Words from Mayor Billy Kenoi of Hawai’i Island..

I was in a bad place yesterday. Had that slight moment of discouragement ’cause of all the things that didn’t happen. Still no luck in finding jobs and some other things. But no.. I’m not giving up. I was just tired of waiting. :|

And so my friend showed me this video. It’s a speech from Mayor Billy Kenoi of Hawai’i Island, at the graduation of HPU’s students. It’s really a good one. My spirits were lifted once again because of him. I adore how he sees life and himself.

Few sentences came from him (he quoted these from other people) that really hit me…

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compares to what lies within us..

and…

For there is no turning back!

You are damn right, sir! Thanks for reminding me. ;)

Erwin.

PS: And thank YOU for showing me this video. You did more than enough. :))

NEW MUSIC: Banks – Someone New

This song broke my heart… I guess, this is just another kind of love? :/

Banks – Someone New

[Verse 1:]
I can love you desperately, though your love ain’t guaranteed
Oh, I wish you knew the deal, gotta learn from far away
And I simply needed space, space for me to be
And I think you need it too
Though I know you call me selfish for assuming
I did this for you too, you still got me around your finger
Even though I’m far away
Please believe me when I say

[Chorus:]
Everything I do, I’m gonna think of you
Don’t know what else to do
You got me, you got me, baby
Everything I make, I only make for you
Baby, be patient for me
And please don’t fall in love with someone new
I promise one day I’ll come back for you

[Verse 2:]
Oh, you say you hate me now, and you burn me with your words
Calling me a fool, saying that I’ve effed up everything
And you’ll never forgive me, though I’m doing this for you
Baby, can’t you see if there is such a thing
Of loving someone so much that you need
To give them time to let them breathe
But you don’t understand, I wish you understood
Oh, I hope one day you do

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
Believe in you, believe in me, we’re meant to be together
I told you, weren’t lyin’, I know you aren’t relying
And now I am supplying you the time and space
To let you grow into the person that I know, that I know you can be
And I can be one too
And I’ll come back to you
And I am ready for you, baby, I am ready for you now
I’m not ready for you now, please don’t hate me

[Chorus]

[Outro:]
I promise one day I’ll come back to you
I promise one day I’ll come back to you
I promise baby, one day I’ll come back to you
I promise baby, one day I’ll come back to you

Erwin.

Shall we be kind to one another?

Do you know that a small gesture of kindness can help us getting through a rough day?

I do feel that being kind is a natural reaction. We don’t need to be like “Oh, I have to be kind to this guy” or “Damn, there’s people around, I need to be kind to others.”, but instead it should happen because we know it’s the right thing to do, because you know that it might lighten up someone’s day, or just because we feel like it.

My friend told me this story about her recent business trip in an island. She has to rent a bicycle to get around the place, so she got one from this particular man. Long story short, she lost the bike. Apparently someone took it because she forgot to lock the bike chain. And as she went back to the rental station, she was worried that the man would be angry or made a really big deal out of it. It was such a bad day for her, with most of her plans were ruined that day–a lost bike was just the perfect cherry on top. Eventually she made it to the rental station by foot and found the man. She told him about the bike and apologized telling that it was her fault and she will pay him as the compensation.

But you know what? He said it was okay. I kinda forgot on what exactly that he said to her, but it was something like this.. “It’s okay miss. It’s not like you lose it on purpose and you already admitted that it’s your fault. I appreciate that. And you don’t have to pay me anything, I will find the bike. God will help too. And I know you’ve learned your lesson through this,” he said it with a smile in his face rather than a grouchy tone or angry attitude. “Don’t blame yourself. Focus on your work.” In the end, he even gave my friend another bike for her to use, so she didn’t need to go back to the hotel by foot. When my friend refused the offer because she felt really bad already, he said this, “No. It’s not right if I let you walk back by foot. You’re my client, so you can use my other bike. I want you to use it.” again with a pure sincere voice.

