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I think the sayings "What gets measured, gets managed" is quite true....
Tracking our expenses and transactions
We have been quite rigorous in tracking our expenses and transactions since the first years of our marriage. We log our expenses up to the cents.
It's been almost a year now since Rani and I started dreaming of having a Seawind 1160. This Australian-made 38-foot long (11.6 meter) sailing catamaran is definitely something that we'd love to sail together with our boys (and friends) across Indonesian archipelago.
What better way to keep the dream alive than watching this Seawind 1160 video:
From Poughkeepsie to East Timor to Jakarta to Singapore to Down Under. Yod Dogg is comin' your way.
If you want to dig him, oye como va.
Since last week Rani has been in the mood for conditioning my brain before moving to Jakarta as a new professional. One of the many wonderful things she has discovered for me over at the public library is the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. It is a book which is not only ideal for marketeers/business developers, but also serves as a pragmatic guide for those who want to be useful for people around them.
This is a list of things that you cannot do when you are a Singapore government official. When it comes to applying it in Indonesia context, each government office should have this list hung on the wall right under Garuda Pancasila, photos of President and VP. Logically, if they can afford to print full color photos of the President and VP, why can't they do the same with t
We tried our best to translate each clause in Indonesian language with a hope that someone somewhere is kind enough to reproduce our translation and make it useful among Indonesian esteemed government officials (and their families).
Here we go:
A list of "Don'ts" for Government Officials
Over the years, Rani and I have asked these questions many times:
-Why is corruption so rampant in Indonesia?
-Why is it that Indonesia does it much "better" than most other Asia Pacific countries when it comes to corrupt practices? See Indonesia Matters' story on Corruption Index.
It's not until recently that we both started thinking of these fundamental yet intriguing questions:
-Do majority of Indonesians know what the word "corruption" means?
-What sort of activities/practices are considered "corrupt"?
-Do you think the government officials really know which types of activities are considered corrupt?
Rani and I have no house nor car. It's not that we don't need a place to live, but renting a small apartment in Singapore is much more feasible for us. And ever since we moved to Singapore in 2002, the idea of owning private car is no longer important (although, a sailing catamaran remains on our wishlist!).
However, in preparation for our next move to Jakarta, we now have to start thinking about owning or renting/leasing a car. Or borrow one from a kind person who has one car too many? :)
What sort of criteria do I need to set for it? *Not in order of preference.
Indi is very happy that our little website got into the top ten list of english-speaking indonesian bloggers, and the top 100 indonesian blogger in general according to Indonesia Matters. However, I think it is largely based on luck more than the quality of our writings.
Following my quick note on Pro Family World, this entry intends to compile blog entries / articles and other references on Pro Family World. This entry will be constantly updated as new references come in. I'm still contemplating on this "pro-family world" issue. But again, agree with Ari-Thalia child rearing is not just a woman's issue, it's a family issue for both men and women (so why do i tag it under "woman" then?).