The Dangers of the Internet / 0 comments (+)
As you all know I'm a big fan of BIGBANG and after three whole years they finally made their comeback earlier this month. Which means I've been listening to more Korean music this past month and during that time I grew an interest to BIGBANG's labelmates Epik High, a Korean hip hop trio which first debuted in 2003, long before BIGBANG. Always the diligent internet researcher (and procrastinator) that I am, I caught up with the horrible netizen attack surrounding Tablo, Epik High's leader. If you're interested in reading the eye-opening article, here's the link.

TL;DR, Tablo, originally a Canadian citizen, was pretty popular in South Korea not only because of his mad rapping skillz but also has become a role model because he graduated Stanford University with both Bachelor's and Master's Degree in English Literature in just three and a half year. One anonymous started a forum online writing about his doubts regarding whether Tablo really did attend the university. For some reason this thing blew up and the K-media started reporting it and it got really big to the point that Tablo and his family began receiving death threats. Though in the end Tablo proved that he really did graduate from Stanford and did not lie about his academic backgrounds, it was heartbreaking for me to read about how he had to deal with all this, all because of a degree, that isn't even relevant in his line of work. In the article he even talked about how his daughter was born at this time all this drama happened and how he was afraid to go to the doctors for his daughter's medical check ups because he didn't know if the doctor or the nurses sticking needles to his baby was one of the anti-Tablo netizen.

Reading all this made me once again reflect on this whole blogging thing. As you may have seen I don't really post contents about my personal life anymore. Mainly because my life is boring now without all the school dramas (not that I miss them), but also because I have also tasted a bite of my own words. 
I started this blog 8 years ago because it was 'the cool thing everyone's doing' back then and I kept writing because I like it. I like having a place to vent my thoughts about something, to say what I feel about a certain situation, to have an opinion about a particular matter and I like that people can know what my opinion about something. Maybe you're reading this and thinking, "Wow, what a superficial personality she got there". But face it, we all like to be heard. We go on posting Facebook statuses and tweets and photos in Instagram because we want it to be liked, to be seen. I mean, on one hand having a blog means I have a healthy outlet to share what I'm thinking, instead of just bottling it all up inside. But on the other hand, people on the internet are ruthless. Two years ago I started writing my second blog, about studying in Germany and the first comments I got were people asking me my personal email address so they can contact me with questions. A couple others found me in Facebook and sent me personal messages asking my Line ID or Whatsapp number. One even managed to find my Instagram and through that got hold of my BB pin. I am by no means saying that I'm a successful blogger or a famous person. What I'm saying is, even when you're a random blogger, trying to share infos about university and maybe interact with the readers through blogger comments, people are going to want to know about your personal details. I truly do enjoy answering people's questions about studying in Germany and giving general information that will help them, basically anything that will stop those study agents from ripping people off, but of course I don't want to give some random strangers my personal email or my phone number.

So I guess the message I'm trying to convey with this post is, blogging is a dilemma for me. I want my voice to be heard, but I can't control who hears them.

P.S: Do check out Epik High's stuff! They're awesome, truly different from other agency-produced K-Pop girl/boybands. They compose their own music and write poignant lyrics that touches a wide range of subject matter. So far I've really heard their more recent works but I'm planning to listen to their early albums. My personal favorite is the song Happen Ending.


Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015

Solar Eclipse / 0 comments (+)

It was an exciting day yesterday for people in Germany as well as in Europe.
'Twas the day that the moon and the sun was aligned for a brief moment, creating the total solar eclipse. Unfortunately in Germany we only get the partial solar eclipse, but it was enough to make people go outside and put on their eclipse sunglasses.

Speaking of the sunglasses, I had just known that for us the be able to see the partial solar eclipse we needed this special glasses made of materials similar to the ones for photographic films (you know, the rolls of films we used to have before there were digital camera) to shield us from the damage of staring at the sun too long. It's said that you can burn your retinas and stuff like that. At first I was like, oh maybe it's only a marketing plot, since those sunglasses made out of cardboard paper and film costs about €20 and already sold out. I figured, I'm not going to spend that amount of money just for this so I'll just use my sunglasses. Then I read a couple of articles on the internet confirming the dangers of seeing the eclipse with the naked eye and I began to look for ways to DIY the eclipse sunglasses and came up with none that's practical and easy to make. So in the end I decided..I'm just going to wing it.

