Archive for September, 2009

The Effect of Not Working Out

It has been a while since I last do any workout, and I am paying the price even as I typed these words. I lack more energy, both physically and mentally. I got exhausted more easily, where before I can do physical activities that require physical fitness and stamina with ease. To sum it up, I feel less healthy than before, when I still exercise regularly at least two or three times a week.

It has been a personal flaw of mine that I tend to procrastinate. I always said that there will always be tomorrow almost everytime I am thinking of doing something that I don’t really want. Will there always be tomorrow? We know very well that someday, tomorrow won’t come for us. That is bound to happen, sooner or later.

I found out long ago that if I haven’t started doing something, the hardest thing to do is getting started. When I already started doing something, it is considerably easier to keep doing it. Having someone who encourage me also have the same effect, whether intentionally or unintentionally. I just have to keep doing it because if I stopped doing it for a period of time, I might end up stopping for a long time before I can muster the will to start doing it again. Read the rest of this entry »

After the Holiday

The holiday officially ended last Thursday, although most people usually extend their leave. Even though I can’t extend mine for a reason, I enjoyed the trip to the office because the streets were less crowded than usual. It took around 15 minutes to the office when it usually takes 30.

It only happened once or twice during a year, so I enjoyed it as long as I could. The air feels fresher, no sense of hurry, it just feels nice. Too bad it will all disappear next Monday because the traffic will return to normal, although gradually. No more fresh air, a lot of headache and hurrying, at least until next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Removable PC

I never cared much about vacation, mainly because it means that I have to get away from my PC for a while. I am somewhat attached to it, which is mainly because I spend quite a lot of my spare time tinkering around with it. Not to mention that my work also require me to spend almost all of my working time around PCs.

At first, I was kind of reluctant to go on vacation this holiday, considering that the holiday is quite long being Eid ul-Fitr and all. I am not going very far, just around an hour or so driving will get me and my family there. I decided then that I will try and bring my PC there. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowded Streets No More

At least for this week only. Usually during the Eid ul-Fitr holiday, many people from Jakarta went and visit their families. Usually their families lives quite far from Jakarta and it could took hours or even days to go and visit them. Since many people in Jakarta come from rural areas.

I enjoyed the air because it feels and looks more fresh and clear than usual. It is a joy to go for a ride or a drive on your motorcycle or car because the streets are mostly empty or at least free from the usual traffic jam that’s been plaguing this city for so long. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Eid ul-Fitr

For all my Muslim brothers and sisters, let me say Happy Eid ul-Fitr, 1 Shawwal 1430H. Allow me to ask for forgiveness for any wrongdoings I might have made in the past. I hope you will all have the happiest and merriest celebrations ever.

As I write this, the mosques and musallas are still chanting Allaahu Akbar. Although I am not a Moslem myself, but the holy month of Ramadan and the ritual of fasting is not a new experience for me. It is not a surprise because the majority of people in Indonesia are Moslems.

I love the feel of festivities that are abundant everywhere. Earlier this evening, we played firecrackers with the neighbors; the children simply loved it. We also have an enjoyable evening watching the fireworks fly. Tomorrow we will go and visit our neighbors to celebrate together.

One of my favorite things is the food such as Ketupat, Opor Ayam, Rendang and not to mention the sweets and cookies. Our neighbors usually share some of their cooking with us and with each other. Truly a holiday like none other! Best wishes to those of you who also celebrate it.