Joint Internship with Melbourne Students

Today is the fourth day of our internship in PT. YPTI in Kalasan, Yogyakarta. The good atmosphere, we started to build among us. Gani, the guy who feel he was in the wrong place, tried to convince himself that he was in the right place which has to use all his capability to interact with others. Maya, my two other partners, looks better to express her idea. She seems more comfortable now. Me, I am trying to improve everything in my social interaction with those three Deakin students.

Starting from the first day, I feel like I am not a person who could be able awesome at the first impression. Then the next day I learn how I blend in a diverse group. I tried to arrange words to ask while working the project about the marketing research. The group analyzed the marketing of PT YPTI, particularly in mold division. We helped to add some ideas about the marketing strategy. Mr. Heru, the director of mold division, didn’t tell ask clearly about our duty. However, we kept on arranging some analysis and questions to ask the director, Mr. Petrus.

After scheduling to the director’s secretary, Mr. Pertus brought us to the factory that we could look around to see the worker, machine, and product. For me, it is the first time to be in a factory with big machines producing small parts of items with precision. By that time, the group got more information about things to do with the project. To complete the project, we would make a design of educational toys that has not existed yet. We were planning to visit one or two kindergarten to observe what educational toys they used to teach the students in a class. At the first week, we have made several ideas of educational toys and cultural merchandises.

The second week, we visit Al-Azhar kindergarten to conduct an observation. We were hosted very warm with the teachers and staff there. Mr. Dedi, the library staff, led us to look around the school. Students looked shy to see us but the teachers seemed very exciting. What a nice experience to be around the cute kindergarten children! No more tired but happy with them, but then we decided to cancel visiting Brilliant kindergarten as the next school.

Of course, we got trouble to leave without any permission before. Instead of visiting the next school which has been scheduled by UTY, we went back to the YPTI only to have lunch and play around. Personally, I felt I was mistaken to be in that such a fool situation to leave without any confirmation. However, Mr. Eko, our supervisor looked patient to solve the problem. I asked if we should reschedule to visit the next kindergarten but he recommended to cancel it.

In fact, we kept visiting the Brilliant Kindergarten as they have prepared anything for us. At that day, the teachers hosted us very amazing, They looked so exciting and full of smiling to interact with us. We were explained about the school and the classes they had as well as the educational toys they used to teach the students. Of course, taking photos was the most exciting part. The teachers were very happy to have guests like us, from overseas.

We spent our good time in a different language and culture. We might understand each our culture even though sometimes it is hard to tell why I could not give a hug or an only cheek kiss goodbye for them. The warm feeling of saying goodbye does not have to represent in that way because of a commitment and responsibility. For me, this program is the real life of my future dream. Now, I still remember my teachers’ words what to be like as a Moslem. But later, in that truth culture, who’s gonna keep me in that belief that I have been holding as strong as I can. No one could guarantee it unless God who keep and save me from all those temptations.

Nevertheless, communication and interaction are taught there. Jokes, sometimes dirty and flirty, also are important ones to build a good and memorable time.  And yes, this meeting make me missing about moments I have been done with them. Thank you, Tim, for being like a big brother and sharing as a married man. Thanks, Tegan, for understanding us when those two guys are not and giving us such a brand joke of David who. The last is David, thank you for being a nice guy with coffees in the hotel. Thank you for Maya and Gani, for being my awesome partners to do this job well.

Yogyakarta, 27 November 2016

Tidak Sekuat yang Kalian Kira – Kalian juga Bisa

Menimba ilmu adalah kewajiban bagi setiap muslim. Allah sudah menjanjikan bahwa Dia akan mengangkat derajat orang yang berilmu.

Sesudah menyelesaikan belajar saya di fakultas Sekolah Vokasi jurusan D3 Bahasa Inggris, Universitas Gadjah Mada; saya memiliki cita-cita untuk melanjutkan studi saya ke jenjang Sarjana. Beberapa orang akan tanya kenapa dulu tidak mengambil program sarjana. Dengan tegas saya jelaskan bahwa inilah skenario Allah yang sekarang. Dari beberapa pilihan, belajar di kampus kerakyatan adalah pilihan terbaik dan tinggal di Jogja adalah kejutan istimewa-Nya.

