Friday, August 25, 2006

Insomniac???

You're tired, you can feel it. Eye lids become heavy, but you're still going strong.

You got excited cause your old friend replied to you. My buddy-buddy when we were still struggling just to make ourself laugh out loud (cause otherwise the reality of life would cry you out). At one time we were street musicians ("tukang ngamen"), for real. Walk from house to house... in the evening, playing guitar... singing non-sense. Got a dime, smoke a quarter... but we still walk on by... he had to quit the school cause the money was too demanding. I said to him, "you made the right choice, you'll get the applied skills"... Guess what? He's still with that Petro company! I'm so darn happy for him and his family, of a wife and 3 kids... Really I missed him, missed that spontaneous time, a time where I can't still understand our thought process... but glad we did what we did, as a kid... rightfully so...

Yup, so it's not imsoniac. I think I'm just getting into a comfort zone now... cause my mind was travelling back in time... and it's tickling a smile to my face... feel tranquil...

And now, definitely sleepy... ;o)

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Pain Lies on the Riverside

I was reading Wati's blog: bellissimo, when I'm stuck to the lyrics of this song by ***LIVE***

This is the point where I think LIVE is at their best; Ed Kowalczyk's voice could never be stronger than this one, and since they came from York, Pennsylvania (close where I used to live), I can sense that the river that they're talking about is The Susquehanna River ;o)

I share the feelings on this song with Wati: strong, crisp and cut-thru...

I have never taken life
Yet I have often paid the price
And you, you are a victim of this age
And the guilt that hangs around your neck
Has got me locked up in a cage
You've got to learn, to live until no end
But first you must learn to swim
All over again

Because...
Pain lies on the riverside
And pain will never say goodbye
Pain lies on the riverside
So put your feet in the water
Put your head in the water
Put your soul in the water
And join me for a swim tonight

I have forever, always tried
To stay clean and constantly baptized
I am aware now that the river's banks are dry
And to wait for a flood
Is to wait for life
I've got to learn to live until no end
But first I must learn to swim
All over again yeah.. yeah.. yeah

Because..
Pain lies on the riverside
And pain will never say goodbye
Pain lies on the riverside
So put your feet in the water
Put your head in the water
Come on, put your soul in the water
Join me for a swim tonight

For a swim tonight (oh my love)
I've got to learn to live until no end
But I've got to learn to swim
All over, all over
All over again yeah.. yeah.. yeah
Because...
Pain lies on the riverside
Pain will never say goodbye
Pain lies on the riverside
So put your feet in the water
Put your head in the water now
Come on, put your soul in the water
Join me for a swim tonight

For a swim tonight
Got to swim
All over, all over, all over
All over again
Got to live
All over, all over, all over
All over again

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Barong!

I'm so mystified by The Barong; how can a monster that look so scary actually represent good against evil! And, he's the good guy! So then I dig the internet to found out more about it, and here's the story of The Barong Dance (too bad I missed it, the last time I went to Bali):

"Lord of the forest" and magical protector of Balinese villages, the Barong is a mythical, shaggy half-dog, half-lion creature, with a long mane, fantastic fangs, and bulging eyes. It is propelled by two men who maneuver the costume with whimsical and mischievous movements to express its fun-loving nature. The Barong's opponent is Rangda, the evil witch who rules over the spirits of Darkness. The Barong dance epitomizes the eternal struggle between good and evil. The fight of Barong and Rangda is also a topic of traditional narratives performed in temples and takes various forms. The Barong will snap its jaws at the gamelan, prance around a bit, and enjoy the acclaim of its supporters - a group of kris-wielding men. Then ferocious Rangda will then appear lolling her long tongue, baring her threatening fangs, her neck draped with human entrails...not a pretty sight.

The duel begins. Each opponent tries to overcome the other with magical powers but when things do not look too good for the Barong, supporters will lunge at Rangda with krises to weaken or stall her. In retaliation, Rangda would put them all into a trance with her mystical powers and make them stab themselves with their weapons. Fortunately, the Barong possesses magic that is strong enough to cast a spell on the krises from harming the men. This part would be the highlight of the dance; the gamelan rings madly and intensely as the men rush back and forth waving their krises in a frenzy, sometimes even rolling on the ground in a desperate attempt to stab themselves. Often, there seems to be a plot to terrify the audience in the front row! Eventually, Rangda will retire, defeated. And once again, good will reign over evil.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Which wearable-music-box-gadget should I get?

