Native Indonesian looking like Arabian in Photoshop

Posted by David Khoirul 2 Comments
This picture was taken with a DSLR camera by Sury's friend when she went to Bogor, a city in Indonesia, two years ago. Sury posed with all her colleges--all of them were teachers--at Permata Indonesia Kindergarten.

Yesterday, or two years later, I experimented with Photoshop and decided to edit her picture, cropping it and removing her friends from the frame. A lot of Photoshop editing was done, including liquifying, skin whitening, and dodging and burning.

See the before after pictures below.

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Why I use

On Facebook and emails, I received some questions about why I keep using Blogger, a blogging service owned by Google, and not Wordpress or other platforms. My answer: I do use WordPress, Weebly and other services as well, but Blogger has made me fall in love.

What's your favorite blogging platform? Please let me know.

How to add make-up in Photoshop CS3 to make someone look beautiful

Posted by David Khoirul
On Saturday, the day I arrived in Jakarta after a 12-hour trip by train, my girlfriend Sury asked me to take a picture using her Oppo Find Piano. I was not really sure about the picture actually, but Sury wanted it to be edited, so I let Photoshop do its job.

Photoshop make-up, one of the very popular techniques in photo retouching, is not difficult to do. First, I softened Sury's skin using Gaussian Blur filter and masked several areas to preserve the sharpness. Then I change the shape of her cheeks, chin, nose and eyes. Dodging and burning tools are involved to add definition in the nose, chin and cheeks.

And lastly, as usual, I added fake depth of field using Lens Blur filter.

Unfortunately Sury refused to upload her "before" picture.

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Facebook is likely to have a dislike button

Posted by David Khoirul
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is thinking about the possibility for his social network service to have a dislike button. In fact, users are waiting for this button because not all posts consist of good stuff and happy news. There are times where you have to dislike a post, for instance a status update about sex and blasphemy.

Here's what Mashable ( writes:

Facebook is considering ways users can express their feelings beyond the Like button, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a Q&A at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park Thursday.

"We're thinking about it," Zuckerberg said when asked whether the social network would ever add the long-requested dislike button.

He quickly clarified that such a button likely wouldn't say "dislike" on it. Instead, he said, people often want to react to posts they see on Facebook with sentiments other than "like."

"Everyone feels like they they can just push the Like button, and that's an important way to sympathize or empathize with someone," Zuckerberg told the audience. But there are times when you may want the simplicity of a one-click response but a "like" doesn't feel appropriate, he added.
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The Boxtrolls and British English

Posted by David Khoirul
Caca and I watched The Boxtrolls, a movie produced by Laika, yesterday morning. On Saturday he slept in my house and woke up at 2 a.m. on Sunday, accompanying me to finish my graphic designs, and at the same time playing Boom Beach on his tablet, tethered from my mobile Internet. While watching me design on Photoshop, he asked me to download a movie. The Boxtrolls was our choice.

The Boxtrolls, based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, is an American 3D stop motion movie released in 2014, and uses a British accent in the whole film. The file we downloaded did not have a subtitle; Caca had to figure out what the characters talk by listening to the movie in a headphone. Being a non-native speaker of English, the 9-year-old Caca understands—despite not all the dialogs—the plot of the movie through mimics and body languages.

Whenever a scene confused him, he would ask me for translation in bahasa Indonesia. He could, however, laugh and smile and giggle when the characters threw some funny jokes. One of his favorite scenes is when the boy is taught how to shake hand and look in the eye. As the boy meets a man in a party one night, he goggles and shakes his own hands, so literally, that the man gets scared.

Previously Caca watched The Babadook, an Australian horror movie directed by Jennifer Kent. When I ask him if he prefers British, American or Australian Eglish, he says he likes American better but loves the tone and melody of British English.