Sejak awal saya kuliah di Jogja, tidak ada pikiran akan punya motor untuk kuliah dan jalan-jalan mengelilingi Jogja. Ternyata, sudah 3 tahun saya melewati banyak peristiwa dengan sepeda saya yang ke-2. Saya pernah mengikuti Jambore Sepeda Lipat Nasional (JAMSELINAS) bersama komunitas pecinta sepeda lipat dari banyak kota besar di Indonesia dengan Mbak Angela – dosen saya dari Amerika. Rute jambore itu mulai dari geduang gubernur sampai ke Imogiri. Sungguh hebat perjuangan pinky, melewati jalur terjal naik turun di daerah pedesaan.

Kebersamaan dengan pinky harus saya kurangi, mungkin saja saya sudahi. Setelah saya mulai membuat keputusan untuk belajar ke jenjang sarjana, saya mulai berpikir kebersamaanku dengannya. Dulu, ada dua pilihan untuk kuliah program transfer Sastra Inggris (Sasing) di Sekolah Tinggi Bahasa Asing atau universitas. Kedua perguruan tinggi itu sama dekatnya dengan pondok pesantren dan tempat kerja. Setelah survey ke kedua PT, saya putuskan untuk memilih universitas yang memiliki lingkungan kultural di sana. Betapa terkejut setelah saya konfirmasi lokasi kuliah, ternyata untuk semester 3 ke atas ada di kampus 3 yang letaknya kira-kira 9km dari pondok pesantren.

Selama survey, informasi yang saya dapatkan adalah prodi sasing sudah pindah ke kampus 1 yang dekat dengan ponpes dan tempat kerja. Namun, setelah saya her-registrasi ulang, kampus 1 hanya untuk mahasiswa baru. Sayangnya, saya bukanlah mahasiswa baru yang ‘baru’. Keadaan ‘restless’ menyertai saya seketika. Saya coba membuat beberapa kemungkinan jalan untuk melangkah. Tawaran untuk mendaftar ke universitas Malang dan tetap menimba ilmu agama yang lokasinya tidak jauh dari kampus. Sempat berpikir juga, untuk memulai berkarya di Demak dan menjaga ibu di rumah. Ada pikiran bahwa inilah saatnya saya menjaga ibu, yang mungkin menginginkan anaknya untuk di rumah dan menyudahi perjuangan di tanah rantauan. Tapi bapak berkata lain. Beliau sangat mendukung saya agar menyelesaikan program sarjana. “biarlah Bapak yang menjaga ibu, kamu lanjutkan saja kuliahmu di Jogja”, kata beliau. Sosok kuat seperti beliau, adalah teladan.

Keluarga dan orang-orang dekat adalah jalan untuk berpikir jernih. Mereka lah pemberi saran dan wejangan, tapi keputusan tetaplah ada di tangan saya. Teman kampus, mbak Ima, saya tidak menyangka bahwa respon menanggapi cerita galau saya sangatlah bijak. ‘selesaikan apa yang sudah kamu awali’, sebenarnya adalah kalimat yang sudah saya ketahui. Namun di keadaan mental yang sedikit lemah, kalimat itu menjadi penawar yang mustajab. Saya putuskan untuk meneruskan perjuangan saya di kota Jogja.

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Saya membeli sepeda baru. Dia bukanlah pengganti pinky, tapi generasi penerusnya. Beberapa orang menyarankan agar saya naik gojek atau naik TJ, tapi saya memilih untuk membeli sepeda gunung. Sepeda itu saya beri nama Isabelle, karena design dan warnanya yang terlihat cantik walaupun sepeda itu dirancang untuk laki-laki. Dengan harga Rp 1,63 juta, saya bisa berangkat kuliah untuk menimba ilmu. Alhamdulillah, akan selalu ada solusi kalau ada kemauan. Kondisi keuangan yang tidak cukup untuk beli sepeda itu, teman saya dengan ringan tangan melunasi jumlah uang yang harus saya bayarkan dengan akad hutang.

Setiap hari, saya berusaha istiqomah bahagia dengan keputusan-keputusan saya. Banyak respon orang-orang di sekitar dan beberapa mengkhawatirkan saya. Wajar, awalnya saya sendiri juga tidak kuat kalau membayangkan akan pulang-pergi setiap hari dari kampus-Realia-ponpes. Meskipun demikian, saya pun bisa setelah menjalaninya. Saya tidak sekuat yang mereka kira, karena tentunya mereka bisa melakukan hal yang sama. Keadaanlah yang memberi pilihan.

