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.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Vegan Much?

I usually never give a crap about where the food I ate came from. I largely enjoy meat, especially beef. Yes, whenever possible, I chose beef rather than chicken. And not to mention, I rarely eat vegetables. So I’m a big ‘fat’ carnivore, I guess.

stock-vector-vector-sticker-apple-quot-go-vegan-quot-49674679Then, we might say, yesterday’s dining experience was a bit new to me, since I had a discussion with my friends about the reason they chose the vegan lifestyle. As it turns out, the world has changed so much that the need to consume the meat endangers whole population. At first, me and my simple-minded brain found it ironic regarding the restaurant’s slogan (which is, Be Veg, Go Green and Save the Planet).

How could you go green if all you eat was greenie thing?

Hmm, okay, that was seriously ignorance of me. It was never about consuming the ‘tree’ but more like stopping the growth of livestock. This centuries, people’s demand of a livestock has increased so much, the livestock started to overgrown the demand itself, which made me wonder about a whole new thing, but let’s leave it at that.

Since the livestock increased like hell, the earth space that they took, and the greenie thing that they consume, has been taken largely from the one part that actually dedicated to human being by God. Hahahaha. Do you get it? Hopefully I explains things better in the future.

So for a simple illustration:

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The other thing about vegan people is, they tend to humanize animal. Let it be cow slaughter, chicken slaughter, fish slaughter, etc. they simply think that animals have feelings too. Me, personally, have no opinion regarding this. Cause you know me, I‘m the one who watched men-slaughter in Hostel and SAW without so much as a blink of an eye, and even took notes on how real the blood property really looked. Hmm, so the animal-humanizing thing doesn’t really had me on my nerve.

However, here’s an agreeable quote:

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
~ Paul McCartney


You cannot deny how cruel human is to other being, and the way they slaughter something is remarkably creative. They forcefully gut a chicken, cut its leg, throw it to another batch (most likely still alive) to have their insides thrown out. And cow.. hmmm… okay, next.

Yeah, so that’s basically what intrigued me the whole day yesterday. Honestly, if we’re talking about non-meat meal, I‘ve done it for like several days every week. Certainly not because of the vegan lifestyle, but it’s more about the financial condition. Hahahahaha.

Oh yeah, the restaurant I had dinner yesterday was Loving Hut (I have no idea that it’s a vegan restaurant, for real) where the wall was mainly decorated by actor/actress/activist/musician’s face (including but not limited to *halah* Tobey McGuire, Gandhi , Tom Cruise, Avril Lavigne, Brad Pitt, etc etc etc). The food is awesome, HAHAHAHA.. okay, so I’ve underestimated vegan food after all. Never knew how on earth can they create such texture and taste using only non-meat ingredients. I mean, HOW? The Cha Siu (sted pork) is uh-mazing, really-really good. And there’s cute lil drink called Popeye Juice (interesting!) that consist of red spinach + orange + pineapple. Absolutely delicious, though not really sure about the healthy part xD I mean, they did put sugar in it, right?

One of my friend piqued my interest about having lunch in Dharma Kitchen, since she insisted that that restaurant got the best menu ever. Really?

Anyway, overall, I’ve only been to two vegan restaurants (the other being Padmanadi), and the price is quite pricey, so I’m not sure whether I’m ready to slowly change the way I eat or not.

Yeah, maybe after May Winking smile

Monday, January 10, 2011

drama.. more drama..

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Secret Garden (2010)

Okay, I went as far as making my own wallpaper out of it. That ought to tell you how obsessed I am with this drama. The quirky (if not insane) characters, the mental humor, the fantasy plot line, Hyun Bin, the huge library, awesome white sport car, simply the greatest house ever been, Hyun Bin, beautiful directing, awesome scriptwriter, hilarious supporting roles, have I mentioned Hyun Bin?

b4848ba3e145b97ad97ccf47ba03fe5f_largeSecret Garden is one of those rare K-Dramas where the male lead go straight into his woman. Uh-huh! He simply run after her, putting so much effort to get to know her, insisting (and being uber narcissist) that she should have liked him too. Hahahaha, love that character to the core.

