Shout Out for Change

I will start by concluding my post: Indonesia is getting worse day by day.

indonesiamapwithflagcolors
Retrieved from Google 21 June 2017. All rights reserved.

It is not that I have any grudge against the country but this just too ridiculous and shameful. First of all, I think the world know pretty well about the Indonesian governor, Ahok, who was accused for blasphemy and got two years period of imprisonment. While I read everything from the news so I cannot be 100% sure but here is how I see it. I believe that as soon as his unfavorable comment was said, he was accused for blasphemy right away. The case went to the court and he was called for trial, a lot of march against him and Christian in general. The case was rather lengthy due to time clash with the capital governor’s election. Anyway, the funny thing was, right after he lost the election, he was announced guilty and sentenced for two years in jail. I don’t know him, I am not his supporter or whatsoever, so I kind of in a neutral position but even from this perspective, I can see rotten play in this case as described by the New York Times. I am no lawyer but since I am pretty familiar with money power in Indonesia, I am pretty confident to say there is something more than just blasphemy behind the conviction of this governor. This first issue, you might think, Indonesia is ok, this happened everywhere because this is just how politics role. I agree so lets proceed.

bhi
Retrieved from Google 21 June 2017. All rights reserved.

Second highlighter point is; muslimisation of the country. As a country with the biggest muslim population, it has always been a goal for some interest group to make the country an islam country but after the blasphemy case, it just got worse. More than a few groups expressed their desire to change Indonesia to an Islam country, the most recent was this university group (the article is in Indonesian but Google translation pretty much capture the right meaning). Once again, since I am not living there nor do I want to stay there in the future (if possible) thus once again, I am trying to look at things from a neutral perspective. There was a viral response to the previous video of university oath which showed the reactions from the veteran who fought for the independence of Indonesia, their responses were heart-breaking to me, as you know, I am sensitive. But knowing their history and their current condition and their disappointed faces, it just a little too much…
Moving on, still about muslimisation, the biggest interest group to this rally in Indonesia is Front Pembela Islam (FPI). They are the people who claimed to represent the islam in the country, not that I ever believe in representation but anyway, I ain’t muslim so I don’t really understand their practice but the attitude of people in this group were terrible. The most recent issue including the head of FPI charged to pornography crime, and FPI asked children to accompany a march against Ahok while shouting ‘Kill him, kill him’, read through BBC. Is this how religious people should act like? Oh BTW, FPI head reported fled to Saudi Arabia and claimed to never come back…
Moreover, analyzing their actions through Google, nothing nice ever came up as far as I concern; actually more like criminal record, clashes with other group, a lot of political march, etc (source: Wikipedia, again it’s in Indonesian but since the sentences are short, Google translate is enough). Last point in this topic, as long as I could remember, the crime rate in Indonesia has always reported increase in the period near Ramadhan. Again, not sure about the practice but do you think you can do bad things and get forgiven after Ramadhan? I think that is too much to ask. I should highlight that I don’t despise islam, I believe that it is a good religion, not better or worse than other religions. It’s more of the people, they are persuasive but their way of doing is not correct to my standard, though looking at the trend, it’s leaning there. Indonesian, do you really want to be led there, that kind of Islam country? Doooomm…

Point three, about attitude. Earlier this week, the Indonesia Open 2017 was held in the capital. It is more like an international badminton match and has been a respectable event, well at least until couple days ago. Since badminton is one of the country’s best sport, it was no wonder that most of Indonesian teams reached top stage, including the male double. Last Saturday, they played Denmark’s pair Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen and lost fair and square. Nothing scandalous, except for the foul comments by the spectators which was disrespectful to the Denmark players, to be fair actually threatening remarks. When I saw it, I felt so shameful. Even though it was a home play but I felt sport world should be at least respectful. If you want all Indonesia’s opponent to just ‘GO HOME’, then just don’t bother to invite them at all, this is stupid.
While I am not saying Indonesian have bad attitude, but they are just too easily get provoked by their surroundings. Around the world of course there are people like this, but there are just too much in this country. You can prove it by following Indonesian social media, most often in Twitter, whenever something came up then it will soon be a trending hashtag. Seldom people care of the truthfulness of the news and share it anyway just to show that they are up-to-date. I once read a report that Indonesia is one of the country in which social media user was the most gullible in the net, not sure where and honestly, I cannot find the page now, but I personally agree so I mentioned it here; apparently, some people also agree.

Okay, this seems like a pretty long post but with one conclusion: Indonesia is getting worse day by day. Though informally, everyone have to change, but this change needed a push, hard push. Let people understand what is Bhinneka Tunggal Ika and what is Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia should be. With all respect, do you think that this push could be initiate from the top, @Jokowi?
Thank you.

