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First Step to Learn Foreign Language

Once upon a time, there was a Japanese old man who had not engaged in much physical activity. He could not bend over and touch his toes. Then, he decided to gain the flexibility without putting stress on his body. He put together a stack of paper, thousands of sheets, that reached up to his knees. Then, he bent over and touched the top of the stack with his fingertips, holding the position for a little while, which was not at all hard to do. The next day, he removed two sheets from the stack and did the same thing.

Every day from then on, he removed two more sheets of paper from the stack. The difference from one day to the next was so slight as to be practically imperceptible, so he never had any problem bending over, touching the top sheet, and holding the position for a minute or two. After many months, the stack was considerably lower, until there was no paper at all left, and he could easily touch his toes. He had achieved his goal, with no strain, no pain, and no stress on his system. All it took was patience and perseverance. Read More

Shake That Brain! How to Create Winning Solutions (and Have Fun While You’re at it)

Yesterday, I wrote an e-book titled Shake That Brain! How to Create Winning Solutions (and Have Fun While You’re at it). I haven’t read the whole pages of the book, but I was so lucky because I chose the appropriate chapter.

The author of this spectacular book is Joel Saltzman, a speaker, facilitator, and coach. I said spectacular because I knew this book was absolutely great by reading only one chapter.

I read Chapter 4: Learn That Mistakes Are Great

Favorite Quotes

The more mistakes you made, the better your chances to success.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.

It’s not that I’m smart, it’s just that I stay with the problems longer (Albert Einstein) Read More

Best Moment in My Life

When I looked back what I’ve experienced, I realized that most of my best moments in my life happened when I lived in Taiwan, when I pursued Master Degree.

My First Publication

I was so happy because at the second semester, my Ph.D supervisor asked me to take a part in writing article review, Cultivation, photobioreactor design and harvesting of microalgae: a critical review. Although I’m not the first author, I feel happy because that article was listed in Most downloaded bioresource technology article. Since then, I got a powerful spirit and motivation to learn and more serious in doing my research. If you wish to get this article but don’t have access to download it, you can contact me. Read More

Smile: A simple act to feel better

About a week ago, I was thinking to write something about smile. This inspiration came from daily human behavior. Smile is the way to show politeness, friendliness, and openness, especially in my country. When you don’t smile and show sad face, people may think you are a bit bad people, impolite, and a kind of unsocialized people. However, that was for normal smile. Sometimes, we smile for something not good (in the hope to feel good).

Yesterday I got a meeting and got scolded by my client. I totally forgot how to smile. In fact, I wanted to cry at that time. The condition was really appropriate to cry. I felt my eyes were hot, but I controlled my self and tried to act normally. I tried to smile to feel better. It worked at that time, but my heart was still hurt. Read More

How to make Hyperlink in The Same Current Document in Microsoft Word

The leader of my BFS (Bankable Feasibility Study) project ask me to insert Hyperlink in every attachment I made. That idea did not cross in my mind before and I thought it would be really great. The problem is I don’t know how to insert hyperlink in the same current document in Microsoft Word. Unlike making hyperlink in Microsoft Powerpoint, the current display of hyperlink window in Microsoft Word (especially if you want to make hyperlink in the same document) is a bit different for me. Then, I browsed the tips. This is the copy of the tips I got from

  1. To link to a place in the current document, you can use either heading styles or bookmarks in Word (in my case, I applied heading style then I applied bookmarks. Remember! You can’t type the bookmarks name with space, so use “_” to separate one word with other)
  2. In the current document, do one of the following:
    • Insert a bookmark at the location you want to go to.
    • Apply one of Word’s built-in heading styles to the text at the location you want to go to.
  3. Select the text or object you want to display as the hyperlink.
  4. On the Standard toolbar, click Insert Hyperlink Button image.
  5. Under Link to, click Place in This Document.
  6. In the list, select the heading or bookmark you want to link to.

It is really working! I expand my mind to hyperlink every figure and table on my Microsoft word file (if I have enough time 😉 ).

Stephen Hawking celebrated his 70th Birthday

Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, at Oxford, British Commonwealth. Today he celebrated his 70th birthday. He is the most famous theoretical physicist after Einstein.

He has been predicted to die at 1963 because of his rare disease, motor neuron diseases (MNDs). These are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurones, the cell that control muscle activity including speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing, and general movement of the body. They can cause progressive disability and death. Stephen Hawking is one of example who can survive fifty years while enduring this disease.

He suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which only 5% who suffers from this disease in the world. Most people who suffers from this disease will die one year later after sentenced to suffer that disease. The case of Stephen Hawking is a miracle.

Stephen Hawking who teaches at Cambridge University, UK, said that he was so lucky because his condition continued slower that most common case. This also showed that we must not loose hope.

He said, “I am often asked, ‘how it feels to suffer from ALS?'”. He answered, “I am fine. I try to live as common as possible and not think too much of my disease, or regret because I cannot do things, because in fact I cannot do much things”.

He also added, “Although there is a black cloud covers my future, I actually found something surprising. I better enjoy my life now than before.

In the middle of struggling over his disease, he keeps doing research and invent some important  progress of theoretical physics studies.

Despite of his disability, he is an optimist. He also said, “Human being is very stunted compared with the greatness of universe; so that people with disabilities is not a sign of significant cosmic”.

We are as normal people which have no disability should be more optimist to face life!

Happy birthday, Professor Stephen Hawking! You really inspired me!


Martin Luther King Jr.

I think this is not the first time I heard about Martin Luther King Jr. However, I don’t know exactly who he is.

TIME magazine presents photo-biography of him to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day which is observed on the third Monday of January. But, wait, who is he? What is so great about him?

After reading several sources, including Wikipedia of course, Martin Luther King is an influential civil rights leader. He is best known as iconic that against discrimination in the United States. He is also known by “Black Gandhi” because he used non violent methods as Gandhi did.

He was born in Atlanta at 1929. Martin grew as educated and religious person. His father, Martin Luther King Sr., taught him Catholic in a very discipline way. It is not surprised that Martin Jr. followed the path of his father.

Being grown in a religious family make Martin Jr. be more critical to the condition of surrounding environment. When he was a Montgomery church, he always teaches his congregation that all people are the same.

The effort that Martin did to fight against racism is with peace. Not all negro people agreed with his method, but Martin believed that violence will lead to another bigger violence.

After he has been fighting constantly against racism, he died tragically on this hotel. He was shot by a stranger.

Although he has passed away, his spirit will always together with the people who have dream. Martin is right, people who see other people by his/her skin is a stupid.

What Anne Said

You can get inspirations everywhere and every time. Even when you write one single sentence which contains only five words, you can develop it into one good story. More than that, inspiration will live your life. At least, it burns your spirit.

One day, I browsed information related to holocaust by Nazi. I intentionally found one victim of that holocaust named Anne Frank. She was a Jew. When Nazi invaded Germany, Anne and her family moved to Netherland and lived there. At the beginning they could live normally, but not after Nazi invaded Netherland. They hid in the Annex house, a hideous place that kept three families. Read More