Wednesday, December 31, 2014

‡ Book of 2014 ‡

One page to another page, and finally we have reached the very final page of the book titled "2014".
Day by day, so many things happened, both the good and bad, the happy and the sorrow.
All of all, just like what I always do in the end of the year, here goes the quick recap of my 2014.

Before I start, I must admit that I didn't post on this blog often but, really, I am not going to abandon this blog. Well, how can I possibly do that when this blog has already recorded my memories since 2008? ;)

My last post is on August 2014 and what happened afterwards... you can catch them on the recap below.
Oh, and to give a little bit different sensation, I'll put up a movie title that I have watched -- and I want to recommend -- on each month; I watched around 35 movies at cinemas this year!

For previous references: 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Chapter 1: January
I started 2014 with being kidnapped by some friends. You can read the details here. Touched home at 6AM but left home again at 6PM to have dinner with others.

On page 4 of 365, I had photo shoot session (yes, photo shoot at Taman Menteng) with eMpTy (don't even ask what it means). It was kind of fun and I really liked the results! Thanks 8photoworks for the hard work!

Moving on to page 12 to 15, I went for a trip to Singapore with my Mom. It's been a while since she took a break for vacation so I asked her to go with me, considering it as a belated present for Mother's Day. I managed to meet a very amazing author-friend there also for the second time! Hope to see you soon again, Ila Unnie! ;)

This month, this year, again, people. flood intruded my house and I was trapped for a couple of days. Could be worse but things were okay somehow. On the last page of chapter January, we celebrated Lunar New Year! The details are here.

Movie of January 2014: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Comic 8.

Chapter 2: February
Bandung Trip! Yes, I went to Bandung again for two days. Actually I was supposed to go for an island trip but things went off from the plan, so, well, thanks to Wien for the idea, Jeanette for the assurance, and Matthew for being the easy-going driver! Off to Bandung we went on 22-23 February 2014.

And 3 pages before I ended chapter February, I submitted my first job resignation letter. At the very same day, I also attended the first Meeting Crew, joining a Wedding Organizer as a part-timer. It was a big event but I felt excited to be a part of it!

Oh, and this month I also joined a writing project for the first time by The theme is "Love Never Fails". The result? I'll spoil it out later on the chapter where the announcement was made.

Movie of February 2014: KILLERS.

Chapter 3: March
Page 60, the opening of chapter March, I was at the wedding venue as a crew for the very first time in my life. It would be a lie if I said it's easy and not exhausting but it would be even a bigger lie if I said I didn't enjoy it. I was given another chance to join the team on wedding venue this month.

On this chapter, I closed a timeline with BUMA, the place where I worked as a professional for the first time after I graduated from university. The timeline started on 26 March 2012 and it ended on 28 March 2014. The details could be read here.

And... the announcement of my first writing project was announced this month. I made it to the published list -- it's a self-publisher, for your information. Not in the best list but you can't imagine how I felt when I saw my name. It's just awesome.

Movie of March 2014: The Raid 2.

Chapter 4: April
Let me begin with me going back to my hometown, Medan after more than 22 years. Could I still call it my hometown? I went there on 4 April to 6 April with my Mom but we met up with my Dad and Aunt. Although I didn't manage to go to Lake Toba and Pematang Siantar, I was satisfied with being together with my parents.

On the seventh page of April, I stepped in the new office, STEM. New people, new team, new knowledge. I was assigned for a project at Kalideres and I wasn't sure of everything at that time.

I also tried watching three movies at cinemas in one day during April! It was kind of interesting, in one way and another. I would love to try it again some other time.

On 26 April 2014, I got another announcement of second writing project that I joined in, "Letters of Happiness". The short story is available to read here. I also joined another flash fiction project of "Perempuan Senja"; the flash fiction is available to read here.

Movie of April 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Chapter 5: May
I welcomed my 23 this chapter.

With that, my family got a new family member! Her name is Luna, a smart but too playful Shih-tzu. My Mom was really excited when Matthew brought her home for us. Although, until now, she's not too friendly with Choco, another dog in my house who has stayed here since 2010.

I received the book "Letter of Happiness" that I ordered for myself; it's nice to hold a book where your name is mentioned as the author, you know?

Movie of May 2014: X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Chapter 6: June
In the middle of book 2014, I went to Bandung again but, this time, it's as a part of STEM. We went there for annual work meeting. Those three days were fun, especially when we played the paintball session.

This month I attended my friend's wedding party! We're not very, very close but we were together in HIMSISFO plus the same class during the first semester. I also knew the bride! Congrats to you again, Swandy and Mery!

And I met the founder of Wordpress, Matt Mullenweg, at 3rd Jakarta WordPress MeetUp! It's the first time I became a part of meetup. I wasn't used to it but, believe me, it's worth the night.

Movie of June 2014: Maleficent.

Chapter 7: July
July was not the most crowded chapter in 2014. I had break for a full week in the end of the month (Idul Fitri). Workload was fine and I learned more as months passed, although I am definitely not being great in all aspects.

Personal life-wise, I happened to be a cold, heartless person again. The details would not be provided her but, well, I do remember the details. Anyhow, I learned that understanding people doesn't mean you should let them do whatever they think alright.

I managed to meetup with my best friends since Junior High School! We rarely meetup with complete team so, yeah, I am always happy to gather with them! See you guys soon!

My life was pretty much stable this month but... a new leader was selected officially this month. On 22 July, Joko Widodo was announced as the new President of Indonesia. Hopefully Mr Jokowi and Jusuf Kalla can lead us to a better Indonesia!

