Atlantians #1

Hi, I’m ¿~<§. Yeah, I’m sure you couldn’t spell it out. They usually call me fish. No, I’m not an alien or… yeah you could call me an alien because I’m not human as homo sapiens as could be. I don’t come from the outer space actually but from the bottom of the sea. You read it right, I came from the bottom of the sea.

Do I know Spongebob? Well, you could say he’s my ancestor.

Where have I been all this time? Listen buddy, we’re not that different at all, except our kind average height is shorter 1 to 3 feet from the inlander, so you couldn’t know that we are aliens from the first glance.

Until a half year ago, I was only a nerd who luckily got himself into the Atlantis Institutes of Technology. I want to say that I’m not a doom bringer but unfortunately I blew up a carbon dioxide gas reservoir. I’m sorry mother. It was unintentional but still, someone needs to be blamed and I’m afraid that’s going to be me.

Been out of sea for a couple of months and everything is fine. Not that fine, when you visit the land for the first time but I’ve prepared it thanks to the internet. Okay, let’s get back to the topic. Lately, the hurricane and flood is raging across the earth which is mean the atlatian is looking for people like me, people who cross the surface illegally. If you read this letter, that means I’ve been deported and please tell the clerk that I’m sorry.

 

PS: will update as soon as I got a wi-fi in the cell.

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Ada 2 Hal yang Tidak Dapat Ditunda

Ia tertidur saat duduk di barisan depan ketika Ibu Siti sedang menjelaskan proses pemurnian logam. Ia bahkan tidak malu-malu untuk menempelkan kepalanya pada meja tulis. Entah apa alasannya, namun merupakan sebuah ironi melihat seorang mahasiswa yang duduk di barisan depan yang biasanya merupakan mahasiswa rajin malah tertidur dengan nyenyak.

Kalau diminta untuk mendeskripsikannya, maka aku akan mengatakan dia seorang anak yang pemberani. Tidak kukenal orang lain selain dirinya yang berani tertidur di depan dosen, terutama Ibu Siti. Anak laki-laki pemberani itu bernama Julivius. Anak yang cukup unik menurutku. Jarang datang telat namun sering menggunakan sandal merupakan salah satu sisi anehnya.

3 tahun yang lalu, dia sangat pendiam dan sulit bergaul. Ia bukanlah seorang pemalu, dia akan mengutarakan pendapatnya apabila pertanyaan itu ditujukan untuk dia. Ia sulit bergaul karena kosakata yang ia gunakan tidak dipertimbangkan terlebih dahulu sehingga kalimatnya kadang terdengar kasar atau tidak sopan. Untung sifatnya itu tidak dipertahankan olehnya, belakangan ini dia dapat memberhentikan ucapannya sendiri begitu menyadari kata yang akan diucapkan berikutnya tidak ditujukan untuk sahabat karibnya. Percaya tidak percaya, anak laki-laki yang sedari lahir merantau itu dapat berpidato di depan teman-teman dan masyarakat.

Ringan tangan semenjak aku mengenalnya. Namun, apabila dulu ia membantu sembari mencela temannya maka kini ia membantu dengan tata krama yang baik. Perubahannya dalam bertata krama dan berbicara membuatku penasaran dan akhirnya bertanya kepada dia apa alasannya dia berubah. “Oh… Berubah sih engga juga, tapi aku berpikir kalau sebenarnya engga enak juga dibantu tapi kurang dihormati sama yang bantuin. Lagipula, aku terinspirasi oleh kalimat: ada 2 hal yang tidak dapat ditunda di dunia ini, yaitu berbakti pada orang tua dan berbuat kebajikan. Ya mungkin kurang nyambung tapi belakangan aku jadi lebih sering ikut bakti sosial dan tata bahasaku membaik sepertinya karena jadi sadar kalau kita lebih beruntung.”

I’m Tzu Ching for The Last Time

31 Agustus 2017, aku menginjakkan kaki lagi di sebuah bangunan megah dengan atap bertingkat di bagian atasnya. Tiang-tiang luarnya yang diselimuti dengan batu-batu kecil terlihat tidak berubah sejak terakhir kali aku datang. Tiba di saat matahari sudah turun, bukan berarti kegiatan persiapannya ikut meredup pula. Kulihat hilir mudik panitia memastikan segala sesuatunya dapat berjalan dengan lancar. Teman-teman luar kota dan luar pulau pun mulai berdatangan mengisi ruangan demi ruangan untuk mempersiapkan diri mengikuti pelatihan (camp) keesokan harinya.

