Four Leaf Clovers

I'm thinking of advising Mrs. Rukmana, the First Daughter (ahem, literally), to sack Mr. Tampubolon and Mr. Assegaff. And their team. What a waste of money, though perhaps for the clan three hundred US dollars per hour is peanut. Why should they go for such a huge expense if now half of the Indonesian population act as their defense counsel, pro bono?
For the sake of good old memories, in the name of compassion, and under the oath of forgiveness.

Now, I'm SERIOUSLY encouraging the family to consolidate their power and take advantage of this momentum, while sympathies are pouring down and their bank accounts are suddenly forgotten. If Imelda Marcos, whose late husband passed away in exile, could return full-force, then they need not worry at all. And doesn't the name "Evita Peron" ring any bell?

Hm hm hm hm. Campaign manager doesn't seem a bad job at all with these opportunities laid down before you. Ah, a blessing in disguise. Really, even after his death, that old gentleman (can) still bring good luck. I bet their backyard is full with four-leaf clovers.

Indonesians Can Teach Americans A Lesson

... when it comes to national election, that is.

I have to say I concur with the CNN reporter when she commented how ironic it is that Martin Luther King's peace message is the only thing missing during the presidential battle. All the while this whole nation is celebrating his birthday. "Legacy" has become an overused word. Clinton and Obama practically bicker over who's more righteous to be the bearer of Dr. King's, you guessed, "legacy". Interesting to note that none of them actually elaborate about how this so-called "legacy" is implemented in their overal policy, specifically in issues that matter most to Americans: Iraq, the economy, health system, illegal immigrants, you name it. Just like in the previous weeks "change" was the mantra, thanks to Obama's victory in Iowa. Mitt Romney is currently the Highest Priest of Change, and we can only pray that he will one day be generous enough to explain what exactly he means by "change". If he merely refers to the change of leadership, well, what's new then? After two consecutive periods of a single president, it is constitutional to have a new one*eyes rolling*.

Funny how the longer I live here, the more similar the US and Indonesia seem to be. Commonalities can be found in the melting pot society, or the presidential system, and even the national motto (yeah, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika vs E Pluribus Unum -- I wonder why there is not yet a research focusing on Soekarno's love-hate relations with the US).

However, being a patriotic-with-a-tendency-to-be-chauvinistic keparat pemerintah (well, I can argue that I am paid to be chauvinistic, you're all taxed for me being a chauvinistic, sweet-talking bitch here), I hold on to the view that we Indonesians are one step ahead of the Americans in choosing our leaders. Here go my reasonings:

1. We don't need a foreign enemy to attract eligible voters to the ballots. Okay, so during the New Order people were not too eager to do it, the system was a joke, one didn't need thorough observation to know who was going to win, and campaigns were truly Pesta Rakyat -- in a sense that they were more like carnivals than political events. In other words: while participation in the United States is triggered by fear, Indonesia's is by, well, joy (ahem, pun intended).

2. Having said that, campaigning weeks in Indonesia are truly the time (if not the only time) when candidates actualize their promises on people's welfare: go to any party's campaign, and you're guaranteed at least a free lunch. If you are luckier, you'll be able to bring home a new t-shirt, cap, or even cash money. In the US, you can only collect pins -- and you still can't be sure that the candidates will fulfil their pledges afterward. Just look at Bush.

3. The polemics on whether the society is ready for a female head of state is outdated. Indonesians have had one. In fact, judging from all Indonesian presidents, Indonesians have had them all: a charismatic and multitalented womanizer, a brutal dictator with angelic smile, a hobbitt with capable brain but zero gut, let alone wisdom, a visually-challenged scholar cum religious organization frontman who could care less about what he just said, a lady with a batallion of late Daddy worshippers and an advantageous reputation for being the victim a suppresive regime, who could care less about what she did NOT say, and a general who seems to have difficulties in making decisions timely. (Pardon me for having been unfairly careful here; I am still a keparat pemerintah after all).

4. Presidential candidates in Indonesia show more maturity as they have their broadcasted public debate -- they are obviously very polite! No name calling, no long list of past mistakes brought up, no raised voice when deliberating. I just watched the Democratic candidates' debate in South Carolina, trust me, even Obama lost his calmness. When he was listening to Edward's argument, I was like seeing a cheetah ready to catch its prey. It's either due to Indonesia's education system which is still not in favor of encouraging students to discuss things, or yeah, those people are just too damn polite.

Now, the parliament members are another story, but let's save it for the next post. I have a lot of things to say about them :D.

Before I forget, the most memorable, precious moment of the South Carolina's Democratic caucus is when Obama had to comment on Toni Morrison's (the Nobel Prized African American writer, not the musician) rather ridiculous statement that "Bill Clinton was the 'black' president, 'blacker' than any actual black person could actually be elected in our lifetime."

After properly commending Bill Clinton, Obama cleverly continued with wit, "I have to investigate more on Bill's dancing ability before I accurately judge whether he was in fact a brother."

To which Hillary replied with an equally humorous sentence: "I'm sure that can be arranged."

And I'm also sure after this candidates are required to get their DNA tested.

[Note: I have to replay the video to get the record in verbatim. Check the full version there.]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall


I know I am among The Chosen Ones.

I am not part of the generic, ordinary bunch. Na-ah.

I don't need to tell the world that I am a Chosen One, though.

When I do that, I am degrading myself, down to the lowest level.

Plus, Darling, I do write in grammatically correct English.

Ah, be careful with the mirror, Darling. Because once it speaks a name other than yours, you might want to stuff the poisoned apple into the Named One's mouth.


I have to confess that I JUST knew that Wi-Fi stands for wireless fidelity.


In that case, can we dub a cyber affair: "wireless infidelity"?

Just a thought :D. And if that happens to be the lamest (or the oldest, for the matter) joke around, spare me your mercy. Have a good day, y'all!

{ ... }

I can't remember the last time a comment on my Friendster's page made me feel so... ecstatic. Yes, I am SO looking forward to seeing you again. How long has it been? Four years? Five years? Both of us have changed? For sure. It just doesn't matter. It never did, right? I guess when it comes to us, we adapt instantly :).

The Public Figure

(+) I am so tempted to tell him bluntly what I think about him and that whole messy affair. But it's his personal business *sighs*.

(-) He activates the commenting system, right?

(+) Yeah.

(-) Meaning he welcomes any comment whatsoever.

(+) It's still his personal business. Is it ethical to leave a message that can be interpreted as interfering to one's private domain?

(-) Ethics are sometimes overrated. You can also view this as a dispute between your ethics and his ethics. I don't think his post is ethical, if you ask me. The ex wife can claim that the particular post is a character assassination of her, right?

(+) Yeah, I guess so.

(-) If it is on a public domain, intentionally, then it already belongs to public, unless specified otherwise. You know, photographs, songs, or any other copyrighted materials. Which doesn't apply to this case. He can't accuse people of violating his privacy.

(+) True, true.

(-) Remember, if you're a public figure, your figure becomes public *winks*.

(+) Hahaha... So, shall I proceed with that?

(-) Go on! Besides, it's about time somebody tells him that his reputation in his field doesn't grant him the privilege to publicly degrade the other party, who seems clueless. And let's not forget the poor kid.

Pour Les Fans de Persepolis...

You might have missed Jiffest. In that case, please, do yourself a favor... GET THE DVD! (ahem.. pirated?). It's awwwweeeeesommeeeeee!!!!

The original artwork's die-hard fans (helo, Da!) need not worry that they will be disappointed. The Jury Prize of the Cannes Festival should speak for itself, yes?