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Loveless for the Better

Tomorrow, a senior older by two years my age will get her heart broken, for a person very dear to her heart is finally taking a wife.

As a supporter of the proper Islamic marriage, I’ve come to understand to not bat an eyelash at a wedding where neither the husband or wife know each other’s birthday or favorite color. Most of these marriages occur when practicing Muslims need companionship and choose to take wives or husbands without approaching adultery, or dating, as some of you might call it.

A person I know will become a husband tomorrow, and I will be the first person to call crap when he claims to be happy with the arrangement.

But I can’t hate him for his decisions. Never, especially when I am planning on doing the same in near future. Difference is, I’m going to get married without having to cut ties with an old lover.

This is what they mean when they say it’ll happen if it’s meant to be.

It doesn’t sit well with me, knowing he’s going to go through with this marriage with his heart trying to heal from a heartbreak understanding that he’s not marrying the one he loves. It could have happened, you know? He could have had the happy ending that he wanted. All he needed was just to wait.

He couldn’t, though, and I don’t blame him.

At the young age of 19, the world’s temptation was too much, and he chose the halal way out. The girl wasn’t ready, she was working on her dream, and he decided a marriage would only be a distraction.

Again, I don’t blame him. The timing didn’t fit, and whatever force in the universe was against them.

I only hope he can come to love his wife-to-be the same way he loved the girl. I hope he’ll find peace and be happy with the outcome no matter how difficult it is. I hope it all turns out to be a bundle of joy that God has planned for them all.

In the end I applaud him for putting Him first and love second. It was for God, and it was for good.

Lucky Six

time has passed

things have changed

where we stand?

no holy grail

there’s legacy

to continue

there is trust

we have failed

we need help

to restart

to rebuild

old glory

we reach out

to everyone;

long live kings

royal heirs

the true knights

and survivors

five is where

we’ll make this change

let’s welcome thee,

the lucky six.

Jakarta-Surabaya Train Ride

Everyone in Indonesia spends Eid holiday in their hometown with their families. Some take planes, some use trains, and some brave souls have to ride their cars.

This year, my family took the train for the very first time. To new experience, my mother cheerfully said. When I first heard about it, I hated the whole idea. Train ride from Jakarta to Surabaya takes 7 to 8 hours. Plane only takes 2.  I remember dreading the idea of sitting in a suffocating space with a bunch of strangers for seven hours.

When I got into the train and sat down, the seven hours I spent felt very much like a needed therapy.

The train that I rode which called Argo Anggrek was very different with the typical airplane. The large windows, the endless space, the table, the electric socket, it was enjoyable, and to me, the best part of the trip is definitely the ever-changing scenery out of the window.

Let me show you.

We started from Gambir Station, Jakarta.DSCN2491 DSCN2492 DSCN2494 DSCN2495 DSCN2496 DSCN2497

One of the places we visited on the way was Cirebon.DSCN2498 DSCN2501 DSCN2505

Here is Semarang.DSCN2506 DSCN2524 DSCN2528 DSCN2532 DSCN2534

And this is the cotton candy in the sky.DSCN2536And as the sun sets, the rest to enjoy belongs only to the dark.

Here’s to nature, here’s to His creation


Here’s to an event!

Hari Hijaber Nasional, dengan detail:
Nama Acara : Hari Hijaber Nasional
Waktu : 07 Agustus 2016 – 08 Agustus 2016
Tempat : Masjid Agung Sunda Kelapa, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

Pink in the Spring

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Videography by Salman Al-Farisi

The Hamilton Tag!

I have been quite obsessed with Hamilton for the past few weeks, and while I was lying in bed with my phone, I found a video on YouTube by JonasAlmostFamous entitled ‘The Hamilton Tag’. She is a huge Hamilton fan and created this tag!

She gave permission for all of us to use her questions, and I decided to do it, so here you go!

1) How did you find out about Hamilton?

I first heard about it from TheFineBros video about Elders reacting to the musical, but I definitely didn’t give too much thought about it because of how different it was from musicals I’ve seen. Then I saw the opening number of Tony, and the rest is history.

2) Favorite Character?

My favorite character will definitely has to be everyone’s favorite fighting Frenchman, Lafayette.

