Hanoman The Musical: Opening Night

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I was so glad to be privileged to see this musical on the opening night. We were promised a spectacular Broadway-alike show, and well, I think it was great. Not as flawless as the real Broadway show though, but it was great. I was supposed to post this last Saturday, when the show took place, but I had to reschedule due to my Oscars hysteria :D

So here’s what I thought about the show.

The story of Hanoman is such a legend to the Javanese society. This is the story they have known since they were young. As a Javanese myself, I found the cultural atmosphere of this play very familiar. I have watched the traditional versions of wayang many times when I was younger, and this one was utterly new and entertainingly different. One thing very distinguishing about this musical was the three languages used; English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Javanese. It wasn’t a problem for me. Instead, it was one of the unique points of the musical. But it might be one problem to those who weren’t familiar with the language.

The music composed by Aksan Sjuman was also interesting. He combined traditional Javanese gamelan with rock music. I mean, really, rock music. In fact, during the fighting scenes, one of the characters played an electric guitar on the background. It was unimaginable to see an electric guitar in a story about traditional Javanese people taking time hundred years back.

I liked the foreign stars. They were truly professional actors, had strong voices and they suited the beautiful traditional costumes. The action choreography was great too, especially because it combined traditional pencak silat and wushu. Love the wushu poses! In addition, if you had a great seat, you could experience the interactive directing because the actors had some scenes which allowed them to get off the stage and came to the audiences.

However, as I have mentioned before, there are quite a few things to improve if this musical is really intended to be a world-class act. There were some technical flaws, such as the less precise subtitles, which could cause a little problem for people who did not speak English or Javanese. Also, the final battle scene could be bigger and more epic than it was.

But the biggest disappointment for me was not the show itself. Instead, it was the classical habits of Indonesian audience. Camera, cell phone, and tablets were taking picture all through the show! Seriously, I hate that kind of people. The rule of ‘no taking picture’ is a big BS for people in Indonesia. I also saw some of the officials were taking pictures too! Yeah, what an example, guys! And if you were late to any shows in Indonesia, do not worry, you can always get in, walk through people’s line, stand in their way and disturb them. Such a shameful habit!

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85th Annual Academy Awards: A Glimpse of Highlights

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The 85th Annual Academy Awards or the 2013 Oscars had the curtain down already. Nevertheless, it was a great show. I love the Academy Awards so much beyond any other awards shows, and I enjoy every year’s show. I can never tell which show is the best nor the worst because I love every Oscars’ moment. The Oscars is the most important movie award show to witness and – according to Ben Affleck – the final leg of a tremendous journey (for movie-makers).

You can see the full winners list on The Academy’s official website. It’s already everywhere anyway. I won’t put the list here just because. However, the Academy Awards is never just about the winners; IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHOW. Maybe the headline of this year show is the fact that the winners of the Top 6 categories (Picture, Director, Leadings and Supportings) come from 6 completely different movies! That’s kinda rare, right? But here are some other interesting highlights from The 85th Annual Academy Awards taking place at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.

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  • I remember asking my sister what would this year Oscars be with Seth MacFarlane serve as the host. I mean if it was MTV Movie Awards, I would have an obvious guess. But it’s the Oscars, the greatest movie gala ever! Well, it ended up as predicted; some rude jokes and referrals, inappropriate words here and there, drug illustration, and a sexist song about boobs! Too much for a general view.
  • Seth McFarlane opened his hosting stating that it was the first time ever the Oscars had a theme, which was ‘Music’. So that’s why this year show was almost a resemblance of a Tony Awards show. Yet thank you Academy for the astonishing musical performances this year.
  • The orchestra played the theme from Jaws to restrain acceptance speech time this year, instead of the previously used gently alarming music. Of course, who wouldn’t be nervous and speeding up when hearing that music! I feel sorry for those whose speeches were cut by the music, but then again, I don’t want to hear too long speeches either.

