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I also wear the kebaya derings today. Happy of this day, because we all presenters for custom clothing, custom clothes lest we forget this because this asset our country, and do not have the other countries that I confess that their assets. So let women in Indonesia, show, your power, we can work well and learn well. Achievement, and do not ever scared to try. But it remains free and in accordance with our nature as women east. Setujukan? this day I feel a little sad because again moments disney on ice will completed.
She began to feel that her marriage would bring good fortune for her ambition to develop a school for native women. In her letters, Kartini mentioned that not only did her esteemed husband support her desire to develop the woodcarving industry in Jepara and the school for native women, but she also mentioned that she was going to write a book. Sadly, this ambition was unrealised as a result of her premature death in 1904 at the age of 25.
That affable smile seems never fade from his face. “I like to laugh in everything,” he tells Oops!! Exactly. This guy is a truly amiable person, so way off from the celebrity image occasionally branded arrogant.
What is your latest occupation?
Still working on FTV and romance cinemas for several production houses. Apart from that, I have taken a diplomat exam and passed.
Which embassy are you applying for?
The Embassy of Canada in Indonesia because I love Indonesia…(grins)
How is your Indonesian language course?
What language are you proficient in?
English, French, Indonesian, a little Mandarin and a little Thai too.
Do you still play rugby?
Right now I’m playing for the Indonesian National Team. My position in rugby is as the wing, which requires me to sprint fastest [than the others].
What’s the difference between playing rugby in Indonesia with overseas?
I surely don’t want to play overseas, because they are too harsh, too serious, and too big. It’s more fun to be here because we’re still amateur… hahaha… Out of the country they are willing to get the dreadfully pain. Different with the rugby here, starts slowly, step by step.
Are you going seriously for rugby?
Playing for the national team has got to be serious. Just recently I played for ISCI (International Sport Club of Indonesia). Different level with the national team, whereas ISCI is a combination of expatriates from many countries such as Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, blended into one team. This team represents Jakarta, Indonesia. We compete against clubs from Malaysia’s, Thailand’s, and Singapore’s expats as well.
How long have you been playing rugby?
For more-less 12 years.
What is your first film?
5 Sehat 4 Sempurna, the Richard Buntario’s movie, in 2002.
How was the start you got your feet wet in the acting world?
At first somebody introduced me to the modeling world. Afterward they needed someone who could be a boyband’s member. Then Richard himself called me, and my role was like the Backstreet Boys…Hahaha…
But actually you can sing?
I have to for the movie. Apart from that, my voice is just suitable for karaoke bar…hahaha…
Do you have any impressive experience during the filmmaking?
I do, when we were shooting for Suster Ngesot, Lia Waode, who played as the Suster, was like one possessed. When I had just arrived on the set, the situation was quite panic. She was lying on the floor and I saw her eyes; “gosh why are they so huge?!”, bulging out and her voice was manlike sounded. I thought, what the hell is this? Is this an exercise? Because I hardly disbelieved it. However, the other casts and crews have experienced such thing though.
You think no ghost in Canada?
There is, but unlike that kind…hehehe…
Your favorite movie star?
What about Indonesian artist?
Um…Winky [Winky Wiryawan]! And the actress is Wulan Guritno
Things that you always do everyday
Open the facebook! Hahaha…When facebook first time came out, it was just for gathering purpose with university friends and students. Until now I’m still habit.
How many friends in your facebook?
Around a thousand, it’s still exclusive…hahaha..
How do you keep your body fit?
By doing kickboxing, rugby, boxing, and gym too. I exercise everyday whenever I can.
Revolving half of the globe just for her despite in the middle of exam. I took the exam and back again. It happened in 5 days.
She’s not an Indonesian?
Maybe Indonesian, maybe European, maybe Afghan. I won’t tell you the detail…hehehe…
What do you think of Indonesian women?
Indonesian women are nice, pretty and not much different with Caucasian women, only are they more spoiled, need more affection. The Caucasian ones are more independent, thus we must treat them differently.
You seem to be fond of humorist women
I do! Because I always, often make mistakes, and laugh at myself…hehehe…You have to find humor in everything you do. You have to be able to laugh it. I must always be positive, no matter what. I like to laugh in everything. That’s the reason why they have to be humorist.
Yes, ever since a little. I was born in Tokyo because my dad was a diplomat, so we had to migrate every 3 years. Tokyo-Canada-South Korea-Canada-Thailand-Canada-Indonesia-and now [parent] residing in China.
Places you want to visit the most?
