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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday, Geek In The Green!

1 + 3 + 2 = 6

Punya blog yang berumur 6 tahun buat saya adalah sebuah accomplishment tersendiri. Itu artinya saya mulai nge-blog dulu umur 14 tahun, umur di mana saya menemukan sebuah passion yaitu menulis--entah itu nulis fiksi atau non fiksi (non fiksi versi saya adalah hal-hal random, aneh, dan nggak jelas yang sering kalian temukan di blog ini).

Akhir-akhir ini saya lagi demen banget nulis (fiksi), makanya saya udah jarang banget nulis blog (non fiksi). Mungkin kalian udah tau--mungkin juga enggak--kalau saya punya novel online di Wattpad. Silakan baca di sini, dan kalau kalian suka tolong di-vote dan di-comment. *promosi teruuusssss*

I want to apologize to this lovely blog. I am sorry for forgetting you and give my love to Wattpad instead. It's not like I have so many readers on Wattpad, but I just really love it because it facilitates my writing passion and brings it to the whole new level. Dan saya memang lagi suka nulis in English. Bukan sok, tapi ini belajar. Saya sebel banget kalau ada yang bilang orang yang suka pakai bahasa Inggris itu sok bule. NAH, MAN! That is absolutely wrong. Bisa bahasa Inggris bukan berarti kamu nggak cinta Indonesia. Baca novel bahasa Inggris bukan berarti kamu nggak suka novel Indonesia. Sama halnya dengan nulis. Believe me, I have a BUNCH of novels and short stories written in Indonesian in my laptop. Tapi ya itu, karena Wattpad user kebanyakan orang luar, dan saya juga pengen belajar bikin novel dalam bahasa Inggris, kenapa nggak dicoba? :D

Duh, kenapa jadi ngebacot sok filosofis nasionalis dramatis is is (bukan ISIS ya, gile serem) gini sih?

Okay, back to GITG's birthday. Any special things happened on November 23rd 2014?
Selain kemenangan dua tim olahraga favorit saya, Manchester United (2-1 Arsenal) dan Phoenix Suns (106-83 Indiana Pacers)? I don't think so. Dua hal itu yang bikin ultah GITG spesial. Makanya foto di atas bukan langsung angka 6, tapi para point guards dari Suns yang nomor jersey-nya kalau ditambahin jadi 6 :))

By the way, banyak hal baru yang terjadi selama setahun yang baru ini. Contohnya yang sangat jelas: saya telah menjadi fans NBA--Phoenix Suns lebih tepatnya. Saya sempat bilang kalau saya juga suka Houston Rockets, tapi, hmm, sekarang jadi enggak. I'm a fully Suns fan and I will always be with them in wins and losses. Amen. I wish this one stays true.

Dan saya juga nemu tiga crush baru. Banyak sih sebenernya, cuma tiga orang ini yang ngubah hidup saya secara signifikan (apa sih mbak? *lempar batu*).
Goran Dragic, Chandler Parsons, Dan Smith.
Saya udah pernah bahas mereka secara singkat sebelumnya, dan emang nggak penting juga bahas mereka di post yang sebenernya buat GITG ini. Tapi kalau masih ada yang penasaran sama mereka, bisa jalan-jalan di blog ini, atau langsung googling aja lebih cepet. I should give you a warning: awas jatuh cinta. (Buat cewek.Yang cowok juga mesti hati-hati sih haha jegeerrrr!)

Gitu dulu deh ya. Malam senin nih, besok DA. Tapi saya nggak tau mesti ngapain, udah males nyentuh SketchUp :')
Dan aduh, malah jadi curcol ya post ini. Sori, udah lama nggak nge-blog, banyak yang pengen diceritain tapi nggak ada waktu buat jelasin satu-satu, jadi semua ditumpuk di sini.

See ya soon, GITG.
Six years, and hopefully, still counting.

Happy birthday, buddy. I hope I can always update you.
Love, your excruciatingly weird owner.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wattpad

Hey there. I know it's been a long time since I update my blog. You know my rules: no blog on holiday. I'm so weird. It's not that my holiday is boring or something, I just don't feel like writing.

But this time is different.

Do you guys know Wattpad? It's a website for reading and writing unlimited stories. You can read other people's writings (books and novels, there are so many of them!), and you can also write your own. I've decided to share my serious writings on Wattpad. Do I get paid? No, but I get some experiences, and well, it's only for a self-excitement.

Do me a favor and read my novel called Outburst here.
It has not finished yet (come on, what's the fun in publishing all the chapters at once?), but I will update it regularly.
Don't forget to vote and tell me what you think!

Once again, Outburst by Widya Nurul.

#endlesspromotion

Enjoy!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Random Questions #2

I don't know when the first Random Questions I posted, but I'm sure I had posted it several years ago haha. And I just found this random questions picture, and I'm bored, so this is it.

Click to enlarge (found it on Google)

1. Weird things you do when you're alone
Creating a really good movie inside my mind, then practicing the dialog that I find better than most of the real movies. Or you can call it 'daydreaming'.

2. How have you changed in the past 2 years?
Getting chubbier, crazier, lazier, more silent in real life, more random in internet life, have new special interests and obviously my taste in men is getting better and better :))

3. What kind of person attracts you?
General: Nice, sweet smile, has the same kind of interests with me.
Specific: Smart, athletic, great voice, plays musical instruments, and... has a good looking face.

4. What you wear to bed?
Clothes, jeez.

5. 5 things that irritate you about the opposite sex/same sex
Stubborn, only come to me when they need something, body odor, talk much, and like to spoil the ending of a movie or a TV series. I really can't tolerate the last thing.

6. The person you like and why you like them.
I currently don't have any crushes. But you say 'the person you like', so... Goran Dragic is a person, right?

7. Your opinion on cheating on people
Only pathetic, heartless, brainless jerks do that.

8. Something you're currently worrying about
The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Why? BECAUSE I HAVEN'T WATCHED IT AND SOME PEOPLE ON PATH SPOILED THE ENDING.
And me and my friend were arguing with one of those people, our former friend in junior high, who apparently still did not know that their action can be classified as a crime in movie-buff universe.

9. Your last kiss
My pillow, this morning.

10. Your views on drugs and alcohol
I SAY NO TO THEM!

11. Your current relationship, if single discuss how single life is
Single. Oh, wait, is being close with my laptop classified as "single"? Well, yeah, it can't pay me foods, can't hug me when I'm sad, can't drive me anywhere, but I'm sure it's so much better than most of men these days.

12. Things you want to say to an ex
"I wish you were real."

13. A date you would love to go on
Basketball game. With a basketball player. Or to a soccer game, with a soccer player.
Or watching movies and simple dinner will do.

14. Something disgusting you do
Jerking about people. I don't do disgusting disgusting things okay.

15. The best thing to happen to you this week
Miles Plumlee replied my tweet. Phoenix Suns liked 3 of my photos on Instagram and commented on one of it. Alex Len also liked my photo. People said I'm a great artist (I'm not!). Oh, and... GORAN DRAGIC RETWEETED AND FAVORITED MY TWEET :')

16. 3 things you are proud of about your personality
I smile a lot and nice to people despite sometimes being a "talk less do less" person. I can give good advice to anybody who asks. And, my friends say this a lot, I'm lucky. So lucky. I mean, look at number 15.

17. Things that make you scared
SNAKES.

18. Disrespecting parents
I love my parents.

19. Something that never fails to make you feel better
My family's encouragement.

20. The last argument you had
See number 8.

21. Something you can't seem to get over
The fact that Phoenix Suns didn't get to the playoffs this season, and Houston Rockets was eliminated in the 1st round by Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard's 3-points shoot buzzer beater. Rockets led 98-96 with only 0.9 second left, aaaaand it's gone.

22. 10 things about you people don't really expect
I sing, play guitar, keyboard, and a little bit of drums. I wrote a song in high school too, but the paper got lost and I don't remember the lyrics and the chords. I love cats. I can be really loud around my family and best friends, sometimes a narcissist, used to be a pinky girl, swear a lot (whispering though).

23. Something you always think "what if..." about
What if... I wasn't born into this great family and was belong to others instead, would I be here right now?

24. Things you want to say to 5 different people
"Thank you so much", "love you", "shut up", "you're handsome", "kill yourself".

25. 10 ways to win your heart
Don't need 10 if you're just being sweet and nice to me, accept me for who I am, and understand my freak nature and my various kinds of interest.

26. Your religious belief
Muslim, from the minute I was born until I die.

27. Talk about your siblings
I have 2 younger brothers, 16 and 9 years old this year. First bro is taller than me, often mistaken as my boyfriend if we're going together, a Lakers fan, and I love him.
Second bro is shorter than me, his skin is lighter than me, cuter than me. If three of us going together, people will never think that he's our brother. He looks like he was adopted, but he's not, and I love him.

28. The month you were happiest this year and why
Between February and April. February, still on holiday and the first time my bro introduced me to a somewhat addicting sport, basketball. April -- you've read the answers above.
Oh, and May too, because of Goran :p

29. A picture of yourself

Actually this is me and Goran. My version anyway.

30. What changed this month and what you hope will happen next month
My Instagram account (lol but it's true, I've never received so many 'likes' before) and my sleeping cycle. I hope next month my teachers will magically reduce our tasks and make it easier, and I can finish them perfectly :)

THAT'S IT!
Hopefully you'll get bored so you can try answering these questions too haha.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Midnight Random Thoughts #5

  • Phoenix Suns didn't make it to the NBA playoffs. It was so close, that's why I couldn't just let it go even though my other favorite team, Houston Rockets, did it. Still, my number one team, the first NBA team I've ever supported, is Suns. Their performance was improved a lot from last season, where they only won 25 out of 82 games. This season they won 48 games, which was so unexpected. Like I said, Suns are an underdog team. Their improved performance amazed the whole NBA and the audiences.
  • And it will be a really long time to watch Suns in the regular season again. October! Argh.
  • So, yeah, I will still watch the playoffs even without Suns. I support Rockets for the playoffs. And no, I'm not a bandwagoner. First time watching the NBA, I was so confused whether to support Suns or Rockets, since I love Goran Dragic and Chandler Parsons. I decided to support both--but as the time goes by, my love for Suns grows more. Good luck for the playoffs, Rockets! You better do good.
  • A few days ago, I watched Dexter series finale. Thoughts? It was a bad, lame, and disappointing ending to an amazing TV series. As a fan who had followed the series since 9th grade (that would be 5 years now), I was very disappointed.
  • My favorite seasons of Dexter are the 5th and 6th season. Maybe because the main antagonists (Jonny Lee Miller and Colin Hanks) are my favorite actors? That's one solid reason.
  • Recently, I have a new hobby: making memes. Maybe I will post some of them here, but just so you know, most of them are NBA memes because, well, I'm kind of addicted to it.
  • Fargo, the new FX series, IS REALLY GREAT! At least, the pilot episode was awesome. Can't wait to watch more (they only have 10 episodes). Aw, jeez!
  • Re-watching Supernatural from season 1 now. I really miss the time when I was fangirling to the Winchester brothers a lot.
  • I'm addicted to Bastille, like I explained here. I don't know, I just love Dan Smith's voice (and his somehow adorable, awkward, handsome face--plus that wild hair, oh man!).
  • Somehow I'm glad that I watch Saturday Night Live every week. If not, I wouldn't have known Bastille. And Bill Hader. And Seth Meyers.
  • I'm also starting to love American Authors. And this is because I watch every episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers and they were once the musical guest in one of the episodes. They have easy listening songs. Listen to their whole album on repeat in short time will make you think about those songs all the time (and hum them wherever you go) haha.
  • I really want to meet Goran Dragic.
  • My hard disk is broken. So is my world.
  • I love Bastille's music videos. Just check them out on YouTube. I think they have some of the best music videos ever.
  • Somehow I really wish that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was still alive, so that I could thank him for creating one of the best fictional characters ever, Sherlock Holmes.
  • I honestly don't care what people think about me.
  • After almost a week wondering, I finally know who Darri Ingolfsson (the guy who played Oliver Saxon in Dexter season 8) looks like. Zoran Dragic, Goran's younger brother! Maybe just the eyes, but yeah I do find out that they look alike in a flash.
  • I think I'm one of the people who like to name their stuffs. And I think I always give them the cheesiest cool names, some taken from my favorite celebrity, detectives, movies, even athletes. Yeah, that means I'm not really creative for making names.
  • My God, I'm so confused about my tasks. Either it is really confusing, or I'm the one who's not paying attention. I hope it's the first.
  • I found the Dragic brothers (Goran and Zoran) don't look alike. What is wrong with me?
  • My youngest brother just turned 9 and I still haven't bought a gift for him, whereas I already decide a gift for my other brother, whose 16th birthday is still on June. I'm such a messed up sister.
  • And I'm still homesick.
Brought to you by the random owner who is feeling random everyday.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Homesick

Akhir-akhir ini saya lagi kangen-kangennya sama keluarga di Bogor. Selama hampir 2 tahun kuliah di Malang, rasanya frekuensi nelpon dan FaceTime-an sama keluarga paling banyak di semester 4 ini. Apa-apa nelpon, apa-apa FaceTime. Kata pertama yang dikeluarkan adalah "kangeeeen!". Bahkan mau ngomongin tentang NBA sama adik pun saya memutuskan untuk lewat jalur suara dibanding chatting lewat Line atau BBM. Selain dia emang suka nggak peduli dengan chat-chat yang masuk, NBA emang enak diomongin langsung. Awalnya cuma mau ngecek kabar, ujung-ujungnya konsultasi tentang NBA. Maklum, newbie (bentar lagi juga pasti bosen). Dan saya lagi malas-malasnya buka internet buat cari istilah-istilah NBA, jadi apa-apa tanya adik. Padahal yang nelpon saya, yang keluar pulsa saya, tapi dia suka ngomel "Kakak kalau nelpon ngomongin NBA doang bisa 20 menitan!" (Alah, seneng aja kan lu akhirnya ada temen ngobrol NBA :p)

Tuh kan, apa-apa pasti ujungnya NBA lagi -_-

Balik ke topik utama. H-O-M-E-S-I-C-K. Saya biasanya kebal sama hal-hal begini. Saya nggak pernah pulang di tengah-tengah semester, sekalipun ada libur panjang sampai 5 hari (atau pas minggu tenang). Alasannya simpel: nanti kalau udah pulang, bakal malas balik ke Malang lagi. That's right. Dan juga, mahasiswa arsitektur itu tugasnya bejibun. Mungkin saya salah satu mahasiswa yang take it easy terhadap tugas, tapi kalau sampai banyak tugas dan tugasnya dibawa pulang ke rumah? Meh. Nggak akan selesai. Teman-teman saya yang rumahnya deket macam di Surabaya aja mikir dua kali kalau mau pulang tiap minggu. Gimana saya?

