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, November 4, 2012

Kilas balik - Ho Chi Min City & Siam Reap

Hujan-hujan gini enaknya mengenang cerita lama niy. Kangen juga nulis pake bahasa Endonesia untuk sesuatu yang bukan berupa proposal atau laporan kerjaan kantor. Hehehe.

Mei 2012 kemarin, entah kesambet apa, yang jelas saya dan teman-teman *halah* melancong ke daerah Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, ato yang biasa saya sebut HCMC *penting*. Trip kali ini rada bego sebenernya, soalnya seminggu sebelum perjalanan itu, saya terpilih sebagai pegawai yang beruntung untuk mengikuti training di luar negeri. Di mana? Tepat sekali. Di Ho Chi Min juga.

Terjadi perbedaan gap yang luar biasa sekali antara trip yang dibayarin ama kantor sama trip biaya kantong sendiri, hahahahaha. Dari level hidup hotel Sheraton yang makan pagi, siang, malam terserah makan apa ngga pake pusing bayarnya gmana, ke level pelancong ala princess yang kemana-mana bawa koper padahal ngakunya backpacking. HAHAHA.

HCMC ini yah, sesungguhnya adalah kota yang saya sukai. Why? Karena banyakkkk taman kotanya, kawan. Mirip Bandung sih kalau saya bilang, ditilik dari ukurannya. Ke mana-mana jalan kaki bisa, bermodalkan google maps atao its-less-reliable-friend, apple maps *konon*. Yang jelas, kabar burung kalau pengemudi motor di Vietnam adalah yang paling jago di antara yang terjago itu benar. Di jalanan satu arah kalau mau nyebrang, jangan cuma liat ke satu arah doang, soalnya pasti bakal ada motor nyelonong dari arah sebaliknya.

Yang paling keren sih pejalan kaki lokal, nyebrang ngga pake liat kanan kiri. Parah, superman abis. Jadi kalo diliat-liat, sebenernya terjadi koordinasi yang luar biasa antara pengendara motor dan pejalan kaki. Selama si pejalan kaki itu nyebrang dengan kecepatan steady dan ngga ngagetin, si motor juga ngga bakal melambat tapi akan nyelonong ke arah belakang si pejalan kaki. MANTAB! Saya terpesona. Kalo ini postingan bahasa Inggris, saya akan nulis.. ~impressive.

Sehari dua hari di HCMC akhirnya mengajarkan saya untuk menyeberang dengan efektif. Hal ini ditandai dengan kejadian buruk saat berburu bus ke Kamboja. Sumpe ye, dicari dengan kata kunci apapun, ngga ada yang bilang EXACTLY di mana lokasi si bus yang bisa nganterin kita dari HCMC ke Siam Reap. Rata-rata pada bilang, "Oh ada di terminal bus." Berhubung hotel saya deket dengan terminal, ya santai dooongggg. Ternyata salah besar sodara-sodara! Yang harusnya perhitungannya seperti ini:

- Bus berangkat jam 7 pagi;
- Kita berangkat dari hotel jam 6 pagi;
- Naik taksi sebentar dan bisa menyisakan waktu untuk mencari tiketnya.

Menjadi seperti ini:

