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While in Edinburgh: Day Trip Suggestion to the City of Literature

After I spent some days observing the beauties of the pier city Liverpool, I took another train and ventured to the northern side of the Great Britain; or as known as Scotland. Taking a short trip to Scotland back then might be a little bit risky due to lack of planning and I was being unsure that we can make it there in a shorter time, but boy, I really was wrong.

I was quite surprised that Edinburgh has a lot to offer me as a nerdy, book-binger, Harry Potter freak. It now all made sense to know that Edinburgh is known as one of eleven UNESCO's cities of literature (in which all them are going directly into my bucket list :}). You should probably put Edinburgh as the city you should really visit on your first trip to the UK. Or maybe spend up to a week just for Scotland.

I Found My Haven at House of MinaLima

Since Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (a sequel of Harry Potter in which I regard as a grotesque fanfiction) theater show is ultimately sold out for the rest of this year, why not experience Harry Potter at London in another way which will cost you less?

This particular place has been in my bucket list since it was initially launched on last year, and this UK trip made me finally accomplish it in just one year span. God, I couldn't be more grateful for it.

A Very Beatle Pilgrimage: Day Trip Suggestions For Every Beatlemania at Liverpool

I could easily said that this is the umpteenth times I said somewhere across the web or in person: "You know, I love The Beatles". I am also their loyal merchandise hoarder and subscribed to every news about them (even though that sounds utterly weird as the band itself disbanded almost 50 years ago).

If you happen to be a great dedicated fan of the Fab Four, you might want to add the city where John, Paul, George, and Ringo was born: Liverpool, into your bucket list. I longed to smell the sweaty salty seawater from the pier of Albert Dock and find out where the heck does those lads found inspiration to their songs ever since as long as I remember. The day was finally came as I set my foot to Liverpool for the very first time at the beginning of this July, as a part of my Great Britain journey.

Every Bibliophile's Dream: The Ultimate Harry Potter Walking Tour at Oxford!

I used to peruse mountains of books in my spare time back then in my youth. From the incredibly enchanting JK Rowling's Harry Potter (that keeps being one of my biggest fandom that describe myself), Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, they shaped my becoming until this very second.

It was quite a surprise to know that the three following authors came from the same background as an Oxford student or scholar. Every year, millions of people are visiting the world's oldest university, from solely sightseeing purpose to actually having the chance to study there.

Plus, it's also pretty much known that some of our beloved Harry Potter scenes were shot inside some rooms and locations at University of Oxford.

For me, a visit to Oxford will never complete without the twist of literature. To satisfy my curiousity, I joined a 'Harry Potter Walking Tour' held by Footprint Tours, which is available every weekend. The tour lasts for 2 hours across plentiful locations at Oxford.

British Summer Days

The trip was a super magical, with a punch of surrealistic one.

The idea of this journey came a very long time ago, back then in my first year of university. I was committing myself to step my foot to this abundantly special country by the time after I had my graduation on last June.

When the time finally came, I couldn't help but jumping around, crossing dates, and hoping I could really fast forward and skip the whopping 17 hours on board. But man, I swear, the excruciating flight was paid off that I was seated at the right spot of the plane, so I could see the entire Central London at the perfect angle, for the first time.

Struggle (Part 3 of 3): Life So Far, and The Pursuit of Life

Remember the time I was nearly depressed I wrote everything off in here? Or the time I finally coped my anxiety by retreating myself from civilisation for roughly two days? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm so relieved to say that this post will be the end of my 2017 struggle trilogy. At least for now. Sigh. Here it goes, my own version of happy ending:

I got an offer to study in London to continue my artistic endeavour. 

Read Books and Be #auuwsome: A Review on Big Bad Wolf Sale Jakarta 2017

I believe that access to books must be as easy as possible. Buying good books can be a challenge for people living in the third world country, including Indonesia. Most of the people might say that books are too expensive, or not really well distributed. Nevertheless, The Big Bad Wolf Sale Jakarta proves its worth as an oasis in the midst of our confusion for an access to worthy books.

I am so lucky to got a chance to visit the preview sale of Big Bad Wolf Sale yesterday as a blogger representation, so I can share my experience there in this space of mine. I was accompanied by several friends (because a ticket can be used for up to 2 people!) that happened to be book lovers squad. If you miss the preview sale, you can always sign up as a member of Big Bad Wolf so you can get a one VIP pass for the next year sale. Anyway, this year's sale is much bigger than last year, and there are extensive variants of new books for you to discover!

