Magic Mirror

Election, eh?

Phew… 2 days before the D-day, campaign attributes are all taken from public areas. It makes me happy, at least I don’t have to see hundreds posters or banners of unidentified (read: alien / unknown) DPR (the House of Representatives) candidates telling promises [or, I believe, lies]

Well, actually I feel a bit sceptic about election. Um… on 30 March 2009, I watched a news program on TV and at least 7 “unfortunate events” were broadcasted. They were:

1. Party X destroyed the attributes of party Y without any permission, because that party (X) would use the nearby area for their campaign.
2. The national campaign spokeperson of a party arrived late. Three hours lateness, finally massa decided to leave the area before his arrival. [Good choice, I think :P]
3. Two candidates of a party were sentenced to a 6-month in prison because they had a campaign in a mosque on January 2009.
4. A candidate wa scaught on tape performing a bit “wild” dance with dangdut singer invited to the campaign.
5. A party gave away Rp.10,000 each for its supporters. Meanwhile, at another place and time, a party was also caught on tape giving away a cellphone each for its supporters. When they were confirmed, both parties insisted that it wasn’t money politics. [Hmm… But we DID see it…]
6. Another way of campaign. A party held a competition of eating cakes and something else like a festival of independence day we usually have here. They promised to give TV for the winner but in fact the prizes were different from what they had promised. Most of the participants felt disappointed and cancelled joining the game. When they were confirmed, simply they said, “We were disapponted. We don’t know what will happen if the candidate of this party becomes the member of DPR, since in this small event they already betrayed us…”
7. The Commission of the Election (KPU) smelled something fishy. In an area, some Elementary Students were listed as voters. Some other areas had several deceased persons listed. On the other hand, some ballots couldn’t be used since they already had check mark…

Hoh! All of those facts really makes me tired of election. Moreover, I read a polling on a newspaper yesterday (6 April 2009) and the answers of the 19 questions given about the work of DPR-RI from 2004-2009 were “not satisfactory” [click here to read the result–in Bahasa Indonesia]. Aaaaargh! Why is politics soooo… complicated?

Anyway, I’m thinking about sumthin else too. About the ballots.
The ballots contain the name of all the DPR candidates. Oh, it can take [at least] 50cm in length and 50cm in height (Umm… it is around 0.25 square meter, eh?). As far as I know, there will be around 2 or 3 ballots given to each voters (since we have to vote for the members of National House of Representative [DPR-RI] and 2 Regional DPR aka DPRD [Not sure about the number, though.. am I right? *questioning stare*]
OK. Lets say there are two ballots per voters, it means 0,5 square meter of paper is used. Now, how many eligible voters are there? Millions! Hah.. how many square meters of paper will be used? [not counting the not-usable ballots] I think it will take 500,000 square meter of paper per a million voters. If there are 12 millions, just multiply it by 12. Now, how many trees should be cut? How many degrees of the temperature of this globe will rise?
Perhaps, I’m a bit hyperbolic, but I think it’s logical enough…

Anyway, back to the first topic. I am, seeing those series of “unfortunate events” and the unsatisfactory work of DPR, more convinced to be a golput [Golongan Putih aka Abstain]. Furthermore, I am not sure whether the new members of DPR could make it better.. [regarding the mentality and morality of Indonesian people.. T_T]

Well, what do you think? Should I be one? *thinking…*

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Why Do Fireflies Die So Young??–Setsuko, Hotaru no Haka

What happened on 23 January 2009

That afternoon, I went to a hospital on a suburban area because my friend was hospitalized there. Glad to know she was getting better and could go home the next day… 🙂

Anyway.. I went back at 06.00 pm, and  all the amazement started.. There were fireflies. Yes, fireflies.. and lots of them! They were flying in the dark, created floating blocks of small-and-blinking lights in the dark… (It was so beautiful that I can’t find any suitable word to describe..)

I really couldn’t believe my eyes. It seems impossible for me to see fireflies flying directly in front of me. I couldn’t believe in such area I could find living fireflies-the fragilest insect on this globe (I think…).

For you who always see them everyday, it is not a big stuff, isn’t it? But for me, it is different. From the time I was born 22 years ago to 23 January 2009 before 06.00 pm, I never saw any of them before…It was my first experience of witnessing flying and living fireflies.

Unfortunately, I didn’t bring camera. But someday, I’ll return to that place and hopefully can take pictures of them, the most incredible insect I’ve ever seen…

Anyway… why are fireflies always connected to separation? Is it because their life span is so short? Their light, although small, is very beautiful. And they still show this light although they know that tomorrow they maybe die… Thinking that they keep showing their light proudly although they only have short time to “show off ” their beauty  makes me ponder: Have I already given my best in my life–which is [of course] longer than the life of fireflies?

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To Do or Not To Do…

Originally written by Joe Lesmana in Sorana Joe, Animonster #94

Manusia adalah satu-satunya makhluk ciptaan Tuhan yang diberi “kelengkapan” berupa kemampuan untuk berpikir dan menentukan apa yang akan atau tidak akan dilakukannya.

Sepanjang hidup manusia, kita akan selalu menjalani banyak pilihan: melakukan sesuatu atau tidak melakukannya. Dari hal yang sederhana, semisal “apakah hari ini saya akan memakai kemeja atau tidak”. Dalam konteks yang lebih besar misalnya, mungkin kita harus berpikir lebih banyak saat akan memutuskan akan melanjutkan sekolah ke mana. Intinya, makin dewasa seseorang makin banyak dan makin sulitlah pilihan yang harus dibuat.

Tiap keputusan yang diambil, baik itu hal yang kita anggap sederhana, sedang, atau bahkan rumit, semuanya punya konsekuensi tersendiri. Dan, disadari atau tidak pasti memberi pengaruh pada apa yang kita alami kemudian.

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The Color of Love is…

If somebody asks you what the color of love is, what will your answer be? Red? Pink? Yellow? Blue?

Hm.. Personally, I think love is white.


Yes, just white. Simply white. Any color–no matter how fade it is–will clearly visible if it lies on white.

A shade of pink which sometimes appears and dissapears is the heartbeat when I meet my beloved.

The purple lines are missing and loneliness

The deep red blots appear when we have a conflict upon jealousy

The sparkling yellow in the corner consists of his smile and laugh

And then… the bluish traces which are difficult to erase were left by the tears when parted.

Sometimes, it is difficult to wash away those blue traces. But one day, no matter how deep they are right now, other colors will come and replace…

Well, isn’t love like that? Emotional.

Anger, sadness, happiness, and joy. Sometimes it isn’t clear which emotion lies upon which one. And no matter how hard you try to hide the feeling, since love is white, your feeling will definitely appear…

The original version is written by Velisha in Good Day Monster, Animonster #71 March 2005. Translated with several adjustments here and there.

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