Friday, December 31, 2004

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

How do I cry?

I rarely cry. I don't cry. I got choked up, but rarely cry.

I had to be departed from my family for at least two years. I looked at the bright side. I smiled, and didn't cry. I was sad, but I didn't cry.

I had to say goodbye to my friends, and don't know when I get to see them again. I choked up, but I didn't cry.

I watched a good movie. A tearjerker. Somehow it was connected to my life. There were tears building up ready to destroy their last pad, but I held it in. I didn't cry.

But when I did, it would be the longest three minutes of my life. And after that I might regret it. I may regret that I cried. I may regret that I thought crying was one of the realization of being weak. Which I am very aware that it is not true.

So stop it, I don't need to cry some more for tsunami victims. They don't need another tear delivered to them. I'm just gonna get up, pray for them, and do what I can do to help.

May all the tsunami victims, wherever they are, whoever they are, are always be blessed.
May all of the survivors gathered more than just strength and courage to move on.
May all of their families be strong for their loss, and understand all that happened to the loved ones.
May all of us truly believe that life is not eternal.

would you like to contribute?

contribution in

one of contribution in Germany.
Verband indonesischer Fachkräfte und Akademiker in
Deutschland (IASI e.V)
Kontonummer : 359 864 0000
BLZ : 206 905 00
Institut : Sparda Bank Hamburg
Zweck : Hilfe für Tsunamiopfer

I think this new TV show is cool

I have a feeling that Wickedly Perfect is wickedly perfect. Wow. Let me say that again. WOW! (no, I'm not gonna say the F word, heheheh..) Eventhough many times my feelings were proven to be wrong. lol. Just one question, though, what is Dawn doing in that pool of people. Hmm..

Too bad, I think I have to pass watching it. Just knowing about it is enough for the satisfaction, I think.

It's wickedly perfect!

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

am I allowed to cry

Am I allowed to cry? Oh, dear. I am so not good with words but I just wanted to tell you, that I feel a big sorrow and loss for 51,000 (and growing) casualties of the tsunami tragedy.

Now am I allowed to cry? Please say yes.

A related blog.

From the recent radio broadcast, it is said that people in parts of Indonesia which were not in the disaster zone are trying to get there. Most of them are looking for the family that might be hard to ID. I even feel more sorry for them. I really do hope the best for everyone.

A sip of taste from home

Dear friends,

listening to Hard Rock FM Jakarta, in Germany or any other part of the world is not that difficult. Just go to its website, and choose live streaming. It will accompany you as long as you want it. Hmm.. That simple, and you will now soon that there will be a Radio Music Award soon, and something that was sponsored by something. Hmm.. couldn't get clearer than that. You know I don't respond good to commercials.

See you then.. Don't get hooked! :D

Sunday, December 26, 2004

F-R-I-E-N-D-S Retrospective

After 10 cwazee years, FRIENDS took its toll over my life as one of the most my referred source of jokes. Eventhough most of the times this joke can only be uttered among FRIENDS fans. And sometimes they still don't get it.

Now, here's something, only for the fans, only for the fans.

note: I scored as low as 68% without cheating and without checking back. Darn! That low? Hmm.. And also, a typo in question 5. Just don't get furious alright..

what I do by night

Well, being compared to Hugh Jackman is never bad, eh?

and on the other side of the fence..

that was spotted. that too. and I'm gonna spot that gay republican guy.

Well, actually I watched two of these movies not recently, but they just came to mind recently.

I always have a thing with movies with limited settings, short line of cast, and brief timeline. Maybe I should switch to dramas soon. Well, 28 Days Later offers one of them. Eventhough the backdrop of the story rings a bell a lot to Resident Evil, they're still quite different with each other. I mean you won't see well-equipped army deal with the outbreak, you will just witness a common guy who's trying to survive through it. One thing to learn though, biggest enemy of mankind, is mankind.

Gotta love Danny Boyle for keeping or pushing his style in this movie. Eventhough this movie tells you stories more verbally and visually compared to his other movies, you will still be able to see the story through alternative point of view.

Oh, Bridg, I really love that big panties of yours! Just like Cleaver. Hehehe.. Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason was funny. Not so successfully funny as the first one, though. Some of the scenes were more slapstick funny than smart funny. Good job by fading out her diary in the beginning of the movie. By the way the day after I watched this movie, I waited for a bus with a man looks a lot like Mark Darcy. I mean Colin Firth. I wonder if he watched Bridget Jones. And no, by watching the movie, I didn't prove anything regarding the previous suggestion.

I think I will have a hard time not judging when watching the Phantom of the Opera. I mean, come on! How will they pull Paris, late 19th century, opera house, two guys love the same girl, more interesting than what Moulin Rouge! had already done. The other part is that this is another musical that I was so familiar with, especially the music. And watching them sometimes just waiting for certain songs to come out, instead of enjoying the movie.

But on the other hand, I am such a big fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber and can't wait to see his opera-esque musical theater. Eventhough it is in the package of a movie. And no, I haven't watched the theatre yet. Poor me. I'll try to discover the talents, however, which Emmy Rossum (Christine) on top of my list. And of course I would have my eyes on favorite character of mine. Meg Giry.
Where in the world have you been hiding?

Other than that, there are a lot of parts in the musical that I would like to confirm. I am most curious for the lines of
Sing once again with me, our strange duets..

and also
Anywhere, you go let me go to..

Just trying to see how Gerard Butler and Patrick Wilson stood up to the challenge.

So far, I heard that the only dubbed singing voice is Minnie Driver's, however I have a feeling that she did a great job in this role. Minnie Driver still sings, though. There was this new number titled Learn to be Lonely and it is sung by her. I think this new number is for the sake of awards nomination. Hehehe..

Thursday, December 23, 2004

what i read today, 12.23.04

So, you like Santa? - They are (or were) not.

Yeah, I agree, "Who's Your Daddy?" is a bad, bad, bad reality show. (what did they do with the link?)

What is all about?

Adjie Massaid and Reza Artamevia's latest situation. Did they realize that we're not even 2 months away from Idul Fitri?

Well, I'm not going to do that to my young'uns.. Or will I?

Charlie had written something about bieourself. I mean, be yourself.

Hmm.. just testing a blog-centered post. Hehehehe..

before the day officially ends

Humm.. Felt pretty good today. Went to Uni to gather all my project work, because tomorrow and so on the computing center is going to be closed.. Gymmy gymmy takabet (I don't know what language is this, but it's a dolanan song) after that.. Met Charlie there, told him what I had written in his shout box (what's the use of the shout box, then?)

Found out that smoking is no more allowed in NIT Building. Poor Janne and Indra. Sit around the NIT Cafe for a sec. Mostly prepping shawl and jacket to cover me from the cold. Buy dinner #1, and met Linda and Vero. Took subway to another rehearsal for gamelan sunda..

Damn you gamelan sunda! Why do you have to be so challenging? Now I am sooo challenged to master you. I will not quit practicing until I got to the part where I can play it correctly, fluently, and most important, stylish-beautifully. Hmph..

Don't let the bed bugs bite!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

getting up close and personal - part 2

Continuing what I have written previously, here are the second ten from ten later on..
  1. I was nearly five when we found out that my head was as big as a teenager's. In my kindergarten farewell program, I had to wear a peci. I didn't have one. I borrowed it from my neighbor who was a teenager.
  2. I felt under my sister's shadow (this is an indonesian proverb), especially when I learned the fact that we were enrolled at the same elementary school.
  3. I was forced to admit something I didn't commit. My teacher forced me to admit that I pushed my friend when playing soccer. I didn't, but later on I said I did. He was her son, anyway.
  4. I got thyphus when I was six. I skipped a whole month of school, drank tomato slush twice a day, and only ate porridge. My teacher at that time never put 30 days absent on my report card.
  5. My first inappropriate kiss was when I was eight. A trick I learned through a movie. Damn movies! So movies indeed have a big influence of my life. I still remember the girl's name, but I won't tell you.
  6. I had to switch school when I was nine. I got my first 3 (out of 10) note. I was devastated, and never told my parents about it. Got my first puppy love as well. She grew up to be a model. (!) Dude, you were dating a model. She would never say we dated. Ha!
  7. I was a control freak. I always determined how were we going to pick who's it in every game we played. Eventhough I played with (much) older guys. But I think it was only because my other friends were dull.
  8. My grades degraded significantly since the last year of elementary school. In my junior high, I never got in to the top 5.
  9. My first computer games was Prince of Persia. My best friend and I always talk about it every night over the phone. Well, not every night, only every time we talk, night and day.
  10. Talent meant a whole new word to me. Suddenly I was surrounded by talented people. They play pianos, they master martial arts, they draw awesomely, and they were all my friends.
Hmm.. the third part will get harder to write. Just as life is.

