- They usually have small spaces. A big space usually means more tables. More tables would possibly bring more "noise" to the sanctuary.
- More corners are better than a big square room.
- Enough space between tables--because that means more personal space for you as well.
- Affordable price.
- Definitely no live music--nor backsound music if possibly.
- No malls (eventhough we have 117 of them in town, with pricy parking lot).
- Preferably with AC, wifi, and electric plug.
- They might not be the place called "a great place to hang out". Most visitors most likely be a single person with a laptop, a book, or any gadgets.
- They're not a hip place (and I really hope they wouldn't be *selfish* :p).
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Sometimes those 'places' we went to while watching those movies were not 'too far' away : places around the globe. There are movies that beautifully provide us images of places. That even the end of the credit title would not be able to stop desire to see, to know, to feel, and to experience them by ourselves. It would still going for hours, for days, for months, for years, or even forever, until we fulfill them.
Here are some movies I've seen that inspire me to pack my bag and go to some places I've never seen before. Most of these movies might not be a travel movie themselves, but I still found them inspiring--travel-wise. It could be the whole movie, the story, the beauty of one place, the culture, the traditional music, or simply just a few minutes scene that could capture the luring 'aura' of those places.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Openned the year by an impulsive traveling with a new friend. It's so hard to find any travel buddy since me and all my friends are working on different schedules. Having no travel companion on a 2 weeks empty schedule was quite depressing. Decided to go on, tried to find somebody on a traveling community. Then I met John, an American guy with quite similar itinerary. A week after our first meeting, we're on our way to Gili Trawangan, Lombok. So interesting how two barely-known-each-other introverts spending 8 days together on a small island. We spent wonderful times together and apart; relaxing on a beautiful bungalow, chilling at the bar, riding bicycles around the island, reading books, watching the sunset up on the hill, getting lost in the middle of nowhere, dancing till drop, pushing ourselves to get new friends--quite a hard work for introverts, having fun. While the beautiful beaches harmonizing the duets.
Two of my good friend were getting married; Nicky and Ido. Both of them has been a very good friend of mine for so many years, over a decade. Watching them walking down the aisle, a mix of happiness and sadness at the same time. They felt like a piece of mere were taken away--the good thing is that they departed with the best girls they would ever had. Those memories we've had together were sweetly popping out of my mind. My bestfriends' wedding were definitely a walk down through the memory lane. Here's the blogpost dedicated to our friendship.
|Cantilena Singers Concert at Medan|
|A Quick Dip before Lunch |
at Ketambe Jungle, Aceh
4. Redecorating my room, a room with plenty of empty shelves and drawers!
Have been trying to detach to things (and people) that we independently find our happiness through one self. Trying to hard to control things, to keep memories last forever, worrying that the memories will fade away as the time goes by, the desire to posses too many things that we could handle, are the type of mental faith that would only burden ourselves. Too many things that you could barely carry in your backpack.
So, letting go all of those were definitely lighten my steps. Feeling energized!
|Batik Day! :)|
There are also more gathering around those weeks:
|Baby Shower with Ani-ani!|
|Playdate for the Kids. Reunion with My Old Schoolmates (Elementary School)|
As the commemoration of the death--in Bataknesse language it's called Parningotan ni na Monding--one of the choir I direct were singing the "It is Well with My Soul" in Bataknesse language, "Sonang Do". As we all might have known the story behind the song, I personally were emotionally attached to it. This is the last song I presented before my brother were sent to the grave, before his coffin were closed eternally, as a farewell to my only partner I have in my family.
After spending a solemn birthday on an island last year, this year I decided to celebrate and share the happiness with few close people I have. I took a day off from work--not so easy as Christmas came nearer, invited some closest classmates to hang out after class for a karaoke, as well as some good old friends. It's so true that the more we share, the more we get. I blew more candles than before because more people put more effort to surprise me with some birthday cakes. Oh my, I'm blown away with love.
|The Light of My Life|
On Jossie's 4th birthday, we did a little celebration as always. But this time, extra special. Thanking God for being able to see those happy smile, and promise myself to make it lasts forever. For the new year, for the first time in our life, we decided to do something special to celebrate the moment. We spent few days out of town and let ourselves to be happy and thankful for the beautiful year we've been through.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Just doing the math and trying to see whether any interesting conclusions could be made.
JAKARTA : 11, 157 DAYS
OTHER INDONESIAN PARTS : 607 DAYS
West Java : 30 days
Cetral Java : 15 days
East Java : 38 days
Madura : 1 day
Lombok : 8 days
Bali : 10 days
Belitung : 4 days
Lampung : 2 day
South Sumatera : 4 days
Jambi : 2 days
West Sumatera : 2 days
North Sumatera : 45 days
Aceh : 3 days
North Sulawesi : 3 days
East Kalimantan : 8 days
NTT : 10 days
Papua : 18 days
OTHER EASTERN : 66 DAYS
Japan : 8 days
Thailand : 15 days
Malaysia : 10 days
Macao : 8 days
Hong Kong : 10 days
Singapore : 15 days
WESTERN : 132 DAYS
USA : 60 days
Switzerland : 7 days
Germany : 17 days
Italy : 7 days
France : 6 days
Spain : 6 days
Bulgaria : 5 days
Austria : 10 days
Czech Republic : 4 days
Hungary : 2 days
Slovenia : 5 days
Turkey : 3 days
Friday, August 02, 2013
Namun kebahagiaan pagi itu harus terhenti ketika aku melihat jam di dinding. Segera aku beralih dan menyambar handuk untuk ke kamar mandi. Tangannya masih menggenggam bola-bola hijau itu ketika dengan dahi berkerut ia bertanya "Bouu, mau ke mana?"
