Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bom Blast At Ritz Carlton & J.W Marriot Hotel, Jakarta

BGM >> Conceived Sorrow (Orchestra Ver.) by Dir en Grey

Yesterday I arrived at office and SHOCKED
when I saw this on TV .
Apparently some psycho decided to kill innocents right before long weekend and MU's coming.
. Perfect timing. There are also some debates about BIN and how this things related to the result of presidential election weeks ago. ARE HUMAN LIVES THAT CHEAP

Read the news

And later that night I watched this in Metro TV
. That poor old man walking back and forth in front of the elevator apparently Holcim's President Director. He passed away on his way to nearest hospital. RIP.

It breaks my heart watching those hysterical family members crying when they found out their loved ones are those who passed away or injured in the bombing. Deep condolences to all victims.

P/S : Last night, #indonesiaunite became top trending topic in Twitter. I feel so touched!

P/S/S: It's also became top trending topic today and got news coverage in Metro TV, aired today! Yay for us!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I Cried For My Brother 6 Times

BGM >> One Day In Your Life by Michael Jackson

Someone sent me this story via Facebook and I couldn't stop myself from crying when I read it. Wonderful family story. Think I wanna share it to you guys, hiks *sobbing .. Enjoy T__T

I was born in a secluded village of a mountain. Days by days my parents plowed the yellow dry soil with their backs facing the sky.

I have a younger brother, 3 years younger than me.Once, to buy a handkerchief which all girls around me seemed to have, I stole 50 cents from my father's drawer. Father known about it right away. He made my younger brother and me kneeled against the wall, with a bamboo stick in his hand. "Who stole the money?" he asked.

I was stunned, too afraid to talk. Father didn't hear any of us admit, so he said, "Fine, if nobody wants to admit, you two should be beaten!" He lifted up the bamboo stick. Suddenly, my younger brother gripped father's hand and said," Dad, I was the one who did it!"

The long stick smacked on my brother's back repeatedly. Father was so angry that he kept on whipped my brother until he lost his breath. After that, he sat down on our stone bed and scolded my brother, "You have learnt to steal from your own house now, what other embarrassing things you will do in the future?? You should be beaten to death! You shameless thief!"

That night, mother and I hugged my brother. His body full of injuries, but he didn't shed a single tear.
In the middle of the night, all of sudden I cried out loudly. My brother covered my mouth with his little hand and said, " Sis, now don't cry anymore. Everything has happened." I still hate myself for didn't have enough courage to admit what I had done.

Years gone by, but the incident still looked like it just happen! ed yesterday. I will never forget my brother's expression when he protected me. That year, my brother was 8 years old; I was 11 years old.

When my brother was in his last year of his lower secondary school, he was accepted in an upper secondary school in the central. At the same time, I was accepted into a province's university.
That night, father squatted in the yard, smoking,packet by packet. I could hear him said, "Both our children have good results? very good results?" Mother wiped off her tears and sighed," What is the use? How can we possibly finance both of them?"

At that time, my brother walked out, he stood in front of father and said, "Dad, I don't want to continue my study anymore, I have read enough books". Father swung his hand and slapped brother on his face.
"Why do you have a spirit so damn weak? Even if it means I have to beg for money on the streets, I will send you two to school until you both finish your study!"

And then, he started to knock on every house in thevillage to borrow money. I stuck out my hand as soft as I can to my brother's swollen face, and said, "A boy has to continue his study; If not, he will not be able to leave this depths of poverty."

Me, on the other hand, had decided not to further my study to university. Who knows on the next day, before dawn, my brother left the house with a few pieces of worn-out clothes and a few dry beans. He sneaked to the side of my bed and left a note on my pillow; "Sis, get into an university is not easy. I will go find a job and send money to you." I held the note while sitting on my bed, and cried until I lost my voice. That year, my brother was 17 years old; I was 20 years old.

With the money father borrowed from the whole village, and money my brother earned from carrying cement on his back at construction site, finally, I managed to get to the third year of my study in the university.

One day, I was studying in my room, when my roommate came in and told me,"There's a villager wait for you outside!" Why is there a villager looking for me? I walked out, and saw my brother from afar, His whole body is dirty, covered by dust, cement and sands. I asked him, "Why don't you tell my roommate that you are my brother?" He replied with a smile," Look at my appearance. What will they think if they know that I am your brother? Don't they laugh at you?" I felt so touched, and tears filled my eyes. I swept away dusts from my brother's body. And said with a lump in my throat, " I don't care of what people say! You are my brother no matter what your appearance is?"

From his pocket, he took out a butterfly hair clip. He wore it on me, and said, "I saw all the girls in town are wearing it. So, I think you should also have one."
I could not hold back myself anymore. I pulled my brother into my arms and cried and cried.
That year, my brother was 20 years old; I was 23 years old.