What About Now?

Image result for one love manchester
Retrieved from Google.com on 5 June 2017. All rights reserved.

This morning when I swiped through my Instagram account, one of my friend posted a video on One Love Manchester concert. As has been announced, not only Ariana Grande but several other big names also performed as a tribute to the terror victims. I am not a kind of person who is interested with music concert or any of the artist’s fan, but I don’t know why I got the urge to watch it so I YouTube “tribute concert Manchester 2017” and just click on the first video with Ariana on the profile. It is actually the tribute speech by Ariana and I got this bitter feeling while listening to her, in which my tears actually fell. Then I try to find “Where is the Love” – Black Eyed Peas just because I know the lyrics pretty well, but hands up for them, they adjusted some fractions in the rap part to fit in the current world condition: terrorism. Moving on, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Fix You” – Coldplay were also moved me to tears. I don’t know if I was just being too sentimental about everything but I am just feeling extremely sad. The concert I think lasted pretty long, at least from noon to night, and even though I have no relative of friends who are directly related to the incident, I really appreciate the tribute concert. There has been three attacks happened in the United Kingdom in the past three months, two in London, one in Manchester, so it must be hard for them to have calm and stable emotion, but STAY STRONG !

Then maybe because of the melancholic feeling, I decided to play one of my favorite song by Daughtry – “What About Now”. The song is 11 years old (I think) but this is the first time when I really want to pay attention to the video. Well, I found myself crying again because of this (It is a video of world’s condition with What About Now in the background music).

Image result for what about now daughtry before its too late
Retrieved from Google.com on 5 June 2017. All rights reserved.

Anyway peeps, I am not good with sad things neither with my words. But I just want to share the burden of this heavy feeling with whoever I reading (or maybe just with

maxresdefault.jpg
Retrieved from Google.com on 5 June 2017. All rights reserved.

the internet world). Here is a random word scribbles about how I feel this morning:

“Sometimes, even when nothing happened,
without any cause,
I just feel sad.
No explanation thus no remedy,
I want to cry, but I don’t know why.
Might be the sadness accumulated inside,
might be just a spur moment of agony,
But the heavy feeling inside is exhausting”

Huh?! Chinese Drama~

Recently I have been indulging myself into Chinese drama. Now I know some of you have this impression like

“HUH?”

minion-fear-despicable-fan-art-zp1a5b-clipart
Retrieved from Google on 24 May 2017. All rights reserved.

I never watch any Korean or Japanese or other dramas, so I cannot make any comparison but I honestly enjoying these series. The genre I watch is comedy romance Chinese drama and in the end of this post I will give some recommendations.

WARNING: Before watching a random Chinese drama, make sure to check it’s rating and warning on explicit content and age restriction.

If you are not convinced, I would give some good reasons to give a try on these titles;
– Practice listening and reading (automatic Chinese subtitle) Chinese;
– Learn the culture in China.
Of course, the stories are exaggerated but to some degree there is enough truth that I can extract from them. I know it is a standard because most of the titles I watched have the same implicit behavior. Ok, so here are what I realized:

Heavy inequality problem, large living standard gap in the society. It is amazing to see the high class restaurants and hotels choice available in the region, it is very luxurious and might be even better than any settings in the Hollywood movies. Not only that, the rich could also do whatever they want, little thing but the most apparent is to receive or to make a call during working hours, normal workers have to whisper all the time (though apparently they still able to pick them up which mostly unlikely). But anyway, that is what I called privilege of the rich.

Next, harassment issue. Again, nearly every movies I found (in the genre) contained harassment, for it light such as verbal harassment to heavy one. To me this indicates that in Chinese culture, harassment issue have a quite deep root. But since it is never easy to spot harassment, I am not the one to judge.

Lastly on this post, business culture. Before this I have heard a phrase called “guan xi” which in English have similar meaning to “connection”. A lot of stories incorporate usual usage of connection and also black money. Of course in general business is related heavily to connection but through watching these movies, I just got a feeling that it might play more important role in China than how I thought before.

Note that while typing this post, my half soul is focusing on another drama, so my opinion might be biased. But anyway, if you have too much time on hands, you might want to check this list out;

  1. [currently watching] Ode to Joy (歡樂頌)
    Retrieved from Google on 24 May 2017. All rights reserved.

    Talking about life of five working girls of different background. Family, love and work issues are included.
    Could be quite heavy for people who have the same experiences but I like it because there are no too much explicit sexuality. For viewer without much knowledge on Chinese culture, through this series you could see more Chinese older culture such as parents arranged dates, age to marry, work success, stereotypes, etc. Quite long series I should say: 42 episodes in season 1 and 22 more in season 2.  While I skipped some episodes due to predictability but this serial is good since they speak pretty slowly.

