Friday, January 27, 2012

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Hogmanay (Scottish English: [ˌhɔɡməˈneː], hog--AY) is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner.
*from wikipedia
*this is a blog post, not an essay. it's ok to quote wikipedia here.

Went to Edinburgh for New Year and it was magnificent! The city is very charming. There were castles and bagpipers, "red hot chili pipers", merry go round, some sort of mini amusement park near the Scott monument, etc etc. When we went there, it wasn't as cold as I expected so it added the level of greatness! :D Well, I was excited the whole time.
merry go round, ferris wheel, and other amusement rides near the Scott Monument

A church (as i recall) inside the castle complex

Oven baked haddock fish with leek sauce. worth every penny, dear me.

Adam Smith

So he was Scottish. I did not know that. It was cool to accidentally found his statue.
According to wikipedia he wasn't born in Edinburgh, but died there...

Deep fried Mars Bars

Ultimate fatness.
So you have a bar of Mars chocolate. Dipped it in batter, deep fried, then sprinkle it with choco powder, and served with whipped cream. I must have gained 847293kg after ate this.

The highlight of our trip was the Hogmanay Street Party.
So every new years eve, the Edinburgh city (probably), held a big party on the street in Edinburgh. People called it the street party, every last day of the year. I think it started with a parade, there were music concerts, and there were food stalls inside. That's where we found the deep fried mars bars. And then, starting at 9pm they would started fireworks every hour. The biggest one of course were the ones at midnight.
However. There were sooooooooo many people! We bumped into several Indonesian students from other cities before the party, but never seen them again after we got in. We literally stand in our spot for three hours. Because there were so many people, we had to guard our cool-no-trees-or-building-blocking-our-view spot!!
If you chose to wander around before 12 o'clock stroke, well all I can say is good luck finding a good place to watch the remarkable fireworks. Some people tried to pushed us aside, especially the drunk groups. But we stood still, we stood strong. Yeah.

Nevertheless, the fireworks were spectacular. It was so big, felt like it was blown in my face.
I love it. I have to apologize to my friends though. Since I was cheering so loud, I probably ruined everyone's videos. Hahahahahahaha sahrry...

The big gigantic fireworks!

I tried to edit my Hogmanay fireworks video using iMovie. Hope you guys can kinda slightly somehow enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

20 years of sisterhood

dedicated to @kikipalinggi and @Fary_Toding

My two sisters, Kiki and Fari. We've been besties since xxxxxx years old!! Two freakin decades.
Of course there's no certain date, when exactly is our "anniversary" is.
Needless to say, I love them wholeheartedly.

Drawing vignette (pretentious word for doodles) is something I like to do on spare times. Especially now that exams are over! MUAHAHAHA!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Loud Pictures

Hello! How's it going guys? Not all rainbows, reindeer, unicorns, and lollipops for me. But I'll survive.

Today I'm going to do another post about manga.

from Otoyomegatari - Kaoru Mori

One of my all time favorite mangaka is Kaoru Mori.
She's known for her manga Emma, Shirley, and most recently is Otoyomegatari or The Bride's Story.
The last one, Otoyomegatari, is the most beautifully drawn manga I have ever seen. Oh-La-La!!
The details are exquisite. It is sharp, charming, and realistic. Mori tells her story not only by words but most of the time through pictures. Loud ones. The other thing I love about her work is she often draws the smallest aspect of the characters' life but somehow relevant. Small aspects that you rarely see described by other mangakas.
For example, the chapter about trousseau. Rather than describing everything with talking bubbles, Mori draws details and more details. Even the stitching process. Absolutely magnificent.

"A lavishly embroidered cloth is, at times, prized more highly than any currency.
They show social strata and the origin of the weaver, and tell the content of their character.
Immeasurable time and effort with which they have imbued with prayers and feelings."

The first picture above is a house's pillar. Mori use a WHOLE page for a single pillar. I don't know what you guys think, but for me it shows a mangaka's faith of the quality of her work. I can't stress enough how much I love the details she draws. It's captivating, it's alluring, it's heart warming. Somehow. The clothes are drawn beautifully, highly embroidered and heavily accessorized. Just the way I like it.

Moreover, I like how Mori likes to take various cultural background. In Otoyomegatari, there are the trousseau, the carving, cooking, taking bath, hunting, and so forth. And it's only in 20 chapters! I REALLY REALLY hope there will be hundreds of chapters to come.
Or, should Mori end this series and work on something else, I trully wish she would do stories with Southern America background. Or vikings. Or Indonesia. Oh I would die if she take a spin at Indonesian culture. Now I'm imagining Toraja houses, songket, burung cendrawasih. Damn. If only I knew her email.

One more point on Kaoru Mori. If any of you have read or watch EMMA, it's also great. The basic story is not exactly unique: love story between a maid and a rich dude in England, victorian era.
You can even say it's a boring, mediocre theme. But wait until you see the drawings. MAN!!
Also the storyline is far FAR FAR from mediocre. It's not a typical love story about two young lings falling in love and going against the world to fight for their love. They just want to be happy. Nothing about equality fight or that sort. The main characters were minding their own business, trying to be together.

a page of carving windows, doors, and pillars in Otoyomegatari

Another great manga with more drawings than bubble speech: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou or Yokohama Shopping Log by Hitoshi Ashinano.
The drawings are not as detailed as Mori's. I don't exactly adore the story, it's kinda vague for me. However, the drawings are beautiful and somehow liberating. I think it stimulates your imagination. Gives you the sensation as if you are the one inside the story, daydreaming of flying and playing with naked sexless mysterious creature. Very fascinating, I must say.
The main character, Alpha, is cute and silly. Never harms a story.

Also, check out these cool blogs.
They did more thoroughly and very interesting discussions on Kaoru Mori.

pictures are taken from here:
and here:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things

*sing it!*

Chocolate brownies with semi skimmed milk
Mangareader and project free tv online
Blackberry Messenger and ipad
These are a few of my favorite things

Unirider takes me to city center
Kikkoman makes everything tastes better
Snowflake stickers on my windows
These are a few of my favorite things

The ring from Pw and photos on bedside
Bright colored and architectural hairdos
Yellow coat, red bag, and Eskimo boots
These are a few of my favorite things

When exams bite
When essay stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

[Repeat all verses]

some photos are taken from these sites: google, thesartorialist, bryanboy, garancedore, seaofshoes

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Cepat Pulang

A cover on Marcell's Firasat.

I am enjoying the terrible weather, sandwiches, layers, thick jackets, essay, and exams now.
So when the time comes, I will wholeheartedly cherish the hot weather, short pants, t-shirts, pangsit, and living with parents.

Go go Power Ranger!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Sedikit Lagi

Sementara belajar buat ujian tiga minggu lagi. Diluar angin kencang menderu tidak santai sama sekali. Saya mau pulang. Saya mau pulang. Saya mau sama mama papaku, mau main sama kemenakan2ku, mau ketawa2 sama teman2ku. Dirumah hangat. Banyak orang.

Sedikit lagi, sedikit lagi.

Semangat semangat semangat.