Music

I love many kinds of music and had went through various change in musical preference. From indie to mainstream. From classical music to jazz. Music is very important for me.

Books

A little bit different from other girls, rather than spend my money to buy clothes, shoes, or cosmetics, I usually choose to buy books instead.

Pharmacy

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. For me the science of pharmacy is fascinating and interesting.

Movie

I'm a movie enthusiast. Particularly for Fantasy, Adventure, Animation and Science-Fiction Movie. It's a nice way to escape the reality for a while.

Anime and Manga

I love to read manga and watch anime ^^

Monday, October 28, 2013

Today's Rant: Useless and Clueless

Lately, I want to punch myself in the face. I used to think that no matter what happens in this world, I wouldn't let it dampen my spirit. But now I'm feeling like an old and weathered wood. This is not a matter where there's a lot of difficult things happened in your life. Quite the contrary, nothing's happened in my life. When did I let my life become this boring?  Where did it all go wrong?


Okay. I lied. Something happened in my life. Obviously there's something wrong about the direction that I take. I hate to do same thing over and over again. It smother my breath of creativity and eventually will kill my precious little grey cells. So why did I let my daily routine stole crumbs of happiness that I usually feel before I go to sleep everyday? I'm bored to death with everything so I don't have motivation to finish all those files and documents that piles up in my desk. Doing similar things over and over again send chills down to my spine that make me flinch everytime I see things that I have to work on. God, I'm so helpless!! My reluctance to do my job make me feel useless. Because it makes me feel like I'm not capable to do an easy job. Why did I have to make things complicated? It's not a difficult thing to do but why do I hesitate? Geez, I'm so clueless with my own life.

The nothingness in my life feels like it might drive me out of sanity. Sometimes I even pictured myself singing "Long View" by Green Day, one of my favorite song in "Dookie".

"I got no motivation
Where is my motivation?
No time for the motivation"
*humming*

What a terrible song to be an anthem. T^T. Maybe I left my motivation somewhere out there.

As if the situation is not already bad enough, it has been sometime that I never love someone. Not even the slightest crush or affection. What is wrong with me? Am I becoming one of those "herbivore men" like in Japan? Personally, I always feel that love is the greatest inspiration and motivation. When I'm not falling in love with someone, I usually seek consolation and try to induce spark of affection to other things. Fangirling to an artist or idolizing a characters in manga are my attempts to keep my spirit up. But lately it doesn't work anymore. Hah *take a deep breath*. I feel pathetic for trying to motivate myself with those things. Whatever. Call me pathetic, call me what you like. I just want to blabbering about this. I don't know. Maybe the willingness to do something that we don't want to do for the sake of going on is just a process in our journey to become wiser and more mature. Ah, I have to end this mindless rant before I forget what was my main objective to write this piece of mind and it's begin spiraling out of control. Ja matta nee!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is one of my favorite manga when I was in University. It is another manga made by Yoshihiro Togashi, the author of YuYu Hakusho. That's why I'm pretty excited when I first read it. Personally, I like Hunter x Hunter more than YuYu Hakusho. I guess both of those manga have interesting premise but I like characters from Hunter x Hunter more. Unfortunately Hunter x Hunter had been on hiatus several times which make me lost contact and do not follow the story development for a long time. The latest hiatus began after the publication of Chapter 340 in March 2012, with no announced resumption date. T^T.

Killua and Gon. One of the best friendship ever. Both are cute and extremely talented.
Hunter x Hunter follow the story of Gon Freecss, a 12 years-old boy that determined to be a hunter to follow the step of his father, Ging Freecss. Hunters are licensed, elite members of humanity who are capable of tracking down secret treasures, rare beasts, or even other individuals and Ging is a renowned Hunter. Gon assumed that hunter must be a really interesting jobs because instead spending his time with Gon, his father choose to travel and do his job as hunter.
Cute Gon. Honest, simple-minded and determined.
Through his journey, Gon became friend with Kurapika, the last remaining member of the Kurta clan who wishes to become a Hunter in order to avenge his clan and recover their scarlet-glowing eyes; Leorio, a prospective physician who wants money to attend medical school  and Killua, a fellow 12 years-old boy which come from an elite family of assassins.

Kurapika, Gon, Killua and Leorio

My favorite character in Hunter x Hunter is Killua Zoldyck. He looks like a cheeky, mischievous and cheerful character but honestly he's one of the darkest character in this manga -deadly and violent. Having been tortured since birth, Killua has been conditioned to possess extreme tolerance for poison, electricity and pain. He possesses extraordinary agility and strength that makes Killua a one-man killing machine — definitely not one to be trifled with. Conflicting with this side of him is his natural kindness and his loyalty to his friend, particularly to Gon. He's so cute when he's embarrassed by Gon compliment or when he had a quarrel with him. 
Killua is so cute. I want a little brother like him... Hmmm... Wait a minute... I don't want my brother had predispose to kill.
Hunter x Hunter had been adapted to 2 animation, one in 1999 and the other start from 2011. I love the 2011 version more because it's more faithful to the manga and had better animation. I really hope the hiatus will end soon so I could read the continuation of the story.

