Somewhere in this New-Fangled Suburbia

I. The city rumbles to life as though it had been asleep in the first place. The sun beats down the asphalt mercilessly, busybodies amassing in the streets, congesting, suffocating, deafening. Impatient. Demanding. Change arrives at rush hour, but ironically we’re moving at a snail’s pace. The blare of car horns like a scream building…

50 Truths, 1 Lie // 100 Followers!

I’m going to cut to the chase. On 5th of February 2017, I reached 100 followers! Which is crazy to think about because I honestly thought this day would never come. Hell, I didn’t even know what I wanted this blog to be focused on when I first started. There was a time I was obsessed…

Yellow Car

Originally posted on writerlyintents:
I thought about the dream I had last night as I walked down Elmer Street with a homemade bouquet of sunflowers. The sun has yet to rise and everywhere was mostly deserted. Only the sound of the occasional car driving past and my own breathing filled my ears. I would’ve driven…

January 2017

The first month has past. And so with that I ask: where the heck did it go? Highlights Honestly, nothing much happened this month. Like at all. I worked on projects and uni assignments, returned to my job two days a week now that I’ve gone back to working part time, injured myself (not deliberately, of course), had…

Rupi Kaur’s “milk and honey”

From the Goodreads blurb, milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. I wouldn’t compare it to the overused…

Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian”

(This review contains spoilers. Read at your discretion.) The summary as seen on Goodreads: Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision…

2017 Reading Challenge

Last year, I realised that I’ve not been reading as much as I wanted to. And it sucks. I’ve got all these great books on my shelf and in my TBR (and the list keeps on growing because I keep adding to it), but I’m not getting anything out of the way. Everything’s gathering dust…

December 2016

December, more like deadlines. Haha RIP. Highlights First things first, MOANA CAME OUT AND IT WAS ALL I COULD EVER ASK FOR!!! I went to see ‘Trouble in Mind’—a play about racial prejudices in 1950s America that’s peppered with humour, satire, and is overall an emotional rollercoaster—with my friends and stayed behind for a Q&A…

New Year’s Resolutions: Then and Now

The day has finally come. 2016 is finally coming to a close. And while I won’t be talking about how much of a shitshow it’s been for pretty much everyone, I will say something that I never thought I’d say before: Kylie Jenner’s right, you guys. 2016 has been the year of realising stuff. Yeah, you…

“The Hamilton Mixtape”: First Impressions and Review

I finally have some time to myself. Don’t get me wrong, deadlines are still looming, but I’ve been working at it for weeks on end. I deserve a break. And what better break to have than to listen to this for the first time? Now I’ve had this mixtape downloaded on my phone since the…

“Yuri!!! on Ice” Review (aka I cry many happy tears)

(This review contains spoilers. Read at your own discretion.) I’ve noticed something in common with the things that I love and rave about: they all start out as things that I hear about everywhere (and by that, I mean Tumblr) and I don’t expect much out of it in the beginning. Exhibit A, Hamilton. Same…

Welcome to my crib!

So I said in September (I think?) that I would make a room tour post. It’s finally here. I figured three months was enough for me to finally break in and settle. Also I figured I need to post something after disappearing for, what, two weeks? My bad. You can blame my uni deadlines for my…

November 2016

November was the month of chill—ish. It’s also the month I surprised myself by not getting lung cancer. Surprising, considering that I constantly find myself surrounded by smokers for some fucking reason. And no, I don’t regret posting this after my Moana review. Moana deserves the first spot in December. Moana deserves everything. HIGHLIGHTS This deserves the first mention:…

Why you should go see Moana. Right now.

