31 May 2012

I'm a high school grad, you don't wanna mess with me!

It was a fine monday morning, when I was talking to a friend about our teacher who just got back from Japan. "Well, you're gonna see her tomorrow on graduation!" my friend said.

I was literally like... HOLY MOLY, tomorrow is GRADUATION? seriously, TOMORROW??

Not that I haven't prepared anything. It's just, it felt so far away and suddenly, its here already!
My Mama and I had spent hours looking for the right kebaya and it's still in the plastic bag. The Batik long skirt also need to be ironed. And I still need to pick which shoes I was going to wear. My Mama had reserved a place at a salon for tomorrow morning though.

Theoritically, I need to be at Balai Sudirman at 7 in the morning. I was being a nice kid so I went to bed early. I went to bed at 11 PM. But of course I could not fall sleep. I read books on my phone, listened to the radio on my phone, back reading again, radio, reading, radio, reading... The last time I checked it was 1 in the morning.

I woke up at about 4, a few minutes before the alarm I set went off. I showered, took stuff to the car, and arrived at the salon at 5.15, 15 minutes passed the appointment. Annoyingly, THE HAIR DRESSER WAS NOT READY YET. So I waited and I waited and I waited. It wasn't until 5:40 the lady showed up. She was a nice old lady (she must be in the middle of her 60s). She was telling me about his grand sons, and her children (who apparently live in the states!)

My hair was done... My face was all caked up... I left the salon at about 6:40, went home to grab purse, and then left for Balai Sudirman. As expected, traffic was CRAZY. It took my Papa and I a little more than an hour to get there. Oh, and my Mama was out of town for work by the way. My bro needed to go to work, and my sis was on finals, so it was just me and my Papa.

So, we arrived at about 7:40. I get out of the car, rushed to the building..... Turned out my homeroom class had already walked to their seats. So, there was this ceremonial walking thing before we were seated... A little bit disappointed, I walked to where my classmates were seated. I sat down and we started talking.. Lots of catching up since we haven't met for weeks... lots of picture taking... it was just nice to see my classmates again!

So the whole thing was actually just talking and picture taking. There were important people talking on the stage, but we didn't really pay attention. Soem students with some achievements were called up to the stage and given a thing on their shoulder for their achievements... We paid attention to some of that, but other than that we were just like..... "LETS TAKE PICTURE!!!!"

And then, the most important part: Medals. So every graduate got this medal (which is actually plastic). Every one would get to the stage, the principal put the medal on us, pic taken, and then we walked to the other side of the stage, pic taken again. and then  off the stage. This is one good picture of me taken by Karunia Nurensa (thanks sooooo very much!)

After the medal, there were performances by teachers! Our principal sang, our teachers danced, some of the guy teachers tried to impersonate those korean boy bands... it was pretty and entertaining. Also, there was choir and some other musical performances and traditional dances i cant recall.. we were just too busy taking pictures! haha...

Sometime in the middle of the event, we took the yearbook. The book is pretty neat actually

Yes, that's a yearbook. Cool, huh?

After that, we did class photos. And I get to take pics with some of my favorite teachers (and also the teacher My friend and I talked about the day before!!!)

And that was it! We went home! :)

Everyone was pretty and handsome (shoot, i hate this word "handsome".. but cant find any word that would fit better). I was just talking about this with my friends that Guys in suits look about 2000 times better! And I unfortunately have to take my words back... Because when you're in a room when every guy wear suits, it'd come back to the guys themselves. They do look better than they are without suits, but relative to each other....... Better looking guys will look better. Sorry.

I did, however, make a remark about kebaya. Indonesian ladies (okay, and girls) are PWWWEEEEEEETY in kebayas!!!! Eventhough they're all caked up (like me, for example) they ARE soooooo pretty!

Another cool thing about the graduation is.... THE FOOD! Yup, one of my classmates's family owns the BEST catering service in town, which serves almost every school event. Their food are just MARVELOUS. Reaaaaaaaaally good. I ended up eating all of them for sure, but in the beginning of the event i could not do anything but staring at them (while they stared at me, hahahahahah) because I can't risk eating and ruining the make ups!!

I had soooo much fun!! It was excruciatingly tiring (I wore heels. It must be 2-3 centimeters), but I had the greatest time.

Thank you class of 2012 for such a wonderful year!!!!

P.S. I uploaded more photos on facebook. Here's the link to the album.

25 May 2012

Everette Harp and Indra Lesmana at Red White Jazz Lounge

So, I went to Red White Jazz Lounge again last night. Yes, the second time in 5 days!!!!! All started out when I saw that Indra Lesmana (of course, the coolest jazz musician on earth) will be performing with an American first-class saxophonist, Everette Harp.... On twitter, Indra said that they will play "Aku Ingin" which is one of Indra's biggest hits! So, I was like, MAN I WANNA GO!!! and realize there's no way I could since:
2. The first drink charge is one hundred and fifty freaking rupiahs. Which is about my lunch money for a week. Or two. Or maybe three during the summer, when I rarely go out. And I have spent a fortune on my last trip to RW Lounge.
3. My bro is out of town, and NO ONE WOULD PICK ME UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. Fu*k the inability to drive.

And then God (being supah dupah good, as usual) started giving me hope:
1. SOMEONE GAVE ME FREE TICKETS! Yay!!! For two people! Now I just need to drag some one with me...
2. MY VERY BEST FRIEND SILFARA IS IN TOWN!! We've been friends for as long as know it. She'd come with me if I begged her to... Also, I think it's good for her to try some new things (jazz, in this case). PLUS she drives. And her parents are pretty lenient about going out at night, go home lateeee at night, so I can like sleep over her house.

So there I have it!

We got there at 10 pm, an hour late, but I knew they did not start until at least 9:30. Thankfully, we still got some space with great views! I get to meet a friend I've been looking forward to see (GREATNESS IN LIFE, THANK YOU GOD) and then we settled at a standing space (where I must have had blocking someone else's view, again, lol)

THE MUSIC! Yay finally. It was superrrrrrrrr great, of course. This is the song list, taken by Novan Yahya : http://instagr.am/p/K-kfH_SXJb/

The highlight for me and Silfara really is "Aku Ingin". (It's "I Wish" in English but I don't want to say "I Wish" because Indra actually has another song called "I Wish") that super hit, played by super high class musicians, LIVE...... Amazingness.
Also, in the car, Silfara and I had been listening to Indra Lesmana's Album "For Earth and Heaven" (which he produced when he was 18 in the US, awesome, I know). Some of the songs in that album was performed last night, and it's AWESOME to listen to those great songs, LIVE.
And, other songs are from Everette Harp's album. Which of course really really great.

In between songs, Indra talked, Everette talked, and Mr. Peter Gontha, who, as far as I concerned, is the one who set up Indra Lesmana and Everette Harp's Asian Tour to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan, talked.
I can't remember much of what they said.

Indra said a lot about how much he loved playing with Everette, and it really is an honor to play with him.

Everette said a lot of things. Looked like he was REALLY REALLY impressed with the band. Hahaha. And he said that it was only the second time in his career he played without his band, and these guys were great. He tried to pronounce the band members' names correctly (Denny TR (pronounced well), Barry Likumahuwa (pronounced well), Sandy WinARRRRRta (pronounced VERY well. He said it's influenced with his Italian. WinARRRRRTA) and Indra Lesmana (Indra MOREmana, he said, hahahaha)).

I wrote down two other thigs he said: "I hope you really know what you have here." to the audience about Indra Lesmana, Barry Likumahuwa, Sandy Winarta, and Denny TR. "I'd be impressed to find musicians this good in the States." 

He also talked about his album "My Inspiration" which was a tribute to his dad who passed away 5 years ago. Looks like his dad is his biggest influence, and I know for sure that Indra Lesmana share the feeling. They performed one of Everette's songs from the album "All Jazzed Up and Nowhere to Go"

Peter Gontha thanked the sponsors.. Garuda Indonesia, BMI, Departemen Pariwisata.... Also he said this is the first time, jazz musician in Everette Harp caliber collaborating with Indonesian musician.

After show, there was Gary Anthony performing with Oele Patisellano, Yance Manusama, and the rest of the band. Gary Anthony was a Frank Sinatra impersonator. It was such a nice, funny, performance. Unfortunately, lotsa people leave after the Everette show, which was such a HUGE loss for them!

Afterwards, I went up to the guy who gave me free pass and THANKED HIM FOR THAT!!! And then he introduced me to Mr. Everette Harp. I, being stupid, did not take picture (dang dang dang God oh why....... but You have been really really nice to me so this is NOTHING God, you should know that) well, the camera that Silfara brought ran out of battery, Silfara's blackberry was also ran out of battery, and my phone, still have some power in it, and it's a pretty good camera as well, but yeah, again, I was being stupid, so we did not take pics. Stooooooooopid. But, yeah, I get to talk to Mr.Everette Harp. Cool enough.

Silfara kept saying that they're all AMAZING people. All amazing people on stage together. She also said that she WOULD pay 150k for that. Hahaha!

