Collection of Facebook Statuses, Before I Redesigned of Using It (December 2012)

A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion

The following post is collection of my Facebook statuses before I resign from using it. For statuses with pictures and links, I am not including those in here because I consider deleting them entirely.

(Berikut ini adalah koleksi status Facebook yang saya tulis. Status yang ada gambar dan linknya tidak saya sertakan karena saya anggap semuanya sudah terhapus).

2009

Menikmati suasana kota Padang di tepi pantai yg berkarang minggu ini. Aku berpikir, “Jika saja semua anak muda kota Padang selalu berpikir standar hidup sukses adalah menjadi orang kaya di rantau, wajar saja provinsi Sumatera Barat lambat kemajuannya”.  P

2010

Tahun Baru? Saatnya merenungi apa yg sudah dilewati di sepanjang tahun 2010. Ada suka, duka, lara, bahagia, kecewa, senang, sedih, iba, dan semuanya. Namun, satu hal yg pasti. Aku bersyukur telah diberi kehidupan di dunia ini utk merasakan arti sayang dan cinta. Semua rasa yg kualami senantiasa menjadi guru bagiku untuk menapaki licin dan terjalnya kehidupan ini. 2011, semoga lebih baik! Amin!

Di Facebook ini, semua orang punya hak untuk bebas berekspresi dan berpendapat. Kecuali, melecehkan orang lain dengan kata-kata. Style setiap org dalam memberikan komen pasti berbeda-beda. Begitu juga kepribadian dan cara berfikir orang yg komen. Kalo ga begitu, pasti tidak akan seru Facebook ini.

2011

In my life, I never celebrate Happy New Year with having parties like consuming alcoholic drinks, drugs, or the other like. I hope my friends understand this. It’s my personal right. What I usually do is to reflect myself and pray to God for all the great blessings that I have in the previous year. To think and learn the bad and good things of the past, learn from things in these recent days, and prepare for the dynamics of the upcoming days and colors… By that, I consider that I want to be a wiser person and be someone whose mind and action are for the days after tomorrow. Thanks my mom and dad, my family, my dearest friends, love you all, as always….with no hesitation ^_^

I hate conflict. I hate war. I hate rumors about people are killing people. I hate reading news that inform people were killed and tortured out there. Oh man, in what way I could see this world as “fair” and “beautiful” then? We have been living in the same word as “human” but why such devilish “action” still happen? Where is the so-called “good brain”? Where is peace? Where is mutual respect? Where is tolerance? Where is the “smartness”? Where is the so-called “modern” and “post-modern”? Where is the “genius”? It’s such a shame to know people “silently kill” one another because of “money” and “politics”. Isn’t that cruel? So sad…

Well, this semester is just a beginning. From three graduate courses, I have no C. Only A and B. Alhamdulillah….! Thanks for people who help me in adapting myself how to live here, how to get around and also to a “folk” out there who has just come home. That contributes to my success in studying at the earlier times of this semester.

The video of Tsunami… I cried watching this. This tsunami hit all kinds of people in all backgrounds and some tourists too, no matter who they are and in what faith or religion they are. Since I was in that kind of condition before, then,…I know how it feels losing a member of family although my first brother died not because of tsunami. I do love my family, my mom and dad, my brother and sister, as well as my dearest friends.. Then, I was thinking through the mindset of financial experts nowadays, if only I have lots of money in this world, but living this life without people I love, what does the money mean? What does the fancy car mean? What does the huge and tall building mean? What does the huge amount of money in the bank account mean but you’re lonely..? You gonna die soon and that’s an exact thing. You can’t run from it. But you don’t have people to share with of what you have? What does it mean to be a human when all we want in life is only money, money, and money? We need money but that because of a system. A system that we create. Our nature is never organized by money. Can we buy the shine of the sun? Can we buy the oxygen that we use everyday? Can we buy the snow to come? Can we make all weather into warm? We create a system with money but then we become a slave of the system. Being a monster when people talk about business. Being radical when things go into profit and income. Oh, God, please allow me to be still a good person as you would like me to be.. If someday I am rich, God, let I use money properly but never let money uses me to do something bad.. Insya Allah.. And only those who “think” can think of the truth..

My students asked me, “Sir, how could you be in the United States? You must be rich, right?” Then, I said to my students in FB, “No, I am in the US through Fulbright scholarship. I am not rich. It’s hard for me to live on my own money”. They responded, “Wow, that’s awesome..!”. I replied, “It does not happen just in one night, but, after a loooooooooooooooooooooooong journey in my life, after better and worse condition. I am from poor family so I know pretty sure how great this opportunity is. Opportunity to LEARN much as a learner.”

