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Hello my dear friends!

How’s everything?

I’m here now, he..he. I want to share my trip to Karang Hawu, Pelabuhan Ratu beach Sukabumi. By the way, have you visited Indonesia?

Pelabuhan Ratu beach is one of beautiful travel destination. It has many good views.

Okay, you can watch my poor video!

Enjoy watching! Please share and subscribe! LOL!!

Youth Pledge Day

Today is Youth Pledge Day (Hari Sumpah Pemuda), so I’m so excited to share about it to you, my friend. It was one of big event in Indonesia history.


The Youth Pledge (Indonesian: Sumpah Pemuda) was a declaration made on 28 October 1928 by young Indonesian nationalist in The Second Youth Congress. They proclaimed three ideals, one motherland, one nation and one language.
The first Indonesian youth congress was held in Batavia, capital of the Dutch East Indies in 1926. It produced no formal decisions but did promote the idea of a united Indonesia.
In October 1928, the second Indonesian youth congress was held at three different locations. In the first session, the hope was expressed that the congress would inspire the feeling of unity. The second, saw discussion about educational issues, and the third (final session) on October 28, 1928 participants heard the future Indonesian national anthem Indonesia Raya by Wage Rudolf Supratman. The congress closed with a reading of the youth pledge.

The Pledge,
In Indonesian, with the original spelling:
Kami poetra dan poetri Indonesia, mengakoe
bertoempah darah jang satoe, tanah air Indonesia.

Kami poetra dan poetri Indonesia, mengakoe
berbangsa jang satoe, bangsa Indonesia.

Kami poetra dan poetri Indonesia, mendjoendjoeng
bahasa persatoean, bahasa Indonesia.

In English:

We the sons and daughters of Indonesia,
acknowledge one motherland, Indonesia.

We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, acknowledge
one nation, the nation of Indonesia.

We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, respect
the language of unity, Bahasa Indonesia.

As an Indonesian, I’m so proud of young Indonesian who declared Youth Pledge. They were great youth of Indonesia.

I thought, if they didn’t proclaim the three ideals, I can’t imagine how we can unite the diversity here. Indonesia has 34 province, rich cultures, 714 languages approximately and so on.

The youth pledge has united us become one. One motherland, one nation and one language. Alhamdulillah!  ❤

Thank you for reading!

I’m a Sundanese. I speak Basa Sunda or Bahasa Indonesia in my days. So, English is my third and Arabic as my forth language (Not so fluent, just love a lot to learn other languages).


  • Wikipedia
  • Book of Indonesian history


The Motivations From Habiburrahman El Shirazy

Assalamu’alaikum, my lovely friends!
Barakallahu fiikum! (May Allah bless you!)

My work has stolen most of my time. I almost forgot my other dream to be good writer. I often deny my schedule in writing. I thought I need spirit from someone who can inspire me and someone who can support me to keep my writing.
Last time, I got great spirits and motivations from you and a few amazing bloggers/ writers.

Thanks guys!

I needed to recharge myself again… again! And I did!
On last Friday, I watched a video about writing motivation from Indonesian novelist Ustadz Habiburrahman El Shirazy. In that video he gave and shared his experiences about writing to Indonesian people who live and study in German.
I wrote some beautiful lessons from his speech, masha’Allah. I really admire his amazing talents. You can read more about him in my old post Habiburrahman El Shirazy, an Indonesian Multi Talented.

Habiburrahman El-Shirazy, an Indonesian Novelist. Photo:
Habiburrahman El-Shirazy, an Indonesian Novelist.

Here are the motivations those I got from him:

  • Write with your heart, and pour into it your love.
  • Starting from the words, big changes may occur.
  • Thinking about writing or talking about writing or worrying about writing is NOT WRITING!
  • Talent is not so important here, I’d say, talent is a big desire followed by hard work and done with high intensity.

I watched his video for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Alhamdulillah, I can keep my dream again.

I admire you, my friends, because you can keep your writing and update your posts regularly.
I admire the bloggers/ writers who can balance their times well.


Sorry for some grammar mistakes, 😀

Happy Independence Day, Indonesia!

My homeland
Happy Independence Day!

In this special day, I’d love to write my thoughts about independence in my language, Bahasa Indonesia. It talks about my homeland if it can speak. It said about Indonesia in the past when the Indonesian people struggled to get the freedom. Alhamdulillah with the help of Allah, Indonesia got the freedom on August 17th, 1945. Is it real independence or just ceremony, that we celebrate every year? Here are my thoughts!

