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don’t lose your faith! – Moneyball January 6, 2012

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Billy Beane is a former baseball player who chose the baseball career over entering Stanford University with a scholarship after being scouted and offered a contract by a famous baseball club. however, his career didn’t go as smooth as he thought and finally he decided to take the path of being a General Manager (GM) of Oakland A’s baseball club. the club is struggling to win the championship with their very limited budget because in the world of baseball, rich teams rules. they can buy any players they want with the money they have, while poor teams can only try to survive with what they have.

his decision to take a brave step to build the team based on the players’ statistics, inspired by an economics graduate whom he hired as his assistant, was strongly opposed by everyone in the team, who still have a hold on the “classic” way of seeing a player based on intuition or outer looks. not giving up, he tried all he can to prove his method until finally he brought the team to break the record of winning the most game consecutively and everyone starts to acknowledge it.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. -Hebrews 11:1 [NLT]

i think what Billy did is the same with what we call faith. we hope for something, we believe in something, although actually we still don’t know what will happen, but we still keep it. people might think we are foolish to believe something that is unseen, or can’t be proved, or can’t be explained logically. but if we know what we believe in, just have the confidence and don’t mind what people say or think about us. we might not be able to prove or explain it at the moment, but there will be the time when everything is made clear, so don’t lose your faith!

another point mentioned in the movie is another decision that Billy made in the end of the story. a very difficult choice between money and his dream. his final choice might not look good for other people, but he still keeps walking through his decision and not regretting it.

in our life, we might encounter many difficult choices like that. just follow our heart to make that decision, and whatever it is, and however it would turn out to be, don’t regret that decision. but of course, involve God also in making the decision and keep believing that God will do His part in it.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. -Romans 8:28 [NLT]

めんどうくさい!! – Hotaru no Hikari October 8, 2010

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Hotaru no Hikari is a love comedy drama about an office lady named Hotaru who turns into a super lazy beer-loving self-centered girl that found love after so long time living without ever thinking about those kind of romantic thing. She is too full of herself that she always goes home directly after work, never joins any party with her colleagues, changes into training clothes which are the most comfortable outfits for her, drinks beer and falls asleep on the floor. After her love experience, she realized that there’s a lot of things outside her world that she didn’t know.

one of Hotaru’s personalities that caught my attention is that she thinks that most things are troublesome (めんどうくさい) that makes her too lazy to do, although perhaps they are important. i feel that i have some part of that feeling in me. sometimes i just feel too lazy to do stuffs because i think it’s troublesome for me. i prefer to just slacking off, idling around, doing more fun things. that is my comfort zone. it’s always said that you need to get out of your comfort zone to grow. that’s absolutely true. I feel that i don’t get anything after i stay in my comfort zone for too long.

these days i tried to discipline myself more. it’s very hard to get out of this comfort zone, but i have to force myself into it, otherwise i will never achieve my target. i can dream, but if i stay within my comfort zone, if i think that things are めんどうくさい, the dream will never come true. we can only reach our big dream if and only if we fight for it, do everything we need to do (not doing what we feel like to do), change our way of thinking that it’s not めんどうくさい because it’s important to us. there are so many things we can learn when we use our time for more useful things rather than just idling around.

dream is just a daydream until you wake up
and fight for that dream

3 Idiots – be excellent!! September 15, 2010

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I’ve never had any interest in Indian movies, because there are too many dancing scenes and stuffs that I think are ridiculous (no offense for Indian movies lovers)…but I will still watch it if it is a really good movie…there was Slumdog Millionaire, an Academy Award winner movie, that was a big hit two years ago…and then I heard about “3 Idiots” that was shown in Indonesian cinemas several months ago (so far I can remember)…all my friends who watched it said that it’s very good…I just watched it yesterday, and indeed it’s a good movie, in spite of those dancing scenes that I kinda despise :p


the story is about three roommates in a famous engineering college in India, one is a genius and two are just ordinary students who always rank the last in every exam…they became very good friends, had fun together but also faced many problems…after 10 years being separated, they finally meet up again…

a quote that is very good from this movie:

