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Three Miles a Day

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  Morning air breezes as the warm sunlight touches my skin. I start to walk confidently in this empty street. Alone with my running shoes and a black tote bag filled with my wallet and book. I only know one place to go; beach. The same destination I have visited daily since the first day I arrived in this part of Bali. I never found a decent place to read, not as long as I walked this cobblestone path. But I keep carrying my book just in case, maybe one day I get lucky and find a nice shade with the sound of waves swirling back and forth.  I like this so much. I like the idea of me living in a vacation style for months. All I had to do is work from nine to six, Monday to Friday, and strolling to the beach in between my work schedule AND on the weekends. I never get tired of blue sky and sea. Those two are the reason why heaven is so tempting and kept me away from the things I desire; sins. Even though.. I'm not sure how long will I like it. I no longer that person who is anxious ab

Hygge: Enjoying Life's simple pleasure

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  Menyederhanakan sesuatu bukan urusan sederhana, justru sebaliknya. Rumus matematika sederhana diperoleh dari proses berpikir yang teramat rumit, dan bukan dari proses berpikir orang yang nonton tiktok empat jam sehari (red; saya). Proses penyederhanaan apapun selalu harus melalui jalan paling rumit, sulit, yang sering kali bikin menyerah di tengah jalan. Hygge adalah sebuah kata dari Bahasa Denmark, kata yang tidak sengaja saya temukan dan saya suka sekali. Waktu saya tahu ini adalah Bahasa Denmark saya makin suka lagi. Sejak lima tahun lalu saya memang terobsesi dengan kultur Danish (terlebih sejak nemenin rekan yang pernah mampir ke Bogor dan saya temani kemana-mana waktu itu. Sekarang dia sudah punya anak satu, masih bayi pula.. terharu banget betapa cepat waktu berlalu..) eh malah nostalgia. Hygge adalah sebuah cara menikmati hidup dari hal-hal sederhana yang kita temui sehari-hari; keberadaan keluarga, teman, tubuh yang sehat, tempat tinggal yang nyaman,. prinsip hidup yang menj

Dwiwarna

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  Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you prefer Sunrise or Sunset? Beach or forest? Why are you here?  *** Hal pertama yang paling penting untuk ditanyakan sebelum memilih untuk tinggal di Bali adalah Why . Kenapa? Kenapa mau tinggal di Bali? Apa masih ada pilihan lain selain di Bali? Kalau masih ada, kenapa Bali? Karena ikut-ikutan saja? Fomo ? Karena mumpung murah? Apa? Ini penting karena niat adalah landasan dari segala perbuatan #amin. Pondasi ini harus kuat, karena kalau tidak kita akan gampang goyah di tengah jalan. Bali tidak seindah video vlog youtuber kaya cuy. Kalau sekarang, memang ada banyak alasan kenapa kita harus ikut mencicipi rasanya tinggal di sini, salah satunya ya karena mumpung harganya lagi murah, atau juga untuk mendukung program pemerintah dalam memulihkan perekonomian negara. #akusayangpemerintah #akusayangSandiagaUno. Kamu harus punya alasan mu sendiri dan itu haruslah kuat. Soal tujuan boleh fleksibel, mengikuti arah angin dan arus ombak. Asalkan ala

90 Days of Re-Rooting

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  In order to determine where to live for the next month, I need to breakdown my purpose on why I came to Bali in the first place. This is what I called: re-rooting. I wanna be flexible in where I'm going, as long as my root is deep enough to keep me safe. And I have to write this whole thing down, so I could remember this struggle one day when I'm having a hard time in decision making (again). I see this phase as a 90 days of trial. A bookmark for new beginning, and I have to reinvent my self in order to jump to another stage of life --whatever it might be. Therefore, in this 90 days, I have to live in a new city. As a greedy person --who claimed to be a minimalist-- I don't wanna spend this 90 precious days of mine settling down in just one place. But I also don't wanna have any regret and live in a some weird place with crowded strangers passing through my door. I'm being very picky when it comes to my comfort level. First and foremost, I came to Bali to experien

Between Sunrise and Sunset

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  I love both Sunrise AND Sunset. I love the Sun, in fact, I LOVE everything the Sky has to offer. The moon.. the stars.. the planets.. the kites.. yep, even the kites. Now I have to make another decision, because I like to complicate my life, that's all. Whether to stay or to move. If stay, my current place is actually located near where the Sunset is. But I never visited, except for a few times, dan itupun yang jauh dan bukan deket kost sini. If I move, I could have a place near the Sunrise, even if I have to walk around 15 minutes or so.. I don't know how to make this decision, so I went home, order a bubble tea mix with red beans, grass jelly and everything, watch Netflix. WHY bother with places near beaches if all I wanna do is lay on my bed all day and watch Netflix.. -_- I mean.. maybe I'll choose to move. Sunrise is a better thing to chase. I barely have time for Sunset, my work schedule is now mostly crowded in the afternoon due to time-zone differences. If one day

For the expectation of others

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  If your family truly loves you, why do they expect you to live the way they want? If you require no marriage to be happy, why do they want you to get one to be happy? Life is confusing, because the ones who put the deepest scar are the ones closest to you. Betrayal came from your friends, not from the enemies. You live the expectation of others, in order to be considered 'normal and happy'. If happiness come from within.. and they truly care about you.. why do you need to live the life they have? It's theirs, not yours. 

The key to minimalism: Nothing is Really Yours!

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  Beberapa hari yang lalu, saya tersadarkan oleh satu fakta bahwa, kita tidak pernah berada di jalan yang benar-benar lurus. This road called life, wasn't designed to be a straight path. Pantas saja, dalam Islam kita diminta untuk mengulang kalimat ' tunjukkan kami pada jalan yang lurus,..' minimal 17 kali sehari. Sejak mengikuti ajaran minimalism empat tahun yang lalu, saya senantiasa berada dalam fase me-review diri. Menjaga agar prinsip ini tidak luntur, walau seringkali terlena, lupa, melenceng, untuk kemudian kembali lagi. Karena dilakukan berulang-ulang, saya pikir.. ah mungkin sekarang saya sudah sangat terbiasa dengan minimalism. Sudah sangat mudah melepaskan, tidak lagi terbebani dengan kenangan, tidak lagi berat jika harus merelakan sesuatu itu pergi atau diambil dari saya. Karena memang itulah yang selalu terjadi, apapun yang saya miliki, jika itu hilang atau saya harus merelakannya untuk dibawa orang lain, saya selalu mampu untuk menyingkirkan rasa sedih itu dal