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  • One of the highly anticipated performances was Les Misérables cast. I LOVE IT! Super epic. The performance was breath-taking and it deserved the standing ovation. The actors were great, the song ‘One Day More’ was thrilling, yet I think I wasn’t the only one who was hoping the performance should be longer. At least let Anne Hathaway and Samantha Barks sing a full version of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘On My Own’.
  • Aaron Tveit, who played Enjolras in Les Misérables, was more stunning than Eddie Redmayne who played the heartthrob Marius in the movie. He walked up to the stage like it was just his. He owned the stage! I like to see him more on stage. He sang ‘One Day More’ along with the fellow casts of Les Mis.
  • Prior to Les Misérables epic performance, Shirley Bassey and Jennifer Hudson also gave momentous tributes to the movie music with two undefeated performances of ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’. I was speechless. They were perfect.
  • There was a speculation saying that Catherine Zeta-Jones lip-synced during her ‘All That Jazz’ number from her movie Chicago. But one thing or another, to see her singing such a big musical song makes me realize that there are a lot of Hollywood stars who can really sing serious tunes. Why don’t they become singers? This is an interesting fact for my country. Because in Indonesia, it’s the opposite: there are a lot of movie stars who CAN NOT sing, yet they become singers.

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  • Other than Les Misérables performance, the only thing I have waited very eagerly was to see Jeremy Renner on stage. No excuse for this, I am just desperately in love with him! He was so gorgeous and funny on stage, so yeah he really made my day. I knew the other Avengers were there too, but my eyes were only on Renner during the two categories announcement. My fangirl’s selfishness, guys, sorry.
  • I am not in love with Anne Hathaway’s pale pink Prada dress. It looks like an apron with nipples pointing everywhere and don’t give a huge neon-sign of ‘Winner’ to Anne herself. The dress she wore on the Les Mis performance though, that’s THE dress! That’s how a superstar looks like! Why did she choose the apron dress instead for the Red Carpet? Oh, and she won the Best Supporting Actress anyway. That’s predictable.
  • Did Jennifer Lawrence stumble upon the stairs after being called Best Actress? Apparently she did. But that moment I thought she was genuinely surprised and having a panic attack or short-breath, I didn’t guess it was an accident.
  • Bradley Cooper took his mother as his date. Chris Evans took his too. And did Jeremy Renner also bring his mother, as he has done frequently before? I am not sure about this because I missed his arrival, but I really wish he did. This is the best gesture for all bachelor actors out there. Please save the fans from major jealousy, Gentlemen. Take your mothers, not trophy models.

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  • TED was on stage! He shared stage with his thunder buddy Mark Wahlberg. Oh my God, I was really, really, really dying to give him a hug! I love that little fury fella in the cutest tux ever!
  • Ben Affleck deserved everything for Argo, including Best Director. F*** you for that one, Academy!
  • We all know Kristen Stewart arrived with crutches due to her leg injury, but she decided to go without it when presenting with Daniel Radcliffe. I could see her stumbling walk on stage and I was so disappointed to see how ignorant Daniel was. I’m sorry to Daniel’s fans, but how impolite was he. He didn’t even offer her a hand. Wait, is the Harry Potter vs. Twilight feud still on?
  • Why the hell have Charlize Theron got Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye hair?? I know they are good friends, but just why??
  • Daniel Day Lewis won again! Let this be an important lesson for all the other actors out there. NEVER, once again, NEVER EVER BE IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS HIM. You will lose. For sure.

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  • Adele’s performance was magical. She rocked the diamond bright dress on that starry stage set. She was truly a star. Alas she didn’t get a standing ovation, unlike Shirley Bassey, Jennifer Hudson, and the cast of Les Misérables.
  • Michelle Obama was a presenter. Okay, so that is the final absolute confirmation that the Oscars is, in fact, a big thing. This award show is worth a first lady’s appearance.
  • Stars whom I was really frustrated for not seeing at this year’s Oscars: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

And now talking about the Red Carpet moments. I believe there are a lot of reviews out there already with privileged backstage pass and photos, so I am not gonna compete with them. But I will still pick my own both favorite and least favorite looks and dresses.

The great impressions:

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Jennifer Lawrence
This pink cinderella dress from Christian Dior is overwhelming, but that is the greatest thing about it. Accepting her first nomination and winning this year, Jennifer deserved a dress that made her like a princess and drew the world’s attention to her.

Octavia Spencer
She really embraced her considered full figure in white Tadashi Shoji dress. Maybe if it wasn’t white, it’d be less wedding-y, but she still wore it well. I love the glamorous shoulder neckline frame. Perfect look to open the show with the first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor category she presented.

Nicole Kidman
She is my goddess. She wore L’Wren Scott’s liquid sequin dress with beautiful detail on the bottom. Can Nicole Kidman have a wardrobe malfunction? I don’t think so. Too bad she wasn’t nominated for anything this year.

