Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Eid Mubarak

Wish all the best and happiness for you and your family ♥♡♥♡

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sink into the Van Der Wijck

Well, I am not a fan of cheesy romances actually, so when I first heard about the novel a few years ago I thought that the story will be 'old' and boring. But then, as I grow older, I realized that there is just more than storyline in classic Indonesian romans. The author of the Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijck (the Sinking of the Van Der Wijck), Buya Hamka, was a very respectable person and an intellect as well. He showed the beautiful aspects of Malay literature through his writings, his novel Di Bawah Lindungan Ka'bah (Under the Protection of Ka'bah) has a beautiful way in describing the unrequited love of two people, although with a simple storyline. That was when I started to have an interest on classic Indonesian novels.

I read the Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijck (1938) last year, for the very first time, although sometimes I can't believe why I haven't read this sooner when I was in school before, amazingly the novel really blew my mind away. I like the storyline, even it seems that its title has already blown everything away, but the way Buya Hamka describe the feelings that the main character, Zainuddin, towards the woman that he loves so much, Hayati, is desperately beautiful.... I don't know the exact way to explain the feelings that readers get from reading it, the words that he used to describe is written in a very poetic high-class Malay language.

"Demikianlah perempuan, ia hanya ingat kekejaman orang kepada dirinya walau pun kecil dan ia lupa kekejamannya sendiri pada orang lain padahal begitu besarnya." - Buya Hamka, Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijck
 (This is my translation, I hope I could nail it -- "So that is women, she only remember the cruelty of other people towards her even how slight it is, and she forgets her own cruelty towards other people even how big it is.")
 Those words feel like stabbing me straight to the heart, and this is the best ones yet...

"Kau yang sanggup menjadikan saya seseorang yang gagah berani. Kau pula yang sanggup menjadikan saya sengsara selamanya. Kau boleh memutuskan pengharapanku. Kau pun sanggup membunuhku."- Buya Hamka, Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijck
(My translation again -- "You are the one who could make me become someone that is so brave. You are also the one who could make me miserable forever. You may break my hopes. You could even kill me.")
I feel that those words are really powerful in describing the mixture of love and hate feelings that becomes a dilemma in Zainuddin's heart, and how the feelings have killing him softly throughout his life.

I am amazed to realized that the story had touch my heart, and made me think to myself that anyone of us might experience it. So, a brief story about the plot: the love of Zainuddin and Hayati is not allowed by Hayati's family due the fact that Zainuddin is a mix of Padang-Makassar, while Hayati is a noble of Minangkabau. During that time, this kind of relationship is breaking the traditional norms. However, when Zainuddin is trying to propose to Hayati, she and her family finally decided to accept Aziz's proposal, whose a noble from Padang Panjang. Zainuddin, broken-hearted, travels to Java with his best friend, Muluk, to start in writing career. A few years later, when he had become a well-known writer, he meets Hayati and Aziz again in Surabaya but this time the situation has turned over another way around. Zainuddin has become a very rich man, while these nobles are nearly lost everything. Zainuddin is torn between his compassion to Hayati and his anger of being neglected years before. And then the story goes to the event aboard the Van Der Wijck...

I have a quite high expectation when I am about to see the movie (2013) in the cinemas. I've seen the trailers several times, I am actually quite amazed that they could picture the surroundings of Nederland Oost-Indië at that time, given the image of the luxury, which is mainly with art deco style,  in contrast to the traditional culture of Indonesia. The soundtrack! Yes, this one is my favorite, Sumpah Cinta dan Matiku by Nidji. The score and music is grandeur and the lyrics is really brave too, in my opinion. So many times they implied that they rather die if they ever broke their vow. I am rather satisfied with the overall movie, it is definitely better than what I am expected.


I really love it when I received this premiere invitation from Grazia Indonesia :)
Photo © Janita Jaya


Love,
 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Season Greetings

Happy 
New Year 
2014 Everyone!

