Saturday, April 11, 2015

Being Expatriate



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Working abroad as an expatriate is not something impossible for workers in Indonesia today. Especially if you have sufficient skill and education. If it happens to you, then when you return, your worth in job market will increase. Here are presented a little things to be consider when you are willing to work in foreign countries as an expatriate.



Support Of People Nearby


Supporst from the people around you are something important. Watch and listen to the positive support of people who has respect on you and really want to see progress on your career. Not all of our friends wanted the best for us. Consider the best for that opinion and filter in accordance with the desire to your achievements.



New Environment


Another thing you need to consider as an expatriate is a completely new environment. You will get new friends. New working environment. Even the work culture entirely new. It certainly you have prepared, especially mentally. In addition, you need to consider how you manage day-to-day needs and mothly needs there, like paying electricity bills, telephone and other bills.



Get Overview About Working Abroad


You can get an idea of working abroad from friends or relatives who are already working there. Establish communication with them to get a more comprehensive picture. You need to consider not only the working atmosphere there, but also the atmosphere of life in general.



Prepare Documents Required


If you're determined and decide to work abroad, then prepare the necessary documents for it. Obviously you need a passport and work or job visa. You can get around to administer it by your own or ask for help to service agency that has been doing help to prepare for this purpose.



If you are physically and mentally ready, have a good health, just say goodbye to friends and relatives here. Ask them to pray for your success there. Working abroad does have different demands. Not only are the demands of your work ability but also the work and general environment and so different government rules.





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Overtrained On Excercise



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Exercise is healthy. Proven that people who exercise regularly have better fitness. In addition, the disease is rarely encounter them. But when you exercise in excessive portion, then the expected healthy body condition instead will stay away. Excessive exercise is bad. This condition is called overtraining.



Often, because of the success in losing weight a bit, we become obsessed with exercise. This condition will be exacerbated if the condition of overtraining is coupled with a strict diet because we wanted to lose weight excessively. It maybe obtained in people with overweight. The most important thing is not to become obssesed of excercise for us. Good sport is a sport that are carried out with a sufficient portion. Sports servings depending on the age and condition of the body. Do not force yourself to exercise if we are not in well condition.



Warming Up And Cooling Down.


Do not forget in every time exercises to do a considerable warming up and cooling down. For those who do not customed to exercise, warming up should be done for fifteen to twenty minutes. Similarly with cooling down. For those who are customed to exercise, the warming up and cooling down are done five to ten minutes. Warming up needs to be done so that our bodies are ready to do escercise. The lungs and heart are also prepared to do the exercises.



Exercise Duration


We need to do exercises in sufficient duration and not excessive. In one exercise session should we exercise for twenty to sixty minutes. When you get to breathless and difficult to talk, it means that you have excessive exercise. Immediately stop your activities and perform cooling. Do exercise as much as three to four times a week. That portion are enough for us.



Muscle Injury


One of the things that need to be avoided on exercises is muscle injury. These injuries coldn happen if we are wrong in doing movement or excessive in the exercise. We need to give time for aching muscles to recover. Result of substances oxidation in muscle should get time to be redistributed and neutralized properly.



Do Not Forcing Yourself


If you're not in well condition, do not force yourself to exercise. Similarly, do not feel guilty if you do not exercise every day. Away with the thought that a beautiful and healthy body is a body exercise in every opportunity. If you force yourself to exercise, the greater the possibility for injury.



Do Not Become Obsession


As already stated in the introduction above, do not let this sport became an obsession for us. If we force ourselves to exercise even if we are sick, or make exercise a priority of our activity compared to other activities such as work or socialized with friends, then maybe you've been obsessed with the excercise. Remember, we are not a sportsman. Athlete does for a living with exercise. Their bodies have been trained for years since childhood in becoming athletes. We differ with them.



That are a little bit of things that need to be considered when exercising. Of course there are many other issues that need our attention. Hopefully in another article we can discuss it in more detail.





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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Creative Economy



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The term of Creative Economy was first introduced by John Howkins. He realized that in 1997, the United States has issued products of Intellectual Property Rights which worth of 141 billion dolllar. That worth is the United States' largest export value at that time. Some analysts believe that the era of informatics will be replaced by the era of the creative economy.

Howkins explained that the creative economy are the economic activities in the community who spends most of its time to generate ideas, they do not just do something similar and repetitive, for this community, to produce a work of an idea is important for progress.

Creative economy includes four forms of capital, ie, socio-cultural, structural or institutional and human creativity. The years to come, the number of people entering the productive age will be doubled. This is caused by the presence of birth control. About fifteen years to come, the population of Indonesia and the world will be surplus of labor.

Opportunities of Creative Economy


Various reports have hinted that the creative industries are the most dynamic sectors of the economy lately. Creative economy or the creative industry offers employment opportunities and high growth for developing countries. Around thirty countries have benefited in this creative industry and a hundred more that expressed interest in developing the creative economy in the country. Indonesia nor miss, In Jokowi work cabinet listed ministerial of tourism and creative economy.

It can be seen that an attempt to open up the creative economy sector in Indonesia is still struggling from the things like tourism. Indonesia must improve themselves in terms of human resources to take on a creative role in the world economy. As a comparison, the United States's creative economy were classified into four areas namely, patents, copyrights, trademarks and designs.

Indeed, the biggest Indonesian opportunities in the economy or the creative industries is patterned on the tourism sector. The rise hotels and homestay in Yogyakarta show it. Creatively called here because tourists do not just come and visit, but treated with the culture and get to know local wisdom. Surely there exists a negative, the ground water level in Yogyakarta becomes lower. It would need to be our considerations.

The key lies in human resources and related technological mastery. In addition, government policies that support the development of creative economy and human resources are also very important. In this case is education. If people have mastered the required technology and the creative industries, the opportunity to create job opportunities would be opened, then we can expect that in the era of the creative economy, we remain a sovereign nation.


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Avoiding Enterpreneur Failure



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In today's economic situation, where labor demand required by the company are not comparable with the supply of labor in the job market, becoming an enterpreneur is something recommended. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs who have failed in this way. Self-care of business does require extra seriousness and persistence. When we work in the company, then we can expect a regular income. Not so with becoming an independent businessman. Many factors affect the income of a businessman or entrepreneur's self.



In fact, many enterpreneurs stopped midway due to bankruptcy. It is caused by various factors. There are internal factors and external factors. Sometimes it's hard to distinguish which ones are internal factors and which one are the external factors. Indeed, as entrepreneurs we are required to steel-minded and not easily give up. What are the cause of bankruptcy? Actually there are many kinds, but here we review some of them as insight for us to anticipate.



Half Heartened Starting Business


If you start a business with half a heart, then you will fail. In the example of online marketing for example, only 0.5 percent of businesses that could be called a success. One and a half percent survive to five years and three per cent last a year and a half. The rest failed miserably. Mental capital required to start a business in addition to capital.



Miserable Loan Management


The most recommended way to start self-employment is to use their own capital. The second best is ask for a loan to friends and family. Manage your debt well so you can pay it off. If you start to loan to the bank or ask for government assistance to small businesses, of course you are expected to have implemented this way first and earn the trust of your friends and family.



Establish Trustworthy Relationship With Partner


You must have a trustworthy attitude. To be trusted by your business partners, you must have the personality to be trusted. A healthy relationship is needed in the business. Both parties should not be detrimental to the other party. With trustworthy attitude, partner will feel comfortable doing business with you. Do not even believe in an easy and instant money making business offered on the internet. Nothing is easy, but neither is difficult if we want to improve ourselves and learn the right way.



Rush Pursuing Opportunity


Saying that, a golden opportunity did not come for the second time. When we see a business opportunity, often we do not think about other factors in the business. We tend to strike them quickly, whereas for the necessary infrastructure and stakeholders eg already available previously. Have you to think about it carefully? Your business does not last a day or two, because it think a prior act.



Pay Attention To the Market Demand


Although the market is saturated, the actual market opportunities still exist. We must be observant to customer needs. In addition, keep in mind also that the market actually can we build. It takes time and patience to establish a market. If you have a community, then you already have a potential market that you can develop yourself.



Perform Planned Marketing


Goods or services that you offer will not be known if being you do not do marketing efforts earnest and well-planned. As a novice entrepreneur, you can tell your business to friends and family. It is a good marketing strategy. In addition, many social media options outside can you use for this purpose.



Thinking Turnover Excessively


It is so much fun when we have a high turnover. But you should remember that it is not simply be achieved. No need to think too much about turnover. The important thing is we still get in profit. Although we are still have a small profit, we should not be easy to get discouraged. Keep doing business. With the passage of time, the skills and instincts we will get even better. The opportunity being wider. And it will affect our business income.



As already noted above, carries on business as an entrepreneur does require its own tenacity. The most important thing to know is that the knowledge is not magic or witchcraft. Everyone can do it. God has created the reason for us to meet our needs and family ourselves.





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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Indonesian Democracy Disruption



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Indonesia is a country that is still fighting for the establishment of democracy. It must be recognized that democracy is expensive. However it remains to be done because it reflects the participation of civil society in managing the country. State left by the state of its citizens not truly state preformance sense.



At the end of 2014 which then came a discourse that wants to restore the direct system to indirect election system as Suharto era. Strong opposition came from the middle class and intellectuals. Furthermore the House of Representatives make the planning bill on this issue and there was tremendous debate in the community.

Student Struggle


The establishment of democracy in Indonesia was being strugled so long and is actually a product of the student struggle for democracy in Indonesia since the eighties. Desire is actually realized when ninety-eight-year students took to the streets chanting the enforcement of democracy in Indonesia.



Many factors make it a successful struggle. Among them was the fact that President Suharto was quite elderly, but still desperate to want to remain as president. This is the student's laughingstock. In addition, the condition also support the students' struggle. Thus the financial crisis has occurred. The impact is felt by the community at large. They support the changes brought by the students.



Current Parliament Profile


After Jokowi's victory in the presidential election, the idea to re-organize the indirect election system was addressed by the House of Representatives, in this bill will no longer be the Head of the Region elected directly by the people, but elected by parliament. Faction that supports indirect election is Golkar Party, Gerindra Party faction of the Democratic Party, PPP and PAN.



Their reason was because of the high cost and money politics. Who do not agree with their claim that democracy is indeed demanding high fees and money politics can be overcome by law enforcement. If need be the cheating candidate can be disqualicated . Parliament members elected for 2014-2015 period with elected by open proportional election results that they rely more on money and popularity of the person in becoming a member of Parliament, not because of capacity and capability, but rather the extent that they have money, popular or close to the party elite.



In such conditions, it is obviously difficult for them to choose qualified candidates for the head region and indeed the people want. Smell that the old players in the Indonesian government wants to hold their power back.



Apparently President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono played beautiful in the end of his reign, he published Perppu No. 1 2014 which provides for the election to go ahead directly. This is in accordance with the will of ordinary people who want a democratic system is maintained in Indonesia.



This rule is then amplified by President Jokowi with the House of Representative endorsed Law no. 2 2015 on direct elections, so that people no longer need to fret if the democratic system in the country changed






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Monday, April 6, 2015

Applying New Position



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Your company needs of a new employee. Position offered quite tempting as well. In addition, it offers also much higher salary than your current payment. Pictured already a new challenge and a good future in front of you. You want to fill the new position. It is essential to your progress.


Incidentally in your company, you have a good work reputation. Which even more important is that you have the qualifications required by this position, such as educational background and work experience support. You also do not have internal problems in the office. What are you waiting for?


What should you do? No need to hesitate to colleagues. Apply to the new position. You get the advantage of being familiar already with the company culture in which you work. You also already know the people who worked there previously. One thing you need to do is to look honest self. Can I fill the new position? If the answer is yes, then immediately apply for the post. Here are some things you need to do to get the dreamed position.



Being Assertive


Indicate your wishes on the immediate supervisor. Should not hesitate to declare it. You old position will be replaced by others. Especially in a company that has a clear career path. You better meet the immediate supervisor to discuss this issue rather than be whispers gossip in the office. Also do not be afraid to be called ambitious. We have the right to obtain a more suitable career path and a more decent income.



Being Positive


No need to be afraid of failure. If you are not able to placed , you will return to the same position. Nothing to loose. If you face a psychological test session, do not need to declare the things that seem great about yourself. Humility would be much better. No need to declare your achievements on the company if it is not asked.


If it reaches the stage of negotiating the salary, so do not be stiff though you probably already know the person who interviewed you. Indicate how much you are asking for the salary and say what you would do with a payment as well. Also state the time period when you have targets to be done wih it.


If you allowed the work on a new position, you will undergo a period of orientation for it. Remain normal and warm to friends in a new environment, as well as the environment in your old department.


Getting a new position higher with the appropriate fee is not something that is impossible for you. Even more important is when you enjoy the position and can run it well.




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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Jokowi's Popularity Decreased



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Less than a year reign, President Jokowi already reaped a lot of criticism. The criticism comes from various circles. Group that is anti Jokowi from the last election give issue that many Jokowi voters who regretted his choice. Indeed, between supporters and voters Jokowi is critical voters. They do not choose based on certain sentiment, but choose based on rational considerations. But there is no doubt that the popularity of President Jokowi decreased end this time.


President Jokowi served as President of Indonesia after defeating his rival, Lt. Gen. Prabowo Subianto in a dramatic election on last September. President Jokowi grabbed 54 percent votes of all voters, while Lt. Gen. Prabowo got 46 percent voters.


President Jokowi popularity's decline on people's sight happened first time since he decided to raise the price of fossil fuel couple months ago. Rising fossil fuel prices amid declining world oil prices in fact has been heavily criticized by many people. Including Jokowi critical voters. But President Jokowi keep raising the price of fossil fuel with the risk of price increases on domestic goods.


Finally, the price of fossil fuel derived several times, but the prices in the country were already high and difficult to fall back. Decline in Jokowi popularity then happened again after he decided to lift the Police Commissioner General Budi Gunawan as Chief of Police. Many parties suggested that Budi Gunawan appointed by order of Megawati Sukarnoputri, Chairman of the PDIP, which was party that carries Jokowi on the last election.


The issue is still hanging on the air. Budi Gunawan considered problematic due to his ownership of fat accounts which were have unclear origin. Because of these problem, the police chief function was taken over by the Vice Chief Commissioner General Badroidin Haiti.


This time President Jokowi's popularity has decreased again since signed Presidential Decree No. 39 of 2015. The Presidential Decree raising allowance to buy cars for officials state due to inflation reasons. On the other hand, the price of gas for the purposes of the poor will be raised. That's the thing that made a critical voter Jokowi discouraged.


Will these society disappointments affect the running of the Jokowi government? It seems to me it won't. In the period President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono government, things like these or even worse were happening. He implemented policies that are not in favor of the people. Is the community willing to overthrow his government amid ?. Absolutely not. In fact he even re-elected as president for a second term. Indonesian people are very heartened and Indonesian democracy seems to be growing.




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Friday, April 3, 2015

Healthy Overtime



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Are you a blogger as a writer? Or are you working with the night shift at a factory? Or perhaps you are a night job security? Or students who are preparing for the exam in the near future? Or are much load in your office that requires you to work overtime? In this article the author would like to share about maintaining health and fitness if you often work overtime.


Under conditions of working overtime (nine to five) usually body looking pretty much carbohydrate intake. Because that's the sweet foods often look so tempting when we're overtime. Sweet coffee often accompany workers in the evening to boost their morale. Similarly, fast food. Though usually fast food high in sugar and high salt with a little fiber. Surely this is not healthy for our digestion.


Health problems can arise if you do not pay attention to proper food intake while working overtime. The problem could be due to constipation or dehydration because we often accompanies coffee when working overtime actually causes the body needs more fluids. Dehydration can make us lethargic and listless, but work still accumulate. The following will be presented the things we need to consider as night workers.



Plenty of Drinking Water


At night, as not being nocturnal or are accustomed to indulge at night, then our body's metabolism becomes slower. We become lazy to just take the water to drink. Though it is very necessary to prevent dehydration. When we are thirsty, instead we took a glass of water but we actually took a snack. It makes hunger and thirst mechanism becomes chaotic.



Eat Fibrous Food


When overtime, try to eat high-fiber foods such as gelatin and fruit. It's for our digestive health. Not to consume excessive amounts of caffeine because it will lead to high stomach acid. In the long term high stomach acid can cause your stomach have ulcers.



Lightweight Sport.


Should we keep exercising regularly. It seems cliché but it is very good that our systems will run well. No need heavy exercise. Enough if we take a walk around the office or residence complexes us if jogging is considered quite heavy. Spend fifteen minutes of your time a day for lightweight sports activities. Undoubtedly we will stay healthy.



Regulars Eating


Never forget to eat regularly. No need in large portions, but sufficient and regular. Thus gastric acid secreted by the stomach we will be beneficial to digest food. Instead of digesting our own stomach muscles.



Get Enough Sleep


It is impossible to talk about quality sleep when we work at night. Quality sleep actually occurred at nine pm until about four in the morning. That's when our body can achieve perfect sleeping conditions that are beneficial to our health. If we can not reach it still try to sleep enough. However, our bodies need rest.


Those are sevelal things we need to consider if we are often late or indeed a night worker. Obviously this paper is not a final paper. Many other things we need to consider to keep our bodies in health despite a lot of overtime. Here I just took to think that keeping the health condition is still very important in overtime.




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