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Just a brief post.

I’ve just emailed this announcement to some mailing lists and friends:

It’s been a while; almost three months from the first launch of Eyesia (http://www.eyesia.co.cc/), a website/online magazine of Indonesian students in Australia. And after such a long waiting, a “tough break”, we are now glad to share this news: the second edition of Eyesia is finally available for viewing!
The articles are not as many as the 1st one in quantity, but some sections might be worth checking out. Some of them are: a note of Mt Buller trip (Travel), a soccer-playing robot team and the Indonesian guy member (Hobby) – plus a glimpse of one the games (Video), book reviews and some songs (Simply Words), a couple of short and not-so-short news (Newswire), as well as ‘conversation’ about public transportation (Focus), and of course new photo gallery and recipe.
Please, have a look. And we’d appreciate any comments. Thanks and enjoy.

-The Eyesia Team-

While this is the Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) version:

Sudah cukup lama sejak edisi perdana diluncurkan, dan memang cukup memakan waktu dan menguras tenaga [part-time] kami dalam menindaklanjutinya. Tapi akhirnya.. Eyesia edisi-2 sudah bisa dinikmati online.
Tidak sebanyak yang pertama artikel-artikelnya, namun barangkali masih lumayan menarik untuk ditengok. Kali ini, kita antara lain punya sebuah jurnal trip ke Mt Buller (Travel), artikel kecil tentang tim sepakbola robot dan salah satu membernya (Hobby) – berikut cuplikan pertandingan (Video), ada beberapa review buku & lirik lagu (Simply Words), serta sejumlah berita/feature singkat (Newswire). Plus, tentu masih ada bahasan utama, yaitu tentang public transport (Focus), dan galeri foto baru serta resep.
Silakan bagi yang brminat, singgahlah sejenak. Silakan beri komentar juga. Terima kasih.

-The Eyesia Team-

Can’t say more. Just figure it out yourselves guys. 😉


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Firstly, sorry if there should be any mistake, including wrong terms, not-so-accurate descriptions, especially on technical things, within my post that I’m going to write here. I must admit, I don’t really have a sound knowledge on internet technology. I’ve just been blogging around (un-regularly) for several months, joined Facebook last year, Twitter two months ago, and am not in touch with Twittad yet. However, since they’re all part of phenomena, I thought I’ll just share my thoughts of them.

And I’ll talk about Twitter first. Well, actually, I was just introduced – by my lecturer – to this relatively new facility (at least for me), this emerging trend on the net, about two months ago. And it was at the first few weeks of my Online Journalism class this semester at UTS.

But wait! Anyone still has no clue of what I’m talking about here? (more…)

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In Australia, this year it was officially started at 2.00am (normal time), about 12 days ago, or on Sunday, October 5 to be exact. I was actually in Melbourne around that day, so I adjusted all my devices’ clock at a friend’s place where I stayed. This is my second time having it (the Daylight Saving Time or DST), and so I’m fully aware of it.

However, interestingly on Friday before the starting point of time, when I was just arrived at the Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, that beautiful morning, (more…)

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned about this a bit before, right here in this blog. Yes, it was when I told people about how I had to find a new place to live in, while I was also initiating this project – codenamed “Project Eyes”.

And now, the project is finally settled. I mean, the first edition of this brand-new (more…)

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This is simply my kind of “compilation” of some recent news on Indonesia – some of them are from Sumatra as the place where I came from – that I browsed and checked out just a few moments ago, which are probably of interest as well to other people:

Indonesian president to launch massive Total gas fields (by AFP)

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is due to inaugurate Friday a massive new gas operation off Borneo by French giant Total, the company said… (to read more, click here)

Indonesian shares higher at midday on rebound led by coal miners (by Forbes)

Indonesian shares closed the morning session higher on Friday, mainly supported by a rebound in coal stocks after Thursday’s selloff… (to read more, click here)

9 Terrorism Suspects Detained in Indonesia After a Raid Uncovers Bombs (by The New York Times)

Indonesian police transferred nine terrorism suspects, bound and wearing black hoods, to the capital, Jakarta, on Thursday after their arrest in southern Sumatra… (to read more, click here)

‘Tempo’ loses legal battle to RAPP (by The Jakarta Post)

In what was called a “grave for press freedom” in Indonesia, a court here ruled Thursday in favor of a pulp and paper firm in a long-standing dispute with Koran Tempo daily newspaper… (to read more, click here)

Antam projects start OZ Minerals (by The Sydney Morning Herald)

OZ Minerals – the newly merged Oxiana/Zinifex – has outlined plans to increase its exposure to Indonesia after signing an agreement to co-operate on projects with a major Indonesian miner, PT Antam… (to read more, click here)

Indonesia among 41 countries applying for inclusion in Unesco’s heritage list (by Antara)

Indonesia is among 41 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention which will present properties for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List During this year’s session, hosted by Canada to coincide with the 400th anniversary celebration of the founding of Quebec City, on Wednesday (July 2)… (to read more, click here)

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Just another story of my days – or you may just call it an “announcement”. 🙂


And so, in case people don’t’ know, besides the ‘obligation’ of being a journalist and a student of UTS Journalism, I really like to write. I like it even though I’m not very good at it (especially in English). One of the consequences then is, whenever I have the chance to take part on writing job or a competition for example, I would be interested to try.

And that last one was what happened a few weeks ago, when I was still right in the middle of several assignments. I entered two interesting competitions, which required just some samples of short writings, with of course a hope to win. However, no luck for me, I didn’t get selected.

Well, of course “luck” was not the main thing here. Actually, what I wrote were not good enough (yeah, that’s the problem). It’s a bit shameful though, because for the World Nomads Travel Scholarship for example, one of my friends already knew that I participated. 😀 Yet, the winner (Susannah Palk) and the three runner-ups (Lynette Willoughby, Mark Bailey and Emily Sim) are truly really good. Have a look, check their story entries here.

