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Music: Mirror by Justin Timberlake

[Verse 1]
Aren’t you somethin’ to admire
Cause your shine is somethin’ like a mirror
And I can’t help but notice
You reflect in this heart of mine
If you ever feel alone and
The glare makes me hard to find
Just know that I’m always
Parallel on the other side

[Pre-Hook]
Cause with your hand in my hand and a pocket full of soul
I can tell you there’s no place we couldn’t go
Just put your hand on the past
I’m here tryin’ to pull you through
You just gotta be strong

[Hook 1]
Cause I don’t wanna lose you now
I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me
The biggest scene is set in my heart
There’s a space, but now you’re home
Show me how to fight for now
And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy
Comin’ back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along
It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside me
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making
Two reflections into one
Cause it’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

[Verse 2]
Aren’t you somethin’, an original
Cause it doesn’t seem really as simple
And I can’t help but stare, cause
I see truth somewhere in your eyes
I can’t ever change without you
You reflect me, I love that about you
And if I could, I
Would look at us all the time

[Pre-Hook]

[Hook]

[Break]
Yesterday is history
Tomorrow’s a mystery
I can see you lookin’ back at me
Keep your eyes on me
Baby, keep your eyes on me

[Hook]

[Hook 2] x10
You are, you are the love of my life

[Verse 3]
Baby, you’re the inspiration for this precious song
And I just wanna see your face light up since you put me on
So now I say goodbye to the old me, it’s already gone
And I can’t wait wait wait wait wait to get you home
Just to let you know, you are

[Hook 2] x8

[Verse 4]
Girl you’re my reflection, all I see is you
My reflection, in everything I do
You’re my reflection and all I see is you
My reflection, in everything I do

[Hook 2] x16
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Indonesia: A Letter To Pak Beye

People attend a candlelight vigil at Proclamation Monument in central Jakarta on Tuesday night (August 28th) to pray and show support for Shia Muslims in Sampang, Madura after local Sunni Muslims attacked the community, killing two men and burning dozens of homes. Hundreds attended the Malam Seribu Lilin (Night of a Thousand Candles). [2012: Oktofani]

People attend a candlelight vigil at Proclamation Monument in central Jakarta on Tuesday night (August 28th) to pray and show support for Shia Muslims in Sampang, Madura after local Sunni Muslims attacked the community, killing two men and burning dozens of homes. Hundreds attended the Malam Seribu Lilin (Night of a Thousand Candles). [2012: Oktofani]

Dear Pak Beye,

I am a citizen. I am a journalist. As a journalist, I like to observe, I like to listen to my source when they tell me a story. I do not interrupt them. I let them  take all the time that they need. It is because I realize that people like to be listened to.

Since I started my career in journalism, I often covered stories on human rights and legal issues. As a result, I am very aware of human rights issues now. There is a saying in journalism “Bad news is good news“. And working as a journalist in Indonesia, I would find ‘good news‘ very easily. It is because everyday I see and hear s about so many  cases of human rights violations in this beloved country.

It is very saddening to see that the number of violent attacks on religious minorities keeps increasing each year. Setara Institute found that  there were 216 cases of violent attacks on religious minorities in 2010, 244 cases in 2011 and 264 cases in 2012.

The victims of the attacks mentioned in the report belonged to religious communities including Catholic and Protestant Christians, and Islamic groups Shia, Sunni and Ahmadiyah.

Some people say that journalistic duties are to JUST write down the fact and present it to the public, we must not be involved. That is so true. But sometimes, I questioned myself how can I help the victims? I don’t want to be a hero. But I am a human with heart and feeling.

Ten Shiites from Sampang, Madura, East Java, are heading to Jakarta on bicycles to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and directly convey their complaints over being expelled from their own village in August 2012.

Ten Shiites from Sampang, Madura, East Java, are heading to Jakarta on bicycles to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and directly convey their complaints over being expelled from their own village in August 2012.

Norma Manalu, an activist from Aceh, speaks at a June 4th gathering about women’s rights in Aceh, at Hotel Acacia in Jakarta. Activists say they are not against Sharia Law but question the way it is being implemented.

Norma Manalu, an activist from Aceh, speaks at a June 4th gathering about women’s rights in Aceh, at Hotel Acacia in Jakarta. Activists say they are not against Sharia Law but question the way it is being implemented.

My heart beat stopped when I saw women crying because they could not use their church for worshiping God on Sunday. I cried when I heard that three Ahmadiyah followers were killed in West Java.

I was speechless when I heard a Syiah  follower had nothing to say to his four years old boy that they no longer have house because their house has been burned down by extremists in Sampang, Madura, East Java.  I wanted to scream to the government of Aceh for regulating women’s clothing and movement in Aceh as if there are not more important things to be involved in.

Akh…. Indonesia!  Don’t you remember what your teacher taught you in the class when you were at Elementary School? They taught us about Pancasila and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity).

Akh… Indonesia! We forgot how to respect each other. We forgot the value of humanity. We forgot our national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika . We just care about ourselves and be selfish instead.

Indonesia! We forgot that the Indonesian Constitution has guaranteed its citizen to choose and practice their religion. Yet, Ahmadi cannot use their mosque and some Christians cannot use their churches to worship God.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has just received theWorld Statesman  Award for promoting religious freedom  in Indonesia, while in reality your people cannot  practice their belief and religions in safety.  They come to you to convey their problem, yet you don’t even have five minutes for them. Should you wait until the table turn on you?

Bapak SBY, they are your children. They consider you as a father hence they come to you. Please kindly open your eyes, open your ears and open your heart to them.  Help them justice.

