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Norwegian Wood

I wrote this last night on Microsoft Words. Out of boredom. Eh tak, memang nak tulis and share my point of view on this. 🙂

norwegian wood

Well, it took me quite some time to finish this book. From the LIMA week, to BKK week, I have just finished it this Monday. It’s indeed an interesting book, but I guess, the story even it was only told from a person’s view, it was quite complicated. Mr Murakami really had a nice way of thinking and well, writing. I am amazed by his ability to tell the story from a girl’s and a woman’s point of view as well. Well, he must have done his research well.

Back to the book, it had the 1960s-1970s background. Oh, I can’t help but impressed with the development in Tokyo!! In 1960s! No wonder our PM was inspired enough to initiate the Dasar Pandang ke Timur. When was that? 1980s right?

The story revolves around Toru and his complicated thinking – well not so but I found his way of life – apart from the free sex activities – he’s got this positive and motivating way of living his life.  He has his integrity though at times he has his doubts but no one could spare themselves from doubt, aren’t we? Mr Murakami has quite an imagination, well this is my third book from him and I found that each story is special in its own way and the story lines are all different. And it did make me put on my thinking hat each time I read his book – maybe that was why I took so much time to read this book through. Haha.

Toru is a student staying in a dorm out of his hometown – he came to Tokyo looking for something new, big thing to do with his best friend’s death. He met Naoko – fell in love with her, though Naoko was as much as still in love with Toru’s dead best friend. There’s not much they can do about that feeling and Naoko is quite a complicated girl anyway. But in Toru she found solace. An incident happen which left Toru alone again in Tokyo and then he befriended his classmate, Midori. Such an open minded and full of (wild) imagination, she put a new perspective in Toru. She said her thoughts out loud, that Toru soon began to like her and her openness. I guess during this time Toru knew that with Midori, he could get to know himself better.

But as for Toru’s love story, it still is quite complicated, realizing that his feelings for Naoko wasn’t really mutual, despite all that, and everything else – so much going on in this book they had quite a relationship.

I like this book. If you have some time to spare, please give it a chance. Here’s the page of it. 

p.s : I bought this book at KLIA on my way to Langkawi. Bought two other books from Murakami, because they were having this kind of promotion, buy three books at 15% discounts. Good enough for me! 🙂

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LIMA’17, tyres and specs

LIMA’17

  • It was a good experience, totally different from LIMA’13
  • I met few new friends, which was cool.
  • Was assigned to coordinate the official dinner hosted by YBTM. All was good, except on seating arrangement and lighting.
  • But anyway, I had fun with friends… during the air show and maritime show…
  • Bought some chocolate
  • Back home with a bit tan
  • Someone from LIMA kept messaging me… until today… which is indifferent so far

Tyres

  • Changed all four of jiji’s tyres, they are due anyway
  • Found two dented rims – left them for repairing now I am using lent rims from the workshop
  • RM680 – the cost
  • Hankook, Made in Indonesia, 0717

Specs

  • Changed to a lower specification – meant cheaper in these almost 6 years, costed me RM315 this year, from Dr. Specs
  • My frequency of changing specs is biannually
  • Slightly bigger frame – kpop feeling though I am not into them a bit
  • My left eye’s recovering – from 525 to 400 (whatever it means).
  •  Silau naik sikit.
  • Still adapting 🙂
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Terasa hati

Assalamualaikum and good morning!

  • Dah umur nak masuk 35 ni pun, masih lagi dengan mudah terasa hati, dengan perangai orang yang rapat dengan I. Sudahlah mudah terasa, payah pula nak pujuk diri sendiri, what a tragedy!
  • Bukan apa, dengan banyak sangat kemajuan teknologi, yang kebanyakkan benda boleh dapat dari hujung jari, senang saja kita terdedah dengan unwanted and unnecessary information yang akhirnya menyakitkan hati sendiri.
  • Contohnya, dengan aplikasi Whatsapps (WA) yang sekarang ni, ada fungsi “Status” , sedikit-sedikit macam fungsi “instastory” and “facebook story” . Mana-mana contact dalam WA kita yang update status tu, their name would be on the top list at the status.
  • It’s a way to know that how someone’s doing, actually. Kadang-kadang, kita (I) try to erase their memory with us, but we didn’t erase their name from our contact list so nak tak nak, bila “status” di WA tu ada notification berupa titik tu, kita (I) pun gatal tangan nak buka, and pop, their name!!! Do you want to see? Of course I rasa I nak tahu what’s going on with their life! Despite our lost touch? I guess I still care – or I still want to know. That’s how I was built!
  • People may think that I am strong but, it’s up to them. People might think that Aishah ni gila… whatever lah.

Additional notes.

