Chrysochroa fulminans, The Jewel Beetle

Hello readers,

Today, I’m gonna make a review about Chrysochroa fulminans. That’s a beetle (Coleoptera, Buprestidae) with a green metallic color all over its body. I’m interested to this beetle because its color. If you look it from different side, you can see the different color on each side. Most of Buprestidae family are colorful so that the beetles were targeted by many collectors of insect.

Back to the Chrysochroa fulminans. I wanna know more about this beetle because of my task in Basic Entomology course requires me to collect insects.Β  This beetle is common insect of Hibiscus tiliaceus tree in Indonesia. When I was little, I liked to find this beetle at the tree around my house. But people nowadays said that this beetle is rare to be found. Then I checked at that tree, I found just 6 beetles whereas 15 years ago, I could find more than 20 beetles at a tree.

These beetles are hunted, that’s why they’re difficult to be found. If you search in Google with keyword Chrysochroa fulminans, you’ll find so many sites which sells these insects preserved. No question why, because of its color and its hard elytra, the beetle is widely used as a pendant or other accessories. But, commonly in Indonesia, it used as “susuk“. From Wikipedia, “Susuk” are needles made of gold or other precious metals, which are inserted into the softtissues of the body to act as talismans. Susuk has various supposed purposes, ranging from the purely aesthetic to the treatment of joint pains and other minor ailments. This practice are also used as protection against injury and accidents.

But you know, this beetle is quite difficult to be stabbed πŸ˜€

Chrysochroa fulminans preserved

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Places I Wanna Go ; Part 3

Hello readers,

I’m back again with old topic : Places I Wanna Go. Yeah, that’s a review about a place that I wanted to see.

And now, I’m talking about Batu City.

Batu is a region in East Java, on highland and has so many beautiful places to be visited. I once lived in Batu because I worked there for a month. Then I visited Selecta, BNS (Batu Night Spectacular), and Jawa Timur Park 1. I wanna visit Songgoriti (a hot spring pool) but I don’t have enough time 😦

Why do I wanna go there?

I’m an agricultural student in an university in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I really really love nature (but I don’t brave enough to join nature lovers organization at my college). At Batu, I found so many beautiful scenery. Next to Selecta, there is a cultivation area which has a good landscape, so that if you look it from Selecta, it looks beautiful. Then if you wanna go to Songgoriti, you can see a beautiful hill behind the spring pool and you can find a traditional market which is selling apples with low prices.

Batu has been developed to be a tourist city. You can find some water parks, night market, vehicle parks, and nature tourism spots.

You can check images below πŸ˜€

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Music Review : Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” Cover by JYJ

Honestly, I’ve watched JYJ’s Thanksgiving in Tokyo Dome a year ago. But I just focused on Itsudatte Kimi Ni and “W” because the lyrics were touched me. So, I made a mistake with skipped other songs 😦

Then I found “I Have Nothing” at the end of 1st part of the concert. Firstly, I thought it was JYJ’s new song, but it sounds familiar. Then I searched and downloaded it on internet, that song was Whitney Houston’s.

I know, JYJ has sang it with a few notes below the original song because they are men so they have different vocal register with women. But when I listened to them singing…

THAT WAS AWESOME!!

That performance is thrilling, chilling, and really really GREAT!! Till I shed a tears. Honestly, I’m Jaejoong fan…but objectively, Jaejoong in particular sounded fantastic. He sang it with full of emotion and passionately, so did Junsu and Yuchun. As men, they hit the high notes perfectly πŸ˜€

OMG…

And thanks to Mr. Sam (the total stage producer) and the bands. They have made a great stage, lighting, camera setting, a great music arrangement, and instruments which supported the performance.

You can see their performance here, check this video πŸ˜€

Video Credit : msjijijeje @Youtube

TV Movies Review : House MD

Hello, I’m back!!

And now I’m addicted to House MD. That’s not a new thing, because I already watched House MD since its 1st Season, but it’s pending because I’m busy about my study, so I missed 4th season till now.

Then I downloaded from 1st season and re-watch it πŸ˜€ You know? I still love Dr. Robert Chase and his relationship with Dr. Allison Cameron. I didn’t know that in the end of 5th season, they’re married, but in the 7th season, they’re divorced 😦 That’s why I don’t wanna watch 7th season and so on.

But, the House’ quote is interesting. “Everybody Lies”.Yeah, that’ the truth about his patients. Me, as a patient, sometimes didn’t mention about causal of my pain. Maybe something embarrassing or disgusting to be told to the doctor in front of our parents. But that’s really important to be known by the doctor.

In the House MD, sometimes the doctors need to “visit” the patient’s house to discover something strange that maybe can be the causal of their sickness. Hahaha, like a detective, and that’s interesting you know. I feel like the doctor is totally doing his/her job, not just want the high payment from the patient. You know, lately, so many doctors just have a title of doctor, but they don’t have dedication. They can do malpractice and gambling with the patient’s life because they just have title, not dedication.

House MD's cast

Music Review : TVXQ Without JYJ

Hi readers, it’s been a long time since I wrote the last story…

I’ve been so busy with my tasks and so many reports to collect, so, it consumed a lot of my time

But, now I’m coming back!! Hohoho…

Hmmm…Christmas has been passed…though I never felt the difference between Christmas this year or some years ago. You know, in Indonesia, you couldn’t feel a great Christmas except if you don’t visit a province which is people majority religion is Christian/Catholic such as North Sulawesi, North Sumatera, and eastern of Indonesia…

Ok,,the intermezzo is enough…back to the topic πŸ˜€

I wanna review a latest performance of Duo TVXQ at SBS Gayo Daejun.

I watched TVXQ’s Keep Your Head Down and Maximum. Ok, that’s good performance because their voice are louder than the playback, so you can say that’s not a lipsync.

<I’m sorry but I can’t show you the video, because it isn’t available anymore at utube, but soon, I’ll attach it>

But, there’s an incomplete feeling. Why?

Because Changmin’s vocal isn’t flexible enough to make some vocal improvisations.Β  Yunho? You must be know that Yunho’s vocal is the worst between 5 members. But, I admitted he has made a big progress πŸ˜€

And the conclusion is, they are still need JYJ, because you exactly know that JYJ’s vocal’s techniques more more better than Homin. Maybe Changmin has a powered vocal and of course the high note and Yunho is the best for rapping, but whose take a role for ballad song of TVXQ? (you must be know that ballad song requires a great vocal’s technique and flexibility) They are Jaejoong, Junsu, and Yoochun.

I didn’t mean to make a fanwar or else, but that’s my honest opinion as a big fan of TVXQ5 πŸ˜€

-Thank You-

 

In My Opinion : Komodo National Park as New7Wonders

Dear readers, good night πŸ˜€

Tonight, I wanna share about a thing that’s been “walking” on my mind from 2 days ago.

You know, I’m Indonesian, and the most hectic things here except to host the SEA Games 2011 is the vote for Komodo National Park as the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Indonesian people getting crazy to send some messages and pay for 1,- rupiah/sms to vote the KNP as the winner. The campaign’s so attractive because our ex Vice President and so many big actors are involved.

But, some statements and evidences showed up against the campaign. I’m curious about the situation and search for the information.

And then I remembered that New7Wonders was selected few years ago. And then I got Wikipedia and read the explanation about 7 wonders and the fact is New7wonders was selected in 2007. So, what’s the meaning of KNP nominated as the candidate for New7Wonders??

I read it again and I found that KNP was nominated as New7Wonders of Nature. Not the main “award” -__-

And I tried to open the website for the official, it’s just shown as a BLANK PAGE!! what the hell??

And then some statements of General Ambassador of Indonesia in Swiss told us that New7Wonders is an institution that’s not trusted. The office address was fake address and most journalists there didn’t know about that institution.

This is not about I’m not nationalist or don’t love Indonesia. And this is not about I don’t like to promote KNP as a visiting place. But I just don’t wanna let another fucking corrupt people to take advantages here. I’m definitely sure KNP will be a money machine for them. There’s no need to win KNP as New7Wonders because UNESCO decided to make KNP as World Heritage Center and there’s so many people outside the country who knows this place.

I’m Sick of Jogja’s Traffic Jam

I’ve been living in Jogja since I was born ’till now I’m 21 years old. I really feel the differences between my childhood environment and now. The annoying things are the TRAFFIC and the driver.

Jogja has so many universities that makes so many people from other provinces or other lands come and study here. It’s not I don’t like the people come here and study here, but I just don’t like their behaviour on the road. Original people from Jogja love to go outside by motorcycle, so you can meet so many motorcycles here.Β  Just so you know, Yogyakarta isn’t big city and DIY isn’t large province. You can go from north to southside within 3 hours, so you don’t need to drive by car. And Yogyakarta city, you can go from a city limit to other city limits within an hour. The people from other provinces came here, they bought motorcycle or car here to drive with. They keep driving with the usual habit from their origin. We, Jogja’s people, don’t like to sound the horn if the other driver doesn’t make a bad attitude on the road. But the newcomers like to sound the horn when the timer of red signal from traffic light almost 0, it means that the timer showing number 1 or 2, that’s so noisy and unmannered. The other thing is the driver who doesn’t like to give way to other driver to cross the road. I’m so sick of this.

And the most annoying thing is the people who drive a car ALONE. When I asked them, they said it’s because Jogja’s so hot. But, they never think that the high temperature’s because of their cars.

This is a picture that proven Jogja’s traffic now

Pic Source : Emahatmanto