-9°c

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One year of existing
Only in memories
Crystallised in time
Enshrouded by the absence of warmth

The world fades
But the soul is free
Death is only word
What’s the difference anyway?

Which is better
Living in vain
Or dying?
I can’t tell

Worry not
I know it’s not the case
The quarrel was majestic
Brought to a blissful denouement

Like winter
It passes
These pieces of memory
Brings the broken back to the seasons in the sun

Like always

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Have you ever wondered how it feels jumping between cultures?

On that August day in 2014, I stepped out of my home and left for the airport. The details, I’m not really sure how. Nonetheless, that was the day, for the first time in my life, when I would be taking a flight longer than 2 hours, for real. I left for Canada, which took me about 24 hours to get there. I only knew where Canada is by looking it up on the map. But, I had the tough task to, yet, figure out ‘What is Canada like?’, ‘How are the people like over there?’ or ‘How do they go about their daily lives?’ when I get there.

I did hear about Canadian stereotypes from The Family Guy, but you gotta see it yourself without making any judgments, right? Haha… And maybe it’s not a good source to learn about any culture (though you should admit that they carry some truth in it). 😉

Fast forward, it’s been exactly 2 years now. I flew there, studied, lived, and learnt about the society. I didn’t stay the entire 2 years there, though. In fact, even when I’m writing this, I’m sitting at my desk in my bedroom in Indonesia (see, I have 2 bedrooms. This will be important. Foreshadowing like Shakespeare). Nevertheless, the time I spent there gave me enough, to say the least, glimpse of what Canada—a Western culture, is like. This blending in to and learning of the culture were even filliped by the essay topics that I had to work on regarding Canadian culture and identity. Nerdy me! Continue reading “Have you ever wondered how it feels jumping between cultures?”

Mt. Rinjani (3,726m) 2016

“A journey in nature is never about conquering it—simply because you can never really do so. It is more about us embracing and finding ourselves, and then making sense of our presence in the world.” — me, myself, and I.

To begin with, I’m very happy as I’m writing this post. One reason is because climbing this mountain has given me a great amount of personal experience and insight, and awe towards Mother Nature (Indonesia’s nature particularly) for its endless splendour. The other is, obviously, because I have another opportunity to boast about this lovely country! Now, I want to boast about Indonesia being situated right in the ‘Ring of Fire’. What is it?

According to The Lonely Planet, “due to Indonesia’s placement on a significant segment of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, two large crustal plates (the Indian Ocean and western Pacific) are forced under the massive Eurasian plate, where they melt at approximately 100km beneath the surface. Some of the magma rises and erupts to form the string of volcanic islands across Indonesia”.

Continue reading “Mt. Rinjani (3,726m) 2016”

Bali 2016

From taking Uber illegally and make him our personal driver, eating an extremely spicy pork, going to the beaches and seeking a getaway in Bali’s green highlands, trip to Bali never ceases to amaze!

Homecoming!

The last time I made a post was a few weeks ago and I apologize for the delay… The reason behind this is because I’m coming home and I’ve been busy doing stuffs in the first one-and-a-half week: seeing old friends, eating my favourite food, spending time with my family, working with my dad in his office and more.

However, I also have a good news. My family and I went to Bali (again…) for the Eid Al-Fitr holiday for 5 days. It’s a one-week long national holiday here! I know it’s been the 10th-time or so I fly to Bali, yet it’s always fun here. I’ll show you why! But, since it’s not our first time here, we didn’t really go to many nice tourist or nature adventure spots. Nevertheless, we still ate some tasty food and went to some pretty beaches. I managed to convince them to eat at some of Bali’s famous meals just so I can show them to you guys! LOL.

Here is how the family holiday went! Continue reading “Bali 2016”

Now You See Me 2

*SPOILER ALERT*

… because I believe in eye for an eye.
teeth for teeth. times one-hundred.

It’s June 10, which means Now You See Me 2 release date! Long story short, I was planning to go to a craft store to get a frame for my photo, but then I was reminded that today Now You See Me 2 is in theatre! Hence, I asked my girlfriend, who was accompanying me, whether she wanted to go see a movie after; she said yes.

Also another good news—well probably just for us, we’re one movie away to get 2 free movie tickets. But, it’s a good thing to share a good news. 😀 Continue reading “Now You See Me 2”

Montréal

May 24-26, 2016

Dominated by long hours of walking, eating, and sightseeing, my first ever Montréal visit was pretty exciting!

To begin with, per usual, I would pull out some fun facts ritual about the place I visited. Montréal is the provincial capital of Québec, Canada. Québec itself is one of some provinces—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, in Canada that has French as its official language. Bonjour!
Montréal itself is the world’s third largest Francophone city in the world after Paris and Kinshasa. However, don’t expect them to speak the same French as you know people do in Paris. They speak kinda differently, but it’s still French anyway. Psst! Actual people from France find their way of speaking… different..

If you get the chance to visit North America or be in other North American cities, you will notice a stark difference in Montréal. In Montréal (and Québec City, as far as I know), you will find a large portion of the city built in European style architecture. You’ve heard it right: when you’re in Québec (especially Montréal and Québec City) it makes you feel as if you’re in Europe. In addition to that, you can find dozens of historical places (slash buildings) all over the city. It’s a nice city indeed. Continue reading “Montréal”

First Spring Outing

The weather has been an awful lot more friendly than the past months, so I decided to revisit some of the less known places [they are not a tourism site, yet it’s still awesome] in Ottawa. I knew these places from my last semester course in Introduction to Architecture. My professor made us do some walkabouts in Ottawa. That was how I got to know this new town pretty quickly, actually!

We went to an old abandoned train track, called Prince of Wales Bridge, that led to Lemieux Island. It’s in north-west of Ottawa. Then, we walked around by the Ottawa River, before we got back to the roadside and walked towards downtown. It took us about 2.5 hours. Continue reading “First Spring Outing”

Impromptu Farm Visit

Last week, nearing the end of my [architecture] studio class, one of my friends asked me and few other people to join her going to an experimental farm close to our school because she needed to see the site for a pavilion she was going to design. Without any further thoughts, we made the spontaneous decision to visit the farm right away. I thought it would be fun. The temperature outside was really nice, only around -3ºC [trust me, you’ll understand it if you spend months at -17ºC], so why not going out for a bit of walk? The sky was also clear; I thought I could take some nice pictures too. Considering Canada’s weather that is somewhat like a bitch [just the weather guys! The people are nice!], it was a really good day. Continue reading “Impromptu Farm Visit”