Two things I like about The Conjuring 2

So, the last movie I have watched at the theater was The Conjuring 2. There were less than twenty people who watch this movie, maybe I came to the cinema during weekdays which most of people prefer to return back straight to their home or they just don’t fancy horror movie. I was a bit curious about this movie before a friend asks me to join him. It is not about how the ghosts will be look like, but because I am interested on how the story has happened back then–they fooled us by telling that the movie based on true story. *sigh*

Horror movie never got me scared at all except how the way Suzanna staring at some people or objects on the movie, hahaha… The sound effect of the horror movie sometimes freaks me out–but only if I watch it at the cinema. Maybe even it appears right in front of my face, I will say, “You don’t scare me enough, bugger off!”. LOL
Anyway, there are two things I like about this movie:
1). The story itself has happened in Enfield, England, I have always loved anything related to Europe. What I really like about England is the culture, their accent, the tradition, the landmark, the movies, the actors (oh, Tom Hiddleston!), etc.
2). The second is about the soundtrack. It will always about it and because the story of the movies has happened in the latest 70’s so the songs are adjusting as the soundtrack of the movie. I have also seen there are many poster of Elvis Presley stick on the wall of the girls bedroom, I think it was a glorious time of him. I do love Elvis.
Honestly, I don’t fancy horror movie that much, but thriller. I confess that I am just curious about what the director is trying to show us about something thrilling such as ghosts, the story, the place where the story happened, the sound effects, the cinematography that possibly scares the audience.
There is one thing that entertain people after the movie released–even the people who have not watched the movie yet doing the same thing too. So, a week ahead, a ghost called Valak is surprisingly become one of a famous ghost until now. Some of Indonesian creatives successfully make a lot of meme about her/him? I am not sure. If you curious about her/him, you can check this link out here, here, and here. I hope you guys will enjoy her memes.
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The Big Bad Wolf book sale 2016

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Last week, Indonesia has two public holidays. It was on Thursday and Friday. So, that was a long weekend for us. A week before, I have tried to browse hostelry in Yogyakarta on the internet. A friend–whom I should have met in Yogyakarta few months ago informs me an affordable price of lodging. Then I started browsing the official website afterwards–in case there is any cancellation booked. While I am waiting for their information, I was looking for the train tickets. And once again, the tickets are sold out. 😦

I’m sad and wondering where should I spend my precious long weekend that rarely happens each year. On the same day, a colleague approaches to my desk, we had a little chit-chat and she asks me about my plan for long weekend. I told her about the hotel and train tickets, then she suggests me to go to a book fair that started on 30th April and will be ended on 8th May. The book fair will be opened for 24 hours. This information were amusing me. Many thanks to Mbak Devy.

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Picture taken by myself.

On Saturday, I decided to go to The Big Bad Wolf book fair in ICE Serpong, South Tangerang. It is the great book sale in the world with 75%-80% discount! So tempting! When I was there, the building was full of books fetish, they look very excited. I also saw many foreigners came to grab the books, because who will waste this event? Mostly the books are written in English with price start from IDR 20k which impossible to find it in bookstore with such price.

That day, I went to ICE by train and online Ojek. I am surprised that the building were nearly full of people. In Jakarta, you will see a big numbers of book hunters than other cities. I have noticed that people were excited to pick the books they want to buy.

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I have got nine books for only 455k.

 

European on Screen (EOS) 2016

Hi,

Its been awhile, I have passed March and April with nothing left in here. I don’t have anything to post whilst I have spent my days by watching movies I have not watched, try to finish a book I am reading, experiences a few things in leisure. Now here I am, struggling to continue write something about what happens in my life lately.

In the end of April, Europe on Screen (EOS) started showcase the best selection of European films. This festival was held from 29 April – 8 May 2016 at 12 locations in six Indonesia major cities–Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Medan, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.

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Pic from here

I have attended the first day at Erasmus Huis Auditorium in Netherlands embassy. That was my first time joined the festival with a friend and another movie enthusiast in Jakarta. Some of them came alone, some with their sister/borther, some with friends and some with their spouse. When I was in Makassar, I usually attended the festival mostly with my some friends who also has the same enthusiastic of film as I am. Apparently, they did not hold the festival in Makassar this year.

