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9 May

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Are You Looking for the Whole Package?

25 Feb

This is one of my favorite stories of all time and a place where I can look back and watch my life change.  All in a single moment.

Grab a coffee, sit back and join me for a ride on the life lesson train.

Let me start by saying that I love asking people about their most embarrassing moments.  Not only is it entertaining for me, but I am able to learn so much about a person from their stories about  “falling” out of their comfort zone and their temporary humiliation – usually, all with a smile on their face.

I, however, was born a wee bit of a klutz, so some people’s most embarrassing moments are just “Daily Kira Moments.”  If there is a drink I will spill it; a rock, I will trip over it.  Let’s just say I gave up wearing white years ago.

So when people ask me about my most embarrassing moment, I always look at it a little differently than most.  For me, it is not about spilling or tripping, but about times where I was less than my best with people I care about.  This one is a doozy.

During my sophomore year, I went home for awhile due to an illness.  It was a pretty stressful time for me and my body was taking the brunt of it.  In all of his awesomeness, my friend Chad visited almost every weekend.  My parents loved him (mostly for “dealing” with their stressed-out daughter) and my Mom had his favorite dessert, cherry cheesecake, waiting for him.

This weekend was no different than others.  It was Saturday afternoon and my mood was a little grumpy (as it usually was during that time).  My Mom pulled out the cherry cheesecake and asked me to serve it while she tended to Chad’s every need, hoping that he would become her future son-in-law.  To this day, I don’t remember what exactly Chad said, but whatever it was it made me so upset that I slammed down the cherry container spraying cherries everywhere.  I then picked up a handful of cherries and wiped them across his face.  Yup. I did that. Did I mention I am a life coach?

I was instantly horrified by my actions and ran upstairs crying.  Sobbing. I could hear my Mom shouting at him to “leave me and my terrible behavior alone, so I could think about what I had done.”  Apologizing to him, she was probably wondering how she could raise such a horrible daughter.

I could not believe what I had done.  I could not believe that I could treat a guy like that who drove 4 hours every weekend to see me.  Especially since he was my best friend.  As if I was dying, I saw the history of our entire friendship flash before my eyes as well as the inevitable ending that was bound to happen after the “cherry cheesecake incident.”  I sat on my bed tired, deflated, praying that the “break up” would be quick so it wouldn’t be so painful.  Or at least he wouldn’t be there to see how painful.

I heard the stairs creaking underneath his feet as he made his way upstairs.  A wave of nausea came over me.  As he walked into the room, I was crying too hard to even stutter out a “I’m so, so, so sorry.”  I just sat there sobbing, face red, nose running, paralyzed.

He looked over at me, smiled, walked towards me and hugged me in a way that I knew he wasn’t letting go for awhile.  Then he said, “I shouldn’t have said that, I am sorry if I hurt your feelings.”

I instantly started crying more and the flood gates opened.  I started babbling through the tears and confessing (kind of like that scene with Chunk and the blender in Goonies)  about how I was a horrible person, friend, daughter and clearly a little crazy. I expected him to leave and never look back.

He pulled away from me, put his hands on my shoulders and smiled.  He then said something that would change me forever.  “I love you Kira and not just the good stuff.  I love the good stuff, the bad stuff and everything in between.  I love the whole Kira package.”

At that moment I felt it.  True unconditional love.  It was amazing.

Looking back, I realize now that up until that moment I always thought love had conditions. I thought I needed to look my best, be on my best behavior and aim for perfect to be loved.  I mean who would want to love my flaws? There were plenty.  However, Chad taught me that day when you get past the beginning stuff and the “real” you shows up (which it is going to end up doing anyway) that is where the real love exists.  It is not about only the good stuff, but about the whole package.

Life is a constant learning process for me and I am the last person to say I have the answers, but I will tell you that I have learned that in this crazy journey there is always a whole package, whether you see it right away or not.  I hear a lot of women joke about Prince Charming, but secretly in the back of their minds I know they’re hoping he exists, looks like Robert Pattinson and is on his way to save them.  But here is something that I have been contemplating lately: I love the rush of a crush.  The excitement of new romance.  The breath stopping need for passion. But what I’ve learned is the love that shows up later is the most satisfying. I’m talking about the one that sticks around when you have no make-up on; have your hair piled on top of your head; the one who leaves you with the delicious feeling of someone who knows you, asks about your day and actually wants to hear the answers.

