My thoughts on 2014 Indonesian Presidential Election

Disclaimer : This post is surely based on my thoughts only and does not reflect my support towards a particular candidate. 🙂

This coming presidential election will be my 3rd election. I remember my first election, I was so excited to finally be able to vote, though I was not sure why I had to vote and who to vote.. voting at that time seemed cool, sort like some coming-of-age moment. I voted, but now I can’t remember who did I give my vote to. My second election was more or less the same. But this time I remember clearly that I did not vote. I was not satisfied with the current president at that time and since he’s running for his second period.. I did not want to vote for him. Nor did I want to vote for his opponent. So I came to the booth on election day, and deliberately gave my vote to all candidates – so my vote would be considered not valid. Not really proud, but that has happened.

This year, we will vote for our president in less than a week. As I’m not so much (if not at all) into politics, I had to admit that I haven’t been really paying attention to either candidates.. but I’ve been exposed to a lot of news about them. The thing is, in every social media I have, I see people posting about either candidate. BUT.. instead of posting the good things about their president of choice, most of them seem to frequently post negatively about the opponent. This makes me confused because I don’t know what to believe anymore. Should I believe that candidate number 1 is behind the 1998 tragedy? or should I believe that candidate number 2 is a “puppet”, steered by old political figure? I really can’t tell which to believe. 

So I posted a status in my facebook and ask if any of my friends have made their choice and would willing to share the reason to me, with hope that none of them would expose me to some kind of negative campaign. They did not! I was so happy to see a lot of comments coming in, and some even sent me direct messages with their solid reason to vote for their president of choice. NONE told me any negative news about the opponent. It looks like I’m friends with the right people 🙂 

Oh, one other thing that makes me so impressed – despite the mushrooming negative campaign, I also see bits and pieces of passionate posts from my generation! Good to see that so many young people are willing to give their time and effort to show their support towards a candidate. 

Just look at this music video from Jokowi’s supporters : 

or this video from Prabowo’s supporters : 

And then there’s also these people on Twitter who often tweets about their support for their president of choice. Though I see more (in my following list) declared their support towards Jokowi like @mrshananto, @jokoanwar, or @jflowrightthere (and also the creative hashtags which follows their tweets such as #akhirnyapilihjokowi or #salam2jari), I also came across these two young people (both younger than me) who passionately expressed their support towards Prabowo – @RizkiAljupri and @Dirgayuza…. and I salute all of them. It’s good to see diversity and freedom of expression, yes? 🙂

As for me? I still have not decided. I am what they call a swing voter, and I’ll take that. I’ll give myself a time to think carefully this weekend and will surely vote on July 9th. I just wish that whatever’s the result, things will be better for Indonesia. Happy voting, Indonesians! 🙂

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Dua bahasa

Saya, seperti kebanyakan orang Jakarta yang saya temui lainnya, sudah kehilangan kemampuan berbahasa Indonesia yang baik.

Saya lupa kapan terakhir kali saya berbicara dengan bahasa Indonesia yang baik dan benar. Di keseharian saya, saya hampir selalu berbicara dengan apa yang saya sebut dengan bahasa Jakarta. Bukan, bukan bahasa Betawi, tapi bahasa Jakarta. Bahasa ini saya sebut demikian, yang merupakan campuran bahasa Indonesia, bahasa Betawi, bahasa tidak baku (slang) dan juga bahasa Inggris.. Bahkan terkadang dicampur juga dengan beberapa istilah dari daerah lain (tergantung kepada siapa saya berbicara). Bingung kan? Iya, saya juga. Tetapi siapa sih yang masih menggunakan bahasa Indonesia yang 100% baik dan benar?

Ketika menulis, apalagi. Karena gaya menulis saya cenderung seperti sedang bercerita (apa sih istilahnya, naratif bukan?), dulu hampir selalu tulisan saya di blog mengalir begitu saja dengan bahasa yang campur aduk.. Alias bahasa Jakarta! Ketika saya baca ulang, pusing bukan main!

