Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Aku, Goen, dan Mercy Curut

Aku mengirim text ke Goen, "Aku pengin mercy yang bentuk-e kaya curut itu."

Di reply dengan pendek, "Ya."

Aku tanya lagi, "Ya apa?"

Dijawab, "Ya mercy curut itu."


After 14 years of marriage, I still find him amusing ... or simply bego ya???

Friday, October 12, 2012

Aku, tempat ini, dan Dia yang diatas sana

Ak selalu suka tempat itu, tempat ak bisa menikmati kesendirianku, ditemani Tuhan , mungkin (kl Tuhan ada), itupun Dia tak pernah bicara

Tuhanku bisu ??? atau Ak yang tuli ???? ...

Entahlah ... tapi kami sama2 bahagia dalam diam kami ... aku tak mengganggunya, Dia tak mengangguku ...

Tapi mungkin juga Dia tidak tahu harus bicara apa padaku... maklum Dia laki-laki... sudah tua pula ... agak out-of-date mungkin ...

Aku juga tak berani mengajak Dia bicara, takut ketahuan bodoh ... ;p

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Night and Day

We take turn to watch the night …
We take turn to watch the day …

The night slips to dawn,
the day hid by dusk …

like goodbyes …


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It is a Mad World indeed ...

I like this song ... I love this clip...

But it is sad to say that this is my week's soundtrack...

I feel upset with people I (think) I know ... but yeah ... It's a mad world ...

So I'll keep on fighting ...

In case you care and want to sing along, this is the lyric:

 "Mad World"

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very mad world mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very mad world ... mad world
Enlarging your world
Mad world


Monday, October 8, 2012

Pak Kasno dan kereta api

Waktu dapat tag foto personel Fakultas Sastra dengan rombongan Universitas dari Malaysia yang sedang berkunjung ke Unika, ide yang muncul di kepalaku adalah 'Kapan mau gantian berkunjung ke Malaysia?' haha... beginilah reaksi seorang manusia yang sedang terkukung di ruang kerja ... bawaannya kabur terus...
Tiba-tiba aku tertegun karena aku teringat pak Kasno... ahem... #cough... Aku ingat beberapa tahun lalu waktu Sastra sedang rencana pergi piknik tahunan, salah satu rencananya adalah ke Jakarta dengan naik kereta api. Dan pak Kasno adalah salah satu yang sangat antusias dengan rencana itu karena: pak Kasno, waktu itu at least, belum pernah naik kereta api... #myheartcriedforhim... :(...  dan entah sekarang udah jadi naik kereta api atau belum karena rencana itu tidak jadi di 'execute'   hehe... (realisasinya kemana ya akhirnya? aku lupa), tapi yang jelas g naik kereta api dengan pertimbangan piknik berombongan dengan naik kereta api lebih mahal dibandingkan kalau naik bis. 

Dengan asumsi pak Kasno belum juga sempat naik kereta api, aku kok jadi merasa seperti punya 'hutang' ke pak Kasno. 

Dengan latar belakang anak pegawai negeri yang hobi pindah kota kerja dan punya bapak yang hobi 'jalan'... semua mode angkutan sudah pernah aku coba (dari digendong sampai naik pesawat... tee hee...). Dan naik kereta api adalah bagian pengalamanku sejak kecil. Dari jaman naik kereta masih harus bawa termos untuk mbuat susu di awal tahun 1970-an sampai naik kereta api yang makanannya diantar dari restorasi... #ohIfeellikeaqueen.

So, buat aku, kenyataan bahwa pak Kasno belum pernah naik kereta api adalah hal yang 'mengherankan' dan pathetic. Perasaan sama aku alami waktu aku dengar ada orang yang belum pernah liat Monas, karena belum pernah ke Jakarta... #sigh... 

Yah, itulah aku yang sering lupa untuk 'count my blessings' ... yah, itulah aku yang sering lupa kalau  g semua orang punya uang, punya waktu, dan punya  hasrat untuk travel. ... yah begitulah...

Tulisan ini juga harus berhenti karena aku harus melanjutkan perjalananku menyelesaikan thesisku... sebuah perjalanan tanpa alat transport...

ps. untuk yang baca dan kenal pak Kasno, sampaikan salamku untuk pak Kasno... bilang that ... Ike prays that one day... seriously, one day she will be able to pay her debt.

Monday, October 1, 2012

HAIL photocopy service in Indonesia

I live in a country where a poor consumer like me is disadvantaged... hehehe... 

A mouthful sentence to say that printer cartridge is expensive... :(... 

