The New Year: 2019. Good Bye, 2018.


Many things had happened throughout the year 2018. Happiness, sadness, gloomy, and tears were all in one place. However, from all that had happened in 2018, I thank Allah SWT for everything that He had blessed. He always showed me how to be grateful in life I live, even in conditions where sometimes I feel in disappointment to see how the world works.

  • Happiness.

When I think of happiness, I think of what makes me feel happy. Of course, the very basic thing that makes me happy is to see how healthy I am. I had been in conditions where I was hospitalized due to a motorbike accident in 2017. Now, things are going alright. I started to learn to see the plus side in every condition. Guess what? Another thing that makes me happy is to see the face of my son. The very first time I noticed the sound of his heartbeat when he was in his mother’s womb, I felt so amazed. I asked the doctor checking my wife’s pregnancy, “Is that the baby?” The doctor replied my question by saying, “Yep, he is your baby, and the mother is well” Remembering that moment until now, showered me with the joyful moment. Then, from that moment, I began to see my mother in such a more respectful attitude. Looking at how hard my wife gave birth to my baby in normal condition has made realize that my mother might face the same thing as well. Eventually, as time passes, the happiness that means a lot to me is my family. I know that I can travel the whole world, but if my heart is not there with me, the world might not be a better place for me. Perhaps, when I travel alone, I would feel so much fun, but will I feel happy? How about you?

  • Sadness.

One a time, sadness came. It came like the wind. The first sadness in 2018 was the news on natural disasters happening in Palu, Petobo, Donggala, Lombok, Lampung, Banten, and many other places in Indonesia. A tsunami hit Palu and Banten. The worst image that I could watch online was liquefaction that happened in Petobo. Seeing the faces of those people who had been buried alive by the natural disaster had influenced me a great deal to realize how marvelous the Creator of this universe is. Does nature occur and exist just like that? I still remember the time when an earthquake happened in Padang in 2007 and 2009. The most damaging earthquake happened in 2009. Many buildings collapsed at that time. Several young men and children were buried by pieces of buildings when they tried to come out from the building. I was there. It was so scary and everyone seemed to protect themselves. I remember when my family and I walked by foot around more than 10 km from Ulak Karang to ByPass. I carried my sister, while my father carried my brother, and my mother walked along together with us. I honestly fear tsunami and earthquake. The sadness is, at that time, we felt so exhausted. My mother saw someone she knew. That person was on a pick-up boxcar. Without hesitation, my mother asked, “May we sit here for a while? Or, can we go with you?” Unfortunately, she did not allow us, although we were neighbors in a quite distant area. Then, we walked… That night, my family and I, together with other people of Padang who were living near coastal areas, seemed to be standing together around ByPass. I sometimes imagine and ask myself, “How if one day that happens in Padang?” My sadness will become even greater. Therefore, 2018 has made me feel much sadness. My condolences to those people whose family could not be saved due to natural disasters that happened in the abovementioned areas. Besides, from all types of transportation in Indonesia, many took calamities or victims. Starting from the ship, to the airplane, train, and bus, all had taken victims. I wish that Indonesia can improve the quality of its transportation and the government really pay attention to the safety of all of its citizen. We pay our taxes, don’t we?

  • Hopes and Wishes.

2019. Now, it is 2019 turn. My hopes and wishes in 2019 are very much related to living peacefully in Indonesia. No corruption, no gratification, no nepotism, no illegal payment, and no social problems due to the economy. I wish that I can go anywhere in Indonesia because Indonesia is my country. It is the country where I was born. Also, I hope that all Indonesians can have joyful conditions in life, and above all, the next generations of Indonesia can have a critical mindset to set their life by taking care to the maintenance of surrounding. We share this place, don’t we? And, why should I write about all of these in English? The answer is that I want the world to know more about Indonesia. Indonesia had been colonized by Portuguese, Dutch, and Japanese for years. This country successfully obtained its independence on August 17, 1945. Therefore, Indonesia needs helps from nations in the world. My special hope for Indonesia is that Indonesia can have a faithful leader who can lead people to the truth: let Indonesians love their work, but set them also to think freely as free Indonesians, of course, free in a sense of obeying the legalized constitutions and religions they believe. Eventually, I also hope that I might continue my education to a higher degree. The reason is simple: I love doing sensible learning for a bright future, not only for me but also for all people who are being affected by me, in a positive sense.

At last, I also would like to express: The New Year: 2019, Good Bye 2018.

I hope everyone can have a faithful life and fully blessed by God. Amen.

I also wish the best to all good and faithful nations in the world. May happiness and a peaceful life be upon us all. Amen.