The second one, with just about one-paragraph of writing entry, was the SMH call for their “unofficial reviewers” of the Sydney Film Festival. And finally, here are the five chosen reviewers: Lee Winters, Veronica Holmes, Sneha Balakrishnan, Emma Rugg and Sevana Ohandjanian (the last two are UTS Journalism students). So far, they’ve been working great. You may check their interesting pieces of work here.

Another “no luck” thing I discovered just a few days ago is on my story for one of the UTS Journalism publications, the Precinct. Published in a new format, the current issue of this magazine has a range of interesting news and articles, mainly from around Sydney. However, the story I did – about an exhibition called “Dockside” at the NSW State Library – was probably not interesting or important enough to be included in this edition of Precinct, or maybe it was just lack in quality.

Well, hey, I still gotta cheer up, you know! 😀 Because luckily, there is one small thing I managed to get recently, in term of “competition”: winning the Rolling Stone’s trivia quiz. And the prize is a Cloverfield DVD (though I’m still wondering, why doesn’t it come yet?).

Finally, still like to talk about my writing, for those who might also have an interest on some easy journalism topics, I’d love to share here a couple of my blog entries, which I completed as a requirement for one of the class this semester. This task is quite interesting for me, as we may talk broadly about anything in relation to newspapers editing, designing and publishing. Here’s the link for the PDF file of those blog notes I made.

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Well, it’s been a while. It’s hard to get time to write here, huh? Or is it just me who’s being lazy? 😀

Anyway, what I’d really like to say is that it’s been over two week after the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) 2008 was officially closed. And I’ve been eager to write just a little something [at least a few lines] about it during the previous weeks. So, here’s what I have in mind [maybe a bit more than a few lines :D].

Note: Showing Judith Lucy in action (standing), this picture is one of some interesting sessions at the SWF, taken from the festival website with the photographer Prudence Upton.


This is probably not such of festival that cheerful or fun-loving people would prioritise to attend. Yet, there were a lot of visitors there in this year’s SWF. At least, the atmosphere at the festival’s main venue, the Walsh Bay precinct, showed it. And as the festival-goers have already aware of, there were a lot more sessions were held at some other venues, whether it was still around Sydney metro or went across to the other regions of NSW.

It is said that one of the improvements for this year’s SWF was the addition of a few more locations for the sessions. By adding the Pier 2/3 of Walsh Bay to the list of venues, one organiser staff said that it has made the event more flexible, and relaxing or more convenient to be enjoyed by people. Well, what I also saw was a good management of the venues has become one of the reasons for its success.

At the beautiful Walsh Bay precinct alone, at least there were one or two sessions a day that was over-capacity. Maybe it’s easy to understand it if they were all just free events, but the fact is some of the ticketed events were even already fully-booked several days before they commenced. Imagine that for a non-music or non-food-related festival.

And not as what non-book-lovers or people who just don’t know about the festival would possibly think, the attendees were not all old person. Lots of them were young people, even teenage. And yeah, they were kids too. Well, at least for the festival’s precinct, it’s such a nice place for the whole family indeed. Beautiful views, with one of the Sydney’s landmarks just on a near distance of your sight.

The queues are another way to say how interesting this festival was for a lot of people. At least on the time when I was there, at the Sydney Dance Company venues, queues were almost all over the place. A few queues were even longer than half the building’s side. And guess what? In a queue like that, you couldn’t be sure enough you’ll get in, even when you almost reached the room’s door.

Seriously, this note is not just some sort of praise for the festival. After all, what would I get from such praise, anyway? No, that’s not it. And of course, like many other events, this festival surely has problems and negative notes too. For instance, I heard about some issues brought up during the festival, whether it was management issues or even a big literacy issue. For a complete report on all about it, the UTS Journalism’s Festival News can be a reference.

So then, what I was up to there? Well, basically I was up to any kind of event, but probably more into some discussion sessions. Unfortunately, I was only able to be there in the afternoon within two non-consecutive days, Thursday and Saturday. And it’s become more unfortunate for me, since I only attended two sessions. Here’s some story for that…

The first for me was a session called “Writing for Young Adults”. It was a panel discussion involving three interesting novel authors, Doug MacLeod, Michael Gerard Bauer and Matt Costello, facilitated by John Meredith, an actor.

And then, following the above session, I intended to attend another interesting free discussion with an author, titled “Princesses and Pornstars”. It’s a famous female author, Emily Maguire, who in that afternoon talked to Anne Summers about what has happened to women’s rights recently. But I was unlucky, and had to face my first disappointment as an “over-capacity-venue victim”.

Emily surely has a lot of fans, which I then decided to attend her other session when I came by again two days later. A session with a similar name to her previous one, Pornstars, Princesses and Lost Boys, only that this time it was involving a male author, Sam de Brito.

But I had to join the long queue this time, even when at first I was convinced I’ll get in because I stood at a position under the count of a hundred. Yet, there was still no luck there, which finally made me and the rest of the “queueing gang” have to be please enough to listen to the discussion broadcast through a speaker outside of the building. There was another session presenting Emily on Sunday, the next day, but I wasn’t able to be nearby the festival venues at all.

So then, what was the other session that I managed to go to? It’s a launch of a short stories compilation book called the “Growing up Asian in Australia”. And it was also an interesting event, especially for me, knowing that there are so many young Asian writers around.

Below is one of the pictures I took there, showing when Alice Pung the editor –and a Melbourne-based lawyer– had a signature-request session at the end of the launching, accompanied by the lady from Black Inc. the publisher.


(Next: the Sydney Film festival – and I already saw two of the movies at the moment)

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