Friday, August 31, 2012

The Love That Would Never Die Could Actually Die

Illustration by Charles M. Shulz, found here

Since I start the week with the theme of love, I might as well end it with love too. (Sorry for the galau (anxiety) I've caused :P ). Hopefully ours will not end the way Snoopy types it. Have a lovely weekend, my lovelies!

Monday, August 27, 2012

How To Ask Someone Out, Without Really Asking :)

Found here

PS. Have you watched The Amazing Spiderman? It's very different than the ones with Tobey McGuire, but I think Andrew Garfield does a good job in interpreting Peter Parker's geekiness without spectacles.

Friday, August 24, 2012

This Week's Recap And Photo Dump

Hello darlings, how was your week? Hope you had a great time. After the Idul Fitri celebration on Aug. 19, my extended family held a gathering the next day. We had good food, funny conversations and took some family photos, as you can see below.

With my cousins

Uncles, aunties and M&D
Some of the funny conversations, among others, are as followed: 
#1.  Are You Jiyo's Girlfriend?
Situation: During the family gathering, M&D and I came a bit late. Everyone was already there, including a girl in green niqab* (face veil) sitting on the left side of Aunt C (all named are changed to protect the innocent). M was greeting each person, and stopped in front of Cousin Kiki, who was sitting on the right side of Aunt C.
M : Hello, is this Jiyo's girlfriend? (Jiyo is Aunt C's youngest son.- Editor, aka myself)
Aunt C : This is Kiki (Kiki is Aunt C's daughter and Jiyo's big sister.- Editor
M : Oh my God, look at how much you've changed! (kissing Cousin Kiki and then turning to the girl in green niqab) So this is Jiyo's girlfriend?
Aunt C : No, this is Diah (Diah is a cousin from another uncle. I have seven uncles from my mother's side. -Editor
Me : Are you okay, M?
* If you don't know the difference between hijab and niqab, just click here

#2. The Photo Session
Situation: During the family gathering, Cousin BowWow usually takes the photos. But since he was MIA on Monday, I became the accidental family photographer because I was the only person coming with a serious DSLR red camera.
Me : Let's take family photos! 
Cousins : Let's do it!
Uncles and aunties : Hmm, okay (reluctantly)
(After the whole family members congregated, I snapped the photo. Then Cousin-in-Law Rika suggested that the uncles and my mother should take a picture together)
Me : Could you move a bit to the left? I don't want to include the garage's blue door.
(They moved a bit to the left)
Me : Ok, now look to the camera and smile! Come on, give me your best pose. Cherry Belle pose, perhaps?
Uncle W : There are only two people who can boss around: the barber and the photographer.
Me : Hahaha. Ok, now let's take a picture of you guys and the spouses.
Aunt H : Wait a minute. Which one is my husband?

Taken after Idul Fitri prayer
I returned to work on Aug. 21 and only needed one hour to reach the office. Usually it takes me two hours. It's Jakarta at its best, enjoy it while you can. I wish it could go on like this forever. 

I took a train ride on Wednesday. And this was the situation. Graveyard. 

Jakarta has been seeing a very smooth traffic during its annual post-Idul Fitri days. While it's great to reach the destination quicker, it felt a bit eerie to roam the streets and only saw a few cars and motorcycles. Where is everybody? During these empty days, Jakarta doesn't feel like the city it's known to be: congested and polluted (the bad side) as well as dynamic and vibrant (the good side). 

Kaastengels cookies made by my colleague Permenkar's mother. Delicious.

The work load was still slow and my editor has been quite relaxed lately, it's been a great week. I even managed to watch Perahu Kertas (Paper Boat), a movie adaptation from Dewi Lestari's novel of the same title. It's about love story between Keenan, a boy who dreams to be a painter, and Kugy, a girl who wants to be a children book writer. Not a heavy-themed movie, but I was not in the mood for serious thoughts this week. The acting of two leading roles is so-so, but Tio Pakusadewo also plays in it! *swoon*

Remember this post? I harvested those papayas for Idul Fitri. Alhamdulillah.

Happy Friday!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wishing You A Very Blessed Eid!

