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Baby Milestones[2]: Walking and Kicking

2 Jan

Happy new year 🎉🎉🎉

Baby O closed the year 2016 by learning how to walk. It’s kind of cute that he’s always looking for his mommy’s or daddy’s fingers now as his sign that he wants to walk. A few steps at first, never ending circle-ing the house now. Hopefully husband and I can reduce our belly fat for good. 😂

As a former basketball player, husband has big hope that basketball will be Baby O’s first ball play. Too bad it seems the soccer blood runs thicker from my gene in Baby O’s vein. My father, my uncle, and my brothers are soccer players. Even I was a goalkeeper in my college’s female futsal team. 😉

Ori 40w5d old: First ball kick

 

Wish us a great year ahead. Hopefully everything runs better in 2017, aamiin 🙂

Click here to read last Baby O’s baby milestone post

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Lagu Persembahan Untuk Tim Nasional

30 Dec

Menyambung tulisan saya sebelumnya, ternyata kita masih belum bisa membawa pulang Piala AFF. Kalau mau lihat sisi positifnya, pecinta bola di Indonesia semakin bisa mendesak Nurdin Halid untuk mundur dari jabatannya. Walaupun saya yakin beliau tidak akan mau meletakkan jabatannya begitu saja. Muka badak, kulit setebal kulit gajah.

Tanggapan suporter bola di Indonesia pasca kekalahan timnas berbeda-beda. Ada yang bangga melihat permainan timnas di final leg kedua. Ada yang sedih karena piala yang sepertinya sudah dalam genggaman itu terlepas dari tangan. Ada yang masih belum bisa menerima kekalahan dengan mencari-cari kambing hitam penyebab timnas kalah.

Ada juga yang menyatakan, “kalah menang bukan yang utama, it’s just a game. Yang penting timnas sudah menunjukkan kemajuan dan timnas yang saat ini dirasa mampu untuk lebih berprestasi di masa depan. Kalau bukan positive thinking namanya, sepertinya menghibur diri lebih tepat.

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Berapa banyak dari kamu yang hafal lagu Garuda di Dadaku?

Lagu kebangsaan milik suporter Indonesia itu sebenarnya sudah lama dinyanyikan di setiap pertandingan timnas. Hanya saja, lagu tersebut di-remake oleh band Netral sebagai soundtrack film berjudul sama dengan judul lagunya, Garuda di Dadaku, dengan penambahan beberapa baris lirik.

Berapa banyak dari kamu yang tau lagu persembahan band Weezer, Represent, untuk United States National Football Team selama World Cup 2010 kemarin?

Yuk kita bandingkan keduanya.

WEEZER
Represent

NETRAL
Garuda di Dadaku

I’m sick and tired of everybody trying to tell me what to do
If I’m in need of your advice then surely I would come to you
I didn’t get in this position just by happenstance
I work my bones beyond my limit just to have half a chance

Ayo putra bangsa
Harumkan negeri ini
Jadikan kita bangga
Indonesia

It matters how you play the game
It matters that you can take the pain
You don’t want to lie, steal, or cheat your way to the top
It matters what your people think
You represent your family
But that’s just one more reason to see
That it matters
Whether you win or lose

Jayalah negaraku
Tanah air tercinta
Indonesia raya

Why don’t we see who is the wizard and play some one on one
I think you’ll find me sympathetic to ya when I’ve won
It’s seems you’ve got the bone to beat me
If beef was all it takes
But I’ve got skills to pay the bills and punish each of your mistakes

Garuda di dadaku
Garuda kebanggaanku
Ku yakin hari ini pasti menang
Kobarkan semangatmu
Tunjukkan keinginanmu

One hundred years from now
They’ll look back on this day
Where are you going to be
And what are they going to say
I see my name in lights
The people call my name
It’s all up to you
Will you find your way?

