Sunday, January 28, 2007

Roger Federer - The Inspiring CHAMP!!!

Just finished watching Federer vs Gonzales match for the Australia Open championship and Oh My Gosh!!! He's such a WINNER in every single way there is. Seriously. He's a CHAMP!!!
2 years ago, only me and my ignorance of the world could have not know him and hence did not put an effort to get a picture taken with him or get closet to me when I actually saw him at the Nike signings (he was kinda right in front of me)!!! Arghhhhhhhhhhhh.. I'm missing out BIG TIME because of my ignorance!!! Now that I know who he is and what he's done - I seriously would love to see him in person again - I doubt that I would get a chance though. He is such a great tennis player (not that I know tennis well enough to judge). But the fact that he's been winning pretty much every single one of the big championships must mean that he plays really well. I mean; luck can only bring you so far. Also, he stay very grounded and humble - I seriously admire him for that. He's kinda cute too; especially when he shies off and all. He inspires me to do better.
Find out more about him at Roger Federer Official Site or this dedicated fans who blog about him at Roger Federer Magical Tennis.
Now; this overwhelming admiration I have towards him leads me to think about what I want to do with my own life. Well; that and a question that one dear friend of mine raise to me; "What are you serious about?" Okay - that sounds very simple to answer - but yet; I'm not too sure I know the answer to that. Then after this long discussion with him - I now can't get this thing out of my head. It seems to keep repeating itself in my head. It's like "What do you want to do with your life?"
I've always been a very practical person - I believe - well, not that practical - as I'm still a girl after all; but I think I'm quite easy going. Most of the time, I deal with things as they come. With some things; I'm organized enough to normally be prepared to handle whatever is coming to me. I'm also a very impatient act-on-impulse person. If I want something; I tend to want it NOW. I often say things without carefully thinking about it. I often buy things without realising that I don't really need them. All in all - I find it hard to decide - what is it in the world that I'm serious about? What do I care about the way Federer care about his Tennis play? It's really very tricky. Especially if you have brain/mind like mine. It keeps on jumping from one thing to another (me and my tangents thoughts). How am I supposed to fix it so that I can find what is important to me?
I love my family/friends/relatives. I suppose they are EXTREMELY important to me. I can always drop everything else for them. But, talking to this dear friend; it makes me wonder - is that enough? I mean; of course for him; his family is also important; but still he has something that he believe gives his life meanings. What give meanings to my life then? Who do I want to be? What are my goals?
Gosh - it is so complicated - or did I just make it complicated? Should I even be worrying about this? Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh .... Oh well - Good nite!

PS. Taking a big sharp turn on the topic; I just started to watch Veronica Mars (up to 2nd season now) and it is SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!! Seriously Good! :)

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Ubuntu-ers - Beware - Lost of Notification Area

I upgraded myself to Ubuntu: Edgy today. This is all for Beryl. That's definitely where I'm heading. I'm starting to get the hang of Ubuntu. But today, actually just now, I did the most idiotic mistake.
I accidentally removed my notification area (or my part of my system tray). I'm so stressed out. Cause it means that all my backgroung apps can't be seen. Worst thing is that I can't see my KTorrent; whenever I launch it - it just keep on re-launching in the silent mode (background). Can you imagine how frustrating it was???? Anyway; I sort of know that I must have deleted part of my system tray - cause it look different. I wasn't sure what to google for... I was just looking for "maximize ktorrent" "ubuntu removed system tray" and some other stupid queries.
Luckily, I stumbled across this page below ...
LOL.. now I got my notification area and a bit extra.
I discovered that Ubuntu has built-in Weather Report!!! How cool is that??? I don't even need to add another software for it.. It doesn't really give you weather forecast though :P
If you're interested; right click on one of your panel; choose add to panel then look in the accessories area; there is this Weather Report. Drag it out to your panel and Voila! it's on your panel. Just right click and configure it to report on your location and you're good to go...
Lalalalalala I still can't believe I removed my notification area - nearly gave me a heart attack! HAHAHHAAHA :) g'nite

Monday, January 22, 2007

FOUND IT!!! Beryl Project!!!