Mendiamkan pertanyaan lebih buruk dari jawaban ‘saya tidak tahu’. Terlalu pentingkah gengsi diri menjawab pertanyaan dari orang yg bodoh dan tidak tahu? Oh, betapa ilmu itu milik Allah SWT.

2012

If you have a brain, think of this verse in Qur’an. Muslims already know Biology, Geography, and Psychology, long before the creation of these subjects. “O People, if you should be in doubt about the Resurrection, then [consider that] indeed, We created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a lump of flesh, formed and unformed – that We may show you. And
We settle in the wombs whom We will for a specified term, then We bring you out as a child, and then [We develop you] that you may reach your [time of] maturity. And among you is he who is taken in [early] death, and among you is he who is returned to the most decrepit [old] age so that he knows, after [once having] knowledge, nothing. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down upon it rain, it quivers and swells and grows [something] of every beautiful kind.” Qur’an, Alh-Haj: 5. So, how can I trust what people think if for this simple matter is vividly available in the Qur’an? I love you, Qur’an. Yeah, may Allah SWT forgives those who deny your truthfulness and who treat Muslims as their enemies. And, may Allah SWT forgives those who considered themselves as Muslims but not doing what they are told to do so by Allah SWT.
On top of that, may Allah SWT put all faithful Muslims worldwide in Jannah, the Wonderful Paradise. This world is material. What is the point of being rich while you will be dead someday? Amen! Happy Idul Adha! ^_^

Alhamdulillah. “Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good.” Q.S Al-Haj: 37. Insya Allah. Happy Idul Adha for all my Muslim brothers and sisters in Indonesia and in the United States of America, especially in the world!

Kalau nio barazaki banyak, hilangan dengki, iri, cangok, jo ceke dalam diri, sarato parangai mampaburuak-buruak an urang. Hiduik ko bak cando kaco. Ba a awak mampalakuan urang, mode itu lo urang mampalakuan awak. Sakali kato marunciang, salamonyo urang maleh mandanga. Pahaluih budi baso, indak paguno jadi urang santiang tapi marunciang kama pai. Indak paralu pitih banyak, tapi urang kanai palaka
k dek awak. Indak dek baju urang sanang mancaliak awak, tapi dek baso, kato, jo raso. Indak badan surang nan ka mamasuak an ka kubua do, tapi urang nan masih hiduik. Jan berang kalau urang indak nio manolong, dek karano awak salamo hiduik mambuek sansaro hiduik urang. Mangko dari tu, Alah baelok-elok jo tetangga, kawan, dan dunsanak? Sabalun tibo masonyo, rancak lah kito samo-samo baiyo-iyo, basaba-saba.. Bacakak tu karajo urang nan andia, tele, jo tengak. Nan acok marasai dek kanai kecek, dikicuah, dipacaritoan, diasuang, dipilakak, picayolah, Tuhan sayang ka inyo. Urang nan acok mangicuah jo panduto, indak paralu pai ka Makah, kalau parangai masih indak batua, inyo ka sansaro di dunia, kanai lacuik di akhirat. Ambo tuka bapandai-pandai, jo “baelok-elok”. “Pandai” indak sadoalahnyo “elok”. Hablum minan naas jo hamblum minallah harus sairiang. Selamat Idul Adha’ ~

Refleksi bulan Oktober 2012, sejenak pikiran melayang ke kampung halaman: Kita punya dua tangan, dua mata, dua telinga, dan dua lubang hidung, serta dua sisi badan. Kanan dan kiri. Sudah semestinya bagi yang berfikir dan berilmu pengetahuan bahwa hidup tidak hanya menerima, tapi juga memberi. Pun tidak hanya memberi, tapi juga menerima. Memberi kebaikan, menerima kebaikan. Memberi kejahatan pada  orang lain, menerima kejahatan juga. Jangan mengharapkan kebaikan dari orang lain, bila kita tidak pernah berbuat baik pada sesama. Siapa yang menzalimi dan menindas orang lain, baik dengan kata-kata, sikap, maupun hanya berupa desahan nafas dalam hati, percayalah, itu semua akan kembali kepadanya. Ada hikmah di balik segenap kejadian. Ada yang bermulut manis, tapi bisanya tajam. Ada yang membakar bagai api, dan keras bagai gelombang laut pasang. Ada yang menghujam bagai pedang, menusuk jauh ke dalam hati. Dingin, bagai salju yang tidak pernah bisa meleleh. Ada yang berbau, tapi tak punya rupa. Tapi, semua kembali pada kita.  Seringkali, kita berfikir bisa mengibuli orang lain dan mengucapkan berbagai macam alasan untuk menutupi kebohongan dan kemunafikan. Tapi, sekalipun kita, tentu tidak akan mampu membohongi diri sendiri dan hati nurani. Siapa pun dia, manusia namanya, punya hati nurani. Masalah muncul seringkali karena hati tidak lagi diindahkan. Lebih baik berdusta daripada mendengar kata hati. Lebih baik menyakiti sesama demi diri terpuaskan. Inikah cermin manusia zaman sekarang? Sungguh, aku bingung. ~ Renunganku saja setelah setahun di negeri orang. Aku tidak sesempurna rekan-rekan yang membaca, hanya menulis apa yang hatiku katakan. Yah, banyak yang indah terlihat, tapi hanya sendiri dinikmati. Kebahagiaan memang kesenangan yang bisa dinikmati bersama dengan orang-orang yang disayangi dan dicintai. Selamat Menuju Hari Idul Adha’ ~

Just my random thought:

If we do not like someone because of the way he or she lives, we might not deserve to be liked as well. There might be some people who do not like the way we live, too. Therefore, be open-minded, considerate, and respectful toward others. What we give to others is what we get back; however, never ask for anything in return. Good for us does not always mean good for others. We are individually unique, guys. In order to understand someone, please always ask, “Do you mind if I….” politely. That shows how educated you are ~ Attitude reflects someone’s education ~

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain.

Be kind to others does not mean you are lame, but you are strong enough to put yourself behind and avoid being self-centered person.

Happy reading books and doing assignments! ^_^

An interesting statement that I found in a book about African American Studies:

…white, western, civilized, male, adult, urban, middle-class, heterosexual, and so on. It is this profile that has monopolized the definition of humanity in mainstream Western imagery. It is a programme of fear for the rest of the world population (Pieterse 223)” – Pieterse, Jan Nederveen. White in Black: Images
of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1992.

My thoughts: If I reflected it to my country today, no wonder why pretty women in Indonesia are those considered as having light skin. See the artists. They really want to look “white”. In fact, Indonesian women are pretty with whatever skin color they have, which is “kuning langsat”. I am so sad when I know some pretty young girls spend their money too much on products that make skin color become “white”, alias “korban iklan”. And, even cursing themselves for how they look! Gee..! I guess that this is the residue of what I could interpret from above quotation. I would say that there is nothing wrong with having specific skin color. As long as you have a skin, you are pretty, girls! Pretty inside is much more important than pretty outside! Makanya, jangan lagi kita menghina orang yang berkulit gelap, karena kecantikan bukan terletak pada warna kulit, tapi dari sikap, cara berfikir, dan dari kesantunan berbahasa – cermin kepribadian. (I wish my sister grows prettier inside and outside)

Women are the icon of beauty and grace. Therefore, in this world of unfairness everywhere, the best word for women is “equity”, not “equality”. “Equality” only limits women’s essential rights. In some other ways, women have higher roles then men. Islam teaches about “equity” long long long time ago. Islam was born when women were treated in such a bad way, during the era of Paganism in the land of Arabs. At this time, women were sex slaves, tortured, killed, and considered as “nothing”, only gave birth; if the baby was a boy, he was alive, but if it was a girl, a bad luck. Therefore, to solve these problems, Islam was born. Islam essentially protected women since then. In this case, did it mean Islam was human-made religion? (Study Islam and its history, be a Muslim and practice it with your heart and will, tell me what you find, not how you use someone else’s ideas on this). What happened to the Western women now, as a reflection of this historically, is that they had been given mislead-fabricated “texts” and they were also not allowed to study, be put as the “second class” (study about feminist ideas in the West if you don’t believe me), and forced to receive lower incomes compared to men (read history more if you disagree and ask for my “reference”). No wonder why women in the West did not see any tremendous freedom that women in the Islamic community could have. Hence, many women realize that Islam gives their rights more than the “equality” could give. Islam gives women freedom from being oppressed and viewed as sexual objects per se. (Look what happened with online media. Do you see how women are being portrayed?) – My reflection after listening to tausiyah of Syaikh Yusuf Estes. May Allah SWT protects all Muslims from all evil actions, thoughts, intentions, and temptations!

