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Digital divide

What is digital divide?

Internet users in 2010 as a percentage of a country's population

Source: International Telecommunications Union.

 

The global disparities between countries in regards to access to computing and information resources such as the Internet and the opportunities derived from such access.

 

People try to overcome digital divide . . .

while creating a new form of digital divide.

New digital divide

 

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What is a paradox? My dictionary says a paradox is “a situation or statement which seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics.”

How does a paradox relate to Christmas? If you are going to relate to God you’re going to deal with a lot of paradox, for God’s ways and thinking often defy and confound human ways and thinking. God is not irrational but He often acts in ways that do not conform with worldly expectations.

I remember my blog post two years ago about the paradox. And I’ve just found this video that also visualizes it very well. (Gosh, I always like Igniter Media works!)

Though there are presents still waiting for you to receive, this season is truly about The Gift that you have already been given.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve! 😀

Thank you, Msgr. Charles Pope.

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The Story of Their Life

Early October I traveled to Kebumen, my father’s hometown. It was just four days and three nights but I had a lot of interesting conversations with my close relatives. The whole talking got more interesting when it came about my grandpa, the one I barely know because he died when my father was a teenager. By chance, my grandpa’s little brother who lives in Jakarta was there too!

So, I have never known before that grandpa was a good Chinese traditional healer. “Just by counting the pulse on wrist, he knew the sickness,” my aunt told me. He would then prescribe some herbals or drugs, or simply told the patients to abstain from some kind of foods.

One story made me laugh.

One day, a severely ill Dutch officer came to my grandpa. (That time, Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch.) He was a high-ranked officer who sought for medical treatment from grandpa, but he did not know how to communicate with the locals. The language barrier had made him said anything in signs and gestures. So did my grandpa when communication between them happened.

At first, grandpa simply knew the Dutch was ill. After checked on him, he gave a prescription written on a piece of paper. He wondered how the Dutch would understand what he meant. The Dutch just went home after receiving it.

Few days later, the Dutch came in a rush to my grandpa: he came to show express his gratitude for being healed!

Both seemed to understand each other: how could he understand the prescribed herbals or drugs?

The officer then ‘asked’  grandpa to write another prescription. After receiving the prescription, he intentionally burned it. When it had been burnt out, he drank the scorched paper with a glass of water.

That was how he’d been healed!

Spending my time . . .

I visited my ancestors’ graves, as usual, on the last day I was there, October 5. That was the day grandpa died.

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Random recent updates

Daniel . . .

  1. has been graduated on July 17 : YAY!
  2. got a job offer from my instructor : Blessed.
  3. is learning about surges, lightning, grounding, bonding, etc. : Quite hard.
  4. is being forced by one of certification center marketing to take their training program : Annoying!
  5. helped a friend translating some parts of her dentistry book : Alien words.
  6. is happy to get free dental scaling : Quite Indonesian.
  7. was postponed my plan to take TOEFL exam : Again.
  8. is packing things in my dorm : Might be forever.
  9. got ‘bakpia’ from a friend yesterday : Yummy!
  10. bought a new sandal and a T-shirt some weeks ago : Broke now.
  11. played badminton on Saturday with friends : Happy!
  12. is waiting for the very late honorarium of 160-grand IDR : No wonder I am broke.
  13. tried Honda NSR150RR yesterday : Cool.
  14. is using Microsoft Office 2010 Professional : Great!
  15. is also using Windows Live Essentials Beta : Nice!
  16. has been waiting my laptop motherboard order for almost one month : Sigh… .
  17. got a good news that someone I have never met before could reconcile with his/her father after read one of my post “Come, and see your son . . .” : I am happy for you!
  18. helped a young couple –a blind man and a low-vision woman, in the grocery : Sweet.
  19. is retouching the unprofessionally-made graduation DVD-video of my own : Exasperating.
  20. is planning to jog and swim this morning : C’mon!
  21. was routinely exercised for two weeks : It was.
  22. want to join World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain : Remember, I am broke.
  23. missed Traditional Latin Mass last week : Again!!!
  24. gets many aliases given by my friends : Hey… hey… !
  25. will be in my hometown next week : Hooray!
  26. eats tofu, oats and sweet corn today : Hmmm… .
  27. heard that our Pomeranians were sold last night : Seriously??
  28. is recently watching The Book of Eli : Perfect timing for this month of the Bible.
  29. is following Grey’s Anatomy episodes : Like this!
  30. went to Dago Pakar conservation forest (‘Taman Hutan Raya Juanda’) which is actually closely distanced from my dorm two weeks ago : For the first time after five years live here!