The first time I brought my boyfriend home, the broken window had been repaired.And it looked so clean inside the house.

After, my boyfriend went home, I danced like a small girl in front of my mother, "Mom, you don't have to spend so many time cleaning the house!" But she said with a smile," It was your brother who went home early to clean the house. Didn't you see the wound on his hand? He was injured while replacing the window."I went into my brother's small bedroom. Looking at his thin face, I felt like there are hundreds of needle pricked in my heart.
I put some ointment on his wound and bandaged it,"Does it hurt? " I asked him.
"No, it doesn't hurt. You know, when I was working in the construction site, stones falling on my feet all the time. Even that could not stop me from working and?" In the middle of the sentence, he stopped. I turned my back on him and tears rolling down my face.
That year, my brother was 23 years old; I was 26 years old.

After I got married, I lived in the city. Lots of time my husband invited my parents to come and live with us, but they didn't want. They said, once they left the village,they didn't know what to do. My brother also didn't agree, he said, "Sis, you just taking care of your parents-in-law. I will take care of mom and dad here."

My husband became the director of his factory. We wanted my brother to get the job as the manager in the department of maintenance. But my brother rejected the offer. He insisted on starting to work as a reparation worker. One day, my brother was on the top of a ladder repairing a cable, when he got electrocuted, and was sent to the hospital.

My husband and I visited him. Looked at the white gypsum on his leg, I grumbled,"Why did you reject to be a manager? Manager will not do something dangerous like this. Look at you now, such a serious injury. Why you didn't want to listen to us?" With a serious expression on his face, he defended on his decision, "Think of brother-in-law?he just became the director, and I almost uneducated. If I became the manager, what kind of rumors will fly around?"

My husband's eyes filled up with tears, and then Isaid, "But you lack in education also because of me!""Why talking about the past?" My brother held my hand.

That year, he was 26 years old and I was 29 years old. My brother was 30 years old when he married a farmer girl from the village. In his wedding reception, the master of ceremonies asked him, "Who is the one you respect and love the most?"

Without thinking, he answered," My sister." He continued by telling a story I could not even remember.

"When I was in primary school, the school was indifferent village.Everyday, my sister and I walked for2 hours to go school and go home. One day, I lost one of my pair of gloves. My sister gave me one of hers.She only wore one glove and walked for so far. When we got home, her hand was so trembled because of the weather that was so cold that she could not even hold her chopsticks. From that day on, I swore that as long as I live, I would take care of my sister and be good to her."

Applause filled up the room. All guests turned their attentions to me.

Words were so hard to come out from my mouth, "In my whole life, the one I would like to thank the most is my brother,"
And in this happy occasion,in front of the crowd, tears rolling down my face again.

Love and care for the one you love every single days of your life. You may think what you did is just a small deed, but to that someone, it may mean a lot.

[pic credit] here

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Big Bang's Gara Gara GO

BGM >> Gara Gara GO by Big Bang

Currently so into this! Loving it to the MAX! Big Bang's latest Japanese single! The MV's also super cool! Go check here please!

Gara Gara GO
Performed by Big Bang

You know I gotta do it again, right?
Aooooh Yeah
B B Big Bang
Oh Eh Oh
Oh Eh Oh
Take the party down! Oh!

Hot na natsu no taiyou
It’s about time hajimeyou
Time to party here fo’ sho

Take the party down! Oh!

Minna de asobi ni ikou
Oretachi to come on let’s go!
Natsu daze party time dayo! oh! oh! oh!

Soshite odore wo dance floor
Motto movin’ groovin’
Ikashita party

Say B I G to the BANG
Sawagi ga asa made
Just dance!
Gara Gara Gara Go!
Oretachi no way
La La La La La

Odorina my sexy lady
Moriagare everybody
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!

Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh
Big Bang rocks tonight!

Take the party down! oh!

Mou mune ga hajikesou
Oto ni notte ikou
Ikeru toko made ikou

Take the party down! Oh!

Soba ni kite give me some more
Subete wo wasurechaou
Come on and feel the rythm in ma flow

Soshite koko de futari
zutto bumpin’ shakin’
odorou yo honey

Say B I G to the BANG
Kore kara mada mada
Just bang!
Gara Gara Gara Go!
Oretachi to say
Na Na Na Na Na

Te wo agete my sexy baby
Koe dashite everybody
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!

Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh
Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh (T.O.P.)
T.O.P (Hey)
My style, my stage
so fresh, so clean
never falling, just ke-ke-keep it jumping
see her, get low
long fall fo’ sho’
she gon’ make it go bump bump bump
so let’s go ya’ll
we gon’ let it all out tonight girl
see the name T.O.P up and nice girl
everybody knows we up, they down
so let me see you shake shake that around
It’s all sound bring the beat pump to the speakers
Man then meet the heart of the picture
GD is neat in the flesh top to bottom so freshly dressed
I am here to get down
Lose control take hold of the sound
Bring it o-o-o-offf the ground
Big bang no doubt
We gon’ turn it out for sure

Say B I G to the BANG
Sawagi ga asa made
Just dance!
Gara Gara Gara Go!
Oretachi no way
La La La La La

Odorina my sexy lady
Moriagare everybody
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!

Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh
Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh
Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh



You know I gotta do it again, right?
Aooooh Yeah
B B Big Bang
Oh Eh Oh
Oh Eh Oh
Take the party down! Oh!

Hot summer sun
It’s about time Let’s start!
Time to party yeah fo sure

Take the party down oh

With everybody let’s go play
With us Come on and let’s go
It’s Summer! Party time now yo

And Dancing Dance Floor
More Movin Groovin
Move the body

Say! B.I.G. to the BANG
The uproar goes until morning just bang!
Gara Gara GO Our way

Dance My sexy lady
Get excited Everybody

Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!

Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh
Big Bang rocks tonight!

Take the party down oh

It feels like my chest is bursting open
Riding the sound, let’s go

Take the party down oh

Come to my side Give me some more
I’ve forgotten everything oh
come on now feel the rhythm in my flow oh oh oh

And here, the two of us
the whole time, pumpin shakin
Let’s dance honey

Say! B.I.G. to the BANG
still coming just bang!
Gara Gara GO! we say
Na Na Na Na Na
Raise you hands My sexy baby

Make noise Everybody
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!

Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh
Big Bang rocks tonight!

My style My stage
So fresh so clean
Never fallin
Just ke-ke-keep it jumping
See her get low_ fun for sure
She can make it go bump bump bump so let’s go
yo Leave the radio on tonight girl
See the name T.O.P up in lights girl
Everybody knows we up they down
So let me see you shake shake that around

It’s on
Hear the beat pump through the speakers
It’s me in the flesh
Top to the bottom, so freshly dressed
I’m here to get down
Lose control, take hold of the sound
Bring it up off of the ground Big Bang
No doubt we can turn it out for sure

them them them beats yo

Say! B.I.G. to the BANG
The uproar goes until morning just bang!
Gara Gara GO Our way
La La La La La
Dance My sexy lady
Get excited Everybody
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!
Don’t stop now JUMP! JUMP!

Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh
Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh
Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh
Big Bang rocks tonight!
Oh Eh Oh

[credit] here


BGM >> Hot Issue by 4 Minute

Today is Indonesia's Election Day!



Hope the best team win :D

Saturday, July 4, 2009

R.I.P King of Pop

BGM >> None

1958 - 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Padang Trip & The Wedding

BGM >> Close To You by Carpenters

Hi there!

Long time no update, things are getting a bit hectic here hehe
It's almost a month ago (yes, almost a month ago when I promised that I'll update once I arrived in Bandung, gomenasai m(_ _)m) when I went to Padang with my family to attend my cousin's wedding.
It was great and I enjoyed my time there even though the weather was almost unbearable (it's around 34 Celsius degree there , secretly wishing my body fat'd melt there, apparently it didn't).

Dunno where or how to start, so .. let's the pics do the talk hehe

At the airport , waiting and waiting before check in.
Make myself busy w/ Twitter and Facebook hahaha

At Terminal 3 w/ my bro and sis
It's HUGE !

w/ my sis & mom
I the the paint color


Stupid random pic
From left to right: me, my bro, my sis

Cam whoring a bit

Arrived safely in Padang (Thank God! Because at first I was a bit reluctant to take a days off at work and FLY since there are so many plane crash recently ). My cousin and her boyfriend came to pick us up , and they took us right away to one of my fave place in Padang - BUFFET MALABAR !! Yay! All my worries has gone far far away!
They serve best curry, satay, cane bread and martabak! Yumm .. Too bad I did't take any food pics, I was too busy eating them! hahaha :D

Dinner at Malabar before home

After dinner we went home to my cousin's home, where the reception will be held 2 days later. It's very common to have wedding reception at home here in Padang, even if they damn rich and can afford to book the most expensive hotel ballroom. They just feel more satisfied having it at home.
I personally prefer reception in hotels/hall/restaurants/anywhere but house for practical reason. Can't imagine do the cleaning and house chores after such a big event.
I heard in neighborhood a man who have important position in local government just held a wedding reception at home for her daughter few months ago. They had the party for 7 days, day and night, booked vacant space beside his house to build temporary kitchen, w/ live bands, door prizes, games and endless food and drinks.
In Bandung, as far as I know, people usually only spend couple of hours for wedding reception.

