Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Origin - Dan Brown (2017)

I have read all Dan Brown's books, except Deception Point, so my review here may also containt comparisons about this book with his other books.

Because, well, Dan Brown always use the same plot and storyline, so does he in this book. Being chased by a murderer who does so under instruction of an unknown mastermind while he himself has a mission to accomplish and running out of time is what this book is all about.

This book takes place in Spain and, as always, it offers general knowledge about history, church, politics, and architectural sites, such as Montserrat, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Sagrada Familia, Palmarian Church, and about the famous people, mostly this book mentions Antonio Gaudi, William Blake, and Winston Churchill.

One main difference is that this book lacks of symbols and codes breaking, what Langdon pursues is just a quite simple code to break and not much thrilling quest related to interesting symbol twists like how his previous books provide.

Another difference is, well, this book is the most modern and futuristic among all his books. Artificial inteligence, quantum physics, high technology computers and so on. Not much classical artworks like his previous books, this book shows much about modern artworks instead.

The main point is probably most likely alike with what is presented in The Lost Symbol... This book is about a duel of old religion and its politics vs futuristic science. One lead character (other than Langdon of course) sure has a resemblance with Stephen Hawking.

My conclusion is, this book is good and kinda recommended for anyone who loves thrilling adventure in the field of religion and technology related stuffs. The topic about futuristic science and technology is something hot and relevant to our daily life.

***Synopsis, very likely containts spoilers

The story begins with Robert Langdon coming to Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain to attend an event held by friend slash his ex student, an eccentric and atheist futurist and scientist Edmond Kirsch. Here Kirsch wants to convey two big questions of humanity: where do we come from? and where are we going to? He claims he has discovered the answers, answers that may change the world perspectives of religions. He told Langdon before that he had met three big religion leaders in Montserrat about his discoveries because what he is going to share may shake the religions so he decided to show the presentation to them first.

In other places, two of the three leaders had died, killed by a murderer, Luis Admiral Avila an ex Spain Navy Seal whose family got murdered by a terrorist attack in a church in Spain. His action is commanded by Regent, somebody unknown.

Before Kirsch even started his presentation, he is murdered by a gunshot by Avila.
Tohether with Ambra Vidal, the curator of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, as well as the fiance of Prince Julian, the future king of Spain, Langdon fled from the museum, also helped by Winston, an artificial inteligence program in the form of headset put on his head, they had a mission to break the password Kirsch made to launch his presentation to the world.

Later it was found that Kirsch had been fighting pancreatic cancer this past two years, so even if he wasn't murdered, he just had about nine days left to live.

Langdon and Vidal suspected Bishop Valdespino, the last one survivor of the three religion leaders whom Kirsch met before, as well as Prince Julian himself, for Avila's coming to the event was lately added by the his order. Later the greatest police officer Commander Garza was arrested, leaving them suspect Prince Julian more as he was the only one with right to arrest Commander Garza.
Langdon and Vidal met Avila in a church and had a thrilling fight until both of them are safe and Avila died after falling from spiral staircase during their fight.

After finding the password, they went to Kirsch's computer lab and released his presentation. In his presentation, Kirsch stated that in future, human will blend with technology, become a kind of hibrid. After all is revealed, Langdon found out that his helper, Winston would intantly be deleted at one p.m. Langdon felt a bit sentimental for losing an invisible helpful friend.

Later we are moved to suspect the king, with whom Bishop Valdespino and Prince Julian met out of the hospital where the ming ought to be. However, it was revealed that three of them were clean, and the fact is, somebody is framing Bishop Valdespino for doing evil. He is just, had a romantic relationship with the king, one reason why the king didn't remarry after the death of his wife.

It is finally revealed, when Langdon realizes, that Regent was actually Winston, the A.I. who helped him so far. His mission is to gather as much as possible viewers of Kirsch's video presentation. In order to accomplish this mission, Winston planned to pay Avila to murder Kirsch to create a fuss and lure public's attention. He also murdered two other religion leaders to frame Bishop Valdespino for being the culprit. To sum all up, Kirsch wanted to make a new religion, science, and he became the martyr of his own religion.

