Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2009

6 01 2009

December was my longest holiday this year. Out of 20 working days (public holidays not included), I only worked like less than 8 days. I took my leave from 9-19 Dec. Back to Bali just to work for another 3 days (22-24 Dec) and got back to Jakarta again on 24th afternoon. Collective leave for Christmas and New Year from 26 until 2nd January was too good to be spent in Bali as Bali was totally crowded with tourists from Christmas until New Year.

For my first leave from 9-19 Dec, had to go back to Jakarta because of my cousin’s wedding and had to be best man for him. But after the wedding, me and my relatives went for a tour de Java on chartered bus. The route taken was Bekasi – Tasikmalaya – Magelang (Borobudur) – Yogyakarta – Solo (Surakarta) – Mount Bromo – Malang – Surabaya – Tuban – Semarang – Cirebon – Bekasi in just 5 days and the only day we all slept in a hotel was in Surabaya…totally ass-torturing trip O.o
But it was worth the journey…

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October’s Last Saturday’s Trip

9 11 2008

On Saturday the 25th, I had a friend took me to try this so called fish rice. So, I rented a motorcycle (I don’t have any driving license though, but don’t tell the police about it yeah?) and meet up with him at McDonald’s on Jimbaran. So after driving passed through Extreme Toys and just right next to a gas station on the way heading to Nusa Dua, we stopped at this warung called “Sari Mertha”. There wasn’t anything stand out from this warung, you might just passed it without knowing it was there. So, we had this rice with slices of mini eggplant, steamed fish wrapped in banana leaf, bakwan jagung (indonesian corn fritters), pieces of fish meat, and 2 sticks of fish satay accompanied with fish soup. I’ve to say the soup, rice, and satay in overall was great. Not many people know about this place, most of the visitors are local Balinese.

Fish Rice Set

Fish Rice Set

Fish Rice Set

Fish Rice

After our tummy felt pretty good, knew it by some burping and belching, we headed to Padang-Padang beach. It’s located down the south from Dreamland beach. It’s still pretty secluded and not as commercial as Dreamland (yet). It wasn’t to wavy that day and met 2 surfers who left the beach because the waves weren’t too good. Padang-Padang beach is usually one of the surfer’s beach, just like Dreamland. To reach the beach from the street, we have to walk down the stairways between 2 cliffs because the beach is surrounded by cliffs.

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International Blog About Boobs Week

27 10 2008

Not sure who created this, not sure if it’s true or not, don’t know if THAT week has passed or not, not even sure who started this thing, but please feel free to track ’em down from the blog who tagged me. That’s the little pinguin’s blog named Sentinel.

What’s this boobs thing all about? If I’m not mistaken, I need to tell a tale about anything that’s related to boobs. Well, I’m always curious about why those thing aroused most men in the world (myself included). For those of you who don’t know what that thing is, it’s called “Glandula Mamae” in latin, and the description is as follows as I quote them from wikipedia:

The breast is the upper ventral region of an animal’s torso, particularly that of mammals, including human beings. The breasts of a female primate’s body contain the mammary glands, which secrete milk used to feed infant.

Other than speaking about the sexual related issue about boobs, I prefer to talk about its milk. We all have heard about how breast milk can be more nutritious than formula milk. You can google it if you want as I am not going to copy-paste them in here but I’ll tell the tale from what I’ve read.

One of the important substances contain in milk is colostrum, which secreted in few first days after a woman gave birth to a baby (or two, or three, or whatever number of babies she delivers). It protects the baby from various infections by giving antibodies to the newly born babies. Another benefits are it contains just the right formula for the baby’s delicate digestive system, has the right nutrients for baby to quickly gain weight, has more variety in nutrition than formulated milk, and the list goes on…

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Lebaran holiday 2008 in Bali

4 10 2008

Lebaran holiday finally came…

For those of you who don’t know what lebaran is, I quote this from a web site:

Idul Fitri, more commonly referred to in Indonesia as Lebaran, is the celebration that comes at the end of the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadhan. The Arabic meaning of Idul Fitri is “becoming holy again”.

The dates of the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, Ramadan, vary from year to year, as the Muslim calendar (Hijrah) is based on a lunar cycle of 29 or 30 days. The exact date is determined by the sighting of the new moon. These lunar calculations lead to an official announcement by the government on the eve of Ramadan and Idul Fitri so that the faithful know when to begin and end the fasting month. In 2008, Lebaran will fall on October 1st and 2nd.

Here’s the link if you’re interested to read more about it

People from all around Bali, especially from the island of Java made Bali totally stuck just like other “grand” public holiday (the other one is Christmas/New Year).

Most of my colleagues were taking their leave to gather with their family in their home town, which makes the office kind a silent and quiet.

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could not load type ‘projectname.assemblyname.pagename’

22 09 2008

When doing ASP.Net development hosted in SharePoint, I occasionally found the following error when opening certain page, and the page that showed this error changes, one day it could be page A, another day it could be page B and this appears at random times. By turning off custom errors and showing stack trace I got the following error:

Server Error in ‘/’ Application.

Parser Error

Description: An error occurred during the parsing of a resource required to service this request. Please review the following specific parse error details and modify your source file appropriately.

Parser Error Message: Could not load type ‘projectname.assemblyname’.

Source Error:

Line 1: <%@ Page Language=”C#” MasterPageFile=”~masterurl/default.master”

Line 2: CodeBehind=”MyPage.aspx.cs” Inherits=”projectname.assemblyname.MyPage”

Line 3: meta:progid=”SharePoint.WebPartPage.Document” %>

Source File: /subsite/MyPage.aspx Line: 1

Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:2.0.50727.832; ASP.NET Version:2.0.50727.832

I didn’t have this error in development server but constantly having this error at random times in client’s server. Doing IIS Reset or Recycle the Application Pool seems to get rid of the issue only for temporary. My guess is the assembly is not being “linked” properly after some process running in the server. I’ve placed the assembly in the bin folder of the web application but the issue always appear again and again at random time. I’ve added the assemby in web.config as well in the safe control section.

When googling about the issue I found a post that’s indirectly linked to this issue. I’m not sure if this has to do with using AAM (Alternate Access Mapping) or not but somehow the assembly at certain time “looses” the “mapping” to the location of the assembly.

So, from the post, I forgot the link to it, but it’s an old post about ASP, will post it here once I found it (it was burried deep inside google search result), I tried adding below section into web.config file of the SharePoint web application right inside the <assemblies> tag:

<compilation batch=”false” debug=”false”>
<add assembly=”Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c” />
<add assembly=”projectname.assemblyname, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=uniqueassemblytoken” />

This has resolved the issue for me.

If there’s any one know why is this happening at random time and the cause please let me know. I’ll updated the post.

Lovina-Menjangan (17-18 August 2008)

30 08 2008

On Indonesia’s 63th Independence, me and my friends went to an area on north of Bali called Lovina.

North of Bali is famous for it’s marine tourism.

17 August 2008

We departed from Tuban, Kuta area at 8am using 2 cars and 5 motorcycles. The route was heading straight north from Kuta via Bedugul. The whole trip to Lovina took about 3 hours in total. After checking in at the guest house (took 2 different guest houses to accommodate all of us), we went for lunch and some did their pray first before going to Labuhan Lalang (North-West of Bali). One comment on my guest house is, it wasn’t the dirtiest place I’ve seen but 50000rp/room for two is decent if you’re going to use the place strictly to rest and not fancying anything like room service, tv set, hot water (it’s beach and you surely do not need hot water).

Our destination for that day was Menjangan Island which is a great spot for diving and snorkeling. The trip to Labuhan Lalang took about 2 hours and then about 30 minutes by boat to the island.

on Menjangan

Bali 10K 2008

12 08 2008

Ever been in a marathon?

Yup, Bali 10k 2008 which carried the theme “Run for Unity” has passed and guess what…I was on it!

It was held on Sunday, 10 August 2008. The starting location was Lapangan Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat Bali, Renon, Denpasar.

It was my first ever marathon and guess not too bad for an amateur. I took part in public category along with 30 colleagues from the company I worked for. I’ve made it to the finish in a little bit less than one hour. Okay, that’s not much, I know!, especially compared to the international athletes (many of them were Kenyan and were dominating the international athlete category!!) which only took 29-30 minutes to finish! But still, it was not so bad for first timer with less train or exercise.

It was a really fun experience as many people from all around the world were participating as well in the run. I saw lots of Japanese (saw two cuties :P) participating and their kids. Pretty surprising that kids that took part in it have really strong stamina and there were many of them, almost literally, really beat me up.

The run kicked off at 6am by the Minister of Tourism and Culture still which was still a pretty dark condition. I ran (or jog :P) almost the whole kilometres, did walk to drink and rest a few metres before reaching the 9th KM mark. There were few people passed out laying on the street! Quite lucky that I was not one of them. One interesting thing was there’s a guy behind me shouted “Konichiwa…konichiwa..” I though he was greeting another Japanese, and then he ran beside me and greeted me…I did wear a bandana that was folded like a Japanese head band but never thought that I’d look like a Japanese, maybe because I was already too pale at that time :LOL:

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