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27 2013 Reading List and 2014 Reading Plan

My 2013 reading list is so poor! I used to be this avid reader who could read 50 books in a year, but now, the reading list doesn’t even reach twenty. No thanks to the hectic schedule. Anyway, here are the books I managed to finish this year:

1. The Night Circus – Erin Morgensten
2. Moominsummer Madness – Tove Jansson (I think I read another book from Moomin series, but I forget which one)
3. Maggot Moon – Sally Gardner
4. The Double Shadow – Sally Gardner
5. The Red Necklace – Sally Gardner
6. The Silver Blade – Sally Gardner
7. Tinder – Sally Gardner
8. The Victorians – Jeremy Paxton
9. Under Wildwood – Colin Meloy
10. Tender Is The Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
11. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict – Trenton Lee Stewart

I tried to read Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence and The 100-year-old Man who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson but in the end left them unfinished. At the moment I’m reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Hopefully I could finish it before the year ends!

Looking at that sad list, I’m planning to read more in 2014 and to motivate my self, I’m making this 2014 reading plan, consisting of books I’m gonna read. 50 would be such an unrealistic number for me now, so I end up with 20 books instead. I already have some of the books in the list but for the rest, I might purchase them via Book Depository or borrow them from the library.

1. Bleak House – Charles Dickens (re-read)
2. The Custom of The Country – Edith Wharton
3. Room – Emma Donohue
4. If This Is A Man + The Truce – Primo Levi
5. The Naive and The Sentimental Novelist – Orhan Pamuk
6. The Life of Pi – Yann Martel (re-read in English)
7. Dombey and Son – Charles Dickens
8. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
9. The Orwell Diaries
10. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke (re-read in English)
11. Over to You – Roald Dahl
12. Last Orders – Graham Swift
13. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
14. Another Country – James Baldwin
15. The Innocents Abroad – Mark Twain
16. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
17. The Ambassadors – Henry James
18. The Master – Colm Toibin
19. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
20. Wildwood Imperium – Colin Meloy

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26 [SELL] TVXQ and JYJ stuffs

Halo, gue jual beberapa barang TVXQ/JYJ yang gue punya, yaitu beberapa majalah, CD dan DVD. Kondisi barang-barangnya secara umum masih bagus. Gue mau jual karena gue butuh uang untuk rencana lain, dan gue rasa barang-barang ini bisa menemukan pemilik yang lebih baik 🙂

Kalau tertarik dan serius mau beli, bisa mention gue di Twitter @ceinder atau e-mail di ayu.palar@gmail.com. Harga belum termasuk ongkos kirim, tapi tenang aja, masih bisa ditawar kok. Dan kalau berminat beli beberapa barang (misalnya satu majalah dan CD), jatuhnya akan lebih murah. So here are the stuffs!

1. DVD All About DBSK Season 3

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Totalnya ada 6 keping DVD dan satu mini photobook. Akan gue lepas dengan harga Rp. 400,000.

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Disc 1 isinya DBSK’s Saipan Story, disc 2 Couple Talk, Disc 3 Theme Talk, disc 4 Music Video and Music Program Performance, disc 5 Making Film dan disc 6 SBS TV ENTERTAINMENT Program Collection.

2. 10 Asia + Comeback Vol 4 tahun 2011

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Covernya Park Yoochun (JYJ), isinya CNBLUE, Sistar, Jay Park, Kim Junsu dan GNA. Kondisinya 90% baik, masih sangat readable kok. Beli di Kinokuniya Singapura dengan harga SGD 26.51, gue jual dengan harga Rp. 135,000.

3. Junsu Jejung Yoochun Thanksgiving Live In Dome photobook

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Kumpulan foto Junsu, Jejung dan Yoochun pas konser Thanksgiving di Tokyo Dome. Bonus poster lipat dan polaroid-nya masih ada. Kondisi baik. Dijual Rp 225,000.

4. Tohoshinki: The Glory and The Suffering

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Isinya kumpulan foto dan cerita (dalam bahasa Jepang) Tohoshinki selama masa promosi Mirotic dan The Secret Code. Beli di Kinokuniya Jakarta sekitar Rp 300,000, dijual Rp 225,000. Kondisi baik.