From the ending, it's shown the danger of the usage of A.I., for it's inteligence and obedience to his programmer's orders, he wasn't hesitate to murder. After one p.m. Winston is deleted as well as all Kirsch's datas he storaged.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Red Sunset

Took a sip of wine behind the windowpane
Bit her own lip and had her mind go insane
Turned her sight towards the hiding sun
Time when it's so right to have some fun

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mid-Year Resolution

Passing Eid holiday having fun with what-so-called friends here in Bandung, I got refreshed and had a time to think about what to do more in life. I see myself as a young woman, I have many more years ahead to fill with meaningful things to learn, do, and fulfill, yeah, thanks to a random weird-not so weird person I knew who told me things and made me change some of my perspectives of life.

And here I write down my mid-year resolution, for renewal doens't have to be done every new year, does it?

  • Cook one new recipe a week, preferably every weekend, and write down the recipe here
  • Read one book every week, maximum every two weeks, and write down the synopsis here

  • Create new bank account for savings and do better in financial management
  • Draw more, learn more
  • Learn Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Premiere
  • Taking care of my appearance more, my outfits, skincare and make up, smile more, try to look more and more good looking
  • Reject as less as possible hangout invitations from friends
  • Meet more and more people

And something I learn, looking for God is good, honey, reading bible, morning prayer and such is a good thing to do. However, learning to realistically have a living in the world is a slightly different thing, I mean, going to church alone won't make me a better living person. I also need to work better, learn more, make friends, and so on. Chasing money alone is not good, neither is chasing God alone. Balance is the key, that's my point

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Short Story of a Lost Little Kitten

Yesterday morning was just like another usual morning, I prepared everything and went to office. Well, after going to Singapore last March (will post about this later) and moved to office in Paskal Hypersquare, I tended to go to office early than usual.

It was about 7.30 a.m. and I was riding my motorcycle when I saw a little kitten was walking in the middle of the road. It gave me a little shock.. How come this little buddy be alone in the road full of moving cars and motorcycles. I stopped my motorcycle in the middle of the road and walked to this helpless kitty, take him aside. There was a car behind my randomly parked motorcycle and thank God the driver just stopped and waited for me, no honking or any other upset gesture.

I took my motorcycle aside as well and had a time to think. Moving this kitty aside was not the answer, he would actually cross the street again anytime soon. The street were surrounded by factories, he had no other place but the street to walk on.

I was in confusion when another rider across the street asked me what to do with the kitten. I thought I would bring him to my home, I wished mom would mind taking care of him. So I turned my motorcycle back, with my right hand ond the handle and my left hand holding the kitty. Fortunately, he stayed calm, didn't randomly jumped out or anything.

In the middle of the journey, I thought of many would get angry. And this kitten was so small, he might get sick and if so, mom would get busy taking him to veterinarian.

The rider man asked me about what to do with the kitten... After chatting with him, considering one thing and another, I decided to put this kitten in Cimindi traditional market. This man kindly told me to be careful holding this kitten.

I turned my motorcycle back and brought the kitten to the market. He shivered a bit and sticked his paws quite deeply in my shirt so it was hard to lowered him. I put him near one chicken seller. I saw him walked ..and then I left him.

I hope he does good there, having some people loving and taking care of him.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

I've Been Away Too Long - George Baker

Another random song I found here in Youtube
Made me realize i've been so long in this repetitive loop

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Ada macam-macam variasi resep Spaghetti Aglio e Olio yang aku temukan di internet. Di bawah ini merupakan resep modifikasi sendiri, mengikuti bahan yang tersedia di rumah. Namun, originally Aglio e Olio artinya bawang putih dan minyak, jadi bahan dasarnya sebenarnya spaghetti, bawang putih, dan minyak zaitun.

Untuk 3 orang.

