Adzan in Student Room at 2PM

Barusan, gak ada angin gak ada hujan, beberapa temen lab nanya tentang Rukun Iman dan Rukun Islam (di awal sempet bingung dan kagok karena belum familiar sama translation Japanese-English nya).

Wah kenapakah? Ternyata, mereka khususnya anak M2 (master taun ke-2) ada juga yang lagi mulai baca2 artikel dan tulisan ttg Kristen, Yahudi, Buddha, dan sesekali katanya bakal diskusi santai.

Tadi diskusinya sempet nanya tentang konflik ISIS, qada dan qadar Allah, trus kenapa harus shalat 5 waktu. Dan yang paling seru pas giliran ditanya tentang Sunni-Syi’ah, dimana akupun masih harus banyak belajar. Ujung2nya salah satu dari mereka (person in charge on learning about Islam) cari adzan di youtube dan berkumandanglah yang katanya “The Best Adzan” di student room.

Yaampun serasa ingin nangis karena “natsukashii~” lama banget gak denger adzan, dan terharu gak nyangka bakal denger adzan, langsung di student room dan lumayan keras. Terharu juga sama semangat dan keterbukaan mereka untuk diskusi tentang banyak topik.

Aku nanya “Is it M2 project?”, walaupun dijawabnya cuma untuk memperluas wawasan, salut aja sama keingintahuan mereka. Trus sampe sekretaris Sensei ikut nimbrung karena pas lagi mampir, adzan nya masih berkumandang.

“Later, please discuss more and more with me!” Semoga pada dapet hidayah..  Seneng banget tadi bisa diskusi banyak, bahagia bisa nunjukin kalo Islam itu ajaran yg cinta damai dan bikin tentram :”)

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Apologize first

Hari Jumat minggu kemarin, anak M1 lagi sibuk masak buat Farewell Party salah satu Sensei, Research Assistant dari China yang bakal pulang dan kerja di kampung halamannya.

Dari jauh keliatan I&F yang kemana2 dan ngapa2in bareng, lagi sibuk bikin okonomiyaki sambil ngobrol (trus sesekali mereka makanin masakannya sendiri wkwk).

Tiba2 mereka nanya,

I : Uli-san, do you know Okonomiyaki? It’s popular food from Osaka.
U : Ah! Yes I know that food.
I : Do you want?
U : Of course! (Siapa juga yang mau nolak, apalagi ditawarin sama yang kawaii *uli harap fokus*)

I : But usually, we make it with pork. If you want, we will use Tako. But we don’t know how is the taste.
U : It’s totally OK! Arigatou gozaimasu. I look forward to taste it!
I : I’m sorry…
U : ??? Why say sorry?
I : We’re not sure it’ll be delicious or not hahaha

U : Heeee daijoubu. Gapapa, I’ll be happy if I can eat some okonomiyaki
I&F : Gapapa? OK! We will make Halal version!

Alhamdulillah, aku dikelilingi orang-orang super baik dan perhatian. Walaupun pasti dari mereka banyak pertanyaan kenapa harus begini, kenapa gak boleh begitu. Tapi yang penting mereka menciptakan suasana yang nyaman dulu buat semua, biar semua lab member bisa enjoy (yang Muslim pun), masalah kenapa-kenapa nya bisa diskusi sambil jalan 🙂

Cruel but Sweet

Kemarin siang di bioroom 1, bertiga lagi ngurus riset masing2.

Ag : Uli-san, do you know what is ‘Kinchou’ in English?
Ul : Kinchou suru? Nervous?
Ag & Fr : Ah! That’s right, nervous!
Ag : Tomorrow Sakamoto-san and Imano will present about our lab to the juniors. Sakamoto-san said she’s very nervous.

Ul : You’ll come to see? Or no need for us to come?
Ag : We will come, because we want to see her nervous tomorrow.
Ul : (Hahahaha) You’re excited about that?
Ag & Fr : Yes!
Ul : -_________________- (dalem hati ‘Hidooiiii malah penasaran liat temennya deg2an’)

But I do understand, it’s just their way to express their intention to care and support each other :”)

Baper

Minggu ini judulnya ‘Baper’

Berawal dari chat grup TL 2010 cabang Jepang, ada yang mau pulang ke Indo dalam waktu dekat. “Udah 1 taun, gak kuat kangen”. Entah kenapa pas baca message nya langsung terbayang Bandung. Makanannya, orang2nya, angkotnya, pasjumnya, rindangnya kampus ITB, perpus pusat (kalo di list gak abis2 nih). Apalagi cuaca Tokyo akhir2 ini bikin kangen sama Bandung yang adem.