Follow excellence, and success will chase you!

that’s absolutely true!! many people feel satisfied enough with just being average, as long as I’m safe it’s okay…well, I was like that (and even now sometimes I feel too comfortable with my condition that is just so-so) and I found it bringing a lot of regrets afterwards…we need to be excellent in everything we do if we want to succeed, even in simple things…I’ve heard a lot of stories from people who get promotions in their jobs, salary raise, win awards, because they excel in what they do…

I always want to be like that, I committed to be excellent in what I do, but in practice I admit it’s a very hard thing to do…the answer might be in my yesterday’s journal, trust in God fully…if we put our trust in our own efforts, it will bring failure, otherwise, blessings will come after us…so let’s put our trust in God and do our best, be excellent in everything we do!!

c-h-i-l-d-i-s-h May 19, 2010

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many of my friends doesn’t like watching animation, reading comics, or playing video games because they think those kind of things are childish…also when i tried to invite some of them to an amusement park, especially disneyland, they refuse with the same argument…but i disagree with those assumptions…why do they call it childish? what is the definition of childish actually?

i inputted the query of “define:childish” into google and the definition from wordnet says “indicating lack of maturity” while wiktionary defines it “of or suitable for a child; behaving immaturely”…if we think of the first definition from wiktionary, perhaps those things i mentioned above can fit in, but only in some extent…not all animation or comics are suitable for children, and amusement park like disneyland can also be enjoyed by adults…so i agree more with the “immaturity” definition…childish talks about character, not hobby or interest…as apostle Paul said also, childish ways are related with the way of talking, thinking, and reasoning…

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”
-1 Cor 13:11 [NIV]

children can’t make decision by themselves, their parents who do that in their behalf…children only care about themselves, although they get something e.g.candies from their parents, not all children are willing to share their candies even to their parents who first gave them…children will get angry if they don’t get what they want e.g.when they ask their parents to buy them toys…and i believe all of you can mention other things when you compare the differences between children and adults…so if someone is already a grown-up man but still doing those things, then he/she is childish…

it’s totally fine to like ‘children things’, but you can still be responsible, care for others, have good manners…but it’s no more than a hypocrite who said that people who like ‘children things’ are childish, but he himself still only thinks about himself, get angry easily over insignificant things, don’t want to take any responsibilities…

do you agree with me?

Where the Wild Things Are – first thing first May 17, 2010

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a boy named Max ran away from his house after he felt that his mother didn’t care about him, and also his sister ignored him…he found a boat and sail away until he reached an island where the wild things are…Max convinced the wild things not to eat him and even he was made a king for them…but being a king is not easy task for Max, everything he did seems to be wrong…finally he decided to go back home…

actually i don’t find this movie very interesting, but people seems to like it seeing from the reviews on imdb…i also don’t really understand the plot of the movie until i read those…i can’t really say what i get from this movie, but perhaps i can reflect it with one of my experience that is kinda similar…

in the movie, Max’s mother was enjoying her time with her boyfriend and ignored Max when he wanted to play with her, she didn’t even make any food for Max but just gave him frozen corn instead…it was the peak point where Max couldn’t stand it anymore and ran away from home…compared to me, i have a friend and we used to be very close, we often hung out together, had a lot of fun, talked about a lot of things…but everything changed after she got a boyfriend…i feel being ignored like Max…

i was just thinking that a boyfriend or girlfriend can ruin someone’s relationship with other people that is actually important if he/she becomes the main focus of that someone…i believe such a thing happens a lot…that’s why in my country there’s a saying “when you’re with your boy/girlfriend, you will feel that the world belongs only to both of you, and other people are just renting the place”…

yeah it is good to spend some quality time with your boy/girlfriend, but it doesn’t mean that you can just ignore everyone/everything else…if so, i think it’s not a healthy relationship…everything that’s too much is not good…things have to be in balance…we will have loooooots of time only with our spouse after getting married, so why should we throw away the chance to make a lot of friends while we can…what’s good if you spend most of your free time with your boy/girlfriend and when you finally get married, you get bored after a year or two because you spend all day with him/her without any other friends…wouldn’t it be more beautiful if we can be happy with our boy/girlfriend but also can have fun with our friends and we can enjoy our time with our spouse after marriage better?