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Tapi walaupun begitu, pulang adalah suatu kewajiban bagi saya. Setiap libur semester harus pulang. I can't help but thinking about my family all the time. Tell ya what, I'm a 'family woman' (maunya ngikutin istilah 'family man' gitu tapi gagal kayaknya, ya udah lah). Tapi kalau pun mereka ke Malang juga, rasanya bakal beda dengan kalau saya yang pulang ke sana. Anak rantau pasti mengerti hal ini, kecuali yang emang basic-nya tahan banting. Lah, saya juga tahan banting kok. Akhir-akhir ini aja label 'tahan banting'-nya ketiban label 'awas pecah'.

Terus, apalagi yang bikin tambah homesick? Lagu. Yeah, we're talking about this again. Penyanyi dan band-band yang akhir-akhir ini sering saya dengar kebetulan punya lagu tentang 'pulang', atau setidaknya ada kata 'home' baik di judul maupun liriknya. Karena itu, saya pun bikin playlist spesial berjudul HOMESICK (yes, with full caps lock) yang berisi lagu-lagu ini. Cekidot.

1. HOME - Michael Buble
Lagu ini memang menempati posisi teratas bagi yang galau pengen pulang. Siapa sih yang nggak tau lagu ini? Lagi di sekolah aja "Let me go hoooomeeeee~", lagi macet "Let me go hoooomeeee~", gimana yang lagi homesick pasti nyanyinya pakai suara parau dan depresi "LET ME GO HOOOO-OOO-OOOMEEE~ I'M JUST TOO FAR FROM WHERE YOU ARE, I WANNA COME HOOOOME~". Sedih. Om Buble emang juara banget. *kecup jauh*
Listen to this song here.

2. 93 MILLION MILES - Jason Mraz
"Just know, you’re never alone, you can always come back home."
My Uncle J is the best at writing a song. Dia bisa bikin lagu tentang apa aja, dan pasti salah satunya ada lagu tentang 'pulang'. Dia juga anak rantau loh, kawan, maybe that's why I can relate to this song. Sebenarnya lagunya sangat menginspirasi buat kita-kita yang lagi jauh dari rumah untuk menggapai mimpi, tapi ya kalau denger lirik makjleb di atas kan gimana gitu rasanya.
Listen to this song here.

3. HALFWAY HOME - Jason Mraz
"I'm halfway home and I'm still out, still out on my own. I'm halfway there and I don't care, no I don't mind."
Another song from Uncle J. Kali ini cuma lagu yang diiringi akustik gitarnya aja karena biasanya dia bawain lagu ini live, tapi tahulah suara dia gimana, jadinya heart-breaking gitu (eaaaa).
Listen to this song here.

4. HOME IS IN YOUR EYES - Greyson Chance
"I travel a thousand miles just so I can see you smile. Feels so far away when you cry, 'cause home is in your eyes."
Katanya, Dek Greyson bikin lagu ini buat fans-fans-nya di seluruh dunia yang jauh dari dia. Tapi buat saya mah, ini juga cocok buat keluarga ('family woman' strikes again). Kalau saya pulang, wajah keluarga saya kelihatan senang banget. Sebaliknya, kalau saya balik lagi ke Malang, mereka sedih, terutama Mama. She just couldn't stop being sad, but she tried to hide it so I wouldn't feel sad too. Ah siyal, jadi ikutan sedih.
Listen to this song here.

5. COME HOME - OneRepublic
"Come home, come home. Cause I’ve been waiting for you for so long, for so long."
Oke, mungkin lagu ini cocoknya buat keluarga saya yang selalu nungguin saya pulang (emang ada yang nungguin...?). Tapi yah, lagunya slow banget, ditambah suara akang Ryan Tedder yang jedeerrrrr bikin eargasm. Kayaknya dia lagi nungguin seseorang buat pulang ke dia gitu. I'll come home, kang, don't worry.
Listen to this song here.

6. EVERY NIGHT - Imagine Dragons
"I'm coming home to you, every night, every night, every night, every night."
Udah denger Come Home-nya OneRepublic? Mungkin lagu ini bisa jadi lagu balasannya. Seperti Come Home, ini lebih pas buat pasangan sih. Tapi berhubung saya nggak punya pasangan (uhuk, kode, uhuk), lagu ini buat Mama-Papa-adik-adik tercinta saja. Kalau denger ini saya suka mikir sendiri... saya nggak bisa pulang ke rumah setiap malam. Boro-boro. Itu yang bikin saya kratak-kratak kalau denger lagu ini.
Listen to this song here.

7. GET HOME - Bastille
"How am I gonna get myself back home?"
Soundtrack yang pas buat yang bingung mau pulang naik apa. Kereta? Pesawat? Bus? Jalan kaki? Blah. Tapi kalau saya sih nyanyi ini pas lagi ada libur panjang di tengah-tengah semester dan tugas sedang menggunung. How am I gonna get myself back home kalau begini caranya? Ditambah musik dark a la Bastille dan suaranya bang Dan Smith aaiihhhhh ailapyu bang, ailapyu.
Listen to this song here.

8. HOME - American Authors
"I'm not trying to stop a hurricane. I'm not trying to shake the ground below. I'm just trying to find a way to make it back home."
Same title as Buble's song, but this is a completely different song. Dibawakan oleh band favorit saya yang baru (thanks banget loh Seth Meyers, untung saya suka ngikutin acara Late Night-nya hoho), Home juga mengusik tentang orang yang pengen banget pulang, dalam kasus lagu ini, ke 'Mama' dan 'Lady'-nya. It's the mix of rock and country (because of the banjo thing), tapi enak banget lagunya :') Saya emang nggak pernah salah pilih penyanyi/band buat digilai haha.
Listen to this song here.

9. HOME - Phillip Phillips
"Just know you're not alone, cause I'm gonna make this place your home."
Again, same title different song. Dan liriknya mirip-mirip 93MM-nya Uncle J. Kalau yang lagu-lagu sebelumnya tentang pulang atau kembali ke rumah, lagu ini justru mencoba untuk 'make this place our home'. Jadi, di mana pun kita berada, bang Phillip bakal bikin tempat itu jadi rumah kita, kawan. Tetep aja sih, walaupun lagunya asyik, kalau mood lagi mellow pengen pulang ya jadinya sedih.
Listen to this song here.

Well, anak rantau? Jadi ikutan homesick?
Saya ngetik sambil dengerin playlist 'HOMESICK' ini. Pipi tiba-tiba basah aja :')

Monday, April 7, 2014

Is It DRAGIC If I Love These Two PARSONS at Once?

(Bad) pun intended.

