Comic 8

“Comic 8″ is produced by H.B Naveen and Frederica from Falcon Pictures and directed by Anggi Umbara, with Fajar Umbara as the scripwriter.

The main character of this movie are divided into three teams:

1. The Amateurs: Fico Fachriza, Priya Prayogha Pratama a.k.a. Babe Cabiita, Bintang Timur.

2. The Gangster: Ernest Prakasa, Arie Kriting, Ahmad Kemal Palevi.

3. The Freaks: Rony Imannuel a.k.a Mongol Stress, Mudy Taylor.

Each team has their own reason to rob a bank. The problem is, all of them were happen to rob the same bank on the same day.

The story then moved around the interaction between the three teams, with their hostages, and the police, that were headed by the beautiful Nirina Zubir and her partner Boy William (who speaks English most of the time).

Beside the eight stand-up comedian (comics) who were playing as characters with their own name, “Comic 8″ is filled with a lot of familiar names like: Indro Warkop, Henky SolaimanAgus Kuncoro, Pandji Pragiwaksono, Nikita Mirzani, Agung HerculesGe Pamungkas, Ence Bagus, Cak Lontong, Candil , Jeremy Teti, Kiki Fatmala, Laila Sari, and Coboy Junior.

Comic 8As an action comedy movie, it may not be hilarious, but it’s not totally not funny either. It made me laugh at some parts and smile at other parts. Yes, some jokes are somewhat cliche, some dialogs might be better left unsaid, and there were some missing details that degraded the movie great potential to be better. Yet as a whole movie, it’s still a nice entertainment that are worth to watch.

I like the use of flashbacks to revealed the background of each robbers and surprises  that came with each flashback. The movie is visually interesting for my eyes too.

For the action part, I found it pretty cool, with all those shootings  with multiple kinds of weapons, from revolver, bazooka, machine gun, and explosions caused by dynamites and grenades.

The best part of this movie, for me, is the unpredictable twists. While my favorite character is Mongol Mungil 😀

This is the trailer that made me want to watch the movie in the first place:

Lucky me, I got two free tickets from a twitter quiz held by @pandji, and got to watched the movie with him (and other winners) as a bonus.

Another bonus ;)
Photo booth! :D
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de Mingle

One day, my youngest sister got two IDR 100K vouchers  to use at a bistro named de Mingle. She asked me and my other sister to enjoy the vouchers and go with her on a lunch date. So to de Mingle we went.

We chose a table by the window on the first floor.  The waiters were so nice and friendly. One of them was kindly explained to us that even though the original version may not be, the version that they made there is halal (allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines). The waiter were also informed us about the second floor, that we might be enjoy better. We decided to go upstairs and did like it 😀

The second floor is more spacious with bigger windows where we could look outside while enjoying our food. The whole place is cozy with a nice interior.

The menu is divided into three categories: Indonesian, Dutch, and Western. Each of us ordered the food from a different category so we could try them all ;D

We like everything we ordered. It’s delicious! Or in dutch: lekker :9

The price range is around IDR 100K per person.

We totally enjoyed our lunch date that day :)

de Mingle – Indo Dutch Bistro Graha Handaya
Jl. Raya Pejuangan Kav. 12A Unit C., Kebon Jeruk, Jakarta Barat.


Malcolm X

The original title was “The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley”. I read the translated version.

I heard his name for quite a long time but know very little about him. He’s an African American, he’s a moslem, and the Indonesian version title said that he “revolutionized the world of Islam and humanity”. That’s what made me interested to know more about this man.

Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) were born in the time when racism was in a horrific condition. His entire life was basically influenced by it and was then dedicated against it.

Before Malcolm was born, his family had to move out of their house because the threat of the Ku Klux Klan, since Malcolm’s father was an activist of UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association).

Malcolm X

His father was killed when he was six, his mother was placed in a mental hospital seven years after. In his teenage years, he started to spent most of his life on the street, get involve with alcohol, drugs, became a thief and trafficker, until he got into jail.

