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Friday, October 29, 2010

We CAN'T Eat Money


"When the last tree is cut,

when the last river has been poisoned,

when the last fish has been caught,

then we will find out that we can't eat money."

A proverb. Taken from a blogpost in Greenpeace.org.
You guys might want to check it out and if you have spare time, also check this.
It's amazing and yet heart-breaking.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wisuda

Entah mengapa, aku sama sekali gak ada ide, aku belom pernah membahas soal wisudaan di blog aku.
Mungkin karena aku gak mau pamer-pamer kalo aku mau wisuda, waktu aku diwisuda.
Mungkin karena aku gak mau ikut-ikutan banyak banget orang yang cerita soal wisudaan diblognya.
Mungkin karena aku sibuk, sebelum dan setelah wisuda.
Mungkin juga karena aku emang belom berniat aja waktu itu.

Selama 4 tahun (kurang 2 bulan) aku berkuliah di ITB, hanya ada satu momen yang ingin terus aku ulang-ulang, kalau bisa.
momen itu adalah hari wisuda.

Aku udah berurusan sama wisuda di ITB sejak akhir tahun 2007. Wisuda Oktober 2007.
Wisuda pertama aku, sebagai mahasiswa ITB.
Waktu itu, seperti biasa, anak-anak angkatan terbawah harus menjamu senior-senior yang akan wisuda sebagai rangkaian dari kegiatan ospek.
Pada bulan Oktober 2007 itulah, aku jatuh cinta dengan prosesi wisuda.
Semenjak saat itu, setiap aku menjadi saksi wisuda-wisuda selanjutnya, hanya satu hal yang aku inginkan: aku ingin cepat-cepat wisuda!

Aku pun melalui beberapa wisuda selama di ITB.
Setiap kali aku datang ke berbagai acara wisuda, reaksi aku terhadap wisuda tetap sama: aku ingin cepat-cepat wisuda!

Sampai akhirnya, tibalah saat aku sendiri yang akan mengalami prosesi wisuda.
Kesenangan tanpa batas itu terasa waktu aku bisa melihat kebanggaan dimata mama dan papa. Rasa itu gak tergantikan sama sekali. They looked like they were the proudest parents in the world!



Kedatangan aku di Wisuda Oktober 2010 kemarin telah mengingatkan aku kembali pada kenangan-kenangan di bulan Juli.
I may not a parent yet, tapi aku sangat bangga sama teman-teman yang wisuda.
Aku bisa membayangkan bagaimana rasanya jadi orang tua dan memandang bangga anak-anak mereka yang akhirnya lulus dari bangku kuliah.

Ini foto yang diambil waktu aku wisuda, Juli 2010.

Ini foto waktu Sara wisuda, Oktober 2010

Tomo udah berisik minta-minta masuk blog dari dulu tapi belum pernah aku kabulkan.
Dengan foto ini, resmi deh Tomo masuk blog!
(kalau ada yang berminat, Tomo lagi cari pacar loh... *wink wink*)

Dan... satu foto terakhir: hasil foto studio yang diambil tepat sebulan setelah wisuda.

Selamat buat teman-teman yang wisuda Oktober kemarin!
Spesial untuk Lele dan Mila: sabar ya... wisuda untuk kalian akan datang dengan segera!

Gift and Curse

"It's a gift...
...and a curse."

Monk (Adrian and Ambrose)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saya Gak Mau Kerja (Dulu)

Segala sesuatu di dalam hidup ini selalu ada sisi baik dan sisi buruknya.
Termasuk wisudaan.

Saya SENANG SEKALI karena saya sudah menjalani prosesi wisuda bulan Juli kemarin.

sisi baiknya banyak sekali.
contohnya saja, sejak bulan Juli hingga Oktober ini, saya sudah berhasil mengunjungi enam negara, dua di Asia dan empat di Eropa.
Saya juga sudah menambah koleksi teman dari berbagai macam negara, ras, dan suku bangsa.

Sayangnya, seperti berbagai macam hal yang ada di kehidupan ini, wisudaan punya sisi buruknya.
Sisi buruknya dapat tergambarkan dalam percakapan berikut ini.

Teman: "Alien!!! Udah lulus ya?"
Saya (senyum bangga): "Iya. Wisudanya Juli kemarin."
Teman: "Wow! Keren banget! terus sekarang kerja dimana?"
Saya: "Gak kerja."
Teman: "Oh... belum keterima dimana-mana?"
Saya: "Emang gak mau kerja."
Teman (melihat dengan tatapan hina): "Gak mau kerja? terus mau apa?"
Saya: "Mau jalan-jalan aja."
Teman (melihat dengan tatapan sinis): "Jalan-jalan? tapi mau sekolah lagi?"
Saya (bingung): "Oh? iya sih... tapi tahun depan aja. santai."
Teman: tidak berkomentar. hanya mengangguk-angguk bingung.

Saya sih gak ngerti loh ya.
Ini kan hidup saya.
Saya yang akan menjalaninya.

Emang kenapa kalau saya gak mau kerja?
Emang kenapa kalau saya gak percaya untuk menyia-nyiakan masa muda hidup saya menjadi budak sebuah perusahaan hanya demi uang?
Emang kenapa kalau saya punya pikiran-pikiran lain tentang masa depan saya?
Emang kenapa kalau kebetulan pikiran-pikiran masa depan saya itu berbeda dengan pemikiran masa depan kebanyakan orang?

Saya sih gak pernah tuh bilang kalau pola pikir orang-orang kebanyakan salah.
Lahir, balita, masuk TK, masuk SD, masuk SMP, masuk SMA, masuk universitas, kerja di perusahaan, punya keluarga, punya keluarga yang punya keluarga, mati.

