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Four Seasons II

It was in that night. The brain-won’t-shut-off night. I was trying to relaxing my mind by listening some good music. I read a quote before about that if you could not sleep, maybe God want to talk to you. So, sometimes I try to pray, hoping I will get rid the overwhelming thought in my mind. Still, it is rather difficult to concentrate and have clear mind. So, I tried to shut my brain off by listening this song. Then, suddenly an idea popped out while I was listening this verse.

From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Indescribable by Chris Tomlin

Every time I go somewhere, I am always amazed by the One who created all these beauty. His handiwork. His artwork. His taste and His perfection. All just are amazing and indescribable.

The color of fall

The color of fall

The wind of winter

The wind of winter

The fragrance of spring

The fragrance of spring

The sky of summer

The sky of summer

Indescribable 

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation’s revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
Incomparable, unchangeable
You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same
You are amazing God

by Chris Tomlin

Do not you think so?

Urgency of Jakarta-Bandung Shinkansen

Kereta Super Cepat Jakarta-Bandung

Sebenarnya saya tidak ingin memasukan tulisan ini dalam blog saya karena ini merupakan opini serius yang sebenarnya di luar dari konten blog saya yang lebih banyak berisi kisah hidup dan opini saya mengenai hidup. Akan tetapi tak apalah, sekali-sekali menulis opini yang agak serius.

Mengenai berita (contoh link berita ada di atas) dan gembar-gembor proyek shinkansen JKT-BDG yang menurut pemberitaan di beberapa media sedang diperebutkan oleh investor dari Jepang dan Cina (nama negara, bukan etnis kebangsaan), saya pikir tidak ada urgency-nya sama sekali penggarapan proyek ini. Saya setuju dengan opini MenHub menjabat sekarang, Bpk. Jonan, dibandingkan dengan membangun kereta super cepat lebih baik lengkapi jalur kereta api di luar pulau jawa. Saya rasa sudah cukup penduduk di pulau jawa dimanjakan oleh berbagai fasilitas yang ada. Sudah saatnya pembangunan infrastructure dilakukan di luar jawa.

Bagi saya secara pribadi proyek ini hanya menjadi ajang unjuk keren-kerenan saja. Rasanya keren saja ada shinkansen/kereta super cepat di Indonesia. Saya pikir perlu dipikirkan kembali apakah investasi yang diberikan setimbang dengan impact dan kontribusi yang diakibatkan kepada peningkatan dan pemerataan perekonomian kita. Kemudahan akses dan penurunan waktu tempuh JKT-BDG ini akankah menjadi sesuatu yang meningkatkan perekonomian kedua kota atau malah akan menjadi masalah baru di kedua kota. Saya sebagai orang yang hampir seluruh hidupnya tinggal di Bandung, merasakan betul arus para turis dari Jakarta ketika liburan maupun akhir pekan. Di sisi lain mereka menjadi pemicu meningkatnya perekonomian Bandung, di sisi lain mereka juga menjadi masalah dari mulai kebersihan kota, kemacetan hingga tersingkirnya RTH dan alih fungsi daerah resapan air menjadi hotel, café dan shopping mall.

Shinkansen memang membuat produktivitas menjadi lebih tinggi. Berdasarkan pengalaman saya selama tinggal di Jepang, saya pribadi merasakan betul efek shinkansen terhadap produktivitas. Beberapa kali saya harus mengerjakan riset saya di kota lain dan pada saat seperti inilah saya membutuhkan betul shinkansen. Pernah dalam satu hari saya sudah bolak-balik Tokyo-Nagoya untuk riset. Pagi sekali saya berangkat ke Nagoya dari Tokyo dengan waktu tempuh sekitar 1,5 jam (dengan mobil sekitar 4-5 jam) untuk membuat sampel saya selamat satu harian dan di petang harinya saya sudah kembali ke Tokyo. Sangat praktis dan mudah karena tidak perlu check in, luggage drop dan menunggu boarding, hanya perlu datang kira-kira 15-30 menit sebelum kereta berangkat (bahkan kalau mepet dan sudah hafal nomor peron kereta, 10 menit sebelum kereta berangkat pun bisa).

Tapi apakah peningkatan produktivitas ini yang sangat perlu kita kejar sekarang ini, sementara tingkat kesenjangan sosial-ekonomi negara kita ini semakin tinggi? Apakah kekerenan pergi ke Jakarta-Bandung dengan waktu tempuh yang sangat singkat ini yang ingin kita kejar sementara di pulau lain di Indonesia para mantri dan petugas puskesmas harus berjalan naik turun perbukitan satu hari satu malam untuk memberikan imunisasi kepada anak-anak Indonesia, sementara anak-anak Indonesia beserta para guru harus berjalan kaki berjam-jam untuk pergi ke sekolah?

Nationalism and national pride are important but they also need to make sense and essentially they need to be properly implemented when and where.

Karena sesungguhnya orang-orang di pelosok Indonesia tidak peduli seberapa keren shinkansen/kereta super cepat itu, mereka cuma peduli bagaimana taraf kehidupan mereka dapat ditingkatkan, bagaimana anggota keluarga mereka yang sakit dapat memiliki akses pengobatan yang cepat dan tepat, bagaimana anak-anak mereka dapat hidup lebih baik daripada mereka.

Jadi bagi saya sekali lagi, sudah cukup penduduk jawa terutama di kota-kota besarnya dimanjakan oleh segala fasilitas yang ada. Sudah saatnya pembangunan dilakukan di luar pulau jawa. Oh ya disamping itu dalam teori arus urbanisasi ada yang namanya faktor penarik dan faktor pendorong. Mungkin sekarang, sudah saatnya berhenti ‘memoles’ pulau jawa dan segala daya tarik yang dimilikinya untuk memicu pemerataan.

Sekian.

kireinashit (~ysf~)

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Father’s Love

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Sebuah moment yang terekam dan mengingatkan saya pada sebuah lagu.

S’perti Bapa Sayang AnakNya

Bapa besar sungguh kasih setiaMu Nyata sungguh perlindunganMu

Tak satu kuasa mampu pisahkan Aku dari kasihMu

Bapa ajar ku s’lalu hormatiMu Ajarku s’turut perintahMu

B’rikanku hati ‘tuk menyembahMu Dan bersyukur s’tiap waktu

S’perti Bapa sayang anakNya Demikianlah Engkau mengasihiku

Kau jadikan biji mataMu Kau berikan s’mua yang ada padaMu

S’perti Bapa sayang anakNya Demikianlah Kau menuntun langkahku

Hari depan indah Kau beri RancanganMu yang terbaik bagiku

Picture taken at the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival, February 2015

Things I Learnt from Traveling Solo

1. It is completely fine to be alone

I realized that our lack of company never does define our value. Some journey are meant to be enjoyed alone. Lack of company does not make the journey less entertaining. There are a lot of suprises ahead, a lot of things to be treasured alone and a lot of amusing experiences to be found alone. I found many suprising fact about myself that I never knew before. From how bad my mapping skill is to how to receive people’s help openly. Going solo lets me treasure my own self, gives me time for myself to find new insight of me. I also learn to be comfortable with my own company and I learn to love myself. Experiencing a journey alone let me see myself clearly. Let me see things I never thought I was able to and capable to. Let me understand that I am completely fine being alone.

2. I appreciate more a company esp the good one

Despite giving different taste of traveling, going solo do let me feel the loneliness. Thus, I will appreciate more some companies who cross their journey with mine. I know that our time is limitted that I need to enjoy the moment intimately. It makes me smile sincerely and acts truly. Time for me to learn from them and their story is limitted. In such way, I have to enjoy all the fun I can share with them. It also affects my relationship with people. I learn to appreciate more people who give their precious time for me, to be my company, to not take granted people’s company even for a very short time.

3. Gain my trust to humanity

Traveling alone sometimes gives me some difficulties, noting my terrible sense of direction. When I travel alone, many times I need to rely upon people’s kindness. And it feels really good to see and taste people’s kindness in your journey. There were times when every single day I asked my host the direction to some places and even asked her to write down the bus stop/train station and name of the place in her language to make sure I didn’t get lost.

4. Freedom and responsibility

Going solo allows me to freely decide where I want to go, how long I want to stay at certain places, what I want to do, even whether I need a company or not for certain time. Such flexibility is never to find when I travel with family or friends. So I enjoy the freedom. But, such freedom comes with responsibility too. I am responsible for every single act that I did. No one will wake me up if I fall asleep on the bus/train that cause me missed my stop. No one will share a bottle of water when I finished mine. I make the plan and I am the one who keep it going accordingly. I am responsible to take care of myself, for my own security. I am my own bodyguard. No one will take care of my luggage. One silly mistake will cost the rescheduling of my plan or even my own security. And, actually it is quite challenging to take care myself on my way.

5. See more, pay more attention, feel more and learn to be grateful more

When I travel with some friends or my family, I engage with conversation with them. Sometimes we are too busy to take selfies or group photos and sometimes it distracts myself to enjoy what I need to enjoy. It lets me to take granted of what I should feel and see during my trip. Many times I miss the true beauty of what nature and mother earth presents me. Strangely, going solo connects me more with nature and The One who create them. Gratefulness grows as I sit seeing all the beauty The Creator shows me. I adore Him more. I am amazed more. And I am falling in love deeper as the wind blows slowly as if His Hands gently caress me.

