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

Friday, April 21, 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!

The books are divided based on its language and genre. The books are predominantly English books that are covering most of the area of the halls, and then followed by Indonesian books. The books then classified into smaller genres such as fiction, references, arts and design, and many others. Additionally, the fiction genres are even more arranged into another smaller sections, such as fantasy or romance. It might be pretty overwhelming at first to find your favourite books here, but try to set up some strategy and time management to get used to the situation. Plus, you can always use the map located outside of the hall to guide you.

Shopping for books on this sale was extremely exciting and a really fun thing to do. For this year, I was a lot more focused on books with beautiful visuals and topics that might intrigue me. I hauled several pretty books that shortly caught my attention the first time I saw them. Books with beautiful cover, illustrations, and synopsis were sent to my shopping cart shortly. I ran across people too. I met the badass minister Ibu Susi Pudjiastuti shortly after she inaugurated the book sale prior on my arrival. I also met Janice, fellow blogger who happened to be there as a blogger representation too.

Despite all the exciting moments I had, the rest of my day there was an utter despair. After around 3 hours of book hauling, I decided to call it a day and headed for the cashier for check out and payment. This was the time the real terror really began. Since it was the preview sale, people can get too excited for it, hence making the sale went crazy loaded with people. I was stuck in the line to get my books checked out for the whole 4 and a half hours; from around 3.30 to 8.00 PM! That was even longer than the time I spent on shopping. I swear I did anything to let the time flies with my friends; from talking about current series that we watched, sitting down and read books, to playing "connecting the words".

I didn't eat anything but a slice of bread my friend bought on a food truck stall. At first we were expecting to eat lunch after the sale, but turned out being a very late dinner. Thanks to the Disneyland-esque queue. In spite of all of these things, we got the best deal for books and it was a great selection of books they got! Maybe a good strategy will bring out the best of this event?

In short, these are the plus and the minus of yesterday's preview sale, and basically, Big Bad Wolf Sale so far:

(+) The location is super strategic, which is ICE (Indonesia Convention Exhibition) located in BSD. It's super accessible, both from Jakarta and Tangerang. The convention hall is spacious, and air-conditioned. You'll never worry about breaking a single sweat while you do your shopping.
(+) As I stated before, the books organisation is exceptional. Everything arranged by its language and genres.
(+) The staffs are so friendly! They will occasionally asked what kind of books you needed. Plus, there are at least a staff in every 2 blocks of books container. They are so easy to find with their blue denim apron.
(+) Some books are wrapped in plastic, and there will be one sample of each books that you can browse before deciding to buy it or not. If you don't find one, you can ask a staff and they usually let you open one book from its plastic and then using it as a sample.
(+) Hard cover books can be as cheap as IDR 65,000.
(+) Wide varieties of novels. You can find well-known author books such as Suzanne Collins, Lemony Snicket, Philip Pullman, Chuck Palahniuk, Murakami, and many, many others.
(+) The newest addition to this year sale is the presence of food trucks. Never get hungry the next time you shop your favourite books!

(-)  There was a major problem with the fast track and normal queue system for the payment. The staffs seemed to forgot to put a big sign which can function for people to differ the two different system. I queued in the wrong lane the whole 20 minutes before a staff told me that it was for the fast track, and then start to queue all over again. 20 minutes left wasted. All because they don't put a big freaking sign.
(-) The queue was grotesque. People are getting angry with the situation, some tried to cut in line, someone never stop talking how terrible things are getting on. All for the whole four and a half hours.
(-) The cashier seems to be a bit inexperienced. It was so hard to get out from the venue just because they are so slow on taking care of their jobs. Maybe they're just a bit exhausted?
(-) Post 4.5 hours of queueing fatigues and cramped legs. Oh God, I need a massage.

There are some things that Big Bad Wolf Sale might want to consider for better. First, I think it's reasonable to separate customers that bring lesser books (usually a real, book reader) with the ones who shop like it's the end of the world a.k.a people with at least 3 trolleys filled with books (they are usually a reseller, or buying books for business purpose). It will be a lot more effective that way rather than mixing them up. People who bring lesser books will be admitted to the fast lane. Second, if they keep up with the same queue system, just make it into a single line queue that stops before it divides into several smaller lines, so if there's any empty cashier, people just can easily hop into it without getting cut by other people. Last but not least, I didn't get why there are so many people in the preview sale, as it was meant for VIPs. I think it would be awesome if VIP tickets are reduced to at least 100-200 tickets so people who are lucky can enjoy the preview sale it to the fullest.

