Selasa, 06 Mei 2014

Alone Yet Not Alone: Review dan Chord

Sudah lama rasanya saya tidak posting blog ini habisnya saya sibuk dengan blog-blog premium yang sedang dikembangkan untuk menjadi blog papan atas. Tapi bukan itu berarti blog ini saya tak urus lagi lho, karena blog ini penuh dengan sejarah dan keeksistensiannya patut diperjuangkan.
 
 
 
Kali ini saya akan memposting Chord lagu Gospel yang sedang naik daun sekarangan ini. Judulnya "Alone Yet Not Alone" yang dinyanyikan oleh motivator, penulis buku dan Pendeta Kristiani kebangsaaan Amerika Serikat, Joni Earickson Tada. Joni adalah sosok motivator dan penulis buku yang unik karena beliau ini lumpuh lho. Bahkan ketika merekam lagu ini paru-paru Joni sedang dalam keadaan tidak baik, namun Joni adalah seorang yang professional hasilnya lagu yang dinyanyikan menjadi salah satu nominasi Academy Awards (Oscar) 2014 untuk kategori "Best Original Song". Namun sayang nominasi tersebut dibatalkan karena si composer lagu Bob Houghton dituding telah melakukan kampanye pemilihan yang dilarang Academy. Tapi ya sudahlah penghargaan sejati atas sebuah lagu adalah ketentraman bagi para pendengarnya bukan hanya sebatas piala atau hadiah.

Senin, 13 Januari 2014

Tragedi Kematian Ratu Kecantikan Venezuela

Tidak banyak kata yang terucap terhadap kematian wanita cantik yang bernama lengkap Monica Spear Mootz ini, ratu kecantikan yang dinobatkan sebagai Miss Venezuela tahun 2004 silam mengguncang dunia dengan berita duka cita kematiannya. Monica bersama mantan suaminya Thomas Henry Berry tewas ditembak oleh sekumpulan geng perampok tak dikenal dalam perjalanan wisata mereka di Puerto Cabello negara bagian Carabobo, Venezuela. Monica dan suaminya meninggalkan seorang anak perempuan bernama Maya Veliz Berry yang juga korban ulah kejam para perampok tersebut namun selamat meskipun mengalami cidera luka tembak dibagian kaki si mungil tersebut.


Monica Spear - Miss Venezuela 2004
Monica Spear adalah mantan Miss Venezuela yang bertarung memperebutkan mahkota Miss Universe tahun 2005 yang diselenggarakan di kota Bangkok, Thailand 9 tahun silam. Wajahnya yang cantik beserta kemampuan berbahasa Inggrisnya yang lancar membuatnya sebagai kandidat terkuat untuk merengkuh mahkota ratu sejagat tersebut. Monica berhasil masuk ke dalam Top 15 dan mendapatkan perhatian penonton di panggung final Miss Universe 2005 serta membuat 80 kontestan dari Negara lainnya ketar ketir termasuk perwakilan Indonesia saat itu, Artika Sari Devi yang juga lolos ke 15 besar. Namun sayang dalam sesi tanya jawab final antara juri dan kontestan, Monica tampak tidak menghabiskan jawabannya yang mengakibatkan kansnya untuk menjadi jawara harus kandas untuk selamanya. Kontes tersebut akhirnya dimenangkan oleh kontestan keturunan Rusia asal Kanada, Natalia Glebova, namun publik masih berpendapat Monica lah yang pantas mendapatkan mahkota tersebut.

Kamis, 07 November 2013

A Lesson from My "ExtraOrdinary" Friend

Year ago, I've had a friend , who would always answer "how are you" with his very personal and unique line "Extraordinary". He was a big man, a really big man. Both his physique and heart were equally big. I used to do some study with him and I knew about his finances, as well as the problem at home. "Ordinarily" speaking , mos of the time his "extraordinary" did not make any sense at all.

There would be times when he did not have enough money to buy food for his lunch, yet it was still "extraordinary" I confronted him once, "Aren't you being hypocritical? you have no money, you are suffering and hurting and yet 'extraordinary'?"