1 September 2017, kukenakan seragam biru muda sebagai tanda peserta untuk mengikuti pelatihan relawan mahasiswa Tzu Chi Indonesia (biasa disebut Tzu Ching). Sembari menunggu dimulainya camp pada tahun ini, dengan canggung aku berkenalan dengan teman-teman Jakarta yang baru datang dan tentunya teman-teman sekelompok. Tzu Ching Camp 2017 ini bertajuk I’m Tzu Ching yang akan diadakan selama 3 hari dan 2 malam.

Acara pada hari pertama diisi dengan bagaimana bersikap sebagai insan Tzu Ching. Di pagi hari, kami diingatkan kembali dengan 10 sila Tzu Chi dan pada saat itu ditekankan bahwa sila dipatuhi bukan untuk membatasi diri sendiri namun untuk melindungi kebebasan diri sendiri dan menghormati kebebasan orang lain. Setelah materi 10 sila Tzu Chi, kami dibagi ke dalam kelompok untuk mempresentasikan bagaimana seharusnya insan Tzu Chi bertata krama, mulai dari berpenampilan, duduk, berjalan, makan hingga tidur. Mungkin terlihat amat kaku namun sekali lagi, tata krama di Tzu Chi diajarkan untuk menghormati diri sendiri serta orang lain. Di sela-sela materi, kami juga diajarkan mengenai hymne ajaran jing si (勤行颂 atau song of diligence) dan inilah salah satu hal yang menarik di Tzu Chi, ada nilai-nilai luhur Tzu Chi yang diajarkan melalui lagu dan isyarat tangan sehingga lebih mudah dipahami dan diserap.

Hari kedua diisi dengan materi 4 misi utama yang terdiri dari misi amal, misi kesehatan, misi pendidikan, dan misi budaya kemanusiaan. Dengan berbagai metode, materi-materi tersebut disampaikan, games, sharing pengalaman pribadi dan melalui praktik langsung.

Hari penutup diisi dengan pengalaman personal dari beberapa insan Tzu Ching yang telah ‘naik kelas’ ke abu putih logo. Dengan naik kelas, bukan berarti para alumni tidak terlibat lagi namun mendapat tanggung jawab yang lebih besar di Tzu Chi. Banyak yang masih membantu Tzu Ching dan bahkan seluruh lini panitia Tzu Ching Camp 2017 kali ini diisi oleh alumni Tzu Ching.

3 September 2017, seragam biru yang kukenakan akhirnya kulepas dan kuganti dengan pakaian sehari-hariku. Saat itu aku bertekad untuk mengemban tanggung jawab lebih. Ya, tanggung jawab lebih. Sebagai mahasiswa kerap kali kami diperhatikan oleh ayah dan ibu Tzu Chi kami, dan dapat dikatakan perhatian yang kami dapat yang selama ini merupakan salah satu alasan kami betah di Tzu Chi. Sudah lebih dari 4 tahun aku bergabung dengan Tzu Chi dan banyak hal aku pelajari selama ini. Kini saatnya aku mulai belajar bagaimana menurunkan hal-hal yang sudah kupelajari dan kupahami selama ini.

NB: Kilas Balik Tzu Ching Camp Kepengurusan 2017

It failed again

 

It’s already noon and I just woke up. “Where am I?” I thought. There’s a small chair and an old desk in front of me. The chair lost one of its leg and the desk itself is perforated. Maybe there’s a lot of termites in it.

The window is huge and really ancient. I think it’s come from medieval era. An arc at the top with flat bottom frame. One thing that’s intrigues me that the curtains come in bright pink colour.

Ahh… I think my time machine just messed up with my mind again.

via Daily Prompt: Inhabit

It’s a Habit

“Why do you write in an upside down paper?”

