Wonder Woman Movie Review

16 Jun 2017

Wonder Woman Movie Review | Hola Darla
You might have been already sick of me saying how I don't like DC and how I'm more of a Marvel kind of girl. Remember how I fell asleep while in the movie theater watching Dawn of Justice? No, wait, I didn't write a review for Dawn of Justice, did I? Well, I guess no one is surprised that I enjoyed Wonder Woman, though. Yes, that's right. Wonder Woman is the first movie in the DCEU that didn't make me yawn. Not even once. Well done, ladies!
Wonder Woman Movie Review | Hola Darla
Set during the World War I, Wonder Woman is the best back story of a superhero so far (yep, even compared to those of Marvel's). Diana has been training her whole life to fight, but she lives in a peaceful, tropical island of Themyscira, so that made me wonder why and how she ends up fighting in the WWI. Turns out, Themyscira is located not too far from the war zone and is actually invisible in the middle of the sea unless you come sailing (or flying) right into the territory. Steve Trevor, an American spy working for the Brits, flies in a small plane and crashes into the sea near the coast of Themyscira. Luckily, Diana spots him as she is running from her mother while crying near a cliff on the beach (cheesy yet classy LOL). She saves him from drowning, but the fleet that is pursuing him soon arrives at the beach and a fight breaks between the German soldiers and the Amazons. The Amazons kill all of the soldiers and Steve is brought to the palace and interrogated using the Lasso of Truth (kind of like Veritaserum but more practical). He tells them about the war. Diana believes that the war is caused by Ares (the god of war). She steals the Godkiller sword and leaves Themyscira with Steve. Believing that Ares disguises himself as a German general, Ludendorff, Diana goes to the front line, accompanied by her squad (#squadgoals, everyone!)
Wonder Woman #squadgoals | Hola Darla
#squadgoals
Okay. At this point, you must have heard a lot of good things about Wonder Woman, so I don't even know how to put it. I just... really, really love this movie! I had high hopes before watching it because everyone on Twitter said it was gonna be awesome, and also everything about Wonder Woman screams "GIRL POWER!" and "FEMINISM!" and you know what? It is good. It is awesome. I won't compare it again to the previous movies in DCEU because it won't do them justice; heck, I won't even compare it to any other movies because Wonder Woman is in a whole different league. Everything else will find it hard to compete because Wonder Woman has set the bar sky high (I'm looking at you, Marvel!)

So, if you haven't watched it... why? It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to the mankind. You don't want to miss it. Go watch it! Go, go, go!

All images are from IMDb.

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Recent Reads: May

9 Jun 2017

Recent Reads: May | Hola Darla
I successfully slowed down my reading pace in May, yay! Only three books added to my read list. May was kinda busy for me because it was still exams season. Then Ramadan came along and so I didn't as much time to read as I did in the previous months. May felt like a cleanse for my reading addiction and I'm happy about it, honestly :)

Okay, so here are the three books I read in May:

1. Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens

Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens | Hola Darla The next book from the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery series. In Murder and Mistletoe, Daisy and Hazel are on their Christmas break. They are visiting Daisy's brother in Cambridge. But as usual, trouble seems to always be able to find them. A string of accidents happens to an heir just a few days before he turns 21, which is on Christmas. Our detectives race with time to find the culprit before the accidents turn into something fatal. Just like the other books in this series, Murder and Mistletoe is very fun to read. Both Daisy and Hazel have matured a bit more compared to themselves in the first book. There are also teenage crushes, which is very cute. Another thing I like about Robin Stevens is that she doesn't shy away from writing about same sex relationships/crushes in her books, even though the setting is in the early 20th century, when same sex relationships were still a taboo and not accepted by the society. It's quite refreshing. Like I mentioned in my previous Recent Reads post, I already have another book in the series, Creambuns and Crimes, but I haven't got around to that. Soon!

