CDs For Thoughts

Another way to spend my holiday beside going to the gym, shopping, watching TV, and movies is by listening to good music. Here are my most-played CD at the moment (PS: I'm not gonna put The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, because those are all-time favorites! LOL) : 

Turn It Up (Pixie Lott)
I really love her voice, songs, and also her style. Her songs are very catchy but not some kind of 'bubblegum-pop' catchy. My favorites are Turn It Up and Kings of Leon's cover Use Somebody, very catchy and easy-listening, perfect for morning tracks! 

New Moon Sountrack (Various Artists)
I watched the movie first and I was captivated by its soundtrack so I decided to download it right away. My favorites are I Belong to You by Muse, Rosyln by Bon Iver & St. Vincent, and Shooting the Moon by OK Go. Those songs really remind me of the movie (and Taylor Lautner!) The person behind this soundtrack is very familiar among movie soundtrack fans, Alexandra Patsavas, who has worked on The O.C., Grey's Anatomy, and Gossip Girl (no wonder I love those soundtracks!)

Jason Derulo (Jason Derulo)
Another new favorite! Although he is considerably new in the music biz, but he has topped lots of music charts all across the globe with his first single 'Whatcha Say'. I was quite shocked when I heard 'Whatcha Say' for the first time, because it heavily sampled the song 'Hide and Seek' by Imogen Heap, which I had heard before. Another catchy tune is 'In My Head', even Nick Jonas liked it (so what? LOL)

Grey's Anatomy Soundtracks (Various Artists)
Another masterpiece by Alexandra Patsavas, I don't know why I really love soundtracks, maybe because the songs in the soundtrack really remind of the scenes in the movie. Since Grey's is my number 1 fave, the soundtrack is a must. There are 3 soundtracks, but I like all of them. My favorites are, of course, the opening song 'Cosy in the Rocket' by Psapp, 'Grace' by Kate Havnevik, and 'Keep Breathing' by Ingrid Michaelson (the song when Burke left Christina on their wedding day)

The O.C. Mix One (Various Artists)
Another great work by Alexandra Patsavas. I really love The O.C. season 1 so I flew to Singapore to buy this CD (actually I went there on holiday and eventually found a music megastore named HMV in Orchard Road. A must-visit!) My favorites are 'Dice' by Finley Quaye and William Orbit (the song is featured in the kissing scene of Ryan and Marissa on 'The Countdown'), California by Phantom Planet (the opening song), How Good It Can Be by The 88 (the song is featured on the episode which featured Paris Hilton when Ryan, Seth, Marissa, and Summer went to a club in Hollywood), and Honey and the Moon by Joseph Arthur (I think the song is featured on the second episode, I kinda forgot)

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Books for thoughts

Since I have nothing to do except watching TV and movies, here are my holiday books, and FYI, I didn't have any chance to read books on schooldays, so here I go now. 

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith

The first installment of The Vampire Diaries series. I bought this book because I was into the TV series at the moment so I decided to splurge Rp 75.000,00 to buy this. I think the price was fair, since imported books usually cost more than Rp 100.000,00 (I think Rp 75.000,00 is the cheapest). I haven't finished reading it, but I will

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

The third installement of the Twilight Saga. Actually the movie is going to be released very soon, but the book will always be better. 

Teen Vogue Hand Book: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion

Since I'm a hugeeee fan of Teen Vogue (please check out my bookshelf if you doubt it, actually I became a huge fan since I found out a cheaper way to buy Teen Vogue), this book is like the behind-the-scene book. I really love their fashion spreads, their articles (most of them featured health problems, which will be very useful for my study in medical school), and their celebrity profile. It gives me another perspective of teenagers' lives. And frankly, I don't have this book, but I've been meaning to buy it for sooo long but it's quite pricey, so I have to find the perfect time to buy it (re: sale). Teen Vogue is definitely the best place to do an internship, just look at Lauren Conrad during her internship in Teen Vogue (re: MTV's The Hills) 

Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants by Louise Rennison

The best deal ever! I bought this book for only Rp 42.000,00 during Kinokuniya Closing Sale. I haven't read any Georgia Nicolson series but I have watched the movie version of the first book 'Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging' and I love it, I think it's hilarious although it's a little bit stereotypical. I haven't opened the seal yet (LOL), but I will read it for sure!

YOU series by Mehmet Oz, MD and Michael F. Roizen, MD

Last but not least, medical books! Actually it's not exactly a medical book since Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen wrote it for general readers and everyone can simply understand the messages. It's essential to buy this book because there are many facts about your body that you don't know. There are few health exercises and tips to improve your health. I really love the illustrations, two thumbs up for the illustrator! My favorites are 'YOU: Being Beautiful' and 'YOU: The Owner's Manual' (actually I only have those two LOL). In Being Beautiful, you can find many useful tips to improve your beauty inside and out, including the golden ratio secrets and in The Owner's Manual, you can find useful tips to prevent deadly diseases such as cancer, and many more.

