Sabtu, 25 Juni 2016

Surrounded by Good People

I just landed in Denpasar, Bali from Perth, and still overwhelmed with had happened in Perth Airport in my departure.

I just finished my third semester and want to take some of my stuff home in this winter break holiday to minimise my luggage when I’m back for good on December Insha Allah. So, I optimize my luggage space to fit in my baggage allowance, which is 20kg. I was using Virgin in my first flight BNE-PER, and surprisingly my luggage was 22kg. Fortunately, they allowed me to check in without any charge. Fiuhh….

I had a great holiday in Perth for 3 days, and tonight I will fly to Jogja, transit in Denpasar.

In my flight from PER-DPS with a budget airline, I tried to rearrange my baggage and put some stuff to my carry on baggage. Normally, they don’t check the carry on baggage. Well, at least, it never happen to me on my every flight, so I still keep that theory on my mind. But not today. In the check in counter, the officer firstly asked whether I bring carry on baggage or not, and ask me to put it on airport weighing machine. It was so unpredictable.

“ Your carry on baggage is too heavy….it’s 10kg. You could put some stuff on checked baggage, otherwise you will be charged $30/kg."

I know, my checked baggage already full. But I try to check its weight. It’s 21 kg! So, the total exceed baggage was 4 kg, means $120. I don’t know what to do, but the quickest way is step back and ask when is the last time to check in, I’ll try to filter my stuff and get rid of it.

But then…..

A couple of Australian people come to my check-in desk….

“Hey, I still have 4kg space, you could put some stuff to my baggage….”, a very nice girl sincerely offered me a help.

I dont think twice. I’m gratefully take that offer. I took 2 of my heaviest stuff and give it to her, books and bedsheet. Problem solved, I successfully checked in.

In the waiting room I was thinking…..
My father always remind me that I should never accept unknown stuff from stranger, even though they are in trouble. It could be drugs, and death penalty will be the consequences. No way. Don’t ever think to help people to bring their stuff in the airport and always keep an eye to your stuff.

But these two strangers…… they were not afraid to help me. Will they do something to my stuff? I just can’t think any negative thing about them, they are so kind and GOD…..He softly remind me that….
1. He always see me. Give some challenges and ready with the help.
2. The theory that your carry on baggage will never be checked is no longer applied, especially for budget airlines. But most importantly, uncontrolled exceed baggage will endanger the flight.
3. There are still a lot of good people around us. That will help without any intention. If they want to help, they just help. Not to be seen as a kind people. They just help, sincerely. They don’t expect anything to be returned.

I do really surrounded by good people this week. My lecture, my friends, even strangers, and I will be home soon, surrounded by my family. Thank God….

So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?

Don’t put yourself in exceed baggage trouble.

Sabtu, 14 Mei 2016

Me and My Relationship with Max

I’ve known him since the early 2015. It was started when realized that I need a more reliable companion to support me. Then I listed down my criteria before I made selection. I need him that could think and work fast, as well as not make my ‘backpack' heavy with all of his excuses. Excellent appearance is a bonus, even though I still put it on my criteria. Then finally, here I am, standing in front of a handsome ozzie guy bringing a white box with a full excited face. More excited than me apparently.

“Congratulation, you’ve found a new life partner!"

Well yeah, I don’t know exactly what he means. But, a new life has begun. New companion means you have to adapt with all of his new attitude, the excellences and shortages. I’m ready.

I called him Max.

Of course, this before Mark Zuckerberg’s daughter was born.

I open the white box with a mixed feeling. Gratitude, happiness, and doubt. Did I make a right decision?

Max is really a new thing for me. His operating system is the main difference. But other than that, he really wants to differentiate his with the competitors. Even only for locating the minimize-maximize box. Isn’t it irritating? I have to completely adapt to that.

Max likes to be very exclusive. He only accepts program authorized by him. He’s far from an adaptive companion. Therefore, I need to install a parallel the increase his flexibility so he can run for both IOS and Windows operating system. And it works! I’m happy to see his excellence perform: fast, smooth and has a faboulous retina display! It's all worth the money.

But our relationship was not always beautiful. We fight at least one two months. People using Mac with parallel around me is very limited. Well, it’s only me, perhaps. And most of the problems come from this unification. So I don’t have many people to be asked about. But lucky me, I have my brother that knows much better to handle this little buddy.

When Endnote crash in my laptop, the IT blame it to parallel. When my monitor freezing, the IT blame it to parallel, as theoretically, the 8gb ram won’t freeze only for opening the word docs. Yes, within one and a half year of our togetherness, Max has trained our patience with all of his cute-challenging problems. Why I say it’s cute? Because every time the problem is solved, he made me fall in love with him, again and again. And I realized that my knowledge about him is improving along with the problems I solved. And when others saying, you should leave him and back the previous operating system I used to deal with, I just can’t say anything. I love him, with his ups and down performance. My limitation is just because my limited knowledge and experience to handle him. By the time, I know we’ll be a great partner that could produce something great someday.

Well, this is only my morning thought to open this day. My relationship with max, need to be adjusted every time to achieve a great performance. The same thing should be applied to others relationship, definitely. Just don’t give up easily with your love one :)

Ps: I made this writing after we fight again last night. Love you, Max.