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Last Weekend

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when the dog bites! when the bee stings!

… cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels…

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February 28th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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The Chat

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October Your turn in the chair next time.

November I know. I like your stories. Mine are always too dark.

October I don’t think so..

October It’s just that your nights are longer. And you aren’t as warm.

November Put it like that, and I feel better.

November I suppose we can’t help who we are.

taken from Neil Gaiman’s October In The Chair in his book, Fragile Things

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February 23rd, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Review: If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late

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If You're Reading This, It's Too LateIf You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What keeps me reading the series is the narator character. It was like I didn’t care at all about the story. I guess I just can’t lie about my age.

And I think that’s the only problem I have with this book. I mean if the author someday decides to write something that has more appeal to adult, I would definitely put it in my shelf. He is creative in way that he is able to come up with various detail in presenting a story. When I read the books (the first two of the series), I feel like each chapter has one extraordinary detail at minimal.

For example, there is a chapter in which he only writes an apology for losing the chapter, a quiz chapter with absurd questions. Then there is a chapter that teaches us a polite way of saying that something is unordinarily different (which is a polite way of saying weird). He also provides a prologue and appendix in similar way. If I were to read this in my younger years, I would probably be drown in full satisfaction.



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February 19th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

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I Scream For Ice Cream

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Since things turning this way, the picture above should have been of someone/something I despise. But hate is no good, right? So, allow me to present you one amazing man~~ :P

Go, go, Power Rangers!

Mnyt, ternyata Cuco tampan juga..

But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds. Psalm 73:28

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February 18th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

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Note to Self: Book Rating

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1 star

This book is never meant to be for my eyes and mind. I wish I could burn this book. speechless

2 stars

I manage to finish reading it. It’s o-k-a-y.

3 stars

Hey, what’s this? I like it! Hm.. Fascinating!

4 stars

Love it, love it! I’m grateful to have read this book. There are many things to say about this book.

5 stars

amazed How can there be a book like this? This book… I read it more than once in acceptable period of time.

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February 13th, 2011 at 11:34 am

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Review: The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Me likey: the competition. Me no likey: the love seasoning.

Yes, the love thingy is just a bit and the way it is staged is reasonable but I guess it doesn’t suit my taste. I surely hope that it will not come out strongly in the rest of the trilogy or turn out in such different way.

And yes, the competition is scary. A reality show in which the viewers get to see 24 teenagers kill each other? Luckily it’s only fiction. Oh, please stay in fiction for eternity! I notice that I enjoy the book because I always enjoy the story of competition. You know, like watching Running Man with Yoo Jae Suk as MC (this shameless analogy is brought to you by my honest adoration to the humble and witty MC xP).

Anyway, this first book of the series is recommended to be a weekend reading (since reading it in weekdays would risk in sleep deprivation or uneasiness from having to put down the book for a while.

Cheers!

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February 11th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

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The Missing Ingredients

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I don’t cook often. I just do it when I feel like it, like today.

The dish is called bala-bala, in Indonesian, or bakwan or ote-ote, depending where you come from. It’s a mix vegetable fritter, usually served as a snack with chili to bite along with.

This is my second try. My first bala-bala didn’t turn out delightful. I recall a very bland taste instead of yummy salty it should have been. It was so bland that I decided to trash it. My mistake was not to taste the seasoning and go straight into frying. It seems that my confidence likes to show up in just the wrong time.

For both times my making bala-bala, I’ve been using the recipe from here. I happily went out to the nearest warung (small stall selling groceries) to find out that 3 of my ingredients were not available, bean sprount (kecambah/tauge?), green onion (bawang daun?) and kemiri. My cooking desire had just picked the wrong date to arrive. I was really lazy today to go to another warung and ended buying only whatever available.

Back in my room in the third floor, I suddenly realized that if I once made an unedible bala-bala with complete ingredients, things could be worse with lacking 3 of them, especially because ¬†green onion and kemiri are for seasoning. Despite the possibility, I still didn’t want to go out again and then decided to take the risk.

About an hour later, I munched gratefully the hot from the pan bala-bala! Yayyy! The reason? Just sprinkle a bit of magic and yum yum, people!

See the mighty MSG up there? We can loose ingredients here and there but once the mighty MSG is here, it’s here to save us all! Heil mighty MSG!

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February 3rd, 2011 at 7:33 pm

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