Ketika saya memutuskan untuk menulis blog dengan lebih serius di akhir tahun lalu, saya berpikir.. Bagusnya menulis dengan bahasa apa ya? Kalau saya tetap menulis dengan bahasa Jakarta, rasanya nyaman, karena itulah bahasa yang saya gunakan sehari-hari.. Tapi rasanya kok tidak adil bagi yang baca, karena pasti bentuknya bakal amburadul. Menulis dengan bahasa Inggris jadi pilihan yang rasanya tepat karena walaupun bukan native speaker dan kemampuan grammar yang masih perlu diasah, saya cukup merasa nyaman menulis dengan bahasa Inggris.

Tetapi.. Pada akhirnya saya kini memutuskan untuk juga menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia, agar saya bisa lebih belajar menggunakan bahasa Indonesia yang baik dan benar. Iya sih masih rada sulit untuk menulis dengan 100% bahasa Indonesia tanpa menggunakan istilah bahasa Inggris atau bahasa tidak baku (slang)… Tapi saya akan terus mencoba 🙂

N.B: kalimat terakhir saya, di otak saya maksudnya “i’ll keep trying though”.. ketika saya terjemahkan jadinya baku sekali yaaa hehehe.. :p

Music Lately

Last month I bought myself a new iPod nano, 16 gb (YAY!). The last time I had an iPod was back in 2009 before my good ol’ iPod classic (80 gb) decided to die on me. Ever since I only listened to music from my phone and online radio… while saving up to buy a new iPod.

I wanted to buy iPod classic due to its capacity but when I think of it again… the size makes it not easy to bring anywhere. I think I’m gonna buy one when I have my own place, and will just put it in an iPod dock and let it play good music all day long 🙂

Anyway, I decided to buy iPod nano instead (enough capacity, perfect size – easy to bring anywhere), and now that I’ve bought it.. I’ve been spending a lot of my free time browsing and listening to music.. and then choosing the songs that I’m going to put into this iPod.

And now.. Here are some songs and albums that I’m currently listening to :

Ed Sheeran – One (From the album “X”)
Ed Sheeran is back! this is indeed a sad but beautiful song..

Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (From the album “In the Lonely Hour”)
Many have said that he’s male Adele as he’s also British. I kinda agree.. his songs are somewhat similar to Adele’s but.. I still can’t help to fall for his voice. Very enjoyable song, and album!

Gabrielle Aplin – Home (from the album “English Rain”)
Another British singer I currently love..

Okay.. now it’s time for more upbeat songs :

RAC – Cheap Sunglasses  feat Matthew Koma (from the album “Strangers”)
They are coming to Jakarta! wooot! Sunday, August 24. Cant wait!

MO – Don’t Wanna Dance (from the album “No Mythologies To Follow”)
With its catchy beat, this song has been my current mood booster!

What do you think of these songs? Do check them out and hope you’ll love it as much as I am! 🙂

Kawinan di Indonesia

Post ini ditulis saat saya lagi nunggu boarding di bandara Sultan Hassanudin Makassar, ceritanya mau pulang ke Jakarta setelah business trip selama 1 hari (bentar banget ya!).

Dilihat dari judulnya, saya bukan akan nulis soal Makassar atau kerjaan saya disini, tapi soal kawinan!

Berawal dari iseng-iseng liat foto waktu malam minggu kemarin datang ke resepsi pernikahan (singkatnya kita sebut kawinan) teman di handphone, saya jadi kepikiran diskusi saya sama pacar.

Waktu itu saya lagi telponan sama pacar pas dijalan menuju ke sebuah kawinan. Dia bilang, “wah asik dong kamu bakal makan makan enak!” Saya bilang, “yah belum tentu sih.. Kalau masih ada.” Masalahnya saya kalau datang kawinan hobinya mepet, undangan jam 7-9 malam saya biasanya datang jam 8an.. Jadi salah saya sendiri sih kalau ngga kebagian makanan hehehe. Kalaupun datang cepat dan makanan masih melimpah, saya memang jarang bernafsu makan di kawinan, karena biasanya lebih sibuk haha-hihi atau foto-foto.