5. ASTA TV Volume 61 Agustus 2012

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Covernya double, Xia dan Chanyeol EXO. Isinya antara lain artikel SNSD, EXO, dan promosi film I AM dengan foto-foto ukuran besar. Kondisinya ujung atas majalah terlipat sedikit tapi masih sangat readable. Beli di Kinokuniya Singapura SGD 24.61, dijual Rp 150,000.

 6. Tohoshinki The Secret Code Final in Tokyo Dome live CD (sold)

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Totalnya ada 4 CD lagu-lagu dari final tur Secret Code di Tokyo Dome. CD-nya baru diputar sekitar 3-4 kali. Dijual Rp 180,000.

7. JYJ In Heaven (blue edition) (sold)

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Kondisi 90% baik, CD-nya baru diputar sekitar 3-4 kali. Dijual Rp 140,000.

Silahkan tanya-tanya mengenai kondisi barangnya lewat Twitter di @ceinder. Tolong bantu sebarkan blog post ini juga ya. Terima kasih 🙂


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25 The Twin Champions: 2013 Favourite Albums

2013 has been a good year for music. In Korean pop scene, many albums offer new stories, various sounds and memorable songs that deserve high appreciation. I think GD’s Coup D’Etat is an excellent achievement, so is f(x)’s Pink Tape although sadly it doesn’t receive the attention it should have deserved. Despite the plagiarism issue, B.A.P also has done well for their two mini albums, One Shot and Badman. I can say I enjoy VIXX’s Voodoo and SHINee’s The Misconception of Me as well. Nevertheless, there are only two albums that have a special place in my heart. They come from two different genres and scenes, but each is great at its place.

2PM – Grown

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It’s obvious that the third album Grown is a declaration from 2PM that they’ve, well,  grown. Instead of ‘grown’, I’d rather say that 2PM is growing. They’re currently in the process of evolution from idols to musicians. Even though they still relied on JYP’s songs for their promotional singles, Grown shows that each member is able to contribute something to the album production. It also gives us some of 2PM’s best songs such as A.D.T.O.Y, Zero Point, Game Over and Dangerous. Despite the opinion that says Grown is a failure, I’d say it’s an accomplishment for its musical development and determination. A transitional phase is never easy, and changes are not always well-received. However, Grown confirms that with their talent and willingness to always learn, 2PM will do well.

Read my full review of Grown here.

Glen Check – Youth!

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In Youth!, the duo Glen Check keeps the formula from their previous releases. The electro-pop and the 80’s sounds are still there, but this time they’re polished with more catchiness. It’s just a very enjoyable album and truly represents the dynamic spirit of youth culture. Starting with The Match Open, which is an epic opening song, Youth! continues to entertain my ears until the last track, Jordan. My favourite tracks are mostly in the first half of the album, the part they call the band-session part. Pacific is a colourful, summer-y song, Paint It Gold gives refreshing sound to Glen Check’s music with its violin-like sound, and Youth in Revolt is a tribute to New York punk funk scene. In short, Youth! is fresh, energetic and attractive. With other acts like The Koxx and Eastern Sidekick, Glen Check reminds us that Korean indie scene is something we don’t wanna miss.


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24 Six Colours: solo stages in The Legend of 2PM in Tokyo Dome

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The concert in Tokyo Dome last April marks a big step for 2PM’s career in Japan. If you were there, you’re very lucky to have witnessed the legendary moment. If you were not (like me), at least we can watch it now because the DVD has been released *dances in joy*. Despite the small flaws (like Wooyoung lost his mask during Masquerade and Junho left some foundation on his white jacket …), the concert itself is a big feast for the ears and the eyes. Not to mention that it’s truly emotional. It would require a very long post to talk about the whole concert, so here I’m just gonna share my impression about the solo stages.

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The first solo stage is Wooyoung with Sexy Lady. After Don’t Stop, Can’t Stop, the camera follows Wooyoung to the back stage and shoots him while he’s changing his outfit. With a teasing smile. No, you can’t expect me to stay quiet and put a flat expression while watching this scene. A big thank you to whoever-had-this-brilliant-idea!

