tips and trick

• Telepon Customer Service : 121 atau 021-121; ikuti petunjuk CSnya, atau
• e-mail ke kontak_pelanggan@kereta-api.co.id dengan menjelaskan permasalahan dan meminta kode booking, jangan lupa menulis nomor identitas (KTP/SIM yang digunakan untuk melakukan transaksi), nama lengkap, tujuan keberangkatan, jadwal keberangkatan, dan scan KTP (buat validasi karena kasian CSnya kalau ntar dia kena masalah). CS akan membalas surat elektronik Anda dengan memberi detail transaksi beserta kode booking dan langkah-langkah apa saja yang perlu kita lakukan ketika akan boarding. Pihak PT-KAI akan merespon dengan sangat cepat, saya tinggal mandi 10 menit sudah mendapat jawaban! Jadi jangan ragu untuk mengontak mereka via e-mail.

Nah, sengaja saya pasang di atas karena saya tau itulah inti dari semua TL;DR (penting maupun ga penting) yang akan Anda temui di artikel ini. Dan …Iya. Gw panik. Siapa yang ngga panik (kecuali yang udah pengalaman ilang) kalau struk pemesanan tiket kereta api yang dibeli dari minimarket tiba-tiba lenyap ditelan naga. Tapi ternyata solusinya sangat mudah, dan tepat berada di hidung Anda!

Sebelum Anda scroll ke bawah, biarlah saya menceriterakan dulu apa yang sebenarnya harus diingat ketika memesan tiket kereta api:

1. Nomor booking
2. Tujuan keberangkatan

Ketika Anda memesan tiket kereta api dari pihak ketiga (minimarket dll.), maka yang Anda perlu ingat adalah ketiga hal ini. Jelaslah tujuan dan jadwal keberangkatan harus diingat karena kalau kita tidak tahu tujuan dan jadwal… mungkin Anda harus cek dokter apakah Anda amnesia atau ngga. Tetapi kedua hal tersebut bukanlah yang paling utama. Yang paling penting dan harus diingat adalah nomor booking. Walaupun Anda amnesia, struk Anda hilang atau ditelan naga, kalau Anda pernah mencatat nomor booking tersebut Anda dapat melakukan pelacakan mandiri dengan mengunjungi situs PT KAI. Sistem komputer akan menampilkan seluruh informasi yang diperlukan berdasarkan masukan nomor tersebut. Tapi kenyataannya, nomor inilah yang paling sering terlupakan atau hilang. Jadi, kalau Anda lupa nomor penting ini, segeralah kontak Customer Service PT KAI. Anda bisa melupakan struk yang dimakan naga tersebut karena sesungguhnya itu ga penting. Yang penting adalah nomor bookingnya. Kesimpulannya?

1. LUPA KODE BOOKING
• Telepon CS di 121 atau 021-121, jangan lupa siapkan KTP… ATAU,
• e-mail kontak_pelanggan@kereta-api.co.id dengan menyertakan data diri:
1. Nomor Identitas (KTP/SIM sesuai yang dipakai waktu transaksi),
2. Nama lengkap sesuai KTP,
3. Tujuan Keberangkatan (Gambir-Bandung, misalnya),
4. Jadwal Keberangkatan (Pukul 12.40, misalnya),
5. Tipe Kereta (Eksekutif, Bisnis, etc.),
• Setelah mendapatkan kode booking dari CS, verifikasi booking dengan mengunjungi TAUTAN INI dan klik tombol “Cek Kode Booking”. Masukkan kode booking Anda di form, klik submit dan cek apakah detil yang ditampilkan benar.
2. INGAT KODE BOOKING, LUPA TUJUAN/JADWAL KEBERANGKATAN
• …gw ga tau apa ada tipe orang kaya gini.
• kunjungi TAUTAN INI  dan klik tombol “Cek Kode Booking”. Masukkan kode booking Anda di form, klik submit dan cek apakah detil yang ditampilkan benar.
3. VERIFIKASI/ MELIHAT DETIL BOOKING
• sama saja caranya. Kunjungi TAUTAN INI dan klik tombol “Cek Kode Booking”. Masukkan kode booking Anda di form, klik submit dan cek apakah detil yang ditampilkan benar.

Ketika Anda sudah merasa lega, jangan lupa memberi CS terima kasih (walau via email mungkin cuma dianggap lalu) untuk pelayanan yang sangat baik dan cepat. Semoga sejahtera selalu, PT KAI!

