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Well, while struggling with lots and lots of study tasks, I also try to gather again what imagination can I turn into words of poem. And this is what I finally got. It’s in Bahasa Indonesia though – and this is one promise I try to ‘keep’ to some of my fellow Indonesians – but I think non-Indonesian speakers here wouldn’t mind at all. Would you, friends? 🙂

Note: as the watermark shows, the great image is taken from a photography site – Danheller.Com.

kereta api super cepat itu bernama waktu

ia berlalu sangat cepat…

sangat, sangaaat cepat!

tak hendak berhenti di stasiun ini agaknya. mungkin tidak juga di stasiun manapun.. karena ia memang selalu bergerak.

tapi ia sudah melewati semua stasiun. dan sebaliknya, semua orang di semua stasiun sudah tahu akan keberadaannya.

kereta api super cepat itu… bernama ‘waktu’.

kereta api yang teramat panjang… gerbongnya nyaris tak pernah kelihatan; apalagi karena memang ia melintas sangat teramat cepat…

gerbong-gerbong terdepan bahkan kukira tak seorang pun bisa mengenali bentuknya.

apalah lagi kepala gerbongnya…

mungkin tak ada manusia yang bahkan bisa sekadar membayangkan bagaimana rupanya.

tapi walaupun berlalu sedemikian rupa, aku kadang bisa ingat bagaimana rupa sejumlah gerbongnya… setidaknya mungkin, gerbong-gerbong yang masih belum berjarak terlalu jauh.

dan kukira banyak orang lain juga barangkali masih bisa mengenali.

satu gerbong misalnya, baru saja rasanya berlalu… menghadirkan pemandangan mengharukan dari sahabat-sahabat manusia yang menderita di Burma sana.

yang terbaring tak berdaya. yang meringis kesakitan. yang hanya bisa menangis pilu dalam penderitaan.

dan aku hampir tak percaya… ketika bak dejavu, selintas kemudian ada lagi gerbong yang kurang lebih serupa.

apa ini bukan sama sekali gerbong yang sama? [begitu pikirku ketika ia melintas]

tapi tentu saja, yang ini sama sekali berbeda… walaupun yang kulihat di dalamnya adalah gambaran yang nyaris sama.

gerbong dengan ribuan manusia yang tergeletak dalam penderitaan di China. terkapar tak berdaya. meraung kesakitan. merintih di tengah pedihnya penderitaan.

lalu kuingat-ingat lagi… [sembari duduk tenang di bangku stasiun membaca lembaran koranku ditemani secangkir kopi]

aku sebelumnya mungkin juga pernah melihat gerbong yang identik lainnya.

ya, ketika badai Katrina menerpa USA.

juga ketika tsunami menghajar sejumlah pesisir berpenghuni manusia.

ketika gempa meluluhlantakkan Yogya dan sekitarnya.

saat longsor menimpa, banjir melanda, topan dan puting beliung memporak-porandakan apa saja, gunung memuntahkan lava, sungai meluap dan sebagainya… di mana-mana.

juga di kala kereta tumbang, pesawat jatuh, kapal tenggelam, bom meledak, perang meluluhlantakkan, pemberontakan, kekacauan, amarah, meledak, membakar, memusnahkan… hingga punah ranah segala yang ada.

dan kupikir-pikir lagi… [sambil santai menghisap rokokku]

agaknya gerbong-gerbong yang hampir sama itu silih-berganti melintas dengan frekuensi yang semakin tinggi di hadapanku sejak beberapa saat lalu.

dan aku hampir yakin kalau masih bakal ada banyak… mungkin amat banyak… gerbong lainnya yang serupa yang akan kembali melintas.

ataukah aku duduk di stasiun yang salah? [pikirku sambil melongok kiri-kanan]

tidak juga…

tidak, tentu saja tidak.

karena ini memang satu-satunya jalur yang dilewati oleh kereta api super cepat bernama ‘waktu’ itu.

kereta yang masih terus bergerak, melintas sangat teramat cepat di hadapanku… di hadapan semua orang lainnya yang berada di stasiun yang sama, yang kadang sembari menatap penuh takjub ke gerbong yang melintas di depannya, mengurut dada atau merasa bersyukur karena tak ikut menjadi penumpang di sana.

dan sebagian masih dengan tenang tetap membaca korannya, meminum kopi hangatnya, sama seperti diriku.

sementara kereta api super cepat itu dan gerbong-gerbong tragisnya tak hendak berhenti berlalu…

// sydney – 17 may 2008 – 4.45am //

A short abstract in English:

It’s about an express train [I] called ‘time’. A train that lately seems most of its carriages are full of human being in misery. From China, Burma, the USA, Indonesia; from all over the world basically. And it’s still moving… probably will continue to show the same view.

