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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 🙂

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Do You Believe in Global Warming?

22 Aug

Have you ever watched An Inconvenient Truth (2006)? It’s a documentary film by Al Gore, United States former Vice President. He made this film as a campaign to raise global warming awareness as a worldwide’s problem.

Along with this film, from news everywhere like newspaper, magazine, internet, TV, I’ve known that global warming is real. It’s not only an unproven theory anymore. I mean, look at our global temperature. Whether it’s too cold or way too hot. Left alone the unstable whether, that we’re supposed to have dry season in August but we still have heavy rainy day in the middle of it. Or the frequent rise of sea water level because of the melting gletser in the pole? Did you know that the snow thickness in Puncak Jaya, Papua, is degrading by years? What do you call that if it’s not global warming?

So it did bother me alot when a friend of mine said that he didn’t believe in global warming, that there’s no global warming happening. Instead he said, “There is somekind of World Secret Organization that takes control of everything that is happening, and takes some profits of it. This organisation also manipulates informations that related to it”. That statement really did make me rolling on the floor, laughing out loud. Any Russian guy really always think that everything is secret-agency-related. Haha.

Seriously. If we don’t believe in global warming when science proofs are everywhere, then there’s no other thing to say that it’s God’s work, right? I’m not gonna say something about punishment for what’ve done to the earth in the past, but it’s just how it works. The causality effect, Newton’s 3rd Law, they’re all talks about the same thing. When we do a thing, we got something in return. If we don’t believe in science, then we must be believe in God. Because there’s no other explanation how could gletser at the pole is melting? How could, let say, we, human make them melt when we can’t even control the pregnant moms to give birth?

That, my friend, is something we need to overthink. And if you also haven’t watch The Happening (2008) yet, in my humble opinion, you have to. We need to be good with mother nature, because somehow it has somekind of self defense, that I bet we don’t want to mess up with.

I’ll Have One Like Bruno [2]: The Reason

5 Jun

Due to its name, I always thought Siberian Husky originally came from Siberia, Russia. When I asked one of my russian friend (R1) whether he had any Siberian Husky, he said, “No, I don’t. I can’t afford one”.

Considering my past conversation with my friends (to read the story click here), I couldn’t imagine why R1 couldn’t afford any Siberian Husky. “They came from Russia, so how could they still be expensive there”, I thought.

But afterward R1 explained to me that Siberian Husky was originally from Atlanta, they first bred in US. Besides of the cost, he couldn’t afford to take Siberian Husky needs of 3 hours RUNNING per day. Yes, running. Not only walking like Bruno did.

Whoa.. okay! That’s a new information for me. So even if one day I have the money to get any Siberian Husky, and have the trick to pass on the rule on my religion, I should still think about the running 3 hours per day thingy. R1 stressed that out to me, “The certain time is a must if you want to keep the dog healthy”. Huff. Love surely could be this hard 😉

Actually I’m not an animal lover. I didn’t have any good experience with pets. But I don’t know why I really want to have a Siberian Husky. I might be in love with their unique handsome face, cool gesture, and macho posture.. I really don’t know. Love just happens for no reason, right 😉

My other russian friend (F2) once refered me this video on Youtube. “I know.. This is the reason why you love Siberian Husky, right?”, he said jokingly.

Of course I never seen the video before. But seriously, if Siberian Husky really is that smart, I fall in love with them MORE.

Encarta: If Only I Had This When I Was A Kid

27 Mar

Encarta is an encyclopedia that you could get on your computer. You don’t have to open a book to access the information.

I just installed Microsoft Encarta Premium 2009, the pirated version of course. It contains Encarta Premium DVD 2009 application, Encarta Dictionaries, and Encarta Kids 2009. The first thing I did was double-clicking the Encarta Kids 2009’s icon. Up until now.. I don’t know why.

I went to ‘Games and Fun Stuff!’ section and chosed ‘Back in Time’ category. Then I clicked the ‘Time Traveler’ game. At first, I can’t accessed the game. It said that my Adobe Flash Player hadn’t installed yet. What the…? Of course I have Adobe Flash Player, it’s also the updatest version.

But then I read again carefully and it said that the Adobe Flash Player For Internet Explorer hadn’t installed yet. Err.. I didn’t know that Internet Explorer required it owns Adobe Flash Player program and of course I didn’t have it. I’m using Safari Browser.. and the Adobe Flash Player running just fine both in my Safari and Mozilla Firefox. What’s weird with Microsoft huh?

downloading >> instaling >> playing the game

I chosed ‘Industrial Revolution Era’ for some basic instinct reason I suppose haha. And you know what shocked me? Let me just show you the 3rd question:

I answered Manufacturing Guns. The monitor showed:

Yeah.. I chosed the answer because I knew what was the right one. I studied it in college, in my first year. But kids in United States suppose to know the right answer? Kids in the age around 7-12*? WOW.. no matter US is the most superior country in the world.

*I found it in the disclaimer that Encarta Premium 2009 is for younger learner ages, 7 to 12. LOL

English On Net: 2 weeks US Competition 2009

8 Aug

This is the latest information for EON US Competition 2009:

Greetings students!

August 5th 2009, the US Trip competition has started. This competition will be on until October 5th 2009. During the 3 months intense competition among 4 groups of classes, students will get the weekly update from the coordinator of the competition (Sean).

Details for the US Trip 2009:
1. West Coast Trip: California & San Fransisco
Including the outstanding trip to Beverly Hills area (including the fancy lunch at Mr. Chow resto) Hollywood are and behind the scene movies sneak peek at Universal
studios down in Los Angeles area. The education campus tour to Stanford and UC Berkeley.

2. Central Trip: Chicago (the Chi-town)
tickets to Oprah show, shooping trips to Chicago downtown > Saks Avenue, Marshall Plans, etc. and the radio visit to Chicago B96 FM, and the education tour to Loyola University.

3. The East Coast Trip: NYC, Boston, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C
shooping and sight-seeing times in NYC downtown including Soho, 5th avenue, Stanton Social, Nobu, Greenwich Village area, Little Italy, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, the Broadway showcase for the night tour, education tour to Princeton University in Princeton New Jersey (including the free seminars, museum art tour, and Fall season campus tour), politics tour in Washington D.C plus the music festival in Pennsylvania downtown.

All the accommodations included, and of course dollars for your wallet!! lol
for the winner, all you needing just yourself and bring your proper luggage! and you’re good to go!

The Groups of Classes on the game are:
*Based the name of mentors*
1. Candice & Kendra
2. James Hearn
3. Jessica Annabelle Williams
4. Sebastien Lefeuvre

P.S Among the 3 sessions US trip, students will have chance to meet and hang out with your late previous guest mentors!

And… The competition is about to begin! I’ll see you around at NYC’s JFK International Airport on late november! Best luck for the competition!

Best regards,

EON Team

Care to know more about EON? Click here

Want to join EON? Please tell me by leave your comment at this post 🙂

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Updated (19/12/2010)

For some of you who might be searching for  informations about EON (or what ever these guys call the English Course nowadays) and got referred to this blog, I could only say one thing. Be careful on every informations people tell to you. This is the cyber world and you might wanna filter those informations wisely. Ask more, search more, know more.

Be safe guys!