[Review] In Time

I just finished watch In Time last night and a bit disappointed by it. The concept of the movie was the one that attract me at first. Time as a currency with a boy from working class that had a chance to change the injustice in the society system (rich can live forever while the common people live day by day). That plus an attractive cover made me decided to watch it.

First half of the movie is good. The boy got unexpected amount of time (more that 100 years) from a high class man that  was bored with life and want to die. Then several things happened because of that. How he was accused as a Time-Thief, trying to save his mother life but too late, moving to the high class time area, experiencing high class life, multiplying his Time over and over again in gambling, flirting with billionaire’s daughter, and in turn, kidnaped her to escape the Time keeper pursuit. Then they decided to become some kind of Robin Hood and robbed the bank to give the Time away to common people.

It actually keeps going quite well until almost at the end of the movie. After all of the robberies, we could actually  see how that act was hurting people more than helping them. The government just kept increasing the tax and some people were start killing more often to steal the Time. However what makes me disappointed was how after that not only our hero and heroine did not realize that fact, but they also keep robbing the bank. Even until the end of the movie. I feel the movie was not giving any real solution to the problems that In-Time’s world had. Instead the storyline created bigger problems. The acts of our hero and heroine was not repairing the system, they were destroying it. While a society needed a system to maintain its stability, no matter what kind of system it is. Destroying the system would only create great chaos and it would be easy for some people to take advantage of it.

How our heroine also able to steal from her own father without any guilty feeling or any feeling at all also confused me. It might be possible if the daughter actually hate her father, but she was not. Not to mention the fact that she seemed accept her current life condition (which was totally different from what she used to) with no trouble at all. That just too absurd for my brain to accepted.

I think it would be better if the hero was moving to the high class society and tried to change the system from inside. He already had the opportunity. He had Time to do it forever too. I think it would be more reasonable and effective. Our heroine could also do lot’s better in her own area remembering how well connected she was.

After the film end, I felt like watching an unfinished movie. I feel unsatisfied and thus I wrote this post. Hahaha.

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Academy for Pet, specialize in how to escape any kind of cage. Register Now!

So, today my mom and me got this idea about some sort of secret “academy” among animals in my house. We always have quite clever and creative pets (and those who treat themselves as pet, like the mouse), especially in the escape-from-cage-move. It started with a super turtle who actually remind me of Ugway in KungFu Panda. We made a small house for the turtle (we didn’t give it a name) which contain a small pond, some area with small nice rocks all over, and beautiful natural bamboo fence around it. His house was placed in our backyard, which has 3 big ponds and garden. So basically the atmosphere was quite nice and natural. However, the turtle always escape from his house to do a long and slow journey to our kitchen. In the way, he had to go through our library, garden, ponds, and garage. Mind you, it was a dangerous trip. He had to CLIMB because the fence had no door (he was quite skilled in this area). Then the danger of being not seen and ran over by our cars which often went out and into the garage (lucky that he had a hard shell). After he arrived in front of our kitchen, he also had to go down several steeps of a short stair (a turtle go down stair?? I mean, even the leg was not that long & he had to slide down using his shell…) then hid below the table. Sometimes he also went to the real stair to our second floor and climbed it up! He never succeeded though, we always find him in the middle of it. We never really know why he insist to go to our kitchen since he has plenty of proper food in his house too. We already change the fence with palisade and brick and it still didn’t work. Anyway, the sad thing is, in the end he died because his head was trapped between the palisades in his last effort to escape and we didn’t find out about it until it was too late (we were not in the house at that time). We felt really sad when that happened and we actually made a grave for him.

However he really didn’t leave this world in vain. We suspect he established an academy in his life with a master bible about how to escape from various kind of cage. His oldest apprentices is the mouse clan. The mouse in our house is surprisingly clever. They can escape almost all traps we set, with the food bait gone somewhere. They also managed to snatch a lot of things which we put in place we never though a mouse can get! Like inside a locker and under a food lid. Duh, the can even move the cabinet door open! This is, we believe has become their secret move of heredity…

The youngest apprentice is apparently our formerly stupid and naive dog. His name is Necklace because he has a white circle around his neck. We got him along with his 2 other siblings (one female and one male) from a friend. But after a while we decide to only keep him because he has the scariest face and maybe it will be useful to scare some people who has ill-intentions. Thus we gave back the other dogs to their former owner. Necklace turn out to be a quite nice dog. Inspite of the lack training, he always has his toilet, which is our backyard. He also eat in his place and does not leave the place that messy. He never go into our house, except when it is rain outside. He is also not that picky toward food, he sometimes even eat fruit and vegetables. The loud bark also quite useful in several occasions. However, he also a dog which suit with the quote “speak lauder than the action”. In short, he is a coward dog. He barks loud but afraid to mouse and retreat if someone strange try to touch him. He chase wild cats, but only to ask them play (he always end up lost).

