A Hope


Last Saturday i met a new friend named, Cecil.  My best friend's girlfriend.  I met her at the Hospital.  She got medical treatment called Stemcells.

What happened to her?
This young and beautiful girl, is suffering from a tongue cancer.  She found out this tongue cancer about a year ago, and it was stage 2B.  Now on, the cancer is on stage 4.  Medically, Cecil's cancer cannot be healed.  As Amo said, 'human should always make efforts, nothing is impossible', so Cecil is taking Stemcell medicine now.

Why i like her?
When i met her, she was totally different with the picture that i got from Amo's bbm picture.  She got cheek and lips swelling and her chin was covered with gauze. But her eyes showed her beauty and told me a huge hope.
I dont really know Cecil in person but i can see some changes in Amo since he started to close with Cecil.  Amo is adorable now. hihihihi... I always remember how Amo wrongly chanted Alfatihah when he was an Imam for Maghrib prayer.  Last time i met him, he did a prayer fervently.  Well, some say that our attitude and behavior could be influenced by people around us.  Be grateful if you have good people around you who bring out the best in you. And thank God for Cecil!
Amo said Cecil is very kind and has caring personality.  Well, i have no wonder she has loads of friends visited her during hospitalized.  I heard that Cecil also helps children with cancer by selling her own label shoes. What a lovely personality!

The day i entered her room at the hospital, i felt so warm.  She was surrounded by her closest colleagues and families.  No tears, they were all just talking with Cecil, although Cecil could only write down what she wants to tell on a paper.  I only have a little worry on her.  Her life seems full of love from people around her.  Love is hope, hope creates spirit to fight her illness, and i see it in her eyes.   As long as there are hope and willingness, prayers will complete and turn them into miracle.

Keep fighting Cecil!


About Sunrise and Sunset

Have a blissful wednesday...
I enjoy the my trip to office every morning, because the sunrise comes along with my morning.  Too bad, today's morning is cloudy. I cannot see you my sunrise..
Sunset also comes along with my way home in the afternoon. I usually snap the sunset by my camera phone or digicam.
Here I share you my sunrise and sunset at different places.

Sunrise @Sanur, Bali, October 2009

Sunrise @Ujung Genteng, May 2011
Sunrise @Puncak Bukit Sikunir, Dieng, May 2012

Sunset @Uluwatu, Bali, October 2009

Sunset @Ujung Genteng, May 2011
I love both sunrise and sunset. Why? Sunrise reminds me a new hope of better day. Sunrise also gives some morning spirit. I love the sun shines upon my face, it really rises me up! Sunset reminds me to rethink about what I have done during the day and progress of my plan also rebuild a new hope.  Most of all, sunrise and sunset remind me how great is God. Subhanallah...

So, catch your sunrise and sunset in every beautiful place and enjoy it!

My 15 minutes at Office before Home


Honestly, i'm bored to death after having an audit assignment for more than 2 weeks.. On my 15 minutes before home i was assigned to make an oh-so-called Nota Dinas. I had no idea to type. So i drew something... I was inspired by peplum thing. I made a peplum-look-a-like cropped blazer... Any idea to name it?

Btw, i'm on the bus right now... Gotta stop after this and take 'becak' to home :p


The Vow


The KLEs

Lama juga ga nengok blog. Been busy lately, perubahan format institusi memaksa bagian saya untuk menyelesaikan kerjaan sebelum mepet akhir tahun. Btw, judul entry kali ini udah kaya judul filmnya Channing Tatum :p