HA! Great stuff - I finally found the Windows' Desktop Sidebar equivalent in Ubuntu. This Beryl Project LOOKSSSS great.. Will have to try it soon :)) Yay!!!!!!!!!! -- Beryl + aiglx on YouTube! -- it was featured on ubuntu tutorials!!

good nite! now it is for real. sleep time zzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzZZZz

My experience with Ubuntu Dapper

I've finally scrubbed off my Windows XP installation on my laptop and converted to Ubuntu.
This thing is soooooooooooooooooooooo cool. SERIOUSLY!!! I would never understand what's all the fuss is about until now. The best thing so far about it is the apt-get / aptitude function. This basically gets you to this globally shared LINUX/UNIX software repository (universe). It is SO GREAT not having to worry about downloading softwares from all these dodgy sites and worrying that it might crash your machine.
Love the look too. Love the simplicity of the design. See below.

I'm still figuring lots of things out - it's great. It's like my new toy for now. :) Trying lots of new softwares to find the right one for me.
I was annoyed with the fact that vlc doesn't load my last saved playlist for me (the way winamp does - when you close and reopen it automatically loads the last playlist you have when you close it). So I had to add directories everytime I start vlc. Then I found out a way - I can just modify my shortcut so it loads with a playlist - and I just have to make sure I save my playlist changes. It's a totally different way of thinking to Windows. With ubuntu, I kinda have to work a bit to get things done so that you can basically keep it as simple as you want or as modified as you want.
Another example is the wpa_psk security - it doesn't come as default; I had to download this package call wpa_supplicant. There's so many applications out there to try.
I've still got couple stuffs outstanding hehe :) I need to get wine working with my microsoft money; my cd database app; and most importantly work out the sync-ing with my o2 xda exec and my sony usb mp3 player. Will also need to find out why my SD-Card reader freeze the whole thing out and what is wrong with my CD/DVD burner!!!
But for now, I'm happy that I've decided on my torrent app and msn app figured out - I'm using kopete to connect to msn and ktorrent to maintain my torrents. :)))
Why didn't I get the Edgy version??? Not sure ... :)))
Mmmm my colleague asked me today "what is more important to me - money or time?" It is a d*mn tricky question. I know I can never buy time despite the amount of money that I have but --- it is very difficult to say that money is not as important as time too. I mean - time is EXTREMELY critical and I, for one, definitely couldn't agree more with that - but it doesn't hurt to have more money. We were talking bout my decision on whether or not I should resign from Coles. Anyway, I think I've made up my mind - it's time to close that chapter from my life and progress forward. =)
Ughh.... I'm very very very tired - had to stayed at work till 9 today - it is so un-healthy; I know. So, I'm going to bed early. Gnite!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

My current thought on marriage

Now that I'm reaching 25; (and that me and my partner been going out for nearly 7 years doesn't help too); I very often get asked 'When are you getting married?'. My answers vary; depending on my mood - sometimes I'll say I'm still young; not ready; don't want to have kids; financially not secure enough yet; etc.

Today, it kinda hit me; well maybe not today; maybe yesterday; I don't know - anyway; today at work (Coles) a lady came through the check out register I attended [well, it is today :) not yesterday - although I think the thought began yesterday when Paul (one of Coles' regular customer) asked if i am married?] - oops sorry - keep rambling and never get to my point!!! Blah! I'll continue; a lady checked out through me; she's tiny/petite; but she seems so altogether. She seems to really know what she wants in life. She seems so certain of herself and then out of nowhere; I somehow gather this judgement that she must be married; and then the husband comes and talks to her. There. She's a bit like Elly; Jessy's brother's wife (the one whose wedding I attended couple weeks ago). I think they all have this aura about them that say they're content and ready to get married.

Now I know why I don't want to get married yet. Call me lame, but I don't want to get married because that's the next logical step or because I've been going out with my partner for too long. I want to get married when it feels like it's the right time; because me and my partner so desire to.

