I Could Be A Psych

18 Jul

This will be just a quick short one since it’s been such a long time since the last time I blogged.

Picture this situation.

My friend:
Hey, do you know who we ran into in the mall just now?
Me:
Harry (not a real name) ?
My friend:
<surprised> Yeah, how do you know?
Me:
<actually surprised too but trying to look cool> I just know.

 

I don’t know why I mention Harry’s name out of the hundred possibilities of whom my friends ran into, it’s just the name that “seemed” like a natural answer to that certain question. Bear in mind, Harry is not a close friend of ours, we barely talk to him.

It’s like I have a sixth sense or some sort. Or maybe just a lucky guess? It happens quite often though to be just a coincidence (in other ways, I can’t always predict who you ran into yesterday. That’d be creepy… but cool)

Okay, after some thoughts, there MIGHT be some logical processes going in that certain moment that resulted in my brain outputting Harry’s name. But…. nah, I won’t tell. Just accept that I can (sometimes) read your brain, lol

Quotes on Paul Scholes

3 Jun

Here are LOTS of quotes from TOP players and managers about Paul Scholes.

In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen — the most complete — is Scholes. I have spoken with Xabi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything. He can play the final pass, he can score, he is strong, he never gets knocked off the ball and he doesn’t give possession away. If he had been Spanish then maybe he would have been valued more.
Xavi

My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder.
Zinedine Zidane

I’m not the best, Paul Scholes is.
Edgar Davids

Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes – he is the best midfielder of his generation. I would have loved to have played alongside him.
Pep Guardiola

I tell anyone who asks me – Scholes is the best English player.
Laurent Blanc

An amazingly gifted player who remained an unaffected human being.
Roy Keane

I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It’s Paul Scholes. Players like Denis Law and George Best who I enjoyed so much as team-mates and now, finally, players I have watched closely in the Alex Ferguson era. And in so many ways Scholes is my favourite. I love his nous and conviction that he will find a way to win, to make the killer pass or produce the decisive volley.
Sir Bobby Charlton

The player in the Premiership I admire most? Easy – Scholes.
Patrick Vieira

He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League.
Cesc Fabregas

I can’t understand why Scholes has never won the player of the year award. He should have won it long ago. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t seek the limelight like some of the other ’stars’.
Thierry Henry

Nobody else in the world can play the way Scholes does. The passes he produces all over the field and the way he changes the game is brilliant. Every manager would like him. But luckily he is here and playing with us. Paul practices that all the time. When he has finished training he always goes out and shoots.
Dimitar Berbatov

Why isn’t he playing for England? It is crazy. Only in England. Scholes is a great, great player. So experienced and still, for me, one of the best in the world in midfield. Manchester United are lucky to have him.
Jose Mourinho

Paul Scholes would have been one of my first choices for putting together a great team – that goes to show how highly I have always rated him. He would have been one of the first players I’d have bought, given the chance.
Marcello Lippi

Scholes is undoubtedly the best midfielder of his generation.
Zinedine Zidane

He is a very complete, spectacular footballer. He always fights for the ball and tries to lose his marker to help his team-mates – either to defend or to have a shot on goal. For any football player in the Premiership, Scholes is a player you want to emulate. I would happily end my career with the medals that Scholes has. I am young and I hope that I will be able to surpass him – but it is not going to be easy.
Cesc Fabregas

Paul Scholes is just fantastic. When you play alongside him, you realise what a special talent he is.
Michael Carrick

Very few players can do that, but Scholes is one of them – and I knew he was one of them. That’s why, without question, I think Paul Scholes is the best player in England. He’s got the best skills, the best brain. No one can match him.
Sir Alex Ferguson

For me, it’s Paul Scholes. He’ll do ridiculous things in training like say, “You see that tree over there?” – it’ll be 40 yards away – “I’m going to hit it”. And he’ll do it. Everyone at the club considers him the best.”
Rio Ferdinand

I wouldn’t swap Paul Scholes for anybody. He is quite simply the most complete footballer I have ever played with. He is the best.
Gary Neville

We won’t ever see another one like Paul Scholes. He is a legend and a real benchmark. He is not interested in the modern-day footballer’s life off the pitch, but he is a world-class player on it. He has probably never really got the true recognition he deserved outside of Manchester United because he never did the media. He didn’t do interviews and never put himself out for things like that. I cannot believe he has never been nominated for World, European or domestic individual honours because in his prime he was scoring 20 goals a season from midfield. It is astonishing he has never won a personal award, but given the choice of winning something and then having to get up and do the speech, I think he would rather not have won them!
Darren Fletcher

