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Real change is an inside job. You might alter things a day or two with money and systems, but the heart of the matter is and always will be, the matter of the heart — Max Lucado

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November 24th, 2011 at 9:37 am

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The Stranger With Cowboy Hat

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I was enjoying my walk to the book store, same path as it always has been. Today I took off at the afternoon rather than morning time as usual. I walked in the shade of buildings and trees on my left but I could still feel the heat.

The sun shines very well in this part of earth. Some people wears hat, like this one old man in front of me. He was a caucasian male, old enough to have had all his hair white. He walked slowly and with thought of having an afternoon relax walk, I followed right behind him.

The old man wore a checkered shirt, a khaki trousers, and a cowboy hat. Several minutes gone by, a few steps in front of us was a group of local boys sitting leisurely, doing nothing, which was a completely normal sight.

What unusual was when the old man with cowboy hat and I were about to pass them. The old man stopped in front of a boy wearing a cap sideways. Then he fixed the boy’s cap. Then he presumed walking, all happened in less than a minute. The group bursted out laughing, seeing each other with confusion written in their face.

I was confused, too, and let out a giggle. I looked at the man’s back, kind of hoping he would turn around and gave a jokingly smile or else. But he didn’t show any intention of doing so. I wanted to see his face, to perhaps catch the why but unfortunately I had arrived at my destination at that time.

I don’t know, is cap worn sideway a complete no no to him? Is he a man with his pride lies in the collection of his hats? What do you guys think? Nevertheless, the stranger with cowboy hat made my afternoon.

  • I regret not taking pictures with my Optimus Prime. Hm.

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June 5th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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My Blog Garden

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Total: 13

  • this is what I remember, blogs from 2008

Some stats

current active: 3 so so/barely alive (would like to keep them but no strength to post dilligently :P):  6 internet ghost (should be deleted but still have hope that someday someday…):  3 already in heaven: 1

public, searchable: 10 public, not searchable: 1 private: 2

photo blog: 3

individual blog: 11 joint blog: 2

wordpress: 3 blogger: 4 posterous: 2 tumblr: 4

오모~~ ㅋㅋㅋ

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May 22nd, 2011 at 12:06 am

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Review: The Umbrella Man and Other Stories

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The Umbrella Man and Other StoriesThe Umbrella Man and Other Stories by Roald Dahl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After so many years, finally I read another work from Roald Dahl. When I was in junior high, I read The Witches and it gave me a so so impression plus I was fined by the book rental for late return. I know, I know, an absurd reason not to read books from a particular author. :P

Even after Charlie and The Chocolate Factory movie came out (I love it!), I am not intrigued to read Roald Dahl’s other books. Not until I saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox movie. I can still hum the song from the movie.

Boggis and Bunce and Bean.. One fat, one short, one lean. These horrible crooks So different in looks Were nonetheless equally mean!

The Umbrella Man and Other Stories has 12 horror short stories and a story about planes.

The plane story is placed as the 8th story in the book and at first I was surprised. I was expecting another horror story and when I read and waited for the darkness part to come, it never came. Then I remember that Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot and he wrote article about war. Soon after I realized this, I skipped the story. :D

The horror stories in this book are all adult stories. Some of them are bloody scary to imagine (or is it me who easily get scared..).

Don’t be fooled by my short appreciation for each of the story below. Roald Dahl is an awesome story teller and even when I found some stories similar, I still got engaged in the way Mr. Dahl magically conducts the characters and the events. Thumbs up!

The Great Automatic Grammatizator The idea presented in the story is scary. You know that in cooking, there might be an ingredient that’s lastly added and the dish’s fragant or taste becomes stronger after that? This story is like that kind of dish.

Mrs. Bixby and The Colonel’s Coat One word comes to mind: deceit.

The Buttler This story reminds me of the famous children tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes. Yes, it’s definitely same story, different set.

Man From The South With proper imagination, there would be blood involved. One bloody scary story indeed.

The LandLady If it were a song, the title would be Hotel California.

Parson’s Pleasure Another deceit.

The Umbrella Man Witnessing a deceit.

Katina The air plane story. Didn’t finish reading.

The Way Up To Heaven This is a warning to always keep not just ourselves sane, but for the sake of our life, keep other around us sane, too. Because you never know what a mental person could do.

Royal Jelly It reveals the horror of being obsessed. That’s what I thought.

Vengeance Is Mine Inc Cool company name, bad bad business.

Taste A story of a jerk.

Neck I need a second opinion for this story, really. I read and read the last few paragraphs and would really like to confirm what happen at the end. Did he really do that? Did he not? Did he? Did he??

