9 Things: Times You Took A Chance

I got this idea over from Karen at Make Up And Beauty Blog. When I first saw it, I thought it’s going to be quite simple, since somehow I managed to think of myself as a chance taker. I don’t know how much truth in there, since as I wrote down my list, boy oh boy, it wasn’t that many. I’ll let you be the judge.

If you’d like to make this a meme, you’re most welcome to do so. I’d love to hear what you thought about it. And please do link back when you post it!

Quoting Karen:

You know how it is. You’re faced with a choice — you can either play it safe and take the simply “okay” outcome, or you can go the riskier route and shoot for the potentially awesome ending

Just for me, the change would also involved something I might have believed in or scared of for a very long time. So here it is, in no particular order.

1. Standing up and get noticed

I was quite a shy person in school. More of a nerd, not really the popular girl. Then I decided for myself that I want to be that person that everyone would remember when they are out of school, and I started to be more active with my social life, kick out my shyness, volunteered for elections. Did I succeed? I don’t really know. Perhaps ask my old friends if they still remember me. LOL.

2. Starting our own company

It was a strange idea at that time. Everyone expected me to go join a company and work my career up from there. The truth was I feel sick to my stomach when I thought of being cooped up in a cubicle in a tall office building, wearing suits, and having the same office hour every day . Please, no offense to any of you who did this, it would be the most sensible idea for most people. It’s just not for me. Back to the topic, I was thinking of another way for creating an income. So me and my bf (now hubs) created a mobile game company. I love this experience, and even if creating softwares weren’t my passion anymore, I would do this all over again. Except this time, we will make smarter choices.

3. Studying in Germany

I was very excited for this chance. No fear at all. I can’t wait to go. Even if that means living in a different culture, far away from home. Living on our own, just me and hubs. It is one of the pivotal points in my life, and the experience that comes with it, is truly priceless for me.

4. Becoming a Writer, full time

Most likely some of my friends still think I’m crazy because of this. Because I went for something unrelated with my academic degree (Informatics and Digital Media). Well I had fun studying it, and it would provide a good side job, but I AM following my heart here. I went full dive to writing because I believe that when I feel that a dream is worth dreaming, it is also worth pursuing with all my might. Since lovely hubs is very supportive as well, why not?

5. Moving to Berlin

I separated this from the studying in Germany because our moving here was completely filled with uncertainty. I don’t want to go into details, but back then, all we had was the faith and the believe that this is what we both want. We were right, it turn out very well in the end. I’m so happy we took this chance, as I really came to love Berlin, and this city had been very inspirational for me.

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The Clown's Meme

I’m kind of completely blanking lately… so I thought I’d just do another meme again today, just for fun. I found this meme from Sunday Stealing blog, they ‘stole’ my trivia about me meme a while ago, and I love it! Today’s meme was taken from Boppo The Clown.

Here goes…

  1. Who did you spend at least two hours with today? Hubs
  2. How tall are you? 163 cm
  3. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks? Flying home to see my family 🙂
  4. What’s the last movie you saw? How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
  5. Who was the last person you called? My Mom
  6. Who was the last person to call you? A reporter from Bildzeitung
  7. Who was the last person to leave you a voicemail? It’s been a long time since anybody do that, so I can’t remember.
  8. Do you prefer to call or text? Text. Somehow didn’t like talking over the phone.
  9. What were you doing at 12am last night? Out from the theater where I saw Norman Foster 🙂
  10. What time did you wake up today? 8

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15 Books I'll Always Remember

It’s originally a facebook note. Was tagged there by Ambu Dian. I decided to post it here too.

Make a list of the 15 books that you’ll always remember. Don’t think too hard. Choose the first 15 books that you’ll be able to remember in 15 minutes.

  1. St. Clare series by Enid Blyton. It made me want to live in a girls’ boarding school when I was a kid. But yeah, I changed my mind when I was older.
  2. The Secret Garden by by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The idea of having a secluded spot in my garden where nobody can find me fascinates me for years!
  3. Matilda by Roald Dahl. I want to lift chalks with my mind power too!
  4. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Nuff said.
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Perhaps it’s because I’m writing a book with a similar setting, but I think this one is brilliant.
  6. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. There’s a piece of me in there somewhere… I won’t tell where
  7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Like it or not, I will always remember the sparkling vampires!
  8. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. It changed my perspective on money.
  9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. When you want something, the whole Universe conspires to help you realize your desire.
  10. Pippi Långstrump series by Astrid Lindgren. I read this one in three languages ;).
  11. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Never stop being a child at heart.
  12. On Writing by Stephen King. Best writer’s memoir.
  13. Being Happy! by Andrew Matthews. This one changed my view on life. Be happy, now. Don’t wait until tomorrow.
  14. Gede Prama’s book. [note for non Indonesian reader: he’s an Indonesian philosophical, spiritual writer]
  15. A Chance of Sunshine by Jimmy Liao. A lovely illustrated book about love at first sight.

Feel free to do your own, in the comments or a link back on your blog. I’d love to know which books you remembered most!

Trivia About Me! (Meme)

Found this meme from BubbleBoo. It is fun, so I could help it but fill it in too!

Introit…

  • Do you get regular massages? I wish I wish I wish… although too often of it would also be boring, IMO.
  • Do you have an answering machine? Only because it was installed by default by the phone company.
  • What cuss word do you use the most? Hmm…. I do have some for different occasion… but I **hope** I didn’t use much of it.
  • Are you underweight or overweight? One more kilo, and I will be underweight. So I’m normal :).
  • Can you see your veins? Some of them. Are you supposed to?

Favourite…

  • Soap? Err… none lately. Not so much time to watch TV anymore. Only soap I enjoyed long time ago was Santa Barbara *LOL*. And then comes the South American telenovela… but that was not the question, right? Right?
  • Fruit? Hard to choose… Blackberries?
  • Kind of red meat? Lean beef. I don’t really like other red meat.
  • Fish? Salmon.
  • Candy bar? Used to be Mars… but now I can’t stand it, too sweet. So maybe KitKat?

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