Survival Mode On (Makan Murah di Benua Kangguru)

First of all, I wanna ‘break’ my plan by writing this post in Bahasa, not in English like I usually did lately …. ^_^

Setelah panjang lebar bercerita dengan english yang gitu-gitu aja tapi sangat ingin mengasah kemampuan menulis mahasiswa yang sedang gencar-gencarnya diberi tugas nulis ribuan kata oleh bapak/ibu dosen unimelb tercinta, kali ini gw pengen nulis pake bahasa Indo aja … Finger Crossed 😀

Satu hal yang mungkin masih luput gw ceritakan di posting-postingan sebelumnya adalah salah satu komponen termahal untuk hidup di melbourne adalah MAKAN. 1 kali makan standar ala mahasiswa di kampus, bisa dihargai AUD7 yang kalo diconvert ke indo bisa sekitar 70 rebuan lebih. Jenis apakah makanannya ? Warteg sodara-sodara  ! .. Makanan yang terkenal dengan murah meriah nya di Indo, yang range rasanya bisa macam-macam … mulai dari biasa aja, enak sampai enak banget. Naahhh yang murah meriah dan bisa cuma berharga 10rebuan itu 7 kali lipatnya lah di melbourne. Kalau mau makan ‘sedikit’ enak, dalam artian naik pangkat dari warteg ke ayam penyet, siap2 merogoh kocek lebih dalam (AUD 10 – 13). 130rebu makan ayam penyeett ??? di Indo udah dpt 10 porsi mamaaaa ….. 😥

Tapi dont worry … Mau hidup hemat di Melbourne jg gampang (hemat dalam artian murah ala melbourne yaa .. jangan dibandingin sama warteg ato ayam penyet lagi lho :D). Kunci pertama adalah : Carilah flat, apartment dan sejenisnya yang memiliki peralatan dapur yang komplit. Karena untuk hidup ‘hemat’ dan tentu saja bisa mendapat makanan yang Insya Allah halal paling gampang ya dengan memasak. Jangan khawatir bagi yang ga pernah punya pengalaman memasak  sebelumnya. Ada banyak bumbu instan siap pakai dan resep masakan yang berseliweran di dunia maya. Tinggal googling dan nemu dah resep masakan.

Lucky for me, sejak zaman berseragam putih biru, gw sudah cukup familiar dengan dapur dan segala proses masak memasak. Walaupun sampai SMA posisi gw lebh banyak sbg asisten ibu yang memang hampir selalu berkecimpung di dapur tiap harinya untuk memastikan kami semua di rumah dapat asupan gizi yang komplit. Pengalaman mandiri gw di dapur udah dimulai sejak jauh dr ortu dan kuliah di ITB. Walaupun ya gt deh … masak yang gampang dan murah … Untungnya lagi seiring berjalannya waktu, gw terkadang punya kesempatan praktek masak yang agak ribet dan kompleks pada saat mudik. Alhasil, walaupun ga jago-jago amat, gw cukup terbiasa dengan pekerjaan dapur yang satu ini. Couldn’t say anything but super thank you for my beloved mom untuk itu …. Beliau lah yang selama ini rajin meminta gw nemenin beliau di dapur … Kali ini, gw bener-bener nyadar, alasan dibalik itu semua sekarang -jadi mewek kangen ibu :’)

Masak-memasak di rumah ini pada akhirnya ternyata ngebantu banget pas nyampe melbourne, terutama karena gw sendiri emang ga terlalu suka dengan masakan yang berasal dr bumbu instan. Ibu gw di rumah selalu bikin masakan dari nol, dari bahan mentah sampai jadilah makanan yang bisa dimakan. Efeknya ya gt, gw ga terlalu suka dengan masakan hasil bumbu jadi yang bertebaran di supermarket. Jadilah gw butuh hunting-hunting bahan masakan jg di kota ini. Naah … melbourne punya Queen Victoria Market, pusatnya pasar tradisional yang letaknya cuma sekitar 300 m dari apartment gw. Tinggal jalan kaki 10 menit doank nyampe. Sama lah kayak gw jalan ke pasar pagi di Bukittinggi sono. I guess God helps me with this 🙂

Tinggal di apartment dengan peralatan masak komplit, lokasi apartment cum 10′ dari pasar tradisional nya melbourne dan 1 km dari supermarket yang jual bumbu indo …. komplitlah alasan gw buat kembali beraktivitas di dapur.

