01 February 2017

Temporary Feelings and Solitude

You know what most frightened thing about life? If you ask me, my answer will be that the fact that in life everything is temporary, but funny thing is, it’s also make everything less scary, because again… everything is just temporary. Every beautiful thing, every happy moment, those are temporary. So does the sad things. 

04 January 2017

Japan 2016 : How To Arrange My Japan Trip

Osaka Castle

I spent my childhood living with Japanese manga, and until the age of 15 I still read high doses of Japanese comics every day. It has always been a persistent dream to visit Japan someday.

I have been waited for this trip for so long, that I think I was too excited and didn’t plan it out carefully last year. So me and my friends bought the tickets in 2015, but it had to be cancelled due to some exams that I had to take last year. Learning from this experience, then I decided to wait for a time that was right. This is a country I wanted to see whole my life, so I wouldn’t let it slipped out of my fingers again. I hope you enjoy this blog post and it will help you through making your own Japan trip as well!

01 January 2017

Jakarta Dari Balik Helm

foto diambil waktu lagi nge-Gojek (jangan ditiru)

This post brings a nostalgic feeling to me. It's the feeling that puts a smile in your face. The feeling when you know you had a good memory that will lasts forever.

Bulan Februari tahun ini, setelah mengikuti ujian, ada gap waktu sebulan untuk menunggu hasilnya. I took a short holiday in Lombok after that, just 3 days; and I decided to go to Jakarta after that. Di Jakarta banyak keluarga, dan saya berpikir untuk mencoba-coba mencari kesempatan untuk magang di rumah sakit sambil mengisi kekosongan.

Siapa yang menyangka kalo pada akhirnya saya akan tinggal di Jakarta selama hampir 6 bulan?

Saya di Jakarta dari akhir Februari-Mei, pulang ke Makassar sepanjang Juni dan Juli, lalu kembali ke Jakarta di bulan Agustus dan tinggal hingga akhir September.

Waktu-waktu itu tidak terasa, seperi kata orang, saat waktu berlalu cepat berarti kau sangat menikmatinya.

30 July 2016

My Faith Journey: How I Became A Doctor

Since I was a little kid, I always dream to be a designer. Growing up, my "dream-job" list is  getting longer. I wanted to be an architect, a writer, badminton athlete, astronaut, actress, stylist, working in a magazine... Never in my wildest dream I intended to be a doctor.

Life can be so playful sometimes. Until now, I still don't exactly know why I entered med school. One thing I remember; I didn't trust myself that I could finish my engineering school on time due to my laziness and how bad I am on maths (building and structure requires a lot of maths). I decided to retry the  university exam again on the next year. All I knew was, I really wanted to move from Makassar and study abroad; maybe Bandung or Jakarta. But my parents was against my decision and they convince me to try local med school instead. I agreed and.. I got accepted, I didn't even know how it could happened. I was really scared after that. It was flattering; but scary. I didn't know if I could make it. I didn't even like blood for God sake. I didn't get the vibe that maybe most of Indonesian students feels; the euphoria of being med student. I felt like I wanna let go of the chance and go back to my architecture major. I really was not ready to be a new student again and to learn completely new things. 

In the end of day, after a lot of arguments with parents and with myself, especially.. I finally agreed to enter med school. And that's the beginning of everything.

05 July 2016

Cormoran Strike Series ( The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil) Review

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

The whole series takes the perspective of an ex-soldier Cormoran Strike, private detective who lost part of a leg in a bombing in Afghanistan. He run a nearly-broke detective agent in London and with the help of his pretty assistant Robin Ellacott, he faces some mysterious cases and juggle with complicated personal life as well. 

Honestly, I started read the books around 3 years ago based by the fact it is written by J.K Rowling alone, under the alias of Robert Galbraith. The lady, seems to be the only author that can make me truly interested in crime stories, because normally they bore me as well as frustrate me (I can’t never seem to guess who the murderer is). And I safely may say; I am never disappointed at all. Reading these three books thou, is somewhat a journey for me. I learn to be loyal. Loyal here means, you know I love Rowling so much, that whatever books she write I will definitely put my eyes into it; no matter what genre it is all about. The first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling wasn’t really impress me. For me it was slow pacing, drifting to irrelevant sub-plots, over detailed filling scenes and repetitive situations, but I was adamant that I should keep at it since it’s Rowling; again, and I am super glad that I did so. The climax was great and making worthy all the effort to read the novel. I like how it was about modelling industry, and after finished the 1st book I decided to give it a next try (on the 2nd book).

04 June 2016

"Dandelion" Concert

So far, 2016 has been so good to me. Especially around these times I’ve been spending in Jakarta, where it’s been three months since I “moved” here to find a better life. 