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs February 17, 2010

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first time i heard of the title, the first thing came into my mind is “what’s that supposed to mean??a weird title for an animation movie” so i didn’t bother it, maybe it’s just another not-very-good movie…then several months later, a friend asked me whether i have this movie or not, and at first i didn’t remember about it and i just realized that it was that animation movie…so after that i downloaded it but didn’t watch it right away…i just watched it several days ago n just found out that it’s quite interesting, and now i understand what the title means…

the story is about a genius boy, Flint Lockwood who dreamt to be a famous scientist…since he was small, he likes science a lot and even tried to invent some things that other people always find useless ^^ he grew up into a still-infamous-with-useless-inventions scientist having his lab in his house backyard…one day he invented a water-into-food converter machine called Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator or FLDSMDFR (he doesn’t pronounce it “ef-el-di-es-em-di-ef-ar” but “fldsmdfr”) that screwed up the whole city at first, got a very good acknowledgement then, but finally brought another big trouble…

as a human being, it’s natural to have a feeling of wanting for acknowledgement from others…we want to be respected by others and never want to be ignored…that’s why many people are working very very hard to achieve something in order to get that one thing called acknowledgement…i think it’s one of basic needs of human…

Flint was always being mocked by his friends, being called “nerd” because of his interest, and never being respected…only his mother that supported him fully, and thanks to that, Flint is encouraged to pursue his dream…when the whole city was angry at him because his machine screwed up the city, he began to feel unworthy, he think of himself as just a piece of junk with all junks he invented…when finally the city acknowledged him, and the mayor persuade him to ‘misuse’ his machine for the mayor’s own needs, and although his father had reminded him, he chose to listen to the mayor otherwise he will lose all the acknowledgement…the time he finally realized that it’s wrong, the trouble is already unavoidable…

three points here:

1. let’s try to appreciate other people…no matter how weird we think they are or what they do, try to give appreciation to them…we never know that it would mean a lot to them, it even could change their life…but it’s never bad to give good appreciation to someone…and there’s nothing to lose for us also, right??

2. try to appreciate ourselves first…maybe we did something wrong, and everything doesn’t seem to go well because of us…don’t be discouraged and start to have a thinking like “i’m so bad, i shouldn’t have been born”…but think of it as a lesson, a motivation for us to be better and better…if we can never appreciate ourselves, how can we expect others to appreciate us??

3. keep walking in the right track…don’t ever mind people around you who ignored you as long as you’re doing the right thing…acknowledgement from God is far more precious than acknowledgement from human…better not receive any acknowledgement from human rather than doing wrong things and missing God’s acknowledgement…

FLDSMDFR

Code Blue January 29, 2010

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two days ago i finished watching dorama Code Blue 1st season (2nd season just started airing this month)…the main story is about Doctor Heli, emergency doctors who go to accident sites by helicopter to help the victims, and there are 4 interns who’re trying to be flight doctors…

this series reminded me of western tv series grey’s anatomy for its hospital settings, patients and operations things, only without love-love thing…and the characters are somewhat similar…the main character has a close family member who got a Alzheimer disease (Aizawa – Meredith), a character who’s study-a-holic (Shiraishi – Cristina), one who doesn’t have the charisma of a doctor (Fujikawa – George), and another one who’s kinda stylish among all (Hiyama – Izzie)…


almost every episode have something to be thought about because of the different cases, but overall, there are two main things that we can learn from:

1. wherever we are placed right now, let’s give our best on what we are doing…we may have some goal and sometimes the condition or our surroundings make us start to feel that it’s impossible, no way to reach it…when we start to feel down, always remember to get back up, at least do the best what we can do, don’t be stuck thinking too much about what the result will be…like Fujikawa when he was told to move to another hospital but he kept doing his job with all his best until finally he is trusted to ride the heli…

2. our own abilities are not enough to be successful…but we also need people around us that can lift us up, build our character, and make us a better person…the process may be uncomfortable, even could be hurting at times, but if we can respond to it in a right way, and get through it, we will become a stronger person…like what people says, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”…yeah, “clashes” with other people won’t kill us, but it will make us stronger instead…but the thing is, not every people could build us up, some even can destroy us…so we need to choose carefully who we’re gonna let to build us…right person in the right way will lift us higher and higher…

thank you and sorry January 18, 2010

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these two phrases often be the hardest things for some people to say…either one for many (especially sorry i think, that’s why there’s a song: “sorry seems to be the hardest word” 😛 ) or even both for some…but these two phrases are powerful…they could change people…by saying them, it can make people’s hearts touched or make people happy…but in the other hand, forgetting these words could bring a disaster…

just a simple thank you can make someone feel appreciated, feel worthy…the thing we receive may not be that significant for us, but the “thank you” from our mouth could mean a lot for someone else…but i found out something in japan that makes me feel that japanese people always feel unworthy of themselves…for me, and maybe for any other indonesian people, or even for people from another country also, saying thank you is common…one example that i want to mention here is in letter or mail…usually when i write e-mail to someone else, especially to someone i respect, maybe just asking simple thing or give information about something, i write “thank you” in the end…well it’s not always “thank you” because i already receive something, but maybe just saying gratitude in advance or thanking them even just to read my mail…

this semester i took one of a japanese writing class where i need to send the homework via e-mail…at first when i sent the e-mail, i said “thank you”…then on the next session, the teacher was explaining about how to write e-mail correctly…and one of the point she corrected is the part of saying “thank you”…she said more or less like this “what is this thank you for? it’s not necessary. it’s not that you’re asking me for something”…it made me think, why should i ask you something first to say thank you…there’s nothing wrong with saying thank you…and i concluded that it may be because japanese people feel unworthy, they feel that they don’t deserve it because they feel that they didn’t do anything for someone else…

and about “sorry”, indeed it’s the hardest word to say…i agree with the song…it’s human nature to have pride…what people think is that in a fight, the one saying sorry is the loser…that’s why soooooo many people don’t want to admit their mistakes, because they’re afraid to be said as a loser…i think it’s wrong…i could say that they’re the winner, because they can overcome their pride, their fear of being a “loser”…

and again about japanese people, they also have a bad habit about saying “sorry”…they always say sorry (sumimasen) although they didn’t do any mistake…this also shows the feeling of unworthiness…just today a senpai in my lab told me something about my research that my sensei asked, well it’s just a small addition what i’ve been told before…after that i asked him “sore dake?” (“that’s all?”) because i want to know if there’s something else that i need to do, and he answered “hai, sore dake. sumimasen.” (“yes, that’s all. i’m sorry”)…i was confused…why did he say sorry??he didn’t do anything wrong…he even helped me…

well, maybe what i’m writing here is a bit confusing…maybe it’s not coherent for one paragraph with the others…i’m sorry for that…i just suddenly felt to write this and i’m kinda lazy to think hard to make a good composition for this…hehehe…

but what i want to say here is, let’s learn to say thank you properly, let’s make other people know that we respect and appreciate them…and let’s learn to say sorry, to admit our mistakes, however small it is…and the last thing is, let’s learn to realize that we’re worthy…