Anw, based on request dari beberapa orang … selain My Melbourne Life, gw mungkin jg akan sharing resep masakan ala coba-coba yang pernah gw masak selama berada di Melbourne. Smoga tugas gw ga bejibun2 amat sehingga blog ini akan terupdate dengan segala akivitas dan resep seperti yg gw sebutkan di postingan ini dan postingan terdahulu

Sekian dulu yaaa ….

Salam winter menjelang spring dari melbourne (efek ngeliat matahri dan prakiraan cuaca yang berkisar 16-18 derajat saja … xixixi)

Cheers,

Melbourne, 27 Agustus 2014

My First Month in Melbourne

One month has been passed since first time I arrived in this country. It was Saturday morning, 19 July 2014 my flight with Garuda Indonesia landed in Tullamarine Airport, international Airport of Melbourne. Using airport pick-up provided by The University of Melbourne, I reached my temporary accommodation in Brunswick Suburb, one of the most favorite area for Indonesian Student to live in as this area has many facilities comply with Moslems need. There are Halal Butcher, Halal Supermarket, Halal Restaurant (even some western restaurants in this area have halal certified). Brunswick is also easier to reach by Tram, one of the transportation means that is well-known around Melbourne as the area is also comfortable and like ‘traditional Australia’, not too crowded yet still close to the heart of the city. After 1 week living in temporary housing, I moved to apartment in the city area, which is very different compare to Brunswick. Melbourne CBD is surrounded by modern building and facilities like shopping center, office and bar. It makes this area like never sleep even in the middle of winter. The atmosphere is surely different compare to Brunswick. However, the ‘crowd’ of city for me is helpful sometimes. Twice a week, my class end at 8.30 pm and living in the city made me feeling more save to reach home. Although it doesn’t mean that Brunswick area is not save and city is better, but realizing that there’re still some activities around while going home is much better than feel so quiet area like Brunswick.

For newbie like me, living in Melbourne is very convenient regardless the cold weather that I need to deal with myself since I came from tropical country like Indonesia. You don’t need much time to understand how every thing is going in this city. Melbourne, like other city in developed country, has many public facilities that allow new comers to adjust easily with its situation. Here some useful information that may help new comers to understand Melbourne :

1. Public Transport and Myki Card

PTV_BRAND_POS_CMYKMelbourne has three means of public transportation that commonly used by its citizen. There are Tram, Train and Bus. They are provided as PTV (Public Transport Victoria). This transportation is very well-managed and well-scheduled also. We are able to know the schedule of departure, do the tracking even plan the journey. We can find out every detail of transportation using http://ptv.vic.gov.au/ or using PTV app in our Mobile Phone.

For using thi051212-Mykis transportation, we need access using Myki Card. It costs AUD 6 to buy this card. We can get it in the Myki Counter in station or through convenience store like 7-eleven and other store with Myki Sign. To top up My Money or buy Myki Pass, beside 7-eleven, we can also using automatic Myki Machine that is provided in several Tram Stop or Station.  There are two kind of Myki Service : Myki Pass and Myki Money which can be used in those three. Myki Pass allowed us to pre-paid the service by paying  for particular time (7 days, 28 days or 365 days) while Myki Money is more like e-money which will be charged each time we get on those public transport. Even if Myki Money adopts charging system like e-money in other country, there is difference that need to understand. Myki money will only charge the passenger in two ways : 2 hours fare or one day fare. For the first charging, we need to pay for 2 hours trip, which means, we only need to pay once if we get on public transport within 2 hours. Our first touch on of the day will create a 2 hour fare product.  If we continue to travel after 2 hour fare expires, a daily cap applies.  There are two zone of transportation that will be charged in different fare. The detail of this Myki and Fares can be found in http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/ and http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/metropolitan-myki-fares/

