xmas comes to town :)

Happy (belated) Christmas 2009

a letter.

Dear you,

You might not know about this, and maybe you never will but I really really wanted to say this so bad; "Ich vermisse dich" and you didn't know how much I miss you till I think it already consumes me. I might be a fool, for never learning from the past experience but instead making the same mistake over and over again. Yet, I didn't find this to be a mistake. I didn't find you to be a mistake. I find you to be the greatest thing I've ever discovered and I am grateful of it. You're like my sunshine after the rain, you never know the smile I have whenever we're chatting together. We always talk about nothing, but I found that those nothings are certainly more important than so many somethings.

I like you.

Yes, I certainly does like you, because you're just what a man ought to be. You know how to make me smile, even when it's unconsciously done. You didn't know how much I wished for the word "we" to be true. The thing is just that, I don't know you. I don't understand the real you. I don't know what music you hear, what you eat. I don't know if you ever had a girlfriend. I don't know all that. I really wished I get to know you better, if you ever allowed me. But I just don't know how. Because you see, I don't socialize often with boys nor did I flirt. So you can say that I'm practically a nerd. Most of my friends are girls with very few boy, or maybe a really really boyish girl.

And, if I have a chance, I'll never let you go :)


I can't wait for MARCH 5th 2010!

First thing first, I'm not an avid fans of Alice in Wonderland when I was a kid, I found it pretty whimsical and rather weird, which is not really suitable to my taste of cartoons when I was a kid. I tried to watch it once, and ended up sleeping because it's just too boring for me. All the weird songs they sung, it was not my kind of taste in Disney music too (Sorry, Disney, but it's the truth!)

Anyway, the first time I saw the promo picture of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, I was like.. "Okay, what the heck is this?" You see, because all of them looks so funny yet so... strange. All the name of the big stars dressed in a some whimsical clothing & make up. I didn't even know what it is at first. I didn't realized that it is a promo pic for Tim Burton's upcoming movie!

But I guess, Tim Burton does have some kind of magic in every movie that he made - He & his Burtonesque style. I fell in love bits by bits to this not-yet-out movie! Thanks to Tumblr & Flickr who are responsible for making me falling in love with Alice in Wonderland. And oh, Youtube too! Man~ I really-really can't wait! Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter is probably the one that I couldn't wait to see, Mia Wasikowska - who played Alice too and oh, you definitely couldn't miss THE CHESIRE CAT! You've got to see how its creepy grin.

Alice, now 19, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to by a rich suitor in front of hundreds of snooty society types. She runs off, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited many years before, yet she doesn't remember. The White Rabbit claims to have come back for Alice because she is the only one who can slay the Jabberwock, the beast who guards the Red Queen's empire. Since Alice left, the Red Queen took over all of Wonderland, and made life great for her, while ruining everyone else's life. She then embarks on an adventure of self discovery to save Wonderland from the Red Queen's reign of terror with the help of her Wonderland friends. Alice remains completely unaware of why she is in Wonderland, and is confused about the fact that she had once visited Wonderland years before.


Mia Wasikowska as Alice
"There is something real, honest and sincere about her. She's not a typical Hollywood starlet.We wanted somebody who had…it’s hard to put into words, but just had a gravity to her, an internal life, something that you could see the wheels turning. It’s just a simple kind of power to her that we really liked. Not flamboyant, not very showy, but just somebody that’s got a lot of internal life to her. That’s why I picked her."
-Tim Burton & Richard D.Zanuck

Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter
" 'Alice in Wonderland' I think is going to be very, very, very fun. It's outstanding ... Tim's work. I think he's outdone himself, you know. Brilliant. The Hatter was very fun to play."
- Johnny Depp

Anne Hathaway as White Queen
“Cute but psycho. Things even out. Her character also doesn’t walk, she floats. She’s very eccentric and over dramatic, and just as mad in her way as the Hatter.”

Helena Bonham Carter as Red Queen
Carter’s head will be increased in size by three times on screen. Her character is a combination of the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts and likes nothing better than to scream, “Off with their heads!”

gotta love her dress!

There is a place.
Like no place on Earth.
A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger!
Some say to survive it:
You need to be as mad as a hatter.

The Road I'm On, The Life I Lead

Sometimes I wonder about my life.
I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - 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, You've Got Mail (1998)

so you think you read much?

