Showing posts with label Entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Entertainment. Show all posts
December 22, 2007. Label:

Pintu Tertutup Teater Anam

Pintu Tertutup Teater Anam
Festival Teater Jakarta 2007 is being held now at TIM (Taman Ismail Marzuki), Cikini, Jakarta, organized annually by Dewan Kesenian Jakarta (the Jakarta Art Council). The program started on December 20 and will finish on December 31, 2007, sponsored by Djarum Super.
December 16, 2007. Label:

Danny and Marlayne

Danny and Marlayne
These are another new names that were added into my limited memory library of world Jazz musicians, particularly those from the Netherlands. The husband and wife jazz musicians, Danny and Marlayne Sahupala, performed at Big Stage 2 on the left wing of Istora Senayan Jakarta at the JakJazz festival last November.
December 16, 2007. Label:

Bugz in the Attic

Bugz in the Attic
JakJazz gave me chances to practice my photography skills, which progresses like snail pace, and also a good place to improve my outdated education level on jazz to at least recognize new names, faces and hopefully also their music. These were the reason why we decided to watch Bugz in the Attic special show on the first day of JakJazz Festival 2007.

December 08, 2007. Label:

Dainius Pulauskas Performance

Dainius Pulauskas Performance
I got another name from the last JakJazz Festival that need to be memorized in my shallow memory. It's Dainius Pulauskas, a jazz pianist from Lithuania with his Dainius Pulauskas Sextet group that he established back in 1996. The sextet is considered as one of the most creative, most experimental, and one of the most popular jazz bands in Lithuania, a country with only 3.5 million population in the Eastern Europe.
December 01, 2007. Label:

The funny Quickie Express

The funny Quickie Express
I went to Setiabudi building this afternoon after dropping off Dewi at Mal Ambasador to take knitting course. The original purpose was only to pick up my Fujitsu sub-notebook at Fujitsu service center. I replaced the deteriorated touch mouse, the two broken hinges, and the totally unreadable bad sectors hard disk. It seems that it fell down, and the cost of the negligence was Rp.2.2 million.

Then came the idea of taking lunch, as it's noon time already. After taking a delicious hot dog "economic" set lunch at the second floor, which was not economic at all as it costed me Rp.40,000, then came another idea, watching movie. Being alone didn't stop me to move my legs to the cinema at the third floor. I was recommended by a friend to watch Quickie Express, a movie directed by Dimas Djayadiningrat.

The smart metropolitan satire adult life comedy are played by Tora Sudiro as Jojo, Amink as Marley -seemingly because of his hair style-, Lukman Sardi as Piktor (popular acronym of pikiran kotor, a dirty mind).

I arrived just in time, as when I was on the way to the ticketing box, the announcer was informing the moviegoers that the theater 4 door has been opened. I sat quitely at the E-row, as there was no one to talk to.

From the beginning shots until the end, it loaded with lots of scenes that made my teeth and my mouth completely dried up, and my stomach aching happily. The movie not only gives nutrition for the eyes, but for the mind and heart as well.

The crossed-eyed supervisor with unique heavy local dialect who gives instruction to Jojo on how to safely clean the floor is quite funny and entertaining. Whilst the instruction is simple and clear, but Jojo still screws it up.
He's a perfect loser, until life brings him to Mudakir, the Hunter for male escort or gigolo, played solidly by Tino Saroengallo, both in vocal and act.

The funniest scenes are those in the gigolos' training rooms, from the full size woman body sex doll to the scenes when an instructor teaches Jojo, Marley and Piktor erotic dance. The erotic dance is quite refreshing, even for males. I was just wondering of what's in the women minds when they're watching it.

Praise shall be awarded to senior actors such as Ira Maya Sopha, Rudy Wowor and Tio Pakusadewo who showed their quality of acts and vocals. Ira plays Mona, wife of a mafia boss Jan Pieter Gunarto (Rudy Wowor), who demands exclusive gigolo service from Jojo and later falls in love with him.

Jojo, however, falls in love with Lila, played charmfully by a new comer Sandra Dewi, who happens to be Mona's daughter. Jojo just knew the bitter fact when he's invited to celebrate Lila's birthday at her familiy's home.

Life becomes more complicated to Jojo when Jan Pieter Gunarto, who's a gay, also falls in love with him. Jojo brings back Jan's memories of his dead boyfriend, who was murdered by Jan's bodygurd because of jealousy. I didn't recognize Tio Pakusadewo who played convincingly as the cruel body guard until my daughter told me.

Quickie Express is definitely the best movie that I saw since Nagabonar-2. The script writer, Joko Anwar, definitely deserves to get a praise for the smart script. It's not totally perfect I should say, as there could be few improvements here and there. Nia Dinata, through her Kalyana Shira Films that produced the movie, deserves also a praise for exploring the uncommon theme of juicy underground lives in big cities like Jakarta.