  2. My Sunshine (何以笙簫默)
    my-sunshine_channel_1560x8723
    Retrieved from Google on 24 May 2017. All rights reserved.

    Mainly about a couple that met in college but separated afterwards due to misunderstanding. They met again couple years after with their own circumstances.
    This is my number one, I really love this series due to it’s sweet romance and so many unrevealed stories in the beginning that started to make sense after. Honestly, for some people it might be boring due to it being predictable and repetitive flashbacks but the best thing about this c-drama is you can taste the drama by watching the director’s cut version (4 episodes vs original 36 episodes). Oh explicit content.

  3. Love 020 ~ A Smile is Beautiful (微微一笑很傾城)
    Retrieved from Google on 24 May 2017. All rights reserved.

    Story of a couple that get connected to each other through online game.
    While the story only focused heavily on a couple but there was no real male or female perspective. They are equally proportioned so it felt like watching from third person’s perspective. I like it due to its simplicity and seemingly pretty real, so smooth and pretty good laugh for 30 episodes.

  4. Far Away Love (遠得要命的愛情)

    Retrieved from Google on 24 May 2017. All rights reserved.

    Friendship between three women and one man sharing their life and love worries and laughter. One main couple that forced upon each other while another looking for their other half apple.
    I will attach tragedy tag to this title as I cried pretty much while I watched this and I like it for it. It is one of the funniest and stupidest but if I remember correctly, I did not skip any of its 36 episodes~

  5. One and a Half Summer (一又二分之一的夏天)
    Retrieved from Google on 24 May 2017. All rights reserved.

    A group of college students’ hardship to make a good band. One of them came just to try to find his love but romance is never simple. Conflicts started to happen between them and things just got more complicated until the end, there was no end.
    That is the most annoying thing of this series, no clear ending. But the music is nice and the main characters are so energetic and it has only 27 episodes.

There are some other titles I found such as Best Time (最美的時光, 40 episodes), My Amazing Boyfriend (我的奇妙男友, 28 episodes) and Diamond Lover (克拉戀人, 68 episodes with director’s cut version). I found these because I like the acting skill of some actors or the director. Chinese drama in general have more than one perspective and boring beginning, so sometimes I skip some scenes (haha). Knowing this, one thing you need to prepare before watching Chinese drama is patience, if you have it then you are good to go~ Have fun watching!

Making Viral Video More Viral

blog
Minute 2:50, captured March 15. All rights reserved.

“When we stop putting people in boxes … suddenly, there’s us”.
(Credit: TV 2 Thanks Denmark! and Jay Shetty)

I was so touched and literally cried, twice. I feel that this is one kind of a wake up call for the society, for me. Reminding us that no matter how different we look like, no matter what label given to us by the society is, actually we are never that different from one another. Now of all time, when hate crimes are arising, fanatics are out of control, etc. I think it is very important for us to revisit this fact. Of course, as individuals we are all unique so that we are different but the stress is not us as the whole individual but part of us. For example, I am a student while at the very same moment I am a daughter, also a traveler, a mathematician, a good friend, a dreamer,… so on and so forth. You and me might share one or more of these roles, that make us understand one another because we are facing similar life experience. If we does not share any at all, I might be sharing the feeling of the one you love, people around you, which produced different link between us. Realizing this make discriminating/hating others due to outer appearance, or society label should be out of question. Get to know the other party to understand the other roles they are playing, to get to know their personality and interest, not their outer layer; ethnicity or even religion.

v_illustration2
Captured March 15 from Google. All rights reserved.

Then there is these videos (search:”DNA Journey” in Youtube); kind of have a similar topic with the first one, talking about DNA test result revealed one’s ethnicity origin. Shockingly, you might not came from the place you thought you were from; so say if someone hated another person due to his/her origin but actually they might be related, does it not mean this person should hate him/herself as well as his/her whole family? Then even if there is no family connection, the Small World project proposed that we can always find human link through five to seven steps (on average) of acquaintances also known as six degrees of separation theory.  To be honest, it is too complicated for me but all I need to know is that we are all related, linked through DNA or mutual acquaintances.

 

So to wrap up, hating, discriminating or hurting others just based on outer appearance is too unreasonable for they might share your pain and worries or your joy. Furthermore, DNA knows that you might actually be far far far (or not so far) relative to one another. In general hating someone is not advisable but if you really need to, think about it thoroughly, don’t just basing your hate due to their society/your own label.