Here it is... Tanggal 18 September 2012 kemarin akhirnya angkatan saya diambil Sumpah PNS, setelah penantian 1 tahun 9 bulan. Fiuh... Finally, Officially "PNS".  Yeah, let's call it Bureaucracy! The Question is, am i proud to be "PNS"? Honestly, No I'm not.  Terus terang setelah hampir 2 tahun kerja di Instansi ini, saya makin ngerasa minder.  Kenapa?? karena ternyata saya dikelilingi orang-orang pintar, lulusan S2 luar negeri dan mau digaji PNS.  Memang tidak semuanya begitu, tapi saya salut sama mereka yang bener-bener punya integritas dalam melakukan pekerjaannya walaupun gaji minim.  Dan yang bikin saya makin salut, buat mereka gaji segitu sudah cukup.  Bahkan mereka bersyukur sekali dengan adanya remunerasi (yang menurut saya sedikit), semenjak itu kesejahteraan mereka meningkat karena mulai bisa nyicil rumah.  Oiya, mereka itu juga anti bribery loh, gimana ga anti, lah ditawarin makan siang aja nolak :p . They are truly great Civil servants and i see it too in my father.

Hal yang bikin saya tidak bangga jadi PNS adalah saya belum bisa seperti mereka yang benar-benar bekerja dengan ikhlas. God, kenapa sik kerja ikhlas itu susah banget?? Saat ini saya sudah mulai yakin kalau Pekerjaan ini adalah ketentuan dari Allah.  Bayangin aja, dari pekerjaan 1 ke pekerjaan 2 sampai yang ke 3 ini semuanya berhubungan banget.  Dan bonus yang paling besar dari Allah, saya masuk ke Biro yang bener-bener pas dengan background saya walaupun dulu Biro ini bukan pilihan pertama.  Dari situ makin yakin kalau Allah itu lebih tahu apa yang saya butuhkan.

Makin kesini Saya makin yakin kalau pilihan Allah untuk pekerjaan saya adalah yang terbaik.  Terus berdoa, adalah salah satu cara agar pekerjaan ini terus menjadi berkah bagi saya dan orang sekitar saya.  Selalu yakin, uang hasil kerja yang berkah itu bikin hidup tenang.  Saya belajar banyak dari orang-orang di Kantor saya bagaimana cara bersyukur dan memberi yang terbaik dahulu baru menerima hasilnya.  Kalaupun suatu saat pekerjaan saya berubah, saya yakin ada faktor penggeraknya dan itu atas izin Allah. Suatu saat saya akan bangga jadi PNS ketika saya sudah bisa bekerja dengan ikhlas sesuai dengan salah satu isi sumpah PNS "Bahwa saya akan bekerja dengan jujur, tertib, cermat dan bersemangat untuk kepentingan Negara". Amiiinn... Btw, emang 2 tahun lagi saya masih PNS yah?? Only God knows... hehehe...

So, are you proud to be "real" PNS?


The Omra


Alhamdulillah for the opportunity to do Omra this year. It held on 11 - 18 April 2012.  I was with my 2 high school mates (Riri and Nadia).

In Front of Nabawi

The Umbrellas

Quba Mosque

Jabal Uhud

Inside the Kiblatain Mosque
Kiblatain Mosque
Jabal Rahma

Ka'bah.. Subhanallah..

Feel The Crowd

Ride to home
"Feel Blessed" that was what i felt when i did the pilgrimage. Mixed feeling between affected and sad. Affected, because i finally could be there in Al-Haram land and felt how great is God. Sad, because i remembered how many sins I've made.

A lot of magical stories I've got in Al-Haram.  It was the first time i fell in love with Madina Al Munawaroh, a peaceful place and the residence until the death of Rasulullah SAW.  Mecca is more like a metropolitan city when first came there, but when i saw Ka'bah, i couldn't resist my tears.  All I want is to come back there soon, whether for Hajj or Omra.


Office Hijab: Turban


Here it is office hijab style.  Coincidentally i wore similar hijab style with my friend Shinta.

Simple isn't it? :)


Boring Time at Office


Just simple Question, what would you do at office when you get bored?
Me? i'll get a sheet of paper and pencil then design a gown.. :p

I made a gown design for my best friend wedding. Well, the result wasn't exactly as i wanted but it wasn't too bad.

