Category Wisdom & Travel

Media… o media…

Goose buumppsss!!! Media.. o media… how can you tell which one is true or false these days? You can’t use your intelligence anymore because how would you know what you just watched or read, which seemed factual, wasn’t in fact a really smart, public lie created to serve some hidden agenda you know not of? I’ve […]

IN-Sufficiency of 400

“400 a month? How could it be sufficient?!” I still remember the exact line my mum and her aristocratic elder sister ignorantly exclaimed when my family and I visited them at the latter’s less likely luxurious, three-floored, cornered terrace. Being me, despite realising my need to restraint from explaining things unnecessarily to irrelevant people, I […]

Come, come, whoever you are

Come, come, whoever you are, Wanderer, idolater, worshipper of fire, Come, even though you have broken your vows a thousand times, Come, and come yet again. Ours is not a caravan of despair. -Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi- I’ve always wondered what these dervishes feel or experience when they perform sema — the whirling dance ritual initiated […]

Gifts from the Dead: Subtle Presence & A New Life

Two days after the demise of my mum-in-law, we took a nice and relaxing morning walk to the cemetery. Our entourage consisted of my husband’s three elderly aunts who were all bubbly throughout, an uncle, my husband and I, his sister and cousin, and his sister’s friend. Stopping in front of people’s houses, we picked […]

An Honourable Passing: The Most Beautiful Death of Our Beloved Mother

The day before I wished I were on Arafah desert with the pilgrims, asking God’s forgiveness for all my past wrongdoings and praying for the best of future for my family. I didn’t know if my family and I would face a series of sacred events following this humble aspiration of mine. I went home that […]

Good morning, Sunshine!

There’s nothing like waking up fresh in the company of a loving family. But today is beyond just any normal blissful day as the only spider lily plant in my unlikely garden, so to speak, is blooming, presenting its blossoms of four beautiful, white crowns with petals draping off its sides and tall filaments spouting […]

Selflessness: A Son, A Husband & A Father who Takes Care Everyone

“I don’t think I could do all those.” That’s just one simple reason why I admire my husband so much. “If things were reversed, I wouldn’t be as patient, sincere, content, yet spirited as he is,” … another solid argument my mind formulates whenever our state of being, as a family, is questioned by the […]

My Cyprus Trip Pentalogy, Part 2: Lefke

All photos were taken by my dear friend, Jumilia Mohamed. At Lefke, Cyprus, we stayed at a ladies dergah — a free setup guest house established specifically for women followers of Naqshbandi to spend nights during their visitation to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, the spiritual master of the sufi path. Ismail, of course, went straight to the […]

My Cyprus Trip Pentalogy, Part 1: Short transits in Istanbul

The first two galleries were taken by my dear friend, Jumilia Mohamed. My trip to Cyprus took place for two weeks in November to December 2007. Though it has been a long time since those memorable days occurred, I could still recall them to this very day. Those were the days… when friends wouldn’t think […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

Surrendering @ the Barber’s Hands

A simple example on surrendering to life…

OTW to Kadudampit, Sukabumi

I took a few days leave to go to Sukabumi for a spiritual retreat last week, attending a mawlid celebration led by one of my spiritual teachers, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani — who is a renown Islamic scholar and Sufi master from the U.S. My husband and my son, two of my son’s mbah (read: old grandma), my […]

On My 31st: A Reflection

It’s been 31 years I’ve seen the world—from not understanding a single thing to, still, not comprehending many things. Many times I’ve put myself as an outsider, who sees the world as a multi-sided diamond. From where I stand, I can only see the beauty of its reflection from several sides—even that, the person next […]

My Writer & Editor Teachers

A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops. -Henry Adams- People who played part shaping my confidence were writing and editorial mentors who did their work by heart, and not so much by theory. Yes! They were my senior and managing editors, and professional writers, whom once upon a time I […]

The Thing about SPAMs

“You need to join a contest initial of the greatest blog on the web. I will recommend this website!” That was among the common, nicely put-across comments designed to make new bloggers like me become way over my head, thinking that my pieces might have been worthy enough for global consumptions. The first few similar-sounding […]