mykitouchingon2In every bus and tram, there are Myki Reader to touch on and touch off. Make sure that you do this process when you get on the public transportation (for train, this applies to enter the station). The touch on is necessary for all means while touch off is only for traveling by bus or tram in zone 2. Touch on means you touch the card while get into bus/tram, touch off means doing same while drop off bus/tram. In doing this procedure, I dont find any direct monitoring for every trip. However, there’are some PTV Officer who do the inspection in particular unexpected place (can be in tram stop or inside the tram or bus) who will check our latest Myki Activities. If they find u snot doing touch on/touch off, the fine will be applied. It will cost us AUD75 and AUD 215 (CMIIW).

2. Monitor Weather Forecast regularly

One thing that now becomes habit for me since I live in Melbourne is weather checking. Melbourne is well-known with its weather fluctuation. In same days, there may be possible to experience rapid changing of weather. I personally used weather app in my mobile so I can monitor this condition hourly. It is very helpful to guide me when I should go out (especially for leisure time) or just stay at home. Sometimes, the moderate temperature is ‘deceptive’. The temp is quite high yet the real feel will be much diffeyorent. It is because the cold wind can flow anytime. So seeing the sun shine very bright doesn’t guarantee us to become less cold because you also consider the wind as well.

3. Relatively cheap fruits and very expensive vegetables

In Indonesia, I barely found expensive vegetables. The expensive ones will not cost you more than Rp3.000 for spinach or Rp50.000 per kg for shallots. However, in Melbourne, this vegetables and its kinds will cost you much higher. Beans is approximately AUD8 per kg, while shallots can cost us AUD15 per kg. However, grapes is very cheap here. You only need to pay around maximum of AUD4 to get 1 kg of grapes, the price that you’ll never get in Indonesia for this kind of fruit. For buying these kind of products, there is place called Queen Victoria Market that is quite famous not only as a market but also as a tourism attraction. Lucky for me, this place is close to my apartment. it’s only 10 minutes walking.

4. Supermarket and Payment System

One thing that amazes me when first arrive in this city is how the people put their trust to each other. If you come to the Supermarket and bring some bags with you, you don’t need to go to bag care counter. You can bring your bag with you even that you just came from other supermarket and buying some stuffs that also being sold in that place. Most of them don’t do any checking even I believe they still put surveillance camera in some spots. After taking your stuff, there also self-service payment machine provided. Just come to that machine, scan the things that you just take, and pay it using card or cash. This is something what I feel has huge difference compare to any other country include Indonesia. In my opinion, to implement this kind of system, the provider must have high trust to the society. It’s true that there’s still possibilities for thief to steal something. However, if we talk about the system, I’m still very impressed with this system and culture.

5. Multicultural City

Melbourne is very multicultural city. That is one thing that help me for being comfortable to live in this city. When knowing that I will live in western country,to be honest, I felt anxious. As a Moslem I predicted it would not easy for me to become minority since for all of my life, I live in country with majority people is moslem. However, so far, I found it is easier than I expected. Coming to Melbourne, I don’t find a city with majority of western people. So many Chinese, Indian, Middle East People even Indonesian. With my style as Moslem woman with hijab, sometimes someone greet me with “Assalamualaikum, Sister” even we don’t know each other. I experienced that in the market with the seller, with bus driver even with stranger passing by. Somehow, it made me feeling safe and happy to be here. My identity as moslem woman unites me even with the people from somewhere I don’t know before.

6. Great and Friendly People

Since first time arrive in this city, I found that most of Melbourne Citizen (The western people live here) are very friendly. The immigration officer is gracious and even greet me with “Selamat Datang di Australia” (literally in Bahasa), the driver who pick up u very first time which is very helpful, the shop keeper and cash register in Supermarket who give their big smile in serving us and always say “How Are You Today ?”, and so many kind people around. Even one of my friend meet some stranger who offered him an umbrella while seeing my friend not bring one in the middle of rain.

