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When Life Requires a Detour

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I was preparing salad for dinner last night. I was tearing cabbage’s leaves off before rinsing them one by one, when I saw a little worm inside the leaves. It was a little bit disturbing to find the worm as I have chosen the cabbage carefully. It is organic vegetable and looks fresh, clean, no hole on the outer leave, not even any mark of worm’s activities shown on the leave. It made me to pay more attention to wash the rest of vegetables, each leave thoroughly to make sure no more worm.

Somehow, that process reminds me of this life. We, people always plan how our life will be. At certain age, we go to pre-school, then elementary school, high school, and college/university. Then, we plan to find a job, after getting a job, we plan to get married then have children. Those are common steps that have been planned by majority people. But, along the way, not all people accomplished everything they have planned carefully before. Some did not get into a famous/favorite school because of the rank, or fail getting a job in the company they wish for. Others fail in their marriage life, or unable to have any children for many reason. There are many difficulties and unfortunate events in this life that we have to deal with, sometimes only surprise us, other time may knock us down till we think that it is the worst experience ever or it is the lowest moment in our life. The life occurrences that challenge us to make some detours from our perfect plans, or we even have to start all over again.

It is just like the cabbage and its leaves. Although we have chosen the perfect one, it does not guarantee that there’s no worm inside the leaves. We just need to tear them off one by one, rinse each leave thoroughly to make sure no dirt/worm left. Sometimes we have to cut away some un-fresh leaves, to get all fresh and clean leaves of vegetables and have a bowl of healthy-fresh salad. Or maybe when the leaves turn out all rotten/un-fresh inside, so that it is not possible to make enough fulfilling salad, we can always just switch to make scrambled eggs instead, and leave to eat salad plan for another day :).

 

 

Nothing is Permanent in this Life

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Lately, I get sad news quite often, about people I know who passed away. And most of them were caused by serious illness, such as cancer. Some of them were quite young, though; and one of them was single. It is always sad to receive news about people’s death, especially if they were related to you, even if the relationship was not too personal. And such sad news always remind me of several things that sometime we forget about, among other things:

  • Life is so unpredictable. We never know when our time in this world is up. Our life could end any time God wants to. You may live today, strong and healthy, but we never know if we still live tomorrow. Question is, are we ready if our time is up tomorrow? Will we leave unfinished matters or debts or troubles to our beloved family if our life comes to end suddenly? What have we done to prepare about our next journey? Do that kind of questions ever come to your mind, even at glance? There are many questions about death that we can not answer, but one thing for sure; it will come to any of us, eventually, whether we are ready or not, it is only a matter of time.
  • When our life in this world ends, we do not bring anything we posses while we live. You may have worked so hard for the whole life, have a successful career, become the richest person on the planet, have a lot of friends or families, but when you leave this world, it will only be by yourself; only your body that will be buried or cremated, alone. We begin and end the life alone; that is something that we must always remember. You may think that you can bring your valuable things to be buried with you, but you will never need that; it will not give any use when you are dead. Come to that reality, remind me to not attach to anything because nothing is permanent in this life, even the life itself.

Life lessons that we should always remember.

 

When the heart changes

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Every couple is unique. Sometimes we see couples who are so different each other, in a lot of ways, could survive in their marriage to last.  But, many couples, as we look them as perfect couples fail in their marriage. Ironically, some of them have known their couple for many years before they settled down, but only stay in marriage life for short time. We as other people, could only wonder and ask question “how can one couple success, while others who we see as a perfect one fail?”

It is the same question I have when someone I know got divorced because her husband wanted to. She is a young lady who has a good job, a good personality, good looking and independent. She grew up as a strong person, independent as she almost can do anything by herself. Attractive not only physically but also spiritually. But, what we can do as a woman when our man started to cheat, not only with one woman, then said that he was not happy with the life he shared with, and wanted to end the marriage? Should we insist to keep the marriage on? Try to convince with all kind of possible reasons that could make him changing his mind? Is there any guarantee that he will not cheat again, if he agrees to not end the marriage? When a man changes his heart and decides to go, what else can we do, except to let him go? The years that have gone, so wasted. Thought that we knew the person who lived with us for many years. Thought that he would truly love us, care for us and never hurt us. How could we anticipate for people who change their heart? We can not control how people feel about us. When love is gone, it is only that person himself/herself who can make it to come back, if he/she wants to. Still, to be cheated on is a painful and heartbreaking. Got divorced is giving you traumatic experience and may change the way you think about other people. But, when it has to happen, there is nothing else we can do, but accept it. Let the painful experience be the most valuable lesson in this life. Let that grief makes you stronger, to prepare the better life to come, as I do believe that it will come eventually.

Note: “dedicated to my dearest friend and all women and men who are facing the same experience as above story”.

 

 

Earning Miles via TripAdvisor (Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan via TripAdvisor)

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I have previously posted about “Collecting Miles without Flying”, and one of the ways is to share your vacation experiences on TripAdvisor and you will earn additional miles to be credited into your favorite Frequent Flyer that has been registered into TripAdvisor. You may write a review of your visit to restaurants, hotels, tourist spots/attractions and even your experience with airlines.