This post originally started out as a review—until I realised that I was struggling for words. I have too many feelings. I’ve just finished watching this beautiful masterpiece and if I can say one thing about this movie it is that I am absolutely floored. Words can and cannot describe how ecstatic I was to see Moana and…

Top Ten Tuesday: Things I’m Thankful For

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! It’s a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you’re assigned a weekly prompt and you then compile a top ten (or three or five, it’s really up to you) list based on said prompt. This week’s prompt is “Thanksgiving freebie—tell us what you are thankful for!”…

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Childhood Movies

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! It’s a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you’re assigned a weekly prompt and you then compile a top ten (or three or five, it’s really up to you) list based on said prompt. This week’s prompt is a movie freebie. And as you can read…

‘Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso’ (Your Lie in April) Review

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (translates to Your Lie in April) is a Japanese animated series that revolves around Arima Kousei, a piano prodigy who lost his ability to ‘hear’ the sound of his own playing ever since his mother’s death. The story takes place two years after this incident, where he befriends Kaori Miyazono, a…

How strange is it to feel everything and nothing at once

I feel like I should say something, but my tongue is cable tied in the back of my head like it usually is, but today the bonds are drawn so tight, it practically draws blood. Yet I don’t feel a thing. And I feel like I should hear things, but I’m not listening. I mean no…

The Liebster Award

I was nominated by the awesome MJ (ages and ages ago, my bad 😅) to do the Liebster Award! Thank you, mi amigo! RULES – Post the award on your blog – Thank the person who nominated you – Answer the questions given – Nominate people and give them questions to answer QUESTIONS 1. To start,…

October 2016

My October was split in two. The first half was decent—did some things, travelled some places, had some fun. The second half was one emotional disaster after another. And I can pinpoint the exact moment it happened—not that it made anything better. Got better (kind of, and eventually had a modicum of fun, so don’t…

Too ace for this

“I’ve just discovered that Asexual Awareness Week is a thing that happens in October. Therefore, I demand to be continuously celebrated for the next seven days!” I say as the week draws to a close. Time management, what’s that? All jokes aside, I am GLAAD (overused pun, but whatever) that this something that’s celebrated because asexuality has always been…

Top Ten Tuesday: Horror Books in My TBR

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! It’s a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you’re assigned a weekly prompt and you then compile a top ten (or three or five, it’s really up to you) list based on said prompt. This week’s prompt is a Halloween-related freebie and I’ve decided to go…

Studying Abroad: A Survival Guide

Remember how I said I wanted to do more vlogging but wasn’t sure if I would ever get it done? Well, I finally got one out there. Do ignore the dodgy selfie/thumbnail. I have yet to figure out how to make one so this is the best I can manage for the time being. I also…

Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

This is my second Neil Gaiman book that I’ve ever read and it didn’t take me long at all to fall in love with it. It opens with a middle-aged man on his way to a funeral but wound up in the place where he used to live as a child. He wanders down to the farm at the…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Because of Recommendation

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! It’s a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you’re assigned a weekly prompt and you then compile a top ten (or three or five, it’s really up to you) list based on said prompt. This week’s prompt is ‘books I read because of recommendation.’ Not much…

Whitewashing—my origin story

I experience a different kind of racism in Jakarta (I might make a post in the future about this). This took me years to realise despite having lived in the damn city (kind of) all of my life. Basically, I go to an international school and a majority of the curriculum was Western-based. I didn’t get…

On writing about people unlike yourself

As part of the creative writing course in my university, every week we’ll have a guest speaker come and talk about what they’ve published and how they’ve gotten to where they are now. One of these speakers, a cis-het white woman (and, yes, I need to point this out), wrote a book about the coming out of…

Summer + September 2016

I would be lying if I said the past four months haven’t been hectic and headache inducing. But damn, they were the best four months I’ve ever had in my life. Highlights I’ll start off with summer. I wasn’t planning on including it here because I reckon it would be a bit crammed fitting all of three months,…

Second year resolutions

My first day of being a second-year student in university is looming around the corner. That means massive changes are on its way—perhaps even more so than that during my first year, which is saying something. I remembered feeling so out of place (not to mention sixteen hours away from home by plane) during my first year, with…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall TBR

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! If you don’t know what that is, it’s a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you’re assigned a weekly prompt and you then compile a top ten (or three or five, it’s really up to you) list based on said prompt. This week’s prompt is ‘books…

Coincidence? I think not.