So far I experience many interesting things that made me believe that it’s right to award this city as one of The Most Livable City in the World. I have found many good impressions since first time I got here. It is true that there’s no absolutely safe place in this world and I still need to aware and careful living in the foreign country like this. However, for good thing I have felt so far, I believe, I will consider 1.5 years in this city will be very meaningful and valuable for me …

Melbourne, 19 August 2014

Cheers

17 August 2014, Dirgahayu Indonesiaku

17 August 2014

Exactly 69 years after Indonesian’s founding fathers -Soekarno Hatta- stood in front of Soekarno’s residence, Pegangsaan Timur 56 Jakarta, declared Indonesian freedom from Dutch Government.

My lovely country has been growing old yet young also …

We have been going through 69 years of our life and faced our high and low condition as a nation. Two big milestones even happened which transformed the lowest condition of Indonesia to be expected as better one : from Old Order (Sukarno Regime) to New Order (Suharto Regime) and New Order to Reformation Era which was started after Suharto put down his position as Indonesian President after 32 years in the throne. As far as I read in Indonesian history, Indonesia had been experienced smooth development and its lowest condition as well. So many things to tell and so many perspectives also. Every body definitely will share their thought based their own experience. I may find that Indonesia has been going well so far because I barely experienced some significantly bad things to be judged. Nevertheless, I also believe that my country can be much much better than this.

Indonesia is this old and young…

69 years is old enough as a man yet may be to young as country. So many homework for whoever become leader of this country. So many ‘trashes’ to clean up, so wide area to handle, many valuable resources to protect and so many voices to be heard. More than 250 million people with thousands islands are waiting to be serviced. Most of Indonesia citizens -I believe- love this country so much. But, they also have their own way to show that. And it’s definitely not easy to deal with their way of thought and way of act.

17 August 2014,

Today is last time for Mr. Yudhoyono leading Independence Ceremony in Merdeka Palace. 10 years of his era has been come to an end. Surely not easy for him to lead such a big and complicated country. As a president, in some points he made me proud thought in many other circumstances, he also made me upset. Me and many other Indonesian fellows once surely ever thought that he could do much better than what he did so far. However, he is a ordinary man who took his courage -whatever the reason behind it- managing this country. And I can’t say anything but thank you for doing that. As an ordinary Indonesian citizen who always want the best for this country, I appreciate what Mr Yudhoyono with his efforts and shortages that came along with him has been done so far. He’s not a perfect leader indeed, yet he has done much better than me.

Two days before this big days, the President spoke in front of highest Indonesian Council – MPR RI – and claimed that Indonesia now free of IMF Debt and will be able to control its own economic strategy (The complete news can be read through this link). For me, It’s good news and big gift for this day as well though some other fellows think that this news cannot be fully trusted and Indonesia still need to pay interest to IMF and this report is not as good as it looks like. It’s their choice and I made mine. Good footprint in the end of your era, Mr. President 🙂

Here I attach quote from his last speech that show his gratitude and apologize as well :

Merupakan kehormatan besar bagi saya untuk menjadi Presiden Indonesia. Saya adalah anak orang biasa, dan anak biasa dari Pacitan, yang kemudian menjadi tentara, menteri, dan kemudian dipilih sejarah untuk memimpin bangsa Indonesia.

Menjadi Presiden dalam landskap politik di mana semua pemimpin mempunyai mandat sendiri, dalam demokrasi 240 juta, adalah suatu proses belajar yang tidak akan pernah ada habisnya.

Tentunya dalam 10 tahun, saya banyak membuat kesalahan dan kekhilafan dalam melaksanakan tugas. Dari lubuk hati yang terdalam, saya meminta maaf atas segala kekurangan dan kekhilafan itu. Meskipun saya ingin selalu berbuat yang terbaik, tetaplah saya manusia biasa.
(Source from here)

Again, Thank You Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and welcome Mr. Joko Widodo. God blesses Indonesia …..

