Thursday, May 26, 2011

People Change. I (should've) Change(d) Also.

Kembali, saya merasa takjub dengan kemampuan teman-teman saya yang luar biasa. Baik dalam segi melukis, menulis, memahami materi kuliah, berorganisasi, dan banyak lagi. Hebat sekali ya, mereka bisa seperti itu. Terkadang saya merasa kecil hati, suatu hari nanti, saya akan diingat sebagai apa ya? Orang yang seperti apa? Kelebihan apa yang bisa membedakan saya dari bermiliar manusia lainnya?

Saya suka berpikir, kami semua awalnya sama. Allah menciptakan kami di tahun yang sama sehingga umur kami sama, kami juga sama-sama makan nasi, seperti yang sering orang bilang. Apa yang berbeda? Kesalahan apa yang membuat sekarang saya merasa belum bisa catch-up dengan mereka yang sudah sangat baik di passion-nya masing-masing? Oke, bukan kesalahan, mungkin saya yang sekarang masih dalam tahap pembelajaran.

Tetap saya harus bersyukur karena diberi tahap pembelajaran yang seperti ini. Satu-satu Allah memberikan permasalahan dalam kehidupan saya, lalu saya akan berusaha mencari jawabannya, berfilsafat. Hingga pada akhirnya saya akan mencapai suatu kesimpulan, yang merupakan jalan keluar dari problematika yang saya hadapi.

Dalam hal ini, saya sedang memiliki need of achievement yang tinggi, karena tergiur melihat banyaknya prestasi yang sudah diraih teman-teman seusia saya. Ingin sekali rasanya bisa menjadi seperti itu. Lalu apa? Aksi apa yang bisa dilakukan? 
Setelah cukup banyak mengisi otak saya dengan inspirasi dan pengalaman hidup orang lain, ternyata ada satu hal yang harus : berubah.

Mengambil langkah awal untuk melakukan perubahan, 
demi menjadi lebih dari yang sekarang.

"Sesungguhnya Allah tidak akan mengubah nasib suatu kaum kecuali kaum itu sendiri yang mengubah apa yang ada dalam diri mereka." QS 13:11

Monday, May 23, 2011

Perfume : Best Girl Band Ever

Well, actually I'm sick of all those Korean and Japanese girl bands which usually show their members' sensual side covered in their fake cuteness and all. Well, no offense actually. I only kind of hate their super sexy clothes and their sensual dancing moves, haha. And here I come with a Japanese Girl Band named Perfume which has a distinctly different style with those characters I've said before.

Perfume doesn't consist of many girls in considerably young age, it only consists of three girls who have already been in their mid twenties. Their faces are quite standard with no cues of plastic surgeries, their music is not the so-called kpop or jpop musics other girl bands usually prefer, and most importantly: they don't dress like others (You guys exactly know what I mean, don't you? Haha).

Not only are they wonderful because of their dissimilarity with other girl bands, but they also are very awesome because of their brilliant music performance. I love their music videos, the producer had made them perfect with nice combination between story line, dancing moves, clothings, and technology. Yes, technology.

Here are two music videos of theirs that I consider the best of all :



What do you think? Brilliant, aren't they? :D

Batas

BATAS - Movie Trailer


"Suatu saat kamu akan mengerti, kalau kamu adalah penjaga masa depan tanah Borneo ini"

Recently, I've seen the making of this movie being aired on television. Similar with other Indonesian movies which lift up the issue about nationality, this one also caught my attention. By seeing the trailer, I become even more interested to watch this movie. I think I should go watch it this weekend. Anyone coming? :P

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Call Me Achievement-Oriented, I'm Okay.

Inspiration is not enough, we need action!
-Asriana Syarifa Septari

Tiba-tiba gue terpikir untuk menulis ini. (Waw keren ya ngepost dua kali dalam sehari, udah kayak minum obat haha). Hm, entah kenapa, gue rasa gue banyak banget baca tulisan-tulisan yang inspiring, nonton berbagai film yang inspiring, dan apalah banyak lagi hal-hal yang menyangkut inspirasi lainnya. Beberapa saat yang lalu gue menyadari kehampaan yang ada dalam diri gue: perasaan terinspirasi yang sangat kosong, setelah dapet inspirasi cuma terhenyak dan berpikir sesaat untuk berbuat sesuatu, tapi pada akhirnya ngga melakukan apa-apa.

Yah, itulah gue (Wets pasrah banget haha). Inilah salah satu kelemahan anak tipe ENTP, brilian banget dalam meng-generate suatu ide, tapi males dalam pelaksanaan dan detilnya. Tapi gue ga bisa begini terus, harus berubah. Dan gue pernah denger kalo kita mau mencapa sesuatu, write it down! Tuliskan supaya otak lo terstimulasi dengan tulisan itu. Bahkan harusnya goals itu ditulis pakai tangan (maksudnya bukan ngetik pake laptop, walaupun ngetik juga pakai tangan sih haha). Tapi berhubung gue bakalan lebih sering online daripada baca-baca buku catatan gue, jadi mendingan gue tulis disini aja.

Yak, dan ini lah beberapa action yang bakal gue lakukan setelah semua inspirasi itu terkumpul dalam otak gue :
  1. Berusaha mencapai semua target, timeline, dan berjuang sekeras mungkin menjadi koordinator yang bertanggungjawab; baik di MTI BPM maupun di Humas Desa Binaan. Ga ada lagi males-malesan ngerjain proker atau santai-santai ngga ngurusin dua hal ini.
  2. Do my best di SPA goes to SMEs. Ini program luar biasa yang ditawarkan FEUI buat calon entrepreneur dan business consultant kayak gue. Disini gue ga boleh cuma nuntut ilmu, tapi juga targetin buat menang!
  3. Berusaha mati-matian di Semester Pendek. Gue udah dapet kelas MK dan MO sementara orang-orang masih pada waiting list gatau urutan ke berapa. Dalam dua bulan ini gue harus bisa nguasain MK dan MO, kalo ngga apa gunanya SP. Manfaatin temen yang rajin belajar (in a good way, of course haha).
  4. Habis dapet IPK tahun pertama, segera buka mahasiswa.ui.ac.id buat nyari beasiswa atau tawaran exchange program. Manfaatkan kesempatan yang terbuka luas!
  5. SEMANGAT BELAJAR BUAT UAS WOY!
Hahaha oke, semangat ah, gue tau gue pasti bisa, gue kan keren B)
Bismillah. Wish me luck folks ;)

Tagged! I'm it!

Okay, I dedicated this post to you denisaroseno, wahahaha :P

Yeah, you know I've seen this "tag game" since dont-know-when on tumblr. But well, I havn't been tagged yet (in tumblr), but I got tagged by my cute friend, Denisa, here in blogspot. Since this is Sunday afternoon (so what) I think I'm gonna go play this~

Rules :
1. Each tagged person must post ten things about themselves.
2. You have to choose and tag ten people.
3. Go to their blogs and tell them you tagged them.
4. No tag backs.
5. Have fun.

(Okay actually I'll play according to those rules but I'll ignore the second and third part, because I don't think I should, hahaha :P)

Okay ten things about me :


  1. I am a Muslim, insyaAllah.
  2. I have had such a damn-good life these past 18 years. Got so many friends, experiences, and so forth. I am grateful for all this awesomeness.
  3. I am a sanguine, total sanguine. I can easily get my self back up even after being hit by the most terrifying thing (haha, kidding :P). But it's true that I am a super sanguine who loves to take everything easy, likes to laugh and tell jokes, unable to control my exaggerating side. 
  4. Based on MBTI personality test, I am an ENTP (Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving). You can see the detail about ENTP here or here. In general, ENTPs are able to seek deep understanding of things, quick in both verbal and cerebral things, able to see lots of possibilities, and energetic. We're such a great idea generator; however, we dislike details and not good in maintaining the idea which had been generated by ourselves.
  5. I love my parents, family, friends, and every single nice person surrounding me.
  6. I like tasty foods, colors, writings, and inspirations :) I also like NEWS, Yamapi, Taylor Swift, and several other musicians. I like music. In love with Killua Zaoldyeck too, one of the main characters in Hunter X Hunter anime.
  7. I am in love with deep-thinking. I like philosophy. Maybe this is one of the reasons why I love Japanese dramas haha. I love to discover the meanings inside something.
  8. I want to be an entrepreneur. A restaurant owner to be precise. What kind of restaurant? Well, it depends on the future, though. It could be Japanese, Italian, a coffee shop, or even a cake shop.
  9. I want to have a beautiful house in the future. It won't be too big, with a very nice view, cozy garden, and a fish pond, mixed in a wonderful architecture which combines Indonesian, Japanese, and modern styles. To make it even more perfect, inside it will be a small but loving family (and that should be mine, not others haha).
  10. I hope I can be a person who always gives merits to others, lives within the bright gleam of Islam, and is able to die peaceably as a Muslim. Amin. (Why does it sound like a prayer in this tenth answer? :P)

Nah, I'm done.
To tell you the truth, it is fairly difficult to put your very self in those ten points. Haha. But it helps me a lot in understanding my own self. Nice tagging game indeed! :D

Anyone wants to be tagged? Tell me if someone does :P

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Time To Relax! :D

Hello guys :) Tired of me posting those boring-thoughtful-serious posts these days? Missing my sanguine side? I've got a good news for you who answered "hell yes". Hahaha :P

Okay, today is Saturday. And unlike Rebecca Black who loves Friday, I love Saturday :) Why? Because you have a full day off! I woke up late, realized that I got nothing to do; therefore, start browsing on the internet, then found out that time had flown before my eyes, and BANG! It's already eleven o' clock in the evening, hahaha. I love this kind of lazy days, so I gotta sing Bruno Mars' Lazy Song! (Okay, joking :P)

But really, I had fun today :D After browsing on the internet all morning long, I had a very very -seriously- really nice shower, hehe. I washed every inch of my body, I even brushed my teeth... and toes! Haha. I was not kidding guys, I really brushed my toes -of course I didn't use my toothbrush nor toothpaste, I used a nail brusher, haha-. Then, I put those so-called facial cream and got such a wonderful scent because I put on my body lotion also haha. Quite weird for a girl like me, huh? I don't care :P I felt such an awesome contentment for being clean hahaha.

Okay then, what did I get from my internet adventure these past two days? Good news for Yamapi's fans (Oh noo I'm starting to do this fangirling stuff over him again, haha), he has released his new single called "Hadakanbo" and the PV has already out :D (actually it's been on the internet since January 2011 but I'm kinda late to know the news, so yeah hehe). And to Taylor Swift's fan, tehere's also a great news for you! :) She has released her latest PV titled "Mean". The song itself is one song from her latest album, Speak Now.

Okay now, let's start the review.

For Yamapi's Hadakanbo, I actually kinda like the PV because he's handsome in it, haha (as always). I also like the lighting and the angles. But well, to tell you the truth, I don't like the music. It sounds like an old song sung in Broadway. I don't even know the genre, haha. And there's another thing that sucks: he has five girls accompany him in this PV. No, I'm not disliking it because I'm jelaous or something, but it's Johnny's boy! They rarely have any girl partners in their music videos or concerts. Yamapi's first single Loveless was released with an unknown-faced girl becoming his partner. In One In A Million, he got one girl. And now, five? Oh God, hahaha. As for the lyrics, it's quite usual for Yamapi's single. It has that sensual type of lyrics which I don't prefer much. But overall, it's still a good PV. It's just the music that doesn't suit me hehe.

Taylor Swift's "Mean" differs a lot from her previous singles which usually talk about love, and break-ups, and love, and more love, and love, and love, haha. This single is about those bullies being mean to weak people, and in the future, those weak people become prominent. It actually conveys such a message, "Why you have to be so mean to others?". The video itself is well-made, Taylor had her natural make-up on some scenes and the "broadway diva" look on others. Overall, the music video is okay. It's not as astounding as Love Story, but not as bad as Teardrops On My Guitar.

Enough for the review :)

Let's jump to another topic: A Brand New Layout For My Blog! Yeay :D I actually have been trying to do this several times, but my Google Chrome doesn't seem to be able to manage the Blogger Template Design manager, so I always ended up changing nothing. But then I remembered a better way to overcome this problem: using a template design from other website, hahaha. So here I come, with a new layout, new pictures, et cetera. Hope you like it!

Okay then, that's all for today.
Goodnight folks :)


Friday, May 20, 2011

Be Grateful and Smile

At first, I was about to write several paragraphs regarding this miraculous boy, but I ended up writing crap. I realized that understanding this feeling of astonishment and the subsequent feeling of gratitude that follows can never be described in words.

You can watch this video by yourself and discover the meaning inside.


I wanted to cry for sure, but his smile makes my action seems irrelevant :)
Subhanallah. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Indonesian Farmers: Live in Poverty in An Agricultural Country

As we all have already known, our country is an agricultural country. It means that our country is focusing on the productivity of farmers and the quality or quantity of agricultural plants which is cultivated in our country. Our country, Indonesia, has quite a great amount of wet rice field and so forth. Our production in rice and other agricultural plants are not so bad either. But there is one question that is always pronounced, it is about why our farmers still get stuck below the poverty line? If this poverty keeps lingering in Indonesian farmers’ lives, then who will be the next generation of farmers? The children of farmers will suffer hard times in their lives so that they will have no interest in becoming a farmer like their parents. If this is happening, then there will be no regeneration of farmers in our country. This is a very big yet accidentally forgotten problem that happens in our society. In order to be able to fix this problem, we should first identify the factors which cause this problem to happen and after it, try to arrange some solutions regarding this issue.

The first factor is: most of our farmers are only workers that work at other people’s farm. Indonesian farmers’ possession of the field is only 0,3 hectares in Java Island and 0,7 hectares all over Indonesia. Since the farmers are only workers, they can only be paid by the owners. When the harvests are numerous then their salary is not simultaneously increasing because they have a fix amount of wage. Moreover, the profit and wage that can be earned by workers are not as big as the profits that can be earned by the owner itself. That is one of the factors that make our farmers are poor.

The second factor is because even though there are some farmers who owned a field, although it’s not a big field, there are still many problems that weighed them. One of the problems is bad irrigation system. Because of the bad irrigation system, these minor farmers will face problems such as failing in their harvests because of they are lacking of water, and so on. In addition, the farmers also have to buy water pump in case there is a damaged irrigation system. The second problem is the price of fertilizers which is always increasing as year goes on. They should also buy the seeds, and it does not cost little. At one side, those farmers have to increase the budget they spend in growing seeds but the prices of their products are not proportional with their expenses.

Another factor is our country’s dependence toward imported agricultural products. It is said that this country imported a big amount of other country’s agricultural products. Indonesia even opened 70 harbors to accept those products, whereas America, who definitely is not an agricultural country, only opens 3 harbors for other country’s agricultural products. It is such a shame that an agricultural country like us still imported agricultural products from other country. Is our production is still not enough to fulfill the demand of agricultural products? I think actually the answer is no. We do have a lot of products harvested each year, but the quality cannot be compared with imported products. That is why the market still demands for imported agricultural products. In this case, I think the government should minimize the amount of imported agricultural product. More importantly, the government and the farmers should also try to improve the quality of our own products. Of course the people in our country will not want to eat or buy products with bad qualities, right?

As year goes by, there has not been a significant change in farmers’ lives because they are still counted as poor people in our country. Even though the government has already tried to give subsidy for them to buy fertilizers; however, those subsidies are not straightly go to the farmers. It is said that it goes to the producers of fertilizers and seeds. So, it does not bring any direct benefit to the farmers. Yes, it is true that the farmers only have to buy those fertilizers with half of the real price, but I think that price has not been reachable yet for farmers.

Another thing that has been done to make up this poverty of farmers is creating a new system of farming which has been trialed by PT. East West Seed Indonesia. They tried to improve the farmers’ life quality with a new salary system. With this system, the farmers will get profits whenever the company gets more profits. The farmers can also have a discussion with the company owner about the product’s price and where should they sell it. This company also tries to make relationship with supermarkets or hypermarkets so that those farmers’ products can be sold there.

In 2011, the government planned to make a new solution for this problem. It is to give subsidy straight to the farmers themselves. This program is still a plan, so we have not known yet about the result. But I wish it can be a great solution which can save our country’s farmers from poverty.

In my opinion, there are some steps that can be taken. First of all, it is to take merits of the role of education in this country. All of us have always been told since elementary school that our country, Republic of Indonesia, is a big agricultural country. I think the explanation should not be stopped there. The children should also know how to make our country a good agricultural country. It should be taught as an important knowledge for the country’s children, so that they can be motivated to be a professional farmer. We can also give trainings for children and also other students such as junior high school students or high school students about how to be a farmer, so that they can know the food producing process.

Secondly, there are still many tasks that should be done by the government. Those tasks are improving the irrigation system, giving great prices to the seeds, and giving good prices for the products that have been harvested by the farmers. If the selling price is increased, the farmers can get more profit from their farming activity, and they may improve their quality of life.

The poverty problem of Indonesian people is still a very big problem that still cannot be solved. One of the most important problems regarding Indonesian poverty is farmers’ quality of life which results from many factors; however, the most important thing is how to fix it. After we have been aware of this crucial problem, we should give more respect to Indonesian farmers by buying the products they sell, rather than merely leave this problem to be solved by government.

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