Musical Journey

I love songs, i have too many favorites till i cant remember any of it unless i heard someone sing about it and my mind goes, ‘Aha! I love that songs too!’. I love songs because its lyric, music comes later. If the music catch my ear but the lyric don’t, I cross it off my list. That simple. I am not into any particular musician or era. A friend showed me his hipster collection and I search one that provide good lyric to put it in my playlist. Various twitter account that I follow say that 90’s music is the best, so I google best 90’s music to listen. Sometimes I listen to JB, Gaga or Black Eyed peas, in one occasion I really love ‘Work, Bitch’ to listen over when I did my assignment.

Glee introduces me to musical, thank God for that, I now have a chance to listen beautiful number from Wicked, West Side Story and Once. Glee basically introduces me to a lot of great song (and now the show is end, I literally don’t know where to ask for my musical reference). From glee, I know the great Stevie Wonder, I learn how to love MJ and understand what Rocky Horror is (so I am not confused when I read The Perks of being Wallflower). Again, thanks to glee for making a lot of great cover (if you don’t know please google Teenage Dream Darren Criss). I can’t stop writing about glee, before I told you my favorite numbers that this series have introduce me. I will just write it fast, okay. Landslide-Root Before Branches-Don’t Stop Believing (da!)-Don’t Dream It’s Over-Defying Gravity-Shake It Out.

B hates me watching Glee and I dislike him for that. I keep convince him that most of the songs that I know (and he likes some of it), I knew it from Glee. For him, the show is exaggerating, it doesn’t make sense for him. He said ‘how can you just sing in the middle of conversation?’ and I replied him’ the show meant to be hyperbolic, dude!’ Oh well, the thing is B just doesn’t like any song that is exaggerating in the tone, for him singing has the same value with storytelling, so one need to sing with all his heart rather than showing off how exact one person should hit the note. So can you guess, what are the songs that appear in his playlist? Its Tupac, MJ, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Journey and Wind, Fire Earth. That is all, Oh wait, he also like various rap songs that I can’t remember the name. B is into rap so much! (And he can rap well!) Without B, I am pretty sure I will not know Tupac and his great lyric. Once I listen to Tupac and I can’t close my mouth for 4 minutes because I am in awe reading his lyric. It’s still hard for me to listen to rap songs, but I guess rapping has the same idea with spoken poetry, so I began to listen to it as well. I wish one day I could write him a song that he can rap it out (is it rap it out?).

It was really hard for us to settle down and listen to a music together, but now finally we have settlement. I like his Tupac and John Legend, so guess what he likes from my music taste? ED SHEERAN, YO! He listens to Ed Sheeran and remember the lyrics more than I do. When I first found out that he likes it I just burst out laughing for not believing it!

Well, if I really really have to list down three of my most important songs, I think I will go with those who has historical related to me. Not historical related with the artists of course, but I will choose songs who is with me throughout my (love) life.

  1. Fix You – Coldplay

No need for explanation rite? Poetic lyric, romantic music. The lyric is so powerful, till it becomes one of my must heard song when I feel low. This song also convince me, teach me on trusting somebody. As broken soul, it was really hard for me to figure out my vulnerability and find out that I need help, it was so hard for me to break my wall that I had been built the entire time until B came. B doesn’t know Coldplay and never really listen to this song, but I know if he is desperately romantic person, he would give me this song to show what he was intending to do. What B has done to me is exactly the reality of this song, he comforts me, he guides me, he fixes me, he loves me.

  1. Someday-John Legend

I heard the song by watching Jonathan Ryes Myers Augustus Rush, but I like the song because B put it in his iPod. For me this is an ultimate song for long distance relationship people. B and I always sang this song when we were going to separate or thinking about we leave each other to go back to our country. We sang this song for almost three long years, while telling each other that the ‘someday’ is soon enough, we just have to be sabr (patient) and trust in God’s plan.  This was our anthem. Now, when we listen to the song, we laugh and look at each other eyes, find out that our someday is presence every day.

