Winning Our Self

Last week one of my best friend, Nita, came to Jakarta. She was my work mate when I was in Parigi, Central Sulawesi. At my previous company, she handled logistic things, include our stomaches! Haha! She enjoy handle events, publications, and other external relationship.

Outside office hours, she is also my good friend. At the end of the week, we will find another friends just to feel the sea wind, the crazy jellyfish on our skin, or grab fresh coconut from the tree. At night, when I felt really hungry, I will call her and she will pick me up to her house and had dinner with her family. Haha!

Just like another uptown girl, she looked very exciting with all the things in this Capital city Of Indonesia, Jakarta. Started with malls, buildings, giant supermarket, restaurants, etc. She was also suprised with the prices. She can find a blouse with a very unvelievable low price (20k IDR or 1,7 USD) until very unbelievable high price (2000k IDR or 171 USD). She took picture at every single place she stops, until at one day suddenly the memory card is full and she can’t take picture unless she removed some of her pictures. Hahaha!

She was buying everyting! Shirts, tshirts, pants, shoes, sandals, even candies! Just name it. Please note, that she can buy several shirt, same model, different colour. Even my self don’t buy that much since my first day in Jakarta until today. Hahaha! This is the first time I see the real shopaholic with my own eyes. By her 4th day, we send her stuff by package delivery for around 10kg.

Each night when we went back to my room, she felt sorry for buying stuff so much and promise that she will not shopping the next day. She said,”Tomorrow I will not shopping. Taking picture only.” Somehow at the next day, she forgot her promise and started buying anything. Hahaha. Cute Nita!

I guess that thing happen to everyone’s life. You know what I mean? Feeling sorry but keep doing that? We are totally know and understand that gossiping is not good but somehow we still gossiping! That is just a very simple example. I guess what I am try to telling you that our biggest enemy is not our friend, is not the circumtences, is not the bad guy, but our own self. No matter what happen around you, as long you can lead your self, you’ll be the one who decide your own destiny, together with God of course.

Winning yourself means winning the world.

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Winning Our Self

Listening to A Clare Benediction by The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter & City of London Sinfonia

When you sleep may His angels watch over you.
When you wake may He fill you with His grace.
May you love Him and serve Him all your days.
Then in heaven may you see His face. ūüôā

Listening to A Clare Benediction by The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter & City of London Sinfonia

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Listening to A Clare Benediction by The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter & City of London Sinfonia

Colorful Life

It is always really sad attending funeral pray session. ¬†This time I accompany my friend Rini, attending her best friend family’s funeral. The one who died is a wife of fine art artist. The family plan to do cremation and then throw ashes in to ocean in Lombok.

All families wear white shirt. They are all look exhausted and sad. ¬†Kids are crying beside their mother’s coffin. Grandma, grandpa, aunties, uncles, and her husband, also cry. Her daughter request one more minutes before they close the coffin. She kiss and hug her mother while crying. She asked permission to her daddy to put their family picture inside her mother coffin. Her younger sister looks more taugh, eventhough we still can see teardrops on her cheek. I and Rini can’t help our self for not affected with this¬†sorrow situation.

Even the¬†wind can’t blow the sadness and the sun can’t dried up the tears.

Birds are chirping. They are welcoming us in the Cathedral Church. We don’t talk much on our way from the funeral home to the church. This is an unusual Sunday, I guess. Songs sing by the children choir sounds really nice in my ears. Their funny voices make me smile. Some of them sing with a fals tone and invent new rythm. They’re so cute.

We close the day by watching Rini’s Father Traditional Funeral Video in her room. Her father just died last year. She said, she don’t understand why people keep hurting each other, tell lies, do rivalry, play drama, and beeing rude. In the end, all of us will end in the same wooden coffin. I smile. That is the funny thing of human. Even when people know they might be die by¬†next 60 minutes, they don’t realize it and keep hurting each other.

But¬†I believe you and me not one of them. We are painting our beautiful life with beautiful colour isn’t? Maybe, several times¬†we become¬†so silly for letting other people paint our days¬†with black or blue colour. Never mind, past is past. We still have hope, chance, and of course choices! Let’s create marvellous art of life. You and I, we are the painter. We decide¬†the colour!

I tell Rini that her moves in that traditional funeral dance video is really bad. Hahaha! We both talk and laugh and talk and laugh until drop and fall aslep.

By morning, we both wake up and shock by the time! Da*n! It 6.15 already and I still have to back to my board room in South Jakarta then go to office. And there you are the traffic jam as always. If yesterday is an unusual Sunday for me, than today is the very usual Monday in Jakarta. Haha!

I choose ORANGE to paint my life today! What is your colour today?

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Colorful Life

Paragliding View

I should say that I have been waiting this experience for long time ago. It is really fun watching those people fly and do some moves up in the sky. I wonder what were they thinking while flying. And finally, I can experience paragliding to!

We start from Jakarta early morning on May 10th 2014 by 06.00AM. I should wake up at 04.00AM! Gee! That’s a big thing for me! I’m not a morning person for sure. *sigh* ¬†Well, in the sake of time efficiency, I dont take a bath! Haha!

Within 2 hours, we are welcomed by fresh air and wind, tea trees, pine trees, hills, and also noodle! After finish our breakfast we move to the paragliding point.

 

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The view is very beautiful. It is located in high elevation. We can see the town from there. Paragliding is really¬†depend on the wind direction. It tooks patience before start to fly actually. We wait until 01.00PM for the “right” wind direction! Lucky I go there with such a wonderful peoples. We laugh, chit-chat, and enjoy the¬†great sun shine to our skin. Who care with the darker skin anyway!

 

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When the wind whiffle, the paragliding pilot prepare all the stuff. Quick moves! Don’t ever miss any chance to fly, because you never now when will be next “right” wind direction. My tandem pilot name is Lilik. He is a cool person. Not talk much. He give me a very-brief-introduction,”Just follow my instruction.”

Mmmmm! Just that?! No other explanation?! Okay it is brief… *I raise my eyebrow*

He start to check our stuff. The parachute, body-harnesses, knots, etc. He “click” our body-harnesses and we stand in¬†midpoint of the parachute. “Follow my instruction,” he repeat.

“Walk, walk, faster, faster, run!” And we fly!! We fly! Weee flyyyyyy!! U yea!! It took moments before the wind blow us up to the higher elevation. I am speechless. This is damn beautiful sight! Even with all these fog, the view is still beautiful! We can see everything! Hills, hotels, cottages, house, plantations, road, everyting. I am amazed! My pilot question surprise me, “Beautiful isn’t it? Why dont you take pictures and video?” “Oh ya. Mmm… You’re right.” I almost forget to take picture because I am hypnotized by this landscape. Cheeeeseee! I also took selfie photo together with my tandem pilot. ūüėČ

 

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I guess we should see our life with this “Paragliding View”. Sometime we only use our “Land View Perspective”.¬†The real view will be hidden behind the trees, building, high land, rocks, and other. And that make us dont realize how beautiful our life actually. We only see the big thing in front of us, we don’t really want to know what is actually waiting behind that big stupid thing, who knows that it might be a beatiful landscape?

So, when you feel that you are stuck somewhere somehow, just be calm, keep quiet. Take a break and try to have Paragliding View. You might experience a beautiful sight from up above the sky of your life!

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Paragliding View