Yet Another Cover for GMS Kupercaya Mujizat: Trima Kasih

Kupercaya Mujizat

Kupercaya Mujizat

Wow, this is the third cover for this GMS Kupercaya Mujizat album. This song is actually the first new song that I heard sung in the sunday service. So this song is the one that started to make me feel excited about this album. I actually have tried several times making the cover for this song, but always ended up in failure. I feel this song is harder to cover than the previous two songs. I don’t know, I guess I add too much complexity into the cover, and with this kind of traditional cover, once you do mistake, you have to re-roll the camera from the beginning, which is slightly annoying. I even tried to make cover using piano, but when I review it again, the sound of the piano was very loud, and my voice kind of drown in between the piano notes. So I fall back using the guitar again, as I emphasize on the lyric content for this cover. In this cover, as usual, I’ve translated the Indonesian lyric into English. But this time, it’s a loose translation. It means that it may not have the exact translation word per word, but I tried to capture the message of the lyrics, and use it to create English lyric with the same message, if not (I hope) more powerful. This one took me quite a while to make, so I hope you guys like it. 🙂 Continue reading


Another Cover for Kupercaya Mujizat: Holy Spirit

Kupercaya Mujizat

Kupercaya Mujizat

Well, well, well, who knows that I can be this hyped about this? I decided that I’m going to do another cover for the album Kupercaya Mujizat that’s just recently got released. This song is actually has already quite popular inside Mawar Sharon Church, as this song has been sung for approximately two years in the services. But it never quite made into an album, simply just because the previous albums’ theme is not match with this song. But for this album, it’s a perfect match. Even SiEn Vanessa empower this song with her awesome voice. She added chinese lyrics part to the song, and I think, why not Indonesian then? So I went to utilize my rusty brain to once again put together Indonesian lyric translation for this song. For you who still don’t have this album, buy it. It even accompanied with miracle testimony book with the same title. You’ll get so much from just one single purchase of this album. Yes, I kinda endorse this album, but not because I have monetary gain for it. I don’t, not even one penny. But I don’t want you to miss the blessing you’ll receive through this album. Continue reading

It’s Finally Out: Kupercaya Mujizat

It’s already here!

It's already here!

It’s already here!

Okay, I’m usually have normal level of excitement when it’s about new album from Mawar Sharon Church. But for this album, I’m super hyped. I’ve preorder this album since December last year, and I just got it last night! This album is about the songs that I bet will be sung a lot at Festival Kuasa Allah (God’s Power Festival), a healing crusade that’s regularly be held by Mawar Sharon Church. But I’m especially hyped for this album because album like this is usually hits home to me. This kind of all-worship album is awesome and matched to my preference. But it’s not just that. It’s also the theme that it brings, and the song list that I just love so much.

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How to Raise an Independent Adult

triplet baby shirt

Goodbye 2014, welcome 2015! 2014 has been quite an adventure for me, and frankly it’s an exhausting one. Many things have already happened. But most of all, the best thing that ever happened to me is the introduction to three little babies (well, technically, it’s three little fetuses) inside their mommy’s tummy, which is happened to be my wife. Yes, she’s expecting triplets! I have shared this information ambiguously on Facebook, but I want to open the announcement now. She’s now in for four months. It has been ups and downs and problems, but right now, everything is okay with the pregnancy. I hope everything will be okay until the labor, because I’m so excited for them. We have been very careful for them this time. I don’t want to lose them again like the first pregnancy, where my wife lost her 1 month pregnancy last year. So, please pray for me guys. 🙂

Now that we’re talking about triplets, yes I know the future will be a hard path, having three little babies at the same time, crying at the same time, feeding them at the same time, and triple the cost of everything. But above all, I consider this as an honor that God trusted me with triplet at once, instead of one at a time, and I want to be thankful for all the gift God has given to me. And I hope I can update this blog more often to tell the story of my parenthood and the children in the future. I hope that would be an awesome way for them to know my way of thinking once they have been grown up. I’ll try to record my thought in this blog, and probably some of their future photos. I’ll let them know that even before they’re born, we the parents have already thought about them so much. This kind of reflection is always kinda lost in the process of life, and the children will never know that. So, for this first post in 2015, I will start with my personal note for my future parenting. I love to learn about philosophy and psychology, and parenting actually my most favorite topic on psychology. I’ve quite looking about parenting tips for months, well, even years, before I even married, so I hope you guys can get something from this too. This time, let’s talk about how to raise our children so that they can be an independent adult.

