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In a rush but not being reckless

This is the first time I am trying to response to Daily Prompt, so let’s see how it goes. I got “Rush” which I think still related to my situation right now.

In my previous post about life plan, I mentioned about some milestones that I want to achieve in my life, and how accomplishing things in 2018 will be critical for my goal. I have made a plan in December and early January on things that I want to do or achieve this year though I do not specify the timeline. On the paper, the plan looks pretty solid and reasonable, and I could not wait to have it happens.

Well, sometimes plan just does not align with reality (yet!). It’s April already and I haven’t got the opportunity to achieve my biggest milestone. I was projecting myself to reach that point before Q2 2018, but looking at the situation now, it might not happened. I am still putting my efforts to get closer to the milestone, but honestly speaking, I feel a bit pesimistis about it.

This whole situation makes me a bit panic. I believe this year should be the turning point year for me, but being stuck in current position doesn’t help me to step further. I couldn’t help thinking if I should take some radical move to approach my goal, but I am not sure if that will be the right thing to do. Some friends have advised me that that radical step that I was thinking about is quite reckless, and will have a big risk of me not achieving my objectives anytime soon.

Though I am not satisfied enough with current situation and also feedback from my friends, I admit I need to be more patient and cool-headed. I know I feel the rush since I have put 2018 as the “big milestone year”, but then again, I need to be ready if maybe I need to delay my plan a big (still hoping I won’t need to do that though!). I think it is the importance of not being reckless (as my friends said), since the decision I take will impact my life heavily, and I need to be ready with all the consequences.

Now I will try my best to find a way to get closer to my goal, and maybe prepare backup plan should my original plan not achieved as I expected (still hoping for the best!). Wish me luck 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

For this week’s challenge, point your camera at something or someone that puts a smile on our face (or just show a smiling face).

Well, it is quite tricky for me because there are lots of thing make me smile. Picture of my family, my sisters, my nephews, my friends usually make me happy (and also miss that moment, hehe) and eventually put a smile in my face. Beautiful nature and books also play the trick 😉 Since I could put dozens of picture, I will just limit my post to some pictures which represent people or things that make me smile (though I still have so much more to post, lol).

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Another late post of Weekly Photo Challenge (oops!), this time with the theme of “Rise/Set”. I know I should revisit my time management especially if I want to be more consistent in managing my blog, so I will work on it 💪🏻

Anyway, for this photo challenge, the direction is to “explore the vibrant, hopeful colors of your favorite sunrise or sunset.”

I must say the sunset in Oia, Santorini, Greece, is still my most favorite sunset experience. There is something romantic about seeing sunset in the middle of the sea, surrounded by beautiful houses and blue sky. I hope I can come back there one day with Rendy (my hubby). Second sunset/sunrise I love is the one in Lausanne, Switzerland. I think I just have special place in my heart for this city, considering I lived there for a year. I plan to go there again with my parents in the next two years after I have a baby (hopefully sometime next year, Amen!) ☺️

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Hello April!

And suddenly it is already April! Time flies too fast this year (or every year, I guess). I remember thinking the same thing at the similar time last year, but maybe back then my mind was consumed with wedding preparation. This time, I am consumed with hopes and worries. I am hoping my plan will go as expected, but in other side I feel insecure, thinking that I might not be able to achieve what I want. I haven’t prepared a plan B for that scenario, and now I am nervous. That will be my next homework to make sure I know the path I need to take moving forward.

In other side, I am slowly chasing my passion to be a writer. I try to write at least few sentences every day, to keep the momentum and the desire inside. I love writing a short story, but I am now challenging myself to write a novelette (lighter version of novel, around 7,500 words). I know it is a long way to go, and my age might not support this late “realization of dream” (33 this year, haha!), but I will still do it anyway. I think I would feel more regret later if I do not try it now, regardless if it will not turn out as I want (though of course I hope I will reach my dream to be a writer and have my own books, lol).

So, welcome April! Another month in which I will fight harder and better to follow my passion and my dreams. Ganbatte Kudasai! 🙂

PS. This post made just 10 minutes after I woke up this morning. Sorry for the short and “lazy” post, but I just want to write something to wake me up, hahaha 😛

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Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

If given the choice, what would you rather be doing, right now?

I started to read comics and novels since I was in senior high school. Growing up, I’ve been expanding my reading, though I have specific book genre that I really like. I have a bad habit of leaving some books unfinished because I am easily get bored especially if I am reading a long and quite a boring book (uhm, no offense to the writers).