Students wearing wayang (shadow puppet) outfits during a science expo. This is not how we celebrate Eid in Indonesia, though. I just thought they look happy and represent Indonesian culture. Brace yourself for some photo dump in the next couple of days :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Idul Fitri Is Just Around The Corner :)

Workers at Puspa Roombutter Cookies Batu Tulis, Jakarta, make cookies for the Idul Fitri festival on Aug. 11. The home industry produces up to 2,000 jars of cookies a day, which are sold for between Rp 40,000 (US$4.2) and Rp 100,000 per jar. Photographed by Nurhayati for The Jakarta Post

Travelers queue at the gate of Senen train station in Central Jakarta on Aug. 10. The passengers used the KA Tegal Arum train carriages to head home to Tegal, Central Java. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira) Taken from here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Indonesia's Independence Day In Google Doodle

Taken from Google (of course)

Hello there! How's your day? I started the day by reporting about Indonesia's Independence Day celebration for a South Korea-based English language radio station TBS This Morning's Globetrotting session. Below is the first four paragraphs I reported.

Today is Indonesia's Independence Day, with the country celebrating its 67th anniversary. In Indonesia, the celebration of Independence Day is usually marked fun games organized by residents in their respective neighborhoods. 

Some of the games commonly played during the day are panjat pinang (greasy areca tree-climbing competition), balap karung (running-in-a-sack race) and makan kerupuk (cracker-eating contest).
 You can see balap karung and makan kerupuk in the Google Doodle above.

This year, the capital will likely see a quiet celebration as it falls in Ramadhan fasting month and just a few days before Idul Fitri, when everyone is busy preparing for the Islamic holiday or planning for their homecoming trip. During Idul Fitri, Jakarta turns into a ghost town as more than half of its 10 million residents leave for their hometowns.

This year’s Independence Day is the third time in a row it has been celebrated during Ramadhan. 

Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The 2012 Ramadan Photo Dump

Warning: This post shows foods, awful low-light photography skills... and shameless self-promotion group photos . Be afraid, peeps, be very afraid.

While Ramadan is the holy month of fasting, this month I got to taste a myriad of foods. Below are several foods that I sampled.

Selamat Puasa means Happy Fasting, and these are ice cream in a wafer from Pesca. Yum.

Sate Domba Afrika (African-style lamb dish) is grilled diced lamb served with fried banana and sambal (chili paste). The meat is so soft and juicy and...I'm drooling as I type this. Totally recommended.

Roti cane durian keju (a kind of bread with durian and cheese topping) with tea and teh telur (tea with egg). 

 Baltic ice cream

One can never have too much tea. Don't try this at home, though. 

 Pollyput jelly cake

We break the fast after the sun sets, and so the month sees more activities at night, from mosques to markets. 

Masjid Al Azhar Bekasi. On weekends, I do tarawih in this mosque. If you happen to see me there, just say 'hi', I promise I'd be good.

Masjid Al Magfirah (Maghfirah means forgiveness), somewhere along Kalimalang, shot during the breakfasting event with my friend Ai

Moroccan-style food festival at La Piazza Kelapa Gading

This Ramadan has been quite an eventful month. Two colleagues from Marketing and four from Editorial tendered their resignation. It's been quite a sad period.

During the farewell party of one of the colleagues.

On a lighter note, I got to do reunion with many friends during the buka bersama (communal breakfasting) events.

The singletons and a  married one. Can you guess which one already got married?
With TJaP's former journos. 

With highschool friends. 
I just have to post this one. Too cute! Please note the different pose the boys and the girls do. It's Power Rangers against Cherry Belle. Hahaha.

Whichever thing Ramadan gave you this year, accept it and thank God for being given the time to meet the holy month this year because many people do not.

Today is the last work day for this week, for tomorrow is Indonesia's Independence Day and everyone will have a day off. Yay! If you're going on a mudik journey, hope you have a safe homecoming trip. If you're staying in the city, let's roll on Jakarta's empty streets!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stand Up For Your Rights

"If they aren't brought to justice, this could happen again. It could happen to any woman."
-- Samira Ibrahim, one of the 2012 TIME 100: The Most Influential People In The World, about the Egyptian military officials who conducted a forced virginity test on her after she was detained for doing the sit-in at Tahrir square. 

Read more about her case here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Masjid Menara Kudus

Source: Tropenmuseum

Source: wikipedia

This may pass as a Hindu temple, but it's actually Masjid Menara Kudus, located in Kudus, Central Java. The mosque was one of the oldest mosques, built in 1549, in the earliest years when Islam first entered Java, and therefore, it had elements of pre-Islamic architecture.

