Payback at Olympico

January 5th still fresh in our memory, the match in Turin against Juventus is the anti climax on how Roma approach the game, how we hold and play the ball, how we dominate the pitch on opponent stadium and Roma force them make Juventus change their approach to play 10 man behind the ball.
On paper statistics Roma dominate the possession by 59% with only 9 players in the pitch, also on paper the end result statistics Juventus 3 – 0 Roma. This statistics did not add up.

Where is that result impact in Serie A standings? Wider gap between 1st and 2nd position by 8 points. Yes, that’s almost cost 3 winning games. The match itself marked as the 19th giornata, half of 2013/2014 season from 38 total match. The home game is scheduled on the 38th giornata at Olympico, well that’s a bit far off.
However, holding the grudge and waiting until the rematch at the end of the season is unnecessary, payback can happen early, Coppa Italia.

Coppa Italia seed

Roma will hosting the game at Olympico against Juventus on 21st, 2 and half week after their first match this season. Thanks to Napoli, we got Olympico as its venue due to Coppa Italia seeding rule and Roma have a higher seed than Juve.

  • Team with the higher seed plays at home.
  • Napoli have higher seen than Lazio.
    Napoli will play at home.
  • Had Napoli lost to Atalanta, Lazio (who have a higher seed) would play Atalanta in Rome.
  • Lazio have a higher seed than Roma from winning the final last May.

Who wouldn’t get thrilled with a chance for revenge? We know we were play better and we learned from our mistakes. Rudi Garcia had analyze the first game, he mentioned some points

  • Roma weakness at dead-ball situations.
  • Roma loose composure causing 3rd goal.
  • Rudi didn’t expect at all to find Juventus parking the bus.
  • Juventus efficient in their attacking attempt.

Response after defeat

All and all it was big disappointment 3-0 and it need to addressed quick and early.
An important 1-0 win at Coppa Italia against Sampdoria quickly elevate morale in Trigoria, followed by Serie A match with another impressive performance against Genoa where they fail to make a single shot at Roma goal, 4-0. Roma also hosting Livorno with 3-0 win.
That is kind of response I’m expecting for big club who dream big eyeing for Europe competition.

New faces on line up

Three consecutive win is an assurance to keep the momentum.
Rudi Garcia set Roma starting XI with new face on Left Back, Torosidis is starting instead of Dodo. No Miralem Pjanic but newly sign player Radja Nainggolan step in on Pjanic spot.
On Juventus side I’m questioning Antonio Conte line up on the Coppa Italia ambition, no Buffon-Bonucci-Pogba-Lichsteiner-Llorente-Tevez. Juve have decent backup thou, but I didn’t really care much.

It turn out the choice works really really well, it’s beyond my expectation that Vasilis Torosidis protect Left Back very well and contribute on attacking phase and he manage to send couple of crosses, cross ball is the one that missing from Dodo. Dodo will face tough competition with Torosidis if he not level up his game.
Radja Nainggolan is impressive, he really connect with the team it seems like we already sign him from summer 2013 his movement, passing, and how he defend his area blend well with Rudi Garcia ingredients. Radja combative style will be very interesting in this match if the formation allow him to take one-on-one with Juve’s Arturo Vidal, I guarantee it will be more than tattoo war. Anyway, Strootman own Vidal on this match.

The plan was to let the team battle for an hour and then send in Miralem, and thanks to his technique he provided a lot of attacking quality to the team.

Pjanic factor

Rudi had planned that and it pay. Miralem is the decisive factor on this match with his fresh leg on 75′ he steal the show.
First he steal the ball from Bonucci while the wild ball is closer to Gervinho but Mira keep his pace to chase the ball, Mira movement signalling to both Strootman quickly flanking on his left and Gervinho who let Mira take control on the ball and opt to flanking on the right, that give options to pass when he slow down near penalty box to Strootman on the left, Strootman pick up and pass back to the middle where Bonucci ready to intercept it but Gervinho quickly run pass Bonucci unleash karate moves to change the score board 1-0. Gervinho run even faster to Curva Sud.