Garuda di dadaku
Garuda kebanggaanku
Ku yakin hari ini pasti menang
Kobarkan semangatmu
Tunjukkan keinginanmu
Ku yakin hari ini pasti menang

It matters how you play the game
It matters that you can take the pain
You don’t want to lie, steal, or cheat your way to the top
It matters what your people think
You represent your family
But that’s just one more reason to see
That it matters
Whether you win or lose

Bedanya, penggalan Garuda di Dadaku bisa dinyanyikan suporter di setiap pertandingan sebagai yel-yel penyemangat timnas Indonesia. Sedangkan Represent sepertinya tidak dinyanyikan selama pertandingan oleh suporter US.

Dari lirik lagu, kesan yang saya dapat pun beda. Represent seolah ingin mengatakan pemikiran suporter US bahwa timnas US harus menang, kalau tidak ingin membuat malu keluarganya, bangsa Amerika. Sedangkan Garuda di Dadaku menyatakan pengharapan dan keyakinan suporter Indonesia bahwa timnas bisa menang.

Arogansi negara adidaya? Mungkin saja. Kerendahan hati bangsa timur? Mungkin saja.

Sebagai negara adidaya, suporter US terbiasa dengan superioritas, oleh karena itu menang dan kalah adalah hal yang penting bagi mereka, it’s beyond a game. Sebagai goal oriented, kemenangan (dalam segala hal) adalah mutlak bagi bangsa US (ditunjukkan dari lagu Represent).

Sebagai negara yang berperang dengan tangan sendiri dari penjajahan untuk mendapatkan kemerdekaan, menang dan kalah adalah nomor sekian bagi bangsa Indonesia. Bagi kita, yang penting adalah semangat berjuang yang ditunjukkan pemain timnas selama bertanding, di lapangan (ditunjukkan dari lagu Garuda di Dadaku).

Jadi, mungkin ada benarnya yang bilang bangga terhadap timnas walaupun tidak memenangkan Piala. Bisa jadi Perasaan tersebut memang benar-benar dirasakan sebagian suporter Indonesia, tidak hanya ucapan manis belaka. Apalagi bagi mereka yang menghargai proses dan tidak berorientasi pada hasil akhir semata.

Bagaimana menurut pendapat kamu?

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Ada yang tau bagaimana caranya menulis teks dengan 2 kolom pada WordPress seperti di Microsoft Word? Mohon dibagi ilmunya 🙂

What’s So Funny About Tumblr

15 Jul

Did you remember my last post about Tumblr (to read it click here)? I mentioned something about ReBlog and Heart-This-Post features on Tumblr.

So recently I rejoinned on Tumblr. Only this time, I was able to distuingish the difference usages of my WordPress and my New-Tumblr (to read it click here). I had the later to record my journals related to my activities in learning other languages. I wished that I wouldn’t fail like the last time I had a Tumblr blog. I really wished that I wouldn’t because it showed a certain tendency to reach that stage, again :p

At first, I seemed to successfully fulfilled my purpose on Tumblr. Until one day, I did tumblr-blogwalking. Then I started to follow Tumblr blogs that had nothing to do with my origin purpose. At that time, I thought it would only be for fun.

By following any blogs, again, on Tumblr, it made me remembered something about that I’ve actually already found when I first joined it. This following, reblog, and heart features on Tumblr made the bloggers follow any Tumblr blogs that interested them, also reblogged and or hearted any posts from the Tumblr blogs they followed. And I also fall for it. I reblogged some posts that had nothing to do with my purpose on having a Tumblr blog 😐

I think this is the reason why there are so many non-personal blogs on Tumblr. Too many people published their works on some administered Tumblr blogs. And you wouldn’t imagine how many times an interesting post would be published on different Tumblr blogs. Redundant posts, of course.

There are many Tumblr blogs that are focused on publishing some certain things, devoting the blogs to only one topic. Like this Tumblr blog that I recently joinned due to my big interest on Russia (to read it click here). This Tumblr blog devoted to be photography blog (to read it click here). This one devoted to publish quotes on the blog (to read it click here). Or this Tumblr blog because of my big interest on German National Football Team (to read it click here), especially Thomas Mueller 😉 Definitely not a kind of personal blogs that we usually find in WordPress and or Blogspot.

