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I don’t remember when was the first time I saw a preview of this documentary movie, but I remember that I really interested to watch the rest of it. So when I heard that it finally available to watch in theaters, I absolutely wouldn’t miss the chance.

The most questions I got about the movie was, is it boring?

Maybe because it’s a documentary. Maybe we just can’t imagine what could be interesting about a live of a “pengamen” (street musician or what they called busker in this movie), who some of us sees almost everyday on our way to do our activities.

Well, boring is one word that is not belong to this movie.

Without a scripted drama or adjusted storyline, “Jalanan” (the street) opened a window to a real life of buskers in Jakarta. The movie let the audience get to know the buskers in a more up-close-and-personal kind of way, that helped you see them beyond, but not apart from, what they do as a living.


Watching the movie, following the life of the three buskers: Ho, Titi, and Boni, made me realize so many things. How there are different kinds of world and living out there, where mine is just one of them. How bad governance, where corruption is the inseparable part of it, is hurting the country and while it might not disturb the life of the higher class that much, the lower class of the society feel the direct effect of it.

What I love about the movie is the inspiration that comes from the optimism those three amazing main characters shows. They’re living a hard life but they don’t give up on their future. They struggle but do not forget to laugh and be grateful. They enjoy life, while some of us with more things we have can’t seems to stop complaining.

Daniel Ziv, the director of “Jalanan” spent about 6 years to made this movie. Then the more than 200 hours of footage the team got was edited with the help from Ernest Weiss-Haryanto. The movie then won Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Mecenat Award for the best documentary at BIFF 2013.

Aside from the award, I want to say here that I consider the movie as a gift for Indonesia. It’s a privilege to see that one part of Jakarta that might usually being overlooked. To recognize Ho, Titi, and Boni as persons, as Indonesians, to listen to their stories and thoughts, to see Indonesia through their eyes, to enjoy great songs that they created, to laugh and cry with them.

I recommend everyone, to watch this movie. You can get more information about it from @JalananMovie. Meanwhile, you can watch the awesome trailer:

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The Raid 2: Berandal

If you are into action movies, moreover had a thing for what they called gory action, this movie would be a perfect choice.

As the second part of The Raid trilogy, “The Raid 2: Berandal*” is even better than the first movie a.k.a “The Raid: Redemption”. [*thug]

Having “The Raid: Redemption” as a comparison, “The Raid 2: Berandal” will exceed your expectation in the proportion of blood and action. The fighting scenes was intense with a lot more variation in location. It’s pretty cool for me to watch some familiar places on screen (one of the scene was actually took place in front of the building where I watched the movie :D).

The story (which is written by the director Gareth Evans), even might not the strongest part of the movie, is still interesting to follow, and despite of a couple of name recognizing problem, I could enjoy it just fine. It also has more complexity than the first movie which make it even better to watch.

The Raid 2

Beside Rama, the main character who played by Iko Uwais (who is better in fighting than acting), this movie filled with great characters and casts, such as Bunarwan – the police official who put Rama on his new mission  (Cok Simbara), Reza – the corrupt police (Roy Marten), Bangun – one of the two powerful mob boss who runs crime in Jakarta (Tio Pakusadewo), Uco – conflicted son of Bangun (Arifin Putra), Goto – the other mob boss (Kenichi Endo), Bejo – a newcomer who wants to take over the criminal world (Alex Abbad), The Assassin – who uses kerambit as his weapon (Cecep Arif Rahman), The Hammer Girl (Julie Estelle) and her brother The Baseball Bat Man (Very Tri Yulisman). You can also see the performance of Oka Antara, Deddy Sutomo, Kazuki Kitamura, Ryuhei Matsuda, Epy Kusnandar, Yayan Ruhian and Marsha Timothy.

The fighting choreography by Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian (which based on Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat) was impressive. Along with the beautiful cinematography by Dimas Imam Subhono and Matt Flanery, and amazing score by Fajar Yuskemal, Aria Prayogi, and Joseph Trapanese, “The Raid 2: Berandal” was presenting an experience full of excitement.

