Saturday, October 30, 2010

Be Thankful

Allah, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes;
we have plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry;
we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Allah, for those unmade beds;
they were so warm and comfortable last night.
I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Allah, for this bathroom,
complete with all the splattered mirrors,
soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory;
they are so convenient.

Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator
that needs cleaning.
It has served us faithfully for many years.
It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers
for two or three meals.

Thank you, Allah, for this oven that absolutely
must be cleaned today;
It has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that tall grass
that we all enjoy the yard.
My kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Allah, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says
You have richly blessed my family.
I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl
when the alarm rings,
Thank you, Allah, that I can hear.
There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light
as long as possible,
Thank you, Allah, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,
Thank you, Allah, that I have the strength to rise.
There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic,
when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short,
the children are so loud,
Thank you, Allah, for my family.
There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like
the pictures in magazines
and the menu is at times not balanced,
There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous,
Thank you, Allah, for the opportunity to work.
There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day
and wish my circumstances were not so modest,
Thank you, Allah, for life.

~Author Unknown~

Thank Allah every chance you get for the things you do have. They might not seem much, but in another person's eyes who hasn't much, we have indeed been blessed by Allah. Take the time to look around you. Give thanks to the Lord who created the Worlds and Mankind and keep your heart open to His guidance.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Killerbabes For Your Weekend

Dear friends, what do you plan this weekend? I have to work on Saturday, and plan to take days off on Sunday-Monday. On Sunday, I have a gathering to discuss a class reunion and then on Monday, I'm thinking to go shopping with my colleagues.

Anyway, if you're free this Saturday, as usual Erasmus Huis Jakarta will hold its monthly movie screening. This month's movie is Moordwijven (Killerbabes), which will be screen at 1.30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Have a fun weekend:)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Pledge To Be One

Participants of the first Youth Congress. Click on the photo for source.

On Oct. 28, 1928, Indonesian youths pledged that they had one land, one nation and one language, Indonesia. Fast forward 82 years later, do we still keep the pledge?

Sometime I take taxi to go home because it is already too late to take the bus. During the ride, I usually make small conversations with the driver, such as where had he been today, how was the traffic, etc. Usually, the drivers will ask,"Where do you come from?"

I'll say,"I'm an Indonesian," every now and then.

I often get that question from other people I meet. While it seems harmless, the question somehow intrigues me. Why would an Indonesian question another Indonesian's ethnicity? I could be dark-skinned and curly-haired like a Papuan, or white-skinned with slanted eyes like a Chinese Indonesian, but I would still be an Indonesian anyway.

In 1908, the Indonesian youths pledged to be one because there was something that unite them: the oppression of Dutch colonials. After the independence, what will unite us? Natural disasters like earthquake, tsunami and volcano eruption? I certainly hope not.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What Happened In Indonesia Recently

Click on the photo for the source and more news

Please send prayers to Indonesians affected by the earthquake, tsunami and volcano eruption...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Backpacking To Ujung Genteng Beach

Hello, everyone! My friend Aneen came from Solo to visit me last week.  She stayed in my place for a few days before visiting her other friends. What would two crazy single ladies do when they meet? We went backpacking to Ujung Genteng beach! Hahaha, that was crazy enough for me.

We didn't really plan this trip for we only browsed the internet a few weeks before our departure. There had been quite a lot of information on Ujung Genteng in the internet, so we could prepare ourselves quite well. Jakarta-Ujung Genteng was only 230 kilometers apart, nevertheless it took us around 10 hours from Jakarta to get there.

We left Bekasi at 10.30 a.m., went to Kampung Rambutan bus terminal and mistakenly took the bus to Ciawi when we were supposed to take a direct bus to Sukabumi. We were a bit panic when we realized that we made a mistake, but then we decided that the best way to enjoy the destination was to cherish the journey. 

From Ciawi, we took a bus to Sukabumi. We had a quick break (lunch and pray) near the terminal before taking angkot (public minivan) to Yogya department store. We bought food supplies there (bottled water, bread and biscuits) and then we walked through Ciwangi market to get to another angkot that would take us to Lembursitu sub terminal.

Ciwangi market is very alive, with people and vehicles going here and there. Can you find me in the picture?
From Lembursitu, we took Elf 300 (another type of public minivan) to Surade. It was a bumpy road and the driver drove like mad. Just when we started to hope that Ujung Genteng was really worth the trip, the sun was setting amidst the green hills and the paddy fields, creating a splash of bright red orange in the cloudy sky above the greenery. Ahh it's just amazing.

