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"Life isn't about being old or having more problem. It's about growing to see this life from a better view coz GOD bless you more"

So...Enjoy your LIFE...


I choose to have faith, because without that I have nothing. It's the only thing that's keeping me going.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bagi Tuhan Tak Ada Yang Mustahil

by Sari Simorangkir

KU YAKIN SAAT KAU BERFIRMAN
KU MENANG SAAT KAU BERTINDAK
HIDUPKU HANYA DITENTUKAN
OLEH PERKATAAN-MU

KU AMAN KAR’NA KAU MENJAGA
KU KUAT KAR’NA KAU MENOPANG
HIDUPKU HANYA DITENTUKAN
OLEH KUASA-MU

BAGI TUHAN TAK ADA YANG MUSTAHIL
BAGI TUHAN TAK ADA YANG TAK MUNGKIN
MUJIZAT-NYA DISEDIAKAN BAGIKU
KU DIANGKAT DAN DIPULIHKAN-NYA

This is a great song from Sari Simorangkir, I just watching the video this morning in U Channel TV and I am so overwhelmed with gratitude, sweet Jesus I'm so thankful I found You or actually You've found me, You've created me as written in Jeremiah 1:5  "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." and in John 15:16 "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name." (NIV)

Anyway...Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holiday Everyone!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

OURS

Hello World!!! December is here :)
It is my first posting on December yooo since I've been busy lately, enjoy it! OURS from Taylor Swift :*


Ours from Taylor Swift on Vimeo.


Elevator buttons and morning air
Strangers' silence makes me want to take the stairs
If you were here we'd laugh about their vacant stares
But right now my time is theirs

Seems like there's always someone who disapproves
They'll judge it like they know about me and you
And the verdict comes from those with nothing else to do
The jury's out, my choice is you

So don't you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine
And life makes love look hard
The stakes are high, the water's rough
But this love is ours

You never know what people have up their sleeves
Ghosts from your past gonna jump out at me
Lurking in the shadows with their lip gloss smiles
But I don't care 'cause right now you're mine

And you'll say
Don't you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine
And life makes love look hard
The stakes are high, the water's rough
But this love is ours

And it's not theirs to speculate
If it's wrong and
Your hands are tough
But they are where mine belong and
I'll fight their doubt and give you faith
With this song for you

'Cause I love the gap between your teeth
And I love the riddles that you speak
And any snide remarks from my father about your tattoos will be ignored
'Cause my heart is yours

So don't you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine
And life makes love look hard
Don't you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine
But they can't take what's ours
They can't take what's ours

The stakes are high, the water's rough
But this love is ours

Monday, October 31, 2011

October 31 - Hari Reformasi Gereja

Hari Reformasi Gereja adalah hari keagamaan yang dirayakan pada tanggal 31 Oktober untuk mengenang Reformasi Gereja, khususnya oleh gereja Lutheran dan beberapa komunitas gereja Reformed. Ratusan tahun lalu (1517) Martin Luther memakukan 95 tesisnya di pintu gerbang gereja istana Wittenberg. Inilah tonggak gerakan reformasi sebagai bentuk penolakan terhadap penjualan Surat Indulgensia (penghapusan siksa) yang dilakukan pada masa pemerintahan Paus Leo X untuk pembangunan gedung Gereja Rasul Petrus di Roma dan pelunasan hutang Uskup Agung Albrecht dari Mainz (Wellem 1999). Terima kasih Martin Luther!

Sola fide (by faith alone), Sola gratia (by grace alone), Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone) : ketiga hal inilah yang paling saya ingat kalau bicara reformasi gereja. Semoga gereja-gereja terutama gereja-gereja di Sumba bisa mereformasi diri menjadi lebih baik, semoga gereja-gereja bisa jadi contoh dan teladan di dunia dalam melaksanakan perintah-perintah Tuhan.

*Kalau (mungkin ada) reformasi di lingkup PNS, yang paling saya inginkan adalah reformasi sistem birokrasi dan orang-orangnya* ^^

Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone)!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Naked Traveler 3 - SUMBA

Akhirnya selesai juga baca buku ini, yang bikin lebih seru adalah karena ga gampang dapat buku ini, harus didatangkan dari Jakarta booooo, secara di Sumba ga ada toko buku seperti Gramedia :( hehehe. Thanks a lot my dear sister karena sudah kirimin buku ini. Seperti biasa ga pernah bosan baca ceritanya Trinity, walau sebagian besar cerita sudah saya baca di blognya dan selalu sukses membuat saya ngakak terpingkal-pingkal, mungkin seharusnya Trinity harus join dengan Opera Van Java (OVJ) di Trans7 hahaha *kabur*

Dalam buku ini ada beberapa cerita mengenai Sumba, Yayyyyy senang deh Sumba bisa diceritakan, semoga makin banyak turis mempertimbangkan kunjungannya ke Sumba sebagai salah satu destinasi wisata, apalagi cuma 45 menit terbang dari Bali. You’ll be surprises with Sumba culture ^^, oh dear I love Indonesia!

Ceritanya tentang Sumba ada dalam tulisannya "RW dan B1, Serunya Pertempuran Pasola, Pantai Ideal, Behind the Scene : Archipelago Metro TV". Trinity bilang saking sepinya pantai di Sumba jadi ga ada yang jualan makanan dan lain-lain, ya iyalah pantainya masih untouchable, tapi saya suka karena jadi berasa pantai pribadi alias lonely planet eh lonely beach hehehe jadi tips kalau ke pantai di Sumba harus bawa makan sendiri :p semoga nanti ke depannya pariwisata Sumba bisa dikembangin sehingga bisa tersedia fasilitas-fasilitas umum di sekitar pantai asal jangan sampai merusak pantainya atau objek wisata lainya! Trinity juga syok karena di Sumba orang makan daging anjing (RW) dengan santainya, jangankan dia saya aja ga berani lihat pembunuhan anjing untuk di makan, belum pernah dan semoga ga pernah lihat, gimana coba lihat pembunuhan anjing kalau dengar aja anjing kaing kaing karena kesakitan udah stress, mungkin seharusnya pemakan RW nonton film "Hachiko : A Dog's Story" (meskipun sepertinya ga ngaruh juga, ya iyalah secara menurut mereka, RW adalah daging paling enak, mana rela ga makan RW? iiihhh). Walaupun saya orang Sumba tetapi saya belum pernah makan daging anjing, iiiiihhh ga tega, hari-hari sama kita terus tiba-tiba ada di meja makan? Oh my goodness! Sumba memang termasuk suku pemakan daging, jarang ada sayur, apalagi kalau pesta-pesta, saya aja stress kalau ga ada sayur, mungkin karena kami dibesarkan with a different way karena memang mama saya bukan orang Sumba, apalagi orang tua saya dan saya sendiri pernah tinggal di tanah Pasundan dimana banyak terdapat sayur-sayuran pada menu-menunya. Selain RW, daging babi juga sangat disukai orang Sumba, nah kalau yang satu ini saya ga nolak hehehe. Babi banyak dipelihara oleh orang Sumba karena sudah menjadi tradisi dan sangat diperlukan dalam acara-acara adatnya orang Sumba, bahkan di rumah-rumah warga desa banyak yang berkeliaran dengan bebasnya tidak dikandangin, saya jadi ingat filmnya Brittany Murphy dan Dakota Fanning yang "Uptown Girls" dimana dia memelihara babi dengan bebasnya dalam rumah. Selain anjing dan babi, tentu saja di Sumba banyak kuda dan kerbau, karena hewan-hewan ini dipakai sehari-hari untuk membantu pekerjaan warga dan merupakan ‘mahar’ yang harus dibayarkan jika ingin melamar perempuan Sumba, jaman dulu kalau mau melamar perempuan, apalagi kalau keturunan bangsawan Sumba, bisa sampai ratusan hewan, sekarang ini paling tinggi biasanya sekitar 30-40an kuda/kerbau, belum lain-lainnya, baru-baru ini seorang teman kerja saya melamar seorang perempuan dan dia harus membawa sekitar 80an hewan, hah??!! gelooo, hari gini masih ada aja yang minta segitunya ck ck ck mahalnya perempuan Sumba. Tapi menurut laki-laki Sumba karena saking mahalnya itu makanya susah untuk dilepas, beda dengan lainnya saking gampangnya dapat sehingga mudah pisah/cerai, aya aya wae nyakkk. Sumba juga dikenal dengan padang rumput savananya, karena padang savana inilah makanya kuda berkeliaran bebas di padang, I love horse! Saya ingat dulu ada film "Angin Rumput Savana" yang disutradai oleh Garin Nugroho, kapan lagi yach ada film tentang Sumba? Pengen deh ada film yang menceritakan tentang Pasola, yang paling saya suka pada saat Pasola adalah bisa melihat kuda-kuda cakap siap untuk bertempur, oh ya Pasola adalah pertempuran berkuda dalam merayakan musim tanam padi, biasanya di bulan Februari dan Maret. Dua kubu saling melemparkan tombak kayu sambil menunggang kuda, keren kan? cuma ada di Sumba Barat dan Sumba Barat Daya, oh dear I love Sumba ^^ 
Tidak ada tanggal pasti kapan Pasola digelar karena sangat tergantung dengan ritual adat yang dilakukan oleh Rato Marapu (tetua adat), Marapu merupakan kepercayaan animisme sebagian besar masyarakat Sumba yang masih dijaga turun temurun.

