Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rayts tagged me

Well today, I dunno what has gotten into me but there was this drive to check out my friend's blog and now I will have to indulge her. Maybe this thing will help us to somehow get to know our friends. Especially for me, I've been away for some time and this distance can sometimes detach you from the people you really care about. So here goes:

8 Things about me:

  • I'm an obsessive compulsive person. I am a molysomophobic of some sort. So you can be sure that when I go to public places I make sure I find clean restrooms. And I don't like touching the door handles. I will wait until someone would open the door before I go in and out of the restrooms.
  • I hate it when people would try to play with me using their feet. I get that icky feeling.
  • I talk in my sleep. (Alodie and AC told me so). They even tried recording my mumbling a couple of times.
  • I hardly say NO to people who comes to me for just about anything. I accommodate even the weirdest conversation.
  • My knees would go weak when I'm in high places. I'm altophobic. I remembered riding that boat in Enchanted Kingdom with my "exceptional friends" (Rayts, Charlie and Mitch). Geez! my knees shook convulsively. So now even if things are for free, I will keep a safe distance from those horrendous rides.
  • I'm drawn to the sea. It has this soothing effect on me. It sort of washes all my filthiness and pains away.
  • I don't like chocolates, coffee, burnt bread, coke, anything burnt. It has something to do with the color I guess.
  • Indonesian food has grown on me. My all time favorite is the "sate ayam and soto ayam"
Whew! That was tough. It took me ages to write these things down. Now for the 8 people I wanted to tag... Geez! This is harder than I thought coz I only know a few friends who blogs. Can I get away with this one?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Twisted minds

"Greed is selfish, excessive or uncontrolled desire for or pursuit of money, wealth, food, or other possessions, especially when this denies the same goods to others. " This definition was taken from wikipedia.

Today, as i was walking to the office aimlessly, some random thoughts came to me as to why the things that transpired in my life the past few days came about. GREED! Yes it is what drives people to the brink of the evil world. If I let them be, am I committing the sin of omission? Do I have the responsibility of intervening in all these? Or can I just stay mum about all these?

The people around me now are trying to destroy one another. They've been throwing blame at each other and sometimes it gets into my nerve to bear witness to all these because there are those people around them that suffers the consequences of petty and childish fight. No progress just war. How can mankind attain peace when it is difficult for them to let go of their wants? No wonder many people are suffering... no one wants to humble themselves.


Today, I heard YOU speak... I will just be fine... I will follow where YOU will lead me
YOU have prepared the path for me and I shall obey thee.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Staring into the eyes of poverty

Jakarta houses the richest and the poorest people of this country. Everyday, I always have a brush with the least fortunate ones. I can't comprehend how a country like this whose resources are just so immense have people who hardly have anything on their plates.

I pass this over pass everyday on my way to the office and every Tuesday I see this old man who seems so weak already but he tries to clean the over pass every Tuesday. Imagine, how a man with twisted feet walks in that over pass to clean. It crushes my heart. How I wish there is more to life than just a little help for this man. How can change happen when only a few has the desire to change the world.

How can a man who has Rp5,000 eat three decent meals in Jakarta? I wonder where the heart of most people are nowadays. With that I can only buy 5 packs of instant noodles. After having one, you will not be so enthusiastic about taking another one. So they probably choose to have "gorengan" instead.

Poverty drives people to do something bad. It also kills the values people once uphold. But is there really a solution to this? How can we, in our own little way alleviate poverty? Everyone is crying for more, craving and wanting more in life. If we can just stop awhile and stare at poverty in its eyes then perhaps we will realize how blessed we are to have a roof over our head and we are eating 3 times a day. Is this not enough? How about you? When will you know that something is enough for you?

Friday, May 11, 2007

Sauce needed

This yummy looking crab needs a sauce. So if you have the talent of whipping up something lemme know and I will refer you to the committee in charge of the sauce making contest.

Friday, May 04, 2007

My officemates

(L-R) Jane, TM, Slamet, Meil, Dhora
The Photo Addicts

A view from Menara Hijau

A view of the residential area from my office. They like red roofs.

This view is facing the business district of Jakarta. The buildings are not so visible because of the smog.
Today it looks brighter than the previous days.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A tribute to a good friend

I know you will no longer hear me but I am hoping that the angels will send this message to you. I tried to find you but I guess I did not try hard enough. Wherever you may be right now, I want you to know that I am truly grateful that our paths had crossed. You made me realize that despite of life's misgivings we still have to be thankful to our Creator.

I don't want to remember you looking sick and weak. I want to remember you as the person who made my stay in Bay worthwhile. Today, I asked God to give you rest. May your life be an inspiration to those who knew you. thank you for taking care of me back then. Thank you for those breakfasts and lunches we had together. Thank you for the silly thoughts, the laughter and the tears we shared.

Til we meet again Ate Nels. I will miss you.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A typical rainy day in Jakarta

Yesterday, my colleague and I went around Cawang area to scout for a house for one of the instructors for the training center and while we were doing our rounds the rain poured.
The flooding is a manifestation of the poor drainage system in this country. Imagine this is only about 15 minutes of rain. Can you picture in your heads what happened to Jakarta when it rained here for several days last February? Several areas where submerged in flood water.
It is my earnest hope that everyone will start cleaning their own backyards. Stop throwing garbage just anywhere. A small effort of throwing your trash in the right place will go a long long way for mother earth. This is our planet, we have to contribute in making this a better place to live in.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Missing You Quotes, I Miss You Sayings

Missing You Quotes, I Miss You Sayings: "Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell. ~Edna St Vincent Millay"

Jakarta's treats

Take a look at these treats from Jakarta. This country never cease to amaze me because everyday you will unravel something beautiful. Imagine biting into something sweet and at the same time spicy. I'm sure those of you who are have not tried this would squirm. But I tell you, life is too short, so we have to allow ourselves to experience the best life has to offer.

So next time you would ponder on which places to visit... think of INDONESIA...

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Mourning for Nemo

Every day I wake up to check the tank where we have several kinds of fish. I am drawn however to Nemo because he is such a doll. Then as the days passed I noticed that his tail had been chipped off, then his flippers and then last thursday he just didn't come up for breakfast anymore. I tried searching for him and then there he was at the bottom of the tank lifeless. There was no hope of rescuing him, and the perpetrator is none other than this eel i called Snakey. Today, the guys who cleans and maintains our fish tank took him away and gave me a new Nemo. Well, I hope things will be peaceful inside the tank now. As what my boss told me, it is the nature of a snake to be a preadator wherever they may be. Well, now that Snakey is no longer around, it is my ardent hope that all the fishes in the tank will live peacefully because it gives someone like me a sense of joy.