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The O.C.

Welcome to the O.C., b***ch! -Luke Ward

The O.C. has officially become one of my favorite shows of all time, even though it had been cancelled for some reason. I started watching The O.C. in 2005, when Star World first aired it in Asia, but then they cancelled it on the second season if I'm not mistaken. I only watched it for one season, and then...puff. I even went to HMV Singapore just to purchase the first season's Music Mix. Then Thank God, Warner TV airs it everyday from the pilot episode without a pause during the transition between the first season and the second season. It's very funny to reminisce the days when Adam Brody is Seth Cohen, a self-proclaimed geek, Ben McKenzie is Ryan Atwood, a troubled teenager from Chino, Mischa Barton is Marissa Cooper, a broken-home teenager, and Rachel Bilson is Summer Roberts, a popular and 'miss goody two shoes' type of girl (don't forget how 'Ryan and Marissa' and 'Seth and Summer' used to be everyone's favorite couple and household names, yet Rachel and Adam used to date in the real life)

Quite similar with Gossip Girl's premise, which is also produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the story revolves around the high class society in Newport Beach, Orange County (that's where 'the O.C.' comes from, and in fact, there was an Indonesian version of The O.C.!!). The story starts with the arrival of Ryan Atwood into the Cohen's family. Actually, the whole stories start from there. If Ryan hadn't called Sandy Cohen, the whole story would have been different. Ryan befriended Seth, Sandy and Kirsten's only son, and also Marissa, who lives next door to the Cohens. Ryan and Marissa became on-off couple for several occasions, and there is Summer, Marissa's best friend, whom Seth had a crush on. Before Ryan hooked up with Marissa, she used to date Luke Ward, a typical jock, who later developed a relationship with Marissa's mother Julie, who later wed Caleb Nichol, Seth's grandfather, who turned out to have an illegitimate love child, Lindsay, who used to date Ryan for a brief period, and so on...

One funny thing about The O.C. (and also all TV shows), if you want to end a relationship, just go to another town to start over a new life. Or probably got killed in a car accident. It totally works. Look what Anna Stern, Marissa Cooper, Luke Ward, Jimmy Cooper did.

Here are few memorable quotes from The O.C. (that's why I'm really into this series, the quotes! Seth's lines are the best!)

Seth Cohen: Summer's right over there, look. Wait, don't look. I mean you can look, but don't look like you're looking.
Seth: Dude. You're a Cohen now. Welcome to a life of insecurity and paralyzing self-doubt.
Seth: Mm-mm. I have, uh, Captain Oats and Carson Daly, so...

This one's my fave: 
Seth: So what's the GPRA?
Ryan: I have no idea what you just said.
Seth: Game plan, Ryan Atwood.
Ryan: You're just using initials now?
Seth: Yeah. They save time.
Ryan: Well, not if have to translate them.
Seth: GP.
Ryan: Game Plan?
Seth: Good Point.
Another fave: 
Zach: I get it. You're one of those couples. Joannie and Chachi, Luke and Leia.
Seth: Luke and Leia were brother and sister.
Zach: Yeah, well, may the force be with you.
Seth: All the vomit? How much vomit? Like, the little girl in Sixth Sense or the fat guy in Monty Python?

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Kelly Clarkson: All I Ever Wanted Tour

Two weeks ago, April 29 2010 precisely, my aunt, my cousin Kak Nisa and I went to Tennis Indoor to watch Kelly Clarkson's concert. Despite the disappearance of the main sponsor (Java Musikindo usually have cigarette brand sponsor their major concerts), the concert was superb! I'm not a big fan of Kelly Clarkson, but I'm very familiar with her song, well in fact I have her CDs and her songs on my iTunes. As a relief after two months of grueling exams, I asked my cousin to join me although she had to sacrifice her class at her college. (sorry kak, but it was worth the absence right? we totally had a blast!!) She asked my aunt to join us so that we could stay at her flat and went to the concert by her car (since I haven't had my driver's license and neither has my cousin). Her house is also adjacent to Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia (only 5 minutes!) so we could go to Plaza Indonesia afterwards to buy books at Kinokuniya Closing Sale and watch Iron Man 2. 

Before going to my aunt's house, my cousin and I decided to meet up at Poins Square because her house is in Ciputat, so it would be easier for her to go there and I needed my monthly dose of DVDs. Poins Square is my fave place to buy DVDs because the price is considerably cheap compared with other DVD stalls around my house. It's only Rp 6.000,- for one DVD. Pretty cheap huh? Especially if you want to buy TV series. We went to my usual DVD counter and I bought 10 DVDs+1 (if you buy 10 DVDs, you'll get one for free). I was so crazy because I haven't bought any DVDs since the beginning of 2010 (due to bunch of exams and things to concentrate on). Luckily my brother bought a lot of DVDs lately so I could borrow some of them. Meanwhile my cousin is a DVD buff, so she only bought 3 DVDs because she already bought a lot of DVDs few weeks ago. 

