Juma prayer in Safar

Dear Allah, If I were still allowed to have a husband, please make him the best and the last person I married, in this dunya and akhirah. May he be the most wonderful man of great knowledge and wisdom, who will always be patient in guiding me, love to listen to me, gently correcting me,…

might be the reasons why I’m single

I talked to my old good friend of elementary school (we knew each other since 2nd grade in 1985–yup, that’s a solid 33 years of friendship) about “Why smart women are not appealing for men.” And since he’s a guy, he revealed the answer, “Men are not as confident as they may seem. Especially when…

another definition of happiness

I just found out another definition of happiness: is to know your friends, who experienced natural disaster, are alright.¬†Alhamdulillah. Praise Allah.. After a long hours of worrying about their whereabouts, tried to contact them personally–to no avail, pray for them until we fell asleep.. Then yesterday, one by one, they “appeared”. Received our calls. Updated…

Babang Tamvan dalam Bus

Barusan turun dari bus bareng cowok Indo-Arab ganteng, putih, jangkung. Ketahuan ganteng, karena pas saya udah berdiri gelantungan siap turun, si tamvan ini berdiri di belakang saya, trus bilang ke kondektur, “Mas, Taman Barito, ya.” Eh manis. ūü§ĒRambut cepak ala Keanu Reeves waktu jadi Jack Tavern di film Speed. Tinggi pula bodinya. Tapi saya jaim…

Tips Keselamatan saat Gempa Bumi

Sumber gambar: BPBD Temanggung Gempa bumi tidak seperti kejadian alam lainnya yang masih bisa diprediksi jauh-jauh hari dengan lebih akurat. Data gempa¬†dari berabad-abad berupa siklus dan lokasi lempeng¬†menjadi¬†patokan ilmiah untuk memprediksi kemungkinan gempa bumi namun belum¬†dapat diperhitungkan kapan tepatnya. Walau demikian, seperti¬†kejadian alam lainnya, gempa bumi masih bisa diantisipasi. Ada banyak sebab terjadinya gempa bumi:…

Mas Gojek Tangguh Berkaki Satu

Gojek saya pagi ini luar biasa. Beliau hanya punya satu kaki, tapi daya juang dan tanggung jawab dalam hidupnya istimewa. Awalnya saya kaget melihat driver Gojek saya menggunakan kruk (penyangga badan untuk disabilitas) terbuat dari kayu. Refleks saya bertanya, “Bapaknya ngga apa-apa ini, Pak? Baru kecelakaan kah?” “Kecelakaannya sih sudah 8 tahun lalu, Bu. Tapi…

Impatience within patience

I am a very impatient woman when it comes to future possibilities. I believe in chances and good intentions (niat). Those things (good efforts) that Allah likes, He would bless them, therefore all will lead to great results in the future, inshallah–if Allah will it. So, if you already have a good niat, good plan,…

Hope

Some sadness came so hard, it’s overwhelming. My heart darken and the cloud over my eyes started to rain. Rivers appeared, streaming down my face. Unbearable at some point. The thunder struck makes me feel like I want to give up. Need to. Not that I don’t trust God is suffice for me–I do. He…

Choose who you’d live for

I just told my daughter: if you live for yourself, you’ll get nowhere. But if you live for others, the universe will always give ways for you. Barusan saya bilang ke si gadis: kalau kamu hidup untuk diri sendiri, kamu gak akan ke mana-mana. Di situ aja terus. Tapi kalau kamu hidup untuk orang lain,…

Kamu

Kamu, vitaminku. Energiku. Oksigen yang memenuhi paruku. Matahari yang melumerkan beku hatiku. Air yang menghidupkan taman jiwaku. Kamu. Jakarta, July 2, 2018 – NfR –

Kuy ah, move on

Saya punya teman baru masih muda banget, belum 30 acan usianya. Galau, patah hati sama cewek yang pernah diyakini bakal jadi bininya. Curhat ke eike, ya udah kasih masukan sekalian nyemangatin. Itu berlangsung selama beberapa minggu. Suatu hari dia nge-WA, nanya, “Sibuk?” Saya reply, “I always have time for good friends.” “Mmmhh.. pengen nanya, tapi…