Thursday, 19 October 2017

ABRE, live at Swarakahwa, Coffeewar, Kemang Jakarta, 20 February 2010

Melodia by Abre:
live at Swarakahwa, Coffeewar, Kemang Jakarta, 20 February 2010.

Ibu by Abre

(Ssssst. i was playing keyboard and backing vocal).

Fenomena by Abre featuring Cholil Mahmud (Efek Rumah Kaca)

Abre-related story: Mendadak ABRE

Friday, 6 October 2017

Merayakan Gamelan di London (Liputan untuk Majalah Tempo)

Tulisan kedua sebagai kontributor majalah Tempo. Seputar Festival Gamelan Internasional di London, 7-10 September.  Kali ini 9 halaman di rubrik Layar!, edisi 2-8 Oktober 2017.


Friday, 15 September 2017

Farewell, Doctor Who Experience....

In February 2017, I took my mom and my family to Cardiff, about an hour from Bristol. While they took a break at a cafe in Cardiff Bay area, I dashed to Doctor Who Experience. Unfortunately I did not have time to enter and enjoy the experience, i just visited the shop and the terrace. I hoped that someday I will return just to visit Doctor Who Experience. But now, it is over.
Farewell, Doctor Who Experience....

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Best of Summer (2): Liverpool Beatles Tour

In August 28-30 of August, just before my birthday, we went to Liverpool for one destination only: The Beatles tour.  The Beatles Story at Albert Dock and Pier Head, Magical Mystery Tour, and exploring Matthew Street.

Liverpool Beatles Tour + My Family + Nice Summer Weather = THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT IN 5 Years!

I am still going to write about the journey in more details. in the meantime, enjoy the pictures!

just arrived at the museum: The Beatles Story

Be a Hit!

Remember the ones who passed away: Alfatihah for Denny Sakrie and Pak Pandu Ganesha,
between Elenor Rigby and Strawberry Fields Forever

alternative cover of Sgt. Peppers

Three of Us

Inside Yellow Submarine

One of Ringo's films

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes....

at George's house

Let me take you down 'cause i am going to... 
The most legendary pub in the world!

Lennon's bar, Mathew Street

The Statue

at Pier Head with the fifth Beatle? lol

we met Bumblebee too!

...and Optimus Prime #transformersuktour

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Setan Jawa: A Silent Movie with Live Gamelan Orchestra, directed by Garin Nugroho

Setan Jawa: A Silent Movie with Live Gamelan Orchestra.

Sunday, 10 September 2017, 7pm-9pm
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ.

"If a single word could sum up the world première of Setan Jawa, it would be ‘bewitching’… Setan Jawa drew much applause from its enraptured audience; it is a shame that it showed for just one night only." Australian Book Review

Indonesian film director Garin Nugroho’s latest masterpiece is a silent dance film in black and white, accompanied live by the exquisite gamelan compositions of Rahayu Supanggah. The film is set at the beginning of the 20th century, and is a Javanese take on the classic Faustian legend of a pact made with the devil (setan) in order to gain riches and love.

Inspired by the classic horror film Nosferatu and the rich imagery of Javanese mythology, Setan Jawa is a silent film of lavish and arresting imagery directed by Indonesia's most internationally praised director. The stunning score has been created during an extensive and insightful period of exchange between Australian and Indonesian musicians, with theatrical heavy-hitter Grandage joining forces with Supanggah, best known in Melbourne for scoring Robert Wilson's majestic I La Galigo.

This event marks the culmination of the 5-day London Gamelan Festival.

Book your free tickets here:

Performance sponsored by Ministry of Education And Culture of the Republic of Indonesia.



Australian Book Review:


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Best of Summer (1): Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

So far, Summer 2017 is full of fun. And of of the best events was Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the annual cultural event, 10-13 August.

