17 Januari 2017


in the spirit of still hesitating whether to watch la la land or not, list 12 top movies that's going on in your head right now!

1. 12 angry men (1957)
2. memento (2000)
3. lion king (1994)
4. singin' in the rain (1952) 
5. les choristes (2004) 
6. qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au bon Dieu ? (2014)
7. following (1998)
8. whiplash (2014)
9. coach carter (2005)
10. hunchback of notre dame (1996)
11. patrik, age 1.5 (2008)
12. big hero 6 (2014)

not that they are my top 12 movies, they are just.. well, the movies that pops to mind. and guess what, apparently 2014 was the best! how come i listed three movies in the exact same year while others are like, spread without any patterns. i'll just talk about those three then.

firstly: qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au bon Dieu ?

if you don't get it, that's because it's french. yes, it's a french flick. literally the title will be translated as "what have we done to you, oh dear God?" yes yes it is. it's a simple story about a french family who have four daughters. the first one married a jew. second one married a muslim. third one married a chinese. so their parents never really experience a "true" wedding they really desire as a catholic: in a church, with a priest. so now it's only the youngest. who will she be married to? this comedy is hilarious. seriously, best way you can laugh at how the diverse french act toward each other right now. many people (well, who never live in france) would judge that this movie is racist. the jokes are rude. not even funny. but honestly they're the best. and the ending? nothing compares!

yet another marriage. hm.
second of all: whiplash

all of you la la land pros must know that the director of that very movie is the same person with the one who directed whiplash. whaaaaaat? this movie is so intense. it is boring for some people who hates drama (not to say 'musical') but... i don't know. i just... i can totally relate to how the protagonist feel along the movie. not to mention the dark ending. yes, yes, it was an awesome ending.... but it's dark. there's an implication of what the protagonist has become from the beginning to the end of the movie and those emotion..... it could only be delivered by such great actors. bravo on your chemistry, miles teller and j. k. simmons. 

this scene portrays.... so many emotions. complex ones.

last one: big hero 6

favourite!!!!! one cannot not fall in love with baymax. if i could have baymax with me forever and ever, i don't think i will ever need to get married or something lol. pixar is such an ass at emotion. again, emotion ;p how can they make us fall in love with a robot? the message, the dream, even the villain. that's life, bruh. and this movie brought me to my dream of becoming an innovator. a scientist. nerdy ones hahaha. but yeah. all in all i love baymax.

hug meee... or i'll sleep.

why did i make this list? well why not? they are all good movies, trust me. the serious ones: 12 angry men (black and white, one room only, strong conversations), memento, and following (early nolan movies). the others are quite light. if you love musical, or simply music, you should try singin' in the rain (then you'll know where la la land came from) and les choristes (a light-hearted yet deep french movie). love sports? coach carter's still the best sports-themed movie i have ever watched (spoiler: the protagonists didn't win the final game). looking for something more foreign? try patrik, age 1.5, a simple-themed swedish movie which i found by accident. and you disney heads are liberated to choose between the mainstream lion king (simba was apparently my first love) or the sad crazy why-are-you-doing-this-to-quasimodo-you-stupid-writer hunchback of notre dame.


13 Januari 2017

can i please be addicted to travelling

i love travelling. no. i think i am addicted.

before going any further, let's talk about addiction, shall we? the oxford dictionary describes the core word "addict" as an enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity. enthusiastic devotee. so not only that an addict is devoted, but he/she is also enthusiastic. addiction is something people normally do when they want to run from something (generally, responsibility? lol), isn't it?

how do i realize this. well let's see. i was browsing for my family's holiday here and because i found reasonably cheap-prized flights *yaay my mom asked "why don't we go to europe too?" *daangg well ok. look where the addiction came from, eh? then instead of working i spent hours. literally hours - anyway, i spent hours too, looking for cheap flights lol - to browse reasonably cheap destinations. my heart beated, my eyes were not closing, i didn't even feel hungry nor thirsty. i had those amazing feeling, like a high, even though it was only for browsing. i was like, oh that's cute! omg, this is so doable! aww ok we need to squeeze it into three days gaby, three days! etc etc.

same thing happened in edinburgh. i was only about "yeah, edinburgh, just take care of the cat, sleep, eat, watch movies, read books, i am so over travelling" and guess what. i finally explored the city and took lots of pictures. had some nice ones, too!

and now this. i am, yet again, stuck. bored. i browsed for places i could go to without visa - or at least have the "on arrival" visa regulation - found morocco, colombia, peru, chile, ecuador, even kyrsgyztan! i was like, i want this, and this, and this, and this, aaaggghhhh i need a break! and voila. the UK do not have as many bank holidays as France. well who's talkin' now.

this is what they have in kyrsgyztan! KYRS-FUCKIN-GYZTAN!!!!