The Boxtrolls tells a story about subterranean trolls known as Boxtrolls who raise a boy named Eggs. Rumors in the city say that the trolls kill and kidnap children, so pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher makes a deal with Lord Portley-Rind, the city's mayor, offering to destroy every Boxtroll in exchange for membership in the  White Hats, city's cheese-loving council.

The Boxtrolls holds a rating of 63% on Metacritic, 74% from Rotten Tomatoes, and 7.1 from well-known IMDb.

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Indonesian forums and Websites that publish your articles

Posted by David Khoirul
Yesterday I did a small research for popular blogs, forums or Websites in Indonesia that receive article contributions after a language service, translation in particular, which is based in USA, asked me to to promote its software to Indonesian community. My job is to write, translate and distribute the articles to well-reputated Indonesian websites. After posting on Facebook for help, thanks to friendly Facebookers, I found several Websites which can be potentially good for publishing our writings. Each Website, all in the Indonesian language, requires registration before a user can post messages or articles.



Owned by leading newspaper company Kompas Gramedia, this website was previously a blog for Kompas journalists. Kompasiana is now open for registration and serves as citizen media where everybody can join and post contents such as text, photos and videos.


Kaskus, the biggest online forum in the country, was founded in the United States in 1999 by Indonesian students Andrew Darwis and Ronald Stephanus. Kaskus has more than 4,000,000 registered accounts, over 650,000,000 posts, and is voted by PC Magazine Indonesia as The Best Indonesian Community.


VIVA Log is a blogging community managed by While I am not sure if it has to pass editor’s reviews before a user posts an article, this page has quality contents in various topics.


Perdetik users can submit articles that link to their blogs and websites. Bloggers and webmasters use this service a lot to promote their content and drive more traffic to their page.

Indowebster Forum

Like Kaskus, Indowebster Forum is one of the country’s largest communities that store files, postings and discussion. Indowebster, often called as IDWS, was established by Juny Maimun.
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Black and white photo of grandmas taken with cellphone

Posted by David Khoirul

Three years ago, when I watched a marching band performance in Dengok for the commemoration of Maulid Nabi, the birth of the Prophet, I saw these two old ladies on a pedicap, possibly on their way home. I said to Jhony we had to take pictures of them. My phone ran out its battery so I borrowed his and, as I followed the pedicap running in the middle of the crowds, I captured only one picture.

The photo, two years later, was edited in Photoshop CS3 when I brought Rofiudin’s laptop home in Blimbing for a week. I don’t know where these grandmas come from, but their faces are honest, charming, and unassuming.

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Trick: WiFi tether over VPN connection in Android

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In 2013, when I had an unlimited VPN internet trick on my Tri AON, I thought about sharing it with PC. And the only way was USB tether using PdaNet. I downloaded the apps, both for Android and for PC, then installed them. Whoa, its connected! Any VPN apps such as TroidVPN, DroidVPN and OpenVPN successfully passed on their secure connections.

But I wanted to be even more portable, not necessarily bringing laptop and USB everywhere. I wanted my VPN connection to be shared with PC, Android, Windows Mobile, and any device that has a WiFi feature. In short, I wanted it to be a hotspot.

When I tried the default hotspot tether feature on my Cross A7#, it was unsuccessful. The device, which was connected to my hotspot with VPN, received my normal connection over WiFi. It didn’t translate the VPN, so the free internet couldn’t be transmitted.

connect vpn connections over wifi hotspot in android device phone or tablet to pc or laptop

I was frustrated, but I believed there should be a trick to share this VPN connection over WiFi. After googling for solutions, I found this simple cheat using the following commands:

iptables -t filter -F FORWARD
iptables -t nat -F POSTROUTING
iptables -t filter -A FORWARD -j ACCEPT
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j MASQUERADE

How do these commands work?

  • Start your VPN connection
  • Run the script in terminal emulator as su (that means your device needs to be rooted).
  • Start WiFi hotspot.

If you want to make it even simpler, download any script runner in PlayStore—preferably SH Script Runner app. Save the commands as a .sh file. Then in SH Script Runner app, enable root mode, open the .sh file in the folder where you save it, and run.

