26 June 2009

Tribute to MJ - So Long, Mr Jackson

Last nite, I came back home from Shopping Night Festival in the Hague - very tired. As always, I logged in to my Twitter, Facebook, and my other social media sites; just to check out what's happening in the world.

Then @perezhilton tweeted that 'Michael Jackshon has passed away." Wow, what a shock! It was around 00:00 GMT +1. But, funnily, CNN, BBC or Reuters hadn't confirmed about the news. Some said he was just hospitalised. A few minutes after that, some again said that he was in coma. But, the rumour in twittersphere remained: MJ died.

Until this morning, it was confirmed: he's gone now.

It is indeed sad, very sad.
I am not a big fan of MJ, but I can't deny that he is indeed the King of Pop. He has put a mark in history about his existence on earth: Jackson 5, black or white, man in the mirror, and my mom's favorite song: Heal the world.

This song below was sung in rememberance of him. I loveeee this version. Bravo!



But, now, the question is, who's gonna replace his position? I haven't found one yet.

MJ, rest in peace.

We will definitely miss you.

Thirteen,..



Have heard about this before, but seeing it on YouTube is different
XD

p.s. the written story is titled '807'

Recap

It's been a while that I have really shared my story in this blog. Feel ashamed that I haven't taken care of it very well.

Another cliche excuse: work and school

But if you ask how my life has been, I would say it's been great. Great doesn't mean I ain't have any problems or circumstances that make me cry or angry; but problems have made me a better person (like the wise man always says).

As some of you may remember, that money has always been my issue. I don't know why God hasn't taken away this thorn from my life. Anyway, this has been the very 'interesting' problem; also now. But, thank God and to Bang Tepy (also my friends) that I now can handle it differently. I can surrender to God (cos He gives and takes away, rite?) and accept help from Bang Tepy and some friends (I used to refuse helps, even from Bang Tepy).

No, it's not yet over, the thorn is still there; but now I can smile and think positively when my bank account shows one digit number only.

Apart from that, my life has been blessed with so many great things. This time I am no longer separated from Bang Tepy. We often cook together (almost everyday, I suppose) cos we live very close to each other. I now have a jogging partner (who has been unfaithful for once in a while :P). In short, he makes my life happier.

School stuff has made me suffered for a while (it is still now); but soon I will have my thesis done and will do my defence. In september I will be Nathania Limanto B Comm, MICM. I have been quite good in this school: no resits, averagely good grade, and moving to the right direction to finishing my thesis. I pray that my thesis would be as satisfying for me as it is for Nuffic - my client for this thesis.

Another update is I am going to stay working at Nuffic HQ for another 4 months, helping them organising a massive education event, supported by European Commission, in November, in Thailand. Yay, I'm going to Thailand!

Still related to work stuff, my friends and I are now developing a travelling and culinary forum: deliopedia.com. We have a very big dream about this site. Please do visit, participate, and if you have any ideas, comments or thoughts, please contact me or leave your msg on Deliopedia.com

Final update, I am looking for a house to move in together with Herdian and Bang Tepy. There is one that we are now thinking about, talking about and praying for; hopefully it would be it. but if you know any house that we can rent, please let me know :)

So, that's all folks!

Have a nice (summer) time or holiday.

25 June 2009

Emosi Jiwa



Waduh, serasa balik ke masa lalu,..
Masih inget ngga kalo ini soundtrack nya Catatan si Boy
XD
jadi inget si Emon LOL

19 June 2009

Ikan Asin

Hm... kapan ya terakhir makan Ikan Asin?

Yum tadi malam di Amsterdam, masak bareng Ardy dan Nita, kami makan nasi beras merah, ikan asin, ikan makarel goreng, sambal terasi, ayam goreng, dan ditutup dengan ronde, homemade.

Yum yum yum :P

Besok ke bazar indonesia, so makan enak lagee :D hehehhehe

12 June 2009

Cadeautje voor Ulm

Especially for u, ulm



:P

from This is Swordfish

Samsung: the Magic Box



Ni orang kreatip banged, makannya apa ya?
nice video

I wish my study room is like this



gosh
it reminds me that my deadline is approaching

Tak terasa

Sudah mulai thesis
padahal banyak tugas yg belum kelar
edan

dan 2 bulan lagi lulus

tapi masih bingung, bis lulus mo ngapain?
stay di belanda?
back to Indonesia?
what would I be doing for work?
commdev, PR, social media, or what?

atau nikah? :P

11 June 2009

Thesis

Tomorrow is my first coaching session for my thesis
with the most demanding, yet challenging teacher I have ever had, Amanda Coady
interesting
yet scary :P

wish me luck

10 June 2009

Wanna be #2

Runner up of Britain's Got Talent 2009, SuBo is more popular than Diversity, the winner
Runner up of American Idol, Adam Lambert is more sensational and for the second time the Trend in Twitter, compare to the winner, Kris Allen.

