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Everybody loves songs. People always like to sing a song, or at least listen to it. Well, I do too.

So, here’s the list of my favourite songs of all time. What I mean by “favourite” is the songs might have influenced certain part of my life once, or just related to a fracture of my memories. They can be a great song with good lyric, or probably have a nice melody, or something else. Of course, they can be old or new, or whether it’s the original version or not.

Initially, I’d like to put only 10 top songs on the list, but apparently there’re more than ten. So to make it easier, I divide them into two categories, international and Indonesian songs – I even put one of our national songs in the second list. Here they are (both in alphabetical orders):

International Songs

  • Bizarre Love Triangle (Frente)
  • Blood Money (Jon Bon Jovi)
  • Cats in the Craddle (Ugly Kid Joe)
  • I Remember You (Skid Row)
  • Love is All Around (Wet Wet Wet)
  • More Than Words (Extreme)
  • Ode to My Family (The Cranberries)
  • Patience (Guns & Roses)
  • Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (Don Henley & Patty Smith)
  • What’s Up (4 Non Blondes)

Indonesian Songs

  • Bongkar (Swami)
  • Hari Merdeka (H Mutahar/songwriter)
  • Hilang (Garasi)
  • Ibu (Iwan Fals)
  • Kangen (Dewa)
  • Kisah (Boomerang)
  • Mimpi (Anggun)
  • Rumah Kita (God Bless)
  • Segitiga (Cokelat)
  • Terlalu Manis (Slank)

Anyway, I realise that probably there’re even more than 20 songs that I like a lot. But I think these are the best that I can compile for now. How about you, guys? Have your own list?

Talking about list of songs, I happened to find an interesting website while browsing for some songs’ files. This website has some lists with unique titles such as “The Top Songs about Me of All Time”, “The Most Annoying Singers of All Time”, “The Top Desperate Cries For Attention Songs of All Time”, “The Top Forty Politically Incorrect Songs of All Time”, or “The Top Forty Songs of All Time That Leave More Questions Than Answers”. Check it out if you want to know more.

Finally, I’d like to share a lyric of another song I like. It’s a beautiful song from an international Indonesian singer, Anggun. Let’s sing along if you know this song, okay..! 😉

” Snow on the Sahara “

Only tell me that you still want me here

When you wander off out there

To those hills of dust and hard winds that blow

In that dry white ocean alone

*Lost out in the desert… You are lost out in the desert…

To stand with you in a ring of fire

I’ll forget the days gone by

I’ll protect your body and guard your soul

From mirages in your sight

*Lost out in the desert…

#If your hopes scatter like the dust across your track

I’ll be the moon that shines on your path

The sun may blind our eyes, I’ll pray the skies above

For snow to fall on the Sahara

#If that’s the only place where you can leave your doubts

I’ll hold you up, and be your way out

And if we burn away, I’ll pray the skies above

For snow to fall on the Sahara

Just a wish and I will cover your shoulders

With veils of silk and gold

When the shadows come and darken your heart

Leaving you with regrets so cold

*Lost out in the desert…

#If your hopes scatter like the dust across your track

I’ll be the moon that shines on your path

The sun may blind our eyes, I’ll pray the skies above

For snow to fall on the Sahara

#If that’s the only place where you can leave your doubts

I’ll hold you up, and be your way out

And if we burn away, I’ll pray the skies above

For snow to fall on the Sahara…

For snow to fall on the Sahara… (x3)


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Sure. It’s one of my main interests, remember? Or… sorry, maybe some of you didn’t know that one yet. Anyway, who doesn’t love them, right?

To show how I really love this kind of art products, let me say something: at least since December 2007 until now, I’ve seen no less than 48 movies, old and new. All are the first for me, and I enjoyed them, bad or good. So far, only two of them are Indonesian movies.

