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Beautiful sunset


Kamen Gatotkaca

Muscles of steel wire, bones of iron

I came across this beauty at the JAKARTA 32°C art exhibition, held at Jakarta National Gallery. Gatotkaca has always been my favorite wayang character, and somebody made this re-imagined version! It was built using paper pulp and carton, by the way.

What’s next? A Kamen Rider-esque TV serial?

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Sunshine, crashing waves, 747s… what?

It's a bird! It's a plane! ... IT'S A PLAAANE!!! RUN!!!
It's a bird! It's a plane! ... AARGH! IT'S A PLANE!!

When I first saw the image above, I thought it was Photoshopped (or GIMPed, if you prefer open-source). A plane flying that low? Obviously a fake, just like that five-headed snake.

However, it turned out that the beach is very real. It’s called Maho Beach, and it’s located in the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, right next to the Princess Juliana International Airport. Now I wonder how the sunbathers could keep their hearing intact.

BTW why hasn’t any evil tyrant thought of hearing sense destruction as a form of corporal punishment? All they have to do is put the condemned in a chamber and blast him with a noise of around 200 dB. Chopping off tongues and gouging out eyes have been done in ancient times, but I haven’t heard of a punishment that destroys the senses of hearing, smell, or touch. Sense deprivation is a notorious torture method, though.

Weekend at the countryside…

Yesterday, me and some of my fellow VLSI lab residents went to visit our friend Fikri, who got married last month, at his new home. It’s located in a residential complex called Griya Cempaka Arum in southeastern Bandung. We headed out from Plaza Parahyangan, where my buddies had a futsal match earlier that morning, at about 10:30 am. With the help of two Google Map printouts and several phone calls, we arrived at about 12pm.

The place is quite far from the town, but it’s nice and peaceful. The air is cool and fresh, and it’s quiet save for the occasional distant train klaxon. In the distance, visible from the front door, a mountain stands proudly.

Nice view
Nice view huh?

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