‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Turn, Turn, Turn.”

Seasons change so quickly! Which one do you most look forward to? Which is your least favorite?

I spent a good portion of my childhood growing up in Australia. There, there were four seasons and I remember falling in love most with autumn. I loved the colors of autumn — the earthy, neutral meets fiery scheme from nature. I loved how pretty trees looked and how the leaves fell, how it all automatically make you feel poetic and melancholic. As a child, I thought autumn was the most romantic season to be in.

As I moved back to Indonesia and grew up in the tropics, I only know two seasons: the dry and the wet season, with the small transitioning period in between. Simply, half of the year is full of rain and the other half is mainly hot and dry. In Papua, I didn’t really pay attention much to the seasons, it all felt pretty much the same: rain one day, sunny the next. But when I moved to Surabaya, it was a whole different story. See, you don’t feel the extremity of dry and wet season much in Papua; sure, there are the occasional torrents of rain and plainly hot days — but Surabaya is a whole new extreme. Continue reading “‘Tis the Season to be Jolly”

From Zero to a Dozen

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Counting Voices.”

A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

Nothing beats the feeling after having a good conversation. Whether it’s an intellectually challenging debate, a personal heart-to-heart, or just a simple chit-chat, a good conversation will always leave a resounding impression. Funny, isn’t it, how a simple exchange of words can foster great ideas, catapult dreams, or even soothe the little storm in your heart.

But what exactly makes a good conversation? Based from experience, a good conversation is one that is simply fulfilling. You find the answers to what you’re looking for in another person, you may find comfort, some sort of profound meaning, or something simulating. Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for, a good conversation will fulfill you to a certain extent and will make you want to keep searching, keep conversing, until you reach your closure. That being said, how many people does it take, ideally, for a good conversation? Continue reading “From Zero to a Dozen”

What I Talk About When I Talk About…

Book reviews.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

We’re all familiar with the five-star rating system. Y’know, like, 1 star = Ugh; 2 stars = Meh; 3 stars = Okay; 4 stars = Cool; 5 stars = Awesome. We’re used to rate things using this or a number scale: we rate apps, music, books, movies, food, hotels — all sort of things. It’s simply a convenient way of rating and reviewing the things we use, but sometimes I feel that it’s becoming redundant each time I use it.

I’ve been active on Goodreads for about a year but I’ve only been shelving books and rating them after reading; I rarely give a serious review — only did two so far. But since my last review, I’ve been thinking hard about how I’ve been rating the books I read. Why did I give Harry Potter five stars and why did I give low-rating stars to Catcher in the Rye? So far my ratings were based on impulse and feeling, like, oh I really love Harry Potter so Imma give five stars, or ugh Catcher in the Rye bored me to oblivion so Imma give one — or maybe two stars, meh. It’s obviously very biased and that’s all normal, because reviews and ratings are inherently subjective. But if I keep giving evaluations based on subjectivity then I’m not getting the best out of my readings. What’s the use of reading 50 books a year but I can’t give an objective and critical opinion on them? Right? Continue reading “What I Talk About When I Talk About…”