Mungkin kalo ada yg liat postingan saya belakangan, saya jarang update, tapi sekali posting soal konser, temen-temen saya sampe bilang saya anaknya “hura-hura” banget akhir-akhir ini. Hahah!  Demi apapun enggak. I am that kind of person that goes to concert only on really special event. It means, the musician/event has to be on my planned-list. And with His mercy, I got the chances to watch THREE of them in these three months! Two months ago I (finally) watched Java Jazz Festival. Bayangin aja Java Jazz sudah belasan tahun ada di Indonesia dan baru bisa nonton tahun ini. Trus kemaren, hari Minggu, bisa nonton Joey Alexander yang KEBETULAN main ke Jakarta pas saya lagi ada disini. Dan tadi malam, akhirnya bisa nonton Monita Tahalea, the singer I’ve been loving since 2011. 

warning: most of the photos belongs to Instagram-ers. sorry that I have to borrow it, my phone camera sucks at night

It seems like everything has written in my hand by God. Call me lebay, but the thing is, I ran out of ticket from such a time already. Pengumuman konser Dandelion by Monita Tahalea udah ada sejak beberapa waktu lalu, dan saya memang lengah ga langsung pesan tiketnya. Mungkin kemarin saya bener-bener sibuk jadi ga sempat beli tiketnya. Atau lupa karena udah beli tiket Joey Alexander yang cuma beda seminggu. Akhirnya dua minggu sebelum hari H, liat komen-komenan di IG yang mengeluhkan tiket habis, akhirnya saya pun mengecek semua tempat/web penjualan, dan ternyata beneran abis. Akhirnya sampe mention-mention Monita dan hubungin cp yang dikasih, udah keabisan juga katanya sampe spot lesehan. Sedih banget sih, soalnya saya emang beneran ngefans sama dia dan musiknya dari dulu. Kebeneran, pas saya lagi di Jakarta, eh Monita menggelar konser tunggal perdananya. We’re meant to be! Halah. Singkat cerita, saya tetap ngotot mau nyari tiket, kalo perlu datang on the spot dan membujuk abang-abangnya biar boleh masuk. Selain itu saya juga nyuruh temen saya si Brian si anak gaul Jakarta buat cariin, kali-kali aja ya kan, walau katanya udah habis dimana-mana. Dan, ini kenapa saya bilang Tuhan (selalu) baik, jangan tanya dapat darimana, si Brian berhasil dapat tiketnya. Saya malas nanya dia how? and where?, yang jelas dapat, mari kita pergi menengok Dandelion. Yey.

02 June 2016

When I Met Joey Alexander

Everyone remembers the day they met their idol, if of course they ever got the chance to. Few days ago was one of the best thing that ever happened to me.

Almost two years ago, I was browsing through Youtube and accidentally clicking on the suggested channel. I looked at the video title, and he was a kid with a piano, a boy, around 9 or 10. A kid good at piano, is nothing new. So many kids are good at piano. I look on the sidebar of the channel, it filled with videos of his rendition of so many classic jazz anthems. Then I thought, 'Ok, he got me, lets see.'

He sat down on the piano bench, cranked way up, looked at the keyboard, and launched into a tune that turned me upside and down. He not only nailed it, he did it with great stylistic flair.

His name is Joey Alexander, and he's Indonesian.

I instantly gone a lil bit dizzy after watching the 1st video, and can't stop looking for others. I am a major fan of jazz, especially the classics. That's why it felt so amazing, knowing that he plays many favorite tunes of mine. He's really awesome, his skill was unbelievable, actually I don't know much about piano technique, but as far as I can describe, I know that Joey play so wonderful and maybe not even the most senior piano player can do like he does. Because it's jazz. Jazz is all about soul and technique, if you can't get the "feels", you can't get the thing right. A kid at that age, playing like a reincarnation of Thelonius Monk and his class.. I am out of words. He became quite a phenomenon on the Youtube and jazz lovers around the world, they applaud him and established him as a "prodigy". And he's Indonesian, how cool is that? God. I instantly fell in love after two days non-stop of Joey Alexander.

Last Sunday was such a special day for me. I have been collecting Joey's videos for a couple of time now. I have already talked about how much I love him and his music to Randi and Kak Doni (because no one knew Joey that day, and these guys has same taste with me), but yesterday gave me a whole new perspective. I had the opportunity to go to Joey Alexander Concert in Jakarta. I feel so lucky knowing that I've been working here for almost 3 months now, it was like God and the universe conspire to make me happy. Hahaha. As we know, Joey is based in USA now, his schedule is full of so many jazz festivals, even the most prestigious ones (I am really happy for that, he's too good to stay in Indonesia), especially after his unbelievable performance as the youngest Grammy nominee at Grammy Awards 2016. A year ago ago while listen to him, I really want to watch him live, and I thought it was a tiny chance. Turns out, I happen to be in the right city at the right timing.