Of course, this movie is not for everyone. The level of violence is not for anyone under age (we got our id at 17 year old in Indonesia, so I think it’s a quite save age, though I recommend you to wait until you’re at least 20 :))). If you’re scared of blood and prefer a peaceful scene from a movie, this movie is not for you either.

Feel the piece of the movie on the trailer below :)

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

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. :)

Sebelas Patriot

It’s Andrea Hirata‘s seventh novel, and his fifth book I read after his famous tetralogy “Laskar Pelangi” (The Rainbow Troops).

Overall, I pretty enjoy reading the tetralogy. The story was set in Belitung, an island in Indonesia. My parents are from Bangka, an island next to Belitung. Both island are in the same province called Bangka-Belitung now, and both island use similar language. That might be one thing that make the book interesting for me. The next book in the series is keep getting better than the earlier. So one day I stumble upon this one, and decided to read it, see if it’s as interesting.

Sebelas Patriot

Well, I have to say that it’s kinda not. Haha.

It’s not all bad. I just don’t get that excited feeling. Maybe because I’m not that into soccer which is what the novel is about. Maybe because the way Andrea tells it. Whatever it might be, I find it kind of boring.

I appreciate what he’s trying to say through this novel though. How soccer could mean a lot to someone. How it was once symbolized a fight against colonialism, and until now could still brought up a patriotic feeling in someone.

As you can see in the title, “Sebelas Patriot” (Eleven Patriots), the novel put the eleven player in a soccer team as a patriot, who is fighting in the name of their country.


Again, this is a book that tells about dream. After his first novel “5 cm.” that was featuring mountain climbing, this time Donny Dhirgantoro used badminton as the vessel of the story.

The title of the book is “2”, which represent how everything is created two times. First in your imagination and then in reality.

The main character named Gusni Annisa Puspita. Her dream is to become a badminton athlete, win championships and make her parents happy. That is not easy to realized, especially with her condition. A genetic disease make it almost impossible for her to reach her dream but at the same time give her more reason to keep going. This is her fight to win, for herself, her family, and her country.


Just like before, Donny shows the love for Indonesia in his novel. Through badminton, a sport that has its own place and history in the heart of Indonesian, he grows the spirit of fighting for your dream, in the name of Indonesia. He shows how sport, in this case badminton, could bring the whole country together. That when an athlete wins, it also means the victory of the country. And Indonesia, should never loses hope of itself.

The story is likable. I like how it describes the struggle of every role in the story. How love gives strength and courage to each and all of the character to face anything they have to face, to never give up, to protect and support people they love, to fulfill their responsibilities and accomplish their missions. As parents to their children, children to their parents, as friends, best friends, sisters, lovers, and of course Indonesian.

I think it could use a good editor though. First, for a better use of punctuation mark. There are also some inconsistency in some facts of the story, like for example about Gusni’s weight that said stays at 125 kg, while at one point of the story were 130 kg. I found few confusing sentences or that could be better rephrased and would rather cut some paragraphs that contains too much of what might be intended to be motivational or inspirational statements.

I found those things pretty annoying, but I’m  glad that I decided to give it a chance and finished the entire novel for it gave me a quick reminder to believe in my dreams and work harder to achieve them.

One quote I love from the novel is:

“Jangan pernah meremehkan kekuatan seorang manusia, karena Tuhan sedikitpun tidak pernah!”

(Do not ever underestimate the power of a human being, because God Himself never does, not even a little)

Berani Mengubah

This post is about the first book that I finished this year. I started reading it at the end of 2012. It took a pretty long time I know. I haven’t really read many books lately. This is exactly why I made the book list.

So I finally finished a book. A good one too. It titled “Berani Mengubah” (dare to change) by Pandji Pragiwaksono. The book basically tells about how we should be doing something to create change instead of only demand it to happen. To be more specific, how we can change Indonesia.

