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4 Years And Still Going Strong… Sort Of

I sort of missed this blog’s anniversary, as it came on October 1st, which this year is Lebaran. Usually I write some sort of flashback or imaginary future post… but for the first part of this post, let’s see what went right and what went wrong:

I am writing this while I am waiting for my plane to take me back home. I always try to get to the airport early, but the airline I’m taking always manages to delay their flight by an hour at least. At least the airport has free wifi, so I’ve been browsing and chatting the hour away (and of course, writing this post), stuff I wouldn’t be able to do on an average working day.
Well I definitely didn’t do any travelling this month. And I don’t think I ever have time to lounge around at the airport and do some blogging.
I really want to get back home soon because my wife is coming close to her delivery date; it’s such a strange feeling! I can’t describe it; a mix of anticipation and anxiety, excitement with a tad of fear that I’ll screw things up. Oh well, I guess that’s how all fathers-to-be would feel. Looking forward, I just hope I’m not too old to play basketball or something with my son when he’s older (and I start greying hair). But something tells me that it’s a girl; I’ve always wanted a daugther, being a man who loves women, hehe… but my wife insists that it’s a boy. Well, whether it will be a boy or a girl, I’m pretty sure my enamour with gadgets will definitely pass on :D. God knows, the house is filled with stuff to play with…
My wife isn’t even pregnant yet, unless she isn’t telling me something 😛
But the house is definitely filled with various gadgets, although never as many as I’d like 😀
Work is terrible, as always, but terrible in a sort of good way. The workloads and deadlines never end, but that’s always good for a small company. Growth has levelled off a bit in Indonesia, but we’re anticipating that with a few more tricks up our sleeve, and my parent company has asked us to assist forming similar companies in the other territories. Consulting comes with a price, of course, and it’s a bit ironic that my own parent company is now my client in other countries. So… I think we have some comfortable targets to reach for 2009.
These days, what job isn’t terrible? But the context seems to insinuate that I am not working at my current company, or work on a consulting basis for my current company. Well… no such luck. This is my 4th year with this company, with huge targets to reach in 2009.
It’s unfortunate that I had to cut my Lebaran holiday short for this trip, although it was only for a few days, but business is business, and not everything can be done on weekdays. We hammered most of the details over the weekend (over good food, of course) and this morning we spat out all the emails and communications needed to get the ball rolling, so the local guys can run it from there. I just miss my wife a lot; and as trying as the days have been during her pregnancy, at the end of the day I swallow my pride and hold her hand; and when she smiles back and holds my hand tighter, all becomes right with the world. I had time to shop here but I refrained myself from buying unecessary baby stuff, as the accumulation of whim purchases is already overwhelming, haha… but I’m sure I can justify some of the purchases to my wife :D.
These days I never, ever, cut my holiday short for work. 😀
Oh, there’s the call for the plane. I’ll SMS my wife on the plane and call the office driver to confirm picking me up at the airport…

Well, you still can’t make calls or send SMSes on a plane right now… although it may become reality some time in the future…
So second part of this post is for a bit of reflection…

For every year we grow, we change into something, which could be the same, but could also be a little different. Over the years I have learnt that work isn’t everything, but if you want to fill your life with work, make sure it’s something you love. There is never enough money so make do – at some point you’d have to let go of worldly belongings anyway. Compromise is your greatest negotiation asset. And… patience really is a virtue.

So here’s to the 4th year of this blog, and the 4th year at a company that never gets boring.

Maybe Because Watching Porn Makes People Too Lazy To Do Anything Else

While the controversy around the proposed pornography bill still burns fires in the MPR/DPR building, the esteemed representative body said that they will make allowances for tourists to wear bikinis at certain resorts; to make sure the tourism industry ‘is not affected’.

A few things come to mind:

  • The government will be willing to discriminate between foreign and domestic tourists in the name of anti-pornography. It’s ok for Sue to wear a bikini but totally wrong for Jamilah.
  • Why are the buggers talking about bikinis on bule when they should be talking about the law’s relevance?
  • How do they expect to control foreign vs. local tourists? Maybe the public can help since they are allowed to ‘directly involve’ themselves in the bill’s enforcement.
  • It’s also OK, apparently, for Sue to wear provocative clothing and do acts that incite sexual lust, but totally wrong for Jamilah. I guess this provision is here so the government can legally import Russian prostitutes.
  • I really don’t know why the DPR is going over and over about this when there are many, many more dire problems at hand.

