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31 July 2019 – Store St.

These deeply tickle my interest. Yours too?

3 July 2019 – In the Mountains

It boils down to life skills which help us be humans with strong awareness of ourselves, others, and the world we live in.

Photo by: Gupta S & Ben S

29 June 2019 – somewhere in Asia

When one goes beserk in a book store. Spent hours, sensory overload but uber content with these findings.

26 June 2019 – J Town 

“Satu orang yang percaya kepada saya di saat yang lain menganggap saya anak bodoh. That is jagoan.”

#Gundala x #Kompas

25 June 2019 – J Town 

Gundala Visiting Emtek Group 

Lagi hari yang baik. Hari ini tim Gundala (Joko, Abim, Bayu, dan saya) berkunjung untuk bertemu teman-teman jurnalis dari Emtek Group. Mulai dengan Liputan 6 hingga Halo Selebriti. Sejumlah highlight seperti biasa penuh gelak tawa sampai terkadang si pewawancara bingung mau memotong di mana (maafkan keusilan kami ya teman-teman jurnalis). Setiap wawancara dengan setiap jurnalis diberi waktu yang cukup ketat. Banyak pertanyaan menarik salah satunya yang berbau jagoan perempuan (yang nanya laki-laki! Kami tersanjung! Thank you!). Kami akhiri dengan duduk ngeteh dan makan siang di sore hari. Saya pesan mie ayam dan sayur yang potongan daging ayam-nya berakhir dalam piring opor ayam Joko. Mie dan sawi rebus sudah cukup nikmat. Terima kasih atas hari ini.

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Photo: Poplicist

20 June 2019 – J Town 

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Gundala Visiting Jakarta Post & Kompas 

Hari yang baik. Seharian saya habiskan bersama Joko, Abim, Banyu dan publicist extraordinaire kita Bubu mengenalkan film kita Gundala ke media. Film tentang jagoan putra petir ini akan tayang nasional pada 29 Agustus 2019.

Kita memulai kunjungan ke kantor berita Jakarta Post. Dulu sekali, Joko pernah menjadi wartawan di sini. Setelah meninggalkan JakPost pun ia masih menulis untuknya mengulas film-film. Ketika masuk ke lobby, Joko menyapa hangat kolega lamanya, seorang petugas security bernama Muchlis. Ketika berbagi kantor dulu, mereka suka nongkrong bersama. Masuk ke kantor JakPost, semakin banyak kolega lama yang muncul menyapa dan berfoto. Saya di situ hanya mengamati dan terkadang membantu mengambil foto untuk kenang-kenangan bagi kolega lamanya itu. Melihat pemandangan ini, saya tersenyum menikmati. Si mantan wartawan ini kini menjadi salah satu penulis dan sutradara film terbaik Indonesia. Meski JakPost adalah media koran, wawancara kami direkam dengan kamera. Kami menjawab pertanyaan dan bermain dalam bentuk trivia. Siapa yang menjawab pertanyaan benar paling banyak itulah yang menang. Saya tidak jarang tertawa hingga mengeluarkan air mata mendengarkan percakapan cas cis cus kocak antara Joko, Abim dan Bayu. We had so much fun. Hopefully it wasn’t too much for the interviewer listening to our banter.

Kami juga menyapa teman media dari grup Kompas. Wartawan mereka banyak meminta kami bercerita tentang karakter dan tantangan. Kami enggan terlalu banyak membagi cerita Gundala karena tidak ingin spoiler. Sinopsis pun publik belum ada yang tahu. Kami ingin menjaga excitement para penonton. Saya pun sungguh tidak sabar ingin melihat keseluruhan Gundala.

Saya ingat pertama kali Joko memperlihatkan teaser Gundala. Saya diajak ke kamar mandi berlampu disko di kantornya. Dia sodorkan iPad dan meminta saya menekan tombol play setelah pintu kamar mandi tertutup. Saya tenggelam dalam adegan yang terlihat. Saya merasakan buih buih kegembiraan dalam perut – terharu sambil terkekeh. Keluar dari kamar mandi berlampu disko, saya melihat wajah Joko yang sangat sumringah, seperti anak kecil yang gembira. His excitement was contagious. I’m excited. I cannot wait to see the film in all its glory in August!

May 2019. – J Town

Jakarta Players: The Show Must Go On 

It was a dramatic week, literally. The Jakarta Player’s one-act shows Longing for Love (LFL) were performed in the exact week where the demonstrations against the result of the presidential election happened. That full week we were supposed to have our tech and dress rehearsals before opening the show on the 24th. We had to miss two tech/dress rehearsal as the French cultural center had to close due to the two-day demonstration. We were worried at one point that we would have to cancel the show entirely. Thankfully this didn’t happen. The venue was open despite rumours that there might have been a follow up demonstration. Despite missing two days of rehearsals, I can say that I was very proud of the whole LFL team. Despite the stress caused by uncertainty, we pulled it off. The show opened on 24th May with a bang! 2/3 of the people who had purchased tickets braved Thamrin and showed up. They laughed a lot. We were all very happy to be able to entertain them, especially considering all the tension which had been looming in Jakarta particularly that week. I was also particularly pleased to see familiar faces, friends and colleagues from the film industry, coming to see the show and had a good time. Friends showing up to see what you make, it felt really special and meaningful.

 

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Btw, this is my role. Her name is ‘Anggrek’. She is a new-age healer whose heart has been broken and thus she aspires to help other women to keep believing in true love in order to find the perfect match. I had fun playing her.

15 April 2019. – J Town 

Jakarta Players: Longing for Love 

It is theatre time. I can’t believe it has been three years since the last time I performed on stage with the Jakarta Players. It is good to be able to stretch my stage acting muscles again this May. I will be playing a new age healer who holds weekly session of talks to help broken-hearted women find the perfect relationship. Longing for Love is one of JP’s much-loved combo shows of five one-act plays, this time, it is about human connection and how much we have longed for it and long for it more and more despite the digital connection/disconnection. I know that we’re already inundated with all sorts of entertainment which is only a click away, but trust me, it is beyond exciting and moving to watch live theatre. So, if you’re in Jakarta or visiting Jakarta in the last weekend of May, do come and enjoy this comedic and touching live stage performance!

Location:

Institut Français d’Indonésie (IFI), Auditorium
Jl. MH Thamrin No. 20 Jakarta Pusat

Show Dates:

Friday 24 May – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday 25 May – 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday 
25 May – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday 
26 May – 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Ticket Price: Early Bird (13 Mar – 15 Apr) – Rp 150,000. Regular – Rp 175,000. 

Click here for reservation.

14 April 2019. – J Town 

Perempuan Tanah Jahanam/ Impetigore 

Several days back, the shoot for Perempuan Tanah Jahanam wrapped. It was a great one and a half months of artistic experience, challenged emotionally and physically by the brilliant Joko Anwar. He ‘stretches’ me as an actor by placing me in different roles and genres. It’s exhilirating! I’m grateful and honoured to be working with him again and alongside actors whose crafts and friendship I cherish. I simply cannot wait to see the film in full bloom in October 2019. It is going to rock your imagination!