3) Character you would want to play?

Angelica Schuyler, hands down! She has such a great story line in the musical, although I won’t be opposed to playing Eliza as well.

4) Favorite song to listen to?

I got to list five, you all.

  1. Wait for It
  2. Satisfied
  3. It’s Quiet Uptown
  4. That Would Be Enough
  5. Aaron Burr, Sir

5) Favorite song to sing along with?

Wait for It, no competition.

6) Part you always mess up when you’re singing along?

Every rap part, I think, I mess up a lot. I can sing That Would be Enough just fine, but when it comes to the rap part, I just haven’t gotten the time to learn all of it.

7) Can you rap Guns and Ships?

I can sing along to the part where the Company sings ‘Lafayette!’

8) Which cast member would you most want to meet?

Daveed Diggs! He is such a lay back, charismatic person, and his little laughs are contagious, I’m telling you.

9) Have you seen the show?

No, and I don’t think I’ll ever get to see it with the original cast, but once I’m older and have enough money for myself, I’ll fly to New York and get a ticket.

10) Have you read the book?

I didn’t even know there was a book about it until I watched Jona’s video, but I will most definitely look for it.

11) Favorite line in the show?

life doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints, and it takes, and it takes, but we keep living anyway, we rise and we fall and we break, and we make our mistakes, and if there’s a reason I’m still alive, when everyone who loves me has died, then I’m willing to wait for it.

12)Five words to describe the show?

Phenomenal, majestic, ethereal, unreal, and cinnamon roll.

Open Translation Service!

In the spirit of looking for my own income, I have decided to freelance myself and offer a translation service with reasonable price for struggling students all around Indonesia. I will translate from English to Bahasa Indonesia (and vice versa) and charge per page with standardized format. Price will vary based on how fast you need your documents translated.

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Red in the Woods

A little project created to help a friend out, everyone go check out the videographer!

Neither Tried

Came he did

Gone he went

Just a stop

Not a word

Who am I

To put blame

Neither tried

Neither tried

 

Facebook Page!

I joined an all-girl blogging network in Indonesia just this week, and I decided that I really do want a boost of traffic in my blog, hence why I’m spending this year’s Ramadan holiday working on it.

Two years going into the blogging life, I’m still working on bits and pieces and everything that I need to understand to improve my blog, such as SEO and Google Analytics, and I realized having a facebook page is a must in the network.

Voila, I made one!

Fb Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/zhafiraiha

In the spirit of kindness and sharing of Ramadan, it’d mean a lot if you can give it a like!

Here’s to improving

 

Abuse of Power in Its Finest

I can’t speak for others, but it’s never in my intention to break dreams and hearts. Of that, I can guarantee.

But do we say what we say in life out of pure revenge? Now that is something I can’t answer without sounding completely selfish.

It’s a bit childish in my part now that I think about it, but hey, it will be one great lie if I say I don’t pour out a heartbreak when I yell at some kids at school. Even someone like me, who’s sworn to never be a hypocrite, must have said a few words that pain others. Of that, I apologize.

When you have the power to lead, you also have the power to oppress. You have an entire power to say what you wish to say, and no one can tell you otherwise in your face. When you let yourself be controlled by that power, the feeling tends to get the best of you. The overwhelming surge is satisfying, I’m sure. It makes you feel so great when you oppress, it makes you feel invincible, and hey, who doesn’t like that feeling of being untouchable?

I have little of that power, just as much as everybody else who’s about become Senior next term, and the oppression has begun.

It’s madness, and I wish everyone can just mind their own business. Being irritated at one person or another is acceptable, we are living in a society where everyone’s belief is different, but when that hate is publicized? That is when things get ugly, and is definitely something that I can’t get behind with.

I wish everyone can see that there is a greater thing to worry about.

I wish everyone can stop and understand how scar may heal but never fades.

I wish everyone can keep their hate to themselves, and perhaps what I’m doing right now is not different, but all I want is for this negativity to stop.

Let things be, let people do things that they believe in. Let’s not get into the middle of something until it hit us in the face. Let’s just all get along.

But hey.

We can’t always get what we want.

And I’m sorry that we’re a long way away from that peace.

In response to: Transformation

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