December 4, 2016
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The Maestro – a unique antique

This time I’m talking about one artist, a true artist from my beloved country, Indonesia. He is truly one of his kind. How he composed his works, the way he expresses his ideas and feeling, the way he dresses, all his ways are just unique.

Sudjiwo Tejo is a “dalang”, a puppeteer whose puppet shows are performed or written while modified in such a way to make the original plot and real life situations intertwined. Mostly he conditions the current political issues into his shows, writing, music and paintings. 

He is at the same time a mathematician whose logics are incredibly artistic – my goodness! One of his beautiful statement is: Math: Finding Harmony in Chaos. He presented the topic in 2011 TED Talks in Bandung. He is a badass, genius and deserves a presidency like what he is in his imaginary country “Republik Jancukers”.
Many people think he is “just” a crazy artist seeking his way to the true ways (which is one? Please tell me.) but I’d like to say this maestro is more than what he seems to be. He’s an artist, a scientist, a man of his word, a revolutionist, a country lover, an honest human being.

I might not be able to say accurate things about him using words but one thing for sure: he is a free thinker in my version.

I need not to find someone from other parts of the world to know what it takes to be a smart human being, uniquely smart, a unique antique: the President of The Republic of Jancukers, SUDJIWO TEJO.


Soetta before Changi – December 4, 2016 – 18:46 (JKT time)

December 3, 2016
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Retail Therapy – a noisy silence

It’s been a busy year and I know my years ahead are gonna at least as busy as 2016 or even more…. Exciting!

And Singapore is always busy like me. There is always holiday event every month and that’s why discount is kind of never ending. This is November and people are some celebrating Thanksgivings, some are welcoming the Christmas. All the decoration and lighting on the road, at the malls, around the parks, just everywhere are glowing and luring us people stay outside of the homes. Singaporeans are as busy as Singapore. Exciting!

But the excitement is such a contagion from the vibe to people and from people to more people. What I’m trying to say is more people stay outside of houses and stay in the malls instead. Shopping! Ok, at least eating. Or, just sightseeing – window shopping. 

I then enjoyed the vibe of shopping. To get Ris of stresses they say…. but no, it is not really that. I was not in stress at all. It was just that I found that some of my wishes should be realised. I’ve been so harsh and stingy to myself for the past four years. Excited!

The decision was made and ought to be executed. 😂

A suitcase, many pieces of clothes and fabric, scarves, shoes, sandals, gadgets, blah blah, blah blah and of course books!

Then I felt so light.

My goodness! Did I just say I’m light! I means I was stressed before shopping. Hmm…. Gosh, I just committed a retail theraphy while – I said – I was not in stress! Interesting!

So, don’t take it for granted  when you think you are not in stress and you just want to buy what you need. Think twice. Otherwise, you’ll end up drying out your wallet.


Singapore – December 3, 2016 – 2:58am

October 28, 2016
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Mengalah (in Bahasa Indonesia)

Kata temanku aku tidak terbiasa mengalah. Mungkin benar, mungkin salah. Benar karena profesiku sebagai auditor identik dengan cari-cari salah orang dan harus mempresentasikan “kesalahan” tersebut secara sistematik dikemas apik sehingga yang disalahkan tetap mau ikhlash disuruh memperbaiki kesalahannya dalam waktu singkat secara akurat.

Salah karena sesungguhnya aku banyak sekali berkompromi terhadap tujuan hidup orang lain di luar pekerjaan. Saya biarkan orang yang seharusnya bertanggung-jawab terhadap kami para perempuan di keluarga kami “ucul” menikmati kenikmatannya sendiri malahan seringkali membebani kami mulai dari beban pikiran, perasaan maupun materi. Aku juga berkompromi terhadap tak terwujudnya beberapa mimpi besarku sebagai seorang perempuan. Pokoknya nggak papa deh ngalah asal jangan masalah pekerjaan aja.

Tapi sebenernya nggak juga. Aku banyak juga membiarkan orang lain melangkahiku. Lagi-lagi nggak papa….

Sudah lama kukesampingkan menang-kalah walau masih sedikit tersisa dikotomi kedua makna tersebut. Menang jadi arang, kalah jadi abu – sama-sama hancur karena api amarah. Tak ada yang memang, keduanya kalah….

Hari ini baru saja kumenangis. Rasanya hatiku terpukul sekali karena satu masalah yang telah begitu panjang diperjuangkan dan hampir menang ternyata dipupus dan (hampir) diputus kalah.

Bukan, bukan aku tak mau kalah. Bukan masalah. Sungguh.

Hanya kutelusuri lagi betapa orang ini memperjuangkan kesalahannya yang (hampir) (di)menang(kan) ini dengan jalan yang menyakitkan, sangat kasar dan menganiaya.

Oh, tak apa. Kuambil ini sebagai praktik puasa. Berpuasa dari yang terlihat, berpuasa terhadap kemenangan semu.

Lalu aku tersenyum, menarik selimut dan siap tidur….

Bukan menang, bukan salah. Bukan tersakiti, bukan disakiti. Bukan harga-diri, bukan kehinaan. Aku hanya ingin terbebaskan…. dari diriku sendiri….

Batam – 28 Oktober 2016 – 23:50

October 20, 2016
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Go Around The World – haiku

What’s that green and blue?

