Apr 25, 2014

Sky Watch: Gray Clouds

The clouds captured on different days this week. For me, they all look dramatic.
Salak Mountain (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia). Taken from a mall parking spot.

Apr 24, 2014

Sneaker King

Footwear retailers have been the source of style and function for consumers everywhere, and a place where parents can get the right size shoe for their children and credible fashion statements for themselves. If you look for footwear stores in malls, you would find niche footwear retailers offering everything from hiking boots to urban loafers. Comfort, fit and looks have acted as a standard for retail and online footwear companies like Sneaker King because they want to offer a truly outstanding selection of the best footwear.
Sneaker King

This commitment to customer service and satisfaction motivates them. Consumer tastes and likes are receiving tremendous attention from footwear retailers. They want consumers shopping experience to be easy and pleasant. At the online site of a retailer, consumers can shop for everything from cross trainers and running shoes to durable work boots and soft leather slippers all at the same time. One-stop convenience is the key to success. As a result, they have customer loyalty. This has made buying shoes a great experience for consumers and a source of bargains for many knowledgeable shoppers. 

Consumers who keep an eye out for value and price can take great advantage of the offerings of online footwear retailers. A good example of how the footwear market has changed in the last 60 years, look at the ordinary tennis shoe. In 1950, only one type of tennis shoe was available on the market, the average canvas tennis shoe. Contrast that with today. Today, every sport has a specialty shoe people are looking for. The explosion in tennis shoes in the last 50 years has been an influence on all types of shoes and boots. Everything from orthopedic work shoes to hiking boots has been affected. Keeping up with all the latest trends in footwear is the job of the retailers, whether online or in retail stores. Consumers look to the shoe store to inform them of the newest shoe trends and supply them with a quality product at an affordable price. 

Online and retail companies have watched their role in the footwear industry grow and change over the years. It is evident from the growth they have experienced that the design of the contemporary sneaker has become an ingredient in many shoe designs and manufacture. Shoe styles and functions come and go year in and year out, but smart online and retail sources change with the times and grow. 

Apr 22, 2014

Modern Kartini’s Role

Yesterday (April 21th) Indonesian people celebrated Kartini Day. Raden Adjeng Kartini is a figure that leads the movement of female emancipation in Indonesia. The efforts done by this smart and brave woman was a manifestation of her concern to the people suffering during the era of colonial Dutch occupation, especially the fate of native women who couldn’t access education at that time. 

In today’s modern era, the education has important role in promoting the dignity of every woman. Modern women are those who continuously update her skills and knowledge in a variety of ways, have a vision for the future as well as broad-minded and responsible. After all, modern women are still a mother or a wife in a family who have specific tasks and roles.

On the one hand, the complexity of women’s role is further increasing, in addition to the demands of today’s era as well as the more advanced social order -both in terms of economy to political social order. Even now it's not unusual anymore when a woman has been able to occupy important positions that used to be held only by men. Indonesia people ever experienced the first female president, Mrs. Megawati Soekarnoputri.

On the economic issue, the role of women becomes more prominent. It can be seen from the increasing number of economic activities dominated by moms. Most of the activities centered on the essential role of women in supporting family economy by establishing a range of creative small businesses -ranging from culinary business to craft family-based businesses. According to www.infobanknews.com, there are more than 60 % of small businesses in Indonesia are run by women entrepreneurs.

These women have really big role in moving the nation's economy. Amazingly they are able to share roles equally, from the household to finance the family economy. So it can be said that they are the real national heroes, a recent figure of struggling Kartini in the past.
A herbal drink (jamu) seller
Female workers in onion fields (Songgom village, Central Java, Indonesia)
It’s a pity I haven’t yet captured famous female entrepreneurs here. For Ruby Tuesday Too, let me share strong women who working hard for their families.

Apr 19, 2014

Yellow Flowering Tree

The tree has several common names. People call it yellow poinciana, yellow flame tree, copper-pod or yellow flamboyant tree. Flamboyant is the tree’s well-known name here. I captured these yellow flowers from moving car.
 Based on floridata.com, I read that yellow Poinciana trees are usually planted as specimen trees or as shade trees. They are used as street trees in tropical cities, and commonly planted for shade in tropical and subtropical gardens. They are fast-growing and strong, but they can’t put up with frost.

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