Wednesday, April 24, 2013

love of books

"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
                           - Dr. Seuss

Sunday, April 14, 2013

what happens when you live abroad (repost)

Yesterday some friends and i had an interesting conversation after reading the article below. We all thought it was very true - well, maybe not the part about the bars and all - but it summed up almost everything we felt about living abroad. As some of you might know i have a thing for quoting hehe, so i'm sharing her article here. It's quite long, but i had no regrets "wasting" my time on it, hehe.. The article was written by Chelsea Fagan, you can check her website here.
What Happens When You Live Abroad (Chelsea Ragan, May 21, 2012)
A very dependable feature of people who live abroad is finding them huddled together in bars and restaurants, talking not just about their homelands, but about the experience of leaving. And strangely enough, these groups of ex-pats aren’t necessarily all from the same home countries, often the mere experience of trading lands and cultures is enough to link them together and build the foundations of a friendship. I knew a decent amount of ex pats — of varying lengths of stay — back in America, and it’s reassuring to see that here in Europe, the “foreigner” bars are just as prevalent and filled with the same warm, nostalgic chatter.
But one thing that undoubtedly exists between all of us, something that lingers unspoken at all of our gatherings, is fear. There is a palpable fear to living in a new country, and though it is more acute in the first months, even year, of your stay, it never completely evaporates as time goes on. It simply changes. The anxiousness that was once concentrated on how you’re going to make new friends, adjust, and master the nuances of the language has become the repeated question “What am I missing?” As you settle into your new life and country, as time passes and becomes less a question of how long you’ve been here and more one of how long you’ve been gone, you realize that life back home has gone on without you. People have grown up, they’ve moved, they’ve married, they’ve become completely different people — and so have you.
It’s hard to deny that the act of living in another country, in another language, fundamentally changes you. Different parts of your personality sort of float to the top, and you take on qualities, mannerisms, and opinions that define the new people around you. And there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s often part of the reason you left in the first place. You wanted to evolve, to change something, to put yourself in an uncomfortable new situation that would force you to into a new phase of your life.
So many of us, when we leave our home countries, want to escape ourselves. We build up enormous webs of people, of bars and coffee shops, of arguments and exes and the same five places over and over again, from which we feel we can’t break free. There are just too many bridges that have been burned, or love that has turned sour and ugly, or restaurants at which you’ve eaten everything on the menu at least ten times — the only way to escape and to wipe your slate clean is to go somewhere where no one knows who you were, and no one is going to ask. And while it’s enormously refreshing and exhilarating to feel like you can be anyone you want to be and come without the baggage of your past, you realize just how much of “you” was based more on geographic location than anything else.
Walking streets alone and eating dinner at tables for one — maybe with a book, maybe not — you’re left alone for hours, days on end with nothing but your own thoughts. You start talking to yourself, asking yourself questions and answering them, and taking in the day’s activities with a slowness and an appreciation that you’ve never before even attempted. Even just going to the grocery store — when in an exciting new place, when all by yourself, when in a new language — is a thrilling activity. And having to start from zero and rebuild everything, having to re-learn how to live and carry out every day activities like a child, fundamentally alters you. Yes, the country and its people will have their own effect on who you are and what you think, but few things are more profound than just starting over with the basics and relying on yourself to build a life again. I have yet to meet a person who I didn’t find calmed by the experience. There is a certain amount of comfort and confidence that you gain with yourself when you go to this new place and start all over again, and a knowledge that — come what may in the rest of your life — you were capable of taking that leap and landing softly at least once.
But there are the fears. And yes, life has gone on without you. And the longer you stay in your new home, the more profound those changes will become. Holidays, birthdays, weddings — every event that you miss suddenly becomes a tick mark on an endless ream of paper. One day, you simply look back and realize that so much has happened in your absence, that so much has changed. You find it harder and harder to start conversations with people who used to be some of your best friends, and in-jokes become increasingly foreign — you have become an outsider. There are those who stay so long that they can never go back. We all meet the ex-pat who has been in his new home for 30 years and who seems to have almost replaced the missed years spent back in his homeland with full, passionate immersion into his new country. Yes, technically they are immigrants. Technically their birth certificate would place them in a different part of the world. But it’s undeniable that whatever life they left back home, they could never pick up all the pieces to. That old person is gone, and you realize that every day, you come a tiny bit closer to becoming that person yourself — even if you don’t want to.
So you look at your life, and the two countries that hold it, and realize that you are now two distinct people. As much as your countries represent and fulfill different parts of you and what you enjoy about life, as much as you have formed unbreakable bonds with people you love in both places, as much as you feel truly at home in either one, so you are divided in two. For the rest of your life, or at least it feels this way, you will spend your time in one naggingly longing for the other, and waiting until you can get back for at least a few weeks and dive back into the person you were back there. It takes so much to carve out a new life for yourself somewhere new, and it can’t die simply because you’ve moved over a few time zones. The people that took you into their country and became your new family, they aren’t going to mean any less to you when you’re far away.
When you live abroad, you realize that, no matter where you are, you will always be an ex-pat. There will always be a part of you that is far away from its home and is lying dormant until it can breathe and live in full color back in the country where it belongs. To live in a new place is a beautiful, thrilling thing, and it can show you that you can be whoever you want — on your own terms. It can give you the gift of freedom, of new beginnings, of curiosity and excitement. But to start over, to get on that plane, doesn’t come without a price. You cannot be in two places at once, and from now on, you will always lay awake on certain nights and think of all the things you’re missing out on back home.