I’m the kind of person who looks for meaning behind coincidences, no matter how stupid or insignificant they may be. Sometimes I even obsessively read into it like it’s some English Lit novel. It goes beyond typical zodiac post that I come across on Twitter and Tumblr (shameless plugs cough cough); this is real life I’m…

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Musicians

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! If you don’t know what that is, it’s a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you’re assigned a weekly prompt and you then compile a top ten (or three or five, it’s really up to you) list based on said prompt. This week’s prompt is anything…

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books of X Genre

If you’re reading this right now, I would be on a flight back to the UK. Which means that I wrote this post in advance. But you’ve probably already figured that out by now. Yes, good intro, Dev. Anyway, welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s a meme…

Toy Story but With Dogs: “The Secret Life of Pets” Review

(This movie contains minor spoilers. Read at your own discretion.) If anyone knows me well, then you’d know how much I love a) animated movies—more so than I do live-action ones, and b) dogs (if you didn’t know, now you know. Your life is different now.*) And, boy, did this movie have a lot of…

#Blogwarts

So not only was I late to post my overall #ReadThemAllThon progress, I realise that I haven’t posted anything about this other blogging event that I’m a part of: The Bloggers’ House Cup! Forgive my tardiness; I’m not the best when it comes to time management. I need to get into the habit of scheduling posts ahead…

#ReadThemAllThon Wrap Up

It’s finally here, exactly five days after the actual event has concluded. I apologise for my tardiness as I’ve been quite busy for the past couple of days. I’ve also crossed off one of my top goals in my bucket list over the weekend, so I wanted to get that on my blog first. Anyway, if you…

The day I met the band that saved my life

I’m writing this post because a) I want to and b) I made a vlog, as you can tell, about my day with Simple Plan (well, not really. I hung out with them for about an hour, but you know what I mean) and if you can’t be bothered watching that, then you can just…

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite TV Shows

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s a meme that’s been around the book blogging community for a while. It’s hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and the gist of it is that you’re assigned with a weekly prompt and then you compile a list based on said prompt….

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hello! I was nominated for this award by the lovely Flavia many, many weeks ago. This is my first ever award so thank you for that, I’m truly honoured! RULES – Show the award on your blog – Thank the person that has nominated you – Share seven different facts about yourself – Nominate fifteen blogs of your choice – Link…

Matthew Quick’s “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock”

(This review contains minor spoilers. Read at your own discretion.) In year 11, I did a presentation on the Columbine shooting. A lot of effort and research went into it. I did my best to explain what and why it had happened. I listed different reasons, possible causes, and the many impacts it had towards the future of…

Upcoming movies I’m excited for

I’m not a movie buff by any means. I don’t watch enough of them as I should in order to consider myself as such, thanks to my horrendous attention span and my inability to sit still. I’m no better when it comes to TV series, either—if anything, I think I’m worse off. But recently, I’ve found myself becoming…

Mira Jacob’s “The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing”

I’ve noticed I often go into books knowing little to nothing about it, so I read them with little to no expectations. So when the book I’m reading turns out to be a well-written and touching piece of work, I’m pleasantly surprised. Mira Jacob’s The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing happens to be one of those books. I’ve also…

Malinda Lo’s “Ash”

(This review contains minor spoilers. Read at your own discretion.) I love a good Western fairy tale retelling, especially when the author puts a spin to it like, say, if they made the main character a person of colour or made them not-straight. But for a book that aims to do just that (although it is unclear what race Ash is…

M. R. Carey’s “The Girl With All the Gifts”

(This post contains minor spoilers. Read at your own discretion.) I’ll be honest. The first time I found out about this book, I thought it was going to be about something different. Like mental illness or disabilities or something. How completely and utterly wrong was I. M. R. Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts tells a story…

