A Grey Dusty Valentine

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My neighbour’s cars were covered by dust.

This morning.

I was hooked up with my hunk as my friend from Bandung texted me to ask whether I was allright. She told me that she read on internet that it had been dust rain in Surabaya and the rain had turned the city into mess. Lazily I got up from my bed and opened up the window. Then I gaped to my hunk’s car already covered by dust, and the ride was never been that dirty ever since we got home from post-erupted Bromo at 2011.

Speaking about eruption..

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The dust covered the corner of the streets on Surabaya.

Me and my hunk opened up the timeline and the headline tweeted that Kelud erupted last nite. The rain had blown the volcanic dust into Surabaya and Yogyakarta, pushed the local authority to close the airports and delay almost the half flights on Indonesia.

Surabaya is a seashore city in East Java, located about 160 kms from Kelud Mount. The distant location from volcanic belt avoided the city from earthquake, the odd windy pattern made the city almost never taste rainy season. So if it rains heavily and any volcano affect the city, it will turn into endless trending topics on the neighbourhood.

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A couple carried their daughter riding against the dust.

So we decided to jump into our machine and ride around Surabaya. The view of the city was covered by thin layer of grey, it looked like it had been snowy but it was just dust. Almost all car looked grainy in grey. Bikers were running on the street in their raincoat, helmet, and masks.

The radio kept speeching and warning all of the citizen to put masks on their face in each kinda outdoor activities. Some teachers hummed to postpone school to protect children from volcanic dust aspiration.

My colleagues of pulmonary center campaigned that volcanic dust was approximately 0.1 micron-size dust which could make sedimentation in alveoli. It’s a kinda dust which would be so hard-to-erase if we aspire them, not like any common dust in our house. That’s why all people are warned to set up the masks.

My hunk drove to find out chemists. We found one or two, but I walked back from the doors coz on the front doors they put papers written “Sorry, we’ve ran out of masks!” Holy shit, it’s just already 7 a.m.

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People still work for living.

However the city pushed the lives to keep going on. Some city gardeners must work on the street in mask and coat coz the heavy rain had shaken some big trees and they fell down on boulevard. Some little children in mask had crawled on the traffic light offering local newspaper with Kelud eruption on the headlines. Some grocer in mask had hung out on the corner of lanes, waiting for loyal housewife customers by brushing their vegetables, to show up that their greens were still clean from greys..

My hunk still works today and I push him to put on the only mask we have. It will be a special housekeeping for me today coz I can’t stand the slippery floor of the dust. Laundry piles up in my bedroom and I don’t know when it will be safe to dry them up outside. I really wish the dust will be over soon.

By the time I read my timeline further, I just remember that this is February 14. This is Valentine. A Valentine, with fifty shades of grey.

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Truth about Flappy Bird

This kinda bird does make people wonder. The problem is, me and my hunk don’t play games a lot. In fact I just avoid games coz my past addiction to Zuma drove me delaying shower.

But all the people in Path talked about Flappy Bird, so I began to wonder. Finally I installed it, just because I remember my doctor’s advice, “Never you hate anything that you don’t know well”.

And even after I installed it, I ignored the bird. I wasn’t brave enough to open it. Instead, I wasn’t into it. This moment I’m crawling about lots of veggie recipes, and about funds, so I don’t give a damn care about Flappy Bird.

But one night I was stuck. It was midnite, I couldn’t fall asleep, while my hunk had been sunk on our bed. I’d got seven kinda different ready-to-try-on recipes for next week. And I’d began to remember which investment manager whose transparancy was miserable. I opened up the tablet, and a green-background bird icon seemed waving aroung on the corner of the screen.

I opened up the bird. It was an easy job. Just taping the screen with my finger tip. The bird flew high and low. I hadn’t blinked on my eye, suddenly the bird hit the pipe, then.. pluck. It was dead!

Huh? Just hitting that thing and it just fell down?

I tried it more. The bird flew again. This time I tried to avoid it from the pipe. But it was too excited. Over excited to control the velocity and..pluck. It fell again.

Weaky bird! I started to upset. I tried it more. The bird hit the pipe again. More effort. The bird could avoid the pipe. But the pipe wasn’t over, it had flown again. And hit the pipe again. Damn it!

What dafuq kinda game is this??

I didn’t know whom I must be angry to. Should I be mad about the bird or my own finger??

Next day, my hunk asked me passionately. He wanna show off that he had reached the fifth level. Him: “Have you tried the game?”
Me: “Yes, I have.”
Him: “Which level are you now?”
I didn’t wanna speak. I just rose my index finger. He laughed out loud.

Yesterday I was ironing. I heard my hunk returned from work, then he threw his body to the couch. A few minutes later, he shouted out, “SIX!!”

Holy God.

Disclaimer: Flappy bird is excellent for you if you wanna train yourself for playing drum. Or for engineers of gadget screen who testing the screen power. But not advisable much for you if you have emotional problem. It will drive you nuts. Powered by Telkomsel BlackBerry®

Ideas for Clique Photos

Do you spend your leisure time with your clique by photo session? Here I share some ideas to make your snapshoots unique and fresh!

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Never miss the pool as the background. From any sides, snapshooting by the pool is guarantee quality for eye-catching. Tips: Use the trap on the poolside, and make position of two rows or three with asymmetrical distribution of model.

This Korean-boyband-style formation is not really easy. Because photographer is often able only to take focus from 5 or 7 o’clock side, instead taking focus from all directions. It result when you get the result, the picture is not always eye-catching from all sides. Tips: All models must smile as wide as possible or wear prominent accessories. If photographer can’t make you gorgeous, then it becomes your job!

This Korean-boyband-style formation is not really easy. Because photographer is often able only to take focus from 5 or 7 o’clock side, instead taking focus from all directions. It result when you get the result, the picture is not always eye-catching from all sides. Tips: All models must smile as wide as possible or wear prominent accessories. If photographer can’t make you gorgeous, then it becomes your job!

This jumping style is my specialization, and it’s harder if the mission is jumping together. Tips: Start from bending first, then ask the photographer to command. On the last count before the click, jump as high as possible. Shout HAH! loud and spread your arms like you’re gonna fly!

This jumping style is my specialization, and it’s harder if the mission is jumping together. Tips: Start from bending first, then ask the photographer to command. On the last count before the click, jump as high as possible. Shout HAH! loud and spread your arms like you’re gonna fly!

Use the unique ornaments that you can find; if you can’t find anything swinging, go get any bridges or gazebo with traps. Avoid as possible straight style like a soldier does. You can lean on, prone, or cross your leg. The key does matter is: Smile!

Use the unique ornaments that you can find; if you can’t find anything swinging, go get any bridges or gazebo with traps. Avoid as possible straight style like a soldier does. You can lean on, prone, or cross your leg. The key does matter is: Smile!

Prone in a row. Fotographer should focus more at grass to make illusion that models look like come up from behind the grass. Do this at the end of photo session, so if your dress is stained by the grass, you won’t miss any moment coz you’re not gonna wear it for more session that day! :p

Prone in a row. Fotographer should focus more at grass to make illusion that models look like come up from behind the grass. Do this at the end of photo session, so if your dress is stained by the grass, you won’t miss any moment coz you’re not gonna wear it for more session that day! :p

Credits: Models: Cantika Hermina, Gilang Hermita, Herjuno, Lalitya Christyanti, Patricia Iswary, Tresarum Rumi, Tresdianin Rumi, Vicky Laurentina.

All photos above by Eddy Fahmi.

Left: Aditya Krislana. Center: Eddy Fahmi. Right: Andre Bramantyo. Photographer, stylist, cheerleader: Vicky Laurentina.

Left: Aditya Krislana. Center: Eddy Fahmi. Right: Andre Bramantyo.
Photographer, stylist, cheerleader: Vicky Laurentina.

Last but not least, remember to take picture of the photographers because they’ve had made us look great in the pictures. And teach them how to pose with each of their gears, coz trust me, if supermodel never teaches them, then they will never know how to make themselves look cool.. :p

Attracting Those with Hijabs

make up 1The Body Shop is upholding “Me, Hijab and the Body Shop”. They ask the contestants to wear hijab, then snapshooting their own looks before making up. Then they want the contestants to put on make up (certainly they’re expected to use Body Shop products), and then the contestants will re-snapshoot. Then the before-and-after make-up photos are uploaded.
I assume this as Body Shop’s effort for using moment of Ramadhan to rule the new marketing segment, which as girls with hijab. I don’t even understand the association between hijab and Body Shop, however Body Shop sells cosmetics, not hijabs. Probably Body Shop is trying to compete with its competitor, Wardah. It’s definitely clear that Wardah put hijab girls as its target. In their commercial tagline, Wardah declares its product as “halal” cosmetics.
Nobody ever wonders that a cosmetic must be halal. It’s just nowadays, ever since Wardah begins to rise into surface of cosmetic market, especially since they succeed making over the co-stars of X-Factor Indonesia, people start to aware about halal cosmetics. Even Mustika Ratu, which has been popular as top-rated traditional cosmetic, also campaigns their products as halal. I still need to learn about what halal cosmetic is. Is un-halal cosmetic created from pig’s secrete?

