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Here’s to @Joyagh

Earlier this week, I found a beautiful lady with modern-modest fashion style, and I thought I should do another appreciation post. This time, raise your glass to the young and beautiful @joyagh!

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@joyaghshop | @anggiejoy

Raise your glass, because angels still walk among us

Disclaimer: Photos belong to @Joyagh, I take no profit  from posting these photos

The Mirror

If Les Miserables is my favorite musical by far (second being West Side Story), than Phantom of the Opera is my favorite opera there is, and that doesn’t say much considering this is the only opera I know. The one thing that intrigues me about Phantom is, of course, the Phantom himself. I care not of Christine’s innocence. It’s the Phantom obsessive nature toward Christine and his attitude that amuse me the most. My favorite Phantom is Gerard Butler, despite popular opinion who tend to choose Ramin. Here is my favorite number from the opera musical, The Mirror.

(Voice of Phantom)

Insolent boy, this slave of fashion,
Basking in your glory!
Ignorant fool, this brave young suitor,
Sharing in my triumph!

(Christine)

Angel, I hear you.
Speak, I listen.
Stay by my side,
Guide me.

Angel, my soul was weak,
Forgive me.
Enter at last, Master.

(Phantom)

Flattering child, you shall know me.
See why in shadow I hide.
Look at your face in the mirror.
I am there, inside!

(Christine)

Angel of Music, guide and guardian,
Grant to me your glory.
Angel of Music, hide no longer.
Come to me, strange Angel.

(Phantom)

I am your Angel of Music.
Come to me, Angel of Music.

(Raoul, spoken)

Whose is that voice?
Who is that in there?

(Phantom)
I am your Angel of Music

(Raoul, spoken)

Christine! Christine!

(Phantom)

Come to me, Angel of Music!
I am your angel of music! 2x

Bucket List: Theater

As a dreamer who’s longing for a great adventure in the future, I decided to start writing my bucket list instead of just keeping it as a secret in the deepest corner of my brain. Perhaps by writing them and posting them online, I would be more encouraged to actually do something worthwhile with my life and make my dreams come true.

Of course it is not so that my parents would spare me some pity and make them come true for me, no, sir.

And I start this bucket list by writing the one thing that gives me this burning passion to make it happen no matter what happens. No, it isn’t performing in a play or musical as a professional stage actor. That would be something I have to give up on since I lack both the talent and the passion. It’s something a lot simpler, which is sitting myself through a two to three hours stage musical in West End or Broadway. As a human who lives in Asia, there isn’t much theater around, let alone musical. No, the country is not as creative or as appreciative of art as the western does.

I was first introduced to a musical by something as silly as Disney Movie, which are High School Musical and Camp Rock, which then led to a love for a musical TV Show, Glee. From Glee, I started see bit by bit of the beauty of the musical world. If I remember correctly, my first musical was Grease 2, and my first favorite musical song is the Glee version of On My Own. I still didn’t understand much of the musical world then, but I had the rough idea of it and loved how smart the lyrics are arranged in musicals. Then, I watched the original Grease, and as great as the movie is and as catchy as the songs were, I think that was a wrong step to learn more about the musical world, since the only moral story I could get from the musical is how you have to change yourself to attract the charming man of your dreams. It was probably a lot more than that, but do forgive an amateur for the lack of interpretation skills. I remember I was also quite obsessed with West Side Story, especially with America. Oh, and Chicago’s Cell Block Tango.

Those few tries were fun and all, despite me not understanding much of what was going on, but what really pulled me into this passionate, tear jerking world is the brilliant production of Les Miserables. To be honest, I didn’t understand much of the movie on my first try, since I was busy trying to figure out the whole story in between the constant singing and understanding the old language (as English is not my first language). I remembered watching it and thinking when the singing will end. It didn’t, and Lord knows how patient I had to be during Valjean’s Soliloquy. I think I didn’t really have that much interest to the movie until ‘At the End of the Day’ number, and big names such as Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Helena Bonham Carter were probably a good idea for an amateur like me to stick with the whole movie. My second try on the movie was all about admiring Enjolras’, Gavroche’s, and Eponine’s character. My third try would be all about enjoying the numbers, and my next tries were all just because.

