Semoga Tercapai

May all your dreams come true.
May all your wishes come true. 
Semoga tercapai semua yang dicita-citakan. 

Ini mungkin jadi kalimat wajib tiap kali kita ngucapin selamat ulang tahun ke teman-teman kita.

Tapi, kalau dipikir-pikir, dan dihayati sedikit…

Kalimat ini sebenarnya bermakna banget. Ya nggak sih?

Terlepas dari seberapa tulusnya ucapan itu terucap dari yang ngucapin, sepenggal kalimat ini adalah ucapan yang sangat bernilai. Paling tidak, untuk saya, hari ini. =)

Bagaimana orang mendoakan agar mimpi kita bisa tercapai,
Bagaimana orang memikirkan bahwa kita adalah orang dengan penuh khayalan dan cita-cita, dan berharap agar kita terus semangat untuk meraihnya,
Bagaimana orang mengenal kita dengan segala pikiran dan pengharapan kita, dan (lagi) ikut berikrar agar harapan kita bisa terwujud,
Bagaimana orang menaruh perhatian pada kita, dan memanggil kebahagiaan untuk datang pada kita,
Paling tidak untuk hari paling berbahagia kita,
Hari ulang tahun kita.

Jadi, untuk yang sudah berucap atau dengan tulus berdoa,

Terima kasih.

Sebesar keyakinan saya pada alam semesta yang menangkap pikiran kita lebih cepat dari kekuatan cahaya,
Dan keyakinan bahwa ucapan adalah doa,
Maka saya pun percaya bahwa “Semoga tercapai” akan menjadi doa dari setiap kalian yang mengatakannya,
Dan penyemangat ketika harus bertemu kerikil kecil di masa mendatang.

Terima kasih. =’)

Dubidu on Cake

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Unexpected Birthday Treats

As much as what I used as the title, I will list down the unexpected treats (not ‘treat’) which turn out to be pretty much this year.

I write this down as a reminder to myself that I should keep on feeling grateful for my life. 
Each happiness I got this year was a paid for many failures I had. 
Failures are worth remembering as a lesson learned..
But those little achievements worth for a bigger space. 

  1. Practically, I had a fresh start this year by winning this Humorous Speech competition. First triumph for the first page of 2014 is such a blessing.
  2. First few months on 2014 was quite a hard time. But, then I met couple of new friends. We have a late supper after 9 om (bye diet), grab some drinks, share many stupid jokes, and off to some small parties. At least, a boredom is killed.
  3. Group of friends in Pontianak whom I have assisted for few months made a good shot on their REACH competition this July. They were in the 5th rank, quite a progress after their previous position last year which was 20th something. Am a happy sister! 
  4. Remarkable trip to Cambodia with hundred of friends, which has obviously changed my life and future plans significantly. Good and bad surprises came back and forth ever since.
  5. Got my first feature article accepted for a magazine. This is one of the good surprises after the point number 4.
  6. Get a pretty good hit on my blog lately because of this post post (I wonder why how could people get trapped in my sudden crush with this super delicious Pom Pom KFC, yet it is a happy and funny fact after 5 years blogging. If you happen to love this snack, you can buy a pack of potato nuggets available on Hypermart. Slurp!).
  7. Traveled to Bali with college friends, after 6 years apart. Posted here. Another happiness with friends was to meet my high school best pal from Dubai who visited Pontianak last week. 3 days togetherness, full of gossips and mumblings about life and future.
  8. Discovered 8tracks application that has painted my office days and before-sleeping time more colorful. No more silence. No more corny playlist. This one is my current most favorite playlist. It fits me well for the mood of writing, sleeping, even just daydreaming. Many thanks for those accounts who live with a good taste of music mix!
  9. So blessed and beyond overwhelmed for having a mentor who has given me a guidance as a father, lessons as a lecture, an advice on life and future as a friend, and a help as a savior, for these last few months. I am not exaggerating any of those four words because that is what he is. He is having his DAY today, October 16, and it is my honor to write this note for his special occasion. You know how I wish for all the best return to you for every single good thing that you have done in your life. Happy ‘gokil’ birthday!

I hope that I can write 10 points for this post.

But, 10 or 100 is a number of perfection, and feeling perfect doesn’t always do you good.
My teacher said that keeping scores stop at 9 or 99 out of 10 or 100 will give myself a chance to give more effort on what I am doing since I know that I am not even close to the finish line yet.

Less is more’.

