23 September 2009

Quick Swimming

Hey-ho! Now I am here. For a week. For holly-day.

Aceh is located on the west of Indonesia and surroundings by Sea. It wouldn't be perfect if we go there without visiting the beaches. Beaches in Lhokseumawe are not as good as the ones in Sabang and Banda Aceh, but still it's fun to go. Along the beach side, there are stalls provide foods specialty in Rujak: fruits mix peanuts sauce.

Yesterday I promised my little cousin (9 years old) that we'd go swimming today. But I was taking nap, forgotten already, and woke up almost 6 pm, about 40 minutes before sunset. I found my brother and sister also too lazy, no one wanted to go. Then my little cousin frown. She sat down in the corner, covered her face down (so cute :P). So I gave up, my Dad took me and my little cousin with motorcycle to the beach spot named Soraya, where she and her family likes to go. Some beach spots in Lhokseumawe are already covered with high stones, one of ways to block high waves like Tsunami.

We said to her, if no people swim then we don't swim and will come back again tomorrow morning. Me and my Dad believed that no people left swimming on that hour, 15 minutes to sunset. But apparently there are still a lot of people, so yeah I must jump to the water, accompanying her. But not too long, because suddenly everyone went out and the beach started quiet. in Aceh, activities in the beach have to stop after sunset (or we call it Maghrib). After that 10 minutes swimming, I was ordering Rujak for taking home, and the seller pushed me to order hurry because it would be Maghrib in a minute.

Apparently not only activity on the beach stop when sunset, but also in the city center. All shops are closed on Maghrib, only food stalls are opened again after it. Like my sister said, life here begins at 4pm until Maghrib, then starts again on 8pm. Don't try to go outside without car on the day, it's so f*ckin hot!! Morning is also a good time for sea bathing and food hunting but it's so hard to wake up early on holiday :P

Also there are too many rules in this land. Girls should not be a pilgrimage to the grave, should not wear pants, especially tight pants or leggings, should not hang out in coffee stall (I break all the rules, of course)... Booo how can people live here??!
Well the foods are awesome! I know, people will always love their origin foods and each person has their own favorite taste, but for you who wanna try Acehnese foods in Lhokseumawe that worth it: bakso rahayu, pangsit bejo, mie goreng aceh (fried noodle) in everywhere, rujak ujongblang, nasi gurih (crispy rice) in everywhere, mie caluek, roti bakar bandung (I know it's from Bandung, but it is really good and mushrooming now in Lhok), martabak telor (like omelet), sate matang (beef satay, Matang is a name of area in Aceh), kerang rebus (boiled cockles), kupi aceh (coffee). People here are freak of coffee. While I am here, I drink 2 cups of coffee everyday (even 3-4 cups when visiting many houses families on Hari Raya): Kopi Gayo, Kopi Samalanga, Kopi Ulee Kareng... each coffee name is based on the place where it comes from.

The best my version Acehnese foods in Banda Aceh are listed here.

10 September 2009

How to Make Computer Slower

It is not a joke. I was looking for adjustable tools to make computer slower. Yes I know, we can have it just by installing windows vista, software games or some heavy applications, but I need something general for my validation application that will run in many PCs. I entered keyword 'How to Make Computer Slower' in search engine that answers every problem in your life Google, all articles told me the other way. Don't they understand that this problem also important so I can finish my code and work and the boss will let me go home for Hari Raya holiday next week?! Well actually it is my fault to procrastinate everything :P

So after spent few times searching needles among the straws, I found this website that lists all PC Slow Down tools (now obviously that I didn't key in the exact keyword). I decided to use CPU Grabber because this software is from DirectX Microsoft so I believe it won't do much harm. Another good app is CPU Killer, but not a freeware.

CPU Grabber has small GUI with trackbar to set the percentage of CPU usage, and buttons to start/stop and close. So, if you need it either for playing old games, showing the slow PC to your parents so they will get you a new one, or running software validation in stressed environment like what I'm doing, just run number of copies of this program (number of your CPUs/cores) and set for each 70% or more.

So sorry this is being a geek posting, I hope it will boost up searching index of 'How to Make Computer Slower' in Google leads to the correct articles.

06 September 2009

Love My New Place

After exhausting day, last night I went swimming... below my home! Yep, since last week I have moved to a new place that has swimming pool, fitness club, BBQ pit, tennis and basketball court. After swimming, I just laid down on pool chair reading books. Ahh this is heaven, with so many trees and waterfall sounds.

My room is also amazing, with wooden floor, queen size bed, big wardrobe, full sunlight and windy! I like to decorate it, and will buy some furnitures like bookcase, standing lamp and cute chair. I am so excited! It's located on 14th floor. Now I feel like not wanna go outside. I won't feel dead-style (a.k.a mati gaya), if I don't have appointment or activity outside I am still happy just being at home (or around the pool :D).


Yesterday company event was playing Crossfire Paintball 2.0, in Singapore Discovery Center. The participants who joined mostly never played this before, and were not Singaporeans... of course leh, they already experienced this in National Service what! This place is located far far away from the city, the most west green line MRT station: Joo Koon. Ha, I wouldn't take a visit until this far if not because this event (that's what my friend Kevin said).

We played 3 modes: shoot the balloon, save the flag, and elimination. The first session is to shoot the balloon of the opponent that is located in opponent's home base. The second one is to get our own flag that is located in the middle of field, then bring it to home base. Elimination is to shoot as many as possible of the other team, after being shot they can not go into the field again. My team only win the second session, (what I believe is) because we only got the good side at that time. FYI, the sides are really unfair: 23 of 25 winning was from the team that played in that specified 'lucky' side, the one that its maze is not too difficult to get to the closest place to other team's home base to shoot them. Well yeah, it's just a game (but the winner team got S$500! *gagal dapat THR T_T*).

This is absolutely not my kind of joy (fortunately it's free). Each time my turn to play, I was afraid like hell blabbering: "I'm dead, I'm fucking dead, shit shit." They said it's gonna be painful... this is PAINball! Hopefully I only got shot on my left foot and the mask. I was so scared hearing the pellets flying around my body, geez I wanted to finish all the game quickly and go home lol. It was in the hot afternoon and I was fasting. Perfect! Next time, please get me into shopping war or something, then I can rule the game, ha!

Other attractions that can be found in Singapore Discovery Center are: iWERKS (2D-3D cinema), XD Theatre (4D simulation ride), SAFTI tour, shooting gallery, and Army Museum.