Put it this way, I bought a printer for $44. It came with 2 initial cartridges, the black and the color one. When they run out of ink, I had to buy original or compatible cartridges for $29 each. I couldn't practice 'injection' kind of refill because the cartridges got a chip for sensor which told the printer that 'Hey!!! You know what? I am officially out of ink! Even when this stupid woman tried to inject me with other liquid... she can't fool me because I am smarttttttttttttt!'

#and ike cursed the catridge, the printer, the company which made the printer n the cartridge, the people who developed the technology, and a longer list of people and things which made, is making, makes, n will make her miserable... :D. 

And when you read this and give comment, I warn you: never never never tell me and try to lecture me about how to solve the above problems! I'll punch you right away! l'm telling you what:  I had spent half of my day googling for solution, I tried them all, none worked. Once I injected the cartridge, the printer stopped working. It couldn't even scan. One suggestion was to buy a(nother) tool to reset the cartridge from China... lol ... 'thank you but no thank you, I am trying to refill  a (one) cartridge, not opening an ink refill business'

#ike restrained the urge to curse.

Whoops! enough for cursing... where am I now? Ok, one more thing, printing in the university is expensive (23cents per page). Even when I  am entitled to a sum of printing credit from my school, it still doesn't cover my printing expense because we're taking about BOOKS here ... with hundreds of pages... (not that I can legally copy the whole book here but even some parts, when it comes to copying a book, lots of pages will turn up. Not to mention also that I have to copy the book myself and waste my time copying #males banget).

In short I’d like to say:

Hail photocopy service in Indonesia!

e-book is not a book

Woa technology is crazy...
For me, keeping up with technology is no fun but a necessity ( kepeksa, jv.).

I equip myself with a tablet to help me read e-books or e-publications which come in pdf, djvu, e-pub, and God knows what else (Speaking about the name 'tablet', it's just dawned to me that the same term ('tablet') also refers to the slab of stone used by ancient Egyptian to write the hieroglyph thingy magicy before they worked it out on papyrus? No?). 

All right then, I'll continue. Reasons? Complicated. To mention some: 

1. Lots of books now come as e-publications or in downloadable pdf versions which need a gadget to read them. Not to mention journals which are definitely on-line except for those archive ones. 

2. Printing is expensive (see more in “Hail Photocopy service in Indonesia” in my blog later) … 23c/page… and we are talking about books here … with hundreds of pages… Some you printed would be just put aside because they are not related...

3.  It is tiring to get involve in the ‘art of recall’ (recalling and getting a recall) with regard to library books. Meaning: you can only hold some books for a short while before someone else recalls the books. So the most effective and the cheapest way is to skim read the books quickly and scan the important pages in pdf to reread later. That way you save time to send and get the books to and from the library.

4. To tell the truth, I'm under deadly deep pressure to finish my thesis, so I sacrifice my usually fun 'bed-time' readings to catch up with thesis materials. Meaning: journals and academic books before I sleep... huhuhuhuhu T.T no more Twilight, Harry Potter, the  Girl With  the Dragon Tattoo, etc., etc. ... (anybody wants to give me an award for this? :( ...).

5. I can use my laptop to read some e-books and e-pubs but mine is 14" laptop which conforms the safety standard as a work station but not a comfortable gadget to hold when I want to do bedtime reading (imagine my struggle to read journals n books from my laptop while laying on the bed... :)...).

Well, those are my main reasons to have a tablet. 

Anyway, I think I won't be able to claim my membership as a human being if I  don't have any complaint about this new technology, will I? 

It is that the old woman in me keep saying that,'Yeahhhh... e-book is not a book. It definitely is NOT.' I may look fancy and posh... reading via a touch-screen tablet but still it is not my style of reading.

Having a printed book is really convenient... whenever I am slipping to my dream world, I can always drop the book on my lap, drop it on the bed, put it under my pillow or simply drop it on the floor. But I can't do the same thing with my tablet. I have to put more effort to stay awake while reading since I'm afraid of breaking the tab when I  drop it on the floor or if I accidently sleep on it. But it is good in a sense that I won't switch off 5 minutes after I start reading the journals or the academic books like I usually do ... tee hee... 

Well, while I  must admit that tablet helps me finish my readings, my heart longs for the good old printed books. Here I am talking about 'loss', not 'gain'...

P.s. new habit develops slowly but its effect is starting to take over bit by bit. It was like when I was in the middle of opening a file in my laptop and someone stopped by to talk to me. When she left, I touched the name of the file in the screen but nothing happened. I touched the screen harder, still it didn't react. Again I tried, it didn't work. Mentally I started to see a big banner with the capital letters: 'PANIC'  in front of me when I slowly realised that 'Hey! My laptop screen is not a touch screen.' hehehe ... :D...