Saturday, October 1, 2016

Another Bieber: Let Me Love You - DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber


"Let Me Love You" (DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber)


I used to believe
We were burnin' on the edge of somethin' beautiful
Somethin' beautiful
Sellin' a dream
Smoke and mirrors keep us waiting on a miracle
On a miracle

Say, go through the darkest of days
Heaven's a heartbreak away
Never let you go, never let me down
Oh, it's been a hell of a ride
Driving the edge of a knife
Never let you go, never let me down

Don't you give up, nah-nah-nah
I won't give up, nah-nah-nah
Let me love you
Let me love you
Don't you give up, nah-nah-nah
I won't give up, nah-nah-nah
Let me love you
Let me love you
Oh, baby, baby

Don't fall asleep
At the wheel, we've got a million miles ahead of us
Miles ahead of us
All that we need
Is a rude awakening to know we're good enough
Know we're good enough

Say go through the darkest of days
Heaven's a heartbreak away
Never let you go, never let me down
Oh, it's been a hell of a ride
Driving the edge of a knife
Never let you go, never let me down

Don't you give up, nah-nah-nah
I won't give up, nah-nah-nah
Let me love you
Let me love you
Don't you give up, nah-nah-nah
I won't give up, nah-nah-nah
Let me love you
Let me love you
Oh, baby, baby

Don't you give up, nah-nah-nah
I won't give up, nah-nah-nah
Let me love you
Let me love you
Don't you give up, nah-nah-nah
I won't give up, nah-nah-nah
Let me love you
Let me love you
Oh, baby, baby

Friday, September 30, 2016

Our Changing Capital

photo was taken from here

Saya dibesarkan di sebuah daerah di jakarta yang disebut utan kayu. Seperti daerah lain di Jakarta, utan kayu di tahun 80an merupakan daerah yang asri. Tipikal pemukiman di Jakarta: ada gang-gang kecil dengan rumah berdempetan, ada tanah kosong yang digunakan sebagai lapangan permainan, ada rumah yang besar dengan halaman yang cukup luas, ada pohon buah-buahan seperti jambu, belimbing, dll. Sejak SD hingga SMA saya bersekolah masih di kecamatan yang sama sehingga daerah jajahan saya di situ-situ aja. Pertengahan 80an dimulailah konstruksi jalan layang tol pertama di indonesia: Cawang-Tanjung Priok. Tiap akan pergi ke pasar pagi Rawamangun bersama ibu saya dengan bajaj, saya akan selalu lewat di bawah konstruksi beton tersebut. Bagi saya hal itu cukup menyeramkan karena saya membayangkan jika beton besar tersebut jatuh ke atas bajaj yang saya tumpangi, maka mejret-lah saya.

Pada tahun 1999, saya hijrah ke Makassar untuk melanjutkan pendidikan, meninggalkan rumah, Jakarta dan semua kenangan di dalamnya. Medio 2001 saya kembali untuk berlibur. Meskipun cuma 2 tahun saya meninggalkan ibukota kala itu, tapi perubahannya pesat sekali. Jalan makin ramai, makin padat penduduk, bangunan baru bermunculan, serta gang dan jalan yang saya kenal dengan baik terasa menjadi kecil dan sempit. It's amazing how 2 years outside your hometown feels like when you return. Saya sempat kaget ketika sedang berkendara (baca: naik metro mini) di jalan pramuka, tiba-tiba jalan menukik ke bawah. Rupanya ada underpass baru yang memotong di bawah rel kereta yang melintas jalan pramuka tersebut. Something I've never imagined before.

Dan sekarang, 2016. Jakarta tidak seperti dulu lagi. bukan seperti Jakarta yang saya kenal waktu kecil. Bahkan tidak seperti 5 tahun lalu. Perubahan ini tentu saja membawa dampak bukan cuma bagi manusia yang tinggal dan beraktivitas di dalamnya, tetapi juga lingkungannya. Untuk menjadi ibukota yang bisa menampung semua penduduknya, diperlukan perubahan radikal di berbagai sisi kehidupan: ekonomi, lingkungan, kesehatan, pendidikan, transportasi. Pemerintah DKI Jakarta sebagai pemangku kebijakan di ibukota harus berani mengambil langkah-langkah yang tegas dalam mewujudkan hal tersebut.
 
Saya bukan ahli tata kota, tapi saya yakin bahwa daya dukung air dan tanah di Jakarta tidak lagi memadai bagi banyak orang untuk tetap dapat hidup di atasnya dengan layak. sungai-sungai bertambah kotor, air bersih sulit didapat, banyak orang yang hidup di bantaran sungai, pinggir rel kereta ataupun lahan kosong milik pemerintah.

"Kita sekarang tidak bisa hidup seperti halnya orang tua atau kakek nenek kita dahulu."

Mengambil satu topik besar yang kerap menjadi berita utama di media yaitu penggusuran (atau menurut istilah pemerintah: relokasi). Jika ditanya apa ini diperlukan. Secara pribadi saya akan menjawab ya,  penggusuran, relokasi atau apapun namanya perlu dilakukan di berbagai wilayah di Jakarta agar kota ini menjadi lebih manusiawi dan bermartabat. Tapi jika ditanya apakah proses relokasi ini bisa dilakukan lebih baik lagi. Jawaban saya bisa banget. Proses ini bisa dilakukan dengan lebih tertib, lebih teratur, lebih beradab lagi, karena bagaimanapun mereka yang direlokasi adalah manusia yang punya martabat dan harga diri dan harus dihormati.   

To end this article, tanpa mengurangi rasa hormat kepada penduduk Jakarta yang sudah berpuluh bahkan beratus tahun tinggal di tempat kediaman atau di lingkungannya, saya berpendapat bahwa kita sekarang tidak bisa hidup seperti halnya orang tua atau kakek nenek kita dahulu. Kita harus bersedia melakukan perubahan, yang mungkin radikal, untuk Jakarta yang lebih baik lagi.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I Present You the 44th President of United States of America

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Barack Hussein Obama

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cold Water - Major feat. Justin Bieber




[Justin Bieber:]
Everybody gets high sometimes, you know
What else can we do when we’re feeling low?
So take a deep breath and let it go
You shouldn’t be drowning on your own
And if you feel you’re sinking,
I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you
And although time may take us into different places
I will still be patient with you
And I hope you know
I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
Cause we all get lost sometimes, you know?
It’s how we learn and how we grow
And I wanna lay with you ’til I’m old
You shouldn’t be fighting on your own
And if you feel you’re sinking,
I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you
And although time may take us into different places
I will still be patient with you
And I hope you know
I won’t let go (I won’t let go, no, no, no, no, no, no)
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
[MØ:]
Come on, come on
Save me from my rocking boat
I just want to stay afloat
I’m all alone
And I hope, I hope
Someone’s gonna take me home
Somewhere I can rest my soul
I need to know
[Justin Bieber & MØ:]
You won’t let go (I won’t let go, no, no, no, no, no, no)
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
You won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
[Justin Bieber:]
I won’t let go
I won’t let go

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Moving Past Guilt


About a week ago, I received a document from a psychologist. The title of the document is "How to Overcome Feelings of Guilt."

Serious stuff. Of course I'm not going to tell you why I talked to a psychologist. It's confidential.

Well, I guess, in general, we all have guilt. But the one that I'm feeling now is considered unhealthy guilt. Of course if you are guilty as charged, it doesn't really matter. But if that guilt comes from something that is out of your control, then it should be overcome.
 
The article said that we should first identify the source of this guilt. From there, we can determine if it's a normal-natural guilt or unproductive guilt. After identifying, write about those feelings in a journal. This should not be difficult for me since I am used to write almost everything: daily life, work-related, unimportant things. This activity will be able to help to understand the feeling and afterwards will be able to deal it. One thing for sure, we can describe what happened in order to understand the extent of the event that made you feel guilty and understand why it made you feel guilty.

After doing those things, we then should move past guilty feeling. Because wallowing in the past doesn't do good things to our lives, it will just make us more depressed. First thing to do when we are moving past guilt is by forgiving ourselves for what had happened. Especially if the event that happened was out of our hands and beyond our control. Just because it happened and we could not do anything about it, doesn't make us a bad person. Second thing to do is to change guilt into gratitude. This needs constant reassurance not only from ourselves but also from our inner circle. Guilt can be destructive. That is why it needs to be managed and handled. Third thing is to do good deeds. Of course whatever good deeds that we do will not change what happened but it will help us move forward to a more positive life.

After doing all those things, if you still consistently have guilty feeling, then it's time to seek professional help, especially when this guilt interfere with your daily life and work.

This post is so not me, but I think I should write down things that are currently happening in my life. This thing is one of them.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ruth B - Lost Boy

picture was taken from www.yourlisten.com



[Intro]
There was a time when I was alone
Nowhere to go and no place to call home
My only friend was the man in the moon
And even sometimes he would go away, too

[Verse 1]
Then one night, as I closed my eyes,
I saw a shadow flying high
He came to me with the sweetest smile
Told me he wanted to talk for awhile
He said, "Peter Pan. That's what they call me.
I promise that you'll never be lonely."
And ever since that day...

[Chorus]
I am a lost boy from Neverland
Usually hanging out with Peter Pan
And when we're bored we play in the woods
Always on the run from Captain Hook
"Run, run, lost boy," they say to me,
"Away from all of reality."

[2x]
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free

[Verse 2]
He sprinkled me in pixie dust and told me to believe
Believe in him and believe in me
Together we will fly away in a cloud of green
To your beautiful destiny
As we soared above the town that never loved me
I realized I finally had a family
Soon enough we reached Neverland
Peacefully my feet hit the sand
And ever since that day...

[Chorus]
I am a lost boy from Neverland
Usually hanging out with Peter Pan
And when we're bored we play in the woods
Always on the run from Captain Hook
"Run, run, lost boy," they say to me,
"Away from all of reality."

[2x]
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free

[2x]
Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy Darling,
Even Captain Hook.
You are my perfect story book
Neverland, I love you so,
You are now my home sweet home
Forever a lost boy at last

And for always I will say...

[Chorus]
I am a lost boy from Neverland
Usually hanging out with Peter Pan
And when we're bored we play in the woods
Always on the run from Captain Hook
"Run, run, lost boy," they say to me,
"Away from all of reality."

[2x]
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free
 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Life.....



Life is not perfect.

Whatever you're trying to do to fix it or make it perfect, it's just not going to happen.

Because life is not perfect.


And so, after 9 years and 385 posts, we're here now.
Hopefully there will be more to come.