Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

let-the-right-one-inOskar was weird, in the bad-kind-of-way, which is probably why he’s a soft target for the bullies in his school. Oskar was more of like the quiet guy who sits at the back of the class, who had no friends at all. Oskar could be described as dull, without anything sticking out of him at all. Oskar himself lived inside a broken family. His mother was probably the only person he had a connection with, his father’s status unknown. Alcoholic, he was assumed to be living in the countryside.

The harsh bullying  he received and the loneliness which followed caused him to have an unnatural tendency to collect clippings of articles regarding crimes and murders. With a quick deal with his friend Tommy, Oskar had acquired a knife for himself, where he could spend his time plunging the blade into wood. He would fantasize himself plunging a knife into the gut of the ringleader of the bullies–Jonny.

Every bullied kid feels that way. Oskar is an example of someone that has been broken inside. There are many psychological things that would come with bullying and neglect. Oskar was described to be a very quiet boy, unable to stand up for himself to the point where he couldn’t even raise his own hand. He even had a piss-ball, making the torment that he goes through daily just something that should be faced without a fight, so that he could escape the problem faster. Oskar longs for somebody who could protect him, even to the point where he was ready to tail a policeman and hopes to get offered some form of shield from himself and the bullies.

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The Ugly Truth of Accidental Animal Abuse

lionEnjoy my new article in The Jakarta Post on June 10, 2016: http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2016/06/10/the-ugly-truth-of-accidental-animal-abuse.html

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The Ugly Truth of Accidental Animal Abuse

It all started with a small misunderstanding. A father and son spotted a bison calf lying in the middle of the road at Yellowstone National Park, and decided that it looked “cold”.

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Sumatran Rhino: Finding Hope In the Verge of Obsolescence

rhino2My second article published at The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. It’s a back to back article with the previous one.

You can find the link here: http://www.thejakartapost.com/youth/2016/04/26/sumatran-rhino-finding-hope-in-the-verge-of-obsolescence.html

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Sumatran rhino: Finding Hope in the Verge of Obsolescence

Some great news shook the whole world as the International Rhino Foundation announced that Ratu — which means queen in Indonesian — was pregnant with her second calf and was scheduled to give birth soon in the first week of May.

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Sumatran Rhino: A Real Threat of Extinction in Sight

rhinoMy article was published in The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

You can find the link in here: http://www.thejakartapost.com/youth/2016/04/20/sumatran-rhino-a-real-threat-of-extinction-in-sight.html

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Sumatran Rhino: A Real Threat of Extinction In Sight

About a month ago, an extremely rare ten-year-old female Sumatran rhino was captured in East Kalimantan province through a pit trap.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

gatsbyThe Great Gatsby is a “sort of love story” novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald, stands as the highest achievement of his career. In 1922, he announced his decision to write “something new, something extraordinary and beautiful and simple, intricately patterned”.  He was inspired to write The Great Gatsby after he visited Long Island.

The story was eloquently narracted by Nick Carraway, who was a salesman. He rent a house for some time in the Long Island and visited one of his cousins named Daisy Fay Buchanan who was married Tom Buchanan. They lived in a huge house in the East Egg, quite close to the place he lived–the West Egg. Daisy had a kid, and was supposed to be living ‘happily ever after’. Yes, that’s the cliche of ‘living happily ever after’: a big dream house, a deadly handsome husband  and pretty kids. These characters are inevitable led on a collision course that exposes the hypocrisy of “the rich”.

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