Silfara: "Who's that guy on drums?" Lol. That's Sandy Winarta. "He's a great drummer." Yeah, pretty cute too, huh?

It was a great great night after all.


I finished the writing above on Thursday, May 24. In the morning, of course, maybe around 10 or 11. I was sleeping over Silfara's house, so I was still in her room, waiting for her to wake up. I left at about 1 PM, went to the gym, and then went home. I did intend to go back to Silfara's house that evening to help her with her online class work, until I saw a message on my twitter inbox. The guy who gave me the ticket the night before asked if I wanted to go again that night. I was like, "SUREEEEEEE!!! Need to double check with my friend first though. She had fun last night!"
I texted Silfara and she was dealing with her school about the wrong online class that she took (and paid for). Fortunately, she was all excited and still wanted to go out AGAIN that night and attempted to ask her friend to join us (failed. But at least she tried...)
We arrived a little bit earlier that night. And get a better parking space. Had some spare time to brush our hair in the car and all. The guy in the ticket box recognized me immediately and said "Nisa, right? Please just go ahead...." I just smiled to him and Silfara and I walked in. It was almost 10, but the show had not started yet. I believe there was a little less people than the night before at the lounge. The good thing is, we get seats!! Without reserving a table! Yahoo! So we sat down, ordered drinks, and eventually the show started.

The songs played that night were mostly the same... They played another original work of Indra Lesmana "No Standing" from the album "No Standing" he released in Los Angeles when he was SIXTEEN FREAKING YEARS OLD! Geezus chrysler! I haven't done sh*t when I was 16! Seriously, though, what have you done when you were sixteen? This guy is a real genius!!!

And then there was an encore.. they played "All Jazzed Up", and Everette told the audience about his dad again. Oh, and I haven't mentioned that Indra Lesmana's Mom, Nien Lesmana, was there that 2nd night. "Most importantly, did your mom enjoy it. Did you enjoy it?" Everette asked Nien Lesmana in the middle of the show. "Yes I did." she answered.

And have I told you that Everette Harp was a funny guy? He was, indeed. During the encore, he played his sax walking closely to each tables, as if he were playing privately for us! He also walked to the people standing outside the lounge, and it was just really funny cuz people were surprised!

There was no Gary Anthony that night. But I get to talk to Everette again and this time, we took pictures!!!

Everette Harp,  Nisa, Indra Lesmana

Everette Harp, Silfara, Indra Lesmana.

(Okay, I know that Silfara edited this picture, but don't you guys think Indra Lesmana looks MORE good-looking on this picture than the one with me? He ALWAYS does. Why does he look better on pic with my friends instead of me? Maybe, because I am REALLY AWESOME so he looks relatively a little less awesome when he's in one frame with me. Yeah. That must be why.)

Everette harp was very warm and nice. I told him that Silfara and I were going to college in the states, and we said that we're gonna go see him if he ever come to our area. He started asking where we went to school, bla bla bla... Super nice guy.

Of course I thanked the guy who gave me the tickets. Again. I walked up to him and talked to him for quite some time... He was gonna travel and all. It's always nice to see him and I have always been thankful for the relationship I have with him.

Everette Harp and Indra Lesmana Quartet previously performed at the Kuala Lumpur Jazz Festival in Malaysia, and are going to perform in Blue Note Tokyo, Japan on May 27-28. So they have only a couple days off before they fly again.

It must be nearly 1 AM when I air kissed my friend (the guy who gave me ticket) and left the lounge.

Freebies, best friends, awesome musicians......What a remarkable two-nights!!!!

20 May 2012

I thank God for my good life

Gue: "Om, manggilnya Tante Titi apa Mbak Titi?"
IL : "Kalo kamu manggil dia Mbak Titi, kamu harus manggil aku Mas Indra"

06 May 2012

Status Selama Antri Interview di Kedubes Amerika Serikat

Karena ngga boleh bawa alat elektronik apapun ke dalam Kedubes, dan gue terlalu nervous untuk baca buku, gue pun membawa pulpen dan kertas untuk mencatat kejadian-kejadian yang gue anggap"penting."

Gue sampai di US Embassy hampir jam 7. Ternyata antrian ngga mulai dari bawah rel kereta kaya dua tahun yang lalu. Tapi antrian di depan Dubes juga udah panjang.... Jadi sebenernya sama aja. Aduh, gue deg deg an banget.......

7:15 AM
Lewat sekuriti 1 !! Fiuh! One down! Ditanya, "Kamu umur berapa?" Yeh, si mbak, ngeledek ya mbak.... Hehehe.... Kayanya kalo dibawah umur ngga boleh sendirian.