As he grew, he watched and experienced how the black people were treated differently by the white people. Not always in a ruthless way, but even the nicest white people (sometimes maybe without realizing that it was some form of racism) doesn’t seems to see black people equally as human being. Yet, not until heard about Elijah Muhammad and his teachings, he realized how terrible racism has and still destroying black people.

I learn from this book how oppression and negligence could grow inferiority in someone. That when a human being treated less than he should be all his life, he would be eventually think less of himself. He would started to believe that he deserved it.

In this case, racism had led the African American to forget who they really are. The oppression and in equal treatment they got since the first time they arrived at the country as slaves had effecting them mentally, spiritually, socially, and economically. It was led them into low self esteem, the helpless feeling, and self destructive attitude. They got to believe that they were lower than the white people and the only way they could succeed was by their mercy or by following their way. The worst part of it is that most of them didn’t even realize this.

MAlcolm X Quote

This self esteem and the pride of being black men was what Elijah Muhammad with his Nation of Islam tried to revived. The movement want black people stand on their own feet and began to fight for their success. Malcolm who was born as Malcolm Little changed his last name into X like the other member of the religious movement. He became National Representative of the Nation of Islam, second in rank after Elijah, before he found the real Islam, that gave a new perspective in his fight for the rights of blacks and about racism itself.

Trough his speech and his own journey to find the truth, Malcolm woke a lot of people, black or white, about the racism problem in America and how it was the roots of lots of problem in the country.

Malcolm was stating the truth that was making people, white or black, uncomfortable. His passion and frankness might also made some people feel threaten. But I think that’s also how he inspires even more people across races in different countries, even long after he died as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.

Four Races, One Medal, Lots of Happy Feelings

Like what I have wrote here, one of the things I started doing in 2013 was joining running races.

I was in the middle of trying to reignite my jogging habit when I heard about this race called Jakarta International 10K (also known as Milo Run as it was sponsored by Milo). I bumped into @mrshananto‘s tweet about the race and started to look for more information about it.

It brought me to the videos about how Milo trained these three people (one of them was @mrshananto, the other two was @millyshafiq and @alhabasya) to join the race.

Three of them were never really do any sport regularly, including running. In that 8 weeks program, Milo provided them with coaches and nutritionist to prepare them for a 10K running.

I hadn’t really do any sport lately and I never run that far. But the videos were truly inspired me, so I decided to join the race too. And I’m very glad I did.

I think I reached the finish line in around 1 hour and 40 minutes. Not so bad considering that I didn’t do enough practice. I walked about half the race. I got no medal or certificate that were provided for limited early finishers. But it felt so great! 😀

Milo Runners

That was on June 23, 2013. On September 22, 2013, my work place became one of the media partners of this running event called Sunday Fun Run and get some free registrations number as part of the deal. This time I and some of my co-workers were joining the 5K race. Again, no medal (because apparently it’s not part of the deal :( ). But at least this time I had some company (in running and in not getting medal :p).

The third race was the best race I had so far. It was King of The Road (KOTR) that was held by Adidas on September 29, 2013, just a week after my second race.

It was very well organized, the race pack was nice, but what mostly made it best is that I did it with my closest friends. By the way, this time, I got a medal. Finally. Hahaha…

My last race on 2013 was Nike We Run or special for Indonesia called Bajak Jakarta (which somewhat means “taking over Jakarta”) on December 15, 2013. It was one of the most anticipated race of the year. The cool part of the race was when we get to finished it inside the Stadion Utama (Main Stadium) of Gelora Bung Karno which is not usually open for public (except the part for the football spectators to sit and watch the game).

That time we could be on the other side of the stadium, tasted the feeling of being an athlete whom were cheered by the audience (even though the cheering sound was just a recording).

It was also wonderful to meet some supporters along the way, doing high five with some supporters form Nike that wore big hands, listen to a group of old lady that cheered you to not give up.  And of course, nothing beats the feeling of reaching the finish line.

Here are some pictures from the races:

I got a finisher t-shirt instead of a medal on the last race, so the KOTR medal is still the only one I got on 2013. Thank God that the joy of the race is way above any medal. These running races is definitely one of the biggest contributor of my happiness last year. Looking forward to join some other races this year :)


Mesakke Bangsaku

I’m not sure how to translate the title. The first word of it is in Javanese, while the second one is in Indonesian language (bahasa Indonesia). Together, it means something like “Oh, my poor nation”.

