{Nostalgia} You’ve Got Magazines!

Bismillah,

Nggak terasa tiba-tiba udah bulan April – dan udah sebulan juga bolos nulis blog, hehehe. Ga ada alasan lain selain it was some sort of a March Madness. Masa-masa penutupan kuarter pertama berarti saya berpacu dengan waktu untuk menyelesaikan projects baik di kantor ataupun personal.

Anyway, now that that’s over, dan saya bisa bernapas sejenak sebelum memulai kuarter baru – kebetulan #1m1c bikin minggu tema yang so close to my heart. Sekalian bernostalgia, haha.

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{Nostalgia} Favorite Mangaka

Aah, manga. Such a big part of me growing up. I will be forever grateful for it cause my childhood was so awesome thanks to anime and manga. Looking back, perhaps I would never have an interest in learning Japanese or Japan itself if it’s not because of liking manga and anime back then.

And of course, I have my favorite manga authors too. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I wasn’t exposed to a variety of mangas back then and I was (still am) pretty conservative too – so I didn’t have a long list to share. Anyway, without further ado, here is my list!

CLAMP

I guess they are on (almost) everyone’s list, cause come on, we are talking about CLAMP here. Magic Knight Rayearth, X, Tokyo Babylon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles – and the list goes on. Anyone who knows CLAMP’s work will instantly recognize their style and the way they tell the story in their pieces. I especially love the subtle message that can be found in most of their creations. Cardcaptor Sakura will forever remain my favorite anime – and even in it, we can find CLAMP’s subtle messages toward shonen-ai and shoujo-ai.

The other way to look at CLAMP’s creation is kinda… messed up. I mean, in what world a primary schooler is in love with her teacher AND the teacher reciprocates her feeling?

CLAMP is also famous for being super secretive even with showing their faces. They have very little interviews where they literally sit down while their pictures were being taken. But I guess this applies to most mangaka artists – the reason could be because they want people to focus on their works instead of their faces.

Recommended works: Cardcaptor Sakura, X, Tokyo Babylon

Hikawa Kyoko

Weirdly enough, I don’t really like Kanata Kara – her most famous work up to date. But! I really like her mini series instead. Her drawings are quite simple for the girls’ characters, but his boys’ characters are off the charts. The lead guy is always pictured as tall, small eyes (even close to squinted eyes), with a very pointed jawline. The girl, on the other side, more often than not, is clumsy but adorable.

What I like the most from her works is actually the simple storyline. There’s nothing fancy going on and mostly it’s about girl and boy meeting each other and somehow attracted to each other despite being in different leagues. It’s really your classic love story – one that you can easily found in any romantic manga. But Hikawa-sensei has a different way to incorporate subtle messages into her simple story (you might notice now that I am such a fan of hidden messages) and that makes her stories even more memorable.

And although her characters are quite predictable, her drawings are clean. She positioned everything in her manga appropriately – not too crowded and leaves plenty of white spaces so our eyes as the readers are not too tired. And that’s another skill!

Recommended works: Girls, Mr.Friday, Chizumi & Fujiomi series

Tachikawa Megumi

This might be an unusual choice considering Tachikawa Megumi’s work is not that known and not that many either (at least the ones that are translated in Indonesia) – but the ones that I know are good and just exactly my taste – sweet with not overly saccharine (is that even a word?)

Recommended works: Kaitou Saint Tail, Dream Saga

Fujiko F Fujio

It would be a sin to not include Fujiko F Fujio in this list. My generation grew up with Doraemon and friends – so him being in the list is a no-brainer. What’s great about his creations is that it’s just so pure (well, perhaps some are not *cough*Esper Mami*cough*) and it’s kinda out of there. When we were still in the 19th century, Fujiko F Fujio had traveled way beyond it. Thanks to Doraemon, perhaps there are kids that were inspired to be scientist or inventors.

As for me, Doraemon was such a big part of me growing up. My first manga was Doraemon vol 6. I didn’t know what manga was back then – all I knew was that I love Doraemon – he’s the most adorable cat mutant in the whole world.

