I love many kinds of music and had went through various change in musical preference. From indie to mainstream. From classical music to jazz. Music is very important for me.


A little bit different from other girls, rather than spend my money to buy clothes, shoes, or cosmetics, I usually choose to buy books instead.


Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. For me the science of pharmacy is fascinating and interesting.


I'm a movie enthusiast. Particularly for Fantasy, Adventure, Animation and Science-Fiction Movie. It's a nice way to escape the reality for a while.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Two Door Cinema Club Will Release New EP Soon

So when on 6 August, Kevin Baird -Bassist of Two Door Cinema Club-, tweet something like in this picture below, I was really curious.

Naturally, I checked their official site to see if there was any announcement, but there isn't anything. Then I checked their Youtube to found out that they upload a new song without any further information or caption. Just 30 seconds, but it certainly a new song. So I didn't surprised when yesterday they finally announced it. They will release a new EP!

The title of the song is rumored to be "Changing of Seasons" and it will be out on 20 August. But once again, it's still a rumor. There isn't any official information yet. I was surprised to found the first 20 seconds of the song is quite "heavy" on drums. Maybe they finally have a drummer! Ha ha ha. I'm just kidding. After those 20 seconds, it's Sam's guitar sound that make me sure that this is still Two Door Cinema Club that I know. I'm looking forward for their new EP! I might even buy it on iTunes. It seems I can't find their music in CD stores so iTunes is my best bet to support them (by legally buy their songs). The only thing that prevent me from buy music on iTunes is the rumor that I couldn't play those song on my androids (my iPod is with my sister). Now that I know it can, it doesn't matter anymore.

By the way, I really can't wait to hear their new song. How about you? What? You don't know them? Please refer to this page to found information about them. Surely they're one of bands that I recommend you to hear.

Fall Out Boy Live Concert in Jakarta, 19 October 2013 (Update Information)

Well, Fall Out Boy official Facebook and Twitter have announced this afternoon that they will come to Jakarta on 19 October!

The live concert will be held:
Date: 19 October 2013
Place: Skenoo Hall, Gandaria City Mall, Jakarta
Picture taken from their official instagram. Please follow them if you like!
Hoah!! I've been waiting for them to come to Jakarta! They first come to Indonesia when I was still in University and didn't have enough money to watch them. That's why I hope this year I can see their live concert here *finger crossed. I was devastated because this February I've missed Yeah Yeah Yeahs performance in Love Garage and I will miss Mew live concert in Guinness Arthur's Day. T^T. I really want to see Mew but they will be playing on 26 October while I will be in Bali at that time to spend Galungan with my family. T^T. I'm a little bit poor this year because I've bought so many books. That's why to buy Fall Out Boy ticket I'm forced to cancel my plan to watch One Ok Rock concert on 24 November 2013. What will I do if Two Door Cinema Club also come to Indonesia? They will come to Malaysia on 24 November too, then to Philippines on 26 November and finally to Thailand on 28 November. So there's a chance they will held a live concert in Jakarta too. Oh eottoke....
Fall Out Boy when they were kids. This picture is not mine. Taken from their official instagram
Forgive my gibberish talk. Anyway, are you as excited as I am to watch them??

The promoter of this live concert is Big Daddy Entertainment!

The information of the ticket are as follows, taken from MyTicket website:
I'm so excited! The ticket sale starts from 20 August 2013 and the pre-sale price is Rp. 600.000. Unfortunately you can only buy the ticket online through credit card. The concert lay out is like this:

There's no information yet regarding the time but the duration of this concert is estimated to be 2 hours.

The Conjuring (Review)

So this is the movie that was based on "true story" of paranormal investigator, Ed and Lorraine Warren, when they investigate the case of Perron Family. Many people said that this movie is good and it is rated R because it's scary. No sexual scene, no explicit language, no violence, it received its rating based on scary alone. Hmm.. Isn't that interesting? That's why I watch this movie with a question in mind. Is it going to be able to frightened me?

Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren

Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren
Honestly, The Conjuring is not that spooky. It didn't manage to frightened me. But well, even The Exorcist and Ju On didn't manage to scare me. Maybe it's because I don't afraid of ghost (even though perhaps a little bit terrified by demons). This movie play on tension, just like the classic horror movie. It plays on your fear to the unknown and the unseen. Unfortunately it suffers from its similarity to other ghost-haunting-a-house movie like The Exorcist. Things flying? Door slams by itself? Dripping noise? Pictures falls? Yeah. Pretty much like that. No wonder I'm not really terrified. I've already see too many similar scenes in horror movies.

But aside from that, this movie is very good. The first half of the movie is rather slow to explain many things and made you give attention to the characters. It also help to build the tension in the later half of the movie where all the hell broke loose. The acting is superb. All the actors are convincing. I really love Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson here. The execution of the movie is good. It balance the horror and the drama element.You could sympathize to Ed and Lorraine Warren, and also to the Perron family. It's been a while for me to finally watch a decent horror movie so overall I'm pleased with The Conjuring.

By the way, this is an interesting story about Annabelle the haunted doll (that part of its history told in this movie) on Youtube:

I recommended you to watch this movie. It's worth your time.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Reading List in 2013

I'm somewhat a bibliophile. From novel to manga, fiction and non-fiction, as long as it's a good read then I will buy and read it. That's why I think I would share list of some books that I've read this year. I usually buy lots of novels but this year I think it predominantly non-fiction books. You could see it in the list below:

  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism
It came out in 2010 but I only bought it in 2013. >///<.  Because my work had something to do with ASEAN harmonization, recently I'm interested in free trade area and free market which I think is a bullshit. He he he. I mean, those developed nations had protected their industries for years and now they force us, developing countries, to enter the free trade area without enough preparation. It's cheating, really, even though people say it's inevitable in this global world. 

This bestseller book author is Ha-Joon Chang, a heterodox economist and professor at Cambridge University. I found this book is fun to read and enlightening, even though I don't always agree with his point. But most of his explanation are interesting and sound. I recommended this book for anyone who interested in capitalism, economy and anyone in general who love to read a good book.

  • The High-Beta Rich: How the Manic Wealthy Will Take Us to the Next Boom, Bubble, and Bust
I found this book, which is wrote by a Wall Street Journal writer -Robert Frank-, amusing. The central theme is how the rich's wealth now depend largely on rising asset values, and how asset price movements correspondingly affect their overall wealth, increasing the volatility of their fortunes. Robert Frank write about how the increasing vulnerability of the rich to the booms and bust of the stock market wreak havoc on the consumer economy, financial market, communities and government finances. It's because the drastic change of the rich wealth will affect their consumption of services, tax, and hence, employment of a lot of people. Interesting. Even though the solutions in this book are unclear. If you want a "light" read written in clear and concise narration about economy and amusing stories from "the rich and the famous", this book is for you. 

  • A Song of Ice and Fire

I heard rumor about how Game of Thrones, a TV series that based on A Song of Ice and Fire, is really good. I download some of the episodes and fall in love with it. Because I really curious and can't wait to know about how the story goes, I bought  all of the five books in this series after watch the season 3. Overall I found the story is really good and the premise is really interesting. I love many of its character too! Particularly Daenerys Targaryan, John Snow and Tyrion Lannister. But maybe the world that George R.R. Martin created is too complicated and too large that sometimes I have to take a long break to read one book because I have to processed all the intrigue and stories that I just read. I can't wait to read the next book! I'm really curious about the meeting of Danny with Prince Aegon. What would it be like? And then I really curious too about how the relationship between Tyrion and Sansa Stark will be developed. Call me crazy, but I actually kind of like them to be a couple. He he he. Whatever. I'm looking forward to the next season of Game of Thrones. Winter is coming, everyone. So brace yourself.

  • George and The Big Bang

It's a book for kid so I found it to be only slightly enlightening. That's why I plan to buy "A Brief History of Time" and "The Grand Design" if I have extra money.

  • Sherlock Holmes the Complete Novels and Stories

It consist of 2 volumes and cover the complete adventure of Sherlock Holmes. I recommended it to anyone who want to read all of the original novels and stories about our favorite detective (in English).

  • Cat's Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite author and Cat's Cradle is his 4th novel. This novel was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1964. That's why I was really curious and end up ordered it on Amazon because I couldn't find it in book store in Jakarta. It's really interesting. Like most of his book, this one is a satirical commentary on modern human and their madness. Exploring the idea of fictional country, fictional religion -Bokononism- and a substance called ice-nine. Ha ha ha. It's hilarious too. Recommended. 

By the way, here are some books that I haven't finished read. I will write review about it if it's worth to be discussed or recommended.
  1. Why Nations Fail
  2. Greedy Bastards
  3. Bought and Paid For
  4. End Game
  5. Need, Speed and Greed
  6. How to Ride A Dragon Storm
  7. The Magic of Reality
  8. Mad Science
  9. Slaughterhouse Five
Please tell me if you had any suggestion regarding book that I must read. Comment bellow and let me know ^^.

Sherlock Series 3 Teaser, Comment from Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Comic Con 2013

So a few days ago BBC one upload the teaser trailer for Sherlock series 3. See the teaser trailer below!

Btw, John Watson looks older here (with those mustache and a shade of grey hair). Download the video here. It is rumored to be aired in January 2014. I really can't wait!

About 3 weeks ago, there's a Sherlock panel in San Diego Comic Con. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch couldn't go there personally but they left a video message. It's so fucking hilarious! Watch it in video below!

Apparently Martin Freeman was still in New Zealand at that time. He said that they will be filming the third episode of Sherlock series 3 in the end of July. Benedict Cumberbatch is such a troll here (which prompt me to call him BeneTroll now ^^). First, he talk about Star Trek, The Hobbit, then talk about all of his work including Alan Turing, Assange, and The Simpsons. He pretend to be annoyed by the facts that he can't talk about whom he's playing, what his character does, then give us spoiler about how Sherlock survive (which include tea bag, cup of tea and helicopter. :D). Ah.. It must be Stephen Moffats that hijack the connection and cut the signal. He he he. If interested, you could download the video here.

I really can't wait to see this series!! What do you think? Do you think series 3 will be more fantastic than series 1 & 2?

Resistensi Antibiotik

Sebenarnya isu ini sudah terlalu sering diwacanakan. Tapi berhubung masih menjadi salah satu isu kesehatan utama di dunia dan masih banyak masyarakat yang tidak sadar bahwa dirinya punya andil terhadap masalah ini, tidak ada salahnya hal ini ditulis kembali.

Sebelum antibiotik ditemukan dan digunakan untuk pengobatan (sekitar tahun 1940-an. Ternyata kita belum lama menikmati manfaat penggunaan antibiotik ini), angka kematian pada orang yang menderita penyakit infeksi sangat tinggi. Dengan ditemukannya antibiotik, kemampuan untuk memerangi penyakit infeksi meningkat secara dramatis. Meskipun demikian, beberapa jenis bakteri kemudian menjadi resisten/kebal terhadap antibiotik. Bisa kalian bayangkan apa yang akan terjadi seandainya obat yang kita miliki tidak sanggup lagi membunuh bakteri patogen penyebab penyakit?

Resistensi antibiotik terjadi ketika obat tidak lagi efektif dalam membunuh atau menghambat perkembangan mikroba. Penyebab utama dari hal ini adalah penggunaan antibiotik yang berlebihan dan tidak tepat. Hayo, ngaku! Berapa banyak dari kalian yang suka memakai antibiotik untuk mengobati infeksi karena virus? :D. Hal ini ternyata adalah salah satu penyebabnya lho.

Bakteri dapat diibaratkan seperti manusia. Ada yang lemah, yang biasa-biasa saja, dan sebagian kecil adalah yang kuat dan resisten. Hari-hari awal memakai antibiotik biasanya pasien langsung merasa penyakitnya membaik. Hal ini karena sebagian besar bakteri telah mati sehingga kita merasa sudah sembuh. Meskipun demikian, biasanya bakteri yang kuat dan resisten masih ada dalam tubuh kita. Jika antibiotik digunakan secara tidak tepat (misalnya jika berhenti diminum sebelum jumlah yang disarankan habis), bakteri yang lemah dan yang biasa-biasa saja telah mati sementara bakteri yang kuat masih bertahan dan justru berkembangbiak. Bakteri yang kuat dan resisten ini dapat keluar dari tubuh kita, bertahan di lingkungan dan kemudian menginfeksi orang lain. Penggunaan antibiotik yang berlebihan akan mempercepat munculnya bakteri-bakteri resisten ini.

Penggunaan antibiotik yang berlebihan tidak hanya terjadi pada manusia. Para peternak juga banyak mencampurkan antibiotik dalam pakan agar hewan ternaknya cepat gemuk dan untuk mencegah infeksi pada ternak. Antibiotik juga disemprotkan ke tumbuh-tumbuhan untuk mencegah dan mengatasi penyakit karena mikroba. Hal-hal ini memicu berkembangnya bakteri resisten yang dapat berpindah ke manusia melalui daging, susu, buah atau air minum, sehingga semakin menambah masalah yang kita hadapi.

Masalah lainnya adalah kemampuan bakteri untuk terus menerus beradaptasi terhadap lingkungannya dan mengambil karakteristik dari bakteri lainnya. Ada satu percobaan yang pernah aku praktekkan sewaktu kuliah. Terdapat 2 jenis bakteri dengan karakteristik yang berbeda, yang satu resisten terhadap penisilin sementara yang satunya sensitif terhadap penisilin. Bakteri yang resisten dengan penisilin kita bunuh dengan pemanasan lalu kita campurkan dengan bakteri yang sensitif. Guess what? Yup. Bakteri-bakteri yang tadinya sensitif itu berubah menjadi resisten terhadap penisilin. Karena kemampuannya untuk mengambil karakteristik bakteri lain ini, keberadaan bakteri yang resisten dapat membuat bakteri-bakteri lainnya ikut-ikutan jadi resisten T^T. Bakteri yang telah resisten terhadap salah satu antibiotik juga memiliki kemampuan untuk resisten pada antibiotik lainnya. Hal ini disebut resistensi silang (cross-resistance).

Lalu, apa yang dapat kita lakukan untuk menurunkan resistensi antibiotik?

  • Diagnosis yang tepat adalah langkah pertama untuk penggunaan antibiotik yang tepat. Periksalah ke dokter untuk menentukan apakah antibiotik benar-benar diperlukan atau tidak. Jangan memaksa dokter meresepkan antibiotik jika memang tidak perlu.
  • Disarankan untuk memakai antibiotik yang spesifik terhadap bakteri patogen tertentu dibandingkan antibiotik broad-spectrum. Dokter disarankan menswitch ke antibiotik yang sesuai setelah hasil uji sensitifitas antibiotik keluar.
  • Gunakan antibiotik sesuai saran dokter atau apoteker. Jangan berhenti di tengah jalan (kecuali jika mengalami efek samping obat yang serius) tanpa mendiskusikannya terlebih dahulu dengan dokter anda. Walaupun sudah merasa sembuh, teruskan penggunaan untuk memastikan semua bakteri mati.
  • Jangan berbagi antibiotik dengan orang lain karena bisa saja obatnya tidak cocok dan tidak sesuai dengan bakteri patogennya. Menggunakan obat yang tidak tepat akan memperparah masalah resistensi.
  • Jangan membuang antibiotik secara sembarangan. Misalnya dengan membuangnya ke tempat sampah, membuangnya di toilet atau selokan, karena akan mengkontaminasi tanah dan air dengan antibiotik yang pada akhirnya dapat memperbesar kemungkinan berkembangnya bakteri resisten di lingkungan. Bawalah ke tempat yang ada bagian pemusnahannya (insinerasi) atau pengolahan limbah.
  • Seringlah mencuci tangan dengan air dan sabun selama 20 detik, untuk membunuh kuman di tangan.
  • Lakukan vaksinasi untuk menurunkan risiko terkena infeksi.
  • Simpan dan siapkan makanan secara tepat. Ketika memasak, pastikan semua peralatan yang dipakai dalam keadaan bersih. Gunakan pembersih untuk permukaan yang terkena daging mentah. Selalu cuci buah dan sayuran sebelum dimakan.
  • Mendorong peternak untuk memakai antibiotik hanya jika diperlukan saja.
Tips lainnya dapat dibaca disini. Semoga semuanya menjadi lebih aware tentang masalah ini, termasuk saya. He he he.

Pemutih Gigi

Ada yang bilang jika senyum adalah jendela hati *eh, itu mata ya?? He he he. Tak heran banyak orang yang bermimpi punya senyum cantik dengan gigi putih berkilau. Sayangnya, secara alami warna gigi kita akan menjadi lebih gelap karena pertambahan usia. Selain itu, penampilan gigi kita juga dapat dipengaruhi oleh akumulasi noda permukaan yang terjadi karena kebiasaan merokok atau konsumsi makanan dan minuman tertentu (misalnya kopi, teh, dan lain-lain). Melihat permintaan yang tinggi, cukup banyak produk di pasaran yang mengiklankan dapat membantu mencerahkan warna dan mengurangi noda pada gigi. Nah, kali ini mari kita bahas soal produk pemutih gigi yuk!

Tipe Bahan Pemutih Gigi
Secara umum, bahan pemutih gigi dibagi menjadi 2 jenis berdasarkan cara kerjanya:
1.       Pencerah permukaan (surface whiteners):
Produk yang mengandung bahan ini biasanya dalam kategori pasta gigi. Semua pasta gigi membantu mengangkat noda di permukaan gigi melalui aksi abrasif ringan. Pasta gigi “whitening” mengandung bahan abrasif khusus (misalnya hydrated silica) untuk meningkatkan kemampuan produk dalam mengangkat noda. Bahan abrasif khusus yang digunakan dalam pasta gigi “whitening” ini sebagian besar hanya versi yang lebih bagus dari abrasif yang digunakan dalam pasta gigi biasa sehingga umumnya tidak menyebabkan keausan gigi. Tetapi efektifitas produk dengan bahan ini hanya terbatas pada noda di permukaan.
2.       Pemutih gigi (bleaches):
Proses pemutihan gigi yang sering disebut teeth bleaching biasanya menggunakan bahan pengoksidasi seperti Hidrogen Peroksida dan Carbamide Peroxide. Bahan pemutih gigi ini dapat berpenetrasi ke enamel gigi dan mengoksidasi noda yang menyebabkan perubahan warna pada gigi. Efektifitasnya lebih tinggi dari bahan pencerah permukaan (surface whiteners) tetapi memiliki risiko menimbulkan efek samping yang lebih tinggi. Oleh karena itu, pemutihan gigi menggunakan bahan-bahan ini harus di bawah pengawasan dokter gigi.
Prosedur penggunaan produk pemutih gigi yang mengandung Hirogen peroksida atau senyawa lain yang dapat melepaskan hidrogen peroksida dibagi menjadi 2, yaitu:
(a)   In-Office Bleaching:
Pengaplikasian produk pada prosedur ini harus dilakukan langsung oleh dokter gigi. Kadar hidrogen peroksida yang digunakan adalah 6 – 35%.
(b)  At-home Bleaching:
Produk yang mengandung hidrogen peroksida pada prosedur ini diaplikasikan oleh konsumen tetapi harus dibawah pengawasan dokter gigi. Dilakukan dengan cara menggunakan mouth guard-like tray yang sebelumnya telah diisi dengan gel/larutan bahan pemutih gigi. Tray ini digunakan dalam jangka waktu tertentu, umumnya beberapa jam sehari atau setiap malam hingga beberapa minggu, tergantung tingkat perubahan warna dan kecerahan warna gigi yang diharapkan. Kadar hidrogen peroksida yang digunakan adalah 0,1 – 6%.

Regulasi tentang Bahan Pemutih Gigi dalam Kosmetika di Indonesia
Hirogen peroksida atau senyawa lain yang dapat melepaskan hidrogen peroksida (misalnya carbamide peroxide dan zinc peroxide) termasuk dalam Daftar Bahan yang Diperbolehkan Digunakan dalam Kosmetika dengan Pembatasan dan Persyaratan Penggunaan (Lampiran I) Peraturan Kepala Badan POM RI No. HK. tentang Persyaratan Teknis Bahan Kosmetika.
Produk pemutih gigi yang mengandung Hirogen peroksida atau senyawa lain yang dapat melepaskan hidrogen peroksida tidak boleh dijual langsung ke masyarakat umum dan hanya dapat diperoleh melalui dokter gigi.

Efek Samping Penggunaan Hidrogen Peroksida sebagai Pemutih Gigi
Karena risiko yang tinggi dalam menimbulkan iritasi gusi dan sensitisasi pada gigi, produk pemutih gigi yang mengandung Hirogen peroksida atau senyawa lain yang dapat melepaskan hidrogen peroksida sebaiknya:
- Tidak digunakan 2 minggu sebelum atau setelah perbaikan gigi.
- Tidak digunakan oleh wanita hamil atau perokok dan/atau peminum alkohol
- Segera dihentikan pemakaiannya jika mengalami gigi yang sensitif, iritasi gusi, sakit gigi, kerusakan pada tambalan gigi, gingivitis, mual, dll.

Jangan lupa selalu berkonsultasi ke dokter gigi jika menggunakan pemutih gigi berbahan Hidrogen Peroksida. And as usual, semoga informasi ini bermanfaat ^^.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

7 Movies in 2014 that I Can't Wait to See

2014 is still faraway, but I already hyped up for some movies that will be release next year! Those movies are:
  • Interstellar
Interstellar is upcoming science-fiction movie directed by Christopher Nolan and anything from him always excite me. Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Night Trilogy, Inception are among my favorite movies. Sure I can't wait to see this movie!

  • How To Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your Dragon is one of my favorite animation movie. I love this animation movie more than its book, which is very rare. I'd like to know how they will play this one out since the story of the first movie is only loosely based on the books and the second movie seems like an original story (not adapting any of the book in the series by Cressida Cornwell). By the way, the trailer looks fantastic. Watch it down below:

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
A movie which join the old and new cast from X-men movies? James McAvoy and Patrick Steward both will be play Professor X? There will be Magneto played by Michael Fassbender and Sir Ian McKellen? And Peter Dinklage will play the villain? My life is complete. Wait, my life will never be complete until I watch this movie. Check out the awesome promotional posters and advertisement from Trask Industry below:

Professor X. Credit to Entertainment Weekly
Magneto. Credit to Entertainment Weekly

Photos credit to Albert L. Ortega

  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again
The Desolation of Smaug will be in Cinema this December, but I already yearn to see the Battle of Five Armies in There and Back Again.

  • Guardian of The Galaxy
I'm more of a Marvel girl. That's why I can't wait to see this movie. Moreover, there's Zoe Saldana in it.

Guardian of the Galaxy

  • Minions
Minions are the best thing in Despicable Me movie. I can't wait to see this cute creatures again in their own movie!!

Cute minions.
  • Transcendence
This science-fiction movie will be the directorial debut from one of my favorite cinematographer, Wally Pfister. Moreover, the casts look so good - from Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy. 

That's my list. How about you?