4. Editing my novel and start another one with support of Camp NANOWRIMO.

Only IF I could finish my first novel project, before April begins. Four more days, nine more pages.

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Those are projects that I believe will do so much good for my writing skill, turn me to become productive and hopefully disciplined myself.

Ofcourse other than those projects I still have to study German everyday via duolingo, make easy cute DIY for my new apartment, finish some books and go out in the sun.

I still dunno what to treat myself if this project finished perfectly. Do you have some ideas?

What is your online projects for April? Tell me, maybe I will join them too!

:):):)

Heavenly Bookstore: Shakespeare and Company

Last year I spend my birthday in Paris. But it is not the Eiffel Tower that attracts me, after I know how it feels to see Monas and Malaysia Twin Tower, I believe seeing Eiffel Tower won’t be that exciting. Arriving in Germany and going to some of the big cities, the feeling affirms that any iconic building is just an iconic building. What excites me the most to go to Paris is Sorbonne University! But that’s before I know that there is heaven –I mean a precious bookstore- in the heart of Paris. It was buzzfeed article that enlightened me about this cool book stores around the world. Buzzfeed is  good,yo!

It took me almost one year to post about this heaven –bookstore- in Paris, why? Simply because I didn’t have time miss that bookstore so much. Well, I miss going to a bookstore in general. I have three and a quarter book to finish before I buy new one. I didn’t believe in investing on books anymore, since the last time I bought and collect too much books until I feel guilty to see them sitting still on my book rack without me reading them. The feeling was devastating. Well, right now I almost finish reading Love in Time of Cholera and will continue on Shadow of the Wind. Those two books are last month books that I should have finished reading them by the end of this month, but they are too thick and too complicated to be eaten fast. Amidst reading those books and my study book which are even thicker than those two, I miss reading John Green’s books, I  could just lay down, having the exciting three hours and finish the books.I guess I will not go to any bookstore (if I could stop myself) or buy any book (Rookie is magazine right?) until May is starting. Yeah I really believe it took me more than a month to finish Shadow of the Wind, Sycamore Row and Gone Girl. So let’s dreaming and wondering about the heaven bookstore that I visited a year ago.

This heavenly bookstore called Shakespeare and Company. You can google it and find the address and the history on Wikipedia, and make sure you click Shakespeare and Company that is located in Paris not those in Dubai, because they are restaurants. Well, before I went to the bookstore, I went to take picture in front of the sacred Louvre and walk along the Seine to find the Notre Dame. I didn’t go inside of any of those beautiful historical building because I just have two days in Paris and I will not waste it for lining up behind 1 km queue of summer tourist. I think it was more than one kilometer, the line wasn’t even straight!

After crossing one of many Seine bridges in front of Notre Dame i got lost a bit and rest in the middle of Square Rene Viviani just to witness the oldest tree in Paris that was planted on 1601. I guess, you can get lost anywhere in Paris and you will always be able to find something exciting!

And tadaa, I see my heaven.

too excited too excited!

too excited too excited!

If Walt Disney had a little bit more time to build a bookstore, I believe it would look like this bookstore. I really saw my version of Disneyland when I saw it. I can’t stop smiling and giggling and touching all the discount books that placed outside of the store. The first warning that B, my guardian angel said to me was “You are just allowed to spend 30 euro in there!” and the second warning comes when I ask to separate from him in that tiny-beautiful-magical-bookish bookstore “No more than one hour, because we still have to see Sacre Coeur!” I just smiled and walk fast from him because I knew that he knew its gonna be more than one hour.

I wandered around just to see the collections in awe, the place was so small until I have to exchange a lot of smiles with another fellow readers that just bump each other. It is so crowded but I can feel the peace within the shelves and books that are around. After reading too many book titles, my consciousness start to work again. I am in this bookstore for one mission: Finding the books that are hard to find in any other bookstore.

As if I get a call from a book fairy, I go straight to the back of the store and turn left to the corner and saw a steel door in between a separate room full of books. At first I thought, it was a restricted area (I wish it was) but when I push the door a little I saw a woman searching for a book. I rush myself in, not patient enough to see what kind of book that has to have a special place, and I see the name of Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost and Walt Whitman. As impulsive as I am I know I will get my books in this corner.

this is the poetry corner!!

this is the poetry corner!!

After a while, I still cant decide whether I will buy a book from a specific writer or buy an anthology. But then, B came with big weird smile and whispering that I already spend my time in that corner for almost an hour. And its already our time to go. I said to him with the same big smile that I still haven’t found what I am looking for. I still haven’t found what I am looking for. He then stays with me for few minutes and asked me to go upstairs to see the library and some other cool places in the bookstore.

Upstairs was jaw dropping, it’s a personal tiny library that contain many of beautiful old precious books. My favorite was small bed that is surrounding with bookshelf. I sat there and feel like I should live there. I can’t describe more, my memory was blurred with the feeling to stay there or at least to work there or at least to live in Paris or at least have a library as beautiful as that store.

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there was even a piano in this historical place-

If I am not mistaken, there is policy that is not allowed us to take picture inside the bookstore. But B did it for me anyway, I don’t know where he found the wall with a lot of notes and he captured important and cute notes for me to see.

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After spending at least fifteen minutes in the poetry corner, I finally decided to buy two anthologies. My first choice was the poems of Robert Frost but it was 30 something euro. So then I went for Poems to Learn by Heart hoping that I can learn a lot of poems all in one book. The other book that I choose is Love letters of Great Women by Ursula Doyle. I am intrigued to know what is inside women’s heart around the year of 1399-1917. Both are cost more than my budget, but that’s nothing compare to my excitement in that bookstore plus knowing books that I didn’t know it was exist before.

inside i was crying. i dont wanna leave!

inside i was crying. i dont wanna leave!

