Women

Women are strong

they stand 

they fight

they endure

for those they love

Women are smart

they teach

they calculate

they appreciate 

for the things they have

Women are beautiful

they preach

they give

they forgive

without asking for return

But,

women are women

In any shape,

in any dress,

in any skin,

deep down they know

they are women,

deep down we know

they are women,

deep down you know

they are women,

and..

deep down he should know

she is a woman

 

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Be Still

Be still

and go on to bed 

Nobody knows what lies ahead

Life is short

to say the least

We’re in the belly of the beast

Be still

Wild and young

Young may your innocence reign

Like shells on the shore

and may your limits be unknown

and your efforts be your own

If you ever feel

you can’t take it anymore

Don’t break character

you’ve got a lot of heart

Is this real or just a dream?

Oh, rise up like the sun and

labor till the work is done.

Be still..

one day you’ll leave

Fearlessness on your sleeves

When you come back

tell me what did you see?

Was there something out there for me?

Be still..

Close your eyes

Soon enough you’ll be on your own

steady and straight

And if they drag you through the mud,

it doesn’t change what’s in your blood

Don’t break character

you’ve got a lot of heart

Is this real or just a dream?

Oh, rise up like the sun and

labor till the work is done.

Be still..

Be still..

Be still..

Be still..

Over rock and chain

Over sunset plain

Over trap and snare

When you’re in too deep

In your wildness dream

In your made up schemes

When they knock you down

When they knock you down

Don’t break character

you’ve got a lot of heart

Is this real or just a dream?

Oh, rise up like the sun and

labor till the work is done.

On Top of the Hill

​On top of the hill I’m standing,

watching and wondering

of all the blue and green

of the leaves hissing

of the branches dancing

of the diamonds floating

for how long will it be lasting?


On top of the hill I’m standing,

overlooking all things yonder

to find what I adore

to question the future

to interpret this metaphor

as a praise to the illustrator

of the earth and sky beyond


June 1, 2017


Hidup dan ajal

​وَمَا ٱلۡحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنۡيَآ إِلَّا لَعِبٌ وَلَهۡوٌ‌   ۖ   وَلَلدَّارُ ٱلۡأَخِرَةُ خَيۡرٌ لِّلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ   ۗ   أَفَلَا تَعۡقِلُونَ 

“Dan tiadalah kehidupan dunia ini, selain dari main-main dan senda gurau belaka. Dan sungguh kampung akhirat itu lebih baik bagi orang-orang yang bertakwa. Maka tidakkah kamu memahaminya?” 

(Q.S. Al An’am : 32)

Malam ini aku terbangun dengan banyak pertanyaan mengenai ajalku.

Jikalau pada akhirnya aku menemuinya, sudah siap kah aku? Sudah siap kah bekal yang kusiapkan nantinya untuk akhirat? Sudah cukupkah bekal yang kusiapkan untuk aku pulang kembali ke kampung akhirat ku? Surga atau neraka yang akan menjadi tujuanku? Dan apakah cukup kalimat-kalimat pujian dan pengampunan kusematkan kepada Allah Swt sang pencipta? 

Waktu terlewat. 

Lupa taubat meski banyak nikmat.

Berapa tahun lagi akan terlewat?

Sudah berapa maksiat?

Hidup sungguh bukan main-main. Begitu ruginya kalau tidak digunakan sebaik mungkin. 

Pun begitu. Tiket ke surga tidaklah murah. Hanya karena rahmat Allah SWT kita dapat memperolehnya. Takwa kuncinya. Takwa kepada Allah SWT.

Bukan sekedar menjadi muslim. Bukan sekedar iman. Tapi haruslah yang bertakwa.

Aku tak akan pernah tau kapan ajal akan menjemputku. Tak tahu pula bagaimana keadaanku di detik detik terakhirku. Tapi ketika ajal datang aku ingin hidupku tidak sia-sia. Aku ingin ketika aku pergi meninggalkan dunia, amalan kebaikanku lebih banyak daripada keburukankh. Aku ingin pergi menghadapNya dengan kerinduan, bukanlah ketakutan.

Tentang Mencari Rezeki

​Lagi-lagi aku dibuat kagum olehnya, ia yang tak lain ibuku. Malam ini kami berbincang-bincang tentang apapun, dari hulu ke hilir, dari a sampai z, dari perbincangan ringan yang kurang penting bila kubahas disini hingga perbincangan yang bagiku benar-benar bermanfaat. Salah satunya membahas soal rezeki. Sebuah ungkapan muncul dari mulut ibuku. Sederhana namun benar.

“Ada dua hal yang harus dimiliki oleh manusia ketika mencari rezeki, yaitu iman dan ilmu.”

Mengapa iman?

Iman kita butuhkan sebagai sandaran dalam kondisi apa pun, baik itu senang maupun sedih, berkecukupan maupun pas pasan. Dengan iman, kita tidak mudah untuk berputus asa ketika usaha yang kita rintis kurang menghasilkan, karena kita percaya Allah telah merencanakan jalan yang terbaik untuk kita untuk memperoleh rezeki. Tak perlu resah, karena rezeki telah Allah atur sedemikian rupa dengan jalan yang tak disangka.

Bagai seekor cicak dan nyamuk, begitu ibuku mengumpamakannya. Cicak hidup di dinding-dinding rumah. Ia hanya bisa merayap, tak bisa berjalan, tak berlari, apalagi terbang. Namun makanan cicak adalah nyamuk, yang kita tahu ia dapat terbang kesana kemari dengan gesit. Bagaimana bisa cicak yang hanya bisa merayap memakan nyamuk yang bisa terbang? Dan bayangkan saja, bagaimana sabarnya cicak menunggu nyamuk-nyamuk lewat mendekati. Itupun bila ada nyamuk. Bagaimana bila tidak ada nyamuk yang lewat dan akhirnya cicak-cicak kelaparan? Memang sepertinya susah sekali, namun bukan berarti tidak mungkin. Allah telah mengatur rezeki tiap-tiap mahlukNya termasuk hewan cicak sekalipun. Apalagi manusia. Percayalah bahwa rezeki itu sudah Allah atur, sehingga bila usaha yang kita jalani kurang sesuai dengan harapan, tetaplah bersandar kepada Allah karena hanya kepada Ia kita mengadu, bersandar dan memohon pertolongan.

Mengapa ilmu?

Ilmu dibutuhkan karena dengan ilmu kita dimudahkan dalam mencari rezeki. Hasil yang didapat akan oleh mereka yang berilmu tentunya lebih memuaskan dibandingkan dengan mereka yang sedikit ilmunya. Dengan ilmu kita memperluas wawasan kita, bisa itu bagaimana cara mengelola, cara memproduksi, ataupun cara memasarkan. Pandangan kita terhadap sesuatu juga akan lebih luas sehingga nantinya dapat mempermudah usaha kita.

وَيَرۡزُقۡهُ مِنۡ حَيۡثُ لَا يَحۡتَسِبُ  ۚ  وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسۡبُهُ  ۥۤ  ۚ  إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ بَـٰلِغُ أَمۡرِهِۦ  ۚ  قَدۡ جَعَلَ ٱللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَىۡءٍ قَدۡرًا 
“Dan memberinya rezeki dari arah yang tiada disangka-sangkanya. Dan barangsiapa yang bertawakkal kepada Allah niscaya Allah akan mencukupkan (keperluan)nya. Sesungguhnya Allah melaksanakan urusan yang (dikehendaki)Nya. Sesungguhnya Allah telah mengadakan ketentuan bagi tiap-tiap sesuatu.”
(Qs At – Talaq Ayat 2)

May 26, 2015

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Sebenarnya tulisan ini saya copas dari blog saya yang lain yang sifatnya lebih pribadi. Tapi, sepertinya mulai sekarang saya pindahkan saja tulisan-tulisan saya yang di blog itu ke blog ini. Biar gak bingung kalo pengen baca-baca postingan sendiri melipirnya ke blog yang mana. 😁 Agak narsis ya baca tulisan sendiri, tapi gak papa lah. Kadang biar jadi bahan renungan ato time traveling lewat curcolan sendiri. 

Auk ah. See you.

Surabaya Carnival Park

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Surabaya Night Carnival

I’d never thought I would have so much fun in Surabaya Carnival Park. I thought this kind of place was quite childish and to be honest, I would rather spend my money for traveling to places with natural landscape than for an entrance ticket (which mostly is expensive for me). But since the ticket was not as expensive as other usual parks, which was  60k if I am not mistaken. It was acceptable price for me so I thought this park was an exception.