Anyway, I appreciate positively the Indonesian cosmetic industry which is now not skeptic to put girls who cover their hair to be commercial star. Indonesia is the only muslim-majority country which let the girls express themselves in art of fashion. It’s just a matter of time until any swimsuit industry which has a will for performing that kind of segment to be their model.

But the thing which matters most, in hijab or not, never feel unpretty whough you’re not in make up. And never use make up for attracting men, coz men never can differ whether we smear eye-shadow or not. Make up your face, make over what you like, and be the favorite of yours, not just for being the favorite of your crush.
You are beautiful, no matter what they say. Words can’t bring you down..

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Believe in Cloud

Let’s just say that you’re a VIP at your company. All decision in the company depends on you coz you’re the boss. Then in developing your company, you must negotiate with the other companies so you should leave your building often. To negotiate, you must bring your data with you. But your staff who’s running the office while you’re leaving, needs the data, too. How do you solve this?

Once, hard and flash discs solve the problem. When static discs cannot help storing our plenty bytes, the launching of portable disc seems answer the question. Till then a new problem comes, who’s gonna hold the disk, if it’s not just needed by one staff or two, but even hundreds employees, including even your clients?

This is where cloud computing works to make us perform more efficiently and effectively. The essence is no more need to us to store our data in the office PC, but we keep it in internet in a virtual drive. While we just keep it for certain people that we’ve informed, to open the file. It assumes that the solution is more efficient, coz saving memories in our wares.

Example:
I have data of 100 pregnant women with ovarian cysts. I must capture its sonograph from all sides of view, so I will need plenty images. If each patient’s got four images in big resolution, while I’ve got 100 patients, then how many flash discs should I provide to store the data?

Then if I’m not the only researcher at school, but there are about an hundred other doctor researchers, so how many racks should be provided to keep flash disc filled with our patients’ images?
The question is, if there are a lotta racks in the office, how much should we prepare to keep preventing rats sneak into the office and pee on our discs? 😉

Storing in virtual drive, summary of cloud-based computing, is also intended to make more people use our data. Example, if another doctor wants to analyze my cyst pregnant patients, but it takes too much bill to fly to Surabaya just for crawling in my external hard discs, then he can access my data in virtual drive.

Perhaps even not just colleagues who can use this, but the patients also can. Such as if the cyst patient wanna know her cyst development, is it still physiologic or has already enlarged, but she can’t visit me coz she’s speching on Romania.
So she can ask the doctor in Romania to evaluate her cyst, then she can upload her latest cyst into any application on internet, on an accessable address for me. Then my colleagues and me still can analyze her cyst and the patient can observate her own disease while her daily work still runs in.

You can make your own example.

When my hunk told me this concept, I had another thing on my mind.

Allright, I put some file of mine in somewhere in internet. But what if anybody hack my file and ruin it? If the file is crashed, it will be impossible to me to use it anymore. What a sh*tty if we keep our files on cloud just for saving discs, but it ends with disappearance..

Somebody must explain to me how to keep security in cloud-based computation. So we can still believe in cloud.

And by the way, why should the IT geeks name it cloud computing? Since when did they associate the internet with cloud?

*by staring at rolling cloud on Surabaya sky*
*I think it’s gonna rain*
*Why is it still hot in Surabaya though it’s gonna rain?*
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Greens Around Memoirs of Majapahit

They seem standing quiet and fine, those temples, while the beautiful and careful-handed green garden lie around them. Though lotta local tourist come to watch them all days, but these temples of Mojopahit remain looking clean and sophisticated, no trash spread around and the garden around seem pretty. We find grasses and trees are cut perfectly, some of them are cut forming certain objects such as sofa, stupa, and even helicopters.