Movie of July 2014: Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Chapter 8: August
Ever heard of UBER? No? It's okay. I also just found out about it in this chapter. Everything began at the day before an awarding night. I registered myself to join a writing competition from (yes, I do love how they give chances for amateur writers!). It's a tough competition where I started on May: you must finished a book in a month.

What's the connection with UBER? UBER is one of the sponsors for the event. I tried UBER service on the awarding night and, hey, I was like a kid whom just got the most awesome toy. I even used the application for three times in one day (okay, you can laugh).

This month a friend of mine also shared a great news as she engaged to her beloved boyfriend (now a fiancee). She's one of the closest friends with me at the previous office so I was so happy for her as well.
Movie of August 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy.

Chapter 9: September
This is, sadly, not important, but I had the very first taste of alcohol in this chapter of life. All blame goes to my friends when we had a quick meetup. Some of them had beer and I was half-forced to take a gulp of it. I went for it and... I don't like it. The same feeling how I don't like cheese.

On 13 September, I went to Lotte Shopping Avenue for the first time. What I remember the most is our dinner: we had Padang food at a mall. Not going to try twice, I think; not because of the taste, but more for the price. Yes, I am petty.

A friend of mine, Alvin, who is my groupmate for IS Minor Project and Thesis, got married this month. Congrats to Alvin and Jenny! I remembered that day I went to PIK with others afterwards.

Movie of September 2014: The Maze Runner.

Chapter 10: October
Got to try The Room Escape with Agatha and Denny! It was so fun and thrilling! I really hope I can play it again soon in the early months of 2015. You should try it if you haven't!

I came across my cousin who lived in Netherlands before (she is already married and has two cute kids!). It was a coincidence but I got to link my Dad with her again.

And the most perfect page of this chapter goes to page 293. On 20 October 2014, BEAST released a special mini album, TIME. It's to celebrate their 5th anniversary since debut and I am, without a doubt, satisfied with them.

I also have a page I don't really like though. It's on 26 October when I lost a very precious bookmark. It's from Monica and it had my initial. Ah, I feel sad again just by remembering it.

Movie of October 2014: Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.

Chapter 11: November
November was a pretty much busy month for me.

I got to meet Mr Dimitri, my Aunt's boyfriend. He's from Greece and I was happy when he said I had good English (I'm still lacking, definitely).

I joined in three events for the Wedding Organizer's events; three weeks in a row!

I went for a Retreat, the final one I should attend before my baptism as a Catholic on 29-30 November 2014.

And I watched a documentary movie at cinema for the first time. It's a concert documentary of One OK Rock, a very awesome Japanese rock band. Thanks to Rurouni Kenshin movies, I found this great band!

Movie of November 2014: Interstellar.

Chapter 12: December
The book is coming to an end.

On the final chapter of 2014, on my favorite month of the year, there's this one page that I really need to highlight. I really want to have a special post for it but putting in on year review is not a bad idea either.

Page 348. 14 December 2014. I was officially baptized as a Catholic, granted a name of Raphaela Erlia Sardizar, derived from Raphael the Archangel. I went through a year and, when the day came, I felt so glad that I chose this path. I am so grateful and proud.

I also got the chance to try 4DX3D for the first time with Jeanette. It's for the last installment of The Hobbit. It's so awesome that I have promised myself to go for another try when The Avengers 2 is out.

I got Monica as my partner for day in 6 December 2014 and Jeanette for the chance to spend the night on. I am so thankful to have them as best friends to spend day with food and chat.Ah, now I want to meet the others too! I also met Chris again after half-year of chatting only. Thanks for the sharing on 28 December!

Oh, oh, oh! And I received my order for Beautiful Show in Seoul 2014 DVD! And I got Yoseob's photocard! You have no idea how excited I was when I opened the box!

Here, I also want to wish you a belated Merry Christmas! I hope all of you have a memorable and joyful Christmas. May peace be with us all the time!

3 pages before the book would be closed, I got another drop of news about me to be involved in a new project, starting mid-January 2015. For your information, my first project is not done yet; it will be finished on February 2015.

Movie of December 2014: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.


Also in this post, I want to express my deepest condolences for all sorrow and sad tragedies happened this year.

For my friends who lost their beloved. For people around the world who faced tragic events in life. For so many accidents: MH370, MH17, Sewol Ferry, QZ8501, and there are still so many sad, heartbreaking news. I pray for better and heartwarming moments in 2015.


In 2014 I tried so many new things and I, with all my honesty, am very glad that I pushed myself to do or try them. Not the smoothest or perfect for sure, but I tried and I experienced new moments.

Went to another country with my Mom only for the first time.
Joined a writing project for the first time.
Got myself to work as a part-timer of Wedding Organizer for the first time.
Returned to my hometown since I was born for the first time.
Decided to have two pets at the same time for the first time.
Attended a meetup event with professional speaker for the first time.
Being cold and heartless again for the first time (after years) -- not a good record, I know.
Tried UBER for the first time.
Tasted alcohol/beer for the first time.
Played The Room Escape for the first time.
Watched a documentary movie on cinema for the first time.
Enjoyed 4DX3D for the first time.

Hopefully I will try more new, better experiences next year!

Anyway as I'm writing this post, it's currently 10 PM (GMT +7) here. Fireworks are bursting outside after rainy afternoon earlier. I am typing while looking for pictures through this year.

I'm going nowhere this year but I will enjoy this last page of 2014 to the fullest, just like how I'm grateful for each page that I have been through this year.

How about you? Hopefully you enjoyed your 2014 and have a wonderful New Year's Eve. :)

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