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (not the whole thing)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare -
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Voyage of The Dawn Treader - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Matilda - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

According to BBC, if you at least had read 6 books out of hundred,
well, congrats, you're a good reader.

So, I am a good reader :)

one and the same!

True friendship isn't being inseperable, its being seperated and nothing changes.

Just in case you don't know, well, I've got a best friend (everybody does have one, don't they?) and her name is Flo. We've been friends for... well God knows how long cos if you asked me to count it, I barely remember when do we exactly first met. Oh well, I do remember a lil bit like we met at our ballet classes and I think we're only 12 or 13, if I'm not mistaken. The one thing that I forgot was how, seriously I didn't remember how we became friends in the first place. All I remember was all out of the blue, we've already became a friend. End of story.

Grade 9th

Well, there's a lot of thing happened in our friendship. We've been through good times and bad times. We had had our fought,twice, but that's because of my stubborness but things remains the same. We're still friends :) I still remember the first time we took our photo with my T630 camera. It's so silly. She used to hate camera, but now? Oh. Don't ask. I also remembered how we used to textin each other till late at night, discussing things like our future, plans to stay together in Germany, talking about boys - imaginary boys, even what's on TV at that time. Super fun.

We used to meet like twice/thrice a week in our ballet classes, but that isn't the case now. I barely meet her because she quit ballet when we're about to enter high school (we went to different school since the beginning of our friendship) But some thing never changed, like us. We're still BESTFRIENDS. We're connected through texting and MSN.

Sometimes, I used to think of how we managed to keep our friendship alive. I meant, come on~ we met only ONCE a year! Can you imagine?

The photos above was taken at our last school holiday, June. Celebrating our anniversaries, LOL. okay, not anniversaries. It just an addition of our birthday 12th May + 6th Jan = 18th June. We're seriously in a crazy mode back then.

And couple of days ago, she gave me this music video; "One & The Same" by Selena Gomez & Demi Lovato, who we knew as one of hollywood BFF and in my opinion, the lyrics really do represent us!

We're one and the same
We're anything but ordinary
One and the same
I think we're almost lengendary
You and me the perfect team
Chasing down the dream
You and me the perfect team
Shaking up the scene
We're one and the same

Birthday Greetings to my teacher :)

Ms. Lita, Happy Belated Birthday!

Too bad I couldn't join because of my super f*ckin test! ah.. I regret my decision, I should've gone to my ballet class instead of sulking studying at home. GEEZ!
We had it planned for a week and in the end, I'm the one who couldn't join the fun.
I hate it when I missed the fun things!

500 Days of Summer

awww... this is super sickly sweet!

Well, I don't really know what's gotten into me lately. I'm such in a melancholic state that I was so into the old time romantic-comedy/romantic movie these days. I tried to watch Meg Ryan's (because Meg was one heck of a 'romantic' genre actress, she plays the role definitely well. I got her feeling on that one) lot of time like Sleepless in Seattle & You've Got Mail. That's my favourite. Aye, not to mention Julia Roberts! She's also amazing with Runaway Bride, Pretty Girl and bla-bla-bla. I always cried when I watch romantic movies. I know, I know, kinda pathetic but I can't denied it. I'm a hopeless romantic. Even I cried when I watch HERCULES! Yes, DISNEY'S CARTOON HERCULES! I cried. Can't you imagine? So, if anyone anybody have a damn good recommendation of good romantic movie, whether it is brand new or old time one, just QUIPPED me. Okay guys?

Anyway, talking about romantic, I'm so obsessed with 500 Days of Summer since the first time I saw the poster on tumblr and the trailer on youtube. It was MARVELOUS! It was the kinda thing I want to happened in my life. The story line is pretty much simple, it's about a boy - a hopeless romantic - who fall in love with a girl, who pretty much didn't believe in what they so called as true love.

  • Tom: “We don’t have to label what we’re doing. I just… I need some consistency. I need to know you won’t wake up tomorrow and feel a different way.”
  • Summer: “I can’t promise you that. Nobody can. Anyone who does is a liar.”
  • Tom: Did you ever even have a boyfriend?
  • Summer: Of course
  • Tom: What Happened? Why didn't they work out?
  • Summer: What always happens? Life
  • Summer: We've been like Sid and Nancy for months now.
  • Tom: Summer, Sid stabbed Nancy, seven times with a kitchen knife, I mean we have some disagreements but I hardly think I'm Sid Vicious.
  • Summer: No I'm Sid
  • Tom: Oh, so I'm Nancy...
  • [Pancakes arrive]
  • Summer: Let's just eat and we'll talk about it later. Mmm, that is good, I'm really glad we did this. I love these pancakes... what?
  • [Tom gets up and walks away from the table]
  • Summer: Tom, don't go! You're still my best friend!
  • Rachel: Better that you find this out now before you come home and find her in bed with Lars from Norway.
  • Tom: Who's Lars from Norway?
  • Rachel: He's some guy she met at the gym with Brad Pitt's face and Jesus' abs.