This is some kind of expansion from the "basketball crush" section in this post. Beware of the cringe-worthy fangirling things.

I made this meme myself lol

So, yeah, I've been watching basketball/NBA a lot lately. I just can't get that out of my head. Basketball was the sport that I once played but never really enjoyed watching it. In middle school, I was a loyal football fan. Friends knew me as a huge fan of Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo. But yeah, I never really played football (only did it with my cousins and uncles when we were spending time together). I was in my school's basketball team back then, but never really made it to a single game because I had a hand injury (I know, ridiculous, huh?) and it forced me to leave the team. I couldn't even write with that hand, how could I play basketball? Haha.

So, I had never officially played basketball, but I still had the ball and occasionally played it in the basketball court nearby with my brother. Since going to college, I've never played basketball anymore. I even rarely watched the football match because I was too busy and too lazy to get out of my room and turned on the TV in my boarding house. Also, my other friends used it almost every night, so there was no chance for me to selfishly watch football while no one else liked it.

But then one day I came home, and my brother had became this crazed NBA fan--L.A. Lakers fan, to be exact. He bought NBA games for his Xbox and played it overnight. He also watched the games on TV--but it usually aired in the morning when he was in school, so he watched the rerun. Not only that, he once asked my Mom to permit him from school because he wanted to watch this particular basketball game.

What?

That one deserved a jaw-dropping. I mean--why would he skip school to watch a basketball game when he could watch the rerun later? I didn't know. He was just that crazy. Of course my Mom didn't allow him.

When I was back home again (earlier this year), he really got on my nerves. He took over both the TVs in our house--one for watching the NBA, one for playing the NBA video game in Xbox. I was like "HEY, BACK OFF I WANT TO WATCH MOVIES!" and he was like "NO I WANT TO WATCH THIS GAME. GO AWAY."

And my youngest brother didn't know what to do seeing his older siblings were fighting like kids even younger than him.

Until one day, I was checking my Twitter and someone in my timeline posted a picture of Chandler Parsons (captioned "the hottest guy in NBA"). Guys... He really was hot! Handsome! Charming! And whatever words you'll use to describe a good looking man. I was like "HEY THERE MY NEW CRUSH!" despite having known nothing about that extremely gorgeous man. That time, my brother was playing the NBA video game again and shouted excitedly like he was playing basketball in real life. So, I kind of disturbed him.
Me: "Do you know any players named Chandler Parsons?"
Bro: "Of course. Duh."
Me: "He's so handsome."
Bro: "I'm not surprised that came from you."
Me: "Seriously, HE IS FREAKING HANDSOME. Tell me more about him."
Bro: "He plays for Houston Rockets. Yes, he is handsome, but he shaved his head for charity and now he's bald. Not handsome anymore."
Me: *stared at him*
Bro: "You know what, stop bothering me. Just go to his Twitter account and see it yourself."

And so, Chandler Parsons became the first basketball player I've ever followed on Twitter. That's an honor for you, Chandler, come on.

Hottest guy in NBA? You don't want to argue it. You haven't seen him in suit!

Days later, my brother was watching a basketball game on TV. I sat on the sofa and saw the teams who played
Me: "Houston Rockets? Is that Chandler's team?"
Bro: "Hmm. Oh. OH! Yes, it is. I forget to tell you. There he is, number 25."
Me: "CHAAANDLEEERRRR!!!"

Then my brother kind of told me that Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory was a fan of Rockets too because he was from Houston. Coincidentally, his last name was the same as Chandler's. He stated that they weren't related, even though it would be so cool if they were haha.

When I kept cheering for Chandler, my brother cut it, "There's one player more handsome and better than him. Goran Dragic."
Me: "Who?"
Bro: "Just google him. G-O-R-A-N--Goran. D-R-A-G-I-C--Dragic. He plays for Phoenix Suns."
Me: *googled it and looked at the first photo that showed up* "Chandler's more handsome, dude."
Bro: "Don't look at his photoshoot for NBA--the players are never handsome in that. Dragic looks so cool when's playing."
Me: *looking for his Twitter account, got it, clicked the profile photo* "Oh my... Asdfldsjfkl you're damn right, brother."

The next day when we were in Bandung, the TV aired Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns. That time I, my brothers, and my Mom were eating breakfast in a small bistro near my Pops' office. My brother showed it to me and pointed at Goran whenever he made a shoot. He said that Goran was very underrated in NBA. Since the TV was located behind me, I kept looking back to see it. And yes, I saw Goran, with that swift move and amazing shots. I was enchanted. I looked at my brother whenever the screen zoomed at Goran's face and grinned to him.

"HE IS SO COOL. OH MY GOD. HE IS SO COOL!" I said. Whispering of course--we were in a damn bistro full of hungry soldiers for God's sake!
And my brother just nodded proudly as if he was the one that I called 'cool'.

The Slovenian who takes over the court. He may look calm but when he enters the court, he becomes the "Dragon".

Ever since, Goran Dragic and Chandler Parsons (both are still under 30!) have been my favorite basketball players, despite being in the different teams. They once were in Houston Rockets together, but Goran got back to Phoenix Suns and surprisingly became an even greater player there.

For the team, I support Phoenix Suns. I also love Rockets, but they are too good already. I love supporting underdogs lol. And my brother was right--Goran Dragic is the most underrated player in NBA. My brother, who is a Lakers fan, said so. Goran is sooooo great, but was snubbed from NBA All-Star. I still don't understand how it works, but as the new fan of his, I'm sad too.

This was probably my brother's logic:

Yes, I also made this one. Feel free to use it if your brother did the same thing to you :p

And, luckily, I got afternoon classes everyday in this semester, so I can watch basketball games every morning! Yay!
PS: Let's pray for the Suns so they can make it to the playoffs, fellas!

All the pics were taken from Google, except the memes--I made them myself.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Movie Marathon: Luke Evans

Please don't be surprised that I'm doing another movie marathon. The 4th semester of college just started like a month ago (okay, maybe two), and so far, there are no deadly assignments. So it's really, really safe to do a movie marathon.

Like I explained in the previous post, I've got a huge crush on Luke Evans. Then I was thinking to myself: no assignments + crush on Luke = MOVIE MARATHON!


Luke Evans is (recently added to) one of my favorite actors of all time. Okay, I won't write so much about him because I already did in the previous post (beware of some fangirling stuff--but believe me, I'm not a cheesy fangirl).

Luke started his career by starring in many of London's West End productions. So, don't be surprised if you find a video of him singing on YouTube. Now that I mentioned it, he has a great voice. I saw him singing Delilah from one of the videos on YouTube, and I fell in love with his voice. I really want to hear him singing more often (an album maybe? :p).
He gained recognition from his role as Apollo in Clash of the Titans. After that, he was cast in several movies, including one of The Three Muskeeters; as another Greek God, Zeus, in Immortals; as the main antagonist (but very charming--couldn't resist it) Shaw in the 6th installment of Fast & Furious, and of course, as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

So, what makes you decided to do Luke Evans movie marathon?
Just like I said before, his movie No One Lives triggered it. I was like, "Man, he can be scary and charming at the same time!" and then suddenly, "I have to watch more of his movies." Yes, it's just that simple.

