Most Romantic Song I Have Ever Heard

Photo: “Unpublished” Photo Exhibition, Kompas This particular song drags me straight into layers of music so exquisite until my heart literally aches from how beautiful it is. After some years of listening to it, I decided to stand by the title of this blog post and tell you all about it. Once you hear that synth keyboard in the intro, you might stifle a laugh because of its willingness to be reminiscent of soft-rock ballads back in the 80’s. Trust me, the first time I heard it, I thought it would be quite pretentious. However, it has always been successful in producing some intense goosebumps up my arm. At first listen, I haven’t the faintest idea of what it means but I felt at peace during those few minutes and […]

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Book Review: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

My next review is one of Raymond Carver’s collection of short stories I’ve heard nothing but brilliant things about. How it’s like a loving pat in the back and a slap in the face all at once. Now, if there’s one literary fear that I have, it’s short stories. I guess I’ve always been spoiled with an in-depth plot that sudden twists and turns of a short story just puts me off. But this year, I’m determined to put aside that fear and embrace all the surprises and wild guesses that come while reading this form of literature. Anyways, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a spectacular start of my “therapy” because of how honest it was writtan, and I felt every bit of affection and […]

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I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-Shook Shin

  This emotionally explosive read has left me with a book hangover that I can’t seem to budge that easily. “I’ll Be Right There” has also made its way as a first Korean read and was I glad to have stumbled upon it at one of my favorite bookstores in the capital. Here we have four college friends as they deal with their own personal scars against the backdrop of an unsettled South Korean capital of Seoul in the 80’s that reminded me of what my own country experienced back in ’98. Constant student protests were no stranger to them, but this book has proven that sometimes unresolved pain and mistakes of the past could take a bigger toll than the sharp tang of tear gas could do to the […]

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