I like 'Karancang' on my waist, but I wasn't satisfied with the balloon pattern on shoulder.  I wanted a simple puffy pattern on my shoulder.  And i guess the sleeves is too short. So, last week I put back the gown to the tailor for repairing.

Note: it's better to have 2 different striking colors of fabrics mixed, ex: for base fabric/silk: gold, lace/brocade: electric blue/fuchsia.

I also made another design this afternoon in my boring time at office ;p (maafkan PNS yang satu ini!)

This gown will need 2.5 - 3.5 m of chiffon for drapery skirt, 3 - 3.5  m of silk/satin and 1 m of lace/brocade.  Or maybe it can use all chiffon fabric without satin.
Hmmm... i think it will be great if the mixture of the fabrics is dusty pink satin/chiffon and broken white lace.
Tapi kapaan bikinnya??


Long Weekend Getaway: Malaysia - Hongkong - Macau


Alhamdulillah... Me and my 6 officemates and finally spent our long weekend (22 - 26 March 2012) for Holiday in KL, Hongkong and Macau. We did it in Backpacker way! hahaha... I didn't bring a backpack though, suitcase is the best :p

Day 1
Departed from Jakarta to KL.  We took early morning flight at 6.25 am and arrived at 9.25 am Malaysia time.  We went to Putrajaya before took flight to Hongkong.  Rode by bus from Airport to Salak Tinggi station then went to Putrajaya station by Train.  We finally took bus to go to the central of Putrajaya. We Walked around the mosque, had lunch and took some pics, yes we are narcistic travellers :p

Salak Tinggi Station
Botanical Garden

Putrajaya Mosque
I had to wear Robe due to my tight jeans :p

Office of Prime Minister of Malaysia
We urgently took taxy to go back to the airport because of limited time. Our flight was at 4.10 pm. But seemed that curiosity of Ministry of Finance building forced us to stop by and took pics there ;p

Kementrian Kewangan Malaysia
(taken from Riri's)
Safely landed in Hongkong International Airport at 8 pm (yeah amazingly the flight was sharply on time, unlike... :p) and we started to get cold. Yess the temperature was approximately 17 - 25 celcius there.  Our 1st Hostel were in Tsim Tsa Shui. After bought the Octopus card (HKD150), we took bus from airport bus station.  Less than 1 hour we finally arrived at Hostel.  Zzzzz.......

Day 2
Avenue of the Stars - Central - The Peak (Madam Tussauds)
Firstly, we had to move to another Hostel placed in Mongkok (very closed to ladies market). Rode MTR to Tsim Tsa Shui for Avenue of The stars then Central for lunch and took bus to The Peak.

Mr. Bruce Lee

We went home by taking tram and continued by taking MTR.  Then we shopped til drop at ladies market and Mongkok street.  That was the first time I fall in love with Hongkong night shopping.  Cosmetics are quite cheap here. You may find a lot of Cosmetic stores in every corner of the street. :))))

Day 3
Citygate - Giant Budha - Disneyland
MTR seemed the best transportation to take us to anyplace in Hongkong.  At Citygate, there were a lot of sale in  every stores like Mango, Zara, Body shop etc. You may guess, yes we bought some body butters, shower gels and body lotions in Body shop. We can take bus of cable car to Giant Budha from Citygate.  Since the cable car were under maintenance, then we took bus which spent around 1 hour drive. The atmosphere is very peaceful in Giant Budha, most people pray at the temple here.  To go to Disneyland we should go back to Citygate then we took Disneyland MTR.

Giant Budha Gate

We continued Day 3 journey by watching symphony of lights at Tsim Tsa Shui.  Then,, we shopped til drop (again).

Day 4
Macau - Senado Square - Venetian - Giant Panda Pavillion
We started our day in early morning because we had to catch morning ferry to macau.
Here we go...
More like an Airport than a Ferry terminal (Indonesia Version :p)

Arrived in Macau, we took bus to Grand Lisboa for free, the Hostel is not far from that Casino.  Then  we continued our trip by bus to Senado Square, Venetian (Taipa island), and Giant Panda Pavillion (Coloane island).  Too bad the Panda attraction was finished by the time we arrived there :(
My other friends went to Fisherman's wharf near the Macau Ferry terminal.

