Friday, 15 April 2011

The Day That We Celebrated Earth Hour... errr... Not.

Okay I've never intended to become an earth-hater or something. But it was the MGMT & The Whitest Boys Alive's concert. How can I say no to that. I will make this night up by reducing my plastic consumption in the future, I promise. :P

I went to the venue with my husband and a couple of friends. We got in when the Whitest Boys Alive were already playing halfway. I already missed out their 1st show back in 2008, so I really wanted to see them now. They threw a great performance that night. The band was so entertaining, they really know how to communicate to audience. They all seem nice and Erlend Oye made people laugh throughout the show. The band made an honor to the Earth Hour by completely turning off the lights for a few minutes. So yeah, we're kind of celebrating Earth Hour - concert version. :P

Then after the long break, there came our bohemian heroes, MGMT. :) The band didn't wear animal costumes or stuffs like that, but our handsome Andrew Vanwyngarden was wearing a white shirt with a black jacket, combined with animal printed shorts and gray legging underneath it. And. still. looking. awkwardly. cute. :P

The combination of good music, great sound and eye-candy visual effect made that night my best psychedelic concert ever. And the most fun part is, the crowd was actually dancing and singing throughout the concert, doing the 'we don't care if we look ugly, as long as we're happy' dance. :D We were so hypnotized that we didn't realized it's over already.

All in all it was a great night. Of course as usual, the songs got stuck in my head up until now. Ha - Ha. :D And I'm happy I've finally got the chance to watch their live performance.
So. Happy. :D

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Outing to Bangkok

The very first time I set my foot on Bangkok land, it was with my freshly-wedded-husband, on our honeymoon trip. Of course nothing beats that trip off. But hey, a free trip to Bangkok with loony people? Who could ever say no to that! :D

Too bad we didn't catch the weekend, so we couldn't go to Chatuchak. Suan Lum was moved to other place and there's nothing much to see in the new place. Platinum was okay but I got not enough time to shop in peace. And MBK was... definitely not a cool place to shop for clothes. So all in all, I failed to shop, and of course it's a total bummer. But I always love Bangkok anyway. I went to this pretty cool bar in Thong Lor and went to my friend's apartment in Ploenchit. Crazy times.

Would definitely go back anytime soon. And visit Chatuchak for sure.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

We've Made it to the Top 3!

This adrenaline-pumping days were finally came to us again. Me and my partner Risya decided to give it another shot to beat the challenge of Daun Muda Award 2010. I must say, the brief was as wide as an Olympic size swimming pool... it's huuuuge but it's wiiii-iii-iiidely confusing :D. We've been facing a lot of doubts in solving this brief and the burden from last year's competition was still haunting us night and day... yet time is still ticking. So we thought that it's best for us to just enjoy the process and let it flow. And yep, once again we got ourselves in to the Top 10 Final! :D. This time, we decided to give focus on presentation, knowing that last year... we suck at that :P.

So when the judging night came... of course my hands were shaking like mad. But thank God I think it went pretty well, because we left the judging room with a smile on our faces.

The next day, when they announced the Top 3 finalists in the seminar, our names were also being shouted by the announcer. Yes, we're one of the Top 3 finalists! And we got to present our project, not only in front of the judges, but also an opened forum.

We didn't win the battle in the end. But it was a necessary fight. :)

Monday, 22 November 2010

The Temper Trap Covers Bruce Springsteen

I never really pay attention to Bruce Springsteen except his occasional appearances in The Simpsons. But this video got my attention. Maybe I should listen more of Bruce! :P

Sunday, 21 November 2010

The Temper Trap Live in Jakarta

It was not until Day -2, I've finally bought the Temper Trap tickets along with my other friends. I heard that James Yuill will also perform there and we happened to get a cheaper deal for the tickets. Well I'm a discount-slut, so...  ;P

We got there pretty early. There's just a few people around the gate. But unfortunately my husband got hung up at the office. So we decided to go in anyway. The first performance was by a local band called Efek Rumah Kaca, which happen to be one of my favorite band in Indonesia. Too bad after they sung their first song, I have to go outside to pick my husband and his friends at the gate. So when I got back in, Efek Rumah Kaca's performance was over. And so we have to wait another dragging hours to watch the next performance.