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New threat on Europe

Roma advanced to the next round by kicking Juventus from Coppa Italia. We’re still not achieve anything yet, but we do make a point that Roma is strong and title challenger. Work still need to be done and it is important to keep the feet on the ground. A quote from Danielle De Rossi

I didn’t see Juve looking particularly superior in Turin, nor were we particularly superior here. The two teams are on a similar level and I am pleased to say that.

We still dream big.

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Phone tale, the unknown number

Be organized, be organized, be organized …” this words always chanting in my head whenever I have difficulties to find something, but it soon disappear when I found what I searching for. I want to be organized, well who doesn’t? at least everyone would claimed or trying to.

In some part I would like to boast that I am taking care of my stuff, organize files in PC, file naming, things inside my bag. You just cannot judge from my desk, my desktop are clean and crisp 🙂 . Nevertheless one thing I am lacking of, quite contrary with detail to digital stuff, I am not good to organize phone contacts. For couple reason I have lost many contacts in my phone again and again not because it never fail to save it, it was phones who fail me, lost, break, dead brick, my contacts just gone.

It’s lame and I know I need to improve it someday… somewhere … or.. some-other-life beyond.
Procrastination kick in.

New habit, clean and simple

Having enter contact number again and again, I need to ask my family, friends, associates again and by nature it will get filtered to only numbers which I contact or receive call most, it could be that unwittingly I had apply Pareto principle, 20/80, to my contacts. Please no hurt feeling if your number were not in my list in fact I still want to take your number in my records but I don’t know how to call you :D, that’s not entirely true, changing behavior in this new social life make some people -especially that who well converse in social networking- are more comfortable to connect each other via chat, mail, tweeter, or Facebook message, or wall. I do feel that way, phone with data plan is a must.

I also build a new behavior to only take call from known number, this behavior build on experience taking blocked number or unknown number who mostly come from telemarketer.
How about, if it’s my friend who call me but I don’t have their number in my record?
To me now after sometime,

  1. I believe that they will call back for 2nd time if that was important, or
  2. At least leave a message then I can call them back.

Easy breezy.

Prank…ish?

Once I had phone call then when I call it back I learn that it was my baby call and pick up the phone, I didn’t know her phone number, because she still learning to talk as well. Yes, we kind of weird somehow.

My wife doesn’t have this behavior, she just pick up the phone and get it done with it. One day she got phone call from unknown number as well, quickly she was pick her phone up

“Assalamualaikum?”

she said, a Moslem greetings, then the voice from other end kind of freak out and asking back with higher pitch

” is this Anita?!? “

Actually I don’t really recall the name but sounds like ‘Nita’. She said ‘no’ and hung up. Well that was fun! 🙂 I just can’t imagine if it was her mother call and doesn’t cross her mind that her daughter answering with that greeting.

Until the phone rung again and confirm back that it is not “Anita” number. 😀

Upgrading to WordPress 3.5 at year end

It’s rarely happen that we got upgrade package in the end of the year, what happen in industry nowadays usually they will have upgrade, new package, new product at beginning of the year. Take a look at specific company, they will say the launching of new product usually happen in the beginning of their fiscal year, talk to your friends who has accounting hat, they will nodding because it’s easier to record book keeping or management will say it’s easier to measure and plan the budgeting, marketing and sales figures.

Change is good

This is not happen with software industry, time has changed and now we live in fast paced environment and most of software industry they do lavishly on services, the gain is on consumer side, to make it fair the gain happen for both sides provider and consumer, consumer will have good product (provide that we select product wisely) and the provider will gain a massive marketing value and recognition.

Change, change, change

elvin jones

WordPress just release 3.5 Elvin yesterday. It wasn’t surprising that software release could be any time but it is so common that last 3 week of December is time for slow down and hit the keyboard back on January, unless WordPress team are so confident with their release so that they will not go banging their head with bug fixes on new year eve. Nevertheless I appreciate the effort and the spirit from wordpress team, their passion as startup (do we still consider wordpress as startup) still there.
It’s been successful 2012 for them.

With the spirit of change, this blog need a change as well, change it’s theme from Verbage theme to the default Twenty Twelve theme.