Here's the list of his movies, according to the time I watched them:
1. No One Lives
2. Cowards and Monsters (short film)
3. The Great Train Robbery: A Robber's Tale
4. The Great Train Robbery: A Copper's Tale
5. The Raven
6. Robin Hood
7. Clash of the Titans
8. Immortals
9. Blitz
10. Ashes
11. The Three Musketeers
12. Tamara Drewe
13. Fast & Furious 6
14. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

After watching all of them, do you have any specific movies that you've been into?
Can't I just say all of them? Even though Luke had a minor role in that movie, he wouldn't be easily forgettable because, well, he's Luke Evans. :))

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is probably my favorite, because simply, it made me know more about him. Let's just say that this movie was the first movie of his that I watched. I first heard about him in Immortals, then Fast & Furious 6, but I never really watched him until TDoS. In the second part of Bilbo Baggins' (Martin Freeman) adventure, he and Thorin's (Richard Armitage) company tried to get to the mountain. They met Bard, a bowman, who then helped them.

Second is No One Lives. I really love this kind of movie. Thriller, suspense, and action with a promising plot. Luke's character didn't really have a name, but it was listed on IMDb as Driver. So, Driver and his girlfriend were traveling when a gang of robbers kidnapped them. But, it was just a huge mistake for the robbers as they didn't know that things were not what they seemed. Well, you can find out what it is by watching the movie :))

Third is Fast & Furious 6. I didn't even get to watch this movie because that time I got so many assignments, and suddenly, the movie was no longer showed in my town's cinema. But now I already watched it, so yeah, I didn't feel left out by most of the people :p Anyway, Luke played the main antagonist, Owen Shaw, who was a former Special Air Service soldier, now was the mastermind of the international crime syndicate. He must competed with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and friends who tried to take down his gang. The movie was a fun ride and apparently would make your eyes fresh--with those amazing cars, beautiful women (for boys), and charming men (for girls)

Fourth is The Raven. Mystery-thriller drama? John Cusack and Luke Evans? Count me in! The Raven followed the story of Edgar Allan Poe (Cusack), a mystery novel writer, who assisted Detective Emmett Fields (Evans) in solving several murder cases inspired by Poe's works. So thrilling! Love it.

Fifth is Immortals. Another movie based by Greek mythology? Why not? This movie had Henry Cavill (before he became the Superman) as its main protagonist, Theseus, who was a mortal man chosen by Zeus (Evans) to fight the ruthless King Hyperion (Rourke). It was the 2nd time Luke portrayed a Greek God, having previously played as Apollo in Clash of the Titans. Also, was I the only one who screamed when Zeus appeared? :p

Honorable mention:
Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers, and Ashes.

Currently, Luke has 2 upcoming movies--the reboot of The Crow where he plays the main character, Eric Draven, and also playing the titular character in Dracula Untold. Okay, Luketeers, we just have to wait for those movies patiently!

"And I knew that, being an actor, you have to take the rough with the smooth and the highs with the lows. That's how it is."
- Luke Evans

See you in the next movie marathon post!
(Yeah, if I got time to do that again)


Pics were taken from Google, then were made into a collage by me.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Currently Addicted to: These Guys, These Bands, and These TV Series

This should be Midnight Random Thoughts number 5, but then I realize it's not just my random thoughts. I just want to talk about my current celebrity crushes and pleasures, and whatever. So, I decided to include it in Current Addiction post even though it's not specifically talking about one thing (usually TV series).

SO, HELLO, WE MEET AGAIN. Empty February once again. I finally finished my movie marathon post two days ago (even though I finished the marathon some time in January). I'm doing another one now, but I'm not sure the post will be done right after...

Anyway, let's go back again to the 'current crushes and pleasures and whatever'.

I recently got a crush on Luke Evans. You know him right? Let me give you a small info. He's the guy who played Bard in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Still don't recognize him? Okay. He's the guy who played Owen Shaw in Fast & Furious 6. Ha! Finally.
Oh, and NO, he's not related to Captain America a.k.a. Chris Evans.

Luke's gaze is piercing through your flesh and bones and finally hits your heart.

Yes, I don't know I'm just crazy about him lately. Guys with British accent (well, he's actually Welsh) are just perfect (Oh, hey there Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, and Jonny Lee Miller!). but yeah I just love him so much. He may be a little older than Tom, which probably made you like "Gosh what's wrong with you--you're having another crush on a man who is much older than you!" Dude, whatever. It's just a crush.

Anyway, why? Of all actors in the world, why him? Well... The Hobbit made me love him. BUT, I loved him even more after watching his movie No One Lives. I can't give much about the plot, just click the link or go to YouTube and find the trailer.
Back to Luke. Yeah, I love him in that movie--even though it's kind of gore and disgusting but there was Luke Evans damn it, so I kept going. Just so you know, every actor whom I love has ever played an annoying guy, bad guy (ha!), and those kind of characters you will probably hate in the movies. But that's what makes me love them even more! And Luke is also a singer (he was a stage actor) and he has a greaaat voice!
Lucky (unlucky?) you, Mr. Luke Evans. You just made to 'my favorite actor' list.

The second, is Joel Kinnaman. You've probably never heard of this man, so I just go straight away: he's the new RoboCop. Yeah, he's the 21st century Alex Murphy, you guys! And if you've never even heard of RoboCop, you need some serious help.

Joel is absorbing the oxygen supply in the room.

I first knew Charles Joel Nordström (it's his birth name, btw, he's Swedish-American) from TV series The Killing. I love that series so much! Joel played Detective Holder. Hold it right there! Detective. You know I love that kind of thing. Plus the title is THE KILLING--it pretty much got my attention. I'm just starting to watch its season 3, and the 4th and final season is still filmed.

Unlike Luke, I've always got a crush on Joel. Why did I include him in 'current crushes'? Well, it's because I watched RoboCop and he just deserves to be on that list lol. Okay then, move to crush #3 and #4.

Chandler Parsons and Goran Dragic.

Wait, who are they? What movies have they been on? Or which band do they belong to?
Hahaha, the answer is NO. NOPE. NONE. NAAWWWH. They're not actors, nor musicians, nor my friends (?). They are athletes.

Oh, great! Which football club?
Yes, everyone who knows me probably will ask that because apparently the only sport that I fond of is football (soccer, if you're American. I still don't understand--why soccer?). But, once again, NO. Chandler and Goran are not football players. They are basketball players.
Chandler Parsons is in Houston Rockets and Goran Dragic is in Phoenix Suns. (Little fun fact: even though they're not related, Chandler shares the same last name with the actor Jim Parsons--The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper--who is a huge fan of Rockets).

Isn't Chandler just perfect? <3

Goran is so serious. So cool <3

Yeah, I'm a girl who doesn't watch basketball before, so I fall in love with those two because... they are cool and handsome. Thanks to my brother who watches basketball games all the time (on TV, of course). To stop me from complaining, "Why are you always watching this? I want to watch HBO damnit!!!" and such, he immediately introduced me to these two ("Hey, sis. Google Goran Dragic. He's handsome. Look, he's in this match. Why don't we sit together and watch it?") There I was, the weak older sister. So, every time basketball game's on TV, I kept asking whether it had Goran or Chandler. I thought he was getting tired of me asking that, and he was starting to regret his action ("Why the heck did I tell my sister about those two?!").