Masih banyak hal tentang Sumba yang perlu di explore…tertarik ke Sumba? Yukkkk mareeeeeeee, jangan ragu-ragu hehehe.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Letter from God


Saat kau bangun di pagi hari, Aku memandangmu dan berharap engkau akan berbicara kepadaKu, walaupun hanya sepatah kata, meminta pendapatKu atau bersyukur kepadaKu atas sesuatu hal indah yang terjadi di dalam hidupmu kemarin, tetapi aku melihat engkau begitu sibuk mempersiapkan diri untuk pergi bekerja.

Aku kembali menanti. Saat engkau sedang bersiap, Aku tahu akan ada sedikit waktu bagimu untuk berhenti dan menyapaKu, tetapi engkau terlalu sibuk. Di satu tempat, engkau duduk di sebuah kursi selama lima belas menit tanpa melakukan apapun. Kemudian Aku melihat engkau menggerakkan kakimu. Aku berpikir engkau ingin berbicara kepadaKu tetapi engkau berlari ke telepon dan menelepon seorang teman untuk mendengarkan gosip terbaru. Aku melihatmu ketika engkau pergi bekerja dan Aku menanti dengan sabar sepanjang hari.

Dengan semua kegiatanmu, Aku berpikir engkau terlalu sibuk untuk mengucapkan sesuatu kepadaKu. Sebelum makan siang Aku melihatmu memandang ke sekeliling, mungkin engkau merasa malu untuk berbicara kepadaKu, itulah sebabnya mengapa engkau tidak menundukkan kepalamu. Engkau memandang tiga atau empat meja sekitarmu dan melihat beberapa temanmu berbicara kepadaku dengan lembut sebelum mereka makan, tetapi engkau tidak melakukannya.

Tidak apa-apa. Masih ada waktu yang tersisa, dan Aku berharap engkau akan berbicara kepadaKu, meskipun saat engkau pulang ke rumah kelihatannya seakan-akan banyak hal yang harus kau kerjakan. Setelah beberapa hal tersebut selesai engkau kerjakan, engkau menyalakan televisi, Aku tidak tahu apakah kau suka menonton televisi atau tidak, hanya saja engkau selalu ke sana dan menghabiskan banyak waktu setiap hari dengannya, tanpa memikirkan apapun hanya menikmati acara yang ditampilkan.

Kembali aku menanti dengan sabar saat engkau menonton TV dan menikmati makananmu tetapi kembali kau tidak berbicara kepadaKu. Saat tidur Kupikir kau merasa terlalu lelah. Setelah mengucapkan selamat malam kepada keluargamu, kau melompat ke tempat tidur dan tertidur tak lama kemudian. Tidak apa-apa karena mungkin engkau tidak menyadari bahwa Aku selalu hadir untukmu. Aku bersabar lebih lama dari yang kau sadari.

Aku bahkan ingin mengajarkanmu bagaimana bersabar terhadap orang lain. Aku sangat mengasihimu, setiap hari Aku menantikan sepatah kata, doa atau pikiran atau syukur dari hatimu. Baiklah...engkau bangun kembali dan kembali. Aku menanti dengan penuh kasih bahwa hari ini kau akan memberiKu sedikit waktu. Semoga harimu menyenangkan.

Bapamu,

ALLAH

*Taken from Unknown, NN

Saya tidak tahu siapa yang menulis artikel/surat ini tapi sangat menegur dan menyentuh, seringkali kita bersikap seperti itu, lupa bahwa ada Allah Yang Maha Kasih dalam hidup kita, lupa berterima kasih untuk anugerahnya luar biasa dalam hidup kita, tetapi sungguh Dia sangat panjang sabar karena itu marilah kita belajar untuk terus makin dekat denganNya, saya bangga punya Allah seperti Engkau! Thank you JESUS :*

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Happy


Happy birthday to me! Thank you for all prayer, wish, support, etc for me, kiss and big hug for all of you :* I am getting older, many question comes out from my relatives/friends, when will I get married, what are you waiting for bla bla bla oh come on life is not only about married! They said I’m choosy and alone, too hard to my life, many advice have been given to me, hope my life happy. They said that is the time to find a man because of my age. I’m fine, enjoying my own life, my life is perfect, I’m very happy, chasing my dreams, free to do anything, making friends with anyone, I can’t stop the time, I just want the best in my life, I believe I’ll find my soul mate in His beautiful time and way. I’ll find the right man in right place and in the right time, of course because of God lead me. I believe in HIM. Nowadays I happy with my life, I enjoying everything about by myself, I don’t have to rely on somebody else, etc. I just don’t get it why people such in a hurry to get marry, choose to live together without sacred married, get pregnant and born a baby without married or with married and after that decide to divorce, married because their parents push them to do that, married without love, etc. I mean why don’t make it as a serious journey in life, as God wants us to do it. Well, I respect all their decision and I don’t want to interrupt it but it’s just not mine ^^

Here an article which I got from my cell leader in Bandung on July 2006 while we study bible together about Sex, Love and Married in a group with my best friends Resky and Imel. This article written by Rick Warren, a senior pastor in Saddleback Church, I admire him.
Read and enjoy this article, be blessed in your marriage and for all the single ladies out there, I hope we find the best/true man from God ^^
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The Purpose-Driven Marriage
Use these five biblical purposes to give direction to your marriage
By Rick Warren

In his book What’s Wrong with the World, G.K. Chesterton summed it up well: “If we wish to preserve the family, we must revolutionize the nation.” In this exclusive series, we explore five distinct pillars of Christian marriage. Living by these pillars can only strengthen your marriage, but in fact, revolutionize the church and the nation. Here, in our first installment, we look at the importance of incorporating Christ in our marriages.
--The Editors

I suppose you’d expect a man who’s been marriage 30 years to a beautiful, intelligent woman would be able to share with you the intimate secrets to having a perfect marriage.

