Monday, August 20, 2018

Playmates

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One thing I like from my company is, it's not like a company others may think of.

We don't wear formal outfits like those bank employees. We don't work from 9 to 5 like other private-owned organizations. And, this is what I can say I'm so grateful the most of: we don't work with people from different generations.

Yes, my coworkers, are somewhat my age. My division head is like a big sister for us, I use "gue elo" with my direct supervisor, our executive officers, yea they're much older and some of them have kids already, but all still seem so young--so I'd rather call them playmates.

ESPECIALLY, especially this particular group of people. In which we started really small, really close and intimate, that sometimes I forgot that they'rer a part of my professional world that I have to take them seriously. Now I want to tell you more about this people, that here, I want to address as the

"Social Team"

This gon be a long post, and may not be relatable to you so if you don't think it has something to do with you, better save your time and close the tab haha!

And I think it's going to be emotional too. Not the cry-a-river type of emotional ya, more like a personal-biased type of writing. So I guess I'm ditching English for now, and let's PAKE BAHASA INDO UYEAH ULALA I'M FREE FROM MY OWN EGO! (((trus tetep pake Inggris)))

Oke.

Social Team. Jadi semenjak gue masuk Ogilvy, gue udah jadi bagian dari tim ini. Sebenernya anggotanya banyak, tapi waktu itu, dua tahun lalu tepatnya, kita duduknya masih kepisah-pisah. Jadi awalnya gue satu ruang cuma ber-8. Dan formasinya pun ganti-ganti. Sampe akhirnya semuanya bergabung jadi satu, dan Social Team jadi a bit anti-social karena meski sudah bersatu, kita duduk di ruang terpisah dan gak interaksi sama sekali dengan orang-orang Ogilvy lainnya.

But I must say sih, that was our golden era. We juggled we struggled and we made a really good business for ourselves. And because of that, I think, I start considering these people a group of playmates I really feel (too) comfortable hanging out with. That's because

Our Big Boss
Si division head yang tadi gue sebut, lebih kayak “big sister”. Humble, asik, gampang dideketin, kadang suka intimidating sih tapi dalam konotasi bagus loh ya! Trus di keluarga kecil kita ada

The Little Girl
Yang paling mungil, paling bocah, tapi pemikirannya lumayan dewasa dan suka banyak juicy gossip HAHA I love her for this. Dia sahabatan sama

The Chill Woman
Yang saking chill-nya, gue gak nyangka kalo ternyata doi udah punya anak... mayan bully nih orang, tapi chayank.

The ‘Mother’
Diberi tanda kutip karena dia lebih kayak, ehm, indung semang. WKAKAK canda euy. Ini cewek adalah salah satu orang pertama yang kerja bareng gue di Ogilvy. RECEH BANGET sehingga bisa dibilang kami cukup klop ya pemirsa.

The Mother
Ini baru beneran seorang Ibu. Yang paling tua, paling senior dan paling berpengalaman di antara para krucil, dan emang beneran udah punya anak. Kami semua sangat sayang padanya.

The Fancy Lady
Naq gaol, doyan ngopi dan hengot. One of the international-tasted pal that when I start talking to her, I feel... international.

The Twin Sister
Hmm ku agak bingung gimana cara mulai dengan yang satu ini. Hari pertama kita sama. Pas kenalan dan ke HR masih clueless, trus akhirnya dikasitau ternyata bakal satu divisi. Pas naik, ternyata satu ruangan. Pas duduk, ternyata sebelahan. Pas introduction sama supervisor, TERNYATA MEGANG SATU BRAND YANG SAMA! Hal terkocak sih, dan langsung ikrib gitu. Sama-sama doyan Disney, kucing, jokes bego, Sekala, dan segala ketololan lainnya karena ternyata standar ketololan kita sama.

The Bully Big Sis
Bosnya si twin sister. Dulunya supervisor gue, jadi lumayan intimidating karena perawakannya pun emang galak gitu :( Tapi lama kelamaan, yaelah, ternyata dodol juga. Apalagi kalo udah mulai ngomongin Jepang sama Korea adeuh inang... kalo udah ngisengin orang, rusuhnya bukan main, tapi kadang itu sih yang bikin ngangenin uuu so sweet gak akyu?

The Drama Queen
Nah ini. Salah satu yang paling muda, jadi kayak masih hijau gitu. Apa-apa dibikin drama, trus dianggap paling lemah sekantor wakakak sering banget kita berandai-andai kalo kantor kena zombie apocalypse, ini anak pasti yang die duluan.

The Tall Gal
Joinnya mayan belakangan, tapi langsung bebeb aja gitu sama aku dan anggota tim lainnya. Doyan banget nyekokin orang, jadi kadang gue suka trauma deket deket dia wkwk tapi tetep luv.