This is not really a problem to us. But sometimes Necklace has his own crazy time. He suddenly attack people, including my brother (who usually play with him). It usually happens near the vaccine time. And after he get injection, Necklace go back to his normal self. However, last time he suddenly attack my brother again without any reason and even managed to bleed (a little) his chest. Even though after that he act normal and doesn’t attack anyone, my father decided to cage him in the backyard. The problem is, apparently Necklace already in the possession of how-to-escape-any-cage bible. No matter what my father do to the backyard, Necklace always manage to escape. Until my father tired and let abandoned the idea in the end. I guess it just our fate to have this kind of live with clever pet. So maybe we can formally open the academy and accept any animal who want to register. It surely has a potential as a good business. Hahaha…

Live Life to the fullest – Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies

“Life is like a box of chocolates, You never know what you’re going to get” -Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump.But for those who take critical decisions,life can be different. How true that is. Stare life in the eyes as you experience it like a roller coaster ride. The meaning of your life is something you create day after day with your own actions and thoughts.Life is made up of choices and decision making is critical as each choice has both consquences and benefits

I just finish watching an anime titled Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto Natsu no Sora. It was about a girl named Suzuki Sora, who is a cheerful country girl from small town Bie, Hokkaido. She has magic power and made a promise to her father (he already died) to enter the magic internship in Tokyo. After being accepted she go to the big city when she has to adapt with the new kind of life. While training to het better with her magic (which already really good), she meets a mysterious boy who also practicing to become a mage. He attends same school with her and even sits next to Sora. While he can’t use magic that well and seems distant and cold at first, Sora’s fate intertwines with his and the two are thrown together, learning a lot of new things about life and each other.

*Spoiler alert

I already set my eyes on this film since 2 or 3 years ago, but haven’t really got any chance to watch it until recently. It is a good series for me. It has lots of nice songs and unique style of drawing. They combine simple drawing with photo as the background. Not to mention the story was good, even though I didn’t expect the end to be like that (Sora dies). I’m not a fan of sad ending but how should I say it, hm… it didn’t fell that sad. It’s not a real happy one, but I’m quite ok with it in the end, and didn’t feel frustrated with the story.

I learned a lot from this short series (12 episodes), especially about life. Sora is someone with high potential of early death due to a particular illness that only happens to mage. Whenever she is exposed to the loud voice and bright light, her heartbeat will go up and unlike normal person, it won’t go down to normal again. His father also died because of it at the second attack. Sora already got her first last summer and so her risk now is really high. No one knows about it until latter part of the story and even then, only several people know about it. Her boyfriend, Midowikawa Gouta, is one of them.

However the illness didn’t make her bitter with life, quite opposite in fact. Ever since the first time I watched it, Sora already made me like her. She has that sweet and cheerful personality that almost made everyone like her. She is also a great student with brilliant talent on magic. One of her weakness is she often late coming to the class because of helping some sort of people or animal, or many other things. She’s just the type that has to help others. And this side of her wins many of her client’s heart when she helps fulfilling their magic requests. Same case applied to her relationship with her mentor and friends.

I love to watch how she made full of her short life. She may not do a real big save-the-earth act with her magic (since she had no time for that), but she changes the world in her own way. She gives a good impact to the life around her and thus being remembered even after her death. She was actually scared of death and can’t stop thinking why it has to be her. She still wants to life and experience a lot of things in life, especially after she fell in love with Gouta. But Sora act tough and didn’t acknowledge that until Gouta “force” it so she feels better. What a sweet and lovely boyfriend that is!

I guess sometimes we just rarely appreciate small things that happened in our life. How our small act can give impact to others. Thinking that we still have lots of time in life, if not forever, to amend them later. This film helps me to see that we don’t have all the time in the world and therefore it’s better to make the best use of what we have now.

Beside that, Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto Natsu no Sora, also teached me many things from other characters. How Gouta doesn’t give up even when there’s no sign of him having any talent in magic at all. Sora’s mother who has lot’s confident in her own daughter. Asagi, who shows that beneath that confident and arrogance appearance she still care about her friend. Kuroda, who even though gave up in the beginning, can still come back to magic school; and many other things from Sora’s clients…

Has the Sexual Revolution Been Good for Women? (Not) Sure

I just read 2 interesting (and contradicting) articles. They are from online.wjs.com and titled ‘Has the Sexual Revolution Been Good for Women? Yes’ and ‘Has the Sexual Revolution Been Good for Women? No’. Both were written by different women. The Yes one was from Ann Patchett and the No one was from Mary Eberstadt. I think both have some points that we should consider and some other that I don’t really agree with. Let’s take a look one by one.

Myth No. 1: The “war on women” consists of tyrannical men arrayed against oppressed but pluckily united women.