Bahan wajib :
- Spaghetti secukupnya
- Bawang putih 8 siung (sepertinya kalau mau ditambah lagi juga masih okey). Digeprek lalu cincang kasar.
- Minyak goreng secukupnya (kalau ada modal, seharusnya pakai minyak zaitun a.k.a. Olive Oil)
- Garam secukupnya
- Merica secukupnya, blackpepper lebih okey

Bahan tambahan yang bisa dimodifikasi: sesuai selera:
- Chili flakes. Di sini aku pakai Boncabe
- Cabe rawit merah 4 buah diiris tipis
- Jamur merang ukuran sedang 5 buah diiris tipis
- Sosis 3 buah diiris tipis.
- Daun seledri cincang
- Tomat ceri
- Keju cheddar

Cara memasak:

1. Rebus spaghetti sampai al-dente. Jangan lupa beri garam dan minyak goreng dalam air rebusan supaya ada rasa dan nggak lengket. Tiriskan.

2. Panaskan minyak (cukup banyak ya!) dengan api kecil. Masukkan bawang putih cincang. Masak sampai agak kecoklatan.

3. Masukkan sosis dan jamur. Aduk-aduk supaya jangan gosong. Aku panasin apinya sampai jadi sedang.

4. Masukkan chili flakes, garam, dan merica. Aduk-aduk.

5. Masukkan spaghetti, cabai rawit merah, garam dan merica secukupnya. Aduk sampai merata, sambil diicip udah okey belum rasanya. Kalau kurang pedas bisa ditambah Boncabe-nya. Terakhir, masukkan seledri cincang dan tomat ceri. Aduk sebentar, lalu matikan kompor.

6. Sajikan hangat-hangat^^.

-Personal Story-

Honestly, I didn't really like this one I tried, hahaha. Too oily yet some garlic and spaghetti got stuck on the surface of my frying pan. And the salt wasn't well-mixed. Some parts were savoury but another was tasteless. I watched a version on Youtube that instead of pouring the spaghetti into the hot garlic and oil on the hot frying pan, he poured the hot garlic and oil into the pot of warm spaghetti. I should try this method next time. This way, there will be no garlic-stucked-on-the-pan problem. But I have to manage the hot garlic and oil (and other ingredients such as mushrooms and shrimps like ones I made before) has been salty enough to season the whole spaghetti.

Long before I had ever tried making Spaghetti Aglio e Olio and I like that one way more. I used lots of shrimp and Boncabe. The appearance was way more tempting, and I didn't remember I had fried garlic and spaghetti stucked on my pan, haha. It was annoying, really, those sticky garlic and spaghetti. That hardened me stirring the spaghetti, forced me to add oil which made the final dish too oily. And made the salt and cheese wasn't mixed evenly either.

However, on the other side, the dry fried garlic I collected after harshly rubbing the pan gave crunchiness and texture to the whole eating experience. So, how can I get those crunchiness without having sticky spaghetti on the pan? I'll try again next time, hahaha, practice makes perfect yes? ^^.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

No Feast Lasts Forever

It was a semi-autobiography about Oei Hui Lian, a daughter of one richest sugar businessman in Southeast Asia, Oei Tiong Ham. She had a luxurious life by the help of his very rich father's money and she also married a man with political power, Wellington Koo. Having an ambitious mother as well, she is what is so called jetset socialite at that moment.

It is concluded at the end of the book that she finally found out that knowing rich and powerful people are nothing. It's brain and attitude that matters. It's also told that in the end of her life, she felt lonely and realized that she should have appreciated people she knew more than how she actually  had treated them.

Well, for me, honestly I said if I could be in her position, I'd very glad to! Haha.. Come on, it's like having that "motherlode" bar in The Sims. I want this I want that, and all I have to do is just typing "m-o-t-h-e-r-l-o-d-e" or in her case "ask papa" and the money will be sent right away to my bank account.

She is lonely at the end of her life. Hey? Won't poor people feel lonely as well? If both are lonely, I'd choose to be a rich one of course. Money is like health. Being perfectly healthy doesn't mean I am happy. But having my health destructed ensured my difficulty to enjoy life more. Unless you have been so strong that you can still be grateful despite your disease, I'd happily be healthy at the first place.

Well, I quite enjoy reading this book, felt like watching a Chinese drama, hahaha. It somehow containts general knowledge and a bit of Indonesian-Chinese history, social culture, etc.

And the main message is the title itself, no feast lasts forever :)