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My Two Cents on "13 Reasons Why"

I know I don't normally write reviews about anything, but recently I just finished this new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why" which apparently gained quite a lot of great feedback from people who watched it, and I too decided to give it a go because some of my friends who I considered intellectual (though most of the time also mentally-ill, LOL sorry guys but you know it's true) recommended it to me and said it was a must watch. And if I managed to finish all the 13 parts in 2 days, I'd have to admit that what they said was legit.

"13 Reasons Why" was a Netflix series adapted from a novel with the same title written by Jay Asher. The main story line was about Hannah Baker, a high school sophomore who decided to gave up her life by doing suicide. After she died, she left some messages by recording them into 7 tapes which each side of the tape was dedicated to the person who was the reason behind her decision of ending her own life.

This series has brought me on an emotion roller coaster which I love, but also hate at the same time. At first, I wanted to hate Hannah for being such a drama queen for exaggerating on everything but when I listened to what she had to say on the last tapes, my heart broke together with hers and all I wanted to do was give her a big hug and bring her back to life.

Each tape will make you understand better why someone could actually wish to stop feeling everything and give up living. Those small things that we may thought didn't really matter, they actually can have the power to do all the things we can never imagine to other people.

Since I'm not going to spoil every detail of the series here, I'll just share some of the points that I could pick from the  tapes that Hannah has passed down:

1. The world is already such a messed place. I initially planned to use a much more explicit word for the adjective, but for now I think I'd settle with this one. Every problem portrayed in this series was so real and those were only ones that happen to ONLY high school students who haven't really experienced the 'real world'. Plus, the habit of it which worshiped the 'cool people' just because of how they present themselves and ditched those who don't belong to the group was kinda making me sick (referring to the scene where Bryce got all the recognition and people love him when he was just one freaking pathetic person inside). That is why guys, the least we can do to help this world is don't be such jerks who ruin people's lives by their existence, we already have enough of them.

2. Apparently, it's not only what we do that can hurt other people, what we don't do can sometimes bring pain too. How many times have we been hesitant to do something just because we don't have enough guts to do it, or just because we were too shy? When your heart moves you to do something good to other people, just do it because we'll never know if they needed it. Sometimes, just a simple one second 'hi' can brighten up someone's whole day.

3. Concealing what you feel inside does no good, share them with others. Name it happiness, grief, excitement, fear, anything you can feel. Maybe not to everyone, but just one or a few people will do. Please, never feel like you're alone in this world, because you are not (literally, and figuratively).

4. Regret never make good friends with anyone. Avoid it if you can, but when what's done is done, move forward, do better and make sure such thing won't ever happen again to any other people; it's the only option available.

5. Everything.. affects everything. It probably will always remain mystery how everything in this world is actually connected one to another in anyway possible. But I do believe that when what we do actually can bring impact to other things, then the rightest thing to do is just do the best we can whenever possible, right? It may be impossible to do all the time but at least we can try, can't we?

So, as a conclusion, will I recommend this series? Man, when I, who don't write much, dedicated a whole blog post only for this, you know the answer already. I love the fact that this series doesn't revolve around silly teenagers love story (let the K-drama do this for us) and bring us to another point of view that maybe never came across our mind before, Watch it but be prepared for explicit words and scenes that probably may be inappropriate for under-aged kids and narrow-minded people.

Have you heard about "13 Reasons Why" before, or have you watched the series? If you have, you can share me your thoughts about it and I'd love to hear them! Thank you for reading this random scratch here, hope you have a good Sunday!

The Rainbow Blocks - 2017 HK Photo Diary Pt. III

The sun’s finally out on my last day here in Hong Kong. We decided to start the day by having the national breakfast with local style: dim sum! Luckily we found a dim sum place nearby and when I saw that all who ate there were the local elders, I just knew we found the right place.

One interesting experience was since all who ate there were locals, all the waiters don’t understand any English, so it was pretty confusing for us to make order or even finding a seat (apparently my Mandarin skills were not quite useful while I was there). Finally, we were seated together with one man, aged around 80 and guess what; he was with his Indonesian personal assistant! So the kind lady helped us made the order and the good man even offered to treat us breakfast! But we politely declined it since we just couldn’t afford to accept the treat after all the helps we had been receiving, but we really were so thankful!

We don’t have a fixed itinerary for this day but there was this one place that we wanted to go because it’s pretty; Choi Hung Estate. It was one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong and it’s famous because of the colorful blocks (choi hung itself literally means rainbow).

If you want to get here, get off at Choi Hung station and the building was just at the station’s exit. Best spot to take pictures was at the basketball court which was prettily hidden; it’s located on the parking lot’s rooftop so if you see the parking lot, you’ll find the basketball court at the top of the parking building. There’s nothing to do here besides taking pictures at the basketball court though, so if you are on a tight schedule, you might want to skip this. But if you have plenty of leisure time, this place will be a great spot for taking the perfect Instagram post!

