Reflecting Back in Black Mirror

These past days, I’ve been writing two similar pieces titled After This Night and After Last Night. If you’ve been following Black Mirror series, you might notice I’ve been inspired by one of the episodes titled San Junipero. While I understand how well written it is and why the episode got an Emmy, it’s not one of my favorite episodes. I’ve finished the entire season of Black Mirror at the end of last year. So, I thought I will write something out of it. I’m not going to write any detailed review nor any spoiler. So feel safe to read it even if you haven’t seen it.

San Junipero (Season 3, 2016)

Black Mirror is a science-fiction anthology series created by Charlie Brooker, tackling the issues of technology within the modern society. Reflecting its name, Black Mirror often use satirical and dark tones, portraying the consequences of vast technology. Though its popularity skyrocketed after the series bought by Netflix, I still like the earlier seasons better. The first season of Black Mirror, I think, is the strongest season yet. Making no room for a useless episode, tapping the right issues to its core.

“If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.”

(source: Charlie Brooker: the dark side of our gadget addiction)

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Untangling Happiness

I first met Puty in my college days where I spent a lot of hours in extracurricular activities known as Liga Film Mahasiswa. Some of my friends introduced her as the-hipster-blogger-with-analog-camera. I remember one day, she left a comment on my old blog in Diaryland telling me she loves my writings. I don’t remember the rest, but I started reading Puty’s blog as the daily dose of insight every day, to the point that I added her on Facebook :)) That time, Puty even wrote a warning that she will only accept friend requests from someone she really knows. So, when I got my friend request accepted, I felt really ‘accepted’, haha. I grew admiration to her as time goes by because reading Puty’s blogs felt like meeting someone you already know for years (we’re both caught on CLAMP’s mangas, in love with autumn, and dream to write a book).

I always love how Puty weaves words and sentences. I love how her word of wisdom intertwines. I love her melancholic black and white photos. Reading her blog for years, give me a glimpse of a growing process, on how life and dreams can be adjusted as time goes by, of an imperfect life that is actually enough for ourselves.

But to be honest, reading Puty’s blog nowadays, sometimes made me really detached. Maybe because I haven’t passed the motherhood and emak-emak’s life. But I understand why she writes what she writes. The kind of writing and comic strips that she produced fit right to her daily life and the majority of her readers and that is one of the things I admire from her. She adjusts well in a time and place where needed. In a constantly changing world like now, that’s a really essential surviving skill.

The Pre-Order came with hand illustrated postcard :3

Receiving Puty’s book titled Happiness is Homemade a few days ago made me smile. The 160+ pages book is a full-color illustrated book that showcases her signature drawings and handwriting. I don’t exactly know how to review this kind of book, so l will list out things that I love.

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Posesif (2017)


Menonton film Posesif (2017) di bioskop adalah pengalaman yang tidak diduga. Bagi penggemar film indie tanah air, nama Edwin tentu tidak asing di telinga. A Very Slow Breakfast (2003) adalah film yang saya simpan baik-baik file unduhannya karena menontonnya pertama kali di masa SMA membuat saya seakan meledak. Sarat makna dan bertutur dengan cerdas. Tidak salah kalau dikatakan bahwa saya mendapat panggilan untuk menonton film ini hanya karena nama Edwin. Itupun setelah mengetahui bahwa filmnya dinominasikan di FFI.

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The Late Show

To celebrate the return of David Letterman who will be hosting the upcoming talk show on Netflix, I feel the obligation to dig up this two years old draft post. The original draft was written in English, but I took the extra mile to translate it to Bahasa Indonesia, just because I want it :P


Setelah memilih kanal YouTube dibanding siaran televisi lokal selama hampir 11 tahun, saya merasa lebih bahagia untuk beberapa hal. Walaupun sebenarnya sama saja dan bisa dibilang saya menonton siaran TV lewat YouTube, tapi saya merasa bisa lebih selektif dalam memilih tayangan yang saya konsumsi. Salah satu tayangan yang gemar saya  tonton adalah beberapa late night show dari US.

Hirarki late show kadang ditentukan dari seberapa malam sebuah acara ditayangkan. Semakin malam, berarti acaranya semakin populer karena waktu prime time tayangan US berada di rentang waktu 20.00 – 23.00.

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The Refreshing Skincare Routine

Weekend biasanya adalah harinya skincare buat saya. Sudah setahun ini saya berkiblat ke skincare Korea dan 10 step beauty routine-nya yang terkenal itu. Walaupun nggak benar-benar memakai kesepuluh langkahnya dengan khusyuk tapi saya merasakan beberapa perubahan dan merasa kulit wajah saya lebih sehat dari sebelumnya.

Skincare Korea adalah segalanya! Kalau untuk pemahaman lebih lanjut tentang topik ini, salah satu artikel yang paling deksriptif menurut saya adalah artikel yang ditulis beauty currator-nya SokoGlam, Charlotte Cho. Sila search 10 Step Korean Skincare Charlotte Cho dan kamu akan memasuki dunia baru yang sangat mengundang. Beliau bahkan sampai menulis buku soal ini. SokoGlam sendiri sudah berbaik hati membuatkan paketan produk 10 step routine ini untuk masing-masing jenis kulit. Tapi karena harga skincare-nya yang lumayan mahal, saya mencari beberapa alternatif merek lain yang kira-kira mirip.

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