Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Despite all critics about Hewitt's acting, who according to some people she didn't fit the ruthless Katya as she is still known mostly from teen dramas and horror movies, I think she did well for the role. Even though I think Hewitt is too sweet of an actress to do a credible job playing a "bad girl", don't you think she doesn't have to be a social climber with a cute face and nice-shape-body she got?
I hate Katya Livingston for being a liar (she lies about her credentials to get the job and many more), animal murderer (she kills his boss' gold fish and iguana by giving them wrong food), and bitchy (she sleeps with her friend's boyfriend).
Nevertheless, she does a good deed too. She sends a package of Rice Roni to her adopted son (whom she adopts to avoid tax inspection) in Uganda, yet making people at the ball respect her. FYI, she is uninvited to the ball but she insists to come, even by climbing the wall with high heels!
The movie is very predictable, for sure, at the end, she reveals everything. Sad but true. It's about social satire which common happens in the society. As for myself, maybe I'd do everything to be a popular socialite. But I realise that being known for a good person is more important than being a fraud for a lifetime.
And guess what? Her real name is Kathy.
Once you tell a lie, you will keep telling lies over and over until you forget once it was a lie
I knew this guy from a friend. He often lied to me, about anything. I couldn't stand a liar. There's no such thing like white lies, okay? I mean for some reasons which lying is inevitable, I think it's fine. I don't know. I don't have rights to judge people. I'm solemnly up to no good. Nobody's perfect.
Monday, June 26, 2006
I was accompanying my mom this morning to my relative’s house when Annisa, editor-in-chief from djakarta! magazine rang my mobile. She asked me whether I was able to take the gifts for sending letter-to-the-editor twice. I said YES as for today, and finally I have two Reebok t-shirts (white & antique pink) home! *grin*
I also submit my CV for writer vacancy that I read from Kompas last edition today. BTW, Adeline asked me to go to Gunung Putri on next Sunday for playing paintball together with other friends yesterday. I’d really love to, but I’ll have my mid-exams on July 1, 3, and 7. I’ve already told her about my circumstances, and she will consider for the other Sunday (July 9). Maybe I’ll just let her managing the schedule and the participants, and the transportation as well, LOL.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Along my way to go home after exercising at eX yesterday, I saw a bunch of people were watching match
Frankly I hesitated to go back for a shot. (The car was about 4 meters away from them) What should I do if they refuse? Or get mad? But my mom convinced me that everything is gonna be just fine. I just wanted to take a shot anyway. So I walked towards them and said, “Excuse me, can I take a shot here, when you guys watch the game?”
They answered friendly, “Sure. Not a big deal.”
And here is the picture I’ve sent by e-mail soon as I got home:
It was very funny! I’m really blissful I can get this picture after searching around for long time with my digital camera. LOL.
Updated on July 23, 2006: World Cup 2006 in Germany is over. My picture wasn't published on the newspapers, so I didn't get the money prize. So sad, but thanks for your comment, Dan! Really appreciate it. ;)
Thursday, June 22, 2006
It’s the city where I was born and spend my time growing up and see the world all these years. However, I have to admit that
Well I won’t say anything about its government or any political matters whatsoever. I simply hate its traffic jams (whenever, wherever), pollution, and especially mass organizations who always mess around and think that they own this city and they can do whatever they want (I strongly agree that they have to be dismissed or furthermore, to be BANNED!)
My wishes for Jakarta; hopefully it will be a better place to live in, less people (cos it's damn crowded here :p, please do KB/Family Planning), less number of vehicles and less corruption okay? :D
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Kali ini gw mo cerita tentang keadaan perpustakaan di kampus gw. Ruangannya cukup luas, meskipun ga sanggup nampung seluruh mahasiswa dalam satu waktu. Perpus ini berlokasi di lantai 3 Gedung Klara Asisi, Kampus Atma Jaya Pluit, dapat diakses melalui lift ato tangga. (cat: lift-nya sering rusak, gw aja pernah stuck disitu sekitar 5 menit-an and it was like hell! Gelap gtu loh…dan ga ada udara…huhuhu)Terdiri dari ruang buku (isinya buku2, jurnal, karya ilmiah, majalah, kamus kedokteran yg diatur rapi di rak2), ruang video (tempat nonton video buat kuliah koas), ruang diskusi (klo di perpus
Gw suka nunggu sambil membaca koran (
Perpus ini berkapasitas kurang lebih 125 seat dengan total AC sekitar 10 (window + split). Perpus ini merupakan tempat favorit gw (dan jg bagi mahasiswa laen) klo ga ada kerjaan, lagi nunggu kelas berikutnya atau kadang sebelum pulang kampus.
