Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Resolutions, Reflections and Projections

The New Year celebration had just passed. Some celebrated in festivities while some in solitude. Some amidst the noise and chaos, celebrated in the emptiness of their heart. One thing that is certain and the same for everyone is that another year has been and gone.

New Year by The Lac

We are a year away from where we were, and hopefully a year closer to our destination. Everybody move forward in the journey of time. While in the journey of life, some move on, some move backward and the lucky ones not moving anywhere, already content with the destination they have arrived at.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Art of Falling

I want to SCREAM!
As the saying goes, life is like a wheel, sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. While some may be blessed with more Ups than Downs, everybody have their dark moments.

For some unfortunate ones their dark moments can be really hard. These hardships can come from many things, be it financial, relationship, career, loss of loved ones, health or for the really bad ones, combinations of several factors.

In the darkest time, life can feel like falling into a dark hole, followed with chains of bad things where life keeps on getting darker and darker, until it becomes so dark even your own shadow doesn’t want to befriend you, yet you keep on falling deeper.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I want to be a Coal player! - Intro to Coal part 2

Coal at the moment is the hottest business in Indonesia. Having an annual turnaround of tens of Billions of Dollars, the coal industry consists of a lot of different players, each with different roles and responsibilities in the chain from getting the coal out of the ground to getting it to buyer's burners.

Indonesian Coal Mining are mostly done by external contractors

To better understand the coal industry, we have to understand the players of the industry,

Friday, December 24, 2010

Don't believe economy's booming? Go to the airport!

One of the perks (or burden to some) of being part of Indonesia's hottest industry is that travelling is part of the game, as there's no Coal mine in Java, so one has to fly to visit mine sites.

Early morning to Soekarno Hatta is an amazing experience. The sky's still dark and most of Jakarta's still asleep, even the roosters are still warming up their vocal chords before waking people up, but here the 8 lane toll road is packed with cars. Early morning traffic jam to the airport is part of jet warriors' rituals.

Most people in these cars are back asleep or at least still hazy from having to wake up at 4am. Some are nervous of missing their flight. Some are fuming in road rage. Some are lost in the thought of loved ones and some are simply lost.

But if one take the opportunity to ponder in midst of the chaotic dance of cars that the jam is, one shall find questions, what are these people doing? Where are they going? What is the significance of these daily early morning madness?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What's all the fuss about Coal? - Intro to Coal part 1

If you go to lounges and coffee shops of 5 stars hotels in Jakarta, you'll find at every other table people are talking about coal. Read the newspaper, there will be front page coal related article. Read magazines about Indonesia's richest persons, and a lot of them are Coal guys. Meet some old friend at a reunion and surely couple of them work at coal related industries.

Coal - World's largest source of electricity
Coal here, coal there, coal everywhere. Why does it fell like Indonesia is having coal fever? What's all the fuss about Coal?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Life ain't fair! - Snapshot of education in Indonesia

A Catholic School in Jakarta
Life is fair for everyone is part of childhood innocence. As one grows up and realizes there is no Santa Claus, it shall dawn that life treats some better than others. A major unfairness of life is the level of education one receives while growing up.

As education is the foundation of life, this disparity of education level is multiplied to create a huge difference in knowledge, character and skill in the adult population.

Indonesia is a huge country with huge population. She is still young. While our founding fathers had the foresight to put into our founding charter that one of the nation's purpose is to educate its people, in reality public education both in quality and quantity still have a lot to be desired.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Third Digital Revolution

Analog Multi-Track Recorder
Victim of The Digital Revolution
During my first undergraduate year in the early 90s, I had some spare time and did a sound engineering course on the weekends. Things were very different then. In the course I learned how to edit music, by actually cutting on the tapes and gluing them together. Back then “Cut and Paste” was more literal.

Every production stage was analogue then. Recording was done to 2” Studder 24 tracker. Mixed using analog mixers, thru analog effects and mastered to analog ½” tape. DAT a two track digital format was starting to get widely used but, purists said it sounded too clean, too clinical, too cold and harsh, so mix masters was still mostly analog.

Then the first digital revolution came. Computing technology that we now take for granted was still maturing then. Unlike Terabytes of today, Hard disks was still counted in Megabytes (still magnitude larger than the 5 Kilobytes cassettes on my first VIC-20 computer, but that’s another story). Products like Alesis ADAT and Fostex D80 and later Pro Tools started to bring in the revolution in digital music recording.