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19/05/2008

Cool Green Bag

Category: Fun,Miscellaneous — kamaruddin @ 10:40 am

Boddhicitta students’ shop presents this cool green bag made from used papers, rags and boxes. Given for those who shops in. Very creative and resourceful.

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For malls and groceries? Anyone? :)


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18/05/2008

Tepat 10 Tahun Lalu

Category: Indonesian,Thoughts — kamaruddin @ 10:53 am

Cover Tabloid Aksi Vol. 2 No. 27 12-18 Mei 1998 Berbagai media cetak dan elektronik membangkitkan kembali ingatan saya tentang naiknya harga BBM yang ikut menarik harga sembako dan lainnya. Saya sudah cukup dewasa untuk mengingat peristiwa yang kemudian berujung ke kerusuhan masal. Tepat 10 tahun lalu.

Saya membongkar kembali sebuah tabloid yang sudah 10 tahun lalu sengaja diarsipkan. Ketika itu saya membeli tabloid Aksi Vol. 2 No. 27 12-18 Mei 1998 untuk mendapatkan berita yang “berani” dan mengungkap fakta. Tabloid ini barangkali sudah almarhum sekarang. Terbit pertama kali tahun 1996, zaman di mana masih memakai SIUPP untuk menerbitkan koran.

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15/05/2008

Vihara Avalokistesvara Siantar Burned!

Category: News — kamaruddin @ 3:58 pm

It’s sad news. Approaching the great Vesak (20/5), Vihara Avalokitesvara in Siantar was on fire due to electrical short last Sunday (11/5). It is one of the most admirable Vihara that has the greatest Guan Yin statue in South East Asia thus awarded by MURI (Indonesia’s Record Museum). Luckily the statue is still intact.

The incident took 7 lives; Monk Yu Chen, teacher Sudjat Widodo, Ai Cin & Ai Nie (siblings), Yie Ciu Hong, Dian Pirgunawan & Nizar (employees); and leaving several critical victims as reported by Harian Global.

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(Pictures are courtesy of Harian Global)


1. Vihara Avalokitesvara Siantar Terbakar Tujuh Tewas, Termasuk Bhiksu Seik You Cen
2. 6 Orang Diselamatkan Dari Lubang Angin
3. Avalokitesvara Siantar Terbakar, 7 Tewas
4. Dian Perdiawan, Karyawan yang Tewas dalam Kebakaran Vihara
5. Isu Tidak Sedap Mencuat Pasca Terbakarnya Vihara Avalokitesvara


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I Don’t Surf Porn Site!

Category: Indonesian,Ranting — kamaruddin @ 1:08 pm

Anyone in Indonesia have already known that the Big Brother has blocked the internet access especially to porn and gambling sites. This is not a shocking news as China implemented this long before we do.

Look Ma… No Porn!The blocking has caused collateral damage. I believe that numerous sites not related with porn or gambling have been blocked if predetermined keyword was caught crafted in URL. This happens when I’m going to CameraPorn for photography tips and tricks.

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01/05/2008

It’s a Crampy Experience!

Category: Miscellaneous — kamaruddin @ 10:46 am

It’s Sunday (28/04) we started hashing at 16.00. We’re trying to take Long (L) route this time as nobody as far as I could see were taking the short route. OK, maybe it’s time to try! Strolling, shots some pictures, accompanied by 2 eldery couple. We left them as they’re relaxing themselves in the nearby stream. Following the trail, we’re led to a confusing intersection. Lots of hashers from different hash club were also dealing the same problem. This is the first time for me to get a “cross” (sharing a small portion of path with other hash club). Few experienced hashers were exploring few meters away trying to get some trail. My wife and I decided to return to the last trail and track our way to exit. Luckily we found middle-age couple from the same club and on we go, following them. “To boldy go where no one has gone before ™”. Exploring woods, crossing several muddy-rocky streams and slippery slopes.

Long story short, we’re stuck! No one to be seen except the 4 of us. It was 17.10 and we’re still unable to find any trail. OMG, we’re screwed this time! It’s time to panic (or at least I thought so). I dashed uncontrollably, consuming too much energy and fell several times. With time against us, all I can think of was to get the hell out as fast as possible. We’re walking 30 minutes trial-and-error for the right path, hoping for another trail to follow. Soon after that as we’re climbing back to an open and higher area, hoping to find someone, my calf ached and stiffened! Cramp! (Perfect time, isn’t it). I fell down in pain with my wife help bending my foot to ease and relax the muscle. It took us 5 minutes for this.

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