the absolute value of mike,,

Trust me, even though the cover of this book looks cute and funny, i ended up crying after reading it. The words used in this book seem so simple, but the story is very deep. The characters are unique and i laugh most of the time reading the way they behave.

The story of Mike, the main character, finding his own true passion and the courage to talk to his father about it is quite inspiring because most of us, i think, sometimes trapped in a negative or not-so-good label given by other people, or even by ourselves. However, we do have power to change that label and make the most of our lives.

Another thing is about parents. Since we were kids, we look up to our parents. They were always there, took care of us and we unconciusly think that they are superhumans. And we began to expect things from them. However, as we grow older, we begin to see that sometimes they failed to meet those expectations and we started to let those misunderstandings grow inside our minds. But hey, remember this, they are NOT superhumans! They are normal human, with limitation, just like us. And since they’re always tried their whole life to understand us and accept us, i think it’s the time for us to do the same,,

Book Review: Shopaholic to the Stars and to the Rescue

*spoiler alert*

shopaholic to the star

Becky is baaaack!! After a long hiatus since Mini Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella give us not only one, but two sequel books of the famous Shopaholic series: Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue. And as usual, the books are hilariously fun!!

In the first book, Becky take us to Hollywood where he and Luke (and cutest Minnie!!) have just moved in. Being so close with the celebrity world, Becky of course wanted to take a sip and be on the spotlight. However, things are getting out of control as she was dragged into this celebrity drama.

And not only that, there’s a bigger issue with her family too. Yes, if in the previous books the family problem is usually come from Luke’s side, now it’s from Becky’s side. Her father, lovable Mr. Bloomwood, apparently have some interesting past that he’s trying to hide until today. And he’s gone to Vegas to have it fixed.

And so in the second book we will follow Becky and the gang to look for her father to get the truth and to help him fulfill his mission. Together they tackle down a billionaire in order to give justice to one of Mr. Bloomwood’s friend. Sound so serious, but Sophie managed to elaborate it in a fun and full of surprise way!

PS: Alicia Bitch-Long-Legged is back as well. Beware!! 😀



Visiting the Top of Monumen Nasional

Yesterday my sister in law and her husband arrived in Jakarta. They just came back from Bali for training and decided to stay in Jakarta for 2 days before going back to their home town, Bukit Tinggi. This is the first time she’s visiting Jakarta so we’re thinking to take her to Jakarta’s Icon – no, not the shopping mall :p – the one and only Monumen Nasional (Monas).

monas from wikipedia

Plus, my mom is here as well and she has always wanted to go up to the top of the Monument. Last time we went there in 2012, the queue is too long and we didn’t manage to go up. So today we depart a bit early to avoid long queue.

We arrived there around 10 am and yet the queue at the ticket box is pretty crowded already and the queue on the entry point to the elevator is even more packed! (-_-)’

Luckily, at the end we’re able to go to the Top 🙂

Some highlights:

  • The ticketing is now using JakCard issued by Bank DKI which can be bought at the ticket box at Rp30,000 (card price of Rp10,000 + deposit of Rp20,000). The ticket price per pax is Rp5,000 for entering the goblet plus another Rp10,000 if you want to go up to the top of Monas. 1 card can be used for 1 group of people, we just need to top up the deposit at the ticket box. The thing is, we actually already HAVE this JakCard thing, but we left it in the car because we didn’t know about this new ticketing system. We knew it only after we approaching the ticket box, zzzz. If only they announce it in the parking lot area, we would bring our own card and save 20 minutes queuing at the ticket box.
  • It took us 2 hours queuing for the elevator to take us up! Yes, you read it right: TWO HOURS!! And it’s pretty tough because Bum refused to queue by himself so Beni and I have to take turn carrying him all the time 😦 At the 1st one hour I almost gave up because I’m tired and hungry (it’s lunch time already, people!). But luckily I have a strong-willed mom and in laws, so we didn’t give up and holding on for the next one hour. Another plus side is that the queue is quite orderly, no drama of people cutting the queue, which makes the 2 hours felt bearable.
  • The bottleneck is the small capacity of the elevator, only for 10 people per trip! But there’s nothing we can do about it, right? Because it’s impossible to enlarge the hollow of Monas in order to expand the elevator. But I think we can do something for the long queue. Something like online reservation to go up, or setting a specific time to go up at the ticket box so that people can do something else other than wasting 2 hours queuing.
  • DO bring some snacks and water while queuing!
  • The top of Monas is a bit small, outdated and very windy! You can see 360 degree view of Jakarta, which is pretty good, but not so spectacular, I would say.

So, one bucket list checked, but will I visit Monas again? Yes, but maybe during the night time because the view up there would look more awesome, I think, and when Bum is done with this refuse-to-walk phase 😀