The book reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

“Be the change you want to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi

I do think that proactivity is one of the most important mentality anyone should have. Being proactive means taking a full responsibility of your life. Believe that you can make things happen, not just blaming everyone or everything else for what happened to or around you. It means taking control of yourself and all the potential in it to create some action towards change rather then just complaining or waiting for the change to happen.

Proactivity is one thing that you should have to be able to create change. Once you believe that you have the power, the next thing you need to know is how to use the power. What could we actually do for Indonesia? This is what the book then try to answer.

Berani Mengubah

To change something, we first of all have to understand about its condition. First four chapters of the book mentioning the area of knowledge that we have to learn in order to change Indonesia, from politics, law, economy, to the history, characteristic, and the development of the country so far.

All those knowledge will open our eyes, help us understand what is really going on in Indonesia, the reason behind events and decisions our government makes, how things works and influence other things. Then we can see what kind of problems Indonesia are dealing with, how we could help solving them, and which part we could change to be better.

One thing you should know about Indonesia is its wide diversity. It is the biggest archipelago in the world with ten of thousands of islands spread between  Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. There are around 240 millions people in Indonesia with all kind of differences in culture, religions, believes, educations, views and way of thinking. The problem is, most Indonesian people still having a hard time to accept and appreciate those differences. Some to the level of hurting their fellow Indonesian. Just because they’re different.

To be more open to new and different things. To understand before hate. To not see differences as threats but more as a natural thing in life that we can even make a good use out of. To live side by side and work together in harmony despite of any differences. Those are things that Indonesia have to learn to be able to move forward. To create unity in diversity not to force an uniformity. That’s what the book talk about in its next chapter.

Of course we can’t do everything. That is why, by showing examples of some Indonesian heroes, those who are already out there doing amazing things and creating changes, it said that we better focus on the thing our heart lean into the most. Our calling. Our passion. That way we can create more change. Consistently generating a significant impact.

The book also mentions about being known internationally. Because, by then we could bring greater impact to more people. We could give and contribute more as the  part of the world community. Indonesia would also be acknowledged by the world.

“Berani Mengubah” gave me basic insights and knowledge to start creating changes. It contains so much in 198 pages. The words Pandji used in the book are easy to understand. But like what he said in the last part of it, it’s time to act upon what you read. It’s not easy to create change. It takes courage. And that’s what the title of the book is all about.

I also like to quoted a poem from W.S. Rendra that are written in the last page of the book:

Kesadaran adalah matahari

Kesabaran adalah bumi

Keberanian menjadi cakrawala

Dan perjuangan

Adalah pelaksanaan kata-kata.

Habibie & Ainun

Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie aka B.J. Habibie is the third president of Indonesia (May 21st 1998-October 20th 1999). This post is not about his short period of time as a president though. It is about  the movie that was made based the book he wrote.

“Habibie dan Ainun” (Habibie and Ainun) is both the book and the movie were titled. In the book, Habibie tells us about his life in a form of a novel. We can tell from the title that he want to focus on his life with his beloved wife Hasri Ainun Habibie (Ainun). How beautiful the love they shared together, how much she meant to him and his life. So that’s what the movie also tries to show us. The story of Habibie while Ainun was beside him.

Habibie (Reza Rahadian) and Ainun (Bunga Citra Lestari) was a school mate. They meet again when Habibie got back to Indonesia from German, for a temporary  sick leave. Habibie was accompanying his brother delivering something to Ainun’s parent’s house. There he met a girl that he once mocked ugly years ago in school time. A girl that now has turn into a beautiful woman in his eyes. The girl he instantly fell in love with.


The movie then shows how Ainun goes with Habibie to German right after they got married. They early life there was not so easy. They didn’t have enough money that Habibie often had to walk to/ from work instead of having a bus. He had to dealt with freezing weather and broken shoes. While Ainun waited for him in their small apartment. Worried about their condition, being in a new country away from anyone she knows, made Ainun feels like going home to Indonesia. But her love for Habibie and the way he convince her that everything would be better, made her decided to stay.

