Posted in Chit Chat

Goodbye and Thank You, 2016!

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Last day in 2016! Time flies. It feels like yesterday when 2016 began. Yes, 2016 has gone so fast to me. It was just a fine year. Some good things, some bad things. Some laughters, Some tears. One thing for sure, 2016 has taught me many things, given me so much lessons. So, I want to say alhamdulillah, thank you Allah for your blessings.

I’m not the type of person who always makes resolutions. My only hope is I can be the better person, the better version of me in every way. Not only think about dreams, but also find a way to achieve them. Not only think about myself, but also think to share. Despite not having any certain resolution, I still make a list of my plans or what things I want to do in 2017, including about blogging. Hopefully it can motivate me to do more.

Talking about blogging, I am actually still confused of what the niche of my blog is. It seems I talk about everything here. I write what I want, lol. I know I know I should’ve decided what my blog should be, not just write. But, I don’t want to think too hard about it. I want to be consistent in posting first. And so grateful I managed to post regularly in the past few months. Although I rarely posted in the early 2016, I finally managed to post once a week since September. Hey, that’s already a progress, isn’t it?!

So, in 2017, I want to be more consistent. Nope, I’m not saying I will post like everyday. Probably still once a week, or twice a week maybe? I don’t know, let’s see. But I hope I post my writings at least once a week. I actually have written some topics that I want to share here, but still in the waiting list. So I hope I can post them in 2017. Btw, I also want tidy up my blog appearance, such as theme, categories, menu, etc. But the most important is I want to write the better contents.

Well, the lovely (hopefully) 2017 is coming. I don’t only wish for happiness, but also how to be stronger in facing any obstacles, and can rise after every sadness. Good bye 2016, thank you so much for the memories and lessons. And welcome 2017, let’s be friends!

Sorry for rambling, hahaha. I hope you all have a quality time whatever you do at this moment, spending time with your family, friends, or even still at work. Enjoy your last minutes in 2016. Let’s start this year with basmalah, may Allah always bless us, aamiin. And what’s your hope in 2017?

Special wish, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR ALEX FERGUSON! He turns 75 today, wow!

Posted in Blog English Club

EF#3 Me & Gadgets

Another BEC’s challenge day! And the third week’s topic is How Gadgets Affect Our Life. I actually have no idea what to write. But well, I’ll talk about the influence of gadget in daily life and how I rely on gadgets.

As part of technology, gadgets play a big role in our life today. Gadgets not only increase the efficiency and flexibility in our life but also keep us updated with the latest information from all over the world. We cannot deny the importance of technology to our daily life, the usage of gadgets has given us so much ease to do things in our life. We cannot stay away from gadgets. I salute those who can.

 

I am not saying that I am a gadget addict who relies on gadgets as much as I rely on oxygen to breathe (okay, I know I exaggerate it). But, to be honest, I cannot live a day without gadgets. I do a lot of things with my gadgets. Call, text, works and assignments, chat apps, social media, email, music, online shopping, payment, etc. And the fact that internet has become the fastest way to get information nowadays makes me stick with my gadgets. And in addition, gadgets have trained me to be a multi-tasker. I could write on my laptop while having dinner but my eyes focused on tv watching football match, and soon I would take my phone to tweet “Goooooooalll!” when a player of my favourite football team scored. What kind of multi-tasking is that? 😛 I’ve rarely been on social media these days. I get bored of it sometimes. However, as much as I rely on gadgets, I always try not to distance myself from people around.

The overuse of gadgets can also negatively affect health. The excessive use of gadgets can lead to depression, sleep disorder and other negative impacts. But we can avoid it if we use gadgets wisely. So let’s reflect on ourselves and try to lessen our dependence on gadgets, instead of blaming it all on technology. We may often hear a statement “Today we are not controlling gadgets instead the gadgets are controlling our life”. It could be true if we let the addiction of gadgets take over our life. It will not happen if we use gadgets appropriately, not excessive. So, it depends on us. Will we be the masters of our own gadgets or the slaves to them instead?

Posted in Poems

Dark Symphony

We had quality times
Sharing stories they did not understand
Singing the grunge songs
Laughing like two idiots
It was the world of us two

You told me that I shouldn’t be in your life
But I couldn’t help following you
You said that life was the cruelest thing
“Life is beautiful!” I cheered you up
You laughed, you called me naïve

You told me that you were a bad person
You always saw things from the dark side
You were so friend with darkness
“Let me be your colours?” I offered
You smiled, my favorite smile

Our eyes locked
We stared at each other in silence
Reading thoughts
We were the King and Queen
In our own palace

Time passes, we are separated
I have no clue where you are
I am too busy with my broken things
You were right, life is cruel
I cry many nights, depressed

Where will I find you?
I need you to fix me now
Let’s be together like the old days
Because only in your darkness
I can see the true colours

written by: ichasyahfa

Posted in Uncategorized

Life Is Hard, Fight For Happy!

