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Monday, December 26, 2011

A Christmas Letter

Dear All,

As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday.  Every year there is a celebration in my honor and I think that this year the celebration will be repeated.
During this time there are many people shopping for gifts, there are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking that my birthday is getting closer and closer.
It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of me.
As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years ago.
At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration.
Family and friends get together and have a lot of fun, but they don’t know the meaning of the celebration. I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates. The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts.
But, do you want to know something? I wasn’t invited.
I was the guest of honor and they didn’t remember to send me an invitation.
The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in my face and I wanted to be with them and share their  table.
In truth, that didn’t surprise me because in the last few years all close their doors to me. Since I wasn’t invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner.
They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a grand time.
To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho!  He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying:  ”Santa Claus, Santa Claus” as if the party were in his honor!
At midnight all the people began to hug each other; I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me and do you know no-one hugged me.
Suddenly they all began to share gifts.  They opened them one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for me.  What would you feel if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one?
I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left.
Every year it gets worse.  People only remember the gifts, the parties, to eat and drink, and nobody remembers me.
I would like this Christmas that you allow me to enter into your life.
I would like that you recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago I came to this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you.
Today, I only want that you believe this with all your heart.
I want to share something with you. As many didn’t invite me to their party, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no one has ever imagined, a spectacular party. I’m still making the final arrangements.
Today I am sending out many invitations and there is an invitation for you.  I want to know if you wish to attend and I will make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters in my great guest book.
Only those on the guest list will be invited to the party.
Those who don’t answer the invite, will be left outside. Be prepared because when all is ready you will be part  of my great party.
See you soon.
Jesus Christ

Friday, October 21, 2011

Spouse Criteria

I have made this before actually..
But I only mentioned this in my prayer..
When I saw my senior high school's post about this, I kind of re-thought again, "why don't I wrote it down?"
There's not much criteria in my list though.. Here they are:

1) A "newborn" man
It's not newborn in literally..
A Godly man must have understood this..
It really is the basic..

2) Love Daddy JC more than anything
When I wrote "more than anything" it means "more than his family and more than me also"..
Extreme? No..
A man like this, I won't ever worry about his loyalty, his maturity, his manner, or everything..
Why is this included in my criteria?
Because "true love" can only be felt with Daddy JC..
If someone has felt the "true love", he/she can apply it to others, including his/her family and also his/her life partner..

How could I know he is a newborn man and love Daddy JC more than anything?
I myself have to build deep relationship with Daddy JC because I know He already prepared me the one..
I only have to wait and prepare myself..
So that when the time come, I could see who the one is..

A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her. ~ Anonymous

3) A worshipper
I think every creature is made to worship..
It's not that he must has a good voice or can play music instrument..
He only must love to worship Him in every single thing he does..

4) Support my passion

It would be so nice if he love kids like I do..
But I don't ask for that..
I only want him to support my passion..
Because Daddy JC has gave me this passion and I really am willing to sacrifice a lot for this passion..

One important thing:
I have been taught that if I have some criterias for my life partner, I must have already had those criterias in me..
Because a couple should have the same spiritual life level..
Because when we get married, there is no more "my life" or "your life"..
There's only "our life"..
Since they are no longer two but one,” ~ Matthew 19:6a (New Living Translation)
Isn't this verse always be said in a Christian wedding?
And "our life" must be managed to be closer and closer to Daddy JC..

I want to share these two good blogs to be read by singles out there:

Be blessed~ :)

Why People?!

Yueyue, Chinese toddler struck in hit-and-run, reported brain dead
by Elizabeth Flock

A Chinese toddler who was ignored by 18 passersby and left in the street after she was run over twice is now brain dead, doctors said Wednesday.

A state-run paper China Daily, however, is still confidently reporting that Yueyue is alive. Her “blood pressure and heart beat shows signs of stability,” their most recent story reads.

Is it possible that China’s censors are at work? It’s unclear, as state-run news agency Xinhua is reporting her death.

Either way, Yueyue’s story does not look good for the government.

