May 24, 2013

Road to Star Wars Day Jakarta



Jadi, tanggal 18-19 Mei yang lalu ada event Star Wars Day di Jakarta, #SWDJKT for short. Sejak tau akan ada acara ini kira-kira satu setengah bulan yang lalu, Aidan dan Aira udah sibuk ngerencanain mereka mau pakai kostum apa. Yes, dua anak ini fanboy.. dan fangirl Star Wars. Saya juga suka, tapi gak segitu-gitunya. Jadi #SWDJKT kemarin itu yang pertama juga buat saya.

Aidan punya teman main yang sama-sama suka Star Wars, Hamann, adiknya Rakka, & Anara. Jadilah kami janjian untuk dateng sama-sama kesana nanti. Mbak Rahmi, mama-nya Hamann & Rakka yang super kreatif udah siap-siap berkreasi bikin kostum X Wing pilot. Sementara Anara konon akan jadi Obi Wan Kenobi atau Luke Skywalker.

Pilihan Aidan tidak lain dan tidak bukan adalah Han Solo. Sementara Aira (saya agak gak nyangka sekaligue seneng sebetulnya AIra masih mau ikutan pake kostum) mau jadi Princess Leia. Aidan khusus nunjukin gambar Han Solo di buku Star Wars Characters Encyclopedia dia, memastikan gak ada yang meleset dari kostumnya. Harus sesuai gambar. Sementara setelah menimbang-nimbang antara Leia dengan dress putih dan kostum Leia waktu battle of Endor, akhirnya pilihan jatuh ke gaun putih.

Bisa dipastikan Pasar Mayestik yang jadi sumber inspirasi, khususnya toko maju. Untuk kostum Han Solo, baju dan rompi dibikin di penjahit, sementara celana pakai yang Aidan sudah punya. Berhubung si Han Solo buncit ini keukeuh harus mirip banget, jadilah tepat sebelum berangkat saya sibuk gunting-gunting dan tempel-tempel lakban merah di sisi celana birunya. Gun Holster saya buat dari kulit sintetis, digunting free style (alias gak pake pola dan meteran) mengikuti foto hasil browsing, ditambah bungle silver dari toko maju. Jarum pentul disana-sini, lalu dijahit. Yang tricky adalah boots. Satu-satunya boots yang Aidan punya adalah boots karet, dan saya gak mungkin bela-belain beli boots tinggi macam punya Han, kan? Akhirnya saya akalin dengan bikin penutup dari bahan kulit sintetis yang sama dengan yang saya pakai untuk gun holster, dan ditambah velcro untuk menutup di bagian belakang. Jadi nanti tinggal dipakai di kaki Aidan, sekalian nutupin celananya yang sebenernya celana pendek dan bagian depan sepatu yang Aidan pakai. Karena bagian depannya ini geser-geser terus, akhirnya saya lakban saja ke sepatu. Oh, jangan lupa pistolnya. Saya buat dari pistol air yang ditutupin selotip kertas, tambah karton sana-sini, dan dicat dengan cat akrilik. Mister Solo himself was the one who painted his DL-44 blaster pistol. Aidan bahagia banget sama hasil akhir kostumnya, dia langsung pose sesuai pose Han Solo di buku dan minta difoto. x)

Nah, untuk kostum Leia, dress putih dijahit oleh penjahit, sementara belt-nya adalah hasil desain dan ciptaan Aira. Dibuat dari kain keras, kardus bekas, dan cat akrilik. Saya hanya bantu menjahitnya dan menambahkan velcro di bagian belakan. Tugas saya yang lumayan bikin putar otak adalah bikin konde Leia dan gimana nanti nyembunyiin rambut asli Aira. Akhirnya si konde dibuat dari tali tassel yang biasa buat nahan tirai warna coklat, disusun melingkar dan dijahit meneglilingi kain keras yang dibentuk agak kerucut. Kemudian dipasang ke bando. Rambut Aira akan dikucir dua dan disembunyikan di dalam kerucut tadi. Ternyata hasilnya oke, sampai pulang dari #SWDJKT konde Leia masih terpasang rapi di kepala Aira.

Untuk Hamann & Rakka jangan tanya lagi, helm X Wing pilot buatan mbak Rahmi sungguh kece sekali. Kostum Obi Wan punya Nara juga bagus jadinya, dan 2-in-1, tinggal buka jubah coklatnya, Nara berubah jadi Luke Skywalker. x)










May 22, 2013

It Really Really Really Could Happen



Blur was on top of my concert wish list. Absolutely. So you could only imagine how ecstatic I was when I heard that they're playing at Big Sound Fest in Jakarta. And when May, 15th finally came, they have arrived save and sound in Jakarta, I had no song wish list. I don't really care what song they were going to played, I'm just too happy. I know their songs by heart, anyway.

If they'd came to Jakarta 10 years ago, I would probably be with those people waiting at their hotel. But since that wasn't the case, Syarin, Ocha, and I just got to the venue as soon as our job allowed us. And the tree of us sure had lot of fun, singing our heart out to the tunes of Blur. 24 years of waiting, as Damon said, but it was so worth it.

You ask me again about that concert wish list, Blur will still be on top of it. Have a great year, you 20th century girls & boys. Dream big. Dream of Damon, Graham, Alex, & Dave. :) 




Every paper that you read
Says tomorrow's your lucky day
Well, here's your lucky day
It really, really, really could happen
Yes, it really, really, really could happen
If the days they seem to fall through you
Well, just let them go 

I Dream of Hyde Park


Oh how I wish I was there. The one in 2009 or the one in 2012, I don't really care. Watching the videos of Blur's reunion concert in Hyde Park always gave me goosebumps. It was epic, truly. First, it gave us fan a slight hope of another Blur record. Second, the crowd. That many people singing Blur's songs together. The concert in 2012 to marked the end of Olympic was marvelous too. I got the CD, but still haven't got my hand on the DVD. The gig was rumored to be their last, ever. But I guess it wasn't true. Rite? :)







May 21, 2013

This Is a Low



And into the sea goes pretty england and me 
Around the bay of biscay and back for tea 
Hit traffic on the dogger bank 
Up the thames to find a taxi rank 
Sail on by with the tide and go asleep 
And the radio says 

This is a low 
But it won't hurt you 
When you are alone it will be there with you 
Finding ways to stay solo 

On the tyne forth and cramity 
There's a low in the high forties 
And saturday's locked away on the pier 
Not fast enough dear 
On the malin head, blackpool looks blue and red 
And the queen, she's gone round the bend 
Jumped off land's end 




Oh Mr. Albarn

*Fangirl Squeal*








quotes pic taken from here.

May 20, 2013

Under The Westway



There were blue skies in my city today
Ev'rything was sinking
Said snow would come on Sunday
The old school was due and the traffic grew
Upon the Westway
Where I stood watching comets lonesome trails
Shining up above me the jet fuel it fell
Down to earth where the money always comes first
And the sirens sing

Bring us the day they switch off the machines
'Cause men in yellow jackets putting adverts inside my dreams
An automated song and the whole world gone
Fallen under the spell of the distance between us when we communicate
Still picking up shortwave
Somewhere they're out in space
It depends how you're wired when the night's on fire
Under the Westway

Now it's magic arrows hitting the bull
Doing one eighty still standing at last call
When the flags coming down
And the Last Post sounds
Just like a love song
For the way I feel about you
Paradise not lost it's in you
On a permanent basis I apologize
But I am going to sing

Hallelujah
Sing it out loud and sing it to you
Am I lost out at sea
'Til a tide wash me up off the Westway










May 19, 2013

The Before Trilogy

I love the music & movies of the 90's. One of my favorite 90's movie, of course starred by Ethan Hawke, was Before Sunrise. Oh, Ethan Hawke is so 90's and I love him for that. Julie Delpy was also amazing in this movie. The movie was so mesmerizing, the setting, the dialogue, all so intelligent yet honest & hopeful. I just started watching the movie and  suddenly one and a half hour has passed and my almost happily burst with intelligent conversation and off the chart chemistry of these two actors. Every time I watched this movie it always made miss those simpler time, when no gadget comes between two people conversing while they walked through Europe cities.

I instantly hooked by the second movie, Before Sunset. Both stars looked older, obviously, since they are older. But the charm of the movie stayed the same, with brighter sets than the first. This time around it was before sunset, right? I even fell a bit in love with Paris, wanting to have a barbecue at a courtyard outside with the neighbors, complete with the wooden table and the miss-matched chairs. I love how the movie ended, how it kept me wanting for more.

And they'll give us more, with Before Midnight. My 90's self already happily jumping up and down. I'll see you soon, Jesse & Celine. :)





“I believe if there’s any kind of God it wouldn’t be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there’s any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know, it’s almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.” — Celine in Before Sunrise (1995)
“I don’t have any permanent place here. You know, in eternity, or whatever. And the more I think that, I can’t go through life saying that this is no big deal. I mean, this is it! This is actually happening. What do you think is interesting, what do you think is funny, what do you think is important? You know, every day is our last.” — Jesse in Before Sunset(2004)




Pretty Words

And I might as well grin and bear it 
Because it's not worth the trouble of an argument 
And in any case I'd rather wear it 
It's like a badhead in the morning

~Badhead

I've seen so much
I'm going blind
And I'm braindead virtually
Sociability
It's hard enough for me
Take me away from this big bad world
And agree to marry me
So we can start all over again 

~ Coffee & TV

I get up when I want except on wednesdays when I get rudely awakened by the dustmen
I put my trousers on, have a cup of tea and I think about leaving the house
I feed the pigeons I sometimes feed the sparrows too
it gives me a sense of enormous well being
And then i'm happy for the rest of the day safe in the knowledge
there will always be a bit of my heart devoted to it

~ Parklife

and you've been so busy lately
that you haven't found the time
to open up your mind
and watch the world spinning gently out of time 