I think the trend is now: don't be number one, be number two!

Apparently similar phenomenon are occuring in Indonesia: Manohara, "the victim" of sexual abuse by a prince from Malaysia; and Prita, "the victim" of the emergence of online media in Indonesia. They both are now superstars both in the online world or in offline world in Indonesia.

ABBA should rewrite the song from "the Winner takes it all" to "the loser takes it all" :)

7 June 2009

If my boyfriend were a YouTube star

Imagine if your boyfriend were a YouTube star
:)

If mine were, I'd like someone like this



he's got the look
the body
the groove
the music
and most importantly, the voice


drooliing

anyway, his name is Gabe Bondoc
he is Filippino :)

3 June 2009

Prita Bebas

Tangerang (ANTARA News) - Prita Mulyasari (32) terharu setelah bebas dari tahanan Lembaga Pemasyarakatan (LP) Wanita Tangerang, Banten, dan berencana berkumpul dengan keluarga.

Setelah berbagai pihak mendesak, termasuk Wapres Jusuf Kalla dan Capres Megawati Soekarnoputri, akhirnya Prita dibebaskan secara bersyarat dengan status tahanan kota.

Sumber: Antara

Gosh, tahanan kota? Unbelievable. But okay, in the mean time I am glad that she is released.

Imho, Indonesian government has to justify what has happened and explain what will happen in the future, because I believe street journalists will scream for help if the freedom of speech in Indonesia equals get arrested when you post online complaints.

Prita, welcome home

Omni hospital, shame on you! did you hear that? shame... on... you...

The Power of Digital Media Vs The Power of the Powerful

People say everybody now is the media
people have more power over companies and organisations compare to 10 - 20 years ago.
But, apparently it is yet not true in Indonesia.
The powerful still wins.


Before I head to bed, I checked my Google reader, and found out that Ndoro, famous Indonesian blogger has just updated his blog. Thus, I thought, why not read his light, interesting post.

It was not light at all. The article he wrote has made me shocked to death: a house-wife complained and was sent to jail.

The story started when this woman, named Prita Mulyasari got very ill and went to Omni International Hospital in Tangerang, Indonesia. Yet, she was mistreated. She didn't get the treatment she supposed to get and she was treated badly by both the staff and the doctors. It happened last year, in 2008. Because she had felt very disappointed about the service of this hospital, she shared her experience through e-mail and also sent her complaint to one of digital media in Indonesia, detik.com. In result, her complaint appeared on some blogs and forums in Indonesia. Then, Omni hospital discovered.

Prita was accused to allegedly circulate online defamatory statements against Omni. This case was brought to the court because Prita was accused to break the Act of Information Technology section 27 number 11 year 2008 about spreading false information using digital media. She lost. Since 13 May 2009, she had to leave her two little children, Khairan Ananta Nugroho and Ranarya Puandida Nugroho, and her husband, and stay in jail until the court finalise the case and decide her sentence.

It is such a tragedy, also a shame to the street journalists, media, and other digital citizens ini Indonesia, because Prita Mulyasari is not a terrorist; neither is she a corruptor or a criminal. She was just not satisfied with the service she received from the hospital; hence she sent e-mails to warn some of her friends and other people, which then ended up in some forums and blogs. I would have done the same if I were here, just because it is about your health. If it were food or quality of clothese that we are talking about, it would be so much different. Health is everything. If a doctor mistreats a patient, it is a matter of life and death.

As an Indonesian, I am really ashamed. It should not happen. It must not happen again. And we have to speak up to save Prita from being sentenced to suffer in ugly, Indonesian jail.

Please retweet, forward, or share this information to your friends, followers, or whoever. You can join this Facebook cause, too.

