The Travelling Novel

23 Nov 2016

Back in June, Anjali from This Splendid Shambles announced her idea of a travelling novel. Curious, I checked her announcement post and instantly became interested. I signed up right away. After waiting for a few months, the novel finally arrived at my doorstep safely.

So, what's a travelling novel actually? The Travelling Novel is Anjali's idea to pass a novel around the globe. This novel, Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived In The Castle has traveled from New Zealand to the UK, then from the UK to Indonesia. After finishing it, I have to pass it on to another person in another part of the Earth.

I've just got this novel yesterday and I haven't started reading yet (my in-laws are in town, so I've been quite busy being a host), but I'm very excited to read it. I like Shirley Jackson's short story, The Lottery, and from the back cover of this novel I learned that this novel deals with murders, my favourite!

I still don't know to whom I will send the novel after I finish it, so if you're interested in joining The Travelling Novel project, please let me know by mentioning @DarlaOct on Twitter ;)

Dara | Bloglovin' | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Weekend Links

20 Nov 2016

Weekend Links | Hola Darla
If you've been following me on Twitter and Instagram, you might have known about Jesmin, the little kitten that I'd been fostering for these past three weeks(-ish). She was diganosed with meningitis by the vet on Friday and last night she passed away while I was holding her. Needless to say, this weekend is not as cheerful as usual, but I managed to put together several articles that I've found interesting this past week. Here they are:

Happy weekend :)

Dara | Bloglovin' | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

17 Nov 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Movie Review | Hola Darla
Yesterday, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered in my country. As usual, Afief and I went to the premier. We got quite nice seats, and since we went to the earliest show at 11.30 am, there were no noisy school kids. Very nice!

In case you didn't know, this movie is based on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a (fictional) school textbook used in the Care for Magical Creatures class in Hogwarts. The book is more like an encyclopedia of magical creatures with their information, such as where to find them (hence the title) and how to take care of them. The book was (fictitiously) written by Newt Scamander. The movie storyline is about Newt Scamander's journey around the world, researching for the book.

The story opens with Newt arriving in New York in 1926. He carries a briefcase with him, which contains quite a lot of magical creatures. He meets a male no-maj (ugh what a dreadful word!) named Jacob Kowalski in an incident when a niffler escaped from his briefcase and ran into a bank. Before Newt can obliviate Jacob, he escaped carrying his briefcase. Turns out, their briefcases were accidently switched. When Jacob arrives at home, he notices that there's something strange with the briefcase and opens it, releasing several of the magical creatures. Meanwhile, Newt is captured and taken by an agent of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA), Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein. After realising that the briefcase was switched, Newt and Tina go to Jacob's apartment but they are too late. Jacob has fainted, his apartment blown apart, and the briefcase has been left opened. Newt and Tina, accompanied by Jacob and Queenie (Tina's sister), have to find all the escaped beasts while also deal with the growing darkness engulfing New York.

After the Pottermore-hype a few years back, I felt that JK Rowling was milking money from Harry Potter franchise until the very last drop. Then news came out that Fantastic Beasts was going to be adapted into a movie and I thought "How do you make a movie based on an encyclopedia?" and how greedy JK Rowling had become these past years. Well, let's just say that I owe Ms Rowling a million apology, because Fantastic Beasts hands down blew my mind!

Even though the story was set in the past, I feel that it is very refreshing. Along the years, we followed Harry Potter's growing up from a pre-teen into a young adult. We basically grow up with him. We identified with him. But we're adults now and Harry will always be 17 (or 36 if we count the epilogue; early 40s if we count The Cursed Child). Fantastic Beasts shows us the wizarding world, though old, from a whole new perspective that we haven't seen before: the adult world. Here we see adult wizards and witches in their working world: working as aurors, working behind the desk, making coffees, etc. Gone is the teenage world with hormones and angst; it is replaced with the world of adults with responsibilities. Also, the original story also adds up a point. With Harry Potter series, we already knew the stories from the novels, so we compared the films and the books. Fantastic Beasts has an original story, thus it is quite unpredictable. Although I like spoilers, I still think it's fun to watch unpredictable movies. I didn't know anything about it before watching besides that Newt Scamander is researching for his book, that he goes to the USA, and that his briefcase starts a disturbance to the wizarding community there. I didn't know what evil would appear as the 'bad guy' in this movie. I left the theater with a smile on my face because I realised how wrong I was to expect less than spectacular.

