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20th-Jun-2014 04:13 pm - Fili&Lino 2nd Anniversary Giveaway!!
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Yup, FIli&Lino is already 2 years old. Time surely flew very faasssttt. To celebrate our 2nd anniversary, we are having a giveaway competition!

Win these cute bag and pouch, just by sending us comment/feedback/anything about FIli&Lino, send to our e-mail filiandlino(at)gmail(dot)com or just by commenting the blog post. One best comment will win a bag and one lucky winner will win a pouch.

Please help us to grow better and win these cute freebies! THis competition is open worldwide until 25 June 2014, 23:59 GMT+7.

So what are you waiting for?

Much love,

1st-Jun-2014 12:56 am - I feel pretty creative
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New song! Can you imagine that? I made not less than 3 songs in the past 3 months!
This song, The Last Song, is a song about forgetting the past and moving forward.

Please enjoy regardless the very crappy recording quality. And even though you don't understand any of it, please take a look and feel free to give some feedback about it.

Thank you <3

26th-May-2014 01:51 am - So then you will stay...
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So the studio recording continues. This time, one of my most recent song, Kala Malam Tiba (When the Night Comes).

I did a post on this recording few months back. Yes, it's true that I dedicate this song to all people who came into my life, passing by, and left a deep mark. However, there is only one person who inspired me to make this song. And whether I like it or not, this person always comes into my mind every time I sing this song, including during the recording.

The song telling my story, when a very dear someone left for good. How this person left with a deep impression in me, leaving a mark and feelings that will always locked in my heart.

Wishing the wind will whisper the words that I dare to say
Asking for the rain to accompany the song of the evening
And hoping that the morning will not come
So then you will stay.

ps: I miss you.
23rd-May-2014 06:57 am - Oldie but Goodie
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So I started to record properly all my original songs. This one is an old song that I made in 2010 before I departed to Australia. The title, Cerita Hati, story of the heart.

Please enjoy!

15th-May-2014 10:58 pm - The End of an Era
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It strikes me like a lightning when I saw this video.

Seishun no Mabataki. A song by Shiina Ringo who was sung by Chiaki Kuriyama back then in 2012 as her B-Side single track. But not only that, this is the last song that Tokyo Jihen played on their Bon Voyage tour in 2012. Well, officially the last, if we didn't count the encore (Toumei Ningen),

So Ringo made a cover of her own songs that was sung by other artists, including Seishun no Mabataki and my forever jam, Amagasa. I kinda dislike her Amagasa, simply because I dislike the sound of the song in English. Nevertheless, she did it.

But this album also made me awake, that Shiina Ringo is moving on, that yes, Tokyo Jihen era is over, it's already over 2 years ago. But me, a romantic me, who loves to stay in the past and don't want to move on and go forward. Do you know that up until now, I haven't watched the last episode of House or How I Met Your Mother, simply because I don't want it to end. I want them to still alive.

So yes, it strikes me. Live is going forward, not statis, and definitely not going backward. And I have to try to learn to accept that and live with it.

Bon Voyage, Seishun no Mabataki!

(If you're lucky, after the commercial, you'll find the video of Seishun no Mabataki at Bon Voyage concert)
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Yes, it was (IS!) a crazy month at the office. Pretty stressful and.... yeah. But yesterday morning, I suddenly had an urge to buy an ukulele. So after I finished my work, I went to the music store, and bought an ukulele.

What I did with the ukulele?

I recorded my new song, Aku Ingin Mendengar Ceritamu Satu Kali Lagi (I Want to Hear Your Story One More Time). Please bear in mind that the last I touch ukulele was 2 years ago. I never really learn how to play, I just try to find my way around with the chords.

So, here it is, my newest song and my debut recording with ukulele. Pretty messy, but I'll get better...hopefully.

13th-Apr-2014 10:38 pm - Inhale, exhale.
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Another pretty stressful week due to the office load. It's going to be a very superbly intense week until May due to this big change that happen in the office. On one side, it helps me being focused and distracted from my other personal issues. On the other side, it draws my energy, and somehow it makes me crazier cause I keep on being reminded that people who support me are not there anymore.

Btw I might be performing soon at a cafe in Kemang celebrating Kartini day. Fellow Jakartans, please feel free to come!
2nd-Apr-2014 12:22 am - Menyampah Selasa (Trashing Tuesday)
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Just because I had too many good byes doesn't mean I'm good with it. Au contraire, it's getting worst! I love these people very much, regardless all the challenges. And yeah, I'm being pretty selfish at the moment. I don't want to see them in the next two or three years. I don't want to contact them once every year in Facebook because I got notification that it's their birthday. It feels like, when you're getting older, you want to be more settled, including your circle of friends. It feels like I'm just too tired to make friends just to know that they'll not be around anymore. So once I feel comfortable with some people, I want them to stick.

On the other hand, honestly speaking, I kind of tired being nice with everyone. I think I gave a pretty clear message if I don't want to get in touch with people. So, please, if I never reply to your message for years, just... stop.

To close this trashy post, here is a very rough recording of a melody that has been on my mind for years. Like the title, I need a bassist, percussionist (but my friend said I need a drummer instead for this song), and a violinist to develop this song.


30th-Mar-2014 11:41 pm - Sunday Evening Acoustic session
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After waiting for 2 hours for the preacher in the nearest mosque finished his sermon, we finally had chance to record the song! Please enjoy, The Beatles' Till There Was You. Well, it's not really from The Beatles, it's actually from the musical Music Man. But  nevertheless, it was The Beatles who popularised the song.

So enjoy, Till There Was You acoustic version in mandolin and melodica. And you'll find me singing too! Just... forget about the bad pronunciation.

28th-Mar-2014 02:36 am - Sunday afternoon acoustic session...
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...on roof top at central Jakarta, by Damar and Kunde featuring me.

Tonight, You Belong to Me, a very famous duet by Patience and Prudence (and others, seriously, this song has been sung by lots of artists). Enjoy!

25th-Mar-2014 02:37 am - French Fries and a weird Kiwi Soda...
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... that somehow doesn't taste like Kiwi at all still fail to bring me back in track. At least I got what I want, a proper good bye, and a promise that we'll meet again, someday, somewhere.
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Entah sudah berapa bulan ini rasanya hidup gw digantung terus: digantung sama kerjaan, sama orang, sama vendor... macam-macam lah. Rasanya gemas, gw butuh kejelasan untuk banyak hal! Dan gw udah menyampaikan aspirasi gw, ya tolong direspon, susah amat sih?


English version:

I should have followed my friend's wise words: do not have expectations. Here I am, feeling disappointed and stupid.
Such a waste of weekend.
21st-Mar-2014 03:39 am - Here it is.
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I will survive, like always. I don't know what will happen tomorrow, but I know I will stand as strong as possible.
3rd-Mar-2014 03:51 am - Here.
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It was such a crazy two weeks for me, with a BIIIGG roller coaster of emotion. Work makes me crazy, my friends make me crazy, everything makes me crazy.

So last Saturday, 22 February 2014, Jakarta was raining like crazy and I had to go places to places in the middle of the rain, including (for the first time) meeting Tika, a vocalist that I knew through twitter and mutual friend. We recorded a song semi professionally in a recording studio, John Legend's All Of Me. Honestly speaking, I never heard the song before, so it was pretty much a "crash course" for me. But it turned out pretty ok, so I was happy with the result.

After the recording session, I went back to the city centre to had one of the most confusing yet lovely, happy and heartbreaking night. A night where laughter, knowledge and great company melted with unknown future, empty promises and warm embrace. I thought I was doing pretty ok, but that night, I just realised that.... I failed. You stuck like a chewed gum in a shoe and it's so damn hard to clean.

So, here it is, John Legend's All of Me, a cover by Tikatiqe on vocal and me on piano.

How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you're crying you're beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I'm around through every mood
You're my downfall, you're my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can't stop singing, it's ringing, in my head for you
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I know I supposed to work now, but I need to channel my feeling.

Somehow I don't feel settled, everyday in the office only became another scourge for me. I don't feel calm and comfortable, I feel in a rush and afraid. Afraid that I couldn't live the expectation, afraid that I fail in my job.

My heart beats very hard every morning, because I'm afraid.

It seems I'm not as strong as I thought I was.

21st-Feb-2014 12:22 am - ....
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A proper good bye, with final words, that's all I ask, that's all I want.
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The earth is on fire, literally. As I'm writing this, thousands Indonesian are at the shelter due to the volcanic eruption yesterday. Since the beginning of this year, we already had two volcanic eruption in two islands. Let's hope and pray that the other volcanoes are in deep slumber. Not to mention the rainy season this year is pretty bad. Last month we faced heavy flood in various places in Indonesia, had an earthquake, now the volcanoes.

This week marks my comeback in the office. It feels weird actually, cause I'm still not used waking up early, go to the office, and face some negative energy. But so far, I survived, and I'm pretty happy with that. Minus the fact that I my office e-mail wasn't working until today and there are just lots of things that I have to do. It also feels... lonely sometimes. I don't know. Probably I'm still not really used with the new arrangement.

Yesterday, something happen at home that I can't even.... It's just very severe that I don't even know how to response. Surviving is the only option that we have now.

On the brighter side, Trankov - Volosozhr got gold medal!! Yay! And somehow I ended up watching lots of figure skating videos. I also learned about all other awesome winter sports such as speed skating, halfpipe snowboarding, ski jumping, etc. Winter olympics looks very fun!

I also made a new song! Finished only in a day. Well, I already had the lyric for a month. I dedicate this song to all people who come into my life, passing by, linger a little bit, then gone forever, but leaves a deep mark in my heart. Kala Malam Tiba or Evening, the third song in my "song cycle", after Tale of Two Lovers and Dusk.

"Wishing for the morning to disappear
And the evening halt
So then you will stay..."

Kala Malam Tiba or When Evening ComesCollapse )

9th-Feb-2014 12:09 pm - Trial
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This is weird. I hangout with my fellow ANU-ers, and I just realised that I haven't really write something in Indonesian in the past...... 4 years? I mean, during my stay in Australia, of course I had to write all my papers in English. But then when I'm back here, especially after I work in the Embassy, I also have to write official letters and others in English. Even my blogs are written in English! My friend told me that I should try to write something in Indonesian, just to make sure I still have my native language skill.

So now, I'm trying to write a blog post in semi-formal Indonesia #fingercross

It's Indonesian time!Collapse )

Gosh, it's hard. And embarrassing.


ps: I'm rooting for Tatina Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov! They're awesome.
5th-Feb-2014 06:34 am - The weekly burst
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First of all, I would like to say "Happy Lunar New Year!" Xin Nian Kuai Le. May we all have a prosperous year in this horse year!

Now let's get to the weekly burst, shall we?

Yo!Collapse )

So yeah, I think that's all from me.


ps: Alive?
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