26 June 2016

Note to Self: Seruan

Satu hari di Sendai.
"A, kalo ada orang yang, sebatas aku tau, ngelakuin sesuatu yang salah/nggak tepat, tapi orangnya nggak terlalu kenal, itu langsung bilang aja apa gimana?" 
"Sebisa mungkin dideketin dulu.. menangkan hatinya. Biar pesan yang dari hati, nyampenya ke hati juga."

Dalam satu kajiannya, Ustadz Salim menjelaskan bahwa cara menyeru orang menuju kebaikan itu ada tiga, berturut-turut sebagaimana disebutkan dalam Al Quran.
Yang pertama dengan hikmah. Hikmah itu apa? Sesuatu yang diberikan, yang manis, lembut dan bermanfaat untuk penerimanya.
Kedua, nasihat yang baik. Dan sebaik-baik nasihat adalah yang diminta. Kenapa? Karena menerima nasihat itu butuh kesiapan. Orang-orang shalih yang minta segera dinasihati ketika tersalah, yang siap menerima nasihat kapan saja, aaah.. betapa Allah lapangkan hati mereka, masyaAllah. Nasihat yang meleset dari sasaran, mungkin seperti jabat hangat yang ditujukan pada tangan yang luka, alih-alih menumbuhkan sayang, malah bikin meradang.
Ketiga, urutan terakhir, adalah debat dengan cara yang lebih baik. Kenapa terakhir? Wallahu a'lam. Hanya biasanya orang masuk ke arena berdebat dengan niat memenangkan argumentasinya, bukan untuk mencari kebenaran. Maka sekiranya jalan ini harus ditempuh, ada catatannya, harus dengan cara yang lebih baik. Lebih baik dari siapa? Seperti apa? Nah, yang ini lupaa. Harus belajar dan cari tahu lagi. 

Wallahu a'lam bish shawab

08 May 2016

Toilet Training

Sejak beberapa bulan lalu, si ibu maju mundur mengenai kapan Sorai akan mulai toilet training. Maju mundurnya baru dalam pikiran sih tapi, belum ada tindakan nyata karena si ibu tea suka segala dipikirin duluan. Sehari anak bisa pipis 4-5 kali kan.. Jadi yang terbayang ketika memikirkan toilet training adalah harus beli seenggaknya setengah lusin kain pel, satu atau dua lusin celana rumah, juga sprei waterproof. Belum lagi ada yang namanya training pants, walaupun belum tau gimana fungsinya, dan juga toddler potty seat. Dompet ibu pun terasa pening, maka sudah lah nanti lagi aja ya. 

Lalu semuanya berubah ketika negara api menyerang! Itu mah avatar. 
Kisahnya bermula sepulang jalan-jalan dari Pantai Jonggring. Sepanjang perjalanan kan riweuh tuh, ya berimbas pada ga sempetnya ganti popok Sorai. Keesokan harinya, kulitnya ruam paraah, sampe kasian liatnya. Biasanya kalo ruam sedikit atau sedeng doang sih si ibu tetep aja pakein popok, paling lotion anti ruamnya yang dibanyakin (grin). Tapi yang kali itu mah nggak tega, sampe akhirnya ketok palu, wis lepas popok aja. Niatnya sembuhin si ruam, perihal anaknya sekalian toilet training itu mah bonus aja ga usah dipikirin dulu, biar ga rieut :p. Hari-hari pertama tentu saja penuh dengan ompol di seluruh penjuru rumah. 

Tanpa sempet nyiapin peralatan tempur tambahan, berikut ini hal yang si ibu jalani. Nyuci baju yang kena ompol tiap sore, karena takut besok-besoknya nggak ada celana. Untuk membuat hidup lebih mudah, seperti saran neneng acit, disediakanlah seember air diisi deterjen untuk melempar baju yang kena ompol, biar sore tinggal kucek-kucek aja. Lalu karena persediaan lap terbatas, setiap habis dipake lapnya langsung diguyur air dan dijemur, insyaAllah si lap sudah kembali bersih dan suci, siap digunakan untuk ngelap ompol berikutnya :p. Oh iya, di awal-awal Sorai lepas popoknya cuma siang aja, malem tetep dipakein (ciee yang katanya kasian liat anaknya ruam), karena kalo harus kebangun karena bajunya basah juga kasian kan (not to mention harus nyuci sprei dan jemur kasur super berat). Setelah udah lumayan bisa bilang kalo mau pipis, dan tentu setelah beli perlak, baru si ibu berani lepas popok di malam hari. 

Sepengamatan si ibu, toilet training kemarin terbagi beberapa fase: 
◎ Apa itu pipis
Namanya pake popok dari sejak lahir, anaknya kayanya nggak tau apa itu pipis. Dan dari bayi pun anaknya ga sensitif soal popok yang basah/kotor, cuek ajaa. Jadi mungkin pipis kayak bernapas aja, unconcious act :D, jadi fase pertama adalah memahami definisi dan real feel-nya pipis. 
◎ Belajar rasanya mau pipis 
Setelah tau apa itu pipis, selanjutnya anaknya belajar menyadari bahwa sebelum pipis ada rasa mau pipis. 
◎ Belajar kalau udah ada rasa mau pipis, harus ditahan sampai bisa pipis di toilet 
Lama-lama anaknya ngerti bahwa rasa mau pipis bisa ditahan, dan kalo nggak ditahan akan mengakibatkan basahnya baju dan lantai, yang kemudian harus diganti dan dibersihkan. Bisa deh pipis di toilet, mudah-mudahan istiqomah. 

Yang dilakukan oleh si ibu adalah apa yang ada di tips toilet training di seluruh penjuru website toddler parenting: 
◎ Bagaikan kaset macet, mengulang-ulang bilang kalau pipis itu di toilet, bilang sama ibu/papa kalo mau pipis, dari sejak anaknya baru bangun sampai mau tidur lagi. Oh iya, di awal-awal saya sempet kebalik, yang ditekankan adalah "kalo mau pipis bilang ibu ya", hasilnya anaknya bilang sih tapi pipisnya tetep ga di toilet. Tepok jidat. Baru si ibu sadar bahwa poin utamanya pan pipis di toilet, bukan bilang sama ibu. 
◎ Mengapresiasi tiap kali anaknya berhasil pipis di toilet. Efek sampingannya sekarang anaknya otomatis bilang sendiri "pinteer" setelah pipis, hahaha. 

Masih harus ngajarin ini dan itu, tapi alhamdulillah sekarang pake popoknya tinggal kalo keluar rumah dalam waktu lama aja. Peralatan yang dibeli pun jadinya cuma perlak, seharga dua puluh delapan ribu rupiah, alhamdulillaah (tangan kanan elus-elus Sorai, tangan kiri elus-elus dompet :p). 
Untuk para ibu yang akan dan sedang menjalankan toilet training, semoga diberi kemudahan :).

27 April 2016

On Writing Academic Papers

Sometime ago, my husband asked me to give a small talk in one of his classes on introduction to research. He currently belongs to the Faculty of Computer Science, fyi. In the meantime, other than turning-on-and-off and using Microsoft Office, I don't really know much about computer, let alone computer science. What can I share?
"You can share your experience on writing academic papers. You have published some", my husband said. Which then reminded me that it has been a (long) while since the last time I produce a full-length research paper. Which then (again) reminded me that I have not made a personal note on research-manuscript-writing-tips like I did for poster presentation. And since up to now only Allah knows when I will get the chance to put down another academic paper, I guess I'd better write the note before I forgot a lot of things. So here we go.

***

The writing process is divided -by myself- into 3 parts, which are usually, but not necessarily sequential.

The Big Picture
Main idea
I guess this point needs no further explanation. Clearly, you should have an idea about what you're going to write.

Logic structure
At this point you make a (rough) outline, make sure you make it is (easily) understandable by your target reader.

Appealing plot
Only after some time do I realize that an interesting plot is not only important for fiction stories. It also does for academic papers. So, one of my paper presented more than one finding. I prepared the draft and checked the structure, it was logic and understandable so I sent it to my advisor for review. His comment was that the draft was okay, but plain. It was not so strong. I did not really understand what he meant, so he suggested me a techical advise to restructure the draft. He said something like, "try to move this part here, this one there, and make this section your concluding remark". I did, and surprised with the result as the paper became more interesting to read.
The data you have is like scattered pieces of Lego bricks, waiting to be made into something meaningful. You can just stack up the bricks, making a straight high blocks, which is an understandable shape. But it is plain, if not boring. With the same set of bricks, you can instead make, let's say, a miniature of Eiffel Tower or Empire State Building or even chain of a particular polymer (if you're that geek), which is more appealing to see.
I hope I make my point clear here.

