Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kick Andy!

These last few days my "scene location" is pretty much the same..or..exactly the same..at home!

Been sick since monday night, and hopefully tomorrow (friday) I will go back to work.

It was kinda boring of course just staying at home...Even though I can still read my book, watched some movies..still, my brain is not up to work yet everytime I tried to.

But even though it doesn't feel good, I guess it's better to be grateful for what I have now...

I prefer to consider my self as the "lucky ones" compared to other people who might have more serious illness, instead of comparing my self with other people who are healthier... of course, that doesn't mean I didn't do anything with my health (that's why I'm taking my medicine and rest at home) .

Another thing that really made me feel so grateful and inspired today was a talkshow called "Kick Andy!" (the host name is Andy) I saw through the internet in Metro TV (Indonesian news channel) about disabled people who have great achievements.

One that inspired me the most was an interview with a 34 years old woman who's height is only 75cm, couldn't walk (always be carried by her younger sister), but she's working as an English teacher in some schools and also a counselor for young people with their problems in one of the radio in Tuban (East Java).

Not much to share or express (maybe because the medicine effect..hehehe), but watching that show really boost up my motivation even more to give for other people...start doing something no matter how small it is, but also to aim big in the future. At the end, if it's not us, then who else...

And yeah, this suddenly reminds me of one of my favourite quote by Edward Everett Hale:
I'm only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
What I can do, I should do.
And what I should do,
by the grace of God, I will do.

I feel so lucky to get these "reminders" quite often...I hope this can also be a "reminder" for whoever you are that read this post.

with grateful smile,
ali

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Knock knock...I'm home...

I was checking out all of my previous posts before I start writing this post, and I just realized that this has been the longest time for me not writing any posts here..it's been 15 days.

So lets see...


The first week after my last post was basically about final preparation of the first ever Iceland Leadership Development Seminar (IceLDS), held on Nov 17-19 in Selfoss (around 1hour driving from Reykjavik).
The conference went fabulous..!!!
Everything's well prepared..Alma as the conference chair was great...the delegates were amazing...it really was FUN...and I'm so proud of the MC team...yeahhh...!!! :-)

Then sunday night went back home, suddenly Reykjavik was all covered in snow...and I mean A LOT..!!!

(The alley to our house)

(walk straight from the picture above, turn right and it's our house)

(The cars in "winter fashion")

(a guy that did a stupid thing that he regreted after he took the picture :p)

After the conference, there are several things that I can probably say as the highlights until now.

First, I finally finished the book I was reading before, Deep Simplicity.

Then, I got called the next day from a book store. The book I ordered a few weeks ago, A History of God, was finally there. So I went there and picked it up. But currently I'm still reading a (so far) very cool book called Blue Ocean Strategy.

The third thing, I cooked an Indonesian food called Rawon for dinner at home. And surprisingly, people liked it :-)

Then today, Saturday, is my turn to clean the house. So I cleaned the house, then for God knows how many times already, I watched The Godfather again.

Last but not least it's 2.30 a.m now..so it's actually Sunday already...but I just have to write something.

I'm glad that I'm writing again...yeahh..!!!

as always....with smile,

ali

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Two sides of my joy..

A few years back I was talking with my friend Githa, a very funny friend of mine who loves to make jokes about everything. I was asking him some questions and I guess he was in his joking mood, so he answered all of my questions with "it depends" answer. A classical joke, but when the 6th question I asked still got the same answer it started to be annoying. But yet again, I can't deny that I also laughed.

Most people here in Reykjavik (including me) said that the blizzard yesterday was terrible. So even some people had a great day yesterday, I imagine they still say something like "even it was not the best weather yesterday, ...." as part of their "great day" story. I also had a great day yesterday, but apparently my biggest lesson and reminder starts with "because of the weather yesterday, ...".

After I finished friday praying at the mosque, there was a lady that gave us some nice food for lunch. After everyone is finished there was still some of the food left, and very generously, they wrapped and gave it to me because I'm the youngest one there :-).

Then I went to the bank to take my new card and straight to AIESEC office after that. The blizzard was getting bigger. Before 6 pm I went to the cinema near to the office and watched The Departed (see my rating on the right side of this blog), an excellent movie!!!. Then I went back to the office around 9 pm, took the food and walked home. Again, the blizzard was even bigger, and it was probably the best day for me not to bring my gloves.