The seven excruciatingly long minutes in which 18 people decide not to help a bleeding two-year-old girl lying in the road make China look like anything but the “harmonious society” President Hu Jintao has envisioned.

Yueyue is also not seeing any kind of miraculous turnaround, like the one China was able to celebrate for Xiang Weiyi, a toddler who survived the fatal bullet train crash in July and just started to walk again. (Watch a video of Weiyi in the the train five minutes before the fatal crashhere.)

Instead, Yueyue is now “in a deep coma and clinically brain dead,” according to doctors quoted by Xinhua. Yueyue’s parents are facing the decision about whether to turn off the life support machine that is keeping her alive.

There may be one similarity between the hit-and-run and the bullet train crash, however, and that is the media crackdown their cases may have inspired.

After reporters began aggressively covering the July train crash, which killed at least 40 people, government censors demanded the media stop writing about it. Most newspapers soon switched to upbeat reporting on other stories.

A commenter on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, wrote at the time: “Why have the people been robbed of the right to know? How long do they want to hide. ... We won't accept being treated like idiots.”

In Yueyue’s case, a media crackdown seems possible because of the legions of people calling for better legal protection for Good Samaritans. A prevalent fear in the country is that those who help the injured will be blamed for the injuries. Much of this has to do with a 2006 case in which a man who helped an elderly woman to the hospital was dragged to court by her family and made to pay a large share of her medical bills.

Conflicting reports about Yueyue support the idea that censorship of Yueyue’s story has already begun.

There are the conflicting reports on China Daily and Xinhua, two agencies controlled by the government, about whether or not Yueyue is alive.

There is also China Daily’s story Tuesday, in which it was reported the drivers who hit Yueyue had not seen her on the road, and were sorry for their mistake. The Shanghaiist blog, reported a totally different story the same day, writing that one of the drivers had admitted to trying to escape before anyone saw him and attempted to bribe Yueyue’s father to stay quiet.

China Daily also reported that the many passersby hadn’t noticed Yueyue lying on the street, while the video makes it very clear at least some of them did.

As after the July train crash, if government censors are making an attempt to silence information about Yueyue, they aren’t doing a very good job.

Lu Yuegang, a former investigative reporter for the Party-run China Youth Daily, told Reuters back in July: “These days, efforts to seal off the flow of opinion can't work like it did before.”

(Find out how you can help Yuuyue and her family here.)

Article is taken from Washington Post: BlogPost.

A message for Yue Yue:
Even though I don't know about your current condition.
But I just want to say: Fighting Yue Yue!! >O<
Many people loves and supports you out there!

A message for people out there (especially for Guangdong, China society):
Is that because of this?
Many people have argued that the reason so many people did not help Yueyue is because of the prevalent fear that those who help the injured in China will be blamed for the injuries. Much of this has to do with a 2006 case in which a man who helped an elderly woman to the hospital was dragged to court by her family and made to pay a large share of her medical bills (quoted from latest Elizabeth Flock's article - 10/20/2011).
Come on PEOPLE. What's up with your conscience?!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Another Chance to Learn

I've been thinking much lately..
And I'm yearning to share it to all of you..
It's about my spiritual life..
Suddenly, I'm kind of aware of the different between the period when I have a good communication with Him and the period when I don't..
Back when I was in high school until the second year in campus, I can say I have a close enough relationship with our Big Daddy..
I could feel the situation around me is very calm and comfort, I found a long-lasting peace in my heart, I could sense His grace every single day in my life.. It's awesomely beautiful..
Especially in my second semester, I found the braveness to ask my parents to do our family altar again (we once had our family altar when I was in the 6th grade, but it stopped)..
At this time, I really feel that every family should have their own family altar..
Why? Because based on what I have experienced, I learn so much in it..
In the family altar, me, my father, and my mother share all problems/ struggle we currently have..
Then we share our opinion, exchange ideas, and most important of all we strengthen each other through our prayer..
I could know more about what a finance manager do at work (it's my mom.. hahaha..)
I learn more about my mom and dad's character, learn to be a good listener, to solve a problem, and how to see thing from two perspective so I could be a good mediator whenever my mom and dad got a conflict (you can also read my old post)..
Well, although my brother used not to join our family altar, but we always pray for him so that someday he could join us..