Kemudian, diajak sohib seperjuangan liat2 Mori Art Museum di Roppongi Hills, pas banget lagi ada pameran Asean. Dan karena kebetulan lagi males nge lab (sampe sohib kaget ‘baru kali ini denger kamu bilang gt’, padahal sebenarnya gak jarang kok males nge lab haha), ditambah rekomendasi kuat dari personil geng Jiburi yang paham akan seni, akhirnya pergilah kita kesana.

Tapi sebelumnya kita janjian dulu di Masjid Camii soalnya udah kangen liat Masjid. Aku niat beli Al-Qur’an terjemah Bahasa Jepang, tapi begitu liat sample nya, ternyata banyak kanji yang belum aku ngerti. Akhirnya malah pilih2 postcard, sesaat sebelum bayar aku bergumam “Apalagi ya..” (salah sih ini harusnya aku gak ngomong apa2), terus direkomendasiin buat coba kue khas Turki dan aku yang seneng ngemil yg manis2 (percaya, gak?) langsung terpengaruh. Jadilah aku bawa pulang sekotak kue itu, sambil berniat bakal balik lagi buat beli Qur’an terjemahannya nanti kalau udah lebih lancar baca Kanji.

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QS. Ar-Rahman, the meaning is written in Japanese

 

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Planned to buy this, then…
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… ended up buying this
(But don’t worry I’ll come again to buy the Qur’an for sure)

Perjalanan pun berlanjut. Sesampainya di lokasi… Jeng jeng! Langsung disambut pajangan plang ‘PANGKAS RAMBUT SETIA’ dan ‘WARUNG NASI IBU NUR’, dari sini seketika speechless. Gak nyangka banget bisa langsung ‘zzonk’ mode on di menit pertama masuk pameran. Makin menjelajah ke dalem, ada cuplikan video tentang Angkot Day, liat angkot Kalapa-Dago lewat depan BIP pula, rute pulang tiap hari dr kampus ke rumah. Butuh waktu lama untuk beranjak sampe ak diingetin “Li, ayo move on Li, masih banyak karya lain..”, karena kelamaan berdiri di depan layarnya.

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Ini Indonesia banget!!! (Handmade sign that commonly found along the road in my country)

 

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Angkot, colorful public transportation in Bandung (not to mention fast and furious and natural AC from open-wide window)

Salah satu karya seni lainnya tentang toleransi, ada kuping2 emas dipasang di dinding. Setelah ditelisik, ternyata dari kuping itu kedengeran suara adzan. Sebagai anak rantau yang kangen adzan, nemu hal kaya gini bisa bikin mata berkaca2 :”) Selanjutnya kita mencak2 sendiri karena yg rekomendasiin exhibition ini gak wanti2 dulu “awas hati2 baper”.

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While trying to understand the art, suddenly we heard adzan and our heart melted immediately :”)
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Partner in crime since the beginning (too much stories to tell, I should make extra special page for our adventures LOL)

 

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Another interesting spot near Mori Art exhibition. There were much more with different pose. Cute!

Dan di akhir pekan ini nyempetin ke Zushi, Kanagawa buat nonton konser angklung KPA3 SMAN 3 Bandung bareng temen (org yg sama dgn yg rekomendasiin exhibition di Roppongi wkwk). Berhubung kita alumni dan dulu sempet jadi anggota KPA, ngerasa harus buat nonton. Mumpung lagi di Jepang juga dan harga tiketnya terjangkau.

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Before watching Angklung concert, strolling around some temples at Kamakura and we found this stone
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Hmm it looks familiar, have I seen this picture before? LOL

Daaaan konsernya BAGUS BANGET. Nostalgia jaman dulu latihan sampe malem selama berbulan2. Terharu juga denger lagu2 Indonesia yang sudah lama dirindukan (padahal belum juga setaun ya). Banyak surprise selama performance, salah satunya Medley Nusantara dengan berbagai macam tarian yang flow dan pergantian performers nya rapi banget. Medley lagu2 Ghibli juga asik didengernya. 2,5 jam gak kerasa sama sekali, dan konsernya gak bikin ngantuk.

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It was so amazing I’m speechless!!!