Here’s the complete list (I forget two titles though): The Last King of Scotland, This is England, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, Spiderman 3, Transformers, Resident Evil: Extinction, Ayat-ayat Cinta, Accepted, Night at The Museum, The Seeker, Mendadak Dangdut, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, The Devil Wears Prada, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine, Alpha Dog, Step Up, Borat, Four Brothers, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Ghost World, Barbershop, Dr Zhivago, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, The Golden Compass, I Am Legend, Darjeeling Ltd, P.S. I Love You, American Gangster, Cloverfield, Juno, 27 Dresses, 3:10 to Yuma, Charlie Wilson’s War, Jane Austen Book Club, The Mist, Jumper, Rendition, There Will Be Blood, Meet the Spartans, 10,000 BC, Step Up 2 The Street, St Trinian’s, Vantage Point, The Other Boleyn Girl … (and the list is still growing).

As half of that list is seen in cinema, of course many people would know and still remember them. Anyway, besides in cinema, I also had the pleasure of watching them in digital files (including from YouTube), and on DVD (by renting them).

So, below are my reviews on some of those movies (eight of them), either their good or bad. I just pick samples that I like to review here. Of course, it’s only based on my limited knowledge and what I feel, and so it’s simply my own opinion. Have your own opinion? Why don’t share it here then.;)


National Treasure 2

I think this one is clearly a typical Disney’s movie. Not that it’s limited for kids, but the story, the plot, and characters are obvious. There are hero, the villain, the hero’s friends, plus the family. The hero and his friends and family are obviously win at the end, while the villain is lost even if he finally turns good just before the ending. However, this second adventure of Benjamin Gates is a good entertaining movie, involving not only (in the movie) the president of the United States, but also part of history from around the world. Another version of “younger” Indiana Jones if I may say so. >> My rate >> 7/10

The Golden Compass

As many people have talked about, the special effect, specifically the animated graphic in this movie is stunning. Unconsciously, you will be emotionally attached to the animals in the movie, following each of their action along with (other) human characters, while in fact their just animations. Moreover, as it is always amazing to watch little kids acting in a movie, some people believe that this movie – which will be followed by part-2, part-3 and so on – will be as successful as Harry Potter, or Lord of the Ring, or if I could suggest another title to compare: Pirates of the Carribean. >> My rate >> 8/10

I Am Legend

Will Smith plays as central focus on his lonely role in this adaptation of 1954’s horror story, and before the release, people once doubted that he will be success. Well, for me, it seems he’s alright. Overall, the movie is OK as well, thanks to the suspense and the special effects for the zombies though. The tragic ending is what bothers me more, and apparently bothers a few other people too. Is the term “legend” must comes from death? >> My rate >> 7/10


Been triggered some controversy by its early promotion without any detail (not even the title), this movie then I guess becomes one of the most discussed movies recently. However, when the release date is closing in, more people seemed to talk negative over it. And yes, in about 2 days after its release, nobody probably likes to talk about it anymore. But for me, this movie is good enough (to be watched in the cinema), even though the Godzilla-like scenes and its unclear story have brought some bitter critics worldwide. >> My rate >> 7/10


Well, yes, Ellen Page rules! I wouldn’t argue that. Moreover, the story is unique and not-typical even though it can be categorized as teen-movie. And nobody needs to say anything more when the Oscar has spoken. It’s a cool teen-movie, but interesting enough for adults and useful for parents as well, if I may say so. >> My rate >> 8/10

Ayat-ayat Cinta

One of the best Indonesian movies in the last few decades, that’s what people said. If I’m not mistaken, one of the producers even said that this movie will probably ‘un-replaceable’ in terms of the story and cinematography within the next 10 years. Is it that good? Well, try to ask millions of Indonesian that have watched it. Don’t ask me, as I spent half of the night enjoying the movie and ended up with ‘bad health’ for a couple of days later… lol. >> My rate >> 8/10

Meet The Spartans

This movie is suck, and I can’t say no more. The only reason I give it 3 points are because the makers really had the guts to produce it, with too many parodies, then for promoting it with such big budget (I saw the ad many times on TV); and in the name of respect for some people who actually love it. >> My rate >> 3/10

St Trinian’s

It’s a teen movie, alright. And it’s an old British story with some modern twists. However, besides the fresh young actresses involved, this movie I think can entertain the audiences without the feeling of ‘ashamed for enjoying teen’s stuff’. Or maybe, it’s just my subjective opinion as I used to work with teens? Don’t think so, ‘coz a lot of people in the cinema were laughing out loud that night. >> My rate >> 7/10

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