Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Jimi ni Sugoi (Jdrama)

Assalamualaikum. Wr. Wb.

Whoaaa... I haven't write anything here since February, now it's almost the end of May already June. Yeah, I kept this in draft for a while and wasn't able to bring myself to write but now I'm ready. But before we get to the review, Ramadhan Mubarak everyone!! We've reached a blissful month once again, Alhamdulillah. May our fast and deeds be accepted by Allah SWT πŸ˜‰

This drama is titled Jimi ni Sugoi (Simplicity is Great) starring the always adorable Satomi Ishihara, Suda Masaki, and Tsubasa Honda. The official English title for this drama is Pretty Proofreader. It's also based on the novel "Koetsu Garu" by Ayako Miyagi. 

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This drama was released in 2016, and yes, I always late at picking up new dramas, I'm sorry for waiting the subtitles to be finished instead of blindly watch it with zero Japanese knowledge πŸ˜‹ But seriously, I'm really thankful that I decided to watch it. Satomi has always been one of my favorite Japanese actresses and I'm glad that the drama itself is really wonderful, it is the kind of story that a hopeless adult who's struggling to find meaning in her job like me needed now 😀

The Story
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Meet Etsuko Kono (Satomi Ishihara), a 28-year-old extrovert woman who loves fashion and aspiring to become a fashion editor at Lassy Magazine, Keibonsha. For 7 years, Etsuko has been applying for the same position at Keibonsha without ever giving up until one day she finally got accepted, but instead of being assigned at Lassy, Etsuko was sent to work at Proofreading Department. Her job is to correct errors and inadequate parts of documents and copies. Etsuko determined to be transferred to Lassy and reach her goal to be a fashion editor, so she decided to do her job as Proofreader seriously in order to get promoted. Although Etsuko finds the job as proofreader to be bland and dull at first, she learns to enjoy every second of her work by doing various things to make her job as a Proofreader interesting.

A Kind of Drama that I Needed
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Honestly, I didn't expect that this drama would touch me that much when I first started it. Of course I already know that Satomi Ishihara will perform brilliantly as always, but this drama is really something that I didn't know I needed until I watched it. Etsuko's character is the kind of person whom I can't relate to because of how extrovert and honest she is in speaking her mind, but the way she handles her job and tried many ways to keep her job interesting made me realized that sometimes you don't need to have your dream job to be completely happy. Etsuko was surrounded by co-workers who are also at the state where they felt bored with their job and the repetitive routine, most of her co-workers only doing their job halfheartedly, even when they are doing their dream job. All because they forgot about what made the job fun or how to improvise everyday to keep their job interesting.

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There's Tomoko Morio (Tsubasa Honda), Etsuko's junior who's working at Lassy as one of the fashion editor's assistants, a job that Etsuko has been dreaming to have. Tomoko was a model and enjoyed fashion, but she hardly can enjoy her work, mostly because she felt inferior to others and decided to just go with the flow instead of trying her best to prove her worth. She was jealous of Etsuko's outgoing and honest personality that even when she didn't get the job that she wanted, Etsuko was still able to enjoy her job wholeheartedly.

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Then there's Yukito Orihara (Suda Masaki), a talented masked writer who aspired to become a writer, but didn't have enough courage to improve his writing and ended up making such a boring stories. Etsuko fell in love with Yukito at the first sight, didn't realized that she has been proofread one of Yukito's novels. After they get to know each other, Yukito learned that having talent isn't enough to be able to do your dream job, you need to have an open mind and a willpower to improve yourself.

Actually, the other side characters are also really interesting and have such amazing independent story, they have their own struggles in their job too. As a viewer, I can totally relate to all of these character's struggles. I've also been asking the same question. Is it worth it to spend my time doing a job I don't really like or should I try to pursue my dream job and just ignore all the other chances? The answer is easy and something I've already knew, 'though I didn't like it before but now I can totally see it in a whole different perspective: It is worth it to spend the day doing a job that you don't like, because sadly, not everyone can have their dream job, but as human, we must keep moving forward and try our best to live. Having your dream job doesn't always mean happiness, if you are not able to improvise and find the happiness in the job that you do, no matter what job you're doing, it would not be interesting. It is okay to keep pursuing your dream job and set a goal, but don't ever stop once you meet failure, don't ever think that life ends there just because you cannot get what you want. The least you can do is trying to do your best in everything to do, even when it is the kind of job that doesn't get acknowledgement from people or you don't get appreciated, just focus on what you're doing, not on what other people think. You never know, but maybe from all these efforts you did, the knowledge you gained will be useful and help you reach your dream. Just be proud of your current work.