Sayang sekali fasilitas internet gratis ini hanya ditunjang dengan 5 komputer (dgn catatan tambahan: 1 hard disknya rusak, 1 lagi ga bisa dipake buat internet-an, jadi totalnya hanya 3 yg bisa dipake buat internet-an!). Ga heran klo yg pake penuh mulu. Guess what, pagi ini gw liat ada anak koas yg lari2 kegirangan ada computer nganggur…kesian bener…krn pas jaman mereka masih pre-klinik
Beruntung lah bagi yg memiliki laptop, bisa dibawa ke sini, dan dipake internet-an, karena masih ada 2 kabel LAN nganggur yg bisa dipake (
Monday, June 19, 2006
The love I dedicate to you is without end;
Whereof this pamphlet without beginning is superfluous moiety,
The warrant I have of your honorable disposition,
Not the worth of my untutored lines,
Makes it assured of acceptance.
What I have done is yours;
What I have to do is yours;
Being part in all I have, devoted yours.
Were my worth greater, my duty would show greater;
Meantime, as it is, it is bound to you,
To whom I wish long life still lengthened with all happiness.
William Shakespeare (The Rape of Lucrece, edited)
You’re the best and the only mom I’ve ever had
Have a wonderful day on your birthday mom…
Hugs & Kisses,
Thursday, June 15, 2006
P.S: Thanks to Adeline for editing this post upon the grammars, chosen of words, and consistency of using American English :)Fitness centers at malls have been a trend for the last 3 years. I need to underline the location at malls, since there are many other fitness centers built long time ago. Celebrity Fitness may be the pioneer when they opened their first club at eX-Plaza Indonesia in 2003. Fitness trend at malls were booming yet it still made Celebrity Fitness very popular. Today it has 11 clubs in Indonesia and growing.
I joined Celebrity Fitness (CF) on May 2005 to reduce my weight and for the sake of a healthy lifestyle. *grin* I've been participating pretty actively in its classes such as body combat, RPM, street jam, jazzercise, etc. I enjoy my membership benefits even though lately I rarely use it.
Fitness First (FF) expanded their wings to Indonesia and had their first club at Plaza Semanggi in 2005. I visited their club when they have their soft-opening on May 2005 right after I joined Celebrity. First impression about the club: SO NARROW! They divided 1600m2 into 3 different floors which were connected by stairs. I didn't like it at all. I saw their lounge which provides free drinks (water, softdrinks, tea) but still, it was too small. In addition to that, the location is definitely not strategical. Plaza Semanggi has a worsened parking problems for sure!
Nowadays, FF has learnt from its mistake regarding its club location. After having the 2nd club at Cibubur Junction, more clubs are coming soon at Taman Anggrek apartment on August 4 and Senayan City on July 1, 2006. More clubs will open at Grand Indonesia shopping town, Gandaria Main Street and Kota Casablanca (2008).
My mom and I were invited by phone to get to know more about Fitness First pre-sale this afternoon at Taman Anggrek Mall. They are giving away free joining fees and discount for monthly fees that end today. They explained the better value of Fitness First, compared with Celebrity Fitness. E.g. locker rooms which use the more secure card swipe system (in CF, we have to bring our own padlocks), swimming pools (which CF don't have), more varieties of free drinks (water-only in CF), and more clubs to access all over the world for passport-holding members (FF have 460 clubs internationally incl. in the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and many more) but CF have fewer. As for hygiene, FF give headphones to every member upon joining the club so that they can listen to the cardio theatre without having to share it with others. In CF, it is vice versa.
Fitness First offer membership fees starting from IDR 330,000 (home and no towels) up to IDR 595,000 (passport) per month excluding IDR 250,000 administration fee, whereas the fees in Celebrity Fitness start from IDR 297,000 (under 22yrs old) up to IDR 888,000 (all club). However, CF also offer packages to pay in advance for 3yrs (Emmy), 6yrs, or a lifetime (diamond) that will make the monthly fee much cheaper than usual. Somehow I just think that CF's packages are just to keep their members from switching to FF. Lately I just got infos that CF have been giving these packages from their first opening.
Poor CF management has made me think twice to sign out and move to FF. Their lack of appreciation to their personal trainers (PT) is the main reason why most of them have moved to FF. My former PT told me that they were only paid IDR 25,000 per session when in fact CF charge IDR 180,000 per session. CF is so tight! How can CF keep good PTs if they don't care for them?
