Blogging for Four Years

Today this blog is celebrating its 4th birthday. That means this blog has been around for four years and I roughly has been blogging for that long. So far this blog still has no specific topic.. That gives me flexibility to write almost anything I want whenever I want it. But that also gives me an opportunity to abandon my blog (which I did several times before). But no matter how long I’ve been abandoning this blog, I always come back.

I know the benefits of blogging: writing fluency, structured thinking, expression of ideas, etc and I believe I get those benefits too but in this ongoing 5th year I am still trying to blog more frequent and I am also hoping that my blog will still be useful for me and for others. Thank you for keep reading!



2011 in review

Same as last year, today I also got an email from WordPress about my blog overall stats in 2011 and here is the summary:

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15.000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

And now for some comparisons:

Even though I joined Post a Week challenge in the beginning of 2011, I only have published 21 posts which 2 posts less than in 2010. This also means I failed on that challenge. Never mind… I’ll keep blogging!

Excitingly, in contrast with post amount, my blog got almost 6000 more views than in 2010. That’s about 64% increase from previous year. Nice!

The busiest day in 2011 still falls in November, same as in 2010 which falls on November too but with 3 more views. I don’t know what’s in November, really!

As with referring sites I saw some new sites but I dare say it pretty much the same as previous year.

For visitors (or readers) I can’t do a comparison since I don’t have 2010 data but for 2011 I am a bit surprised seeing that I have visitors from Africa (Nigeria.. WOW!), Europe, and hardly believe that United States & Canada were the second place where most my visitors came from.

And lastly, the most-viewed posts are generally same as previous year. They only changed places from previous year.

After reading this report I feel like I have wow-ed myself but in the same time I know I could have done more. One thing remains same though: I’ll keep blogging.. this year and more years ahead..! 😀

My 2011 Christmas

It’s this time of the year again. This Christmas is different because I’m in Kuala Lumpur now. This is the first time I spent Christmas overseas. I didn’t do any Christmas related activities such as decorating Christmas tree, sending Christmas card, etc etc. It’s just unnecessary and arguably impossible. Here the Christmas hype can only be felt in shopping malls and the radio. I thought I would spent this Christmas alone but so far the experience has been good. Last Friday I had company’s Christmas dinner with my colleagues in Tropicana Golf & Country Resort. There we exchanged gifts and I got a Sheaffer pen with my name engraved on it. I like it! Thanks Dennis! My gift is a stainless steel tumbler and that went to Mun Kent. After the dinner Sandip took me and 2 other colleagues to The Social, a pub in Bangsar, before took us home. We played pool and drank a bottle of beer. (Just one bottle, honest! :-p )

Some company staffs take picture together

Christmas dinner photo

On Saturday morning Santi flew back to Jakarta. She has just came back when I’m writing this. Fadly, my roommate, went back to his parent house in Selayang as usual.  Sharon went out with her friend which stayed overnight in her room this last 2 night. So it left me alone in my apartment. I just did some cleaning and in the evening I attended Christmas Eve mass in St. Francis Xavier in Petaling Jaya with Joe Kit, Felicia and her friend Steven. Funny thing is it was Joe Kit—who is still in the process to become a Catholic—that asked me to attend that mass. If not because of him I would have attended Christmas day mass at another church, alone. So, thanks Joe Kit!

On the Christmas day itself I continue my cleaning and in the afternoon Felicia whatsapp me asking whether I want to attend mass and watch Sherlock Holmes after that. So be it, I indeed want to watch Sherlock Holmes and it’s good to attend another mass, isn’t it? After the mass, Joe Kit took us to A Wet Thai Cafe where we ate pork neck. I have heard about how delicious this pork neck is from Dea but don’t have the opportunity to try it until yesterday. The pork neck was nice but not as super duper delicious as I imagined before. It was just nice. They just exaggerating about it I think. After dinner we went to IOI Mall to watch Sherlock Holmes. I still consider it a great sequel even though I occasionally found myself hardly catch the dialogs in the movie because I couldn’t understand the Malay & Chinese subtitles so I could only depend on my hearing. It was a great night after all.

grilled pork neck

grilled pork neck

And today I just stay at home the whole day, ironed my clothes, read book, lazying… I didn’t even go out to buy food, Sharon bought my dinner. :-p And that’s all for my Christmas in Kuala Lumpur this year. At last, Merry Christmas everyone!!


Siapa yang Salah?

Gue inget dulu waktu gue pulang kerja gue liat tulisan di jembatan penyeberangan di atas tol yang isinya

Pemberi dan penerima suap sama-sama melanggar hukum.

Abis baca itu terbesit di pikiran gue, “penegak hukumnya?“

Gemana kalo penegak hukumnya membiarkan orang memberi dan menerima suap? Ada ga ya hukum yang mewajibkan penegak hukum menindak pemberi dan penerima suap? Gemana pendapat Anda?

Between My Mother and My Wife

Yesterday I was asked a question like this:

“You are in a boat with your wife & your mother, the boat is sinking quickly. You can swim but your wife & your mother can’t swim. You can only take one person with you. Who would you take?”

My first reaction after hearing this question is “OK..this is kinda like those illustrations in the book 101 Ethical Dilemmas” and I was silent for a while.. That was a really hard choice. If I really have to choose that is really really hard.. But then I answered I would take my mom. Being asked why, I answered “because without my mom I couldn’t be what I am today. I love both my wife and my mom but my mom is my priority.”

Honestly there was a split second when I thought I would take my wife because I thought that was realistic for the sake of human race continuation (you know, regeneration, reproduction.. that kind of things). I assumed my mom is older than my wife and my wife has a (arguably) longer future ahead etc etc.. If you watched “I, Robot” starring Will Smith you might know what I’m trying to say here. But then again, my answer to that question at that time was I choose my mother.

Back home, when I was in bed trying to sleep that question popped in my mind again.. I thought.. and rethought.. then I changed my mind. I think that it doesn’t matter whoever I choose to take I will lose someone I love in the end. And I don’t like that. I would rather spend the last minutes of my life together with them rather than spend the rest of my life losing one of them. So my final answer (up until I write this post) is I would be in the boat with my wife & my mother and.. you know.. sink (read: die) together. You may call that pathetic, ironic, selfish, or whatever.. but that is my answer. What do you think?

Gladi Resik Wisuda

Abis makan siang & kerja bentar gue ke Jakarta Convention Center buat ngikutin gladi resik wisuda yang mule jam 5 sore (kayaknya jadwal gladi resik disesuaiin ama jadwal wisuda deh). Tadinya gue mau ke sono naik kereta tapi karena jadwal keretanya ga ada yang cocok jadi gue ke sono naik bik Trans Bintaro. Gue jalan kaki dari gedung Bank Permata ke Bintaro Junction, beli tiketnya Rp 11.000, trus nunggu bisnya berangkat. Jam 3an bis nya berangkat, dan sebelomnya gue uda rencanain mau turun di Senayan City trus naik bis 102 buat ke JCC tapi gue baca-baca rutenya dan liat Google Maps kayaknya gue bisa turun di tempat yang lebih deket buat ke JCC. Setelah tanya kenek & penumpang laen akhirnya gue turun di FX.

Tiket Trans Bintaro Jaya

Abis turun di FX gue kebelet, jadi masuk FX dulu buat kencing.. hahahaha.. 😆 Abis itu berdasarkan petunjuk dari Google Maps gue jalan kaki ke JCC lewat dalem komplek Gelora Bung Karno gitu. Kalo mau naik angkot dari FX ke JCC gue juga ga tau sih jadi mending jalan kaki aja ikutin peta.

Sampe di JCC gue masuk lewat pintu yang tulisannya “Wisuda 44 Binus” trus gue ketemu temen-temen kuliah gue.. Padahal baru ga ketemu beberapa bulan doank tapi kami ngobrolnya udah panjang lebar. Tanyain kabar, tanyain kerja, dll dll.. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan & obrolan-obrolan standar mahasiswa yang baru lulus lah. Hahaha.. Gue ikut seneng sebagian besar temen gue udah kerja, ada yang di bank, di perusahaan TI, di Binus, bantuin sodara, dll.. (lebih…)

Saatnya Telah Tiba

Setelah mendapatkan cuti dengan proses yang berbelit-belit dan tidak jelas akhirnya hari yang ditunggu-tunggu tiba. Bulan Agustus tahun lalu gue bantuin nyokap gue beli tiket AirAsia lewat internet dan hampir setahun kemudian, besok, gue akan berangkat ke Singapura.

Nyokap uda menyuruh gue bikin jadwal perjalannya dari jauh-jauh hari tapi gue lom bener-bener cari tau n bikin ampe minggu lalu. Nyokap mungkin uda kesel & capek nyuruh-nyuruh gue jadi dia sendiri yang bikin jadwal akhirnya. Begitu gue kasih liat jadwal yang gue bikin kami sedikit berdebat tentang beberapa perbedaan jadwal. Jadwal gue cukup padat, banyak ngunjungin tempat-tempat yang menurut nyokap gue “tidak penting“ dan pastinya menghabiskan uang lebih banyak dari pada jadwal nyokap. Jadwal nyokap lebih santai dan mempertimbangkan gaya jalan-jalan orang lainnya. Gue bikin jadwal untuk gue dan gue rela jalan lebih capek & ngeluarin duit lebih banyak untuk mendapatkan pengalaman yang ga bisa didapat di Jakarta. Buat gue jalan-jalan itu adalah tentang mengalami dan menikmati. Gue ga peduli ama orang lain, kalo ga cocok ama gaya jalan-jalan gue ya silakan memisahkan diri dan jalan-jalan sendiri.

TAPI.. karena ini nyokap gue dan yang ikut jalan-jalan ada sodara juga jadi gue masih mau kompromi sedikit. Dan kalo diliat jadwal gue memang kurang memungkinkan kalo jalan-jalan dalam rombongan besar seperti kali ini.

Hotel udah dipesen nyokap berbulan-bulan lalu, uang Singapur udah ditukar, tiket Universal Studio udah dibeli, baju udah dikemas, paspor dan kartu imigrasi udah disiapkan. Palingan tinggal hal-hal kecil lain yang masih harus disiapin. Mudah-mudahan jalan-jalan kali ini bisa menyenangkan & memuaskan. Amin! 😀