I had a really good seat (worth the price sih hahhahah), where I can see Joey clearly from the best side. When he came into the stage, I was so ecstatic!

Joey spoke like the child that he is, a bit awkward in front of all of the adults. But every time he sat down to play, he was simply brilliant. His technique was beyond dazzling, just like in the videos. His dynamics were also excellent; he knew when to be subtle and when to build to a crescendo. I love that he played many songs from his album, like the infamous "My Favorite Things", the challenging "Giant Steps", and my fav from his album, his rendition of The Sound of Music's best, "Over The Rainbow". A very beautiful ballad and God knows how much I love that song, even more after Joey play his version. The sound was very awesome also because its supported by the HD facility at the hall. I can really catch the dynamics perfectly, and the beautiful sounding of drum-bass-piano. Ear-gasm at its best...

the bass player and the drummer are fellow Grammy nominee-musician; and Juliard School of Music Graduate. Too much talent on stage... I literally can't help the eargasm. They are gold!

The happiness wasn't even finished yet. Right after the concert, I convinced myself that I have to meet Joey in person. I don't know what it takes, I just have to see him in person, up close. Me and Brian were waiting outside the hall, but no sign of Joey. We even managed, to greet Mbak Najwa Shihab, yes the talkshow host, Barry Likumahuwa, the talented Indonesian jazz bass player, and Gerald Situmorang of Barasuara, and Monita Tahalea's guitarist, my favorite Indonesian singer. They just keep passing around the hall from the time we arrived at the venue, and I decided to say "hi", took a pic, have a lil conversation, and they were really kind. 

Anyway. Finally, Joey came out from his room, with some crews around him, and I thought 'geez, he's going home already'. But NO. He stopped at the photobooth. And suddenly the crews say that we can get a snap with Joey. Are you kidding me. I directly stand in line while the little Joey standing patiently in front of his big poster, waiting for us. OMG OMG. I am gonna have a pic with Joey!!

I saw with my eyes those people who took pics with him with enthusiasm, and leave him just like that. I don't know why, but I feel bad for him. They should like, maybe say something to him?  Maybe praise his marvelous concert? When I finally got my turn, I was - really - starstrucked. Yeah. Call me anything, but yeah.... I can't believe I was starstrucked by a kid. I never felt that feeling in my life, when you were a fan and so happy like u can't say anything right; when u have rare chance to meet your idol. Hahahahh! We took a picture, and I have to give other people their time. But my mind was working hard. 'If I just go now, I will be very much pissed of myself. This is the kid you listen to for a whole year! My unconscious mind yelled so hard. Then, I grabbed Joey's hand, and we shook. I say to him, "Joey, I am a big fan. Been loving u since 9." And then Joey smile so widely, his eyes stared at me brightly. To be honest, he seemed shocked. Hahahahahahhah. Aaaand one annoying crew shouted "AYOOO GA PAKEE NGOBROL, GA PAKE SALAMAN, FOTO AJAAAA!". Geez, man. Please. Just chill already. Can't you just let me be happy for a while? God. It's not like I am gonna pinch him or do-something-stupid, dude..
But I was really happy already! 

On our way home, Brian keep teasing me about how my words was kinda "weird". He said, "Lik. Tadi lo ngomongnya ngefans dari lo 9 tahun? Ato udah 9 tahun ngefans dia? Perasaan Joey belum main selama itu deh."
" Ngga. Maksud gue, gue ngefans dia dari umur dia 9 tahun."
" Hahahahahahh! Kayaknya tadi dia nangkepnya kayak gue, makanya dia syok ga jawab elu! Kali pikir dia, masa nih mbak-mbak ngefans dari umur dia 9 tahun, kayaknya gue belom lahir deh!"

Sialan. WKWKKWKWK. Bener juga sih......Oh well....It was all unplanned anyway, I haven't made the proper greeting yet, I should have prepare the words I am going to say to Joey if I ever get the chance. I should have say that how his music fixing my mood, and help me a LOT to concentrate through my study time. But yeah.... A fan is a fan....You lost your words in front of your idol.

I hope I will watch Joey's concert again, but in other side of the world. USA, the land of jazz, would be perfect. I save this in my pray. May God bless you Joey, with health and prosperity, so we can meet again sometime. 

*the photos are all mine, taken with phone camera, but some of them are also taken from Google*