Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good Bye 2011! Welcome 2012!

Me and the Ruins of ancient Rome in February 2011.  I looked very comfortable in the photo despite the fact that it was 10 degree Celsius and I barely felt my nose.

How was your year, my darlings? I hope 2011 gave you the good things. But even if it didn't, worry not, my dear friends, for the good and the bad can teach you to appreciate life in every way.

While this year opened with a good start, somehow many things in this year did not run smoothly for me. But instead of complaining about those bad things, I'd like to thank Lord for the good things this year.

Those things are:
-- Getting my one-star diving license. I plan to take the two-star license in 2012. Wish me luck! 
-- Getting the 3-day fellowship to cover IFAD Governing Council in Rome, Italy. Yep, you read me right, only three days. Nevertheless, those were such happy days, for I got the chance to see with my own eyes Roman ancient architecture that are featured in Francis DK Ching's book :)
-- Getting the 5-day fellowship on climate change reporting in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was a really short visit, but I really learned a lot. Who would have known that climate change can be such an interesting topic?
-- Writing about Citarum River and its complex problems, from the upstream to downstream areas. It basically gave me a chance to put what I received in Hanoi into practice. I was so happy to get the chance to write the stories!
-- Taking a trip to Mount Krakatau, or Mount Anak Krakatau to be precise. I've always loved nature, and seeing this legendary volcano is in my to-do list :)
-- Taking a vacation to Belitung Island with my friend Aneen.     
-- D fell ill in June, but then doctor declared him fit this December. Alhamdulillah!

This year, I learn patience and perseverance and a realization that sometimes we measure things by how it pleases us and contributes to our career and professional life. Actually taking a slow pace (or stop) gives us a moment to reflect and plan for the future. 

Also, a few days ago I re-read my Japanese comics on photography and found a character saying: "Photography is a subject that teaches people to see the beauty in the simple things." I could not agree more. I may not be a photographer, but I strive to see beauty in simple (or even ugly) things.
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Physically Challenged

These photos are taken during the 2011 Asean Para Games, held in Jakarta earlier this month. I found them here. I can't find the caption and credit, so if you know the photographer, please let me know. 

These photo show that limit exists only in our mind. Once you think you can't do it, then you definitely can't. Stop thinking, start doing. And yes, you can.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

360 Photography

A 360 photo on Babakan Siliwangi forest corridor, Bandung, West Java, by Chandra Mirtamiharja, a Bandung-based photographer. See more works here.

When I went to Mount Anak Krakatau, which is also an island, my colleague Ipa made several 360 photos with her iPhone (see them here). I stumbled upon such photos today, when I blogwalked (is that a word?) to Design by Vitarlenology blog.
And then, Uncle Google shows me more of these photos. They look a bit surreal, don't they?

Traditional pottery shop at Banyumulek. Photographed by idVR360

The coastline to the east of Jakarta is largely developed, small fishing villages still exist, living on the fish they catch along the shore and further out to sea. Found here. Photographed by Martin Bloomfield

For better viewing, I suggest you to click the images in their original source and enjoy the 360 sensation. Have fun, guys. I know I do:).

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 Jakarta Biennale

I haven't got the chance to go and see the 2011 Jakarta Biennale. But seeing these photos make me put it in my schedule for events I should visit ASAP. It lasts until Jan. 15, 2012. Shall we?

A fire eater performs in a street performance entitled 'Ritual Cyborg' (Cyborg Rites) choreographed by Indonesian artist Sabil during Jakarta Biennale 2011 art festival in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara), Source: here

 A dancer performs during a performance entitled 'Sungai Merah' (Red River) choreographed by Indonesian artist Poppy Parisa during Jakarta Biennale 2011 art festival in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara), Source: here

Jakarta Biennale 2011
Galeri Nasional
Until Jan. 15
Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14, 
Central Jakarta, Tel. 021 3483 3955

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas In The Tropic

Hello, sweeties! How was your weekend? And if you're celebrating, how was your Christmas? Hope you had a blast. I went to office on Dec. 25 (sad, I know), but the good thing was I found photos on Christmas celebration in Indonesia. Below are just some of them.

This is how we do it: The church pastor reads a prayer in front of the offerings ornament on the altar during Christmas Eve at Tritunggal Mahakudus Paroki Church in Tuka Village, Badung on Saturday evening. Tritunggal Mahakudus Paroki Church is one of the oldest churches in Bali, having been built around 1935 when Christianity was first introduced to Bali, the most populous Hindu majority island in the world. (JP/Agung Parameswara, source : here) -- I know the picture quality is not really good, but it shows the fruit offerings, which is a signature of Balinese style. Love it for that :)

 Merry hat: Vendors at the Modern Market in BSD City in Serpong, Banten, wear Santa Claus hats to create a Christmas atmosphere while selling their goods on Saturday. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama, source: here)

Sweet Santa: A man dressed as Santa Claus gives away candies, chocolates and other snacks to children accompanying their mothers shopping at the Modern Market in BSD City in Serpong, Banten, on Saturday. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama, source: here)

 A bungee jumper dressed as Santa Claus leaps from a platform above Kuta beach, Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, on December 2, 2011. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images). Found at The Atlantic, via A Cup Of Jo

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Conversation With Cool Boss

Last week, the office held an editorial rotation, and the National desk got new editors, who happened to be the two nice editors from the Sunday desk. One of them is Cool Boss! Yay! 
Unfortunately, I will have a new desk in January, so I only have three weeks more to work with them. Nevertheless, I'm happy for my friends at National desk, because the new editors are truly heaven-sent. They know the issues and have great editing style. 
Anyway, currently only Cool Boss handles the desk because the other boss is taking leave. All the female reporters adore Cool Boss, and below are just some excerpts of conversation happening behind the cubicle particle boards.

Him: So what's the story today? 
She: blablabla
Him: Ok, get it done as soon as possible. The quickest person who finish will receive a gift
She: -_-
Him: What's the story today?
She: blablabla
Him: Ok, get it done ASAP so you can go to heaven
She: -_-
Him: I lost my iPod! Did I leave it here?
She: It wasn't iPod that you left here, but your heart
Him: -_-
Him: You will have to report to (mention old boss' name) on Sunday, she'll stand in only for that day because it's my day off 
She: -_-
Him: Why makes that face? I can't work everyday. I need a day off.
She: But I think you are Superman
Him: Really? Oh, thanks :)

She#1: (she#1 is a City cub reporter, walks to the cubicle of a National reporter and sees the new boss' email address on a piece of paper) Wait a minute. Why is he giving you that email address to you? It's different than what he has given to us in City desk.
She#2: Oh, really? Well, I guess it's a special email only for us in National *asks for a slap in the face, really*
She#1: -_-

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Funny, Forgetful And Geeky Parents I Have

Sleeping with eyeglasses on

Overhearing the conversations in my home can result in giggles. Here are some samples.

The Mysterious Case Of  Eyeglasses
Situation: D is waking up from his nap and walking to the backyard slowly, still looking sleepy.
D: Why is everything so clear? How come I already have my eyeglasses on?
M: You're sleeping with it on. That's why.

Mysterious menu
Situation: during dinner.
M: Would you like to eat this chicken?
D: Yes, sure. Thanks, dear.
(A few minutes later)
D: Hey, what is this? (pointing at something on his plate with his fork)
M: That's chicken.

Ask A Friend Or 50:50?
Situation: during leisure time, I filled in a crossword quiz.
Me: Hey D, what is (put the clue here)? It starts with (insert a letter here), have (place a number here) letters and ends with (insert another letter here).
D: What did I just hear? You need help? Would you like to ask a friend? Or the first rank? (He's imitating presenters of quiz show 'Ranking 1')
Me: *facepalm*

Thursday, December 15, 2011

More Galaxy-Related Stuffs

Galaxy skirt! Found at Jezmine Blossom

Samsung Galaxy Tab. Found here (I wonder if it's Hyun Bin's hand that hold the tab)

LA Galaxy soccer team icon. Ahem. Source: here. Click here to see more players of LA Galaxy.

Have a great day, people!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Star Is Born

Source: here

Since I've started the week with a picture of the sky, it seemed things have led me to find other outer space phenomenon and object. For example, the lunar eclipse last week and the pictures taken by Hubble telescope, which I found in this lovely blog.

Anyway, if you have a penchant for some galaxy observation, you'd probably excited to learn that there will be a Geminid meteor rain between Dec. 13-14. It's the last meteor rain this year. I hope the weather is clear. Let's lie down on our back and see the meteors pass by. Read more about it here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Many Phases Of A Lunar Eclipse

Now you see me, now you don’t. A composite shows the moon in various stages of a total lunar eclipse in Padang, West Sumatra, on Saturday night. The eclipse occurred for about one hour, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., and was clearly visible in Padang. Photographed by Iggoy el Fitra for Antara Photo. Found here

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Blood-Red Sky

Photographed by ARY from the office's balcony on Dec. 7

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Back With Two Cats

My darlings, I'm here! Oh dear, how long have I abandoned you, my dear blogs? *clean out the dust* Sorry for the radio silence, I've been overwhelmed by works (lame reason, but it just is). While work life has always been hectic, things have taken a slow, peaceful pace in personal life.  

My home now becomes a haven for a cat mom and her kitten. So every time I'm leaving home or arriving home, these two felines always welcome me on the porch. Since they are so cute, I can't help but taking their pictures. Here they are.

A breastfeeding moment

Playing with the young 'un

The sleepy-eyed kitten