Open Letter: For Followers (Or Not)

This is an open letter for followers (or not.) Whether within context of social media, or not. Even when one is a follower in social media, does not mean that one does not follow. Go figure.

Today I’ve turned 42. I’ve written a letter to myself a year ago today. It’s like a year younger me sent birthday letter to myself today. I read it again. And I cringed.

It does not mean that I have to keep score of whether what’s inside my letter to myself has been fulfilled. It was just that I am reminded by myself of my purpose in life, a pursuit of happiness. It doesn’t mean that I preach about spreading happiness, nor that I know everything there is to know to happiness. I AM myself in my own pursuit of my own happiness. I am the embodiment of finding happiness, I am living the life, and I talk from my own experience; through thick or thin, ups and down, happiness or sadness, anger; everything is real and not made up. It’s raw.

Yes, in order for me to find happiness in this life I need to mate and find the right person to be joined in holy matrimony and walk this life as one. I need to find a person to marry, my wife to be.

I don’t care if you mock me (in any other way interacting with my life’s story); directly or indirectly (I find that most, almost everybody; mocks behind my back.) It is a consequences of the path that I have chosen to walk through, to write, to live. To write the story of my life IS to live it. And at some point in the past I have made a decision. Now I have a defining decision: to write the story of life I live BY writing it down. Because what I write is actual life, and if you are in some way involved with this story; conscious or not; you are more than welcome to join, we can write together. It will find a way. The story of finding happiness.

Back to my quest for finding my future wife, if you will (and you are qualified) let’s give it a shot. Let’s leave at the door what you do, your ego, your pride, your status, your wealth, your race, your age, your religion. Leave them. Just be you as is destined by God to mate; follow your instinct; and give it a chance.

Or not. Got to keep realistic.

Let the quest continue.

Happy birthday, me.
~Me today.

Hi 42 y.o. Farry in 2014

Hi 42 y.o. Farry in 2014,

I believe that during the span of 1 year after I’ve written and sent you this letter, You have found the happiness you are looking for all your life. I believe you found it in yourself and have your own peace of mind. You always have big heart, live like water flowing, always thing positively and only depend yourself on God like always being reminded.

I believe you have created your own family, your own circle of happiness, because through such exercise, you can go on with making the world a happier place through your endeavor.

I believe spreading happiness is your life’s manifesto, otherwise why are you so persistent in doing so? I believe it is driven by your own pursuit of happiness, and finding the meaning of it. I believe all the ordeal and challenges you encounter in life are just test to see whether you’re up to your calling, and you will pass with flying color.

I believe your life story will inspire others to spread happiness because to counter hatred and everything else negative, we don’t hate back. We spread happiness instead.

Happiness is happening.

Happy 42nd birthday,
– 41 y.o. Farry in 2013

7 Years on Twitter

7 years ago today I tweeted my very first tweet.

When I first sign up on Twitter, I didn’t know what it was, what it is for and how it works. The culture was pretty much different back then. Off course there was already Facebook. We had a sense of how is it being connected with friends via internet, although the groundbreaking was with Friendster. We jumped up and down with joy when we can connect with a long lost friend’s profile. It was mysterious and magical.

AUSTRAL14 – Day #0 (21-10-14): CGK-KUL

Pada 21-30 Januari 2014 (tepat sebulan yang lalu) saya melakukan perjalanan ke Australia dalam rangka datang ke Big Day Out 2014 dan nonton Pearl Jam. Minggu ini tepat sebulan yang lalu saya bepergian, dan agar tidak lebih jauh lagi prokrastinasi (penundaan pekerjaan) saya, maka saya akan post di blog saya hari-per-hari, sebulan yang lalu (paling ya selisih 1 hari.) Lewat dari jangka waktu sebulan saya rasa udah basi. Saya mulai ya dari Hari #0 (keberangkatan pesawat dihitung Hari #0 karena overnight.)

Saya sudah menunggu hari ini datang sejak Agustus 2013, saat saya pesan tiket Big Day Out untuk nonton main headliner Pearl Jam. Saat itu booking tiket BDO Sydney (Hari #1. Awalnya akan diselenggarakan 2 hari di Sydney, dengan hari pertama bertepatan dengan Australia Day. Kemudian promotor festival membatalkan Hari #2.) Lalu di bulan2 berikutnya mulai menabung AUD dan booking kamar untuk Sydney (saya booking Hostel Casa Central) dan tiket pesawat (AirAsia dengan stop-over di Kuala Lumpur.)

