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Social Working Group “Melati”

The Social Working Group “Melati” is a group of volunteers that focus on children.  They started as a mobile library that brought boxes of books from one kampong to others to let children have opportunity to read.  Yea.  Reading is such luxury for most people in Indonesia (can anyone provide statistic here?).  The high priced of books was one of the reason that supported by lack of buying ability from community.

Starting from that point, Melati has mission to reduce the gaps and give those children that opportunity.  After times, their work was then improved by providing a book corner for street and poor children in the southern part of Jakarta.  In this corner, volunteers were gather to provide children education and also give them opportunity to dream.  Yea.  If one should be a great man, the one should have dream for dreams gave people objective and urge to pursue.

In this what so called basecamp, they open the house each saturday and sunday and let children come: to read, to draw, to sing, to learn english and one in a time take children out to interesting places to let them see the different insight and stimulate them to thing, to dream and to wonder.

In this event, that called outing, volunteers were working tremendous effort to fundraising by selling self made items such as pins, t-shirt, sticker, mugs, decorative pencil, chocolate, and more.  With their “independent” philosophy, the out for providing the fund by themself and some small amount were expected from companies.

I just joined them for a couple of weeks and i can see how hard were they working.  In every opportunity, children were invited to events hold by many stakeholders.  For example that i found very interesting is the yesterday’s “Children Reading Centers Olympic” which in Bahasa is “Olimpiade Taman Bacaan Anak-anak = OTBA”

Unfortunate to say that i was unable to see by myself what is this OTBA due to i went for a survey for the outcoming Outing.  But from several times explanation from different people, this OTBA seems to be a packets of competition for children from many reading centers.  The Melati Reading Center have wont the first and second prize for painting.  Well done children.

So, for the next outing, the Melati has decided to brought the theme “Kembali Kampoeng” or back to the village.  The purpose is to take children see the life in villages that different than the environment the life in.  We are hoping that they could appreciate more on environment and hopefully they would be some adoption of the way of life in the village they visit.

So, if you happen to met with volunteers from Melati and offer you some merchandise, do not hesitate to take 5 or 7 items and donate some money for the children.  😀


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end of April 2008 Rendezvouz

As I already mentioned in the previous post, I Love April.

It was truly a great month. And truly a nice end when to have it with friends. I spend the night of last day of April by going on the movie for IronMan. It was the first day the IronMan movie played in Indonesia’s theater.

From left to right: Oki, Leli, Tika, Hafiz, Nara, Awi, Yuni, and Me. We go for the 19.00 session. Having trouble with hard rain, problem with the car (the window just won’t closed), and the heavy traffic. We finally managed to came to Setiabudi 21 cineplex.

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Armi’s Wedding 27[04]2008

Selly Armi Perangin-angin was merried Samsir Afiat Hutasoit at 27 April 2008.  Armi was my friend during High School and later on she also enrolled at Bogor Agricultural University. I was with Forestry Faculty and she was at Agricultural Faculty. And we sometime met in the train. I was commute and going trough 2 hours trip to Bogor and return home in approximately the same time cost. She was smarter than me, she join dormitory.

Here area some pictures of Armi and later on i will explain how the wedding in progress. The wedding itself is based on islamic law.

In this picture, there is “penghulu” who guide the wedding, the groom, the bride’s guardian (parent or other close relative, and “mahar” or the brideprice. This for is the minimum requirement for a couple to be merried under Islam

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Slank vs Parliament

Its not the first time for Indonesia artist to have quarrel with parliament. As i could remember, Iwan Fals, one of Indonesian respected artist and once he was “Asia’s heroes” (Times Version), also get dispute with parliament for his songs.

This time, it was slank’s turn. The group has strong hardcore fans, results of their years commitment in music, good music and strong lyrics. Please take a look at the lyric that pissed of the parliament. I took the lyric from blognya kage Read the rest of this entry »


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Oil Price


Photo taken from Reuters click photo to go to original site

Apparently oil price has gone price again. This morning i filled my motorcycle and found that the pertamax (98 octan gasoline of Pertamina) has rise from IDR7800 into IDR8500 (please find currency rate here).

The price is still below USD1 per liter. But for people who once live with oil price of IDF2500 (at the new regime era) the price looks ridiculous. Read the rest of this entry »

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In my quest of finding nice picture to be put on my greenstuff page, I came with this nice picture of Monika from Flickr.


Browing her flickr page amazed me very much. Such pronounce emotion interpreted in color and sharpness really amazing. Her idea of concept and angle is truly outstanding. I especially love her photo of a girl covered in rice. Please take a look.

That remind me of the recent case of acute diarrhea happened to a pregnant woman in Sulawesi. After weeks of lack of food, Basse (35) with 7 months pregnancy and her third child Bahir (5) dead because of hunger that lead to acute diarrhea. “Mati di lumbung pangan” or “Died in food storage” is Indonesian proverb to called such ironi. Read the rest of this entry »

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