Ticket for one, please.

Have you ever been to the movies by yourself? I have, and I like it.

I still remember the first movie that I watched by myself- Babel, back in 2006 – did it because I had to kill time.  It became a routine for a while, but then I had a boyfriend, and I never went to the movies by myself anymore, because it was always part of our dating activities.

But when I was in the UK, I came back to my old routine. The first movie that I watched by myself in the UK was Michael Jackson’s This is it. While watching it, I immediately noticed the cultural difference between Indonesia and the UK in terms of going to the movies. In Indonesia, you barely see people going to the movies alone. In the UK, it’s a normal thing to do!

Now, being back home, as much as I enjoy going to the movies with company, I always try to spare some me – time and watch movies by myself. I found it relaxing, because I can totally focus on the movie, and enjoying the movie experience. Going to the movies by myself also give me the freedom to choose whatever movies I want to watch. You know how sometimes we’d have to argue with our friends/partner/family over choosing a movie to watch? Sometimes I don’t want to be bothered with that – sometimes I just want to watch a movie, any kind of movie, regardless if it involves a shiny vampire, crazy killer, or mean girls.

Of course, being back home, I have to face people’s shocked expression whenever I told them that I watched that brilliant Oscar nominee movie over the weekend, alone. When I was still single after my previous relationship, some would sympathetically offer their company – thought it’s because I didn’t have a boyfriend to go to the movies with! But still, I’m now in a relationship (a long distance one…), and some would (again) sympathetically offer their company, while jokingly telling me to tell R to come home soon so that I can have someone to go to the movies with!

Anyway… Yesterday I went to the movies alone again, but it was special. A milestone was made, that is, I watch thriller movie BY MYSELF! Yeaaayy me! Well this is something that I haven’t disclosed yet.. I am afraid to watch movies that involve blood, graves, death, and anything in between.

But yesterday, I went to see KILLERS movie, an Indonesian movie produced by the Mo Brothers. They produced “Rumah Dara” before, I watched it with friends and I remember closing my eyes most of the movie. That’s not the case yesterday. I watched Killers by myself (I chose the “safe” seat, not the one in the corner), and I successfully faced my fear! Wooohooo! You should go and see it! I won’t tell spoilers, all I got to say that it’s worth to watch. Now, will you watch it by yourself like I did? 🙂

I’m listening to : Clean Bandit

Last year, a friend of mine introduced me to a track from Clean Bandit. They’re a British group, which according to their Wikipedia, falls under Deep House and Baroque Pop genre. While I don’t care much about genres and such (to me anything suits my ears do!), I fell in love with them instantly after hearing Dust Clears.

Here’s why :

1. The tune.

It has a very catchy, cheery tune, with a lot of unique sounds – a good combination of bass, some sort of piano, and violin too! Basically the kind of tune that will make you move your head left and right, hahaha.

2. The lyrics.

With such cheery tune, you would expect to hear meaningless, repetitive lyrics – just like most top 40 songs nowadays. But no, Dust Clears actually has a very deep lyrics (at least to me!). It started with “Imagine if the life that you thought you shared wasn’t really there … ” and also this bit (!!) “Imagine if the friend that you thought you knew wasn’t really true … ”  Those kind of lyrics, especially when listened near your period time can really make you have deep thinking, right? :O

Anyway, lately I came across their new single, “Rather Be” feat Jess Glyne. Another instant favorite!  Have a listen first :

Don’t you agree that this one’s another hit? It was all over UK radio stations last month. Pretty sure that it’s big in clubs there, too… hahaha. Again, it has a marvelous combination of catchy tune and sweet lyrics. Who can resist this : “It’s easy being with you, sacred simplicity. As long as we’re together, there’s no place I rather be… “

So yeah, I’m currently listening to Clean Bandit, a lot! I think you should too 🙂


That moment.

That moment in a meeting with your bosses and the sales director asked: “did u learn this in university?”
I answered “no, i studied advertising.” Which is completely different than my current role.. And got him surprised.

That moment when commercial used to mean advertising to me, now it’s all about profit&loss, margins, and revenue.

While I’m enjoying this current role I am doing every day at work, I do hope that I can go back to what I was supposed to be doing – connecting brands to people and society.

Hopefully soon.

#thismonthsmusic – January

As far as I can remember, music has been a major part of my life. Growing up, I used to listen to the radio and made mixtapes (with an actual cassette!) to be played over and over. I have been a fan of  (in historical order – as I remember it) boy bands, girl bands, Eminem (!), Brit pop, RnB, Alternative Rock, Jazz, and of course, the various kinds of Indie. My interest towards music made me joined student radio twice, once in UI as Music Director of RTC UI FM, then in Bournemouth as Radio DJ and Producer of Radio PPI Dunia. I LOVED my radio days! Those days of exploring different kinds of music and having similar minded friends…. they were one of the highlights of my university days!

Okay okay now moving on.. after I started working I don’t really have the time to explore music anymore. SAD, i know. Since it’s still the beginning of the year, I’m going to start a #thismonthsmusic project. The rule is simple, each month I’ll share minimum 5 different tunes / albums / artists that I’m currently listening. Doesn’t have to be new discovery, anything goes.Easy breezy… right? :p So let’s start! 🙂

1. Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter

Note : super excited for their new album – coming soon this year!!!

