Sunday, July 10, 2016

The 5th Wave - A sci-fi lovey dovey movie with all the right formulas

I'm sure you've all seen or read The 5th Wave. Its a story that involves all the right points a teen sci-fi story should incorporate. Being an avid watcher (note I said "watch" and not "read") of the hunger games trilogy as well as other cool movies and books such as the divergent series and even maze runner (might as well throw "the host" into the mix), I've noticed several trends in these movies that I have grown to love. But first, a brief spoiler to the 5th wave.

The 5th wave tells the story of a young lass named Cassie who embarks on a "the last of us" like adventure to search for her brother Sam in the midst of an alien force invasion that incorporates a 5 wave attack pattern to cleanse the earth from humans and claim the planet as their own. There she met an "other" (the alien race in question) who goes by the name of Evan Walker but unlike the "other"s, he chooses to be human because of the feats Cassie took in order to survive on her own and search for her brother. Sam and numerous other children are drafted by the others and trained as well as tricked to fight other human survivors in their behalf (hence the 5th wave of attack by the others). However, football captain Ben who now goes by Zombie, a former classmate and potential love interest of Cassie is able to uncover this secret and went to rescue Sam as well.

Now, I've spoiled the movie for you (I've yet to read the novel), now onto my quick review. Firstly I am a sucker for alien sci-fi movies. Throwing in a teen like love story and a quest for self improvements like those movies I've elaborated in the first paragraph of this post makes the movie even sweeter. Like its numerous cousins, the 5th wave focuses on a "what if" near future scenario and tells the adventures of a strong female lead character who is on a quest for either self improvement, love, saving their loved ones, or all of the above. 

Not to mention, Chloe Grace Moretz is my favorite actress as of right now, her past performance in Kick ass and Kick ass 2 meant that seeing her running around and shooting guns in this movie is a quick refresher to what she can do if you mess with her.

In closing, despite many movie review website giving it a mediocre scores, let us go back and examine The Host  , which is also a sci-fi movie that receives a mediocre review, but is worth watching if you are like me and love these kinds of entertaining pursuit of survivals.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Getting Serious with Web Programming - A new Project Blog

Howdy you, its been a while since my last Sunday bike ride hasn't it?

I'm just writing here to announce my new Programming blog called Swimsuit Issue #49. Since I am now in my 6th semester of study, I told myself to get serious about my studies and focus more on my programming projects, specifically web programming related. It also happens that I am currently taking a scripting language course that has a compulsory requirement of having a blog to document my projects for that course.

Luckily, as you can clearly see from my past experience of managing the content of this blog, I am quite self sufficient in the art of putting up random important pieces of writing in a blog. Swimsuit issue will primarily be about my programming projects, but also expect some funny off the grind posts to lighten up the blog.

Unfortunately, as much as I love Google and the blogger platform, Binus is not a fan of Blogger and opted for wordpress cms system for all its student blog hosting. On the plus side, I get more layout design freedom for my blog / ghetto project website.

Do not fret though, because this does not mean that I will stop writing this blog, I'm just gonna have to manage its slightly serious tech oriented cousin.

So, do you prefer blogger or wordpress??? (SHOTS FIRED).

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Riding Your Mountain Bike on-Road

Rode it like i stole it

Like most of us, I ride my bicycle around. I've ridden a variety of bikes on dirt trails, and on asphalt roads around town. I've recently acquired a bicycle specifically for the trails of BSD for the times when My Uncle calls me up in the weekend mornings again to ride with him, but I've mostly ridden on urban obstacles near my residence.

This morning I just completed a quick run to the city center known as "monas" or the national monument in central from my house. The ride started at 5:30 in the morning, thanks to my "every other day" morning training on my bike from the last couple of weeks, the ride to central only took me 45 minutes (don't believe me? I tried recording dootage but my goPro didn't have enough memory). After a quick snack break with some traffic officers near the horse statue in front of the national museum, I rode back home and got home at a quarter past seven in the morning. All in all it wasn't that bad of a time, considering I ride my mountain bike there (I got passed by a lot of men on carbon road bikes). 

My morning ride taught me a lot of things that has to do with riding a mountain bike on asphalt;

1. Tires make a difference 

My mountain bike has grippy front tires and less grippy rear tires, but they are still dirt tires built for the single track or mountain trail. Unlike the slick road tires those guys who passed me use on their roadies, mountain bike tires have more rolling resistance, causing me to output more power on the pedals to go as fast as them.

 2. Lockout your front suspension (if you can)

The lockout feature on your front fork is not just a gimmick to make your bike $$$ more, it is meant to be there because you need it in some circumstances. The lockout is good for riding smooth trails with loose sand or dirt... and asphalt with non bumpy roads. I tried riding around my house on my training sessions every morning with my lockout unlocked (suspension on), and it was fine most of the time because I go through the small alleyways with ups and downs, speed bumps, and some rocky roads thrown in just for fun. But it makes the bike rock up and down when you pedal hard on smooth surface, so its best to lock your front fork when you ride on road on your MTB.

3. Keep your seat high

Proper seat position is key when riding your bike. It makes your body feel less horrible after you finish your ride. I usually ride with my seat a bit low so i can easily let my feet down if the road gets to bumpy and I'm about to fall down, or there is a grandma on a motor bike full of bottled water on the other end of the alleyway demanding that she goes through first. This morning I rode with my normal seat position, it felt okay, but you can notice the difference after you've ridden about 5 k on the bike and you need more leg room so you can be more efficient on your pedal strokes. Unfortunately I did not bring my allen wrench to adjust my seat position.

