Monday, October 20, 2008

UGM-Mandiri Jazz The Concert

UGM-Mandiri Jazz is an annual event organized by Gadjah Mada University and Bank Mandiri which performs various jazz artists. It was held on Grha Sabha Pramana hall, October 18 2008. The list of artist could be read on the poster, and I was a bit disappointed for Tompi and Henry Lamiri canceled their performance.

The event was hosted by Indonesian senior actor Butet Kartaredjasa and popular actress-model Dian Sastrowardoyo. In the beginning Butet pretended to hide Dian by saying that all the airplane tickets from Jakarta to Jogja were fully booked by people who wanted to go to this concert, but soon after that, Dian shouted for Butet's name and climbed the stage, surrounded by audiences applaus.

In such a short opening, they presented the stage to Trisum band which was powered mainly by Budjana and Tohpati. Sure, their associate players were either amazing, but who was there catching audiences (especially the female audiences, I bet) attention? It was the new rising star-drummer Yesaya a.k.a Echa marvelously hit his percussion set. The audiences were more impressed as he performed his solo in a section.

Trisum said that it was the first time they play to harmonize a singer. It was Rio Febrian's luck to have his “Ku Ada di Sini—I am here” light pop arrangement to be changed into up-tempo jazz.

Idang Rasjidi continued Trisum with his band to perform their theme. The situation went once again up as Rieka Roslan showed up. Rieka was a real star! She even taught us that a singer has a great duty, not only sing a song but she/he has to be able to absorb the energy from audiences and to combine the energy with the music of the band. Her communication with people was magic. From that moment, I registered myself as one of her fans ^_^

The next singer was Glenn Friedly. His appearance was surely noticeable yet the thing impressed me most was his last song “Just for two of us”. This song was also the final scene enclosing the concert.

In a summarized impression, UGM-Mandiri Jazz was a great experience for everyone. It was such a liveshow gathering talented artists performing not only entertainment but also inspirations and lesson of a culture.




Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Savoy Autos: 2008 Honda Element

According to Wikipedia, the Honda Element is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by Honda and released for the first time in the US in 2003. Powering the Element is Honda's 2.4 Liter K-Engine, an i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that also sees duty in the Accord and CR-V. For the Element's purposes, it produces 156 hp (116 kW) at 5500 rpm and 160 ft·lbf (217 N·m) of torque at 4500 rpm. In mid June 2007 Honda started selling the 2008 Element. The only change from the 2007 Element was the addition of the color Royal Blue Pearl for the SC trim.

Yet we can surely still find more good testimonials about the Honda Element. From the official Honda site, it is stated that "Just one glance tells you the Element was built for those who live their own unique way." Along with Real Time 4WD™, i-VTEC® Engine, and Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System; Honda Element offers flexible freedom for its 64 Seating Options, 77 Cubic Feet of Cargo Room, Configurable Seating and also offers extreme functionality through its Wide-Opening Cargo Doors, Clamshell Tailgate, and Removable Skylight (4WD models).

A selling site performs Honda Element as a vehicle which is designed to maximize space, whether for people and/or cargo in a fairly small package, with driving characteristics similar to a small sedan. It aims to appeal to a young and active people. J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction and quality research studies even name the Honda Element as the most reliable Compact Multi-Activity Vehicle.

Overview and more news about 2008 Honda Element could be viewed on The Car Connection.com.



Monday, October 13, 2008

Two Awards from a Brother

I got these pretty blog awards from my brother Tamrin and I thank him very much. Honestly, I've been looking for any award dropped into my page (boo-hoo!) and ... voila, he gave me two!


He said:

Inda: Mahasiswi yang ngeblog dan bentar lagi diwisuda. Semoga cepet kesampaian ya cita-citanya. O iya, tulisan di blog Teh Inda berbahasa Inggris. Bagus buat latihan baca.

The plain translation of this quote is that I am a student-blogger who is close to graduation (in fact, I am still in quite a distance from the celebration, brother :p). He wishes me to achieve my aims (wow, thank you!) and said that my English blog is a good place to read (er ... is it?).

I really appreciate his testimonials and I am thinking for steps to improve my writings. Either I got friends for these awards:

sherwin tobing: kicks me many times with his insights. I admit that I don't agree with him in every of his points, but ... well, he brings me to many interesting topics
aryo anantoro: another theme, same effect with the previous blog sibling :p let me think the most suitable term for you, aryo. Yet I guarantee that you have push me to carefully think the words to comment. I look forward for your next satirical jokes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Political involvement in DNA studies

The molecular biology researches in DNA have increased greatly that we can easily mention many of its recent products. Just name it; I believe that all of you have ever heard about DNA (parent) testing or investigation, especially for law purposes. Beside of its promising prospects that impressing many people from various background (medical, for example), one of interesting issues related to DNA is about its social—if we can’t say it “political”—implementation.

We can surely crack this implementation issue into narrower contexts. Ethics is another channel to go to broader field. I was triggered by the story of Craig Venter in attempting his research in genomics. Briefly, we can say that genomics is a branch science of genetics. Craig Venter proposed NIH (National Institute of Health-USA) for research fund and in the beginning NIH appeared to be of the same line with him. Yet in the end NIH objected him for they said that they did not find such a chance in the research. Uniquely, when the objection declared after quite a waiting time, Venter’s projects come into sight to be closer to their targets. This is a summary of such a journey with many bends to walk in, of course. Yet I am personally still interested in the story for one of Venter’s competitors is … the famous James Watson.