2. Lupe Fiasco ft Ed Sheeran – Old School Love

3. Panama – Always

4. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter

5. Dent May – Born Too Late

6. Ariana Grande ft Nathan Skyes – Almost is Never Enough

Note : I love Ariana Grande! finally a top 40 female singer who really can sing and does not have a  single with cheesy disco tune and repeatable meaningless lyric!


7. Jose Gonzalez – Stay Alive

Note : This comes from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’s soundtrack. Best movie I’ve seen this year, witty and full of breathtaking view!

Well.. that’s it for this month. 7 so far. Hope you’ll enjoy those songs as much as I do! 🙂

2014’s Project Bridesmaid #1

Last year, I was bridesmaid to 5 brides. This year, as far as I am aware of, I’m going to be bridesmaid to 4, and I’m going to document it in “2014’s Bridesmaid Project”.. hehehe. Last Sunday was Rissa and Yoni’s wedding.  Rissa is one of my best friends from the office and Yoni is her high school lover. As one of the bridesmaids, I went to both the ceremony and reception.

The wedding ceremony was held in the morning, following Islamic principles. They did not use a lot of cultural activities afterwards though, it was just sungkeman (asking for the parents’ blessings), and suap – suapan ( I don’t even know how to describe this properly – basically the bride and groom eat together as a symbol of facing the new life – something like that). But afterwards they read their wedding vows together. That’s interesting because Indonesian weddings normally don’t have vow readings, and if they do, the bride and groom would read them separately. In Rissa and Yoni’s case, they discussed the vows together and agreed on it, then Yoni read it for both of them. Sweet. Here’s a snapshot :

The groom reading their wedding vows
Adhisty, Me, Amanda, Kenny – at the wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony finished at around 9.30, leaving us with only 1,5 hours to get ready for the wedding reception. I was with Kenny, Adhisty and Amanda – all from the office too, we got ready together and got our hair done as well (Kudos to the hairstylist who got our hair done so quickly!). The other bridesmaids – Rissa’s friends from college and high school – were also busy getting ready in such short period of time. But afterwards we got to see Rissa and spent some time with her while she was getting ready. We had fun taking girly shots while chatting and laughing.

The reception was a typical Indonesian traditional wedding, grand and there were so many people! Too bad I did not spend a lot of time with Rissa and Yoni because they were busy greeting all the guests but I really enjoyed dancing to the music from the wedding singer… especially when they sang “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction in a jazzy way. WAIT, WHAT? Hahaha that was the first time I heard that song sang in a wedding and I can’t help but telling you, it was good and really enjoyable! :p I also enjoyed taking lots of pictures with my colleagues, chatted with my bosses who happen to be Expats and one of them actually told me stories of his wedding and how the wedding culture is in where he came from.

Me, Adhisty and Kenny


Some of the bridesmaids
Bridesmaids with the bride and groom

I regret not staying longer in the reception – apparently Rissa expected to see us after the whole reception finished before they went on their honeymoon, but at least we got to spend some time with her before the reception started. But all in all, I wish Rissa and Yoni a – happily ever after, filled with love and God’s blessing –  marriage. Congrats, love birds! 🙂

A little flashback to 2013

Looking back, 2013 was.. exceptional.

As cliche as it may sounds, tt was one roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. According to my old blog, I started January 2013 not so good. I also started a project ( My 365×365 instagram project, in which I was supposed to post a portrait each day with a little story of that person), and failed to finish it. The instagram account is still up and running though, maybe one day I’ll finish that project.

Come February, my Mum got sick, went to the hospital and had Appendectomy. It was a tough time but we were very lucky to have support from our family and friends. March was when I went to Kuala Lumpur with Adhisty, my friend to attend Future Music Festival. We saw Bloc Party (!!!), Temper Trap, PSY, De La Soul, Naughty by Nature, and Rita Ora. We also got to meet my old friend from the UK – Daniel, and stayed in Mba Anda (my cousin)’s apartment, overall had a great weekend break.

In April  I got promoted, Anggun got married to Arbow –  I don’t really remember  May, I guess time flies with daily routine and activities. In June I went to Bali with Kartika, Ibnu, Poppa, Dino and Thia, my friends from Bournemouth and went beach hopping, so fun! After Bali comes Dian and Pandu’s wedding, and afterwards sending them off to their new life in London.

July was when opportunity knocked in and I decided to take it.. it was when I bought the ticket to the US.. with all the help that was so surreal and I couldn’t imagine before. July was also R’s birthday. A cake was delivered to his workshop, his present was previously sent, but there was a certain disappointment.. That disappointment led to doubt, which made August was a month full of doubt.

Come September, was when my trip to the US happened. So happy!! I’ll probably write more about this in separate posts 🙂

October and November were filled with grad school application. I was very busy, and struggled with work and the application process. Thank God I finally submitted my applications in 1st of December.. and got to enjoy my December.

So that’s it! a little flashback to 2013. Of all the things that happened, the ups and downs, I am thankful and feel so blessed. 🙂