At about 9.30 I came up to the rooftop of my dorm with my neighbor Katrin to see if the eclipse already happened. The sun was still shining though there were already lots of people standing there waiting. In the end we went back to my room and thought we'd come back up once the sky is getting darker (because we thought if the eclipse happened the sky would be getting dark). After waiting for about 1 hour Katrin briefly went to her room and she came back with this rontgen picture of her teeth made out of, you guessed it, photographic film. We then went back up to check again and I said to her if she could maybe try pointing the film towards the sun and see if anything happens. Turns out, the eclipse already began! All this time we spent waiting the eclipse was actually happening, we just couldn't see it with the naked eye. Using the rontgen bild of Katrin's teeth I was able to see the beautiful and rare phenomenon and snap some pics! It's said that the next total solar eclipse in Europe will happen in 2026. What a great story to tell my grandchildren! 

On a side note, I got an internship!! Finally!!!
So if you don't know, I'm required to complete a 6-week internship during my Bachelor studies and to do so I have to apply to literally hundreds of companies. I've been quite stressed about this since it's really hard to even get an interview let alone be accepted, all only for an internship, which I think is essentially cheap labor since they pay you next to none. I was just about to give up and sulk when I thought about randomly searching in google "Food Laboratory Munich" and the first thing that popped up was this lab in Munich with the focus of food testing. I applied to them for an internship this summer and they said the position is already filled until December and whether I would be interested in doing the internship in 2016. Naturally, I said yes, then went in for an interview last Monday. The head of laboratory interviewed me, he was incredibly nice and honest and open about the terms of internship, the company, etc. He even gave me the tour of the lab after the interview. It wasn't very big, but I was really interested in what they were doing. I was given time to think about the contract (as if I needed one, I was actually prepared to accept it on the spot but I guess you gotta look as if you're hard to get?). The next morning I phoned the lab immediately and said yes! And then signed the contract! 

So, at least one obstacle is down, still lots of tasks needed to be accomplished, such as this overwhelming amount of final exams (you heard it, it's holidays and I still got exams) I had to take. Gotta get back to studying now!

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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Million Ways to Adapt in the West / 1 comments (+)
If you noticed I don't really write posts about my life in this blog anymore. Sure I post travel photos or write views about a certain movie etc. but that's my opinion about something, now what's really going on in my life. 

Well, I'm currently in that phase again, the dark/galau phase I'm always in when exams are nearing. Those times when I'm constantly jittery and anxious about what's gonna happen, sometimes to an extent where the things I'm worrying about is unnecessary. Just this morning I started worrying about my Bachelor's thesis. Even I was shocked at myself. I mean, I haven't even passed third semester yet and I'm already thinking about what if I don't find a topic for my thesis.

Okay so you're probably wondering, what's all that gotta do with my post title? Well, none, actually. That's not what I'm going to talk to you about. Today I'm gonna talk about my experiences having foreigners as a friend, or as we Indonesians like to call it: bule. Disclaimer: Obviously this doesn't apply to every bule out there. Not even most of my friends.

