Month: September 2016

Mama

I hardly ever wrote about this here, that we had been battling with cancer. Mama, my mother in law, had lung cancer that had been spread to her bone and, discovered later, her brain. It was August last year and already on the late stadium when we found out. We decided to fight together, as family. Mama was a cancer survivor a decade ago, why couldn’t she be one again? She moved to our house and started series of scanning, consultation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, medicines, days and nights of waiting and staying at the hospital, hours of being trapped in Bekasi-Jakarta traffic jams, everything which we already lost count of. They seemed never-ending and beyond exhausting, but Mama was one of the strongest persons I’ve ever known. She hardly whined and always had great sense of humor (spiced up with sarcasm that made us clicked). She prayed a lot, recited Al-Qur’an, and tried to live the fullest. People believed that we took care and supported her very well, but in a way, it was her that took care of us with love and things that just …

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (and Decluttering!)

Wow, saya sendiri agak kaget masih bisa posting blog hari ini mengingat hari ini adalah H-1 due date saya, dengan kata lain kehamilan saya sudah masuk 40 minggu kurang 1 hari! Berikut penampakan saya dengan si baby bump di minggu ke 39 ini, hihihi. (Jangan tanya naiknya berapa kilo, pokoknya banyak lah! :p) Mendekati hari H, saya nggak mau membahas soal kehamilan apalagi persalinan. Takutnya makin deg-degan dan panas dingin, hihi. Berhubung semua persiapan sudah dilkukan, jadi hari-hari terakhir ini saya habiskan untuk nonton ulang Meteor Garden via YouTube diselingi dengan membaca. Berhubung saya nggak mungkin membahas soal Meteor Garden (ya menurut nganaaa~) jadi saya mau membahas soal bukunya Marie Kondo yang amat tersohor itu, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. Berdasarkan info di sampulnya, buku ini sudah terjual 5 juta kopi dalam berbagai bahasa dan untuk versi Bahasa Indonesianya diterbitkan oleh Bentang Pustaka. Sebetulnya saya sudah punya buku ini sejak tengah tahun, dihadiahkan oleh sahabat saya, Khibran, di kantor. Kami tergabung dalam tim kecil di departemen yang bertugas untuk beberes ruangan kantor. Beberes di sini bukan beberes seperti yang …