A lot of our friends ask us a lot about that habit because it’s the one that seems obviously weird. At first, we explain why we do it and now it’s just a habit. If we traced it to the past, perhaps it is one of our turning point of being a freak. Not that freak but we’re not that normal though. The upside paper remind us to not follow the society just because ‘that is how they have done it’ and  it’s not breaking the rules.

Writing in an upside down paper taught us that it’s just a meaningless habit, isn’t it? Nope, it is some small habit but habit define who you are, habit define the way you live your life. Maybe it’s small but there’s a creature called butterfly which could make huge storm (we’re talking about butterfly effect). Slow and steady step is usually more important than a sprint. Usain Bolt won his third consecutive olympic 100 metre gold medal last year. Seems a huge achievement but do you know how much he train before he sprint in an Olympic race just for less than 10 seconds. As for us, our university college and our junior sees us as a genius but they don’t know how much book we’ve read and how many things that we’ve learned along the semester. It’s not how long that you’ve studied but it’s how long that you’ve learned, people usually study for the test and not learn it for the rest of their lives because they thought that it won’t be useful for them. They’re not really wrong but society nowadays are missing a point, learning is mainly about the process and good result is one of the side effect if you learn in a good way.

Let’s say you learn math and their hell of equation. Almost all of us could agree that we couldn’t apply it in the real life but then is learning math is useless? As you can guess, the answer is no. Why? Because learning math taught us to think logically.

Lastly, maybe it’s not related to the previous paragraph or whole of them but we want to say that none of your effort is really useless. Maybe it’s look meaningless but it will help you magically because you know life is a mystery.

via Daily Prompt: Meaningless

Hate it when it happens to me

“Hey, I’ve got some idea to write down and I think it’s a good thing to be brought up.” 57 words later. “Nah, that idea is often discussed and a lot of good writing are already out there. Why do you even bother?”

Have you ever feel that way? It’s nearly always happen to me. Sometimes I want to blame my confidence but that means I’m blaming others and not myself (I know it doesn’t makes sense but please bear with it.) And actually blaming myself won’t solve anything. So, what do I do? As a soon-to-be engineer, it’s my duty to find a solution for myself.

This blog is already 2 years old and not much post I write because that kind of block. Yeah, I’ve actually found the solution but I often forgot where do I put it. Luckily, I brought it with me this time…. Wait a minute, where do I put it just now? Insert your imagination here. Ah.. There you are. Meanwhile, I’m trying to read it what I’m going to tell you.

So, there’s a lot of reason why I don’t have the confidence about my own writing skill. One of the reason is because I’m not have my own writing style yet. It’s not consistent to be precise. The other reason is sometimes, I don’t know why I’m writing. When I read my early post, I said it to myself, I write to know myself and sometimes I write just because of other thing such as gaining follower, likes or views and it’s not completely wrong but I often write about what people likes or believes not what I likes or believes. I know it sounds like I’m egoist. I used word ‘I’ a lot though. And there’s reason that sometimes I don’t feel my post is good enough. Yeah, it’s almost equal with the previous reason but this is more about the comparison to the other. There is still 98 reasons why I do not believe in my own writing skill but let’s skip the rest because it’s not that important and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to read it.

First of all, to overcome that kind of block is surely having a confidence in your own writing style. Maybe the paragraph is disordered, maybe the vocabulary that used is still limited, or maybe you afraid that people didn’t understand and all of them are normal. Embracing it as your own style is he first step. Improving is the next and I suggest that you don’t switch it. Know your strength and weakness then you know what do you need to do to fix the weakness. Perfect is boring afterall so don’t be ashamed of your style. Some of us will like it.

Second, know your reason why you are writing. Not about the topic that you will write or how will you tell your story, but your reason why you are writing. Do you write just for fun? Do you write to argue? Do you write to inspire? Do you write to warn people? Anything would do but knowing it is important.

Third, it’s the easiest I guess is to believe some random guy will stumbled upon your story and he will like it. Maybe it’s not this year or next year and if you’re not that patient, you could increase your chance by increasing the amount of your post and read some tips how to get reader (re:fans).

And that’s all the tips that I got from the solution, maybe I will buy a new one because it’s a little outdated but I hope it helps you. Or maybe some comment about the tips will help me too.