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…

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…

Eid Mubarak 1439 H, folks

Hello, KawaNina. Eid Mubarak. Taqabalallahu minna wa minkum, shiyamana wa shiyamakum. May Allah accept our shaum. 🙏 This would be our fourth Eid without my mom, and second Eid of celebrating Eid “alone” without my dad, brother, sisters, and the rest of our family in Bali. I couldn’t bring myself and the kids to visit…

Ramadhan Story: Day 28 – Lesson Learned

This evening, I checked on my email, and there was a notification of a comment left by a reader on my old writing: My Tafakkur Throughout The Year. The reader thanked me and said that article is useful for them. Well, it might be just a simple comment of being nice and all, but I…

Ramadhan 1439 H, Day 1

Ramadhan 1439 H – Day 1 Prayer: “O, Allah, bless me with the strength to stay in my patience (sabar). I trust Your timing, but I felt left behind and insecure sometimes. Hold my hand, O, Lord. Help me keeping my pace as I walk on Your path.”

Ramadhan Mubarak

We, in Indonesia, are entering the month Ramadhan per today, Thursday, May 17, 2018. So, Ramadhan Mubarak, brothers and sisters. May Allah bless our effort to reach His rida, insyaa Allah. 🙏😊

Four Figures

In this world, only 4 human figures I admire the most. They are the four people I’d love to hug and kiss on the hands in jannah, if I had the chance, that is. 😁💕 Aamiin.. First and most of all, Rasulullah, SAW. “Only” the most amazing man ever alive on earth. And I definitely…

Movie Review: Gifted

I don’t usually watch drama films. But this one is absolutely GREAT! About an uncle Frank Adler (Chris Evans) raising his genius niece, Mary, since her mother, named Diane–a math genius–committed suicide. Frank knows his niece is a math genius, but he tried his best to give Mary a normal life, so she won’t feel…

What life is for me

I woke up unhappy today. I laughed at something, only to realize that I was laughing to myself. Laugh at my stupidity. Being a dreamy girl as I always be. Do you know what life is all about for me? Life is a constant boat-rowing in the open ocean, and I’m carrying important baggages, the…

[Reblogged] When Tokyo Was a Slum

When Tokyo Was a Slum Accra, Bangkok, Chennai, Lima, Manila, Nairobi | 01/08/2013 5:38pm Matias Echanove & Rahul Srivastava This essay touches on many of the themes that we will be exploring in the Informal City Dialogues: The way cities develop incrementally and at the hands of ordinary citizens, the role of government in planning…