Friday, December 26, 2008

My Christmas Reflection

Show us our love to ourselves.
Require us to seek out the love of others.
Even with fear of rejection, of severe glances, of the hardness of heart of some
Do not permit us ever give up our quest for love
The Valkyries p. 158
Paulo Coelho

That night, there’s only 1 star in the darkness of the sky.
That night was Christmas Eve.

I saw the smile, the laughter around me.
But my heart was as dry as the desert.

Until I walked and saw the star, the only star in Christmas Eve
The only star which reminds me of how I should forgiven myself as a token of my love to myself. The only star which brings me to my long journey to find God’s answer of my question.
The question of “Why me, God. Why this Christmas?”

This year was the saddest Christmas I’ve ever had, as far as I can remember.
I had punished myself so hard by not let others show their love to me. The punishment which I did until the day Jesus born.

Christmas should be a happiest day in the world, where all love was share to our dearest one.
Christmas should be a merrier day in the world, where all the happiest moment was in our heart.

Not because of the present, not because of the dinner, not because of the party.
It’s because God has given His son to us, so we could learn and feel the love of God.

We, or to be precise, Myself, know that the important things in life to receive God’s love on the day He was born, is through the preparation of our heart.
The Preparation of the ability to love our self before we spread our wing of love to others. And to be able to love our self, we must be able to forgive our self, to let the past and hope for the future. Otherwise we can’t spread the wings of love.

I don’t know others, but for me, the part of forgiving our self is the toughest things in this world. Because that is the time I have to be honest to my self.

And at that time, what we need is God’s help to lead our way in the world of honesty.
And by doing that, means that we never give up our quest for love.

Have I find the answer of “Why me God ?”
To tell the truth, I have.

The answer is because He loves me; because He wants me to show me His miracles like before; because He wants me to strive for His love; because He wants me to beg Him; because He wants me to rejoice the path that He draw for me.

But “Have I accept it ?”
To tell the truth, I’m still struggling and yes, I’m still in the middle of forgiving my self.

I still ask Him, but not why me anymore instead I ask Him to give me the courage to walk through my path, the courage to put the past behind me, the courage to accept His love, the courage to let the tears find their way.

I know it’s not easy but as Paulo Coelho’s wrote in his book, I’m not permit myself ever to give up my quest of love.

Merry Christmas
May your Christmas be wonderful.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Once Upon a Time ... a letter from God

Once upon a time there was a child ready to born

One day the child ask God :
They tell me that you are going to send me away to earth tomorrow but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless ?

God replied :
Among the many angels, I have chosen one for you, she will be waiting for you and will take care of you.

But said the child :
Tell me here in Heaven I don’t do anything else but sing and smile.
That’s what I need to be happy !

God said :
Your angel will sing for you every day
And you will feel your angel’s love and be happy

And said the Child, “How am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me, if I don’t know the language that men talk ?”

That easy, your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.

The child looked up at God saying
“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you ?”

God smiled at the Child saying
“Your angel will place your hands together and teach you how to pray”

The child said
“I’ve heard on earth there are bad men, who will protect me ?”

God put His arm around the child, saying
“Your angel will defend you-even if it means risking life !”

The Child looked sad and saying
“But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore”

God hugged the Child
“Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.”

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could already be heard.

The child in hurry, asked softly
“Oh God, if I am about to leave now please tell me my angel’s name”

God replied
“Your angel’s name is of no importance … you will simply call her MOMMY !”

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Letter from My Lil One

I was on my way to the office when suddenly I spotted a pink envelope with Power Puff Girl sticker and a note “It’s just for You Mom !!” from Your Daughter.

I thought it was her previous letter that he sent me during Hallmark’s Mother’s day, but by looking into the new Power Puff Sticker, I couldn’t stop myself not to open it.

Then voila:

I wish to sing a duet with My Mother

Dear Mom,
Happy Mother’s day ! I know today you must go to work but before u go to work please read this letter.
Thanks mom for all thing you gave me.
I wouldn’t have nothin’ if I didn’t have you.
You always work hard for us.
I just want you to know that I love you so much and I just want to say thanks for everything you gave me, thanks for always love me.
Thank you Mom and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.

.. Then a note “Look at the Back”

A Bunny Paper with a note “Happy Mother’s Day !!” Now you can go to work.

And suddenly I’m in heaven.
My lil one woke up this morning, hug me and said Happy Mother’s Day.
And when am busy with my make up, she put her letter in my bag.
And I just found it on my way to the office.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Note to Heaven

I will never leave you.
I’ll stay in your heart
- Jack Frost -

I know that you never leave me
I know that you always guard me from above
I know that you know that I always love you
I know that you know that I missed you so much this time

I know that you hate me use the IF word
Especially since the IF will not bring you back to this world

And I know that you know that I still have the beautiful memories of you.
The memories that I’ve always picture it through my mind together with the wing of an angel.

Did you know that one of my blogger friend once told me that after all the sorrow that I encountered; the only left is the beautiful memories …
And he’s right; the only left now is the beautiful memories of you

I miss you Dad
Miss you so much.
Christmas Eve won’t be the same anymore this time …

OMG ... Am Old

When I was a teenager, I always heard my mom or my uncle or my auntie complained about how different they were compare to “us”. Time now is different, according to them. Theirs are better than us.

As a teenager, I hate them to the bone every time they come up with their lovely word. I always wondering how big was the differences whilst at the same time I told myself not to play the same rhyme when I was at their age.

Until two weeks ago, when all the families were get together to celebrate Ied, then I just realized that all the wrinkles, the grey hair, the worst eye sight, the slowness of metabolism are nothing compare to the feeling that the time differences are coming.

