World Cup Fever / 0 comments (+)

DEUTSCHLAND, WELTMEISTER 1954-1974-1990-2014

Now now, I admit I have never been a fan of football. I didn't even watch the 2006 or 2010 World Cup, let alone Champions League or UEFA Euros. But well, when you're living in a country whose football team is currently the best in the world, with players that are simply awesome, you can't help but give in to the football fever. This past month I have been following the journey of German national team in the World Cup and boy is victory sweet. It has been an incredible journey to the World Cup title and not to be biased or anything, but this team really deserves all the praises they got.

Just look at the squad, man. I mean, they're so many teams that are considered good just because one awesome player is in it. Like, Brazil with their Neymar, Portugal with their Ronaldo, and even Argentina with their Messi. But Germany has a team. The whole squad consists of awesome players.
  • We got Manuel Neuer who's currently the best goalkeeper in the world. You know, I don't get all these internet obsession with Tim Howard, the whole "Things Tim Howard Could Save" thing. I mean, sure, the guy's great. Made a record of 16 saves or so, but have these people not seen Manuel Neuer? He's a beast when it comes to saving and not only can he make saves, he makes a great defender. Not to mention he always looks damn sexy catching all those balls. 
  • There's Bastian Schweinsteiger who's got Nokia-level of endurance. Did you see how the Argentinians practically hunted him down at the finals game? And even after he got hit in the face and got all bloody in the face he's like, "Fuck this, I'm playing!". To all those players who love to fake injuries in order to get penalties, shame on you. Oh, and I have mad respect for this guy. Even though Germany wins every game they play, he's always there to console the losing team. True sportsmanship!
  • We have crazy talented young players as well as experienced veterans. While we have established players like Klose, Podolski, Schweinsteiger, and Lahm, we also have new young talents like Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, and Andre Schürrle who aren't even 25 yet.
  • Mats Hummels and Philipp Lahm, generals in Germany's defence. (And if anyone could pull off a beard it would be Mats Hummels)
  • Miroslav Klose, at the age of 36, ended his national team carreer with a World Cup record as the all time World Cup top-scorer with 16 goals.
  • Thomas Müller. Who scored 3 goals in 1 match. Who told a reporter "I don't fucking care about the Golden Shoe" in Bavarian. Who is just the Jennifer Lawrence of German national team.
  • And..not to forget, we destroyed Brazil 7 to 1 at the penultimate match, before ended up winning the title!


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Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2014 Summer Playlist / 0 comments (+)

It's already summer here in Munich and it is freaking HOT! The temperature has been going up lately, today it reached 26 degrees and I read that next week was gonna be 30. Remember, we don't have air con here in our rooms so you can imagine how hot it is to sleep at night.

Anyways, as always, I compiled a list of awesome summer jams to listen to this summer. For practicality I merged the old lists (containing new songs and old songs) into only one playlist. The new songs would be written in bold (below). Here they are!

  • Gone, Gone, Gone - Phillip Phillips
  • Niggas in Paris - Jay Z & Kanye West
  • Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX
  • Magic - B.o.B ft. Rivers Cuomo
  • Problem - Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
  • Best Day of My Life - American Authors
  • Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
  • Addicted to You - Avicii
  • Just One Yesterday - Fall Out Boy ft. Foxes
  • Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
  • Stay the Night - Zedd ft. Hayley Williams
  • Good Time - Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen
  • A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
  • Homecoming - Hey Monday
  • The Monster - Eminem ft. Rihanna for the other stuffs like summer movies / music / books, I think I'm gonna have to pass for this time, since I've been really busy juggling with work/school/study and haven't really watched that many movies or read any books. But if I have spare time I'll make sure to compile some lists :) 

P.S: Oh, and I just got the result of my last exam and I officially passed 1st semester!! Cheers to that!


