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Bersenandika di Minggu Malam Itu

Hadirnya saya di Institut Français Indonesia (IFI), Bandung hari Minggu malam lalu bukanlah hal yang disengaja. Sehari sebelumnya, dalam perjalanan ke Bandung, saya iseng chat seorang teman yang saat ini tinggal di Bandung, berharap jadwal dia agak longgar jadi kita bisa bertemu barang sebentar. Ternyata, di luar dugaan, dia mengajak kami (saya dan seorang teman) untuk hadir menonton penampilan suaminya dalam acara poemuse. Sebelumnya saya sudah melihat sekilas update-nya di akun Instagram milik teman saya. Saya pikir acaranya sudah lewat.

Oke. Cukup introduksi-nya.

Singkat cerita minggu malam, kami menuju IFI dan menikmati pertunjukkannya. Tajuk dari pertunjukkan ini adalah Senandika.

senandika : wacana seorang tokoh dalam karya susastra dengan dirinya sendiri di dalam drama yang dipakai untuk mengungkapkan perasaan, firasat, konflik batin yang paling dalam dari tokoh tersebut, atau untuk menyajikan informasi yang diperlukan pembaca atau pendengar. -Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia

Acara dibuka dengan sambutan singkat dari sang sutradara, Kennya Rinonce, yang ternyata merupakan putri dari seniman Sujiwo Tejo. Beliau menyampaikan overview dari pertunjukkan Senandika ini. Selanjutnya pertunjukkan pun dimulai. Babak pertama dibuka dengan lagu “Meninggalkan Kandang” yang liriknya berdasarkan puisi karangan Eka Budianta dan aransemen musik oleh Ananda Sukarlan. Beberapa puisi dinyanyikan secara apik oleh Soprano Delta Damiana dan Tenor Daniel Victor. Galuh Pangestri menginterpretasikan kata-kata dalam puisi-puisi yang dinyanyikan dalam gerak tari yang energik. Luar biasa. Diiringi oleh dentingan piano dari pianis Nicholas Rio.

Pentas ini merupakan bentuk “protes” dari beberapa seniman muda terhadap situasi di negara Indonesia saat ini, di mana sulit untuk menjadi diri sendiri di tengah derasnya informasi yang kita terima (yang kadang lebih banyak hoax). Mereka rindu Indonesia yang damai di tengah keberagaman. Hanya ini yang bisa mereka lakukan sebagai seniman. Dan menurut saya, mereka berhasil menyampaikan pesan tersebut.

Bagian yang paling saya suka sekaligus membuat merinding adalah ketika mereka menggabungkan lagu Ave Maria, suara Adzan, tarian Saman, dan drama lagu Janger pada piano.  Perpaduan yang sangat indah.

Sedikit masukan dari saya, suara Delta dan Daniel masih bisa dibuat lebih powerful lagi. Mungkin karena faktor akustik venue yang tidak terlalu bagus, di beberapa bagian suara mereka terkesan hilang timbul. Anyway, Daniel suaranya bariton bukan Tenor. 🙂

Namun secara keseluruhan pertunjukkan ini luar biasa. Pesan yang diinginkan telah tersampaikan dengan baik. Di Indonesia jarang ada pertunjukkan yang menggabungkan puisi, musik, dan tari sekaligus. Senandika adalah salah satu yang bagus. Proficiat untuk semua yang terlibat dalam pertunjukkan ini. Keep up the great work! 🙂

ps. Lagu “Meninggalkan Kandang” dan “Dalam Doaku” membangkitkan kenangan masa lalu saya. Bertahun lalu pernah diminta seorang teman untuk mengiringinya latihan kedua lagu itu ketika dia mau ikut kompetisi Tembang Puitik Ananda Sukarlan.

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Berhubung susah ambil foto pas lagi pertunjukkan, maka pasang foto ini saja ya 🙂 Bersama Daniel Victor setelah pertunjukkan 

Ulasan mengenai acara ini juga dapat dilihat pada tautan di bawah ini :

http://lifestyle.kontan.co.id/news/poemuse-menyulap-kebisingan-jadi-nyanyian-puisi

https://www.pressreader.com/indonesia/kompas/20170513/282076276790810

2014 Wrap Up & Hello 2015!

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Hello again! It’s been a while since my last post in this blog.