You wouldn’t imagine how many posts that the owners of that kind of Tumblr blog would submit every day. Wait until you follow them. And just by following a Tumblr blog that publishes anything about Thomas Mueller, I already feel like one of Mueller’s cyber stalker haha 😉

A Tribute to Germany[3]: Adidas and Puma

13 Jul

As we all know, Adidas originally came from Germany. But did you know that Puma also came from Germany? Did you know that Adidas and Puma were brothers? I didn’t. I also have in mind that Puma came from Italy somehow. Maybe because I thought Puma related with Fila, I don’t know.

But I was totally wrong. Puma has no relation what so over with Fila. In fact, Puma merely were brothers with Adidas. Did you know the beginning of Adidas and Puma? Let me tell you the tale 🙂

Adolf “Adi” Dassler, an Austrian-German, was raised to be a cobbler, the shoe maker. When he grew up, he built a shoe factory helped by his father. Later on his brother, Rudolf, joined them. Then the company was named as Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory in 1924 . In the beginning, they manufactured shoes for any athletes.

In the early years of football, players weren’t allowed to wear football shoes with spools, the cylinder holders below the shoes, like modern football shoes. In 1891 , FA cancelled the policy. That was the time where shoe factories finally tried to manufacture special shoes for football.

Adidas Scorch TRX

Back to our Dassler Brothers, in 1948 the factory were split up. There was a huge problem with the brothers due to Rudolf’s activities with Nazi. So Rudolf left the factory to found Puma. While Adi named the factory after himself, Adidas, which stands for ADI DASsler.

In 1954 , Adidas succesfully produced football shoes for Germany National Team. It said that these shoes were the 1st comfortable football shoes with spools, flexible, and, light to wear especially to run and to kick the ball on the field.

And nowadays, who doesn’t know about Adidas? 🙂

Sources: Wikipedia, Kompas (with several modifications)

Read Part Two of A Tribute to Germany in here.

A Tribute to Germany[2]: Loew, I Heart You

11 Jul

I think Germany National Football Team for World Cup 2010 is the only squad that its coach didn’t get blame for the loss. Look how Brazilian supporters dissapointed with Carlos Dunga‘s performance. Some of Argentine supporters forgave Diego Maradona, some of them couldn’t. French with their Raymond Domenech and Italian with their Macello Lippi are the undoubtable facts.

Germany defeated by Spain in the semifinal, but I didn’t think that Loew was to blame. And I also didn’t see any possible reason for that. Somehow it was the fault of the players that got beaten up by Spain. News said, it was their mental that made them lost. The players were already lost before the match even played. See? No reason to be mad at Loew at all.

He designed his strategy and all to defeat Spain. But it couldn’t work because the players didn’t play they were supposed to play. Maybe the team still couldn’t forget how Spain defeated them in Euro 2008 Final. We don’t know about it for sure, right?

In fact, we should be really thankful for Loew. Credits also given toJuergen Klinsmann. The steps were started by Klinsmann and Loew in 2004 for preparation of World Cup 2006. They reformed Germany’s Football, one of it by building a youth national team. After Klinsmann’s retirement, Loew followed and furnished the scheme that they’ve made in 2004.

Although Germany only in the 3rd place on this World Cup, but if I may stated, the team was quite successful. Germany is the only team that have been able to enter World Cup semifinal in the last 3 tournaments. The most stable squad, it is.

Let past only be the past. Germany are looking forward to Euro 2012 now. With their promising young squad, I think it is NOT impossible for them to win the cup. Last night match may be not as impressive as their last match, but the side-kickers of Germany were able to defeat the full team Uruguay, like Kompas said (to read it click here).

People said that Loew will not coach the team after World Cup 2010 ended. But like he stated, who ever will manage the team, he will continue the scheme that Klinsmann and Loew made, and will continue to manage the young National Team.

We heart you Loew, I am 🙂

Sources: Wikipedia, Kompas

Read Part One of A Tribute to Germany in here.

Nationalities In Sports

26 Jun

World Cup 2010 fever is almost everywhere. News says that 4 billions people on earth are watching the games. What a nice info 🙂 Too bad that Indonesia seems wouldn’t be on World Cup in the nearest years. Maybe 7 generations after us? Ha!

Let’s not talk about it.

There is unique phenomena that I found in this World Cup, specifically, and in all kind of sports, generally. It’s about athletes and their nationalities. In World Cup case, it would be those football players and countries that they played on the national team for.

Famous example is Lionel Messi. He is an Argentine born but spent his childhood in Spain. Yet he chose to play for Argentina National Team though Spain would really love to have him on the team. At the moment, he is the youngest captain that Argentina ever has.

Another case is Lukas Podolski. He’s Poland but been asked to move to Germany by the country to play for their National Teams, both junior and senior. He moved, never looks back, and is having his golden era with Germany National Team.

Let’s have a look on Winston Reid. He was born on New Zealand, moved to Denmark when he was 9 years because he’s step-father is a Danish. In his 18th, he got his Danish Nationality along with his New Zealand Nationality. He played for Denmark Junior National Team, yet he chose to play for New Zealand in World Cup 2010 . He does this because the senior team didn’t call him and he really wanted to play on World Cup this year.

But no other case like the Boateng brothers. Kevin-Prince shares the same father with Jerome, who came from Ghana. They both were born and spend their childhood in Deutchland, also played for the Germany Junior National team. Yet Kevin-Prince chose to play for the country of his ancestor while Jerome chose to play for Germany, the blood that he got from his mother. And they both were on the field at the lastest match of Germany versus Ghana from the beginning, as rivals.

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Let’s not talk about those players’ nationalisms. Let’s see from the point of view of countries that are been blessed to be chosed by the players to play on the national teams for.

Those countries are flexible with the nationalities of their citizens and not playing hard on the nationalization beauracracy. Citizens of New Zealand and Denmark may have 2 nationalities. Germany are always open to immigrants who have something special to offer to, like football great talents or aeronautical intelligencies (case of B. J. Habibie – red). Those who inherits chinese blood in their veins, where ever they were born, automatically also have Chinese Nationalities by the times they were born.

Take a look on Indonesia. It’s never been easy to apply for Indonesian nationality, up until now. Even if someone has done something great for the country. Ivana Lee and Li Yong Bo with their achievements in badminton for example.

And we can see which countries are harvesting the impacts of their policies and which isn’t. It really is Indonesia’s loss.

Something About Greece [2]: European Union

15 Jun

Greece is not an A-list european country, though it has wonderful history and beautiful sceneries. It is not the prosperous country where a lot of people migrate to live there. It’s just another tourism spot though not a lot of people really have the thoughts to go there in the first place. Another exotic european country, it is.

Greece National Football Team was also a new player in international football. It was the unpredictable team in Euro 2004, though they won the tournament on the first place. Everybody was like in a big shocked.

But look at Greece today. It hit by the financial crisis. Some said it was because of the global crisis they couldn’t came up with due to their lots of loan to European Union.

And look at Greece National Football Team on World Cup 2010. They defeated by South Korea 0-2. Not a shocking thing I think, if you watched the game. The shocking thing was they didn’t play like European Champion. My friend said, “Greeks play like girls. They should’ve worn skirts instead”. Ha!

To continue my other friend story (to read the story click here), one of the reason they’ll be having holiday on Greece is because the cost spent there is a little bit lower than other country because of the crisis. If only a Greek knew this conversation, I bet he/she will be really sad. I hope they’re going to be better though. And Indonesia also gets financially better.

Lesson learned: Do something the best we can do. Don’t make up with something that is way out of our grasp.