Critics on Twenty Twelve

I have been fans of web content so far, I don’t really know what is the name or definition by it but here is my take, I like beautifully designed web, but the main reason to visit and re-visit (this is important I guess) webpage always the information its provides meaning to say simplicity and readability are key to me. Twenty Twelve definitely supply simplicity, and the readability, it’s Open Sans font with spacing work great its pleasant to read.

I use it now and so far I like it, simple and give high degree of readability.

Twenty Twelve maybe the 3rd generation of default WordPress theme, in fact I never really bother to look default theme previously, this is why:

Its too mainstream

Its everyone urge to stand-out and bend from mainstream right? Oh, just admit it :).
I notice that the comment reply located just below the headline, well this is new to me but for what reason? I believe even in previous default theme the comment reply was located after the post content, the idea behind it is simple that people will read your post and scroll down, scroll down, and down until they finish reading and hit reply to leave comment. What make the change? does it have research on it? behavior change?

However, its time to change, I give a go figure.

Personalized message from Google

My birthday was 2 month back, it is now late to congratulate myself but back than I notice small gesture from google and of course from my family come earlier.

I had been planning to post this topic but somehow I forget where did I take the screenshot from my Google page. I did clear up some space in my office desktop and I found the screenshot.
By the moment I found the file it was not come easy to jot to post, this website has got disruption that I forget to pay the bill which the billing period firing twice a year, so I learn it the hard way, and remind me to visit my own website regularly. The next one is for security reason the hosting provider turn off the encoding for security reason which one of my plugin run havoc inside and keep me away to have access inside this dear site.

Finally all the problem settled, and here is the picture:

Cute isn’t it? 🙂

As we know, Google will have daily thematic doodle, but on my birthday it will doodle Google cake and if we hover  it over the cake image it will tell

Happy Birthday Nino!

I try to click it and as expected it will google your name and give the result.

I think small gesture like this will get appreciated by Google user and grow personal connection with the service it provides.

One Day Bureaucracy

Two weeks back I was going back to Jakarta, the capital. The last time I visit Jakarta was alone, for just 2 days on weekends, reach Jakarta on Friday night, and return back Sunday night. Now I am going with my family.

We had planned this trip months before. Me, Wulan, and Nina finally has a chance to travel together. We never had a chance to travel together so far, the arrangement usually goes like this, Wulan and Nina, they will go first, and later I pick them up then we had chance travel together back to Singapore.

This trip mainly Wulan agenda, it was her friend, Mayang wedding. It was never a surprise, the travel I mean, and the wedding, Wulan had time to prepare all the necessary things, like the dress, gift, tickets, car, accommodation, but things always popping up at last minutes right? this too, not an exception.

This just take my spirit, my vibrant gone on this trip, I suddenly feel tired.

She asked me if I want to drive a car, either I take the Dark-blue Mazda in Duren Sawit, rent a car, or just take taxi. Simple question, simple answer, “I don’t want to drive, use taxi, or get a car with driver” 🙂 , then followed by arguments, argue about traffic, driving skills, motorcycle, food, body massage-well, it just somehow popup-, however, I then notice that my driver license will expired on the next September.
I should utilize this trip to extend my driving license.
Good Idea, we extend our trip 2 days more, in-case you cannot finish this stuff in one day, she said.
This means we will going back to Singapore on Tuesday night, from the original plan just to using weekends, so I need to take 2 days from my annual leave, that’s fine.

The expired driving license means it was 5 years since I am going to Police Department Office, my mind just fly back on that day, Daan Mogot, crowded with people taking driving test, cramping from counter to counter, pay here pay there. Ooohhhh.
This just take my spirit, my vibrant gone on this trip, I suddenly feel tired.
That’s it, I don’t want to drive.
I’ve said it. Rock Solid.

Then we arrange to rent a car, with driver.

Three days before we’re going to Jakarta, I am start thinking to make International Driving License, why not? right? If it can be done at least until Tuesday, so let me take it as a challenge.

I start to goggling on the requirements, well, ‘I‘ is not the right wording, it’s Wulan actually, then I got the necessary document needed, mainly copy of existing drive licenses, and copy of ID, we also required to show the original. Now the interesting part is the processing time, it was said, take about 30 minutes, OK, less than an hour.
It is possible to continue to make International Driving License, in one day! … don’t jinx it.

