English, Poem

Dead forest

Dead forest of Mt. Papandayan, Edo Karensa

once here was a flourish tropical forest
until lava eruption rolled the forest down
leaving only the dust and died tree stems
tourists feeling happy and take photos
on the sorrow look of the dead forest
upload to Instagram with caption they find on Google Search
if you truly love nature you will find beauty everywhere, says Vincent Van Gogh
avoid the world it’s just a lot of dust and drag and means nothing in the end, Jack Kerouac quoted
you were made from dust and to dust you will return, Genesis 9:13
et cetera
but the dust can do nothing
only filling the tourists’ distal nail plate
and sticking to their flawless skin creating unlawful discomfortness
imagining one day the lava of selfishness roll down their civilization
and turn down the lights of city of prosperity and modernization
only orange traffic lights flashing
six hours away from the dead forest

English, Football

A quick look at Go-Jek Traveloka Liga 1

Persib Bandung's stars Raphael Maitimo, Carlton Cole and Michael Essien during a training. Photo: Persib Bandung
Persib’s stars Maitimo, Cole and Essien during a training. Photo courtesy of Persib

The new football season sets to commence this month with 18 clubs participating in the top tier league dubbed ‘Go-Jek Traveloka Liga 1’ – a less-catchy name comparing to what we had in the past like Liga Bank Mandiri or Djarum Indonesia Super League.

The new league will be handled by new operator, PT Liga Indonesia Baru. Flamboyant figure Iwan Budiyanto, former manager of Persik Kediri and Arema FC, has been appointed as the head of league operator.

Ahead of the league’s kick-off on April 15, Persib made media headlines last week when they signed two former Chelsea players, Michael Essien and Carlton Cole. Two stars were signed as marquee players, referring to professional footballers who played in one of three latest World Cups or for an European top club.

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English, Film

Hacksaw Ridge: Interpretation of God’s commandments

Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson.
Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson.

Started at the release of Passion of the Christ (2004), Mel Gibson seems to have taking longer time to contemplate, reflect and reread morality papers, in a positive meaning. Pervading into Jesus Christ’ latest 12-hour human life the Passion and jumping to waning days of the Mayan civilization in Apocalypto (2006), Mel once again echoes himself as deep-thinking director with Hackshaw Ridge, released in Indonesia on Nov. 4.

Mel marks his return after a decade of vague by taking the story of Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist and pacifist who served as a US Army combat medic during the World War II in Okinawa, Japan. Desmond, starred by Arsenal FC fan and Spiderman actor Andrew Garfield, managed to save 75 lives without ever lifting a weapon despite of pressure and rebuff from his commanders at the training camp.

Desmond simply doesn’t take the gun because the Holy Bible forbids him to do so, referring to the sixth God’s commandment: Thou shall not kill. Back in the childhood time, Desmond had almost killed his brother with a stone during a brotherhood fight. It was the moment that changes Desmond’s live, besides one when he set his drunken father at the gunpoint to take his mom out of an altercation. Further details on this may be considered as spoiler, so I stop here.

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English, Personal

Marriage talks so typical

It always be both pleasant and strain talks when the topic is marriage.

Smile is always there, but long deep breathe used to precede every words my heart has spoken. It could be a symbol of consideration, carefulness, doubt, or even deep-thought for something I yet understand or think about.

But, like the other life game, it forces me to keep progressing on something I believe to bring happiness for millions of hearts. Marriage feeds love and happiness to the hearts of parents, families, friends and last but not least, the lovely one.

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English, Story

Heart over head

Saeni, the warteg cook

The 53-year-old Saeni has lately captured public attentions in Indonesia after a news broadcaster showed how ‘mean’ the Satpol PP officers seizing foods from her small stall. On the basis of a discriminative local regulation, the officers prohibited Saeni –a cook for low-classer in Serang, Banten– to open her food stall, alias warteg, during Ramadan fasting month.

But, the public responses drive me crazy.

The online crowd funding portal KitaBisa.com collected Rp 265,534,758 cash for Saeni –thanks to massive media coverage– meanwhile President Joko Widodo has also sent his bucks for Saeni the tyrannized cook. How generous we are.

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English, Personal

A friend leaving us

I was shocked this morning. A Whatsapp group told me that a college friend Kristina Rintik died this morning at a hospital in Bintaro.

Tragically, as a friend of her, I don’t even know she suffered from something. The last update I knew about Rintik  was that she married her man last December.

Photo by Vincentia Nitya

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