Btw this post was nothing compare to the legendary story behind this bookstore, you can read it here.

Do you have a heavenly bookstore around you? Please tell me, and I will put it on my lists!

Entangled

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She decides to use that power again. Totally aware with the fact that this is the last time she is able to use that power, after four times wasting it. She won’t messed up, she promises herself. She reckons all her plans that she made up last night before finally wide awake and try to search the thing.

A bizarre sunshine sneak in from the curtain beside her bed. She turns her back to the light that is now centered on the wooden floor in front of her wardrobe. She can’t stop stare at the light, since the light is her only friend for the past week. After stumble on books that scattered on every inch of her bedroom, she catches the light. Sit on it for a meanwhile and smile at the small hole on the curtain, wishing it will deliver her smile back to the sun.

The fact is, the light didn’t just come to accompany her today. It helps her to find the thing that she is looking for. The light really saves her hours of time to search the thing that is hidden under her wardrobe, after few nights ago she just throw that thing out of rage after she failed her mission.

The thing that she’s looking for is a compass. A compass that left inside her sister shoe, the day when she went missing. On the other shoe, a piece of paper was tucked in. One side was written that the paper was addressed in her name, the other side showed her the way to find back her sister in a week. And that was when her crazy week started.

She was indeed asking her mom to believe in what she got, but ofcourse it was nonsense for their parent to believe. There was no evidence of the existence of her sister at the time she reached her home. Not even in the picture, nor in her parents memory. She went crazy because she thought she is crazy. But once, she arrived at her own bedroom, she knew she is not crazy. All the things left the same there, their crazy diaries, their crazy wall painting. Her signature is still on the same place as she remember.

She then went crazy, cracking the code to figure out how to use the compass. First attempt was failed intentionally, since she just wants to figure out how the compass work. She ended up in a cornfield. She didn’t want to waste too many times in the wild, so she ran to the nearest house to find out what year and what time was she in. It was the same date, same time, but different year. She was in the 1962, if the journey was for fun, she intended to stay little but longer for each year. But she can’t, she prefers to have her sister back rather than having meticulous journey alone. And so, she tried to went back to her real time, didn’t know anything to do she just pressed the button. She ended up in another era. Four attempts was recklessly wasted just for her to go back to her real time. She went back straight to her bed, threw the compass out, cried the whole night until she came up with a strategy. It took days to believe that she got the right strategy to just use one time chance to bring her sister back to the real time.

At first, she thought there will be miracle that will add the amount of her trials to find her sister back. But then she believed it couldn’t be that way. She stocked until last night the idea of never come back show up.

The compass looks broken, after she picks it under the wardrobe. She cried again, while adjusting her position to go to the year of 1996 when her sister just born. She is facing the north and mess the compass needle toward 96 degrees and then she open the last screw behind the compass. Her eyes close and once she opens, she saw her three year old body smiling at her. She screw up again, and this time there is no turning back.

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Oh, yay another #RabuMenulis! A fifteen minutes writing challange that intiated by Gagas Media. This time the theme is time travelling and we have to use compass as the the tools to time travel.

How do you think about my writing? Please be a mean reader and a grammar nazi so I can improve my English writing skill.

Thank you, fellas.

best (?)

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explain to me, anything
cause right now
I jump of my milestones
to the very bottom
starting over

give me, something
as a comfort when I lie
on the ground
waiting another milestone
show up or grow

tell me, everything
to differ the profound
and see beyond essentiality
sharpen my crave
for a crème de la crème

wake me up, somewhen
the best dream is not
athwart
yet

You’ve got (no) friend

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As an Indonesian, I used to not able to differ a friend and an acquaintance, like many other words in Bahasa Indonesia, every other words that you find in another language could be simplified in one word. Indeed we do have two words to explain friend, a word to explain best friend, and there is also direct meaning for acquaintance so actually the problem is not linguistically. It is in the common behaviour that Indonesian have or atleast my surrounding have to consider an acquaintance as a friend.

So, until a month ago, I thought I have too much friend, but the fact shows that I have none. Maybe one can say that I lose some, I forget a lot or I make distance to a lot of my friend. It becomes my own fault that I got no one to really talk to. I got it, totally. I fine with that.

But the fact that I write a blog post about me that is okay for having no friends is kinda show the irony. The thing is, this is a post full of apology.

I am sorry for not reaching any one of you because I don’t feel we have anything that we could talk to each other. I am sorry for not saying hello first, because I don’t know what would be the next sentence after you say hello back to me. I really apology to leave you without saying goodbye because I don’t know what should I act in front of you because I know I can’t keep this idea of us together for longer time.

And I am also sorry for those who I miss, but I don’t try to text you. I am tired to ignore you again and again after one full topic we had spend to talk to each other. I am also afraid to not text you who I adore so much, because maybe I will disturb you.

It’s really on me to blame to be not so good friend. I couldn’t differ which one to keep close and which one to keep in distant. I end up ignoring everyone. So I am sorry.

Having no one actually is better than having a person that you don’t understand at all or you don’t feel comfortable with. So for those, who are still not brave enough to make distance or saying no to your so called friend, do it now and explore the whole new journey of finding true friend.

Like the quote on the pic that open this post we should wait for someone who miss us enough until they don’t care about the wall that we build, the distance we already make, they will always come, bother us about their ideas that will spark in our head because they are right people for us.