Suitable journal
So now you have in your head that brilliant idea about what to write on your paper. Select some journals that match your topic.
In the ideal realm, no matter where you're going to submit your manuscript, you will give your best to prepare the paper. In this pragmatic world, to where you plan to submit your paper will somehow affect the intensity of your effort. Submitting the work to a reputable journal definitely requires way much effort than if you send it to an unknown journal that sends you a random invitation. If your work is on chemistry, of course you know you have to work real hard if you plan to publish your paper in Angewandte Chemie (2014 Impact Factor: 11.261). Plan to submit to Chemical Review? (2014 IF: 46.568, like, seriously!) I wish you the best luck. To be noted, impact factor is not a perfect parameter to determine quality of a journal, but for a quick look before you review more thoroughly, it's enough.

The Actual Writing
Yes, of course you should write the whole manuscript. Yet before you start, doing a careful read on the journal's specific guideline for author is very strongly recommended. I make it an obligatory for myself. It will save you from the pain of editing the little details that often hurt your eyes (due to the need of extensive staring at your computer's screen). It is important to comply with the guideline, as it's the preliminary aspect that the editor will check before further review. It may also show your professionalism, as negligence could infer laziness, so yeah. The details that are usually varied for different journals are:
- general formatting requirements
- image formatting
- table formatting
- image and table numbering
- math fomulae formatting and numbering
- references style (!)
There you go now, let your fingers dance on the keyboard and pour your ideas. Don't forget to be mindful of grammar and punctuation, whatever language you write your paper in. Because eventhough you plan to use language editor service, there is a limit to what they can do, and at the very end it is yourself that has to do the finalization.

The Refinement
In this part, your work is as simple as re-reading, and re-writing, then adjusting the work based discussion result or suggestion from your co-author. Next step is re-reading, and re-writing, then adjusting the work based discussion result or suggestion from your co-author. And the next is re-reading, and re-writing, then adjusting the work based discussion result or suggestion from your co-author. Repeat n-times.
Yess.. this part is often reaaally exhaustive. But, unless you are Stephen Hawking of the field, it's a bitter step that you need to take. Never feel like your work is almost done when you finish your first draft. No, it's not. Well, of course unless you are Stephen Hawking. It is still a long and windy road that you need to face, so brace yourself. In the end of this road, when your manuscript has been perfected and all ready to be sent to the editor, you will be grateful you are not embarrassing yourself by sending the first draft to the editor (I know, unless you are Stephen Hawking, okay).
Now you can sit back and relax for a while before, you know, (severe) comments from unknown reviewer reach your mailbox. After this, you know what to do next, right? Yep, it's another series of re-reading, and re-writing, then adjusting the work based discussion result or suggestion from your co-author.

It is indeed a hard work to bring your manuscript to see the sunrise, especially for an early-stage researcher or graduate student, but it worth the effort. I mean, you have the chance to change the world and how cool is that! :p Okay, on a more realistic scale, publishing your work meaning making it accessible to practically limitless number of people. Who knows, someone somewhere find it really useful and beneficial to complete his/her own research or develop his/her work. That would be enough, right? (Then, together, you can change the wooorrrlld! Ha!)

Anyway, I still remember that afternoon, when I got the news that my first paper would be published.
Earlier, my professor instructed me to publish my master thesis. He suggested a journal that was not very difficult to get in (not so high impact factor, that is), which I found suitable for a first-timer like myself. But my advisor (an assistant professor at that time), who worked more closely and more intensively with my research, somewhat disagree with the suggestion. He challenged me to publish in one of top journals in the field. Simply saying, even with a loooot of help from my advisor, for the next few months the work costed me blood and tears. The blood part is an exaggeration but the tears were of course for real :p.
When the manuscript finally reached completion, it was my advisor who submitted it to the publisher, so that it was him who knew the progress of editing and reviewing process. He usually informed me the latest update by e-mail. But that afternoon, he suddenly appeared at my table holding a piece of paper. "Congratulations!", he said with a smile while handing me the paper. It was an e-mail from the editor informing that my work had been accepted for publication. It was one of the rare and precious "congratulation" that I heard from him. He intendedly printed the e-mail and went up all the way to the 4th floor (his room was on the ground floor) to give the news directly. Once he dissapeared, I couldn't think of other things to do beside hurrily went to the rooftop, my self-claimed musala, and prostrated before The Almighty. Oh, the joy. I still smile when I remember this moment :). 

And.. I guess that would be pretty much all that I remember about preparing academic papers. Thank you for reading this entry and I hope you find it beneficial. Good luck with publishing your work! :)

Dear Watanabe-sensei and Tsuchiya-sensei, I know that there's almost no chance that you'd read this, but thank you for everything that you have taught me. I am forever grateful that I worked under your care.