Right now; I'm not ready yet. I'm still very much uncertain of myself. I'm still trying to find out where I belong in this world. I'm still trying to figure a lot of things out. I've still got hundreds, even thousands of un-answered questions about life and my life passion. I still doubt my self all the time (I don't think this will ever go away). I still change my mind about things in a matter of hours, sometimes minutes or perhaps seconds. Mmmm then again, I could be saying all these things because I'm not being proposed to with a big Tiff&Co ring :P *LOL* Nah... Seriously, I'm not yet qualified to be one of the joint leader of this really big and important thing called "family".

Well, so until I qualify to be one of this altogether confident lady who seem to always know what they want and fight for what the want; and until I'm satisfied that I've lived my single life to the fullest; I'm happy with myself; I'll have to prepare my excuses for when people ask 'the question'.

Good nite! :)

"How to Save a Life"

How To Save A Life
by: The Fray

Step one you say we need to talk He walks
you say sit down it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
(And) you begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
(The) things you've told him all along
And pray to God he hears you
And pray to God he hears you

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

How to save a life
How to save a life
How to save a life

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

How to save a life
How to save a life

Sunday, January 14, 2007

A well deserved good weekend break...

Been EXTREMELY BUSY at work and with all the Sat & Sun work at Coles; I'm exhausted... This weekend has been good though - worked yesterday morning then slept nearly the whole afternoon; didn't work today.. :) Now I'm all relaxed; crossed off some of my chores. I feel great and all set for the start of the week. :)

After a long break from the gym (8 full days); I finally made it to the gym and I ran for a full 7 minutes at 10.6 and incline of 1.0 today!!!! I am so proud of myself.. I didn't know I have it in me :) I know for some people it's like (just full 7 minutes?) but for me; who normally can't even fully completed 3 minutes run; 7 minutes was WOW!!! Most of the time when I'm on the treadmill; I'll be doing 2 minutes run; 3 minutes walk so on and so forth. I struggled to burn 50 calories in 5 minutes; Today I burned 100 calories within 8 minutes + !!! Yayyyy!! =) Followed by a miserable body pump class (I know I got to face it one day - been away from pump for more than 2 weeks now - hence the misery). Tomorrow I'll surely struggle to feel my legs with those bottom half squats :P.

By the way, watched The O.C. last nite - episode 9 of the 4th season... Loved the part after Frank left the house and Sandy apologize to Ryan that his meeting with his dad ends badly. Ryan said to Sandy ...
"My dad's right here..."

Yummmmmyyyyyy... Touchè! Definitely one of the best scene throughout the O.C. series :)

Bought the Atom XDA Exec to replace my Nokia 7370 and iPaq hx 2410.. :)

Didn't like it straightaway but after a few days; kinda warms up to it.. The size difference with my iPaq is amazing... it's quite reliable.. comes with camera too - even if it's not as good as it could have been.. Still trying to find out how to set the different ringtones for different categories of people... :P and couple other litte things...

Now in a mission to fix the annoying space bar of my laptop's keyboard!!!! So irritated by the fact that it sometimes give me two spaces and at other times none at all!!! *Grrrrrrrr*@#$#@$%~!#@ Emailed Dell and waiting for their response. In the mean time; if I had missed out on space or put in extra spaces; yap, it's my keyboard.

Another mission of mine is to have Ubuntu on my laptop dual-booting with my XP till I'm sure that I can live without Windows :P Will update on progress...

Watched Red Eye last nite - it was quite good. :)

Currently listening to... "Light Surrounding You" by Evermore and "How to Save a Life" by The Fray. Great songs :)

Can't wait to watch "Deja Vu" - Denzel Washington!!!