- Bus berangkat jam 7 pagi;
- Anak-anak mandinya LAMA BANGET AMIT-AMIT;
- Berangkat dari hotel jam 6.30 pagi sambil mencari taksi di depan hotel;
- Pas dikasi tau alamat tujuannya, supir taksinya MENOLAK, sodara-sodara. Bajingan abis ni supir. He said in a lousy super encrypted English, "No, noooo! It's you walk walk 5 minutes!";
- Jalan 5 menit ke arah yang ditunjuk supir taksi;
- 10 menit kemudian.. Masih ngga nyampe. Bajingan super beneran ni supir taksi biadab. Hahaha. Yang deket buat orang Vietnam, jauh buat saya. Ibaratnya itu saya jalan sambil geret-geret koper dengan kecepatan tinggi karena panik soalnya busnya berangkat 6 jam sekali, diikuti sama rombongan yang juga geret-geret koper, trus tiap nyebrang jalan pake cara orang lokal, beneran ngga liat kanan kiri. Asliiii keren abis!
- Sampe di terminal, ngga ada bus gede whatsoever dong. Nanya-nanya orang ngga ada yang bisa bahasa Inggris, google-google katanya di jalan Pham Ngu Lao. AAAARGH, bahkan website busnya sendiri (http://www.catmekongexpress.com.kh) ngga nyebutin alamat kita bisa nunggu si bus ini dimana. Minta digampar!
- Di pinggir jalan sambil jalan balik ke arah hotel ngikutin petunjuk google maps tentang jalan Pham Ngu Lao ini, saya menyetop taksi dengan niatan hantam kromo, setuju ngga setuju pokoknya anterin! Adegan yang terjadi kemudian membuat saya terkesima. Supirnya Bapak-bapak, pas ngeliat saya bawa-bawa peta, dia ngomong gini dengan suara berat, "Wait, let me put my glasses on". Tziiing! Saya sumpah melongo. Setelah seharian stres dengan bahasa Inggris orang HCMC yang parah super, ni orang ngomong Inggris with no Asian accent. "Yeah? How can I help? Oh, this street? You already there, just walk two more blocks from here. It's very near." WOW, AJAIB! Stres langsung hilang. HAHAHA.

So just for the sake of clearing someone else's path of knowing where exactly the place to wait for the Mekong Express bus is, just go to the Pham Ngu Lao street, ask any travel agent along that street for ticket to visit Siam Reap. Book the ticket waaaay in advance since Mekong Express is actually the best option to go there. Best bus with large compartment and the space to put your feet is spacey enough.

The exact address is 237 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Ben Nghe Ward, Distric 1, HCMC.

Anyway, karena kita ngeliat jam juga udah telat, sudah 7.30 *hiks*, akhirnya pake cara alternatif yang direkomendasi orang, yaitu dengan perjalanan bus 2x dari HCMC ke Phnom Penh dan dari Phnom Penh ke Siam Reap. Busnya sih Mekong Express juga, cuma waktu yang di Phnom Penh itu kita pake bus kelas lebih cupu, badan duduk juga pegel abis dan nyampenya jam 12 malem di Siam Reap. Sangattt menyedihkan.

Jika waktu boleh terulang kembali, maka saya akan memilih naik pesawat saja. HAHAHAHA. Mahal, mahal deh. Di Siam Reap ini tentunya tujuan utama adalah Angkor Wat dan angkor-angkor yang lain. Tapi karena rombongan juga bukan pecinta candi, dari belasan dan puluhan candi yang ada, kita hanya kunjungi tiga yang paling terkenal, yang mana saya lupa namanya. Hehehehe. Si supir tuk-tuk yang kita sewa pun mungkin rolling his eyes pas tau kita hanya mau 3 jam doang di Angkor Wat, ngga usah lama-lama soalnya pengalaman pas di Borobudur, jam 12 siang di sebuah candi itu panasnya naudjubillah.

Agak jomplang memang kalau dibandingkan dengan pelancong-pelancong lain yang dari jam 5 pagi sudah siap di candi dengan tripodnya untuk mengabadikan sunrise di Angkor Wat, atau yang nunggu sampai sore untuk mengambil foto sunset. Hahahahahaha. saya berangkat aja udah jam 9 pagi, pulang insisted jam 12 siang. *geleng-geleng*

Setelah itu wisata kuliner dimulaiiii! Makan siang di Siam Reap di sebuah restoran bernama Haven yang didedikasikan untuk penyaluran tenaga kerja anak-anak jalanan. Yang punya bule, pelayannya kayanya dididik untuk dipekerjakan di situ. Saya suka dengan restoran-restoran seperti ini. Asal tau alamatnya dan bisa nyampe ke tujuannya aja, pasti saya datangi. Abis makan siang langsung belanjaa di Angkor market. Aga kalap dengan selendang-selendangnya yang mure-mure. Dan kaosnya yang bordiran lucuk. Aneh memang, kalau jalan-jalan itu, saya lebih seru beli souvenir yang notabene buat orang, daripada beli buat diri sendiri. Hahahaha.