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Right now, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) is one of my favorite manga. I first hear about it after Shou-kun, vocalist of one of my favorite band, Alice Nine, ever talk about its anime in his tweet. But I didn't know much about this manga until I went to AFAID 2013 because there are lots of people cosplayed characters from it. The cosplayers are cool enough, hence made me interested to the anime. I really like the anime therefore I search for its manga, moreover it's available in my country. So far only the first 3 volumes of the manga went on sale in Indonesia with the 4th volume expected to be on sale next month.

Attack on Titan

Characters in Attack on Titan
The manga follow the story of Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and his bestfriend, Armin Alert in the war between Human vs Titan, a giantic humanoid creatures that hunt and eat human. To protect humanity from titan, 100 years prior the beginning of the story human build 3 walls to defend themselves which consist of Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Shina. Inside these walls, humanity lived in peace for one hundred years, but a sudden attack by a gigantic sixty-meter Titan and a smaller Titan covered in armor plates caused the outermost wall to be breached, forcing mankind to abandon the land between Wall Maria and Wall Rose, resulting in turmoil and famine. After her mother death in the hands of a Titan, resulted by the breaching of the Wall Maria, Eren vows revenge and determined to eradicate all Titans. Eren, Mikasa and Armin later enlist in military and eventually made it to the Survey Corps. It is later revealed that Eren as well as several characters in the manga could transform into Titan. Wow... there are so many questions in this manga that has yet to be answered. Made me curious.


The main protagonist, Eren Yeager. He's so cute, hotheaded with unbreakable spirit.
What I really like from this manga is the freedom spirit that radiated from its characters and humanity as a whole. They refuse to surrender against a more powerful and bigger enemies, the Titans. Even the first opening song, Guren no Yumiya, is very uplifting. The development of 3D maneuver gear made human possible to kill a Titan and the movement of the soldier while using this gear looks so cool. I also love the relationship between the characters, particularly the relationship between Eren, Mikasa and Armin.

Mikasa Ackerman. Rank first in the 104 squad. She is considered as a prodigy, a genius that excels in everything.
Beautiful Mikasa. She's really protective of Eren because Eren has save her life in the past.
Armin, Eren and Mikasa's bestfriend. Although physically frail and sometimes lack confidence, his brilliant planning, tactics and deduction made his opinions respected even by high ranking officer.

Cool Levi-Hanchou <3. My favorite Character from this manga along with Mikasa
Levi is known as humanity's most powerful soldier and head of an elite squad in the Survey Corps. He is a clean-freak
Even though there's things that I don't approve in this manga, I really consider it as one of the candidate of my favorite manga all of time (along with Death Note, 20th Century Boys and Full Metal Alchemist). But since this manga has yet to ended, I will delay my judgement until I knew its ending. Ho ho ho. I think this manga and its anime is quite popular right now. Have you ever read or watch it?

Full Metal Alchemist

Full Metal Alchemist is one of my favorite manga all the time. I fall in love with it since the first time I read it in university. It has so much human drama, humor and science fiction element that satisfy me on many levels. Moreover, I love the rule of equivalent trade in alchemist. To gain something, you have to sacrifice something with equal value. Truly makes sense.  It also depict the beautiful bond between brothers, family and friends. I remember crying at a gazebo in my faculty yard after watch the 3rd episode of Full Metal Alchemist. Thinking about the innocence love of two young boys to their mother and the hardship that they went through, I couldn't choke back my tears. It shocked some of my colleague though. They thought I had a problem at that time. Ha ha ha.

Alphonse and Edward Elric. This picture is not mine.
Full Metal Alchemist is a story about 2 brother, Edward and Alphonse Elric, and their journey to restore their body. Their father left since they were young, leaving them to live with their mother, Trisha Elric. They learn alchemy since young age to cheer up their mom. Alchemy is an advanced science in which an object can be made from raw material. It involves 3 steps --> understanding the flow and rule of the matters, decomposing the matters, then rebuilding it into another object. In short, you could do transmutation with alchemy. Trisha will always smile when they do it because it reminds her of her husband, who is also an alchemist named Van Hohenheim.

