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25 December 2008

Christmas Contemplation When The Bell Ringing

A few days ago, I visited a mall to buy something. The atmosphere was very rousing with Christmas decorations and I believe also occurs around the world. Producers take advantage of Christmas moment to compete and increase sales with tempting offers, such as: discount 20%, 30%, 40%, buy one get one, etc. Parents busy thinking about what the gift should be purchased, and children imagining of what the gift they will get. Many people calculate their money for the best holiday package. That's NOT wrong!

But... when the bell is ringing....
Before: Christmas is the birth of Savior!
Now: Santa, where is my gift?
Before: That is the beginning of the redemption of our sin.
Now: Let's be happy for welcoming Christmas and new year.
Before: Jesus has come in simplicity.
Now: Let's go holiday !

I'm just imagining the genuine spirit of why we celebrate Christmas has gone. And... in this opportunity, I want to tell you that the Christmas bell resounding the call to the soul to follow the star in the East and lead you to the Savior. Then... I wanna ask you, where is the genuine spirit of Christmas? Let back to the Bible!

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

Merry Christmas to all of you, and hope the God willing to forgive our sin.

23 December 2008

In Memory, my beloved brother

Actually, I do not think to make this post. But at one night, suddenly I look at his photo and remembered all his kindness and beautiful memories when he was still with us. Today, December 23th 2008, exactly one year ago, my beloved brother, Rudiansyah Guyana, leave us forever. He was a kind-hearted man, helpful to others, a man who love his family, an independent person, hard worker, and always want to go forward to reach for his dreams in order to be success in life and marry using his own money.

I still remember when I was in hard conditions, he always gave genuine support. I never forget when I get married... he by sincerely gave some money to me by saying "For anything". Although a very little amount, but in sincerity I felt touched, moreover I knew he got it with very hard. And now... despite I'm a manager who have sizable income, I have no way to reply his kindness because he already went to the other world, forever. Feels like facing the door that was closed for me.

For my lifetime I never forget the moment when he lay dying in the hospital after the accident. At that time I thought of as mentioned in the Bible, Jesus raised the dead, so... I prayed by begging to Jesus to save my brother out of this critical situation. That was the deepest supplication in my life to prove His greatness. But He did not grant it.

No one can replace my brother. Like the Chinese proverb said: "Your parents is like your head, your brother/sister is like your arm, your spouse is like your clothes. There is NO former parent or former brother/sister in this world !!"

I let this post stay forever here as a remembrance for my beloved brother, with the hope, someday, while browsing on the internet, my children will find and read it, knowing the feeling of their father to their uncle. May God be willing to accept all the good deeds that he had done in this world, Amen!

Please also read an essay about mother and child. After read it, whether you still thinking to send your mother to the nursing home? CLICK HERE

13 December 2008

The Future In Our Hands

Have you ever heard about the end of the world (doomsday)? Let me share the list of human predictions against these issue. Unfortunately, all predictions are wrong. My friend ever said: "There are many faithful peoples in this world, and their prayer will prevent it"

Apart from the matter above, in this opportunity I only want to share a video that attracted my attention. The author only give the initials name as "fwywarrior".
Click "The Future Of Our World" to play.

This post also inspired by the global issue that we are facing now, such as global warming (climate change), ozone layer depletion (or ozone hole), several animals that was extinct, new disease that appear in human life in this century. Many scientists spend their time in effort to fight climate change. At least we also think to our own grandchildren. What can we do to help prevent Climate Change? Personally many things that we can do to appreciate the scientists effort. If you care about it, click here.
Welcoming Christmas and Old & New 2008-2009, let us muse the future. Whether this earth has old enough to support our life?

02 December 2008

HIV / AIDS - Shame Or Disease

Bloggers unite on World AIDS DayThe first known case of HIV in Indonesia was in a foreign tourist in Bali in 1987, and now has reached a level that is very concerned. According to State Minister of Development Planning / Chairperson of the National Development Planning Agency (Indonesian : Menteri Negara Perencanaan Pembangunan/Kepala Bappenas), Paskah Suzetta, in 2004, AIDS cases are only found in 16 provinces, but at the end of the year 2007 the same case was found in 32 provinces in Indonesia.

Personally, I see there was a paradigm in eastern culture that should be overcome particularly the matters related to sexually transmitted disease, that is:

  1. Shame if being infected by the HIV / AIDS because it was considered the venereal disease, therefore the sufferer tended to close himself.
  2. Shame to be known had adulterous.
  3. There was the opinion who said that the action of distributing condom was indirectly legalizing free sex.
  4. Shame to meet doctor or carry out the blood test for the problem related to sexual.
  5. Woman tend to succumb in the usage of contraception and men tend to be reluctant to use condom.
  6. There are the embarrassed feeling if must buy a condom in a shop.
Paradigm above, according to me enough for impede the prevention of HIV / AIDS epidemic. Also to the people who infected by HIV / AIDS, I beg you not doing a revenge to spread your disease to other people. I will proudly salute if you willing to protect our fellow who is still healthy. I pray to the God to see your noble effort.

To find out about HIV / AIDS, click here. To find out about how to prevent HIV / AIDS, click here. To find the services for HIV / AIDS in Indonesia, click here.
This post is part of Bloggers Unite for World AIDS Day.