In Indonesia I want to visit Lake Toba and its Samosir Island. Overseas, I want to go to Barcelona or Greece.
The best city you have ever visited?
I love Jakarta! Hahaha… New York is my place for work, but it’s too frenzied. For vacation, every place, every city has its own positive and negative too. It’s hard to pick one. But my hometown, Vancouver, is so beautiful. What’s more, Montreal, my second hometown, is a really cool place to hangout.
Do you like going to the beachside?
Yes, definitely Bali. I’m planning to reside in Bali too.
Do you have an item you always bring everywhere?
My mother is a Buddhist, and she gave me a Buddha statue to guard me. I always carry it everywhere, I never forget it. It’s been a long time since I leaved my mom, so I feel like she’s still with me if I carry it.
3 words describing a Mike Lewis
Okay…Audacious. Hahaha..Sympathetic and what’s more..I think..intelligent.
How do you cope with bad mood and weary?
Playing games…Play Station.
Things that irk you
Traffic jam…But the most annoying thing is gossip, actually. Never believe in gossips. Once someone called me and said: “Mike, there’s this and that gossip, and bla bla bla…Is that true?” Both give me the pip – the gossip and the people who ask for confirmation over the gossips. They just come to me for gossip and confirmation.
How do you walk on your life? Just let it flow, or you already have some plans for life ahead?
You have to live your life both ways, you’ve got to have a plan but sometimes you’ve got to let it flow. If you just go along the plans, it’s not really living, you’re never alive. I have plans, yet there are many ways to make them real. I just need to choose which way to go. But yeah, I’m very casual too. To live like how it’s given to you…
Both. Besides the plan, in showbiz we have the lucky factor too. Thus, we should not rely on planning to keep living in this world [entertainment], we should be flexible. An actor should have second plan since we don’t know when this career would last. It could happen that suddenly I’m not allowed to work here anymore, or fans leave me, or I turn so ugly…hahaha…We’ll never know…It would be wiser if there is another plan.
Is turning to a diplomat part of your second plan too?
You can say so.
Your next wishes
Make it more, and make more money too…hahaha… and establish a business project. But it’s still a secret.
Your motto of life
Life is a handly court. You have to play the court that you get the best you can, and then with that smile on your face in all weather. That’s why I always keep smiling. Because life is not worth living if you can’t be happy. And you have to find happiness in all the small things. Yeah!
Oops!! April 2009
some pic from Esquire
AGNES denies opinion saying she was sick due to her losing weight of nine kilos. Contrariwise, she says hectic schedule has caused her irregular eating habit.
Indonesian singer and actress, Agnes Monica, had been criticized by some people who felt the 23 years-old being insensitive and offended Malaysians by the song Allah Peduli (God Cares). They deemed the word ‘Allah’ should not have been used in a song.
Meeting with Agnes at Plaza Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia, the Chinese descend Christian believer has an answer over the controversy.
The singer, who is mounting popularity through her new single Teruskanlah, briefly concludes the situation by stating: “Don’t search for enemy. It is better for us all to befriend despite religion difference.”
Do you know the issue about Allah Peduli in Malaysia? What is your comment?
Yes, I do. Honestly, I’ve just known about it. Here is the thing. That song is actually a song composed specially for church worship. Allah Peduli has never been included anywhere in my albums.
At this point, I feel that this issue rose up owing to a matter of language. In my religion, which is Christian, the word ‘Allah’ is the same meaning as God and Jesus as it is mentioned in our bible.
In Indonesia it doesn’t matter at all, given that the word ‘Allah’ is also used by all the people who believe in their own religions.
Do you mean you don’t feel guilty in the usage of the word ‘Allah’?
Yes. As I said, it’s just a language problem. See, if we only see (things from) the negative side, what we get will be just negative. I’m not being insensitive, but it’s a matter of language usage.
But is the sensitivity of Malaysian Muslim different with Indonesian?
I’m not an insensitive person. It’s just to me- only because of the language problem, it could shake our harmony. Honestly, I will not apologize for the language difference.
Why do wee need to point out and find fault with this language? Why do we have to compare religions we believe in? Don’t be like that and make discrimination.
In my opinion, whatever religion or faith someone holds, if he is wicked, then he is just wicked, and vice versa. The most important thing, Allah Peduli is not a commercial song for radio play. On the contrary, Allah Peduli is a gospel number.
But don’t you afraid of losing fans in Malaysia?
I don’t. I believe my fans in Malaysia are the wise ones. I am really thankful and appreciate my fans. I also never blame for the people who banned my song and stir this issue up.
