Tuesday, October 31, 2006

'One Litre of Tears'

Found this site where someone posted an excellent review of 'One Litre of Tears'...
Great work!

and here's another post about this great series...

I found this video of this person playing the soundtrack....

Ugh... does anyone have the music sheet? :)))))

Only Human - K

Only Human (K)
Lyrics: Osanai Mai Translation: Jonathan Wu Music: Matsuo Kiyoshi, Tanaka Choku
Soundtrack: One litre of tears

Kanashimi no mukou kishi ni
On the opposite coast of sadness
Hohoemi ga aru toiu yo
is something called a smile

Kanashimi no mukou kishi ni
On the opposite coast of sadness
Hohoemi ga aru to iu yo
is something called a smile
Tadori tsuku sono saki ni wa
But before we can go there,
Nani ga bokura wo matteru?
is there something we’re waiting for?

Nigeru tame ja naku yume ou tame ni
In order to chase our dreams, we can’t have a reason to run away
Tabi ni deta hazusa tooi natsu no ano hi
We’ve got to go, to that far away summer’s day

Ashita sae mieta nara tame iki mo nai kedo
If we find it tomorrow, we can’t sigh
Nagare ni sakarau fune no you ni
Because like a boat that opposes the stream
Ima wa mae he susume
we have to walk straight on

Kurushimi no tsukita basho ni
In a place worn down by sadness
Shiawase ga matsu toiu yo
something called a miracle, is waiting
Boku wa mada sagashite iru
Yet we are still searching
Kisetsu hazure no himawari
for the sunflower that grows at the end of spring

Kobushi nigirishime asahi wo mateba
The warrior who awaits the morning light
Akai tsume ato ni namida kirari ochiru
before he can clasp it with red nails, his tears glitter and fall

Kodoku ni mo nareta nara
Even if we’ve grown used to loneliness
Tsuki akari tayori ni
only relying on the light of the moon
Hane naki tsubasa de tobi tatou
We have to fly away with featherless wing
Motto mae he susume
just go foward, just a little further

Amagumo ga kireta nara
As the rainclouds break
Nureta michi kagayaku
the wet streets sparkling
Yami dake ga oshiete kureru
Although it brings only darkness
Tsuyoi tsuyoi hikari
A powerful, powerful light
Tsuyoku mae he susume
helps push us to walk on

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Life is short...

On the 30th September 2006, I posted that my ideal Saturday begins with Gary's Pump class at Richmond Fitness First...
Last Thursday (the week before this one), me and lia went to Teresa's Body Pump class at Bourke St Fitness First. Before the class started, Teresa said that she just heard a very sad news, one of the instructor has just passed away. I was so surprised when she mention the name of the instructor... It's Gary.. The Gary which Body Pump class I really truly enjoy. He's like the best Body Pump instructor ever - his class is just so much fun. Put it this way, why else would I sacrifice my Saturday to go to the gym? Keep in mind - I'm so not a sport person!
Anyway, since then, I've stopped going to the gym. Yap. 1 week and a bit. Missed last Saturday's Pump class - wasn't sure how it is going to be without him as the instructor. Plus, I sort of twist my neck muscle somehow. It was extremely painful to turn my head to the right for almost a week - since last Friday. Then, my parents came over from Indo (arrived last Sunday) so I've been skipping gym till this morning.
I had to go. Part of me still couldn't believe that Gary has passed away. I was kinda hoping it's not true - who knows, it could be someone else.. So I went... and the news was right after all. A guy called Mat took over the class today and last week (apparently - from what he said). From what he had said after the class, seems like he and Gary are good friends. But then again, from knowing Gary (by attending his class) for the past couple months (maybe almost a year now), he seems like a great bloke that gets along fine with everyone... It's such a shame...
There were a couple of girls that I know have been attending Gary's class for quite a while - Gary always made reference to this 40+ lady who's always positioned right in front of the stage. Before the class, she was crying on the shoulder of this other lady who I know has been attending the class for a while too. It's really sad. The class was very different to when Gary was the instructor. It's quiet.. very quiet indeed..
I don't know why I'm blogging about all these things. It's just this has been in my mind a lot for the past week.
Gary was my Body Pump's instructor. I haven't got a chance to know him well or anything. But the fact that he's been constant in my life for quite a while, I see him almost every Saturday, makes him feels like a part of my life...
I'm sad... Really am. Overheard the lady who was crying (her name is Victoria, I think...) said that 'Why? Why him?'
It's all very sad... It reminds me that life is short.. very short... too short sometimes... and you know that story, where a boy likes a girl but never got around to tell the girl and before he knows it the girl has passed away, that is so true... I didn't know that the last time I saw Gary was going to be the last time... If I knew, I would have said 'Thanks for such an inspirational class. Thanks for keeping me from not going to the pump class on Saturday morning by instructing such a great class. Thanks for making me feel great and ready to enjoy my weekend after a hard long Saturday pump class.' and I would have hug him... but I didn't get a chance, and I'm sad, really very sad....

