Book: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

I picked up this book from the shelf because I fell in love with the title, and the cover. As I read the blurb on the inside jacket, my heart fluttered. The book tells a story of Julia Win’s journey to unravel the mystery of his father’s past. Julia’s father, Tin Win, disappeared without a…

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The Book.

“I think I’m going to move to Ubud for a while, maybe for 3-6 months,” I typed on my WhatsApp. It was a cloudy Monday morning in Ubud. I was sitting cross-legged on the front porch; trying to decide whether I would go for a swim or not before meeting Alfred later in the afternoon….

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My Saturday with Mishka.

“The tragedy is not that you’re gonna die this way,” my mother had said to me once, “it’s that you live this way.” [The Long Run by Mishka Shubaly.] I fall for words. Words of all kinds. Flirty texts. Random questions. Stupid remarks. Retarded emoticons. I fall for words so much, to the extent that…

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My Life As I Know It.

So, it has been 33 days since my latest blogpost—and I haven’t had the time to write more about my India trip; which resulted in 4 pending blogposts for Mumbai, Agra, Jaipur and Delhi. In one and other way, my India escape shares similar characteristics with my Santorini getaway, in a sense that I keep…

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Santorini | 4. Romance in a Bookshop

Wherever I go, I always find myself being drawn by tiny old-looking bookshop. Of course, gigantic bookstores like Kinokuniya or Taipei’s 7-storey high Eslite are amazing and jaw-dropping. But there’s always something romantic about a small bookshop. You can sense this personal touch, you can more or less gauge the characteristics of the owner. All…

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#28hari: sneak peek

Rainy afternoon. A package arrived on my desk. And look what’s inside! A mood-lifter! 🙂 #28hari, a prose-writing collaboration project I’ve worked on last year together with @ndorokakung, was about to transform itself into a book, thanks to @nulisbuku (our publisher) and @evamuchtar (who translated it into English) 😀 Excited! ^^

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Junot Diaz, 2007 | 352 halaman Pacar saya pernah bertanya, mengapa saya suka novel-novel dengan karakter utama yang ‘misfit‘*. Orang-orang yang kesepian, aneh, tidak dimengerti, terasing, dan seakan-akan nggak punya tempat yang pas di dunia. Saya juga nggak tahu mengapa persisnya, tapi saya merasa terhubung dengan karakter-karakter seperti ini. I know what they’ve been through…

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One Day

David Nicholls, 2009 | 435 halaman You can live your whole life not realising that what you’re looking for is right in front of you. Kisah Emma dan Dexter bermula pada suatu malam, selepas wisuda. Keduanya menghabiskan satu hari terakhir bersama, kemudian berpisah untuk menempuh jalan hidup masing-masing. Emma, sang aktivis, memutuskan bergabung dengan sebuah…

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