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So, like I said before, I really need this drama in my life now, especially when I'm jobless and not sure where to apply job. I felt inferior and not confident and I had this strong belief that I won't do anything that doesn't involve my passion. Gosh... How wrong I was. How could I forgot that I spent 8 months delightful moments at Zaskia Sungkar Jakarta, doing a job I don't really like at first, but ended up liking it so much and managed to learn new skills like Design Graphic. I shouldn't be too afraid to take on new challenges, it would all be alright in the end as long as I keep learning. No knowledge will go to waste. After I watched this drama, I get this strong encouragement to apply job in more varied companies instead of just choosing the ones that I can do. Even if I have to learn from scratch, I won't be afraid anymore. Wish me tons of luck, and thank you for reading!

Wassalamualaikum. Wr. Wb.

Monday, February 26, 2018

I Finally Graduated!

Assalamualaikum. Wr. Wb.

Alhamdulillah, last week I have officially graduated from UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta after 7 years of struggling with anxieties and kept questioning myself whether I should continue the study or just drop out. I'm so relieved and thankful that I was able to win those negative thoughts and graduate properly although it is late compared to normal students. With the help and support from my family and friends, I was able to push myself and believe in myself.

To be completely honest, I never expect that day would come since I thought I might not gonna make it to graduation. And there were so many obstacles along the way, it was almost impossible to register for graduation ceremony due to some financial problems and some error from the college itself, so when that day finally approached me, I was like, is it happen for real? Am I really going to a graduation ceremony?

Well, I couldn't help but overjoyed and excited, even when some people said it's too late for me to celebrate (due to my 7 years of study), I still wanted to celebrate it. I couldn't hide my happiness no matter how much I wanted to stay cool and calm, I kept grinning and smiling throughout the graduation day. That's how grateful I was and I still am. And apparently, my parents were just as excited as I did, I could see so much happiness in my mom's eyes, she's been angry a lot with me and said she doesn't care anymore about my graduation, but when the day finally came, she showed me how much she's proud and relieved that one of her children has managed to graduate college again. I'm so sorry for making you wait this long, mom, thank you for never give up on me (although you said you gave up, you never really did and always showered me with your love, I'm beyond grateful)...

Another chapter in the book has finished. It's time to write a new one. I know what I want to do, I know what my dream is, and I wish I could make it happen. Everything will come at the right time, and all I need to do is pray and work hard for it. Alhamdulillah, Ya Allah, I can never expressed how much I'm thankful for all the miracles You have given to my life. I'm not yet a good Muslimah and yet You never stopped showing me Your Mercy. I wish I could be someone who is beneficial for my surroundings and help them for Allah SWT sake. And thank you again to my family and friends who never give up on me no matter how messed up I was. You have no idea how much your help means to me. Once again, I'm beyond grateful. Alhamdulillah.

Wassalamualaikum. Wr. Wb.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 in Review

Assalamualaikum. Wr. Wb.

2017 ended in a blink of an eye. At least for me. Oh well, I was sleeping during the new year's eve and when I woke up, all the fireworks and new year's hype has been long gone πŸ˜‚ 2017 was ordinary, I wasn't sure what to feel about it. The thing that I realized is I'm getting bored with my life and I don't feel excited towards anything anymore, which really is sad because I felt empty. When you felt this much emptiness, you began to lose yourself. Even so, there were quite big moments that made my long boring life became a little less boring too and I'd like to write them here.

Maximphonia and National Folklore Festival 2017
Some of PSM UIN Jakarta Alumni decided to form an independent choir and we named it Maximphonia. We formed Maximphonia for those who are no longer able to join PSM UIN rehearsal due to their busy schedules at work and only have free time during weekends. So, the members who joined are those who have been absent from choir for a long time, which means we have to start from scratch and learn how to sing choir from the beginning again. We also decided to join National Folklore Festival 2017 at Faculty of Economy at University of Indonesia in March and I was assigned as treasurer. We ranked 6th out of 18 choirs which is great, since we actually prepared this competition by ourselves without professional coach or professional arranger. We truly joined the competition to bring back all the good feelings about singing in choir and I dare to say we accomplished our goals. We truly had fun throughout the process and we never felt that relaxed during competition before ❤

