Rezeki umrah.

Tahun lalu saya sempat nulis postingan ini. Bahwa tempat pertama yang wajib saya datangi kalau punya duit adalah Mekkah di Arab Saudi.

Allah memang maha baik. Akhir Februari lalu, saya dan suami diberi rezeki bisa umrah ke tanah suci 😅. Alhamdulillah. Pengalaman ini juga bikin saya percaya sekali rezeki itu memang sudah diatur sama Allah. Kalau dipikir-pikir, pendapatan kami berdua sepertinya sama aja kayak tahun sebelumnya. Malah, awal tahun ini suami harus bersabar tertunda gaji karena anggaran daerah belum disahkan (sampai sekarang, hehe). Tapi bonus dari Allah datang tahun ini. Ini memang panggilan, jadi kita yakin saja rezeki di masa mendatang itu sudah dijamin sama Allah asal percaya dan mau usaha. Mau tunda sampai gajian juga (agar lebih secure), kalo dipanggil sekarang dan dimudahkan, ya alhamdulillah kan 😁. Kalo kata Karim, anak saya, alhamdulillah tak henti-henti.

Semoga rezeki ini bisa kami balas dengan lebih taat kepadaNya. Amien ya Rabbal’alamin.

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2017, mengajar.

2017. Tahun pertama saya mengajar di Prodi Perencanaan Wilayah dan Kota, Unsyiah. 

Ini pengalaman baru bagi saya karena selain harus banyak meng-update ilmu, saya juga harus belajar soal metode dan pendekatan mengajar untuk mahasiswa. Tentu berbeda kan ya, mendidik siswa sekolah dan mahasiswa. Menurut saya, mereka butuh fasilitator saja dalam mencari ilmu. Tapi, seiring perjalanan mengajar, ternyata mereka perlu banyak ‘disuapi’ juga agar tidak melenceng, hehe.

Saya masih belajar menjadi guru. Mencari pendekatan-pendekatan agar mahasiswa saya tidak ngantuk, agar mereka terpicu untuk berpikir dan beropini, bukan sekedar menghafal definisi. 

Semoga 2018 saya ber-progress menjadi guru yang lebih mumpuni. Amien.

2017, memilah sampah.

2017. Tahun pertama saya memilah sampah di rumah, sekaligus mencoba composting dengan metode takakura. Konsisten? Tidak, hehe. Saya punya satu keranjang takakura yang disiapkan dengan susah payah. Sempat cukup rajin juga merawat takakura agar tak berbelatung, membuat cairan mol, menjaga kelembapannya dengan menabur sekam, dll. Tapi seiring sibuk yang cukup menyita waktu, akhirnya begitu takakura penuh, saya beralih ke biopori. 

Biopori jauh lebih mudah. Tinggal melubangi tanah sedalam kira-kita 60-100cm, kemudian masukkan sampah organik ke dalam lubang. Tutup dengan daun-daun kering agar tidak bau. Saya juga menabur tanah/sekam agar tidak berlalat. Sampai sekarang, kami punya tiga lubang biopori yang lestari, hehe. Lestari ini maksudnya berkelanjutan karena bisa digunakan terus menerus. Dalam jangka waktu satu bulan saja, lubang yang tadinya penuh bisa diisi kembali. Tanah di lubang juga mulai menghitam, pertanda cukup subur dan sampah berubah menjadi kompos.

So far, saya happy dengan proses memilah dan mengelola sampah di rumah, meski masih terbatas sampah organik. Minimal, saya ikut mereduksi sampah yang harus dibawa ke landfill dan turut memperpanjang umur TPA. Jika produksi sampah rumah tangga per hari itu 4 kg dan 3 kg diantaranya adalah sampah organik, at least kami sudah mengurangi 90 kg sampah organik per bulan. Wow… Dipikir-pikir, langkah kecil ini baik juga ya. Apalagi kalau dilakukan banyak rumah tangga. Pasti jumlahnya menjadi sangat significant. Sayangnya, kami belum mulai melakukan benchmarking pengelolaan sampah ini. Seharusnya jika ingin melihat progress dan menentukan target tertentu, benchmarking menjadi dasar yang baik.