Zoe Saldana
She was in Alexis Mabille Couture. It’s one way to wear white dress without looking like a bride. This white dress has buckle detail and beautiful ombré pattern on her feet.

The not-so-good impressions:

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Anne Hathaway
I love Anne. Hands down to Anne Hathaway! But this year she picked the wrong dress. She lost her mesmerizing appeal in this hard-to-explained weird apron-like nude pink with pointy nipples dress from Prada. Where was the girl who stunned everyone in dazzling silver Armani dress or the red Carolina Herrera?

Salma Hayek
I am never a fan of long tight black velvet dress that pushes sexiness too far. I love Alexander McQueen but not this dress. The high hair bun is not capturing my interest either. Nope. And the tiara? Seriously?

Kristen Stewart
Somebody please give this girl a comb already! What was with Kristen’s hair!? Did she even realize she was at the Oscars? I know her signature style is this rock and roll indie chick, and the hair will work if she was wearing casual looks, but definitely not in Reem Acra couture gown. And she left her best accessory too: Robert Pattinson.

Melissa McCarthy
She didn’t grip her curve. This David Meister gown is not tailored for full-figured woman. It’s an overabundance of grey silk jersey that is just too much.

As for the gentlemen, I decided to skip this one because I can barely be fair on this category. The fact that all the men are wearing tuxedos and suits is enough for me; they all look good and can never go wrong. But I already set my eyes on Jeremy Renner, no matter how he looks. I love him to my very last breath, so I would pick Jeremy Renner as the Best Dressed Male, the Best Look, the Best Thing I Laid My Eyes On During The Show, and the Best Thing on Earth.

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And that is not fair :D

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Random Post

So guys, I have some questions for you: Have you ever thought about things and knowledge that you had learned in your whole life? Have you ever realized how much you know about things in your life? And have you ever wished to just throw that knowledge away and be left clueless?

As weird as it is, lately, I have been thinking about a lot of things that I know, about how much I know stuffs and then there was a moment where I wish they were just gone. That moment, I wish my mind would just be blank instantly and I wish I knew nothing. Because, you know what, knowing too much makes you wanting too much, and when you cannot get what you want it would hurt too much and disappoint you too much.

Okay, so I honestly am proud to say that I have a lot of interests (fashion, sports, politics, people, cultures, etc.) and when I like something, I would read about it, learn it, browse it and explore it. News channels are my daily breads and I am a crazy trivia-mania. I love to be a news portal and people can talk or ask about anything to me. I am also glad that I am easily involved in many different kinds of community where I meet different kinds of people. And (one thing worst for me right now) I know two kinds of worlds; my world and the world beyond me that would make me incomplete if I didn’t make my mark there (If only I know nothing but my world, I would be so stressful about my life achieving). It is my life choice. I want to have a wide perspective in life to see the whole world out there, and I have to know and learn and absorb so many things, not knowing that they can drown me alive.

I am drowning in many things inside my mind. At some point, having too much things in your head will hit you hard and make you start questioning yourself. Things that I like become obsession; I want it all. I want to get them, to reach them, to have them. And people that I know become inspirations and motivations; I want to meet them, to work with them, to be them. But I realized I wasn’t even half way to reach all of those. After I succeeded one level, I have to reach for the next, and at the same, while I’m doing it, suddenly I get introduced to a new thing and then, BAM!!, here comes a new thing to obsessed with!

It’s like a never ending chain of obsessions, a race to reach several finishing lines at one time and of course a competition against others. It’s discouraging, you know, to realize no matter how far you go or how many achievements you get it will be never enough. It’s a human nature to never be satisfied, unless you decide to completely step away from your surrounding, to entirely living in your own world and knowing nothing else, then you will be happy.

I know I am not the only person in the world who has this life pressure and is having a life road-block.
So, what should we do? Some advises I got were; do not to overthink as it is one of the top cause of depression, always look down to those who are not as privileged to get great education as you are, and always be grateful that you have (at least) healthy mind. The great one was, turn off your Twitter and Facebook for a while, too much information would actually kill you. They were in fact helpful. I am ALWAYS praising God for giving me so many things in my life.