I Passed My Undergraduate Thesis Defense
Well, after 7 years (yes, you read it correctly, 7 YEARS!) of college, I was finally able to finish and did my Undergraduate Thesis Defense in July. It was quite a hectic day, my lecturer gave me the wrong schedule so I ended up late and we had to rush preparing the foods and everything. Luckily, my examiners were willing to wait and didn't show any sign of annoyance (special treatment for final year students I guess πŸ˜‚). The thesis defense went for only 45 minutes on my part and I was able to give them satisfying answers and results despite of the fact that I was super nervous. Well, how can't I? After such miscommunication with the schedule, I thought they would have canceled my thesis defense and change it to another day πŸ˜… Thanks to such kind examiner, I was able to enjoy it and get a good grade for it. Some of my friends also came to support me although I only informed them about the defense that very morning to ask for prayers. Julian, Putri (who brought me a really huge flowers bouquet ❤), Wicak (who brought me flowers and support from Bayu who couldn't come), Aulia (who brought me my favorite Good Day coffee with Iqbal's support as well), and Mella (who also brought me Good Day coffee πŸ˜ƒ). And of course Diah, Amel, Wardah, who helped me a lot during the process. They are the biggest part of this process and without them, I might have given up college a long time ago. Thank you!

Additional Singer for Bianglala Voices
It was not the first time for me to be an additional singer for Bianglala Voices, a vocal group of adult singers whose members are also my seniors in PSM UIN Jakarta and my choir coach, Bu Tanti and Om Freddy. Bu Tanti always gives me chances to experience new things in musical fields and most of the jobs I got was all from her. I can never thank her enough for always believe in me and entrust me with such responsibility. That kind of support made me truly grateful and gave me courage because I often don't feel good about myself. 

What made this event special was because I was assigned to sing a solo part during Endah 'n Rhesa's song, When You Love Someone during Bianglala Voices performance at Earhouse Cafe. Earhouse is Endah and Rhesa's cafe and we got to sing in front of them. For someone like me, it was truly an amazing experience and an honor to sing that song in front of the artists themselves. Om Bintang, the one who leads the performance was such a strict person but he entrusted me with this solo part to surprise Endah and Rhesa, and it was successful πŸ˜‚ They really didn't expect us to perform that song for them because Om Bintang introduced it as a K-Pop song. My parents were also present at that moment and Om Bintang introduced me to the audience with such kind words and even thanked my parents for letting me join them even if it means I had to stay until midnight for rehearsal. I swear I love the look in my mother's eyes that night. Haven't seen those much stars in her since I won Writing Competition at National Championship in 2010. I can never thank Bianglala Voices enough for this experience ❤

Bandung and Padang Trip

I was able to visit many places in Indonesia this year (thanks to mudik as always) but two places that left a really special impression in me was Bandung and Padang. I visited Padang for the first time for my cousin's wedding and we had a chance to sightseeing although for only one day. The best thing about Padang is the food. I swear they taste much much tastier than in Jakarta πŸ˜‚ And even now as I'm writing this, I can't help but craving for more of Padang cuisines. I got to see Jam Gadang Tower and got permission to climb it to the rooftop with my cousins too. My cousin's father has quite huge influence and role in Padang and I'm grateful to get that special privilege because.... well, it's not every day you get the chance to get to the rooftop of Jam Gadang Tower, right?! πŸ˜‚

Bandung Trip was special because for the first time in forever, I was able to go on a vacation with my friends, Iqbal and Erna, without my parents or seniors or any study / organisation event. It was purely for vacation. It was only 2 days trip but it was still memorable to me. We didn't go to any expensive places because we didn't have time (or money lol), but thankfully, Ridwan Kamil has designed every spot in Bandung into a beautiful place for Instagram. So, we were able to enjoy every place we visited and went home satisfied and re-charged (and craved for more Bandung 😁)

Hmm... Now that I think back to the past, this year wasn't so bad. My two best friends also get married and I took a big part in their wedding, we also had some nice little celebrations and were able to meet up way more often than before. Those were such good memories, so why do I still feel empty? Why do I feel like it was a boring year? When did it went down? Is it the fact that our family had troubles in building our new house? Is it the fact that I was unable to help much that I felt worthless? Is it a part of becoming adult? I miss being a part of something. Maybe the reason I felt this much emptiness is because I stopped singing choir. I didn't fall in love with anybody either. And I've kinda lost connection with some of my precious people. So, to find my happiness, I need to find or create a place where I belong. But what is it? I don't even know what I'm looking for but I truly wish I would find that thing that I lost. 