7:20 AM
Bahu mulai sakit, punggung mulai pegel #MasalahCewekSkoliosis

7:32 AM
Lolos sekuriti 2 !! Woo!! Winner!! Haha.. Akhirnya masuk gedung embassy nya. Gue inget ini lapangan basketnya keren! Dan sungguh, antriannya ngga separah dua tahun lalu. ---->winner

7:45 AM
Dokumen diperiksain pegawai kedutaan di antrean. Hahaha, pegawai-pegawai Indonesia yang kerja di US Embassy emang galak-galak banget.... Makanya kayanya gue cocok kerja di sini, huahahaha.

8:05 AM
Lolos sekuriti 3 !! Wihiiii! Gue ga ditanya apa-apa, kecuali "Berapa orang?" dan "Ada paspor lain?" terus sekarang gue nunggu di ruang tunggu pertama. Seinget gue, ini satu kali lagi nunggu di dalem, terus baruuu deh di interview. Fuuh jangan lama-lama dong... Boseeeeeeen....

8:15 AM
Abis dari toilet...... Aduh ini cowo depan gue ganteng banget..... Dateng ber empat sama Ayah, kakak, dan adik nya.

8:17 AM
Nyeeeeeh masih lama banget nih kayanya. Masih ada kelompok 13 belom dipanggil (sedangkan gue kelompok 15) aduh rasanya pengen rebahan.... Punggung sakit banget.

8:22 AM
WUT ada orang-orang yang kelompok 25!!!!!
Oooooh.... Ngerti gue sekarang... Ternyata tergantung jam jadwal interview! Gue jadwal jam 7, makanya kelompok 15, orang-orang yang kelompok 25 itu jadwalnya jam 8.

"Adek beli apaan?
"Gak boleh dibawa ke dalem......"
"Aku abisin. Orang sedikit kok....
Kakak: *smh*

Buang sampah pada tempatnya..... Mungut sampah di lantai..... #PriaIdaman

8:28 AM

8:30 AM
Bahkan masih ada kelompok 10...... I'm gonna dieEeEeEeEeEeEeEE

Asyiknya, sekarang udah ngga deg-degan sih.... Udah tinggal kesel nunggu, hehe.... Alhamdulillah... :)

8:32 AM
EH 13 DAN 14 DIPANGGIL!!!! Horeeee sedikit lagi
BTW daritadi gue disangka anak orang mulu........ Jarang kali ya pake baju sekolah datengnya sendirian.

8:37 AM
LOL toilet rame banget.... Orang-orang pada nervous kali ya..... Untung gue udah ke toilet tadi....

8:40 AM
Huah..... Akhirnya masuk ruang tunggu konsuler alias ruang tunggu di dalem yang ada AC nya dan tempat duduk nya ada senderan.... #ProblemCewekSkoliosisSolved
Di sini pertama bakal diambil sidik jari (masih kelompok 10) terus nunggu lagi untuk dipanggil interview (masih kelompok 7)

8:47 AM
Ini apa-apaan deh..... Masa di dalem sini colokannya 3, macem di Amrik..... Jadi inget JIS. Kira-kira di sana colokannya 3 juga ngga ya?
ADUH MULAI NGERI NIH GAK BISA NULIS.... Haha mulai nervous dan harus konsentrasi kelompok yang dipanggil dan ke loket berapa.

8:50 AM
Untung ngga bawa buku..... I wouldn't be able to read in this kind of environment...... WAY TOO INTENSE. LOL :))

9:03 AM
Kelar ambil sidik jari, sekarang agak tenang baca Times.

9:24 AM
Akhirnya dipanggil ke loket... HARI GINI MASIH NYELAK BU????!?!??!?!

9:45 AM
YES APPROVED!!!!!! Sekarang lagi di kopaja 502, pulaaaang!

01 May 2012

What I need to do everyday (in this three month long holiday)

- EXERCISE!! (stretch, jog, thigh exercises, sit ups, back ups, push ups)
- work on the online classes I'm taking at cousera.org ("Computer Science 101" and "Introduction to Logic")
- work on the book my friend and I are writing (my target is to write two pages a day)
- blog every other day on a blog project my friends and I are working on
- re-study calculus, trying to remember how to use that fancy Texas Instrument calculator, preparing for the Math placement exam (my target is to study an hour a day)
- re-study Spanish, preparing for the placement test as well (my target is also studying for an hour everyday)
- reading! got lotsa things on my summer reading list
- adding more and more songs to my playlist for my soon-to-be iPod touch