This will be a very long story to post. Let me back to my first concept. We all confess that DNA is surely touching so many parts of human life. However, all of those complexities should be viewed in the vision that the DNA studies is such an emerging record in human civilization

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A little trick to write in English


For us who speak English (only) as second language, composing sentences in good English would be quite a problem. Yet I believe that there are no reasons to give up since we have actually equipped with a set of sufficient tool. What does the tool consist of?

Today I’d like to talk in the context of Microsoft since Microsoft Office is apparently still the commonest software in Indonesia.

After observing several sources related to thing you are interested in, let's grab some editing help.

1. The Red and Green warning

We should have aware that Microsoft Word performs red zigzag line each time we mistype and green zigzag line each any grammatical mistakes occurs. Make notice to those suggestions, although the final decision is always right in your hands. Before pay attention to any suggestion, please make sure that the language setting has set properly. You can check or reset it by clicking “Tools-language-set language” and choose which English you prefer to.

2. Deciding a precise term

Do you have a word but still feel unsure whether the word does not fit the context or not? Prove your intuition by putting the cursor on the word and right-click it. Spot the “synonym” option, and voila ... unless your term is very specific, some options are available right there. Don’t forget to ensure that your original word is in singular form.

Using thesaurus is yet another reliable way.

3. Dictionary

I know, this point is very much an old strategy, but what else can I say? However we can use some cool dictionaries to assist us. I’d suggest urbandictionary.com and Dreams Dictionary (I have blogged it here) for quick answer. Otherwise, you can use an application like Pocket Oxford Dictionary, which you can download here.

Do you find this article useful? Share me for more questions and show your own trick too. Happy writing!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Eid ul-Fitr: A New Begining


The leaving of Ramadan is quite a sorrowful moment for we never know whether we will meet this holy month again in the next year or not. Save Ramadan in your heart, always.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Rainbow by Jay Chou

Rainbow (Cai Hong) is one of the tracks available in On the Run album by Jay Chou. Also, the parts of this song gently decorated some scenes in Jay Chou’s Secret movie.

The guitar strings plucking in this Rainbow is very attracting that I deeply crushed on. I thought it was a chain of sentimental-romantic lyric, but as I reveal the meaning, the song directly drags my mood into its temperature. Well, although the lyric tell an embarrassed and regretful expression, yet I still feel that this one is quite touchy. Is this song soooo me?


I guess the rainbow told in this song performs only one color: it is blue (yeah I know it's not a proper time to joke, peace out!)

*the blue fonts are originally not included in the literary translation of the lyric but merely belong to my interpretation. The hanyu pinyin lyrics could be viewed on my comment section. the image was retrieved from this URL*


Rainbow

Where is the rainbow, could you please tell me?

Could you give my wish back to me?

Why is the sky still so quiet?

The clouds accumulate above me


Do you have a face mask to give?

It is because of my too much talk, now it will never be true

Time is probably a remedy

But it is also the poison I'm now taking in


* Without seeing your smile, how can I fall asleep?

Your shadow is so close yet I cannot hug you

Without the earth, the sunshine is still be able to rise

So although there isn’t any reason, I will continue to leave alone


** You want to leave; I know it is simple for you

You said trust was the problem between us

If we separate, then would you please not to remove my love?

In the end I will pretend that I finally understand



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Indonesian Songs to be Restricted in Malaysia

A report from The Jakarta Post informed that Indonesian famous drummer Bimbim regrets call to limit RI songs by the official of Malaysia. There is a suggestion that Malaysian music industry wants Indonesian songs restricted. Could it probably be one more issue interfering views of people from both neighboring countries?

This may remind you about intriguing topics that rose several months ago (you know …). For sure, I personally do never want to blend my daily (and sometimes even political) life with such immature subjective tendency that leads us to do radical things. The nearest reason is that I got good Malaysian bestfriends and I don’t think that things like this will be worth to alter our friendship.

Yet the things informed above are one more interesting issue to explore: why and how come?

Alright, it may take quite a while to reveal the exact background of this proposal, but the concept that they would arrange a broadcasting ratio of 90 percent Malaysian songs and 10 percent Indonesian is relatively questionable. The questions that rise might be:

In what kind of condition the ratio will apply? The official department may conduct rules, but who’s gonna guarantee that the real fact will be totally agree with them? Let’s say, they limit the number of album copies in markets, but if the consumer’s demand goes very high, that will be unsurprising if people tried many ways to obtain more.

In this free trade era, where we reach such a kind of free-boundaries marketing, could the ratio really limit the number of Indonesian albums imported?

Last but not least: why should they regulate it? Um, I prefer to stay a bit away from immature speculation for this J Yet I consider that no matter how hard a system limiting, Indonesian music will eventually reach audiences as long as they are worth to listen.

Sure, we can state a vice versa for Malaysian music.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

What Kind of Blogger Are You?

I knew this cool site from my old friends' (Aryo and Titish) blog posts last year. Today, I think i got an excessive minutes and a bit narcisms (uhm!). Now, the big question is: really?




You Are a Pundit Blogger!



Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read.

You're up on the latest news, and you have an interesting spin on things.

Of all the blogging types, you put the most thought and effort into your blog.

Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few

Monday, September 1, 2008

Testimonials for Beloved Siblings of RWL

I’ve got back from my 2 months RWL (KKN) program bringing many unforgettable moments to learn and remember. For sure, that period was the best weeks I’ve gained ever! One of the real results is 7 lovely friends who now I regard as family. We’ve been living and share many things together—that explains our unity.