Recommended works: Too many to list!

Ueda Masashi

Sometimes I wonder how on earth Ueda Masashi never seems to run out of the ideas for both Kobo-chan and Kariage-kun. Both are 4-strips comic and have so many volumes! I have stopped reading Kobo-chan and Kariage-kun years ago – but I have a very fond memory of both series. It’s light with a touch of silliness (I still don’t know if Kariage is just plain naive or just a prankster).

Recommended works: Kobo-chan, Kariage-kun

Gosho Aoyama

If there’s any poll for the

Recommended works: Meitantei Conan (Case Closed)

Meitantei Conan

Katou Motohiro

Recommended works: Q.E.D, C.M.B

{Nostalgia} Blasts from The Past

I have been thinking to write something like this because I am such a sucker when it comes to nostalgia.

Being a 90s kid, I am part of big changes. Kids these days won’t know some of the struggles we faced 10 years ago. Hmm actually they were not struggles lol- they were ordinary stuffs in my time. I am going to jot down things I remember from my childhood and teenager era for memory sake 😉

Ah, feeling so Blue right now (geddit?)

Back in 2003, I listened to this album on repeat every single day. I played this during our road trip back to Dad’s hometown till the whole family got sick of listening lol.

This album is precious to me cause this is Blue’s last album before they disbanded for few years. And because the year this album came out marked the same year of the start of my relationship with Husband.

I was such a drama queen and hopelessly in love that listening to this album made me even more mellow back then LOL.

Which somehow brings me back to this…

….CASETTE.

Do kids these days even know about this thing?? 😂😂😂

The struggle of finding the start of the particular song that we wanted to listen. The pain of rewinding the tape. The cover that comes with it that usually contains the lyrics to the whole album.

Heyyyy, old friend.

Anyone still remembers the times we rely on this machine to talk to our crush? No? Just me? 😳😳

I still remember when my Dad brought me to telco office one day and when it’s done, he showed me a slip and pointed at some numbers, “That’s our home phone number”

I was soooo excited! Omg we are really going to have a phone line at home! I finally can give a phone number to my friends! I can finally start calling my friends after school!

Haha. Sorry for the over excitements.

Our family was not so well off back then and having a phone was a luxury!

But Dad firmly told us that the phone is going to be locked all the time and we can only receive a call when Dad/Mum was not at home. There goes my dream of having a chat with friends over the phone. Well, to be fair, I didn’t know that phone call is costly 😁

Anyway, this kind of phone brings so many memories!

Calling your crush be like…

You: Hello, can I speak to A please?

Someone who’s not A : Let me check.

Someone who’s not A : Sorry, he’s not at home. You want to leave a message?

You: Oh ok, no thank you.

*both lines are closed*

Actually, I remember one time when a boy called our home and asked for my sister, my sister quietly told me to tell the boy that she’s not home 😂

She managed to dodge the boy several times using this technique lol. You can’t do this with a mobile phone!

On the other hand, there’s no privacy when it comes to the fixed line. So it’s a trade-off.

Ok ending the blast from the past post abruptly lol. I will add more if I remember more. 😁

{Nostalgia} Top 5 Favorite Anime

Like most of my peers, I grew up with anime. It was really big in Indonesia when I was a kid. TVs were bombarded with lots of anime, and I vaguely remembered about a TV station that once solely dedicated just for anime and cartoons.

Anyway, I don’t think I need to explain what anime is, right? So let’s go straight to my all time favorite anime!

Card Captor Sakura

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Aah, my teenage years.

I was 12 back then in 1999, and just started junior high school. I was stumbled onto this gem when I was randomly switching tv channels on Sunday morning. It was broadcasted at 7 am, quite early for an anime back then. And I fell in love at first sight.

I was so so invested that I would buy anything that has Card Captor Sakura in it. I remember hunting the first two volumes of the manga (Indonesian version of course) because by the time I knew that there is a manga version of it (hello, internet didn’t really exist back then), it was already on third volume.

