Sunday, January 13, 2013

Best Wedding Speech :)

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.

So here's one of the main reasons why I suddenly subscribed to McFly on Youtube and suddenly fell in love with their works :) (well, second-main-reason is that they speak British, haha).


For you who has no interest in this video, let me tell you one thing. It reached seven-million views in seven days! I might contribute about ten of those (it's weird to say but I couldn't stop watching this video over and over again). And well, yeah, it is utterly sweet and I literally laughed and cried when I watched it.

Best lines :

"Guys I gotta tell you, you couldn't be better ushers unless you... were Usher."

"We've been together for what feels like forever, but I'll do it all again and again..."

"I'll be nothing without you, so I hope I've made you proud..."

"I hope that one day, we'll have a son or a daughter, cause Gi will be a great mom with the things you have told her..."

"I love your daughter, and you let me make her my wife... So I'll love her for all my life..."

"I would wash up all the dishes, if you ask me to. And I even dry and put them away 'cause that's what husbands do..."

"And I would answer all your wishes if you want me to, but if you deny me one of your kisses, I don't know what I'd do..."

"It's for my beautiful wife, from today, through all my life.."

And well, it seems that this video goes viral. The internet told so. He deserves it though, since it makes people realize important things we have in life, and makes us grateful for all of that.

Hope you enjoy watching!

Wassalamualaikum wr. wb.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Love Is Easy


If this is love
Then love is so easy
It's the easiest thing to do
If this is love
Then love completes me
Cause it feels like I've been missing you
A simple equation
With no complications
To leave you confused
If this is love, love, love
Hmm it's the easiest thing to do

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Inspiring People!

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.

Beberapa minggu belakangan ini saya kebanjiran. Kebanjiran inspirasi. For your information, saya ini orangnya seringkali terinspirasi oleh banyak hal, banyak orang. Tapi bagi saya, yang paling menginsipirasi adalah kaum-kaum muda seumur saya yang bisa membuat hal hebat di umur mereka yang hampir sama dengan saya.

Baru-baru ini akhirnya saya kenal (meski hanya lewat social media) dengan Kak Yasir Mukhtar. Buat yang belum tahu, silakan cek video inspiring beliau di bawah ini (Serius, ditunggu deh bufferingnya. Nggak akan nyesel kok, insyaAllah) -- kalau suka sama video di bawah ini, pasti suka juga sama karya beliau di BEM UI 2012 yang satu ini :


Kak Yasir ini suka sama dunia kreatif, dan dia bisa, di umurnya yang saya yakin masi dua-puluh-an, menggerakkan orang lain untuk menciptakan karya dan inspirasi, melalui apa yang beliau sukai. Melalui passion-nya :) Beliau juga sekarang menginisiasi gerakan 'I'mpossible' yang bertujuan untuk menginisiasi, meng-empower, dan menghubungkan gerakan-gerakan sosial yang sekarang mulai banyak muncul di Indonesia.

Terus ada lagi, seorang entrepreneur muda yang baru lulus sidang kemarin, Kak Asmarina Farid. Beliau yang merupakan anggota HIPMI UI ini ini bisa menghasilkan banyak usaha kecil menengah, tujuh kalau nggak salah (dan bergerak dalam berbagai bidang, mulai dari catering, restoran, sampai mini market), dalam dua tahun. Tapi nggak cuma itu, yang menginspirasi saya adalah bagaimana Kak Rina punya landasan yang begitu baik dalam memulai usaha. Beliau mengingatkan saya bahwa dalam memulai usaha, yang terpenting adalah niat untuk membawa manfaat, bahwa kita harus rajin bersedekah untuk memperlancar usaha kita, dan betapa berbagi ilmu tidak akan pernah salah, meski dalam dunia bisnis, karena rezeki tidak akan pernah tertukar. Prinsip-prinsip itulah yang membuat saya yakin Kak Rina akan menjadi pengusaha hebat. Subhanallah.

Nah, sekarang mari lanjut ke beliau-beliau yang melenggang di kancah internasional :)

Baru-baru ini saya dikasih-tahu tentang seorang mahasiswi bernama Kak Disty Winata. Beliau ini, keren banget. Kak Disty (sok kenal, padahal nggak) sekarang kuliah di Kanada dan beliau menginisiasi (sejauh yang saya tahu) dua proyek: 'Opportunities' dan 'Strawberry Generation? Call Us Changemakers!' dimana 'Opportunities' adalah sebuah proyek girls empowerment untuk gadis-gadis imigran di Kanada, dan proyek beliau yang satunya bergerak di bidang youth, untuk mengubah dogma masyarakat tentang generasi muda yang dianggap 'lemah', menjadi generasi yang disebut 'changemakers'. Kerennya lagi, beliau bisa ketemu will.i.am dan Chelsea Clinton di sebuah konferensi eksklusif Google Zeitgeist. And yes, please do google her name karena beliau ini hebat banget, dan kalian bisa nemu banyak artikel (mostly in English!) tentang pemudi yang satu ini :')

