Monday, 1 May 2017

April in Overview

April was really...something. Outwardly, it was filled with long weekends—meaning so many plans to chill and relax—but, inwardly, it was...not very pleasant. I kept...feeling or maybe not feeling so many things, and it bothered me so much. It's definitely not content but just shy of messed up and I have no idea how to deal with it. So I didn't. I just shoved it away and distract myself in so many ways. On the bright side, I fell in love with blogging again. It's been so long since I've blogged so much—did you guys enjoy my FRW posts?—and it was exhilarating. Also, the blog designed is improving, what do you think?

Putting a hold on comics/graphic novels, this month I'm only reading three books—well, two and a bit of the third. The first one is the one I mentioned last week, Archie Greene und die Bibliothek der Magie. It turns out to be quite a pleasant YA novel—though wouldn't crack my top 100, to be honest. After that I directly dived into The Indonesian Language: Its History and Role in Modern Society that I borrowed from a middle school friend. It was very, very interesting—especially because history of the Indonesian language is very rarely discussed, if at all. And now I'm leafing through The Girl with All the Gifts. Only a dozen chapters in and I'm already hooked. It's so gripping! Aside from that, I've been book shopping like a mad woman all month and quite fairly broke the bank, so I'll definitely be getting to read plenty more exemplars soon.

If last month was about catching up with my to-watch list in terms of movies, this month was about catching up with my series. Aside from rekindling my love for series I've been following for a while like The Big Bang Theory and Scandal, I also started up following other series. Big Little Lies ended earlier this month and I kept on missing it on TV so I caught up with it online—it's just so gripping! I also caught up with The Catch—another Shonda Rhimes masterpiece—and started watching Veep—never knew I was into political humour! The jackpot of the month, though, was Snatch—starring Rupert Grint. I thought he'd stopped acting and lived off his ice cream truck. The story is gangster-centred and the costume design is immaculate—also love that opening theme! Charlie is obviously my favourite character. Can't wait for the next season!

There hasn't been much music in my life this month—unless you count the background music and insert songs in the series I've been watching nonstop. That being said, Firu is always eager to shove his current favourite songs to my face. Most of the time it's annoying and not at all in tune with my taste, but this month he got me listening to fhana, a Japanese pop band formed in 2012. I first listened to their songs when they did some of the theme songs for 天体のメソッド (Celestial Method) that I watched a few years ago—星屑のインターリュード (Stardust Interlude) is by far my favourite. The song that Firu quite recently forced me to listen to was 青空のラプソディー (Blue Sky Rhapsody), which is the theme for Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid—which I also happen to watch a couple months back but didn't recognise the voice in the opening theme. I love both songs and their sound in general, do give them a listen!

I think there's not much point in having movements, such as Fashion Revolution Week, without reassessing what we have achieved and accomplished throughout, so here I'd like to also summarise the things that I have learnt from all the information I've acquired and the actions I've taken in the past 7 days:
  • This is how the Rana Plaza incident changed the lives of three families in Bangladesh.
  • According to the Fashion Transparency Index 2017, Adidas, H&M and Marks & Spencer are among the most transparent retail brands with 41-50% transparency.
  • Speaking of which, H&M shared with us their working conditions, which aims to become wholly sustainable by 2040.
  • Fashion Revolution spoke at European Parliament and this is what happened.
  • If you want to know what garment workers do on the daily, this is where you get to find out.
  • As a whole, fashion brands are starting to change, consumers are demanding more transparency and fair trade, so they want to provide them for us. The power is real, we can vote with our money and use it to support positive impact. Be the change we want to see in the world!

Highlight of the month

Slow Fashion exhibition by Goethe Institut Indonesia // deciding between travel and books, what would you choose? // a little BTS of a recipe post for the blog // clothing swap party this month at Dia.Lo.Gue // book launching by my client TigaGenerasi // first book haul of the month at Gramedia World // second book haul of the month at Big Bad Wolf Book Fair // #whomademyclothes // ladies date with Koletta at Art Market 7

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