I also remember I hunted down all tabloids I could get which had Card Captor Sakura’s articles or freebies. I even tried to get my hands on Card Captor Sakura Movie’s DVDs although they were quite hard to find as well.

I even started writing fanfiction because I was yearning for more after the series ended AND sent them to a fanfiction website AND they were published (yes, they are still up; no, don’t ask for links). Sure, my grammar and vocabulary were beyond bad compared to now. But I thought those moments were really stepping stones to encourage me writing more in English.

Yes, I am still invested to this series that I still have the whole 70 episodes (plus two movies) in my hard drive now. I even still find myself smiling watching the last movie when Shaoran finally got his reply from Sakura.

I think I will still keep loving it until I am old 🙂

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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While Card Captor Sakura is all about cute and sweet, Evangelion is the perfect opposite. Blood in almost every episode, absurd storyline that I can’t even fathom, etc.

But I love it. I love the cool Eva-01 and the psychology bits in every character. They gave different colour to this series. Again, I was so invested with this series I even bought the whole set of its VCD with my own pocket money. Each piece costs about 25,000 IDR and it contains 2 episodes. 25,000 IDR may not seem a lot these days, but it was definitely something for me back then.

This anime even pushed me to start learning Japanese! I remember learning Hiragana and Katakana by spelling the characters’ and seiyuus’ name.

I am still a fan until now, although the absurd new Rebuild series is completely off from the original I keep scratching my head watching it >.<

The original one is still the best!

Inu Yasha

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I don’t really remember why did I start watching Inu Yasha. I only remember that this series had the best and vibrant graphic I had ever seen. I was surprised to learn that this series comes from the mangaka of Ranma ½. And I was even more surprised that I really like Inu Yasha.

OK, I am a sucker for anime with love story. And add to the fact that its OSTs are SUPER GORGEOUS. I found BoA through Inu Yasha, and became a fan of Do As Infinity afterwards. I never knew that anime OSTs can be that good!

Doraemon

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If you don’t know Dorameon, you must have been living under the rock. No, under the cave I think. This super cute mutant (cat x human) is super duper adorable and so memorable. My first manga was Doraemon volume 6 and since then I never looked back.

Although I don’t watch Doraemon regularly anymore (are they still broadcasting it? I am not sure), this series will always hold special place in my heart.

Sailormoon

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Ah yes. Which one of my peers don’t know about this one? Even Husband knew the soundtrack by heart :p

Sailor Moon was super popular in my era. I am pretty sure every girl knew this one. Actually, the storyline of the series is pretty simple: a group of pretty girls that somehow got their power from planets (????) defending the Earth from a group of bad people with black power. Oh, don’t forget the love stories that were thrown here and there. With final message : the power of love is everything.

As cheesy as the storyline sounds, Sailor Moon was a big hit. Even the merchandises (official or non-official) were always running out of stocks. I, like any other girls my age, collected some of them as well, e.g stickers (omg), loose leaf sheets, and I think I also had a shirt with Sailor Moon characters on it.

My childhood was precious :’)

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So that’s my top 5! What’s yours? 🙂

{Nostalgia} Love Songs Back Then

I am such a sucker when it comes to nostalgia. Which is why now I dedicated this Monday series for anything I missed from my childhood or teenage era. Perhaps this is not going to a regular series cause let’s face it, I am no longer one to keep up with schedules. But hey, for the sake of nostalgia, let’s pretend that this is going to be a weekly thing, yea? :p

Ok, so to kick off the series, what’s more appropriate than throwing some love songs around?

These are not exactly my favorite love songs (I have my own list, and it’s a long one haha); I just randomly browsed some songs here and there on Youtube, and I like them enough to put them here.

“Shakespeare In Love” – Layla Kaylif (1999)

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So he falls in love to feel that he’s falling
She’ll let him know his heart
Oh, don’t you know it
Oh, don’t you know it
That’s Shakespeare in love

To be honest, I don’t really understand the meaning of this song. But I remember I used to hear this being played at my local radio station. Such a soothing song to listen while you’re doing your homework, me thinks 🙂

“I Don’t Want To Wait” – Paula Cole (1997)

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don’t want to wait for our lives to be over,
I want to know right now, what will it be?
I don’t want to wait for our lives to be over,
Will it be yes or will it be…sorry?

Ah, the classic from Dawson’s Creeks. Okay, I don’t know much about Dawson’s Creek either cause I wasn’t allowed to watch it back then. I can’t remember why for the life of me; but the soundtrack was being played really often that it’s almost impossible not to remember Dawson’s Creek whenever this song is on.

“More Than Words” – Extreme (1990)

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More than words is all you have to do to make it real
Then you wouldn’t have to say that you love me
Cause I’d already know

I think this one deserves to be the one called THE song when it comes to love song on guitar, lol. Seriously, I couldn’t remember how many times I’ve heard my friends who just start learning guitar playing this song as their first song. Maybe it’s the melody or the chords?

“Torn” – Natalie Imbruglia (1997)

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There’s nothin’ where we used to lie
Conversation has run dry
That’s what’s going on
Nothing’s fine
I’m torn

Ohh yeah, girl power. I remember late 90s was definitely the year of soloists. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore (or what I usually call them, “The Power Blondes”) were all rising stars. Not many people remember how Natalie Imbruglia fared during those times, but “Torn” is quite a song back then. It’s popular, and so easy listening you just couldn’t help to sing along.

“A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton (2000)

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And I need you
And I miss you
And now I wonder
If I could fall
Into the sky
Do you think time
Would pass me by
‘Cause you know I’d walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you, tonight

And to close off the list (lol, why do I call this a list when I only have 5 songs in it, haih), this is the song that my Husband loves a lot. Like, this is the only song he still sings quite often these day from back then, hahahaha.

I kinda understand why he likes this kind of song. The video is so simple and the song -again- easy to sing along with. Besides, Vanessa Carlton is so pretty, no? 

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Yeap, so that’s all for TB Monday! Hope it can chase your Monday Blues away 😉

{Nostalgia} A Walk To Remember (Fondly)

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Cheesy title is cheesy, yea? :p

Earlier this day, I read a TBT article of some celebrities posted their throwback pictures. One of them is Mandy Moore posting her old picture when she was filming A Walk To Remember.

She looks gorgeous in her prom dress in that movie, btw. And to be honest, still, looks gorgeous until now.

And that picture certainly threw me back to my sweet memories as well 🙂

Back in 2002,

13 years ago, I was a senior at junior high school. When the movie was out, I was still a broke 15-year-old teenage girl who preferred buying books than movie tickets, so although the hype of the movie was everywhere, obviously I didn’t have enough money (or interest) to go see it on theatre.

I wasn’t into romantic movie either – or movie in general. I was so invested in books that I barely paid attention to movies or tv shows. So, yeah, the movie passed me by just like that.

The one I remember about this movie was actually a memory about two of my friends. They were a couple back then. And to be honest, I can’t remember what made me got close with them. But anyway, that’s another story I need to dig inside my brain next time.

So yeah, where was I? Oh right, the couple. Let’s call him Miss A and Mr D. So, Miss A and Mr D were a couple that likes to do all those couple stuff, e.g watching a movie. It’s easy for them cause Mr D got a bike. I remember one day when we were hanging out with our other friends, Miss A gushed about how nice “A Walk To Remember” is, and how she was going to see the movie for the third time! O.o

All I could think about was,

“Whoa, so rich!”

A few months later,

I was busy with my high school orientation and running around with my Mom, preparing things to bring on my first day to school. I was so excited! I was already sorted to an A-list class and I got a feeling that my high school era is going to be awesome! (boy, how naive was I…)

In the midst of those busy times, one song that kept appearing whenever I go was Mandy Moore’s “Cry”, which is one of A Walk To Remember’s soundtrack. The song is so catchy, plus Mandy Moore and Shane West looked so beautiful together in the music video (don’t judge me, I am weak towards pretty couple).