He’s the best one- or two-touch passer in the country. He sees the game unlike any other player.
Terry Venables

If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes. He can tackle, and his passing and shooting is of the highest level. He’s the most consistent and naturally gifted player we’ve had for a long, long time.
Alan Shearer

Paul Scholes has been the best England midfield player for 30-odd years. You’d probably have to go back to Bobby Charlton to find someone who could do as much as Scholes. When the ball arrives at his feet he could tell you where every player on that pitch is at that moment. His awareness is superb.
Gordon Strachan

Paul, for me, is the best player in the England team. It worries teams. Speak to any other international team and they will single Paul out as England’s key player. For me, he doesn’t get the full credit that he deserves. He is a world-class player and deserves to be up there with the likes of Zidane and Figo.
Phil Neville

Scholes is one of the most complete footballers I’ve ever seen. His one-touch play is phenomenal. Whenever I have played against him, I never felt I could get close to him.
Eidur Gudjohnsen

For years Paul Scholes has been one of the best players in the Premiership. He’s incredible. He has always been under-rated throughout his career. He’s a team player, a one and two-touch footballer who makes good decisions on the pitch and makes his team play.
Thierry Henry

He has an awareness of what’s happening around him on the edge of the box which is better than most players. As a kid he always had a knack of arriving in the penalty area just at the right time, but he’s proving just as effective from outside the box because he’s using his experience in the right way. It doesn’t matter who I am thinking about bringing into my midfield, Paul Scholes will be included, as he would in any side in the world.
Sir Alex Ferguson

I’m saddened because I think we as spectators, not only in this country but right through out Europe and the rest of the World, will be missing one hell of a footballer.

Ray Wilkins

He’s unbelievable – he’s one of the greatest of all time.

Wayne Rooney

When it’s over I just want to be able to look in the mirror and say, “Well, you were a half-decent player”

Paul Scholes

Here are MORE of them I found in Youtube :

One last word from me, LEGEND!

And So The Story Ends

2 Jun

The caption in the image above says it all. After winning the match, Xavi, Busquets, Pedro, Iniesta, and even Messi hadn’t really accomplished all their mission yet. They all had the same thing in mind : “This is the last time he’s gonna play. I want his shirt!” In the end, Iniesta beat them all to it, probably by making Scholes promised him the shirt before the other four got the chance to talk.

For me, this is tough. Paul Scholes retires from football. Three days since the news, I still can’t get over it. I can’t imagine how it’s gonna feel like watching Man United next season without him. Sure, this season he’s not really a first team player anymore, but when everyone else in the pitch was stuck, at least he’s there. Just to know he’s there boosted other players’ performance. Wingers and forwards were always anticipating his godlike long through pass. Midfielders and defenders was never in panic when pressed by the opposition players cos he’s always there and ready to receive the ball, and they knew once the ball got to Scholes, everything is gonna be okay.

Next season, they won’t have any of those facilities anymore. Whoever’s coming will have a really really tough job to replace him. Though Man United will be fine without him, they will have to really change the way they play. Wingers and forwards cannot be always expecting pinpoint passes towards them anymore, since in current United squad (and current available transfer targets), I don’t think anybody can replace Scholes in terms of passing, vision and dictating the game.

Long before Xavi and Iniesta become the benchmark as the definitive midfielders, Scholes had done it for years. Of course, since he’s never been on TV commercials, magazine ads, or newspaper headlines, “common” football fans will never know of him. Only people in football world (including Xavi and Iniesta) recognize his one-in-a-million talent. Zidane, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney, Fabregas, Nasri and many more are top players playing for different teams, yet they all had the same answer when they were asked about who’s the player of current generation that they look up to or the best for them: “Paul Scholes” . It’s not just an act of courtesy because they were all asked about it in different occasions, yet the answer remained the same. That’s how good he is.

For me, he’s not just a great player, he’s also an inspiration. Watching him play was what made me start playing football. He makes everything he does, short and long passes or one-two-touch or ball control, looks so simple and easy. Of course, as lots of players can vouch for it, giving a 50-60 yards pinpoint pass or control the ball like your body is a magnet or knowing where your teammates are before you even receive a pass is not easy. Yet he did all of that all the time. He scores a lot of goals, too, exactly 150 goals. As Zidane says : “My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder.” Not to mention, with a high profile job like this, he never once dives into the world of fame. He makes sure that he’s just a simple family man and doesn’t let his football excellence influence his personal life.

