Sunday, March 20, 2011

Suede for Blackberry's Live n Rockin' Concert

Let's cut to the chase. Everyone knows what Blackberry's Live n Rockin' Concert is. Well at least, everyone within my age range that lives not just in real life but also in cyber-life. So, no more explanation should be necessary.

As you know, Blackberry's Live n Rockin' Concert, or should I say, "BB Live" for short, contained four different musicians from different musical genres. The line-up was quite attractive with 2PM from K-pop genre, Taio Cruz represented electropop, Shontelle from R&B, and Suede was britpop. It was a musical feast that broke all the barrier of genres and united all of us music lovers.

As one of the many, many fans of britpop music, of course I wanted to see Suede's live performance. Especially considering the fact that I've never seen one even though they've been to Indonesia before, in 2003.

So, after a series of luck that led me to a free ticket, I went to the concert with my friends. My sole objective was of course to witness Suede's performance, while my friends had their own favorite artists to see.

At around 10 PM, Suede finally appeared on stage as scheduled for the event. I must say the promoter and event organizer did a good job in term of punctuality, kudos to Ismaya Live.

That night, Suede opened with... This Hollywood Life, of which I don't know at all since I only know some of their songs, especially the ones that made to single. Fortunately, their third song was my favorite and it's called Trash. It's like, really really my favorite. So I sang along with Brett Anderson the vocalist and all the audience there.

...supposed to be super fun, right? But not really. Because I felt something was kinda messy on stage. Was that the guitar or the drum's beat that wasn't quite right, I don't know.

What made me more disappointed was that I felt the tempo of the songs they played that night was kinda too fast compared to the songs we listen on the records. It was like, "What happened, Suede? Are you chasing a flight in an hour or what?". So the songs lacked solemnity, and it felt to me that they were played rather poorly.

The whole night, Suede brought us 17 songs, plus 2 encore songs. Among those 19, Suede brought 9 songs that I expected to be there. Good enough. Sadly, with such fast-paced performance, faster than it should be, I couldn't really enjoy the songs to its maximum potential.

I wonder why the performance wasn't top-notch that night. It could be because they're an "old" band, so they're not on their top performance anymore. Or maybe because that night was their second gig in Jakarta, hence lacking the excitement of something fresh. Or it could be both.

Apart from that, however, I think Brett's performance was allright, he was quite attractive on stage. And I particularly noticed Richard Oakes' fiery performance. Wow. He's cool. *Yeah, what's not cool if you're the lead guitarist and the co-writer of songs that made it to the "top ten" hits? It's bound to be cool.*

Afterward, the band closed the night with Saturday Night. Aah... another favorite of mine. A Saturday Night played on a Saturday night. What more could you ask for? Since it's such a romantic slow song, all the audience put their hands in the air and started waving throughout the songs.

People singing along, and me and some random guy next to me sang the song wholeheartedly. Wow. Random awkward moment. Just kidding. It was nice to know that you're not alone feeling all emotional because of one song. Thank God, in this very last song by the band, they performed it super well and it was super enjoyable.

All in all, this was clearly not the best concert I've attended, but it was okay. I appreciate a good ending, so yeah, it made me happy. Oh yeah, and I got the ticket for free. Gotta thank the Blackberry for making it happen. Cheers!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tour de Riau 2011 - - Bengkalis Island

Mudah-mudahan belom terlalu basi ya gw bikin postingan ini, abisnya agak tertunda beberapa minggu dari yang seharusnya.

Nah, gini, you all know what happened and why this post must be postponed by me. *If you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, go see some older post in this blog, hope it makes sense.*

So, setelah laptop yang rusak gw servis, install ulang segala macem, data-data di-backup, akhirnya laptop gw terselamatkan... Tapi, tidak untuk postingan Bengkalis Island yang udah susah payah, capek-capek, gw buat dengan cucuran peluh dan keringat--itu tidak terselamatkan. Postingan tersebut dan beberapa foto mengenai Bengkalis Island ngga ikut ke-backup karena file itu (dengan bodonhya) gw taro di desktop.

Iyaaa... jadi gw baru tau kalo file yang ditaro di desktop itu suka ngga kebaca dalam proses backup, jadi ya udah aja, ke-skip. Gone. Babay.

Dan... Dan... Ga mungkin kaaan kalo gw buat ulang postingan yang sama persis seperti dulu T__T Bisa begini gue (("ºДº")) (щ"ºДº)щ

Jadi ya udah, kali ini gw cuman bisa kasih liat beberapa foto yang tersisa dan terselamatkan. Here we go!


Pulau Bengkalis di malam hari, di Taman Kota Andam Dewi.


Air mancur taman kota, yang selalu ramai dikunjungi massa.


Airnya ngga berubah, cahaya lampu yang berubah-ubah.


Yang ini favorit gw... Keren kan?
I'm gonna name it: "A Gemini Pudding". Hell yeah!


I gotta tell you, my friend. Surprisingly, this small, quiet, underdeveloped island is not so dull after all. See? With the ever-changing color fountain as a happening place for the young to gather, I think it's fun! Especially if you're here for a short period of time. I suggest a two or three days vacation would be the best duration, as there is not much to see or do anyway.