However in my opinion, rather than kicking this issue around, we’d better looking for positive thing and live in more harmonious way of society and mutual respect.
I also ask for a good deed from Malaysia’s media and all fans not to spin out the issue to any further extent. I hope this clarification will clear up the misunderstanding.
Okay, so you have just launched your third album. What is that special about Sacredly Agnezious as compared to the previous ones?
It’s an album that witnessed me turn into a producer working together with the other producers. I feel more satisfy because I worked on this album all by myself. The album is more energetic and has fresh nuance.
Besides in Indonesia, you’re also recognized in Korea?
Yes it took me by surprise too. Currently we are on a discussion about the possibility of performing for the second time there. The first response before was really enthusiastic. As a preparation, I’m learning Korean now.
What about Japan? It is said that you have someone there, right?
Oh, I have relatives there. Japan is a good country and I like it.
What I mean is, you have a boyfriend there?
(Laughs) How to say it…actually I don’t feel like talking about private things. I’m afraid it won’t happen as expected. But for now, yes there is a Japanese friend who’s very close to me. I often go there and I’m learning Japanese as well.
Monday April 6, 2009
INDONESIAN singer Agnes Monica has cleared the air over her song Allah Peduli (Allah cares) which has upset some Malaysians, saying that it was actually a gospel number.
The controversial song was banned by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council.
In an interview with Kosmo!, Agnes, 23, said the controversy was the result of a “language problem” which should not create disharmony or suspicion.
The song, she said, not a commercial song for radio play but for church worship, adding that it was not an issue in the predominantly Muslim Indonesia.
She said that Christians in Indonesia also used “Allah” to refer to God and Jesus Christ.
To a question, Agnes was quoted that she did no wrong in using the word Allah.
“That is why I said it is a language problem. I am not being insensitive but this is a use of language,” she said, adding that the difference in language usage should not be a reason to cause disharmony.
She chose not to blame those who made an issue out of the matter, adding: “Rather than debating this issue, let’s find positive things and live in harmony and mutual respect.”
2nd photo by Hendra
As she regularly brings the single Aku Cinta Dia (I Love Him), Gita Gutawa has been considered grow up and falling in love. Daughter of musician Erwin Gutawa is falling in love?
Congratulation, everybody is getting favor the song.
Aku Cinta Dia actually belonged to the deceased Chrisye. It was just a single from the compilation album my label released in the first place. Turned out, thank God, the response is very positive. Also on the radio it’s good too, and many people are happy [with the song]. Just recently we planned to make the video clip for this single, and it will be included on my next album which will be released on April.
Did you choose this song because you are in love?
Hah! No. In a matter of songs selection, since my dad produced the album, we both discussed the songs first, not because I’m falling in love. By accident, the lyric suited me – I’m allowed to feel the love song, right? At my age, it still feels hard to sing such song, so the arrangement was accustomed with my style.
Do I? I feel just normal. The stage presence should congruent the song. Perhaps since I have not many sad love songs, I never pose sad. This song is so fun, about how beautiful it is when we are falling in love, so we have to look cheerful on stage.
Do you have a boyfriend already?
Not yet, I’m still single..hehehe…Not that I am not allowed to, just let it come naturally. I have many close boy friends but they don’t have to be my boyfriend. I’m still enjoying hanging out with friends. It’s fun, having lots of friends, can sing, can go to school.
Are you afraid of dating?
No. It’s just I haven’t thought of dating just yet. At this rate, all feels good, still feel no need another person to add.
What about your mom-dad?
They liberate. In fact, they sometimes tease me like ‘hey that boy is cute’. That’s all.
Have you already composed your own song?
I have. For this new album there’s 1 song that I wholly composed, and there are other 4 songs I wrote the lyrics with the other composers.
Did your papa still rectify your songs?
To tell you the truth, that song (Aku Cinta Dia) was to fill the lack in my album because papa sorted out songs that I composed, and we agreed to include best friend theme.
Do you feel insufficient?
Not really. But I don’t know about papa’s estimation. Yet papa released me to write songs as many as I could, still with the help from other musicians. Auntie Melly Goeslaw, Glenn Fredly, and the others helped me a lot. But thank God, one of my songs got a chance to be in this album.
photos: pam & melanie
April 5, 2009
Selebriti: Jelita Agnes Monica
It’s Nobody’s Fault
Spotting on the issue of Allah Peduli (God Cares) song and hoping it will never be fussed any longer.
