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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kecanggihan Teknologi Membuat Berkendara Bersama Mobil Impian Bukan Sekedar Mimpi Belaka


Saya adalah salah satu dari beberapa orang yang sangat menikmati waktu saya saat berkendara. Bagi saya, duduk di dalam sebuah mobil yang nyaman, mendengarkan lagu kesukaan, dan memerhatikan jalan raya sekitar adalah sesuatu yang sangat menyenangkan dan – anehnya – menenangkan. Saya mencintai waktu-waktu saya di dalam mobil. Saya mendapatkan kenyamanan dan ketenangan yang bahkan tidak bisa saya dapatkan ketika saya duduk di sebuah kafe bernuansa rumahan dan beraroma kopi hangat. Jika disuruh memilih diantara pergi ke kafe atau duduk di mobil dan berkendara tanpa tujuan, maka saya akan memilih opsi yang kedua.

Oleh karena itu saya selalu bermimpi memiliki mobil yang dapat menjadi “teman baik” saya. Mobil yang bukan hanya menjadi moda transportasi saja, tapi juga “suaka pribadi” saya, tempat dimana saya dapat menghilangkan penat dan memperoleh kebahagiaan. Beruntung bagi saya, di zaman sekarang ini industri otomotif dunia menawarkan beragam pilihan mobil yang dilengkapi dengan teknologi dan kecanggihan yang mutakhir. Hal-hal yang dulunya hanya ada di bayangan manusia ketika berandai-andai soal mobil impian mereka, sekarang sudah terwujud dan sering dipamerkan di acara-acara pameran mobil ternama, seperti pameran mobil “Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show,” misalnya.

Ketika membaca artikel mengenai pameran mobil, saya selalu takjub melihat mobil-mobil yang “dijajakan” di acara tersebut. Saya sadar kalau teknologi sekarang sudah semakin canggih dan manusia pun semakin pintar dan hebat mengutak-atik moda transportasi darat tersebut menjadi sesuatu yang luar biasa canggih dan mewah.

Ketika melihat mobil yang “mejeng” di acara pameran mobil, saya sadar ada beberapa teknologi mobil impian saya yang ternyata sudah bukan menjadi impian belaka lagi. Teknologi yang tadinya hanya berada di “mimpi” itu, sekarang sudah dapat dilihat secara langsung di acara pameran mobil tersebut.

Sebut saja mobil Honda Clarity Fuel Cell yang sempat dipamerkan pada gelaran pameran mobil Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show tahun 2016 lalu. Mobil yang diboyong oleh pabrikan Jepang Honda ini menjadi mobil sedan pertama di dunia yang berbahan bakar hidrogen fuel cell dan sangat ramah lingkungan. Dilengkapi dengan teknologi Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV), kendaraan ramah lingkungan ini hanya menghasilkan uap air tanpa menghasilkan karbon dioksida (CO2) sama sekali. Keren, bukan?

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Bagi penduduk Jakarta, seperti saya, yang sudah sumpek dengan udara panas dan pencemaran udara di ibukota, mobil yang ramah lingkungan adalah “teman” yang tepat untuk berkendara dan membantu mengurangi polusi udara di Jakarta.

Teknologi mobil impian saya yang lain adalah teknologi piloted parking system atau self-parking. Teknologi parkir valet otomatis ini sangat saya impikan ketika saya harus bergulat dengan sulitnya mencari lahan parkir kosong dan waktu yang mepet. Menemukan lahan parkir kosong memang bukan hal yang sulit – seharusnya. Tapi, saya seringkali menganggap kegiatan tersebut sebagai kegiatan yang menguras otak – dan emosi. Ketika pergi ke pusat perbelanjaan di hari libur atau akhir pekan, jangan harap bisa mendapatkan tempat parkir kosong dengan mudah. Saya seringkali harus berputar-putar di tempat parkir hanya untuk menemukan lahan kosong untuk “mengistirahatkan” mobil saya.