Dear dear friends,

eventhough I'm not diggin' her, but I still wanted to tell you guys bout one of the things you may look forward to in 2005. Take care and keep the power up. :)

change of pace, there again..

So. Last night, I rehearsed the orchestra again. Now, the music is different. It's sundanese music (if you don't know sunda, please Google it :p), unlike the Javanese music that I used to play and learn.

So, the different is that, javanese gamelan has some westernization by translating the notes using numbers. And with that, sundanese music has that as well. The cutest thing, is that if bigger number denotes higher notes in javanese, it is vice versa in sundanese. But it is equally pentatonical, totally different numbers. Until now, read this as it is.

Next, eeeeveryone were like asking me, "Where have you been? I thought for sure you were back in Indonesia..", said Anne. Sven and Gitta said "Hey, long time no see." in the coolness of Sven and Gitta. Eli said, "Hmph? I don't know you. You left me here all alone." Soo Eli. While Yunita was missing me. And the rest were just glad to see me back and so on.

Another next, after the rehearsal, I told one of them, "Have you ever heard about der König der Löwen, and did you know that they have wayang interpreted in them?". The response was, "No! Really? You wanna watch it? I'd pay for your ticket!" That took be aback a bit. I was so friggin happy that someone will give me tickets for der Kö der Lö (my cooler abbreviated version of the musical). But then, what's the catch? Why would he do that? Will I feel obligated, then?

Well, stop the prejudice. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the moment. "I can watch der Kö der Lö for free! Woohooo!!!"

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

der König der Löwen, really?

Well.. Surprisingly, I just found out some facts about The Lion King. Not the fact that it was brought up to stage, (duh!) but the fact that the staging of the Lion King is much more complicated, compelling, exciting, amazing than what I have thought. And it's personally related to me!

I didn't realize when Gretchen, Gitta and I were talking about mainstream Broadway works, she pointed The Lion King right away. I thought at that time, out of thousands (well, maybe not thousands) of musical or drama, she can choose anything from Miss Saigon to Sunset Boulevard. Which was better, in my opinion that time. Or I thought she said that because she knew that we came from Hamburg, and she learned that there is a translated-to-german version of the Lion King in Hamburg.

I just found out that she might said that because she is a puppeteer. And we were in this international puppet festival. And the Lion King, was a slight different musical than there ever was.

My initial take on the Lion King was that there would be nothing special outside the costume. Because I knew the storyline, right? I am very much aware of the music, right? I can even rehearse some of the lines (everything the light touches [pause] is our kingdom..), right? I even know to some extent some trivia on The Lion King. I thought, I nailed it!

Again, I was WRONG!

Julie TaymorJulie Taymor, admitted that she was faced with a big challenge when she was proposed to reinterpret The Lion King to the stage. And then Taymor admitted that what she learned previously, were applied in her final composition of the Lion King. She told us that she used traditional cultural means of performances. Namely, the african masks, bunraku puppets, and get this, wayang kulit. Well, not so sure whether solely wayang kulit, because in here it was referred as shadow puppetry. But I think it was, because Taymor spent four years in Indonesia to study on wayang, it even had significant influences in her work. Kudos to you, Jules..

Now, as one of a member of wayang kulit group in Hamburg, I think seeing the Lion King will give me a new point of view of how it is being interpreted, and most important, how the Lion King itself will be conducted. I once said that I would not watch it if it was not in english. But seeing that they will offer more than just music and story and choreography, I think it is still worth it.

That's why Gretchen picked The Lion King when we discussed about mainstream Broadway. That's why The Lion King sounds much more interesting to me right now. That's why I'm going to watch the Lion King sometime in January.

Habt Ihr Lust mitzukommen?


The post here below, was not meant to be written as suggestion or guidelines. It is solely a knowledge that I gathered, was suggested to, and read during trying to deal with my cut. My advice when you get cut is, GET HELP!

More about accident at home, and how to deal with:
Self-injury first aid
Health section of
Munson Army Health Center

I was cut! By the top part of tuna can.. Yikes! It's not hurt, I think I can bare the pain. But the bleeding was kinda scary. The thing is that I don't have antiseptic ready at home (eventhough I live in the same buliding of a drugstore, ha!), how do I have to deal with the wound correctly?

So, by not having antiseptic, I thought of hot water the next best 'cleansing' actor. And soap. What a silly hurt guy.

On the left, you can see my fingers some minutes after it got cut, don't worry, I blurred the wound so that it won't look so gross. I will not deal with your imagination, though..

But anyway, after some thirty minutes of holding my hand higher than my heart, (after stupid ten minutes not knowing what to do) the bleeding stopped. The wound is so scary.. Whoosh! Well, I learned some lesson, though..

  • By the act of bleeding, don't wash the wound with warm or hot water. It makes the blood flow even faster. (given to me by the son of a nurse, thanks NDC)
  • Don't wash your wound with soap, according to this site. So, I made a mistake then, dang!
  • Socks, are one of the first things to find when bleeding. Make them into a ball, and use wrappers to hold it to the wound. Thank God I have thousands of black socks.
  • Hold your wound higher than your heart level. I assume then so if you cut yourself in the leg, lie down, and lift your leg. Maybe you can do crunches in the mean time.
  • Check it after ten minutes or so, hopefully the bleeding stops. If not, try to get medical assisstance, then.
  • When it stopped, apply Betadine, and bandage.

Cuts can be treated at home. So don't fret, play it cool like me, and maybe internet to a man is diaomonds to a girl: their best friend. (you know how we felt bout doctors.. or is it just me?)

Monday, December 20, 2004

just another result..

..of test.

Good morning, mornin'.. I took this test originally about a year ago, and here goes the result..

AZ, your theme song is I Feel Good!

Owwww! Nothing gets you going like an all-out, full force, soul-meets-jaguar, call of the wild. You've got natural soul that comes out in the closed-eye, full-grinned, screeches that James Brown made famous in this song. You don't even need music playing to feel the beat. You were probably voted most friendly, best dancer, or most likely to get this party started, because you do feel good. So good, so good, you can even bring a smile to the grouchy DMV lady's face. Like the syncopated beat of your theme song, you add just the right punch to any conversation. Your friends love the up-beat you bring to their down-beat, and your dates are never short of sugar and spice. Whether you are in the middle of an important meeting or stuck in traffic, the King of Soul's "I Feel Good" takes you through the toll bridge and towards the open road to your next event. Owwww!
quoted from the result of the test

but since I'm all songs right now, I retook it, and it turns out to...

AZ, your theme song is Born to Be Wild!

You are a mad man and your theme song is "Born to be Wild." You're the guy most likely to run out on the baseball diamond during a rain delay or bang on the penalty box at a hockey game. Either way, when your mug comes on the Jumbotron, the crowd goes nuts. Whether it's bungee jumping off a bridge, or ducking the ropes at a ski resort, you throw caution to the wind—or so it seems to others. But you know that it's not danger that you crave, but the excitement that comes with challenging your fears. That's why you've got no problem asking a total stranger to dance. You are an instant party, and your friends love you for the risks you take, because whether you show it or not, you're pretty much in control when you take them. So full speed ahead as you take the world in a love embrace. You know your birthright and Steppenwolf helps take you there.
quoted from the result of the test

(note: seriously, I only need a cool sidekick as partner in crime. Hehehehh..)

