Forrest Gump's mom said that life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you are gonna get.

 

Here’s a little excerpt For those who just lost ‘inspiration’:

Ursula:

When I was your age,
I’d already decided to become an artist.

I loved to paint so much.
I’d paint all day until
I fell asleep right at my easel.

And then one day,
for some reason, I just
couldn’t paint anymore.

I tried and tried,
but nothing I did seemed any good.

They were copies of paintings
I’d seen somewhere before…

and not very good copies either.

I just felt like I’d lost my ability.

Kiki:
That sounds like me.

Ursula:
It’s exactly the same,
but then I found the answer.

You see, I hadn’t
figured out what or why
I wanted to paint.

I had to discover my own style.

Kiki:

Mm-hmm.

Ursula:
When you fly, you rely on what’s
inside of you, don’t you?

Kiki:
Uh-huh. We fly with our spirit.

Ursula:

Trusting your spirit!
Yes, yes! That’s exactly
what I’m talkin’ about.

That same spirit
is what makes me paint
and makes your friend bake.

But we each need to find
our own inspiration, Kiki.

Sometimes it’s not easy.

Kiki:

I guess I never gave much thought to why
I wanted to do this.

I got so caught up
in all the training and stuff.

Maybe I have to find my own inspiration.

But am I ever gonna find it?
And is it worth all the trouble?

Ursula:

Well, for example,
there were quite a few times…

when I thought of painting something
over that painting.

Kiki:

But it ended up being so great.

Ursula:

So I guess it’s worth it.


Kiki:

So you really think I’ll fly again?

Ursula:

Sure.

You’ll just have to wait
for the right inspiration to come along.

See? I told you Ghibli’s movies are great! And by the way I’m enchanted by the charming little city where Kiki lived. Google checked, it was inspired by Visby and other Northern Europe cities such as Stockholm. Pretty righttt???

Can you imagine, in the middle of walking down in Rome, you found these guys just stopped in the middle of the alleys and play their rhythm?

Somehow I can imagine standing there, nodding and tapping my foot following their tunes. That’s the dream.

Anyway, I’ve been following La Blogothèque for a while and always impressed by their videos. They shoot band/singer playing their music live in a pretty and sometimes, thematic places.

And they have A LOT of beautifully curated videos that you should check out. I haven’t seen them all but here are my personal favorite (beside Of Monster & Men - Dirty Paws above):

Bon Iver playing “Skinny Love” at a Soirée de poche (“Pocket Party”) in Abbesses, Paris, France

Private, intimate show by Bon Iver? In Paris? I’m sold. Can you see the happy and immersed faces of the crowd? I wanted to be there.

Foals- Late Night, Bibliothèque de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris

The dimmed light, the atmosphere, and it’s in the freaking library! That’s every band’s dream, huh? Rocking it in the library? What’s not to love?

Phoenix performs their song ‘Entertainment’, Le Chateau de Versailles.

It was filmed with a drone, in one continuous shot, flying around the band. All music was recorded live. And it’s Phoenix, people! I love them, so yeah..

As I said earlier, they have a lot in their sleeves, so you should check them out. Most of them might not be really familiar but give it a try, that’s one way to find a good music.

A retired skeptic

That’s who I am trying to be, at this point.
I used to be so skeptical about everything. See the bad in everyone, preparing only for the worst, giving up just because it seems rather impossible.
It’s not without a cause. I had my reason. Somewhere along the line, I decided to be a skeptic. Because things would hurt less, or so I thought. And hell, it was easier.
I used to think that positive people are annoying, that they’re (mostly) delusional. And hoping is for the weak. Which I’m obviously wrong.
Well, I still see overly-postive people that way though, hehe.. But I get that they’re trying and if you ever get to see their struggle to keep the positive mind, you’ll be impressed. Because hanging on, forgiving, and things that positive people do are not for the faint-hearted. They’re not easy. It takes effort.
I finally able to see that skeptic is actually the one that’s weak. They snort and mean. Which I was.
So I’m glad that I could say that I’m going to retire from being one. It’s gonna be a rough journey but nothing worth it, is easy, huh?
Wish me luck?
Cheers!

P.s: professional skepticism is still needed though.

[SPOILER ALERT]
WHISPER OF THE HEART
I’ve always fond of Ghibli’s movies, and I’m so gonna visit the museum one day. I haven’t seen them all, but you can bet that I will. Before this, my favorite was Spirited Away as I said here. But today I changed my mind. Sure, Spirited Away is soooo goooddddd. I still love it, but this one somehow feels more relate-able to me that I can’t help but love the story very much. I can see a little bit myself in Shizuku. Her despair, her worry, her longing for adventure and even her obsession about reading and writing. And I’m very happy this one gets a happy ending (I love you too, Seiji Amasawa!!).
The thing about Hayao movies, Dr. Seuss books, they always look simple yet stuffed with wisest advices. They’re meant for kids, but what do we know? I like to think that maybe our problems are basic, they just evolved as us, adults, like to over-complicate things. Over-thinking things. So sometimes I resort to children movies, young adults novels, bedtime stories to find the solution of things. Most of the time, I find what I’m searching for.
I love this movie. So much. So if you haven’t see this one yet, I’d say go run and watch.
There’s still a little Sunday left. Good day. :)

[SPOILER ALERT]

WHISPER OF THE HEART

I’ve always fond of Ghibli’s movies, and I’m so gonna visit the museum one day. I haven’t seen them all, but you can bet that I will. Before this, my favorite was Spirited Away as I said here. But today I changed my mind. Sure, Spirited Away is soooo goooddddd. I still love it, but this one somehow feels more relate-able to me that I can’t help but love the story very much. I can see a little bit myself in Shizuku. Her despair, her worry, her longing for adventure and even her obsession about reading and writing. And I’m very happy this one gets a happy ending (I love you too, Seiji Amasawa!!).

The thing about Hayao movies, Dr. Seuss books, they always look simple yet stuffed with wisest advices. They’re meant for kids, but what do we know? I like to think that maybe our problems are basic, they just evolved as us, adults, like to over-complicate things. Over-thinking things. So sometimes I resort to children movies, young adults novels, bedtime stories to find the solution of things. Most of the time, I find what I’m searching for.

I love this movie. So much. So if you haven’t see this one yet, I’d say go run and watch.

There’s still a little Sunday left. Good day. :)

“The point I’m trying to make is that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all around obnoxious asshole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet. I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful, and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. So if I didn’t understand I was being asked to be the best man, it is because I never really expected to ever be anybody’s best friend … certainly not the best friend of the bravest and kindest and wisest human being I have ever had the good fortune of knowing. John, I am a ridiculous man, redeemed only by the warmth and constancy of your friendship, but as I’m apparently your best friend I cannot congratulate you on your choice of companion. Actually, now, I can. Mary, when I say you deserve this man it is the highest compliment of which I am capable. John, you have endured war, and injury, and tragic loss — so sorry again about that last one — so know this: Today, you sit here between the woman you have made your wife and the man you have saved. In short, the two people who love you most in all this world. And, I know I speak for Mary as well when I say we will never let you down and we have a lifetime ahead to prove that.” - Sherlock, The Sign of Three

“The point I’m trying to make is that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all around obnoxious asshole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet. I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful, and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. So if I didn’t understand I was being asked to be the best man, it is because I never really expected to ever be anybody’s best friend … certainly not the best friend of the bravest and kindest and wisest human being I have ever had the good fortune of knowing. John, I am a ridiculous man, redeemed only by the warmth and constancy of your friendship, but as I’m apparently your best friend I cannot congratulate you on your choice of companion. Actually, now, I can. Mary, when I say you deserve this man it is the highest compliment of which I am capable. John, you have endured war, and injury, and tragic loss — so sorry again about that last one — so know this: Today, you sit here between the woman you have made your wife and the man you have saved. In short, the two people who love you most in all this world. And, I know I speak for Mary as well when I say we will never let you down and we have a lifetime ahead to prove that.” - Sherlock, The Sign of Three

Welcoming my new addiction, Young The Giant.

Short gateway to Bandung last weekend (Dec 28 - 29) was my last trip for 2013. It was super fun. We drove off at Saturday morning and went straight to Kawah Putih (this is my first time, shame), strolled around the tea garden and enjoyed the night at gracia spa’s hot spring water pools. Later, we spent the night at Kementerian Tenaga Kerja’s dorm through our friend’s connection. It was super cheap (100.000 / night) with 4 beds and 2 bathroom. It also roomy and clean. The next day we joined Dago’s car free day not for the morning jog but to enjoy the food stalls, hehe. After that, we did a little culinary tour and went home.


It was short but it was fun. I think the key of successful trip is going with the right people, and I did. Thanks guys.


I started the year with my trip to Jogja at February and end it with trip to Bandung this December. In between, I went to Pari Island, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa. I’m so glad I achieved my first 2013 resolution, to travel more.


However, I only achieved 40 % of my 2013 resolution, so I don’t think I’m going to start another resolution this year. Instead, I made a grand goal and going to live the rest of the year meticulously for that goal. Send your prayer for me. ;)


At the end, every ending is just a new beginning. Good bye, 2013. Welcome, 2014. :D

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Disuatu sore yang cerah menuju GBK untuk jadwal lari malam kami..

Gue: hasil medcheck kemarin, kolesterol gue ternyata tinggi nih.

Temen: berapa?

Gue: 254! Parah banget kan?

Temen: wah mirip sama bapakku dulu..

Gue: terus bapakmu gimana?

Temen: udah meninggal gara2 itu.

Gue: ...............

I certainly need to change my lifestyle.

Notes: I don't smoke, I don't drink (alcohol), I exercise regularly, but yeah.. shit happens. Look after yourself, people. There's no 'better late than never' for healthy issue. When it's late.. it just is.