Lalu lalu, makan malam setelah ngiterin Siam Reap dengan another jalan kaki. Sukaaa deh kota yang bisa dijelajahi dengan kaki dan ke mana-mana dekat. Makan malamnya di restoran rada gaul bernama Blue Pumpkin. Di lantai bawah menjual beragam dessert dan bakery dan di lantai atasnya diisi dengan sofa yang putih keren lebar banget jadi kalo duduk di atasnya, kaki ngga bisa menekuk ke bawah, sehingga mau ngga mau ya harus lesehan di atas sofa. sayang waktu ke sana, semua sofa sudah occupied rata-rata sama orang bule.

Dari Siam Reap saya balik ke HCMC dengan Mekong Express (learning by experience) dan di sana makan lagi di tempat makah Pho yang enyakkk dan murah abis, yaitu Pho Quynh di jalan Pham Ngu Lao yang tadi-tadi juga. Kalo naik taksi ke sini ngomongnya Fhe Wen ya, soalnya pas kita ngomong Po Queen diketawain sama supirnya -__-". Little that I know kalo ternyata jalan Pham Ngu Lao itu jalanan backpacker. BANYAK GILA turis bulenya di sono. Dan kalo jalan di sana, ibu-ibu suka ngomong, "Be careful! Put your bag in the back. Put your bag in the back." Denger-denger sih suka banyak yang kecopetan tas. Tapi untungnya kita ngga sih.

Yah demikianlah perjalanan lucu ke HCMC dan Siam Reap. Sampai bertemu di episode selanjutnya. *halah*

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Newsroom

Never have I seen such heartwarming TV series that keep bringing up political issues, which is, really, hardly ever heartwarming in my dictionary.

The Newsroom (2012), is a TV series about a broadcasting news team, working in independent cable TV station who changes their way of delivering the news. This is started when the second most watched news anchor, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), was forced to work with the new team because his old team was migrating to 10 o'clock slot.

The whole news format that was once a rating-whore show, drastically stirred their direction to producing-facts-only format and purely letting the viewers have more options in watching fact-confirmed, independent and honest news. Hmm, that was what I felt about Metro TV long long long time ago, back when they first showed up in my screen.

It was a crazy ride, I'm telling you. I cried, I laughed, I spilled on my drinks, I dreamt about it, I had me some wistful thinking, ohmygodifreakinlovethisseries! And whaddya know, once I finished the whole first season (which consists of 10 episodes) I googled it and voila... 8.7 out of 10 score on imdb. NO WONDER I WAS BLOWN AWAY! Duh!

It got my attention solely because in the first 10 minutes of its first episode, they served me with this dialogue.

A student: Can you say in one sentence or less.. Um, you know what I mean.. Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?

Candidate1: Diversity and opportunity.

Candidate2: Freedom and freedom. *pause* So let's keep it that way. *round of applause*

Will McAvoy: The New York Jets. *laughter*

MC: No, I'm gonna hold you to an answer on that.

Will McAvoy: Well, our Constitution is a masterpiece. James Madison was a genius.The Declaration of Independence is, for me, the single greatest piece of American writing. *pause* You don't look satisfied.

MC: One's a set of laws and the other's a declaration of war. I want a human moment from you. What about the people? Why is America--

Will McAvoy: It's not the greatest country in the world, Professor. That's my answer.

...

And yeah, you, sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world.
We're seventh in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense-spending where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies.
Now, none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period. So when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE FUCK YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!

... aaaand I'm sold!

To add the spice into my already heaven-like drug, it casts me some pretty amazing (and yeah, good looks doesn't hurt) actors and actresses including DEV PATEL, YAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!

Worry not, the second reason why I love this series is because they balance the seriousness of political issues with sweet and sometimes moronic crew drama. I love the drama! I love the drama because the drama is not too drama for me. In fact, I love it because it's not beyond cheesy, it felt real and I can actually relate on that. Hahahaha.

One of my favorite quote was when an associate producer yelled at Sex&The City tour bus after being in a very low point just minutes before.

Tour Guide: To the left is the famous brownstone where Carrie Bradshaw lived, loved, and lost. Thanks to Carrie, we all got to live the typical life of a single woman in New York City. Cheers!

Are you fucking kidding me?! I AM a typical single woman in New York City! I don't wear heels to work because the typical woman's job doesn't exclusively involve gallery openings! And I know Carrie must have made boatloads writing her 800-word column for a newspaper no one's ever heard of, but I just spent my last $7 ... having a fight with my best friend ... who, by the way, is not available at 3:00 p.m. on a Wednesday to console me about some guy, because SHE, TOO, HAS A JOB! And mostly, when you fall for a guy and he's going out with your best friend, it doesn't work out. Things get really BAD!