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Hola Darla
I was very late to the Red Queen party, but here I am. I've read praises for this series from book bloggers I follow, so it had been sitting in my TBR list for quite a long time before I decided to start reading it. Red Queen is about a world divided by the colour of the people's blood; there are the red people (commoners) and the silver people (people with superpowers, thus have higher class). Mare Barrow is a red, but in an incident, it is revealed that she has silver power. It surprises the king and queen because there has been no such thing happened before. She is taken under the crown's wing, given a false silver identity, and betrothed to a prince. Things, of course, go south. Mare is divided between the two world; her old life, family, and friends, or her new life as a future princess. I got bored halfway through, because the pace is very slow, but I managed to finish it in May. The story is interesting, actually, despite its slowness. The twist is quite predictable, but still delivered in a good way. I already have the next book in the series, Glass Sword, and it's next on my TBR list.

3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | Hola Darla
Camille Parker returns to her hometown and stays in her mother's house for a few days to cover the story of the murder of two young girls, whose teeth have both been removed by the murderer. She meets a lot of people from her past life there, including her teenage half-sister whom she hadn't seen for years. Since the local police are not very helpful, Camille must go around town looking for clues by herself. But as the mystery unfolded, the past Camille has long forgotten about is starting to unfold too. Gillian Flynn sure knows how to write. Her description is very vivid and also gross and it made me shiver. I had to take a break while I was reading a part where a rape is being vividly described. But man, the story is so, so good. The twist is very unpredictable; it leaves me gaping but also satisfied. It's the perfect ending for the story. You have to read it if you haven't!

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Part of the reason why I didn't read many books last month is perhaps because I find it hard to finish Fallout by Gwenda Bond. I started reading in mid May and I haven't finished it now. I don't know why I read it very slowly. It's quite good so far. I don't know much about her character in the comic books, but Lois Lane in this book is smart and sassy, almost similar to Veronica Mars. Reading it has been a struggle for me, but I'm determined to finish it as soon as possible because I already have two books in queue (and I've been eyeing some other books to buy haha!)
Lois Lane Fallout by Gwenda Bonds | Hola Darla
See you in the next Recent Reads!

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TV Shows I'm Currently Obsessed With

23 May 2017

With the exams season over and the finals week not starting until next month, I've been pretty much unemployed right now. In order to tone down my reading-craze a bit, I've been watching quite a lot of TV shows. Here are four TV shows I'm currently obsessed with:

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine


A mutual on Tumblr got super obsessed with this show that he couldn't stop reblogging all Brooklyn Nine-Nine gifsets. I kept seeing the gifsets that I finally got sick of them and decided to watch the show. I got hooked instantly. This show is so hilarious! It tells the story of a detective squad from the 99th precinct of NYPD. They are all good detectives with unique personalities. Police procedural has always been my favourite genre, and with almost all my fave police shows already got canceled (Motive, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, etc.) this comedy has become #1 on my list.

2. Superstore


Superstore is a workplace comedy set in a hypermarket called Cloud9. I've never worked in retail. but from what I've read working retail can be very stressful. Superstore tells the comedic side of said stressful job. It also makes fun of the corporate and how badly they treat their employees. Season 2 was concluded earlier this month with a tragic episode which is a mixture of hilarious and heartbreaking.

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


This show has always been on my list of favourite TV shows, although I have mixed feeling about it. The first half of this season (the Ghost Rider arc) was very boring and I stopped watching at episode 6. But then I decided to start watching again near the end of the season and I must say that the second half of the season (the crazy robot aka LMD aka AIDA arc) is fantastic! I feel that the show has drifted too far away from the whole MCU, but the last scene in the season finale (is it a cliffhanger, I'm not sure) hinted that perhaps the next season will have a direct link to the upcoming Infinity War? Let's just see.

4. Keeping Up with the Kardashians


I know a lot of people hate Keeping Up with the Kardashians (and the family altogether), but it's a show that's so ridiculous that you can get so attached to it, get it? Hahah... I hadn't really watched this show, but a few months ago E! Channel aired a marathon of season 12 right before season 13 premiered and I can't stop watching since. I like them, they're kind of funny.

There are several series already on my list that I haven't started watching yet (e.g. Sense8, Iron Fist, etc.) and there are also series premiering their new seasons next month. But Ramadan is starting in 3 days so I'm very conflicted between watching these shows or devoting myself to ibadah hahahaha :p

What are your favourite TV shows?

