Perayaan Ultah ke 2 Yoga Gembira (Social Yoga Club) + Tips Makan Sehat dari Wied Harry

Halo Yogemers (sebutan untuk mereka yang suka beryoga sambil bergembira di Taman Suropati)!
Tak terasa sudah 2 tahun sejak Yudhi Widyantoro cs pertama kali menggagas klub yoga bertema sosial kita “Yoga Gembira” atau “Social Yoga Club”. Pertama kali Yoga Gembira alias Yogem diadakan di Museum Kebangkitan Nasional atau Gedung STOVIA Jakarta dan kemudian berpindah-pindah ke sejumlah tempat, sebelum akhirnya berlabuh di Taman Suropati seperti sekarang.
Sore hari kemarin (28/7/2012) menjadi momen tak terlupakan bagi semua pegiat yoga di YOGEM karena menandai peringatan hari lahir YOGEM kedua. Dan di dalam momen istimewa yang bertepatan dengan hari ketujuh bulan Ramadhan tahun ini, semua yang hadir seperti biasa latihan yoga bersama dan demo memasak hidangan berbuka puasa yang sehat oleh Pak Wied Harry, pakar makanan sehat nan kreatif, kemudian ditutup dengan buka bersama di Taman Suropati yang sangat hangat dan penuh keakraban.
Sebelum memberikan demo masak sehat hidangan dan minuman berbuka puasa, Wied Harry memberikan sekilas tips untuk memilih hidangan yang sehat bagi tubuh dan kiat makan sehat secara umum yang bisa diterapkan di luar bulan Ramadhan. Berikut ringkasan dan petikan dari paparan beliau:
1. Singkirkan makanan kemasan dan buatan dari lemari makanan kita: Semua bahan makanan dengan kemasan di dalam lemari makanan dapur kita perlu dikurangi karena berpotensi merugikan kesehatan jika dikonsumsi terus menerus dalam jangka panjang. Dan alangkah baiknya jika beralih ke bahan-bahan makanan segar.
2. Bahan makanan terbaik ialah yang ada di dekat kita: Lebih dekat bahan makanan itu dengan kita, lebih baik! Karena kesegarannya akan lebih terjamin. Di samping itu, kita juga akan memberdayakan petani dan perekonomian lokal. Terkait dengan isu pemanasan global, memilih bahan makanan yang ada di dekat tempat tinggal kita menekan emisi karbon yang dikeluarkan dari proses pengangkutan. Bahkan hal ini juga disinggung oleh Nabi Muhammad SAW, bahwa makanan terbaik adalah yang diangkut maksimal 1 malam perjalanan dengan menggunakan unta. Jadi dibayangkan radius/ cakupan asal makanan kita semestinya mendahulukan produk dalam negeri. Terlebih lagi negeri kita ini begitu kaya! Wied Harry juga menyebutkan bahwa bahan pangan misalnya buah impor harus menempuh perjalanan yang lebih panjang dari komoditas lokal sehingga keharusan untuk menjalani proses pengawetan akan lebih tinggi. Ini agar saat sampai di tangan konsumen, komoditas impor itu bisa terlihat tetap segar, padahal tidak demikian.
3. Memasak makanan sendiri: Kunci pola hidup sehat lain yang sering terlupakan ialah pengolahan yang dilakukan oleh orang yang menyantapnya sendiri. Mengolah makanan sendiri lebih menyehatkan, seperti yang dilakukan oleh para biarawan Tao. Mereka menanam, memasak dan mengolah bahan makanan sendiri tanpa mengandalkan pihak luar. Alhasil, kesehatan para biarawan itu lebih terjamin.Tidak semua orang dengan kesibukan tinggi bisa melakukan ini setiap hari tetapi setidaknya luangkan waktu mengolah makanan kita sendiri di rumah. Selain lebih hemat, juga mengeratkan hubungan dengan orang-orang terkasih setelah sekian lama sibuk di luar rumah.
