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Sabtu, 12 April 2014

Bahrain GP 2014 - Quotes of Kimi Raikkonen

Bahrain GP - Friday - Team Quotes 
Kimi Raikkonen (14th, 1:36.366): "Overall, this was a difficult day, because I didn't feel comfortable with the car in either session. In the first one, I damaged the floor on the kerb at turn 4 and this meant I had to pit. The team did a super job, because they got me back out on track in a short time, but then, because of a problem with the brakes, I was unable to complete the programme. In the second session we concentrated on looking at the two Pirelli compounds and with the Soft it was definitely better than the Medium. Now we will get down to analysing all today's data, especially regarding the immediate change in the track from day to night and we will try and improve for qualifying and the race." 

Bahrain GP - Saturday - Team Quotes 
Kimi Raikkonen (6th, 1:34.368): "I am reasonably pleased with my qualifying, because up until this morning, I did not feel completely comfortable in the car, but the faith I put in what we had at our disposal was paid back with this result. We are improving in all areas, on the engine, data acquisition, electronics and the new parts fitted to the car have given me a better feeling from the front end. Sure, we are not yet where we want to be, but I think we are on the right path and we have the right people to give us every possibility to continue to move forward. It's hard to say how tomorrow's race will go, because in the simulation done yesterday, I was struggling on the Medium tyre, while the balance was better on the Soft. We know we can't fight with Mercedes, but today's result gives me more confidence than at the previous races and I will do my best to bring home a good result." 

Bahrain GP - Sunday - Team Quotes 
Kimi Raikkonen (10th): "I am very disappointed with today's result, because after how qualifying went, I expected to do better. I didn't get a good start and immediately lost some places. On the first lap, I was hit by Magnussen, luckily without it doing any damage, but trying to move up the order at this point was very difficult, because the lack of aero downforce and speed on the straight meant overtaking was complicated. We knew this track was less suited to the characteristics of our car than the first two and that the Mercedes would be very quick. Overall, the handling of our car has generally improved compared to the first races and this makes me confident for the upcoming ones. We can expect a lot of work to do and we will make the most of the test days to try and improve already in time for the next race in China." 

Kamis, 03 April 2014

Kupu-kupu di Wastafel

Seekor kupu-kupu mungil
dengan sayap berwarna hijau keemasan
tersesat di antara jendela dan kaca
terbentur dan masuk ke wastafel
tenggelam di antara kubangan air yang lupa dibuang

Tubuhnya tenggelam di dasar
Tak bernyawa, tak lagi bisa terbang.

Tak bernyawa, namun keindahan sayap hijaunya tetap kemilau.

Kupu-kupu di wastafel,
tak bernyawa.
Sayap hijaunya masih kemilau.

Malaysian GP 2014 - Quotes of Kimi Raikkonen

Malaysian GP - Friday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (2nd, 1:39.944): "This was definitely a positive day and I had a better feeling compared to Friday in Melbourne. I was more comfortable with the F14 T today and even if we had no problems whatsoever, we know there's still a long way to go and a lot to do. Our programme concentrated on car set-up and on testing the compounds that Pirelli has brought here. The handling seemed to be good even if, as we found on the race simulation, we will have to pay very close attention to degradation, which is particularly high here. Now we will spend the evening carefully analysing all the data we gathered over the day, to try and work out how to improve."

Malaysian GP - Saturday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (6th, 2:01.218): "The rain made this qualifying very difficult. I knew that in the wet it would not be easy, but I didn't expect to have so many problems. I had poor traction and on top of that, with the Extreme Wet, for some reason I was losing grip after the first lap. Now we have to find out why, as it will be useful for the coming races. Cleary, I'm not happy with sixth place, but given the circumstances, I cannot say I'm surprised and now I only want to think about doing well tomorrow. It will be a tough race with particularly high temperatures, but I am reasonably confident, because we have gone better here than in Melbourne and if we don't have any problems, we can think in terms of getting a better result. Overall, my feel for the car is improving and even if there is still a way to go, we are working in the right direction."

Malaysian GP - Sunday - Team Quotes
Kimi Raikkonen (12th): "I am very disappointed with how this race turned out, because I got a good start, but then the collision with Magnussen damaged my right rear tyre, which meant I had to make an extra stop. That wiped out any chance I had of fighting for a good finish. After the accident, the car's handling was not the same, as the tyre had caused damage to the floor, which led to a loss of downforce. On my first set of tyres, I had some difficulties and it was only after the final stop, when I fitted the Mediums that it went better, but by then it was too late. Hard to say how things might have gone without that problem, because our rivals were very quick, but maybe I could have finished close to Fernando. It was a really unlucky day, but overall we managed to improve our performance and now we must concentrate on the positive aspects of this weekend and work to improve starting already next week in Bahrain."

Selasa, 18 Maret 2014

Review Buku Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

Dari ke-77 kisah yang ada di buku ini yang terbagi menjadi 10 bagian, dari bagian pertama yang bercerita tentang cinta, ada beberapa yang sangat menyentuh; di antaranya Bunga Gardenia Putih, Kata-kata dari Hati, Lilin-lilin Listrik, Hadiah, 1.716 Surat, dan Bumbu Rahasia Martha. Meski begitu, di bagian ini, yang menjadi kisah kesukaan saya adalah cerita berjudul Hadiah, yang mana seorang kakek memberi cucunya buku berjudul Jules Verne's Classic Science Fiction, hadiah yang terasa tidak tepat karena cucunya, Matt yang masih kecil; namun pada akhirnya terasa masuk akal karena bagaimana pun kakeknya mungkin tak punya banyak waktu lagi untuk terus hidup dan mendampingi cucunya.

Di bagian kedua yang bercerita tentang sikap dan harga diri, kisah yang paling menyentuh di bagian ini, menurut saya adalah yang berjudul Masalah atau Pemecahan? Bercerita tentang bagaimana nenek dari Sis telah memberikan kontribusi pada Sis kecil untuk menjadi bagian dari pemecahan masalah, yang pada tahun 1933 sebenarnya cukup miskin, namun neneknya membungkus selai terakhir di rumah mereka untuk dibawa ke sekolah dan diberikan sebagiah hadiah untuk si miskin.

Di bagian ketiga yang bercerita tentang Mengatasi Hambatan, ada beberapa kisah yang menyentuh dan inspiratif, di antaranya Kita Sudah Berjalan Jauh, Dan Keadilan Ditegakkan, Hari Tanpa Rambut, dan Kereta Kecil Berwarna Merah. Di bagian ini kisah tentang Mary Silver Johnson yang dengan gigih berjuang membesarkan keempat anaknya merupakan salah satu yang paling luar biasa. 

Di bagian keempat yang berbicara Tentang Pernikahan ada dua kisah yang sangat inspiratif, yaitu Bagai Mimi dan Mintuna, dan Sepanjang Hidupku. Kedua cerita ini berkisah tentang pasangan suami-isteri yang saling mencintai hingga memasuki usia senja. 

Di bagian kelima hingga bagian kesepuluh juga ada beberapa kisah yang menyentuh, seperti Saat Kulihat Engkau Tidur, Minggat, Sebuah Kisah Natal, Let It Be, Pulang Bergandeng Tangan.

Secara keseluruhan, kisah-kisah dalam buku ini, meski tiap kisahnya diceritakan singkat saja, namun lumayan memberikan inspirasi, beberapa di antaranya bahkan sangat menyentuh. Karenanya, tepatlah jika buku ini diberi judul Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul karena para wanita di buku ini telah membagikan kisah mereka, yang sedikit atau banyak pasti memberi inspirasi kepada para wanita lainnya, pembaca buku ini.