The picture on the top of this post is me holding the food, but I tried to put my fingers inside my jacket so my hands wont be that freezing (even though it's still freezing, very much).

It was on the walked home when I felt this other part of my joy (besides that the people gave me food earlier and I just watched a great movie). The road was blury because of the wind and hails that kept coming to my face. But I was thinking that the food was good, I really want to eat it again for dinner. So I kept and protect it with all my heart because I didn't want it to fall off the plate.

Then suddenly I stopped. I think about my self protecting this food, and then think about other people who will do anythinig just to get something to eat. Maybe not in Iceland or in a cold weather, but they have to go through a much much worse experience just to be able to "not feel hungry" for a while. What about these people:

At least I'm on my way home...I can even heat my food. While some people may not even have a home. So blizzard should be nothing for me, and it's NOT like I have to go through a blizzard bringing food everyday. Then again, all of these made me very grateful again for what I have. Just smile and go home, nevermind the blizzard. Instead, I thank the blizzard for a meaningful lesson and reminder.

I'm very grateful for what I have. I took a picture of the food I brought last night as well: Rice, potatoes, beef meat balls and some vegetables.

a special smile for the weather yesterday,

ali

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Reykjavik is snowing...but this is not about that...

Besides the fact that Reykjavik starts snowing a little bit more, there are 2 things that I want to share before I go to sleep today.

The first is a quote in Emel's MSN's personal message:
"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser"
Later i tried to search it and found out that this quote was from John W Gardner.

I started to think and contemplating on what Emel said as "a simple but true" quote there. It reminds me of a movie that I just watched a couple of days ago, "Click". I thought it's gonna be "just a funny comedy" kind of movie. Well...I obviously proved my self wrong. It taught and reminded me a lot about how I want to draw my life and what kind of picture I'm making here. I have to make sure I'm drawing what I wanted to draw.

The second thing is then I decided to take pictures of "posters" I made about a month ago both inside and at the front door of my room and share it here. These 2 posters motivate me to start my day, yet also ask me to reflect my self before I finished the day.

(The first poster in the wall when I wake up)


(The second poster in front of my room door)

So if latelty most AIESECers used to hear the terms "Everyday starts today!", I guess "today" is already history now.

"Today" should have started already, and we are in the "tomorrows" now. We should have have some progress...

So when did your "today" actually start?

with smile,

ali

Monday, November 06, 2006

Watched it again on the fifth of November...


"Remember, remember...the fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.

But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes
and I know, in 1605, he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
But who was he really? What was he like?

We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail.
He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten,
but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world.

I've witnessed first hand the power of ideas,
I've seen people kill in the name of them, and die defending them...
but you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it...
ideas do not bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love...

And it is not an idea that I miss, it is a man...
A man that made me remember the Fifth of November. A man that I will never forget. "

"Evey Hammond: Who are you?
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey Hammond: Well I can see that.
V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is. "

"Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V."

"V: I, like God, do not play with dice and do not believe in coincidence"

"V:The building is a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by people. Alone, a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people, blowing up a building can change the world."

"Evey Hammond: My father was a writer. You would've liked him. He used to say that artists use lies to tell the truth while politicians use them to cover the truth up.
V: A man after my own heart. "

"V: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people"

"V: Would you... dance with me?
Evey Hammond: Now? On the eve of your revolution?
V: A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having! "

with smile,
ali

Norway pics...

I couldn't upload the pictures from Norway. There's an error everytime I tried to upload it.
But I would recommend to see the pictures from Viktor's blog.

Still smiling though,
ali

Friday, November 03, 2006

Switch on Hippocampus mode...

Hippocampus is a part in our brain that we use everytime we're trying to remember long term memory(ies). Now, writing this post is all about forcing my hippocampus to work a little bit more than usual coz it's been quite some days, and I want to capture the experience I had these last few days so I can also read it again sometimes. and I actually write this part of the post after I finished the rest of the story below. I will put some pictures later. So here it goes:


Thursday - Oct 26th - The Pre Conference

Start the "pre conference" with the LCs' EB. Pretty exciting day, started to see more people coming, and the conference atmosphere was growing even more and more. After all the sessions were finished (around 7.30pm), all of us went to chill out, ate some pizza and get acquainted with the LCs in the student bar. Around 10pm all the facilitators had a meeting with Aneesh as the chair of the conference for final preparation and empowered all of us before THE conference start the next day.

