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2015 Best Nine

2015 had been an amazing year for me. So many life-changing events happened almost out of the blue. ‘God’s plan’ is the best way I could use to explain it all.

The “Best Nine” pictures from Instagram below might give you a glimpse of my “life parade”.

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So, in short, I met this man that turned into my husband 7 months later and then became the father of our daughter 9 months after.

I actually got married in December 2014, but let just say that everything beginning to get more exciting on the year after that.

In 2015…
I moved out of my parents’ house to his parents’ house.
One of my sisters got married.
I found out that I’m pregnant.
My sister found out that she’s pregnant.
My grandma fell and broke her thigh :'(
My uncle got a stroke and was in a comma because of it :((
My uncle passed away four months later T_T
My beautiful daughter was born.
My pretty niece was born.

In words, it just looks like a few simple sentences, but in real life it feels like an earthquake of emotions, changes, and consequences.

I do have a struggle dealing with all those events (yes, even the happy ones), I too have a hard time adjusting now and then.

I think everyone has their own struggle, it could be something that seems like nothing for someone else, but it could be hard for the one who’s having the battle. I like this quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” (some said it’s from Plato).

Back to 2015, it’s behind us now. It’s still astonishing looking back, and despite of all the hardship, the biggest feeling I have is gratitude.

Let’s see what’s the best nine of 2016 :)

*) This post was planned to be finished and published in January 2016, but time deceived me. So here I am, in the middle of the year, doing my regular job at the office, can’t wait to go home to my 9 month old daughter

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Best Day of My Life

Best Day of My Life – American Authors

I had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh
I stretched my hands out to the sky
We danced with monsters through the night
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh

I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don’t wake me now

This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife

I howled at the moon with friends
And then the sun came crashing in
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh
But all the possibilities
No limits just epiphanies
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh

I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, just don’t wake me now

This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife

I hear it calling outside my window
I feel it in my soul (soul)
The stars were burning so bright
The sun was out ’til midnight
I say we lose control (control)

This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be, this is gonna be, this is gonna be
The best day of my life
Everything is looking up, everybody up now
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife

Songwriters
Accetta, Aaron / Shelley, James Adam / Barnett, Zachary / Sanchez, Matthew / Rublin, Dave / Goodman, Michael.

Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

[Lyrics and credits was taken from here]
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It’s a mood booster song for me. I believe that it’s all start from our mind. Our happiness, our desperation.
Once in a while we need to remember all good things that we have, that had been given to us all this long. Things that we might take for granted while some people have been dreaming to have.
We need to remember even the smallest achievement we’ve made amongst our failures, amazing things amongst the bad.
Sometimes, despite of everything, we just have to believe that this is gonna be the best day of our life. Because it might going to be. If we believe.

“What you focus on expands. So focus on what you want, not what you do not want.” [Esther Jno-Charles]

So, it is 2014

Suddenly it’s January.

Yes, the year has change again. 2013 was over, 2014 is now here.

There are some things I start doing or do more in 2013.

I read more books (which actually is one of my new year resolution, so yeay! :D). You can preview the 2013 list here, or take a pick on 2014 list here.

I blog more. It stopped in the middle of the year, but it still more than the year before :p

I started jogging again (although I still found it hard to keep it as a routine).

I joined running races (about four of them :D). There were so many of them, especially in Jakarta that you can enter at least a race almost every month.

There are (of course) things that I meant to do or get done on the same year but finally did not.

I meant to keep blogging once a week (and at least publish one last post before the year ended).

I meant to clean up the room.

I meant to write more on my journal.

I meant to write a novel (even a short story will be nice).

I meant to update my dream book.

Oh, well. Like the quote said,

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. -Charles Dederich-

Let’s just do better in 2014. I wish you all an amazing year ahead and the ability to cherish each moment of the rest of your life. Cheers! :)

Life Without Limits

Inspirational is a good word to describe this book. Though it might be not enough word. Because it needs more than words to describe a Nick Vujicic, a man who goes from no limbs to no limits (as mentioned in his website).

Nick was born with a condition called phocomelia, which left him with no limbs on both hands and legs. Just by seeing him, you will know that life must be hard for him. He must be facing so many difficulties and limitation in his life. So how could he be so happy? How could he love this life so much?

That is actually what Nick tries to tell through the book. If he could be happy with his life, with the way he is, than everybody can too. And he share the how in the book.

