Wednesday, July 28, 2004

King Arthur Two days ago I went to see King Arthur movie. I love the actors, I love the producer and I liked Antoine Fuqua's other movies. I know that I had too many expectations. I did everything I could to lower them but when it came time, I just couldn't do it. So, because it didn't rise to my lofty expectations, I give it a B. I was SOOOO looking forward to this. I suggest that people see it but be warned that you should NOT have any preconceived notions. They will hamper your enjoyment. First I had very low expectations for this film. The trailers were poorly put together and the critical reviews were pretty bad. That aside, I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The acting was very good...even though it was a mediocre script. Some of the dialogue was sophomoric and really not needed-but it wasn't terrible. The cinematography was nicely shot and effectively captured the feel of the film. The directing was okay...not great and that is what made this film almost great. The leading cast was very good--all of the actors worked really well together on screen. Overall, I liked it. The take on the legend of King Arthur was interresting and not too far fetched that it was absurd. I just wish that Fuqua took a little more care with directing a good cast and a good story. It wasn't terrible but it just wasn't great. The good news is that Arthur is closer to Gladiator than to Troy. The bad news is that Gladiator is still the better movie, but not by much. Dashing and stimulating at its very best, King Arthur won�t satisfy the years of hard work put into the historic calculations of the legendary knight�s mythical life, but it will offer intelligent, summer entertainment that doesn�t insult its viewers while providing the exceptional action audiences are looking for.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

A Piece of Moment with Katon Bagaskara! Katon Bagaskara was here! He was in Makassar, singing for a one of a highschool's reunion. How exciting! :p Well let's move along to the story.. Clearly, these 2 days of weekend, I really enjoy it. On Friday, my friend Yuris came with Katon's manager, Opik. Yuris is Katon's personal assistant. The human one, not digital hehehe :p They came for having practice with the local band her due to the concert on Saturday. Katon himself still in Singapore. On that nite, me and my cousin Jimmy, are visiting Yuris and Opik at Sahid Makassar Hotel. They stayed there for 2 days during the concert. Then, let me list some things that makes me happy at that nite.. 1. I got NuKLa's CD music free from him :) 2. In the NuKLa's cover CD, written NuKLa thanks to... ...,Rara,... whoaa... my name is written there! There! *pointing to the cover!* 3. I got an ID Card! On the card are my picture, my name written there, and a statement "NuKLa Management Official Staff"! I don't believe this is happening, but it does.. It did really happened on that Friday nite! With the ID Card, I may enter any NuKLa's concerts freely. But of course I had to report things happened there to the NuKLa's mailing list and website. It is official! Okay.. then, the next day, on Saturday, as usual I went to the clinic, doing some stuff and fix my patient's complicated denture. On 2 pm I went to the Maraja Ballroom, Sahid Makassar Hotel, where Katon will do checksound. I met him there.. as usual, Katon is a really charming guy forever! Then, I watched him practice with the local band, some kind like "gladi resik". After that, me, my friend Bati and my cousin Jimmy followed my friend Yuris to his room. Shortly, we're out for having some Konro :p Anyway, let me list again things that makes me so happy yesterday: 1. I met Katon! 2. I watched Katon practicing woth the local band, which is make me spend more time to listen to his songs. 3. Before the concert I can talk to Katon to support him. At that time the only thing I can do is just stand beside the stage, because the reunion isn't my highschool, and I dont have right to take a place :p 4. I can watch Katon singing his adorable songs. Although listening and watching just at the stage-side, in the dark. 5. I can talk to Katon after concert, although just a few minutes, but it was really worth!! Hehehe that's all I guess. Katon sang "Dengan Logika", "Negeri di Awan", two songs from KLa Project: "Yogyakarta" and "Tak Bisa Ke Lain Hati", "Meniti Hutan Cemara", "Lara Hati", "Cinta Putih", and "Dinda" for his last song before leaving the stage. Thanks to Yuris Dewandaru, M. Taufik Satriadi (Opik), SMU 3's reunion's Event Organizer.. for make this thing SO real!

