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Blogging Again

I am sure nobody misses my blogging but the creator of this website. The truth is: I forgot my login password to our blog entry system. Lame excuse, eh?

I don't work for Vopak Asia in Jakarta. Starting April 2009, I have been taking care of two start-up companies under Ancora Group, which is a new breed of Indonesian organization established by Indonesian entrepreneur Gita Wirjawan.

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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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Rick Astley Encounter in Jakarta

Yodhi met with Rick Astley at Jakarta airport this morning en route to Singapore. Yodhi told Rick that he was such a fan and grew up with "Never Gonna Give You Up" song, which topped the U.S. singles chart on 12 March 1988.

Finally, he took a photo with Rick and recorded a special message frmo Rick to Anggi and Indi, who were playing doubles in a local tennis tournament in Cibubur this evening.

The clip:

The snapshot:

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Moliendo Cafe by KARIB Gembira

Singapore's Victoria Hall 2003: Our band KARIB Gembira did a cover of "Moliendo Café" and "Kopi Dangdut" sung in acoustic version:

-Sax: Kirana Asih Widayanti
-Vocal: Askar Hilman
-Piano: Rani
-Trumpet + Conga: Indi Soemardjan
-Percussion: Budiman

*Check out our mariachi-style brass at 2:01

Want more clips?

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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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We Lost to #1 Seeded Players

We fought hard against the #1 seeded doubles team of Singapore open. Royson's powerful flat serve and Arjun's tricky net game really killed us. They always returned our serve low over the net with a slice and the balls never bounced high.

We lost 0-6 in the first set but managed to break Royson's serve in the second set secured better loss at 2-6.

Not a bad game knowing that Royson is a tennis coaching pro at Laguna Country Club and has been playing with Arjun in many tournaments.

At least we got killed by the best!

PS: Thanks to Oom Firman, Andre, Lina, Antony and wife, Mariah, Jayson, Kae Fong and Arpita.

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With Rani's Support, We Won

For the last four weeks, Rani has been taking a very good care of the kids at home during my regular tennis practice with Yodhi. Yodhi and I even troubled her by adding more to the laundry basket with our smelly tennis clothes. I felt bad that she sacrificed a lot of her time for me and Yodhi almost every weekend. From time to time, Noe came with us to the courtside and helped us collect practice balls and put them into the basket. Various Sparing matches with Andre, Widiyo, Andrew and Henry really helped us in developing better doubles teamwork.

And last night, it all paid off. Yodhi never got a double fault (100% of serves in).

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Tennis Doubles Tournament

My brother Yodhi and I have registered to play doubles at the Singapore Tennis Association's SONY ERICSSON Open 2008 on 3-11 May.

The last time we played in tournament together was perhaps in the 1980s where we toured around Java for junior tournaments. As for me, the last competitive tennis I played was when Ben Metzger and I won the State of Maine 1993 high-school doubles title.

With aging and heavier (and slower!) bodies, we don't plan to win the trophy. We just want to have fun and give younger players a hard time!

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Mama Africa

After sending our DNA sample to National Geographic's Genographic Project, I found out that, based on our Y-chromosome lab analysis, my body carries a true African blood.

But why Y-chromosome? It is something which is passed directly from father to son, unchanged, from generation to generation.


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