6. I learn to let go

In my  journey, sometimes I meet good companies. They are nice. They are funny. Although I just meet them, I feel like already know them for a long time. A new friend who feels like an old friend. And mostly, the chemistry won’t last long. They need to continue their own trip, their own plan. And I am to accept that. I am to let them go. Say “nice to meet you” “good bye” “see you again when life allows us” “visit me some time” “call me when you are in town”. Hoping there will be another time. I cherish the memory but I let go. Because I also need to move forward to continue my own journey.

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Solitude

I was looking for Oscar Wilde’s essays and lectures book in Kinokuniya’s summer bargain. Then, accidentally I found this book entitled Manuscript Found in Accra. I quoted the book before about solitude and keept it for my books shopping list for a while.

Being alone for quite long time sometimes tickles people around me. But, actually it is a very good phase of life for being alone, for having a solitude before facing the demand of the world.

Loneliness kills but solitude let you grow

Loneliness kills but solitude let you grow

“Tell us about solitude,” said a young woman who had been about to marry the son of one of the richest men in the city but was now obliged to flee.

And he answered:

Without solitude, Love will not stay long by your side.

Because Love needs to rest, so that it can journey through the heavens and reveal itself in other forms.

Without solitude, no plant or animal can survive, no soil can remain productive, no child can learn about life, no artist can create, no work can grow and be transformed. Solitude is not the absence of Love, but its complement.

Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.

Therefore, blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.

If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.

And if you do not know yourself, you will begin to fear the void.

But the void does not exist. A vast world lies hidden in our soul, waiting to be discovered. There it is, with all its strength intact, but it is so new and so powerful that we are afraid to acknowledge its existence.

The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think. And that frightens us. Best not to take the risk. We can always say: “I didn’t do what I should have done because they wouldn’t let me.”

That feels more comfortable. Safer. And, at the same time, it’s tantamount to renouncing your own life.

Woe to those who prefer to spend their lives saying: “I never had any opportunities!”

Because with each day that passes, they will sink deeper into the well of their own limitations, and the time will come when they will lack the strength to climb out and rediscover the bright light shining in through the opening above their head.

But blessed be those who say: “I’m not brave enough.”

Because they know that it is not someone else’s fault. And sooner or later, they will find the necessary faith to confront solitude and its mysteries.

For those who are not frightened by the solitude that reveals all mysteries, everything will have a different taste.

In solitude, they will discover the love that might otherwise have arrived unnoticed. In solitude, they will understand and respect the love that left them. In solitude, they will be able to decide whether it is worth asking that lost love to come back or if they should simply let it go and set off along a new path.

In solitude, they will learn that saying “No” does not always show a lack of generosity and that saying “Yes” is not always a virtue.

And those who are alone in this moment need never be frightened by the words of the devil: “You’re wasting your time.”

Or by the chief demon’s even more potent words: “No one cares about you.”

The Divine Energy is listening to us when we speak to other people, but also when we are still and silent and able to accept solitude as a blessing.

And in that moment, Its light illuminates everything around us and helps us to see that we are necessary, and that our presence on Earth makes an immense difference to Its work.

And when we achieve that harmony, we receive more than we asked for.

For those who feel oppressed by solitude, it is important to remember that at life’s most significant moments we are always alone.

Take the child emerging from a woman’s womb: it doesn’t matter how many people are present, the final decision to live rests with the child.

Take the artist and his work: in order for his work to be really good, he needs to be still and hear only the language of the angles.

Take all of us, when we find ourselves face to face with unwanted visitor, death: we will all be alone at that most important and most feared moment of our existence.

Just as love is the divine condition, so solitude is the human condition. And for those who understand the miracle of life, those two states peacefully coexist.

Paulo Coelho in Manuscript Found in Accra, pages 31-37

Picture taken at Ashinoko Lake, Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan, November 2014

Gratitude

I am thankful that I have friends to whom I can talk whatever I want, to where I can run  when things get hard and tough, who always pray for me…
I am more thankful that I am also somehow involved in their life, they told me their burden and struggle, they ask me to pray for them when life gets harder and things seem dark and hopeless…

A privilege of living this life…

True Wisdom

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. – James 3:17 – 18 ESV

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Have you ever been awakened at the dawn feeling empty like something was taken from your heart leaving a big hole on your chest?

The Point of No Return

The point of no return… Sebenarnya apa makna ungkapan di atas? These past 5 years too many questions have popped in my life. Many I haven’t gotten the answer yet or probably will never get the answers. I don’t like being an adult, but I need to grow up. No one wants to be old without being mentally growing up. It is a sickness, these days people call it mental illness. I don’t like loving people, but then life will be too meaningless to live on. I hope I have never passed the places called the point of no return, but then we always look back and tempt to run away. And I am such a great runner. And I don’t like being in love…….

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This road is scary…

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