“Mesakke Bangsaku” is the third stand-up comedy special by Pandji Pragiwaksono, after “Bhinneka Tunggal Tawa” (2011) and “Merdeka dalam Bercanda” (2012).

This time, I watched the show with my youngest sister. Like the other shows by Pandji, the challenge began at the time we have to buy the tickets. It’s almost like a race, if you’re not fast enough you might wouldn’t get the ticket you want. It would be safe if we click (since it was sold online) at the exact minute the ticket start to be sold. So that’s what we did, and just a few hours later, the tickets we want (the cheapest one :p) were sold out.

The next challenge is how to get to the location of the show (which is about 12-15 miles from our house) the cheapest, fastest, most convenient way possible. Hahaha. It might not a challenge at all for most people. It just that it’s our first time going there by public transportation and it just sounds more fun to call it a challenge :p

Anywaay.. The day finally came. Desember 21, 2013. We got there at around 5 pm to exchange the online tickets with the real one (the trip was great by the way :D). The show was going to start at 8 pm. While waiting, we’re doing this:

I actually experienced some things for the first time that day. After the first time trip to that area with those particular buses, I finally get to try this food called Kerak Telor (I quite like it, but it’s not really my favorite). It’s our first time to go to that part of Taman Ismail Marzuki and watch a show in Teater Jakarta. 😀

So, the show began. Right on 8 pm, opened by Arief Didu (he’s one funny guy! :))). He might only performed for about 20 minutes and used around 10% of the stage (which he used as part of his bit) but he almost drained the audience out laughter. If Pandji was about to talk about how “mesakke” our nation is, then Arief was talking about him as the most “mesakke” comic (and that’s why he was choosen to be the opener that night). Lol.

Apparently, we had more stock of laughter than we thought or maybe we were just keep producing them again and again, because laughter was all over Teater Jakarta that night, until the very show ended.

Teater Jakarta
The stage view of the location, where around 1200 audience sat and watched the show (and the price of the ticket for each stage :p)

That was my sister’s first time and my second time watching live performance of stand-up comedy special, both by Pandji. I personally feel that there were some improvements than the first one I watched. The material, the way Pandji brought the whole set. As before, I learned somethings from that night show. About Indonesia, about us as a nation and about myself.

The funny thing is, listened about how “mesakke” our country is, made me love it even more. I think that just what comes out from the ability to laugh ourselves. Not to hate ourselves or deny our own flaws, but to accept everything and learn to love ourselves as what we are, while trying to be our better selves.

With Arief Didu
With the headliner of the show: Pandji Pragiwaksono

So, it is 2014

Suddenly it’s January.

Yes, the year has change again. 2013 was over, 2014 is now here.

There are some things I start doing or do more in 2013.

I read more books (which actually is one of my new year resolution, so yeay! :D). You can preview the 2013 list here, or take a pick on 2014 list here.

I blog more. It stopped in the middle of the year, but it still more than the year before :p

I started jogging again (although I still found it hard to keep it as a routine).

I joined running races (about four of them :D). There were so many of them, especially in Jakarta that you can enter at least a race almost every month.

There are (of course) things that I meant to do or get done on the same year but finally did not.

I meant to keep blogging once a week (and at least publish one last post before the year ended).

I meant to clean up the room.

I meant to write more on my journal.

I meant to write a novel (even a short story will be nice).

I meant to update my dream book.