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Lately

20 May 2017

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The wet season has finally ended abruptly, and just like that, the dry season starts. We haven't had rain for almost a week now. It's very common every year that the rain suddenly stops when Ramadan arrives. We'll start the fasting month about a week from now. The beginning of the month is also a four day weekend so the traffic in Bandung is going to be waaayy more crowded. But hey, at least it's going to be fun. It's Ramadan!
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Speaking of which, I've been doing this campaign for Bearbrand on my Instagram account. Check it out!

Aside of that, life has been pretty much the same as usual: reading, tutoring, binge watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine (more of that coming soon on a blog post), some more reading, rinse and repeat. My orders from Book Depository came yesterday and I'm going to read even more. This craziness hasn't stopped. I'm done with my 2017 Reading Challenge earlier this month. I've become a monster hahahaha!
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Dara (@darlaoct) on Instagram
Also, I've been avoiding the news, especially on Twitter. The world is crazy. My country is crazy. It seems like everything triggers my anxiety. I've been spending more time on Tumblr instead, reblogging cat videos and memes (are we friends there?). Someday I'm going to toughen up and face the world, but today is not that day.
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Anyone feeling the same?

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

11 May 2017


Due to me and my husband living in different cities now, it has become quite hard for us to go to movie premieres. I had planned to go visit him on the premiere day of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 so we could watch together, but life happened and we ended up watching it on the weekend. It was fine, though, because our country got to see the movie earlier than most of other countries (including the US), so I still think that's a win(?)

So anyway... In this second installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the team is already fully established as 'the guardians'. At the beginning of the movie, they are on a mission of protecting the Sovereign's batteries from a monster who is trying to stole them. They succeed and in turn of their service, the Sovereign hand Nebula over to them. She had become a prisoner after trying to steal the batteries. The Guardians then flee, but unbeknownst to the rest of them, Rocket stole some of the batteries. On their way home, they are attacked by the Sovereign's fleet but they are saved by a stranger. Turns out, the stranger is Peter Quill's estranged father, Ego the Living Planet. He asks Peter to come home with him to his planet. Peter is skeptic at first, but Gamora convinces him, so Peter, Gamora, and Drax go with Ego while Rocket, Baby Groot, and Nebula are left to fix their broken ship. The Sovereign is still looking for them and they recruit Yondu and his crew to find the Guardians. But then Yondu's crew betray him and a mutiny breaks out. Yondu, Rocket, Baby Groot, and Kraglin (one of Yondu's loyal men) team up to escape, while the rest of the Guardians find out who Ego really is and what he really wants.

While Volume 2 is not a huge disappointment, I honestly still like Volume 1 much better. This movie suffers from the 'personal story' syndrome, something that has become quite a trend lately (I read about it somewhere but can't find the link to the article). The visual effects, the jokes, and the characters are perfect, but the story is a little bit off. Also, I haven't read any Guardians of the Galaxy comic books, but I've read in a forum discussion that Peter Quill's father in the comic books is not Ego the Living Planet, so maybe I should find out why the writer decided so. And I'm very curious how the Guardians will fit in the upcoming Avengers movie! Anybody else feels the same way?

All in all, I'm giving this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

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Recent Reads: April

8 May 2017

Recent Reads: April | Hola Darla
I'm changing the title of the monthly Books I Finished In... post into the shorter and catchier Recent Reads. So, here it is... Recent Reads: April.

My books purchase is under control, at least for now hahah! I only impulsively bought one book, the others were planned purchases. I'm limiting myself to read one book per week, so in April I finished these five books:

Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens | Hola Darla
It's a good thing that there are quite a lot of books in this series because I like it very much. I hope Robin Stevens is planning to keep writing and producing more and more books in this series, like Agatha Christie did with all her detectives and sleuths. In this book, the girls are back again in the Deepdean School. Someone is murdered and secrets of older students are out. The Detective Society has grown quite bigger than in the previous books, so Daisy and Hazel are not alone in solving these two cases. I must say that this book is kinda scary compared to the previous ones in the series. The victim is a student and two students also go missing, so the girls are actually involved instead of being the outsiders looking in. I like this book very much, maybe even more than the previous ones I've read.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | Hola Darla
In A Study in Charlotte, we are introduced to Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, the direct descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson who happen to be the same age and go to the same boarding school (though it's a setup done by Jamie's father). A student is murdered and the clues point to the two of them, so they have to solve the mystery while avoiding being arrested for the murder they didn't do. Every book blogger I follow praises this book. Unfortunately, the bookshops in Bandung and Jakarta don't have it so I had to order it online and wait patiently for it to arrive for almost a month (international shipping is so ugh!). It's so worth the wait! Although it's weird to read that Holmes and Watson are romantically involved (I'm not a JohnLock shipper, sorry...), I like the characters. I like Charlotte's personality and Jamie's rage (is that bad? Lol). I also like Jamie's relationship with his estranged father and his new family. I'm currently waiting for the paperback version of the second book to be available in Book Depository.

