Happy New Year 2021

In life, sometimes we win and other times we lose and learn. But what’s important is that we live to fight another day.

– Somebody from Some War in The Past…

For most of us, a new day in a new year won’t bring about big changes or miraculous turnarounds. But it surely reminds us that we have passed yet another milestone in our short lives. It tells us that we have fought well and we endured thus far. And that we will go on.

And tomorrow?

And surely ye’ll be your pint stoup!

And surely I’ll be mine!

And we’ll tak a cup of kindness yet

for auld lang syne…

– From a song that you know but never thought of it to be Scottish…

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Merry Christmas

This Christmas, as we collect our strengths and hopes for the coming year, remember that the One whose birth divided the name of the year is called Immanuel. Meaning God is with us.

for mine eyes have seen your salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

Luke 2:30-31 KJV

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Are You Where You Need to be This Year?

A man, walking back from lunch, said to his friend, “This is the best year ever.”

“Why?” asked said friend.

The man then replied, “We don’t have to come up with any excuse if we fall short. The universe provided us with all the excuses we need.”

My friends, my dear friends,

Later, on Thursday, December 31st 2020, when you wake up and get dressed, as you look into the mirror, make sure that you are not the man from the story.

We still have 2 months to go.

Fight

even if it’s not comfortable;

Fight

even if it surpasses your limits;

Fight

‘cause settling is never the answer.

Selamat Hari Maulid Nabi Muhammad SAW

Selamat memperingati Maulid Nabi Muhammad SAW 2020. Semoga umatnya mengingat ajarannya dan berikhtiar meneladani akhlaknya.

Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.

– Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon Him

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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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