Di bagian akhir kuesioner, ada kolom komentar dan aku tulis kalimat yang sama kayak kuesioner exhibition di Mori Art Museum “… it really makes me want to go home.” (nebeng curhat ceritanya)

 

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After watching concert, waiting for beautiful sunset at Osanbashi Pier
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Having dinner at Port Terrace, JICA Office 3rd floor. Tasty and reasonable price. Always be my favorite place everytime I visit Yokohama
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Our menu tonight, big portion of halal meat and the price was only about ¥600-800!
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Our menu two weeks ago (yes, I visited Yokohama many many times and never get bored. I’m also wondering why)
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Took a photo with the Birthday Girl (3 days ago actually, and she didn’t tell me!). Thanks Mbak Sari for the idea, and for taking the picture.
I like this photo (eventhough I was not sure whether we should ignore few people who sit around there, then take the pose, or just run away because I was so shy. We successfully took the shot, anyway haha)

The girl who cries over Ajisai*

*) titled by Fadhila Zahra Humaira

Many things happened lately, and I am being more emotional than usual.
(but usually I am already melancholic LOL).

Tears of joy, tears after receiving help and support.
Because of homesickness, missed Mom and little sisters.
Exhausted after experiment and coming back home late.
Tired because no improvement in my Nihongo skills
(and kept bothering everyone to translate many times).
Remembered old days, gathered with nice people.
Found beautiful flowers (?)

But remember,
the tears that bring us closer to God
will never be meaningless.

*Beside getting lost in stations around Tokyo, should I add “crying” as my new “hobby” now?

Behind the scene :
Fafa the photographer took the picture of us one by one.
When my turn came, I was just being clumsy and confused, and shy, but Fafa and the girls kept forcing me to pose. I could only laugh until my tears came out.
Anyway, thank you so much girls, it was almost one month ago but I cannot forget those beautiful memories. And I like this candid picture

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Dear Umimi

Dear Umimi, temen kesayangan yang aku kangenin banget ❤

Waktu udah lama berlalu sejak kita kenal pertama kali di tingkat 1. Waktu itu baru sebatas tau nama doang ya kita. Tapi ternyata, sebelumnya mungkin hanya Allah yang tau kalau kita bakal nempel terus, kemana-mana bareng. Temen-temen sampe suka ketuker karena nama panggilan kita cuma beda 1 huruf terus kita ga bisa dipisahkan. Dan aku banyak dapet asupan boyband Korea dari Umi, sejenak bisa refreshing dari tugas-tugas dengan nontonin video klip nya EXO.

Mi, baru nulis 1 paragraf aja mata aku udah cirambay Mi, hayoloh tanggung jawab gara-gara inget Umi aku jadi pengen nangis.

Makasih banyak Mi, untuk waktu-waktu diskusi kita di himpunan, CCTim, perpus, doping lantai atas, comlabs, sushiden, mujigae, eititu, angkot Caheum-Ciroyom, kosan Yara, kamar Umi, kamar adik-adik aku (karena aku ga punya kamar di rumah sendiri).

Makasih banyak untuk perhatian Umi yang nyuruh aku makan banyak, kadang dipaksa buat abisin bekel/cemilan Umi.

Makasih banyak untuk kesabaran Umi dengerin curhatan ak yang ngalor ngidul, kadang aku ngerasa cara ngomong aku cepet banget sampe ak sendiri ga paham, tapi Umi dengan antengnya ngedengerin. Aku bisa bebas cerita apa aja ke Umi, kita saling tuker pikiran dan ide-ide, walaupun kadang ide dari ak nyeleneh dan konyol, tapi Umi ga pernah nganggep aku aneh trus ngejauh, malah makin asik ya Mi kita diskusinya.

Makasih banyak Mi, udah mau temenan sama Uli yg gajelas ini, banyak kurangnya, sering gak peka dan kadang ga sabaran.

Sebenernya banyaaak banget yang mau aku omongin Mi. Kangen Umi. Di Jepang aku ga ketemu sohib yang kaya Umi, dan aku tau itu pasti bakal susah, karena masing-masing orang punya karakter yang unik dan kita udah sejak lama saling nyamain frekuensi ya Mi. Sebelum aku kebanyakan curcolnya, aku tutup dengen doa buat Umi ya. Semoga apa yang Umi rencanakan bisa terwujud, langkah Umi selalu istiqamah di jalan-Nya, selalu dapat tuntunan-Nya, lindungan-Nya, barokah dan rahmat-Nya. Semoga Umi jadi hamba yang makin dicintai-Nya. Semoga persaudaraan ini tetap terjalin dan kita bisa ketemu lagi di surga-Nya nanti ya Mi.