By: Asmizan Mohd Samiran (who interviewed Agnes Monica in Jakarta recently)
Her appearance looked simple yet still elegant and sexy, albeit she was only wearing a mini shirt. Way different with her appearance in TV drama Jelita (Gorgeous) that has been watched by nearly 2 millions people of Malaysia, she looked skinnier and even had short hairdo too.
That was the ‘latest’ face of Agnes Monica, 22, with whom Selebriti and several Malaysia’s electronic and print media got a chance to meet in a Japanese restaurant at Senayan Square, Jakarta, last Tuesday, when she enjoyed diner with her family.
She realized many said that she was getting thinner because she was sick. But she confirmed she was getting thinner not because of ill but her hard work in singing, dancing trainings and all activities in entertainment has caused her body lose weight.
“A lot saying I am skinnier because of illness, but actually I am not. I’m thin since I’ve been busy with the trainings, and running the career as a singer and actress. It takes six hours a day just for dance training. I lost 9 kilos in 3 months,” she said.
Regarding her haircut, Agnes smiling replied, it started off when her hairdresser made a mistake when cutting her hair. “I got wrong haircut so I asked to get my hair even shorter instead. Turned out I feel comfy with this hairstyle because it makes easier to arrange.”
However, no matter how she looked like, Agnes still appeared gorgeous since the sexy and lively image still emerged of her.
The ultimate subject Agnes needed to answer was the song Allah Peduli which has been an issue in this country. It started out from a review of the song in Cerita Artis Kita (CAK) column, Metro Ahad news, last March 8. The song is filled with the word “Allah” to the last verse that mentioned ‘Never He let me struggle alone since Allah my Jesus understands’.
Selangor State then banned this song and the Islamic religion council Pulau Pinang (Maipp) insisted on the government to proscribe the song because it might have been lead to wrong discernment among the Muslim.
When asked about the controversy, Agnes admitted she knew about it and felt surprise. However, she said, she didn’t feel disappointed or afraid of losing fans, because to her it was merely due to the language dissimilarity.
“The song is a church song (gospel). In Indonesia, in Christian, we are allowed to call God as God, Allah and Jesus. To me it doesn’t matter, just a different term,” she stated.
As said by Agnes, she had never thought the song would become an issue. She said it relied on each person’s opinion, because if one only wanted to see something from negative point of view, negative issues would be all he could get.
“I feel that it’s (Allah Peduli song) not something need to be fussed about. The people of Malaysia have to know it’s just a matter of different term. So there’s no need to make it big to any further extent,” she said.
Agnes, a Chinese descend and Christian believer said she didn’t need to apologize because nobody was fault in this matter. She said it would have been different if she were a Malaysian.
“It’s nobody’s fault. The composer is not wrong either, because in Indonesia the word ‘Allah’ is interchangeable with ‘God’.
“Either Malaysian or Indonesian, both should know language difference could raise such a sensitive issue. Yet it’s a matter of language after all, and no one should be put blame on,” she added.
According to Agnes, she wanted to spot on this issue because she hoped it would never be discussed any further. “Enough put it to an end here. I don’t blame Malaysian people for having the thought like that.
“If we keep pointing out who’s right and wrong, we will end up talking about a nation. It is not healthy,” she answered calmly along the questions about the controversial song.
Just a pronouncement, Allah Peduli is never included in Agnes albums and she only sings the song in the church.
“I am so happy to hear that news. Who would be displeasure if his/her work is appreciated and favored?
In fact, no matter what happened, I’m convinced that Malaysian people are smart and wise to look into such case. I hope the previous matter will not disturb our good relationship and my pleasure to perform in Malaysia,” she went on.
Agnes also admitted she felt tired for the making of Jelita. “Tired! I had to keep crying because in Indonesia it aired everyday, and some scenes required me to cry. My eyes happened to be puffy for one day because I cried a lot,” she recalled.
In that 30mins interview, Agnes also told story about her new album which will be released the next day (Wednesday) live on RCTI.
The album is titled ‘sacredly agNEZious’ that combines dance, R&B, rock, ballad and blues, and claimed better than the previous ones. For the first time Agnes took role as the producer, and even the photos for her album cover was the result of her ideas.
“I feel satisfy with this album since it came from my own taste and effort. I am also grateful working with an open-minded recording company who was willing to accept what I desired,” said the girl whose now busy learning Korean and Japanese after fluent in Mandarin.
Agnes is betting the single Teruskanlah (Carry On), and the good news for Agnes fans in this country, the album will be down in Malaysia’s market by the end of April.
Meanwhile, at the end of the meeting, Agnes confessed having a close friend from Japan although at first she refused the private inquiry.
thanks to myn for providing the scanned pictures
What project are you up currently?
