in defense of being verbose

15 – Day 9 – the message to hold on to

Aug
21

Day 9 : Post some words of wisdom that speak to you

“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”

Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I’ll leave the sentence to speak for itself. No explanation needed.

13 – Day 7 – the melodies that speak

Aug
07

Day 7 : List 10 songs that you’re loving right now

(as always, in no particular order)

1. Luke Sital-Singh – You Always Hurt The One You Love

2. Allen Stone – Where You’re At

3. AURORA – Half The World Away

4. George Ezra – Drawing Board

5. Nitin Sawhney feat. Paul McCartney – My Soul

6. Alt-J – Warm Foothills

7. Jamie Lidell – Green Light

8. Mansun – Electric Man

9. Richard Hawley – Serenade Of Blue

10. James Blake – A Case Of You

12 – Day 6 – the way you do the things you do

Aug
07

Day 6 : Five ways to win your heart

1. Be on-time

Look, I don’t care. This one is definitely on the top of this list.I try not to expect much, living in Jakarta out of every possible choices on earth. But seriously, if you can be on-time to any appointment, I would know that you are making the extra effort to live up to your promise, and to show your respect to me. And that is a big plus for me.

2. Be chill

By chill, I don’t mean a “yo chill dude” behaviour. What I mean is when you get over-clingy to someone you are or intend to be close with? I know people usually would want to spend as much time with the other person, but a little acknowledgement that everyone needs to have a personal life would be very much appreciated.

3. Have a certain taste for music

I’m not asking much here. I know I have a very peculiar taste in music, so to have someone with at least a similar taste of music would be awesome, but rather impossible. However, as long as you have a certain taste instead of just an “oh I like most stuff all the time, I mostly just listen to random songs on whatever radio is on at the time” behaviour, or even worse, the “meh whatever,  they all sound the same to me”, which just means you don’t like music. I can’t deal with that. I’d rather have someone be “you know what, I still think NSYNC is the greatest gift ever to humanity, and there’s nothing you can do to change that.”. But that way, I know you have a taste.

4. Like coffee

Okay, this is more like me asking you to tolerate my coffee habit. If I’m around you, chances are I’m gonna need to ask you for some coffee time.. most of the time. Hence, if you’re an anti-coffee person.. Well, we kinda have a problem then.

5. Be into football

This one might sound very trivial. But honestly, having been watching football since I was 2 years old, this is an important thing to me. Very important, in fact. And I’ve always found that the connections that I’ve made always easily stepped up a level once I found out that the other person likes football. If anything, it’s my favourite conversation topic. Ever. And yeah, bonus points for you if you like the same clubs (yes, multiple. I’m being generous here) I do 😉

11 – Day 5 – the sights, the sound, the experience.

Aug
07

Day 5 : List five places that you want to visit

In no particular order, the five places that I want need to visit are:

India

Now this, I’ve always wanted to go. Nearly everything about the country has intrigued me for the longest time. My love story with Indian food during my stay in Singapore was the stuff of legend. Considering that now I have so many friends in various parts of the country, it’s almost a big shame how I haven’t visited the country yet.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Yes, I know I’ve been here before, but it was back still in winter time. I need, and I must, go back there during spring or summer and experience the sunflowers, on top of the marvellous collection in the museum. I know for sure that place is one place I will always enjoy being at, no matter what time. I know I haven’t been to a lot of museums in my life, but I do know for sure that I am that much in love with this place.

Hawai’i

Usually when I tell people about this particular wish on my bucket list, they just go “Why don’t you just go to Bali? It’s pretty much the same”. I know I haven’t made it there yet, but I’m sure it’ll be different. I’m not so much a beach person, but I certainly would love me some ocean breeze. Plus, the culture and the way people just live so chill most of the time, I just need to experience it at least once.

Liverpool

Pretty much an obvious thing to be put here. I need to be in Liverpool, end of story. Why? Where do you want me to start? The music? The culture? The football? Do I need to explain myself any further on this one?

Weserstadion, Bremen

So yes, blame the Werderaner in me. But seriously, I personally find it infuriating how I’ve been to Germany twice and yet both times I couldn’t manage to visit Bremen. Yes, still mentally kicking myself in the head for this. I do need to visit Bremen, with the special agenda which is to watch a Werder game (duhhhh) in Weserstadion. Plus, a stadium by the riverside? With the world’s awesome-est floodlights and all? Hell yes, I definitely need to be there.

10 – Day 4 – the dark horse

Aug
06

Day 4 : Write about someone who inspires you

George Harrison. Definitely.

OK, so this might have been quite an obvious answer and you probably think “oh how predictable”, but seriously, come on.

This man proved that being the youngest and the quietest doesn’t mean you get to be invisible and unheard of. Sure, he was The Quiet Beatle, but he’s the one who wrote Something and Here Comes The Sun. Also, it was him who made such a breakthrough with the sitar on Norwegian Wood, and also Taxman.

And let’s not forget about his spirituality. This was the man who went out in search of his own spirituality, enjoyed it so much, managed to stick to it, and absolutely committed to it 100%. You don’t get such quality in most people even these days, especially in the celebrity world. Bloody hell, even I myself am not sure I can be as committed as he was.

His twisted sense of humour. Even from as early as Taxman, you could see clearly his sarcasm and very dry humour. Then came This Song (the song AND the video!) in response to the My Sweet Lord lawsuit. Also, his strong ties to The Monty Python. Best of all had to be his last words to Ringo, which was “Do you want me to come with you?”, when Ringo told him his daughter had a brain tumour whilst visiting George who was.. well, terminally ill. Can anyone get any more witty on their death bed? Don’t suppose so. Bloody hell, he suffered more than forty stab wounds when someone broke into his house and attacked him, and what did he have to say about the guy? “[he] wasn’t a burglar, and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys”. COME ON.

His big heart. The fact that he stayed best friends with Eric Clapton even after Pattie ran off from him to marry Clapton. His charity work through Concert For Bangladesh. His love for Olivia and Dhani, which is absolutely out of this world. His way of supporting the Pythons by creating HandMade films just so he could help produce Monty Python movies.

And what’s more, even after all the success and whatnot, his favourite thing to do was gardening. This is a Beatle we’re talking about, not just some musician. And he was into freaking gardening.

So yeah, this is why I pretty much had an absolute mental breakdown in 10th grade to the extent that I had to skip school when I heard the news of his passing. I seriously can’t find anyone more inspiring that George Harrison.