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


A Couple of Stories in May

[30 May 2015]

This is the special month of 12 months in a year. It happens because my age increases exactly on 1st May. At that day, I made self-evaluation. The most thing I want to change is about my discipline. As I realize, I do not respect each my spare time instead of I feel that I have longer time and I can do many things ahead. But I turns out I am wrong. I only have a short time but many thing should complete. These are good things in May:

Discipline Card and Lateness Report

I made Kartu Gegas Semangat (KGS) in order to make myself to be respectful with a time. I record my lateness, on time and in time coming in classes or special occasion. There would be consequences on every my late and punctual time which I need to save money. I would post it through Facebook in a story. It worked out around two weeks but then I became undisciplined. I did not careful with time and I did not record my late and punctuality.

Passing Administration Selection of PPAN 2015

I was surprised to see my name in the website of PCMI Jateng. Monday (18/5) was announced, Thursday (21/5) was the final selection. As the verification, I needed to bring several original documents, including Surat Keterangan Catatan Kepolisian (SKCK) that I had not made yet. Tuesday evening I came home. Wednesday I completed Polres requirements. Wednesday afternoon, I went to Polsek, to get final requiremnets of SKCK. How I surprised that it was full and the police said I could go back at the next day on 8 am.

PPAN Administration selection

Soon I was shocked. The verification was holding on 7 until 8.30 a.m. I was trying to tell the police but it was just making me so sad. I went to Musholla and I met my old friends, Putri Maulina (Tubi) and Sendry. They made me better to be calm and “ikhlas”. When I was walking to go somewhere I was not exactly sure, I was surprised to see Qaisa. She identified me because of my pink bag.  It was my high school bag since I was in 10th grade and my friends knew it familiarly. We talked and drank juice in front of our high school. I was happy to meet them. J

Istighasah with Ikatan Remaja Masjid (Irmas) Gajah

Arriving home after meeting with my old friends, I visited one of my friends in village. I was happy to met her and her family. We talked a little. She informed me that there will be Istighasah with Irmas after Isya’. How excited I was.

During the Istighasah, I just felt calm and peace. I forgot about the PPAN submission and verification, I just felt that everything was His guide. As a human, I only planned. Here, I could eat just like in Pondok, a big plate of meals to eat for several people. I loved it. It’s simple and unique.

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Going Home

I was in home around 3 nights and 2 days. It was enough for me to refresh my mind from all of my activities in Yogyakarta. I met parents, friends, neighbors and villages people. It opened my mind. People asked me, smiled at me and interpreted me something.  I felt like I was someone of their hopes. I just considered myself that I needed to be hard study and be different. I met my friends who had child. I was listening to my mother’s story about my elder friends who got married by Accident. It signed me that my home village needs people who build them emotionally and spiritually. Demak kota Wali. However, the people are not so spiritual as the fact of social problems there.  I have not many chances yet to do something for them. At least, I would do my best as a college student.

Thankful for having my parents

Although people considered my parents has nothing to be proud of, I can proud of them with their efforts to make their one son and two daughters have enough education. My old brother who is taking Postgraduate in IPRIJA Jakarta, me with scholarship (Alhamdulillah) who is taking Diploma degree in UGM Jogja and Islamic studies in PP Inayatullah, and my sister who is taking Islamic High School (MTs) Mranggen Demak are my parents’ treasure. Only knowledge that we can struggle for as a weapon in the future. I always hope that every steps we take to learn will become the way Allah will forgive all my parents’ sins aamiin.

The End of Even Semester in Tukangan Elementary School

My last chance (30/5) to teach students of SD Tukangan was amazing. I learns many thing of them. Each of them are unique. They have their own characteristics just like other children’s have. But here, I want to say that their attitudes are influenced by their family a lot. I just remember me at that age and I was recalling something bad about my behavior and social interaction. By the way, I am being thankful to meet them. (Nadia, Ilham, Najwa, Badrus, Zakki, Rio, Puspita and many more that they are very unique)


It also forces me to think how to control classes as a teacher. Sometimes I have planning before teaching them but it often I teach spontantly. (With Mbak Binti, Mbak Ana, Mbak Alfi, sometimes Mbak Hidayah and Mbak Zannati)


Losing some Chances

I was planning to join Esa Week Speech Contest in Unnes but it cancelled. I have not enough money to register until the registration was closed. I also resign from Pramuka, my character building school for a year. I just think of my contribution there. I need to limit myself in terms to be focus on one goal. It’s also being volunteer in International Conference Sakyadhita of Buddhist Women in Yogyakarta. It is a good opportunity to build my English and communication skills. But after joining several orientation, I decide to resign. I need to tink of the Ramadhan months.

