Ode to My Father

title: ode to my father
country: korea
director: youn jk
release date: december 17th, 2014 (imdb link)
been so ecstatic about this movie eversince i saw its trailer in imdb. not only it features the cameo of one of my fave singer in korea, it's also a movie about father, in which i'm such a sucker of (taken, hello). so when the news came about its arrival in blitz indonesia, moreover it premieres on my birthday, i immediately set date to watch. but then i fell sick and due to circumstances i couldn't go to watch until the very end of february.

warning, review may contain spoiler.

the movie; it was so so good. damn. i haven't watch such beautiful and humble movie for so long. basically the story is about a boy which made a promise to his father to be a good head of the family in which he almost sacrifices everything and putting his family first. the whole movie has an interesting back and forth, future-past pace. so much lessons about life can be found here. i cried once or twice, i guess. but the movie also has so many happy and laugh-until-your-tummy-hurt moments. very interesting balance between the two.

the casts; i have seen some familiar faces among the casts and all i know they are great actors from south korea, so i have no doubt that this would be a great movie. and damn they pulled my heartstrings each time. i can relate in a weird way but i can also learn so much from them. also, all the kids' casts are cute cute cute!

the story; a humble, family story can easily be found in so many movies. also the hardships of a family member is such a common theme. but what made me think that the movie is special is how the male lead carry his character throughout the movie with all his determination and innocence. laso interesting to see how the characters around him shaped his life and making impact on his decisions, which later make impact on their life. it's amazing how he could achieve so much for his family but also never neglect his life despite the sacrifices he made. also the story is something that could related greatly by the korean people which have suffered so many loss and tried to re-build their life since war. it's an interesting insight to see their struggles, their take on life, the stark contrast on the younger vs older generation. i think the movie is great to take as a small window to the ordinary life of south korean people.

the fashion + setting; i think their consistencies to try to stay true to the era was worth of two thumbs up. the fashion is also humble, nothing too extravagant, but also deeply corelated to the era in which taken place on. also the hair and make up. i like that they can manage to look so natural including in weight loss part. woah.

overall; i deeply recommend this movie for those of you who wanted some simple and humble movie about life but also not too serious about it. it's a light, happy movie but also could make you go teary-eyed during watching.

rating; 7.8 out of 10

*maybe some of you noticed that i haven't review any western movies. oops. i'm working on it.


body of water

jakarta, february 9th-10th,2015
guess who made its comeback. yep, flood. but this time, can i say, milder? it only lasted for three days in my office's area (last year it lasted for two weeks straight). the depths were varied. on day one it reached knee high, but the next day it was waist deep. very frustrating. i'm glad i live in a flood-free residence.

also, this was the first flood in which i caught the aftereffect. caught flu by the third day and apparently still feeling unwell up to friday. not to mention several little illness that followed (dehydration, constipation. i scream "no biggies!!" while laying on the floor half past dead with tissues scattered here and there). it has been the worst sicknesses i've encountered while working. hopefully the next months will be better.

damn february is coming to an end. why too soon?



on officially turning 26 years old on february 16th, 2015
so, 26? where the hell those days have gone to?

those days of "dammit, i'm old!" have long gone. i began to accept that it was all part of growing up and become a mature person. honestly speaking, my 25 was painful, as i've said in my instagram. it was full of loss and sufferings. a brutal phase in my life. but also i have learned a lot that it was absolutely necessary for the living. i don't have too much of expectation on this age other than trying to fulfill some old wishes. i hope i can be a better person for myself, my family, and friends. i want to see the world in more positive light. i want to go to places i've never been before. and also, i want to actually fall in love.

last monday, a.k.a the d-day, my friends arranged a simple surprise, knowing i'm not a fan of extravagant things. it was really nice. i never had such for years (since mom passed away, perhaps) so to actually blow a candle after more than a decade was so thrilling. i feel like a kid again.

cheers for a great age! have a nice february!