PS: This trick works in Android running Jelly Beans. If your phones use earlier Android versions, it may not work.
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How to usb-tether VPN from Android to PC

Posted by David Khoirul 8 Comments
My Android phone, Cross A7#, is a year old now. Last year, in Ramadhan month, I bought this 4-inch Chinese smartphone in Surabaya with my best friends Arul and Bio Ahmed. Cross A7# has helped me browse the internet not only from mobile device but also from Chrome and Firefox in PC.

When you don’t have a modem like me, using your android phone as an online tool is the only solution.

To turn your phone to be a modem, you simply click USB tether option under Settings > More > Tethering and Portable Hotspot. This trick, however, doesn’t work if you are using a VPN connection from certain apps such as Psiphon, DroidVPN and TroidVPN. I understand that in Indonesia, these free tunneling applications are very popular, especially among cellular network phreakers.

If you are one of those people who utilize VPN connections and want to transmit it to your Windows or Mac computer, then here’s the trick: Download PdaNet.

Simple installation steps

  1. Grab the Android version of PdaNet from PlayStore
  2. Install to your phone
  3. Download the PC version here
  4. And install to your computer

Connecting PdaNet to your computer

  1. Before you do anything with the PdaNet softwares, make sure you have enabled debug mode on your Android device.
  2. Turn on your VPN apps until it is connected, usually with a key symbol in the status bar.
  3. Open PdaNet in Android phone and check “Activate USB Tether” and wait till it’s ready. See the a screeshot below:
  4. PdaNet for free vpn on android and windows
  5. In your computer, find and right-click the PdaNet symbol and click “Connect.”
  6. pc connect pdanet tutorial
  7. Done.

Congratulations! Your Android phone now shares its VPN connection with your computer.

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The Babadook, a horror movie that puts Annabelle to shame

Posted by David Khoirul
Today I watched “The Babadook,” a horror movie I downloaded with no subtitle from Mp4Movies wapsite last week. I planned to watch it with Sury on Sunday actually, but because she couldn't enjoy movies without reading the Indonesian subtitles, we delayed it, until tonight, when I saw it alone, exactly at 12 a.m.

“The Babadook,” a 2014 Australian film, is not an average horror movie. It tells a story that moves and touches you emotionally and psychologically, showing a smart plot, acting and metaphors. As a horror movie, it depicts ghosts in an unusual way, in abstraction, more like a manifestation of Amelia (Essie Davis), a single mother whose husband died in a car accident when she delivered a baby boy named Samuel. The ghoulish demon is shown obviously in the movie, but in fact, it represents Amelia’s fear, problems and anxieties of raising her son.

the babadok scary fear film ghosts

In iMDB, the movie ranks 7.1, one level higher than Annabelle. I can say this is one of the best horror movies I ever watched so far. Several weeks ago, in the night of Eid-ul Adha, I saw Anabelle in a cinema in North Jakarta and yes that movie depressed me, maybe because of the large screen and thundering sound the theater generated. But trust me, “The Babadook” is much better, scarier and more enjoyable than Annabelle, which displays cliché in the genre.

In addition to that, Davis performs very well in “The Babadook." She shows expressions of fear and sadness simply with a look. Noah Wiseman, playing as Samuel, Amelias’s son, also provides us with such a good and natural acting you think he is real.

the babadook horror movie and film

What I like the most from this movie is that it has only a few characters, with Amelia and Samuel as the center of the story. Whenever I watch a movie with too many actors, I can never enjoy it because I have to remember the names and try hard to recognize their faces which often look similar for me.

Directed by Jennifer Kent, "The Babadok" was first screened in Singapore, at the Stanley Film Festival. The movie was officially released on September 25. “The Babadook” holds a rating of 90 on Metacritic, 26% from Rotten Tomatoes, and 4.5 stars out of 5 by The Strait Times newspaper.

Watch the trailer:
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