And now here we are on the 4th day of 2015, the last day of holiday. I hope all of way have been recovered from holiday mood and prepared for our working journeys this year. Even though I still can’t move on from holiday, I guess. lol

Well, at last 2014 has ended. All of us must have made a lot of memories in that past year. The same goes to me. In 2014, I got my first real job. Why do I say “real job”? Because previously I was only juggling from one research project into another research project. So, yes this is my first full time job after I graduated. What can I say about this job? I am so thankful to be a part of the team. My working environment really give me spaces to learn and to grow. They always give me chances to express my ideas, though I’m still young and new in this kind of working environment. There were, of course, some frictions happened between me and my co-workers once in a while. I took them as learning processes. So, it’s been almost a year I’m working in that place (wow, can’t believe it!). One thing that I can conclude from this one year of my working experience is : if you’re willing to learn new things and if you’re crazy enough to take challenges, you will survive in the working environments.

I experienced some failures as well last year. Earlier 2014, I didn’t win the scholarship so that I had to give up my dream (for a little while) to continue my studies, I will try again, and hopefully in a couple of years ahead I can continue my studies. Because I don’t want to live the rest of my life only carrying a master degree behind my name. At the end of the year I also failed to pass my piano exam. It supposed to be my very last exam in my piano training history. But it messed up. Ah, nevermind!

In 2014, I travelled to some new places, that made me even more realised that we as human beings who inhabit this earth have different cultures. Those differences don’t meant to be avoided but instead meant to be praised. We can learn from each other.

The year 2014 was not only bring wonderful things to me, but also to my loved ones. First, my little brother got his full scholarship to finish the last 1 year of his bachelor studies in Australia. Second, my mom got promoted in her office and now she’s handling a quite strategic position in the corporate. Third, my dad’s recent project is going great. Fourth, my baby brother graduated from junior high and got accepted in his dream high school. Fifth, my best friend got a scholarship to continue her masters degree in Holland. I’m so proud of her because I know how much she wants to live in Europe. We’d been dreaming together since our early college days. And finally now she can experience the taste of living in Europe. And I have had that chance 2 years ago.

2014 has been great, despite its ups and downs. Praise the Lord for everything that He’s done for me. I closed 2014 by having a trip with my big family. We celebrated Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Vatican. I feel really blessed and thankful for this rare opportunity. But then days after, I heard a sad news from Indonesia that an Air Asia flight was missing and finally found to be crashed into the sea. A very devastating news to close the year of 2014. My deep condolences go to the families of crews and passengers on board. May their souls rest in peace.

Here is to a brand new year full of opportunities. Hopefully all of us gain success in 2015. Always remember to put God first in everything that you are doing.

Happy New Year! Bon nouvelle Annee! Gute neue Jahr! Selamat tahun baru!

Today. Indonesia Votes!

Today marks one of the biggest days in Indonesia’s history. We have, based on the quick count surveys, a new president. This time, the presidential election feels different compared to the previous ones because almost all Indonesians use their privilege to vote (most of them are used to be non-voters). In fact, we should be proud whoever win the election.  There are more and more Indonesians who care about the future of this nation.

Our presidential election has also gained coverage from some international medias. Another thing to be proud of. The international world has admitted that Indonesia is one of the great nations in the world.

Whoever wins this election, we’re counting on you. Please lead us to be a better nation. Please encourage our people to have guts in global competition without forgetting our roots.

Unity in Diversity! “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” above everything. We may have chosen different candidates but we’re all Indonesians.

Welcome, new leader! We’re counting on you.

And last but not least….thanks Mr. SBY for leading this country in the last 10 years.

 

These are the links of some international medias that write articles about our presidential election :

  1. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/07/five-reasons-why-indonesia-presidential-election-matters
  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28167596

 

Christmas & End of The Year Post

It’s Christmas again now. Last year I celebrated Christmas in Vatican and probably it was one of the best christmas moments in my life so far. Two years ago, I was celebrating Christmas in London only to know that everything was close down on the Christmas day, even the church (!). Seems like it was only yesterday. I don’t like the way time goes so fast.