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Spider-Man 2 Finally I can watch Spider-Man 2!! I went to the same theatre as yesterday when I watched Gothika. At this time, I went at the afternoon. First, my friend Emmy suggest it. So we are planning to go watch the movie. Then I called my cousin Jimmy to join us. 30 minutes after I called Jimmy, I pick him up. So, Emmy, Jimmy and me went to the Panakukkang Mal, to the new theatre Panakukkang 21. When we arrived, what we got is late :p the movie was already playing since 2 pm. We arrived on 3 pm. That's funny, because I read on the 21cineplex's website that the movie will begin on 3.15 pm. And the next play which informed at the Panakukkang 21 is 4.15 pm. What a mis-infomation! Well, anyway, Spider-Man 2 already moved to the Studio 4, and the new movie had come. King Arthur! Eventually, Emmy cancelled her plan. She said of she still going to watch the movie, what time will she arrive at home. Me and Jimmy also confused because King Arthur also a great movie! King Arthur and his great round table!! Hehehe :D Afterall, me and my cousin Jimmy decided watch the Spider-Man 2 :p one funny thing happen again. Remember, I told that we didn't watch Spider-Man 2 on the other day because the seat is full? Well at this time, the seat are available!! Really really available :D In Spider-Man 2, the latest installment in the blockbuster Spider-Man series, based on the classic Marvel Comics hero, Tobey Maguire returns as the mild-mannered Peter Parker, who is juggling the delicate balance of his dual life as a college student and a superhuman crime fighter. The entertaining adventure escalates and Spider-Man's life becomes even more complicated when he confronts a new nemesis, the brilliant Otto Octavius, (Alfred Molina) who has been reincarnated as the maniacal and multi-tentacled "Doc Ock." In my opinion Spider-Man 2 is a very average movie. Parts of it I liked very much. Other aspects I couldn't stand. The main reason people seem to be praising this movie so much is that it focuses more on Peter Parker than Spiderman and creates a real human character going through the same day to day troubles we all have. I feel that the movie goes too far with this concept. By the time Peter is failing in school, unlucky in love, living in a bad apartment and unlucky with his laundry, I was just tired of it. We understand already!!! The main plot point there is that Peter is unlucky in love. First of all, he has a model/actress madly in love with him. I would hate to have that problem. Second of all, the daughter of his landlord seemed very interested in Peter also. Show me a superhero who still can't get girls. Then I'll be interested. Where this movie succeeds is with Spiderman himself. Spiderman swinging through the streets of Manhattan is one of my favorite things to ever appear on a movie screen. It's exhilirating to watch. I also enjoyed the lighter moments such as the elevator scene, and I liked the fact that other people saw Peter with the suit on, but no mask. The fights with Doc Ock are satisfactory, but I would expect more if this is "the best superhero movie of all time." Overall, this an average superhero movie. Not as good as the first Spiderman, not as good as the first two Supermans, but better than any Batman :p~

Monday, July 19, 2004

Gothika Today I watched a really scary movie called Gothika. I thought it was a thriller movie like "Residence Evil" or the trilogy "Jurassic Park". My cousin Jimmy told me that this movie is a thriller movie, so we gone to watch it. Kidy also said this movie is so good. But so sad.. it was so SCARY!! Take away the painfully telegraphic music and the jump-out-of-the-shadows scare tactics and this would have been a much better movie. Not great, but good enough to be a pilot for a TV series where the lovely young doctor learns how to avoid being possessed and uncovers crimes with the help of dead people. Imagine if the kid from Sixth Sense grew up to be a shrink/detective, and you'll have the concept. The cast was certainly decent and the acting was mostly fine for this kind of flick. Halle Berry manages to look good as usual and, other than her excessively freaked scene when she first awakens in the cell, is very convincing. I have never seen Halle Berry scream in a movie as many times as she did in this movie! And she did all the screams in the same pitch! I was getting tired of seeing everyone and everything in a dark ultramarine blue shade throughout the entire movie. Penelope Cruz plays her smaller part just right. With a little directorial restraint this could have warranted a sequel or a run on the small screen. Grrr... generally, I dissapointed to my cousin and Kidy's opinion. I hate horror movie, it makes me shocked every minutes! So generally, I really didn't enjoy this movie..! I'd rather "Residence Evil" or the "Jurassic Park" trilogy.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Congratulation for Randy!! Last night on AFI pre-elimination concert, the 12 winner which can enter as an academia in AFI is published! Makassar got 3 candidates and 2 of them are IN!! Randy and Leo. They're the best, but I'd rather Randy than Leo. Because Randy's voice is so thrilling!! Kidy said that Randy is the next Andre Hehanusa hehehe. So, everyone, please vote for Randy ok?? Type AFI (space) RANDY and send it to 3977 by sms!!