I was shock to death, when my nephew’s girl friend stroked my nephew’s hair while answering our question and when my other nephew’s girl friend suddenly sat on my nephew’s lap in front of us, the aunties and uncles plus their parents.

Well, am open to all kind of romantic things, I never condemn the youngsters if they did that in front of me. But to watch your nephew, especially when they are still in their college age, it’s a shocking pink for me.

All of sudden, all that gently romantic touch reminded me of my teenage period, when all the aunties and uncles compared their world with mine.

I hold myself not to start the topic with my in law, the topic of, when we were at their age such thing. I had made my promised long time ago that I don’t want to start the comparison of my world and their world.

But I failed to do the comparison when later my husband told me that he won’t dare to stroke my hair like that in front of my parents at that time, not even ask me to sit on his lap.

I just said that time is difference now. Every generation have their own mark, their own style.

Then suddenly I heard a gently voice told me, “Hey … You are old now, all the wrinkles, grey hair, worst eye sight, fat, are not just “it”, it’s a signage of being old. But why you have to bother those Old terms. Just live your life to the fullest. Old will lose the meaning if you live happily with all the aging signage.”

Well, my one and only one enemy now, fat, actually is a good enemy because she reminds me to enjoy my gym time …

So... thanks to Aging because he reminds me to balance my body.

And… Yes, OMG…am Old but it doesn’t mean that I don’t have the colorful world, in fact, I am. I still have plenty of time to enjoy the world, to touch the world through different lens, something that I don’t have when I was young.

I have two lenses now, Old and Young …

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wrapping Personality - A Quiz

You Are Considerate and Mature

You approach the holidays with responsibility and cooperation.
You'll do your part to make sure that everyone else has a happy holiday.
You aren't particularly picky or high maintenance during the holidays.
You're happy to be in the company of people you love, and you're willing to "go with the flow."
Of all the types, you are the most likely to give someone exactly what they want.
You're also the most likely to wrap all your presents well - to prevent peeking!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Her Name is Lady

How amazing an animal can turn your world up-side-down, turn your sadness into happiness. I never realized it until I have her, Lady, my mini pinscher puppy.

Two months ago, my husband gave us, me and my two daughters, mini pinscher puppy. He got it from his Poland friends.

She was 2, 5 months when she arrived at our home. Her eyes made all of us fall in love right away. We hardly heard her voice at that time. The only thing that we spot was her dry nose. She loves everything with Pink.

She’s going to 5 months this Christmas and we are thinking to buy her Christmas present to replace her pink doll. It must be fun to see her searching her pink Christmas present under the Christmas tree where she knows that the Christmas ornaments is the “abandon” area for chew.

Well, God always know how to cheer up His daughter, so He gave me earlier Christmas present this time

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Cost of Beauty

Her name is Han Mi Ok, a Korean celebrity who became known as “Fan Lady” after her disastrous cosmetic surgery.

She underwent 15 reconstructive surgeries to overhaul her “I-don’t-think-it-can-be-fix” plastic surgery damage.

She apparently became obsesses addicted to plastic surgery and couldn’t get enough, she even personally performed a facial injection at home.

On the picture that I attached, Han Mi Ok was at the shooting of 500th episode of Shocking Stories of The World.

Well, have to admit that she has the courage to display her damaged face in public and let people learn from the mistake that she made.

I think everybody knows that “too much” at the end will bring “damage to our live”, not just plastic surgery but other things also


Sunday, December 14, 2008

If Snow were Here

Your Snow Test Says You're Independent

You feel like something good will happen to you in the next few months.
You love to work, especially when work is creative. You have the makings of a successful artist.
You are an independent, individualistic person. You thrive when you're doing your own thing.
Your biggest worry in your life is your health. You tend to be a bit of a hypochondriac.
When it comes time to relax, you have no problem letting go. You are already pretty relaxed as is!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Love to Indonesia Children - Immunization

Currently, Indonesia’s Immunization Program is at a critical phase. With 1 in 5 children is un-immunized, Indonesia now ranks 4th globally for un-immunized children, after India, Nigeria and China.

There is 1 baby (child below 1 year) dies in every 3 minutes. In Indonesia 460 infants die everyday.

In Indonesia more than 4.7 million babies need routine vaccination every year and more than 75 % of Indonesian children are still not fully immunized by their 1st birthday (based on survey by Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia).

The cost for immunization is IDR 25K per baby and for IDR 100K can make a difference for 16 babies.

The above information is the preliminary of UNICEF presentation at the Opening Campaign of “Cintai Anak Indonesia” yesterday, at Blitz, Megaplex.

This time, I don’t want to say my sarcasm to the government; I just said to myself of how poor we are, being the ranks 4th globally. And we, Indonesian, are not able to support our own children.

It’s a pity to watch David Beckham, Jet Lee and Claudia Schiffer, ask everybody to participate to help Indonesia’s Immunization Program. It’s a pity because there are many of people out there may not know the fact of our children’s condition.

If, we can save part of our cigarette budget, or our lunch time budget, or our shopping budget, then Indonesia will not be in the ranks 4. The cost of the cigarette compare to the 25K donation is nothing. The cost of Prada bag, the cost of Zara dress/pants/shoes, compare to the 100K donation, is zero.

But how do we know if that such information never been in our news paper, our television ? How can we educate the "lucky one" if the information out there only the news of latest club, of latest milyarder party, of the latest gadget ?

Children is our future generation, their future depends on us, the grown up people. Without immunization their future will be gone, vanish.