Nah, tantangannya tinggal sampah anorganik. Terus terang, usaha kami minim sekali dalam hal ini. Kami punya reusable bags untuk berbelanja, untuk belanja dapur dan belanja groceries. Agak sedikit gampang menolak plastik saat grocery shopping, tapi tidak untuk belanja dapur… 😂😂😂. Tas daur ulang saya secara dominan hanya menjadi tempat menampung belanjaan kecil-kecil yang sudah ditaruh di dalam plastik kecil-kecil juga 😂. Belum lagi kalau saya belanja spontan dan lupa bawa tas belanja. Terpaksa pakai plastik lagi. Akhirnya, plastik masih banyak tersimpan di laci dapur kami. 

Tantangan lainnya adalah tempat pembuangan sampah anorganik. Usaha memilah sampah belum didukung oleh pemerintah kota yang secara sembarangan masih mengumpulkan sampah tak pandang jenis. Semua terhambur menjadi satu, organik, anorganik, bahkan sampah berbahaya seperti bekas baterai, dan lainnya. Sedangkan kami tak konsisten juga mengantar sampah anorganik ke tempat pengumpulannya. Akhirnya, memang masih bergantung pada pengumpul sampah kota. Yah, minimal sampah kami memudahkan pemulung ketika memilih sampah.

Meski banyak tantangan, yang mana dapat diselesaikan secara bertahap dan inkremental, hehe… di tahun 2018 ini, kami tetap ingin meneruskan aksi pilah sampah di rumah ini. Meneruskan composting dengan biopori dan takakura, Serta bisa diet plastik lebih ketat. Tentu, niat saya tahun ini bisa melakukan benchmarking sampah. Setidaknya menjadi data eksisting produksi sampah rumah tangga kami.

Week 34. Meet my pets.

I decided to jump to the current week of 2017. Haha… I have to admit that I fail the 52 blog challenge 😥😥. 

So… week 34.

I don’t have any pet. I don’t like pet of any kind. Not that I am heartless. It’s just I had bad experience with pet.

We had a cat at home when I was little. I was very close with the cat I would sleep with the cute little creature. We were always together. Until… It scratched my back when I was having breakfast. 

Dog? I am afraid of dog. Haha. Our family had a dog before and I was fine with it. Not after the exhausting experience I had with dogs. I was walking in front of my school when I saw a group of dogs sitting peacefully in the school’s yard. I thought they would do no harm. I was super wrong. They started barking as I stepped onto the school’s gate and chased me. I spontaneously ran and ran and ran away. They were so close I thought I would die. Then I suddenly stopped because I was very tired. I gave up and kneeled down. Surprisingly the dogs also stopped. Maybe they thought I was going to pick some stones, I wasn’t sure. A teacher came out from a classroom and saved me. It was during non school hours btw, that was why nobody noticed I was being chased.

So, yeah… I always try to avoid dog as possible as I can. The phobia had reduced a bit when I lived in Australia where dogs are very common in the street. But to have it as a pet? No, thanks.

Week 15. Time management.

I am not a very organized person. See how I handle my 52 week blog challenge? 😂😂. Not proud!!

I am not that busy as well. I just have to admit that I don’t have a good time management. I wish I’d be better with this.

In order to arrange time wisely, I have to understand my roles in life, haha. First of all, I am a wife, which means I have to spare my time with my husband to build a stronger and more firm relationship. Then, I am a mother of my son. He’s still a toddler and doesn’t go to school yet, so most of my time is dedicated to this little person. Although I have my own little family, I am also a daughter. I do have to spare some times for my family, especially as mom and dad are getting older. Plus, I am also a human who needs to fulfil my existence. I want to work, I want to volunteer, I want to hang out with friends, I want to seek and share knowledge, and sometimes I want (need) to be alone. 

How to manage that? Uhmm… I don’t care, really. Hahahaha. Most of the time I just let my day go with the flow. Of course I make plans but I don’t really let myself frustrated if any of the plans failed or unfinished. I simply ask for an extension 😁. I am not a CEO or anything, so nobody cares anyway. 

However, I have priorities which, obviously, are my family and home stuffs. Everything else are just the small things I am trying to fit in between the big important things. 

Anyway, here is my tipical day…

 1. Wake up at 5.30am (or around 5ish) to pray shubuh and read Quran. I usually open my laptop after that, to work a little before the sun rises. Sometimes I put on early alarm, around 3ish am when I am closer to deadline, to work. Once in two days, I go out for my morning jog. When it’s not jogging time, I continue working until 7.30am :mrgreen:. That’s about the same time I would finish my 3-5km run.