The Eonnie
Yang paling cutesy sekantor karena doyan per-Korea-an dan Disney Tsum Tsum. Trus kalo ngomong kayak inyiminyi unyumunyu aaawww -paansi gue elah. Tapi ya emang gitu orangnya gimana dong???

The Brocode
Jadi gini. Pas gue baru masuk, di ruangan yang isinya cuma 8 orang itu, 7 di antaranya wanita. Oke? TUJUH. Jadi tiap hari kalo gak ngomongin makanan, make up, gosip, ya... makanan. Lalu datanglah orang ini. Yang kehadirannya aja udah bikin gue merasa kembali maskulin. Tapi ternyata, kedoyanan kita sama. F1, kartun-kartun 90an, stupid international jokes and puns, F1, F1, F1! He completes me even The Twin Sister said that I win big time because of his arrival to the team!

The Loud Girl
Yang ini juga salah satu temen akrabku. Kenalnya baru belakangan karena dia bukan salah satu anggota akuarium-terkungkung-berisi-hanya-8-manusia-nelangsa itu. Tapi lelucon dan kebodohan kami berada dalam level yang sama, yang seringkali memeriahkan suasana ruangan kami yang sebenarnya sudah meriah—karena gue suka cot, dan dia nyablak ke-Betawi-an gitu.

The Swag-chan
Satu lagi si gubluk dari gua Social. Males ceritain soal dia karena isinya becanda mulu, takut ngalor ngidul. Udah gitu orangnya sekarang di Jepang ahelah aku kan iri dengki :(

The Best Account
Mon maap ya para account yang lain, tapi kalo ditanya siapa yang debez, wanita ini jawabannya. Karena deadline bisa ditawar, kerjaan banyak tapi bisa dicicil, dan SERING NRAKTIR GUE SESUATU. Udah gitu dodol juga orangnya. Bersama si Swag-Chan, gue dan Best Account adalah primadona dari acara paling fenomenal sejagat dunia hiburan Ogilvy.

The International Student
The most rational of all, and speaks English almost all the time that it somewhat becomes a neutralizer for me when I’ve had enough of the team’s imbecile madness. But no, that doesn't mean that she's normal sih bcs sometimes she's also crayzeehh (NO ONE IN SOCIAL IS NORMAL!).

The Unknown Uncle
Lol. Ini orang agak gajelas kehadirannya, tapi mayan berkesan karena muncul di golden era.

The Sass Counterpart
Hm ini dia. Awalnya gue kira dia semacam cewek snob yang males begaul sama kaum proletar gitu. Ternyata dia proletar juga kawan kawan haha canda. Kita berdua kan ceritanya sama-sama jetset di bidangnya masing-masing, jadi kalo lagi ketemu kayak suka gamau kalah dan ke-snob-annya pun membuncah. Tentu saja maksudnya hanya bercanda, tapi kadang beneran juga sih HAHA.

The Writer Partner
Masuk ke Tim Creative. Shoutout pertama buat cewek ini, karena kita adalah THE ONLY WRITERS OF THE TEAM. Berak berak sih, kadang suka ngap ngapan kalo ngebayangin masa lalu. Apalagi kalo udah ada desas desus pitching uhuyy lempar lemparan deh tu ah kayak main voli. Untung kita sama sama kuat, tegar, suka kucing, suka tolol, dan suka suki lainnya sehingga keakraban ini membuat kita saling mendukung untuk bisa bertahan hingga kini. Tapi itu gak berarti kita akan mau di sini berlama-lama loh ya *ea eaaa apaan nihh maxutnya?????*

The Intern(s)
Di masa masa kechayangan, kita pernah punya dua intern -dan DUA DUANYA DESIGNER YA HELLO YANG RESOURCENYA TERBATAS ITU ADALAH KAMI PARA WRITER KENAPA YHAA hehe tapi yaudah buktinya ku enjoy- yang jujur, dua-duanya di-abuse abis abisan HAHA. Yang satu bahkan balik lagi sebagai freelance untuk dipasangkan dengan diriku, dan akhirnya diangkat karyawan HAHA. Dan kisah kami berdua sekarang, mungkin tidak akan kuceritakan di sini karena bisa menodai keindahan dan kesakralan golden era Social :)

The Fool One
Dari tadi padahal udah banyak ya orang-orang tolol. Tapi kenapa hanya dia yang diberi titel “The Fool One”? Ya jelas karena dialah ratu dari segala kebodoran duniawi. Kadang suka gak ngerti sama jalan pikirannya sih, tapi kadang emang cucok aja gitu kalo udah sahut-sahutan. Hal paling berkesan tuh ya pas nginep beduaan di kantor lah! Fix gak akan lagi bisa bikin cerita kayak gini: lembur, jam 4 tersadar kalo kita ga mungkin bisa pulang, lalu memutuskan untuk nginep, bobo, dan jam 8 bangun karena kegep sama si Writer Partner. TERCYDUQ.