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May 16th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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Review: Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition

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Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language)Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition by Young-Mee Cho

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first Korean textbook and I love it! It has 8 units and each unit has 2 conversations, a narration, usage example of the lessons learned in the unit, and a piece on Korean culture snipplet. The audio files are provided in KLEAR website.

The Grammar Points and Vocabulary

I have no complain against the grammar taught in this book. At my beginner level, I’d just welcome any points taught and be happy to be able to create more simple sentences throughout the lessons. Since it’s a college textbook, the vocabulary revolves around campus life and it’s perfectly ok with me.

I love it that they only use romanization at some parts in the introduction. I’m not a big fan of romanization. It surely helps at certain point, like when the first time learning 한글, or when we communicate with those who are not learning Korean (btw, 한글 is Hangul, the Korean writing system), or when the tools are not capable for writing in 한글.

For Korean learning textbooks and dictionary, I prefer romanization served at minimum or almost zero rate. That’s why I prefer Collin’s gem dictionary instead of Berlitz. Thanks to Febry, the dictionary is on the way, yay!

The Exercises

The book does not have the answer key and I read that even the workbook of this KLEAR series don’t have the answer key provided. The exercises tend to be short in number and some are only applicable in a classroom or with partners (not quite suitable for a self learner like me). Despite all that, I’m grateful to have those exercises.

Other Parts

I love the introduction, the objectives list, and the closing part of the book. My favorite part of the introduction is the pronunciation rules. It’s the part where I always keep running to whenever I hear different from the sound I am expecting to catch on my ears. I mark this part with post-it.

The objectives list provide us the summary of each unit, which grammar points at which part, what culture snipplet and what kind of usage. Needless to say, it’s one helpful list for ㅁ reference. As the new grammar rules come, I use this list a lot.

The last few pages in this book consist of appendices, grammar index, and the glossary. More references which if I knew about it sooner, it would make my studying time more efficient. I even left out the glossary until I reached Unit 8, the last unit. Before that, I kept turning the previous pages to find what certain word meant and it happened like thousand times! sigh

The glossary is Korean-English, and vice versa. The Korean-English one can be useful to learn the 한글 alphabet order. I’m so gonna use this one for my next books of this series! (Hope the books will arrive safely next week, cross my fingers xD)

이 책을 정말 좋아해요. 여러분, 한국어 재미있지요? ^^

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April 23rd, 2011 at 9:59 am

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Bookshopping, yay, Bookshopping!

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This week I just got my books from Book Depository, the online bookstore based in UK. I first heard about Book Depository from this forum (in Indonesian). The store offers free shipping to worldwide, including to Indonesia.

But free shipping does not always mean cheaper. Like any other purchase, comparison will help deciding from options available. I asked several questions before buying books, especially import books, from Book Depository or from any bookstore for that matter.

Are the books available in local bookstore? No. In Kuta, where I currently live, I haven’t seen the books in Periplus, Times bookstore and even Gramedia.

Have you checked local(Indonesian) online bookstore? I actually could send an inquiry to several bookstore such as Kinokuniya (customer_service@kinokuniya.co.id), Periplus, Times bookstore, or Aksara (info@aksara.com). They accept book order either via email or form on their website (and they respond in twitter, too). A friend had an experience buying the third book of Hunger Games trilogy from Kinokuniya and the service was excellent.

I think I could get my books in Kinokuniya. Though their Indonesian website doesn’t have any search form yet but I assume what I can find in other Kinokuniya’s website can also be found in their Indonesian store (well, if it’s not in stock, I think they can make it available since they’re one company, right?). I did the search in their Singapore website. The books were available but at price I’m not willing to pay. :P

What’s with the price? I can’t say any particular store has the absolute best price for all books. Price comparison is a must. The import books on local bookstores usually have higher price than the stores like Amazon and Book Depository. So, if Amazon has shipping cost, does that mean Book Depository is the better way to go? Not always. Some books we’ll find it cheaper and some more expensive at Amazon, and other books at the same price. So, always compare, compare carefully!

Anything else to pay? I could think of 2 things, time and means of payment. I think the first one is more general. It takes 25 days for the books to come into my bookshelf. Let me note down the dates:

26 Feb: ordering date 1 & 2 March: books dispatched (I order 2 books, they were dispatched separately and that’s why I got 2 packages) 22 March: my happy day!

What makes it worth the long wait is the total of 300K IDR difference with Kinokuniya price. If it’s under 100K IDR, I would bear with it because I might have got the books faster from Kinokuniya, if the book is in stock. If it’s not in stock, with 300K IDR difference, I need to wait for 3-4 weeks as they order it from their warehouse. But that’s my case.