Saat Ibu Pertiwi Bicara

Eloknya parasku
mengundang decak kagum
berbagai bangsa.
Mereka berduyun-duyun
menikmati pesonaku.
Semula berniat baik
namun perlahan
menancapkan kuku- kuku
serakahnya di perutku.
Beratus tahun
aku menanggung perih
cakaran kuku-kuku tajam
juga mulut -mulut lapar
akan kekayaan,
namun aku hanya diam
meneteskan air mata
dalam do’a, seraya bergumam

“Bangunlah anak-anakku,
Cabutlah cakar-cakar para penguasa!
Hapuskan kelaliman mereka!
Bangkitlah anak-anakku!
Anak-anak Indonesia!
Terlalu lama aku
menahan perih
akibat luka yang menganga
di tubuhku
Lawanlah mereka!
Tutuplah luka-luka ini
dengan semangatmu!
Semangat membangun negerimu!
70 tahun kalian katakan
Aku telah MERDEKA ,
Betulkah itu, Sayang?!”

الحق من الله، والخطاء مني

Lombok Island – The Island of Incredibly Breathtaking Beaches

Wonderful Island! If you have plan to travel to Indonesia someday, so Lombok island is one of beautiful places to visit.

My Village Story

ألسلام  عليكم  ورحمة  الله  وبركاته


I am a villager!!! 😀
For the second time, my lovely sister, Sis naturelover suggested me to post special topic, it’s about my village. Firstly, she gave me idea to post about Indonesian stories. Thank you so much, Sister for your awesome ideas! I loved it! ❤
Just short story! I couldn’t go around to all parts of my village. It’s too large. LOL! So, here I only took a few pics of my village.
Here, I present to you!

Location of my village:
I live at Lembur Sawah village, subdistrict of Cicantayan, Sukabumi regency in West Java Province. You can’t point this village on the globe, he..he.

My village map
My village map

Living at village is very nice. The air is still fresh. My village is surrounded by mountain, ricefields, rivers, and bamboo trees. Really, I love living at it. Many natural place for children to play. Do you still remember of The Song of Nature?
Now, I’ll tell you the activities of villagers.
Life begins on 04:00 am because fajr time is 04:42 am. Some of people have begun their activities on the middle night or in predawn. Most of them are green-grocery and and merchantmen. They usually go to traditional market to sell their marketable goods.
Besides farmer and seller, the people at my village have the other jobs, like government worker, worker at factory, entrepreneur, house wife, car driver and so on.

Islamic Nasheed Performance
Islamic Nasheed Performance

Today, my village has many facilities. But, please don’t compare to villages in developed countries, it’ll be different.

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• Masjid.
The people built many masjids here. We have no other religious place except masjid.
• Schools.
• Country office.
• Clinics.
• Factories.
• Markets and mini markets.
• Internet cafes.
• Railway station.
• Municipal waterwork.
• Ambulance.
My family had ever gotten the benefit of this ambulance. The people took my dad to hospital and bring him to his rest place. The worked hard and quickly. I’m so proud of them. They care to their people. Alhamdulillah!
• Car wash, and so on.

Actually there are many facilities those I can’t post here all. That’s I can tell you about my village.
Please come to my village, I’ll accompany you to walk around. 😀

See ya!

Thank you for your kind attention! ❤


Indonesian Angklung, one of Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

This time, I’ll try to define to you about Indonesian traditional music. Indonesia consists of many ethnics with various cultures, religion, language, clothing, music, dance and so on.
In this post, I’ll write about Sundanese traditional music, it’s called “Angklung.”

What’s Angklung?
The word “angklung” was originated from Sundanese “angkleung-angkleungan”, that means the movement of angklung player and the sound “klung” that comes from the instrument.
Another theory suggested that the word “angklung” was formed from two Balinese words – angka and lung. Angka means “tone”, and lung means “broken” or “lost”. Angklung thus means an “incomplete tone.”
The angklung is a musical instrument made of two to four bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strikes the instrument. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in an angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but altogether complete melodies are produced.
The angklung is popular throughout Southeast Asia, but it originated in what is now West Java and Banten provinces in Indonesia, and has been played by the Sundanese for many centuries. Angklung and its music has become the cultural identity of Sundanese communities in West Java and Banten. Playing angklung as an orchestra requires cooperation and coordination, and is believed promotes the values of teamwork, mutual respect and social harmony.

