I’m listening to: Banks.

My current favorite artist is BANKS. She’s a 26 years old singer from Los Angeles. I usually don’t really listen to music like hers, sometimes I found it too “dark” and “slow” for my cheery preference. Some like to compare her with Lana Del Rey (which music I can’t really tolerate), and some to The Weeknd (which I agree, because I like his music!).. I also found out that she was on tour with The Weeknd last year right when I was in LA! Bummerr…

But, in this case, I really enjoy her music! I think it gives me a chill and tranquil feeling, and her voice is really pretty. The lyrics is deep though, don’t really want to put too much attention to avoid feeling blue, hehehe. Have a listen to some of her songs below :

Banks – Drowning

Banks – This is What it Feels Like

Banks – Waiting Game

Btw, I got the chance to watch her live last weekend at We The Fest 2014 and boy.. she was really pretty as well!

Banks live in Jakarta
Banks – Live at WTF’14 Jakarta

The show was great, I had a lot of fun. She performed magically and like her new upcoming album, Goddess-like.

Kabar dari Christa :)

Halo semua, udah lama saya nggak cerita – cerita iseng yaa di blog ini. Sesuai judulnya, mau cerita aja apa yang sudah kejadian di hidup saya akhir – akhir ini.

Saya lagi merasa waktu kok kayaknya berjalan cepat sekali. Rasanya kayak baru kemarin lebaran, tapi rupanya lebaran itu sudah hampir sebulan yang lalu! Kalau waktu periode lebaran kerjaan saya rada santai (santai banget malah!) dan jalanan Jakarta juga santai, setelah lebaran ini kerjaan saya banyak banget. Hampir ngga pernah pulang jam 5 teng lagi.. hampir ngga pernah pulang kantor hang out sama temen – teman lagi.. dan saya juga merasa hampir ngga punya waktu buat santai – santai dan melakukan hal yang saya suka, ya kayak nulis di blog ini. hehehe. Seperti orang kebanyakan, kalau sedang merasa sibuk, saya pasti nyalahin kerjaan. Kerjaan banyak, jalanan macet, jadi nggak punya waktu.

Padahal sebenernya banyak juga kok yang kejadian selama 3 minggu terakhir ini selain kerja doang. Awal Agustus kemarin salah satu sahabat saya dan sepupu saya menikah, jadi weekend saya sibuk dengan acara pernikahan. Kalau di acara sepupu saya, saya pakai seragam sepupu-an, tapi sayangnya saya salah pilih salon, jadi hair-do sama make-up saya rasanya ngga banget, terlalu tebel dan rambutnya dikonde tinggi banget! hahahaha. Ngga ada fotonya ya, saya sampe males difoto karena ngga pede sama dandanan.

Malamnya, di hari yang sama, saya ke pernikahan sahabat saya ini. Kebetulan baik bride dan groom nya itu teman baik saya dari SMA. Mereka mengundang saya ke resepsi yang khusus dihadiri oleh teman – teman pengantin. Undangannya jam 9 – 11 malam, pengantin dan orang tua nya sudah turun dari panggung, dan si teman saya itu juga sempet ganti baju dari kebaya jawa (+paes) ke party dress.. yang ajaibnya paes nya sudah hilang! Jago banget ya yang ngerapihin dandanan nya, bisa menghilangkan paes dalam waktu singkat gitu. Anyway, acaranya seru deh. Saya ketemu banyak teman lama dan wedding band nya bagus banget, bikin saya joged – joged semaleman. Pilihan lagunya juga nggak mainstream.. kalau di acara kawinan biasa kan lagunya udah ketebak ya, kalau ini tuh ada “I love you always forever – Donna Lewis” dan juga “The most beautiful girl in the world – Prince” segala! Seru ya 🙂 Pokoknya saya senang sekali deh weekend itu, walaupun hari minggu nya rada kecapean hehehe

Nah, weekend yang lalu, tanggal 16 Agustus, saya dan rekan – rekan dari Indonesia Mengglobal menyelenggarakan seminar pendidikan, judulnya “Pursuing Graduate Study in the US” di @America Pacific Place. Saya disitu tugasnya belakang layar, ngurusin social media dan live tweet. Walaupun capek, tapi saya senang sekali melihat antusiasme para peserta seminar. Setelah seminar tanggal 16 Agustus kemarin, kita sekarang sedang mempersiapkan seminar serupa, tetapi berjudul “Pursuing Undergraduate Study in the US” untuk tanggal 30 Agustus nanti. Wish us luck ya! 🙂

