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105 “30 Day Writing Challenge” Day 14

My favourite movies I never get tired of watching:

Billy Elliot

Jamie Bell as Billy is really, really cute and adorable you want to protect him with all costs. I also love the bond shown between Billy, his father and his brother. What I love about this movie is that not only it explores gender and social issues, but it also expresses the importance of having supports from family.

The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford

When I played this movie to my students, they thought it was too bleak and slow-paced. But I think the slow pace is intended to build the intense, haunting atmosphere of the movie. All of the actors act brilliantly here in this movie, especially Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck who could investigate the psychological condition of their characters. Some minor historical flaws, but overall it’s a beautifully cinematographed and well-acted movie.

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger’s Joker is perfect. Enough said.


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104 “30 Day Writing Challenge” Day 13

Things I’m excited about:

I usually get really excited everytime I’m going to have a holiday or attend a concert. But at the moment, I haven’t got any plan for that so I have nothing to be excited about?? Well, thankfully, I still have! Here they are:

DC Universe movies

justice league

Batman vs Superman is the kind of movie I don’t wanna see more than once. Suicide Squad didn’t meet my expectation as well. In short, DC movies lately are kinda disappointing (*runs to avoid bashing from DC’s hardcore fans*). But I still have my enthusiasm anticipating their movies after knowing Ezra Miller will play Flash. I think he’s a suitable actor to play the younger, cheerful version of Barry. His Barry will definitely give fresh colours to the already bleak world of DC Universe. So Justice League, bring it on!

TVXQ’s comeback

The two are still in the military, and I think after September 2017, they’ll be active in entertainment industry again. I’m excited and nervous at the same time to know what concepts they’ll deliver for their next comeback. They’ll be in their 30s later so I do expect a mature, classy concept that still has the powerful image of TVXQ. 2017, please come soon!

New music from The Horrors

I slightly heard a rumour that the 5-piece band is working on their newest album, and I truly hope the rumour is true. Since Primary Colours, The Horrors’ albums have never been disappointing and always sound sophisticated.

Next topic: post your favourite movies that you never get tired of watching.

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102 “30 Day Writing Challenge” Day 11

What if I didn’t get into K-pop fandom?

(Ceritanya lagi pengen nulis pake bahasa Indonesia)

Kadang-kadang gue suka mikir, hidup gue bakal jadi gimana ya kalau gak kejeblos ke fandom K-pop? Would it be happier? Or would it be boring? Mungkin kesannya dramatis, tapi K-pop itu udah mengubah begitu banyak aspek di hidup gue.

Sebelum dengerin K-pop, gue banyak dengerin musik indie barat dan terkesan ngerendahin musik pop Asia. Tapi sejak tau K-pop, gue sadar kalau musik pop Asia produksinya udah bagus dan gak se-cheesy yang gue kira sebelumnya. Referensi musik gue semakin bervariasi dan kaya sejak gue dengerin K-pop.

Terus K-pop juga bikin gue ketemu macam-macam orang, mulai dari para noona yang ketemu di Super Show 3 yang sekarang jadi sahabat baik, sampai ke manusia-manusia unik yang sebaiknya dijauhi saja hehehe. Gara-gara K-pop juga loh gue jadi jalan-jalan ke banyak tempat. Kalau gak gara-gara Super Junior, mungkin gue gak akan berminat ke Vietnam. Berani keluar negeri sendirian pun gara-gara K-pop, demi mengejar TVXQ kesayangan.

Intinya, tanpa K-pop pun gue rasa hidup gue akan baik-baik saja dan bahkan mungkin lebih tenang. Tapi dengan K-pop-lah hidup gue jadi seru dan penuh intrik-intrik manis 🙂

Next post: 5 blessings in my life.


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83 A short rant about K-pop industry

I grew up listening indie bands, they who made music with such idealism. In my teenage years, I listened to Britpop bands, from the major acts like Blur and Oasis to the relatively unknowns such as Longpigs and Menswear. After that in my college years I started to broaden my taste by listening to North American bands like The Stills, The Strokes, and The Walkmen.

And I dunno how in 2011 I dived into K-pop scene.