Featuring not so related song: Six degrees of separation – The Script.

Non-Valentine Random Post About Low Class Work

c98ecfdb366866913154eab7a3eeceec
Retrieved from Google on February 14. All rights reserved. 

Investment bankers, financial analysts, mechanics, computer programmers, doctors – we all know how hard to attain these professions are and we have to spent days, months, years to be part of the job market. While waiters/waitresses, administrators, helpers and kind are the type of job that perceived as low level work, easy and stupid job. I thought so too, I always want to be one of the high class people and underestimated the other group, well, don’t you think serving food, washing dishes, cleaning the floor, etc. are super easy job?
Yeah, only until I tried doing it.

Now you might stop and pity me. That poor girl with useless bachelor degree is doing low life job. Judge me all you want but let me just say this: both groups are equivalently tiring in a different way, one require more brain power while the other, heart power and muscle. One will argue that working in high tier organizations also involve a lot of emotions. It is absolutely true but different emotions indeed, you will get it after you experienced it.
Not to get too specific but I am currently finance my travel by working on the hostel I am staying in. It is a great place and I really love the people here, a lot of stories, thoughts being exchanged and I feel like I have been talking forever to so many different people. To make it clear: it is amazing, great experience. But here is the thing; maybe it is because this is the first time I am doing this, I feel a little bit oppressed. Since I will be staying for (kind of) long time, the manager just asked me to do everything, like I should have had a week holiday before everything started but I started working since the first day already. Of course I don’t mind at all, really I would love to help out as much as possible. But then there are times when I need to be alone or when I was tired, but he always called me because there are always something going on around, it was just……
Also, at home, I never need to wash my dishes, such a spoiled little girl but here I need to wash TEN people’s dishes (with extra cleaning and a lot of other things). Again it is not a big problem at all, but you see when he keep adding work to do – it just become so frustrating. Well I am lamenting right now but this is a big emotional test for me. As a low class working employee, it is just so hard to earn respect and hard to complain or voice out my opinion. He heard me out but not listening I think. He is a nice person but not a very nice manager. But this is part of the consequence of my decision so I am trying my best to take it easy and not going crazy……

PS: I know I should return to the top and re-read before posting but I think I need a crying break so please pardon my English as always.

squidward-paper-kiss
Retrieved from Google on February 14, 2017. All rights reserved.

PSS: Happy valentine’s day peeps! (or single awareness day whichever applicable)
Now playing: Breakeven – The Script and S.A.D – Joseph Vincent.

“…Still alive but barely breathing…”

Something About Wondering Around

google-maps-directions-iphone-5
Retrieved from Google February 2. All rights reserved.

Who never use GPS or google maps to navigate their trip? Sure not every living human but I am quite confident that you readers had. It is easy, especially because it follow our location, then tell us which direction to turn to. Of course it is a great way to prevent us from getting loss (or simply make life more convenient). I had also used this service and like it very much, well except when they keep recalculating or reconnecting. I never fancy reading maps and have zero sense of direction so I found that GPS function is very helpful especially when I was new to the neighborhood. In the last two years however, I have developed a weird interest of getting lost in the old way; no INTERNET, no PHONE CALL, just address and static map. This is how it works:

  • Pinpoint the departing and destination spots in Google Maps
  • Choose “on foot” choice to find the route
  • Screen capture the maps (note: better to zoom in so trademark buildings included in the picture) — so called static map
  • Note down the route details (just take picture:))
  • Off you go!

Try to understand the maps beforehand to make the trip smoother. But why doing it?

The obvious answer is that we got to see a lot of new things around us. While we might have passed it hundred times on the bus, the view is just a glimpse because the bus velocity, or we may just to busy looking at our screen or dreaming. Moreover, by doing this you might get lost to somewhere new, for me this experience is quite thrilling; scary but made me excited- unknown place = new discoveries.

400-completed-action
Retrieved from Google February 2. All rights reserved.

This practice had helped me to be a better map reader and more attentive to my surroundings, to me most places have their own presence, some are “rough”; crowded, fast paced, unsmiling-unfriendly faces, some are “oblivious” and “dazzling”; most tourist places, where they shop with no care, big shops with pretty lighting, etc and some more like “gloomy”; old district, “energetic”; near schools, a lot of laughs.
You might not know that creativity could be enhanced while walking. The experiment by Stanford professors revealed that “…A person walking indoors … or walking outdoors in the fresh air produced twice as many creative responses compared to a person sitting down…” Walking also is associated with better health (read here) and a good substitute to other heavy workout.