How to Raise an Independent Adult

Parenting means not raising children, but raising future adults. So many parents done this wrong, and their children becomes a spoiled king or queen and took everything for granted, which will be very bad for their future. So you have to keep in mind that they need to be proper independent adults, not overgrown children who keep dependent on you. And that means:

1. Mean what you say, and say what you mean, even if it’s unpleasant for you and them. Once you say no video games on school day, that rule must be applied whatever the situation. Once you say no ice cream today because of their health issue, they mustn’t get ice cream today, no matter how much they cry for that. Children will obey you more if you are consistent, and that in turn helps you to shape them into better persons. Let them know that there’s no other choice than being a better person.

2. Let the children do their house chores. Teaching the children to do the chores, instead of do it by yourself, is actually more exhausting. Many parents do all the house chores by themselves not because they don’t want their children to suffer, but because they need to double the effort from teaching the children how to do the chores, and still get the chores done. But the result will be worth it. All the pride because the children can do something on their own will boost their confidence. Actually, the more the children involved in house chores, the more they will have good manner outside and inside home. And no money reward involved in house chores.

3. Let the children understand that it’s normal to putting effort for something they want. There are no shortcuts. Well, maybe there are, but mostly, shortcut only available when seen from the right angle, and to have the right angle, they will also still have to work for it. So there’s nothing wrong with putting some effort for it. It’s a common thing. They mustn’t allergic to work their butt off.

4. Let the children know that there’s nothing too complex that would be impossible to be done. There’s nothing too complex of fixing a car that we should stay away from it. There’s nothing too complex of cooking that we should avoid it. Children should learn how to do everything using their hands, that with their hands there’s nothing can’t be accomplished, so they will grow depending themselves on it, instead of depending on you, or always running to you whenever they have problems.

5. Punish them for their fault. Hard. But remind them that even in the punishment session, this serve to make them a better person, and you do this only because you love them. My mom always said to me, “If I were the pedicab driver’s son, she wouldn’t even mind to told me anything when I do any mistake.” Punishment brings uneasiness to both sides, as the Bible said, but after that, there’s a hidden treasure you’ve given to your children if you do it right. Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

This link below inspire me to wrote this article.

So, do you have your own tips for parenting? Please put it in the comment section below.

Daily Prompt: Age-Old Questions

Today’s Daily Prompt:

“Age is just a number,” says the well-worn adage. But is it a number you care about, or one you tend (or try) to ignore?

Every people has these two feelings coloring their life at some moments, even to today. Those feelings are hope, and anxiety. It’s like the topmost of your life imagined, versus the worst of your nightmare, also imagined. We could soaring high in life, even passed our expectation. But we can also fall to the depth of the ocean, far deeper than the worst we can imagine. But those two feeling keep your life balanced and in check, but sometimes can become your enemy as well. Your hope can pump you productive in order to reach the goal. But if you have a low self-esteem, you might not put your goal soaring high in the sky, but just as high as the clouds. Or even trees. Therefore, your goal has become your own limitation, as people tends to not work exceeds their expected result. Your anxiety can becomes your drive to get out from “red zone”, if you now has fall below what you’ve expected in your life. But if you have a spoiled mentality, once you get out from your “red zone”, you tend to feel comfort, which in turn leads you prone to fall to “red zone” again.

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Jokowi is President!

Post ini saya dedikasikan untuk kemenangan Jokowi-JK pada pemilihan langsung Presiden 2014.
Hari-hari pemilu telah lewat, bukan berarti perjuangan berakhir.
Justru peperangan baru saja dimulai. Peperangan melawan korupsi, ketidakadilan, kemiskinan.
Perjuangan melawan kemalasan, diskriminasi, kebodohan.