About CF service; they are often careless about maintaining their facilities. I often see lockers, hairdryers, showers, steam rooms, and other equipments broken but they don't fix them ASAP. But when it comes to membership payment, once u're late, they'll ring u for hundreds of times until u settle the payment. Don't u think customer satisfaction is the highest priority?
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
I was opening my e-mail at campus’ library by chance before the class began. Yesterday I sent an e-mail to freemagz to ask how to get the payment for my contribution. And I saw a reply this morning. I planned to take it after class, but since I didn’t know the address for sure I asked my brother to accompany me. He was exercising at eX when I rang him, so he told me to go there for a waffle with one scoop of ice cream on top, whipped cream and maple syrup. Yummy!
We enjoyed 50% discount for waffles (Tuesday only) at Gelare, Plaza
I got there on 3.35 pm and met Mr.Denny Halim (the guy that sent me a reply who is also known as head of web development as I read on the magazine) in person. He asked me about my writings experience and told me about vacancy in his website. I was really glad to help for sure, but I already conveyed about my study which made me hardly have spare time. Nevertheless, I love writing and truly excited to be full time or part time contributor. :)
Monday, June 12, 2006
The front page of the website.
I also got an e-mail from djakarta! the magazine which noticed me that my letter-to-the-editor were published twice; on the next edition no. 74 and past edition no. 71. She confirmed to ask me to give my personal data to complete the form for taking the prizes. From the magazine, I think I'll get quiksilver wallet and Reebok t-shirt. However, currently I'm not able to contact her cos whenever I send a reply, delivery failure notification will pop-up in my inbox soon after. It said that the domain (@djakartamag.com) was unknown. I was trying to seek for a phone number of the office, but I didn't get any. Just a list of e-mails. So I tried one by one. Hopefully I can get my prizes soon.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
It is the title of free public lecture held by
The lecture at a glance;
Controlling the development of brain structures and functions will pose a unique technological challenge to medical science in the 21st century. A key goal in brain science will be to understand the genetic programs that underlie conditions such as memory loss, mood disorders (anxiety, depression and aggression) and the complex of wiring of brain circuitry involved in emotions and abstract thinking. Identifying the molecular signature of individual brain cells coupled with the science of neuroinformatics, promises a more precise understanding of the brain and brain disease pathogenesis. Further into the future, nanotechnology based “brain chips” could aid site-selective neurogenesis and promote the development of “smart drugs” for diagnosis and treatment.
In my opinion;
Firstly he explained about brain itself. Brain is divided into left and right hemisphere, yet the division of lobes; frontal, parietal, occipital and temporal. I have learnt it at school, so I was quite understand about this. He also presented about brain development, birth of neurons, neurogenesis, sex difference of the brain, diagnose for brain diseases and therapeutics. He delivered his informative presentation in clear articulation but in some topics, he elaborated too much which I didn’t able to understand clearly. I think it wasn’t public lecture as for “public” in terms of “for everyone” but it was classified as well-educated people in science. It was implicitly obvious from the audience whom I recognized one as lecturer of Universitas
Friday, June 09, 2006
What makes me live for today? I think the answer is A GIFT. That’s why they call it PRESENT. I never asked to be born, but here I am, stuck in bicultural family which taught me life’s greatest lessons from every member.
- When somebody told me that I was a stupid, I learnt to be smart. I read a lot of books, went to courses, anything to be smarter than yesterday. Maybe I’m an inquisitive idiot but I promised myself nobody will ever call me stupid again! Saying someone’s stupid won’t make u smarter.
- When somebody told me that I would never make it so far, I learnt to make far into a distant. It encouraged me to believe myself. Hence I will make them to swallow their own spit.
- When I witnessed someone I had ever respected so much unexpectedly broke my biggest dream, I learnt that nice people won’t always do good things, they do sins too. Remember one thing, once u lose someone’s faith on u, that’s it. Game over. There’s no such thing like second chance.
- When somebody stabbed me from the back, I guarantee they will have my payback! I won’t do the same thing for sure. But whenever I have a chance to speak, I’m gonna roar it like a lion so it will be notoriously noticeable. Furthermore, don’t ever wish to bring back my respect. It’s already gone with the wind.
For whom it may concern;
I realize I don’t study abroad but I can speak in English, not so fluent but I think I’m not bad either. I know I haven’t traveled around the world but I’m not stupid. My parents may not have money as much as u do, but I do have a spirit to live in dignity. I believe in circle of life; u will not always be on top, sometimes when the circle is rolling, u may be on the bottom as well. Thanks a lot for giving me greatest lessons of life.
