Hello! It’s the first day of 2016, and I’ve been doing some classic activity: eating oreo while re-watching retro movies in my room. By retro I mean movies in the 90’s and early 2000’s though :P. Talking about You’ve Got Mail (1998), I was watching this again when it made me realize how changed the world is now: the internet is more than just chatrooms and e-mails. As for the rivalry between the two book stores in the movie, nowadays we can buy books through e-commerce -you don’t even need a physical store to sell books.

This might be a boring 1hr 59min movie for you if you are looking for modern intriguing-unpredictable movie plot. However then again, this movie is filled with butterflies, coffee, books, kids, festivals, and internet (and daisies) which a person like me can relate to. It’s just a relaxing classic piece.

“Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, not small, but valuable. And sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void. ”
– Kathleen Kelly


Coffee Shops + Studying = Does It Really Works?

When I was working on my final project back in collage, I used to go to the campus library or computer lab to work on the things that needed to be done. I brought my stuffs like laptop, notes, pens, markers, chargers. And when I felt like I need some refreshments, I went to Reading Lights, spoiled my mind with some hot chocolate mint and a cozy couch.

Me, now, living as a grad school student is somewhat feels a bit tricky. I embrace the library facility that my uni provide. That building is literally eff-in amazing, so big and comfortable. I just can’t handle the commuter line, especially in peak hours. Those people are driving me crazy. Nuff said about my uni library. So, where to head to get some collage task done? Find another public library? Or just stay at home?

Anyway, let’s be honest. While studying or doing some homeworks, I like some cute coffee, or tea, or ice blends to keep me awake. Unfortunately we’re not allowed to drink or eat anything in the library, am I right?
I also occasionally hum and sing along the music I listened to (very quietly :P). Add some casual non-violent headbangs as the beat goes on. Yep, can’t do that in the library.
How about at home? Well if you’re like me, the person who are easily distracted by le comfort bed room, and you always feel that your bed is calling you from the corner of your eyes, you may want to get out of there or else you’ll end up faffing around and can’t finish anything.

Coffee shops are probably one of the nicer alternatives (IF you know where to go). Foods and beverages provided, wifi and power socket for your gadgets, and everyone minds their own business. I mostly enjoy frappes and any hot coffee that involved latte. Definitely no black coffee for me but I do like my tea to be black. So now I think you kinda get that I’m no coffee critics okay. I’m just here for some fun drinks and looking for cozy place to do my homeworks. So let’s take a mini walkthrough for what I’ve been observing.

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Toe is a Japanese music group. Unlike other musician, in Toe, the artist is the music. The emotions and language are in every part of the bars, their every instrument. Their song structure and dynamics are similar to many popular math rock artists (a rhythmically complex guitar-based style of experimental rock).

At first I think this band sounds similar to Depapepe, but when I listen to it a bit more Toe really tastes nothing like Depapepe. One of the most interesting thing is seeing them perform live!

I like the beat of the drums. It’s like a heartbeat. Well if our heart could produce music, maybe it’ll sounds like that.

calming. answering. and responding.

Permata Photo Journalist Grant 2011

Permata Photojournalist Grant adalah program pertama yang dipersembahkan untuk mengembangkan foto jurnalis muda di Indonesia. Permata Photojournalist Grant memberikan program beasiswa kepada 10 (sepuluh) foto jurnalis dalam bentuk pendidikan dan dana sejumlah RP. 7.500.000 (tujuh juta lima ratus Rupiah) untuk menyelesaikan short photographic essays bagi masing – masing peserta.
Dengan dilaksanakan program ini diharapkan akan membantu foto jurnalis Indonesia untuk menghasilkan karya-karya yang terkait dengan isu sosial khususnya mengenai pendidikan di Indonesia.
Hasil para peserta dapat dilihat di sini.
Salah satu karya yang membuat saya terkesan adalah milik Rommy Pujianto. Terkesan, dan ya sekaligus miris. Ia membahas mengenai fasilitas sekolah di sebuah daerah. Bangunan sekolah itu seakan-akan siap roboh. Lihat langit-langitnya, sudah bolong. Dan foto ini dipajang dengan manis di sebuah mall besar di kota metropolitan. Sedih rasanya menyadari bahwa di mall ini masih banyak orang make duit untuk kebutuhan pribadinya secara berlebihan, di saat yang bersamaan kita disodorkan berita tentang susahnya orang lain untuk bisa belajar.