SBY

Anyway, this is the first time I write something in Indonesia Independence Day. Guess living abroad made my love to this country growing again

Melbourne, 17 August 2014

To my lovely country, Indonesia Tanah Air Beta

Road to Melbourne – Visa and Departure Arrangement

In my previous post I’m talking about how I start my journey. As you read, it is mostly talking about admission process of My Graduate Studies. In this post, I would like to share about Visa Arrangement and Departure Preparation to Australia.

Since I go to Australia for continuing my master degree, I apply for Student Visa. Australia has several visa categories (or commonly called subclass) for student (subclass 570 – 576). For master by coursework, we use 573 subclass. I guess, each subclass has different process and treatment. Since 573 is for student visa and Australia happens to be a country which encourage student to come and study in this country so much, it seems that the process is quite simple unless you have particular issues that doesn’t meet Australian Policy.

Like processing my application, this Visa arrangement was also provided by Edlink as my education agency. I only had to submit few documents to Edlink, and they will process it to AVAC (Australia Visa Application Centre) include translating the document if necessary. During applying visa, one important activities is Medical Check Up. AVAC has appointed several panel doctor to do Medical Checkup based on Australian Government Requirement. I did mine in Mitra Kemayoran Hospital, Jakarta. Their system has been connected to AVAC so that we only have ourselves examined and all administration process would be done directly by the doctor. Premier Jatinegara and Premier Bintaro Hospital in Jakarta also provide some service. Information regarding panel doctor can be found through this link.

About one week after finishing my med-check, my visa was granted and I was notified by email. Australia has been adopted e-visa system so that it’s not necessary for us to come to Australian Embassy unless special condition say so. It makes the process become easier and simpler to handle since we don’t have to spend time to visit beside med-check process. Here is the capture of my visa which I had posted in previous post.

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Unfortunately, I cant share you about my Visa Processing in detail. As mentioned earlier, all of my Visa Arrangement is made by Edlink, my education agent. I only submitted document and they handle the rest process. The payment also made directly by my company. If you want to know the detail process, the information in this website may be helpful : http://www.immi.gov.au or http://www.vfs-au-id.com/ (for Indonesian).

Departure preparation is another things that need to be dealt besides all the administrative process of entering foreign country. Knowing the policy of every country especially custom regulation in airport should be done before departure. As I went abroad, one thing that surely I was worrying about is dealing with food. As Indonesian Citizen who can’t stand not eating Indonesian taste, first thing I though about was bringing food to Aussie. Based on information from my fellows and Australian Embassy officer that I met before, Australian Custom has strict rules related to the food entering its country. Home cook food is not allowed like food made of plantation and animal as well. It makes the options of bringing food that is prepared by my mom become impossible. Fortunately, they can accept anything with factory packaging with clear brand and ingredients. The good part is, there’re some business that have Indonesian Food that meet their Aussie Custom requirement which happen to save my life like this one below (Yihaaa ^_^)

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 Randang Padang Restu Mande, can be found in Jalan Katamso Bandung

Beside this one, I also brought some food like Sambal ABC and Indomie with me. Actually, you can find it easily in Melbourne. There’s a place called Lugina, an Asian Grocery that sell some Indonesian products which located in the city of Melbourne. However, I suggest you to bring some from Indonesia at least for preparation in early arrival. As you arrived in Tulamarine Airport or other Airport in Autralia, if you bring any kind of food, please follow the Declare Zone. According to information I got from fellow who works In Australian Embassy in Jakarta, this method will be saver since if you are caught bringing something that is prohibited, it costs you some amount of money as fine from Airport Authority.

Talking about departure, I took Garuda Indonesia direct flight from Jakarta to Melbourne. The good news about Garuda is, they have special discount for student as long as you ordered through Garuda office and show your Visa/CoE. You’ll not only get around 25% discount but also extra baggage with total of 40 kg (common ticket only get 25 kg). This direct flight usually flies from CGK to MEL on 22.45 PM and arrive in MEL around 8.00 AM in the morning. Other options available are indirect flight that will transit in Denpasar. For new student come to Melbourne, I order Airport Pickup Service (using TOGOTO) which is offered by The University of Melbourne. If I’m not mistaken, this free service also offered by other university in Melbourne to help their new student who first come to the country.