The Big Bro
Kehadiran lelaki yang ini juga bikin gue jadi agak waras. Emang, gue udah punya si Brocode. Tapi dia versi internasional. This Big Bro, dia yang lebih lokal. Awalnya gue pikir dia tipe orang yang gak bakal mainan sama gue kan -mukanya galak, penampilan ala ala rocker- tapi semakin kenal semakin akrab, terlebih karena kita sama-sama doyan segala kartun dan perintilan era 90an! Trus dulu awal-awal kita sering banget lembur bareng, hingga akhirnya ia merajut kasih dengan The Little Girl hingga... gak hingga apa apa sih, tetep akrab kok ampe sekarang haha. Level jokes jangan ditanya, karena kalo jayus, mana mungkin bisa betah sama gue? :)

The Big Sis
Haha makin ke bawah makin panjang nih kayaknya. Yang ini, adalah partner sejati gue di creative. Dari awal gue paling banyak kerja tektokan sama dia. Awalnya masih cool, gak bawel, mungkin karena baru kenal kali? HAHA tapi lama-lama keliatan juga aslinya. Dan interest kita banyak yang sama jadi kalo kerja kadang gak kerasa kayak kerja. Gak lama gue masuk, dia menikah. Lalu hamil. Pas dia hamil ini Social lagi sibuk sibuknya, jadi gue makin sering kongko bareng dan mengakrabkan diri dengan si jabang bayi -apeuu. Setelah si kecil terlahir ke dunia, jujur ya, gausah pake jaim lagi, gue takut dia cabut. Idk kayak belum siap aja punya partner baru haha! Ujung ujungnya doi balik sih, tapi rolenya sekarang beda karena dia harus tiga hari seminggu WFH. Tapi idk, gue kayak tenang aja gitu walopun udah gak kerja bareng lagi hehe MAKIN SO SWEET AJA NIH GUE KAYAKNYA :)

The Father
Wadu. Gimana ya. Oke. Jadi pas awal masuk Ogilvy, tim creative Social kagak punya CD LHA GIMANA ATULAH??? Jadi tiap ada campaign atau apa, kita para kodok ngide aja sendiri gitu beduaan sama partnernya, sukur sukur kalo ada intern bisa terbantu. Itu berlangsung setaun lebih, dengan iming iming “sabar ya, bentar lagi kalian punya CD” tapi ya tiba tiba sabarnya udah setaun ajatu :) Hingga akhirnya janji yang dinanti pun tiba. Agustus 2017, Social Creative AT LAST, punya CD. Masih muda, tapi kita panggil dia BAPAK -bodoamat. Jujur setelah dia tiba, beban jadi sedikit terangkat. Jalan jadi lebih terang karena sekarang ada yang ngarahin. Gak selalu mulus emang, tapi justru lebih bagus karena kita jadi terbiasa buat defend argument. Dan karena dia juga, gue sama The Writer Partner jadi terdorong buat ikutan Daun Muda dan, ehm, masuk shortlist 10 besar pemirsa hehe meski gak menang sih tapi ya ITS GOOD OLREDY! Well to sum up, he’s one of the best addition to the team, and believe it or not, he was the last one that came during our golden age.

Guys guys, tenang belum selese. Itu baru preambul. Baru perkenalan tokoh tokoh yang ada dalam novelku yang bertajuk “Bahtera dan Nestapa Ogilvy Indonesia”. Gue baru mau masuk ke inti konflik dan kenapa sampe akhirnya gue menelurkan mahakarya ini dalam blog gue. Sudah siap?

Setelah The Father masuk, of course, banyak orang lain yang hadir ke dunia Ogilvy. Tapi keadaan waktu itu mulai berubah. Social masih sangat prima, the best malah dibandingin dengan departemen lain di Ogilvy. Tapi ya mungkin benar kata pepatah, bahwa gak selamanya kita akan selalu berada di zona nyaman kita -emang ada pepatah kayak gitu?

It all began when our Drama Queen left. Agak shock awalnya, karena kita gak begitu terbiasa ditinggal resign sama temen temen Social -well life was awesome why do you have to leave?? Gak lama berselang, ‘Mother’ ikutan cabut. Gue sama Twin Sister gue udah mayan ehe ehe panik pemirsa, karena dua duanya batch kita tuu. By that time, the Swag-chan juga udah byebye karena dia menikah dan pindah ke Jepang. Well, three gone, dan kantor mulai kerasa aneh.

