Wednesday, December 25, 2013

2013 Highlights

Another year gone by, with all its ups and downs. Sometimes things are not getting easier, but how we see our life matters more instead. Here are some of the highlights of my 2013 episode. My biggest achievements are being able to travel to 6 provinces in Indonesia, getting back to graduate school, and quality times with my family. It's simply because they're the things that I love most that would bring more joy into my life. Happy New Year 2014!

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
One of the best month! Traveled to Medan for the 4th concert of Cantilena Singers. Full time dedication for music for the first 6 days; rehearsing 4 sessions per day, do every details of the song and the vocal technique. Wonderful experiences, though in the other hand, for the first time in my life, I lost my voice--I even can't do the simple lalala-singalong to the song on the radio. Still hardly can sing on the D-day. Well, sometimes you wouldn't know how precious it is until you lose it. It finally recovers after few weeks after.

A Quick Dip before Lunch
at Ketambe Jungle, Aceh
Well, the next agenda after the concert was the more interesting part. Backpacking around North Sumatera for 8 days with my new friends from Netherlands. We met through the travelling community (Couchsurfing) and after numerous of emails and messages to set up our itinerary, we did our first meeting an hour before our journey started. We spent 1 night in Pematang Siantar--did a short visit to my old grandpa house--, 2 nights in Toba Lake which happens to be the biggest lake in Indonesia, 1 night in Kabanjahe, and 3 nights in Kutacane, Southeast Aceh--including 2 days staying in the jungle. One of the best traveling I've ever done! Perfect travel companion, Hanna and Aiske, lots of new experiences, and perfect budgeting. Can you imagine that I spent less than 2 million IDR (around USD 200) to travel to 6 cities for two weeks? Ha!

Classmates 2013
I'm officially a graduate student! Welcoming the 2,5 years of hard works! Many people think that I continue my study in music. Hmm, in fact, I'm going back to my formal education was: Psychology. Taking both the master and professional education. It feels good to be able to pass the tests, since many people are not. Means I got the potential to be a clinician! :) Well, it's not so easy, choosing your own path while the other was widely open for you. What you're passionate about it might not be the easiest thing to reach. But, hey, life is short! We have the right to enjoy everything we do, not just let ourselves following where our society leads us to. 

This month our family trip finally came true. It's almost 19 years since our last family trip together--we used to have many, before me and my late brother went to college. There's a bitter-sweet feeling on this journey. There used to be my dad, my mom, my brother, and me. This time, it's my dad, my mom, me, and my brother's daughter. No more family trip with my brother. But no whining, no sadness. We all enjoyed our week in Belitung. It was so beautiful and relaxing. We embraced those moments of togetherness, new beautiful memories to be remembered for the rest of our lives. Our time together might end, but may all the memories last forever. 

This is when the family gathering from my mom's side were happening. Quite short, but it worked. Getting more attached to (especially) my cousins. It's used to be very hard for me to get along with them, since my mom is the youngest daughter out of 7. There's a big age-gab between me and my cousins. But, as we're getting older, those gab are getting less and less significant. Definitely expecting more gatherings in the future! 

What a productive holiday season! 
1. For about 50 pieces of clothing have already moved my closet to the hands of the people who needs them more than I do.  
2. For about 60 kg of unused stuff has gone out of my room, some went to the trash, and some to families in the neighborhood. 
3. Around 20 bags have been moved.
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! 

Did my first trip with PS Gabungan HKBP Menteng. Spent 2 nights in Yogyakarta. They did an amazing job organizing a free public health service in Gunung Kidul, that around almost 200 people from the villages around the area got the chance to meet the doctor and received some free medicine. On the fun side, I almost fulfilled my desire to watch the Borobudur sunrise. But, too bad, the very tight schedule forbid us to go. Hopefully one day it will happen.

Batik Day! :)
Finally, I got the idea how a music therapy would work, with an art therapy and psychodrama as a bonus. Decicded to join a Music Therapy Seminar and Workshop with Dr. Joseph Moreno for 3 days. I tought it's gonna be all about music--whilst I wasn't so interested in the beginning. After the workshop I found that it's nothing more than "just" a psychology therapy, with music as the media. So excited to learn more about it!

There are also more gathering around those weeks: 
Baby Shower with Ani-ani!
Playdate for the Kids. Reunion with My Old Schoolmates (Elementary School)
Jossie with Rajagukguk Cousins

November has always been magical to me. This is my born month, but according to my national church agenda, this is the commemoration of the death month as well. So, it's definitely a celebration of life! 
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
As usual, December always become the busiest month of the year for my choir activities. Did some Christmas preparation with the GBI Choir, GBKP Choir, and HKBP Choir. Did a small concert with PS Gabungan HKBP Menteng, presenting 3 songs with different styles: John Rutter's "Angels' Carol", Joseph Haydn's "Awake the Harp", and a beautifully arranged negro spiritual by Rutter "When the Saints Go Marching In". Not a perfect performance, but it's satisfying though. 
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

Geographical Life Mapping : 11, 962

Just doing the math and trying to see whether any interesting conclusions could be made.

