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More Adele's

I think I am now officially Adele's fan as I wondered through you tube searching for this girl's live performances. I like watching a singer's (or a group's) live performances because I can see whether he/she/they can really sing or not lol. As for Adele, I am amazed at how terrific her live performances are. She was never off the key. She made wonderful improvisations on her own song. Sometimes, her live performances are better than the recorded version. I would like to share you three Adele's live performances that I love the most. Somehow, the three are in acoustics version:

Someone Like You This song is about your "x". It's not about crying over your x, but keep on happy for your "x", cherishing the days with your "x". She performed it on Brits Awards 2011. She is so much into the song. Astonishing performance. 
Chasing Pavements It's from her first album,  19. I love how she made improvisations in this song. Superb performa…


Beberapa menit yang lalu, saya baru saja melihat tayangan berita di salah satu stasiun televisi swasta yang membahas mengenai POLWAN (Polisi Wanita) yang dengan mahir mengendarai 'moge' (motor gede) untuk berpatroli.

Ada suatu hal yang menggilitik benak saya sebagai orang  yang suka berkomentar tentang banyak hal. Saya tidak pernah memperhatikan perbedaan kostum antara polisi pria dan wanita sebelumnya. Namun, sepintas ketika saya melihat tayangan berita tersebut saya melihat ada perbedaan yang cukup signifikan. Dalam tayangan tersebut para polwan menaiki motor gede yang bertuliskan polisi di body motor. Namun, ketika kamera mengeshoot bagian belakang helm para polwan itu, tercetak tulisan POLWAN, tidak polisi seperti yang tertera pada body motor tersebut. Juga tidak seperti helm polisi (pria) seperti yang tertera pada gambar diatas. Mengapa polwan harus mendapat helm dengan label POLWAN? Mengapa tidak POLISI? Apakah pekerjaan para wanita itu bukan polisi?

Pelabelan 'polw…

Muhammad PBUH in US Supreme Court? Yes there is ...

During my trip to USA on January - February, I visited one of the most important building in US i.e. Supreme Court building. It is located in Washington, DC. Like any other governmental building in US, it is all painted white and it has Greek architecture style. It felt so great to be there. It felt like a dream since one year ago, I only studied it from text book in my American government class. 
It was in the morning, and pretty cold, somewhere between 0 - 5 Celsius degree. I love the cold haha. I stood in a line with my group waiting for the door to open. Entering the building, like usual we needed to pass through a very tight security check. Then, the awesome part ... the museum ...
Like any other governmental building in WashingtonDC, there is a museum that is opened for public, and it is free !!! I observed many photos, figures and else ... Then, I found this scripture...

The Narrative Structure of Obama's Speech on Osama's Death

Reading Obama’s speech on the previous post is like reading a story about a hero who wins a great battle. How can’t it be? I try to do small analysis of the text’s structure. If it is observed well, it is like a short story narrative.
It is started with the introduction about the story of September 11. It makes Americans remember their bitterest memories. It makes them remember the horrific tragedy happened to them. It craves to their deepest mind about the most painful wound in US’s history. This introduction functions to arouse these feelings, pain, grieve, loss and hatred. It also functions to introduce the problem of good vs evil represented by US vs Al Qaeda. It introduces us to the hero character and the evil character. The evil is Al Qaeda and Osama as the one who committed terrorism. While the hero is US (its government and its troops) for standing for its citizens, for the sake of securing them from further attacks. 
The body of the text conveys the sequence of events that n…

Obama's Speech Text on Osama's Death

Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction. And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child's …

Osama and Obama

It's 10.45 am here in this part of the world. I opened my notebok, logged in my twitter. To my surprise, the twitter accounts of various notable media: NYTimes, BBC, Jakarta Post and Jakarta Globe all reported the death of Osama bin Laden, the person behind various terrorism attacks to US, including the notorious September 11 attack.

Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces, President Barack Obama has said [BBC News].Update: Osama bin Laden is dead and his body has been recovered by U.S. authorities, U.S. officials say #BinLadenDead [jakarta globe twitter account]The death of the world's most-wanted terrorism group Al Qaeda's leader will end an almost 10-year long manhunt after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. [Jakarta Post]President Obamaannounced late Sunday thatOsama bin Laden, the leader ofAl Qaedaresponsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed in a firefight during an operation he ordered Sunday insi…

Adele - Turning Tables

I found myself addicted to this song. I just cant stop playing this song for these two days. I firstly knew this song from Glee, musical series. It was covered by Gwyneth Paltrow and it was not so good. I looked for the original version. Then I come across to Adele. Her original version is superb. The Glee version is nothing in comparison. Then, I also now know that Adele, in my opinion makes good music.

I love her music, somewhat between soul (in which I am a die hard soul music fan ), jazz and rock. By the way, she's as old as I am. She earned two Grammy awards in 2009. Isn't she awesome?

Here is a live version of turning tables that I found in YouTube. It is an acoustic version with only piano accompanying her fabulous voice. Enjoy !! By the way, is she loosing weight now?? I frankly don't care that much as long as she does not loose her stunning voice lol.