SUDDENLY MY HOMETOWN’S MORE FAMOUS THAN EVER…

It’s not a surprise to read some piece of local news on local newspapers that mentions Kudus as its background or crime scene. Today is however quite different . What a real surprise to read one of the bold printed headlines on the frontmost page of a local newspaper – wawasan-my father subscribes to. It read there “Warga Kudus dan Kendal jadi DPO Densus”. While I was dropping my jaw, I scrutinized the whole news fervently and found some shocking facts. What the hell is this???

I know now why some people say “you’ll never believe in something until it happens before your eyes”! How on earth is there a suspect of terrorist coming from this so-called religious, tranquil town like Kudus? An unbelievably bitter fact, if the police’s allegation is true.

The wanted culprit is Bagus Budi Pranoto, aged 31. Like other terrorists fugitive chase classic stories, the suspect was known as a decent man, having no flaws as a society member. Pranoto’s childhood pal, Mbarsidi, remembered Pranoto as a student with a relatively nice personality and an easy learner. There was no indication of mischief or any deviant behaviors or way of thinking. Therefore, the whole neighborhood is wondering and guessing whether the allegation is true or not.

 

Bagus was raised by his parents at a village called Mijen (which is only a few kilometers from my seat where I’m typing this post now!). He was known as a recidivist as years before he was detained for being accused of concealing Dr. Azhari and Noordin (our most frequently mentioned man in Indonesia these days).

 

Isman, Pranoto’s father was continually complaining about the accusation effect on his family members. As a parent, Isman naturally wanted the negation for his dear son’s involvement in a series of terror actions and plans thus far. He doesn’t see his son quite often as Pranoto is living somewhere out of town and married a Solo origin woman who usually wears chador.
Suddenly…I feel like I could sense and feel the breath of terror phantom nearer than I thought before. So a tickling question crossed in my mind, “Has Noordin M. Top once passed me somewhere but I wasn’t completely aware of?” Hmmm…wish I could run into him again and report his whereabout so I could win the prize the police have promised!

LIFE’S TOUGH,BUT GREAT

 Why should we thank Pandora for opening the box?
It was a coincidence that I stumbled upon a Greek story about Pandora on a site about Greek myths. After I thought a moment after that, I realized how inspiring this story/myth can be for us and can be a theme story for this blog. Human beings were destined to live in sufferings, pain, difficulties, and lots of others untold predicaments.

After Pandora stole and opened the lid of the box Zeus gave to her husband, it is told that:
“Out flew every kind of disease and sickness, hate and envy, and all the bad things that people had never experienced before. Pandora slammed the lid closed, but it was too late. All the bad things were already out of the box. They flew away, out into the world.
Pandora cried and cried. Epimetheus woke up at the sound of her sobbing. I opened the box and all these ugly things flew out,?she cried. I tried to catch them, but they all got out.?Pandora opened the box to show him how empty it was. But the box was not quite empty. One tiny bug flew quickly out before Pandora could slam the lid shut again.
Hello, Pandora,?said the bug, hovering just out of reach. My name is Hope. With a nod of thanks for being set free, Hope flew out into the world, a world that now held Envy, Crime, Hate, and Disease, and also Hope.”
So many people out there are struggling to figure out the mystery of life and each of us is having problems with our lives. Frustrating but true, we need those ugly things named Envy, Crime, Hate, and Disease to make our extremely gloomy world turn bright. Those ugly things seem to be blessings in disguise, for those who know how to live this life.
As for me now, I need to open another ’Pandora’s box’ not to make myself suffer from all the misery it may cause, but to give myself the hope I need to continue this life in a more meaningful way. Starting something new is like opening a box we don’t know the content at all. And what it all takes is the courage to simply open, start, begin, and dispel the haunting fear at the very same time. Pandora had risked herself by opening the box and finally gotten the merits of Hope. So? Let’s focus on releasing Hope in our own box,as Hope is worth releasing.
Thanks Pandora for releasing hope for us…

RAMAYANA BALLET:ANOTHER EXOTICA OF JAVANESE CULTURE

How strange it is to be a native Javanese who hardly ever watched Javanese traditional dances…..

