the cursed child review

The Cursed Child Review

Before getting into the review of The Cursed Child itself, I want to tell you about this little story first. I don’t think many people who aren’t Indonesians (or at least were in Indonesia at that time) were aware about this “drama” in Indonesia when the last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, came out here 2011. Basically there was a film boycott in the first 6 months of 2011 back then and we weren’t getting films from major studios like Warner Bros and such in the cinemas.

I was ready to book a plane ticket to Singapore just to see the last film of Harry Potter ever.  Continue Reading

suicide squad review

Are You the Devil? | Suicide Squad Review

When the first Suicide Squad trailer hit the internet last year, with that haunting “I Started a Joke” cover in the background, it immediately captured my heart. My initial reaction was I had to see this as soon as it hit theaters. From the look of it, I imagined this movie to be that kind that has every little bit of madness, peculiarity, and brilliance. Just the right type for me. Plus, it’s DC. Ever since I was introduced to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, I’ve been rooting for stories from DC Comics. Personally, I like darker stories, which so far what Warner Bros has been selling.

But a year later, after seeing the movie just last week, has it satisfied my high expectations? Continue Reading

carry on review

Carry On Review

I’d been wanting to read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell since I read Fangirl back in early 2015 and knew that she was turning the story of Simon Snow into an actual book. And I’d been stalling to go to the bookstore and get the book, but here I am! Honestly, the book is everything I expected it to be. If you’ve been here for a while, you surely know that I’m a huge Potterhead. I’ll mention that name in every chance that I got, if I can. So there’s no surprise when I turned out to be loving this book! Continue Reading

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Book Talk: What A Good Book-To-Film Adaptation Should Have

Ever since I was introduced to books and Harry Potter (I feel like I can’t write a post without mentioning Harry Potter even just once), reading and watching movies have been my top two hobbies. Although, sometimes I get bored easily, so between those two activities I also love browsing the internet A LOT. Then I get it when people say they don’t like reading books/novels because of the length and repetitive visual (meaning, all you see in a novel are just words). Some of them prefer comic books, because of the pictures and short dialogues which make them easier and take shorter time to read. Some of them prefer not reading novels altogether, and see the film adaptation instead when there’s any. And that’s completely fine! I’m not here to judge anybody’s hobbies. Besides, for book readers, what’s more pleasing than having a book adapted into a film, right? I believe seeing your characters come into life is one of every bookworm’s dreams. It’s mine, too, definitely. Continue Reading

xmen apocalypse review

X-Men: Apocalypse Review

First things first, I have watched X-Men: Apocalypse twice. TWICE, guys! My love for the X-Men franchise goes back to the days when I was still in school, naive, and hadn’t learned much about the world. This was before Nolan’s The Dark Knight made everything less important. This was my first love for superhero characters. This is the real deal. I had loved the old Professor X and Magneto even before the younger versions made an appearance. I stopped following the franchise after the third movie came out, but when one day (I actually don’t remember when and how) I saw clips of First Class on TV or something, I fell in love again with it. After so many years, now we’re finally in the home stretch (or is it?) of the prequel trilogy, and I still love it despite what the reviews say. Continue Reading


Top 5 Things to Do in Bandung

While I spent most of my time growing up in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, a lot of my friends still do not know that I was born in Bandung, the capital city of West Java. I spent the first six years of my life there, and while I don’t recall many childhood memories from that period, I still find I keep returning to this city. Bandung is well known for its great places to eat, chilly weather, amazing sceneries, and countless adventures. Being only 3 hours away from Jakarta, the city has always been Jakartans’ most favorite getaway destination, especially during the weekends (I avoid visiting the city on weekends). It’s common to find traffic in Bandung on the weekend where the roads are filled with B license plate number – with B being Jakarta’s area code.

That being said, what do I find are the best things to do in Bandung after experiencing it numerous times? Keep reading to find out! Continue Reading

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Compiled Reviews: 4 Books/4th Month!

Hi people! I’m starting a new series: Compiled Reviews. I’m going to write several reviews in one post for books that I can’t seem to compose their standalone reviews. It’s not that I don’t find those books, like the ones I’m going to share in a bit, unsatisfying. There are just times where there are not strong enough words to describe certain books in one single post. Probably it’s just me, though.

Anyway, before you start questioning my legitimacy as a reader, although I’m not sure if such thing exists or not, yes I am aware that that number is very low. I am sure there are tons of readers out there who can read 10 books in just a month, but I was never that kind of reader. I take too long breaks, I guess. And there’s always that reason that I can’t have my eyes glued to books/TV/phone or laptop screen for too long because I have a poor eyesight. So, reading four books in a month already counts as an achievement for me.

Okay, enough rambling. Here’s the 4 books I read in April: Continue Reading


Opened a Society6 Store!

Hello, world! This is not a regular post, but I just wanted to share this on my blog (even though I haven’t had many readers yet) (that’s okay, though). So my friends and I started an online shop back in October. We wanted to sell T-shirts that bookworms could relate to, since we don’t have much of it here in Indonesia. Perhaps it’s because people don’t read that much here. Anyway, that’s my idea at first, that I want to have something like “I’m a huge Harry Potter fan” on my T-shirt. Continue Reading

batman v superman review

Batman v Superman Review

Hello, people! So I’m back with a film review: Batman v Superman review. It feels like it’s been a long time since I posted a review that isn’t about books. (I know this blog has a “books and travel” subtitle, but now and then there will be posts about films as well.) I suppose because there aren’t that many films that really pique my interest lately. Yes, I’ve seen a few enjoyable and stunning movies this year, but nothing made me think about it all day and night, you know? Nothing like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games films. Not that I should only do reviews of those films, which what I’m trying to change.

So despite the mixed and unfavorable reviews, I was still quite excited as I was planning to see Batman v Superman with a friend. Perhaps it’s because I have a soft spot for Batman, which I’ll tell you more about it later. And surprisingly, I walked out of the theater feeling quite satisfied. Continue Reading