2018.... Please treat me kindly ❤

Wassalamualaikum. Wr. Wb.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Manazashi - Honey L Days (Lyrics and English Translation)

I watched Jdrama Tumbling again few days ago and now it kinda becomes a drama that I keep repeating whenever I want to watch a good story. I remember watching it few years ago and I remember it left a great impression in me, but I don't remember why. Lately, after I finished two episodes of Jdrama Voice and Ourobros, I felt the need to watch something lighter and fun, but I don't want to watch something new because I'm afraid it will be good and I ended up can't stop it, so I picked Tumbling because I've watched it. Well, it turns out that I forgot so many things and it ended up felt new to me and I became obsessed with how great it was πŸ˜‚ 

I especially love the theme song they used because it fits the story and it fits me so well. This song speaks to me on spiritual level and that's why I have to put it here because this song truly encouraged me πŸ’š 

Listen to the song below with some awesome clips from Tumbling 😁

Artist: Honey L Days
Song Title: γΎγͺざし (Manazashi; Outlook)
Single: Manazashi
Track Number: 1
Released: 2010
Lyrics By: KYOHEI & herOism

Kudara nee to haki sutete mo
They say I'm worthless,
Kawarenai jibun ga iru
and I'm determined to never change, I am here.
Kao o agete fumidasu shikanain da
I can do nothing more than lift my head and move forward
To wakatteru kedo
I understand that though

Gomakase nai no wa kuyashisa no namida
Shedding tears of regret, I cannot lie,
Jamasase nai kara oretachi no ashita
Because our tomorrow won't be disturbed.
Tsuyoku tsuyoku takaku toberu hazu sa
Strongly, strongly, highly, I will fly,
Saidai ni jimen keri agete
Kicking off from the ground completely.

Oikakete oikakete
I'll chase, I'll chase
Hitasura ni kono yume o
this dream diligently.
Oogesa na chizu wa iranai
I don't need a big map.
Kakedashite kakedashite
Rushing, rushing,
Massugu ni michi naki michi o
I'll travel a road without a trail
Gamushara na manazashi o
with a reckless outlook,
Ashita e
towards tomorrow.

Nasake nee to iware nakute mo
They said merciless things,
Kizuiteru jibun ga ita
and I knew it, I was there.
Magetaku nai kokoro dake ga
My heart won't bend the outlook
Ashita o tsunagu manazashi
it has connected to tomorrow.

Ari no mama ikite omoishiru yowasa
Living as I realize my weaknesses,
Akirame nai koto shinji nuku koto
I won't give up, I will believe.
Tsuyoku tsuyoku takaku toberu hazu sa
Strongly, strongly, highly, I will fly,
Nando mo jimen keri agete
Kicking off from the ground repeatedly.

Oikakete oikakete
I'll chase, I'll chase
Hitasura ni kono yume o
This dream diligently.
Tomedonai kibou o mune ni
The hope in my heart is endless.
Kakedashite kakedashite
Rushing, rushing,
Massugu ni michi naki michi o
I'll travel a road without a trail,
Yuzurenai manazashi o
Never surrendering my outlook,
Ashita e
Towards tomorrow

Mayoi kurushimi sutesaru nara
If I abandon the confusing pain
Ashita wa nai kara
Because there's no tomorrow,
Tatoe donna konnan ga michi o tozashite mo
No matter what difficulties may block my path,
Itsuka wa itsuka wa mugen no sora o koete...
Someday, someday I'll cross that endless sky...

Oikakete oikakete
I'll chase, I'll chase
Hitasura ni kono yume o
This dream diligently.
Oogesa na chizu wa iranai
I don't need a big map.
kakedashite kakedashite
Rushing, rushing,
Massugu ni michi naki michi o
I'll travel a road without a trail
Gamushara na manazashi o
With a reckless outlook.