Rest In Peace for Chris Stevens as a US Ambassador for Libya. As a Fulbright Student (a Cultural Student Ambassador for Indonesia in the United States), I understand that it is a very difficult job to make good connection among people of different faiths, religion, and nationalities. We tend to see differences instead of similarities. Having been living in the United States for a year, I learn something that one thing for sure, never make jokes about others that make them pissed off. If they have informed certain things that make them sad, please don’t do. It means that I support the act of intellectual and responsible speech rather than freedom of speech but with no responsibility. A nice joke for us might not be a nice joke for others. American people whom I have met are very friendly and welcoming. Every country has its bad sides, that’s true. Our homework is not ended yet. We need to build more mutual understanding worldwide to build peace for each of everyone of our grandchildren! Act honesly, behave responsibly, and speak intellectually are needed this time to support a peaceful life in which everyone and every countries stand equally based on humanity and solidary and peace!

This world belongs to everyone. No matter who they are! No more ignorant and uneducated people, please! Otherwise, we will never see this world live in peace. It is not about the diversity of life, religion, faiths, cultures, nations, and stuffs, BUT it is about the difficulties of some people to OPEN up their mind and heart to KNOW and RECOGNIZE others! What is bad for you is bad for others, too! We live on the same planet, guys.

To all my FB friends, I have a request. I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. However, with the recent changes in FB, the public can now see activities on any wall. This happens when a friend hits “like” or “comment.” This automatically allows their friends to read our posts too. We cannot change this setting by ourselves because FB has configured it this way. PLEASE place your mouse over m
y name above (do not click), a window will appear, now move the mouse on “FRIENDS” (also without clicking), then down to “Settings”, click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on “COMMENTS & LIKE” by clicking on it. By doing this, my activity amongst my friends and my family will no longer become public. Many thanks! Paste this on your wall so your contacts would follow suit too, that is, if you care about your privacy.

Deeply touching! The view of an American student who went to Malaysia to live with Muslim community and family. She was sponsored by the US Department of State to join in a student exchange program. Post 9/11, she asked herself, “Muslims hate American or American hate Muslims?” She said, “It is our job to realize not only the importance of how we view others, but how others view us”. Going abroad means knowing differences that people have and broadening our views as well as freeing ourselves from things that stop us from growing beyond our personal stereotypical thought. The world is bigger than the map could show us. In my case, thank you, Fulbright!🙂 http://withlovefrommalaysia.blogspot.com/2012/09/11-years-later-how-living-in-primarily.html?spref=fb

Racism does not exist in Islam. Why? Because the prophet Muhammad SWT freed the slave whose name was Billal bin Rabah, a black man. He was the very first person who did the call for prayer for all Muslims. This duty was very high in front of Allah SWT. Muslims did not see the color of skin, the nationality of someone, or the personal character of an individual. Islam asks for plurality and freedom of living peacefully side by side. The concept of brothers and sisters mean we all are connected on this blue planet. Everyone is equal. This is something that is missing in this so called “advanced” world. What on earth are people doing by killing one another in the name of skin color, the nationality, the majority, or the “social status and class”? May God protects us from devilish act that destroys humanity, peace, and solidarity among us.

A fact that the world should know. Muslims are not terrorist. They had been infiltrated by brainwashed people who look for nothing, except taking all the sources that we all share on this planet and dominating the power and money! Be aware of how media can fool you!

Kasus yang paling aneh saya temui di Facebook adalah kebiasaan seseorang menilai orang lain dengan sebutan, “waham”. Jangan gampang menjatuhkan penilaian penyakit mental (psikologis)kepada orang lain yang belum kita temui, apalagi kita “mengenalnya” hanya di Facebook. Sebagai seorang linguist (ahli bahasa), saya paham betul bahwa gampang menilai orang lain dengan buruk dan salah adalah gejala orang yang sedang depresi. Hati-hati ya, guys.

Sebodoh-bodohnya seseorang berkomentar di status Facebook kita, tidak pula arif rasanya menyebut komentarnya “sampah”. Wahai yang merasa dirinya pintar, arif-lah dan bijaksana-lah di dalam menghadapi kekurangan orang lain. Tidak mungkin kita menerima komentar dari setiap orang sesuai dengan yang kita inginkan. Jika tidak suka, hapus. Beres.

When you “hate” someone, make sure that that person is not in your Facebook. If he or she is in your Facebook, whatever he or she writes will sound wrong to you and whatever pictures he or she uploads and tags will look worse in your eyes. Be aware of how hatred destroy your friendship. (No more Facebook sarcasm).

My selected line for today:

“O my people, this worldly life is only [temporary] enjoyment, and indeed, the Hereafter – that is the home of [permanent] settlement.” Qur’an, 40:39.
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“Hai kaumku, sesungguhnya kehidupan dunia ini hanyalah kesenangan (sementara) dan sesungguhnya akhirat itulah negeri yang kekal.” Qur’an, 40:39.

So true!

“The basic quality of a Muslim is the clarity of using language. Be simple, be clear, and be humble in using language. Don’t use words which are not common among people around you. Your language reflects who you are. Smart person is not those who speak and write in complex ways, but the individual uses language in understandable ways for other people. I believe this since I was a kid! What an insightful video! Islam covers all the essentials in life: ethics, moral, and self-conduct. After I learn Composition Studies, all what the prophet Muhammad SAW teaches make sense! ~

For my students in Indonesia:
When you discuss with friends about particular topic, stick with your ideas and argument; find realiable reasons to support yours; do not give make-up facts; do not jump into criticizing your opponent’s personality directly when your arguments are defeated. Only small-mind comes into criticizing personality when having solid discussion or debate. Ideas, ideas, and ideas are important than judging the personality of the person whom you speak or discuss with. Be a big-minded person with a large point of view.
(My own experience – often times, my friends got angry when I win the discussion and they accidentally labelled me as, “show off” or “menang sendiri” or “nggak mau kalah jadi orang” or even “sok hebat”. What happens is, I am proud of being called as that). Lol… ^_^ v

“Don’t hide your light under a bushel” – wise words

For my students:

Take the good things you can take and correct the misleading statements you notice in this blog post. You are also welcomed to give comments on the blog. Keep writing! I pray for the success of your study as well. Good luck! ^_^

In your life, trust me, someone may love deeply in his or her heart to you, but he or she could not express the feeling to you; simply because looking at your smile makes his or her happy. S/he does not want to change the beauty of your smile into something else after you know his or her feeling to you… you may not reconize this person so often as friends. You may even forget him or her by this time. So, whoever comes into your life, even though that person comes as a stranger you don’t like, that person may have fallen in love with you, unexpectedly…because of your smile… Oh love, you are so magnificent. You are the core of human’s life… ^_^

Please email me at syayid@gmail.com if you need to contact me. I would not use my Facebook account as frequent as I did usually. I will stop posting new status, upload pictures, and comment on people’s status. I only reply messages in Facebook inbox. May 25, 2012. Thank you for your understanding. (Silahkan email saya ke syayid@gmail.com jika ada yang perlu disampaikan. Saya tidak akan menggunakan Facebook sesering biasanya. Tidak akan ada lagi status baru, upload foto-foto, dan komentar di status orang lain. Saya hanya membalas pesan di inbox Facebook. 25 Mei 2012. Terima kasih atas kerjasamanya.)

My country, Indonesia, gained its independence in 1945. It means 67 years ago. It is a sad feeling when some people compare Indonesia with the United States or even with European countries. Indonesia has been so greatly developed to its present state through mutual partnerships with other countries after being colonized by “those” countries. Therefore, Indonesia is unique. This uniqueness has made this country well-known around the world. How strong political demands from other countries toward this country determines the great developmental dynamics happening within this country. Interesting…

Dalam hidup, suka atau tidak sukanya orang lain pada kita, tidak perlu dipikirkan, pun bagaimana sikapnya kepada kita. Yang penting adalah apakah kita suka dengan orang lain atau tidak. Dengan demikian, kita bisa menilai diri sendiri, apakah kita penuh dengan kebencian atau cinta kasih kepada sesama? – Renungan buat diri sendiri.

As always, people who call you ‘show-off’, they are simply jealous.
If they know you and appreciate things that you have in your life, they would say, “congratulations!”, or, “that’s cool…!”, or even, “that looks good on you, so perfect..!” You deserve good words after the hardwork you do. This is one thing I like from American cultures.

I don’t need the day known as the Happy Mother’s Day. Everyday in my life is your days, mom. Thanks for the comfort and sincere love you gave to me since I was a kid. This world is wild but without your grace, may be I have turned myself to be a useless person. You teach me without asking for any return. You are simply there anytime I need you. Loving you, as always.. your son..

