What Jokowi Needs to Learn from Soeharto (Hint: Book Lovers will Agree)

‎As the honeymoon phase is slipping away, Jokowi has been getting bombarded with criticism (out of varying levels of disappointment) from some people around him. And now it’s my time to do so. It’s been almost 7 months since Jokowi started to reign. Overall, I approve of almost all his steps (with the KPK-Police tug…

I Told You Kindle Won’t Win!

An Instagram account is trying to romanticize the joy of reading books. By books, it means real books with paper sheets and covers you can touch and rip and write on. A friend mocked me, sometime ago, that I should’ve bought Kindle instead. He thought my collection of books in the bed room is so…

Lessons from the Book Launch

The coach mentioned, as long as my memory serves right, about this site called future.me. As he told in an exuberant manner on why everyone should visit the site and write down to his own future self, I got a shiver. “You can write down your own life plans there to your future self. And…

Books Lee Kuan Yew Loves to Read

Your favorite books reflect who and what you are. As for Lee Kuan Yew – the architect of Singapore – the list of books he loves to enjoy comprises biographies of interesting people. “I am not attracted to novels — make-believe, or recreations of what people think life should be,”stated the 91-year-old statesman‎. He is…

To Write More and Better, Get Disconnected. Totally.

Cerebral… I once said to my friend that being a writer means one should get cerebral. That entails the endurance of sitting all day long (or standing if you have that standing desk), working alone, without being and feeling lonely because one is much too busy, engrossed with and accompanied by all the intellectual work….

Schopenhauer’s Porcupines Theory (A Secret to Happiness?)

Below is the transcript of a footage titled “This Emotional Life” by Elizabeth Gilberth. I find this nice and profound in meaning, thus I publish it here. Hope you all like it, readers. “Schopenhauer in his book had a theory of human relationships. That was about porcupines. And he used that as a metaphor when…

I Read a Zillion Books. So What?

“Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.”- Robert Louis Stevenson Once I met a digital entrepreneur. He was a smart young man. Extremely erudite with wealthy parents and strong educational background in business and marketing and so forth. We chatted and sat at a similar desk….