Oikakete oikakete
I'll chase, I'll chase
Hitasura ni kono yume o
This dream diligently.
Oogesa na chizu wa iranai
I don't need a big map.
Kakedashite kakedashite
Rushing, rushing,
Massugu ni michi naki michi o
I'll travel a road without a trail
Gamushara na manazashi o
With a reckless outlook,
Ashita e
Towards tomorrow.

English Translation by

Monday, December 11, 2017

My Asian Drama List

Here's the new updated list of my Asian Drama / Movie list (Japan, Korea, Taiwan) with my rating on each of them. I also link some titles to my personal review in case you're interested. Maybe it could help you find a good drama to watch in your spare time.

5 ❤s : It's a drama I can watch over and over again because it won me over with its story, casts, soundtrack, and everything.
4 ❤s : The drama was thoroughly entertaining and great but lack just one or two things, for example: it will be better with one more episode, or with more character development for one certain character. Or for some suspense / psychology drama, it could have added a bit more happiness and lessen the darkness a bit πŸ˜‚
3 ❤s : The drama was enjoyable but that's it. I will probably repeat in once or twice in the future when I have nothing to do and too lazy to find new titles πŸ˜‚
2s : The drama was average or fine, but not a kind of drama I will remember. There's potential that it will get better, but I usually ended up disappointed 😌
1 ❤ : It's just bad. The only reason I finished it was probably because I like the casts but I probably skip a lot of things πŸ˜“

Currently Watching:
Voice (Jdrama) - This was recommended by my friend, Adhya. I've only getting started, but I already like the mystery plot in it. I never like blood but I don't know why, I always enjoyed suspense drama πŸ˜‚
Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku - Another detective drama, this time it's about a female detective who has weird illness, she will forget everything the next day after she wakes up (like 500 First Date) so she has to solve the case in one day. It has some romance too and Masaki Okada and Yui Aragaki look beautiful together πŸ˜…

Finished Japanese Drama
Comedy Romance:

Hana Yori Dango 1 - ❤❤❤❤❤
Hana Yori Dango 2 - ❤❤❤❤❤
Nodame Cantabile - ❤❤❤❤
Share House no Koibito - ❤❤
Switch Girl 1 & 2 - ❤❤❤❤
Hanazakari no Kimitachi E (2007) - ❤❤❤❤❤
Itazura Na Kiss 1996 - ❤❤❤
Yamada-kun and The 7 Witches - ❤❤❤
Ikemen Desu Ne - ❤❤❤❤
5-Ji Kara 9-Ji Made - ❤❤❤❤
Hungry! ❤❤❤
Mei-chan no Shitsuji - ❤❤❤
Lovely Complex (SP) - ❤❤❤
Otomen - ❤❤❤

Heartwarming Romance:

Proposal Daisakusen - ❤❤❤❤❤
Rich Man, Poor Woman - ❤❤❤❤
Sprout - ❤❤❤
Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku - ❤❤❤
Zenkai Girl - ❤❤❤❤❤
Smile - ❤❤
MARS - Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru - ❤❤❤
Kimi wa Petto - ❤❤❤

(Absurd) Comedy:

Ouran High School Host Club - ❤❤❤❤
Atashinchi no Danshi - ❤❤❤❤❤
Yamada Taro Monogatari - ❤❤❤
My Boss My Hero - ❤❤❤❤
Risou no Musuko - ❤❤❤
Samurai Sensei - ❤❤❤❤

School / Friendship :

Gakkou no Kaidan - ❤❤❤
Nobuta wo Produce - ❤❤❤❤❤
Suikyuu Yankees - ❤❤❤❤
Hammer Session - ❤❤❤
Tumbling - ❤❤❤❤❤
Kinpachi Sensei Season 7 - ❤❤❤❤❤
Kinpachi Sensei SP Final - ❤❤❤❤
Jigoku Sensei wo Nube - ❤❤❤
Dragon Sakura - ❤❤❤❤❤
Gokusen - ❤❤❤❤❤
Gokusen SP : Yankumi's Tearful Graduation - ❤❤❤❤❤ 
Gokusen 2 - ❤❤❤
Gokusen 3 - ❤❤❤❤
Gokusen 3 SP : Graduation Special - ❤❤❤❤
35-Sai no Koukousei - ❤❤
Great Teacher Onizuka 2012 - ❤❤❤
Scrap Teacher - ❤❤❤
Stand Up! - ❤❤
Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou - ❤❤
Samurai High - ❤❤❤

Illness / Tragedy / Family:

One Litre of Tears - ❤❤❤❤❤
Algernon ni Hanabata - ❤❤❤❤
Boku no Ita Jikan - ❤❤❤❤❤
Taiyou no Uta - ❤❤❤❤
My Girl - ❤❤❤
Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata - ❤❤❤

Suspense / Mystery / Psychology / Detective:

Kurosagi - ❤❤❤
Houkago wa Mystery to Tomo ni - ❤❤❤
Saki - ❤❤❤❤
Last Friends - ❤❤❤❤❤
Hidarime Tantei EYE SP - ❤❤❤
Hidarime Tantei EYE - ❤❤❤❤
Orthros no Inu - ❤❤❤❤
Tantei Gakuen Q - ❤❤❤❤❤
Deka Wanko - ❤❤❤
Death Note 2015 - ❤❤❤❤
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo - Lost in Kowloon (SP) - ❤❤❤
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo - Gokumon Juku Satsujin Jiken (SP) - ❤❤❤
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo NEO - ❤❤❤❤
Detective Conan - Shinichi Kudo's Written Challenge (SP) - ❤❤❤❤
Detective Conan - Shinichi Kudo Returns: Showdown with The Black Organisation (SP) - ❤❤❤
Detective Conan - Shinichi Kudo: The Mystery of Legendary Strange Bird (SP) - ❤❤❤
Detective Conan - Shinichi Kudo and the Kyoto Shinshengumi Murder Case (SP) - ❤❤❤❤
Detective Conan - Shinichi Kudo's Written Challenge (TV Series) - ❤❤❤
Cain and Abel - ❤❤❤
Toshi Densetsu no Onna 1 & 2 - ❤❤❤

Finished Korean Drama:

Full House - ❤❤❤
Princess Hours - ❤❤❤❤
Prince Hours - ❤❤❤
You're Beautiful - ❤❤❤
Descendants of the Sun - ❤❤❤❤❤
Sassy Girl Chun-Hyang - ❤❤❤❤❤
My Girl - ❤❤❤
Coffee Prince - ❤❤❤
Boys Before Flowers - ❤❤
Playful Kiss - ❤❤
Endless Love - ❤❤❤❤❤
Winter Sonata - ❤❤❤
My Love From the Star - ❤❤❤❤❤
Hotelier - ❤❤❤

Finished Taiwan Drama

Meteor Garden 1 - ❤❤❤❤
Meteor Garden 2 - ❤❤
Meteor Rain - Xi Men's Story - ❤❤❤❤
Marmalade Boy - ❤❤❤
Devil Beside You - ❤❤❤❤❤
MARS - ❤❤❤❤❤
100% Senorita - ❤❤❤❤
It Started with a Kiss- ❤❤❤
They Kissed Again - ❤❤❤
The Magicians of Love - ❤❤❤
At the Dolphin Bay - ❤❤❤
Silence - ❤❤❤


Isshuukan Friends / One Week Friends - ❤❤❤❤❤
Raintree no Kuni - ❤❤❤❤❤
Pink and Gray - ❤❤❤❤
P to JK - ❤❤
Kimi ni Todoke - ❤❤❤❤
Gokusen the Movie - ❤❤❤❤
Hana Yori Dango Final - ❤❤❤❤
One Litre of Tears - ❤❤❤❤
Assasination Classroom Live Action - ❤❤❤
Attack on Titan Live Action - ❤❤
Koizora - ❤❤❤❤
MARS - Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru Final - ❤❤❤❤
Peach Girl - ❤❤❤
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - ❤❤❤❤❤
Kinkyori Renai - ❤❤❤
Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai - ❤❤❤
Our Meal For Tomorrow - ❤❤❤
Ouran High School Host Club The Movie - ❤❤❤
Sukiite Ii Nayo - ❤❤
Tokyo Ghoul Live Action - ❤❤❤❤
Gintama Live Action - ❤❤❤❤
Harmony (Korean Movie) - ❤❤❤❤❤

Well, apparently I've watched so many Asian dramas since I was a kid, and I haven't even count the anime, and yet there are people who watch even more dramas than me πŸ˜‚ Anyway, no drama got 1 ❤, not sure if it's because I'm too nice to rate them that low, but I think that's because no matter how bad an Asian drama is, I can always find something that I learn from each episode, especially Japanese drama. Even the most boring Jdrama I watched can actually taught me a lesson about real life which we all can relate to.

