Unspun’s photo blog

Unspun‘s taken some photos over the years and some of them are not too bad to look at as well, IMHO. And since Flickr has a 200 photo limit Unspun thought he’d compile these photos into a blog — called, of course, UnspunPics — more for his failing memory than anything else. But if you enjoy those photos then that’s and added bonus.

Who knows, it may be so much fun that Unspun might pass on to become a photo blogger instead of being a purveyor of rants, acidic barbs and the occassional logical train of thought.

Snapping for society

Pesta Blogger draws nearer (its on October 25) and as a run up to the event Iman — film director, photographer and my diving sifu — has organized a photo contest for bloggers.

There is only one condition – photos must keep to the theme of this year’s Pesta Blogger, which is Blogging for Society. Other than that it is a free-for-all. Iman’s also managed to persuade an impressive list of names to be the judges of the contest. They are Deniek Sukarya, Jerry Aurum, Arbain Rambay, Oscar Motuloh and Dibyo Gahari.

So stop sitting in front of your computer looking at blogs like a first class nerd and get out there photographing for society!

clipped from pestablogger.com

Pesta Blogger Photo Contest
Pesta Blogger 2008 semakin hari semakin dekat, dan sebagai salah satu kegiatan menyambut ajang nasional para blogger, akan diselenggarakan kontes photo skala nasional, yang dinamakan Pesta Blogger Photo Contest . Kontes fotography ini terbuka untuk umum dengan tidak mengenal kategori usia dan tidak membatasi kemampuan fotography peserta. Amatir, profesional atau penikmat photography. Serta terbuka untuk warganegara Indonesia dan penduduk asing yang tinggal di Indonesia sepanjang memiliki surat keterangan ijin menetap.
Selain itu juga tak ada batasan jenis kamera. Pocket, semi pro maupun DSLR dipersilahkan, sepanjang diambil dalam format digital

Dalam Pesta Blogger 2008 karena mengambil tema ‘ BLOGGING FOR SOCIETY ‘ yang menunjukan peran Blogger terhadap komunitas sekitarnya.

blog it

Asia’s top 20 progressives?

World Business names Singapore’s Mr Brown and Malaysia’s Raja Petra Kamarudin, as well as former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad and present Indonesian President SBY as among Asia’s top 20 most progressive. Let’s see what you make of the list yourself.

Top 20 Asian Progressives, World Business magazine, May 2007
1 – Hu Jintao, the eighth General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and China’s paramount leader and president
2 – Raja Petra Kamarudin, founder of the Malaysia Today website
3 – Lou Jiwei, head of China’s investment agency
4 – Narayana Murthy, founder of Indian IT services firm Infosys
5 – Nguyen Tan Dung, prime minister of Vietnam
6 – Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank in India, which provides micro-credit loans to the poor
7 – Mahathir Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia
8 – Li Ka Shing, Hong-Kong founder of conglomerate Cheung Kong Holdings which embraces businesses including ports, telecommunications and electricity generation, operates in 54 countries and employs 220,000 people
9 – Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala, head of the Ayala Group, one of the Philippines’ biggest business groups
10 – Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, founder of a string of businesses in Malaysia embracing property, hotels, power stations, rubber plantations, banking, retailing and construction and a charity foundation which has poured millions into building mosques, schools and hospitals
11 – Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of Indonesia
12 – Ratan Tata, head of the Tata Group, a family business based in India which is becoming global with businesses ranging from steel to cars to IT services
13 – Warren Lichtenstein, activist investor and founder of Steel Partners, a New York-based hedge fund
14 – Mahesh, Ajay and Sharad Amalean, founders of Sri-Lankan-based apparel maker, MAS Holdings
15 – Jaruvan Maintaka, auditor general, Thailand
16 – Lee Kin Mun (alias Mr Brown), founder of Singapore’s social and political commentary website, http://www.mrbrown.com which averages 20,000 downloads per day
17 – Zeti Akhtar Aziz, governor of Malaysia’s central bank
18 – Tarisa Watanagase, the first female governor of the Bank of Thailand
19 – David Webb, Hong-Kong based founder of one of the best global websites devoted to corporate governance, http://www.webb-site.com
20 – Pushpa Kamal Dahal (alias Prachanda), leader of the Maoist Communist party of Nepal

Worth visiting: Losari

Spent the weekend with the office in Maverick’s Annual Outing in Losari Coffee Plantation Resort and Spa and thoroughly enjoyed the place. Being with colleagues that one likes enhanced the pleasure.

Situated in central Java between Magelang and Semarang, the Losari resort is just one of those places that are worth going to and restores your faith that things can be beautiful in Indonesia in spite of the dump that is Jakarta. Unspun’s impressions from Losari:

First hand account and photos of Jakarta floods

Javajive has a riveting account, and excellent photos, of his misadventures when he found himself in the middle of the worst flooding jakarta faced in, as Tempo puts it, 300 years.

Baptism in Bali

Came across this scenes of baptism when I was at Geger Beach in Nusa Dua, Bali, recently. One of the great things about Indonesia is the religious tolerance of the people here.