Another friend of mine just got her books from Kinokuniya Jakarta. She ordered it by email and the books are available. She  pays 80K IDR more than the price at Book Depository but the books arrives within 2 days.

What about means of payment? I took it into consideration because I still don’t own a credit card. Lucky me, my dear friend Rika was willing to help me with the purchase (I can’t thank you enough, jeng!). But I feel that it would be great if I can handle (control?) all my book purchase process from beginning to end. I’m thinking of getting a credit card but that’s another story.

There’s actually a way to purchase import books without credit card. There are at least 2 online bookstores in Indonesia that helps us purchase books from Amazon (yes, only from Amazon at the moment), BukaBuku and Bookoopedia. I just tried buying via Bookoopedia a few days ago (ok, guilty! I can’t stop buying books!!). The total price is 50K IDR higher than Book Depository but I don’t need any credit card so it’s wonderful. I hope the books will arive safely (cross my fingers).

I chose Bookoopedia because when I searched for the books, Bukabuku didn’t list the new price on my books. The books I wanted to buy was recently discounted but the discounted price only showed up in Bookoopedia. See? Always compare!

This is imported goods, any tax? I’ve heard things and I’ve read things. Both Bookoopedia and Bukabuku said that total order higher than $50 is subjected to tax (read it here and here, in Indonesian).  I have nothing on this so I don’t have much to say. I’ll update it when my Bookoopedia order arrives.

Is that it? Is that all? Alternative! Regarding bookshopping, there is still e-book. I have no thought of converting to an ebook reader (am I using the correct term here?). But one day, one twitter account intercepted my conversation with Periplus (I was looking for a book by George Orwell, 1984). That account was of an online bookstore, specialized in ebooks. I guess they are the first in Indonesia. Check out their website here, Papataka. Quite a unique name, huh?

I guess that’s all for now. Happy book hunting!

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March 26th, 2011 at 8:23 am

Such A Crybaby

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I am.

If any of you happen to see me cry over small matters, you don’t need to tell me that I am such a crybaby.

Because I already know.

What I still don’t know is how to stop my tears from flowing voluntarily so easily.

sigh

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March 25th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

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Drama Drama Drama

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At some point, I stopped reading Danielle Steel’s novel. I don’t like the after-effects because it can easily stir up my feeling. I didn’t watch J-dorama and K-dorama that much for the same reason. I remember that after I watched my first K-dorama, Coffee Prince, my first impression was that between J and K dorama (I had watched some J doramas at that time), the later had given me longer hangover.

And there’s no other dorama after that. And few months ago, when a friend at the office recommended a Korean variety show, I accepted it without high expectation. And then it was like a rolling snow ball from there. And now I am learning the language. LOL. Wish me luck! ^^

So, as I’m learning, I feel the need to be exposed to the language as much as possible. Thanks to the faithful downloaders around me, I can get to copy abundant Korean shows… and their dorama.

These few weeks, I have been watching 2 titles. I have finished watching Dream High (드림하이). I was happy watching it because besides the story, I recognized few words, grammar usages or custom about Korean that I have learned. Though it’s not much, it gave me a good feeling. About the story, I think they focus on the dancing and singing thingy, most of the casts belongs to a girl/boyband anyway. There are love scenes but not the one that moves my heart whatsoever so it’s ok for me.

The second one is Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관 스캔들). I found the Korean language here is different than in Dream High because the story takes place when Korea was still a kingdom. I guess the language used is either in the most polite form (since the characters are scholars) or it’s an old style, I don’t know. They even hadn’t used 한글 (Hangul, current Korean writing system) yet.

I have 5 episodes left and this afternoon I recalled the slight feeling of aaaw.. how cute.. how cool.. how romantic. Hm. Though it was not on heavy dose but it made me remember the no dorama reason I mentioned before.

Maybe it’s me that easily get swayed by things like that. I guess I’m a drama queen indeed. I still don’t like to have my mood swing just by watching some tv series but I don’t know… It’s just that I feel like I want to see more of K-dorama this time.

아.. 어떻게..

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March 13th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

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Last Weekend

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when the dog bites! when the bee stings!

… cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels…

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February 28th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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The Chat

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October Your turn in the chair next time.

November I know. I like your stories. Mine are always too dark.

October I don’t think so..

October It’s just that your nights are longer. And you aren’t as warm.

November Put it like that, and I feel better.

November I suppose we can’t help who we are.

taken from Neil Gaiman’s October In The Chair in his book, Fragile Things

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February 23rd, 2011 at 5:55 pm