Saturday, 1 July 2017

June in Overview

When I got to Surabaya, I kept finding cute places to eat while I was fasting. Great! (this photo is just pretend)

June became the month of slowing down for me, mainly because of Ramadan—although, afterwards, I picked up the pace in Surabaya. It's the month of festivities, for the most part, because of my siblings and Stepmom's birthdays—along with two friends abroad. It's the month my tablet of around 6 years—gifted to me by my one and only—broke down out of the blue. Go figures, Wacom! It's the month I learn a little bit more about my own belief and develop a headache trying to compile all the information together. It's the month that I made two major purchases and a decision to really focus my finances. It's the month the most interesting collaboration in my blogging career was offered to me. Lastly—and most important of all—it's the month Firu's family met my Grandparents. It was a pleasant month, really, with not too many things going on but not too few either—I'm just perfectly content here.

Currently Reading

As a person who usually reads when she is eating, fasting has given me less chance to do it—a lame excuse, really—so I haven't been reading a lot of books this month. In the hopes of adding an Islam-themed book to my list, I delved into How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid. Although it turns out that the book has nothing to do with Islam at all, the story was very unique and wonderfully moving—it's definitely not purely satirical as I had once thought, nor is it a self-help book. Afterwards, I decided to start re-reading the Artemis Fowl series, so that I can finally purchase the last instalment and find closure. Plus, it's never a bad idea to fall back in love with a fictional character that you once crushed really hard on when you were a teenager. Artemis, I've missed you. I'd like to say that I also read the Qur'an cover to cover this month. Sadly, that didn't happen.

Currently Watching

At the beginning of the month, I was still binge watching Scrubs, because JD and Turk are just the ultimate BFF combo. I've also been catching glimpses of the new Whose Line Is It Anyway? on Youtube—Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie are just the absolute funniest! And then, you know, catching a few roundtables on The Hollywood Reporter and Actors on Actors on Variety. The most profound film I consumed this month was The Red Pill documentary by Cassie Jaye. Firu told me about it one day—and he almost never watches documentary—so I was completely intrigued. I've already written a post on this film not too long after watching it. You can check out the post in around a week from now. I hope you will read it—and consider watching the controversial film. It really taught me that we never know until we at least try to find out.

Currently Listening

As I've said, this month I've been feeling rather content—although I'd had bouts of emotional wreck during my menstrual period—so I've been in the mood for rather chill songs. Also, thanks to Scrubs, I've been in the mood for Zach Braff. No, he doesn't sing—at least, to my knowledge—but the latest film he directed/wrote, Wish I Was Here, has the best soundtrack. All the songs are rather chill and good to listen to when you just want to wind down or focus a little bit. My favourites from the playlist would have to be So Now What by The Shins—I feel like Zach Braff is a great supporter of this band—Holocene by Bon Iver and Wish I Was Here by Coldplay & Cat Power. I know I've mentioned this soundtrack before, but when you love something, it's just bound to make a comeback in your life, right?

Highlight of the Month

That time I stood on a bus for 3 hours to visit a historical site alone // sharing my love for Organic Care and their eco-friendly haircare products // spotted: local persimmons! They're just as tasty as the European ones! // forever weird with bae Cynthia // first ever local ethical purchase from Imaji Studio // #temenapes reunited again at last! // being paparazzi to our grandparents during Eid // tiny holiday book haul! // sketching outside at the Grandparents'

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