Monday, October 5, 2009

Literature Warrior Candidates

Widya, Yurika, Tri, Ryan, Andri, Mita, and Ivan who attend this night are literature warrior candidates. Literature work is quiet work. Why they decided to attend skill writing workshop on October 2, 2009 in GKI Kayu Putih "Thanks God It is Friday", I think just God and them know.

With great enthuastic, they spend their last day in this week to learn how to write a short article. Keep in your spirit. It is a small step for you, but giant leap for mankind.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lebaran, Most Lovely Custom in Indonesia

Cooking delicious ketupat in Lebaran Eve.

As an Indonesian, for me, although I am Christian, Lebaran is most wonderful and custom celebration. While I did not attend the ritual, my family and I visit our Moslem relative around the town.

Although there are 2.2 million people went to their hometown, the traffic still jam.

By the way, this celebration catches our deep desire to connect in confraternity. In addition, it is uniquely belong to Indonesian traditional custom. I love Lebaran.

Happy lebaran my sister. Minal aidin wal fa'idzin.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jakarta Mudik Day

Lately, the media was filled with current news about going home from Jakarta to the upcountry. This custom is as if it had become part of the celebration of the Muslim holy Indonesia, Idul Fitri. Actually, not really. This phenomenon is both interesting and ironical. It is interesting because the wave forth in the millions occur only in a few countries such as Pakistan (in Idul Fitri), China (in Imlek celebration) or India (in one of Hindu's holyday). Even in Saudi Arabia, which is the origin of the Islamic religion, which celebrates Idul Fitri as a holyday; this tradition coming home did not come forth.

The tradition is uproar, however, due to this tradition; the velocity of money in the region could increase 30-40% from normal turnover. In fact, there are 40 billion rupiah of all workers sent to all over Indonesia during Lebaran this approach. What is this phenomenon?

Like many big cities in developing countries, Jakarta suffers from major urbanization challenges. The overall population of Jakarta increased 100 times in the 20th century, from about 100,000 in 1900 to more than 9 million in 1995. Most of the population was added in the last twenty years of the 20th century.The population has risen sharply from 1.2 million in 1960 to 8.8 million in 2004, counting only its legal residents. The population of greater Jakarta is estimated at 23 million, making it the second largest urban area in the world. However, the total population of Jakarta has decreased in the last five years of the last decade. It dropped from 9,112,652 in 1995 as recorded by the 1995 National Intercensal Population Survey to 8,389,443 in 2000 according to the 2000 National Population Census.

The decrease of Jakarta’s population in 1995-2000 was caused by the suburbanization. The periphery of Jakarta –commonly known as Botadebek- has experienced a drastic increase in population. The population of Botadebek has tripled from 4.4 million in 1980 to 12.6 million in 2000, while Jakarta’s population increased by only 30 percent. Some studies revealed that many moderate and high-income families moved out from the central city to the peripheral areas. They were attracted by high quality amenities provided by suburban enclave housing. In addition, the poor native Jakarta was relocated to the fringe areas because of the expansion of formal sector in the central city.

The rapid population growth has outgrown the government's ability to provide basic needs for its residents. As the third biggest economy in Indonesia, Jakarta has attracted a large number of visitors. The population during weekdays is almost double that of weekends, due to the influx of residents residing in other areas of Jabodetabek. Because of government's inability to provide adequate transportation for its large population, Jakarta also suffers from severe traffic jams that occur almost every day. Air pollution and waste management are also severe problems. By 2025, the population of Jakarta may reach 24.9 million, not counting millions more in surrounding areas.

I think this mudik phenomenon will not fade in Jakarta. In addition, in the future handling of million people who having journey to their hometown will more difficult. I do not know when this phenomenon will end.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Get Award from Saudi Arabia

My blog friend, Nura, gave me an award. It is so wonderful for me. Thanks Mbak Nura.
Here, I placed your award.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

NIV Bible have been revised

The top-selling Bible in North America will undergo its first revision in 25 years, modernizing the language in some sections and promising to reopen a contentious debate about changing gender terms in the sacred text. The New International Version, the Bible of choice for conservative evangelicals, will be revised to reflect changes in English usage and advances in Biblical scholarship, it was announced Tuesday. The revision is scheduled to be completed late next year and published in 2011 ... rest article

This is my favorite Bible. For me as an Indonesian, NIV Bible give more clear and understable english compared with KJV Bible. And, I got it for free because my friend, Indarto Priyono, gave NIV Bible as a gift from Philipine. Thank Mas Ind.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

KLA Project

This is one of my favorite band.
Origin: Jakarta, Indonesia
Music Genre: Progressiive Pop
Personnel: Katon Bagaskara (vocal & guitar, Adi Adrian (keyboard), Lilo alias Romulo Radjadin (guitar & vocal).
Former personnel: Ari Burhani Ari Burhani
Erwin Prasetya Erwin Prasetya, Yoel Vai Joel Vai, Hari Goro Day Goro.

Adi Adrian

Kla Project is a music group origin Indonesia which was formed by Katon Bagaskara, Lilo (Romulo Radjadin), Adi Adrian, and Ari Burhani in 1988. Kla own name from the initials of the band, while the use of letter "A" small aims to indicate the existence of two personnel who have the initial letter.

In Jak Jazz Festival 2009.
They released first album "KLa" in 1989 as produced hits Rentang Asmara, Tentang Kita, Waktu Tersisa, and Laguku. In 2001, KLa launch second album titled "Kedua" in which there is a monumental track Yogyakarta. Meanwhile, the third album (Pasir Putih - 1992) hits like they got are Tak Bisa Ke Lain Hati and Belahan Jiwa.

Although at that time KLa Project's music is more advanced than their era zamannya, because the music with the melayu rhythm is still popular, they succeeded in stealing many hearts music listener.

In 1996, KLa Project run a great acoustic concert titled KLakustik involving musicians such as Hendri Lamiri (Violin), Budi Haryono (Drums), and others. This concert was held in Gedung Kesenian Jakarta is broadcast by ANTV, which they record and released a live album recorded in the form of volume 2.

Lilo with his specific action.

In March 2001, Lilo exit from the band. However, KLa still go on despite leaving only Katon and Adi. Then in 2003, KLa decided to add three new personnel, namely Erwin Prasetya, Joel Vai and Hari Goro. Their names are changed to NuKLa. NuKLa was issued one album in 2004 titled the "New Chapter".

In 2006, Erwin Prasetya decided to quit because of differences NuKLa vision. Not long after that, Katon Bagaskara announced that NuKLa changed its name back into KLa Project. One reason is the difficulty to change the image of the KLa Project become new.

At the beginning of the year 2009, KLa launched their reunion album KLa Return with their three beginning members: Katon, lilo, and Adi.

Some members of KLa Project have their solo career. Katon has released six albums, Adi launched two albums, and lilo one album.

Katon Bagaskara duet with Dewi Sandra
• 1989 - Kla Project
• 1991 - Kedua 1991
• 1992 - Pasir Putih
• 1994 - Ungu 1994
• 1995 - V 1995
• 1996 - KLakustik 1996
• 1998 - Sintesa 1998
• 2000 - Klasik 2000
• 2004 - New Chapter (as NuKLa
• 2009 - KLa Return

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Susan Boyle's Makeover

Susan Boyle may have surprised everyone initially with her amazing voice, but her makeover may be just as shocking. Boyle, the never-been-kissed 48-year-old looks marvelous and with this makeover even more joyful. The photo was taken at a recent photo shoot she did with Bazaar Magazine.

It looks like it took 10 years off her life and she really looks rejuvenated. Boyle definitely deserves the attention and will likely be coming out with a new album in the near future.

Although, fame can be an addictive drug, it doesn’t seem to have fazed Ms. Boyle. She’s had her run-ins with paparazzi, but then again who hasn’t?

Via: Bazaar

Friday, July 31, 2009

Timeless Twist Court Shoes

Some of the most striking styles of the 1950s were the most daring and risqué, and that extends beyond the clothing to accessories like these Timeless Twist Court Shoes.

In a kitschy pastel blue that's instantly fifties-look, these sassy high heels have great vintage inspiration all over, from the crossed fabric vamp to the curvy ankle. With a daringly high heel, these provide the perfect addition to an amped up pin-up girl look, without looking too over the top.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Plat Nomor Mobil Pejabat

Ini adalah plat nomor mobil Ibas alias Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono. Anak SBY yang sekarang jadi anggota DPR.

Sering kita kesal jika ada pejabat lewat. Sebab yang konon disebut sebagai abdi masyarakat ini, ternyata kelakuan mereka malah melebihi raja.

Berikut saya tampilkan tanda nomor mobil-mobil pejabat sebagai selingan dan syukur-syukur dapat hafal siapa tahu ketemu di jalan raya. Sehingga, saat kesal kira-kira kita dapat mengenali muka si pejabat yang konon abdi masyarakat ini. Mereka mungkin sering muncul di media massa bak malaikat, tetapi kelakuan di jalan sebaliknya.

* RI 1: Presiden

Foto tidak perlu dijelaskan :-)

Mobil lain SBY

* RI 2: Wakil Presiden
* RI 3: Istri/suami presiden
* RI 4: Istri/suami wakil presiden
* RI 5: Ketua Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat
* RI 6: Ketua Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat
* RI 7: Ketua Dewan Perwakilan Daerah
* RI 8: Ketua Mahkamah Agung
* RI 9: Ketua Mahkamah Konstitusi
* RI 10: Ketua Badan Pemeriksa Keuangan
* RI 11: Menteri Koordinator Bidang Politik, Hukum, dan Keamanan
* RI 12: Menteri Koordinator Bidang Perekonomian
* RI 13: Menteri Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat
* RI 14: Menteri Sekretaris Negara
* RI 15: Menteri Sekretaris Kabinet
* RI 16: Menteri Dalam Negeri
* RI 17: Menteri Luar Negeri
* RI 18: Menteri Pertahanan
* RI 19: Menteri Hukum dan Hak Asasi Manusia
* RI 20: Menteri Keuangan
* RI 21: Menteri Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral
* RI 22: Menteri Perindustrian

Rombongan nich.

* RI 23: Menteri Perdagangan
* RI 24: Menteri Pertanian
* RI 25: Menteri Kehutanan
* RI 26: Menteri Perhubungan
* RI 27: Menteri Kelautan dan Perikanan
* RI 28: Menteri Tenaga Kerja dan Transmigrasi
* RI 29: Menteri Pekerjaan Umun
* RI 30: Menteri Kesehatan
* RI 31: Menteri Pendidikan Nasional

Banyak anak sekolah yang gak lulus UAN gemes sama mobil ini.

* RI 32: Menteri Sosial
* RI 33: Menteri Agama
* RI 34: [[Menteri Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata
* RI 35: Menteri Komunikasi dan Informasi
* RI 36: Menteri Negara Riset dan Teknologi
* RI 37: Menteri Negara Koperasi dan Usaha Kecil-Menengah

Kemungkinan dia pada kabinet 2009-2014 masih jadi menteri deh.

* RI 38: Menteri Negara Lingkungan Hidup
* RI 39: Menteri Negara Pemberdayaan Perempuan
* RI 40: Menteri Negara Pendayagunaan Aparatur Negara
* RI 41: Menteri Negara Pembangunan Daerah Tertinggal
* RI 42: Menteri Negara Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional/Ketua BaPeNas
* RI 43: Menteri Negara Badan Usaha Milik Negara
* RI 44: Menteri Negara Perumahan Rakyat
* RI 45: Menteri Negara Pemuda dan Olah Raga
* RI 46: Jaksa Agung
* RI 47: Panglima Tentara Nasional Indonesia
* RI 48: Kepala Kepolisian Republik Indonesia
* RI 52: Wakil Ketua DPR
* RI 59: Wakil Ketua Badan Pemeriksa Keuangan

Meski selalu didahului vorijder yang dapat menghilangkan kemacetan, tapi presiden pun tidak dapat mengalahkan banjir Jakarta. Aneh ...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Social History of Clothing

It is easy to forget that there is a history to the clothes we wear. All societies observe certain rules, some of them quite strict, about the way in which men, women and children should dress, or how different social classes and groups should present themselves. These norms come to define the identity of people, the way they see themselves, the way they want others to see them. They shape our notions of grace and beauty, ideas of modesty and shame. As times change and societies are transformed, these notions also alter. Modifications in clothing come to reflect these changes.

The emergence of the modern world is marked by dramatic changes in clothing. In this chapter, we will look at some of the histories of clothing in the modern period, that is in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Why are these two centuries important?

Before the age of democratic revolutions and the development of capitalist markets in eighteenth-century Europe, most people dressed according to their regional codes, and were limited by the types of clothes and the cost of materials that were available in their region. Clothing styles were also strictly regulated by class, gender or status in the social hierarchy.

After the eighteenth century, the colonization of most of the world by Europe, the spread of democratic ideals and the growth of an industrial society, completely changed the ways in which people thought about dress and its meanings. People could use styles and materials that were drawn from other cultures and locations, and western dress styles for men were adopted worldwide.

It is interesting topic when I am walk blogging. Then I continue read this article at Clothing —A Social History

If you interest in this topic please read this article also.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jimmy Carter Thought

I think Carter find a new interpretation on the Bible text. As Irshad Manji thought, we cannot interpret Holy book back to past when this book has wrote. May be, in it time, the book has a breakthrough beyond it's time thinking. However, when time is running, we must adapt the thought of this thinking on our time. It is include women leadership. It is my breakthrough thinking also. Below is news about Jimmy Carter decision in relating about church that prohibited women from being ordained. The news is taken from Politics Daily.

After more than 60 years together, Jimmy Carter has announced himself at odds with the Southern Baptist Church — and he's decided it's time they go their separate ways. Via Feministing, the former president called the decision "unavoidable" after church leaders prohibited women from being ordained and insisted women are "subservient to their husbands." Said Carter in an essay in The Age:

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. However, it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

The truth is that male religious leaders have had — and still have — an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world.

After watching everyone from philandering politicians to Iran's president taking a sudden look heavenwards when the roof starts to come down on them, it's refreshing to see Carter calling out the role of religion in the mistreatment of women.

The question for Carter — and for others who find themselves at odds with leadership — is, when a group you're deeply involved in starts to move away from your own core beliefs, do you stay and try to change from within or, at some point, do you have to look for the exit? Carter did give the former a shot — in recent years publicly criticizing and distancing himself from church leadership, while staying involved with his church. Now, he's seeing if absence might do what presence did not.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Trying to Place an Award form My Friend

My friend, Risma Hutabarat offered me an award. It is honour for me. However, it first time forme to place such award. I hope it a right way to place an award. I have visit many blog with this kind award. It is interesting. Nevertheless, I have little information about what and how. I hope it just work.


These links are:

1.Robby Hakim


3.Surya Tips

4.Antaresa Mayuda

5.Baca Buku Fanda

6.Reni Judhanto

7.Evylia Hardi


9.Blog Perempuan Rumahan

10.Miktam Lilo's Father's Journal

If you want to get more information about this award, i think it is better to access this link: About Award form Risma Hutabarat

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A New Magazine that I Contribute

A new Christian Magazine has been published. It is an inspirational, spiritual, and motivational magazine for Christians in Indonesia. Tag line of the magazine is developing personal, church and people life. I contribute in this magazine.

It is a brief content of the magazine.
  • True story about children who suffering autism but could struggle and became genius.
  • Jerusalem, a city was pictured has many conflict but actually it's inhabitant developed a wide tolerance life.
  • Many useful tips and tricks to living day better.
  • Life investigation of Panda, ex “Termehek-mehek” presenter, one of rising rating television show.
  • Healthy tips

Monday, July 13, 2009

Music that Breaking Boredom

Mbah Surip in Kyai Kanjeng Concert. Look EmHa Ainun Najib wife's, Novia Kolopaking, in the bacground.

Last three month in television in Indonesia, we are presented with a song entitled "Tak Gendong". That song sings by Mbah Surip. I do not know why this song gets popular so fast. May be it because of simple lyric that we easy to remember.

Alternatively, we are bored with rush of love song sing by new bands or singers that they sing without good taste. They sing just tell to listener how good falling in love, how sick if get a broken hearted, or how crafty to dishonest to our lover. There is nothing new with love song.

Nevertheless, Mbah Surip song tells a different topic. He tells a generosity and kindness through his lyric. He offered that he would bear someone whom is may be man or woman. He offered that if he bears him/her, the addressee would get many advantages; especially he/she did not get tired because Mbah Surip has bore him/her.

This is the complete lyric in Bahasa Indonesia.

tak gendong ke mana-mana
enak dong manteb dong
daripada kamu naik pesawat kedinginan
mendingan tak gendong tho
enak tho manteb tho
hayo… ke mana?

tak gendong ke mana-mana
tak gendong ke mana-mana
enak tau!

where are you going?
oke I'm booking
where are you going?
oke my darling

haaa… haaa…

tak gendong ke mana-mana
tak gendong ke mana-mana
enak dong mateb dong daripada kamu naik taksi kesasar
mendingan tak gendong tho enak tho manteb tho
hayo.. mau ke mana?

tak gendong ke mana-mana
tak gendong ke mana-mana
enak tau!

where are you going
oke I'm booking

where are you going
oke my darling

haaaaa haaaaaa

tak gendong ke mana-mana
enak tau

haaaa haaaaaaa haaaaaaa

I heard that Mbak Surip get 4 billion rupiahs (U.S. $ 400,000) from the royalty of this song. Moreover, purportedly Mbah Surip before an oil mining in overseas. He also have joint in Kyai Kanjeng concert. I do not know the exactly of his life, so dark, and there are mask over him. He with unique laugh, “Ha Ha Ha Ha” keep some mysterious.

However, anyway, his song is a breaking of boredom in Indonesian industrial music. I love that song

Tak gendong ke mana-mana Ha ha ha ha I love u full.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Introduction to Grace

We cannot mention grace without talk about Bible. In my knowledge, grace is rarely mentioned outside Bible. However, people who believe in Bible also have little understanding about this word at least myself.

Philip Yancey in his book, What so Amazing about Grace, cites that Jesus talked about it often. He described a world suffused with Go's grace: where the sun shine on good and bad; where birds gather seeds gratis, neither plowing nor harvesting to earn them; where untended wildflowers burst into bloom on the rocky hillsides. Like a visitor from a foreign country who notices what the natives overlook, Jesus saw grace everywhere. Yet he never analyzed of defined grace, and almost never used the word. Instead, he communicated grace through stories we knows asa parables.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What is Miktam?

Although the exact meaning of “Michtam” (in some cases it is spelt as Miktam) is unknown(Some translate the word "golden", i.e., precious), it is believed to mean something along the line of “a golden poem.” Some have suggested that it means “a mysterious poem.”

We found it in the titles of Psalm 16:1 56:1. It is rendered in the Septuagint. by a word meaning "tablet inscription" or a "stelograph." The root of the word means to stamp or grave, and hence it is regarded as denoting a composition so precious as to be worthy to be engraved on a durable tablet for preservation; or, as others render, "a psalm precious as stamped gold," from the word _kethem_, "fine or stamped gold.

The psalm does reveal David's trust in life and hope in death. We can call it "David's Golden Secret". David's secret was that he placed his trust in the LORD, along with delighting in His saints on the earth (God's people). He found the LORD to be a good inheritance, and sought to bless Him for His counsel. Having set the LORD always before him and at his right hand, David was confident he would not be moved (Psalm 16:1-8).

Any way, Jesus Christ is called as son of David. May be there are many similarity about the of Jesus and David. How they have an intimate relationship with LORD and their trust in life and hope in death. However, Jesus proclaimed himself as a Savior who conquered the death.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Area Senyum

Courtesy of Alexius Japalatu

When I attended Pesta Buku Jakarta 2009 (Jakarta Book Fair 2009), there is a corner called Area Senyum (Smiling Area). In this corner, many caricatures portray last issue in Indonesia. For instance, there is picture of the battle of Indonesia President Candidates in Election 2009. In addition, there are caricatures that depict forest pruning and consequence of that.

One of attract my attention is a cartoon landscape of Jakarta. Area of Indonesian capital is depicting in funny way. I think an artist who draws has good knowledge any popular landmark in Jakarta. Despite laughing, I tend to learn details of the picture. A year, I am living in Jakarta, many places that I have not visit yet, and this picture help me a lot to give more understanding of the city that I struggle to loved.