Bah dapat tugas dari Gaby neh hihi.. Maaf Gab, baru sempat nih :P
Seven things that scares me:
2. Kehilangan teman
3. Kehilangan anggota keluarga
4. Jadi nggak asyik
5. Film thriller *suka sembunyi kalo nonton, tapi penasaran :D*
6. Berbicara di depan publik
7. Diwawancara secara tiba-tiba
Seven random songs at the moment:
1. Maneater – Nelly Furtado
2. London Bridge – Fergie
3. So Sick – Ne-Yo
4. Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera
5. SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
6. OST High School Musical
7. Untuk Sahabat – Audy
Seven things that I like the most:
1. all about JAPAN
2. reading manga
3. watching anime
4. reading novels
5. listen to the music
Seven important things in my bedroom:
1. my bed
2. my computer
3. my tv monitor
4. my pictures
5. my air-con.. dingin bo!
6. those anime posters on the wall
7. the color of my bedroom wall
Seven random facts about me:
2. monthly PMS
3. laugh a lot
4. talking a lot
5. narsis ga ketulungan
6. blogging since 2002
7. pelupa! the most forgetful person! :D
Seven things I said the most:
4. “hm?” *ekspresi ga ngeh kalau diajak omong*
7. “hehehe” *ketawa-ketawa ga jelas*
Seven things I plan to do before I die:
1. Travelling ke semua negara di dunia ini
2. Pegang dan berfoto bersama koala, panda, domba, kangguru..
3. Ke Eiffel Tower – Paris
4. Punya rumah sendiri
5. Have 10 published books
6. Punya VW New Beetle 1995
7. Menikah dengannya
Vacation: Bali Here I Come!
I’m going to Bali! Hehehe yes, it’s true! Because of this long Eid vacation, I think I’ve got to refresh my brain and my head at Bali. Wonderful beautiful Bali, here I come! Hehehe.. How many of you have been to Bali?
No, this is NOT my first time to Bali. This is my 5th times to Bali, but I keep on longing to spend my vacation in Bali. Why? Because Bali such a great place! Bali needs no introduction. Artists and tourists have been coming to this island since the 1920s, when air travel was in its infancy and sea travel was considered and extravagance. They heard of the fabulous attractions of the islands by word or mouth and they came, looking for beauty and peace of mind, enjoying its virgin palm-fringed beaches and the sights of its peaceful villages set in a tapestry of green paddies and towering mountains. And, guys, it is really true!!
So what I need now is to pack all my things to go. I will need:
– money (of course!! yay.. we’re gonna shopping there!!)
– my sony cyber-shot 4.1 mega pixels digital camera
– my sony DV 120x digital zoom handycam
– my sony MD-walkman + headphone
– clothes to wear
– a hat and a scarf
– my Nokia 2300 + headset :p
I guess all already checked and packed up. What I got to do in Bali later will be:
– get a temporary tatoo at my ankle or wristle heheheh :p~
– get my hair being a rasta-gal :D
– do bungee or ketapel thing at Kuta
Gosh, I can’t wait a few hours from now I’ll be at Bali hehehe..
This is my preparation before go, wearing a funky contact lenses.. heheh :p~
And here’s my ticket, ready to fly!
Ok, fellas, c ya!! Wish me a SAFE TRIP would u :) Gonna miss u all…
Waiting for Birthday Messages?
There was email in the inbox, but it was not ethe mail I wanted to see. There were bills, there were advertisingns, there were thank you notes and invitations, there were so many SPAM emails about winning something soemthing in Florida or anywhere else. But, the piece of mail that I wanted to see in my inbox was not there.
I had faith that the piece of email I wanted to see would come, because it always comes. Without fail, every year on my birthday an e-card arrives. Nothing fancy. No money inside. Just a simple note reminding me that IÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½m getting older and assuring me that I am loved. But, for some reason, this year it was late. The day before my birthday, no e-card. The day of my birthday, no e-card. The day after my birthday, no e-card. Two days later, no e-card. Three days, then four days, and five days after my birthday, still no e-card.
When you are expecting to hear from someone you love, every passing minute seems like an eternity. The message from your friend assuring you that the surgery went well. The call from your brother letting you know, ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ItÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s a boy!ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ The invitation to the party that you hoped for. The long awaited call saying, ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½You have the job!ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½
Waiting for a word from a loved one is difficult even if it is only a short wait. But imagine waiting four hundred years to hear from someone you loved. ThatÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s what the people of God had to endure as they waited to hear another word from God. Someone recently suggested that the blank page in our Bibles separating the Old Testament from the New Testament is symbolic of those four hundred years of silence. No prophet. Not tablets. No cloud of fire. No manna. No sign from heaven. Only silence. They waited.
Then, the silence was broken. The mail finally came. What a message it was! After four hundred years of silence God sent the living Word. After four centuries with no communication God says, ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½I love you. This is how much I love you. See my Son? He is my message of love to you and to all people. Receive Him. Love Him. Follow Him. Embrace His teaching. Life is in Him.ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ What a way to break the silence!
Maybe you are looking for a message from someone who loves you. Maybe you are waiting for a special word. The message has been delivered. It is in your box waiting for you to open and read. ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½God loves you.ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ He wants you to understand that He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for your sins. He wants you to know Him. He wants you to live like you know that He loves you. No matter what you have done or have not done. No matter how unlovable you may feel. He loves you. The mail you have longed to receive has been delivered. The wait is over. Read: John 3:16-17.
Oh, by the way, my birthday e-card? It came. Six days after my birthday. I was relieved. IÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½m still loved.
That’s about my last year’s birthday.
But hey.., TODAY is MY BIRTHDAY! Congratulate me.. hehehe :p~
Thanks to God Almighty for (still) giving me chances to breathe and live it up my life, thanks to my beloved family, my dear hunny, and this bunch of people who always surround me whether I’m sad or happy. Also to all of you who always have the intense coming to my blog, all of you! Thank you!
Click here to see me today and click here to see me within 25 years ago:p
Human beings are downright awful in the way we treat one another at times. Take the matter of stereotyping as a case in point.
Some is sexual, as in judging women to be ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½too emotionalÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ or all men as ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½insensitive clods.ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ Some is tied to age, as in supposing all teens ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½irresponsibleÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ and all people over 65 ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½too old.ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ Then there is the sort that is in vogue right now about all corporate executives being ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½greedy.ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ The best-known and most universal form of stereotyping is racial ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ Chinese and non-Chinese, Asian and Western, black and white, Jews and Arab, etc.
All right, IÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½m not making this up. The Associated Press carried the story, and its victim is receiving rabies shots in its aftermath. HereÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s the scoop…
A man was hunting turkeys in upstate New York last month. He was wearing camouflage and giving off his best turkey calls. He was apparently too good at imitating a turkey ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ so good, in fact, that he fooled two coyotes! A state wildlife expert conjectured they were foraging for food for their pups and moved in for the kill on a man doing his best to sound like a turkey. They must have mistaken him for the real thing. So they did what comes naturally to coyotes.
I donÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½t mean to add insult to the fellowÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s injuries or to make light of what could have been a fatal attack on him, but the story reminds me of some people and situations IÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ve experienced. See if any of them sound familiar to you:
>> His mouth is raunchy with sexist jokes, racist put-downs, and really foul language when he gets angry. His latest tirade came today.
>> She habitually wears provocative outfits to the workplace and flirts with every co-worker and customer. But she thought it was outrageous last week when one of them made a blatant pass at her.
>> He drinks like a fish at every company social event and routinely winds up making a fool of himself. Yet he is incensed that his boss has told him he has a problem with alcohol and needs to get help.
All of us want people to think well of us. We want them to see us in our Sunday-morning personals. We want them to know ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½the inner meÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ that is our most virtuous, decent, and admirable self. But people know us through our actions.
People take you into their confidence only if you have behaved as a person of principle. They ask your advice about really personal issues only when you have displayed genuine character before them. They will seek out your help in their spiritual struggles only if they discern your honest devotion to God.
The best case for us is a joyful, sensitive, and sincere person. The strongest argument against it is a petulant, self-righteous, and hypocritical one. Unbelievers donÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½t demand perfection of us, but they do expect authenticity.
So the moral of this story seems clear: When youÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½re acting like a turkey, donÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½t be surprised by the unpleasant responses you get.
Utada: Exodus, More Than The Music…
Some die-hard fans of Utada’s Japanese music think this is a sell-out. But if they take the time to observe the lyrics, they’ll understand Utada’s finally professing her deep feelings on the fundamentals of a successful relationship: trust, risk-taking, fun, and love. I’ve been a fan of Utada’s for the past year or so. When I heard she was planning a release in the US I was very excited.
As I started to listen to the album for the first time I was a bit surprised by the sound. It sounds pretty electronic to me, and even reminds me of video games. Personally, I find that to be a plus. However, my initial reaction was, “This is okay, but I like her Japanese stuff better.” Well, after listening to the CD from start to finish I was in love with it. It is a different sound from her Japanese releases, but it is just as good, maybe even better.
The music isn’t as ear friendly as her early japanese music, but with observation it is very well put-together. It’s a different sound, but look at Utada’s eclectic group of musical influences: Bjork, Metallica, Mary J. Blige, Led Zeppelin. Utada has created a sound of her own.
I am not a music critic so I can’t really break everything down for you, but I really, really like this album. The instruments used, the beats, the lyrics (for the most part, there are some exceptions), the vocals, the melodies, the sounds, and so forth. I find the songs to be pretty catchy, especially “Easy Breezy”.
I can’t really see Utada becoming a mainstream success in the US, but I surely hope this album does well and she will continue to put out English albums. I am impressed with this album and highly reccomend it to all Utada fans, anyone who is curious, or anyone who listens to songs and thinks, “Hey, that reminds me of one of the computer game.”
Awesome work Utada!
A great place to glean some profound insights into life is from children’s stories. On a Winnie the Pooh story, for instance, there is a scene that is a delightful illustration of our desire to hear words that are friendly and warm, rather than harsh or hard.
One day Pooh Bear is about to go for a walk in the Hundred Acre wood. It’s about 11:30 in the morning. It is a fine time to go calling– just before lunch. So Pooh sets out across the stream, stepping on the stones, and when he gets right in the middle of the stream he sits down on a warm stone and thinks about just where would be the best place of all to make a call. He says to himself, “I think I’ll go see Tigger.” No, he dismisses that. Then he says, “Owl!” Then, “No, Owl uses big words, hard-to-understand words.” At last he brightens up! “I know! I think I’ll go see Rabbit. I like Rabbit. Rabbit uses encouraging words like, ‘How’s about lunch?’ and ‘Help yourself, Pooh!’ Yes, I think I’ll go see Rabbit.”
Friendship is a valued commodity in our society. Everyone longs to have at least one faithful friend who can be counted on for encouragement and warmth. Proverbs 18:24 tells us, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” As Christians, we have a friend who we can call on endlessly, his name is Jesus. Today, take time to thank Jesus for not only being Lord and Savior, but also for being our friend and source of daily encouragement. ps.
I hope this writing can encourage my dear friend who really in deep pain :(
Good Surgeons Try to Minimize Blood Loss
IÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½m a conflict resolver. A mediator. A peacemaker. ItÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s what I do for a living ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½- professionally. More importantly, itÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s becoming what I live for ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ personally.
Frequently when IÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½m working with a group, business, or church mired in dispute, people say: ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½You must really enjoy conflict to want to get in the middle of somebody elseÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s problems. You have a weird concept of a good time!ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½
IÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ve wondered about that myself from time-to-time. And out of those wonderings has emerged a stock answer. “I become involved because I am amazed at what God can do. I have a front row seat to see His power unfold.”
ItÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s a pretty good answer. My preference would be to avoid anything that remotely resembles a disagreement. Yet, I must admit that there is a certain lift I get from watching people embroiled in conflict discover the higher path. I am totally amazed at the way that honest expressions of feelings and underlying interests unlock within us a God-given ability to see our own faults and to seek and give forgiveness.
Perhaps my lowest point is when I find myself face-to-face with individuals who refuse to seek the higher path ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ or even to take a single step on it once they know itÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s there.
As I sat down to write today, I took a short detour into the Internet and stumbled across a web site seemingly designed for the sole purpose of maliciously attacking others. No, it wasnÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½t a hate site for a militant political group in the Middle East. Nor was it the home page of a racially biased enclave of radicals.
It was a site devoted to an “honest discussion of WHAT REALLY HAPPENED at [a certain church].”
Naively, I bought in to the banner at the top of the page. I heard that there were problems at [a certain church] and I was sincerely interested in learning more. I soon discovered that the site was not devoted to honest discussion. It was merely a bulletin board for spilling bile.
I was only able to read a few pages. I was hoping and praying that I would find a voice of reason somewhere. Just when I was about to give up, I found it … I thought.
Some poor, unsuspecting soul wandered into the discussion and basically asked, “WhatÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s going on here?” When a short, not entirely coherent description of the situation at [a certain church] appeared, the new participant, Newton, asked, “WhatÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s wrong with that?”
The attacks came from all sides. Computer-literate jackals pounced. “Obviously, you are one of these sons-of-the-devil if you canÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½t SEE whatÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s wrong with that!”
Since my job is conflict resolution, youÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½d think that I would grow accustomed to seeing such things.
But nothing can normalize such savagery.
Anyone who delights so much in his or her position on a given topic that they enjoy drawing the blood of others, has lost sight of the Kingdom of God. We must lovingly teach others. We must carefully correct. We must pray and seek after those who have wandered from the truth.
Shine on! Read: Jude verse 20-25
Today I was so sad. I lost my dear handphone, it’s Nokia N-GAGE. I lost it at Mal Ratu Indah, because I left it at the public telephone booth beside Gramedia bookstore.
So if you feel that you had my handphone number, please delete it from your phone because the number is gone now. And please tell me your phone number by mail me or write on the tag or comment. Because I lost all the numbers. Now I had to collect ’em manually, so if I got a new handphone already (Amen!!), I’ll contact u as soon as possible. Ok?
Splendid Things Happened!
Hello all.., I’m back from relieving myself. After many days taken for hiatus and relieving, here I come, back from the rest :p~
Many things happened when I was hiatus. NuKLa‘s New Chapter concert, reunion with my ol’ friend Debora, and the last thing is my hunny came to Makassar with full of surprises!
NuKLa: New Chapter Concert @Makassar, Oct 8th, 2004.
Ok, I just want to share shortly, more pictures. The story about NuKLa‘s New Chapter concert. The full story you may read here.
NuKLa presents… the New Chapter!!
Siluet Adi Adrian :p~
As U’ve told you, these weeks were so hectic. So tired, so busy, need refreshing, need rest and relieving. And one thing that REALLY relieving me happened just a few days ago. My hunny was here! Last Thursday (14/10/2004) suddenly he phoned me and said that he already in the Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar, just arrived. Actually he came for a meeting, hehehe but it was still a REALLY big surprise for me! I used term “RE-CHARGE”, because all my burden suddenly gone seeing him :p~