Oh, well. Like the quote said,

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. -Charles Dederich-

Let’s just do better in 2014. I wish you all an amazing year ahead and the ability to cherish each moment of the rest of your life. Cheers! :)

Books I Read in 2013

>> Since 2013 was over, I moved the contain of the page into a new post. So I could use the page for the list of books I read in 2014 while still be able to review the 2013 book list. Let’s keep reading, folks! :) <<

Just like I wrote on this post, this page contain the list of the books that I’ve finished reading in 2013. Some books I might already start reading on previous year. If you decided to make this kind of page too, please put the link of your page/ post on the comment column below to share what you have read. Hopefully, we could motivate each other to read more books. It will be fun! ;D

Let’s read them all! ;)

Books I read in 2013:

>> January:
1. Berani Mengubah – Pandji Pragiwaksono.
2. Filosofi Kopi – Dewi “Dee” Lestari.
3. Dream Catcher – Alanda Kariza.
4. Waktu Aku Sama Mika – Indi

>> February:
5. Life Without Limits – Nick Vujicic
6. My Life As: Actor – Haqi Achmad
7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan
8. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan
9. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan

>> March:
10. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
11. 2 – Donny Dhirgantoro
12. Ketika Mas Gagah Pergi dan Kembali – Helvy Tiana Rosa
13.Sebelas Patriot – Andrea Hirata

>> April:
14. Brand Gardener – Handoko Hendroyono
15. The Naked Traveler – Trinity
16. Rindu – Sefryana Khairil

>> May:
17. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
18. Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
19. Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
20. Belajar Hidup Kaya dari Si Miskin – Matahari Timoer

>> June:
21. My Life As: Writer – Haqi Achmad and Ribka Anastasia
22. Notes from Qatar – Muhammad Assad
23. Kastana Taklukkan Jakarta – Soleh Solihun

>> July:
24. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
25. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
26. Marginalia – Dyah Rinni
27. Divortiare – Ika Natassa

>> September:
28. Unfriend You – Dyah Rinni
29. Honeymoon with My Brother – Franz Wisner
30. Rantau 1 Muara – A. Fuadi
31. Food Combining di Bulan Ramadan – Erikar Lebang
32. Hitam Putih – Budi Satrio

>> October:
33. Pencerah Nusantara: Best Practices untuk Mencapai MDGs – Tim Redaksi
34. I Can (Not) Hear – Feby Indirani and San C. Wirakusuma
35. Red Riding Hood – Blakley-Cartwright/Johnson
36. The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes – Jennifer Cruise, Eileen Dreyer, Anne Stuart
37. Nge-Blog dengan Hati – Ndoro Kakung
38. More About Nothing – Wimar Witoelar
39. How to Be a Pirate – Cressida Cowell
40. How to Speak Dragonese – Cressida Cowell
41. How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse – Cressida Cowell
42. Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
43. Detektif Imai dan Rahasia Pesan Api – Dyah P. Rinni
44. Magical Seira #1: Seira and The Legend of Madriva – Sitta Karina
45. Magical Seira #2: Seira and Abel’s Secret – Sitta Karina

>> November:
46. Magical Seira #2.5: Sand Castle – Sitta Karina
47. 100% Wolf – Jayne Lyons
48. How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
49. How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale – Cressida Cowell
50. Annie Sang Manusia Kalkulator (Calculator Annie) – Alexander McCall Smith
51. Bukan Bid’ah – Prof. DR. Ali Jum’ah
52. Tunnels – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
53. Deeper – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
54. Freefall – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
55. Closer – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
56. Spiral – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams

>> December:
57. Ayahku (Bukan) Pembohong – Tere Liye
58. Tangisan Langit – Imam Sibawaih El-Hasany & Yunan Askaruzzaman Ahmad
59. Pohon Permen Karet (The Bubblegum Tree) – Alexander McCall Smith
60. Sila ke-6: Kreatif Sampai Mati – Wahyu Aditya
61. Inferno – Dan Brown
62. Muhammad Al-Fatih 1453 – Felix Y. Siauw
63. Food Combining Itu Gampang – Erikar Lebang
64. Manusia Setengah Salmon – Raditya Dika
65. The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
66. Pena Beracun (The Moving Finger) – Agatha Christie

Let’s See

It’s been 11 days since my last post, and during those days, I’ve been jogging umm.. three times. Hahaha.

My shoes were broken after the first jogging, so I did wait for it to be fixed first. But the truth is, it’s just not easy to make myself doing it.