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Having performed this song for many times, Wooyoung looks confident with his solo stage. His dance is, like always, full of energy, flexibility and charisma. His expression is a bit awkward though when with the girls but I guess that’s how he is …

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However, in voice department it’s clear that Wooyoung’s still struggling. He doesn’t have any problem with the verses but in the reffrain he still depends on the playback. I think it’s not because of the tempo since he sounded good when performing Wall to Wall, which is a medium-tempo song too with a challenging choreography. I can’t help but blaming the song. I don’t know, I always think that Sexy Lady isn’t suitable for Wooyoung.

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For I Love You, You Love Me, Taecyeon brings a gang of Ok Cats on stage since one is not enough! Before that, a video is played, showing one Ok Cat greeting the fans outside Tokyo Dome. Not knowing that it’s Taecyeon inside the costume, the fans took photos and hugged him. When finally it’s revealed that it’s the master himself, the audience instantly screams hahaha.

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Actually, even though Taecyeon holds the rapper position in the group, he sings quite well like in Traición. Yet due to over-excitement, his voice is shaky in several parts.

taec-iloveu-3Overall, Taecyeon’s solo performance is cute. It’s hard for a big bulky guy to act naturally cute, but he manages in doing so. The performance is designed to be light and fun, so just expect it to be like that. It’s not Taecyeon’s best performance to be honest, but he got an A from me for his effort in building happy atmosphere for the crowd.

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Nichkhun cools down the atmosphere with Let It Rain. I have to say it is truly beautiful. I didn’t expect Nichkhun’s voice would be that stable but it was! He doesn’t sing in acrobatic notes or tries to show off his singing skill. He just wants to deliver his gratitude to Hottest who have been supporting him. That’s what makes his solo stage sound so sincere.

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There are so many close-up shots of Nichkhun’s performance, and I love how the camera exposes his natural face with all the zits. You can also see how serious he is when performing. (and look at those beautifully bushy eyebrows!)

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Supported by a great stage design and composition and proper lighting, Nichkhun’s Let It Rain is one of the prettiest performances from the whole concert.

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Meanwhile, Jun K offers a massive performance. A choir starts the performance in a thetrical way, and they sing the intro of Alive before he appears, ready for True Swag. Even from the way he stands, you know that Jun K’s gonna slay the stage.

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The outfit is a bit too much, I think. It would look classier if he took off that ‘handkerchief’. Other than that, everything else is great and suits the concept of the song. There is a part where he suddenly wears this big bad wolf mask. I don’t really see the relevance of the mask with the song but somehow it looks cool and adds the dramatic effect.

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It’s unfair how Jun K can both sing and rap so marvellously! His strong voice fills the whole Dome, so hypnotizing. The last rap part is uh-may-zing and it closes the performance in  a grand and victorious way.

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Another performance that got me anxious is Chansung’s Oh. The screen shows him driving a car, meeting a lady in red, getting bitten and turning into a vampire. A bit predictable actually, but Chansung looks gorgeous in it, so … it’s forgiven.

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Despite the tacky VCR, Chansung presents a satisfying performance. His voice is relatively steady and he doesn’t sound trembling even when he moves a lot. From all Chansung’s solo songs, Oh is my favourite so it’s a big relief to see him performing this song well. By the way, red and blue are the colours that dominate that solo stage. Combine those two colours and you have, voila, purple, Chansung’s color 🙂

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 When it comes to exploring emotion , Chansung is always the best. He shows proper chemistry wih the female dancer. There are passion, curiosity and mysteriousness, and our magnae brings them all to the stage in such a stylish way.

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My most favourite solo stage goes to Junho’s Say Yes. Showing his boyish charm, he has magnetized us starting from the VCR until the end of the performance. Junho’s voice is flexible in a way he could sing in various genres but I think he’s the most excellent when he sings rock songs.

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His solo stage is full of energy and confidence. No back-up dancers, no hi-tech stage design, no unnecessary choreography like in Just A Feeling. Only him alone on stage but how he looks and sounds amazing! He runs around the stage and jumps like an Energizer penguin to the beat of the song. He also teases the crowd when he cups his ear, trying to hear their voice. It’s a teaser of Kimi no Koe, very smart of you, Junho 😀

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Well, what can I say? Lee Junho knows what he wants and he knows how to do it amazingly.

What I like about 2PM is that even though as a team they’re rock solid, each member still manages to demonstrate his individual talent through solo performance. Six solo stages with six colours and they all shine in their own way.