Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bali Finally

I might be the last Indonesian I know to set foot on the island.
Flying to Bali may sound casual nowadays, but not to me.
After few years of planning and delaying,
it finally came true. Bali came true.

And I fell in love, almost instantly.
It has been called the paradise on earth, I get it. I really do. 
Is it the people, the beaches, the blue skies, the slow-paced life?
It's understandable yet inexplainable.

Some people told me Bali has lost its past charm, it's getting ordinary.
Yes it isn't squeaky clean, excessively hot, traffic jams are everywhere,
but don't know why to me the island feels like the center of the world.
I definitely needed more time, unquestionably will come back.

Ayana resort's private beach. I wish to stay here for honeymoon. Or somewhere in Venice.

Ayana's inclinator (to reach the beach & Rock Bar, vice versa)

I DIVED. I myself couldn't believe it.
If somebody played the Jaws' theme song down there I would run back to the boat.

Padang-Padang. Bali's finest sands and water!

Rock Bar @ Ayana

Ubud's Art Galleries! I can see myself being an apprentice here.

Hotness detected. The weather, I mean.

Antonio Blanco's Museum & Gallery, Ubud (at last!)


Dining by the sunset

The Comic Artist Dream, It's Still Alive

I read manga as a child, just like almost every kid who grew up in Jakarta in the 90's. And to most of us the definition of 'comic artist' = mangaka. My childhood friends never debated about Marvel and DC. The hero was Fujiko F. Fujio, not Stan Lee. I remember the Tintin and Asterix craze but the Japanese invasion was way too enchanting.

Being a comic artist is one of my (many many) dreams. And of course I drew comics the Japanese way, until I discovered Roy Lichtenstein 5 years ago. The works may look simple, but one definitely needs time to get it right. It also triggered me to learn more about the American way of drawing comics, now they've gotten my respect - and interest, especially when it comes to perspective drawings!

Switching style, not easy. Eyes are still too big.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Joe Hill's @ BuJunc

Gotta get the angle right. Ahem. Shift yourself to the left a little.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Weekend at the Bay

Somebody's tricked. "Iya nduk banget banget banget,"

Future residence?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Erratic Advices for a Wiser, Happier New Year

You know, I am the luckiest girl in the world,
I am totally aware of that.
But on certain dates in the past 4 years,
it felt like nobody's as pathetic as me.

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Girls, never give a guy every bit of your heart,
unless you're ready to be broken-hearted,
unless you've heard a divine voice that he's the one,
unless that guy is called Jesus Christ.

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Don't learn the hard way. Especially about that.
The statistics show that most guys are br*ngs*k.
I don't say that girls aren't.
Well, nobody says it'll be as easy as math.

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Some people choose to buy an insurance.
(to protect their little abstract hearts)
They pay for it.
(by feeling nothing)

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Some people choose not to.
(they think it's unnecessary, they don't wanna pay)
They at their own risk.
(they fall in love)

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Ryan Bingham is an epitome.

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Not all questions will provoke thoughts for an answer.
Some questions will just trigger fear,
because I already know the answer.
Some questions are just tiring.

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Lord, if I may ask,
I'm sorry but.

Shut 'em up

~ { | } ~

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thoughtful, Realistic, Brilliant, and Clooney.

I just watched Up in the Air again on TV. This time, I am 23. And I was shocked by how much I share professional similarities with Natalie Keener, an ambitious freshgrad in her first company. Perceived and treated the same way, I learned, I made mistakes, I found role models, I travelled to meet people, I met many people, they made me cry, I discovered stuff in the so-called real world, I thought about the reasons why I was there (my version of Omaha), I left.

Anyway, I am pretty sure there lots of corporate rookies out there experiencing the same thing, but I'm just amazed by how something, in this case a movie, can appear to be very different after you reach the next phase of life. 

Anyway again, for those who haven't watched this flick, see it! The story line is brilliant (it's based on a book by Walter Kirn), the script is smart and witty, the acting is impressive (I'm referring to George. I don't know how a Twilight cast could land the Oscar nom. Sorry. Who am I to judge anyway). Up in the Air will show you how to travel efficiently, how to deliver bad news, and teach you life lessons. It isn't mind-blowing like Inception, but it will make you think. Not saying that Inception doesn't make you think.

