What to expect from Rio Haryanto involvement in F1 (F1 for dummies)

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Rio Haryanto, Abu Dhabi post-season tesing (photo from F1Fanatic.co.uk)

(Sorry for English in title but using Indonesian in content)

(edited, menambahkan beberapa poin di quick guide)

Sebagai pembalap pertama Indonesia yang berkompetisi untuk F1, Rio Haryanto, secara langsung maupun tidak langsung turut mempopulerkan olahraga satu ini di tengah masyarakat Indonesia. Tiba-tiba banyak fans baru dan “ahli” baru dunia F1 ini muncul dari yang sebelumnya saya yakin tidak tahu ada tim selain Ferrari di F1 (atau mungkin tidak pernah tahu F1 itu apa). Well, exposure F1 ini akhirnya melejit di masyarakat Indonesia, yang menurut saya F1 masih jauh kalah populer dibanding MotoGP.

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2015, a Year in Perspective

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Okay, so, it’s a new year. A new calendar year, to be precise, bye 2015, hello 2016. A year full of opportunities, challenge and every other things ready to be tackled. 2015 felt very quick to pass by, but there are a whole lot more memories happened and recorded than the usual year. It felt like a dream, a real dream. But it was an awesome year overall, I learned a lot of stuff, changing perspective, got a master degree to name a few.

I spent most of the year living in Bristol, UK, for my post graduate study. It’s started on late 2014, and going through to the late 2015. Actually I have draft saved for this story (Life in Bristol review) but I have not yet published it. Partially it’s not yet finished, partially I’m not yet fully comfortable writing (part of) my own personal life and share it in public domain. But maybe later.

The year is so awesome and the stories are so cool that actually I can delve into more details by actually write separate blog post for each stories I experienced (like my road trip stories here, ugh I remember I haven’t finished the last part of it!). So I won’t write all in details the year in review in this post. I want to write it separately (I hope!).

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Things that I (still) don’t understand

A short post about things that I still can’t understand.

There is still some things that I can’t get to grasp or understand, whether it is simply because the difference of how to understand things or how things work, or it is because my own personal shortfall on how understanding things, or simply maybe I just need more experiences in life.

So, here’s the things:

  • People that just honking like crazy in traffic lights. Especially when that red lights just turn into green and that car (or bike) is still way behind and clearly there are cars (or) bikes ahead that logically need times to roll their wheels. Vehicles are not instantly accelerate like hell and gone as soon as after red light turn green. And what the honking other drivers supposed to do here? People are just mad crazy some times, especially in traffic. Well there are tons of weird things people done in traffic here. But the one up there I mentioned is still hard to understand for me.
  • A white and black uniform for new employee (or trainee by that means) to wear for a period of time. It’s looks like a way to distinguish a junior and senior worker in an institution, or it is indeed to differentiate a junior member in office society maybe? There are a lot of places to work here that employ this policy to new worker/employee. I can’t understand why the needs to distinguish a more senior worker with their junior counterpart. If they are the newbie, it’s the company and it’s more experienced worker task to make the juniors feel at home and starting to work well and help to bed in with the job quickly, not to make them feel inferior and less experienced. They are less experienced indeed, but to explicitly differentiate them?
  • Well IIRC it’s a thing started here as early as junior high school fresher days, up to until the freshers week in Uni. Freshers are instructed to wear differently with their more senior counterpart.
  • Throwing away garbage wherever they wanted to, except to the rubbish bin. Like, seriously?

That’s for now. Maybe I will write something more when I remember more things that I still can’t understand.

Cycling from Bristol to Bath

I know I’m not the fittest man around, and I’m not really good at sports or exercise related things, but I do love doing it, well I admit I’m not doing it consistently enough everyday. And well, one fun thing to do is cycling.

One fun fact: the distance between Bristol and Bath is not to far away and it is very doable for cycling.

It’s been a tough few weeks (maybe months) for me, and rather boring (not really, just stressful) also, some kind of stress piling up and and tough ride emotional wise is start to affecting myself. So in the middle of heat of dissertation works, stressful weeks, and with some negatives energy flowing through inside my emotions and head I decided to have a small break and do some fun exercise of something I love to do: cycling.

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Path of Life

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Treading down a path of life, living out a chains of events that eventually lead to this point of present moment. One decision lead to another one, one pain to other wound, one disappointment to other rejection, one failure to other lesson, one sadness to other grief, one heartbreak to other dream, one glory to other victory, one success to another challenge.

