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a lesson from the unexpected February 15, 2013

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トゥース! (toos!)

that’s a famous meme by Toshiaki Kasuga (春日俊彰), one of a popular comedian duo Audrey (オードリー). if you’re a japanese, or if you watch japanese tv shows a lot, i bet you know it. first time i knew about it was when junior high school students in an english summer camp i went to in 2010 taught me about that.

when i first searched about it in the internet, what i found was this stupid-looking guy with slicked-to-the-side hairstyle wearing pink vest and i didn’t really give much care about. time goes by and i got to see him again as a guest in a tv program called Sekai Bandzuke (世界番付) that i started to follow. the show is about country ranking of many categories, basically anything. then things went interesting where in the show, Kasuga got his own special part called 「オードリ春日の部族滞在記」(tribe stay diary of audrey kasuga). when he first explained about the program, it just sounded as something stupid as what he usually does, where he visited a tribe somewhere around the world with a mission to make people there wear his pink vest. but seeing several episodes of it changed my opinion about him.

someone who is famous for his stupid joke apparently has something that i think deserve a huge respect. seeing him getting into a very small isolated tribe, staying in places where i think is far from comfortable, learning a very different culture, and being able to blend in with all the people although only within a few days of stay, is really interesting. well, they must have made things so much easier for him to stay there, no language barriers with the existence of a translator, and who knows what happened off-the-camera. but there are at least two things that i respect from him in this program.

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1. he went to places where there might be no other people wants to go

so far he went to three tribes, in africa, papua new guinea, and the phillipines (as far as i remember). and all of them are isolated, very far from civilization, and takes lots of time and efforts to reach. maybe only a glimpse of people ever heard about these tribes before. but he did it anyway.

somehow it also opened my mind more. in this modern era these kind of people still exist. people who don’t need electricity. people who can live without cellphone or internet. people who content with what they have although we might think that they have nothing. reminding myself again to be thankful of what i have. and it reminded me again about vision. i feel i’ve been living a very comfortable life, but if someday God wants me to go to places that i feel “not comfortable” would i be able to happily go?

2. he’s not afraid of any challenges

there are some customs or cultural things in the tribes he visited that modern people would think as crazy things, like going shark hunting without “proper” equipments, or getting honey from a bee nest naked. but he challenged everything. he was never seen afraid to try new things, he didn’t care if he will fail or not, he just did it so that he can be accepted by the tribe and can get them wear his pink vest. this is also a reminder for me who sometimes couldn’t get out from my comfort zone, couldn’t get that first step to try new things. in reaching out to people, in order to be accepted by them, most of the times i will need to try new things which can be a huge challenge. at that time, will i do it?

these things really encouraged me which i totally never expected i would get from someone like Kasuga.

If you have faith, anything is possible. Anything at all. September 28, 2011

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first time I heard about Bethany Hamilton was when I read Nick Vujicic’s book. she is a surfer that lost one of her arm caused by a shark attack, but she didn’t lose hope and continue surfing. she wrote a book called “Soul Surfer” about her struggle after she lost her arm and how she overcome it. i haven’t read the book (but planning to buy it soon) but a while ago i watched the movie that was released earlier this year with the same title as the book. as a movie maybe it’s not as good as other movies, but her life story is really inspiring. (i wonder if they would ever make a move about Nick as well)

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. ” -Jeremiah 29:11-

after the accident, Bethany recalled this verse and started questioning God. she asked her church youth leader, “Sarah, how can this be God’s plan for me?” and Sarah just said “I don’t understand. I don’t know why terrible things happen to us sometimes. But I have to believe that something good is going to come out of this.”

she couldn’t accept it at first but after a while she tried to get back in the water. however her poor performance on a competition discouraged her and she decided to quit surfing. after going to a mission trip to help tsunami victims in thailand she got her motivation back to surf again.

a reporter asked Bethany a question after she almost won a regional championship, “I just wanted to ask you if you could go back to that day and not have gone surfing, would you do it?” and this is her answer:

I wouldn’t change what happened to me, because then I wouldn’t have this chance in front of all of you. This chance to embrace more people than I ever could have with two arms. I was born to surf. This is why I wake up
at the crack of dawn every day. This is why I endure belly rashes, reef cuts, muscles so tired they feel like noodles. And I’ve learned that life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in the impact zone, you need to get right back up because you never know what’s over the next wave.
And if you have faith, anything is possible.
Anything at all.

somehow it’s related to the sermon at church last sunday by ps.Brenden Brown from Hillsong Church Australia about being strong and courageous. when Joshua was in a tough situation and God appointed him to become a leader, God told him to be strong and courageous up to four times. He wants to make us sure that He is with us no matter what the condition is. He has a great plan for us and by being strong and courageous people can see God who lives in us.

a little boy with big vision January 22, 2010

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i just read this news from a link on a friend’s blog about a 9-year-old kid who’s already a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer…here’s the news (source: news.cnet.com)

Marko Calasan, a nine-year-old from Macedonia, is more than just a kid who’s into computers.