On the first day, we went to Ashton Court for Night Glow show. And on the last day, we went to Clifton Observatory, near the legendary Suspension Bridge, to see tens of balloon.
Some pictures:
Night Glow

The dancing Balloons

The Princess and her companion, off to Clifton Observatory

The Princess, waiting for the Balloons

enjoying the view

Suspension Bridge and the Balloons

Happy Faces
First Day, Off to the Ashton Court, say hi to the Deers
Waiting for the Balloons and Night Glow

The Three of Us

and of course the video:

See you next year, Balloon Fiesta!
Don't forget to read our tips on how to enjoy the festival, click here.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Tips How to Enjoy Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

What a night! 
We just went and enjoyed 38th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. And It was brilliant.
But, to be more enjoyable, I think I need to share our experiences during the legendary Night Glow.

tips to go to Bristol International Balloon Fiesta: 
(1) everything is expensive, bring your own food and drink 
2) just in case you need it, bring some cash, the cash machines will cost you £2.75. There are many games and even circus show in the venue
3) even if it is sunny and the sun is very bright when you are about to get there, bring your jacket, the thicker one. And if necessary, blankets. The best part of this event starts at 9pm (for night glow event)
4)the shuttle bus is more
expensive than the regular bus tickets. Even if you have your daily/weekly/monthly bus tickets and a student, you need to upgrade it by paying £2. There are some regular buses who can take you there, just stop near Ashton Gate Stadium
5) on the second thought, at least buy a single ticket of shuttle bus to get you home. The queue is crazy and super hectic, and the public buses dont regular pass the area.Or, take taxi?
(6) if you watch night glow: if finally the fireworks appear, leave the area immediately or you will return home with hundreds of people and will face chaotic queue in the parking lot and bus stop.
(7) bring your mat and cushion, too.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Want to Buy a Bicycle for your Kids? Go to this Place!

If you plan to give your kids a bicycle, or want to exchange the bike, go to The White Factory. It is a non-commercial place to buy, exchange, donate, or fix bike with a super duper cheap price.
To buy the used bike, it is just 10 pounds. To exchange your bike with their used bikes (with various kind of options), it is only 5 pounds. To buy the stabilizer or training wheels, it's 3 pounds.

Cheap price, friendly staff, and the bikes are in good condition!

The Whie Factore, 18 Netham Road, St. George, Bristol BS5 9PF
More info, please see the brochure below:

Info, from: Pak Riki, Bristol.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Keep Calm and Let's Fast in UK's Summertime

Ramadan in Foreign Series

Keep Calm and Let's Fasting in UK's Summertime

Keep Calm and Lets Fasting in UKs Summertime
Abu Bakar Mosque in Cambridge, 2015

Iftar British Style at Ihsan Mosque

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Pelangi dan Matahari.

Medina dan Baba berjalan ke sekolah tadi pagi, ditemani rintik-rintik hujan, sambil sesekali melewati genangan air. Hari ini mendung dan kelabu. Medina bertanya, mengapa tidak ada pelangi. Aku menjawab: karena untuk menciptakan pelangi, dibutuhkan matahari yang menyorot kuat dan bersahabat. 
Tiba-tiba saya teringat Indonesia. Tiba-tiba aku merindukan munculnya matahari yang bersinar tajam dan menaungi alam semesta negeri kita, agar semua warganya--ya, kita semua!--bisa menikmati warna warni pelangi di tanah air kita sendiri, sambil sesekali ngobrol santai menyeruput teh dan kopi dan bercanda ria seperti dulu lagi.

Monday, 10 April 2017

"Favourite film of each year of my life list", Indonesian style.

"Favourite film of each year of my life list", Indonesian style.

