Friday, August 30, 2013

Aegyo Sal

Have you ever wondered why Yoona has a very cute eyes; even when she smiles, she will look cuter? Because she was born to be cute lah. Because I think, there's something on her her face that makes her look cute. 

Take a closer look around her eyes. There are something that looks like eye bags below her eyes, right?! It is actually not eye bag. It has its own name called aegyo sal. Because eye bag will make eyes look tired, but this aegyo sal makes puffy eyes than look super cute, especially when smiling. It creates a sweet, young, and innocent look. No surprise if this aegyo sal becomes a trend in Asia, or worldwide maybe.

Look this beautiful blogger from Singapore, Miyake. She successfully creates aegyo sal. I also learned to make aegyo sal from her.

And even Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has aegyo sal too!!!

They are all so cute, right?!


Nowadays, people get obsessed to get this cute aegyo sal. They, who don't have natural aegyo sal, make efforts, whether with makeup, filler, and even plastic surgery, to create this eye bags aegyo sal. I think because it's kinda impossible to naturally make aegyo sal. Lessen your sleep time won't create aegyo sal. Dark circles will appear instead. And dark circles are ugly!

I remember when aegyo sal still has not been famous as these days, I kept find some comments to Korean stars, who already have aegyo sal, that told them to sleep more. But now look! They look cute with that. Well, but actually I don't think aegyo sal is caused by lack of sleep. Because unhealthy eye bags have darker color than skin color. Aegyo sal has the same color, so it is just like cute fat below eyes.


As I said before, we can fake aegyo sal using makeup. Therefore, Etude House created this:

Dear Girls Cute Eyes Maker; just a simple 2-step-product to make cute eyes, or aegyo sal.

But...what if you don't have that, but still want to create aegyo sal?! You only need these:

an angled brush
brown eyeshadow
shimmer eyeshadow

In fact, I don't have aegyo sal, just ugly dark circles :( . This is my 'without aegyo sal' pic, which is my 'real' look. Even when I widely smile, the aegyo sal won't appear. Sad or not?!

So this is my attempt to fake aegyo sal below my eyes:

First step,
Figure it out where the aegyo sal will appear. Smile or squint or do whatever you can to make the fat below the eyes appears. And I squint so hard.

Step two:
Draw a line with your angled brush and brown eyeshadow at the line where the eye pouch starts appearing.

Last step:
Apply shimmer eyeshadow for the area between the line you've drawn and the lower eyelid. Or, you may apply tear drop liner here.

Done!! I get my cute aegyo sal.

Do I look cute and younger with aegyo sal? (๑・ω-)~♥”

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Unconditional Love

And we have gone through good and bad times.
But your unconditional love was always on my mind.
You've been there from the start for me.
And your love's always been true as can be.
I give my heart to you.
I give my heart, cause nothing can compare in this world to you.

'Warmness on the Soul' - Avenged Sevenfold

The lyric's so touching, right?! This song has been my favorite since I was in my first year of high school. I don't know why I start this post by quoting Avenged Sevenfold lyric. Maybe because when thinking about Unconditional Love, I suddenly remember this song. By the way, metal rock haters, don't run away from this post just because you see the lyric above. Believe me, the song is as mellow as 2AM's. Hahahahaha.

But actually, why I wanna talk about unconditional love is because I have finished watching two awesome movies, and those movies give me unforgettable image of unconditional love, of the mothers to their children. Yes, the mothers to their children. Sorry to disappoint you if it's not about a dear diary of a mellow girl muttering about a boy.


The first movie is 'A Long Visit', Korean 2010 movie. The movie tells about a life of a young woman, named Ji Suk who narrates about her life and her mother. I'm not gonna spill out everything that in the movie, but I wanna tell that this mother-daughter relationship is very sweet. They sometimes fight about a simple thing, about food or house. The mother looks like a really active and talkative ahjumma. So, no surprise if sometimes they yell to each other.

However, I'm really in love with Ji Suk's mother. She's sooooo proud with her beloved daughter. She cannot accept anyone looking down on Ji Suk. Sometimes she blames herself while her daughter is in trouble, like when Ji Suk wanted to get married with her boyfriend. Therefore, both family arranged a meeting, but at the meeting, Ji Suk's boyfriend's Mom didn't put a respect towards Ji Suk and her family. She thought Ji Suk doesn't deserve to be her son's wife since her son is a foreign graduate and super rich. At first, Ji Suk's mother was angry with her, but later she blamed her poorness as a cause for not allowing Ji Suk to marry the boy whom she loved. Later, she kneeled down in front of Ji Suk's mother and begged to her to allow the marriage, sacrificing her pride for Ji Suk.