Their life does get better. Habibie’s ideas start to being recognized in German. He then known as a genius whose contributions are highly appreciated there. When their two sons are big enough, Ainun decided to make her own contribution as a doctor in a hospital.

Not so long after that, Habibie was called to come back to Indonesia and serve the country. First as a CEO in Indonesia’s aircraft enterprise, IPTN (Industri Pesawat Terbang Nusantara). Then as a Mininster of Research and Technology (Menristek). He then become a vice president of Indonesia before he replaced Soeharto as the president of Indonesia. Along the way, Ainun was there beside him.

I think the movie has done a good job in showing the audience about the life of Habibie. I can see his love and dedication for Indonesia. It also shows how his love for Ainun and Ainun’s love for him has a great deal of influence in everything he does. Ainun supports and takes care of him when he’s too busy to take care of himself. She was there as his wife, his soul mate, his partner, and his best friend. We can only imagine how much pain and lost he must have feel when she had to leave his side forever.

habibie-ainun last kiss
Habibie is kissing Ainun in her sickness before she passed away

Aside from the romantic part of Habibie’s life, I especially moved by the part where he fight for his dream for Indonesia. One of his dream that is also his promise to Ainun is to make a save and cheap airplane for Indonesia. Indonesia is an archipelago with thousands of Islands spread in its wide territory. So airplane would be a very useful means to connect all island. By creating and producing it domestically, Indonesia would have more plane to reach more places, with cheaper price. Imagine how much it would help us communicate, transporting people or things would become much easy.

As shown in the movie, Habibie worked very hard to make that dream come true. He sacrifices his time with his family, all his energy and mind into the project. That’s why it’s understandable that he was devastated when the project was closed. I’m very disappointed myself (this is the part where I actually feel like crying). To see such a waste of brain and potentials. To watch what could’ve been a great thing for Indonesia was shut down just like that. I feel the same thing when Habibie had to end his presidency in such a short period because the misperception of people that were already too angry about the previous regime.

The real Habibie and Ainun

One of the best thing from this movie is Reza Rahadian’s brilliant acting as B.J. Habibie. He has a different posture a from Habibie and much taller too.  But I can see Habibie in him. The way he moves and talks. His mimics and gestures are much alike Habibie himself. I think that shows the good quality of his acting even more.

What is lacking from the movie is a good make up. It’s pretty disturbing that neither Habibie and Ainun nor the people around them are get old. It was showing the life of Habibie and Ainun since before they were married after about 50 years later and they almost look exactly the same until the end of the movie. I was having a hard time to imagine them as older characters they suppose to be. In one of the scenes my friend even think that Habibie’s son try to flirt with Ainun because he always stand close to her. I think at some points their sons even looks older than their ageless parents. :-)

Put that flaw aside, I really enjoy watching the movie. Another good Indonesian movie that inspire me to believe in true love, good quality of human being, and a better future for Indonesia.


5 cm.

Dream. There are so many books and movies talk about it. This one is included.

5 cm is a movie based on a novel with the same title. Both, novel and screenplay, are written by Donny Dhirgantoro. The movie is directed by Rizal Mantovani  and produced by Sunil Soraya from Soraya Intercine Film.

The title tells about the basic principle of the story:

“To put your dreams 5 centimeters in front of your forehead so you will always bring it with you, never let it out of your sight. That way, you will never forget about them, always put them at your focus, and keep working hard to reach them.”

This principle were held tight inside the heart of five long time best friends who are the main characters of the movie.

Genta (Fedi Nuril), Zafran (Herjunot Ali), Riani (Raline Shah), Ian (Igor Saykoji), and Arial (Denny Sumargono) had been best friends for almost ten years, and there’s no single weekend that they’re not spent together. Until one day, Genta has this idea to break from their routine. He suggested that they stop seeing each other or even communicate in any kind. For three months, each of them should focus on their own activities without each other. Accomplishing their goals and dreams or finding a new one. Meeting new people or trying new things. All by themselves, without their best friends by their side.

