Time flies when you’re 41

We can’t change the fact that we are all aging. It’s a fact of life that most of us hate dealing with. It probably bothers us because we understand that not everything is under our control. And once we realise that, we must also confront our own mortality.

As people reach their 40s and 50s, they start to ask themselves what they’ve done so far and what will lie ahead. It’s more commonly known as a ‘mid-life crisis’. ‘Am I having a mid-life crisis?’ is a question many people fret about when they reach their middle years. This is the time when we tend to reflect on what we haven’t been, who we haven’t met and, in general, what we haven’t done.

These days, even people in their 20s and 30s have problems with the aging process. Many people at this stage of life experience what is known as ‘a quarter-life crisis’, when they worry about whether they have chosen the right career, if they are earning enough money, and wheather or not to get married and have children.

While some experts attribute these experiences to physical changes in the body, others say it’s more emotional. Whether it’s caused by realizing there are more years behind than there are ahead or by hormone levels shifting, these are still difficult stages in anyone’s life. Although not everyone will be affected, it’s not uncommon for both women and men to go through some kind of age-related crisis.

We all know the clichĂ©s about people impulsively quitting their jobs, buying red sports cars and trading in older spouses for younger and ‘newer’ partners. We also know how some people can fall into a period depression. But that doesn’t necessarily need to be the case. Mid-life doesn’t have to be a crisis, and nor does approaching your thirtieth birthday. These should be times to take stock and examine your life, to revisit old dreams and plan new ways to fulfill personal goals.

These article from : Education First (EF) , Intermediate English book, page 27.

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mio ku sayang, mio ku malang

Kemarin, 9 Agustus 2010, 1.47 pm, Jalan Achmad Yani Surabaya, sesuatu yang tidak diinginkan oleh seluruh manusia didunia terjadi padaku (halah… berlebihan deh aku :P).

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“Bismillahirohmanirohim…”, ujarku. “Gimana Ber siap? ini adalah hari terakhir kita muter Digischool lho…, kita harus menyelesaikannya” kataku pada berta. “Sip Sar, aku siap! Semangat! Semangat!” Kata Berta. Hari itu adalah hari terakhirku Monitoring Digischool, kurang lebih sudah 3 minggu aku dan temanku Berta Sihite menjalankan tugas ini, kamu tau bagaimana rasanya? benar-benar capek :(, bayangkan 52 sekolah aku kunjungi satu persatu dengan mengendarai motor kesayanganku MIO BIRU. Lokasi antar 1 sekolah dengan sekolah lain berjauh-jauhan, ada yang di Surabaya Utara, Surabaya Barat, Surabaya Selatan, Surabaya Timur, dan Surabaya Tengah, tetapi ada juga beberapa sekolah yang 1 alamat 3 sekolah. Waktu mencari lokasi itu lebih banyak nyasarnya lho, maklum saja lah, lha wong saya lahir di Surabaya, tapi dibesarkan di Sidoarjo… hehee.

Motorku melaju dengan tidak terlalu kencang melewati gerbang Asrama, tetapi saat aku akan melewati gerbang ITS yang dekat dengan Asrama aku terhenti karena melintas dua buah mobil jenazah dengan mobil-mobil para sanak keluarga yang mengantarnya, sekitar 10 menit dua mobil jenazah itu selesai melintas semua. Kembali ku jalankan lagi motorku, saat aku mengegas motorku, ban belakangku tiba-tiba berbunyi gluduk, padahal ban belakangku nggak kurang angin lho, mulai saat itu firasatku tidak enak pertanda apa itu… jeng.. jeng.. jeng.. jeng..

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12 Most Creative Home Wallpapers

Paul Coudamy is an architect working and living in Paris. His work is a mash up of brilliance and inventiveness that creates an unbelievable end product such as office called the Bears Cave. The ‘Bears Cave’ is emphasized by Parisian rock and brick walls creating a solid and mineral atmosphere. The cavern walls are created using wood waste pieces collected in dumpsters, sidewalks and wastelands. (Link)

Wall graphics are more and more popular in these days, and here is an interesting example. Designed by Zek this cool wall graphic gives another meaning to geeky Interior Design living rooms and grants another vision even when watching the regular tube. (Link)

A German company called Surrealien customizes your wallpaper to look like its warping around your paintings and decoration. Must be hard to randomly rearrange after this. (Link)

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How to get rid of dark circles

The dark circles under the eyes usually appear due to sleeplessness or a decrease in the levels of vitamin K. Almost everybody will go through having dark circles around the eyes sometime in their life. Dark circles can be frustrating for those who are concerned for their looks because it makes a person appear much older.

Figure. dark circles

Dark circles can be caused by a variety of reasons. For most people its hereditary and is caused by the blood vessels under the thin skin round the eyes. Other reasons include allergies, medication, anemia, fatigue, sleeplessness.

Below are some home remedies to diffuse the dark color around the eyes.

  1. Make sure you get enough water. All body toxics and oxidants will come out and leaver your body if you drink enough water. This will lighten the dark circles around the eye. You should aim for 3 liters of water daily.
  2. Before going to sleep, apply an eye moisturizing cream around the eyes and over the dark areas for a minimum of 15 minutes. If you want to use home products, you can use almond oil and/or honey instead. Massage the cream for a good 5 minutes to encourage blood circulation. Make sure the moisturizer contains Vitamin K, Vitamin E, and caffeine.
  3. Use cotton balls soaked with cold water or milk and apply them to the dark circles for 10 minutes on daily basis. A pair of tea bags soaked with cold water works also.
  4. Bring a fresh cucumber and cut two thin slices and place them on your eyes for 20 minutes. A this slice of potato can be used also.
  5. Wear sun glasses when you’re out and avoid exposing your eyes to the sun.

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(xantena)

Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway

i just want to share this lyric for you all. enjoy this! :

Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway

Figure 1. Kelly Clarkson

Grew up in a small town
And when the rain would fall down
I’d just stare out my window

Dreaming of what could be
And if I’d end up happy
I would pray

Trying hard to reach out
But when I’d try to speak out
Felt like no one could hear me

Wanted to belong here
But something felt so wrong here
So I pray
I could breakaway

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes ?til I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway

Maestro Keroncong Gesang Tutup Usia

” Bengawan Solo
Riwayatmu ini
Sedari dulu jadi…
Perhatian insani “

Kata-kata diatas merupakan sepenggal dari lirik lagu salah satu karya ciptaan sang Maestro Keroncong Gesang Martohartono yang berjudul ‘Bengawan solo‘. Lagu ini telah membuat sang Maestro Keroncong terkenal di Asia, terutama di Indonesia dan Jepang. Setidaknya lagu ciptaannya tersebut telah diterjemahkan kedalam 13 bahasa (termasuk bahasa Inggris, bahasa Tionghoa, dan bahasa Jepang). Lagu ini diciptakannya pada tahun 1940, ketika beliau sedang duduk di tepi Bengawan Solo. Beliau terinspirasi untuk menciptakan lagu Bengawan Solo karena beliau selalu kagum dengan sungai tersebut. Proses penciptaan lagu ini memakan waktu sekitar 6 bulan. Lagu ini juga memiliki popularitas tersendiri di luar negeri, terutama di Jepang, dan sempat digunakan dalam salah satu film layar lebar di negeri matahari terbit itu. Lagu-lagu ciptaan Gesang yang populer antara lain Bengawan Solo; Jembatan Merah; Pamitan (versi bahasa Indonesia dipopulerkan oleh Broery Pesulima); Caping Gunung; dan Aja Lamis.

Figure 1. Gesang Martohartono.

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