I began to see the clips of the 10th AC, the 25th AC, the West End Production, and started to truly compare actors of the same character, to see who was born to play those certain characters, such as Samantha Banks or Lea Salonga as Eponine. I read blogs and forums on who played the best Enjolras, and hear every version I could find of ‘Drink With Me’ to drown myself in the E/R feels. This obsession opened up a whole new world to me, and I couldn’t believe I spent 14 years missing out on the beauty of how you can interpret one thing beyond your usual logic to something deep that surprises even yourself. I started to google more about certain musicals such as Hairspray, Mamma Mia, and Wicked, though I’m still not ready to watch new ones in fear of being disappointed. But this obsession really made me put theater into my bucket list. I have to go to either New York or London for Broadway or West End. I have to witness the beauty of stage acting and I have to witness how passionate stage actors are when they are on stage, letting their whole emotion bare for the audience to see. I have to be there and see for myself how different actors interpret their characters and embrace their own choices and see where it leads them.

And so New York or London it is. It’s either 16161.84 km or 11704.94 km journey that I have to make, and I will already have witnessed at least one musical show in 10 years from now. In 2025, I’ll go back and see this post and get my lazy ass going if I’m still in Indonesia at that time. I will. I sure as hell will.

To new dreams, here’s to us, and here I come.

Under the Twinkling Sky

Just right when I thought the sky would stay forever dark.

In the place I live in, you don’t expect glittering sky the moment the sun sets. Every bits of sign of light—of hope, are always covered by the dark cloud, hovering like a curtain, letting no single star twinkle in the night. It really is such a sad situation, always and constantly reminding you of how alone you can actually be. God created stars to shine, but He also created cloud and pollution to mess the beauty all up.

And one day, in a place where was I destined to be at, I stopped walking and glanced up.

If you ask what I expected to see, I would answer the same old boring pitch black sky in all its dark glory. I would expect to see a suffocating darkness, sucking up all hope and light and happiness in a zing. I could see the scenario in my head. I would look up, I would scoff, and I would walk away under the mysterious sky.

But no, what I saw was beyond any expectation that my little pessimistic head could muster.

It was breathtaking. The sky was full of light, and that was the center of my universe right in that moment. It was almost like a toddler discovering rainbow for the first time. For so long I haven’t seen such beauty, and I never thought I’d see it again—especially in this generation.

And as I looked above, I realized how happy it made me.

Stars, they’re just simple thing, really. Not much to be excited about. But I guess the reason of why it excites me so much is because it represents the new to the old. The old would be the dark sky that I used to sit under as a little girl, with all innocence, who always hoped for something better as she faced disappointment the moment she looks above.

But the sky here, the glittering, glowing, twinkling, beautiful stars. To me, they represent something entirely—no, cross that, they represent the start of something new with how something amazing was born just that night (19 October) under that sky.

In life, a person will eventually pass those moments where they will need a family to back them up and be with them in their hardest moment. These family I speak about is not those whose blood runs in your vein. The family I speak about is the family whose bond is formed through hardship, through everything they went through together that made them one.

And last night, this family was formed. While the bond they share, while still weak, I believe it’ll strengthen with time. This family, it will stick for three years, maybe even more, and this family will go through more hardship, adventures, laughter, and God forbid, dramas. It will be a lifetime journey where none of them will ever forget for the rest of their life, and it will be one heck of a rollercoaster that two hundred and something of them will ride. Under the stars, behind new adventures, in front of exhausting hardships, and beyond everything else, Ghanacatra Sreshtavarvana was formed as the light to the dark, the new to the old, and the laughter to the tears.

And as we all scream that name with the top of our lung, I believe that we will all sweat rivers and cry ocean to keep this something new­ last, beyond eternity, for the rest of our lives, as the stars reflect our glow of pride.

Lost Morals

Notice how good people who stand head high on their ground and refuse to cheat or lie gets respected? Yeah, me neither. 

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Favorite Youtubers!

Hello readers, so I’ve been in the Youtube community as a viewer for about a year now, and my adventure in Youtube is truly amaazing! Do you even know how many inspiring youtubers out there? There are like, tons! When I thought Youtube is all about watching bits of movie clips and brand new single from singers, I was suddenly introduced to this another layer of youtube where I found certain amazing people that has been one of the reason of why my glasses gets thicker and thicker, and here they are!

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