Road To Java Jazz Festival (JJF) 2015

Dear all, how are you? I hope you’re doing okay in managing the unbearable weather in the capital. Well, I gladly announce that my last three weeks have been extraordinary. I simply still pinch myself just to make sure that what was happened at March 7, 2015 was real. Do I already get your attention? Okay then, what if I told you that I performed in the Java Jazz would you believe that? But guess what? Hell yeah I DID!

I was as shocked as you when my friend slash pianist slash conductor, Rizka, called me when I just arrive in the office to ask me whether I (as part of the Gita Bhuana 37 choir) could perform with The Diplomats Band in the JJF. I remember that I pause for a while try to chew that request in my lunatic brain before I finally said “Yes I can”.  After giving her the answer I finally notice that it was only three freaking weeks to the D-Day! Not to mention it was now only me and my deputy director in our busy sub-directorate. Well okay, those were the cons! The pros were much satisfying, like, OMG, who does not know about JJF? It’s the one of biggest jazz festivals in the world or probably in the largest in Asia! Thousands of people were dying to see the world class performers during the event. And we were there not only to watch, but to perform and entertain the crowd! UBER COOL!

Enough with the pros and cons, here comes the hardest part, the rehearsal! Since the clock was ticking, we had to maximize our best effort and time to rehearse. I told you bluntly that our rehearsal was … wait for it … hardcore. Well, we usually start rehearsing at 7.30 pm to almost midnight. The trigger of it was because the approaching time, the duration we perform (it was one hour!), and the number of songs (they were ten!).  So, there were the band and the choir. There were moment when the choir was the lead singer, but there were also moment where we were the backing vocals. This decision was wisely taken to prevent the fatigue once we were on stage.  As part of the choir, we had seven songs to accomplish. They were Quizas Quizas Quizas, Ayam Den Lapeh, Indonesiaku, Arirang, Fate (OST Full House), Song for Peace, and Just the Two of Us. I was only familiar with four of them, and clueless by the rest. And fortunately it was not only me who felt that way. So, in order to keeping up, we conducted private rehearsal in the weekend.

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Due to our hectic schedule during and after office hours, some of us were sick and losing their voices. But JJF knew nothing about mercy. In order to return the voices, my sick friends then used the shotgun, the kencur. This traditional herb plant was long heard as powerful medicine to maintain the voices and as dry cough best enemy. Some of them wildly chew the kencur, some of them decided to process it first into simple extract. Both ways win anyway.

And we finally reached the D-Day. The mystical March 7, 2015. We arrived in Kemayoran at 4pm, two hours before our performances. We then ate, wondering around for a while, did a mini sound check, and we went up to stage!

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I could not know how to describe my feeling when I was on stage. Seeing number of people passing by and finally approaching our stage made me nauseous. I felt like a robot when trying to keep smiling while my stomach knew better. But then I heard the cue from the drum and the piano, the intro was started, and there was definitely no way back. So, I kept on singing, a little dancing, and smiling to the audience. I could recognize a face or two, but most of the time I was blurred by the light. Sixty minutes felt like a glimpse when I finally realize it was over. I heard people clapping and cheering. As we returned to back-stage, some of the crew stages said that we were amazing. And suddenly our dear Sekdilu 37 friends joined us in the back stage and yelling happily to us. At that moment I was beyond happy and run out words. I felt relieve and shed a silence tears of joy.

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Well then, that was one night to remember. All of our hard work was finally paid off. Thank you the awesome The Diplomats band, you guys are fantastic! And for the Gita Bhuana choir, I love you guys! Let’s do more in the future.

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And that will be my goodbye for this sentimental post. So, did you see our performance? If you didn’t please do enjoy the flow of photos here. And once I got the video of that night I will definitely share! Till next time you all!

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My Top 10 Must-Sing-Karaoke List

I love singing! I can’t explain the happy feeling when I found a good song. I don’t have any strict genre about music, if the song touches me then I’m sold. Thus, I do believe you guys would understand if I’m deeply addicted with karaoke, especially after the score popped out in the screen right after you finish singing.

