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Holding a bird… in golf and everything else in life

A friend of mine is an avid golfer… you know golf…  a silly game that people trying to put a ball into the hole and keep the stick outside… and he pay very expensive money to play… for me, Id rather play a game that we try to put the stick into the hole and keep the ball outside.. :)

Anyway, he taught me on how to play golf, and first thing he taught me is how to properly handle the stick (or club as he says it), “Hold it like you holding a bird” he said, “too loose the bird will fly, too tight the bird will die suffocated, either way you will say goodbye to the bird” and he continues on “yes we name our good score as birds… Birdie, Eagle and Albatross”.

Hold it like you holding a bird… an expression that stick in my mind… doesn’t it applies to almost everything else in life..? Say money… holding it too tight we will loose the enjoyment of using it and share it to make someone else happy… too loose and we will spend in unnecessary thing and spend more than we can…

Also applies in our love life, kids, spouse or friends… Holding it too tight, over jealousy, over protective only resulting of rejection, they will want their freedom back… no one wants to be kept captive, in a cage, as a property… but holding it too loose can be seen as ignorance, careless, we will loose them too… no one will love us back if we do not show to them our sincere love and care

This remind me of Golumn… you know the “Lord of The Ring” character that dedicated his life to get hold of the ring..? He refer the ring as “my precious”, exactly I can picture myself if I am trying to hold something to tight…

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Jakarta… day one after Kelud mountain spew Ashes to cover most cities in Java

 

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Tembok itu bernama Hermes

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Tembok itu bernama Hermes….. Tinggi dan angkuh… menyebutnya saja tak bisa sembarangan… ketika saya menyebutnya dengan kata yang hampir sama pada ayam “kremes” semua orang akan tertawa terbahak bahak…

Tembok itu bernama Hermes… rapat, tapi kita masih bisa melihat apa yang ada di dalamnya… terlihat disana wanita-wanita cantik, baju bagus-bagus, kulit putih terawat… penuh cita rasa. Sekali sekali terlihat Princess Syahrini merupakan salah satu penghuni tetapnya… Setiap orang yang bisa melewati tembok ini, namanya tercatat rapi di kantor utama.. seperti nama kita terpatri pada Arsy, terpatri dijaga para malaikat… tak bisa tipu tipu, KW1 atau abal abal… akan segera ketahuan dan memalukan…

Tembok itu bernama Hermes… Beberapa orang terlahir di dalam sana, beberapa harus bekerja keras untuk masuk kesana, beberapa harus menjual harga diri agar bisa melewatinya… Luar biasa aktivitasnya, makan dengan sendok garpu kualitas tinggi… makanan kelihatan porsi kecil tapi cantik tertata rapi… tiap malam minggu… buat yang jomblo diantara mereka, ada pameran fashion show…

Tembok itu bernama Hermes… dengan kekuatan kepeng yang anda miliki, bisa anda memanjat dan melaluinya.. anehnya tak serta merta anda akan diterima dalam lingkaran disana… anda akan tersisihkan, diabaikan… ternyata memanjat dinding Hermes ini diperlukan memanjat banyak tembok yang lain… memanjat tembok lain akan sangat penting untuk memiliki citarasa yang sepadan. Melewati tembok ini tapi tak pernah ke Eropa..? siap siap di cibir… Bisa lewat hermes tapi tak tahu beda rasa antara cake “tous les jours” dan “colette de lola” maka anda bukan bagian mereka… tidak update fashion di dunia, anda kudet, dan so last year…

Tembok itu bernama Hermes… Aku tak hendak kesana hanya kebetulan lewat saja… ternyata ketika aku mau meneruskan perjalanan, kulihat banyak tembok yang lain sama tinggi, sama angkuhnya… lain lain namanya… ada tembok Patek Philippe, tembok Ermenegildo Zegna, Platinum card dll…