Before writing any review on TripAdvisor, please ensure to follow its terms and conditions:

  • Garuda Miles members must register on TripAdvisor to participate.
  • Mileage will only be awarded for each published review and complies with TripAdvisor content guidelines.
  • Stickers on each page of accommodation / tourist attractions / restaurants on TripAdvisor will show you how many miles to get by reviewing the property.
  • Only reviews written in Indonesian can earn miles.
  • The maximum number of Garuda Miles that can be earned is 1500 miles per month per Garuda Miles account.

For detail information, please visit https://www.tripadvisor.co.id/GarudaMiles.

I have started writing reviews on TripAdvisor from some time ago, and the photo above is a screenshot of transaction history on my Garuda Miles that have been credited by TripAdvisor.

As an illustration, if you like to redeem an award ticket with route Jakarta – Yogyakarta, you will require approximately 8,000 miles/one way/economy class (please see “Miles Redemption Calculator” to check other routes). So, if you can get the maximum number of Garuda Miles from writing reviews on TripAdvisor, you will be able to get free award ticket for Jakarta – Yogyakarta’s route in 6 months. Not bad right?

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Untuk Bahasa Indonesia:

Sebelumnya saya pernah memposting tentang “Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan tanpa Terbang“, dan salah satu caranya adalah dengan memberikan review mengenai kunjungan kalian ke restauran, hotel atau tempat wisata dalam Bahasa Indonesia di TripAdvisor dan kalian akan memperoleh miles tambahan yang akan dikreditkan ke Garuda Miles kalian yang sudah didaftarkan ke TripAdvisor sebelumnya.

Namun, sebelum menulis review di TripAdvisor, agar diperhatikan persyaratan dan ketentuannya agar review kalian dinilai layak oleh TripAdvisor untuk mendapatkan miles.

Persyaratan dan ketentuannya adalah sebagai berikut:

  • Anggota Garuda Miles harus mendaftar di TripAdvisor untuk berpartisipasi,
  • Mileage hanya akan diberikan untuk setiap ulasan yang dipublikasi dan mematuhi pedoman konten TripAdvisor.
  • Stiker di setiap laman akomodasi/objek wisata/restoran di TripAdvisor akan menunjukkan berapa miles yang bisa didapat dengan mengulas properti tersebut.
  • Hanya ulasan yang ditulis dalam Bahasa Indonesia yang bisa mendapatkan miles.
  • Jumlah maksimum Garuda Miles yang bisa didapatkan adalah 1500 miles per bulan per akun Garuda Miles.

Untuk informasi detail, dapat dilihat di https://www.tripadvisor.co.id/GarudaMiles.

Saya sendiri sudah mulai memberikan review di TripAdvisor dari beberapa waktu yang lalu, dan foto diatas adalah screenshot perolehan miles yang sudah dikreditkan oleh TripAdvisor ke Garuda Miles saya, atas review yang sudah saya tuliskan di bulan Juni 2017.

Sebagai gambaran untuk contoh, redemption award tiket ekonomi Jakarta – Yogyakarta memerlukan miles sebesar kurang lebih 8.000/sekali jalan (perhitungan miles yang dibutuhkan untuk redemption award tiket rute yang berbeda dapat dilihat disini). Jadi, jika kalian bisa mendapatkan jumlah maksimum Garuda Miles dari memberikan review di TripAdvisor, kalian akan bisa mendapatkan tiket gratis untuk rute Jakarta – Yogyakarta dalam 6 bulan. Not bad kan?

Poems #3 : You …

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You…..

I have waited for so long…

Have traveled around and around….

But, nowhere to be found …

You….

Where else I shall look at?

Which way I must direct?

And how can I detect?

You….

Been searching you in many looks…

Been meeting with many moods…..

Still, you weren’t be hooked.

And You…..

Do you look for me, too?

Longing to meet, to complete the empty beat?

Then, sailing a million drift?

@Bleebloob

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People have short memories

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Have you ever experienced unpleasant things, then had a feeling like dejavu that they have ever happened before? At that time, we could only think why we could not remember that they have ever happened.

The reason is that people have short memories. In daily life, we often experience unpleasant things, but soon we forget about that. When we face the same experience, we realize that we were ever in that situation before, but we did not take it personally then we forgot about that until we experience it again. There are two possibilities why we soon forget about the unpleasant experiences. First; we think that it will never happen again, second; we are easy to forgive.

Second thing is good one, forgiving is good. Why we should bother at small things that only give us heavy thoughts, that is what we think. Life will be easier when we do not sweat the small stuffs, many people say that. However, when we could and be able to remember all the unpleasant experiences, we could anticipate the same experiences to happen again. And if we could prevent the unpleasant experiences, we will not feel unhappy/disappointed about something. That is the most important thing. Lesson learnt today 🙂