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Baby O’s First Time Experience [4]: Going to The Cinema

19 Aug

Click here to read Baby O’s previous first time experience.

Before/after watching movie, husband and I usually only take a picture in front of the movie poster. But since yesterday night is Baby O’s first time experience going to the cinema, taking a picture in front of the standing character is a must.

Cinema XXI Kota Kasablanka: Ori 20w7d old

Yes, it’s only counted as Baby O’s first time going to the cinema, not watching it. Because Baby O didn’t watch the movie at all. He just fall asleep during the movie, right after the trailers and the commercials. 😀

There were several times when pregnant-me watched movie in the cinema with husband. Maybe that’s why it wasn’t really a trouble to bring Baby O to the cinema for the first time. Baby O wasn’t disturbed by the loud noise, eventhough he didn’t wear his earmuffs. He wasn’t disturbed by the darkness either, it helped him to sleep soundly.

XXI Kota Kasablanka, Ori 20w7d old

I’m a proud mother. Let’s go to the cinema again, baby 😀

Family Theme TV Series

21 May

It’s almost 2.5 years since the last time I wrote about movie related post (click here to read). The reason is because I rarely watched tv series anymore. Mainly because I lost access to watch tv series. There were many sources to get the free soft file back in college time, I also still got allowance from parents to buy DVD versions. To spend my own salary to buy tv series DVD was such a luxury for me. Partly because I didn’t have much time to watch tv series anymore. Too tired to watch after getting back from the office, too much time spent outside the dorm in the weekend.


Anyhow, there are 3 family theme comedy tv series that I like to watch:

Modern Family

The first time I watched this serial tv was back in college time, alone using laptop, in between the writing of my thesis. In the first season, the film tells about 3 families of Father Jay Pritchett (along with his 2nd wife and step son), Daughter Claire Dunphy (along with his husband and 3 kids), and Son Mitchell Pritchett (along with his spouse).
Why modern family? Because Father Jay is remarried to his very young Colombian 2nd wife, whose around the same age with his Daughter Claire. They also have newborn kid together in season 7. Because Son Mitchell is gay and married to his male spouse. They also have adopted Asian kid in season 3. Daughter Claire might look like has the most normal family compared to others. And the 3 families live closed to each others in modern-day Los Angeles suburban area.

The film has reached its 8th season which started airing in March 2016.


Raising Hope

Another family theme comedy serial tv that lighted up my day and night when watched it with husband (BF at that time) using laptop. I was surprised he enjoyed watching this film because he actually doesn’t like to watch serial tv, and he only like to watch action movies. It was my only hope at that time that he familiarized with the idea of raising a kid, and hopefully with me. 🙂


In the first season, the film tells about Father Jimmy who had to raise unexpected Daughter Hope with Great Grandma, Grandpa, and Grandma. Father Jimmy never married mother, they only had 1 night stand before Mother went to prison, and later died. Raising Daughter Hope was Father Jimmy’s life turning point remembering he’s a slacker to still live with his parents. He also got the chance to get close with the girl of his dream, thanks to Hope.

The film has reached its 4th season, the season finale aired back in April 2014.


Life in Pieces

I watched this family theme comedy serial tv during my maternity leave, alone using cable tv at home. Thank goodness I could squeeze the time to watch it in the afternoon or at night when Baby O’s sleeping.


The film always consist of 4 pieces of story in each episodes. Of which, Father John and Mother Joan Short, who live closely with Daughter Heather Hughes (along with her husband and 3 kids), Son Matt Short (along with his girlfriend), and Son Greg Short (along with his wife and newborn daughter). 

The finale of 1st season was just aired in early May 2016.


Somehow those tv series are closely related to my current life with husband and Baby O since my parents also live nearby with us. They moved to town November last year, in preparation the birth of Baby O. Later when my maternity leave expires, my mother will take care of Baby O when husband and I work at the office. It should be okay for Baby O since husband and I were both taken care of by our own grandma.

Legally Wed on 150515

15 Jun

Today, a month ago. Finally. 🙂

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“I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not, and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.”

“I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other.”

(The Vow, 2012)

Space and Time: The Inconsistencies

30 Sep

SPOILER ALERT!

For all we know, time is consistently moving forward, never backward, never jump in to certain time and go back to square one. That means, living creatures always grow older, never grow younger. That’s the law of time that applies to our space, our dimension. Perhaps the time-jump happens in other dimension. Perhaps the time inconsistency happens in the future, like in Looper movie, not in our present. It definitely doesn’t happen naturally in mother nature. It caused by disease like in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button movie, or by genetic-anomaly like in The Time Traveler’s Wife movie.