In the first place, womankind, bless her fickle heart, is not exactly united on…anything.

Public opinion polls show women to be roughly evenly divided on the question of abortion. This same diversity of opinion was also manifest in the arguments over the proposed new federal mandate forcing employers to pay for birth control, including abortifacients.

Women never united in anything? Well, damn true and not news. We already saw this kind of tendency even from the first time we enter school. Elementary? Junior High School? High School? College? Work? We just never become truly one. Even in the case that women become the victim. I guess that’s just part of our nature. Hahaha. However, we also has another nature, which is empathy & loyalty (sometimes in our own way).

Let us so empower the young women in our communities with the excellent education that is available to them, the love and support of their families, and the abundance of positive role models, that they are strong enough within themselves to wait until they feel fully ready to have sex with a person they trust, a person who values them. And let the young men of our communities benefit from that same education, that same love. To make things easier, let’s remove several million degrading images of women that can give a boy the wrong ideas about the value of other people.

Education is always a good thing in this sexual revolution. Some might say that high educated with high income become choosy in partner and thus end up not marriage. Well, towards the decline of the Qing Dynasty at the end of the 19th century, Chinese women were considered a negative influence on their own children because they were uneducated and superstitious. In an attempt to strengthen the nation, Chinese intellectuals during the first half of the 20th century championed the idea that a stable home space meant a stable nation, and began a movement to train women for their jobs and responsibilities as household managers. The home came to be seen as a small-scale model of the imperial order of society, and its management became central to national concern. (http://www.salon.com/2012/03/12/all_the_shengnu_ladies/singleton/) So, no matter what, education will still be a positive thing. If then we have, what some may call, too high standard,  well… it will not be far different from men’s standard since the ancient time.

In severing sex from procreation, humankind set into motion forces that have by now shaped and reshaped almost every aspect of life in the Western world. Families are smaller, birthrates have dropped, divorce and out-of-wedlock births have soared. Demography has now even started to work against the modern welfare state, which has become harder to sustain as fewer children have been produced to replace aging parents.

I think it’s true that birth control is one of the things that become a great factor in the sexual revolution. And it does has good and bad effect. One of them is by having smaller family, dropping number of people, and so on, women got more attention. People started to see how we actually can do what men can do and the industry started to think how to use this opportunity. I’m not saying that sexual revolution is completely a product of industry, but we can’t deny it certainly has a great deal of influence. Then the company and university also allowed us to join because they need us. After that came also many other changes.

In the end my conclusion is the same with this article title, Not Sure. However I still think the revolution is needed. We, as a human being has a nature to change. We always evolve in physical, mind, and moral state. Evolve here, I think is not always become better. Human changes to adapt with the environment. And as the globalization emerges to almost everywhere, we have to change. That is what I think of revolution. Industrial Revolution did not make everything better, same with revolution from Orde Lama to Orde Baru, and now until Orde Revormasi. However it’s true that from time to time, there’s some which is better and some which is not and then we have to deal with all of them. In the end, human always have to accept the change and live with it (like what Ann Patchett said, by choosing which is good enough to be kept and which is not to be put some distant). We all, after all, have the ability to choose between good and bad, at least for ourselves.

Oh, here’s the articles:

‘Has the Sexual Revolution Been Good for Women? No’ :

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304724404577297422171909202.html?mod=rss_Today%27s_Most_Popular

and

‘Has the Sexual Revolution Been Good for Women? Yes’ :

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304724404577297391174489950.html

[Video] The Paradox of Our Time

I watched this amazing closing video from AIESEC several months ago, and yesterday when I looked around my collections, I found it again. I think this video is one that has a really good message and fact (paradox & irony) of life that we often forget, or for more accurate, ignore. I think this video represent the aim and nature of AIESEC, as well as most of us should be. Oya, after I googled it, I found the famous complete version (which some said written by Dr. Bob Moorehead not George Carlin) and here I present you both the video and the words:

VIDEO

In Paradox of Our Time In History

is that we have taller buildings,

but shorter tempers;

wider freeways,

but narrower viewpoints;

we spend more, but have less;

we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses,

with smaller families;

more conveniences, but less time;

we have more experts, but more problems;

more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, 

laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, 

stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, 

watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions,

but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We have learn how how to make a living,

but not a life;

We have added years to life,

but not life to our years;

We have been all the way to the moon and back,

but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We have conquered outer space, 

but not inner space;

we have down larger things, 

but not better things.

We have cleaned up the air,

but polluted the soul;

We have split the atom,

but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less;

we plan more but accomplish less.

