Alexa Woodward – Secrets

September 6, 2012

Today we walked
in melting snow
hid inside,
making fire and tea
I met you when I was wandering
it’s been many worlds since then
though my secrets are wild and deep
and my mind races while I sleep
I will plant my hunger here
in you

~

found this beautiful haunting lullaby song from NatGeo Adventure’s Departure.

one heck of a song. Kinda describe the ecstatic carefree life someone could possibly have.. *sigh* haha judge it yourself 😀

one heck of a song, hope you like it!

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a year’s reflection

August 23, 2012

1. Do you realize that the air above jabodetabek is brownly tinged? it does not emit a bright blue glow. This is quite reasonable since there are a lot of carbon emitting vehicle users, in addition to only few big greens along the thoroughfare. there are bushes and small plants, but cmon, these small plants are not effective in comparison to the amount of motorcylces and cars. These plants get very dusty and then do not serve the purpose of an eye candy anymore (nor an air cleaner)!

2.Transportation in Bogor (particularly) is very hectic. angkots (bogor public cars) are sprawling everywhere.. and ratios of angkots to passengers are clearly imbalanced! you’ll see a lot of empty angkots waiting for passengers on the side of the road, passively blocking the bandwidth of traffic. and we’re not just talking one or two cars here, but tens and twenties! (in total might even be hundreds). The cause is that these angkots are privately owned by a lot of different people, and each owners only care about their income from the angkot (du’h!). The drivers assigned would have to submit a handy fixed sum each period (daily, weekly) to the owner, and their income would be whatever extra money they earn above the fixed sum. No wonder all these angkot drives would wait hours (literally) for passengers and fill up their angkot.

It would be very different if these angkots are owned by the government, and they would give angkot driver salaries. Drivers wouldn’t have to worry so much about filling up their passengers and earning money based on passengers, rather just drive with the flow. It would be beneficial for the passengers too, as they dont need to waste time by waiting in the angkot to be full. And if the government own these angkots, driving shifts could be effectiveliy carreid out as well.

I realize that the government to buy ALL the angkots of Bogor would be quite hesistant (or maybe they just dont want/care), so to all you Bogorians, wait till I take care of this. I would have to be freaking rich first, and then I will monopolize the backbone of land transportation in Bogor. Then I’ll cut 3 angkots to make one mini bus. Only by then Bogor angkots would be in order.

Now, how to be freaking rich fast?

*sigh*

probably more reflections to come

Who is more successful?

July 29, 2012

Who is more successful, a rich banker with an only child, or the town drunkard with 15 illegitimate children?

This question was asked by my Biology professor. Since we were discussing about population and particularly gene pool, I found this question a bit.. ticklish 😀

okay, what is a gene pool? theoretically it is the total number of genes of every individual in an interbreeding population (http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Gene_pool).

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I tend to visualize it as this huge cauldron with a mixture inside it containing all the genetic variety of a population. People contribute their genes to the gene pool by having children. The more children means the more of the parents genetic material in the gene pool of a population.

Is it a good thing to contribute a lot of genes to the gene pool?

Well, just because one’s ancestor is a drunkard, it does not mean his descendant will all be drunkards (likewise). Then In this light, contributing to the gene pool does not really have a definite impact. On the other hand, traits such as intelligence, creativity, determination, looks (?) are descended with each offspring, then contributing a lot of such “positive” traits into the gene pool is advantageous for the future of the society.

I have no intention in discriminating between the two extremes of society and interfering with their right to produce offspring, but government policies regarding children limitation (ex: KB in Indonesia, one child policy in China) should be thought over. More often  it is the prosperous family, wise father and loving mother that is limited with one or two children, and it is the poor class families that do not follow the program, having half to a dozen of children. This is a warning for the gene pool of the population! It is dangerous if “bright” genes become only a small fraction of the gene pool.

Once again I stress that gene does not shape a person definitely. A lot of environmental factors can determine and drive people’s success (from whatever background they belong). But surely the way a drunkard brings up his children and the way a successful banker brings up his child would be different. And each child would have a greater possibility to follow their parents.

Finally, I just want to say, to you well-educated and successful people out there, don’t lose the share of the pool to the town drunkard! Your genes would be essential for the bright future of the society!
😀

11.12

July 4, 2012

In the end, if goals are met, those who strive from the bottom, and those who begins from the middle have no significant difference.Is there really the need to take pride going from the depths? 

to prove and satisfy yourselves? yeah right. How important can that be?

sailors.

July 4, 2012

have you ever think about them sailors?

the mast they set,

the life they decide,

the vast ocean?

they will sail on

nowhere

until they ride on the highest waves,

escape from the strongest gale.

fill in their independent souls.

once in a calm water,

after much adventure

they realize,

what they need now

is really

just a small island

unknown,

in the middle of the seas,

safe enough

to dock their ship.

taiko’s last poem.