 

Life and its color

Diaries on Ramadhan 1439 H/ 2018 M


I remember that day, exactly on May 17, 2018, was the first day of Ramadhan month 1439 H. It was such a blessing to me, indeed, to meet again with this holy Islamic month. Unlike previous Ramadhan, in 2017, I had a motorbike accident. Praise to Allah SWT, this year I could meet with Ramadhan month and I could complete daily fasting and prayers in this month. Also, my body felt healthy and things were alright. Again, all beautiful praises are only for Him. He, the Best of All Creators, is Allah SWT.

The first days of Ramadhan 1439 H were, still, busy at work. However, I was not that all busy. The office hours started at 08:00 am and ended at 03:00 pm. Meanwhile, work days were from Monday to Friday, although occasionally, I still went to work until Saturday. Working harder than average government employees, somehow, since I was working at a private educational institution.

Now, let me share with you answers of my own question to me: “What did I learn from this Ramadhan 1439 H? What are the things that I see as ways to grow myself individually and as a member of a society?”

The above question was only a hint. Everybody has their answers actually. This time, I compose this writing in a sense of writing a diary. I hope that in the end, it brings useful things to whomever this post is read. To answer the question, I have three things that I learned during Ramadhan 1439 H.

The first thing I learned in this Ramadhan 1439 H was patient. In Arabic, patient means sabr, or sabar in Bahasa Indonesia. To be patient, is hard. Being patient when you spoke to others and being patient when you listened to others who spoke at you and about you are two essential things in social communication. I began to realize that what matters is our attitude toward what we said about others. What we said to others is much more important than how we responded to what others said about us. I learned how hurtful it was to listen to utterances that provoked my emotion. Such utterances also led me to grow hatred within myself. I felt that I did not want to accept it. For several days, I felt trembling and my body went weak. Then, I delved into what it means to be patient. I opened the Qur’an and I learned it. (To read Qur’an once is never enough for me). I then realized that the problem was not in me. I only listened – being the passive information receiver. What did I do as a listener? I did nothing. The main problem was the person(s) who spoke. Have they spoken good words? Have they considered their verbal and nonverbal language well in accordance to people to whom they spoke? Hurtful, it was, indeed. However, I learned that to confront these sorts of people is easy: do not have to pay attention that much. The person who knows exactly who you are is yourself. Thus, I learned that to utter words that are good to hear for people bring many more advantages than to utter words as I desired in my emotion. In the same time, I noticed that our attitude to what others said is also important, in order not to grow anger or revenge. Allah SWT dislikes an individual whose heart is filled with revenge, but He condemns those who spoke no good.

The second thing I learned in this Ramadhan 1439 H was the power of sedekah, infak, zakat, or giving freely for charity. At first, from economic standpoint, to give freely would not bring me any profit, especially when money is what you gave to others. I used to think like this – being the rationale guy, the economic guy. I began to share what I have to others, firstly, in a small amount of rupiahs, not that much. I learned to give money in conditions where I could. The rest of money that I have was saved, in case that I will need them one day for me or for my family. Slowly but sure, I noticed that the blessings that I received were far more beautiful than what I gave. There was a feeling of gratefulness in me. To see how people smiled at me and uttered nice words to me was indeed such a nice blessing. To feel happy is what money cannot buy. In fact, I did these three deeds occasionally – under circumstance when I had permissibility to do them. Finally I learned that it was not that minus to do these deeds. Allah SWT promises that to Muslims who do good charity only for the sake of His Mercy will enter His Heaven in no difficulties after the Day of Judgement. Do you know how much the Heaven is? Beyond selling all this universe.

The third thing I learned in this Ramadhan 1439 H was that realizing how things were meant to be, when Allah SWT decided that they were not meant for you. He knows what is best for you. In 2011, I successfully obtained scholarship to study in the United States of America for gaining a master’s degree in the field of English. This year, in 2018, I was not successful to get this scholarship again for the second time. I still remember the feeling of being a failure for many times to get a scholarship until I could get one. If only I am living in such a welfare life, or having abilities to get far more all life necessities I need for myself, then, I might not necessary in need of a scholarship; even I will give scholarship to those who are in need of it. In fact, I am not in that kind of life, so of course, I tried to think of gaining a scholarship. I might not be able to enrich myself financially due to conditions in my country, but with a scholarship, I might enrich my knowledge and expertise in the field, so eventually I could enrich my students’ knowledge and expertise as well. I might view this as a life-long investment, where I will positively get the reward from Allah SWT with His Heaven (if He will). There is a bigger gap to enrich myself financially, where as a matter of fact; I enriched people to whom I worked – the private sector. After facing such failure, I looked at other sides that life gives to me. How marvellous! I learned that Allah SWT gave me many other beautiful things that sometime I took for granted. I still have my beautiful family, my mother, father, siblings, wife, and my son. For whom I worked that hard in life if it is not to for them? I learned that may be this time, Allah SWT does not let me get this scholarship for reasons that I myself could comprehend days later. Seeing them happy and have full of hope to me had me grown stronger. I will do my best again in this year and in the upcoming years to obtain a scholarship to study overseas. Would it be other countries like Australia, England, or may be to study English for doctoral degree in Saudi Arabia? Who knew? Keep trying, never lose hopes.

