Thursday, October 14, 2010

Java Rockin Land 2010.

my dad, my mom and i went to see Java Rockin Land 2010
from 8-10 October 2010.
it was unplanned, it was actually a coincidence that we bought the tickets.
but i'm glad that we did because it was a whole lot of fun!!
(P.S: my dad didnt want to go from the beginning of the day till the end, so during those 3 days, we always arrive at around 8pm)

DAY 1.
we arrived just on time for the Smashing Pumpkins. booooring, absolutely boring. We only stayed for about 4 songs, then left.

DAY 2.
ARKARNAAAAA. love love love! all these times, i dont know much about Arkarna. in fact, i only know one of their songs which is Rehab. all that i know about Arkarna is that they are the one who sings Rehab. but i watch them anyway. and i instantly fell in love with the band. it was a nice show eventhough i couldnt sing along :D the band members were friendly and Ollie Jacobs was charming! really wish i took a picture with them! :( and after that, we have Stereophonics which was okay, but i dont really like them.

DAY 3.
arrived LATE. like really late. we arrived around 9 o clock and Mutemath was already on. we had to run to catch the show and thank goodness, Mutemath was still on. anddddd Mutemath was freakin freakin awesome!! all their attractions and their odd music instruments, simply captivating. too bad we didnt watch them from the beginning :| After that we saw Stryper which is a quite old band with all its old members, but still very cool rockers.

Personal opinion.
i dont understand the point of having a vocalist in a heavy metal band. we cant even hear what the lyrics are! they're cool with the loud sounds and headbangings and all but really, it's not enjoyable at all. but then again, people have different preferences and i got to respect it :)
i'm still quite annoyed that daddy chose to see Burger Kill (yup, all about scream and shout.) instead of Arkarna (which was heart throbbin, duh!).

the reason why we always come around 8pm is because we want to catch the international bands, however, whenever we come dad always skip the international bands and he prefers local ones. DUH, DADDY!! he said that the international bands are too "girly" and not "rock" enough. So yes, i watch all those luar negri bands by myself . Dad and mom would just wonder around to other stages to see the local bands that wont stop screaming. Overall, Java Rockin Land was enjoyable but i just really cant stand the smokes because it hurts my nose and makes me dizzy. (no offense to the smokers. peace!).

My love goes out to Arkarna and Mutemath! :) :) :)
xoxo, Echa.

Friday, August 6, 2010


OH MY GOD. my last post was.....5 months ago. i cant believe myself! i've been neglecting this blog as if i dont care about it which is absolutely ridiculous because i DO!! i love my blog, i love writing, and i love to express myself through essays :)

Looking back to the last few posts i made, i must say that life changes a lot!! I guess the phrase ''you know how life can be, it changes overnight" is very true. I posted that i was on diet, but i still havent succeeded yet. In my defense, it's not that i completely fail, i dont. I have tried, i have made improvements but then summer holiday comes...and i put my weight back on. It sucks you know...., life's tragedy. (NOTE TO SELF= gotta work on this!! i might be fat now, but its not gonna last forever. my fate's in my hand!) And i also posted about trying to get a scholarship to Singapore with my bestfriend...yeah, we're SO over it. The both of us have different plannings for our future now and it might just change again in the next 24hours, who knows. And even MORE changes if we have to dig up the much older posts! So let's move on...

Anyway, one of the many reasons i havent been posting is that i havent had any thing/events/moments worth to write about. But today i do.

It's about last night, August 5th 2010. One of the best nights of my life..(seriously. not just ANY 'best nights', last night was THE night!!)

It was GMB #Resurrection intimate concert!!

I might have to explain that GMB stands for Giving My Best, it's a might call it religious band or whatever. But their music is totally global and just so cool! It's not those regular songs you hear in church, it's something great coming from great musicians! My dad is apparently the drummer of the band so i could take parts at the concert and during the making of the album (SO GRATEFUL. To God be the glory!!). I wrote songs for the album and i photographed during the concert.

So this time it is called INTIMATE concert because it has a small space (small size of room), and the stage was in the centre.. So the audiences are around the performers and so they were able to watch the concert and all those cool people on stage VERY CLOSELY. There was a disco ball hanging up there in the middle of the stage (which was just cute!!). And the show conceptors (which was my aunt and my photography teacher) managed to get something in there to make white colours GLOW in the dark. So the seats for VIP are covered with white fabric, crews and ushers are wearing white #Resurrection t-shirt, and we informed people to come and wear something white! It was nice, really, to see ourselves glow in the dark :D

So yesterday, i left school an hour early. And we went straight to grandma's place to shower and eat, and then left to Balai Kartini, the venue of the concert. I feel so so sad that i cant be there and watch through (and of course, help around) the preparations. My parents and some other people have been there since the day before to get things set up and to do this and that. I really wished i was there!! It might be tiring, hectic or whatever but I ENJOY THOSE KINDS OF THINGSSS. (again, im so grateful for my parents and their cool job!).

When I arrived, i searched for my mom (she was probably the busiest person alive yesterday), directly changed into the #Resurrection t-shirt, grabbed my camera and walked around taking photographs of people in charge (which mostly are GMBCers). And then I ran to Ko Ua (my photography teacher AND the one that lends me his ultra-mega-super-duper nikon D700!) so i asked him for the D700 and then i walked around and got back on action but this time with a better camera :D

And then, finally they let the people inside the room. And after waiting for another 30minutes, a chosen MC came to stage doing a short welcoming speech. And then my dad, and the rest of the performers started to appear from the corner of the room and onto the stage. I was literally screaming like a crazy fan! (i might be an insider, but i still go crazy over my dad and his'll know why.) And after that, they let the lights off, making the stage so dark. And then i can hear the opening music starts...i've seen them rehearse and i really have heard that opening music but OMG i was still amazed and nervous hahaha.. i hold my camera tightly and said to myself 'let's get some nice pictures tonite, echa.'

The show ran smoothly and for me it was totally enjoyable. It flowed so perfectly and it wasnt boring in any way. My dad did a solo, Barry did a solo, the pianist (om yessy, or ka yessy) did a solo, the guitarist (ko robert) did a solo. Everyone showed what they got. And then there was this accoustic session which was calming and peaceful, there was energetic song and PEOPLE SANG ALONG. i loved it!! i loveeee when the crowd are cooperating with the band. Hearing the crowd sing was just a sweet thing for me. I jumped and shouted during Shout! and Stand Out. I almost cried during Menggapai Impian because before the song, abang (the vocalist) told the audience that i wrote the song and that it was a sincere song. And i did...i did wrote the song and it was! It really was sincere and it came out of my experiences and failures. The song sounded especially good on stage last night and i felt so good. And there was also a violin player for the last song. She was graceful and she was amazing too. the Sela song almost sounded like rockestra!! OMG they should've put more violist and make awesome tunes and the song would be a perfectttt rockestra! The concept of 'intimate' really came alive.. The stage wasnt big so the performers are close to each other. And it was a stage on centre so the performers moved around many sides of the stage. I can totally feel togetherness, unity and it was just SO AMAZING. (i have been with them since the beginning anyway so i KNOW that it was a unity project. we all did everything together, shared ideas, etc etc from the making of the album until the end of the concert) And not to mention, Abang is getting better at speaking on stage!! And his testimony was really touching.. His performance was so great! Way to go, bang!

If you see the pics that i took, you can TOTALLY tell that im a HUGE fan of Barry Likumahuwa! (sorry, i let my ego took over ;p). And hey, there's nothing wrong to be slightly obsessed with such a charming, talented bassist!! But of courseee i took gazillion pictures of the others too :DDD And the guitarist was awesome too! When i saw him before, i have ZERO idea that he can be almost as cool as Barry Likumahuwa on stage haha but yes really, he was awesome...and cute! just a brief info, both Barry and Robert (the guitarist) have dimples which was really cute ;D (this is totally personal opinion!!! ;p).
Every other performers were TOTALLY VERY VERY AWESOME too but it's either they have their own wives, or they just dont catch my eyes & heart :p

I feel bad for the people who couldnt make it to the concert because of the rain, or because they got stucked at their office..or because they dont get themselves tickets to watch. It was a heck of show and it's such a shame if you had to miss it!!

Last night was one of the best nights of my life. I am grateful that im a part of this, that i can know these cool people and that i can be around them so often. Thank You God.

P.S =
-dear daddy, so proud of you! am a proud daughter!! (im sure you're a proud dad too, right? :p)

-the performers= Adi Prasodjo on percussion, Amos Cahyadi on drums, Bams on vocal, Barry Likumahuwa on bass, Jeffrey Hermanto on accoustic guitar (do they call it rhytm, or something? i dont know), Robert M on electric guitar, Yessy on piano (or keyboard, gatau deh.) And there were also 2 backing vocals, one was ka Ranya Badudu and the other one is Henry Gasperz.

-photos are fully uploaded on facebook! do check out! :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

nothing without you.

yes yes yes how true is this quote! (:
and remember, whatever you wanna do, do it step by step! (:

#nowplaying: With Me - Sum41
!song of the week!

commitment= improve my grades.
uh i know everyone says that my grade is very good already, but NO i certainly do not think so.
especially if i wanna apply for scholarship. having 80 average wont be good enough ): so yeah, im gonna study like a bookworm!
(p.s i never study much for anything before and i still manage to get good grades,
now i gotta study hard and get GREAT grades!)

pray for me and the scholarship thingie, darlings!
have a great weekend :*

anyway, im gonna have my piano concert on sunday :DD

Thursday, March 4, 2010

tomorrow is a different day.

i was dazing in my bed with nothing to do and suddenly the thought of my english teacher popped up in my mind. she is my favorite teacher at school. she's neat, organized, she teaches well and is a very kind teacher. she's funny and school periods with her are never boring, or at least i think so.

she is just undescribable. how i feel about her is undescribeable with words.

anyway, i suddenly remembered about one english period with her. she told us to write 100 things we are grateful for in our lives. after doing this activity, i realize that i am one lucky girl. im starting to believe that God has this magnificent plan for each one of us. there's a reason why im the first child, why i study in stella maris, why my best friend is jessica and fernando, a reason for EVERYthing. and i, personally, have always believed that whining does not change any situation. so, be grateful instead.

things that im grateful for in my life right now =

1. i'm alive. perfectly healthy.
2. i have a great parents which arent over protective, which are funny, which are fun, and i love them.
3. i have a mighty God and everything in life makes sense in Him.
4. i have two siblings which i dont really like right now
but i am certain that there's a reason why they are my siblings.
5. i am currently in 8th grade and i love my class.
teachers said that my class is the best. the most attentive,
the best scores compared to others, and less noisy and less naughty.
and yes, i do feel lucky to be in 8c instead of other grade 8.
(i dont really like noisy environments)
6. i am smart. yes, i thank God for that.
(seriously, im not showing off here. no hard feelings)
7. i have my best friend by my side. Jessica Hudaya, i love you.
Jess and I are very much alike. Fashion lovers, serial movie lovers,
talkative, brainy and we have the same perspective almost every time. She's always there for me (: a total blessing from God.
8. another classmate that im very close with, Fernando Lius.
a smart guy. he's beyond neat. he's sensitive (for boys' scale)
just VERY different from other boys, and i like that.
he's not noisy, naughty or underestimate the importance of
score and grades. i love his presence, he's funny.
9. i just heard the news that im gonna go for a vacation with my
'kebon kacang family' to Thailand on January 2011. its still a long time, i know. but im excited since the economy was bad lately and i havent been on vacation in ages! ):
10. i am in music environment. my dad's a musician and most of his friends are too. i have always been surrounded by musicians since i was born. until now, i got tons of songs in iTunes and i just love finding nice songs. I feel lucky for my music taste. Music really has a big impact for me, it can help me boost up my mood.
11. Jessica and I are planning to apply a high school scholarship in Singapore. we're bored living in Indonesia. we used to think that we can just take IGCSE test and directly go to college but we cant get sarjana with that ):
so since we have to go for high school anyway, we choose to go abroad. i'm excited! i pray that this plan works, and i get the scholarship (: *amen..
12. i got my future figured out! God is so kind, he let me know what i should be. it is obvious that music is my future. my parents want me to, and i do have skills, and im starting to write lyrics now and i can finish a song lyrics in 15 minutes. and i used to hate the idea of having music as my future, i always wanted to be a fashion designer. then i realize how tragically bad i am at drawing during art class.
i THANK sir lauren for his drawing class that made me realize that fashion design isnt my destiny.... music is.

so, be grateful grateful grateful!

xoxo, sweethearts

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

me plus you :)

good evening, peeps.
was surfing the internet and found some stuffs i'd like to share.
hope you enjoy!

1. photography evolution :D
this is sort of true, seriously. sometimes we got to lay down on grasses and get dirty just to get a shot of pic (:

2. Journey Begins With A Single Step very true isnt, it?
here's an advice..,
whatever you do, do it step by step, proggresively.
it makes things easier (:

xoxo, V.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

celebrity crush that wont ever fade away.

im pretty sure they'll still be handsome even if they're somewhere around 60 years old :p

so, these boys that i have crushes on are =
1. Zachary David Alexander Efron
2. C
hristopher Chace Crawford
Matthew Mackendree Lanter

first thing first, Zac.

i have crush on him since grade 5 when i was 10 y.o which was like 3
,5 years ago!
i like him since i saw him in High School Musical :D
he is just too adorable! and his blue eyes are killer!
nd the way he smiles, oh my god.

forever in my heart. lol.

heartbreaking, yes?

yes, please <3<3

and then, we have Chace.

have a crush on him since 6th grade
, 11 y.o
eversince i saw him in Gossip Girl.

now what should we call him? irresistable?

he's OH MY GODDDD hot. and
he has blue eyes too!
the way he always 'play it cool' on GG makes
him even hotter :D

he's such a meanie for being to handsome (:

yeah yeah yeah? you see why he's hot?

last but not least, Matt.

have a cr
ush on him since 8th grade, 13.5 y.o
just a few months ago, eversince i watch 90210 season 2.
aaaahh his killing smile and blue eyes!
you should see the way he kiss Ivy on 90210 -___-
bottom line, i love him.
i j'adore him (according to
Naomi Clark :p)

indonesia, im in love! <3<3

awwww <3

his smile kills me.