Daily Prompt: “Pick a random word and do Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind.”

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When I googled the word “happy”, the eleventh picture of the results was this picture. “Life is hard, fight for happy”. What a quote! And yes, I totally agree. We have to do something, we have to fight in life to be happy, not waiting for the happiness to come while we do nothing for it. We have to create the happiness ourselves, do what we want, do things that make us feel happy, and don’t rely on luck. The more efforts we do, the more chances we have to get what we want. Just smile and be happy. Let’s fight for the happiness in life! 🙂

Posted in Thoughts, Writing 201

Opinion Piece: People, Internet, Self Expression and Attention Seeking

In Response to Writing 201 Week Three Assignment: Opinion Piece

Talking about attention, it can never be separated from human life. When we were born, our cries would be the center of attention, happily welcomed especially by our parents. When we were babies, we learnt to speak, our funny babble would get fully attention from our parents and it entertained everyone who saw it. And when we learnt to walk, our parents would applaud when they saw us taking the first step. Their attentions encouraged us to take the next step. So basically, attention is something that can motivate. As we grow, we will get attentions not only from our parents or family, but from a broader scope as we start interacting with many people. And we will get more variety of attentions.

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Attention is also closely related to the way people express themselves. Everyone has different way to express themselves. There are people who can easily express themselves by speaking, others prefer to express themselves through music, writing, or even drawing. There are people who express themselves in simple ways, some are quite extreme. The way people express themselves that sometimes leads to the term attention seeker. So, is seeking attention always bad?

Now let’s talk about the relation between attentions, the way people express themselves and the internet, particularly social media. On twitter, people will be glad if their tweets get many retweets, favorites, or replies. A good tweet will attract many followers. On facebook, people will be happy if their posts get many likes and comments. Likewise in Instagram, people will be happy if their photos or videos get a lot of likes and comments. People are eager to upload good photos on Instagram, whether it’s the picture of them or things related to fashion, artworks, photography etc. Retweets, favorites, likes, and comments on social media are the examples of attention. Although we initially just wanted to express ourselves, but if we get those kinds of attentions, we will be happy and feel appreciated. Just like in blogging. We will create a blog with the name, title, and good design to make it look attractive. We will make our posts as good as possible. We will be excited if we find people who have the same interests with us.

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In my opinion, the use of internet as the way to express can give positive things like the followings:

• Helping people to express themselves
Not everyone is easy to express themselves. Someone who is shy and not really good at speaking, sometimes feels more comfortable to convey their thoughts, experiences, or anything about them in writings. So, some media like twitter and blog are good places for them. We might already hear some stories, such as there is someone who is very active talking on twitter, is actually a nerd in real life. Or people who are very good at writing blog posts are sometimes very awkward in their real social lives. That doesn’t mean they are fake. They just feel more comfortable to speak through writings.

• Creativity and Self Improvement
The attention that we get is such as an appreciation of our expressions and works that drives us into a creative person and furthermore to improve. On twitter, people will try to make great words fit in 140 characters. The fashion people will be excited uploading their fashion stuff and styles, and will look for new styles to update their fashion looks. The photographers will increasingly produce nice photographs and he will further develop their abilities in order to get the better photographs. Articles that we make on a blog, we will read them over again before publishing it. We would edit, repair some parts, and checking the grammatical errors in order to publish good writings.

• Sharing Information and Knowledge
We can also share information, knowledge, and inspiration. A blogger’s article can be useful to people who need information related to this article. The fashion bloggers and fashion people on Instagram will inspire others with their fashion style, and it will probably be so helpful for people who have problems in fashion. The professional photographers could inspire people who love photography to learn more about photography. Social media and blog could be great places for sharing with people who have the same interest. They will give feedback and inputs to each others. And some make communities in real life that originated from their communities on the internet.

• Finding Talents
Many people who have certain talents, or who have great artworks but do not know where to share them. Internet is the right place for them. Many famous writers who have best seller books came from blogging. And many fashion consultants who were initially just bloggers who often wrote about their fashion styles or uploaded their fashion looks on Instagram. And there are a lot of stories of famous people who succeed because of their activities on the internet. From zero to hero.