Posted on Saturday, June 7, 2014

Love, Holiness, and the Glory of God / 0 comments (+)

If you haven't notice I never really posted posts or say religious stuffs here in this blog. Well, I never really see the point to advertise my beliefs online. Not because I don't have any nor because I'm ashamed to be a Christian, but because I don't want people to be all judgey. You know, like, "Ohmygawd she said she's a Christian but why is she doing this or tha t." Not that I have anything against those that write religious stuffs--everyone has their own perspectives. But, the past week I went to a retreat with the folks at my local church and it was so incredible that I feel the urge to share.

The retreat (or, to be specific, European Reformed Evangelical Convention a.k.a EREC) was organized for and by MRII Berlin, a part of GRII Europe (Gereja Reformed Injili Indonesia). Some of you may not have heard the word 'reformed'. Well, Protestant has so many branches / faith with different teachings and one of them is Reformed. So basically we don't believe in that 'prosperity gospel' bull-crap and are determined to go back to Bible. My dad started to get to know the reformed movement, spread in Indonesia and Asia by Rev. Dr. Stephen Tong, about 8 years ago. Since then we have gone to Rev. Tong's church, GRII. After I arrived in Munich, it turned out there is also a branch of GRII here in Munich, the smaller one, obviously, but I'm glad to be able to keep serving God without having to deal with catastrophic preachings.

Anyways, the retreat was held on May 28th - June 1st at Osterode am Harz, a small village near Hannover. In the past few years I haven't gone to many retreats and the majority of retreats that I've participated in was with the school. I was a little skeptical going into the retreat because I have never been a fan of it. It was in a way "peer pressure". You know, you went to sessions and stuffs with friends and you felt as if you learned something, like you've been renewed and all, because you're with your friends. I mean, you can't say stuff like, "Yeah the retreat was a bummer. I learned nothing. Nada." You have to say stuffs like, "Oh wow this retreat changed my life!" "Oh my gawd I'm gonna start getting closer to God!". When in fact, after that "religious atmosphere" is gone, you're back to your old life.

Munich Squad with Rev. Billy Kristanto, Rev. Rudie Gunawan & Ev. Steve Hendra

But EREC was different. I really did get something--a lot of things--out of it and not just because I got to meet awesome people, but because I genuinely enjoyed the sessions. They weren't typical retreat sessions that only teaches things like how God is loving, bla bla bla, stuffs we want to hear. In the sessions you also heard things like "God is loving, but He saves only the ones He's chosen. It doesn't make Him unjust." Those aren't exactly pleasant to the ear, but they're true, and I learned a lot from the sessions.

Moving on to a lighter topic, I was really happy to have met so many people from the reformed movement in Europe. Here in Munich there aren't that much students in my church so to be able to meet friends that are my own age was a much welcomed change.

Overall, this 5-day retreat has sparked my interest to learn more about God and His Words and hopefully make little changes in my life. Will be waiting for next year's (in which, by the way, I'll be one of the coordinators) 

P.S: I found a really spot-on Youtube video of John Piper talking about the prosperity gospel. A must-see!!

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Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How Spider Man 2 Broke The Golden Rule in Movies / 0 comments (+)

Have finally watched The Amazing Spider Man 2 here, in German. Yep, you heard me, with German dubbings. I actually wanted to watch it in its original version (OV) as I did with other movies, but I had to cave since my friends wanted to watched the German version, since they can't really understand the OV. I had my doubts, of course, like, if I could understand the movie and could really enjoy it. But it turns out alright. In fact, the problem is not with the language, but what makes me mad is HOW THEY KILLED GWEN STACY.

Like, seriously, people? You do not break the golden rule in movies. You DO NOT kill the main lead. Or his/her love interest. Unless it's a film about cancer. And even then there should be at least a warning that this character might die so the audience could at least prepare themselves. Unless it's Game of Thrones (in which case I have known that no one is safe in the series). But this is not Game of Thrones. This is supposed to be a light, popcorn movies with explosions and superheroes defeating bad guys and a little bit (okay, a lot) of romance here and there. And these movies always end up happy, as it should be. And then the audience can talk about how awesome it is, how hot the stars were, then get excited for another sequel. I mean, now I don't even know if I want another Amazing Spider Man movie. Granted, Andrew Garfield is great and all, but I don't see him having other love interest other than Gwen Stacy. It's like, they lured you in to watch this 2nd movie with the promise of Andrew-Emma / Peter-Gwen romance then you're gobsmacked in the face with that 3 minute scene (plus the funeral scene which makes it, what, 5 minutes?). I don't want to see Peter moving on from Gwen and how he met Mary Jane Watson, although in the comics Gwen did die and ended up with Mary Jane. But it's not the comic people!!!! And in the comics you don't see Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone's chemistry!! Their story really was the power of the film even though you got 2 bad guys as menacing as Electro. 