I'm finally thinking in getting the gadget, and being me, with a very wide variety of music interest, it's not easy to satisfy "the thirst". Believe me, I looked to CNET's reviews, and it didn't convince me to get their pick. After further research, then it comes down to these 4 options (in random order below):

* iPod Mini, of course. Who doesn't know this gadget, with capacity ranging from 4GB to 6GB (1500 songs). I prefer this to iPod Photo; for God sake, I'm not going to wear it 24 hours day! I like music, but I don't need that much spaces.

* Cowon iAudio X5. This is about the same size of iPod, but it's lighter. It has everything that iPod has -- with capacity 20GB to 30GB, which is enough for me -- plus some more: an FM Radio, and voice/line-in recording. Can you get FM radio from your iPod???

* Delphi XM MyFi XM2Go. Sometimes I can be lazy, even to save the digital music from PC to the gadget. Considering this, it would be nice to get a continuous-almost-advertising-free-music from Satellite radio, like XM. It can store up to 5 hours of fresh new XM content - with no computer downloading or list management at all. You also need to subscribe to their XM Satellite radio, additional $12.95/month.

* XACT ReGo Sirius Satellite Radio. Finally, a combination of satellite radio and MP3 player. And the neat thing is, the record-and-go recording capability stores your data on removable flash cards, you're not constricted by an internal harddrive's available space. It's up to you. The problem with this gadget is that it's portable, but not necessarily wearable (need more money to buy the kit).

So, which out of those 4 will I get? I'm leaning heavily on XACT ReGo, just the kind of combination I'm looking for. But, the word is that Larry Pesce (Sirius' Senior VP Product Development and Strategic Planning) specifically was asked whether XACT ReGo is a wearable device or not, at the press event at CES and he said plans to release a "wearable" device available in the future. He also said that the ReGo was specifically a "plug and play" unit.

With this news, I would wait for the wearable XACT to come, which I predict sometimes in early 2006. But, if I have to get the wearable-music-box-gadget now, I'd get the iAudio X5, with its additional FM Radio ;o)








Hi there...
It's been a while since the last time I updated this blog. GoBlog!
I'm very excited this upcoming week cause we're gonna inspect our newly build house in Power Ranch, this Monday. And if everything's going smooth, we're gonna finally get the keys next Friday, then move on the weekend. This will be our very first home, build from scratch; I didn't even have that kind of privillige in Indonesia, where I grew up. See, my parents; they're never really own their own house in Indonesia. So, I consider this as my big accomplishment in life. To be able to give a real home to mi familia... I Thank God for the opportunity given to me, and I cherised it every moment... ;o)

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Wazzuuuup! Damn! This whole shit kept me from moving to Java. I'd better start study and set the goal for SCJP Test at the end of this year. Yes I will! Must move. RPG is good for current business, but for how long? One can never know. I'm pretty settle in my role as Da CSS man, but must keep on going.

Monday, February 17, 2003

Heavy Snow Day! Geez, this is the most snow that I ever had, almost 2 feet deep man! Of course, no work today -- besides today is the president's day. I suppose to work from home, but with snow piling up like that I can't just sit and go to work, I need to clear up the driveway! First thing first! I hope we can assign that as a "snow day". Well, good for my wife and my daughter, they're all the way enjoying the sunny day on the beach in Hawaii! I really like my neighborhood, it's like people just help one another clearing up whatever is needed. Chatham Glenn rocks! Now, I need to get something to eat! It's really taking up energy to shuffle the snow. Peace Out!

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Look it here, I found my first name analysis from Kabalarian. Here we go:

Jean (male) - the analysis




As Jean, you have a natural interest in the welfare of your fellow man, and a desire to help and serve others in a humanitarian way. You are responsible and generous, although somewhat scattering and disorganized at times. Any jobs requiring systematic and conscientious effort, or involving any form of drudgery, dismay you. In your work, you would seek a position offering self-expression through contact with people, such as sales or teaching, or a position giving scope to your creative, artistic talents. You are good-natured and likeable, and people tend to confide in you and seek your advice in personal problems. Others sense your sincere interest and desire to help, and you can always be counted on to see the bright side of any problem. You enjoy making others happy and you never let your own problems "get you down" for any length of time, even though you do tend to worry too much at times. Your optimism can be a source of inspiration to others as well as yourself. In close personal relationships you are usually thoughtful and considerate. However, your natural interest in others, coupled with your sympathetic reaction to problems, could draw you into emotional situations which may be difficult to get out of. Health weakness would appear as skin conditions or ailments relative to the liver. A tendency to overeat quick-energy foods aggravates any health problems.