Friday, June 20, 2008

Travel with too much stuff

Yup, finally... Today is my last day at work... I'm going for holiday for 3 weeks yayyy... I've been waiting for this time to come to finally relax and not think about work (for awhile).

Thanks to Anita for traveling tips on what is the right shoes to wear and what are the essentials things to bring in my hand bag. I like big hand bag cos I tend to bring a lot of stuff, same thing on my suitcase, every time I go traveling I always bring too much clothes and too much of anything :)

I always prepare for "just in case" and the result usually too much of anything :)

1 week before, I already put my stuff to the suitcase and 1 day before I will sort it out which ones should I take and which one is unnecessary to bring, in my head here is the list of what I will take in my hand bag:
- Mobile phone (of course)
- Mobile phone's charger (just in case my mobile gone off before I land in my destination)
- Digital Camera (I can use it in my 8 hours transit)
- Wallet (that's for sure)
- Essentials beauty kit: powder, lip gloss, lipstick, moisturizer, blush on, cleansing tissue
- Tooth brush + tooth paste (hey, I don't want to have bad breath when I land the next morning)
- Canceling noise headphone
- i-pod
- Book to kill the bore
- Scarf to warm me when I land
- Socks (yeah, I'm easily get cold)
- Small bottle of body lotion (to moisture my skin during the flight)
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet tissue

That's all (I think), the list can be shorten or even lengthen depends on what I think I would need. Yeah.. I'm so bad at this.

I'm still thinking on how many shoes and what kind of shoes should I bring.. I need help, anybody?

But for sure, I'll freeze my ass off for 3 weeks and hopefully I won't look like this while I'm there.

So, see you all in 3 weeks.

Monday, June 16, 2008

What's Behind the Trend of Women Dating Younger Men?

Exploring the modern coupling phenomenon

There appears to be a trend of older women dating younger men, notably illustrated by celebrity couples including Demi Moore and Aston Kutcher, Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, and the most recent fling between 48-year-old Linda Hogan and 19-year-old Charlie Hill. According to a study of 50,000 women daters over 30, conducted by an online dating site in 2007, more than one-third of the subjects showed interest in men at least 5 years younger. And in 2003, an AARP survey revealed 34 percent of 3,500 women (between ages 40 and 69) dated men who are 10 or more years younger than themselves. This trend appears to be shocking to some people, but I don't find it so unusual.

Socially, there's a role reversal of sorts going on, women are more powerful now than ever before and may want men who are younger, and perhaps, more flexible; men who can handle it if the woman's career and lifestyle takes priority over their own. Media portrayals in "Sex and the City" (like movie characters Smith Jerrod and Samantha Jones) and "Desperate Housewives" are also showing women that dates don't have to be older. Women who have high-powered careers -- or a well-developed self-image -- are exercising more choice. Women who have been divorced and are established single moms may enjoy having a playmate, someone to have fun with; who doesn't try to control her.

Can these older woman/younger man relationships last?

I have seen many relationships succeed with this kind of older woman/younger man scenario. The media focuses on the age difference, but what really makes or breaks the relationship is how well the couple can form a partnership that works.

Age difference is an adolescent worry: When you're a teenager, an age difference of even two or three years makes a vast difference in your experience and your outlook on life. Such a difference can interfere with communication, life goals, outlook, and relationship experience. In addition, for the young, the social reaction to such a relationship is often negative. If one partner is underage, a sexual relationship is even against the law.

But, as you get older, life experience and emotional growth help to equalize your relationship skills and resources. A 10-year or more difference in your ages makes little difference in how well you can conduct your relationship.

Don't focus on an arbitrary numbers difference in your ages. If you are getting along, you have good communication and problem solving, and you love each other, that's a precious thing, and far more important than any age difference could be. If other people have a problem with it, let it be their problem.

Whether or not a relationship is healthy is not determined by age differences, but by the interaction between the partners. A 10-year difference is not too difficult to bridge, but a 20-year differences or more in age can lead to some difficulties as the partners get older. For example, the younger partner may mature and reconsider his or her choices, or an older partner may confront aging problems much sooner. But, as long as both parties are adult, and the couple has talked about their age difference and the future possibilities, I don't make judgments about their respective ages.

Dealing with the generation gap

There are healthy and unhealthy reasons to date someone of a different generation.
One inappropriate motivation for dating a younger person is fear of aging on the older person's part. A younger partner isn't going to reverse the aging process or protect you from old age. Obviously, a man or woman who dates someone as young as his or her children is going to run into some social opposition, but the differences that can cause the biggest problems within the couple's relationship are differing maturity levels.

As more and more women choose younger partners for relationships, the question arises: Are women in their late 30s and early 40s likely to be successful with partners who are 10 to 15 years younger than themselves?

Success in these relationships depends on what the motivations of both people are. Some older people feel younger at heart than their contemporaries and like to date people who are as active as they are. Chronological age doesn't always reflect either physical capability or emotional maturity. Sometimes an age difference creates a mentoring relationship the older person advises the younger one on life or career. This can backfire if and when the younger person decides he or she has learned enough, and wants to move on.

If you're asking: "Is it OK for me to have a partner who is much older or younger than I am?" You'll do better off if you forget about your ages and concentrate on whether the relationship works for both of you, or not. What really makes a romantic relationship succeed is the emotional connection.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Gruen Transfer

I really hope that Indonesia can come up with something like this, I don't know why every time we have talk show for ads it always turn out to be cheesy :)

In shopping mall design, the Gruen transfer refers to the moment when consumers respond to "scripted disorientation" cues in the environment. It is named for Austrian architect Victor Gruen (who disavowed such manipulative techniques) and lately popularized by Douglas Rushkoff.

Here are some example of interesting malls.












Ok, back to The Gruen Transfer TV show, here is about the show:

The Gruen Transfer (TGT) is a show about advertising, how it works, and how it works on us. Hosted by the inimitable Wil Anderson, TGT will decode and defuse the commercial messages that swirl through our lives, with the help of a panel of ad industry experts.

Each week, Wil is joined by some of the best and brightest minds of the advertising industry, experts prepared to share the ideas and insights that drive them.

Guests on the program face a series of challenges designed to show the thought processes - and, often, the brilliance - of advertising, as well as its understanding of who we are and what we want. Each week we examine the tactics used to sell a particular product; it could be cars or chocolate or cleaning products.

In a segment called 'The Pitch', agencies compete to fulfill an impossible brief. For example, 'make Brendan Nelson a winner'. Elsewhere, 'Consumer's Revenge' allows our audience to participate in the show by making their own ads on this website. The best ads will be played during the show.

The Gruen Transfer is a fast, funny show about advertising that will make you look differently at the constructed world around you. It’s not an expose. It’s not a satire. It’s about truth in advertising. Finally.

The Gruen Transfer is really worth to watch and the host is great, funny (he used to be a comedian and a journalist), smart and cute, uhmm... deadly combination :)

Click here for detail information about the show.

Ok, I sound like giving them free advertising here and I think they have to pay me for free marketing :)).

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ministry Information decree on advertising

RI issues decree to restrict foreign ads

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta |Mon, 06/09/2008 10:29 AM| Headlines

In a bid to protect the country's interests, the Indonesian government has issued a decree restricting the Indonesian media from displaying foreign advertisements.

The joint ministerial decree was signed May 30 by Communication and Information Minister Muhammad Nuh and Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, Antara news agency reported Saturday.

"The joint decree is aimed at giving more opportunities to domestic production houses, and the employment of one foreign expert must be accompanied by three domestic workers," Nuh was quoted as saying.

The minister said the regulation was in response to missed profit opportunities amid increases in advertisement production costs from Rp 25.5 trillion in 2005, to Rp 30.03 trillion in 2006 and Rp 35.1 trillion in 2007.

"It's a pity we could not reap benefits from the advertisements' Rp 35.1 trillion. So far, only foreign production houses have benefited," Nuh said.

Local television stations saw advertisement revenues of Rp 23 trillion last year, or 66 percent of the market's total, while newspapers accounted for 30 percent and magazines four percent.

Advertisement spending during the January-March 2008 period increased to Rp 8.661 trillion from Rp 7.019 trillion in the same period last year.

The joint decree made some exceptions for advertisements on tourism promotion of foreign countries, properties located outside Indonesia; international games, competition and education, and brand global or brand image with same actors all over the world.

The regulation came one year after Nuh's predecessor Sofyan Djalil issued an advertising regulation limiting the involvement of foreign actors and other resources in the production of broadcast advertising.

The ministerial decree stipulates that the role of local human resources -- models, directors, cameramen, editors, animators and music directors, should be grown, while materials including settings, buildings, languages and music should represent local values.

The government expects locals should be able to take over the position held by a foreign worker in 2009.

Foreign workers in advertisement production are also expected to register with associations related to their professions.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Finally

video

Proudly presents "Immunity", on air in National TV started on June 2nd 2008.

Here is the translation:

While you protect him from the outside,
We help you protect him from the inside.

Nutrilon Royal 3 with unique prebiotics composition FOS:GOS 1:9 helps protecting digestive system.

Because healthy digestion is the foundation of a strong immune system.

Protection from the inside.