Sunday, January 07, 2007

Say "No to All" when Copying Files in Windows

So, I'm getting ready to install dual boot on my notebook between XP and ubuntu. Initially I wanted to scrap off all my XP installation; but come to think of it, I might come across issues with sync-ing with my iPaq and the O2 Atom XDA Exec that I'm buying sometime soon; along with other stuffs that I need to do on XP that might not be avail. in Ubuntu (Ubuntu-ers, I know I know there is no such thing; but hey, I'm an amateur at this stage; so pardon my not-knowing-of-all the available applications in Ubuntu).
Anyway, as I'm trying to back up my pictures on to this portable hard disk that I somewhat has borrowed from Sugi; this "File already exist - would you like to replace it?" window keep popping up as I've done partial back up couple weeks ago. All the Windows users out there must already know that the options are Yes, Yes to All, No, Cancel. How annoying is it to keep on having to type No when you have hundreds of files that are copied already but not the 10 files. Most of the time I'll just choose Yes to All since even if it takes more time at least it can be a background task for me. Somehow today, instinctively, I choose to key in Shift+N and ... It works!!!! It's basically to say "No to All"... I wasn't sure that it is the case so I do a quick google; and the link below confirmed it... :) Yippeeee...
The only thing is that it doesn't work for files in sub-folders; it's still ask you about it as a sub-folder; so what I do is to drag items from sub-folders separately... Yay!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year 2007

I can't believe it is the 2007 ALREADY!!! It's insane. This is the year Farli plans to marry the girl of his dream... 7th July 2007!!! This is the year I turn to be a quarter century of age!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHH.. that sounds old.. A quarter century! Help! What have I achieved so far? I'm not sure that I have anything worth mentioning.. Geez.. that sure sounds pathetic. Of course I do.. I'm proud my life and the people that are in it... =))) It's a great life... Let's see..