Here are some tips that might help you to get the most of Big Bad Wolf Sale:
- Dress as comfortable as you can. You might consider wearing something warm due to the temperature inside the halls that might be a little colder.
- Prepare some snacks and water in case you'll get stuck inside the long queue.
- If you want to avoid long queue, you might want to shop at late night or early morning. Avoid afternoon and evening time (around 2 PM-8 PM). Also avoid weekends since it will be crazier than usual!
- Since it will be so hard to get a trolley, you might want to bring your own trolley or a suitcase. If you prefer not to, always eye for the staffs for they occasionally carry some trolleys.
- Make a wish list for those who come in a budget. You don't want to over shopping and ended up broke, right?
- Use Mandiri card to access the fast track. There is a booth that you can use to redeem Fiesta points to get the access.

Overall, it was still a great experience. I am so happy with all these new babies in my bookshelf, even though I still unsure when will I ever have the chance to read all of it (to be honest, I spent most of this month's money for books. Mon dieu!). For Big Bad Wolf Sale staffs, semangat! I fully understand that dealing with tons of people might be super overwhelming and don't let people lower your performance! This event is a fully anticipated event, so still, I will still love this place anyway. Perhaps, I'll be back for another haul next week.

Big Bad Wolf Sale Jakarta 2017 is OPEN FOR 24 HOURS STARTING TODAY AND NONSTOP  until 2 May 2017 at ICE BSD!
Enjoy 60-80% discounts for every books!

You Should Turn Off Your Social Medias For A While, Too

Sunday, April 9, 2017

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.

Again, as I always point out over and over again in my writings, I learned to see beauties in every little aspects in my life. For this case, I learned to see beauty in distress and misery. Heartbreak, rejections, and emptiness might bring me sorrows, but they I never let them linger for a long time. I turned them into something for me to grow. To be a better person.

Turning off social medias help me to process things faster. I can fully focused on my personal reflection. With the help of the gentle wind blowing off my cheeks and the calming voice of sea, I easily found the conclusion of my own problems. How I constructed an ending for my own personal problems.

Then, I learned about the positivity of solitude. As far as I concerned, we live in a country and a world who are seem to be a little too frightened about solitude. Teachers are calling parents to tell their concern over a quiet, lone children. Eating alone are considered odd. Basically doing anything alone are grotesque; "You should ask someone to join you," people will always say.

I learned to embrace the solitude I had. The world might be too hectic, too busy, and too noisy. You might actually want to take a break for a while from this world, and joyfully enter the world of your own; with your own inner voices. Take the time to listen to it.

You might want to read this beautifully written article about embracing solitude here.

Next, I learned to live my life to the fullest; living in the moment. We spent our time staring at an artificial, man-made world for too long we forgot our genuine, real world. I had the best quality time with my entire family during my trip to Pulau Sangiang. We laughed and I shared hundreds of new stories with them, after such a long time. I got millions of new insights of my own family. I think that was the most beautiful and heartwarming thing I ever did in these past years.

I snorkeled again since forever. Maybe since my last trip to Belitung, almost precisely a year ago. I spent a lot of time not thinking how I miss snorkeling since then. It felt like I finally found my long lost soulmate after a year apart.

Loving life has never been this beautiful.

And lastly, I learned that in the end, I choose to be happy.

[Advertorial] Irresistible yet Hassle-Free Dresses for Your Special Occasions

Saturday, April 8, 2017

To be frank, I'm a big fan of online shopping. Spending at least 2 hours on 'window shopping' scrolling over millions of gorgeous clothing keeps me sane, at least after a long day working on my artworks and designs. I would consider buying several new, stylish, trendy clothes to be a way I reward myself. Plus, I can be so overjoyed to find online shops that provide high-quality but affordable products.

Today I stumble upon MillyBridal UK, a wonderful website that provides EVERYTHING you ever need for dresses; whether it's evening dresses for your eventful nights, prom dresses to impress your high school mates, or wedding dresses for your dream, fairy tale wedding. All of these dresses can be purchased in a super affordable prices, and I would love to recommend this to every girls and women who are currently looking for one. 

Girls, I think this is the right time to get your prom dresses ready, because obviously, prom nights and homecomings are coming. MillyBridal UK is one of the biggest websites that offers you a broad choices of prom dresses, with various styles and silhouettes. So, prepare to make a killer entrance!

I checked pages of their catalogues and I can't help but drooling over beautiful, well-made prom dresses. Even though prom nights are so 2013 for me, but still, I can wear this for another upcoming evenings night out! Check out some of my favourites:

I love the blazing, red ruffle of this dress! The ruffle will sway smoothly according to your every slight movement. Plus, red will make you even bolder and so much more fierce! I can imagine wearing super edgy stilettos with this dress.

This lace dress brings a lot of feminine feature for you and even sweeter with pastel-coloured flower crown. I also want to wear this on a garden party!