Since it was already 8.00 p.m., we decided to spend the night at Yasa hostel (only Rp 65,000). We borrowed a motorcycle from the hostel's security guard to find something to eat. We left the hostel early in the morning to catch another angkot to Surade terminal and then to Ujung Genteng.

When we reached Surade terminal, there were many ojek drivers pushing us to use their service because "there is no angkot here".  But we pretended to look for breakfast and walked out of the terminal. As we stood pondering on what we should do on the roadside, a red angkot passed by and the driver asked us,"Do you want to go to Ujung Genteng?" It was like music to my ear.

Moral of the story: do not fall prey to the ojek drivers' lies. Enough said.

The ride to Ujung Genteng was only 30 minutes or so, and these are the views we saw once we got off the angkot...

This photo above was taken by Aneen, and the rest were mine.

Everything is so beautiful and blue I can't help to flash my happy smile and lean back to rest my feet for a while

It's a tiring journey, but I would say it is worth the trip:)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Let's Learn To Make Batik

Want to learn making batik? If you're in Jakarta, you can go to the Textile Museum.

Textile Museum
Jl. KS Tubun No. 4, West Jakarta
Phone: 021-5606613
Batik courses are available Sunday and Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

You can read the full information here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Old Batik Shines Through Anne Avantie's Batiken

Taken from Kompas

I would probably throw my batik outfits out of the window if they were decayed and destroyed. But designer Anne Avantie found (and recreated) beauty from the old batik. Anne ripped and cut the old batik into small pieces and put them back together using patchwork technique. As a result, beautiful dresses that you can see above.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Batik Fractal

Batik fractal. Courtesy of designer Era Soekamto

When I heard the term of batik fractal, I was a bit befuddled. What kind of animal is that? Then I found out that batik fractal is the kind of batik made using jBatik software that can create new batik patterns out of old batik pattern. All you have to do is change the parameters, such as angles, repetition, thickness or length. Therefore, the pattern possibility is infinity!

jBatik is a project started by the trio from Pixel People Project: Nancy Margried, Muhammad Lukman and Yun Hariadi. The software received an award of excellence from UNESCO in 2008. Go ahead, bright Indonesians!

You can read the article here, if you like:) Or find them in the official website.

However, you do know that batik is not about the patterns, don't you? Batik is the pattern application technique.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Iwan Tirta And His Passion On Batik

Since I started the week with the post on batik, I wanted to make it the theme of the week :).

Talking about batik, one would never forget the role of late batik maestro Iwan Tirta. He was the first Indonesian designer who brought batik to the international stage. I met him a few months before he passed away. At the moment, he had just recovered from a mild stroke. He was using a cane for walking, but he was in high spirit when the discussion was on batik.

He was very concerned about how people interpreted batik nowadays. He said that batik was already beautiful, so brides did not need to wear ankle-length kebaya as it would conceal the beauty of the batik. He was also against the usage of sequins and crystals on batik.

His last designs were a collection of colorful batik using pesisiran (coastal area) pattern.

"The market here likes colorful batik, that's why pesisiran pattern is now basking in the lime light," he said, smiling.

  Designer Iwan Tirta (in white batik shirt) with models wearing his designs

one of his last designs

You can read more on Iwan Tirta here and here.

What about you? What is your favorite batik pattern?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Edward Hutabarat's Part One Batik Collection

I love batik, yet only have three batik skirts and one shirt. I've been wanting to add more of them in my wardrobe, but haven't found the ones I really like. A few weeks ago, I went to Kao's batik cleaner  launching event that featured Edward Hutabarat's Part One Batik collection. And I just love them! Here they are, taken with my new camera. It was the first time I took photos of a fashion show, so be kind with me please:)

Edo, as people call the designer, uses Pekalongan batik pattern, which is famous for its flora and fauna pattern as well as bright and bold colors, such as orange, red and indigo. In Edo's hands, the traditional fabric becomes the modern dresses women can wear on a daily basis.

The dresses are too revealing for me to wear, I know. But if we add a cardigan, a trousers or a maxi skirt, these dresses will be hijab-proof (ha!).

Friday, October 15, 2010

It's Raining Movie Festivals!

