January 25, 2016

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Had Georgie been sure of everything at twenty-two? She's had a plan. She'd always had a plan. It seemed like the smart thing to do -- have a plan and follow it, until you have solid reasons to change course.

This is the first book that I bought in Abu Dhabi (and in abroad -- in general) and I got this for my birthday. Was not sure what to get though but I think I was curious about the title itself and probably because everyone in my GoodReads have read books from Rainbow Rowell so I gave it a try! Also, Young Adult books are always easy to overcome a book coma, for me at least!

Readability: it was difficult to read at first as the characters are shaping up the story (not to mention, it's the first time in a long time that I have not read any books. So this is normal, I think.). However I think it was also because it made me think all the time -- what is this weird thing going on with the phone, though? It confused me for a while! But I went on with the story. The thing is this book makes you want to know more so you keep flipping the pages and read through as the story is very interesting. What's gonna happen next? It's unpredictable. 

How about the main character, Georgie? I honestly think she is annoying. The way she thinks about the situation and her decisions, makes me cringe! (And I like books that make me cringe! Haha!) Additionally, I can somehow relate to Georgie whenever she overthinks something towards Neal. Overthinking really is a bad thing and I like how I can see that in this novel. Sometimes you need to see bad situations stemming out from a bad thought as this could be a reminder to ourselves as well. 

Overall, this book is a good read. I rate it with 3 our of 5.

"How do you know he was the one?" 

"I didn't know. I don't think either of us knew."

"Neal knew -- he proposed to you."

"It's not like that. you'll see. It's more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one -- and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you're right."

"No one else describes love that way. Maybe you're doing it wrong."

"Obviously I'm doing it wrong. But I still think love feels that way for most people."

"So you think most people bet everything, their whole lives, on hope. Just hoping that what they're feeling is real."

"Real isn't relevant. It's like... you're tossing the ball between you, and you're just hoping to keep it in the air. And it has nothing to do with whether you love each other or not. If you didn't love each other, you wouldn't be playing this stupid game with the ball. You just love each other -- and you just hope you can keep the ball in play."

January 22, 2016

The Friday Currently Vol. 2

Mandala art for today from The Mandala Coloring Book by Jim Gogarty

Reading: 'Places I want to visit someday' list in an old red Field Notes notebook. It's funny how I dedicated a whole notebook for this list alone. It's funny how ambitious I have been for years. It's funny how I still keep it around (and probably will add more cities/countries!)

Writing: Coloring, rather. Mandala art for an hour. while having coffee and listening to soothing music.

Listening: Come Here by Kath Bloom. It's such a sweet old song from the movie Before Sunrise. 

There's wind that blows in from the north. 
And it says that loving takes this course. 
Come here. Come here. 
No I'm not impossible to touch I have never wanted you so much. 
Come here. Come here. 
Have I never laid down by your side. 
Baby, let's forget about this pride. 
Come here. Come here. 
Well I'm in no hurry. Don't have to run away this time. 
I know you're timid. 
But it's gonna be all right this time.

Thinking: about riding a train for hours with a view of nature (and with less people). Where should I go to make it happen?

Wishing & Hoping: that I may achieve what my heart really needs and wants.

Wearing: a green summer dress. With somewhat like mandala art patterns.

Loving: the calm and cold morning that I spent outside just before sunrise.

Wanting: to be simply near to what my heart has been longing for years...

Needing: another cup of coffee!

Feeling: a bit warmed up! There's something about waking up and taking a walk outside just before sunrise.

January 15, 2016

I have no idea what to do with myself. Is this real life?

I found myself looking at the clock while in bed this morning. Normally, I look at the small hand and big hand and know the time however this time I found myself following the movement of the line that counts the seconds. I did not even notice what time it was but I stopped and just looked at the seconds tick. It made me think... what am I doing right now? What should I suppose to do given the time I only have for the day. Is my to-do list long enough or short enough? Should I try to cross everything in my list or do the things I love instead? Lots of questions pop in my mind that I don't even know what my mind wants to state.

Then I remember the past years. It had gone by too fast but most things have been forgotten. I don't remember how exactly did I feel about each events... but I know how to explain it. It's confusing, I know. But I guess that's the beauty with time. It helps you move on from something even when you don't intend to move away. It heals.

Is this real life? I find myself doing more of the obligation than doing what I really want to do. However, doing what I want to do takes a lot of supposedly easy process but becomes complicated in the end. But we still want to do it because we have to do it and it gives us satisfaction (at least in just one aspect of your whole life). It's a good thing that we have breaks - for me at least two days. These mini-vacations we call weekends is precious for someone like me who loves focusing on what I do on weekdays.

Ah, I talk too much. I don't even know what I want to state in this letter. I feel like everything is not certain with myself. I have no idea what to do with myself. I just know I have to do stuff. And that's it. Is this real life? Is this how you feel about your life sometimes, too?

January 2, 2016

The Friday Currently Vol. 1

Celebrated New Year's Eve in Business Bay to watch the firework display at The Burj Khalifa -- kind strangers happily asked us to be part of our group picture so there you can see our happy faces!

So I am starting this 'series' in my blog called: "The Friday Currently". It's familiar for some people who write on their personal spaces as "The Sunday Currently". Since Sunday is a work day for me, I am thinking of doing this (hopefully for a long time!) on Fridays... if I have something to write about. ;)

Reading - Thanks for The Memories by Cecilia Ahern. My roommate received this as a gift although she has not read it yet. She asked me to read it since she thinks I eat books. I have started reading a few pages already and it helped me get through a 45-minute train ride. So it should be good. We'll see.

Writing - 3 new goals. I started this habit last year. Probably the time when I was bored with my very detailed to-do lists. I thought it would help me better to write down the goals I want to achieve (not for the year, could be within a week, month or so) - to focus on the goal and to go with the flow with the details, be flexible and spontaneous.

Listening - Here by Jenny Banai.

I do not remember the former things 
Nor do I ponder old days gone 
Now it will spring forth, something new 

Rivers in the desert, the wilderness sings 
Unaware am I surprised by this dream 
Come forth are the waters of life that you bring 

If you're here than I'm here 
so close 
When I'm far and he's near 
I know 
Just being here, inside and beside it is so clear 

Distance has created the room to close 
In the heart of the valley the river flows 
Don't be far from me my mountain song 

The grey scale alone has darkened tones 
But endless colours we can know 
My hope in true love remains in my soul 

If you're here than I'm here 
so close 
When I'm far and he's near 
I know 
Just being here, inside and beside it is so clear 

Fear cannot reside in endless love my home 
Throughout all of time 
perfect love remains my dear here

Celebrating - The stillness of the new year. Last night was fun and loud. Now it's time to wind down and listen to songs that bring calmness to my heart, mind and soul. Cheers to the new year!

Thinking - About how far I have become. The changes that took effect... the spontaneity of life. I do not remember all the decisions I made last year but I am glad to know that the decisions I made somehow brought me where I am today.

Smelling - My coffee.

Wishing - for an exciting 2016! :)

Hoping - I could start travelling on my own; to face my fear.

Wearing - Red jacket, blue shirt, black jeans, and socks. Baby, it's cold inside. :p

Loving - the two weeks I am off from work! Today's my second to the last day of vacation and definitely looking forward to go back to work on Sunday.

Wanting - to start with my Mandala Art coloring book that I got from my Secret Santa (ate Rose).

Needing - another cup of coffee!

Feeling - a bit mellow. January 1st always make me mellow remembering the times when holidays were spent altogether in our home!

Clicking - Jenny Banai bandcamp site. Her songs are beautifully written and the melodies are comforting.
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