Yogyakarta, 12 Oktober 2016

 

Candi Sambisari – Kecantikan yang Lama Terpendam

Perjalanan kami mulai di Candi Sambisari. Dari Realia, makan waktu 30 menit untuk sampai di candi yang terletak di Desa Sambisari, Kelurahan Purwomartani, Kecamatan Kalasan, Kabupaten Sleman Jogjakarta.

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Menurut informasi yang saya kumpulkan, candi Sambisari ditemukan oleh petani pada tahun 1966. Waktu itu, dia sedang mencangkul sawah. Kemudian dia menemukan bongkahan batu yang mempunyai ukiran. Setelah itu, Dinas Purbakala melakukan penelitian. Ternyata, bongkahan batu itu adalah pecahan dari komplek candi yang sekarang bernama Candi Sambisari.

Kita dapat melihat keindahan candi Sambisari yang terletak di bawah permukaan tanah. Dikelilingi oleh hijaunya taman dan sawah, candi ini sangat menarik untuk dijadikan lokasi berfoto. Pemandangan aktifitas warga di sekitar juga bisa kita lihat karena lokasinya yang dekat dengan pemukiman warga.

Tidak terbayang bahwa material vulkanik 6.5 meter telah menimbun peradaban abad ke-9 pada masa pemerintahan Raja Rakai Garung selama 1000 tahun lebih. Sekarang candi ini sudah menampakkan keanggunannya yang yang tersembunyi selama 1000 tahun lebih.

Tiket masuk ke candi ini Rp 5.000 untuk turis lokal dan Rp 10.000 untuk turis asing. Namun, saya dan teman saya yang kebetulan turis asing, membayar masing-masing Rp 5.000. Mungkin dia tidak terlihat seperti bule. Entahlah.

Perjalanan selanjutnya ke Candi Sari.

Yogyakarta, 4 Oktober 2016

 

 

The Culture Reflection by The Language Used

world_handsMorning light didn’t make me feel okay. Getting up with a heavy body, I was starting this day to spread a good energy. I would have an Indonesian course today without my coordinator. She was taking a vacation while her job is replaced by Mbak Endah, the accountant. Today is a national holiday. Some staff have taken a holiday for two days. However, two students have class with 4 different teachers.

Arriving at Realia, I saw Mbak Endah was sitting at the teacher table, alone. She seemed ready to a course coordinator. Two students did not arrive yet. There was Mas Richards who became the first teacher of Pak Ben while I would teach him for the second session. A new book would be started today but Richards, looked like not ready for his morning classroom because he didn’t update of what the last class happened.

I came to Pak Ben and Mas David when the time was exactly at 8 a.m. However, they were in a good conversation, like always. I asked him, “pagi Pak Ben?” “Pagi Wirda, apa kabar?” “Baik, apa kabar Pak Ben?” “Aku baik.” “Are you on the teacher list?” “Ya, saya guru Anda.”
Just like what I have talked to you yesterday, he is a student who tries to find a learning method based on his ways. He has much talks in the class and has few of practical Indonesian language. He tends to more compare using another language of his to make him noticeable about his new words.

In the middle of our conversation, he was talking about Indonesian people and language. “So, I can conclude that there are only two words I need to live in Indonesia; “habis” and “belum”. Cause when I ordered something in a restaurant, they would say, habis atau belum. Or they would say InsyaAllah. But for me, an InsyaAllah response doesn’t make sense that God will permit to let that happened; because, in fact, he could not provide four cigarettes at that day. What answer I would expect that is “Okay, I am the owner of this shop, so I would make sure that in three days, I would provide four cigarettes. Instead of they say, InshaAllah”.

What I could explain to him was, the word InsyaAllah has become our culture since Moslem is the majority religion in Indonesia. When I explain to him that actually, people would make an effort when they say insyaAllah, he didn’t believe it, because,  he didn’t find an effort to provide the cigarettes.