Beberapa pekan belakangan, ada beberapa orang menulis status FBnya dengan daftar "favourite film of each year of my life list". Karena masih ada semangat Hari Film Nasional, saya mau ikutan dan mengkhususkan pada film-film Indonesia yang sudah saya tonton saja.
Sayangnya, dalam beberapa kasus, saya sulit memilih satu film, karena itu dalam beberapa kasus saya tulis lebih dari satu film di tahun yang sama.
Kalau ingin ikutan, silahkan lho ya. Dan tolong tag saya di kolom komentar, ya? #kepomodeon

Berikut daftar saya.

1973 Si Mamat
1974 Bing Slamet Koboi Cengeng dan Raja Jin Penunggu Pintu Kereta.
1975 Samsom Betawi
1976 Si Doel Anak Modern
1977 Para Perintis Kemerdekaan dan Al Kautsar
1978 November 1828 dan Tuyul
1979 Yuyun Pasien Rumah Sakit Jiwa
1980 Pengabdi Setan
1981 Gundala Putra Petir dan Jaka Sembung
1982 Bayi Ajaib
1983 Titian Serambut dibelah tujuh
1984 Sunan Kalijaga/Telaga Angker
1985 Doea Tanda Mata/Secangkir Kopi Pahit
1986 Naga Bonar/ Kejarlah Daku Kau Kutangkap/Ibunda/Matahari-Matahari
1987 Cintaku di Rumah Susun
1988 Tjoet Nyak Dhien
1989 Pacar Ketinggalan Kereta
1990 Taksi/Boneka dari Indiana
1991 Cinta dalam Sepotong Roti
1992 Ramadhan dan Ramona
1993 Badut-Badut Kota
1994 Pemburu Teroris
1995 Cemeng 2005
1996 - (tahun-tahun “mati suri” katanya, susah pilihnya, ada yang belum nonton juga)
1997 Daun Di atas Bantal
1998 Kuldesak
1999 Puisi Tak Terkuburkan/Petualangan Sherina
2000 Pachinko & Everyone’s Happy
2001 Jelangkung
2002 Eliana, Eliana
2003 Arisan!
2004 Impian Kemarau/Marsinah
2005 Rindu Kami Padamu
2006 Pocong 2
2007 Naga Bonar Jadi 2/Kala
2008 Kantata Takwa
2009 Jermal , Pintu Terlarang, , Keramat
2010 Alangkah Lucunya Negeri Ini/3Hati,2 Dunia, 1 Cinta
2011 Lovely Man/The Raid
2012 Kebun Binatang
2013 Sang Kiai, Sukarno
2014 The Raid 2
2015 A Copy of My Mind
2016 My Stupid Boss/Athira

2017 (belum banyak nonton film, belum sreg dengan film yang sudah ditonton)

Friday, 31 March 2017

Rasulullah, Pribumi, dan Pendatang

Nabi Muhammad saja langsung mempersaudarakan antara kaum Anshor ("pribumi" alias penduduk "asli" Madinah) dengan Muhajirin ("pendatang", yang hijrah dari Mekkah).

Dan dalam khutbah di Haji Wada' (Haji perpisahan/terakhir), ditegaskan lagi: “Ingatlah bahwa Rabb kalian itu satu, dan bapak kalian juga satu. Dan ingatlah, tidak ada kelebihan bagi orang Arab atas orang ajam (non-Arab), tidak pula orang ajam atas orang Arab, tidak pula orang berkulit merah atas orang berkulit hitam, dan tidak pula orang berkulit hitam di atas orang berkulit merah; kecuali atas dasar ketakwaan.”.

Madinah adalah masyarakat plural, ada Anshor, ada Muhajirin, bahkan Salman dari Persia, ada juga kaum Badui. Ada Muslim, Yahudi, Kristen. Ada berbagai macam etnis dan kabilah-kabilah kesukuan. Mereka pun mengikatkan diri lewat Piagam Madinah dan piagam2/perjanjian2 dan kerjasama2. Mereka saling toleransi dan koeksistensi. Selama mengikuti kesepakatan bersama itu, tidak dipermasalahkan darimana orang itu berasal, atau apa agama dan etnisnya.