And for those who have seen it, especially my then-college buddies who are now working, or married (gee), it maybe good to see it again, who knows it'll blow your mind, this time.

"Tonight, most people will be welcomed home by jumping dogs and squealing kids. Their spouses will ask about their day, and tonight, they’ll sleep. The stars will wheel forth from their daytime hiding places; and one of those lights, slightly brighter than the rest, will be my wingtip, passing over."

From the movie that makes even an Asian thinks dying alone is a possibility.

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Ryan Bingham: You know that moment when you look into somebody's eyes and you can feel them staring into your soul and the whole world goes quiet just for a second?

Natalie Keener: Yes.

Ryan Bingham: Right. Well, I don't.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

On the Mission to Scream Our Fears Away

2 labil girls at the crossroads of their lives decided to take a 1 day break from the matters bothering them since December, by disappearing to a 30-minutes away utopia.

Good thing about USS despite being significantly smaller and less-challenging than Dufan, that sometimes you can play some rides twice/thrice without wasting your time queuing. The first time we rode Transformers I wasn't impressed - because I was unintentionally busy thinking about something else along the battles haha I did that a lot - without realizing it. But the at the 2nd time -  when I tried harder to have fun - the ride was great!

Finally finally finally! Battlestar Galactica! I rode the Human alone once and managed to bewitch the roommate to try by telling her it wasn't as scary as it looked haha.

But it really wasn't. I got really scared at the beginning of the ride thinking it would be extremely insane, but after it's finished I was like, that's it? I really thought that the first few turns were only the appetizer, but they turned out to be the only turns haha.

I love the roller coasters that drop you, but I hate the ones that turn you upside down, it's vice versa for the roommate. So I love Human and she loves Cylon. Well if the 30-minutes away utopia didn't cost us $60++ each, we would go back often for more G-forces everytime we need some scream. 

Desperation did strike back between the queue lines, when we were running out of something else to think or talk about. But most of the time we spent defying gravity hahaha was GREAT. At least we understand that there are other kinds of fear that are far more intense than what we were going thru back then - like the one at the roller coaster.

Friday, February 3, 2012

One of Life's Greatest Pleasures,

After being knocked out at work for 3 days in a row, the week finally came to an end. By God's grace, the deadline was suddenly pushed back or I had to work thru Saturday and Sunday!

Senang sekali.
Todays itinerary: Raffles Place MRT - exit J, then Marina Bay Sands and ArtScience Museum. These 2 seems to be the routine escapade after hard days in the journey to become a millionaire.

The Narnia exhibition - I heard the properties
 are really borrowed from Disney!

Next destination:

Titanic 100th Anniversary Exhibition!!!

About the exhibition: simply breath-taking.

I didn't expect it to be that grand, really. I thought I would only find, facts, replicas, and maybe some relics from the shipwreck... And yes, the exhibition had it all, PLUS: *major spoiler alert*
  • Life-sized replica of the grand staircase, (yeap the one where Jack waited for Rose to come down for the 1st class dinner. It'll make a good wedding photo).
  • Detailed replica of the cabins, and DECK (with fake stars and fake water so you'd get the sensation of being on the deck at night. Well although I couldn't help noticing the stars were fake, no matter how hard I tried to be 'on the deck'.
  • After we reach the 'sinking' phase, we'll get into a glass-floored room, with bed of sands underneath, to give you the sense of being at the bottom of sea. It worked, at least for me.
  • Artifacts, that will tickle your sentimentality: passengers' personal belongings, like a wallet with ID, or a crew shirt, with a handwritten name label on the collar, goosebumps.
  • First generation of iPhone.
  • Just kidding.
  • A giant iceberg. I'm serious, they made a real, well, miniature iceberg, to illustrate how solid and powerful icebergs are. Of course it is much more modest that the one that floundered Titanic but, having an indoor iceberg is already, incredible.
  • Compelling stories and quotes from the survivors. And heartbreaking trivias about the victims too.
Too bad even the phone cams weren't allowed in the gallery!!!

And this is smart: at the entrance, each visitor would be given a 'boarding pass', containing a personal information about a passenger and the reason why he/she boarded the ill-fated ship. And at the end of the exhibition, you can check through the survivor and victim list whether 'you' survived or not.

Worth the time, worth the travel, worth the money. 

Moshe Safdie's sketches of the museum architecture

High tea (curhat) session with the old friend :)