Hi, guys, I am reinstating weekend reads from this month onwards. It’s a curation of interesting reads and stuff hence I am calling it Kurated by Kovfefed. I am going to post this series only on the last Saturday of the month for now.
I watched Unsolved Mysteries’ Tsunami Ghosts on Netflix. It brought me to tears. Highly recommend! It also reminded me of a beautiful post: Nine Years after Fukushima, penned by Rebecca Otowa. Other Netflix shows I watched and recommend this month: 1BR and The Call. Both are brilliantly acted horror-thriller.
“I am on a sacred fucking mission. I’m waiting for the goddess. I believe in ghosts. And I will defy the darkness and I will tell our story. — Adrian McKinty on Why He Writes.
Virtual super enthusiastic waves to a fellow Boss drinker, Ken. A self-proclaimed womanizer gaijin, Ken is the blogger behind Japanese Rule Of 7. For a while, I have been following him, thanks to Bloglovin’, but his latest post, Sunday in Japan, made me read through every article on the 27 pages blog. Another blog that I am currently binge-reading is Austin Kleon‘s. Once done, the next blog-binge-read will be Seth Godin‘s. Do you follow them?
This month, I wrote about my Japan fever, wish-granting Daruma doll and the magical memories of January 26, including the one which happened this year; the most expensive meal I have paid for and bubble tea and my friendship with Amanda; I spent my Sunday thinking whether I am wasting it? I also wrote about my road trip to Wangaratta and Kiwirail. I didn’t write many new posts this month. Even though I want to say that’s because I have been busy living life, the truth is I have to manage my time better.
A new-to-me blog that I loved this month would be Eric Kim Photography. I stumbled upon it on Flipboard and ended up following him on BlogLovin. Eric writes about photography, writing, and life musings in a simple clean manner. I have been going through his archive since the start of the Japan trip.
I started listening to the Budget and Cents podcasts by Cait Flanders and Carrie Smith. It is giving me constant nudges to organize the currently out of control credit card bills eeeeep… Maybe I should start with a month-long shopping ban in May. That would be a double eeeeep…
Yesterday I found out that there’s this thing going around on the internet called Blogmas. It’s kinda like #BlogEverday challenge, but more fun because it’s all about Christmas. I enjoy blogging and Christmas, this is the kind of combination I want to be a part of. Also, I haven’t done my #BlogEveryday month this year, now feels like perfect timing for it.
I am aware that I am like 13 days late to the game and knowing how lazy I am, I might not even commit the next 12 days, but today I am blowing caution out of the chimney (how’s my Christmas pun? Bad? Yeah, I thought so too) and inviting you to do this better-late-than-never-Blogmas.
Here are some links for ideas to jump start our Blogmas.
Joe’s 50Blogmas ideas list is pretty interesting. I am going to write some from his list in the next few days.
A girly perspective on Blogmas ideas by Tatjana. I most probably will do the Christmas haul and Christmas nail art (not tutorial though, just to show off, if I get one).
Lucy gives non-basic Blogmasideas. I am so going to do her “snap the decorations in your local town and share them in a photo-only post” idea.
And 100more for my fellow Aussie blogger, Shannon.
There you go, 255Blogmaspost ideas. So what do you say, shall we do this together? #Blogmas.
This post counts as a Blogmas post because even though I don’t really share a Christmas post, I did mention that I like Christmas. Right?
Ps. A few of you ask me about the Christmas sweater illustration above. Akifune from Fiverr did it for me. Check out her amazing work (my cartoon character is much cuter than the real me) and join the #SweaterParty on Instagram.
Speaking of witches, you can stay in a Hogwarts themed hotel in London. When I visit London, I am going to adjust my travel date accordingly just so I can stay here. While at it, I’ll take the BB bakery bus tour that serves afternoon tea.
Have you ever taken a Harry Potter character quiz before? I am always Luna Lovegood, which I don’t agree entirely. I prefer to think that there’s an unmentioned character in Hogwarts that truly shares my traits and values. In short, I wish that I was a student at Hogwarts.
As a student there, I again think I wouldn’t fit into the main four houses, instead I would belong to GRYFFINCLAW. Still, about castles, an Australian couple bought a chateau in France and started a blog about it.
Have you ever joined a ghost tour before? I was toying with the idea when we were in Melbourne but didn’t have the gut to do it at the end.
Now that I’m back in Jakarta, I would love to join the local blogger community. I’m a little worried though, that I won’t blend easily in the beginning because I can be awkward at times. Anyway, I’ll keep you updated. For this month’s link love and in relation to what I mentioned earlier, I present to you some cool Indo bloggers.
A sunken city in China, famously called Atlantis of the East, Shicheng is well preserved. The pictures of it are breathtaking, but not sure whether I am brave enough to dive that deep though.
I have become a short hair advocate because short hair = awesome sauce.
Have you heard of the Bechdel test before? I was surprised the last Harry Potter movie didn’t make the cut😦 I am also interested to see whether I can adapt it to real life. Like, whether my girlfriends and I could have a conversation in one seating without mentioning any man at all.
You know how much I love Disneyland (I mentioned it here, here, and here) including especially the gift shop. If you are like me and you need your Mickey fix, check out this store, or better yet check out the omgsocuteineedtogetitnow Minnie bag. I could hear Monica’s voice “I’ll wear it all the time“.