25 April 2016

Jalan-jalan (hampir) Pantai Jonggring

Alkisah bos TFF mau field trip, ke pantai di selatan Malang, terus kebetulan mahasiswanya pada nggak bisa dan jadi ada slot kosong di mobil. Coba deh, apa yang terbayangkan saat mendengar kata pantai? Debur ombak, wangi angin laut, hamparan pasir putih dan lambaian nyiur kelapa kan? Kan? Maka saat ada kesempatan jalan-jalan ke pantai, tentu saja saya harus minta ikut kan :p? Sorai dibangunin pagi-pagi, pakai baju santai untuk ke pantai berupa kaos tipis dan celana tujuh per delapan. Jemputan datang, lalu berangkatlah TFF bersama tim survey.

Perjalanannya lumayan lama ternyata, karena diselingi berhenti-berhenti untuk ambil data koordinat di beberapa titik di sekeliling waduk Sutami, dan tentu saja berhenti di Indomaret (untuk jajan, bukan ambil data). Berangkat dari rumah jam 7 pagi, menjelang dzuhur kami baru sampai di rumah salah satu anggota tim yang berjarak sekitar belasan kilometer dari pantai, numpang shalat dan istirahat sebentar.

Setelah dzuhur perjalanan dilanjutkan, Ibu yang kami singgahi rumahnya membekali berbotol-botol beras kencur alami buatan sendiri, buat diminum di pinggir pantai katanya. Aduh terbayang pasti seger banget.

"Mau ke pantai yang mana, Pak? Ada pantai Ngliyep sama Jonggring yang dekat sini", Mas Navigator bertanya sama bos TFF yang merangkap bos perjalanan.
"Yang lokasinya bagus untuk disurvey saja, Mas."
Mas Navigator berpikir sejenak, lalu bilang "Jalannya nggak aspal nggak apa-apa, Pak?"
"Nggak apa-apa, asal supirnya aja nih kuat", jawab bos TFF.
Saya husnudzon sepenuh hati bapak-bapak ini sudah mempertimbangkan keberadaan bocah cilik yang ikut di mobil.

Mobil terus melaju di tengah teriknya siang..
Sorai mulai ngantuk..
Jalan aspal mulai hilang dari pandangan..
Sorai mulai tidur..
Jalan berbatu mulai semakin nggak rata, mobil makin gogorenjagan.. (Apa itu gogorenjagan?)
Sorai alhamdulillah masih nyenyak tidur, sampai.. GREEEKK. Mobil nyangkut di gundukan batu tinggi dan besar di tengah jalan. Bagian bawahnya udah kegesek entah kayak apa. Dipaksa digas nggak bisa maju, sampai akhirnya semua penumpang turun. Iya, si bocah juga. Bangun lah dia. Dipaksa digas, mobil masih juga nggak mau jalan. Dorong-doronglah para anggota tim yang laki-laki semua itu. Setelah sekitar 15 menit, mobil akhirnya bisa jalan lagi, hamdallah..

Perjalanan berlanjut, sampai.. ZZZZZNG! ZZZZZNG! Bunyi roda yang muter tapi mobil nggak bisa jalan. Lumpur saudara-saudara.. Harap diperhatikan bahwa udara di mobil sudah panas dan lembab, pantai kan sedikit lagi (tapi pemandangan sekitar masih hutan belantara). Yak, para mas-mas turun lagi.. mas supir mulai terlihat lelah, mas avanza alias mobil yang ditumpangi juga sudah mengeluarkan bau kopling. Kak, pantainya mana kaaaak..

Setelah didorong, mobil bisa jalan lagi, sampai akhirnya menyerah di tantangan berikutnya. Jalan kecil berlumpur, pinggirnya dalem dan tengahnya batu tinggi. Mesin mobil udah panas banget. Waktu menunjukkan sekitar pukul 2 siang. Wis, kami menyerah. So long, selonjoran minum beras kencur di pinggir pantai!

Semua turun dari mobil dan tim dibagi 2, yang satu meneruskan jalan kaki ke pantai untuk ambil data, satu lagi mengupayakan biar mobil bisa balik arah. Sorai gimana? Being his almost-2-years-old self, tentu saja nggak betah diem lama-lama. Agak rewel waktu liat bapaknya pergi ke pantai, mau ikut ya masa. Rewel juga karena pengen nyetir mobil sementara di dalem mobil panasnya bak sauna. Lalu rewel karena diserbu nyamuk kebon sementara bajunya terbuka tangan dan kakinya. Untunglah mau ngerti waktu dikasih tau Papa kerja dulu ambil data, dan dibilang Sorai harus bageur dulu biar om-nya bisa muterin mobil. Mamak, kami ingin pulang Mamak.