Good bye Gary, you will be truly missed...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Girls' introduction to make up...

My lovely sister and me with MAC eye shadow... =)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

A day of fun @ Jessy's house

The almost-complete team of galssss (before the delicious steamboat)... ^.^
[left to right: cou ni (a.k.a. stephanie), lia (a.k.a. deasy), agnes, my sis (a.k.a. shelwin), me, jessy (i.e. the cook), ellie (i.e. the make up expert), jennifer]

With the help of Ellie's magic hands (what else but playing make up when 9 gals meet up)...

Yay!!!! =D

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

My li'l brother says ... "Have some perspective"

If the population of the Earth? was reduced to that of a small town with 100 people, it would look something like this:

  • 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 Americans (northern and southern), 8 Africans

  • 52 women, 48 men

  • 70 coloured-skins, 30 caucasians

  • 89 heterosexuals, 11 homosexuals

  • 6 people would own 59% of the whole world wealth and all of them will be from the United States of America

  • 80 would have bad living conditions

  • 70 would be uneducated

  • 50 underfed

  • 1 would die

  • 2 would be born

  • 1 would have a computer

  • 1 (only one) will have higher education

When you look at the world from this point of view, you can see there is a real need for solidarity, understanding, patience and education.

Also think about the following:

  • This morning, if you woke up healthy, then you are happier than the 1 million people that will not survive next week.

  • If you never suffered a war, the loneliness of the jail cell, the agony of torture, or hunger, you are happier than 500 million people in the world.

  • If you can enter into a church (mosque) without fear of jail or death, you are happier than 3 million people i n the world.

  • If there is a food in your fridge, you have shoes and clothes, you have bed and a roof, you are richer then 75% of the people in th e world.

  • If you have bank account, money in your wallet and some coins in the money-box, you belong to the 8% of the people on the world, who are well-to-do.

If you read this you are three times blessed because:
1. somebody just thought of you.
2. you don't belong to the 200 million people that cannot read.
3. and... you have a computer!

As somebody once said:
"- work as if you don't need money,
- love as if you've never been hurt,
- dance, as if nobody can see you,
- sing, as if no one can hear,
- live, as if the Earth was a heaven."

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Speaking English vs Speaking Your Own Native Language

I'll keep it simple.

I'm an Indonesian but I currently live in Melbourne, Australia.

A recent event caused me to think about what's the best to do in the following situation..

In an environment where all the people are non-Indonesian language speaking, a new person comes along and during introduction we find out that we come from same country. What should I do when that person start to speak to me in Indo?

Considering the fact that the people surrounding us might feel excluded, or even worse, feels like we're talking about them. On the other hand, this person is new, and it would be rude to him/her to reply in English. It's like 'Huh, I'm too cool to speak in Indo.'. Maybe? Not sure.

Honestly, the temptation to speak in our native language is extremely high. It's just easier and definitely require less thinking. But, I've been in the situation where someone else is speaking in a language that I don't understand to another person while I'm around and it is definitely uncomfortable.

So, I decided that I'll reply in Indo, just to explain that maybe we should speak in English, and then I supposed next time, when it was just the two of us, then we could speak in Indo. =)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

the devil wears prada


Last nite, I went to watch it and I LOVED loved LOVED loved LOVED it!!!

I loved it at so many different levels.
Loved how it reminds me of the Sex and the City series feel.
Loved the makeover they've done to Anne Hathaway. Loved the various ways she wears her make up. Loved the clothes and accessories they put on her (not that she even needs any) and all the other girls @ Runway. They all look like models (Gisele certainly plays her part effortlessly).
Loved the way Meryl Streep changed the scene with her presence - she's extraordinary. Loved the way she said 'That's all...' with her soft voice.
On top of that, I loved Stanley Tucci as the cute and kind hearted Nigel - he's just so lovable!!! With his cute comments and all...
I also think Simon Baker and the Entourage guy, Adrian Grenier played their part really well as the seductive famous guy and the loving attentive boyfriend respectively. Emily Blunt was also great in playing the first assistant role.
Loved the scenes and can't get enough of the fashionista feel of the movie.
All in all, the casts were great and no on could have done a better job than David Frenkel in directing this movie!!!

For a movie which book I've read and for such a simple story line (as with any other chick flick, expected ending), this was very entertaining and excellently made. Every scene is just pretty, dazzling and lovely. I'd give anything to be Anne Hathaway in that movie for a day. :P

Rating: 8.5/10

That's all... ^.^

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Summer 2006-2007 - My To-Do List

  • Beach (A Must!!!)

  • Moonlight Cinema (A Second Must!!!)

  • Learn to ride a bike

  • Re-visit Wilson's Prom

  • An Inconvinience Truth

  • Music Concert!!!

  • Rollerblading along Port Melbourne beachside

  • Try Squash &/ GoKart &/ Badminton

  • Kayak-ing

  • Horse Riding

  • Golf

  • Grampians?

Ref: visitvictoria, citysearch and thatsmelbourne