Oh well, maybe I'm just bias with Asian drama πŸ˜‚

Monday, November 27, 2017

Orang yang Berharga

Assalamualaikum. Wr. Wb.

Ada masa dimana aku begitu terpesona dengan kata sahabat. Kemudian, entah karena terpengaruh kisah di film atau novel, aku merasa bahwa sahabat itu adalah orang-orang tertentu yang paling memahami diriku dan setia mengiringiku dalam sulit dan senangku. Lalu, aku memasuki masa dimana aku tak lagi mempercayai kata sahabat. Itu adalah masa tersuram, aku begitu tersesat dan membenci segala hal. 

Tak ada yang perduli. Tak ada yang mengerti. Tak ada yang bersedia memahami. Aku hanya sendirian di dunia ini.

Begitu besarnya kesedihan menutupi hatiku, aku tak mampu melihat kebaikan orang-orang di sekitarku. Seiring berjalannya waktu, aku sadar, 'sahabat' itu hanyalah label yang kita berikan kepada orang-orang tertentu yang juga harus memberikan label yang sama pada diri kita. Mungkin karena itu juga, aku beberapa kali merasa kecewa.

Bukankah dia sahabatku? Kenapa dia tidak peka terhadap kesedihanku? Kenapa dia tidak memahamiku?

Padahal sebuah hubungan yang tulus tidak membutuhkan label apapun. Tanpa harus berkali-kali kita sebutkan, kita tahu bahwa orang itu berharga bagi kita. Apakah orang itu menganggap kita sama berharganya, tidaklah penting bukan? Hidup ini terus berjalan, akan ada masa dimana orang-orang tertentu tak mampu lagi untuk selalu ada bagi kita. Lalu, apakah itu berarti kita dapat dengan mudah mencopot label sahabat dari mereka? Daripada berpikir dan meminta agar mereka mau memahami, kenapa bukan aku yang belajar memahami?

Mereka bukanlah sahabat, mereka adalah orang yang berharga bagiku. Mereka mungkin tak mampu untuk selalu ada, tapi ada masa dimana mereka pernah berusaha sekuat tenaga untuk kepentinganku. Ini bukan kisah fiksi dimana ketika kita terpuruk dan putus asa, akan ada sahabat sejati yang senantiasa menolong. Terkadang, kita harus menghadapi segala cobaan tanpa bergantung pada orang lain selain pada Tuhan. Daripada mempertanyakan apa nilai dan makna orang lain dalam hidup kita, bukankah kita seharusnya berusaha memberikan makna dalam kehidupan orang-orang di sekitar kita?

Wassalamualaikum. Wr. Wb.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Raintree no Kuni / The Land of Rain Trees (J-Movie)


It's been a while since the last time I wrote a review for movie / drama / book, but this morning (I'm writing this at 6.30 AM btw) after I finished watching Raintree no Kuni, I felt the need to write something about it. So I did. I wrote a short (not really) review on my Instagram, but I still feel the need to write more on this blog. Is this movie really that good or am I just easily impressed? Well, not all movies / dramas / books made me this excited to review them, which means, this movie really left a great impression at least for me personally. Although I didn't have any expectations when I first found it, and the synopsis that I read on AsianWiki don't even sound interesting. But it turns out to exceed my expectation πŸ˜‚ Okay now without further ado, let's get to the story. Warning: There will be some spoilers!

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A Cyber Space Friendship
Raintree no Kuni was released in November 2015, starring Yuta Tamamori and Mariya Nishiuchi. It tells a story of Nobuyuki Sakisaka (Yuta Tamamori), a salary man, a kind of guy we often meet in society, an ordinary guy who we can all relate. One day, Nobu lost the last volume of Fairy Games novel series which he hasn't read in so long. He forgot how the series ended and urged by his curiosity, he looked for the details of Fairy Games ending on Internet. He stumbled into a blog named Raintree no Kuni / The Land of Rain Trees. The author of that blog wrote her opinions and impression towards the ending of Fairy Games Novel

"The Fairy Games that I loved had become books I couldn't possibly read again. It also becomes book I'd never forget. It stuck deeply, like a thorn rooted inside of me. But as I grew up, 'so long as love exists, such a thing is a lie...' I understand what this line means. People can't just live by mincing words alone. Sacrifice oneself for loved one is not possible..."