So, there is nothing wrong with self-expression and the desire to get attention as long as we do it in positive ways. However, for some people, self-expression and attention seeking can be annoying if it is excessive and inappropriate. They think that wanting attention is okay, but probably the behaviour of people in doing it is sometimes way too much. For examples, some might feel bothered by those parody accounts on twitter or those who like copying someone’s tweets. Some might not really like to see someone who loves posting loads of selfies within a short time, and some might not like seeing people who keep showing off their branded stuffs.  I personally don’t mind people who love posting selfies, branded stuffs or things which are mentioned above. I think that’s their rights, and I don’t think those as excessive behaviour. Things I don’t like to see on social media are posts or pictures that full of hatred, racism, insult, or abuse. This is just my opinion, though.

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Excessive attention seeking behaviour is sometimes annoying for some people. But it’s not us to judge, because judgmental character can lead us to the bullying behaviour. We have all heard or read about people who committed suicide after got bullied because of their activities in social media. In my opinion, if you feel so annoyed by excessive behaviour of some people, the best way to do is ignoring them. For example, you can unfollow those accounts or block if you think they are getting so annoying, like spamming you or give you hatred comments etc.  But once again, it depends on personal. Some people are easily annoyed but some don’t even feel bothered by the excessive attention-seeking behaviour at all. Some decide not to be on social networking because they’re not interested, some are addicted to it. Well, my thought is, if you are on social media, don’t take it too seriously. Millions people are there, everyone has different personality, you can’t control them. So, take it easy. But, I think while we’re on social media, we also need to control ourselves in order not to be excessive. I mean it’s to protect us from some bad things. For instance, you might ever hear about some people who stole pictures of babies and abuse them. So, being wise on social media is needed.

Well, maybe this is all I can write. There is no intention to offend certain people here in my writing. The conclusion of my writing is, in my opinion, that the self-expression and seeking attention are not bad things if we do them in positive ways, and not excessive. This is just my opinion, and I do not impose my opinion to you. I’d be glad to hear your opinions too.Thanks for reading 🙂

Posted in Thoughts

Everyone Is Hero

Saat kita masih kecil, mungkin yang terlintas dalam benak kita saat mendengar kata “pahlawan”adalah tokoh-tokoh kartun superhero ataupun para pejuang yang gugur di medan perang. Seiring berjalannya waktu, semakin kita menyadari bahwa pahlawan memiliki arti yang luas. Bagi saya, pahlawan adalah kata yang cocok disematkan kepada kedua orang tua saya, almarhum ayah saya dan bunda saya. Saya sangat mengagumi mereka. Kedua orang tua saya adalah pahlawan terbesar dalam hidup saya. Dan mungkin hampir setiap orang akan mengatakan hal sama, bahwa orang tua mereka adalah pahlawan bagi mereka.

Ayah saya adalah orang yang tegas, keras, namun sangat penyayang. Dan bunda saya adalah orang yang sabar, lemah lembut, dan juga sangat penyayang. Ketegasan ayah dan kelemah-lembutan bunda menjadi perpaduan yang luar biasa dalam mendidik kami, anak-anak mereka. Dalam berbicara, ayah selalu to the point dan tidak terlalu suka berbasa-basi, namun ayah adalah orang yang demokratis dan open minded. Karena itulah kami sering menjadikan ayah tempat diskusi dan bertanya tentang apapun. Ayah menjadi sosok pemimpin dan teladan yang luar biasa dalam keluarga kami. Bahkan bukan hanya di dalam keluarga, ayah juga mempunyai nama yang baik di kalangan orang-orang yang mengenalnya. Ayah dikenal sebagai orang yang dermawan, tidak segan menolong, dan sering dimintai nasehat.

