28 March 2010

Small, but Fierce!*

Not because it is Sunday would I like to share something pretty spiritual to you. I guess it is because I was really touched by this writing.

It is about how we are in this world for certain reason for which we are chosen just because we are we. Sometimes we have a big question mark above our head questioning why certain things happen to our lives. Sometimes, we receive something that we think we do not deserve.

Like for me, the birth of Christ, His suffering on the cross for me, and His ressurection.

Alexander MacLaren commented on this: “(Christ) comes to us in like fashion, and brushes aside all our convenient excuses. He says, ‘I want you, and that is enough. ”

Another section in this writing that inspired me is this following:

Someone once asked Francis of Assisi how he was able to accomplish so much. He replied, “This may be why: The Lord looked down from heaven and said, ‘Where can I find the weakest, littlest man on earth?’ Then He saw me and said, ‘I’ve found him. I will work through him, and he won’t be proud of it. He’ll see that I am only using him because of his insignificance.’ ”

I hope this sharing can inspire you as much as it does to my life. Have a nice week. Wish me luck with my event, Pasar Malam Indonesia this week. If you are around the Hague, please do come around.

Remember, God is looking for ordinary people for extraordinary work.


*Fierce is a term that is commonly used at American's Next Top Model.

24 March 2010

Worst Possibly Scenario

It’s already one month.

I have been working at the Embassy of Republic Indonesia for a month. In the beginning I was super excited that I could get the opportunity to work here, but now, still excited, but I am feeling a lot of things.

There are things that are working not according to what you are used to; even more important, there are things that do not match with your belief, principles, or philosophies.

Is it too hard to comprehend? Is it too hard to adjust? I would say fifty-fifty. There are some things that I can understand from not-my-point-of-view. But there are things that irritate me – hence I hesitate to understand, to adjust even more.

One example about differences we have: working overtime. I was against overtime, because I really don’t want that my me-time to be disturbed; but with this big event coming up, I should sacrifice a lot of me-time.

Anyway, I am glad that I can learn a lot of things from this experience. Like what I read this morning during my quite time: Joy often is sent through pain.

Passage to ponder: “He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10)

17 March 2010

Wedding Proposal

Light Writing Proposal from Derick Childress on Vimeo.



It makes me think how I would be proposed? LOL :P

Any special wedding proposal dream or wish you wanna share? I will think of one soon

15 March 2010

I Heart This Song



Please raise your hand if you know this song!

I realllllyyy love this song. Every time I play this song, my melancholic spot is always responding to the soft, sweet melody.

There is no story behind this, nor this song relates to any specifc occurrence in my life; but, yeah, sometimes you can fall in love with someone or something without any specific reason, no?

Enjoy this song

10 March 2010

My ABG time

Speaking of ABG, Alay, or Ababil (ABG Labil), or the proper word is teenagers, makes me recall of my puberty. Who am I 10 years ago (or more)?

If I should define the young version of me in one sentence, I would say that I was a geek who tried so hard to fit in and be one of the popular elite but got crashed in the midst of the journey of finding the true identity and since then became sort of a downer.

Thank God, I can now happily see myself as a geek and be proud of it. I am happy with my own fashion, my point of view, my opinion, and my belief.

And I am sooo glad that my little sister did not try to fit in. My mom and I have always been encouraging her that it is okay to be different. Because back then, my mom might be still immature about how to handle her new teenager. So, she didn't realise that my failed attempt to fit in had a big impact to my puberty and my early 20s.

So, enough about who I was. Let me tell you how I was by sharing my music, movie, or other interests.

1. Catchy song yet improper girl/boy band


Like the song, hate the group (they were just the karaoke girls


Loveee the group members (esp. Teuku Ryan), love the song

2. Imitating the girl/boy band

These are two of the many songs that I knew the dance by heart :P *embarrassed*





3. Swapping diary book (thus other people could fill it in. And it was very important to give it to your favorite boy at school. I never had the guts to give it to my favorite boy. But my friends did it once for me :P) *double embarrassed*

4. I hated girly stuff. I only would wear trousers, not-so-tight t-shirt/shirt, and jeans. Never wore any make-up but a bit of mosturizing cream (I had to because of my dry skin) and lip therapy (because of my overly dry lips).

5. I heart Michael Owen. He was my first, imaginary, love :P

6. The first concert I went to was the one of One Way Band - yes, indeed, the drummer that I had mentioned before in this blog, played (and is still playing) in this band.

7. I had always wanted to smoke, but never dared.

8. I had ever committed suicide, but it failed - THANK GOD! (I told ya I was a downer)

9. Some soap operas I loved were Shangrilla, Abad 21, Noktah Merah Perkawinan, dan Doaku Harapanku.

10. My grandma and I loved watching Spanish soap opearas together. We loved Casandra, Maria Mercedes (and some other soap with Thalia in), and Carousel.

11. I "dated" for the first time when I was like 13 years old? It lasted for 2 months :P

12. The movie that I loved, and still do now, was 10 Things I Hate About You. First, it was because of the poem in the end; second, it was because of Heath Ledger.

13. Called my favorite radio station (it was EBS FM or Istara FM) and requested songs, shared stories (alias curhat), or joined some quizzes (which I had never won) :P

14. Finally, the big fun is my current fiancee was back then my biggest enemy :P I even have sworn that I would never say Hi to him. Look what is happening to me now! :D

Any similarities with your memories being a teenager?

9 March 2010

Tips Untuk Para ABG

Di kala deadline sedang mengejar-ngejar, seorang teman membagikan link menarik: http://fuckyeahalays.tumblr.com/%20

Pertamanya Oma kira mirip dengan Nicetry, but it is actually very different. Website ini adalah sebuah website yang mengolok-olok atau menertawakan ke-alay-an para alay.

Apabila Anda belum tahu apa itu Alay, Alay adalah Anak Layangan, atau kalo menurut KasKus, Alay = ABG Katro, atau kalo menurut Oma, Alay adalah ABG Lebay.

Honestly, I was really surprised to look at this reality. Ngga nyangka aja kalo anak ABG sekarang berubah banget dari jaman dulu.

Mungkin karena dulu teknologi belum secanggih sekarang. Dulu juga belum ada yang namanya Facebook, Twitter atau YouTube.

Ternyata anak-anak sekarang berani-berani, not as in pemberani, tapi lebih ke NEKAD. Melihat foto-foto mereka yang vulgar, ngga heran ada kasus hilangnya anak-anak remaja, entah dibawa lari oleh para Oom-oom, atau melarikan diri bersama pangeran tampannya.

Foto dengan bibir yang dimanyunkan
Foto dengan tang-top warna putih
Foto dengan pose yang sok seksi.
Atau dengan pose yang benar-benar membahayakan seperti ini.

Dan bukan hanya remaja cewek yang banci tampil di Social networking sites, tapi juga para pria, dengan gaya-gaya yang ajaib pula
Dengan boxer yang sok cute
Atau dengan rambut bermodel aneh dan dicat warna aneh

Oma jadi bertanya-tanya, maksud mereka melakukan hal-hal ini apa ya?


Apakah mereka kekurangan media untuk berekspresi? Apakah mereka ingin numpang terkenal, pengen beken seperti artis-artis sinetron itu? Cari sensasi? Atau hanya ikut-ikutan?

Apapun alasannya, Oma rasa, fenomena Alay di Internet ini harus diberi perhatian khusus. Bukan, Oma tidak menyarankan PERMEN PAHIT untuk diterapkan, Oma sangat-sangat tidak setuju dengan peraturan aneh itu. Tapi, para ABG ini harus diberi nasehat, diberi tahu apa yang boleh dilakukan di Internet dan apa yang tidak boleh.
Siapa yang harus melakukan ini?

Orang tua, of course. Namun, kadang orang tua sering dianggap kuper, ketinggalan jaman atau kampungan oleh anak-anaknya. So, harapan kedua adalah para pendidik, alias guru-guru. Mengeluarkan anak dari sekolah karena menulis kata-kata kasar di Facebook, atau menulis complain tentang gurunya, kurang dianjurkan. Sebaiknya mereka ini harus diberi perhatian lebih, dituntun, dan diberitahu mana yang baik dan mana yang salah.

Maka dari itu, guru-gurunya juga harus gaul donk! Jangan mau kalah sama alay-alay ini :)

Kalau mau dapetin tips tentang bagaimana para pendidik harus bersikap terhadap murid-muridnya, atau kalau para orang tua mau tau cara mendidik ABG, ini, Oma kenal orang yang ahli di bidang ini. Namanya Ibu Sinta. Ibu Sinta ini is my wonderful mom. Beliau adalah kepala sekolah sekaligus konselor keluarga dan pendidikan. Monggo kalo mau dikontak atau diwawancara. Beliau sudah beberapa kali menangani kasus yang berhubungan dunia per-facebook-an di sekolah dimana beliau mengajar.

Dan untuk para alay, ini ada tips dari Mbak Nez yang menurut Oma sangat-sangat bagus. Buat yang punya anak yang masih ABG atau saudara atau kenalan, silahkan forward link ini: Tips untuk Adik-adik ABG yang Manis.

3 March 2010

Apakah Anda Masih Berintegritas?

Sebuah pertunjukan menghebohkan, lebih heboh dari Broadway, kemarin digelar di Indonesia. Lokasinya di Gedung DPR. Nama pertunjukkannya Sidang Paripurna.

Bukannya bangga, saya ngenes, malu, dan sedih.

Dan tidak hanya itu yang membuat saya sedih, saya sedih karena, quoted from @wimar – twitter account-nya Pak Wimar Witoelar, Metro TV sekarang sudah sedikit berubah haluan. Metro TV menjadi biased. Saya jadi bertanya, apakah Metro TV sudah ‘dibeli’? Atau mereka sudah takut untuk tampil beda?

Tampil beda. Adakah dari kita yang berani tampil beda di jaman sekarang? Tampil beda yang saya maksud adalah menjadi terang ditengah kegelapan, menjadi putih di tengah-tengah hitam, menjadi manusia di tengah-tengah drakula. Berintegritas ditengah-tengah corrupted generation.

Integritas. Suatu kata yang mungkin sudah semakin langka. Ada baiknya kita buka kamus dan melihat arti kata Integritas. Inilah arti kata integritas yang saya temukan:

Integritas (Integrity) adalah bertindak konsisten sesuai dengan nilai-nilai dan kebijakan organisasi serta kode etik profesi, walaupun dalam keadaan yang sulit untuk melakukan ini. Dengan kata lain, “satunya kata dengan perbuatan”. Mengkomunikasikan maksud, ide dan perasaan secara terbuka, jujur dan langsung sekalipun dalam negosiasi yang sulit dengan pihak lain.

Walk the talk. Itulah konklusi yang saya ambil dari definisi di atas.

Kalau kata @paulocoelho di tweetnya kemarin malam (2 Maret 2010): Don’t say No if you want to say Yes. Don’t say Yes if you want to say No. And Maybe is for people who don’t want to commit. If you are not sure, just keep silent.

Berintegritas, gampang kah? Kalau dari definisi di atas, menurut saya berintegritas tidak gampang. Saya sendiri tidak yakin saya sudah melakukannya dengan baik. Tapi at least saya berusaha.

At least saya tidak lempar palu ke muka orang yang tidak saya suka.

At least saya tidak teriak-teriak, atau mendorong-dorong kolega saya dengan cara yang menjurus ke anarkis.

At least saya tidak bisa dibeli dengan uang untuk mengatakan hal-hal yang saya tahu tidak benar.

At least saya belum pernah disuruh bos saya untuk melakukan hal-hal yang tidak sesuai dengan hati nurani.

At least, saya belum pernah mencuri uang, apalagi yang belakangnya ada tulisan M atau T.

Dan at least, saya rasa saya belum pernah berbahagia di atas penderitaan orang lain.

Bagaimana dengan Anda?

Semoga juga belum, dan tidak pernah, ya.