Immunization can prevent their future from polio, from blindness because of the measles or even the fatal one, pneumonia and encephalitis.

When one of the journalists interviewed me because of our company participation in this immunization program, they asked me why I have to thank our customer who donates only IDR 2K by saying “Thank you have saved 1 baby”.

Then I told them, 2K means a lot to 25K, the cost of vaccine. If our customer would like to save their 2K conversation per week, then by the end of the program, they already contribute more than 25K, means 1 life save by them. If they only able to donate 1 time, say there are 13 subscriber do the same thing, the end is also the same, 1 life save by us.

IDR 2K or IDR 5K is nothing compare to all of the un-importance thing that we consume. We are the lucky one, though.

At the end of the program, after the theme song of Cintai Anak Indonesia, “Setinggi Mimpi Mereka” been played, I thank God because He gave me the ability to immunized my two beloved daughters. I’m the lucky one amongst the 25% and it’s about the time to save the 75 % the un-lucky one.

Setinggi Mimpi Mereka was created by Yovie Widianto and supported by 16 Singers, which are Afgan, Alika, Andry/rif, Bams “Samsons”, Christopher Abimanyu, Ferry Salim, Krisdayanti, Mario “Kahitna”, Mike Mohede, Monita, Ruth Sahanaya, Ressa Herlambang, Rio Febrian, Rossa, Titi DJ and Yunika.

So, my beloved blogger friends who stay in Indonesia and you have Fren/HEPI, the donation is easy, just type ANAK sends to 2000.

Or if you have a member of other operator except Telkomsel, Smart and Axis, you can also do the same. Wait the instruction from your provider. For those three providers that I mention before, up to the program launching, they are not participating.

Or you can also donate through Call Center if you have account with Bank Mandiri or BCA.

Hope all of us can help our future generation, our Indonesia children.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Which City Do I Belong .... A Quiz

You Belong in Paris

Stylish and expressive, you were meant for Paris.

The art, the fashion, the wine!

Whether you're enjoying the cafe life or a beautiful park...

You'll love living in the most chic place on earth.

Oh finally, am belong in Paris, the writer :-D
I’ve been there and never feel so connected with that city start on the first day I arrived there.
My friends need time to understand the metro, whilst me, feel like some part of my life was there long time ago.

It is only a quiz, Friday Quiz according to my blogger friend, The Writter.
We joke about the result and this time, I let my comment and told her my wish.
And voila … I’m belong in Paris 

What a fun and a dream …

Terrorist a.k.a Ourselves

Mumbai terror attack finally over after 60 hours with 195 dead, according to Yahoo News. Whilst several days before, at the other part of this world, Beatles have been finally forgiven by Vatican forgives due to their statement of they were more popular than Jesus. And just several weeks before, at the other part of this world also, Indonesia were debating of the anonymous blogger who posted a cartoon of the prophet of Muhammad and how to push word press to give the identity of the blogger.

All of those issues were relating to RELIGION, all related with human ego, not God’s ego. Human ego that feels humiliated, feels superior than others, feels others are stupid, that others is nothing compare to themselves.

Have they or we asked ourselves why we have religion ? Since most all of us inherited the religion from our parents, our parents inherited from our ancestors, only limited person choose their religion by their own.

What is the purpose of religion in this earth ? To fight with others ? To claim that their GOD are not the same like us ?

Have we met our GOD ? Have we met our prophet ? We only know GOD or the Prophet through our ancestor, through their Bible, Quran, Bhagavad-Gita and Weda. None of us ever met with GOD or our Prophet. What we believe is what we read, what we believe is what we think is fit with our way of thinking, what we believe is given.

If so, then why we have to fight ? Why we have to terror others who are different with us ? Why we have to kill innocent people just in the name of GOD ?

GOD do not create the religion, it’s us, human, who does create the religion. It is us, human, who hates others, not GOD. It is, us, human, who feel the superiority, not GOD.

None in God’s book, the book that we believed as Holy, ever tell people to hate each others, to fight for what we believe. All His statement is based on LOVE. Unless we miss-understand the meaning of LOVE.

Popularity is just popularity. Is is true that Beatles – at Beatles era – were more popular than Jesus. Maybe. Let Beatles claimed what they believes, in our heart, in Jesus disciple heart, we all know that Jesus is more popular than Beatles. So why bother ?

A cartoon ? Well, in my opinion, a cartoon is just a cartoon. Is the religion loss their dignity because of that sketch ? Everybody knows that the religion still have their dignity, same as before the cartoon were there.

I believe that if all of us, hand in hand, spread the beauty of diversity in religion, then there will be no space for the terrorist, for the fanatical, spread their doctrine.

Otherwise, this terror will continue and stop when there’s no one left to be killed.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Me and Burn-Out

It’s been more than 3 weeks since my last post, this time I really lost my energy to write, to watch the movie, neither to do chatting nor to play with my plurkers friend.

At first I thought it’s because of my health since for the last 3 weeks I was suffering from cold, migraine and lately vertigo. But lately, after I’m monitoring my own reaction, especially my feeling then my assumption goes to “burn-out” disease. And this time, the burn-out really hit my health condition and my spirit, which made me feel helpless.

I hate myself, not because of the burn-out, but more to my ability to cope with the “burn-out”. That burn-out took all my energy to healing me.

I don’t want to meet my friends, not even answering their call nor their mail. The only meeting that am attending only business meeting since it was my responsibility, others than that, I’d rather going home early instead be in the middle of crowd.

I felt like a zombie, out there, go to the office, meet the third party, meet the colleague, discussing the opportunity, while my spirit were going somewhere.