Wow, looks like I've taken up some notches, eh? But I think I clicked more to the first one, and some to the second. Now, who's got Steppenwolf's CD, tell me!

laughing is the best activity

Wow.. rarely I had three posts a day.. Well, one last thing for the day I think..

I remember 'laughter is the best medicine' as a column in Reader's Digest. Right? But since this was not on Reader's Digest, so a bit slash version took place in the title.

Just check this out, laugh with me, and tell me your favorite. Mine was definitely unquestionably on-the-bull's-eye Osteopornosis. But Inoculatte is also cool. And Ignoranus?? Amazing. I wonder what will they come up with bieourself. A bit scared, here..

Ah, well.. Again, what's yours?

the grapevine is

another song

We take the pressure,
and we throw away conventionality,
belongs to yesterday
There is a chance that we can make it so far
We start believin' now that we can be who we are! -(note: so bieourself)
grease is the word

This is another one. Composed by Barry Gibb (one of the Bee Gees) for Grease the Movie. However, this song is sooo grease that's why they put it together on the new production in the West End. So youthful and exuberant and just 123. The piano could only work for me if I sing it in a jazzy, blues kind of way. Which is not grease at all. I think it was originally sung by Frankie Valli, but I like the version by Clay Aiken better, and the original cast of the new production best. So greased!

Whoops! Get me out of the fifties!

Sunday, December 19, 2004

long for the song

Did you know how my take on songs? Songs fall into four categories, but sometimes they belong to more than one, no more than three. I never find a song that goes to all four categories.

So the four categories are: (due to the template for the ordered list is just like the unordered, I put numbers in front of them)
  1. (1) good lyrics
  2. (2) great to listen to
  3. (3) enjoyable to sing with/to
  4. (4) fun to play on the piano
First example is a song that I can't get enough of these days. Les Temps des Cathedrales from musical theater Notre-Dame de Paris (composed by Richard Cocciante). Here goes excerpt of the chorus..
Il est venu le temps des cathedrales
Le monde est entre
Dans un nouveau millenaire
L'homme a voulu monter vers les etoiles
Ecrire son histoire
Dans le verre ou dans la pierre

This song is 12. So hard to sing along with. The ambitus and the language is the problem for me. :) However it is a great song. Later on, I'll tell you some more.

Now, anyone can help me with the translation? (funnily as I wrote this, it went to this song again)

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Herzlich Wilkommen, allerseits. (Kendra not included)

Ay yay yay yay yay... What a great GREAT episode of the Amazing Race 6 this week! Amazing. I would never guess that it would be like this. Some said that I would definitely be pissed watching the episode. I did actually. But I couldn't care less. I mean, come on! Lemme tell ya'..

From Senegal, they were off to Berlin, Germany. A bit familiar to me. Their departure time made me shocked because I didn't think that Kris and Jon had that huge lead. Don and Mary Jean were easily got out of their cash-shortness, but couldn't really recovered from the slow moving and some mistakes. And they were eliminated.

  • Don & Mary Jean - still love the attitude. I sorta knew that the only thing to make this team stayed on the race further on was if other teams made a humongous mistake or total bad luck. So it was their time. Will be missed Don & MJ!!
  • Lori & Bolo - Dude! What happened, guys? Lost in the woods because a German told you where to go? Join the club. Been there three times. Hehehe.. It's better though to trust your books, maps, or Fahrplan then what people here told you. Trust me on this one. The fight in travel agent? Woof! I wish Lori had snapped back at Hayden. Like saying, "Yeah, and just because you had boobs and anorexic doesn't mean that Bolo won't smack you down. Or maybe I will." Then, catfight. Woohoo.. Nah, it's another episode of another reality show, probably.
  • Adam & Rebecca - Keep trailing, keep contemplating, keep stalking. Damn, they so deserve it when Jonathan scolded them not to follow Jonathan and Victoria. Still boring as hell, I can't wait them to be eliminated. And four clips in the Amazing Race Insider doesn't change me from getting bored. Yawn.
  • Gus & Hera - ROTFLMAOPMHOMS !!! Try to figure out the acronym. Gus and the beers.. Oh, Lord, don't get me started. So hillarious.. oh, I gotta go ROTFLMAOPMHOMS again..
  • Kris & Jon - Again. What happened, dude? I didn't remember how this team got to the Roadblock so late. They were in the Detour with Freddy and Kendra, and boom. Where were they? Still, my favorite team to watch, if not win. I'm still rooting for Lori and Bolo, though..
  • Hayden & Aaron - It's official. Not rooting for them anymore. First because they were even contemplating for giving Don and Mary Jean a hand...ful of money at the first place. Second, for telling Adam and Rebecca not to do that. Third making alliances with two of the most stupid racers. Fourth for letting their stupid ally cutting lines. Fifth for fighting with Bolo, and I think that's enough.
  • Jonathan & Victoria - They will go far. They can be in the finals, however you hate Jonathan. Wow! WOW! Victoria's crying/running/screaming/panting when lifting/dragging/carrying Jonathan's bag was one of the best scenes in reality TV so far. What I can say is, Jonathan is so shameless. I do believe, though, that he shoved Victoria's bag, not her, but still Victoria has all the logic when she decided to pick it up, and so not deserve the shove. Shame on you, Jonathan.
  • Freddy & Kendra - Suprise! The airheads were in first place. One thing to say to Kendra, though.. As in the words of Bolo: "Just be quiet, mouth!!" I can't wait for next week when Kendra would go down.. YESSS!!! Oh my God.. I just found this out as I'm writing this. Yesss!!! Can't agree with them more!

There were 16 racers this week, and none times I heard them correctly saying Gedächtniskirche and Teufelsberg. So, hillarious. Especially Kendra who thinks she's the best specimen on earth, but actually she is just mouth. Hahaha.. Another funny thing is that noticing them trying to say Danke schön. I'm not saying that I can do it perfectly, but it's just funny. And when Jon said "We're in Deutschland..!" by saying -land as in land.

I can do both detours and willing to do them both. One is because it was sooo fun. There is nothing merrier than seeing people hang out in a bar waiting for beers to come. And the Brats? Hmm.. making a link of Bratwurst. Not just any wurst, but 7 inches Bratwurst. Now, where have I seen such words before. Heheheheh..

This episode was another masterpiece from the producers. At the beginning it offers a very moving emotional moment. And then they didn't really expose Jonathan and Victoria's bickering too much. Because they kept something in the end. And a great thing, too. I usually cheered when any team approaching the pit stop for first place. This time there were nothing triumphant about the first place. The moment was even stolen with Jonathan and Victoria's moment. They stole their thunder. Woohoo..

this time I know it's for real

This is it.. Today's the day.. Tonite's the nite.. Finally I will get the chance of seeing Josh Groban performs live!

I don't care how far I'll be from the stage, I don't care how dark the whole arena will be, but one thing for sure, time to fill up my battery's camera, and to empty the memory card!

Wish me the fun of the world tonight.. Woot!

It turns out that I have to temporarily surrender my camera in the jacket counter. Sigh.. However, still got the whole fun though..

Updated: 7 hours later, when the concert is over.

for now

Well, a new face for the blog.. Still needs a LOT of primping to do.. But I think, it will do for the mean time.

We should talk. Gotta run.
Let's have lunch.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

the duel of highway workers conclusion

Finally Chris Daugherty won Survivor: Vanuatu, as I thought, hoped for, and calculated. The funny thing is, if you noticed the name of the image file on the left, you will see that it was dated on November 12th. More than a month ago. At that time, I was preparing a writing about Chris, the last man standing.

Believe it or not, Chris recieved three votes in the first tribal council ( made a mistake), and his opposing alliance were pretty damn sure that he would go home that night. The problem? Balance beam. The first immunity challenge, copying the surprising result of the first immunity challange in Survivor: the Amazon, also took balance beam as one of the obsticles. Eventhough the other men did not have trouble in crossing them other than getting pain on their stomach, Chris couldn't get across. In the official Survivor talk on its website, Survivor Live, the first bootee and both hosts talked in disgust about Chris because he lost the challange for the tribe. Chris comment was:
"In this game you outwit, outplay, outlast people. You don't outbalance them."
At that certain second, I started to like him instantly.

He survived throughout the first course of the game, when the castaways were still in different tribes, solely because of his alliance. But people, including Chris Booker and I (you're not alone, Booker, trust me, dude!) started thinking that Chris (Daugherty, not Booker) was actually the brain of the fat-five (as the bootees call them) alliance.

During the merge, Chris was definitely on the minority when Julie and Twila jumped side to the women. Pagonging started with Sarge, and followed by Chad.

Funnily, when Chris's pecking order came, he didn't scrambled around to save his ass. The women's alliance was prepared to sack Eliza, one of the most annoying (she's a smart sweet girl, but just talk too much) girls. However, Chris knew that pecking order that low was not his ultimate goal, he approached Eliza to vote with him. This was done after he was approached by Twila, who was not happy about the pecking order as well, because Scout was not happy. (Try to figure it out)

He did it. The women's alliance crumbled, and couldn't get back on its feet. He continued to the final four after one of the hardest vote he ever made by voting his very close friend, Julie. I thought it was the smartest move. Julie might take him to the final two, but he won't beat Julie with the Jury. Especially if he stabbed Scout and Twila on the way to two.

Chris won the last two immunity challenges ( screwed up again), which was very important to him, because the odds of him going to the final two was only possible if he did won them. The challenges were awesome, by the way. Especially the final four. In the final tribal council, he played his last card. Sucking up. Damn, he was good. I wondered if I am able to suck up for a million dollars. I mean I might be able to, but I won't be good. Chris chooses Twila to sit next to him, because (1) he knew that Twila had more friction with the judge (2) Twila can be more easily played. He was right. And I too thought about that.

I didn't imagine that the final tribal council could be very emotional. Whoosh..

Now he won. I didn't recall that I rooted him to win before the final four, but he was certainly one of my favorites. He has a funky accent. Right now, everytime I say 'no' in english, I always say it in a Chris kind of way.

Congratulation Chris.. From the first obvious target, to become the sole survivor.

So, what's up with the title? Hmm.. It's just that Chris is credited as highway construction worker, while Twila is a highway repair. That's that.

getting up close and personal - part 1

Five from five of life
  1. My mother once fainted in a traditional market when she carried me. At that time it was said that the baby would be a boy, and probably a hyperactive one. Let you be the judge. :)
  2. I was actually a chubby baby and boy. Even one of my father's brother said that I will be plumpy when I'd grown up. I am not.
  3. I was able to read actively and awarely when I was 3. My mother taught me how to read on her own, every night. The last word of the whole lesson is 'bawang'. Did the diphtongs.
  4. In my grandfather 's funeral, I bit a glass until it was broken. He passed away when I was four.
  5. I started kindergarten a year younger than my classmates, three months later after they started their first class. Due to my reading ability, all the teachers suggested my parents to go on with my study.
New year's coming. Time to look back to the years behind, and bring along what we had, cherish them as unaffordable experience if they are sold (I definitely will not sell mine), and just treasure every minute of it. My lookback this year starts with five fact from my first five years (longer than that actually) of life.

this is so cool, just cool, period

Who is George Masters? That link will not help you, but he is a school teacher, and scratching his own personal iPod mini 60 seconds advertisement. Got the hype by bloggers, and I think it is just cool. Wired News get something to say on this.
"To some experts, Masters' ad heralds the future of advertising. Homemade ads will play a big part in marketing, just like blogging is shaking up the news."
and also
"'s one of the first "pure" advertisements seen on the internet." more
So this is cool, just cool.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Nooooo... what happened to my blog?? The template was changed unintentionally.. Sob..

Looks like I'm gonna spend another whole night to try to build the old version again.


mr. bean jokes

Have you heard of Mr. Bean jokes? You know, silly things like..

Mr. Bean in a drugstore
Mr. Bean: I'd like to buy vitamins for my niece..
Employee: What kind? A, B, or C?
Mr. Bean: Anykind!! She doesn't read yet.

Today, in a public place, thinking about how Survivor: Vanuatu would go, I thought about a Mr. Bean joke based on my brief mind encounter with Big Brother 5. Hope don't get confused of how I got the joke.

Mr. Bean in a meeting for alcoholics
Jennifer: Hi, my name is Jennifer, 34 years old. I have a twin sister, Jenna.
Mr. Bean: How old is she?

Awright. It's not that 'hillarious' funny. Darn. It's funnier when I thought about it.

Monday, December 13, 2004

wish for Chris

I really hope that Chris will win the million dollars.. Wish you the best Chris!

Sunday, December 12, 2004

the edge of reason

So, have you familiarized yourself with the second version of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason movie poster?

If not here it is..

In Germany, the three hand-written writings are changed to..

And look what I found in one of the subway station in Hamburg..

Is he really?

of course you don't read it here first

Alright, after some editing, hesitation and delay due to schedule tightness, I finally posted the writing on the devastating news.

Here goes..

There is this guy, named Ken Jennings. As in today, he is the largest winning achiever of television quiz show, in the value of a whopping USD 2,522,700.00. He got it from the television show of Jeopardy!. It was my second favorite PC game back in college. Alright, I'm dorky. Anyway, he won it by making a 75 streak winnings. Wow.

The winning streaks of Jennings of course made Jeopardy! more interesting to watch.

But he lost eventually, on an episode that would be aired on Nov. 30th. However, since Jeopardy! was taped, the knowledge of his loss was already known by the live audience and of course the producers of the show.

Now Jason Kottke (I really love this guy!) is a weblogger, the man behind (I really love this site). It is a very great site. First time I was there, I felt a slap on my face for seeing such a great great blog.. Just compare it to mine. Sigh.. By the way, Kottke was tipped by one of the live audiences that Ken Jennings would eventually lost. And he posted it.

He didn't mean to spoil it to everyone, because the posts are tagged with spoiler alert. He just wanted to share the latest information to everyone. And later on, some mainstream media even put the coverage on Jennings' later on lost. Kottke's take on this got sharper and sharper, and eventually he got the audio recording on the moment that Jennings lost.

And you know what.. Sony, as the producer of the show, asked Kottke to take down this audio clip from his blog. And then Kottke put a transription of the question (ain't he great?!). And Sony sued him. Yes, you read it right, Sony the giant industry sued the guy. Jeessh.. Sony said that he was violating the copyright issue by posting the audio clip.

Wow.. Many bloggers thought that Sony was only pissed because Kottke spoiled their secret and they can't sue him because of that. So they try finding other way to sue him. Damn!

After everything, Kottke was thinking of not continuing weblogging. Oh, man.. I hope he was just saying it, because I will never stop reading every character and entity on Kottke, you know we got your back on this, and hopefully that will make a difference.

Of all the take on this matters, I like this one best.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Jon was #1 - again. Jon was #2 - again

the teamsFreddy & KendraJonathan & VictoriaHayden & AaronLori & BoloGus & HeraKris & JonDon & Mary JeanAdam & RebeccaPhew.. No one had to be casualties in the fourth leg of the Amazing Race 6, when it turned out in the end that it was a non-Philimination leg. Some great efforts, and terrible mistakes, and yet luck still highlighted the race.
  1. Don & Mary Jean - 'Who wants to bathe in rose water?' is such a deadly gimmicks. Who knew that the bath turned out to be the hardest and most physically challenging roadblock so far. They were not successful in struggling out of the last place, and yet it was a non-phil leg, so they were still in the race. And I couldn't be more happier than that.
  2. Gus & Hera - Made a mistake when choosing pull 'em up in Detour. I was so amazed with Hera's ability of speaking french. I believe now that's she is the most brilliant woman in the race. Not the most brilliant woman racer, though.
  3. Adam & Rebecca - Arrrgghh.. What were this oh so boring couple doing in the Amazing Race? Nothing to see, except whiny Adam, rocky relationships, and.. I can't think of a third one. Yawn.
  4. Freddy & Kendra - Yield them! Yield them! Guess who pissed me on this episode. If you're guessing Freddy, you're half right. If your guess is Kendra, you're half wrong. Yes, I was totally annoyed with both of them. Oh, just go to your photoshoot studios, dear models. Yeesh!
  5. Hayden & Aaron - Huuuge mistake in thinking that the tower was opened at 10. I didn't recall though who made the assumption. Was it locals? By the way, Hayden, of course Kris can kick your ass! Next week, she would call Bolo 5'5" and on steroids.. Smack them down, Bolo! Wohoo..
  6. Lori & Bolo - Go Lori.. I'd even cheer for her if I was in the salt harvesting field. They are sooo cool and just totally be themselves. Oh, my.. I love them so much. I really do hope they will win. Just don't make stupid mistake and be better each leg. I mean be better in reading maps and stuff. Or tag the smarter team, and beat them by footrace. Hehehehh.. Another funny happy moment in tAR Insider.
  7. Jonathan & Victoria- I have my biggest worry now. I actually think that this team will make it further in the game. The reason? Because Jon was pictured of having great game plans in this leg. The tactics he used for shocking other group by taking different flight to Paris was useless (did he think that the other team will not check arrival time?), but at least he thought of something. The bickering was toned down this week. Or maybe because christmas is coming and it's not the best idea to show bickering couple on TV. Really?
  8. Kris & Jon - If Hayden can solely be the reason I may turn my unheard cheering for Lori & Bolo, Kris can make me share some of my cheering for Lori for her. She is the smartest female racer in this season. There was not yet a crystal evidence, but somehow I felt it. And she and Jon really worked together great. Not forgetting to mention best attitude as well.
So there you go.. Last time we had Yield, this week we had non-philimination leg. I thought this week might be non-phil leg since last week. It's because of the preview of Don crying, Mary Jean pushing herself to her limit. And just how the episode went. Sometimes previews are such a dead giveaway. Especially for a fan like me. Just like Doug Ross said in Survivor: Live.

Can you tell me who's who in my capture? But don't cheat by hovering on the images!

when the afterglow set in

So, one of my most highly anticipated day in this year is over. And on this night.. I forgot to bring my camera with me.. How can one be more stupid than that.

But for sure, I was having a great time. For once in my life I have to perform to a bunch of people who's not looking at me my direction. And for twice in my life I will have to do it again tomorrow.

There are a zillion things that I wanted to do differently.. Maybe it's just the event organizer nature never did leave me thoroughly. Oh, I miss that good ol' days.

But anyway, I hope a more elaborate report on this will be able to run from my fingers yesterday. Now the afterglow has dimmed a little bit, it's time to head to the bed then.

Let the Sandman come.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

the do's and the dont's

Until Friday, I may not

I should, though..
  • sing along to my choir tracks
  • often reciting all, and I mean ALL of the numbers
  • make a good unique heft for the notes
  • keep speaking BIG and LOW
  • laugh like this: hohohohho.. wait, I'm not Santa.. ah, well..

can't wipe out the grin

I was soooo relieved when I saw by supervisor today, and he said something like, "Okay, so tomorrow we will see each other, and we will talk about the examples and calculations." And I said something like, "Okay, I will prepare it, then, and hopefully the calculation will not be as hard." - cue for a grin on my face.

And he said later on, "And also, I think we should talk about the presentation. And your report, I think you have it everything covered, haven't you?" - cue for another grin.

So, this means two things, for tomorrow, I don't have to prepare a multi layered complicated report which is already only 40% ready now. That's a GOOD news. The bad news is, looks like I'll be working on calculations, report, and presentation during the holidays. And I have to hunt all the literature before the holidays come. - cue for yet another grin, but now add a little bit of bitterness.

Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE doing it.

Now, what can I write as my presentation outline.. - cue for the last grin.

Cut! That's a wrap.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Project Runway 2 top 7 revealed?

This post contains a spoiler of a current running show. If you don't want to be spoiled, skip it over.

Current books read: State of Fear by Michael Crichton. Finished! - study reading: State of Fear by Michael Crichton

This post should have been three weeks old, but I just watched this yesterday.

When Heidi Klum's voice saying, "This season on Project Runway.." was heard, I was alerted with one thing only: possible spoiler! And then suddenly, this shot appeared, and it may reveal the top 7 designers.

The shot looked like this. My guess is this would be the beginning of episode 9, where there would be 8 models and (supposedly) 7 designers left.

What happened might have been that the designers could pick a new model to work with, Zulema won the previous challenge (top 8) and she got to pick first. One model wouldn't be picked, und sie wird auf wiedergesehen werden. :p

This part of the shot is easy to identify. The man on the right is Nick. It's recognizable from the way he sits. On his right is Vosovic. The hair and (again) way of sitting is a giveaway.

The woman in front is not easily recognizable, it can be Kara or Diana, from their dark, flat hair.

The man on the right on this part could be Santino or Emmett, judging from his height. But I don't think that Emmett would slouch like that.The orange girl is Chloe. Clearly she is not Lupe, Kara or Diana, and Marla was never seen tie her hair.

Frontliners will be introduced shortly.

If this shot was accurately taken during Zulema's "I would like to have a walk-off between three models." speech that floored Andrae, the three guys in front can only be (ltr.) Andrae, Zulema, and Kara. And a close-up of Andrae confirmed that Santino and his beard were sitting behind him.

So the top 7 might have been (in no particular order) Kara, Santino, Nick, Chloe, Vosovic, Zulema, and Andrae.

just a quickie..

In the middle of cooking my mushroom soup (I don't have any recipe for it, btw..), another award stuff is out. This time it's from NY Times Book Review, and it's called 100 Notable Books. Check it out. Interested in finding one?

The grapevine is

Sunday, December 05, 2004

last thing before bed..

Only want to write briefly. The opening of the awarding season is out there. Check it out. Especially in the part of Special Recognition For Excellence In Filmmaking. Wohoo.. How's everything gonna turn out?

Yawn! Wanna go to bed now, eventhough just heard a very devastating news. Gonna comment on that tomorrow morning. I think.

Night, night..

Saturday, December 04, 2004

thanks to Charlie..

So just now, I came home from a turn-to-be-dreaded German course, found a package lying on my telephone counter. The name of the receiver is not one of my roomates' and definitely not mine, but a friend's. It was opened, I looked inside and.. IT'S MY BOOK!!!

Charlie.. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to have this book (maybe it's the most appropriate sentence, don't you think?). I know it's free for you, but maybe worth millions for me.. I'm a read it for sure!! Thanks again..

das Buch

Umm.. BTW, congratz for the Presidency.. It's totally your year deh!

Friday, December 03, 2004

invitation across the nation

Hey.. it's less than a week! Got your tickets?


On the way, maybe you also want to check this out.

I got my ya-ya at IKEA..

I agree with Phil. I think last night was the hardest Philimination. Definitely.. I gotta give it to Lena & Kristy. Amazing sisters. Honestly, they were not my top picks for the Amazing Race this season, but however, in episode 1 they slided by to postition 3, and in episode 2, crucial mistake put them second last. Now, too bad Fortuna gave her blessing to other pairs.