Abode of the Dead

I hold the Underworld in my heart—dead feelings, dead friendships, dead memories, and scars that never quite disappear. Hades sits atop the throne in the hollow of my clavicle, Persephone rules over the flowers of decay growing in the caverns of my beating heart, and Cerberus resides in my diaphragm, held back with thick, black chains, muzzles…

#ReadThemAllThon

It was nearing midnight and I was bored out of my mind. Seeing how barren my WordPress homepage was, I started traipsing round the Internet looking for blogs to check out and potentially follow. Through this, I stumbled upon Read at Midnight (super awesome book blog, aesthetic as all get out, go check them out) and whilst browsing through their homepage,…

50 songs that have inspired my writing

As any artist will know, there’s no telling where inspiration will come from—it comes when it comes and we’re given the choice to either embrace them, reject them, or save them for a rainy day. In my case as a fiction writer, however, because I spend a majority of my time doing my art with my earphones on, a lot…

I See Myself

I see myself in interrogation through a one-way mirror. Eyes blinded, squinting at my figure bathed under the fluorescent lamp while I was shrouded in shadow on the other side. It was desolate, watching her as the inspector sways her down. In the dimness, I see myself in this mirror— like a window. But she only…

Balli Kaur Jaswal’s “Sugarbread”

This is only my second book by Balli Kaur Jaswal (though, to be fair, she only has two so far and is currently in the middle of writing a third) and she’s already made it to my list of my favourite authors of all time. As much as I liked Jaswal’s first novel, Inheritance (my review of…

Cadenza

She sleeps in her maple wood bed, battered and scared, under her blanket of velvet red. The pieces of her bonded together. Recalling his caress on her curves as he moved, she wakes and leaves the bridge of driftwood. It bows from the pressure of her, weighing it down. Yet it holds— barely. Gathering dust, numberless…

Unveiled

Heather—or Detective Bertrand as she was always addressed around here—stared at the dead body rigged on of the fire escape. Her eyes narrowed; she felt morbidly curious and sickened all at the same time. She had seen many a grisly murder pockmarking the alleyways of New York during the course of her job, but never…

Dee Lestari’s “Kesatria, Putri, & Bintang Jatuh” (Supernova #1)

Kesatria, Putri, & Bintang Jatuh (Indonesian for “The Knight, the Princess, and the Falling Star”) is the first in the Supernova series written by acclaimed Indonesian author, Dee Lestari. It recounts the stories of four groups of people: Dimas and Reuben → a young gay couple living in the suburbs of Jakarta. Dimas is a graduate English Literature from George Washington…

I’ll probably regret this in the morning

If you’re reading this, maybe you know who you are. It’s nearing three in the morning as I write this. I constantly question myself, “how many times is it acceptable to write about the same person?” Because I’ve written about you three times before this on a similar hour, though in different timezones. All three…

Balli Kaur Jaswal’s “Inheritance”

There are two reasons I was interested in reading this book. One, it had a simple, pretty cover (don’t lie; we all judge books by their covers) and two, I had bought Jaswal’s other novel (which I’ve yet to read), Sugarbread, which had been a finalist for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Needless to say, I…

An amateur traveller’s guide to travelling solo

I recently came back from a week-long holiday in Singapore. Despite what the title says, I wasn’t on my own—my sister was with me. But the real reason I was in Singapore in the first place was because my sister was a part of this summer program and I was there to make sure that she’d stay alive over the course of…

Death and other notions

So as some of you may or may not have heard, on June 10th, singer Christina Grimmie, was fatally shot at her concert Orlando, Florida and died in a local hospital. My sister told me about it, specifically the fact that Grimmie was in critical condition, over a plate of gado-gado after yoga class. All I said was ‘what?’…

The Loneliest Whale in the World

I listen and search for years. Four years since the colour blue burst forth, frothing from my lips, my chest spilling emptying whatever’s left of me. As if there was anything to empty at all. Dripping, dripping, dripping, like a leaky faucet, a minor inconvenience easily mended with a twist of a wrench and I…