Friday, April 24, 2009

Pancakaki...


First of all, okay, I do admit that I'm not a good writer after all. I don't write regularly on this blog, nor I've ever written any really interesting posts. xD

Anyhoo, I had (several) surprise(s) within this month, to be exact, since the end of March. One of my interests is genealogy. I'm really interested to make my own family tree and even to incidentally find my distant relatives. I have indeed found LOTS of distant relatives in 2007, when I found a genealogy site made by Ibu Erni Muthalib. Yet, I didn't really feel satisfied that time, since most of those relatives have too distant connections to me, like my 4th cousin or even further (we only have the same janggawareng). I still tried my best to complete my family tree though...

Surprisingly enough, I found two blogs that mentioned my great grandparents last month. I only remember my first cousins and my parents' siblings (plus their spouses) from both my parents' sides, so when I found people who had the same great grandparents as myself, I became really excited! Finally, I could keep in touch with those people who have the same great grandparents as myself. I feel really happy (although because of that relationship, I feel kinda old, since it makes me know my "grandchildren"; I wonder if I've already had any great grandchildren, hmm... ^^;; )

In 2007, I was somewhat pessimistic to find my long-lost relatives, because I didn't get any clue about my relatives whose connections to me are further than my first cousins. Yet, I feel more optimistic right now. I hope I could find more people who have the same uyut, bao, janggawareng, udeg-udeg, and kakait siwur as myself.

Here are some of my ancestors: Raden Bey Gembel Haryana Prawira, Nyi Raden Muningrum Sastradipura, R. A. A. Singasari Panatayuda I & II, R. T. A. Sastradiningrat, and R. A. A. Panatayuda I - IV (or as a conclusion: descendants of Panembahan Singaperbangsa).

I would also like to meet members of big family of Mohammad Natsir, if I could. My paternal grandmother said that he was her uncle (sort of). However, Mohammad Natsir was born in Alahan Panjang, West Sumatra, while my paternal grandmother was born in Payakumbuh and grew up in Bukittinggi (also in West Sumatra). I remember there were some of my paternal grandmother's relatives who lived in Rawasari area, Jakarta, and they were all doctors. Any clue?

That's all I think. Let's see, would I find my other relatives, saudara sedulur? Let's just see.

Monday, February 9, 2009

After my holiday has over...

Huaaa... akhirnya liburan selese juga. Masuk blok baru deh. Ayooo, tetep semangat! Haha...


Well, anyway, in the past weeks, I've done lots of things. Let's see... First, I've bought Ayumi Hamasaki's A Complete ~All Singles~ album! I've been longing to have this album for months! And finally, I was able to find one unimported CD of it. The CD wasn't really pricey either.

This album consists of 3 CDs. CD1 consists of 15 songs, so does CD2. There are 14 songs in CD3, plus one bonus track, which is Who... (Chinese version). Since I've been a fan of Ayu since middle school (around 2001), having this album makes me reminiscing about good old days of mine. If you're also a fan of Ayu, I guess this album is a must. If you just want to hear more of Ayu's songs and randomly want to buy her album, well, you can hear almost all of her singles in this album, from her debut in Poker Face (her first song with Avex) until Mirrorcle World (Green/Days are counted as her latest singles, not yet available in an album). I definitely enjoy this album. ^^

Then... what else? Ah, I went to Bandung on the night of February 4, arrived there in Thursday morning. If I should describe my holiday in Bandung shortly, I'd say that I had become a unofficial supporter of HME ITB (sport) team; I watched (and supported?) lots of their matches during my stay in Bandung. Their matches weren't bad, I even somewhat envied their spirits during the match, really full of energy! I also went out with my besties there...


Well, I also watched movies in Blitz Megaplex. Dunno, I just find this cineplex as a really nice place if you want to watch good movies. So, one night, I decided to watch Krabat. It was a German movie and what made us who watched it got interested was this movie was shown in Toronto International Film Festival 2008. Sounds good, rite? Honestly, I couldn't really understand this movie!!! Hahahaha... However, it has got nice visual effects and a unique storyline. Krabat's storyline deals with (the "seduction" of) black magic and for a fantasy movie, I guess it's kinda rare to find a fantasy movie that mainly deals with black magic... Oh, and I just found out that this movie was based on a German novel! Maybe I gotta try to find (and read) the original (hopefully translated into English) novel. ^^;;

Another movie I watched was Pintu Terlarang, but I don't wanna write anything about it. The movie was kinda... sadistic, and scary... xD

What else have I done lately? Hmm, dunno what more to write... I started my 6th semester of university yesterday. Hopefully, this semester will give me much better things than my previous ones. =)

Friday, January 30, 2009

And then, the rain is fallin...