But I’m going to disappoint you! That’s because my wife and I don’t have a perfect marriage. Kay is without a doubt my best friend, and we have a wonderful relationship—but as far as a perfect marriage, well, there’s no such thing.

What Kay and I do have is a marriage centered on Christ, specifically focused on glorifying God. We remain committed to each other because we remain committed to Christ and his work within us.

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:31-32).

No Easy Road
After three decades in ministry, I’ve noticed that it’s not unusual for couples to float through their first year or two of marriage in a love-blinded bliss.

But, frankly, that didn’t happen for Kay and me. Our first two years together were the most difficult. In fact, we were ready to throw in the towel. If we both hadn’t been committed to Jesus Christ and we both hadn’t agreed that divorce was not an option, we wouldn’t have stayed together. It was simply too difficult. 

Kay even said that in those first few years of marriage, she often wished that one of two things would happen: either she’d be widowed, or God would change his mind and say divorce was now okay!

Since then, we’ve met many couples who were convinced their marital struggles meant there was no hope for healing. We can say from experience that’s not true; there’s always hope!

Part of the difficult for Kay and me is that we were virtual strangers when we got married, but we began finding out things about each other immediately—like the fact that apart from our love for God, we were about as opposite in nature as two couple could be.

We viewed life from two different angles and argued over just about everything. I remember Kay’s father sat us down the night before we were married and said, “There are five areas where marriages usually have conflict: money, sex, in-laws, children, and communication.

He proved to be prophetic: Kay and I went five for five! We fought over single one of those items.

Not only did we disagree over those things, we couldn’t even agree how to disagree! Kay is an intense person who needs to talk. My preferred method of dealing with problems was just to walk away. That was a volatile combination!

The single factor that kept us married in those early years was that we agreed on one thing: divorce would never be an option for us. You can’t leave the door open even a little bit, or eventually one of you will try to escape.

Because we knew we were in it for the long haul, we were forced to accept each other’s differences. What else were we going to do?

Slowly, over time, God helped us not only to accept our differences, but to appreciate them. Through the process we learned that any successful marriage is built upon the biblical truth that God designed each of us with five purposes in mind: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and missions.

In other words, until you realize you were placed here for God’s purposes, then your life—and your marriage—will be difficult, complicated, and exhausting. But once you understand God’s plan, your life—and you marriage—take on new meaning.

And once you and your spouse both get this—when both of you are living purpose-driven lives—then guess what happens?

Your marriage becomes a purpose-driven marriage!

Balancing biblical purposes
Here are the five biblical purposes you should keep balanced in your marriage:
1. You and your spouse were both planned for God’s pleasure. How would your marriage immediately change it you understood deeply that your spouse was created for God’s pleasure? Or if your spouse understood deeply that you were planned for God’s pleasure?

A man once asked Jesus, “What’s the most important commandment?” Jesus replied, “I can summarize the entire Bible in two statements: Love God, and love other people!” (Matthew 22:36-39). That includes your spouse.

Life is about relationships, not achievements. First and foremost, it’s about developing a relationship with God that will last forever—we call that worship. You also worship God when you love and sacrifice for your spouse (just read through Romans 12 with a view of what its applications would mean to your marriage).

Any time you give pleasure to God, you’re worshiping him, and the Bible teaches that loving your spouse—the mate God gave you for a lifetime—brings pleasure to him.

2. You and your spouse were formed for God’s family. God made an incredible promise about gathering of even just two believers: “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20, nasb).
So if both you and your spouse are believers, God is already in your marriage working to transform the two of you into a purpose-driven family unit! Isn’t that incredibly great news?

But Jesus wants us to love real people—not ideal people—and your marriage is a lab for learning how to love like Jesus loves.

It seems funny now, but one conflict between Kay and me in marriage was over the really trivial issue of soap! For me, a hot steamy shower is a spiritual experience—right up there with eating fresh cinnamon rolls. I also happen to be a person who gets bored quickly, so I like variety; I don’t want to use the same kind of soap all the time.

One day I told Kay we needed some different kinds of soap. But I said it in a way that sounded as though our marriage was a failure because we used the same kind of soap all the time. Three or four months later at Christmas, to “get back at me”, she wrapped and placed 27 different bars of soap under the tree!

My point is that within marriage, God has created an opportunity for us to develop a true intimacy and authenticity with another human being. God wants for you and your spouse to go beyond the superficial chit-chat that is, unfortunately, so common in many marriages.

To go this deep requires genuine, heart-to-heart, gut-level sharing, where you and your spouse get honest about who you are and what’s happening in your lives. This happens when you both open up to each other and share your hurts, reveal your feelings, confess your failures, disclose your doubts, admit your fears, acknowledge your weaknesses, and ask each other for help and prayer.

3. You and your spouse were both created to become like Christ. As I mentioned, marriage is laboratory for developing God’s love in you. He’ll use your spouse to build his values, attitudes, morals, and character within you.

Once you understand this, a lot of what happens within your marriage will begin to make more sense. When you start to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” The answer is—to make you more like Jesus!

In fact, the Bible teaches that God builds certain qualities within our lives by putting us in situations that make it difficult to show these qualities. In other words, for God to teach you real love, he’ll put you around some unlovely people. For God teach you real joy, he’ll allow you to go through times of grief. To learn inner peace and patience, he’ll allow storms of chaos and stressful situations in your life that test your patience and teach you to trust him.

In his book Sacred Marriage, our friend Gary, makes the case that marriage was not meant to make you happy; it was meant to make you holy. That was an eye-opener for Kay and me. It made such sense. If God’s purpose for each of our lives is to make us look more like Jesus, what better tool could he use than the marriage relationship?

Who better for God to use to chisel you than the person you live with seven days a week? When the difficult times come, you just have to realize you’re being worked on! God is using each of you to shape the other person more and more into the image of Jesus.

4. You and your spouse were both shaped for serving God. The Bible says, “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God has made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing” (Ephesians 2:10, ncv).

We serve God by serving others, and we serve God by serving our spouse. God shapes us for service through a variety of methods, including our spiritual gifts, our passions, our abilities, our personality, and our experiences.

In fact, God will use the difficulties in your marriage to shape you into an effective minister to others. Who could better help the parents of a Down syndrome child than other parents with a Down syndrome child? Who could better help somebody recover from the pain of an addiction, a business failure, or a prodigal child than a couple who has been through these things and emerged with godly insights?

Could it be that the part of your marriage you regret or resent most—that which you’ve wanted to hide or forget—is the very thing God wants to use as your ministry to help and encourage others sharing the same struggle? God doesn’t just use your strengths; he uses our weaknesses, and even our failures!

