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.

Kandidat terkuat Miss Universe 2005
Kehidupan setelah Miss Universe menjadi tonggak karir bagi Monica, tawaran akting Telenovela datang silih berganti kepadanya. Telenovela yang paling sukses dibintanginya adalah Passion Prohibida atau terjemahan translasinya adalah Cinta yang terlarang, sebuah Telenovela yang diadaptasi dari serial drama Turki yang sukses di Timur. Telenovela tersebut juga dibintangi oleh bintang Telenovela kenamaan lainnya seperti Mercedez Molto dan Jencarlos Canella. Dalam serial tersebut Monica berperan sebagai sosok protagonist, wajah yang cnatik dan khas membuat publik Venezuela mencintai perannya dalam serial tersebut. Namun sayang kini Venezuela telah kehilangan bintang kesayangan mereka, tragedi yang menimpanya kini menjadi berita besar bukan hanya di Venezuela melainkan seantero benua Amerika dan Eropa.

Monica dan suaminya Thomas sebenarnya bukan pertama kali merasakan ganasnya kejahatan di Negeri Kecantikan tersebut. Sebelumnya, Thomas juga pernah tertembak karena menghalangi mobilnya digasak oleh sekumpulan pencuri yang mengakibatkan salah satu teman semobilnya tewas. Thomas akhirnya memutuskan untuk meninggalkan Venezuela dan lebih memilih untuk hidup di Florida, Amerika Serikat. Monica pun demikian, kerasnya hidup di Negeri kelahirannya tersebut membuatnya hengkang dan lebih memilih untuk hijrah ke Florida meninggalkan sanak saudaranya. Kepindahannya ke Amerika Serikat ini membuatnya fasih berbicara 3 (tiga) bahasa yaitu Spanyol, Inggris dan Prancis, sebuah talenta yang luar biasa untuk orang Venezuela yang sebagian besar sulit berbahasa asing.

Tragedi Monica dan mantan suaminya ini menyadarkan dunia internasional akan bahaya negeri yang baru ditinggal pergi oleh pemimpin kontroversial Hugo Rafael Chavel Frias ini. Negeri berpenduduk lebih dari 28 juta manusia ini sekarang akan lebih dikenal sebagai negeri yang paling berbahaya dikunjungi di Amerika Selatan. Bukan tanpa alasan, Venezuela kini tercatat sebagai negeri yang paling tidak aman bahkan mengalahkan ganasnya mafia di Kolombia sekalipun. Sungguh menyedihkan mengingat Venezuela sering dikenal dunia sebagai penghasil Ratu Kecantikan yang menguasai kontes-kontes kecantikan internasional seperti Miss Universe dan Miss World. Ironisnya kali ini mantan Ratu Kecantikan Venezuela lah yang menjadi bahayanya kehidupan di negara bekas jajahan Spanyol tersebut.

Monica dan Thomas, meskipun telah bercerai tetap akrab demi sang buah hati
Entah apa yang membawa Monica beserta keluarga kecilnya memutuskan untuk berwisata dengan mobil mengarungi Venezuela. Padahal sang suami masih disegarkan ingatannya akan kejadian bertahun-tahun yang lalu ketika dirinya menjadi korban penembakan geng perampok yang mengakibatkan peluru bersarang di tubuhnya selama berbulan-bulan. Mungkin kecintaan Monica pada negeri kelahirannya tersebutlah yang membuatnya berani mengarungi mobil bersama suami dan anak semata wayangnya tersebut. Sang suami Thomas juga mempunyai kecintaan yang amat dalam terhadap Venezuela meskipun berkewarganegaraan Inggris, Thomas rela bolak-balik Venezuela-Amerika-Inggris hanya untuk mengobati rasa kerinduannya akan negeri Nicolas Maduro tersebut.

