Saturday, December 29, 2012

Loves

"Oh guys, you are my besties. Now I know what to answer when someone asks who my best friends are..." - Michael Yuruzoomzoom

I will definitely miss those times we spend together. Those times when we walk home together, when we walk with our bicycles. When we all do those crazy stuffs such as casually picking persimmon fruits from the tree. When we heard great news of Fanny getting engaged or when Kia's boyfriend is coming to town. Those times of us insulting each other with embarrassing pictures that have always been kept in each others' phone. Times of fun outing, great parties. Times of us. I will definitely miss those by the end of this program.

Oh God, I surely do love these guys. I know we are a lot different. We all have different nationalities, religions, skin colors, races, backgrounds, almost everything. But suddenly, we were bonded together. We feel this invisible connection amid this whole diversities. Thank you God, for letting me know these lovely friends in Sendai. Thank you.














I love you guys! A lot! :')

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Morning (Self) Walk

Good Morning!

This morning I was planning to go on a jogging with my senior when suddenly she told me that she needed to cancel it. But well, since I had wanted to go on a morning walk since yesterday, I decided to go alone. Let me tell you one thing, it was a great morning walk. I went to places I've never been before and saw many things; since it was still early that the road was sort of empty until it was nearly the working hour that everyone seemed to rush in order to be able to catch the train on the station. Oh, life. Routines.





You know, sometimes you need time to walk around by yourself, to realize things you didn't before. At that kind of time, I usually contemplate, think about things I've done in my life and things I'd like to do in life. Somehow, it makes me feel peaceful and relaxed. I really love it.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Wajar Saja

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.

Om saya pernah bercerita tentang teman beliau yang dulu disekolahkan oleh pemerintah Indonesia ke Jerman. Sebut saja Pak X. Pak X dibiayai oleh pemerintah untuk bersekolah di Jerman, dengan jurusan teknik sayap pesawat. Setelah menyelesaikan studinya di Jerman dengan cemerlang, Pak X pun kembali ke Indonesia dengan harapan bisa membangun negerinya melalui ilmu yang sudah beliau dapatkan selama bersekolah di luar negeri. Ilmu yang sangat bermanfaat karena bisa menyokong industri pesawat terbang di Indonesia. Bisa jadi ilmu tersebut dapat memperbaiki produksi pesawat terbang lokal, sehingga Indonesia tidak perlu lagi mengimpor pesawat dari luar negeri. Akan tetapi, setelah menyelesaikan studi dan kembali ke Indonesia serta diterima untuk bekerja di badan usaha pesawat terbang negara, beliau justru diberi sebuah ruang kantor; berisi meja dan kursi. Mungkin beliau diminta mengerjakan masalah administrasi (?) karena dianggap karyawan baru (?).Tidak ada laboratorium. Tidak ada fasilitas untuk mengaplikasikan ilmu beliau. Beliau berusaha bertahan, tetapi tidak lama, tawaran bekerja pun muncul dari universitas ketika beliau bersekolah di Jerman. Tawaran pekerjaan yang berkaitan dengan studinya dan memiliki prospek bagus sekali. Hingga sekarang, beliau telah menjadi sukses dan menetap di Jerman. Sayang sekali.

Saya memiliki seorang senior di universitas saya di Jepang saat ini. Beliau berasal dari keluarga yang tidak mampu, akan tetapi beliau memiliki otak yang sangat cemerlang sehingga dapat memenangkan olimpiade fisika internasional. Ketika memenangkan olimpiade tersebut, beliau diundang ke istana Presiden di Indonesia dan Pak Presiden menjanjikan bahwa negara akan membiayainya besekolah di universitas manapun yang Ia inginkan di negara manapun yang Ia mau. Akan tetapi, hal tersebut tidak terealisasi. Ketika itu, Ia mendaftar di salah satu Institut Teknologi yang paling terkenal di Indonesia, di Bandung. Beliau lolos seleksi, tapi tidak mendaftar ulang karena tidak punya biaya yang cukup. Menyedihkan. Seorang juara olimpiade fisika internasional yang jelas memiliki potensi yang sangat besar malah disia-siakan begitu saja hanya karena masalah uang. Akhirnya Ia pun mendaftar beasiswa Monbukagakusho ke Jepang dan diterima. Hingga kini Ia telah bersekolah di Jepang selama kurang-lebih empat tahun. Ia berencana melanjutkan S2 dan S3 di Jepang atau di negara lain. Dan, tahu apa cita-cita beliau sekarang? Menjadi professor (sensei) di universitas dimana Ia berada sekarang (di Jepang) karena Ia merasa berterima kasih dan mencintai universitas tersebut. Sayang sekali.

Mungkin dua orang di atas hanya sebagian kecil dari orang-orang potensial lainnya yang tidak dihargai oleh negaranya sendiri. Kalau menurut saya, hal itu terjadi bukan karena mereka tidak cinta negara. Toh, salah satu dari mereka sudah pernah berusaha mengembangkan Indonesia. Mungkin saja, mereka lelah dan bosan berjuang sendirian. Seolah-olah mereka yang membutuhkan Indonesia. Padahal menurut saya, Indonesia yang butuh mereka. Jadi wajar saja kalau mereka 'minggat' ke negara lain. Miris sekali rasanya. Ya Allah, semoga orang-orang yang ada di pemerintahan saat ini bisa melakukan perubahan menuju perbaikan. Amiin.

Wassalamualaikum wr. wb.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Do Not Read This

Basically these are just several unimportant sentences that came up on my mind since I came to Japan.
However, I don't feel like posting them on Twitter nor Facebook although these might be suitable for those social sites. I'm just not that kind of person.

"That moment when you're so used to drinking tap water that when you're doing wudhu with tap water it feels like you're having wudhu with water for drinking."

"That moment when it's extremely cold that you want to take a shower only because the shower's water temprature could reach up to 40c or more."

"That monent when you slow down your bike even on flat roads not because you're tired but because it's freaking cold that you can not even bear the wind."

"Betapapun sebuah tulisan atau status atau tweet memiliki makna yang sangat baik dan bermanfaat, kalau disertai dengan kata-kata kasar, meski tujuannya for emphasizing things, bagi saya nilainya sangat buruk."

"Meski saya sangat percaya diri bahwa selama di Jepang harus menikmati masakan Jepang, cita rasa makanan Indonesia terlalu kuat untuk tidak dirindukan."

"That moment when bakwan jadi rebutan."

That's all. Thank you for the attention. So informative, eh?
If you feel like you just waste several minutes in your life for reading this, do not blame me, I've warned you before.

Goodnight :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I've Been Doing After The Yosakoi Festival Long... Long Ago

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.

These are what I've been doing after the Yosakoi Festival post I wrote a long time ago, haha :P




October 11th, 2012. I went to a small mochi store near my dorm. I was with Charlie and Mariko :D We ate several kind of mochi (red bean, shoyu, and sesame) and got a free Sendai-special zunda mochi! It was fun :)





October 14th, 2012. Zuihoden! It was one of several tourism spots in Sendai. Zuihoden is the place of Masamune Date's Mausoleum. I went with Intan, Mariko, Mio-san, Bin, and Hong. It was fun :) I even had a chance to hold a Japanese traditional instrument and watch the show! It was a special event held only on that day. Cool :')






October 25th, 2012. The day was first begun with Shalat Ied at Sendai Mosque. It was Idul Adha. Eid Mubarak! Hehe. At night, IPLA students were to celebrate our first monthversarry! We went to eat ramen (No, don't get me wrong. I ate yakisoba since ramens are all not-halal, haha). Afterwards, we went to a high building to see Sendai city at night! :)





October 27th, 2012. I, Eka, and Fuad went downtown to find something interesting and we ended up eating soba at this gorgeous restaurant which had been visited by members of Rakuten Eagles and has this cool ticket machine for buying food! Haha bear with me, I haven't seen that kind of thing before.




October 28th, 2012. My first time being a model! Well, it wasn't on a runway, but I might have this occupation in the future :P Nah, joking. I had a chance to be one of Indonesian representative to model at Tohoku University International Festival. Such an amazing experience :)












November 3rd ~ 5th, 2012. Tohoku University held a University Festival or Daigakusai. It was so fun. Besides the existence of various mainly-food-stalls outside, the classes were also decorated by university's clubs and circles. Several of them created cafes, haunted houses, or even turned a big class to a beautiful piano stage :) Indonesian students were also selling yaki bananas at that time (Pisang keju alias pisang bakar, haha), it was quite successful, I might say, since it was our first time participating in Tohoku University Festival :D





November 4th, 2012. Sorry for not putting this in a correct time-order. But I want to separate this one from the Daigakusai :) That was time for.. Chinese Hotpot Party! :D The soup was totally spicy, but the food was so delicious! :9 Charlie held this event and he used all Halal meats for this party so that I could eat the meats :') so considerate. Thankyou Allah for giving me a friend like him, hehe. The chicken soup, tea-egg, and hotpot were uber delicious! :'D







November 10th, 2012. Yes, I know, my schedule was pretty intense :P This time, my high school friend Al (who's currently being an exchange student to Tokyo Institute of Technology) came to Sendai :) We went to Matsushima together. Matsushima is known for its beautiful scenery. One of the top three best scenery in Japan. We went on a boat and had a chance to feed seagulls which came along with the boat for the whole trip (amazing!) and we went to see the Light-Up Illumination event at Entsuin Temple. It. Was. Amazingly. Beautiful. One of the best views I have ever seen in my whole life. There were several trees near a pond (see the third picture) which was enlighten by several bulbs and the reflection can be seen on the pond. The reflection was so clear that you could have imagined that there was another world inside the pond! Amazing. Enough said. Subhanallah.






November 11th, 2012. Second day of Al's short trip to Sendai. I got to bring him to Zuihoden and Aoba Castle which I had never been before. Zuihoden was still the same, minus the musical show. Aoba castle was  nice, we could see a beautiful scenery of Sendai from up the hill. It was beautiful. My friend even said that it was the most romantic place she has ever been in Sendai. After a long-and-quite-tiring trip from Dorm-Zuihoden-Aoba Castle-Sendai National Museum of Art-Tohoku University, we went to the city and saw this beautiful arcade decoration at Velondrome :) What a great way to call it 'a day'.








November 17th, 2012. IPLA went to Hiraizumi! It was a place in Iwate Perfecture where we can see temples and great view of Momiji (when leaves on the trees are turning red). I had to go with my tutor but unfortunately she couldn't come so I was accompanied by the one and only Taiki :D We had so much fun, great pictures were taken. Such a wonderful memory since the autumn colors are indeed so bright and beautiful :D










November 18th, 2012. Yes, only a day after Hiraizumi Trip, some of us in Japanese Culture 2 Class got a chance to experience Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony and got to write our own Japanese calligraphy. The Japanese Tea Ceremony was so quiet and solemn, I sat neatly with Japanese-style gesture for about an hour and my feet were numb, haha, but the tea was delicious and the sweets were so tasty :9 After that, I wrote my own calligraphy and it says "Jibun o shinjiyo, kiseki wa okoru" or "Believe in yourself, miracle will happen" cool, eh? :)






November 20th, 2012. Now it's time for some Thai foods! Since the scholarship money were just out, we went to have nice supper! :) All of them were super duper delicious! We ate a lot and had a lot of fun too! :D Fanny also gave me a taste of Swedish cookies that she found in Japan, it was tasty! :D







November 22nd, 2012. I went to Clear and Joakim's birthday bash! First, we went to this place called Sweet Paradise where you can eat as much cakes and pasta as you like for 1.5 hours. It was, to tell you the truth, quite expensive. And since I am a moslem I couldn't really eat everything there, hehe. However, it was fun and I suppose I can not find a place like that in Indonesia, so it was worth the while :D Afterwards, we went to a karaoke which turned out to be wild, for me. Haha. I will never ever ever getting used to people drinking alcohol near me. Hehe :)

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Yay! Finished! Hahahaha. So, the last thing happened were just today (or should I say yesterday since it's 1:21 AM already haha). My first snow! The first snow in Sendai! So excited!

November 27th, 2012. The first snow in Sendai. The first ever snow which fall from the sky I experienced in my whole life. Subhanallah. Alhamdulillah. :)

Goodnight people :)

Wassalamualaikum wr. wb.