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Sydney is one of the cities that so-well-known for being the host of lots of festival. At least it’s from my own knowledge. Get rid of music festivals, and there are still several major events that quite interesting – for the residents or especially outsiders. These are two of them, and they’re coming our way, in the nearly upcoming weeks!

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>> Sydney Writers’ Festival

This one is interesting, not only for the writers or people who like to read a lot of writings e.g. books, feature stories, etc., but of course also for ‘common people’. It will be held here in Sydney – but not just in the city since the venues are very spread out even to Wollongong – from next Monday, May 19 to 25 (official dates).

There are several different kinds of activity that can be enjoyed by people, starting from exhibitions, author talks, conversations, lectures, readings, panel seminars, filming, etc. And if people don’t like to pay to feel the atmosphere, there are still heaps of events which are free. Yes, free of charge!

This event has a lot of major sponsors. But besides those sponsors, you know what, our guys in UTS Journalism will also participate in one important role which is to produce Festival News, the SWF daily publication (but well, I’m not involved actually).

Here’s to take a look at its complete guide.

>>Sydney Film Festival

This year the festival that [I think] really spoiling movie lovers will be in its 55th year. And it will be here for almost three weeks, from June 4 to 22. So, in case June is already filled with other plans in your agenda, at least there’s still any chance for one or two movies, right?

A series of strands will be showcased, involving heaps of movies, starting from kids films, animation, Australian, short cuts, hot docs, art films, world views, some other special foreign movies (high quality ones of course), etc. The venues include the State Theatre, Dendy Opera Quays, Greater Union George Street, Metro Theatre and so on. No need to say more, I guess, as anybody who really loves movies should already have this event on their agenda.

Here’s to take a look at its complete guide.

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Just for your [extra] information, I’ll probably be there in both festivals, and surely will try to take notes to be written here. So, just stay tuned. But better yet, if I may suggest, while any of you have the chance, why don’t stop by and enjoy them your self.

Finally, have anything to say? Well, just put your comments here then..! 😉

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Since July last year, this is one of my favourite places to hang around. Yup, it’s the outer part of home for me, but probably also the cosiest spot of the unit I live in.

It’s not just because I have my cigarettes here, but also as the place when I like to do other stuff. I often read my newspapers here, along with a cup of coffee. Or sometimes, just sit and looking around. Yet, some more of my serious activities like writing the assignments or calling my news sources, have also been happened here.

And it is at this balcony, I regularly think about lots of things. About love and life, about study and work, about myself and other people. I think and write, or just thinking while having a wide open sight.

From this balcony, I see life. I see movement of people’s daily life. I see examples of human being and their time, their activities and even their feelings. Their sadness and happiness, their joyfulness and loneliness. All the things that I’ve ever feel in my own life actually.

Sometimes from this balcony, I can see somebody who’s having problems with their partner, with their family or friends. Sometimes, I might see a group of people having a party, or just chilling out talking to each other. But every time for sure, I would always see somebody’s busy doing something, anything that becomes part of the advanced life of this big country.

Once, I saw a group of official city workers cutting the trees. And they did a very efficient work, with a number of machines were also there to help them.

Lately, since a few weeks ago, I can also find a similar view right in front of me from this balcony. A group of worker is working on a renovation project, or probably building something new, in the small block of buildings across the street. And again, in every single day of their work, I make a lot of thinking.

I think about how they’re doing their job. Moreover, about how the similar view might look back there in my home country, where some rare and unique things could be found. In a development project like this back there, I won’t just see the workers or their supervisors and the material suppliers come along. I can also see some government officials come once in a while, to talk about paper works and maybe to get some kind of retribution. And they’re not the only one who would ask for retribution from the project, as the local gang would want ‘a taste of it’ too.

Well, that’s just a tiny example of what use to happen in my country. Of course, it’s not happen all the time, but enough to say it as a common activity. So, is it a prove of what’s called a corrupt-mental-attitude there? Unfortunately, yes, that’s one of them. Although I should say again that not all aspects in our country’s life are surrounded with corruption.

And so, finally, I would say that it is from this cozy balcony too, I sometimes think about – or dream of – the positive change that could happen to my home country in the future. Maybe not in the near future, but hopefully we’ll get there sometimes. And I would really love to be part of that change. I would love too … just as I finish my homeland’s cigarette here and put it off in my ashtray.