Okay, let's back to the main topic..
About few months before my brother had the accident, our family altar has stopped again and my relationship with Big Daddy started to become apart..
My morning prayer was still on but it became more infrequent..
I'm so thankful when the accident happened, I chose the right path, which is to stand firm in my faith..
Yup, that's the only thing that help me to fight on..
Maybe somebody thought I was already crazy because I always smile and laugh whenever I talked about my brother.. But that's my "tangible" faith..
As time went by, my brother was getting better while my personal relationship with Him was getting messed-up..
I was just keeping my faith but I didn't have a good communication with Him..
I realize that I was so wrong! James 2: 26 (KJV) said "For as the body without the spirit is dead so faith without works is dead."
Yes, I did feel the impact..
I didn't find peace or comfort in my heart, I easily got afraid and worried on something, I lost the confident in me..

However, those two periods have taught me much..
I felt like I'm reaffirmed that I just couldn't stay away from Him.. I could do nothing without Him..
I'm reminded to stay focus on my priority, stand firm in my faith, whatever it takes..
I also learn that human skill, maturity, achievement, success, are all grace from Him..
We actually don't have anything to be proud about or anything to be jealous about..
"Don't have anything to be proud about" does not mean you have to be a person with low self esteem..
Contrarily, it means that you have to be proud of every small things you've achieved but don't let your pride makes you become a condescending person..
Most of all, I learn that a good communication with Him really is a MUST..
I remember the story about Maria and Martha..
The first thing Jesus want from us is not our service.. He just wants us to stay still under His presence and try to listen what He really want from us.. Therefore, it needs a deep relationship to be able to listen to His voice..
I'm still learning now.. I just need to be focus and makes Him to be the center of all my activity in life.. Difficult?
Well, I think that word depends to our will and perspective.. ;)

 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ ~ Matthew 7: 21-23 (New Living Translation).

Engkau menyebut AKU Jalan, tetapi tidak mengikuti AKU...

Engkau menyebut AKU Terang, tetapi tidak melihat AKU...

Engkau menyebut AKU Guru, tetapi tidak mendengarkan AKU...

Engkau menyebut AKU Sahabat, tetapi tidak pernah memperhatikan AKU...

Engkau menyebut AKU TUHAN, tetapi tidak melayani AKU...

Engkau menyebut AKU Kebenaran, tetapi tidak percaya kepada AKU...

Jangan engkau heran, jika suatu saat nanti AKU tidak mengenal engkau !! (Matius 7 : 23) ~ quoted from here

Maybe many times before He has taught me all those things..
I really am grateful He gave me another chance to learn again.. :)
As long as we live, we are learning.. Right?!
That's why there's such thing called "school of life"..
And before He promotes us to enter the next grade, He tests us..
I hope next time He test me, I'll past.. :))

Not to forget, I wanna say "Happy Eid Mubarak for all who celebrates! ^^"

(Picture is taken from here)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Our Creation

This is it...
As I promised before, I will make a special post about our (I & my colleague) STOP-MOTION project assignments... Enjoy! :)

Created by Isabella, Devijanty, Lydwina, Alvin, Sherlya, Giovani, Marlin

Created by Anne, Audi, Febrian, Indri, Vita, Niko, Devina, and me :)

As you watch this, just be patient.. The stop-motion is in the end of the video.. ;p
Created by Moses, Victor, Reynaldi, Onde, Bartimeus, Adhi

And this is my senior high school friend's (Finda) personal creation :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

It's Been A Long Time

I think I made this post in 2010..
All this time it's saved as draft file.. hehe
I bet some of you, especially you movies addict, sure won't pass it by.. ;p
Hmm.. I'm kinda lazy to make reviews..
So I'll just leave my short comment for each of those..

