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10 – Day 4 – the dark horse

Aug
06

Day 4 : Write about someone who inspires you

George Harrison. Definitely.

OK, so this might have been quite an obvious answer and you probably think “oh how predictable”, but seriously, come on.

This man proved that being the youngest and the quietest doesn’t mean you get to be invisible and unheard of. Sure, he was The Quiet Beatle, but he’s the one who wrote Something and Here Comes The Sun. Also, it was him who made such a breakthrough with the sitar on Norwegian Wood, and also Taxman.

And let’s not forget about his spirituality. This was the man who went out in search of his own spirituality, enjoyed it so much, managed to stick to it, and absolutely committed to it 100%. You don’t get such quality in most people even these days, especially in the celebrity world. Bloody hell, even I myself am not sure I can be as committed as he was.

His twisted sense of humour. Even from as early as Taxman, you could see clearly his sarcasm and very dry humour. Then came This Song (the song AND the video!) in response to the My Sweet Lord lawsuit. Also, his strong ties to The Monty Python. Best of all had to be his last words to Ringo, which was “Do you want me to come with you?”, when Ringo told him his daughter had a brain tumour whilst visiting George who was.. well, terminally ill. Can anyone get any more witty on their death bed? Don’t suppose so. Bloody hell, he suffered more than forty stab wounds when someone broke into his house and attacked him, and what did he have to say about the guy? “[he] wasn’t a burglar, and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys”. COME ON.

His big heart. The fact that he stayed best friends with Eric Clapton even after Pattie ran off from him to marry Clapton. His charity work through Concert For Bangladesh. His love for Olivia and Dhani, which is absolutely out of this world. His way of supporting the Pythons by creating HandMade films just so he could help produce Monty Python movies.

And what’s more, even after all the success and whatnot, his favourite thing to do was gardening. This is a Beatle we’re talking about, not just some musician. And he was into freaking gardening.

So yeah, this is why I pretty much had an absolute mental breakdown in 10th grade to the extent that I had to skip school when I heard the news of his passing. I seriously can’t find anyone more inspiring that George Harrison.

9 – Day 3 – the cursed habits

Aug
03

Day 3 : What are your top three pet peeves?

Bad breath

The biggest turn-off for me, by far. And trust me, I’ve seen my fair share of this kind of people.

You get those situations where someone looks so freaking delicious, yet everything just falls apart due to the foul smell as soon as they open their mouth? Exactly that. Nicotine, I can handle. Hell, I’ll even tolerate the smell of beer. But seriously, bad breath is just a total killer.

Big talkers

I may not be the lawyer who gets involved in court cases and such, but I do know how to notice bluffers.

And while I do understand (and partly agree) that there are instances in which you need to fluff yourself up, some people just can’t draw the line and end up going way overboard. As soon as they cross that line, that’s where my interests stop with them. Full stop.

Leaving the toilet seat up

This one might be a bit random, but seriously. You cannot get more evil than this. Whoever does this, I hope you get a case of an explosive bowel movement in the middle of the night, wake up having to dash to the bathroom right away and plant your butt smack bang in the sploshing cold water, thanks to the toilet seat being left up.

8 – Day 2 – the happy grump

Aug
02

Day 2 : Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot

“Why do you always look like you have a problem?”

It’s one thing to have people think you are depressed, it’s a completely different thing to have people tell you that you look scary/intimidating (And yes, I’ve received these comments multiple times by now). And to be quite honest, I really don’t understand why I keep getting this remark every now and then.

I’m not saying I’m as zen as Buddha or I am at utmost peace with the whole world, but I don’t have that big of a bone to pick either. Are you kidding me, I don’t even think of anything most of the time. Put it this way: whenever you see me walking somewhere all by myself, the biggest chance is that you’ll find me with earphones plugged in. And whenever it happens, you can bet that I’m not thinking of anything. And thanks to my super terrible eyesight, I won’t be able to judge what people are doing/looking like because hey, I can’t see that well anyway! Why would I want to pick a fight with anyone?