Now, to celebrate my coming back to the blogosphere and to cherish my friends, especially for my dear blog partners, please meet my wonderful siblings:


Fraka: quite a quiet person, but once he spells his comment, he’ll shock you by his hilarious-yet-intelligent ideas. Noticed quote: “Enak banget, siapa nih yang cuci piringnya?” yeah, when he thinks that the food is good, he’ll gallantly ask who is gonna wash the dishes. Gag me, hahaha! However, I admit that he cooks better than me :) and please remember, Brother, your selfish outlook cannot always hide your care :p


Nadien: the certified wise leader! Absolutely, yes you are, Boss. Your sensible leadership sufficiently covers everything. Noticed quote: it will be a paradox for my previous tesimonial, but I like to remember the moment when I came into our (messy) room and jokingly say that the fengshui of the room is bad, she replied in the middle of her laugh, “Kurang ajar lu, dateng-dateng langsung ngomong gituan.”—how dare you say like that. Hahaha, gotcha! I enjoyed her punk’d expression


Kunto: humorous person disguising in calm expression. Noticed quote: “Mami, adek udah selesai makan bubur.”—mom, I’ve finished my porridge. In such an innocent smirk, ladies and gentlemen! Phew! I was speechless for I’ve never imagine that he’ll play that clowny joke, haha. By the way, Kunto, did you think that the way you kick the air would entertain me? Let me tell you, yes you did force me to smile when I still wanted to enjoy my gloom :p haha, thank you


Bayu: helpful, that’s I’d rather say, and the other say he’s diligent and tidy. I learn quite a lot for his mature personality. However, he’s the best target for our bullying jokes (Bayu, where’s Bani? :D), hahaha. Noticed quote: "Udah, biar aku aja."--"Let me. Just leave it for me." See? He won't think twice to lend a hand!


Edlyn: her official beautiful name is Adeline, but she prefers to write her nickname that way. Got an optimum confidence and actually is more motherly than me, still she toughly declares a weird nickname for me: she calls me Mami (pronounced ‘mommy’) and calls Fraka ‘Papi’. Why? Noticed quote: I like the moments when she gets back into her serious manner and say, “...seperti itu.”—it is the point. The expression makes her prudence apparent.


Ayu: childish? There’s nothing wrong with that, right Sista’? Seems like you are a party animal, aren’t you? Still I surely have to thank her for she reminded me several times to execute my programs which are inline with hers. Noticed quote: She flies me everytime she said that the menu I served is delicious and finished them all for she usually leaves half of her portion, no matter how she likes it! I feel honored.


Avri: good in money management. Great choice for us that she’s our Financial Manager. Nice, actually. Although she tends to conceal her care in such a talkative and spontaneous attitude (hey girl, I’m not saying ‘irritable’, peace out!). Along with Ayu, Avri is a great challenger for Bayu (haha, no worries. I’ll keep that “Bani” stories away from my blog :p) Noticed quote: “Inda, jangan nangis.”—inda, don’t cry. Wow, it was hard for me to find a suitable thankful word.


Since our favorite time is cooking, I’ve composed a structure in my freaky imagination for our Culinary Clinic:


Senior Specialist in Chief: Fraka (best rated for his Chicken Rendang, and also the tips and tricks for many kinds in cooking)

Residents: Inda (a so-so ability :p), Kunto (kick us again with your bone soup and fried Chicken!), Avri (good Rica-rica Chicken and spinach soup)

Rising-star Newbies: Nadien, Edlyn (I miss your onion rings and cream soup! and please, never say again that you cannot cook ^_^)

Department of Sanitation: Bayu (I confess that you’re excellent in cleaning and chopping and I fully thank you for your admirable cooperation in our cooking shift, but you still owe us a menu of your own :p)

Department of Innovation: Ayu (helps me many times when I stuck for cooking idea)


That’s not all, folks. There will always be more stories of us :)



Friday, June 27, 2008

Real Working Lecture (KKN): A Social Working for Students


Real Working Lecture is the referred English term of Kuliah Kerja Nyata (KKN), a compulsory program of my university (GMU) that is mandated to every student who has already reached 110 credits of his/her study requirements. As a lecture subject, it has its own point for GPA (IP). As a real application, it is such a series of social working program.

In the Strategic Plans document of my university, it is stated that RWL is aimed to be a vehicle to implement science which is learned in classes into real life with the society. Therefore, RWL goes more specific than ordinary social working program (although both of RWL and social working are not profit-oriented) for it inquires students to apply their major in a quite specific theme.

Alright, that’s enough about the theory! :p

Indeed, it is quite complicated for us to learn the job algorithm since it has series of operating procedures. To compose this event, we have gathered 32 students from various faculties in our university to be a solid team and have been preparing things for about 6 months.

The main theme of our RWL is briefly about empowering health custom. Every member must compose programs supporting the theme to be arranged into a proposal. My Pharmacy partners plan a socialization of natural medicinal herbs. My Electrical Engineering partner will teach computer for kids. My dentistry partners and I plan for training which involve elementary kids to be Junior Dentists (Dokter Gigi Kecil). Of course there are many more programs to undergo.

Practically, we will stay in 4 houses in the village. Yes, it is just like a home stay, we will share rooms, kitchens, and lavatories with the host family. We will stay altogether for two months, from July 1 to August 30. Quite a long time to know each other, isn’t it? :)

And it seems that I would find many chances to do things in cooking! Yay!

The bothering part of this RWL program for me is: I will probably bear down on my blogging activity (boo-hoo!). Although most of families are already equipped with cell phones, the village we stay in is not improved yet by internet connection and in the mean time we will be ordered to write quite detailed daily reports as well as the full-organized programs to do, so ... well you can imagine that.