I got tired so easy. It needs some extra (will) power to finish 30 minutes of jogging (which still dominated by walking). I got tired before I even start sometimes, for imagining the exhaustion I’m about to have during the jogging. :p

I want to have a better stamina. And I believe this jogging thing (and any sport for that matter), could help me grow, both physically and mentally. It also does feels good every time I’m finished.

I think it wouldn’t take too long before I begin addicted to it again.

Actually, I can’t wait to jog again this afternoon.

Let’s see how many jogging I do after the next 11 days.

Or Not. 😀

First Post After Five Weeks

Hallo world!

I know.. I know.. It’s been a while since I published my last post here. Not only I missed a week, I missed more than a month!

My last post was published on April 25th, so I guess it’s more than five weeks than, huh? Five weeks without any new post at all. I don’t even updated the book list!

I’m not proud of it nor will make excuses on why I’ve been neglecting this blog.

One thing I want to address here is the longer you quit doing something (good), the harder to start again. Like restarting a habit for example. Or in this case, to start blogging again.

I’ve been avoiding to visit my own blog for all those weeks. Either because of the bad feeling of seeing it stay not updated or just simply procrastinate to start blogging again, I’m not sure. But I just don’t go there. Until yesterday, when I decided to start jogging again and feel like reading my post about it before I start.

So yes, I start my first jogging yesterday (I might or might not going to write more about this in the blog). And today, I decided to open the blog again and write another post in it.

So, this is my first post after five weeks. I’m gonna update the book list too.

See you in (hopefully) a lot sooner than five weeks! ;p

Brand Gardener, The Naked Traveler, Rindu

Ok. For some effectiveness reason, I’m going to review three books in one post this time.

1. Brand Gardener

Brand GardenerA book by Handoko Hendroyono, an advertising practitioner, about how everyone that works with brand need to change their paradigm and attitude to communicate in the world that change even faster than it used to.

Consumers today are well informed. They not easily believe in commercial or falls right away to a bombastic advertising. The pond has changed, so the fish has to adapt and transform to survive. In this book, Handoko is offering one concept to deal with all those changes. He thinks that everybody should be  a brand gardener.

Being a creative storyteller, as he called himself, Handoko share his thoughts through more than 30 stories in the book.

He keeps each of the story short and simple, so it’s easy to comprehend even if you are not in advertising or marketing business.

To be a brand gardener means that you need to really understand what a brand is represents. What is the idea behind it and what is the purpose of the product. Than you could choose the right medium and ways to communicate the brand to the consumer. Creativity is of course needed here. But a passionate heart, a sincere will to share, and the ability to connect rather than just to build awareness is the most important.

The book describes what the world society has change into, specially in its way to communicate. How the information travels, how everything become more personal than ever, and how to understand that creates more challenge yet also more opportunities to grow your brand. How interesting.

2. The Naked Traveler

TNT 4This is the fourth book of The Naked Traveler Series by Trinity. It’s always interesting to read Trinity’s  traveling stories. Not just about some monuments or spot worth visit in a country, but also about the people there, the habit and culture, and some specific experience that you can not find only by browsing about the place (except perhaps you read her blog :p).

In this book, Trinity puts one chapter about Indonesia. Like before, she mentions how beautiful Indonesia is, how many place that you can visit, and how we, as Indonesian, should start with Indonesia when it comes to traveling. This chapter reassures that.

She also shares some tips to travel and shows that what you need to start traveling is a strong will. She was able to backpacking to Europe when she was still a college student, with her own money. So, what are we waiting for? 😀

I don’t travel a lot myself  (I actually never really going anywhere). The entire series of The Naked Traveler encourage me to travel more. Go out there, see the world. Information, inspiration, insights. That’s what this book offers.

3. Rindu
RinduThis novel is about lost and how it could shock someone’s life so greatly it affects all aspects of it. The death of their only son changes everything in Krisna’s and Zahra’s life.

For me it’s a pretty nice novel. I think the writer, Sefryana Khairil, did a good job in describing the pain of loosing someone close to your heart, of missing (rindu) the one who’s gone and the life you have when he still around.

Reading through the pain and the healing process of the characters in this novel, I learn that everyone could have experience this kind of lost at least once in their life. It’s nice to share the feeling and see it from other people eyes. :)