50 – the broken little green-white heart

Sure, I’ve always been very public about being a full-on Liverpool FC supporter.
But this post is not about that. Not now.

Few might know how I’ve always had a soft spot for Bundesliga. Especially, SV Werder Bremen at that. How did I come to fall in love with them? Bog knows. I swear I can’t even remember exactly when, but that last UEFA Cup final in 2009 really caught my head.

And to be honest, I’ve kind of seen it coming for a while now, looking at their form these past few seasons. It’s been tough, no lie.

But this still hurt to read.

As much as I’m laughing over this (you have to admit, this is hysterical), this sort of thing just.. happens. I mean, it is Bundesliga after all, and this is the random fuckery that just somehow surfaces every now and then. And again, it’s no surprise Werder gets shitfanned this time. But come on, this is still upsetting. I know I haven’t been the biggest fan and all, but I’m sad.

So.. yeah.. next season in 2. Bundesliga. Guess it’s gonna be fun for me trying to find a stream and to follow them closely in their comeback to the 1. Bundesliga. And if anything, I trust that this will only make me love the club even more.

Lebenslang Grünweiß and all that shit, yo.

49 – the slow fade into the background

Who woulda thought that it would end this way.

I know I shouldn’t be so surprised, since it’s my own decision anyways. But still, making the conscious decision to leave the spot you’ve been handling since the first day of the project, over something that probably could’ve been handled differently.. Even I would personally admit that I’m still shocked I got to this decision in the first place.

But yes, this was necessary. And the more I sit on it thinking it over and over again, the more I’m convinced that I’m going down the right path. Sure, things are going to get super scary if not worrisome, but I’m fully prepared to face whatever’s coming next (well, at least hopefully).

So, yeah. Goodbye LinkAja, thanks for having been my second home for the past 2.5 years.

48 – the long overdue departure

Let’s not turn this into the obligatory “new year, new me!” post, despite the date. It’s not even “new year, same me”, maybe more like.. “new year, save me”.

Anyway.

Quite a lot of things happened since the previous post, and unfortunately almost none of them were in the positive sense. Holding on to hope became a task, or maybe even a chore. It was just.. a flurry of all my triggers, worst fears, and nightmares happening at once.

But you know what? I held on. I held on for dear life, and boy was I glad to see the back of 2020 last night, because I was absolutely DONE with everything from last year. No sugarcoating and all that, I was just happy to not be involved with 2020 any more.

Am I expecting a calendar switch to instantly, magically change everything for the better? .. I wish I was that naïve. But I guess it’s the idea that we all collectively get to put a chapter tab on the massive shit show and get on with the next one, and maybe.. just somehow pull a new trick and make things a bit brighter, do stuff a little smarter, and at least be a little better. If it allows us to have a chance of shutting out bad memories and if it gets people to be kinder to themselves and their surroundings, then I’m definitely down for that.

Sure enough, I’m not expecting anything grand to happen this year, nor am I putting any grand expectations on myself for this year. Should anything good happen, then yay. I’ll celebrate and enjoy as they come. I’ve been through enough last year to know better than to put any unnecessary pressure on myself. I just hope I can be gentle and consistent on myself. As long as I can get proper sleep at night, I know I’ll have made it.

So yeah.. Here’s to a new year and all that.

47 – the art of waking up with hope

It’s amazing how a little time off from everyone and everything has helped me see things a bit clearer, and I’m going to just put it at that instead of diving into all the gory details.

It’s also a little bit funny how having this song as my wake-up alarm has helped me maintain some sense of positivity and hope every day. Definitely easier to listen to than the blaring scream tones, right?

On to healthier and happier times ahead.

46 – the year of staying domestic

Today marks a full year of me completely not going anywhere outside Indonesia. Yours truly is now officially a domestic person.

At risk of sounding like a total snob or whatever, I honestly have never stayed in the country for so long since 2008. It actually feels almost unreal now that I’ve gone fully domestic for so long now.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way claiming myself as a world traveler or the like, oh no no. I am definitely not loaded enough to do so nor do I have the free time. I’ve only gone to a tiny bit of countries every now and then.

It’s just that.. There’s always that tiny excitement of being completely anonymous in a completely unfamiliar place. That sense of not having anything to look after but yourself and your happiness. The liberating feeling of being detached from your daily thoughts & worries. I need to regain that to keep my mind working well.

Södermalm, summer of 2018.

Sigh. Right, self. First we get through whatever is happening right now, then we go wandering off to sun shine and fresh air, alright? One step at a time.

45 – the ineffable slip-up

It happened again.

You know exactly what I mean, right? The complete lack of will to do absolutely anything. Even logging on to my laptop and having to listen to people converse in a meeting (without me having to even chime in) sent me into an unexplainable crying fit.