I also checked on MillyBridal UK's wedding dresses and I am so impressed by their various kinds of wedding dresses! From the classic, fairy tale wedding dress, to the edgier, modern ones; they offer hundreds of choices to make our big day even more spectacular! Check out my favourite picks for their collection of wedding dresses.

Look at this amazing dress! I feel like a princess that I read from my old storybooks! I love off shoulder wedding dresses; it makes your silhouette looks stunning. Plus, a sparkly tiara will suit this attire a lot!

 This is a much simpler, edgier dress for a simpler but still sophisticated wedding. It will look so pretty with tons of flowers and bouquets!

So, what are you waiting for? Go check out MillyBridal UK now for irresistible yet hassle-free prom, wedding, and basically every dresses you need for your special occasions! If you're feeling confused over millions of choices, you can always check out its guide for choosing the best silhouette and necklines for you. Happy shopping!

(An Updated) 15 Facts About Me

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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.

Okay enough with it, let's start with my updated 15 facts about CN!

#1: I'm an melancholic-phlegmatic based on the proto-psychological theory of four temperaments.

For my Myers-Briggs 16 personality type, I am an INTJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging). 

Let's start the most obvious, basic fact about me.  Being melancholic and phlegmatic at the same time can be confusing, due to its nature of polarity, but it happens on me. For example, I could be the most perfectionist person ever which is a melancholic trait, but on the different time, I could be the most ignorant, laid-back person you could ever imagined that is a phlegmatic person. I am a walking paradox, to be honest.

I am extremely introverted by the time I enter university. I spent most of my free time doing things at home e.g. reading, binge-watching television shows, and drawing. Somehow I'm more of extroverted right now, but I still listed as an introvert in a smaller spectrum. The other points are quite obvious, and I think I don't need any further explanation on it. Some other interesting point is my MBTI could change into INFJ whenever I feel super baper. It's somehow funny.

By the way, I made a Pinterest board that consists of anything that describe my personality. Check it out here. Yes, I love how Pinterest could echo my inner INTJ minds. Sounds Pinteresting (intended pun).

#2: I dearly love books from the moment I touch one. 

I solemnly swear on this point. I can point out that my first book is also my first magazine, which is Bobo that children magazine. I can remember being excited every Thursday because it was the day an issue of Bobo will be delivered to my home. My first comic book was of course the beloved Doraemon. I still remember I start reading from volume 44, which is almost to the end of the series, and then continue to read it in random order. My first novel is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that I got from a thrift shop in Singapore, which I grew my love on British literature from it. Then, it grew to Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of The Rings, and so many others!

Check out my reading list in my most beloved reading tracking platform, Goodreads, here!

#3: I honestly never intend to be a graphic designer.

When I was a kid, I could only imagine myself being a comic artist, or somehow an avant-garde artist. I am really bad on designing a decent visual until the time I actually learn to do it back 4 years ago. For now, I could only bear graphic design will be a freelance, part time job. I am more of a full time illustrator and somehow an artist experimenting with everything in her life. Haha!

My friend once asked me  about what other majors that I will take beside graphic design. My answers were: English literature (or maybe French literature/ Japanese literature/ whatever that is still literature), Psychology, or maybe Archeology.

#4: I wish I was born in the time the Fab Four was here. 

My fondness to The Beatles grew the first time my father let me listen to his CDs and cassettes collection when I was 3 years old. I fell in love with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" respectively. However, I start to put The Beatles on the top of my priority when I was in high school. I started to watch their films in a row, read everything about John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and use them as references for drawing practices.

Yes, I wish I was a 60s mod girl in London. Probably a massive Beatlemania, organising fan club meet ups, attending gigs, and chasing The Fab Four. Haha. Well, living in London probably the most amazing part, actually.

#5: I have a deep connection with London.

A comic I made when I was around 8 or 9. Yes, I did this.

Although I really want to keep this as a secret until the time comes, but I just can't help it: I'm going to spend this summer in London. This year. Like, finally.

Whether it was based on my interests and love with The Beatles or Sherlock Holmes or Harry Potter, there's always this fondness to the capital of the United Kingdom. Or maybe, my dad once told me a lot of stories from his time spent in London. Or maybe, how my pursuit on arts and design brings me to London, a place known for its fast growing aesthetic hub.

#6: I had selective mutism when I was a kid.

To be frank, I still having a lot of anxieties (mostly social, hehe) up to this day, and I'm learning to cope with it. Probably the most notable form of anxiety that I really suffering from in my childhood is selective mutism, the condition where I can't communicate effectively in a certain situation, for instance, school. I remember I chose not to talk to anybody in school, but I will talk when I was in a much comfortable situation like my home.

