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The Questions #4

14 Oct

It’s the celebration of sacrifice tomorrow, where Moslems will do the prayer in the morning at most mosques and fields or any open spaces, then they will their sacrifice slaughter of cattle and sheep as the symbol of their devotion to the sacrifice of their spiritual predecessors, the messenger, the father of The Book People, Abraham.

Thus, in the spirit of sacrifice and self-devotion:

1. Have we been sincere about giving our best craft to others?

2. Do we value things more than people?

3. What are the deeds we are going to do to day as if all will prevail and success as blessed by God?


The Questions #3

11 Oct

How did you go on yesterday’s questions? Feeling any better? Yesterday’s question was actually based on happiness theory, that if you can grab happiness here and now, the decision is yours. Based on Anik’s work on HBR (Anik, L. and friends, HBS. 2012) that the more you give the happier you are. The more you’re being grateful of what you have the happier you are, and the more you learn the more you feel better about yourself (that you don’t lose your ability to learn yet of course).

For today let’s dig more about learning and self-development.

1. What can I improve about my craft today? How to get better, faster, bigger, more unique, more accurate, etc,.?

2. What information can I teach to others that improves their life?

3. Have I been humble enough to believe that I can learn at least one thing from everyone?

The Questions #2

10 Oct

So how was yesterday, how did you show your love? How did you encourage others? What did you remember about yesterday?

Maybe you start asking why do we really have to ask those question to ourselves. Life is just too short not to show the first question on our list. Many people have regretted their last meeting to the people they love simply because of that. I understand that we are only human, we make mistakes, we are over our limit, we are raging sometimes. However, please remember that we love those people and we simply do not know everything they are thinking.

As we love people, we want them to do more good than harm to ourselves and others. Admit it, nobody wants to be the real bad guy, the motives are always lie behind economical –> family. Not to forget there is some personal glory, but hey do you want to be remember as a dad that sold drugs? Do you want to be remembered as a friend that lurk other to the dark valley? Do you want to be on the newspaper with your hand cuffed and head down? As we do more encouragement to others to do good, we actually remind ourselves to do the same.

I have read once that good memories are created. We plan for it, it doesn’t just happened like that. Simply do our part. I was planning my weekend with my girlfriend about a year ago. She took an effort to create a good memory by cooking at the house, I remember the food, I remember the warmth feeling at that moment, and I love her for her creativity. Remember, it only take us a short moments of our life to do the planning, to think of something different, to create memories. Try and see the effect on others.

OK, here is the second batch:

1. What do I appreciate about my life this morning?

2. What can I do to give some hope to others today?

3. How can I learn from others today?


The Questions #1

9 Oct

I’ve been thinking that all this while my effort of applying for jobs at the neighbored Country doesn’t seem to be fruitful.  This, in fact is another way for me to get there.

I once told my friend that many times, problem occurred not because we could not get the solution, it simply because we were asking the wrong question. That friend asked again, what was the question? I said that it depends on the situation you are in.

So, here are a few question you can ask yourself this morning (retrieved from Ogilvy):

1. How can I show my love to those I love?

2. How can I encourage myself and others today?

3. What would I like to remember about today?

Proud to work now!

30 Aug

My boss is not here for a moment… shhtt!!! Hhaha, I’ve done my flowchart anyway. Arrghh… haven’t set any meeting with JTK (Jabatan Tenaga Kerja) and JIM (Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia) for next week!!! Couldn’t get through their phone.. hufthh… Still waiting for Franco from his meeting, maybe on Tuesday. OK, confirmed.

Working in a big multinational company feels different. I used to work at small comnpanies, or subsidiary of a local company before. The challenges are different. This time my boss won’t let me fall asleep bored of the day, she keeps pushing instead, follow ups are at least twice a day.

Furthermore, I’m proud to be here. First job is to make a proposal reducing our working hours, done and cleared. The presentation should be around next month. Another one is to help her to recruit Indonesian as elevator installer, as the pool is smaller here [Indonesia has more than 250 Mill of people, of course we have a bigger pool, doesn’t mean a better one though].