We have learned to rush, but not to wait;

we have higher incomes, but lower morals;

we have more food, but less appeasement

we build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever,

but have less communication;

we have become long on quantity,

but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods and slow digestion;

tall men and short character;

steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are times of world peace

but domestic warfare;

more leisure, but less fun;

more kinds of food, but less nutrition;

These are the times of two incomes,

but more divorce;

of fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips,

disposable diapers, throw away morality,

one-night stands, overweight bodies,

and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window

and nothing in the stockroom;

a time when technology has brought this letter to you,

and a time when you can choose either to make a difference,

or to just hit delete…

AIESEC’s ending version:

This is a time when technology can bring this story to you;

and you can choose whether to make a difference or ignore it.

By being here you have already made the first step

You’re not ignoring the world around you

but engaging with it.

You want to learn

and expand your view of the world.

So that’s why you’re here,

Investing in your future.

All of us united under this desire to learn about how we can make a difference.

So welcome, one and all to…

AIESEC

Often we heard and know the fact about that even the smallest act sometimes can change a lot. But do we really understand and engage in it. Sometimes doing all of these alone is not enough, but knowing there’re thousands of people out there that has this kind of awareness really help me to actually act upon the quote. What about you?

When you want to cry but couldn’t

I just working on one of my assignment which is listening to lots of songs from different genre and then make a report about what I feel when I listen to each of those songs. One that I picked up is The Lion King – Circle of Life (Broadway Version). What surprise me was, when I got into the song, some tears fell from my eyes. And I didn’t feel like want to stop it (not that lot’s of tears fell, but still…). I guess the song really reminded me of the beauty of nature and why we should be thankful for it, the regret of what earth has become today, and what had I done to make it good or worse…

Here’s the video on YouTube

Then I also remember one time in the past when I couldn’t cry. Couple of years before I had this problem, sometimes I even had to search for something to make me cry. At first any sad books or movie would do, but then the only thing that work is a manga CANON by Chika Shiomi. I don’t know why this book, but my mind seems to respond more to this one; and even in the end I had to read with concentrate and told myself to cry before it succeed.

This, I have to say can be seen as a torture to for me. Because there’s  a time when I just needed to cry and I couldn’t. So now after I doesn’t have this problem anymore (it was kind of reversed actually, now I kind of easy to cry. If I watch, or read, or hear something touchful, I often have an urge to cry), I have different point of view with some people who think/see tears as a sign of weakness. Now I always glad when I still can cry, I think it’s a gift that makes me feel normal and human. And I think someone who cry sometimes braver and stronger than someone who’s not. crying means we are brave enough to not only feel but also show the emotion. Stronger because through showing the emotion we can endure more. We doesn’t have to put all inside and thus we can store more without have to be overwhelmed…

That’s what I think. But I would like to know what all of you think about it. Do you feel the same with me? Or just the opposite?

Wow, It’s been almost 8 months huh?

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

 Henri Cartier-Bresson

Do you know how many photos you have taken up until now? You will have to take thousands of pictures to reach a point where you can begin to evaluate them objectively. Looking upon your photos as if you were looking at them through someone else’s eyes is a good way to give yourself constructive criticism. Comparing your first photos with your most recent, do you see improvement? Do you remember how you loved some of your first photos – do you still love them or are they now not so good anymore? – http://www.digital-photography-school.com

It’s been almost 7 or 8 months since the first time I learn how to use DSLR camera. Before, I already had experience with pocket camera but I didn’t really treat photography that serious and it just a tool to document what I see. But all of that changed 180 degrees when I toke photography class at campus. It’s like I started to see the world from all different perspectives, and soon I knew that it was one of several fields that I would like to explore more for (I hope) the rest of my life.

I remember my earlier shots which more or less were only about how to do one or two techniques. I felt proud when I successfully took one or two pictures that were exactly (or so I though) like what my lecture asked. But now when I looked at those pictures, one question that always come to my mind is, ‘What the heck am I thinking when I took these garbages?‘. They have no story, and the technique is not even that good (some even bad), so of course I feel kind of stupid.

However, even though now I’m still feel like that whenever I saw the pictures, and I also not a professional yet (far from it), I’m glad I did all those shots. Because I brave enough to try and toke those bad shots, now I can take a better one. If I’m too afraid to make mistake and have flaw in my portfolio, I wouldn’t be able to take much-better-shots that I have today. And so I hope this will keep going until at one point when I’m already a professional and have bunch of amazing pictures (oh yeah, I still allowed to dream. Hahaha) and then look back while feeling grateful of everything that I have already done.

So I think this will be one of my resolution this year, keep shooting with my lovely camera and take as much as pictures as I want, no matter how bad or good it will be. And also I really want to try lots of new things, coz who know if I can find my other passion there. Fufufu….

*Note: I really fortunate that I had an amazing teacher (Andry Alamsyah) who not only taught me about photography technique, but also how to interact with the object of my shot. So, thanks Sir for everything and I really want to do some photo huntings with you again in the future…