Most people thought I was too shy, or even mute (yes, that mute), but I feel I was so badass, because I chose not to talk or give a damn to people. Hahaha. It eventually cured once I was in elementary school, and even much more better up to this day. To be honest, I am so much more confident at this very second than I was as a kid.

#7: I still write letters.

What I really mean is, a fresh, handwritten letters, sent via post. I am a fond member of snail mailing community ever since a year ago, when I finally decided to spare my time to write letters. What I really love from snail mailing is how I could properly use my hand to... write. I am a journal writer, and also an illustrator, so it's no wonder I really love to use my hand for such purpose. Beside, who doesn't love to read something written in cursive? I currently having two active penpals: one from Canada, and one from Poland. I am so fascinated with them.

Yes, let's be snail mail penpal! Do contact me if you want to!

#8: One thing that's pretty obvious: I'm a retrophile.

It's clearly written on my blog title before I changed it into the new "Eonian Eunoia". Luthfi Hasan of Jakarta Vintage said that by living vintage means that you're giving a chance to love the items, and let yourself live in a slower pace of life. I think that every objects contain memories in it, and you can actually retrieve it by carefully analyse it. I love that feeling of nostalgia of old things; or some new informations I got from seeing a retro object.

What exactly the things that I collect? It's fundamentally everything. Books, records, photographs, to my great-grandmother's diary. They're such a gem!

#9: I'm obsessed with Wes Anderson and everything inside his films.

My very first Wes Anderson film is of course the very whimsical Moonrise Kingdom which I accidentally found while searching for something to binge-watch in a summer of 2013. Moonrise Kingdom was something I've never watch before, to be very honest. I swear that in that very moment, my taste of films and maybe everything changed. I even purchased a book called "The Wes Anderson Collection" in order to get to know his works, and everything that inspired him. And, of course, purchasing "The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel" right after the film came out. Sigh.

What's your favourite Wes Anderson character? I, of course, love Suzy Bishop.

#10: My future home will be the one with a library.

Imagine yourself living in a castle with a gigantic library like the one they have in Beauty and The Beast... Okay I admit I just had a post-film delusional problem, so please ignore my weird behaviour, haha! Seriously, I would totally LOVE to spend the rest of my day lingering in the library, or bringing my introversion to the maximum threshold by reading all day long in the library. And, wouldn't is be nice if I allow teas and cookies inside the library? Tee-hee!

#11 (but it's actually #10.5): Build me a library and I'll marry you.

I don't know if I should explain this further, but hey, you did get my signal, dear guys?! *wink*

#12: I want to be a polyglot. Soon.

I learned French when I was an eleventh grader and got stuck in some difficult words and lacking of extra spare time due to me being too busy (on school works, which I never really use today). I really really really want to continue my learning process soon. I also learned basic Javanese script and kromo inggil when I was in my final project semester. I haven't really excel everything in learning new languages, but I'm working on it.

Some other languages I'm dying to learn are: 1) Japanese. The reason why is to chat with my Japanese friend I met since a year ago. Haha! And, for further future visits to Japan, maybe? 2) Dutch. Some of my antique book collections are written in Dutch. It would be awesome if I could actually understand what's really written in that book rather than asking someone on the internet for translation, which I always did. 3) Esperanto. Not actually an official language of a country, but it's a constructed auxiliary language. I found this language to be convenient for people who don't share the same first language.

Do any of you are currently or maybe fluent in these languages? I would love to hear!

#13: What else beside London?

I could literally write 23456789098765 words just to describe places I really want to go next. But if I really have to pick five countries I really, really want to visit beside London, that would be: 1) Iceland, 2) Bhutan, 3) DPRK (I'm being serious, hahaha!), 4) Iran, and 5) New Zealand. Plus, wouldn't be nice if I really could explore each of Indonesia's islands?

#14: I live in Hayao Miyazaki's life values

There are videos on Youtube that explains all of his life values that you can watch here and here. I was introduced with Studio Ghibli when I was a fourth grader. I remember watching Spirited Away for the first time in 2004 and I fell in love with its beauty of storytelling. Since then, I (again) binge-watch every single Studio Ghibli films that I could found.

By the way, Studio Ghibli's films are currently being screened in Indonesia! Have you watched Spirited Away?

#15: "She decided to start living the life she imagined. She believed she could so she did... And she replaced the fear of unknown with curiosity. She looked around, and life is pretty amazing."


Thank you for reading up to this very point! I hope by reading this, you'll get a glimpse of CN, the weirdest INTJ you'll ever see, haha! Well, for the next participant, I would love to challenge Balen my teman sepergaulan-sepergalauan, AdelNerissa, Patty, and everyone who just read this! Happy writing, and let me know if you've write your own facts!

You've reached this far, so congratulation! Here's a photo taken for my Hogwarts' senior yearbook. Haha!

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