Nah, buat yang kebetulan tertarik liburan ke Pulau Bengkalis, bergembiralah. Karena sekarang gw akan kasi tau gimana caranya ke Pulau Bengkalis dari Pekanbaru, melalui proses step by step.

Pekanbaru - Bengkalis (via speedboat):

1. Dari Pekanbaru lo berangkat menuju Pelabuhan Sungai Duku. Lokasinya ga jauh kok. Kalo lo liat di peta, Pekanbaru kan udah kayak nempel tuh ama sungai. Jadi dari Pekanbaru ke pelabuhan juga udah deket.


2. Sampe sana lo beli tiket speedboat yang ke Pulau Bengkalis. Speedboat ada tiga setau gw; Alita Express, Bengkalis Wisata Express, dan Terubuk Express. *FYI, waktu itu gw naik Alita.*


3. Ngga usah terlalu berat mikir mau naik kapal yang mana, secara harganya sama, Rp150.000 sekali jalan, dengan fasilitas yang kurang lebih sama juga. (Full AC, TV dan DVD player bersama, serta toilet.)

4. Dalam sehari ada dua kloter keberangkatan,
jam pagi dan jam siang, dan ini berlaku untuk ketiga kapal di atas. Jam pagi tuh sekitar jam 7 sampe 8, dan jam siang sekitar jam 12 sampe jam 1 siang. So don't you miss it.

5. Kapal berangkat, melewati Sungai Siak, setelah perjalanan kira-kira 2,5 jam, sampe deh di Pelabuhan Bandar Sri Laksamana, Bengkalis.


Bandar Sri Laksamana -- A decent port.


6. Dah sampe Bengkalis Island, ntar balik ke Pekanbaru caranya sama juga kira-kira. Tinggal dibalik aja step-stepnya, oke?

Daaan dengan berakhirnya postingan Bengkalis Island, berarti berakhir juga postingan edisi "Tour de Riau 2011". See you in the next holiday report. Amen!

Friday, March 4, 2011

I Wanna Know - - 01

Just a thought. Kenapa ngga ada yang namanya kuli bangunan cewek? Kenapa?

Karena kerja kasar? Banyak buruh cewek, itu kan juga kerja kasar.

Karena kerjanya berat? Oke lah, bagian ngaduk semen, mindahin bata dari truk emang berat. Tapi bagian masang-masangin bata, brick by brick, ditempel dengan semen kan ngga berat.

Karena kerjanya outdoor dan di siang hari bakal panas, terus ga mau gosong? Kan bisa kerja di sore hari sampe malem hari. Kalo gelap pasang aja lighting yang oke. *berasa panggung musikal kali*

Intinya, kenapa? This far, I see no reason why we shouldn't. And by "we" I mean women.

Kalo ada suatu masalah, atau penghalang, atau hal-hal yang kurang sreg, ya diakalin aja. Kayak tadi gw bilang, pasang aja lighting yang oke buat kerja malem, contohnya sih begitu.

Bukannya kenapa-kenapa, hanya saja kalo ada orang yang bisa menjawab pertanyaan gw, menghapus rasa penasaran gw, memberikan gw penjelasan, membuka pikiran gw, dan gw bisa menerima jawabannya dengan masuk akal, well, I'd be very grateful.

Anyway, gw pengen deh nyobain membangun rumah... Atau bangunan gitu kek... Just for fun! Anak arsitektur ada yang butuh bantuan? Ridwan Kamil, you need an extra set of hands? Anyone got a job offering? Like, "Hey, wanna help me build a house? The pay is xxx rupiahs per day." Put your ads in here, pal!

Fufufu...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thank God HUSH_SHUSH wins!

Teman-teman masih ingat postingan gw yang sebelumnya? Yang gw ngarep dapet hadiah $100.000 dollar lewat sebuah sayembara prediksi Oscars yang diselenggarakan oleh MUBI.com?

Well, I win, beybiih! AAAAHHEEEEYY!!

Ngga, tapi bukan hadiah 100.000 dollar yang gw menangin. Gw menang hadiah hiburannya. Alhamdulillaaah... Itu aja gw udah girang. Gimana kalo 100.000 dollar coba.

Anyway, check it sistah-brothah!

Hello hush_shush,

Your cinephile status is proven—you have successfully outguessed critic Roger Ebert in The Great Oscar® Challenge!


Your prize is a free 3-month subscription to MUBI's video streaming service for the best independent, international and classic cinema. Use it to enjoy any of the films we have available to watch in your area.

Thanks for taking part in The Great Oscar® Challenge!

Love,
MUBI


Yaaak, terima kasih MUBI karena telah memberikan gw semangat dan kepercayaan bahwa ternyata di luar sana, you can actually win a contest, a quiz, or a prize. Ahuahuahauhu... KISS KISS MUAH MUAH! :* :* :*

Oscar tahun depan gw mau deh ikutan lagi sayembaranya.