~how appropriate..

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bliss attack

I almost forgot how Thai movies actually lighten up my mood. Started with Phobia 2, ATM, BTS (Bangkok Traffic Love Story), Love of Siam, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and Hello Stranger. They looked like Korean movies but with less intensity and drama. Always light, fluffy and easily digestible.

So last night I was betting my luck and found this movie with interesting synopsis. FIRST KISS. One office working girl met one high school boy who stole her first kiss. #eeeaaaa. Right up my alley, ladies and gentlemen! Hahahahahaha. Here here,  berondong kinyis-kinyis.

Objectively speaking, this movie is no better than standard Indonesian cheesy lousy acting movies in cinemas. But I like the idea of them exploring the idea. Hahaha. Sounds complicated but it’s not. The story is so-so. The humor is basic. The actors were yeah well..  But it’s still nice to watch. Hahaha.

Another movie that successfully fished out the laughter out of my throat was The Avengers. Yes, I’m so last year. Kekekekeke. Always have and always will love the Iron Man character. Is he really that funny in Marvel comics? Or was it just the fresh creativity of the scriptwriter?

Captain America: Without your suit, what are you?
Iron Man : A genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.


HAHAHAHAHAHA. Wish Robert Downey will keep playing as Iron Man forever. He just has this positivity inside of him, yet full of sarcasm and love to mock people. Unlike certain other hero that I know of *cough-Batman-cough*


Monday, August 13, 2012

Screen Time

Okay.

Off we go with several movies I’ve noted as movies that left me wanting more with creepy-haunted feeling and obviously deep impression.

Firstly, CONFESSIONS. It’s a Japanese movie and it won several awards since its debut in 2010. I have to admit I paid little attention to this one and that’s why it’s sitting for quite a while in my external drive. But hell yeah it delivers. Damn, I LOVE school-based movies. Like I always said. Over and over. It might be something in the water I drink, I guess. Not to mention this movie is a dark themed one. Oh what have I done to deserve this privilege? *whispering thank you to in-charge upstairs*

It’s basically about confession from string of people, started with one female homeroom teacher. It’s about the death of her child. Ruled as accident by the cop, she took things into her own hands. It’s really amazing how high the juvenile rate is in Japan and to connect it to the bullying-suicidal reference, so interesting. I love it. I love crazy psychopath character cause they’re mostly anything but plain. Especially when the crime is done by junior high-schooler. Yay for creepy points.

The added bonus that I might add is the soundtrack usage in this movie. It’s mostly western song, sometimes a cute song in the middle of really awkward moment (e.g. when the entire class coped with the truth told by their teacher, they danced instead using, “That’s the way, aha aha.. I like it.. aha aha..”), sometimes simply a beautiful instrumental song during slo-mo scenes. Adore it. Great cinematography.

Secondly, more down-to-earth no-intelligence-needed kind of movie, THIS MEANS WAR. Yaaaay! I love the premise, it’s basically two guys fighting over a girl (oh-so-classic, I love it), the added layer is that they’re both CIA agents and they’re actually using company resources to create a coup. Very entertaining. I mean, I’m not sure such thing is even legal, company policy misconduct, inappropriate usage of company’s resources, life poking and being privy to someone else’s privacy, etc. Phew.

Tom Hardy is way better than Chris Pine, by the way. That man is hot. Even when he’s simply walking, he’s hot. His accent is hot and he’s waaaaaaaaaaay more gentleman and sweeter than Chris’s Pine character. Bleh. I know some movies like to accentuate the bad-ass and playboy guy as something more desirable, but Chris Pine is plainly a jerk. Period. Not a hot jerk, only a jerk. Just because he got some sad background story added to his layer of stories, then the girl would automatically fall for it? ~Ngok.. People needs to sort their mind out and put priorities to character’s chemistry and boring stuff such as manner, attitude, heart and obviously looks. Hahahahahaha.

