Jak-Japan Matsuri 2016

6 Sep 2016

Jak-Japan Matsuri 2016 | Hola Darla
Jaman SMP dulu aku lumayan terobsesi dengan segala hal yang berbau Jepang. Mungkin lebih karna kebawa-bawa sih... Dulu temenannya sama anak-anak yang suka baca manga, nonton anime, & dengerin lagu-lagu ber-genre J-rock & J-pop. Tapi obsesi itu memudar pas masuk ke SMA. Pada akhirnya temen-temen yang tadinya suka sama budaya Jepang perlahan murtad ke K-pop. Aku gak kebawa murtad & malahan jadi pindah haluan ke musik-musik barat. Makanya pas suami bilang kalo dia Sabtu kemarin harus ketemu klien di Jak-Japan Matsuri 2016, aku langsung teriak "Ikuuuuuuuttttttt!" tanpa tau malu. Lumayan, itung-itung nostalgia :')
Jak-Japan Matsuri Festival 2016 | Hola Darla
Jadi acara yang diselenggarakan tanggal 3-4 September 2016 di Parkir Timur GBK Jakarta ini ternyata memang acara tahunan & tahun ini adalah Jak-Japan Matsuri yang ke-8. Ada banyak booth penjual makanan dan minuman serta pernak-pernik khas Jepang. Ada juga booth yang menyewakan kimono & yukata untuk dipake foto-foto. Selain itu, ada juga beberapa booth dari sponsor yang kebanyakan merupakan perusahaan Jepang yang ada di Indonesia, kayak Toyota, Yakult, Pocari Sweat, dll.
Jak-Japan Matsuri 2016 Exhibitor Lanyard | Hola Darla
Raw Tomato at Jak-Japan Matsuri 2016 | Hola Darla
Di panggung utama ada beberapa performer yang menghibur pengunjung dengan pertunjukan musik dan drama. Salah satu yang ditunggu sama para penonton adalah band Raw Tomato. Band ini kemarin bawa beberapa lagu, termasuk soundtrack Pokemon dan Cardcaptor Sakura dalam Bahasa Indonesia (I'M SO HAPPY OMG!!)
Domo Kun at Jak-Japan Matsuri 2016 | Hola Darla
Kemarin juga sebenernya ada Domo gede gitu, pengen foto bareng tapi suamiku sibuk ngurusin booth klien jadi aku gak ada yang fotoin :(
Lanterns at Jak-Japan Matsuri 2016 | Hola Darla
Lampion-lampion ini pasti cantik banget deh pas malemnya. Sayang, berhubung kehadiran kami di Jak-Japan Matsuri 2016 sebenernya adalah perjalanan dinas, jadi kami gak bisa lama-lama karna ditungguin sopir. Jadi begitu Raw Tomato beres tampil, kamipun pulang. Mudah-mudahan tahun depan bisa dateng lagi sebagai pengunjung, jadi bisa puas jajan-jajan & jejingkrakan nonton band sampe malem. Syukur-syukur kalo bisa dateng di kedua harinya. Hihihihi :p

PS. Abis dari Jak-Japan Matsuri ini sebenernya aku & suami pulangnya langsung ke Locafore. Tapi itu cerita untuk postingan selanjutnya ;)

