Month: July 2015

I Think Indonesians Should Make “Reading” Cool Again

“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” — John Waters Well, don’t take the quote literally but I agree with the idea. I actually got this urge to write about it this morning, after reading a reply from a girl who asked me how to order a custom illustration. Previously I sent her a page of ‘order guideline’ which clearly mentioned how to do it. Then she just wrote me back, “So, how can I order? How do I pay?” At the end of her email it was written, “Sent from my iPhone”. I assumed she had her iPhone in English so it wasn’t about language. She just didn’t read what I sent. As a person who takes reading & writing as the best form of communication, it disturbed me. So I’m writing this, putting a risk that later you might call me smarty-pants or wisenheimer. That’s fine. Actually, the girl’s case I mentioned above happens all the time. I don’t …

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It’s been 13 years

In 2002 I started 3 things I couldn’t imagine growing up without: blogging, knowing a great woman named Julisa, and getting a great crush on 21-year-old Iker Casillas during World Cup. Now it was 13 years ago, I’m still blogging, I barely keep in touch with Julisa because she’s too awesome and busy globe-trotting and saving the world (but I always text her on her birthday), and Iker Casillas is now 34 years, a father and no longer plays in Real Madrid. I grew up liking Casillas and watching football regularly for a few years. Then I lost interest in watching sports. Well, maybe I just realized that it was pointless to watch sports I hardly ever did. Now I occasionally watch International matches but not more than that. However, my personal adoration to Iker Casillas stayed. I never lost a high school girl inside of me who made a dream to visit Santiago Bernabeu, where Casillas started his career and went on for about 16 years. Moreover, I got interested in Spain as a …

Riding on hot air balloon: checked!

Riding on hot air balloon had always been on my bucket list, since, well, I’m not exactly sure but I remember that I drew it a lot. I know it’s cliché but I guess we all have that kind of hopeless romantic 10 years old kid inside of us (because what else could be the reason Up was a big hit?). It was proven easily because as soon as we arrived in Cappadocia the whole family suddenly had a bucket list and of course hot air balloon was on the list. Cappadocia is always listed as one of the best places for hot air balloon ride with what is called ‘other-world-ly’ landscape. Even without the hot air balloon, the gorgeous rocky terrain shaped by age and nature will humble you and make you think about how short and temporary a human’s life is. I must say it was even more fantastic from such great height. …and seeing such beautiful view with your loved ones was beyond amazing. It’s funny that happiness can be ‘price-full’ and …