Besides, nine treats are more than just enough to start my new path to welcome this new age, isn’t it?

Happy birthday for all Librarians!
And once again, Happy birthday, Mentor!

=)

Quality Time Effect

According to Wikipedia, Quality Time means…

Time spent in giving another person one’s undivided attention in order to strengthen a relationship, especially with reference to working parents and their child or children.

I rarely have a time spent for this quality time. First, it’s because of the non-stop activities from day to noon, 7 days a week. I’m not saying that I’m a busy buddy who spends her entire days doing business or the humanitarian works. But, to have a whole day full of activities is sort of weakening your body and mind. So, to spend some other times even for going somewhere to have a chit chat with friends is not that preferable. 

Having a me-time in the room, reading, watching some series, or listening to some good music, or just laying on the bed, checking your Path, and stuffs, are way better choices for having your few hours left before sleeping time rather than others. I still manage to meet friends though. But, only a few of them are considered a quality time. 

Second, having a friend who has a same frequency is just as hard as looking for a right partner to spend your life with. I confirm it’s true. I have one or two friends here who stay at quite the same frequency as I do. But, there are times that it seems like a thing works differently between us. I’m not saying that you ought to have to a friend who always say ‘yes’ to you, or never arguing you. No. Some things are just different in our way of thoughts, so I might have it hard to share my particular issues to them. Thus, the only thing I can do is just to keep things stay in my mind until an unpredictable time. Yet, they are still the best friends to laugh, and share during this one last year.  They’ve let me meet many new friends which I never have till my high school time. At least, now I have many people to say ‘hi’ to when I go to the mall or have a lunch in a restaurant. 

The urge to have this precious quality time drove me to have a holiday with my friends last week. Three days in Bali, and 2 days in Jakarta were such a golden moment. I can’t tell you how happy I was to meet them all. All the patience to keep things in my own head for months and months was paid off in my last trip. 

We talked about so many things. About the happiness, the college life, the confusion, the doubt, the dream, the plan towards our future. We did the crazy things, took pictures, grabbed some beers and cheap wine and got ourselves drunk. We talked about the mess we meet at works, at the office, at the new place we live. We talked for 6 hours non-stop at our most favorite coffee shop. We spent the night talking in the bedroom with the lights off, like there was no tomorrow (and suddenly blanked out for a second since we both were too sleepy but too afraid to fall asleep as we still had tons of things to shared). We talked about how we are actually progressing by now (compared to our life few years ago), about how we should pay a gratitude for what he have at our present life.

We talked about the life we have.

We talked a lot and we were not exhausted at all. In fact, we’re dying to have more as the memory then was very hard to be forgotten. (as what Andy has concisely written in I don’t want to move on from this‘).  

We talked about how we missed each other and how we waited for the time to have our quality time back. 

 At the moment, I know that I already have those who have the same frequency as me, and it’s a bless to find it in them. 

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With Indah, Andreas, Hervinny and Diana at Liberica Coffee

So, what’s the effect after having a quality time?  

First, I know that I have to thank to my life. At least, I am given a money, time, and opportunity to spend time with my friends, though it’s only once a year. 

Second, I have to work hard and earn more so that I can spend another time, somewhere, to meet them up and have more quality times to spend.
 

Till we meet again!

When Life Falls Apart

I had written about this song when Mr. Mraz celebrated his birthday, last June. But, since what happened today is coincide with the mood of this song, please let me spin a yarn about it for a second time.

According to Jason Mraz, there are three things that you can do when your life falls apart, whatever the reasons are; the broke up after 8 years relationship, the lost of a few hundred dollars which you have saved for years, the death of someone you love, whatever the reasons are, I think few tips that Mr. Mraz has suggested through this song are worth trying.

  1. Cry your eyes out and dry up your heart.
    Been here? Yes, crying is the first thing that your normal eyes will react toward the situation you have. It’s normal to cry. But, remember, crying all day and night won’t change anything but the size of your swollen eyes. Thus, Mraz added, “Not until I do this will my new life start, So that’s the first thing that I do when my life falls apart”. Yes, it’s the first natural step that will happen to every human being once they feel that life falls apart. You are not alone.
  2. Close both of your eyes, and say your thank-yous to each and every moment of your life.
    In this chapter, after that crying scene, you will feel that your heart is a bit relieved. “Thank you” is really a charm for you to realize that you don’t need to feel that miserable about the bad things you have. Start thinking about this, “I go where I know the love is and let it fill me up inside”. If it works, then you’ll get through this, “Gathering new strength from sorrow, I’m glad to be alive”. Okay? Now, it’s the last thing you can do when your world caves in…
  3. You pause, take a breath, and bow and let that chapter end.
    Yes, after all sadness, your aching heart needs its time to take a breath. Hence, you need to pause and let the chapter end, at least for now. It’s not that you are running away from the thing which has tore you apart. No, you don’t. You take a space to see things differently. Unless you step out from that black hole for a while, you’ll never be able to see the light.

Have you gone through all these steps? Are you thinking of start doing so? If it’s a yes, the last thing that you should do and think after whole things have been done is, “I design my future bright not by where my life has been. And I try again.” 

Why?
 
Because…
  1. Things are looking up.
  2. Beyond the dark the sun is rising.
  3. Above the clouds the sun is shining.
  4. Love is still the answer I’m relying.
  5. Things are looking up.

Still feeling upset? Take a breath, plug in your headset, turn up your laptop volume, now let’s sing along.

I’ve played 3 Things more than three times in a row today. And it works pretty well.

Hope it works on you too! =)

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes: Belajar dari Caesar

Dawn of The Plane of The Apes.

Film yang saya tonton hari Sabtu lalu. Film yang entah kenapa membuat saya mikir, lalu sedih.

Sedih aja gitu rasanya kebayang tragedi MH17, dimana ratusan manusia yang tidak tahu apa-apa harus meninggal dunia karena (kalau benar) dua negara yang berseteru.

Sedih juga membayangkan konflik Gaza-Israel, yang sama seperti MH17, harus mengorbankan ribuan anak kecil, pemuda, orang tua, yang mungkin juga tidak tahu apa mengenai permasalahan yang terjadi antara pihak-pihak yang sedang bertikai di negaranya.

Lalu,

Miris juga membayangkan pihak-pihak sedang meributkan hasil Pemilu yang akan diumumkan 22 Juli besok.

Saya nggak pernah punya memori akan hari pengumuman hasil Pemilu yang disambut dengan penuh cekam, ribuan polisi yang siap berjaga-jaga, rencana tuntut menuntut KPU, sampai kampanye ‘tampil netral’ yang disampaikan kandidat Capres agar pendukungnya tidak ‘diapa-apakan’ tanggal 22 Juli.

Belum-belum, tadi pagi sebelum berangkat kerja, Bapak pun sudah berpesan, “Besok nggak usah kerja aja deh. Pengumumannya kalau nggak salah jam 1 siang. Khawatir nanti ada apa-apa”. Rasanya nggak pernah setegang ini menyambut hasil Pemilu.

Sedih aja rasanya.

Harusnya ‘kan hasil Pemilu disambut dengan gembira. Yah deg-deg-an sih wajar, karena nunggu hasil Pemilu kayaknya sama seperti nunggu hasil pengumuman lomba yang selalu bikin deg-deg-an. Cuman, kalau memang peserta lomba bisa bersikap sportif (seperti pesan yang selalu disampaikan MC perlombaan, “Peserta diharapkan bisa bersikap sportif, atau akan didiskualifikasi”), harusnya nggak perlu muncul wanti-wanti kalau ada pihak yang akan kesal apalagi marah seandainya tidak memenangkan perlombaan. Kan, sportif?

Yah, namanya juga harusnya. Memang ada aja sih kadang peserta lomba yang marah karena kalah. Contohnya, di pertandingan sepakbola.

Tapi ini kan bukan sepakbola. Ini pemilihan Presiden. Penentuan pemimpin negara. Persiapan menata masa depan Indonesia. Jadi, jangan seperti sepakbola.

Oh yah, kembali lagi ke film Dawn of The Planet of The Apes. 

 

Sembari nonton, saya pun berpikir, setengah berkhayal.

Mudah-mudahan….

Siapapun yang menang besok, semoga beliau bisa bertindak seperti Caesar.

CAESARSeperti Caesar yang percaya bahwa tidak perlu perang untuk melindungi rakyatnya. Tidak perlu senjata untuk melawan, apalagi mengorbankan rakyat sendiri.

Dan, semoga yang menang besok tidak akan bersikap seperti Koba.

KOBATidak bersikap seperti Koba yang melawan karena dendam, memimpin atas nama kekuasaan, dan tidak segan mengorbankan rakyat karena mengatakan kebenaran dan kebaikan.

Semoga.