Here are some articles from Indonesian media:

Koran Tempo

Kompas
The Jakarta Post

2 June 2009

Liputan Tong Tong Fair 2009

Tong Tong Fair aka Pasar Malam Besar adalah acara fair tahunan yang selalu diselenggarakan di Malieveld, the Hague. Pasar Malam Besar dulunya adalah kumpulan stand-stand Indonesia yang memamerkan kebudayaan dan keunikan Indonesia: mulai dari stand baju-baju batik, kerajinan tangan, sampai, yang tidak pernah terlewatkan, stand makanan Indonesia.

Tahun ini nama Pasar Malam Besar diubah menjadi Tong Tong Fair. Tong Tong adalah Event Organiser Pasar Malam Besar. Menurut kabar burung yang beredar, Tong Tong berpikir akan lebih menguntungkan kalo Fair ini tidak hanya diperuntungkkan untuk stand-stand dari Indonesia; tapi dari seluruh Asia. Alhasil, tahun ini nama Pasar Malam Besar berganti menjadi Tong Tong Fair dan memang benar, kita bisa melihat stand-stand dari negri Cina, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Surinam, dan of course Indonesia.


Tong Tong Fair berlangsung selama 10 hari, mulai dari 21 Mei - 1 Juni 2009 dan bertempat di sebuah lapangan besar bernama Malieveld. Biaya masuk ke Tong Tong Fair sungguh sangat mengejutkan: umum 11,50 Euro (weekend 14,50 Euro) dan student 9 Euro. Remember 1 Euro = +/- 14 ribu rupiah. Dan biaya ini hanya untuk masuk, tidak ada yang namanya dapat nasi kotak atau free drink. Untunglah Oma bisa dapet tiket gratis, karena malam sebelumnya Oma abis ngejob MC di Indonesian embassy. Kalo ngga, bisa jadi ngga ada liputan ini :P

Antrian masuk cukup terorganised. Dengan 3-4 kassa untuk membeli tiket masuk, bisa dengan kontan atau pake ATM, pengunjung dengan cepat bisa masuk dan menikmati suasana eksotik di Tong Tong Fair. Begitu masuk, kita bisa melihat peta untuk menunjukkan dimana letak ini-itu. Bagian pertama dari Tong Tong Fair dipenuhi dengan stand-stand yang menjual patung-patung, kerjinan tangan, ada juga tanaman-tanaman, dan berbagai macam stand dari seluruh Asia. Kita bisa melihat penjual batik, asseccories seperti kalung, gelang, jam tangan cina yang murah-meriah, toko DVD dan CD, dan ada beberapa stand makanan kecil seperti lumpia, risoles, dll, yang menurut Oma kurang menarik, tapi whatever, orang juga banyak yang beli. Lumayan, menurut mereka, jalan-jalan sambil ngemil.

Lokasi ini bernama Grand Pasar, mungkin karena lokasinya yang sangat luas dan juga tempat 'pusat' dari Tong Tong Fair. Di tengah-tengah Grand Pasar, ada panggung megah dimana ada atraksi-atraksi seperti dance, music, dan band-band tempo doeloe, like Blue Diamonds (ada yang tau ngga? :P). Beberapa tahun yang lalu, karena namanya Pasar Malam Besar, artis-artis yang datang kebanyakan artis Indonesia. Dulu pernah ada Alm. Broery, Glenn Fredly, Andre Hehanusa, dan tahun lalu Dewi Yull. Yet, tahun ini, artis dari seluruh Asia bisa berpartisipasi. Kalau tidak salah, tahun ini Harvey Malaiholo yang mewakili Indonesia untuk menyanyi di Tong Tong Fair.

Karena banyak sekali tempat yang harus dikunjungi, Oma dan Herdiann (dan Opa juga ikut :P) mengunjungi 2 tempat: Indonesian Village and Eetwijk (Warung Makan). Di Indonesia Village, ya ini lah tempatnya orang-orang Indonesia. Mau tau yang dijual di sini? Lengkap kap kap kap! Mulai dari kerupuk, abon, keripik paru, ulekan, cobek, obat-obatan kayak Komik, Antangin, Tolak Angin, Balsam, Koyo, layang-layang, wayang, batik, patung-patung, asseccories, dan masiiih banyak lagi deh! Untuk urusan harga, ya kalo dikurs ke Rupiah, emang mahal. Misalnya sekotak Antangin bisa 4 Euro, cobek dan ulekan 10 Euro, kerupuk 2-3 Euro. Tapi, kalau dilihat dari nilai Euro, menurut Oma cukup affordable. Tapi Oma ngga beli apa-apa deh, maklum, student :)

