Monday, August 10, 2009


Yesterday (August 9, 2009), when I was on foot going down Central 7 building to attend My English Club activity, I saw a peculiar thing where the traffic around Pesantren Daarut Tauhiid and MQ guess house was quite at a dead set. I gazed for a while to the smoky haze nearby MQ guess house and I found a burned hut. It was exactly a small restaurant namely "Warung Tegal Bahari" where I usually have lunch there. There were quite a few people seeing and trying to fight off the fire by tossing buckets of water and using firing extinguishing equipment. They tried their best even though there was not any fire brigade alongside.

This once in a while-incident struck me since that was the second time in my life witnessing the burned building. A friend of mine told me that; at least one victim was brought to the nearest sickbay to be hospitalized. The person whose skin was detached and burned must be the one who always served and ask me "What do you want to eat? What portion of rice? And so on. I didn't want to imagine that it has happened anyway. In other hand, I feel so deep condole for that person who had a piteous accident. I would not probably be served by that person anymore who used to serve me and others for having meal, at least until he recovered then, hope you’ll be getting better soon man!

The cause of that fire can't be verified clearly, yet, it presumably was caused by the leak of gas stove pipe and it then stimulated by the flaming regular stove to cause a real fire. Apparently the restaurant’s employees used two kinds of stove to cook and warm up the food - gas and kerosene. In this kind of circumstance they should have realized and acted carefully since the LPG stove can be simply burned. Things must be taken into account regarding to this mishap are; first be sure to check the gas doesn’t leak and the pipe connected securely. Secondly, don’t place the two stoves (kerosene and gas) adjacently. Thirdly, prepare fire extinguishing equipment in our house or building, it can be either the liquid or the flour one. Fourthly, save the Fire fighter department number in our phonebook, please make it as the dial fast number so if the incident happened we can make a call by simply pressing the set number.

The lesson I could note from that mournful accident is that, I should be more careful in using or operating any device at my home, either electronic tools or others. Pray for the victims guys :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Workshop Wirausaha Muda Mandiri (Mandiri Youngster Entrepreneurs Workshop)

Today, Thursday Aug 6, 2009 I’m attending one day workshop on how to become an entrepreneur namely “Workshop Wirausaha Muda Mandiri”. This event is held by Padjadjaran University and fully supported by the largest national bank in Indonesia, I’m sure everyone knows it, Bank Mandiri (recently changed into just “mandiri” as it won’t operate only in banking). In this lunch break I type the things out which come up in mind of mine about what I’m having and feeling about today’s event.

Well, we are from 19 campuses in West Java province and each campus delegates 25 persons. Every single of us is cordially invited by mandiri to join in this short yet momentous workshop, in hoping we will be able to dig up as many inspirations as in running our own business. Essentially, we are here since we’re supposed to be entrepreneurs who’ll make up and build Indonesia to be better than ever. Yeah this is very true guys by becoming an entrepreneur we’ll be able to develop this nation into the outstanding one that it might be equal to United States, United Kingdom, Japan or whatever you may say, or maybe go beyond them all. Dede Yusuf, the vice governor of West Java province mentioned earlier in his opening speech that we only need two percents of our citizen to be entrepreneur and the result will amaze us all, in calculation we need 4 million Indonesians as entrepreneurs then we’ll become a flourishing or prosperous nation, sadly to say that untill this very second we haven’t reached that number yet.

This workshop is quite similar to the workshop I attended few months ago which was supported by Telkomsel (the biggest GSM provider in the country), still in the same place - Padjadjaran University. But now, the event is more challenging and interesting since we’ll be here till 6 p.m from 8 a.m, after that we’re also highly recommended to see music concert, and SAMSON will be entertaining us then, hm…it’s nearly a backbreaking day for me, yet, all in all I love it.

As mentioned above, now is lunch break time and we’re supposed to have buffet lunch at the outside (we can bring it inside if we wish). But, “luckily” I won’t do that as I am fasting right now, yeah Monday and Thursday are the days for Moslems to have additional fasting, this is really good to do that we’ll be getting closer to God (insya Allah). I used to do this non-compulsory fasting regularly and now I’m trying to get used to it again. It’s a piece of cake thing if we’ve got a huge passion, pure intention and kind friends or angelic mom who’s gonna wake us up at the dawn ^_^.

It’s sort of shocking me that we are also provided Jacket, workshop kit, full meals and transportation fare worth 50.000 IDR, only a stupendous bank can only give us all these. Besides, Mandiri granted scholarship to ITB, UNPAD, UNPAS, ITT TELKOM totally 1 billion (if I’m not wrong).
Another outstanding thing in this seminar is that, we’re fed tremendous materials about business motivation, creativity, business opportunity, success story etc. There are 4 speakers – Fransiscus (from Indofood), Vicky Sianipar (musician), Perry Tristianto (king of Distro in Bandung) and the last is Kafi Kurnia (an inspiring motivator). I LOVE them all since I could attain many things, not just bunch theories but also practical tips as well as precious experiences they have.

To sum it up, I like today’s workshop since I get many things, oh ya this is comptely free if we sign up earlier to our faculty, thanks to Devi, a friend of mine who texted and registered my name as participant. See you around.

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