  1. Lena & Kristy - Don't you think that blood related siblings will not do good in filled-with-luck Roadblock? Check this amazing fact. Lance (or Marshall) had to gruel over piles of chocolate in Argentina before finding one. Teams passed them by. Lance (or Marshall) arrived last in scarab roadblock. And decided to quit. Lena took eight hours in a roadblock. EIGHT HOURS!!! I really have bloating respect for these sisters now. Way to go Lena!!
  2. Don & Mary Jean - The more I think about it, the more I like Lori & Bolo more and more. Oh, wait this is not about them. Just check tAR Insider for details.
  3. Lori & Bolo - Oh, man.. They expect themselves to count?? Oh, man.. Don't get me wrong guys. I don't think that they are incapable of counting intellegently. It's just.. even I can't count. But I like them more this episode. I really hope in one leg they will finish first and got the bonus. Or even better. Finish first on the last leg. Yeah!
  4. Freddy & Kendra - First episode is Kendra, 2nd is Freddy, 3rd is Kendra.. Next week I assume Freddy will again piss me off. Oh, well..
  5. Adam & Rebecca - Umm.. were they on this episode?
  6. Jonathan & Victoria - Umm.. were they with Adam & Rebecca? Of course not! They were right there still shouting to one another. Fun facts, they were choosing three first detours themselves, and always not the most popular one (at first), but they always did it effectively. Wow.
  7. Gus & Hera - Number 3 again.. Keep it goin..
  8. Kris & Jon - Rock-paper-scissors.. You were rock, Aaron was paper, you were number two. Hmm.. The highest average finish position so far.
  9. Hayden & Aaron - Sorry if one day I will turn all my attention to Lori & Bolo.

The detour in IKEA (so I was right, then..) - AMAZING! I don't know what to choose. Because I tend to always choose for the challenging one, and for me it's count it. Wow.. I will suck in that detour. I even have to calculate minimum three times when I used calculator. How am I suppose to do count it. For the contestants, did they never heard of IKEA? They have the best knocked-down furniture in the whole world. It's easy yet sturdy, it's simple yet stylish. This is not a detour.. this is a one way to build it.

The Yield.. I thought that Lori & Bolo would have used it for sure. But tAR Insider shows that Bolo is actually a very nice good kind guy (I'm so confused which adjective must come first). That's the reason why I like them more and more. He must be really funny and just a great pair with Lori. I wish though that the yield was placed in a two-way route, so teams could use it before or after roadblock. That would be interesting.

The Roadblock.. Eventhough for both Lance & Marshall's and Lena & Kristy's cases Phil had to go to Philiminate them on roadblock area, Lance & Marshall went straight to my bottom barrel of racers, Lena & Kristy went straight to my top choice for tAR All-Star. They sooo deserve a second chance (as Nancy & Emily from tAR 1).

Again.. I really respect Lena & Kristy. Especially Lena for her non-stop effort and no givin up attitude. Wish the best for them. And Phil said it the best. It wasn't about poor decision, it wasn't about making mistakes, it was purely about luck.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

change of plan..

Things to do today..
  • Find literature for my Project Work
  • Kickin back an hour or two at home
  • Grocery shopping

two hours later..
  • Find literature for my Project Work - done!
  • Kickin back an hour or two at home
  • Grocery shopping
  • Cleaning up the mess in my room
  • Cleaning up the mess in my kitchen for crying out loud!



Be aware. Care. Be fair.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

did you notice?

Two weeks ago, I noticed a different look on my choir leader. I don't know why, but I think there was a certain glow coming from his face. Well, maybe he was just using the latest facial product and it worked well for him. Maybe there was something that day but no changes on the following day. Or maybe he did have something going on with his life and it worked very well.

Now, did people notice the difference in me? Hmm.. these past few days, a dramatic change happened, not in my life, but in my thoughts. It racked the hell outta my brain. And the changes will take consequences very soon.

Let's see whether it's for the better of for the worse. Either how, I hope people do not notice it (then why the hell am I writing this fuckin' blog, then? :D), so that I can keep quiet and no questions will be asked.

Well, they didn't notice the changes should it be noticable last month!! That can shake the whole my world and no-one even notice. Two reasons. I hid it so bloody well, or they just didn't fuckin care.

The latter is the more possible thang. Hehehehe..

Sunday, November 28, 2004


Hmm.. four different characters appeared in my one night stand that kept me up all night last night.


Andien: A very interestingly written and built character. My favorite character. Even the conclusion lied solely around her. Too bad, isn't played as good.
Meimei: The actress did a good job. Simply put, the best played character.
Nino: Second best played. Not much to say, because performed just so-so. But better than others.
Sakti: Very unstable performance. Very unstable characterized. Maybe because the character is unstable. - Hope don't get confused here. I think the actor got confused by shooting non-chronologically(?).

Well, some of the scenes that exposed awkwardness and comedy cracked me up. So it can't be all bad, can it?

Saturday, November 27, 2004

some leftovers..

Ow.. I forgot to tell you. The event might be held in a five-star hotel. But do you know what? In the first 20 minutes into the welcoming, there were already three unwanted events. Drinks were spilled. Even one guy in a designer suit gets something like guava juice all over him. Table cloth was accidentally pulled. And tray was not held in a stabil way, lead to a journey for what's on the tray to head to the floor.

After my performance was over, another loud crash of glass breaking happened again. So much for world-class-five-star hotel. I just made a silent laugh again.

I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight

I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight. I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight. I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight. My brain rocks so friggin hard. My thoughts are scattered everywhere. I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight. But I will tell you why.

I had a performance. It was done in a five-star hotel in the heart of Hamburg. The hotel was amazing. The guests.. they can be one of the most powerful people in Hamburg. OMFG!! The jet-set class. That may never heard of Divided from H&M because they never thought of buying them. That can crush you like a fly on a window. That has billions and billions and billions and still growing. That has the urgency to conquer my world. MY WORLD! And our world as well.

Was it necessary? Was it worth it? I don't know.. Because I will never be able to answer those question in their point of view. We see things in the world differently. We did things that mold our lives differently.

So there was I, in the middle of a performance. Still trying to sport a smile, to welcome them, eventhough I know thay they couldn't care less. But then in the deepest part of my heart, I just wanted to get outta there and tuck myself on my humble bed, and pray that I won't be like one of them in the future.

Friday, November 26, 2004

early post

I have nothing to say rather than..


Lat: 65 to 62; Long: -18 to -10

Goodbye M&M's..

Damn.. The most current casualties from the Amazing Race 6 are Meredith and Maria. They're definitely one of my early favorite, but to be honest, they so deserve to be eliminated this week.

  1. Meredith & Maria - Maria didn't know how to drive cars with stick. Duh? Apart from the attitude, they should not even think of applying for the Amazing Race. They're so typical Americans that Richard Hatch had said over and over in Survivor: Live. But don't get me wrong, I still love them.
  2. Lena & Kristy - From third to second last. Not so good for them. One mistake at last turn, put them sooo down on the pack. This will be the last non-co-ed team, and will be the last team that I can't tell who is which without thinking.
  3. Freddy & Kendra - Sooo deserve the penalty. When will they be eliminated? Freddy: 'Did they really play this in ancient times? Cause this is the biggest waste of time I've ever seen!' Dude, you said it yourself. They played it. They PLAYED it. Sometimes playing a game is what you do to waste time. Read number 1, second to last sentence, without the last sentence.
  4. Don & Mary Jean - I got myself with laughter when the show cut to them saying, "This is not our car!". I believe that MJ is one of the racers with brain. She's just a little bit too... choleric.
  5. Adam & Rebecca - Amazingly, I was thinking Becca the girl-that-can't-read-diesel from last week did a brilliant choice when she insisted switching Detour. When she switched back to Endurance... I said, there's Becca!
  6. Lori & Bolo - No description here, just see my capture on Phil's face when Lori grabbed him on the mat. ROTFLMAO.
  7. Hayden & Aaron - They may dropped from one to four. But I believe some of it was strategy. Check tAR Insider for further details.
  8. Gus & Hera - Wow.. tAR insider shows his interesting bathing habit. Not the thing I wish to know more, though. The biggest jumper this episode.
  9. Jonathan & Victoria - I'm not gonna tell you how obnoxious Jonathan was. (I wish other teams will Yield them when they got a chance). But do you know that Victoria speaks Japanese? Maybe she only knows Watashi wa Vikutoria desu. But I believe she got more.
  10. Kris & Jon - Umm.. So? Still on the fence. But a little bit more to the not-liking-them area so far.