I hope this year would be more fabulous than our previous years :)

I actually like this new year post cards, too bad it's already 2014!
Photo © VOGUE Russia

Love,
 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Life in Jakarta, Post-Europe

I actually feel a bit bad for neglecting the blog I really care since I was in middle school. Probably it's a bit late if I post this story right now, a lot has happened lately and I feel this is the right time to share my story. Let's say this post is my 2013 retrospective, a review on my life, whether I have done things that I really want to do or I still need to work everything out --but I know I should never stop reaching my dreams though! Anyway, I have many friends that help me to cope up with this unbelievably unexpected life, so I really grateful for that :)

Friendship Never Dies

When I live alone by myself, I feel that friends really there to stand beside you to face the world together. --this can also means literally too!
Friends are your family, people that also share experiences with you, together in laughter, together in happiness and together in facing problems. Well, I started this year together with Cynthia, a friend from Paris. We both come from Jakarta, neither of us coming back home for Christmas and new year celebrations, so we decided to have fun together in Paris, girls day out for a whole two-weeks! :D
I think we almost go through to all tourist attractions in Paris, that includes shopping centers of course, there's no way I would leave Paris without grabbing some shopping bags from the Champs-Élysées. Even though when I'm back to Jakarta, I realized that it's impossible for me to apply all those colours from Sephora pallette for natural daily make-up. But I have nothing to regret!
Thanks to Cynthia, I've grown a fascination on Hôtel Costes and Stéphane Pompougnac. :)

Me and Cynthia in the Trocadero. I almost NEVER took selfies, 
but I think I'd like to make exception for Paris.
Photo © Janita Jaya

Living as a student in foreign country --which also make you an immigrant too, sometimes will be quite tiring. Thanks God, I have some friends also from LSPR that went to Den Haag as well. We spent a lot of time together; dinners, parties, shopping (they said they'll always find me in H&M somehow haha!), gossip-ings (oops!) and study groups. --this one I cannot really sure, since we almost never studying seriously :p
We've been through a lot together, Lidya, Joice, Ririn, Alfona and I, --which I cannot mention all our experiences together, but it surely unforgettable.
What I remember, and so clear as crystal, is when we need to go through snow storm to get to Schiphol Airport, or else, we can't go back to Jakarta. It was a mess, all trains in Den Haag were cancelled and we need to board the plane in two hours. Amazingly, we met people from Indonesia too in Hollands Spoor and we decided to took a cab to the airport. The snow was so thick, that we cannot see anything beyond us, it was quite terrifying and that was one of the most epic journey to get back home in my life. Short version of the story is... we made it! We returned safely to Jakarta, despite of the storm, even though many flights were cancelled afterwards.
That was the time when I realized that sometimes friends do share fate together, we put our trust and safety on our lives to them. By the blessings of God, we really made it, that was amazing actually and I feel that all those experiences will connect us together forever.

From L to R: Ririn, me, Alfona, Lidya and Joice.
And then, after we get back to Jakarta, we decided to make a talk show of it! Hahaha *I'm just kidding :p
Photo © LSPR TV

The best part of it that we also brought some friends from Den Haag to Jakarta :)
The girls: Romy, Kim, Shivara and Tannas, were exchange students from the Netherlands to Indonesia and they're studying in our campus. I really love to have them here, as well as my other friends too, it was really nice to teach and to introduce Indonesian culture to the girls. We had a really in depth discussion about our cultural experience, both about Indonesia and the Netherlands, and for me it's really interesting to know how other people perceives us and also how to deal with cultural differences.
Well, besides all the heavy subjects, of course we love to go shopping. --Yes! This is Jakarta, love :)
I still remember when Romy and I went to a midnight sale in Senayan, it seemed like we were trying to buyout the entire store hahaha :D

 From L to R: Ms. Wood from HHS, Kim, Romy, and I.
 Having some cocktails before going out for dinner.
Photo © Janita Jaya

 Back row L to R: Romy, Joice, Kak Heru, Lidya, and Mbak Dani
Front row L to R: Kim, me, Ririn, and Tannas
We're never tired of Indonesian cuisine, the best cuisine ever!
Photo © Heru Setiawan

Anyway, I wouldn't be this happy if it's not because my friends that have been through a lot with me together. I'm so happy when I got back to LSPR and meet my friends again, they've been waited for sometime for us to meet again... so the feeling was overwhelming when we see each other again :')
Oh my God... should I mention all of them? LSPR English club members, LSPR TV family, MC 14-2B all crew, my lecturers, my high school besties... wow there are too many people!

 Triplets: Kirti, me, and Ghon-ghon
 This what I call besties forever, no matter where we are, no matter what we do,
we always be together for each other :)
Photo © Ghoniya Rossi

 Keluarga Arisan!: Firdha, Indah, me, Hanny, and Ticul :)
 Photo © Janita Jaya

and also... meeting some friends that instantly cliques with you!

From L to R: Cinthia, Sevira, Miranda, Dyas, me, and Tika
 Presenting in a discussion with the U.S. Embassy Jakarta about climate change.
 Photo © Janita Jaya

Career go-getter

As a professional writer, yes, yes!
First, I would like to say thank you to LSPR that has given me an appreciation in their student showcase,  I really appreciate it :)
I cannot stop writing, it just happen naturally, even right now I'm writing this post while working. A lot of things going on in my head, tons of ideas, and it seems like everyday means new inspiration for my writings. All I need is time to write them all down... I don't know, may be in a form of novel, short-story, poems, or even essays (Well, I suppose that will do too). This year will be my last year of studying in LSPR, which means... thesis! For God sake! And that is what I do lately, give all my strength in time of happiness and sadness to finish my research. Despite all the struggle to finish the final thesis, I have really nice informants (I'm writing qualitative research) that are really helpful :)
Well, I still writing novels for sure, and love to hanging around with other writers too!
It's nice to share thoughts with other writers, somehow it inspires me to open my laptop and write down some catchy lines in my novel.

Gramedia Pustaka Utama's writers and readers gathering
Photo © Pricillia Anastasia

Teenlit writers in Kompas-Gramedia Fair 2013
Photo © Janita Jaya

Family love

This is the reason why I had homesick if I'm away, I miss my family all the time, sometimes I wish that I could go online on Skype 24/7 to have a chat with my Mom when I'm alone. When I'm get back to Jakarta I feel very delighted to be together again :)

We all love family outings -- at Karang Bolong, Anyer
Photo © Janita Jaya

And what else?

That's actually a good question cause I keep asking myself whether I have fulfill my last year resolution to have a better life this year. Well... I've tried my best, I hope that whatever happens in this year could be valuable experiences in the future...

Learn to cook Dutch food with Chef  Bara Pattiradjawane at Erasmus Huis --Dutch Embassy Jakarta.
-- The funny thing is that I never learn cook Dutch food when I was there, and learn it in Jakarta instead!
Photo © Janita Jaya

Let this kitty command me whatever he wishes and bewitch me with his charms.
Photo © Janita Jaya

In case you're wondering, yes, this is the UN's chopper!
Photo © Janita Jaya

Join a discussion with U.S. Department of State's officials in @america Jakarta
-- This is just my random thought: is this photo angle reminds you of a scene from Star Trek (2009), somehow?
Photo © @america

I can't help for not mention it: this is the best place for fashion that is opened in 2013!
Well, we'll always have Paris
Photo © Skyscrapercity.com / © Galeries Lafayette Jakarta


Love,
 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Voyage of Hans Ubbink in Jakarta Fashion Week 2014

Yes, here I go again!
I know it's been a very very long time since my last post and everything has changed a lot when I get back to Jakarta. I spend a lot of my time lately to gain more knowledge in international relations field, which is really challenging for sure (not forget to mention that my thesis is a bit haunting me somehow). But anyway, whatever happens, I will always love fashion, it runs in my blood so... I really need a daily dose of fashion to keep my sanity in this little crazy world.
I feel great when I received the invitation to attend Hans Ubbink show in Jakarta Fashion Week this year, finally I have my old life back! Well, this guy, Hans Ubbink is a Dutch fashion designer. He is well known for his collaboration with Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet) and his exotic uniqueness in tailoring. Anyway, I also have some wishlist in his men prêt-à-porter collection, which you could find it also in Bijenkorf, and don't forget to check his woman collection's lookbook for this latest season! I personally think that those are really nice suits, I wish I could have those in my closet, looks nice for the office right? :)
In the Jakarta Fashion Week 2014, Hans Ubbink showcased his Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear collection for men and women and in collaboration with Erasmus Huis Jakarta, he explored Indonesian traditional fabrics such as Garut weaving, Bali weaving, and Makassar silk weaving. What I like the most from this collection is that it inspired by voyages in the past, where you can find the illustrations of classical ships on the back of the jackets. It amuses me somehow, cause it reminds me a lot to Mesdag paintings which are legendary, and at the same time, so Dutch! A friend of mine from Den Haag once said to me, "Haaglanders must love Mesdag!"

Here I gave you the preview of Hans Ubbink show in Jakarta Fashion Week 2014!


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Hans Ubbink and Rebecca Reijman - Photo © Janita Jaya

 Hans Ubbink and Rebecca Reijman - Photo © Janita Jaya

or maybe you can see the show preview from Fashion Channel's youtube:


I say those suits, will definitely look stand out in the office! *I would try that for sure! :D


Love,