And hereby the badminton madness is officially over. Last night the final matches was completed, involving two decisive, momentous matches to determine which badminton couples was entitled to the champion, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd runner up .
The 3rd runner up went to Iwan Ganda-Yelly Mawi. The 2nd one went to Andri Bangun-Asep. While the 1st runner up was the energetic couple Windy-Budi Mesa. The crown was won by Heri-Putri couple (Putri replaced Bertus).
It’s always tickling me to find out how American and European rivers can stay (or at least look) pristine. So I thought they have applied a very effective system to treat plastic garbage.
Thanks to my curiosity, I shamelessly asked this question to Michelle de Pass, a representative of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For your information, the first time I heard this abbreviation was when I watched “The Simpsons: The Movie” (miss watching it!).
Ms. de Pass admitted that the US itself is making its best efforts to tackle this plastic ‘monster’. Did she say something about “a mousetrap”?
It never occurs to me that ‘God’ should go social. Seriously, how could this happen to the ‘Most Divine’ in the infinite universe?
It was all because of my recklessness. I thought it’d be good to let people know what ‘the Almighty’ is now reading, what He’s been thinking of lately, and sharing it all with all His staunch supporters down there, on ‘the Earth’.
I signed up for Twitter on behalf of ‘My Majesty’, got another Facebook account too. And recently I got myself into the bandwagon of this silly social networks with circles on it.
Once He was willing to respond to each question coming to the wall and timeline. Yet as soon as the enthusiasm faded away, He relinquished the responsibility for it to the second and third angel, His faithful assistants.
So here I am stranded, in the middle of social media utter bewilderment. It’s hard to ignore humans who constantly begging for mercy and aid down there. I’m eager to help but it’s beyond my authority to say anything while my position itself is precarious enough. I can be dismissed anytime. It’s like clinging to a string of hair split into 7 thinner ones.
phew,I finally managed to get there although I was an hour late! so I knew I missed lots of things for sure.
But I was quite determined to make myself ask the question addressing plastics. Michelle de Pass and Agnes Stafford answered,and to my surprise, they told us the US,too, is struggling with plastics-related environmental issu. Good to know we’re not on our own.
The theory of food combining, as Claudia Jones puts it, is that proteins require hydrochloric acid and the enzyme pepsin to break them down in the stomach whereas starches don’t start to metabolize until they reach the small intestine where they require different enzymes than protein for digestion.
The environment that starchy foods require is an alkaline one compared to a more acidic one required for protein digestion. The argument goes that digestion will be a much simpler process if foods that require different enzymes are eaten at different meals.
When conflicting foods are eaten in combination, the result can be slowed dogestionleading to fermentation of foods in the gut and even putrefaction. This in turn feeds the harmful bacteria in the intestines. The bacteria produce an acidic environment in which they thrive and this supports the growth of more harmful bacteria, hence a vicious cycle begins. The healthy microflora are compromised and thus our immunity to disease is lowered.
Tiredness after eating may also be atrributable to poor food combining as the body pools its energy resources to the stomach to digest combinations of many different foods at once. Overeating may also produce the same result. (as writtern by Claudia Jones in Namaskar, April 2011)
I forget whose quote that is but it encapsulates what I’m about to say perfectly.
Every and each parent wants their kids to grow up and old. That’s what I usually hear. “Eat a lot so you’ll grow bigger” or “Drink this so you’ll grow taller”. How many times we as kids had heard such an idea during our childhood, conveying the constant message of “being an adult is much better and being kids is inferior”?
Yes, in some way I have to agree on this proposition that being an adult is way cooler. Kids are constrained in every possible way to live as a real human. They can’t drive a Porsche legally. They can’t watch porn. They can’t drink even a sip of liquor. But hey, is that what adulthood essentially means? Excessive self-indulging? Overflowing sense of proud?
So why is being kids and enjoying our childhood a lot sexier than getting our first driving license in the first place? Simple. Because responsibility SUCKS. Here’s the down side of adulthood every kid should cringe, responsibility. Not only we have to be responsible for each of ourselves, but also for people around us, whether or not you love them.
