{ a perpetual goodwill and beautiful thinking }

One Step Closer

It's over. I mean, school's over. I just had my graduation rehearsals two days in a row and I can feel graduation is coming closer to me. I can't wait for it, honestly. The entire rundown seems to be playing in my imagination and I can see myself standing in front of the entire audience, receiving the medal, certificate, and handshakes. I hope I don't get my usual stage fever like I usually do. One step closer to the university life.

Three days ago, my parents gave me such a beautiful and useful presents. I've been longing for this for quite a long time, and I thought it's only a dream to own it. That day, I believe it was Sunday, I was out with my mother for Kebaya hunting, which is for my graduation. After we done our search, she drove me to a much-well-known stationery store in Jakarta and bought me my dreams.

She bought me a set of copic! And bunches of useful art books to keep me living in the sphere of art that I love so much. I couldn't describe how grateful I am. My mom says: "Do your best for your university life. I wish you all the best. Keep chasing your dreams. Be a good example for your family, community, and your nation."

"Yes, I will, and I do." I replied. It's just the end of my high school life, but yeah, an ending means a new beginning. I am one step closer to the university life. 

Philo-Sophie

I'm in love. Yes, I am. With this new reading that I just started a few days ago. Introducing Dunia Sophie, as known as Sophie's World or Sophie Verden in the original version. I knew this book from my English classmate, Bagas T. (click here for his blog. P.S: His English are hellish. Make sure to bring a dictionary while reading his blog.) when he present it in front of the class. I was not-giving-a-f-ish while listening to him, until he said that this novel is talking about the A to Z of philosophy. Honestly, I'm trying to understand this subject in many kind of media, but I just can't. (maybe my brain is just rejecting it. Duh, understanding it is a hard work.)

It was long ago before I have a much time to read some nice novels. And Thank God, it's long holiday already (before some graduation rehearsals) and I decided to have one in a local bookstore. Initially, I would like to buy the English version, but since it was 800-ish pages (or less in the original version), it must be costing so much money. Duh. Anyway, I still got the book, tho. 



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So basically, the story goes on like this. There's this girl named Sophie who lives ordinary as a teenager until she receives a letter from an unknown (which is later known as Albert Knox or the Philosopher), asking about philosophical questions, such as "Who am I?" or "Where do the world came from?". Later on, the philosopher gives Sophie explanations about the questions. And... The rest of it, read it by yourself, because I hate spoilers.

There's one analogy that I really love from this book. The rabbit analogy, they said. In one of the philosopher's explanation, he tells about this. It gives us a clear explanation about the correlation between the universe, people inside of it, and of course, philosophy:
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"If a newborn baby could talk, it would probably say something about what an extraordinary world it had come into. We see how it looks around and reaches out in curiosity to every thing it sees... But long before the child learns how to talk properly -- and long before to think philosophically -- the world will have become a habit. A pity, if you ask me... A lot of people experience the world with the same incredulity as when a magician suddenly pulls a rabbit out a hat which has just been shown to them empty. In the case of the rabbit, we know the magician has tricked us. What we would like to know is how he did it. But when it comes to the world it's somewhat different. We know that the world is not all a sleight of hand and deception because we are in it, we are part of it. Actually we are the white rabbit being pulled out of the hat. The only difference between us and the white rabbit is that the rabbit does not realize it is taking part in a magic trick. Unlike us. We feel we are part of something mysterious and we would like to know how it all works... As far as the rabbit is concerned, it might be better to compare it with the whole universe. We who live here are microscopic insects existing deep down in the rabbit's fur. But philosophers are always trying to climb up the fine hairs of the fur in order to stare right into the magician's eyes." - Albert Knox's letter to Sophie, Sophie's World
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So, if you feel interested in philosophy, this book is a good choice and a light reading rather than reading textbooks (obviously). Philosophy is fun!

I'm Officially a Freelancer

Hi. How is it going? Great? Great! It's the last day of school for me. Say what? Yipee, summer's coming and I've got some quite a long time to rest and enjoy times before entering the university. The upcoming dates to be noticed are: May 25, the national exam announcement, and some dates afterwards that will be used for my graduation preparation. I just can't believe high school times flew fast, and in a blink of eyes, I'm a university student, a graphic design student. Wow.

So what's with the title? Obviously, I am proud to announce that I'm officially a freelancer! Yup, I am a freelance illustrator at a yearbook organizer company named Whale Yearbook. I had known Whale since I was a ninth grader and they are the one who organize our class yearbook and took photographs, although at that time they're named Y-book. I'm also a yearbook committee on last year's yearbook.

The story began in a world named Instagram. You know, that social media where people upload photographs, art, and so on and so on. Yup, I am so into instagram these days, and of course, I can't stand from uploading new photos and drawing into my instagram account (by the way check it out! here). One special day in March, the company asked me via instagram that whether I can do sketch for them or not. I said yes and gave my email address. After a while, they emailed me. They asked my CV and portfolio.

I was in doubt. I am a high school student, not a person with a bachelor degree or sufficient experience of working. I asked Mr. Igwan, the creative head of Whale about this thing and yes, it's okay to be a freelancer while I am still in high school. My mom said that it was an opportunity that not everyone can achieve, and she said, "go ahead. It's for your experience. This thing will never come twice." I nodded my mom sayings and start to arrange my CV and portfolio. 

Weeks later, I sent the required files. They asked me for an interview the next day. I was so nervous. Just before I went in to the office they work on, my mom said: "Just be relax. Smile!" She took a picture of me. With nervous face. I felt okay later on and went in the office. The interview was fast, and was not really tensing, thank God. They seemed okay with me, although I'm having some problem to decide my own wages since it's my first time, sorry. After the interview, I will receive projects soon or later. That brings me to a conclusion that I am, indeed, a freelancer. 