I know I’m not a superhero, so there are things I have to lose or sacrifice. But think about this; if I didn’t even know about the things I would have to lose, I wouldn’t be as disappointed as if know them, right?
I know I shouldn’t be ungrateful to God, but I have to admit there will always be something deep, deep, and deep down in the bottom of my heart leading to disappointment when I lost something I want.
It’s the humanity selfishness. It’s natural, I think.

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Splash Some Pink

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Valentine’s Day is here once again! It’s time to spread the love and, or course, splurge some gifts in the name of love :)

This year, I was thinking: why not giving something else than candy and chocolate? Why not giving something else as sweet as candies? Why not a cute and pretty pink perfume?
So I decided to celebrate this year Valentine’s Day with cute perfumes in my most favorite color.

Although I know in some beliefs there are some principles of giving perfume as gift. For those, it is forbidden to give perfumes to your loved ones because they believe it can cause separations. But for others, it is just a myth; the destiny of love is not swayed by giving perfume. But anyway, if you can’t give perfumes as gifts, you can always buy them for yourself, right?

So here they are, some of my favorite pretty pink perfume:

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Betsey Johnson TooToo Pretty
Seems like this perfume was created specially for young and expressive ballerina to captures their free spirit, playfulness and sex appeal. Betsey combined the floral and fruity notes with lily, gardenia, musk, and vanilla and topped them all with fresh accords of pink grapefruit, black currant and lemon blossom.

Juicy Couture Couture La La
Juicy Couture is a guarantee of cuteness. Couture La La embodies free spirited and effortlessly glamorous women with the floral fruity notes from mandarin, green apple, red currant, lily of the valley, orange blossom, violet, and musk. The bottle has a little diamond necklace and a big pink bow.

Marc Jacobs Oh Lola!
Oh Lola! is described as lively, playful, irresistible, stylish and cheerful. This beautifully sculptured perfume bottle has a blend of fresh fruity and sweet flowery notes from peony, vanilla, wild strawberry, raspberry, pear, and sandalwood.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Spring Blossom
A new version of the fairy tale pretty Feerie collection inspired by spring and first buds. Nature in spring gives the inspiration for the floral fresh and sweet scents. A flirtatious twist is provided by a spicy accord of pink pepper, magnolia, peony, wild raspberry, musk and warm tonka beans.

Mary Kay Dance to Life
This special edition fragrance marks the 50th Anniversary of Mary Kay and is designed for the woman who dances with every beat of her heart. Elegant floral notes include apples, rose, jasmine, magnolia, vanilla and warm amber.

Chantal Thomass Osez-Moi!
This beautiful boudoir and vintage-like perfume bottle from lingerie designer Chantal Thomass has a very sexy and feminine floral scent, encompasses aromas of frangipani, rose, chamomile, peony, vanilla, musk and vetiver.

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Nina Ricci Nina L’Eau
The famous Nina Ricci’s romantic and delicate apple-shaped perfume, Nina, now comes in lighter and more aquatic version. It opens with refreshing notes of apple, grapefruit, mandarin and neroli. The heart includes watery accords along with gardenia and cherry. The base is sensual musky.

Guess Seductive Sunkissed
Another floral and fruity fragrance for bright sunny day, featuring essence of grapefruit, raspberry, pear and black currant blossom with jasmine, vanilla, orchid, violet, ebony wood and musk.

Lanvin Marry Me! A la Folie
Lanvin’s Marry Me! perfume has a new limited edition version specially released in February 2013. It is still consistent with the youthful passion floral and fruity tones. Top noted with bitter orange and black currant, the heart notes are rose and jasmine, and the base includes cedar and musk accords.

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Isaac Mizrahi Fabulous
The first fragrance by the fashion designer launched in 2012. Fabulous is described as sensual and timeless fragrance with floral and fruity composition of bergamot, mandarin and nectarine on top, tuberose, jasmine, freesia and peony at heart and sandalwood, cedar and vanilla as the base notes.

Moschino Pink Bouquet
Pink Bouquet is constructed to bring positive energy, youthful freshness and euphoric notes. It has a floral-fruity blend with bergamot, pineapple sorbet, raspberry, jasmine, pink lily of the valley, violet, peony, peach, gingerbread and musk.

Azzaro Jolie Rose
Released in early 2012, Jolie Rose has cute swirly pink rose on the cap. The aroma is rich, fresh, floral and sparkly, cheerful, feminine and playful. The accords are consist of kumquat, lemon, black currant, roses, pink water lily, violet in the heart, and base of cedar and white musk.