The DITLANTAS, Indonesian traffic police department, has initiative to improve their public service, they have so called “Moving Services”, SIM Keliling, they will serve as moving spot to create new driving license or extend it.
Remember what I said earlier on my nightmare in Daan Mogot? DITLANTAS try to break up pack of peoples in one place, which I think this is a good move.
SMS service also available, this will update the service location on this day, since the service designed to keep moving. You send the SMS, it will reply locations spot and operating time, if we send another question to the same number, it will reply the same 😀 , so it is operated by bot, what do you expect.

For the International Driving License, this is different deal, I need to go to MT Haryono, the DITLANTAS headquarter, the requirement more or less the same, with addition, passport picture wearing tie -for me, man-,  with blue background.
The picture requirement comes with more handle, I forgot how to tie a tie, I wear it regularly 7 years back, but somehow I made it, just to look good on picture. Blue background not available in Wulan’s sister place, her place dominated with white color, with only gray colored wall in her terrace. My Photoshop mind start playing how to change the background to blue, white or gray.
Think fast, time is tight. This just to show you that I don’t prepare well on this matter.
White is better because gray a bit difficult to separate it with dark haired color. The problem is, Wulan brought me a white shirt.
Quickly, we are going outside to terrace wearing shirt with tie, and short, made a quick burst picture couple of times, just enough provided that neighbor  don’t see this embarrassment unprepared moment.

we should plan carefully if we want to swim in Jakarta traffic

SMS has been sent, and received the reply, got the moving spot where are the available SIM Keliling. I can see it now, I am starting from Kedoya, and I can stop here, here, and finish the work here. Like a war strategist, we should plan carefully if we want to swim in Jakarta traffic, really, we need to consider time, route, trap here and there like the 3 in 1 rule which required 3 person in one car at specific -busy- time and road, and unfortunately I really forget about this rule, and that’s the fun of it 🙂
I started Monday morning at 8 am, first we need to drop of my cousin in Sudirman, her office, fortunately we reach there at about 9 but my driver remind me th 3 in 1! we en-route a bit so we can go in from backdoor, with a parking fee which was unexpected, but much better compared to if Police, from DITLANTAS, catch us, what an irony.
She was 15 minutes late from the official office starting time but I consider it acceptable, I don’t know what she said about it thou :p. So now we have 2 options either go to print out the picture first or go as planned, we take according to the plan, we went to Thamrin city, we are heading there via Slipi and reach Thamrin City in about 30 ~ 45 minutes, it takes longer because I don’t know the exact SIM Keliling location, we ask couple of people to show us the location and people are helpful.

SIM Keliling stand in basement parking lot, nearby Thamrin City’s basement lobby, oversize square-ish vehicle washed white base color and stripped with 3 blue greater than sign attached with red-blue siren and announcer on top, air conditioner on behind, easy to spot it even for the first timer. I drop on and ask the driver to find a parking lot and go have a brunch, I walked across the basement passage and three people waiting in small chair next to lobby, opposite the lobby door there the car with 1 door and 1 big window we can see couple of officers working inside and one officer outside assisting one guy in small squared folding table with necessary equipment, they keep it minimal and simple, stationary, cash box, and form sheets.
Oh great I’m fifth, not so bad. I thought.
On my turn, I went to the officer and give the necessary requirement, I give my A and C license, for car and motorcycle respectively, and show my ID card to clarify my residency is under Jakarta jurisdiction, so far so good, then he flashed in a form to fill in basic ID stuff like ID number, address, contacts, we all know this drill, after finished filling it in and give the form back, he asked me to wait until my name called while he give my form to another officer inside the car.