Okay, the sole reason why I watch this one is because of the Hyun Bin factor. Granted, never knew him before, but I did marathon-ing his old dramas to get to know him more (and a bad move, if I may say, for he is WAY more developed in Secret Garden), i.e. My Name is Kim Sam-Soon, World’s Within and Friend Our Legend.

It’s about a man and a woman (duh!) who got mixed up in a complicated fate and had to swap bodies every time it’s raining. So Ranma 1/2, eh? No! This is even wackier, damn sexier and hello… that sit-up scene really changed my world. This drama has the potential to turn even a simple eye-staring and hand-grabbing into one R-rated movie. Hahahahaha.

Secret Garden, however, didn’t triumph my ultimate obsession toward Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Dunno, I felt like SKKS relieve my thirst of dynamic youngster-life so nothing beats that.. or maybe Dream High will? Depends, though, whether there will be bromance in that drama or not. Hahaha, I’m such a sucker for a cute bromance.

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Doctor Champ (2010)

This is another drama with the male lead run after his woman without so-much as bullshit act. He sees her, he likes her, he helps her, he get her. That’s it! No need for munchy-munchy conflict whatsoever. Love this one.

The very first thing I noticed about Doctor Champ is how they use the 35mm camera to produce such BEAUTIFUL cinema-like scenes. Damn I love it, love the genius director and editor of this drama. Watching it is like watching a high quality pictures in theater. Supported by good-looking (and good-bodied) actors, what more could I possibly ask? xD

The story took place around Korean Olympic-training camp, where athletes got trained and supervise privately in order to gain as many medals in world-class tournament. The main focus is the two doctors working in that camp, physical-and-sometimes-psychological-consulting to the athletes. And the main sport-major involving in this drama is from Judo. Yay for six-packs guys running around topless here and there =D

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There are basically two things attract me to Doctor Champ, one of them is how cute the male lead act (despite his muscle size, he’s just simply adorable teddy bear). Both his relationship to the female lead AND his fellow judo athlete made me tune in non-stop from start to the end. Okay, that’s not fair, I’ll admit it, mostly why I drawn into this drama is because of their bromaaaanceee..

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Hahahahahahaha.. okay, these two deserve the award as the hottest-buddies ever. They bicker to each other, supporting each other beyond anyone’s imagination, and who knows? The latter conflict in Doctor Champ is actually about these two. Sigh.

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)

This is my last year drama obsession, nothing beats the exciting feeling I got from this one. Mein gott I’m such a sucker for any youthful dramas. I adore the damn moral lesson in this drama, which is not to give up and pursue your education no matter what kind of given situation that you’re in. Aaw! Wish every kids nowadays seeing this one, especially my brother =_=”

bscap0071qnAnyway, the story took us back in Joseon era, right on time when I missed this kind of era-setup. Sigh. Everything was so simple back then, eh? No open-kiss scene, no outright dating, no vulgar-relationship. Everything is simply sweet and that’s why I love it when the hero(es) of Sungkyunkwan Scandal thrives to better future.

skks19-00265 The story is about a girl (let’s call her A), dressed as a guy, trying to earn a living by translating scriptures (and stuff) to mostly Sungkyunwan’s scholar. Good to know things didn’t get that much different from nowadays, huh? Anyway, she is apparently a bright mind, which made certain male scholar (let’s call him B) felt shame that this girl (whom he perceive as a man) didn’t go to the proper school. That’s how all the chaos started.

bscap0020g0 Later in the story, they will team up as a flower-four-type-of-group along with the other characters (read: MAIN REASON why I watched this drama xP) Hahahahahahaha.

This guy (let’s call him C) and that guy (let’s call him D) were two old-friend back from childhood (not sure, I just assumed) so we can say they’re both pretty close. C posed as a flamboyant kind of guy, always wearing beautiful clothes and a fan, pretty much a noble son, whilst D resembles more of a gangster-noble son. Aww.. such cute setup.

OurBromance This two (for me) were the one that actually made the scandal in the Sungkyunkwan campus. Hahahaha. What differs them both from any other bromance I’ve seen is that I ACTUALLY wish happiness and long-lasting marriage for them both T_T And hello, apparently I’m not the only sinner one thinking it like that xD They were elected as the BEST COUPLE in SBS Drama Award last year, so yeah, imagine that!!! The world approve of them!!! *laughing out of control*

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