Oh, language reflects a culture. In fact, not only Moslem who use the word InsyaAllah for to promise but also non-Moslem is one of Indonesian culture through a language. However, the word InsyaAllah which is interpreted to the willingness and agreement has been misunderstood that it is a doubt response instead of yes.

About for two hours in the class with Pak Ben, seems not long for me. I didn’t feel anxious like my other classes before, just because I confuse what topic I would like to talk about. That makes me feel like okay to teach him. And he seems friendly with other people. So, let’s see today of my last class with him because next week, Martha doesn’t give me classes with him.

Yogyakarta, 5May 2016

Go Out and See the World

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This morning, exactly on 8 a.m – 10 a.m, I had a class with Mr. Ben Kramer. I call him Pak Ben for short because it is an Indonesian class. Yeay, I am one of the teachers team for his study in Realia Language and Culture Center. Today is my second meeting with him in a classroom after Friday afternoon class. I remember that day, it was a formal meeting at first minutes of my classroom. But when I went to the book, he told some facts which I considered, he liked talking and an interesting person. However, today is more flowing with many interesting topics and few of personal conversation.

At the first minutes, I asked about his holiday at the weekend. He told it was fine and he said that Jogja is a quite city. He could not find beer in a resataurant. There were no clubs or young people who got drinking or dancing until morning. He wondered where the young people are. I answered that actually in Jogja, there are several clubs and some students go there to drink or dance, but not much.

Going to the exercise about Tidak dan Bukan concept, overall he was okay to understand it. However, he forgot some vocabularies interchangeably. At the question number 2, the sentences states about the cars brand. And I was asked about the cars coming from Japan and Germany. My God, I didn’t really know about it. “Your class is not intersting,” he said.  I was surprised to hear that. I said that I was not interested to find out about the cars. “How come? You are a teacher,” he said. “Okay, I will find about the car after this.” Then, he explained me more about cars in many countries. I just didn’t have any pictures in my mind about it.

At the middle of our conversation, he asked, “when will you get marriage?” “Me?” It was his second surprised question. I answer that I made a plan to get marriage before 25 years old. And then he suggest me that I need to travel and see the world. “You can learn many thing including language and cultures when you are outside your countries.” However, I told him that the problem-probably most of Indonesian people- is the money that we needed to survive there. And we have family that we need to take care of them.

He was the one who had been travelled in many countries and able to speak some languages  “By making a timeline, you can decide when you will learn your job, then you can travel, to Singapore, or  to Saudi Arabia where you can teach English for the women. Being a professional one. Which country next? Then you will tell people around you, that there are a lot of differences in this world.” That is what I could parapharse for his suggestion.

His son is also in the same ages like me, and now he was just graduated. “Now he is in South Africa with his friends. Find a girl and travel again. I let him go. It is your choice. I don’t know it is only my suggestion because I don’t know what is your parents would like to,” he added.

Sounds like it is my part of my own life. Travelling and learning. Staying at the same place doesn’t make me any choices to live unless I have a strong intention why am I there. Probably, it could be happened and God let it happen. But, it seems I need to arrange the path I would like to take. It doesn’t come alone, it comes with your courage and enthusiasm. God knows which ones is better and proper.

Yogyakarta, 02.05.16

Hari Rabu

Selanjutnya adalah Memulai belajar, Pengaturannya dan Urutannya.

Hari Rabu adalah hari sempurna untuk memulai belajar. Hari itu adalah hari turunnya cahaya dari Allah. Maka, guru Syaikhul Islam Burhanuddin Rahimahullah  meriwayatkan hadits di bawah ini:

ما من شئٍ بدئَ في يوم الاربعاءِالاّ وقد تمَّ

Tiada sesuatu yang dimulai di hari Rabu melainkan pasti akan sempurna.”

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Hari Rabu adalah hari yang pedih bagi kaum kafir dan penuh berkah bagi orang mukmin. Seperti Syeikh Abu Yusuf Al Hamadani Rahimahullah yang memulai seluruh amal kebaikannya di hari Rabu.

Dalam kitab Ta’lim muta’alim, secara ringkas bahwa murid baru perlu mengulang pelajaran sebanyak dua kali secara perlahan. Setelah itu tetap diulang setiap harinya. Jika dibutuhkan waktu yang lebih lama untuk memahminya, misalkan perlu 10x, maka diakhir juga 10x karena sudah terbiasa dan sebaiknya tidak meninggalkan kecuali kesusahan. Murid baru juga perlu membaca kitab yang lebih mudah agar tertarik dan mudah mengena.