2. I cook for more or less an hour, which includes cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner altogether, haha. I prepare light breakfast such as bread, fried rice, fried noodle, or roasted potatoes and chickens (light, for Indonesians 😜). I immediately start cooking after breakfast with the family. When I don’t have to go in the morning, sometimes I only prepare for brekkie and cook lunch and dinner later at 11am. 

3. We clean the house while letting K watches TV. I usually put dirty clothes to the washing machine and sweep floors. Hubby would clean the bedroom and mop floors. Our house is tiny so it only takes less than an hour to clean everything 😄. We normally finish the morning ritual at 9am, except in the weekend when our to do list is longer than the usual (includes cleaning bathroom, sweep spiders on the roof, clean water pumps, etc). 

4. Hubby leaves the house for work. I would play with K, do the colouring, drawing, reading, anything he likes. We even go to the library or play ground if we’re too bored at home. If I have to meet people for work, or to attend seminar/workshop, I take K to my sister or mom. If I only have to go to office to report, or other not so important stuff, most of the time I would bring K along. My husband is pretty flexible with times as well, so in case I couldn’t be back at lunch time, he could manage time to take care of K for a bit. 

5. K would nap after lunch, for about two hours. Good time for work 😁. But…sometimes I also take a nap, haha. 

6. K wakes up at around 3.30pm. We bath, we watch TV, while waiting for Abi home (abi=dad). We would go around for sight seing with abi, then. Sight seing in here means riding motorbike around the nearby areas. Sometimes we do grocery shopping during this hours. Often, we go to my parents’ house. Basically, afternoon is free time. I usually arrange meeting with friends, community groups, within this hours. 

7. After Maghrib (sunset) to sleep time, we usually just stay at home. I would iron clothes while watch TV. K would play with abi. 

8. K sleeps at around 9.30pm or 10pm. This is usually a good time to catch up with hubby. When I am not too tired, I would work for about 2-3 hours before sleep. Otherwise, I just sleep right away and work earlier in the morning.

Basically my life revolves around K. I have to schedule things according to his activities. I only spend maybe around 5 to 6 hours for work, working from home. Most of the time, I am a mother and housewife 😁.

Week 14. My favourite book.

Reading has always been a great pleasure for me. I read anything… Even the shallow kind of book like teen lits, haha. However, I don’t really have a particular book to be claimed as favourite.

I have some favourite authors, though. Here are my top three. I would write more, if I have time 😜.

1. Paulo Coelho

I started reading Coelho at high school. My first is The Alchemist. Have you ever heard the phrase, “when you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favour.”? 

His words… Which I love.

Imho, his writings are dreamy, pensive, and insightful. Not just in The Alchemist but in all of his books. The keywords of his fictions are mostly the same; about one’s own destiny, about rising above failure, and about the unity of the universe. I’ve never got tired of reading them, though. I keep on adding more Coelho’s on my book shelves. Zahir, Witch of Portobello, the Winner Stands Alone, Aleph, Eleven Minutes, Bridal, Veronika decides to Die, by the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, the Fifth Mountain, are some that I’ve enjoyed. I still have some of his I haven’t read yet. But, I will :).

2. Haruki Murakami

When I was working as a radio announcer in Malang, a friend recommended me Norwegian Wood of Murakami to read as we listen to Beatles’ Norwegian Wood 😁. He said the book is awesome.

Turned out… Yes, I absolutely loved it. After that book, I follow up with The wind up bird chronicle, Kafka on the shore, After dark Roman, Blind willow sleeping woman, After the quake, and the most recent one I read, the 924 pages of 1Q84… Haha. The longest fiction I’ve read. Amazing I could finish it in between parenting plus working from home hours :mrgreen:.

I love Murakami for his witty writing style; surreal, bittersweet, mysterious and unpredictable. His fictions have things in common (see pic), which I also love. Everytime I read Murakami’s I always could relate the similarity with his other books.

Murakami never fails :mrgreen:. He’s the master of symbolism, all summed up in this bingo chart. Took the pic from http://www.sometimesraw.com/?p=2927

3. Khaled Hosseini

I’ve only read two of his books, which are Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Although I haven’t followed with his other books, I found those two heart wrenchings and heart warming at the same time. I think his writing is so vivid and alive, driving your emotion to the nerve. Both books explore the life of a misfit in a war ravaged in Afghan society. Both books are about love, courage, and humanity. 

Done. Three for now :).