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Understanding Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder Although you use it hundreds of times each day, you may never give a second thought to your temporomandibular joint, or "TMJ" for short. This complex joint connects your lower jaw (called the mandible) with the temporal bones of your skull, found on each side of your head in front of each ear. A small disc of cartilage separates the bones so that the mandible can easily move every time you chew. The TMJ is one of the most complicated joints in the human body. Anything that causes a change in its shape or function can bring on head, facial and jaw pain that is known as a TMJ disorder. Typically, a patient suffering from a TMJ disorder experiences headaches, soreness in the chewing muscles and clicking, stiffness or locking of the jaw joints," said Charles Tentinger, D.D.S., an oral surgeon at Marshfield Clinic. "Pain may also spread to the ears, neck or shoulders." In most patients with a TMJ disorder, pain results from displacement of the cartilage disc that causes pressure and stretching of the associated sensory nerves. "The most common TMJ disorder is the result of habitual clenching, gritting or grinding of the teeth or jaw (also called bruxism)," Dr. Tentinger said. "Less commonly, the condition may be related to trauma from an injury or accident." Many people may not even realize they grind their teeth, especially if they do so in their sleep," added Weiguang Ma, D.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D., an oral surgeon at Marshfield Clinic. "But habitually doing so increases the wear on the cartilage lining of the joint and it doesn't have a chance to recover." Psychological stress, anxiety and other related factors play a role in TMJ disorders. "In addition to physical, anatomic reasons that can be clearly people identified and measured - such as displaced cartilage, for example - most TMJ patients I see are undergoing a great deal of stress or may have a psychiatric illness or other health issue that contributes to their condition," said Jeffrey Davis, D.D.S., also an oral surgeon at the Clinic. "This makes sense when you consider how many of us brace a muscle when we feel stress. For some people, it's the shoulder or neck muscles; for others, it is the teeth and jaw area." While research has yet to determine why, TMJ disorders most commonly are seen in women, typically in their childbearing years. "For every male patient, I see 20 females with this condition," said Dr. Davis. "Although we can speculate as to why women in this age group more often experience TMJ disorders, we don't have a factual explanation for it." "Some theories relate it to the ways women may deal with stress; others say it may be hormone related, but we honestly don't know why more women than men suffer from TMJ syndrome," said Bernadette Wilson, D.D.S., M.D., another of the Clinic's oral surgeons. The good news about TMJ is that, in the majority of cases - up to 80 percent - this painful condition can be relieved through conservative, non-surgical treatment that includes thorough patient education. "Seventy to 80 percent of TMJ patients respond well to non-invasive remedies such as resting the muscles and joints by eating a diet of soft foods, becoming more aware of and avoiding clenching or grinding their teeth, using moist heat packs and practicing simple jaw relaxation techniques," said Yvonne DeJean, D.D.S., also an oral surgeon at the Clinic. Additional non-surgical TMJ treatment options include physical therapy; biofeedback with an occupational therapist; non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications; or a night guard, splint or other orthotic device that helps patients stop clenching or grinding their teeth while they sleep. "In most instances, relief can be provided without surgical intervention," said Dr. Davis. "A small group of individuals requires minimally invasive surgery, which may be as simple as washing out the joint with salt water. The next stage is arthroscopic manipulation, and the end stage of treatment could be a total reconstruction of the jaw joint." Dr. Davis stressed that surgery is recommended only in advanced cases, for example, if the condition clearly affects a patient's ability to speak or chew. "Perhaps there is acute locking of the jaw joint, or the person has already gone through the realm of conservative therapies without improvement," he said. Source:

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Whoaaa.. Whoa... Whoaa!! Whoa.. Today I got so stressed. Well not too stressed because actually I can cover it up. It just a shock for a while. Why?? Because this Saturday, I have to make a case presentation about "Clinical Examination and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorder Patients". Sounds wierd, isn't it? Hehehe... So, what is a temporomandibular and what is this temporomandibular disorder that I am talking about? Simply stated, the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull. More specifically, they are the joints that slide and rotate in front of each ear, and consist of the mandible (the lower jaw) and the temporal bone (the side and base of the skull). When the mandible and the joints are properly aligned, a smooth muscle action, such as chewing, can take place. When these components are not aligned, nor synchronized in movement, several problems may occur. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are disorders of the jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints, and/or the nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Any problem that prevents the complex system of muscles, bones, and joints from working together in harmony may result in temporomandibular disorder. Confused? Never mind, me too. Why I'm shocked? Because it is so sudden, and tomorrow I have to bring all my science writing about the presentation to all my lecturer in Prosthodontic section. I have to deliver right to their hands. The deadline is this Wednesday on 23.59, which is mean tomorrow! Gosh! My reference is not completed yet, that's also a point of shock. .... So, please pray for me ok? Hope me success on Saturday.. Ganbatte me! :p

Monday, July 12, 2004

Become Cooler!! I surf back to manage my shoutbox/chatterbox at, then I saw a cool link written.. "want to become cooler?".. Hehehe then I followed the link, entering my name.. then this is what I got :p
This certifies that I, Irayani Queencyputri,
Have Become Cooler

Than I was Before

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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Success Yesterday night on AFI 3's Pre-elimination's Concert, Cindy AFI, Micky AFI and Lia AFI sang a really good and encougraging song. The song titled "Optimis", was performed by AB Three. Here's the lyric: Tak perlu malu dan kecil hati apalagi frustasi Terlampau keji bila terlintas hendak ingin bunuh diri Anggap derita sebagai cobaan Untuk pengalaman yang mesti dapat Kita hadapi dengan hati yang lapang Kegagalan itu hal biasa dalam hidup ini Setiap orang pasti punya satu masalah dan masa lalu Teman! Hidup ini hanya satu kali Teman! Untuk apa kita menyiksa diri Hadapilah semua kenyataan yang ada Setarailah cita cita hidup bahagiaaaaaaaaa ... As I watch the program, I remembered one of my friend, Wati. She was so stressed-out about clinic. She was really obsessed to be a dentist in September by entering the conservation section in the clinic for one visit only, but in fact, she couldn't. She couldn't finished her jacket crown case, because the patient didn't too cooperative. then she get into a deep inhale frustation. And I think, she must hear this song. This is a really nice song, so encouraging! Sadly, because of her obsession, all things becomes worst. She forgot her ethic in front of her patient. She took her best friend's patient, just for make her obsession comes true. "How would you define success?" Must you be rich? Own your company? Become famous? Does it include world travel? Extensive education? Becoming the best in your field? Does success include happiness, good health and a sexy body? A strong marriage and family? God? How do we quantify success? Is it a world record time? Is it a personal best in an event? Did we achieve all we could achieve? Did we challenge the limits of our own capabilities? Competition is not bad if the goal is for us to be our best. Glory is in the effort, dedication, and striving. That is where character is refined and success is achieved. But ultimately success is not measured against others so much as it is against ourselves and our God-given potential. Yet success has to be something more than achieving our maximum potential. John Maxwell has defined success as "KNOWING my purpose in life, GROWING to my maximum potential, and SOWING seeds that benefit others." Being our best is more than personal achievement. Success is knowing God has a plan and has called me to fit into His plan. Success is the character forged on the journey to grow into God's person, the person He made me to be. Success is blessing others in ways He would bless them to give something back and not just take from others. Are you looking for that elusive obsession called success? First, discover what success truly means and then be willing to work for it with every talent you possess. Apostle Paul near the end of the same letter wrote " strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless."

Saturday, July 10, 2004

There are Trees and There are Trees The loquat tree flourishes, flowers and fruits without any period of leaflessness. It is never boring, bare or barren. In season and out, the loquat tree is gracious, green and gifted. By contrast, the apricot tree loses leaves, loses luster and loses life. It droops, drops and dies. Out of season it is pricked, pruned and punished. Of the two, you would choose the loquat tree to have around in all seasons. It is good company any time of the year even when it is not producing fruit. Indeed, its fruiting period is brief and its fruit is not particularly versatile. You have to eat it while it's fresh and when it's gone, it's gone. The apricot tree is enjoyable for only half the time. For the other half, it is uncompromising, uncomfortable and uncaring. But let me tell you something: when the apricot tree is off-season and not at all nice to have around, my pantry is still full of its goodness. There are dried apricots, cooked apricots and jam apricots. It might be less attractive than the loquat tree but it gives food for the down season. People are like the trees. Some are great to have around all the time. They are loquacious, likeable and lovable. Others bear fruit that lasts for years. They are stimulating, stalwart and storable. The wise man said "A soothing word is a tree of life." It is good to have a variety of trees in your orchard, isn't it?

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Running on Empty "We won't run out," I said confidently. "There's enough gas in there to get you home and me too. I know the gas gauge on this car." My cousin and I were on our way home after a big shopping, and it was close to midnight. He had seen that the needle was past empty, so he let me know that he had no intention of walking the rest of the way home. As usual, I was running on empty. It's not that I didn't have the money. I simply didn't leave myself enough time to stop for few bucks worth before we arrived at the mall. We had just enough time to play before the curtain rose. When I looked at the gauge realistically, I knew he had reason to worry. "I must be running on fumes," I said to myself. He never heard the huge sigh of the relief I breathed when we pulled into his driveway. Nor did I ever tell him that I ran out of gas less than 3 blocks from the house and had to walk a mile to get home. I've done the same thing spiritually. I've kept myself running at top speed, barely slowing down to say hello to the Lord at the end of the day. I get up late the next morning, rush headlong into the day, and keep repeating the cycle. I allow no time for reading the Bible or more than a 10-second "thanks for the food" prayer. There's certainly no time for reflecting on the character of God or carrying on an extended conversation with Him. That's a case of running on spiritual empty - vulnerable - in danger, with no reserves left to keep going. So what's the answer? Keep he tanks of your mind and heart filled in a variety ways: Fellowship with believers regularly. Spend quality time in the Word. Take time to pray deeply and honestly. Meditate on God's truth. If you'll use these spiritual tank-fillers, you won't find yourself running on empty! REFLECTION � Why do I think I don't have time for fellowship, Bible reading, and prayer? � What does that tell me about what's important to me? � What should I do to keep my spiritual tanks full? So.. what is your answer of reflection? The answers is yours!! :)

