Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mafia Fried Rice

A couple weeks ago, friends came to Bandung and asked me what's new in Bandung. They were looking for something to eat. My answer was ... "Mafia Fried Rice" (Nasi Goreng Mafia).

Where can you get it? Krang Kring cafe is one of them.

To be frankly, I haven't had a chance to test it myself. I heard it is spicy. Well, my stomach is very sensitive to spicy food. Ugh. So there is a chance that I may not be able to taste it. I know some people, including my nice, who always ask for "nasi goreng mafia" if we ask them what to bring home. Next time, I'll find it and take a picture :)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

New Food Buzz in Bandung

Bandung is a food barometer in Indonesia. Well, not just food, but also fashion. This post is the food side. Next time, I'll post the fashion side. I am so glad that I live in this city.

The new food buzz in Bandung is Bon Chon. This is a Korean-franchised fast food. It's the Korean KFC, sort of. Their favorite menu is the honey-glazed chicken. It's sweet and a little better compared to KFC, in my opinion of course. The rest is similar to KFC.


The place is always packed with people. It's just a wave. Let see how long this will last. In the mean time, let me enjoy these drumsticks.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Taxi in Bandung's Train Station

Just got back from Singapore. We flew from Singapore to Jakarta and went back to Bandung using train. The Argo Parahyangan train was okay. Lots of tourists were on the train.

Arrived in Bandung, we decided to take taxi to our home. It has been a while since I took taxi from this train station. I didn't know what to do. So, when we were just off the gate, we were swarmed by unofficial taxi drivers. I knew I shouldn't say something and just straight to metered taxi, which I remembered there were plenty of them on the street outside the train station. But, I responded. Boy, I was so wrong.

The taxi drivers offered me their service. I asked them how much. They asked where to and I said the area where we live. They offered Rp. 150,000,- (one hundred fifty thousands rupiah). I knew this is too much. I remembered taking taxi from Bandung airport to our home is just Rp. 70,000. So I told them that. They grunted and started to walk away, except for one guy. He relented that we should take his service. I knew that with metered taxi, it should be Rp 50,000. But, I decided to take this taxi anyway. Just to give it a try. So we paid Rp 70,000 (plus I added Rp. 10,000 just because I felt sorry for him).

So there you go. Next time, I would just keep quiet and look for metered taxi.

Refocus. Remembering rai·son d'ê·tre

This blog has been distracted for a while. At one point I have not touched this blog for quite a while because I have another blog to maintain. But, then I remember the purpuse of this blog; to share my knowledge about Indonesia (for those who are far away from Indonesia).

I was away from Indonesia for quite a while. At that time, late 80s early 90s, there was no World Wide Web. Email was also limited. It was difficult for me to find information about Indonesia. Nowadays, internet is everywhere. But, in my opinion, it is still difficult to find information (about Indonesia) through the eyes of Western culture. Thus, this purpose of this blog. Raison d'ê·tre.

The thing that reminded me of this is that my family just got back from Singapore and had to go to Jakarta before going back to Bandung. So,  we had to search for information about hotels in Singapore and Jakarta. Apparently, the number of good information out there is still limited. Perhaps it's because ordinary people like me do not contribute with good information. Come one wisdom of the crowds.

If I got distracted, please remind me again. I need to remind myself. ha!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

I am (always) wrong

One of the problem being a leader is that you have to be perfect. At least, that's what the public want to precieve you. The result is that everybody is looking at you, trying to find mistake(s) you made. Once they found it, they blow it up like crazy. They won't let you give explanation. They just won't listen.

You can only say ... "Yes, I am (always) wrong."

Monday, June 23, 2014

Right Here, Right Now!

This afternoon, I am going to give a talk on technopreneurship at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). One of the points that I am going to address is when to start.

Many people have plans and dreams of becoming an entrepreneur but never actually made it. They wait for the perfect moment to jump. Well, there's no perfect moment. You have to get out of your comfort zone. There's a saying, "Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone." So jump in.

A couple months ago I was a speaker at Innovfest Singapore. One of the speakers, Ike Lee, said that now it's the right time to start a business in Asia. Yes. Right here. Right now. Aren't we lucky? (Well, we means us here in Asia.)

And so my soundtrack this morning is Van Halen's "Right Now."

See you in my talk.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Increase Social Network Activities from Indonesia

For those who are not Indonesians or not in Indonesia may not know that presidential election is coming real soon. 9th of July 2014. And apparently there have been lots of negative and black campaign over the internet. Mostly on social media.

Everyday, no correction ... every minute! there is a post on the candidates, followed by flurry of pro and contra messages. Then, the brawl began. Hate grew. Unfriend and blocking accounts took place. Many people wished that they could shut down their facebook account until election is over.

It would be interesting if somebody from Facebook and Twitter could monitor the traffic and see the effect. This is a rare event. Anybody from facebook or twitter?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Jokowi dan PDI-P

Pemilhan presiden sudah dekat. Salah satu calon yang muncul adalah Joko Widodo - atau lebih dikenal dengan nama singkatannya Jokowi. Banyak orang yang menyukai Jokowi. Namun salah satu kendala yang ada adalah orang juga kurang suka dengan partainya, yaitu Partai Demokrasi Indonesia - Perjuangan (PDI-P). Ada banyak pengalaman buruk dengan partai ini. Kombinasi ini yang membuat orang menjadi ragu untuk memilih Jokowi.

