Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Year of Weekly Posts

Hello, lovelies.

As much as I want to write more (a resolution that goes unfulfilled!), I must admit I've been a bad blogger this year. 

This year kicked off in an ugly start, with me being unemployed for the first three months. My contract with the former office ended in December, and there was no contract extension until March. Luckily, I got another job and started work again in April.

The new workplace has a somewhat-busy-but-fun atmosphere. Although I didn't travel much, I did have good times. Here are some of the things I did and was grateful to have this year:

-- I had more fun. The new workplace has quite a lot of sporty people. They plan a weekly run around Gelora Bung Karno sport complex (every Tuesday) and a badminton club (every Thursday). Have I told you that my co-workers also have a movie club too? My weekday nights are not only for work, but also for after-work socializing and sport activities.

-- I learned new things at the office, such as how to layout newsletter with CorelDraw and Adobe InDesign. I also got a chance to learn how to shoot a video of active learning for my office.

-- I went through odontectomy operation to take my impacted wisdom tooth. After all these years of meticulous toothbrushing and dentalflossing, I finally conquer my fear and take out that impacted molar.

-- I bought a car! It caused me a 10-year-worth savings, but M&D are happy with the purchase and that's what matters most.

-- I visited two geothermal plants in Cibuni and a wind farm in Ciheras. Both are in West Java. Those visits remind me Indonesia is not only a rich-oil state with abundant natural resources but also blessed with renewable energy sources.

Now, on to the 2016, I can't promise you I will post more, but you all know I love to write and tell stories. I can only say: I will do my best.

Happy New Year, lovelies. Hope you have a great one.

PS. I did write posts as I tried to write at least once a week, but I had yet to finish most of them. I'll try completing some of them during this holiday season. So if you scroll to previous pages and find new posts, well...happy reading :).

Friday, December 25, 2015

Mencari Hilal

Indonesian | 2015 | 93 minutes | Director : Ismail Basbeth

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Mahmud (Deddy Sutomo), who has been preaching Islamic values for years, believes that Muslims should practice Islamic teaching thoroughly in order to reach ultimate happiness. However, his spirit sank when he finds that the Ministry of Religious Affair will use Rp 9 billion to decide on the hilal, which marks the beginning of a Hijriyah month.
He reminisces the tradition of looking for hilal that his pesantren (Islamic boarding school) used to do. It was a spiritual journey, but he had never done it since the boarding school was dissolved years ago. He would like to repeat the tradition to prove that religious worship should not be made to make oneself rich, hilal can be found without billions of rupiah. 
Unfortunately, his plan was hampered by Halida (Erythrina Baskoro), his daughter, who worries about his declining health. Halida finally allows Mahmud to go under the condition he should be accompanied by Heli (Oka Antara), the youngest child who has fled the house due to irreconcilable differences.
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Heli, who works as an environmental activist, has always been very critical on religious affairs. At first, Heli refuses to accompany Mahmud, but he has to obey his sister, who works in the immigration office, in order to get his passport renewal on time for he needs it to attend an international event in Nicaragua. Hence, this father-son team depart in a bad mood. 
Will Mahmud find the hilal he's looking for before Idul Fitri? Will Heli get his passport on time? Can this Ramadhan reunite the two hearts? 
This movie is a nominee for best movie in FFI 2015.
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Some notes:
(1) The idea of the film, I believe, takes the inspiration from Le Grand Voyage, a French movie about a father-son team going on a pilgrimage

(2) I like Heli's backpack in this movie! Can anyone tell me where to buy it?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Let's Give Thanks

A few nights ago I scrolled down my FB wall while lying on my bed, a ritual that I've been doing since the smartphone made way into my life. Then I stumbled upon a post of a friend on saying thanks, instead of sorry.

It totally blows my mind. The change of one word would make such a huge difference on how the other people perceives you. Saying "I'm sorry" would make people think you're incapable, but saying "thanks" shows you appreciate others, own your mistakes and take things in stride.

Let's start saying more 'thanks', instead of 'sorry.

Find more illustration here. The artist behind the illustration is Yao Xiao, check out her other works here. Thank you, Yao Xiao for the kind reminder.