And this is the collage of them that I made in black and white. Got any favorite? :))

Move on again. Since Jason Mraz is still working on his new album and has not recently released new music (other than the songs he's featured on), I find other music to listen.

I'm crazy about these 2 bands: Imagine Dragons and Bastille. My current pleasures. They're basically rock bands, but not 'too rock' (if you know what I mean), and they have easy-listening songs. From sunrise til sunrise again, I keep listening to these bands alternatively. They have almost similar music, their vocalists' names share the same first name (Dan; Reynolds for ID, Smith for Bastille), and they consist of 4 members each. We absolutely can notice the difference between the two by the voice of the Dans--Reynolds is American, Smith is British. That's easy.
I really recommend these bands to you, even though you're almost never fond of rock bands.

Imagine Dragons. Dan Reynolds is the second on the left.
 
Bastille. Dan Smith is the second on the right.

 (Oh, and can someone tell me why do I think that Dan Reynolds somehow looks like Luke Evans? I just can't find why, but every time I see Dan Reynolds I automatically think of Luke Evans hahaha)

Another pleasures: True Detective, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Elementary, Perception, Hannibal, The Killing, Arrow, Intelligence, Almost Human, and Bates Motel.
If you want a good series to watch, I recommend them :) (especially True Detective--there's a reason why I put it first, but the rest is just randomly put)

So, hmm, that's the end of this post. And I just realized that I'm basically just talking about boys. Sigh.

All the pics were taken from Google.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Movie Marathon: Jeremy Renner

(Note that this post was written right after the movie marathon was done, but I just finished it now because it's school's days off and I rarely touched my laptop. Like usual, I don't do blog on holidays)

Yeah, I know I just did a movie marathon very recently, but I just couldn't help to do another one. And yes, I did it in my exams week. Well, not exactly "exam", because it was just basically the deadline week. No particular exam, just assignments and assignments. And I did a movie marathon because I'm just that cool.

Who is the "lucky" actor?


Jeremy Lee Renner is (yeah, come on) one of my favorite actors of all time. Let me ask you: who has never heard of this man? You've got to be kidding me. Even though you're not a movie buff, you must have heard his name, at least once. Okay. Some of you might know him from the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, but he's mostly known from his work as Hawkeye in Marvel's The Avengers - as my little 'survey' said.

Before getting involved in the big movies like I've mentioned above, Jeremy was starring in the TV series The Unusuals (too bad, the series was cancelled after 10 episodes) and smaller movies. In fact, his portrayal of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Dahmer was the reason Kathryn Bigelow chose him for the lead role in The Hurt Locker. He got his first Oscar nomination ever, and got the second one for his involvement in Ben Affleck's The Town. And after that, he got more famous by co-starring with Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Rachel Weisz (The Bourne Legacy), Gemma Arteton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), as well as the blockbuster movie The Avengers and the critically acclaimed American Hustle.
Wait, that's not it. Jeremy is a good singer too! He was singing in one scene in Love Comes to the Executioner. I've also heard him singing in Saturday Night Live where he was hosting for the first time.

So, what makes you decided to do Jeremy Renner movie marathon?
It started right on Jeremy's birthday, on January 7th. I watched The Hurt Locker that time, and suddenly decided to do Jeremy Renner movie marathon because he was one of the 'candidates' for my movie marathon (who did not get picked before because of my changing mood). So, happy belated birthday, Mr. Renner! And thank you for being a distraction from my goddamn tasks :p

Here's the list of his movies, according to the time I watched them:
1. Thor (cameo; and I watched this long before the movie marathon started to refresh my brain that was tired of thinking about house designs)
2. The Hurt Locker
3. North Country
4. Love Comes to the Excecutioner
5. Ingenious
6. Neo Ned
7. 12 and Holding
8. A Little Trip to Heaven
9. 28 Weeks Later
10. Dahmer
11. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
12. S.W.A.T.
13. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
14. The Town
15. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
16. The Bourne Legacy
17. Marvel's The Avengers
18. Take
19. American Hustle

After watching all of them, do you have any specific movies that you've been into?
Of course. In fact, I loved all of them--it showed us that Jeremy could play such different characters without sticking to one of them. Really cool. Here is it.

Since it's my favorite movie, Marvel's The Avengers is on the top of the list. You obviously know Avengers (and I already talked about it in RDJ movie marathon), so I won't talk much about this. Jeremy played a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clint Barton who went by the name Hawkeye when he joined The Avengers. It was the 2nd time he played Barton after being an almost-unnoticeable cameo (blame the darkness--I almost lost it too) in Thor.

Second is The Bourne Legacy. Oh, I LOVE Bourne movies! I was kind of disappointed when Matt Damon decided not to do more Bourne. And I was like, "What?! They will replace Damon as Bourne? Nooooooooo!". But, it turned out that they wouldn't make Bourne as the main character. Instead, Aaron Cross, who was played by Jeremy, took his place. Taking place around the same time as the events in The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne's action affected other ops, including Cross, whose life now at stake because the men behind those ops tried to make everyone involved disappeared. Many people didn't like this movie and said that it was like forcing itself to get a connection to previous Bourne movies (my aunt said this lol). But, no. I love Bourne movies. I love Jeremy Renner. Of course I'd watch this even though Matt Damon didn't come back.

Third is Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. In this 4th movie of the franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on an impossible mission once again, but this time he gets to team up with Benji (Simon Pegg), fellow agent Jane Carter (Paula Patton), and... Jeremy Renner! I mean, William Brandt, the IMF Secretary's chief analyst. Together, they try to track down a dangerous terrorist who has access to Russian nuclear launch codes--and apparently, plans to use it against US. It's so fun to see Jeremy kicking-ass in this (before The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy of course). This movie receives mostly positive reviews, both from audiences and critics.

Next, The Hurt Locker, which led Jeremy to get his first Oscar nomination. When the previous team leader got killed by an explosive device, SFC William James (Renner) took over a highly trained bomb disposal team in Iraq. Yep, as you guessed, James loved what he did, but sometimes he didn't think about his team's safety--even his own. The movie is 2 hours long, and you won't find music score that much. But I love this movie. Every time James got to dispose a bomb, it's so intense. My favorite scene is when James and the team was facing an Iraqi man with bombs all over his body. Damn, I got teary eyes when watching it.

Fifth is The Town. I talked about this previously on Ben Affleck movie marathon, so you just have to click it. Jeremy played James 'Jem' Coughlin, one of the robbers and Doug's (Affleck) best friend. He was a hot-headed man who didn't give a damn about anything else but to accomplish their mission. Jeremy earned another Oscar nomination (this time was Best Supporting Actor) for his portrayal of Jem. This was also the first Jeremy Renner movie I've ever watched, but that time I was focusing on Ben Affleck (yeah, another favorite actor of mine) so I just forgot about him haha.

Sixth is S.W.A.T. Seriously, when I first watched this, I didn't recognize Jeremy at all. I mean, I was too focused to Colin Farrell to recognize the unrecognized actor who played Brian Gamble. Sorry. But that's the truth ._. Then when I got to know Jeremy more, I finally could realize him in this movie (and apparently the other movies he'd been on). Gamble was first a partner and best bud of Jim Street (Farrell) in S.W.A.T. before he got kicked out and went rogue.