JAKARTA  :  11, 157 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

Japan  :  8 days
Thailand  :  15 days
Malaysia  :  10 days
Macao  :  8 days
Hong Kong  :  10 days
Singapore  :  15 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

8 km

Pagi kembali datang. Kali ini lebih riuh dibanding hari-hari sebelumnya. Suara gelak tawa si kecil berpadu dengan kicau burung gereja di balik jendela. Rupanya hari ini ia merekah lebih awal. Keceriaannya dengan mudahnya menularkan tawa dan senyum di wajah pagiku yang biasanya kurang bersahabat.

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?

8 km.
Sebuah tempat di mana rindu bersemayam.
Sebuah jarak pendek penuh kerinduan.
Sebuah penantian singkat bak tiada akhir.
Sebuah langkah meraih impian.

8 km.
Di sanalah masa laluku berada.
Di sanalah masa depanku berada.
Di sanalah hatiku berada.

8 km, tunggulah aku kembali...

Friday, June 07, 2013

Quotes from Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie"

Morrie Schwartz was declared having the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig's disease, a brutal, unforgiving illness of the neurological system. Morrie's doctors guessed he had two years left. He had made a profound decision that he would make death his final project, the center point of his days. Since everyone was g
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

6 Cara Menghindari Penyebaran Identitas Pribadi

Akhir-akhir ini telemarketing sedang berkembang pesat. Dalam satu hari tak terhitung jumlah telepon dan SMS dari orang tak dikenal kepada kita. Telepon-telepon tersebut dapat mengatasnamakan berbagai macam jenis perusahaan, mulai dari berbagai produk kartu kredit, bank, asuransi, hingga pusat-pusat kebugaran.

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

Early(-er) Childhood Education

I watched the Biography Channel on TV last night about Early Childhood Education (ECE). They showed the activities of some pre-schools, and how they take it very seriously (sometimes too seriously). Then I realized that this trend on ECE is an international issue.

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 Invisible

The loudest cry would not simply indicate the greatest pain.
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

My Bestfriend's Wedding : A Walk Down Memory Lane

Today. I saw him walking down the aisle. Accompanied by the piano sound through my fingers, he entered the new phase of his life. Literally walking closer, but there's a feeling inside that he was walking away. A mix of happiness and an equal amount of sadness at the same time. Feels like a piece of me being taken away. The good thing is that it's taken for something good -- less worry since I know he departed with the best girl he could get. That's where the happiness comes from.

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.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Let It Be

Those bad behaviors upon you, just let it be. Some people might call it stupidity, but I'd rather call it simplifying life.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Choice of Ice Cream

It was an easy Sunday afternoon. Got back from a morning church service in Bogor with a group of friends. A nice traffic in Jakarta combined with an empty schedule afterwards. Definitely one of those relaxing Sundays. Very laid back that 5 of us traveling in the same car decided to sit around for a while, before dispersed ourselves heading back home.

The venue was the very wellknown Pisa Cafe near St. Theresia Church. Empty chairs shaded by both big bright-colored umbrellas and big trees. Only few people were there. Very quiet and home that it's almost felt like stepping into my own backyard at home.

We had a blast. All of us had our own gellatos and also a good time. But the conversations and laughs couldn't make me forgot how interesting the moment we were taking orders was. I had no idea that it would be that complicated. Many tastes of gellatos with numerous kind of mixtures: fruits, syrups, liquor, cakes, cookies, crackers, etc. Don't forget the amount of the scoops. Amazing that they make a name of every combination.

I found that the very simple action was definitely describe how we live our lives. When I relate things with someone's life, please understand that I would never judge which one's better and which one's the opposite. That's not the idea, since I've always think that every life's equal. We're just walking on our own paths.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

2012 Highlights

2013.  Time flies, eh?  How was your 2012?  Mine was interesting.  Many good (and bad) things came up.  Here some big events I chose as a remembrance of the past.  Will upload the pictures later after my computer's fixed.  :-)

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Gili Trawangan - Day 3

Met a lady with her not-sleeping baby on my way back to the hotel at 1:30. She tried to take the baby to his 'busy' dad because he needed him. Unfortunately, Daddy hasn't 'finished' yet. The everyday nightlife in Gili's definitely makes him busy.

Wondering what's there behind this fun and lazy scenes of Gili. I hardly can ignore those looks from the local ladies. I really can't. Those are not the ones I was expected to get. Definitely not.

Was planning to meet the nature more (after I found that those 'fun' people are definitely not my cup of tea) since my friend is gonna be busy with his diving class. But now I think I have another thing to put on my to-do list. Will dive deeper on those people behind-the-scene.
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