Namun tambahan untuk kami dari ustadz, kebiasaan mempelajari kitab memang tidak biasa bagi banyak santri di pondok kami. Menurut saya, perlu usaha membagi waktu, menghilangkan malas dan tekad yang kuat untuk belajar yang istiqomah (konsisten) dan efektif.

Wallaua’lam bishowab.

Yk, 15.03.16

Ngaji Kitab Ta’lim

Learning Ta’lim Muta’alim written in Persia language. We are usually taught by Ustdz Shobah, but on this great chance, an Ustdz who usually teaches us Tauhid sat down surprisingly in front of us.

We continued to our next material about food and beverages concerned for students. After giving meaning for each word from Arabic into Javanese pegon, Ustdz Miftah explained more the translation related to the real life. This is my resume.
Maka dari itu, disarankan untuk makan roti kering dan anggur dan sebaiknya cukup agar tidak sering haus. Lebih lanjut, karena haus akan menambah dahak.*Dikatakan: “Tujuh puluh nabi sepakat bahwa kelupaan disebabkan oleh banyaknya dahak dan banyaknya dahak disebabkan banyaknya minum, banyaknya minum disebabkan oleh banyaknya makan.”

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Disarankan untuk bersiwak atau sikat gigi untuk mengurangi dahal dan menambah ingatan. Siwak adalah sunnah agar menambah pahal saat membaca A- Quran.

**Merusak banda bermaksud bahwa makan yang banyak akan menyebabkan resiko penyakit yang muncul sehingga perlu biaya untuk berobat ke dokter.

***Hukum makruh –

Cara mengurangi makan banyak yakni dengan makan sedikit yang bisa memperoleh faedah seperti tabel di atas.

Ustadz juga menambahkan, “makan setelah lapar, tidur setelah ngantuk”. Makna dari kalimat tersebut adalah berpuasa diantara kebanyakan orang lapar dan melakukan Shalat malam khususnya Tahajjud diantara lelapnya orang-orang tidur.

Diriwayatkan bahwa Syeikh Nawawi Al-Batani, mengarang kitab Syafinatun Najah, adalah guru Thariqoh yang menjadi murid Syeikh Yusup Al-Hamadani. Beliau tinggal di pesisir tetapi tidak makan ikan, atas ijazah berguru dengan Imam Nawawi.

“Memakan buah delima banyak tidak lebih baik dari memakan ikan yang sedikit”

Maksudnya, makan ikan menyebabkan kemalasan, jika dibandingkan dengan buah delima, maka lebih baik makan buah delima. Tapi untuk keutamaan makan sedikit, maka lebih baik, walaupun yang sedikit itu adalah makan ikan.

Wallahua’lam bishowab.

Yk, 15.03.16

To lead yourself

A leadership. There are many workshops and seminar with the theme of leadership. I have joined many of them. Some activities such kind of training from university, organization or community. Those offer leadership to engage participant that leadership is very important. I would say it is a fact. Leader or khalifah is a mandatory for everyone. Just like my faith, in a Holy Quran said that everyone is born as a leader or khalifah, Q.S. Baqarah: 30. For some people who realize their faith in Allah, they would consider themselves as Abdullah (Islamic Psychology Class at R.100).

After completing some of my projects this semester, it is hard to believe I have experienced all those things. It seems that it’s not easy on my thoughts. It would be hard and I should reduce some of schedules have lined-up. I just remember when myself two years or one year ago.  I deleted some events I have involved because I was afraid I could not doing all of them at the same time. It was true. I resigned from Kamadiksi event, Gasita performance in order to focus on Pramuka and Porsenigama. I also resigned from Saman Raya in term of being a Santri.

There are many hard things coming when you try to chase your dreams. However, now I realized that it is the start line. As long as your journey, there would be joyful and sorrow as a couple. But those things make you be stronger and though. You will learn how life is along your struggling.