Well, anyway, at home there was my aunt waiting and busy w/ wedding preparation. I was surprised to see the house decoration . Especially living room and the bride's room. It's like almost 90% done. The house looked so different from its usual . The main attraction is .. I don't know what it called in English but in Bahasa Indonesia it's called "pelaminan", where the bride and the groom sit and greet the guests during the reception. It's all in crimson red and gold, colors that commonly used in Padang's traditional events.

Took this one w/ my phone cam.
Different lighting hehe

The bride's room

And finally ..

The chandelier

The tents were in red, pink, purple
I think it looks pretty, very girly hehe

Me and my sis in our pink kebaya uniforms

Helena, my cousin
Younger sister of the bride, pretty isn't she?

Helen and the receptionists

w/ my bro

w/ my aunt

w/ my sis & my cousin

Eka & Rano
The bride & the groom

Busy w/ wedding preparation doesn't mean we don't have time to have fun and explore Padang. We took time off a while to wander around the town.

First we went to an old Chinese temple in Jl. Kelenteng, located in a district w/ only old buildings.
I remember sometimes my dad used to bring me here after work. I love this place.
I don't know much about the story but my dad said that most of the buildings still look the same as he can remember as a child. Imagine how old they are! They looks beautiful to me but unfortunately abandoned. I think it'd be nice if owners and local government take care of them like what they did to Braga district in Bandung.

Family pic!
From left to right: my mom, my bro, my sis, me,
my niece who called me "sis" instead of "auntie"
hahaha not that i mind, and my cousin

And here the old buildings I told earlier!

Later on we went to a small shop that serves es teler, es campur, sate padang etc. But they're famous for their es durian . They pour thick durian juice on ice, durian, condensed milk, syrup, jelly grass, fermented cassava and I don't know what else they put in there, but it's seriously delicious! It's also damn cheap lah, the customers are mainly high school and college students.

What's up dude??
Ahahaha I know, it's lame, sorry

Sate Padang
Loving it because it came in small portion
(suitable for girls .. who's on diet, like .. me?)
and also not too spicy

The shop's specialty
Super thick es durian! yumm!

Next destination: a visit to my kindergarten and elementary school!
Well, I was born in Padang and lived there for 6 years before I moved to Bandung w/ my family. Couple years back, I had dreamed about my former schools and teachers in Padang twice when I was about to enter junior high and university. Still don't know what it means. Guess I miss them a lot? I've been in Padang couple times before but this is the first time I visit my schools after .. err .. 18 years? Great, now I feel old.

Mariana Kindergarten

The empty class room
Nostalgic, they don't change it. I'm happy it's still look the same.

Kids in their sports uniforms
Seemed like they had P.E that day
I only found one boy who wore regular uniform.
The uniform still the same like one I had
It's sailor uniform, like Japanese student, in white and blue, and round hat

The washstands
One of the things I still remember very clearly in Mariana
We'll line up here before our morning snack

The playground

Praying Room
This is new building they added in playground

Then we went visit my elementary school. Actually I've only become a student there for less than a year. I continued my first year in Bandung.

It located near my house, only couple minutes of walking
But my dad kept repeating story that once he was late to pick me up
Everyone at school has already gone home
And there I was, accompanied by my teacher
w/ tears falling down on my cheek, crying silently, waiting for my dad
I don't remember a thing

The class room
Looks like my class room in my junior high
Wonder maybe that's why I dreamed about this school when I was in junior high?

w/ my beloved daddy

The playground
They had dance practice that day

I enjoy this nostalgic visits so much!

Next, a day after the wedding we went to Bukittinggi, where the weather is waaaay cooler than Padang hahaha these Bandung people seems can't stand it any longer hahahaha :D

On our way we stopped at Datuk Restaurant
in Padangpanjang to have lunch
Nice place, looks a bit like Sundanese restaurant

But the food is TOTALLY different
It's Padang, of course!


Arrived in Bukittinggi! Done shopping, visited my grandma in Payakumbuh, bought some souvenirs then went back to Padang!

Took pic at famous Jam Gadang in Bukittinggi
before headed to Padang
Ugh, it's so damn cold that night

Jam Gadang - Bukittinggi
Looks more beautiful at night, don't you think so?
Btw, know what's weird with it?
I don't have clearer pic but if you happen
to find one, take a closer look at the clock, esp. number 4
They wrote it "IIII" instead of "IV"!!!!!

Time to go back to Bandung!
Bought some sanjay chips and other food for friends & family waiting in Bandung, then off to airport!

Stopped by at Padang Beach and took pic w/ my sis

Finally arrived!
Bandung, I'm coming!!

Hahaha sorry for taking long time to update.
In summary, I enjoy the trip very much, esp. kindergarten & elementary school visit.
Looking forward to visit them again someday!
Ok, I gotta sleep now *yawn
I'll update soon.