  • Basa-Basi. I can't find the right translation of this word in English. Maybe it's because only us Asians do this. For example, my friends often come to my place to do her laundry and most of the time it's during lunch time and I would be making lunch. Growing up being taught with Indonesian manners, of course I 'had' to offer them if they want some, even if I knew I'm only cooking for one. My friends, who were hungry, had no problem taking it. My first thought was that if I were to offer Indo people what would happen is: a banter of "Ah no problem, thank you/No it's fine take it" a couple of times until the other person said, "Okay I'll take just a tiiinny bit. Thank you so much. Sorry for bothering you". Well, I now learned that if I'm not planning to provide my friends with food, I'm not obliged to offer them. No Basa-Basi needed.
  • Candidness. Recently a bule friend of mine did what I think a pretty douchey thing. She wrote a long status in Facebook basically telling me to stop annoying her with phone calls and that she can't and don't want to change the fact that she will not always be around to answer her phone. Complete with my full name in the status. I'm like, "Dude, I don't fucking care whether you want to change or not. But public shaming me in the internet is not cool." And besides, it's not like I called her for no reason, I only call to confirm whether we'll be meeting at a certain time or if we really are going out today. I confronted her by saying, you know, what the hell is your deal, and she was so calm about it. She only said, "Nothing. I have nothing against you. Let's talk about something else." At one time she even called me uncool because I don't want to go clubbing. So what I'm trying to say is, she doesn't really think of that as public shaming, and she wasn't doing it because she hates me, she was being candid. I'm still not 100% on board with this and I still think it's a pretty assy move and a form of public shaming to complain about your friend in the internet with their real name, but I learn that bules are much more candid when it comes to saying what's on their mind. I was raised in a world where people sugarcoat everything to make it sound nicer so yeah, it's a change. I know theoretically it's good to have a friend who's honest and doesn't bullshit you, but I'm still struggling with it. 
  • Clique Etiquette. This is also one of those things that's new to me. In my 12 years of going to school there's always a clique and I'm always in one. Not necessarily (more like, never) in the popular clique like The Plastics, but there's always a feeling that I belong to a certain group of friends. It's an unspoken rule, but even if you're in a new class you pretty much know who are the people you're gonna hang out with and one of the 'unspoken rule' of the clique is that whenever you invite someone to hang outside of school or to a party etc, you always invite everyone. You don't want to leave out a certain person. Even if you don't necessarily like that person, but if they're a part of your clique you have to invite them and hope that for whatever reason they won't come along so you can say, "Oh, I already invited X but he/she can't make it today". But here in Germany, no no no. You invite whoever you want. I was recently surprised that a friend of mine didn't invite me to her birthday party when I invited her to mine. I thought we were pretty close. I was a little upset by this but then I realized, she doesn't have to invite me just because I invited her, and I didn't invite her just so she could invite me. Like I said, theoretically it's right, but I'm still learning to adapt with this kind of thinking.
So, there you have it. Maybe you have different experiences dealing with bule. But please don't take this post as my way of saying that it sucks having bule friends, not at all. I have awesome times with my friends, they're really cool people and I'm not trying to shame them. Just trying to adapt to the bule ways and be more active in saying what's on my mind :p


Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Silence of Slovenia / 0 comments (+)
I am currently in my semester holidays, well, kind of since I have to prepare for 5 exams in the next 4 weeks. Anyways, last week a couple of friends and I decided to go on a short weekend trip to Slovenia. Overall we went to Ljubljana, the capital city, and also took a day trip to Lake Bled and Bohinj. Ljubljana was a nice, peaceful town with the population of only about 300.000, surprisingly low for a capital city. I was really surprised at how quiet it was, and we came on weekends.

Ljubljana Old Town

This pic reminded me of the Game of Thrones Promo, the one with the caption "All Men Must Die"

This dragon bridge is the icon of Ljubljana. Virtually every shops sell dragon-themed souvenirs


Hiking up to see the Ljubljana Castle

The second day we took a bus to see the lakes Bled and Bohinj, about 1,5 and 2 hours from Ljubljana respectively.

Lake Bled, which is famous for the tiny "island" at the center of the lake (that one with the small castle/fancy building is the island)

I find Lake Bohinj, the biggest lake in Slovenia, to be much more breathtaking. Too bad there was so much fog when we got there.

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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015

2014 Golden Thumb Awards / 2 comments (+)
So, here it is, the shortened, compact version of this year's Golden Thumb Awards!

TOP 10 MOVIE OF 2014
10. Interstellar
Mind-boggling, in a typical Nolan way (Not in a bad way). Great performance from all of the casts, particularly Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain. 
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past
It was not as good as I expected it to be, but maybe I was expecting too much. It's still worth watching and still a good film, but I felt like this movie was done to clear all of the events that happened in The Last Stand, which I happen to like. Plus I need more scenes from the original X-Men cast without involving them looking scared inside that temple-like place.

