Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Barobbo: Friendship Corn Soup a la Macassar

Boil a little rice and plentiful corn seed, put mixed grinded onion, garlic and pepper into it. Stir for a while until it is blended. Include chopped boiled chicken and sauted shrimp. Stir again for a while to blend all the material. Add spinach, long beans, celery and leeks. Stir until it is well cooked. Serve it with corn cakes and fried onion. Add soysauce, chili sauce and crackers as you like it.
It was just another kind of food -though it was delicious and new for my tongue. What makes it special was the process and purpose of making it. Mix friendship, jokes and joy in the pot, while I was cleaning the corn, Mbak Yuni , Lala was chopping the leeks, Ratna and Putri were picking the spinach leaves, Imam was serving the syrup and grandis preparing muffins as the complementary. There was a comfortable feeling between the people around you.
Joined the food and the feelings together. Serve it with laughter and satisfaction. We got an extra ordinary barobbo for dinner. Enjoy the barobbo everybody!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Scarface: Another Struggle Same Greediness

Been wondering why this movie was admired amongst celebrities that I watched in MTV Cribs a few years ago. My curiosity led me to a desire of putting this movie into my must-watch list movie. It was about ten years ago before I forgot it and then found the vcd in a bookstore a few months ago.

A Cuban immigrant named Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) came to United States to have a new opportunity to upgrade his destitute life. A tough life he experienced under the communist government and a background that he was in military construct a comprehension of gaining wealth and power in his mind. It doesn't matter weather it is good or bad his intention is to be rich and powerful.

Described as a man with a strong will and high balls Tony Montana is involved in a drug cartel and in a short time he takes over the drug empire and becomes a very wealthy man. He get everything in his life and he still wants more. As he becomes so powerful he turns to be a very selfish man. His fall begins when his wife leaves him, he kills his best friend and the death of his beloved sister -that he looses everything.

A stunning performance by Al Pacino surely one factor that makes the movie interesting. The strong character of Tony Montana that dare to take risk to get what he wants has become the trademark of a life struggle. That he choose the wrong way is something that often happen in everyday life. Plus the flowing plot that leads perfectly to the climax when he dies just after he looses everything.

Riches many times lead to greediness. There is noway to satisfy a man's desire. To hold yourself against it is a hard thing to do. The scene of Mama Montana refuses Tony's money is one side of the movie that shows that dishonest money can't blind a pure heart. Once one's heart has been blinded by money he/she will want more until he/she loose everything. When someone has got everything in his/her life what else he/she wants but happiness and tranquility?