Hampir satu jam berlalu dan bapake Sorai masih belum terlihat di ujung cakrawala (yang berupa tanjakan). Langit mulai mendung. Ini kalau hujan sudahlah wassalaamu'alaikum. Entah gimana caranya si mobil bisa jalan lagi kalau jalannya makin berlumpur. Saya mulai berhitung dalam pasrah, menghitung jarak ke rumah penduduk, keberadaan payung, persediaan baju ganti Sorai, dan bekal makanan (yang baru aja habis!). Ini jalan-jalan apa pelatihan Wanadri siih.

Menjelang ashar akhirnya tim pantai kembali sudah, sementara si mobil masih belum juga berhasil diputerin. Tim pemutar mobil nampaknya mendapat suntikan semangat baru dengan kembali lengkapnya anggota pasukan. Mas supir kembali ke kursi kemudi, yang lain dorong-dorong, lap-lap ban yang penuh lumpur dan angkut-angkut batu. Sementara itu si ibu melipir sambil terus berupaya meminimalisir serangan nyamuk di badan Sorai, sambil bantu doa juga. Another satu jam sampai mobil bisa diputar dan didorong sampai di jalan berbatu yang lebih layak. Luar biasaaa (!!) upaya para lelaki yang belum pada makan siang itu. Terus kerja tanpa mengeluh. Hats off. :)

When we finally passed the rocky roads, I felt the beauty of jalan aspal like never before. Sesungguhnya penemuan jalan aspal adalah karunia yang harus disyukuri! Selain itu, alhamdulillah nggak sampe turun hujan, alhamdulillah nggak habis bensin di jalan, alhamdulillah mesin mobil nggak sampe mogok di hutan. Dan akhirnya semuanya selamat sampai lagi di rumah, alhamdulillaah..

Keesokan paginya. Saat si ibu masih sakit-sakit badan, Sorai yang baru bangun bilang, "Bu, (l)agi bu, do(r)ong-do(r)ong."
*insert facepalm emoji here*

 *** 

P.S. Dear Papa, here's a note for your next field trip:
- jangan lupa bekel makanan berat
- jangan lupa bawa autan
- jangan. pake. avanza.

26 March 2016

Note to Self: What is More Important

There was a time when I want to be a person that inspires. I obliged myself to achieve this and that in a wish to inspire others to do good. But then it occurred to me that such longing can lead to the urge to be seen by others, and I found that one's necessity to show what he did may cause him (or her) to fake and mask himself (or herself). I don't want that. What others think of me is not for myself to decide anyway. 

Now I try to put more effort on making sure that sincerity is on my every act and every word. I believe it is more important. 

19 March 2016

The Elusive Mind

I recently watched a TED video by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the renown Eat, Pray, Love. It was generally about creative minds, and people who based their works on creativity. Artist, is how the profession commonly termed.
She opened the talk by sharing her story of how often it is that, when she met new people, they seemed to be worry about her life, whether she is doing okay or not. This is in regard to her mega best-selling book, and people ask if she lives with the anxiety of whether she will or will never be able to write another books with similar success.

We often heard stories about great artists whose life turned miserable, or even end their life in tragic manner. I used to think that the cause is great pressure of popularity, which include disturbing fan and sudden change of lifestyle. You know, falling into materialism, only to figure out that it is actually an empty shell. No true happiness inside.
Yet I just figured out from the talk, that the creativity itself is a difficult thing to handle. Of course we can easily understand the pain of failing, and blaming all the cause to ourselves is a definite source of destruction. But then, the great artists, whose work are well known across the globe, also find it difficult to cope with the success as putting the cause of success all to themselves was hard to bear as well. Yes, it is apparently a heavy heavy thing to feel that you have a very brilliant mind. 