Some of those reasons are mostly made upon the conclusions I made on my ride, but the bike I have is still sick. It is one bear of a bike on road or off, and is a bike I am most proud of, because I can ride it without fearing for the safety of the bike on the stairs down the bottled water grandma's house.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dangdut seafood & Alcoholic fruit drinks in Gresik

July 31st 2015
The last time I was in Surabaya back in September 2014 (I'm going to Surabaya again this year for another wedding -_-) was for a wedding, My family took a whole bus for a joyride to Tuban which is a half day drive from Surabaya. I stopped by a sea food restaurant known for its milkfish or "bandeng" and the east javanese famous drink. After that wedding event I haven't gone back there until my dad's Symposium meeting.

When I landed in Surabaya for My dad's symposium meeting, the first thing I wanted to eat was skewered clams that I ate in Bandeng Pak Ela in Gresik back at the wedding fiasco. I went back there to savor the flavors of the east java sea. 

If you happen to stop by Gresik, I totally recommend stopping by Pak Ela's, doesn't matter if it is the 1st or the number 2 (I personally love the 1st one because it is likely to be less crowded and more Dangdut can be heard from the TV here), and order up some fried milkfish and calm skewers with a nice tub of Legen to wash it all down.

The fish and clams are so plain, so don't forget to use the dipping sambal because that is where the party's at. The seafood is so fishy that you know it is actually taken straight out of the water and into the sizzling frying pan. Now the drink, legen is actually made from siwalan, locals can process this tree and use its fruits and alchemy to make the delicious drink... legen. If you wait long enough, this thing can ferment and change into tuak, an alcoholic version of legen.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Buy Rambutans on the street

Thursday April 2nd 2014 17:58

It's currently pouring rain out and I'm stuck in traffic on my way home from campus. Out of nowhere, Lord just went "screw it, I'm gonna buy me some rambutans".

Luckily There is one stall just beside the my car at the moment that sells 4 bunch for 10.000, that is like.. just wow. Wonder how much the guy managed to squeeze from the rambutan farmer?

The amount of street stalls that sell rambutans vary seasonally. Fortunately it is currently in season. So if you want to buy some cheap ass rambutans, now is the time to hit your local roadside and buy some.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Freezing in Melbourne - Visit to Australia pt. 3

The last stop for my visit to Australia is Melbourne, the city where my cousin has lived for the last couple of years. After conversing with a friendly stewardess who happens to have a wedding reception invite for his cousin's wedding at the Ritz in Jakarta (shout outs to mr. Eko from Qantas), I waited for my cousin to come pick Me and my family up from the airport in the wonderful Melbourne weather. Sure the sun is out and all, but the wind is still very chilly. I plan to stay at my cousin's for a few days out in Narre Warren.

The suburbs isn't all that bad, the roads are big and less crowded than the roads in the city, the atmosphere is more chill and laid back (its in the suburbs, what else you expect?), and did I mention that it was cold?. I took the train every time I want to go places because the distances I traveled were quite far from each other. I went to the DFO which is like a normal factory outlet like the ones in Bandung, except this one is filled with Sheridans and fish n' chips. I went to see Chadstone, a new shopping center where they supposedly have everything under one roof. And even managed to attend a Friday prayer in one of the mosques near my cousin's place ( it was in another suburbs though, about 10-15 minutes drive ).

I've never set foot on any chicken shops, although I was quite pumped to visiting one after watching the comical web series dirty bird.

One of the key destinations that my Cousin insisted on me seeing is the penguin reserve on Philips island. Philips island is located at the small peace of island south of Melbourne in Google maps if you want to know where it is. We had to cross a bridge to get to the island, the good thing about it is that it is easier for them to keep the animals in a sort of natural habitat. My cousin took me to the "penguin palace" near sunset because that is when the penguins come home to their holes dug near the beaches after a day of hunting for fishies. Unfortunately I've no collection of penguin pictures because cameras are forbidden throughout the penguin reserve to shield the penguin's eyes from so called "camera flashes". Did I mention the place was cold? Guess that's what I get when visiting in the winter...

I moved to stay at the city for the rest of the trip for "undisclosed reasons". The city of Melbourne is pretty cool, not just the vibe, but the weather as well (I am such a sour trout about this weather issue). After being in 3 different cities, I can tell that each has its unique style. Perth with its laid back people, Sydney's metropolis setting, and Melbourne... well... Melbourne. I heard that Melbourne is one of the best cities to live in, I know that Sofles the graff writer is from Melbourne, and I know that I almost went here to study. I went around the city like I always do, then I went to Victoria Market street.

Victoria Market is a market, but not like the ones we have here back home. The market is filled with people who needs stuff to buy, or just random people looking for some time out in the city.

The buildings in Melbourne are pretty cool, little alleyways filled with cafes and old buildings with remodeled interior are abundant in the Melbourne CBD. Walking around Melbourne is a new experience for anyone who is new in town, there is always something cool to find.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Long Azz Break... - A Quick Update

I'm still here. I might've missed some post a while back (Actually, a lot of them since the part 2 of my Australia trip). School and other guy business can get in the way of writing tasty stories for this blog of mine, I've been way to busy with my Uni work (believe it or not). With the end of last semester's finals, comes the even semester, yes I hardly get any break from odd to even semester.

Anyway Lets cut to the chase, a lot has happen after my last posted trip. I went to Bali for My dad's plastic surgery symposium, some road trips here and there, the Binus International capoeira club gathering , and many more. I'm planning to make some new posts besides me traveling around, so my blog will slowly turn into a personal blog telling stories about my everyday live (not all of them), and who knows, I might start vlogging??.

So sit tight, relax, and rest assured that I will write some more stories, just after I finish this one assignment...