James Yuill appeared on the stage bringing my favorite songs like This Sweet Love, On Our Own, Crying For Hollywood and the rest of his recent album. Although he didn't sound as good as his records, to me he's still one sick genius geek who was brave enough to come to the stage alone to sing, play guitar and DJ set all at one time.

But I think it's a big mistake for him to be at the same stage with Temper Trap. They have a different crowd and an absolutely different genres. People got easily bored and they just can't appreciate Yuill there. Maybe if he chose a more dancey-event, the crowd will go dancing like mad. I'm just hoping that he's not considering his 1st visit to Indonesia as his last one too. :P

The Temper Trap finally hit the stage at 10ish pm, opening their act with quite a breathtaking intro. The moment I saw that, I know that it was going to be one hell of a show. I don't know if this is a good thing or not, but I've never really peeked their live performance on the internet. So I came to the venue with no high expectation whatsoever.

Turned out everything they're giving us on stage feels like a whole new adventure to me. Dougy's golden voice and how he also translated the song with his gestures, the beat of the drum, the animated moves from the guitarist, and others... all compiled up to form a mind-blowing performance in my very own eye. They are too good I even closed my eyes in the middle of the song to absorb it all at once. This is beyond my expectation. That night feels a bit surreal.

It gave me more goosebumps when I heard Dougy spoke in Bahasa Indonesia throughout the night. If one of you ever notice, there's not much of Indonesian born, made it to the international jungle with such a great success. Okay we have Anggun, Sandhy Sandhoro... But no one really got to lead an Australian band to go international, having Jim Abbiss as producer, going on to the US & UK tour throughout the year, got to be in one of the 2009's most edgy movie soundtrack, scoring commercials and games in several countries, played in God-level festivals like Coachella, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Summer Sonic... sigh.

Not one Indonesian has done it but Dougy Mandagi. Hands down to you my man. Maybe Indonesia is nothing compared to the other thousands of crowds that are wooing your falsetto from all around the world. But yet you still came back and give a breathtaking performance to us. Thank you!

It's been more than a week, but I still can't get the euphoria out of my head. Definitely the best performance I've ever watched so far.

And now I'm quite obsessed with the Temper Trap, so help me God :9

About Me and The Temper Trap

Like many other people in this universe in mid 2009, I was also quite obsessed with the upcoming movie where Zooey Deschanel takes part in. One google search led to another, the original soundtrack were finally made it to my iPod. And it takes only a moment for me, to be a fan of this sweet-engaging tune that later I recall as Sweet Disposition.

Yes, Sweet Disposition has officially robbed my ears for months. Practically everywhere I go... tvs, radios, stores, bars, cars, even some stranger sitting next to me... were all playing this tune. Things got a bit more interesting when I found out from a friend, that apparently the lead singer of Temper Trap is Indonesian. Yes, he's the one and only Dougy Mandagi. From what I heard... he's Manadonese, born and grew up in Indonesia, once lived in Hawaii, back to Bali and finally decided to move to Melbourne up until now. The rest of the band is Australian, and they succeed in the US, which made me really proud because he's practically soaring Indonesia flag everywhere he goes.

But that's just as far as I know about the band.
I honestly wasn't trying to get to know more of the band because I think I need to take a rest from it, before I throw up for having too much exposure from the song.

When their 'Conditions' Album were out, I wasn't as excited as the first time I heard Sweet Disposition. I noticed all the goodness in the album, but I just got easily distracted from it. Maybe I was still fed up with Sweet Disposition? I didn't really know :P

It was in fact my husband who continue listening to them faithfully.
And it was him who encouraged me to watch their performance, as soon as we found out that they're going to perform here in Jakarta.
I was like "Yeah why not". I always love live performances anyway. It's the money that I've been concerning about. It's actually not that expensive, but when you have other priorities and stuff, concerts always has a slight chance to win.

So then I talked to myself
"If we are meant to watch this concert, we'll be there to watch it".

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Property of Vaskha
Home, Eid 1430 h

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

a Thought of a Dragon Slayer

Driven by Hollywood and fairytale books, I've always thought that prince charming is real. A specific handsome man with shining armor in his left hand and somewhat sword (or light saber) in his right hand, ready to rescue you from a silly ant or a rebellious dragon. But hell, I learn in times that I'm also not a princess. So I guess the theory just failed me there.

