Friday, January 24, 2014

Hoping For Some Bright Days Ahead

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Hi lovelies, how was your week? I hope you had a great week, mine did not go so well as my cellphone (the smart one/the educated one) was stolen on a bus ride. Good bye, my five-month-old smartphone ::wipe tears::

Fortunately, (there is always a reason for gratitude despite the bad thing) the only one that got stolen was that phone. I still have my wallet, iPod touch and that first generation CDMA cellphone, which become very useful during these smartphone-less days. So I only need to go to the cell provider to block the SIMcards and replace with the new ones, no need to make a letter for lost ID at a local police office. 

Now, let's talk about something happy for the weekend, shall we? Here are several events that may interest you this weekend. 

-- Art exhibition: Artphoria. A 3-D street art exhibition. Ciputra World/Lotte Shopping Avenue. Until Jan. 26. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entrance fee between Rp 50,000 and Rp 90,000.
-- Run Race: Color Run. The happiest 5k run race is coming to J-town on Jan. 26 at Senayan's East Parking Lot. I'm not running at the competition, but I'm sure it will be fun to watch it.
-- Movie Screening: Lotus. Monthly movie screening. Erasmus Huis. 1.30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Old Photos Of Mountain Hiking In Indonesia

Oh hi everybody, how are you? *vacuuming the dust on the corners of this blog* I'm back from the abyss that is work. 

I'd love to leave this city for the sake of my sanity, but there is not much we can do during the rainy season: the mountains are closed, the high waves make it almost impossible for island hopping and the capital city is on bended knees due to the floods.

Fortunately, a few weeks ago I stumbled upon some old photos of mountain hiking in Indonesia in the pre-independence era. As I'm a fan of all things old school, these black-and-white photos brought some light to the grey-sky rainy days.

Here are some of the photos:)

Mt. Gede in the 1940s.

The hot spring in Mt. Gede. This photo was taken in 1949.

Porters on their way to the summit of Mt. Rinjani. They had been using the long poles to carry the stuffs, some things didn't change.

 Mt. Rinjani, date of photo not found.

Mt. Lawu in 1930s. Whenever you go to the mountain (whether in the 1930s or the 2000s), you should always place safety first. Look at the lamp and other equipment they had:)

Photo source: Tropen Museum

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Trees And The Wild

Any way to get there: Students take a wooden boat through flooded farms to get to school in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Tuesday. The first thing that I noticed in this photograph was the trees. (Antara/Sahrul Manda, link)

Smoldering: Mount Sinabung spews lava and volcanic ash as seen from Tiga Kicat, North Sumatra, Indonesia, early Tuesday. The volcano has sporadically erupted since September, forcing thousands of people who live around it slopes to flee to safer areas. While this is not a good news for the people living there, I can't help admiring how nature works in this photo. (AP/Binsar Bakkara, link)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Let's Make Mistakes

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
-- Neil Gaiman