This time is an India movie which has many moral lesson inside..
It's about loving what you do..
Not for pride, not for money, not for appreciation from people, or else..
Long storyline but definitely NOT boring.. Trust me, you'll like it! :)

Next is true story about an inventor of intermittent windshield wiper named Robert Kearns..

Because of his invention, he involved in a patent infringement case against Ford Motor Company..
Don't you think it's cool?! A man against a company..
I think if Robert Kearns weren't a "crazy" man, he would never win the case..
Do you know, he even got divorced because of this 12 years case... Wew..
I salute him, though..

I salute his kids also :)

Let's move on then.. This one is a Lifetime Television film about foster kids in America..

You should know that most of America's foster kids, after they reach 18 (which means they are no more under the charge of government foster care), end up homeless, in jail, or dead..
I dyingly wanna be like Dr. B in this movie..
I just imagine one day I will take real action for children's rights..
I used to have an ambition about adopting a child when I grow up..
And I think it's still valid.. :)

Now it's time for Disney movie!! Yay! In Indonesia, the title is Rapunzel..

I heard in the other country the title is still Tangled..
My college friend said its purpose is to attract people to watch because the title "Rapunzel" is more familiar..
Hmm, I think that make sense..
Furthermore, this Rapunzel is kinda unique..
Even the prince is way different.. xD
I absolutely will feel a pity for every children who haven't watch this awesome Disney movie..
Hey parents, how about your kid?! :)

A story about troubled teenager who is imprisoned by the local police in his own house..
I forget why he got imprisoned..
Instead of doing nothing, he started to spy his neighbourhood with a binocular..
And that's when his love life begin, followed by a threat from a fugitive killer..
Unique storyline, huh?!

Another Lifetime's film about Christmas! :))
A poor 9 years old Emily is just left by her mother in a car accident..
She is taken by a child agency worker, Patricia Addison (usually called Patty)..
Emily stays in Patty's house while Patty is looking for Emily's mom relatives..
During this time, Emily indirectly help Patty making peace with her lousy past..
Maybe you can guess the end of the story..
In my opinion, this movie suitable to be watched with your whole family members in a warm-nice Christmas eve.. :)
One more thing.. The Emily character here is so cute.. ^^

I love Kate Hudson's & Dane Cook's act here..
Okay I will tell you a short review for this one..

Kate Hudson plays as Alexis, a successful-single career woman. While Dane Cook plays as Tank, a help line operator who often help guys in winning or losing a girl. *Weird way to help~* Until his own step cousin, Dustin (Jason Biggs) who has a crush on Alexis, ask for his help. Actually Dustin likes Alexis since they went to the same college, but Alexis doesn't feel the same way. Alexis find herself falling in love with Tank without knowing that Tank is Dustin's step cousin. And Tank feels the same for Alexis. Yeah, big fight happens between Tank and Dustin when Dustin find out before Tank has a chance to tell him. Feeling so bad toward Dustin, Tank starts to act like a jerk in front of Alexis and her family on Alexis' sister wedding day. He does that so Alexis would hate him and return to Dustin. His plan seems to work well. Alexis breaks up with him, but it doesn't open a way for Dustin.

Well, love can't lie.. :p

You see the short statement on the top of the poster?
"Some guys just can't handle Vegas" xD
Yup, that's what this movie's all about..
Those three (actually four) guys really got a hangover day at Las Vegas..
Curious?? Hehehe..

I adore Chow Yun Fat in this movie.. He plays as Master Roshi, a wise yet dirty old man..
Master Roshi is the one who teach Goku a powerful spell, Kamehameha..
I rarely (maybe have never) see him playing a comedy scene..
A bit weird to me, but he did make me laugh.. x)
The storyline is just like the other Dragonball live action movie: collect the seven dragon balls, fight Piccolo, revive the dragon Shen Long, and make one wish..
The different here is: the Goku character comes from modern life; he and his lover, Chi Chi, goes to college; no flying nimbus; and different wish to Shen Long..