My Clothesbox

Okay, it'll be another lack of update from me but well okay, my reason would be that I'm currently making a new blog - a fashion blog to be exact. The one that I had in mind since a long time ago but couldn't establish it until YESTERDAY. Yes, yesterday, I was so thrilled that I finally made it.

The main problem for me would be that I don't have the inspiration for the name of the blog, that's what make the making of my new fashion blog was delayed. But not anymore lads, I finally got the name and the blog.


So now ladies, gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to

17 August : Independence Day


Pronunciation: \ˌin-də-ˈpen-dən(t)s\
Function: noun

1. The state or quality of being independent.
2. Archaic Sufficient income for comfortable self-support; a competence.

"Negeri kita kaya, kaya, kaya-raya, Saudara-saudara. Berjiwa besarlah,
berimagination. Gali ! Bekerja! Gali! Bekerja! Kita adalah satu tanah
air yang paling cantik di dunia".
- Kutipan Pidato Bung Karno di Semarang, 29 Juli 1956

"Kemerdekaan hanyalah diperdapat dan dimiliki oleh bangsa yang jiwanya
berkobar-kobar dengan tekad 'Merdeka, merdeka atau mati!"
- Pidato Soekarno di BPUPKI, 1 Juni 1945

"Negara Republik Indonesia ini bukan milik sesuatu golongan, bukan
milik sesuatu agama, bukan milik sesuatu suku, bukan milik sesuatu
golongan adat-istiadat, tetapi milik kita semua dari Sabang sampai
- Pidato Soekarno di Surabaya, 24 September 1955


still not over you.

There are times when I feel like I have enough of you,
and yet, later on, I found the most disturbing fact I ever know,
that I'm still not over you.
I thought I have, but eventually, no.
Not yet.
and I'm sick of it.
I tried, and thought that I already fallen for the other,
but still... I found myself looking for a shade of you in my life.

All of these, it's just like a cycle,
and a prison that I can't never get out of.
I'm trapped.
Every time I thought I been through it all,
every time I thought I'd already stepped out of it.
You came, and you ruined it.
I'm back & trapped.

I just don't get the fact
of why you can became such an addiction.
There are something in your eyes,
that capture my soul.

Yes, I know.
Because there are a reason.
There MUST be a perfect reason,
of why I can't never let go.
The problem is,
I don't know what the reason is.

And you taught me what this feels like.
And then how it feels to lose it.
And you showed me who I wanted.
And then who I wasn't.
And you ticked every box.
And then drew a line.
And you weren't mine to begin with.
And then not to end with.
And you looked like everything I wanted.
And then became something I hated.
And you get thought of every day.
And then not in a good way.
And you let me leave.
And you almost killed me.
But I didn't die.
Only dying.

A wedding to attend.

So, it's been a week, huh? Wow. Even I barely noticed how inactive I have been lately with blogging. If you ask me where I'd been? Well, probably I will just throw out the same answer like I always did "I'm busy". Okay, correction, maybe not that busy but at least I got activities to be done out there and hell, I've been missing school lately and I've got a lot to catch up. Damn~ not an easy thing to do.

Anyway, yesterday (8.8.09) I went to a wedding and I know, maybe some of you will think "what's so special about going to a wedding party? We're all have been to a party before." Okay, sooner or later I also will have to admit that this wedding party is anything but extraordinary - it's so usual, the same like any other wedding party you attend. But, the special thing was IT'S A GODDAMN CELEBRITY WEDDING and hell YES! I attended a celeb's wedding.

Exaggerating? Pardon me, guys. Okay, why can I attend this wedding is because of my mom's connection. She's friend with the bride, and that's why we get the invitation. In case you're wondering who is it, well, it's nothing so special (I'm not really a big fans of Indonesian's celeb). It's Badai's, Kerispatih's drummer. My mom is acquaintance with Echi, her girl. Oh, and in case you don't know, Kerispatih is a band in Indonesia.

