All posts tagged: greeting

Hola 2015!

I guess I’m so over “losing weight & go to the gym” kind of new year resolution. On the second thought, I put such thing on the list anyway, HA. Well, as what I wrote, last year my focus and energy was mostly withdrawn by the wedding preparation and setting a new life. However, on the last quarter of the year, things were kinda back to normal and I spent a lot of time doing things I like; reading, drawing, writing, going on a solo trip and taking pictures. This year, I hope I can manage my time better so I can do more things outside office hours. I challenge myself to finish 20 books this year, be more responsible for byputy, write more and longer fictions, and guess what, learn a new language as an autodidact (Spanish, it is!) I guess I would be also busy (and broke) for moving into new house, Insya Allah. And the cliches: living healthier life, more jogging and running, and being a better person. Now, let’s move move move! :D …

(Lagi-Lagi) Soal Mengucapkan Selamat Natal

Setiap menjelang Hari Natal pasti selalu ada diskusi, perdebatan, peringatan, kontroversi mengenai ucapan selamat Hari Natal bagi umat Islam. Tentu tahun ini ada orang-orang di lingkungan saya yang ‘keras’ memperingatkan teman-teman Muslim untuk tidak ikut-ikutan merayakan atau mengucapkan selamat Hari Natal, mengutip dalil-dalil, menyoal tauhid, membawa akidah, dll. Post ini bukan untuk mencounter atau membuat justifikasi ini itu soal ini. As for me, saya bukan pluralis agama, karena dasarnya jelas di Surah Al-Kafirun. Saya juga bukan penganut Islam liberal. Untuk ilmu agama Islam sendiri saya masih harus banyak belajar, namun saya adalah orang yang sangat percaya bahwa Islam adalah Rahmatan ‘Lil Alamin, blessing for all, for humankind. I also deeply believe that despite mentioning war and Qisas, Islam is related to safeness and peace. Kembali soal Natal. The thing is, my mom used to be an Adventist Christian dan keluarga dari pihak ibu saya banyak yang merayakan Natal. Teman dan sahabat saya pun banyak yang merayakan Natal. Dari kecil saya selalu ada dalam keragaman. Hari Natal bagi yang merayakan adalah sebuah kebahagiaan, keceriaan, kumpul bersama keluarga, merasakan …

Another December

And now we’re expecting Christmas again! Yup, I don’t celebrate Christmas but I’m truly joyful for people’s happiness. I’m happy to see people happy for holiday, warmth of the family, pretty glittery trees, thoughtful gifts, good cakes and cookies and the big sale and many many other reasons. I’m truly happy to see my relatives and friends happy to celebrate Christmas either religiously or culturally. December really should be about being jolly, about ending a year gratefully and feeling in peace! :) These are photos from last year when I spent Christmas holiday doing solo Oz trip. I took these two in Melbourne. I remembered that I met Daniel ‘Qronoz’, Erik, and Yulia there, strolling around the super well-planned blocks of Melbourne City Center talking about an adventurous life abroad. Then I hopped to Sydney, meeting Beya and went to Bondi Beach enjoying rain and trying hard not to look awkwardly at those guys with beach wear and Santa hats. I met Elaine whom I really enjoyed talk with, that I still keep in touch …