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November 1, 2008

Time Flies (And waits for no one)

Filed under: Family Life — Mat Salo @ 10:23 pm


TODAY THE BOY, the first-born – turns fifteen.

And father isn’t around. He’s never around. Heck, he wasn’t even around when the boy was born, a sore point with him and the missus, even until today. The story goes, when the water broke, the missus had to go to the clinic in a taxi. And because of father’s glaring absence during the boy’s birth, an old wives tale suggests that the father-son relationship will never be close. Perhaps they’re right.

The Pa’s away, toiling and getting his hands grubby and backs achy, in a foreign land piling in the dough. It’s for the boy’s college fund it seems, and also for the other two little ones. He harbor hopes of putting them through either Julliard or USC Film School, or failing that, either Stanford or Yale. Of course with inflation, a three or four year degree when the kids come of age will probably cost a million bucks.

So he’s just dreaming. That he’s just deluding himself.


Sorry son, for not being there.

Here’s a through-the-years’ slideshow. Hope you like it.


Afiqs B’day

View Album


Love from Pa.


Hmm, here’s a new photo of you taken last month . . .






My Lovely Intan & Her Lovely Daughters

My Lovely Intan & Her Lovely Daughters


Err, BTW, tomorrow, November 2 my Dad turns 72, still hale and hearty, that dear old man of mine. And the following day, November 3, is my other sister, whom we fondly call Pacha. Love you ‘Cha!  Not too mention my extremely significant and extremely better half, who holds everything in my life together – hers is on the 11th.

Why do you think I conveniently am away when their birthday comes? 😉

And what is it about Scorpions, and why they’re swarming all over this Capricornian Goat?



October 26, 2008

Writer’s Writuals – kena chup…

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Mat Salo @ 7:31 pm

Runnin' Tubin'
Runnin’ Tubin’

Elviza had tagged me recently but here let me apologize for being extremely tardy (I can imagine Elviza rolling her eyes and curling her lips into a snarl). Sabor la weh! A million and one excuses, ya, ya.

I just finished drilling the 6″ inch section of the well yesterday all the way to 4577 m final depth so I got some time on hands now. From the picture above you can see my crew busy running the 4-1/2″ tubing to protect the lobang already drilled. If not for the tubing (or sometimes called casing), the hole is apt to collapse. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. (Note: I’m inside the container below the crane pedestal).

Here goes…


Where are you?

Self-explanatory in as in the picture. Oh, here’s another picture taken minutes ago after a bout of writer’s block…


Bereft of Ideas... Wine, Women & Song

Bereft of Ideas... Wine, Women & Song

Note to Elviza: The Ubud Writer’s Festival is going on RIGHT NOW. Ah, don’t you wish?


What are you writing with?

Abusing my company’s workstation, a Dell Latitude D620 running XP Professional. Who needs Vista? Side note: Can you imagine Lenovo, the world’s biggest PC and notebook maker, loads Vista in each machine they sell BUT FORBIDS VISTA IN THEIR OWN CORPORATE MACHINES? They run XP on a corporate level, just like my employer. Says a lot doesn’t it? Me, I’m just waiting for big business to see the light and start specifying Macs. A 13″ Macbook (white) would be nice. 🙂

What is the oddest object in front of you?

Define what you mean by odd? A ‘diamond’ brand stopwatch, I guess. I already have that function on my Protrek Casio. Odd because we’re using cheap everyday tools to run a multi-million dollar operation here. We should specify Patek Phillipe or Blancpain at the very least.


What are you listening to?

The click-clack of my two-fingered typing on my keyboard and the slow hum of the container’s AC. The AC is not for us, oh no. It’s to cool the super-fast chips that powers the stuff that churns data from our tools in the lobang. If not the computer will melt. At least that’s what the IT people tell me.


Is there anyone else in the room?

There’s this girl, a new engineer. Freshly graduated from ITS (Institute Teknologi 10 September, Surabaya), whose alma mater is claimed as second only to ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology). But every time I come in here she makes excuses to be excused, and leaves. Why? So the answer is no but I would love if it was a yes.


What time of the day is it?

Same time as in Malaysia. +08.00 GMT. Kalimantan Timur falls under ‘Waktu Indonesia Tengah’ or WITA for short. Java and Medan is WIB, or Waktu Indonesia Barat. Oh that. It’s close to 6.00 p.m. and the sun is slowly slipping past the horizon. Pretty soon gue telat solat maghrib deh!


What do you look at when you are looking for inspiration?

I never look for inspiration. Inspiration looks for me. But most likely is I wait for people like Elviza to give me shit for not updating my blogs. Then suddenly, I’m inspired.

What is guaranteed to remove your concentration?


Anything and everything. I’m easily distracted. Women, or thoughts of them is one. That’s why it’s been almost three months since I put anything up here… 🙂

N.B. Since I smoke to get divine inspiration, it’s a bummer then that I couldn’t smoke in my container. Regulations. For ‘merisap’ (this the work Bataks use for smoko) I have to walk way back to the rear of the deck (bontot kapai). Makes it worse, of course, with no ciggie facing the blank LCD. Adds to my feelings of inadequacy. I’m talking about writer’s block, lah. I think this attempt is rather so-so . Cukup makan. Wit, I’m sorry, is not my middle name. For that, you have to go either Bangkai’s or Mat Cendana’s to get your rocks off . . .

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