Ketika saya bilang gitu, pacar saya yang sudah lebih dari 10 tahun meninggalkan Indonesia itu jadi bingung kalau saya cerita ngga makan di kawinan, apalagi kalau saya ke kawinan numpang salaman sama pengantin nya doang lalu lanjut ke kawinan lainnya karena dapet 2 undangan sekaligus dalam sehari (rekor saya 4 kawinan dalam sehari! Hahaha).

Maklum, kalau di luar negeri tuh kawinan biasanya berupa sitting dinner ya, kayak di film-film gitu kan? Pokoknya pacar saya itu selalu cerita betapa melimpah dan enaknya masakan di kawinan. Hehehe.

Nah, kebetulan banget nih di kawinan yang malam minggu kemarin itu saya makan banyak! Hahaha, padahal lagi-lagi undangan jam 7 saya datangnya jam 8 lewat hampir setengah 9, tapi surprisingly makanan masih banyak, bahkan saya bisa makan main course sampai 2x hahahaha.

Saya jadi seru sendiri keasikan makan dan minta teman fotoin saya dengan makanan-makanannya untuk dikirim ke pacar 🙂 ini dia hasilnya…

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Kalo kamu yang di Indonesia, datang ke kawinan biasanya makan banyak atau ngga?

What happened in May

Hello! It’s been a while since my last post…

On my last post I managed to write about how my family was going to move into a new house. THAT happened – we are now settling in at our new home in South Tangerang area (which makes me officially a commuter because my work is in Jakarta :p). What I did not get to write was the fact that I had to move to another office as well, right at the same week with moving out from the old house!

The decision to move to another office happened quite of a sudden. I’m still an employee of the same company, but for the next 6 months I’ll be on a short term assignment in another business unit (that’s as simple as I can explain!).. therefore have to move office to Central Jakarta. What makes it ironic is that we moved to a house closer to my old office in South Jakarta – yet I have to move to a more distant office… sigh.

Anyway, while I am still adjusting to my daily commute and Jakarta’s hell of a traffic… I managed to escape for a while, twice! 😀
May was indeed a good month for travelers because in Indonesia we had so many public holidays. I went to Derawan islands , East Borneo with a group of friends, and the next week after went on a solo backpacking trip to Taipei.

Here’s a sneak peek of the pictures, before I write about those trips more detailed! 🙂

Sunriseee!
Sunrise at Maratua Island
In Taipei's Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall
In Taipei’s Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall

Until later! Promise I will write again soon! 🙂

On moving.

Quick update : My family is moving to a new house!!!

This is major to us, since we are moving from the first house that my parents bought during their marriage. We wanted to stay, but the house seems to get bigger and bigger as the family become smaller and smaller… so we made a brave decision – move out to a smaller house!

Though the discussion to move has been around since 2 years ago, we never really market the house seriously. We did not put ads – only casually mentions it to several friends and relatives. But then early this year we were approached by a serious buyer, had some negotiations… and then sealed the deal.

Then came the house-searching part. Boy it was sooo hard to find the “it” house! Location, price, neighborhood, design… all those things to consider really got me (almost) insane! hahaha. Being the first born, mum sort of handed over the nitty gritty stuff to me. But, finally we found “the one” and will move there early next month. Will tell stories on the new house later after we have settled in 🙂

It is sad to leave the house that I grew up in. At the moment I’m still covered with excitement of the new place.. but I know that deep down I’m going to miss my old house so much, considering that’s the only house I know when growing up. I still can’t imagine how I would feel on moving out day…. wish me luck!!

On arguments.

I’ve been having arguments with my boyfriend. We normally resolve our arguments within 24 hours, but this time it has been more than a day… and I still feel uneasy.

Couples argue all the time, don’t they? Sometimes it’s caused by something mundane, sometimes it’s extraordinary. It’s part of being in a relationship, and I accept that.

But being in a long distance relationship AND having arguments really got me tired. It’s not that I’m tired of him but I’m just tired of having arguments over the same thing over and over. Really.

Anyway.. any of you reading this currently in a LDR too? how do you resolve arguments?

It would be nice if we can resolve it over a nice discussion face to face, right? But since we can’t see each other.. normally I just sleep it off, or listen to cheesy songs.. like this one. :)))))