Taken from here

Thank God, it's Friday! This week has been very packed. Monday saw me in Plaza Senayan, attending the launching of Japan-based cosmetics SK II's latest product. One tube of 50 grams is Rp 1,500,000 worth! (Oh dear, it has many zeroes! *shiver*). Tuesday was my typing day. 

I met Mexican beauty, Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete on Wednesday, and a group of Colombian businessmen on Thursday. I also heard that there is a Venezuelan cultural week held in Bentara Budaya Jakarta. Is it just my feeling or is it raining latinos here? If I bumped into a Peruvian today, hmm, then it's a sign that I should learn Spanish. Hahaha...

As usual, I'll share some weekend ideas with you. I already told you about Korean Movie Show, but if you want to see other movies, there is Cosmopolitan Film Festival, held at Pacific Place Mall. The 2nd Cultural Week of Venezuela held in Bentara Budaya Jakarta also screens several Venezuelan movies. 

CCF Jakarta is screening French movies this Saturday in two venues: CCF Salemba (Tricheuse) and CCF Wijaya (Du Jour Ou Lendemain). If you like the works of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, Japan Foundation Jakarta is screening his films, alongside with Ozu Yasujiro's works.Wow, so many movies!

Have a cinematic weekend:)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lovers Of 6 Years - Korean Movie

Found here

Hello sweeties, yesterday I watched Lovers Of 6 Years at the Korean film festival. It's a drama about a couple, Lee Da-Jin (Kim Ha-neul) and Kim Jae-yeong (Yun Gye-sang), who have been dating for six years.

Their apartments are situated next to each other and they are practically like a married couple with Jae-yeong buying Da-jin's tampon and visiting Da-jin's mother just to say hello or fix something. Everybody, including the couple themselves, thinks that their next step would be marriage. But when they meet new people in their circle of work, their relationship begins to take a different turn.

It's not the kind of love that goes head-over-heels, but bores and nags. It feels real and is totally something people can relate to. And no, I'm not going to give spoilers here:)

If you want to watch the movies, there are two screening schedules: 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. at Blitzmegaplex Grand Indonesia. The screening is free but you should take the ticket in a registration booth 2.5 hours before the screening. Yap, 2.5 hours prior. Be on time for the tickets or you end up having waiting list tickets *points to self*

Friday, October 8, 2010

Indonesia - Korea Week

My darlings, keep your schedule open next week, for we will have Indonesia-Korea Week, from Oct. 11 to Oct. 17, here in Jakarta. Hip hip hurray!

There are so many activities we can do during the week.  Fashionistas can see batik-hanbok fashion show on Oct. 11, 6.30-8.30 p.m., at Hotel Ritz-Carlton's Grand Ballroom. Korean stars (SHINee and Son Ho-Young) will perform alongside Indonesian singer Gita Gutawa in Indonesia-Korea Friendship Sharing Concert on Oct. 12, 6.30 p.m., at Senayan Tennis Indoor Stadium. Movie goers can enjoy Korean film festival on Oct. 11-16 at Blitzmegaplex Grand Indonesia.

Pottery fair will take place at Gandaria Mall between Oct. 12-17. Beat, nonverbal joint performance of rock and Korean traditional percussion, will be held at Balai Kartini on Oct. 13, 6.30-8.30 p.m. Advanced technology Korea show at Pacific Place on Oct. 14-16.

Perhaps this is the first time ever happens in a cultural week: a job fair on Oct. 14, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Senayan Tennis Indoor Stadium. Don't forget to bring your CVs!

Sport fans can watch taekwondo contest on Oct. 15, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Senayan Tennis Indoor Stadium, and friendly badminton match that will features national level players from both countries on Oct. 15-16 at Gedung Basket Stadium.

Last but not least, a food festival at Gandaria Mall on Oct. 16-17, 1 p.m.

Are you coming to the event? I know I am. See you there:)

For more information, visit

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Visit Cubeland 2010

Ever since my office launched a monthly NIE tabloid in 2008 to entice younger readerships, we have seen a rising number in office visitors. Sometimes the visitors are from universities and high schools, but in other times, the visitors are as young as pre-schoolers.

At first, it was fun to see the enthusiasm of the youths, to answer their questions and to pretend seriously typing the news when you actually were posting a blog (ha!). The tours were usually happened around 1 - 2 p.m. At that time, there aren't many reporters around. So if you happen to be in the newsroom during the tour, you can be an interesting object for the visitors.

The tour guide is usually one of the MEs or the editorial secretary. S/he will bring the students to each desk and introduce us to the visitors.

"And you can see the City desk on your right...This is the City Editor and those are the reporters..." 'the tour guide' said.
Now I know how animals in the zoo feel.
After the zillionth visit, you just don't have any excitement anymore. The magic was gone. Sometimes, when one of the MEs led a group of school children to my cubicle, I quickly stood up and went to the restroom.

I'm just wondering when we will get a visit from L-Men finalists or Cosmo Men finalists. That is one visit I don't want to miss.

Anyway, there is a reason why I call my office Cubeland. It's effing cold! If you set the compass across my office's floor plan and imagine if it were the world, then Sunday, Sport, World, NIE, Weekender, Website, Feature and Opinion desks are located in the northern hemisphere; City desk and the MEs's rooms in the equator; while National, Business, Archipelago, Pagination, Graphic and Photo in the southern hemisphere.

However, the climate in the office differ to the real world. While equator is supposed to be warm, people sitting in the zones of City and MEs suffer from frostbite. I thought it's because I'm a tropical animal that I can't stand the cold. But the copy editors have been complaining about the temperature too. Aha!

Usually the southern and northern hemispheres get warmer climate because they have windows. It's like basking in the sun, literally. Nevertheless, in this rainy season, the air conditioner becomes cooler than usual. 

It's just Cubeland, but it feels as cold as Iceland or Greenland, methinks. Brrr.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Funny Moments In Cubeland

Taken from here

Hey, it turns out that this week is the National Newspaper Week (but it's in the USA?). Anyway, while we're on the subject of newspapers and journalism, I want to share several funny stories about being a journo in TJaP. I've posted them in my old blogs, but I wanted to share them here anyway.

1. When I entered TJaP's newsroom in 2007, I was greeted by black screen with white words and a computer program that requires no mouse. For those clueless souls, I'm talking about Word Star 5.5 here. I was so shocked, because I learned that program in the early 1990s, alongside Lotus 123 and D Base 3+. If you've never heard any of those programs, well, sorry kids, you're probably not born yet.

In the beginning, I wrote with Microsoft Word and then I copied and pasted the article to the WS 5.5. But Terry, the IT guy, said that I should get used to it since I'd be using them on a daily basis. I ended up bugging Tony, my then-national colleague, and Terry because the program somehow turned to devil  mode every time those boys were not around.

Don't ask me why TJaP still used the dinosaur program in the 2000s. What I knew for sure was I blessed the day when the bosses decided to put a stop to the usage of WS 5.5. The name of Word Star reminds me of Death Star, and I'm just glad that the Force be with me.

2. For almost one year, I had a cubicle situated in front of the rooms of  the Managing Editors (heretofore will be called as "the MEs"). It was not a good seating position because the guests will ask where the MEs are (because the MEs are always on the move), the MEs will ask you to help them, and then you suddenly became "The Accidental Secretary".

One day Ryd, one of the MEs, called me and asked me to forward an email to someone. He had already left office when he realized that he forgot to send that particular email. And so, I did it. Then, when TJaP celebrated its silver jubilee, he asked me to circulate the seminar's invitation into the mailing list I joined. I did it, and there were 300 people coming to the venue (while it only had seats for 200 people). Hmm, I believed I deserved a bonus? 

Then people were starting to look for him whenever he was not in his room. When he returned, I would usually tell him that (for example) the woman from the second floor was looking for him. I even told him that his cellphone rung during his absence. What an efficient secretary I am!

Then he started to tell me where he was going so that I could inform anyone looking for him. He would also inform me that he's going home, while offering a ride. Unfortunately, his house is not on the same route to my house.

Then the long awaited moment came...

"I will be on leave until May 23, in case anyone is looking for me," he said, smiling.

I thought I would have peace until that date. But then, people asked where the other ME was! 

3. The job can be a bitch at times, but I always manage to find funny moments with my colleagues. For example, when I was in National desk and had Daim and Nvn as my editors.

Daim was the editor (NE) and Nvn was the deputy editor (NDE). While both men have gray hair, they have opposite personalities. Daim is very calm, very self-controlled, while Nvn is not. However, they complement each other, just like Yin and Yang.

Let me give some excerpts of our conversations.

Size matters #1

Nvn : Just make 2.7 kb for your article. (Each media has different measurement system for news. Some use the number of words, character or lines. Whichever system we use, there is one golden rule: you should write according to the space)
Me : Ok.
[After I had finished my article, a desperate scream was heard]
Nvn : What? 4.4 kb???
Me : Oh, come on. Don't restrict your cub rep's creativity.
Nvn : Self control. [Imitating a yogi]

Size matters #2

Nvn : Ok, today you may unleash your creativity. You are allowed to make a 4.0 kb article.
Me : Ok. [Beneath my calm answer, I was panic because I only had so little thing to write that day]
[A few minutes later]
Nvn : Oops, sorry. No space. Just write a short article, maximum 3.0 kb.
Me : Ok. [With a big happy relieved smile]
[Daim nudged Nvn, and whispered. Five seconds later, Nvn yelled]
Nvn : Hey, there's good news. There are empty spaces. You can go beyond 4.0 kb!
Me : Mas Nvn, self control please. [Frustrated, typing quickly]
Daim : [Giggling]

Size matters #3
Nvn : Let me get it straight. You-should-not-exceed-3.0-kb-today.
Me : Ok.
(One hour later)
Me : I'm finished and it's only 2.7 kb.
Nvn : Euh, I'm sorry, could you make another three paragraphs?

Size matters #4
Nvn : You should make a 8.0 kb for this article.
Me : I'm not sure if I can make it. It was a brief interview.
Nvn : Well, try to make between 6.0-8.0 kb then.
[A few minutes later, Daim passed by my desk]
Me : So far, it's only 4.4 kb, Da. Is it enough?
Daim : It's allright. Don't worry. And Tif, self control please.
-- I got a feeling Daim was enjoying the conversation between Nvn and me. Is it that entertaining? Hmm...

4. Another funny moment was when I was assigned in the City desk, which held a weekly meeting every Thursday night. It usually lasted for at least one hour after we've finished our stories, meaning that we'd come home at around midnight. But the effect was mind-broadening and heart-bonding.

One night, we discussed about Book Day edition. Each of us should write about a prominent figure who owns a personal library. Mtq will approach Central Jakarta mayor Sylviana Murni, Nes will make a profile on activist Kiswanti, Dre will interview singer-actress Bunga Citra Lestari (he's very happy to have such assignment,ha!) and CDE#1 will see actor Nicholas Saputra (Ah, I want  to interview him too!).

"Trw, how about if you ask Carlo Brix Tewu?" said the editors. Trw was covering the City Police. She nodded.
Wait, wait, I began to see a pattern here. Carlo is quite handsome for a police officer and he's well-built (I'm not sure if he has the six-pack abs but he's obviously not fat).
"Can I interview Gus Dur's relatives? The young and cute guy, Ipang Wahid?" asked CDE#2.
Huaaa...I knew I was right! Everyone stared at me. My brain cells began to collect all names of the young and handsome prominent figures.

"How about the business people? You know, like Sandiaga Uno?" I smiled.
"Naaah. Too much media coverage on him," CDE#1 said.

"You can meet Anindya Bakrie though, he's less exposed than Sandiaga," CDE#2 said.

"Oh yeah, I heard he's been building up his muscles since he's a teenager," CE said.
(Most of the conversation happened during the Thursday night meeting is irrelevant to the main topic.)

"Wow, so you mean he has six pack abs?" I said, enthusiastically.

"Probably. Or six pack chins," CDE#1 said.

"It should be someone whom we will never guess that he has book collection," CE said.

"Yeah, like personal trainers," CDE#2 said.

"Hey how about Ade Rai?" Nes asked.

"Oh yes, I agree!!!" I said.

And that was the best assignment ever, because Ade Rai is a really nice person:) I got to interview him as well as had a closer look at his muscles, oops I meant his books:P

5. Since Indonesians don't use English as first language, I interview people in Bahasa and then write the article in English. Sometimes, there are difficulties in the writing process because not all words have the exact translation. Sometimes, I am lost in translation:)

For example, in Indonesia we have an illness called "masuk angin". I don't think there is an exact word to describe this kind of illness. Literally, the translation would be "the entering wind". My mentor said that the right word would be "to catch a draft".

Another example was when I was writing an article on family planning. I stumbled upon the word of "kawin cerai". First, I asked my colleague Alv who sat across my cubicle, but he suggested me ask Beck, a copy editor sitting next to me. So I asked Beck, and the conversation went like this.

