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Excitement and …

Excitement and passion is 100 times better than happiness – Julio Iglesia

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We have to know the boundries………….

I read that line sometime ago. It;s about the film star who concerned about fellow actress who get stuck with the role she played in the film.

Sometime indeed we carried away with what we do. We often forget that we have the limit.

Young actor, very famous was caught using drugs. Its ironic that this young actor who is very active and has a busy schedule then he caught with that accusation.

I just don’t understand the way the anti narcotics institution handle this case. It seemed that they give information in stages, as if they keep suspense in the information they give to the media. It’s the bad impact of free flow of information. 

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When we fall do…

When we fall down , we have to get up – J Lo

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From trash to treasure: Everest litter becomes art

By Gopal Sharma (Reuters/Katmandu)

Published in the Jakarta Post November 27, 2012

Fifteen Nepali artists were closeted for a month with a heap of 1.5 tons of trash picked up from Mount Everest. When they emerged, they had transformed the litter into art.

The 75 sculptures, including one of a yak amd another of wind chimes, were made from empty oxygen bottles, gas canisters, food cans, torn tents, ropes, crampoons, boots, plates, twisted aluminium ladders and torn plastic nags dumped by climbers over decades on the slopes of the world’s highest mountain.

Kripa Rana Shahi, director of art group Da Mind Tree, said the sculpting – and a resulting recent exhibition in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu – was aimed at spreading awareness about keeping Mt. Everest clean.

“Everest is our crown jewel in the world” Shahi said.

“We should not take it for granted. The amount of trash there is damaging our pride”.

Nearly 4000 people have climbed the 8,850 meter high Mt. Everest, many of them several times, since it was first scaled by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.

Although climbers need to deposit US$4,000 with the Government, which is refunded only after they provide proof of having brought garbage generated by them from the mountain, activists say effective monitoring is difficult.

Climbers returning from the mountain say its slopes are littered with trash that is buried under snow during the winter and emerges in the summer when the snow melts.

The trash used in the artworks was picked up from the mountain by Sherpa climbers in 2011 and earlier this year and carried down by porters and trains of long-haired yaks.

The yaks were commemorated in one work. For another, empty oxygen cylinders were mounted on a metal frame to make Buddhist prayer wheels.

Another, by wall painter Krishna Bahadur Thing, is a Tibetan mandala painting showing the location of Mt. Everest in the universe – made by sticking yellow, blue, whites pieces of discarded beer, food cans and other metals on the round board.

Visitors said they were amazed at the way waste products turned into useful items.

“It shows that anything can be utilized in an artistic way and nothing goes to waste in art” said 18-year-old fine art student Siddhartha Pudasaini.

The art is on sale for prices from $15 to$2,300, with part of the proceed going to the artists and the rest to the Everest Summiteers’ Association (ESA), which sponsored the collection of garbage from the mountain, organizers said.

“Garbage on Everest is shameful. We are trying to turn it into gold here”, ESA Chief Wangchu Sherpa told Reuters.

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Yesterday, I could not access my blog. The message told me that my blog was blocked, need to enable cookies.

I tried several times, in the morning and afternoon to no avail.

This morning, I check my fire fox again to see if I have accepted cookies, and it did.

Here I am I can access my blog again.

Thanks God

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Human trafficking?

Migrant Care – NGO who deals with Migrant workers – found a leaflet  that says “Indonesian Maids on Sale”  in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   This kind of news always stir emotions among Indonesian.  Many people offended by such advertisment . For the last few years there always problems with our neighouring country Malaysia. Despite the fact that a part of our country has the same root, i.e. Malay.

So many stories about migrant workers, about their suffering during employment but still so many people want to go overseas for the job.

I believe that the maids who is advertised is the one that go overseas illegally, often time they sold their properties or take a loan in order to go overseas for a job. If they are lucky, they would get the job, but sometime they end up become a prostitute. Being an illegal they can be employed with under minimum wage. Sound like a human trafficking , is not it? 

When financial crises broke in 1997, there are so many factories closed down and the unemployment was soar. Malaysia ,who has better financial condition at that time, took advantage for this cheap labor from Indonesia. Many Indonesian recruited to become labor in Malaysian factories, plantation and also in houses as maids.

I was thought that Indonesian workers in Malaysia are only working in factories, plantations and houses, in fact the are so many Indonesians overthere, in the malls as waitress in restaurants, janitors , gardeners even in the canteen at universities.  I was so depressed.

One day, I went to the embassy of Indonesia and there are so many migrant workers who has problem and wants to go back to Indonesia.

When I sat in the Canteen at the Embassy, I was approached by a young women, she told me why she was there at the embassy. She said that she runaway from her employer  because she treated badly.  She was lucky enough that her employer does not hurt her. One of her friend get her tongue hurt so that she could not tell the police what was happening to her. Poor Indonesian. I hope the Government of Indonesia do something about this. 

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