[Amsterdam] Hi Instagram! Who’s down to explore the capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands? (Holland, your official name, why so long?) Up to the Northern part of the Netherlands, it was the first city that had painted perfectly what “the Netherlands” image was supposed to be (to me). The buildings, architecture, the weather, canals, street, no, not the language. You’ll hardly hear Dutch on the street, cause these “bsjdbdbjxjnelwkejnwn” “oui c’est trop beau!” “Ich weiss nicht” “that’s pretty expensive” “como esta?” “Bonita!!” “Como se chama?” “Zhsjebdbndnfnf” “zhi shi… Wo yao..” are in the air, run in your blood, and get you crazy enough with the crowd. But this view is relaxing, isn’t it? Tea please, the Rooibos I prefer..
[Tilburg] welkom feestdagen! Since the first day of holiday, I’ve forced myself to learn Dutch. And within 3 days (or so) I’m somehow surprised with what I’ve got so far! First, you know Dutch pronunciation the ‘g’ like in “goede morgen” quite similar to French “r”, basically it’s pronounced [krhude morkhen]. Thanks to having learned French for 5 years, this kind of sht is familiar to me. 🙂 second, recently I saw a quote which stated “Life is too short to learn German” oh God, that is true! But if you have the chance to learn it, do it! Of course at first you’re gonna see yourself beating your head against the wall, but just when you’ll finally get the logic of this language. I promise you, other Germanic languages will seem as a delighful piece of your birthday cake! I’m glad that I’ve learned it for 2 years in high school. Then, here is I’m retaining back my German vocabulary by learning Dutch. Vice-versa. Here is I’m learning Dutch by retaining back my German vocabulary. Studeer ze! 🙂
[studying] just borrowed a book from campus library titled Speaking of Sadness. I was dragged to pick this book over the others, simply because it fitted with the lack of sunshine lately in my town. Which, however has forced me to feel a lesser degree of happiness that it gradually turns down, or off. Reading about sadness, depression, disconnection, and “weak heart” on these gloomy days is such a good companion. Hello Autumn.
I first realized the link between gloomy weather and self depression when I was doing my internship on the North part of France, called Normandy (la Normandie). I stayed there for 4 months which were quite long. There, I experienced that life was in constant need of hope. Yes, every morning when you opened your window, a little hope raised in your mind, “will there be sunshine today?”. The thing was that, it was just rare. You seemed to never see the sun’s coming, saying hello, or anything. It was just dark, cloudy, windy, and cold.
That situation would lead us to feel depression deeply. We would set up our face in a depress look, cold attitude, and less talkative. However, actually deep inside everybody who was living there needed to a little warm hug.
14th September 2013.
[studying] this is my first time visiting campus library, quite big, but compared to the ones UI has, incomparable lah. *snobbing* never mind. Then I went to some Dewey’s classification that I could remember, 400 for languages, 800-900 for litterature, I was hoping that I would find some interesting novels to read. But finally I couldn’t find anything, except some Murakami’s works, Classic Litteratures, and so forth. I was a bit disappointed when finally my eyes were stopped by a red tempting book titled as you can read on the photo. Well I, I am, I do some advanced level of sarcasm, meanwhile I love Derrida’s way of thinking, which is so close to sarcasm. And yeah. So I kind of have reason to put this book as one of my manual of life. Accompany me accomplishing this book, maybe you, the pouring rain outside?
[traveling] Today I probably have talked a lot about Autumn’s coming. Yeah that’s true. Grown up in tropical country with, “gile dingin banget ACnya! Berapa derajat sih? 16. Oh pantesan! Gedein donk!” sort of sentences. I feel like, well okay Holland, now you introduce me with your “real” weather. Yesterday was quite warm with 28C at max, and todayyyy it’s around 11-9C and still counting down. Please do tell me, what do you expect me to react? Complaining? Well I did. Seen on this picture, I was on my way going back home after having bought a bike, I then decided to stop at a café and ended up with this giant “pizza”. It was at noon, and my friend and I was like “(talk dirty) (talk dirty) syiet I freeze! Let’s eat! Dem too big! Well I’m beyond hungry. Eat it up. Take picture. Yeah. Take picture!” We then devoured it instead.
[traveling] this photo is great, the object is awesome, the angle is not bad. But just, “where is the Sun?” “Where is it?” “Is it hiding over the church? Over the mountain? Over the bench? Over the buildings?”. First thing I learn and later on, I need to be familiar with is that, “spare some places in your heart, in your mind, keep it clean, try to find/buy/own/beg for/collect/steal/rob some Sun at the nearest “shop”. I know it’s pricy, demanding, and in a constant need of caring. But I’m sure you don’t want to get gloomy depressing night, everytime, right?” The depressingdays have started, hello Autumn!