Life (and the Other Blog) Update

31 May 2014

Life has been intensifying for these past weeks. When I had my final paper oral presentation last month, I knew that I would need to find a job right away. I didn't know that just in a span of one month, I'd be this busy working from 10 to 6 for two jobs from Monday to Saturday. And instead of being happy whenever Sunday comes, I feel stressed that I only get one day off every week. Just two weeks after accepted the job offer to teach English to kids, I already told myself "This isn't what you want. Your heart doesn't want this." Funny how since my second year in college I had always thought that I didn't want to be a school teacher and yet all I want now is to teach in high school. I guess that's why you need to experience things: so that you can know what your heart truly desires. I may have found what my 'dream job' is. Don't get me wrong. I love teaching kids, and so far, I love my little students with each of their characteristics, but I know that I was meant for some other thing. Perhaps I should need to figure more things out. Like I've mentioned before, I'm really bad at this growing up thing.
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On another note... Have I told you that my boyfriend and I have a blog that we maintain together? We've had it for almost one year and yet there are only three posts. He recently decided to move it to Wordpress and tweaked completely changed the theme. It's beautiful, isn't it? I love my code-genius boyfriend.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

28 May 2014


When I was in my teenage year, I only read several novels that I could actually count them with my fingers. I was more of a manga girl back then. I could swallow up to 10 manga in one afternoon. I didn't start worshipping novels until my early college years, when one of my lecturers assigned us to read one novel and then review it in front of the class. That was the beginning of a new era.

I guess, perhaps that is one of the reasons why I got so stuck up on young adult genre despite the fact that I am already in my early adulthood (the other one being John Green). I consumed John Green's books one by one, and then The Hunger Games trilogy, and now that I have read both all of John Green's and all of the The Hunger Games trilogy, I found myself craving for more young adult novels. That was when I stumbled across two nice looking novels (bad, bad Dara still judges a book by its cover): one was The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, the other one was Eleanor & Park.

Eleanor & Park is a story about two teenagers who don't look fit together: a half Korean boy who likes wearing all black and sitting by himself at the back seat of the school bus, and a girl with big, curly red hair who likes wearing men's clothes. It's Eleanor's first day at her new school and she has to take the school bus. There is no seat available except for the one at the back, Park's usual seat. They end up sitting together every day and they grow closer and closer each day. The main conflict of the story is Eleanor's family situation. A few pages through, I already felt really sorry for her. Park is the only thing that can take her mind off her troubles at home. The ending is not too surprising, but it still leaves me crying in bed at 11pm. I must admit that I brought this book home was because of John Green's review on its front cover, saying "Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book." It's true. Eleanor & Park reminded me about those years when I freaked out about absolutely everything; afraid of doing something wrong, afraid of letting somebody down because of what I'd done. But since I've all grown up now, I realise that those years had defined me who I am today. All those mistakes, those memories; they taught me a lot of things. Eleanor & Park had made me go back to that memory lane.

Now, speaking of being a grown up... I think I may try reading more adult genre. I heard that Rainbow Rowell also writes adult contemporary novels, namely Attachments. I have had my eyes on this book on a shelf in a local Books & Beyond, so I may grab one as soon as I get my paycheck. I know splurging is bad, but hey! At least I'm spending it on books. Isn't it a good excuse?

Orphan Black

25 May 2014


I'm sure that you have at least heard about this show. It is currently on its second season. The sixth episode just aired a few hours ago. As I've mentioned before, I just started watching this show a few weeks ago and got stuck right away. Orphan Black is a story of several women who discover that they are clones. They struggle to solve the mysteries surrounding their creations while being chased by two parties who each has its own purpose. The lead heroines are Sarah, Cosima, and Alison, plus Helena, Sarah's twin sister. Orphan Black is probably the best TV show in history. Like, ever. To me, it even beats Sherlock. The story is original and the lead actress, Tatiana Maslany, is a very talented actress. She plays all the clones and yet I can still tell each of them apart. I even have my favourite clone (it's Alison). I also love the fact that while all the other series I'm following are currently on a break, Orphan Black is still half through the season. That way, I still have something to look forward to each week, at least until next month. So, do you watch this show too? Who is your favourite clone?

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

22 May 2014


To be honest, I wasn't really into the X-Men series. In fact, I just watched First Class a few months ago when my boyfriend insisted that it was a good movie. Days of Future Past was the second movie of the series that I watched and the first one I saw in theatre. And now I can say that I am officially a fan.

Since I haven't watched any other parts of the series, I'm not quite sure about the timeline of Days of Future Past. (But hang on there, friends. I'll be there sometime soon.) All I could see was that the movie opens in a dark time, like the world is almost at its end. The only mutants I already know are Wolverine, Magneto, and Professor X (no kidding); the rests are mysteries. Apparently, the mutants are being hunted by some things called the Sentinels. Prof X and Magneto send Wolverine back in time to try to stop Mystique from doing her first murder ever which had initiated the manufacturing of Sentinels, and thus changing the future/present. But the mission is not as easy as it seems. Well, you know... shit happens and problems arise and our heroes have to struggle. Typical superheroes movie, but it's still Marvel, so it's still awesome anyway.