Saya juga termasuk yang masuk ke dalam kategori itu. Untuk pemilihan anggota legislatif dari partai, saya cenderung masuk ke golput. Tidak memihak kepada partai apapun. Untuk pemilihan presiden awalnya saya juga berniat untuk golput. Apatis. Tetapi melihat apa yang sudah dilakukan oleh Jokowi, timbullah harapan baru untuk Indonesia ini. Bagi saya, Jokowi adalah hope. Semakin lama semakin saya lebih yakin untuk memilih Jokowi. Maka, meskipun saya tidak terlalu menyukai PDI-P, saya akan memilih Jokowi.


Bismillah ...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

We Won't Change

Presidential election is coming soon. Looking at various social media here in Indonesia, people are trying to convince the others about their political choices. One might say that his candidate is better than the other. Worse, many do black campaign over the other candidate. The thing is, they don't realize that we don't change.

Most people I know already set their minds on their candidates. Whatever you do won't change that. Would you (change)? I won't. You won't. We won't.

Thus, what is this fuss all about?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Black Campaign Againts Jokowi

Presidential election is coming here in Indonesia. One of the strongest candidates is Joko Widodo or Jokowi. Unfortunately, there are a lot of black campaign against him over the internet. Sadly, many people believe this misinformation.

Here is a list of some of them.

  • The SMK car. Jokowi was accused of using the popularity of car built by SMK students and now people are accusing that it is actually a Chinese made car.
    Here is the real story behind it. Yeah, I know about this since I was doing the IT-version of this (for SMK).
  • Jokowi was issued as the son of Oey Hong Liong. This is a bit funny, because Oey Hong Liong is a rich person and you can find his information to find that this is untrue. He's not that old compared to Jokowi. If this is true, he would have had Jokowi when he was 14-years old.
    (Need link for clarification)
  • Fake orbituary of Jokowi. It is sad that people are doing this. How do you feel if this is done to your father, son, or husband? Here is a clarification of someone who was accused of creating it (but she was not).
  • Jokowi was accused by some to be non-Muslim. His hajj was fake. And so on.
    Here is a picture showing Jokowi and Tantowi Yahya went to hajj. A scanned version of his marriage certificate was also shown to show that he is a Muslim. And here's also another article to show that he is a Muslim.
  • When visiting KH Maimoen Zubair (Mbah Mun of PPP), Jokowi was allowed to pray in his room. Then the black campaign news said that mbah Mun was forced to allow Jokowi to pray in his room.
    It was again a black campaign. Here's the clarification.
  • Jokowi supporter was accused of thretening Islam if he is elected. This issue was thrown by "@jasmevnew2014".
    The reality is that it is a fake account. Notice the word "new" in the account. The real Jokowi supporter account is "@jasmev2014". It is easy to ignore this fact. Note: jasmev = Jokowi Advanced Social Media Volunteers for 2014 Presidential Election
  • Video of Jokowi's interview was manipulated
  • ...
I am sure there will be more. (Will be documented here.) I just wish that people are more careful when they are reading things on the internet. Check and re-check. Go to credible sources.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Need For Slow Apps

While the world is becoming faster, internet-wise, here in Indonesia things are still slow. I still cannot open Google+. Seriously. Nobody believed me. Now, I found the proof. Here's an infograph I found on the internet (need URL).


As you can see, we are still a hippo(?). We are even slower than Vietnam. Ouch.

With this condition, it is important to design applications. Your application should run on slow speed. That is if you want to grab Indonesia's market. Otherwise, ignore us with your need-for-speed-apps.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Do We Need Business Incubators?

I just got back from  InnovFest 2014 reception (dinner). One of the frequently questions I got was if I were from a business incubator. I said I am not. I am just a technopreneur and a mentor for several startups.

Then, I keep on thinking, do we really need a business incubator?

Business incubators are similar to incubators used for premature babies. They are used to give those babies fighting chance against the world. The same thing for business incubators. They help startups.

If you have a baby, would you dream to have your baby going through incubator? Probably not. You want your baby to be healthy and can face the world. But, I have a feeling that if somebody (you) starts a start-up, he (you) would like to get into an incubator. Strange.

What do you think?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Election Day, Today

Today, April 9, 2014 is election day in Indonesia. While many people will not vote, there are more people who are going to election booths. You'll see lots of tweets (twitter of course) and posts on Facebook, Path, and the like.

Myself? I have just got back from voting booth a few minutes ago.

God Bless Indonesia ...

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Linux, HFS+, Nemo, and Nautilus

I have Linux (Mint) as my main desktop and Macbook (Mac OS X) as my mobile computer. To backup these machines, I have an external disk which I formatted using HFS+ format. Following instructions, I disabled journaling for this disk.

This morning I tried to copy files from my Linux machine to the external disk. It won't allow me, saying that the disk is read-only. Hmmm... I checked and double checked that the format is correct and that journaling is tuned off. I tried to create a folder and it failed also. Obviously.

Then, I decided to open a terminal session and create a simple file on the external disk; "touch junk". It worked! So, the disk is already mounted read and write. I tried to copy files again and it still didn't work. Puzzled.

What if the problem is with my file manager? I am using Nemo. I installed Nautilus file manager just for the heck out of it. Copying files with Nautilus worked! Strange ... but at least I have a solution for my backup purposes. I still don't know why, though. I'll investigate later, I need to do some backups now.