#ReadersCrossing

Hello! Apologies for the two week absence. I was drowning in deadlines and my blogging idea well was running dry so I decided to give myself a bit of a break. Now if you’ve been following me since the start (thank you, by the way!), you’ll know that last summer I took part in Aentee‘s…

Writing a Novel #3: Planning the Literary Road Trip

I’ve finally gotten round to writing a synopsis for my novel, to which I had an epiphany and tweeted about it: You ever start writing a story and then realise that you've not thought it through well enough at all — badass lady 💀 (@devgunawidjaja) November 14, 2017 It’s not like I’ve started this story…

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” Review

(This review contains minor spoilers. Read at your own discretion.) I’ve taken a break from writing novel updates because a) I’ve not written that much since the last one and b) I watched “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” recently. And I have some thoughts on it. I loved the first Kingsman movie. It was a fun,…

Working with TEDxBristol

Yesterday, on November 3rd, I had the absolute pleasure of working with this year’s TEDxBristol team as part of my publishing module’s industry project. The event was two days long, November 2 – 3, but I couldn’t make the first day as I couldn’t get time of from work. Being a part of TEDx was…

Writing a Novel #2: The Origin Story

Following my first post on my WIP, I’ve decided to post a lil’ something again. I’ve semi-formed a plot and, though I already have it written down in both digital and physical spaces, i just want to update the world on my progress, mainly on what the damn novel is about. Again, nothing too detailed…

Writing a Novel #1: 1,000 Word Mark

As a third year creative writing student, one of my primary tasks is to write an extract from a novel that we want to write. And as a creative writer in general, I have about 324789293 ideas floating around in my head, but there has always been one that stood out most to me and…

“Kimi no Na Wa” Review

Kimi no Na Wa is a Japanese animated movie surrounding the fate of high schoolers Mitsuha, who wants much more than her provincial life, and Taki, a privileged boy living in downtown Tokyo. The two start of as complete strangers living their individual lives—until they suddenly switch places. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen and they…

Summer 2017

I know I haven’t posted a monthly update in ages and I’m going to be honest: I don’t know if I want to keep going with it. It’s not because I don’t enjoy it—I’ve mentioned in the past that it’s one of my favourite things to blog about—but I struggle to find stuff to say…

“Howl’s Moving Castle” Review

(This review contains spoilers. Read at your own discretion.) The book, not the beautifully animated Ghibli movie*. That’s a review for another time. Howl’s Moving Castle is one of the most enchanting and creative fantasy books I’ve ever read. Part of me wished that I’d read it when I was younger; this is definitely something eight-year-old…

My Home is the Ocean

I stepped outside and sat on the sea-worn wooden rocker, nursing a mug of tea, taking gingerly sips. The morning was crisp, the smell of salt hung heavy in the air. The sun was hidden behind a veil of mist; everything was shrouded in pale smoke. It was mostly silent, tranquil, apart from the crash…

A Lesson in Vigilance

Jessamine’s steps were steady and measured, her posture poised yet it gave off a sense of assertiveness—shoulders back and head held high with a surefire gaze, just as her father had taught her. She had to keep reminding herself to remain this way all throughout the day. Her hands, wrapped in bandage fingerless gloves, were…

“American Gods” Reviewďťż

(This review contains spoilers. Read at your own discretion.) At long last, I’ve finished this behemoth of a book. I meant that in a good way, of course. It’s Neil Gaiman, what’s not to love? American Gods centres around ex-convict, Shadow Moon, who was released early due to the death of his wife, Laura, and best friend,…

What I learned from my first job

I wouldn’t say this post is a long time coming since it’s been three, four months since I left my first job—and there’s a chance I might be well on my way onto my third—but, like they say, better late than never. So in case you didn’t know, I applied to become a team member…

Why we need more shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I’ll be honest, I had no interest in Brooklyn Nine-Nine the first time I heard about it. I dismissed it as another sitcom/cop show. I don’t remember what compelled me to finally give it a shot, but I can’t believe that I’ve been putting this show off for as long as I did. Not only…

“Batman: The Killing Joke” Review

(This review contains spoilers. Read at your own discretion.) In Batman: The Killing Joke, we learn of the Joker’s backstory. Fifty pages may not seem like a lot, especially when dealing with someone like Joker, but this is Alan Moore we’re talking about. If he doesn’t know his way around the medium, then I don’t know…

“Watchmen” Review

Watchmen is really something and a half when it comes to graphic novels. I don’t say it like a bad thing, but when this book has been hailed as ‘one of the most influential graphic novels of all time’, you know there is a lot to offer and dissect. Like most things in life, Watchmen may…

The Funeral

Mae didn’t know how she was going to survive the funeral. Not that she could remember much of it so far. She wasn’t even sure if she wanted to remember it, or why it ever happened at all. But the more she let that thought pass through her mind, the more guilt built up inside…

Where have I been?