5. You and your spouse were both made for a mission. Your marriage not only involves ministry, it also involves mission. Your ministry is to believers and your mission is to non-believers—allowing God to use your marriage as a means for telling others about his love.

This may take many forms, from being a witness in your neighborhood to going overseas on mission trips together. The fact is, if you want God’s blessing on your marriage, then you must care about what God cares about most. What is that? He wants his lost children found! He wants everyone to know him and his purposes for their lives.

If you want to see how much God cares about the people around you, just look at the Cross. With outstretched arms, Jesus says, “I love them this much!”

Marriage is a life-long process designed to teach you to see the needs of another person as more important than your own. It’s a difficult transition because it’s not natural. It’s not natural for me to look at life from Kay’s point of view, and it’s not natural for her to look at life from my point of view.

To think this way requires an intentional shift that can be made only through the power of God in your life. As you and your spouse make that shift, your marriage will become more and more purpose-driven—focused on the needs of others and balancing the purposes of worship, fellowship, discipleship, service and missions.

The reward is greater than anything you could ever imagine. I’ve often thought what would have happened—or not happened—had Kay and I thrown in the towel many years ago.

There would be no Saddleback Church, no purpose-driven ministry, and no “Purpose-Driven Life”!

God’s plan for you and your spouse—for your marriage—is wider and deeper than anything in your wildest, craziest dreams. May our heavenly Father help you to catch this vision as you chase it into the future.

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern Californis, is best-selling author of The Purpose-Driven Life (Zondervan)

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Soccer War - With An Afterword by Bill Buford


"There is nothing worse than finding yourself alone in somebody else's country during somebody else's war"

The Soccer War or from original title Wojna futbolowa, first time when I saw the book title, I guess it is about soccer at least about soccer competition but I was wrong, it’s not only about soccer, it’s about the writer’s journey during his reportage in Third World, ‘the end of the world’, Africa and Latin America. Well, thank you Mr. Michael for allow me to borrow the book, I enjoy it because it adding my knowledge about the Third World and somehow I think it is almost the same thing in Sumba, like my Dutch friend said "Sumba, the end of the world" hehehe
This book written by Ryszard Kapuściński, he was appointed by the Polish Press Agency on 1964 as its only foreign correspondent, he had witnessed twenty-seven revolution and coups, his eye-witness account of the emergence of the Third World. The Soccer War is a series of snippets from conflicts around the world, sometimes focused heavily upon the war itself, and other times bemusedly observing the activities of confused peasants, scared militia, bewildered fellow-reporters, and minor officials. It is also intensely personal, though curiously without revealing much of his life back home in Poland. One suspects the reason for this is that Kapuściński didn't have much of life back home - he reported, he traveled, he brushed up against death so many times that I'd think it would become routine, though it never did. Wherever Kapuściński was, he wrote and wrote about the conflict, burrowing as deeply into the front lines as possible, sticking his head in where it did not belong.
I love what he said to Bill Buford in the end of his interview in order to answer Buford’s question:

How is this different from New Journalism – the work of Hunter S. Thomson, Joan Didion or Tom Wolfe – who also put a premium on the first person reporter? 

That’s an important question. And while I know nothing about New Journalism when I was in Africa, I can see now that New Journalism was the beginning for liquidating the border between fact and fiction. But New Journalism was ultimately just journalism, describing the strangeness of America. I think we have gone beyond all that. It is not a New Journalism, but a New Literature.

Why I am a writer? Why have risked my life so many times, come so close to dying? Is it to report the weirdness? To earn my salary? Mine is not a vocation, it’s a mission. I wouldn’t subject myself to these dangers if I didn’t feel that there was something overwhelmingly important – about history, about ourselves – that I felt compelled to get across. This is more than journalism.

He is really know about his passion, isn’t he? That’s what life about! Follow your passion!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Steve Jobs


I didn't notice before why Steve Jobs becoming trending topic on twitter after I read my friend status about RIP Steve Jobs, hah? I was startled. He was passing away on October 5, 2011; he died in California at age 56, seven years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Oh my…maybe the world didn't even know that he has cancer but he was amazing in his job. He is mostly known as co-founder, chairman and chief executive of Apple, Inc. one of prestigious brand in the world. Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs was on February 24, 1955, an American computer entrepreneur and innovator. Jobs also previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.

I always admire people who being successful in their life and being an inspiration, RIP Steve Jobs…your incredible contributions to the world will be forever remembered. 
Apple wrote on their web : “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple
Yes, I agree with Apple, may what he has done always inspiring us to be a visionary, creative genius and an amazing human being!

*Waikabubak, October 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom


I decided to go back home on Wednesday afternoon since there’s no activity lately in office, some colleagues are going to opening ceremonial of El Tari Memorial Cup, I didn't really like crowded anyway and I want to be at home when my mom birthday on October 6. There’s no special program, we only have dinner together but it means a lot.
This song called “The Perfect Fan” by Backstreet Boys, just for my mom
It takes a lot to know what is love 
It's not the big thing but the little things 
That can mean enough 
A lot of players to get me through 
There is never a day that passes by 
I don't think of you 
You were always there for me 
Pushing me and guiding me 
Always to succeed 

You showed me 
When i was young just how to grow 
You showed me everything that i should know 
You showed me just how to walk without your hands 
'Cause mom you always were the perfect fan 

God has been so good 
With blessing me with the family 
Who did all they could 
And I've had many years of Grace 
And it flatters me when i see a smile on your face 
I wanna thank you for what you've done 
In hopes I can give back to you 
And be the perfect son 

You showed me 
When i was young just how to grow 
You showed me everything that i should know 
You showed me just how to walk without your hands 
'Cause mom you always were the perfect fan 

You showed me how to love 
You showed me how to care 
And showed me that you would always be there 
I wanna thank you for the time 
And i'm proud to say you're mine 

You showed me 
When i was young just how to grow 
You showed me everything that i should know 
You showed me just how to walk without your hands 
'Cause mom you always were the perfect fan 

'Cause Mom you always were, Mom you always were 
Mom you always were...the perfect fan 

I Love You Mom

I love you mom, I am proud to be you daughter, thank you Lord!

*Waikabubak, October 6, 2011

ArcGIS 9.3 Installation


Since Mr. Michael ask me to help him install the ArcGIS 9.3, I try to install the application in his laptop but we were facing some problem, the installation guide didn't help me much to do it, it’s confusing me. I try to call the technical guy in Jakarta where he bought the software but it didn't really help, he said to bring to him, how come? We are in NTT and he is in Jakarta :p and I got impression that looks like he doesn't believe that I can do the installation because I am a girl and it will need some computer trick, Well try me boy! After that he only said to follow the installation guide. I try it again but still facing the problem then I try in my laptop too but unfortunately my laptop is running out of battery and I didn't bring the adapter and we decided to go back home. At home I continue to install the application again but still facing the same problem …Arghhhh!!! And I don’t want to call the technical guy, he is not an option! I start thinking over and over again, there’s should be a way out, I just need to think it clearly and analyze it to find the solution, after check some document and thinking ‘outside the box’ ^^ I finally made it in my laptop, Yayyyyy it works!!!! *dance*
Here are the steps that I did to make it works and you know what? It a lil bit different with the installation guide, AMAZING!
How to install ArcGIS 9.3 :
1) Open ArcGIS 9.3\Crack\
    install "license_server_setup\LMSetup.exe"
    and use "localhost.efl9" as license file . Restart PC!
2) Stop the services of ArcGIS license manager
3) Copy all files from "license_server_crack\" to the
    "C:\Program Files\ESRI\License\arcgis9x" replacing existing ones
4) Start the services of ArcGIS license manager
5) Run ESRI.exe, install the application ArcGIS Desktop
    Choose the Complete one. Restart PC!
6) Copy "data_interop\fme_license.dat" to 
    "C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Data Interoperability Extension"
7) Start "Desktop Administrator" and
    * "Software Product": choose "ArcInfo (Floating)"     
    * "License Manager": change to "localhost"
       If cannot find the localhost, type "localhost" manually
    * "Availability": select "ArcInfo Desktop (Floating)",
      this should be shown some licenses
8) Run ArcMap, it should be working!!!