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I took this picture after the interview. Taken in my auntie's work place. You can see gratitude on my face. Hehe. 
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"Opportunity doesn't knock twice."
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Credit to:
I would like to thank Whale Yearbook, especially Mr. Igwan who are putting your trust in me. Want your memories be last forever? Contact us!

Psychology Village Mading Competition

Hi! Just want to tell you a story right now that I recently found the documentations of Mading competition that I joined with my two friends a couple weeks ago. The competition was held as a part of an event on my future university (re: Universitas Pelita Harapan) by the faculty of psychology. After of series of discussions, agony, and suffering, we decided to make the Mading as the following:

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Here's how we made the Mading. We're given time 2 hours to stick up the articles, cutting out the papers, and finishing it. Please don't mind our serious face and oh... I'm so hunchbacked.
 

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The results. Oh, by the way, for deciding the favorite winner, people must vote for their favorite Mading, and the most votes will get the favorite winner. I posted this in my instagram account, and thank God we've got so much positive responds and people started to vote us. Thank you for your votes! Your kindness will be highly appreciated!



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The announcement was held on Friday, which was the last day of the event. And guess what?


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“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” 
- Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym



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Credits to:

Welcome to Reality, People



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I had a little observation yesterday at a nearest mall from my home and found out this thing. Kids nowadays are very different than my generation are supposed to be. As they walk with their family, they seems to be very occupied with such things like smartphones and computer tablet, and ignore the world around them. I remembered when I was a kid, I used to bring my favorite toys and pretend they're alive and talking to me. It's not weird. It's imagination. I don't sit around staring at gadgets because yeah, they don't really drive my attention. 

Kids nowadays are more likely to dressed... Like a grown up. Long, curly, salon hair, wearing a new arrival shirt from an international brand, mini skirts, flip flops, and some golds and pearls. "Yeah, just like the Kardashians do!" or "Yeah, this is what they call cool!" they said.  Well, look at me when I was your age: a childish pink or floral dress, short Dora-bob hair, bows and laces. Yoohoo. 

Is that how society distort the innocence of childhood? Parents' fault? I don't know.

I'm afraid Einstein's prophecy was correct.


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“I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.” -Albert Einstein

It's Been A Hard Day's Night

Two posts in a row! Woo-hoo! Usually it takes weeks to find some new ideas on what should I write on my blog, and to determine a new idea of an artwork. But this is instant. I think this won't last too much longer because first, for the next few months, a new routine will begin. It's the university life you know. My life as a designer wannabe (hyped). Second, I'm in euphoria mode for not blogging for a long period. Exam was torturing. I can't even breath properly at that time (hyperbole, again), but it's now over. Watch out, temporary freedom, I'm rushing through you.

The artworks below are made yesterday, and continued today. I got the inspiration from The Beatles' 'A Hard Day's Night' which clearly pictures what it's like to be... Tired. 


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The song. I can't believe it's almost 50 years ago when they made this movie and I, a 00s girl, still watching this. P.S: I'm a hardcore Beatlemania.

Bad news for me to know that my school doesn't allow us the twelfth grader to take any break after the national exam. Even the school sent our parents an email that states the school activity will be ultimately end on May 17th. Man, that's too much long. The more bad news is, we're going to school for nothing. Literally nothing. Sitting around like we have nothing else to do. This is uncool.

One thing that I want to ask to my dearest school: Why we should rush things at the beginning of semester two but in the end we've got nothing else to do?
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If you ever seen someone with these specification: always looks like she's been having a hangover, oily face and hair, sitting alone waiting on a wooden chair, and rarely look focused, that's me.





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Since my baby cousin is always with me everyday since a couple months ago, I feel like living far away from peace. But, despite of hearing him crying almost every time, he's cute. Aw, me being a mother, so cute.





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And in the end, all I need is a good holiday. And vacation. Call me a wanderlust, but I'm thinking about laying on the sand with tropical drink melting in my hand. Way down in Kokomo. Plus, with that cute guy, or whatever you might say. Who do you think the guy who's sitting on a beach chair with me? Do you have the same thought as mine?


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"It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog. It's been a hard day's night, I should been sleeping like a log."

Another Hello



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A photo that I love so much, taken in 2011.

Yeah. So this is it. This is my final decision to renew my blog, change my concept of blogging, and what should I write in my blog. Is it my blog looks more simple? I love simplicity, and as time goes by, people was right that the older people are, they tend to be more simpler. Isn't that true? The only thing that won't change is my fondness of bright colors such as orange and yellow. All hail orange and yellow!

I changed my blog name. Did you notice that I used to hate my middle name, Novreica? Well, it was long ago, the world was younger than today when I thought Novreica was a silly name. "Whoever named this is lunatic," I thought. All of my family members call me "Rei", which is taken from that middle name and I was like, "Oh my, I'm not even a Japanese! This is horrible!" Then, the first time I hear my middle name is kind of cool when my Physics teacher started to call my middle name. I think he likes it. My friend says it is a cool name, one of a kind. Well, these things change me a lot, and I guess God makes me want to love my name.

I listed all my links at the left side of this blog. If you interested with my artworks, click the art gallery section. Want to chat on Facebook? Simply click on Facebook account and click add. By the way, please inform me on comment section if you add me on social media, so I can approve it right away. If you're just being random, want me to answer your question, ask it on Formspring. I love to sneak into Formspring to see some new questions (which is ironically rare). Then, I put all of my blogger friends into the friends list section. If you want to be listed up, please inform me. Make sure you follow my blog via the follower tab below. Finally, Instagram is my other way to blog. You might find some random shots and artworks in here so if you interested enough, go follow mine.

To celebrate the rebirth of my blog, whoever comment on this post first will get a free artwork. Au revoir!