Thursday, March 28, 2013

Have A Looong Weekend

Mount Lokon spews ash and other volcanic materials into the air as it erupts in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, last Monday. Residents were advised to keep a safe distance from the volcano after Monday’s eruption. People heard a big explosion at 5:10 a.m., local time. The volcano has been active since July 2011. (Antara/Fiqman Sunandar, source)

Tomorrow is Good Friday and I'll take a day off on Monday, so it will be a long weekend for me. See you next week and here are several events for this weekend that I've compiled for you:).

-- Exhibition and Book Launch: Plaited Arts from the Borneo Rainforest. March 28-April 6 at 10 a.m. -6 p.m. (closed on national holiday). Bentara Budaya Jakarta. Jl. Palmerah Selatan 17, Central Jakarta.
-- Shopping: Jakarta Flea Market. March 30-31. Playparq. Jl. Bintaro Barat 1 Kav. 10 Bintaro Jaya Sektor 1, South Jakarta
-- Exhibition: The Jakarta Properties. Until April 1. Galeri Nasional. Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur 14, Central Jakarta
-- Exhibition: Batik Belanda From Time To Time. Until April 4 (but the Dutch cultural center will be close for Easter until April 1). Erasmus Huis. Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. S-3, South Jakarta

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This Week's Top Question Is...

...Have you submit your annual tax forms?

With Good Friday to fall this Friday, the tax offices will only be open until tomorrow. If you haven't submit it, you'd better do it today for I'm sure tomorrow will see very long queue lines in all tax offices and drop box spots.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Have A Healthy Weekend

Photo from Erasmus Huis Jakarta newsletter

A few days ago, we rushed D to the ER due to an asthma episode. He hasn't got any episode in the last few years, so he's been a bit careless and overexerted himself by driving to Bandung and Tasikmalaya in the Nyepi harpitnas two weeks ago. He left the hospital several hours later and we hope it's nothing serious. 

I'd like to remind all of you to take care of your health. Eat those veggies. Run around the block. Stop and smell the roses. Take time to relax this weekend.

And it will lead me to inform you on some interesting events this weekend that may interest you...
-- Movie Screening: Pizza Maffia. (see schedule and venue on the picture above).
-- Movie Screening: Kathryn Bigelow films. March 22-24 at Bentara Budaya Jakarta. Click here for schedule.
-- Play: Sampek Engtay by Teater Koma, until March 23. Gedung Kesenian Jakarta.
-- Concert: Demi Lovato. March 24. Istora Senayan Jakarta.
-- Concert & Fan Meeting: Lee Min Ho. March 23. Plenary Hall Jakarta Convention Center. Ticket: Kiostix! (All K-pop and K-drama lovers out there, this one for you)

Take care my lovelies!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

And The Designer Of These Dresses Is...

Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian. Found here

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire.

...Indonesian designer Tex Saverio:).

Monday, March 18, 2013

How Much Do I Know My Colleagues?

Not much, definitely. And below are excerpts of conversations I had around the office space.

#1. Chris, Is That You?
Situation: Ebf, Trw and I were gossiping about the copy editors.
Ebf: I am still waiting for the copy editors to finish the articles. Are you going home now?
Me: It's ok, you just wait for the copy editors. I can browse Internet in the meantime. Why is it so slow? How many copy editors coming today?
Trw: Chris is pretty quick, but he's on a honeymoon leave. He got married last week.
Me: Oh yeah. Did you come to his wedding?
Ebf: Wait a minute. Which one is Chris?
Trw: The one with the eye glasses.
Ebf: Many of the copy editors are wearing eye glasses.
Me: Umm, he's bald.
Ebf: Many of the copy editors are bald, too.
Me: Let me show you his pictures on Facebook
(After several minutes of perusing the photos in Facebook...)
Ebf: Oh, that's Christian. He loves going to film festival, doesn't he?
Trw: Yes! Oh wait, I remembered you said that you met him and his girlfriend at a cinema.
Ebf: Yes, but I know him as Christian, not Chris.
Me and Trw: *facepalm*

#2. The Font Preference
Situation: Fith, Png, Lfr and I were busy on our computers. Correction: they were busy, I was composing this post.
Fith: You guys really have your own font preferences. Tifa always uses Arial, Png is a devout user of Calibri and Lfr, you change your font in each file. But then I can tell who does which article anyway. It's interesting.
Lfr: I just haven't set my heart to a specific font. So I keep changing font.
Me: How about you? What's your font preference?
Fith: I use Times New Roman, because that's the setting in my computer.

#3. The Coffee Run
Situation: During lunch, I stopped by at the nearby coffeeshop to get my co-workers their cups of coffee.
Me: I'd like to have one Peaberry, one Espresso and one Choco Mint, please.
The barista: Are you from TJaP?
Me: Umm, yes.
The barista: Are these for BEE, WW and Fith?
Me: That's right!

#4. The Office Asylum
Situation: I went to the office library and found Adm, the librarian, was sitting alone
Me: Hello, are you doing the night shift alone?
Adm: Yeah. How are you doing?
Me: I'm good, thanks. I thought there would be other journos here. I saw Dic was here.
Adm: He usually comes here to watch TV.
Me: But there are TVs upstairs.
Adm: Many people come here when they don't want to see other people. It's like asylum here.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I've Been Looking At These Pictures

Svarna bridal collection by Didiet Maulana

By Rusly Tjohnardi

Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton. Source

So far, this one is my favorite: not a head-to-toe white gown and has long sleeves. Source.

Explanation: Got an assignment to write the international wedding trend, that's why.

What kind of dress would you wear for your wedding? The traditional or the international dress?

P.S. If you zoom in to the second picture, the bodice uses Palembang songket. An international look with a traditional touch. Win! I wonder if the designer can make the long-sleeved version.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ogoh-ogoh And Anti-Corruption Campaign

Jakarta’s Hindus participate in a religious procession along with giant ogoh-ogoh effigies in connection with the observance of Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence) at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Jakarta on Sunday. Hindus in Indonesia will observe Nyepi on Tuesday this year. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

 Several motorists and pedestrians pass by an “Ogoh-ogoh” or giant effigy bearing a physical resemblance to that of graft suspect and former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum being executed at the National Monument (Monas), in Denpasar, on Sunday. Various Ogoh-ogoh effigies are displayed and even sent to competitions in Denpasar held to celebrate Nyepi Saka New Year 1935. (JP/Agung Parameswara). Photos from here
I love the idea of corruption eradication campaign using religious themes. I have seen several campaigns using Islamic theme. Since tomorrow is Hindu Day of Silence, the second photo makes a good example. 

Ogoh-ogoh, which usually takes the form of mythological beings, is considered a symbol of modes that form malicious characters.

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Weekend With Hanacaraka

Hana caraka >> There (were) two messengers
Data sawala >> (They) had animosity (among each other)
Padha jayanya >> (They were) equally powerful (in fight)
Maga bathanga >> Here are the corpses

When I was a kid, D and my paternal grandma often put me to bed with bedtime stories, which mostly consist of folklores, the biography of Prophet Muhammad and other prophets and sometimes, they even made up the stories themselves.

One of the folklores was about the story of the Javanese alphabet Hanacaraka. Here is the story. Not really sure if I got the names right, though. Let me know if I made mistakes through the comment box. 

Once upon a time, there was a knight called Aji Saka. He had two emissaries, Dora and Sembada. He took Dora along with him for the journey and left Sembada in a particular place to guard his heirloom. He also ordered Sembada to never hand over the stuff to other people but himself.

During the journey, Aji Saka killed a bad and mean king and became the new king in the kingdom. He assigned Dora to pick up Sembada and the heirloom, forgetting the oath of honor Sembada had taken to guard the heirloom.

When Dora asked Sembada to come and bring the heirloom with him, Sembada refused, saying that the only person who could take the heirloom from that place was Aji Saka himself. He told Dora to go back and bring Aji Saka. Now, being a faithful emissary, Dora also refused to go back empty handed. And so, they fought to death.

When Aji Saka remembered of Sembada's oath, he hastily went to the place, but it was too late. Both Dora and Sembada died, defending their master's order. Aji Saka buried the two emissaries side by side and wrote the alphabet.  

So, why am I telling you this folklore? Because of this...

Dance performance: Hanacaraka (There Are Emissaries). March 9 at 8 p.m. Salihara Theater. Jl. Salihara No. 16, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. Information:

Other events this weekend are:
-- Screening and Discussion: Sejarah adalah Sekarang 7 (History is Now 7). National Film Month. March 1-31. Kineforum, behind Galeri Cipta 3 Taman Ismail Marzuki (Friday-Sunday), Studio I TIM XXI March 18-31 (Monday-Sunday). Open to public.
-- Exhibition: The 19th Mega Bazaar Computer 2013. Until March 10. Jakarta Convention Center.

Have an amazing weekend:).

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Photographer And The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Source: here

Pachyderm Patrol

Local World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Riau workers on elephants patrol the forests near Tesso Nilo in Riau on Sunday. The workers want to guide wild elephants deeper into the jungle to avoid human encounters, a strategy that the WWF says has reduced the number of human-elephant incidents by 90 percent. (Antara/Regina Safri, source)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Motivational Words From A DVD Player's Remote Control Brochure

My TV remote control broke down after several years of usage, followed closely by the DVD player remote control. I could still operate both electronic gadgets without the remote controls, but since Cousin Dina said there was a universal remote control that could be used for any TV and DVD player, I thought why not?

So we went to Pasar Perumnas Klender, the closest traditional market from our houses. And after giving the market a one-round-trip, we had a success in getting ourselves new remote controls.

On the left is my new TV remote control, on the right the DVD player one and on the background the brochure

It turns out that we need to program the remote control. The programming method was quite simple: (1) press "Set" and "Power" simultaneously, (2) when the red lamp blinks, dial in the three-number code, (3) if the remote control is not working yet, go back to step (1).

A glance over the the brochure shows that the more common your electronic gadget brand is, the more codes you will find to match the remote control. Toshiba only has around three to five codes. I have to tell you guys that the brand of my DVD player is Blue Sky, and it has so many codes on the brochure. Did I get the code right? Oh, definitely...after the 58th attempt. Also, have I told you that the brand of my TV set is Niko? Right. Ouch my thumbs.

The highlight of the day was reading the following words...

The slogan cracks me up: Dengan kesabaran yang teguh, Anda akan menemukan kode yang paling sesuai dengan DVD Anda (With strong determination, you will find the right code that fits your DVD player).

Moral of the story:
(1) Always have strong determination, even to do the simplest task like programming the DVD player's remote control
(2) When possible, buy branded gadgets with a good after sale service, so if the remote control breaks down, you simply turn it down at the service center.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Twelve Postcards To Brighten Up Your Day

Finding postcards at my desk and reading the kind words on them are so far the best work booster. So without further ado, here are 12 postcards that have made their way from far-flung countries to my tiny corner in Indonesia:).

It's the Royal Mail! The first postcard I got from England came from Martis in Cambridge, featuring one of the buildings in King's College.

Another first postcard came all the way from Switzerland, the land of the Alps, sent by Giedre. Seeing this makes me want to sing Climb Every Mountain.

Tanucha from Russia sent me this lovely sunset postcard of Sweden that she bought when she went vacationing there

A postcard of Lindis Pass, the highest point on New Zealand's South Island state highway network was sent by Howie in New Zealand.

This one was sent by Dorota from Poland

AnsD from Hoorn, The Netherlands sent me this postcard

Birdie from the US sent me this Jessie Wilcox Smith illustration of Charles Dickens' character Little Emily

And...this black and white train postcard from Tamara of Belarus is definitely my favorite!

Apart from the Poscrossing, I also received four postcards: one is from Lene in Germany. She writes in both English and German, giving me a flashback to the 1990s, when I studied the language alongside my cousin RYH.

This is a cute word play. Giessen nicht vergessen means Don't forget to water, and Giessen is also the name of the city where Lene lives and studies.

The other one is from Darima, a poscrosser who already sent me a postcard back in January. She said she sent two because she thought one might not be enough. That's very kind of her. I couldn't register her second postcard, so I offered her a postcard from Indonesia. I hope she'll like it.

Darima sent me this landscape postcard of Lake Baikal. 

My friend Dian, who is studying in Paris, went to Vienna, Austria for the winter holiday and sent me this lovely postcard of Stephansdom.

My colleague Fith who went to the Netherlands last October sent me this postcard.

Greetings from Den Helder

Have a magnificent Monday! 

P.S. While we are talking postcard, I'd like to ask if you guys know any place that sells quality Indonesia-themed postcards beside Kinokuniya and Periplus? Don't say Gramedia, because the postcards have blurry pictures.

Friday, March 1, 2013

A Target To Remember:)

From Daily Dishonesty (this one cracks me up :D)

Dear kind people, is it March already?

Before I forget, I should put the target up there, because I plan to take as many holidays as I can this year and holidays means more money to spend. So I should save up. After all, I have 42 days of leave now *flapping my leave forms :)*.

With its location on the equator, Indonesia is a great place for year-round holidaying. But of course, during the rainy season the sea and the waves become rougher and higher. It wouldn't be wise to go to the beach or travel between the islands. 

While I love the rainy season, I also long for the dry season when the sky is clear and the sea is quite calm. I can't wait for the next trip:). In the meantime, I'll entertain myself with household chores and other events in the city. 
-- Photo Exhibition: Sybille Bergmann. Until March 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bentara Budaya Jakarta.
-- Music Festival: The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2013. March 1-3. JIExpo, Kemayoran. Let's hope that I'll have a free ticket again like last year:P.
-- Shopping: Jakarta Flea Market. March 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lapangan Basket Blok S, Jln. Suryo, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. Cash only.
-- Movie Screening: Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers). March 2. A-Azhar Indonesia University, Auditorium Arifin Panigoro.

Have a great weekend, y'all!