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4 March 2010

Fatherhood Movies

Category: Indonesian,Miscellaneous — kamaruddin @ 8:39 pm

Banyak kisah dan film tentang ibu yang berjuang membesarkan anaknya berikut tantangannya dalam mempertahankan keluarga. Dibandingkan dengan ibu, seorang ayah jelas berperan jauh lebih sedikit dalam mengasuh namun tetap mempunyai andil dalam membesarkan anak di sebuah keluarga. Daftar di bawah ini adalah beberapa film yang pernah saya tonton yang mengisahkan perjuangan seorang ayah dalam keluarga.

1. Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing (1983)

Seorang veteran perang bisu melewatkan hari demi hari sebagai penjual botol arak bekas. Suatu hari dia menemukan bayi perempuan yang ditelantarkan di jalan. Bayi itu dibesarkan sendiri dan menjadi salah satu alasan untuk tetap hidup di dunia. Setelah dewasa, si anak menjadi penyanyi terkenal. Karena kesibukan dan “prosedur”, si anak semakin terpisah dengan ayah. Ayah bisu di dera rindu teramat dalam dan sakit. Di tengah konser si anak menyusul ke RS namun terlambat sudah. Dengan hati hancur, si anak tampil di akhir konser menyanyikan gubahan lagu “Any Empty Wine Bottle to Sell” yang menjadi legenda.

Saya menontonnya pertama kali sewaktu masih SD dan sudah sangat lama mencari film legendaris Taiwan ini. Siapkan tissue karena film ini akan menguras air mata. Selain kisah mengharubiru, kita juga bisa melihat jelinya sutradara menangkap suasana Hongkong 80-an, daerah kumuh dan kehidupannya kemudian dikontraskan dengan pesatnya pembangunan di pusat kota akan terlihat di sini. Film ini memenangkan 4 Golden Horse Award (Oscar versi Hongkong). Pemeran ayah bisu, Sun Yueh, tampil sangat memukau walau tanpa sepatah katapun.
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21 January 2010

Belajar cinta di lampu merah

Category: Indonesian,Miscellaneous,Thoughts — kamaruddin @ 10:33 pm

Mother-Son Holding Hands

Hari ini…

Di persimpangan jalan, seorang pengemis tua duduk bersama seorang bocah di pembatas jalan. Si ibu berkulit gelap, dihiasi kerutan tua mendekap bocah laki-laki yang tertawa riang. Hari itu adalah hari yang biasa bagi mereka. Duduk di pembatas jalan, menunggu sisa kasihan dari orang yang lalu lalang. Si bocah mencium kedua pipi dan kening si ibu kemudian tertawa. Si ibu tersipu lalu menatap kosong ke depan. Mungkin lelah menunggu sesuatu untuk dibawa pulang hari itu. Dua orang yang (mungkin) sudah dianggap tidak ada. Si bocah lalu mengganggu si ibu kembali. Diambilnya sekeping uang logam, diletakkan di atas kepala si ibu. Beberapa kali dilakukan si bocah sampai saatnya si ibu menyerah, ikut tertawa bersama si bocah lalu menciumnya sayang.

Mobil SUV besar buatan Jepang membatasi aku dan mereka. Bercanda riang tak peduli sepasang mata memandang sedari awal.

Sial! Sekelilingku menyalak, menggonggongku dengan keras! Lampu kurang ajar itu masih merah, tinggal beberapa detik lagi. 2 menit sekian detik adalah waktu yang terlalu lama bagi kebanyakan orang. Bagiku, waktu tersebut saya belajar sesuatu.


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9 June 2009

Love Me… Now and Forever

Category: Miscellaneous,Thoughts — kamaruddin @ 11:55 pm

LOVE ME
Collin Raye
All I Can Be (1991)
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I read a note my Grandma wrote
Back in 1923
Grandpa kept it in his coat
And he showed it once to me
He said, Boy you might not understand, but a long long time ago
Grandma’s daddy didn’t like me none
But I loved your Grandma so

We had this crazy plan to meet
And run away together
Get married in the first town we came to and live forever
But nailed to the tree where we were supposed to meet instead
I found this letter
And this is what it said:

“If you get there before I do
Don’t give up on me
I’ll meet you when my chores are through
I don’t know how long I’ll be
But i’m not gonna let you down
Darling wait and see
And between now and then
Until I see you again
I’ll be loving you
Love, me”

I read those words just hours before
my Grandma passed away
In the doorway of a church
Where me and Grandpa stopped to pray
I know I’ve never seen him cry
In all my fifteen years
But as he said these words to her
His eyes filled up with tears

“If you get there before I do
Don’t give up on me
I’ll meet you when my chores are through
I don’t know how long I’ll be
But i’m not gonna let you down
Darling wait and see
And between now and then
Until I see you again
I’ll be loving you . . .
Love, me”

And between now and then
Until I see you again
I’ll be loving you . . .
Love, me


Note:
I don’t know Collin Raye and his country music very much except for “In This Life“. But after listening to and scanning the lyrics “Love, Me”, my eyes are filled with tears. “Love, Me” is a popular funeral song.


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3 June 2009

Define: Valiant

Category: Miscellaneous — kamaruddin @ 3:45 pm

valiant /ˈvæl.i.ənt/

adjective
very brave or bravely determined, especially when things are difficult or the situation gives no cause for hope.
— source: Cambridge Advance Learner’s Dictionary

Valiant Kamaruddin is beginning his first page of life. Boldly venturing into new world.


— Statistics —
Level 1

l: 51 cm
w: 3.8 kg

Agility: 1/10
Armor: 0
Strength: 1/10
Personality: -
Perception: 1/10
Wisdom: -


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9 April 2009

Rope as Marriage Symbol

Category: Miscellaneous — kamaruddin @ 10:46 am

Two rocks and rope as marriage symbol

Japanese Shinto priests first wed these two hulking rocks off the coast of Futami more than 1,300 years ago to symbolize the sanctity of marriage. Today, husband rock (the strong, silent type at 30 feet high) and wife rock are still yoked together in the Pacific Ocean by 100 feet of braided rice straw, which is replaced three times a year. (The priests do that at low tide, when the rocks aren’t separated by water, and worshippers join in the ceremony by handing the rope from person to person onshore.) In the summer, the scene is perhaps most divine: The sun appears to rise between the two points, with Mount Fuji visible in the distance.

The two wedded rocks are called Meoto Iwa (Husband-and-wife rocks)


Source:
Four Ways of Looking at a Rope – Reader’s Digest


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