I have also checked some of the synopsis and watch the trailers to get some illustration of the genre. I have list of films in my mind which ones I really want to see, but when I check the schedule, there are some films that will be played during weekdays which I couldn’t possibly attend. The first film I watch was “Two Days, One Night”. A film from Belgium directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. On the same day, I watch three films in a row. The second film was “Human Capitol”, then the last was “Long Live Freedom”. The next day, I did not come back due tue several things should be done on time.

The last film I watch was “A Royal Night Out”. A drama comedy film from UK. The film tells about London society celebrate the official end of World War II in Europe where the future Queen of England, Elizabeth, and her sister, Margaret were 19 and 14 years old. They both are are allowed out (but incognito) to join the celebration. The film was pretty much entertaining to me, I could not stop laughing during the film due to the characterestic of Margaret.

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Picture taken by my friend.

 

 

The difference

Why there’s a rule forbid a person to get married with a person with different faith?

I don’t blame the rules that have been written on the holy bibles. I’ve been thinking about this for past few months. Firstly, I have to confess that I was afraid being friend with a Jewish. What I know and what I’ve been taught is they want to control the world. But so far, the rumors about it is perhaps not true. Not really sure though.

Let’s straight to the point. It’s obviously has written in Koran about marriage regulation and I’ve read about disallowance for a woman marry to a non-muslim man. But why it allows a man marrying a non-muslim woman? Don’t you think that’s not fair at all? No offense, for me this such a non sense. But I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who have thought like this.

One day, I ask my Mum, how if I marry to a non-muslim guy in the future? It was shocked her at first, she was about to cry and persuaded me to keep on the track. But still, how if God chooses a non-muslim guy to be my partner in life?

Actually, the reason I talk about this is not because of I want to be married with a non-muslim guy–but who knows? For the God sake, it’s just a random question that I still cannot find the answer yet which could possibly convince me more. I still have no idea, why I keep questioning about this? Sometimes I wonder, how if I meet a non-muslim guy in the future and we connect to each other. How if we both have similarity? How if he also has the same vision of the future as me? I will never know where God will lead me to. I guess, keep praying to God is the best way?

Another question appears in my mind afterwards, “Do I have to feel guilty for the rest of my life if I marry a non-muslim guy? Would it be easy?”

I have asked some friends about this and say, “Why don’t you live life simply normal just like the others and keep following the rules that have been written on the bible?”. Don’t you think it sounds boring to live life like a normal? I mean, you only live once. We have a big amount of opportunities to try something we haven’t tried. I, personally, try as hard as possible to not being a two-faced kind of person. As I know, there are a lot of people I know for years turn out to be such as doucheba9. I promise to myself to only follow my heart about what is right/wrong like I used to, choose the life options based on what I believe.

Surprisingly the other half said, “The choice is in your hands, darling. Do what makes you happy, because we only live once!”. Actually, I hardly want my closest people say the same way too and encourage me about what I will choose for my life.

Nonetheless, it shocked me a bit, why having that kind of question cannot be a normal thing for certain people? We definitely have different perspective to see things around us, accepting things that we think it makes sense. Yes, it’s definitely hard. And we basically grew up in various background. I thought we, as human being, have to respect to each other about people’s life decision, which is called human rights.
Last but not least, I hope, when I decided to be something (lol, to be a Wonder Woman) or to own something in the future will not makes my closest people stay away from me and I wish they will always be there to support me anytime I need them to, no matter what happen. Okay, that’s my random questions with explanations that maybe make you think what happened to myself?

Well, its already 1 am, no wonder why I keep yawning during writing this post. I guess I’ll see you tomorrow or the day after tomorrow with different topic. Talk later, blog.

Xx

Attending Chinese wedding

Disclaimer: This post will be far from racism, so I beg you an apologize to mention one of race in this post as an attempt to point out how beautiful it is to be surrounded by the diversity.

Singkawang – West Kalimantan is an island that has various races of population such as; Melayu, Dayak, Madura and Tionghoa. One day, a high school class mate invites me and my friends to her wedding reception. Her (official) husband were also went to the same high school with us but he was in different class with me. Both of them are Tionghoa. This is my very first time attending a Chinese wedding ceremonial and I found some things that make it different with Indonesian typical wedding.

