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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.
Regards,

-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.
Salam,

-The Eyesia Team-

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

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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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It’s been almost a week actually, since the real [holy] date of our country’s Independence Day, August 17. And this year in Sydney, it is quite more exciting for me, compared to last year since I didn’t attend any celebration or ceremony back then.

Yet, what I really want to post here, perhaps is a couple of songs (or videos to be exact), of which I use to “re-engage” my mind and feeling towards this Independence Day’s moment the whole week. My fellow Indonesian friends would be familiar with them, I believe.

And don’t want to write any longer, here they are (all copied from Youtube). Enjoy! 😉

Bendera – by Cokelat :

Indonesia Pusaka (instrumental/guitar) – by Prisa Rianzi :

Satu Nusa Satu Bangsa – by Cokelat :

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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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A few days ago, or Monday night to be precise, just about when I was preparing to attend one of the Sydney Film Festival’s screening, a message appeared on my cell phone’s screen. It was from my father back there in Indonesia. He asked a short question: “Hey, did you watch Euro’s match last night?”

And suddenly, I was paused for a moment, and thinking: “Oh, God! How can I forget? It’s Euro 2008 final tournament already!”

Yeah, you’re absolutely right! This is about the famous European football (soccer) tournament, or what is formally named UEFA Euro 2008. It’s now being held in Austria and Switzerland, in eight cities, involving 16 final round teams. Even though it’s basically an ‘European thing’, don’t forget, it’s the second biggest sports tournament on planet earth, after the FIFA World Cup. Similar to the World Cup, it’s organised every four years, while both tournaments only separated by two years.

And you know what? In Indonesia, regardless our national team are participating or not, or even whether we’re having a bad or a promising year on our national football scheme, people are always crazy about both tournaments. Yeah, we’re probably one of the biggest football-fans nations in the world. I don’t know now, but usually in the past, sometimes when these tournaments came, some minor ‘negative effects’ might come along as well, such as productivity decrease, domestic/relationship problems, occasional gambling, etc.

But again, you know what? I may say we don’t really care about those. 😀 Besides that they’re just minor cases, there were also things that can be regarded as positive impacts too. One of them is this ‘unique passion’, which is arguably considered as some kind of good distraction for our people, especially those who’s having hard times in the low-level economy life.

Anyway, back to the real topic, the reply I sent to my father that day basically was: “Well, I actually forgot it. But it’s mainly because people or the media here are not the same as us on this, since soccer is not very popular here. Also, I’m not sure if there’s even live match on TV. So, no, I didn’t watch last night’s game, Dad. Too bad. But I’m gonna check it out tonight.”

So then, I checked it out and pulled back my big interest towards this tournament. And I was so glad that Tuesday night, because SBS was actually broadcasting the match of Group D’s Spain v Russia. And of course, I really enjoyed the thrill of watching the action of the Matador’s young guns – especially David Villa with his hat-trick – which finally defeated the Russians with 4-1.

I don’t know if this question would be relevant, but is that means Espana is my favourite in this tournament? Well, indeed, they’re one of the strong teams, along with Portugal, the Netherlands and so on, but the clue to my favourite was my father’s initial question. 😉

Umm… let me just make it simple to avoid confusion here: it’s the Germany (from Group B). To be exact, they’ve been my favourite team since over a decade ago in every Euro tournament (but it’s a different case in the World Cup though). Too bad, after the first great win, on the second game last night they were defeated by Croatia who consequently became the 2nd team that has officially secured its second phase place following Portugal (of Group A). But they surely still have big chance. So, I’d still say: “Go! Go, panzer!” 😀

Anyway, for those who’s interested, the tournament’s info can be easily found almost everywhere on the net right now. But most useful and interesting information – including match schedules, standings, reports and every other thing – can be found on the official website. And the following are just part of the interesting info on one of their fact sheets, which can be viewed completely on this link:

  • Some 8 billion viewers in all followed UEFA Euro 2004 on TV, a figure that is sure to be exceeded during UEFA Euro 2008.
  • The operational budget for UEFA Euro 2008 amounts to EUR 234m (CHF 386m).
  • 21,400 rooms in 408 hotels (220 in Austria, 188 in Switzerland) have been booked for the different target groups, making a total of 139,300 overnights.
  • 5,000 volunteers are supporting the Euro 2008 SA staff during the tournament. Each of the two main host cities, Vienna and Basle, requires 1,000 volunteers, while 500 are needed in each of the other six cities.
  • 4,500 extra trains will be in use during UEFA Euro 2008; 2,000 in Austria and 2,500 in Switzerland.
  • By June 2008, Euro 2008 SA had a staff of 450.
  • 100km of cabling has been installed for host broadcast operations.
  • For the host broadcasting operations, 21 correspondents and 16 ENG crews will be stationed with the 16 teams and produce live reports and video interviews direct from the stadiums and training grounds.
  • 30 cameras are covering the matches, including one helicopter.

(Note: Pictures courtesy of the UEFA EURO 2008 website)

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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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