Flood in Jakarta, should Indonesia launch a new capital city?

As since during Dutch colonial era, Jakarta (formerly known as Batavia) is always victim to flood disaster. It is an old song, nobody surprised when it happen. Bulks of chronicles, analysis, studies, theories, have been existed but the disaster always haunt the people of Jakarta and around.

In the wake of flood disaster, enter the idea of moving the government capital to a new place. Surely the negative impacts the flood brings are too painful to watch, mostly economic and government activities came into halt when the flood

As the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno, ever state, the new capital city should be in Palangkaraya, in Kalmantan Island.

I agree to many extents to that idea, here is my opinions why it is great.
1. Palangkaraya is regarded as a ‘new’ city in Indonesia, far from the spotlight, still considered as small-medium city, there’s no specific label (something like ‘industrial city’, ‘hub city’, culture capital, education city, etc)

2. Palangkaraya today has less burden to be projected to carry what a country’s capital city would be. Rarely heard about its stubborn traffic, mass pollution, hectic demography, criminal records, etc that can easily found in mainstream cities in Indonesia. Means that the implementator could have an easy task to plan, design, and recommend what should be done in order to prepare Palangkaraya as the new capital city of Indonesia.

3. Kalimantan (Borneo) Island generally and Central Kalimantan specifically is less prone to natural disasters like earthquakes, landslides, floods, tsunami threat, etc. Ideal place for a capital city.

4. Geographically, it is located in the center area of Indonesia. Just look at the map below, location of Palangkaraya is indicated by the arrow sign :

Kuala Namu International Airport Set to Launch this Year?

Apprehension has been something quite usual among North Sumatra people in waiting for the Kuala Namu International Airport Development. An old song from 1992, finally got kick-started in 2005 after a disastrous plane crash waking up all the stakeholders in Indonesia.

Me included, people are now very anxious to see whether the promise made 3 years ago that March 2013 is set to be the definitive date for launching the new North Sumatra Airport – projected as the 2nd biggest airport in Indonesia – located in Kuala Namu, Deli Serdang District, North Sumatra. With 3750 m runway (the 2nd longest in Indonesia after Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, but perhaps the longest among the main busy airports in Indonesia), the airport is projected to cover many international flights as well as domestic flights, with target passenger in its first years are around 8-10 million annually.

I would like to share some concerned facts from my point of view which could drag some indicators about how the March 2013 plan is ongoing now and next :

1. THe airport project stage itself, as have been watched by Minister of BUMN and Menko Perekonomian, has surpassed 90% and is projected to be finished at early February 2013. Then the trial flights will be commenced at February 2013, so in March the airport can start operating
2. The Railway to Kuala Namu Airport has been set up, so do the trains. As per PT.KAI plan, they will use PT.KAI diesel trains for this year while perhaps towards the end of 2013 PT.KAI can use the special trains built and modified specifically to serve Kuala Namu customers.

1. The feasible roads have not been existed yet. Incredible, with 2 months remaining the government still not sure whether the artery road will be there to support the transportation from/to Kuala Namu International Airport.
2. The motorways to Kuala Namu (in shape of interchange from Tanjung Morawa – Tebing Tinggi motorway) have just been put into tender this year, with a projected plan that the motorway construction will be finished at late 2015/2016 (some news reported the stage 1 Tanjung MOrawa – Kuala Namu International Airport will be escalated so it could finish at late 2014)

As I have predicted, the targeted schedule is delayed. As it stands, the confirmation from the Angkasa Pura Corporate and Ministry of Transportation, the Kuala Namu International Airport (KNIA) is projected to have soft opening at 25th July of 2013. The movement will be done completely, means after that date there will be no flights operating in Polonia International Airport anymore.

Some resources from local newspapers also mentioned that the airport will be opened officially around September/October 2013, which of course the honor to inaugurate KNIA is designated to the hands of President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Exact date for grand opening of course will subject to the agenda and time allocation in the President schedule.

9th Annual Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival

The famous Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia is again taking place this year.
Last year we got Stevie Wonder, now Joss Stone and Lisa Stansfield are ready to swing Indonesian audience

Date : 1st – 3rd of March 2013
Venue : Jakarta International Expo, PRJ Kemayoran, Jakarta

Java Jazz Festival 2013 Jakarta, Indonesia

Line up for the Foreign Musicians

DAY 1: Balance and The Traveling Sounds, Bob James, Emily Elbert, Gregory Porter, Spyro Gyra, The Kenny Garrett Quintet dan The Soul Rebels, JIMMY CLIFF, JOSS STONE

DAY 2: Butterscotch, Eldar Djangirov, Fourplay, Gregory Porter, James Carter Organ Trio, New York Voices, Phil Perry, Spyro Gyra, The Soul Rebels dan Wouter Hamel, BASIA, LISA STANSFIELD

DAY 3: Chucho Valdez, Chuck Loeb, Fourplay, Gregory Porter, James Carter Organ Trio, Phil Perry, The Kenny Garrett Quintet, The Soul Rebels dan Wouter Hamel, BASIA

Ticket Price : IDR 495.000 / day
IDR 770.000 / 3 days


Source : http://hot.detik.com/music/read/2013/01/15/120656/2142464/228/ini-dia-daftar-musisi-java-jazz-2013

My Top 10 : Favorite Movies

I limit my list into the movies that I can watch in the cinema in South East Asia, and also coming from post 1984-era, the year I was born. Oh yeah, I didn’t write any comedy movie as I would carry them into a different list.
The list is not in order

1. Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl
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Johny Depp’s elegant performance is out of this world. But the entire aspects of this movie are fantastic that one may forget that the story is based solely on a Disney’s fairy tale. I just simply get drowned into the wave of fascinating scenes, great acting performances, lovely scripts, brilliant effects that only Hollywood may could do.

2. Pride and Prejudice
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I really fall in love with this love story. The old-age theme is really depicted beautifully in the entire scenes, also with the dance-opera gestures ala classical European kingdoms. But it was the main actors that caught my attention a lot, I mean they can show love and affection truthfully without any needs to show kiss scenes or something, just the story itself. Yes, USA-version added the kiss scene in the end (shamefully, I think it was unnecessary) but nevertheless this is my favorite love-story movie, far above Titanic and Twilight.

3. Children of Men
A very difficult job to portray a sci-fi theme about the end of the world combined with drama and ‘normal’ action scenes (body-fighting. shooting, and chasing), but this movie is a blinder. The director made decent job to amaze me and other audience with those skillfully wonderful visualization and technical futuristic actions along with the touching drama. I love the moment when the crying baby-birth suddenly shut down all the gunshots with the soldiers gratefully gave way to Theo and the women out of the building. And the last scene after Theo gave it all to save the woman into the boat, watching the rescue ship on smoke, and finally fell down (die?) sums up the story. Hope and faith inside the despair.

4. Dances With Wolves
It is the very first movie that made me evoke my tears and angry in the same space. The seamless way of a frustrated soldier that got symphaty with the native Sioux people that his army are fighting with. I will never forget the moment when John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) were mourning to the loss his best friends, Cisco and Two Socks (horse and wolf respectively) killed by armies, his counterparts. The chemistry between Dunbar and the Sioux people is the focal point of this movie, bringing a lot of lessons to learn. History, friendship, faithful, brotherhood, and protecting the identity of a country. My 90’s life was perfect with this movie.

5. James Bond : The Spy Who Loved Me
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I am a big fan of James Bond 007 franchise. Among all the 007 films, I love this Roger Moore’s the most. IMO the storyline depict the blueprint of all Bond movies, it has all the factors about James Bond. Film is easy to watch, good but not overexerting gadgets, insane enemies, great villain’s hangout, 007 playboy skill, and also perhaps the funniest Bond movie with of course Sir Roger Moore. His banters/quotes and face language are top of the game.

6. Jurassic Park
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I remember when I was young lease video cassettes with my father to watch movies. This movie is the one of them and I got fascinated by how this dinosaurs movie pleased my fantasy-adventure affection. There is drama inside an adverse circumstances, how the family struggled to save their lives. And yes, the most interested things is most of the allies and the villains are dinosaurs, they are part of the movie and not static mercenaries.

7. The Kingdom
It is truly a political-action drama but I love the story. The film gives insight to a difficult diplomatic and bureaucratic tension during the era of terrorism. But what I really love is the relationship between the characters esp. Americans and the Arabs which at first were clumsy and tense (showed by the frustration of FBI team for the lack of cooperation), but as time went on they getting closer and finally understand to each other. The action was intense but it was the death of Arab officer that took a tear from my eye, the Americans looked very shocking and it was described on the last minutes of the film, despite the mission is a success but the vibe show a mourning land, grieving, and desperation. In the end, nobody wins.

8. Saving Private Ryan
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Enter new trend in war films toward the end of 20th century, where there is no more opposite poles, no more good guys and the bastard enemies. Everyone is lost by a bloody war, nobody wins. A drama of a rescue team to save a young soldier boy named Ryan, the sole child in a family after his older brothers dead in war. A great chemistry and conflict within the rescue team are also depicted nicely inside a combat circumstances. Due to strategy and Ryan’s stone-head, he saw the team lost many of his members including the commander. The film ends with old Ryan paid respects to his rescue team’s graves.

9. SpiderMan
I really love this very different face-to-face with other superhero movies like Superman, Batman, Captain America, Lara Croft. Toby comes across as a fragile, unconvincing, prone, guy who suddenly got lucky to become Spiderman. But even the wonderful gift doesn’t help his cause as he become more volatile and unstable / confusing, even sacrificed the life of his beloved uncle due to his unwillingness to use his power. The story is very natural, everything apart from action scene, inside the film we can find in the flesh except . To me, the drama and the character exposure are the main points of the movie than the action scene, which is unlikely to find in another super hero movies mind you.

First I love the historical movies. Yes there are a lot of change on the scenario, but it was the superb acting from the main actors that send the shivers to my skin. I can feel pure emotion through the everlasting conflicts, not to mention the fantastic colossal war / action scenes. The fighting between Achilles and Hector is always be one of the best fighting moment all the time, very tense and heartening, along with Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris.