After three months, they celebrate their reunion by climbing the highest mountain on the island of Java, Mount Semeru. Also known as Mahameru (The Great Mountain), the volcano lies on the south end of the Tengger Volcanic Complex, in East Java, Indonesia.

It’s a tough even dangerous journey to climb Mahameru. You have to be well prepared and well informed about the field condition. No joking around. You have to be really careful and stay focus if you don’t want to kill yourself. But the most important thing is you have to have a strong will and determination. Just like when you’re fighting to reach your dreams.

One of my favorite quote from the movie is the one being said by the five best friends [plus Arial’s little sister Arinda (Pevita Pearce) who also join the trip] right before they climb Mahameru:

Genta: “Yang kita perlu sekarang hanya kaki yang akan berjalan lebih jauh dari biasanya,”

(all we need now is legs that will walk farther then they used to)

Ian: “Mata yang akan menatap lebih lama dari biasanya,”

(eyes that will stare longer than they used to)

Arial: “Leher yang akan lebih sering melihat ke atas,”

(head that will look up more often)

Riani: “Lapisan tekad yang seribu kali lebih keras dari baja,”

(layers of determinations that are stronger than steel)

Zafran: “Hati yang akan bekerja lebih keras dari biasanya,”

(heart that will work harder than it used to)

Arinda: “Serta mulut yang akan selalu berdoa.”

(and mouth that will always pray)

They were all struggling to climb the mountain. The fact is there are people that actually lost their lives climbing it. But what they get in the end is totally worth all the risk.

On the jeep, before climbing

I love how the hardship in climbing Mahameru shown as the analogy of fighting for your dreams. That no matter how hard or how impossible the dream might seemed, if you really believe it, if you have strong enough faith and determination, you can achieve anything. If you let it, if you don’t give up, the journey towards the dream will shape you, make you stronger and wiser. And in the end, you will see the beauty of your dream, like the amazing view of the land above the cloud Mahameru offers.

I can’t stop admire the view this movie shows. I think that is one of the strength that makes the movie stands out. But, without a good story, it will only be an entertainment to the eyes. A nice story line and messages it brought is what makes the movie worth watching. The story also has strong characters in it. We can see a clear difference between each character. What kind of person they are like, what are their interest, till the smallest habit that make them who they are.

I also have to give an extra credit to the casts. They manage to play each character naturally. You can feel the chemistry of the friendship. And the fact that they (and the entire crew) are actually climb Mahameru. Going trough all those risks and difficulties for the sake of the movie… Respect!

After an accident while climbing Mahameru

I think, love lies in small details. So does friendship. The small most common thing from someone is the thing that we will miss the most about them, for they already become part of our lives. We can see how close their friendship are from some small details they remember about each other. Like the scene when Riani  orders food for the rest of the group with the specifications that only she knows.

Or when Genta said: “Kalau Ian makan indomie, sebentar lagi Riani bilang…” (when Ian eats indomie, in a minute Riani will say…)

Riani: “Ian minta kuahnya dong.” (Ian, can I have some of the broth, please)

Some people might say that the story is cheesy, but for me, it works pretty well in delivering the message about love, friendship, dream, and faith in the limited duration of the movie. The story flows nicely with some drips of comedy. Oh, and of course, the beautiful movie soundtracks by Nidji  enhanched the spirit of the movie.

