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For the Love of Children Books

Last Friday, I went to Islamic Book Fair (IBF) 2015 in Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, with some colleagues. This is the first time I visited IBF, and I didn’t have any expectation. People say IBF is one of the biggest book fairs in Indonesia, and is always crowded every year. But this year, it doesn’t seem like it has too many visitors (perhaps during weekend the visitors will multiplied).

As stated previously, I didn’t have any expectation, and I didn’t plan on buying any book. But–oh boy–I was so wrong!

It was nearly lunchtime, Miss. E and I were looking for a food stall. As we were heading to the second floor, a small stand standing innocently in the middle of the stairs. The word “imported books” and “sale” caught our eyes immediately. It’s a stand of By Books & Friends. We approached it and saw a lot of children books. Oh! Did I mention that I love children books? Especially ones that have beautiful or adorable illustrations? I. Freaked. Out.

Instantly, we’re busy sorting through the books. I had difficult time selecting which books were going to go home with me, and I lamented the fact that I didn’t have more money. In the end, I picked four books. Without further ado, here they are…

IBF 2015 book haul

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Tutorial: Colorful Felt Cubes

After a baby comes into my life, I have several toy projects I have in mind. The problem is stealing the time to do them :))
In the previous post, I shared with you an alphabet book without the tutorial because I didn’t take picture of the process. It was a trial and error project anyway. This time, I’m going to share the process of making colorful cubes (it’s similar to dices).

Preparation:

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I forgot to mention the scissors. It’s near the drawing pen.

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The Alphabet Book for Baby

When I said that I’m making a quiet book for my newborn son, a friend of mine suggested me to make an alphabet book. I thought, okay, it’d be easy enough. So I started the project and I stole some time now and then to work on it. Turns out it takes me about 3 months to finally finish the project. It could be better, but I’m quite satisfied with the result.

alphabet felt book front cover

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Needle Books

I got the idea for making needle books from Pinterest. They are used to store needles and pins. They are very cute and you can customize the cover and each page of the book.

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After some teasers and photos, this Korean girl group finally released the music video of their latest song, I GOT A BOY. It’s so…hip hop style; the song, the dance, the outfit, the hairstyle… It’s actually nice, after watching/listening several times, but my first impression is that it’s kind of all over the place and overwhelming. I don’t know how to explain it… the beat is like jumping around between fast and slow. Well, check out for yourself:

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Tutorial: Mini Teddy Bear

teddy bears soda house

This is a tutorial to make a teddy bear doll made of felt material. The preparation is similar to my previous handcraft tutorial (moon kitty felt box and rabbit & cat dolls):

felt material, threads, scissors, needle, dakron, ribbon

Optional: black beads, buttons

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Tutorial: Beads Square Bag/Case

My mom’s birthday is coming up and I’m thinking about making her something made of beads. I’m halfway done when I realize that I need more strings and also need to purchase some zippers :(

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Korean girl group Kara is back with their latest song called Pandora. I read it somewhere that what they refer to as Pandora is a Goddess whose beauty enthrals other Gods/Goddesses. Therefore, Kara girls hope to captivate the audience’s interest with their charm and beauty as well. I kinda disappointed at that shallow notion, but maybe actually Pandora holds a deeper meaning that they don’t want to share? Who knows…

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And the story goes…

Deep down below, lay in deep slumber some terrible giant Gods. So terrible that all they want is to wreck havoc on earth, putting an end to humanity. They can only be appeased by annual youth offerings, and that’s why humans have done a sacrifice ritual for centuries.

In modern world, it is not enough to have an old-fashioned ritual where the youths are placed in an altar and then killed by knives/swords. The believers want to see the youths (the sacrifice) commit sin and then be punished for it. For this purpose, they have built a cabin in the woods that serves as one big altar, and below the cabin, they built huge facility to control everything that is going on above.

For every ritual, the believers need 5 youths to be sacrificed, namely the whore, the athlete, the scholar, the fool, and the virgin. Once they have chosen the five youths, they place the youths in the cabin to play their roles. Even if in reality the youths’ personalities don’t suit the roles they need to play, the believers find a way to drug them and basically mind-control them.

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The Hunger Games VS Battle Royale

I’ve just watched The Hunger Games and can’t help to compare it to a cult Japanese movie, Battle Royale, like many people do. Both movies are about a game/competition requiring the participants to kill each other until only one person is left. My first thought is that to people who have watched and are actually enjoying Battle Royale, The Hunger Games is just a child’s play.

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