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Merah Putih

Gw sama Indonesia itu ibarat dua sejoli dalam love and hate relationship. Gw terlahir di tanah yang diperjuangkan orang-orang terdahulu. Nggak keitung berapa juta nyawa hilang untuk itu. Gw bersyukur gw nggak perlu lagi bawa bambu runcing untuk merebut negeri ini dari tangan penjajah. Sejak sebelum nikah gw mulai "berteman" dengan birokrasi dua negara. Birokrasi dari Belanda, tentu saja tidak seribet birokrasi di negeri ini. Segala macam email akan segera dibalas dan dibantu untuk dihubungkan ke pihak terkait atau yang menangani itu. Bahkan untuk permintaan Schengen visa tipe kunjungan keluarga di masa pandemik ini diberikan high priority dan email dibalas dalam sekejap. Sedangkan di Indonesia, aaahhh yaaa gitu dehh.

Tapi, nggak akan pernah gw pungkiri tiap kali gw denger lagu Indonesia Raya gw selalu mewek. Tiap kali liat bendera Indonesia, gw diam sebentar  berterima kasih atas nikmat bisa tinggal di negeri ini tanpa perlu memegang senjata. Gw bener-bener marah saat suami g…

Coco Shows How Important Family is

I watched this a month after it first premiere. And watched it twice. I love animation movies. Doesn't mean that it is childish but sometimes there is even good moral value behind it. Besides, you don't need to think too much while you are watching it. Always in a funny entertaining package.

So Coco also show us some Mexican culture where the day of the dead (Dia de los muertos) that held every year is the important day for them. It is a day where your dead ancestor are going back for one day to the living world. Temporarily, they believe that dead ancestor will be happy if we serve their favorite foods and what they like at home. They also put the photos at ofrenda (kind of altar or a special place to remember the dead ancestor).

This is interesting, in the land of dead, they can be dead for the last time if there is no one in the land of living remember their existence. So Coco's father left her and mother to sing for the world. His name is Hector and his ambitious frie…

Happiness is ...

to be able to smile and laugh also part of happiness 😁
Few days ago I met new friends. They are friends of my friend. I helped them for their competition. It's good to know them since the way they think about something is unique and quite close to mine. Until one of them ask me :

'What is happiness for you?'

I told them that for me happiness is when I stop compare myself with others and not being compared with anybody else (well, you can compare me with others but don't tell me if you do haha!). I used to compare myself with people. For following their success path might be ok, but for having the same life as theirs who seen successful and happy, I don't think so. So I stop to compare myself with others and it make me feel enough. I feel more relax, since I don't have to pretend or to be somebody else. I feel more 'me' because I only think about me and free to do what I want to do (or to think what I want to think).

But one of them said 'For me ha…

Secuil Jejak Kejayaan Byzantium : Hagia Sophia

taken from rooftop restaurant
Kita tadinya nggak berencana pakai tour guide buat masuk Ayasofya, tapi berhubung si Kadir ini lucu banget dan menarik marketingnya, akhirnya kita ambil dia buat jadi guide kita (meskipun papa paham juga sejarahnya ayasofya dan berkali-kali nanya ke Kadir sampe Kadir merasa 'terancam' karena yang dipandu keliatannya lebih paham daripada dia 😂).

Enaknya pake guide, kita bisa dapet prioritas masuk Ayasofya tanpa antri lama, apalagi kalau guide nya orangnya kreatif dan nggak bikin suasana garing. Harga sewa guidenya sekitar 100 lira (25 euro), plus kalo puas ya bisa kasih tips buat dia. Kalau pun nggak mau pakai pemandu, bisa juga sewa audio guide (tapi gw jamin itu boring banget).

bagian depan ayasofya
salah satu pintu masuk ayasofya Harga tiket masuk ayasofya 40 lira. Kebanyakan harga masuk tempat wisata, museum, apapun yang berbayar ini sekitar 40 lira.

Jadi, ayasofya ini adalah bangunan yang tua banget (sekitar lebih dari 1400 tahun), awalnya digun…

Surabaya Day Trip

suikerstraat
I lived in Surabaya for almost 2 years, but it didn't give me chance to explore the heritage or even do the historical walking tour there. Nope, too busy and too hot. Too busy to eat pentol gila 😎

pentol gila
Last week I came to Surabaya for lunch with my friends, and of course to eat foods that are not available in Malang, then wander around some historical places there. I came little bit late there and it was so hot. And it surprised me because they turn Siola into small museum. Curious about that, we decide to see what is inside the museum.


But first, we wander around Jalan Gula. My friend really curious about that road since it is so famous for photography addict. The place is around Kembang Jepun. There you will see some old buildings with Chinese and Dutch style. This area was Chinese and Arab neighborhood when Dutch was still here. Jalan Gula was suikerstraat which is translated into bahasa afterwards, is a small road. It surprised me that this road is only an …