There are lots of other videos you can find on Youtube, but Youtube can only show you a portion of a match. If you’ve never seen Paul Scholes match, you can’t imagine what you’re really missing out, but if you have, feel honored to be able to watch one of the THE best player in the current generation. A talent this huge won’t come too often in a lifetime span.

Anyway, there’s nothing else I can add to what everyone has said about Paul Scholes. Hope he enjoys being a coach and who knows, maybe in 3 years time, he can replace Sir Alex Ferguson when he finally retires. Scholesy, thank you for everything you’ve done in football. You will be greatly missed.

Life In Jakarta (So Far) And Watching Sara

17 May

It’s been almost three weeks since I arrived at Jakarta. And all I can say for now about living in Jakarta is “I’m surviving”.

Monas

PS : I've never been to Monas :p

The first three days, I was staying at my brother’s place in North Jakarta, which is FAR, really FAR from where I’m working in West Jakarta. The second and third day, I went looking for “room for rent” (kost) and it took me almost 2 hours of commuting just to reach West Jakarta! Actually it may not be that far, but the traffic jam and the crowded bus sure do not help.

So at least I found quite a comfortable (albeit quite expensive) maybe 3x3m room. It’s got AC in it so I’ve got no worries about heat. The neighborhood is quite busy (since it has a popular university around) and really complete in terms of facilities. It has ATM, super/mini-markets, lots of wartegs/cafes, lots of public transportation, and not to mention a footsal field! That’s a big plus in my book.

Of course, the first week was quite hard on myself. Apart from the office hours (which has been great so far), I literally have no one to talk to, so it’s kinda lonely and though YM/Google Talk helped a bit, somehow I missed my family and friends so much I kinda wished I didn’t go to Jakarta.

But days went by, and here I am in my twentieth days in Jakarta, and I have to say I don’t really hate it now. I’m playing footsal every week, and the guys in my footsal team are alright, too, I guess. At least I have something to look forward to every week, which is playing footsal.

Sara Bareilles Concert in Jakarta

Sara Bareilles Concert in Jakarta

And of course there’s the Sara Bareilles concert on May 12th. Thinking back, I still can’t believe how I went and watched the concert. I didn’t know the place, I only knew about the concert one day before the concert(!), and I certainly won’t have any friends I can ask to go with (let’s just say, Sara Bareilles is not really popular around here. But she’s awesome!).

But I don’t know how, on May 11th, I phoned the ticket booth about the ticket and they said it’s still available and they could deliver it to my office, so I said yes and the next day I got it. Then at 6 PM (after work), I stopped a taxi and told the driver to go to Senayan Tennis Indoor. Alas, the driver was new around there and didn’t know about where it was(!) Thankfully, I’ve got Android smartphone around, and using Google Maps, we got there somehow. It drained my battery so much though, that when it really mattered (when it’s supposed to take pictures of the concert), my phone died. Oh, well…

The concert is simply amazing. I’ve known and watched lots of Sara Bareilles live performance on Youtube, but watching and listening her live with my own eyes was freaking awesome! It’s quite a short concert, only 13 songs, but she did it in one go, only stopping for talking to the audience and the encore things, which is every-single-complimenting-word-in-the-dictionary. But all good things come to an end, then I went home and the next morning, the whole concert was kinda a blur to me, the recording I did with my phone sucks, but that was one experience I won’t forget.

PHP Incremental Alphabets

12 Apr

Ever have a case where you want to increment alphabets in PHP?

E.g.

AAA
AAB
….
AAZ
ABA
ABB

Apparently in PHP, you can do it very easily.

$x = 'AAZ';
$x++;
echo $x; //will output ABA

Though strangely decrementing it ($x–) won’t work.

Credits to this site for pointing this little tidbit out.

When Life Knocks On My Door …

6 Apr

I hate Jakarta. Gak tau kenapa, ada sebagian kecil dari diri gw yang menyuruh batin gw untuk membenci Jakarta, walau gw baru sekali menginjak tanah Jakarta, itu pun saat gw masih kecil. Yet, for one reason and the others, life knocked on my door last month and said it wanted to take me along to Jakarta. And I said yes…

… tentu saja setelah banyak pertimbangan. Alasan utama gw mau pindah tentu adalah kerjaan. Let’s just say, I’m sick and tired of my current job. Bukan karena pekerjaannya, karena toh di Jakarta, pekerjaan gw juga kurang lebih bakal sama, tapi lebih ke suasananya. Tidak usah gw beberkan detilnya, let’s just say, at the end of the day, I feel unwanted and unappreciated. So, saat gw mendapat tawaran dari Jakarta web agency yang sangat berprospek, tentu tidak perlu waktu lama untuk menimbang-nimbang antara pindah atau gak.