Let’s see.. what other movies I watched recently? THE DESCENDANTS. George Clooney. Not bad. It’s about a guy trying to understand his children and to let go of his wife, and by that I mean to plug out the life support system from her body in the hospital. The only thing left is that after all this time he thought he’s the one being the bad husband (you know, that typical guy-case, workaholic, ignorant father, blah blah), his wife is actually having an affair. *eaaa*

What else? What else?

Oh yeah.. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. Honestly, I would never know this one if not for my colleague. She has the same amount of wicked mind as I do. Hahaha. Once, it was promoted in this movie-magazine article, she showed it to me… and years later, she downloaded it. Impressive.

The story is about a mother’s point-of-view, whose child is the prime suspect of mass-killing in his junior high (or is it a high school?). Cool, eh? This one is based on a book. It’s basically taking us through her past life, when she was an achieved and successful traveler. But after she got pregnant, everything changed. She wondered whether her kid being the psychopath has anything to do with her early rejection during pregnancy or is the kid purely sick and evil. It’s pretty nice since it got me thinking. I mean, yeah, mostly most of murderer slash terrorist slash psychopath came from a wrecked home situation, aren’t they? Or is it just people trying to blame at something?

I love movies that got me do the additional research, hahaha. Since I have different interpretation with the scene, I seriously googled it and trying to find the missing piece. I mean, did he made her sister blind? Why? Okay, not so much of a “why” but WHENNN??

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Marathon part 2

It's been seriously a while since I did my Western series recap. The last one was this one here so I guess it's been two years now, huh?

Well... I think I started with the easiest one to remember just because it reminded me of what my working environment supposed to be like.
Hahahahaha. You wish. It's SUITS, ladies and gentlemen. Yes I know, I'm way far behind this one, I just watched up to S02E04 *sob sob* but I think I love it. The main reason why I love this series is not because of Mike Ross *insert gasp of surprise here* but more because whomever I despise, they got rid of it soon. Yay. For example, the girlfriend of his best friend? Ha! Out of the line. There's a fine line between romantic hopeless unrequited love for someone you cannot/should not have (e.g. Pearl Harbor, New Moon - haha, Brothers - I'm freakin in love with it, My Bestfriend's Wedding, etc) and inappropriately do so. And SUITS just made my freakin bowel move when they did. Blehh!

And then, there's Modern Family, the most surprisingly entertaining family movie I've ever seen. Ha, everyone in it me likey. The dad, the mom, the main reason why they married in the first place, the idea of differences in them that actually made them click, the moronic son, the gorgeous Haley daughter, the smart-ass Alex, the older-than-his-age Manny, and so on and so on. My most favorite character? Uncle Mitchell. Hahahahaha, don't ask me why, I feel connected with him the most, I guess. His sarcasm is superb. And the moral lesson by the end of the day is so damn touching. Love your family no matter what since in the end, they're all you have left. Aaaawww...

This day and age could really use light heartwarming series like MODERN FAMILY, I guess. You know, to teach them that there's more than open shooting innocent people with fire arm and killing animals during your childhood. *shiver*.

What else? Well, I was preoccupied by New Girl just for the sole reason, and the reason being Zooey Deschanel. Big-big fans since 500 Days of Summer, a movie that I didn't really get actually. Hahaha. But it seemed cool to love it at that time. I just don't remember why. Hmm.

Anyway, New Girl has different level of humor. This one is just down right dirty. Hahahahaha. It's about an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. I practically fell from my chair during the episode where all the roommates has seen Nick's stuff (if you know what I mean) but one person, Schmidt. And he insisted. And he's damn well doing a perfect job out of it. Hahahahaha.

Jess: I accidentally saw Nick's peepee and his bubbles.
Winston: It's not a big deal. I've seen Nick's stuff like a million times.
Schmidt: You have? I mean, how?
Winston: We grew up together. Locker rooms, swimming pools, penis fights, it just happens.
Schmidt: Why haven't I seen it?
Winston: Why do you wanna see it?
Schmidt: He's my best friend.
Winston: Again, why do you wanna see it?
Schmidt: What if Nick gets into an accident? What if he is horribly disfigured and I have to identify him and all that remains are his private parts. And I'm standing there and I'm saying 'Sorry, officer, I can't help you because no, I haven't seen his penis' and then boom, he's buried in an unmarked grave.