Sandra Bullock.....
Hah, she always got the show..
She plays as a business woman who got engaged to her assistant by accident for the sake of saving her business..
Everyone knows, what started wrong won't end well..
But again, love change everything..
Then.. Tada~ Everyone wants an happy ending, right?! You got it here.. :)

Ah.. I heart the cover..
What is Angus? Angus is the cat.. Yes, cat with the black flat cap..
The girl on the center is Georgia Nicholson (Georgia Groome)..
And her three friends are Rosie (Georgia Henshaw), Jas (Eleanor May Tomlinson), and Ellen (Manjeeven Grewal)..
The boy holding the guitar is the boy who is chased by Georgia..
His name is Robbie (Aaron Johnson).. He is so handsome here.... @.@
Basically this story is about a 14 years old teenager who learns about family togetherness, love life, and friendship from her life experience..
Simple storyline but still there's a moral lesson inside..
You'll learn about managing your priority in life, accepting who you truly are, putting aside your ego, and valuing friendship..

Well, Tim Burton never failed.. Haha..
Quite an imagination.. Great animation..
Its storyline is based on a novel by Neil Gailman titled the same..
One interesting thing from this movie is the doppelgänger..
What is it? According to Wikipedia, in fiction or folklore, a doppelgänger is a tangible double of a living person that typically represents evil..
But actually there's a scientific explanation for it..
It was found by Shahar Arzy and colleagues of the University Hospital, Switzerland, that the doppelgänger phenomenon can be stimulated by applying electrical stimulation to the left temporoparietal junction of someone's brain..
It's also often linked to monothematic delusion which can occur with/without some mental illnesses like schizophrenia or dementia, else caused by organic disfunction like traumatic brain injurystroke, or neurological disorder..
The fact tells that some well-known people, including Abraham Lincoln, have felt this phenomenon..
O yeah, for you who watch The Vampire Diaries TV series, you can also find the doppelgänger phenomenon there.. ;)

Pretty little Anna Chlumsky and geeky little Macaulay Culkin..
They plays in this 1991 film as two best friend, Vada Sultenfuss and Thomas J. Sennett..

Vada is a 9 years old tomboy girl and suffer from hypochondriasis (this one makes the funny scene. Imagine a 9 years old kid visit the doctor by herself every day for regular check-up. And she talks like she has a serious disease.. xD Oh, I forgot to tell you  that the movie's genre is comedy-drama..). She has a widower father, Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd), who works as funeral director as well as funeral parlorVada's mother was already dead when giving birth to Vada and because of that, Vada often thinks that she has killed her own mother (Poor girl..). Beside her father, there's also an invalid grandmother whom is Vada care for and who suffer from Alzheimer disease (What a life..). Sometimes we think life is not fair. Even a 9 years old girl w/ that kind of life must handle death of someone close to her (I mean not her mother, but another someone.. I cried at this  scene.. :'(). But one thing for sure, Vada learns many things from event to event happens in her life. Those events definitely help Vada to grow up into a more mature girl.

My opinion about this movie? I'll let you guess it from my short review.. ;p

Spanglish is a story about an American family man, John Clasky (Adam Sandler), who fall in love with a Spanish woman, Flor Moreno (Paz Vega), that moves to his house as a housekeeper by request of his wife, Deborah Clasky (Téa Leoni)..
Why? Because his wife is fond of the Flor's daughter, Christina Moreno (Shelbie Bruce)..
She is such a bad figure for a mom..
She treats someone's daughter better than her own daughter just because her daughter doesn't fulfil her expectation..
And she cheats on her husband.. Haiz..
Fortunately, there's granny! I mean Deborah's mother, Evelyn Wright (Cloris Leachman)..
At first I don't really get the statement in the poster "every family has a hero"..
But now I know.. For me, Evelyn is the hero of Clasky family..
And for Moreno family, I think Flor is the hero..
I heart Flor character.. In contrast with Deborah, she represents a strong-loving mother figure..

Shelbie Bruce & Paz Vega
Beautiful mom and daughter in Spanglish :)

To be continued~ :p