Every single soul in this world were created with their own purpose. That’s the first point of this book. God created each of us with a certain details and conditions that will fit perfectly with what we were created for. God has a perfect plan for all of us. There’s no mistake or accident. It’s all meant to be. And it’s all meant to be good.

Realizing that, Nick manage to get out from his struggle in his younger age. He stop being depressed and start looking for the purpose of his life.

In his journey, he not just found, but also accept and love himself. He grows a lot of faith, he becomes full of hopes, and passionate in changing not only his own life but also lives of others.

By sharing his journey, and some amazing stories from amazing people, Nick inspire other people to believe. In themselves, in God and all the limitless possibilities that anyone could achieve in life.

Some of what he wrote in this book might not be a new thing. But “hearing” it from Nick makes me see it in a different way. It makes me feel it more, take it deeper in my heart and mind.

Nick reminds me to be thankful for what I have instead of being overly sad about what I don’t have. That behind every “limit” there are abilities. Behind every hardship there are strength and greatness that are waiting to be found. That there are beautiful life waiting for you if you never lose hopes and keep trying. That there’s always a way and the only thing that limit you is yourself and your own way of thinking.

You are special. Your life is a gift from God. It means something not just for yourself but also to the world, to the life of other people. God loves you and you should love yourself too.

I think everyone that is having a hard time right now, that is unhappy, desperate, feeling angry, even hate their lives should read this book. Also everyone that think that their lives are useless, pointless, or just wasting it out of ignorance and laziness. Or simply just everyone.

Here are some videos of Nick. See for yourself how wonderful he is. :)

Waktu Aku Sama Mika

It did not take a long time for me to read this book. It’s a small 145 pages book with a very simple words used to form the story in it. But in that short time of reading, between those simple words, it delivers nicely a message about one of the most important aspects in life: love.

In form of a diary, the writer, Indi, tells a story about her life when she was still in high school. Yes, it based on true story.

A 15 year old Indi was struggling with her scoliosis condition. It’s not easy to have friends in such condition.  Indi was growing to be a quiet, shy, lack of confident girl.

Then she met Mika, a 22 year old young man. He was fun, kind, and highly confident. He was having AIDS.

Waktu Aku Sama Mika

Through her diary, that she wrote two years after he passed away, Indi tells us about how Mika was, how he had changed her life, and how she was proud to have him as her boyfriend. Her own personal hero.

One thing that I think amazing about Mika is his unconditional love towards Indi. Towards life.

Most people in his condition might feel sad, depressed, maybe even think that life is unfair and death would be better for them. But Mika is so optimistic and full of love. He once said to Indi that she shouldn’t feel like the person with the most pain. Because then, she would not have courage to help other people.

The book reminds me to love sincerely. To be grateful about life. To appreciate what you have. To share kindness no matter what condition you are in. To give people chances to show who they really is.

The book is small and simple. A nice light reading that add some sprinkle of meaning to your daily life.

Dream Catcher

Another book review. Haha.. I don’t know how long it’s gonna last, but I think while I still feel like it I will keep writing a review on every book I finished reading. It helps me understand the book better anyway. And hopefully, helps other people to get the big picture of the book, inspire them to read more, write a review, or even write a book too. 😀

“Dream Catcher” is a book written by Alanda Kariza, a 21 year old college student (by the time this book is published, on 2012).

Alanda believes that dream is something that you got to have in life. For it will gives you a purpose, a direction to who you want to be or what you want to do with your live. Your dream will guide you to the life you want to live in.

Based on her own experience, Alanda shares what she knows about dream, from inventing your dream, changing your mindset about what you think stopping you from achieving your dream, designing the blueprint (plans and visualizations) of your dream, making your dream come true, and finally, living your dream.

DreamCatcher

Dreams are invented. You should find out what you want to do. Your dream could come from something you love, a problem you want to solve, things you want to change, or something you want to share with others.

When you found your dream, it’s time to make it come true. First by believing that you can achieve any dream, then making some plans to really reach it.

To reach your dream is the hardest part. You need the right attitude and a strong determination. It needs focus, persistency, and perseverance. You have to find even create opportunities, set your priorities, open your eyes and mind to new insights and possibilities. Along the way, you should never forget to be yourself and make sure that your doing it for the right reason.

Even when you already living your dream, you still have to maintain your life quality. You should keep learning and improving yourself. Remember to share and improve others too. You should also renew your dreams. That way you will keep growing as a human being. Be your better self and give more meaning to your life and the live of other people.