This year, I’m celebrating christmas back home with the whole family in Indonesia. Just like the old days. But somehow I miss my grandma. Christmas is just feel different without my grandma being around us. And it’s already seven years after my grandma passed away. Hope she’s happy up there. Heaven must be really happy to have her around.

Anyways, no one give me christmas cards this year. *sad face*. I remember when I was studying in UK, everyone sent me christmas cards, even the ones who are not celebrating christmas. I miss their kindness. To be honest, there’s always this one hope inside my heart to go back there. Let this be my christmas wish this year. 🙂

And since this post obviously going to be the last post of the year, I just want to sum up the year 2013. 2013 for me was the year when real life started to punch me right on my face. I ruined some good opportunities that come to my life. But I took it as lessons learned, rather than failures. On the bright side, I also started some new things, joined new organizations, met new people, and attended some interesting events. And yes, don’t forget, I got a job this year which gave me a little bit of ‘incomes’.  I’m still grateful, no matter what.

And in 2014, I hope I can reach that biggest dream in my life. Apart from that, I also got some targets to be done next year. One of them is related to my blogging life. I’ve already had some rough ideas on what I’m going to do with my blog(s) next year. I’ll share with you later about that. Yeah, apparently being unemployed for these past few months has made my creative minds gone wild!

So, see you next year! I’m signing off from blogging stuff for the next two weeks. I’m going on holiday! Yeay! I’ll still be active on my Instagram, though. So feel free to follow my Instagram account. *self-promotion*

Merry christmas, happy holiday, and happy new year!

My Childhood Christmas Tale

I grew up believing that Santa Clause exists. My parents made me. I’m so thankful now that they made me believe in that such kind of fairytale. I had a wonderful childhood because of that. 🙂

I still remember how on early Decembers I started to pray so that Santa would bring me presents that I wished to get on the Christmas day. I wrote a letter to Santa the day before Christmas, put it inside a shoe, filled the shoe with a handful of grasses taken from our backyard. Why grasses? Because I believed that Santa’s rain deers must be really exhausted and hungry after a very long journey from North Pole to my house. So I gotta feed them.

I believed in Santa Claus until I was a 6th grader and honestly I couldn’t remember exactly how I figured out that all of those stuffs about Santa Claus was actually fictional. However, during that period when I still believing on the existence of that chubby beardy old man from North Pole, I got so many presents from “Santa”. Most of them are books. Encyclopedia of Influential People and Harry Potter series were just some presents from “Santa” that I can still remember until now. Yeah, I’ve been a bibliophile since I was very young, indeed.

I never hate my parents for “lying” to me (and my brothers) about Santa Claus. It made my Christmas more joyful, as a kid. And somehow nowadays I secretly hoping that I could repeat those moments. I miss being a kid.

Christmas is still my favorite day of the year, beside my birthday. And today is just a little bit over a week before Christmas.

As a kid or as an adult, there’s one thing that never change about Christmas. It’s the time for family gathering. 🙂

When I have a kid someday, I will make him/her believe in Santa Claus, as my parents did to me. I want to bring the joy of Christmas for my kid, as well. 😀

Happy counting the days until Christmas, guys!!! Don’t forget to warm yourself with a cup of hot chocolate (and some marshmallows on top of it….oh how I miss marshmallows, it’s hard to get them here) during this gloomy weather.

new year, new spirit, new dreams

I know, it’s a little bit late for me to say “Merry Christmas 2012 & Happy New Year 2013”. We’re almost reach the second week in 2013. I was traveling during the holiday, so I only had limited access to the internet. Apologize!

What were you doing during the year-end holiday? I had a wonderful christmas, but only an ordinary new year. I don’t wanna talk about the celebration, now.

2012. To be honest, it was a hard year for me, but I tried to enjoy all of those hard times that I was facing. It wasn’t about living far away from my family. I don’t mind at all if I have to live in another country one (or many) more time(s). The hard thing was when I had to prove my self capacities to the people surrounds me – who are mostly from other countries. Being an international student is not an easy thing. I mean, local people are very welcome to us. Maybe this is just me, but I don’t wanna make they think that they’re more superior than me. Yups, that’s the point.