  • I was assigned a task for LIMA. Will be there, insyaAllah for 3 days, 2 nights.
  • I nak balik kampung this weekend, woohoo!
  • I ada meeting sekejap lagi… zzzz
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Sendiri

  • Saya puasa, sebab satu, saya nak ganti puasa Ramadhan. Kedua, sebab saya malas nak fikir, nak makan apa, nak makan kat mana. Nak makan dengan siapa. Senang, bila puasa, saya tidur je time lunch.
  • Berlari pun sama, saya malas nak tunggu orang sebenarnya. Satu lagi, saya malu dengan prestasi larian saya, yang sangat slow. Tapi saya berlari untuk diri sendiri. Saya rasa, bila saya berlari, saya jadi happy. Tak payah saya nak fikir apa-apa. Ada juga kalau sedih sangat (ye, ada masa saya sedih sangat) saya nangis je masa berlari tu.
  • Saya malas nak susahkan orang. Susahkan saya juga. Saya rasa tak ramai yang macam saya, at least now. Dulu-dulu kawan ramai yang sama sama single dan tidak ada komitmen tapi sekarang, lain. Saya sedang menyesuaikan diri dengan hidup sendiri.
  • Saya rasa saya boleh… boleh melalui kehidupan sendiri, mungkin. Malas saya nak fikir hidup dengan orang lain sebab saya takut sakit hati. Tapi saya rasa okay je setakat ni, sentiasa ingatkan diri supaya bersyukur dengan apa yang saya ada. Setiap kejadian Tuhan tu kan ada hikmahnya.
  • Cuma satu saja, saya rasa orang Malaysia masih juga rasa “kasihan” kepada orang yang menjalani kehidupan bersendirian. Saya tak mahu rasa dikasihani. Saya biasa begini, tapi apa saya boleh buat tentang persepsi orang. I’ve experienced when I tried to buy ticket to KL Bird Park yesterday, budak tu macam pelik I beli tiket untuk sorang. Takpelah dik. I’m fine.
  • I am not explaining anything. I am writing for myself. 🙂

I hope you have a good day so far. 🙂

 

 

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After dark – Haruki Murakami

I think what I love most about this book is the easiness between Takahashi and Eri. Without realising that each one of them are easy to talk to and that even if they feel like they are having this kind of dark side, they are actually have this friendly and warmth and empathy aura.

I did skip the first part of where “eye’s mark” or “we are in the room” whatever because I don’t know why would Murakami wanted us to see it that way. Truly. Then I thought that I might be missing the story – of course – duh. But it’s an interesting read.

I have to agree that, people offer more than meet the eyes. 🙂

I hope Takahashi and Eri will be together and happy. I love the optimism in Takahashi. 🙂

“I have been told I’ve got a darkish personality. A few times.”
Takahashi swings his trombone case from his right shoulder to his left. Then he says, “It’s not as if our lives are divided simply into light and dark. There’s shadowy middle ground. Recognizing and understanding the shadows is what a healthy intelligence does. And to acquire a healthy intelligence takes a certain amount of time and effort. I don’t think you have a particularly dark character.”

Takahashi. 🙂

“It’s my motto for life. ‘Walk slowly; drink lots of water.”

Read more here.

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Run and read

Salaam!

I lupa if I have shared about me going running (more to walking fast – actually).  But this year I wish to restart my running activity, and I would like to improve my endurance. Not so much la, endurance tahap running lah, maksudnya, I nak bagi durasi larian I tu, konsisten and paling penting, I can run straight without alternating it with walking – for 1 km, maybe? I stopped a lot while running, I need to improve my running time perkm. I used to do 2.4km in less than 15 minutes, but that was more than 10 years ago. I don’t know if I could but, let’s try. I recorded my running because I need to be reminded constantly that I need to proceed this, I need to do it frequently, not for anybody else, it’s for me, all, for me. Wish me luck! I didn’t set any target, I haven’t registered to participate in any running event, for now, it’d be good if I could stick to running as my pass time activity.

I read so many books this year, within the same time if compared to last year! 🙂 I found new love with Murakami. But I’ve just read two of his books. So far, I like both. Enough to keep me reading until the last page.

I’ve bought a rack for the books in IKEA and hadn’t go around to install it anyway. Need helping hand~

So far, works treated me good. Though a bit busy with new commitments but I think I can get them through/done.

Have a good weekend you guys! 🙂

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Not so much

Hey,

It’s quite a slow day for me and my head hurts! I am fasting today, so I slept through lunch break and woke up with more headache.  The office is cold too, not helping, even a blazer is not enough to beat the cold.

Now, I am thinking of what to have for breakfast today.

I need to buy some milk and cheese too. Maybe salmon. I accidentally left the milk out of the fridge yesterday so it was ruined when I wanted to have it with cereal and coffee this morning during sahur… That’s explain the headache I think, less coffee.

I bought the hash brown and some sausages earlier, planning for a big breakfast kind of meal. Maybe should add some greens, spinach would be good but the problem is I am too lazy to buy greens because most of the time, they dried themselves in the fridge (my fault). Need to be more discipline on greens. 🙂 Spinach would be good.

I am also considering of whether to drop by at the Cold Storage or Jaya’s Grocer to get these things… If I went to Alamanda for Cold Storage, the route back would be super congested but if I went to D’Pulze for Jaya… the parking space is not so good thing. Hmm. Pening kan?

I might cook something for dinner *shrugs* I feel like eating rice but… I’m also thinking of pasta. 😛

Last week I went for bowling practices twice. Alone. I actually hate of waiting for people and I also hate the idea of having people to wait for me. So, it’s more convenient to just go by myself. Some find it weird, to bowl alone? I can’t really care about it anyway.

Maybe people think that I don’t have friends but, let them lah. 🙂 I am happy just the way I am.

Hope you have a good day so far. 🙂