First, is about choosing the right color of envelope. A friend told me, if we want to give them money, we have to use red color. Because red symbolized as blissfulness and luck whereas white one symbolized as misery like death ceremonial. Interesting though. Second, while in the middle of the party, the official couple came to approach their family and friends at the hall to make some pictures. But in local wedding, the couple will approach and gather with their friends after the party ended. Third, is about the songs. In Chinese wedding, the band will playing most of western and Chinese songs. But I think it depends on the taste of the couple. I have been attending some of Indonesian weddings of my friends and my parents’ friends’ children that mostly choosen Indonesian songs and Dangdut to entertain all guests. FYI, Dangdut is one of Indonesian famous genre. As we (Indonesian) know that Dangdut is a-must thing to be played in wedding reception and mostly requested by old people. Usually, the parents have to contribute to sing along with the band to celebrate the happy moment and to entertain the guests. Fourth, guests’ dress. I have noticed that all of my Tionghoa friends are wearing office cloth. I think they’re just want to wear what make them comfortable and simple.

The rest is just the same. Unfortunately, my friends and I have missed an important scene where the couple kissing to each other as a sign that they both are official as husband and wife. But in Islam, the groom only allows to kiss the bride’s forehead in front of the guests, because kissing to each other’s lips in front of the guests is a kind of taboo.

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I have taken some pics of my friends in high school. Left to right: Septi, me, Cathy, Dorkas Lie, (no idea), Megawati, Bun Jovita, Tokhifui, Martina Bongso, (no idea), Listiyeni, Bong Maylin, Bong Miki, Lidya Chandra

I think it has been more than ten years I have not met these beautiful Amoy (a typical nickname for Tionghoa girls) since I moved. I was very excited because I also catched up with some of my former classmates. A few of them are married and having kids, some are still single just like me. Oh! I remember something. I have noticed something that will take it as a new lesson, that my Chinese friends (especially girls) didn’t apply too much make-up on their face and I realized that some of them didn’t even apply lipstick on their lips. As simple as it is.

Anyway, sometimes I am wondering how cool to live from a city to another city, because I’m not only get a new experience but also new friends from different races. I am so grateful.

Smile I adore

Yesterday, I went to Plaza Semanggi (Plangi) straight after office hour to looking for girl’s stuff with a friend by Busway. Before we reached the building, we walked across the crossing bridge for pedestrian, then I met a little boy who sell a bunch of handmade key chain. One thing I noticed when I am staring at him is his smile. He kept smiling sincerely to the people who walk passed him while offering the key chains to them. Unfortunatelly, not so many people noticed him, maybe he is just too short to be noticed.

Everytime I went to the Plangi, I have always wished that he will be there and buying at least one of the stuff he sells. It was literally surprised me that he was there and I approached him quickly. I bought a green Kero Keropi’s head key chain that made by flannel fabric. I could not hold myself to pop him some questions–like where he stay, his age, whose accompany him to come to this place, his hobbies, and so on.

He answers my curiosity with his typical beautiful smile on his face that I adore. He says that he started ‘working’ at 3 pm and returned back to home which locaterd in Bekasi at 9 pm. Wow, I am surprised, Bekasi is not close from Jakarta. How he can managed to do that? Unbelievable. I am wondering, how tough his life is while most of boys of his age are still enthusiast with playing around with their friends, toys, etc. This little guy has completely stolen my heart.

Down below are our my quick chit-chat:

Me:Hello, what are you selling?”

Fabian: “It’s key chains. One fro 25k, but if you purchase two, you can pay it only for 40k because of Christmas sale.”

He amaze me how the way he explains the price and discount. Then we continued talking. I’ve got the information that he came to that place with his father who also working near to the bridge. He didn’t mention what kind of job his father has. He such a brave little guy. I couldn’t compare this little one to most of boys who has the same age as him, this one is different.

I personally envy of the spirit he has to struggle and face the life. Nothing comes easy, I must say. Dear little Fabian, you are an amazing little boy I’ve ever met.

Ps: I forgot to take a selfie with him, but I will make it next time when I meet him again.

No longer a young adult

Is today I am turning … years old? I barely can believe it. I feel like I am still a teenager. Well, age is just a number, isn’t it? And there is nothing to worry about. Life must go on, be blessed and I am trying to surround myself with positive vibes as much as possible. Life has been taught me plenty of things from A-Z these past few months and I promise to myself that I will not spend my life with tears and things that could possibly lead me to sorrow.

