aetherna: (artistique1)
Now this is supposed to be my comeback post instead of the previous one, but whatever. Spreading the love for an amazing group like 4MEN is more important!

Anyway, yeah, I returned. For now. Not sure if I will disappear soon again, but let's just enjoy the time and company we have at the moment. Nothing too stressful.

As for updates with life, well, I have recently finished the eighth semester of my medicine major. Well, technically, I just had the last exam today, but the results are not out yet. I think I did just fine to be able to pass without problem... Can't help getting nervous, but I can only wait, so I may as well enjoy my time. And with the end of semester coming, it means holiday! The best part is going to come. Because...


My parents gave me the permission and support for this upcoming trip. It is like, totally awesome sauce! Japan has always been the country I want to visit after getting addicted to its otaku culture. Although we are not able to visit Tokyo due to high cost, I am still dead sure it is going to be an amazing, unforgetable trip. I am going there with two other friends, for ten days, starting July 15th.

Lately I try not to think about the future too much. I am so close to the end of the preparation and the start of, what, a very rocky road ahead. Last year, graduation preparation, various national tests to pass before that, life decisions, internship, work, possibly more study, and so on, and so on. Too much. I will try to digest things one by one as they come closer. That will work, right? I am worried if I am too laid back, but worrying too much will not help either, I believe. And I know I can do it! I have to! Yeah! Raise the hope high!

...Or I am just that ignorant. I probably am.

Now allow me to return to my gaming world of Persona 3 Portable. That shall be discussed in another post, someday!
aetherna: (chibi8)
I think I will post a more detailed update of myself in another post, after this one. At this moment the need to share these two amazing songs is stronger than a boring update about myself.

I was late checking the new release of one of my favorite singer group, 4MEN. And when I did check the songs out, as usual I regret why I did not do it sooner. From their newest, fifth album, titled "1998", these two songs hit me hard on the face.

Though I can’t talk with you, though I can’t hug you...
It’s alright.
You are a dazzling star.
And I live in that light.

The song title is Star. Before I went to search for the lyrics translation, I did not expect its meaning to be a song from fans for their idols. Very sweet. It was a novel idea for me. But then the quote above, a part of the refrain, brought tears to my face for some unknown reasons. I think it was because for me this song is not only for idols on TV, but also for idols in real life, those who are so far away for me, unreachable, but I will always hold them dear in heart. Because there is nothing else I can do. This song is supposed to make me happy, so I find it funny that I'm crying.

Even if you go clubbing, I’m OK.
Even if you get plastic surgery, I’m OK, because you are my love.
I’ll pick the stars for you, I’ll give you the moon.
Even if you get sensitive once a a month, it’s OK!

Very simple title with very simple (full) lyrics. I love it because of the fresh melody and powerful voices combined with simple lyrics; honest, straightforward, and sweet. Most probably because we are used to hear words organized beautifully. But no, this song does not need it. And that is why it is so charming. That is why I love it.

Long story short? I love 4MEN to death. If you have not checked them out and are a fan of ballad songs, they are worth your time. Always.
aetherna: (chibi2)
Watching MasterChef Indonesia Season 3 today breaks my heart. That one deaf participant that I mentioned previously had to be eliminated because he failed the challenges and pressure test. A shame to see him go because he actually had talent, but as mentioned numerous times by the judges themselves, he had been a great inspiration for everyone, not only in the field of cooking. Best of luck for him from now on!

And the badminton games have been very satisfying so far. Many awesome moments, all the attacks and defenses are amazing. Even though Indonesia lost on the quarter final thanks to China (as usual), it was still a great game. And now I can't wait to see the final between China and South Korea tomorrow; a battle of two strongest badminton nations so far! <3

I guess I was sad yet inspired from many things. And I also listened to this inspirational song by the heavenly Philippine Madrigal Singers, or mostly known as MADZ.