One day, Trisha died because of an illness. Drove by their love for their mother and a wish to see their mother smile again, Elric brothers learn more about alchemy to a skilled alchemist named Izumi Curtis and plan to do human transmutation, the greatest taboo in alchemy, to revive their mom!  Well duh. The plan then went very wrong because to transmutate their mom they have to paid great sacrifice for it. Alphonse lose all of his body while Edward lose his right leg. In despair after realizing that he failed to revive their mom and lost Alphonse, Edward offer to sacrifice his body to bring Alphonse soul back. Eventually he could affix Alphonse soul to a suit of armor but he had to sacrifice his right arm in return.

Edward Elric get automail to replace his lost arm and leg then take the test to be a state alchemist, become the youngest state alchemist in history and receiving the title,"Full Metal Alchemist". As a state alchemist he is granted enormous money and unlimited information to do research in which he is seeking method to restore his brother body. To strengthen their determination that they could not go back from the path that they choose, Elric brothers burn their house the time they decide to recover their body. Their pursuit finally come to lights with the information about Philoshoper's stone, a legendary object that would allow them to do transmutation without abiding to the rule of alchemy. Unfortunately their pursuit lead them to tangle with the frightening truth about their country and their dad. What is it? Read it yourself to find out about that. This manga is already ended. You could read it here.



Their brotherhood is the backbone of the Full Metal Alchemist. This picture is not mine.
I really love the Elric brothers. I also love Roy Mustang, the Flame Alchemist (and his staffs too) and a prince from Xing, Ling Yao. 
Colonel Roy Mustang. This picture is not mine.

Ling Yao. This picture is not mine.
There are 2 anime adaptation of this manga, Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The later is more faithful to the manga, hence it became my favorite between the 2 anime adaptation. You could download the anime here. Have you ever heard, read or watch Full Metal Alchemist? What do you think about it?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll Tour in Jakarta - Live Concert Report

I've known Fall Out Boy since 2004, after I stumble upon their song "Chicago is Two Years Ago" from their "Take This to Your Grave" album that was recommended by my friend in Multiply. At that time I want to expand my music's taste and began  to collect several songs from unknown indie bands, including Fall Out Boy. I quickly like Patrick's voice because it sounds so cute and so young in that song (errr... I can't really explain why I said a person's voice as "so young". I just thought that his voice wasn't mature yet at that time, you know. Clearly sounds like a teenager voice). I wasn't search anything about them or try to download more songs from them after that though.

I first notice them properly after "Sugar, We're Going Down" was released. That's the first time I see them in a music video. But it's not until they release "Dance Dance" that I became a big fan. Since that, I've been collecting all of their songs, including the bonus track and b-side. I couldn't see them live in 2007 so I swear to see them the next time they come to Indonesia. Yesterday, I finally fulfilled my promise. Okay, now I would tell you about  my experience.

I came to the live concert venue at 2 pm. There are a lot of people that already queued in front of Skenoo Hall.


The queue at 2 pm
There are official merchandise booth but sadly due to constraint budget, I ended up not buying anything >///<. The gate was open at 7 pm and we waited patiently. I don't know why, there's problem with the queue in every concert from Big Daddy Entertainment that I attended. Because the queue wasn't in orderly fashion and people rushed to the front stage, there are people step in my feet and my shoes ripped off . T^T.  Wow. This is the second time that I experience such a "passionate" fellow audience. Almost all live concert that I attended before was pretty safe and without accident so it's kind of surprise me. 

We started calling out Fall Out Boy in the live venue and at about 07.30 pm, they started to show a video from @FallOutBoy_INA. We sang along to all songs in the video so it's pretty fun. Unfortunately the audio of the video is not good that I barely hear anything the fans said. Fall Out Boy showed up a little bit late, I think around 8.10 pm. As soon as the live concert started, the atmosphere became pretty intense. I don't know what's they call it. Moshing? People begin to push and slam into each other. It's pretty fun, but it's pretty dangerous too. My right toe is broken because some people step on it. Ouch! And I was afraid someone could steal anything from my bag too so I step backward. Fortunately, it made me could see Fall Out Boy more clearly. When i was in the front, people is too crowded and jostling each others that I couldn't really see them properly. Here are the concert setlist:

  1. The Phoenix
  2. I Sleep with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got was This Stupid Song Written About Me
  3. A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touch Me"
  4. This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arm Race
  5. Alone Together
  6. Thriller
  7. Death Valley
  8. Sugar, We're Going Down
  9. Beat It
  10. Young Volcanoes
  11. I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off
  12. Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy
  13. Drum Solo
  14. Dance, Dance
  15. Just One Yesterday
  16. I Don't Care
  17. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)
  18. Save Rock and Roll
  19. Thnks fr th Mmrs
  20. Saturday
Since I was focused in enjoying the performance, it might not be accurate. Please correct me if I'm wrong about the setlist. There is Joe's guitar solo but I'm not sure when. Maybe after This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arm Race. Here are some photos from the concert. All photos are owned by Picturesque Scene. If you want to see all the photos, just visit her Tumblr.

