Deconstructing “Strength”

“How do you manage to keep on doing this?” one of my team member in the office asked me, right after my boss gave me a stern warning for not delivering the targeted completion date of my project. “Why aren’t you more upset? How could you be so strong?”

I remember I just stared at her, not knowing how to answer the question. It would be a lie to say that I wasn’t upset at all. It was my project, after all. And if I took the warning lightly, I could risk my professional credibility as a project manager. So it wasn’t like I was fooling around, either.

But what my team member said had some truth. Despite being upset, I never did show it to everyone. Despite being torn apart by the warning, I kept on managing the project like it was just another day—as if I never screwed up.

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Writing Spot Review: Fillmore Coffee

I’ve talked about this place almost devoutly for months, but in case you didn’t know, Fillmore Coffee has got to be one of my favorite places in Jakarta, period.

fillmore coffee ambience bar

There’s just something from the cafe’s relatively hidden location, the decor, and the ambience that appeal to me. The inclusion of ivy on the front window, for example, gave the place an almost rustic feel that I absolutely adore.

In any case, Fillmore Coffee is definitely a place I’d definitely return to from time to time, not only because it is a fantastic writing spot, but also because it’s a great cafe in general.

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Writing Spot Review: TOSKA, Jakarta

When it comes to securing a productive weekend, nothing really beats finding the nearest cafe to your house, plugging in your laptop, ordering a few snacks, and just start working. Since I live in West Jakarta, TOSKA provides almost everything I could ask for a writing spot.

As far as I know, TOSKA strives to serve only vegan food to their customers, so even their main dishes (pasta, fried rice, etc.) are all served using vegan ingredients. If you’re a vegan, then you will most likely appreciate this initiative, since there’s not a lot of vegan options to dine in Jakarta.

However, even if you’re not vegan, like me, I reckon you will still enjoy yourselves working in this little cafe. If not because of their surprisingly tasty delicacies, then at the very least, for the sheer comfort this place could give as a writing spot.

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A Butterfly Needs to be Loved

Based on a writing prompt submitted by @eunicesoe.vics

A scientist conducted an experiment with two caterpillars.

They are of the same species, and roughly the same size and age.

Photo by Philippe Leone on Unsplash

He fed one of the caterpillars with only the best quality leaves. He made sure to control the lighting and moisture level of the ecosystem to promote growth. And before long, the caterpillar transformed itself into its chrysalis form, bidding its time while undergoing metamorphosis.

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Writing Spot Review – Erasmus Huis Library, Jakarta

Several weeks ago, before I was hospitalized, I had the chance to visit this recently renovated library in South Jakarta. As the name suggests, the place is actually a library—only that it’s in the same building as the Netherlands’ cultural center building.

I first heard about the library from my Twitter feed. With a very eye-catching thumbnail, it’s hard to miss the announcement. I hadn’t been to the place yet—not even to the cultural center—but I had heard good things about it. In fact, one of my friends used to take a language course there, in preparation for her studies abroad.

Being the bibliophile that I am, and being somewhat desperate in search of a new writing spot, the place instantly caught my interest.

Fortunately, one of my friends was also inclined to check the place out.

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Hospitalized

Being hospitalized is not fun.

I never liked being punctured with needles all over, and I certainly don’t appreciate having to lay down all day to “rest”. Sometimes I feel my condition worsen just by staying in a hospital for too long.

Hospitalized

However, I just spent this week being hospitalized.

This should explain why I was super late at posting the writing prompt results from last Saturday, and my lack of updates through any of my social media (Twitter, Instagram). And if you guys haven’t guessed it, this is also the reason why this week’s blog post is arbitrarily more raw and unpolished.

For that, I apologize.

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