‘Gravity’ (2013)

Even if inside you feel you want to die, there’s a bigger life impulse that keeps us alive.  (Alfonso Cuaron) OK.  I might as well write it all down, while my nausea has not worn off.  Well, actually it is not from the movie, yet some form of sudden mild vertigo came to me.  YET, this dizziness (and any mention of any planet names) actually brings me back to that 120 minutes of pure elevated, out of this world ride […]

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Hua Hin: The French Riviera of the Far East

The wild full moon parties and Thai bucket- fuelled nightlife of islands like Koh Samui and Koh Phangan have put Thailand firmly on the tourist (and backpacker’s) map. Last December, the Tourism Authority of Thailand invited me to a media trip to one of the country’s lesser known beach resort of Hua Hin. I couldn’t help but wonder what this so-called ‘royal retreat,’ would look and feel like. Before heading to Hua Hin, we were invited to a six course dinner […]

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Pastimes of the Digital Age

(Published in: Now! Jakarta January 2012)It is impossible to deny the phenomenon of Finnish bird-throwing video game, Angry Birds. The game that was initially developed for Apple’s iPhone has now been downloaded over 350 million times through various platforms worldwide. There are thousands of other games developed for smart phones, but by far nothing has been able to compete with the popularity of Angry Birds. This touch screen-based game is now officially the most popular game in the world. Just […]

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The Day Mr. Frankie Left

Our air-conditioner guy just died last week. Barely knew the guy. But the time my mother broke the news, I almost choked by the piece of crab leg I was struggling to eat. She said he died of heart attack while jogging. I could only say “but why?” We call him Mr. Frankie, because..it’s his name. And sadly just about the only thing we knew of him. About a month earlier, my air-con wouldn’t breathe even the smallest amount of breeze. […]

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When The World Was a Better Place Without Facebook

Don’t get me wrong, please don’t.I—like most of your that might be reading, I’m sure—has been a hands-on actor on the development of today’s fastest growing social network site that is Facebook.We’ve seen it evolve before our eyes, under our very fingertips.We resisted on it changes, but succumbed to its vital role—be it wanted or not— in our lives.We make groups saying ‘bring back the old Facebook’ and join them to no avail.The f*ck to no avail. that’s what make […]

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Musica de Parc de Guelle

In Barcelona, at the Parc de Guelle, played a Musician. a Guitar player who plays the most unbelievably beautiful resonance with the help of where he was sitting, an empty mezzanine in between two stories with pillars and ceiling with abstract art which was in every essence distinctively Gaudí. As if he was hiding. I don’t know who he is. But his music made people stop making sounds because it might interrupt this sound, that was so transiently subtle that you’d thought […]

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Bosch Painting on The Tarmac

I saw a dead rat on the street this morning on my way to work today.  I saw it from afar and I could vividly imagine and smell the gore. its red gut spilling all over in contrast with its black gleam of hair. A vivid image that reminded me of Bosch paintings. The paintings that actually, preach, but somehow I remember being disgusted and haunted by it. But in a very bizarre way I couldn’t look away, and felt that […]

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Melupakan Adonis

P bilang “kita terlalu banyak melihat dunia.” Ketika saya tanya kenapa kita mau terlalu banyak di hidup ini.Terlalu banyak mengenal kota cantik, danau sepi, angin dengan semerbak bau kayu, daun rimbun, buah manis di semua musim, seorang Adonis dengan senyum sipu, yang tidak mau terdengar berkelakar, tapi memang ingin sekali tertawa bahagia di pangkal lehernya karena ia sangat terhibur dengan senyummu.Dengan rambut coklat keemasan, mata biru ombak yang seperti tembus pandang, tapi bukan kosong.Karena ia senang sekali menatap wajah dan […]

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About Being Consciously and Subconsciously Out of Gas

I’ve been out of gas. completely. even now, as I’m typing this down.This morning I was totally broke that the question ‘Aren’t you buying petrol?” could only be answered by ‘with what?”.The needle was sinking way beyond the bottom line.Tthe last line that possibly doesn’t actually mean ’empty’.because most car makers wouldn’t think its drivers are cheap enough not to buy gas even their car tells them so.except you’re at Timbuktu or making movies with dramatic effects.That red line on […]

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