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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.
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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.
aetherna: (chibi4)
My tab died. Literally. And now it caused such a strange sound that won't stop no matter what I do. Well, I haven't tried throwing it to the wall, though... And there goes my last chance of getting proper internet connection until I return to boarding house tomorrow. :P

Aside from ^ that ^ which made my day like hell, nothing big happened. I played around most of the day, even though I was planning to study after I finished my notes and an event report last night... Look at how lazy I am. This class is rather troublesome so I should be pumped in studying, but instead... It's so hard to gather motivation lately. Maybe because this is already my third year, or I'm just that lazy now. But I'm not really in mood of reading manga or watching anything... I just want to have nothing to do, to be lazy around. Bleh.

Tough week is coming. At the end of the next week there will be a biology competition for high school students my organization hosted, and I'm part of the committee again. Work, work. And preparing lectures, of course. ... Wait, 'prepare' isn't the right word, lol.
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Today I'm talking about some songs I'm currently loving so much~

The soundtrack to Gu Family Book, a fusion sageuk Korean drama starring my lovely idol crush, Lee Seung Gi. It's my favorite song from all soundtracks for this drama released so far. Mellow me, yes. I think again and in King 2 Hearts, Seung Gi-oppa's character theme song was "Love is Crying". What's with him and sad love song titles? LOL~ But indeed in both series he was hurt by love in different ways, though.

A new song from Korean rapper Geeks. Looks like they had a comeback, and among few songs they released, there is this song in which they collaborated with my idol Ailee. Just listening at her parts make me happy... So strong and touching. Too bad her parts are small... Those days when you wish that it's Ailee feat. someone else, not the other way around, lol. I'm waiting for your comeback, Ailee!

Still, good songs are good. <3
aetherna: (frottage2)
From what is supposed to be a week, lol.

Finally the national event my batch created in name of our faculty ended last night. I'm glad it ended, and I bet my friends who had more problems felt even happier that it ended. It was quite an exhausting week for me, running here and there taking care of many things, coming home late, too tired to do anything else even though the week was free from any academic activities. There were problems here and there... But all in all it was a fun experience. It's nice to be able to do something like that once in a while.

Even so the projects didn't end there. I have another national event I'm taking part in the next two weeks, and my batch still has another social project which will take place in the next two months, I suspect. That means we'll still be busy.

Oh, well. At least I managed to watch some drama and anime, although I made no progress in continuing my Japanese and little progress in scanlating.

Last night I was thinking to return to Wordpress. Not that I'm very unsatisfied with how Dreamwidth is, but I was bored and I didn't find a theme I really like to use. I decided to go with this one ('Belledona') and too lazy to convert or export all the content here to new Wordpress. There is no easy way, lol. So I guess I'll stick to using this place~ Haven't been very successful in blogging ever since I closed my first blog, lol.

It's already Sunday, geez. I'm sad, really. Haven't done anything yet... So I'm thinking about how I'll spend my last free Sunday evening. After going to church. Nyahaha.
aetherna: (artistique1)
Every. single. time.


I really don't understand the basic problem. I thought I knew, I tried to do everything I could to avoid it... Yet it happened again. It always did. We never did things right. NEVER.


My only backpack was broken this morning all of a sudden, the exercise didn't go well, I found a visitor with exactly same dress as the one I was wearing, and ultimately the lame performance. When all efforts gone to waste.


What a way to start May.


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