Gapura Bajang Ratu. It was trusted that the temple was named because Jayanegara, one of Majapahit king has fallen from the temple and made him disabled. Then the temple was devoted to Jayanegara, which then known as Bajang Ratu (English: disable king). Jayanegara was also buried around here, but his cemetery was destroyed when Mojopahit kingdom was striked. Today there was nothing left from Jayanegara in this place, even his tomb, except the gate where he fell from.

Gapura Bajang Ratu. It was trusted that the temple was named because Jayanegara, one of Majapahit king has fallen from the temple and made him disabled. Then the temple was devoted to Jayanegara, which then known as Bajang Ratu (English: disable king). Jayanegara was also buried around here, but his cemetery was destroyed when Mojopahit kingdom was striked. Today there was nothing left from Jayanegara in this place, even his tomb, except the gate where he fell from.

These temples lie in Trowulan, a district in Mojokerto regency, about 90 minutes driving southwest from Surabaya, Indonesia. The district has been a very important site in Indonesian history, coz this is the place where the capital city of Mojopahit kingdom belonged. Mojopahit was noted as one of the biggest kingdom in Asia about 10 centuries ago, where the territory lied from Indonesian territory to a place which today called Cambodia.

Candi Tikus. Actually nobody knows the real name of the temple. The archeological site was buried long time after Mojopahit kingdom fell down, and the area has turned into large farm. Once upon a time rats strike the farm, and the farmers must destroy the farm to eradicate those rodents. When they excavated the farm, instead finding rats nest, they found the ancient architecural site of Majapahit. Then the place is called as Candi Tikus (English: Rats Temple).

Candi Tikus. Actually nobody knows the real name of the temple. The archeological site was buried long time after Mojopahit kingdom fell down, and the area has turned into large farm. Once upon a time rats strike the farm, and the farmers must destroy the farm to eradicate those rodents. When they excavated the farm, instead finding rats nest, they found the ancient architecural site of Majapahit. Then the place is called as Candi Tikus (English: Rats Temple).

There are about a dozen temples of Mojopahit spread in Trowulan, but I just visited three of them. These temples spread in distance of 10 minutes driving, each stand on a garden which is just like two or three soccer fields become one. Each gardens are handled sophisticatedly by tourism board of Mojokerto, make me feel when I visited them like visiting city parks, instead coming into ancient boring statues.

Today was holiday when I got there, but they weren’t very crowded place. The small parks were just visited by about ten small families or couples, including me and my hunk. Each temple was placed board written “Dilarang naik ke candi” (English: Stepping into temple is forbidden).

Candi Brahu. When I walked here, I was a little disappointed coz I watched that the top of the temple was patent, not like cone, like other temples. But then I realized that the form was not patent, but rounded, and that the characteristic form of Buddhism. The Brahu Temple perhaps is the authentic evidence that Majapahit kingdom is an original Buddhism kingdom, a sign that Buddhism has been a top religion in Indonesia exceeding other beliefs.

Candi Brahu. When I walked here, I was a little disappointed coz I watched that the top of the temple was patent, not like cone, like other temples. But then I realized that the form was not patent, but rounded, and that the characteristic form of Buddhism. The Brahu Temple perhaps is the authentic evidence that Majapahit kingdom is an original Buddhism kingdom, a sign that Buddhism has been a top religion in Indonesia exceeding other beliefs.

I notice that the tourists mostly remain Mojokerto inhabitants itself. My hunk was confused to park his car, coz we didn’t find any parking lot though the ticket was written that they charge IDR 3k for each car parking and 5k for bus. The tourism stakeholder Mojokerto does not seem anticipate these temples as tourism object for tourists from outer city.

No charge for tourists walk by into these temple park, but they were expected by local staffs to drop cents on the gate. This is why I was amazed about these temples, coz I wonder how many budget that the Mojokerto stakeholder must spend to maintain the temples and the beautiful gardens around if there is no legal income from tourists.

Walking around these temples feels like walking to city park, made in Mojokerto.

This Place is Swarming

It was almost 10 minutes that we took to get into parking building in a great mall in Surabaya. As usual at Sunday, the mall was swarming and almost the half town piled up there. Lotta visitors, lotta cars, traffic jam on the main entrance. My hunk struggled with the jam, his legs stepped among brake pedal and gas pedal, while his ears tried to keep listening to my chit chat.

I never drive, I always give all of ride things to him. He is the one who takes battle with the jam and the parking, I never care about it. So in the hectic situation as this, I always try to keep his mood well, not down.

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