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah | Hola Darla
Why would a rich children books author change her will to leave everything to her dying secretary instead of her two children? The reason might surprise you for a second and make you roll your eyes immediately after. It's very silly. While I like the majority of the characters in A Study in Charlotte, I hate everyone in Closed Casket. Nobody is likable. The case itself is good and very Agatha Christie-ish, but the characters are awful. Yes, that's including the Hercule Poirot.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty | Hola Darla
Big Little Lies shows us how our action can change other people's lives forever. It's heartbreaking but also quite funny. With the HBO series finale getting praises everywhere on the internet, I became very curious about this book. I decided to read the book first before watching the show. I've been looking for adult books to read because every book I've read is YA and Big Little Lies won my heart right after I finished reading the very first page. I really like it! I'm definitely going to read more books by Liane Moriarty.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher | Hola Darla
When someone kills themselves, we may never know and understand what drives them to do that. But before she committed suicide, Hannah recorded cassette tapes and set them to be sent around the thirteen people responsible for her actions after her death. This book was also bought by me because of the words about the Netflix show going around on the internet. Some people like it, others say it's sending the wrong message. But I must say the book is very good and well written. It's a quick read, I finished it in less than a day, but it left a huge hole in my heart. I cried halfway into reading it. It's very heartbreaking. But I read somewhere that the show has several differences from the book. I haven't seen it but I will when I get the time. It's Netflix, so I'm probably going to finish the whole show in one seating.

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Whoa, that's still quite a lot of books, isn't it? Haha... But I'm taking it veeeeeeryyyyy slow this month. I'm currently reading two books, Red Queen and the next installment in the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery series, Mistletoe and Murder. I started Red Queen in March but I'm still halfway through it. I started Mistletoe and Murder last week but I haven't finished either.
Currently Reading: Early May | Hola Darla
What about you? What have you read lately? Give me book recommendations! ;)

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Anda Pencinta Trekking? Inilah 5 Tempat Wisata yang Sangat Patut Anda Jelajahi!

5 May 2017

Menjelajahi alam memang selalu menantang dan memberikan sensasi yang menyenangkan. Mendaki gunung, melewati lembah, mengikuti jalan setapak alami, serta menyibakkan dedaunan merupakan pengalaman yang tidak dapat digantikan dengan suatu apa pun. Selain itu, pengalaman bertemu hewan-hewan yang tidak biasa Anda lihat tentu menjadi suatu hal yang tidak terlupakan.

Bagi Anda yang tengah berwisata di kota Bogor, 5 tempat wisata berikut ini harus Anda coba untuk melakukan trekking yang santai bersama keluarga.

Messy Home Tour

3 May 2017

A home tour blog post is like one of the most popular posts that every single blogger from every single niche seems to do. Pinterest is most likely to be blamed. I mean, who doesn't go swoooooonnnn whenever they browse Pinterest and seeing all the pretty home decors, am I right? So, writing a home tour post has always been in my mind since I started blogging in 2009. Eight years later, I still haven't done it. My house has abundant natural light and it will certainly look good if only I have the creativity (and also the money and the patience) to decor it like those rooms on Pinterest. Also, my house never seems to be tidy enough to be photographed and shared to the whole blogoland. So, while I was trying (so hard!) to tidy up, I got this silly idea to just take pictures of these messy rooms and created this post!
Messy Home Tour: Living Room | Hola Darla

Books I Finished in March

13 Apr 2017

Books I Finished in March - Hola Darla
My husband reminded me to start controlling my spending on books because I spent almost 1m for books alone last month! Isn't that crazy? He keeps sending mixed signals, though, because he's actually the devil behind it all. Whenever we are in the bookstore he's all like "Just buy it!" every time I touch a book. I hate him! (Also I love him for that LOL)

So, anyway... Here are five books I read in March:

Agatha Christie's Witness of Prosecution - Hola Darla
I normally loathe it when a good book gets its movie/TV cover, but this one literally caught my eyes right when I walked into the bookstore (they're so damned smart at displaying!) I regret buying this book because as I read on I realised half way that I actually had read all the stories. Compulsive book shopping is not good, kids!

2. 20 Cerita Detektif Diambil dari Majalah Bobo: Lukisan yang Dapat Mencuri
20 Cerita Detektif dari Majalah Bobo - Hola Darla
For Indonesian 90's kids, Majalah Bobo is a part of our childhood. It's a kids magazine with short stories, comics, science articles, etc. This book is a compilation of 20 detective stories taken from Majalah Bobo. I've been thinking about writing stories for children, so I read this book for inspirations. All of them are actually quite simple but I can see that children will get absorbed to the stories. I love all the stories!

3. Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries Series by Robin Stevens
Robin Steven's Murder Most Unladylike Series - Hola Darla
Oh my god this series! I'm so so SO in love with these books. I was looking for A Study in Charlotte at the bookstore when I saw these colourful books on display (again, they're so smart!) They didn't have A Study in Charlotte so I picked one of these colourful books to read the synopsis on the back cover. Turns out, it's a detective series too. It's about two school girls who form a detective society and solve murders together. I bought the first one of the series (the blue one), took it home, and finished it in 6 days. Then I bought the second one (the green one) and finished it in 2 days! I also finished the third one (orange) in 2 days. I was obsessed, okay?

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That is all for March. As for this month, I've already finished two books so far. I'm currently reading two books and yesterday two more books I ordered online had arrived on my doorstep. It's gonna be a busy month!

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Saat Jual Kaos Kaki Bayi Perempuan Online, Dapatkan Perhatian Para Ibu Terlebih Dulu!*

24 Mar 2017


Sebagai insan yang gemar membelanjakan uang, wanita memang sepertinya mempunyai daya tarik tersendiri untuk pelaku bisnis, apalagi ibu-ibu. Termasuk di dalamnya adalah pebisnis e-commerce. Wanita memiliki sikap belanja yang berbeda dengan kaum adam, contohnya untuk aksesoris buah hati mereka seperti kaos kaki bayi perempuan. Cara belanja wanita sudah pasti menimbulkan tanda tanya bagaimana cara agar bisa memuaskan dahaga belanja mereka. Ketika kepuasan belanja sudah mereka raih, pasti mereka akan terus menjadikan Anda sebagai tempat belanjanya.

This is what life looks/feels like lately

20 Mar 2017

Dara at Kedai Seni Djakarta | Hola Darla
It's been almost 2 months that Afief and I live separately. He landed a new job in Jakarta and had to move there immediately, while I still have to stay here in Bandung because I still need to teach my students at least until SBMPTN (uni entrance test, which is around May/June).

Everything happened so fast. Afief left his previous job on October and had been freelancing for a project with a community from Australia. All the while, he had been interviewed by this company several times since December. By the end of January, he had had about five interviews with them but still no news about whether he was going to be hired or not. And then, on Friday, 3 February, he got an email from them, saying that he was accepted and he would start on Monday, 6 February. So we went to Jakarta on Saturday to find him a place to stay and he moved there on Sunday. Just like that and I've lived alone since.
Empty bed | Hola Darla
Little Ungil | Hola Darla
I must admit that I've always wanted to live alone since junior high. But since I went to a uni in town, I didn't move out of my parents' house. And then just a few months after graduation, I got married and moved in with Afief, so I had never really lived alone. I adjusted to this solo living quite well, though. But it gets lonely sometimes, especially when I come home late after night tutoring and there are just cats greeting me at the door. There are nights I want to cuddle, but there's only Chop-Chop (the other two are not cuddlers) and then Ungil comes and bugs Chop-Chop to the point that he goes out of the house for the rest of the night :(
Argo Parahyangan Kelas Ekonomi AC | Hola Darla
Old carriages in Purwakarta Railway Station | Hola Darla
We visit each other every weekend. We take turns; last week was my turn to visit him in Jakarta, so this week is his turn to visit me here in Bandung. So, there have been a lot of solo train rides. Long distance relationship is expensive haha! But we will survive. It's only temporary and I'm joining him in Jakarta later this year. We only need to figure things out about where we are going to live in, because surely we can't live in a small room with three cats (I'm not going to give them up!) so we need to find a house. And finding a house in Jakarta won't be easy. All fingers are crossed and all prayers are sent.