The pictures of Angklung



gambar angklung nada

History of Angklung
According to Dr.Groneman, angklung had already been a favorite musical instrument of the entire archipelago even before the Hindu era. According to Jaap Kunst in Music in Java, besides West Java, angklung also exists in South Sumatra and Kalimantan. Lampung, East Java and Central Java are also familiar with the instrument.
In the Hindu period and the time of the Kingdom of Sunda, the angklung played an important role in ceremonies. The angklung was played to honor Dewi Sri, the goddess of fertility, so she would bless their land and lives. The angklung also signaled the time for prayers, and was said to have been played since the 7th century in Kingdom of Sunda. In the Kingdom of Sunda, it provided martial music during the Battle of Bubat, as told in the Kidung Sunda. The oldest surviving angklung is 400 years old Angklung Gubrag. It was made in the 17th century in Jasinga, Bogor. Other antique angklung are stored in the Sri Baduga Museum, Bandung. The oldest angklung tradition is called “Angklung Buhun” (Sundanese: “Ancient Angklung”) from Lebak Regency, Banten. Angklung buhun is an ancient type of angklung played by Baduy people of inland Banten province during Seren Taun harvest ceremony.

Daeng Soetigna in 1971
In 1938, Daeng Soetigna, from Bandung, created an angklung that is based on the diatonic scale instead of the traditional pelog or sléndro scales. Since then, the angklung has returned to popularity and is used for education and entertainment, and may even accompany western instruments in an orchestra. One of the first performances of angklung in an orchestra was in 1955 during the Bandung Conference. In 1966 Udjo Ngalagena, a student of Daeng Soetigna, opened his “Saung Angklung” (House of Angklung) as a centre for its preservation and development.
UNESCO designated the angklung a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 18, 2010.

World record
On July 9, 2011, 5,182 people from many nations played angklung together in Washington DC and are listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest angklung ensemble.

Angklung Eindhoven in Concert 2012 – New York New York

Insha’Allah, next I’ll share the other stories/ cultures of Indonesia. 

Thank you for your kind attention!


Habiburrahman El Shirazy: An Indonesian Multi Talented

السلام عليكم ورحمة  الله وبركاته

I hope you’re always blessed, ameen!

Still, is talking about “Talent.” Here, I’ll share a story of a great man, who has many talents and he can improve all his talents well.  Masha’Allah. Who is this man?

His name is Habiburrahman El Shirazy. He graduated from Al-Azhar University, Cairo Egypt. The people call him Kang Abik. He also gets the other nice calling as The first of Indonesian Novelist and The Golden Hand, because his fans always wait his novels as well.

I have a few reasons why I tell you about him. My dear friends, he is  multi talents  phenomena. He is an ustadz, a da’i (a man who call to Allah’s way), a novelist, a great writer, a great poet, a cultural observer, and a film director.

He has been invited to give speech in many forums (National and International), such as in Singapore, Malaysia, China Taipei, Taiwan, Saudi, Egypt, German, Holland, and France.

This time he is a chief at Rabithah Al-Adab Al-Islamiyah or The International League of Islamic Literature, at Riyadh, Saudi.

Habiburrahman El Shirazy Photo credit:
 Habiburrahman El Shirazy
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His Awards:

  1. Pena Award 2005, Novel Terpuji Nasional 2005 from Forum Lingkar Pena.
  2. The Most Favorite Book, 2005, Muslimah Magazine version.
  3. Adab Award 2008 as The First Indonesian Novelist, given by Insan Undip, 2008.
  4. Adab Award 2008 in Islamic Novel, given by Adab Faculty UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta.
  5. Paramadina Award 2009 for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Literatures and Arts in Indonesia.

His novels:

Kang Abik's novels Photo credit:
 Kang Abik’s novels
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  1. Di Atas Sajadah Cinta.
  2. Ayat-ayat Cinta.

Kang Abik wrote this novel, after he read and learned the verse of Surah Zukhruf :67 “Close friends, that Day, will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous.” This novel tell us about “True love according to Islam rules.” He made Fahri as a character in novel. He wanted send message through Fahri, to love others only for Allah. Fahri always keeps his love base on Islamic rule. He loves his friends for Allah’s sake, he loves Aisha also for the sake of Allah, then he marries her. He keeps his loves to his non-muslim friends also for Allah’s pleasure.