All in all, I like it. The story is engaging and, most importantly, understandable for someone with a limited knowledge of the series like me. Also, there are some fresh and smart jokes every now and then. My favourite part was a scene in which Quicksilver rearranged a whole room in slow motion.

Oh and yes, Quicksilver made an appearance and he has a small yet important role in this movie. As you might have already known, Quicksilver and his twin sister, Scarlet Witch, will also appear in the next Avengers movie. Since I really love X-Men's Quicksilver, I can't wait to see the Avengers' version of him.

Now I know what I missed. I should start binge watching the other parts of this series. And as for this movie, I'd say... Go watch it, you guys!

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Thoughts on Season Finales

19 May 2014

A couple of months ago, I shared with you several TV series that I've been watching this season. The season finales of them were aired this week. Due to several reasons, I just finished watching them half an hour ago. Here are my thoughts about them.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


If you're one of those people who didn't like the first half of the season of this kick-ass series, I'd say I agree with you. I love this show, sure, but the first half of it could have been better. Fortunately, they wrapped up the season with a good ending. My favourite part was when Ward and May were reminiscing the past. And OMGyouguys!!! I really love Phil Coulson, but not as much as Nick Fury loves him, apparently.

Elementary


The season finale of Elementary was... kind of meh. It wasn't as mind blowing as that of the first season. However, I must say that I like the part where Sherlock confessed his feeling for Joan (spoiler: no, not in a romantic way). I love their relationship/partnership.

Trophy Wife


I was brokenhearted when I first heard that they had decided to cancel this show. But looking back, the last few episodes weren't actually as good as earlier ones. The season finale didn't even make me laugh for once, though some scenes did put a smile on my face. I'm still quite sorry that it was cancelled. I'm gonna miss Diane so much.

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Something that makes me so excited about next season is that Marvel has officially announced that they will give Agent Carter a special series of her own! Imagine it. A series about spies, set in the 1940s, with a female lead character! It adds up the girl power in me even more as several weeks ago I also found out about Orphan Black and decided to try watching the first episode. Best. Decision. Ever. I binge watched the whole first season in one night and now I find myself looking forward to new episode every Sunday morning (the time it is aired in my time zone). Now if you're following me on Twitter, you will see that I'm super obsessed with Allison Hendrix. Fancy joining me in #CloneClub talks on Twitter?

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Spontaneous Family Trip to Jogjakarta

9 May 2014

My dad has always been full of surprises. One Saturday morning when I was in eleventh grade, he woke me up and said "Get up, dear. We're going to Pangandaran." I packed my bag, took a bath, and we left our house an hour later. That was the very first time I went to Pangandaran.

Last Sunday morning, he did that again. He told the whole family that he was going to Jogja to attend a meeting and asked us if we would like to go too. My mum had never been to Jogja, so she was in. But since I had a meeting on Sunday afternoon, the trip was postponed until the next morning. On Monday afternoon, the four of us arrived in Jogja.

Dad's meeting was on Tuesday. While he was away, the rest of us stayed in our hotel room all day. It was sunny out there and we couldn't stand the heat, so we decided to go shopping after dusk. We took a stroll around Malioboro and bought some stuffs that night. The next day, we checked out from our hotel early in the morning and left to Mendut and Borobudur. We didn't stay very long there as it was so very super hot! We left at around 10 AM and went straight home. Twelve hours of driving and then we were finally home. The cats were super stoked to see us back (A fed them and took care of them while we were away. He's the best cat daddy, ever!).





That was perhaps the only thing I like about this whole unemployment thing. It could possibly be the last spontaneous trip I could join, though, since I just got a job in an educational institution. I'll start on Monday. It feels so fast but I really hope I can do it. Here's to being a (real) adult!

Thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Supervillains in General

3 May 2014


On 30 April evening, I walked out of the cinema thinking "Man, I grew so tired of superheroes fighting supervillains who are actually nice guys with bad luck." Brilliant scientists' experiments gone wrong, some random dudes fall into a tank full of dangerous things, fathers sacrificing themselves for their kids (then turned into monsters), et cetera. So tired. It's like the same thing repeated over and over again.

Well, it's not the writers' fault. The core of every superhero story is actually alike. But I'm sick of watching them over and over again without a new twist. This is how I feel with the newest installment of Spider-Man. I pity Electro. Though he's a little bit weird and creepy, but I feel that it isn't his wish to be a villain, let alone a supervillain. He does like the attention, but he is a nice man on the inside. He's just been mistreated by Oscorp and in the end, ***SPOILER*** he dies (or explodes, to be exact). Your job is to uphold justice, Spidey; where's the justice in that?

Watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has made me realise that I prefer superhero movies where the enemies are aliens trying to take over the Earth. It makes a lot more sense (if I could say so?) and in my opinion, killing bad aliens are justifiable.