In conclusion, it's a very good movie. It has the witty jokes the Harry Potter series offered, it has interesting female characters (the President is a POC female!), and it shows the other side of the wizarding world we've never seen before. I can't wait for the rest of the series (there'll be four more films).

Have you seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Do you like it? Tell me!

Second image via.
Dara | Bloglovin' | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Weekend Links

12 Nov 2016

Weekend Links | Hola Darla
The weather isn't too friendly this week. I've been having a fair amount of cold so I take it slow this week, and therefore I have quite a lot of time to peruse the internet & catch up with some of my favourite blogs. I guess this is what I really need; to take things slow & not push myself too hard. I still have several projects to tackle down, but hey! At least it's Saturday. And on Saturdays we are allowed to forget our work for a little while and have some fun!


Don't forget to have fun this weekend!

Dara | Bloglovin' | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Beli Laptop dengan Voucher dan Cashback dari ShopBack? Anything's Possible!*

9 Nov 2016

Udah beberapa bulan terakhir laptop Mas Apip yang udah uzur itu semakin menunjukkan tanda-tanda penuaan. Bodinya udah luntur, CD tray udah gak bisa dibuka, speaker udah gak nyala, tuts di keyboard udah ada yang rontok. Antara sedih & pengen ngakak ngeliatnya. Mas Apip mah penyabar sih, kalo aku mah laptop nge-hang dikit udah merengek minta ganti *tutup muka*

Jadi katanya Mas Apip pengen beli yang baru. Yang mantep buat ngerjain projek kodingannya. Pengen yang RAM-nya 4GB, yang prosesornya begini begitu, yang bisa dimasukin CD, yang udah USB 3.0, gitu-gitu deh pokoknya mah. Biar praktis, belinya pengen online aja, biar tinggal klik & ongkang-ongkang kaki, tapi barang nyampe.

Pas lagi begini, eh aku nemu satu website yang namanya ShopBack. ShopBack bukan website e-commerce, jadi mereka gak jualan barang. Tapi mereka ngasih kita voucher dan cashback hingga 30% kalo kita belanja di website e-commerce yang udah kerja sama dengan mereka. Terus uang cashback tersebut bisa dicairkan dengan cara transfer ke rekening bank pribadi. Dan ternyata nih hampir semua e-commerce yang kita kenal udah kerja sama lho dengan ShopBack, kayak Zalora, Lazada, Tokopedia, BukaLapak, MatahariMall, Elevenia, Blibli, Agoda,, sampe Uber segala pun ada. Belum lagi situs luar negeri kayak eBay sama AliExpress. Wow banget pokoknya mah!
Dapat cashback dari ShopBack | Hola Darla

My November Goals

6 Nov 2016

Jessi and Chop-Chop the Cats | Hola Darla
Is it too late to write my November goals? I've never done this before, writing monthly goals, but seing that my life is such a mess right now, I think it may help a bit to write down specific goals for this month. So even though it's already the sixth of November, here are my goals for this month.

Keep working out regularly. My gym membership expired yesterday. I don't know whether I'm gonna re-apply or not. Those sparks of energy to go to the gym disappeared about two weeks ago. Regular workouts have lifted me up mentally, so I know that I need them, but going to the gym & sticking to the classes' schedule have been hard for me (the gym is like an hour away from home). My goal is to keep working out, at least go running once a week.

Finish off current projects and decline project offers that I don't wanna do. I don't know why exactly, but lately I've become a yes person. I need to start saying 'no' more. I've kept accepting projects and then become overwhelmed. (And whenever I feel overwhelmed, I tend to procrastinate; it's in my DNA.)

Catch up with lotsa TV series. Elementary and Agents of SHIELD, mainly. Also, I need to start watching Stranger Things, Westworld, and Outlander. I heard they are good?

Catch up with lotsa comic series. Because srsly!

AND catch up with lotsa books. I rarely read anymore and it makes me sad :(

PLUS catch up with my favourite blogs. If I used to comment on every single post on your blog but then completely stopped doing that, chances are it's not your fault; it's mine.

My goals are pretty achievable, no? I hope I can reach them all. The year is almost over yet I feel like I haven't really done anything.

Dara | Bloglovin' | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


3 Nov 2016

Is it selfish to just stop doing what I no longer enjoy doing? To severe the ties with people I no longer enjoy seeing?

Lately I've been feeling like I'm drowning. Meeting people drains my energy. I want to live by the rules of "Do more of what makes you happy", even if what makes me happy is being alone and isolating myself. Is that okay? Or is that selfish?

I want to run.

Dara | Bloglovin' | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook