March was the first month I'm completely free—no class, no nothing—so it feels as if every weekend is filled with plans to hang out with friends. It has been great to catch up with a bunch of them—even one I haven't properly hung out with for 10 years. This was also the month I created more vigorously, deliberately creating illustrations for various occasions—though still properly ignoring my work (lol)—and exploring more in literature, cinema and music. It was a month of both thought and action, slow and eventful days, friends and family, good and bad. Oh yeah, a real impromptu turn-of-events might be the new blog design I have now. It's definitely not done yet, but what do you think?
Putting a pause on the previous series, this month I decided to flip through The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. I was familiar with her work before in The Lowland, so it was a pleasure to read another title of hers. This one is less complicated, though, but still with that feeling of going through generations, passing at least a lifetime, and rendering me nostalgic. I won't lie and say I didn't shed a tear by the end. Not long afterwards, I checked out the movie—it was enjoyable but obviously didn't hold a candle to the written form. Then I moved on with a re-reading of the whole Adventures of Tintin series. It's been over a decade since the last time I read it, so I was pleasantly reminded of why I loved the series so much as a pre-adolescent teen. Captain Haddock is basically the love of my life. Also, it just so happens that Firu has a t-shirt of him—it's like two of my loves merging into one. At the moment, I am hooked into Archie Greene und die Bibliothek der Magie, which is a German-translated YA novel, so we'll have to see.
Wow, yeah, okay, this was the month of movie marathons! I watched so many films, I could hardly remember all that I've watched. There were so many interesting titles, but also some very regrettable ones—but ones that have been itching at the back of my mind. If I were to pick top three, I think I would pick these titles, in descending order. The first one is This Is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey—among others. It is heartfelt yet riddled with adult jokes, with amazing chemistry among the casts. It resembles August: Osage County in a comedic way. The next one is Hector and His Search for Happiness, starring Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike. If there's any way I can describe this, it's probably the British version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It is so enlightened! I absolutely love the ending, to know that happiness doesn't have to be elsewhere. Then, best for last, Wish I Was Here, which is a Zach Braff production. The comedy is absolutely superb, the characters are quirky and it touches the topic of religion and death in such a delicate and beautiful way.
This month's series was recommended by Firu—which is actually very unexpected since he doesn't watch western TV almost ever—and it's from the 1970s: a British sitcom called Mind Your Language. It is set in an English course class, consisting of students from various countries and the shenanigans they were up to in the pursuit of speaking perfect English. Since it's the 70s, most of the jokes can get quite stereotypical, but seems to be well-meaning nonetheless. Mr. Brown is such a hunk too! Another series I was hooked into was Sore: Istri dari Masa Depan (Sore: Wife from the Future), which is a webseries by Tropicana Slim—a local brand of diabetic sugar. Though it was created most likely as a promotional tool, the series didn't have noticeable product placement/advertising at all—unlike most ads in films and TV programmes in this country. The story is rather sweet and a bit melancholic too. The reason I decided to watch it was that Tika Bravani used to be an upperclassman at my middle school—and I think high school too.
It's been the month I've been most exposed to the internet and explored the cyber realms. There are a couple bands that I've grown fond of. The first one is San Cisco, a band from Western Australia. They have really unique alternative rock sound, which is obviously not for everyone. Some of their songs are too weird, even for me. But I do find myself gravitating towards Awkward and Beach—which have very different vibes from each other. The second one is The Head and the Heart, a young band from California. They are all about really peaceful, folksy indie music, which makes me yearn for late summer, cabins in the forest and sitting around a bonfire with friends. The one song that got me right in the feels is Another Story, but their other top tracks sound really amazing as well. Lastly, I've also been hooked by Wish I Was Here soundtrack—it's such a goldmine!
Highlight of the month