Last but not least, be happy. In a way to make your dreams come true, when you’re living your dream, or when you’re creating new dreams. Try your best but enjoy what you do. Aim high but make peace with every hardship or failure.

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Dream Catcher page lay out

I think those are some things that I got from reading the book. Of course there are a lot more. You got to read it yourself to get them. 😀

“Dream Catcher” has a cool lay out design that make reading it more fun. Alanda also make it feels like a sharing to a friend. Besides her own experience, she also put other successful young profile that had accomplish some of their dreams and in a way to achieve other dreams in their life. There are also some simple worksheet in the book that related with the topic in that chapter.

Alanda is an active young woman. With her friends, she establish a community for young people The Cure for Tomorrow (2006) and Indonesian Youth Conference. She was chosen to represent Indonesia in some international forum like Global Changemakers and One Young World. She received some awards one of them as one of the most influential woman in Indonesia (Marketeers, 2011). She writes in various media, and “Dream Catcher” is her fourth book.

We can also be like her. Catch our own dreams and create any kind of life we want.

Life of Pi

Just like the title, this is a movie about the  life of an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor Patel (Suraj Sharma) who chosed to be called Pi, after a series of mockeries he got with his real name.

Since he was a little kid, Pi’s been showing interest in God and the meaning of life. He’s exploring and even try to practice multiple religion, from his parents’ religion, Hindu, to Islam and Christianity. He feels that it’s the way to get closer to God. But not until his next miraculous  adventure that he really feels the existence and greatness of what he believes as the divine power of God.

The adventure started when he became the only human survivor of a shipwreck he was in. That ship were suppose to bring him and his family to Canada to start their new life there. Along with them they brought animals from their zoo to be sold to other zoos around the world to gain some money for the purpose.

He lost his father Santosh Patel (Adil Hussain), his mother Gita Patel (Tabu) and his brother Ravi Patel (Vibish Sivakumar) in the shipwreck. But apparently not all of the animal were drowned. Pi stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of Pasific Ocean with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a gigantic Bengal tiger.

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The hyena kills the zebra and the orangutan. The tiger kills the hyena. So there’s Pi, alone in the middle of the ocean, surviving not only from the live at the ocean itself but also the starving tiger named Richard Parker.

That is when the magic of the movie begin. And by magic I meant the amazing visual effects the movie has.

I don’t know much about visual effects techniques. All I know is the movie provides a stunning environment that looks  realistic but surreal at the same time.

The story is okay. But without the high class visual effects the movie will lost most of its marvels, if not all.

The never ending beauty of the sky and the ocean that reflected every beauty of it; hundreds of flying fish on the sky or glowing jellyfish that filled the ocean; the school of dolphins and the humpbacked whale; the carnivorous island that is fascinating yet scary; And the digitally made tiger. Yes, Richard Parker is not a real living animal. I was surprised when I first found out about this, because it looks so real.

In the movie we can see that this story was brought to us by the adult Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) that was telling it to an Canadian author (Rafe Spall). The author came to Pi to hear a story that an Indian man he met before said will make him believe in God.

‘Life of Pi’ based on a best-selling novel by Yann Martel, adapted into screenplay by David Magee, and directed by Ang Lee won multiple awards including best original score by Mychael Danna. You can enjoy the music soundtrack here. It does add the magical atmosphere to the movie.

It’s a worth-to-watch-in-cinema kind of movie, even better in 3D. The magnificent visual effects will bring you closer to relate to how Pi feels during and after the adventure, nothing is impossible with God.

February 29th

Limit is one thing that make something special.

Like the way death limit our life.

Like limited amount of time and energy we have in one day.

Like how limited edition product is more expensive than the regular one.

Not everyone can be your best friend, or even your friend, and that make them special.

The rarer something is the more special and precious it becomes.

Of course, it’s still up to us to appreciate or take it for granted.

And when we truly appreciate it, it’s amazing what kind of abundance can emerge from it.

Today is February 29th, the only day that we only get to see once in four years.

Is that make it special?

Sure. Especially for the ones who were born on that date.

Is it going to make a difference in our lives?

If we could use it properly then the answer would be yes.

If we let it slipped out of our hand just like that, than it would be no different with the other wasted day in our lives.

May today remind us of how special life is, with all its limit and abundance its offered.

Have a great day everyone! :)