I had arrived at the park around 4 pm, an hour earlier before it was opened. As the entrance was opened, we soon looked for a restaurant inside the park. I forget how, but we got such a card in which we could use it to buy food in certain restaurants. So we didn’t pay our meals with cash, but a card.

Ready!

My meal 😋

After being full, we wanted to try the rides but all of them were full of people. Besides, we didn’t want to try extreme rides since we just had eaten earlier. We couldn’t imagine if we accidentally vomited in the middle of the ride, yuck! So we went to 3D art and wax house instead where we could take pictures with 3D backgrounds and meet famous people. We made many silly pictures and it was so fun! 😉

My genius boyfriend 😂

Flying meditation 😌

Woops 😶

Then, we took Ferris wheel to see the view of Surabaya from above. It was beautiful. The lights were gorgeous. I was in awe, but pretty scared at the same time especially when we were getting higher and higher until we were reaching the top. I was afraid of height. I didn’t dare to move my seat even just for an inch. Yet, my friend teased me a lot by moving around 😒

The view from above

We tried many rides which I cannot mention one by one. The only ride we didn’t dare to try was the roaller coaster. It was too scary and we didn’t feel sure about it. The most extreme ride we took was Roda Gila. It was the most extreme ride I’ve ever taken. (Well I’ve only visited this kind of parks twice in my life 😅)

The funny thing about it is that we were the last and the only riders of the roda gila. It was around 10.30 and we knew the park was going to close soon. The speaker announced that the park was going to close so all visitors should leave. But we had not tried the Roda Gila yet. We couldn’t go home before trying it. So we waited for the other last riders for the Roda Gila but no one came up. We definitely were the last visitors. Usually the employee didn’t want to turn on the ride engine if the riders were less than 6 people. But since we were special (or ngotot?😂) visitors,  he finally agreed to let us take the Roda Gila just by ourselves. Just the two of us! 😂 Much thanks to that employee.

Forget the name, but I liked it.

At the lampion garden. For all singles, prepare your heart if you go to this garden!

Overall, I was satisfied! It was a very fun experience to the extent we maximized the tickets by staying at the park starting from the park was opened until it was closed. We went home late, very late. But it was paid.

Sorry for giving so many pictures. Lol. See you!

Sakura Park and Bamboo Wood

Around eight years ago, I traveled to Surabaya to visit my cousin. She was a college student back then and still lived in a boarding house. She didn’t take me to many places but Suramadu bridge and some food courts. Some nights, she drove me around the city. I was happy but none of these actually really attracted me. I wasn’t fully impressed with Surabaya. Seldom I found green area in this city. It didn’t attract my eyes.

However, Surabaya has changed. Not entirely, but there are some significant changes for sure compared to my previous visit. When I traveled back some months ago, I saw more greeny parks everywhere provided with playground corners for children. It attracted my eyes as I am fond of plants and flowers. It’s always refreshing to see them. So, one of my request to Intan was to take me to one of these parks. Then she took me to Sakura park, the nearest park from her boarding house.

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Sakura park is located in Kaliputih Sukolilo, Surabaya, near with the famous campus area, such as ITS. The park is quite wide, since it has 8 hectares though at the moment only around two hectares have been occupied. Hence, many flowers and plants are planted neatly according to the species. The vibrant colors of the flowers attract the butterflies to come over which make the park look beautiful. Then, there are jogging tracks and benches too in the middle of the park to take a rest. However, when I was there, I think the benches available were too few considering its wide. On the other side of the park, there are many bamboos planted neatly in line which people often called it bamboo wood. The bamboos are mostly up straight and tall, similar with the bamboos from Japan, I think. 

Surprisingly, before 2004, the area of Sakura park and Bamboo wood used to be used as the garbage dump. Then in 2004, the garbage dump was relocated to Benowo thus the area was emptied. Until in 2013, the mayor of Surabaya, ibu Risma, has developed the area into Sakura park and Bamboo wood in order to decrease air pollution and also to make it as a public recreation that people can enjoy.

Hi!

the view of Sakura park

closer look of the flowers

my friend, Intan

strolling around

 what is it? I don’t know 😅

in the bamboo wood

A selfie from us

Seeing these changes, I can’t help myself feeling proud of the government of Surabaya, bu Risma as the mayor especially. I hope more leaders in this country like her, or like bapak Ridwan Kamil 😆. They do great job as the mayors, wholeheartedly.👍

Ticket:

Best time to visit : 

not at noon I suppose. It’s hot!