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Secure.

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Everyone wants security.

Everyone wants security.


Everyone wants security.

Babies cry when they sense their mum gone simply because with their mum present they are safe.

Kids make friends to have secure environment.

Teenagers build groups to get protection and acknowledgement. They want to feel secure.

Grown ups start safe some money to secure their old age days.

Adults tend to be individual because they know that relying on something or someone else sometimes make you insecure.

Parents put their children on education since early age only for one reason that their children can have secure future.

Elders stay at retirement house because they know they are not safe to be alone.

Everyone wants security.

How about you?

What did you do get security in your life?

Me, I put my security by trusting the living God. Sounds easier? Maybe. But it’s not.

Written by vallaura

October 26, 2010 at 6:19 PM

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Choices?

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Choices, first we made them up but at the end they made us up.

This weekend I had a really soul-filling weekend. There’s this Rev. Bill Crowder coming from the US to teach us about some lessons from the Bible. (It’s perfectly okay if you want to stop reading). Aside from the lots of deep teaching, one caught most if not, all, of my attention; choices.

He said that in every little choices that we made there’s definately a coming consequences, whethere it’s good ore bad. Hmmm…here’s the thing. I really like to exaggerate things. So, in my mind, I picture myself choosing coffee over mineral water and even in that smallest unsignificant choice, there lies consequences, whether now or later.

King Saul is one of the people who unfortunately taken as example of a person who made choices poorly. Now, we don’t want to be like him, right?

So let us now be reminded to make choice wisely!

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October 24, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Posted in Me, Thoughts

FarmVille on Facebook.

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I never thought that Farmville will be one of the topic for this blog. I still remember when I really hate my friends who play Farmville. Wait a sec… do you understand what Farmville is? Do you know what it is?

FarmVille

FarmVille

Well, for short, Farmville is one of the applications used through Facebook. We call it application, but it is actually an online game. We just call it that way, so it will sound more systematic and hi-tech. hahaha…

Anyway, as I was saying. Back then, when I wasn’t one of the application users, I used to laugh and smirk at the news feed generated from that application. Every now and then I read, “She just found a black sheep on her farm, do you want to adopt it?” or “There’s a wandering stallion on her farm, will you give it a shelter?” Sound silly eh? yeah-ha.. I thought so too…back then…

I finally attached to this game over a help I gave to a fanatics of Farmville that I knew from my new workplace. For the sake of befriending with her, I agreed to be her neighbor in her farm. She said I only need to approve and leave the farm away. So, I did the first part of her plead, but I did not do the next one, leave the farm. Instead of doing it, I start “checking out” what this game about. And I found it very interesting. Here are some list of lessons learnt from Farmville.

Daily Good Deeds

Daily Good Deeds

Firstly, when you log into this game. You will find on the left side, a box of with number 5. I press this box wondering about it. when you click it, you will see list of five friends who are needing your help under a title “Daily Good Deeds”. I thought, wow. Have I done any good deed today? This game asked me five, have I done just one?

As I go further playing, this game always lets us to SHARE everything that we earn with other friends. I know that it is mainly to keep people playing this game, but when you “often” play, it will plant in your mind to share everything that you earn with your friends. Isn’t it a good virtue to keep?

Super Pumpkin

Super Pumpkin

Secondly, you will feel so relax when you play this game. you will be back in your childhood dream where you want to live in a farm, playing among the sheep, chicken and bees; where you can run around the crops, watermelon, daffodils, peas and everything else. The figure shown are very alike with the real objects. You will find it eyes amusing. The more you plant, the more you want to see how similar the crops with the real one which you might never see before with your own eyes.

Animals (Bison)

Animals (Bison)

Lastly, as any other “application”, this one also provides you with competition, starting from collecting banners, collectibles, achieving levels and upgrades up to co-op farmings (which i never knew that this phrase ever exist until i read here in this game ;p). With all of those, I guess one will have a lot to achieve that might never feel tired or bored of this game. hahaha… ๐Ÿ˜€

So, keep on plowing guys… and don’t forget to feed my chicken ๐Ÿ™‚
Enjoy the “application”! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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October 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Snorkeling!!

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My school is really special. We celebrated Children’s Day on October 1st. And me, for sure would not miss to use it to run from a hectic Jakarta. Me and some friends arranged a trip to do snorkeling at Tidung Island. It is one of the Thousand islands range of islands in the northern part of Jakarta. We arranged to meet up in Muara Angke dock to get a ferry to got to Big Tidung Island.