Fast forward to 2004,

I was in Bandung; busy with my NTU entrance exam and missing my boyfriend badly. And somehow, I ended up with a copy of A Walk To Remember movie on some weekend.

Maybe I was bored with my studying, hence out of blue moon I decided to watch it.

By the end of the movie, I was crying a bucket.

Maybe it was the hormone, or whatever, I just knew that time why Miss A said it’s such a good movie. Screw the ratings, I re-watched the movie again and again, and yeah, ended up crying almost every time.

That’s when I knew I have found the movie of my teenage era.

And now in 2015,

I still love the movie. I still smile like an idiot whenever I saw Landon and Jamie holding hands for the first time. Still cheering Landon when he protected Jamie from his bully (ex) friends – and still get the chills when I saw how Landon proposed to Jamie.

It’s everything a teenage girl would dream of. (Well, except the dying part). And me, being a mom in my late 20s, would love to go back being a teenager sometimes.

A Walk To Remember is indeed something to remember fondly 🙂

{Nostalgia} Itazura na Kiss

And so it ends.

Ok, so for those who don’t know, that .gif above is from Itazura Na Kiss 2 ~ Love in Tokyo, a recent remake of the original jdrama “Itazura na Kiss” back in 1996.

I didn’t watch the original one – for a reason that I can’t remember. But it was 1996, so perhaps I was too young to watch it? Idk, I remember at that time I didn’t watch a lot of j-drama and so focused on wuxia instead :p (more on this later).

After the j-drama made a huge success, the Taiwan and Korea remake followed suit in 2005 and 2010 respectively, which again, I didn’t follow at all. But little do those fans know, Indonesia had their version (or should I say.. plagiarised the drama, since the production house didn’t even state that it’s a remake while blatantly copying the storyline) of Itazura na Kiss in 2002. The drama – which we call ‘sinetron’ here – was lead by Agnes Monica and Agung Dumadi.

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The comparison side by side with the original Itazura na Kiss.

Before it came on TV, I already heard that it was a ‘copy’ of Itazura na Kiss, which I had heard a lot but never really managed to watch, hence I was quite curious about it.

But besides that… I was a 15-year-old teenager.

The story of the drama revolves around a life of a teenager like me. A high school love story, some more! Being a teenager with too many dreams, of course, the premise of the drama made me want to watch it even more badly. Come on, which 15-year-old girl who doesn’t dream about having a love story at school?

The drama was broadcasted half an hour or perhaps an hour after Maghrib once a week (yep, at that time, TV stations didn’t know about the daily drama concept yet). I couldn’t remember what I really thought about it when I watched the first episode, but I do remember that during that time period I watched it, I was having a crush on someone at my school, hence the memories.

I kinda forgot about it anyway, until fast forward to 2013, I watched the first season of the new Japanese remake with Miki Honoka and Furukawa Yuki (who is so handsome, omg). And I fell head over heel, lol. And of course, I remembered that Indonesian version as well.

Last week, out of curiosity, I decided to search on Youtube if there are any clips of ‘Ciuman Pertama’ (First Kiss). I kinda wanted to reminisce those times when I was still young, naive, and having such an innocent crush.

Voila, found it!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRcNFpK4Yj0?feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1&origin=https://safe.txmblr.com&wmode=opaque&w=500&h=374]

And when I watched it, I cringed.

What is this?! It is freaking cheesy that I almost couldn’t stand the first episode. How did I stand watching the whole 17 episodes back then?! Agnes Monica wore too much makeup when her character is supposed to be a high schooler while Agung Dumadi… just doesn’t look like a high schooler at all.

Even the dialogues are laughable, I really don’t remember anyone in my high school speaks like that.

Or maybe… my standard has changed.

Oh well.

I may not watch this for the sake of looking for entertainment, but I will certainly remember it for the sake of memories.