In brief, the three things above are beautiful things that I have learned after Ramadhan 1439 H. I hope that Allah SWT accept the deeds that I had done only for Him. He is the Best-Knower of all matters, either the matters are spoken out loud or hidden under the bottom of the ocean in everyone’s heart.

May He forgive all my sins, aamiin.

To Him, we all will return.

Idul Fitri 1439 H
Taqabbalallahu minna wa minkun, min taqabbalallahu yaa kariim.
Life and its color

COMPARISON-CONTRAST Paragraph Assignment


Dear students,

Welcome to the online assignment system for our English Paragraph Writing course.

For your fifth online assignment, you need to know that this fifth online assignment is about composing a COMPARISON-CONTRAST PARAGRAPH in academic English.

Therefore, the paragraph that you need to write needs to follow this prompt:

“Please write a comparison/contrast paragraph about two items that you think or feel special for you and you own the two items”

Remember, you need to write the title of your paragraph, topic sentence, supporting sentences, supporting details, and concluding sentence in your comparison-contrast paragraph. If any of these elements are left out, the score of your paragraph assignment will be reduced accordingly.

You may write three paragraphs by focusing on Comparisons, Contrasts, or Comparison-Contrast paragraph development.

For further advise and revision, we will discuss important aspects of your paragraph writing in our class.

Note:
The deadline of this assignment should follow the schedule that we have arranged and agreed together in the classroom.

Late submitted assignments may still be approved online. However, your discipline score may be reduced.

You may please write your paragraph in the comments session below.

Also, make sure that you typed your paragraph assignment in a correct

Previously submitted paragraphs may be read by you as samples on comparison-contrast paragraphs, but you should write your own comparison-contrast paragraph writing. You should give your evaluation of your friends’ paragraphs: whether you ‘like’ it or not. Your friends will not know about your evaluation.

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CAUSE-EFFECT Paragraph Assignment


Dear students,

Welcome to the online assignment system for our English Paragraph Writing course.

For your fourth online assignment, you need to know that this fourth online assignment is about composing a CAUSE-EFFECT PARAGRAPH in academic English.

Therefore, the paragraph that you need to write needs to follow this prompt:

“Please write a cause/effect paragraph about social phenomenon that you see, notice, or observe around you and you know that the phenomenon has the causal relationship”

Remember, you need to write the title of your paragraph, topic sentence, supporting sentences, supporting details, and concluding sentence in your cause-effect paragraph. If any of these elements are left out, the score of your paragraph assignment will be reduced accordingly.

You may write three paragraphs by focusing on Causes, Effects, and Causes-Effects paragraph development.

For further advise and revision, we will discuss important aspects of your paragraph writing in our class.

Note:
The deadline of this assignment should follow the schedule that we have arranged and agreed together in the classroom.

Late submitted assignments may still be approved online. However, your discipline score may be reduced.

You may please write your paragraph in the comments session below.

Also, make sure that you typed your paragraph assignment in

Previously submitted paragraphs may be read by you as samples on cause-effect paragraphs, but you should write your own cause-effect paragraph writing. You should give your evaluation of your friends’ paragraphs: whether you ‘like’ it or not. Your friends will not know about your evaluation.

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PROCESS Paragraph Assignment


Dear students,

Welcome to the online assignment system for our English Paragraph Writing course.

For your third online assignment, you need to know that it is about composing a PROCESS PARAGRAPH in academic English.

Therefore, the paragraph that you need to write needs to follow this prompt:

“Please write a process paragraph about how to make something. It should be related to an interesting thing around you”

Remember, you need to write the title of your paragraph, topic sentence, supporting sentences, supporting details, and concluding sentence in your process paragraph. If any of these elements are left out, the score of your paragraph assignment will be reduced accordingly. For further advise and revision, we will discuss these two aspects of your paragraph writing in our class.

Note:
The deadline of this assignment should follow the schedule that we have arranged and agreed together in the classroom.

Late submitted assignments may still be approved online. However, your discipline score may be reduced.

You may please write your paragraph in the comments session below.

Also, make sure that you typed your paragraph assignment in a correct web-page link. You can type the assignment on the comment section below this post.

Previously submitted paragraphs may be read by you as samples on process paragraphs, but you should write your own process paragraph writing. You should give your evaluation of your friends’ paragraphs: whether you ‘like’ it or not. Your friends will not know about your evaluation.

You can watch the following video to see my explanation on Process paragraph below:

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