Poster Big Day Out 2014

Teman saya Irawan mengajak saya untuk roadtrip keliling australia dengan menggunakan mobil sewaan. Dan karena memang paralel dengan rencana membawa petisi untuk mendatangkan Pearl Jam ke Indonesia (yang berpuncak pada acara “FAITHFULL – Pearl Jam Nite VIII : Bring Pearl Jam To Indonesia”) dan ada rencana untuk bertemu di Melbourne dengan kontak dari pihak yang membantu kita (menyampaikan petisi ke Pearl Jam,) maka itinerary trip yang saya namakan AUSTRAL14 (get it? Australia in 2014?) berkembang dari seminggu menjadi 10 hari, dengan menambah rencana Big Day Out Melbourne dan keliling Australia.

Lalu saya pesan tambahan tiket Big Day Out Melbourne dan hotel di Melbourne (rencana awal di Melbourne Metro YHA tapi karena terlalu lama menunda akhirnya fully booked, diganti King Street Backpackers Melbourne.) Hotel di Merimbula (pertengahan perjalanan Sydney-Melbourne) dibooking oleh Irawan (sepertinya dia tidak terlalu cocok dengan hostel dan memilih motor inn Black Dolphin.)

Rute yang kami pilih adalah melipir sepanjang Sapphire Coast, dari Sydney perjalanan 7 jam ke Merimbula (kota resort pantai) dan beristirahat di sana semalam, lalu besoknya berangkat dalam perjalanan 6 jam ke Melbourne. Stay di Melbourne 2 malam sambil datang ke Big Day Out Melbourne. Lalu dilanjutkan dengan day trip Melbourne Sydney, untuk ke Big Day Out Sydney dan sisanya dihabisakan dengan city tour di Sydney sampai pulang. Berikut itinerary yang direncanakan di TripIt.

Pagi itu (seperti hari-hari sebelumnya) Jakarta diguyur hujan deras. Di beberapa bagian kota Jakarta digenangi air (baca: banjir.) Jam 10 saya pergi sebentar ke Ace Hardware dekat rumah untuk membeli koper (yup. Saya sudah packing dulu sebelum punya koper.) Pada perjalanan pulang saya beli nasi padang, untuk bekal makan di rumah.

Setelah packing (1 koper utama, 1 backpack notebook dan 1 tas kecil selempang) saya minta panggilkan taxi sekitar 4 jam sebelum jam 18.55 keberangkatan pesawat, antisipasi genangan air dan macet di Jakarta. Dan setelah sempat mampir sebentar untuk sebuah keperluan, taxi saya melaju ke Bandara Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 3. Surprisingly, rute via Sudirman-Grogol lancar saja.

T3 Soetta #AUSTRAL14 - ThumbnailSetibanya di Terminal 3 saya langsung check-in, beli roti di Circle K Terminal 3, dan menunggu sambil menulis post ini di Starbucks Terminal 3. Beberapa saat jelang jam boarding, saya berbenah dan menuju ke waiting lounge Gate 6. Ternyata keberangkatan tertunda, sehingga saya sempat menunaikan shalat Magrib di musholla Terminal 3. Setelah itu saya sempat menunggu keberangkatan delayed di lounge Gate 6.Test

KLIA LCCT

Jam 18:15 saya baru boarding flight QZ8196 menuju KUL (Kuala Lumpur.) Penerbangan CGK-KUL ini hanya memakan waktu 2 jam. Di KLIA LCCT (Low-Cost Carrier Terminal) saya turun ke terminal LCCT, lalu segera melewati jalur imigrasi khusus untuk connecting flight. Tidak ada jeda waktu menunggu karena penerbangan sebelumnya memang delayed. Walaupun sudah check-in boarding pass, saya minta waktu kepada petugas keluar sebentar untuk ke toilet LCCT.

AirAsia X CabinPenerbangan AirAsia X D7 222 KUL-SYD menggunakan pesawat Airbus A330-300. Kursi berlapis kulit merah putih tapi agak sempit, sesempit siku yang bolak-balik tersenggol pramugari yang lewat (hmm, pramugarinya dari berbagai negara kawasan Asia.) Dan teman duduk saya juga gadis cantik dari Filipina sepertinya, seorang Pinay. Sudah terlalu cape untuk memulai percakapan…

Of Everything That’s Possible In The Hearts And Minds of Man

Of Everything That’s Possible In The Hearts And Minds of Man

Judul post ini adalah penggalan dari lirik Eddie Vedder, vokalis Pearl Jam yang sekaligus lyricist yang pandai dalam menggali makna yang dalam dengan kata-kata bersayap. banyak lirik gubahan Eddie yang berkaitan dengan rasa optimisme dan rasa mampu mengubah dunia, that swagger, yang kalau bagi orang-orang yang pesimis sangat sulit dipahami. Penggalan lirik lain mengenai optimisme tidak jauh-jauh dari album terakhir “Lightning Bolt (2013),” yaitu The Fixer dari “Backspacer” (2009): Continue reading

