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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.
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:
Then read this slowly:
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.
I am trying to remember what is the earliest event in my life that I remember. Sure enough, I don't really remember myself being a baby in a diaper. But there are some remnants of memory in my brain that, I'm sure, happened before I was five years old. Some events even happened before I was three year old because I could remember them, even graphically, mainly because of a significant time marker in those events. Those events are as follows:
Who would have guessed that Osama contributed to a great piece of music for Obama? This Osama was playing the bass, setting the blues rhythm with Pearl Jam's drummer Matt Cameron, under the direction of Bergevin Brothers and along with many other volunteers, such as the Total Experience Gospel. The hair on the back of my neck stood up when the choir started singing!
Click on the link below to watch.
Oh what a day!
We are pleased to announce the birth of our second son. All natural, all healthy!
date: 25 October 2007
time: 7:50pm (Singapore/HongKong time)
We have chosen to name him Keilani Soemardjan (nickname: Kei). Keilani \ke(i)-la-ni\ is pronounced kay-ee-LAH-nee. It is of Hawaiian origin, and its meaning is "glorious chief". Keilana means "glory; calmness".
Sometime in April 2002 when I was staying with Rani in Honolulu, Hawaii, I attended a talk by members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society on how people in Polynesian sailors have been able to navigate thousands of nautical miles without compasses for centuries.
I am a strong believer in "being able to laugh at yourselves as a sign of maturity". And that is the reason why I encourage all of you all to watch Little Mosque on the Prairie (especially if you are a follower of Islam).
I am conducting polls here to see how people think of the cause of wrongdoing/goodwill acts by religious people. Have a go!
The first one:
The second one:
Pardon me if I may sound like I have been so obsessed with sailing. I am doing this because sailing has been on my mind for quite a while now and just being honest with what my hands want me to type.