May 30, 2011

Playing with Rubber Boats

Rowing the boats and wandering the pond seemed so much fun. These kids looked enjoy it! I captured them yesterday, Sunday morning, at an outbound area inside Kampung Katulampa Bogor (West Java, Indonesia).

May 28, 2011

A Modified Vespa

Some parts of a modified vespa. The original is a Vespa produced in1966.

My entry for The Weekend in Black and White this week.

May 24, 2011

Home Sweet Home: The simple life, 21st century style

The family home has probably never been changing more than it is now. Even in the postwar boom, the lifestyle was basically an extension of the former way of life with more gadgets. Now, the gadgets are running the world and they’re also dictating the lifestyle. In the past, something like contents insurance meant clothes, a few appliances, and some valuables. Now, the “appliances” are home businesses, often working around the world.

The lifestyle change has been more than physical. It’s mental. There’s now a second generation growing up which has no idea what the lifestyle of the 1990s was all about. A world without Facebook? Impossible. A world without iPhones, forget it.

The employment market is also in the melting pot. As the New Economy takes shape, it’s making less sense by the second to keep people in offices and commuting mindlessly back and forth. It’s not only wasteful, it’s expensive, using up time most people can use to make money, not spend it.

This is only the very early beginning of a total reworking of society into something far more rational and less habituated than its ancestry. Even the “traditional” working hours, 9-5, are a version of the old agricultural working house, sunrise to sunset. A bit obsolete, if you happen to be working in four different time zones from home.

The internet is the cradle of the new society, barely an infant in terms of even foreseeable future technology. Mobile devices are just getting started, and smart homes are rapidly taking the place of “four walls”. Medical and scientific devices, which are driving a lot of other technology, are doing the same thing. It’s worth noting that somebody tried to make a Star Trek tricorder, technology set 400 years in the future, and found they could do it easily.

The future is rarely obvious, but it’s always predictable in one sense- It takes the line of least resistance. In this case, the line of least resistance is technology, and a lot of it, getting simpler and cheaper. The mobile phone started as a gimmick, and has wound up as an “office in your pocket”, simply because that was the easiest way to create mobile communications technology. Why carry around an IT department, when you can do it all remotely?

Home, therefore, is now a communications hub, social plug-in, entertainment nexus, business centre, you name it. It’s no longer the suburban dream, but part of an extremely mobile, interlaced series of networks. Even the family car has become a sort of mobile office/ service, able to do business, shopping and even admin work on the move.

With this has come the change in employment from employees to contractors. More people are self-employed now than ever before, and the process is accelerating as outsourcers snap up professionals and skilled workers. Home for these people is work and work is home. Typically, home insurance is as likely to be insuring a home office or other service as well as the standard home fittings and features.

It’s still home, but home has got a lot bigger.

May 23, 2011

Fishermen’s Boats

Every holiday season, fishermen are renting their boats to visitors. These boats will take visitors to reach Pantai Pasir Putih (White Sand Beach) from Pantai Barat Pangandaran (West Pangandaran Beach), West Java, Indonesia. It’s a great way for increasing their income.

May 21, 2011

Amaryllis Buds

Amaryllis flower is my late mom's favorite. We still have these plants in the front yard. As it's seldom flowering; I always capture every flowering moment of these flowers, since their buds stage.

My entry for The Weekend in Black and White this week.

May 20, 2011

Door Bell

Most of the many types of bell on the market can be installed in a couple of hours. Try to avoid the ones which play a symphony; their charm wears thin rapidly. Units that have adjustable volume are handy if you are often in the garden.

Buy a bell that comprises a bell unit, push-button assembly and batteries. Keep a supply of batteries on hand! If wire is supplied, check that it is long enough to reach from the front door to where you want the bell installed. You can run the wire on top of the skirting; at its base; tucked down behind the carpet; under the floor.

Bring the wire up to the bell unit alongside a convenient architrave. Don’t install a bell close to sources of heat or steam.

When marking the position of push-button; drill 10 mm holes through the jamb in two directions so that wiring can reach the inside in an unobtrusive place.

For Video Games Fans

Have you caught the latest gaming online? My nephew is a big fan of mmorpg. If you are also a big fan of video games, you’ll love this website. To get the various hottest game review videos; check out the website first! It can be your best guidance to choose your would- be favorite video games! 

May 18, 2011

Lighting Improvements

Lighting, like heating, consumes energy. A little common sense can go a long way in helping minimize electricity bills.

1.Dusty and dirty light globes can reduce lighting efficiency by half, to say nothing of the added eye strain they inflict. Cleaning them regularly will make a remarkable difference.

2.Fluorescent lights use a third to a quarter of the power of a conventional bulb. Down lights and spot lights are attractive but fairly inefficient forms of lighting.

