Selamat Hari Sumpah Pemuda 28 Oktober 2020

Satu tanah air. Satu bangsa. Satu bahasa. Indonesia.

Tolak anarkisme, tolak separatisme, tolak kebodohan.

Para pendahulu kita mengerti untuk bisa merdeka dari penjajahan, Indonesia harus bersatu. Perbedaan bukanlah penghambat, tetapi katalis pemersatu bangsa. 92 tahun kita memelihara semangat ini, jangan sampai semangat ini luntur pada saat sedang dikawal oleh generasi kita.

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Selamat Hari Batik Nasional

The value of identity, of course, is that so often with it comes purpose.

Richard Grant

Heritage is part of our identity. But it doesn’t stop there. What will really define us is the hard choices we make in the worst of times.

In a day as taxing as today, where everyone is on the edge, we can often see our true self and the true selves of people around us. Do we exhibit hope or despair, strength or defeat, life or disappointment?

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Selamat Hari Kesaktian Pancasila 1 Oktober 2020

Kita telah diuji dan telah menang. Dan kita berpegang pada satu pernyataan.

Bersatu kita teguh. Bercerai kita runtuh.

Dan sepanjang Burung Garuda dengan Perisai Lima Sila itu terpampang sebagai lambang negara, kita akan terus diuji.

Dan kita akan bertahan.

Dan kita akan menang.

Karena Pancasila itu sakti.

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

This year, as we look up to the moon from the solitude of our own homes, let us pray for a tomorrow that lets us once again be festive and merry among families and friends.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay focused.

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Happy Muharram 1442 H

Happy new year to all of you who celebrate.

As the new year begins, let us pray that it will be a year of peace, delight, and health. And that on the path there, in any trials may we be strengthened, in tribulations redeemed, and in sorrows gladdened.

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Happy 75th Independence Day

We are definitely a greatly-sized nation. With greatly-sized islands and greatly-sized mountains and greatly-sized lakes and greatly-sized everything. But are we a great nation?

The great nation is the nation that honors its heroes.

– Ir. Soekarno, Indonesia Founding Father

To each his own. But this post, uploaded on a day where we celebrated our nation’s greatest and most glorious day, is dedicated to our heroes, most of them unsung and unheard of, in the front line of Covid-19 pandemic countermeasure. We may celebrate differently this year, but the spirit of fighting for freedom and independence was never out of date.

We are lucky to still have heroes. Superheroes, even. And not all superheroes wore capes. Some of them are medical, some civil, some military. Some are called while some volunteered. But they all have sacrificed. Most lost their precious time, part of them lost their health and wealth fighting this pandemic, and a certain number even lost their lives.

So all kinds of supply profiteering, cheap talks about conspiracy, and attention seeking tricks, swiveling around everywhere, are demeaning, outright petty, and simply cruel. Any negligence to keep our own health and the health of those around us is reckless and endangering.

For anyone who read this, I urge you to do right by your nation and do right by your forefathers. We (can) be great.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2571

Happy Chinese New Year 2571 for all of us.

Gōng xǐ fā cái
Congratulations and Prosperity

Xīn nián kuài lè
Happy New Year

Wànshì rúyì
Everything goes well

Nián nián yǒu yú
Wishing you prosperity every year.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year. May this new year bring out the best in all of us on and through every path we take.

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above;
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

– Frances R. Havergal

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