I mean, let’s face it. The world that we live in is quite messed up with all the dramas, politics, crimes, racism, and many other bad things. Eventually you will expect that most of the people who live within will portray that bad attitudes.

But hey.. I guess we are not that messed up. There are still kind people around us that we might find in the most unexpected places and moments. Just as the bike rental guy who I found out later on as Pak Mamik. ‘Cause what he did to my friend that day put a smile to her. After a rough day, and you found out that these people do exist, you can’t help but smile.

And I guess we can start with little things. As little as saying thank you–a sincere one–to those people who help us, to those waiters that serves us in a restaurant, to those garbage men who pick up our garbage every morning. Sometimes a simple thank you can lift up their world. Or as simple as holding the elevator doors open for someone who wants to get in or out. Anything.

‘Cause I believe that this kindness thing is a ripple effect. When you do kind stuff to other people, they eventually will do the same thing to others, and so on. Why? I think because they realize that what we did for them earlier actually made their day a lil bit better and they just want to pay the kindness back. Well I don’t know if it’s actually true or not, but I rather take my chances to believe in it.

Yet, it made my day too when I do kind stuff to others. I guess the ripple effect comes back to me? :D

So, shall we try to be kind to one another? :)

 

Erwin.

 

*Pak Mamik is a bike rental guy in Gili Trawangan Island, Lombok. Pay him a visit if you need a bike. He’s stationed near the pier (go to the left from the pier), in front of Trawangan Cottages. Ask for him. :) 

A satisfied visit to Marco Padang Grill

Do you drive daily through Slipi area in Jakarta? If so, you must have seen the giant billboard just before the bridge in the intersection of Pejompongan and Palmerah. It’s an ads of a Padang restaurant called Marco Padang Grill.

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Since I’ve seen a lot of pics and tweets about it in social media, I decided to pay this place a visit yesterday. So I went to Lotte Shopping Avenue Mall where Marco Padang Grill takes place. I was a bit skeptical at first since it’s located in a mall. If you have tried any kind of Padang restaurant in a mall before, you’d know that the price is not really cheap. I was prepared to see the expensive price. But hey, it’s not really bad. I mean for a restaurant mall, the price was okay. Not cheap but not that expensive as well. Acceptable.

I was alone, waiting for a friend to come by a few hours later so I didn’t order much. I was curious about their speciality since I was told that they use old recipes of Padang food. So I ordered one of them, which is The Barramundi Panggang Pacak. I also ordered Dendeng Kering Lado Merah (Crispy Beef Jerky with red pepper sambal), Telok Barendo (Padang style of fried egg), and Nasi Sayo (a new menu consist of rice, red and green sambals, vegies, Rendang sauce, and crackers).

First come the Nasi Sayo. Other than all the side part I mentioned earlier, they also pour the yellow curry soup on the rice which made it more tasty. I love the rendang sauce! I don’t really like rendang, but I must say the sauce was amazing. The red and green sambals were also good.

Next, came the Dendeng. It’s super crispy just how I like it! For me personally, if you serve Dendeng, it has to be crispy. Other wise it will be hard to chew. Super important. And it was great combined with the red pepper sambal. Not disappointed at all.

The Telok Barendo was so so. I mean, it’s like a usual fried egg. Tasty, yes. But not really special.

Nasi Sayo

Nasi Sayo

Dendeng Kering Lado Merah

Dendeng Kering Lado Merah

Telok Barendo

Telok Barendo

And not long after I tasted all of the three above, the special food finally came. The Barramundi Panggang Pacak. It smelled really good! Garnished with a half lime for you to pour it on the fish (if you want to). As a lime addict, I totally poured it on my fish. I recommend you to do the same, it will make the fish tastes even more better.

I took a bite.

