La La Land (2016)

Title: La La Land (2016)
Written and Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Casts: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt 

La-la Land means: Los Angeles, or to think that things that are completely impossible might happen.

I lost words to describe this movie. La La Land makes me fall in love and at the same time break it and cheer me up and put me down over and over again.  Love love love all things about this movie. The setting, the casts, the plot, the music, the dance and many more.

Let's follow Mia and Sebastian in chasing their dreams. Mia, a barista at a coffee shop on the Warner Bros lot in LA, and her obsession to become an actress while Sebastian, a jazz pianist,  is dying to have his own club. And when finally the dreams are already on their ways, why do suddenly some things seem not quite right? 

The movie just won seven awards at the 74th Golden Glob Awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Original Song (City of Stars).

An all time favorite movie. Yes, a lifetime one. Definitely a must watch.

Check this website to know more about the movie.

A New Year, Birthdays, and Such

Yes, She is 10 Now!
I know it's already 15 January but I just got the opportunity to flashback a bit into the first day of new year. As usual 1 January means celebrating our new year baby, Zea, who turned 10 this year. The special thing about this year birthday was I had to go to Mecca on that day. This Umroh issue was a kind of sudden idea. Never thought that I could visit this holy land in this January. However just like people say when it's time for you to visit Mecca and Medina, suddenly everything seems so simple and there you are, at the purest place on earth. Masya Allah.

Other important occasion was 14 January as I celebrated my 44th birthday. Such an age. A twin numbers. How do I feel being 44? Honestly, I feel good. I just pray to God to bestow me with a good health. Health becomes a very crucial issue when you reach the age of 40. You discuss about this issue almost every time, anywhere with every one. Just check the whatsapp groups, this health issue is one of the favorite topics besides the politics. Gosh, I guess health is much sexier topic than politic, at least now.

The 44 birthday was highlighted by having lunch with my hubby and the girls at Marco restaurant. I heart this Padang Peranakan Restaurant. Always love the food, snack, drink and everything served there. The taste is just super yummy. A perfect way to embrace the special day.

Road to Mecca & Medina 2017

Terdapat lebih banyak lanskap yang indah di dunia, tetapi tak satupun aku kira yang dapat membentuk spirit manusia yang begitu kuat seperti jalan ke Mekah....;

padang pasir adalah sesuatu yang telanjang, bersih dan tak mengenal kompromi. Ia menghapus hati manusia dari berbagai fantasi yang menghadirkan angan-angan palsu sehingga membuatnya bebas menyerahkan dirinya terhadap sesuatu yang absolut, yang tak bercitra;

yang terjauh di antara yang jauh tetapi yang terdekat di antara yang dekat.

--Muhammad Asad, The Road to Mecca

Holiday Recap

As usual the girls are already on their school holiday while their parents are still busy fulfilling all works before end of year. Since our domestic helper is also taking leaves and went back to her hometown so the girls are with me here and there, to the workplace, the meeting, the teaching, the dating with friends and closed by malls to calm them down.

Hubby's cousin had an engagement a couple weeks ago in Bandung. I know Bandung in school recess  would be unbearable with the traffic and the crowd thus finally I decided to stay in Mason Pine Hotel at Kota Baru Parahyangan and stayed away from Dago and Lembang hustle bustle. 

I guessed I made a right decision since the hotel turned out to be awesome. The girls love the atmosphere and their favorite part is the olympic size swimming pool.  Zea is really into swimming now finally ...after she successfully took swimming lesson.

And other activity that we did yesterday was visiting Amped Trampoline Park in Kelapa Gading. I've been heard about this place quite sometime and finally had a chance to visit it. The girls were also super excited. I bought the one-hour ticket and promised the girls that they could extend the hour if they're still strong enough. However after one hour, the girls said it's ENOUGH. Jumping on trampoline for one hour non-stop turns out to be EXHAUSTING. 