Trus sebuah perubahan besar terjadi di kantor, dan kayaknya ini deh point di mana Ogilvy mulai kerasa jadi agak kurang sreg. Jadi sekarang gak ada lagi tuh Social Ogilvy, PR Ogilvy, lalalili sekarang semua cuma satu, ONE, Ogilvy. Lalu terjadilah segala adaptasi, restructure dan tetek bengeknya, yang membuat beberapa orang lantas mulai gak betah. Creative pun pindah semua jadi satu lantai, meninggalkan para account di lantai bawah. Lalu The Chill Woman cabut. Disusul si Eonnie... dan The Bully Big Sis. Si Big Sis ini bisa dibilang cukup menggemparkan, karena kita semua tau dia sangat hardworking dan cocok dengan pace di Ogilvy. Tapi buat gue personally, yang lebih menggemparkan lagi sih ya yang setelah ini. Guess who?

The Brocode. Like I told you, kehadiran dia membuat gue lebih LAKI -meski sekarang udah banyak lelaki tambahan di tim Social, tapi tetep aja dia ini yang pertama kali mengembalikan kepercayaan diriku. Then the idea of having no one to talk to after a great race weekend each week, no one to go jogging with -ya, tiap minggu, bahkan pas bulan puasa pun, kita ada sesi lari beduaan doang wk- and bitch about life while running, no one to have stupid international jokes and puns with, ugh, kinda broke my heart -KINDA ya, Arga, if you read this one, remember that my pride is high up there :)

Semenjak dia cabut, sebenernya gue udah pengen banget mulai nulis cerita ini. Tapi yaa you know, works existed. And what happened after that was really, emotionally draining. Karena gak cuma satu atau dua orang lagi yang cabut, tapi banyak, dan berturut-turut... makanya butuh waktu untuk recover dan mulai nulis. My Best Account left next. Sad, tapi dia mau nikah dan pindah jadi ya... kita gak bisa berbuat apa apa -azek. Trus The Little Girl. Ini juga gak disangka-sangka karena gue selalu beranggapan kalo honey booboo-nya, the Big Bro, justru bakal cabut duluan. Tapi ternyata salah. Semua gak ada yang bisa ditebak, termasuk ketika yang satu ini juga memutuskan untuk keluar.

The Twin Sister. Tai sih -loh kok tiba tiba gak pake filter?- pas gue tau dia mau cabut. Terpukul sebenarnya. Karena pertama, ya, kita mayan deket. Tapi kedua, yang bikin gue termenung sepanjang sisa hidup gue di Ogilvy adalah... dia ini first day-nya sama kayak gue. Sesama itu, sebareng-bareng itu. Dan sekarang dia telah move on menemukan tempat bernaung yang baru, sedangkan gue masih di sini hampir mau tiga tahun. I know, it’s my call to do the same. Tapi gatau kenapa gue merasa gue masih harus stay dikiiiiittt lagi, meskipun gatau sampe kapan. Nah “gatau sampe kapan”nya ini yang bikin gue sering meratap nanar ketika temen-temen gue ini satu per satu pergi dari Senayan.

Trus gak lama si Fool One yang cabut. One of my best friend too. Makin keder gue. Dan di hari yang sama gue pun baru tau kalo si Fancy Lady juga akan hengkang. Seseorang yang gue tau sangat betah dan sangat sejalan dengan visi misi Ogilvy, pun akhirnya pergi.

Ini fix minggu yang sangat gila sih buat gue, that week commencing of June 25th. Karena banyak banget tabir tabir tersingkap, yang bikin gue mikir terlalu banyak. Dan di tengah segala kondisi gundah gulana ini, setelah berdiskusi dengan sisa sisa Social yang masih bertahan, The International Student memutuskan untuk pergi juga. Menyisakan hanya satu lagi sahabat tolol gue dari account side: The Loud Girl. Yang pastinya lo tau apa yang selanjutnya terjadi. Ya, dia juga memutuskan untuk cabut.

Beberapa hari belakangan bareng mereka bikin gue sedih sih, jujur. Karena abis mereka cabut, ya udah aja sih Social yang dulu itu udah gak ada sisanya. Apalagi pas si bachyot ini pergi. Udah deh gak ada lagi tuh temen bawel, partner berantem, pasangan norak, dan sumber gosip kehidupan... yhaaa masih ada anak creative sih, dan orang orang baru yang gue udah mulai kenal.

But these people... are the reasons why I survived so long haha tae sok sweet.

Hm. I think this is the longest blog post I ever done here. Well it’s been a hell of a journey! Almost three years now in Ogilvy, no wonder if the story gets long!

I’ve made some list posts like this before, tributed to my high school friends and uni friends -those are the ones I clearly remembered, maybe I made some others, but idk I forgot- but this one I think is the most emotional one. Well basically it’s because at first you didn’t know when it’s going to end. With high school and campus, you knew it’d only last a year, or maybe two tops. But with work, you’re clueless. No one knows who’d leave first, later, the last, no one even knows about their own future.

Well.

I don't care what others say but for me, we're still THAT Social Team.

The team that once was so solid, was having so much fun, partied like animals, went to Hong Kong while the rest of the company rotted in Jakarta.


Will attach a closing picture here.


