November 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s the National Heroes’ Day in Indonesia today, and I would like to talk about how we are all forgetting to be our own heroes sometimes. Of course, before all that, I would like to say my appreciation and gratefulness to all the people who heroically made Indonesia such a country that we have today. It’s not perfect, definitely, but it’s here, it’s incredibly beautiful, and it’s ours. Thank you, national heroes.

Anyway! You know how life sucks? Yeah, it’s never a perfect ride. From day one of our lives, just by knowing our genitals, people have assumed the kind of lives we will be living. Oh that baby has a weenie so it’s gonna be a guy who’s physically really strong and works for the military! Oh that baby doesn’t have a weenie so it’s gonna be a girl who is going to be really gentle and a great mother! Don’t even think about the possibility of them having a gender not conforming to their biological sex, it’s not normal and it’s not gonna happen. And DEAR LORD of course they’re not gonna be gay, that’s wrong!

Ooh gosh okay, that’s probably a bit too much to start this posting with, but please bear with me for a bit.

We live in a world where there are norms in the society that just kind of predict how everyone’s life is going to be. When we finally find ourselves and realize that we are way more than just rules and regulations, they are going to look at us weird. Judgements are going to be everywhere and according to different standards that they have. Also, people are going to think that they are right because they know better, okay, you just shut up and do what they tell you to.

Not everybody is going to be like that, of course. I think more people of the younger generations have started to think clearly and see common sense. We have started to see the differences as just differences and not abnormalities, and accepted them, so it’s going to be a bit more bearable after this. But still, life just has to suck sometimes in definition, and what we can do is we can be our own heroes.

Now, don’t get this illusion that I know everything there is in life and I can dictate to you what it means to be your own hero, because I don’t, and I can’t. What I can tell you is that I think by holding on and staying strong through whatever is happening in your life right now, you are doing it perfectly: being your own hero. I understand that this ride called life is not smooth, and sometimes we just feel like stopping.

But you know what? We’re here! We’re still here and we’re fighting!

We have made mistakes. We have hurt people. People have made mistakes and they, too, have hurt us. Do we want this cycle to destroy us? No, we don’t. We want to learn from what has happened and become a better person. And for that, we are being heroes! I think we are doing awesome for having gone through a lot of things and still being here and seeing what today has got in store for us. I think we are fabulous for not giving up.

There are times that may make us feel like “Oh, this is too hard, I don’t know why I’m even bothering any more.” Don’t worry, I get that. But I also know that there are people out there who care about us. Try talking to our parents about what’s bothering us, or friends, or family members. Reaching out is not a sign of weakness, my friends: it’s a sign of strength. We don’t have to go through this thing called life alone because nobody can do that. Also, we’re not alone! It may be a bit hard to believe right now if we’re in a really tricky situation, but try to remember. There’s gotta be someone who cares (there is).

But when no one’s available, hey, no worries. There are wonderful people who will be there for us. Try befrienders.org for instance, they can be contacted through emails and phone calls, and we can even set up appointments for face-to-face meetings. They have helped me a lot, and I’m sure they can do the same for you. There are also other services that are available in your regions, look it up. We are not alone, and we can do this life thing brilliantly!

Okay, I hope this post isn’t as messy as it seems. But just remember to be your own hero, okay? We are all here right now, and we’re great. Also, there’s a quote by John Lennon that says “Everything is gonna be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” And you know what, I think it’s totally true. Congratulations on still being here in this moment, you have done well. Good luck and have fun for the rest of the ride! We can do this!

Max’s Reviews Movies: Recent Anime Impressions

October 9, 2013 § 1 Comment

I wrote a comment here:

“I got into Free! expecting crack borderline gay stories of beautiful men in a gorgeously drawn world, and as you said, I was caught off guard by its story. And its animation. And its thorough and accurate swimming movements (apparently. A lot of swimmers on Tumblr confirmed it haha). AND I still get the fanservice I want. It’s delicious.

As for Attack on Titan, I agree with a lot of people that the anime is much more beautiful and mainstream than the manga. I watch and read, and I have noticed several differences that others had before me that can change the nature of characters’ personalities, or situations, or you know, stuff like that that I don’t really know how to explain. The art of the manga is crude, but I prefer the emotions conveyed in the manga rather than the anime. It is still a beautiful anime though. Especially the fights and scenery.

I haven’t watched Kill la Kill yet, but I have watched Kyoukai no Kanata and I’m quite looking forward to the second episode. It is as you said: classic KyoAni.”

I still want to add two anime that leave big impressions for me from last year and earlier this year: Shinsekai Yori and Aku no Hana.

Both are dark, psychological anime but with different settings. Shinsekai Yori is set in the future where humans have this supernatural power that differs from one person to another, which makes them seen as gods by the monster rats who live in colonies. The first few episodes made me think that this anime is about friendship, but OOOHHH it was much more than that. It is about human nature, power, greed, morals, and agh so much more, so much more. Not to mention the amazing soundtracks.

Aku no Hana is about three high school students: the boy, the girl he likes, and the girl who messes up with his mind. I say that this anime is a bit disturbing and sometimes I got very uncomfortable watching it but it’s so good that I continued watching. The thing that makes this anime very different from the rest, though, is the graphics. It is drawn using the rotoscoping method where actors will act the scenes and then the animators will draw them on top of the scenes. I suck at explaining stuff so please just go on Wikipedia. This method makes this anime look really different and unique that make many people I know drop it off because for them it’s too weird. I say they’re missing out on a completely sick story with awesome opening tracks. The ending theme is just creepy.

About Insurgent

October 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

I finished reading Insurgent with abundant amount of love for it, but when I read the reviews I could see a lot of hate. Which is fine, of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinions on how good/bad a book is, but let me just say mine a little bit, over here. (Also if you have not read Insurgent and/or Divergent, I suggest you look elsewhere.)

  1. Tris and Four – Now, now. I’m sure we were all very in love with their romance in Divergent, because there was a lot of fluff (which is good! Fluff heals the soul. I love fluff). But when we get into Insurgent, where everything is just chaos and death and decisions that have to be made quite hastily and often end badly, we can’t have two teenagers still insanely crazy for each other, no. There are events in their lives that make it difficult for them to trust each other as easily as before, and don’t you think that is realistic? Because I do. I also think that this is necessary in order for them and their relationship to mature. The development of Tris in this book is the biggest factor on why I gave it 5/5. Tris is able to recognize that she is her own self and therefore she makes her own decisions. I admire this girl!
  2. Factions and Divergence – The idea of human beings being divided into different and very distinct parts of society based on their dominant personality traits does seem a bit far-fetched, doesn’t it? But let me remind you that this is a dystopian fiction work, in which it has been this way for a long time. People have grown more accustomed to this system, to the point where they have stereotypes about each other and grow affiliation and distaste on each other. This is how this world works. This particular world. Even if it seems a little illogical in our world, it’s not so in this world. Hence why Divergents are special: because they don’t succumb to the one-dominant-trait-per-faction thing. Even if this is normal in our world, again, it is not so in their world.

The pacing, the exploration of the world, the development (or lack of it) of minor characters, and other stuff work differently in each reader’s minds. Some like them, some don’t: okay. These two points were just opinions I wanted to share.

“I’m so board!”

July 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

ImageI was scrolling through the news feed on Facebook out of boredom when I spotted a post by Grammarly about people who type “board” instead of “bored”, for whatever reason. Laziness? Seriously, there’s the same amount of letters in both words, meaning the same amount of energy will be spent in typing the correct word. Lack of knowledge? You’re old enough to have a gadget from which you access Facebook, yet you don’t know how to correctly spell “bored”?

Anyway, I’m sure a lot of people relate to the comment I posted as a reply to the picture: “Some of my friends say “I’m so boring” when they mean that they’re bored. This happens both in Indonesia AND Malaysia.” Just, please know the difference between being bored and being boring. Being bored means you are the one with the lack of interesting things to do, while being boring means you are the one causing people to lose interest in whatever you do. Although as someone who replied to my comment suggested, “the first step on the road to recovery is to recognize the problem!” LOL, true! :P

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Water and Truth

July 2, 2013 § 1 Comment

So, get this. We don’t actually need to drink 8 glasses of water every day.

Crazy, huh? All my life I have always believed that. My teachers told me that, my parents told me that, so it must have been legitimate, right? It must have been true. And even though I don’t always practice it, I have always thought that drinking 8 glasses of water per day brings you to a more healthy life.

So, that turns out to be a bluff by bottled water companies. Very smart. For their own benefits, they tell people what is seemingly good for their consumers’ health, but in all truths is just for them to spend money on bottled water.

It really makes me wonder: what other lies do we still believe in? Since advertising campaigns have become much more creative lately, I feel, I don’t think it is very hard for the people behind them to “create a new truth”. Something that we will believe and hold very strongly, because it sounds true and feels very personal, but in actuality is just something to inflate our consumerism.

Sometimes, I think people make too much compromise for their own benefits that is too unfair for others. Why do we do this? Why are we such egoist creatures? And for goodness’ sake, why do we instantly believe everything that we are told, without questioning the truth?

One-Day Fascinating Tour in Bintaro Jaya

July 1, 2013 § 1 Comment

Gita Diani Astari:

The kind of residence I’ve always dreamt about.

Originally posted on Cerita EKA:

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. –Sydney Smith-

Saya selalu percaya bahwa cinta itu dimulai dari dalam rumah. Jika seseorang bahagia di rumah, ia akan menyinarkan kebahagiaan itu keluar rumah juga.. Well, kalau inputnya bagus, output-nya biasanya bagus juga kan? ^_^. Dan orang yang bahagia dengan dirinya sendiri akan efektif berkarya. Bukan begitu?

Sabtu lalu, saya, Adrian dan puluhan blogger lain diundang untuk mengikuti one-day tour Bintaro Jaya. Sebagai mantan penghuni sektor 3 perumahan Bintaro, tentu dong undangan tersebut saya sambut dengan antusias. Pengen lihat perkembangan kota mandiri yang dulu pernah menyisipkan banyak kenangan itu! *sentimentil banget ya alasannya? Hahaha. :mrgreen:

Blogger kalau ngumpul seru deh! ^_^

Begitu sampai di daerah Bintaro, saya baru tau kalau sekarang ini Bintaro tidak lagi menggunakan sistem sektor namun menggantinya dengan distrik. Seperti distrik Kebayoran yang diperuntukkan bagi keluarga atau Distrik Discovery dengan konsep minimalisnya. Semakin luas, semakin…

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Travelling Bucket List

June 28, 2013 § 2 Comments

I don’t really travel much, but I like the idea of it. Copying Mbak Eka on this post, let me think of the places I really want to go to before I die.

  1. Westfield, NY; USA: my long-time online friend lives there. I’ve always wanted to visit her and see her life with my own eyes, not just by the emails she sends me.
  2. DisneySea, Tokyo; Japan: because DisneyLand is for kids. :P
  3. Actually, just all of Japan, please.
  4. Lombok, Karimun Jawa, Kepulauan Seribu, Pulau Komodo, Tangkuban Parahu (I know! How embarrassing for a person who’s lived in Bandung for 21 years!), and a lot more places in Indonesia. I’ve recently gone to Sabang, Banda Aceh, and Bali, so cross them off the list! Though I would really like to visit again sometime. :)
  5. I’m having difficulty choosing priorities. You know what, I’ll just say I want to travel around the world.

There! I want to go to as many places as I can before I die. Haha. Ciao.

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