  1. Thinking Out Loud

I love this song, I love Ed Sheeran so much. After being a fan since 2012, it’s a long journey to have his super brand new song to replace Lego House in my heart. So when Thinking Out Loud came, I just become so freak about it till I just have one song in my recent playlist. I am so freak till I sang it every day include sing it to B via WhatsApp. Not until, I arrive in Germany I found out that B likes this song too. It’s great for me to have another anthem to replace Someday. I feel like this song is an everlasting love song, just like our love insha Allah.

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Oh, it’s a thousand words post. (I write this for Writing 101 day 3! Oh my, I am sooooo late! I still have two more post to catch up before going steady in next week!)

Thanks for reading my mumbling, now tell me how is your musical journey?

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Review The Shadow of the Wind

Oh well, April is just starting but my plan didn’t go very well.

As a humble human nature, I would like to blame it on this book ‘The Shadow of the Wind’. Soon after I finish reading ‘A Love in Time of Cholera’, I directly jumped to the book rack and took Shadow of the Wind out. I first open the page of this book on Tuesday before I went to sleep, since then all I want to do is just finish that book. So, since my time occupied so much to read that book, i abandoned most of everything else. I didn’t do NAPOWRIMO, I haven’t finished my novel (3 more pages), I didn’t post anything in my blog, I even didn’t study German and I haven’t sent my application to muslimgirl.com. Well, it’s been a while since a found i very good book so I guess I give myself a favor to enjoy it. I finished the book in the mid of Thursday after sacrifice two nights of less sleep. I feel so alive.

So here I give you review of the book that just took my time away in these few days. But first, let me thank B (my husband) who convinced me to read this book and cook breakfast and not complain about how messy the house is because all I want in these few days just to finish this book. Thank you, B.

B and I read books from Zafon.

B and I read books from Zafon.

Title: The Shadow of the Wind

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 510

Publisher: Orion Books

My Rating: 9/10

My Reading Time: Three days

Favorite Quote: ‘There are no coincidences, Daniel. We are puppets of our subconscious desires.’

Synopsis via Goodreads

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

My Story

I always love book that tells story about a book and its author, for me it is so relate-able. I feel that any book worm ever wanted is to get a little bit spark of magic from the book we love the most. We want to take part in the story, we want the characters come to life, we want the book changes us in any possible way, we want to meet the author to thank and to beg for another book to come. And I can relate those feeling with the main character, Daniel Sempere. So when I start to know him, I feel like his journey become mine.

I thought the genre of this book is fantasy, the first pages remind me about the feeling I had when I read The Neverending Story and Inkheart. But as soon as I realize how authentic Post Civil War Barcelona was described in this book, I directly see how Zafon wants to bring magical realism for his reader. It evokes the memories of me reading Harry Potter for the first time, but instead of rushing to have a lunch in The Great Hall, I see myself strolling down Calle de Santa Ana and feel a gothic mystery waits for me to unravel.

What I like the most of this book is how Zafon able to show many kinds of profound relationship. Parent-kid, husband-wife, friendship, partnership, affairs, admiration and a lot of thing that is hard to render. I also like his allegory of shadow in this book. Whether there is no fix explanation on what is Zafon’s idea on the shadow, as a reader I see the shadow as fear. A symbol for something that hold someone’s to move on, a presence that often raise doubt and question.

Shadow of the Wind delivers well measured fantasy within reality for adults. It completes anyone who is hungry for suspense and the warmth of divine relationship. It answers those who are longing of refine childhood as well as an abstract adulthood. It teaches me so much about dream, love and perseverance.

If you don’t know what to read, if you plan to buy a book, buy this one, read this book, thank me later. 😀

Review Love in the Time of Cholera

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 434

Publisher: Vintage Books

My Rating: 6,5/10

My reading time: 4 weeks!