Cute Patrick. Credit to: Picturesque Scene

Handsome Pete. Credit to: Picturesque Scene
Lovely Joe and his afro. Credit to: Picturesque Scene
I don't know why, I never expect that Andy is this handsome. Credit to: Picturesque Scene

Acoustic Performance of Me &You. Credit to: Picturesque Scene

I think this is during "Save Rock and Roll". Credit to: Picturesque Scene

A fan throw this hat to the stage. Patrick pick it up and put it on Pete. Sweet. Credit to: Picturesque Scene
I barely hear what Pete or Patrick said because the sound system was not good and fans around me was too noisy. I can only hear the part where Pete said that he took 19 hours flight from Los Angeles to Jakarta just to see us and how it's all payed off when he saw our enthusiasm. He also said that there are lots of Indonesian fans that ask them to Jakarta, that's why they decide to come back and do live concert here again. I think Patrick's voice was a little bit hoarse when he speak. Despite this, his voice is really good when he sing. I love it. He's so cute >////< (I'm a big fan of Patrick Stump). I really hope he would glance at me but out eyes never meet. The one whom eyes meet my gaze was Pete >///<. By the way, Pete come to the front at the end of the concert and shake hands with some fans.

If I had complains about this live concert, those are the sound systems and the audience. This is the 3rd time I saw live concert in Skenoo Hall and the sound system is never sound clear to me.When Andy throw his sticks, the audience got excited and jostling each other to get it. Unfortunately, there is a girl near me that fell because someone push her *angry*. Moreover, when she fell some audience knock her head with their feet, hence her forehead was hurt and bleeding *really angry*. Her friends then brought her outside. I'm worried about her. I hope she's okay. As a fellow fans, I understand the excitement to get a stick or guitar pick from our favorite artist. But please consider the safety of people around you too.

Overall the live concert is fun, amazing and I'm satisfied with their performance. All fans are really passionate, we sang along to all songs. I can't stop singing their songs in my boarding house because it remind me of the memories when I saw them yesterday. I'm really tired, my voice is hoarse, and my toe is hurt but I don't regret it.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Gravity (Review)

So last week I went to cinema to watch Gravity after hear many people hail it as one of the best movie in 2013. Moreover, the movie is about space (if you don't know, I'm pretty much a fan of everything about the space. My former obsession was to become an astronaut). That's why I was eager to watch it even though some people say this movie is boring. Here are my opinion about this film:


This movie tell us a story about how Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) must survive in space and attempt to come back to earth after her space shuttle mission fail. Honestly, this movie didn't bore me at all. People who said this movie is boring probably are the one who had particular interest in action movie or dramatic movie. But it's pretty short so I don't have any time to be bored.

The main point of this movie is the special effect and the cinematography. It's superb! Make me feels like I was in space and the pictures are really beautiful. I watch it in 3D and when the debris of space object move towards Sandra Bullock, I unconsciously held my breath. The acting is good too. There are only two main actors here, Sandra Bullock and George Cloney (Btw, he is charming, naughty, and funny as Mark Kowalsky). There are thrills and tensions in this movie but personally it's not thrilling enough for me. Strangely, I cry in the middle of this movie. It's not a sad movie. It's a survival movie. But I can't hold back my tears when Dr. Ryan Stone is in a desperate situation, thinking about her life and how she doesn't have any motivation to live anymore, then attempt to commit suicide through hipoxia. It made me contemplated and gave afterthought to my whole live and the fact that I don't really have strong motivation to live. Ho ho ho. Why suddenly I talk about something sad?

By the way, I recommend you to watch this movie in 3D. I bet Gravity will win Oscar for Best Special Effects. Have you watch it in cinema? What do you think about this movie?

Museum Nasional (The National Museum of Indonesia)

The National Museum of Indonesia is a very renowned museum near National Monument and probably my favorite museum in Indonesia. It is also called "Elephant Museum" because it has a bronze elephant statue located in front of the museum. This statue is a present from King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), a king from Thailand that visited it in 1871.

The museum collections is grouped and arranged according the certain subjects like ethnography, archaeology, ceramics, etc.  It consist of 2 buildings, Gedung Gajah and Gedung Arca, that is connected through a glass walled bridge gallery. Here are some photos that I took when I went there:
































The reasons why I love this museum is because I can learn about the cultural diversity in Indonesia through its collections. It makes me respect other regions culture and want to travel all over this lovely country. I even learn more about Balinese Culture in this museum. Surprisingly, through its collections I became aware that my knowledge about Bali is limited even though I'm a Balinese >///<. I recommend those who want to see the history and cultural diversity in Indonesia to visit this lovely museum.