This November, I did things that being my big projects. First, I was a committee Mawapres selection with my three friends. I became a moderator of the workshop. The next two weeks, I was invited to become moderator in muslimah talk show at Animal Science Faculty. At this December, I had a talk show named Dialogue of Achievement Nusantara Young People held by SIC.  The next week would be an English annual event Evofest. And the main thing, I haven’t thought yet as teacher in Realia. It is my challenge apart. In fact, I should try as best I can. I am passionate to be a well-round man. I will be a teacher in many ways. I believe Realia is a place for me to learn many things I have not known yet before.

The key of my success is my leadership. I could be very discipline person, but it might be in a day. Thus, leading is simple, when I can control myself to do things done without feeling satisfied, because there are many things remaining to do much better.

Yogyakarta, 8 December 2015

Missing my family

On the way after having interview of WRC and joining Eramus Mundus Action 2, I had the strong connection between my dream, God and myself. I said  at myself that I had only two options for this case i.e. I would or not. My big dream is heading on me.

The interviewing experience was so great. I could meet people who had almost the same vision and mission. I felt so comfortable on what we talked about. We shared our dream and feeling in facing the future. About one thing in the future that we extremely agreed was we would be the house wife. Three of us are going to be a good wife and mother. When I was interviewed by him …., he said that I was the first person who came from English department that attracted for WRC. I think It was not too bad for me because some events before, indicated that my department was different. For me, life is so big. There are so many things I should know. That is why I want to know about knowledge.

The scholarship seminar Eramus Mundus Action 2 was really amazing. The speaker named Prof. Gustavo Belforte. He talked about the Eramus Mundus project and his college Politecnico di Torino. I ever felt so sleepy because he spoke so fast but generally I got the point. The way he answered the questions was so long and clear. Most of the question came from the engineering faculty and I felt like so lost. But I considered that at least I had the same way for facing the future.

This morning I convinced myself that all those dreams might be come true. Reading the story of my friend who accepted in the leadership programme made me so envy. If he can, why I do not. We have the same goal but of course we are going to have our own ways. I am in Gadjah Mada University for Vocational School faculty is out of my plan. God makes it happened and there should be something that God will show at me. Who knows? Now I am missing my family. I realize that they are my true goal of these things. I cannot be without them. I am part of them.

About my life in Yogyakarta lately, I had problem with my new Family here. I was in a home with new friends and I should consider them as my new family but it is a little bit hard for me. They are so different with people who I would like to have. I cannot mix with their soul and actually it is only few of them. Now I do not like to spend much of my time in a home besides the distance is far from my campus. I just want to be an active student who dedicate herself for the future.

Yogyakarta, 11 October 2013

Thank You Allah

Dear Allah,

Thank you Allah, for everything You have given to me. I believe, place I belong, people I meet, situations I undergo, friends I make, are your planning to me. Someone who came to me, and bring me in love, even for a while, I believe it comes from You. What a sin I am ignoring You sometimes, forgetting You in a hard and good time.

I am afraid, someday, I will forget you in a situation I don’t expect. I am afraid of people I will meet in the future, will make a distance between me and You. Once again, I am afraid of spouse I will have. I will live with him. I will share with him. I will make a heaven in our home. I can’t imagine one person, it’s too earlier. I don’t want to close with any guy yet, I don’t want to make a hope. I don’t want to get heartbreaking. I want to wait for your fate. I believe, Your fate is better for me. I believe You have chosen him, for my heaven, and create another heaven, even after life.

Today, I felt great. I could share part of my life with my coordinator. At first, it is very hard telling what I am doing in my Islamic boarding school. It felt like it was contrast at Realia life. However, she was nice. She just needs knowing more about what Islam is and moreover, she needs gathering with good people.

By the time, I hope I can learn more my faith in You whenever and whenever I am. Nowadays, I would try building a strong self-defense to know what I know, to do what I plan, to learn what I need, to get into You. If ‘Inayatullah is the officially place, I want to thank you for bring me here. I mean, it is not easy to blend everything, but I must. This introvert type should learn and adjust for many situations. Tomorrow, I will meet new people. I should be ready for them. I should be tough here. Focus what I learn.

Also, I felt that friends are everything. They are great. Pramuka, brought me to meet them, Iroh, Windu, and Wiji. We meet to share and to close our friendship. Thank you Allah.

So much thank you, for being here

Yogyakarta, 19-02-2016

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