Monday, July 05, 2004

Election Day! It's the election day! People in this country on this day doing their rights. Elect who will be the best leader for each person. What have you chose today? Hmmph.. I bet many people in this country confused about the election. All candidates just the same. Too much promising. But when elected, they forgot all the promises they ever said. Truly, I want a leader who can bring us back to normal life, bring the minority got the same rights with the others, and the most of all.. I want PEACE! I got a short story from HEARTLIGHT Online Magazine about the election. An Audacious Miracle! The city was surrounded by the enemy and slowly but surely starving to death. Donkey heads were being sold on the streets for food. Even little children were being fought over by parents to be eaten as food. Humanity had sunk to its lowest possible level. It could not get any worse. A local preacher confronted the city leadership with a message. �By this time tomorrow, there will be so much food that bushels of flour will be sold on the streets for pennies.� One leader stood to question such a bold prophecy and the preacher pointed his bony old finger in his direction and replies: �You�ll see it with your own eyes, but you will never taste any of it!� What a prediction: A city going from famine to feast in 24 hours? From donkey head soup to a chicken in every pot? Does it sound like election year politics with too many empty promises? Who is this preacher trying to kid? There would have to be a military victory followed by an economic miracle and all occurring in one day! Who could possibly accomplish all of this? Meanwhile, in another part of the city, near the outside wall were four men with leprosy, a gruesome disease believed to be highly contagious. Anyone with leprosy was considered an outcast from society. These poor men could not even remain in the city to starve with the rest of the people. They were shunned, feared and abandoned. One leper had an idea. �Why stay here to die? Let�s go to the enemy camps outside the gate and surrender? If they spare us, we might get some food and live. If they kill us...hey we�re dying anyway!� They all agreed, so in the middle of the night, four starving lepers shuffled and hobbled their way down the hill to the enemy camp to surrender and hopefully get a meal. Here comes the miracle! The sound of their shuffling feet was somehow magnified to resemble the attack of a mighty army. The sleeping soldiers heard the noise, panicked and ran for their lives leaving their weapons, clothes and all of their food behind. What made these hardened soldiers run? The sound of four sick, starving lepers stumbling down the mountain to surrender. As the lepers reached the camp they were greeted with silence and the inviting aroma of fresh pepperoni pizza. �It�s party time!� one shouted. They ate and drank, carried away money, clothes and all the food they could eat. Then they said to each other: �We�re not doing right. This is a day of Good News and we are keeping it to ourselves. We must report this to the city.� At first the city didn�t believe the lepers shouting outside the gate, but they sent a scouting party and found everything to be true. The enemy had run away leaving the whole lot behind. The gates were opened and everyone rushed out to eat and take away whatever could be found. Food was so plentiful that a bushel of flour could now be sold for pennies as predicted. The leader who originally questioned the preacher was assigned the duty of counting everything that was brought back. In the confusion, he was trampled to death, all as the preacher predicted. Wild? Yes, but it�s true. (Not the pizza) But what can we learn? Tragedy is a part of life: The city is suffering just as you and I often suffer. God is in the midst of our tragedy: God never abandons you. Ordinary Humans are often used by God to accomplish miracles: Four Lepers? Our bold faith and willingness to take risks honor God: This means you. Hearing this story gave me the courage to give up my career and plunge into the ministry. Maybe, hearing this can inspire you to do something bold for God. After all, if God can use four lepers to accomplish an audacious miracle, just think what can be done with you and me! Think of that!

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Thinking of Him... I sit in my room thinking of him, hoping that he's thinking of me I really don't know what I'll do, I guess I'll just have to wait and see I wish that he was near, I really wish that you could stay to chase away the harm and fear I lay in bed wondering what he's thinking of, I guess i'll never know And here i am thinking of love, thinking how i love him so I sit here remembering of the day we met Knowing that that's something I'll never forget I want a love that will always have trust. Not a relationship based purely on lust. A love where friendship always comes first. A love that will stay true for better and for worse. A love that would never lie or cheat. And when things went wrong it could take the heat. A love that money cannot buy. I want a love that would never die. I miss him so much.... :(

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Life Lessons from Lovebirds Recently, me and my mom were walking through a local pet shop near closing time, when we decided to stop and take a look around the shop. As we made our way past the cages of poodles and Pomeranians, tabby cats and turtles, our eyes caught sight of something that immediately charmed us: a pair of peach- faced lovebirds. Unlike many other lovebirds we encountered there, this particular pair looked truly "in love." In fact, they snuggled and cuddled next to each other the whole time we watched them. Throughout the next few days, my mind returned to the image of those two delightful birds. I admired their devotion, and felt their very presence inspiring. Apparently, these birds had the same effect on my mom, because she showed up late afternoon shortly thereafter, clutching an elegant birdcage that housed those two precious creatures, and introduced them as new additions to the family. For days we wrestled with names of well-known couples, coming up with everything from Ricky and Lucy and George and Gracie to Wilma and Fred. But finally we decided on Ozzie and Harriet - a gentle reminder of a simpler day when love and togetherness between couples were not only a commitment, but a way of life. And so it is with this in mind that I have watched these lovebirds and made the following observations about life and love: 1. If you spend too much time looking in the mirror, it's easy to lose your balance. 2. Always keep a pleasant look on your face, even if your cage needs cleaning. 3. If your mate wants to share your perch with you, move over. 4. The real treats in life usually come only after you've cracked a few hulls. 5. It takes two to snuggle. 6. Sometimes your mate can see mites you didn't even know you had. 7. Singing draws more affection than squawking. 8. It is only when your feathers get ruffled that your true colors really show. 9. Too many toys can be distracting. 10. When you have love in your heart, everyone around you will find joy in your presence. So, have you learn a life lesson yet?? The answers is yours! :)