old habit never die

“Nino Wicaksono”
It’s been less than 20 minutes, service are not so bad it means it takes about 4 ~ 5 minutes per person. I went to the car and get in, cold place given air condition blowing inside cramped space, there was 3 officers, the first one asked me seating back to the door and he give me a paper with squared frame to get my signature with big bold pen, and he give it to the second officer who looking through the computer processing the card while asked me seat in small chair facing to a camera, and on it’s back there was cover of blue background and traces of Indonesian Police sign. He take my picture and asked me to confirm all the details on my card because he was about to process the card, and once the card is finished, both of them, I went to the third officer to process the fee.
Mas, you extend 2 driving license, for each, the fee are this much and much, and two of them in total are this much. He said
OK, then I quickly grab my wallet from my back pocket, just before i open it he said again
We also accept if you want to pay more, with a big smile of course, hahaha :)) old habit never die.
I gave him extra 20 to round it up to 300, and go outside, the officer outside give extra process to put protection layer to the license, both of them, and cost me extra 20. In total it cost me 320, but if I compare to the efficient service and 5 year license duration this still acceptable for me, in fact I am glad and appreciate on the improvement.
Improvement which take five years? just suck it up.

I really forgot that I need to extend 2 driving license, the motorcycle license really never come up because I never have a ride it for years, but it’s been done, now I realize that I run out of money. This is another problem while traveling, unexpected fee, and we don’t have enough local currency. I will have enough cash to print out passport size picture, but not to pay for International Driving License, I need to make an extra stop, either money changer or bank, this also come with another issues, I don’t have active ATM card because I never use it the bank froze my account.

I’ll just close my account, and take all the cash than. Ha!

Benhil, Bendungan Hilir, full with stationary store lined along the road in each side, is my next stop to find photo print store in which also come with challenge, I draw my weapon again, language and asking around 🙂 , it’s vital, and finally I found it, total time from Thamrin City until I get my picture in hand is 45 minutes, not bad right?
Next stop is Supomo, in Tebet, to the bank, by this time it’s already pass the 3 in 1 rule so I can use the main road and also it’s less crowded, I reach there without a hassle, it also take 30 minutes to complete account closing process. Once it done and get cash in my hand I immediately went to MT Haryono, the DITLANTAS headquarter, by the time I reach there it’s lunch time break, I explain this more in my previous blog post. Then I get International Driving license at 2:30 pm! 🙂

So looking back at this, I went to 2 government office, and 1 private office (shouldn’t count this) and overall it takes less than a day to finish if off, compared to my previous experience this are really huge jump. It still a long and rough road to go, old habit still there, but now they keep it moderate, at least for what I see so far.

I am glad.

SIM Internasional

Selama ini saya menikmati transportasi umum di luar negri, bagi saya transportasi umum yang layak dan nyaman adalah syarat negara maju, artinya negara yang sudah bertindak memikirkan rakyatnya.

Saya bersyukur di Singapura karena disini hampir semua tempat tujuan yang ingin saya kunjungi memiliki akses transportasi umum. Di beberapa tempat memang sulit dijangkau dengan jalur bis, ada tempat-tempat makan yang sedikit mahal mewah dan unik seperti dempsey road atau kemarin saya menemukan tempat baru di belakang fusionpolis, atau bagi orang Indonesia, agak sulit juga menuju KBRI Singapura kan?
Karena frekuensi kita mengunjungi tempat-tempat ini tentunya tidak sering, maksimal sebulan sekali, kebutuhan untuk jalur transportasi tidak terlalu terasa, menggunakan taxi lebih nyaman, terutama jika kita berpergian bersama keluarga atau teman. Setir mobil juga bisa, kalau punya mobil.

Tapi sesuai pepatah, sedia payung sebelum hujan, bagaimana jika kita kepepet dan harus nyetir mobil? jalan-jalan keliling kota sewa mobil, travelling keluar negri menggunakan mobil juga bisa menghemat akomodasi, asalkan kuat pegel-pegel, apalagi jika kita sudah pengalaman bawa mobil, sayang kan skill yang kita miliki tidak bisa dipakai hanya karena belum dapat ijin, dan biayanya pun cukup murah, SIM Internasional Rp 250.000 untuk pembuatan baru, dan Rp 225.000 untuk perpanjangan.

Hmmm murah juga kan. OK jadi deh, semakin manteb saya mau bikin 🙂 .

Persyaratan dan prosedur pembuatan SIM internasional

Saya googling sebentar untuk lihat syaratnya, biasa saja, seperti syarat perijinan lainnya:

  • 1 buah materai
  • 3 lembar pas foto ukuran 4×6 dengan latar belakang biru dan berdasi/blazer
  • KTP asli dan  fotocopy, Untuk WNA, KITAP asli dan fotocopy
  • SIM asli dan  fotocopy
  • Passport asli dan 1 lembar fotocopy

Harus datang sendiri ( tidak boleh diwakilkan ) ke DITLANTAS Jakarta, Jl. MT Haryono Kav 37-38 sederetan dengan menara Saidah, yang katanya sudah dikosongkan karena miring kearah jalan, hati2 jgn lupa ucap bismillah kalo lewat :D, ada jalan dengan gapura bertuliskan DITLANTAS besar, jadi kebangetan kalo nyasar, tulisannya saja kelihatan dari seberang jalan.
Begitu masuk, saya tanya ke petugas disana lokasi pembuatan SIM Internasional, kita tinggal jalan lurus, lokasinya tepat disebelah masjid, masjidnya kelihatan, ini juga ga mungkin nyasar.

Saya kemarin menggunakan mobil, dari arah pancoran kita bisa ambil u-turn, putar balik dibawah kolong Tebet. Bisa juga menggunakan busway turun di halte Tebet BKPM.
Jika dari luar kota, dan tidak begitu paham dimana MT Haryono saya sarankan naik taxi saja, daripada kesasar dan waktu habis dijalan, untuk mengikuti prosedur birokrasi seperti ini saya lebih memilih untuk datang awal.

Sayangnya ketika tiba di sana, pas disaat jam makan siang, konyolnya malah mampir ke warung untung makan siang tanpa ambil nomor antrian dulu, jadinya nomor antrian saya 15 nomor dari nomor yang saat itu dilayani, ya sudahlah salah sendiri, manyun sambil main twitter :p .
Mungkin karena ikhlas, man sabara zafira, siapa yang bersabar beruntung, nomor sebelum saya yang dipanggil ternyata tidak ada yang menjawab mungkin hanya 5 dari 15 yang ada jadi progress saya sekitar 60% lebih cepat! sekitar jam 2 siang (lebih sedikit) nomor saya sudah dipanggil.

Prosesnya cukup cepat mungkin sekitar 15 ~ 20 menit saja, SIM Internasional sudah di tangan saya jam 2:30, dan lagi petugas yang melayani juga ramah, kita serahkan persyaratannya, isi formulir dan data, tanda tangan, foto, scan sidik jari dan tinggal menunggu simnya, setelah SIM jadi kita juga akan diberi buku panduan mengemudi di luar negri, cukup tebal bukunya tapi tetap harus dibaca lho, kita ingin aman, dan juga tidak ingin melukai orang lain pastinya.

untuk prosedur birokrasi, kita ikutin saja syarat tertulisnya

Sewaktu kita ngobrol dengan ibu petugasnya, diberitahukan bahwa fotonya bisa dengan menggunakan baju berkerah saja, tanpa dasi, jadi kemeja simple atau polo shirt juga diperbolehkan, tapi sebaiknya kita ikutin saja syarat tertulisnya. Pas foto saya sendiri sedikit offside warna birunya, sewaktu edit foto sepertinya saya save tidak dalam format print sehingga yang terlihat seakan biru di layar laptop tercetak keunguan, untung juga masih diterima, dan ditunjukkan warna biru yang diharapkan, contohnya dari pas foto SIM Internasionalnya Pak Habibie, duh, mau saya minta satu fotonya, sayangnya tidak diberikan 😀 , sudah salah eh pake ngelunjak hehehe.

Strategi

Jika kita hitung lagi, saya perkirakan waktu tunggu antrian sekitar 2 jam dan pembuatan SIMnya sendiri 30 menit, total 2 jam 30 menit (maksimal), mari kita manfaatkan agar waktu kita effective, tidak terbuang seharian, atau harus kembali hari berikutnya.

