Archive for November, 2010

CNN Hero of the Year (2010)

I just watched CNN Heroes of the year. I was greatly touched. All of them are taking whatever they have and are changing the world. Some don’t even have much but they are putting matters in their own hands. Doing whatever they can to help solve a problem, bring back hope and empower the powerless. And now they are changing the world probably more than what most millionaires have. All it takes is just one act, one step of faith, believing that one person can truly make a difference.

I was especially touched by the Hero of the year “Anuradha Koirala”. She’s stopping human trafficking. Saving mostly girls as young as 9-14 years old from prostitution. One victim even gave a testimony that she was given to 25-35 men in a day. She was 9-10 years old that time! and another one says that she doesn’t have a choice else she will be tortured and electrocuted and she was only 14 years old then! That broke my heart.

Anudradha is saving one girl at a time and has saved 14,000 girls since she started. She’s giving them a home and a new hope. I truly admire her.

Let’s support her cause.


The internet has revolutionized the way we learn and do things nowadays. When we don’t understand something, we no longer look for a hardbound encyclopedia or dictionary. We simply connect to the internet and google. There’s a vast information available in the internet, one just has to discern which ones are trash and which ones are helpful or even life-changing.

As I traverse this new path that I’m exploring now, I’m doing so many research that sometimes I feel like I’m seeing the world in a whole new perspective. I felt that the corporate world has limited my learning to become more of “performance-based” rather than becoming an innovator or sharpening the skill I inherently have or pursuing the passion that was always burning in me.

With this new found time out from the corporate world, I feel my brain is working more than ever. With all the time I have, I reliazed that the best resource for entreprenuers is TED GLOBAL. Since I discovered it, it became my daily source of inspiration and ideas. It’s like my classroom and the speakers are my teachers, who more often than not share the same vision I have. Changing the world one day at a time. 🙂

I got too inspired today. I think I spent the whole day watching TED videos. It’s so easy to lose track of time with the way they talk about their passion, their vision and how they successful implemented it and their ideas..whew.. are revolutionary,.. these people are just amazingly smart. I hope to learn from them and become like them.
I was especially inspired by Chris Anderson and Shaffi Mather.

Below are their talks:

TED Talks TED’s Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation — a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter …

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TED Talks Shaffi Mather explains why he left his first career to become a social entrepreneur, providing life-saving transportation with his company 1298 for Ambulance. Now, he has a new idea and plans to begin a company to fight the booming business of corruption in public service, eliminating it one bribe at a time.

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MAN/WOMAN: “It’s impossible”
GOD: All things are possible (Luke18:27)
MAN/WOMAN: “I’m too tired”
GOD: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)
MAN/WOMAN : “Nobody really loves me”
GOD: I love you (John 2: 16 & John 13:34)
MAN/WOMAN: “I can’t go on”
GOD: My Grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
MAN/WOMAN: “I can’t figure things out”
GOD: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
MAN/WOMAN: “I can’t do it”
GOD: You can do all things (Phillipians 4:13)
MAN/WOMAN : “I’m not able”
GOD: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
MAN/WOMAN: “It’s not worth it”
GOD: It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)
MAN/WOMAN : “I can’t forgive myself”
GOD: I forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
MAN/WOMAN: “I can’t manage”
GOD: I will supply all your needs (Phillipians 4:19)
MAN/WOMAN: “I’m afraid”
GOD: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
MAN/WOMAN: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
GOD: Cast all your cares on me (I Peter 5:7)
MAN/WOMAN: “I don’t have enough faith”
GOD: I’ve given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)
MAN/WOMAN: “I’m not smart enough”
GOD: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)
MAN/WOMAN: “I feel all alone”
God: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
– Ed Archaletta (a Sunday school teacher)


What a good reminder! We always have a tendency to have “Pity parties” and when we do, we deny our true identity in Christ.

God’s thinking is unchanging. It will never be affected by any circumstance. His truth and promises will prevail no matter what situation we are in.

This simple comparison is such a good reminder and nudge for those of us who have self-doubts once in a while. Will print this and put it on my desk. So I get to dismiss all these senseless thinking immediately. The bible has the simple answers for all questions we’ve pondered on too long.

