Thursday, May 31, 2012

It's Time To Quit


Today is World's No Tobacco Day. Should you see anyone smoking, it can be a good reason to ask them to stop smoking :).
 
It is almost impossible to escape the cigarette smoke in Jakarta as people smoke on the bus (the non-busway ones), in the train (the non-AC ones), at the bus stops, (sometimes) at the hospitals' waiting room (!), in the mosques and other religious places. So the only way non-smokers can get smoke-free environment is by spending more money to get on the air conditioned-trains and busway, which I find silly because hey, if you can spend money to burn, why don't you get yourself a car and burn your own lungs?

One of my French language teachers passed away due to some kind of lung infection a week after her husband died of heart attack. Her husband was a smoker, she was not.

I may not be able to escape the smoke in public transportation, but I try to stay away from smoking people in the office. Talking about this reminds me to my ex boss ISA in HoC, my previous workplace. ISA was a smoker and he loved typing on his laptop while puffing smokes in HoC's smoking room. One day ISA asked us to attend a meeting, which took place in the smoking room. So here's what happened...

ISA: (closing the door of the smoking room and preparing to lit up his cigarette) Ok, so here's what I want to say.
Me : (opening the door)
ISA: (closing the door) We're going to have a meeting. The smoke can disturb other people.
Me : (opening the door) Well, I'm not smoking and I refuse to have a meeting in this smoking room. 
ISA and I glared to each other. If looks could kill, we'd be dead on the spot. FYI, ISA who is of Arab descent is taller than I do and he has this piercing gaze that can intimidate most people.
Rzk: Er guys, we can solve it peacefully.
Mys: (singing qasidah song) perdamaian perdamaian (peace oh peace)
After what seemed like thousands of years, ISA opened the door and yelled,"The meeting is moved outdoor!"
I didn't know who was more relieved, Rzk or Mys.

Much to the smokers' dismay, I also hid their cigarettes (and I had total approval from Rzk who is not smoking). ISA and Aru (another colleague who smokes) would look at me suspiciously everytime their cigarettes went missing.

"Where do you keep the cigarettes?" they asked.
"I don't know what you're talking about," I said, while putting on my innocent face.

Since then, I've been called as the cigarette police. But all my efforts worked because Rzk told me that ISA quitted smoking not long after my resignation. 

Stop smoking before smoking stops you.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Manhattanhenge

 
A woman photographs the sunset during "Manhattanhenge" on July 13, 2011 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence was a half-sun Manhattanhenge, in which the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images, found here)

Manhattanhenge, or Manhattan solstice, is a semi annual occurrence during which the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan, New York City. The dates of Manhattanhenge usually fall around May 28 and July 12/13. This year it falls on May 29-30 and July 11-12. 

I guess it makes for another reason to visit New York City on that particular dates :) 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dance, Painting And Film For This Weekend

Introdans. Found here
Hello my sweeties! Last week a friend sent me a message to ask about the week's event, or the Weekender. I've been neglecting that posting for a few weeks, sorry about that, these last few Fridays have been quite busy. So I guess there are people reading that Weekender agenda :).

What's your plan this weekend? I'll be wearing my sport shoes to attend a gathering on Saturday. Below are several ideas for your weekend:
-- Solo painting exhibition Ade Pasker "Extreme Adventure". Erasmus Huis Jakarta. Until June 14.
-- Italian film: Bianco e Nero. May 26. Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
-- Dance: Introdans. Erasmus Huis Jakarta. May 26. 7:30 p.m. Free :)
-- Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival. Mall Kelapa Gading.

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Separation Anxiety Also Happens On The Elderly

My parents sent me to live with my paternal grandparents to Bandung when I was a toddler, so separation anxiety was probably not a problem for me (D would say that when he left me there, I kinda ignored him because I was already playing with my cousins, hahaha). Fast forward three decades later, it was my parents who have this problem.

They would text me every night with the same questions,"Where are you? What time are you coming home?" despite the fact that I would only answer with,"Still on the road. Soon." They get cranky and panic if I come home approaching midnight. What I didn't know is they also get separation anxiety when the other left for quite a long time. Below are the excerpts of conversations I had with them regarding this issue.

