Friday, May 06, 2011

jittery heart

Jittery Heart
Yes, it's so hard to start ... everything ...

But, all I need is just one little baby step
And once I start it, it will roll and roll
Getting bigger and bigger
And suddenly, even before I realize it
It has become huge ... as huge as mountain, as huge as the world we live in
And in the end, we would already drink the wine from the ripe fruit
Just put a little faith on it, and it will grow so much stronger

But no matter what

All I need is just one little baby step

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

5 Months in Hiroshima - The City Downtown

The Cenotaph
( You can see the peace flame and A-Bomb Dome behind )

A-Bomb Dome
(The nuclear bomb was dropped near this building)

I'm back again ... But now even better.

I got scholarship to study in Hiroshima University of Economics from September to February. It's really a short time to know and learn about Japanese Culture.

As most of my friends said, Hiroshima is a quiet place. For a city, Hiroshima is really quiet compare to other big cities in Japan, like Kyoto, Osaka and of course Tokyo.
On the other hand, Hiroshima still keeps the tradition of Japan and people of Hiroshima, for me, still maintain the Japanese spirit and they represent, in many ways, Japan. They are conservatives. I remember my Sensei's in Japan saying. If foreign companies want to success in Japanese market, they have to be able to penetrate the Hiroshima region market first because this market is the hardest one.
If you are foreigner, and walk on the street. You will still find, people looking at you. There are still people who still not used to foreigners.

Though really quiet, but i like Hiroshima a lot. I like the kindness and politeness of the citizens. If you do something wrong in the public, like cutting the queue, people will still tolerate you and understand that you are foreigner.

Hiroshima city is beautiful place. If you like to just walk on the street without bumping on people, it is the right place. And as you walk to the city downtown, it will get more crowded. Hondori is the biggest shopping street in Hiroshima.

But for me, the main attraction is on Peace Memorial Park. This is the place where we can see the witness of human tragedy. The remainder of A-Bomb Dome, the closest building to the hypocenter of the nuclear bomb, standing still on the bank of river. The Cenotaph, Peace Flame and Peace Bell, all are located in the park. They are the monument that remind us of the tragedy created by nuclear weapon and also monument to unite us to create peace in the world.

There is also a museum about the nuclear bomb dropped in Hiroshima. If you have the chance to go to Hiroshima, don't forget to go to this place and rent the audio guide tape. It will give you full narrative description about the atomic bombing. You will be inspired about creating a peaceful world after you visit this museum.

One thing that i still remember. My friend from Hiroshima ( and of course he is Japanese ) told me that he didn't want Hiroshima to be famous by its atomic-bomb history, but by other stuff beside that. He wanted Hiroshima to become famous because of its Okonomiyaki or Miyajima Island, but not this sad-history thing. This really represents that Hiroshima people want to forget tragedy that had happened to them, and want to leave it behind.

Friday, November 05, 2010

My Scramble Eggs

It's been so long since the last time i wrote. But many things have happened in my life.
One of my dreams have come true now, i'm living in my dream now. I am in Japan !!!
And, surely, this new environment affects me alot. But, something woke me and remind me of who really i am.

The eruption of mount Merapi. It's like a wake up call. There might be my family or my friend who become the victim of Merapi.

My feeling is like a scramble egg now. All i can do is just pray.
Ya Allah, Please my family, friend, and my Jogja.....
Give us strength to get through this ...
Pray for Jogja
Pray for Indonesia


Friday, August 14, 2009

Financial Crisis: Perspective and Solutions from Islamic Economics

Today, August 14, is being held a seminar by LEBI (Laboratorium Ekonomika dan Bisnis Islami) Faculty of Economics and Business Gadjah Mada University in Pasca Sarjana UGM. This seminar is held by colaboration with IRTI (Islamic Research and Training Institution) of Islamic Development Bank. As speakers are Dr Umer Chapra and Dr Mohammed Obaidullah, and as moderator is Dr Edi Purnawan. This seminar is a mukadimah seminar of MoU between Gadjah Mada University and IRTI.
Dr Chapra is well-known for his works in Islamic Economics and Financial, and he has publised several books and some of them have became basic reference for graduate students.
And Dr Obaidullah is an economist at IRTI of IDB. He is, especially, an expert in Islamic Microfinance. As the moderator, Dr Edi Purnawan, is a lecture in Gadjah Mada University. And last but not least, as keynote speaker is Bambang P S Brodjonegoro. He was ex-Dean of Faculty of Economics of Indonesia University, and now become Chief of IRTI of IDB.
I will post, on this blog, some materies from this seminar and substances that the speakers have presented. Hopefully it will usefull.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Define "Terrorism"

For many years, the definition of terrorism has become a debate. An act cannot be considered as terrorism without any clear understanding of what is terrorism.

In general, terrorism is defined as an act that create terror or violent to other people and cause death or bodily injury.

But sometimes, one is doing a violence to defend himself or to others good. And since any violence is an counter-terrorism, then he would become a terrorist. If we accept that kind of understanding, then people who has given a lot of contribution to our world would become terrorist too.

That's why, an international definition of terrorism has been proposed. The first noticeable attempt to define terrorism arose from The League of Nations. Terrorism was defined "all criminal acts directed against a State and intended or calculated to create a state of terror in the
minds of particular persons or a group of persons or the general public".

And then, in scholarly community, many proposals have been made. One of them that was noteworthy was made by Alex P. Schmid and A. J. Jongman in 1988. They defined terrorism as,
“Terrorism is an anxiety-inspiring method of repeated violent action, employed by (semi-) clandestine individual, group or state actors, for idiosyncratic, criminal or political reasons, whereby—in contrast to assassination—the direct targets of violence are not the main targets. The immediate human victims of violence are generally chosen randomly (targets of opportunity) or selectively (representative or symbolic targets) from a target population, and serve as message generators. Threat- and violence-based communication processes between terrorist (organization), (imperiled) victims, and main targets are used to manipulate the main target (audience(s)), turning it into a target of terror, a target of demands, or a target of attention, depending on whether intimidation, coercion, or propaganda is primarily sought.”
The last definition has been used internationally.

my life phase

A few days ago, i celebrated my birthday. And it was really meaningful to me. I learned a lot of things.

But most of all, i had to thanx to my friends. I knew that i screwed up everything for last days. But you guys, were always forgive me.

In my contemplation days. I found that i can't make other to act just the way that i want. They have their own mind and will. I just need to focus on my goal. And confident to my self that i will make it.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

i watched this movie like two days ago. And i think that this movie is a great movie. It has cool effects, interesting story, dramatic teen-love story, overall it's an exciting movie. Or at least i didn't feel disapoint like i felt for the fifth movie.
But i have to say that, like other series, the movie doesn't represent the real story of the book, or at least the title. I mean the title is "...Half Blood Prince" right? And i think the movie doesn't tell much of it. So i think the audience who hasn't read the book will not really get it ( i
know, maybe you think "who on earth hasn't read the book?" sister is. But she loves the movie series so much, and for the implication, i have to explain to her the complete stories)
I know that movies and books are different, we can write everything on the books. But movies also good on visualization.
But overall, like i said, it's a worthy movie to watch. :D