The funny thing about my music’s taste is, I always stuck in 80-90s. Call me lame or whatsoever, but those time were golden era for music. I often get disbelief look from my friends when I start singing my song. Well, without any further delay, let me reveal my top 10 must-sing-karaoke list *chuckle*

  1. Memes – Terlanjur Sayang 
  2. Stinky – Mungkinkah
  3. Faith Hill – There You’ll Be
  4. Sugar Ray – Every Morning 
  5. Vengaboys – Shalala
  6. Exist – Mencari Alasan
  7. Cranberries – Linger
  8. Celine Dion – To Love You More 
  9. Joy Enriquez – How Can I Not Love You
  10. Fool’s Garden – Lemon Tree

My Flower Story

IMG02998-20121028-1627Heyho pretty peeps, i know, it’s been quite a while since my last post, and yes, you have the right to loathe me for that. How are you, readers? Did January treat you nicely? Anyway, I’ve moved to the capital now, so my last two weeks were a bit pissed me off. So many things to do, so little time i had. That’s why i abandoned my blog, and i ain’t proud of that 😦

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Besides reading, one of my hobbies is picking up flowers. Although fresh flowers will last about three till five days only, but there is such peaceful feeling when i see or smell them. Luckily, in my hometown, Jogja, there is a famous street in Kotabaru area, Ahmad Jazuli street, where you can find a lot of flowers. Here’s a piece of advice, the price in the morning is higher than in the evening.

My favorite flower is lily, followed by tuberose, gladiolus, rose and daisy. I always try my best to have fresh flowers at home. It is a must for me for decorating the living room if i have some guests over. I think it’s one way to appreciate and welcome the guest. Interestingly, most people think that i’m one of the rose girl, until now there is only one person who can precisely guess about me and lily, and that was sweet 🙂

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So, without further delay, please do enjoy some bouquets and cut-flowers pictures below. Which one is your favorite? Do you love lily as well? Feel free to share. Happy long weekend peeps!!! 😀

Food for Thought

One of my hobbies is reading. Since I was little, I found it satisfying to read something. Well, during my childhood, I read almost everything, from folklore to magazine, you name it. I read constantly even when I didn’t know the meaning or the vocabs. I remembered when I was in my fifth or sixth grade, I made my mother furious because instead of doing my homework, I rather spent my spare time in books rental. LOL, those good ol’ times were hilarious.

When I grow up, my reading habit hasn’t disappeared, it grows stronger instead. I read faster than the others. Although the internet era has conquered us now, I still prefer paper as my reading material. I don’t know why, but there is such happy feeling when you can touch and interact with your reading material. You can flip the paper, add some notes, or even just simply squeeze it. Well, the environmentalist will definitely dislike my behavior. I also loveee the smell of new book, and I guess that is one reason why I seldom read something online.

Book is such a good friend of mine. Before I go somewhere, I always make sure that I’ve brought books with me. I love spending my time by reading books almost everywhere, in my room, in a coffee shop, in a park (it’s kinda difficult to find a cozy park to read here in Indonesia), even in a plane. Interestingly, I can’t read books in car, well actually not only books, anything written in paper base would be impossible to be read by me in car. It will make me dizzy and sick in instant. But no worries, I still able to read sms, tweets, or any status updates.

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Reading can comfort me. I don’t have any topic preference in reading, but I’m just not into futuristic topics, and oh, also some cheesy teenage romance, a big NO. By reading a lot, I can have a lot of imagination. It was nice and worth the time if I can find a good book. I always adore the writer who can create such masterpiece *bow*. FYI, I love books written by JK Rowling, Charles Dickens, Dave Koontz, Joy Fielding, and Nicholas Hemingway. But again, sometimes some books could just surprise me, like hidden treasure.

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Well then, do you also like reading? Would you kindly share or recommend me some good books to read? The holiday is approaching fast, and my book cart is still empty 🙂 Have a nice day, pals!!!!