The Snow That Brings Happiness and Joy

…. see the pretty snowflakes. Falling from the sky; On the wall and housetops. Soft and thick they lie. -Falling Snow Nursery Rhyme


Snow On The Housetops

Snow could be severe problem for some people in particular area of the world. However, snow could bring genuine happiness and joy too. What happened on this Friday night, really reflected the latter.

It was on  boxing day 2014, a day after the Christmas day. The day where many outlets offered their BIG SALE. Since it was extremely cold and barely there were public transport services, we decided to stick at home. The sky was so grey and gloomy in the morning and turned to little shower in the afternoon. Luckily, the bed weather never could jeopardise my mood any more,  since I lived with my family in this city. Eventually, I do realise that family is always be the reason not to be sad in any conditions of sorrow.


The Snow Flakes


It was in the evening, at around 7 pm, when we looked outside and realised that all housetops become so white. Yeah, the snow flakes were falling down from the sky. Ilyas and his mom were very excited. It was the first in their life-time to see the snow in person. We were so happy and joyful with the snow.


The Road and Car were covered by the snow


Ilyas sang along a ‘Falling Snow’ song while seeing the pretty snow flakes from the window. He laughed and cheered. For Ilyas it was like ‘imagination comes true’. He is a big fan of Pororo series where the background of the story is snowy places.  Indeed, he was eager to go outside to catch and hold tight the snow.


Ilyas and The Snow Flakes


Finally, we went outside and played around with the snow. What a wonderful sight. The road and cars were covered by the snowflakes. We walked along the road and let the snowflakes fallen on our hair and jacket. Felt the sensation of treading the snow heap. Grabbed the snow and realised that they are so soft. What a simple happiness and joy, isn’t it?

The snow kept falling down, falling down until late of night. Even, till early morning in the next day. For those want to know how our excitement with the snow.Watch the above video !

Another Social Life Story in The end of The Year

… a family is where your heart find its place to dive into – A Random Thought


The ‘Pengajian’ Men

In the end of this year, almost everyday is a gloomy day. The day, where you find the sky so gray. The day, when you feel the weather is so cold. The day, when you barely could enjoy the warmth of sunshine. And, you just want to talk to no body around you. Because  you find no one could understand you but yourself. The day when you miss your past so badly and eager to meet some people that are physically so far away  from where you are.

Luckily,  I got the boy and his mom to pacify me. I got so many friends to cheer up the day. Though, it is not in everyday. Thanks for the boy and his mom. Thanks friends for the day. Today, I got so many big lough and cheers just because of you.

(Video:  Social Activity called ‘Pengajian’ at Loughborough | Credit The Photos: Mbak Bety, Mbak Irra, Cak Shon)

Having a bunch of good friends is never  enough. Friends that build up our far-extended family. Though, sometime it is never easy, when the time to say ‘good bye’ is coming up. Today, as the year is fading out , some friends of mine are saying good bye again. Leaving a kind of feeling of brotherhood/sisterhood romance that always deserve to be cherished.


Mbak Menik Farewell Gathering, Beeston, Nottingham


Friends,  I wish that the upcoming times always bring you and your loved ones success, happiness and joy and keep this  brotherhood/sisterhood-romance feeling’ tight to see you again in random time in the near future.

the loved ones, because whom the life become more cheerful

Someone says that Life is like a roller coaster, sometime we feel getting UP and sometime we feel getting DOWN. Happiness and sadness interchangeably greets us as a temptation.When we are happy, everything looks just very easy. When we are sad  everything looks nothing but troublesome. However, there is always a reason to cheer up and to be stronger, even when we are in the bottom of extremely bad position. For me, the reason is my family.


There is a time in a day, I always  wait  for, it is a time being together with you.


There is a day in a week, I always want to,  it is a day spending  together with you.


There is some one to whom I always look for, it is you.


There is a gift, because what I always feel happy, it is you.


There is a story that I always want to tell you, it is story about you.



There is a place where I always feel home,  it is a place where you are



It is you that make me feel blessed all the day. Thanks God, for this full of blessing life. Thanks my loved ones, for being with me.

*) Location : George Green Wind Mill and Science Centre, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus.

The First Page of A New Chapter from Our Loving History Book

“… even, you do not know (exactly) what will happen tomorrow.” – a random verse of Qur’an.


What does really define our Life? This question must have different answer from differing people. Even, for my self, it is changing over the times. What I understood about life  several years ago could be exactly different with what I am understanding now. Lately, my family really defines what my life is all about. For me, my family is a place where I always want to go home to wherever I am. A place where I always feel comfort, even in troublesome occasion.

Time is ticking. After more than a year being apart from my family, thankfully, right now, we can see the same sun in the same place together again. And it is the new chapter of our loving history book, living in Nottingham, United of Kingdom. Hopefully,  everything does not change but being better afterwards. Because, I do believe that nothing never happens without a reason. Though, frequently we do not know the reason until a long time later on.

Solo, Adi Soemarmo International Airport, 12 January 2014

It is always not easy thing, even the hardest thing in life, to say Good Bye to the loved ones. A bunch of thanks for everything you do my beloved parents, sister and brothers, nieces for consistent supporting us which no one will do but you. I will be always missing you everyday and hope to see you soon in the future.


Jakarta, Soekarno Hatta International Airport, 13 January 2014 (00:25 pm)

It was really very  early in the morning. The stewardess told us to fasten the seat belt, and the plane will fly to Qatar. But, I don’t know why, my heart just do not want to let me go. How difficult living in this homeland country never make me easy to say good bye. Again, I should realize that whatever happens I do love you my mother land, a place where I want to dedicate the rest of my Life until I have to close my eyes forever.

Doha, Qatar International Airport, 13 January 2014 (06.00 am)

It was the first flight for my son, Ilyas,  and it was a very long and boring on the sky. He cried when he felt so boring during the 8 hours flight from Jakarta to Doha. I saw him laugh out again, he met his first female British friend in the air port. They look very happy to meet each other, and they play hide and seek together. They found their own way to be happy. Unfortunately, they should say good bye again very soon after that lovely coincidental meeting. Hopefully, they will meet again in random time in the future.


Manchester International Airport, 13 January 2014 (02.00 pm)

After another 8 hours flight, finally we arrived at Manchester, United of Kingdom. It was not our final destination. We have another coach trip for 4 hours from Manchester to Nottingham.

The New Sun Shine From Nottingham


Finally, we live together in this lovely city. A placed where we will learn many things about life and love. Priceless experiences that we will never forget and appreciate much in the future. A place we put a bunch of hope together for a better life. Welcome to Nottingham my loved ones. Let us start our first step in this fruitful chapter of our life. Hope you will be always happy and enjoy your wonderful life here. Let us write this life story with our gold ink. A story that will be always nice to remember in the future. A story about I, you, life, love, and God who always one and the only one behind the scenario of our life story. To whom we will go home in the end of the day.

We and our life are never perfect. But, come along with you we can turn this imperfectness into great opportunities.


Now, I always have a reason to never give up. A reason to be fully charged in my single day. A reason to never feel lonely. It is your smiles. Now, none of each single time but happiness. Because, we will be always together, inshaa Allah. O, ya Allah, bless our family as always. Give me a full of blessing life now, and after. Ammiiin.

another big smile on Sunday evening

*)Big Smiles : Pak Sukirno, Pak Masdar, Pak Abdurrahman, Pak Sidik, Arif, Mas Iswanto, Cak Shon, Mas Udin, Pak Peni

Happiness is when you can smile and lough out, forgetting for a while each single of your life problems. Happiness frequently comes along with a simple reason. Just like what happens today, the happiness comes from a small living room, where we spend times to get together with our beloved friends.

This Sunday evening, Pak Masdar and his family exclusively invited us for what they called “Fish Party” in commemorating International Fish Day. Did you know International Fish Day? no need to much worries, since it could be hoax, indeed. But, the true fact is Pak Masdar served us with a bunch of  mouth-watering sea food. Probably, it is the most incredible dinner meal service that I have ever had  in the UK.

There are three main courses served perfectly, i.e. Cod Fish Soup, grilled king prawns with “sambal terasi”, and Salmon-head curry. Each of them are cooked in Lampung cuisine style. Lampung, is the city where Pak Masdar and his family live in Indonesia. Regarding the food, I can not say nothing but perfect.

*) Grilled King Prawan with Sambal Terasi and Kerupuk

After having a big dinner meal, we have very casual chat. Indeed, I always enjoy this moment. A moment, when I can lough out forgetting my PhD research problems. A moment, when I can learn and grasp many lessons of life in very casual way. A moment, where I have a great chance to broaden my view and perspective on what life is. Friends from differing backgrounds really enrich this view that make me more comprehend Life . Apparently, I really realize that Life is not as narrow as algorithm and data structures.

*) Cod Fish Soup

Thank Pak Masdar and Family for this incredible invitation. Thank friends for making this memorable moment. Indeed, it is really something that I  will always cherish in my life. At least, I have a place where I can escape from loneliness and emptiness in Nottingham. A place where I can recharge my energy, when I felt weak. A place where I can find my direction back, when I felt lost. And the place is YOU.