Echi, Badai & Me
@ Dhanapala Auditorium, Senen.

Honestly? As I said before, the wedding was an ordinary one. But, hey, at least that's one hell of an experience, right?

And oh, I GOT MY HAIR CUT! GEEZ! My hair is so short that I almost cry! Goodbye long hair. *sob*

updated. busy bee.

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I know I haven't been posting much lately but you see, it's been a busy weeks for me. No more free time for me since I became a senior in the damn 15-of-July! Too much to handle, from ballet to school. Now, I even entered an after school extra lessons in BTA 8 at SUNDAY from 06.45 AM till 12.00 PM. So, imagined I actually never got much free time and freedom itself. What's more? Tests are starting to flood my daily planner and it's not really a nice sight to see.
25th July, Beauty & The Beast show @ TIM
This is Janice, Me & Nana after show.

So, anyway I'm going to tell ya about what happened lately briefly.

At 26th of July, I have had my IBC Final. Too bad I've lost, again. It's not a nice thing to remember. But, to tell the truth, although I've been beaten up whole, the past weeks were the happiest week in this year for me, ever. To be at the studio, almost everyday is... wow. I just can't explained it. I'm tired, but I'm so damn happy! It's just a feeling I can never get when I was in school.

The big day itself is also one heck of a day. I woke up early in the morning, trying to get everything done and all and went to TIM early. So pratically, I was there since morning. It was a good thing really. I won't complain about that. And... when it came to the time when I have to performed, well, I have to admitted that I was nervous. Heck yeah, of course I am. To have the whole stage for yourself and eyes looking for you. The atmosphere is so different. Suddenly, you'll feel the stage is larger than it was - or maybe smaller than it was. Trust me on this. I experienced the both things. This made me a lil' bit nervous in my first dance, but I've done my best in the second dance. But, still, I didn't win.

Well, I can't turn back the time. If only I could, I would gladly do it and returned to that moment and dance my heart out again. Anyway, I didn't have much photo on that day. Gosh! I really hope the documentation section could gave away the photos they took from the side of the stage. I'm so dying to see it!

And..!! At the 1st of August, I eventually get to meet my long-lost bestfriend! Maria 'Nina' Marcellina. OMG. The last time I saw her was actually when I was in the 4th Grade, and imagined now I'm in the 12th Grade. 8 years already. It's such a long time. Nina is taller now. Almost at the same height with me and her voice was also changed. Her voice isn't like any other girl I know, but in a good way. That means she's unique. Anyway, I get to meet her oldest brother and also her parents. We met at Senayan City and have a lil' lunch with my mom, before my mom left us both and we decided to watched PUBLIC ENEMIES (will talk about that later), we also ate Sour Sally while walking endlessly and chatting about a lot of things. I get to learn more about her that way. Later, that night, we had a dinner at Long Beach Resto with Nina's parent and also we talk about a lot of things. Mostly about future plan.
Nina & Me @ NanXiang, Sency

You know, Nina was never settled in one place for a long time. From child, she was used of moving out here and there, it's the same when she lived in Singapore and America (now). She's such an independent person, especially in America. She used to do everything in her own. But one thing she can't do is cooking. LOL. She said she used to do the laundry while her brother do the cooking. She also said that indomie in States are expensive, that's why she'll bring a lot from here later when she come back to SF. There's a lot of other things that we chatted of course, but all in all, I really glad I got to see her again. She'll be going back to America in 14th of August, and I miss her already. She's the first real best friend I ever got. Hope we'll always stay the same.

Oh yes! Speaking of going back, Aina will be flying to China in August 23rd. OMG. Why everybody is leaving me behind? Aina is my 'sister', my partner-in-crime and my best friend. I'm going to miss her. In fact, I already am.


Ever heard of this movie before?

Well, like any other, it's another Walt Disney movie. Not a very popular one I might say. I remember the first time I saw this poster is ages ago when I was still a kid. I saw this in a child magazine and I've been craving to watch this movie back then. But, I only get to watch it like a two weeks ago, when I was randomly browsing through the net and decided to download the torrent.