This time, thankfully, it came over with a weird urge to.. work out. Every morning. Maybe my subconscious mind was desperate for that hint of serotonin? Bog knows. Food binges were somehow not present. Good thing, you say? I dunno. Yeah, I didn’t want to eat whatever comes to mind. At the same time, I also didn’t want anything at all. Not a thing.

But hey. Notice how I started this post in past tense.
I’m grateful that I managed to keep in mind that these things happen and they would pass, and I’d be back soon enough.

Fingers crossed I’m on the mend this time around, and here’s hoping this doesn’t happen again soon.

43 – the (indescribable) waiting period

Thoughts, they kill, don’t they?

Though I feel relatively fine, but during these times who the fuck knows. And of course, all the work I’ve been doing on my anxiety all came crashing down. Here I am, again the nervous wreck.

I really, really, really hope my fears get proven wrong.

In the meantime, it’s the waiting part that is choking me. A bit sad on how quickly I typed the “choking” part, when it’s only the first day of waiting out of possible five. It’s been only 24 hours, (at least) 4 more days to go. There are always books to read, Taskmaster episodes to binge on, or hell, I don’t know, work to catch on with maybe, but obviously my mind is somewhere else, isn’t it?

Oh well. Let’s hope the swab test result comes out negative.
In the meantime, it’s back to working at home we go.

42 – the fresh (re)start

Yes, I took some time away. No, I did not abandon this little blog. Trust me, I had a very good reason for this.

First of all,

new (second) home! wooo!

We finally made the big move to our new office space! Look at that view from the 31st floor. Not only is unpacking a real pain, we’re also still a little shaky what with the scheduled working shifts and all. Yes, yours truly can be found at the office for the first half of the week.

Suffice to say, this has been taking up quite some time to adjust and all. In fact, I think I’m still adjusting to it now.

Second, the reason why I haven’t been as virtually active nor cheerful lately:

the poor fallen soldier 😦

My laptop died. Like, officially. After trying all sorts of tips & tricks I managed to rummage through the interwebz, I finally resorted to the good old service centre and the verdict was somewhat devastating: the logic board is completely bust. So yeah, I’m holding on to the office laptop while this baby is being treated 💔

Third and last, I finally moved to WordPress! It’s amazing how I had to withstand the frustration of having to deal with the previous host, and I’m finally not putting up with it anymore. Sure enough, a moving period was required so that’s probably another explanation for my brief silence, but big big big thank you to Kapkap, I am now a very happy WordPress user and I intend to stay!

41 – the half-month recap

Clearly, I’ve been lacking in writing. But then again, another day of not needing to vent is another good day in the pocket, no?

But yeah, a few things have happened since my last post, let’s see.

OK, so first and foremost, I TURNED 33, YO. Seriously, how did that even come to be?! I mean, it’s not like I was not expecting to have another birthday. It honestly just feels really weird to have made it to this point. You know those polls that you do when you have to pick an age group and you fall between the 25-34 category? Like, another couple of years and I will be moving up to another category. Just the thought of it sends me chills.
But on this note, I had a great one. I definitely felt all the love that was showered on me that day and given the circumstances I most definitely did not feel alone at all, which was definitely amazing in itself. I mean, yeah okay, so I still had to work and all, but I guess that’s what you do as a responsible adult, right? So yup, I got older. Well done, me.

Second, I finally got to step out of the house for the first time since March 16th, and that definitely felt really odd. All in all, I must have stayed indoors at all times for about a couple of months give or take. Let’s be real now, I know I’m an indoorsy introvert and all that, but even that was A LOT for me to endure. I felt so awkward being out and it even got to the point that I got carsick, which was definitely a bummer, noting that I live on commuting back and forth so many hours per day on any normal working day. Let’s say if the Government is indeed telling us to go back to work as soon as what the media has been telling us, then I am thoroughly fucked. I have to get through this car sickness as soon as possible, or else I’m screwed. I guess this is partly what the quarantine has done to me. Wow.

As far as I wanna try to not mention work, some part of it has been.. I don’t know how to put it. Say, ironically equal parts of exciting and disappointing. And this is not me trying to say things about going back to work because it’s a completely different subject. As far as I wanna open up on this topic I guess I’ll just leave it at this because hey, really, I know this is not a very publicly read blog but again, I really don’t know who’s reading my blog so I’m not taking any chances right now. I guess there will be more of this when things actually happen.

While we’re on the topic of disappointment, my laptop died. I put it to sleep at night just like I always do every night, and it just completely refused to wake up and that’s it, really. I’m trying not to be too bummed about it but .. come on, it’s my laptop. Even though I still have my work laptop on which I am dictating this entry on but it just feels different. And come on, it’s not even two years old, is it even supposed to get fried that soon? Oh well. I guess that’s a solid reason for me to wish that shopping centres would be open soon so that I can get my baby checked  and possibly repaired. Hopefully.

And what do you know, for once I actually made a bit of a long entry without thinking over for too long, ha.