Perahu Kertas

Director: Hanung Bramantyo
Producers: Chand Parwez Servia & Putut Widjanarko
Screen Writer: Dewi Lestari
Casts: Maudy Ayunda, Adipati Dolken, Reza Rahadian, Tio Pakusadewo, August Melasz, Ira Wibowo

One of Dewi 'Dee' Lestari  best selling novel is finally adapted into a big screen. Perahu Kertas was written down back in 1996 and up until now it's been reprinted 15 times, wow! I read the book some years a go. Honestly I am a bit forgetful about the detail of the story. As far as I remember it's a light story compared with other Dee's works and it's about romantic teen story. A timeless theme that easily loved by everyone.

Bumped into many positive reviews about Perahu Kertas the movie, I decided to watch it. Yesterday I went to a cinema and  was very much surprised to find out that it was so full and more surprise to see the viewers of the movie were mostly high schools students. Suddenly I felt so old, perhaps I was the oldest there, hahaha...

The movie itself is enjoyable. Since the screen writer is the author herself therefore she knew which scene to be put in big screen and vice versa. And I must confess that Dee is a real genius. She is truly a multi talented person. She wrote the novel, the movie script, and the beautiful original soundtrack. 

This movie is the first of a two-part adaptation. The decision to divide the story into two parts was made to include as much of the original story as possible.  The second part will be launched within two months and the Producer promises that the second movie will offer more conflict than the first one. Well...let's see.

If you want to entertain yourself for a light yet meaningful movie, come and watch this one. Actually it's a just a simple love story but there are still lots to enjoy here such as the beautiful scene and easy listening soundtrack.  

Eid Mubarak 1433 H

Whew...been ages not posting anything here. As usual Lebaran day and all its stuff always get all our attention. We spent Lebaran holiday in Lampung. Najla and Zea enjoyed their time with their grandpa, grandma and the three cousins. The activity was not far from visiting the relatives and ended with eating out all the high cholesterol food served *umpetin timbangan* :D

Arrived home and welcomed by dirty laundry was not a sweet moment but still there's no place like home. After leaving it for quite sometime, we always miss our home and we just feel good when we enter it, sleep in our own bed and think what to eat next, and food seem like a perfect couple to us.

The view from our room at Bukit Randu Hotel, Bandar Lampung
Eid Mubarak 1433 H, it's time to forgive and back to fitra....  and Happy Holiday too...everyone.    

Girls, Books and Love

My hubby and I are both book freak. This virus eventually infects our daughters. Everywhere we go, we never miss to drop by at a bookstore. 

Until recently I notice that Zea, our youngest daughter, has been falling in love deeply with books. Her love towards books seems deeper that her sister does. At her early age, although she still couldn't read but she already enjoyed holding a book, staring at the illustration of the book and finally making up stories based on her imagination. This activity could take very long time. Sometimes I wonder, how on earth did she come out with so many new vocabularies that perhaps she didn't even understand the meaning?    

At age of 5, Zea made her achievement, she finally can READ. I didn't know how she managed to read. I never taught her nor her father since we both agree that during the golden age (1 year until 5 year) is the children time to play as much as they want. To enjoy life. No reading and counting lesson at all.  But as I said before although she wasn't able to read but she never left home without any books. Perhaps her big love towards books that finally helps her to have the reading ability.    
When our eldest daughter, Najla, entered the Elementary School, every time we visit a bookstore, she focused more on stationery than books. On the other hand Zea always glues her eyes to children books, selects some of her favorite books, sits down on the floor between the bookshelves, reads the books and looses in her own imaginary world. Until her father calls her to leave the bookstore, she will pick the books quickly and asks her father to pay for them. How can her father say no to such a sweet request?

Now it's getting more obvious, while Najla enjoys cycling and swimming, Zea will be drowning in her bedroom, surrounded by her favorite books and read them aloud one by one. She even arranges some of her dolls, sits them down, reads the story to them and acts out just like their teacher. 

I guess Zea has realized that books never let her down. A good book is the best of friends.   

Quote of the Day

....the same goes for envy, anger and insults,
when they are not accepted,
they continue to belong to the one who carried them.

Read the complete story here. A simple story yet a big learning. Very touching.

Indescribable Joy

Dear Ayah,
Happy birthday
We are so lucky to have you around

Keep healthy and happy

Tons of love from us: 
Mama, Najla & Zea


Author&Illustrator: Raina Telgemeier
Translator: Indah S. Pratidina
Publisher: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Publication Date: June 2011
Pages: 224

This graphic novel has been in my wishlist for quite sometime. Out of the blue I found it at Gramedia Grand Indonesia with 25% discount, what a gift! Just found out that Gramedia GI would move all their books collections, DVDs, stationery and  the like into one floor only. Yes, no more spacious bookshop that usually makes me spending almost the whole day there. I checked the new place, it's totally a mess. So many books and lots of other stuff but very limited space. I felt like I trapped in a warehouse instead of wandered in a bookshop. Since then, I have never been there again, hopefully the bookshop condition is better now. Nevertheless Gramedia GI is one of my favorite bookshops.

Let's get back to this unique autobiography. What's so special about this book? It's the author true story that she shares through beautiful illustration. Raina Telgemeier tells about her life from middle school through high school. It's not an ordinary tale since in her pre-teen years, she suffered a serious mouth injury that required several years of dental and orthodontic surgery.   