As from my personal experience, my wondering around session has been very fruitful for producing ideas. Since walking generally required long commuting time, when I walk alone I have so much time to let my mind goes around. I thought of things that I ignored when I was too busy daily, memories sometimes came across when I witnessed some triggers, my mind responded to the news I just read i.e. pro or contra the US travel ban, etc. I thought of my life plan and alternatives, my favorite songs from long ago played in my head, and many more. It is a privilege to be disconnected from technology but so connected to the earth. I could walk for hours a day and my personal record cover around 20 km (according to Google maps) in 5 hours. This is a weird hobby that most people cannot get whenever I try to explain it to them, not even my friends understood-it is too painful and time consuming to walk- so I normally walk with myself. I talk to myself, sounds crazy but believe it or not, it is good for us, I mean to talk to ourselves (Google it).
The side benefit of this hobby is that I save little money but if more people develop this practice, I believe that in some cities it could reduce a lot of gas emission; some people I know drive to a place within walking distance because of habit. Of course not everyone have the time, but do try it once in a while, relieve yourself from the stressful routine.

safety1

Note: do NOT walk at night or too early in the morning alone, do NOT attempt to get lost if your neighborhood have a safety issue.

Happy travelling!

… now you know why I have no personal picture of my trips, I broke up temporarily with my phone in every of my walk session…

A Little Thought on Shopping and Some Other Things

fd35c4368911d3e943a898ce62e02bed
Retrieved Jan 20, 2017 from Google. All rights reserved.

So just this morning I came across this post about a woman who only bought necessities for a whole year . I think she did a good experiment and proved that even girls can live without shopping. I rarely shop for clothes and accessories, I don’t wear makeup and cafe is not my place, which is somewhat questionable for most people around me. They told me that those activities are necessary in life especially for a young adult like me; that I am missing out a lot for being so ignorant. I believe that they said it with a good intention but I can’t agree with this saying.

Disclaimer: content might not be very well related one issue to another.

To a certain extent it is true that shopping could make us happy, I mean, who doesn’t love to treat ourselves with something good? But regularly buying clothes just because the dresses in the wardrobe are so ‘last month’s trend’ is so unnecessary and not environmentally friendly at all. Just for reference, in 2012, 13.1 million ton of clothes were trashed in USA alone (~14 million ton in 2014, try to find out how much in your country and share the shocking facts). It’s not that surprising though, if I was one of the trend follower, with the speed of trend turnover in fast fashion industry, I need at least one clothing purchase per month or so (actually I don’t know precisely, this is the purchase of my up-to-date friend). Does not sound too much actually but adding the number to the clothes that already in the wardrobe, it will most likely to be a lot. Nomads people like me tend to sort my clothes collection every time I need to move, but if you have a home (and time) it might be fun to unload your closet(s) and try to remember when was the last time you wear each clothes you have (and check for mold on some of the bottom class t-shirt). This activity might help you think of your own style which is most suitable and comfortable for you to wear such that in the future there is no need of following the trend (which might not be suitable for you). However, if you insisted that new clothes mean live to you then donate/recycle your clothes please 🙂

save20on20groceries20-20piggy20bank
Retrieved Jan 20, 2017 from Google. All rights reserved.

Let’s move on to places to hang out. Cute/viral cafe, cinema, fancy restaurant, pub and bars, are usually mentioned. Some people argue, only by going to these places they could be called social and that is important. Here I argue that going there will not make us social but just more knowledgeable of stuffs that are ‘in’ thus create conversation topics. To be fair, surely these places are popular due to reasons which might as well be the motivation to go. Similar to argument above, in moderation it is never wrong to try new delicacy.

All in all, either you are more shopaholic or less, there is no right or wrong. Without people who shop, there will be no economic growth. But when people shop unnecessarily much, there will be environmental issue to deal with. Rather than judging others on should they buy more/less; sparing some time to think of our spending habit might be more meaningful. Separating necessities and luxury is not easy but everything start by a step. Our body does not change much after puberty, love and maintain our belongings so it last longer. Find alternatives such as hiking, volunteering, etc. for social experience (don’t forget to keep the mountain clean!).

Note: as said in the disclaimer, I realized this post is rather not harmonized. From my dissatisfaction of other judging me, waste problem to my own stereotype of over-valuation of viral shops. I will definitely try to do better job next time. I just really want to share the fact that is it NOT a must us to continue shopping, not all girls shop and socializing is way more that just hanging out in trend cafe.

TGIF folks!

For you who have spare time, try to watch documentary film “The True Cost” (not into documentary? try Confession of a Shopaholic) , some facts about waste by The World Counts and more information can be easily access by asking Mr. Google. Time to open our eyes before it’s too late.