Thursday, August 18, 2011

(Crazy) Night Out For Writers

So I’ve been thinking lately about staying out late at night somewhere far (not that far) from home.

I want to write. As I’m a night person, I enjoy the dark of the night and cold breeze along those wonderful hours. It would create great mood to write. More fun? Getting away from home, staying nowhere. Temporary nomadic. Writing with amazing view of town in the night, with only city lights and wandering car lights. Interesting?

In Jakarta, I’ve been searching place to write, cozzy place with perfect view. I got my laptop now I can write mobile. There are some 24-hour cafes to go and to write at. 

But before, what’s good about it? First, I’ve been a very home person. I stay at home more and only gain inspiration in my bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and my noisy garden. With the heat and busy neighbour screaming out loud to almost everyone. Getting somewhere new and be outside at those hours (late, dark, empty roads, breezy) is just something felt so amazing and different to me. Challenging power as my mood booster. 

And now, I’m quite early, not at the time like i mentioned, but I’m just inspired to write at this Lounge, at Mulia Senayan Hotel in Jakarta. Actually, I’m waiting for tonight’s fashion show but I arrive too advance. I decided to visit the lounge to get some tea or coffee. This time, I know my idea to write out....will work!

Here are some recommendations for you:   

Busy street. Enjoy seeing them from above,
not in the middle of it!
  1.  Starbucks Kemang. Open 24-hours. They got second floor and which is outdoor one. Write above the busy streets in Kemang. Kemang is always busy no matter what time it is. The breeze and the sound of people chatting around you, laughing out loud are perfect background. 
  2. Social House Grand Indonesia. Actually it’s not 24-hours, but it opens till late for the weekend. Try to get seated by the window with HI fountain view. OMIGOSH... Wonderful night! And have fun dating with your writing project ^^
  3. Sarinah. They got many places open for 24 hours, there are Starbucks, Oh La La Cafe and Burger King. I prefer to go Starbucks and Oh La La (they also got nice meal). And the opposite road, there’s sarinah building where there’s MU cafe. It’s not 24-hour I guess, but kewl. And also McDonalds, they also got a cafe at the second floor, nice place to write.   

    ...and oh, the waitress just lit the candle on my table. It’s almost 6 pm, getting darker, getting more romantic here!
    4. Rent an apartment. I suggest Kempinski, Sudirman Park, or Rasuna. Try to get a room on 20something level and enjoy the night view that boost your mood.
    5. In US? Try to have a road trip, and in the middle oh high way, there’s always a stop-by coffee shop, isn’t it? Try it!
    6. Lounge at Mulia Hotel. This is the place where it all started. Enjoy the cozzy atmosphere and the jazz band starting at 6 pm. You’ll love it. Everytime you got stuck, just distract your mind and enjoy the music!
The candle light is lit. And the jazz band has just started. Romantic!

Why is this all for? Here’s a video that ‘scientifically’ explains about this idea.

...what happens in my bedroom, stays in my bedroom...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


It's been a long time for not writing here on my lovely blog...Miss you my blog!

So, I have been busy with my internship process, which is a requirement for my study, and preparing for my thesis writing, and preparing the film festival, and and and and.....writing my own book!

I don't know when I could finish them all. But, I do enjoying my internship moment with cool people who helps me to improve my writing and reporting skills. I owe them so much. =D Firstly, I wasn't really sure that I was about to get the job. I was really frustrated that they hadn't called me for a few weeks. When I got the call, OMG, I got burst out of happiness!!!

The thing is everyone is having their school holiday this month, but I get to go to work. Well, to me it's much better, rather than staying at home doing nothing. Although, I know I could do something else, like cooking, scrapbooking, or gardening...or watch DVDs and play video games?

Anyway, I wish there's more than 24 hours to run in a day. Maybe 36 hours could be more enough for a living multitasker like me. Or more? I can't stop doing this and  that. Internship, event organizing, community service, preparing for thesis writing, and doing this subtitle translation which happens to be my latest side job. Too much cool stuff to do!

Lately, I just passed a moment where I got financial problem, stuck with how less time could be for doing almost everything, and state where I kinda miss something and having doubt of the path I've been taking. Regret it? Yes...a bit. Confuse? Very much. Yet, I'm still holding to what I've been believing. Wish me luck!

In this kind of situation, I feel like friendships are being complicated in a way. Like a friend who just shows up when he/she needs me and contact me just for asking silly question and a friend who demands too much. He/she can just be mad at me saying that I'm an ignorant friend coz I refuse to go out with him/her. That person knows my schedule or if he/she doesn't know, I try to explain (yet, that person would end up saying "whatever" as he/she thinks I just made it up).

Ok, lemme tell you...
Weekday I work 9-5, with 2 hours to get through. So, what time should i wake up? 5.30am. I take off from home to get a bus, at 6.30 and arrive at 8.30 or 9.  I don't want to get late of course. To get home, at 5, if I get lucky, I might get the bus at 5.15 pm, if not, at 6pm. The bus is really rare I could say. What time do I get home? 7 or 8pm. After that, I need to catch up my dinner, shower, do my side job, and prepare for the next day. Of course, rest a bit. I might sleep late if I got to do the side job task and homework from my current work, like 12 or 1am. Worse 2 or 3am. It DOES happens. It CAN happen all weekday! NOTE THAT.

Weekends. I usually not that free. I still sleep late and get up early. I could visit 2 or 3 different places in a day---different job, different meeting. So different spot it is. What's even cooler? I might not even sleep or finishing the deadlines of my side job. Especially the deadline is in the middle of the weekday, which I can't make it on the last minute, I shouldn't as I got a main job to run. So, weekend it is.

Some friends can't even understand that. And forcing me to meet them although they really know that I need 'me time' or...sleep after doing so much work and leave me less than 30 hours to sleep per week. It's like they pay me for being their friends, so that they feel they have rights to be THAT demanding. 

They know I'm in quite a misery, yet they don't place themselves as my friends by being supportive. Instead, they try to ruin everything. Like ruining my mood---they can show their disappointment of me not being a good (enough) friend for them, which happens to be a reverse psychology I'm very bad at countering it; unfriend-ing me on facebook.

Well, it's their loss. They aren't being good friends too. They don't even show their understanding and care for problem I'm facing. Why should I care? I just leave it. After a long moments I don't pay attention to their childish and selfish attitude, they would just end up showing again to me saying hi and asking non sense that tries to engage a conversation to get our friendship back. Who cares? I don't have time! I'm a not paid friend that you can get easily...

It's time to be...exclusive!

Back to writing!