Selalu Ada yang Unik dalam Setiap Perjalanan

Bagi saya yang paling menarik dalam sebuah perjalanan jauh adalah fase awal. Klimaksnya mulai dari mengepak barang hingga sampai ke tempat tujuan. Setelah itu biasanya saya dihantui pikiran “waduh, sebentar lagi harus kembali nich.” Tidak jarang perasaan itu merusak liburan saya (jika itu adalah perjalanan liburan).

Setiap perjalanan jauh memiliki keunikannya sendiri. Kali ini saya berharap keunikan itu diberikan oleh iPad 2 saya. iPad ini telah memberikan saya banyak kemudahan baik dalam urusan pekerjaan ataupun hobi. Jadi harapan saya tersebut adalah sesuatu yang wajar. Apalagi kamera dan laptop saya rusak, dua item yang fungsinya dapat dilakukan oleh iPad untuk batas-batas tertentu. Untuk itu, saya beli kredit softbank sebanyak 100 Mb.

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Congratulation, we are proud of you!

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Nenek Umi, we never stop loving and admiring you

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Hj. Ariah Sanin, taken from Wayan Lessy’s facebook album (click picture to enlarge).

Our family just lost our beloved grandma, Ariah Sanin. We call her, Nenek Umi (from ummi in Arabic, or ibu in bahasa Indonesia). She died on Wednesday, 2nd June 2010, at 3.55am. It was a peril to us, Ariah Sanin’s great family. I don’t remember exactly her birthday, but I know she was around 90.

It is a tradition in Minangkabau that a mother in her old days lives in her daughter’s place. Nenek Umi had two daughters, my mother in Padang, and Aunt At, my mother’s little sister, who lives in Dumai (Riau). There are three other children of our grandma, Mak Dang (great uncle, the older), Mak Uniang (middle uncle, the fourth), and Mak Uncu ( little uncle, the youngest). My mother is the second. And, we, Rusydi’s family, are lucky since Nenek Umi stayed in our place longer than others.

The long interaction with Nenek Umi had made her so important in our life. She was our guardian, our teacher, our friend, and lately she became our role model. It was she who taught us reading Al Quran (with tajwid) for the first time. She encouraged us, sometime by force, to attend to surau (a traditional muslim school for learning Islam in Minangkabau). She challenged us to memorize Al Quran, often by promising some gifts. She liked to cook and her cook, in our subjective tongues, was the best in the Universe. When she was in the kitchen, she was like a magician, can turn every single thing into a delicious meal. No one who eat her cooks can argue more than that! Apparently her cook’s skill descends to my mother, and hopefully to me 🙂

I heard she joined Indonesian’s army in her youth, made her as veteran and all rights for her special citizen (including pension). She told me once that she was around 10 or 11 when Soempah Pemoeda event. If this memory was correct, she should be born around 1917, or she died at around 93 years old. She witnessed colonist (Nederlander and Japanese) murdered local heroes, jet fighter flied above her land, involved at several combats, and also served meal for local combatant.

After independence day, she was back to her original nature: a farmer. Her parents were farmers, her grandparents were farmers, her great-great-great-great-grandfather (I don’t remember how many “greats” I should use) was one of the founder of the village called Sumanik, some where in Batu Sangkar town, in West Sumatera. It made her had some quite large and wide fields to farm. Every time we go to Sumanik, we love to walk on her sawah, swim and fish in her ponds, play around in her inherited great house with nine room and a rankiang in front (rumah gadang nan sambilan ruang dan rankiang di depannya).

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10 Alasan Saya Mencintai Ira (bagian 1)

ira_wedding2Seorang isteri adalah pakaian bagi suaminya, begitu juga sebaliknya. Seorang isteri menjadi penyempurna ibadah suaminya, begitu juga sebaliknya. Dalam kalimat, seorang isteri adalah subjek, seperti suaminya, bukan objek. Seorang isteri adalah pejuang bersama suaminya, meskipun dapat menjadi fitnah, yang tanpanya sang suami seperti pendekar tanpa jurus. Dan daftar ini dapat terus dilanjutkan untuk menggambarkan bagaimana kerennya para isteri.

Sebuah hadits menceritakan, seorang pemuda bertanya siapakah yang harus dihormatinya. “Ibumu,” jawab Rasulullah. “Siapa lagi ya Rasul,” “Ibumu.” “Siapa lagi ya Rasul,” “Ibumu”. “Siapa lagi ya Rasul,” “kemudian Bapakmu.” Rasulullah menjawab tiga kali untuk ibu dan kemudian baru bapak (dan itupun cuma satu kali). Ini bukan berarti si bapak punya tiga isteri sehingga si anak harus menghormati masing-masing ibunya baru bapaknya. Jumlah tiga menunjukkan betapa tingginya kedudukan sang ibu (isteri kita) daripada bapak (kita!)

Tulisan ini saya dedikasikan untuk Ira, isteri saya, sebagai bagian dari kado ulang tahunnya dan persiapan untuk kado ulang tahun pernikahan kami – inilah konsep “menjamak kado”. Ini adalah sebuah kompilasi perasaan dan pemikiran, sepuluh alasan kenapa Uda mencintaimu. Tentu saja masih banyak alasan lain, cuma biar judulnya keren, cukup dibatasi sampai 10 saja. Angka 10 kan identik dengan sempurna.

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