~ Out of Time

All your life you're dreaming
And then you
Stop dreaming
Time to time you know
You're going on another bender
Yes There must be more to life
Than stereotypes 

~ Stereotypes

Tender is the night
Lying by your side
Tender is the touch
Of someone that you love too much
Tender is my heart you know
I'm screwing up my life
Oh Lord I need to find
Someone who can heal my mind

~ Tender

And into the sea goes pretty england and me
Around the bay of biscay and back for tea 

~ This Is a Low

Well you and I
Collapsed in love
And it looks like we might have made it, yes it looks like we've made it to the end 

~ To The End





May 18, 2013

Badhead



So far I've not really stayed in touch
Well you knew as much it's no surprise that today
I get up around two from a lack of anything to do

And I might as well just grin and bear it
'Cause it's not worth the trouble of an argument

And you have not really stayed in touch
Well I knew as much it's no surprise that today
I get up around two with nothing to do
Except get a touch of flu

And I might as well just grin and bear it
'Cause it's not worth the trouble of an argument
And in any case I'd rather wear it
It's like a badhead in the morning

And I might as well just grin and bear it
'Cause it's not worth the trouble of an argument
And in any case I'd rather wear it
It's like a badhead in the morning

I know



May 17, 2013

Top 10 Blur Songs.. Kinda..

Oh this would break my heart, even more than when I listed down my top 10 Radiohead songs.  But again, if  someone pointed a gun at my head and force me to make a list of my top 10 Blur songs, I guess this would be it:

1. To The End
2. Under The Westway
3. This Is a Low
4. The Universal
5. Badhead
6. Country House
7. End of a Century
8. Parklife
9. It Could Be You
10. For Tomorrow

Then I would beg the guy with the gun to my head to let me add 5 more songs:

11. Out of Time
12. Sunday Sunday
13. Charmless Man
14. Tender
15. There's No Other Way

And then, I might have to tell him to screw it, since I still had to add She's So High, Tracy Jacks, London Loves, On Your Own, Coffee & TV, No Distance Left to Run, Trimm Trabb, and a whole lot more. There's no way 10 is enough. :)




May 16, 2013

To The End



All those dirty words
They make us look so dumb
Been drinking far too much
And neither of us mean what we say

Well you and I
Collapsed in love
And it looks like we might have made it
Yes it looks like we've made it to the end

What happened to us
Soon it will be gone forever
Infatuated only with ourselves
And neither of us can think straight anymore

Well you and I
Collapsed in love 
And it looks like we might have made it
Yes it looks like we've made it to the end


                

               

              


A Week of Blur



I will always remember last night as one of the best night of my life. I finally saw Blur, on stage, live. Woohoo!

I was so excited when I got the news that Blur going to perform at Big Sound Festival in Jakarta, on May 15th 2013. I even got more excited when I finally bought the ticket. I listened to all their CDs back to back every single day up to the day of the concert (still going on rite now, by the way). I was planning to dedicate a whole week of Blur in my blog, but then I was so afraid that I was going to jinx it if I got too excited. Didn't want to repeat another bad experience like the canceled Foo Fighters concert in Singapore last year, I guess. So I'm going to do my Blur week now, after the concert. Brace yourself. :)

Everyone who knew me well would know that I'm a die hard Blur fan since I was in Junior High. And Mr. Damon Albarn was my very first (real human) love. Well, the first 4 was Kenichi, Gogle Black, and Peterpan. It was the Brit-Pop era, and I'm so glad I was born at the right time so I could enjoy those era. My besties, Putri and Ocha, and myself, we were so in it, we would hang out at Putri's place after school, just to watched MTV and Channel V, listened to CDs, and looked through imported music magazines. 

Then one day there they are, black and white on the TV screen, crooning To The End. And I fell in love. With Blur, with Damon Albarn, with To The End, which remain my most favorite Blur song.



I bought the Parklife album, swallowed the whole album and loving every tits bits of music in it. Since Parklife was my starting point to Blur music, I then listened to their 2 previous albums, Leisure and Modern Life is Rubbish. And it was a real pleasure. Great Escape was a marvelous experience too. And the rest is history. I never stop listening to their music. The only 2 posters that was hanging on my wall throughout my teen years was of Blur and the other was of Mr. Albarn himself. I took them off the wall when I have to move to a bigger room when I got married.

Watching their live show video is a pleasure I kept on doing from time to time. I still remembered how I always thought to myself how happy I would be if I could watch Blur live on stage at least once in my life, and how absurd and impossible that was.

But I proofed myself wrong. You gotta dream big. Because I just experienced the absurd and the impossible last night. I watched Blur, on stage, live. Yes, it really really really could happen. 


May 08, 2013

Workshop In A Box : Photo Display



We joined another session of Workshop In A Box. By 'we' I mean Aira, my cousin Anti, and myself. The theme was photo display, which could be very practical. We made a photo snow globe, accordion photo book, and a french photo display. My favorite was the french photo display, since I always wanted to have one. Now I can just make it myself. :)
















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