Sidewalks are for PEDESTRIANS, Don’t Tell Me To “Get Out Of The Way”.

14 Feb

Why are you using our sidewalks??

A couple of days ago I was walking home from the bus stop. I was walking on the sidewalk, and I thought to myself, this is the safest place to walk, because no cars and other vehicles could pass through here, and it’s made for pedestrians. WELL HOW WRONG WAS I?? All off a sudden.. 3, 4, 5 motorcycles passed through me in relatively high speed from behind. One of the riders shouted (without manners), “GET OUTTA THE WAY!!”. After that, around 10 more motorcycles passed through again.

Ehm.. excuse me.. YOU’RE the one who’s supposed to get out of the way. This is a sidewalk, and it’s made for pedestrians! Look to your side, there is a BIIIG and LAAARGE road for you to ride your motorcycle on. I’m sure if I walked there, people in cars and motorcycles would be very annoyed. I also don’t like it when people park their motorcycles on the sidewalk. Maybe because there is no more place for them to park their motorcycles around, but it disturbs us pedestrians. It would be dangerous for us to make a circle and walk on the big road just because there is a mass of motorcycles parked on the sidewalk! We could get hit by a car..

Sidewalks are for PEDESTRIANS.

Alexia.

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Indonesia – 12 Biggest Economies In The World by 2025? Yeah, Right…

14 Feb

Indonesia's targets are unrealistic

Oh so this is the problem! This is one of Indonesia’s biggest problems!… When our Government sets a target.. they set unrealistic ones that would be almost impossible for us to achieve! They will be pushing the country to reach this target and we are so obviously not capable of doing it.

The Indonesian Government declared that Indonesia is targeting to be one of the 12 biggest and most established economies .. IN THE WORLD.. by 2025. Ooooh dear, we can’t even control the price of chillies, and now we’re trying to be the biggest economy.. yeah, right. I don’t mean to be negative, but how are we supposed to improve when you give us difficult targets? It’s like giving a high school algebra question to a first grade student. Even if we do get to be one of the 12 biggest economies in the world, but with all the social inequalities and the poverty, it’s all just a lie.

Why don’t we focus on improving our education system? Or the protection of TKI (Migrant Workers)? or the conservation of museums to increase tourism income? All of those could help the Indonesian economy. If our country is pushed and forced to be one of the biggest economies, a lot of people may suffer in the process. Indonesia could end up being the country with  ‘Biggest National Debt’ or ‘Biggest Number of Corruption Cases’. If we want the Indonesian economy to improve, Indonesian people should stop being selfish and greedy. The ones who get rich are only some lucky individuals..

Actually, Indonesia CAN be a successful country, especially if we look at our agricultural and natural resources. However, the glitch in our system is very obvious when we compare the fate of the farmers and the company owners. Social inequality is so obvious. Indonesia has one of the biggest centralisation problems in the world, everything happens in Jakarta. Jakarta is the centre of economy and business, centre of politics, centre of commercialism, centre of entertainment, etc. So employment can mostly be found in Jakarta.

It’s much better to create smaller targets that are possible to achieve, and create bigger targets later, than creating huge, difficult and unrealistic targets which encourages the government to force, lie and corrupt, while the people suffer.

Alexia.

Celebrating Love is… Forbidden??

10 Feb

According to the MUI (The Indonesian Council of Islamic Scholars), Valentine is forbidden...

Valentine’s Day is coming soon! Time to celebrate love. To me, the meaning of Valentine is fading away.. Valentine’s Day.. these days, is only big on the commercial side. You HAVE to buy chocolates, you HAVE to buy flowers, etc. If you don’t, your partner will be disappointed just because he/she didn’t get spoiled on Valentine’s Day. In my opinion, if you have a ‘partner’, Valentine can be celebrated any day… we should be able to celebrate love anytime.

However, MUI (or the Indonesian Council of Islamic Scholars) stated that Valentine is forbidden to be celebrated by Muslims. They said that Valentine is inappropriate, and it will encourage teenagers to form relationships outside marriage. I think they misinterpreted Valentine, but I wouldn’t blame them either. Generally, the Indonesian public sees Valentine as a day that you spend with your partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse (this is where the worries of pre-marital relationships start). Nevertheless, Valentine is actually much deeper than that. Valentine is a day that you can spend with your parents, your best friends, your siblings… because love shouldn’t just exist between you and your partner… love should also exist between you and your friends and family members.