8. The Fault in Our Stars
Everything that I imagined it would be. Book was better but I wasn't expecting the movie to be better than the book either. A solid performance by newcomer Ansel Elgort.
7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I
I can't understand why they need to label it "The Hunger Games" as if people won't know that the big shiny mockingjay symbol pretty much represents the franchise. Overall, the director / writers did the best it could with a weak material. I mean, cutting the book in to two parts is not easy, particularly because I know the first half of Mockingjay is mainly filled with Capitol/Katniss taking turns in producing propagandas. But as usual, Jennifer Lawrence shined and I got to hear my favorite quote "If we burn you burn with us" so no complains here.
6. The Theory of Everything
What an amazing performance by Eddie Redmayne. The story itself is a little dull, without any apparent 'climax' or problems. If not for Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones I would have been bored to tears. So yeah, they're the reason why it ranked so high on the list (and the fact that last year's movies were pretty weak)

5. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Yes, it's not as good as the LOTR trilogy but as its own trilogy The Hobbit managed to tell an incredible story from a 200 page book without making it feel stretched. As usual, mind blowing cinematography and visual effects. A 2,5 hour I would gladly repeat.
4. The Imitation Game
Such a moving story, delivered by incredible actors, and it had all the things I like: spies, world war, codes, BEN. It would've been ranked higher on this list if not for the plot holes in the storytelling.
3. Gone Girl
Wow, David Fincher, you have done it again. Even though I have already read the book and the film did not disappoint. Hats off to Rosamund Pike for being so convincing as this mesmerizing sociopath without even raising her voice once, she should have brought home all the awards.

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Now I have never seen a Wes Anderson movie before but I know his type well, and it's definitely different than other stuffs out there, in a good way. His is so way over our imagination but yet always so prettily shot. I have never been a fan of these weird artsy not-happening-in-real-life type but The Grand Budapest Hotel is, funny, quirky, and worth your while.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy
Turns out I am still a popcorn-movie/summer blockbuster fan at heart. Lately I'm getting so fed up with the stereotype superhero movie formula: Hot guy becomes a selfless/one-dimensional superhero saves the day and got the girl (Captain America, I'm looking at you) so thank gosh Chris Pratt came in and introduced us to Star Lord and gang. A funny superhero movie that's got everything you can possibly want: awesome cast, witty dialogue, action, and catchy 80s soundtrack, with a bonus of Groot.

Other Nominees: Interstellar, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Other Nominees: The Imitation Game, Birdman


PETER QUILL / STAR LORD in Guardians of the Galaxy




Not story wise, mind you, but the closing credits of 22 Jump Street where they showed us about 40 possible plots for sequels is just hilarious.

WES ANDERSON for The Grand Budapest Hotel

 PETER PARKER & GWEN STACY in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Just look. at. how. cute. they are. gazing at each other. Doing nothing.

Other Nominees: Augustus Waters & Hazel Grace - The Fault in Our Stars, Stephen Hawking & Jane Wilde - The Theory of Everything


He managed to portray Augustus as this cool bad boy sort-of type who's also vulnerable inside and became a bit of a crybaby/mommas boy as his illness later progressed, all while still making us fell in love with him.


"If we burn you burn with us!"--The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

CHRIS PRATT in Guardians of the Galaxy

Other Nominees: Andrew Garfield Spider-Man, Nicholas Hoult - X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ansel Elgort - The Fault in Our Stars, Matthew Goode - Imitation Game

EDDIE REDMAYNE as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything 

Just, when you see him make those facial expressions to resemble Hawking, and how he mimicked Hawking's limp walk, that's some great acting right there. I can hear the Oscar bells already. 

Other Nominees: Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing- The Imitation Game, Steve Carell as John Du Pont - Foxcatcher, Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson - Birdman

ROSAMUND PIKE as Amy Elliott Dunne in Gone Girl

Rosamund Pike deserves her Oscar!!