The writer wanted to say that, the believers should love their brothers and other human for Allah’s pleasure. The novel was tremendously successful became Asia Mega bestseller, then MD picture bought its copyright, and made its film. In Indonesia, its spectators were 3.8 billion.

  1. Ketika Cinta Bertasbih.

He wrote this novel base on surah At-Tauba: 105, And say, “Do [as you will], for Allah will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the believers. And you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you of what you used to do.”

He made “Khairul Azzam” as a character in this novel who has good spirit to face his life. Azzam is a student at Al-Azhar, Cairo. His father had passed away, and he has big responsibility to help his family. While studying, he makes a business (making and selling tempe and also making bakso). He finished his studies after 8 years. Nice novel! Indeed!

Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 1 full.

Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 2 full.

  1. Bumi Cinta.

Ustadz Habiburrahman El Shirazy wrote it base on surah Al-Anfal : 45-47, O you who have believed, when you encounter a company [from the enemy forces], stand firm and remember Allah much that you may be successful. (45) And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.(46) And do not be like those who came forth from their homes insolently and to be seen by people and avert [them] from the way of Allah. And Allah is encompassing of what they do. (47)

He has the opinion about Muslims challenge today. The believers will face the hard challenge, such as slander, free sex, pornography, liberalism, and so on. In his novel, he told an Indonesian Muslim who learn in Moscow. Muhammad Ayyas the name of character of this novel faces many hardships. He struggles to keep his faith. His struggle is not easy, as a human, sometimes his faith increased and decreased.

Very nice novel, I would say. I have this book and I have read his other novels too.

Trailer Film of Bumi Cinta.

  1. The romance.
  2. Cinta Suci Zahrana.
  3. Dalam Mihrab Cinta.

His Struggle

Ustadz Habiburrahman El Shirazy is a great novelist, indeed! He started his great achievement from zero. He is an ustadz, and teaches in Islamic Boarding School. One day, He got a street accident. He had to take a rest about several months for treatment. He couldn’t work to recover his life and his family. He felt sad with his life. Luckily, he has a strong faith to face his hardship.  Alhamdulillah. He used his times to master his writing skill. In that time, he was not a famous writer. I knew his name from Republika newspaper, when his story “Ayat-ayat Cinta” was published in that local newspaper. Time by time, with a great motivation for da’wah, with great duas, he became a famous writer and the first Indonesian Novelist. Masha’Allah.

I’m sure, he needed much times to reach his success.

We can take many lessons from him, as a Muslim writer, and a Muslim Novelist , he writes his novels base on Qur’an. He uses his novels to send messages about Islam to all over the world. Three of his novels (Ayat-ayat Cinta, Ketika Cinta Bertasbih and Bumi Cinta) took Egypt, the middle east, Moscow and Indonesia as the location for film making. Awesome!

That’s a story about a great Indonesian Muslim Multi Talents.

 Jazakumullah khoir for reading! 🙂

Aceh Is Still Wonderful!

Assalamu’alaikum dear Readers and fellow bloggers,

This time I will invite you to start our adventure to Aceh. Do you still remember about 10 years -Tsunami Aceh? Aceh was the closest point of land to the epicenter of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, which devastated much of the western coast of the province. Approximately 170,000 Indonesians were killed or went missing in the disaster. It was a terrible disaster. Today, Aceh is building its region, rebuild from the destructions.

This province is located at the northern end of Sumatera. Its capital is Banda Aceh. It is close to the Andaman and Nicobar Island of India and separated from them by the Andaman Sea. 

Aceh was a key part of the spread of Islam in Southeast Asia. Islam has arrived to Aceh (Kingdoms of Fansur and Lamuri) around 650 AD, and gradually accepted by people in this region. In the early seventeenth century the  Sultanate of Aceh was the most wealthy, powerful and cultivated state in the Malacca Straits region. Aceh has a history of political independence and resistance to control by outsiders, including the former Dutch colonist and the Indonesian government.