It is the challenges, the push from my boss [straight reporting to Director], and of course the money that lured me further in, strengthen my committment to ensure I gain my knowledge, skill, and attitude capital. This boss from the beginning stated that I’m not here to be a clerk, entrying data, but to push myself further through challenging works.

People say we live in dualism, we need to see poor to claim what rich is, need to understand pain to appreciate pleasure, and need to experience evil to comprehend angel. Lemme tell you, the previous working experience, working 11 hours per day – 6 days a week was totally hell. As soon as my director said during interview that the working hour is about 9 hours per day, I felt relieve. Crunching my brain for 9 days, sitting in front of computer, talk to people, not a big deal. The problem is, there’s no such thing for your brain to get a long break.. “keep asking ‘what’s next’ to get this work done” is my boss’ punch line.

It’s like a pathlight now.. The paved way is visible, the direction is clear, but what are laid ahead.. mystery or miracle.. are within the unknown. Oh what the heck.. There is no use to worry too much about the future as the fear of something is always worse than the thing itself.. Those who failed to plan, plan to fail… Stay focus on necessary action.. and leave the world better than we found it.

Ciao…. 😀


How mad we are…

21 Sep

Every single of us, falls on the spectrum of insanity in which we have a lil bit madness… Some of us are obsessed with drugs, sex, controls, foods, games, relationships, security, you name it. Others are banging their heads on the wall, some other close their eyes on the trance-music and got high just in the snap of fingers.

We all have our own dark side, none of us have the right to say that we are the right human being for other to be followed and inspired of. We put our ‘moral’ mask when we go out of our door to be accepted by our societies, wherever we are. We put the walls around us to avoid being observed by the police of moral that will judge us by our appearance, the way we walk, the way we talk, or even fire that comes trough our eyes, no matter how saturated or vivid it is.

Life is a miracle and a mystery at the same time. You’ll never know what’s inside the head of your loved ones, you can never judge the farmer of yourself until their slaughter you and at that time, it’s already too late to avoid the devastation that happened, name it physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

So maybe this is the time for us to appreciate the silent and stillness, to think peacefully of where we are, where are we going, who are our true friends on the thin and thick, or maybe just to savor the element of silent and stillness that is referred as oasis in this frenetic pace of our world today.

First Draft: Done!!!

7 Jun

One month and ten minutes. Eventually, days after days, waking up untill 3-4 o’clock in the morning, doing these papers (not THAT doing!), compiling it up, paraphrasing, analyzing, trying to make connections, and the most boring job on earth: REFERENCING!!! finally done! I feel relieved. Is it satisfying? for the first hours, yes, but now? I don’t really know what I’m gonna do. And I know, research is not my strength, my ass is not meant to be seated in front of laptop or any machines all day long, and get some money from that.

One said, that greatest dreamer’s dreams never fulfilled, it’s always transcended, it never stops. It’s never ending pursuit, rooted from the thirst of a better life, not for himself, but to see his basic loftier ambition of leaving a good legacy for other human being. For the people he loves, family, friends, and community.

I did one thing anyway, after I’ve done my first draft, which made me feel good for any longer than that one month and ten minutes of struggle, this: Seashore!

For now on, Fete de La Musique is around the corner, gotta be prepared for that. I’m thinking of using the dubstep to cover my rythm section since we dont have any drummer for any moment, much limitations on that I realized, indeed. For the end of this week, DiGi leaps coming. And right after 19th (FDLM 2011), is the time to go to meet the challenge!

I’m planning to go to Perlis, on foot, or maybe on bicycle. Lets see if I can get any lender. The mission is to understand the real culture of Malaysia during the trip, to enter the realm of South East Asian wisdom, Chinese, Indians, and Melayu are here, what can I expect more? To alleviate the discriminations (what kind of moron who are still discriminative nowadays, we’re not living in the traditional monarch world anymore. To strengthen Indonesia-Malaysia relationship. Preparation: GPS (which is tested to be not too accurate), reading materials, camera (maybe I’ll post some vlog on youtube during the trip), some clothes, toiletries and a laptop.