Push Yourself

Last night, I randomly read interview series at django girls blog. I was looking for a nice to read article on Internet while having my supper. Sometimes I just get bored reading my social media feeds and news.

I met one of the interviewee there while attending PyCon AU 2015 in Brisbane. After I read, I came to a conclusion that we need to push our self: write blog everyday, get out from comfort zone, do something better, do something new.

Konteks

Sesuatu perlu dipahami dengan konteks agar pemahaman bisa lebih menyeluruh. Saya pernah membaca, bahwa konsep waktu yang dipecah menjadi detik/menit/jam/ itu tidak manusiawi. Saya lupa (citation needed) siapa yang mengucapkan ini.

Di Indonesia, transportasi publik tak terukur (kecuali pesawat, itupun yang tidak telat). Karena memang sulit mengukur waktu yang diperlukan untuk pergi dari satu tempat ke tempat lain, khususnya di Jakarta.

Lain halnya dengan di kota ujung selatan ini. Dengan populasi yang relatif sedikit, kemacetan jarang terjadi, dan transportasi publik terukur.

Bahkan begitu detail. Saya pernah melihat grafik kecepatan tram di jalan tertentu pada waktu tertentu. Oalah, data-nya asyik sekali. Akurat. Lalu bisa divisualisasikan dengan cantik menggunakan alat visualisasi data modern.

Data kecepatan tram ini diperlukan sebelum mengambil keputusan untuk merekayasa lalu lintas di area tersebut. Misal, pembatasan kecepatan mobil, atau melarang mobil parkir di bahu jalan.

Sementara kalau di Jakarta, reaksi kimia tak pernah terjadi dalam suhu ruangan 25 derajat Celcius (baca: kondisi tak pernah ideal).

Back to School

Spiderman first day of prep.

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Finally, the summer holidays ended. I remembered how I woke up very early morning just to have my make time. It turned out this changed to a habit. I frequently woke up at 3.30 in the morning.

But, now kiddo has started his days back to school. Now he’s wearing uniform. When I see him now and compare it with his condition last year, he really made a big leap. I could have my make time during his school tiime.

Among other children, Zaidan has the biggest leap, that’s what kiddo’s teacher at kinder said to me when he was about to finish his 2nd term.

Enjoy your school, kiddo! Explore yourself!

Berpikir Positif

Tak terasa, sebentar lagi sudah akan pulang. I have a mix feeling about going home. I’ll write about this later. Tak terasa juga, besok Zaidan akan kembali mulai sekolah. Dan hari ini jadi hari pertama ia les berenang tanpa saya ikut masuk ke kolam renang.

Masih saya ingat betul, saat kami pertama kali mengunjungi kolam renang ini. Bagaimana kami bujuk agar paling tidak mata kaki Zaidan menyentuh air di kolam renang, dan hari ini ia sudah berani masuk kolam renang tanpa saya.

“Maybe next time”, ujar penjaga kolam renang. Sesederhana itu saja komentar penjaga kolam renang melihat Zaidan yang tak mau berenang.

Mengubah pola pikir memang tak pernah mudah. Manusia cenderung lembam, sulit berubah. Bagaimana kita dibesarkan, di mana kita dibesarkan, bagaimana nilai-nilai di sekitar tempat kita dibesarkan.

Saat membaca buku soal persiapan sekolah, seringkali ditulis, sebaiknya selalu gunakan kata-kata positif ke anak. Bukan kata negatif. Ini pun masih sulit bagi saya.

Alih-alih, “Zaidan jangan nonton terus”, seharusnya saya bisa mengatakan “Zaidan coba gambar, mewarnai”.

Fast Car

I figured out this song while I was switching to Apple radio. This song sounds familiar for me. I don’t know when and where I heard it before.

The one that I heard from Apple music was the re-mix version with more electronic touch and a faster beat. This song originally sang by Tracy Chapman.

This song is not about Fast and Furious. This song is about dedication.

See my old man’s got a problem
He live with the bottle that’s the way it is
He says his body’s too old for working
His body’s too young to look like his
My mama went off and left him
She wanted more from life than he could give
I said somebody’s got to take care of him
So I quit school and that’s what I did

This song is about beating your self.

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere
Any place is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we’ll make something
Me myself I got nothing to prove

This song is about making decision.

You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so you can fly away?
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way

This song is about being someone.

So remember when we were driving driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone