Start Your Day with Optimism!

•April 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This morning I woke up super early to give myself one last shot to apply for my Pennsylvania driving license. I had been trying for more than four times, and for some reason, the transfer from my NY driving license to PA’s was not successful. It seems like the rivalry between NY and Philadelphia was not settled well from previous World Series, when The Yankees killed Phillies’ dream to win again for the second consecutive time. I guess since then, Philadelphia has been secretly holding this grudge, and somehow affecting my life in a way.

Waking up to such unpleasant thought, I forced myself to get up from my cozy bed and took a shower. I put on my casual black t-shirt and heavily washed jeans, then ran down the stairs with a load of pessimism. When I was about to leave the house, there was this almost unheard yet firm voice spoke to me, “this ain’t right! Go back up and CHANGE!”
I hurried myself back up, picked one of my favorite shirts, and put some wax on my hair. You know what happened next? Somehow within me, I transformed into a different person, a man of optimism and confidence. I walked with my chin up, and I BELIEVED that I WOULD GET MY LICENSE today!

To concise my experience at PennDOT, I went through the security desk with no problem at all. I got my queue ticket number, and waited. While waiting for my turn, I double checked all the required documents. They all were there. “Perfect!”, so I thought.
The officer called my number, and kindly went through my documents with her check-list. Everything was fine to the point she asked, “Where’s the letter from your employer?” That question struck me like lightning. I tried to argue with her that the checklist I had did not mention about requiring that letter at all. Somehow, I convinced her that I-797c form from the government should be good enough as the verification of employment. The consulate officer back in Indonesia stapled that form at the back of my passport, and alas, beneath that form, there was this white almost rugged and folded paper, the letter from my current employer. My heart was grateful, and not more that 15 minutes, I had my Pennsylvania temporary driving license, which will be replaced by a permanent one within 15 days.

Can you see how powerful an optimistic heart and mind is? Being optimistic has the power to transform bad circumstances into good ones. When you start your day, you have the choice. The decision is solely yours, either to have a good or crappy day. It all depends on how you begin your day. When you start your day with optimism, no matter how many challenges, how crappy your day goes, you will definitely end the day victoriously. YES, there is a champion in you!!

Adrian Hendarta

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MARRY ME, MARRY ME NOT….

•April 10, 2010 • 3 Comments

Saturday April 10th 2010

Just one of those beautiful and lazy Saturdays in Spring! The weather was just perfect!
After music rehearsal at the church, I headed to Chinatown, bought the 11 am bus to Washington D.C.

While waiting on the bus station, I noticed a young fair chinese girl, with short hair and glasses on. She was talking on the phone, to a point she started shedding some tears. She did not put any effort to hide it, I guess she was too busy to worry about what others might think of her. I tried to continue my reading, but could not help but hearing her voice talking via her mobile. To cut to the chase, apparently she was begging to get back in a relationship with her ex lover.

That small but unfortunate event reminded me of me checking some photos of my recently married friend in Singapore few days ago. As I went through her wedding photos, I started to have this question tormenting my mind that day. Deciding to get married, to spend a lifetime with someone is DEFINITELY NOT easy. The thought of loving and sticking with the same person for eternity scared the hell out of me. It’s not that I am afraid to commit myself, but how do you know one is the RIGHT one for you? How do you know that you are not picking the 2nd or 3rd best, while the very best is still somewhere out there?

“Oh, my time is running out!”, “everybody else has already married and settled down!”, “my mom keep nagging me about the neighbor’s newborn, about how much she wishes to hold her own grandchild!” and so on and so on. Do these reasons and statements justify us picking the less perfect or even worse, picking the wrong ones? I know there’s no such thing as perfection, but we do know there’s such thing as almost perfect.

One might say that we are living in an era where there will always be a way out of a sour relationship. Divorce is definitely a trend these days. As a Christian, I know for sure that God does not approve divorces. Even if you are not a Christian, and you think divorce is acceptable, why would you want to go down that road, marrying someone who you’ll end up divorcing?

Share your thoughts. I think I better stop my rants before they spoil your beautiful Saturday. Enjoy the weather and have a blessed weekend!

Love,
Adrian hendarta

a Christmas note for you and me.

•December 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Merry Christmas to you!

This year, I would like you to have this thought in your mind.
What does Christmas mean to you?
Is it all about giving and receiving gifts? or is it about santa claus and Rudolf his red nose reindeers?
Men create traditions and cultures to celebrate Christmas, and often time,
all those ended up detouring what Christmas truly means.

Christmas is about Jesus, and it should be about Him and His love.
This year, instead of asking God for Christmas gift, we should ask Jesus,
what birthday gift we can give. Remember, God has given us first His son,
the greatest gift of all.

I wrote this new song, and I hope the lyrics put warmth in your heart.

The Greatest Gift of All

Twinkling lights at the Christmas tree
Light up saddened hearts
Jingling bells and joyful songs
Christmas time is here
have you eve wondered what Christmas truly means?

Some say Christmas is when you love,
the season when you give
Little children seek for gifts,
wishing santa had come
have you ever wondered what Christmas truly means?

Chorus:
How gracious and great is Your love
You gave Your one and only son
Jesus was born to save the world
all our sins are washed away
You’re my King reigns over the earth
Jesus, You’re the greatest gift of all

May your Christmas day be filled with love and joy,


Adrian Hendarta

Chocolate the stress reliever

•December 17, 2009 • 1 Comment

first of all, let me start off by saying that i’m not a big fans of choco. But when you just had a long day, perhaps a stressful one, choco might be one good solution. I have always wanted to try Max Brenner – have known it for a while now, but knowing it’s a restaurant dedicated to choco, just not have the motivation to step my feet to one.

So.. I tried the fondue with a glass of riesling. ohmygod. what heavenly treats.

The melted choco was simply sexy, dark and thick, with just perfect sweetness. I got to ‘grill’ my marshmallows medium rare haha. The waiter made a funny comment when he delivered the fire stone, “be careful with your eyebrows.” At first I thought he was trying to be jayus (indo term for: trying hard to be funny, but appear to be tasteless joke). But once, there was one huge spark coming out from the fire stone, and now I got he was being half serious – half joking. 😉

Anywho, as soon as I got home, all I wanted to do was to bury myself under my blanket and sleep through the night! Choco is indeed the stress reliever! yeay!

Today I wrote a new song dedicated for Christmas. The title is “The Greatest Gift of All.” For me, Christmas is a big deal! Not just because of how the whole world is celebrating this joyful occasion. Christianity has played important role in my entire life, and I think sometimes as Christians, we have to look back and try to comprehend what Christmas truly means.

The Greatest Gift of All

Twinkling lights at the Christmas tree
Light up saddened hearts
Jingling bells and joyful songs
Christmas time is here
have you eve wondered what Christmas truly means?
Some say Christmas is when you love,
the season when you give
Little children seek for gifts,
wishing santa had come
have you ever wondered what Christmas truly means?

Chorus:

How gracious and great is Your love
You gave Your one and only son
Jesus was born to save the world
all our sins are washed away
You’re my King reigns over the earth
Jesus, You’re the greatest gift of all

Love Life like there’s no tomorrow,

Adrian Hendarta

Introducing My Christmas album: Christmas New Music

•December 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I just had a busy weekend – designing invitation cards to IFGF church Christmas Celebration, printing and cutting them, then put them into envelopes. I was told that if I wanted the whole process to be faster, I should have asked favors from the ladies in the church who work in paper factories (no offense intended). They have established some sort of system to put in papers in envelopes as fast as humanly possible.

So if you happen to be in town on December 24th, 2009, I would like to invite you to come to our Christmas Celebration as well.

This week will be hectic for me, going to try to finish up “The Best Gift Ever”, a short movie I produce, write, direct and edit for that event. I am going to post the final result of the movie in my blog for you to see . In addition to working with the movie, I’m going to compose the original soundtrack, and also to do the film scoring. All these in one week. Pfuhhh… 😉

Most important of all, I would like to introduce my Christmas album, “Christmas New Music”. It is NOT new release – but I’m still excited about it. I recorded this album before I went to Berklee. So please check it out – I think they should be available in CD stores in Indonesia. In Medan, this CD is exclusively sold at ET 45. For those in US, I have 10 more CDs left. If you want to get the CD, please contact me via email. This CD includes Christmas standards, with some new arrangements – a mix of dance, pop, and smooth jazz music. Some of the songs I recorded in this CD are Joy to the World, Jingle Bells, Noel, Silent Night, White Christmas and 5 other songs.
Thank you!
Love Life like There’s no Tomorrow,

Adrian Hendarta

it’s complicated.

•December 11, 2009 • 6 Comments

Definitely was not the common answer to “what’s your relationship to that charming beautiful person?” up to 50-60 years ago… or maybe even some years later. In the past, it would have been much simpler: two strangers met, sparks existed, they felt in love, got married, and lived happily ever after. Although the last part ‘lived happily ever after’ could go the other way around – lived miserably ever after.

I’m not saying that “it’s complicated” is the latest trend these days. I think it’s been around for a while. But why make it complicated? Isn’t life complicated enough, and now we have to mix up love relationship into that complexity?

When someone tells you that he/ she is in a “it’s complicated” relationship with someone else – what does that mean? They are in love, but refuse to commit themselves 100%? The chemistry is up to the roof, but both parties are already in relationships? or they have sparks going on like shooting stars, but trying hard to ignore the obvious?

I’m definitely NOT an expert in architecture and interior design. I remembered back in Indonesia (my home country), there was a time when rich society had their homes designed with some qualities of Greek architecture: massive houses with majestic stairs, columns standing tall at the front porch, etc. Once that trend was gone, the minimalism ruled the architectural and interior design world.

This might be just a personal dream, or should I say a thought. Will we go back and/or move on to the minimalist era – simplicity in defining our love relationships once the ‘it’s complicated‘ trend is gone?

Share some thoughts, please. 😉

love life like there is tomorrow,

Adrian Hendarta

Are boys men when it comes to girls?

•December 9, 2009 • 4 Comments

Today I was asked a favor to pick up my boss’ son from school. I think he was about 7. When he saw me from a far, he waved his hands, and ran from the school gate to get to me. Warm smile, quite chatty and very active, that’s my first impression. He was polite enough to ask me if it was okay for him to go and play with his friends for a while – I let him. Not long after that, he returned back to me, and we walked together to the car.

While waiting for his mom, I thought I might as well bring him to the Golden M (I hope you all know what fast food restaurant I’m referring to). Ordered him a joyful meal, and we sat in the play ground area. He begged me to let him play, but I managed to get him to eat first. Soon, some other boys came along and they asked him to play with them. I just let them played, and watched them carefully.

All of the sudden, there was this girl joining the group – and guess what? Somehow the atmosphere in the play ground changed drastically.

I was speechless for a brief moment. The presence of that girl was so apparent and it was simply powerful. The boys were more uplifted and in a higher spirit – giggling, running, jumping and trying hard to impress the all beautiful and confident young lady.

Hmm.. It made me thinking. “Are these kids no different from us, adults who are filled with hormones and fatal attractions?” LOL

I think this picture will explain it all.

Well, I still find that moment adorable.

Give me some thoughts! 😀

Love Life Like There’s No Tomorrow,

Adrian Hendarta