I think it’s about time to go back to my world and fight with the burn-out; otherwise I’ll lose the beauty of each day.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Obama and Indonesian Euphoria

Obama Won ! and Indonesia people especially Jakarta’s, the city where Obama’s once spent his childhood with his mother and his stepfather.

Amazing ! Obama is not going to be Indonesian president; in fact he’s the President of United States. He is not going to bring new blood to Indonesian even though he spent his childhood here. The new blood that he brings is for America.

I’m wondering and try to ask myself before I did small research to my friends.

To me, America is the racist and gender country, even though they claimed that they value human rights. Color is still an issue there. Black people are how they named their Afro-American people. We never heard that kind of term in other country.

So why I wanted desperately that Obama won the election ? The answer lay down in to the racist issue. Just want to proof that finally the impossible becomes possible, to proof that the minority become the majority.

Religion ? Oh it’s another issue. I don’t know whether everybody may have forgotten the issue that Bush brought to win the election in 2000, but for sure I still remembered it, Religion.

Therefore back to the issue why Indonesian people got that euphoria ? Some gave me silly answer, like because his step father is Indonesian; other said that because he was lived in Indonesia before, some said that Obama will bring changes to Indonesia. No one told me that they want to see the impossible become possible.

The impossible things that someday Indonesia can proof the world that "the impossible" things is not a dream, that Indonesian people can be as wise as American people today.

Below is Obama’s Presidential Speech, I got it from my friend. Hope Indonesia could learn from his beautiful speech :

"Hello, Chicago".

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer".

"It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference".

"It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled".

"Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states".

"We are, and always will be, the United States of America".

"It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day".

"It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America".

"A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Sen. McCain".

"Sen. McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. And he's fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves".

"He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine".

"We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader".

"I congratulate him; I congratulate Gov. Palin for all that they've achieved. And I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead".

"I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart, and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on the train home to Delaware, the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden".

"And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady Michelle Obama".

"Sasha and Malia I love you both more than you can imagine. And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the new White House".

"And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother' s watching, along with the family that made me who I am".

"I miss them tonight".

"I know that my debt to them is beyond measure".

"To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you've given me. I am grateful to them".

"And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe, the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best -- the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America".

"To my chief strategist David Axelrod who's been a partner with me every step of the way".

"To the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done".

"But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to".

"It belongs to you". "It belongs to you".

"I was never the likeliest candidate for this office".

"We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston".

"It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep".

"It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth".

"This is your victory".

"And I know you didn't do this just to win an election".

"And I know you didn't do it for me".

"You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead".

"For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime -- two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century".

"Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us".

"There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage or pay their doctors' bills or save enough for their child's college education".

"There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair".

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep".

"We may not get there in one year or even in one term".

"But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there".

"I promise you, we as a people will get there.There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can't solve every problem. "But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand".

"What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were".

"It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice".

"So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other".

"Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers".

"In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long".

"Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity".

"Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress".

"As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends".

"Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection".

"And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too".

"And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand".

"To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you".

"To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright".

Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope".

"That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow".

"This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta".

"She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old".

"She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons -- because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America -- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed".

"Yes we can".

"At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot".

"Yes we can".

"When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose".

"Yes we can".

"When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved".

"Yes we can".

"She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that We Shall Overcome".

"Yes we can".

"A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change"."

Yes we can".

"America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do".

"So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see?"

"What progress will we have made?"

"This is our chance to answer that call".

"This is our moment".

"This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people".

"Yes, we can".

"Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America".

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Amnesty Org - Amrozi's - Death Penalty

The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the
premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel,
inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice.

It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights.

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without
exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the
offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.

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I've never gave my attention to death penalty until the case of Bali Bombing be in the front page of our daily news and website. I followed their news during their trial and happy with the final decision.

For me, killing an innocent people in the name of Jihad where their nation has nothing to do with the issue of their Jihad is something that I can’t accept.

Looking their face in the television news, laughing as if they’re innocent, make me questioning the purpose of amnesty organization in their death penalty abolishment.

I do agree if the reason to abolish death penalty from this world was like the tragedy in Somalia, where 13 years old girl was stoned to death by 50 men just because of her physical appearance, she’s been accused of adultery in breach of Islamic law. I’m hundred percent agree because they buried the girl when she’s still alive and stoned them.

It’s inhuman, absolutely inhuman.

I know that by executing Amrozi’s and friend will not bring the death to live. I also know that by executing them, their believes of Jihad or their “friends” who in their side, will not vanish.

Just want to questioning the amnesty organization, when Amrozi’s and friends killed the innocent people, were they ever think that their act was breach the declaration of Human Rights ?

Friday, October 31, 2008


It’s been more than a year since they last met.
Both of them just starring at each other, trying to remember the days that have gone.
A cup of peppermint tea and a book, with a note “For the Old Days” signed by the author, were trying to digest the silence.

Nothing much they can share, only one or two stories, most the stories of others, not theirs.

But in the limitation time, both of them know that nothing changes, except the days.

Both of them know that they are still imprisoned in their own mistakes, in their own jail.