Bapak presiden, they might not have a high education but they know the value of humanity. Open your heart, open your door for them. It is ridiculous that they should come to you because the local government were too blind and to dumb to hear their problem.  We all just want to live peacefully in our home country.

Bapak presiden, if you were a real soldier, you should act like it. If you are a good father, then you should act like one. If you are a good president, then be a good president. The extremists have insulted you big time but you still give them space. That’s unfortunate.

Oh here… I have a song for you Pak Beye “Dear Mr. President” by Pink. I hope you enjoy it.

Love

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An FPI-Free Indonesia supporter holds a sign at a rally attended by about 50 people in front of the National Police Headquarters in Jakarta on May 10th, 2012. The group is demanding a stop to violence committed in the name of religion. [2012: Oktofani Elisabeth]

An FPI-Free Indonesia supporter holds a sign at a rally attended by about 50 people in front of the National Police Headquarters in Jakarta on May 10th, 2012. The group is demanding a stop to violence committed in the name of religion. [2012: Oktofani Elisabeth]

Indonesian Youth's Express their disappointment to the government because Lady Gaga had to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following protests by Islamic hard-liners and conservative lawmakers, who said her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt young people [2012: Oktofani]

Indonesian Youth’s Express their disappointment to the government because Lady Gaga had to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following protests by Islamic hard-liners and conservative lawmakers, who said her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt young people [2012: Oktofani]

The protesters called President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono “banci,” which literally translates to transvestite, saying he was a coward for not disbanding Ahmadiyah. [2011: Oktofani Elisabeth]

The protesters called President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono “banci,” which literally translates to transvestite, saying he was a coward for not disbanding Ahmadiyah. [2011: Oktofani Elisabeth]

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Fashion: Abhaya Skirt

I am in my Abhaya Skirt [2013: E R]

I am in my Abhaya Skirt [2013: E R]

I always love traditional textile, be it batik, songket, ikat, sarong or tenun. Unfortunately, I always find it difficult to find a ready wear outfit, which is made from traditional textile, that matches to my taste. Hence I always designed my own outfit.

Well, some people say that there is nothing new under the sun and I would say that my design is not particularly original. But I often put a little detail on my design such as button, zipper or line.

Here it is my latest design, A-line skirt, which is made from orange and green Cambodian silk.  The skirt has no waistline and use invisible zipper on the left side. And I named it  Abhaya skirt, which means fearless skirt.

Abhaya skirt sketch [2013: Oktofani]

Abhaya skirt sketch [2013: Oktofani]

Abhaya skirt [2013: Oktofani]

Abhaya skirt [2013: Oktofani]

Somehow, I really like my Abhaya skirt because I can wear it for formal meeting or hanging out with friends. It all depends on what kind of top that I am wearing with.

So what do you think?

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Spirituality: The Prayer of Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary

Mother Mary statue in St. Theresia Church, Menteng, Jakarta, Indonesia [2013: Oktofani]

Mother Mary statue in St. Theresia Church, Menteng, Jakarta, Indonesia [2013: Oktofani]

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

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Music: Just Give Me a Reason

Just Give Me A Reason by Pink feat Nate Rues

Right from the start
You were a thief
You stole my heart
And I, your willing victim

I let you see the parts of me
That weren’t all that pretty
And with every touch you fixed them

Now you’ve been talking in your sleep
Oh, oh, things you never say to me
Oh, oh, tell me that you’ve had enough
Of our love, our love

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

I’m sorry I don’t understand
Where all of this is coming from
I thought that we were fine
(Oh, we had everything)

Your head is running wild again
My dear, we still have everythin’
And it’s all in your mind
(Yeah, but this is happenin’)

You’ve been havin’ real bad dreams
Oh, oh, you used to lie so close to me
Oh, oh, there’s nothing more than empty sheets
Between our love, our love
Oh, our love, our love

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

I never stopped
You’re still written in the scars on my heart
You’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Oh, tear ducts and rust
I’ll fix it for us
We’re collecting dust
But our love’s enough

You’re holding it in
You’re pouring a drink
No, nothing is as bad as it seems
We’ll come clean

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Oh, oh, we can learn to love again
Oh, oh, we can learn to love again
Oh, oh, that we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
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Music: I’ll Never Love Again

I was wrong to let you walk right out of my life
I was dumb to think that I could survive
Was a fool to think the grass was greener on the other side
Now it hurts to know that it means that I…

I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never find nobody who can love me like you do
I’ll never find nobody to treat me the way you do,
I’ll never fins nobody else baby, hey
I’ll never fall in love again eh

I was stupid to think that any love could compare
To the love that you gave to me from you,
Was a fool, yes a fool to think that I’d find anywhere
Anyone thats better for me than you…

I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never find nobody who can love me like you do
I’ll never find nobody to treat me the way you do,
I’ll never fins nobody else baby, hey
I’ll never fall in love again eh

And now my heart is stone cold
because you’ve gone, gone away (away)
gone away (away)
And now my heart is stone cold
because you’ve gone, gone away (away)
gone away (away)
And now my heart is stone cold
because you’ve gone, gone away (away)
gone away (away)
And now my heart is stone cold
because you’ve gone, gone away (away)
gone away (away)
Gone away (Gone away, gone away, gone away)
Gone away

I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never love again (Neva Neva)
I’ll never find nobody who can love me like you do
I’ll never find nobody to treat me the way you do,
I’ll never fins nobody else baby, hey
I’ll never fall in love again eh

I’ll never find nobody who can love me like you do
I’ll never find nobody to treat me the way you do,
I’ll never fins nobody else baby, hey
I’ll never fall in love again eh


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