Last year, I have spent my birthday with deep sadness, crying whole day. There was a few things that did not work the way I wanted to, things that I did not expect that would be happened. But now I regret of what I have ever done to myself. Day by day I kept trying to encourage myself to be a better person, praying and telling myself that everything happened for a reason. I believe, whatever taken from us or if we lose something we love the most, God will replace it with something better than you expect.

That moment literally taught me a lot.

Well, as a human being we should not be selfish and we must let go of things that don’t belong to us. I know it’s hard, but I have to be strong and fight it so it won’t hurt me. Pretending that they do not exist would not set me free. I thought some people were changed, because they didn’t cheers me up when I’m at my lowest point at the moment, but I was wrong. They were confused and trying to be a good person in such situation.

Being no-longer-a young adult, should I make a new priority list? Okay. Firstly, the most important thing is I will keep trying to get close to God. Second, it’s also important that I have to pay attention about healthy life, because I’m currently living hundred miles away from home, that’s why I could not control the hygiene standard of meals I will take. The situation is going to be different if we live far away from home. Trust me, home made cook is way more healthy rather than purchase it outside. I have no idea why people are so much into junk/fast food nowadays. I once heard a few young people say, “As long as we are still young, eat what you want and enjoy life.”. *sigh* 😥

Third, I will keep trying to treat my parents the way they have always treated me like very very well in my entire life. Because no one will treat you better than your parents. Our parents will always be the best person(s) in our life. They will always there through your good and bad times.

Fourth, I will keep trying to be a better person each day and treat people with sincerity as possible, because you want people treat you the way you want to be treated, right? Fifth, as a human being, we shall share more to people whoa re not lucky as we are. Sixth, I will try to keep my body in shape, so I will try to go to gym center weekly or running in the afternoon with my friends.

That is all of my new priority list to be achieved for EVERY.SINGLE.YEAR.

And to all my friends who is surprisingly still remember my birthday today–because who am I to be remembered all the time? I am very thankful to have such good friends like you, you, you and you. And to the people who have always beside me when I fall to the lowest point of life, I am very honor to have you guys in my life ❤ . Thank you very much. Now, let me to congratulate my self,

DEAR LISPA, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. BE A STRONG LADY!

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) adalah seorang penulis naskah Hollywood yang sukses tengah berlibur ke Paris bersama tunangannya, Inez (Rachel McAdams). Mereka berpergian dalam rangka untuk mengunjungi orangtua Inez yang sedang melakukan perjalanan bisnis di kota tersebut. Impian Gil saat ini adalah menyelesaikan novel perdananya, namun orang tua Inez dan orang tuanya sendiri merendahkan keinginannya dan membuang karir cemerlangnya di Hollywood.

Suatu malam seusai makan di sebuah restauran, teman Inez, Paul (Micahel Sheen) dan istrinya mengajak mereka untuk pergi berdansa, namun Gil menolak ajakan tersebut dan memilih untuk langsung pulang ke hotel sambil menikmati suasana malam hari di kota Paris. Dalam perjalanannya menuju hotel–tepat pada saat tengah malam, sebuah mobil bergaya klasik menghampirinya, dan penumpang di dalamnya mengajaknya untuk pergi ke sebuah pesta. Setibanya di tempat pesta, Gil diam-diam mengamati sekelilingnya, ia terlihat sangat kagum dan terkesan karena tempat tersebut ia yakini bergaya tahun 1920. Di saat bersamaan ia berjumpa dengan orang-orang seperti Cole Porter (Yves Heck), Josephine Baker (Sonia Rolland), Zelda Fitzgerald (Alison Pill) F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) yang membawanya bertemu dengan Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll). Hemingway setuju untuk menunjukkan novel Gil kepada Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates). Saat Gil pergi mengambil novelnya, ia menyadari bahwa ia kembali ke tahun 2010.

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Gambar diambil dari sini.

Sejak kejadian itu, Gil memilih untuk menghabiskan waktu tengah malamnya di tahun 1920. Ia pun bertemu dengan banyak orang terkenal lainnya seperti Pablo Picasso (Marcial Di Fonzo Bo) dan kekasinya Adriana (Marion Cottilard) yang memikat hatinya. Ia jatuh hati pada wanita cantik itu dan bingung akan perasaannya terhadap Adriana. Di malam selanjutnya, ia menjumpai Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody), Man Ray (Tom Cordier), dan Luis Bunuel (Adrien de Van). Ia mencoba untuk menceritakan masalahnya, namun ketiganya merasa biasa saja akan kehadiran Gil yang datang dari masa depan.