For sure, RWL is a duty that takes me to pay a good attention. All of suggestion or advices from experienced people will be very useful for me. Also, I will require all of you, my friends, to wish me luck.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Online Medical Assistant Certificate Program


Obviously, getting a certificate through an online course program is no longer impossible nowadays. The opportunity that is announced here is in medical, with the other specification in pharmacy and dentistry. The certificate is issued by St Augustine Educational Services, who provide Medical Assistant Home Study Program.

It is said that medical assistant training program are on rise across the US. The large opportunity for careers in this field is triggered by the high demand on medical assistant personnel supporting health practice. Personal suggestion: this program will be a very fine option if you were on a long break.

So, from the comfort of your home you can easily access the lectures in 6-8 weeks program. Consider that the program will put you in flexible schedule, any place you feel convenient in, all online support, and many more benefit to be compared with ordinary class.

Payments are submitted through Google Checkout and there will be special offers for multiple registrations.


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Friday, June 20, 2008

Tag-nya kok buanyak bangedh yah?

Whoa, it’s a marathon of tags! Let’s take a quick start!

6 Whatevers about me:
I have posted about it but it was still in Indonesian. I’ll translate the first 3 points now :) and the rests are new facts for my blog. So, I:

1. can’t eat hot chili/pepper food. I know they’re supposed to be very delicious but oh no, my tongue and stomach just can’t stand. Too bad, I know

2. very, very afraid of chicken, turkey, peacock, and the families of birds ... due to their feather colors. I always let my friends laugh at it, well that’s probably make weird me :p I have no idea, touching them is one of my nightmares.

3. can’t wear jewelries, mainly rings and wrist watches for they affect my skin to be terribly itchy, but somehow I can stand earrings.

4. cut my hair by myself. Too lazy to go to hairdresser :p actually I like to dress myself up but I prefer home treatment :p btw I don’t think this point will be a big deal because my mom and female friends say my haircut is somewhat OK, moreover I wear head veil so nobody outside my home will notice my hair “wrongdoing” (if any :p)

5. try to laugh or at least smile at every failure I experience. Life is too precious to feel bad, right? Yeah, everyone deserves moments for sadness, but I limit the moment to be as short as possible. Praise Allah that I have people encouraging me :)

6. edit my blog posts several times before and sometimes even after I publish them, because of my limited English


5 things I miss in my life right now:
1. relatives who are now in heaven :) they are my granddad, grandmom, aunt, and cousin, also my best friend. May they are placed conveniently in the splendid side of Allah
2. chances I could not make use of due to wasting time :(
3. my highschool days. If only I can turn back time ... I will play more, hahaha. And study more. Seriously, I don’t know where did I put my attention when I was a highschool students, but uh, nvm. I got wonderful memories there.

4. the first edition of Underneath the Flag of Revolution (Di Bawah Bendera Revolusi—well, I hope I don’t misinterpret the English translation) by Comrade Sukarno, the founding father of Indonesia. Apparently one of my dad’s relatives borrowed it for there is only the 2nd edition left. The first one did set its goal, but the 2nd one’s quite illogical.

5. my friends who are now studying in other faculties, cities and overseas

10 things I wanna achieve within a decade:
1. getting married to a faithful and lovely man and flying him in the rocket of love in every chances I have!
2. my dentist and master degree, as well as the research

3. running an entrepreneurship company, making a good achievement in internet business
4. writing and publishing a book (just like you, lakshmi?), er ... I owe my close friends for this old obsession :p sorry! At least I have to improve my short stories.
5. traveling around Indonesian archipelago
6. fluent speaking in Chinese (Mandarin) daily conversation
7. finding a way to be a professional columnist writing about trends in science

8. enhancing my personality and soft skill, especially in cookery
9. a house with a well-situated gazebo on the garden
10. being able to read the noble Quran in the art of Qiro’. I have learned once but my private teacher left me to Papua (boo-hoo!). it’s pretty bad that I start to forget the technique she taught. Actually it is a duty that mom order me to.


Oh my! Will I reach them?


Book tag:

**Pick up the nearest book. Open to page 123. Find the fifth sentence. Post the next three sentences. Tag five people (but I tag more than five, hahaha :p), and acknowledge the person who tagged you.**

My recent nearest book is Ayat-Ayat Cinta (The Love Verses). I have written about the synopsis and the movie here. If I didn’t miscount, the phrase I found in page 123, 5th sentence is: I beg you (to help her) in the name of your love toward the Christ. It is what Fahri said to Maria when he was asking her to help Noura.

I tag the following folks:

Clue: simply copy the orange fonts and let them flow
tamrin the future petroleum engineer

Kak Henri, Kak Sammy, and Kak Suardiana the future colleagues

Adieska who is now on vacation

Adite the future rockin’ doctor

Drg. Rosa, a dentist in preparation of her dearest child’s birth

Aryo in the awaiting of his next flash webpage

Shirei for this tag may become a blog anniversary gift from me :p

Yonna the friendly young lady with fresh ideas

Eucalyptus who lives her colorful life


To my blog sister Lakshmi: thank you for this fun tag. If you find something questionable up there, do let me know :) incidentally, it’s cool to know you better.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dreams Dictionary: Make Real Your Fancy Words

Having a supportive dictionary is very essential to learn a language. Now, what does the word “supportive” here refer to? Obviously, the dictionary must be not only comprehensive but also user friendly. The nice interface will be the next added point.

Introducing Dreams Dictionary! Integrating the translating tools, term interpretation, and recent popular terms, Dreams Dictionary does provide such a service for language learning, makes your dreams of language come true. Here’s the definition they declared:

Dreams dictionary is an online glossary for general as well as detailed interpretations of hundreds of Dreams symbols helping you to interpret even your most mind boggling Dreams


Here we can translate terms into multiple languages in the translating box on the right side of the homepage. Also, the homepage is enhanced by links to the other sources for language learning.