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Impian saya adalah dengan adanya teknologi piloted parking system, saya dapat menghemat waktu saya dan membiarkan si mobil mencari tempatnya sendiri dan mematikan mesin secara otomatis setelah parkir. Sistem dari teknologi ini kemudian dapat mengirimkan pesan kepada telepon genggam saya mengenai kondisi mobil yang telah terparkir. Ciamik sekali.

Selain kedua teknologi di atas, saya punya impian untuk memiliki mobil yang dilengkapi oleh teknologi Head Up Display. Sebagai penikmat film dan drama, saya suka iri dengan mobil-mobil yang dilengkapi teknologi canggih dan digunakan oleh karakter-karakter dalam film dan drama tersebut. Salah satu teknologi yang paling membuat saya iri ya teknologi Head Up Display tersebut. Teknologi yang memungkinkan pengendara melihat informasi mengenai jarak, fuel meter, dan banyak lagi melalui kaca di atas dashboard ini sungguh memmbuat saya takjub. Rasanya seperti melihat sesuatu yang sering disuguhkan di film-film sci-fi. Memukau.

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Dengan kemajuan teknologi saat ini, saya percaya saya tidak harus menunggu waktu lama untuk berkendara dengan mobil yang dilengkapi teknologi impian saya. Semoga dengan kehadiran acara pameran mobil, seperti Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show yang akan kembali diadakan di bulan Agustus ini, industri otomotif Indonesia dapat semakin maju dan tidak kalah saing dengan industri otomotif luar, sehingga orang-orang seperti saya – yang selalu berandai-andai mengendarai mobil dengan teknologi impian – dapat berterima kasih pada industri otomotif dalam negeri yang dapat membuat hidup di masa mendatang lebih indah dari sekarang.  




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

[K-Drama Review] Individualist Ms. Ji Young (2017)




I always have a soft spot for indie-related things, though sometimes they are too clever for my small brain to understand. When I spotted Individualist Ms. Ji Young in VIU’s now-playing list, I found myself drawn into this 2-episode drama right away. And the two hours I spent watching it were one of the best two hours in my entire life.

PLOT:

Na Ji Young (Min Hyo Rin) is an individualist who believes doing everything individually is better than doing it with others. Byuk Soo (Gong Myung) is an outgoing individual who believes every person in this world need love from others to survive. Ji Young and Byuk Soo out of the blue spent a Christmas night together and starting to have feelings for each other.

COMMENT:

I love Individualist Ms. Ji Young. I hope it will be more than just a two-episode drama. Though it might look simple and light, the drama actually carries heavy message. From my perspective, the drama taught how to stay true not only to others but to yourself.


I love how the writer decided to create an anomalous female lead character. A character that successfully made me hates and pities her at the same time. Ji Young character is something I can relate with. I like this type of character because it gave a different glance of female lead character that usually seems too perfect or too messed up. Ji Young character is just right. She is not too perfect, but not too messed up either. She feels normal (to me). I can feel that this type of character does exist in real life. And Min Hyo Rin is living this character flawlessly. I can’t imagine other actress who can nail this character as fine as Min Hyo Rin did.


In the same vein, I would like to say that the casting in this short-drama is very spot-on. Just like Min Hyo Rin, I, too, can’t imagine other actor who can play Byuk Soo character as well as Gong Myung did. From now on, I would like to label Gong Myung as “Noona’s Darling.” His smile is everything. He probably could insure his smile if he want. Though his character in this drama is not that different with his character in “Drinking Solo,” I still find him endearing and not boring in this one. However, I hope he could get himself another character to play in his further projects to improve his potential as an actor.


Another point I love from this drama is the music. Since it’s an indie drama so no wonder it filled with indie music. And as you guys know, I’m a sucker for indie songs, especially k-indie, so I can hide my excitement when I heard some familiar tunes playing along the drama.
 

To sum it up, if you are looking for something romantic, unusual, and heartwarming drama, then I highly recommended this one. It’s only two-episode, so you can easily finish it in one sitting.

