Perjalanan ke Bangkok – Hari #1

Berkaitan dengan penghargaan dari Asian Banker terkait dengan pekerjaanku, aku dan beberapa kolega lainnya dikirim ke Bangkok untuk menghadiri seremonial penyerahan penghargaannya dan juga mengikuti seminar terkait perbankan di Hotel Grand Centara. Setelah sholat subuh tadi pagi, taksi Blue Bird yang sudah kupesan sorenya, langsung membawaku ke Bandara Internasional Soekarno Hatta via belakang. Alhamdulillah jalanan masih lancar. Seperti biasa, aku ngobrol dengan supirnya yang menceritakan lika-liku hidupnya. Menurutku cukup menarik sehingga aku mungkin akan menuliskannya dalam bentuk cerpen di postingan terpisah.

Sampai di bandara, langsung mengambil jatah Starbuck 1 Rupiah, komplementer dari salah satu kartu kreditku. Karena masih lama setelah check ini bagasi di counter Garuda dan melewati imigrasi, aku dan teman-teman kantor ngadem sambil sarapan di lounge, gratis lagi dengan kartu kredit Panin Platinumku.

Perjalanan yang cukup panjang sekitar 2 jam 55 menit (hampir 3 jam) aku habiskan dengan berdoa (nomor satu ini mah), mendengarkan lagu Jason Mraz, menonton kembali I am Legendnya Mas Will Smith, dan membaca sekilas tentang Thailand. Sebelum keberangkatan juga memang aku pelajari dulu sekilas kebudayaan dan adat istiadat di sana. Dari yang aku baca, karena negaranya monarki (kekerajaan), maka simbol raja sangat dikultuskan. Bahasanya sangat kompleks. Mereka membedakan gender, terutama dari penuturnya. Jadi kalau pembicaranya lelaki, maka kalimat yang diucapkan berbeda jika yang mengucapkannya wanita. Bahasa Thailand juga bersifat tonal, artinya intonasi yang berbeda pada suatu kata yang sama akan menghasilkan arti yang berbeda pula. Coba tengok situs ini untuk mencoba melihat betapa sulitnya mempelajari bahasa Thailand.

Itu dari segi bahasa. Dari segi sopan santun, jangan sekali-kali duduk dengan kaki menunjuk ke orang lain karena akan dianggap sangat menghina. Jadi pastikan kalau duduk mengangkat kaki atau lesehan di lantai, kakinya jangan menunjuk ke seseorang karena dianggap tidak sopan. Bahkan patung MacD di sini tidak duduk mengangkat kaki seperti di tempat lain di dunia ini namun berdiri sambil menyatukan kedua tangan di dada.

Rata-rata biaya hidup di Bangkok lebih rendah daripada di Jakarta. 1 Bath hampir ekuivalen dengan 300 rupiah. Kalau mau dibandingkan Jakarta lebih mahal. Bisa dilihat dari menu di KFC, pulsa isi ulang (45-60 ribu bebas BB service seminggu), dan taksi. Singapur masih berasa mahal dibandingkan Jakarta dan Bangkok.

Lalu lintasnya mirip Jakarta. Seat belt belum jadi kesadaran. Macetnya sih parahan Jakarta secara infrastruktur dan transportasi Jakarta masih ketinggalan dibandingkan Bangkok. Semoga juragan DKI berikutnya bisa nyusul kemajuan negara tetangga.

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Word Cruncher Helper for Draw Something Phenomenon and Letter Press App

If you get stucked or start to yelling WTF of the meaning of your opponent’s drawing when playing the famous Social Drawing Application – Draw Something, this simple tool may help you to reduce the millions or probably trillions of the possibility answer for the question. Use this application wisely since it may spoil the fun of the game. Use it just when you want to keep the long streak that you have achieved with your opponent and you are in a deep stress unable guessing the question.

This tool was coded using Delphi and it uses dictionary found by googling from this site. Of course the result of this tool really depends with the entry of the dictionary. You may add your own words, celebrity names, famous phrases, etc by manually add your own entries in the dictionary.txt file which comes along with the application. Ensure the file is located in the same folder with the application. You may share the application freely or share the link among of your friends who play the game. You may download the application from this link.

Actually you may get help from the bomb feature to eliminate some unused letters when you get stucked. The problem is, you have a limited bomb to use. When you are running out of bombs, you may purchase it from the store, adding some money to Draw Something. This tool eliminate you from purchasing any bombs (1200 coins for 4.99 USD, 3000 coins for 9.99 USD, and 10000 coins for 24.99 USD). So this cool tool really save you money!!!

Here is the source code (you may enhance it or put some refactoring to increase the speed) or recoding it with your favorite programming language. Click this link to see the code.

Here is the sample of images that you may not find in the dictionary. You’re on your own.

The reason I made this tool was one night, I was really sleepy in my bedroom, and yet still playing this addictive game. I wrote a sentence to my opponent before drawing the question : This is the last drawing before go to bed. Good Night. And then I touched the erase icon to erase the sentence and drew the question. The next morning I grabbed my iPad, my opponent replied my sentence with Good Night, and she forgot to draw the question!!! There are thousands of possible words that I need to try. I have 36 turn in streak that both of us always correctly guess the answer. I don’t want to start from all over again, so I decided to code this tool. Hahaha.. another excuse to code for a programmer, huh?

The other reason was when my son  playing the same game in his iPod touch, his opponent drew numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4. And NO OTHER CLUE. We were thinking about words: COUNTING, NUMBERS, MATH, etc. When we gave up, the actual answer was PASSWORD. This is a kind of WTF drawing that impossible to guess, and with this tool you may avoid crunching all possibilities with just a reasonable number of guess.

Guessing PASSWORD

How to use the application:

  1. Download the zip file from the link above, and extract it to a folder
  2. There are 2 files, first is the application, WordCruncher.exe and dictionary.txt. Run the application by double clicking on the WordCruncher.exe
  3. Put all the letters available in Choice of letters (12 length)
  4. Choose the length of the answer
  5. Click Crunch button to get the possible result
  6. You may double click the word in the result box to launch the browser with the meaning of the word

Enjoy the game (you can get it from Apple AppStore or Google Play (Androit Market)) ,  and enjoy this tool but use it wisely!

======================== EDITED ON 3rd Nov 2012  ==========================

Letterpress App just launched. I modified a bit so it can be used for Draw Something and Letter Press. Same link for  this ver2.0. To get the password of the zip file, please email to word.cruncher.application at gmail.com.
Put in the subject : PASSWORD

Put in the body:

NAME:

COUNTRY:

WHAT’s THE APP YOU PLAY for THIS WORD CRUNCHER:

YOUR GADGET:

COMMENT:

Thx!

Writing content for presentations: how I usually do it.

The first thing I choose to reblog. It teaches us how to make a good presentation that sells. If you ever need to give any presentation, please take a moment to read it.

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A friend of mine (he doesn’t work in advertising, but as a market research manager he works frequently with advertising people) shared me this picture around few months ago.

I work as a planner, and as you can see from the picture some of my colleagues see me as “the PowerPoint monkey”. This means, in their eyes my main role is to churn out good-looking, smart-sounding slides for presentations that will make clients see the agency knows what it’s doing.

That perception is not entirely inaccurate, though. I deliver presentations and produce slide shows on a weekly basis. But I honestly believe that presentations are not about slides. In fact, I have strong certain beliefs about presentations, and I have a method I always use whenever I have to prepare for one.

On Thursday, March 22, 2012 I shared this method in a class in Akademi Berbagi Jakarta (Jakarta’s Sharing…

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