Not excessively say, rather than ordinary glossary, Dreams Dictionary is quite a compilation of terms. Experience how they explain a meaning of a word: they interpret it.

I tried to put a term: castle

Instead of explaining what is it castle like in a quick definition, Dreams Dictionary brings you to imagine how to be a castle. Dreams Dictionary does not only make you think but also feel. That will make the concept grasped better.

So, whether you are recently learning or not, Dreams Dictionary is a very convenient site to surf. Try also their download dictionary section. See you there!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A prologue about Twelve Girls Band


Twelve Girls Band is a band from People’s Republic of China who is absolutely far away from the definition of an ordinary band. They are super.

Not only because the girls play instrumental music but also because they gracefully mix western songs and composition within Chinese theme to be a wonderful arrangement. Through their dizi, pipa, erhu, yangqin and guzheng, they deliver various genres of music. Sometimes they perform in a calm symphony, but then they could easily jump into dynamic rock. One thing for sure, composing western style into traditional-pentatonic taste is such a huge job.

Chinese traditional music, as well as other pentatonic music in the world, contains only 5 tones (compare with the diatonic music containing the 1-7 tones we used to hear). Chinese traditional music doesn’t have the 4th and the 7th tone. That’s why I said it is a big challenge to serve popular western song with traditional music devices.

It may be quite late for me, I just recently found Twelve Girls Band when I look for any record containing the sound of guzheng—pronounced: “Ku Cheng”—a Chinese traditional plucked-string music device. I have listened to a little sample of their tracks, and I’d like to review some:

Shining Energy: being mentioned in almost every of their recent publication, Shining energy is a very good introduction for new audiences. It is light and cheerful in the mood.

My Heart Will Go On: if you have heard the instrumental version (by Kenny G) of this Titanic movie soundtrack, you should take notice to 12 Girls Band too. Notice how the sound of guzheng could reserve Celine Dion’s vocal in the different form of a beauty. It is also notable how they make it not to be too sad (like the original version) without minimizing the charming aura of the song.

I think even James Horner (the original composer of My Heart Will Go On) should consider this.

Doraemon No Uta: is there anyone in the world who has never heard this cute song? Then be happy by listening to their bright composition! Interpret also how their ingenious ornament and interlude upbeat the song.

Obladi Oblada: wait, not so fast ... they put more teasing tone on the intro of this legendary single which was originally composed by The Beatles. This 12 Girls Band composition does rejuvenate the Desmond and Molly Jones’ sugary story.

Clocks: I personally do not interest to Coldplay but I believe that through this cover version song, the wavy sound of erhu has varied the unique vocal of Chris Martin

My next recommendation will be Bach’s Tribute Concerto, Sekai Ni Hitotsu Dake No Hana and Entertainer. Take note also their New Classicism (Medley) tracks which remixes Mozart’s and Bach’s composition.

Obviously, Twelve Girls Band increases my knowledge about Chinese music and they do entertain me. Once, I thought it was banjo played on their country theme, but then I realize that it was still guzheng (or dizi?). I start to be able to distinguish between violin and erhu by the sound. I really appreciate how they enrich contemporary music with Chinese tradition, still in an uncomplicated listening manner and without being stuck in old-fashioned pattern.

* the tracks are available for commercial download here. The image was also retrieved from the previous link


Orkut (the Blog): beyond your friends, your testimonials, and your collection

Give me an example of a website you used to visit; I believe that most of them are enhanced with a blog section. Blog are recognized as a tremendous means to establish such an intimacy from the webmasters toward the web visitors.

Orkut is what I’d like to talk about here. Defining themselves in social connecting purpose in Brazilian (Portuguese) Language and English, Orkut publish also their experience and new features through the blog. It’s pretty interesting to read their Mother’s Day post, signifying their sensitive care for this matter.

Some of their recent new features are iLike and iRead. iLike is a feature that allow users to upload and share their songs. This application also let the users to organize their collection base on the artist’s name and album. The unique feature of this application is that we can add the collection as a scrap. It means that we bookmark the stuff.

Not only providing place for image hosting, Orkut provide also BuboMe, a built-in application to edit images. BuboMe brings the fun of simple editing for the images.

In the other hand, iRead is the feature that let us to enlist the book titles we love and to recommend people and finally we can reciprocally discuss the books. iRead is a good way to find people who also interested in books we like.

The other amazing experience which they document in the blog is their visit to Google office. The Orkut team, who state themselves with “Orkuiteros” name, visit Google office on April 18, 2008. It seemed like they experienced a super fun meeting with the Google engineers. Their personal testimonial could be viewed here.

About orkut itself, I have tried it and I personally believe that Orkut is an emerging icon of social networking which will rise into higher and higher popularity. If I were user they ask an opinion about, I would consider my expectation for English version of Orkut.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

A Special Day to Cherish

Me and my sister resembled a feminine version of Tom and Jerry! Haha, ... oops, seriously, every day was fighting day when we were kids. Of course it was a long time ago, before I realize how precious she is for me and how she could actually never resist to concern about me.

Yeah, I still remember when I saw her cheerful laughter behind my pouring tears, right after she made a fun of me. Oh God, that’s eating me! I thought she was so cruel, but as we are growing, my friend told me that making a fun of younger siblings is so amusing. Well, as a youngest member of the family I’m not sure whether it was right or wrong, but uh ... then I just start to laugh at it, each time she tease me.

But she could not always hide her affection. One day when I was ill and I feel that she have done too much for me (because she used to ignore me, seriously we were enemies, dude!), I say sorry. Guess what she replied: “Just mention ONE thing I don’t do for you—Apa sih yang enggak buat kamu?”