I’m 4′ 10″, I don’t quite look my age, and you are telling me I look like I’m about to smash/hit/punch you? Really?

7 – Day 1 – the upward curve that everyone loves

Aug
01

Day 1 – List 10 things that make you really happy

Good music

You know how much of a music geek I am. And as frustrating as it sounds, I can never settle on a specific “favourite” genre. I’ll most likely listen to anything, and it’s always as simple as I like it or I don’t. And isn’t it always such a happy moment when you discover something that you never knew you’d like?

Book bargains

Maybe the kiasu-ness has rubbed off on me fully on this part, but come on. Bookstores in Indonesia tend to get a bit much when it comes to book pricing. And I need to make sure I get a proper bang for my buck.

Room scents

..I know, maybe you’re thinking how does this fare way this high on this list. I don’t know, I just find I work way more efficiently and effectively when my working space just.. smells nice. Less anxiety, more focus.

Coffee

I don’t sleep as much as I need to. The oldest story there is on the face of this earth. Hence, this part. But somehow, nowadays I just find that coffee doesn’t just revive me, it makes me happy. However, as much as I try not to be picky about choices, just make sure whatever it is, it ain’t one of those frappuccino nonsense.

Gratitude

I might sound a bit bitter, but people are just not that thankful anymore. People taking things for granted just bug the hell out of me. I’m not saying I’m a good example or whatever, but I always try to thank people for everything they do. At work, in Uber rides, to people holding the door, everything. In all seriousness though, doesn’t it give you that tiny warm tingle when someone thanks you for something?

Morning jog/walks

Again, a habitual thing. And if anything, Singapore made it a big one. Before I moved to Singapore, it used to be just a stroll around the block. Enter Singapore, a quick lap around the Eco-park at Botanic Gardens. Then, a whole lap around the Gardens itself. It ended up being treks between Bukit Timah and Holland V or College Green to Dhoby Ghaut. Shame I can’t enjoy it as much now, due to my heart condition and the fact that Jakarta is just not that safe for pedestrians. But hey, treadmill with the iPod running, and I’m still good 🙂

Attending gigs

I don’t go to a lot of gigs, I’m nearly too selective to call myself a “gig-goer”. Blame this on my height. But whatever I choose to go to, I always make sure I get the best of it. Prime spot, bestest partners to enjoy the moment with, and all that. ..Well, maybe that one mistake I made was seeing Robin Thicke live, from all the way in the tribune spot. On my own. I don’t even know why I thought that was a good idea.

Apple pies

Bear with me here. I know I’m being too specific here, but I swear there’s no such thing as a bad apple pie for me. Any, and I mean any, apple pie will surely bring a smile to my face. So if any of you reading this is planning to bribe me or something, you know what to get me.

TV series marathons

When I find some TV series that I like, rest assured that I will spend all day and all night watching it. Quite a shame that there are less and less interesting TV series these days, but I suppose that gives me a legit reason to function like a normal human being in the meantime. And in case you were wondering what is the last series I really enjoyed, try A Very Secret Service / Au Service de la France. I’m absolutely dead without the subtitles, but I’m anxiously waiting for Season 2 now!

Solitary time

Ahhh, yes. After all the humdrum of working life and (sometimes) a busy weekend, I just need to shut myself out of everything to re-set my whole self and completely feel refreshed. And happy, of course. Never a problem where or when, any time the need hits, I just go right there and then. Well, it’s either that or I turn into a tantrum-y antisocial bitch, so just go along with me on this one.

 

Oh look, we might be off to a good start, this 🙂

6 – the challenge to get me going

Aug
01

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And so here goes, yet another attempt to revive this blog.

I mean, seriously. I need to start putting down more words and just to get myself more active with this blog. And since Ms. Ayu posted this challenge on Twitter, I thought, hey why not? What could go wrong, right?

..I guess it’s time to find out.