Like the writer and photo journal written through the picture and words :

My old man said that freedom depends on the master
Color, texture, or shape doesn’t give any clue on when

Until they can heard the Master said :

This journey will end just right above the horizon
A flare of thin line a cross the border
Leaving rocks, sand, and all textures of life

Quotation in purple are from the Book "Seeing the Unseen"
A book of photo journal of Amrin Nugraha and Written by Gandhi Suryoto
Book Copy No 0082

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Two Side of a Coin --- Boobs Whoops

When I read Treespotter and Anita posting about boobs, then I realized that I never pay attention to the size and shape of my boobs; except during my breast feeding period since the nurse in St. Carolus Hospital reminds me how to take care of my boobs for the sake of my baby and my husband (please read it: BABY and HUSBAND)

Baby, yes I do understand, since the purpose of the boobs is to breast feed the children a.k.a baby. No one can replace the moment when a mother breast feeding their children, the moment where the 1st bonding after they carried their baby for 9 months in their womb.

Husband, well, they suppose to accept us as it is, isn’t it ? In bad and goods, so no matter how bad the changes of our body, especially in the area of “boobs”, they suppose to accept it and not complaining.

But since wives a.k.a. women always have their own judgment to their body and their worries of losing their lovely husband so when the nurse trained us how to maintain our boobs for the husband side effect, everybody were listened.

Funny huh ? No, in fact it’s normal for women. I’m not a boobs person, neither my husband. In fact he is a leg person, so leg is where my attention goes. I always compare other woman’s leg to mine. Normal isn’t it ? Like boobs comparison ?

The sexy and romantic moment for me is when I have to breast feed my two daughters. Looking at their face, their tiny hands and how they enjoy the moment was an incredible moment for me.
The wicked and funny moment is when I’m wearing the lower v-neck or tank top. Watching the eyes of the men boobs person try to imagine the size and the shape from the two enclaves really makes me wants to laugh out loud.

If there’s a quiz of women’s body which has similarity to coin, then for sure the answer is the boobs. Yes, boobs, because boobs have two sides effect, the wicked and the romantic things in one event, as a woman and as a mother.

My friend, a couple years ago asked me whether I know where she could buy a cream for boost up her boost. She felt that her boobs shape was not like before and she worried. I remember, just looking at her, and automatically my answer was the nurse advised when I was in breast feed period.

The answer is wearing a good bra, which can support our boobs and do the exercise so a woman can maintain the period of breast feed whilst at the same time perform the shape of their boobs for their husband.

Written based on Dini's Tag to me
Picture were taken from here

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Time Tunnel

a. Boobs.
Treespotter and Anita wrote about boobs. What an interesting posting, knowing that the main reason men love boobs because they don’t have it.

I did a random survey to my male friends, just to check whether treespotter assumption was correct, then surprisingly the answer match with tresspotter.

b. Language.
Rob and Treespotter posted this in his post several days ago; I read it through my mobile phone and haven’t got a chance to write my two cents about it.

c. Plurk World
The new world where everybody around the world share their ideas, their feelings and their comment; the world that I love to visit every day, otherwise I will loose my karma.
Seems that I have new friends but at the same time I loose my old friends, maybe because of their time line were different with me. I don’t know …

d. Office
Hm … this is the main destruction of my energy.
After a productive month in September, suddenly I lost the appetite to write, to read, even to listen to the music, whilst actually writing; reading and listening to the music are my nutshell world.

e. Mini Pinscher.
Aha … I will write about this one.
I just got a puppy, today she’s celebrating her 3 (three) months birthday and it’s about time to bring her to the vet.
She’s so funny, energetic, smart and so lovely.
But also a destroyer, she wakes me up everyday, within this week, at 04.30 AM.

f. My Social Program.
This is another project that still in the concept paper.
Hopefully within this year we can launch it, so instead of just putting my thought of poverty into writing at least I can make it real.
Become the philanthropy is my other goal even though I don’t have a bunch of money like Bill Gates.

Well … that’s all.
The preliminary writing of returning to my nutshell world, the world where no one can touch me, the world of my imagination.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Blog Action Day - Poverty is here in front us

This is the second day I took my time to visit in hunger session and watch the picture of children who passed away due to hunger. Today, in the first time, I read and saw a picture of handsome children with Indonesian name in the middle of hundred names and pictures of children in the same continent. After read in the newspaper several months ago of the same news, I thought that I won’t find ours in the website of poverty but apparently it’s only a dream.

I just remember the news of the tragic 21 people who lost their lives during Ramadhan just because they were afraid that they could not get the US $ 3.30 (at that day). The tragic moment but being ignored by most of the people not because they were intolerant but because the idea of number of poor people is not important information. Especially compare to other nation where the number of death cause by hunger, I may say that Indonesia is way much better.

Not just because Indonesia is not way much better then we have to put aside this issue or refuse to the fact that one of Indonesian children was in the website of poverty, was in the list of people death due to hunger.

Not just because of that one incidence of 21 people then we could say that it was happened once in a blue moon, only during Ramadhan period That it’s only related in specific area whilst in fact we still have to fight with some of poverty issue.

Poverty is not merely related to hunger, there’s another issue like AIDS, Tuberculosis, Shelter, or in other world Poverty is the issue related to quality of life, in health, education and the ability to escape from the poverty cycle.

The main issue in Poverty for me is the ability to escape from the poverty cycle, how we as a nation can create Human Development, especially with today’s situation, as an on going task.

We don’t have to create a masterpiece to do that; we can start from the small thing, like “Food for Work”. Baznas had created that program during Ramadhan, by giving the poor a job before they got food. Instead of giving the food for free, Baznas created the job for them. So the poor people can get their pride as a worker not as a beggar.

I was thinking if we can at least donate let say around IDR 5k or at least IDR 2.5k, the same amount that we use to buy a phone voucher, then we can create the same job all over the city.

Or by donating the same amount, we build a pipe to the infertile land, so the farmer or the people who live there can do something with their land. Another program that created by Baznas.

The question is how come that such a good program doesn’t get the hype ? The answer is maybe because it was created under “religious” brand and since it was under “religious” brand then the donation only to certain people, maybe. I haven’t got the answer yet.

Yesterday, when I was in the middle of discussing another donation program with my team, surprisingly one of my team told me that she just got information that not all people were shown their interest to participate in AIDS program.

I haven’t met that person and planning to have a meeting with them next week. I’m eager to know what does the lack of interest mean.

Well, I’m not an expert, but for me, poverty is an issue of every nation, not just in Africa or Asia, it’s all over the world. The scale of poverty may vary but it will become an issue if a nation refused to admit that they have an issue or admit but refused to face the fact and only deal with the number.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


When someone we love passes away,
We ache, but we go on;
Our dear departed would want us to heal,
After they are gone.
Grief is a normal way to mend
The anguish and pain in our hearts;
We need time to remember and time to mourn,
Before the recovery starts.

He’s in a better place right now
Than he’s ever been before;
All pain is gone; he’s now at rest;
Nothing troubles him anymore.
It’s we who feel the burden of
Our sadness and our grief;.
We have to cry, to mourn our loss,
Before we get relief.
We know we’ll reconnect with him ….

The feeling was so strong, my heart told me that the time will come, that my dad will end his journey sooner, not even more than 1 hour. Then it happened, in half an hour, he’s gone.

The same feeling came again last Tuesday morning before I left Surabaya, back to my hometown with my mom. My heart, once again told me that my uncle will leave soon, the fastest was the next day after I left Surabaya. Then it happened, this morning my mom told me that she’s got text from her sister in law, my uncle had ended his journey.

I try not to listen to my heart; I try not to question my feeling, since I believe that no one can predict someone period of life.

Am asking God, but this time, I didn’t hear anything from Him, not even a single word. Should I believe what my heart told me ? Should I question my feeling ?

If I listened to my heart, If I questioned my feeling, If I’m not so stubborn, then I could say my final goodbye to my uncle too, that finally I could bring her sister to meet him.

If God’s is the answer of our fate, of our future, then why He create the feeling that we call as Premonition ? To protect us ? to prevent us from sadness ?

The question that no one can answer, only God, but He choose to keep quiet this time.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Questioning God

I was doing my blog walking as usual, when I stumbled upon to my blogger friend Anita, and read her post of her soul searching of God Almighty. She was born as a Moslem and part of her soul searching she has several question which is relate to her religion in reality, such as several doctrine that she had when she was a small kid.

Well, I don’t want to criticize her question, since I also have that kind of question several years ago, when I would like to find the answer of God Almighty, of how there are a lot of religion in this world, of how people hate each other.

I just want to let my thinking out of my mind when I read her posting. The question that no one can give me specific answer, the question that I know if I asked my religious friend they will blame me as a sin person, who don’t have the trust to God Almighty.

I am born as a Catholic and never doubt my belief to my religion until now even though I have so many questions about God. I have experienced so many miracles in my life, but I also have a lot of experienced where I’m asking God’s decision.

I remember my conversation with Pater Drost SJ, a well known pastor Jesuit, an expert in education; he was my mentor at that time. I asked him about heaven, which one will go to heaven, Christian people but disobeyed the Christian principle or other people who are not a Christian but religious, or the worst thing with someone who don’t believe in God but practice the God’s rule of love.

I remembered he told me that the person with no religion or the one which is not a Christian, will go directly to heaven because of their way of life whilst the other Christian, as we all know, will go to heaven after redeem their way of life in this world.

Then my other question to Pater Drost, so why should we choose a religion ? If without become a Christian (Catholic), we still can go to heaven. And he said, it is not as simple like that, by having a religion, by becoming a Catholic, at least we have a Savior, who will redeem our sin, who will carry us when we were in trouble.

So I told him that I would like to learn other religion, and what surprising me was he didn’t against me, he let me learn Islam at that time. The same with my mother, she gave me freedom to learn Islam.

My mom told me that religion is your connection with God; religion is a vehicle to get to know God better, to have the experience of God’s mercy.

I learned and at the end, I’m still as a Catholic. Not because Islam is worst than Catholic, no. It’s just because I feel that Catholic still the best vehicle for me to worship God Almighty.

And started from that day, I never close the door to the good thing I learned from other religion, Islam, Budha, Hindu or other beliefs.

I believe that someday I have to fix my weaknesses as a human in my next life I have to be able to become a better person, I believe that Heaven and Hell actually is in this world, because everyday God give us a choice to do the good things or bad things. I believe in good karma, that I have to pay what I did not after my death but during my life in this world.

I also still learn to be able to understand the diversity, that all the bad things of other religion or even the bad things of my religion, is not because of God or religion itself but because of the person itself.

Several years ago, I’m questioning God, because He gave us this kind of diversity, the hatred, the anger, but now I do understand that He gave us this kind of things so we could learn to understand others, learn to have a big heart to others who’s different from us.

I’m still questioning God, I still fall, I still fail, but I know that this is the part that I have to take as a human being in this period of time.

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Day of Non Violence

" When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."

Mahatma GandhiThe Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927

Yesterday is an International Day of Non Violence, the date of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. UN had chosen the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi’s because Mahatma Gandhi is a leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Many of us had heard or read about Ahimsa, the basis of Gandhi’s struggle against British rule to fight for the Independence of India, where this concept also adopted by Martin Luther King Jr to win civil right for African Americans and Cesar Chavez to protest the treatment of farms in California.