Nowadays, I just think that I am trying to be good, only good in His Ways. I do not think more about my carrier in the future that I need to join this, volunteer this and participate this. What I am doing here, I am sure that I will be success for His permission. There will be best ways that He has arranged.

Passing Second Selection of English Debate

It seems so impossible to compete with students of UGM.  The truth is yes. I was the last number in first selection. But, after my friend invitation to join second selection, I did it. It is a matter of intention (read: niat). I was willing to learn, learn and learn. God always knows. There were only me who attend the selections from 8 participants. Committee tried to call them. The fact that my friend who hid upstairs of Maskam attended. Then we debated and learned together. Alhamdulillah. J


Effective Tips to Manage My Finance

Hello! My name is Wirda. I am currently a second-year student of English study program in Gadjah Mada University. My college is located in Yogyakarta, whereas I live in Demak, Central Java. At my first year, I lived in a rent house. But, because I found that there was an Islamic boarding school, I decided to move there. At that moment, I found many differences how to organize myself between living in a rent house and an Islamic boarding school. But, I would like to say that the main different is how I manage my finance. There are three tips that I use to manage my finance; have a Daud fasting, practice a simple life style and find a job.

The first thing I do to manage my finance is doing a Daud fasting. A Daud fasting is a Muslim way to get closer with God by doing fasting in a day and the day after the next day respectively in a duration time that has defined. For example, I do fasting on Monday and I will do fasting again on Wednesday continuously in a year. From this tips, I only will spend my money to eat on the day I do not fasting because actually I have a dinner in my boarding that has provided meal for every students there in the evening.

The next is to apply a simple life style in a daily life. It means that I will not to be a hedonic person. As we know, globalization has changed many people life style. Western brings many influences of Eastern life style. I would like to say that it’s not totally wrong, but I would like suggest that Eastern should not lose their identity by this changing. For example, a shopaholic is not an Eastern lifestyle. But currently, I find my friends who are really crazy to go shopping. Thus, I choose to not follow that mainstream. I’d rather allocate my finance to complete my academic needed. Simply life is easy. It is a self-management. Priority of each person is different.

The last is finding a job. A college student, like me, has spare time outside the lectures. Many of my friends use their spare time by working part time job. For example, Kristi, who becomes a waitress in a coffee shop and Nurul, who has an online shop.  Just like me, I become an elementary teacher every Saturday. Besides I can practice my teaching skill, I also can afford salary by doing my hobby as a job.

In summary, I do a Daud fasting, simple life style and a part time job as the three tips that I can do to manage my finance. However, those trip can be suitable for college student if they have a simply life principal, just like mine. It can be start by having a good self-management to have an effective finance management.

 Yogyakarta, 13 April 2015

To Feel Alive

“You don’t have to change the world in order to have a meaningful life. You don’t always have to do things that are extreme and unbelievable and outside of the norm in order to feel alive. You can feel alive just by acknowledging your own worth and the worth of everyone around you.”


Being out of the box is a dream for some people, including me. But, it makes me trapped on a difficult situation to compare myself with others. Thus, I will not allow myself to be someone else because I have something that cannot be imitated by others. Sometime I consider myself to feel alive as my own without thinking of others’ opinions. As my recent time I have passed, I am a typically someone who cannot live monotony. I want to do things out of the box because I know that it is too common having a life like them.

Fortunately, it does. I make up my life. I am not like people in my village, people in my family even people in my study program. I am different with them. That is one of my ways to feel alive. When I try to interact all the repetitiveness as their own, I cannot feel alive. I feel losing parts of my life. For instance, I was involved all the activities in Scout UGM last year, I felt happy there. But then, I considered that I could not do more than myself challenges. However, when I decided to live in a different way by the monotony in boarding house and college, so did I. Thus, I think I need to integrate all things that make me feel alive. Put things together. All my activities are related to one another.

“Jumping out of a plane is remarkable. So is quitting your job and moving across the country, or traveling the world and living out of a backpack for several months. But these are not the only things that make you brave. These are not the only things that signify that you’re living your life right. These are not the only things that give your life meaning.”

I plan to Featured Image -- 366move across the country every year. I and mostly people think that it is a remarkable. So is my journey to Japan. That is my dream and most people. However, it has changed my mind after coming back from there. It is not about how many times I go abroad, but how many changes I have made for myself and others. Honestly, there are many plans to come back to Japan as my future plans. But, it is not about having a seminar and going around the cities, it’s more about the Muslim life as the minority, that they can take a prayer like here. Not only Japan, but I plan to go to Europe. I am sure, it will not easy as I write and post this story, but that significant dream, I will start by gathering phrases into sentences, like now.