Summary via Goodreads

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs–yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

My story

The reason I bought this book is because I stumbled upon A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, a short story from Marquez that teaches me the power of twist ending in a story. After a few delay, I finally decided to buy one of his book, I just typed his name in Amazon and see A Love in Time of Cholera as the first suggestion. Without checking the review in Goodreads, I directly pressed the button to buy. I thought, a very well-known novel of a Nobel Prize winner could never go wrong.

But then i was wrong. I give this book 6/10 for the sake of beautiful writing. Five points for the classic writing, one for the great setting and half point for the wicked plot. Who doesn’t admire Marquez for his style of writing? His perfect diction and strong tone of voices (through the narrative!) in this novel are things that make this novel alive. I also can’t put this novel away (even though I often tired reading this novel because nothing seems to happen after hundreds of pages) because of the wicked plot was arranged smartly. Not to mention, I can witness the beautiful Caribbean Sea for half of century.

The irony is, I dislike this novel because of the wickedness itself. I do not agree that the love of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza is being potrayed as a true love! I mean 622 affairs, come on! Florentino Ariza indeed waits for Fermina Daza’s love for half of century, but is that true love? Not for me. Within those 622 affairs, there are also disturbing stories that delivered impeccable. And those 622 affairs somehow could not erase Florentino’s innocence figure, so he could still be the hero for Fermina Daza in her old days.

I read this novel hoping to meet the true meaning of love in the old times when people have to struggle for a plague. But then I didn’t see anyone really suffer from Cholera, I didn’t feel the plague was around and ruin everybody’s life and love. If this novel is really about Cholera, the story should be centered in Dr. Juvenal Urbino’s life(Fermina Daza’s husband). The story should be about how he tempered his wife with his true love and finding the cure for the cholera.

If you want to read this book because the sake of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or you want to see how is life in the time cholera, it is better for you to not read this, because you might not really amuse with what you read. I, myself will continue my book journey with Marquez’ short stories and his great novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.

So, what is your impression after reading my review? Have you read this book or another Marquez’ works?

Let me know

Late Nite with Islamic Documentary (Part Ibn Battuta)

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When B choosed this docu to watch in our Ramadhan weekend, i tried so hard to remember who is Ibn Battuta. That name sounds so familiar but still i cant recall any description about him on my head. I tried to googling the name, but then i calm myself down to see his story later on from the docu. It is really funny, how we are gen Y find information so easily, so then memorize something means nothing. I do really blame google for my lame brain function to memorize something (i ask B to keep thinking i have a little Alzheimer stuffs on my head for everything that i forget).

with that beard and clothes my dear friend >.<

with that beard and clothes my dear friend >.<

 

This video is supported by National Geographic, so no need to worry about quality of the cinematography or the plot itself. As the lead actor, Chems-Eddine Zinoune is from Marrocco, you also will savor another things that wont make you sleepy during 45 minutes documentary. 😉 LOOOL, the thing is this docu won’t make you sleep at all! The plot and backsound are beautifully in harmony to make your mind wander together with the docu.

I do learn a lot from Ibn Battuta after watch this docu. Who doesnt? He is a great example to be a youth adventurer tho, since Ibn Battuta is the greatest traveller of all time. Yeah, it is so sad for me to remember Marco Polo well but forget anything about Ibn Battuta. He is a brother who  travelled over 73,000 miles (117 500 km) and visited the equivalent of 44 modern countries! Please do note that it was in 14th century where no plane, not even car had been discovered!
The things that this great man teach us, youngsters, is not just about go outside the world! discover everything! it is also not about go find new land and conquer it! It simply teaches us to travelling with faith.

This docu doesnt bring us to 44 countries on his journey, modestly the director bring us on Battuta’s first journey that inspired those walk to 44 countries. Yeah, indeed we really should thank the inisiator of this docu, to bring us an amazing journey of the greatest traveller or all time. It is all start from a dream to see Mecca and begin from a braveness of 21 year old man to travel alone for 18 months in middle east dessert. So simple until each of us can be like him to be one of the greatest man of all time. We just need to dream and being brave.

