First two shipments. Semoga lancar…
When dad first asked me to help him to started the export business together, i was hesitant because starting new business is the opposite of easy and can be very draining, not to mention the uncertainty of it all. But i’m glad i made the yes decision. Family should always come first, and doing this together made us closer as family.
Since i work a lot at coffee shop, i noticed that j.co recently adopting a more aggressive sales approach.
"Would you like to upsize your order for just Rp4000?"
"The frappe selection taste better than the plain iced cappucino, mam. Try that maybe?"
"No? If you like it hot, why don’t you try our new flavour coffee? Tiramisu flavour is really nice. And it’s not too sweet". (the sales person remember that i mention earlier that i don’t like sweat drinks)
I never thought that i needed more than plain, non-sweet ol’ cappucino in my daily caffeine intake, but here i am sitting with my upsized, tiramisu flavoured coffee, and it taste pretty darn good.
Good for J.co, for trying to step up their game.
"What’s been your greatest accomplishment?"
"Keeping in touch with distant friends and relatives."
"Why is that important?"
"It’s important to always have people who remember you at various stages of your life. It’s especially important as you get older, because there are less of those people around. And they remind you who you are."
You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.
It’s like when someone says, ‘How are you?’ Do you say, ‘Well, my head hurts and I’m lonely and depressed and I’m worried about everything and the world is collapsing and full of evil’? Or do you say, ‘I’m fine’?
"We’re eye doctors."
"What’s something about the eye that most people don’t realize?"
"The eye doesn’t see. The brain sees. The eye just transmits. So what we see isn’t only determined by what comes through the eyes. What we see is affected by our memories, our feelings, and by what we’ve seen before."
Sometimes i really have hard time to come up with things that i’m grateful for (i’m keeping a gratitude journal) because it’s so easy to forget the little good things that i have in abundance. Thx for the reminder! So glad to have had a nice chat with my aunt today, didn’t realise that i miss her. She spoiled me as a child and practically help raising me. I should call her more often
Over the past few years i think i have curb my consumerism side pretty well. I don’t buy stuff on a whim anymore. i don’t buy stuff just because i’m having a bad day and need some retail therapy or simply because it looks pretty. Not even when it’s on Sale!
I admit, sometimes i still can not help my self. But i’m trying hard dammit!
When i do buy stuff though, i make sure it has better quality, last longer with tendency to classic style so i won’t easily get bored or go out of trends just after few months.
I think the minimalism lifestyle is very applicable not only towards consumerism but to other aspect of life also. I’m getting there