For whatever problems we may have, let's not give up hope. Because those who try will be paid equally.

aetherna: (artistique3)
My grandmother complained about how I dislike fruits, my mom complained about how I dislike sports. I'm a doctor-gonna-be, and look at how unhealthy I live. :P

Sudirman Cup 2013, a badminton competition, started yesterday. Too bad I couldn't watch it on TV, not only because I don't have the channel it is aired on, but also because it's always aired in the morning where I have classes to attend. -__- So I'm watching it on YouTube, on BWF's official channel~ Still on the preliminary rounds, though. I'm just checking some Indonesia's rounds, as well as waiting patiently for Lee Yong Dae's appearance...~ Go Indonesia! Go South Korea! <3

A friend is probably coming this weekend, he said he had a basketball competition coming. I'm wondering if I'm free enough to go watch it... Exams are coming after all... And still lots of scanlating-related works to do, haha~

I like watching badminton and basketball the most. Probably because they are not as long as soccer, for example. And you can feel the tense more between participants.
aetherna: (artistique2)
This is quite a neverending discussion topic, heated war in scanlation world, if you're following.

This is the latest hot topic at MangaUpdates since a while ago. It's talking about how an old manga scanlation group closed down because of a specific online manga reader didn't respect her wish not to host her scans. Nothing special? Yeah, nothing if the group is not a group as old as 11 years. Yeah, they have been scanning since 2002, I was still a crybaby.

The situation is nothing new. Our relationship with online manga readers/manga aggregators have always been like that. The same point from all of us is that we are doing something illegal. The scanlation groups are scanning and translating many mangaka's works without permission. And the online readers hosted them, acting as a database. The only difference I noticed so far is the fact that these readers got an income, while scanlators didn't. Even if we did ask for donations, it would be for buying raws and do yet another illegal work. And all these illegal things were born from our love and passion towards manga. We didn't get anything except the happiness and satisfaction of telling others that there are amazing titles you need to check out. While I have no idea of a specific online manga reader's income is enough as a job to feed someone on, I don't care and I don't want to know either; the fact that he and friends gained money by hosting our works (meaning we do the works, not he and friends is what I have a hard time accepting.

We are often called hypocrites. Probably we are. No, indeed we are. As I said, we're all doing illegal works here, we're going against copyright. So why are we still doing this? If you're often into manga world, you know what we say as "an effort to make less popular manga widely known to the world". From my current manga reading list, almost all of them I never saw published in my country, and probably never will. How much more out there, only God knows maybe. That's just one me. What about billions of other readers living at other countries but Japan? Who can't read Japanese? Who can't buy things online?

We are hypocrites. Whatever, I don't care. While I do feel bad for the mangaka, I'm not gaining any profit from doing this. Neither did readers/visitors who visit scanlators' website or the online readers. Heck, in fact we lose more than we gain. At least we stop scanlating when the series is licensed to be released internationally. At least we remove all those files when license comes around. Unlike some other bunch.

Inside Scanlation, a website dedicating itself to the history and development of manga scanlation world, wrote that some series and mangaka gained popularity because of online scanlations. I have no idea if that is true or not. And I have no idea if we're actually helping mangaka spreading their works too. I do believe it has an impact, a balance between positive and negative, because you can't achieve perfection of good things only in this world.

So I'll keep on going, until the day I'm too fed up with this to continue.
aetherna: (chibi6)
More than a week without updates. Busy, busy...

The title this time is taken from my tweet a while ago when I was watching MasterChef Indonesia Season 3. I remember watching MasterChef US with a participant being blind, and she was as awesome as any other normal participants -- if not better. That was something amazing. This time I saw one of our participants being someone deaf. I thought, in cooking you need sight more than hearing, but then if he couldn't hear the instructions or not knowing when the bell ended as a sign or when he couldn't hear the voice of something boiled as you cooked it... It sure is hard. So thumbs up for both of them. So much inspiration.

Life has been busy but slightly fun, I guess. Finished with the national biology competition yesterday. Not too tired since I didn't really do much, but I enjoyed it. After all it's the last chance to enjoy the competition as official committee members; next year I'd just be a visitor who decided to help.

Today I had my first TV shooting, whee! So my church was invited to join in a Catholic discussion program on TV. A choir group was selected, and I was asked to help to play the music. We recorded the sound last week, today we recorded the people involved, haha. It was my first time being recorded for playing instrument too, not singing. Just minor make-ups and our usual clothes. Looking forward for the result!

My tablet returns to life! After letting it die for a while, I pressed the power button for few seconds and it rebooted. I was sooo happy.

And ultimately exams are coming. What have I done? I know you can guess. Seventeen lectures materials to review for the exam, and not to mention that those were superficial so I need to read textbooks too...

Life is so cool.


I'm random, crazy, talkative, moody, and lazy. Prepare to be disappointed or hyped up; it is your choice.

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