#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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

#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…

#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,…

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…

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?’…