Part 1: She Knows He Knows

He touched her finger that was still pointed at his chest, "Still manage to scare the day out of me, I see." She smiled. Too sweetly. "Are you trying to get us killed? Not a good day to die, you say?".

How To Cross Road In Margonda

Somebody should publish this kind of booklet long before I even got enrolled in University of Indonesia. Duh! 1. If there's eventually a traffic light for passerby, please DO pay attention. It's not there for decoration purpose (only).

Dream High

Once upon a time, in one particular high school, lived one particular girl student. Let's call her Suzy. Not only that she got the looks, she also had the wealth and singing talent and lots of antis. All things other girls could only imagine.

Story From Far Java

On my last visit to Jogja (seriously this city has something captivating), I happened to visit Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and Kraton Surakarta in one-day-trip to Solo.

Letting Go

The big question of letting go bugged my mind around these last couple of months. Some things.. are they worth to keep, or should I let them go. Think I'm pretty good of letting things go, but when inputs and comments started to coming in, I'd have to reconsider my decision.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cinderella's Sister (preview)

Best KDrama I've seen so far, I mean.. yeah, well, it fell into way much different category than City Hall but, yes, I think it's the best KDrama indeed. The powerful casting and absolutely thrilling scenarios, beautiful soundtrack AND the mood they set you upon watching each and every episodes of it. Dang, I love this one a lot.

The main difference from the rest of KDrama (that I've seen) is that this is not mainly about romance. Audience won't be indulged by Love Love Love in scene after scene. It's more like family epic story, the twisted tale about Cinderella. The cast is perfect (have I said that?), there's the wealthy and loving father, greedy step-mother, the step-sister, Cinderella, the Prince, the Pauper... gyaaaah, love it love it love it.

The story is pretty much like the original Cinderella tale, only the twist is that the Step-mother turn out to be more on Cinderella's side than the step sister (hence the title). The step-sister is played by Moon Geun Young (Innocent Step, My Little Bride, Love Me Not) and the Cinderella is played by the doll-face Oh Seo Woo. It's hard to dislike the Cinderella (duh, she's the supposedly good girl after all) and it's even harder not to sympathize with the Step-sister. Like someone said in one of those review sites, Moon tended to pick only best movie to play. Damn her good talent.

The main thing I love most about this drama is that dark and gloomy tone. I'm such a sucker for dark movie, a good one that is. Moon represented the best dark character I've ever seen, a tremendous thing considering that her characters were always this happy cutie lovable lil girl. I dig her appearance, her acting, her lines, her sneakers (!) and her lack of attempt to look pretty in this movie (or is it the responsibility of make-up artist? Great job, then!). In the other hand, I also adore Cinderella's character. Her (sometimes annoying) cries, her acting, her clothes, her crazy high-heels and boots (!), her blazer.. sigh, that's why I like this movie so much.

The male characters are great also, and (as usual) represent totally different heaven-and-earthly treat. One is the heart-warming-sometimes-bitter Prince and the other is loyal-adorable Pauper Clown. Taecyon from 2PM actually played well in this one, not like those young idols who have only singular expression throughout the movie. Bleh!

Here is the teaser for the movie, and since I saw it AFTER I watched the movie, I was pretty much impressed. Too bad Moon's hairstyle is no longer similar with the MV version.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

sweeeeet (Pasta)

Aish, I kept watching and loving Pasta altogether. The best thing about this Korean drama (aside from so many eye candies) is that it told us about how a couple living their relationship, not just two people trying to be a love couple and when they do, it's The End (i.e. Full House, You're Beautiful, Coffee Prince, even City Hall). Kinda depressing when you wish so much for your favorite pair to be FINALLY in a relationship (as Facebook status might say) but by then, it's only two or less episodes left. Weks! I want to know how the hay their relationship really is, dammit!

I remembered getting so annoyed after watching Full House, because when Rain and Song Hye Gyo finally climbed from rock bottom and after so many tears being spilled, it's THE END! OMG, they only let few tiny clips showing how both characters enjoying their relationship in the middle of, err.. I dunno, vacation? Shopping time? Honeymoon? Or like in Coffee Prince, when Yoon Eun Hye finally being recognized as a girl and Gong Yoo declared his love, then JRENG JRENG, she left for overseas study and it's FINALE episode! What the haaay???

Anyway, in Pasta, the main characters already declared as a couple ever since episode 9 and there's still 11 episodes left, so yay, I'm happy. As a result, there are witty dialogues coming up from that couple that I actually find it as refreshing and funny. For example:

(sad music in the background)
Female: Do you know how hard it is for me in the kitchen because of you?
Male: What did I do?
Female: Working in your kitchen, I'm more afraid of disappointing you as a cook than our relationship being found out. I can endure being the kitchen assistant again, and put up with the whisperings of the sunbaes, but I don't want to lean on you and not being a good enough cook. I like you and because I like you, I want to lean on you, but I'm trying so hard to stand on my own so I don't lean. You don't know that, do you? *getting all worked up*
Male: Are you finished?
Female: Yes, Chef.
Male: Then should we call it quits?
(music tape stopped in a brutal halt)
Female: *shocked* But we haven't done anything yet.
Male: We haven't done anything?
Female: *pouting* What have we done together?
Male: What is it that you want to do?
Female: Everything.
Male: Everything what?
Female: Just everything. Everything.
Male: Everything?
Female: *nods*
Male: Fine, let's just do everything. Okay? *laugh* We're probably going to be very busy on weekends now.


So cuteeee, for a split sec, I tawt they're really gonna call it quit *oh nooo* but how on earth the mood changed drastically like that? The chef is indeed one devilish manipulator. Ha-ha!

In addition (felt like I'm starting to make a thesis out of this one, huh?), do you know how we usually torn apart between two male characters fighting over one female character, and while in one hand we knew she will eventually end up with the hero male, but then again since there are so many obstacles in their relationship you'd wished for her to pick the supporting male character, the easy option, instead? (i.e. Full House (again), Coffee Prince (again), Endless Love, Meteor Garden, You're Beautiful, Goong aka Princess Hours, Cinderella Sister, well.. you know my point). It doesn't happen in Pasta. Hahahahaha! I extremely content with whomever she chose, the Chef or the Customer. They're both so sweet (in their own way) and each one complimented the other. Maybe they should ended up together instead as a cute gay couple? Interesting.

Anyway, this one sums up the so-called-difference between the Chef and the Customer in a dialogue between the female character and her dad.

Female: Some man says he likes me.
Dad: A man?
Female: Yeah.
Dad: What kind of a man?
Female: Well that... I'm not sure. I'm confused... all of a sudden.
Dad: Can he support himself?
Female: He has a lot of money.
Dad: Does he have an awful personality?
Female: He's very considerate. And agreeable.
Dad: Is he against you being a cook?
Female: He likes anything I make.
Dad: Then what's the problem?
Female: Well... I like someone else.
Dad: Someone else? How is he better?
Female: Uh, that... It's so hard to put into words.
Dad: Does he have more money?
Female: I don't think so.
Dad: Does he have a better personality?
Female: He yells all the time, he's stubborn, and gets into fights with people all the time.
Dad: Does he like your cooking?
Female: No, he always criticizes whatever I cook.
Dad: But you still like him better?
Female: I know. It just happened that way.
Dad: Then go with the first one.

Doeeeenk, very practical dad! While the second man in question might not seem that worth it to be considered as son-in-law, he actually has some virtue (!!!) in which you gotta watch the dramas to see what they are. Yah, but as I said, I like them both since both are easy options indeed.

These three characters (the main actress, main actor and male supporting role) were often(ly) seen together in one scene. I mean, THAT MUCH often, gyaaah.. it almost hillarious I almost agreed to the threesome relationship in this drama. Hahahahaha. At one point, the aforementioned dad came and found the three of them sitting together (again) at the bar, initiating reaaaally awkward moment by saying, "So, are these two the 2 men you said you were confused between?" Hahahahahahahaha... soooo embarassing! Those male leads were probably just curious over the question, BUT the female lead?? hohoho, I can't even start imagining myself to be in her shoes. Might have jumped from the 35th floor as well, I guess.

And the scenes after that?? They reminded me of these junior high love stories where your boyfriend(s) got scolded by your dad and things got even out-of-handly SWEET. Hehehe, love it!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Marathon

There are tons of series that I watched in the past couple of weeks since I have to burn 'em all to free some space in my computer. Hence, there’s a mixed (and matched) feeling goin on.

Well, I started with Criminal Minds season 5, 'fcourse, and as always, after being too long on hiatus with this series, watching it again is like having a dejavu sensation of this creepy and obsession feeling all over. I nearly forgot how cruel its episodes could be. And yes, Reed (Matthew Gray-Gubler) is the director for episode 16. Oh that sweet guy...

Then, moving forward, I gulped down House MD season 6. Well, House MD is always such an entertainment for twisted mind like mine, so yeah I adore that actually-pretty-perfect-husband-material series. Hahahaha, this old bastard is smart, can cook, play the instrument, ride the big fiasco of a motorcycle, acquire odd sense of humor, brutally honest, wickedly playful, and is an eye-candy. The only downsize is that he's such an ass.

Like previous series, Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) is also directing episode 16 in season 6. Hmm, actor-turn-director phenomenon. And, okay old news, but recently I just realized that he's a Brit. Oh my goat! So amazing seeing one of his interview session with Jay Leno in youtube and I instantly hooked even more. Yay for sexy native accent.

After seeing House, I tried finishing 90210 Season 1. Yes, I know I'm a bit far behind that series considering I used to be pretty freak with Gossip Girl. And in my humble opinion, 90210 and Gossip Girl viewers are like stepsisters, hating each other. So, anyway, I already burned the first half of the season so it seemed like a waste not finishing the whole series once and for all.

In 90210, there's this one new character named Liam (see above picture). And I honestly cannot think how lucky this guy is, He barely speaks one line. Seriously, it's just "Huh?", "Sure.", "Ok.", "Wazzup?", and any other one-word-phrase-you-can-think-of. Tsk tsk tsk, and that Ethan character (see the right picture), wow, he became the man-whore in this series. So hillarious, while there are only 4 main female heroines, Ethan had already dated three of them (at least in season 1). Waaaaaaaw....

And by the way, how come Naomi's (the supposedly bitchy-girl-enemy character but I love her more than the main heroine, Annie. Ugh, felt like slapping Annie all over) boyfriends are always these good-looking-bad-boy-smart-ass gentleman? Impressive, director!

After that, I reconnected my old relationship with Supernatural season 5. The BEST thing about this series is the sense of humour of its writer(s). Very moronic and super hilarious. I enjoyed their constant mockery of others series (say, Grey's Anatomy, House MD, Damage, etc) and witty dialogues (mostly by Dean). My favorite so far, "Famine? Another Horsemen? Great! Must be Thursday.." I practically jumped off my chair (figuratively) and laughing out loud since Supernatural is indeed playing every Thursday back in their original country.

I also remember the scenes where they discovered there's such thing as fanfiction in this world, and people are actually making fanfics about Dean & Sam in Supernatural, as a pair. "What? They do know that we're brothers, right?" Dean asked in shock. Right, it's exactly why fans made the fanfic, Mr. Winchester. Embracing the latest culture like that is what makes Supernatural is a pleaser for its audience.

This might be wrong to say, but how come I become more aware of what Bible says by watching this series instead of, well, going to the church mass? Four Horsemen, Apocalypse, Lucifer rising, false prophet, Gabrielle, Michael, etc. Hmmm...

Moving on, I continued with Gossip Girl season 3 (yes, yes, pretty drastic turnover). I actually enjoyed season 3 mainly because two of my all-time-favorite-pairing are back together. Serena-Nate and Chuck-Blair. Yes, I know Blair-Chuck will end separate ways, but I reaaally like these couples. I cannot seems to get enough of Blair-Chuck game scenes (they are truly the perfect-unperfect-pair) and Serena-Nate will always look like the Royal pair. So regal in their blond hair and decent-goodie-two-shoes behavior.

Weird thing is, like 90210, there's always man-whore character in this type of series. And in Gossip Girl, it's Nate. Crazier than Ethan in 90210, Nate had already dated four main female character. Serena, Blair, Vanessa and Jenny. Wooow....! What is it with this round-table hook up and break up?

Sigh, I missed Grey's Anatomy, but right now I'm in the middle of investigating where the hay is the first part of Season 5. I KNEW I have burned it somewhere.