Lastly, Mas William Widjaja. Beliau sebenarnya yang paling berumur kalau dibandingkan sama pemuda-pemudi di atas. Tapi beliau masih kuliah juga, dan masih cukup muda meski sudah S3. Mas Will sangat suka sama yang namanya kolaborasi, dan beliau ingin menciptakan suatu 'alat' untuk bisa mengkolaborasikan orang-orang tanpa batas ruang dan waktu supaya mereka bisa menghasilkan output yang maksimal dengan kolaborasi tersebut. Setelah menempuh perjalanan pendidikan yang menurut saya cukup wow (re: SMA di Singapura, S1 di Jepang, S2 di Perancis, dan S3 di Jepang), beliau berhasil mencapai mimpinya: membuat sebuah user-interface system yang bisa membantu proses brainstorming dalam suatu grup. Wah, kayaknya bagian Mas Will ini yang paling susah dijelasin, haha. Tapi intinya, beliau punya visi mulia yakni untuk meng-unleash people's maximum potential dan beliau berhasil menciptakan suatu alat yang bisa membawa beliau ke visi tersebut! :D

Sekarang coba deh kita perhatikan, masing-masing dari mereka punya niat yang sangat mulia, untuk membawa dunia ke arah yang lebih baik, meski cara mereka beda-beda. Kak Yasir bisa menginspirasi orang banyak dengan media kreatif dan gerakan sosialnya. Kak Rina berusaha memperbaiki kondisi negara dengan menyediakan lapangan pekerjaan untuk orang banyak. Kak Disty melakukannya dengan mengaspirasikan pendapatnya di hadapan tokoh-tokoh penting dunia dan menggarap proyek-proyek sosial. Dan Mas Will, beliau memulainya dengan membuat sebuah aplikasi di dunia maya.

See? Mereka semua bisa menginspirasi orang lain dengan cara mereka sendiri. Jadi nggak perlu ragu, kita semua pasti bisa melakukan hal yang serupa... dengan cara kita :)

Wassalamualaikum wr. wb.

P.S. : Semakin banyak loh pemuda Indonesia yang hebat di bidangnya masing-masing dan punya keinginan mulia untuk memperbaiki bangsa dan bahkan dunia. Seneng banget! Saya optimis Indonesia bisa maju di tangan generasi ini. Bismillah, Ya Allah, jadikanlah hamba salah satu dari orang-orang yang bisa membawa bangsa dan dunia ini ke arah yang lebih baik. Aamiin. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Winter Break : Tokyo Trip

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.

On the first days of my winter holiday I got a chance to go to Tokyo :) I went to meet my auntie and uncle who were having a holiday here in Japan; and of course, to have nice, stress-relieving days with them.

My trip begun on September 21st. I was leaving Sendai by the bus at 2.00 PM. To tell you the truth, my bus was not that nice since it doesn't have built-in entertainments such as game console and television for each person. Neither did I get this pull-down hoodie on each seat which allows you not to be looked at while you're sleeping. Such a bad luck, I paid almost the same amount of money with my friends who got those kind of stuffs. Haha.

Tokyo's Warm Welcome -- Tokyo Station Light Show
I arrived at Tokyo at about 8.00 PM. I was with a senior of mine and he showed me the trains and ways to get to my hotel. He's such a great help :) When we first arrived at Tokyo, we went directly to Tokyo Station to catch a train. But it came to my surprise that there was a Light Show at Tokyo Station. It was a great show, so beautiful :) and yes, we were extremely lucky, haha :D Well basically, it's "just" a projection of motion lights on this front side of Tokyo Station. I think we also have this kind of thing in Indonesia. However, the cool part are the colors (very bright and there were so many colors in one projection) and the fast-paced motion.


Tsukiji Market (Largest Fish Market in Japan)
The next morning, I, my uncle, and my auntie went to Tsukiji Market which is the biggest fish market in Japan. There is always a big Tuna Auction that can be seen by tourist each morning at this market. But well, in order to see that auction we need to line up for the "show" since 3AM, haha. We're not those dawn-people so we decided only to go and have a nice sushi breakfast. Tsukiji is so busy and even though it's a tourism spot, everyone's working there. You'll find heaps of small motorized trucks running here and there. But it's fun to see, we can see this daily life of Japanese fish-seller in this real market where they work at each and every day. Interesting :)

We were not staying for long at the marketplace since we were there to get a nice sushi meal, hehe. So we went to this small sushi restaurant with a 'TripAdvisor' logo at the front door. We need to queue up for about 30 minutes. But that was not much of a time since our line was not as long as other restaurants' haha. The sushi we had was great, the ingredients were so fresh. Best sushi I have ever had! :D


Sensou-ji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street (Asakusa)
Basically, those two spots are located at the same place. Nakamise shopping street refers to these stalls lining up on the way from Sensouji Temple's main gate to the temple itself. We went here right after having brunch at Tsukiji. The temple, to me, was so big but it's just like usual temples in Japan. I do appreciate temples here but I'm not a big fan of it. Maybe one of the main attractions are the big paper lantern at the Thunder Gate (kaminari-mon), sacred sake (Japanese alcohol) in front of the temple, and a big pagoda nearby.


