12 May, 2010

jadilah, maka jadilah!

Saya memutuskan untuk menghidupkan kembali blog ini. Dengan nuansa baru dengan gaya bertutur yang juga baru, bahasa Indonesia. Asing rasanya, karena melihat kembali tulisan-tulisan saya yang lalu dimana saya menulisnya dalam bahasa kedua saya, membuat saya tak habis pikir, kenapa saya harus bersusah payah sedemikian rupa untuk melakukan itu? Saya tidak mengatakan bahwa tulisan-tulisan tersebut tidak mengasikkan untuk diciptakan karena tantangan ekstra untuk menuliskannya dalam bahasa kedua. Tetapi menulis seharusnya membebaskan, bukan membuat kita terkekang atau terbebani! Sehingga saya memutuskan untuk menulis menuruti permintaan bahasa yang terlintas di benak saya. Sekarang yang menjadi pertanyaan berikutnya adalah konsistensi, karena apalah manusia tanpa inkonsistensi? Maka saya akan berusaha untuk melampaui inkonsistensi saya dan akan berusaha untuk terus menulis yang baru, ringan dan mengasyikkan ataupun yang lama, berat dan mungkin sedikit menjemukan. jadilah, maka jadilah...

06 July, 2009

Our Fair Trade Business

My fiancee and I proudly announce our fair trade jewellery business that we have just recently launched. We are extremely excited about our new adventure and hoping that you accompany us along the way. Feel free to visit our website and spread the word. Purchase is most welcome ;)

09 January, 2009

oh those silly boys in blue

Location: Victoria Coach Bus Station, London.
Thursday 8 Jan 2009
Time: 17.20


A guy got his mobile out of his coat's pocket and started to press some buttons with a certain excitement on his face. (guy speaking)

Guy: "hey schatz, how are you?"
(Person on the other line): "hey hun, I'm alright, thanks. About to cook dinner. How are you?"
Guy: "I am not bad, thank you. What are you cooking?"
Girl: "I am cooking pasta with courgette and tuna"
Guy: "Listen, my mobile is running out of credit. Can you please call me back from the landline instead?"
Girl: "Yeah, what's happened?"
Guy: "I just had a good laugh and feel like having a bit chat and share it with you"
Girl: "Okay, I'll call you back shortly. bye now" (She hung her phone up)

The guy's mobile is ringing briefly after that (answering mobile)

Girl: "hey hun, what's happened? is everything alright?" (sounded worried)
Guy: "yeah, everything is fine (started to sound excited). You won't believe what has just happened to me! If I was by myself, I would have been laughing out loud because of this"
Girl: "okay, tell me what's happened then..."
Guy: "well, I am at Victoria Coach Station at the moment and.. you know my bus is at 6 o'clock, right? so I am a bit too early for the bus. Whilst waiting, I started to read newspaper and open up the Carlsberg I've brought from home."
Girl: "hmm..."
Guy: "And you know what..? I didn't notice at all that two policemen came to my direction, approached me and stopped in front of me. One of them started to talk to me...

Police I: "Sir, we have seen you having a can of beer there, next to you. You do know that it is a fineable offence to drink alcohol in public places. So we might request you to remove that can or we might have to fine you if you carry on drinking" (he was smiling when saying all of those things though)
Guy: "Oh, I am sorry officer. I didn't know about such rules. I thought it is only forbidden in the Underground".
Police II: " I am afraid it is not, Sir. It is against the law to consume alcohol (beer) in public places and as you can see there (pointing to a random direction), there is a big sign stating this rule" (he was smiling too)
Guy: "Oops. I really am sorry, officer. I clearly missed that sign (evidently)!" (trying to look apologetic)
Police I: "that's alright, Sir. Do you have an ID with you?"
Guy: "erm, no, not really. I am just a day-tripper here. As a matter of fact I am here because I need to extend my passport. I live in Leeds. But I can give you this (handed in his online bus ticket with personal details in it) Am I committing crime, officer?"
Police I: "no, Sir. No worries. We just need to make a report, hence, we need your details for this (showing the guy a small ticket that looks like a job application form)"
Guy: "Oh, okay. You see officer, I have just literally moved to Leeds from Berlin about few months ago. In Berlin, or in Germany in general, it is not a crime or against the law to consume alcohol in public places. In fact, you can even drink in front of the police and you won't get told off for doing that (smart arse!) And I am not trying to take the mick by saying that. So, pardon me for not knowing these rules".
Police II: "well, Sir. I am afraid people can't do that here. People can only do that in the outskirt of London but not inside the city."
Police I: "How tall are you, Sir?"
Guy: "about 174cm, so it's 5 foot 9 maybe?"
Police II: "just write 5 10 then"
Police I: "how do you describe your ethnicity background?" (showing me a part of the ticket that contains ethnicity background)
Guy: "I don't know, let me see. Other Asian maybe?"
Police I: "Okay, it's done. Here you go, Sir"
Police II: "and the can, Sir...?"
Guy: "Oh... (looked gutted) there you go, officer"

