Random: Welcome June, My Favorite Month!

If you are guessing that I was born in June, then I need to treat you a coffee *lol*. I think it is not uncommon that some people like to celebrate their birthday, hence they tend to like their birth month. Yes, I am part of those people, because I like to remind myself on what I have achieved so I can be grateful about it, but more importantly, to also remember what I still need to improve, and what goals yet to reach. 

  

Ahem.

Okay, maybe I make it a bit complicated than it should, but I can honestly say I love celebrating it because I can have fun with my beloved ones, and particularly enjoying yummy cakes with them.

Of course, without remembering the age part *lol*

  

When I think a bit longer about it, it seems my favoritism of June is just because I want to have a special time in my life to reflect back and to celebrate life. It is also a coincidence that some good things happened in the very same month. For example, my enrollment in this company, which was one of the best decisions I ever had. It was also in the same month when I started my assignment in Lausanne, Switzerland, and when my lovely nephew was born.

So how about this year?

Funny fact, Ramadhan, the holy month for me and other moslems is actually taking place in June. Ramadhan is a holy month where we are trying our best to prevent ourselves in doing bad things and be better persons. It is a time where you are given a chance to reflect upon yourself and to balance again your spiritual and non-spiritual life.

   

Having that said, I can happily say I am celebrating June and Ramadhan. Hope you will enjoy June as well! 😎

(Belated) Weekly Photo Challenge: Face(s)

Gosh, I need to catch up the already passed Weekly Photo Challenges soon or it would not be relevant anymore! Talking about being lazy *cough*

Catching up with theme “Face”, I chose this picture of me and my darling Basak when we were in New Year End party in Lausanne. I wore wig for the second time and enjoyed surpised comments for people whom I know since they did not expect me to see me wearing a brunette wig *lol*

I love our expressions in this picture. I love her so much as a friend, sister, teacher and family. I adore her, and wish our friendship would last forever, though we are separated by distance. Love her! ❤️

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

Time for another Weekly Photo Challenge! After hiatus for a while, it is time for me to cacth up, and I will start with this week’s theme which is Spare.

Spare:

  • (adjective) Additional to what is required for ordinary use.
  • (adjective) Elegantly simple.
  • (verb) To refrain from harming.

Well, apparently approaching this theme was not that easy for me🙂

Somehow I could relate more to “Elegantly Simple” rather than other descriptions of Spare. That’s why I selected picture of white steps taken in Santorini, Greece.

There is nothing complicated with these steps, but I remember that happy feeling inside my heart when I first saw them. I remember how I enjoyed a lot sitting there, looking at the blue sea and feeling so grateful for the opportunity to go abroad and visit many countries in Europe. I was, and still am lucky with all the bless I have. Alhamdulillah🙂

 

It Has Been A Long Week…

..and May is not even finished yet. We just had our budget meeting this week, and (as expected) we still have lot of homeworks to be done. Quarter two (of the year) has always been the busiest time, particularly because we try to project already what we are going to do next year. 

Looking back at my days this month, somehow I get an impression that I might have not been working efficiently enough. It was ironic because back then, I was feeling overwhelmed because there were so many things to do and follow up. 

What did I do wrong? Did I mess up my plan? Did I incorrectly assume that I did the right thing while in reality I should have done more?

All these questions now wavering around my mind and makes me gradually hating myself. The fact that I was hammered in our budget meeting last Thursday makes me even want to bury myself deep in the ground.

I hate it. I hate when I could not accomplish my goals. I hate when I could not perform well as I wanted. I hate when I am doing stupid things which jeopardize my plan, or even my future. 

I hate it. 

I hate myself now.

And that’s why I need to shake my head strongly exactly now to get rid this negative feeling. I need to bounce back. I am still sad and I am still disappointed at myself, but it should not be a reason not to go forward and do what I need to do. 

I have to fix this situation, and I will. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Few years back I was really interested on photography, particularly landscape, macro and human interest. I did not (and still do not) have “proper” gears, but I had an OK-ish camera and kit lens back then. It was not a problem though as I purely wanted to learn and did not want to make myself confused with so many sophiscated gears which I could not use. 

Nature was (and still is) one of my favorite, and some of the pictures are kept safely in my folder. These pictures taken back when I worked in Cikarang. I think somehow these represent Earth, where all forms of life exist, including beautiful flowers in the ground.

Oh how I miss photo-hunting!🙂

      

Review: Burnt

Title: Burnt
Year: 2015
Director: John Wells
Writers: Steven Knight (screenplay), Michael Kalesniko (story)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl 

Meet Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper). Adam was a pretty talented chef (or so what he claimed himself) which managed to get two Michelin stars when he worked in one of top restaurants in Paris owned by Jean-Luc. However, he destroyed his career with drugs and arrogant behavior combined with crazy demand on perfection. Went to New Orleans, he tried to clean himself while working part time in a restaurant. Once he reached his threshold (which was one million oysters being shucked), he went to London and determined to redeem himself by bringing a top restaurant that can get three Michelin stars.