Last but not least, this movie reminds me of how beautiful Indonesia is. How we, Indonesian people, should be proud of it, give everything we can to take care of it. We’re the one who should build our country and make the best out of its potentials, of our potentials. Like the characters said in the movie:

Zafran: “Negeri ini begitu indah, Tuhan. Bantu kami menjaganya.” (this country is so beautiful, God. Help us take care of it)

Ian: “Gue pake tanahnya, minum airnya, masa nggak ada terima kasihnya?” (I use the land, drink the water, how can I don’t show gratitude [to Indonesia])

There’s a lot to love about Indonesia. This movie shows a part of it. It also prove to some people that don’t believe Indonesia can produce a good movie, that they’re wrong. Keep creating, Indonesia! :)

P.S. Apparently, there are some critics on the climbing requirements detail from some experienced climbers. I do think detail is important in a movie, to make it seems real and not to give the wrong impression on something. In this case, also for the safety of they who interested to climb Mahameru or other mountains after watching the movie 😀 Here‘s a link to an article that points out what is not accurate from the movie and how it supposed to be.


Stand-Up Comedy Indonesia

Stand-up comedy is something that we can say pretty new in Indonesia. There were not so many people know or even heard about it and even if there were some people that might do stand-up here, it remain below the surface. Not until the  end of 2011 it became popular in the country.

Stand-Up Comedy Indonesia (SUCI), the first television program about stand-up comedy in Indonesia, was also the first trigger that made people aware about this “new style” of comedy and start talking about it. Taking the form of reality show to find a talented stand-up comedian (comic) -like American Idol for comics, SUCI manage to create an enthusiasm among Indonesian people. Those who already into stand-up comedy or interested to be a comic to those who never really heard about it before but were willing to join the competition or just simply interested to find out what’s this all about.

SUCI was broadcasted from September-December 2011. Ryan Adriandhy, Insan Nur Akbar, and Ernest Prakasa were the three finalists.  The competition were finally won by Ryan.

The host of SUCI season 1


It didn’t end there though. As I said earlier, SUCI was the trigger.  SUCI put together some people from some different cities in Indonesia with the same interest of stand-up comedy. It then followed by the idea to form some kind of place to share that interest with more people that also into stand-up comedy, a place where they can learn and support each other. So then a community named Standup Comedy Indonesia (@StandUpIndo) was born. The two finalists of SUCI, Ernest and Ryan, together with Pandji Pragiwaksono, Raditya Dika, and Isman H. Suryaman are the name behind the community. With more and more people interested in this style of comedy, more communities of stand-up comedy from many cities and universities around Indonesia were also being formed.

The Finalist of SUCI 1

I got to say that I also a bit carried away by the hype. It’s not that I want to be a comic, joining the community and all that, but it does get pretty much of my attention. I like the concept of stand-up comedy. How you can talk about everything from daily life to politics and religion without being to serious. How you can learn to laugh yourself or the condition around you but at the same time make you think about it. Make you pay more attention on things you usually forget or try to ignore. Make you realize some things you don’t before, seeing things from other point of view, found similarities among differences, and make peace with anything that previously makes you afraid or bothering you.

I like that. And I like that I get to laugh while getting all that.

So far, I’ve only watched two stand-up comedy show directly-not trough some media like tv, dvd, or youtube- and enjoyed both of them so much. They are Pandji’s “Merdeka dalam Bercanda Comedy Tour”, which is part of his cool show INDONESIA: and a stand-up by Ernest on the launching of his book+DVD, “Dari Merem ke Melek” (the DVD is the recording of his Merem Melek Comedy Tour finale).

I went to the launching because apparently I’m one of the first 100 people who pre-ordered the book+DVD package. I never intended to get the invitation, but I absolutely don’t mind to get one! ;D

I even allowed to take some friends. So I went with my youngest sister (she’s the only one available at that time). We watch the DVD together with other guests, having a free pizza and sodas, watch Ernest doing stand-up, and of course having his signature on the book and taking a picture with Ernest and Ge Pamungkas, the winner of SUCI season 2 who become the host that day (too bad we missed Ge’s stand-up). We’re having so much fun! :)

Left: Me, Ernest Prakasa, and my sister; Right: With Ge Pamungkas

SUCI is going to start its third season now. They already doing the audition. Let’s hope that it will found some great comics that together with other Indonesian comics will make stand-up even better and do their part in making Indonesia a better nation. While making lots of laugh. 😉