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
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“Saya sudah tahu bahwa orang akan lupa apa yang Anda katakan, orang akan lupa apa yang Anda lakukan, tapi orang tidak akan lupa bagaimana Anda membuat mereka merasakan sesuatu dari Anda” – Maya Angelou

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – William Shakespeare

A life-learning quotation:

“Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart” – Alan Alda

Sebuah kisah dalam hidupku (berbagi pengalaman saja):

Ga pernah-pernahnya maen billyard di kampung halaman. Selalu dulu diejek ga pandai main serta ga “gaul” sebagai anak muda kalau mau nimbrung maen. Maklum, anak miskin yg tahu diri memang begitu. Cuma rumah, mesjid, dan sekolah (apalagi pustaka). Abis itu, udah bantu2 orang tua aja,,ga bawel and ga banyak tingkah. Sadar akan hidup dan kehidupan yg ga hanya hitam putih. Sadar kalau orang tua bukan dari golongan ningrat, cuma rakyat jelata yg berusaha hidup seadanya dan semampunya. Ga ada sekalipun terlintas maen2 games ala anak2 kaya and atau yg gaul2 gitu.. Akhirnya yah,, sering ngalah demi gengsi orang lain..kalau ada yang becanda tapi ga make sense,,jadinya kabur aja, suka males berteman dengan teman yang suka ngejek atau mem-bully temannya sendiri. Itu dulu.., maklum, itu zaman ABG, tapi sampai sekarang, tetap saya ga suka orang pem-bully alias pencemooh alias pancacek alias pencimeeh, meski dibalut dengan becandaan. “Bagarah nyo Said, jan manggok pulo ndak?”.. Ini yg sering saya dengar, tapi dulu.. Meski pada akhirnya, saya sadar, anak pamanggok itu sensitif, bukan berarti kecerdasan emosinya kurang, berlebih malah. Setiap anak manusia pada dasarnya cerdas, tinggal orang tua mendidiknya seperti apa, itulah kuncinya.
Trus….. Eeh,, malah di “sini” main billiard pertama kali langsung sama orang Jepang, orang Morocco, dan orang Amerika. Habis meeting dengan badan mahasiswa internasional kampus, saya iseng2 diajak sama teman2 baru ini.. Awalnya grogi karena ga pandai dan ga pernah sekalipun make stick billiard atau bahkan nyentuh bolanya (maaf ya, bagi yg dah modern, saya masih kampungan). Tapi, karena mereka tulus menjelaskan begini begitunya kalo main dan mereka juga ga sekalipun mengejek atau mencemooh, serta tidak membeda-bedakan teman main, saya jadi merasa bagian dari mereka dan terutama sekali, “pede”. Mereka pada ketawa dan sering ngucap, “That’s good shot!”, ‘Wow, that’s great, Syayid, you will be a great pool player”, atau “That’s nice, just almost get to the hole, you’ll be fine”.. meski bola-nya jarang ada yang masuk di awal-awal maen. Kikuk banget.. Awalnya terasa aneh pujian seperti itu, ngapain juga muji kalo kenyataannya saya ga pandai main..?, tapi pikiran saya, saya ganti channelnya ke menerima pujian tersebut sebagai dorongan semangat (tetap positive thinking). Saya berasumsi bahwa mereka bermaksud mendukung dan mendorong semangat untuk maen. Setelah sejam maen, akhirnya, malah saya yang nyetak skor buat ronde pertama 2-0! Hihihh.. Pede saya pun timbul. Pas mereka mau pake duit, saya baru cabut, takut mendekati judi. Ini-pun mereka ngerti. Saya tetap maen, cuma mereka aja yg pake duit (saya senang dan juga ga dosa). Abis itu, pulang, dan dinner…

Karena Alam Terkembang Jadi Guru, saya belajar sesuatu dari perjalanan hidup ini:

Selalu ada kebaikan dalam diri setiap orang, kita cuma tinggal melihat dan memandangnya dari segi apa.. Kalau selalu jelek yang terlihat oleh kita dari orang lain, berarti kacamata kita yang terlalu minus atau terlalu tebal kacanya… Have a great day🙂

We could ignore others as a way for us to give them a lesson when we are angry, upset, or the other like. However, do you know something? They never learn anything from that situation. They even forget you while you are busy with yourself. So, if you want to make others learn something, tell the thing that you think as right. Say something and let them know. After that, the case is theirs. Keeping the right thing for yourself will loose your chance to outgrow others and surroundings, even the world. That means, you loose the purpose of why you are on earth. Do you want that happens, dear? ~
(Friday, Feb 24, 2011)

I am so grateful to be able to study in the United States through Fulbright scholarship. I hope that until I am back home later on, my good impression will always remain. And my 2 years experience living in the USA will be a life-long learning experience for me. In the same time, I am also happy to have a warm welcome from the international student officers, faculty and staffs of SIUE, new friends at SIUE and especially, to my host family as well. Thanks Joyce and John. I will never forget the kindness from these people. May God always bless them all. Amen. And, especially to a couple out there, two American people, I miss you. Hope you are doing well in Abu Dhabi. ~

I love these words:

“There will always be people in your life who perhaps cost you too much, who hurts you too many times, who doesn’t see all the good that you’ve done for them, who takes you for granted but they are also perhaps the ones who YOU would give your all, who you would sacrifice anything for, who takes your breath away like nobody else could…. These would be the people who would teach you the best lessons in life, push you to become the best that you can be and the pain you experienced actually make you grow and become stronger.
I feel that if you only just realize WHO exactly walk with you (that is the Almighty) throughout your life’s journey, all that pain, fear, sadness become impossible and you’d see more good than bad in whatever that happens to you.” – Rita Zahara.
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Looking at the bright side of everything is the key to happiness – Syayid Sandi Sukandi.

“It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye” –
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones” –
Oscar Wilde

“The price of greatness is responsibility” –
Sir Winston Churchill

“Language is the source of misunderstandings” –
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 – 1944)

“High thoughts must have high language” –
Aristophanes (450 BC – 388 BC), Frogs, 405 B.C.

Thanks for my lovely sister and my best friend Hasnah Azmi. I never feel so blue when someone came to me and teach me as well as say everything bad about me directly to my ears and eyes. It is okay to tell me good things that you think I need to know. I am a learner, not just a student. As you said, learn, learn, and learn. The higher we stand, the strongest the wind hit us from any direction. Somehow, though it was painful to know a secret hatred comes to us; however, that is the most important thing for us to know so that we know where we are and to which direction we will put our mind. Again, thanks for reminding me and for being the special one, sister.. Wish happiness and joy comes to your life. Cheers.. Wish I could go to Australia someday. This song is just for you. Have a great day ~ ^_^ v

“Words kill” ~ Be careful with what you are saying. However, being silent does not mean the best solution to keep friendship. This video is worth watching for you my students. Please stop bullying among you. Love your friends as you love yourself. I had experienced to be the one who was bullied because of being “cupu”, “kuper”, “miskin” and “kampungan”. It feels hurt to be bullied.

Dear father.. At this time when I am growing up to learn how to be a man, how I fancy your styles in educating me as your son. You rarely say much words at home, but you gave real example through your modest actions and attitudes. Kiss and hugs for you, dad. Love you, as always, your son ~

It is cool to have a car. However, when you drive it carelessly, please, don’t blame you car and call it stupid. For you who has a car, please, act like a smart one or this is your risk… Take good care.

I often find people who are easy to call others as “stupid”, “dumb”, or “moron”, mostly because they are ignorant and are thinking that their mindset as the correct one. As long as others could “say” or “think” about something, no matter what their background is, they are not in those categories. Respect others mean respect yourself. Isn’t that simple but full-with-dignity statements for those who consider themselves as “educated” people…? Think.

We never know what people think about us. They may be smile. They may be laugh with us. Sincerely, what matters in the heart is what God sees the most. What we show to others is only for human perception. Think about it. Let our mind, heart, words, and attitude are in balance. Anyway, nobody is perfect and nobody like humiliation in any way. Think.

Setelah saya belajar tentang sejarah negara Amerika Serikat dan membaca perjuangan mereka melawan penjajahan dari Perancis dan negara-negara Eropa, lalu saya melihat ke masa-masa SD, SMP, dan SMA. Alangkah menyedihkannya melihat pelajar yang melecehkan nilai sakral upacara bendera tiap Senin pagi dengan ketawa-ketiwi. Memangnya mudah hidup di zaman perang dan di zaman penindasan? Terima kasih buat Bapak dan Ibu Guru yang mendidik saya dengan disiplin dan penuh rasa khidmat. Berdiri tegak selama upacara bendera adalah hal dasar menilai kualitas kepemimpinan seorang murid. Duh, kangen sama suasana upacara bendera semasa SMA! Tonti, Paskibraka, Pramuka, Rohis, dll…. Kangen!