Are you looking for the whole package? Talk to me.

-Kira

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The First 28 Days

5 Feb

If I wait for the perfect weather for writing this post, maybe I will never write anything for, at least, the next 5 months. Lately, Semarang has transformed from the sun-burning city into one of those city who you don’t mind walking around without putting your jacket on. Since the rainy season get started, it barely feels hot outside, and become more and more comfortable to do morning exercises.

Along January, there are a lot of stuffs going on. Like graduations of some college friends, death of a close relative, events from both projects and city itself, trip planning, gathering, emotional circumstances, personal revelation, and birthday surprise. Yup, my birthday surprise.

By the second week of January, at 8th to be exact, I officially become a 21st years old woman. A period of age which tells me that I’m not too young anymore to be called as a child nor too old to be wise enough about everything. Still, I’m grateful enough to be given the chance to live the 20-something moment.

I know every person come in life will never be an eternal stay, they will come and go whenever it feels like it. whenever the time for them to stay is over. or, whenever the purpose of their existences in our life are fulfilled. It might not be a pleasant fact but well, it keeps reminding me to never take such things for granted. To always show gratitude towards every single things or every single souls that happen to cross paths with mine.

Anyway, talk about my birthday, I got three birthday surprises *wink* haha I’ll let the pictures talk 🙂

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One of the best kind of happiness comes from those who always care for you. well…even though it failed. haha but still thank you guys, thank you for Sukma and Raisya for giving me a 12th birthday surprise hahaha I didn’t realize I’m still that young to you guys. Thank you. and to think that this might be our last birthday celebration moment together in our uni life, kind make me sad. But, hey, life is going on. Let’s make a promise to always stick together no matter what happen in the future, yes? 🙂

p.s. there are supposed to be two other persons came, Retno and Arief, but well, you guys get to see the pictures taken, right? lol

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Everyone in my functional team said that we will have a weekly meeting in the afternoon, but they showed up really-really late, I mean, two hours waiting is not something I would like to do considering I have another plan for the evening. But, when they finally come, they bring this bright-white-chocolate cake and that’s all it takes to make everything up haha Thanks a lot for the surprise, guys. Thank you my beloved VP, Igooo. Thank you my teammates Hari and Aziiz.

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The pictures above are a birthday celebration with Couchsurfing Semarang. Actually it supposed to be a monthly gathering which happened in the same day as my birthday, but I honestly didn’t expect the be given the surprise, sooo yeah it was a really great moment.

Thank you for anyone who has come and surprise me haha to Andra, Eny, mb Lia, Erik, mb Lulu, mb Titi, ci Lia, Elys, Sita, mb Dwi, mb Retno, Steve, and other. Still, the biggest thank you for the dearest Fajar, for arranging the surprise and making the moment even more priceless. Thanks for caring. Cant say nothing more. A perfect ending for the day. 🙂

Regards,
Dea

In The Ice Cream’s Corner: The Beginning

25 Oct

Purwokerto
18th October 2014

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As I sit in this corner, I stare at two ladies having intimate conversation, in which one of them had tears in her eyes. That tears in the corner of her eyes. Showing hidden sadness. deep sorrow. A completion of straight yet sad face that she has.

As I have my lunch, a sweet-tasty-delicious dishes and pastry, I notice her smile at first. And was thinking of nothing. Because smile appeared in a conversation is a common thing to happen. Then, the smile disappeared just as fast as it shown. That’s when I realized that her smile didn’t reach her eyes. It was a smile of formality. A mere sign of recognition.

As she wear my favorite color, matched with green scarf covered her hair, it became contrasted compared to her expression right now. Neither bright nor happy, as represented by the choice of her clothes. Neither sunny nor satisfied. It seemed that the saying of dressing up to represent your current mood or condition couldn’t be applied for her. She chose her own style. She chose what she want to show to the outsider. She chose to look happier and brighter.

