Category Retreat

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 […]

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 […]

One Fine Retreat at Taman Kota

Local parks have undoubtedly become important infrastructure for residents of big cities. If New York City has its Central Park, and the city of Bogor, in Indonesia, has “Kebun Raya Bogor”, the urban district of South Tangerang, also in Indonesia, has a small park called “Taman Kota”, or simply translated as the Town Park. Every […]

A Day Out @ Telaga Sampireun

I’ve always wanted to go to Telaga Sampireun, a restaurant by the lake, since about 2 yrs ago. As I passed by the location after work, the temptation of dropping by hadn’t once been fulfilled. Yet, last Friday, as many other good, surprising Fridays, we finally managed to drop by for my cousin’s wedding reception […]

The Unsung Saint

Who would have thought that within modern establishments – skycrappers, malls, and office buildings, this little mosque hosts the sanctuary of a saint? Who would have known that in the midst of day-to-day busy, city life – employees heading to or returning from work, street peddlars showcasing their goods, and some lining pools of cabs and motorcycles – […]