Blue Blistering Barnacles!

Just watched The Adventure of Tintin. For me, the story is so-so. Maybe that’s because I’m getting old :-p. However, I’m amazed with the technology today. The animation is very good; it’s smooth and human-like. But, if you want me to be perfect, there’s one thing that I can’t find it good enough. It’s the animation of taking/holding something. It’s still not natural enough to me.

One more thing for you, here is a good quote from Captain Haddock in the movie:

Failed. There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. Don’t you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don’t you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There’s something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.

Negative Side of A School With Many Nanny-Raised Children

This morning I had conversation with my wife that leads me to an interesting thinking.

The background of our conversation was this. One time, our son was suddenly crying in his class. My wife observed this happened twice, and she arrived into a conclusion that he was crying because one of his friends often crying in the class (also suddenly, without certain reason).

Before I continue, let me describe the school. The school doesn’t have any international or national-plus labels, but the children are from many countries and the class is in English. The school fee is quite high. Some of the children are coming from rich families, and some others are from working class families. I can say that most of the expats are from working class families, and most Indonesian are the riches (not all, we and some others are not). I don’t know if it’s because of the culture or lifestyle, or because of both parents are working (this we know is true for some), some of the children are going to school and back home accompanied by nannies. These children are also raised and grown up with their nannies. My wife and all the expats moms are going to the school with our children, no nanny.

Now back again to our son. His friend, who often crying suddenly, is one of the children who are raised by nannies. So, our conversation leads me to this thinking: the negative side (or the thing that we as parents should aware of) of an expensive school, is that there can be many unhappy children inside. We all know that children influence each other greatly in their interactions.

They are unhappy because they are not close to their moms or dads. They are raised by nannies. They probably don’t feel the love of their parents. Although the parents are actually love them.

The problem of these unhappy children is not only their moods but also their attitude. One of the kids we know looks for attention by disturbing other children. I know by experience that this kind of attitude happens in most schools, but certainly we don’t want that to happen while our children are 3 years old.

I don’t say that all expensive schools are bad in this matter, but if the fee is high, I think there are more probability that these nanny-raised children are there.

So parents should think about this before enrolling our children to any school. We, ourselves, are going to move our son to another school by next year.

Real Steel, Moral of The Story

It’s been many years since the last time I went to movie. This time I watched Real Steel, a very good movie, I think. It’s not only a robot movie, but filled in with many philosophy. Well, the robots are cool too.

Here are my thoughts after watching it:

  1. If you’re a father, no matter how ‘fail’ you think you are, your kids will always want you to be their hero. They want to be proud of you. They ARE proud of you.
  2. If you’re a kid, you know you have a father. No matter how ‘bad’ you think he is, he IS your father. When you say – or even if you only think – that you are proud of him, it’ll make him a better man.
  3. No matter how good you build a robot, you are the builder. The robot will not outsmart you as a human.
  4. That’s because we’re not God. We can’t create human.
  5. Think before you do, and think about what you did.
  6. Some things in this world is worth a 1200 miles travelling.
  7. Never forget who saved you.
  8. It’s not the size that matters.

Being a father, I think lesson number one is the most important. It can give you strength when you ‘fight’ for your family.

Other than that, there are also some cool gadgets in the movie: hp ‘glass’ laptop and robot controller, nokia coolest smartphone, and xbox 720 banner.

One more thing, my emotion was moved with every Atom’s fights (Atom is the hero robot, he has human-like fighting style and he can dance too!).

If you have teenagers, go watch the movie together. It’s worth your time and money. If you don’t have, it’s still worth it.

Think About This; You May Not Realize It

My friend gave this text to me. I think this is good to be shared here. My note is after * sign.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Think about this. You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true.
1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.
5. Every night someone think about you before they go to sleep. *ehem :-p
6. You mean the world to someone. *ehem :-p
7. If not for you, someone may not be living.
8. You are special and unique.
9. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won’t get it, but if you trust God to do what is best, and want it on His time, probably, sooner or later, you will get it or something better. *I get this from Pastor Yohan Candawasa, and agree, that God is most interested in ourselves, and not in the things that we ask; God will give us what we want if it can make us a better person.
10. When you make the biggest mistake ever something good can come from it.
11. When you think the world has turned its back to you, take a look, you must likely have turned your back on the world.
12. Someone that you don’t even know exists, loves you. *I think this is true for most of us, but not necessarily true for everyone.
13. Always remember the compliments you received, forget about the rude remarks.
14. Always tell someone how you feel about them, you feel much better when they know and you’ll both be happy. *Being grown in eastern culture, I think this one is difficult for most asian, although I very agree with it.
15. If you have great friends, take the time to let them know that they are great.

Thing to Consider When You’re Deciding to Change Your Career

In life, we’re all supposed to find our “sweet spot”, a job that match our talent. Many of us are blessed to have found our sweet spot earlier at a young age. Many others have to do a trial and error approach on this. That means we change our career from one to another.

For those who do, here’s one good story to think of. I get this story from the book “Cure for the Common Life” by Max Lucado, and he (Max) got it from Bob Russell’s book “Money: The Owner’s Manual“.

A farmer felt unsatisfied with his farm. He complained about a lake within his land that has to be taken care of. Hills make him to drive his car up and down. Big cows walk through his land. Those not include all the fences and food for his cattle and all the headaches.

He decided to sell the farm and move to a more pleasant place. He called a property agent. Few days afterward, the agent called him to get approval for an ads. He read the ads to the farmer. The ads describe a beautiful and peaceful farm, with many hills and green pastures, complete with a lake, fresh air, and well taken care cattle. Then the farmer said, “Please read again for me.”

After hear it twice, the farmer said, “I change my mind. I don’t want to sell my farm. I’m looking for a place like that all my life. ”

Max Lucado advises us to check again our perspective to life. Success is not defined by our position or salary, but by this: to do the best in what we do.

Contributing to Environment: How Do We Treat Sea Turtle When Diving?

Proverbs tells us to only correct the wise.

Today I read a tourism article on detik.com about swimming with a sea turtle. Here is the article: http://de.tk/0rWFz

I was a recreational diver. I was told by a buddy that swimming nearby a turtle can be stressful to it. I sounds makes sense to me.

So just know I do a little research on the internet and found this article: http://coffeetimes.com/aug97.htm. Let me quote it:

Above all, if you decide to visit with a turtle, there are ways in which you can keep the turtle calm and relaxed, which might help in preventing the spread of disease. Swim above or alongside it, so its vulnerable belly is not exposed and don’t ever touch, disturb, or harass the turtle. Did you know that a relaxed turtle can stay under water easily for 40 minutes to 5 hours and that a turtle under stress can drown within a couple of minutes?

Can any of you can share a reference on some research on this? I love the sea, I love diving, and I’d like me and everyone else to contribute positively to the environment.