Saturday, November 26, 2011


.. is not wasted when you are having fun!

I use Facebook as one of my email accounts.
G+ to lurk in some discussions.
Twitter to check on Jakarta traffics.

However, I'd kill for an account at Pinterest.
I've spent my whole weekend glued to it even though I'm not a member and loving every minutes!

Friday, November 25, 2011

3 Words About You

Found it over at

Monday, November 21, 2011

An Inspiration

Sung-Bong Choi is simply awesome!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wahyu Cakraningrat

Wahyu Cakraningrat is part of Mahabarata stories. It's about a revelation (wahyu) that is desired by all knights and kings as anyone who acquired it will have offsprings who have dignity and can control Java.

There were three knights who were trying to get the Wahyu Cakraningrat by meditating in Krendhawahana forrest, namely Samba, son of Kresna; Lesmana, son of Duryudana, and Abimanyu, son of Arjuna. At first, Lesmana got the revelation, but he was tempted by the wife of Wahyu Cakraningrat, Dewi Maninten, in human-form therefore he lost his revelation. Next, it was Samba who got it, again he was tempted by the goddess and lost the revelation. It was Abimanyu who got it last and able to remain centered and didnt budged by all temptations Dewi Maninten put him through. In the end, it was Abimanyu's offspring who ruled Java after the Kurusetra battle.

The story is about the power of firm will, the power of expansive wisdom and the power of right and effective action.

My mom and I had the privilege to take a very small part in the performance of Wahyu Cakraningrat last week. It was an honor to be on the same stage with some of the best Wayang Orang performers in the country.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Ireland is More Islamic Than Indonesia

This is not a joke. Not only the Irish has adopted Sharia Finance but according to Scheherazade S. Rehman and Hossein Askari in their study titled 'An Economic IslamicityIndex (EI²)' Ireland is the numero uno in the world in term of EI²! The highest OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) country is Malaysia at #33. The Netherlands share #15 with the USA. Indonesia? We ranked #104 out of 208 countries, even Belarus at #94 is more Islamic than us. That's hurt. Real. Bad.

Although the methodology is not perfect, this study confirmed what I see in Indonesia in comparison to places I've lived and visited before. Indonesia might be the most populous Islamic country, but those 'evil' countries, such as the USA & The Netherlands, are more Islamic in the sense that their government cares more of their people than their Indonesian counterpart.

I remember years ago an Indonesian Imam living in the USA and work at one of their correctional facilities confessed that he found USA is more Islamic than Indonesia. Sure, Indonesians might be more Islamic when it comes to individual rituals than the Western countries. However, in their daily lives, I dont think what I see every day in both rural and urban areas are very Islamic. Take one of the pesantrens (Islamic boarding school) near my place, each time they have some kind gathering they close down the road as they pleased resulting in traffic jams for hours in the greater area, their people never bother cleaning up their trash afterward eventhough according to the Prophet cleanliness is part of the faith. I heard they also refused to give up part of their land so that the government could build a 4-lanes road that we need in stead of the two-lanes one that we have at present.

Dont get me started with how some Muslims have treated the minorities such as Ahmadyah and some Christians followers. Inhumane. I keep hearing that performing prayers five times a day and fasting, etc, should've keep people from evil deeds. Yet, they conducted such atrocities. I wonder what went wrong, how come all those rituals that they perform couldnt keep them from evil deed.

I came to conclusion that most Indonesian Muslims are more concern about their relationship with their Gawd and forgetting that according to the teaching their relationship with fellow human being are as important. That's when things starting to unraveled. Sad, really.

So, those of you who try to convinced me that if Indonesia implements Sharia we are going to be better, read and weep.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Javanese Hip Hop

In the Corner

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with You
And I dont know if I can do it
Oh I've said too much
I havent said enough