#BookReview The Ocean At The End Of The Lane: When An Adult Is Just A Grown-Up Kid

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What impression do you get from the cover?

Yeay! A book for this month! (at the very verge of the month)

It’s so hard for finding reading time recently, so even finished reading the 180 pages short novel (not thick nor dense) feels like an accomplishment >,< #sad

Actually it was my first Neil Gaiman’s book, I’ve never read his work before. I think I heard his name quite a lot, but I didn’t sure what genre he usually write. So I didn’t expect much what the story would tells about.. fiction? mystery? drama? another world? or what? in the first chapters, I just let him surprise me…

But then I really surprised. The book was mix of them all, hahaha.. After read other people’s review, they just call it a “Gaiman’s genre”.

Opened with a middle-aged man (whose name is never mentioned – not even once) revisiting the place where he used to live with his parents and sister when he was seven. Then the place starts to bring back a strange sequence of memories as seen through the eyes of a young boy. So can u imagine? The narrator was the grown-up man, trying to tell haunting events through a kid’s perspective. Interesting.

Personally, besides the what-so-called fantasy part, it reminded me of things that children know and adults no longer understand and remember. We usually see things differently, so does how we do things. I remember when I was a kid, I confused seeing my mother and my sister crying.. I though that “hey, you’re adults.. you supposed to be mature enough to face anything in this world. You’re not me. I’m a kid, and only kids who allowed to whine and cry”. (but I didn’t say it directly to them, anyway). So many thoughts are changing.. but I always find that the way of thinking when we were kids are very exciting. I also can so relate with the boy character, the kid who lived in books more than he lived anywhere else. Even until now, I can say book is my sanctuary, the only place that can make me feel safe. People like us could drowned in the imaginary world, and even always observed surrounding and wondered how if the story that the book tell was really happened? Adults follow path, kids explore. And Im eager to capture all those states.

After all, I think it’s a kind of book that you have to read in one sitting. The creepy yet beautiful setting of Sussex, completed by British English that has specific sense of language, will bring you to your own exploration. And I guess I’ll be looking for another Gaiman’s after this.. Any idea?

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INNOCAMP 2016: Awal Seleksi & Kurangnya Imajinasi

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20 besar di 1st Camp. Ada yang individu, ada yang memang nge-tim berdua.

 

Tadaaa…!! Here I am again, in a tech-based business competition. Can you believe it? me not XD Sejujurnya sih… di masa-masa ini… aku kayaknya udah agak segan gitu ikut kompetisi-kompetisi lagi. Rasanya udah pengen bener-bener fokus jalanin bisnis aja. Konsen.. fokus.. Karena kenyataannya pun, juara di lomba itu beda dengan juara di dunia nyata, hehe.. Mungkin kalian juga paham maksudnya.

Tapiii.. godaan datang saat liat video ini! :B

Huaaa… Gimana cobaaa…

Ikut. Nggak. Ikut. Nggak. Ngitung kancing gak beres-beres, akhirnya, “nothing to lose aja deh.. lagian pede amat belum tentu lolos juga”, lol.

Lalu.. yang akhirnya bikin aku ikut itu kayaknya utamanya karena 3 hal: juri+mentornya keren-keren, hadiahnya juga oke (ke Google Jepang!), dan ini emang khusus untuk anak muda (sampe 35 tahun siihh), yang jelas kan kita gak akan muda selamanya! Jadi ayolah, selagi masih termasuk muda, mari kita manfaatkan 🙂

Maka akhirnya aku submit lah aplikasi ke mereka dan juga bikin video, mepeeeettt banget sama deadline. Temanya adalah berhubungan dengan bisnis teknologi, yang waktu itu pengajuan aku adalah tentang Home Solar Leasing, atau kredit solar panel untuk rumahan. Karena kebetulan itu salah satu lini bisnis yang memang ingin aku garap, dan kegiatan ini juga digagas oleh Adira, salah satu perusahaan multi-finance terbesar di Indonesia.

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Sumber: innocamp2016.com

 

Singkat kata, amazingly, dari (lupa) berapa ratus, aku dapet email bahwa aku lolos tahap 1, dan mereka ngadain seleksi tahap 2 berupa interview via video call. Aku bener-bener gak tau kami mau ngomongin apa. Dan ternyata di hari H, ada dua orang dari pihak penyelenggara yang muncul di layar hape yang malah nanyain pertanyaan-pertanyaan absurd!

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