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No need to say more, except that this is one of the things that I really believe for so long. Here’s a list of some quotes about goodness or kindness (originally taken from this website):

  • “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” [Aesop]
  • “It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.” [Aristotle; 4th century BC]
  • “I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings … I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.” [Pearl S. Buck]
  • “Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.” [Buddha]
  • “Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.” [Richard Carlson]
  • “They’re only truly great who are truly good.” [George Chapman; 1654]
  • “What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.” [Confucius; circa 500 B.C.]
  • “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” [The Dalai Lama]
  • “To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.” [Taisen Deshimaru]
  • “Only a life lived for others is worth living.” [Albert Einstein]
  • “Be the change you want to see in the world.” [Mohandas Gandhi]
  • “It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” [Kahlil Gibran]
  • “Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]
  • “Goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows.” [David Grayson]
  • “To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.” [Ali Ibn-Abi-Talib; 7th century A.D.]
  • “Kindness … loving people more than they deserve.” [Joseph Joubert; 1754-1824]
  • “I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” [Abraham Lincoln]
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” [Norman MacEswan]
  • “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one!” [Marcus Aurelius; 2nd century A.D.]
  • “There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” [Bernard Meltzer]
  • “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” [Plato]
  • “You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot do by force.” [Publilius Syrus; 1st century BC]
  • “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.” [Franklin Delano Roosevelt]
  • “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” [Jean Jacques Rousseau]
  • “Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” [Theodore Isaac Rubin]
  • “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” [Seneca]
  • “One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” [Sophocles; 409 BC]
  • “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” [Henry David Thoreau]
  • “The government in which I believe is that which is based on mere moral sanction … the real law lives in the kindness of our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no law or political reform can fill them.” [Leo Tolstoy]
  • “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” [Mark Twain]
  • “The best portions of a good man’s life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” [William Wordsworth]

Then, to add some more ‘sense of kindness’ here, below is an example of a nice poem from Kahlil Gibran, about friendship…

Friendship IXX
(Kahlil Gibran)

And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.”
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

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Let’s talk ’bout football, will you? Or soccer if you prefer to call it that way. And it’s not a surprise at all of course that I’m one of the so many people in the world who love this kind of sport. Love to watch the game (whenever I have the chance) and love to play as well – well maybe very occasionally.

And the part of football that I’d like to talk about right now is Inter Milan. FC Internazionale Milano SpA; that’s its formal name. No need to explain more about this club I guess, as there are heaps of info that you may find on it on the net.

It’s not that this club is currently the leading team in Serie A competition 2007/2008. Nor that it’s been taking the Scudetto (Serie A Champion) since 2006. It’s really the favourite club of mine since around 1994 that I wanna share and talk about in this occasion.

Well of course, whatever the reason is, it’s just OK to love such a great club like Inter. In fact, probably millions of football lovers in the world love this team. And I’m simply one tiny part of them. Part of a lot more people who love football and use to have their own favourite club(s) as well.

Actually, some of my friend here (I mean friends in Indonesia who probably had visited this blog) have already knew this as my chosen football club. But maybe not all of you, my friend, knew my reason to choose Inter as the favourite one.

It’s really as simple as this … In around 1994, when I was in my first year in college, I used to love the other great Italian football club, AC Milan. These two clubs are actually great contenders, and have this duel famously called Derby Della Madonnina – like the one that happen this weekend in Serie A. Yet, back to my previous story, as I then interacted with few more friends who really love football, I found out that many of them also loved AC Milan. So, not wanted to be called ‘trend follower’, I then switched my favourite to Inter Milan. It was just like that.

So, I might not a real Inter fans then, huh? Maybe. But maybe not. Who can easily tell a real fan out of so many fans in the world anyway. The members of ‘right wing’ fans club of Inter in Milan probably have their own marks.

Anyway, I must admit it’s just another part of ‘unimportant’ passion in my life that I have (since I unlikely will become a real sport’s fan). However, why don’t I just show you here a selection of Inter players that I consider as most favourites. Well, what do you think, my fellow football lovers? Aren’t they great players? And girls, aren’t they just good looking? 😉

The Line-Up:

Gianluca Pagliuca

Javier Zanetti – Laurent Blanc – Andreas Brehme – Roberto Carlos

Roberto Baggio – Juan Sebastián Verón – Youri Djorkaeff – Luís Figo

Christian Vieri – Jürgen Klinsmann

The Subs: Francesco Toldo, Walter Samuel, Marco Materazzi, Luigi Di Biagio, Álvaro Recoba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Adriano Leite Ribeiro

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Guys..! As I’m still working on every idea that I might like to write about, which I hope some of you would like to read, there are already some more things that you probably like to check out. I forgot to mention this on my first ‘announcement’, but if you’re interested, you could check my Facebook and Friendster profiles here. There are links of them as well on the right-side bar of this blog.

Another thing is, especially for you who haven’t noticed it yet, a few days ago I’ve just added another page (Pictures of My Life) containing a series of picture that range from my childhood in Padang (West Sumatra), to my previous activities in Pekanbaru (Riau), and of course some of the pics while I’m here in Australia. Have a look if you like.

Cheers. 🙂

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