Those words from Raintree no Kuni blog author caught Nobu's interest and made him remember that he also felt disappointed with the bittersweet ending of Fairy Games novel, although his disappointment was based of a different reason. Due to his interest in that author's opinion, Nobu accidentally sent her an email which contains his own opinion regarding Fairy Games novel.

"I, too, was blown away when I read the ending. But, it wasn't because of a feeling of rejection from something you loved, as you described. More to say, it was a beginning of my life that I needed to keep pushing at the powerlessness..."

The author of Raintree no Kuni blog is a woman named Rika Hitomi (Mariya Nishiuchi). Nobu and Rika started communicating with each other through email, they discussed their point of view about Fairy Games novel and they both became so invested in it. This is one of things that I like from this movie, the two main protagonist were connected through their similar interest in the same book, and discuss it together in cyber space while slowly develop a friendship. I mean, I can relate to them on spiritual level. The never ending talk on social media about things we both loved. Oh, I remember all the good old days πŸ˜‚

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The First Date
Back to the story with some more spoilers: after intensely communicating through social media, Nobu becomes more curious about Rika and wants to meet her in person. But Rika refused his invitation to meet up on a blind date, saying that she isn't confident with her look. But feeling Nobu's sincerity in their conversation, she finally agreed to meet him. They both met up in a book store. This is one of the most painful and awkward scenes to watch 'though, since their first date didn't go as smooth as a love story in Fanfiction πŸ˜‚

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Rika is actually a beautiful woman, 'though her long hair covered  most of her ears and face and her outfits look plain and dull. Rika is also a very shy and reserved person, but despite of those shy behaviors, Rika is unexpectedly a very demanding person, Rika kinda forced Nobu to fulfill her preferences, be it a movie which has to be a foreign movie with subtitle, and restaurant which needs to have more quite environment, and what made Nobu even more annoyed is when Rika didn't move from the elevator they both just got in although the alarm has ring, the sign that the elevator is overweight. Nobu who always speaks what's on his mind bluntly then told Rika that he was disappointed with Rika's attitude. At the same time, he found out that Rika wore a hearing aid and the fact that she is actually deaf. All this time, Rika has been reading Nobu's lips to understand what he said. Rika regretted her act and apologize to Nobu, and decided to end their relationship at the end of that very first date.

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After Nobu found out the truth about Rika, he regretted his action and angers towards her. Although Rika has ended their relationship after the first date, Nobu determined to learn more about Deaf people and do a revenge date with Rika as his apology and to fix the first date which ended up in disaster. Rika didnt't accept his invitation though, she was afraid she would disappoint him again and she doesn't have enough confidence in herself, but Nobu's effort and dedication in learning more about Deafness to make Rika let him enter her world once again moved Rika's heart. No one has ever cared that much about her except her parents. Is what Nobu felt was a mere sympathy? Or is it a sincere kindness? Slowly, Nobu who never hesitate to speak anything straightforwardly learn the value of words that Rika trying to say in all her limitations.

A Heartwarming (Love) Story
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I found many interesting points which made this movie left such a great impression in me. A relationship which started from cyber world and exchanging letters, their similar interest towards the same novel, how important it is for an introvert or anti social people to have a place to let out his thoughts (blog, book, etc), and how much an act of kindness and willingness from someone to try to empathize with other people's sorrows. Although we won't be able to fully understand someone's pain because we never stand in their shoes or face the same suffering as theirs, if we genuinely try to learn to be understanding, it could give a great influence and help people who have big insecurity like Rika to be stronger. I like Nobu's personality, he was so ordinary yet very easy to relate, we can easily have the same opinions and angers as him and sometimes being bitter about life, but he still choose kindness and follow his heart. This movie offers such amazing values that is more than just romance, it's not just a love story between the Introvert and the Extrovert. It taught us about the difficulties that People with Disability (PwD) have to face every day, and in this case, it's not someone who is born disable but lost one of her ability due to an accident, which completely changed her life and affected her confidence. This movie tells us that love is not about sacrifice. Love is about kindness. And kindness comes in many forms. 

Overall a great story and I rated it 9 / 10 because I can relate to it on spiritual level. Mariya Nishiuchi is amazing as always, but it's been a while since I watched Yuta Tamamori's acting. His natural portrayal as Nobu surprised me and exceeded my expectation. I will definitely look for more of his works. 😊