FAITHFULL, Pergelaran dan Telaah Makna (Esai)

Dalam beberapa hari ini kita akan menyelenggarakan tradisi tahunan Pearl Jam Indonesia, berupa pergelaran tribute untuk band Pearl Jam, bertajuk Pearl Jam Nite, yang kali ini menginjak kali kedelapan. Judul lengkapnya “FAITHFULL – Pearl Jam Nite VIII : Bring Pearl Jam To Indonesia.” Pertunjukan ini bukan hanya tribute show biasa, melainkan menjadi semacam pernyataan sikap bersama yang dituangkan ke dalam format kampanye, dalam usaha mendatangkan kelompok musik Pearl Jam ke Indonesia untuk mengadakan pertunjukan di tanah air.

Wacana untuk kampanye mendatangkan Pearl Jam ke Indonesia sebenarnya sudah dimulai sejak tahun 2005 oleh teman-teman fans Pearl Jam yang tergabung dalam komunitas Pearl Jam Indonesia, mulai mengumpulkan tandatangan fisik dan petisi online. Lalu mulai dicanangkan secara serius sejak 2009 (dengan judul kampanye “Bring Pearl Jam To Indonesia”) via Causes pada sekitar rilis album “Backspacer” dan kini pada tahun 2013-2014 kembali menghangat dengan diluncurkannya Facebook Page “Pearl Jam Jakarta 2014” di sekitar rilis album “Lightning Bolt”  dan rencana Pearl Jam untuk bertandang ke beberapa kota di Australia dan Selandia Baru dalam festival tahunan “Big Day Out 2014.”

Banyak dari kita yang bertanya-tanya sudah sedekat itu, kenapa tidak sekalian mampir ke Indonesia? Ternyata memang showbiz tidak sesederhana itu. Kita juga sudah berkomunikasi dengan promotor lokal yang sudah mengajukan penawaran ke pihak booking agent Pearl Jam, kemudian mereka berubah pikiran dan belum menjadwalkan Asia Tour yang membuat Pearl Jam dapat manggung di tanah air tercinta. Continue reading

Gravity: Film Review

Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

I first know Alfonso Cuaron the director back in 1997 when I saw his work “Great Expectations” (1998; Gwyneth Paltrow & Ethan Hawke.) It was beautifully done with all of the movie elements speak something, directly or metaphorically. The overall cinematographic theme of green, subdued but it gives nuances to the movie’s theme of love lost and found.

Frankly I was following his work since then, expected him to do similar works and not too happy about his next movie “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” a road trip movie about group of teenagers in their coming-of-age romp. Then I kind of not too eager to find out about “Children of Men,” let alone “Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban.”

Gravity” was quite in heavy pre-promotion, it caught my attention. Cuaron doing a sci-fi? But I still take it lightly, not so eager to catch it in cinema. What can actually 2 actors movie in space setting do that is so special? “Gravity” starred by only Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Clooney can bring in audience, but Bullock? Miss Congeniality is currently playing at my premium movie channel, that kind of turn me off.

But one article citing that it was a great movie about how the 3D concept ‘tells’ a story, intrigued me. After a hot-headed meeting, I head to cool it off catching “Gravity” in nearest IMAX theatre. If the special effects should tell stories in a movie and it was helmed by Alfonso Cuaron, then I gotta see it.

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LALA “Between Us” – Album Review

Lala Berkilau

I first got to know Lala Karmela via YouTube when she was this generic girl with a guitar covering other artists love songs like Yana Yulio’s “Hasrat Cinta” and Asti’s “Satu Jam Saja.” I thought that she is a one-hit-wonder artist trying out her luck struming guitar, nice look and covering songs for soundtracks of movies that could be easily forgettable. But apparently she’s more than all that.

One day she introduced her single “Morning Star” which was an instant catch to my ears and easily likable. The single (or she insists that it was a teaser for her upcoming album) was published via Soundcloud, at exact right moment to coincide with my personal life happening (that I couldn’t get it out of my brain,) that I posted about the single (ahem, teaser) here. Apparently she has found her home in Sinjitos Records. Good for her.

Then in March she published her next single “Berkilau,” announcing that her album will be released in May, which has finally seen light of days now.