If Valentine is “forbidden”, I’d have to disagree, because – what’s wrong with celebrating the wonders of love? Why can’t they just say killing in the name of God.. forbidden? I think that is much more forbidden than love, am I right or am I right? From my point of view… to say that Valentine is forbidden.. is a bit… rough.

Alexia.

The Importance of a Creative Mind

8 Feb

Encourage creativity!

A lot of people out there still think that art classes at school are just “playing around”, or not as important as other subjects. I’d like to remind everyone that art classes are not just “playing around”, but art helps to develop your child’s right brain. Creativity is very important for children, so they can grow up into thinkers, not followers. With a creative mind, children can create something different. They don’t have to end up being an artist, however creativity is essential for jobs in business, law, engineering, politics and many more.

If a child is intelligent, but with no creativity, he or she would be able to finish tasks properly, but wouldn’t be able to create or start something different. People who created Facebook, iPod and other millionaires have creative minds. In the future, the world will be lead by people who have creative brains.

To sharpen your children’s creative mind, please visit Abrakadoodle. It’s a program with a perfect mix of art and education, based on the US curriculum for ages 20 months to 12 years old. In Abrakadoodle, children will learn how to be creative, innovative and confident. For parental tips on how to encourage creativity with children, please visit the blog (in English).

Just imagine!

Alexia.

The Attack of Ahmadiyah: What Religion is This Brutal?

7 Feb

Religion A vs. Religion B

Lately, everyone’s talking about the attack of the Ahmadiyah followers. Whoever attacked them, damn you people are so full of yourselves! What makes you so sure that you’re so right? What’s your religion? It seems like your religion is so scary.. it actually allows you to kill, destroy, torture and attack other people. Can’t we respect other humans anymore? Aren’t we allowed to have different religions?

How pushed were you to do this, to the point where you wanted to kill and torture? Is it so easy for you to be encouraged to commit a crime? As far as I’m concerned, there is no religion out there which gives their followers freedom to be evil.

The funny thing is, the people who attacked the followers of Ahmadiyah were also Islam. What kind of Islam do they practice? Ahmadiyah is Islam also.. helllooooo??? Ahmadiyah just believes in some things that other Islamic people don’t believe, and it’s their choice! It’s their religion, their beliefs, therefore it’s their business. What’s all the killing for? Seriously, haven’t you got anything better to do?

Learn how to respect each other, if you don’t like their religion, then so be it, leave them alone, mind your own business. You’re just making life hard for them AND for yourself.

Alexia.

DPR and KPK Always Fail To Have a Meeting… Hmm…

7 Feb

I wonder why the DPR (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat – House of Representatives) failed to meet KPK (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi – Corruption Elimination Commission),….. Hmmm….

Alexia.

They Are Proud To Call Themselves Persija’s “HOLIGAN” – They Meant “Hooligans”.

30 Jan

PERSIJA!!!!

I am also a sports fan, even though I am a girl, but I loooove watching sports. So, I can understand sports fanaticism and obsession for the teams that we go for. However, around the world, football (or soccer) fans are known to be troublemakers (especially in big numbers!) because football/soccer is highly popular, and the fans love their teams like crazy, so when their team gets unlucky, the fans get very emotional.

In Indonesia, the term ‘bonek’ (which is the abbreviation of ‘bondho nekat’ – the crazy fans of Persebaya – the Surabayan Footbal Club), is usually related to riots and trouble while watching football. In Jakarta, the football club here is called Persija (Persatuan Sepak Bola Indonesia Jakarta), and some of their fans proudly call themselves ‘HOLIGAN’… Ehm.. you mean Hooligan? I think it does come from the word Hooligan, just misspelled. Do they even know what ‘hooligan’ is?? A Hooligan is someone who is cruel, violent, troublemaker, brutal and aggressive. Usually crazy sports fans overseas who create trouble and causes riots, even deaths are called ‘hooligans’. They have to understand that ‘hooligans’ are the dumbest, no-mannered, no-class type of people.

The “hooligan” status is not something they should be proud of. Maybe here, the term ‘holigan’ or ‘hooligan’ had been mistaken as ‘fans’. Unfortunately, these “holigans” acts exactly like hooligans. But it’s a good thing that their traits are now much better than how it used to be.. I hope their behaviours will improve, please keep your manners, and please be respectful.

Alexia