I've just seen The Aviator, which is based on Howard Hughes' life. He really was a man of genious, as well as ambition, insanity, and germphobia. It was genious how he used such a simple question to reveal the conspiracy between Senator Brewster and Juan Trippe (you know, the scene where Hughes asks Brewster where he got the ilama painting, and the latter told Hughes he got it in Peru, and that he flew to it). That's a score for the inspiration of the movie. About the flick itself, I'd recommend you buy a ticket to see this Oscar-nominated one, but one thing upsets me. The women in the movie, who are a stellar line of Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, and Gwen Stefani (in a cameo appearance), are nothing more than a garnish. This movie obviously shows the big difference between men's world and that of women's, the former being the more significant. Men run the world, and it takes very special men to do the job, whereas women take care of the things regarding men's well-being (sex, cleanliness, you name it), and any woman is fit for the job. But still, go see the movie. And the end of it is the thing I should look forward to the most.
Monday, February 7, 2005, 12:49 a.m.
The third kid a generation below me on my dad's side of the family, a girl, was born to my first cousin Sally and her hubby Adit on February 4 at approximately 06.00 AM. Yet to be named, her arrival was a present for her mum's 27th birthday as well as her uncle Dimas' 18th. This is yet another niece, since there are already two little girls in the family, the daughters of my other first cousin Dana, four-year-old Namira and one-year-old Kayla.
Come to think of the girls on both sides of my family, I've just realized that girls are just more probable than boys. The first grandchildren of most of my maternal grandma's siblings are girls. Not to mention the fact that I'm her first grandchild. The first grandchildren of my dad's two elder sisters are also girls. So to families desperate for boys, loosen up a bit...However, there's also this realization that if there are more boys than girls in a generation, there's a certainty that there will be more girls in the next generation, and vice versa. Take a look at the immediate family on my dad's side.
Anyway, I'm getting more fanlisting-crazed than ever! I'm joining lots of fanlistings this week alone, thanks to my discovery of the systematic listings of The Fanlistings.org! LOL.
Sunday, February 6, 2005, 03:35 p.m.
london bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down...I scored an A for grammar in GPA in six semesters in a row!
Finally! Commencement is next week, and I've bought the toga, robe, and medal. Can hardly wait! LOL. Looking back through the 3,5 years I've spent at The UI, here are the trivia on my academic life that I think you might wanna know.
I never wore the "infamous" bright yellow almamater jacket whatsoever! Not even when I was involved in a campus event and my department emblem is still yet to be sewn on it!
I wore pink a lot to campus starting from semester five and it resulted in my being known as "Pinky" among the kids outside my department
Ok, on a different note now, I had no idea that Britney Spears' My Prerogative is a cover of Bobby Brown's song by the same title! The original version was released in 1989, I think.
Prayer of the day: Dear God, please make today's IELTS exercise test easy, and also please make Frederik Scheuermann keep his promise. I've been waiting for the latter for two months and counting...Listening to: Get Over Yourself - Eden's Crush (where oh where are they now?)
Friday, February 4, 2005, 07:58 a.m.
Careless WhisperListening to: Careless Whisper - Tamia
If you're a long time regular, you know that I'm a reminiscent person. Well I was less reminiscent until a few days ago, when I listened to one of the many versions of George Michael's Careless Whisper on Lia's tape. Careless Whisper is just one of the songs that trigger the memories of my innocent days. Just a funny fact, even though I'd already been familiar with Careless Whisper since my early childhood, I didn't know it was a George Michael classic until I was 14! Hahahaha...And anyway, Careless Whisper is indeed an awesome, timeless song that despite the fact that it triggers my memories and therefore makes me sad, I'm downloading ALL the versions of this song available on the net. The Dave Koz version, the Tamia version, even the local version by Syaharani...not to mention the original one. LOL.
To the heart and mind
Ignorance is kind
There's no comfort in the truth
Pain is all you find
Good lord! Not only does this song make me nostalgic, it also describes my current condition perfectly! Particularly this one verse...
BTW, off the topic, ORCHIDA DANUJAYA, YOU ARE PROVEN WRONG!! LOL. But that's ok...A lot of people confuse nephews/nieces with second cousins as well, including a good mate of mine who is full blood British.
Thursday, February 3, 2005, 07:21 a.m.
how much for your love?Listening to: Whatever - BoA
So glad I gave up advertising last semester. Most of me hates that world. I mean it's a world of bullshit, at least in Indonesia. It so drives me (and lots of people as well) bananas. I believe the kid in the Enfa Pro commercial doesn't know a single thing he's talking about. And this is what I despise the most. Women have been pressurized by capitalism-oriented thoughts that men grade them on their hair and skin instead of their brain and personality, thanks to such commercials as Sunsilk, Pond's (my biggest advertising pet peeve), and the like. This definitely needs to end. However, I like overseas advertising, as they're totally the polar opposite of their Indonesian counterparts. They're subtle in a funny way, like the latest Durex commercial for example.
Can anyone lend me a hand in my IELTS hw? I have to write a 150-word essay on pie charts, and seriously, I suck at this kind of academic writing. There's not much help provided, just the moduls on the usual verbs to describe fluctuations and trends (decrease, increase, remain, etc), and some emphasis on tenses. But this is COMPARISON! Er...help? I know you all must be looking at me with that "I thought you were an English grad?" look, but for your information I didn't do any FORMAL English since January 2004, or since semester six wrapped, until this IELTS training began last week. So yeah, HELP!
Tuesday, February 1, 2005, 07:10 p.m.