All of a sudden,I stumbled upon an article of newspaper reporting a Javanese traditional performance which looks luxurious and outstanding as it is held at Prambanan Temple,Yogyakarta, starting from Friday,8/7/2009 to Monday,8/10/2009. It is a highly well-known tourist attraction after Borobudur,so I concluded there must be some government officials watching it.Presented by more than 250 artists at its original place: Ramayana Open Air Theater & Trimurti Theater Prambanan Temple complex – Yogyakarta – Indonesia.
Here is the factual report on the ballet I read on The Jakarta Post:



“Ramayana Ballet at present time being the most popular performance in Yogyakarta. It is held at an outdoor theater (episodic) and Trimurti indoor theater (full story) in Prambanan, 16 km east of Yogyakarta, with the magnificent Prambanan Temple as a scenic background. Ramayana Ballet presents the finest dancers from the region.

 

The entire Ramayana epic consists of four episodes, each night one episode, presented from 07.30 to 09.30 p.m. in four clear nights on and around the full moon, each month from May through October. The full story is held at Trimurti Theater every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; presented by more than 50 professional dancers. The large outdoor amphitheater, more than 250 assorted dancers and gamelan musicians, four clear tropical nights on the full moon, a thousand-year-old temple of inspiring beauty as part of the scenery; Ramayana, the story of gods, mortals, giants, monkeys and beautiful women based on the epic of Hindu found in the relief’s of Prambanan Temple, are the reasons for its popularity, reputation and appeal with every performance.”

“Looks like the Indonesian tourism is starting its toil to restore its fame and regain tourists’ sympathy after the terrifying, deadly blast of J. W. Marriot and Ritz Carlton“, I thought. But apart from that, I feel a bit odd as I realize how rarely I watch any Javanese shows or art performances for my 25 years of my lifetime.”This is wrong,so wrong!”, I said by heart. I can’t even read Javanese alphabets well which I used to learn in my elementary school days (a series of alphabets that I didn’t really skillfully write and read at that time and -tragically-still now). What strikes me is the fact that bunch of foreigners are found more atttracted to Javanese cultural products than I am. This is, to me, like an indirect slap on my bare face. I don’t hate those who love Javanese stuff but it makes me lament my loss of Javanese sense and my being a Javanese and living as a Javanese. An ironic,bitter fact that, I’m pretty sure, many other Javanese may encounter either consciously or subconsciously.

 

Occasionally,I try to listen to kethoprak shows aired on local radio stations,but find myself fail to enjoy the story. I feel like I’ve betrayed my Javanese origin and ancestors. I guess,it is because of Javanese natives-who don’t enjoy Javanese shows like me, Ngesti Pandowo (a celebrated Javanese artists group) is now gasping to survive,though succeeded to remain active for decades.

 

Ok, enough with all complaints, onto business. As I can’t literally do anything significant for the betterment of Javanese culture,perhaps this is the one and only good deed I’ve ever done for the culture,i.e. posting this article. For anyone who may find this show interesting, click here to book the seats.

LESSON TO LEARN FROM SPONGEBOB

I don’t care about being 26 and still have an urge to watch Spongebob the most ridiculous nautical creature series, but it’s true i watch it everyday and still can learn lots of lessons by laughing to tears.

 

In this episode I watched the yellow protagonist was on his way to watch Squidward’s solo performance. Spongebob was so eager to watch his best pal (though Squidward doesn’t think the same) playing clarinet on stage. The clarinet, sadly, was kind of broken just right before the performance. Squidward, as usual, was terribly frantic and nervous about what to do. He always wanted everything to go smoothly, and you know how annoyingly perfectinist he can be. Somehow Spongebob came along and got an idea to fix the ill-fated clarinet, and it did work. Poor for the helpful Spongebob, Squidward left him outside and ignored him completely. Spongebob forgot bringing the ticket along so he couldn’t get in to watch the mediocre clarinet player. As Spongebob got the seat somehow, the show was over. Spongebob suddenly cried as he felt like he couldn’t content his disappointment which had reached its peak. Squidward then soothed his friend hurt feeling by telling him the show wasn’t a success and Squidward couldn’t perform well without Spongebob immediate help. Soon after, Spongebob knew he’d done lots of good deed. And it wasn’t about what he can get from his buddies but what he can give to his buddies.

 

Then I finally realized how wise this cartoon series can be. I got a pal, who seemed to never do me a favor. Rather, it’s me who always lends him a hand. One day I got stressed out and he asked for my help but my anger couldn’t tolerate it anymore. I finally lost my temper and broke the wall of patience. I scolded him not to bother me again as I got so sick with him and his perpetual requests of help. And now I regretted that a bit. I should’ve been treated him better but….I didn’t. Now I know the more we give, the more we accept. The common problem is we are ignorant of the numerous, innumerable rewards we accept, thinking that the rewards won’t come, but actually they are overflowing us but we don’t know…..So, have more friends who can remind you of the blessing feature of helping others.

SUDDENLY MY HOMETOWN’S MORE FAMOUS THAN EVER…

It’s not a surprise to read some piece of local news on local newspapers that mentions Kudus as its background or crime scene. Today is however quite different . What a real surprise to read one of the bold printed headlines on the frontmost page of a local newspaper – wawasan-my father subscribes to. It read there “Warga Kudus dan Kendal jadi DPO Densus”. While I was dropping my jaw, I scrutinized the whole news fervently and found some shocking facts. What the hell is this???

I know now why some people say “you’ll never believe in something until it happens before your eyes”! How on earth is there a suspect of terrorist coming from this so-called religious, tranquil town like Kudus? An unbelievably bitter fact, if the police’s allegation is true.

The wanted culprit is Bagus Budi Pranoto, aged 31. Like other terrorists fugitive chase classic stories, the suspect was known as a decent man, having no flaws as a society member. Pranoto’s childhood pal, Mbarsidi, remembered Pranoto as a student with a relatively nice personality and an easy learner. There was no indication of mischief or any deviant behaviors or way of thinking. Therefore, the whole neighborhood is wondering and guessing whether the allegation is true or not.

 

Bagus was raised by his parents at a village called Mijen (which is only a few kilometers from my seat where I’m typing this post now!). He was known as a recidivist as years before he was detained for being accused of concealing Dr. Azhari and Noordin (our most frequently mentioned man in Indonesia these days).

 

Isman, Pranoto’s father was continually complaining about the accusation effect on his family members. As a parent, Isman naturally wanted the negation for his dear son’s involvement in a series of terror actions and plans thus far. He doesn’t see his son quite often as Pranoto is living somewhere out of town and married a Solo origin woman who usually wears chador.
Suddenly…I feel like I could sense and feel the breath of terror phantom nearer than I thought before. So a tickling question crossed in my mind, “Has Noordin M. Top once passed me somewhere but I wasn’t completely aware of?” Hmmm…wish I could run into him again and report his whereabout so I could win the prize the police have promised!