Saya bersyukur berakhirnya pemilu menandakan kemenangan rakyat Indonesia.
Namun saat ini kami akan mengawal bapak menjalankan setiap amanat yang telah diberikan.
Tetaplah berjalan di jalan yang lurus, tuntunlah Indonesia di jalur yang tulus.
Dengarlah suara rakyat, berpegang pada konstitusi, dan tetaplah mengabdi pada Tuhan.
Maka kami rakyat Indonesia akan siap mengawal anda kemanapun anda pergi.
Sebab Indonesia tidak dapat dibangun hanya oleh satu dua orang saja,
tetapi bersama-sama seluruh rakyat Indonesia.

Selamat atas kemenangannya, sebab kemenangan anda, kemenangan kami pula.
Sambutlah Jokowi – Jusuf Kalla, Presiden dan Wakil Presiden Indonesia 2014!

This post is dedicated to celebrate the elected President-Vice President Jokowi – Jusuf Kalla in the Indonesian presidential election of 2014.
The day of election is passed. But that doesn’t mean the battle is over.
The war has just begun. War against corruption, injustice, poor.
Battle against laziness, discrimination, lack of education.

I’m grateful to God for the end result of the election.
But starting today, we will escort and put our eyes on how you run this country.
Stay straight, stay true, guide us in the solemn path.
Only then we the people of Indonesia will escort and follow you wherever you go.
Because Indonesia can’t be build by just one or two people,
But together as a whole nation we must hand in hand building our country.

Congratulations for the election, because your victory is our victory too.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Mr. Joko Widodo – Mr. Jusuf Kalla, the President and Vice President of Indonesia 2014!

Tidak Ada Kerusuhan Pasca Quick Count – Luar Biasakah?

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Beberapa waktu ini saya mulai membaca berita-berita luar negeri tentang pemilu Indonesia setelah beberapa minggu baca berita lokal terus. Menarik melihat apa yang orang asing tuliskan mengenai negara kita, dan kurang lebih yah hampir sama lah dengan apa yang kita baca di media lokal. Namun kemudian mata saya tertuju pada satu update dari berita The Guardian.

Jujur saja, topik tentang kerusuhan ini sering saya baca sebelumnya pada saat pemilu di media berita asing, tetapi saya anggap berita itu biasa saja. Mana mungkin sih terjadi kerusuhan pasca pemilu. Dan pada kenyataannya memang tidak ada kerusuhan pasca pemilu. Namun setelah saya melihat hasil selisih perbedaan suara yang sangat tipis, betapa panas hujatan dan pertempuran di media sosial dan portal berita, tidak samanya hasil Quick Count lemgbaga yang satu dengan lembaga yang lain, serta kedua kubu yang sama-sama mengklaim kemenangan, sebenarnya masuk akal bila media asing mengatakan justru luar biasa bahwa tidak terjadi kerusuhan. Mengingat kemarin begitu ada provokasi TV One tentang PDIP dan Jokowi adalah antek PKI, tokh juga PDIP buru-buru mengerahkan massa untuk menggerebek TV One. Sebenarnya bila ada niat, maka salah satu kandidat menggerakkan massa saja pasti akan rusuh Indonesia. Lha wong separuh Indonesia ini terbelah, yang satu memilih Prabowo, yang satu memilih Jokowi. Tetapi hal itu tidak dilakukan oleh para calon presiden kita.

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Fenomena Kemenangan Jokowi di Luar Negeri

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Saat Pemilu sudah semakin dekat. Saya pun semakin excited menunggu kapan Pemilu dimulai. Tanpa terasa, besok Rabu adalah hari di mana kita mencoblos calon presiden impian kita masing-masing. Kurang dari tiga hari lagi saudara-saudara! Jangan salah tanggal, atau anda akan ketinggalan dalam berpartisipasi menentukan akan dibawa ke mana perjalanan negeri ini. Jangan golput!