Elizabeth continues her talk by explaining a fact from ancient time. The great minds of that time were believed to have outer source who helped producing their work, be it a being or a divine whispering. Like in ancient Rome, Socrates for example, were commonly acknowledged to have a Genius. Yes, it was to have and not to be. Rather than considered as an integrated part of a self, Genius was reckoned as an independent being. Like Dobby the house-elf in Harry Potter. This way, they have some other thing to share the pain of failing or the joy of succeeding, that is often too hard to be faced alone. So that whether it was a failure or a success, it was also partly The Other's work. Such believe are obviously scientifically unexplainable (yet?), so that it was erased at Renaissance time. It was then considered that human are solely responsible for both their failure or success. But, as Elizabeth said, it was often too difficult, and she found some artist colleagues of hers are back in practicing such believe, to put some of the burden to the elusive being. She does it as well. Once in a while, as she said, when she faced difficulties continuing her work, she would stop for sometime and stare at an empty corner of her room, pretending that there stand her Dobby version, and talked to it to help her do the job. After that, she believes that she only has to do the best she can. The rest is Dobby's work. And with it, life becomes easier and creativity becomes more bearable.

As some may have expected, several comments imply that the idea is simply stupid. In a society where logical thinking often become the only parameter of what to believe, I guess it is not a surprise. Yet on the other hand, I'm not sure whether the people who ridicule the idea really comprehend what is felt by Elizabeth and the other geniuses, as they have never really been on the same spotlight anyway.  

Having watched the video, I personally feel both grateful and sad at the same time.
I am a muslim. I was born in a muslim family, and raised with a muslim way of thinking. It is the very pillar of our religion, which is then ingrained in our believe, that everything has been written down. There is a greater power, Allah, who controls the failing or succeeding. And this fact is openly acknowledged in our ultimate guide book, The Koran. Knowing this, we can deal with our work more peacefully, because what we are asked to do is only to be our best, and not to make sure that it will be a masterpiece. We all know very well that success is not really a matter of hard work, that sometimes no matter how much effort we put into something, it still doesn't work the way we expect. When we face failure, we know we don't need to blame ourselves. Evaluating, yes, to the degree of correcting what we can control. But not blaming. Because, maybe the failure is indeed partly caused by our fault, but that is also what's written. Same case goes for success, we don't need to, and should not, put all the credits to ourselves. In fact, it is considered arrogance, if we did. 
Realizing this, I become more conscious on how Allah loves us very tremendously. He guides us from the very beginning to rely on Him only, for our own sake. 

"No evil befalls on the earth nor in your own souls, but it is in a book before We bring it into existence; surely that is easy to Allah. So that you may not grieve for what has escaped you, nor be exultant at what He has given you; and Allah does not love any arrogant boaster" (Al-Hadid: 22-23)


I am sad as well, because.. I don't know. Maybe because it becomes more clear to me how useless cognitive capability can be, in search of the truth. And while it often considers as the super power to determine basic values in humanity, to decide what is right and what is not, human mind can become so blinded when they lost their humbleness and sincerity. 
Social norms, particularly in western society which heavily rely on human thinking, are significantly shifting only in matter of decades. What used to be taboo is considered normal today. What was normal then, is now regarded as conservative. It is no difference in the academic world. Scientific finding is ever-evolving, which is hopefully a good thing, as it may mark the move toward betterment. But the changes in both social norms and scientific finding which are the outcome of human thinking show that it is unsettled. It is prone to subjectivity (which explains the shifting values) and mistakes or flaws (which is why it needs to be progressing and advancing). Aren't these dynamic suppose to hint people that they could not rely on their own thinking? 
Imagine a house with crooked or weak base, no doubt that it will fall. A base has to be something that is solid. A foundation has to be something that is eternally true and perfect. 


"This Book (the Koran), there is no doubt in it, is a guide to those who guard (against evil)." (Al-Baqarah: 2) 

Wallahu a'lam bish shawab.

08 March 2016

Cerita Sorai

"Bu"
"Papa mam"
"Ikut"
"Bis. Wiuwiuwiuwiu."

Diulang berkali-kali, sepanjang siang sampe bapaknya pulang.

Penjabaran:
Jadi, sehari sebelumnya, si ibu pengen makan enak (dan malas masak), jadilah kami makan di luar. Sorai si anak Papa tentu saja ikut. Tempat makannya di pinggir jalan besar. Setelah pesen makanan, Sorai diajakin bapaknya liat mobil yang lalu lalang. Lalu diantara yang lewat adalah rombongan bis yang dikawal motor polisi pake bunyi sirine, wiuwiuwiu.
Begitulah. Sepertinya buat Sorai berkesan sekali pengalamannya liat bis yang dikawal.

Haaah, anak ibu udah besaar, udah bisa cerita. Tumbuh shalih sehat cerdas dan bahagia ya Nak.