SCORE: 9 out of 10.



Thursday, May 4, 2017

[At a Glance] Produce 101 Season 2 (2017)




I’m not a big fan of IOI nor Produce 101 Season 1, but I’m probably going to be a big fan of Produce 101 Season 2. I’ve been watching this show lately, and - somehow - find it addictive. I’ve watched the first season of Produce 101 and I can say that whoever working behind the show did a brilliant job in producing such program. How did they think of creating something like that is beyond my expectation. It’s so neat and well-planned. Though, some people said that not entirely shown in the show are “real” and most of the events happened in the show is scripted, I still find the show entertaining.

I find the second season of Produce 101 more enticing. I must admit that one of the reasons why it’s more interesting is because it showcases male trainees. Even though I’m way older than most of those boys, it’s still pleasant to see these boys compete to become the final 11.

For those of you who are still unfamiliar with Produce 101. Let me give you a brief explanation about the show.

Produce 101 is a show where 101 male trainees from various entertainment agencies or a self-taught trainees (called as individual trainees) compete to become the final 11 to finally make a debut in a harsh Korean entertainment industry. The trainees will be tasked with various project in each episode, in which the national producers or the viewers will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorites and the rank will be revealed in the end of the episode. The trainees will gradually be eliminated until the final 11 is chosen by the national producers.

the trainees

Why is it interesting? It’s because as a person who has been loving and enjoying thousands of outstanding K-pop songs and witnessing the magnificent stage of K-Pop idols, I’m a bit curious about what journey those idols have to go through to be able to shine brightly (cough*exaggeration*cough) in front of their fans. Though it’s not the entire journey, I think Produce 101 managed to give a scoop to what the trainees must go through in order to debut. Watching the show made me realize that to become an idol in Korea is not easy. It’s terribly hard. So, it is perfectly normal for the already-debuted idols to enjoy their popularity when they can.


If you are ready and willing to witness the birth of a new idol group, you can watch the show in this link.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

[At A Glance] Radiant Office (2017)




I’m started to watch this show a week ago because I thought Radiant Office might offer something fluffy and funny like the ones offered by Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. I really need those types of drama right now because dramaland is not giving me many options beside thriller, legal, and historical types of drama. When I watched the teaser of Radiant Office, I decided to give the show a try. The result? I like it, so far.

PLOT:

Radiant Office tells a story of a 28-year-old girl named Eun Ho Won (Go Ah Sung) who finally hired as a temporary employee by a furniture company after failed interview process for 100 times. Ho Won only have few months to live after getting diagnosed with terminal illness. She, then, decided to live her remaining life to the fullest and prove everyone, especially her obnoxious boss Seo Woo Jin (Ha Suk Jin), that she can work well and has a bright future.

EPISODES WATCHED: 4

COMMENT:

I’m liking it so far. The first two episodes is far from what I expected. When I watched the teaser, I thought the show will be light, funny, and full of weird thingamabobs. But the first two episodes is slightly depressing. I’m so frustrated over Eun Ho Won’s inferior personality. It’s not entirely her fault, I know. It’s because other mean people always belittling her and her condition is not allowing her to be brave and say what she want to say. But it makes me unhappy to watch her being pitiful every time. Thankfully, in the next episode, she started to take the lead and learn to say no for once. From this point, the show is starting to get more interesting.
 

As for the other characters, the only one I’m closely paying attention to is Seo Woo Jin. Not only because he’s the male lead and the actor behind the character is the sexy and brainy Ha Suk Jin, but also because I’m interested to know who he really is. His fearlessness must be caused by something and I’m curious to learn more about that “something.” I’m also wondering the reason behind his uttermost hatred for nepotism and corruption in the office because he seems to enjoy it as well by easily getting into working in the company.


So, will I continue watching the show? Yes I will, because I cannot wait to see Seo Woo Jin falls head over heels for Eun Ho Won.