Senado Square

The Ruins of  St. Paul

Inside the Venetian

Panda Pavillion
At night you may see the light attraction at Grand Lisboa, too bad i was too exhausted that night, so i decided to go to bed.

Day 5

Again we started our day @6.00 to catch flight to KL at Macau International Airport.

 @14.35 we arrived at KL, then continued our journey to KL sentral by bus and took the Train to the Twin Tower Petronas. We also spent time in Bukit Bintang for shopping.

We went back to the LCCT in a rush,, hihi,, mepettooo... the flight was 22.25 but we arrived at Airport at 21.00. Thank God the flight was delayed :p

Finally, we went home in a very early morning in Jakarta :)
Have yourself a fun holiday with family, friends or your beloved ones,, Share the journey with them :)


New Life Journey


This maybe my very first blog posting in 2012.  Complicated things happened in January, and i'm in the making of moving on now..hehehe.. Finally, i straightly announce that we have cancelled the plan. The bitterness and the sweetness of life came to me in a very close time.

Bersyukur adalah hal yang paling tepat dilakukan saat ini.  Masalah yang dari dulu tidak pernah terpecahkan, tetap pada tempatnya bahkan semakin menjadi masalah besar.  Well, I believe this is God's way.  I'm grateful. Bersedih? itu adalah proses untuk melewati semua ini, tapi kembali saya bersyukur karena punya teman-teman yang selalu bikin saya ketawa sejenak untuk menghilangkan sedih.

Saat ini, istilahnya kalau pesawat terbang saya belum siap lepas landas, masih 'under maintenance'.  Tapi ga bisa lama-lama juga 'under maintenance'-nya, karena perusahaan airlines bisa rugi, hehehe... InshaAllah secepatnya lepas landas :)

Lesson Learned : Planning

1. 'To plan is a must but planning is nothing without commitment and effort to run it'
Dalam perencanaan sudah selayaknya kita harus punya komitmen untuk menjalankan rencana itu.  Setelah ada komitmen pasti kita akan berusaha agar rencana itu berjalan sesuai dengan rencana yang dibuat. Agree?

2. 'Planning is nothing without blessing from God'
Nah, I believe that what we want is not what we need.  Seperti isi surat Al-Baqarah 216 "...Tetapi boleh jadi kamu tidak menyenangi sesuatu, padahal itu baik bagimu, dan boleh jadi kamu menyukai sesuatu, padahal itu tidak baik bagimu.  Allah Mengetahui, sedang kamu tidak mengetahui".  Dalem yah isi suratnya.  Makanya, penting bagi kita memohon ridha Allah dengan cara berdoa dan beribadah.

3. Minta Ridha orang tua
Ini penting banget dan saya merasakan sendiri kekuatan ridha orang tua.  Mengutip hadist HR Bukhari "Dari Abdillah bin Amr bin Ash radhiallâhu'anhu, bahwasanya Rasûlullâh Shallallâhu 'Alaihi Wasallam bersabda : Ridha Allah bergantung kepada keridhaan orang tua, dan murka Allah bergantung kepada kemurkaan orang tua".   

4. Tawakal
Usaha sudah, berdoa sudah, minta restu orang tua juga sudah, berarti tinggal tawakal.  Mungkin kita selalu ingat waktu jaman sekolah dalam meghadapi ujian, kita sudah belajar mati-matian dan juga berdoa tiap habis solat selain supaya nilai bagus, soal-soal ujiannya juga gampang. (itu gue :p). Tapi kalo ujiannya udah lewat kita cuma bisa harap-harap cemas nunggu hasilnya. Cuma bisa tawakal nunggu nilai ujian, kalau bagus Alhamdulillah, kalau jelek pasti yang ngoreksi salah (loh??).   

Therefore, let's start a better planning!