Kejadian tragis yang menimpa Monica beserta keluarganya tersebut dimulai dengan bocornya ban mobil yang mereka kendarai di sekitar jalan raya di pertengahan kota Puerto Cabello. Sang suami yang mengetahui kondisi tersebut langsung memberhentikan mobilnya dan keluar untuk memeriksa keadaan yang terjadi. Monica pun turut keluar dari mobil, seraya membantu sang suami memecahkan masalah yang mereka alami. Melihat kondisi ban mobil yang bocor, Monica dan Suami pun berusaha untuk mencari bantuan di sekitar kejadian, melihat sekumpulan pemuda Monica dan Thomas langsung mendekati dan meminta bantuan untuk membantu mereka. Namun alangkah terkejutnya mereka tiba-tiba sekumpulan pemuda tersebut mengacungkan pistol dan mengancam untuk membunuh jika tidak memberikan apa yang mereka minta. Karena panik, kedua pasangan yang sudah bercerai tersebut langsung masuk ke mobil dan mengunci erat-erat semua jendela. Namun karena kejamnya geng perampok tersebut, Monica dan Thomas ditembak dari luar yang berujung pada maut bagi keduanya karena peluru menembus mobil yang mereka kendarai. Monica dan Thomas pun tewas seketika, sedangkan putri mereka Maya Veliz dilarikan ke rumah sakit karena kakinya juga terkena tembakan.

Foto Monica sehari sebelum dirinya tewas ditembak geng perampok
Monica dan Thomas akhirnya dikuburkan dengan acara pemakaman yang penuh isak tangis dari sanak saudara mereka. Tak ada kata-kata yang dapat menggambarkan keterkejutan para keluarga dan teman Monica paska kepergiannya yang mendadak dan tragis tersebut. Publik Venezuela pun tidak tinggal diamNasib putri keduanya kini menjadi berita hangat karena masing-masing kedua orang tua Monica dan Thomas "bertengkar" merebutkan hak asung Maya Veliz buah cinta Monica dengan pebisnis asal Inggris tersebut.
Monica dan Thomas tetap akrab dan bersahabat meskipun telah bercerai, hal ini tampak seringnya waktu dihabiskan keduanya bersama putri kesayangan mereka tersebut. Bahkan keduanya sempat berencana rujuk kembali membangun mahligai keluarga yang sempat retak dilanda ketidakcocokan. Kini hanya sang putrilah harapan keluarga yang ditinggalkan, namun pahit bagi Maya Veliz pastinya setelah menyaksikan kedua orang tuanya meninggal dengan cara seperti itu. Namun doa dan kasih sayang yang mengalir padanya akan menjadi bekal baginya mengarungi samudera kehidupan dunia yang kejam. Semoga.


Rest in Peace Monica Spear Mootz dan Thomas Henry Berry

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.

Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update Leaks Before Release

Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update Leaks Before Release - according to the source for Android News While Samsung hasn't been talking about specifics, it's clear that the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly-bean update is close. For one, the company declared an update for October, one which would deliver Galaxy Gear help to Galaxy S4 owners. The company didn't explicitly say Android 4.3, but given its Bluetooth LE support, it's likely.

Furthermore, we've noticed French carrier SFR peg Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 software for October and more recently, Samsung Canada affirmed that it will be rolling out Android 4.3 in November. Global forms of the unit typically receive their applications ahead of the North American models.

It appears the software is a little bit of an incremental upgrade because it doesn't deliver any massive new features but it does apparently enhance what was already on board the Galaxy S4, making it faster and making content appear sharper.

With no special launch date in sight, some Galaxy S4 owners are probably getting antsy. Luckily for impatient types that own the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-9505 variant, a leak has sprouted in front of the Android 4.3 Jelly-bean release date.

Due to SamMobile, owners of the GT-9505 can turn on a test version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ahead of its own eventual release. Evidently, the software is steady and it's faster than the Android 4.2 update that presently resides in the Galaxy S4. Samsung Knox and Samsung Wallet are both on board though Samsung Wallet does not work at the moment.

GT - 9505 owners should be cautious before installing this software because it might not be the completed upgrade. Those people who are not skilled at installing firmware similar to this should avoid installing it and instead, should await the Over-the-Air upgrade to get there. At this point, provided the data, it seems to be an OTA ought to be coming shortly. Those who actually do choose to install it'll need to back up their files before this.

The Galaxy S4 is expected to get Android 4.3 Jelly Bean before the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2.

Carriers in the Usa are usually behind their counterparts this means we could see some devices waiting until 2014 for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates.

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