The story is told of a water bearer in India who had two large pots. They hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck, but one of the pots had a crack in it. While the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

In his compassion, the water bearer said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

It is an amazing thing (but true) that God is able to accomplish some wonderful things through our efforts, in spite of our imperfections. Paul said of his role as a preacher of the gospel:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:7).

Though we may often feel inadequate and useless, if we will continue about the task that God has given us, we will produce fruit and influence lives in ways we may not even be aware of.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Cor. 15:58).

May your life “abound” this day in the work of the Lord! Though you may feel like a “cracked pot”, your efforts are not in vain.

Received as a “Thought for the Day” from Alan Smith, Boone church of Christ, Boone, NC.


This story caught my attention because of it’s title. I have been boiling in my vision for so long wanting to cook it so bad but feel like it’s taking too long and sometimes doubting if I can really make the difference I want. I just happen to encounter this story when i was looking for a picture for previous post.. God probably knew i need to be encouraged.. This story reminded me that God can use me, no matter how many cracks I may have, or even if it may be taking too long, I should remain steadfast, for my labor will never be in vain if its done for the Lord. 🙂

As I was reading a book this afternoon, I encountered the story of the butterfly which kind of reminded me of my vision to help the poor. I have always used the fisherman metaphor which goes …”Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime” And now I found another good metaphor to use for how I want to help them. I want them to be a full grown beautiful butterfly.

Change, often difficult but is so rewarding

Please read the story below to know what I mean:

*A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man expected that the wings would enlarge and expand to support the body, which would contract in time, but neither happened. Instead the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never flew. What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon was God’s way of forcing fluid from the butterfly’s body into its wings, so that it could fly once free from the cocoon. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong and we could never fly!
(*Ref: 48 days by Dan Miller)
The poor should not just be given donations but should be given livelihood so they can grow and develop their skills and eventually sustain them and their family for good. It is harder at first but far more rewarding.

Freed Suu Kyi goes back to work

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi went back to work Monday at her National League for Democracy (NLD) party after being freed over the weekend from seven years under house arrest.

On Sunday, thousands of supporters massed outside the NLD headquarters in Yangon to hear Suu Kyi’s first public speech since her arrest in May 2003, in which she vowed to continue struggling for democracy, reconciliation and human rights.

The 65-year-old Nobel Peace laureate spent 15 of the past 20 years under house arrest.

Her first task will be to make the NLD opposition party a legal entity again, party sources said.

It ceased to exist as a political party in May after refusing to register for the Nov 7 general election, the first held in more than 20 years.

The NLD won the 1990 polls by a landslide, but was blocked from assuming power by the military.

The party leadership decided to boycott the polls to protest the election laws that would have required it to drop Suu Kyi as a member if the NLD sought to contest the polls.

Registration rules prohibited parties from including members who were serving prison terms. Suu Kyi was freed a week after the polls.

“On Thursday we are going to lodge a case to reinstate the NLD as a legal party,” spokesman Nyan Win said.

NLD security guards stopped local journalists from approaching Suu Kyi Monday morning.

Another task Suu Kyi is expected to tackle will be to assess the outcome of the Nov 7 polls, which many Western critics dismissed as a sham.

The Union Solidarity and Development Party, a junta proxy, won an estimated 80 percent of the 1,159 contested seats in the three chambers of parliament.

The party has been accused of tampering with advance ballots, and bribing or intimidating voters.

Suu Kyi said she would wait to read a report on the election compiled by the NLD before commenting on the outcome.

Another junta-friendly party, the National Unity Party, won 63 seats. The pro-democracy National Democratic Force, a breakaway from the NLD, won only 16 seats.

Two parties representing ethnic minorities did reasonably well in their states. The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party secured 57 seats, while the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party won 35.
© Copyright 2010 Hindustan Times

Fahma Waluya, A 12 Year Old Boy Who Won APICTA 2010
Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by Farah Fitriani

Fahma Waluya is just 12 years old, but he’s not an ordinary kid. What makes him different from others is that he is an application developer. He likes creating games and mobile application that is useful for children. How does he do it? He usually starts by making a simple animation, then he converts (or whatever it says) the animation into a software for mobile phone, using a program.