It was not Adam if he did not cause ruckus for his friend Tony (Daniel Brühl), who was running his father’s hotel. He persuaded Tony to give him opportunity to achieve his goal of three Michelin stars, but it was not easy for Tony to immediately agree considering Adam’s bad history. 

Adam started his plan by searching his ideal team members: Helene (Sienna Miller), a sous chef in his friend, Conti’s restaurant, which he liked; Michel (Omar Sy), his friend from Jean-Luc’s who was angry because of incident done by Adam but eventually forgave and willing to work with Adam; Max (Riccardo Scamarcio), also Adam’s friend from Jean-Luc’s who was about to be released from jail and chef-on-the-rise David (Sam Keeley), who agreed to work at Adam’s restaurant and let Adam stayed in his apartment temporarily. As a final action, Adam invited famed restaurant critic Simone (Uma Thurman) to dine at Tony’s hotel. Left without a choice, Tony agreed to have Adam cooking for her. Simone’s review of Adam’s food was favorable that Tony and his father agree to renovate their hotel’s kitchen and hire Adam as the head chef. However, they made Adam doing regular drug tests with Tony’s psychiatrist Dr. Rosshilde (Emma Thompson). 

The opening night which was highly expected unfortunately turned into a disaster. Adam, who was a true perfectionist, released his furious to all his kitchen members, especially to Helene, who decided to quit later on. Adam then did some TV talkshows to build again the credit while preparing another relaunch of the restaurant. Tony managed to bring Helene back, and slowly Adam and the team working their way to reach the three Michelin stars goal.

I will stop here because I might give you some spoiler if I continue (lol). I think this movie was not too bad, but for sure not the one which will remain in your mind long enough. The idea was actually good, but the execution was not that smooth.

Let’s start with the characters. Adam was an arrogant, cocky, snob person and he yelled a lot. Like, a lot. The thing is, there was no scene where he shared his knowledge or coached his team members, except with Helene, and even that could be easily assumed as his way in approaching Helene as love interest. How can he be so arrogant, yelling to everyone and expecting them to be excellent if he did not communicate with them? I expected some connection between Adam and his colleagues, but I found none. In other hand, the supporting characters were not strong enough to leave memorable impression. Tony, for example, could be a really interesting character who lead the story forward together with Adam. Unfortunately his scenes were limited, his one-side-crush to Adam was not exposed well (which I think could be interesting as well) and he acted more like Adam yes-man rather than his friend. Same happened with character of Helene. Shallow digging of these characters made the movie lost opportunity in making the conflicts more interesting.

The movie plot was not too bad. The sequence was pretty clear though I found some anticlimax here and there (e.g.drug dealer’s collector issue which was solved pretty quickly). I love all beautiful dishes served along the movie. At least for this part they did their preparation and execution really well. 

In conclusion, this movie was okay. Good enough to be watched during your relaxing day when you want to watch some drama without thinking too much.

Rate: 2.5 from 5 stars

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, A Festive for Bookworms

  

This past two weeks, all book lovers and bookworms in Indonesia were spoiled with this special event of Big Bad Wolf Book Sale (BBW). This event originally held in Malaysia and has been an annual event in many cities there since then. As mentioned in Jakarta Post, a franchise of BBW was bought by PT Jaya Retail with Uli Silalahi as director. Uli personally asked BBW to hold a sale in Jakarta due to the low literacy rates in Indonesia.

BBW took place in Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), BSD city, with total of 40 containers and 2 million books. They claimed they put huge reduction in all the books, which I found true when I went there yesterday. The E hall in ICE turned into “sea” of books since you could see books wherever you see.

  

 

I went there and spent around four hours “only”, considering I could have spent more than my budget if I have stayed longer. The books were classified to certain groups: Children (which had the most collection and occupied almost half of the hall), Non-Fiction (I think second big collection after Children genre), Fiction, Young Adult and Indonesian books by Mizan. I spent my time in Fiction section and still I could not finish checking all the books provided on the tables! I guess it their claim that everyone would find something interesting in this sale was reasonable. Well, how wouldn’t you if you have thousands of books lying before your eyes?🙂

  

 

Some points in BBW which I noticed from my short observation: 

  • Pretty clear that the titles are not new ones, but at least some of them are popular ones  
  • Some books are scattered around different tables and sessions so open your eyes open widely!
  • Fix price was tagged in each book. For novel, it ranged between 45K to 70K IDR. Not too bad! Price even better for photography or architecture books.
  • Most of the authors were not recognizable, at least for me. I could not find some famous authors whose titles should have been available though they are not new
  • Lack of carts though boxes are available everywhere 

All in all, I enjoyed my four-hours-visit to BBW. As a bookworm-wannabe *cough*, I know I am just continuing my “sin” by adding more books to my to-read-list. But as people said, what can you do?🙂

 

Gotta find a place for these books and start reading… *cough* 


PS. More info about this event can be found on below links:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2016/05/05/beware-of-big-bad-wolf-10-fun-facts-about-the-book-sale.html

http://www.bigbadwolfbooks.com/id/

https://inlustwithbooks.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/pengalaman-pertama-big-bad-wolf-booksindonesia/  (in Indonesian)