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Menikmati Bandealit, Eksotisme Kesehajaan Surga di Balik Belantara Jember*

16 Mar 2017

Bagi yang belum familier, ada tiga kemungkinan yang biasanya terlintas di benak saat mendengar nama kabupaten ini. Pertama, daerah ini akan selalu dikaitkan dengan seorang penyanyi dangdut wanita kontroversial yang bertubuh mungil itu. Kedua, figur seorang penyanyi sekaligus produser pria yang kini juga menjadi seorang anggota dewan juga tidak bisa dilepaskan dari kota kecil ini. Ketiga, bagi yang mungkin tidak terlalu menggemari urusan selebritas negeri, JFC sepertinya lebih dikenal. Peragaan busana terpanjang dan terakbar ini selalu berhasil menarik perhatian berjuta pasang mata baik nasional dan internasional.

Padahal, ada sangat banyak hal lain yang bisa dibanggakan dari Jember. Siapa sangka edamame alias kedelai Jepang itu rupanya ditanam dan diproduksi di kabupaten ini sebelum kembali diekspor? Siapa pula yang menyangka bahwa kualitas tembakau Jember juga sangat bersaing di kancah internasional, menyamai tembakau Kuba sekalipun—termasuk pula dengan cerutunya? Bahkan, satu-satunya pusat penelitian kopi dan kakao Indonesia berlokasi di Jember. Dari ujung Pulau Jawa ini biji kopi dan kakao berkualitas terbaik didistibrusikan ke seluruh nusantara dan tanah Eropa.

Tentang Hijab Instan*

12 Mar 2017

Beli Aneka Hijab Instan di Tokopedia | Hola Darla
Dari dulu, aku emang gak suka ribet. Pengennya segala sesuatu cepet beres, cepet selesai, gak bertele-tele & to the point aja. Sampe udah gede gini pun ternyata aku masih gak suka ribet. Boro-boro contouring, nyisir aja kadang enggak. Untung pake hijab. (JOROK!!! :p)

Books I Finished in February

8 Mar 2017

Books I Finished in February - Hola Darla
The reading craze still continues, friends! In February, I read another four books. I'm way ahead of my 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads. I even edited it; I changed my goal from reading 12 books this year to reading 20 books. I'm halfway there & super excited. The last time I read this crazily was in 2012, I guess? I don't know. I may have never even read 12 books in a year. So, let's do this!

These are the four books I read last month:

1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - Hola Darla
I received this book a few months ago for the Travelling Novel Challenge. The pace is very slow that I eventually stopped reading after page 20-ish. I like Shirley Jackon's short story, The Lottery, that I read for a class in college, but reading her longer writing is kind of painful for me (maybe I'm just dumb haha). She took her time to describe everything in such minute details while the main plot itself is actually quite brief. I also found it hard for me to imagine the time and place setting; is it in America or England, 1800s or 1900s? (Again, maybe I'm just dumb.) I also failed to identify the climax. The novel seems to just end right there. Overall, this novel isn't for me.

2. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Dash & Lily's Books of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan - Hola Darla
I really like Rachel Cohn & David Levithan's another collaboration, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, and I also like its movie adaptation (starring Michael Cera & Kat Dennings, so I had been wanting to read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares for years. The imported books shops in my city never have it in stock, so when I found out that a translated version of this book has been released, I bought it immediately. Just like Nick & Norah's, Dash & Lily's is a simple & sweet story about girl meets boy in a silly setting. Lily is bored during the holidays & his brother suggests that she leaves a journal in a bookshop. The journal, filled with clues & dares, is found by Dash, who decides to take the dare. The journal goes back and forth between the two of them & when they finally meet... nope, they don't instantly fall in love with each other. Haha! Go read it. You're gonna like it ;)

