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Food technology seminar at Australian Embassy! :) sekali-kali berubah jadi anak FST boleh laaah. with dwi and Wulan Septiningtyas at Australian Embassy – View on Path.

#superlatepost about the people I spent quality time with yesterday. Glad to be able to catch up and talk about everything from adventures in Kalimantan to the social economy gap in Indonesia nowadays over the IAAS interview session and dinner. Seems like yesterday that we are handling IAAS super busy event (WoCo, Olympic, ect) and now we’re off to work and grad school! Had super fun with you guys, see you very soon in IOP! with Dodi, Hijjaz, Nisa , Genadi, and Leo – View on Path.

Random thing of the day: getting on the Jakarta City Tour bus! :)) at Plaza Indonesia – View on Path.

September 1st! New semester and new spirit to finish my Master’s degree! :) Also, a very happy 51st anniversary to the best agricultural university in Indonesia, Institut Pertanian Bogor! Keep searching and serving the best for this nation’s agriculture. Proud to be one of its graduates and soon to be MSi, aamiin. 😇🌱💕 – View on Path.

One of the reason we should be careful with what we say online, especially if it is generalizing a city. Apalagi klo ternyata kita kuliah tingkat lanjut di salah satu PTN terbaik di Indonesia. Orang-orang yang ada di friendlist juga bukan berarti ga ada “friend” yang suka menjatuhkan. The world and the internet is so so cruel. http://m.kaskus.co.id/thread/53fea1d8c1cb17622c8b4567/yang-pernah-dan-masih-tinggal-di-jogja-masuk/ – Read on Path.

Selamat atas gelar guru besarnya Bapakku, Prof. Dr. Ir. Anas D. Susila, MSi :) Semoga bisa terus semangat berkarya untuk Indonesia dan memajukan bidang hortikultura terutama sayuran. ♥♥♥ – Read on Path.

What I did this independence day? Hanging out with super cool lecturers and alumni from the Tri-U program. Jadi inget masa bersama-sama berjuang memberikan yang terbaik untuk Indonesia lewat presentasi paper dan cultural performance. Everyone is an ambassador of Indonesia at some point. Blessed to be part of this family :) with Fery, Ary, Rumondang, eris, Mada, Sabila Putri, Hijjaz, Jajang, and Fika at Gedung Andi Hakim Nasoetion (Rektorat) – View on Path.

Nothing but clear blue sky on this independence day! Happy 69th Independence Day Indonesia! Semoga bisa terus mengharumkan namamu sampai akhir hayat. Merdeka! at Gedung Andi Hakim Nasoetion (Rektorat) – View on Path.

I guess one of the many heartbreak we have to deal with in life is losing a friend forever. Can’t believe how soon this is, but least now you’re in a better place. Thanks for the years full of laughter! Gonna miss the rants you have about Liverpool, mine about MU and the fights that followed after hahaha. BTW, I still can outrun you anytime, like that time on my birthday. You totally failed cracking an egg on my head. :”) You may be gone, but the good memories stays forever. We all love you Jen, but Allah loves you more. You will always be our big loveable yet mischievous teddy bear. Rest In Peace. *Al-Fatihah* – View on Path.

Dreaming big is still your best bet as long as you put your plans into action one small step at a time.


Bogor Botanical Garden, 28 July 2014.
After the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer.

Everyone has their own version of their story. We can’t force people to apologize for the things that hurts us. But when we start to forgive, we grow. Maybe not all deserve forgiveness, but do it all because we deserve peace for ourselves.

This Monday, all the Muslims in the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr, or Idul Fitri as we Indonesian call it. It is one of the two big annual Islamic celebration.

Eid al-Fitr is a celebration which is held after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadhan. During Ramadhan, we are obligated to do fasting in which we can’t eat, drink, engage in sexual activities from sunrise until sundown. Ramadhan is also believed to be a blessed month in which our deed are multiplied more than the other months, so you can pretty much see Muslims in their up-most best behavior in these times. We get closer to our God, Allah and also do super good deed like reading Al-Quran, feeding the poor, donations, stop gossiping and all the stuff good Muslims are supposed to do. It’s supposedly not easy since human have lust and desires that we have to fight against. After that month is over, we celebrate Eid al-Fitr to commemorate a closer bond between us and Allah.

What do we do for Eid al-Fitr?
Well in typical Indonesian fashion, we prepare waaaay ahead of the big day. It is common for us to buy new clothing/apparels. Some people even make their own clothes to match the whole family. Yes, the whole family. This officially makes family picture and selfies or usies a essential.

Indonesian famous celebrity, Dian Sastro, and her uber-cute family! (Click the pic for her instagram)

We obviously prepare food. Lots of them. The staple Eid food for Indonesian household is ketupat (steamed rice in woven palm leaf), opor ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk), sambal goreng, rendang and others. The staple Eid snacks (oh yes, we do serve snack and eat them between the fatty, high cholesterol meal) is castangels, putri salju, nastar, ect. That’s why we gain weight again after we lose weight during fasting month, hahaha.

FOOD! Nom nom nom.

We go home! We migrate home! We all go back to our hometown or our parent’s hometown during the Eid al-Fitr break and spend the holiday with our family an extended family. People also visit close and far away relatives during the day. This will cause huge treaffic jam before and after the Eid celebration days, but I mean it’s nice seeing your whole family again after a whole year of busy activities by yourself. If the grandparents or relatives are deceased, then a visit to their grave is obligatory.

Traffic going to another island via ferry.

During Eid al-Fitr day, in the morning around 6-7 AM, Muslims held Eid al-Fitr prayer. We held them in the mosque and in the field (as recommended by Prophet Muhammad SAW). For me, it was praying it the field of Bogor Botanical Garden (which we usually go to). After the prayer, we hear the religious speech that can boost our moral, yeay!

Eid prayer in Istiqlal Mosque, the biggest Mosque in SE Asia.

We hug, kiss and shake hands with the people around us, especially in Javaneese culture we also do sungkeman (kneel in front of parents) to ask for forgivenes. We call, text, whatsapp, line, BBM all the people that exist in our phone book to give and ask forgiveness for the mistakes that had been made in the past. This is because we believe that in Eid al-Fitr, we are back to our pure self, so we don’t hold grudges again. It’s actually a good thing because if you are mature enough, you will mend your relationship with frienemies and enemies this year. *personal experience detected*

Social media has made connecting people a lot easier.

We prepare money or salam tempel to give to the small kids or cousins. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing little children eyes light up when you give them allowance money. Thank God it’s only once a year, hahaha.

Free money giveaway!

We go to tourist destinations with families. And just basically shut down the whole islands traffic condition.

Let’s go to the zoo, kids!

In short, I love this holiday. Not only you can hang out with your super busy family, but you can also enjoy good food and make good memories. For more traditions all around the world, you can check out the Eid al-Fitr wiki page.

So do you have any unique Eid al-Fitr tradition?