Struggle (Part 2 of 3): You Should Turn Off Your Social Medias For A While, Too

If I could describe March 2017 in a phrase, it would be: a trainwreck. I messed up everything. I barely did anything, whether it was for keeping me busy (e.g. freelance jobs, commission works) or even for my own personal pleasure (e.g. binge-watching TV shows, reading a pile of unread books in my library). I spent most of my time staring at blank walls while listening to random songs on Spotify. Sometimes when it was late at night, I could broke down into tears so easily. I felt empty. I felt a large void inside myself.

I even wrote this in this blog in the midst of my emptiness.

I felt everything will went even worse if I keep myself occupied by staring on my phone for hours.

One day, I decided to went on a little vacation to Sangiang Island, an island nearby Anyer Beach, without being active in social medias. The vacation will be for 2 days, hence it made me turning off my social medias for 2 days too. Turned out my decision for staying away as far as possible from social media for 2 whole days might be the best decision I ever made.

(An Updated) 15 Facts About Me

Hello bloggers, readers, and stalkers! I'm so happy to announce that I'm currently in a blissful mood to write something more in this blog. Plus, Janice tagged me in this wonderful 15 facts challenge, so let's give a try on it!

The last time I wrote facts about myself, it was probably 3 years ago when everyone suddenly tagged me in their Instagram posts to let me know that I should really write my own facts. I think it was 20 facts about me challenge. I remember posting a pencil and marker drawing of myself that didn't even resembling my face. And then, I scribbled a big "Novreica" on it, scanned it, and then posted it. The original drawing ended up being in my Starbucks tumbler that I rarely use.

2017 Struggle (Part 1 of 3): Graduated and Now, What?

Have you ever been doing almost nothing for the past months and suddenly you start to question everything that ever happened in your life? I am. In this very second. I believe, and most people said, that we've all in this state once, twice, or even thrice; depending on your education status quo. I can imagine in my case after being too busy with college assignments, projects, social life, no sleep, and so on for the past three and a half years, I am faced with the void. Nothing.

I know I've been dreaming about doing nothing for some times during my college life, but heck no, not for this long. Instead of doing something better (like doing some profitable freelance work, volunteering, etc), I've been contemplating my life. I came across some points that, still, I can't pretty much solve.

Am I really doing what I love? Am I doing it right? Should I be an artist or a graphic designer? How do I start? How do I find the thing that I truly love? Why do I always expect things so high?

... And it sucks being in love in the midst of all of this. Nevermind.

South Korea in Pictures and Words

10 days, 3 destinations, endless stories. 

The place where I encountered many of my first times: Zaha Hadid's Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Spicy chicken bibimbap. Fried dumplings, tteobokki, huge chicken and sausage skewers. Actually walking on the captivating Cheonggyecheon. Seeing how South Koreans protest at the town square. Nami Island. Playing in snowfall. -5º C. Walking alone across Myeongdong in the evening. Discovering Myeongdong kyoja. Buying loads of cute goodies at Artbox. N Seoul Tower. Seoul from the heights. Make-up hauls. Eating buldak bokkeum myun (or we are so much more familiar with the name Samyang) past the midnight. Getting blisters on my foot from hot patch. Seoraksan National Park. Learning to make kimchi. Actually eating massive amounts of kimchi. Ginseng chicken soup. Tasting a little bit of soju (oops!). Covering my face with fluffy scarf. Wearing Hanbok, but it's too cold I have to wear sweater first. Supermarket walk with little brother in search for sugar sachets. Skiing. Falling from skiing. (Just) Korean fried chickens for lunch. Watching 'Goblin' TV series playing non-stop from 6 to 12 PM. Seeing too much oppas with much more smoother skin than I. Stalking a group of oppas applying BB cream. Adoring oppas at COEX mall. Bukchon Hanok Village. Secretly dancing to Gangnam Style in Gangnam. Discovering Kemang in Seoul, Itaewon. Satisfying bath after a long day in the cold breeze. Learning basic Korean. Cruising the crowded Namdaemun Market. Seeing my mom overjoyed when she discovers rows of decoupage tissues stores. Budae Jjigae. The beautiful 70s scene inside The National Folk Museum of Korea. Morning coffee inside the museum. Book hunting in Kyobo bookstore. And much, much more things I can't mention it one by one!