Gil memutuskan untuk mengakhiri hubungannya dengan Adriana yang berasal dari masa lalu itu dan pulang ke tahun 2010. Namun sebelum ia pulang, Gertrude Stein menanyakan kelanjutan novelnya, bahwa mengapa pemeran utama dalam novel tersebut belum menyadari bahwa tunangannya telah berselingkuh dengan seorang karakter yang lain? Sepulangnya ke tahun 2010, Gil menyudahi hubungannya dengan Inez yang ternyata telah berselingkuh dengan Paul dan memutuskan untuk tinggal di Paris.

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Film garapan sineas senior favorite gue, Woody Allen, yang bergenre komedi fantasi romantis ini tidak hanya membawa kita bermain-main dengan dunia imajinasi kita, namun ia juga mencoba untuk memanjakan mata kita untuk melihat keindahan kota Paris pada malam hari, dikala panas terik dan pada saat hujan mengguyur kota tersebut.

Allen selalu saja sukses menggarap film yang tidak biasa, hal ini telah menjadi ciri khasnya, selalu saja penuh kejutan, membuat saya selalu tercengang dan menonton filmnya berulang kali agar dapat dimengerti.

Soundtrack pada film ini pun juga sangat menarik, dan gue suka banget!! Penilaian gue terhadap film garapan Woody Allen gak pernah di bawah 5 bintang, because he deserves it. Buat kalian yang mungkin bosan menonton film-fim yang mudah ditebak akhir ceritanya, saya sangat menyarankan untuk coba menonton karya-karya Allen. 😉

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Some people, they don’t put things behind easily.

Bersuamikan orang kaya raya, Jeanette Francis (Cate Blanchett) hidup dalam kemewahan dan bergelimangan harta. Jasmine, adalah nama pemberian dari sang suami dan ia menggunakan nama tersebut semasa hidupnya. Sayangnya, pernikahan indah mereka tidak bertahan lama. Suaminya, Hal (Alec Baldwin) kepergok selingkuh dengan wanita muda dan meninggalkan Jasmine dalam kemiskinan tanpa uang sepeserpun dan tempat tinggal.

Malangnya, bisnis ilegal yang dijalankan oleh mantan suaminya selama bertahun-tahun juga diketahui oleh pihak kepolisian. Akibat permasalahan yang menimpa dirinya, Jasmine putus asa dan sangat depresi. Ia kemudian sering berhalusinasi. Karena tidak sanggup hidup sendiri, Jasmine memutuskan untuk pindah ke San Fransisco dan tinggal sementara waktu di rumah adiknya, Ginger (Sally Hawkins)

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Jasmine dan Hal.
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Film Blue Jasmine dikemas sangat apik dengan karakter klasik Woody Allen yang sudah menjadi ciri khasnya. Permasalahan yang dialami oleh Jasmine di sini tentu tidak terjadi hanya di film saja, bahkan pada kenyataannya pun pasti tidak sedikit yang pernah mengalami keadaan seperti ini. Ketika mereka sedang asyik berada ‘di atas’ dan bergelimangan harta, tiba-tiba dihempas oleh angin topan yang membuat mereka terjatuh.
Hal yang menarik pada film ini adalah, Allen mencoba untuk mengemas sesuatu yang tidak mengada-ada. Maksudnya, ia mampu menghadirkan sesuatu yang sangat kompleks dan penuh liku namun ia berhasil mengemasnya dengan sederhana. Tidak ada yang rumit, hanya saja kegagalan dalam rumah tangga yang membuat seorang wanita paruh baya ini menjadi putus asa hingga mengalami depresi karena masih dihantui oleh kenangan di masa lalunya.
Cerita ini adalah penggambaran yang kuat tentang bagaimana pergejolakan yang terjadi pada orang kaya yang tiba-tiba jatuh miskin. Dia yang di masa hidupnya selalu diberi kemudahan tiba-tiba harus mengalami kesusahan. Dialog-dialog yang dihadirkan oleh Allen begitu cerdas dengan karakterisasi setiap peran yang kuat sehingga sukses mendukung film ini menjadi lebih bermakna. Tidak hanya jalan cerita yang membuat kita bingung, namun Allen selalu menghadirkan lantunan musik jazz, sekali lagi, yang menjadi ciri khasnya.