Amazingly, his hobby leads him into a beautiful achievement. This young boy recently won an award at the 10th International Asia Pacific ICT Awards which was held on October 15 2010.
Fahma, a student of Salman Al Farisi full day school, Bandung, received an award for category Best of Secondary Student Project. his project’s name is My mom’s mobile phone as my sister’s tutor. He was helped by his sister, Hania (6 years old). This achievement makes both of them the only Indonesian who got an honorary award in the competition. there are 16 categories, 180 nominees, and 17 countries competed in APICTA this year, including Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Because of Fahma and Hania, Indonesia successfully listed its name in the winner’s list of APICTA 2010. Although we only won one award among 16 categories available, but we have to be proud, because Fahma and Hania are the youngest winners of all. What else could be better than that?
Check this article about Fahma,
For some, creating apps or games can seem like a daunting challenge. However, Fahma Waluya Rosmansyah spends his free time creating games that help Indonesian children learn the English language or even basic maths skills. That in itself is worthy of a round of applause, but we forgot to mention that Fahma is only 12 years old. Now that’s amazing.
Fahma was born in Indonesia in 1998 and like most kids, loves playing with his games console, PC games and with mobile phones, and it was when Fahma reached fifth grade that he began to learn how to develop with Adobe Flash. That same year he created his first application called BAHANA which allows young children to learn the alphabet, numbers and colours – all from a Nokia E71. In his sixth grade, he developed over 5 more applications, one of which is downloadable from the Ovi Store. ENRICH enables children to translate Indonesian words into English using colourful images and clearly pronounced words. MANTAP is a similar app but instead teaches Indonesian children Maths, and should be available from the Ovi Store in the coming weeks.
Fahma tells us he can create an application from scratch in less than 12 hours, with the help of his younger sister, Hania, who provides some of the sound content. She is also his main source of inspiration and beta tester. Having recently been awarded the Indonesia ICT Award 2010, Fahma plans to continue developing apps for local Indonesian children and even hopes that one day his apps can be made available to every child, globally.
Here are some screen shots of the ENRICH app.
For a 12 year old, currently going through school, we find this an incredible story and shows what the young mind can achieve, and what’s even more commendable is that these apps are used to help young children learn some valuable life skills.

Ching Jorge, vice president of the Bato Balani Foundation: “Youth development and civic awareness are major advocacies I want people to be passionate about.”

Ching Jorge, vice president of the Bato Balani Foundation: “Youth development and civic awareness are major advocacies I want people to be passionate about.”
At 34, Ching Jorge is a re-spected advocate of better education in the Philippines. The outreach programs she attended during her grade-school days in De La Salle Zobel gave Ching early exposure to the state of education in our country. When our bachelorette realized just how far behind public school students are in reading, writing and arithmetic, Ching had to take action. First, she studied and conducted research on the conditions of our educational system, our public libraries and global competitiveness. Then she realized that she had to tweak the social consciousness of businessmen. Knowing that their participation is critical to the success of her endeavors, Ching got a job managing the Center for Corporate Responsibility at the Asian Institute of Management.

That stint gave her the determination to concentrate on her passion, education. Today, Natalie Christine Jorge, a.k.a. Ching, is vice president of the Bato Balani Foundation. She is also the director of the foundation’s programs and research. Ching helps to implement the foundation’s focus on teacher training and nationwide book donation programs. Meeting with members of the Philippine Business for Education provides the thrill that this young lady needs while helping out in feeding programs even when she is on her trips abroad.

Ching with the Asia Society’s 10 young leaders: As part of her volunteer work, Ching organized Young Public Servants to engage young leaders in promoting good govern-ance and democratic citizenship among Filipino youth.

What helps me to conquer fear is to be ready to accept and face any challenge that comes my way. Faith also plays a big role and my belief that things that happen are all part of a bigger plan. To me there is no such thing as problems, only solutions. But of course, I pray every moment I get for the safety of my family.