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1. Looper (2012)

If time-jump does exist, one kind of job that will probably exist is Looper, the one that kills people from the future who’s being sent back to the present time (read: 2034) to be killed. Payment to do this kind of job? 3 bars of gold. Payment to do this kind of job if the present-Looper should kill the future-Looper? A suitcase full of gold bar. Payment if failed doing the job? Own self. A young-Looper, named Joe (casted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), finds out the hard-truth after attending his friend’s “big pay off” party. He doesn’t believe it at the first time, until he has a mission to “closed the loop” of himself, to kill future-Looper (casted by Bruce Wills).

Of course at first, he doesn’t know the man in the blindfold that he has to kill is his future-self. Once he know, he has 2 options: to kill his future-self, live life wealthly by spending the gold bars that he has collected, and prepares to die at the time, the place, and the way that he precisely know. Or to not kill his future-self, run away as fugitive because the payment to not do the given job is be killed by the company who gave him the job. The movie tells us what happens to young-Joe when he choose option 1, or option 2.

Later did he know, he has option 3. By finding out the real reason the company send their own future-Looper back to present time. Turns out, both of option 3 and the real reason have something in common, the future-boss of the company; his own kid. As a young man who doesn’t understand the meaning of settling down but longing for a warm family, his decision might affect the future of a kid who could still live in a loving family, thus wouldn’t turned the kid to be like himself, a person who killed another man for his own benefit. By the end of the movie, young-Joe chooses to finish the job he got, by giving a new meaning of it, cloosing his own loop.

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2. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

If people in Looper movie could go back and forth of time by using machine, there’s only one person who could do so in this movie due to anomality in his genetic, Henry de Tamble (casted by Eric Bana). If the adapted-movie exposes Henry’s journey as the time traveler himself through time, the original-novel truly exposes the point of view of the time traveler’s wife, Claire (casted by Rachel McAdams) (read here for more).

How young-Henry survived from tragic car accident. How young-Henry met old-Henry for the first time, How young-Henry traveled through time for the first time. How adult-Henry talked to his mother after she passed away, How adult-Henry struggled with no clothes and money in the present time after jumping-time. How adult-Henry met Claire for the first time. How young Claire met old-Henry for the first time. How old-Henry married to Claire. How old-Henry had to share Claire with another man, the young version of him. How Henry and Claire’s marriage, and their struggle to have a kid.

How time traveler Henry could not control when, where, and why to travel. These all captured imaginatively and perfectly in the movie. But it’s kind of confusing to watch by the time-jump, if we haven’t read the novel. Not to mention, the movie could make us, the believers, believe further that human does evolve, thus time-jump is possible to happen through evolution.

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3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

If the time sequence in Looper and The Time Traveler’s Wife movies go back and forth through time, in this movie the plot is moving forward, started from the day Benjamin Button (casted by Brad Pitt) born in World War I to the day Button died. From the bald-wrinkled-strong-mind Button to the young-handsome-yet-dementia Button.

Interesting? To watch, yes. To live with, not. When a baby’s first walk is celebrated by adult, osteoporosis-Button’s first walk is seen as miracle by other people. In fact, a preacher died instantly after seeing Button’s first walk from his wheelchair. When Button has his puberty and needs to satisfy his urge, there’s only one pros*titute who wants to sleep with him, because the others are afraid of Button’s appearance. When Button finds love in someone, the one that he loves is an underage, and expressing his love might seem as attacking minor.

Button has fallen in love with Daisy (casted by Cate Blanchett) since he was 5 years old. But Button has to wait 42 years to finally able to spend live with Daisy. Because when they were young, they were from different world. Young-beautiful-balerina Daisy is so uptown compared to unattractive-wrinkled-blue-collar Button. Watching this movie makes us won’t think twice whether to grow old together with the person we love or to grow younger and watch the person we love die before us.

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Raise your hand if you think one day in the future we could travel trough space and time. Or should we move to another dimension to experience so? 🙂

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This post has been published in DVRG Magazine.

Memory Cleansed Leads to True Love

5 Aug

What will you do when bad things happened in life and you hurted badly? Some of us might want to do anything just to erase those memory from our mind. While some of us, have our memory cleansed as a result from tragic accident.

That’s what happened to Clementine and Joel. After their huge fight, Clementine had her memory of their relationship erased, and Joel broken-heartedly decided to do the same.

Sweet thing happened 2 years after their separation. The couple meet again at some point, attracted and fall in love again to each other, not knowing that they’re actually former lover.