As her friend finished telling something, she smiled. She showed that she appreciated the company, the sharing. Even after few moments, she started to produce another teardrops, she still there. Listening tentatively to the conversation that keep going. That might be started by her or might be started by her friend.

As I finished this writing, I sincerely wish that everything will ended up well for her.

Regards,
Dea

9 Moments The Happiest People Have Everyday

5 Aug
written by: Dave Kerpen
 This article was re-blogged from Linkedin-Today
Success and happiness aren’t easy to achieve. It takes a lot of time, hard work, and luck to get there. That’s why, along the way, you’ve got to take advantage of moments― those brief periods of time when all can be right in your world. Paul H. Dunn said,
“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”
Throughout that journey, here are seven moments worth experiencing every day.
1) A Moment of Laughter

We don’t laugh because we’re happy we’re happy because we laugh. ―William James

There’s physiological evidence that shows that laughing puts you in a better mood. Take time every day to laugh and you’ll find it’s both contagious and uplifting. Surround yourself with funny people, find opportunities to laugh at yourself, and laugh your way to the top.

2) A Moment of Celebration

“Say to yourself, Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.” ―Tony Robbins

We don’t take the time to celebrate small successes enough ― or even big successes. At Likeable Local, we instituted a “Moment of Rock” every day at 5pm to celebrate our successes from the day. Everybody rocks out like their favorite sports team just won a championship. How can you take at least one moment per day to celebrate the good in your life?

3) A Moment of Reflection

“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.” ―Marcus Tullius Cicero

We all lead such busy lives. It’s important to be able to take at least one moment each day where we do nothing but think. Put your phone away, get somewhere by yourself and simply reflect on the day that was and that day that will be, about decisions to come and about what you’ve learned from the past.

4) A Moment of Stillness

“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen- that stillness becomes a radiance.” ―Morgan Freeman

There’s reflection and then there’s true stillness ― the ability to shut off everything, including your mind, and get into a meditative state. The busier your life is, the more valuable it is to practice moments of stillness. Yoga and meditation are the most popular ways to get into a state of stillness, if only for a moment.

5) A Moment of Pride

“All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don’t you take it away from yourself.” ― Michael Crichton

A lot of people associate the word “pride” with something negative. But you have so much to be proud of. You can afford to take a least one moment each day where you sit back and appreciate all that you have done and the good person that you are. Take pride in the little things you’ve accomplished in the last day.

6) A Moment of Humility

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” ―C.S. Lewis

Pride in your accomplishments is great, but so is a moment of humility, in which you appreciate your tiny role in the profoundly large universe around you. When we take a moment to appreciate the amazing world around us, it’s hard not to be happy for all that we have.

7) A Moment of Connection

“The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.” ― Dean Ornish

Ultimately, the human animal is a social one. Take at least one moment a day to connect with the people around you― your significant other, friends and family. Hold someone’s hand, or give someone a hug, or cuddle with someone. Your happiness isn’t just about you, it’s about others.

8) A Moment of Joy

“If you so choose, each day can be filled with even more joy than the one before. If you so choose, even the most seemingly random events can work in your favor.” ―Ralph Marston

Laughter is great but joy is even more powerful. Take a moment to experience the joy of your kids or family, the joy of your spiritual connections, or the joy you can find in play, or music, or dance.

9) A Moment of Gratitude

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ―GK Chesterton

Finally, take a moment each day to express gratitude you have, for the people in your life, the experiences you’ve had and will have, and the world around you. You can’t physically feel angry or upset and grateful at the same time, so just taking a moment of gratitude will make you happier. I write three handwritten thank you cards every day to create moments of gratitude.

19 Signs You’re Doing Better than You Think

2 Aug

Even in uncertain times, it’s always important to keep things in perspective.

True wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
– Henry David Thoreau

  1. You are alive.
  2. You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset.
  3. You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash.
  4. You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth on your skin.
  5. You have tasted the sweetness of chocolate cake.
  6. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
  7. You awoke this morning with a roof over your head.
  8. You had a choice of what clothes to wear.
  9. You haven’t feared for your life today.
  10. You have overcome some considerable obstacles, and you have learned and survived.
  11. You often worry about what you’re going to do with your life – your career, your family, the next step, etc. – which means you have ambition, passion, drive, and the freedom to make your own decisions.
  12. You live in a country that protects your basic human rights and civil liberties.
  13. You are reasonably strong and healthy – if you got sick today, you could recover.
  14. You have a friend or relative who misses you and looks forward to your next visit.
  15. You have someone with whom to reminisce about ‘the good old days.’
  16. You have access to clean drinking water.
  17. You have access to medical care.
  18. You have access to the Internet.
  19. You can read.

The truth is, you’re doing better than a lot of people in this world.  So remember to be grateful for all the things you do have.

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For Brazil’s Sake, I Hope They Lose in the World Cup

4 Jul
written by: Isaac Saul
 This article was reblogged from Huffington Post

BRAZIL STADIUM

“Brazil is hosting it, but it’s not for the Brazilian people. The lower classes won’t be able to buy tickets.” – Romário de Souza Faria

The injury to Neymar, Brazil’s star forward, could be the best thing to happen to the country in a long time. Why? Because now, maybe, hopefully, Brazil won’t win the World Cup.

On Tuesday, when they take on Germany, the World Cup won’t have anything to do with income inequality or displaced citizens or the massive debt around the corner for Brazil. It will be all about Neymar’s injury, Silva’s suspension, whether Brazil can overcome it and a fan base primed to be drunk on victory.

If Brazil manages to win Tuesday, they’ll take on either the Netherlands or Argentina in the final, and you can bet your bottom dollar the Brazilian government will be ready to propagate a World Cup win as a win for Brazil. But don’t be fooled.

In a country where the average monthly income is $680, a country where millions make a life for themselves on a fraction of that, billions of dollars are being pumped into soccer stadiums. A World Cup win, and the boost in positivity surrounding soccer that would follow, is the last thing this country needs.

The words of Romário, who was Brazil’s World Cup hero in 1994, echo a sentiment that has been growing in Brazil since it was announced that they’d be hosting the World Cup. It is a sentiment that is now taking on new weight as Brazil closes in on a World Cup victory.

But, Romário’s words only speak to the least of Brazil’s worries. As the megalithic event has arrived, buying tickets is the last thing the poor and underprivileged in Brazil are thinking about.

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Instead, they may point to the 15,000 displaced people in Rio alone. Or the $11.5 billion of expenses — $3.6 billion of which are taxpayer dollars — on this World Cup, making it the most expensive ever. They might even add that four of the 12 stadiums that $11.5 billion was spent on weren’t even required by FIFA.

You might expect a Brazilian to be wishing for goals and assists, but all the more likely, a Brazilian will explain how they wish that money went to the bullet train in Sao Paulo, or to the poor, or to education, or to improving the airports, which are currently using tents as terminals.

I will cheer for Brazil as always, but for the first time I don’t want them to win,” Jose Erivaldo Costa, a hotel worker from Rio de Janeiro, told Christina Lamb of the Sunday Times this month. “If we win the government will use it as an opportunity to say what a success it has been and to mask all our problems.

This neglect has led to groups like Sao Paulo’s People’s Committee of the Cup, whose members came together three years ago to fight the injustices that would come with the event.

“The cup affects various populations, like the mobile vendors who can’t go near the stadiums or near Fan Fest,” Vanesa Dos Santos, another organizer, told the International Business Times. “It affects the prostitutes, many of them children, who will be taken advantage of during the Cup.”

Inside these billion dollar stadiums are resources Brazil’s people need, not their footballers; solar power technology and thousands of workers who could be constructing public facilities, to name just two. Instead, money like the $280 million invested into Corinthians’ stadium will never be seen by the Brazilian people. That’s money for grass and retractable seats and scoreboards and massive television screens. Money that could be distributed to the young or the poor in a country that boasts the thirteenth worst economic inequality on the planet.

