Project 365

Welcome! This is my own 365 project of creating at least one post per day about the stuff that I learnt, achieved, and found, the stuff that made me happy, or the new thing I did every single day.

The project was started on 21 February 2010. It has stopped for few times but I am determined to continue!

This project is dedicated to myself. I want to feel grateful for every single thing I have. I want to be thankful for my own life. I just want to feel that I have enough.

Tag: book

Jane Austen

Jane Austen's Complete Novels

Finally! I got Jane Austen’s complete novels in one thick book! I’m so happy!!! 🙂

* Mbak Dessy gave me this book. I was supposed to pay this book but she refused!!! Thank you so much mbak! :-*

The Pleasure of Working

The Book Festival @ Brabanthallen

A book that has 300 recipes for Nutella!

taking a pic with a DJ bfore he’s famous

Some ppl are working, some are posing…

Bahri & Linda working 🙂

Bosche bollen — a must eat! Super!!!

Today was the second day I worked at the Book Festival. I went to Den Bosch with my friend Bahri as well as my new friends Maureen and mbak Dessy (who stayed over at my place for few days). We decided to take a bus as it was much cheaper (although it took us 1 hour to get to Den Bosch; compared to only 20 minutes by train hehehe). Once we arrived, we went straight to buy Bossche bol, which was a super delicious chocolate ball and was only available in Den Bosch! It was my second time eating it, and I couldn’t be happier! 😀

I took few pictures today when I was working at the Book Festival. It was in low quality though, as I took them with my poor mobile phone. But anyway, that’s how the festival was going to be like. The place was quite huge. My job was to unload and arrange those books; it involved a lot of carrying, pushing, sorting, walking, good eyes, and good memory. We worked for 9 hours for the preparation of the festival and got 15 minutes break every few hours (1 hour in total). Today was the last day of the festival’s preparation (tomorrow is the opening), so I worked longer than expected and went home quite late.

The good thing was I went home with Bahri so at least I wasn’t alone and had someone to talk with. We had a good conversation on the way back and we reached Eindhoven at around 9.30pm. Quite late, huh? But anyway, there were a lot of things to be thankful for. Judging by the pictures, didn’t I look happy (though tired)? Hehehe.

For the sake of money…

I work at the Boeken Festijn (Book Festival) again this week. This is my third time working in this festival (I worked in Rotterdam and Eindhoven previously). I’ll be working for only three days though; trying to get money for my Easter trip. Den Bosch is only 20 minutes away by train from Eindhoven, so it’s not far at all.

Anyway, I really enjoy working at this festival. Besides having the opportunity to see the books and buy them with the discounted price, I get the chance to meet new people, including Indonesians living in different parts of the Netherlands. They are mostly students and ex-students who are searching for permanent jobs and trying to survive in this country buy being part-timers. I do admit that sometimes I’m quite hesitant to meet Indonesian students; mainly because I don’t feel that I think the same way as them. We have different lifestyles. We have different ways of thinking. We have different stuff to talk about.

But these Indonesian people that I usually meet at the Book Festival are of different category. Perhaps they’re more mature. Or they don’t mind to work and try not to spend their parent’s money. Or they’re humble. Either way, I feel like I belong into the right group.

Although the work is quite tiring, but every time I have a break, I always have wonderful time. Laughing. Cheering. Even to the point… screaming! Hahaha. It is such a joy to be entertained and to be “freshed” again when I go back to work after a 15-mins break.

I’m off to work again tomorrow. I have to wake up early and gain extra energy. Good night, people!

The Happiness

The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never felt before; and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight, diffused over his face, became him; but, though she could not look, she could listen, and he told her of feelings which, in proving of what importance she was to him, made his affection every moment more valuable.

— Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice

* This was written so beautifully! Such a joy to read this part of the chapter. This paragraph occured after Mr. Darcy proposed to Elizabeth Bennet (Lizzie).

I thought only of you

If you will thank me, let it be for yourself alone. That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on I shall not attempt to deny. But your family owe me nothing. Much as I respect them, I believe I thought only of you.

— Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet after she thanked him for his “unexampled kindness to her poor sister” in Pride & Prejudice

* I’ll make this project at least 1 post per day.

The Essential Rumi

The Essential Rumi

The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along. — Rumi

The Rumi book that I ordered 3 weeks ago has finally arrived! I’m so happy.

In total, I have 9 other books waiting to be read. I’ve already started reading few pages of Rumi, quarter pages of Bill Clinton’s Giving, some pages of Karen Amstrong’s Muhammad, and John Roosa’s Dalih Pembunuhan Massal. I’ve been trying to keep myself contented and busy — and reading these books have been quite enjoyable.

Even so, I thought of buying the famous Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, after watching its BBC TV series on YouTube, featuring one of my favorite actors, Colin Firth who really fit into the character of Mr. Darcy I must say! Few years ago, I watched Pride & Prejudice’s movie adaptation, and I remember how I really loved it!! That’s why I came to think of buying the book. I know that I hate classic English literature, but that’s because its constructions of words are hard to understand. But I really want to learn. I want to get used to it. I want to be able to feel and understand the beauty of those words.

But anyhow, I was happy to find the full version of Pride & Prejudice on Google Books! So I decided to read it online in the meantime — perhaps I’ll buy it once I read all of those 9 books.