15 – Day 9 – the message to hold on to

Day 9 : Post some words of wisdom that speak to you

“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”

Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I’ll leave the sentence to speak for itself. No explanation needed.

13 – Day 7 – the melodies that speak

Day 7 : List 10 songs that you’re loving right now

(as always, in no particular order)

1. Luke Sital-Singh – You Always Hurt The One You Love

2. Allen Stone – Where You’re At

3. AURORA – Half The World Away

4. George Ezra – Drawing Board

5. Nitin Sawhney feat. Paul McCartney – My Soul

6. Alt-J – Warm Foothills

7. Jamie Lidell – Green Light

8. Mansun – Electric Man

9. Richard Hawley – Serenade Of Blue

10. James Blake – A Case Of You

12 – Day 6 – the way you do the things you do

Day 6 : Five ways to win your heart

1. Be on-time

Look, I don’t care. This one is definitely on the top of this list.I try not to expect much, living in Jakarta out of every possible choices on earth. But seriously, if you can be on-time to any appointment, I would know that you are making the extra effort to live up to your promise, and to show your respect to me. And that is a big plus for me.

2. Be chill

By chill, I don’t mean a “yo chill dude” behaviour. What I mean is when you get over-clingy to someone you are or intend to be close with? I know people usually would want to spend as much time with the other person, but a little acknowledgement that everyone needs to have a personal life would be very much appreciated.

3. Have a certain taste for music

I’m not asking much here. I know I have a very peculiar taste in music, so to have someone with at least a similar taste of music would be awesome, but rather impossible. However, as long as you have a certain taste instead of just an “oh I like most stuff all the time, I mostly just listen to random songs on whatever radio is on at the time” behaviour, or even worse, the “meh whatever,  they all sound the same to me”, which just means you don’t like music. I can’t deal with that. I’d rather have someone be “you know what, I still think NSYNC is the greatest gift ever to humanity, and there’s nothing you can do to change that.”. But that way, I know you have a taste.

4. Like coffee

Okay, this is more like me asking you to tolerate my coffee habit. If I’m around you, chances are I’m gonna need to ask you for some coffee time.. most of the time. Hence, if you’re an anti-coffee person.. Well, we kinda have a problem then.

5. Be into football

This one might sound very trivial. But honestly, having been watching football since I was 2 years old, this is an important thing to me. Very important, in fact. And I’ve always found that the connections that I’ve made always easily stepped up a level once I found out that the other person likes football. If anything, it’s my favourite conversation topic. Ever. And yeah, bonus points for you if you like the same clubs (yes, multiple. I’m being generous here) I do 😉

11 – Day 5 – the sights, the sound, the experience.

Day 5 : List five places that you want to visit

In no particular order, the five places that I want need to visit are:


Now this, I’ve always wanted to go. Nearly everything about the country has intrigued me for the longest time. My love story with Indian food during my stay in Singapore was the stuff of legend. Considering that now I have so many friends in various parts of the country, it’s almost a big shame how I haven’t visited the country yet.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Yes, I know I’ve been here before, but it was back still in winter time. I need, and I must, go back there during spring or summer and experience the sunflowers, on top of the marvellous collection in the museum. I know for sure that place is one place I will always enjoy being at, no matter what time. I know I haven’t been to a lot of museums in my life, but I do know for sure that I am that much in love with this place.


Usually when I tell people about this particular wish on my bucket list, they just go “Why don’t you just go to Bali? It’s pretty much the same”. I know I haven’t made it there yet, but I’m sure it’ll be different. I’m not so much a beach person, but I certainly would love me some ocean breeze. Plus, the culture and the way people just live so chill most of the time, I just need to experience it at least once.


Pretty much an obvious thing to be put here. I need to be in Liverpool, end of story. Why? Where do you want me to start? The music? The culture? The football? Do I need to explain myself any further on this one?

Weserstadion, Bremen

So yes, blame the Werderaner in me. But seriously, I personally find it infuriating how I’ve been to Germany twice and yet both times I couldn’t manage to visit Bremen. Yes, still mentally kicking myself in the head for this. I do need to visit Bremen, with the special agenda which is to watch a Werder game (duhhhh) in Weserstadion. Plus, a stadium by the riverside? With the world’s awesome-est floodlights and all? Hell yes, I definitely need to be there.

10 – Day 4 – the dark horse

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

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

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

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.


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.


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 🙂