May 17, 2012

I am a

The dew which falls,

The dew which disappears

Even Osaka Castle

Is only a dream

~Toyotomi Hideyoshi

*translated

bush whackers.

May 7, 2012

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail ~Radolph Waldo Emerson

If most people were like this, breakthroughs and researches in wide fields would be equally important and grand. Opportunities and knowledge would seep like water in a crack. Opening new doors to the wonders of the world yet to be revealed.

Cheers for pioneers and “bush-whackers” all over the world! 😀

110km walk.

April 29, 2012

Recently, I was invited by a friend to volunteer at kyudai checkpoint for a 110km walkathon. Yes, one hundred and 10 kilometers. no typo. Who on earth would join a 110 kilometer walk?!  Because my friends and I thought it would be uniquely cool and awesome, we volunteered for the night shift 9 o’clock night until 9 the following morning.

We gathered at 19.00 in front of Kyudai to have a BBQ dinner together, it was a nice small group, for me, a mix between new and old friends. This is where we found out that our team leader, Yoshio likes Katy Perry songs, and he have to rush to change his mp3-speaker connected song when it started to play Katy Parry – Peacock during BBQ 😛

Team Leader!

Nearing 21.00 o’clock we prepared our checkpoint with all the supplies needed. Our spot is the 89’th kilo meter checkpoint. Basically our job is to serve walkers stopping by with food and drinks, or other necessities that might be needed:

Zenzai: Zenzai is a drink from red bean, sugar and a ball of mochi. It is really oishi! the red bean flavor dominates your capillary bud.
Ume Boshi: pickled SOUR plum. Im guessing the pH must be somewhere 3-4
Omizu: Plain water

Participating walkers carry a blinking lamp to differenciate them from normal strollers, and soon enough we see blinking lights approaching from a distance,

“Konbanwa!” (good evening!)
“Otsukaresamadesu! (lit: you must be tired (show appreciation for hard work)
“Atatazaki zenza ikaga desu ka?” (How about a warm red bean drink)
“Umeboshi dozo” (Please have a plum)
“Omizu ga arimasu” (There is mineral water)

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law in action

April 22, 2012

Di Bogor itu ada peraturan daerah yang melarang merokok di dalam angkutan umum. sticker peraturan ini di tempel di angkot-angkot di Bogor. Jadi kalau ketauan ada orang yg merokok, (termasuk supir angkotnya), mereka bisa di denda max Rp1juta.

Jumlah yang sangat besar! apa jumlah yang besar ini ampuh untuk menghentikan orang-orang merokok di angkot?

I dont think so. Fakta di lapangan masih banyak supir angkot yang ngerokok..

Aku punya teori. Coba denda ngerokok di angkot itu sekitar Rp10-20rb. Jangan cuma max Rp1juta, mana ada orang yang bakal ditarik uang 1juta gara-gara ketauan ngerokok diangkot? gak ada yang bawa uang 1juta di dompet. its absurd. jadinya hukuman denda cuma buat nakut-nakutin doang, bukan sesuatu yg feasible, only a bluff.

Coba bikin denda itu kisaran Rp10ribu-Rp20ribu. Stated and practiced. Penting untuk di canangkan, biar jelas. Gak jelas kalau cuma “max Rp1 juta.”

Polisi: Maaf pak, peraturan Kota Bogor tidak boleh merokok di dalam angkutan umum. Tolong matikan rokoknya. Dan karena telah melanggar, bapak diharap membayar denda sebesar 20ribu rupiah.

Didenda 20ribu rupiah sama polisi, orang-orang pasti bayar gak sih?

Enggak masalah denda kecil. Mungkin orang-orang bakal nganggap sepele peraturan ini dan terus melanggarnya. Tapi justru karena sepele, punishmentnya bisa dilaksanakan, setiap kali ada yang merokok di angkutan umum, tarik denda Rp20ribu dan suruh matikan rokoknya.

Kalau mereka sadar terhadap perda ini, baguslah. kalau mereka gak sadar-sadar, biarin aja. Toh mau berapa kali ngerokok sampai pada akhirnya kedenda Rp1juta juga?

little grains of sand would eventually become a hill 😉

ive just learnt nihongo grammar for the word “must”. interestingly there is no simple word that is translated as “must”. So the way is that u have to change the verb into negative form (add a “nai”) and then replace the last letter i with “kereba narimasen”.

example : you must go
nihongo: ikanakerebanarimasen. (ikimas –> ikanai)

the interesting part is, even “nakereba narimasen” doesnt meant must!

literally it means “its not right not to do something” = must.

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well, for me I can discover a lot of things about the Japanese people and culture just from this grammar 🙂

interesting, desho?