The one thing that connects me to the fairytale love, lies only in one keyword: everlasting.
Yep. In my case, love is an everlasting hard work.
You can't risk yourself waiting to be rescued and ended up crying to death because no one really showed up for you. You need to have your own shining armor and your deadly sword. Might even better if you have a black belt or something. And if you got them all, then you're settled to have your dreams come true.

For example:
If you happen to find a dragon in the forest, your prince won't immediately hide you behind a tree and fight the dragon with all of the blood he had left. Instead, he'll asked you to help him slay the dragon together and share the same horror he's having and yells at you every once in a while when you got panicked. And if one day a dragon hurts you, he would certainly blame you for not fighting too hard, or worse... blame you for even crossing path with a dragon.

But then again, this is the era of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. I can't complain. The definition of love is no longer measured by the saying of "You jump, I jump" on the Titanic movie. Now it's more like "it's okay if you wanna jump, but jump at your own risk and don't involve me in when things got messy, okay". And then you'll just have to weep hard convincing him to jump with you, or you can just simply eat your heart out and pretend as if nothing's ever happened.

You see, this is the women emancipation talking. Women fight hard on this case for centuries. And here we are now, wanting to be wooed and treated as if we are still that special creatures who deserve special privileges.

Well I guess, women will always be women eventually.
And I hope men don't forget that

Monday, 23 August 2010


Fear is the path to the dark side
Fear leads to anger
Anger leads to hate
Hate leads to suffering

~ Yoda

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

a little understanding about me and my husband

  1. A #Libra crave comfort in the sense that they want no confrontation, no pressure, no argument.
  2. To be truly happy, a #Libra need peace within friendships.
  3. A #Libra is a very diplomatic individual, capable of quelling the storms in others.
  4. A #Libra worst fault is indecision.

  1. If an #Aries need to achieve something is thwarted, they could become physically sick.
  2. When an #Aries is at their best, they are extremely passionate, assertive, forthright, bold.
  3. When an #Aries is at their worst, they are selfish, quick-tempered, foolhardy and arrogant.
  4. Although an #Aries thinks with their head, and not with their heart, rarely do they learn anything the easy way.

Find more of the zodiac facts here and here.
I bet you'll have a good time shouting 'damn it's true' once you get there :)

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Leaving for Good :)

Terminal 3 Soekarno Hatta, December 18 2009

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Dark kisses

Pinang Mas, August 2008

Tuesday, 20 July 2010


Stay, stay the same
'Cause everything else will change
And I've always been to blame
So please just stay the same


Seaweed Song - Passion Pit

Monday, 19 July 2010

Dad on His Throne

Graha Hijau 2, September 22 2009

Sunday, 18 July 2010

From Every Point of View

Talavera Office Park - Jakarta, January 28 2010

Saturday, 17 July 2010

How Far Will You Go For Me?

Ngurah Rai - Bali, December 22 2009

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Kata Ade, luka dalam itu gak ada obatnya.

Obat-obat yang dikasih dokter itu,
cuma buat ngilangin rasa sakit dan mencegah infeksi.

Luka di dalam tubuh itu akan sembuh secara alami,
tergantung dari daya tahan tubuh masing-masing orang.

ternyata luka dalam saya itu bukan berada di rahim saya,
tetapi di hati saya.

Sekarang saya mengerti,
kenapa dokter memberi saya waktu istirahat yang panjang

Friday, 2 July 2010

When The Beginning Meets The End

Never thought I would come to this kind of feeling
a feeling that is so hard to comprehend

I'm not sad, nor happy
Just something mixed up in between
Maybe it takes time to understand
I'm fine with that

But this is not a hit and run show
The only way out is to deal with it

one pace at a time

And so I think I deserve another page,
a new chapter of me, in a different kind of version

I'm just trying to sort things out here
Following the rhythm of my life
and make the best out of it

After all, this is not the end of the world :)


Friday, 18 June 2010

Gone Too Soon

Like A Comet
Blazing ‘Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

-Babyface & Stevie Wonder-