Minggu, 30 Desember 2007

Anne of the Golden Dome

My dear neighbour slash high-school-classmate, Anne, was getting married.
(And so the title sounds, like a post-victorian children fairytale, but I warn you this is not any sequel from our beloved red-haired heroine's story...)

"Congratulations! Who's the lucky guy?"
"He's from... around. A friend of friend, etc."
"Mmmh, typical. So, when and where will the ceremony be held?"
"In Depok, at the Dian Al-Mahri Mosque by the last weekend of December."
"... Wh... D...? THAT mosque? Eeeeeeewwwww!!! What a silly taste! Who chose it?"
She frowned, apparently annoyed. "I do! Got a problem with it?"
"...... You...? Eeeeeeewwwww!!! Why on earth......??? Maybe the groom's family live there?"
"... No, he worked in Jakarta. But when I visited the mosque before, I got a chance to ask on the possibility of performing akad inside the mosque, and actually we can do it there, so it's decided... We will hold a kind of family picnic."

I don't really understand what's the fuss of taking the measures, while I would rather walk a few steps to her nearby house than getting through the whole holiday season traffic jam to the middle of nowhere, in this kind of rainy climate. And actually, my appreciation for gold is in the level of amusement toward those Kin-no-Unko accessories... One phrase in my mind, NARIKIN SHUMIIIIII!!!

"... But isn't that the new rich arrogant kind of mosque, the one people would dream to visit, not for religious contents but instead for the luxurious flittery-glittery look? The one with black cladded khadams shouting and throwing children outside?"
"Please, they are only trying to do it the right way like in the Arab."
"Arabs! So I bet it would even be surrounded by desert."
"No, there are local fruit trees especially planted in the garden. Rambutans, ..."
"So, what's the good of it for the guests? You know my one and only pathetic mango tree, everybody in the neighbourhood crave for it, they tried every single way to steal the fruit, no matter whether I am out of the house or still inside!"
"Well, don't judge the mosque before you see it yourself! It's a splendid view. Besides, what's wrong with a gorgeous mosque? It is better than a granite bank or glamourous hotel... "
"Alright then. I'll visit it, for your wedding's sake only. For the first time, and also the last."

It's just that I stand to the concept that a mosque should be founded on community building instead of the material substance. A mosque does not have to be pillars and domes, but it is about the space. The room for everybody to be welcomed warmly.
Why, even the what-so-called Little Mosque on the Prairie is described as a pavilion of a church, while the Kyoto Mosque is merely a shabby basement!
A lot of people got attracted to come to the golden dome for sightseeing. But what's interesting there besides that sparkling bulk up there? Spiritual pilgrimage? I still doubt it... How would we expect a show-offy mosque, with bad reputation on its treatment to visitors, to upgrade the image of Islam?

But congrats anyway, you always do your best so you deserve to reach your own dreams. Wish you a blissful new life on the yellow brick road.

anne
goldendome

Jumat, 28 Desember 2007

Kanji 2007

Kanji tahun ini kembali suram.
Setelah tahun-tahun sebelumnya yang muncul adalah "cinta" dan "nyawa", kini: Penipuan, penyamaran, kebohongan, munafik, barang palsu, bajakan...



Jepang tahun ini memang mengalami banyak sekali kasus penipuan dan pemalsuan yang muncul ke sorotan media. Seperti kasus khasiat Natto Januari lalu, kasus beberapa pabrik kue yang menggunakan bahan susu basi ataupun mengganti tanggal kadaluarsa pada kemasan, dan kasus pencampuran daging cincang sapi dengan ayam dan babi.
Tidak hanya urusan pangan saja, juga dalam urusan papan. Syarat bangunan tahan gempa tidak dipenuhi oleh pihak pembangun. Masalah hak cipta juga cukup hangat dibicarakan. Penggelapan-penggelapan di kalangan politik.

Di Indonesia, masalah ini juga tidak kalah hebohnya. Hukum masih dipermainkan. Kasus korupsi belum juga mereda. Penipu kelas internasional ada yang ditangkap sedang melarikan diri dalam wilayah negara ini.
Penyerobotan budaya bangsa merajalela, sementara di sisi lain jiplak-menjiplak skenario sinetron tanpa menghargai karya aslinya pun sedang mencapai puncaknya tanpa tahu malu lagi.

Sudah sepantasnya manga Kurosagi direkomendasikan. Lumayan menjadi ensiklopedia kasus penipuan apa saja yang pernah terjadi di dunia ini.

Kamis, 20 Desember 2007

Masjid Mungil (musim kedua)

Selamat Idul Adha.

Berikut adalah episode spesial akhir tahun,
dari Little Mosque on the Prairie Season 2.





Episode-episode selengkapnya bisa dilihat di multiply BambuMuda:

Masjid Mungil di Padang Ilalang, musim kedua


Resensi Indonesia: BambuMuda: Masjid Mungil di Padang Ilalang
English Review: Kanster: Little Mosque on the Prairie

Situs Resmi

Minggu, 16 Desember 2007

Yotsuba & Pemanasan Blogal, eh, Global

Secara kota Kyoto adalah kampung halaman kedua saya dan titik tolak bambumuda, segala pro-kontra isu Pemanasan Blogal, eh, Global, selalu berada di ujung lidah.

Namun, menandingi An Irritating Inconvenient Truth yang menebar pesona, nyaris hanya Yotsuba-chan yang mampu menampilkan permasalahan ini dengan sedemikian keren.
Maka, menyambut 10 tahun Protokol Kyoto dan UN Climate Change Conference di Bali... Perkenalkan, inilah salah satu adegan "Yotsubato!" favorit saya. Selamat membaca!



yotsuba&!

Cerita Sebelumnya:
Yotsuba Koiwai adalah anak aneh berusia lima tahun yang baru dibawa ayahnya pindah ke sebelah rumah keluarga Ayase. Dengan kemunculannya, setiap hari selalu menjadi hari yang paling menyenangkan. Nikmatilah segala yang ada di sekeliling.


(Perhatian:)
(Bagi yang belum tahu, cara membaca manga Jepang adalah dengan dimulai dari bingkai dan balon di sudut kanan atas masing-masing halaman, berlanjut ke kiri, dan pindah ke bawah. Agar huruf terbaca jelas, bukalah gambar hi-res-nya. Semoga tidak bingung.)

Rabu, 05 Desember 2007

Lagu Lucky Luke - Lonesome Cowboy

Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
you're a long long way from home
Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
you've a long long way to roam

Unduh di BambuMuda: Lucky Luke - Lonesome Cowboy



I'm a poor lonesome cowboy, I'm a long long way from home
And this poor lonesome cowboy, Has got a long long way to roam
Over mountains over prairies, From dawn till day is done
My horse and me keep riding, Into the setting sun

Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
you're a long long way from home
Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
you've a long long way to roam

There are guys who just figure, Have a problem with a gun
And a finger on a trigger, Can be dangerous, hurt someone
But problems solve much better, By keeping calm and true
My horse and me keep riding, I ain't nobody's fool

Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
you're a long long way from home
Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
you've a long long way to roam

I'm a poor lonesome cowboy, But it doesn't bother me
'Cause this poor lonesome cowboy, Prefers a horse for company
Got nothing against women, But I wave them all goodbye
My horse and me keep riding, We don't like being tied

luckylukewomen