The concept where the execution needs patience and perseverance; patience to loose the dignity when others look down, patience to stay with mental state of no hatred; perseverance to keep the concept live, perseverance to fight with the evil.

It’s been more than hundred years since God spread the concept, the concept to love others, the concept of to let go the anger, let go the hatred from our self, the concept treat somebody like we want to be treated.

The concept that so difficult to implement in our daily life, otherwise there’s no issue of child or woman abuse, there’s no issue of violence in marriage life, there’s no issue of bullying, there’s no issue of violence within majority versus minority.

But we can not create pessimistic environment around us, can we ? As in the concept of Ahimsa, we have to fight for the better world, fight without violence.

How do we win a better world, with lesser violence for not saying without violence ? I’ve read somewhere in a magazine to commemorate International Peace Day in September, that if we focus our self into the difference, then for the rest of our life we can not find the solution; we will be trapped in the difference. We also have to let our self as a good listener, otherwise we push others to listen to us, to agree with us. Whilst at the same time, we must be able to let the hatred out of our self; we have to be a forgiven person.

We are human, so there’s no doubt that differences always there, run in our blood. But as long as we agree that sometimes we have to agree for the disagreement then I believe that our dream for better world will come true.

Same as religion, there are lot of religion out there, and as human, religion also has differences. As long as we agree that we are different whilst at the same time we agree that we also have the similarity, then I don’t think that we should fight to push others to agree with our believe.

Hey, looks who’s talking ?

Yes, it’s me who’s talking. I’m still struggling to be a good listener, struggling of not pushing others to listen to me, struggling to not look at the difference, and many things also.

As I’ve written somewhere in my post, the creation of better world should come from our self first then to our inner circle before finally united with other part of the world.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A Note

The past should not be followed after, the future not desired.
What is past is got rid of, and the future has not come.
But whoever has vision now here,
…of a present thing … let him cultivate it.
Swelter at the task this very day.
Who knows whether he will die tomorrow ?
There is no bargaining with
The great hosts of Death
- The Buddha -

We were sitting in my belated father-in-law living room, watching our children received their Ied presents, “The Bonus”; they named their Ied pocket money presents.

Watching one of the children protested to their uncle that she’s not a kid anymore, she’s a teenager now and so was the pocket money, before another kid expressed the same issue.

Watching them counted the money and made the comparison with the total pocket money that they received last year.

Watching the older said to the little one that there’s a time she got a lot of money compare to what they received it nowadays.

Watching the time tunnel through the children, of how time flies so fast, of how the little one become a teenager and we, the parents, getting older. The cycle of life.

The time tunnels where our Ied will be replacing soon with another ordinary day until another new year bring back Ied to us again, with different story of our lives.

Another story of once upon a time in our lives

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ramadhan Through My Eyes

Don’t hang on exclusively to any particular creed so that you disbelieve the rest, or you will disregard much that is good and miss the real Truth.
Allah is omnipotent and omnipresent and is not contained by any one religion,
for he says in the Qur’an “Wherever you turn, there is the face of Allah”
Ibn Arabi

Married with a Moslem guy, who never leave his religion principle, give me another insight of Moslem which I rarely seen in my others neither Moslem nor Christian friends, especially during Ramadhan this year.

Why this year ?

Because this year is the worst Ramadhan for me (read : In My Eyes). The regulation endorsed by MUI and legalized by the government, since there’s no reaction from the government it self, of worker at entertainment sector, like spa or other night entertainment, made me feel sorry for them.

According to MUI – like I saw in the news – the entertainment sector like spa and night entertainment should be closed during Ramadhan and the workers have to find another job. It was their mistake of choosing that kind of job, a job that not under “Halal” category.

The other thing also regarding the opening of food stall at one province, the authorized have instructed them to close down the restaurant because it was Ramadhan.
Seems to me that during Ramadhan people are wearing their “holy” mask, suddenly forgot what they used to do during other month. Suddenly all the bad things are something that have to be destroy and vanish from this country.

Suddenly we became a nation where all the immoral issue, is not there. We become the artificial holy person.

As I explained in the beginning, am not a Moslem, I’m married a Moslem guy, who gave me a different picture of Islam than what I heard or I saw through the news.

The picture of Islam which respect others, where the all rules came from a reason, where the meaning of Ramadhan as Holy month is noble in the eyes of a Catholic person.

Fasting in my religion is also an instruction by the religion, like in Ramadhan. The way we fasting is totally different with Moslem, but the value of fasting is the same.

Fasting is the time to relate our self (read : Our self not others) with God, to communicate more and deeply with Him so by doing that hopefully we can be a better person.

Therefore since fasting is so personal, then this entire year incidence made me questioning them, the regulator of all the cause of the incidence. Do they understand the value of Ramadhan ? Do they value the diversity ? Do they value the tolerance ?

And at the same time, I’m also questioning the day after Ramadhan over. Are they – the same person – back to the real them ? Who loves to pamper themselves in spa, in night entertainment, in the world of alcohol, in the world of immorality ? And all the holy script that they read, that they convey through their preach, be forgotten.

I’m afraid the answer is “Yes, all the holy things that they did during Ramadhan will be forgotten” and they will take of their “holy” mask, replace it with their own face.

Then Ramadhan will be useless, our tolerance as a non Moslem will be useless, because their “Holy” face made me saw Moslem through different perspective.

But as my husband told me “Remember, don’t blame the religion, it’s the people who make the religion looks bad” and because I’m not a holy person either, then Ramadhan for me is another month just like ordinary month that I have to face for this year. The ordinary month that gave me another lesson in my life.