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review

2 Sep 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review | Hola Darla
The release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book must be the highlight of 2016 for all Harry Potter fans, including me. When it was announced that there would be the eighth book of Harry Potter, I was so excited; but not excited enough to pre-order as the price was quite high for me. Fortunately, the book was short enough for a friend of mine to finish it in just one sitting and that friend of mine was kind enough to lend it to me!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Hard Cover | Hola Darla
Cursed Child starts at the exact same scene as the epilog from Deathly Hallows. Set 19 years after the Battle Of Hogwarts, the original trio is at Platform 3/4 to watch their children board the Hogwarts Express. Albus Severus is worried that he will be sorted into Slytherin but Harry assures him that it won't make any difference. This turns out to be a big part of the story of Cursed Child. Albus is sorted into Slytherin and befriends Scorpius Malfoy, Draco's only child. Him being a Potter in Slytherin becomes a burden for Albus since he feels like he is overshadowed by his father's greatness (or rather, fame, since Harry Potter grew up to be a troubled man with problems at work who doesn't get along with his son). To overcome this problem and to prove that he is as great as his father, Albus (accompanied by Scorpius) sets off a journey to the past to correct Harry's mistake, that is getting Cedric killed by Voldemort. However, every little change in the past makes the alternate present even weirder and weirder. Albus and Scorpius have to make everything right again.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Excerpt | Hola Darla
Honestly, I'm not satisfied with this book. It was written by two more people other than J.K. Rowling herself, I don't know how much of it that she wrote, but the whole book doesn't have her sound at all. The original trio is written like completely different people. I get it; people change. But the change of the trio is too far away. Ron was quite funny back then, but in this book he was written more like a comic relief. He sounds shallow. We all know that Hermione is the greatest witch of her age, but I'm also sure that the original Ron was bound to be great as well. This new Ron looks like he is overshadowed by his wife who happens to become the Minister of Magic while he manages a joke shop (probably the twin's shop). I'm very disappointed.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Cover | Hola Darla
Also, the friendship between Albus and Scorpius screams gay to me. While I think it's okay if they are actually in love with each other, but the story insists that they are not gays by forcing the subplot that Scorpius has a crush on Rose (Granger-Weasley) and tries to ask her out. It's as if the writers actually wanted them to be gays but decided to write it off in last minute. It really bugs me. Reading the Cursed Child feels like reading a fanfiction written by a teenage girl who is obsessed with both the Harry Potter series and Rainbow Rowell's Carry On. I'm sorry, but it is.

That being said, if I get the chance to see the play, I'll still watch it. Maybe the real reason why I hate Cursed Child so much is because it's actually a play script. It doesn't give as much detail as a narrative story. Maybe I'll like it more if I see it on stage. Now, if only I could take myself to London...

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Summer Food Festival + Keuken Bandung 2016

24 Aug 2016

For the past decade, Bandung has become a well-known culinary tourism destination in West Java. The city gets crowded every weekend because people from nearby cities come to hang out in cafes and such. It's a heaven for food lovers. So it was no surprise that during the Independence Day weekend, there were two culinary festivals held in Bandung: Summer Food Festival and Keuken 2016. We happened to go to both festivals, but unfortunately we were having too much fun that we only took several pictures :p
All About Potatoes at Summer Food Festival Bandung | Hola Darla
Iced Cappuccino at Summer Food Festival Bandung | Hola Darla
Summer Food Festival Balai Kota Bandung | Hola Darla
Summer Food Festival was held in the city hall on Saturday, 20 August. It was dubbed as a South American culinary festival, but there was no South American food actually. There were only booths promoting each country's tourism programme. It was a shame because we actually came to taste South American food. We ended up buying the usual festival food (potatoes, coffee, etc.)
Keuken Bandung 2016 | Hola Darla
Capsicum's Quesadilla and Crispybar's Mixed Snack at Keuken Bandung 2016 | Hola Darla
Welldone's Wagyu with Buttered Rice at Keuken Bandung 2016 | Hola Darla
This was the seventh Keuken, but or third time coming there (read about Keuken #4 here and Keuken #6 here). Keuken has never ceased to amaze us. We always love going to Keuken because there's always something new to try. This time, we tried quesadilla (which was good) and wagyu with buttered rice (which was VERY GOOD). Our last year's favourite was available too, so we bought it again.

So sorry for the very low-quality photos. We didn't bring a camera so each picture was taken by using our phones' camera. Also, we came to Keuken at around sunset so the lighting was bad too. I swear I'm still going to try to be a good blogger who carries a good camera everywhere. Haha...

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