SMILE January 11, 2010

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i watched another dorama last week…the title is “Smile”…it’s about a half-Filipino-Japanese named Hayakawa Vito (Matsumoto Jun) who always being discriminated for being a half…he’s trying to have a normal life by working at Machimura Foods with a dream to have an international restaurant where people from any country can eat there…troubles keep coming to his life, but people around him always support him no matter what it takes…

one thing i like from this movie is Aragaki Yui who’s playing as Mishima Hana, a girl who lost her voice due to an accident and then she fell in love with Vito…because she can’t speak, she uses a lot of expressions to tell something, and it’s soooooo cute!!hehehe…

about the story, sometimes i feel that what Vito experienced still exists in Japan until now…as what’s being told in the series, that if we hold a foreigners name, it will bring many inconvenience…as a foreigner an alien in Japan, i also have experienced some of the inconvenience, like a difficulty to find a part-time job or to find an apartment to live, or in a bank where i can’t transfer money because they differ the account type…well, it’s still not as bad as Vito, where he is always thought as a bad guy just because he’s a half, because some of the police think that foreigners are criminals…

not only in japan, but in the whole world, there are still many case of discrimination…why should we discriminate?we are living in a plural world, but to God every single human being are the same, no matter what the gender, race, skin color, etc…maybe it’s because of human’s natural character to be like that…maybe from the Seven Deadly Sins, it’s related with pride and envy…try to conclude that…

let’s learn not to discriminate people, let’s learn to see people from God’s perspective, every people deserve the same treatment…don’t see other people as “someone from other country” or “someone who’s very different from me” but, try to just see everyone the same as “human” and don’t add anything else…if we can do it, i think this world will be a better place…

the other thing about the series, as mentioned in the title itself, is smile…Vito always face everything with smile…yeah, it’s the right way to respond to problem…many times we face problems and just start to get depressed and it seems like the problems are getting worse and worse…but let’s try to face things differently…have joy always, like the Bible says “Be joyful always” (1 Thes 5:16) or “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil 4:4)…many times God reminds us to rejoice at all times, always…it means including in our difficult times, God still wants us to have joy…well, the problem won’t be just *poof* solved if we smile, but at least we can think more clearly on how to solve that problem and it will be felt much easier…

one more thing is about dream…the dream that Vito has, always encourages him to stay alive, and to fight for it…it will be a long session to talk about dream (maybe i’ll write about it some other time), but i just want to say, let’s have a dream…not daydream, not a dream that is just for ourselves, but a big dream that can bring impact to this world, can change this world for a better future…

神様は乗り越えられる試練しか与えない January 7, 2010

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recently i just finished watching a japanese dorama titled “Jin” (仁)…the story is about a surgeon who time-slipped to Edo period and he uses his skill from the future to cure a lot of people that makes the history changes…


there’s a frequently said quote in this series, that is “神様は絶対に乗り越えられる試練しか与えない” (God absolutely won’t give trials that we can’t overcome)…it’s the same with what’s written on the Bible:

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.  -1 Cor 10:13 [NIV]

and a Moslem friend also said that it’s also written in the Qur’an…i think this statement is very powerful and suitable to be given to especially Japanese people, considering there are so many suicide case occurred, where i suppose it’s because they feel they can’t handle their problems anymore…i believe that this statement is true, so there’s no way that we can’t handle our problems…no matter how hard it is, there must be a way out…but the key is God…as it’s said in the Bible verse, in the last sentence, He will provide a way out…many times we feel that we can’t do it is because we lean on ourselves too much…God is the one who gave the trials, and He’s the one who will give the power to overcome it, so don’t use our own power, but just lean on Him…learn to know His will, hear His voice, and find the way out of the problem…

there’s one more quote that i like from the series…”Keep moving forward, because life will surely be much more beautiful than we think“…many times we keep clinging to our past, maybe our failures or bad things happened in the past that makes us can’t go on…we become too afraid to move because we’re afraid that another bad things will happen in the future…King of Solomon said in Ecclesiastes: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.“…indeed we don’t know what will happen in the future, but i want to have a faith like in this verse and quote, everything will be beautiful, even much more beautiful than we think…all we need to do is just do our part, keep moving forward, give our best, have no fear and trust Him fully that He will make everything beautiful…