• minor edit 14feb2017: perbaharui link tautan pencarian dynamic link kode booking.

Sometimes, a person is good in one thing and bad in another. My friends told me that I have sharp eye and often call me as ‘provocateur’. I greeted it as joke since I received all peanuts (Indonesian slang “urang dikacangin euy”) – I am not good with words at all; but now I know that I am really a ‘provocateur’.

Do you ever stumble upon something like “forced to zip your mouth”? It usually happens when you try to reason but you know you will only ruin the atmosphere and you only have to choose one remaining option: shut your mouth up; trash your thoughts deep in your heart and just “bear with the situation and move your ass to work”. Sometimes, once you open your mouth and try your reasoning, there will be cold-war between you two which affect other people and eventually cause bigger havoc which leads to everyone’s disadvantage. Let me give you example:

You’re a worker and is given a creative job without proper procedure (you’re free to do it with your own method). There are mountains of works need to be done and you’re only provided with a very limited time. You know your work is the core of the project; slipping the deadline given will affect the whole project and the company. You can do crappy ones, but once it is finished and isn’t worthy, people begin to point finger on you. If you complain to the high rank officer and beg for more time, the project will be delayed, meaning loss profit and chance. For the sake of both project and everyone, you need to shut up and get working or more time will be lost in meaningless argument. The only option for you is just one: do it perfectly without exceeding due date. The question is: How?

Your work need to be perfect, you need time, but the time can’t wait. Keep working? Giving up? Normal and sane people perhaps choose to discuss this matter and choose the optimal choice. Often, you need to do the optimization yourself. For me, I often do these kind of… optimization. Kind of “cheating for dummies” but, meh, I found these obvious tips helpful:

1. I don’t do what I don’t have to do. Saving energy and time. The principle of laziness, but as well as the most effective way of working. You’re told to pick the lemon tea from the fridge. Pick it up. Don’t drink it first then refill it and then pick it up. Don’t place a slice of lemon on it and decor it with whipping cream. You’re not told to decorate it or drink it. You’re told to pick the lemon tea.
2. Two brains are better than one. Simple, seeking for help. As long as your partner has same ability as you and won’t argue.
3. Learn from others (google it). The fastest way to learn something is to see how the other work on it, copy by the mean of “learn only the essential”, and modify little bit of it. Perfect example is in programming. How do you know to create Christmas Tree pattern in fortran? Go google it. Can’t find any? How about ‘create tree pattern in fortran’? Modify it a bit and ta-da (I know it’s not as simple as that). Pretty much different than in class, at work, they only concern on the result. Whatever you do, as long as it’s legal and effective, you’re free to do it. Including searching information on google, dragging friends to finish your work, et cetera.
4. Instinct and the power of kepepet aka “giri-giri safe” or “deadliner spirit”. Students’ favorite weapon. Seems that I don’t need to explain this one. A person’s hidden power can be released when they are at pinch. Well, in this case, you’re in a pinch. Sometimes, that hidden power is lit; you can do anything that seems to be impossible in normal situation.
5. Lazy people (like me) tends to do things in fastest way possible. Bill Gates’s favorite. By relying on instinct, if you have good instinct, check, and logical reasoning, you can do things faster. Like, “it is 12,500 Rupiah”, normal people will provide 10,000 and 2,000 and 500 if they have all those. Me? I’m a lazyass who just give whatever I pick from my wallet which is 12,500 or higher. Sometimes you don’t have to think. Let your motoric systems do whatever they are taught to do. That way, you saves energy and time :p
6. If you fed up, just stop for a while. Have you ever heard about a tale of two woodcutters? They were told to cut trees non-stop. One had a rest, but the other still did the job without rest. Who cut trees the most? The one who took a rest, because he sharpened his axe while resting. Stop for a while and “gaze to the sky, clearing mind by doing nothing, doing whatever they like or just playing their favorite games” is not useless.. Principle of industrial engineering (CMIIW). Note that once you feel refreshed, you need to work again 😉 My hypothesis, you’ll do it more efficiently this way.

I am the type who always abuse the number (4) and (6). I don’t often call for help from other people, since they also have their own job and (is not paid). Sometimes, I need to consider the job as “a trolling material” so in the end I can “be refreshed of their annoyed faces”. Thinking your officer (or teacher) as beast to be defeated in their strength also help, like, my wrong motivation to finish my thesis “I will learn these things so the teacher will be the one who is confused instead of me!” which in the end I smiled and think “Hey… I finished it alright! I can see their confused faces and I win the game mwahahaa” (fiction. In the end I am still beaten up badly).

Unfortunately no. College, especially undergraduate degree, will only provide you the basic foundation of a certain field you choose to attend to. If you say “engineering” is specific major, my answer is yes and no. Yes, it is based on science and you will meet mathematics everywhere – engineering is said to be a home for people-with-no-live and students-who-never-sleep (Trust Me! I’m an Engineer!). But not that specific. What kind of engineering will you do? Biology? Physics? Chemistry? Electrical? Machinery? Avionics? Moreover, when you choose, say, Chemical Engineering, what speciality would you want to polish? There are chemical engineering for process, polymers, material engineering, and so on.

Today’s high school students are divided by three types: 1) students who know what they want and is getting vast supports from everyone, 2) students who know what they want but external factor such as parents forbide them to attend to major they want to pick, 3) students who don’t know what they want so they do what their parents or society would choose, such as a silly reason “because my friend attend the same major too!” or money matter, 4) students who don’t know what they want and get blank idea. Of course, first option is the most desired by everyone. But sadly, “to know what they want” is quite problematic especially for high school students. Here are some tips based on my experience:

Someone said, having a BIG DREAM is one BIG STEP to success.

In my childhood, I want to become a doctor (TYPICAL!) because doctor looks cool and get much money. Then in junior high, I want to become a writer or an artist or a mangaka (TYPICAL! at least for a people who love drawing and storytelling) because I want to tell people my story. Then in senior high, I’m not sure I will draw for the rest of my life, first because of my parents and second because of job (well, artists gain little money), so I think I will try chemical engineering.

I have a dream. First dream is a bit insane and impossible (most of you are. Kindly tell me if your first childhood dream is to walk on the moon or to be a Superman) then through time, it loses its insanity and getting real. Now you know your dream, then let’s go to the next step.

To know one’s ability and strong points are important.

Sun Tzu (Art of War) once said that to win a battle, we have to know ourselves and our enemies. Everyone have at least one strong point or ability… it is called talent. Holy Scripture says something about talent, right? Three servants are given (unit money) by their master before the master went overseas. One is given 5 (unit money), another is 2 (unit money), and the last is 1 (unit money). The first two servants give the money to be (used as initial modal) and they present their works to their master – and the master praises them. What about the last servant? He digs the dirt and bury his (unit money), and the master gets really angry at him. What’s the point of this parable?

I believe each of us is given this (unit money) called talent according to our capability. Each of us. Even the last (idiot servant) is given one. We all have talents that is given from The Lord from the very start, with no exception. And this is what you all should take note on. All we have to do is to make use of this ability so in the end it will multiply. The one becomes two or hundred, the five becomes twenty five or sixty hundred and twenty five, and so on. So, the next job you have to do is to know your talent.

Some people find it hard to give thanks to God for whatever happen in their days, or just fail to notice. I see myself like that too sometimes. Today evening I think of an idea (which, like usual, comes out from nowhere) of what I should give thanks for. It’s not new, I think I’ve heard / read it somewhere, perhaps from Chicken Soup series I’ve read ten years ago or so but I think it’s worth for sharing.

Here’s the rules. List alphabets A – Z below and write anything that across your mind without you thinking next to it that begins in that letter. Remember, don’t think. And after you finished, begin to write what are you thankful for, for those ‘things’.  Let’s try it out; click “read more” for my example.

I have met amateur artists asking themselves for their ‘original drawing style’ (artist-confession in tumblr or journals ih deviantArt). Perhaps I’m not suitable to discuss and suggest about this topic since I am not an artist, don’t take any art courses, and don’t even have any art degree – but I am sharing these because it’s… bugging me for a while.

By definition, what is an “original drawing style”? What is a ‘drawing style’?

For me, it is a drawing technique which is used by artists. It can be realism, semi-realism, abstract, chibi, super-deformed, long legged girls, big eyed boys. and so on. As a technique, it is well defined and follows some ‘rules’: composition, perspective, color blending and such – which is taught by art major. The more to realism, the more rules you have to follow. Manga / anime does follow realism; majority of ‘manga-styled-human’ has head-torso-legs, two ears two eyes a nose and a mouth (unless you want them to have two mouths or three ears) so we can say anime/ manga follow the majority of those rules like realism does.

Now, we know that ‘drawing style’ is a subset of ‘art technique’. Then, what is ‘original’? Original means it can be distinguishable; an UNIQUENESS – none in the world have something similar. The original drawing style is an UNIQUE drawing, that when people come to see it, they will quickly recognized it as YOUR drawing. As simple as that.

Then, we come into the big question of HOW. I don’t believe popularity brand someone’s drawing style as if that ‘style’ is copyrighted. But, I cannot escape to the fact that popularity helped. It is because the fact that we, in our early days in childhood, have imitated orthers. We see and we imitate, then, we see something suitable–loving in our eyes and we replace the previous imitation. Admit it, everyone does. The culprit perhaps Ancient Greek or Egypt’s hieroglyphs – no, I’m not joking. Just kidding. Even though we don’t imitate, we draw based on what we see things are like. East Asian are slit-like eyes and petite, Russians are tall-albino looking, a cat is like living furball. We imitate nature itself (if you don’t want to admit you imitate other artist’s style).

So, the most important question, how can I have that uniqueness in my drawing? Unfortunately I can’t answer that question. You and your friends can. A drawing of yours has been unique (if you don’t copy. Note that it’s a very different term between to copy and to imitate), it is the result of long process of hardwork. Your friends will give opinion: try this trick. Make your best drawing and show it to your friend, tell them you found it in the internet and ask them to guess the artist. Their answers will be the answer you seek. They perhaps say a well-known artist without doubt, then you are in a dire situation. I suggest you to quickly make a difference, like tone color or eyes or whatever. If they doubt or just say ‘isn’t it your drawing’, congratulation. That is your drawing style.

Your drawing style is the result of your drawing process starting from when you lift the pencil for the first time. It is distinguishable; and it is your identity. Whether it is dull or melancholic or bright and cute — it shows your inner self.

On side note: why manga / anime has BIG EYES, it is because western’s influence. What? No, you don’t see anything wrong. East Asian’s eyes are small and slit-like, so Western often MOCK them because of their eyes. Because of they not wanting to be called SLIT-EYED-HUMAN, they draw figures with big eyes. I am an East-Asian so I feel like that too sometimes, thus I know their feeling.

Skip ‘read more’ if you don’t wish to read about how I get my current drawing style.

I assume everyone knows how to write equation in Microsoft Word 2007, right? Aside of Microsoft Equation Editor, we can type the equation with the following procedure[1]

1. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click the arrow under Equation, and then click Insert New Equation.

1. Type an equation, and you’ll see the window turns like this:

I found that it’s difficult to search on (for me) Greek Letters and multiple fractions, or function in the function (functiception?) so I prefer using LaTeX to create beautiful paper with equations. But note that, this Microsoft Equation can respond LaTeX’s commands (few of them) too! May be some of you guys have known it, but it’s not a problem if I share this trick to anyone who haven’t known, right? I found it quite useful because I’ve used LaTeX since (recently) but some of my friends who always edit my papers don’t have any LaTeX editor and prefer using MS.

The procedure is the same. Open EQUATION menu and type your equations like usual. You perhaps meet common equations like fractions involving Greek Letters in physics, or derivative equations. Because I’m lazy:

1. type 1/2 if you want to create a fraction. The Microsoft Equation editor will turn it automatically into $\frac{1}{2}$. You’ll just have to change the numbers :p (a trick I always use for writing transfer functions)
2. type \GreekLetter for capital greek letters, or \greekletter for non capital ones. For example, type \psi creates $\psi$, \Psi creates $\Psi$, and so on. Now you don’t need to search for the greek letters from drop down menu anymore.
3. say you have a beautiful equation like this:
$\frac{\delta^2 \Psi}{\delta x^2} + \frac{8\pi^2 m}{h^2}(E-V) \Psi = 0$
you can do the tricks too. First, type 1/2 + 1/2(E-V) \Psi = 0 and you’ll get something like $\frac{1}{2}+ \frac{1}{2}(E-V)\Psi = 0$. Second, change the first fraction to derivative, by moving your cursor and type \delta ^2 \Psi in the numerator and \delta x^2 in the denumerator. Third, change the second fraction, type 8 \pi ^2 m for numerator and h^2 for denumerator. Tadaa. Finished, short and clean.

It’s good to know that MS Word can do something like that, but unfortunately, for LaTeX user like me, it’s a bit disappointing since it won’t recognize command \frac{num}{denum} or integrals. You need MS Equation Editor to do neat work for crappy equations and matrices. So if your work involves many written equations, try LaTeX editor. It will make your pages beautiful… except you need to do more works to master the commands first hehe =^_^=.