NAMES OF COUNTRIES

There are some differences you can notice between the Latin and Korean pronunciation and spelling. This is as the result of some sounds absence. In other words, they’re not PERFECTLY represented by any hangeul characters. Sounds like /f/, /z/ and /v/ can’t be found here, and as a surrogate we may use ㅍ, ㅈ and ㅂ.
Listed below are names of countries in Korean (나라- country):

  1. 인도네시아 (Indonesia)
  2. 싱가포르 (Singapore)
  3. 말레이시아 (Malaysia)
  4. 태국 (Thailand)
  5. 라오스 (Laos)
  6. 미얀마 (Myanmar)
  7. 브루나이 (Brunai)
  8. 필리핀 (the Philiphines)
  9. 인도 (India)
  10. 베트남 (Vietnam)
  11. 방글라데시 (Bangladesh)
  12. 중국 (China)
  13. 한국 (Korea)
  14. 일본 (Japan)
  15. 러시아 (Russia)
  16. 몽골 (Mongolia)
  17. 미국 (the US)
  18. 영국 (England)
  19. 프랑스 (France)
  20. 사우디 아라비아 (Saudi Arabia)
  21. 이집트 (Egypt)
  22. 멕시코 (Mexico)
  23. 브라질 (Brazil)
  24. 캐나다 (Canada)
  25. 호주 (Australia)
  26. 파키스탄 (Pakistan)
  27. 아프가 니스탄 (Afganistan)
  28. 이란 (Iran)
  29. 이라크 (Iraq)
  30. 이스라엘 (Israel)
  31. 팔레스타인 (Palestine)
  32. 이탈리아 (Italy)
  33. 스페인 (Spain)

These are names of continents and places other than countries:

  • 아시아 (Asia)
  • 유럽 (Europe)
  • 아메리카 (America)
  • 아프리카 (Africa)
  • 북극 (Arctic/ North Pole)
  • 남극 (Antarctic/ South Pole)
So, now you can answer the questions like what I listed below easily.
Question: 저는 어느나라사람 입니까? (Which country’s citizen are you?)
Answer : 저는 …… 사람 입니다. (I’m ….. )
Question : 어디에서 왔어요? (Where’re you from?)
Answer  : ….. 에서 왔어요.(I’m from….)


Happy practicing , guys!

TIPS ON PURCHASING NETBOOKS

I happened to watch a talkshow on Metro TV. Some men were fervently discussing about how to purchase a good netbook.  “Hmmm, think I gotta watch this…”. Then I texted someone to watch it, as I know he’s longed for a notebook since forever but his budget doesn’t permit. He writes a lot  and pursues a dream of being an accomplished and wealthy author like J. K. Rowling. So I think buying a netbook is the best solution for him. It was Monday morning and he replied my text saying, “You know I love my bulky desktop, coz I can’t afford to buy a notebook. desktop isn’t portable but at the very least it’s financially friendly to me….” I was wondering whether he had hangover that morning or heavily drunk or just woke up and texted me back while regaining consciousness. I replied patiently, ” Netbook…not notebook. They’re different, dude”.

Onto business, let’s take a look at its specifications:

  • smaller size, lighter weight
  • armed with Intel Atom processor
  • no optical drive (external DVD writer sold separately; approx. costs IDR 700,000)
  • 3G built-in modem
  • slots: USB ports, bluetooth
  • webcam (resolution ranging from 0.3 to 1.3 MP)
  • screen diagonal: 7′-10′
  • office softwares ready
  • Wi-Fi
  • more affordable prices (starting from IDR 3 million)
  • battery (3 cells-3hours/ 6 cells-6 hours)

Some say the down economy we’re experiencing now has triggered the skyrocketing fame of netbooks among users. Forget the space consuming desktop, or the unaffordable, wide and heavy laptop, since netbooks provide you the ease of mobility. The competitive pricing of netbooks positively contributes to the potential buyers’ shift of opinion. The second notebook market is gradually losing its edge simply because buying a brand new gadget is easier than selecting second hand notebooks. Unlike buying a new good, you have to sweat just to compare one to another, and maybe make a little, not-so-profound research about the specs. It’s time consuming! With IDR 3 million ready in your hand, you can grab a netbook produced by local manufacturers.
Some flaws we must be aware of are the less user friendly recovery method (with the absence of DVD writer, inserting driver CD is impossible), lower quality and non-upgradable feature of VGA (which makes gaming is less convenient), separately sold hardwares (modem and DVD writer, which means more burden on budget!).
The invited experts also suggested some tips to maintain netbook performance and lengthen its durability.
  • avoid over-charging: never leave your netbook (and notebook or any electronic devices you have) recharged and connected to the power supply longer than necessary. Unplug as soon as the battery is fully recharged. You save earth by saving energy and save your dear device too, at the same time.
  • buy a thicker softcase: in case you drop your netbook, the thick softcase may absorb the shock that may result in netbook’s failure to work properly.
  • make sure it’s turned off: always make sure your netbook is off when you keep it in the softcase because the heat resulted by the netbook may destruct the components.

TIPS ON PURCHASING NETBOOKS

I happened to watch a talkshow on Metro TV. Some men were fervently discussing about how to purchase a good netbook.  “Hmmm, think I gotta watch this…”. Then I texted someone to watch it, as I know he’s longed for a notebook since forever but his budget doesn’t permit. He writes a lot  and pursues a dream of being an accomplished and wealthy author like J. K. Rowling. So I think buying a netbook is the best solution for him. It was Monday morning and he replied my text saying, “You know I love my bulky desktop, coz I can’t afford to buy a notebook. desktop isn’t portable but at the very least it’s financially friendly to me….” I was wondering whether he had hangover that morning or heavily drunk or just woke up and texted me back while regaining consciousness. I replied patiently, ” Netbook…not notebook. They’re different, dude”.

Onto business, let’s take a look at its specifications:

  • smaller size, lighter weight
  • armed with Intel Atom processor
  • no optical drive (external DVD writer sold separately; approx. costs IDR 700,000)
  • 3G built-in modem
  • slots: USB ports, bluetooth
  • webcam (resolution ranging from 0.3 to 1.3 MP)
  • screen diagonal: 7′-10′
  • office softwares ready
  • Wi-Fi
  • more affordable prices (starting from IDR 3 million)
  • battery (3 cells-3hours/ 6 cells-6 hours)

Some say the down economy we’re experiencing now has triggered the skyrocketing fame of netbooks among users. Forget the space consuming desktop, or the unaffordable, wide and heavy laptop, since netbooks provide you the ease of mobility. The competitive pricing of netbooks positively contributes to the potential buyers’ shift of opinion. The second notebook market is gradually losing its edge simply because buying a brand new gadget is easier than selecting second hand notebooks. Unlike buying a new good, you have to sweat just to compare one to another, and maybe make a little, not-so-profound research about the specs. It’s time consuming! With IDR 3 million ready in your hand, you can grab a netbook produced by local manufacturers.
Some flaws we must be aware of are the less user friendly recovery method (with the absence of DVD writer, inserting driver CD is impossible), lower quality and non-upgradable feature of VGA (which makes gaming is less convenient), separately sold hardwares (modem and DVD writer, which means more burden on budget!).
The invited experts also suggested some tips to maintain netbook performance and lengthen its durability.
  • avoid over-charging: never leave your netbook (and notebook or any electronic devices you have) recharged and connected to the power supply longer than necessary. Unplug as soon as the battery is fully recharged. You save earth by saving energy and save your dear device too, at the same time.
  • buy a thicker softcase: in case you drop your netbook, the thick softcase may absorb the shock that may result in netbook’s failure to work properly.
  • make sure it’s turned off: always make sure your netbook is off when you keep it in the softcase because the heat resulted by the netbook may destruct the components.

