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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.

energy saving – hyouka (省エネ – 氷菓) October 11, 2012

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several months ago i started watching an anime called hyouka (氷菓). i’m not gonna write about the story, only about the main character which i found interesting. his name is Oreki Houtarou (折木 奉太郎) and he’s an “energy saving” (省エネ) person. he doesn’t do many things because he doesn’t want to waste his energy for unnecessary things. he studies only to get passing score although actually he’s smart, and he never intended to join any club activities. he doesn’t like troublesome things. his motto is “if it’s ok not to do it i don’t do it, if i have to do it i finish it quickly” 「やらなくてもいいことならやらない、やらなければいけないことなら手短に」

i found this somehow kinda similar with myself. i also don’t want to spend my energy to do things that i don’t think is necessary. when i go up on stairs, i always take two steps at once because i feel it’s less tiring compared to taking every single step. back in tokyo i chose to stay in apartment near to my campus, and now also my apartment is close to my office. although it’s a bit pricey, but i prefer that way because i don’t need to spend much energy to take the train (and some other reasons also). whenever i do some works, i always try to find a fast and efficient way, i don’t like complicated things, i just want them to be done quickly without so much hassle.

in some ways i think it’s good because i can do many things efficiently. but in some other ways it’s not that good. because of that “saving energy” thing, i tend to become lazy. sometimes i don’t want to do things because i think it’s too troublesome, it takes too much effort. but just recently i started to get quite a lot of responsibilities, i was pushed to do things that actually i didn’t intend to do. but after doing it for a while, i started to feel something different. the passion that i once had when i was still in indonesia and gradually disappeared, i feel that i’m getting it back. my vision is getting bigger, i want to do much more things, i want to improve myself, taking challenges and grow as much as i can. to be honest there are still some parts of me inside that feel these things are too troublesome, but i think i have to overcome it. i realized that the laziness will bury down many of my potentials. i should be able to control my laziness, keep getting motivated, release all i have to reach my vision!

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!!!

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…