Seventh is Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Ok, before I continue, you should know that the only reason I put this movie in this list is because Jeremy Renner was in it. Yes, I'm biased. Care much? Lol, sorry. Anyway, Hansel is played by Jeremy, and Gretel is played by the beautiful Gemma Arteton. Of course you know the story of Hansel and Gretel. This movie is set years after the siblings killed the witch who kidnapped them. And, yes, that witch (and her even uglier witch friends) struck again!

Honorable mention: A Little Trip to Heaven

Well, that's it. This doesn't mean the movies that I don't short-review are bad. He's a great actor, you know. He knows what kind of roles that are perfect for him (almost every role I guess haha).
Anyway, in the future we can see Jeremy Renner in The Immigrant, Kill the Messenger, the fifth Bourne movie, and of course, The Avengers: Age of Ultron!
And I believe someday he'll get that golden statue :)


"I like to stay busy, I like to stay focused, and I like to stay creative. Without being creative I'd be dead."
- Jeremy Renner

See you in the next movie marathon post!
(Yep I've just finished another movie marathon. Who's the actor? Just wait and see!)

Pics were taken from Google, then were made into a collage by me.
I like to stay busy, I like to stay focused, and I like to stay creative. Without being creative I'd be dead.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

A Road Trip to Remember

No, the road trip was not as dramatic as the poetic title (though it sure was memorable). I just couldn't find any other suitable title for this. And this wouldn't be a detailed blog post about the trip, I just wrote the big part only.

On December 30th 2013, the date where I collected my postponed assignment, my uncle and aunt picked me up from my boarding house to go on road trip with them to Bali and celebrate New Year there! Since becoming a college student I almost never had a proper holiday (going outside the city, traveling, blah blah), I just stayed at home watching movies. And finally, I could forget my other assignments for a while and enjoyed the rare time from being away from the hectic days of college.

While the road trip was not the first time for me, the activities and things we did were indeed new for me. From Malang to Bali -- of course it required us to cross the Bali Strait. Yep, it was my first time crossing the strait with ferry! It was late night, but I could see beautiful lights from the other ships and the port. It was so fun (and ugh, I didn't take a pic of it because I was so tired and only able to enjoy it haha).

After arriving at Gilimanuk Port, I spent my time mostly to sleep. My uncle's fast and F1-like driving didn't stop me from getting a good sleep since I finished my assignment at 2 am the other night. So then we picked up my cousin, Nisa, who was studying in Udayana University to stay with us in the hotel. The next day, the fun began!

The view from the hotel balcony. And yep, that's the sea!

That's me in Balangan Beach. Chubby as always. (Pic taken by Nisa)

Happy New Year! Fireworks from the beach. It was raining that time so we decided to watch the fireworks from hotel balcony.

So, first day of 2014, I thought I would come back to Malang (come back to my assignments, to be exact). Ha! My uncle and aunt had other plans for me and Nisa -- taking us to Jogja!

Bunch of people were waiting to take a pic in front of Malioboro street sign. If you go to Malioboro, you just have to do this. (Pic taken by Nisa)



Finally we got our turn. Nisa, me, Arfa, and Aunt Jella in Maliboro~ (Pic taken by my uncle)

The next day, we went to Affandi Museum. Just so you know, Affandi was a famous Indonesian artist. When I went to the museum and saw that name, I thought I've heard his name before (yep, that was a fail thing for an architecture student). Then, when I saw his paintings, I remembered that I had learned about him in both middle school and high school. You know, I forgot easily about this kind of thing -.-

A glimpse of inside the Affandi Museum. Love the paintings!

This one was like, the biggest painting in the gallery. Love this (and sorry, I forgot the name of the painting...)

Words to remember!

Since I'm an architecture student, this little kind of thing excited me. Maybe it could inspire me to design hehe.
 After that, we went to Warung Raminten for lunch. Its owner is Yogya's famous transsexual (or transgender -- what do you call it?). Ah, too bad I didn't take a picture of what she looked like.

Three women and a man. I thought that man was a real person... kind of creepy. (Pic taken by my uncle)

This was on the tissue box. Creative and funny.
These were chocolates. And these two described me at most hahaha. I should've bought those, ugh.

That was it. There were so many other moments from that road trip that I could not forget, but I don't want to make you bored. Well, I rarely posted about my personal life -- this blog has been full of either fangirling things or my "random" thoughts -- so I just want to finish this post as soon as possible before I myself also get bored. And I still have other tasks to do... and movies and series to watch.

Toodles!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Movie Marathon: Jonny Lee Miller

(Note that this post was written on December 23rd 2013, but I just finished it now because the busy week -- and the other tasks which apparently are as deadly as the main one)

Cheers to the (nearly) long weekend!
Cheers to the deadline that has been postponed!
Cheers to another movie marathon!

Call me crazy, but I immediately started another movie marathon right after my lecturer announced that the final assignment's deadline had been postponed to next Monday. This movie marathon was not planned, I'll tell you my reason why I chose this actor. And, my latest 3 movie marathons were all the actors who have played Sherlock Holmes, my favorite fictional character ever -- Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch, and now, Jonny Lee Miller! You can check my SH post here and here :)


Jonathan "Jonny" Lee Miller is one of my favorite actors of all time. For all the people who don't know who he is (OH, COME ON), I suggest you check the TV series Eli Stone, or his latest series Elementary, where he portrays Sherlock Holmes.

JLM was born British, but he also can use American accent perfectly, like he did in some of his movies and in Eli Stone and Dexter. Some people who have watched Eli Stone couldn't believe that he was a British because he sounded and looked like an American. He had played various kind of roles (hacker, drug addict, journalist, pilot, killer, cyclist, detective, and many more -- I wouldn't list them all, right?!) and that's what made him got into the list of my favorite actors haha. He also appeared on broadway for After Miss Julie, and played Victor Frankenstein and The Creature alternately with Benedict Cumberbatch for the stage production of Frankenstein. Yes, they are both Sherlock Holmes!
I've heard him singing in one of his movies, Love, Honour and Obey. He is also a marathon runner. I told ya, he's good at anything. Oh, and he is a supporter of Chelsea -- I knew this because he once replied to my tweet (and it made me go GYAAAAAHHHHH). Too bad, I myself support Chelsea's rival Manchester United. Well, that doesn't mean I stop loving him. Come on, my father is also a Chelsea supporter, my brother is a Gunner (Arsenal supporter) and Barcelona supporter, and my mother doesn't even care about this football thing to support one.

So, what makes you decided to do Jonny Lee Miller movie marathon?
Like I said, I wasn't planning this at all. I just happened to have a Dexter marathon, and since JLM was a guest star in season 5, I rushed to watch it until it reached season 5. I didn't know what kind of role he would be playing; didn't even try to find it on the internet. I just had to watch it. And voila! I loved it. He played Jordan Chase, a motivational speaker who was tied to a rape and murder case. Not that I loved the character, I just loved the way JLM played Chase -- who was inspiring and intimidating (and scary!) at the same time. It was soooo great!!! I mean, I watched him on Elementary first, so I just couldn't believe it that he used to play the character like Chase. *standing ovation*
After I finished it, I got a starstruck on him, despite having known him for years. You can see all the fuss on my latest Midnight Random Thought. Yeah, I'm sorry I got crazy like that sometimes. (SOMETIMES???!!!)
At first, I watched Aeon Flux and Mindhunters only. Then, after a week without movies because of the assignments, it was announced that the deadline has been postponed. So, I got even crazier; I watched all of JLM movies that I had and the ones that I could find.