26 November 2008

Musing Of The Pornography Law

On Thursday, October 30th 2008, People's Representative Council of The Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian: Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Republik Indonesia/DPR RI) has been legalize the draft of pornography law. The definition of pornography in that law are:

BAB I, Pasal 1 (1):
Pornografi adalah materi seksualitas yang dibuat oleh manusia dalam bentuk gambar, sketsa, ilustrasi, foto, tulisan, suara, bunyi, gambar bergerak, animasi, kartun, syair, percakapan, gerak tubuh, atau bentuk pesan komunikasi lain melalui berbagai bentuk media komunikasi dan/atau pertunjukan di muka umum, yang dapat membangkitkan hasrat seksual dan/atau melanggar nilai-nilai kesusilaan dalam masyarakat.

BAB I, Pasal 1 (2):
Jasa pornografi adalah segala jenis layanan pornografi yang disediakan oleh orang perseorangan atau korporasi melalui pertunjukan langsung, televisi kabel, televisi teresterial, radio, telepon, internet, dan komunikasi elektronik lainnya serta surat kabar, majalah, dan barang cetakan lainnya.

Try to translated in English:
Chapter I, Article 1 (1):
Pornography is sexuality material which made by human in the form of the picture, sketch, illustration, photograph, writing, voice, sound, moving picture, animation, cartoon, poem, conversation, body movement, or the other form of communication message through various forms of the communication media and/or performance in front of public, which could generate the sexual desire and/or violated the values of morality in the community.

Chapter I, Article 1 (2):
The pornography service is any kind of the pornography service that provided by personal or corporation through the direct performances, cable television, teresterial television, radio, telephone, internet, and other electronics communication as well as the newspaper, magazine, and the other printed matter.

Discussions towards this bill has been begun since 1997 in the People's Representative Council, and until now (after being legalized) there are still many sides who reject this law. When the session for legalize the draft law, often happens interruptions, even two faction, PDIP and PDS, carried out the walk out action. In fact, pornography law have the good intention, to fight pornography which is quite rampant at this era. Many younger generations ever had sex in the early age or was pregnant without married. A phenomenon of the moral value which quite make parents feel restless. According to BBC News, in England, plans to change the law to make it illegal to pay for sex also have attracted criticism from a number of groups.



My personal musing to this issue are:
1) Fortunately, in the pornography law also mentioned that the production, dissemination, and the use of sexuality material can be done for the interests of and possess the value of: art and culture, customs traditions, traditional ritual. If not, the culture (traditional clothes from several ethnic groups), the art (female painting which rather vulgar, naked statue), the science (picture/statue of human body anatomy), could contravene pornography law. I do not know whether bodybuilding contest (sport) also violate these laws.

2) The story about adultery has been exist since the epoch of the prophets until now. According to you how many similar laws in this world that has been created to combat the matters related to pornography. Is pornography become lessen or rampant? Therefore I'm not sure this law will drastically reduce the pornography. Moreover, according to Forbes news, the industry of pornography is an industry billions of dollars.

3) I still believe that the establishment of the human moral will be more effective if done since they born through the education from families and religion, not after they become adults.

4) However, about pornography, the law can only see the outer part through eye and ear, moreover must with the prove, NOT to the inner side (our mind). How if I became passionate when seeing a sexy woman? Can you say I'm porn? Biologically that is very normal and natural (no problem). According to the religion it's a sin, but the pornography law cannot see it. Hmm.... only me.

If you have time, please also read the other sides of true story about night worker ladies, between pity and cost of living. I wanna ask your opinion after read it. Immoral? Social disease? or more realistic? They did not need the feeling of pity or sermon from you. Can you help them financially or give the actual way out?
(Picture taken from http://wikipedia.org)

14 November 2008

Flood In Samarinda City

From Friday, November 7th 2008 (Indonesian time), the flood was happened at several place in Samarinda city, and four days next (November 11th) has overflowed into more areas. Close to afternoon the electricity around the city has switched off by the electric company. At one place, a student Roby has died because the flood's water containing electric current derived from the traffic light pole. That's the reason why the electricity cannot be switched on until they find its problems.


Local newspapers had reported that in several place the flood's height is about 40 to 100 cm and flooding over hundreds houses. School and shop in serious flood location has been holiday. From obtained news, the flood was caused by the high rainfall, dam water overflowed, the river water was rising and was aggravated with the shallow riverbed. In the area of the Unmul botanic garden, as many as thirteen crocodile was wandering because of his pen were broken as a result of being bashed by the flood.

Enough for the sad news. The next is I want to say thank you so much for those who gave the award to this blog, that is:
  1. Lori, giving The Smile Stone Award. An award for bloggers who show kindness and spreading happiness around.
  2. Mckay, giving Lemonade Award. This award is given to blogs demonstrating a great attitude of gratitude.
  3. Carol King, giving Lemonade Award too.
  4. White Shadow, giving a tag for this blog.
  5. Joops, giving Brilliant Blogger Award.
  6. Iron Woman, giving a tag for this blog.
Also never forget for those who already gave the award previously. Please visit their site/blog to see the award for this blog. The soul of this blog is come from all of you, and as the reply, I dedicated this blog for humanity. The spirits of this blog is yours.

10 November 2008

A Post For Voiceless Refugees

The suffering.
Perhaps, we could says that the poor's life is suffer. Yes, they suffers financially, but they still having the loved family. Then, how the sufferings of someone who lost the loved ones and didn't know where to remain because of no countries accepting them officially. Can you imagine it ?

According to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), Article 1 A (2) of the 1951 Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status Of Refugees, the term “refugee” shall apply to any person who:
As a result of events occurring before 1 January 1951 and owing to wellfounded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.

In this opportunity I hope the countries that did not yet ratify the 1951 Convention above, willing to do it.

I quote a very interesting comment from Rummuser, in my post "Give Your Voice For Refugee", like these :
"....India is already an overpopulated country. So far it has accepted these refugees and tried to get them to be better off than they were before they left their countries. Now, with terrorists being identified from among the so called refugees, a back lash is building up and there are fears that the problems can only get worse. If the countries of origin of these people would do something about keeping them in their own countries, it would help!!"

How you think about the matter of terrorist among refugees? How to solve it?
Photo taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugees

08 November 2008

President Barack Obama - an musing from USA

While on other still hear about :
1) Majority VS minority.
2) Yellow, brown, black OR white.
3) How the REAL democracy.
4) How ACCEPTED the defeat.
5) How the NATION above of personal.
6) How ABILITY above of appearance.
7) How the elections ending elegantly.

With Barack Obama being a President of The United States, they have been prove it to the world. No talk but actions.
Photo taken from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama

04 November 2008

Give Your Voice For Refugees

On November 10th, 2008, thousands of bloggers will write about the various challenges faced by the 11 million people who have no country to call home and the 40 million more who have been displaced because of war, conflict and natural disasters. It's hoped the world of blogosphere will unite to raise their voices on behalf of millions voiceless refugees. To ask the world to face the atrocities to humanity. To increase the awareness of human rights. Participating is easy and for more information please visit Bloggers Unite. There, you will find various badges and even source material for write a post.

By being participating, you also helping Refugees United, a non-profit, independent, non-political, non-religious & non-government organizations, that helps refugees in their search for lost loved ones (family or friends) through the use of the internet, and to end the torture of not knowing where relatives are in this world. Possibly your beloved person who was lost within the war, disaster or conflict, could be found through their database.

Yes, you may be says that these global action cannot ending the refugee problems totally. But you should consider that posting in a blog also same with journalistic, moreover can be read by millions people around the world. Your one post if combined with millions out there will creates an extraordinary lens to be viewed. Your actions will matter, what are you waiting for?

Related post: Blog Action Day 2008 - Spirit To Fight Poverty

30 October 2008

Money For Nothing But For Financial Crisis

What is money? Many joke about money. For me, an ordinary man, says "Money is my payment's tools for get some goods and services". Conversely for those who receive my money. So simple and beautiful. Probably you said that is conservative models, but I say this is THE REAL TRADING.

I have a very rich friend and I know he like to observe the figures in the stock exchange through the computer, because he also the stock exchange player. By chance we met in a restaurant and he ask me for gather together. Most of our discussions are about the global financial crisis, because that was the hottest issue. From the fall of the share price and index figures in several world stock exchanges to the reaction of several countries for rescue it. From all of our discussions, there was an interesting part which I want to share in this article (translated in English):
Me : "Still playing the share in stock exchange?"
He : "Scarce at lately because the situation was uncertain"
Me : "How is your view for the share at stock exchange now?"
He : "Huh... like swimming in turbid water, difficult to see its direction"
Me: "Ever had bitter experience?"
He : "I lost almost Rp. 5,800,000,000 in several minutes", he said lightly.
(Wow... a fantastic number for me, huh...)
Me : "Then, what has you get with such money?"
He : "Hm... nothing, just disappear like the wind" he said while breathing.
Me : "Please stop, your wealth could be finished", I said with joking.
And... he gave the amazing answer, like this:
He : "I thought, I did not disrupt my family life. All the family needs has been fulfilled, moreover I opened a deposit account in a bank which its interest more than enough for them. I only using my excess money because I liked the challenge"

Long time I imagine for what he said above. The group of people like him (I calls it the "gambler group") spent money not for anything, only to play the "figures" at the stock exchange computer (I calls it the bookie). On the other hand, the country spent its public's money only to rescue the "figures" too. It's crazy! Gambler lose + bookie panic = rescued by public's money. Incredibly! The fluctuation of stock exchange index figures also was determined by the "gambler group". No certain formulas for determining the "value" of trading in the stock exchange. All by estimating the supply and demand then mixing with lustful + greed + gambling spirits. Did this group of people plays a big role in global financial crisis? Please musing it!

My friend, if you read this article, you know that I'm not write your name.
Related article: Chinese Proverb About Money

24 October 2008

Capital Punishment Against Bali Bombers

Last night, when I watching TV, I be attracted with the news about capital punishment against the main performers of the Bali Bombings incident. According to "TV One" (one of the Indonesian TV broadcasting), on October 24, 2008 (means today), the Indonesian attorney general will announce the execution plan for them. Faced that announcement, their family will put forward the re-consideration through their lawyer team next week.

Yes, according to the law, they were guilty and must be punished. But the capital punishment is equivalent with splitting the soul from the body. My big question is "Whether these world must have the capital punishment?" I don't know!

Photo: The Bali bombing memorial on the site of Paddy's Pub.
Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Bali_bombings

21 October 2008

The Essence Of Blogging

Previously... when I browsing on the internet, I often faced with the passive site, which it only gave one-way communication. Read and finish, afterwards gone to other site (also read and finished). The only things that could be done was, click "Contact Us" and sent a message to the author.

Later... emerged the messenger's technology, like mIRC, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Messenger, etc. (referred to "chatting"). Indeed this the two-way communication, but still not enough to keep tons of our thought and idea permanently.

Now... by using the service from Blogspot, Wordpress, TypePad, LiveJournal, etc. it create a cyberspace with more live and enjoy. Anyone could share the thoughts, idea, story, and interact with each other in manner of two-ways. Moreover there are those who wrote "Welcome to my home" in a blog. I feel like visiting my neighbor although they were very far from me. I thought cyberspace has been get up from the the silence night with the existence of blogosphere.

In this opportunity, I wanted to share several blog / site which I often visit it, perhaps you also like to visit them, that is:
  1. Wikipedia, here you can search a lot of good information. May be become your inspiration to write an article.
  2. Greenpeace International, for you who cares about environment.
  3. Asia Pacific Solidarity Network, here you can get information around the Asia-Pacific.
  4. Indonesian Politics, you can read a lot of abstracts of books about Indonesian politics.
  5. Ramana's Musings, find good musing in this blog. The author have very well thoughts from his experience and you can discuss various matters with him.
  6. Set Our Teachers Free, a blog which dedicated to education problems.
  7. Personal Reflections, the owner of this blog have wide experience and his articles was very interesting to be read.
Do not see the origin of the blog above, but see the contents inside. I believe, there are a lot of great blog, in fact the best, but at this moment only that from my limited knowledge. Let me know of another best blog by sharing it in comment. Happy blogging to everyone!

15 October 2008

Blog Action Day 2008 - Spirit To Fight Poverty

The problem of poverty has become global issue and often was used as main material in various debates and discussions. Thousands of programs have been created to oppose poverty, from the levels of individual, government and internationally. Will poverty end??? Today, October 15, 2008, millions blogger around the world, including this blog, creates post about poverty and hope will rise an awareness towards that issue.

There are many definitions about poverty, but I gazed at poverty from three points of view :
1) Absolute Poverty.
If someone unable to fill up the main needs for food, clothes, residence, health, education.
2) Relative Poverty.
Someone that has been at position above from absolute poverty but below the capability of the community around.
3) Cultural Poverty.
This tightly related to the attitude of someone or community who did not want to try (lazy) to improve the standard of living although having efforts from others that wanted to help.

Below is my view to fight poverty :
1) Stop The Economic Embargo.
Stop the economic embargo against the other country, because it related to the living.
2) Programs of Quality Education.
This the long-term aim! Creates quality manpower to be able to compete in the globalization era. It must the quality education!!! Because the low standard education is not on its era now.
3) Create Embarrassed Culture.
Create the embarrassed feelings if unable to support family personally. This feelings also including for the grafter.
4) Create Employment Opportunities.
This one is not my skill. There are a lot of expert and government who know more. I just seeing many unemployment because of narrow employment opportunities.

Next... if you have a "crazy idea" to share with other, feel free to add in comment.

The proverb which I like it:
1. Don't give the fish but gave the fishhook.
2. Grateful for what you owned, if not, you will always feels lack because the human wish has no limit.
Related article : Were They Covered by Insurance
Source of picture : Wikipedia

12 October 2008

Open Letter To All The President

Dear The President
Around the world

I write this open letter because feels sad towards various frightening problems throughout the history of human life, like war, conflict, terrorism, racialism, global warming, and global financial crisis at this time. I only could using this blog as a media to reveal the feelings.

Below was my hope and dream to all The President around the world:
1. The Country Without Military.
Imagine how big the budget for military all over the world? Imagine its effect if it being used for research and programs for food, health, education, environment, including to overcome the global financial crisis at this time. I am sure the results will be more beneficial for the life of human. Why military weapons still being produced and why present generations did not yet regret. The creator of atomic bomb has regretted on his creation. I'm dreaming there are only one military force that is commanded by The United Nations and used only for maintain world peace. Completely remove the military force in all countries, so as all the countries did not need to worry towards the military threat. I'm sure everyone in this world will be happy.

2. Statement of Togetherness Globally.
Human exist before any religion emerged on this earth. The universe exist before the human. And God, Who is The ONE, exist far before the universe, human and any religion. Muse it, who is the owner of my soul, your soul, their soul and the soul of each creature in this world. Only had one owner or many? If one why we must be different??? Discussions or debate that give umbrage to an ethnic, race, religion, physical or gender differences, were an insult towards the creation of the God.

3. Statement of Responsibility To The Next Generations.
A lot of responsibility at present generations of bequeathing a world that was still beautiful to the next generations. One of them are responsibility for environment. Look at the list of animals or plants that were extinct in these century. It is hoped our grandchild directly can be still seeing a panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) or komodo (Varanus komodoensis). How with the nuclear waste, global warming, etc. I realized that this not an easy matters, must be supported globally.

This open letter is coming from my heart and dream and also for The United Nations. Forgive me if having impolite words or incorrect grammar that make some misinterpretation, because English was the second language for me.

With Love and Prayers,
Sincerely,
Tikno.
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Related articles:
If One Why Different
Cause and Effect - An Musing

01 October 2008

Happy Eid ul-Fitr / Selamat Idul Fitri

Happy Eid ul-Fitr to all Muslim brothers and sisters in Indonesia and around the world. I beg you please to forgive me from your inner and outer soul if I have made any mistake to you. At this occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, let our heart be opened each other for FORGIVENESS. Greetings to you all, may God bless all of us.

Selamat hari raya Idul Fitri kepada semua saudara / saudari umat Muslim di Indonesia dan seluruh dunia. Saya memohon maaf lahir dan bathin jika saya telah berbuat salah pada Anda. Pada kesempatan Idul Fitri ini, marilah masing-masing dari kita membuka hati untuk saling MEMAAFKAN. Salam untuk Anda, semoga Tuhan memberkati kita semua.
*** PEACEFUL / KEDAMAIAN ***

27 September 2008

Abuse of The Indonesian Migrant Worker

I often heard the tragic story of the Indonesian female migrant worker who worked overseas. Not only Indonesia, there are also many migrant worker from the other developing country. In Indonesia, female manpower that was sent to overseas was known as TKW (abbreviation of Tenaga Kerja Wanita). However the term of TKW was often connoted with the servant or maid or the blue-collar worker.

Apparently they were in the weak position, perhaps because of a woman, because of many tragic and sad incidents that were experienced by them, that is:
  • Salary was reduced and even not be paid by their employer.
  • Illegal levy by the person who was not responsible or tricked by the illegal TKW agency.
  • Receive the salary that below the standard payment in the country where they worked.
  • Sexual insulting or be raped until pregnant.
  • Received the torturing, even there are those that became paralyzed or died, etc.
Everyone certainly wishing a better job. Then why they're willing to become TKW or the blue-collar worker? Some factors that became the cause were:
  • Low education.
  • Did not have special skills.
  • Narrow employment opportunities for them.
  • The burden of the family's cost.
  • Interesting to the more higher salary that was offered.
Beside their tragic story, there were also many success stories and praise for them, that is:
  • They are also acknowledged as the "hero" of foreign exchange, because of the number of funds that was sent by them to Indonesia has achieved 14 digits for a year.
  • Many of them could buy a house or car, increased welfare of their family and could makes the neighbour become jealous.
  • There were those who lived appropriate because their company provided facilities, like a condominium with swimming pool and fitness center, good food, health care, etc.
  • Every month they could send money to family, for the cost of the child's school, buy new clothes, ate good foods, etc.
The effect for the family that a mother became a TKW overseas was: 1) The child quite few to receive the mother's affection. 2) The phenomenon of the husband who tended to do the affair because of be leaved by their wife for long time. My view towards the TKW problem was as follows:
  1. We must improve the quality of education so that they become skilled worker and got the more better job.
  2. Improve the system and mechanism of the sending of manpower to overseas.
  3. The illegal TKW agency must be caught and brought to the court.
  4. They're not a robot, they're human who also have dignity.
  5. They (TKW) do the fighting for their family's life, for the future of their children, SO... I SAID THEY (TKW) MUCH BETTER THAN SCHOLAR PEOPLE WHO JUST UNEMPLOYED, LAZY AND DO NOTHING.
Source of picture & news : Suara Merdeka (1-2) / BBC Indonesia (1) / Migrant Care (1) / Indosiar News (1) / IndoTKW (1) / Liputan6 SCTV (1) / Media Indonesia (1-2-3-4-5) / Antara News (1-2-3-4-5) / Detik News (1-2) / Kompas (1-2-3) / Tempo Interaktif (1-2-3) / BNP2TKI (1-2)

Related Articles:
* Night Worker Ladies between Pity and Cost of Living
* Fuel Price Rising = Spring Rolls Cake
* An Hour With Family
* Were They Covered by Insurance

17 September 2008

Cause and effect - an musing

Why i write this post...?? Because i see a lot of enmity actions, ugly debate, until the human tragedy that is the attack on the twin tower of World Trade Center (often referred to as WTC 9/11). Also flood disaster in China, India, United States, Indonesia and other countries. There were many horrifying incidents throughout the history of human life until today. What the wrong? Okay... okaaay, you can says that is the foolish question, but...

Here, i write several happening which i worry about. According to you whether it is true the cause and effect below:
CAUSE -- EFFECT -- CAUSE
  1. Global warming -- Gas emissions of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). I ever heard a joke: Too many human cause human body also produces warm. Feel in a room (3x4 M) with 1 person and 10 person (No...no... only a joke).
  2. Flood & landslide -- Random dig of the forest.
  3. Conflict, war, terrorism -- egoism, claim on the truth. Pssst... I rarely heard the claim on the mistake (he..he..).
  4. Racialism -- Superior feelings and under estimate to others.
  5. hmm... please help me for the next & for sharing.
The Old Testament that i like very much:
A mother who afraid to swim will immediately jump into the pond in order to rescue her child who be under water
A dog that already pushed in a corner, if continuing to be pressed will turn to oppose you
Body could be controlled but NOT to the heart

End of words, anything that will be made, think first about its result, whether will disrupt an equilibrium or not. For example: equilibrium of politic (equality), equilibrium of spiritual, equilibrium of nature (etc. help me for the next, please). I know my post here was imperfect because i only the ordinary man. Feel free to review and correction. -- LOVE YOU --

Inspired source: Global Warming - International Archives of 9/11 - Union of Concerned Scientists - Federal Emergency Management Agency - Global Warming International Center - Carbon dioxide, global warming and you

10 September 2008

Unwritten Law

Two days ago i experience an accident on the road. A mother by taking her child by a motorcycle suddenly crash with my car. They fall beside of the car tire, crying & shout out for help. Several people around us, including me, immediately help them. In fact the mother's wound was not serious, only a little scratch on arm and her child is fine. Her motorcycles has a little crack at splaschguard part. Several people around us asking me to "yield" (wow... although I'm on the true position and on the right side). They said, "Who bigger should yield to the small". Their intentions is who own the car should yield against who own the motorcycle. "What the crazy? Her motorcycle that hit my car, not me to her", i said with mumble in my heart. By rational i struggle. Here, i often found irrational opinion on several case of the road accident if crashes to an pedestrians. If you who drives the vehicle (car or motorcycle) then you who must be responsible anyway, even if you are true. But... finally, because of the feeling of humanity and pity, also apparently they the person who had difficulty, i give her some money for medical treatment and for repair her motorcycle. This decision is come from my heart and i termed the UNWRITTEN LAW. I don't know whether an corruptor who was immune to the law can be said a phenomenon from the "Unwriten Law" too (ha... ha... I laugh with the face frown).

From the experience above i feel that actually human live in the equilibrium of between logic (law) and sense (humanism), between yes/no and wisdom, goodness and badness, positive and negative. Sophisticated technology of computer and internet also from the combination of the electricity signal ON/OFF. With more musing, in fact human were formed from the soul and body. End of word, everything definitely have it pro and con, and that always accompanied the life of humankind.

07 September 2008

Thank You So Much

Since began blogging on July 15, 2008, i felt how beautiful it is to share the opinion with each other around the world. I could express my thoughts and also could read various information from the other person. Really beautiful. I posted this for all that gave the warm touch in my life.

I want to say thank you so much to:
1) Someone who buzzes one of my post on BuzzCritic site. BuzzCritic is a buzz aggregation service who's goal is to track what's buzzing around the interweb.
2) Tamora Hatton Tracy, to help voicing one of my post (an issue about the insurance against the orphanage children). Her site is concern to the issues about health care.
3) Faye Wattleton, the President of the Center for the Advancement of Women, for the warm touch by sending an email to me.
4) Gerri, for accepting & listing my blog on "The Best On Blogspot" with the poll for September 2008. If you love me please vote my blog there (at the category for best personal/Diary blog).
5) Jk/Nancy, by giving me the flower of Someone Special Online
6) Rose, by giving me the Awesome Site Award.
7) Pau-Pau, by giving me the Kind Blogger Award 2008.
8) Malou, by giving me the White Rose.
9) Edy Maryanto, by giving "Este Blog investe..." award.

And to all of my valuable reader that has given their comment on my post, also to all visitor. Without all of you, this blog is useless and no meaning and all the awards above also for you. I LOVE YOU ALL

01 September 2008

If One Why Different

On Sunday, August 31, 2008, i heard a debate from my friends about religion. Each person maintained the opinion that his religion was the most relevant in this century. Wow... like never ending story. Then i asked to each of them: how many God in this universe, according to you? For a moment they were silent, and then partly answered "ONLY ONE". A person among them wanted to debate my question, but i stayed persisting with my question. Then he also answered "ONLY ONE". Then i replied to them "If one, why we must be different and this is my BIG question to you all for debate"

Think about the Greenpeace organization. They cares to our earth, our grandchild's future and does not see about your nationality. Also about Mother Teresa from Calcutta-India. She really cared to the poor, no matter where they came from or what its nationality.

Love-Ely dreaming of ONE-DAY... NO VISA, NO PASSPORT, NO DIFFERENCE, NO POLITICAL INTRIGUE, NO WAR, because we are human who own this earth together. Why not? Like John Lennon said on his song Imagine: "...You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will be as one..."

And one matter more... human has exist before any religions emerged in this earth. The universe has exist before the human. And... God has exist far before the universe, human and any religions. Moreover, who is the owner of my soul, your soul, their soul, and all creatures in this world? If only ONE owner, then why we must be different? This is THE FUNDAMENTAL BROTHERHOOD OF HUMAN. The only problem was... did me ALONE?

24 August 2008

Mother and Child - An Essay

WHEN YOU WERE A KID...
She feed you, but as her reply... you spewed out your food and dropped the plate.
She bathe and clean your body, but as her reply..., you always bedwetting.
She taught you how to walk, but as her reply... you run to and fro when she shout to call you.
She taught you A-B-C-1-2-3, but as her reply... you doodling the wall.
She bought beautiful clothes for your, but as her reply... you soiling her clothes.
She accompanied you went to kindergarten, but as her reply... you shouted NO.. NO..!
She paid your study, but as her reply... you often absent.
She forbid you to see the TV show for adult, but as her reply... you wait until she go out and quietly turn on the TV.

WHEN YOU WERE AN ADULT...
She paid your party for sweet seventeen, but as her reply... you continued the party until daybreak.
She drive you to the school but... you felt shy when the car stop in front of school.
She asked when you came late at night, but as her reply... you said "Oh Mommy, I already adult now, don't worry".
When you marriage, she gave full support, but as her reply... after married you rarely visit her.
When she has been old and need care... you sent her to the nursing home because of troublesome.

And until ONE DAY... God call her and she gone calmly. I am sure at one time you will remember all beautiful memory when she be with you, and the matters that were not fulfilled yet to her. Will you crying? Oh, I said you're LATE !!! because your mother cannot sense your love any more, FOREVER !!!
"Don't cry, my child", she said from heaven.

21 August 2008

Joint Blog Action Day 2008

I know about of this global action from Georganna site and thanks for share it. What is Blog Action Day?
Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. Their aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion. In 2008, the Blog Action Day theme is Poverty.

Please joint with millions blog around the world (Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, etc) to creates an extraordinary lens to view through these issues. Love Ely have joined, how with you? For more information please visit Blog Action Day site.

17 August 2008

Indonesian Independence Day

The Indonesian Declaration of Independence was officially proclaimed at 10.00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 1945, by our first President, Soekarno. Today, August 17, 2008, Indonesia my beloved country, celebrates the 63rd Independence Day. The official theme from the government was (sorry, i did not translate in English to avoid wrong interpretation):

Dengan Semangat Proklamasi 17 Agustus 1945, Kita Lanjutkan Pembangunan Ekonomi Menuju Peningkatan Kesejahteraan Rakyat, serta Kita Perkuat Ketahanan Nasional Menghadapi Tantangan Global.

The good news at this celebration moment was the country's poverty rate has decreased from 17.7 percent in 2006 to 15.4 percent in March 2008. This was the lowest poverty figure during the last 10 years.

If you was here, you may see various unique races to celebrate it, like: Lomba Panjat Pinang, Lomba Lari Karung, Lomba Makan Kerupuk, etc. Neighborhood associations coordinate special activities for the neighborhood children and may request donations from homeowners to sponsor games and prizes for the children. I think this was good activity to strengthen relations between the neighbors.

This was my little effort as a blogger to celebrate our country's Independence Day. Source: Personal observation, http://www.indonesia.go.id, http://en.wikipedia.org

12 August 2008

Were They Covered by Insurance?

Orphanage children
In the 9th anniversary of the company where I worked had create various events. One of the agendas that attracted my attention was the social activity to the "Panti Harapan Anak" (in English: orphanage of children hope). Various social problems that caused them living there. Unethical if i say their cause, but i think was similar with in your place. The interesting question is whether they were protected by the insurance, especially the insurance for their life and education.

Did you know, what was my wife said when I showing the photo above? She said "About three years wish to have a child from our marriage, and was granted by The God after the 3rd year. They that did not want a child even have them fast, moreover left them alone"

Did you know, when I bought an insurance for my daughter (child education insurance), at that time by joking I asked the insurance agency : "Were you interested insuring orphanage children?. The answer that I received was: "Are you kidding?" (ha..ha..ha.. I laughed to them).

For my readers, please shared the policy from your government or states against the orphan or neglected children. Were they covered by insurance? Place your comment here, not just for me, but give your voice to the world.

05 August 2008

Fuel Price Rising = Spring Rolls Cake


On May 24, 2008, the Indonesian government announces the rise of fuel selling price. This caused the demonstration and protest in most places. The price of goods and cost of living increased.

This made my wife, Feli, increasingly determined to sell spring rolls cakes (hmm.. this was his expertise). The main reason was that he wanted to increase family income, for the future. Beforehand, i ever denied her wishes by saying: "Our baby still need your perfect care". But this time, i supported him only with one thought, that is we have to prepare the best future for Ely, our next generation. The reality that could not be ignored that; the best food nutrient and best education are expensive.

Then, what do we want from Ely, our next generation? We only hope she will always remember her parents, for the rest of his life. Only that!!

How about you? Please share your view to me and others.

30 July 2008

Mail from Center for the Advancement of Women organization

When opening my email in Gmail, i felt touched and proud because of getting the letter from "Center for the Advancement of Women" organization, that was related with my article: "Night Worker Ladies". I appealed to the readers to support this organization.

26 July 2008

Night Worker Ladies between pity and cost of living

Women prostitutes I use the term "night worker ladies" for the women who worked in the business of night entertainment (pub, cafe, discotheque, night club, etc) with the task to accompany the guests to drink alcoholic beverage for pleasure and make them happy. Several night entertainment venues in Indonesia used the term : Purel, Ladies, PR (even local or import). My friend from China said them as "bei cuo siao cie" (sorry if I typed incorrect pinyin). Their income is based on the number of hours that was gathered from accompanying their guest and tips.

At this time I worked in one of the best night entertainment, with the position on the managerial level. I often saw several of them (night worker ladies) got reprimand from their superiors (usually called Momy) because of absent. At one time, I ask to one of them who's often absent, just to know what's the problem. Our conversation was as follows (translated in English):

Me: "Why you often absent?" (for a long time she kept silent with the head bowed down).
Me: "I cares to you. That's why I talk to you".
She: "My neighbor often mock me when knowing I went out in the night. They humiliate me. Actually my aim is just to work for money, to buy milk for my baby, because I am single-parent" (she began to cry while saying it and my feeling became touched to her. Difficult to continue the next question)"
Me: "Really I don't like the person who just criticize but cannot give the way-out. Okay, I just want to give you my view, next is up to you to choose it. I will ask you a few questions and you do not have to answer it, that is:
First... I did not hope you work like this forever. Make a target as a night worker lady, perhaps for one year... 3 years... or...?
Second... if your baby crying because of hungry and you have no money as a mother whether your tears will fall down? Did your neighbor give you some money and care about it? Maybe parent will help you but one day they will go forever. Your brothers also have their own family.
(She still keeps silent with tears fall down on her cheek)
Third... use your money wisely and save the rest. After you feel enough to begin the small-scale business, stop working as night worker lady. Start a new life with your own effort".
She: "I do not have any skill or good education (replied with a dreamy view). Can you give me one way-out?"
(I felt silent and said in my heart: "God, what should I tell to her?". Honest, I could not help her financially.)
Me: "Care to your parents. Give a little to the poor. Pray seriously to God and ask Him to bless you. Maybe one day He will send you a wise man who will take you from the dark night".
She: "I ever pray to God but no answer" (replied with emptiness).
Me: "You must pray until God's mercy touching you. Pray twice, three times, 100x, 1000x...? UNTIL GOD'S MERCY TOUCHING YOU! It means, how deep your prayer in your soul, not the amount."
(Then she look at me with sharp gaze but I don't know what is she think about. Finally I end these discussion and let her to work again).

Next... what is your view about night worker ladies? Immoral? Social disease? or more realistic? Only a feeling of pity is not enough to ease their sufferings. Take the action, although a little (like counseling, donation, etc). They are also being in place around you.
Note: I must obscure the picture above for privacy reason.

15 July 2008

An Hour with Family

At one time i found a text-file in the computer that was used
together. The file contents was as follows :
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A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find
his 5-year-old son which waiting for him at the door.
Son : "Daddy, may I ask you a question"
Daddy : "Yeah sure, what it is?"
Son : "Dad, how much do you make an hour?"
Daddy : "That's none of your business, and
why do you ask such a thing?" (daddy said with angrily).
Son : "I just want to know. Please tell me,
how much do you make for an hour?"
Daddy : "I make Rs. 500 an hour"
Son : "Oh" (the little boy replied, with his head down)
Daddy : "Looking up"
Son : "Dad, may I please borrow Rs. 300?"

The father was furious, and said :
If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some
money to buy a silly toy or other nonsense, then march yourself
to your room and go to bed. Think why you are being so selfish.
I work hard everyday for such this childish behaviour.

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started getting even angrier
about the little boy's questions. He mumble :
"How dare he ask such questions only to get some money"

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and
started to think: "May be there was something he really needed to
buy with that Rs.300. He really didn't ask for money very often!"
The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened it.
"Are you asleep, son?" he asked.
"No daddy, I'm awake," replied the boy.
"I've been thinking, may be I was too hard on you earlier",
said the man. "It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation
on you. Here's the Rs.300 you asked for".
The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
"Oh thank you dad !", he yelled, then, reaching under his pillow,
he pulled some crippled up notes.

The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get
angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then
looked up at his father.
Daddy : "Why do you want money if you already had some?"
Son : "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do"
"Daddy... I have Rs. 500 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?"
"Please come home early tomorrow"
"I would like to have dinner with you"
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It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life.
We should not let time slip through our fingers without having
spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close
to our hearts. If we "go" someday, the company that we are
working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But...
the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest
of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into
work than to our family. An unwise investment indeed !
Did you know what's the full word of FAMILY?
FAMILY = Father And Mother I Love You.

After finishing read that file, without being realised...
my tear goes down. This was actually experienced by me.

Chinese proverb about MONEY !

* With MONEY we can buy a house BUT NOT home-sweet-home.
* With MONEY we can buy a clock BUT NOT time.
* With MONEY we can buy a bed BUT NOT sleep-well.
* With MONEY we can buy books BUT NOT knowledge.
* With MONEY we can buy good hospitalization BUT NOT health.
* With MONEY we can buy a position BUT NOT respect.
* With MONEY we can buy blood BUT NOT life.
* With MONEY we can buy sex BUT NOT love.
As a workaholic, my heart touched & stop suddenly when read it. Start to thinking is it true money is superior than me & my family ?
I received this proverb by mail from Steven, my friend.
And now i post it to share with you
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