The album opens up with “Morning Star,” like said, is an instant likable electronic beat of piano loop over her crisp vocal. It is like a cool breeze in a summer day. Very refreshing. The album title “Between Us” is a decent acoustic guitar song, which has sets her free out of that one-hit-wonder stereotype. This single along can shine compared to today’s Indonesian music. “Berkilau” is a happy-go-lucky song with a surprise twist and turns during verses, refrains and bridges, then it explodes and glitters in the end part. Taking you through her world and personality. “I Don’t Know What To Wear” is a (gasp) standard number with great arrangement and production with her playful lyrics, with very girly topic. “Selamanya” is a slow jam typical Indonesian love song, but does not fall flat cheesy. “You Got Me Again” is a great closer to this album. A song with an attitude from a girls point-of-view, about love-and-hate relationship. Articulate vocals.

Being half-Philippine and half-Indonesian maybe plays a part of her great English lyrics, while her Indonesian lyrics doesn’t come cheesy neither. Still no information regarding the music director, musicians or writing companion (or whether any of the song was written by somebody else,) because I downloaded “Between Us” from iTunes Store Indonesia hence no liner notes, artworks and lyrics. Looking forward to see her live, and also buy the physical CD, it’s that worth it. Meanwhile by all means go buy “Between Us” here!

Lala Karmela, you got me again!

An End of An Era, An Open Letter

It was fun at first, when you can do something sweet and only works in the movies like “You’ve Got Mail.” Yes, been doing it since 2010 with somebody, which inspires me to start a venture called Happinette. BTW, thank you Muse. Would like to discuss this with you someday, over coffee. It will be fun. xx :))

Things then developed from there to directions which was unpredictable. It has its ups and down. From the get go was planning to write my adventure in support of Happinette, the story behind the making. But it turned out that the story itself; as it was unfolding; had diverted me from focusing on actually developing the app.

People started to interact, observe, mock, gossip, steal ideas, got inspired, fall in love, hate, got inspired, seclude, sympathize, despise, taking advantages of, etc. I was in many position imaginable from vulnerable to offensive, but I have no regrets, for everything is a zeitgeist, life lesson and I had realize that such adventure was a journey for me to find more about me, to learn about myself, a pursuit of happiness. Take away this mortal body (to not be considered egomaniac or narcissist,) it’s a lesson about human’s life.

I am sorry if I made any mistakes during this adventure. I also forgives if anybody had hurt me in any way. For we are only humans, and humans make mistakes, from which we learn something about life.

People may deem me weird (or even crazy) but I am not responsible for their opinion. I intend; and never been more determined; to still write my life story down and finish what I had started. And also see that Happinette is launch in one fine day, for that is the purpose of the whole story, for which had happen for a purpose, to seek meaning of happiness, because it rings true in my personal life. In real time.

As in interaction, I will stop these #nomention act, and will interact in more direct manner. For those of you willing to open their hearts, I am also open heartedly interact and maybe get to know each other better. Also if you have experiences regarding this, I’d like to know more, we can create stories together. Some of you art workers, if you are inspired by this, let’s talk. Some of you I have already hinted, or even contacted, to express this in your art forms. All in one common universal theme. Happiness.

Our lives makes one story. #NoMention.

No Mention-Transparent On Green Logo

Stuck In A Moment (That You Can Get Out Of)

Tadi malam saya mengalami sebuah kejadian, sebuah mu’jizat jika boleh dikatakan demikian. Saya bermaksud untuk pergi ke sebuah tempat di kompleks ruko Duta Mas Fatmawati, dan beserta partner sekaligus saudara saya Yudhi Kusumo berangkat dari SOHO kami di kawasan Lebak Bulus. Saat itu hujan lebat sebagai akibat dari mendung berkepanjangan yang sudah berlarut-larut dalam beberapa hari ini.

Kami mengambil jalan dari arah Pondok Labu melewati RS Fatmawati dan melewati CITOS, untuk bermaksud mengambil ‘jalan tikus’ Kompleks MPR dan menembus ke arah Duta Mas. Apa daya ‘jalan tikus’ tersebut sudah macet hingga mulut jalan, sehingga kami terus melalui arteri Fatmawati.

Hujan seperti air yang dicurahkan tiada henti, bahkan kami mendapati arteri Antasari banjir (genangan air kalau kata Fauzi Bowo) pada beberapa titik. Terdapat titik genangan di samping gedung baru Alamanda, padahal titik tersebut tinggi dan tidak biasanya banjir (mungkin dampak dari didirikannya gedung Alamanda, tetapi siapa yang mau peduli akan AMDAL?) Continue reading