Gotcha!
I translated it as another expression of her care, hahaha.

My sister is quite spoiled (mom always remarkably gives excessive love for every of her daughters) but she changed a lot when she gave birth for the first time. At that moment, I came home in a totally bad mood but soon my anger evaporated right after I saw how hard her days after her baby born. No, she and the baby were basically fine, but you can always ask your mother for your first days in the world: how she can’t get enough rest for breast-feeding and cleaning your p** and showering your fragile body. She taught me not only keep love for mom in a constant and satisfactory amount but also to be stronger in any challenges of life.

Today is her birthday, the day that Allah give for us to feel happiness at the same time. Today is the day within my exam days that I present for her to post in this blog during my hiatus time. Just like what you said before, I bet you can trust me too that I would do anything for you—well, as reasonable as I can go, I mean—hahaha.

Above all, I wish you all the very best, my sister.

Wo aishang ni.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Indonesian Doctors Movement for the 100th National Awakening

Doctors in Indonesia are encouraged to lower and even more set their patients free from the services fee on May 21, 2008. This kind of charity is intended to commemorate the allegiance of Indonesian doctors who are also heroes in the struggle against colonialism in the beloved motherland, a century ago.

There were Doctor Soetomo, Doctor Cipto Mangoenkoesoemo and Doctor Wahidin Soedirohoesodo, the doctors from STOVIA (Inlanders Medical School, which was established by Dutch Colonial Government for Indonesian student). They and the partners raised Boedi Oetomo (Budi Utomo), a youth organization consisting inlanders in the age of struggling for Indonesian independency. Although Boedi Oetomo was actually not the first youth organization for national warrior (Sarekat Islam is the accurate subject), the role of Boedi Oetomo was the most remembered in Indonesian history.

In spite of the controversies of the truthful first national youth organization, Indonesian medical society noted Dr Cipto Mangunkusumo as their pride, as well as the other doctor-heroes e.g. Dr Karyadi and Dr Sardjito. Leading hospitals in Indonesia take on the doctors’ name for their brand.

One of the recent Indonesian honorable doctors for the urgency of medical-humanity is Dr.Joserizal Jurnalis. His official predicates are specialist of orthopedics surgery and also the chairman of MER-C, a social medical organization. His bravely experience in helping the victims of disaster and conflict areas in Aceh, Maluku, and even Pakistan is a very good reflector for Indonesian medical society. Gallantly spoke in a medical seminar in February 2007 in Faculty of Medicine, GMU; he suggested that doctors are demanded to be militant in facing the challenges of their noble responsibility.

Looking back at the acknowledgement, the doctors’ charity in the national awakening day seems to come into a bright idea. The challenges will surely appear, one of them would be probably the fight against uncertainty in Indonesian health insurance system. However, it has been a classical aim that the duty of doctors is in the dedication for humanity.

Above all, such a respect and a support must be launched for The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) in this 100th commemoration of National Awakening Day. By this movement, the hope for promotion of better Indonesian medical services will once again rise.

The image of National Awakening Commemoration was retrieved from the webpage of Airlangga University.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Environment Talks: Important or Useless?

Reading an Earth Day essay published by leading newspaper Kompas which is entitled Selamatkan Bumi, Hanya Celoteh Belaka (Saving the Earth, Merely Crap-talking), I was surprised for many human endeavors in environmental issues were stuck in the premature levels.


The interrupting factors come from things that engage many field of consideration. Seems, the interrupting factors are stronger than the ideas to save our environment. Some prominent published reasons tried to disguise their subjective necessity.


The newly international environment conference in Bali even caught President Yudhoyono’s concern when different opinion was amplified into red-alert incident. The long journey of ratification of Kyoto Protocol about the limit of emission is in the other hand example.


I remember one of my sweet highschool moments when I and my team competed in a debating contest. Organized by committee from Faculty of Forestry, GMU, the debate was conducted in environment theme. We got only the 4th rank as the result; however it was a smile-triggering memory when my team proposed the nuclear energy as the alternative of oil-based fuel. Also, we had our view increased because of the short courses about mangrove plants and the conservation, which was lectured in the same event.


Now that I am in a dental department, I am still actually tied by the obligation to participate in saving environment. Most of the materials we use are chemical-based which may endanger living things if they were not managed well.


Every of us have actually responsibility to retain natural principles in our surroundings. Whatever our job and our background, we have to understand how to extract resources for our needs and how to properly take away our wastes. Harmony is the great aim we must carry out.


Did I pick a wrong moment to post a short biography of Professor Otto Soemarwoto? He was an admirable environment study professor who applied his principles into daily usual. His ecology and biomolecular interest is the next things. Walking around Bogor Botanical Garden—it’s quite a walk, though—every early morning to inspect the details of his staffs’ work could be part of his job description.


But the fact that he and his family sleep under switched-off room lamp is quite rare in Indonesian family custom. He said that this simple kind of action belongs to no-regret-policy, if people would altogether to perform it.


That’s about habit. In the greater scale, it will take governmental involvement to regulate the endeavor in treating environment. Research and studies are fundamental in building principles and composing steps for particular action. We all understand that the problems of environment are varied greatly which needs specific handling in every case.


Although the end of the battle in natural destruction is still in a far away distance; however, the progress is still going on at so many aspects. With science and tough commitment in working, the enlightening results will eventually show its effect.


dedicated to my environment engineering cousin, wondering when will our next hang out be

Friday, April 11, 2008

" Xin Li You Shu" by Fahrenheit

This single taken from the 2-Sided Fahrenheit album is entitled Xin Li You Shu, means inside the heart (we already) understand. A too long translation? Well ... briefly, this song tells about sugary love, positively promising a confidence of happiness in future.