MTV Suka-suka Gue. It’s a merge concept between travel show and MTV Style. The MTV team and I visit places around Indonesia and overseas. Just recently, we traveled around Jogjakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Pontianak, Singkawang, Macau, Hong Kong, Shen Zen, and many more.
The concept of this show is a mix of extreme culinary and jackass, but with MTV style. For example, when I tried ‘sea monster’ peyek (thin chip made of flour and peanuts, shrimp or small fish) in Jogjakarta, I said in front of the television (camera), “It tasted like a shit!” and then I threw it up.
Basically, I’m truly being honest. When it tastes good, I will say it’s good, and when it doesn’t, I will say it is not good. This is very different with most of the culinary programs where the presenters always say all foods are delicious.
What kind of weird food have you tasted?
Grasshopper, spider, snake, squirrel, bat, and all that. My favorite is grasshopper. Turned out it was delicious! It could substitute popcorn…hehehe…I also like salty chilled squirrel. The meat is so tender!
Apart from VJ, what else are you busy with?
I’m preparing the Indonesian idol 2009. Due to the general election, this show should be put off for a while till August. On April I will be promoting Macabre. I’m also running a private business, it’s a clothing line called Damn I Love Indonesia. We’re planning to launch our new collection.
Are you single now?
Hahaha…Yes, single and ready to mingle. Somehow I feel I became single on the perfect time. Without a girlfriend I am able to focus myself on the job, with no burden.
According to you, what is beautiful girl like?
In my opinion, all girls are beautiful. Really, I believe that every girl has beauty in their own way. Every girl has their own uniqueness and every girl pretty in their own beauty.
Do you consider yourself romantic?
Half romantic. Sometimes I could be a big lazy bastard yet sometimes I could be half-dead romantic. For example, when I’m in the middle of watching a cool DVD, I can be reluctant to answer my girlfriend’s call. Yet in some other occasions, I do lots of things that make a woman moved.
One thing that you don’t understand from woman?
How could they bleed every single month and give birth, but still afraid of cockroaches! That’s ironically funny. Hahaha…
5 Facts about Daniel Mananta:
#1 – Very fond of L’arc en Ciel that he even once flied to Hong Kong to watch their concert. In the concert he cried because finally he could meet his idol!
#2 – His motto of life is “some will, some want, so what?”
#3 – After graduated from Edith Cowan University in Australia, Daniel searched a job by visiting around 100 companies, wearing suit and tie.
#4 – The eldest of two, his brother is a professional golf athlete and coach. Daniel was supportive of his brother’s decision to learn golf in Shanghai.
#5 – Likes Katy Perry’s songs. It’s spontaneous and unorganized. Daniel feels like returning to a boy again.
Cleo, April 2009
Sister’s experience inspires song
Talented singer Sinna Sherina Munaf is progressing. The children actress of film Petualangan Sherina/Sherina’s Adventure (2000) is shaping her career up, detaching the children artist status to be a professional singer. Sherina admits she has fed up to be called a little girl.
Just normal, like everyone else. I don’t feel any different state as a grownup.
What about putting on makeup, for instance?
I put on makeup only when I perform. I barely go to salon because it is expensive to me, it wastes money. I’d better use it for other useful things.
But it doesn’t mean you like to be looking careless?
There is the difference between ordinary people with those who like exhibiting themselves. Not that I never go to salon, but normally I just go there once a month. It is necessary to take care of our body, but it doesn’t mean by wasting too much money. We’d better keep a good life habit, drink lots of water, and consume veggies and fruits instead.
How is the new album?
It is now in mixing process. I had nine new songs, eleven in total (from her first teen album Primadona). I want to try something different now; I want to collaborate with Uncle Fariz RM (her uncle). Everyone knows him. To me, he is a legend. His music is fantastic.
Do you consider the songs you compose are commercial?
If anyone thinks so, do as they please. To me, a song must have a message to deliver. People have to listen to the message to make them like it. However, I also try to balance between the market taste and idealism.
Trying to be yourself. At this age, I am in a high spirit of exploring. I don’t like called as a kid. I’m 19 now. My inspiration comes anytime, from anywhere, in everywhere. It comes everyday. (Her old sister’s experience becomes her inspiration too)
Ever thought of coming back to wide screen?
Actually I’m not an actress, I am a singer. So for now I’m not focusing myself on film, although I have played once. But if I am given an offer, I want to get involve in every aspect, from the filmmaking, the soundtrack, to the video clip, and the script!
