August 2019 Wishlist

Still under the zeitgeist of half-year 2019. Maybe after I have a permanent job, I got the freedom to choose what I want using money I received from the job I passionately desire. Also, after the breakup of a long term relationship with my controlling and abusive ex-boyfriend, I can do things he used to forbid. Suddenly, I have more time to finish reading a lot of books, join Russian Class, learn new skills, making more art, visit new places, meet new people, reconnect with old friends. I feel fully accomplished.

I used to think creating a wishlist in a blog is a bullshit. It could be just an impulsive and temporary desire. If you saw my book wishlist I made on 2017, I never have most of the books, instead I became more attracted to other books which are out of the list. I do still want to read them, but I do not regret for reading other books that earlier I did not intend to read. (I read Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, which is obviously not on my wishlist and never been. It was a spontaneous choice of reading after suggested by my sister when we were hanging out together to a bookstore) It feels like cheating on your spouse you promise to marry with another man (who is apparently better than your husband-to-be). Fortunately, I have this scandal only with books, which is not a bad thing. Maybe I justify myself too much.

Since I found creating a wishlist is very effective for me to make a reasonable decision, I decided to make another wishlist that I hope to achieve within one year.

Book

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For God Sake, I want this book badly. But I am not able to find it anywhere in Jakarta. There is no Salman Rushdie’s books sold in bookstores in Jakarta. How bad it is. Not even Satanic Verse or Enchantress of Florence. I suspect, it is a banned book here. I was recommended to read this book by Goodreads. Judging by the number of its reviewer and its 3.98 Rating, I was interested to read further its summary which is written as follows:

“Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India’s independence, and found himself mysteriously “handcuffed to history” by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent – and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. Through Saleem’s gifts – inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell – we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of the 20th century.”

Sounds magical and mysterious, is it not? That’s why I immediately ask my friend who lives in Singapore to bring me the book when he is coming to Jakarta.

Movie

Het Wonder van Le Petit Prince (2018)

I wanted to watch this during European Film Festival last April. I could! Actually. It was shown on 27 April 2019. I was free until we have a sudden family gathering. I am very upset. Especially after being enthralled by its thriller on youtube, I still cannot remove the movie from my mind. I have high expectation on this documentary. In case you want to know what this documentary about, here I cited the summary I got from IMDB:

“A documentary about the passionate translators of the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who fight for the preservation of their endangered languages.”

I am very curious how people struggle badly in order to translate this book. How come it becomes a  difficult quest?

Place

I asked my fellow traveler I met in Turkey: If you have 2 weeks holiday and looking for place where each city has unique atmosphere, where could it be?

she said “Iceland, you’ll like Iceland.”

I was not surprised by her suggestion. I have never been to Iceland, but I agree with her answer. A black sand beach, a blue lagoon where you feel ice cold and warmth of lagoon together, a waterfall, and Aurora with KPI of 3-4. Of Course. My sister insisted me to go to Iceland with her. I trust my sister’s suggestion. The given answer from my experienced traveler friend adding the persuasion even more. Luckily, my boyfriend is also excited to go to Iceland. He meant it. He is a winter person, love to sleep under a coldness like a polar bear. So, here we are: arranging the plan to visit Iceland from now.

Reynisdrangar rock formations on Reynisfjara Beach at sunrise, Halsanefhellir, Iceland.
Photo taken from LonelyPlanet

Gadget

I observed that Iceland has beautiful aerial view. That I wish to have or to rent a drone. I would like to learn how to fly a drone and study the country regulation on flying a drone. In Tanzania, you are forbidden to fly a drone because it could attract or disturb the animal. Of course, I do not want to ruin an ecosystem because of my ignorance. For this item, I am still learning what is the best specifications to consider. If you have experiences or recommendations about drone, do tell me more about it. I need your help badly.

Mavic 2
Photo taken from dji guides

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