Nowadays, the environment of making achievements are showed up. Students in college will do this and this in order to complete the requirements or just to feel a live. For instance, I, a common student, was challenged to compete with other students in an achievement student awarded or Penghargaan Mahasiswa Berprestasi of UGM. After long periods of dreaming, from a way that I have never expected, I became a candidate to be with them, achievements students in UGM. Pessimistic has changed my life, that everyone life should be surrounded by an optimistic, that you can follow your dream (read: the power of dream). The way you live your life is doing your best, for your life and your surroundings, primarily for Allah, The Most Glorified and The Most High.

In summary, feeling a live by people is different. They can do remarkable or ordinary things that make them alive. However, every option and action that we do, will signify others that we are all part of life in the different ways to feel alive.

Yogyakarta, 14 April 2015


A Santri Who Become A Student

بسم الله الر حمن الر حيم

          A story begins from a 2-year-student who has decided to be a Santri[1] one year ago.  At that time, she was bound up several campus events and organizations which are contrast with her position as a Santri who have to recite the Holy Quran and come to Madrasah Diniyah[2] at 8 – 9 in the evening. However, she tried to do both with all her capability as a student, santri and committee. But, life wasn’t flat enough as she thought. She couldn’t focus on what she did, therefore she got troubles at every place she met i.e. late comer on attending the Holy Quran reciting, being a hurried committee on attending a late evening meeting, etc. By those experiences, at the next semester, she was getting started to focus at particular position that is being a Santri. The reasons why she decided to be a professional Santri who study at college may include her intention to live as a Santri, the good Islamic atmosphere to become a Muslimah[3], and the duty of a Muslim to teach people about Islam.

            The intention to live as a Santri is about the mainly reason of her. Just like the hadith said that everything should be started by an intention. When I was in junior high school, my parents and brother asked me to live in an Islamic Boarding House while studying at SMP N 2 Demak. They also offered me to wear scarf. But, as an ordinary girl who didn’t understand a lot about Islam, I just ignored what they said. I didn’t wear scarf nor did I live in an Islamic Boarding House. Until when I was twelfth grader, I was trying to be santri. However, some obstacles were come. It’s caused by me who didn’t have a strong intention. For instance, I was afraid to get a trouble of secondary school academic result, thus I postponed it but I have lived in my math teachers for two weeks. That is why, in a college life that I imagine I would become an activist, it’s totally change. Be a santri is main duty. It needs a big intention.

            After living with santri at Inayatullah, it’s a right place to get an Islamic atmosphere regularly. When I would like to compare with my daily activity in a rent house, living in an Islamic Boarding House was a way to balance between the short-term and long-term purpose to live in this planet for the world after life. For example when I just got stressed to think about my assignments and duties or just worrying about what I was doing and my future would be, then I would be free after I was with God. I have God, and God is mine. It’s peaceful. Besides, I was taught how to be a different student with a santri as an identity. My Kyai[4], Khamdani Yusuf, said that santri weren’t student. They were just a pure santri, whose studying at a college. It’s a choice matter but for me, living in an Islamic Boarding House –Inayatullah- is the right place to get an Islamic atmosphere regularly.

            Last but not least, I want to be a good Muslimah who learn Islamic studies as a duty. Like the hadith said that to learn is the duty of a Muslim and Muslimah and the Islamic study was the wajib[5] knowledge. I want to use my life to learn Islam. It’s started now. Just imagining from little thing, when I have children, then they ask me how to read Al-Qur’an well, but in fact, I can’t. Otherwise I live in a place where has a variety of Islam perception, then I do not know the appropriate ways to educate my children. Furthermore, there are a lot people who want to know about Islam. If I do not know what Islam and its content, it means I am lacking of will to learn Islam and ignore to do my duty. Thus, I want to be a good Muslim by knowing the Islam and spreading the beautiful of Islam.

              In summary, santri is the reason to live as a good Muslim. It’s only the process, not the final result. However, being a santri is my life process in a college, needs a good and strong intention, have a good atmosphere at Islamic learning, and chance to learn Islam as a duty of Muslim.

[1] An Islamic student who learn Islam and live at Islamic Boarding House.

[2] An Islamic class with several subjects about the basic Islamic studies (that is attended at 8 p.m class).

[3] A woman Muslim.

[4] A guidance and chief of an Islamic Boarding House.

[5] A law of Islam that something should be done.

Yogyakarta, 11 March 2015