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This Too, Shall Pass

30 Days Writing Challenge

Day 5: A Quote You Try to Live By

God knows there are a lot of quotes I love… From books I read, from movies I watched. I even have a special notebook to write all the quotes I adore.

But there aren’t many quotes that I apply in live. Some of them are just witty remarks that become meaningless when taken out of context.

The latest quote that I feel I should deeply take to heart and try to always apply in whatever situation is this:

This too, shall pass

Source: Pinterest.com. Of course this is not the ring the Persian King asked.

The story behind this quote is as follows:

Centuries ago, a Persian king wanted a ring made. Not just any ring, but a ring with wise words carved. Wisdom that can make sad people happy, and make people not to turn happiness into euphoria. The king gave this task to a skillful goldsmith. After some consideration, the goldsmith chose these words: THIS TOO, SHALL PASS.

The wisdom these words hold pleased the king. It makes people not too sad when facing difficult times, and not too happy when experiencing good times. Because they know, both good and bad times will eventually pass. Everything is always changing.

In Indonesia, we know the wisdom: Badai pasti berlalu. Meaning the storm will eventually pass, therefore we must be strong and hold on. But this only applies to bad times. I think we must also restrain ourselves when it comes to happiness. When we are happy, remember to share it with others… Be considerate, don’t make them jealous of our happiness, but help them to be happy too.


One Kind Stranger

30 Days Writing Challenge

Day 4: The kindest thing strangers ever done to you

In my case, it’s one stranger. A woman.

Funny, I was talking about this with my workmate during our trip to Jakarta last Saturday. There is one story that I still remember until now.

spirited away - chihiro in the forest

Spirited Away, my favorite Ghibli movie. This particular scene reminds me of the story I’m about to tell you. No, I’m not spirited away. It’s just that the atmosphere feels similar.


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30 Days Writing Challenge

Day 2: Memorable Things People Said About Me

Actually my memory is not that good, but the most memorable thing someone has ever said about me is… that I am useless.

I think maybe that’s the reason sometimes I try too hard to be useful for others, to the point that I let them take advantage of my good-will. It’s not good, folks! Don’t make it an example.

But let’s not dwell on unpleasant memory. There are also nice things people said about me that make me happy and try to be a better person.

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30 Days Writing Challenge

Day 1: 10 Things That Make Me Really Happy

Happiness can be found in simple things… You need not try very hard. And when you do find it, enjoy it to the fullest, because it won’t last forever. Don’t believe that “happy ever after” thingie.

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Finding Horror Movies

Horror has been my favorite movie genre ever since I was a kid. Back then, I remember being captivated watching Chinese vampire movies and Suzanna’s (an Indonesian most famous horror movie actress) movies, but the one movie that gets stuck in my mind is The Amityville Horror.

I was a fifth maybe sixth grader in elementary school when I watched it. It was aired way past my bedtime and my parents didn’t allow me to watch TV past my bedtime, so I pretended to be asleep when actually I was waiting for them to fall asleep. I tossed and turned on my bed, in the dark (the light’s switched off to keep my parents not alerted), trying so hard to stay awake. And when I was sure that the coast was clear, I sneaked out of my bedroom into the living room, which was the largest room in my house. I turned on the TV and quickly lowered the volume. The movie had already started. It’s funny when I remember it now… I mean, I couldn’t focus on the movie back then, because I was wary that my parents would be awake at any time and caught me in the act. Yet I remember the intense fear I felt from watching the scary scenes in the movie. I remember constantly checking behind the sofa that I sat on, afraid that something might suddenly jump out of the darkness to scare me.

A few years later when The Amityville Horror was remade, I was eager to see it. I went to the cinema alone (not because I wanted to relive my childhood experience watching that movie, but because no one was available to accompany me at that time). Frankly speaking, I was kind of disappointed by the remake; it’s not as scary as I hoped it would be. I wanted to watch the original version once more…but to my dismay, I haven’t find it. Nowadays I find it difficult to find a horror movie that really scares me. Perhaps it’s because I have already watched too many horror movies.. I don’t know. For me, a horror movie does not have to be gory (in fact, I don’t fancy watching movies with blood splashed all over the screen).

Let me share you some horror movies that in my opinion are good and worth watching:

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Fans vs. Anti-fans

“I’m your biggest fan, I’ll follow you until you love me…”
[Lady Gaga – Paparazzi]


What are idols without their fans?
Yup, no idols at all.