Then we went straight to my aunt's flat. We were supposed to wait for our aunt to come from her office, but she called and said that she got stuck in the traffic because of the Jakmanias (Persija's supporter) and she told us to go straight to her office. So we went to her office by 'ojek' (motorcycles) and changed our clothes inside her car. Then we went to the venue, Tennis Indoor Senayan. Because of the heavy traffic jam, it took 2 hours for us to arrive at the venue. Due to the traffic jam, Kelly also tweeted that she was going to be late because of the heavy traffic. Then we went to the tribune class and found ourselves in a group of expatriates and their children. Hahaha we didn't feel like we were in Indonesia because there were expatriates and their children around us. Well actually, most of the audiences in the tribune class were expatriates. 

Then, we sat tight and enjoyed the show. Luckily we already found Kelly's set list for her Asian tour on Wikipedia, so I already prepared for her songs. Here's the complete set list: 

  1. All I Ever Wanted
  2. Miss Independent
  3. I Do Not Hook Up
  4. Impossible
  5. That I Would Be Good (Alanis Morissette cover)/Use Somebody (Kings of Leon cover)
  6. Breakaway
  7. If I Can't Have You/Can't Get You Out of My Head (Kylie Minogue cover)
  8. Never Again
  9. Lies (The Black Keys cover)
  10. Acoustic Medley
    1. Just Missed The Train
    2. Low
    3. Addicted
    4. Gone
  11. Behind These Hazel Eyes (Acoustic)
  12. Save You (not performed in Manila, Seoul & Taipei)
  13. Cry (Manila, Seoul & Taipei shows only)
  14. I Want You
  15. Don't Let Me Stop You
  16. Sober (Manila, Seoul & Taipei shows only)
  17. Because of You
  18. Walk Away
  19. Since U Been Gone


  1. Already Gone
  2. Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes cover)
  3. My Life Would Suck Without You
We had so much fun during the concert. Kelly was absolutely stunning despite controversies about her weight gain. Her voice is absolutely superb! She truly has a star quality. She was very communicative with her fans who screamed like crazy according to her and she told her fans 'You're gonna lose your voice tomorrow'. Although it wasn't as crowded as a rock concert, but it was a good concert indeed. She also performed Kings of Leon's Use Somebody!! It's one of my favorite songs and she performed it perfectly. She performed all of her hits (of course!) and she was very down to earth by only wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt, later changed into a black blouse, and jeans. Apparently she is not a kind of over-the-top-diva-to-be. It's an honor to watch her concert, a Grammy winning singer, Kelly Clarkson, you totally rocked the stage!

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My biggest gratitude!

Remember my wish list on my 17th birthday? Thank God I was able to achieve one of my wishes on the list (it's on the number one spot actually). I got accepted in my dream university and it feels so good. I finally managed to make myself proud, my cousins, my family, my parents, my friends, and everyone. I'm glad I could join my cousins and of course, my dad in the university. I was totally speechless when my dad gave me the newspaper. I felt tingly, to be frank. My heart was pounding so fast, I pinched myself several times just to make sure that I wasn't dreaming or sleepwalking. I checked several times on the net, and also on my phone to make sure. God really knows what I want. I didn't do my best on my national exam and I got rejected by two colleges. I even considered changing my paths to something I've never had in mind. 

Furthermore, I'm very proud of my friends in SMA Labschool Kebayoran Class of 2010 (also known as Saptraka) because many of them already got accepted in their dream colleges such as Gadjah Mada University, Padjajaran University, Bandung Institute of Technology, Surabaya Institute of Technology, University of Indonesia, and many more. For those who haven't got accepted, there are still lots of chances to get into your dream uni
versity, there are still USM 2, UMB and SNMPTN. And always keep your faith to God. God will always give you the best. Keep on praying and trying. That's all I could say. There are lots of songs to cheer you up. You can tune in to 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' by the Rolling Stones and 'The Climb' by Miley Cyrus

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need (You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones)

The Climb is my favorite one, because the entire song tells you to keep chasing your dreams, even when you have doubts and people told you that you couldn't make it. 

I can almost see it.
That dream I'm dreaming, but
There's a voice inside my head saying
You'll never reach it
Every step I'm takin'
Every move I make
Feels lost with no direction,
My faith is shakin'
But I gotta keep tryin'
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other sideIt's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down, but
No I'm not breaking
I may not know it, but
These are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most
I've just gotta keep goin', andI gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on, but

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other sideIt's the climb

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

Keep on movin'Keep climbin'
Keep faith baby
It's all about, it's all about
The climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, woah 

For those who haven't got accepted in your dream college, I wish you a very good luck for
 your test! May the force be with you! 

Alhamdulillah, can't stop saying 'Thank You' to Allah SWT :D 

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