Beautiful February

It has been a wonderful month. There are a lot of beautiful and also sad things happened in this month. The list below are experiences that have been successfully captured my heart the most.

  1. This February has been the wettest month compared to December and January. I love raining and in February it has been raining during day and night. It is so cold in Jakarta, I could wear cardigans and jackets I never wear.
  2. I went to Taman Izmail Marzuki for the first time to attend a charity concert “The Singing Toilet for Sinabung”. It was my first concert I attended, first time to Taman Izmail Marzuki, and first time donated clothes for our family in Sinabung. It was a great experience.
  3. I lost my cat, Tongkichie. He had been my foster cat for almost 3 years. He died because of flu.
  4. I sprained my neck for more than 3 times in February and it led me to find new pillows.
  5. I decided to join Kursus Evangelisasi Pribadi or Private Evangelism Training at Gereja St. Theresia in Menteng, Jakarta. Hey it was for fun when I put my name on the registration form! And honestly, at first I thought this kind of activity would change me into Continue reading

Memories of Kampus Bonaventura

During holidays last week, I went to my ex-college the Faculty of Industrial Technology in Bonaventura Building, UAJY. I went there to have my degree certificate copies verified by the Administration Office. I also had to meet my lecturer to request a recommendation letter for pursuing postgraduate education. My lecturers and some of administration office staffs still remembered me. I had such a wonderful feeling to speak with them again. A glimpse of memory went through my head when I was walking down the aisle of the FTI. Ahh, I want to be back in memories of 7 years ago, when I was a new student and studying Information Technology engineering.

Faculty of Industrial Technology

Faculty of Industrial Technology

Picture above: do you see that white building? There was where I studied. I never thought I would miss this place. I had wonderful memories when I was studying at this campus:

Auditorium Hall

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Happy Birthday!

Today is my 27th birthday. I see how time flies so fast, like a blink of an eye. Look, now I’m in the state of my late twenties. In my 27 years of living, I want to be brave for anything. I want to accomplish my goals. In this year, I will be seriously focused on my education. I have been dreaming about pursuing postgraduate since last year, but I didn’t have courage to take further step to apply for university.

Birthday Greeting from Google

Birthday Greeting from Google

My birthday this year could be the best birthday in my life after I moved to Jakarta. I’m not alone anymore. I have made peace with myself. I don’t need anyone to impress my success. I just want to impress myself and to push limitation.

Back in the last year, these are the interesting events happened when I was 26 and most of them were my first experience:

  1. I celebrated my 26th birthday alone. I blew out birthday candle that I stuck on choco-chips muffin with teary eyes. “Ohh why I didn’t have friends to celebrate my birthday”, but hey, it was the turning point of my life. I didn’t need them to celebrate my birthday. I need myself to take care of me completely and I only need my parents’ sincere prayer for me.
  2. My old friend gave me a cute Hard Rock plush toy. Thank you, Andik! I really love that cute blue lemur plush toy.
  3. Completed my task to assist one of coal mining company in Indonesia to get the1st of one of emission reduction certification in coal mining sector worldwide. *Yippiee!!
  4. Traveled for the first time to one of Jakarta’s islands. I snorkeled and swam to the open sea without live vest!
  5. Spent 5 days in Bangkok and wandered around with my travel mate.
  6. Got myself flew to Singapore alone for 3 days and stayed in a hostel!
  7. Went to Indonesia National Monument (Monas) for the first time because there was a Japan exhibition and also I saw JKT48 show live for the 1st time!
  8. Visited animal shelter and it was an amazing experience to see, hug and cuddle abandoned dogs and cats.
  9. Ate dinner at Holycow and Otel Lobby. This is important!
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Milestones in 2014

Hello! Merry Christmas!

It’s been three days after Christmas, how do you feel? Are you happy? For me, yes I am happy. I’m happy that I could celebrate Christmas with my family at my beloved hometown. I’m happy to see my brother set up the Christmas tree while I was making dinner. I’m happy to see my parents and my brother enjoyed the meals. But, Christmas for me is not about the luxury of a Christmas tree, gifts, delicious dinner or new clothing. I really feel the joy of Christmas is more than those material possessions. When Christmas comes, I always see myself back a year before, what have I done? Have I implemented the guidelines that Christ had taught us? Well, yeah, I am still learning. Do you remember when He said “Love others like you love yourself”? This is what I learn everyday, to love others (not only to people but also our surroundings) like we love ourselves. What a wonderful taught! I am glad that Jesus came to Earth to show us this guidelines, He was like “Hey, this is how you should live and I’m going to show you”. Awesome!

Anyway, 2013 will be left behind and in the next 3 days we will be in the beginning of 2014. Have you made little milestones that you’d like to achieve in the upcoming 2014? It should not be a big deal and these are my targets in 2014:

  1. I could pass the final exam
  2. Travel around Indonesia. Yeah, 2014 will be my national vacation days!
  3. Stay focus on study
  4. Buy a microwave
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Self Acceptance

Have you accepted yourself the way you are? Without thinking what people might say about you? Well, I have. I have accepted myself the way I am. I love myself more than I love myself back than few years ago.

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1. I accept that I cannot say the letter “R”

This might not be a problem for you, but here, in Indonesia, it’s an embarrassment if you cannot say the letter “R”. You are labeled as someone who has tongue dysfunctional and therefore you are allowed to be mocked. Someone who notices about your “dysfunctional” will be laughing hard about your “R” word and he/ she will ask you to say some words which contains many “R” letters.

Well, I was sad to be labeled like this and I asked my parents how couldn’t I be able to say “R”. Honestly, I was depressed when my friends mocked me because of it. Finally, I realized that I cannot say this word. No one could change this fact. In fact, I’m good at speaking English and French. It’s a blessing in disguise.

2. I accept that I was born in a middle class family

I was born in a middle class family. We were not a rich family but we were not poor either. My parents had money to send us to school, for food, daily needs and health. But, we need to save more for traveling. When I was in elementary and junior high school I had limited friends because some of my friends love being around with the “have” society.

My parents advised me that I should pick friends based on their personality and never make friends with people that loved to use someone for advantage. Of course I still follow this advice. I have no idea how people are trying hard to fit in a luxury community which they have to spend some money for things they cannot afford. Continue reading

My Responsibility of Taming a Cat

You become responsible forever for what you have tamed ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The little prince and the fox

Little prince: “what does tame mean?”

Fox: “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world  [..] But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed..

I loved the quote that stated You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. I have a cat named Anitachie. It’s a stray cat in my boarding house. I tamed her for almost a year. First of all I gave her cat’s biscuit and I hid somewhere to watch over it. I moved a little closer everyday until I could reach and touched it.

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Visiting Little Paw-friends at Pejaten Shelter

Last Sunday, my colleagues and I visited Pejaten Shelter. We had planned for the visit since two months ago and due to our domestic bustle, we just made it yesterday. The main reason why we decided to visit our little friends was because we loved everything with paws and most of all because we concerned about the life of stray animals.

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