...

Girl: "I thought you knew about these rules?"
Guy: "Hun, how on earth was I supposed to know? I've just been here less than 3 months". (started to laugh again)
Girl: "Oh well, at least you didn't get fined. Were they nice to you?"
Guy: "Yeah, surprisingly they were really nice and friendly. Perhaps they were really bored and then all of sudden.. Oh, look someone with a can of beer in a public place. Let's tell him off.."
Girl: "yeah, maybe.. It was hilarious though."
Guy: (still laughing) "it was damn hilarious. A culture shock I'd say! I was having a good laugh. People were looking at me with this look, you know.. what the hell are you doing, you plonker? But, I couldn't care less."
Girl: (giggle) "Oh, I am glad you're having fun."
Guy: "Thanks Hun. I am gutted though."
Girl: "why?"
Guy: "Because... They took away my Carlsberg can, chucked the beer down the drain and chucked the can in the rubbish bin. I've only had like a sip of it. It was still full! what was that all about?"
Girl: "You silly boy!(laughing) alright then hun, I am gonna get ready. Have a good journey and I'll see you tonight".
Guy: "Have fun with your footie and enjoy the pasta. See you later."

The guy, still looked half perplexed and half excited by the occurrence, started to get his mp3 player out and looked for a certain song from the playlist. "Riot Van" from Arctic Monkeys then accompanied his journey back...

"have you been drinking son, you don't look old enough to me.
I am sorry officer, is there a certain age where you're supposed to be, cause nobody told me.."

11 December, 2008

marketing at its finest

starting things all over again is never an easy thing to do. but when it comes down to the point where you can't help to think "okay, this is it. we need to move on" then it's fair to say that changes are inevitable.

having initially planned to move to Liverpool, we had a change of heart at the last minute after a successful day trip with the letting agency in Leeds. the letting agent showed us few options of flat in Leeds, as well as promoted what a cool city Leeds is. a pretty persuasion and it worked well on us. here we are now, living in one of the largest financial and legal centres outside London and a place where some of Britain's contemporary bands originate: Embrace, Kaiser Chiefs, and Pigeon Detective to name a few.

having spent a fair few weeks roaming around the city centre, what struck me most from the city is that this city is like Mecca for shopaholics who seek a decent pilgrimage place to go. if you want to throw your money down the drain for shopping, there's no need to look for another place. after having fallen into the trap of consumptive behaviour in my first weeks in this city myself, i retracted and tried to put things into perspective.

now that christmas is literally knocking on the door within few weeks, streets are even more packed with people carrying shopping bags, wandering around and thinking what sort of stuff they can buy for christmas presents for their dear ones.

i, myself, can't help to ponder how people actually perceive christmas in this country. a few hypothesis came across my head. the most obvious one is that it is one of those occasions where you actually spend quality time with your family. you can say that the equivalent event like christmas in Indonesia is Eid Mubarak for Muslims.

i actually quite like the idea of people buying presents for their endeared one. what puzzles me sometimes is the question whether it really is necessary for people spending so much money buying presents.

i am of the opinion that christmas is nothing but a perfect event for companies to sell their products. there is nothing wrong with that. right or wrong is perhaps irrelevant anyway. what more important is that people should be more aware with this and simply not fall into the trap of such marketing strategies. i keep saying to myself, this is a perfect example where a 'religious event' can be exploited to a certain degree.