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Victoria’s Secret Life is Pink™ Wish Pink
Wish Pink is a part of Victoria’s Secret Life is Pink™ collection, which originally consists of 4 fragrances and all of them are in super cute bottles. Wish Pink is the pink one, the representative of girly and romantic scent with a blend of peony and vanilla.

Mango Delirium
A floral fragrance launched in 2006 by clothing retail famous brand, Mango, features gardenia, lily of the valley, mandarin blossom and tiare flower with a hint of coconut, musk, vanilla and heliotrope. The diamond-shaped bottle filled with pink liquid and flower lace on top fits for a perfect gift.

Alexandre Barthet Fuchsia
Fuchsia is vintage and couture, with adornment of playful pink feathers. This fragrance was intended as a decorative object to be displayed in a woman’s room. But it also has great fragrant notes of bergamot, black currant, gardenia, rose, orange blossom, sandalwood, vanilla and heliotrope.

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So there you go; beautiful pink perfume for your Valentines. I wish you a very lovely Valentine’s Day and may your romantic plans go as sweet as chocolates :) As for me, I will have a Valentine’s Day movie marathon with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Avengers, because I want to spend this special day with my beautiful date, Jeremy Renner. Haha!

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Vintage Heart Frame Artwork from here and the Flower Bouquet is from here.

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Less Miserable Weekend

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Les Misérables, the movie, is finally coming to Indonesia! This movie is a must watch, you don’t have to think twice! I LOVE Les Misérables the musical. It is my most favorite Broadway musical number 2, after Wicked. Although this musical was based on a novel by Victor Hugo, however, I do not like the novel itself. I was not this enthusiast about Liam Neeson’s non-musical drama version from 1998 which was more ‘faithful’ to the novel. I kept thinking when could I ever see the musical and should I really visit Broadway. That’s why I have been very excited waiting for it since it was released last Christmas. So I watched it, and these are some of my favorite highlights about this movie:

(Warning: Spoiler Alert!)

  1. ‘ON MY OWN’. I love, love, love this song!!!! This song is the reason I love this musical. I actually like Les Misérables because of this song first, not vice versa. Have been in love with this song since Katie Holmes’ character in Dawson’s Creek sang it. Even though I like Wicked’s story more, but ‘ON MY OWN’ is my most favorite Broadway number ever!
  2. Stunning jacket alert!! Fellow fashionistas, keep your eyes on for these great military jackets inspirations all over the movie! One of the stylish moments was when Sacha Baron Cohen’s character, Monsieur Thenardier, singing ‘Master of the House’. I was like “Damn, his jacket is so cool! I want it!” The other one was when Hugh Jackman’s character, Jean Valjean, took the uniform of a dead King’s army during the rebellion scene. Blue military jacket with red tassels on the shoulders! Gorgeous!
  3. My most favorite scene throughout this movie was the introduction of the revolutionary rebels, when the young people fighting for freedom appeared. Because finally, after almost half of the movie I had to sit down for nothing but old men with scruffy facial hair, clean-shaved young men were a great reward! (Seriously, I was just this close to really hate those mustache and beard, and started to beg ‘please, oh please, give me something good-looking to stare at…’)
  4. I once read that Cossette was no one’s favorite character. I was wondering back then, was she so cruel that everybody hated her? Later on, I finally realized: Cossette did nothing. Seriously, what was that girl even in the story for? She did nothing. She did not do anything about the revolutionary struggle. She did not make any friends or enemies. She even got the man after he was rich again. No wonder anybody even realize she was there.
  5. All way through the movie, whenever Jean Valjean was in trouble or having difficulties, I kept thinking “Oh come on, you’re Wolverine!” Also, some of the numbers Jean Valjean sang had the words ‘who am I?’ in the lyrics. You just couldn’t help yourself to not answering ‘You’re Wolverine!’ :D

After great movie then came great hangout, great chats and great foods with my greater than great friends! This is very much a less miserable weekend for me!

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Photographed by my talented friend, Octavia Hutagalung, while at our best friend’s wedding.

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Happy Wedding, Endrika

Happy wedding to one of my high school best friend.
Wish you a great, happy, and long marriage.
And wish nothing could ever come between you two but God.
By the way, You look really beautiful, Endrika!

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