Ginza Shopping District
You sure have heard of this place, right? Haha. It's a busy shopping district in Tokyo. Compared to other shopping places such as Harajuku or Shibuya which are also popular among young people, my auntie said that there are more 'mature' people here in Ginza. The shops are not only those high-end brands such as Dior and Gucci, there are also stores like Uniqlo, H&M, or Forever21. This place is so lively at night, many people stroll down the street even with formal clothing (wait, isn't it normal in Japan? Haha) and everyone looks so fashionable (at least to me, haha).


Fuji Mountain
On September 23rd, we went on a one-day-trip to Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi. The first destination was mount Fuji. We were supposed to go up to 2500ft high at Fuji Mountain (The 5th station, if I'm not mistaken), but since it was snowing heavily, we could only get to the first station. There was not much to see at the first station, only snow, haha. After that, we went to a temple near Fuji and had lunch afterwards. On the way from the bus and at the restaurant where we had lunch, we could see a very stunning view of Mount Fuji, with the best part of it: snow-covered top! (this is how Mt. Fuji looks like in photos :P p.s : you can't see such thing during summer). Fuji mountain is a very beautiful mountain with this almost-perfect symmetrical cone. It's such an amazing experience to  be able to see it up close :') 



Lake Ashi, Hakone
Our second destination on that day trip was Lake Ashi, Hakone. It was one of five lakes which surrounds Mount Fuji. We were supposed to be able to see Fuji-san from that lake, but unluckily, Fuji-san didn't appear at that time since it was so cloudy. Too bad :( However, we went on a cruise and a cable car; both were amazing! :) On the boat, we could see the beautiful view of Lake Ashi and its surrounding hills and mountains. After that, we went on a cable car which takes us to about 2000ft high, we could see beautiful view on our journey to the top. Up on the mountain was extremely misty, it's an indescribable experience to be amid such a mist. Haha.


Tokyo Sky Tree
The next day after the tiring yet stoking trip to Fuji-Hakone, we went to see this second-tallest building in the world and the number one tallest tower in the world: Tokyo Sky Tree! :) This has officially been the tallest building in Japan (of course :p) since 2010, but it was just recently opened to public on May 22nd, 2012. Since it's quite new, I'm so delighted that I could be one of the people who visited it in its first year of opening :D In my opinion, this tower must be the next icon of Japan since Tokyo Tower is getting old. But I'm sure when visiting Tokyo Tower, the excitement will definitely be different! :)


Shibuya
At night, we went to Shibuya, another teenage shopping district in Tokyo. We didn't take many pictures here, and too bad we didn't take any picture of the famous Shibuya crossing (I bet you've seen this crossing on many movies, hehe) which usually is very crowded and busy. It was a great place with many shops and restaurants, and... many people. Ah, one more important thing about Shibuya is the famous Hachiko dog statue! Too bad we didn't have a chance to go there; but I will definitely go one day!


Harajuku
After Shibuya, we went to this well-known Harajuku located close by. We went there on Christmas Eve and there were many people dressed-up as santas :) We also had a chance to see a santa-parade on motorbikes! Haha. We could only see one person dressed significantly unique but we couldn't get any picture of her. Ah and here's the only place where I saw Yamapi's signboard! Hahaha :P


Tokyo DisneySea
You must have heard a lot of this place called DisneyLand. But how about DisneySea? Tokyo DisneySea is the one and only DisneySea in the world. It is part of Tokyo Disney Resort (includes DisneyLand, DisneySea, and Disney Resort). We went here on our so-called last day (since we needed to leave Tokyo first thing in the next morning). Tokyo DineySea was very entertaining. Even though we could only get on three rides which are 20.000 Leagues Under The Sea, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of Crystal Skull, and wait for it... Journey To The Center of The Earth! The rides were amazing, especially the latter. As you have probably guessed from the attractions, DisneySea is more for adolescences rather than children, so the rides are not as fairy-tale-y as DisneyLand. However, we could still see Disney live shows and Disney signature charcters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, etc wandering around :) And also, while DisneyLand's icon is the famous Cinderella Castle, DisneySea's icon is this gigantic volcano in which Journey to The Center of The Earth ride took place.


Sorede, owarimasu! That was my Tokyo Trip! :) It was such a great experience. It's a dream comes true :D Since there's still tons of undiscovered things in Tokyo, I will come back! (hopefully, aamiin :P). Special thanks to my auntie and uncle who took a really good care of me during my stay in Tokyo with them :')

This first holiday in Japan is uh.may.zing :P looking forward to having other trips in Japan! Haha. Anyway, did I tell you that I changed my mind of going to South Korea? I'll have a wonderful Kansai-trip instead. I'll be meeting Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara in my Spring holiday, insyaAllah. Gotta save money for that one since no family's coming for the trip, haha.

Good night! :)