He was very quick to answer, "Well, then that is extraordinary too". When I have money it is extraordinary and when I don't, it is still extraordinary." That day, I learnt much from him.

He explained , "When I don't have money, I remember my friend who are successful. Many of them doing the same business as I do. Back at university, I performed better than them. However, on the field now they are performing better than me. Extraordinary, indeed! Wow, great!

Now, the Indonesian for "extra ordinary", that is luar biasa, is actually a combination of two English words with equal emphasis,"extraordinary" and "great" with exclamation mark, even "wow" attached to it. Extraordinary indeed, "Wow", "Great"!

He was being very sincere, he was not trying to ran away from the hard facts of his life. It was extra "extraordinary" when he had money and a mere extraordinary when he had none. It always "extraordinary" with equal emphasis. Great!

Having written and spoken about him on several occasions, one day I found a budding motivator. However his extraordinary is not the same as my friend's extraordinary. His extraordinary had certain terms and condition attached to it. It was subject to those term and condition. One must successful in life, and he has been defining and redefining the word "success" to make life "extraordinary".

JUST SLOGAN OR REALLY EXTRAORDINARY?

The motivator has succeeded in popularizing the phrase but not its spirit. My "big" friend on other hand, did not even consider it as a phrase. For him, it was life. He lived it. I have lost contact with him for this past year. I do not know where he is now, or if he still alive. Even in those days, he suffered from hypertension, short breath, high cholesterol at young age. Perhaps his heart was not in good shape too. Yet, it was extraordinary!

I suggested that he follow a strict diet.
He replied " I've been doing that. I follow a very strict diet, I am successful for several weeks. Then, I falter , I go back to my favorite junk foods. I know this killing me. Having known it, I still cannot take care of my body, my own body. I can take better care on my computer but not my own body. How ignorant, foolish, dumb and idiot I am. luar biasa, extraordinary!

What is the connection with what we are discussing in here?

He is a fine example of man and a human being who has already jumped into unknown! while jumping he talk to us, greets us and returns our greetings. He does not stop jumping, he does not stop to communicate with us. He is jumping while communicating with us.


Obbie Afri Gultom - 7 November 2013

Rabu, 02 Oktober 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Version) review: A premium Android tablet for a premium price

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Version) review- With the buzz surrounding the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it's easy to forget that Samsung is also releasing a fresh tablet.
This time around, Samsung is taking a closer clue from its more successful Galaxy Note smartphone line. here I got from Android site news which review Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Version).

The new Galaxy Note 10.1 is super fast, relatively lightweight and has features galore. S Pen support is preferable to ever; joined with the software improvements, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a multitasker's dream. In addition, it works with Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It's one of a small number of Android tablets that exhibits clear advantages over Apple's almighty iPad.
And yet, I can't quite recommend that anybody should purchase the Galaxy Note 10.1. Starting at $549.99 for the 16GB version, the Note is priced even higher than the iPad, which already establishes a relative threshold for highend tablets. Unless you really believe the S Pen is worth the premium, you're probably better off buying a lowerpriced tablet along with a separate stylus and saving yourself well over $100
 
 
Layout: The Galaxy Note 3's larger sibling
 
Physically, the Galaxy Note 10.1 takes the look of the Galaxy Note 3 and enlarges it across a tablet form factor. You're far less inclined to encounter forearm fatigue after prolonged use, which is pleasant.

The pill comes in either black or white, with a fauxchrome rim around the perimeter. But given the Galaxy Note 10.1's extravagant pricing, Samsung is still ostensibly unable to craft a device that feels high end. Samsung claims the faux leather back panel of the tablet will inspire "analogue nostalgia." While I liked the appearance of the material in pictures, in person it is certainly just textured matte plastic. And the "thorough stitch" around the edges of the panel isn't much more than an embossment. It almost makes me homesick for the chintzy plastic backing on most of Samsung's other products.

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