Saya juga gak pernah bilang kalau saya gak pengen kerja seumur hidup saya.
saya tau, suatu saat saya harus bisa menghasilkan uang sendiri.
cuma gak sekarang aja.

Seiring dengan berjalannya waktu dan bertambah dewasa-nya saya, saya sih sungguh sangat gak setuju dengan orang-orang yang masuk kuliah demi prospek kerja ke depan.
Salah satu tante saya malah bilang gini,
"semua sekolah yang sudah di tempuh, ujung-ujungnya itu untuk kerja juga."
Gila! Sungguh sangat konservatif!

Maafkan kalau saya punya pemikiran yang berbeda dengan kebanyakan orang.
tapi saya selalu mendukung teman-teman saya yang memilih jalur 'lahir-sekolah-kerja-berkeluarga-mati'.
coba dong, yang ngaku teman-teman saya, dukung pilihan saya yang sekarang ini:
SAYA GAK MAU KERJA (dulu)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Way Adult Think

Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult, I've decided, is only a slow sewing shut.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult p. 290: Anna Fitzgerald's thought

Stay The Same

I was back behind my car again for a couple days, but somehow the radio played this song a lot!
I wonder why...

this song was popular back when I was still in grade 7.
I remember one of my good-good friend was asked to sing a song, back when we were in grade 7 and he actually sang this song with all his heart. It wasn't like his voice was good, it was pretty bad, actually. plus all this cool-guys were disgusted by the-ex-boyband's song like this.

but whatever.
I don't really care about the song's boring melody.
or about the fact that Joey McIntyre can be as gay as any other ex-boyband singers.
or about the lame video clip.
the lyrics are full of spirit, man!

I can never just ignore the song when it is played on the radio.
sorry.
and, without having to hear the boring melody, or looking at the gay Joey McIntyre, or watching the lame video clip, here are the awesome lyrics!

Joey McIntyre - Stay The Same

Don't you ever wish

You were someone else

You were meant to be

The way you are exactly

Don't you ever say

You don't like the way you are

When you learn to love yourself

You're better off by far

And I hope you always stay the same

'Cause there's nothing 'bout you I would change


I think that you could be

Whatever you wanted to be

If you could realize

All the dreams you have inside

Don't be afraid

If you've got something to say

Just open up your heart

And let it show you the way


Don't you ever wish

You were someone else

You were meant to be

The way you are exactly

Don't you ever say

You don't like the way you are

When you learn to love yourself

You're better off by far

And I hope you always stay the same

'Cause there's nothing 'bout you I would change


Believe in yourself

Reach down inside

The love you find will set you free

Believe in yourself

You will come alive

Have faith in what you do

You'll make it through


No, there nothing 'bout you I would change


Don't change

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Remaining World

a little present from the Berlin Wall:

"HE WHO WANTS THE WORLD TO REMAIN AS IT IS DOESN'T WANT IT TO REMAIN AT ALL"


One of Us

I think it's always funny how people changes to see things differently.
For example, this song that I wanna talk about.
It's really funny how I was avoiding it, until it became one of my most favorite songs ever since the last few years.

I just read that this song was first released in 1995. Back when I was just a little girl. I liked the melody but I wasn't old enough to really get the meaning.
I heard it constantly again when I was in Canada, that was when I fell in love with the song again. Thanks to my hostmom and our neighbor who would watch Joan of Arcadia if they had the chance and dragged me along with them.
But my time in Canada was like the most religious time of my life!
I was making so much effort to pray five times a day, didn't drink any alcohol for one straight year, got into deep islamic discussion, and tried to defense Islam from everyone who has no clue.
I was too religious that I was too afraid to listen to the song's lyrics, incase I will question the existence of God. So I let the song slipped my mind.

Now, I'm like in the lowest point of being religious.
I mean, I'm still not eating pork, still believe in Allah and Muhammad, Al-Qur'an, and everything. But unfortunately, and I'm not proud of it, I don't practice anything religious.
Still not wearing hoed, let the prayer time passes, not reciting Al-Qur'an, drink alcohol occasionally, etc, etc, etc.

and this particular song was the perfect song to describe the lowest point of me being not religious.
Again, I'm not proud of it or anything.
It's just being religious is not one of my biggest concern, right now. sad, I know.
and I'm not saying that I'm questioning the existence of God or anything, but I do think that this one episode in Glee about spirituality was great.
Like they put it so neatly together, I understood the episode very well. There are some people who believe in God with all their hearts, some others basically don't believe in any God at all, and some of them are simply like me: believe in God but in the lowest point of being religious.

Also, I'm not saying that I agree that God can be addressed by a "He", like in this song. Or a "She", or any particular gender for that matter.
God is just God.
God is too sacred to be put in the same level as human: differentiate by gender.
So in this case, I just simply like the song.

Actually, I don't know if writing this introductory paragraphs make any sense at all.
All in all, I just enjoy the song.
This particular song simply makes me think and I like this kind of song.

Joan Osbourne - One of Us

If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?

1-And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin' to make his way home?

If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see if, seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?
(repeat 1, 1)

Back up to heaven all alone
No, nobody calling on the phone
No, just tryin' to make his way home
Nobody calling on the phone
'Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In Italy

It's not the type of advice you would usually expect from the head of an elite university. In an open letter to his son published last November, Pier Luigi Celli, director general of Rome's LUISS University, wrote,
"This country, your country, is no longer a place where it's possible to stay with pride... That's why, with my heart suffering more than ever, my advice is that you, having finished your studies, take the road abroad. Choose to go where they still value loyalty, respect and the recognition of merit and results."
TIME (Oct 25, 2010): Arrivederci, Italia by Stephan Faris