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.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Harry Potter syndrome

In order to welcome the latest and the last *sob* Harry Potter fiesta this year (yeah well, part 1, that is), I indulge myself into long lost obsession of the cast pictures... you know, like my own version of "Where are they now"-show...

Huhuhuhu, gonna miss them so freakin much..
Rupert Grint

Now emerge as the hunky-bulky-tally buddy version of Ronald Weasley, he and the other member of the movie had somehow left their cutie innocent self and now appears as a (rather) awkward celebrity persona (or so I said).

Anyhow, the left picture (though I'm not really sure whether it has been photoshop-ed or not) is the one represent him the best at Hogwarts. I mean, the movie rarely presents him as a fine young man, maybe because of the red hair, I dunno. But that pic, yumm.. cute!

So there you go, the once-adorable Ron Weasley.

Daniel Radcliffe

Once the uber-cute Harry Potter with a bright blue eyes, round glasses, proportional face and not too big of a head, but now.. I dunno, he became somewhat of a porn star? With weird composition of body and face? What the heck is happening?

Waw, he stop growing at the age of.. erm, 15? And suddenly become a hobbit of his own. Seriously, this is a human tragedy, world disaster, catastrophic incident, somebody needs to step up and tell him that there's such thing as growth pill, but never use too much of 'em. When I browsed for his pictures, there are pretty lots of them showing Daniel Radcliffe in his birth suit. I quirked my eyebrow and thought, did I miss /that/ much?

So there you go, the once-lovable Harry Potter.

Tom Felton

Always the bad-ass Draco Malfoy, ever since he got out at the first episode, til now (which unfortunately showing his ever-so-slowly-baldness, I'd say it's the age's fault) I still (and always will) adoreeee this guy.

He and Emma Watson make a great (if not dreamy) couple, but hey, maybe that's just my Draco-Hermione shipper side who's talking. Hahahaha. Anyway, better than Daniel Radcliffe nowadays, I think he mature better in matter of face and body, not to mention that this guy is pretty 'gaul' for having his own Twitter account. Damn I like that side of a young celebrity. I mean, I remember this one tweet saying "People in Facebook are people that you went to school with, but Twitter is all about those people you /wish/ you go to school with" Hehehehehe.

So there you go, the once-hottie Draco Malfoy.

Emma Watson

I'd say this one is /the/ most consistent character throughout the movie, and I'm talking about the cute level. Haha. I mean, she's so freakin adorable when she was young, and (although I regret the no-longer-bushy-hair) in adult version, she's simply a gorgeous model. 'Nuff said.

By the way, these days I often seen her with smokey black eyes, which I dare say compliment her very well. Ever since she practiced as a model, she grew pretty well and I personally think she should strictly live as a socialite instead of movie actress. You know, Gossip-Girly-type, but that's just me.

So there you go, the once-know-it-all Hermione Granger.

Actually I'm more interested with her brother, Alex Watson (who once represent Burberry along with his sister). Tsk tsk, good blood run through the family. *digging through the old files looking for one Alex's picture*

Hurt Locker

This is the second time I actually enjoyed an Oscar-winning movie. And this time it's The Hurt Locker. Like I said, I never heard of this movie production until it won The Oscar. And it took me quite some time to spare it and give it a try. Yeah, well.. not bad. Interesting plot line, or should I say, interesting theme? It's like watching Die Hard with sand background.

The movie's scope is really tight, giving us a peek of how bomb squad actually worked in the war zone, and this time, the war zone being Iraq. The thing that actually poke my interest was when they found a body bomb. Wow, how on earth could people possibly do such thing? How? Really hope that the boy being killed has nothing to do with the bomb insertion, or is it they kill the boy so the could plant the bomb? That's freaking insane! Still has no idea what were they thinking. Are these guys even human? Do they really think they'll go to heaven (or receive some sort of reward afterward in the after life) or is it no longer about religion issue?

Heck, what /is/ the original issue in Iraq anyway? I lost it.

Anyway, The Hurt Locker has some sort of dark humor in it, I dunno, by using Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes as cameo wannabe. That's hillarious. I love it especially in Ralph's scene where he shoot and shout, "Ahaha. I forgot, 500 thousand dead or alive." That guy's just sick. Might've been a fans after all.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Prosecutor Princess

Only one line that fairly represents this drama. People should give it a chance. Hahahahaha, having suffered the lowest rating among THREE parallel Tue-Wed dramas, people rarely glanced upon this one (since the competitors were Cinderella Sister and Personal Taste). So, when the real owner of "my" current hard disk requested this series to be downloaded, I did it reluctantly. But yeah, I'm thankful for that one reluctant move, for now I had the great experience of watching case after case presented in Prosecutor Princess.