“OH GOD, THIS IS SOOOOOO GOOD!!” I literally said that to myself. Loudly. I noticed some people who sit next to me gave me a weird look. Hahahaha.. Pardon me. XD But it’s true! It’s really good! There’s no smell of fish at all, which confirmed that it’s fresh. It’s not over seasoned. Just the perfect amount was used. It’s a burst of flavor together with the red and green sambal, and also with a slight touch of the rendang sauce. Gosh, heaven…… :)

Barramundi Panggang Pacak

Barramundi Panggang Pacak

Yet, other than this Barramundi, they still have other type of fish which is one of the reason why I will go back to Marco Padang Grill. I want to taste the rest of the menu. There this one dish that I’m really intrigued about, Belut Goreng Lado Merah (Fried Eel). I love Eel but I had too much yesterday so I didn’t order it. Will definitely order it next time.

And guys, that Barramundi was the reason why everything was so worth it. The price and the time you’ll take to go to the mall and find a parking spot in that mall (a bit confusing haha). All of them are worth it. :D

Go try!

Location:

Lotte Shopping Avenue, Ciputra World | 3rd Floor, Unit 16 & A08, Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 3-5, Karet Kuningan – Jakarta – 12940 | Phone: +6221 29889377 | www.marcopadang.com
Open Kitchen

Open Kitchen

It's Chef Marco himself! Using a traditional "kipas sate" on the grilled fish.

It’s Chef Marco himself! Using a traditional “kipas sate” on the grilled fish.

 

Erwin.

Not over doing it?

When it comes to finding your happiness, each people has their own way to do it. You just can’t judge what other people do to find happiness based on what you do.

Let’s face it. Each people are unique.

But for me, there is one rule that I personally think it’s applied to everyone. No matter who you are. It is ‘Not over doing it’.

Let’s say that some people might find that drinking beer or any alcohol-infuse-drink is enjoyable and it kinda makes them happy in some way. But when you’re over doing it, it becomes a bad habit. You’re becoming an alcoholic.

Or another example, when you like to be alone or having a me-time, which actually makes you calm and happy. You’re not that party-easy-going kind of people. But when you’re over doing it, you might get numb to everything or everyone around you. You’re becoming this senseless cold person.

Even as simple as loving yourself or loving someone else. When you’re over doing it, you might hurt someone else or make people move away from your circle of life.

And many other things.

I mean, at some point, you have to know your own limit. You gotta see the line and try not to cross it.

But yea, that’s just me.

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Erwin.

Rest In Laughter, Robin.

I woke up to a sad news this morning. I was just still in my bed, checking out my path and twitter, only to see that my timelines were flooded with pictures of Robin Williams.

There’s only one thing came up to my mind when I saw the pictures. He has passed away.

It broke my heart.

I don’t really know him personally, but somehow I felt really sad. Maybe because I grew up watching him as this funny guy with an incredible talent as an actor. There’s something about him that I really like but I just couldn’t describe it.

I don’t want to talk about how he died. I just want to remember how he lived. How he inspired us all. How he put a lot of laughter inside our life. How he said some of the most important statement in the universe. How he became our Robin Williams.

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I still remember how he played my favorite character when I was a child. The one and only, Mrs. Doubtfire. I still remember how I loved that movie so much. And I remember how he played as Genie in Aladdin. And his other movies like Jumanji, Flubber, Patch Adams, Jack, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet’s Society, and the newest one, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.

This was when he won his first Oscars for his role in Good Will Hunting.

Have you watched The Crazy Ones? It’s a TV serial that he played as one of the main character. It’s a comedy, which suited him best. I like him in that serial. His jokes and his acting was just so natural. It was him, the funny Robin Williams that we all knew.

And I just want to say thank YOU. You have made my childhood a lot better with your movies. You have made me laughed so many times. You were like our hero when it comes to comedy.

Thank you for sharing your life with us. You will be missed badly.

I know you might not want to see us sad or anything, since you’re happy right now. But I just can’t stop my tears from falling. Funny, I’ve never cried before when someone I didn’t know personally passed away. I guess, you’re just not someone else.

I am crying right now.

Rest in laughter, Robin.

*taken from Esquire Magz

*taken from Esquire Magz

 

Erwin.