New Pages: March 2005

Thursday, March 31, 2005

étant nostalgique

Woke up with sorethroat cum period sickness, I chose to watch Amelie and take a day off from office.
Such a beautiful movie, Audrey Tatou was really pretty playing this good do-er Amelie.
I like the scene when her goldfish committed suicide…

In the afternoon, after lunch, tried to off for work, yet no strength to keep the spirit up, I decided to drive back—a bit dizzy—and tuck under my blanket.

It’s been like December these past fewdays.
Monsoon rain every afternoon in Bandung, with such a bad drainage no question if within minutes streets were flooded.
Plus the explosion of final dumping ground of Bandung at Leuwigajah early March, many garbage dumps all over Bandung were left stacked up.
My bro told me it happened once in New York decades ago, same issue, methane explosion. Looking for that news on internet but haven’t found any, maybe Bandung can learn something out of that.
It’s been weeks with smell of garbage all over cities. Disaster.

Today is my replying emails day.
Haven’t replied for ages to some old friends, I hope they still consider me exist.

Here a short article to prepare for tomorrow April Fools Day

There are several explanations for the origin of April Fools' Day, but here is the most plausible one. April 1st was once New Year's Day in France. In 1582, Pope Gregory declared the adoption of his Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian calendar and New Year's Day was officially changed to January 1st. It took awhile for everyone in France to hear the news of this major change and others obstinately refused to accept the new calendar, so a lot of people continued to celebrate New Year's Day on the first of April – earning them the name April fools. The April fools were subjected to ridicule and practical jokes and the tradition was born. The butts of these pranks were first called poisson d'avril or April fish because a young naive fish is easily caught. A common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke. This evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continues on the first day of April.

Felt a bit nostalgic today,
Run into my files and documents from Delft, found several mementos

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

mood of the days~

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

tic tac toe

Got 2 emails from Wolfgang today.
One is email, the other is auto-delivered comment of my Blog to my email.
Stunned? yes...quite enlighted, as usual!
danke! sie sind scharf!
what I've been busy with lately?
not much.
wake up, off to work, finishing some task, returning home or going to voluntary group I join just weeks ago.
sounds bored?
well, then you are fooled by my tone in this Blog.
tot andere keer~

Monday, March 21, 2005

~humming to Gilberto Gil

It’s been a while~
Once Sphinxku asked me
Too busy to update your blog?
Not busy actually,
Too many things yet I didn’t know what [or how?] to write them down.

Lost a big project
That’s one
Start to produce [and sell] family recipe’s kaya jam
That’s another
Trying hard to keep up with friends and life
Professional cum social worker?

What to say?
My life is ordinary
Not as this 25 years old Anne Ahira, you can read about her from this link

No no! I don’t envy her
I salute her for being so determined and focused.

What’s happening lately, disturb me most.
The keywords are: MORALITY and CULTURE
My opinion of these two words:
never confuse between them.

Why on earth am I talking about this?

Tell me, which is against morality or culture
Your personal email was accessed by strangers.
A unmarried couple decide to get married after they found the lady is pregnant, they’ve planned this and happy about it.
Suggestion to ban kissing at public places
Yes, it’s exist…it was on news!
A person that works for you keep giving excuses to postpone deadlines, when finally submit the task, it’s far from requirement.

Oh well…
You might say I’m making big fuss out of nothing.

Better then not updating my blog, isn’t it?

Wolfgang, I still couldn’t find Max Frisch anywhere…even in the biggest bookstore in Jakarta. Any suggestion?

Thursday, March 10, 2005

good news~

SMS from OQ:
Angga udah bangun, mata udah bereaksi.

It was morning, and that is a good news
This afternoon we went to visit Angga,
he was half conscious, under medication.
Yet he knew me and laugh weakly when I said that he made the whole Bandung panicking.
The nurse said his reactions are good, to voice, lights and senses.

when we stepped out the ICU, many people q-ing to see him.
Unfortunately time was up.
We were the last visitors today.
All we wait is the right time for him to go for brain operation.

But for now, we are happy to see him awake.
We thank God for this miracle...

welcome again Angga!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Life is fragile.

Last night a friend was taken to hospital.
Us—some of his friends—were there.
A blood nerve in his left brain was ruptured.

According to his colleague, Laksmi:
It was afternoon, around 1:30 PM.
At university—he is a master student—he was sitting, reading a literature
All of sudden he started to tremble, the whole body was shaking.
He lost his consciousness.
Since then, he has been unconscious though the whole body still quivers.

A minute before, he was still OK
A day before, another friend still had meeting with him.
A week before, he sent me a SMS about a job opportunity.

Just a year younger then me, maybe was also in his quarter life crisis?

No one ever thought this would happen
No precaution…no nothing.

Life is so damn fragile.
..and it is not for us to hold.

Angga, kita semua berdoa loe cepat sehat lagi.
Keep on fighting, friend. Don’t give up!

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Jakarta Java Jazz Festival

Bring the world to Indonesia
That was the slogan of this event.
Well yes, it was international jazz festival.
We—Robert, Esti, Victor and me—only went on Friday, 4 March 2005

Aiming Laura Fygi, our goal was set.
We got the front row seats.
She was marvelous, completely enchanting.
I wish I could upload a short record of her performance that night.
Yet, I can only post her pictures.

Laura Fygi with Jan at saxophone

diamonds....are girl's best friend!

come come...wanna see my diamond?

She was singing, dancing, joking, talking to audience…
It was a complete performance.

From Let there be love to Jobim’s Corcovado and their band’s song Rhythm
She was even teased the camera while singing Diamonds are girl’s best friend fluently imitated Marilyn Monroe sexy lips and hip.
Pretending have to call her husband in Holland, she made an audience lent her a cellphone. Then she again animated another song…
Hard to describe, all I can say she IS fabulous.

Other than that were Deodato, Michelle Nicole [a clear voice mainstream singer, unfortunately got a very bad stage], Ruth Sahanaya and Eric Bennet, Elfa’s Bossas, and Tiempo Libre [it was the last performance at 00:30 AM!!]

elfa bossas

tiempo libre

Unfortunately I missed Tania Maria. The room with 500 seats were packed by more then 1500 people I think. Hard to breathe, I chosed to get out from the assembly room instead of get fainted.

But in general, it was wonderful,
despite poor soundsystem arrangement—Tiempo Libre played perfectly without monitor speakers!!

Party was over at 2:00 AM, Victor and I off to Bandung.
We reached Bandung whilst the sun rose.

Remind me of my 2003 birthday present from myself,
North Sea Jazz Festival companied by a good friend.
The difference is, this JJJF was without Sari,
thus I have no dancing freak partner to dance with latino tempo!