Friday, September 29, 2006

Coming Home

When I got a tag few months ago about five wishes, I mentioned that my first wish was visiting my family. And now my wish has nearly come true. Insya Allah I will be in my home country to celebrate lebaran with my family. I have had everything needed for the trip. Passports (mine and my two daughters), the tickets, the presents for everybody, what else, hmmm … money of course for shopping shopping shopping, hehe. Oh God, I’m sooo exciting. I have started counting the days. Three more weeks and I’ll be there, be with my beloved family.

I will depart from here on 21st October and will arrive in Jakarta on 22nd. It is a long journey and I hope there will be no problem coz I will travel alone with my two little girls. My husband has to work so he can not come along. Both of them still ‘batita’ (under three years old). So, can you imagine how busy and tired I will be during the journey which will take at least 19 hours?

However, thinking of being with my family celebrating Eid makes me forget all of that. I’m just exciting and happy. Thank Allah for giving me the opportunity to meet my family again, insya Allah. So, Jakarta and Bandung, here we come ….

Monday, September 18, 2006

Paradox of our Time

Today we have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees, but less common sense; more knowledge, but less judgment.

We have more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get to angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too often, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too little and lie too often.

We‘ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

We've conquered outer space, but not inner space. We've split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less.

We've learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes, but lower morals.

We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies, but have less communication. We are long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men and short character; steep profits and shallow relationships.

More leisure and less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition; two incomes, but more divorce; fancier houses, but broken homes.

That’s why I propose, that as of today, you do not keep anything for a special occasion, because every day that you live is a special occasion.

Search for knowledge, read more, sit on your front porch and admire the view without paying attention to your needs.

Spend more time with your family and friends, eat your favorite foods, and visit the places you love.

Life is a chain of moment of enjoyment, not only about survival.

Use your crystal goblets. Do not save your best perfume, and use it every time you feel you want it.

Remove from your vocabulary phrases like “one of these days” and “someday”. Let’s write that letter we thought of writing “one of these days”.

Let’s tell our families and friends how much we love them. Do not delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life.

Every day, every hour, and every minute is special. And you don’t know if it will be your last.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Summer Has Gone

Living in an arctic country makes me very happy when summer finally comes. (My husband used to say that summer in Norway is no more than two weeks if we are lucky, that is why Norwegians travel to warm countries in their summer-holiday). I love summer, and summer this year was very hot, long, sunny and nice. Sun was shining the whole day, no rain and the wind blowed softly. We went out very often, especially on Saturdays and Sundays.

Summer this year was special for us because of two things. Bella has starting going to kindergarden and Brenda can walk, although a bit wobbly. Life becomes easier for me and my hubby. I can be more relax after taking Bella to kindergarden coz I only have to look after Brenda. I have more time to do what I like to do, when Brenda takes a nap, such as downloading photos from my digital camera for my photoblog, go blogwalking to see the photo from other part of the world, calling my family in Jakarta and Bandung, solving Sudoku and doing housework peacefully.

But summer has gone, and autumn is coming. Here are some photos of Bella and Brenda playing on the beach.

Monday, September 04, 2006