Rain... how I love the rain... It always soothes me, makes me feel better, makes me calm, makes me find peace with myself... Yet, tonight, the rain is just making me feel gloomy. Don't really know why... or perhaps, I do know what makes me feel unwell. Ah, whatever.

Today, I had my 2nd session of block 15 exam and an OSCE. Actually, I had been quite cheerful today, although I made some stupid mistakes... that my friend, Hanan, thought, were okay. Well, I initially thought those mistakes were okay too! I even had fun earlier this afternoon/evening with my tutorial groupmates. Exams are over, should've been enjoying my holiday then. However, when I wanted to go back home, it rained (and it's still raining) a lot. I drove my friend, Melita, to her kos, and I went back to my kos right after that. Just realized, I was the only one who isn't going anywhere for holiday (read: still staying at kos) who lives on the 2nd storey of my kos.

After I arrived there, and went to my room of course, I did several miscellaneous things... Somehow, I didn't know what to do and chose to phone-call someone... who was unable to answer my call. So I chose to listen to a CD I just bought in AmPlaz today (when I went out with my groupmates) and... although the songs there weren't those sappy sad songs (well, at least, the songs weren't ballads, that could make you really feel sentimental, I think), the rhythm... and the lyrics (of many songs in its earlier tracks) just "caught" me "off-guard". Caught me off-guard, because of several things... Let me see, what songs I've heard from this CD...

1. Jonas Brothers - When You Look Me In The Eyes
2. Mariah Carey - Bye Bye
3. Gwen Stefani - Early Winter
4. Ne-Yo - Closer
5. Kanye West feat. Dwele - Flashing Lights (I skipped this song)
6. OneRepublic - Stop And Stare
7. Duffy - Warwick Avenue
8. MIKA - Happy Ending
9. Ashlee Simpson - Outta My Head
10. Enrique Iglesias - Tired Of Being Sorry (somehow, I didn't "get" the feeling of this song... or maybe just because I never like Enrique's songs THAT much)
11. Maroon 5 - If I Never See Your Face Again
12. Rihanna - Take A Bow
Skipped Track 13-15, right to Track 16. Colbie Caillat - The Little Things
And I skipped the tracks after it... rewind to those earlier songs I wrote bold.

Ah, I don't know what's happening at me right now... But OneRepublic's song in this CD, "caught" me the most:

Stop and Stare

This town is colder now
I think it's sick of us
It's time to make our move
I'm shakin' off the rust
I've got my heart set
On anywhere but here
I'm staring down myself
Counting up the years
Steady hands just take the wheel
Every glance is killing me
Time to make one last appeal
For the life I lead

Stop and stare
I think I'm moving, but I go nowhere
Yeah, I know that everyone gets scared
But I've become what I can't be
Stop and stare
You start to wonder why you're here not there
And you'd give anything to get what's fair
But fair ain't what you really need
Oh, can you see what I see

They're trying to come back
All my senses push
Untie the weight bags
I never thought I could
Steady feet don't fail me now
I'm gonna run till you can't walk
But something pulls my focus out
And I'm standing down

Stop and stare
I think I'm moving, but I go nowhere
Yeah, I know that everyone gets scared
But I've become what I can't be
Stop and stare
You start to wonder why you're here not there
And you'd give anything to get what's fair
But fair ain't what you really need
Oh, you don't need

Stop and stare
I think I'm moving, but I go nowhere
Yeah, I know that everyone gets scared
But I've become what I can't be
Oh, do you see what I see

*****

Ah, silly me...

Well, perhaps, I should just sit in front of my room for a while... and see the rain falls down from the sky. The rain... that's fallin down... like my tears... I'm not crying on the outside... but inside, somehow, I just feel like I want to cry...

Rain... rain... just come here... and take my sorrow away.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Year.. New adventures!

Phew... it's been so long since the last time I wrote my entry! Sorry guys, if you've all been waiting to know latest "news" from me, hehe. Well, I had holidays from December 25 2008 until January 4 2009. Although I indeed have internet connection at home, you see, I went out almost everyday, so whenever I got back home, I just felt too tired to be really online. Sorry... ^^v

Anyway, actually, I shouldn't be "online" now... tomorrow, I'm gonna have tutorial, Skills Lab session, AND biochemistry EXAM!!! Ah... hectic, hectic...

Well, that's all for now. I'm really sorry. Guess I'm gonna write something tomorrow though. So see ya on Monday! ;)

Dan untuk temen2 di KU UGM 2006, met ujian yaa! SEMANGAT! :)