My September Movies

It was all begun with my pure curiosity about Josh Radnor’s works as a director/script-writer. I started to watch “Happythankyoumoreplease”. It’s a great movie. Then, I continued with his second movie, “Liberal Arts”. This one is brilliant.

“Happythankyoumoreplease” talk about insecurities faced by all of the characters in the movie.  Annie, a girl who feels that she’s not worthy to be loved. Sam, a guy who is struggling to earn money from being a writer. A girl named Missisippi (such a cute name!), who’s trying to survive in New York City. Just a simple story about relationship. A story that most probably also happening to us.

“It’s not easy to be adored” -Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

Liberal Arts generally talks about a hard-relationship between Jesse, a thirty-something guy and Lizby, a 19 year old college student. Okay, I can’t explain more about the plot, as it’s gonna be a major spoiler for those of you who haven’t watched yet. But, I really love this movie! Why? Lots of good quotes to which I can relate. And also all of the characters are crazy about books. 🙂

The plot is so familiar for me. My last love story involved a guy who’s much older than me. So, yeah! Haha. People said that in terms of relationship, age is nothing but a number. It’s nonsense, man!

“Some days are like a gift and some days suck”-Liberal Arts (2012)

I’ve “known” Josh Radnor for these past few years, as Ted Mosby in How I Met Your Mother. And after watching these 2 movies of him, I can say that he’s brilliant. I mean, he’s not the most brilliant one but he’s definitely more than “just” Ted Mosby.

Reasons I watched these movies? They were both being featured in Sundance Film Festival and simply because I’m into indie movies. 🙂

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Titik Nol

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Saya tertarik untuk membeli dan kemudian membaca buku ini pertama-tama karena sahabat saya. Dia bilang bahwa banyak quotes bagus di buku ini. Isinya tidak hanya tentang traveling, tetapi juga tentang kehidupan. Singkat cerita, setelah beberapa bulan menimbang-nimbang, beli atau pinjam saja ke sahabat saya itu, akhirnya saya beli.

Safarnama, catatan perjalanan, ini dimulai dari Beijing berlanjut ke Xinjiang di ujung utara Cina. Dilanjutkan ke Tibet, Pegunungan Himalaya, India, Pakistan, dan bahkan hingga Afghanistan. Dalam perjalanan itu dia bertemu berbagai macam orang dengan berbagai macam karakter. Yang tentu saja membuat dia terkaget-kaget. Banyak yang baik, tapi banyak pula yang aneh.

Pengarang bercerita di buku ini bahwa dia belajar banyak tentang kehidupan selama melakukan perjalanan ini. Bagaimana ketika berada di India, dia melihat orang bergeletakan di jalan. Bagaimana ketika dia tanpa sengaja terkepung di tengah kerusuhan besar ketika sedang berada di Kabul. Nyawa manusia serasa murah sekali di negara-negara tersebut.

Ketika berada di Pakistan, dia dipuja-puja semua orang begitu mereka tahu bahwa dia berasal dari Indonesia. Rupanya yang mereka tahu, Indonesia itu negara Muslim. Jadi, mereka menganggap orang Indonesia itu “saudara”.

Banyak pengalaman menyenangkan, menyedihkan, dan mengerikan yang terjadi pada pengarang yang semuanya tergambar jelas pada tulisannya di buku ini. Tapi, pada akhirnya dia harus kembali ke titik nol-nya. Pulang, Apa yang membuat dia akhirnya memutuskan untuk pulang dulu ke titik nol-nya? Saya rasa, itu adalah salah satu inti cerita di buku ini.

Traveling seperti yang dilakukan oleh Agustinus Wibowo ini, adalah salah satu bentuk traveling yang sesungguhnya, menurut saya. Walaupun dia tidak mau disebut sebagai traveler, backpacker, atau apapun itu. Traveling yang tidak hanya untuk sesaat mengagumi keindahan alam suatu negara kemudian pergi, tetapi juga mau hidup bersama-sama dengan orang lokal dan belajar bahasa setempat.

Saya hobi traveling, tapi sepertinya saya belum berani untuk melakukan perjalanan menantang bahaya ke wilayah-wilayah ekstrim seperti yang dilakukan oleh penulis. Terima kasih untuk Agustinus Wibowo yang sudah membagikan cerita perjalanannya di buku ini. Tidak banyak (atau bahkan belum ada) travel-writer Indonesia lainnya yang menuangkan kisahnya hingga sedetail ini ke dalam sebuah buku.

2 quotes dari buku Titik Nol untuk menutup review singkat saya ini

“Mengapa orang-orang yang katanya beriman selalu merasa yang paling benar?” (hal. 451)

“Agama bisa menjanjikan damai dan keselamatan, namun juga bisa menjelma jadi tragedi penindasan barbar ketika orang-orang merasa hanya dirinyalah yang paling murni, paling suci, paling benar.” (hal. 458)

Talking about kids

I don’t know why but lately I feel that I have a certain addiction on small kids. I love their innocent looks and smiles. And to be honest, I like Caucasian kids more than Indonesian kids. The reason is simple. Caucasian kids tend to be more independent if you compared to Indonesian kids. That’s because the influence of their parents, I guess. I always believe that kids are supposed to be allowed to explore their worlds. There’s no need for parents to limit their kids’ activities.

Last weekend, I met a little girl who is barely 10 years old. She’s a “product” of a mix-nationalities parents. Her mother is an Indonesian and her father is a Belgian. She’s so smart, I adore her so much. Imagine in such a young age she can speak French, English, and Indonesian perfectly. And when she speaks Indonesian, she does it without any weird accent, unlike most blasteran kids in this country. She’s also a kind of girl who is curious about everything. Gosh, her parents must be so proud of her. I instantly fell in love with that cute little girl. Really hoping to see her again and have a chat (yes, she seriously can be a very nice discussion partner!), though.

I told my friend about my sudden addiction to kids, and you know what was her reaction? She told me : “Ella, that’s a sign that you gotta have your own kids. Find a guy, get married quick, and have some kids!” Hahahaha…..I cannot give any comments to that “getting married” issue, for now.

Sometimes I think it must be really nice if I can get married to a Caucasian guy, one day. We will have cute kids who can naturally speak (at least) 2 languages. Haha! Yes, I really want my kids to be able to speak as many languages as possible because I want them to be easily adapt in anywhere they are.

I know, there’s still a long way for me to go through before I can be a real parent. However, I’ve already got lots of plans on how I am going to raise my kids. Aside of introducing them to foreign languages as early as possible, I want to make my kids read. Not just able to read (well, everyone must be able to read!), I want to make them love reading. I will tell them bedtime stories. My parents never did that kind of activity when I was a kid, so I want to do it to my kids. Then, I want to bring them to museums, having some picnics in open air areas. I won’t take them to the malls very often. I will bring them on some journeys to see other countries. I want my kids growing up to be open-minded people.

And last but not least, I will let my kids do what they want as long as it gives positive effects for them. This pretty much the same as the way my parents raise me.

Wow, it seems that I will be such a cool and idealistic parent!