*Waitabula, EMM, October 4, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Geographic Information System (GIS) Training and Mapping the Risk of Malaria


Eta and I were attending a GIS training and mapping the risk of malaria held by Health Department supported by UNICEF on September 20-24, 2011. The entire participant is from Health Department and Clinics, only both of us from Regional Development Planning Board. The trainer is a lecture from Nusa Cendana University (UNDANA), Frederika R. N, she is from Wanokaka, West Sumba but grew up in Jawa, graduated from Diponegoro University for her bachelor degree and got her master degree in Japan. That’s encourage me get my master degree abroad ^^
I never use GIS application before, I thought that would be difficult but I was wrong, it’s simple, well in my opinion, we just need to practice it. We were using open source application like OpenJump, Cybertracker and MapWindowsGIS, for the database we were using OpenOffice and Microsoft Office Access. After 3 days training session in Sinar Tambolaka Hotel, we went to some clinics i.e. Waimangura, Watukawula and Rada Mata to take some data using GPS and PDA, that’s why I said in my FB, looks like I can’t run away from Health things, wherever I go and do, always facing or involved with Health things (most of my family working in Health sector)
Here are some examples of map that I made it:



Monday, October 3, 2011

Pancasila Sanctity Day


3 hari lalu kita memperingati hari Kesaktian Pancasila, tapi baru hari ini dilakukan upacara di lingkup Pegawai Negeri Sipil. Pancasila adalah ideologi dasar bagi negara Indonesia, terdiri dari dua kata Sansekerta yaitu pañca berarti lima dan śīla berarti prinsip atau asas. Pancasila merupakan rumusan dan pedoman kehidupan berbangsa dan bernegara bagi seluruh rakyat Indonesia. Panca Sila dikemukakan oleh Soekarno pada 1 Juni 1945 dalam pidato spontannya yang kemudian dikenal dengan judul "Lahirnya Pancasila". 
Seingat saya peristiwa ini terkait dengan peristiwa 30 September 1965, yang dikenal dengan Gerakan 30 September, correct me if I am wrong. Pemberontakan ini merupakan wujud usaha mengubah unsur Pancasila menjadi ideologi komunis. Pada saat itu, enam Jendral dan beberapa orang lainnya dibunuh sebagai upaya kudeta. Namun berkat kesadaran untuk mempertahankan Pancasila maka upaya tersebut mengalami kegagalan. Maka tanggal 1 Oktober ditetapkan sebagai Hari Kesaktian Pancasila, memperingati bahwa dasar Indonesia, Pancasila, adalah sakti, tak tergantikan. Anyway busway oneway saya tidak mengerti sejarah lagi sejak peristiwa Mei 1998, sejarah seperti menjadi kabur, mana yang benar, mana yang salah, I am not sure, tapi saya Yakin, Pasti, Sure isi sila-sila Pancasila adalah sebagai berikut:
  1. Ketuhanan Yang Maha Esa
  2. Kemanusian yang adil dan beradab
  3. Persatuan Indonesia
  4. Kerakyatan yang dipimpin oleh hikmat kebijaksanaan dalam Permusyawaratan/Perwakilan
  5. Keadilan sosial bagi seluruh rakyat Indonesia

Hapal yach? Secara tiap senin pagi diucapkan di upacara/apel gabungan ^^

In my opinion, Indonesia belum sepenuhnya menerapkan sila-sila tersebut, contohnya : Hari tersebut diperingati juga dengan peristiwa bom Bali II, masih ada saja gereja yang dibom, yang terbaru di Solo, dimana Ketuhanannya? Rakyat tidak saling menghormati dan menjamin kebebasan umat untuk beribadah, jemaat ahmadiyah masih terancam nyawanya jika beribadah, dimana letak adil dan beradabnya rakyat kita? Bagaimana mungkin kita bisa dibilang bersatu jika Ambon rusuh lagi beberapa hari yang lalu. Dimanakah hikmat saat pengambilan keputusan dalam musyarawah? Yang ada hanya emosi dan diktator. Lalu dimanakah keadilan sosial bagi seluruh rakyat Indonesia? Masih banyak rakyat miskin, pembangunan tidak merata, masih terpusat di pulau Jawa dan sekitarnya, bagaimana nasib rakyat di daerah – daerah tertinggal, di bagian timur Indonesia? TANYA KENAPA?!

Please save our country, let's make it as a better place!

Dirty Laundry


I was home last Saturday and I usually wake up a 'lil bit late on day off or Sunday morning, I love to sleep :p, some call me Sleep Princess :D, so while I was still in bed, my mom came in to my bedroom to take something, she didn’t know that I still in bed because I cover my body with blanket, West Sumba has cold weather. When I moved, she surprises...
“I thought that nobody in bed, that's why I was wondering why Nona (my oldest sister) let her room mess, why she didn’t put in order everything after wake up. Come wake up!” she said to me.
“Hmmmm” I just roll over my body.
“Where is your dirty laundry? You didn’t bring it?
“Yeah”
“How odd it is!”
“I didn’t have it”
“How come? You didn’t back home for two weeks and you have no dirty laundry?
“Well, I wash and clean it by myself”
“You did it? Wow, magic! Hahaha, good girl, that’s my girl. Come, wake up, get breakfastShe knows that I am not good to do housekeeping jobs, kind of lazy :D
“Yes Maam
I just chuckle, that was a typical conversation with my mom, always joke each other. Oh dear, I love her very much, the best mom!

*Waikabubak, October 2, 2011

October


It’s October again, Yayyyyy…. I don’t know why, every time October comes this song always come out from my mind, sang by Bethany Joy Lenz as Haley James Scott in One Tree Hill, one of my favorite TV series.

- Let Me Fall -
It's October again
Leaves are coming down
One more year's come and gone
And nothing's changed at all
Wasn't I supposed to be someone
Who can face the things that I've been running from...

Let me feel, I don't care if I breakdown
Let me fall, even if I hit the ground
And if I...Cry a little…Die a little
At least I know I lived, just a little...

I've become much too good at being invincible
I'm an expert at play it safe, and keep it cool
But I swear this isn't who I'm meant to be
I refuse to let my life roll all over me...

Let me feel, I don't care if I breakdown
Let me fall, even if I hit the ground
And if I...Cry a little…Die a little
At least I know I lived, just a little...