4. Makanan sehat untuk berbuka puasa bukan yang sarat karbohidrat, tinggi gula, bersantan, apalagi berlemak: Saat maghrib tiba, disarankan untuk memakan buah, air putih dan makanan alami lainnya yang bersuhu ruangan yang mendekati suhu badan kita (37-38 derajat Celcius). Makanan dan minuman yang terlalu dingin dan panas kurang baik bagi tubuh. Oleh karenanya, berbuka puasa dengan gorengan, nasi, daging, kolak manis bersantan pekat (dari kelapa tua yang dipanaskan hingga keluar minyaknya), es sirup yang manis sekali, teh hangat manis kurang disarankan jika ingin lebih sehat. Untuk yang suka berbuka dengan teh hangat manis yang pekat/ kental, patut waspada dengan kandungan tanin dalam teh karena itu bisa memicu penyakit maag menjadi lebih buruk, apalagi jika diminum dalam keadaan lambung kosong sama sekali setelah seharian berpuasa. Buah-buahan manis yang matang pohon lebih disarankan karena kandungan gula alaminya lebih ‘jinak’ dari gula di bahan makanan lannya seperti sirup, gula pasir yang bisa membuat kadar gula darah melonjak cepat. Namun, perlu juga mempertimbangkan jumlah konsumsi buah, jangan terlalu banyak. Intinya secukupnya saja. Karena makan buah dengan kadar gula alami dalam jumlah di luar batas juga akan menaikkan gula darah secara signifikan.  Yang patut diperhatikan juga bagi mereka yang menderita diabetes ialah menghindari makan terlalu banyak buah yang manis karena sudah terlalu matang karena kadar gulanya lebih tinggi dari buah yang belum terlalu matang. Wied Harry menyarankan untuk mengunyah lebih banyak buah-buahan dan makanan lainnya saat saur dan berbuka agar kadar gula darah tidak melonjak terlalu cepat dalam waktu singkat.
5. Memperbanyak asupan buah dan sayur segar saat berbuka dan sahur: Banyak orang yang beralasan bahwa mengkonsumsi lebih banyak buah dan sayur segar saat berpuasa justru membuat tubuh lemas di siang dan sore hari. Wied Harry berpendapat sebaliknya. Menurutnya, saat kita minum air putih tubuh memang akan terhidrasi dengan lebih baik, tetapi dengan makan buah dan sayur yang berair, cairan dalam buah dan sayur itu akan lebih bertahan lama dalam tubuh lebih baik dari air biasa, karena ia mampu masuk dan bertahan lebih lama dalam sel-sel tubuh. Konsekuensinya, tubuh memang masih akan merasa lapar dan haus saat puasa tetapi akan merasa jauh lebih segar dan bertenaga karena kandungan air dalam sel-sel tubuh kita yang berasal dari sayur dan buah masih relatif tinggi. Sehingga bagi yang suka mengantuk saat berpuasa, bisa diteliti kembali makanan apa yang dikonsumsi saat sahur. Bahan makanan sarat karbohidrat dan lemak serta protein tinggi memang membuat perut kenyang lebih lama, tetapi kondisi badan akan lebih berat dan lebih mudah mengantuk sehingga beraktivitas pun terasa lebih berat.  Ini karena tubuh memerlukan lebih banyak waktu dan energi untuk memproses bahan makanan itu. Energi terpusat untuk mencerna makanan berat ini sehingga kita menjadi lebih lemas. Sementara mereka yang mengkonsumsi lebih banyak buah dan sayur segar akan tetap atau bahkan lebih produktif dari mereka yang lebih banyak makan makanan berat karena buah dan sayur lebih mudah dicerna tubuh. Energi untuk mencerna buah dan sayur lebih rendah dari energi untuk mencerna daging atau nasi goreng dengan minyak goreng. Ia mencontohkan, bayi yang diberikan susu akan lebih banyak diam karena lebih lama kenyang sementara bayi yang diberikan jus alami akan lebih cepat lapar.