Given that you have not played anymore movies ever since Petualangan Sherina in 2000, does it mean now you don’t get any offer?
There are plenty, but I consider them very carefully. I want to play in a musical film (again), not horror, not comedy. Musical film has more unpredictable line.
pics credit to: detikforum
April 1st is not always connected to April Fool. It sometimes gives pretty much chills and excited feeling to some people. April 1st, 2009, seemed to be the best day for Indonesian Pop Princess Agnes Monica to release her 3rd mature album (or her 5th album), 3 years after ‘Whaddup A?!’ down in stores.
The album titled ‘Sacredly Agnezious’ is likely the answer to her fans who had been dying waiting for her new breakthrough in music, as she always did before. However, before the album released, the 22 years-old has already thrown 3 singles to the market; Matahariku, Godai Aku Lagi, and the recent Teruskanlah, which gained huge public responses.
The album itself is wholly produced by Agnes Monica herself, and she also composed some of the songs including the hit Shake It Off which happened to amaze the people at the Asian Song Festival 2008 in Korea.
Not only is she produced the album, on the launching day the multi-talented artist also produced -all by herself- the whole concept of her concert which was live aired on RCTI, April 1, 2009. Supported by her sizzling dancers NEZindaHooD and her own band inNEZsense and all uniquely costumes, the singer who’s just become one of Class Music Heroes 2009, shew off energetic and good showmanship to the audience and her loyal fans.
They came all the way not only from several cities in Indonesia, but also Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore which united under one flag of NIC (Nez In da Club).
Three guest stars were Bams from the Samsons, Hijau Daun band that also won Class Music Heroes 2009, and Armand Maulana from Gigi. In this one hour full-packed show, Agnes performed her old as well as new singles such as Ku Tlah Jatuh Cinta, Jera, Tak Bisa (duet with Bams Samsons), Teruskanlah, A.G.N.E.Z, Godai Aku Lagi, Matahariku, Ku Disini (duet with Armand Maulana from Gigi).
‘Sacredly Agnezious’ is released in 2 packages/versions; Limited Edition which contains 13 songs including intro [Sacredly Agnezious], Interlude [Agnezious] and outro [I Believe], while the regular edition only contains 10 songs.
“‘Sacredly’ is sacred and is more authentic. ‘Agnezious’ is my adjective that is so me. So you can say that ‘Sacredly Agnezious’ is ‘It’s all about me’ which is involving myself. This new album is actually one of my works that I’ve been waiting so long to release. I’ve released the limited edition which only contains 2 songs, but this one is a complete package in two versions.
“We wanted to present a complete packaging from the cover of the album, to the different concept of the photos, and with different concept of the songs as well,” explained Agnes Monica at Studio 4 RCTI, last Wednesday.
“We put a real effort into this album, we don’t release the album every once in a year, because to me it’s not worthed for having released many albums [in short time] with substandard result. That’s why I choose to be patient. Go with the flow,” she added.
The nominee for Best Singer and Song at the upcoming SCTV Music Awards 2009 and also at the Malaysian Music Industry Awards 2009 (AIM), said that many respected musicians were involved in the making of this album too, such as the likes of Erwin Gutawa, Pay, Dewiq, Yudis, Sumantri, etc.
“I am infamous as the singer who likes spending shifts. If I feel the mixing is still imperfect, I will ask for doing it over. Luckily, my label Aquarius, is very supportive of me. Because they know that it’s all coming back for their own good too,” stated Agnes.
“Despite the idealistic album, I as one of the producers should think about the market segment too. However, that doesn’t mean I ‘whip’ my own idealism as a singer or musician. So it’s got to be balance with what fans wants too. Because in the end, they are the ones who want to listen. So we blend what they want and what I want,” she ended the story.
See more pictures of the launching concert HERE
Meet NicholasBy Yarra Aristi
One day in Singapore. Nicholas Saputra is sitting in a hotel room occupying with his cell phone, accompanied with a cup of coffee milk. Behind his back, an Asian lady is busy doing something on Nicholas newly haircut. On the corner of the room, Agung Sentausa – the photographer, is discussing with Rolling Stone, while two stylists are busy spreading out several pairs of clothes, combining one another as talking of several locations.
That day we plan to enshrine one day of Nicholas life and the photo shooting will be executed on some places in Singapore.
Nico –as familiarly addressed- whom normally I could only spot on magazines, glass screen, and wide screen, is now in one room with me. He’s rattling on his experience of watching Fall Out Boy’s concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium the night before.