The last destination of my this trip was the Ani-Com Park @ Harbour Fun, located near Hong Kong Convention Center in Wan Chai. We were supposed to go here on the second day while we were visiting Wan Chai but somehow we skipped it so we went back the next day for it.

After the long walks, we took the bus and got off at Causeway Bay for a late lunch and we picked Yoshinoya for its beef bowl. We usually shared all the meals we had while in HK but just that one time everyone finished their bowls because we were all THAT starving LOL. Sadly after lunch I had to say goodbye to the girls because my flight was at the night of the same day. So we parted as I headed to the airport and the girls continued their own adventure.

Just like the time when I departed to HK, I needed to make a transit at KLIA2 and this time it was a 10 FREAKING HOURS transit. I didn’t remember how I managed to survive those crazy 10 hours, but I was just thankful I did. This trip has been a one very fun and memorable, I am so thankful I got to spend the days with girls and we really laughed a lot. I am thankful that they appreciate even my coldest jokes (sometimes I even wonder how I came up with such bad jokes) and grateful that I have such good yet crazy friends.

Now as a closing… I made a vlog! Well, a mini-vlog may be more suitable, since I didn’t talk too much on the video; it’s still very awkward for me to speak by myself holding the camera, but I think for a first time vlogging, I think this was pretty fine. So, what do you think? Is it acceptable, or do you think I should stop and never make these kinds of video ever again? LOL. Let me know what you think and I’ll be very thankful :)

Well, that marked the end of my short Hong Kong trip this year, thank you for any of you who have been following my journey and hopefully I’ll be able to post again soon. If you want to view all the posts about this Hong Kong journey, click here and check out all other posts too, if you haven’t. Take care and see you next time!

Check out the other parts of my Hong Kong travel series here:
- Part I: A Chilly Day in The Spring
- Part II: My Happy Place

My Happy Place - 2017 HK Photo Diary Pt. II

It was a really cold night where the temperature dropped to 13 degree (at noon it was around 21). I remembered spending the night shivering behind my blanket since I just don't handle cold really well. 

But anyway, now we've come to the second day of the trip. Some people believe that if the queue for something is long, that proves that it's good, but I was pretty pessimistic for Australia Dairy Company, I mean how mindblowing could some scrambled egg be, right?

The queue took us around 30-45 mins before we finally made it inside. We have prepared ourselves for the rudeness of the waiters since everyone on the internet has warned us about it, but the waiters were so kind to us! They smiled a lot, made some jokes and even offered help to take our pictures before we even asked! (We didn't dare to, actually). 

Though you'd have to queue outside for quite some time, but worry not because the service inside was almost as quick as lightning! Our order took less than 5 mins to reach our table and ready to be munched. 

Pro tips: come with knowing first what you want to order so you can avoid being scolded by the waiters for taking too much time of their lives waiting for you to order. Ps. No English menu available.

Sooooo was it worth the wait? I tell you ya, IT'S FREAKING WORTH IT! LOL I maybe need to chill a bit, but really the scrambled egg was like nothing I have ever tasted before, it's moist, it's just.. perfect. Go try it someday if you visit HK next time!

To the next destination, Mong Kok Flower Market! It wasn't really the prettiest spot to take self portrait, but I bet it will lighten up your mood seeing the pretty flowers displayed. Besides, most of the flowers there were the ones we don't see much in Indonesia, so I think this place was worth a quick visit.

After strolling around the flowers market, we headed to Wan Chai for there were some spots we read which were pretty Instagram-worthy (I really have overused this phrase).

Could you even guess that the cute small blue building was a dumpster? LOL doesn't matter, take photos! Around the. neighbourhood there was also this little cafe, Omotesando Koffee, which I knew from a local friend's check in on Path, apparently this place was quite popular, counting on the crowds who dropped by.

I thought we were supposed to try more local food, but at the end we went to an Ichiran Ramen stall in Tsim Sha Tsui and I finally had my first Ichiran experience here in HK, not in Japan. But blame it to my poor taste bud, I didn't feel like it was such an awesome bowl of ramen that I could easily just pick Ikkudo Ichi over it, but maybe I just haven't tried the authentic one in Japan, yes? By the way, the stall in TST was the only one in the world where we could choose to sit personally (like in Japan) or sit in groups like other normal restaurants. We chose to sit together, by the way.

Pumped after an IDR 200K meal for a bowl of ramen, we made use the energy to take photos in the nearby area of Victoria Harbour. PS. No proper pictures of me, sorry :P

We spent the rest of the night at Mong Kok, strolling around the area and finally, another day has gone, another post was done! Only another one to go and I have another project that I have done about this trip, really can't wait to share it with you. Thanks for reading this and ciao!

Check out the other parts of my Hong Kong travel series here:
- Part III: The Rainbow Blocks