My Adventure in Taichung, Taiwan

Recently I had the chance to travel to Taiwan for a two-week summer program, in Taichung to be exact! The last time I went abroad was when I was in elementary school (7 or 8 years ago) and this time I was on my own with some friends. Heading off to unfamiliar region and a pretty far one with language I don’t speak really made me nervous in the beginning. Nonetheless, I was excited for my first travel to an East Asian country!

Taichung is the second biggest city in Taiwan after the capital city Taipei. It is located in the center of Taiwan. As expected from a subtropical country, it is summertime in July and the weather is hot! A different kind of hot from Surabaya. In Surabaya, even though it’s hot it would still be a little windy at times because Surabaya is close to the coast. However, the heat in Taichung is stifling — it’s not only hot but also humid as well. Continue reading My Adventure in Taichung, Taiwan

Watching sunrise at Ijen Crater

A few days before Eid Mubarak holiday, my family went to Ijen Crater. We planned this trip approximately two weeks before, since it had been quite a while since we went on a holiday together. My friend has been there before and he told me the view was magnificent. I browsed some photos on Instagram and was amazed by them! Especially the blue fire! So my aunt booked a hotel at Banyuwangi, a small regency in the easternmost of East Java Province which is closest to Ijen Crater. And then off we go~ Continue reading Watching sunrise at Ijen Crater

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is off to a great start!

As a reader who holds a special place for contemporary genre in her heart, I have read my fair share of romantic novels. Either the summer-y ones or the gritty type with questionable protagonist, I am already quite familiar with the pattern. My reading experience greatly affected me when I first began to venture to the K-drama world. I am able to deduce the pattern of a romantic comedy or a mystery/thriller story almost imminently.

Therefore, upon reading the synopsis for What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim ⌈김비서가 왜 그럴까⌋, I had a certain expectation in my mind. Narcissistic vice president of a company named Lee Young Joon and his hard-working secretary Kim Mi So? Ah, then the vice president must be the typical chaebol and the secretary is bound to fall in love first. Normally I wouldn’t be sold, but since the lead actors are Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young, whose acting I have seen before and impressed me greatly, that’s enough reason to give this drama a chance! Continue reading What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is off to a great start!

What do you do on Wednesday 3:30 PM?

Last week I saw a really cute & fluffy Korean drama! It’s actually a web-drama, hence only consisted of 10 episodes — each lasted for around 30 minutes. The title was Wednesday 3:30 PM  ⌈수요일 오후3시30분⌋.

Unique & attention-grabbing title

Do you know why the drama is called Wednesday 3:30 PM? The lead female character, Eun woo, believes that a woman looks ugliest at this specific hour. because the stress of the week peaks during this particular time. At this particular time as well, Eun woo got dumped by her fiance. What a timing!

Teaming up with her childhood friend Jae-won, they initiated Wednesday 3:30 PM Project in which Jae-won would take Eun woo out on a date every week at that particular time and posted her smiling face on Instagram to make her ex-fiance jealous.

Happiness is cheap

At least, that’s what I learn from this drama! You don’t need to be eating at a fancy restaurant or going to expensive places in order to make yourself happy. No! Jae won simple ideas of making Eun woo smile prettily were just pure mind-opening, such as:

  • Inviting her to a flower garden & giving her balloons
  • Taking her to a cafe to have delicious sweet deserts
  • Strolling at the park while watching the beautiful petals of sakura trees.
  • Many more!

Moreover, the chemistry between these two actors were very impressive. Each of their interactions just came across naturally and emphasized the fact that they had known each other since childhood even more. It wasn’t long until I found myself shipping them SO hard!

수요일 오후3시30분 (Wednesday 3:30 PM)  © SBS Plus

Gimme all the fluff!

I had seen the pattern before so the plot was a bit predictable for me. However, I still enjoyed watching this drama, mainly because the fluff gave me life. Overall, I really liked the ending of the story! Though I kinda wish both lead characters (Eun woo & Jae won) were honest with each other in the first place! That would have saved this series from the drama at the last few episodes.


That’s it peeps! This drama was truly what I needed. It has been very exhausting recently and honestly, I felt relaxed and happy because I did something for pleasure for the first time in months💕

 

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Point
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

Such a cute book! As expected from our queen of contemporary, Kasie West. Her books have always been the ones I turn to every time I need a break from busy life or heavy reads. And P.S. I Like You provided me with such entertainment — I couldn’t stop reading.

Lily is your typical awkward girl who had difficulties talking to boys and isn’t very popular at school to begin with. Sounds like your typical contemporary, no? But the amazing thing about Kasie West is despite the common tropes she uses in her stories, her writing seems to make everything work like magic. Lily has a big family, one whose portrayal just screams warmth and if I had to quote from the book, “like how real families supposed to be”. I love reading her dynamic with each family members. How Ashley is not the typical annoying big sister — yes, there are moments where she can’t help but to tease Lily, but she’s very supportive in her own way. Wyatt and Jonah are two adorable Things. Reading about the interaction of Lily’s family just put a warm feeling inside my chest.

In addition, I also loved Lily’s relationship with her best friend Isabel. Even though there was unnecessary drama in the middle of the book, I was glad that the misunderstandings were sorted out quickly. But I guess that’s just how friends are like? We have ups and downs, sometimes small disagreements and sometimes big fights. But in the end, best friends just find their way to each other again, right?

“Someone else knows who they are.”
“Well, I would hope for the band’s sake that you’re not their only fan.”

I had no complaint about the romance — there’s nothing insta-love about it. I enjoyed reading how Lily’s relationship with the love interest play out. Though the plot was a bit predictable (or perhaps have I read too many books? I have my experience I guess haha) but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment for the book. The only thing that prevented me from rating this book higher was the fact that I found this book to be a little to tame for my taste. It could have explored so much more, mainly about Lily’s character development. But perhaps I set my standards too high and this book only gave me half of its potential.

Kasie West proves that she has got what it needs to write awesome contemporaries. I mean, cakes are common, but she always seems to know the right recipe to a delicious icing. Filled with humor and sarcastic banters, P.S. I Like You was definitely a quick read that leaves people wanting more.