The team that was formed in a professional scope,
Yet turned out to be playmates.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

End of Group F: Fvckest

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Forget about the previous two posts,
Because I've found the craziest of all.

End of Group F

MEX vs SWE | GER vs KOR

Because F stands for "Fvckest". Pics from here and here.

Let me refresh you on what has been going on in this group for the last two matchdays. Mexico beat the crap out of the champ on their first game, while Sweden won against Korea. On the second matchday, Mexico reigned again, now over Korea, and Germany saved their ass through a dramatic last minute amazing goal by Toni Kroos, against Sweden. Current situation for the group was, Mexico first with 6pts, both Sweden and Germany have 3pts, and Korea, despite the 0pts, they still had a chance, a liiittle chance.

So these last games would be colossal, I knew, and so I tuned in again with two screens, hoping the best for I didn't know who, because I didn't even know how to predict!

Mexico was on the safest place, though it didn't necessarily mean that they went easy on Sweden. First half saw them attacking like beasts to ruin the Swedish walls -not balls HA HA funny? and Ochoa kept saving from the opponents' offense. On the other game, Korea, surprisingly, played no mercy on Germany. The champ too, dying to proceed, played crazy well. It was really entertaining and nerve-wrecking on both sides, both games, but no goals were made on the first half until finally,

Second half came.
And again, all the drama started from there on out.

It was from Mexico vs Sweden. But it wasn't Mexico. On minute 50, some guy named Augustinsson made Sweden screamed in joy as he scored the first goal of the group. At first I felt that it was okay, because Mexico would proceed anyway if they lost, until I heard the commentator saying that this could be dangerous for the green guys. Wait, why...?

Now here's what I miscalculated from Mexico. Several posts ago I said that Mexico was through to the round of 16, just because they won twice on their previous two games. Well apparently it was wrong, because Sweden and Germany both had 3pts. If both won respective games, with a number of goals made more than Mexico, then adios Maxicanos!

The moment Mexico began losing their grip. Pic's from here.

This was the point I began to start mumbling "fvck" a lot. I didn't realize such crucial analytics. And both games suddenly became totally unbearable for my panicky eyes to behold. Every chance made on German side would mean Mexico on the verge of going home. And Germany DID, attempt a lot on the second half. They kept attacking, and attacking, but goalkeeper Jo Hyeonwoo was too brilliant for them -and he instantly became one of the most adored GKs in this World Cup! 

Super entertained by how the Korean GK performed. Pic's from here.

But nightmare happened for the Mexicans.

Minute 60, a penalty was given to Sweden, of a handball. And IT WAS CONVERTED by Granqvist. Things got worse in minute 74, because Mexico suffered from an own goal. And these, were the times I constantly "fvck" the screens even more. Not because I'm stressed, nor because I'm upset, since none of them were my teams. BUT SIMPLY BECAUSE I COULDN'T JUST BELIEVE THIS WAS HAPPENING! Ten minutes before I thought Mexico would continue whatever the results would be but SEE NOW THE GOALKEEPER SO MUCH ADORED 4 YEARS AGO KEPT PICKING THE BALLS FROM HIS GOAL AND HIS TEAM WAS JUST SO CLOSE TO BE KICKED OUT!?

I felt really freaking sorry for Ochoa... pic's from here.

Towards the end of the match, I could see all the supporters of Mexico lost their focus on the game because they tried to get updates on the other one. Because if Germany win, as I said, Mexico would fly back home. But if Korea could make it a tie -which is what those Mexicans WOULD REALLY DIE to happen, then auf Wiedersehen, Germany!

But Germany were so freaking on fire I SWEAR EVERY SHOOTS THEY RELEASED TO KOREAN GOAL MADE ME SHIT MYSELF! They were unstoppable all the way until the freaking LAST MINUTES,

And it finally happened. A goal.
ON FREAKING MINUTE 90+3

From Korea.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK I SWEAR THIS WAS THE POINT WHERE MY FUCKS AND FUCKERS, BECAME FUCKEST! LIKE, SERIOUSLY? AFTER ALL THOSE ATTACKS, IT WAS KOREA WHO WERE FINALLY ABLE TO SCORE A GOAL? AGAINST THAT MANUEL NEUER?? ON A FREAKING STOPPAGE TIME!?!?!? I snapped. I flipped. My emotions were mixed, I wasn't even sure what to feel!?


But wait.
It was an offside.

BUT WAIT, again. Because of course Korea wanted the referee to review it first with the VAR. So there went the referee to the screen, contemplated, and after a minute or two returned to the pitch and showed the gesture that

It wasn't an offside.

FUUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKKKK HOW COULD THIS DRAMA FEEL LIKE IT'S NEVER-ENDING!?!? I felt like I was running out of air. And those Koreans were head over heels. It looked like they just secured a spot in the semi-final round. Yes, they were THAT HAPPY, and if I were a Korean, though it didn't make any difference and after today I'd go back home anyway, I WOULD FOR THE WORLD FEEL THE SAME!