2007: ... Yet to find out ..
2006: The year that I took all my savings and put them into one investment. Hope it's the right move. The year that my relationship with Sugi changed the most (to the better - I think...). The year that the greatest Body Pump instructor (in-my-opinion), Gary, passed away. The year when I start to think about the future - where I want to be, and how should I achieve my dream. Essentially, this might be the year that I grew up. :P Also, this is the family year!!! Everyone I sees is either getting married or having a baby. It's lovely but kinda scary to me. Anyway, this is the year that Marda got married and the year that Sam had Elijah :). The year I went clubbing most I think. Ended the year with a fireworks trip with Sugi at the Melbourne CBD. It is insanely crowded. We walked home - along the Yarra river.
2005: My first working full-time year with DWS - meet lots of new and interesting people... Weekend away at the Crown Promenade. It's a bit sad and good in the same time (I learned a lot about myself) that Sugi is back in Indo for the last half of the year. Holiday to Sby and Medan - interesting. Holiday to Bali - one of the greatest and loveliest experience I've had in my life! Spend the New Year's Eve in Japan!!!! =))) One of my life-long dream trip.
2004: The year I did my honours - very exciting and valuable experience - also met a lot of really lovely people. It's a pity that we can't catch up more often :P Jefrey left for Shanghai... The year I got to know and had my love affair with Cookie. Bernie left for Singapore... The year my grandfather (from mom side) passed away without me even meeting him even though I was in Jakarta... The year I graduated... The year I applied to DWS. It was Danielle West who interviewed me. I remember the VERY INTERESTING aptitude test. I remember that I was again wearing my lucky black shirt (that was the only decent shirt I had), this time with a gray/black pants. I definitely remember the proudness and excitement that I feel when I was given the offer letter. This was a HUGE moment. Went to Carols by Candle Light on Christmas Eve. Ended the year with Sugi in a River Cruise at 200$ a head. It was worth paying though. We had great times (food, fun, and fireworks)!!! =)))
2003: The last year of my Bachelor degree - a big turning point. It was altogether really scary and exciting time. The year me, lia, marda n sugi started and closed down Fleur Fashion. The year I moved out of Cromwell Rd to Chapel St (no longer staying with lia... :() I think this is also the year Marda left Melbourne and didn't come back... Ended the year by starting my working experience with Coles Supermarket Prahran. Somehow I can never forget the day I went to the interview. It was raining hard. I was wearing my lucky black shirt and brownish skirt. Despite the short distance, I had to take the taxi because of the rain. The taxi fare was definitely worth paying - since I got the job!!! =)
2002: The second year of my Bachelor degree - met some new friends (the Jayuz gank). The year I got to know Kazu - the great chef. The year I worked as a dish-washer. The year I work in Osama's mobile shop for a bit too. The year I had lotssss of fun with Jef, Marda, Lia and Sugi. The great team. Lots of fun and enjoyable time at uni n outside of uni, FINALLY! :) Ended the year with the Sydney - Gold Coast trip with Thien cc, Sugi n Yong + meeting the rest of the family in Gold Coast!!!
2001: The first year of my Bachelor degree - no friends at uni - uni was tough, but interesting. Decision decision - about which course I want to do. Ended this year with South Africa trip!!! The year I met Andre for the second time.
2000: The year I came to Melbourne. The year I met Sugi. The La Trobe foundation year. The year where in my life, there is only Cath :). The year I spent with Auntie Colleen and family. It was a great year indeed, I had a blast!!! How can I ever forget, I reminisced this year from time to time. The year I was kinda close to Charley.. Ended the year with the fun trip to Europe!!! Met Andre in person.
1999: The year I spend in Penang (S1). The year I get to know Marda, Jessy, and Cath better. The year where I live my life on the Net!!! The year my sis left me in Penang!!! :P Met Peter Cutter - the head of La Trobe Foundation Year at that time, he's kinda the man who brings me to Melbourne. :) The trip to US year, went to LA, SF and Anaheim. :) Great trip.
1998: The year I finished my EBTANAS!!! Last year of Junior High School in Jkt. The year I moved to Penang (J2) with my sis. The year I get to know Lia, Agnes, Cella, Tasha, Rosie, Cou Ni. The year I got to know mIRC, ICQ and Andre.
1997: Second/Third year of Junior High School in Jkt. The year I got to know pipi, ping2, pina. No vikom yet at that time - she was still the snobbish looking annoying girl hahahaha :P (sorry hun, I'm just kidding). My 10-days trip to Singapore with Thien cici. Great time!!!
1996: First/Second year of Junior High School. Split most of my time with Ai2 and Jefrey. I think this is also the year Thien Cici moved into my home and we shared a room... :) Great time. :)
1995: SD 6 (Elementary school grade 6) in Tar-Q 4 / First year of Junior High School in Tar-Q 2. The trip to Australia and New Zealand as a tourist. The year I was close to OJ, Fuji and Ai2.
1994: SD 5/6 (Elementary school grade 5/6) in Tar-Q 4. The year I get to know Franco and Fransiskus!!! The crazy duo.
1993: SD 4/5 (Elementary school grade 4/5) in Tar-Q 4. The year I learn to speak Indonesian. :P The year I get to know Evelyn. :)
1992: SD 3 (Elementary school grade 3) in Sutomo / SD 4 (Elementary school grade 4) in Tar-Q 4. The year I moved from Medan to Jakarta.
1991: SD 2/3 (Elementary school grade 2/3) in Sutomo. My trip to China and Malaysia.
1990: SD 1/2 (Elementary school grade 1/2) in Sutomo.
1989: TK 3 (Primary school grade 3) / SD 1 (Elementary school grade 1) in Sutomo.
1988: TK 2/3 (Primary school grade 2/3) in Sutomo. My youngest brother, Charles, was born this year - not that I remember anything bout my mom being pregnant... It's funny how I don't remember a thing. It's sad too. I wish I remember.
1987: TK 1/2 (Primary school grade 1/2) in Sutomo. My only sister, Shelwin, was born this year. I wish I remember something.
1986: TK 1 (Primary school grade 1) in Sutomo.
1985: My younger brother, Edyson, was born this year. I don't remember much - but looking at the old pictures, I think I was jealous at that time. I must be. I mean, going from being the only child to have to share all the attention with one handsome little boy - geez that must have been annoying. :P
1984: I don't recall doing anything special this year... :P I was 2 years old!
1983: And if I don't recall doing anything at 2 years old, how am I to remember anything from the time I was 1 year old!
1982: The year I was born...

With school period, all the slashes is because in Indonesia, our school year goes from July to June the next year... So half of my year is spend on a class while the other half is spend on one level up class. :)

This is soooooo difficult to do yet so much fun! :) I encourage all the other bloggers to do the same thing... :) I'm sure I have left out LOTSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS OF THINGS... I'll be adding stuffs on to this post all the time... :)

In conclusion, I love my life... I love my family, my relatives, my friends, all the people in my life.. Even if I say so myself, I am one damn lucky soul. :)