My name is Hanif Adinugroho Widyanto, a final-year undergrad student at President University, Jababeka, majoring in International Business study. I was born at St. Boromeous Hospital, Bandung, on October 23, 1987. In the early years of my life, my father got a scholarship to continue his master's at Curtin University so our family moved and lived at Perth, Australia for about 3 1/2 years. That's when my brother born. I remember that I was just a couple of months away before I celebrated my 5th b'day when we returned to Indonesia. Having spent the year after at my granny's house at Tebet, our family finally settled (until today) at a decent house in Melati Mas Residence, Serpong, Tangerang.
My educational background from kindergarten until junior high school was dominated with one name: Al-Azhar BSD. I had such fond memories back then, but it was when I finally got accepted at Taruna Nusantara Senior High School, a semi-military boarding school at Magelang, Central Java, that my life hit its critical u-turn and started to drastically change. I started to realize and identify my 'purpose' as a person in this ever-competitive life, a Moslem in such a changing society, and an Indonesian in a globalized era.
Today, I'm currently working on my thesis regarding "Analysis of Major Due Diligence Determinants to Attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) on Toll-Road Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Projects" , which has completely drained my very-limited-capacity-when-it-comes-to-doing-thesis brain, to the extent where I'd rather sleep than working on it (huhuuu,, lousy procrastinator me as always,, I know T_T). On the other hand, I'm also involved with the "International Symposium in Commemoration of 100 Years of National Awakening Day" in Berlin, Germany; an international event which is hosted and organized by my friends at the Indonesian Student Association (PPI) in Germany.
This blog is just a snapshot of my life's chronicle, and while "I" am naturally gonna be the dominant 'force' in this blog, but my story could also be about you. About the challenging yet amusing life that I always cherish and adore (and hate sometimes ^^;). About every step that I have to take, decisions that I have to make, options and alternatives that I've got to choose (sometimes at a spur-of-the-moment notice!!). But mostly, it's about life in general and how I put things into perspective. This could easily be my story, but one in which (hopefully) you could relate and share with me and the rest of the readers.
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."Now you've heard my A-B-C, so what you think of me? ^__^
My bad. I’ve been craving to jot yet another post for the last eight months or so since the last time, but it’s only now that I can finally manage to pull it off. Well, commitment isn’t really my middle name to tell the truth, though I really despise the fact and have personally done a considerable effort (or haven’t I?) to break the spell off. But it’s just me and I still couldn’t help it – at least yet. Anyway, let’s just cut the crap and proceed right away to what I had to say about the splendid event I and my friends attended just yesterday: the Urban Fest 2007; the event for today’s teenager urban lifestyle which propped up the existence of independent (indie) music in
Well, for background’s sake, I’ve been listening to some indie music (ie. the non major-label bands) for some time now. During this electrifying “indie journey” of mine, I’ve personally developed huge affections toward some of the so-called indie bands such as SORE, White Shoes and the Couples Company, The Adams – and just recently: Tika (and the band) and Vox. That’s when I realized one worth-mentioning fact for starters; all of the names I just listed are bands under the same renowned indie record among indie-goers in
This is where the indie bands might cross the threshold and play their part in reviving and enlivening the music industry in the country – or perhaps even redefining the course of music history in Indonesia for good; seeing as they possess a very powerful potential to do so. What differs the indie bands (or singers) from their counterparts in the major label, which also puts them in a much better position IMHO, is their privilege to create their own style of music regardless of the prevailing market demand. In fact, indie records were created in the first place to accommodate bands who have high fidelity (and consistency) to their music and do not want to be dictated to adjust their music to the more market-oriented ones by the major labels. The players in the indie music industry believe that as long as they enjoy composing and doing their music as they like without any force, they could establish their own fan base in due course. That’s why indie music have more various kinds of songs compared to those of the majors’, despite the limited fan base – at least yet. So, events such as IndieFest or yesterday’s UrbanFest 2007 must be highly appreciated and taken into our utmost consideration as a turning point for the Rise of the Indie.
UrbanFest 2007 was co-held by IKJ and Kompas-Gramedia from August 25 – 27, 2007 at
We got there around 4 pm, and the first band performance that we saw was a rock band called “Pendulum” or something. Since none of us really knew the band (even Nanta, the Mr. Know-it-all, didn’t cast a comment ;P), we just enjoyed the atmosphere while trying to make out the many spots and point-of-interests in the venue. That’s when we realized that the next performance was a not-to-be-missed one: Tika!!
I’ve known Tika and her tuneful, sweet voice from her number in Mesin Waktu – a tribute album to NAIF performed by the most notable indie performances in the country – through a song called “Dia Adalah Pusaka Sejuta Umat Manusia yang Ada di Seluruh Dunia” (ok, it’s a long title, so said MURI, the Indonesian version of Guinness’ Book of Records). The next time I heard her songs from her album, Defrosted Love Songs, was about a couple of weeks ago at Dico’s car. Her voice is indeed unique and compelling, and there’s an air of jazzy tunes with startling beats and thumps and sudden screams, shouts, and laughs in a shockingly enjoyable ways throughout her songs. And her performance yesterday was no exception. If you’re there, you’d unanimously agree with me that she really put all of her soul and might to every single song that she sang – and she did it, come what may, in the most enjoyable fashion that could lure you in. Well, at least that’s what I saw from the hundreds of people who’re there at the time. I’ve also heard that she’s once the backing vocal of Lauren Hill @ Seattle back then. How cool is that? Am looking forward to buy the original copy of her album from Aksara.
After Magrib break (which was about 6.30 pm), we approached the stage again for a performance from Vox, a renowned band in its hometown,
Ooopss…guess I’ve written too much already. I think I’ll continue my story tomorrow, for now I’m going to the nearby theatre to watch two movies simultaneously: Rattatouile and Rush Hour 3; making the most out of “Nomat”, a promotional price-cut program every Weekday @ WTC 21 ^o^.
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