My Top 10 : My Favorite Female Singers

These are my favorite female singers. For the popular music, and the music categories are pop, rock, country, soul, and jazz.
I put them in order, start from the best (of course IMHO, feel free to say disagree with me.) Appreciate if you could save me your list too 🙂

1. Celine Dion
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An angel from heaven. For my money, she can make a concert without any musical instrument, just herself and the sound system. She has an incredibly beautiful voice, very deep, outstanding range. Don’t lie that you have never heard the Titanic soundtrack. IMO her strong point is her articulation, she can do a storytelling by just singing the lyric to us. As I said above, I will pay 100 bucks to see her just with microphone.I vow that I must see her singing before I die.
Listen to : Immortality, My Heart Will Go Om

2. Adele
A new sensation in modern music in the wake of such a pitiful music industry and constant singing contest waves. With quality, her voice can call tears to our eyes when singing song like “Someone Like You” or “Rolling in the Deep”. Her voice reminded me of 60’s vocalist like Shirley Easton or woman version of Frank Sinatra, but no questions to the ability she has. Powerful voice, the high range, sweet and soulful style, to me she comes the 2nd after Celine Dion.
Listen to : One and Only, Set the Fire to the Rain

3. Whitney Houston
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Who on earth doesn’t know “I Will Always Love You” or “I Had Nothing”? I would argue with many people about not putting her on my #1 in place of Celine Dion, but she definitely Top3 best female singers in the world. She has a very beautiful voice and very controlled tone (compare to waving voice of Adele and Celine), no one can keep their eyes off of her on stage. Unluckily she can’t keep the same quality on her later years till she finally left us for good two years ago. Thanks for the voice, RIP Whitney Houston.
Listen to : I Will Always Love You

Perhaps the best female singer in her generation, the millennium era. While I rarely very like her songs but it is her technical and incredible range of her voice, mixing of soul, R&B, and pop, that make her stand out of other young singers. She may not as gorgeous as Aguilera or Celine Dion but her voice is golden. There are still plenty of years for Beyonce to step up more and make Lady Gaga and Katy Perry finally thinking that they are not as great as they think.
Listen to : Halo, Crazy in Love

5. Mariah Carey
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Another extraordinary singer that may bring me to argument with other people about why not putting her on #1 or at least #2. To me her special talent is her range. Maybe not as soulful and sweet as Adele or Celine Dion, but the power when she singing high notes can simply raise the hair on the back of the neck. Her pitch accuracy is also awesome. I pity her constant changing music favor, otherwise she could keep her legacy just like Celine Dion has done over the years and years.
Listen to : Hero, Open Arms

6. Dolores O’Brien
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Ex The Cranberries vocalist. When looking for someone who has distinct but beautiful voice, she is the singer. Her voice can come like an electric razor cutting the sky in “Zombie”, but she can also be soulful like in “Ode to the Family”. But the most unusual thing, she has such a strictly unique voice that we may will never hear from someone else, just like John Lennon’s voice.
Listen to : Zombie, Star

7. Marie Fredrickson
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I always never like a female rock vocalist but this one. Hearing hits such ‘Joyride’ and ‘It Must have Been Love’ for the first time was like Wow! I love this singer. Her deliverance is still remaining in my ears up to this point even after 15 years gone from the first time I got the ‘Roxette – The Greatest Hits’ back in 1995. While credits also must be given to her partner Per Gessle for the songwriting and creating the catchy hooks and riffs, Marie’s performance is powerfully Rocking!
Listen to : It Must Have Been Love

8. Annie Lennox
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I really love her big mature voice. I was first caught after hearing “Walking on Broken Glass”, that song really tied me up. Honestly I could not stand for a long time to listen to female voice, but Annie Lennox is one exception. I love her voice. For a modern music listeners she might not be that popular, but I bet you listen her and you will easily like her voice. Sometimes I consider her as the 2nd Celine Dion because they have the same voice style and colour, not to mention the similarity between their songs. If she is not a singer, I would like to suggest to her to become a military commander, her voice is perfect for that 😀
Listen to : Walking on a Broken Glass, Why

9. Agnetha Faltskog
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Remember ABBA? To me she is the most responsible person for such worldwide hits like “Knowing You Knowing Me”, “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen”. Yes she may not on par with Carey or Houston in term of talent, but the razor edge of her crispy voice is perhaps everyone on planet earth from 70’s till today have ever heard , thanks to those wonderful ABBA hits (I bet so many people ever heard her singing may never know who is her name, so underrated :)). Very original voice, she can laugh or cry easily with the vocal style she practiced day by day.
Listen : Mamma Mia, Fernando

10. Gery Halliwell
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She has stunning baritone-tenor voice, so much power and passion. Both low and high voice she can perform very well. But it is the color of her voice that is big asset, no wonder why she sang so many songs about brave and optimistic, rarely girly poppy songs like Britney or even Madonna often sang. Oh yeah, her talent as a songwriter also must be counted.
Listen to : Look at Me, Spice Girls “Wannabe”