Friday, January 30, 2015

A Day As A Hijabi

Feb. 1 is said to be World Hijab Day.

Not exactly sure what to say. In some countries, women are not allowed to cover their head, while in other countries, women are forced to wear headscarf. I believe women should be allowed to decide for herself whether she wants to wear headscarf or not. 

Anyway, there are a lot of funny things happening and funny questions get asked when you are wearing a hijab. Below is a video of Hijabi Monologue on the 10 People You Meet.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Personality And Career Match

I have posted  about the MBTI personality last year. So when I found this illustration, I think it would make a good follow up post.

By the way, can anyone tell me what is the difference between writer (INFJ) and author (INFP)?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Old Photos of Acehnese Women In Headscarves

Aceh is a special region of Indonesia, with its capital is Banda Aceh. Located at the northern end of Sumatra, it is close to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India and separated from them by the Andaman Sea.

There are 10 indigenous tribes in this region, the largest being the Aceh tribe, accounting for approximately 80 to 90% of the region's population.

Aceh is thought to have been the place where the spread of Islam in Indonesia begun, and was a key factor of the spread of Islam in Southeast Asia. Islam reached Aceh (Kingdoms of Fansur and Lamuri) around 650 AD, and was gradually accepted by people in the region. In the early seventeenth century the Sultanate of Aceh was the most wealthy, powerful and cultivated state in the Malacca Straits region. Aceh has a history of political independence and resistance to control by outsiders, including the former Dutch colonists and the Indonesian government.

Several weeks ago I heard news saying that Aceh's national heroine Cut Nyak Dhien actually wore a headscarf. But then I found a website saying that the pictures of a woman wearing headscarf was of the wife of Panglima Polim (also an Acehnese hero). Headscarf or no headscarf, Acehnese women are brave souls who always defend their rights.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Gentle Resolutions

From here

I know it's a bit late to write down the resolutions, but it's still January so I guess the game is still on, right?

Here are some resolutions that cross my mind recently:
1. Be kind, not only to other people but also to myself
2. Stop worrying because worrying gets you nowhere
3. Be present (read: stop checking my cellphone every five minute like Takeshi Kaneshiro would suddenly call me. Oh well, a girl can always dream :P)

On a side note, I always like the resolutions in the Rose is Rose comics :).

P.S. Another beautiful list of resolutions

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Mid-30 Crisis Post

I'm 35 years old and my life is not the way I pictured it when I was in my twenties.

But then again, how did I picture my future life when I was 20-29 years old? Let's see...Hmm, I thought that I would marry young because I had a beau when I was 21 years old. Sadly, things didn't work well between us. Chronic heartbreak is not the reason why I remain single, though. 

I had also dreamed of studying abroad on a scholarship. But I've yet to successfully garnered a scholarship and now, with both parents are frail, I do not have a heart to leave them for a long period. They are now easily getting worry and panic, and they also demand that if I ever have to go/live abroad, I should be accompanied by my muhrim (read: spouse). Hah, like it's an easy requirement.

An established career may be the ultimate trophy for a spinster like me. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you see it) I'm not an ambitious person. I like doing things I've done (read: being a journo), but I have never really considered to climb the corporate ladder (read: being an editor). I just like writing and I don't like the pressure of having to produce bombastic news when I'm working at a profit-oriented newspaper company. 

So here I am, a 35-year-old without a marriage, a higher education or a solid career. I still get asked at weddings by well-meaning friends/extended families on when will I get marry (like I would know the answer). I agreed to try learning a new subject last year on the urge of my ailing parents. I've just started a new career path in a new field less than two years ago. 

Would that make my life less beautiful than other people who happen to be married/master degree holder/have successful career? Well, my life is not perfect, but it's mine, not a product made by other people. I enjoy how it's been going up and down. I like that I can still make the choices to do the things the way I want it. I'm glad that I've been in a rut, because now I can be thankful for every thing God sends my way.

On the other hand, I don't know what the future holds. It's all very scary and exciting. But I think happiness and the pursuit of it are overrated, I believe it's okay to feel unhappy as long as we have two things in mind: Acceptance and Gratitude.

P.S. The article that prompted me to write this post.