Big Tidung Island from a distance...what a gateway!

Big Tidung Island from a distance...what a gateway!

After a very long and smoky (of insensitive smoking people of Jakarta) two and a half hours trip, we finally arrived at the Big Tidung Island. The man with whom we partnered this trip, Pak Ajie, was waiting for us there. He took us to his “home-stay” with a Bentor, a ride which you can only find (i guess) in Indonesia.

After around 5 minutes, we can finally relax at the Charlie’s Home Stay, Charlie is taken from his youngest son’s name. The house is in medium size, neat, tidy and colorful. It’s so nice to see how he tried to make a different look at his home stay. He served us with a cold sea weed drinks. Too much sea weed for me, I guess. But all my friends were enjoying the drinks. It was actually releasing us from the sea headache. Directly after the welcoming drinks, he served us more with lunch….yumm, my fave, chicken with vegetables. It was actually not meal time yet, but hey, it was holiday, so no regular time eat ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our yummy lunch.. nyamm...

Our yummy lunch.. nyamm...

As you might also guess, we fell asleep after eating. wow, what a good start of the long weekend, don’t you think? we woke up around 2PM and got ready to go islands hopping and snorkeling. yay!!

Pak Ajie was actually providing us with a bicycle for each of us to ride around the island. Unfortunately, we were lacking of skill and courage to use the bicycles. (we will try to ride it next time we visit this island! and that’s a promise) So we just took a walk to go to the shore and get ready with the snorkeling gear. Ehm.. It’s kinda tricky to put on the flippers, snorkeling and life vest. Especially if you are on my size, you really want to have the right size of life jacket, don’t you? *wink* The islands were Big Payung Island and Small Payung Island. We stopped on the shallow water nearby and dunk in and enjoy the underwater scenery.

ME!! Snorkeling :)

ME!! Snorkeling ๐Ÿ™‚

It was my first experience in snorkeling. Hence I wasn’t completely ready. Be reminded, myself, that for next snorkeling trip (i hope there will be some more), it’s a must to put on soft lens, a must! hehe… Even though I’m minus 3, I still can witness the underwater beauty, now can you imagine the beauty i’ll see if i had put on my lens. The coral reef and beautiful fish, they are just so beautiful. I was swimming with the fish in the middle of the sea!! Can you imagine how cool that could be ๐Ÿ™‚

Frankly speaking, I was a bit afraid, but I had already gone so far, why not just be nuts. ;p So I jumped in slowly, feeling the warm water around me. Pak Awai was our snorkeling guide. He can stand on dead coral reef. He guided us to parts where the fish were swimming. He taught us how to give bread, that can make the fish swim even closer to us… ๐Ÿ˜€

As I felt the water, I became naturally connected with this snorkeling activities. I searched the rainbow fish and touched the living coral reef… it just feels great. YOU, my friend, just got to try this!

on the boat..

on the boat..minutes before we jumped in ^^

in the water

in the water

After a very fun snorkeling. We stopped by at The Big Payung Island and took some more pictures there. By the way, all of the pictures shown here were taken from Lydia and Larsen Facebook album. I thank God for having friends with such photographic skills. We, then rode the boat back to The Bridge. The Bridge is a bridge that connect The Big Tidung Island with The Small Tidung Island. Some people there were doing free jumping to the water…us? we dare not. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the bridge of the Tidung Islands

On the bridge of the Tidung Islands


Relaxin'  and enjoyin'

Relaxin' and enjoyin'

Those afternoon the bridge was so crowded with local tourist. They were all like us, enjoying the sunset that was so rarely to be seen in Jakarta. We were also enjoying the breeze and open water view. The view hypnotized us. It made us calm and forgot all live’s problem, even just for a while. We sat there, laughing and taking pictures. Wow. What a blessing to have the tenses relaxed for a while.

The Sunset

The Sunset


We then set our camera ready (my friends more precisely) and headed back to the main dock of the big Tidung Island. We had a very exciting night ride on the boat with big waves tossing our boat. It was kinda scary at first but then fun ๐Ÿ˜€ The roaring sea and night view were also something that we will never forget. Larsen also successfully took some beautiful sunset view. This is one of her best shots. Wow, isn’t it beautiful. God the almighty and all of His creation. No men should deny His presence in this world!

And as for you islands, till we meet again! Cheers!

PS: Contact this kind heart man if you want to visit the island ๐Ÿ™‚
Pak. A. Mujiman (Ajie) 081574756061, 085781106159

Written by vallaura

October 10, 2010 at 4:34 PM

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