I keep believing in whatever happened in the past is the way that lead me to present, what made me to this moment. What arounds me now is the path that will lead me how will the future shaped. I thank God that I surrounded by those who have good values, those who pushes me to keep improving, reminding me to always being grateful and in the same time, pushing to never stop and satisfied to reach the heights, and that kind of people are worth every reasons to keep each others around.

It’s nearly a whole complete trip of earth revolving around the sun of my journey here with a lot of whole new experiences and life lessons. It’s easy to take a view back in past and just say “why that and this happened?” but actually it is a whole lot easier to say “Alhamdulillah that and this happened”, not just for good memories, but to bad memories. Seeing new things and experiencing a lot of new stuff. Encountering adversity, creating happiness, thinking ideas, fall in love and dealing with a person who left a mark and scar, finding way to keep my head straight, dealing with tons of stressful challenges, dealing with expectations. A lot of things helped me changed my view to life. Hopefully it’s a good change, a better one.

When the hard times coming, the one who gonna back you up is your very own reasons, the value and the faith of everything you hold dear.
Learn and grow. Everyday.

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Road Trip Scotland: Exploring Highland

Cherish the moment. A short and simple sentence. Sering didengungkan orang, sering disebut-sebut, namun tidak banyak yang benar-benar bisa memahami sepenuhnya.  Tidak tersadar seberapa sering kita berada di waktu “present time” dan momen-momen yang antara waktu, badan, dan kepala tidak berada di satu dimensi yang sama, sampai pada akhirnya kita mengingat sebuah momen dan emosi dan merasa something not fulfilled. Seringnya karena kita benar-benar menikmati waktu tersebut. Road trip membuat kita bakal menyadari cherish the moment itu benar-benar berharga. Well, paling nggak berkelana dan travelling bakal membuat diri kita beneran merasakan momen. Duduk di kursi pengemudi, tidak memegang gadget apapun, tidak bisa mengambil foto, dan berkonsentrasi ke jalanan dan hamparan pemandangan lembah, gunung, danau, dan ditemani kegilaan dan keakraban teman sepanjang jalan, paling nggak membuat gue semakin merasakan “Cherish the Moment!”. Apalagi kalau mau menikmati pemandangan alam di negeri ini. Selain musimnya memang khas eropa utara, cuaca disini kadang bisa sehari 4 musim dan dari cerah ke berawan ke hujan ke kabut lalu cerah lagi bisa datang dalam waktu singkat.

Bulan April di negara kerajaan ini berarti hari sudah mulai lebih panjang dibandingkan malam, dan suhu udara sudah tidak sedingin ketika musim dingin. Namun musim semi belum sepenuhnya menampakkan diri. Tapi cuaca khas Glasgow yang menurut gue ga jauh berbeda sama cuaca Manchester, sinar matahari yang selalu tertutup barisan awan, dengan rintikan air kecil-kecil datang walaupun untungnya jarang dan bentar, kadang membuat gue hilang jejak terhadap jam dan waktu. Kondisi kayak gini ini yang membuat betapa pentingnya punya arloji atau sering ngecek jam di ponsel, kalau nggak, bisa lupa kontrol waktu. Karena pagi datang lebih awal, tapi pagi terasa sangat panjang soalnya tertutup awan terus.

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Road Trip to Scotland: Awal Cerita

Tidak ada yang akan mengalahkan memori hidup, bahkan memori digital terbaik sekalipun. Karena memori hidup itu tidak hanya menyimpan kenangan dalam bentuk data dan biner dan representasi lain. Memori hidup itu menyimpan kenangan bersama emosi yang terlibat di dalamnya, bersama dengan momen yang berlangsung serta kekuatan keindahan alam yang sepertinya mampu mempesona setiap manusia. Memori hidup juga menyimpan rekaman keindahan melalui lensa mata, bukan sekedar lensa dengan focal length dan perspektif yang terbatas. Memori hidup ini menyimpan pemandangan dan pengalaman yang kita jalani dengan baik, dan itulah yang terjadi sepanjang roadtrip ini.

Namun satu hal yang bisa dimiliki memori digital. Kita, manusia bisa dengan mudah mengakses kembali dan sifatnya cenderung abadi. Karena, memori digital ini terbatasnya oleh data dan besaran kapasitas penyimpan. Memori hidup, sekuat apapun yang akan selalu terhubung dengan pengalaman perjalanan kita, yang akan terikat adalah alunan emosi dan pengalaman yang kita terima. Namun rekaman keindahan? Kita perlu trigger untuk mengakses memori itu. Memori visual dari foto dan video dengan baik menyimpan dan melakukannya untuk kita.

Ini cerita tentang roadtrip.

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