~Super goblok...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

NKOTBSB

While contemplating upon my unreasonable reasons as to why the heck did I NOT watch the show, I decided to dedicate this post to my biggest and earliest boy-band infatuation everrrr, the Backstreet Boys! Gyahhhh!!

I seriously shameless about BSB, hahahahaha! I collected the magz pin-up posters, collected the album (my fave especially, Black and Blue!), memorizing the whole lyric, head over heels over Brian, singing to "EVERYBODEEEEHHHH, YEAAAAH!" in the bathroom... oh dear Lord, so awesome!

Too bad Kevin is not in the band anymore, cause I hate it when a boyband is not complete.Though it appears that he sometimes show up at the concert in several cities, did not know whether he showed up in Jakarta since hello... I stupidly decided not to come. Grr.

Okay... where was I?

Anyway, I just want to post something so shallow as one of my friend once said, "My, you're more the right side of a brain than the left, you're the Apple not the Android, you're all about appearance rather than functionality.." which it's so not true because whenever I got presents or gifts, I always always always prefer something functional and not decorative.

Hmmmm.....

What was it again?

Oh yeah... I've been meaning to post the before-after version of BSB, rather similar with the one I did with Harry Potter cast. Ahh, those good ol' time...

Brian Littrell

My favorite. The apple of my eye. My ex-husband-candidate. Or is it ex-candidate-husband? Once rumored as being dead, no seriously, I'm not kidding. And he also once rumored as being gay, and considering that it was the 90's and I'm still at middle school, it broke my heart into pieces. Funny how time has changed. If it happened now, I shed little care into it and continue stalking him. Hahahaha. He got the most angelic voices in the band. And he appeared to be the most humble in my eyes so yeah.. I love this guy. So cute the picture, no? With his adorable smile and childlike haircut. Pinch pinch pinch. Not much different now and then.

Nick Carter

The guy who made the girl went nuts. Wow. Seriously, he resembles the whole picture of an idol, vintage version. The hair! Ooooooh the infamous split hair. The blond hair. The blue eyes. The pretty face. Gahhh! Every girl in my class loved this guy. And I love his brother! *cough* They shared the same cute faces so I figured, if everyone went after the big bro, I might as well chase the lil bro. That might have been the early days when I first figured I had hots for young-uns. Hahahahaha. God saves us all. I cannot find the picture when Nick was younger than this one. Too bad since the hairstyle I love the most from him is from the MV As Long As You Love Me. That smooth silky intoxicating blond hair. Sigh.

AJ

I have no idea what his full name is. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry, AJ, but I will always know you as AJ. I remembered him as the dancing machine in the band. he's like the most bad ass person alive ever. With the hot facial hair, 5 o'clock shade one. The sunglasses. The washboard abs. The sexy stare. Okay, stop it! But now... what happened? Age happened. Dang! Apparently everything is still intact, if not increasing, but what.. where is the haiiiir??? In some photos, he resembles Chris Daughtry a bit so yeah, the scale of hotness is somehow still there. Only at different level. And he's chubbier now. Funny, huh? Hope life treats you well, my friend!

Howie

The most handsome, eye candy, easy-in-the-eye type of guy. So sweet, every time he smiles, the heaven's door got opened and several rainbows showed up out of nowhere. The bird's chirping and the flower's blooming. Okay, now I'm just being extra poetic. But Howie is undeniably carrying the good gene all the way to these days. Howie's fans and Nick's fans were so different at core level. HAHAHAHA. Nick is flowery pretty kind of beautiful, while Howie is.. yeah.. well.. seriously good looking. I cannot remember his voice, being Brian's wife and all *super delusional*, but I somehow keep remembering his smile. And gotta admit, my heart races a bit while browsing for this guy's pictures. DAMN HE'S SHARP LOOKING TO THE MAX! It's almost impossible to find the bad pictures of him, if ever, it was the bad but good kind of picture of him, if you know what I mean.

Oh for God's sake, let's have Howie's picture spams for the sake of shallowness!