(btw, that someone I had a crush on at high school? Now he’s my husband :p)

{Nostalgia} Jaman SMP

Postingan kali ini gue persembahkan buat temen sebangku gue waktu kelas tiga, Ms.Z

Makasih buat lo Sar, gue jadi kepancing bikin ginian, jangan cincang gue ya kalo gue nulis soal elo juga ntar, wakakaka.

Gue (dan suami) adalah alumni salah satu SMP di jakarta yang letaknya ngejogrok di dalam komplek perumahan orang2 TNI AU. Kalo kata suami sih, gara2 itulah sekolah kami ga pernah (atau pernah, tapi kami ga tau?) kena tawuran. Soalnya murid sekolah lain bakalan langsung jiper kalo dah deket2 komplek sekolah, secara banyak anggota TNI yang tinggal di sekitar. Masuk akal juga, tapi ga tau deh seberapa benernya.

Anyway, waktu gue kelas satu, trend yang paling gue inget waktu itu adalah:

1. The thing called ‘Orgi’

Ngga, gue ga boong. Emang begitu nama dan tulisannya jaman itu. Btw, emang apaan sih ini benda? AGENDA, sodara2. Planner lucu yang isinya kertas2 lucu ala Jejepangan gitu deh. Gue masih inget banget orgi punya gue waktu itu adalah kado ultah dari Dela, temen sebangku gue waktu kelas satu. Warnanya hijau, one of my favorite colors. Saking sayangnya gue sama orgi ini, setiap kejadian yang meaningful selalu gue tulis. Mulai dari PR sekolah sampe kejadian di sekolah yang lucu2. Not like I have a lot of them, anyway. Why? Go to the next one.

2. Angket kelas

You know those online polls? We used to have one like that, using paper. We’re conservative that way :p Oke, jadi angket ini sebenernya cuma lucu2an. The categories are so common, at best. Ada ‘terpinter’, ‘terpopuler’, ‘terlucu’, ‘terfunky’, you got the drill. Walaupun keliatan fun and harmless, tapi ada juga beberapa yang kalo dipikir2 lagi sekarang, are not really nice. Like, ‘terbandel’, ‘terjorok’, dan satu yang masih membekas di ingatan gue sampe sekarang: ‘terjutek’. Why? Cause I won it. With such a big margin.

Waktu itu murid sekelas 48 orang. And I won the category with 24 votes. It meant that half of the class thought that I was the most ‘jutek’. Gue cuma berasa sedih tapi ga mikir lebih jauh. Then, I told my parents about it (who in turn, told my grandparents), and (much) later I knew that they were sad and worried. Why? Karena dari kecil gue udah ada bakat galak. I am firm believer of my own principles. Kalo ada yang ga sesuai dengan mau gue, gue cenderung defensive and explosive. My parents had been worried about my social life since I was a kid, haha. And then, they found out about that (stupid) poll, so they worried even more. Gue curiga mereka juga sempet khawatir gue ga bakalan punya pacar dan ga bakalan nikah 😛

Fortunately, things improved :p *lirik Suami & Zal*

3. Girl power!

Oh those times. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore were the princesses adored by teenagers like us. Ok lah, I have to admit I adored Britney the most :p Kenapa? Soalnya lagu2nya catchy :P. *suddenly hums ‘sometimes I run, sometimes I hide~’ 

Dan waktu itu siapa yang ga ngefans sama Britney-Justin couple? Klop lah dua2nya. And yes, I am still sad over the fact that they never got married. *emang siapa lo, Fan?

 

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Look how cute they are!!

 

4. Boybands that are cooler than One Direction

Semoga ga ada fans One Direction yang baca ini *komat kamit baca doa*. Generasi gue emang kayaknya gagal move on, hahahaha. Sebenernya definisi boyband apa sih ya? Bentar, gue cek dulu…

a pop group composed of attractive young men, whose music and image are designed to appeal primarily to a young teenage audience. – wikipedia

Jadi kalo berdasarkan definisi itu, yang masuk kategori boyband jaman gue adalah yang ini lah ya: Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, A1, The Moffats, 98 Degrees, Westlife… apa lagi yak? Kayaknya banyak banget yang muncul, trus kasih one hit wonder, abis itu ngilang.