Mecca is his first journey, however it was strange for man in his village to go to Mecca alone in such early age, he is still doing it. Not knowing this journey lied with lots of misfortune and adversity that will he remember for all his life. Spiritually, seeing Ibn Battuta’s journey to Mecca reflects me to just believe in Allah’s help. If we are longing something good, even if we are stuck in wrong deeds Allah will always come in so many different way. Faidza ‘azamta fatawakkal ‘alaa Allah, Innallaha yuhibbul mutawakkiliin. That’s what i keep seeing on this docu. That’s what Allah said on Ali Imran ayat 159: ‘…And once you have taken a decision, place your trust in Allah. Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him.”

Another thought in my mind when i watch this doku is Travel more, closer to Allah even more!  Like Ibn Battuta, following his passion means just another way to praise Allah.

I have indeed—praise be to God—attained my desire in this world, which was to travel through the Earth, and I have attained this honour, which no ordinary person has attained. – Ibn Battuta exclaimed on Rihla.

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So hello gen Y who has this adversity live in 21st century, what are you waiting to travel more? Find your inspiration to be tougher to achieve your dream by watching Ibn Battuta story here

For me the thing that kick me to travel was when i went to Jakarta -the capital city- for a competition to represent my high school and my province. As a girl from a small city, it was a very big deal for me to see different people, culture and surroundings even just from the same country. That memories keep me believe that there is always a way to travel, we just have to want it badly and struggle more. Travel is like a pause of my life, as well as reflection and a new start. What is travelling for you?

PS: You can also read the book about his journey, title Rihla or The Voyage or The Journey. I will order it soon!!!

PSS: So far i’ve been all around Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Germany. Next week will go to Netherland. I am not planning to stop. Recent struggle are for Guinea and Thailand. Pray for me!

 

Late Nite with Islamic Documentary (part Ali)

 

 

On this Ramadhan, me and B try new way to learn more about Islam. Since its my first Ramadhan to fast more than 12 hours (for 19 hours exactly) we tried to find light activity to fill out the time between iftar and sahoor (other than salah and read quran). In Germany, the iftar is on 10pm and we have to finish the sahoor around 3am, not enough time to have sleep. Then, we choosed to watch documentaries or movies about Islam. We bear in our mind to choose only the good quality docu so we can learn a lot without being force to sleep at midnight. So far we already watch two docus and two and a half movie (yeah we tried to watch Malcolm which is 2 and half hour long and it was long days for both of us, so we decide to sleep first before sahoor).

Well, indeed watching movies or docu that related to Islam is really fun and inspiring deeds. I always have this urge to write about what i watch, since when i watched the movie i was thinking a lot (but then, i dont have time until now). Btw i just realized, good movie indeed has to be watched at least twice. First watch to entertain ourselves by the acting, the cinematography and how great the story is. But then we need to rewatch it since we need time to rethink, to find the reliability of the stories, to see if its relevance with the real fact or not, to find a hidden message (you never know those illuminati try to illuminate us from movies right 😛 😛 :P). Eventho, i know its hard to find time to rewatch a movie before 5 years has passed, considering movie lists that we already had after watch one. (Which reminds me, i havent watched TFIOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

So, our first movie for this Ramadhan was Ali.

nope, its not Ali and his Pa. Its Will Smith and Muhammad Ali

nope, its not Ali and his Pa. Its Will Smith and Muhammad Ali

Yeah, it is a classic. 2001 was the year for this movie to launch.Imdb rate? 6,7! But the reason to watch this movie is not because rating or whatsoever. It is simply because B is Ali’s biggest fan and he already tried to make watch it since two years ago! 😀 but  i always tried to find reasonable excuse to not watch it.  But i have no excuse this time. We want to watch enjoyable movie about Islam, and i know exactly how important Ali for American muslims. So, yeah i give up.

And man, i feel so stupid to keep refusing for watching this incredible movie. I dunno how could i have the idea that this movie will be boring. Ah i remember, i thought this movie is all about boxing. But then, i cried for all Ali’s jokes and his lowest-lif e moment. Well, just think about that now give me enough goosebumps.

