I don’t seek for compliments. I give myself plenty.– Barikatul Hikmah
A CALL FOR STAR WARS: MAY THE FORCE BE WITH US (my...
Say the word star wars and most of the people will likely associate them with box-office movie series created by George Lucas. Unfortunately, the word star wars here has nothing to do with any science fiction movies, but rather, the future of the global defence system. It is still fresh in everybody’s mind that last month, on Feb. 15, a meteorite streaked across the sky of central Russia and...
RAISED BY A MOTHER LIKE THIS
I was sleeping in mukena (Indonesian term of Islamic praying clothes). I was hangover. No matter how you don’t drink, there will be several networking parties you can’t avoid. Some of those parties are mean. They don’t serve water. Or juice. Only a chain of liquors. This hangover of mine was caused by that kind of party. And I don’t support this kind of behavior. Mom came to my room and shook my...
Tenang, Tuhan. Kau tak bertepuk sebelah tangan, aku juga mencintaiMu.– Barikatul Hikmah
T for Three and Tired
Press Conference on Indonesia’s foreign arms procurement has done and wrapped. I glanced at my BlackBerry. A red sign, my senior Diplomat friend of a su******** country texted: public discussion, and our Three Musketeers’ monthly coffee hangout. Was it the time? I murmured. Ahh, I have forgotten, perhaps. Waved a taxi. The sky was as dark as my emotions. The public discussion, unfortunately,...
Habibie & Ainun
Semalam, aku nonton film ini. Sejak scene pertama dimana anak-anak sekolah itu berteriak “Ainun….! Ainun…! Ainun…!” airmataku tumpah sudah. Mengalir dari mata yang terbuka. Deras. Dalam diam. Hingga akhir. Pulangnya, hadiah kartu pos dari pembelian tiket nonton itu kutaruh dalam bingkai dan kuletakkan di rak buku dalam kamar. Untuk mengingatkanku agar tak berhenti...
Kini lewat tengah malam sudah. Suara bening Renee Olstead menemani saya memindahkan buku-buku dari rak yang lama ke dua buah rak buku murah meriah yang tadi saya beli di pusat perbelanjaan daerah Kuningan (dan rakit sendiri di rumah! :D). Jari kelingking kanan sempat tersayat kaca rak buku yang lama saat lengah mindahkan buku sambil main BlackBerry. Lukanya kecil, tapi darahnya deras dan gelap....
Another Wordgasm: of Hitch and Hike
Been a while not posting real stuffs here. Something worth lazy scrolls and not a random rambling post like tis and tats, if you know what I mean (I smirk when I write that last sentence by the way. Yeah, right). Anyways, in the beginning of this almost ended year, Mr. Gombang, a savvy journalist/Poet/Writer/Wikipedia contributor who is a good friend of mine, recommended me a book by Douglas Adam...
Memecah gumpalan rindu yang teriris jarak Pekat Lekat Menggetah Berkerak Pada dinding pembuluh jantung yang detaknya ada padamu Persetan ini nyata atau mimpi, aku luluh Lantak dalam gelimang ekstase persimpangan takdir yang menubruk kita tiba-tiba Jakarta, 2012. (For you, sayang. Thanks for flying thousand miles to see me. Sayang kamuuuuuu)
MENELUSURI JEJAK ISLAM DI SEMENANJUNG KOREA...
Jejak Islam di Negeri Ginseng “Perhatian, dalam beberapa saat lagi, kita akan segera mendarat di Bandar Udara Incheon.” Pengumuman itu terdengar setelah enam jam lamanya terbang dari Jakarta. Tak lama kemudian, megahnya Bandara Incheon menyambut kedatangan saya di negara yang terkenal dengan aliran musik K-Pop itu. Dibawah atap bangunan yang menyandang predikat sebagai salah satu bandara terbaik...
I don’t put memories on songs. I don’t know, I just don’t. But it changed on 2011. During my whole journey in Germany I listened to Sabrina’s latest album. However, at some point after the journey, I’ve got other songs to listen and completely forgot about Sabrina’s album whatever it is. One day, I was listening to the radio when it played one of...
The Prophet - Gibran
Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, master? And he answered saying: You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one...
Based on what’s going on in strategic environment nowadays, in the next 20...– Barikatul Hikmah
Para pemikir Muslim modernis liberal dan aktivis reformis radikal (Wahabi)...– Joseph Lumbard
Thinking is fun. The wilder, the better. Nothing, however elusive, is as...– Barikatul Hikmah
Friend: Why are you practicing pure abstinence?
Me: I am against animal testing
On last Saturday night, I was forced (literally forced) to come to an event wherewhich I was squeezed between Mr. Minister Andi Malarangeng, Mr. US Political Counselor and Mr. First Secretary of the Embassy of Morocco. To Mr. Minister, I said his guitar skill rocks. He was surprised that I knew he plays guitar. I told him that once in my undergrad time we invited him to give a speech for an event...
THE END OF DORAEMON
Last week I and some of my classmates went out for a karaoke night and along the way somewhere in our conversation we were talking about how the story of Doraemon ended. I didn’t know about how it ended until 2007 when my friend from Japan, Arisa, told me that there were two (or three?) versions of how the story ended. And the famous one is the one I post below. Why do I bother to post?...
Sore itu usai sebuah acara di Senayan, saya dan kawan-kawan sedang antre untuk bersalaman dan mengobrol dengan Profesor Ron Matthews. Rindu kami membuncah pada profesor eksentrik satu itu. Gaya mengajarnya yang genit berhasil memikat kami dalam pelajaran yang butuh obat pereda rasa sakit: Defense Economics. Jenis mata pelajaran yang membuat saya dengan tatapan ngeri menyaksikan salah seorang kawan...
NIGHT SUNBATHE IN BERLIN, ANYONE? (Dimuat di...
“How lucky you are!” Screamed my friends with envy as they knew that my visit to Germany would be concentrated in Berlin. Anyway, their envy was fair enough considering Berlin is a city built on two major tragedies. Beside the two bloody World Wars, Berlin was also the capital of the nasty terror of Nazi. I and my friends from Indonesia Defense University were lucky enough to pay a visit to...
Just opened my facebook after centuries. Somewhere between the long list of advertisements I saw this application: “Get Old Status”. I tried, and it worked. Too bad I only get around 100 of all my facebook statuses. I hope someday, somebody out there will create “Get All Status” facebook application. [Wednesday 23rd of February 2011 06:26:54 AM] Di negri tanpa...
At this time, many young Iranians all over this world are watching us, and I...– Iranian film director ASGHAR FARHADI, on accepting his 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, A Separation
2011: A Remarkable Year of Mine
Finally I write again! :D This time about 2011. Fascinating, heaven sent feel good year. Why so? What makes it so special? Here we go: 1. Went to Europe for the very first time with my Goddamn fucking brilliant awesome classmates. Going to Europe by myself would be a nice idea. But with my whole classmates??? That was a fucking jackpot!!! :D We stung professors and federal institutions with our...
Kakak nih dari dulu kerjanya sekolah melulu, nggak pernah pacaran.– Mom - 2011
In our time, History is dug from old manuscripts and papyrus. Next time, it will...– Barikatul Hikmah
(Nice) Girl. Interrupted.
This is a tribute to the nice girls. The nice girls that finish last, that never become more than friends. This is dedicated to those girls who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs. This is in honor of the girls that obligingly reiterate how cute/smart/funny/sexy their male friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most guys need that litany...
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell them “Certainly I...– Theodore Roosevelt
Life is but God’s blog.– Barikatul Hikmah.
That Awkward Moment When...
~That awkward moment when you walk down the street munching orange and listening to your favorite tunes and you feel so damn cool. ~That awkward moment when you hop on a Metro Mini and the person sitting in front of you who scrolls down her twitter account on her not-anti-spy-ed BlackBerry is actually following you. ~That awkward moment when you order gado-gado in Maduranese language in a...
What’s really terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the...– Doris Lessing
Bahasa Indonesia Rockssss!!!
Two posts ago I blogged a letter I sent to my lecturers expressing my depression on writing papers in Bahasa Indonesia. I was depressed because I thought I would never have a chance to explore and use the rich Kosakata Bahasa Indonesia in writing academic papers/essays/writings…. Ahh, long, long, story. The picture below is one of their answers. I was kinda worried when I submit the...
Anonymous asked: nice name u have.. is that a real name?? -riko_so-
Ramadhan is not about asking other people to be tolerant by forcing them to...– Barikatul Hikmah.
Someday, I will bury some things in faraway lands I’d visited. For my kids...– Barikatul Hikmah.
Dear, Sir... (A Letter of Lingua)
Dear, Sir… I would like to express my highest appreciation to all lecturers in the ‘Asia Pacific’ module. Even though I never had any backgrounds of International Relations, I am a humble IR enthusiast. Mostly, I read or watch the news on Middle East, United States, Africa or Europe since the interesting events or disruptions shown on most media are largely covered from those areas. Not so...
Anyone Can Answer?
If I french kissed a guy who has just ate pork, is it considered as mughallazhah? If so, how should I clean my mouth? Brushing my teeth seven times with a sand mixed to the last brush?
You Don't Wanna Read This
A friend of a friend’s friends (its complicated) has just passed away and her (the one that passed away) best friends (lots of them) made her a Youtube video as ‘A Tribute To’ her. They also made her a compilation of writings, sumthin like ‘In Memoriam Of’. It consists of 40 beautifully written and tears making notes I swear everyone will sob when they read one (I...
Benarkah sungai adalah anak laut yang durhaka hanya karena ia memilih untuk...– Barikatul Hikmah
If there is one valuable lesson from Century, it is the sad revelation that...– Jakarta Post. Editorial.
SURAT CINTA UNTUK TUHAN
Tuhan, Nanti, jika dunia ini tak lagi ada… Apakah Kau akan menjadi eks Tuhan? Mantan Tuhan? Used to be God? Begitu? TTD, Hamba, Galaksi Bima Sakti, Juni 2011.
Recently, my heart fell for a TV show entitled “Shaun The Sheep”. Actually I knew it before, you know, through a random TV remote button pushes, but I just never really watched it. Then one week -between-modules- holiday came and boredom had fully forced me to have a Buddha level meditation in front of the TV everyday. And thats when the love affair between me and the show began. All...
I Call This Food Porn.
Long weekend. Boyfriendless. Home alone. Raiding the world wide web and catch this pics. Awww! Hungryyyyyyy….. *Grawk*
The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth– Alexandra Robbins