Bernyanyi:

Indonesia, tanah air beta. Pusaka, abadi nan jaya…
Indonesia, sejak dulu kala.. Tetap dipuja-puja bangsa..
Di sana tempat lahir beta, dibuai, dibesarkan bunda..
Tempat berlindung di hari tua.. Tempat akhir menutup mata…

Lirik ini cukup bagiku untuk tetap mencintai Indonesia, bangsaku – negaraku, dengan segenap tetek bengek-nya. Apapun yang dikatakan bangsa lain tentang Indonesia, Aku Cinta Indonesia!
Banyak hal yang tidak ada di negeri orang, tapi aku temukan di Indonesia. Bukan karena aku lahir di Indonesia, tapi memang Indonesia yang indah dan sederhana. Di sana aku mengenal cinta, kasih sayang, kedamaian, keikhlasan, kejujuran, kuluguan, dan kesahajaan. Sekarang, masih adakah yang membela nama bangsanya? Aku jadi bertanya-tanya dan sesaat, mata ini berkaca-kaca, sembari berdoa.. semoga pemimpin Indonesia bisa mengembalikan kembali Indonesiaku yang indah, damai, dan tenang… Indonesia Bersatu dan Kembalilah! Jaya Seperti Sedia Kala, berjuang demi Kemerdekaan di tahun-tahun penjajahan!

Humanities is the science of dealing with humans and people. Don’t hate people who learn and talk about people. What they studied is called Social Sciences. Those who learn Natural Sciences, will possibly not agree with what Social Scientists stated.
Humaniora adalah ilmu yang berhubungan dengan manusia dan masyarakat. Jangan membenci seseorang yang belajar dan berbicara tentang masyarakat. Ilmu yang dia pelajari disebut Ilmu Pengetahuan Sosial. Yang mempelajari Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam besar kemungkinan tidak setuju dengan apa yang disampaikan oleh Ahli Ilmu Pengetahuan Sosial.

Trust me. None can destroy your life without your consent. Blaming others is such a lame character. The winner is the one who stands straight up facing the challenges come toward him or her, even though he or she should face loneliness and hatred due to multiple lack of stuffs. We are born alone, we will be dead alone anyway. Pressures from life are temporary. You won’t live forever, anyway. Have you prepared facing your own death someday? Are you sure that you will not be asked for what have you done on earth? Who gave you energy to earn money? Where did you go when you were sleeping? Think

Cyberterorism? Now what?
Internet is individual use over technology. Don`t be paranoid. Be free from your own fear. Nothing explode in internet. That is only collection of texts.

Thanks to internet. I know that darkness is real. Ever since I learn psychology, I know that some `arts` are meant to be mentally delusive. Darkness is your own shadow. Once you can play with it, you can see everyone`s darkness. When yiu fed up, of course, take the light. Soon, the darkness will fade away. Play with it. Tame it. You will be fine. – Inspired from Tatu (It`s All About Us)

Women are created with beauty and sweetness. Even from her voice, she is so soft and sweet. Whether boyish or what not, women are still women. There is a soft part in them. This soft side that makes men stupid like donkey (I admit). However, corrupted women always make themselves cheap in front of men. Hey ladies! Stand up! Show your self-esteem and dignity! Be a star in your life! Be the queen in your throne. Men and women are the same. Show to all men that the one that can hold you is the special one. The one that loves you for Allah SWT. And, men! If you love her, marry her. Don’t make yourself the victim of your own desire. Illusion between love and desire is so tiny. May all men who could control their lust over women can get the paradise. Fornication is such indeed a form of psychological transgressor and a big sin. Insya Allah ~
(For my dearest sister, may Allah SWT grows you as a lady of your life with all what your heart wishes)
(To others who disagree, remember, the biggest challenge is to control one’s own body and mind, before controlling others)

Only because you can impress others, does not mean you deserve calling others stupid. You can never fly. You don`t have wings. Be wise, please. Everyone is smart in different ways. And, don`t underestimate yourself for you never know that Allah SWT gives you with hidden and rare potential! Time to unseal the light in you!
Love Islam.
As always. I do ~

For sure, someday, I will resign from Facebook. I don’t care losing many contacts here. Though I know that the best friends are in the real life. Not here. Adios amigos. I will write my ideas in my blog somehow.

Pasti, akan ada saatnya saya berhenti menggunakan Facebook. Teman terbaik bukan di sini, tapi di dunia nyata. Saya akan menulis ide-ide saya di dalam blog ini. Sampai Jumpa.

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Thanks to all wonderful friends who have accompanied me on Facebook. Unfortunately, I decide to stop using Facebook because I did not see and feel any tremendous positive impact that I get from using it. At first, I used Facebook only to contact my dearest friends and family in Indonesia. Now, it seems to me that things have been too much overloaded with many people. If I removed them, they get angry and whatever. Therefore, instead of making everyone disappointed, I remove and resign myself from using Facebook. Adios Amigos, my friends. Thanks to all tags and pictures, those are so lovely! Bye.. (I will use blog for now on to release my thoughts, no longer Facebook). Wassalamualaikum! Jazakillah khairan kasiran! I am doing this for my own good and sake.🙂

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