Semoga bisa ketemu dalam waktu dekat, aku yang ke Indonesia atau Umi yang nyusul kesini, dimanapun OK asal kita bisa diskusi seru lagi :”)

Salam kangen banget banget,

Uli

Sayonara, Nam-san

Special for my exceptional friend, Naluporn Luknam Kangwannarakul, partner in crimes during my first 6months stay in Japan.
(I made this a long post on purpose, because I know it well that u dont like to read long sentences 555 gomen ne).

First time I introduced myself to lab members, I couldn’t forget ur sad face and mixed feeling, knowing that I already knew basic Japanese (you should take it easy because I only used simple words lol).

We spent a lot of time at lab. Our talk were countless. About our idol, funny (or stupid) experiences, our own challenges, happy and sad memories, Korean drama, everything. Gradually we realized that the habit of our countries are a little bit similar. And I think that’s why we could understand each other very well.

I told you about “gapapa” (it’s okay) and “makasih” (thank you), and suddenly you reply with “masa sih??” (Really??). Turned out another Indonesian student already taught you before. You voluntarily taught Indonesian language to lab members, you gave example how to use the expression better than me. And “pukpuk” (expression of simpathy, Indonesian use this word to calm down each other) is our second favorite word after “daijoubu” (it’s okay) because it gave us strength to keep moving on.

I can’t forget the night we spent at laboratory, it was cold but we went to supermarket and bought ice cream, couldn’t stop saying “oishii” (delicious). And also the moment when we measured our weight using a weighing-machine used for biomass samples (I will not talk more about it, I’m afraid you’ll be angry lol).

You who was the happiest person when I finally found some food that is safe for me to eat, even happier than myself. But also who had the loudest laugh when I finally figured out that I cannot eat some of them. Should I hit you or not?? (Haha just kidding).

You who knows my prayer schedule, like a secretary. You who always says “Uli-chan, stop!” when I was eating too much snacks (but sorry I couldn’t stop munching :3). And you who is the youngest daughter in your family, but so thoughtful and took care of me the most here. I learned that you’re so patient, kind hearted, and very good in cooking.

Yesterday night, when I was doing experiment, your senpai suddenly asked me : “Do you feel OK? Because you’re so close with Nam-san”. I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time. We were always together especially at lunch time, and sometimes the lab members were confused about our names, called me Nam-san or asked me “where is Uli-san?” because we were inseparable. Everytime I visited your desk, we could talk in a very looooong time. Or we could stand anywhere (near table for food or omiyage, in front of the door, at corridor/hallway), blocking everyone and being an obstacle xD. And now you’re going home, your desk is clean and empty. Maybe I’m not OK, “Daijoubu kana..”, but since the lab members are very kind and supportive, then I should be OK. And I know really well that you will do your best in Thailand, so I have to do my best too.

Have a wonderful life ahead and please let me know when you graduate. Sorry if I ever made you annoyed, I still couldn’t be a good friend enough. But you should know that I’ll always support and wish the best for you. Don’t forget me and hope to see you again someday!

One of the most important thing I learned from you through many series of stories you shared to me :
We are living surrounded by lovely people who give so much care and respect. But there must be few people who doesn’t appreciate us. Let them be. The best revenge is doing good things to people who treat us bad, until they realize that we’re right and they’re wrong. At the end, they will get nothing but we’ll be stronger. I believe you can do it! Thank you very much for coming to Japan and being my friend. You’re more than welcome to visit us again anytime! :3

I miss you already :””

Me & Nam

Nothing Impossible in His Hand

Last weekdays might be tiring for me. Thinking a lot of things until I got lost 2 times on the same day, one time is even in my daily route from campus to apato.

During hard times, we often get weaker and emotional. But when I was about to cry, my ‘partner in crime’ in lab (our most frequently crime is talking too much in student room for a very looong time) cheered me up. And sharing almost exactly same experiences to my junior who lives far away in the North, our Line chat was full of ‘hiks hiks’, ‘huhuhu’, and sad emoticons :”” but we gathered our strength and ended up motivating each other.

Not only that, it turned out that I had a wonderful weekend! Our lab held a Hanami and we were asked to bring our own dish and then enjoy it together (potluck party). I was worried as Muslim has a strict rules in terms of food, and thought that enjoying the talks would be enough for me (or maybe I could drink some juice or taste some plain salad if someone made it).

But then, I really enjoyed the talks and also got my stomach full! Some of them prepared Halal foods, the event leader asked us to put Halal label if the ingredients are safe for Muslim (which was only me in that room, so I didn’t expect I could eat much before).