This drama tells us about a (more-or-less) Legally-Blonde-type of a prosecutor, and given that she's not blonde and clearly smarter, I expected a better version of a law-themed personality. This girl's apparently having trouble adjusting to the "common" culture of prosecutor life line (black suit, black car, black mood) and at first got ridiculed by her colleague. But eventually, she earned their respect anyway, having solved many interesting cases.

The best thing about this KDrama that drawn me into it was:

1. Even until 10th episode, I still had trouble figuring out who exactly is the MALE LEAD in this drama. And that one was an enjoyable treat, you know. Pondering whether this guy or that guy that will end up with the FEMALE LEAD, cringed upon one sweet move made by one guy, but yet the other guy making another cute gesture also, sigh...

2. There's this one male lead character, who's actually pretty easy to adore and love (a.k.a adorable and lovable), but yet you hesitant to pour your whole bet upon him since there's this whole mystery surrounding that guy. He's a man with sooo big of an agenda. It's like, "Aaaw, I honestly like you, but there's something creepy about you so I won't stand that close to you"-type of crush.

Another reason why I'm a bit reluctant-to-get-drown into him was because of that blasted Endless Love drama (anyone remember?) where the Won Bin character whom so lovable and funny and adorable make you hoping/insisting/demanding that Song Hye Gyo ended up with him, but alas the writer had other thing in their mind thus they blatantly ignored your desperate plea.. SIGH, I won't let that kind of heartbreak happen once again.

3. THE SHOES. Okay, (now) I'm a big shoe fan, not that I have a room full of them (yet) but I actually enjoyed seeing girls fit into their shoes nicely (or is it the shoes that fit into the girls' feet nicely?). So far, I have never seen that kind of shoe-parade in one drama. Seriously the director and stylist must have had this sort of shoe-fetish or sumtin but I'm thankful nevertheless. Hahahaha, I'm pretty much in love with that nude-color-with-gasper high-heels that she wore one time, I actually freeze the scene and take a look into detail of that shoe. Geez, what a freak.

4. Except for the guy with one big mystery air around him, the rest of the cast played their character quite genuinely. No lies were sown and no false pretenses were laid. I like that. I'm easily getting tired watching something where people act upon lies, you know, something like "I won't let you know that he actually was here looking for you since I hate you so much". Bleeeh...

5. The cases. Okay, one thing that separate Prosecutor Princess from other drama was the cases she's working on. It's not just one big cases spanned from first episode to the last, but there's actually a lot of small cases presented. It's like watching detective Conan, hehehehe. Love them.

6. The magnificent set. Starting from the Female Lead's house, her apartment, her office room, Male Lead's apartment, his office.. OMG! Since the story basically told us about rich people (in a normal way, not Tao-Ming-Tse's way), the characters are naturally having big grand room for themselves. It's like watching Carrie SATC but Korean. Hahahaha. Love it, and also the beautiful scenery purposely captured for lots of scenes (sakura flowing, aesthetical ruin, etc). Damn I just beautiful places.

Now, Prosecutor Princess sure has its own flaws, and one of them is the overload wrist-grabbing scenes. That one is extensively shown in the movie, not the I'll-take-you-somewhere-else sort of wrist-grabbing, but more gyaaah-I'm-falling-help-me kind of wrist-grabbing. That was ridiculous. What kind of people grabs someone else's wrist in order to prevent a fall? That move would just make the other person swing over helplessly.

Another flaw I dislike was the Goodbyeee, Goodbyeee My Princess soundtrack. Eeeeeuh, the rest of that song was actually good to hear, but that line particularly.. Dear Lord, why do they put that lyric??? EVERY episode ended with that song, no matter what kind of scene shown before. That's just weeeeird. For example, one scene was about female lead suddenly discovered her new (cute) neighbor, thus the mood was more giggling and happy.. BUT THEN the song played, Goodbyeee.. Goodbye my princessss... WTF?

Despite the (insignificant) flaws mentioned above, I rate this move 8,5 since it was MUCH better than Personal Taste that loses its appeal through the end of the episodes. The ending episode is compact and the plot pace is well maintained. And by the way, now that I mention it, this drama often reminded me of City Hall. Superman-Wonderwoman implication, the scene where the MALE LEAD suddenly dissapear, the characterization of FEMALE LEAD (sometimes even the face).. tsk tsk, too bad since I'm such a devoted fans of City Hall (which I rate as 9,5 out of 10) then some of the PP scenes are not that moving for me. But that's just me, though.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My Personal Taste

A Korean drama that brought another light-pace plot and plenty of moronic hilarious scenes. The main theme was a bit confusing to sum up, but in general it's about a guy whom mistaken as a gay by this one particular sloppy girl.. one thing lead to another.. and then they ended up as roommate. I usually watched this in turn with Cinderella Sister for its healing effect after post-depression-syndrome caused by that sister-drama.