Tanggal 17 Agustus nya saya seharian running errands dan malamnya (lagi – lagi) ke kawinan temen kantor saya. Hahaha. Saya sering banget ke kawinan yah rasanya? Kayaknya sih memang di umur 20-an akhir ini lagi jamannya menikah. Saya sih senang – senang aja, ketemu banyak teman dan bisa ngobrol – ngobrol.. cuma kadang – kadang bingung bagi waktu ketika ada lebih dari 1 undangan datang di tanggal dan jam yang sama, apalagi kalau merasa yang ngundang sama – sama cukup dekat dengan saya. Speaking of 17-an, nuansa 17 Agustus-an nggak terlalu kerasa buat saya, selain.. well, saya pakai kebaya warna merah waktu ke kawinan. hehehe. Entah kenapa kalau 17-an itu lebih berasa pas lagi jauh dari Indonesia dibanding pas lagi di Indonesia ya, apalagi 17-an kemarin jatuhnya di hari Minggu, dan ngga ada libur pengganti!

Oke.. kira – kira begitulah kabar dari saya selama 3 minggu terakhir. Sebagai penutup, ini saya bagi sebuah lagu dari Death Cab for Cutie yang berjudul “The Sound of Settling” (aduh, bahasanya baku amat! :p). Saya lagi sering dengerin band ini lagi, soalnya baru ketemu albumnya lagi..hehehe. Enjoy, and have a nice day! 🙂

This Month’s Music – Shy Girls

I’m currently obsessed with Shy Girls – a Portland based band. Their first EP, “Timeshare” was actually out on 2013 but I just discovered them very recently. I’m no expert in classifying music genres, but from what I’ve read, they are classified as RnB-Soul-Smooth Jazz. Some are referring them to Sade, Prince, and The Weeknd… and I actually agree with the latter, plus I also think that their sounds kind of remind me of good old 90s slowjams tunes. Anyway, I think their music is perfect for lazy Sunday days, the ones you like to spend just chilling in your room. I’m actually listening to their Soundcloud as I write this so I guess it’s a nice companion for writing as well.

Here’s my favorite track of “Timeshare” EP – you can purchase them on iTunes.

And.. I also found out that they’re doing a rendition of Brandy’s Sittin Up in My Room, which I think is quite sexy 😉

My thoughts on 2014 Indonesian Presidential Election

Disclaimer : This post is surely based on my thoughts only and does not reflect my support towards a particular candidate. 🙂

This coming presidential election will be my 3rd election. I remember my first election, I was so excited to finally be able to vote, though I was not sure why I had to vote and who to vote.. voting at that time seemed cool, sort like some coming-of-age moment. I voted, but now I can’t remember who did I give my vote to. My second election was more or less the same. But this time I remember clearly that I did not vote. I was not satisfied with the current president at that time and since he’s running for his second period.. I did not want to vote for him. Nor did I want to vote for his opponent. So I came to the booth on election day, and deliberately gave my vote to all candidates – so my vote would be considered not valid. Not really proud, but that has happened.

This year, we will vote for our president in less than a week. As I’m not so much (if not at all) into politics, I had to admit that I haven’t been really paying attention to either candidates.. but I’ve been exposed to a lot of news about them. The thing is, in every social media I have, I see people posting about either candidate. BUT.. instead of posting the good things about their president of choice, most of them seem to frequently post negatively about the opponent. This makes me confused because I don’t know what to believe anymore. Should I believe that candidate number 1 is behind the 1998 tragedy? or should I believe that candidate number 2 is a “puppet”, steered by old political figure? I really can’t tell which to believe. 