Still...the girls said that they love the trampoline and would love to go back there soon. Hear...hear...let's do it again sometime...in the future. Now, mom just wants to lay down and read good books:)

Winter in Tokyo 2016

Tokyo in winter. A well-maintained city. Friendly people everywhere even the language barrier is not an issue anymore. The warm feeling in the cold weather. Feeling safe to be all alone, wandering around at night and getting ready to get lost in translation. Nothing to worry about since there's always someone who easily helped you wholeheartedly.

ANELLO Backpacks are EVERYWHERE (with affordable price)
Just realized that  it's really nice to explore a country with very low criminal rate. I remembered my trip to Europe last March, I got lots of warning about the pickpockets (especially in the city which are full of tourists such as Paris and Rome), and this criminal issue really made me tired. Tired of always staying alert. Tired of worries and all.

Souvenir Shop at Asakusa Temple area
The Beloved Hachiko
But Tokyo is totally different. It does steal my heart. No wonder if it's considered as one of the safest cities for solo female traveler.

Hakone, View  from the Cable Car
I left this city with a promise that...I shall return.

Misteri Soliter

Title: The Solitaire Mystery
Indonesian Title: Misteri Soliter (Filsafat dalam Setumpuk Kartu Remi)
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Translator:Utti Setiawati
Publisher: Penerbit Mizan
January 2016
484 pages
Saranku untuk semua orang yang berusaha menemukan jati diri adalah: tetaplah tinggal di tempatmu sekarang. Kalau tidak kau dalam bahaya besar kehilangan dirimu selamanya.

--Misteri Soliter, Jostein Gaarder
Just realized that t's almost end of November and not even one post written down this month??? #tutupmuka. No..no....not because I am too busy with my account in social media. In fact I have been a silence reader for quite some time particularly now when lots of people suddenly feel that they're having the best knowledge in politics and religion #kokcurcol?  

Actually I got a lot of things in my mind. I still read books, watch movies, visit some places, try new tea, and have some other stuffs to share but every time I arrived home, suddenly the urge to write was gone. I just wanted to lay down, took some rest, chit-chatting with the girls, and that's it. Perhaps I am already too tired with the traffic jam and the works deadline so home is associated as a place to rest while opening a laptop seems like starting a new work #neverendingexcuse. While the main factor I guess is just simply the OLD age #tumbenjujur.   

Back to the book, as usual Jostein Gaarder will take us on an awesome adventure with a 12-year-old-boy, Hans Thomas and his father who are on a journey around Europe to find Hans' mother. Hans' mother left him when Hans was only four years old. Along the way, Hans and his father experience  many adventures and much self-discovery.

Only Jostein might turn a philosophy into a very interesting topic. Instead of getting bored or confused, you just feel the excitement in learning about life and all. As usual Jostein will leave his readers with much to think about.
"Jadi Ayah percaya pada Tuhan?"
"Aku tidak bilang begitu. Sebenarnya yang kukatakan adalah, Tuhan sedang menertawakan kita karena kita tidak percaya pada-Nya." 

We are Young, We are Strong & We Love Indonesia

Another routine program at my girls' school is Bulan Bahasa. During 26-28 October, it's going to be several activities to commemorate the Youth Pledge, such as donating books, school performances (reading poem, writing, dancing, choir, etc), and the final program was celebrated on 28 October with a beautiful parade since all students were asked to wear traditional costumes from all provinces in Indonesia and prepared then ate the traditional food. 

Credit to: Mbak Is
Zea as a 4th grader wore Dayak's costume from Kalimantan while Najla and all 6th graders performed all things related to Sulawesi culture.

Credit to: Mbak Ira
Credit to: Mbak Maya
There it went I turned to be a very hectic (and fussy) mother on that Friday morning. I had to prepare these two girls stuffs nevertheless when I watched their performances and saw their super happy faces, well...everything's paid off. Mom felt nothing but a full heart:)