Favorit gue dulu banyak :p. Kalo di Backstreet Boys, gue seneng Nick (sejuta umat, gahahaha). NSYNC, ngefans sama Justin (again, sejuta umat). The Moffatts, seneng sama si Dave (sekarang ga ngefans lagi cause of some personal reasons~). 98 Degrees seneng nya Nick Lachey (waktu dia nikah sama J. Simpson, I was so happy). Westlife senengnya Shane sama Mark. Btw yah, among all of them, Westlife ini kayaknya yang paling heboh banget ngetopnya di Indo. Inget banget waktu itu temen gue ada yang bela2in nonton konser mereka di Jakarta yang harga tiketnya wow banget buat ukuran anak SMP.

Cowok2 cakep jaman itu

5. Majalah cewek

Hahahaha. Oke lah, gue ngaku. Setomboy2nya gue, keinginan buat baca2 majalah cewek itu pernah ada loh. Gue malah sempet langganan majalah GADIS dan kesengsem kepengen pake cardigan gara2 liat model nya si GADIS kok modis2 banget pake gituan. Bad judgement, cause definitely I didn’t have a model look. 

Rubrik yang paling gue senengin tiap kali baca GADIS adalah: Zodiak dan Psikologi. Hahaha, ya laugh at me 😛

Ada ‘Aldebaran’!!

6. Kirim2an lagu di radio

RADIO. Man, how time flies. Dari gue kecil, nyokap selalu nyetel radio pagi2, dengan volume yang lumayan kenceng. Doi sih ngakunya biar kedengeran dari dapur tempat doi masak, tapi gue curiga itu sebenernya biar gue dan adek gue bangun 😀 *maklum lah, kami sekolah siang dari kecil, jadi kebiasaan ga bangun pagi xD

Karena gue besar dengan radio, otomatis dengerin radio pun jadi kebiasaan. Dan waktu SMP, kirim2an lagu dan pesan lewat radio itu kayaknya happening banget gitu 😀 Stasiun yang ngetren waktu itu Mustang kalo ga salah. MTV belum punya radio sih seinget gue.

Gue juga pernah lah usaha kirim lagu, dan pernah sekali diputerin. Whooo! Tapi gue yakin ga ada temen gue yang dengerin itu stasiun soalnya segmentasi (HAIYAH) pendengar nya kebanyakan ibu2 dan bapak2. hahaha.

7. Gossip (girls)

Siapa dulu anak SMP yang ga demen gosip? Gue yakin kalo ada yang bilang ngga, itu setengah bohong :p Maklum lah yaa, jaman SMP, yang katanya baru awal remaja, baru ngeh sama yang namanya lawan jenis, baru nyadar kalo si anu kok ganteng/cakep banget ya?, dsb, dst. Basically, hormones go wild. Daaaan, sebagai makhluk sosial, pastinya pada ga tahan buat cerita sama temen. NGAKU AJA LAH 😛

Well, gue ga bilang semua anak SMP itu bocor loh ya, tapi based on experience, dan trend pas gue jaman SMP ya rata2 begitu. Lo kasi tahu si A hari ini, less than a week, dijamin si B dan si C udah tahu. Kalo udah gitu, siap2 aja gosip nyebar ke kelas lain. Bahkan sampe orangnya sendiri tahu! Trus, what’s worse than that? Kalo GURU LO juga tau, hahahaha.

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Nulis kayak ginian somehow bikin gue jadi kangen SMP gue deh. Udah ada rencana sih gue bakalan kesana pas pulang Indo Desember nanti. Dan wajib kudu mesti foto di depannya bareng Zal, nyehehehe.

Apa lagi ya yang masih gue inget? Well, kayaknya jaman kelas satu SMP sih segitu dulu lah. Kapan2 gue sambung kalo ada mood 😛