The cast is the biggest drawn since the gay guy was played by Lee Minho, the infamous newcomer for his infamous character in Boys Over Flower (the Tao Ming Tse/Domyoji one) while the sloppy girl was played by Sohn Ye-Jin. Honestly I know nothing about this girl but after saw her acting in the first episode of Personal Taste, yes I adoreeee her immediately.

Aside from its fun and adorable plot, the main thing I notice from Personal Taste was their fashion style. Hahahaha, so sue me, but I'm hooked by every blazer/jacket/coat/cardigan/outerwear that they wore. Having watched Oh My Lady (euh, I'll get to that one later -__-), it's such a blessing knowing there's such thing as Personal Taste. Thank God for sensible stylist for Korean dramas.

Unfortunately (for me), the thing about cute and funny drama is that there ALWAYS comes a time where all the fun vanished into thin air and the plot suddenly taking a U-Turn into sappy angst teary scenes. And that usually in the umpteenth episodes (say, 13, 14, 15, etc) , anywhere near the final, so yeah, I kind of lost my interest to continue for a while.

Anywaaay, move on to the cast.. be warned, spoiler might be unintentional mentioned ahead..

Park Gae-In
(played by Sohn Ye-Jin)
The mighty transformation happened to this girl ever since her supposedly boyfriend has asked the wrong girl to marry. Yes, the boyfriend cheated on the best girlfriend, classic. But God has different plan since she met the stoic-and-simply-charming gay guy. This soon-to-be best-gay-friend will eventually teach her how to be the real woman (hm, logic?). Thus, the transformation. Personally, I rooted for her comfy appearance, baggy jeans, baggy shirt, pajamas, flip-flops, loose jacket and that messy-curly-hair. Sigh. Anyway, I loved her job!!! Furniture designer, how cool is that? Her art work and taste is just simply cute, an apple chair, melon chair, ice cream desk, etc.

Jeon Jin-Ho (played by Lee Minho)
An architect thriving to win a design competition in order to put honor to his late father's name. He has practical common sense, lack of dramatic attitude, simply cool and apparently the most eligible bachelor in this planet, if not for the gay thing. Imagine, he can cook, loves to clean, tidy, available to buy ultra thin flexipads with wings anytime, willing to wash your hair, gives the best massage, a good drinking friend (and act as the guardian afterward, you know, in case one cannot hold one's drink), et cetera et cetera...

Chang Ryul (played by Kim Ji-Suk)
The second male lead, the classic cheater, plain girl-player, and mama's boy (literally, he has so many mother, like seven of them, geez! No wonder!) whom at first we will hate to the very bone. But when you actually really think about it, this guy is sweet. Simply based on the fact that he was Gae-In's boyfriend in the first place. So there has to be something that made him attracted to that sloppy unattractive girl, and it's obviously not the outer look. Anyway, later in the episodes, I'm getting more and more hooked by his charm, hahahaha.. bad-ass Chang Ryul who stood up against his dad is pretty hot.

Sang Jun
The joyful character in this drama. Posed as the co-worker of Jinho-ssi, this guy put the best gay-act ever, flamboyant hand gesture with deep baritone voice, oh how I love this guy. He usually came for rescue when something is not right with the main couple, and plenty of fans (hahahaha, me included) apparently wished for him to be paired with Jeon Jinho instead of that lead girl. They both make a great easy going gay couple. *grin*

Aside from those cast above, there are still so many other characters playing in this drama. Yeah, it's many-people-tricks-and-intrigues kind of drama.. the friend, the boss, the father, the fiance, the ex, the mother-in-law.. hah.. so many.. Have no time to write one by one.

In the end, I'll say I give this one 8 out of 10 for its witty humor and brilliant effort to create cuteness without being cheesy. Yes, there's only ONE cheesy line I remembered from this drama..

Jin-Ho: Don't even think about entering my dreams. While I'm working... the three syllables of your name "Park Gae In"... and your face... I'm going to be sure to erase from memory.

Gae-In: Wow... that's going too far, Jin Ho.

Jin-Ho: But... I'll have you etched into my heart instead.