Simplicity. Is. Beautiful.

married for sure
I don't know if it was my sixth sense at work or just my strong intuition, but I correctly predicted that my EEC mates Christine and Ronny are married. When I last heard from them, it was 2001 and they'd been dating for two years. And before I ran to Christine (and later Ronny) on Friendster recently, I wrote, "Ronny and Christine...Hai apa kabar? Kalian pasti udah nikah ya sekarang! (English: Ronny and Christine...How are you guys doing? You two must be married by now!)" in my Friendster profile's "who you want to meet" field.

Listening to: TATU - All About Us
Tuesday, December 20, 2005, 07:59 p.m.

lost and found and unexpected
I just got a message from a long-lost mate of mine on Friendster. We shared a desk in grade five, and went on to the same secondary school although we didn't become classmates anymore after grade six. Back in those days she was a very devout Muslim, ready to preach at every misdemeanor. Thus it was only normal that I thought of her now as a homemaker with three kids, wearing a hijab (she didn't wear a hijab up to the time we graduated from secondary school), and wouldn't get a Friendster account because she might think the internet was harmful. However, my imagination of her was shattered into pieces as she turned out to be a single super bright girl (she works as a chemistry analyst in a lab)...and still doesn't wear a hijab. Her case is evidence that what should be a direct effect of a cause isn't always bound to materialize.

Listening to: Madonna - Hung Up
Monday, December 19, 2005, 09:19 p.m.

para cowok brengsek ituh
God created the world for women. You'll get this understanding if you don't read the Qur'an against the grain. Then why the heck did Allah create men? *thinks hard* Oh, I know! Those men are here to test our patience and personalities! Sort of like when satan pursuaded Eve to first eat the forbidden fruit. If you pass the test, you'll go to heaven. If you don't, hell's your place. Simple as that.

Listening to: Sowelu - I Will
Saturday, December 17, 2005, 04:24 p.m.

Gie gie gie!
Nicholas Saputra won this year's Citra for best actor! Citra is like the Indonesian Oscar...I used to be kinda mad about him when his first movie and blockbuster, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta, came out and was bedazzled when he was accepted into my almamater, all in 2002. Now I'm reminded again of how hot he is...LOL. Oh, and his latest movie Gie is this year's Citra winner for best picture. By the way, Gie is a biopic about a famous human rights activist of Chinese lineage, Soe Hok Gie, who lived in the 1960s and...went to our school, The UI (long live the UI!!!).
Gie also gets the REAL Oscar consideration for best foreign picture. The movie isn't the first Indonesian movie to get an Oscar consideration, but none has made it to the nominations for The Best Foreign Picture! Let's hope Gie can make the world will know that we also house super talented film makers, other than terrorists.

Listening to: Fiona Apple - Parting Gift
Friday, December 16, 2005, 10:49 a.m.

family planning failure
I guess I know why the family planning program didn't have any success in Indonesia ( it successful now)? The president who had the longest office term of 32 years in Indonesia, Soeharto, had six children, all of them had prolific companies (thanks to extreme nepotism). As a full-blood Javanese man, he no doubt lived by the infamous proverb banyak anak banyak rezeki (the more kids you have, the more blessings you receive) and maybe even mentioned the proverb in inteviews, despite his government's massive family planning propaganda (including in the famous '80s puppet show Si Unyil). Of course, people always look up to their leaders...

Listening to: nothing
Thursday, December 15, 2005, 07:57 p.m.