Wied Harry juga memberikan sejumlah trik membuat makanan dan minuman berbuka yang lebih sehat untuk tubuh tanpa harus sepenuhnya mengorbankan rasa. Begitu beduk maghrib bertalu, kita bisa menyantap kurma asli (pastikan bukan manisan kurma, yang dicelupkan ke gula supaya lebih manis dan warna coklatnya lebih gelap). Daripada es sirup atau teh manis hangat, kita bisa beralih ke air kelapa muda yang lebih menyegarkan karena mengandung elektrolit alami sehingga tubuh segar lebih cepat. Apalagi asam lemak laurat di air kelapa muda baik untuk otak kita. Bagi yang menyukai rasa manis, bisa mencoba mengganti gula pasir atau pemanis buatan seperti sirup dan minuman ringan dengan bahan  pemanis alami seperti buah kurma dan kismis serta buah-buahan yang dikeringkan lainnya. Penyuka hidangan kolak bisa berhenti menggunakan gula pasir dan berganti menggunakan gula merah dengan porsi ala kadarnya, yang tidak berlebihan. Untuk cincau, Wied menyarankan menghindari cincau yang terlalu kenyal karena berpeluang dicampur bahan aditif yang merugikan kesehatan. Satu trik yang diberikan Wied untuk membuat kolak yang lebih sehat ialah dengan menggunakan air kelapa sebagai bahan dasarnya, bukan air sirup yang manis seperti yang kita banyak jumpai. Penggunaan santan yang dididihkan juga dihindari karena tinggi lemak jahat.
Untuk memantapkan rasa, Wied memberikan alternatif yang lebih sehat daripada menambahkan MSG pada makanan dan minuman kita. Caranya adalah dengan membubuhkan bawang putih dan merah goreng . Itu adalah bahan alami pengganti penyedap masakan. Rasanya tetap gurih, tetapi lebih sehat untuk badan. MSG bayak dikira orang hanya dibubuhkan dalam makanan tetapi minuman juga ternyata banyak yang dibubuhi MSG, terutama yang mengandung santan karena akan membuatnya terasa lebih gurih dan membuat orang terus ingin minum lebih banyak. Untuk minuman, Wied menggunakan biji-biji wijen alami daripada MSG agar rasanya tetap mantap. Wijen juga menjadi sumber lemak alami yang baik.
Satu lagi makanan sehat yang bisa mudah dibuat untuk santapan selama puasa ialah nasi campur. Di sini yang dimaksud bukan nasi yang dicampur daging (meski boleh saja dicampur daging apapun) tetapi nasi yang dimasak di rice cooker bersama dengan potongan buncis, sayur mayur lain seperti wortel, dan jenis polong-polongan (misalnya  kacang hijau, kacang merah, dan sebagainya). Semuanya membuat perut lebih kenyang dengan menambahkan serat lebih banyak dalam makanan kita. Dengan begitu, mencegah konstipasi atau sembelit juga selama berpuasa.
Ditekankan pula oleh Wied Harry bahwa makanan segar dan sehat biasanya lebih mudah basi. Bisa dimengerti karena jika dibandingkan dengan bahan makanan produksi pabrik berpengawet buatan yang biasanya sanggup bertahan selama berbulan-bulan atau bertahun-tahun, bahan makanan segar cuma bertahan paling maksimal dalam hitungan beberapa hari.
Akhirnya acara pun ditutup dengan berbuka bersama dan tentunya, berfoto bersama!  Yudhi sebagai pendiri YOGEM turut meminta dukungan dan doa agar terwujud program Teacher Training yang berafiliasi dengan Yoga Alliance sehingga kelak lulusan memiliki sertifikasi yang layak untuk mengajar yoga.
Terima kasih untuk Tuhan YME dan semua pihak yang telah memungkinkan YOGEM terus berkembang hingga sekarang, teman-teman yang rajin mengikuti latihan dan meramaikan ruang publik yang makin langka dan mahal di ibukota. Semoga YOGEM akan terus berkembang lebih baik di masa depan! Namaste!

Ikuti Dapur Cinta bersama Gerakkan Indonesia 4 Agustus 2012

Teman-teman dari GERAKKAN INDONESIA berbagi tentang gerakan stop mengeluh dan berbuat sesuatu positif untuk Indonesia yang lebih baik. Visi GERAKKAN INDONESIA: menggerakkan insan Indonesia utk memiliki pemikiran,ucapan,prilaku positif,dan mengeratkan persatuan dan kesatuan. Tanggal 4/8/2012 GERAKKAN INDONESIA mengajak kita untuk mengikuti event DAPUR CINTA yang akan membagikan makanan berbuka untuk 1000 orang dhuafa+warga manula panti wreda. DAPUR CINTA juga akan melibatkan Gwen Winarno,Rinrin Marikna,Farah Quinn, Arimbi Nimpuno untuk turut memasak dan distribusikan makanan ke 20 titik yang tersebar di area Jabodetabek. Ikut yuk! http://www.gerakkanindonesia.com/?page_id=28

Everything You Do, Do for God. And Everything God Does, He Does for You

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That is what one of the boys spending all day scrubing the floor beside Elizabeth Gilbert said. He was lecturing her earnestly on how to best perform her work there. I found this on page 131 and it resonated with me at once.

Doesn’t it sound so heavenly, pleasing apart from any scepticism sneaking in after that? To these human beings with weary souls, his words hit the bull’s eye.

We’re tired of doing the best we can  as there’s no immediate appreciation or tangible instant acknowledgment for our hard work. And we either slowly or at once reconsider why we must give the best when even the mediocre is fine, acceptable? Lowering down the standards and then what? What a disastrous way of thinking…

Mediocrity and monotony DO suck. I rest my case.

In Protest against Lame Food Policy, Agricultural Department Site Got Hacked

Packs of tempeh, fermented soybean bars that is considered the next staple food after rice. (Credit : Wikipedia.org)

There are too many ironies in this country. Indonesia is a country well known for its abundant natural resources and dubbed as “Ring of Fire”, where two lines of volcanoes meet with each other. Merapi, Krakatau are a few that I guess the most widely known by modern, historic humanity. And in the past, we had Tambora. With a lot of volcanoes here, the soil fertility is naturally undoubtable. You can grow literally almost any plants on Indonesia’s earth.

 

But the reality is quite different. We Indonesians are importing too many commodities, including foods that we can grow on our own. Some can’t get the point why the government doesn’t react on the twisted, logically faulty policies in food defense. And combined with proper computer science, they took a bold, somehow illegal and reckless action: hacking the agricultural department official site.

 

A local online site (Surya Online) published a ridiculously titled article: “Situs Deptan Dihack Pecinta Tempe” (Agricultural Dept Site Hacked by Tempeh Lovers). Now I know that one cannot look down on these tempeh lovers with “tempeh mentality” ( tempeh is unjustly associated with weak spirit, low enthusiasm or passion here). Sure if they managed to hack a govt site, that simply showed how shrewd they’ve become, mostly because of tempeh regular consumption.

 

The hacking itself happened with good, even noble, reason. If you’re not aware of what has been a custom in Indonesia market, I tell you that every Ramadhan, Idul Fitri and Christmas, the prices (especially the basic necessities) are always soaring high. Market operation, which is frequently used as the last resort, clearly doesn’t solve any issues.

 

And as I heard from my landlady tonight, she just bought a certain pack of tempeh from her favorite seller. “So it’s true those tempeh and tahu (tofu) sellers are on strike??” I asked her while she was ironing clothes. “Yes, it’s been 2 days without tempeh and tahu, and I’m kinda missing them,” Erna, my landlady, replied. She detailed later, the tempeh and tahu sellers were on strike, they simply left their stalls at Mencos (it’s a local low class traditional market located near where she and I live now) occupied by other sellers. And tonight the tempeh and tahu seller came over, selling the same pack of tempeh IDR 6000. Two days ago before the strike, it was usually sold IDR 5000. “Let’s look at the bright side, to say the least. We only have to pay one more thousand rupiahs. Everyone I think still can afford to get themselves one piece of tempeh on the plate.” While I was saying that, I was praying there’d be more money those marginalized folks can make on daily basis. It’s saddening to be perfectly honest to say such a thing. I knew it was not ok for the families with very low income, but really how can I do about this? 😦
And as you can read below (this is the screenshot of the homepage of the hacked site), the hacker wrote some annoying sentences in purpose. This is what the hacker stated:

SILENCE!! Cuk (*slang Javanese word widely used by speakers around East Java)

Sir, this country has a lot of agricultural experts. Erudite scholars and professors at universities and IPB (=Bogor Agricultural and Farming Institute) are many. The president (= Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) himself is a graduate of IPB, better we don’t rely too much on import. (*We) can’t figure out the reason why we have to import soybean, cassava, fruits, rice, and salt (*Indonesia has too long coastal lines and too much sea water to waste just like that). Don’t we just change the name of this department into “Importing Ministry of Indonesian Republic“. Is it now the time to get your money back?  (*This is very much relevant to the prevalent political system that resembles trading and commerce, and dirty intrigues in the authority circle)
Sucks to be grassroots, the last time chilli price hiked, we didn’t mind. Every commodity price is being raised, and still we’re OK. We only have tempeh and tahu left , and what now? It does suck.. what to eat then?