3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini - Hola Darla
I first found out about this novel when I watched its movie adaptation. I read several pages of the ebook (which I pirated... oops!) The story is about a teenage boy who has depression and suicidal thoughts. When he almost jumps off a bridge, he decides that he needs help & then he checks himself in to a mental ward in a hospital. Since I liked it, I decided to order a printed copy. Right after I ordered this book, I found out that the author, Ned Vizzini, committed suicide a few years ago. It broke my heart. And it certainly made the book have deeper meaning and more authentic. Mental health is something that people in my country don't really pay attention to; even I used to think that people who commit suicide is stupid. I was very, very wrong. More people should read this book to open their mind.

4. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Hola Darla
(Technically, I finished this book just a few minutes after midnight on March 1, but... whatever!) I didn't really know about Terry Pratchett, but I've read Neil Gaiman's Coraline in junior high & really liked it. Good Omens was one of the book that I started reading for a readalong with the NovelTea Book Club, but I didn't finish it & completely forgot about it. I finally got around to continue reading it last month. It's very funny! It's a story about the several days before what is supposed to be the armageddon, but because of some errors made by both the 'good' & 'evil' the armageddon plan becomes hilariously flawed. The story relies heavily with Christian versions of the apocalypse, but I'm quite familiar with Christian myths (I like myths from different religions and beliefs; they're fun readings). If you're not, the book might be a bit confusing, but the footnotes help (or not? :p) & you can just find everything else in Wikipedia.

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It's halfway through March & I've already read two books. I'm on my third one right now, but I have this project with a deadline around the corner, so I may read less this month. It makes me sad. I guess I've become an addict at this point!

Hi, I'm Dara, and I'm a book addict.

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Mengenal Lebih dalam Tentang Blazer Wanita*

4 Mar 2017

Tampil cantik serta menawan bagi seorang wanita adalah sebuah hal yang sudah seharusnya dilakukan dalam segala situasi, baik formal maupun informal. Dengan tampil menawan, para wanita akan lebih memiliki rasa percaya diri yang tinggi, sehingga performa dalam segala kegiatan mereka dapat memperoleh hasil yang optimal. Salah satu cara agar dapat tampil menarik adalah dengan memperhatikan gaya berbusana mereka dalam segala suasana, baik untuk moment formal maupun informal. Blazer wanita sebagai salah satu busana formal wanita, agaknya dapat menjadi pilihan yang tepat ketika seorang wanita sedang bekerja. Meskipun blazer sangat cocok digunakan sebagai busana kerja, namun dalam pengaplikasiannya tetaplah membutuhkan perhatian khusus agar dapat membuat penggunanya tampil lebih menarik.

Books I Finished in January

9 Feb 2017

Books I Finished in January - Hola Darla
In my previous post, I talked about my goal to read 12 books this year. To make it official, I logged in to my Goodreads account to set my 2017 Reading Challenge. I checked my Currently Reading shelf & I'm very embarrassed to say that I had nine books there. Five of them are the ones I started reading in 2013 & 2014. They've been sitting in my Currently Reading for more than three years! That's how bad of a reader I've become. So in January, I read like crazy. I read whenever I had the chance. I read while eating, before going to bed, and even while watching TV (multitasking, yo!). I managed to finish four of them. They are all the more recent ones; the ones I started reading last year. I figured it would take longer time to finish the ones I had abandoned for years because I might have forgotten the story so I would need to re-read at least a few chapters back.

Alright. So here they are:

1. The Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandel
Finished in January The Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandel - Hola Darla
I just realised that I've never written my review for Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. I don't know why I haven't done that because I really liked that book & it was one of the most amazing & well-written books I've ever read. Station Eleven was my very first Emily St John Mandel's book, so naturally I looked for her other books and my next choice fell upon The Lola Quartet. It's a story about four high school friends who were in a jazz quartet. On the last day of their high school, they played a concert on the back of a truck. That was the last time Gavin, a member of the quartet, saw his girlfriend, Anna. Ten years later, Gavin sees a photograph of a little girl who looks like him and has Anna's surname. Gavin tried to find out what really happened these past ten years and why his fellow quartet members keep it a secret all these years.