"Bou mau sekolah, Sayang..." jawabku setelah mengambil waktu untuk menarik napas dan melapangkan tenggorokanku yang nyaris tercekak. "Nanti kita main lagi, ya."
"Yahh..." sembari pundaknya berangsur turun, kehilangan semangatnya.
Keceriaan pagi itu memudarlah.
Nanti. Sebuah kata yang berat untuk diucapkan --walaupun telah diucapkan. Sebuah janji sekaligus harapan. Sebuah kata yang menanti menjadi aksi. Sebuah penantian. Yang aku sendiri tak yakin kapan dapat memenuhinya, walaupun betapa kuatnya tekad dalam diri.
Kutinggalkan sepetak tanah itu dengan sebuah pengharapan menanti di dalamnya. Menuju sebuah cita-cita dan impian di luar sana. Hidup memanglah harus memilih. Pilihan-pilihan dengan cita rasanya sendiri, baik manis dan pahit. Sebuah tindakan yang tidak pernah selesai dipelajari, betapapun seringnya kita lakukan dalam setiap persimpangan kehidupan. Tiga sosok yang kukasihi itu pun harus mengalah. Kutahan keinginan mendampingi sepasang langkah berlari dan menuntun dua pasang langkah yang semakin melambat.
Maafkan aku karena berpaling sejenak dari kalian. Terima kasih telah beri aku waktu meraih mimpi, menyiapkan masa depan. Masa depan kita semua. Sabarlah menunggu, hingga waktunya kita menempuh jalan itu bersama-sama.
Setetes demi setes air mataku mengalir, hingga akhirnya berderai tanpa terkendali. Hari ini baru hari ketiga aku kembali menghabiskan waktu sekitar 12-15 jam di luar rumah, setelah 2 tahun penuh melekatkan diri menghadapi gempuran cobaan. Tiga hari dari ratusan hari yang akan mengikutinya. Kekhawatiranku menjadi kenyataan. Rindu datang terlalu dini. Rindu yang terasa begitu menyekik. Tak bisakah kau datang sebentar lagi, ketika langkahku telah berpijak pasti?
Sebuah tempat di mana rindu bersemayam.
Sebuah jarak pendek penuh kerinduan.
Sebuah penantian singkat bak tiada akhir.
Sebuah langkah meraih impian.
Di sanalah masa laluku berada.
Di sanalah masa depanku berada.
Di sanalah hatiku berada.
8 km, tunggulah aku kembali...
Friday, June 07, 2013
oing to die, he could be of great value. He could be research. A human textbook. "Study me in my slow and patient demise. Watch what happens to me. Learn with me."
The last class of the old professor's life had only one student. Mitch Albom was the student.
Here's some quotes from the final paper of the class. A single page blog that would make it easier to recall and to be a reminder in daily.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Hal yang lebih menarik lagi, serbuan telepon dan SMS tersebut tidak lagi hanya berupa kontak 'random', melainkan kontak yang jelas-jelas ditujukan kepada kita pribadi (nama lengkap dll). Lebih dari itu, telepon tersebut seringkali menggunakan klarifikasi keanggotaan pada produk tertentu, seperti "Selamat siang, Ibu 'Anu'. Menurut data kami, Ibu merupakan pengguna aktif Kartu Kredit 'Anu'..." dan percakapan selanjutnya yang ternyata tidak ada hubungannya dengan Kartu Kredit 'Anu'.
Monday, May 20, 2013
When you browse about this stuff, it would be easier to find the business-related websites rather than education-related websites that might possibly help you to understand what the issue is about, how to do it, and other guidance. No one would deny how important those domains of childhood development : physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive during childhood, but less and less people tell you that it's possible to be done at home, rather than spending so much money just to have someone to do it on behalf of the parents.
It's so amazing how people would spend so much for this 'newfound' need -- I believe they usually do it later in childhood a decade ago. In Jakarta, many pre-schools are even more expensive than universities. Funny how they make Jean Piaget sounds very commercial. It's definitely not easy to find an affordable pre-schools around. Not surprising yet disappointing fact.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The biggest laugh would not simply indicate the greatest joy.
The strongest words would not simply indicate the truest mind.
The sweetest tounge would not simply indicate the purest feeling.
The most beautiful prayer would not simply indicate the most faithful spirit.
The most beautiful look would not simply indicate the greatest soul.
The most charming behavior would not simply indicate the most enchanting heart.
The brightest skin would not simply indicate the most brilliant psyche.
The most fancy clothes would not simply indicate the most incredible well-being.
Sometimes things are not as they seem.
Let's see beyond our eyes.
Let's hear beyond our ears.
Let the truth reveals itself.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
As the day came closer, I had a walk down the memory lane. I remembered things we had been through. The memories that would never be repeated. The memories that I would forever be grateful at.