a rather similar example with such 'exploitation' is when Muslims do their pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. almost three million people around the world go to Saudi Arabia to do their pilgrimage every year. a fascinating number indeed. more importantly, a really good income for the Saudi Arabian's government. why bother to fight for oil in Middle East if you can collect billions from these people every year?

i keep getting told off by my girlfriend for being so cynical about christmas. although she's never bought the idea of religion herself but she's always got a soft spot for christmas, in the same way like me and Eid Mubarak. why she can always be critical when talking about religion in general and not about christmas, i will never know. having said all of that, i am trying to stay positive and enjoy the experience. who knows i might not live long enough to witness my next christmas?

04 July, 2008

on the edge

Morality is linked with liberty, that’s the main argument of my girl friend’s recent post on her blog. To strengthen the argument, she pointed out some examples from day-to-day activities which can be categorised as ‘wrong’ or ‘immoral’. Despite mentioning the reason why such acts can be considered ‘wrong’ or ‘immoral’, the argument still appears fairly commonsensical to me, therefore, is worth of question.

In an ideal world, moral authority is supposed to be built on a mutual understanding and common interests. That is to say that one party can not claim to have the ultimate moral authority because, say for example, their set of rules ‘originated’ from the omnipotent, thus, leaving them uncontested and unquestionable. What is considered to be the truth, therefore, has to be based on the shared view – if some people do not share the same view, truth can not be imposed.

In the world we live in, manufacturing consent is an ambitious task, therefore leaving us in a fuzzy realm how to justify right or wrong. It even applies on a daily basis. Stealing can be considered ‘wrong’ or ‘immoral’ because it infringes someone’s right to property, but how can you justify stealing is wrong if a person is stealing a loaf of bread to survive? How about to accidentally murder someone as a self-defense reaction? Things can not be viewed as pure black and white. Even in some ‘heavy’ cases like mass murder, rape, or child abuse, where the verdict from a common sense viewpoint is nothing but ‘wrong’ or ‘immoral’, you can still argue that these cases could have remained undecided (say a person who committed mass murder has a history of schizophrenia). Even if opposing the argument would make me look inhuman and ruthless, so be it, because to me the key is reasoning and contextual.

Don’t get me wrong, as I do not oppose the idea of having a set of morality to follow. It is as a matter of fact a profound idea. However, blatantly following a certain premise to judge a phenomenon without taking any consideration of its broader context is plain absurd to me, even if this was meant to answer the inquiry refusing a prescribed set of morals from religions.

(I am so hungry now. Thinking is a heavy sport and energy consuming)

Oh, and I am still spiritually lost.

02 July, 2008

lost

lost (lôst, lst)
adj.
1. Unable to find one's way
2. a. No longer in the possession, care, or control of someone or something
b. No longer in existence; vanished or spent
c. No longer known or practiced
d. Beyond reach, communication, or influence
3. Not used to one's benefit or advantage
4. Having not been or unlikely to be won; unsuccessful
5. Beyond recovery or redemption; fallen or destroyed: a lost soul.
6. a. Completely involved or absorbed; rapt
b. Bewildered or confused


spir·i·tu·al (spr-ch-l)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material.
2. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.
3. Of, from, or relating to God; deific.
4. Of or belonging to a church or religion; sacred.
5. Relating to or having the nature of spirits or a spirit; supernatural.


I'm feeling (spiritually) lost

26 June, 2008

FI-NAA-LEE (as they say in German)

First of all, I must say: well done to Turkey! You've given the spectators some utterly fantastic, nailbiting and breathtaking moment. They might have felt hard done by Germany as the match showed it wasn't the best team who went through. Germany sat back and were outplayed almost the whole match by their counterpart (apart from scoring). Alas, I couldn't care less who won it, it was a great match after all.

Nonetheless, credit where it's due. Germany have been showing some solid performances and when it comes down to scoring and getting through, intriguingly, they always manage to get there. Fair play to them. It's football who wins at the end of the day. My only hope is that the final in Euro 2008 will provide another fantastic display whoever the finalists are.