“That money could have been invested in homes, schools or universities,” Tita Reis, a member of the People’s Committee of the World Cup, told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo.

But, there is the other side of the story:

“The idea was to build the best, biggest shopping mall in the world, with a soccer field in the middle,” Andrés Sánchez, the former Corinthians president, told The New Yorker.

His words, not mine.

As has been discussed thoroughly in the last few weeks, FIFA has proven itself to be a mafia-like-corruption-filled-money-hungry organization rivaled by few. Team them with a government notorious for poor planning, and the result is predictable.

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Taken during the Confederation’s Cup tournament in Brazil in 2013 (Photo by Edimar Soares)

Now, the plan is beginning to unravel. Iron ore and oil, two of Brazil’s commodities the economy is built on, aren’t increasing in price the way they expected. Half of the country’s rural population doesn’t have access to their basic needs; things like clean drinking water. According to the Institute of Applied Economic Research, the country lacks 5.24 million homes it desperately needs. Oh, and stadiums like Arena da Amazonia — which currently lacks a corporate buyer — will require around $250,000 in maintenance fees every month. As of now, who will pay that fee is a giant mystery.

That might explain why in a recent Pew Research Center survey, 61 percent of Brazilian respondents said it was a bad place place to host the World Cup because it would suck away resources for schools, health care and other public services. A mere 34 percent were working under the impression it would create jobs and help the economy in the 12 host cities.

Adding insult to injury is the simple fact that most of Brazil’s people can’t even afford to attend a game. Only one million of the three million tickets available will be sold in the Brazilian market, and those are priced at well over $100 each.

Of course, things could be worse for FIFA, who is set to come out of the 2014 World Cup $4 billion richer and with new friends in the Brazilian government.

So why root for a Brazilian loss? Because if they win, the cries of the poor and desperate in Brazil will be drowned out by the cheers of the soccer-crazed fans who could actually afford to get inside the stadium. If they lose, the silence of defeat might give those cries a chance to be heard across the country and the world.

A Smokey Business in Kaliasin

21 May

A Smokey Business in Kaliasin.

Are You Drinking Too Much Water?

21 May

  1. Listen to your body
  2. Try things out
  3. And find optimal hydration for YOU!

Surat Terbuka untuk Bapak Menteri Pendidikan: Dilematika Ujian Nasional

28 Apr

Tolak Ujian Nasional

Dilematika UNAS: Saat Nilai Salah Berbicara.

Sebuah surat terbuka, untuk Bapak Menteri Pendidikan yang terhormat,
di tempat.

16. Mencontek adalah sebuah perbuatan…
a. terpaksa
b. terpuji
c. tercela
d. terbiasa

Ardi berhenti di soal nomor enam belas itu, salah satu soal ulangan Budi Pekerti semasa dia kelas 2 SD dulu. Ia tertegun, dan hatinya berdenyut perih saat dilihatnya sebuah coretan menyilang pilihan jawaban C. Coretan tebal, panjang, ciri khas si Ardi kecil yang menjawab nomor itu tanpa ragu, melainkan dengan penuh keyakinan…

Handphonenya berdering pelan, sebuah SMS masuk. Ardi membukanya, dan ia menghela nafas dalam-dalam begitu membaca isinya.

Jadi gimana Di, ikutan pakai ‘itu’ nggak?

Barangkali bukan kebetulan Ardi menemukan soal-soal ulangan SD-nya saat ia mau mencari buku-buku lamanya, barangkali bukan kebetulan Ardi membaca soal nomor enam belas dan jawaban polosnya itu, sebab denyut perih di hatinya baru mereda setelah ia mengirim sebaris kalimat yakin…

Nggak, Jo, aku mau jujur…

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The Announcement is out!!

7 May

Alhamdulillah :’))))  I can make it. I always know that it was worth of everything.

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Bahwa di dalam …

16 Apr

Bahwa di dalam percintaan tidak ada kamus ‘lebay’, karena saat kita sudah sayang terhadap seseorang, maka logika akan mati.

Let People Surprise You [Chronicles Of The City]

24 Dec
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