Friday to Sunday - Oct 27-29 - NTMS

A fantastic and Kick-ass Conference..!!!!
There were 135 delegates and total 25 nationalities in the conference (there's even 1 Indonesian guy in the Swedish delegation!!). The energy was amazing.
Very cool plenary room...
A very very nice hotel...
Incredibly active and positive delegates...
Excellent OC (salute..seriously..!!!)...
Outstanding facilitators team...and Hats off to Aneesh for being a superb chair...!!!

day 1

We started with a very energetic opening plenary, then continue with "global issues day" where we had sessions with externals around the issues of globalization and emerging markets, entrepreneurship, and energy. After that, we connected the issues that are happening around the world with our role as an individual, as an AIESEC member, and with AIESEC as an organization, finally finished all the sessions that day with a personal reflection time. And then off we go to the official dinner.

day 2

The 2nd day is all about making things happened..people are divided into separated tracks and sessions based on their functionals or role in AIESEC. The day ends with a P-party where everybody has to wear a costume or anything related with the letter "P"...in short, it was HILLARIOUS...!!!!

day 3

This day was more on personal goal setting and bring back home of what have been happening in the conference and how to use it when people go back to the LCs. After closing plenary, we (Aneesh and the facilitators) went to Burger King and recaped the whole conference and then people started to go to separated direction. Lars, Viktor, Børge, Magnus and me then went bar in the train station until around 10pm before everybody except me and Lars stayed coz we had our 6.5 hours train back to Oslo at 11pm....or to be exact, 10.58 pm :-)

Monday - Oct 30th - My birthday

It was a very nice and peaceful day. The train arrived in Oslo around 6.30 am, then Lars and me went to the MC flat. I had a chat with my mentee, Aidy, for a couple of hours then drop dead and slept til the afternoon. Then Annika also arrived at home as well.

I went out with Lars to buy some stuffs to make for dinner. Then had chicken with rice and salad while watching a movie that I've watched more than 3x already, Patch Adams (really love this movie!).

It was a very nice day, as I planned to have more self reflection on my birthday on what I've been using my life for. I always keep in my mind the first 2 questions from Imam Ghazali that I wrote in my previous posts. As the seconds I have in my life, the quantity, is decreasing, I want my quality of life to increase.

Tuesday - Oct 31st - Oslo is Great..!!!

If I had to say one thing that I really love about Oslo besides the places there the answer without any doubt will be CHEAP(er) BOOKS..!!!

Yesss, I went to 5 or 6 book stores in Oslo that day and bought quite some books. It's waaayy much cheaper compared to Iceland. Then i stopped at McDonald's, ate some food while reading my first book. When i went out it was snowing everywhere already. I walked home like walking in the biggest refrigerator on the world...it's so colddd...!!!!

Wednesday - Nov 1st - Nobel Peace Prize Museum and Going "home"

I went to the MC office, had lunch with Børge, then went to Nobel Peace Prize Museum. I was a bit in a rush coz after that I had to go to the airport to catch my flight back to Iceland at 4 pm.
As short as it is, it was still a very inspiring place. I really want to go back there again and really check the whole place...But yet again, I bought another book there...!!!! Hehehe.
I'm really thinking to go back to norway again sometimes :)

The funniest feeling, when the plane was about to land in Iceland, I unconsciously said to my self "aahh, I'm finally home".... I started to put Iceland as "my home".

Then, Thordis and Svetla baked birthday cakes..!!! and I got the best present...
an Icelandic movie!
As crazy as I am with movies, I never saw any Icelandic movie before, so that was my first Icelandic movie (called 101 Reykjavik), and it's a cool movie! Thank you guys :)

Plus, the package from my parents finally arrived. Some Indonesian food, a book I asked, AND THE VIDEO OF MY SISTER'S WEDDING.

Simply, it's a great day...and I'm very thankful for it.

with smile,
ali

ps: I just realized how many links I put in this post :-)