 

But the root of the problem, as I figure it out, doesn’t only lie in the government side. People in this country need also to learn they’re contributing as well to this calamity. Just don’t let this happen by picking that more pricey domestic fruit that tastes so-so over imported, cheaper fruit that makes you want more and more. Or start sending our sons and daughters to agricultural and farming schools

On Ditto Syndrome, Auto Pilot Living, Mindful Living and Writing

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Ditto mark (“) is a mark that show you write immediately under a word in a list to show that the same word is repeated. Whereas, ditto is a spoken informal word used to say that you have exactly the same exactly the same opinion as someone else; e.g. ‘I hated Lady Gaga.’ ‘Ditto.’ Ditto is used to say that what is true of one thing is also true of another, as in Where should she go? Mississippi?? Too hot. Ditto Alabama.

So you now know what this very phrase is supposed to mean. It isn’t a scientific terminology invented by a Harvard scholar, which is why you’re not likely to find it out anywhere else. I just coined this by chance as I glanced at some pages of the cumbersome dictionary I have had since years ago.

As far as I’m concerned, “ditto syndrome” is roughly defined as living in an unmindful way. It’s like you’re flying an airplane, but you just turn the auto pilot on and then you pray in silence for the safety of entire passengers and crew. You or I or anyone on earth may be suffering from the syndrome once we succumb to the daily grind which is so mundane, monotonous. 

I am not accusing of, or talking about someone else behind his or her back. This is a state I am experiencing this very moment. Doing what I am told to do on a daily basis. It’s when you can only think of and do the similar routine day by day. Still remember that white-furred rodent named hamster and its spinning wheel? I feel like one. Pathetic? Perhaps…

And one solution that I learn to this ditto syndrome is that we have to try writing. Seriously, keeping a journal or a blog puts my mind on its normal track. I can stop thinking hard and fast like an overworked machine-like humanoid worker on one corner of that dark, dusty plant of Foxconn. I become more humane when writing. I’m reborn every time I write things I feel I want to on this blog. It is not a big deal to have a huge readership or not as long as I can find that sensation. The sensation of pouring down these thoughts and feelings, doing what I like, without the urge of professionalism. And screw coherence, cohesiveness or grammar rules! I am giving it a rest tonight.

So? How about you? Are you now suffering from ditto syndrome as well? Have your say. Share some meaningful lines in the comment box below, folks!

When You Fast, Do Not Look Somber as the Hypocrites Do

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Though I’m a moslem myself, I think this quotation (which I assume is taken from the Christian Bible)  would serve as a good reminder for every moslem fasting today:

WHEN YOU FAST … Do not look somber as the HYPOCRITES do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
“But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, “
“So that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your FATHER, WHO IS UNSEEN; and your FATHER, who sees what is done in SECRET, will reward you.”

Too often we see people work less efficiently in Ramadhan. And I am fully against this. It seems like fasting is the understandable excuse for the worsening productivity but alas, that’s such a lame excuse for devoted moslems to have.

Because devotion simply strengthens...

RA Kosasih, Indonesia Comic Strips Legend, Died at 93

 

I am one of his fans, not a huge one though. RA Kosasih was the one who produced these epic comic strips. And I still clearly remember the distinct smell of the brownish comic strips pages, some were dog-earred and torn here and there. But the pictures, the scenes, the dialogs were still too captivating to miss. Mahabharata and Ramayana, I remember how these Javanese-Indian folk tales were told by Kosasih through meticulous description in his black and white comic strips.

So this widely acknowledged artist died at 93 of heart attack on Tuesday (24/7/2012) at 1 am on Cempaka Putih 3 Rempoa, Ciputat, Tangerang, Indonesia. He was mostly known for his superhero comic strips titled Sri Asih. Sure his masterpieces can be equalled to Marvel comic strips.

Sweta Kartika, a young artist interested in following Kosasih’s path as a comic strips, told how humble the man was to him. Kartika met Kosasih to ask for Kosasih’s permission to launch a comic character based on Sri Asih. The young man said it was part of his tribute and salute to the legendary comic artist, who didn’t look down on the current style of comic strips made by younger, new artists.

I didn’t know Kosasih in person , nor did we ever meet. But I must thank him for the comic strips he wrote in his meaningful life time. Because they brought me to a better understanding of my own ancestors, cultures, values, and so on.

Today’s compilation of favorite quotes

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This is Ramadhan and I’d like to share the translation of 6th verse of Hud Chapter in Al Qur’an.

“There is no moving creature on earth but its sustenance depends on Allah: He knows the time and place of its definite abode and its temporary deposit: all is in a clear Record”

Another quote I find interesting tonight is this:
“… we might shrink from certain actions in life out of misunderstanding the true nature of what is before us. With patience and learning, we can usually move forward with a renewed sense of freedom born of knowledge”(Mark Stephens’ Teaching Yoga, 106)

And the last is one I creatively modified from an Indonesian motivator and career coach, Renee Canoneo.

Renee’s: “If you have money, don’t buy things. Buy experience”

Mine: “When you have money, don’t but things. Buy experience, knowledge and, even better, wisdom”

As Creative Industry Thrives, More Indonesian Translators are Needed

The Indonesian creative industry is blooming, and gaming is one of the most  promising.  As more and more games with foreign languages on the interface should be localized, translators’ service is needed.

“International social media sites targetting Indonesia require translators’ service. Hence the demand of such a profession is high,” stated Indra Blanquita Danudiningrat, a sworn translator and a linguist to Hilda Sabri Sulistyo, a journalist of Bisnis Indonesia.

Recently there are more variations of games played on social media, Internet-based media, or even other celular devices.

The increasingly numerous number of players in the Indonesian gaming market triggers higher demand of games with Bahasa Indonesia on the interface. This explains why there are pools of opportunities for translators in Indonesia to focus on games translation niche.

“Aside from games translation opportunities, the development of creative industry also taps another stream of opportunities due to the higher demand in Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions business (MICE business),” added Indra.

Linguists or interpreters are required in almost every international conferences and seminars. Last year after Indonesia served as the ASEAN leader and host to various international conferences, it is revealed that there are high prospects in this MICE industry.

Sadly, translator as a profession has not received wide acknowledgment  of people yet so translators need to work hard on getting this. It is such an anomaly as the profession started to come into existence since the country regained independence.

“Translators’ service is badly needed but it is not admitted as one of profession types here. That’s why we translators find it difficult to apply for credit to banks,” Indra reasoned.(Translated from the Bisnis.com)

@EECCHI Raises Energy Efficiency Awareness through Video Challenge Contest

In Indonesia, energy efficieny issue is one of the most prominent, urgent ones to deal with. Having more than 240 million people thoughout its vast archipelago, Indonesia is facing a serious threat in terms of energy resources. The country has a lot of potential renewable energy resources, but it takes much time to fully develop the technology necessary for meeting the increasingly soaring demand of energy. That brings us to the significance of energy efficiency.

According to WorldEnergy.org, energy efficiency (in particular electricity use)  offers two benefits:

  • Supply more consumers with the same electricity production capacity, which is often the main constraint in many countries of Africa and Asia.
  • Slow down the electricity demand growth, and reduce the investment needed for the expansion of the electricity sector; this is especially important in countries with high growth of the electricity demand, such as China and many South East Asian countries.

Bringing this in mind, Indonesian Government represented by Direktorat Energi Baru Terbarukan dan Konservasi Energi (Energy Conservation and Renewable New Energy Directorate) , Kementerian Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral (The Ministry of  Mineral Resources and Energy) in collaboration with Danish Government formed an initiative called  ” Energy Efficiency and Conservation Clearing House Indonesia” (EECCHI).

On last Saturday (14/7/2012) in Es Teler 77 Restaurant on Aditywarman Jakarta, EECCHI launched an activity to support efficiency energy campaign in households and schools named “Home and School Energy Champion 2012”. The contest are planned to take place in 6 months (March- August 2012). The contest involves 9 schools in Jakarta and more than 200 households in Jakarta and the greater area. The most energy efficient school and household from March to August 2012 will be rewarded. And the energy efficiency efforts apllied should not compromise the convenience and productivity of the participants.

Besides the main energy efficiency competition, the students of 9 schools involved in Home and School Energy Champion (HSEC) 2012 will also take part in a series of monthly challenges. The monthly challenges comprises 6 contests and have been held since Marh 2012. Every month there is a new challenge to offer. In March 2012, the committee challenged students to draw the best energy-efficiency-themed pictures. The next were jingle writing competition and radio ads challenge, both in April and May 2012 respectively. In its fourth month, EECCHI held Video-Making Challenge with “Energy Efficiency to Save Future Generation” as the theme.

In the video challenge, the students were requested to make videos relevant to the theme with duration not longer than 5 minutes. To help participants in producing the best videos, Danny Ambarita (a cinematographer of Cinemaworks) taught them how to produce a proper video in a brief seminar on Video Production.

The schools participating in the competition were Madania School, SMP Al Muslim, Global Jaya International School, dan Santa Laurensia.  There were 19 videos received, all of which were produced by students aged from 13 to 16 years young.

The assessment was based on the 5 main factors: : (1) Creativity; (2) Attractiveness; (3) Data Validity; (4) Production; and (5) Relevance to Energy Efficiency and Energy Awareness.

The jury were:

Mogens Krighaar (Pakar Efisiensi Energi dan Team Leader EINCOPS)

Danny Ambarita (Sinematografer Cinemaworkz)

Bryan Stone (Produser Cinemaworkz)

There were 10 best videos chosen and uploaded on YouTube, with the winner getting the most likes on Enrgy Champion Facebook page.  And here are the winners:

Favorite winners

Video titled “Man in the Mirror” by Shula Soegih Arto and Katya W. (Global Jaya International School)

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions winners were picked based on Creativity, Data Validity, Production, Attractiveness, and Relevance to Energy Efficiency and Energy Awareness.

Honorable Mentions went to:

  • “It’s Time” by Anon (Arlene Keshia, Herdarudewi Prabandari, Sasqia Faadillah Andikoputri from Madania School)
  • “Man in the Mirror” by Energirls (Katya Syafitri, Shula Adinka from Global Jaya International  School)

Second Runner-up (entitled to IDR 2 M)

Video “Explanation on Energy Efficiency” by The Wingman Calls ( I.G.N Taksu Wijaya, Randy Steven, and Bintang Berbudi from Madania School)

First Runner-up (entitled to IDR 4 M)

Video “Save Energy, Save Money, Save the Future” by The N3 Cubic Production (Najla Sekariyanti, Hana Fairuzia, and Nabila Rudiono from  Global Jaya International School)

Winner (entitled to IDR 6 M)

Video “The Future on Our Fingertips” by Future Engineers ( Jovanka Gusman, Maisha Rachmat, Nia Sarinastiti, and Sekar Sanding from Madania School)

These First 7 Days as a Glasses Boy

I had been avoiding wearing glasses since a long time ago. They look cool on others but when it came to think of it, they don’t on me. I don’t know. I just felt it was an odd idea.
But then I quit teaching in 2009, which provided me a lot of spare time to blog actively on a daily basis ever since. Prolonged contact with screen was then unavoidable. I could, let’s say, spend hours with eyes glued to the laptop screen every single day for like 8 months. In the 8th month, I already complained how strained my eyes felt after every day working with laptop. My eyes screamed for help. I was surprised if they didn’t , considering how mean the way I used them both.
In my hometown, only fewer opticians are found. Frames are too cheap I couldn’t think they can last for years. I don’t mean to sound snobbish but I’d rather spend more money for something worth my money than a cheaper thing which can barely survive a year.
So this time is different. My eyes are in dire need of help. Professional help. And that brought me to Ambassador Mall, where anyone can find practically everything. Spectacles are among them.
That Saturday night, I went home with glasses on my face. Kind of weird to stare at the floor for the first time.
The first day was Sunday. I remembered my yoga teacher quipped,”So you wear glasses now?” That was the first response to smile at before the others’ similar response upon learning my new looks.
There have been varied responses to my wearing glasses. Some are neutral, some of mockery, some others provoking, and the rest jovial.
Upu – coworker: “Peter Parker look-alike. Hence I call you Peter Pilot” (He referred to “Parker”, a brand of luxury pen, and “Pilot”, a brand of cheaper pen, bah!)
Andri -coworker : “Since when did you wear glasses” (He forgot a long time ago I wore but later ditched them)
 Eky – coworker: “Hi Superboy!” ( Are glasses with thick dark frame and working as a reporter prerequisites for becoming Superboy?)
Lina – coworker: “You look like a real genius” ( Which means I am actually NOT?)
Asep – coworker: “So they’re not  plano” (A term eye care professionals use to describe lenses with no corrective power. The term is most often applied to nonprescription sunglasses or contact lenses that are worn for cosmetic purposes only.)
Danu – coworker: “Are you some new employee I haven’t known before? Btw, your frame doesn’t suit your face. Why not pick the thinner one for your thin face?” (I did try thinner frame, and yes I looked like an erudite scholar. Nonetheless, the thinner frames gave me an impression of older looks as well. That would be something a 30-40 year olds to pick.)
 Guna – coworker : “Yeah, you really look like Korean ….after a prolonged tanning session” (How I love the punch line!)