That the eyes zoom in and out:

Go around the world
My dream is go around the world, that’s what I said to one of my dear best friend, Rizka. Not so much sure that I would and could but the Ultimate Owner of the vast multiverse seems to care about me and be willing to fly me around this globe…. Thank you for everything…. so much.


Singapore – October 20, 2016 – 11:17pm

September 28, 2016
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My Goodness – headache to the max!

This below video clip by “The Law” was sent by a friend. We’ve never thought of how a rap group (vocal? band? what? never heard of “The Law”) could sing a negative song, a set of negative lyrics about two women (Maia & Meichan of Duo Maia) who truly achieve very high position in Indonesia music world. Only hatred could generate this work.

Just wanna say…. What you sow, what you reap!
This group is over, might never get up again…. I pity their start cum end….

To Maia and Meichan: Good Luck here and after! You have the beauty, the talent and the attitude. Love, love, love…..

These are the lyrics as sung by “The Law”.

Now throw ur hand in the air buat duo maia
Jari tengah di udara buat duo maia
Middle finger’s in the air buat duo maia
Baladewa sluruh dunia acungkan jari tengahmu

Check this, check this You don’t wanna miss
Gw gak pengen menghujat atau berlaku sinis
Tapi duo maia yang katanya formasi baru
Buat gw contoh buruk yang gak pantas ditiru

Gaya harajuku lu lebih mirip cewe brengsek
Ibu tiga anak kok gayanya seperti bom sex
Ngaku jadi musisi tapi kemampuan cetek
Mendingan gw nonton mulan jadi bintang obat ketek

Kemampuan dan skill lu cuma setahi upil
Gw sumpahin album lu gak bakalan berhasil
Tampang vokalis lu kaya bintang bokep miyabi
Kok kaya mirip cewe yang lagi masturbasi

Gw denger-denger sih lu kan ngakunya sarjana
Tapi klakuan minus kaya cewe gak bragama
Gak becus ngurus anak, ngandelin pengacara
Wajar kalo cinta suami lu tertinggal di malaysia

You had all the money, you had all the fame
You had a good family and you have a good man
Tapi lu masih ngotot lu pengen jadi artis
Lu kaga punya bakat semua lagu lu najis

Untung aja lu masih punya suami yang sabar
Walaupun sifat lu tuh udah kaya cewe bar bar
Lu tau rumah tangga lu udah mau bubar
Tapi lu malah minta duit dua ratus milyar

Now throw ur hand in the air buat duo maia
Jari tengah di udara buat duo maia
Middle fingers in the air buat duo maia
Baladewa sluruh dunia acungkan jari tengah (2x)

Ini babak yang baru cobalah kau dengarkan
Semua orang tau lu tuh mabuk ketenaran
Kalo lu emang bener bener punya kemampuan
Kenapa takut bersaing sama dewi dewi dan mulan

Gw suka dewi dewi apalagi mulan
Gw juga suka ratu waktu vokalisnya pingkan
Tapi sekarang vokalisnya kok diganti mei chan
Doi gak pantes nyanyi doi pantesnya mecun

Lebih baik mei chan lu kirim aja ke batam
Gw yakin lebih laku jadi PSK malam
Karena di musik dia gak punya masa depan
Republik cinta bakal bikin lu semua tenggelam

Mulan jameela udah ninggalin ratu
Album dewi dewi masih yang paling laku
Andra and the backbone yang jadi nomer satu
Gw kasih jempol terbalik buat albumnya ratu

Udah deh mendingan cepetan lu insaf
Sebelum baladewa indonesia pada khilaf
Ini cuma nasihat we still love you anyway
Kalo lu kaga suka HOO! E-G-P

Now throw ur hand in the air buat duo maia
Jari tengah di udara buat duo maia
Middle fingers in the air buat duo maia
Baladewa sluruh dunia acungkan jari tengah mu (2x)
 

 

A building like a dragon in the city – September 28, 2016 – 15:32

September 24, 2016
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Integrity – note

Working is like breathing for some people. They dedicate their days and night to perfect their skills and knowledge of a focused thing. No boredom is considered, no tiresomeness is truly felt. Their life is integrated in their very life.

I met many brilliant people in my field of work. They are their jobs, doing their work to a perfection. Amazing journey to drive a success in a team, as if stress and pressure are just a hiccups after a meal.

There is a thing making me appreciate my job: that it helps me find other part of my self I didn’t even think of before. How would you feel when you find that you’re able to do things excellently here, while years ago people might underestimate you for not capable of doing it? How would you feel that you are well appreciated, while you were just ignored by people who think they are much better than you? It is just a kind of thanksgiving! You are blessed for finding your own diamond mine.

Is it? Yes, it is.

But ya…. Some people are just so negative about you. Whatever you say are misinterpreted or even twisted by others to save their own ass. I still see some like that but I believe they are here for a reason.

Those people won’t take me down. They are taking themselves down. 

Those people won’t win their strategy because they don’t have integrity.

Those people just won’t make their ambition happen. They just won’t with their current deceit.

My heart is pounding of being angry but I take a deep breath: pull a gulp of air to my belly and breathe like a baby…. I let go of my anger like a baby meeting mother’s breast. I let go of my fury like a child getting back her doll. I’m letting go off this heavy emotion.

Duh Gusti, life is beautiful….


Temasek – September 24, 2016 – 2:32am

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