Saturday, November 08, 2014

Tech Gadgets ARE social devices

Looking at various sites / blogs / forums, I read complaints that smartphones and all those tech gadgets are anti-social. Hmm ... This is ALL WRONG.

If you look closely, at the other end - and also using smartphones - are people. Not wall or dead objects. Human. They are socializing through smartphones. It's just that most people see they are talking to the device. No! They are communicating with another person (or persons) on the other side. The device is just, well, a device.

Now, have a look at those people who are travelling and reading books. Alone. By themselves. They are not talking to other people. So, who are the anti social?

Friday, October 24, 2014


kenapa ya kok kita sibuuukkk ingin tahu kabinet?
ini hanya sekedar untuk menunjukkan betapa hausnya kita akan informasi.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg is in Indonesia

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook (as if you need this introduction - ha ha ha), is Indonesia. He met with our next president, Joko Widodo - famously called Jokowi, in Jakarta. Joko Widodo will be sworn as our president on Oct 20th.

One of the photos that made me laugh (happy laugh) is this. In this picture, Jokowi showed Mark some kind of pants (I think it's a pair of jeans) from a small store in Tanah Abang. Jokowi was known for cleaning the mess in Tanah Abang. He loves to go to small places and meets with ordinary people. We call this "blusukan" (pronounce like: blue shoeq un - ha ha ha) in Javanese.

Oh, btw, we make jeans in Indonesia. Those famous brands are made in Indonesia.

Mark went to Yogyakarta before he went to Jakarta. Yogyakarta - or Jogja in short - is famous for Borobudur temple. Another photos that made me laugh is this. A group of tourists, not knowing who Mark Zuckerberg is, asked him to take a picture of them and he took the picture. Mark is just a nice guy. Here's the photo.

Mark Zuckerberg is in Jakarta as part of

Anyway, he should have come to Bandung. I'll give him a tour of Bandung (and Tangkuban Perahu crater). We can also talk about many things, like internet governance here in Indonesia. Having ran the .ID domain for a long time and being involved with many internet initiatives I can share my view on those issues. I can also tell him that Facebook is declining in Indonesia and that he should plan to do something about it. (FB has changed Indonesian social behavior.) He doesn't have to believe me, but speaking from experience I am not BSing. Next time? (Or is it going to be too late - facebook bites the dust like friendster.)

Anyway, have fun while you're in Indonesia, Mark. Enjoy the trip. Stay healthy.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Fault of Being a Star

once upon a time
there was a star
who wished to become a nobody

worry he shan't
as fading away he is

wishes granted
... a nobody ... he is ...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Android Should Not Sync By Default

One of the problems I have with Android phones is that by default (?) the configuration is trying to sync the phone with my Google account. For my case, it tries to download (sync) my emails (gmails) and photos I uploaded to picasa. This is a disaster since I have lots - say more than 10,000 emails - and Gigabytes of photos.

I found out about this a while ago when I tried a new Android phone. I noticed that there were some networking activities. Apparently, it tried to sync my photos. I think it did that when I am connected to WiFi, but not when I am connected with 3G. Had it also done the same thing using my 3G connection, my quota would be long gone. (Long time ago, I had similar problems but could not recall what.)

Some people love the idea of synchronizing contacts on the Android phone with their gmail accounts. I don't. If I do that, than thousands of my contacts would be on my phone. Searching for a contact in my phone would be a nightmare.

Other than taking my networking quota, I am also worried about privacy. What if I lost my phone? The person who found the phone could read my emails and downloaded my photos. Scary.

I think, by deafult Android should not sync data with Google accounts. Another option would be to create a dummy Google account for my phones. This is under my control. I should do this, then.

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?