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Chasing A Falling Star and Back

Have you been waiting for this post? :D Sorry it took a while. Life’s been busy. And I’m sure I’ve forgotten a lot of details, but here’s the gist of it. And some pictures of course!

Our first checkpoint was Plaza Indonesia. We planned to meet there at 9pm, except I was the only one to arrive there -_- I waited by watching this unfunny stand up comedy in EX until Barry came. He was so chillax with his thin t-shirt and sandals, while I was safe inside thick long sleeved top, a beanie, and proper closed shoes. We’re going on a hike, man. Then Rudi came and his wardrobe was as prepared as mine. If Barry complained of the cold later, I was never going to lend him my sweater.

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The boys took forever to get going though, and it was getting late. The schedule was to be in Moko at 1.30am maximum. And it was almost ten. Not to mention we also had to pick up one more person. And it was also drizzling, I was afraid it would rain and mess up the traffic. Barry took his time ordering a burger, then we finally drove off. -_-

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Chasing A Falling Star: Preparation for ISON

It’s 7PM now. Less than 36 hours until ISON reaches perihelion. I know the updates have been a little bit grim these past few days. Some speculates that ISON has already integrated, but no one is sure, because the comet can’t be seen easily right now due to the sun’s glare. But I have faith in ISON. I’ve been preparing for this for a month anyway. Since many of you’ve asked about it, this is my preparation.

Oh, before we start, some notes. ISON is predicted to reach perihelion on Nov 28, 2.40PM EST. That’s Nov 29, 2.40AM WIB in Indonesia. Move along!

1. Choose someone to go with
Very important, guys. Decide if you wanna see it alone or with someone else. Make sure it’s someone you want to go along with, because you’re probably gonna travel a bit far and definitely spend the whole night awake for this. I’m going with Barry, asked him since day one. I’ll be really mad if he backs off hahaha Asked Rudi and Om too but they have something else to do. It’s just the two of us I guess.

2. Choose the spot
ISON is predicted to be bright enough for the naked eye, but some extra measure won’t hurt. Jakarta’s sky is so light-polluted, I’m a bit worried the comet won’t be visible. Someone took a picture of the comet from the planetarium in Central Jakarta though, but he was using a special device for it. Just to be safe, I’ve chosen Moko hill in Bandung as the nearest, relatively easiest destination for this. Why Moko? Because it can be reached with a personal car, not too far from the heart of Bandung, and you can view both sunrise and sunset there. Now this is very important. Make sure you can see the sunrise, cos that’s when the comet will appear the brightest. Don’t forget to protect your eyes against the sun!

3. Prepare the journey
Decide how you’re going to reach your observing spot. Barry will bring his car for this and I’ve told him to make sure the car is appropriate for the bumpy road. Check your snacks, because you will be hungry (or bored) on the road and during those long hours of waiting. Even more important, create a playlist for the journey! I’ve created mine. I’m calling it ‘The Moko Playlist’.


I’m so gonna make Barry listen to SHINee

Don’t forget to bring a hat, a sweater, an umbrella, prepare for the weather and the temperature, my friends.

4. Check the weather
Make sure it doesn’t rain. Weather forecast changes a lot, so check it everyday. Last I checked (this morning), it looks like there’ll be a drizzle on the evening of Nov 28, but hopefully there’s no rain at the dawn of Nov 29.

5. Prepare your camera
Come on, you’re gonna see the comet of the century, of course you have to bring a camera. I’m no expert in photography, so Google is your best friend for tips and trick.


Mom’s 60D. Been tinkering with it.


f/3.5; exposure 1/5; ISO-3200; no edit except for watermark and size.

I took some pictures, familiarizing myself with the DSLR and the above is my best shot. I should have borrowed the tripod too. Cameras are amazing, aren’t they? You see the cloud in the picture? I couldn’t see it with my own eyes when I snapped it, but it’s there in the camera.

Make sure the battery’s full and everything’s charged. Bring a powerbank if you must.

6. Create a list of activities
There’s no predicting how long you will have to wait until ISON appears. Just prepare something you can do to kill the time with. I’ve been trying to prepare one, but I really can’t think of anything other than talking the night away with Barry -_-

7. Book a place you can nap in
You’re gonna be awake the whole night. You need to at least take a nap before the ride home. I honestly haven’t booked any place. /o\

8. Prepare your wishes ♥
After all, we’re chasing a falling star.

It’s not much of a preparation, I know. But it’s still something. And I also want you to note that there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to see ISON. The sky could be clouded, the city lights could be too bright, or most unfortunately, ISON disintegrates because of the sun. But still, it’s a chance of a lifetime, and who knows when you’ll be able to see a comet again? It’ll still be a great trip spent with your special ones, so I’d say go for it!

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Jiffest, Jakarta Biennale, and Upstairs

I thought Jiffest was dead. Apparently, they’ve revived it this year under the tagline ‘New Chapter’. Check out the schedule below.

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I was late though cos of the garage sale. That Sunday noon, I immediately texted Rudi.

“Jiffest! Let’s go!”

“Ok! After I’m done swimming.”

I know I could always count on Rudi.
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