So it’s quite easy to answer the Weekly Photo Challenge of “I’d Rather Be…” because the answer is pretty obvious: I’d rather be reading now. Oh, in addition, I’d (also) rather be writing a short story. Writing is something that I tried in the past out of curiosity but now I’m thinking to put more attention to it since it makes me happy. In fact I just sent my story to a writing competition few weeks ago. Let’s see if I have a bit talent of it 😛

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Review: Black Panther

Black Panther

Title: Black Panther
Year: 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler
Writers: Ryan Coogler,  Joe Robert Cole
Stars: Chadwick Boseman,  Michael B. Jordan,  Lupita Nyong’o, Forrest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, Winston Duke

Black Panther was opened with introduction about Wakanda, a country and nation established by five African tribes, led by the very first “Black Panther”, a warrior who got superhuman power from “heart-shaped herb”. The Wakandans got held of the strongest metal in the world, vibranium, and used it to develop advanced technology while isolating themselves from the world by posing as a Third World country.

In the present day, after King T’Chaka passed away, his son T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to Wakanda to assume the throne. At the ceremony, the Jabari Tribe’s leader M’Baku (Winston Duke) challenges T’Challa for the crown in ritual combat. T’Challa defeats M’Baku and convinces him to give up and take care of his tribe rather than die during the ritual. After T’Challa officially crowned as King of Wakanda, T’Challa’s friend, W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya), requested him to find and bring to Wakanda Klaue, a robber who managed to get into Wakanda years ago and stole some vibranium for trading. T’Challa, Okoye (the leader of the Dora Milaje regiment, played by Danai Gurira) and Nakia (T’Challa’s ex-lover, played by Lupita Nyong’o) eventually go to Busan, following information that Klaue will sell a stolen Wakandan artifact to his buyer there. To his surprise, T’Challa meets CIA agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) who apparently acts as the buyer for Klaue. A firefight takes place and Klaue is arrested under CIA watch, however he is rescued by his team, led by Erik Stevens (Michael B. Jordan), a former US black operation soldier. During the chaos, Ross is severely injured when protecting Nakia. Feeling responsible, T’Challa takes Ross back to Wakanda where their technology can save him.

While Ross is being healed, T’Challa interrogates Zuri (Forest Whitaker), a Wakandan elder and “heart-shaped herb” caretaker, about N’Jobu, his uncle. He saw Erik wearing a ring that only a Wakandan has and wondering if somehow he is related to N’Jobu. Zuri explains that in the past, N’Jobu planned to share Wakanda’s technology with people of African descent around the world to help them defeat the dictators. While T’Chaka arrested N’Jobu and about to take him back to Wakanda, N’Jobu attacked Zuri, forcing T’Chaka to kill him. T’Chaka ordered Zuri to lie that N’Jobu had disappeared and left behind N’Jobu’s American son, Erik, in order to maintain the lie. Erik, filled with hatred, plans to have his revenge by taking over King of Wakanda’s throne and continue N’Jobu’s vision. It’s now up to T’Challa to prevent other world wars happen with vibranium being distributed freely to many countries.

I like this movie. I think it gives a different vibe of Marvel’s superhero story. The background narrative of African nation and culture provides different touch, and I really enjoy it. However, I could not help myself to think a little bit further about it. I had an impression that the reaction from other audiences in the theatre was not as “hyped” as mine for some scenes that I found quite hilarious. I could be wrong of course, since I did not pay attention to my surrounding all the time, but it made me think. Do people really think and react differently about this movie because it tells us story about African people? Do people unconsciously compare it with other superhero movies which usually have white male or female protagonists? Or was it only me, who might be a racist without realizing it? In the end, this movie somehow becomes a soft reminder to me to revisit again my actions so far: have I been acting fair to everyone around me? Have I been judgmental to people without consciously aware about it? It is refreshing to know that a movie can bring such an impact to us and makes us think to be a better person moving forward.

Other than that “aha” moment, I found the story is a bit unclear for me, especially story about Erik. I find it difficult to believe that by only listening to some stories told by his father when he was a kid, Erik could know so much about Wakanda, i.e. its isolated location (I mean, they have invisible barrier around the country and he easily enters it without getting lost. Really?), its culture, its vibranium treasure and so much more. I mean, he was a teenager when N’Jobu was murdered, and prior to that, N’Jobu was busy with his espionage and rebellion works. I am not sure he had enough time to explain everything about Wakanda in details to Erik, or at least it was not shown sufficiently in the movie. This fact makes the movie’s climax becoming anti-climax since the emotion is not fully captured there. At least I can’t feel it (sorry Erik!).

Overall, I am quite satisfied with this movie. I am giving 4 out of 5 stars for my rating. Another Marvel’s superhero movie which is enjoyable to watch.