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.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Side job

Last week I got a side project, which is to make an offering to someone's spiritual teacher. This offering basically sum up all the good deeds she did during the last couple of years. Kinda cool, huh?

One of the considerably good deed she did was this one particular orphanage which she maintained and cared for along with her friends. And I was one of those people that used to visit that orphanage. Those were incredible moments.

Making this side project reminded me again of that orphanage. The lil devils and annoying brat, cutie children and really-really adorable one. Aaah, I missed them. The location of that orphanage is amazingly far far away in la la land. So it's been a privilege visiting them with my office mates, actually. Which I don't get to do very often nowadays, given the distance.

Anywaaaay... those kids in the orphanage, they tend to consider strangers as someone they should reaaally not to pay attention to. Not to say that they're wrong, since people do come and go to the orphanage A LOT, sometimes to celebrate a birthday, sometimes to celebrate religious holidays, and sometimes to claim that they are indeed saint people doing saint deed.

But those visits usually only last for so long.

Then why bother care about people who look at you with pity and sympathy once in a while, rite? I feel you, kiddo. Hahahahaha.

The thing is, my office mates' visits are done continuously and on regular basis. So, at one point, they started to remember your name and your face. That felt so sweet, having those lil brats recognize your face. Hahahaha.

Looking back.. I actually enjoyed being around them, all of them.. neglected child in a deserted place, with lousy caretaker -___-" But let's not talking about that..

Gyaaah... particularly that lil demon!!!! I missed him already, he will grow up as a cute brondong deeeeeh..

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Running Man

This is the latest crack in my office. Officially succeeded in making everyone laughs. Like for real.

The thing that I love about Korean variety show is that they keep changing the format as the show goes on. First episode concept is A WHOLE LOT different than (let's say) 27th episode. And it's still as hilariously funny.

Anyway, Running Man is hosted by the very same MC that I adore back then when I was watching X-Man, MC Yoo Jae Suk. You know rite, that old variety show, with its famous "Dangyunhaji - Of Course" segment? With its rising star, the infamous Eagle Eye and his deathly words of seduction? Hahaha, I miss that show...

Along with MC Yoo, there's also Kim Jong Kook (the mosquito singer, also the nickname he obtained from X-Man back then, since his voice is not what you expect from his body size) and Ha-ha (also a gag master from X-Man back then). The additional regular player is the ones I put my interest on. There's Song Joong Ki (shockingly came up as the genius brat, I really envy his brain capacity, and yes, he's the playboy in Sungkyunkwan Scandal), Gary (hip-hop rapper slash singer), Song Ji Hyo (actress, played in Frozen Flower and Goong), Lee Kwang Soo (actor, and a vewy dorky guy, I love him!) and Ji Suk Jin (MC and comedian, one good example of 'age do him good' kind of thing.)

Gyaaaaah!

Ok, the concept of Running Man show is obviously the man who is running. In every episode, there's this obligatory game called Hide-And-Seek with sometimes additional rules and restriction. The games they're playing is so damn simple but so damn hilarious. That's the perks of having Korean playing variety show, I guess. They play it to the max.

The other thing that I love about Running Man issss... they always play in a Korean landmark. Let it be the Suwon World Cup Stadium, Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul Metro and other interesting places. Gyaaah! I'd love to visit there sometimes, especially that disaster place, Boramae Safety Experience Center, that one is absolutely brilliant. You can experience the natural disaster and learn to cope with it. An earthquake, fire, and so on and so on. Waaaaw.. *norak*

Okay, on with the next episodes...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dream High

Part 1
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.

The thing is, Suzy's bloody cold and heartless. She always thought she deserved all those luxuries. She actually took it all for granted. Not a very noble girl, our girl.

Until one day, the world turned against her. Or so she thought. The dad went bankrupt, and she abruptly thrown into one lousy lifestyle, but managed to seal it from others. Her fanatic girl admirers, mostly. She acted and talked like life still going on normal.

At some point, she had to face the fact that dad's bankruptcy needs to be settled, and she needs to help the dad to solve the problem. Since the only talent she got is singing, the only thing possible was for her to get into the art school that will somehow boost her career. Fast.

Alas, fate decided the other way around. Life seems to have some sense of humor on this particular girl, since she got rejected at the audition of the so-called-famous-art-school. Hello? This girl with abundant talent of singing? Ha! That hurt her dignity. A lot. Especially since her plain-and-nerdy-faithful-admirer got into that school, easily.

One slap to her pride didn't turn our girl into one goody-two-shoes girl. No. She still possess that arrogant look and high level of vanity. Tsk tsk. Not a fast learner girl, our girl.

Then how? How can we turn this egotism girl into one lovable character? Fate decided to give her two companions. Hm, not one but two. Too much, no?

Luckily, she got that one of those rare second-chances of getting into that art school, and there she met two VERY different male students. Let's call them Jin and Sam.

Things doesn't go smoothly for Suzy, because immediately for her sole attitude, she's placed into worst-of-the-worst classroom by the teachers. Let's call the class... Misfit Mafia.

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Part 2
Jin, our foreman student, at one quick glance, seems to be a typical-if-not-cliche kind of guy. He is the baddest of all bad boys. The one you'll always find in every school. A loner, rebellious and ignorant student, but still has one good trait. Either the look, the brain or the talent. In this case, he possessed two of the three.

Jin always thinks of Suzy as one snotty girl, really-really need to be smacked on the head for her lousy attitude. Same goes for her, but not as passionate. As mentioned earlier, Suzy is a pretty heartless (and passionless) kind of girl.

Despite their annoyance of each other, the two shares one similar trait. They're both stubborn and gain high dose of pride. Match made in heaven, you say?

In real life, Jin is a son of a wealthy politician. He got his life mapped by daddy by the time he was born into the world. Get into good school, obtain good grades, work in politics and be a successful man.

However, things didn't go that smooth for the daddy. Jin happened to be one talented dancer and entertainer, so naturally he chose that art school for two reasons. One, cause he really enjoys dancing, and two, he's a bit sick of his daddy-interference with his life.

Given his temper, Jin nearly got rejected in the audition. Yet, somehow he's also being given the rare-second-chance of school-admission (maybe because he threw tantrum for the greater good at the audition and the school-director happened to see through his aggressive appearance). Anyway, naturally he got placed into that Misfit Mafia class, too.

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Part 3

Sam is a country boy, not a city boy. He's lack of that sophisticated look and attitude, and mostly he's just one simple straightforward guy. Okay, scratch that. He's totally naive and adorable. If he likes you, he'll say he likes you. Just like that. No drama whatsoever.

Given the rural background, he also had the typical rural history. He is an abandon son of those non-responsible-men who left his pregnant wife to pursue career as singer in the big city.

Sam loves his mom (who's as simple and straightforward as he is) so much, he hides the fact that he could actually sing very well. As a matter of fact, he is one child prodigy, who can catch the tune and rhyme so fast you'll be picking your jaw off the floor every time you see Sam in action. That's how good he is.

Suzy met Sam in her way of obtaining that rare-second-chance of getting into the art school. You see, Sam is hand-picked by the school director to enter the art school. But given the fact that Sam lives in rural area, he will not aware that there's an opening in that art school.

This is where Suzy played her part. For her to be able to be admitted into the art-school (that and many other reasons), she needs to convince Sam to go with her to the art-school.

There, when he met Suzy for the very first time, he practically fell for her. Hahahaha. Or at least, the manipulative side of her, since she's not normally bubbly and cheerful. All fake, for the sake of greater good.

In the end, Sam knew Suzy is a total fake, and a bloody self-centered girl that she is. That, however, didn't erase his infatuation for the girl. Have no idea why. Maybe love at first sight does exist.

Anyway, eventually Sam agreed to enter the art-school. Unfortunately, having the so-called-rare-second-chance really has it perks. Sam entered the Misfit Mafia class since the teachers there decided that one who didn't do the audition needs to prove oneself.

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Part 4

IU is a girl with beautiful voice and beautiful heart and beautiful personality. She is everything an artist could hope for. A full package. The thing is, the outer look is not that impressive.

She is one major heavy weight girl. And in that entertainment industry, look is everything. Or at the very least, every one but her thinks like that. She's absolutely okay with the way she looks, but apparently the world doesn't hold the same judgment.

Passing the audition to the art school is an easy matter, cause she got the voice material. Getting through with how her looks is whole different thing. Teachers there agrees that she needs to workout her appearance.

Alas, she didn't achieve the target. That's how she got herself into the Misfit Mafia class.

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Part 5

Jason is one transferred student from abroad. Not transferred-transferred, but he was raised abroad before high school. Every school got this type of guy also. A popular, humble and talented student. He spread his charms to everyone, since being raised in the abroad only meant one thing for him, which is to treat everyone as equal.

That's why, he didn't seem mind at all when the heaviest girl in school had crush on him. IU practically bombarded him with secret gifts and swoon over him every time he passed by. That kind of silly-head-over-heels-crush you've experienced in high school.

He thinks of IU as one interesting friend, whom he can ask for karaoke night at anytime AND despite her appearance, he really loves her voice. That's one major adorable factor from this guy.

As a matter of fact, this two has been destined together right from the start. You will never miss the chance to see cutie-awkwardness triggered by IU's crush to Jason. And since Jason is an over-the-top cool-but-chipmunk-ey person, they both look adorable. Totally.

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Part 6

Becky is formerly known as the best friend of Suzy and her greatest admirer. She cares about Suzy a lot and practically worshiped the land Suzy just walked by. She nearly lost her self-identity in order to match everything Suzy did. The hairstyle, the wardrobe, the bags, the shoes, everything.

Things turn around 180 degrees for this lovely girl at the art school audition. Suzy was enraged since she didn't make it while Becky actually got admitted. How come? They're both performing a duet, nonetheless. Suzy spat hatred words towards her, in front of every jury at that audition, practically shattered her dreamy-world into pieces.

That's how Becky changed. She is no longer the innocent girl like everyone used to know. She grew hatred for Suzy and highly annoyed knowing that Suzy was admitted to the art-school anyway. She thrived for being the best at school, at stage performance, and in everyone's eyes. Using cheapskate trick, that line has already been crossed. That's how the rival begin. Best friend to become the worst enemy plot line.

And oh yeah, she fell for Jin.

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I love these story lines. I love I love I love the base plot for everyone. And ultimately, I adore the loser-to-winner stories. Argh!