I think most people will agree that fans play a big part in the success of an idol and generally in the entertainment world (may I say entertainment world?) If you are an actor or an actress, without fans, who’s going to watch your movies?

If you are a singer or a group band, and you don’t have fans, who’s going to buy your albums? Who’s going to watch your performances? Not only fans are loyal buyers, they also an awesome means of advertising. If they love you, they will unconsciously or unconsciously affect their surrounding to love you as well.

Of course, if there are fans, there are also anti-fans (yeah, it’s hard to please everyone; you cannot have every single person in the world loves you). Whereas fans worship their idols as if some Greek Gods, anti-fans, by any means, try to ruin the idols’ good image, attempting to take them down from their thrones in Olympus.

It’s a black campaign, really. In a way, anti-fans participate in elevating the idols’ fame. For example, anti-fans of group band A post videos that are mocking A in the internet. They show how ugly and unworthy A is. The fans of A will get furious of course, but what about the people who don’t even know A? Perhaps some people would have a bad impression about A and try to avoid A, but some would sympathize, or simply become curious, try to get to know A–and who knows, they might even like A in the end. Voila! More fans for A. Thank you, anti-fans!

Back to what I have stated previously: fans worship their idols–they love their idols. It’s a good thing, right? Who wouldn’t like to be loved?
But oh…how things could go frenzy.

Insomnia : 220

Am I exaggerating if I say that overly-devoted fans can drive their idols crazy? I don’t think so. This kind of ‘big’ fans can be like stalkers, paparazzi. They hang around in the idols’ neighborhood, trying to get snapshots of their so-called superstars. They can be like ghosts that haunt you everywhere. They go “Aaaaahhhh!!” or “Kyaaaaa!!!!” whenever they catch a glimpse of their idols. Or worse, whenever they see the pictures or even the names of their idols printed in magazines.

With Camera

These big fans can act cute, alluring, or whatever in front of their idols, in a (futile) attempt to attract them, but this behaviour turns 180 degrees when they face anti-fans. They can be really rude and sometimes hostile. It won’t be surprising, for instance, if below an anti-fans video of A you find comments such as: “To hell with you and your video!” or “Remove this video or I’m gonna make your life miserable!” hmmm…what a threat.
I mean, can’t we respect others’ point of views?

It’s only normal if we want those close to us have the same point of view about certain idols. It’s normal if we recommend our idols to our friends, wanting them to love our idols as much as we do…But here’s abnormal:

I would go to my friend’s place and show her the video of my favorite idols then I’d ask her what she thinks about it. My friend is not interested. And then I’d go “Oh come on! Watch it one more time! Their song is awesome! And they are super duper gorgeous!” In order to amuse me she’s watch the video again, but still…”Uh…I can’t say I agree with you…” And then I’d freak out “Are you blind?! Deaf?! Should I tie you to a chair and force you to listen to all of their songs and to watch all of their videos so you can see how great they are???” She’d kick me out and there goes our friendship. No one would ever be friend with me again (except perhaps fellow fans that are as freaky as I).


To fans who get infuriated if their idols are attacked or insulted (by anti-fans), I tell you this: being angry consumes energy, and why would you want to waste your energy for someone/people who probably don’t even know you?

Do I seem like I’m in favor of anti-fans? Nope.

Sometimes I find that anti-fans pose a ridiculous reason to hate certain idols, such as “I hate them because they are plastics. They’re just looks, no brains.” …So what? For me, if the idols call themselves entertainers, then as long as they can entertain the audience, I don’t care whether or not they undergo plastic surgeries. I don’t care if the idols embarrass themselves with their own stupidity. Hey, if it makes me laugh, then it’s called entertaining, right?

And do you think it’s fair if only because a few mistakes in live performances we judge the idols “cannot sing” or “cannot dance”? Well, they are humans, not machines. Humans do make mistakes.

the voodoo that you do so well

I admit that sometimes I sigh and swoon when I see the pictures or performances of my fave idols, but I don’t put their photo under my pillow and kiss them every night before I go to sleep. Nor do I lash out at anti-fans and tell them to go f themselves. I also have some idols that I don’t like, but mostly I keep it to myself. Perhaps I’ll gossip it with my friends if someone brings up the subject. The worst thing that I’ll do is sticking the hated idols’ photo to a voodoo doll and stab—just kidding =p

What I’m saying is, I don’t get those kind of expressions of extreme love or extreme hatred. Whenever I see a war between fans and anti-fans, I just smile and chuckle. As if they have nothing better to do…