It was actually a good movie. I like it! The characters are all funny. I like the a-dork-able Milo and his awkwardness. Not to mention Vinny's accent, how Sweet said "Hold on, back up!" and Mole weirdness. It's just... well, what's the word? funny? Whatever. You should watch this. Highly recommended

1914: Milo Thatch, grandson of the great Thaddeus Thatch works in the boiler room of a museum. He knows that Atlantis was real, and he can get there if he has the mysterious Shephards journal, which can guide him to Atlantis. But he needs someone to fund a voyage. His employer thinks he’s dotty, and refuses to fund any crazy idea. He returns home to his apartment and finds a woman there. She takes him to Preston B. Whitmore, an old friend of his Grandfathers. He gives him the shepherds journal, a submarine and a 5 star crew. They travel through the Atlantic ocean, face a large lobster called the Leviathan, and finally get to Atlantis. But does the Atlantis crew have a lust for discovery, or something else?

Favorite Quotes:
Princess Kida: We are not thriving. True, our people live, but our culture is dying. We are like a stone the ocean beats against. With each passing year a little more of us is worn away.

Helga: Someone needs to talk to that girl.
Mole: I will go!
Vinny: Someone with good people skills.
Mole: I will do it!
Dr. Sweet: Someone who won't scare her away.
Mole: I volunteer!
Wilhelmina: Someone who can speak the language.
Mole: For the good of the mission, I will go!
Commander Rourke: [to Milo, who is not paying attention] Good man, Thatch. Thanks for volunteering.

Cookie: You're so skinny, if you turned sideways and stuck out your tongue, you'd look like a zipper.

Preston B. Whitmore: Your grandad had a saying: "Our lives are remembered by the gifts we leave our children." This journal is his gift to you, Milo. Atlantis is waiting. What do you say?

Milo: Forget your jammies, Mrs. Packard?
Wilhelmina: I sleep in the nude.
[Sweet throws a sleep mask to Milo]
Dr. Sweet: You're gonna want a pair of these. She sleepwalks.

Vinny: My family owned a flower shop. We would sell roses, carnations, baby's breath, you name it. One day, I'm making about three dozen corsages for this prom, you know, the one they put on the wrist, and everybody, they come. "Where is it?", "When is it?", "Does it match my dress?" It's a nightmare. Anyway, I guess there was this leak next door of gas or what. BOOM! No more Chinese laundry. Blew me right through the front window. It was like a sign from God. I found myself that boom.

Milo: What else have you, uh, got in there?
Vinny: Oh, er... gunpowder, nitroglycerin, notepads, fuses, wicks, glue, and... paper clips, big ones. You know, just, uh, office supplies.

Dr. Sweet: Less talk, more saw!


BIG SHOCK, peeps!
another Jakarta bombing!

Okay, maybe not so big. but it's still a shocking incident that early in the morning, there's already two bombing in Jakarta, South Jakarta to be exact, and it happened in the two most luxury hotels in Jakarta which is JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Jakarta.

I was in school when these happened and all of the sudden, it became a trending topic in my school. Everyone was like talking about it, yea.. even me. I read it from the news that the first explosion happened inside Marriott at 07.45 AM and two minutes later, there's another explosion, coming from the nearby hotel which is Ritz Carlton. They said that there are 9 victims, dead.

Here's the news:

Based on the latest news, the two powerful explosions hit the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels Friday morning in the Indonesian capital, killing at least 9 people including four foreigners, and 41 peoples badly injured, 14 foreigners, including the United States and Canada citizens. From the nine people, six peoples dead in JW Marriott Hotel, two in Ritz-Carlton hotel and one dead in Medistra Hospital.
- www.tehobenk.com

JW Marriott


Mr.Timothy McKay, CEO of PT. Holcim, one of the victim of Ritz Carlton Jakarta Bomb.

Now, it is all over the channel, wherever I flip the channel, it's talking and discussing about the bomb. Many speculations are there, but no one really know the truth behind these twin-bombings.

And ever since the morning shock of bombing, there's a lot of rumors that there are still around 40 unactive bomb in Jakarta. My friend received a sms about it. More? There are burned car in Angke Highway. First they said that it's bomb, and another said it's because of the tire exploded, but some said it is both. There are victims of course, I heard two are dead.

And there are news about MU and the cancellation thing about coming & playing in Jakarta. I don't know, there's a lot of news today. Such a day.

reality and life.

Going to the FINAL!

Just writing and telling is so boring, so I'll make today's post in a different format: INTERVIEW!


Hello there. Congrats on making it to the final.
Wow, thanks!