At age six, he got his first systems administrator credential from Microsoft and, last month, he became perhaps the youngest Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

“I must say that from the technological point of view, Marko is definitely a wonder child,” said Matej Potokar, the general manager of Microsoft Slovenia. Potokar said in an email interview that he first heard about Marko two years ago and was eager to get the chance to meet the young prodigy.

“When we were informed that he is coming to Ljubljana (Slovenia’s capital) and would like to meet with people from Microsoft Slovenia I was looking forward to meet him,” Potokar said. For a half an hour, Marko made a presentation to Potokar and his team about Active Directory and its benefits and challenges.

“It is amazing how much time and energy he dedicated to study this complex and extensive material. On the other hand, I hope that … he still finds time for his second biggest love, which is football.”

Marko already has his first gig as a system administrator, remotely managing a network of computers for a non-profit that works with people with disabilities.

“The employees … are very glad that there is a good administrator,” Marko said in an email interview. “I think that it’s true, but who knows.”

Marko said he typically spends about four hours a day at the computer, but concedes that it is sometimes 10 hours or more.

Marko is also a teacher with his own computer lab on the grounds of an elementary school where he teaches eight- to 11-year olds the basics of computers. The lab houses 15 PCs provided by the ministry of education. That’s on top of the five computers already in the Calasan home — Marko’s dad is also an IT systems manager.

To allow him more time with his computers, Marko has permission from the government to attend school infrequently. Sometimes it’s only several times a month. And he also has a set of keys so he can go into the lab at any time.

“Sometimes when the other classmates are sleeping, I go and practice in my lab,” Marko said in an email interview.

His latest project is trying to devise a way to send high-definition television (HDTV) signals over a comparatively slow network infrastructure. To support his effort, a Macedonian telecommunications company has given him a direct connection to its network backbone.

Marko proudly says that even over a basic DSL connection one can get HDTV without glitches. “The buffering will be very short,” he said. Marko hopes to demonstrate the technology at this year’s CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany.

The one computer-related activity Marko is not all that into is video games.

“I do not play games on computers because there is nothing serious about playing games on computers,” Marko said. “If you want to play, go outside and play with your friends.”

Although he is something of a celebrity in Macedonia, Calasan said he really wants to move to the United States to be closer to the latest technology — and to Microsoft itself.

“That’s my biggest wish,” he said. “I want to live in America because there are the highest technologies.”

wow, i think he’s even much better than a computer-science-graduate-student-to-be like me…even he likes going to the lab to study while the others, his friends, and including me also, prefer to sleep at home…he already knows what he wants to do while a lot of people still don’t have any dream, wasting a lot of time not knowing what they will be in the future…

this is also a slap for me who sometimes still slacking off, not using my time optimally for studying…but well, i don’t wanna lose to a 9-year-old boy…it’s never too late to learn…although it will be hard because that means i have to sacrifice a lot of my playing time, put more efforts studying what i still don’t understand, and a lot more to-do list…がんばりましょう!!!

a small hug could mean a lot October 26, 2008

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i was watching TV this afternoon and I saw a local TV-show about traveling to South Korea…a scene caught my attention…it’s a woman standing on the street carrying a “FREE HUGS” sign and she hugs everyone who needs a hug…

i was wondering, what motivates her to do such a thing…i was just reminded of this generation…this world lacks of LOVE, and it’s what they need most…and hug is a way to show our love to others…i found this AIDS campaign that says “I have AIDS, please hug me, I can’t make you sick”…it gives the message how people, especially those who don’t have normal life like others, need love so badly…

a lot of people may rarely or even never feel being loved, hugged, and with these acts of free hugs, it could make them feel better…

i also found this article, about the power of hug…

“To survive, we need 4 hugs a day. For health, we need 8 hugs a day. For growth, ever young, happiness, we need 12 hugs a day” -Virginia Satir, family therapist.

Maybe you’re wondering, do HUGS really have a great power, that can make someone healthy, happy, and ever young? When did the last time you hug someone or someone hug you? If the answer is rarely or even never at all, try to remember, what did you feel recently? It could be that you get sick, depressed, stressed, having head-aches, or some emotional problems. Many researches show that hug therapy can heal physical dan psychological illness. It can overcome stress, depression, etc. Hugged people, or hugging people, feel some power of love surrounding them. This power makes our immunity increases.


taken and translated from here

and here’s about the Free Hugs Campaign

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

How it all started:

I’d been living in London when my world turned upside down and I’d had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words “Free Hugs” on both sides.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.

Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven’t compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time.

wow…it really inspires me…the world is in a great need of love, and we have to answer this need…it came into my mind about doing the campaign here in Indonesia, but with this culture and many ‘weird’ rules this country has, i’m not sure if it’s really okay to be done here…well, the least i can do right now is sharing the love i have to all people around me, hugging them whenever i’m able to…

for someone…a big hug for you…may this hug can heal the wound between us…
XOXO

give the best May 29, 2008

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i’ve just found this in a forum…it’s taken from an e-mail, about donation for earthquake in China…(already translated)

He walked in front of the donation desk. We thought that he’s just gonna pass by.

“I want to donate!”. He poured some coins from his bowl. We’re trying to help him, but he wanted to do it with his own hands.

We’re all getting speechless. He gave all he got with his own efforts for the charity.

“I still have some money.” He said enthusiastically while reaching for his pocket.

He took some $10 pieces of money and donate again!

i remembered a story in the Bible about a poor widow who gave all she got for God (Mark 12:41-44). and Jesus said to His disciples “Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”

may this can also be an inspiration for you…let’s give our best, our life, to Him, as a living sacrifice, that can make Him smile…

more about grace… May 28, 2008

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recently i have been reminded again about God’s grace…
seeing these photos made me thank Him again for His grace in my life, as i mentioned in my previous post






but this time i wanna talk about another side of God’s grace…
it’s about how He loves every people no matter how bad they are or what sin they have done…
i’m reading a book titled “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” (Kejaiban Kasih Karunia) by Philip Yancey…a great book that teaches us as Christians, who have received God’s grace that forgives us from our sins, to also live with grace for other people around us…
actually i don’t know what else to say here, but i just wanna remind you that God’s grace, His forgiveness is still abundant for you, no matter what you have done, as long as you come to Him, ask for His forgiveness…His grace is more than enough for you…and for you who have received God’s grace in your life, let’s learn to live by grace for the others just like Jesus had shown us…

God bless you!!

What does LOVE mean? April 23, 2008

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I found this good article in a forum…

What does Love mean?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”
Rebecca- age 8

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
Billy – age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
Karl – age 5

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.”
Chrissy – age 6

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
Terri – age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
Danny – age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss”
Emily – age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”
Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,”
Nikka – age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.”
Noelle – age 7

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.”
Tommy – age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”
Cindy – age 8

“My mommy loves me more than anybody . You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.”
Clare – age 6

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
Elaine-age 5

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”
Chris – age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”
Mary Ann – age 4

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”
Lauren – age 4

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (what an image)
Karen – age 7

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.”
Mark – age 6

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.”
Jessica – age 8

And the final one — Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.– 1Cor. 13:4-8.

Grace of God April 9, 2008

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When I was seeking my vision, God gave me a heart for the disabled. Currently I’m still looking for scholarship to continue my study in Japan. One of the requirements for the scholarship application is research proposal, what you want to study or research in Japan. Somehow I’m getting interested in Human-Computer Interaction, especially in Natural Language and Speech Processing, creating a system to aid the disabled operating the computer. Last week, I shared about it with a cell group brother and he told me about a blind-man who composes online game musics appeared in a TV program. Wow, sounds great! But I’ve never heard about it before and I don’t really bother it.

Two days ago, I was looking for more reference about the disabled for my research proposal, and I found
that blind-man! His name is Eko Ramaditya. Surprisingly, he has a blog! He uses a screen reader software to use the computer. I read about his life and his works. I’m really impressed. A blind-man like him could compose such great musics. Even he is recruited by Nintendo (yes, that famous game company!) to compose for their games in Nintendo Wii. WOW!!

Nick Vujicic

Then I remember about a man named Nick Vujicic. He was born without arms and legs. But he didn’t give up. He has a strong will to live. Maybe you think such a person won’t be able to do anything. You’re wrong. He can brush his hair, brush his teeth, and he can also swim! I see a video of his sermon, he said that although he has no arms or legs, but God’s grace is enough for him. He knows that whatever happened to him, God knows what He is doing, there will be glory in the end. WOW!!!
You can see his video here.

Many times in people’s life, including us maybe, can’t see the God’s grace working through things happened. We often blame God for bad things happened in our life. How bad is it?? Is it worse than Rama or Nick?? We still have eyes to see, arms and legs to do many things perfectly, but many times we can’t appreciate it! We have to see God’s grace in our life. He knows what He is doing. No matter how bad things happen in your life, God has a purpose in it, it will be for good. The key is by loving your God!

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”