The movie has been more than a week in the cinema, since November 22. If you haven't got a chance to see it, do go to your favorite place to watch it. It's highly recommended, a 4.5 stars movie out of 5.
December 01, 2007. Label:

A visit to Wapres

A visit to Wapres
Sorry, you might think that Wapres is the famous Wakil Presiden (the Vice President). It's not. I'm not that important, yet, to have the opportunity to visit the second most important person in the country. Wapres stands for Warung Apresiasi (thanks to mademoizell3 for the correction). A cozy place where every night people can enjoy good food at good price, while enjoying performances of new group bands that show off their skills.
November 25, 2007. Label:

Curtis King Band at JakJazz

Curtis King Band at JakJazz
Curtis King performed at Fiestea Garden Stage, a place covered by shady leaves of big trees. At the side of the stage we could find easily delicious food and drinks, such as the famnous traditional baked bread with choices of nice stuffs inside and energy drinks to entertain our empty stomach and dry throat.
November 25, 2007. Label:

Maliq & d’Essentials Show

Maliq & d’Essentials Show
Maliq & d’Essentials is one of the few performers in JakJazz that drew hundreds of people who packed the open Big Stage 1 at the left wing of Istora Senayan, Jakarta, on Friday evening show. Maliq & d’Essentials show was started at about 11 p.m., right after Curtis King and his band finished their entertaining performance.
November 25, 2007. Label:

Syaharani at JakJazz

Syaharani at JakJazz
It was not until I saw her on the stage singing Leo Kristi's song "Salam dari Desa" beautifully at Konser Kebangsaan that Syaharani's name was registered in my memory. She's pretty, quite active moving her body parts, expressive and of course she's blessed with excellent voice. Watching her on stage was quite entertaining.
November 24, 2007. Label:

The Perfect Assad Guitar Duo

The Perfect Assad Guitar Duo
A short text message can do the selling. It was because of the text message landed in my hand phone a few days back, I was inside Usmar Ismail Hall on Wednesday evening, November 21, 2007, with Dewi. We were curious of what the Assad Guitar Duo could do to entertain our eyes and ears. Maybe to our souls as well.
November 23, 2007. Label:

Let's Paint The Town Jazz

Let's Paint The Town Jazz
Just to remind everybody that today, Friday, November 23, the 9th Dji Sam Soe Super Premium Jak Jazz 2007 will be kicked off at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, and will continue entertaining jazz lovers until Sunday, November 25.
November 18, 2007. Label:

LKers Community, the Story

LKers Community, the Story
We arrived at MP BookPoint Jeruk Purut, Kemang, at about 3 p.m., November 10, when Dwi, one of fellow LKers, just parked his car. Devi from Sanggar Matahari was with him. A few fellow LKers were already there. Gam, Setiyadi, Rezza, and a few others were arranging guitars, amplifiers, microphones, angklung, keyboard and some sort of percussion.
November 06, 2007. Label:

LKers Community on Stage

LKers Community on Stage
Here's a good chance to have a close look on who's who and what they do in Komunitas LKers (LKers Community), as LKers will organize an on stage discussion, readings, photo exhibition, testimonials and music performance of Leo Kristi's works on Saturday, November 10, in conjunction with the commemoration of Hari Pahlawan (Heroes' Day).
September 21, 2007. Label:

Steve at UK launch

Steve at UK launch
The face of life is not always pale. There are beautiful colors as well. Hence, let's forget a second on how to deal with beggars on the streets and how to address poverty in general as, unfortunately, poverty is a never ending global humanitarian, educational, political and social issue (see TAP previous posting You Can't Eradicate Poverty).

On the upper part of the wheel of life, here's MacRumors with an article about video of Steve Jobs' speech at UK iPhone launch, recorded on September 18 by Crave TV at Apple Store, Regent Street, London. For me, Steve's speech is something that always worth to see and to listen to.

The 13 minute video shooting contains not only Steve's speech, but also Steve's answers or comments on several tough questions on iPhone, such as his view on iPhone hacks, the lack 3G capability, iPhone's pricing policy, carrier's selection and more.

Just wait until the video is completely played, then re-play it from the beginning to watch the smooth one. Enjoy.
August 26, 2007. Label:

iPhone Unlocked

iPhone Unlocked
Information sometimes travels in a strange way. It was initially a visit to Community Kompas that brought me to Info Konservasi Papua, which then led me to the Information Week Blog through a widget about Info IT Update at the lower right of the page.

The article which was posted by Stephen Wellman on Aug 24, was based on an article in the Engadet, the very top blog on earth with Authority of 30,568 today on Technorati. This is a good news for those who bought iPhone in US and wants to use it outside the territory.

It was The iPhoneSIMfree.com team who called Engadget to prove that they cracked Apple's iPhone SIM lock system. The six-man team has been working non-stop since launch day, and they're officially the first to break Apple's SIM locks on the iPhone with software.

Here's Engadget's list on how to use unlocked iPhone:
  • The unlock process took only a couple of minutes. From our end it was totally painless.

  • Once you put your new, non AT&T SIM in the device, you have to go through the usual activation process. This can, of course, be done by anyone anywhere with the right tools (like iASign or iActivator)

  • We tested with an active T-Mobile SIM -- after the hack was finished and we reactivated we immediately got full bars and the T-Mobile carrier info popped up in the top bar.

  • Everything is otherwise the same, except the menu system now has a couple more options. The root menu has Carrier settings where you can select your preferred network if you don't want to roam.

  • The General -> Network menu now has an EDGE network settings area where you can input your carrier's APN and username / password. We put in our T-Mobile info, and were immediately online. (Apparently these hidden menus were added in the 1.0.1 update, they tell us. How convenient!)

  • Visual voicemail isn't in the cards -- sorry. That was, of course, to be expected because it's a special AT&T network-specific feature right now. When you hit the voicemail button you are taken immediately to your carrier's default voicemail line though, and that works just like it would on any other phone.

  • Everything is confirmed as working on a non-AT&T network: SMS send / receive, internet (including Safari, Mail, Google maps, etc.). YouTube doesn't work out of the box, but that's to be expected. If you're not on AT&T you have to manually activate YouTube -- here's the guide on how to do that. (YouTube is the only app you have to activate like this.)

  • We know, it's kind of crazy, but this isn't a hoax.

  • No, sorry, you can't have our unlocked iPhone.

Engadget also provides video demo showing that the unlocked iPhone is a real one.

There are interesting comments in both the Information Week Blog as well as the Engadget that worth reading.

Apple has an exclusive agreement with AT&T to use iPhone with AT&T service in US market. With the crack, people can buy iPhone in US and use it with any mobile services in US and anywhere else in the world, provided that they can get the software. It may not be for free though...
August 25, 2007. Label:

Konser Kebangsaan, the Photos

Konser Kebangsaan, the Photos
We arrived at Balai Sarbini at about 7.30 p.m., and took the back seats, at the press area, as this is the best spot after the VIP area to take photos. Dewi was right, that the concert would not start on time. It started at about 8.30 p.m.
August 19, 2007. Label:

Konser Kebangsaan

Konser Kebangsaan
It's been a while that I haven't seen Leo Kristi performs on stage. Konser Kebangsaan will give me a good opportunity to refresh my memory about the musician and his patriotic songs. Hopefully he will give different experience to his loyal fans this time around.
June 16, 2007. Label:

Safari for Windows Public Beta

Safari for Windows Public Beta
I read with great interest the news titled "Safari for Windows Public Beta Downloads Top 1 Million in First 48 Hours".

Apple just announced on June 14 that more than 1 million copies of Safari™ for Windows were downloaded in the first 48 hours since the free public beta was made available on Monday.

Safari 3 is available as a free download at Apple's website here.

Apple claims that Safari 3 is the fastest browser running on Windows, rendering web pages up to twice as fast as IE 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2, based on the industry standard iBench tests. Testing conducted on an iMac 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system running Windows XP, with 1GB of RAM.

Safari features include SnapBack™, one-click access to an initial search query; resizable text fields; and private browsing to ensure that information about an individual’s browsing history isn’t stored.

Safari 3 supports all modern Internet standards including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SVG and Java. The first update for Safari for Windows Public Beta which fixes some early reported bugs was released already.

The final version of Safari 3 will be available as a free download to Mac OS X Tiger and Windows users in October.

Safari 3 for Windows requires Windows XP or Windows Vista, a minimum of 256 MB of memory and a system with at least a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor.

I will give it a try. I have just downloaded it. What about you?

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May 27, 2007. Label:

Miss Kadaluwarsa

Miss Kadaluwarsa
I think it was miss Kadaluwarsa who called me, because I thought I wouldn't be able see it. After having lunch at Sate Sanayan Kebon Sirih, alone, my mind became slightly clearer. Instead of heading home, I drove my car to Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Playhouse), where Miss Kadaluwarsa would be performed at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.
April 27, 2007. Label:

Samsung New-HD for iPod

Samsung New-HD for iPod
For those who are planning to buy a new or another iPod from Apple, but want to have the highest possible storage capacity, you may want to wait for a while. Especially if you think that the current high-end model with 80 GB Hard Drive capacity is not sufficient.

I read at MacRumors that Samsung has recently announced the availability of a 120 GB 1.8" Hard Drive, suitable for use in Apple's full-sized iPods.

Other manufacturer, i.e. Seagate also offers a 120 GB 1.8" Hard Drive, whilst Toshiba offers 100 GB 1.8" HD. With significantly higher HD capacity, we won't need to worry whether we'll have enough capacity to store thousands of favorites songs, photos and videos collections in our iPod.

Recently there were rumors that Apple might use flash based storage to replace the hard drive. The price will still be expensive though. Let's wait for a month or two then.