Expressions: Introduction and Describing Ourselves

It’s so hilarious to watch the scene when Han Ji-Eun is introducing herself to Lee Yeong-Jae’s grandmom. The old lady is so demanding and ,like any other elderly parents, looks intimidating to our timid heroine. Hahaha…The grandma complains when Ji-Eun only nods her head when greeting the elderly, so she wanted Ji-Eun to take a bow (called “chol”). Ji-Eun says, “안녕 하세요, 한지은 이라고 합니다” (Good morning, my name’s Han Ji-Eun).Han Ji-Eun does this in a very awkward way and makes me laugh at once.
There are some phrases or gambits Korean natives use to use introduce themselves. Here you can see there are two alternatives that we may use according to level of politeness and formality. If you ask using a sentence with -까, it means you ask in a formal and polite way. Ending -다 is used in the end of formal statement/ positive sentence. Next, 요 indicates a closer relationship between speakers, and may be used both in interrogatives and positive sentences.



이름이 뭐십니까?/이름이 뭐예요?
(i-reum-i mweo-sim-ni-ka?/i-reum-i mweo-ye-yo?)
What’s your name?


제 이름은 ……… 입니다/ ……(이) 라고 합니다.
(je i-reum-eun ….im-ni-da/….(i) ra-go ham-ni-da)
My name’s …..


예(formal)/네(common)/녜(less common)
(ye/ne/nye)
Yes


아니요/아니오/아니야/이니
(a-ni-yo/a-ni-o/a-ni-ya/a-ni)
No


어디서 왔어요?
(eo-di-seo wass-eo-yo?)
Where’re you from?


…… 에서 왔어요.
(…..e-seo wass-eo-yo)
I’m from ….


한국 에 계신지 얼마나 되셨어요?
(Han-guk-e gye-sin-ji eol-ma-na dwe-syeoss-eo-yo?)
How long have you been in Korea?


한국 에 온지 2 년 됐습니다.
(han-guk-e on-ji i-nyeon dwaess-seum-ni-da)
I’ve been in Korea for 2 years.


한국에 이번이 처음이서요?
(Han-guk-e i-beon-i cheo-eumi-seo-yo?)
Is it your first time in Korea?


이번이 두번째입니다.
(i-beon-i du-beon-cae-im-ni-da)
This is my 2nd time here.


나이가 어떻게 되세요?/ 나이가 몇 살이예요?
(na-i-ga eo-teo-ke dwe-se-yo?/ na-i-ga myeot-sal-i-ye-yo?)
How old are you?


저는 스물다섯살 입니다/저는 스물다섯살 이예요.
(Jeo-neun seu-mul-da-seot-sal im-ni-da/jeo-neun seu-mul-da-seot-sal i-ye-yo)
I’m 25 years old.

"THREE BEARS" NURSERY RHYME

Learning a foreign language may be made fun, and singing a song is unbeatably helpful to loosen up a bit the tense nerve we have after memorizing the theoretical discussion.
As I told you before, I once took a Korean course and had a native Korean called Kang Song Hoon as my tutor. At the same time, there was Full House (풀하우스), a Korean drama hit almost everyone knows, aired on Indosiar (2005). I found this drama entertaining and got addicted to watching it daily.

While watching it, I found  a very interesting song (which was sung by Lee Yeong Jae for sad Han Ji Eun). The actor Rain (Bi) had improvized the lyrics of the rhyme but here is the original version my tutor Kang Song Hon wrote for my Korean class. Grab your microphone now and let’s sing!!!




곰스마리
(gom-se-ma-ri)
곰스마리가  한집예있어
(gom-se-ma-ri-ga  han-jib-ye-iss-o)
아빠곰 엄마곰 애기곰
(a-pa-gom eom-ma-gom  ae-gi-gom)
아빠곰은 뚱뚱해 엄마곰은 날씬해
(a-pa-gom-eun tung-tung-ae  eom-ma-gom-eun  nal-ssin-ae)
애기곰은 너무귀여워 으쓱으쓱잘한다
(ae-gi-gom-eun neo-mu-gwi-yeo-weo  eu-ssek-eu-ssek-jal-han-da)



Free translation:
“Three Bears”
There’re 3 bears in a house
Daddy bear, mommy bear, and baby bear
Daddy bear’s fat, mommy bear’s thin
Baby bear’s too cute, shrug shrug, good!