Kevin

The piano man. The cool calm character. If everyone else is like fire, flower, rainbow, roses.. then Kevin is the ice. I rarely saw him laughing at any pictures. It must have been some sort of bad juju for him, showing any teeth in front of the camera. Brings seven generations of bad luck *shiver*. I know plenty of my friends were crazy over this guy, though only God knows why, cause I cannot see anything in him worth to have a crush on. Yeaah, maybe I simply have more commoner taste. Hahahahaha. Anyway, wow, if you look at both before and after pictures of Kevin, it's like the definition of growing old to him was simply to paste a mustache over his lips and ta-da, you're being old. Impressive!  Does anyone know why Kevin left Backstreet Boys anyway?



okay, that's it..


Just to emphasize my craziness about this boyband, let's take a peek over the golden days of Backstreet Boys once again, shall we?












Oh maaaan, should we go to Pasay, Philippine, to watch the last of the concert series???? It's at June 3rd after all...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Flipped

Okaiy.. here goes nothing..

FLIPPED (2010) is strongly recommended to you guys who's a bit tired of deep-mind-analysis and/or serious-case-of-special-effect kind of movie, such as Inception, Black Swan, Transformers, Twilight (pfttt!), etc.

This one gathered the rating 7.5 in IMDB and achieved 9/10 rating from yours truly.

It's about a girl named July Baker, an eight grade middle schooler, who conveniently believes that one day, her neighbor Bryce Loski will kiss her. And this one is formatted as she-said-he-said type of narrative.

Juli is the adventurous and interesting one. Bryce just wants to fit in at their Junior High School. Juli slowly begins to unlike Bryce and Bryce slowly begins to appreciate Juli. Will they ever meet at the same emotional place at the same time? That is the drama and story.

It's super fresh despite the oldies background, and maybe it came in the right moment when things are seriously high-tech these days. Having a crush no longer means calling their home and hanging up when they answered it. It no longer means visiting your neighbor and yelling, "Let's go out and play!".

It's highly dosed up with super simplicity and yet it brought great humbleness in appreciating vintage time. The setting is in 60's where no mobile phone had been invented and the only way to socialize is actually by knocking on your neighbor's door and bringing them cookies. Aw, sweet old time.

The tagline is you never forget your first love, which is... awwww...

By the way, the actress playing younger Juli Baker.. wow, I nearly thought, "Is Suri Cruise taking a role already? Super look-alike. So friggin cute!"
Sigh.. okay, nuff said, I just tremendously LOVE this movie, go out and watch it if you want.

Monday, April 16, 2012

How to Cross the 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). I once got scolded for crossing the street when it's still a no-go on the traffic light. The thing is, I was so touched by the fact that he even noticed the traffic light (when many people don't). Since then, if possible, I'll wait for it to go-green before crossing the street.

2. Never run, you idiot! Not only you scared other people who's crossing the street with you, you'd also scare the car and motorbike's driver. Not to mention you may slip and fall, and God knows what could be happening next.

3. Motorbike is always winning. Plus they have this weird reflex to accelerate the speed or suddenly forgetting the brake function whenever they saw someone who's about to cross the street. Yes, I know, it sucks. But we need to move on.

4. Try to look at the driver in their eyes. Sometimes they're giving you the signal to moving on like smiling (rite!) and hand-gesture. Plus, it's always a bonus if they're cute.

5. Take your time. If the street is not crowded but the car speed is dangerously high, give it up. Or leave it to the kind police officer who would stand by in the morning to help people crossing the street.

6. Use your physics ability to calculate the acceleration, momentum and collision (i.e. tumbukan lenting sempurna, etc) if the vehicle in the second lane is faster/slower than the one in the first lane AND you crossed it anyway.

7. Wear nice clothes. Hahaha. No, seriously, I did this a couple of times. If you're wearing high heels or dress up to formal occasion, people tend to give you the damn turn to cross the street. Dunno why. *shrug*

8. Walk with confident and smile. Just think of it as a runway show. Hahahaha. You know, since the driver does not want any spill of blood or bone fracture smeared their vehicle (not to mention the headache of insurance claim process), they might as well reduce their speed.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Part 1 - She Knows He Knows

Prologue can be found here.

Part 1

"Good afternoon to you, too, darlin'" 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?" She grabbed his newspaper and pretended to find anything interesting in the headline. Some creep robbed some poor bank. Some died in a car crash.

"I have to admit I have no idea what you're saying, darling." He brushed off easily, "and if you'll excuse me, I have other things to attend, presumably more important than pretty lady like you."

