Throwback When I joined Marching Band!


It’s been a while since I graduated from university. Campus life was one of the best time of my life, so much fun and happiness.

What was so good about being a college student? Well, beside the study, of course the experiences that you can never forget because the next cycle of life is all about reality! I was so happy to have bunch of crazy friends that I shared life with. We had laugh and cry. Those activities during years in univeristy like go to music events, theatres, gathering, etc were the best. Days in library also was cool, It wasn’t always being serious you know, we make some jokes and having conversation with friends, basically do homework and chillen.

I am type of person that were active in campus organizations. I joined Student Executive Board of Univeristy of Indonesia (UI), Tae Kwon Do of UI, and the most memorable one was Marching Band Madah Bahana UI in 2005.

My team, Madah Bahana Universitas Indonesia, just after won the championship! 🙂

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Restaurant Review: Zenbu House of Mozaru


I have never written about restaurant or food review before, but this restaurant is quite impressive for me. It’s called Zenbu House of Mozaru, a Japanese restaurant with inovative menus.

I went there for dinner with my friend, Ria. I just came back from Accra, Ghana. I told her I have been craving for sushi so bad. Every time I saw  some sushi my mouth would be watery. Haha. So then, we were looking for Sushi Tei.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t find it. So we just looking for another restaurant, whatever it is and finally we found a restaurant called Zenbu.

It is located in Kota Kasablanka Mall, Indonesia. The place is very cozy and quite big. You can feel Japanese nuance mix with western style from the ornaments, like bamboos, Japanese lanterns, calligraphy, and some decoration that look like Christmas trees, flowers, colorful balls, etc. It also has private space so you will be comfortable chillen with friends. And the most surprising and exciting was all the waiters welcome us with Japanese greeting very loudly like cheerleaders in basketball game. Hahaha…

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Why The Death Of The Office Can’t Come Too Soon


Paul Taylor

“We literally followed people around all day and timed every event [that happened in the office], to the second.

That meant telephone calls, working on documents, typing e-mails, or interacting with someone.

What we found is that the average amount of time that people spent on any single event before being interrupted

was about three minutes.” – Gloria Mark, Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California

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If you are working in an office today you will be interrupted – or you will interrupt yourself – every 3 minutes.

And what’s worse is it will take many of you up to 23 minutes to recover from that distraction.

If your boss lets you – go home. It’s the most productive decision you’ll make this year.

Here are four reasons why the office should have died by now:

  1. UK workers spend a year of their lives in meetings…

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High Fashion Muslimah!


I had meant to write this for a while now. I was thinking how I should start writing this topic, until I finally decided to sit down and write it in easy way. Actually, I will just write whatever I want to write. haha. I dont want to over thinking, like write about history of hijab or how women in Islam (we called it muslimah) get into fashion. It will be a heavy topic I guess.

So, is it true that muslim women really into fashion?

Yes, trust me they do! I know some of you would think how are those women get into fashion when they have their hair covered (Ok, not only hair but head to toes). It doesn’t even sound so fashionable when you hear it. Doesn’t it?

Let me tell you some, even though they have their body covered but many of them are well educated women, entrepreneurs, and profesionals. I wouldn’t ignore there are also muslim women who have dealt with difficult situation, like in war or poor countries. What I wanted to say is muslim women today as fashionable as other women in the western. They have their mind open about what’s in and what’s out of fashion, they got access to it. For you who have been to middle east countries, you know that you can find any branded fashion stores very easily in the mall.

Muslim women following what are trends today in fashion, they are wearing the most elegant dress, they are having the most expensive purse and stiletto, and yes they are also got the most luxurious jewelleries. I think muslim women probably are more creative than other women because they have to think how to look fashionable, yet syar’i (accepted in Islamic rules). So, here are some muslim women fashion trends:

1. Mix and Match Colors

As we see colors have been in fashion trends in 2014. Fashion designers and people are now showing off pop art colors, bright colors, neon colors, pastel colors, etc. Mix and match colors are every where, in muslim fashion also is not an exception. We have a fashion muslim designer and trendsetter from Indonesia, named Dian Pelangi who has known as a rainbow queen.

Dian Pelangi (copywrite http://us.images.detik.com)

2. Sporty

Sporty look has grown into one of the biggest trends of our fashion era. Everybody seems like rocking sporty trends, they like wearing loose shirt, jacket, and coat. Oh! you know we do love wearing sneakers and boots, and also flats sound comfortable too! So, if you think you like sporty looks, did you hit the gym this week? lol

3. Chic and Elegant

Who says muslim women cannot look chick and elegant? Here are some muslim who are wearing hijab and rocking the chic and elegant look. You can also wear earings, necklace, sun glases, and other jeweleries to add the glam!

Muslim style icon: Hana Tajima

Style icon: Diana Safira (via instagram: @dssaaksss

Style icon: YaztheSpaz89

4. Turban 

Turban has been a fashion trend. It comes to many styles. For muslim fashion peeps, Ascia AKF is one of the icon of turban queen. She is wrapping her head with turban in daily basis. She uses different colors of turbans, mix and match with her fasionable clothes. Look so cool!

Ascia AKF

Ascia AKF

Bersimpuh di RumahMu di Hari Fitri


Tiga tahun lalu…

Hari itu matahari telah tergelincir (condong) ke arah barat. Waktu solat zhuhur sudah lewat beberapa menit, kira-kira pukul 12.30 WIB. Saya tertegun begitu mendapati ruangan di lantai 2 sebuah kantor harian surat kabar–tempat saat itu saya bekerja–nyaris tak berpenghuni. Ruangan itu terdiri atas kumpulan meja kerja yang masing-masing berfasilitas komputer dan telepon. Ada sekitar lima kumpulan meja kerja berbatas sekat-sekat pemisah yang dibuat melingkar– tingginya nyaris menyamai kepala orang dewasa ketika duduk. Tiap lingkaran tersebut terdapat enam meja kerja yang di atasnya banyak dihiasi tumpukan koran, buku Islam, novel, sampai bingkai foto.

Di tengah sudut ruangan, ada sebuah televisi berlayar datar berukuran sekitar 34 inchi yang sengaja digantung di dinding. Sementara di setiap sudutnya terdapat pendingin udara, mesin fotokopi, dan printer.

Melihat pemandangan ini, saya merasa seperti melihat ruang  kantor di malam hari. Senyap. Tanpa hiruk-pikuk karyawan yang sibuk beraktivitas selayaknya mayoritas kantor di waktu siang. Hampir setengah penerangan di ruangan yang cukup luas tersebut itu pun belum juga dinyalakan. Sesekali ada office boy yang masuk ke ruangan untuk menaruh gelas berisi air putih di atas meja kerja.

Kaget, tapi saya lebih merasa seperti lega. Sebab, saya pikir saya akan kena omel dan dibilang karyawan baru pemalas karena datang siang bolong.

Pemandangan ini kontras dari malam sebelumnya. Ketika itu, sehabis meliput di Kementrian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI, saya dipanggil ke kantor untuk bertemu dengan seorang redaktur senior di lantai ini. Malam itu suasana di lantai dua begitu hidup dengan orang-orang yang asyik berdiskusi, ada juga yang sibuk bekerja di layar komputer, bahkan ada juga yang santai menonton televisi. Continue reading