감사합니다 South Korea! 나중에 보자!


Long time no blogging. Pardon my laziness toward this blog. I swear I'll write more in 2017, hopefully. *fingers-crossed* By the way, I wish you a super late happy new year! May this year brings you a lot of more challenges and may you achieve everything you wish for! *clanking the glasses* *fingers-crossed for the second time*

Before I start anything 2017 in this blog, I would love to reminisce a bit about what some people thought as the saddest, the most badass, the most in history with celebrities deaths: 2016. Ah, 2016. The time of struggle, yet the time I actually accomplished something. The most prominent one might probably when the time I actually graduated from my university. The whole one and a half years of struggle, poured in this blog for anyone who really cared to read.

Long story short, yes I did survive pre-final project: writing endless thesis and revisions every single week. I survived my 3 months of internship in Kemang. I survived spending most of my days inside my study to work on my final project. I survived the biggest thesis defence ever. I survived making an exhibition display with zero craftsmanship and experience. I survived keeping my display stay on its place. I survived the exhausting, excruciating exhibition week.

Just about a week ago I received my thesis plus final project score with flying colours. Many of my mates passed with satisfying scores too. It makes me believe that hard works and consistencies will result in good things and everything you ever wanted to achieve.

2016 was the time I finally decide to set my foot further; so much away from my comfort zone. The time I signed up for a round table event held by Kreavi, only to know that I was one of eight lucky participants that were chosen. I spent my entire weekend (which was the only time I can do some 'quality time' with myself. You know, recharging my introverted energy. ;_;) at the Kibar HQ in Menteng. But I swear, it was awesome. I would love to spend another weekend to meet new friends, networks, or even making artworks. In the end, I crossed another bucket list in the 2016, which was to have my artworks displayed outside my campus.

Or the time I applied to do my internship in one of the most well-known graphic houses in Kemang. The time I actually have to live all by myself, independently. The time I can get to know people in a bigger spectrum, but also getting to know myself as well. The time I should work harder as I ever be.

Or the time I was enrolled in fashion design class and my lecturer decided to make the mid-term test as a competition submission... And I was a finalist. The realisation that I actually had a thing in fashion and costume design; My fondness in fabrics and patterns; The joy stepping into a fabric store. I ended up losing after the presentation day, but it was some heck of experience!

Or the time I was really bored doing my final project I decided to refresh my mind with... Surprise, surprise, making another illustration. I submitted it to a curator and then it was chosen to be displayed in Bandung. I gained myself a weekend getaway to Bandung just to see my artwork being in display so far away in Bandung. "You're totally crazy, CN," my friends said. I am a little bit crazy back in the final project days!

2016, the time I travel a lot more. Belitung, Bandung, Bangkok, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Yogyakarta, Solo. Thank you for reminding me about this wonderful world filled with beauties, despite the negativities that might tease me a bit. Thank you for the lesson to save up a bit for the adventure's sake. Thank you for the wonderful chance to get to know the world a lot more. 2017 will be a heck of a ride with more and more voyages to come! Amen!

2016 was the time I talked to everybody about my biggest fandom ever, Harry Potter, after hibernating for years since the last film was out. Yes, I'm talking about you, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The time I truly thanked J.K. Rowling for the amazing universe she made in my final thesis. The time I actually bought myself a lot of FBAWTFT merchandises and books it made me reconsider to buy another bookcase just for my crazy obsession over the franchise.

2016 was the time I turned 22. It feels like a brand new world for me. People actually will ask "are you finished with your uni already?", "what will be your future plan?", and "So you'll settle down soon?" in which I always abruptly answer "Yes I'm done with my university, and I'm not gonna get myself a partner until I accomplish either my master degree AND travel the whole world." :)

Every end of the year, I decide a big theme for the upcoming new year, and it will be followed with series of smaller goals, and bucket lists. I had decided what 2017 will be, and it's to "Escape the Ordinary". To dare to live to the fullest. Escaping your comfort zone, even much, much further.

Thank you, 2016. Hello, 2017.