now i wonder. will there be a time. like, some time else than the off time i will spend with my family, for me to just go and wander? i mean kyrsgyztan is TOTALLY a thing to put in my bucket list AND i've got a friend there (will he show me around though, hmm..). chile-peru-ecuador-colombia is definitely doable, well, after a year of dedicated spanish lesson i guess? and i can always, like always, have a weekend off to either morocco or any EU countries as i will (hopefully) get a 6-month schengen visa. if my parents are sure about going to the EU.

then came my worst regret ever. again. when i was too afraid to carry my camera to my south-eastern europe trip, spanning over slovakia-hungary-romania-bulgaria. i totally, totally regret it since everything i saw were just over my expectation. and the thrill of being a first-timer as a solo traveler? nothing compares. like, really.

castelul peles. still the best castle i have ever witnessed in my entire life. nothing compares, not even versailles, yet.

so yeah. i wanna revisit romania and bulgaria, i would reaaally love to explore bosnia and herzegovina, i NEED to realize my lithuania-latvia-estonia journey that was cancelled because of, ehm, revision -__- there are just sooo many places i would like to visit and so many things to explore.

the past 2-3 hours i spent only for looking at gmaps, browsing visa requirements, taking a sneak peak of some pages of lonely planet from different countries, all those stuff. can i please, pleaaase be addicted to travelling, please?

ps: OH! i have just remember! GEORGIA! *go back browsing oh, all the images are from google. i own nothing.

georgiaaaaaaa!!!<3 td="">

pps: after browsing georgia....... UK residents (NOT citizens) are EXEMPTED from georgian visa. WHAAAAT?! *out of breath

05 Januari 2017


ciee judulnya ciee haha ;p

gw habis ngobrol sama salah satu teman dekat gw dan keluar lah kata" itu: "bahagia yah, hidup orang?" wkwk.

bahagia. nah lhoo, gimana deskripsiinnya hayoo.

sempat gw bahas sedikit sebenarnya ketika lagi ngomongin generasi tua (flower bloomer? gw lupa istilahnya) dan Gen-Y alias kita" jaman sekarang. kalkulasinya mudah. bahagia adalah ekspektasi dikurangi realita. what could be more simple?

dan itu kenyataan kok. biasanya manusia dengan ekspektasi rendah cenderung lebih mudah bahagia dibanding yang ekspektasinya aneh". dalam segala hal. kalau kata pebisnis sih, low risk low return. dan kenyataannya tidak sedikit yang bahagia dengan gaya hidup seperti itu.

sementara, hmmm. kebanyakan Gen-Y, lewat berbagai film/novel/ceramah/etc. inspiratif you name it, manusia" yang berani bertaruh dengan high risk high return ini makin banyak. hasilnya? well, survival of the fittest. karena sesuatu yang high return itu memang ujung"nya ga banyak di dunia.

teringat obrolan dengan kawan lain, jauh sebelum hari ini. menurutnya, kita ga boleh membiasakan diri untuk menurunkan ekspektasi, karena lama kelamaan kita akan terbiasa dengan kemudahan untuk puas. ekspektasi itu, taro lah setinggi-tingginya. biar kalau jatuh, at least mendarat dari dan ke tempat tertinggi yang kita bisa.

ok i'll quit ranting in a moment. gampangnya, buat kamu kamu yang sekarang sedang mencari bahagia tapi ga bahagia bahagia juga, coba, ukur investasi dan return yang kamu inginkan dari investasi tersebut. masuk akal kah? masih dalam jangka waktu terbaik kah? kalau memang ga masuk akal (katakan: gue sampai kapan pun ga akan masuk harvard), tinggal. it's not worth your time and commitment.

kalau masih di ambang batas toleransi (katakan: gue pengen punya body semlohay kayak beyonce), kalkulasikan. oh, jangan salah. hal itu sangat mungkin terjadi. sekarang pertanyaannya, ada waktunya? worth it spend waktu untuk punya body kayak beyonce? terus kalo punya body kayak beyonce, langkah selanjutnya apa? tetiba bikin visual album cetar membahana cem lemonade gitu? emang ada yang mau nonton/denger? kalau bisa dicapai tapi ga masuk akal dan kira" ga worth it juga, tinggal.

kalau kita terus"an ngejar sesuatu yang ga worth it, kapan mau bahagia. masak gw mesti punya body kayak beyonce dulu baru bisa bahagia, nggak kan? jadi, apa pun yang kamu pikir membuat kamu ga bahagia, coba deh analisis. apakah ekspektasi kamu berlebih? apakah in reality kamu punya waktu untuk mencapai ekspektasi itu? sesiap apa kamu gontok"an untuk sesuatu yang high risk high income?

jadi, intinya. bahagia itu ga ke mana". tapi butuh usaha. dan waktu. dan doa. waktu kita sama loh, seorang 24 jam/hari. jadi yang kamu liat bahagia itu yang mungkin selisih antara ekspektasi dan realitanya lebih rendah dari kamu. kalau dia kurang tidur, artinya dia bahagia dengan high risk high income lifestyle-nya. kalau boboknya cukup, artinya dia main di area low risk low income. udah. gitu aja kak. cup cup mwach.
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