August 14, 2017

(Boy), we're Good Together

entry: 14/03/2017

If you know me then you know how much i love music. Good music.

I enjoy listening to it for hours and more, humming it whenever it pops on my mind, understanding the lyrics and take it to another meaning. There are no day in my life, without music. I actually don't have a very specific genre to like. Of course i like Pop and R&B. Hip Hop, indie, rock, electronic is also on my liking. Lots of people got shocked when they know i was hearing to a certain music that they think i wouldn't like. Well, as long as it is good music, i will appreciate it.

Last Saturday, i am experiencing another spectacular time of my life. The duo who made 3 AM, the one who always making me feel calm at night listening to their music, has finally appeared in front of me. Are you kidding me? I almost sell my ticket and thank God i didn't, i am so relieved. And so, HONNE appeared by the very short distance from me. I didn't even know how my friends and i could take the front row for HONNE. We snatched the barrier and never felt happier than this. In the previous show we watched, we couldn't even pass the tenth or ninth row. Stuck in the middle and getting pressed by an ocean of people. Yet now i could hug the barrier without worrying being dragged to anywhere.

Two tips for you people on how getting yourself on front row:
1- One, Get there as early as possible, even if your favorite band is last to perform. 
2- Two, Oh, Just bear the five or six hour standing :) I know you can do it.

Anyway, the black screen is going down and the huge HONNE letter appeared in front of us. The band was already there, Andy and James followed. Once Andy started singing i couldn't help but smile. They were so good on doing live. I am so happy i got to hear Coastal Love, The Night, 3 AM, Gone Are The Days, Warm On A Cold Night, It Ain't Wrong Loving You, Woman and Good Together. Oh, i felt like i was mentioning all songs. Sorry couldn't help it haha.

February 20, 2017

Sky and Sapphire

I couldn't tell you how much i love my name. For some people, it may be just something to call someone, to be remembered and differentiate from other people. But for me... i'm taking it to another meaning. I became one with the name, my purpose and strength on living.

My mom loves to talk about how why she gave me the name, neither do i often ask about it to her. It's amusing to know that i originally given three names, and my grandfather opposed it. Saying it has no good meaning and too long. So it left with two names, the first and last name. And funny thing is that i almost named the same as an actress, a famous one in the 90s, Jihan Fahira. I forgot why the name didn't make it, but the 'Fahira' is somewhat similar to my last name. I have to admit that she's very pretty. I spent my childhood watching her tv segment and kinda loving it.

And then in 1996, Indonesia crowned a new beauty queen. A former 1994 None from West Jakarta. The one that everybody knows, Alya Rohali. To everyone tried making jokes calling me Alya Rohali, i'm sorry to disappoint you because it's true, no need for me to deny it because she's the inspiration for my mom giving me the name 'Alya'. Alya is an arabic name, stands for heaven, sky and grandeur.
In addition to the great meaning of it, i am so delighted to be named after a smart and gorgeous woman like her. It even surprised me that we belong to same alma mater. She snatched that None, Puteri Indonesia and Miss Universe Indonesia tittle, not forgetting she also got her master's degree.

My last name is basically a gemstone, a sapphire. The very popular sapphire that we know is the blue sapphire. The blue colour is so deep and elegant, the stone is a tough and durable one next to a diamond. Sapphire is a popular choice for a jewelry. There is one jewelry that's famous for its blue sapphire, the engagement ring of Diana, the Princess of Wales. That one day Diana and Charles walked into that room and showed the ring, the world couldn't help it but making it a headline and won't stop talking about it. It became a trend for years and copied by jewellers all over the world. My mom talked about how she bought an earring which designed just like Diana's ring and how much she adore Diana. To a conclusion, the famous sapphire ring was the inspiration for my last name. A bit of Diana lives on it.

The name, Alya and Shafira, is very precious for me, it is my pride. And so i know that a name is also a hope. A hope from my parents upon me. I am here trying to be well deserved of that great name. It gave me purpose and strength on facing everything. As i said before, it's my pride.

" A woman that is intelligent, placed up high and as beautiful as a sapphire."