#2 – Senjata

Creativity and Innovation

Greetings from Boston,

I’m currently now in Boston, MA. I’m here to join a conference called Harvard National Model United Nations, which will start in 6 hours.

In an extremely cold weather like today (10 degrees Celsius), it is probably a wise decision to post something on my blog. Yknow, how typing makes your fingers to move fast. It warms my hands pretty good :p

On a training for this conference back in Indonesia, me and my fellow delegates were having a caucus session about “Small Arms and Light Weapon”. The 1997-Report of the UN Panel of Governmental Experts on Small Arms (United Nations,A/52/298, 27 August 1997)  distinguishes between small arms, which are weapons designed for personal us and light weapons, which are designed for use by several persons serving as a crew.

The international community has been concerned with the Small Arms and Light Weapon (SALW) trafficking. See  that weapons are continually fought over. Why? I believe because the conventional wisdom defines weapons as powerful things. However, the definition of powerful things, in my opinion, is



Light Bulb (commonly) is A Symbol for An Idea

I believe ideas are priceless. One thing that differentiate a human to another human is his/her brain. No man has the same stuff on their mind. We are created unique to others. Ideas can take you everywhere. Ideas has taken Mark Zuckerberg becoming the youngest billionare today!

Idea also can injure people. My weapon, ideas, could injure or even kill people. The idea of building the Panama Canal killed million lives. Did the idea stay? Yes, the Panama Canal was built, and is now making a way for ships from Pacific to Atlantic. It may not kill more people than nuclear weapon does, but my weapon stays everytime it kills people. Nuclear weapon? It destroys while destryoing others.

You can kill the person possesses the weapon. But that is it.  Your weapon becomes less powerful. With ideas, you can kill the person, but you can’t kill an idea. I believe that the most powerful thing is something that intangible. It doesn’t mean that I’m a superstitious person. It is just because tangible things could be destroyed easily.


Ideas that Last


In my opinion, the definition of weapon is something you have that make you even more brave in facing everyday life. To police officer, yes, light weapon could make them even brave in facing every day crimes. To me, knowing how things work is what makes me even stronger.


In every conference, there’s always an Opening Ceremony, so does HNMUN. On the Opening Ceremony on February 17, 2011, we had a key note speaker to speech. He is Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of ‘One Laptop per Child’ program.

Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte "One Laptop per Child"

His idea is to educate children in poor country, mostly poor country in a conflicting area. Children don’t go to school in there, they are also illiterate, and so do the parents. In most of the African countries, conflicts regularly happen who many of child soldiers participate.

Nicholas Negroponte proposed his idea to United Nations. The program was accepted and developed. Now, it has been helping children all over the world to get and education for 5 years long.


United Nations


Ethiopia Kids with Their Laptop


"One Laptop per Child" in Mongolia

"One Laptop per Child" in Mongolia

Now, every kids whether come from develop or developing country can share the same story, and has the same chance to get connected. Every kids have the chance to embrace braveness in living their life, simply because they do have something in their head.

That’s all I guess! Remember that you can go anywhere with (some) idea and (some) education.



#1 – Arti Nama

Creativity and Innovation

There’s always a story behind every name.

I was born as NYI RADEN MARLA META PURWHITA. My family calls me “Eta” for short. My friends usually call me “Meta”, sometimes I got called “Marla”. So, here’s the story behind my name.

NYI RADEN They (I’m not really sure whom I’m referring to, but  I guess my grandparents are okay) say that our family comes from a noble one. In Bahasa, people call it “Ningrat” (and this has nothing to do with @bayuningrat). I come from Tanah Parahyangan or you may call Sunda that makes me having not only ‘raden’ but also ‘nyi’ in my name. The title doesn’t require me to do “princess-work”. It’s just there. I like Nyi Raden as my first name because it’s not as a burden as Muhammad for a boy. Wow, that’s just too much for us (or me) the sinner (okay this is starting out of the topic).

I inherit this from my father. Should my father wants to inherit this to his grandchildren, I have to find a man from a noble family since my father has no son. But, I guess it is hard these days to find such a noble man, literally.

Okay. Off to the main topic.

MARLA My mom’s side of the story is that Marla was given after Marla Maples, Donald Trump’s ex-wife. Lets see how she looks like:

Marla Maples

Hmmm… don’t really like the face, but adore her body! Way to go 47 y.o, Marla! Great shape and amazing skin! Okay, now I have faith to be pretty. Mommy wished me to have this great body and skin as a women. Insya Allah 😀


My quite ‘seenaknya’ and ‘bodor’ father told me that Marla was his creation. See, I was born on March which is Maret in Bahasa. Notice that ‘born’ is lahir in Bahasa. Therefore, back on March 20th, 1990, one man got a briliant idea for his daughter’s name: MarLa – Maret Lahir (-______-“) way to go, Dad ….

META It was given by my grandpa whom I usually call Aki. Back in 1980s, Aki liked to watch TVRI, and his favorite show was a soap opera that had a girl named Meta. He liked her because she was beautiful, smart, skinny (sorry the last two are my ‘karangan bebas’). Well, he wished to have a beautiful granddaughter. I hope I’m your type yah, Aki 🙂

PURWHITA I believe it is sort of a last name / family name from my father’s family chain. My father’s name is Cipta Purwhana. So, it is somewhat a family name. But again, my father is amazingly a “creative” person. He gave me Purwhita as my last name, Purwhanisa for his 2nd daughter’s name, and Purwhanata for his 3rd’s. Fun, huh? 😀

Those are the stories from my family regarding my name. It doesn’t stop there because I have my own story.

If we barely know each other for example a friend introduces us, and you ask about my full-name, you probably will say something like “Nyi Roro?” or “Lo orang Jawa ya?” or “Hah? Lo orang mana, Met”. Ten minutes later, I’ll be explaining to you the difference between Raden, Nyi Raden, Nyi Roro, Ni Made, and so on. Fifteen minutes later, we become friends.

As a kid I once hate my name because people keep asking me about it, mostly mocking way of asking. However, my name is so unique it is memorable. Everytime teachers called the students name one by one in class, he/she would ask how I got my name. The entire class looked at me, and stared. I always be the first to know for both my teacher and classmates. I always got full-attention from my teachers.

So, yeah I do proud of my name. It helps me becoming I am today. Got used to be the center of attention, consequently I consider myself very confidence. My name also teaches me to always be proud of my culture as a Sundanese by not feeling ashamed of my Nyi Raden title.

I may not have the greatest name of all time. But I know people were so excited waiting for me to come to this world. And my name brought everyone in the family together 🙂