Don't you want to introduced yourselves to the readers?
Oh well, okay. Mm.. how do I start? I'm Carissa, but a.k.a Vicky in my ballet class and I'm an Intermediate Foundation student in Namarina West Jakarta branch.

Okay, Vicky. How do you feel about yesterday? When you knew that you're actually made it to the final?
I guess I'm happy. There's no word to describe it. I mean, yea... I'm happy and proud that actually I get what it takes to make it this far.

Tell us, what did you do the day before the semifinal round?
Mm... practicing?

Hahaha... well then, let's change the question. Tell us about your preparation, how did you practice etc?
I practiced in such a small space, you know, apartment. So, I just practiced my balanced, doing arabesque and all. Also I practiced my pirouette, making it more perfect than before. And this might be a lil' silly, but I recorded myself when I'm practicing.

Wow. Such an ambition, huh? And that's not silly at all, Vick. I guess I'll do the same. And now, tell us about the day, everything.
7.30 AM : I woke up and basically did nothing aside from eating breakfast and watching cartoons.
8.00 AM : took a bath and preparing myself for the day such as doing make up and making buns.
9.20 AM : went to the venue (STC - Senayan Trade Center)
9.50 AM : Arrived at STC but it's not opened yet. But thank God, McD is open 24 hours so I went there to meet my friend - Holie and her mom - who's already arrived from 9.00 AM.
10.00 AM : Nana arrived and decided to have a breakfast first at McD
10.20 AM : Went up to 6th floor, get a number, and went straight inside to the hall. Parents wait outside.
10.30 AM : Doing a lot of other preparation, such as tying our shoes, checking our skirt, putting up more make up (in case it's already gone). Yeah, it's busy time. Warming up at the side of the hall.
11.00 AM : Hall is open and so parents & audiences streamed into the hall.
(from now on I don't really know the time well, I didn't wear my watch anymore)
11.10 AM - 12.10 PM : Semifinal Round of Category 1.
12.10 PM - 1.10 PM : Semifinal Round of Category 2 (I'm in this category).
1.10 PM : Recess for about 55 minutes.
2.05 PM : Start of Semifinal Round of Category 3.
2.05 PM - 2.40 PM : Grade 7 and 8 Demo.
2.40 PM : A little session of Q&A with the semifinalists while waiting for the results.
3.00 PM : The Results is out, and apparently I made it to the FINAL!
3.05 PM : A lot of congrats here and there and I ordered a costume for the final.

Such a day. Are you tired?
Very. Much more than you can imagine, but I'm undoubtedly happy. It all paid off

Well, you told us about the whole day. How about your feelings? I mean, not after you know you made it to the final. Before it. How do you feel? Nervous or... anything?
Of course nervous. Who doesn't? Especially before performing. I'm so drop dead nervous, I'm afraid that I'll make a silly mistake when dancing. But, when it's all over I'm so relieved.

Speaking of mistake, did you make a mistake back then?
Mm.. not until the last part of the demi-character dances. I was late, like a second. But it's no biggie.

Before the results is out, are you wondering whether you made it to the final?
Yea, of course. But I don't really give a thought about it. I've done my best and so let the judges decide whether I'm worth it in the finals or not. No hard feelings. But, before it, I just got the feeling that I'll make it to the final.

And why is that?
Because first, I've done my very best. I feel like I executed every movement perfectly. I feel... I don't know it's just hard to describe how you feel when you're dancing. I feel I got the sense, the connection with all the movement and so I can executed it all perfectly at that time and dances it like it came from the heart. Eventually, the judges saw it. Thanks God. My hard work paid off.

Yea, indeed. I can see it, and you prove you are right. What your most perfect moment back then?
My perfect moment? Wow, I guess it's the Grand Jete in Waltz. I don't know how others thought (esp. the teachers) when they saw it, but for me? It's perfect Feels like flying.

What motivates you that day?
Actually, a lot. My teacher said something encouraging, my friends support me and of course MJ. LOL. Yea, that's right. Michael Jackson. I was inspired by him, his figure and Rev. Al Sharpton speech at MJ Memorial (which I watched again the day before).

Okay, move one to the next question. It's almost over, Vick. Tell us about your costume.
Uwaah... that, I can't really tell.

Not even a hint?
Well, it's Benhur in color. Like a royal blue. It's a nice color for sure.

Last question, when is it? The final?
It'll be held in 26 of July in TIM. Come and watch, okay?

Sure do. Once again, congratulation for making it this far.
this is me,
with all the happy aura after the competition