#1.  Ask the other one to cut their trip short
Situation: M departed to Kebumen for five days to visit her mother (my grandma) last March and was scheduled to come back on April 1, when the government planned to raise the fuel prices. Then D texted M...
D : I think it wouldn't be safe for you to come home after the government has raised the fuel prices. You can see for yourself how bad the demonstrations are.
M : So what's your suggestion?
D : You should come home before the fuel price hike, I'd say March 29 is safe enough.
M : Ok, then.
Once M sent that reply, D turned his head to me, grinned mischievously and said,"It's a good thing she'll be home soon. Thank God, she bought the fuel price hike as the reason."
My response: -_-"

#2. Worried when the other left home too long
Situation: D came home when M was praying. Then he left again before M finished praying and without saying anything to me (I was ironing my clothes on the second floor). He left for about one hour. But M was panic.
M : Is he upstairs?
Me: No.
M : Did he say anything before leaving?
Me: No.
M : That's weird. Ok, I'm going to the grocery shop to see if he's around.
Me: Relax M, D can walk home by himself.
M : But he hasn't taken the lunch. What if something happened to him?
Half an hour later, D came home safe and sound. He went to the house of neighborhood unit leader and got engaged in an intense conversation, as usual.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Let's Travel The World!

I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown. Eat interesting food. Dig some interesting people. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about; I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people—Americans and Europeans—come back and go, ohhhhh. And the light bulb goes on.

-- Henry Rollins

(found here)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Culinary Trip To Buton Island


Have you ever been to Buton Island? Located off the southern peninsula of Southeast Sulawesi and just a hop from the Wakatobi islands, Buton Island is famous for its asphalt production. I haven't been there, but last Sunday I got a chance to sample some dishes from the island during this month's Underground Secret Dining (USD) event. 

USD is a regular event for food lovers in Jakarta. Each month, they introduce the participants to the unique cuisines in Indonesia's far-flung region. I learned about USD from this article. I've been wanting to join it, but could make it only this month.

Information on how to participate is available in the website (www.azanaya.com) and you simply follow the instruction, which is in English, so expatriates can participate too. After we transfer the money, they will notify the location of the event two days before the D-Day.

Back to this month's event. The venue was in Gedung Sangkrini, alhamdulillah yah, it's really something *Syahrini mode on*. The location changes every month, so getting to the location is part of the fun. Not. I got lost because apparently there is another house having the same address (yes, this happens in Jakarta) so I arrived 30 minutes late. I still got the foods, though. And it was really a fun gathering.

The venue. Don't ever mention Jl. Hang Tuah Raya No. 10 to the taxi drivers/bajaj drivers/ojek as they probably drop you in another house having the same address. Just mention Sangkrini building or Bulungan swimming pool (which is located next to it)

 A guide to eating

Instead of rice as the carbohydrate source, Buton cuisine has kapusu nussu (corn boiled in coconut milk) and kasuami (grated and then steamed cassava). It felt odd to eat without rice, but I kinda like the texture of kasuami. 
Chicken (left) and Vegetable salad (right)

Calamari soup and Grilled fish, or whatever remains of those. Sorry I didn't have a chance to take pictures of the foods as the people milled around them when the foods were served. They're delicious!

 Steamed papaya and pumpkin

 Kambewe (grated corn and coconut cake). I also like this!

Kambana mantumu (means the flower of curcuma, I don't know why they call it like that. Any Butonese can explain that here?) looks like Makassar's Pallu Butung. The difference is Kambana mantumu uses yam instead of banana. It's yummy (no pun intended :)).

During the event, I met with the persons behind the dishes: Ibu Nasrah and her daughters. Ibu Nasrah has been living in Java since she was married to a Javanese man. She said that she still came home to Buton island every once in a while. "To get to Buton island, you have to fly to Makassar, South Sulawesi and then continue to Baubau in Buton island," she said. Hmm, sounds like a long flight.

I brought home some of the foods. M was thrilled to eat the Buton dishes without having to fly to the island. D was less enthusiastic. "I ate this kind of food during my childhood. I can even cook cassava into 10 kinds of dishes," he said.
 
I like the idea of bringing Indonesian native foods to younger generation. It's great to know that we have many carbohydrate sources beside rice. I might join the event next month if my schedule permit.

Monday, May 14, 2012

What To Say When You Want To Escape From Your Boss...

A few days ago, I had a talk with Msa, a colleague who loved teasing the bosses. Hearing her stories really made my day. Below are excerpts of her naughty actions.

#1. I'll take the days off when we're getting married
(Situation: Cool Boss 1 asked the journos when they would like to have days off)
Cool Boss 1: Hey Msa, when would you like to take days off this week?
Msa: Can I have Saturday and Sunday?
Cool Boss 1: How about Sunday and Monday? I need more people on Saturday
Msa: Okay.
Cool Boss 1: Hey Msa, you still have two more days off from the last few weeks. When will you take those?
Msa: I think I'll take those when we're getting married, which is still a long way to go, right?
Cool Boss 1: (rolling his eyes) Yeah, right.

#2. It's too bad you're not in the market
(Situation: Cool Boss 2 saw Msa reading news on Obama and gay marriage. He tapped her shoulder)
Cool Boss 2: You must be very happy with the news. So when is the D-day? (He's joking actually)
Msa: Well, the news does not affect anything since I like men. It's too bad that you're no longer in the market. Otherwise, I would have snatched you on the first place.
Cool Boss 2: speechless and went back to his desk

#3. You're telling me that I'm wrong?!
(Situation: Cool Boss 2 was checking Msa's article)
Cool Boss 2 : What do you mean with blablabla?
Msa: I meant to say bliblibli.
Cool Boss 2 : You shouldn't say blablabla. It caused confusion. Just use bliblibli.
Msa: What? So you're telling me that I'm wrong? (raising her tone a few notes higher)
Cool Boss 2: Um, I'm just saying that you should use bliblibli next time
Msa: Okay. Is that all? Anything else?
Cool Boss 2: Who's the editor here? (walking back to his desk in despair)

P.S. I used to tease them too :P

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tattoo

Boys, show your love to your moms with this temporary tattoo :). Found here

Disclaimer: I fully understand that we, Muslims, are not allowed to sport tattoos. I simply admire tattoos as a form of art.

A couple of years ago I got a chance to interview actor Tio Pakusadewo at his home. I was beyond ecstatic because well...he is a very talented actor. He is also known to be very outspoken. So I prepared my questions carefully and picked a nice dress (as if he would notice it, hahaha).

When I reached his home, he was still on the road and his housekeeper told me to wait in the living room. I sat down, pulled my notebook and pen and practiced my poker face (I didn't want to suddenly flash my sheepish grin in the middle of the interview and scare the hell out of him).

Suddenly a young teenage boy sporting a side-shave mohawk wig and sleeveless black T-shirt came to the living room. I could see a face-shaped tattoo on his right arm, but I could not tell whose face it was. He smiled, shook my hand and introduced himself as Tio's son.

"My father is still on the road. He will come home soon. Would you like to have anything to drink?" he said politely.
"Um, the housekeeper already offered me a drink just now. Thank you," I said.
"Ok, then. I will leave you here, if everything is good," he said. 
I just nodded in awe. 

Oh my God! If Tio's son is this charming, then how about Tio himself? (I have a soft spot for gentlemen that show chivalry) Anyway, when he arrived, he was wearing white sleeveless T-shirt and an eyeglasses. In the middle of the interview, he asked if I had met his son. I said yes.

"I told my son to give greetings to the guests. It's something my father taught me that we need to respect the elder and the guests," he said. (Swoon!)

I casually asked Tio about his tattoos. He said that each tattoo had a meaning and it would take the whole day just to explain them. He said that his son recently asked his permission to get a tattoo.

Me: So you gave him permission. I saw his tattoo. It's in the shape of a face. 
Tio: Yes. It's my face. He said that the tattoo was for remembrance. How could I say no?

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 Went Missing Over Mount Salak

No comfort: A woman cries upon her arrival at Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in East Jakarta on Wednesday. Family members of the passengers believed to have been on board the missing Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft came to the airport for information on their relatives. (Photographed by Jerry Adiguna for The Jakarta Post)

An ill-fated Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 carrying 50 people on board went missing near Mount Salak, West Java on Wednesday. According to the manifest, there were eight Russian crews and 42 passengers, including journalists from Angkasa aviation magazine, Bloomberg news agency and TransTV.

My colleague's girlfriend was in the airplane, and he rushed to Halim Perdanakusumah airport after work yesterday. Stay strong, my friend. 

I hope we will hear good news today.

More news, read here, or here.

 Taken from Russian blogger Sergei Doyla's online photo album

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Other UK*

When my journo friend Windy mentioned last year that she wanted to go to Ujung Kulon National Park, I immediately jumped into her band wagon. "I want to go there too!" I said. Fast forward months later, she informed me about the trip plan, itinerary and budget estimation. 

I thought it's going to be an all-journos trip, but she said that everyone was welcome. So I told my university friend Aneen about the trip. She was panic at first ("I never make a trip into the national park before! Isn't that supposed to be forest? Will there be leeches?"), but she finally decided to join on the last minutes!

So here are stories from the trip.

Map of Ujung Kulon. Taken from here.

April 26
Our meeting point was in Plaza Slipi Jaya. Of eight persons who signed up to Windy, only six came to the shopping center. We hopped on a Serang-bound economic bus at 10 p.m., arrived in Serang at midnight, (some) had dinner and departed with a chartered Mitsubishi Elf at around 12.30 a.m. We had a rough ride for about 5 hours...

My travel buddies (from left to right): Vini, Windy, Aneen, Anita and Sora

April 27
...and arrived in Taman Jaya at 6 a.m. We took a rest, had breakfast and met two people Desy and Daeng who wanted to share the boat ride with us. We departed to Peucang island at 9 p.m. and arrived at noon. Three hours boat ride! Thank God the sea was flat.

A not-so-wild boar stood by the beach, staring at us who tried to tiptoe around the animal. It had short horns and seemed dangerous on first impression. It approached us with curious eyes. Daeng gave a bite of Beng-beng chocolate bar and it ate it right from his hands! Wow, so cute!


A walk further into the island we saw a small green pasture surrounded by small houses (which turned out to be our lodgings), and in the middle of the pasture we saw a few deers. We were so excited to see the creatures and snapped pictures of them, but a forest ranger said calmly, "There will be more deers after 3 p.m."

This is the view after 3 p.m. :)

A piece of paper was glued into the front door, saying "The door must be closed at all times. Beware of monkeys." The warning was so true to its form because a few hours later a long-tailed grey monkey (Macaca fascicularis) stole a packet of Indomie.

After we checked into our rooms, we waited for our lunch (the cook comes in one package with the rented boat) and headed to the beach. It's snorkeling time:). Unfortunately, the sea was a bit muddy due to the rain the night before. We tried to find corals, only to stumble upon dead corals. Oh well, at least it is a white sand beach and we played around until 3.30 p.m.


We ran back to our rooms to put our snorkle gears and change into our trekking outfit. Yep, we're going to catch sunset in Karang Copong, which is about 45 minutes walk from the lodgings. Good hiking shoes and flashlights were essential for we were going into the forest.





Walking into the forest is like entering a living, breathing organism. Sounds of insects, birds and other animals come into your hearing range, while your eyes catch movements of spiders swinging on its nest and stags running away from the tracks. While I did feel so excited I could jump around, I tired to stay silent and take it all in.

My colleague Rzk used to say that it was during trekking that a man's real character came out. And during the trekking, I found that all of us were in the huge galau (hullabaloo) mood. Hahaha. Below are excerpts of conversations that proved my conclusion.

-- "Oh my God, trekking is like fighting for your love isn't is? It is not easy. Sometimes you have to climb up, sometimes you have to lay low," one of us, who requested anonymity, said upon seeing the rough tracks.

-- "For trekking, you need to have good balance and good backpack to carry your stuff. Oh, you need to have good company too," another person chimed in.

After all the trekking through the forest, we reached Karang Copong just in time for the sunset. The problem was the sky was so cloudy we couldn't get a perfect sunset. I could predict that. With 70 percent of Indonesia's area consists of the ocean, getting a clear sky for sunset is barely impossible. I think we are the world's largest cloud producer :P.

Cloudy sunset

Creepy sea star-look-alike animal

Silhouettes of my travel buddies playing in Karang Copong's rocky beach

Yours truly :), photographed by Aneen

We walked back to the lodging, with our flashlights on. If walking in the forest in the daylight sounds exciting, imagine doing it after the sun sets *insert horror soundtrack here*. Well, it was not that scary because the forests in Java island are definitely thinner than the ones in Papua. But if I remembered that Ujung Kulon is also the home of Panthera pardus, then I quickened my pace.

We arrived at the lodging at around 7.30 p.m. But the dinner had yet to be served. We thought that oh well, let's just wait for it. Fast forward two hours later, our cook came and asked if we wanted to have the dinner (facepalm). So yeah, dinner was served at 9.30 p.m. And then we went to sleep.

April 28
I woke up with the growling sounds of two boars. They were either fighting for their territories or just giving each other morning greeting because they shuffled each other.

This morning, similar thing happened for the breakfast. The cook came with a stack of plates, put them on the table and said,"Bon appetite." But there were only plates on the table. One hour later, I saw that on the lowest stack the cook placed a bigger plate closed with another plate. From afar they looked like part of the high pile. When I had a look inside those plates, there lied our breakfast in all its glory. Hahaha.

Our shadows on the sea surface. Do you notice the fishes? Can you guess which shadow is mine? :)

We took the last picture on Peucang island because we would spend the night on Handeleum island

Well, another photo wouldn't hurt :P

Today, the trip schedule was trekking on Ujung Kulon's rhino horn area (Look at Ujung Kulon map above. Doesn't that look like a rhino's head?:D). The route was Cibom-Ciramea-Tanjung Layar, Tanjung Layar-Cidaon and Cidaon-Cibom.

We rode the boat to Cibom, had to continue with a smaller boat because there was no dock and started the trekking adventure. The track was more difficult than the track to Karang Copong, and most of us had to save our breath for trekking instead of talking. Sometimes we walked into the forest, and other times we made a turn to the beach.

We helped Anita crossing the creek, photographed by Aneen

Let the trekking begins!

Sometimes we needed to climb up (photographed by Aneen)...

...jump over fallen boughs...

...or crawl under them.

We had a moment of respite at Ciramea beach, photographed by Aneen

Sometimes we walked along the beach...

...and sometimes we trekked in the forest

We posed on this high rock overlooking the sea before having lunch near Tanjung Layar

We managed to reach Cidaon grazing pastures before 3 p.m., just the right time to see the bulls (Bos javanicus) hanging out there. They stared at us as we approached them carefully. Some ran back into the forest. Besides the bulls, we also saw peacocks there. According to the information board, Cidaon's busy hours are in the morning (from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.) and in the afternoon (from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

The bulls at Cidaon grazing pasture, photographed by Aneen

We went snorkeling afterwards, until 5 p.m. then we headed to Handeleum island, which is on the eastern part of the national park. It took us two hours to reach that island. With the full schedule today, we fell asleep quickly after dinner.

April 29
This was our last day in Ujung Kulon (boohoo!). The deers in Handeleum island are more curious than the ones in Peucang island. They stood by our doorsteps, refusing to budge until we gave them biscuits. One deer even enjoyed being petted by Sora.

We spent the morning canoeing along Cigenter river and practiced our Parseltongue ability with the baby pythons :P. I was in one boat with Windy, Sora and Aneen, while the other boat was filled by Anita, Vini, Desy and Daeng. The guide told us to stay silent because who knew, perhaps the rhino decided to make an appearance along the river.

Seeing that the people on the other boat were more talkative than the ones in my boat, I told my canoe fellows to row our boat in order to be ahead of that noisy boat. It was a tense competition, just like dragon boat race. But we won, hahaha.

Canoeing competition along Cigenter river, by Aneen

While we were trying to catch our breath after rowing too fast, our guide suddenly pointed to the tree branches that hung above our heads, "Look, a baby python is having a nap over there."  We tried to locate the reptile and saw something like a bundle of knotted big brown ropes. It's Python reticulatus, locally known as Sanca batik due to its batik-like skin pattern.

Well, hello there! (by Aneen)

We found around five baby pythons during our 30-minute canoe ride. We also saw one swimming from one side of the river to the other side. The pythons have a perfect mimicry ability but I managed to spot one. The guide was very impressed, and so was I.

"Don't use flash to take their pictures. When surprised, they tend to drop themselves from the tree," the guide said.

The reptile slept with its head wrapped by its own body. Seeing our curious face, the guide continued, "Would you like to see its head? We can nudge the branches a bit." Err, no thank you. Just when we shook our heads, the snake's yellow eyes stared at us. Kyaaa! We just had to continue rowing as fast as we could.

Flashes of electric blue flew just above the river surface. Wow, it's the Kingfisher bird! We also saw the red-colored ones. The area is really a place for the birds for we heard the most beautiful symphony there.We also saw a hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) flying over the tree tops. I've seen hornbills in the zoos and inside cages, but seeing it in its natural habitat is really something *Syahrini mode on*.

The guide showed us spots where rhinos usually had lunch, took their mud bath and crossed the river. He said that the tracks found in the national park showed around 50 rhinos, but from the photography files only 35 rhinos were spotted. He added that it was very difficult to spot a rhino because the animal was very very shy.

The winning team!

During the canoe ride back to the estuary, we spotted puffer fishes and several other fishes. Along the beach on the estuary I saw Atlantic mudskippers (Periophthalmus barbarus) jumping around. Aren't they cute?

Mudskippers

From Cigenter river, we went back to Taman Jaya and waited for our chartered car. Since we still had three more hours, we decided to go to a local hot spring. When the local guide came to take us to the hot spring, we suspiciously stared at his rubber boots and asked,"How bad is the track that you need to wear those boots?" Hahaha.

Our hunches were right. We had to jump over the fences, crawl under fallen trees, and cross several creeks before finally reached the hot spring...which was not as we imagined it. We thought it was the size of a swimming pool so we can soak ourselves in, but it's only the size of a small bucket. We had to cram ourselves around the hot spring. Nevertheless, it was a perfect treat for our tired body after all those snorkeling, trekking and canoeing. On our way back, we saw the long-tailed black Lutung Jawa (Trachypithecus auratus) jumping from one tree to another.

We got on the chartered car at 6 p.m., reached Serang by midnight and bade farewell there because the Bekasi-bound bus (my bus) came.

And that is all. Happy Monday, folks!

*It's Ujung Kulon, baby!

P.S. Windy also blogs about our trip to Ujung Kulon. Click here if you like to read Bahasa Indonesia :)
P.P.S. The trip to Ujung Kulon marked the third Ujungs I visited after South Sulawesi's Ujung Pandang, now the city is called Makassar (Oh dear, I just realized I haven't blog about my visit to this city. I must find the photos first) and Ujung Genteng. Here's hoping that I can go to the real UK one day. Cheers! :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

In Case You Don't Know What Javan Rhino Looks Like...

Photographed by Alain Compost in Ujung Kulon National Park. Found here

...well, now you do. It's a one-horned rhino :). I'm currently swamped with works, I'll try to post about my trip to Ujung Kulon next week.

P.S. No sighting of the rhino, but I saw the photographer during the trip.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Updated: My Eyes On Elephants

Baby elephant plays on a beach. Photographed by Willy Thuan for Phuket 101. Source here, via here.

Unnatural causes: A backhoe is used to move a dead Sumatran elephant, which was allegedly poisoned by the owner of an oil palm plantation, at Krueng Ayon village, Sampoiniet district, Aceh Jaya regency, Aceh, on Tuesday. The number of rare Sumatran elephants continues to decline due to illegal logging, conflicts with humans and hunting, among other reasons. (Antara/Irwansyah Putra). Source: The Jakarta Post

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

11 Things

I keep an old post from my old blog. Reading it today brings back smile to my face:). Did you ever do this kind of post?

>>I was bored in my office, so I tried some silly quizzes on http://www.blogthings.com. Here are the results :

You Are 24% Evil
A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well.
In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.
You Are 32% Abnormal
You are at low risk for being a psychopath. It is unlikely that you have no soul.You are at low risk for having a borderline personality. It is unlikely that you are a chaotic mess. You are at low risk for having a narcissistic personality. It is unlikely that you are in love with your own reflection.
You are at medium risk for having a social phobia. It is somewhat likely that you feel most comfortable in your mom's basement.
You are at high risk for obsessive compulsive disorder. It is very likely that you are addicted to hand sanitizer.
You Are 50% Boyish and 50% Girlish
You are pretty evenly split down the middle - a total eunuch.
Okay, kidding about the eunuch part. But you do get along with both sexes.
You reject traditional gender roles. However, you don't actively fight them.
You're just you. You don't try to be what people expect you to be.
People Envy Your Compassion
You have a kind heart and an unusual empathy for all living creatures. You tend to absorb others' happiness and pain.
People envy your compassion, and more importantly, the connections it helps you build. And compassionate as you are, you feel for them.
Your Life Path Number is 6
Your purpose in life is to help othersYou are very compassionate, and you offer comfort to those around you.
It pains you to see other people hurting, and you do all in your power to help them.
You take on responsibility, and don't mind personal sacrifice. You are the ultimate giver. In love, you offer warmth and protection to your partner.
You often give too much of yourself, and you rarely put your own needs first.
Emotions tend to rule your decisions too much, especially when it comes to love.
And while taking care of people is great, make sure to give them room to grow on their own.
You Are 50% Weird
Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!
What Your Soul Really Looks Like
You are a warm hearted and open minded person. It's easy for you to forgive and forget.You are a grounded person, but you also leave room for imagination and dreams. You feet may be on the ground, but you're head is in the clouds. You believe that people see you as larger than life and important. While this is true, they also think you're a bit full of yourself.
Your near future is calm, relaxing, and pretty much what you want. And it's something you've been anticipating for a while now.
For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.
Your Personality Is
Artisan (SP)You are both grounded and flexible. You adapt well to new situations.
You are playful and free spirited - but you are also dependable and never flaky. You don't do well in conservative, stuffy situations.
It's probably very hard for you to keep a normal job or stay in school.
You are always up for fun and adventure. Most people are too boring for you.
You take risks and bend the rules. And if things don't work out, you chock it up to life experience.
In love, you tend to take things quickly - but you have a huge problem with commitment.
At work, you need to make your own rules. You're best suited to be an entrepreneur.
With others, you are animated and physical. You prefer doing something with friends to just hanging out.
As far as your looks go, you tend to be buff and in good shape. Your spend more time on your body than your clothes.
On weekends, you need to keep active. From cooking up a storm to running a 5K, you wear yourself out.
You Are Sunshine
Soothing and calm
You are often held up by others as the ideal
But too much of you, and they'll get burnedYou are best known for: your warmth Your dominant state: connecting
Your Five Factor Personality Profile
Extroversion:You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time." Conscientiousness:
You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.
Agreeableness:
You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.
Neuroticism:
You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.
Openness to experience:
Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything
Your Career Type: Investigative
You are precise, scientific, and intellectual.
Your talents lie in understanding and solving math and science problems.You would make an excellent: Architect - Biologist - Chemist
Dentist - Electrical Technician - Mathematician
Medical Technician - Meteorologist - Pharmacist
Physician - Surveyor - Veterinarian
The worst career options for your are enterprising careers, like lawyer or real estate agent.