I think I come to the end of story regarding my Visa and Departure Arrangement. Sorry for delayed posting and some mistake in grammar or vocab. Still trying to do writing exercise through this English-Posting. Hopefully next time I can share you tips for newbie living in Melbourne and My Campus Life as well

Cheers,

Melbourne, August 11th 2014

My First ‘Real’ Snow Experience

Actually, when I knew that will stay in Melbourne, I’d never expected to meet snow. Since Australia is not the same as most of European Countries which experience snow in their winter, Melbourne as one of city in Australia, although its position is in the south part of this country, still commonly doesn’t experience snow in their heart of city. Back then, I was a little bit jealous when remembering that My sister who got training scholarship in Germany in 2008, had faced snow in the winter, while my chance is seems to be less possible.

Buuuttt …. Taraaa, it doesn’t happen as I expected (which surely much better :D).

In this Victoria state, there’s a place called Mt. Buller which is covered with snow in winter. Mount Buller itself is a town located in the Shire of Mansfield in the Alpine region of the Australian state of Victoria. The town is located approximately 208 kilometres (129 mi) east of Melbourne on the slopes of Mount Buller (source : Wikipedia). As it seems that Mt Buller is the only place that we can find snow in Victoria and its surroundings, this place is quite popular during winter. People who love ski or even only wanna have fun experience with snow, choose this place to spend their holiday. The detail information about the resort itself can be found online through http://www.mtbuller.com.au, its official website.

Here are some capture from my camera in Mt Buller …

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How I Start This New Life

In 2013, my company had program to sponsor 90 employees to study abroad, consists of 80 for master degrees and the rest is for PhD/Doctoral studies. After passing some tests, Alhamdulillah, I became one of the employee that luckily have been appointed to join this program.

At first, I planned to study Management of Technology in National University of Singapore. I found the subject is interesting and suit me and my company needs for our future. This subject studies about how to develop IT Product along with its marketing, product development, finance, etc. However, after joining internal Bridging Program and University Introduction Session, I changed my mind and chose to apply for The University of Melbourne with Master of Information System Major.

The University of Melbourne has been known as one of the best university in Australia and member of Group of Eight, 8 top universities in this country. In QS World Rank, The University of Melbourne places rank 31th, 4 ranks under the best university in Australia -Australia National University- which make Unimelb is the 2nd best in Australia. The major campus is located in the heart city of Melbourne, in the area 0f Melbourne City Center called Parkville Area.

Master of Information System, itself, is major under the School of Information (Actually, I little bit confuse with this category, coz in fact, every invitation, session, and program mention that information system is under the School of Engineering). Based on the handbook, this major mostly learns about management of IT, bit different with Information Technology which talk about technical aspect of IT (the major reason why I choose IS instead of IT :D).

Anw, I dont want to talk the detail about my campus and my major in this post. I plan to save it later. My focus actually is sharing my process in applying to be a full time student in this campus.

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A Note From The Past

Old note papersToday I found a note that you wrote me several years ago, when we had such a little fight. It was a ‘complaint’ note. I barely remember what was happen back then … but what you wrote in that small piece of paper indicates you were upset of me …. I guess I was bit cruel back then so you write such a ‘bad’ note …

Seeing such a note, some though came to my mind …

Since we first knew each other,the fact was our close relationship has been such up and down … We shared many things together, laughed together, even was chasing dream together. It was not only happening in such a ‘good’, if I may call it … We were not only happy and encourage each other. We even fought over something that was difficult to explain … If sometimes our ego came out, these two young and immature buddies then suddenly became stranger, ignore each other, even avoid to talk. But, after time passed by, we usually made up and became close again … even closer and closer …

The point is, we were always find a way to reunite again. And talking bout that note … it is not how bad the content was, but how it led us to a better and closer relationship. At least, that what I remember …