The mosque has the tomb of Sunan Kudus, one of the Wali Songo (Nine Proselytizers), making it a popular pilgrimage point. 

In Bahasa Indonesia, kudus means holy. I have a friend hailing from Kudus, and we often joked that she is a holy woman.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Say No To Stereotyping And Discrimination

I've never experienced this during my travels abroad, I guess I've been quite lucky. While stereotyping and discrimination are not a funny topic to talk about, I have to laugh at "He must have a bomb inside that bread" and "I forgot to write my will" though XD.

PS. The latest case of Islamophobic in the U.S. was of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's aide and wife to congressman Anthony Weiner.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sisters Of Different Faiths Wear Headscarves :)

From left to right: a Catholic nun, a Hindu woman, a Muslim woman, a Christian Sabian woman and an Orthodox Jewish woman. Drawn by  Nayzak

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Some Interesting Facts About Qur'an

Another fact is Quran mentions Isa as (Jesus Christ) 25 times, while Muhammad SAW is only mentioned five times.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sahur On The Road

Good deed for the day: A resident provides a pre-dawn meal to a scavenger on Jl. Otto Iskandardinata Raya in East Jakarta in this file photo.(Courtesy of Kresna Rizky Destyawan, source)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I'm Not Here To Be On Display

"I'm not here to be on display. And my body is not for public consumption. I will not be reduced to an object, or a pair of legs to sell shoes. I'm a soul, a mind, a servant of God. My worth is defined by the beauty of my soul, my heart, my moral character. So I won't worship your beauty standards, and I don't submit to your fashion sense. My submission is to something higher."

-- Yasmin Mogahed, internationally published writer and instructor of communication

Photo is taken from People in Islam

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Masjid Baiturrahman Aceh

A buffalo market in front of the mosque in 1892. Source


Located in Aceh province, the mosque is the silent witness to the 8.6-magnitude earthquake in 2004 that unleashed a massive tsunami that swept through Aceh and places as far away as India and Sri Lanka. Reports said that the earthquake and tsunami claimed more than 130,000 in Aceh. Many people survived the tsunami after they took refugee inside the mosque.

Masjid Baiturrahman has experienced ups and downs, along with the struggle of the Aceh people.The mosque was built in 1612 under the administration of Sultan Iskandar Muda, but it was burnt down during the Duth aggression in 1873. It was rebuilt in 1882 and has experienced expansion since then.

I'd like to visit Aceh one day.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Advice For Ramadan

Photo is found here 
Don’t let this Ramadan be just a holiday of rituals. Don’t finish reading the Quran without it transforming you. Don’t feed your body at suhoor, but starve your heart of Qiyam. Don’t reduce this downpour of mercy to just a month of sweets and lavish iftars. Seek Him, you will find. Take a sincere step towards change, transformation, redemption. If you do, you will find Him in front of you. Find Him this month. He’s been there all along. Closer than your jugular vein. Look and you’ll find. Walk and you’ll arrive. -- text is found here

Friday, August 3, 2012

Dear Whales And Shark,

A whale shark stranded at Baru Pandan Simo Beach in Bantul, Yogyakarta, on Wednesday. The giant creature, which died on Thursday, Aug.2, 2012, attracted many people who wanted to see the giant creature at a close distance. (Photographed by Slamet Susanto for The Jakarta Post)

Rescuers attempt to free a sperm whale that was stuck in shallow waters off Pakis Jaya beach in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia, on Friday, July 28, 2012. The 12-meter (39-foot) sperm whale washed ashore Wednesday. (AP/Dadang Tri. Source)

National Parks and Wildlife members use a power shovel to remove a dead 12-meter (39-foot) long humpback whale for disposal on Newport beach in Sydney on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. The whale was washed into an ocean pool Wednesday before it was taken out by the high tide overnight and washed onto the adjacent beach. (AP/Rob Griffith. Source)

The stranded whale at the Kuala Sungai Sitompok beach in Kuala Penyu, near Kota Kinabalu, Thursday, Aug.2, 2012. Photographed by Zunnur Al Shafiq. Source)

Please stop stranding on the beaches.


A diver who wants to swim with the Cetaceans one day.