It was so difficult for Germany to get that second spot, because now they had to score two goals to replace either Mexico or Sweden. But nothing is impossible, I told myself -and I'm sure that's how the Germans told themselves. If Korea could snatch the odds, by scoring one goal against Manuel Neuer, why couldn't Germany, the champion of the world, made a comeback by scoring two before the final whistle blow?

By the time I created the scenario,
I swear I didn't make this up,
Miracle happened.

But for Korea.

BECAUSE THEY SCORED ANOTHER GOAL THROUGH HEUNGMIN SON! This time it was partly Neuer's blunder. He freaking went far to Korea's goal, and when the ball was snatched by and passed far to German's side, well, there you go. Korea's second goal, that effectively sent Germany even more fixed, back to their home.

Look at all these mixtures of emotions... I couldn't even describe mine...
Anyways, all pics belong to Zimbio okay, I'm tired to put it one by one.

This was probably the most entertaining double-games I ever watched. Sweden and Korea, both were underdogs, could win over Mexico and Germany, who are both giants? And the effect of the matches were fantastically weird too, as Mexico proceeded anyway despite the big loss, while Koreans went home super satisfied and proud despite kicked out of the tournament.

And oh! Talking about effects, and these two teams, Mexicans all over the world were in so much grateful of Koreans because as you knew, thanks to them, Mexico could proceed to the next round. The best thing happened just outside the Korean Embassy in Mexico. The fans were praising the Korean staff like a royalty! HAHA SO FREAKING FUNNY, AND IT HAPPENED ALL OVER THE WORLD! You might not want to miss this video.



And oh, wait! I found another one I'd really like to share. This is a minute-by-minute video of Mexican fans reaction over their games, and Korea vs Germany games.



LOL I'VE NEVER SEEN A BUNCH OF FANS LOOKING SO HAPPY OVER SOME OTHER TEAM'S GOALS! Those reactions are gems! And this is what World Cup should be all about, eh? Love for your nation, and love between nations!

PHEW, WHAT A NIGHT!

I don't think I have anything else to talk about. I've spilled everything up there, and now I'm emotionally drained. Because dude, I've transformed from a simple "fvck", to "fvcker", and ultimately, after all those crazy dramas over both matches, I became the "fvckest".

I'm done for now.
Anything happen after this,
I'm sure it won't be as crazy.
Because should I say it again?

This one is the fvckest!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

End of Group D: Fvcker

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No, I didn't mean a person who does a certain verb.
It's a word I used a lot on the previous set of games,
In a comparative form, because God, it was such a crazy


End of Group D

NGA vs ARG | ISL vs CRO

Pic's from here and here.

Unlike Group B, which both spots for first and runner-up were still questionable and the top three teams were still on the run to make it to the knockout stage, this group, already saw one winner: Croatia. Meanwhile Nigeria whose points were 3, and Argentina as well as Iceland whose points were both 1, still had to fight their asses off for the remaining seat. And that's what made this one tempting. Again, and obviously, I watched both matches on two screens.

Looking at the situation, Nigeria would go through and I was confident about it. Their points were higher. They only needed a draw, and it was against Argentina whom got tied on their first match -against Iceland, for God's sake- and lost on their second. It shouldn't be a difficult task, but just when I tried to sit back and relax, Messi scored his FIRST goal in this World Cup. Oh, finally. What took him so long, I wondered? Waiting for the team to be on the edge first then he could finally showed up? The Latin Americans got really fired up from then onwards, because all of a sudden, their future seemed much brighter. Croatia, on the other hand, didn't seem to go easy on Iceland although any result wouldn't matter to them. But Iceland, crazily, played like a hungry yeti. The first half was all about them, and how fierce they were against Croatia. Sadly, no goals were made.

Then entered second half.

On minute 49, Nigeria was awarded a penalty and Moses CONVERTED IT TO A GOAL! YEAH!! They were once more back as the runner up! And once again, everything looked so much clear for Group D because on minute 52 Croatia scored against Iceland, making them the group's absolute leader. Iceland keeps attacking, and attacking though -their headers were killer! and that's what made me restless throughout the rest of the games! Until I could finally rest.

That hopeful moment for Nigeria. Pic's from here.

Iceland got rewarded a penalty on minute 75 of a handball, and just like Nigeria, the underdog CONVERTED IT TOO THROUGH GYLFI! OMG ANYTHING REALLY COULD HAPPEN! It was a really nice comeback for the match, and also for Gylfi remembering that he missed the penalty given when against Nigeria! Both games now saw a draw, and if Iceland could make just one more goal, my newest favorite team would proceed alongside Croatia!

While this, is the hopeful moment for Iceland. Pic's from here.