I believe that life is what you make it. Only you have the capacity to make your dreams and goals a reality. Once you start doing things the right way, everything else follows. Kindness and generosity should always be a priority.

Ching with the Asia Society’s 10 young leaders: As part of her volunteer work, Ching organized Young Public Servants to engage young leaders in promoting good govern-ance and democratic citizenship among Filipino youth.
The last music I bought was Astrud Gilberto. She is my favorite artist and so far I think I have all of her albums.

A memorable place I visited this year was Shanghai, China. I was able to meet with a diverse group of individuals, from Shanghai’s city-planning engineers — who are responsible for transforming Shanghai into the dynamic and vibrant city that it is today — to leaders from Hands On Shanghai who work with migrant children to make sure that they get their right to quality education. I also had a chance to visit the World Expo. One of the major attractions is a giant globe, which shows the impact of population and climate change on the earth.

The souvenirs I choose to bring home are books. No matter how heavy, I still end up buying too much of these. I also like bringing home unique snacks we can’t find back home.

A holiday I remember fondly was a trip to Amanpulo with then CNN Style’s Elsa Klensch. It has almost been 10 years since good friends Richard Tann and Inno Sotto asked if I could free up some time to accompany Elsa Klensch for a vacation to Amanpulo. I, of course, said yes and I had a blast. At that time Style with Elsa Klensch was about to end its 20-year run with CNN.

In my fridge (and bag and drawers) you’ll always find chocolates.

My style icon is my mom, Lulu Virata Jorge. She is the ultimate fashionista and can wear anything with style. Through her I learned that it is critical to develop your own style while keeping an eye out for what is best.

If I wasn’t doing what I do, I’d still find a way to do it. I have always wanted to do non-profit work. I feel that it allows you to reach more people and make a more significant contribution to the community, society and the world.

The grooming basics I am never without are heirloom jewelry, which I need when planning outfits for trips or meetings. Especially when I have to attend programs where I have to represent the country, I always have to look my best.

In school, I learned about the importance of knowledge and service for the common good.

After being in business, I realized that youth development and civic awareness are major advocacies that I want people to be passionate about.

The books I am reading now are Predictably Irrational, Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter, Descartes’ Error and Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning.

By Aurora Diaz-Wilson (The Philippine Star) Updated November 15, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (0)
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One of the few people I admire. 🙂

I admire what these young men are doing. It made me wonder how will I fair if I was doing the same experiment.  They say experience is the best teacher.  And these boys are immersing themselves in the lives of the poor to gain awareness of their living conditions and to see if microfinance is really sustainable.  This is something I’d like to answer myself.

I have been impressed by the idea of Muhammad Yunus on microfinance and have since believed in his advocacy. But it has always intrigued me of what a few of his critics claim that the poor are getting into further debt trap in this kind of system. I can’t help but wonder if those really have a basis or its just a phase that the micro-entrepreneurs will have to go through at first but will eventually grow out from through hardwork.  There might be some truth to this but compare this to the number of people who were helped by this system..  I found more success stories than the negative feedback.  So, I still believe more that empowering poor people who lack access to capital will help them get out of poverty or at least idleness.  As the saying goes “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Giving this people capital to empower them to start a small business, rather than donate them goods, will make them capable of sustaining themselves.  It will give them a sense of purpose and power that THEY CAN lift themselves out of their poverty.   This claim can be further strengthened by experiments like this and can either prove or disprove negative claims.

I have a curious personality.  I always want to try stuff even if other people warned me against it.  I want to know for myself so I try it anyway.  😀 I have all the time now to do this.. now that I have decided to devote my life to helping the poor, the society in any little way i can.. I probably just need 2 or 3 more people. Hmm… and that’s hard, who would want to try to live one dollar a day.  I don’t even know if I can do this.  But what the heck, I want to try it just for the sake of curiosity and adventure. =D This will definitely be in my Bucket list.

TED Talks Jacqueline Novogratz shares stories of how “patient capital” can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services — and dignity — to the world’s poorest.

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