"Not so fast, Morocco."

She loosen the bow of her large brimming hat, took it off and stole a quick kiss on his lips before resorting to a look called calm.

He's quite taken aback, especially considering that that kiss might be a sealed deal to unknown party, confirming that he is indeed the target. "Lola, that's not very kind of you, darling."

She rolled her eyes, "If you're thinking that you could disappeared again after seeing me, you must be mad."

"This needs to be done, then," He sighed and cursed, grabbed her hands and pulled her onto him, before resuming to his earlier brisk walk, "Hate to say this, Lola love, but I seriously not in agreeable mood right now."

"Where are we going?"

"You'll see."

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Second Attempt

This month I did the reminiscing thing, travelling back to where I were August 2010, yes, one of my favorite city, Bangkok. This time, instead of visiting temples and palaces like any sane tourist would do, I went on and on to places I know best. Shopping markets and malls. Love this second time experience. I get to try new routes, new BTS stations, new adventure to the very far places in Bangkok, the one and only.. IKEA store.

Damn, I could go on and on, inspecting, trying, admiring, aah-ing and ooh-ing every lil piece of things in that store. Why oh why Indonesian Government didn't allow such store exist in this nation? Maybe it's not necessary the pieces that I love about IKEA, but the way they designed those rooms, invented those furniture, and arranged them in one spectacular shopping experience. We could try and attempt an IKEA-wannabe store at the very least, can't we? I'm having this lil excitement everytime I imagine I have my own furniture shops. My own big dream.

The other weird place I went was Forensic Museum. This was one crazy idea, and I have no idea what to expect. Haha. So there's this Siriraj Hospital, the first hospital in Bangkok, gathering the five section of their dept section such as parasitology, Thai's medicine, anatomy, etc into one integrated museum. It's pretty simple in appearance, but hell-to-the-o.. the way to get into there, it's like solving one of those mazes. Museum, turn left. Museum, turn right. Museum, right this way. Museum.. we're back at the first spot -_-"

Inside, I'm having another excitement seeing mummified babies with anomalies during birth and/or pregnancy. Pretty kewl. The conjoined heart, babies with no head skull, babies with too large of a head, mermaid babies, etc. TOO BAD THEY DIDN'T ALLOW ANY PICTURES! *cries*

And then there's this forensic section, showing lots and lots of human skulls and bones, with various causes of death, such as bullet, grenades, stabbing, etc. And yay they're showing pictures of it =____= Suicides victims from slicing their wrist, shooting point blank, train crashes, car accident, propeller injuries, axe, SUPER CRAZY! I'm a bit excited cause I'm no doctor, since I figured, if I was a doctor, seing this thing would be normal and so-so, no?

Then we're seeing mummified human organs, like black-ish lungs due to nicotine, swelling hearts due to i-dunno-the-medical-name-but-it-was-like-heart-attack, cancer pictures, all those deppresing illnesses. Phew. Seeing all those things made us want to do some exercises and joining any sports. At one point, my friend asked me, "What EXACTLY are we doing here????" Hahahahahahahaha.

Anyway, they also had this mummified raper and murderer and infamous canibal, namely Si Quey and one other name I cannot remember. See, we were handed this headset to allow us the hear audio version of any museum item's explanation. During this criminal section, the background music is a bit creepy -___-" Particularly during Si Quey, there's this voices of children, presumably to trigger the eerie reminiscence of the life of those children before they were murdered and being eaten. HUEKSSS!

By the way, i visited this city with bunch of my office colleagues, so basically what we did was EAT, EAT, and EAT more. I tried everything, grilled pork, crocodile's meat, noodles with pork, anything pork-ish.. and my friends finally tasted the fried bugs. HAHAHAHA, so fascinating seeing them eating those things, made me wanna try some, but the appearance is not-so-tasteful so maybe next time. They ate the silk worm, bees, grasshopper, anything but the scorpion. Cause that one is expensive. Cheap skate bastard! =D

The downside of this trip is I still don't get the experience of watching movies in their cinemas T_T And bowling.. and dining at Coca Suki.. HAHAHAHAHA..

All in all, Bangkok, I'll miss you and you'll always be one of my getaway cities. See you some other time.