Athena Books: The Beginning of Bookselling

I have been an avid reader since I was in the elementary school. At that time I only read comic books or short graphic novels. To me, those books are easy to understand and will only occupy a little bit of my spare time. But my family’s financial state when I was little was not really good; buying books was something that we couldn’t afford. So I was a regular visitor to my school’s library. I’d even spend most of the lunch break time sitting down and reading a book. Before the break ended, I’d be borrowing two or three books for one week’s amusement.

Now that I work and make money, I can buy any books that I want. But I have to be careful with my expense, so every month I have to limit the budget for book shopping. I am blessed with this job because it enables me to visit a lot of very interesting bookstores all around the world and browse for international bestselling books. There are so many books that I’d love to have but I don’t think my bookshelf can accommodate all of them for now. For the past five years, I have been reading mostly non-fiction books. The book genres vary from biography, history, travel, to self development and business management. I am lucky to have access to these books that are mainly sold in the United States and United Kingdom. But not every book lover is as lucky as I am, right? Continue reading →

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Are We Materialistically Jealous of Other’s Life?

What is a perfect life?

We often depict it from the eyes of someone else’s. From their updates on Facebook, Instagram or other social media accounts. They seem so happy, so fit, so lucky.. Without a single care in the world. As if they don’t have any baggages to carry on their shoulders. Partying from one club to another, squatting their asses off at the gym to have a sweet, round, spank-able butts like the Kardashian’s, enjoying sunset with their loved ones in an exclusive resort, happy family gathering pictures, stylish and luxurious outfits of the day with the famous brands hash-tagged and mentioned.

Do we really think that they’re the happiest people in the world? Or are we just materialistically jealous of their lives?

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
February 16, 2017

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My Blog Got Hacked by An Idiot

I was shocked to find out that my simple personal blog was hacked by someone that I don’t even know. My last post about a visit to Khalil Gibran Museum was completely ruined and the post title changed into “Hacked by Imam” and its post which was a very long post with photos and quotes was replaced by “hacked with love by Imam”. I simply had to remove that post from this blog because I can’t revise it anymore. Continue reading →

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[Lebanon Trip] My Flight with Middle East Airlines

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November is almost over and I’m sorry for the lack of posts this month. It was simply because I flew continuously from 1-18 November and then I spent a week after that in Lebanon for solo trip. If you are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on instagram, you can see some of the trip photos there.

It was a relaxing week and I had a lot of fun there. Meeting new people, visiting new places, walking the paths I have never taken before, eating the local food and exchanging stories with the other travelers. That’s what I love about traveling. You discover yourself more while on the go. I will try my best to write all my travel experiences while in Lebanon, the good and the not-so-good ones, so those who want to visit this country either by themselves or in groups can learn from my journal and prepare better for their own trip.

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On this post, I’d like to review my flight with Middle East Airlines (MEA) from Riyadh to Beirut on November 20, 2016. Continue reading →

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Hello November!

November’s roster is out!

I have been waiting to know what I will get next month as this will affect my plans. I am talking about the days off here, because if I don’t get the ones that I expect the least, that means I have to find some crew to swap some flights with me to allow me have the days off I desire.

I don’t know if it’s only me or other crew members are also feeling the same. When I started flying, my priority was the layover destinations. I was always curious of which countries I will visit next and what would I do there. But the longer I fly, I find out that I want to manage life outside flying duties and prioritize the days off first. Destinations following once I know which dates I want off duty. Continue reading →

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A Delicate Visit to Twinings House

Twinings Tea Strawberry & Raspberry Tea and Pot

My first encounter with Twinings tea was when I flew to London for the first time June last year. In the dry store box, there I saw Twinings English Breakfast Tea and Green Tea. Basically anywhere in London you will see this tea being served in hotels and restaurants. So I took a sip of that classic English tea and before I knew it, I already finished my cup of tea.

So when one day I saw London on my roster, I was thinking about going to Twinings tea shop and museum located at The Strand. Along with another Indonesian crew, Wulan, I went there a couple hours after we landed in London. We took the tube and stopped at Temple Station (District and Circle lines). From there, we had a look at a map board and found our way to the strand following the street signs. Twinings shop located exactly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice so it was quite easy to find it. Continue reading →

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On My Music Playlist Now

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Every once in awhile, I update my music playlist so that I can listen to new mood-boosting songs to make my day. I thank Deezer music app for this because it always notifies me every time there’s a new release or recommended albums to download and listen to. So I never get bored with all the songs because they’re always new and easy to my ears.

There are a few songs that I have been listening to lately, songs of various genres. These songs that I’m going to share here are those that I often listen to before going for a flight. They kind of make my day and brighten up my spirit to fly, even on a killer red-eye flight. So, here they are… Continue reading →

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