Amal. Hal itulah yang selalu ditekankan ayah kepada kami. Ayah selalu mengatakan kepada kami bahwa amalan manusia selama hidupnya, dengan mengharap ridha Allah SWT, akan berbuah manis untuk dirinya sendiri. Dan ayah selalu mengingatkan kami tentang tiga amalan yang tidak akan terputus setelah manusia meninggal dunia, yaitu sedekah jariyah, ilmu yang bermanfaat, dan doa anak-anak yang saleh. Menjelang kepergiannya, ayah sempat berpesan, yaitu agar kami selalu menjaga akidah kami dan jangan pernah meninggalkan agama. Kemudian agar kami selalu menjaga bunda dan martabat keluarga, dan menghindari pentengkaran antara kami . Dan ayah juga berpesan agar kami selalu berbuat kebaikan kepada sesama. Ayah bilang, orang yang bermanfaat bagi orang lain adalah orang yang mulia. Begitu hebatnya kepemimpinan ayah dalam keluarga kami semasa hidupnya membuat kami goyah ketika beliau meninggalkan kami. Sanggupkah kami ditinggalkan pemimpin terhebat di keluarga kami? Mampukah kami kehilangan seorang pahlawan besar dalam hidup kami? Tapi kami menyadari bahwa  kami harus berserah diri kepada Allah dan mengikhlaskan ayah. He passed away but his legacy remains. Ayah telah mengajarkan segalanya kepada kami. Tugas kami sekarang adalah menjalankan amanah-amanahnya. Dan bunda adalah salah satu amanah terbesar ayah. Kami harus menjaga bunda, dan membuat bunda tersenyum adalah hal yang selalu ingin kami lakukan. Jika kami meminta maaf kepadanya akan hal-hal yang terlewatkan atau yang belum kami wujudkan untuknya, maka bunda selalu menjawab bahwa kebahagiaan anak-anaknya adalah kebahagiaan terbesarnya. Bunda adalah orang yang sangat sederhana, dia sudah merasa sangat bahagia apabila berkumpul bersama anak-anaknya dalam canda dan tawa. Kata-kata tidak akan cukup untuk melukiskan betapa saya sangat bersyukur memiliki orang tua seperti ayah dan bunda.

Keteladanan ayah dan bunda telah mengajarkan saya bahwa apabila kita melakukan kebaikan dan tanpa mengharapkan imbalan, maka kita telah menjadi pahlawan. Kita tidak harus menjadi pemerintah, orang terkenal ataupun orang yang kaya raya dulu untuk dapat berbuat kebaikan bagi orang banyak. Dan kebaikan tidak harus dilakukan dengan hal-hal yang besar ataupun ekstrim. Kita dapat memulai dari hal-hal yang kecil. Small deeds lead to bigger ones. And, small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. Jika kita belajar dengan giat dan berprestasi, kita membuat orang tua kita bangga, maka kita telah jadi pahlawan bagi mereka. Jika kita dapat menghibur teman kita yang sedih sehingga dia dapat melupakan kesedihannya, maka kita telah menjadi pahlawan baginya. Jika kita tidak membuang sampah sembarangan, kita telah menjadi pahlawan bagi lingkungan. Dan masih banyak hal lain yang dapat kita lakukan. Dan yang paling penting kita juga harus bisa menjadi pahlawan bagi diri kita sendiri. Kita mungkin banyak melakukan kesalahan dan mengalami kegagalan. Memaafkan dan menyemangati diri kita sendiri untuk menjadi orang yang lebih baik lagi maka kita telah menjadi pahlawan bagi diri kita. Mulailah dari diri kita sendiri, maka kita akan dapat berbuat kebaikan untuk orang lain, dan membimbing kita untuk membuat kebaikan yang bagi orang yang lebih banyak. Kebaikan sekecil apapun tidak akan pernah luput dari pandangan Tuhan. Jadi, sudahkah kita berbuat kebaikan hari ini? It’s not about who we are, but what we do. It’s not about certain people. It’s me, you, and all of us. Because everyone is hero.

Wallahualamubishawab.

Posted in Poems

Tranquility

She falls down
Stuck in the corner of the dark
To find herself freezing, close to death
Like a statue, breathing

She is crying, in silence
Depressed, frustrated, devastated
In the limit that she cannot think
The tears refuse to come out

Dear Lord,
Is this the world you want me to live in?
Bring me back to my childhood
Bring me back to my childhood
She is screaming, in silence

She closes her eyes
Escaping, flying away to somewhere else
I’m everywhere if you want to see,
God whispers

She opens her eyes, back to reality
She crawls, ready to meet Him
Body, heart and soul are praying
She doesn’t know what will happen next
But she feels calm now

written by: ichasyahfa

Posted in Poems

Fake

People grow up
Childhood is memory
Laugh and smile
Forgotten sincerity

Changes are required
You’re busy to impress
Pride above all
Ready to suffer

You say you are a good person
Probably you are not
You say you are fine
But you are hurting inside

You think you boss the life
Life owns you, in fact
You think you are the winner
You’re inside the cage, in fact

You are on top
Everyone hails you
You fall down
Hey, where are they?

You cry
Taking a deep breath
Seeing the life at a glance
Endless thought

People grow up
Childhood is memory
Mask to mask
In the name of fame

written by: ichasyahfa