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Come, and see your son . . .

This is a touching slide of photos and captions I got from my friend: Days with My Father.
I started to miss my dad more since last December. It was my last campus days, approaching to my graduation day this July.

I want to know exactly how he feels about my graduation;
that I am the first one to get a bachelor degree in my family;
that I am graduated from supposedly one of the best universities in this country.

My dad passed away when I was 13—he suffered a stroke.

Dad,

I wish you come that day . . . .

Your son

PS: Thank you, Maria!

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I was in Jakarta last year with my friend and we met an Indonesian family having a cute little girl, maybe three or four years old. She has been enrolled  by her parents in a preschool playgroup or something where its ‘teachers’ communicate with the children using only English and Mandarin. Because both of her parents are educated people, they communicate with her using English too in their daily life too.

Wow, it is great, isn’t it? Her parents do really care about her communication skills in her very early of childhood. Imagine how fluent she will be when she grow up. She won’t be like me who needs to study hard for English or Mandarin fluency because I treat them as second languages. (It is the same with people in the past generations too, maybe.)

But wait. I intentionally skipped the moment when my friend and I talked to this young lady using Indonesian baby talk. This happened before I knew about the ‘advanced’ treatment to her. My friend made funny gestures while asking her questions, but she did not understand at all. We talked a lot to her, but she got confused about what we were talking. Her parents seemed to understand us.”She does not understand Bahasa Indonesia,” her mom told us.  Then, we are told about everything I cited before.

Not a great idea, huh? This is a big problem, I think. She lives in Indonesia, will meet people speaking Bahasa Indonesia when she grow up–most people to interact with. If she does not understand the language people used, there are a lot of difficulties to face. She is like an outsider in her own country.

Yesterday I found interesting information about the same problem.  Some parents afraid because their children, fourth graders in a well known “national plus” school, will face CaLisTung (membaca, menulis, berhitung; reading, writing, and math) exam. Can’t students from this well known school read, write, and do math? Of course they can. But as the exam name suggests, it will be conducted in Bahasa Indonesia. The students, their parents, even teachers are now confused. It is because the kids are used to learn using English and Mandarin in school.

Parents should give special attention to this issue, not to make a naive assumption that because it is advanced it must be good.

I think this can be applied to many aspects of our life. An ‘advanced’ is not always a good option.

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My Promise

I Promise
(by Stacie Orrico)

Will I always be there for you?
When you need someone, will I be that one you need?
Will I do all my best to, to protect you?
When the tears get near your eyes
Will I be the one that’s by your side?

Will I be there when you call me in the middle of the night?
Will I keep the rain from falling down into your life?
I promise, I promise
I promise I will

Will I take tender care of you?
Take your darkest night and make it bright for you
Will I be there to make you strong and to lean on?
When this world has turned so cold
Will I be the one that’s there to hold?

Will I be there when you call me in the middle of the night?
Will I keep the rain from falling down into your life?
I promise, I promise
I promise I will

Will I be there when you call me in the middle of the night?
Will I keep the rain from falling down into your life?
I promise, I promise
I promise I will

Yeah
And I love you more every day
And nothing will take that love away
When you need someone
I promise I’ll be there for you (there for you)

Will I be there when you call me in the middle of the night?
Will I keep the rain from falling down into your life?
I promise, I promise
I promise I will

And I promise (and I promise)
And I promise (oh I promise you)
I will be there when you call me (when you call me)
I promise (I promise)
I promise I will

Finally I’ve found a reason to write again. The reason is you, the one I loved. Just want to present this song, which I knew from one of albums I like most (I Believe My Heart). I mean every word in it.

This is the real “Overture” of my blog! ♥

PS I love you.

PPS Check your email!

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