Here's the list of his movies, according to the time I watched them:
1. Aeon Flux
2. Mindhunters
3. Endgame
4. The Flying Scotsman
5. Plunkett and Macleane
6. Dracula 2000
7. Byzantium
8. Dark Shadows
9. Complicity
10. Trainspotting
11. The Escapist
12. Hackers
13. Love, Honour and Obey

After watching all of them, do you have any specific movies that you've been into?
Is it wrong to say that I LOVE all of them? There are so many movies of his, but I could only watch 13 of them. But I think it's impossible to short-review those 13, so I just picked some.

First, I really, really love Mindhunters. It's like FBI meets Agatha Christie's novel And Then There Were None. How could I not love this movie?! Yeah, I love FBI-related movies or TV series, especially about profilers, like Criminal Minds. I could not just miss this movie. JLM here played Lucas Harper, one of the young FBI students who were sent to an island to undergo a training to be a profiler. What they didn't know was that it was more than a training as they discovered that one of them was a serial killer and was targeting the others. Quite convincing, huh? And it had amazing cast, other than JLM himself.

The second is Hackers, where JLM played a young hacker, Dade Murphy, who, along with other fellow hackers, discovered a dangerous computer virus and must use their skills to take down the man behind it, while being pursued by Secret Service. Oh, and this movie also starred Angelina Jolie (who was JLM's ex wife -- ok, don't be surprised), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy in Scooby Doo), and Jesse Bradford (Charlie in My Sassy Girl). Just so you know, this movie came out in 1995, where the internet was unfamiliar to the public. It has became a cult classic since.

The third is The Escapist. I watched this without subtitle, so excuse me if I got the movie wrong. Denis Hopkins (JLM) was a pilot. When some robbers led by Ricky (Andy Serkis) broke into his house and killed his wife, he tried to get revenge by breaking a police car so he could get arrested -- later attempting to escape purposely from the prison to get him transferred to the maximum security prison where Ricky was. It was very good and thrilling. JLM's acting as desperate and vengeful husband was sooo great. It was supported by convincing acting of Serkis, who was really scary and annoying too.

The fourth is Love, Honour and Obey. So, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from different adaptations in one film? This is irresistible, at least for me. JLM and Jude Law! Wait, there's more. Rhys Ifans and Sean Pertwee, who played Mycroft Holmes and Lestrade respectively in Elementary (yep, with JLM), also appeared in this movie. Daaammmnnn! I was so happy that I could only laugh and clap my hands speechlessly. In this movie, almost all the characters had the same name with the actors who played them. Jude (Law), who came from a gangster family, was asked by his friend Jonny (JLM) to help him got into the North London criminal gang. As Jonny got more involved, he started making mistakes that would led him and the others to start a 'war' with South London mob.

The fifth is The Flying Scotsman, a film based on the true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree (JLM) who tried to break the world record by building his very own bicycle from washing machine parts and inventing the unlikely riding position. We also could see Obree's mental health problem which he had suffered since the world-record title was stripped from him after only a week. I'm not a cyclist though, but I love cycling with my family. Seeing this movie made me want to go home sooner, reunite with my bicycle, and then go cycling until my legs tired!

Honorable mention: Aeon Flux and Trainspotting
Aeon Flux was the first movie where I recognized JLM. Trainspotting was a good movie, but somehow I couldn't 'connect' with it--but again, JLM was soooooo great in this movie as Sick Boy!

Ah, I really want to write them all, but I'm tired already -_- And I love all his movies. He's always been perfect in every movie he's in.
Okay then, you should know Jonny Lee Miller by now hahaha.

"The whole point of being an actor is to get satisfaction out of a role -- unless you're just vain about celebrity. You're always looking for the one thing that will surprise you."
- Jonny Lee Miller

See you in the next movie marathon post!
And have a great 2014!

Pics were taken from Google, then were made into a collage by me.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

First posting in 2014!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Heyho, how was your 2013? Was it good? Memorable? Forgettable? Well, my 2013 was pretty much MEMORABLE. So many great things happened. I had passed my first year as a college student. Oh, God, I feel really old -.-

So, let's just recap the things that happened in this blog in 2013!

1. January - First homecoming
Being a college student far away from home made me really can't wait for January to come: COMING BACK HOME! So, it was my first time coming home after spending 6 months, more or less, as a college student. Oh, and I also had my 3rd movie marathon, Ben Affleck's.

2. February - Ding dong
Too busy with my 2 weeks holiday and preparing for the next semester.

3. March - Running Man era
After watching all the episodes, I got addicted to this Korean variety show! You should watch it too, but beware for the addiction... because all my family, cousins, and friends were strongly addicted to this!

4. April - The climax of the semester when the tasks got pretty unbearable...
...so all I could do was saying hello.

5. May - All the wondering and another movie marathon
In this month I started to think what my real passion was. Architecture or movies? Anyway, I had my 4th movie marathon, which was Robert Downey, Jr., despite all the wondering and the deadly tasks. I was just that cool.

6. June - Falling for the consulting detective all over again
Yep, that's Sherlock Holmes, the greatest (fictional) detective ever.

7. July - Hiatus
Holiday, baby!

8. August - Still hiatus
I was being like some annoying TV series with cliffhanger-y mid-season finale and super long hiatus.

9. September - I'M NINETEEN!!! And obviously best day of my life #4
Nothing happened in this blog, but in my real life and twitter... good things pretty much happened. Several celebrities wished me a happy birthday, including the one and only Jason Mraz. I repeat, JASON MRAZ. Truly unforgettable.

10. October - Fresh comeback & another Sherlock Holmes era
So sad to leave September, I felt like I wanted to skip the rest of the year and reach September next year haha. I was still crazy about the detective (always have, always will!), so I was continuing my Sherlock Holmes post. This month marked the first edition of my newest "continuous post", Midnight Random Thoughts. And since this was October, I posted the 3rd edition of #horrorshortstory.

11. November - The randomest of them all
This month continued with another random thoughts, the 2nd and 3rd edition. Even though it was so random, I still had time to post about the greatest heroes in my life, and of course, another movie marathon -- Benedict Cumberbatch's! But, let's not forget that GITG had its 5th birthday!

12. December - Randomizing the end of 2013
Since this month was the climax of the semester, I couldn't spare my time with GITG. I could only write the 4th MRT and it was full of Jonny Lee Miller, which brought me to my 6th movie marathon. I finished JLM movie marathon on this month, but I just finished the post and it was going to be published after this post. Apparently, the 4th Midnight Random Thoughts was the first post of December 2013 and last post of 2013.

I had another great year. I found several new celebrity crushes, haha! I also got some new life lessons from the people around me. And of course, thanks to Jason Mraz or making my 2013 even better.
I hope 2014 will be better and greater than this year!

Don't look back on yesterday! :)

Pic is taken from Google.