A Literature Student's Entry.

People come and go, the infamous saying has evidently become a life principle.

Guru Sastra Bahasa Inggris gue akan kembali ke negri asalnya dalam beberapa waktu singkat. She has been the one pushing me to read all the great works of the great classics. You name it, I've read Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Dante, Aristotle, St. Augustine, John Bunyan, Homer, etc starting from sixth grade. People dropped their jaws when they knew that gue di cekokin Homer's Illiad in Grade 8, swallowed Dante's Inferno when I was in Grade 9, finished reading The Tale of Two Cities in Grade 10, mastered Aristotle's Poetics and Rhetoric in Grade 11, and in my senior year I had to read AND understand Multatuli, a very complex Indonesian literature.

Kalau gue harus list-down semua buku sastra Inggris gue yang sudah dibaca dari kelas 6 SD, you wouldn't believe it. Bobot buku buku yang di baca itu bukan untuk anak setara umur gue. Tapi dengan caranya yang lihay dan cermat, guru sastra gue managed to make us read all those books in two semesters. Kalau di lihat koleksi buku sekolah gue sekarang, orang masih kaget. I mean, siapa yang di haruskan untuk membaca dan mengerti Plato's Republic di kelas 3 SMP di Jakarta?

My literature teacher's superb. Dulu waktu jaman sekolah, kalau di suruh baca, I'd throw a tantrum. Tapi sekarang tiap kali orang protes dengan bacaan kuliah yang menurut mereka "berat", gue tinggal mengakat bahu dan bersyukur kalau what I got to read now ga seberat apa yang gue baca waktu sekolah dulu. Plus reading those books gave me an in depth knowledge on some of the most complicated work of literature in an early age.

Since farewell partynya akan berlangsung besok, my friend and I decided to make a video for her, Miss Bonita Woods. Tampang gue lusuh selusuh-lusuhnya karena memang it was still 9 something in the morning dan capeknya lagi ga ketolongan karena we were in the middle of an event. So yeah, here's a little something something. It's stupid though karena this was super rough but yeah... udah lah ya.



From an avid reader with love,
Athalia Karima Yedida Soemarko.

A Photographer's Entry.

This will be my first ever photo blog. I acknowledge myself as an amateur photographer which means I twiddle around with my camera and I freeze time and I do not do it for a living. Check this out, here are a few pictures of the city in which I live. Jakarta will be celebrating it's birthday on the 22nd of June. In the festivity of the event, I shall post a few pictures of my favorite spot in the city, Bunderan Hotel Indonesia. These pictures were taken on March 2010 with my friend's camera. I can't remember who took which picture so I'll file these under the names of Dhiandro Edwin.



Happy birthday, Jakarta. We've had our differences but in my heart I do not know why or how but you are still number one. Yes, you still beat New York, by a lot of points.

For the love of Jakarta,
Athalia Karima Yedida Soemarko.

Summer, Jammer, Whammer.

Greetings and salutations,

Blog ini sangat amat tidak terurus. Maafkan diriku, O manusia dunia maya, karena telah menelantarkanmu sebegitu lama.

All right, so... Tiga minggu liburan semester telah berlalu which means I got approximately two more months untuk leha leha dan bersantai ria. Tadinya I was about to post another video tapi internet agak teng-tong beberapa hari ini jadi lain kali saja lah ya. Untuk entry blog hari ini sepertinya saya tidak akan membahas tema yang spesifik dan bisa di ambil moralnya atau pun tema yang di buat dengan sengaja untuk membingungkan anda, sang pembaca. I'm just going to ramble about my holiday and spit out whatever comes out in my mind as my fingers type.

Dua minggu pertama dari liburan saya pakai untuk menghabiskan waktu beraktifitas bersama rekan rekan dari Fakultas Hukum dari segala penjuru. I shall not go into details about that due to the fact that... well, you'd find it boorishly boring. Anyway, the next week, I got to spend it all on working on a community project with my church basically mengajar anak anak 5-12 tahun dalam Sekolah Injil Liburan. I was helping Mum and it wasn't that much of a fuss either.

Summer... Summer... Summer.

It's a really beautiful season. Memang di Indonesia, negeri tercinta ini, musim panas adalah suatu hal yang lazim dan tidak terlalu spesial. Seperti julukannya, Sang Zamrud Khatulistiwa, Indonesia tidak akan pernah mengalami pergantian musim yang drastis. There'll never be snow and seasons come and go as the rain pours and unpour, that does not make sense but just nod with me. I sometimes wish that Indonesians themselves will be as constant as the weather. Been hearing a lot of things from a lot of people about a lot of girls talking about a lot of bad stuffs about, well, me. As selfish as this sound, I am annoyed. I've written two paragraphs about these mean, bad-mouthing girls before but I felt that I should not waste that much words on mean people. It's just not worth it.

Thus right now, I shall go to the kitchen and cook up some Italian dinner for my stomach to enjoy. Pardon the random entry.

Spit, spat, spooch to you, Haters,
Athalia Karima Yedida Soemarko.