So I posted a status in my facebook and ask if any of my friends have made their choice and would willing to share the reason to me, with hope that none of them would expose me to some kind of negative campaign. They did not! I was so happy to see a lot of comments coming in, and some even sent me direct messages with their solid reason to vote for their president of choice. NONE told me any negative news about the opponent. It looks like I’m friends with the right people 🙂 

Oh, one other thing that makes me so impressed – despite the mushrooming negative campaign, I also see bits and pieces of passionate posts from my generation! Good to see that so many young people are willing to give their time and effort to show their support towards a candidate. 

Just look at this music video from Jokowi’s supporters : 

or this video from Prabowo’s supporters : 

And then there’s also these people on Twitter who often tweets about their support for their president of choice. Though I see more (in my following list) declared their support towards Jokowi like @mrshananto, @jokoanwar, or @jflowrightthere (and also the creative hashtags which follows their tweets such as #akhirnyapilihjokowi or #salam2jari), I also came across these two young people (both younger than me) who passionately expressed their support towards Prabowo – @RizkiAljupri and @Dirgayuza…. and I salute all of them. It’s good to see diversity and freedom of expression, yes? 🙂

As for me? I still have not decided. I am what they call a swing voter, and I’ll take that. I’ll give myself a time to think carefully this weekend and will surely vote on July 9th. I just wish that whatever’s the result, things will be better for Indonesia. Happy voting, Indonesians! 🙂

Music Lately

Last month I bought myself a new iPod nano, 16 gb (YAY!). The last time I had an iPod was back in 2009 before my good ol’ iPod classic (80 gb) decided to die on me. Ever since I only listened to music from my phone and online radio… while saving up to buy a new iPod.

I wanted to buy iPod classic due to its capacity but when I think of it again… the size makes it not easy to bring anywhere. I think I’m gonna buy one when I have my own place, and will just put it in an iPod dock and let it play good music all day long 🙂

Anyway, I decided to buy iPod nano instead (enough capacity, perfect size – easy to bring anywhere), and now that I’ve bought it.. I’ve been spending a lot of my free time browsing and listening to music.. and then choosing the songs that I’m going to put into this iPod.

And now.. Here are some songs and albums that I’m currently listening to :

Ed Sheeran – One (From the album “X”)
Ed Sheeran is back! this is indeed a sad but beautiful song..

Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (From the album “In the Lonely Hour”)
Many have said that he’s male Adele as he’s also British. I kinda agree.. his songs are somewhat similar to Adele’s but.. I still can’t help to fall for his voice. Very enjoyable song, and album!

Gabrielle Aplin – Home (from the album “English Rain”)
Another British singer I currently love..

Okay.. now it’s time for more upbeat songs :

RAC – Cheap Sunglasses  feat Matthew Koma (from the album “Strangers”)
They are coming to Jakarta! wooot! Sunday, August 24. Cant wait!

MO – Don’t Wanna Dance (from the album “No Mythologies To Follow”)
With its catchy beat, this song has been my current mood booster!

What do you think of these songs? Do check them out and hope you’ll love it as much as I am! 🙂

#thismonthsmusic – March

Earlier this month I went to Java Jazz Festival , mainly to see India Arie and Allen Stone.  But, a local artist’s performance really got my attention. It was Teza Sumendra’s.

I haven’t heard much of Teza before, except the fact that he used to be in Indonesian Idol. But let me tell you this – his voice is just amazingly beautiful and I’m not exaggerating. Plus – he does cover songs of Rnb/Soul singers which are my favorite music genre. Yay! Well I can’t say much about his singing technique since I’m no singing expert, but just have a listen to his covers on Youtube and Soundcloud so you can agree with me! 😉

Anyway.. for March’s #thismonthsmusic, here are his top 5 cover songs. Enjoy!

Pretty Wings by Maxwell

https://soundcloud.com/tezasumendra/pretty-wings-maxwell-cover-by

I Need by TGT

https://soundcloud.com/tezasumendra/i-need-tgt-acoustic-cover

Strip by Chris Brown 

https://soundcloud.com/tezasumendra/strip-chris-brown-acoustic-cover

Rocket by Beyonce 

https://soundcloud.com/tezasumendra/rocket-beyonce-cover

Girls Love Beyonce by Drake 

https://soundcloud.com/tezasumendra/girls-love-beyonce-drake-cover

And here’s a snapshot of his performance of Java Jazz , where he sang one of my favorite song – Musiq’s Just Friends 🙂