Monday, July 5, 2010

No one knows about Persian cats, do they?

I remember my mother has five or more, maybe ten, Persian carpets. They have been carefully stocked up somewhere inside our stockroom where maybe-useful-in-the-future-items or so as my mother would always says about those abandoned chairs, big pots, books, are kept. They are beautiful, those Persian carpets.

Carpet is not the only thing beautiful comes from Persia, or Iran. They also have music, and not only the one with Rebana, I used to practice them when I was a little girl. They have Indie-rock, jazz, heavy metal, and even rap! And in this movie, we could see (and hear) those Arctic Monkey-ish sound played by some young Iranian who live a free but fearful life.

Music is easy yet so complicated here in Iran, a country in which a girl is prohibited to sing alone in public or where you can get arrested by simply playing some guitars and drums. Music, if it is not fit in the society norms, is a crime.

You want underground? this is the real deal here in Iran. You would see how this young Iranian struggle for their music, music by their own definition, not by law, not by society, not by government.


p.s. i can't believe you can't be seen with a dog in public in Iran or else everybody can stop your car and throw your dog away just like that! awww... breaks my heart.

p.s. the director, Bahman Ghobadhi, made another very very very nice movie, Turtle Can Fly, you might want to check it out also.

p.s. they can't have party in Iran, or else they might end up in jail, or hospital, or cemetery.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Why do You create us differently if You only want to be worshipped in one way?"

i watched cin(T)a last night, together with my boyfriend. me, happens to be a Moslem, watched this movie with a Catholic boyfriend :) as the result, i can easily relate myself to this movie.

and Cina, probably the only character from local movies i was instantly falling in love with, except for Rangga from Ada Apa Dengan Cinta, but i was just a naive young teenage girl back then in 2002, i mean, who doesn't want to have a super romantic, cold blooded poet as a boyfriend? right? or no... :D

ok, back to cin(T)a, i think could quote all the lines from those meaningful dialogues between Cina and Annisa to my father... hmmm... and perhaps he would understand us.

ok, did i mention that this almost 2 hours long movie only has two characters (ok, three but God does not have dialogue) and i did not feel bored, not even for a sec (well, you need to have sharp ears when it comes to Annisa because she speaks as if she was made of feather, but i love her anyway)

"Cina and Annisa love God
and God loves them both
But Cina and Annisa cannot love each other
because they call God by different names"

visit the official site cin(T)a
sneak peek the trailer on Youtube - Trailer cin(T)a
and go buy the original DVD and consume it, take the very core of it, that it is God that we must worship not religion, yeah! (ah, sok puguh saya mah, hehe)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

to : you

love, lia.

Friday, June 25, 2010

dear deers in the fake zoo,

you are saved
you are safe, aren't you?

you are happy, aren't you?

Monday, June 21, 2010

island in the sun

it was a sunny sunny day in Sundak, 2 hours driving from Jogja was worth every sun-flare we had! fufufun!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to
experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a
position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for
granted.” - Bill Bryson

so goddamn true .

can i write "Traveller" as my job?

Sunday, June 13, 2010


bulan ini sangat berat
ada beberapa kehilangan
dan keputusan yang terlalu takut diambil

dan gila yang lama-lama menjadi

...and everything looks blurry.