However, I guess everything has not been same again lately … We don’t fight anymore … we don’t criticize each other anymore … Unfortunately, it does not happen because we grow up and get more understanding to each other. In fact, there’s not only ‘note’ that we miss, even talking becomes rare opportunity for us nowadays. Thus, we are more like stranger than two friends which has known each other for many years …

Dude,

As time goes by, we go through our own journey. We create different path that keep make us apart. I don’t mind if our destination is different. Anyhow, I’m still hoping that we still meet in some points and our pathway at least still cross each other. Coz I can bear us not always together,  yet forgetting each other and being stranger is still too much for me. So, I’ll be waiting for a note from you just like before … though it could turn to be a ‘cruel’ note which may hurt me yet bring you back to me.

Till we ‘meet’ again ….

For someone out there .. I’ll always wait for that ‘note’

————-

Pic taken from here

Stay with me

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Be here .. stay with me

I’ve done enough with people come and go .. especially ones who left without even care to turn their head back or sent a simple good bye. I’m tired of being left, after all those things, what I had been through … there’s only me my self, here with head full of question with one question word : “why”

Then, please be here … stay with me

Whatever tomorrow brings .. whatever wait for us in the end of the road, I’m sincerely asking you .. Please do not walk away. Just stay here, be with me …. as long as you can …

Bandung, May 14th 2014

pic taken from here 

Miracle does exist …

Finally, after several weeks passed by … these miracle did happen. At first, after giving all the feasible effort that I afford to do .. it seems no impact at all. I’ve tried so hard … fighting for some thing worth enough … and what happened at the time like the the wall stand around in all my way, even there’re no windows to see what behind.

I came to a phase when lean on God is the only choice I had. Praying every night so that He can give me that miracle. I asked my self not to giving up though I knew I reached my limit. There’re no thing I can do but ask Him.

And .. These miracle definitely exist. God answered my prayer with His way … The best thing I’ve got for my 29 birthday, I guess ….

God gives me ‘compensation’ and I do accept that. The thing is … now I am back to the track … it’s time to focus on what I wanna pursue in next several months. Hope I’ll be able to make it on time.

So guys …
Keep trying till you reach your limit and never stop believing that God always has answer for every pray … Insya Allah

God … I’m Dreaming Of A Miracle ….

muslim-prayer“Kadang tidak selalu semua hal berjalan sesuai dengan yang kita rencanakan”.

Akhir-akhir ini, kalimat itu yg sering terngiang-ngiang padaku. Baik karena orang-orang di sekelilingku yang kerap menguatkan (yang bahkan aku sendiri terkadang berpikir itu ‘melemahkan’) maupun kata-kata yang seringkali kuucapkan pada diriku sendiri.

Aku mencoba optimis. Insya Allah, there will always a way …. Selalu saja ada solusi yang tak luput Allah berikan untuk semua permasalahan makhluk-Nya. Ada banyak orang di luar sana yang mengalami permasalahan yang berat. That Invisible Hand always be there to help them. My problem ? probably seems not that big compare to them … Tapi entahlah … semua orang punya standar sendiri dalam menentukan level masalah  yang ia hadapi. May be mine is not that big – if others see so, but you have no idea how much it pushes me and how complicated it is, at least for me-

God … I’m dreaming of miracle …

Sepenggal kalimat itu yang akhirnya muncul … ketika pada akhirnya jalan buntu yang kudapati. Tuhan … Aku sungguh tak ingin menyerah  … I’ve taken my way this far … I really cannot give up. There’s no way for me to give up. Tapi .. kenapa semuanya seperti jalan buntu ? Aku sungguh tidak ingin berhenti berjuang … Engkau tau betapa berharganya semua ini bagiku untuk terus kuperjuangkan

Ya Allah … Aku berserah tapi tentu saja bukan menyerah. Aku sadarkan semua pada-Mu … Karena ku tau, Engkau tidak akan pernah meninggalkan umat-Mu

God … I’m dreaming of miracle … and I always believe that You have one …

Bandung, January 18th 2014

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