Who knows next year, if God still give me permission to live, Ramadhan will be different from today and we will live in better world, a world where we respect our diversity

Monday, September 29, 2008

Cerat Centhini - The hidden treasure

I just bought a book; the title is “Centhini – Kekasih Yang Tersembunyi”, a classic masterpiece of Javanese literature. Written in 1814, this literature consists of Javanese tradition and knowledge.

I have searched Cerat Centini since I was a teenager. Every time I found the book, it’s always in Javanese language, a language that I don’t understand. But this time, I found my treasure in my mother tongue language, Bahasa Indonesia language.

I was full of happiness until I read that it was translated from France language, the title is “Les Chants de l’ille a dormir debout – Le Livre de Centhini” and published in 2002.

Suddenly I feel sorry for myself, sorry because Cerat Centhini is our treasure, Indonesia treasures not others. Then why it was written in France before finally translated to Indonesian ?

The answer is because Cerat Centhini to others Javanese expert was too sacred to be translated to Indonesian language while to others was too dirty, like a coin has two sides, religion and desire.

The intention to write in France just because the France Ambassador, Thierry de Beauce, were looking for Javanese flower, then heard a story of Wijaya Kusuma, the only flower which bloom at midnight then lay before dawn. The flower which had written at the last part of Cerat Centhini.

A sad story isn’t it ? A France Ambassador requested to find the literature and translated to French whilst the ideal should be Ours, Indonesian, have to instruct our expert to find and translated in Bahasa Indonesia language instead of translated from Hanacaraka (Javanese alphabetical) to Javanese Latin alphabetical.

The borderline is the tradition, the two sides of a coin. The borderline that prevent us appreciate our history, our treasure.

No wonder Malaysian claimed our batik as theirs, our Angklung as theirs, our song as theirs. We never care; we never appreciate what we have. There are a lot of our treasures still in Dutch museum not in Indonesia museum, and we just keep quite, never ask the Dutch government to return the treasure they had taken from us.

Then suddenly I remembered my friend’s comment on my blog several weeks ago, “the silly thing the westerns learn a lot from easterners !” Here, a lot of Asian center in the university. I believe that you must ever heard “Jongko Joyoboyo” or “Arjuna Wiwaha” and so on ? We, at least me, can’t find it in Indonesia. But here ? Jeez, I can found it in the university’s library ! For both in Bahasa or Javanese !

Another sad, un-patriotic story from me ? Maybe …...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Another Quiz - Me, the Career Girl

I thought the quiz will say that am the woman of every man dream of.
Mother fairy can not change the result for me, too bad.
What can I say, it’s me anyway.

You are a Career Girl!

You may not be a CEO yet, but you're well on your way to success.
You take your career seriously, and you wouldn't stop working for any guy!
An independent woman, you pay for your own car, clothes, and housing.
And men appreciate that - at least, the ones as driven as you are.

British, Mecca and Toilet

Got this news from the writer during our plurk time last night :

Toilets which do not face the holy Islamic city of Mecca are among a raft of
design principles announced today aimed at making London's Olympic Park the most
inclusive and accessible so far.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) want its procurement, design and construction framework - or Inclusive Design Strategy - to produce an ideal venue for people of all cultures, faiths, ages and accessible to disabled people for the 2012 Games and beyond.

ODA chairman John Armitt is confident that future generations will be left with London's "most accessible and inclusive public park and sporting venues" after the Games.

An ODA spokeswoman said "a percentage of general toilets will not face Mecca" out of sensitivity. The numbers have not yet been confirmed.

Special washing facilities linked to prayer rooms are also planned for the Park, set in multiculturally diverse east London.

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This is the typical miss-understanding of religion. There’s no connection between Mecca and Toilet direction. Just because Moslem people have Mecca during their prayer, doesn’t mean that the toilet not allowed facing Mecca.

The tolerance should be in the right place, not just copied the concept of Moslem prayer into public facilities. People will laugh because its shown of their superficial understanding towards Islam.

Toilet for Olympic is one of the examples of the superficial knowledge of Islam. There is a lot of superficial knowledge towards Christian, or Budha or Hindu, which finally led to another fight or “war” between religions. A war that created because we respect other believes in a wrong way, not because we don’t know how to respect, but because we are too stubborn to ask to the right person.

According to Wikipedia ..
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In Islam, this only lasted for seventeen months after Muhammad's arrival in Medina,[1]after which the Qiblah became oriented towards the Kaaba
in Mecca. According to accounts from the prophetMuhammad's companions, the change
happened very suddenly during the noon prayer in Medina, in a mosque known as Masjidal-Qiblatain (Mosque of the Two Qiblahs). Muhammad was leading the prayer when he received revelations from Allah instructing him to take the Kaaba as the
Qiblah (literally, "turn your face towards the Masjid al Haram")
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Muslim people are banned to cult Mecca, precisely Kaaba. Mecca or Kaaba is only a focal point for prayer.

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In Muslim religious practice, supplicants must face this direction in prayer. Muslims do not worship the Kaaba or its contents; the Kaaba is simply a focal point for prayer. If someone is inside the Kaaba, they are allowed to pray facing any direction.
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So, back to the toilet issue, ODA makes it exaggerate. There’s no relation of toilet face direction to “face Mecca” direction.

I don’t’ understand why the ODA didn’t gain their understanding first before put their design in place. Are British going to rectify their mistake since their invasion in Jerusalem long time age and Iraq war recently ?

If they want to rectify their mistakes, then it is the time to make it right by asking to their Moslem community, to understand Moslem point of view of Mecca or Kaaba. Instead of making those silly statement of toilet will not face Mecca.