Throw the bill in the trash and do something useful guys, like work on how to raise the level of welfare? I don’t see any colleration between the abolishment of porn to common welfare.

Got The Dish, Got The Decoder, Even Got The TV – But No Picture!

Astro pay TV customers have it rough. First, the English Premier League broadcasts were taken from them, although for a lot of them subscribed for only just that. Then somehow Astro thought that they haven’t ripped off their customers enough, they decided to take all the channels down without previous notice, and with no clear way for customers to refund their subscriptions (not yet, anyway). Seems that because the stakeholders could not reach an agreement on the usage of the Astro brand, the felt that they should forget about doing business. Oh, let’s worry about the customers later.So kids, better leave the idiot box alone and play in the gutters…

PT Bis Ugal-ugalan

Did you know?

Ada beberapa fakta yang mungkin semua orang tau, tapi belum tentu tau bahwa berhubungan:
– Koperasi adalah sebuah badan usaha berbadan hukum, yang terdiri dari kumpulan orang-orang yang bekerja sama demi kesejahteraan bersama (definisi yang detil baca di sini)
– semua anggota wajib membayar iuran anggota koperasi
– pengambilan keputusan terbesar dilakukan pada rapat anggota tahunan
– hampir semua badan usaha yang menaungi perusahaan-perusahaan angkutan umum swasta, berbentuk koperasi
– semua perusahaan angkutan umum swasta yang berbentuk koperasi, beranggotakan individu atau kelompok yang memiliki modal berbentuk kendaraan
– supir angkutan umum adalah pegawai yang bertugas mengumpulkan setoran pada pemilik kendaraan, yang nantinya akan menyetorkan iuran anggota kepada koperasi
– izin penggunaan trayek didapatkan dari pemerintah setempat dengan antara lain memenuhi syarat dan menyetor sejumlah uang (syaratnya tidak jelas apa)
Hasil dari perpaduan fakta ini adalah:
– tidak ada pertanggungjawaban (accountability) atas tindakan supir karena mereka bukan anggota koperasi
– perusahaan koperasi tidak bertanggung jawab atas pemeliharaan kendaraan-kendaraannya (ini tapi tergantung juga ke AD/ART koperasi, tapi kita lihat aja kenyataannya)
– tidak ada service level assurance untuk penumpang, bahkan penumpang tidak diperlakukan secara layak, karena memang dalam struktur perusahaan tidak ada tuntutan untuk pelayanan yang baik pada penumpang
– tujuan perusahaan adalah memastikan setoran dari masing-masing anggota sesuai target supaya pembelian trayek periode berikutnya dapat dilakukan
Maka dari itu, para supir-supir angkutan umum kerjaannya ngebut, tidak menghiraukan peraturan lalu lintas, tidak menghiraukan keselamatan, karena satu-satunya cara dia tetap bekerja besok adalah mencapai setoran.
Mungkinkah akan lebih baik kalau perusahaan berbidang usaha angkutan umum diberi syarat 1)harus berbentuk PT, bukan koperasi dan 2)harus menyetujui sebuah service level assurance?
Katanya sih kalau Jakarta mau lebih baik, dan nggak macet melulu, kuncinya di pembangunan jaringan angkutan umum yang lebih baik. Ketimbang bikin-bikin yang baru lagi, benerin yang udah aja, gimana?

Back To The Drawing Board

I mentioned on this article about some sort of gate contraption that blocks the busway lane to vehicles other than the Transjakarta. Apparently it still doesn’t work, although it doesn’t have anything to do with the electronics this time. Motorcycle drivers still attempt to enter the busway lane, even with the large gate and signs indicating that they should not. I mean, look at the picture in the article, you can’t miss it even if you tried. Or maybe many Jakartan drivers do not know the meaning of this sign? I see the verboten sign ignored so often that it makes me wonder.Is it a problem of communication, or a problem of ignorance? And thus, these motorcycle drivers push to do anything to get where they’re going faster, so they have more time to sit in the pantry and smoke some cigarettes.Thanks to Aulia for pointing out the article.

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So What Do The Other 6 Million Suffer From?

The Antara news agency quoted a health official saying that 2 million Jakarta residents suffer from neuroses. In plainspeak that means around 1/4 the city is slighty crazy or as nutty as a fruitcake. I bet a large portion of these demented people drive motorcycles, buses or other public transport. Or car. Or minibus, or SUV. Oh, anyone on the road, really. Big emphasis on the blokes who honk their horns repeatedly to keep themselves sane.