But dream was just a dream. Entering the last 4 minutes of the match, LAST 4 MINUTES FOR GOD'S SAKE, WHY ALL THE MAJOR TURNING POINT HAPPENED IN THE LAST MINUTES!? the desperate Argentina climbed their ass back up there thanks to a dramatic goal from Marcos Rojo. And everyone flipped. The commentators, the spectators, the substitutes poured into the field like a leak in your shower to the floor. I'm not a big fan of Argentina, and heck I hate Messi remember? But seeing this fantastic goal, bringing back the hopes for the team, and those emotions too, well, I'm a human, and it hit me right in my tiny soft heart.

But all are ruined by the hopeful goal from Rojo. Pic's from here.

As I said, Iceland too, still had the chance to proceed if they could make one more goal against Croatia and earned the crucial 3 points. But then it wasn't them. It was Croatia instead, through a freaking MINUTE 90 GOAL -see!? What the hell is happening between the players and last minute deals!?- made by Perisic.

Wow.

I know, the drama isn't as crazy as Group B. But still, I think it was more mindblowing because, remember how it started? Nigeria was statistically higher, and it should be easy to handle a team who had so far been so unstable. And Argentina, who had been humiliated by taken a draw pill against underdog Iceland, and stripped-naked in a big loss against Croatia, could make it to the next round.

No one can guess what would happen.
No one. And that's why, all these were a

Fvcker

End of Group B: Fvck

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Sorry.

I just don't know what other word to say.
Because that's what I kept saying during the games.


End of Group B

POR vs IRN | ESP vs MOR

Pic's from here and here.

You know when it's the last match day of a group stage, both games between four contenders are aired at the same time. It's meant to keep all teams from losing their will to fight, but to me, it means the drama gets doubled. And of course to feel that, I have to watch both. So enter the week where I turn on two screens at a time. Yes, I'm that freaky.

So, Group B. It's been a hell of a journey for all of them, eh? Two giants, one Asian star, and one underdog whom apparently powerful despite having no luck in winning the first two matches. The last match day of this group saw an opportunity still opened for both the European giants, and Iran. And that's why this ending would become really dramatic.

And it was a real SPOT-ON decision.
Despite the twice-more screening-hassle.

Honestly, I wanted Iran to proceed. Be it with Portugal or Spain, I don't care. I hate both so it's no use to pick who I'd like to fail anyway. And my fellow Asians did play good, too! They got robbed first by the end of first half -I’m so mad but it was a good goal by Quaresma so... yea- but that’s all! Overall they did good defense that Portugal made no other goal, good attack too that Portugal found it difficult to finish as the winner.

Then the craziest thing happened at the second half. Ronaldo, as usual, pulled his “OMG I’m fouled” trick -this is what I really hate from him. He is a good player, really, but I just can’t stand his drama. Between him and Messi, whom I hate too by the way, I prefer the latter because he’s damn clean! The referee decided to review it on VAR, and congrats Portugal, it was a penalty. Of course Ronaldo took the chance. He hit the ball, and... NO GOAL OMG FUCK I SCREAMED SO LOUD REALIZING THAT THE BITCH’S DIRTY GAME FAILED ALLAH KNEW BETTER WHO TO HELP! An Iranian GK, named Ali Beiranvand, whom apparently a runaway kid from Tehran, blocked a freaking PENALTY KICK FROM THAT RENOWNED CRISTIANO RONALDO! Swallow your pride, star, you’re a Messi—you remember the opening match of Argentina against Iceland right??? It felt the same, ONLY MILLION TIMES BETTER BECAUSE THE STAKES WERE HIGHER! Phew, okay let’s move on... to the other match.

The phenomenal block! I swear I never screamed so loud before. Pic's from here.

Morocco, surprisingly, played freaking awesome too. Well, not surprisingly, because it was quiet obvious from the beginning. They were only unfortunate by conceding an OG when against Iran, and lost against Portugal -which score was only 1-0 anyway, so it was still really good! Facing Spain, they were like beasts, and they scored the first goal! And guess what made this feel even better? Because it happened thanks to Ramos’ error. It was the first, it was nicely executed, and it was taken from Ramos feet and scored in front of his face! SUCK IT YOU FOOL!

The moment I believed Ramos began to get the karma he deserved. Pic's from here.

It wasn’t long until Spain made a comeback. Moroccan meddled defense was taken advantage by Isco, and there’s the goal for Spain. HOWEVER, Morocco made another comeback! Oh God, why did they just show their power when they were already unqualified??? After a series of attacks, they scored one more goal through En-Nesyri’s header and BOOM, gone are Spain’s hopes.

But you know I wouldn’t highlight these matches if it just ended like that right?

