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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.
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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.