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


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