However, of course, the prospect of living alone and far away from family and friends doesn’t impress me. I think I’ve been too spoilt with the attention and presence of my family and friends throughout these years that somehow the fact that I’ll be leaving them and living on my own kinda scares me. But I guess that’s life. You can’t always get what you want. Sudah saatnya gw keluar dari “tempurung” gw. Lagian kalau kata orang : “There are no good-byes, where ever we are, you’ll always be in my BBM / YM” :p

So, so long, see you later, but I will not say goodbye.

PS : Kudos if you can find some song references in the passage above.

Subconcious Belief

2 Mar

Gw bukan mau berkomat kamit ala The Secrets yang sempat ngetrend beberapa tahun lalu, soalnya gw bukan ahlinya, tapi gw cuma pengen share pengalaman gw. Tapi sebelumnya, inti dari subconscious belief adalah :

“What your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. Napoleon Hill

Apa yang bisa dipikirkan oleh seorang manusia, bisa jadi kenyataan. Cukup simpel, contohnya bisa dilihat dari bagaimana pesawat terbang bisa diciptakan dari pemikiran manusia yang ingin bisa terbang. Yah, walaupun gak bisa terbang kayak karakter Dragon Ball (mind powers have limit too, you know) tapi setidaknya manusia bisa mencapai tujuan tersebut dengan bantuan benda ciptaan tersebut.

Oke, pengalaman gw tentang subconscious belief ini sebenernya sederhana aja, dan mungkin bisa dibilang serba kebetulan, but I rest my case. Here goes…

Gw penggemar Manchester United, dan pemain favorit gw Paul Scholes. So, childhood dream gw adalah bisa bermain bersama dia di Man United (I know it’s stupid, but eh…), trus karena dia bernomor punggung 18, gw pengen nomor punggung yang dekat dengan 18 itu, dan somehow 19 sticks! Jadilah 2 nomor itu jadi lucky number gw.

Itu latar belakangnya. So casenya, pas SMA dulu, gw ada ikut Olimpiade Bahasa Inggris se-Sumatera Utara. Eits, itu bukan gw yang membesar-besarkan, tapi nama lombanya emang gitu. Agak kontradiktif sih Olimpiade tapi pesertanya cuam se-Sumut, lol. Anyway, gw sih emang bisa dibilang above average student lah, terutama kalo Bahasa Inggris (the SMA me is even better than the current me -_-). Lombanya simpel sih, pilihan ganda sebanyak 100 soal (!) selama 2 jam. Soalnya yah lumayan lah, medium to slightly difficult. So in the end, gw juara satu!

So what’s the point of the story? Gw juga gak gitu ngeh waktu itu, but looking back, gw nemu beberapa “coincidence” yang buat gw takjub. Remember my lucky numbers? 18 mungkin karena itu nomor punggung Scholes, tapi 19 really IS my lucky number.

1) Lomba itu dilaksanakan tanggal 19 Maret.
2) Tiap meja yang diduduki peserta ada nomornya, dan gw duduk di meja nomor 19

Cuma 2 sih, tapi itu uda lebih dari cukup untuk membuat gw terkagum2 sendiri. It’s like, alam bawah sadar gw memberitahukan ke gw (atau malah membantu gw :p) kalo lomba itu bakal gw menangkan.

So? Apakah gw juara 1 hanya karena 19 itu lucky number gw? Tentu tidak. Gw terbantu karena gw memang punya kemampuan dalam hal Bahasa Inggris, tapi mempunyai subconscious belief sedikit banyak tentu punya efek yang baik juga, seperti menambah kepercayaan diri.

Gw pribadi tidak sepenuhnya meyakini perkataan The Secrets. Entahlah, tapi menurut The Secrets : “kalau alam bawah sadar kita percaya kita akan kaya, universe (alam semesta) akan menjawabnya dengan memberikan kita kekayaan di waktu mendatang”, bagi gw kok somewhat nonsense ya… Tapi kalau dalam skala yang lebih kecil seperti pengalaman gw di atas, gw bisa kasih testimonial kalau itu benar-benar terjadi. Selain yang di atas, ada juga pengalaman-pengalaman lain soal subconscious belief, tapi gw lupa :p .

So yeah, gw masih antara percaya dan tidak percaya soal subconscious mind ini, but in the end, The Secrets atau motivasi-motivasi lain punya satu inti yang sangat sederhana: Be Positive! Easier said than done, but that’s the main point of it all…

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