Marcella Purnama

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Originally from Jakarta, Marcella is a fourth generation Chinese Indonesian who can’t function without her morning coffee.

Despite excelling in all things science, she went to study Arts and stumbled into writing. After graduating from her Bachelor’s degree, Marcella worked as a content writer at both nonprofit and corporate settings before throwing in the towel to get a Master’s in Publishing and Communications.

In 2013, Marcella self-published a short memoir on her life after graduation, Swimming with The Sharks. Her first book on adulting, What I Wish I Had Known, is published in 2017.

Marcella lives with her husband in Melbourne. She blogs at MarcellaPurnama.com.
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How Little Bao Came Into The World (Bonus Part)

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Edit: Listened to the audiobook (again) and it still captivated me. I have no mind space to start new books, so getting back to old favourites is a thing!


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I listen to the audiobook, and it'a very informative one. I learn a lot of interesting facts, and it makes me more aware of the importance of sleep hygiene, although half of the week I'm still quite insomniac... ...more
The Martian by Andy Weir
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Best science fiction for me so far. I admit, I already watch the movie and freaking love it as well, but the book is nonetheless better. Better science especially. Now I know potatoes can survive on vacuum environment! (hardly a " Read more of this review »
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“Luck, I believe, is where preparation meets opportunity.”
Marcella Purnama, What I Wish I Had Known

“There’s a quote that has been said too many times by too many people: I must have done something right to deserve you in my life.

Perhaps despite all our wrong doings and mistakes, despite all our failures and imperfections, we have done something right, for something good still happens in life.”
Marcella Purnama, What I Wish I Had Known

“Our Peter Pan generation is unhappy. All our lives, we want to grow up—
to be treated like adults, to have freedom to choose. Then we get here and
it turns out being an adult sucks. We pay the bills and taxes, watching others succeed while we are forever waiting for our turn.

We believe we are special, but nothing special has come our way.”
Marcella Purnama, What I Wish I Had Known

“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

“Heart weeps.
Head tries to help heart.
Head tells heart how it is, again:
You will lose the ones you love. They will all go. But even the earth will go, someday.
Heart feels better, then.
But the words of head do not remain long in the ears of heart.
Heart is so new to this.
I want them back, says heart.
Head is all heart has.
Help, head. Help heart.”
Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance

“He took her face in his bloody hands. "I’ll come and find you wherever you are. I’ll not stop breathing until I do. So you’re going to have to promise me that you won’t lose hope. That you will keep yourself alive.”
Melina Marchetta, Froi of the Exiles

“I still wake with your name on my lips every morning.”
Melina Marchetta, Froi of the Exiles

“And he saw it in her eyes. Still. The belief that there could be someone other than herself. You, he wanted to shout. You. No one but you. Stupid, stupid girl.
Melina Marchetta, Froi of the Exiles
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