I am not too fond of my own face, despite what my selfie folder might lead you to think. I like it enough in some flattering angles, but I won’t drown myself just to get a closer look of my own reflection. I am also by no means a talented artist. I have long struggled with my drawing abilities, whether it’s for landscape, still life or portraits. I would love to achieve a higher degree of accuracy or realism, but alas I fail even at…Continue Reading “How self-portraits helped me live.”

Foreword: I first encountered these greetings cards while browsing through a book store back in high school. Like any typical teenager, I was struggling with personal insecurities, teetering between the urge to express and the fear of embarrassment. Admittedly, these cards resonated with adolescent-me, they were hard-copy expressions of things I would really like to say to some people. Many years later I stumbled upon these cards as an adult and realized how tacky they are. The graphics left much to be desired and the…Continue Reading “Lifetime Greeting Cards will either make you laugh or question your emotional health.”

I was asked to write a producer’s note for the program book of Broadway ke Java 2016 (more about that in a later post, hopefully). Thanks to insomnia and overall restlessness I stayed up till the break of dawn to compose a rather lengthy note. Alas, as all former journalists should have anticipated, our words are limited by the available space in the layout, only a third of the text got to be printed. I decided to publish the note in its complete form here,…Continue Reading “Broadway Ke Java 2016 Producer’s Note (uncut)”

I have just recently begun learning to cook, and I am bad at cooking. My technique is sloppy (overcooked most of the time), I tend to mess up seasonings (either bland or too salty), and my biggest cause of failure actually lies on my “creativity”. One such example goes, a soup was going alright, until I decided to make it a “fusion” and added last minute ingredients. Good thing I’m not too picky when it comes to eating, I’d rather eat my own bad cooking…Continue Reading “The secret to everything in life: Quality Ingredient”

As I grow older I find it harder to deny the old adage that ignorance is bliss. In general, I loath ignorant people, I try resist to myself from making assumption before acquiring a least some background information or data about something. But in some cases it’s better to look the other way, most of the time this is no easy feat for me, and ignore the fact that you actually know more than you wish you knew. Sleep would have been easier had I…Continue Reading “Ignorance IS, unfortunately, bliss”

The Bolt super 4g service that had recently been made available in Indonesia offered a sim card bundled with an affordable 4G mifi modem, the ZTE MF90. As far as I know this modem is one of the most commonly used by Bolt subscribers for nowadays. (And also non-subscribers who bought them and then unlocked the modem) The design for the ZTE MF90 had the button smack dab in the middle of the curved body and is slightly protruding. This design oversight left it prone…Continue Reading “A cheap and ugly hack for the ZTE MF90”

I have a piggy bank, well actually an Elephant Bank, that’s rather special. You see, it only eats gold coins. Well, not real gold coins, but IDR 500 coins, which has a gold color. Last weekend i was feeling rather curious, how much coins does it hold. So I put all the coins out And I counted everything up In total I have IDR 295,000.00 around USD 30. I can use it to buy around 15 Big Macs in Jakarta. But I don’t want Big…Continue Reading “The Blue Elephant That Eats Gold Coins”

Do you remember Microsoft Paintbrush? The name reminds me of primary school, when we used to computer classes. Back then, paintbrush was one of my fave programs. Any kid would love to draw right? With the evolution of the Microsoft Windows OS, Paintbrush matured and become Microsoft. I don’t really know the difference, it’s just there along with the package. I haven’t been using paint very much these past years. I’ve always been blessed with computers that has at least GIMP in it. Paint is…Continue Reading “lo tech graphical adventures”

“Ibukota lebih kejam daripada ibu tiri” roughly translated to “The capital (mother city) is more vicious than a step mother” is a phrase used sometimes jokingly describe Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. To a certain extent, it’s true. The big durian is not for the faint hearted, trust me. I learned that after being born and raised here for the last 26 years. Somebody attempted to abduct me when I was around 11, on my way home after school. I’ve been through at least five…Continue Reading “Vicious Jakarta part 1”

This post is written on the netbook I bought three days ago after a series of events that made me realize that despite my home PC and Blackberry, i still needed a netbook. I must admit that the purchase was rather impulsive, despite the fact that I’ve contemplated buying a netbook for several months. My PC was being repaired for the -nth time, and even though my thumb typing skills are more than adequate, I find it hard to write and edit articles on a…Continue Reading “The Mini-Ubuntu leap of faith”