I almost forgot two things when I finally got an iPhone X five months ago; one, that feeling when you first unboxing an iPhone, time when you slide the top box, then find inside how handsome an iPhone is. Two, how clear the camera compare with the older versions. Every time I get a new iPhone the first app I always figure out is the camera, the rest are secondary. There was a time when one of my colleagues got an iPhone 7 plus (wasn’t it years ago?), I admired how clear the camera was! compared with my iPhone 6. Then when he got an iPhone X and I was still with iPhone 6, I felt “Damn, how could!”
Till the time when an iPhone X arrived on my hand and I got that ‘feeling’ back, a feeling of excitement capturing objects only with an iPhone. Here are some coffee scenes I captured with an iPhone X three months ago when I was on vacation and had some coffee times in Indonesia. All was edited with VSCO on an iPhone (yes, still no editing apps on this new MacBook Pro :|)
I didn’t make cupcakes for breakfast. It was just a time when I had my breakfast few minutes before 8AM and morning light fell in my room. You know me, I’m weak for a dramatic natural light that falls onto an object.
Later on December last year when I wanted to update this blog (read: editing session which took way too long) after work, I found my MacBook had a problem. The battery showed red even when it was still charging. Zero percent, damn. I just upgraded the storage which was typical Apple spare part (read: costly, the good news: somebody paid for me). The day after, I found that the trackpad didn’t work well. Okay, I had no plan to break my vow again after an iPhone X.
But I had one excuse: seven years plus with me wasn’t a bad thing. My first laptop was a MacBook Pro. My second one is a thinner MacBook Pro. Comes in my fav color, space grey.
I need to sort few things out for this MacBook to support my needs. Design softwares, USB connector, oh money is just flying around. I’m completely aware to be an Apple person, first rule: lifestyle isn’t cheap. But let’s put it this way, I’m upgrading my tool to upgrade my future. Having some plans to step to a higher stage on 2019. Bismillah.
P.S. These photographs were edited with an iPhone X through VSCO plus Phonto for layouts, taken with Sony A6300 + 35mm f/1.8 OSS premium. Site shown on the first photograph is a beautiful web by Chris Ozer
Talking about music, it has been a part of my morning rituals listening to some favorites. I listen to any genres as long as its easy listening (mostly pop of course, heavy metal I don’t even understand period). According to my true self, I’m more into Ed Sheeran’s music. I just love how he creates songs that could touch any souls (Divide is my fav album of him, so far). I’m not going to write about Sheeran on this post but praising Miss Swift.
If you read the reason behind my online account Ayiswift here, Swift isn’t for Taylor Swift. Perhaps this time around, I won’t bother if it does just to show how much I adore her writing talent. I don’t read celebrity news anymore (I did, ages ago) but from Twitter I do read some flash news about popular human beings sometimes. Miss Swift, from the snake drama till giant snakes everywhere on her Reputation tour, shows us how to build a castle from the bricks they threw at you.
Although my favorite album of hers till date is 1989, but I have chosen thirteen songs which are inside “Taylor Masterpieces” on my iPhone (why thirteen? isn’t her lucky number is 13? That’s what I know from Instagram. This list is inspired by an article by Rob Sheffield on Rolling Stone)
13 Let’s Praise I Swear I don’t Love the Drama, It Loves Me. When Reputation came out and there is a song featuring Ed Sheeran, I knew I’d play it hundred times. Even though I prefer the simplicity on Everything Has Changed than End Game, but I’ll keep this collaboration among 13 favorite songs from Miss Swift. The clip is big yes, but Ed Sheeran also wrote and sang on the song is more YES and BTS is more and more YESS
12 I’m a Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream. Count that lyric as a triumph of a song writing. Nothing beats Miss Swift for her creativity on this song even though Thinking Out Loud took the trophy as SOTY at Grammy, the same night when she became the first woman won AOTY twice
11 Someday When You Leave Me, I Bet These Memories Follow You Around.Perhaps it’s true what she said. Some memories of someone won’t last forever but they would follow you even in your Wildest Dream. I’ll make it clear, if the song is perfect and the clip represents more about the whole meaning, it’s A plus. This is a song I always listen on my window seat pretending I saw those wild scenes as beautiful as what was in the clip, on sunset, what else? I won’t mind even if it’s just pretend
10 We Never Go Out of Style. Without mentioning how artistic the clip is, Style is kind of song I’d play in an open car on California endless road. Well, it’s kind a dream to ride Maybach in California passing the coast on summer with a style. If Rob Sheffield has his own favorite lyric on each of Swift’s songs, so do I
9 No, There is Nothing Good Starts in a Getaway Car. Most of her fans have been asking for video clip on this particular song and I think I’d like too. She built a cheating love story in a very smart and classy way along with Jack Antonoff. As I admire how both of them came out with the damn-I-love bridge on a creative writing session, I also admire how dark Getaway Car sounds from the intro
7 Everyday is Like A Battle, but Every Night with Us is Like A Dream. This one is on my Morning Booster list, too. One of the best from 1989. The clip shows how magical being live in her stadium tour. You’d agree with me after looking at the endless ocean of crowds with those light sticks glittering. It must be an experience for everyone who has attended the tour
6 I Love The Riddles that You Speak. Ours is a kind of romantic song that is so simple but cleverly done. The strength is on the lyrics, only an acoustic guitar is enough to let it resonance beautifully on the air. Ours teaches you that people throw rocks on the thing that shines which makes love looks hard
5 They Took The Crown but It’s Alright. I’ve read what the co-writer behind Call It What You Want, Jack Antonoff, wrote when the song was just released. Use your earpieces on midnight walk when listening to this song. I tried once when I was walking back to my hostel in Hong Kong at 2am. He was damn right, the song turned to be more magical
4 I Don’t Wanna Miss You Like This. If you never know this song, it’s also written by Dan Wilson, the same magic hand behind Someone Like You. I also found this song is vulnerable but in a very artsy way. It catches my attention first time the rhythm and the lines “taxi cabs and busy streets, that never bring you back to me”, and “but you’re in London, and I break down, cause it is not fair that you are not around”. Although it’s never been released as a single from Red, it’s one of the best from the album imho
3 Isn’t It? Isn’t It? Isn’t It?. Delicate’s one of my favs from Reputation. Also, the idea behind even there was a rumor it’s kinda similar with Kenzo ads the clip is gorgeously executed. She’s well known for Easter eggs in every clips but the message behind Delicate is just stunning even without those eggs you need to find. My favorite part is “sometimes I wonder when you sleep, are you ever dreaming of me” oh wait, this one too “sometimes when I look into your eyes, I pretend you’re mine all the damn time” I have one more: a whole song
2 But On a Wednesday, in a Cafe I Watched it Begin Again.Okay, I admit it’s quite hard selecting her songs by how beautiful the lyrics are but my number two would always be Begin Again. I mean, let me make it clearer. Paris, cafe, Leica, subtle morning sun, and coffee in the video, how could I won’t love the whole scenes?
1 Cause I Remember it All, All, All. Only one word could describe All Too Well: Masterpiece. Everything about it is so damn perfect. The song craft is something else, the details on the lyrics are brilliant. I didn’t know before that refrigerator light in the dark could be so romantic until I heard the line of “we’re dancing around the kitchen in a refrigerator light.” Only a genius could create that out-of-the-box lyric kind of. Every lines shows the fragility of brokenhearted of losing someone in a very, I don’t have a word to describe it anymore
13 in number isn’t enough apart of other underrated songs among the well known ones. But if you ask me what else, Wonderland!!!!, I would say Clean, All You Had To Do Was Stay, Best Day, Dancing With Our Hands Tied, This Love, You Are in Love, and etc etc.
After watching some of her world tour videos and interviews on YouTube, I came to realize that Miss Swift is such a hard working artist, out of the box, always craves for something best, and she’s (this is just an honest opinion, you can’t trust what media said right?) such a super kind. I adore how she controls her creative license on music, her ideas on how people said bad things about her and turned to be something could slap them back with Grammys. Isn’t that cool?
P.S. Swift’s photograph is taken from Pinterest. Edited by me.
I’m writing this to kill my five hours transit among millions people who are heading to different places on earth. I just had one chocolate croissant with damn I answered vanilla and it’s such a mistake too-sweet cappuccino at Paul before heading back to a real life in the next three hours. When I’m set, I will try to share some stories which I really want writing them with heart.
I used to make a vow to keeping posts in sequence, but that doesn’t belong to this blog anymore. No regret, as life sometimes will teach you how to slow down for a good reason. I took my time slowly on the last few days thinking about all that had happened: deep emotions, guilt, pain, laughter, jokes, everything in a very fast one month.
“I’m ready for everything, in case it happens very soon.”
Someone asked me ~with all her worries~ this question: how would I feel if one of my very, I mean it, very very best friends steps back out of a zone we both called a friendship after he married?
With a little smile, I could only show my feeling. Even though I knew it’s going to be hard.
I do realize when we grow old our circle becomes smaller. And with that, we all know that our heart could clearly find those we could called as best friends. It might not be a bunch, but they are enough to be counted with our fingers. Her question was such a bullet in a daydream. I knew what I always wanted to say, “I’m ready for everything, in case it happens very soon.” Perhaps it’s really easy just to say in words but not in heart. Perhaps it’s easy to accept a nonsense reason such as, distance becomes a big deal. Sometimes I pretend myself.
She was quite very emotional if she lost him for the sake of that long time friendship, too. The way we think might be different but we both know it isn’t that easy looking at someone we know for years has changed a little, become someone else. A stranger per se. But someone has chosen his path, with all dreams he wanted to share with someone we don’t know. Marriage life might change him as a person but what I know, even when I feel my own shiver in autumn, I would never forget his kindness. I would never erase our moments we spent together those days. Midnight. Drizzles. Sunset. Final year. Stupids. Hard times. Everything that has scored in my heart.
“A visit to Table Mountain could be counted as the only “must-do” I did, literally”
As mentioned on several posts, my trip was a relax one. I didn’t really go places but spent my time as slow as I could. It was pretty much like, “Oh, how many days I have remain here?”
I’m serious, when in Cape Town I was, “Really? I still have 3 days? I thought it was only 2”. I think because I was so relax and did nothing most of my stay then time was running slowly.
I had a fickle heart on May third, to visit Table Mountain cause you know: “Don’t wake me up, still have an affair with my blanket cause hey morning in spring is cold, very cold”. But again, I had to gather my will to visit one of the famous sites Cape Town has to offer. Basically there are two ways to get a ticket to Table Mountain, buying it on the spot or online. I chose the second option a day before I paid a visit. Either you buy it at the ticket counter or online, you still need to join the queue before entering the site.
My choice to wake up early (tho it was hard cause hell ya, it was very cold) brought me to a place that made me throwing smiles to the air. Many times. On my way to Table Mountain was perfect. I had sunshine thru the car window, passing some gorgeous houses along the way (they are so gorgeous, one of the reasons why I said you won’t feel “Africa” in CPT), the sky was clear and blue and too pretty, but two things missed: I had no proper breakfast and I didn’t even care with what I read on the website on how wearing proper shoes is recommended. When I was close to Table Mountain, I could already see how beautiful up there from the car: the peak was covered with thick white clouds.
These photographs below do not do justice how clear, how blue the sky was. Believe me, apart of layouts and some B&W photographs, no Photoshop’s needed to convince you how gorgeous this place was.
“I took a little deep breath and slowed my steps down when I was up there.
It was magical staring at those layers of clouds, standing with a magical view, fresh air and shades of blue.
“It was typical spring weather, the sky was blue and the sun was bright,
but the air was as cool as my feeling.
I sat for an hour, with gratitude, staring at Cape Town from above. She’s even prettier.
Sometimes the breeze made me shiver a bit, but I had to say it didn’t stop me thinking that this earth is,
“I know I still have a lot of places I’d like to see with my naked eyes on this earth, there are a lot in number.
Sometimes, even just dreaming about each one of them, it gives me spirit to stand there someday.
Standing on Table Mountain was such a fantasy which came to real”
Take photograph of yourself with Cape Town as a background, don’t miss it even though you are such a BTS person like me. In my case, it was a bit tricky finding someone who familiar with camera so I had you know “why-this?” kind photograph (yes, it wasn’t pleasant when I got a dark one cause someone took mine against sun light) ~ lesson learned, time to get a tripod every time I travel alone
I suggest to check the weather in advance to ensure it is a good day, no rain, no cloudy sky so you won’t miss how fun the cable car is (or if you love hiking then try to hike till up, it must be fun)
Standing by the side in the car when you could see the scenery from the glass is a plus. It was a bit terrifying for me first time I entered, but it was fun in the end
Check the official website to know more about your preferred time to visit, I did wish I was there for sunset. I could imagine how beautiful it would be yet in my opinion anytime is good
There are souvenir shop, cafe and Wi-Fi lounge up. Even if it’s not much, spend some rand for some souvenirs so you have something to remember from the trip
I went to the cafe for late breakfast, though you know typical tourist site the price is higher but I had nice sautéed mushroom, so I won’t complain (having breakfast with stunning view was pleasant of course)
Don’t spend too much of your time to take photographs, I mean it. It is difficult not to do so especially if you love photography cause every angle would be delighting. Take your time to sit, breath the fresh air while your eyes are pampered with picturesque scenes. It is worth every second