With this situation, Portugal and Spain would go through because they originally just needed a draw. But entering stoppage time, Iran were rewarded a penalty due to Portugal’s handball. Fuck. I didn’t see this coming man, IT WAS STOPPAGE TIME FOR GOD’S SAKE! Some guy named Karim Ansarivard took the chance, looking so nervous, AND I WAS TOO OH GOD THEY’RE MY FELLOW ASIANS AND MUSLIMS! It was really a knee-shaking experience, because the odds were obviously against Iran but PRAISE ALLAH ALMIGHTY THE PENALTY WAS CONVERTED! Iran was now the group’s runner up, sharing the same points with Spain but less conceded goals!

An unexpected comeback from Iran. I swear I never once felt so enjoyed
watching a match full of penalties before. Pic's from here.

HOWEVER.

As Iran were preparing for the penalty, Spain -I don’t know what kind of a lucky charm had Ramos been using for the team- made another goal through Iago Aspas... HOWEVER, as the Spaniards were celebrating, the linesman was apparently raising his flag—yes, baby, IT WAS A FREAKING OFFIDE! Oh my God I swear my heart just popped out of my ass and now it’s back. Iran just scored their penalty I couldn’t imagine unimagining them on the next—HOWEVER!!! YES ITS STILL ON NOW YOU UNDERSTAND WHY I FIND THESE GAMES CRAZY RIGHT?! Spain couldn’t just accept it they convinced the referee to review the VAR and so he did, and... oh God I swear it was only two seconds but it felt forever.

The goal was given.

And that’s how I lost my faith in rooting too much for a team. Within seconds, Iran’s chance was gone... Oh, Allah. Seriously, why? They would proceed if Spain's goal remained declined. Their successful penalty and the decision of Spain's goal happening on the very same time, just because both relying on VAR, IT WAS CRAZY TREMBLING! But frankly, it really was entertaining. Not a fan of the result, especially looking at those Iranian players in tears oh God sometimes I hate watching football because of this... but again, it's the match that matters. The whole games were unbelievably unexpected!

And this was just the second group.
There are other big teams on other groups,
Waiting to show some fvcking good dramas.

FVCK, I CANT WAIT!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tickets to Fight For

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So, Matchday Two just ended.

We saw some teams actually made it through the next round: Russia, Uruguay from Group A, France from Group C, Croatia from Group D, Mexico from F and England along with Belgium from G.

And that’s all.
I know. Shocking, right?
So where are the other big teams?

Well that’s the beauty of World Cup. Especially THIS World Cup, because so far, YOU SIMPLY CANNOT GUESS WHAT WOULD BE HAPPENING?! We expected Germany, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, and some other names shining on 2014 to at least secure 6pts at this point of competition. What really happens is, the big fights are still resuming on at least 5 groups, in which mostly have those big names in it.

Let’s start with Group B, where Spain and Portugal, both with 4pts, need to beat Morocco and Iran respectively on the next matchday. Morocco is definitely out of the cup, along with Group A’s Saudi Arabia and -fuck you, Ramos- Egypt. Iran, surprisingly, are still in the running for the Round of 16 with 3pts. A win against Portugal, or at least a draw with a note that Spain lose the game, will send Iran to the next round. Odd chance, but one cannot predict.

Argentina on Group D, shockingly, are on bottom two with only 1pt. They will have to fight with Nigeria, who possess 3pts, as both has the same big chance to go through. However, newcomer Iceland, also 1pt, are still in the running too—because if Nigeria lose, and Iceland score big against Croatia, the tiny nation will end up in the group’s second place.

In Group E, Brazil may be on top, but they haven’t secured their spot in the next round with only 4pts. They will battle Serbia, whose 3pts still can make them proceed. Other contender is Switzerland, who are also having 4pts. They need to win over Costa Rica and whatever the result is on the other match, they’ll go anyway.

Now Group F. This is my favorite odd. Both Germany and Sweden have 3pts. They only need to at least have a draw (with the note that the other lose the match), to go on. BUT. South Korea, eventhough they have NO POINTS, still have a chance too, IF, they win super big against Germany, AND, Sweden lose against Mexico with lots of goals conceded. Tough one for Korea, but it is an actual opportunity that many don’t realize.

Last but DEFINITELY not the least, Group H. Oh my favorite group. No so-big-team here, but they’re all equally strong, open, and entertaining! Either Japan (4pts), Senegal (4pts), and Colombia (3pts) still really can make it through, so both matches will be like a battlefield for all four teams. Yea, four, because Poland, despite already kicked out, will of course do whatever they can to save their faces from going home humiliated.

For God’s sake, this is only the Group Stage. It’s not even finished but IT IS SO FREAKING MINDBLOWING!!!

OH MY GOD WHY IS WORLD CUP ONLY HAPPENING ONCE IN FOUR YEARS???

OH I KNOW—BECAUSE IF IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR, MY BLOG WILL BE ALL SHITTED BY MY POOR FOOTBALL TRASH TALKING!

Alright, chill.
Let’s enjoy the cup!
Here come the last matches
Of the Group Stage!