Review Pendekar Tongkat Emas (spoiler alert!)

poster PTESkeptis. Itulah perasaan saya ketika akan mengajak Ibunda saya menonton Pendekar Tongkat Emas minggu lalu. Bukan apa-apa, dibanjiri oleh terlalu banyak sinema Indonesia yang lebih menjual lekuk tubuh para lakonnya, membuat saya mulai alergi akan tontonan anak negeri. Namun, karena demi menemani Ibunda saya dan menghabiskan waktu bersama beliau, saya pun akhirnya membeli tiket Pendekar Tongkat Emas, lengkap dengan dua popcorn asinnya :p

Menit demi menit pun berlalu, saya tanpa sadar mulai mengurangi frekuensi mengunyah popcorn saya, well, selain karena memang sudah tinggal sedikit, alur cerita Pendekar Tongkat Emas mulai membuat saya terhanyut. Bagaimana tidak? Saya selama 2 jam nonstop disuguhi pemandangan alam Sumba yang oh-la-la, luar biasa indah. Bukit-bukit nan hijau yang beratapkan arak-arakan awan. Aliran kali yang jernih berikut pantai dengan latar cakrawala yang megah membuat saya susah percaya bahwa keajaiban itu berada di Indonesia. dara-elang alam sumba

Lalu bagaimana dengan cerita Pendekar Tongkat Emas itu sendiri? Saya sangat suka! Bahkan Ibunda saya pun menganggapnya seru. Akting Nicholas Saputra, Reza Rahardian, TaraBasro, Eva Celia, bahkan pendatang baru Aria Kusumah, mampu mengimbangi akting kawakan dari Christine Hakim. Sudah lama saya merindukan dialog-dialog formal yang lawas ditengah gempuran bahasa gaul saat ini. Scene favorit saya adalah ketika Dara dan Angin bersembunyi di atas pohon untuk menghindari kejaran Biru dan Gerhana,  final battle, serta ketika Elang dan Dara akhirnya locking lips :p

Adegan silatnya pun nampak nyata, terlebih ketika final battle di panggung serta di rumah Cempaka, saya sampai menegakkan punggung dan mencengkeram pegangan tangan erat-erat. Memang, kebanyakan adegan silat di dalam film menggunakan tongkat (ya iyalah), tapi tidak sedikit juga aksi silat dengan tangan kosong. Konon, adegan laganya dilatih khusus oleh koreagrafer silat asal Hong Kong, Xiong Xin Xin. arena pendekar tongkat emas nicholas-saputra-jadi-pendekar-di-teaser-pendekar-tongkat-emas

Acungan jempol saya berikan atas kolaborasi apik Mira Lesmana dan Ifa Isfansyah atas hasil Pendekar Tongkat Emas. Mungkin memang masih terdapat kekurangan dalam adegan silat yang menjadi highlight dari Pendekar Tongkat Emas ini. Tapi buat saya itu termaafkan mengingat sudah begitu lama saya merasa antusias seusai menonton film karya anak negeri, bahkan hingga saya bagikan kepada kalian. Biaya produksi yang (katanya) mencapai 25 milyar pun sepadan dengan film yang dihasilkan. Bagi yang belum sempat menonton film ini, saya sangat merekomendasikannya. Tontonlah dan rasakan optimisme akan bangkitnya film Indonesia yang berkualitas.

 

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(Part 2): Banda Aceh and Sabang: A Treasure in the Westernmost Part of Indonesia

Dearest readers, happy new year 2015. I do wish this year brings you all joy and sophisticated adventure. As i promised last year *sigh*, i will continue my writing about my trip to Banda Aceh and Sabang. In this part, i will mostly elaborate about my favorite part, the beaches! Do enjoy!

If you notice that we have not mentioned the beaches yet, you got it right, because we want to save the best for last. When we arrived in Sumur Tiga Beach in Sabang, we were totally stunned. We saw a postcard-view quality. White sand beach with very few visitor (less than 10, we believe), not to forget the relaxing coconut trees completed with hammocks to enjoy the view. 10351228_741593719228938_8525495700549757728_n 10325556_741594049228905_7129410859247883115_nIf you want to go to Sumur Tiga Beach, you can rent a minivan from the Balohan Port for IDR50,000. Luckily the cottage we stayed-in had shuttle service and only only 10 meters by the Sumur Tiga beachside.

You know what, i do wish i’d get the chance to spend more time in Sumur Tiga, not just one night like what i did. The beach is glorious and spoiled me intensively with the view. I wish i could just escape there, feeling the sands in my feet and filling my lungs with the fresh air. The cottage itself also should be reviewed. I stayed in Freddies Santai Sumur Tiga. It was perfect from the beginning. Freddie and the staffs made me feel welcome. What i love the most was the breakfast, it was delicious and made by Freddie himself. From the moment i made the reservation until i leave the cottage, i keep telling myself that i will be back, whether with my family or with my love one. The beach, the cottage along with the soothing waves had impressed me deeply.terrace brekkie cottage lobby sunrise 2

Strolling away in Sabang was fun. There are lot of beaches which way less crowded than Bali. We managed to visit Gapang and Iboih Beach. These two beaches are about 45 minutes away from Sumur Tiga Beach. Iboih is well-known for their diverse underwater ecosystem which makes it perfect for diving and snorkeling along with it calm waves. 150722_741602429228067_6710479834413827107_n 1888547_741595922562051_8007415544485389334_n 10801608_741593565895620_3271203258216477303_n 10849979_741597502561893_7843335471803872804_n 10850229_741598225895154_1052627294471963677_n 10850297_741595725895404_980211876910583250_nYou can also find some cottages near the beaches. Make sure you spare your time to enjoy the sunrise/set here.

Since we only have limited time in Banda Aceh and Sabang, we have not explored to the max. But seeing the glimpse of paradise we have experience for 4 days, we would surely return to explore more.

Travel Tips:

  1. If you plan to go to Banda Aceh in November-December, please do make hotel reservation immediately due to room availability.
  2. Please dress properly and for women please get your scarf ready to cover your hair.
  3. Since nature is unpredictable, always check the ferry schedule and the weather, you do not want to miss the ferry, or worst, your flight.