Me : "Hi, Beck. Do we have an English term for 'kawin cerai'?”
Beck : "What is that?"
Me : "Err...It's a condition when a man marries a woman and divorces her after he has a child with her. Then, he marries another woman and divorces her. And he does it over and over again."
Beck : "Jen, Sarah, do we have such term to explain that?"
(Jen and Sarah are also copy editors, Sarah sat next to Beck while Jen sat next to Alv.)
Sarah : "What is the article about?"
Me : "'s about birth control program. My source recommend the stoppage of such practices to reduce population."
Sarah : "Told them to use condoms."
Jen : "I've never heard such thing. Is it a normal thing here?"
Alv and I just stared. Alv tried to hold his laugh, though.
Me : "Can we get back to the word again?" (Focus girls, it's my article we were discussing. And time was ticking.)
Beck : "How about 'serial divorce'?"
Me : "It sounds like serial killer. But it works for me. Ok. Thanks Beck."
And guess what, my mentor agreed with the word! It was really printed in TJaP. Beck and I invented a new term!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

Argh. No comment.

I don't know why but people tend to ask me these questions when I introduce myself as a journalist, or to be precise a journalist at TJaP. I'll answer them here, so you don't have to ask me these when we meet in real life:)

1. "Do you like working as a journalist?" or "It must be fun to work as a journalist?"
I love words and the process of writing them down to create profound stories. But when you have to do it in a limited time, sometimes it is not fun anymore. Being a journalist is not always fun, actually. It is a very demanding job, not some kind of job we can do at leisure.  My parents are against me working as a journo, I've had friends calling me snob just because I don't have time to hang out with them and the news gathering process can be a real pain in the ass. There are moments when I think of giving it up, but when I think it over, I always find at least one reason to keep going. (I guess it's called passion?)

2. "Do you come here alone?"
Journalists who work for newspapers, radio or online media usually cover the news on their own. Well, sometimes journalist and photojournalist go together, but once we reach the spot, we do our job separately. TV journalists usually work in team.

3. "When will you publish the news?" (usually the PR persons, or even the sources)
I'm just a journalist, so I don't know because the decision to publish or not to publish is in the hand of the editors. But here's a hint, if the journalist works for daily edition, it is likely to appear the next day. If the journalist works for weekly/monthly edition, it is likely to appear on the next Sunday/month. Please don't ask us to inform you on the publishing date, because we, the journalists, have no time to inform you.

4. "Can I read your news before you publish it?" (again, usually asked by PR persons or the sources)
No. You just have to trust me. If you find any mistake in the article, you can write a correction, and we'll publish it, maybe.

5. "You work for TJaP? Your English must be very good?"
There is no such thing as blanket guarantee, former Finance Ministry Sri Mulyani Indrawati said. And in this case, just because I work in an English-language newspaper, it doesn't mean I know everything. I'm still learning and I hope I can continue learning for the rest of my life.

6. "Do you have the Bahasa version of your article?"
No, because I write my article in English. And I don't translate. 

Do you have a burning question you'd like to ask me? Fire away, please.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Have A Flirty Weekend:)

Can you guess what I actually said when this photo was taken?

It took only two weeks in Jakarta to start losing the happiness I gained during my three-week fellowship. There are just so many sad news circulating in the city. A priest was stabbed, a riot in front of South Jakarta state courthouse and the latest was the small bomb near my home. Reading the stories (and thinking of the possibility of writing  those as in-depth stories in the future) makes me feeling tired already. I need some loving, Jakarta!

Peeyutz said that she usually flirted to get energy boost. It was a weird advice, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. Since I have zero flirting ability, I turned to the internet and found, a website on flirting and pick-up lines. Most are in Bahasa, but we can find some English pick-up lines too. I've posted some in my Facebook account, but I want to share them here. Hope you like them.  

If loving you is wrong, then love me back to make it right.
I lost my heart. Can I have yours?
My future is a question and I believe you are the answer.
I complete your L*FE and U complete my *NIVERSE
I would rather have eyes that can't see, ears that can't hear, lips that can't speak, than a heart that can't love you.

Do you have a good pick-up line? Please share it with me. The best thing about pick-up line is it brightens your day no matter how cheesy it may sound. So send any pick-up line to people you love today. Happy flirting!

PS. If I'm flirting with you, please cooperate:)