H.U.S.B.A.N.D

Husband. . You are NOT my achievement. You are my special channel on the journey of resilient and flourishing love. You are one of the languages that Allah SWT has “spoken” to me as a something-borrowed gift I’m grateful for. I desire this journey to resilient and flourished love with you and I can’t go…

“Kamu orang mana sih?”

  International context: “You don’t look like an Indonesian”, “Which part of Indonesia are you from?” Local context: “Mbak, kamu orang mana sih?” “Asalmu mana sih? kok ndak ada aksen2nya (medok, maksudnya). “Very specific-local context alias setengah julid”: “Lahirmu dimana sih? Pasti di X/Y/Z ya?” (implikasi setengah julid itu biasanya diikuti dengan unsolicited assumption dari…

Wisdom from Kids

Alam itu seperti jiwa anak2; by design is receptive to purity, sincerity, compassion dan defensive terhadap yang sebaliknya. Yang sudah pada dewasa atau jauh lebih tua, tak ada salahnya senantiasa utk belajar dari anak kecil. Ada banyak mutiara ilmu disana yg mampu “berbicara” lebih dari yg kita kira. Berbahagialah dan bersyukurlah bagi yang masih mau…

Idealnya, jangan sampai yg normatif itu mengaburkan yg substantif

Mengapa kita ndak bisa memilih utk lahir dari kombinasi orang tua yg mana dan yg seperti apa? Menurut keterbatasan pikir saya, ya karena itu semua hak prerogatifnya Sang Pencipta semata. (Lha memangnya rumah makan padang? Bisa touchscreen milih makanan yg disuka trus abrakadabra, kenyang, gitu?). Pelajaran yg saya ambil dari ini itu mengingatkeun saya bahwa…

Papa, benarkah aku masih takut untuk melepas batas-batas bahagia?

Assalamualaikum papa, Bagaimana Surga? Aku merindumu di mimpiku pa. Saat ini, betapa aku ingin bisa selalu tak putus bermimpi indah Ingin bisa selalu tak putus asa menjemput apa yang menjadi keyakinannya Ingin bisa selalu tak putus mengejar layang-layang cita-cintanya Ingin bisa selalu tak putus tersenyum membayangkan angannya Ingin bisa selalu berani menari-nari di atas nota…

My Kind of Perseverance

Be brave. The world is going to judge you by your cover until the end of your journey on earth. Those who don’t are part of your blessings. So count them every day. . It is inevitable and you can’t make or force others to perceive you the way you want them to. Yet, you…

Adulting My PhD Journey

Within a PhD journey, it’s no doubt that studying is important. However, learning to make the time to be grateful & find joy while also making memories in between is also necessary. . I’m not a Google search engine. I’m not a machine. I’m vulnerable. I’m only a soul traveler who takes a learning path…

Preserve – conserve – reserve

For the love of green. . I may not be a vegan or vegetarian but I am a forever-tree-hugger. . I may not have a green thumb but I have unstoppable desire to talk to trees, plants, and flowers (besides cats😁) . I tried to be vegan and vegetarian. My tongue and tastebuds survived but…

Across the White Crosses

Such a lovely day with 3419 white crosses on the Fields of Remembrance at Salamanca Lawn site. . There will be upcoming addition of 1851 white crosses in the final year of 2018 which brings the total of 5270 individuals from Wellington region who died in World War 1 (WW1), 100 years ago. . May…

A Soul Traveler

I am given this body but I am not my body. Inside, I am shapeless. My soul travels to the infinity and beyond where only Allah SWT Knows. . I am a soul traveler. . Ya Rabb, when it is time for me to return to You, let it be all smile and grace. ….