Tak bisa kita berjalan tanpa melewati tembok tembok ini… disanalah teman kita terkotak kotak-kan… akhirnya saya putuskan, untuk melewati tembok yang yang tak asing lagi… tembok warteg pak Samsi… disinilah kebanyakan kita berada, bercanda, mencecap kopi sachet, Nasi + ikan kembung dan dadar goreng adalah menu utama…

Kami sering melirik didalam tembok tembok tinggi itu… kami memang senang melihat keatas, mimpi, membayangkan betapa enaknya hidup dibalik tembok tinggi itu… betapa inginnya kami segaya dan se-dandy mereka… terkadang terpikir menjual jiwa kepada para setan hanya agar bisa mencicipi gaya hidupnya… tak sadar bahwa tembok ini meski tak terlalu tinggi dan megah, tapi cukup kering dan hangat… masih banyak dari kita yang tak bisa melewatinya… mereka kedinginan, kehujanan dan kebanjiran… tapi kita memang suka iri dan mendengki…

Jakarta 10 February, Just before leaving to Jogja…

Bisakah anda mendapatkan uang dari street photography?

Jawabannya adalah Tidak…  No..!

  • You will not sell a single picture of your snapshot although you can if it is not for commercial ad
  • You will not running a workshop on street photography because Erick kim and bunch others already do that
  • You will not make a book and selling it because steve mccurry and other masters already do that
  • You will not put your picture in gallery because all of other masters already do that
  • You will not sell your pictures to news paper or magazine… because they have their own photographer
  • You will not think your picture as art.. it is not…
  • You will not think that your picture is documentary… it is not
  • You will not make a blog to make money on writing about street photography… because I am doing it now… :)

Did I discourage you from making money fro street photography..? Tentu saja saya cuma becanda… bcontoh diatas adalah bagaimana anda bisa mendapatkan uang dari street photography, hanya saja memang sulit… other ideas to make money are  as follows..

  • You can train your eyes and reflexes as a photographer
  • You can have network to land you to other photography related job… wedding photographer for example
  • You can have portfolio from your street photography to show your style
  • You can teach photography if you are expert in street photography

You can make money a bit, may be not much… might as well not to expect financial reward from it, and enjoy it…

I hear you ask… why so many famous full time street photographer out there.. let me tell you the secret… “Most of them are already rich”

Got that..? :) Cheers for now..

Kenapa Street Photography

Saya memulai street fotografi ini beberapa minggu yang lalu, saya bahkan tidak tahu kenapa hal itu saya lakukan…  “seems cool dan why not”, mungkin itu adalah hal yang terpikirkan saat saya ingin memulai hobi ini. mungkin perlu diketahui juga salah satu hobi yang saya punya adalah senapan angin.

Dari kedua hobi tersebut saya mungkin bisa menyimpulkan beberapa hal membuat saya tertarik untuk melakukan street photography ini.

  • Saya suka outdoor activity : kedua hobi ini tidak bisa dilakukan di dalam rumah… harus ke luar, kepanasan, keringatan… thats what I love doing, yang sayangnya kesibukan kantor membuat waktu jalan sangat sedikit… anda tak bisa membawa senapan angin tembak tembak sana sini 5 menit dan pulang… kecuali anda psikopat :)
  • Kalau ada dua tipe manusia di dunia ini yang satu adalah hunter dan yang lain adalah farmer, maka saya lebih ke tipe yang pertama. I love hunting, seperti anda lihat di blog ini juga saya berburu Bajing / tupai… tapi saya juga sangat memikirkan keseimbangan alam, jadi berburu tupai saya harus ke area yang populasi tupainya sangat tinggi dan tidak balance… dan itu tidak dekat, harus menginap pula… Dengan kamera, anda bisa melakukannya kapan saja… bahkan bila semakin sering kita mengambil gambar, semakin kita “preserve the moment” tanpa kita merusak habitat.
  • Dengan street photography, anda “dipaksa” untuk berhenti sejenak, melihat keindahan sekitar, appreciate little things… dan mengambil gambar itu untuk bisa anda atau orang lain kenang nantinya… Dalam gaya hidup sekarang yang sangat diperlukan kecepatan, bahkan 24jam seperti tak cukup… hal ini dapat membuat kira fresh dan mengurangi stress… dan kita tahu dalam stress kemungkinan kita membuat kesalahan besar adalah tinggi…
  • Dengan Street Photography, kita mengambil gambar yang menurut kita layak diabadikan, bukan karena orang lain mengatakannya… kita menjadi diri sendiri, photo kita adalah bagaimana kita melihat alam sekitar, yang meruapakan pancaran dari jiwa kita… it is a diary of the ways we see the world… a diary of the wonderful and beautiful slices of everyday life even if it is sad moment…
  • Most of all… I can conclude.. I enjoy it… and I think I will have this hobby for long time, hence it deserve  a new category in this blog…