Setelah berkelana di Indonesian Village (dan foto-foto pastinya :P), kami menyiapkan perut untuk menuju ke Eetwijk, hurray! Begitu masuk, kami langsung mencium aroma pisang goreng. I guess it's the most famous Indonesian snack in Holland. Dan, suasana Eetwijk membuat Oma ingat pujasera di Indonesia, atau G Walk, di Surabaya. *jadi kangen* Kalau di Grand Pasar banyak sekali stand-stand dari negara lain, di Eetwijk, stand-stand dimonopoli oleh orang-orang Indonesia. Hanya ada 1-2 stand dari luar Indonesia: (if I am not mistaken) Thailand and Belanda. Oke, Oma akan coba sebutkan makanan apa aja yang ada di sana: Martabak, Sate, kue-kue basah, snack seperti lumpia sampek kroket, restoran padang, Toke 'Oen' Semarang, Kambing Guling, Pisang Goreng dan gorengan lainnya (kayak tempe goreng), penjual Es (mulai Es kopyor sampek Es Tape), dan masiiiih buanyak lagi.

Oma dkk akhirnya ended up makan di Sari Sunda. Kenapa? karena Opa lagi ngidam Kambing Guling, dan karena banyak anak Indonesia yang kerja di sini (I'm proud of you guys!) - fotonya bisa dilihat, anak-anak Indonesia yang berkostum hijau. Sementara Opa pesan Kambing Guling, Herdiann pesan Mie Baso Malang, dan Oma pesan Urapan yang disajikan lengkap dengan ikan makarel (yang dimasak seperti ikan tongkol kalo di Indo). Apapun makanannya, minumnya Teh Botol Sosro! :) Setelah kenyang, kami menyempatkan berjalan-jalan lagi untuk mencegah terjadinya perut buncit :P dan menonton atraksi musik. Ngga tau deh siapa itu, tapi musiknya mayan asyik buat goyang.

Sambil menonton musik, Oma melihat ke sekeliling. Berpikir, ada sesuatu yang salah dengan ini. Setelah beberapa saat, Oma mulai mengerti apa yang salah. Di Belanda, setiap tahunnya orang-orang Belanda, dan bahkan dari luar Belanda, datang berbondong-bondong memadati Tong Tong Fair. Oma melihat orang-orang bule keluar membawa berkantong-kantong belanjaan, entah itu baju batik, patung khas Indonesia, atau makanan khas Indonesia. Ribuan orang memadat pangguung di Grand Indonesia dan kilatan blitz menghiasi langit-langit tatkala tarian Indonesia disajikan. Mengapa ini tidak terjadi di Indonesia? Mengapa orang Eropa begitu mencintai dan menghargai budaya Indonesia, sedangkan orang Indonesia lebih suka membeli baju branded (yang kadang dibuat di Indonesia) atau menolak makan makanan Indonesia dan memilih untuk pergi ke salah satu fast food chain di ibukota.

Ah, semoga orang Indonesia semakin sadar akan kekayaan dan keindahan budaya Indonesia, dan semakin mencintainya.

Dan akhirnya, waktu menunjukkan hampir pukul 11 malam. Kami pun pulang sambil masih mengelus-elus perut yang kekenyangan :P Eh, di dekat pintu keluar ada stand 'Waroeng Koppi'. Lucu.


So, inilah akhir perjalanan kami. Very fun. Hopefully next year there would be better and more interesting things happening at Tong Tong Fair, or should it go back to Pasar Malam Besar?

Salam Tong Tong

For more pictures and possible Herdian would upload his story too, go to Deliopedia

1 June 2009

Be Aware of Clare Welderoff Effect



Full story: Viral Blog

The morale of the story: Socialmenia

Deep in my heart, I sort of wish I could be an internet sensation one day - but in a good way, like because of my brain and expertise - not like Clare's sensation that was caused by her blond, false testimony. But, yeah, good for her

Post your Secret

I went to church this morning by bike. Wonderful!
Wonderful weather and wonderful excercise
*except Bang Tepy grumbled a bit because of the weather - welcome to Holland, darling*

At church, we watched this presentation of pictures taken from PostSecret.

Going home, I check the website, and now am loving the idea of it.

I am so gonna by the book.

Anyway, even though there are some 'secrets' that are related with my life, this one speaks strongly to me. it kinda asked me how far I have pursue my dream.



Also thank to Elv, now I am reflecting and thinking what I have achieved in this 24 years, 6 months.