“Because of u, I’ll never stray too far from the sidewalk. Because of u, I learned to play on the safe side so I don’t get hurt. Because of u, I’m ashamed of my life because it’s empty.” –Kelly Clarkson
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
We chat for such short period of time since he had to do his research. I shared him what's in my mind and the conversation flew flawlessly. He is my net-friend cos I never meet him in person. But I enjoy every conversation I had with him. Let's just say, he has broaden my knowledge. Harold Marowitz, SFI (Santa Fe Institute), GRE, and so on are my just-find-out-now stuffs for today. *LOL* (I'm sure he won't read this blog so I jot it down in details)
He always reminds me; "don't give up. hang in there. this is hard life. u must face failure before meeting success". If you guys think that he's my best teacher, u're absolutely WRONG! *LOL* My experience is still the best teacher. I believe things are happened for some reasons even though it's not questionable. It may not be as beautiful as we want, but I'm sure it's the best thing we should get through at the time.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
I just heard a truth –which was really shocking and irritating– from my uncle. He permanently lives in
The thing is, he could have done something to help me but he didn't want it. Guess what, he was able to send his two daughters to study in US because of his mother's money!!! What a shame for so-called famous lawyer huh?
I used to love him and gave him highly respect but not anymore. I hate him and disgrace him eversince he hurt me. This is a thought for the day and every day thereafter.
Today's my auntie's bday. Habitually she always invites in the last minute of the dinner. Same place, same menu, same way of inviting; last minute call. So if the dinner held at 7 pm, u'd be told few minutes before 7. But for today, surprisingly (even though I wasn't that surprised) they called us to join the dinner. Oops, the caller wasn't my auntie nor her family but her assistant. Actually me and my mom, Keisar, uncle from Medan and other cousins had planned to go dinner at eX but sudden call was interupting and eventually all of us went to the resto at Batu Ceper.
It was unpredictable, we didn't get family's welcome warmth. My auntie wasn't there yet, only her two elder sons. One of them was giving us bitchy face and obviously looked like questioning "wtf are those guys doing here?". Hence we got back to previous plan, having dinner at eX. What a waste.
I met Fara and his boyfriend, Sent, at eX before dining. We had chit-chat for short time. Nice. She has finished her college at SF and will move to LA for uni. Best of luck!
Monday, June 05, 2006
Hallyu is revised Romanization from Korean wave which refers to the popularity of South Korean popular culture in other Asian countries; it has been likened to the British Invasion, according to wikipedia. The Korean wave began with the export of Korean TV dramas such as Winter Sonata across East and Southeast Asia; the growing success of Korean drama was shortly matched in the fields of movies and popular music. The Wave is a source of pride for South Koreans.
The phenomenon does not extend to North Korean shows or movies, which have never found more than a tiny audience abroad.
Korea government predicts that Hallyuwood will be bigger and better than Hollywood. Is it true? Let's just wait and see...
After finishing my works out, I accompanied my mom to Sogo supermarket to find 'healthy' crackers. She wanted crackers without yeast. I don't know why. And this label attracted me so much!! So interesting!! :D
Sunday, June 04, 2006
By the way, I have got some conclusions from the sharing upon the talkshow;
- One thing for sure, your Academic Skills and ability to communicate in English is required.
- Responsibility of the child is a MUST in order to continue his/her study abroad. Show and prove it to your parents that u are trustworthy and responsible. Eventually they will let u to decide which country u would prefer.
- Generally, youngsters having a bright future in their jobs are likely afraid to lose their opportunities when they continue their studies. In my opinion, everybody has their own option, rite? I'm sure a boss won't want to be driven by his employee ;)
- When there was a question about overqualified ended up in rejection, I heard a very wise answer from Chief of HRD, one of the spokeperson;
"It's true that some companies may reject overqualified application. FYI, people who had Master degree was rare in the past. That's why when a company had to upgrade its employee's knowledge, they were given scholarships to study overseas. As time goes by, lots of graduate students have their Master degree abroad and compete to seek a job in Indonesia. Based on my experience, those who had Master degree from abroad, were having less chance to get eliminated from the first preliminary round. U know why? Cos when I opened a vacancy, they were hundreds applications came in 3 post sacks! I gave the first selection to Cleaning Service or Office Boy. I was not joking. That was the fact. Well of course when they opened the application they had to see the GPA and university he/she came from. But can u see the different? When they saw a certificate in language which they didn't understand, they classified it in special group instead of throwing it to the bin."
- I am getting more jealous with my brother to study abroad *LOL*
For text in Indonesian version, click here.