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Of Many Things To Be Grateful For

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.
Hi!
Been forever since the last time this blog is updated! (That has been pretty much my "favorite" opening sentence in the last several posts). It really just made it even more clear that I haven't allotted that much time to write on the blog. Sigh.
Anyway, there have been many 'first-time's I had done in the past few months and more or less because of that, life has been very exciting!  But anyway, I won't be having that much time to write this post so please bear with me if I don't have a well-written structure in this post (saying this as if the other posts are good lol). So, let's start :)
First Time Working! I have started working, yay! I'm working in this financial e-commerce startup company called CekAja.com, a company under a group called Compare88 based in Singapore. What I do is helping my Group CEO lives his life easier by providing him with analysis and assistance. I have been working for almost three months (I…

So Long, Melbourne.

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.
As I am writing this, I am sitting in a coach heading to Canberra. I stayed in Melbourne alone for 2 days, and it was such an unforgettable experience. The short trip was totally amazing and I've got so many things to share, but I'll do that later when I'm home and able to construct a well-written post.
Anyway, can't believe I'm coming back to Indonesia in a few days. This travel, especially Melbourne, made me miss living abroad so much and now I realize how happy I was to be able to live in a foreign city as locals and how exciting it was to get to know strangers.
So yeah, you know, it kind of makes me feel like applying for a Master's degree scholarship. Haha. Thanks for the inspiration, Melb! (But you've just worked for less than a month!)
Sooo, see you again, Melbourne :)
Wassalamualaikum wr. wb.

Seconds

Among the strangers
with whom your eyes met,
there sometimes are
those whom
you can't help but
to take a second glance at.

Musical Obsession

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Assalamualaikum wr. wb.

I am a big fan of musicals, and to watch The Lion King musical on Broadway is one of my biggest dreams. When I lived in Japan, I almost watched the show in Tokyo but I changed my mind, mostly because the show would be in Japanese and I didn't think I would like it as much as if it was in English. A few months ago, Beauty and The Beast performed in Jakarta, but I didn't watch it since I didn't have enough saving for that. And lastly, The Sound of Music will have a show in Jakarta from October 6th to 18th, but I haven't had my salary yet so I don't think I will be able to watch it either. So, you can say that I'm an avid YouTube musical fan, haha.

Anyway, my most recent musical crush was Wicked, and Aladdin being the second to last. But yesterday, as I was lurking on YouTube (just like any other Saturday nights) I found this very promising new musical on Broadway called "Finding Neverland". You might recall a movie with the same…

Life, Updated

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.
Hi! Been such a long while since the last time I got myself totally immersed in writing. Let me tell you about what I have been up to these days.
Recently Graduated Graduation ceremony was held on August 28th, 2015. I went there with my uncle and auntie since my parents could not come. The graduation ceremony was inspiring, which was not quite as I expected. I was moved when the song "Selamat Datang Pahlawan Muda" was sung. It might have meant to be a song sung for the freshmen as the graduation ceremony was also the welcoming ceremony for them; but for me, it was also as if it was sung for us, the graduates, and we were addressed as heroes which made me feel kind of sad. I felt like I have not done anything much to deserve being addressed as a hero. I could have done much better for the nation, really, but regret always comes later.
The next tear-jerking moment was when one of the freshmen, who got accepted in my faculty (Faculty of Economics and Bus…

Ramadhan Mubarak!

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Assalamualaikum wr. wb.
Ramadhan Mubarak! 
Of all the greetings for any Islamic occasions, I love mubarak the most. It means happy as well as blessed. Both are particularly related to my feelings recently. I finally passed the thesis defense two days ago, feeling exuberant with this huge blessing from Allah. Yay. And I am so thankful that I had finished it before Ramadhan came so that I could concentrate on preparing myself for the good deeds :)


Today is the first day of The Holy Month and I feel happy about how I started. I literally have almost no burden from university or anything else so I can really concentrate on doing things I wanted to do. I did yoga earlier this morning to keep myself fit and I am planning to do so every single day. I tried my best not to sleep during the day but I did, haha. Probably means that I need to get more sleep during the night, which means going to bed early. It makes me happy only to think that I can really try to start over with my life as this h…

On Sleepless Nights

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.

Been going through countless sleepless nights and too-much-sleep kind of days. Will be having TOEFL test this morning for the thesis defense requirement. Will be doing much part of the Fourth Chapter of the holy thesis and hopefully will be able to send the draft to my adviser before work hour ends today. Pretty tight schedule, better be prepared and sleep instead of writing on the blog but I just feel like I need to somehow dribble out all of these pressure and anxieties somewhere, somehow.

Anyway, writing thesis is sometimes exciting (or more like intriguing ) and sometimes pretty devastating. The more you read, the more you know, and for me, most of the time results in over-thinking as well as growing excitement of knowing new, interesting matters. However, there currently is significant stress-level increase as the deadline draws nearer (also means getting closer to the defense date). And it's sickening that there's so much uncertainties coming from…

Parents-Children Relationship

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Assalamualaikum wr. wb.
I had never fancy the thought of having children. I would love to get married, live with, and probably take care of a spouse, but having to take care of children had never occurred to be something delightful for me. But several days ago, a friend of mine hit me with this question: "Where would you see yourself in the next five years?", and I never thought that she would tell me that by that time, I probably will have my own baby. 
Well, that question is actually not something that you won't stumble upon on several occasions, since that is one of the most common questions in interviews, especially job interviews. I had practiced myself on how to answer that question but I had always been thinking about how to answer them in a job-related manner, about whether I would pursue my study or try to climb the career ladder. But that time, we were talking about how our friends are getting engaged, married, or even build a family, so I guess the thought of …

On Life Updates

Assalamualaikum wr. wb.
Intern Life So, I'm currently working at a local consulting firm as an intern. I started around three weeks ago and I will have my internship finished in the beginning of March. Having the the "normal weeks" for working people: working in weekdays; taking the train and buses during rush hours; relaxing and taking countless hours of sleep during the weekend; etc, is now my new routine. Ah, except for the fact that I am working overtime almost every working-day.
Anyway, lessons learned from the internship: Looking at those tired faces of people who board the train/bus at night, I can somehow understand that almost every one of them strive for a living. Despite the problems they face at work, they can't just run away since there's this huge responsibility placed upon their shoulders. There might as well be time for me to be one of those people (in point 1), and for the sake of my sanity I will have to be able to find sources of happiness over …

Sense of Admiration.

I admire my older brother.
While I am always busy with myself and being too self-centered that I often hurt my family; my brother is the complete opposite. He is the person who has always been calm, trying his best to never be a burden to mom and dad, never shows his feelings, let alone his wants and needs, and actually has always been the one who supports the family in so many ways.
I admire him for being the one who seems so happy to treat us for dinner, while he himself often buys ordinary meals for himself. I admire him because I learned that those superheroes who often gets overlooked do exist. He never tries to be the star on the stage, but without him there might be no star at all since he's the one who takes care of the whole show.
Thank you, for letting me realize that you don't need to be extremely smart and ambitious and all that for you to actually be happy and be other people's source of happiness. :)
P.S:Although I know that his childhood had been pretty rough…