“There was Ashley Simpson last night. She went upstage,” tells he, followed by a nod from Agung. “Actually the concert last night was not bad. Unfortunately, on several parts, there were little sound troubles so I was less enjoying the concert.”
It doesn’t take much time for waiting Nico geared up. As a person who’s already has a name, he is the kind of people who’s very accommodating and fun to work with. “Okay, I’m ready!” he exclaims after putting a checker short pant and white shirt on.
We started our first photo shooting session at the Esplanade infamous with the durian shape-like. Although the sun shines grilling hot and the weather is severely muggy, Nico obediently carries out whatever the photographer asks him to pose.
“I’ve been shorting of sleep!” he says while we are in the minivan that taking us to the next location. “Lately I could only sleep for three hours every night. Normally I slept around one or two o’clock in the morning, and three hours later I already woke up.”
The lacking of this sleeping habit must have something to do with his new profession as the new face that has been accompanied you on the famous channel called Channel [V]. Ever since the mid of 2007, he’s been greeting the viewers in a show called Screentime, a segment of The Ticket program.
“I had never thought that one day I would become a VJ. This chance purely came in a sudden. I recall, the offer came in 2007 when I have just graduated from university,” he goes on. At the time Nico was just accomplished his study at the architectural engineering, University of Indonesia.
“At that time on such quiet a young age, I have held a degree and accomplished four movies. That was the moment when I didn’t want to do anything because I really needed to take some rest. Finally I decided to go traveling for six months. When I came back to Jakarta and had to do a series promotion for the film 3 Hari Untuk Selamanya (Three Days to Forever), I was interviewed by Channel [V] and next they proposed me to become the VJ.”
Definitely it was not a hard thing for Nicholas Saputra to do the screen test, since he’s already got a handsome look and good communication skill. “But still, in the beginning I happened to feel very stressful because this was something truly new to me. First of all, I had to get out of Indonesia. Second, working overseas made me realize that the working standard out there was so different with what I have done in Indonesia.”
Towards the evening, we arrive at Ann Siang Road which has a down slope land structure that reminds us of San Fransisco, United States. During Nico’s chatting, Agung Sentausa keeps trying to take his pictures from different angles. Astonishingly, even when he is not posing (either when he is moving, talking, or laughing), Nico always delivers amazing photos.
To most people, the profession of VJ is a fun job and many people want to have this career. Thanks to his job, Nico can go traveling overseas more often. “This is an exciting job to me since I’m able to work and travel at the same time, although occasionally I feel it too much traveling [than working],” utters Nico while sipping a cold lemon juice.
“What most exciting is, we can perceive ourselves and our own country from different point of view. When we are in Indonesia, it just feels normal. But when I go outside Indonesia, I find out different standards.”
Within one month he can go abroad at least three times. The frequency of moving back and forth which has become his routine, he admits has made him feel homesick. “I don’t like leaving Jakarta, I don’t like leaving my friends there,” he admits. “But this is not something irritating. I realize that this is something I must pay for what I’m doing now.”
Traveling overseas in instant pace has become an ordinary norm to Nico. Nico explains how Singapore and Malaysia become two countries he visits the most, as he always takes shooting in both countries. Then he tells about the good times when he visited Greece, when he got a chance to cover the making of Mamma Mia!, a film directed by Phyllida Llyod.
“I love Greece, the scenery is so beautiful!” he enthuses. He met with and interviewed top actors and actresses involved in the film, such as Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgard. We talk a bit longer since suddenly that evening the rain falls heavily, that the photo shooting must be quitted for a while.
When the night goes down, we are in a merry hallway of Chinatown with colorful lampions and lamps decking out the area, while the air is stuffed with pleasant fragrance everywhere. Nico begins to look fatigue yet not a single sigh comes out of his lips. He’s doing this long photo session with easy going and full of laughs and teasing. Heng Wei Wei, the Executive Marketing & Publicity Star TV, who escorts us along the day, always becomes the object of Nico’s gag.
Some people who come across this guy have to turn their heads twice to make sure who’s the guy they’re just passing by – even some of them keep looking at him with various expressions. Two teen girls accost Nico, “VJ Nico? May we take picture together please?” Nico serves the request with full smile, and both girls look truly as pleased as punch after taking the picture. I can see their cheeks blushed and they’re smiling when leaving us.
Yeah, Nico’s face is getting recognized among people outside. In Indonesia most people know him as one of the actors we can be most proud of. The Indonesian film wagon found one of its bits of blood in 2002. When a boy named Nicholas Saputra played a character of Rangga in Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? (AADC/What’s With Love?), a character depicts a mysterious and fierce handsome young boy, yet having utterly charisma which makes a girl namely Cinta (played by Dian Sastrowardoyo) falls head over heels.