  1. persiapkan semua syaratnya hingga semuanya lengkap, fotkopinya rangkap 2 saja, just in case. ( take your time, depend on urgency )
  2. datang ke DITLANTAS pagi-pagi, bawa bekal sarapan pagi kalau perlu ( cemilan atau sandwidch, jangan bawa tumpeng )
  3. begitu sampai, langsung ambil nomor antrian. Makan bekal yang dibawa sambil menunggu 🙂
  4. ikutin prosedur petugas

Saya perkirakan jika kita datang pagi dan ambil nomor antrian awal, seluruh prosesnya bisa selesai dalam waktu 1.5 jam, jadi jika kita bekerja tidak perlu ambil cuti, atau kuliah siang, siangnya mau shopping atau ada urusan lain kita bisa selesaikan. Jadi saya sangat sarankan cara ini.

Have fun and save drive.

The Stand Out Tattoo

It is quite common to run acroos woman wearing a sexy minimum clothing. I saw girls, womans, ladies, to kids and ocassionally I saw grannies too, yes and yes you read it right.
Here we are not to judge or anything, it just give quite a contrast when we saw their partner are usually wearing casual attire, we can see higher contrast especially when this couple going to a dinner or attending a wedding, there is more which can give this contrast but I think we got the idea.
Man in sexy attire? I never seen it before, because it’s a thin line to define sexy for Man, to show off biceps? or six-packs? somehow some woman doesn’t really look into this.
To simply put this up, to attract woman is complicated, but man is dead simple :), so ladies, don’t get me wrong with this, it’s your advantage and a compliment.

This westernized pop culture has been runs for years slowly become common in Singapore, but yes we still preserve the Asian modesty, which is, of course, a good thing. Be it in streets, shopping malls, congested public transport, they are easily spotted, some are couple, with friends, and not a rarity, alone. The save environment and strict law to the offender make it convenient to express theirself.
But this freedom also come with a limit, couple months back we had an Abercombie gigantic banner in Orchard road, Singapore shopping heartbeat, the banner show a man lower part body with almost expose his.. part, it take sometimes this banner ads get displayed but afterall raised concern get addressed to put down this banner.

At first, encountering woman with sexy attire in public space made me feel awkward, but who doesn’t if you come from culturally different background. In Islam, we are ordered to lowering gaze and be modest,

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! Allah is Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest.” [An-Noor 30:31]

to protect yourself from whatever happened to you, or in this current culture, we call it to keep us in our Zen Mode.
Nowadays we sometimes made joke to take ‘lowering gaze’ literally, will not put us to modesty anymore, because they cut everything, upper part, lower part, everywhere :D.
I only see man used short clothing if they perform some sports activities, could be gym, running, paddling, till now, just sport. Once it happened to me to get brunch after running, it just come to me to go back and change clothes first until my friends said that compared to woman attire, we are still modest enough.

Now, I don’t pay attention at all to this womans with this attire, in congested MRT, they might be there around me, but I will get busy with my book or my cellphone, in which, literally we are lowering gaze 🙂 and now everyone looking at their cellphone, so really, above all, chatting, games, facebook/twitter status more appealing.
But this girl is stand out, hmm.. interesting, she’s using high heel, miniskirt, blonde dyed hair, backless, well this actually also common, so what is it? it is her tattoo, the tattoo visible on her white skin.
In quick glance I tought that I saw a letter.
I know that letter, so her tattoo is a words, but what was that ?
Out of curiousity I step up a bit to get closer, her tattoo located in her left back, but it written vertically.
Oh, I recognize the letter, it’s an arabic letter, but it could be farsi thou.
It is very difficult to read it is been covered partially with her left strap and other part with her hair, and the vertical position make it more difficult, arabic words start their writing from right to left, it means if we really want to read it, we need to tilt our head to the right, and who want to do this in public train? :D.

That’s it, I don’t know the meaning of those words, but I know it just a word, no harakah in there, but its enough to make me courious on what the story behind to make her put an tattoo in arabic, to me it just uncommon, and I bet her story must be interesting.
I saw people have a tattoo in Chinese character, Japanese kanji, Hindi, Sanskirt, Galeic, old Latin, and dragon, but The Girl With The Arabic Tattoo? first time.
I am back again to put my attention to the book, read another interesting story, and waiting the electronic voice announcing my station.