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I wrote the Halal (at least Muslim friendly) marks on the first 4 tapes. Don’t know who wrote the rest but thank you! 😀
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Table no.1
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Halal beef stew, recipee from The Phillippines with the cool stickers!
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Halal foods! (There were much more though..) Strawberry yoghurt that made everyone felt envious, Kare-kare, and seafood salad
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Kawaii sakura-themed food, unfortunately I couldn’t eat these

 

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Helped grinding the coffee beans to be brewed by our professional barista (just assume you don’t see the messy background)

Maybe after going through several cooking tasks for a lot of party (I tried to always participate and got a fixed job : Halal checking), the lab members already know really well about my food restriction. If not sure, they confirmed first by asking me again. How considerate and thoughtful they are! Thank you very very much, as always!

Another blissfull moment is when I was strolling around with my senior to hunt a good view for Hanami, we entered Tokyo Midtown, an elite shopping mall in Roppongi. And she thought that it must be difficult to find a prayer room there. I agreed, comparing it with Shinjuku where we found a prayer room inside Takashimaya Building on 11th floor, “Maybe because here is not a common place for tourist…”. Right after I said that, we were surprised because of the sign in front of us : ‘Women’s prayer room’, and it was sooo comfortable, more than enough I could say!

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Prayer room in the middle of high class shops. Look at the explanation about men’s prayer room! :”)
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The rules to use the prayer room

On the way back home, I thought a lot (luckily I didn’t get lost this time). Have been living in Japan half a year but always got surprised and amazed by Japanese kindness and their habit to prepare everything in details.

Other deeper thought, Allah made things easier for us even when we didn’t ask anything from Him :””” I was being reminded (more like being slapped on the face, to be honest), that when we feel worried or face any problem that seems too difficult to handle, try to ask God for some help. We are only human, our power has a limit.

But remember, His power is limitless.

(Now it’s time to get ready for the upcoming challenges! Ganbarimasu!)

P.S. Last weekdays were not entirely tiring, anyway. The same day as I got lost 2 times, I was thankful and grateful because I happened to visit my seniors (2 different apartments), ate and talked a lot, played with my senior’s baby, and got other warm supports that I couldn’t mention one by one!

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Had a tasty dinner and lunch at Mitaka. Why do everyone always says I only ate a little??

Good life

These past 2 weeks have been melancholic moment for me. Maybe homesickness after 3 months being away from home?

But I was also being sensitive about my research in lab. Participating in group meeting twice a week, seeing the lab members explained their research topic veeeery well, meanwhile my progress was really slow… And my report couldn’t be compared at all with others. I felt that I know nothing and I was useless all this time. Then one day I couldn’t hold my tears, I was crying on my desk, in front of my laptop while reading some journal papers.

Then after short meeting and chatting with my senior and friend from the same scholarship program, I realized that those negative feelings are quite usual and not a big problem. The important thing is what will you do next after (let’s say) the mental breakdown.

I recall when one of the student taught me how to use some equipments although she has to focus on her paper to be published. And another lab member spared his time to teach me how to prepare medium for bacteria, inoculate pure culture, cell count, autoclaving, and many things (even let me record the experimental steps). In just few days, I already learned a lot from him.

Everyone in the lab is really hardworking, responsible, reliable, and helpful. I also realize about the scholarship foundation that supports my study. After receiving a lot of warm support and kindness, all those blessings I couldn’t mention one by one, then there is no reason for me to complain or being sad just over little tiny problem.

Besides, I still have friends who always support me, and patiently listen to all my stories no matter how many times I made them feel bored. Although we’re far away (some of them are 2 hours time difference and another is over 9 hours!), I feel that we are struggling and surviving together. Without them, probably I would not be the person I am today. Thank you for the late night talks and all those cheering up session, Sist

これからもっとがんばります!(From now on, I’ll try my best harder!). Stop the melodrama and go back to the reality! Just take all the difficulties as a challenge so you can learn as much as you can. And like my friend said, it is never too late to start something or progressing!

*not quite related pictures but I learned that bad experience will be that awful if we only focus on the bad things and keep the negative thoughts. We have to look at the bigger picture and soon we’ll find the bright side. It might be a bad moment, but not for entire day. And even if you have a bad day, it’s still not a bad life, isn’t it?

I could take the beautiful sceneries when I got lost (seems like I already typed these 2 words many times before) because took the wrong bus so I had to walk, then happened to find a bridge accross Sumida River. If I took the right bus, I would have passed the chance to see the flying birds with sparkling river and warm sunlight.

And one of my favorite songs keep lingering on my mind, “I know my life ain’t perfect, but I don’t have to worry cause I’ve got all that I need right here in my life. Allah, I wanna thank You for the good life.” -Harris J.