It’s a bit awkward at first because K-pop fandoms have their own method in supporting their faves. In indie scene, I could fall in love with a band’s music without having to know the member names (ex: The Nationals). Whilein K-pop industry, somehow you just can’t ignore the members because the companies are selling them as well. Another thing is that most K-pop groups are manufactured, to the point that some of them look and sound fake  (I’m being brutally honest here, sorry). On the other hand, indie scene supports freedom and creativity of the bands so they can be as honest as possible with their music.

I know it’s unfair to compare the two scenes since they’re, of course, artistically and technically very different. It’s just that my personal perspective shaped by indie scene is sometimes annoyed by Korean pop industry that values popularity over real talent and artistic honesty. But this is how the industry has been working for many, many years. It takes a long time to reconstruct it, and I doubt it will.


78 A Drop of Thought: Obsession

Admit it. We fangirls and fanboys are all obsessed, although it comes in various degrees. We dedicate our time, money and energy to support our idols. I know, because I’ve been there, done that. But  I’m also aware that this kind of habit can be mentally unhealthy. Learning from experience, I know I have this tendency to be too emotionally attached to my idols. You know what, sometimes I’m even confused how my feeling for Yunho can be so big. Realizing this, now I’m setting my limit, and I’m glad that the universe somehow supports me. I finally have the opportunity to disconnect from the over-attachment and can take a breath. It’s indeed hard to get out from this ‘black hole’, but I have to. I don’t wanna to fall even deeper. Simply put, I just wanna treat it as a hobby, not my whole life. I wanna pursue other goals in life 🙂

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72 Waiting for Warrior Bunnies


I felt conflicted when I heard that B.A.P are going back to T.S. Entertainment. To be honest, this is not the result that I had been waiting for. I didn’t even think that they would go back to the same hellhole. I wanted them to completely quit from T.S. and build their own company. But then I realized B.A.P are not Shinhwa. They’re not Block B. They might have a different experience, and since no situation is exactly the same, the ending might be different as well.

It’s very selfish of me to ask B.A.P to follow what I desire. I’m just a fan anyway. It’s the six of them who know what’s the best for them. They’re the people who have to make the decision, not us. If there’s anything that I can do for B.A.P is to believe in them. I’m trying to believe that Yongguk as the leader has considered this step wisely and understands the consequences that might come. I’m trying to believe that what has happened is a part of the rocky road that will lead them to a greater success. In the end, I still believe that these six young men have a strong brotherhood and they’ll stick together no matter what. Can’t wait to see them onstage again, together as B.A.P. You go, warrior bunnies! 🙂

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68 “I’d rather be myself.”

Several days ago, I came across a Twitter account that tweets bad things about Changmin. She/he calls him bad names, and almost every tweet talks about Changmin’s so-called bad attitude. Wow, she/he must be really obsessed with Changmin, like, every tweet is dedicated to him! But actually, despite the account’s silly behaviour, I think I can understand why some people don’t like Changmin. But what these haters loathe about him is actually Changmin’s personality that I admire.

Changmin never fakes himself. In my opinion, he’s one of the most genuine idols out there. I once discussed this with a fellow Cassie about how Changmin is always honest about his feelings. If he doesn’t like something, he expresses it bluntly. And even if he doesn’t say it, you don’t have to speculate what he’s feeling at the moment. His facial expression just shows it all. He also never sugar-coats his words, and this might be the reason why some people are annoyed by his straightforwardness.

Not to mention how Changmin is really realistic. If Yunho is sometimes naïve, Changmin is the opposite. He’s very alert. And I think it’s a good thing because they basically complete each other. Another thing is that Changmin is not selling fantasy to his fans. I’m sure we all know how he constantly tells his fans to get a boyfriend. He also wants us to always treasure our own lives and not to make him the centre of our world. This, we need more idols like this to be honest. The ones that remind us to value our lives first and not to waste most of our time for idol stuffs.

Hating someone/something is very humane (although in K-pop fandom sometimes it’s illogical). It’s just, instead of wasting your time spreading hatred, I think it’ll be better to promote things that you love. Still it’s beyond me how can you hate someone this gorgeous and this smart and this talented and with such fine, slim legs?!


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