So if you’re one of those previously happy kids wishing to grow old faster , you may find yourself wrong. Nothing compares to the bliss of chidlhood. Being carefree, spending your entire day to play with whatever you think and cry afterwards because you fall down or stumble upon something on your way is worth more than any money the adults on the planet combined. In fact, they spend a fortune just to feel how to be kids again because some of adults don’t even know how to cry anymore. They don’t know how to let go the pain within themselves. As a consequence, they go numb psychologically, deteriorating emotionally, withering spiritually and decide to seek professional assistance, i.e. psychologists, psychiatrists, and (recently) technological aids that offer ‘quick fix’ to channel our emotional trash…social media.
*So this very post is actually to pay tribute to every kid out there and inside me. Let’s be childlike( not childish) adults.
To date, the United States of America may be considered the hub of entrepreneurship in the world. We, however, almost forget how dynamic the world economy has become and that there are developing economies throughout the globe that keep catching us off-guard.
Sarah Lacy brings us a series of novel insights on the ever-changing entrepreneurial constellation in developing countries. And Indonesia is one of the eleven countries Lacy has visited and written about in “Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky”. While dedicating the whole of chapter 9 titled “The Emerging World’s Big Secret” to Indonesian entrepreneurs, she divides it into 3 subchapters, each of which focuses on three different facets of Indonesian entrepreneurs. These three are property, beauty care, and the IT startups.
Ciputra represents the first facet, i.e. the male-dominated kingdom of property. Here Lacy highlights when Ciputra started to dream big by sending a letter to Walt Disney. Disney disapproved of his proposal. As we all may have learned, this later encouraged the young and ambitious Ciputra to work on a project in the notoriously ‘unpromising’ Northern coast of Jakarta, Ancol. But as an entrepreneur, Ciputra saw Ancol in a much different way and managed to prove Disney wrong.
The story goes on when Lacy tells us why Ciputra thinks Indonesia is likened to a sleeping giant whose growth was held down for centuries largely owing to the Dutch colonialization:
“Indonesia is a giant that’s economically still asleep. Pick your favorite reason why: Indonesia has been one of the most dominated, unstable, tragedy-stricken countries of the 20th century.
[…] Indonesians may be the only people who envy 20th-century China. “They were only held down by communism for 50 years,” Ciputra says. “We were held down for 350 years.” (BCC, p 184-185)
The diverse experience that Ciputra has amassed from the Dutch colonial days to the current administration of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the 80-year-old entrepreneur to a new, more massive undertaking than building affordable housings or luxurious townships in Indonesia or abroad. What Ciputra is now trying so hard to achieve, along with the entire nation, is transforming the opressed mentality to the liberating and empowering entrepreneurial one.
Despite the hard cold fact that changing such a mentality is a daunting task to complete, Ciputra relentlessly does anything he could to realize his dream. He without hesitation invested $ 10 million in Universitas Ciputra Entrepreneurship Center (UCEC) located in Surabaya, East Java. Another enterprise to stimulate the nationwide growth of new entrepreneurs figure is called Training of Trainers (ToT), in which more than 2,000 teachers from 350 universities across the country are trained (BCC, p. 189).
In his ambitious project, Ciputra does not overlook the significant role of Indonesian government. As he argues:
“Ciputra rejects the U. S. view that all a government needs to do to spur innovation is get out of the way. “We have to involve the government because we are trying to change the nation entirely,”he says.” (BCC, p 190)
In order to combat poverty which often is the root of evil such as radicalism and crime, there is nothing that can compare to entrepreneurship. While it certainly improves the nation’s public welfare, entrepreneurship might help Indonesia create a new face of moslems and Islam, as Dino Patti Djalal (the Indonesian ambassador to the States) puts it. Djalal’s statement , which represents the SBY administration, is simply in line with Ciputra’s grand ambition. (This post is previously published on HERE)
Claudia Jones in Namaskar (April 2011 issue) extolled the significance of food combining to our digestive health. So she said this method may help us reduce gas and abdominal bloating after eating, fast eliminate and balance body weight (ok, I need that someday, not for now).
Jones further explained what food combining principles are:
Fruit should always be eaten separately 20-30 minutes before other foods. Eating any fruits after a meal is definitely counterproductive.
Sugary foods should also be eaten alone, before other foods and never after a meal.
Protein and starch should not be mixed together in the same meal.
Protein should only be eaten with non-starchy vegetables.
Starch should only be eaten with non-starchy vegetables.
Later on my next post, I’ll tell you why these principles matter.