How Writing My Own Obituary Puts My Life into Perspective

“The day of the week when you were born is more important than the year,which is why,even though Ketut doesn’t know how old he is ,he was able to tell me that the patron god of childrean born on Thursdays is Shiva the Destroyer,and that the day has 2 guiding animal spirits : the lion and the tiger. The official tree of children born on Thursday is the banyan. The official bird is the peacock. A person born on Thursday is always. Talking first,interrrupting everyone else, can be a little aggressive,tends to be handsome (“a playboy or playgirl,” in Ketut’s words) but has a decent overall character,witha n excellent memory and a desire to help other people.” (Eat Pray Love : 239-240) (Taken with Instagram)

 

Writing your own obituary sounds insane enough. Some say it”s like writing a piece of suicide note. But no, I beg to differ. There’s no way you can liken a self-obituary to a suicide note. While a suicide note is written in desperation, a self-obituary is written for the sake of living the life to its fullest, its best. That’s like your roadmap of life, blueprint, grand design for your whole life time. Thinking of yourself as other people puts you into a better perspective of the life you are now living. I have no idea how my life will be like in the future but let me tell you what I had in my mind. It might seem eerie at first to imagine it’s going to be read at your funeral but why bother thinking of that? It will happen someday, sooner or later. So whenever you’re losing direction as to where to move or take the next step, think of this grand design, your obituary. It’ll light up yourself a bit in some way. As for me, I think I have a life that is worth telling to my offspring someday. It’s not one to be ashamed of but the one to rejoice. In the meantime, some parts are left blank for God to fill in.

 

My Obituary

 

Kudus – Akhlis Purnomo … (age), died … (date), at … (place) in …. (city) following … (cause of death).

 

He leaves beloved family, parents and three younger sisters, a bunch of college mates, an d a few coworkers. Some of whom are particularly close off and on duty.

Born and raised in Kudus, the son of S*** and S****, he was a fervent student of life, leading a peaceful life in an idyllic home adjacent to Bogor Botanical Garden.

 

In his early years, Mr. Purnomo would learn writing and waving indonesia national flags. He enjoyed studying, writing and reading thanks to both of his parents who are dedicated teachers and educators. He loved English since the 4th grade. As a graduate of SD Muhammadiyah I Kudus, he attended SMPN I and SMAN I Kudus, both of which are the most prestigious public schools in town. This studious young man, later went on his lifetime academic pursuit: foreign languages. English had been his favorite subject since elementary school days, which explained why he chose English Literature during undergraduate and postgraduate program.

 

Throughout his career journey, Mr. Purnomo had dedicated his life time to language realm. He taught English in his early days of postgraduate student at Diponegoro University Semarang.

 

Having been interested in living an independent life, he moved to Jakarta in 2010 right after his decision to retire as a tutor at UMK and leave it all for a translator job. He ended up not only becoming a translator but also a reporter, a social media worker responsible for a low-profile renowned entrepreneur.

 

His passion for yoga and environment led him to a series of charity movements, communities, etc. For years, he learned and practiced yoga and responsible, mindful way of life for social yoga club, where he ran into a lot of life-changing friendships and teachings.

 

An avid earth lover, he was known for his love of walking, gardens, open green space and woods.

 

Bein a religious, spiritual yet open-minded person, he believed ini God and proved to be a devoted follower.

 

That said, his most memorable quote would be: “If I have nothing else in this life, then at least I’ve got 2 mats: a praying mat and a yoga mat”.

 

 

 

 

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