Berbicara tentang pemilu yang semakin mendekat, ternyata ada warga negara Indonesia yang sudah nyoblos lho. Mereka adalah WNI yang tinggal di luar negeri, seperti di Malaysia, Singapura, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, sampai Amerika Serikat. Mengapa mereka mencoblos dahulu? Karena nanti hasil surat suara itu masih harus dikirimkan kembali ke Indonesia agar dapat dihitung bersama-sama dengan pemilu resmi yang digelar di seluruh Indonesia. Ini namanya early voting. Total jumlah WNI di luar negeri sekitar 4 juta orang. Namun yang tercatat di DPT (Daftar Pemilih Tetap) hanya sekitar 2 jutaan.

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Fanatisme dan Kekerasan (Fanaticism and Violence)

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Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia:
fanatisme: /fa·na·tis·me/
n keyakinan (kepercayaan) yg terlalu kuat thd ajaran (politik, agama, dsb).

Beberapa waktu ini kita dihadapkan pada kondisi suasana politik dan agama yang memanas di Indonesia oleh karena pemilihan Presiden. Dengan mudah seseorang dapat berkelahi dengan orang lain hanya karena berbeda agama atau berbeda pasangan calon presiden yang diusung. Yang paling anyar adalah bentrokan pendukung Prabowo dengan pendukung Jokowi di Yogyakarta. Tak kalah serunya, dunia media sosial serta situs berita online pun dipenuhi dengan hujatan-hujatan antar pendukung agama atau calon presiden tertentu kepada pihak lawan. Saya kadang-kadang menjadi salah satu peramai debat di media sosial dan situs berita tersebut di waktu luang saya. Saya akui pada dasarnya memang saya suka untuk berdebat. Ada suatu kepuasan tersendiri apabila saya berhasil mengalahkan atau mematahkan pendapat dari lawan, kalau saya yakin saya benar.

Tapi belakangan ini, saya kebanyakan hanya melihat-lihat. Saya merasa cukup jenuh memperhatikan debat kusir tak berkesudahan dari masing-masing pendukung pasangan presiden. Masing-masing merasa dirinya benar. Saya adalah orang yang suka mengamati orang lain. Kalau saya membaca debat komentar di situs berita, saya seringkali menimbang-nimbang logis tidaknya dari setiap argumentasi yang diucapkan. Semakin lama saya semakin banyak melihat bahwa argumentasi counter yang diucapkan untuk membalas argumentasi dari orang lain itu seringkali tidak nyambung atau tidak masuk akal. Kadang saya merasa bahwa argumentasi dari seseorang sudah cukup kuat. Betapa herannya saya ketika melihat ada orang lain yang masih melawan argumen tersebut dengan logika yang tidak masuk akal. Seperti seolah-olah mereka telah menutup mata dan pikirannya terhadap pola pikir orang lain, seperti seolah-olah orang lain salah dan saya saja yang benar. Saya memang condong ke Jokowi, saya akui itu. Tetapi apabila saya temui ada fakta-fakta yang tidak baik tentang Jokowi, saya tidak serta merta menyanggah dengan segala ilmu debat kusir dikerahkan untuk memutarbalikkan fakta. Saya meneliti dahulu kebenarannya, dan bila memang benar, saya tentu memilih untuk diam.

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Mengapa Saya Memilih Jokowi

This post is in Indonesian language, as it is talking about current Indonesian politic season. English readers please scroll to the bottom of the article for summary of this post in English.

Pemilu Presiden tinggal sekitar 20 hari lagi. Dan telah banyak hingar bingar pendukung presiden dari kedua kubu saling menyuarakan opininya. Sejujurnya, ini Pemilu pertama yang saya ikuti dengan seksama. Selama ini saya kalau Pemilu memang selalu menggunakan hak pilih saya, tetapi saya tidak pernah mendalami rekam jejak, kualitas, dan karakter dari orang yang hendak saya pilih. Pilihan biasanya saya buat dalam lima detik sebelum mencoblos.

Tapi pada tahun ini, keadaan berubah, karena pilihan kandidat tidak terlalu banyak, dan karena para kandidat semuanya adalah media darling pada saat ini. Masing-masing kandidat memiliki pendukung fanatik sendiri-sendiri, dan semua aktivitas mereka semakin “melengkapi” (kalau tidak bisa disebut “membiaskan”) fakta-fakta dan informasi yang ada di lapangan, sementara media pun jaman sekarang banyak yang sudah condong ke salah satu kandidat.

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