Aside from the romance, I personally think the transformation of Harry as the bad guy should've been saved for the next installment. Since Electro is a strong enough enemy, it's anticlimatic to see Electro destroyed so 'easy' and then Harry/Green Goblin suddenly came. It's like, oh, another enemy?? I think they should learn from Sam Raimi's Spider Man 3, where they featured so many villains and back stories but everything fits together, except the romance.

In short, although I'm happy for this second movie, the ending disappointed me to the point that I don't think I'll be watching the 3rd film in cinema. Sorry, but that's what you get when you break the golden rule. And when you kill off Emma Stone. 3 out of 5.


Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sleeping Beauty / 0 comments (+)
Last week, after going back from Zurich, a reverent from my church in Indonesia came to my church here in Munich for Easter. The next day (Easter Monday) was also a national holiday. A couple of people from my church accompanied the rev. for a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein). I have been wanting to go visit this castle that inspired Disney's famous Sleeping Beauty Castle (yep, those castles you see in every Disneyland, and, well, Disney symbol) but a lot of the people here in Munich have already been there for, like, 5 times. It'd be a little boring to go alone so when the opportunity arrived to finally visit the castle...I'm obviously in. 

Hohenschwangau Castle, a smaller castle located near the Neuschwanstein

Since the castle is located up on a hill, you have to hike your way to the castle. There are 3 options to get to the place: 1) you ride one of these horse carriages as seen above, 2) you take the bus, it stops near the castle where you have to walk/hike for about 5 to 10 minutes to get to the castle entrance. From the bus stop you can also go to the Marienbrücke (Mary's Bridge) where you'll get this amazing view of the castle (which is normally where people take pictures. It's kinda the 'signature photo' here).

But, for those two options you have to pay extra money, and the entrance fee to the castle ain't that cheap either--€11 for a less-than-30-minute tour. So....someone in our group suggested that we walked the way up to the entrance. On the map it said 40 minutes so we were like, "Okay, maybe we could pull it off". About 5 minutes walking we saw this suspicious looking pathway, which was apparently the 'fast track' for hikers. We took this pathway, and the hike began.

The hike was super exhausting, mind you. I mean, I could walk for 40 minutes straight on a plain terrain, but steep rocky terains? That's like, double the energy! Fortunately, we got amazing views now and then, like this one here..

After about an hour walking (well I think 40 minutes is if you're like, a professional hiker and you walk without stopping) we finally reached our destination..the Mary's Bridge. From this bridge you can view the whole castle. Okay I know this sounds crazy that we walked all the way up just to take a picture. Don't blame me, I'm a new-generation Indonesian. The bridge was so crowded with people who, like us, are dying to get that signature picture of Neuschwanstein (as expected, a lot of these people were Asians). One funny thing happened when one of my friend saw two Asian girls who were about to do a selfie. My friend then offered to help take their pictures since he thought, "Oh, maybe these girls had no other options besides a selfie since no one could take their picture". But the funny thing is, the girl rejected his offer, saying, "No, if you take our picture then it wouldn't be a selfie!" I mean, isn't the point of walking all the way to the bridge is so you can take a picture with the full view of the castle? And with selfies all you'll see is your giant face and, maybe, a hint of the castle and the sky, right? 

Oh well, anyway, here's the Neuschwanstein, in all its glory.

Excuse the amount of pictures but I hiked an hour to do this so yeah, I deserved it :p

From the Mary's Bridge we went down a bit then went up again to the castle's entrance, where we had to wait for our scheduled entrance.

Since we can't touch and photograph anything inside the castle, I have no photos of the inside. But it was really really incredible! Like, those castles in movies, with round staircases and everything. And I was really surprised to know that this castle is, in fact, unfinished. The 'Mad King' Ludwig II died before he could finish the construction of the castle!

Well, anyway, I think I won't be going for more trips anytime soon because I have finally gotten a part-time job! Yep, this Thursday will be my first day of working. I'm working at this little sushi shop called sushi.wrap which sells sushis to-go in Munich central station. I heard from a friend who worked part-time there that they're looking for people and I have been thinking of getting a part-time job since I always feel that I'm running out of money because I always have this urge to buy things,  so I applied. Met with the manager, had an interview and a trial work last week and I liked it! The work wasn't really exhausting. I mean, you don't have to bust tables and wash dishes and all. And I like sushi!! Hopefully it'll work out great!

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Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Grüezi, Zürich! / 0 comments (+)
Finally, a holiday! After the long battle with finals I haven't had the chance to unwind--the new semester started right away, so it's really great to finally have some free time. The holiday lasts for 6 days. On April 17-19 my friends and I went for a short vacation to Zurich. We have planned this vacation for a long time. We were like, "Let's go somewhere after finals!!" "But...we only have 3 days after the last exam and then the new semester begins" "Hm, okay let's go on Easter holiday then!". We wanted to go to Barcelona, but the plane tickets were too expensive on Easter. Thankfully we can go to Zurich by bus and it only costs 15 Euro! Including a free ferry ride across Lake Konstanz!

In general, Zurich was incredible! Definitely one of the cities I would want to live in...if not for the insanely high prices. Take strawberries, in this time of year a 500-g pack of strawberries in Munich would cost at about €1-2, in one of the supermarkets in Zurich they cost about 7 francs!! That's like.... €6! So how, you ask, did we survive in Zurich? Well..each one of us did a little grocery shopping before the trip so by the time we arrived at our rented apartment, we had more than enough food!

 The ferry ride across Bodensee (Lake Konstanz)

A look to our rented apartment. I was surprised at how nice it was! We were looking for accomodation in Zurich and they were all really pricey, like, €30 for a bed on 8-bed dorms. Then I found this website airbnb where people rent their apartments and got this one for only €60 per night, which means, €15 per person! And we got heating, kitchen, wifi, and also a chance to enjoy espresso from the fancy Nespresso machine!

 A note left for us by the apartment owner :)

 Enjoying a cup of espresso from those fancy Nespresso machines (which I can't buy for myself)

The weather was really good on the first day of our trip. We took a stroll down Lake Zurich and the surroundings!

This original Sprüngli café, of Lindt & Sprüngli

Lake Zurich, as viewed from Bürkliplatz

A glance of Zurich Old Town

Grössmünster Church


Zurich Central Station

The next day we went for a day trip to Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall. The weather forecast showed it was gonna rain so the night before we were having a hard time deciding whether we would go to Lucerne, a city near Zurich, or the Rhine. But in the end we decided the Rhine, since visiting another city, though great, would be, you know, just another city--churches, old buildings, etc. The journey to Rhine Falls took only about 45 minutes with train. We bought a day pass which, I think, our biggest expense for this whole trip, aside from accommodation and transport.

Yes, Rhine Falls didn't disappoint.


For the last day we decided we would leave the apartment early and explore the city for a while, then go back to the apartment and clean up a little bit. We went to some places we weren't able to visit the first day, like the ETH Zurich complex and the Zurich Opera House.

Stumbled upon this display on the Sprüngli shop..I don't think I'll be able to eat this

So here's the ETH Zurich complex. For all of you that don't know, ETH Zurich is one of Europe's best university (I hate to say this but it's even better than TUM!!) It currently ranks 12th worldwide. I'm dying for a chance to do an exchange or my Master's degree here...but now that I know how expensive Zurich is...I'm gonna have to think twice.

Zurich Zoology Museum. Zurich has so many museums with free admission it's a shame I only knew that on the last day!

A view of Zurich taken from the ETH Complex

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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014



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