Well, actually, I'm not touched by that scene. Because why must Ji Suk's mother become the one who sacrifice her pride?! If I am Ji Suk, I just leave them and my boyfriend who just did NOTHING when his parents humiliated his girlfriend. But...I just told you that scene to show the example of Ji Suk's mother's sacrifice.

When Ji Suk dies (yes, Ji Suk dies. I'm a SPOILER), her mother shows a hopeless life of her, and also a disappointment of a very bad ending that she doesn't want. The only one who makes her proud, happy, and willing to give anything, is now gone. What's the point of her life now?! In the end, a thing that she only want is to move from her current world to another world that she believes can make her meet her daughter again. It may not show a positive attitude of a person who was left behind by her beloved, but somehow it successfully represents the unconditional love of a mother to her daughter.


The second movie is 'Satorare', a really old movie, from 2001. This Japanese movie has a unique story, which is about a man whose thought is always transparent, which they called 'satorare' Every people with a distance of 12 meters away from him is able to hear his thoughts. Due to psychological reason, government protects a satorare from knowing his own uniqueness, which means a satorare never knows he is a satorare.

A satorare named Kenichi Satomi is a doctor, and he lives with his mother. While everyone at the hospital are tired from pretending to ignore Kenichi's loud thoughts, his mother is always patient listening to every thoughts her son makes. She is often found at the hospital to see her son, or to apologize to everyone she met because the trouble that her son's thoughts have made. Once, she has ever said that she actually loves to listen to Kenichi's thoughts, because it makes her feel so close to him, and from that she knows that her son is a man with pure heart...and also a loud 'voice'.

When the mother is diagnosed having a cancer, she asks the hospital chief to let Kenichi operate on her. Kenichi is actually a genius doctor. But, because he's a satorare, the hospital chief never let him do the surgery. No one wants things happened in the operating theater would be announced loudly to entire hospital. Therefore, Kenichi's mother wants her own son do the surgery, because she thinks, at least, she is useful even with the cancer. Yaa..useful for her only son. Kenichi, who doesn't know he's a satorare, tries to comfort her mother by keep saying she will be okay, meanwhile, his thought keeps repeating his worry about that dangerous cancer inside his mother's body. The roles are kinda twisted here. His mother becomes the one who assure him that she really believes in him, and she knows that he will do the best in the surgery. Because Kenichi's mother wants only one thing; a chance for her son to do surgery.

This movie will make you burst in tears.


I also want to have this unconditional love, maybe when I have a child in the future. Just my opinion, but I think this love is also rare to occur in children-parents relationship. Sometimes, parents demand too much, unlike Ji Suk's mother and Kenichi's mother who purely want happiness to their children. And then, parents will respond by saying children defy too much. Hahahahaha.

To be honest, I hate when I heard someone say "I used to struggle in a very hard life when I was a kid, unlike you, spoiled kid!". Why that someone want hard life happened on them must happened too on their children?! For me, I only want the best things for my kids, so I just hope they won't feel the bad experiences that I've ever felt.

Or sometimes parents can be so materialistic, demanding much much wealth from their children, the effect of banyak anak banyak rejeki I think. They want their children independent, but they cannot be independent their selves.

This thought leads me to an extreme conclusion. I will have one kid only lah, and so I can purely love him/her, just like Kenichi's mother. Oh ya, Ji Suk's mother also has another kid, a boy. She doesn't love him as she loves Ji Suk, I don't know why. See?! One child only to guarantee an unconditional love from a mother!


I write this post in 2013. Who knows maybe five years from now, I make a post cursing kids nowadays are all SPOILED! LOLOL...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Only Yesterday

Hey, I'm back from hiatus! LOL!

Now I just wanna post about a movie, which I've delayed until now. If you read this post, it means finally I have finished it.

Okay, who doesn't know about Studio Ghibli? Or 'Spirited Away' maybe? 'Totoro'? Most people already know it. If you don't?!......Oh come on!

Studio Ghibli is famous for making Japanese animation. The two most popular works of them are those which I mentioned before; Spirited Away and My Neighbor, Totoro.

Who doesn't know this big and fluffy creature?!


Or this famous No-Face?!


Since I've watched those two movies, I, and my friend also, keep searching for another Ghibli's movie. And FYI, Studio Ghibli just released their newest animation titled 'The Wind Rises' or 'Kaze Tachinu' on July 2013. I haven't watched it, but I want to.

This post is gonna talk about one of the latest Ghibli's animation that I've watched; 'Only Yesterday/Omoide Poro Poro'.


'Only Yesterday' was produced in 1991, an old movie indeed. This tells about a young woman named Taeko. She's 27 years old, unmarried, and lives in Tokyo since she was a child, eh, I mean since she was born. The plot is really simple. It's about Taeko's going to her distant relatives, that I don't know exactly who they are when I watched it, but Wiki says they are the family of her elder brother of her elder sister's husband (o-kay). The family lives in the countryside which has different characteristics from Tokyo. At that time, they are gonna harvest safflower, and Taeko is gonna help them. There's Toshio, a young man lives there. He's a part of the family, and actually, Toshio is the one who pick her up at the station. And they two keep being together most of the time.


In almost every scene, Taeko recalls the memory of her as a ten-year-old girl, her childhood as a typical Tokyo little girl. The problem appears there seems simple but also familiar, somehow feels homey, because it makes you feel you wanna go back home and meet entire family. For example, there's scene when Taeko and her family first seeing pineapple, were curious about it, but  were not satisfied by the taste after eating it, even though Taeko is really really enthusiastic to try; and then, there's also a small fight of Taeko and her sister because of the bag, but the problem raised coz she got hit by her father until she couldn't say anything, that was the first time (and also the last time) her father hit her; and her continuously bad mark in math that makes her Mom and sisters think she was 'different'/incapable; and also the memory of her first love in elementary school that was started by silly and also cute matchmaking done by her classmates, you know, 'that boy likes Taeko, let's partner them', although at first no one likes each other; cute, eh?! Those simple memories of her successfully bring, in my case, my memories back. That's why I called it feels 'homey'.



And the main problem is actually about Taeko's dream to live in a countryside. Because she has lived in Tokyo since she was born, she always has a dream of being in a countryside. And it happens when she knows that her sister's husband's relatives lives there. She goes there often, even feels like that countryside is her hometown.



Eh wait?! I said the main problem is Taeko's dream to live in a countryside?!

Well, not that. I mean, Taeko's questioning her dream to live in a countryside.

She alwas lives in that dream since she was a little girl. Therefore, it makes her enjoying the countryside's life so much. But, a night before she goes back to the city, Toshio's grandma asks her to marry Toshio and live there, and be a part of their family. Taeko feels confused. She, the Tokyo girl, get married with a peasant, and live in a countryside?! Even though Toshio's parent rebukes grandma at first because of her blunt request, they also cannot deny that they want Taeko to be their daughter-in-law. Taeko feels co confused and also feels 'forced', so she ran away. She, then, says to herself that she hates herself because she always pretends to be a good girl by stating 'I like countryside so much', meanwhile she actually is still questioning about it. How can a girl from the city move to a countryside?!

While she is on the road, questioning about herself, she bumps to Toshio who is going home. Toshio asks her to come in to his car and together they will be back home. Toshio wonders what has happened at home, but Taeko doesn't tell him. They have chat at that night, and it makes Taeko thinks again what she really wants; living in the countryside with Toshio, or going back home to the city. She realizes when she is in the car with Toshio, she wants something more than that; she wants that togetherness last longer, and she starts to imagine Toshio and herself live happily together as peasants.

The next day, Taeko  says goodbye to the family and prepares herself to go home. But, when she just reaches the station, she runs back again. She decides to stay in the countryside.


For me, this movie somehow has a strong connection with my life. I was born in the city, and live until now in the city. Sometimes, because of Harvest Moon syndrome, I imagine me being in the peaceful village, making a living by farming, raising cows and chicken, and socializing with every single person in the village. Why sounds so Harvest Moon, ehhh?! Anyway, I think that life will be awesome. But my city soul is against it. Because, although I hate traffic jam, I hate noise, I hate lights, I hate pollution, I hate busy people, I also love them. So I can't be like Taeko, though we have the same dream sometimes.

And then the rare case of Taeko who decides to live in countryside instead of going back to the city can also be related to the public opinion that strictly form the boundary between people in the city and people in the countryside. People in the city, though they really want to live in the countryside, cannot live there, because society has made the unseen rule that they cannot be 'downgraded' to the countryside area. So we often find stories about a peasant who finally live successfully in the city rather than a businessman who happily decides  to be a peasant in the countryside. Ya?!

Well, that's all. End this post with the trailer. Watch it! The movie I mean, not only the trailer.