Hampir tiap hari Ibu suka nge-line cuman buat nanyain hal-hal sederhana atau bahkan ngirimin foto yang benar-benar random *thank God for apps nowadays!*
Obrolan kita selalu seru, ada aja yang diomongon. Something i really look forward to. Beberapa hari yang lalu Ibu ngirimin foto selfie terus nanya "ibu kaya nenek-nenek ga kak?" (and the answer was "NO"; in that picture she was really really pretty, way prettier than i'll ever be! haha)
Beberapa jam yang lalu Ibu nge-chat kaya gini :

     Ibu : Kakak lagi apa? Ibu sama ayah lagi pacaran dong!
     Dhilla : Baru pulang bu, pacaran muluuu~ mau ke mana?
     Ibu : Iya dong asik, mau cari makan nih kita, apa ya enaknya?
     Dhilla : Bebek aja bu, aku pengen bebek!
     ---30 menit kemudian
     Ibu : We decided to eat Japanese food cause we really really miss you!


Ah, there it goes again. Sore tadi baru aja ngomongin topik yang sama, sama beberapa teman senasib sesama perantau. Kita ngebahas gimana ternyata kita terkadang ga (mau) sadar kalau selama kita ga ada itu banyak banget hal-hal yang berubah, bukan cuman kita yang sibuk adaptasi, tapi orang-orang yang kita tinggal pun melakukan hal yang sama.

LDR (long distance relationship) itu susah banget ya. Apalagi kalau LDR-annya itu sama orang-orang yang paling kita sayang, orang-orang yang selalu ada buat kita sejak pertama kita lahir. Iya, keluarga. Suka ga rela rasanya kalau inget kita kehilangan banyak banget momen sederhana tapi berarti selama kita jauh dari orang-orang yang kita sayang itu. Ketika kita sibuk tumbuh dewasa, banyak ketemu orang-orang baru, keasikan dapet banyak pengalaman baru, kita suka lupa kalau orang tua kita juga semakin tua; dan waktu kita buat bersama mereka pun semakin menipis.
No, we could never ever turn back time, but i hope one day i'll have the chance to prove to my parents that they have done a great job raising me.
Hopefully one day (soon).

Friday, April 12, 2013

quote (2)

“Begitulah kehidupan, Ada yang kita tahu, ada pula yang tidak kita tahu. Yakinlah, dengan ketidak-tahuan itu bukan berarti Tuhan berbuat jahat kepada kita. Mungkin saja Tuhan sengaja melindungi kita dari tahu itu sendiri.” 
― Tere Liye, Rembulan Tenggelam Di Wajahmu

Thursday, April 11, 2013

kalau aja bisa ngerti

Seringkali kita menyangka bukti Allah swt sayang sama kita itu kalau kita dikasih apa yang kita mau, apa yang kita suka, apa yang kita minta...


kita juga suka lupa kalau udah terlalu banyak nikmat yang Allah swt kasih tanpa kita minta sama sekali, yang bahkan terpikirkan pun ga. Dan mungkin aja kalau dipikirin lagi (mungkin) sebenarnya kita ga pantes ngedapetin apa yang udah Allah swt kasih itu..


Allah swt ga pernah berhenti memberi tuh, malah semakin hari semakin banyak. Selalu dan selalu memberi..
Jadi sebenernya itu apa? Rahmat? Nikmat? Ujian?

Apapun itu, yang pasti, kalau aja manuisa bisa ngerti rencana yang udah Allah swt siapin, pasti, ga akan ada lagi hal-hal yang kita keluh kesahkan...

so that is why...
"Every experience Allah swt gives us; every person He puts in our lives; is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see." scary as the future might seem, but it was never ours to know.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


  小さな出会い、大きな別れ 、感謝をこめて胸に刻むよ。