I wanna be somebody
I, I wanna be somebody
I wanna be somebody
I, I wanna be somebody
Who can face the things that I've been running from

Let me feel, I don't care if I breakdown
Let me fall, even if I hit the ground
And if I…Cry a little…Die a little
At least I know I lived...

It's October again
Leaves are coming down
One more year's come and gone
And nothing's changed at all

I am not running from, I am not trying to be invisible, I don’t want be someone else, just be myself, it’s October again, means I’ll getting older :) but once again it doesn't matter because for me Life isn’t about being old or having more problem, it’s about growing to see this life from a better view because Jesus bless you more, so enjoy my (your) life.

Welcome October! Be Happy! 

*Waikabubak, October 1, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

A FIRM Foundation


5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 
9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Dave Branon in ODB wrote about to follow Moses’ pattern in Deuteronomy 6, taking every opportunity to teach biblical truths to children so they become familiar with biblical truths and make the truths a part of their lives. Using their interests as teaching opportunities, we repeat Bible stories so they become recognizable, while modeling a godly life before them. He call this as FIRM principle.

F = Familiarity
I = Interest
R = Recognition
M = Modeling

If you ask me, who’d already did this command, then without doubt I’ll answer : of course my dad!
Since I was a kid, on kindergarten, my dad told me about the Bible, he always talked the Bible like he was telling stories, very structured and detailed at anytime, anyplace whenever we both together, of course match with my age that time. Later I finally know why I have always got good grade on Religion subject in school ^^ because I know already the Bible story from my dad. Well, I am a sinner, I am not perfect, I just trying to be a good Christian as my dad taught, still learn to be, proud of you, Dad! Someday, when I have my own kids, I’ll do the same thing ^^ so they will know and worship the living God.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gorgeous ADELE

Gara -  gara baca tulisan Yoris tentang Adele, akhirnya saya browsing tentang Adele kemudian saya download video youtubenya serta album - albumnya and I like it very much, Adele is an amazing artist, GORGEOUS!





Enjoy it!

-Farewell-


Dear Customers/Partners/Colleagues/Friends,

I would like to personally let you know that today is my last day working at Thano Technologies, starting February 4, 2011 I am leaving my position at Thano Technologies. I have enjoyed working here and I sincerely appreciate having had the chance to work with you.
Thank you for the support and encouragement you have provided me during my time at Thano. I will miss our daily interactions and working on projects with you.

I would also take this opportunity to send my apology if I have done anything that offense you. I wish you continued success, happiness and good health.

Should there is any matter or tasks which are not been settled on my responsibility to bare, you can contact me at my personal mail ....@yahoo.com or my mobile phone +62 856 906....    

Thank you for the great support, great cooperation, friendly environment and everything. Please keep in touch and take care.

“Gong Xi Fa Cai”

Best Regards,


Erna Megawati Manna
email: ....@yahoo.com
mobile: +62 856 906....
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I just read my Farewell letter which I've posted in my Facebook account and sent to all my Customers/Partners/Colleagues/Friends during my last day in Thano hehehe I think I just missed them, all the people I've been work with. I never love farewell anyway but sometimes we have to face it since there a time for everything as wrote in Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV)

 1 There is a time for everything, 
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:
 2 a time to be born and a time to die, 
   a time to plant and a time to uproot, 
 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, 
   a time to tear down and a time to build, 
 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, 
   a time to mourn and a time to dance, 
 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, 
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 
 6 a time to search and a time to give up, 
   a time to keep and a time to throw away, 
 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, 
   a time to be silent and a time to speak, 
 8 a time to love and a time to hate, 
   a time for war and a time for peace.

Nowadays I work already with the government as a civil servant because I want to do something for my hometown (too overrated? well, if not us who else would build/develop our hometown? ^_^), some still wondering, why I leave all my comfort zone and everything I've been reach for hehehe well everything has change and of course to reach my dream as I always said "DREAM IT, CHASE IT, and KEEP ON FAITH!" no pain no gain dude :p

Monday, September 19, 2011

Perampokan

Pagi – pagi tadi sudah mendengar berita mengejutkan, rumah sepupu saya baru saja dirampok sekitar pukul 3 subuh dini hari, perampoknya ada sekitar 40an orang, can you imagine that?! Mereka menghancurkan rumah, mobil dan mengambil kuda pacu yang cakap milik kakak sepupu saya yang sedang diikutkan dalam perlombaan pacuan kuda. Di rumah itu mungkin ada sekitar 10 orang yang masih bersaudara satu dengan yang lain yang kebetulan sedang menginap di rumah tersebut untuk mengikuti acara pacuan kuda, seorang kakak sepupu saya terkena lemparan batu dan dipukul dengan sebuah kayu balok sehingga harus dirawat di rumah sakit. Tidak hanya itu mereka juga merampok dan mengambil 2 kuda pacuan milik tetangga sepupu saya tersebut. Di saat yang mungkin hampir bersamaan, rumah kami juga didatangi oleh 4 orang tak diundang (berdasarkan saksi mata, Om Tagu, tetangga kami), karena anjing – anjing kami menggonggong dengan sangat keras dan terus mengikuti mereka sehingga mereka meninggalkan rumah kami, gonggongan anjing membuat saya dan kakak saya terbangun, kakak saya kemudian mulai menelpon untuk membangunkan orang – orang di rumah supaya kami dapat berjaga-jaga. Terima kasih Tuhan atas perlinduganMu bagi seisi rumah kami dari orang – orang jahat itu.
Semoga pelaku kejahatan di rumah sepupu saya segera diungkap dan diberi hukuman yang setimpal, Ya Tuhan lindungilah sanak keluarga saya dimana pun mereka berada. Semoga kejadian ini juga membuka mata pimpinan kabupaten tersebut bahwa daerahnya sungguh sangat tidak aman!!! Mau sampai kapan kejadian ini terus berulang – ulang? Semoga pihak kepolisian tidak hanya 'tidur'!!!

*Waikabubak, 19 September 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Something Went Wrong...

I don’t know what happen in SOS lately, but looks like something went wrong, and now I am part of it. I do really care about them, I love them very much, and I've always trying to help them as possible as I can but some think that’s worthless. Some says that someone has made a baseless issue or slander about some of them and since I close to them, I am in trouble too, I guess, now seems like I am not allowed to making friend with them and it’s killing me. Everybody is trying to make their own judgment about who's wrong and who's right. I am in the middle of nowhere, silent (do nothing) means wrong, help (do something) means wrong too, what am I supposed to do then?
It’s been about 5 months I stay here as a guest, and that’s pretty good enough to know the kids, they were so nice to me and I really love them. It is good enough too to know who’s pretending hard working and who’s pure. It’s easy to see the different of their habit while the owner is here and while she is not here. Everything is fine until I don’t know why, what, when, who, where, how, its turn to weird. All I know that something went wrong, oh dear God please help them to fix it, open the eye of their heart Lord, I want all things back to normal again.
This morning solitude reminds me that "if you’re in a situation where you need God’s help, reach up your hand to Him in prayer. He has promised His comfort and help." 2 Cor. 1:3-4 ---> Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassions and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. Heb. 4:16 ---> Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

I trust You Lord!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Waikelo Beach

Yesterday, I was trying to reach the beach but I got lost (well, it sounds like me, anyway :p), until I reach Karuni, it almost reach Katewel, but it doesn’t matter because I love the view, landscape, etc. Since I am running out of fuel and it’s getting dark, I decided to return.
I really tired after working today, I supposed to be at home before lunch time since it's Friday but I've to stay at office until 4.30PM :( , I need to see the beach, and then this afternoon I go again, try to find the beach, Yay!!! I finally reach the beach, Waikelo beach, almost nobody there, just talk to a fisherman, enjoying beautiful sunset, really calm, so peaceful, I love it, that’s what I call Lonely Planet. I’ll often go there because I love beach, next time I’ll bring my sport shoes so I can run along the beach ^^ and will trying to find another beach until I conquer all the beach in West South Sumba hahaha.

    

*West-South Sumba, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 13

It's been 8 years since my dad past away, but still feels like he is alive, I decided to going home because it will be the first time I put/fire a candle in his grave on September 13. In Sumba, most people have a simple ritual to memorized someone who already died like fire a candle, put flowers relate to his/her special day. So after ask permission from my boss I go to Waikabubak to visit my dad, well my dad's grave. At night we fire some candle in his grave, each candle for each member in my house, and put some piece of flowers. Believe it or not, we smell a good scent from basil leaf spread around the grave (there no basil leaf around his grave) and it's really good, I like it, I don't believe in myth but I think something weird just happening that night. 2 or 3 weeks ago, our car horn ringing at 4 or 5AM, we were confused, who's gonna ring the horn in early morning, it's happen several times but there nobody in the car, while in bed my sister just said "Dad, please stop it, just come in" and the horn stop ringing hehehe, is it possible? I don't know. One day the horn ringing about 7PM too, it wont stop until my mom standing in front of the grave, I don't know what happen but it finally stop. Well, that's what going on. While living in Bandung and Jakarta, I've always dream about my Dad, almost every single night, he looks like so in peace, thank you Lord for that, You still allowed me to meet him in my night dream, I am happy for that, still feels like he is always with me, never leave me. Well, not only me having a dream about my Dad, my sisters, my mom, still have dream about him too, maybe because we really love and close to him, that why he always on our dream. Since I live in Sumba, I rarely dream about him, but that's ok since I live near around his grave.
Thank you Lord for the best Dad in the world, thank you Lord for the best Dad that I've ever had, I really proud to be his daughter. Love you Dad and miss you so badly :* :* :*

*West Sumba, September 13, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

11-09-11

I just reading articles and seeing pictures of 9/11 in the internet, I got goose bumps and teary eyes. Well, today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. It’s hard to think about that date without mental images of the destruction, grief, and loss that swept over America and the world following those tragic events. 10 years ago I was just started my college life in Bandung and the news was shocking me, even America as big country in the world were attack by terrorist, geeezzz…Since that day, everybody was thinking that no places are safe in the world, living in worrying and afraid but there’s always hope, no matter what kind of sorrow we experience, we can always trust the mercy of God, the real comfort. May God heal and bless them who’s in sorrow and pain. May God protect us wherever we go and live.

Phishing

My friend told me that she has been threaten by phone or email, after check that account, the account owner said that she/he is not threaten her, someone were trying to compete them, playing a game, so I guess it is a phishing, in my opinion. Let's take a look what Microsoft said about Phishing.
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Phishing (pronounced "fishing") is a type of online identity theft. It uses email and fraudulent websites that are designed to steal your personal data or information such as credit card numbers, passwords, account data, or other information. Con artists might send millions of fraudulent email messages with links to fraudulent websites that appear to come from websites you trust, like your bank or credit card company, and request that you provide personal information. Criminals can use this information for many different types of fraud, such as to steal money from your account, to open new accounts in your name, or to obtain official documents using your identity.

How to recognize phishing email messages, links, or phone calls
Phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls are designed to steal money. Cybercriminals can do this by installing malicious software on your computer or stealing personal information off of your computer. Cybercriminals also use social engineering to convince you to install malicious software or hand over your personal information under false pretenses. They might email you, call you on the phone, or convince you to download something off of a website.

What does a phishing email message look like?
Here is an example of what a phishing scam in an email message might look like.
  • Spelling and bad grammar. Cybercriminals are not known for their grammar and spelling. Professional companies or organizations usually have a staff of copy editors that will not allow a mass email like this to go out to its users. If you notice mistakes in an email, it might be a scam. 
  • Beware of links in email. If you see a link in a suspicious email message, don't click on it. Rest your mouse (but don't click) on the link to see if the address matches the link that was typed in the message. In the example below the link reveals the real web address, as shown in the box with the yellow background. The string of cryptic numbers looks nothing like the company's web address. Links might also lead you to .exe files. These kinds of file are known to spread malicious software.
  • Threats. Have you ever received a threat that your Hotmail account would be closed if you didn't respond to an email message? The email message shown above is an example of the same trick. Cybercriminals often use threats that your security has been compromised.
  • Spoofing popular websites or companies. Scam artists use graphics in email that appear to be connected to legitimate websites but actually take you to phony scam sites or legitimate-looking pop-up windows. 

Cybercriminals also use web addresses that resemble the names of well-known companies but are slightly altered. For more information, see Protect yourself from cybersquatting and fake web addresses.

Beware of phishing phone calls
Cybercriminals might call you on the phone and offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes.
Once they've gained your trust, cybercriminals might ask for your user name and password or ask you to go to a website to install software that will let them access your computer to fix it. Once you do this, your computer and your personal information is vulnerable.
Treat all unsolicited phone calls with skepticism. Do not provide any personal information.

Report phishing scams
If you receive a fake phone call, take down the caller's information and report it to your local authorities.
You can use Microsoft tools to report a suspected scam on the web or in email.
  • Internet Explorer. While you are on a suspicious site, click the gear icon and then point to Safety. Then click Report Unsafe Website and use the web page that is displayed to report the website.
  • Hotmail. If you receive a suspicious email message that asks for personal information, click the check box next to the message in your Hotmail inbox. Click Mark as and then point to Phishing scam.
  • Microsoft Office Outlook. Attach the suspicious email message to a new email message and forward it to reportphishing@antiphishing.org.

Monday, September 5, 2011

How To Download Youtube Video Using Chrome? [Update]

Recent update : August 10, 2011

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Gone

A shocking news coming from my sister's friend during the holiday, His name is Nathan, he is from Toraja but being teacher in Waijelu, East Sumba. I never met him but from the story I’ve heard, he is mostly known as a good person, he is one of Perkantas member. He was passing away last week on his calm sleep. In the morning, some friend thought that he was still sleeping but actually already gone, base on doctor information that he was gone around 3 or 4 AM. Many people were crying because of losing him but some says how lucky he is, because he was gone while sleeping, so calm. We never know how we will die, because it’s a mystery, it’s a God’s secret. Most people are afraid to facing dead but as believers we should not worry about dead because God promises to prepare a place in His home. If I could ask God about how I will die, I would love to ask him to die in peace, while sleeping or while sitting in my comfort chair in a beautiful garden under a tree, flashback my entire life and try to counting His blessing for all my life for He is God Almighty who created me in marvelous and wonderful made (Psalm 139:14). Let’s us not worry about anything include dead thing, as Paul the Apostle said in Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (KJV), trust in the Lord forever and ever! Glory to God!

The Lost Boy

I finally finish read a book "The Lost Boy" by Dave Pelzer. He was writing about his story based on life from ages 12 to 18. "The Lost Boy" is the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to "A Child Called 'It'". I never read before the first book "A Child Called 'It'” because I don’t have it but I think I can imagine how the story was. From the beginning when I read this book, I’ve always asking myself, what kind of Mom who treats her child like that?  In common, base on some true story, the disability of poor parenting is more likely to cause disruption in a child’s intellectual and social growth than a physical disability. A child who has supportive parents and a reading disability may be delayed in reading, but they has a better chance of general life success than an abused child without a disability. And two thumbs up for David who survives from child abuse. It is interesting to read his story, he is really amazing. I would love to read the first one “A Child Called 'It'” and the last one “A Man Called Dave” as part of his trilogy, if I got it both. I hope!

This is about the author which is written in the book : 
A retired Air Force air crew member, Dave played a major role in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Dave was selected for the unique task of midair refueling of the then highly secretive SR-17 Blackbird and F-117 Stealth Fighter. While serving in the Air Force, Dave worked in juvenile hall and other programs involving “youth at risk” throughout California. Dave’s exceptional accomplishments include personal commendations from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. While maintaining a rigorous, activeduty flight schedule, Dave was the recipient of the 1990 J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, making him the California Volunteer of the Year. In 1993 Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA), joining a distinguished group of alumni that includes Chuck Yeager, Christopher Reeve, Anne Bancroft, John F. Kennedy, Orson Welles and Walt Disney. In 1994 Dave was the only American to be selected as one of The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP), for his efforts involving child abuse awareness and prevention, as well as for instilling resilience in others. During the Centennial Olympic Games, Dave was a torchbearer, carrying the coveted flame. Dave is currently working on a book based on overcoming obstacles and achieving one’s innermost best, as well as on the third part of his trilogy, entitled A Man Named Dave. When not on the road or with his son, Stephen, Dave lives a quiet life at the Russian River, in Guerneville, California, with his box turtle named Chuck.

West-South Sumba, August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Is That What We Called JOB? Welcome To Bureaucracy!


It’s been 4 month working for government as a civil servant in a small island in East Nusa Tenggara, there are about 30 people in our department but as long as I can see maybe only half is really working relate to their job assignment. So what are the rest doing? Nothing! Just walking around, talking each other some ‘stupid’ story, playing chess, smoking, laughing, sitting, playing music louder, sharing about some office baseless gossip, watching movie and maybe some porn movie. What the heck was that?!! Yes, it really happens! I am pretty sure, it’s happen in other department too. Well, I don’t mind if they do what they want to do but mostly is really annoying, too noisy, disturb others which are working, reading, discuss, etc. What is wrong? Do they really know what are they supposed to do relate to their job assignment? One thing confusing me is if there is a job not relate to Budget Implementation Document (Dokumen Pelaksanaan Anggaran/DPA), they really enthusiast to do that while the main job in DPA is not handled. Speechless!!!

These civil servants are really obeyed to which I’ve called ‘some stupid bureaucracy’. They make simple thing become complex and big thing become simple or unimportant. I do understand that we have to follow order or regulation but what was the point? I mean why you are stuck with something that you can fix it as soon and as best as you can! Example : I need to collect some data from other department but I’ve to make a letter of request should be sign by one officer in regent house which is actually it can be sign by my principal but he won’t, and unfortunately the officer on business trip, then I’ve to change to other officer which is not in the office too, they were asking me to wait, do I have to wait for a week or more? No way! It’s not my way! After discussing with my boss of unit, I go directly to each department to ask the data without that letter and I get it! And many more examples which is make me AMAZING!!! Well, welcome to bureaucracy dear!!! I swear I’ll gonna change it if I become a decision maker!

Oh ya…they really don’t care about time management too, really love to delay/postpone a meeting. Example : The meeting base on the invitation should start at 09:00 but finally it’ll start at 11:00 even more, sometimes you’ve to call the participant again one by one via cell phone, then they came to join the meeting, INCREDIBLE! An activity base on schedule should start in the first quarter of this year but until now it is postpone and I don’t know when it will be started, UNBELIEVEABLE!!!

I am angry too because they really don’t care about cleaning, they just throw the trash/rubbish exactly where they were standing/sitting, Geeezzzz…Come on…can’t you throw in the trash bin? Are they nuts?

So what are you gonna do? I am dying to know, is it gonna last longer or even forever? I hope not! Well, I wasn’t born to follow but to make a different! Let’s hope there is miracle/breakthrough that changes them/it. Just be the change that you want to see in the world. Just do the best as you can as the Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for men

*PrayingForOurCountry!*

Friday, August 12, 2011

Quote 2


Kusno Sosrodihardjo, known as Sukarno (also spelled Soekarno) (June 6, 1901 – June 21, 1970) was an Indonesian nationalist and orator who later became the founding President (1945-1967) of the Republic of Indonesia.
Sukarno's most famous quote, he said it the first time in front of BPUPKI congress, April 29, 1945 :

"Reach your ambition as high as the skies!! Dream it as high as the skies!! Because if you're fell, you're gonna fall among of the stars!!"

Sparks Fly

Just released the new video of Taylor Swift on August 11, as usual She is beautiful, sparkling, incredible. Love it!


The way you move is like a full on rainstorm
And I'm a house of cards
You're the kind of reckless
That should send me runnin'
But I kinda know that I won't get far
And you stood there in front of me
Just close enough to touch
Close enough to hope you couldn't see
What I was thinking of

Drop everything now
Meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me on the sidewalk
Take away the pain
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile
Get me with those green eyes, baby, as the lights go down
Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile

My mind forgets to remind me
You're a bad idea
You touch me once and it's really something,
You find I'm even better than you imagined I would be.
I'm on my guard for the rest of the world
But with you I know it's no good
And I could wait patiently but I really wish you would...

Drop everything now
Meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me on the sidewalk
Take away the pain
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile
Get me with those green eyes, baby, as the lights go down
Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile

I run my fingers through your hair and watch the lights go wild.
Just keep on keeping your eyes on me, it's just wrong enough to make it feel right.
Lead me up the staircase
Won't you whisper soft and slow?
I'm captivated by you, baby, like a firework show.

Drop everything now,
Meet me in the pouring rain,
Kiss me on the sidewalk,
Take away the pain
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile.
Get me with those green eyes, baby, as the lights go down
Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around
'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile

The sparks fly...
Oh, baby, smile...
The sparks fly...

Indonesia : Independence Day

Sebentar lagi, tepatnya 5 hari lagi (17 Agustus), kita akan merayakan hari kemerdekaan Rebuplik Indonesia yang ke 66, sejak awal Agustus lalu sudah terlihat berbagai macam cara masyarakat dalam rangka menyambut hari besar ini misalnya memasang umbul - umbul, bendera, kegiatan kebersihan, gapura, dll sehingga hampir sepanjang jalan mungkin semarak dengan atribut - atribut tersebut. Apapun bentuk perayaannya yang penting mari isi kemerdekaan ini dengan sesuatu yang berguna dan membangun dalam kerangka Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia seperti pidato presiden Soekarno di Surabaya, 24 September 1955 :

"This country, the Republic of Indonesia, does not belong to any group, nor to any religion, nor to any ethnic group, nor to any group with customs and traditions, but the property of all of us from Sabang to Merauke!"

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! MERDEKA!!!