Yeah, I admit that Fahrenheit is superb. As a newcomer in Taiwan (and Asian, of course) music industry, they are well-performed enough. Although ... um, I don’t think I’d say it here :)

What attract me most is that they put Canon Groove, a classical music (Who's the original composer, by the way? I'm dying to reveal it!) as the background composition of the chorus. Correct choice, I think Canon Groove does enhance the mood of this fun single to be groovier. And if I must estimate this single in a word, I would rather say it: cute ^_^ This song is a sweet enough selection to be presented for anyone you love

I tried to translate in spite of my very low Chinese proficiency. As I am eager to know how the lyrics in English will be, I combined the translation I found (which somehow doesn’t satisfy me, yet I must thank to) with my dictionary and my own mind, so here's the result. Literally, the title consists the words xīn = heart, = in/at, yǒu = there is/have got, shù = to know/to recognize.

Hopefully it is understandable enough :) the words in sky-blue color belong to my own interpretation which originally are not included in the Chinese lyrics; I think they make the sentences clearer. For the Xin Li You Shu lyrics in Hanyu Pinyin transliteration, please view my comment section or simply click here. Check it also for any mistake I made (tell me, if any)

Now here’s the translation. Enjoy!

When you smile, seems like I could use my arms to build a castle.

When you cry, I will somehow collect these raindrops into my bag pack.

The starry sky will keep sparkling. Love will still be alright

Heaven is a way to go. Follow your dream to reach it

1st Pre-chorus:

It is love

It means to announce

But doesn't need anymore notice from anyone

The answer is right in your heartbeat

Chorus:

Whatever journey we must wandering in,

Inside the heart either we both already understand

Anyone must know that they will surely arrive at happiness

In the mean time, there will always be a few more steps to go

Inside, our hearts are beating backward

Because of you ...

Although the eyes tend to hide the map of the future

Counting the wishes, how many candles will be blown out?

Measuring the flow of tears, how many dew drops will be made from?

From now on I will no more be lost

Firmly hold on, now your warmth is pausing the time

2nd Pre-chorus:

It is love

No question’s required

Doesn’t need any forecasting

The angels already heard the answers

back to chorus

Turn around, count it all over again

Tread back on the amounts of the same routes

How many more kilometers we have to reach?

You are on my left hand side, standing in a few meters distance.

I estimate your breathing frequency

And I carefully hear your beating heart

Every number is recorded in my heart

I add, subtract, multiply, divide

It’s all turns into a recollection.

In every drenching scene of rain

In every sight of the morning rays

Let me lead your hand, slowly taking hold of you

The happiness of tomorrow is only a few steps away.

At that moment, our heart will start to understand the answer, that ...

It is love ... (back to 2nd pre-chorus)



Monday, April 7, 2008

A Tribute to Professor Otto Soemarwoto


Prof. Otto Soemarwoto was the Great Teacher of Padjajaran University, Indonesia; primarily concentrating his expertise in environmental studies, policy and issues. Monday, March 31, 2008 was the date of his rest in peace.

I obviously do not have any face-to-face experience with him, although I am surely eager to. However, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have any personal impression for his charisma. I was lucky to buy Majalah Tempo (The Tempo Magazine) on January 14, 2008, which performed reports about him in such pages.

I have to thank Tempo for writing about him that allow me to learn a lot. Prevailed his professorship in the age of 34 on 1960; in Indonesia he was the youngest professor ever. A shaft of pride shines inside my heart knowing that basically I and he had the same university history. He dedicated himself to Padjajaran University, but he accomplished his undergraduate degree in Gadjah Mada, the university I am currently studying in.

As a scientist, he put his total dedication in the field of science. One of his structural occupations was the director of Kebun Raya Bogor (The Bogor Botanical Garden). As an associate of elite official in his age (e.g. 1st president of Indonesia, Soekarno), he had also an opportunity to be a politician. However, he refused to be and this decision led him to restrain his independency to struggle for environment.

I firstly know him through his commentary on Indonesian flood happens at so many places, including our capital city Jakarta, this season. I only saw him at a glance, but when I then read his long journey, I was quite much fascinated. He had campaigned for the excessive developing of Bogor, Puncak, Cipanas, and Cianjur since the year of 1960. In 1978 he was told that his commentary—about a factory building that may impact The Toba Lake—upset the President (Soeharto). Still in the tough confidence toward the signal of the country leader who tended to insist his policy, the professor’s answer was short. “That’s fine. At least Mr.President read (my criticism).”

However, the professor whose side job was teaching highschool student (wow!) was also admired by colleagues. The former Indonesian living environmental minister Emil Salim was also his student. Beside his environmental expertise, he was one of the pioneers in molecular biology study in Indonesia.

My tiny page is of course not a sufficient amount to contain Professor Otto Soemarwoto’s large brilliance, however it is my true respect regarding for his principle and endeavor especially in his struggle for environment and science. Hearing his passing away is my grief and I pray for his spirit.

* the image above was retrieved from this url

Friday, March 28, 2008

Happy (and Hassle) on the 1st Blog Birthday


Who’s gonna read this? Certainly this post is dedicated for all of my blog partners and viewers.

Yet I must ask an excuse since this post will be quite long. You can simply read my highlights for a quick look :)

The point is that March is the month of my blog birthday (11th is the exact date) and my blog birthday is worthier than my own birthday to celebrate (haha, indeed it is).