Aceh has substantial natural resources, including oil  and natural gas—some estimates put Aceh gas reserves as being the largest in the world. Relative to most of Indonesia, it is a religiously conservative area. It has the highest proportion of Muslims in Indonesia, who mostly live according to Sharia customs and laws. According to 2010 census of the Central Statistics Agency, Muslims dominate Aceh province with more than 98% or 4,413,200 followers and only 50,300 Protestants and 3,310 Catholics.

Now, let us know about its language, people activities, tourism and special food.

I inform you my dear friends, Indonesia has many tribal languages, approximately 700 languages living.  I, myself do not understand all, :D.  Very…very difficult.  I know some, besides my tribal language (Basa Sunda), a little of Basa  Jawa, Madura (very little), because I have many friends that come from all over Indonesia. We use Bahasa Indonesia as our national language. Back to Aceh, the people use Acehnese as their language. (I admit I cannot speak Acehnese).

I have some friends here, one of them is sister AH, she is my close friend. We have ever studied at Islamic Boarding School in Madura East Java, (she told me, not to write her real name). I have interviewed about her daily life as a wife, a Mom and a woman worker. Actually, she is from Palembang, but she works in Aceh. She works as a Judge of district court (Mahkamah Syari’ah) . She told me;

“Sis, please do not write my real name, OK! I’m shy. Well, It’s my activity as a woman worker.  I usually go to my job at 07:50 am. Luckily, my office is so near from my house, so I can walk to office. I leave my son with my husband, Alhamdulillah he works at home, he run a private enterprise. My hubby accompanies his son to PAUD (playing group). We divide our jobs. I back to home at 05:00 pm.

I am   grateful to my hubby and all my families for their supports.  My hubby has forbidden me to cook. He does not want me do many jobs. He is an understanding person. He cooks for us, and I help to prepare my son for going to his school. Here, morning is so short, the fajr time is 06:00 am, so I wake up at 06:00 am. If I see around at that time, it is still dark, such as night, lol.

Oh yes, Sis please pray for me, I will move in to another place again. My job is like this. I work here, then move to another city, move again.. and move. Lol. I hope I can work at my city Palembang, so near to my family.”

Okay dear, I’ll pray for you, insha’Allah. Thank you for your time and good luck!

The story above is an example about the activity of a woman worker in Aceh. The people of Aceh generally work as entrepreneur, a textile tradesman, working in transportation sector, as government workers and so on.

A few  tourism in Aceh:

Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is a Masjid located in the center of Banda Aceh city, Aceh Province, Indonesia. The Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is a symbol of religion, culture, spirit, strength, struggle and nationalism of Acehnese people. The mosque is a landmark of Banda Aceh and has survived the  Boxing Day Tsunami.

Baiturrahman Grand Masjid, Aceh.
Baiturrahman Grand Masjid, Aceh.

Lake Laut Tawar . It is located at 4°36′43″N 96°55′25″E.

Lake Laut Tawar
Lake Laut Tawar

  •  Lhok Nga Beach

Lhoknga beach
Lhoknga beach

The Aceh Tsunami Museum, located in Banda Aceh. Indonesia, is a museum designed as a symbolic reminder of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami disaster, as well as an educational center and an emergency disaster shelter in case the area is ever hit by a tsunami again.

Museum Tsunami Aceh
Aceh Tsunami Museum

These places are beautiful. I am so happy but a bit tired after walking so far. It made me  hungry, what do you think if we find the traditional food here?  Let’s go! 🙂

Alhamdulillah I find many traditional foods. Please enjoy it!

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While you enjoying your breaking, allow me to play this video. A video about traditional dance that is so famous in Indonesia and outside. Have you seen Tarian Saman (Saman Dance)? Wow, very beautiful dance!  I cannot dance like that, but my younger sister could dance Saman. She said to me, when she tried this dance with her friends, it was difficult, I couldn’t sit with that position for long time by doing many performs and singing together. Oh masha’Allah, very tired, but Aceh people can dance it!

Saman is a dance of togetherness and mutual cooperation, pictured in its cohesive yet dynamic choreography, all while chanting Islamic spirited advices.

I hope you are enjoying this adventure today!  Welcome to Indonesia anytime!

Insha’Allah next Sunday I will share another stories. A story about an Indonesian who has multi talents. He is an Ustadz/ teacher, entrepreneur, writer, novel writer, a poet, a film director, an actor, and etc. We will know him, his awards and his activities. I also will insert social culture from his province. Insha’Allah!