Thanks to the profile of Rangga, Nico became the new idol for Indonesian teens at the time. The triumphant of this film subsequently brought him to the other respected films.
One year after AADC, Nicholas got a new challenge, as playing with two senior actresses Jajang C. Noer and Ria Irawan in Biola Tak Berdawai (Stringless Violin), directed by Sekar Ayu Asmara. His acting in both movies placed him to Best Actor nominee at the Indonesian Film Festival 2004, however the trophy fell to Tora Sudiro who played in ‘Arisan!’.
One year later, he was once again nominated at the Indonesian Film Festival 2005 at the same category for his performance in film Janji Joni (Joni’s Promise/Invincible Man) and Gie. And finally Nico won Best Actor for his role as Soe Hok Gie in the film Gie. In 2007 Riri Riza asked him again to participate in his movie 3 Hari Untuk Selamanya (3 Days to Forever), where Nico headed on with Ardinia Wirasti.
At the end of 2008, he reunited with Dian Sastrowardoyo in a film 3 Doa 3 Cinta (3 Wishes 3 Prayers). He plays as Huda, a teenager who lives in a small town in Central Java, and falls in love with a sexy dangdut singer played by Dian Sastrowardoyo. “It happened to be that I and Dian have known each other for quite a long time, so I didn’t find much trouble when we had to act together again in this movie,” he explains. “I was pleased to play with her again in a different story and, for sure, with different chemistry too.”
Nico involved in this film began when the director and producer offered him the role. “Having read the script, I was interested in it immediately. 3 Doa 3 Cinta is a story that is honest about love which takes place in a pesantren (Koranic school). Love in here is not a teen love story like in AADC. This is the film that brings out the love theme towards parents, religion, and between us.”
The most important thing he notices before taking the offer is the script. He happened to say that he just wanted to play one film for each year. “When I get involved in one movie project, I have to be sure that I feel comfy working together with the people behind the scenes, either the producer, director, and most important is the story, and how the script written. Normally I receive film offers with good scripts.”
Once again he chose to get involve in the right film, given that the script of 3 Doa 3 Cinta won Script Development Grant from Global Film Initiative in San Fransisco, Goteborg International Film Festival Fund from Sweden, and Fond Sud Cinema from France.
Talking about movie, Nico states that he still likes acting world. He considers the blooming of Indonesian films has increased very rapid. “Now given that a lot of new genre produced, viewers have so many choices to watch,” he remarks. “As is proper, the Indonesian film industry should get much support from the government, in the education till the facility of the industry itself. It would be even better if there is a regulation that’s supportive of this industry, thus it can work properly.”
Nico was just finished the video shooting for Nidji’s new single ‘Shadows’ for the TV series Heroes, where he played as Sylar-like villain. In this video he paired up with Fahrani Empel and the members of Nidji. They had to do quite complex action scenes. “It was the first time I played action scene, with choreography,” he recalls. “Believe it or not, I only had 15 minutes to memorize all the choreography for that video!”
Starring in numerous music videos and commercials is his current job, but Nico admits he has not yet has any plans to play in another new film. “At the moment I haven’t taken any offers yet, so there’s no next film so far. I don’t know what else to do,” he says. “I’m always just that kind of guy, don’t know what to do but there’s always this and that offer come my way. However I cannot just simply take it all because I still have to adjust them with the condition and schedule. There are many offers to play in the film again, they just don’t suitable yet.”
He seems like the luckiest guy in the world given that jobs constantly advance him, not the other way around. “Of course not. If this is all considered as the lucky factor, it is not true. I do it all with hard work. It’s a mere coincidence that I got good offers and took them. I could have just turned them down but since I wanted to try it, I just did it.”
Nico seems enjoying his occupation as a VJ because he finds lots of new things and meets with new people. “It’s a perfect job for me, being a VJ.”
The photo shooting that day ends up in a room at The Fullerton Hotel. Nico still keeps posing the best he can in front of the camera. “Gosh, I won’t be able to sleep again tonight,” he says. “I should wake up tomorrow morning at eight because at ten someone will interview me. After that I want to go sleeping because at three I should be going back to Jakarta.”
That is how the dynamic life of Nicholas Saputra, yet he view that with laid-back. “Actually nothing special about my life,” he pretexts. “My life actually is just the same as Jakarta kids my age in general,” closes Nico with a slight smile.
credit: The Rolling Stone Indonesia, 2009