The story of how Joel struggles from the memory he initially wanted to erase but later on realized he actually not want to, is beautifully told in Eternal Sunshine and The Spotless mind.

Do you think couple who has been separated but could fall in love again to each other as true love? What about Henry who endlessly tries to make Lucy fall in love again to him every day?

A year before she met Henry, Lucy had car accident which caused her suffered amnesia. This made her awake in the morning thinking the new day as the day she got accident. Therefore she can not remember of what happened after the accident, including the day she meets Henry.

Falling in love with her, Henry always find sweet way to introduce himself to Lucy every day, and tries to make her falls in love to him every day. Even after Lucy’s father ask him not to meet his daughter anymore, this doesn’t make Henry gives up.

Lucy might always seen their meeting as first dates, while Henry sees them as regular things to do in his life. Their never ending first dates sweetly captured in a movie named 50 First Date.

Based on these movies, true love means countlessly falling in love with the same person over period of time. No matter how cleansed our memory from that other person, but the feeling will always remain the same.

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This post has been published in DVRG Magazine.

The Boy in The Stripped Pyjama

22 Jul

What will we do if one day we find out our things are being packed and sent away to a place miles away from home? What will we do if one day we’re being forced to move from home where we’ve lived since birth? Imagine it happened if we’re a 9years old boy who live happily in the beautiful side of Berlin and currently have 3 best friends for life.

Mad and confused, for sure. And a lot of questioning for what have we done that made us being punished to live in the middle of nowhere. With no kids around to play with. With no playground in sight to play in. With no crowded street to stroll to on a saturday morning. With a terriying neighborhood 50 feet away from home.

So what will you do at home to kill the boredom in such situation? Young kind-hearted kid like Bruno will build a swing from tyre on a tree at his house to play with. Or have a nice chat with the maids at home whom he seldomly talked with back in Berlin. Or maybe have a little adventure to find out why there is fence outside the gate of his house.

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The book tells us the humanity side of holocaust happened in Poland during World War II. About a strange friendship between Bruno, the son of German Commandant who lives in one side of the fence, and Schmuel, a Poland kid who lives in the opposite side of the fence who never failed to wear a grey stripped pyjama all day long every day.

John Boyne successfully narate the situation Bruno caught in, both inside and outside his head. How Bruno always wondering how could there be many kids on the opposite side of the fence and none of them in his side of the fence. What Bruno and Schmuel know about their condition and how they become friends although not only a fence but also social background that separate them.

How Bruno spontaneously think Schmuel’s house in Poland is not as good as his in Berlin because from what he knows Germany is a better country than Poland. How Schmuel hates soldier because he thinks of all them are bad while Bruno agress to disagree because he’s father must be a good soldier. A much talkative novel compared to the movie version.

Too bad I watched the movie first instead of the novel. If gave me perfect image to fascinate when I read the novel. Although Bruno and Schmuel friendship goes in to the same direction both in the movie and in the novel, the movie captured the ending better than the novel.

But rather than watch a slow pace movie, I’d prefer to read the novel that gives more information. Including for what happened with Bruno’s family after Bruno pronounced that Schmuel is his friend for life. What about you?

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This post has been published in DVRG Magazine.

Can We?

13 May

I don’t listen to many Indonesian bands. Only those that has been proven as the good ones. So I might have not hear some of their songs, including this Not With Me song by Bondan Prakoso feat Fade 2 Black. BF made me hear it on one of our trip. Sad song on a joyous moment, pretty ironic I bet.

I don’t watch many doramas, only those that my sister and friends recommend me to watch. But I like the fact that I found the dorama version of this video clip when I browsed through Youtube. Because I don’t like the original one. Partly because it’s Indonesian (haha!), the other part is because of the sad ending, someone died.

Bondan Prakoso ft. Fade 2 Black
Not With Me

I’m walking up from my summers dreams again
try to thinking if you’re alright
then I’m shattered by the shadows of your eyes
knowing you’re still here by my side

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I can see you if you’re not with me
I can say to my self if you’re OKAY
I can feel you if you’re not with me
I can reach you my self, you show me the way

life was never be so easy as it seems
’till you come and bring your love inside
no matter space and distance make it look so far
still I know you’re still here by my side

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yeah..you’ve made me so alive, you give the best for me..love and fantasy
yeah..and i never feel so lonely, coz you’re always here with me..yeah..always here with me

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I’m walking up from my summers dreams again
try to thinking if you’re alright
then I’m shattered by the shadows of your eyes
knowing you’re still here by my side

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Can we, beb? ❤