The written style is as beautiful as that of Station Eleven. The story is entirely different because there is no worldwide catastrophe in The Lola Quartet, unlike in Station Eleven; there are only personal disasters and how growing up can be very different for everyone. Ditching the traditional structure of narrative, both Station Eleven and The Lola Quartet are more like recounts rather than narratives. Reading these two feels like reading someone's diary. It's very flat, yet (again) very beautifully written so it broke my heart anyway. Not recommended if you want more dramatic conflicts.

2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Finished in January Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - Hola Darla
I ditched this book after reading about 85% of it for a very silly reason: I don't like how Jacob (our main character) is going to leave his parents. See, this is perhaps the reason why most heroes in stories are orphaned. Parents are a burden. I'm not very comfortable reading about a young character goes on a journey to fight evil while their parents wait at home, scared shit about their kid's well-being. But I finished it anyway, for the sake of eliminating it from my Currently Reading. The story is very good and interesting. The idea is quite fresh, including that idea of the hero having both parents alive. I don't like the part where Jacob falls in love with his grandfather's old girlfriend, though (yeah they're the same age now but I still think that's kinda creepy LOL).

3. Filosofi Kopi by Dee Lestari
Finished in January Filosofi Kopi by Dee Lestari - Hola Darla
Oh look... Ungil!
Dee Lestari is a prominent author in my country. All her books are best sellers. The most famous is perhaps the Supernova series, a series I tried to read once but couldn't because it was 'too hard' for me who is not really into 'heavy literature' (get it?). I've only read one more book by Dee and that was Recto Verso, which is a short stories collection. It tore my heart apart and broke it into pieces because the stories are all heart-wrenching. I picked Filosofi Kopi because it is another short stories collection and I felt that I wasn't ready for a book-length-story-commitment so short stories were nice at that time. Not as wonderful as Recto Verso, though. There are only a few stories I like, the rest is just so-so (I'm sorry!)

4. Corat-Coret di Toilet by Eka Kurniawan
Finished in January Corat-Coret di Toilet by Eka Kurniawan - Hola Darla
This one is also a short stories collection. I've read another collection by Eka Kurniawan, entitled Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi, and really liked it so I tried reading another one. Corat-Coret di Toilet is, however, not as good as Perempuan Patah Hati (the title is very long!). Eka Kurniawan is a well-known author; some of his books have been translated and published in English. You can find them at Amazon. Just search for his name.

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Now I still have five books to cross off from my Currently Reading list. I'm gonna do it. I know I can do it!

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2017 So Far

19 Jan 2017

Dengue Fever's a bitch | Hola Darla
I started 2017 very late because earlier this year I contracted Dengue Fever and had to stay in bed for almost two weeks. We were in Pesawaran at my in-laws' place for the long holiday and I got ill just 2 days before our schedule to go back to Bandung. We had bought the bus tickets & there was no way we could reschedule it, so I had to bear the 24 hours bus ride home while also being super sick & having no appetite at all. It was a torture :(

But I'm all well now & I've started working again this week. The hoouse is no longer a mess & the cats are all happy because their litter boxes are cleaned regularly again (husband kept forgetting to clean it hahah)
Ungil the little kitten | Hola Darla
Speaking of cats... My dad adopted a little kitten two months ago. We call her Ungil (literally means Smol). She is the kitten of either Ojon or Omin (Jessi's stray brothers) & a female cat that lives in my parents' neighbourhood. She was abandoned by her mother since she was very little, so she still lacks basic cat skills like using the litterbox & grooming. Because of that, she has been staying with us so that she can interact with Jessi & Chop-Chop. Jessi hates her, obviously, but Chop-Chop took her like his own kitten. They play chase all night & Ungil has learnt how to groom herself from Chop-Chop.
Read more books in 2017 | Hola Darla
I don't make a formal list of resolutions for 2017, but I will try to read more books this year. I didn't read many books in 2016 & I honestly didn't feel like myself because of that. I used to finish at least one book a month, so for this year I promise myself that I'm gonna finish at least 12 books.
Wisata Hutan Kota Talang Indah Pajaresuk Pringsewu | Hola Darla
Happy 2017!

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