JAPAN 2015

So last June, I got the chance to go to Japan. I was invited by my uncle who lives there. It wasn't my first time going abroad BUT it was my first flight alone. Honestly and guiltily, usually I just followed my mom (aka. mengekor) in every flight I've had. I had all that giddy and excited feeling. I was most worried about everything that involves the officials (seriously). Like even though I know that I didn't do or bring anything banned, I was so worried that something would went wrong. But I'm also pretty proud of myself that I had the courage to went abroad alone, come to think of it hehe :p It was a 3 weeks trip, and it had been really such an experience for me!

I lived in my uncle's wife's mother's house (sorry for the complicated words). My uncle's wife is Japanese, so yeah her mother is also a Japanese. (I'll refer to her as Oma). My uncle and aunt lives in an apartment in Shinjuku and Oma lives in Machida, where I stayed in with her. So it was kind of a homestay vacation, I guess? (because I got to live with the local). Sometimes my uncle and aunt would stay for some days in Machida too. And some days it was just me and Oma.

When I first went there, I speak very little Japanese. I only knew the basic and common words like sumimasen, arigatou, ohayou, konnichiwa, etc. And I couldn't read hiragana, katakana, nor kanji. So if you are wondering, I communicated with Oma by english + japanese + indonesian. She knows some indonesian words like makan, mandi, and jalan-jalan. Usually, what happens is that she'll say something in japanese, and then I'll guess what she means in english! Most of the times, I got it right. But sometimes I literally have no idea.

My uncle and aunt picked me up at the Haneda Airport and then we went to Machida. I was very very anxious and nervous when we were going to meet Oma! But I was really surprised and happy when we arrived and she gave me a very happy welcome!!! Actually it wasn't my first time meeting her, because she went to Indonesia and visited my home back when I was still a little kid. I miss her already now!



Starring Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson : 4/5 

Starring Tracy Beaker is a story about (of course) Tracy Beaker. A girl that lives in the dumping ground (it's a foster home, but Tracy refers to it as the dumping ground). She loves her superstar- Hollywood-actress mother very much, though it seems like her mother doesn't really care about Tracy. At the beginning of the story it was told that her mother promised that she'll spend Christmas with Tracy. The story follows Tracy that was chosen to act as Scrooge for the Christmas play in her school. And she was so excited that her mom will see her act as the main character in the play. She also has a foster mother (kind of) named Cam. But Cam is quite the opposite of Tracy's superstar mother. She's kinda broke and not posh at all.
I don't really like Tracy's attitude at times, but I love that she's different from most of the children books' characters that I've read. You know, Tracy throws tantrum and all (not the usual goody goody). And the ending is both happy and sad, I think.

This book is written by Jacqueline Wilson, one of the most well known children literature writer. Her books often deals with things such as adoption, mental illness, and divorce. I bought my copy online last year (it's a secondhand, actually), when I've been looking for Jacqueline's books! GEM.



This book had been on my top wish list even since before it came out. I actually wanted to read it last Christmas (just to feel even more christmass-y, but I was saving to buy the Harry Potter series). And so I finally get to read it last June when I was in Japan. It is a collection of 12 short holiday stories by 12 different authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and The French Kiss, anyone?). I'm familiar with some of the authors but some of them I just never heard of. Anyway, the cover? TOTALLY CUTE. I believe there are 3 different editions of the covers, and all of them are all adorable I want to stack them together in my bookshelf for the sake of bookshelf aesthetic. And as there are 12 different stories, I'll be reviewing them one by one separately.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell : 4/5
-I love that she tells her story differently from the others. This story is about 2 best friends that goes to the same new year eve's party every year and so it tells us about what happened between them every December 31st.

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link : 2.5/5
-This was my first time reading something by Kelly Link (I didn't even know her before I check out this book, actually). I must say that when reading this story, it kinda got me intrigued at first, I was eager to read more. But I'm really not satisfied with the ending. After finishing it I was just like "mmm ok? What was that?". You know, like I feel that the ending doesn't explain much.

Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena : 4/5
-A story about a guy that got stuck with a girl in an apartment. Cute cute cute.

Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han : 4/5
-It's a story about a girl that was adopted by Santa Claus and so she live in the elf world and her crush is an elf. ?!?!!!?! adorable.

It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins : 5/5
-A story about a girl that wanted to use this one guy's voice for her animation. Thankyou Stephanie for making the girl an animator! (although that's not at all why I gave this a 5 star.) I'm in love with the story too.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan : 3/5
-For this one, I just feel like I still don't know the character that much. And I'm just not really feeling it (you know?). But the main character is pretty funny. And I felt empathy to him in some of the moments.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black : 2.5/5
-This one also intrigued me at first when I read it, but the ending was kind of disappointing for me.

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman : 3/5
-I kinda like and not really like this one.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire : 2.5/5
-To be honest I'm not like... feeling the story.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White : 5/5
-This one!!! It's about a girl that lives in a place called Christmas and her family runs a diner that's also called Christmas (it's also located in Christmas). And then there's this new cute cook that has.. like a sixth sense (he knows what food you want to eat or basically foods that would make you happy). Beep beep cute.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter : 4/5
-I also really enjoyed this one! (although it's just not at all likely to happen in real life. I mean, what about the customs and the immigrations and stuffs?). But I try not to think about those things when I read it.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor : 2/5
-This one I really didn't like. It was also confusing and I just didn't really get the story, I guess?

So those are my reviews for the stories of  My True Love Gave to Me. Overall, I really like this book and I think I'll reread it this Christmas while wearing a cutesy christmas sweater and eating chocochips. Ba-bay!



   Okay so I'm currently reading the sixth book of Harry Potter and I already have a long list of books I wanna read next!! Too bad that I don't have the budget to buy that much book tho. Well, I could read the ebook version which is so much cheaper but it's just that I don't really fancy reading from my laptop. (Ya well a phone would indeed be more practical but seeing that i don't own one at the moment. *sniffle*). Plus I love having the real copy. Especially when they have beautiful covers! And the smell of the books mmm (this is weird ok who cares). AND OH not to mention how dark my dark circle is now. Reading non-stop using laptop would just make my dark circle worsened that i wouldn't even have to wear sunglasses to look cool anymore. (Just a side note, I never wear a sunglasses to appear cool). Anyway, enough with the ramblings. Let's just hop on to my wishlist and hope that somebody sooo generous would buy these all for me. Fingers crossed.

1. My True Love Gave To Me
OKAAAYY I PLANNED TO BUY THIS BOOK LAST DECEMBER (just so i could read it on christmas). But I changed my mind and bought the Harry Potter series (which is love). Anyway, I couldn't decide which cover is better because both so cute!!!

This. This. This!!! I need this book to complete the beauty of my Anna and The French Kiss along with Lola and The Boy Next Door. I love both books and just couldn't wait to read Isla! Plus I need to be careful with the internet because spoiler everywhere. Dang.

This book looks so interesting to me not only because of the cover but also because of the synopsis.

I want to read this only by looking at the picture okay. It's kind of urgent.

  Those are the books that I really want to read. There's still loads of them but putting them here all together would be unwise okay. (it wouldn't stop i'll just go on and on about books i wanna buy next.)
I'm currently saving for a camera so yea need to handle myself. Anyway i hope i'll get one of these books by the time i'm making a new post (hopefully a book review). Until next time then!x

PS. I got the pictures from internet. None of the pictures are mine.