Some people say that the teen period is one of the glorious moment. There you'll deal with boys, girls, first love, problems with teachers and friends, prom nights, and many more. This is actually what happens to Raina. But since her dental drama, she gets many frustrating experiences. Yes, it's a long and tiring journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. This whole dental issue make her friends tease her. On top of that, she also worries about the erthquake, boys and friends that turn out to be not so nice.

Raina has captured the highs and lows of being a teenager perfectly through her brilliant illustrations. She has made the truth obvious that it's not easy being a teenager and that everybody at some point goes through something similar. Yeah...the teenage period, a moment full of galau matters, haha, it seems like been ages for me:)) 

A fun tale about dealing with middle school that can be enjoyed in a few hours. Funny, sad, touching and very moving. I highly recommend this graphic diary for all teenagers out there. It's inspiring yet entertaining.   

Weekend Reading

Last Friday I got a package from my books addict-blogger-friend, Ferina. An adorable package with 4 Ika Natassa's novels inside. How sweet. We agreed to swap some books, I lent her two books while I got these four books instead, not fair? Yeah..Fer, if suddenly your mind hits any title of my books to read just e-mail me. I'll be delighted to send it right away:)

Been ages not reading any of metro pop novels. It turns out to be fun. So far I have finished two novels, still the other two to go:) 

Books Clearance Sale

Since last year I planned to have a Books Clearance Sale every once a year. This sale is a must in order to have new space in my bookshelf for my new books and also I remember what Paulo Coelho said, "just keep the books that you think you will  read it over and over again, otherwise give the books to others. Because every  good book has its own journey to make and not just being stuck on the shelf."

There are 48 novels/memoirs/graphic diaries/others. The price is started from Rp. 10.000,- up until Rp. 40.000,- (excluding the shipping cost). For order, kindly e-mail me at

Here is the List of Books for Sale:

1.    Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda N. Adichie, Rp. 35.000,-
2.       Jia Sebuah Kisah dari Korea Utara by Hyejin Kim, Rp. 25.000,-
3.       The Homecoming by Shashi Warrier, Rp. 25.000,-
4.       A Bridge of Birds (Perjalanan yang Menerangi) by Antoine Audovard, Rp. 25.000,-
5.       The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Rp. 20.000,-
6.       The Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Al Sanea, Rp. 20.000,-
7.       Recipes for A Perfect Marriage by Kate Kerrigan, Rp. 20.000,-
8.       The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, Rp. 20.000,-
9.       The Marriage Bureau by Farahad Zama, Rp. 15.000,-
10.   The Translator (Sang Penerjemah) by Leila Aboulela, Rp. 25.000,-
11.   Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Rp. 30.000,-
12.   Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin, Rp. 30.000,-
13.   Kelas Memasak Lilian by Erica Bauermeister, Rp. 10.000,-
14.   Fatima’s Good Fortune by Joanne & Gerry Dryansky, Rp. 15.000,-
15.   Burning Sea by John Shors, Rp. 30.000,-
16.   Pencuri Anggrek by Susan Orlean, Rp. 15.000,-
17.   Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, Rp. 40.000,-
18.   My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, Rp. 25.000,-
19.   The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan, Rp. 20.000,-
20.   Balzac & Si Penjahit Cilik dari Cina by Dai Sijie, Rp. 15.000,-
21.   Balthasar ‘s Odyssey by Amin Maalouf, Rp. 20.000,-
22.   The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullins, Rp. 15.000,-
23.   Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland, Rp. 15.000,-
24.   Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls, Rp.10.000,-
25.   In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Rp. 15.000,-
26.   The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Rp. 15.000,-
27.   Born Blue by Han Nolan, Rp. 15.000,-
28.   Beijing Doll by Chun Sue, Rp. 15.000,-
29.   In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami, Rp. 15.000,-
30.   Life’s Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard, Rp. 15.000,-
31.   Weed Flower by Cynthia Kadohata, Rp. 15.000,-
32.   Sky Burial by Xin Ran, Rp. 10.000,-  

1.       Lampuki by Arafat Nur, Rp. 20.000,-
2.       Tabula Rasa by Ratih Kumala, Rp. 10.000,-
3.       Dadaisme by Dewi Sartika, Rp. 10.000,-
4.       Orang-orang Bloomington by Budi Darma, Rp. 10.000,-
5.       Swastika by Maya Wulan, Rp. 10.000,-

1.       Around the World in 80 Dinners by Cheryl & Bill Jamison, Rp. 25.000,-
2.       Travel in Love by Liang Lu & Li Qi, Rp. 20.000,-
3.       Enrique’s Journey (Petualangan Seorang Anak di atas Kereta Api Maut demi Bersatu Kembali dengan Ibunya) by  Sonia Nazario, Rp. 15.000,-
4.       24 Wajah Billie by Daniel Keyes, Rp.15.000,-
5.       Nguping Jakarta by Kuping Kiri & Kuping Kanan, Rp. 15.000,-

1.       The Other Side of Me by Sidney Sheldon, Rp. 15.000,-
2.       Belahan Jiwa by Rosihan Anwar, Rp. 25.000,-
3.       Biografi Ratna Sari Dewi Sukarno by Yuanda Zara, Rp. 20.000,-

1.       Curhat Tita by Tita Larasati, Rp. 10.000,-
2.       Curhat Tita, Back in Bandung  by Tita Larasati, Rp. 10.000,-
3.       Cerita Si Lala by Sheila Rooswitha, Rp. 10.000,-