Other Nominees: Jennifer Lawrence as Katnis Everdeen - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde Hawking - The Theory of Everything

 EDWARD NORTON as Mike Shiner - Birdman

 KEIRA KNIGHTLEY as Joan Clarke - The Imitation Game

 SHAILENE WOODLEY as Tris Prior - Divergent

The third book ruined any chances of me liking the series. The first movie was meh and Shailene was too good an actress to be wasted on another selfless female protagonist. 

EDDIE REDMAYNE for The Theory of Everything Promo

ELIZABETH BANKS for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Promo



YELLOW FLICKER BEAT - Lorde, OST. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Other Nominees: Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede (OST. Guardians of the Galaxy), All of the Stars - Ed Sheeran (OST. The Fault in Our Stars), Immortals - Fall Out Boy (OST. Big Hero 6)


In the time where everything is autotuned and EDM, OneRepublic proved that you can still go on a 1,5 year world tour with cellos and pianos.

Other Nominees: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea

 FANCY - Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX

SAM SMITH Other Nominees: 5 Seconds of Summer, MKTO, George Ezra, Birdy


FANCY - Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX

Because, who doesn't love a good Clueless reference?

Other Nominees: Blank Space - Taylor Swift, Love Runs Out - OneRepublic, Chandelier - Sia, Born Hater - Epik High


Other Nominees: Fall Out Boy, Coldplay, The Script


Other Nominees: Lorde, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Birdy


Other Nominees: George Ezra, Ed Sheeran


Other Nominees: Love Runs Out - OneRepublic, Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer, Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift, Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde, Classic - MKTO, Budapest - George Ezra, Centuries - Fall Out Boy, Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX, Pompeii - Bastille

1989 - Taylor Swift

Other Nominees: The New Classic - Iggy Azalea, X - Ed Sheeran, Awesome Mix Vol 1 - Guardians of the Galaxy, My Everything - Arian Grande


Other Nominees: Kim Jong Illah #1 Husband, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta Line, After Us - Wong Fu


Other Nominees: The Theory of Everything, The Hobbit, Gone Girl, Interstellar

Other Nominees: Miranda, Orange is the New Black, NCIS

Other Nominees: You From Another Star, Game of Thrones, True Detective, How To Get Away With Murder


Funny, smart, awkward, with lots of catchphrases, complete with an OTP. Miranda is easily one of my all-time favorite shows.

Other nominees: The Graham Norton Show, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Silicon Valley

GRANT GUSTIN as Barry Allen - The Flash

Other Nominees: Tom Ellis as Gary - Miranda, Jack Whitehall - Backchat, Kim Soo Hyun as Do Min Joon - You From Another StarAlfie Ennoch as Wes Gibbins - How to Get Away with Murder,

NICK OFFERMAN as Ron Swanson - Parks & Recreation

Other Nominees: Alison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett - Mom, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti- Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dwi Sasono as Adi - Tetangga Masa Gitu, Miranda Hart as Miranda Priestley - BBC Miranda

Other Nominees: Leslie Knope & Ben Wyatt - Parks & Rec, Do Min Joon & Cheon Song Yi - You From Another Star, Miranda & Gary - Miranda

ALISON JANNEY as Bonnie Plunkett - Mom

Other Nominees: Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri - The Mindy Project, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope - Parks & Recreation, Jeon Ji Hyun as Chun Song Yi - You From Another Star, Viola Davis as Analise Keating - How to Get Away with Murder

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock

Other Nominees: Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta - Brooklyn Nine Nine, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister - Game of Thrones, Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cole - True Detective

CHELSEA PERETTI as Gina Linetti - Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Other Nominees: Uzo Aduba as Crazy Eyes - Orange is the New Black, Octavia Spencer as Nurse Jackson - Red Band Society, Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan - Sherlock

PEDRO PASCALL as Oberyn Martell - Game of Thrones

Other Nominees: Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson - Parks & Recreation, Joe Morton as Rowan - Scandal, Jack Falahee as Connor - How to Get Away with Murder


Other Nominees: Silicon Valley, The Flash, How to Get Away With Murder, Tetangga Masa Gitu


Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015



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