Likes & Dislikes: Ant-Man

27 Jul 2015

Likes & Dislikes: Ant-Man | Hola Darla
For the very first time in years, I didn't watch Marvel movie on its first showing day. Ant-Man was released one day before the Eid. There was no way for me to go to movie on Eid eve, so I had to skip the premiere. It was such a bummer, given the fact that I had a straight record of seeing the premiere. Haha!

Ant-Man tells the story of Hank Pym, who invented a substance called Pym Particle which can shrink human into an ant-like tiny form. He shut down his own research because he saw that his invention could potentially create chaos in the world. However, he needs to use the particle again when his protegee, a young scientist named Cross, gets closer to finding hiw own shrinking substance. Hank is already too old to become Ant-Man, so he chooses Scott Lang, a criminal freshly out of prison for burglary. The two men along with Hank's daughter create a plan to steal Cross' invention to stop it being exploited by Hydra.

+ It's refreshing to see smaller (both literally and figuratively) Marvel movie. After seeing London and Sokovia being destroyed in previous MCU movies, seeing Ant-Man saving the world by fighting Cross on top of Thomas the Tank Engine is super entertaining. Ant-Man is a proof that superhero movies can be fun and don't always need to be depressing (remember Age of Ultron?)
+ I love the father-daughter relationship in this movie. Not only the relationship between Scott and his daughter, Cassie, but also the one between Cassie and her mother's fiance, Paxton.
+ I know both Hank and Scott are good looking as hell, but my all-time favourite character is Luis! His best scenes are the Dubsmash-like ones. Haha!
+ I also love the part where Falcon shows as a cameo. "It is really important to me that Cap never finds out about this." Hilarious!
+ But my version of the best scene is of course the one when Siri plays Disintegration by The Cure. Classic yet techie joke.

- It's less funny than any other installment in MCU. It's even less funny than The Amazing Spider-Man.
- I don't really know Paul Rudd. I didn't even know the name Paul Rudd before Ant-Man. And I think his acting is flawed. There are several lines which should have been funny but came out just wrong, IMO.

That being said, I'm glad Ant-Man will be joining the Avengers in the next movies. But I'm also sad because Ant-Man marks the end of MCU Phase 2 and the Phase 3 won't start until next year. That's okay though, we will have Mockingjay Part 2 later this year ;)

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Eid Mubarak! (+ A Little Bit of Life Lately)

24 Jul 2015

Eid Mubarak from Dara and Afief | Hola Darla
Eid mubarak, friends! Sorry I took a long break without a precaution. I'm really bad at managing my online and real life. Turned out Ramadan this year was more exhausting that I thought it would be; with me having to cook for sahur early in the morning, it felt like the day was way shorter than 24 hours. I felt so burned out, especially when Eid was coming closer and Eid shopping had to start. It was all so crazy!
Celebrating Eid with Afief's family in Pesawaran and Pringsewu | Hola Darla
I still think it's funny that both Afief and I call Lampung our hometown. He was born and raised in the border region between Pesawaran and Pringsewu, while I go to North Lampung every year for Eid because my Granny lives there. I always imagined going 'mudik' (=back to one's hometown for the holiday) to my (then future) husband's hometown somewhere in eastern Java and no longer going mudik to Lampung. But no; I still went to Lampung for Eid this year. And I'm going to Lampung for all the Eids to come. It's amazing. Haha!
Miss Jess during the road trip to Lampung | Hola Darla
Also, we took Miss Jess to her very first car ride which was really a long road trip. She didn't see that coming and became kinda stressed during the trip. But as soon as she arrived in Negararatu, she found her freedom in the form of trees. She climbed trees, the roof of Granny's house, and all the furniture inside the house. She had so much fun.
Miss Jess found some freedom during her stay in Negararatu | Hola Darla
That poor thing wanted to chew on the birds, but the humans wouldn't let her. She was seriously mad.

We stayed in Lampung for 10 days and went back to Bandung last Wednesday. It was the longest holiday I have ever had (or so I think), since we usually stay for only about 7 days. We didn't do much but it was fun anyway.

Do you celebrate Eid? How was your Eid this year?

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Jurasik Fest 2015*

8 Jul 2015

Jurasik Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
I just love Bandung so much. Like, so, so much. Bandung is a food heaven; even with hundreds of cafes and restaurants everywhere (some are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week), Bandung still offers you food festivals every other weekend. If last month I told you about Keuken, now I'm telling you about Jurasik Fest.
Jurasik Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
Jurasik Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
Jurasik Fest combines food with music and arts. We can buy various foods from food trucks and booths, and then sit on the chairs to enjoy local street bands' performance. The available food and drink are not too variative, but the price is affordable! Cheapest among all the other food festivals, I'd say. There are plenty of chairs and tables, so we don't have to eat while standing up (which is something I'm not comfortable of doing).
Jurasik Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
We had chicken satay, fried ice cream, apple smoothie, and slushies. I loveee all of them. I especially love the chicken satay. It was very tasty and very different than regular satay. The slushies were the kind I had never tried before. They were strawberry and grape flavoured. The grape one was too sweet for me, so I had the strawberry one. The packaging was very unique; it was a pouch instead of a cup.
Jurasik Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
Jurasik Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
Jurasik Fest 2015 | Hola Darla
Jurasik Fest will be held until this Saturday. If you're in Bandung, you really should come! It's located in the parking lot of Hollywood Bar, 38 Sumatera St. Cheap food and drink plus good music in just one place? Yes, please! ;)

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Weekend Links

4 Jul 2015

Weekend Links is back again! Man, how I miss writing these links lists. I miss the entire Internet because I have been sleeping doing other things that I don't have much time to explore the interwebz. These articles may not be new to you, as I've been catching up with what I've missed these past few weeks, but hopefully these are the ones you've missed to. Haha :p

  • Since the word 'selfie' was invented, the act of taking one's picture by oneself has been considered as something abnormal, e.g. a sign of chronic narcissism, etc. Kam's point of view in her post about mirror selfies and how reflections tell better story is something to think about.
  • As I may have told you before, I was born with absolutely no artistic skills. I'll spend the rest of my life envying people like Amanda and Will, who recently did a makeover for their bedroom by painting forest wall mural. How did they do it?!
  • Starting an online business just like I am? Here's something to keep in mind: Online "Success" And "Failure" Don't Look The Way You Think.
  • An interesting read about how the US is smaller than you think it is.
  • People in my country are crazy about "favourite schools". But whose favourite are they? Parents' or their kids'? *written in Bahasa Indonesia
What interesting articles have you found on the Internet lately? Share them with me! Put it in your comment, tweet me the link, or shoot me an email ;)

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Charity with Mata Ilmu Private Course

1 Jul 2015

Mata Ilmu Berbagi Takjil//Charity with Mata Ilmu Private Course | Hola Darla
Mata Ilmu Berbagi Takjil//Charity with Mata Ilmu Private Course | Hola Darla
Mata Ilmu Berbagi Takjil//Charity with Mata Ilmu Private Course | Hola Darla
Mata Ilmu Berbagi Takjil//Charity with Mata Ilmu Private Course | Hola Darla
Mata Ilmu Berbagi Takjil//Charity with Mata Ilmu Private Course | Hola Darla
On the sixth day of Ramadan last week, Mata Ilmu Private Course held a small charity event. We gave some snacks for iftar (called "takjil") to the riders and drivers on Taman Sari-Pasteur crossroad. 200 packages were given away in less than 10 minutes! This charity was held to celebrate Ramadan and the end of the semester. About 15 teachers joined this event. We had iftar together in the evening.

Here's to a blessed Ramadan and a new semester! ;)

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