THE killing smile

so we can easily analyze my boys type from this blogpost :D
the three boys are somehow similar right?
the hair, mostly. the body posture too.. hehe
but Matt Lanter is more muscle-ish (;
so yeah, i like these kind of boys :DD
and its pretty funny for me that the 3 of them have BLUE EYES 0.o

P.S = i'll love them forever.
xoxo, V.

Monday, March 1, 2010

always be mine

saturday, 27th february 2010
was some sort of FAMILY DAY for me (:

(i love family dayyyy!)

so my grandmother's sister invited all of us to lunch because
she didnt come to meet us dur
ing CNY.
the big family (from mom's sid
e) was there!
all my mom's siblings, my grandma's sibling, and my cous
ins (that i have forgotten :D)
it was such a crowd!!

we had our lunch in May Star, Central Park.
the lunch was incredible.

dimsum and some other delicious chinese dishes (Y
after that, me, mom, sister, uncle, aunt, and baby co
usin went to
TUTTI FRUTTI for some froyos.
DUCK. aaah so yummy! i suddenly miss china and their foods ):

dimsum oh so delicious (trust me!)

i heart mom! <3

lunch has finished!! big family (:

infront of MayStar with aunties

infront of MayStar, with grandma and her siblings, and aunt

me and baby sis (:

mom, aunt, uncle, sis, cousin

tutti frutti

we both have the same 'shio', rat (:

then i went to accompany one of my aunt and my baby cousin to Plaza Indonesia.
while my mom went to Kopitiam Oey for another gathering with my community.
in PI, we basically went to mothercare and stayed in the nursery room to
feed my baby cousin for a while. then continued to Early Learning Centre
to buy toys for her.
me (:

me and baby ella

baby ella in mothercare nursery room

then my aunt dropped me to Kopitiam Oey to meet my mom.
in there, we all just chatted and played pancasila lima dasar.
it started with me and ko martin, but then tante okta, tante nova,
tante grace, ci yunita, om owen, stevy and ana played too!
it was fun and noisy and all but it was a great time!

then they all continued to Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang but i prefer to walk home
to grandma's place. then STRAIGHT TO BED coz im bloody tired :D

The Frog Prince

nyawwwww hello people!! glad to be back (:
i seriously havent posted in ages!! sorry for that, kay?
i've been terribly busy, not sure of what, but yeah life's hectic these days ):
so uh, when was my last post again?
RIGHT. it was around mid december
-ish i guess :D
but dont worry, im OFFICIALLY BACK guys!!

so my school chose me to join this story telling competition which was held by IPEKA PLUIT.
me, monica and helena were chosen for english story telling.
my best friends, jessica and fernando were chosen for chi
nese story telling.
shilla and jordy were chosen for solo vocal.
chrisda, pauline and shelda were chosen for art painting.
we started practicing and preparing when it was a week to the competition date!
it was hectic like hell! i skipped almost every period in a
day. i only came to class if
there was any test or if the subject was i
i chose to read 'The Fr
og Prince'.
we practiced with Mr. Peter's friend, Ms. Wahyu.
she was like the EXPERT of story telling. she
trained her kids to join story telling
competitions. and her kids are all great storytellers! they won so many competitions.
This Ms.Wahyu is really seriously experienced in storytelling section.
she's very kind, too :) she t
rained us well.
so on 25th February 2010, we w
ent for the competition.
we were already at school at 6.15 am. we arrived to the location late, though.
we were shaking the whole time! we k
ept on practicing in our hearts.
we were kind of afraid when seeing other kids performing so well.
we were SURE that we wouldnt win :(
so when it was almost my turn, i was deadly nervous. i felt like i wanna die!
but thank god, when it came to my turn, i felt total
ly free and confident.
i spoke well, no pause (miss uni told me) and was great enough.
but we all didnt win.
for me, its not that i was bad.
but its that the school didnt prepare me the way the judges want.
im still proud of myself for being extraordinary on the stage,
i did better on stage t
han on practice (:

us in costumes!

P.S =
i had my nervous moment every now and then.
i had my nervous moment during the competition, too.
but i found a quote that says,
'dont let people drive you crazy when you know its in walking distance'
so dont go all crazy when you know that it isnt THAT hard.
believe in yourself!!

xoxo, sweeties (: