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Banner Disaster in Indonesia’s Biggest Cities..

7 Mar

Banners everywheeeere!!

Banners are overused these days. Sometimes we see hundreds of the same banners lined up every two metres,  the colours are loud and  blinding with huge writing. Due to the overwhelming amount, banners can block views, making it hard for some people who are trying to find addresses or landmarks. Other than that, too many banners can give people headaches! Sometimes, banners which used to promote things that have now expired are still being displayed, nobody’s taking it down, it’s left at the side of the street and ends up as rubbish.

Especially when election is on, oh my goodness… raining banners! It’s a disaster we experience every 5 years. Banners everywhere! and after the elections are finished, nobody cleans them up. Is the use of banners the only way you can promote your product – to the point where you have to create THAT many banners? Do you really need to display the same banners every two metres?

Ms. Airin just won the local elections to be the governor of South Tangerang. I suggest that her first job should be to clean up the banner mess. Please help take down the expired banners, and maybe there should be a law to limit how many banners should be displayed. Especially in BSD (Bumi Serpong Damai – or shall we say Banyak Spandung Di mana-mana – Banners Everywhere). Be smart in promoting your products, without having to hang banners everywhere. Use the magazines, the internet, television advertisement. If you’re making a fair amount of banners, and you clean up after the promotion is finished, then that’s still OK. The most important thing is not to block views and to ruin the environment.



Corruption Starts at an Early Age…

5 Mar

In Indonesia, corruption is a major problem. People are busy trying to find an effective solution to stop corruption in the “higher level” such as in the government or in big companies. However, not many people realise that corruption starts from an early age due to lack of education from the environment or within the family.

My mother remembered that once she saw a young boy, about 8 years old, riding a motorcycle – without his helmet on, and when the police stopped him, he quickly grabbed some money to bribe the policeman. What went through my mother’s mind were two things = why did his parents let him drive that motorcycle – without a helmet, and who taught him to bribe at such an early age?

Cheating at school is also something that could lead to corruption. So it’s not only in the government or in big companies. Even having a fake drivers licence is a form of cheating which is similar to corruption. If Indonesia wants to stop corruption, we should stop just looking from the top, but start concentrating on problems at the bottom as well. We should look into our bad habits. Now, corruption is a part of our culture. It is that bad. Please don’t teach children how to cheat, teach them how to work hard, teach them how to do their work properly. No matter how much of a small deal we cheat, it can lead to behaviour which can disadvantage so many other people.


No Wonder Why Jakarta Floods So Often…

2 Jan

Bad Habit

The rainy season was supposed to stop last July 2010, but it kept on raining throughout 2010. This sort of weather only happens every 5 years or so. Unfortunately, weather like this is very dangerous for some of us who live in parts of Jakarta which are easily flooded. One of the biggest factors of why floods happen so often in this city is because the people don’t throw rubbish in the bins, so the rubbish blocks the drains and other places where water should be able to flow. Jakarta is a highly populated city, so the amount of rubbish is also immense. But it seems like many people in this city still don’t really care about throwing rubbish at the proper place. After they finish drinking their Coca Colas, they just throw it out their car window.

What irritates me the most is when I see people throwing rubbish AROUND the rubbish bin.. not INTO the rubbish bin. As if the rubbish bin is invisible. Seriously, it’s not so hard to put your rubbish into the rubbish bin! Some people are born with a lazy mentality, when they’re supposed to throw rubbish away, they would say “don’t worry, someone else will clean up after me”. Imagine 10 million people having that kind of mentality, how many rubbish would be blown by the wind and end up blocking the drains?

I often come across school children who visit museums or factories, and they would throw rubbish carelessly.. and guess what, the teachers are doing the same thing! They are supposed to educate the children to care for the environment. Rubbish can also start diseases and make the beautiful environment look… ugly. When Jakarta is flooded, don’t you dare say “Oh, God is giving us a lesson”. (That’s really stupid, don’t you ever blame it on God) these things could be prevented by us humans. I thought “throw your rubbish into the bin” is something that you learn when you were a very young, why oh why is it so hard to be accepted by the adult brain? Let’s all stop this bad habit!


Don’t You Think We Have Enough Shopping Malls Already?

1 Jan

Mall.. AGAIN??

I live in Jakarta, Indonesia, and this city is a sea of malls. There are waaayy too many malls here! Even all the way to the outskirts of the city, more malls are being built. First of all, I would like to say sorry to those who like to ‘hang out’ in malls, watch movies, have dates, eat, shop, etc. But don’t you think there are already too many malls here? When I was in high school, Senayan City was being built, now Gandaria City is in its finishing stages. What’s next?

I know that the financial and commercial value of building a mall is very high, but why don’t property developers  really get enthused about building.. say.. an arts centre? Jakarta already has Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Centre), but the building is so small, it can only fit 300 seats. We also have Taman Ismail Marzuki (Ismail Marzuki Garden), and it gets fully booked frequently. We need another arts centre where our performing artists can hold shows for us, one with excellent acoustics and lighting, something this city or this country can be proud of. Yet, to most business-savvy property developers.. art is just… not important.

Or what about a sports centre? We really want our athletes to perform well in the Olympics, don’t we? Might as well give them the right facilities! The facilities in Indonesia for sportspeople are in a shocking state. I think building a proper sports centre is a great way to make Indonesians become better athletes. Maybe they can build a health centre there where they can have physiotherapy, a gym, a swimming pool. I know the budget must be really expensive, but rather than building another mall? No wonder this city floods all the time. Or maybe, instead of building more buildings, we can create big parks in the middle of the city. We definitely need them.

I just want Indonesia to build more useful buildings in the future..