Have you ever heard of shoji lighting?
This lighting solution is practical, efficient and very striking to look at. Fluorescent tubes are ugly and give out a bright light that’s inappropriate in some rooms. Here, their glare is softened and their overall appearance dramatized by the use of a false ceiling constructed of Perspex and supported by an egg crate-style timber frame.

This style of lighting has more applications than simply the ceiling. You could build two identical timber frames and sandwich the Perspex between them. Used vertically, this would make an interesting room divider.

May 15, 2011

Street Paintings Gallery

This street gallery is located near the center post office in my city (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia). When I captured it, there’s no one around. I think the yellow flower painting make this shot is proper for MYM post. The bamboo trees on the back ground are just a little part of many trees inside Bogor Botanical Gardens.

May 14, 2011

Pine Forest

On the way to Mount Pancar Hot Baths (Babakan Madang, Sentul, West Java, Indonesia), we passed trough this pine forest.
The Weekend in Black and White

A Sacred Moment

The most sacred moment in a wedding ceremony is when the groom saying ijab qabul (marriage vows). My husband captured the sacred moment of my cousin’s wedding.

May 11, 2011

How to Get Rid of Your Disuse in Safety

1.How to Get Rid of Paint 
Paint cans should not be placed in the curbside recycling bin because they are not a food grade material.
What to do: First, try to use up all of the paint if possible so there is no more than 1/4-inch of paint left in the bottom of the can. Let the paint can dry out by leaving the lid off before recycling it. When the can is blank (and completely dry), it is accepted as a scrap metal item and should be put in a scrap metal bin at a local drop-off facility.

2.How to Get Rid of Plastic Bags
According to various recycling facilities, plastic bags are by far the top irritation because not only do they waste time when they get jammed in the machines, but they can also break or damage the equipment.

What to do: If you totally cannot find any use for plastic bags around the house, the easiest way to dispose of plastic bags is to take them to a grocery store to be recycled properly.

3.How to Get Rid of Electronics
TVs, computers, printers, players, DVDs, cell phones and chargers, CDs, video and audio tapes, ink cartridges and other electronics that aren't being used anymore are known as "technotrash." Some of these items contain dangerous components like mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, and brominated flame retardants.

What to do: Numerous manufacturers and retailers offer options to donate or recycle your electronics. AT&T, Best Buy, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, eBay, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Office Depot, Samsung, Sony and Verizon, for example, all offer recycling programs for consumers (as do plenty others). You can also find a local program through one of the many comprehensive websites devoted to helping consumers dispose of their electronics responsibly.

May 9, 2011

Yellow Things around Bogor Presidential Palace

Many international and national events have been held in this presidential palace. When there’s a big and important event inside the palace, the guarding and security around the palace will be much increased. I took these photos around the main entrance several days ago.

At that time, all Indonesia Governors from each province attended a meeting with the President. The yellow sign means: be careful to the vehicles that come in and out the palace.

I took the back side of the palace at different time, from Bogor Botanical Gardens.

May 7, 2011

The Railway

This winding railway looks like coming out from the thick woods. While my husband was driving, I held my pocket camera. Sometimes I can capture an interesting object like this railway. I don’t remember where the spot is, but it’s somewhere in Malangbong City (West Java Province, Indonesia).
My entry for
The Weekend in Black and White this week.

May 4, 2011

A Book Slide and Desk Bookcase

An adjustable book slide is the perfect gadget for keeping your collection of novels and reference books attractively displayed. Its adjustability allows for books to be removed or added, yet the ends can be kept tight and the books will remain upright.

The slide comprises two lengths of tongue-and-grooved boards, one of which is ripped into halves to make the two joints. The tongues are sanded or planed down to give enough clearance to make the slide slip.

They are secured to a mitred base frame (although they could also be fixed to a ply or particle board panel). The ends on our slide are hinged, which means the unit can be stacked easily when not in use.

Another alternative is a desk bookcase. This desk-top bookcase is for the home office, den or a child’s room. It will keep those much-used volumes tidy and close to hand. Its tilted shelf locks the books snugly in place even if it’s not full.Timber and ply has been chosen for this example, but the bookcase could be made completely from ply or medium density fibre board (Customwood) and painted.

May 2, 2011

Cipanas Presidential Palace at Night

Although not for public to visit, this palace is still an beautiful place to pass. Build by the founding father of Indonesia, Soekarno, this palace is used to be the 'Camp Davis' for Indonesian President. While we’re on the way to visit grandfather’s house two months ago, we passed this palace. I hope I can capture it in a day light one day.

The palace was built in 1740 by Van Heuts on the land area of 25 Ha. Cipanas Presidential Palace is located at the foot of Mount Gede, 103 km from Jakarta to Bandung direction, or 17 km from the city of Cianjur (West Java Province, Indonesia).

Although not used daily, Cipanas Palace remains well maintained. The scenery around the palace is overgrown vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants provide beautiful shades. The whole building looks so luxurious and artistic.


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