Just to show you how I see something that I think it is beautiful but may be not for you… here is the picture…:

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When I see it, this is actually the first light after few days we have hard rain, cloudy sky…  gloomy days… it is one of the beautiful day in the morning… a fine day to walk and enjoy… but most of us will missed it because we are worried to be late at the office…

This picture also showing that this one particular tree, is not happy to be restricted by man made container… slowly it breaks free, something that it should celebrate if it were human… I took it to freeze the moment, before we cut down the tree because it dare to challenge us – human. or make much stronger container to held it back.. It is representation of us as human, wants to control everything even controlling mother nature…

Thats how I appreciate this picture, that is why I took the picture… nothing to do with you or any other person… that’s how I see it, that is my diary of that day…

Cheers for now

 

Cara mengatasi BB lemot dan jam pasir

ImageBila anda membeli BB yang baru, mungkin terasa  cepat dan mudah penggunaannya, tetapi semakin anda lama menggunakannya dan juga semakin banyak aplikasi yang anda gunakan, terasa BB anda akan menjadi lebih lambat, dan yang paling mengesalkan adalah sering kali BB anda hang atau keluar jam pasir yang membuat anda tidak bisa melakukan apapun juga…

berikut ini adalah cara yang efektif membuat bb anda menjadi cepat kembali:

  1. Hapus (delete) semua messages yang tidak penting, baik itu email atau sms/mms. Email dengan  attachment yang besar usahakan baca hanya melalui PC. Kalau mau agak extreme caranya, buka “messages”, klik menu (logo Bb), klik delete prior… semua messages baik itu email WA, BBM etc bakal hilang dari BB… tapi image yang sudah tersimpan tidak ikut hilang..
  2. Hapus (delete) browser cache. Caranya: buka browser, klik menu (logo bB), klik options, klik  cache operations, klik clear history.
  3. Tutup semua conversation yang tidak penting di bbmessenger, YM, GT, MSN, dan lain-lain.
  4. Hapus (delete) cache di aplikasi FB.  Caranya: buka FB, klik menu (logo bB), klik options, klik clear cache.
  5. Hapus (delete) semua miss calls. Caranya:  buka  “messages”, klik menu (logo bB),  klik view folder, klik missed calls, klik menu, klik delete prior.
  6. Hapus (delete) phone call logs. Caranya: buka  “messages”, klik menu, klik view folder, klik phone call log, klik menu, klik delete prior.
  7. Hapus (delete) event log. Caranya: dari Home Screen tahan tombol alt, lalu klik hurur L G L G, lalu tekan menu (logo bB), klik clear log.
  8. Bersihkan temp memory. Caranya: buka  “options”, klik security options, klik memory cleaning, klik menu (logo bB), klik clean now, klik save.
  9. Lakukan Soft Reset Caranya: tekan alt – shift (aA) uikanan – del secara bersamaan, tahan kira-kira 3 detik (sampai screen mati). Atau install quickpull biar lebih mudah reset.

Working your ass off and no one recognize it…

Have few friends in the company, they have been working for quite long time and suddenly they being let go…  for one reason and one reason only… office politics. Of course company not so bluntly saying that, it just that they give very bad performance score, just to get rid of them.

They are in my opinion a working hard, honest and respectful person, but the company decided to let them go and replaced by new talents brought by new boss. I wonder about my self, why they not let me go as well, I think the answer is :the position that I am in now is not significant (enough to be able to threaten the new regime).

Can you imagine, you have been working very hard for the company, sometime neglecting the family, or you forgotten to have boy or girl friend in your life, and suddenly BAM..! all gone… you are left alone cold and don’t know what to do… It is sad to know some of your friends get kicked out,  it sadden me even more to know that instead recognition that they got for their hard working, they got nasty humiliation…

Now, my idealism of working hard, honest and be star performer to  stay on the job is just got out of the window…? As of per today, staying on the job will never be my goal… ever again… Job security does not exist… if you want to have a job security.. have your own company… period.

The way of thinking need to be change.. I am here not for working, but I am here for learning…! if I done learning (meaning the learning curve is flatten / no new things that excite me) I need to move on… either move up to new position and learn new trick or move to other division or… if there is no position up or other division… then I can join to another company…

That’s how to beat the office politics, I do not want to kiss ass which usually a good way to stay in the job… but I want to kick their sorry ass before they kick mine… one more thing.. do not sacrifice your personal happiness to save your ass from getting kicked out…

Surabaya… setelah perpisahan makan siang

HW77 is no match for this

Despite my busy-ness as new employee, I am trying to spend sometime enjoying my Air Gun Hoby. As you may aware I only have Weihrauch HW77. In January there is an tournament “Pangdam Jaya Cup 2013” unfortunately the airgun section is only for PCP class and no spring class… but nonetheless I register my gun and become one of the participants…

certainly my score is at the very bottom, but that is not the point. the point is I am enjoying the game and meeting a lot of friends from other area in this competition, here are the pictures:

VVIP- the T-Shirt says it all

The T-shirt says it all about this tournament

Judges - Pistol

Judges are ready all judges are from the army

Air Gun rack

Collection of Airgun… None of them are below US$ 1000

Bench rest

Bench rest class, target is only 25 meters away..

Aiming

Taking aim one of the high score, No brand air gun but very accurate

Senior participant

Senior and have very good eye… No brand air gun

BR250 Target

here is the target for bench rest… if you say this would be easy you should try it

Air tank refill station

Free air tank refill for all participants… HW77 does not need this.. :)

Standing

Standing position… metal silhouette target

Woman and P70

FWB P70 beautiful air gun and beautiful shooter

Zeroing

Zeroing his air gun…

The winner of the tournament is a guy called Volker, unfortunately I do not have picture of him… I can I

My new year resolution

Why bother having a new year resolution if we know that we will break it anyway… Resolution is a promise to our self and it will be easy to break it because there are no consequences what so ever. But  I strongly believe that new year resolution is still good for us, at least it will give a sense of direction where to go or what to do.

My resolution for this year are as follows:

  • Exercise four times a month minimum
  • Write article four times a month, minimum
  • Saving at least 20% from monthly salary

That is all my resolution this year…. will I break it..? probably yes, but to make it fun.. I will add consequences in this resolution.. if I fail two out of three above, in any given month.. I will treat a girl a nice dinner… :).

So it always win win situation… if I can do all the resolution in a month… its good for me.. if not… a girl will be lucky hopefully I will be lucky too. :).

So there are my resolutions.. what is yours…?

Airgun: Hunting with HW77 – contain graphic image

After few times I visited local range, few of airgun friends ask me to join squirrel hunting.. at first I hesitate because I don’t really into hunting, I prefer them to live and coexist with us, but they convinced me that squirrel is becoming a big problem (pest) in the coconut plantation somewhere in W. Java. So I will not do any harm taking out few of them and I will actually help the coconut farmer. It seems legit and correct according to definition of “pest”,  I finally agree to join in the hunting trip. Continue reading