I remember, I started 2012 with no target, which was kinda unusual. I just had one wish to finish my Master. That’s all. But, the reality was, I accomplished quite many things. I completed my research, submitted my dissertation, presented my research project in that conference in Glasgow, got my research abstract published, and (of course) I graduated. My circle of friends were much expanding, as well. What a year!

2012 was also full of laughters. Yes, I was so stressed out but I conferred that with laughter so the level of stress could be a little bit degraded. There were tears, as well. I usually can hold my tears, even during the saddest moment. But, you know the quote : “you laugh when you like someone, you cry when you care about someone”. Yeah, that! Haha..sillyyyy!!!!

2012 was my year of traveling. I travelled to countless cities around UK and God also gave me opportunity to travel to Europe twice this year. HE’s so amazing.

And finally 2012 was also the year when I must leave UK for good. I must leave that person before I could say what I feel about him. Some people told me that it wasn’t love that I feel. But my heart said that it was. I’m not a type of person who can express that kind of feeling. So, well yeah. That’s life! Maybe we can meet again one day (haha..when is that “one day”?). Aufwiedersehen 2012. Overall, you’ve been great! I didn’t regret all of the things that has happened in 2012, including all of the mistakes that I’ve made.

2013. This gonna be a year of turning my dreams into realities. I will try my best to realize my dreams. I don’t know what will happen, but I’ll try my best. I got so many plans in my mind, but I don’t share it here. Just let them stay in my mind. The most important thing is, I wanna be a better person. I wanna be more mature. And I’ll try not to talk too much, but work more. Hopefully, some accomplishments are waiting ahead of me.

Wishing you a prosperous 2013, dear readers!

Graduation, et cetera

Finally I’m done with everything related to my Master’s degree. Last week, December 4th 2012, I officially obtained my degree. So, now I am Gabriella Febriana, BSc, MRes. Hopefully, I will soon find a job or a PhD position. Fingers crossed. I don’t know what’s gonna happen tomorrow or few months from now.

I want to share the story of my graduation day a little bit here. That day was very hectic for me. I went to the bank, late in the morning to close my bank account. Then I rushed to M&S to meet my mom (yes, my parents were coming to attend my graduation). After that, I went to the campus to take my gown. I didn’t expect before that actually we have to carry that long gown (without plastic bag), while after that I had to have my hair done. Whuaa..disaster! However, finally everything was going alright. Thankfully.

finally got my Master

finally got my Master

Well, UK graduation is very different if you want to compare with (for example) ITB graduation. My Master’s graduation, in my opinion, was so elegant. I felt a mixed feeling between happy and sad. Happy because finally I got this degree, after all of those hard works. Sad because, wow one year has passed. I, like it or not, must say goodbye to my friends who come from all part of the world. We used to do our activities together in the campus, and suddenly now all of us must go back to our own countries and continuing our lives in separate ways. My eyes were almost shed into tears when the pro vice-chancellor said this phrases in his speech : “I hope all of the graduates will always keep fond memories about their times spent in Newcastle University”

I’m already going back for good now. I’m in Indonesia, but sometimes my mind is still in Newcastle. Lots of things have happened to me there. And I’m now a different person compared to who I was last year. I’ve changed in a good way. I wasn’t just learn about scientific subjects, but I was also learn about life. And that was really a priceless experience for me!

Newcastle, I’m already missing you now. My last day in Newcastle, it was snowing heavily. I guess it was the way Newcastle said goodbye to me. The sweetest goodbye. And for that someone who once said to me : “I never thought you’ll leave so soon”, here is my answer : “There’s no reason for me to stay any longer in Newcastle. I also never thought you care that much to me. Thanks for everything. Goodbye. I hope you’ll never forget me, this clumsy girl from Indonesia”

Now that I’m already in Indonesia, honestly I have to re-adapt myself with this place. I feel like a stranger in my hometown, now. Have to compromise with everything.