Monday, September 21, 2020

My Parents

Day 5: Your Parents

Tema hari ini sungguh sentimentil sekali. Tentang kedua orangtua. Tidak mudah bagi saya menulis tentang mereka. Saya bahkan tidak tahu harus mulai dari mana, selain semakin saya dewasa semakin saya menyadari betapa mereka sangat menyayangi saya.

Sejak kecil hidup saya enak. Saya anak manja, hidup tidak pernah susah. Ayah saya memenuhi semua kebutuhan saya. Adakalanya memberi berlebihan. Saya mensyukurinya. Dulu saya bersyukur terlahir di keluarga yang berkecukupan. Sekarang saya bersyukur terlahir di keluarga yang sangat menyayangi saya. 

Sekarang saya akan bercerita tentang ayah saya.
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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Reykjavík

Day 4: Places You Want to Visit

Ever since I was a kid, I'm always amazed with nature and space. To me, we can see many miracles from them. They show that God is omnipotent. 

One of the natural wonders that mesmerizes me is aurora. Often referred to polar lights, northern lights (aurora borealis), or southern light (aurora australis). According to Wikipedia, aurora is a natural light display in the Earth's sky, predominantly seen in high-latitude regions (around the Arctic and Antarctic). From pictures only, I can tell that aurora is so-god-damn beautiful. It's a very breathtaking natural phenomenon.


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There are some best places to see aurora. One of them is Reykjavík, Iceland. Reykjavík is the capital and largest city in Iceland. It's claimed that Reykjavík is one of the greenest, the safest, and the cleanest cities in the world. The best months to see aurora borealis are between September and April.
 

colorful homes in Reykjavík
picture was from here


Reykjavík is not only known for aurora, but also known for colorful homes, unique architecture, and wild nightlife (according to this website). Therefore, there are many things that we can do in Reykjavík. We can go visit museums, swimming in indoor and outdoor pools, relax and enjoy cuisine in restaurants and bars, and sightseeing by walking along the streets in the city. 

If one day I have a chance to visit Reykjavík, here are the things that I wanna do in that city:

1. Enjoying Aurora Borealis


aurora in Reykjavík
picture was from here


This is my main reason why I wanna visit Iceland. I won't fly miles and miles away to Reykjavík, spending hours in airplane, and spending my hard-earned money, just to miss the auroras. The sacrifice is too much. So, it must be in my number 1 on to-do list.

2. Visiting Hallgrímskirkja church


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It is one of prominent buildings in Reykjavík, so I don't wanna miss it. Hallgrímskirkja is one of the pivotal tourist attractions in Iceland. Every day thousands of people visit the church. It's 74.5m high, the largest church and among the tallest buildings in Iceland. It's situated in the center of the city, so it is visible throughout Reykjavík. It's named after 17th-century clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson and it's designed by state architect Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937. It took 41 years to construct the church, from 1945 to 1986.

3. Seeing a Concert in Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre


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Harpa is a distinguished landmark in Reykjavík. It's made full of glass. I'm curious to see this remarkable building with my own eyes and watching a concert there.

4. Experiencing The Nightlife

I know what's on your mind. Me, as a hijabi woman, going to a pub or a bar? So what? I just wanna experience the nightlife in Reykjavík. I've never been to a bar before, so I think it'd be awesome going to a pub or a bar in Reykjavík as my first time nightlife experience. Plus, Iceland is one of the safest countries. I'll be okay.

Those are the four activities I wanna do in Reykjavík. If I have more time, I would love to visit museums and other landmarks in the city. Or going to another city in Iceland. 

I really hope one day I can go to Reykjavík. In order to do that, I have to save a lot of money. Like, really a lot. Fingers crossed.
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Saturday, September 19, 2020

A Threat

Day 3: A Memory 

Too many memories lingering in my head now. But, let me tell you one particular memory that meant something to me. It was in one fine afternoon many years ago. My father and I were in Plaza Senayan. We sat below a giant clock which always have music on every hour. I was still a university student. Hadn't graduated while most of my friends in my year already graduated. I was left behind because I got stucked in my mini-thesis. 

I remember vividly what my father said that day. He said, "You have to finish your study this semester. Otherwise, you have to come back home and become a farmer." I considered that as a threat. A horrifying one. I didn't wanna go back home without finishing my degree and become a farmer. I didn't wanna be a failure. I ran away from home so I could study in my university. I didn't want to let my sacrifice go to waste. So, I worked my ass off to finish my study. I slept less than I used to. I sat in front of my laptop for hours to work on my mini-thesis. 

Fortunately, (if I'm not mistaken) less than four months it paid off. I finished my study. If it wasn't because of the threat that my father made, I guess I was still busy playing games and I would have graduated a year later. 

I told my father that I succeeded in defending my mini-thesis and I knew deep down inside he's very proud of me. Even though he's no longer with us, every thing that I do is to make him proud. I love my father so, so, so much.

And, that's about my one of memorable memories. What about yours? Care to share with me? 
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Friday, September 18, 2020

Among the Small Things

Day 2: Things that Make You Happy

Many things can make me happy. From a little compliment such as "You look great today" to someone singing me a song can put a smile on my face. They bring joy. 

Other things such as:
Watching funny videos or looking at jolly memes on Twitter.
Having good food. 
The smell of petrichor.
Shopping daily needs.
Buying skincare.
Eating pempek and somay.
Reading good books.
Writing on my blogs.
Watching good movies.
Friends calling or texting me asking how I'm doing.

And I still have plenty more to mention. Bottom line is little things can make me happy. What about you? What makes you happy?
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Thursday, September 17, 2020

I am an ISFJ-A Individual

Day 1: Describe Your Personality

Like my friend, Kiki, wrote on her blog post, day one already started with a tough challenge: describing my personality. I'm always having difficulties to explain about myself. But, for the purpose of this challenge, please let me try with a help from 16personalities.com.

I had written about my personality test that was taken sometime in the past, but that was very brief. Now, using the same result from the same website, I would like to elaborate more, just like Kiki did. She's just such an inspiration. Ha, ha.


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Here's my complete profile


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Introvert

As you may see from a picture above that I'm 75% introverted. Yes, I'm an introvert. I realize that since a long time ago. I prefer to do things alone. I like being alone, because being in crowded space really drains my energy. For me, it takes a lot of effort to socialize. I also don't really like being in a spotlight. I enjoy more focused "alone time" activities, such as blogging, reading, watching movies or series, and listening to music. 

Observant

It says that I'm 59% observant. According to the website, being observant means "highly practical, pragmatic and down-to-earth. They tend to have strong habits and focus on what is happening or has already happened." It's not entirely match with the real me, I guess. Because I often overthink something that hasn't happened. 

Feeling

I'm 65% feeling individual. The description says "Feeling individuals are sensitive and emotionally expressive. They are more empathic and less competitive than Thinking types, and focus on social harmony and cooperation." Well, it's true. I feel that way.

Judging

I'm 64% judging. It says "Judging individuals are decisive, thorough and highly organized. They value clarity, predictability and closure, preferring structure and planning to spontaneity." I don't think it's entirely true. I'm not decisive, in fact, I'm a terrible decision maker. I'm neither thorough nor highly organized. Truth is I'm a disorganized. But, it's true that I prefer structure and planning to spontaneity.

Assertive

As a 64% assertive individual, it's supposed to be that I am "self-assured, even-tempered and resistant to stress. They refuse to worry too much and do not push themselves too hard when it comes to achieving goals." Well, yes, I'm more like relaxed and laid-back type. I'm not an ambitious one. 

For this post, I re-read the article explaining what ISFJ-A is. It restores the memory. I agree with the explanation in some place, but I also disagree in some other place. It doesn't describe me 100% correct, but it's okay though. Through this personality test I can understand more about myself. If you want to understand more about yourself, you can try to take the personality test from the website which link I have already given above. Please do share what you get in the comment section below!
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