A friggin cool roadblock. Definitely my stuff. I think the Detour was not fair. I believe that Endurance should have been done not in a circular route, but in a route that goes toward the pit-stop.

Next week, one of the detour was done in IKEA. That means they were in Sweden, weren't they!(?) Let's just wait and see.

Until then.. tomorrow is Survivor: Vanuatu. Hahaha..

Thursday, November 25, 2004

first look of Hamburger Weihnachtsmarkt

Well, I was there so.. late in the night.. (don't ask what time and where was I :)) So there were not so many people out there, but it's enough to give a glimpse on what it's all about.

The welcome sign across the Hauptbahnhof on the end of Spitalstraße.

Spitalstraße on the left, Mönckebergstraße on the right

St. Claus is coming.. up on the roof (two different songs merged into one :D) and Gateway to Rathausmarktplatz

previously on.. my cold night

posterWatching the Forgotten (psst.. I made a mistake by writing it die Vergessene in on my calendar. It turns out that it should be die VergesseneN. We'll talk about this later) where was I? Let me start again.

I was afraid when I finally decided to watch the Forgotten. Not afraid of watching it because it is a thriller, but I was afraid that I had been spoiled so much from its trailer (as I am now with Survivor: Vanuatu episodes), and that it would turn out to be the non-outstanding psychological thriller.

That was I thought, and I open my heart widely now and say, damn, I was dead wrong!

I had watched the trailer not more than 100 times, but certainly more than once, twice, or even twenty times. I didn't mean to, but it was one of the regular commercials in between exclusive videos of the Apprentice 2 in Yahoo!. What could I do? So I thought I had figured it out only by watching the trailer. Damn, I was a snorty snob!

Beautifully tightly connected with its trailer, almost every scene and conversations in the trailer appears only before my fifteen minutes in the movie was up. Before I even ate a quarter of my popcorn. Before I take a sip of my diet regular Pepsi. Even my so-called conclusion was laid out vividly on the table. And made me felt defeated. But after that I thought. If this movie was not about what I thought, what's it about, then?

Run, Julie, run!After twists and turns, the Forgotten spun its way from a psychological thriller to a sci-fi thriller. Conspiracy. Love. Power. And Telly (Julianne Moore) was there to walk you through. Umm.. Maybe it's better to say to run you through. Because she ran a lot. But my point is, it's a thriller that has two sides of faces and did its job from keeping it from me. Ha!

One thing to note about the movie technically, I was not so much impressed with how things went on. Not because sci-fi was not definitely my cup of tea, but there were nothing there except the fact that you have to accept this 'impossibility' due to 'inexplainable' power. Humm..

Distinct cinematography though, by implementing many times a very shaky camera, made me really feel that Telly was standing on shaky ground, even when she knew somehow that she was right.

All and all, the experience of going to the movie was the thing that I looked for. And I certainly got it. Guess who sat in front of me while I was watching it! Nah, not gonna tell you here, it will be so scandalous.

Now off to Königstraße!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

hibernation mode

the calendar on my deskArghhh.. Why am I becoming sooo friggin lazy these days? Is it due to last week that I don't have many things to do? Hmm.. please please please so that the laziness doesn't drag on..

Is it because of the upcoming winter where everything starts to hibernate? Nah, I don't think so.. I don't need any hibernation. Look at this writing.. Look at the so-called edited picture. It describes my laziness very damn well. -Sigh-

Luckily, I know the remedy for this kind of symptoms of mine. And it's GOING TO THE MOVIES!! Woohhooo.. So, after some thinking, I think I'm gonna watch the Forgotten. This is as a payback since I failed to catch The Village when they were on. So, be prepare, Palast-UFA-Grindel (this is how it's being written in here I come (again)!

current spotting

1985 - miracle - mormon - AIDS - Reagan - ghosts of past - New York - finding out - dreams - motherhood - homosexuality - religion - opportunity - Belize - hallucination - coming out - politics - amazing - life - drama - life - drama - life - drama ..

Angels in America

So, it's no secret then, that I just finished watching Angels in America. It's a very very very VERY great drama.. The mini-series doesn't rub me the right way, anyway. But as Meryl Streep said in the conversation with her, I was pretty much enriched.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

before the party starts..

So, here I am sitting here in my friend's room, in front of his beloved laptop, and posting this blog. Can't fuckin use my own computer because it's currently formatted to get a new and better life and way of thinking. Wish we could format our own live and let everything be new then..

Whoops.. the party should have been started now, see you after!

Saturday, November 20, 2004

whoa, it's snowin' out there

Good morrow! Waking up today, looking out the window.. And it turns out that it was snowing out there.. The rooftops are getting white, however, the pavements and roads are still pretty damn grey.


Winter is around the corner, time to unpack my fleece jacket and all my winter protection.

Nice weekend!

Friday, November 19, 2004

herzlich willkommen!!

Hey.. I would like to welcome twenty-two (that is as much as people you see on field in a football match) new, lucky and hopefully interesting people also known as the contestants of The Amazing Race 6. Last night, I watched its first episode, and started to pick favorites but not thinking bout winners quite yet. And let me walk you through them.

Teams of the Amazing Race 6

  1. Avi - Joe. They said that they want to represent skinny white Jews on the show. Too bad this Brooklyn couple got in in last place last night. They were elliminated early and I'm sooo gonna miss their Brooklyn accent. Not quite the week for Brooklyn guys in reality TV, uh? - Last week Chris Russo was fired on the Apprentice 2.
  2. Gus - Hera. Father-daughter relationship started last season (Jim-Marsha) can always be my favorite. But this time around, Gus already tried to create alliance so early in the game. But I agree on he intention of kicking Jonathan out, though. Hehehe.. They were not that good of racers. Love Hera's way of talking and her voice as well.
  3. Don - Mary Jean. Go Mary Jean!! I like her voice and attitude. Wow.. Wish I could know her a little better. Bet they were great grandparents.
  4. Meredith - Maria. Giggle, giggle, giggle.. They had been chosen as favorites by so many people. And I guess soon enough they will also be mine. Heheheh.
  5. Adam - Rebecca. The Devilboy team. Hmm.. Not much to say, made a huge mistake by pumping gasoline to a diesel-fueled car. Duh? I hope they were eliminated last night.
  6. Lori - Bolo. I think this is my most favorite couple to watch. They are professional wrestlers, and the fight between them was soo amusing. Lori was seriously angry to Bolo. And she didn't take his apology easily. I was just wondering what if they continue the fight phisically. That would be awesome to watch. Heheh..
  7. Jonathan - Victoria. Can't stand them. Ugh. If I had someone like John on my side, I think I would simply walk away from him.
  8. Freddy - Kendra. Ugh.. Can't stand Kendra already. I am already picturing her as Nicole from last season. They're tagged as dating models, so in a way, she is Nicole from last season. I don't understand how can they be in 4th place in this first leg. They should be dead last. Heheheh..
  9. Lena - Kristy. Not liking them so far.. But I as well as they are shocked when they finished 3rd. Pretty cool though, how they were just doing things one by one and putting aside their competitveness, and succeded.
  10. Kris - Jon. On the fence.. Not so impressed though so far.
  11. Hayden - Aaron. Psstt.. This is my favorite. Just simply because they are actors. Heheheh.. Everything looks good so far, but let's wait for some other weeks.
One thing for sure, this season will again have female racer as winner. Yes!

recently, at a nearby bus stop

A bus was about to come in 10 minutes. Some twenty people were already waiting for it. Some were anxious, some were pretty cool, and some just spent the 10 minutes as best as they could. One man couldn't help looking at his watch constantly. Almost full, the bus stop nearly had free place for people to stand on.

3 minutes to go. And more people were there. One girl picked up her cell-phone and started to mumble some words like, "I don't think I'm gonna make it..". She was somewhat in the back of the line, however she looked very well prepared.