Wait up, if this topic is urgent, why did I delay? What took me so long? Do I realize what date is it to post? A lot of things, for sure. My recent lab (preclinical) practical are ‘only’ orthodontics, oral surgery, oral biology, endodontics and operative dentistry; but some subjects also demand my constant attention :) although I cannot always sufficiently fulfill them, you know me :p

For this reason, I can’t lately update my blog very often and I’d like to apologize for pending some tag posts (I approved your tags and I promise I’ll post, no worries but I wish you could wait)

And after my broken cell phone, annoying lab technician, over-and-over deadlines and some other accidents ... what else could be worse?

There was, actually. My grandpa passed away and it was impossible for me to resist the grief. No, I don’t intend to be corny here; it’s just my personal way to remind myself, to keep praying for him as my grandma asked me to :)

Back to the title, for this blog birthday, how do I celebrate? How about saying thank you?

If you roll down your mouse on my page, you’ll find that I termed my blogroll section with Siblings subtitle (I’m thinking to change it into “relatives”, does it suit better?). In the real world there are actually some relations I regard as real brothers and sisters.

Though, the one I must firstly thank would be Titish and Aryo. They are my highschool classmates who encouraged me to move into Blogger, as I’ve ignored my old blog. Indeed, what they did was sending me to the other stunning sector of the virtual world. Guys, I won’t be here without you. (btw are you hibernating? Be back soon!)

Some weeks after my very first post, I was still unaware about what is it blogging exactly means. I went nowhere, no wonder nobody visited my page. The one I mostly remember about blog-visiting is Kak Yuki. I must confess that the way he serves his readers is appreciable. From his page, I started to hop from one blog to the next and messaging, more and more, until now (yeah I know I lurk a lot lately but I promise I’ll be blogwalking again)

Gratitude will also be sent for the outstanding future colleagues to whom I learn a lot from: anatomy teaching assistant Adite (although some of your jokes are quite boyish for me, you rock with that! haha), Kak Joe, Kak Sammy, Kak Hartman, Kak Irfan with their exciting internship documentation (good luck in your career), the boss of Materi Dental—Kak Suardiana, the friendly drg.Gies, drg.Evy, Sp.BM (I love your case presentations, Doctor), the wise drg.Rosa (a dentist with modest lessons, primarily about the beauty of Islam), the motherly dr.Ani, and the amazing drg.Ika (thank you for everything, Doc. I always look forward for every chance to be in a work with you), the cheerful dr.Vina, the smart-and-diligent Yani (I won’t forget our research plan, Sis :p), the fantastic drg.Alma (I hope you'll be back to the blog world soon, Doc. I believe you’ll share so many marvelous stories and view).

Above all, I wish someday I would be eligible enough to do duties for dental health matters, along with all of you.

Respect is something I address to the netpreneur and my IT and blogging tutors: Mas Didiet, Mas Hatta, Armier, Pak Atmo, Pak Abdul Munir, Shirei, and Mr.Tukeran Link,

And I must say that one of my blog partners—The Asian Invasion—is a fabulous volume of Asian entertainment. I do recommend this place for your (east) Asian artists, music, serial, and movie search. For you guys in The Asian Invasion, especially Selina: thank you for updating me and keep rockin’

The last but of course not least, I’d like to greet my siblings: Ache's Zone (Ajeng), AfterRainSky (Abi) , Always Me (Venu) , Aura Rosena's World , Cerita Si Bodoh yang Ngaku-ngaku Pintar (Atalya) , CiaRamah , Cuap Krik Krik Cuap (Jangkrik Ngerik) , Desi’s Humble Ideas
, Edi SamSuri , Elok Motor Club (Joko) , Eriek's Blog , Fa & Me , Fr3zh Blog , FUN TO WATCH (Ashik) , Garut get money (Kopitozie) , Hanif's Blog , Hamiseno Family , Herdianto Inspirations (Redha) , Heru Blog , Isnuansa , Jomblolicious , Jus b d'wae I am (Vee) , Kingdom of Heaven (Mr.Eagle) , Kumpulan Resep Pilihan Sedap Sekejap (Ria) , Lakshmi the Rattler , Lazymode (Gerry) , Lightz N Shades (Navin) , Let's Change the World (Tamrin) , Ma Cuisine (Putyicute) ,
Math or Computer (iKings94) , Manusia Dhaif (drg.D.Rosalina) , The Melancholy of Me (Arthit a.k.a Futsu-Chan) , Me, My Mind and My Life (Ayudhia) , MonyetGaul , Mr.Cappuccino , Must Read Blog (Adiska) , My Little Notes (Ronald) , My Story & Ours , Ndung’s Blog , Nongkrong di Cafenet 69 , Omah Harrie , Perjalanan panjang (Sachroel) , Pieces of Me (Arkha) , Products/Services Reviews (Antugile) , Rhoneh in d'House (Chy) , Ruang Rindu (Agaz) , Sang Pembelajar Sejati (Pelangi Nurani) , Sebatas Kemampuan (Endah) , sekedarSAJA (Yani) ,
Smooth ZENsations (Stephanie Zen) , Sweet Heart (Mama Shasa Shahira) , Tarakan Bais , Teknosains , That's Mine (Aphied) , Tips dan Trik Blog , Tukang popok, pecinta popok bekas , Watashi No chibi Sekai (Imus) , Wanadamsyah (Adam) , Wong Kito Galo (Eucalyptus)

For you have visited my blog before and inquired me to visit back, don’t bother to remind me :)

Once again, I thank all of you and let’s keep in blog friendship. Well, by the way, you can always remind me to “fave” your blog in technorati. Keep running your blog in any challenges.

Carpe diem. Seize the day!

* March 29 update: I got "one more cake" from Kesehatan Gigi, well ... thank you, Boss!