I’m going to cut to the chase. I’ve been MIA from the blogging scene since May and I don’t really have a reason as to why. I just know that I didn’t feel like blogging anymore. At the time, anyway—not even a monthly update post, which what I’m usually most excited for. I even missed…

Arabella

Originally posted on writerlyintents:
? January 30th. My small town was blanketed in heavy fog and the air felt different than usual. Everything, and everyone, slumbered on, breathing rhythmically almost. The silence was punctuated by the occasional rumble of automobiles as they drove past me. I was walking up the bridge leading home, past the bus stop…

Surviving or Thriving?

This post contains mentions of self harm and suicide. Read at your own discretion. Another year, another Mental Health Awareness Week. Now I’m not going to go into the statistics of how many million people are affected by mental illness and what we can do to support them. There are a billion more informed websites…

Riley

I stirred. Groggy and disoriented as I was, I was aware of my own blinking, but all I saw was darkness. In my panic, it took me a moment to realise that was in a pitch black room—a cell? Basement? It was freezing cold, my teeth chattered so hard my jaw had begun to hurt….

April 2017

I have a headache at the moment and I keep forgetting to take Paracetamol. I’ll get some as soon as I finish typing this paragraph. Be right back. Highlights​​ I went to PRIDE for the second time running. I didn’t write about it last year because I didn’t have a blog yet then. And like any…

The Wish

Originally posted on writerlyintents:
Hazel was wrapped around my arms when Jean woke. Smiling, he pressed his lips against the crook where her neck and shoulder meet—”Happy birthday, babe,” he had whispered as well—and gingerly unwound myself from her. He carefully sorted the duvet over her before I left the room. Stood in nothing but boxers in a sunlit…

On being brown and Asian

This is a topic that’s been swirling round my head that’s never been properly anchored down to a page. Part of me thinks that I might be the only person who thinks this. But I also know that there are seven billion people (and counting) in this world, so I’m probably not on my own. I’ll sum it up…

“Moonlight” Review

Moonlight is a coming-of-age story about a gay black man, focusing on three different stages of his life, chaptered by his many names: Little (childhood), Chiron (adolescent, also his real name) and Black (adulthood). The movie explores the difficulties he faces with his own sexuality and identity, including the physical, psychological and emotional abuse he receives as…

March 2017

Looks like another month has marched on by. Highlights I can’t remember exactly which post(s) I mentioned this, but if you guys have been keeping up (and if you have, thank you) then you’ll know that I’m in the middle of having my ADHD diagnosed. I went to the GP back in the December and,…

“One Day at a Time” Review

One Day at a Time (a remake of based on the 1975-84 show of the same name) is a sitcom that follows three generations of a Cuban-American family. It stars military veteran single (and newly-separated) mother, Penelope, who is now a nurse and trying to make ends meet; her headstrong feminist daughter, Elena; vain and sarcastic tween…

“Night in the Woods” Review

Taken from the official website, Night in the Woods tells the tale of college dropout Mae Borowski, who returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs seeking to resume her aimless former life and reconnect with the friends she left behind. But things aren’t the same. Home seems different now and her friends…

February 2017

Sorry this post came out a bit later than my other wrap up posts. Second month of 2017 is appropriately more eventful than the previous, so I was tad bit busier than usual. And a tad bit lazier. Also, if you had a go at my 50 Truths, 1 Lie post, my answer will be at…

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…

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…

“Yuri!!! on Ice” Review

(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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

Summer 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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey” Review

I just want to say before I start that I am currently having one of the biggest fangirl moments on my life. Basically, a few days ago I tweeted a post singing praises about one of the main characters, Saga. And while I was in the process of polishing up this review, actual Ragnar Tørnquist (aka founder of Red…

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…