People started to see the bus right out of the corner. An old lady stood up and started to carry her previously-lain grocery. The girl with the cell-phone said goodbye to the other end. Other people prepped themselves to be able to get on. The bus looked empty, though. But still, these people were trying to think whether there were enough places for them.

They started to enter the bus. The old lady got it. The man looked relieved and started forgetting about his watch, and everything looked good for the girl. She would be able to catch it. Yes, the bus was enough for all of them. Even for a young-fat kid who started running like crazy because he didn't want to be left. He got on board eventually, and the bus goes.

The young kid started to look around after only ten minutes on the bus. And he realized that it was the wrong bus. He played it cool and calm, and just got off in the next stop. Which was pretty damn far from where he was. But he looked around, and realized that eventhough it was something different from where he expected to be, there were still a lot that he could see and do in the place.

The kid started to sway his legs. Left tried to race the right, right raced the left. Then he started to whistle a happy tune..

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

congratz, Sharapova!!

Sharapova and the VaseI just can't believe that I let this one went by (almost) without a mention.

Yesterday, I found out that Maria Sharapova eventually won the WTA Tour Championships in Staples Centre, Los Angeles. She beat Serena Williams in the final, 46 62 64. Amazingly, she was down 04 in last set, and was able to pull it through. Not much to be said right here, other than..

Congratulations Sharapova!! I'll be waiting for you to kick some more ass next year.

my recent test..

...result from

AZ, your most unique quality is that you're unusually Inspirational.

You inspire others around you with your creative energy and thirst for new experiences. You are exceptionally curious and aren't afraid of learning new things — which is probably because you tend to focus on the potential positive outcome of any experience rather than dwelling on the potential negatives. You are a true explorer in the word. You want to understand and experience it all, and you're especially open to new feelings and ideas. Compared to others who are open, you are unusually interested in having new and unusual experiences.

quoted from the result of the test

I somewhat strongly believe in what is stated above. :D

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

i'm confused..

Okay, I've got to be honest. Currently I am using this new image editor installed on my computer. It is the GIMP 2.0. Still whip my butt to try to master it, but got confused, though.. I think some of my picture's quality was degraded. Hmm.. But funnily, it's not all of them.

I know the mistake should me mine. I'm still trying to figure out what was it, but until then, sorry bout the quality of the pictures.. That disappoints me as well.

Monday, November 15, 2004

victorious day, glorious day, got-the-blues day

It was started in the evening when I celebrated my victory over overcoming lust and desire for a whole month. Simply put, I only bought a stollen, and eat three pieces and drink some water, my favorite drink. Nothing much, maybe not the most appropriate choice and condiments, but I still liked it.


The day after, met and gathered with other Indonesians in General Consulate. Handshakes, laughter, so much overjoy in the air.


Got back home, called hometown, and being told that one of my father's closest cousin passed away. Right after the morning prayer. So apparently there was no celebration at home. Startled, got the phone down, and prayed for her.

In Memoriam
Wa' Puro

Saturday, November 13, 2004

-place an appropriate title here-

Wow.. I almost believe that everything that happens to you is so meant to be. There are no coincidences. What happens to you, are no more than consequences of your choices, and you should take something from it. You should.

So tonight, I was invited to one of the high-authority of the General Consulate. For dinner. But I insisted to go home at midnight. On the bus, a super-loaded dude sat right back at me and kept laughing. And smoking. The bus driver even had to throw him out.

Then I took the third last S-Bahn, and wondering why there were soooo many people in there. I just realized that it was Friday night, and the passengers might come back from Hamburger Dom, and my prediction was supported with the fact that they were mostly youngsters.

But then it happened..

On the way on Hammerbrook to Veddel, one guy at the back of the train said something to other guy. And honestly, I thought he was just saying something, because honest to goodness, I still couldn't differentiate when a german said something or was angry about something. But the truth is, he was angry about something. And not long after, he was hit!! Wohoooo a fight!! Not farther than 2 meters in front of me. Ooo.. and there was blood. On both sides.

go hit him!Hahahaha.. I was like, very cool, finally I would see a fight in this country. Yeah, A hit B, and then B's friends shoved A down. A's friends started to shove back, and all the chaos started. And I really really really enjoyed it. It happened along the ride to Veddel, and people were trying to separate them, and they were back on, and all of the people were standing on their seats. Some of them were standing to walk outta the fighting scene, though..

The train had to be stopped in Veddel to wait for the police to come, and one guy basically said, "Let's just say we don't know them. They left, and we don't know where they're heading." Well, that's simply the truth for me.. Because after the train stopped, A said something to continue the fight somewhere else. And the other group bought it.

The stars of the show beside the two guys:
  • four german girls with panic on their faces. And one of them I think said, 'What is wrong with that guy?'. She dated with one of the fighting guys.
  • a short plump guy who deliberately kept them apart and yelling, stupid people (referring to the fighting guys), sit down and stay there on your ass. On your ass part is my improvisation.
  • A couple who were calming each other. But mostly the man who's comforting the woman actually.
  • A red-fleece-jacketed teenager who constantly grabbed my shoulder to jump up and check out what's goin on next
  • Two men (were they on a date?) who checked out the train as soon as it hit Veddel with smirks on their faces.
The thing is that this so-called fight held the train for some 10 minutes in Veddel. Luckily and too bad it did not happen on Wilhelmsburg-Harburg route. Lucky because I wouldn't have seen the rest of the episode until the police got there, but too bad because the latter route is the longest route between two stations, and the fight would have been longer.

Now, when and where am I going to witness a catfight? Oops, be careful with what you wish for..

Friday, November 12, 2004

it's gonna be a new project

Yesterday, when my job for the day was complete and I had nothing to do left, I let my fingers and clicks of my mouse take me where they wanted. Chip And they brought me here: Looked at some (I think) great freeware and started to think to download them. Hmm.. Being pretty busy for this weekend I presume.

Anyway, it also brought my memory back to college to always keep up with this kind of stuff by buying Chip. However, now I can let myself do the dirty work, and leave that magz editor behind. I just wish my laptop were as strong as my PC.

And you know what, thanks to this finding, I think I'm gonna start a new project this upcoming winter. Hmm.. It's gonna be fun.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

adware, virus, and memory wipeouts..

Dang! Not the best morning, because the minute I logged on to my computer this morning, I got messages to scan adwares and viruses on my computer. Adwares there are lotsa them that starts to bug the system. Fight with them for about 15 minutes. I won, by the way..

Now get to the virus.. Regular scan, still no virus to be found. Great. However, I think I need updated virus listings or whatever the name is. Updating Norton for another 15 minutes..

And then memory wipeout started to occur! Damn!! I couldn't and can't remember what I'm about to write here.. Dangit! Sigh.. Hopefully will remember the minute I got to the Uni then.

Now, gotta go..

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

before I go to bed..

Before I go to bed this very early morning..

Drink two glasses of water.. Done!
Wash your face.. Done!
Fasting prayer.. Done!
Pre-sleep prayer.. Hmm.. I'll say it out loud..

I hope world peace will truly be an actual situation, statt a jargon.. And I hope when I get up later on today, my day won't turn to bad-hair day, because we will take pictures of our choir tonight.

Gonna go to slumberland now..

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

sie ist wieder da!

Look at that, isn't it great? Check it out, Hamburger Dom is here again.. -no, I don't mean to check my reflection on the S-Bahn window when I took the pic. But checking it out too won't hurt. Hehehe..-

Dom ads

No, Hamburger Dom is not a Dom (cathedral) made out of hamburger. It is actually a festival in the form of fairground where you can find attractions, kiosk, Liebeskuchen, and my favorite, people. It is held three times a year, and dubbed using the closest season they are in or approaching. There's the Fruhlingsfest in spring, Sommerdom in summer, and Winterdom in fall. Will go there for sure, and take lotsa pics. Hehehe..

It is located in St. Pauli, and there will be a great firework display every Friday starting at 10:30 pm. Let's be there!!

Okay here is a clearer look on the advertisements that was put on on the windows of S-Bahns.

Dom ads