Watching this movie lead me to understand the basic of Islam again. Ali is a convert muslim, a convert always could tell us more about this religion of peace other than born-muslim itself sometimes. Converts choose, converts struggles, converts learn more. But most of us (the muslim born) keep receiving for the knowledge and face less struggles (sometimes privilage to be born as a moslim make us forget to be grateful to Allah by learn more about Islam itself). Btw, B is a convert for 7 years ago and alhamdulillah there is no gap between us about knowledge of Islam, since i think i also just rediscover Islam with my concious as a teenager around 7 years ago.

It was in the 60’s when ‘Islam’ has not known for bombing the world, but it is known for nothing. I do really wondering how can Ali be a muslim and a world influencer at that era, when everything was still black and white. He is so proud being Ali rather than Casillias and the most important he told the world about that, he shout to the world for what he believes in, in the 60’s. I search for that kind of figure nowadays, and i dont find any. There are so many great muslim scholars and artist but i think none have ever shout as loud as Ali about Islam.

Other than how funny Will Smith potrayed Ali in this movie (in a very similiar way), another scene that i recalled from Ali the movie is about Ali’s quarrel with his first wife. Can you guess what is the quarrel about? it is about covering your body, women! It was on one of his match, when his wife presented there with up hair do and full make up plus bling bling tight dress. Ali win in that match, but he was not happy at all for what his wife look like. He simply compare himself to his wife (if he dressed up and colour his hair like white people), he truly just wants his wife to cover a little and being proud as black woman the way she is! With that scene, i remember that i’ve ever read somewhere about Ali gives advice to his daughter Fatima, to also cover herself. Oh ya, his second wife is baker hijaabi! (eventhough they split in the end for principles matter, but this second wife was there to accompany Ali for all his struggle after he refuse to join Vietnam War).

Oh that brings me to talk about his braveness for refusing the Army! He was the biggest thing that refuse the Army at that time, again he just bid everything that he has for what he believes is right. Oh, he indeed makes his licence fly away, his passport, his champion’s title! Gosh, if we want to see a man, Ali is a great example right. A man with a principle. So sad, we saw people with a lot of unnecessary principles nowadays.

Duh, i actually just want to write 800 words to not bored you, alas there is so much to talk about this movie. So, let me continue key! The other most favourite scene is……

If you watch the movie, you will weep on this. After restless moment against the goverment, after no boxing for years Ali has to go to Zaire (nowadays Congo, see even a country changes its name. This Ali story is so old it is should become a history!) to win his title against Michael Foreman (when you look at him, he was scarier than Ali and bigger as well!no body knew who will win!). Surprisingly, in Zaire Ali has welcomed so well that everybody keep shouting Bumaye Ali! Which is cheer for Ali to kill Foreman soon in Rumble in the Jungle (PS: greatest boxing ever before Thriller in Manila).

Well, within the song and the scene you really can feel a lot of emotion there. I think that’s the moment when Ali really belief in himself that he can win against Foreman, that’s the moment for Ali to realize he is really more than a boxer, what he is doing really have a great impact on people! So he has to keep fighting for it! And so does me, this scene inspire me to believe in myself more in low point of my life. To be as great as Ali, does not come easily. Passion is needed, so does perseverance. Tough and confidence are the items that we should have.

i catch sincerity there. i always catch one whenever i see him.

i catch sincerity there. i always catch one whenever i see him.

I never dream to be as great as Ali, but i believe one Muslim will be. Ali is fighting Parkinson for nearly three decades now, lets pray to Allah for the best of him.

Well, sun is rising now, i believe i write enough for what i remember the most about Ali the movie. You can dig a lot more about Ali from his interviews in Youtube, and those are fun to watch. I think B and I will watch HBO films: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight , this one is from 2013 and from the journalist’s perspective. (After 50 years, people still makes another movie of him :O)

How well you know Muhammad Ali, fellas? What do you think of him? 🙂

 

PS: Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee.