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Defending Palestine, the only Indonesian synagogue is closed down

The Gaza conflict is indeed sad. It has resulted in the death of many civilians - women, children, old people. But what's sadder is that many Indonesians respond to Palestinian-Israeli conflict clinging to their stereotypical perspective about this conflict. Not only that, they actually take hasty actions based on their narrow stereotypical mind.

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Actions and Religions

People tend to see only what they want to see, they hear only what they want to hear.

This is what Indi and I have observed for a long time. We think it is quite interesting. We can’t illustrate it in a more specific way for not wanting to offend people, so let’s imagine the following:

  • Two major religions in the world: religion X and religion Y
  • Two famous good men: Mr. A of religion X, and Mr. B of religion Y
  • Two terrorists: Mr. C from religion X, and Mr. D of religion Y.
  • Our friends of religion X

Then read this slowly:

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Yodhi Won the Video Contest!

Guess what! Yodhi won the Challenge Your Hero video contest! He will fly to Qatar for the Sony Ericsson Championships in the second week of November and meet and party with the finest ladies of tennis.

Horrendous curly wig: $60
Ugly dress: $5
Online self-humiliation and get to party with Ana Ivanovic: ...Priceless!

here is the video link, again

The ladies involved in the tournament:

1 Jelena Jankovic
2 Dinara Safina
3 Serena Williams
4 Elena Dementieva
5 Ana Ivanovic
6 Svetlana Kuznetsova
7 Vera Zvonareva
8 Flavia Penetta

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My Sister Aiming at Ana Ivanovic

My sister is submitting her video clip to a Doha, Qatar contest where Ana Ivanovic is the "main attraction".



Or, click here for a direct link to the video .

PS: The problem is: I did not know that I had a sister.

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Failure Is Good

My Two Friends

In the past two years, I have two friends who fell into the abyss of mental disorder (depression, schizophrenia) and their stories concluded quite tragically (please don’t ask me to elaborate on the “how it has concluded” aspect).

The thing is that both stories have similar background: Their lives were so perfect. At least it seemed so on the outside. They’re both very good looking, very extroverted. They’re both over-achievers ever since they were little kids, top ranks in schools, getting scholarships, all the way up to adulthood, successful in their careers.

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A Chat with Taxi Drivers

So far I always have good experience with Blue Bird Taxi. Their cars are always in good condition, doesn’t smell cigarette, the drivers are quite knowledgeable, good service, although the fare is slightly more expensive than other taxis. One thing about the Blue Bird, is that, the drivers that I’ve met are always happy and proud to work as Blue Bird drivers, and most of them have been with the company for many years. And I heard that the company is also quite profitable. This is a far cry from Singaporean taxi drivers who most of the time have dissatisfaction about their job or their company.

What makes Blue Bird a good taxi company? Out of curiosity, I had a quick chat with Tarsiman, on a 10 minutes ride from Noe’s school.

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Maid - The Answer For Everything

In the process of moving to Jakarta, we’re grateful that our family and friends has been really helpful. Many well-meaning individuals, family and friends, are eager to help solving the problems that we’ve encountered.

But interestingly, many of the problems seemed to always boils down to one same solution: “You should employ a maid”.

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Culture Shock

Academics said that there are three or four stages of cultural adaptation / culture shock:

  1. The Euphoric Stage
  2. The Hostile Stage, which consist of Frustation and Depression stages
  3. The Acceptance Stage

Having moved around several places in the past twenty years, and looking back at when we began to live in a new place, the theory rings out to be quite true. For Indi and I, it took us about 12 – 18 months until we (think that we) fully adapt, every time we move to a new place. We also observe similar patterns in our friends.

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Mereka Masuk Penjara

Anda ingat tulisan saya yang menyinggung soal Kasus Korupsi di KBRI Singapura? Nah, mereka (ex-Dubes Mochamad Slamet Hidayat dan ex-Bendahara Erizal) sudah masuk kurungan (tapi tidak kelihatan malu!). Beritanya ada di Tempo: Tersandung Sisa Renovasi.

ex- Wakil Dubes Eddie Suryanto Harijadhi, yang dulu beberapa kali main musik bersama saya dan Rani di KBRI, ternyata juga menerima uang dari proyek yang sama. Total jumlah yang mereka kantongi adalah sekitar Rp 10,1 miliar.

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Indi and Rani Dealing with Semi-Duality

Today, Rani and I took Jung-Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tests, a psychometric questionnaire designed to identify certain psychological differences according to the typological theories of Carl Gustav Jung, and we found out that:

-I am an ENFJ (Extraversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Judging)
-Rani is an INTJ (Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judging)

So, what does it all mean in our relationship?*

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