Against Popular Belief

Haruki Murakami, one of the wisest authors I have known (but all authors are wise to some extent I think), said that if you only read books that everyone else was reading, you could only think what everyone was thinking. In another words, you lost your originality.

Haruki Murakami, one of the wisest authors I have known (but all authors are wise to some extent I think), said that if you only read books that everyone else was reading, you could only think what everyone was thinking. In another words, you lost your originality.

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For The Love of Books?

This year, I started an Instagram account for my books. It does sound weird when I read that again, but it is actually a great place to share reviews and just challenge each other to read more (and probably buy more) books.

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The last three months were really hard for me, and just a like a true book geek, I escaped to books. In the first month, I read 16 books. I read them like I have never read any books before. The result, stacks of new books and a suffering bank account. I found it now amazing how I managed to get through my weeks, with all my works and store to run, and still managed to read that much. Now that I’m almost over the problem, my reading pace is back to normal. One or two books a week.

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Me and The Farm

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

Two sides of the same coin is basically the big theme for The Farm by Tom Rob Smith. I remember I had this topic with my class where students listened to two people describing one accident from their own point of views. I divided the class in two, group A listened to the first person and group B listened to the second. After, they paired and compared the stories they had heard.

Surely, there were some differences involving the accident. My friend told me about another saying: There sides of the same coin. The third side is the truth. That means there is falseness in both first and second sides. This is exactly what happened in The Farm.

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In this broken world

The city where I live is surrounded by mountains, it looks like it is at the bottom of a bowl of mountains. Thanks to this geographical feature, we have cool weather most time of the year and one of the reasons why people from our neighbour cities visit us during weekend: cool mountain breeze, rain, big trees, and the feeling of being surrounded by nature. (Although, truth to be told, they spend most time in downtown where traffic is getting more and more horrible).

Like people who long for adventure, sometimes I take my city for granted. I don’t want to explore because it feels so touristy and also, I think I can do it anytime I want (why sacrifice a nice weekend to explore my city?). So, last month I took a ride to Maribaya, the nearest town in the mountain. The weather was typical Bandung weather: wet, cold, and windy. We had to stop several time for a shelter, but I had my camera on my neck and I knew that this was going to be a good day.

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