To My One Year Older Unnie

Dear My Best Unnie on Planet,

I’ve known you for as long as I remember and there’s no other person deserving of having a perfect day like you today because it’s your birthday! Yeaaaayy!!! Happy turning 26, Unyu! Since we always share everything, everything yours means mine as well, so your birthday is a special day for me too, and this year’s birthday even be more special because we finally in one country again! Even though I can’t give you surprise and I believe that I’m not the first one congratulating you today, but I’m sure I’ll be the one and only who post this long and sweet message for you. LOL. Continue reading

Human Error: Konstraksi

Ajeng: Hahaha aku ketawa sampe telinga aku konstraksi lah!!!
Nanda: Ha? Konstraksi?
Ajeng: Kontraksi deng bukan konstraksi hahaha
Nanda: Hahahahaha! Iyaaa makanya aku bingung apaan itu konstraksi? Kayak bangunan aja.
Ajeng: Bangunan? Konstruksi?
Nanda: Hahahahaha eh iya konstruksi!! Udah kerja, udah S2, tetep aja oon ya kita!

6 Years and Still Counting

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So, I really had nothing to do for these couple days (except on Saturday because I really wanted to support my friends in a cover dance competition, and I almost fainted) because I was sick. Sakit yang at the end mengharuskan saya berhenti total minum kopi dalam beberapa waktu ke depan. Damn it! Saya pasti nggak akan bisa nurut untuk hal yang satu ini. Come on! No coffee??!! Do you know that I have known that tempting black liquid since I was seven or eight or well, how old I was when I was in 3rd grade of elementary school? God. And these 4 days are pretty hard without its scent and taste in the morning. Oh Doctor, it is my booster!!!

Well, enough crankiness about coffee. Losing my morning coffee routine started it all. It made me think, “How could I start my day without my daily booster?” I tried to imagine it, and yes, saya memang terlalu berlebihan untuk masalah tidak-memulai-pagi-tanpa-kopi. Saya pasti bisa sih memulai hari saya tanpa kopi. Ini cuma masalah kebiasaan aja. Toh saya cuma kehilangan secangkir kopi di pagi hari, bukan kehilangan pacar (dan memang nggak punya) ataupun sahabat. Nah, gara-gara ini saya jadi bertanya-tanya lagi, “What would I be without my boosters? My crayons? My closest friends?”

Lalu saya flashback beberapa tahun lalu, sewaktu saya masih berambut keriting nggak jelas (kalau nggak mau dibilang kribo), berat badan 80kg, cuma punya kaos gede, celana jeans, dan jaket di dalam lemari, selalu pakai (dan cuma punya) converse karena nggak mau pakai sepatu cewe. Siapa yang pernah nyangka anak perempuan berumur 17 tahun itu bakalan kaya sekarang, perempuan berusia 23 tahun, nggak cantik-cantik amat, tapi beratnya udah nggak 80kg lagi, rambutnya udah lurus (kecuali setelah keramas) karena sudah mengerti teknologi yang bernama catokan, isi lemarinya nggak lagi cuma kaos, jeans, dan jaket, sekarang udah ditambah dress, blouse, cardigan, hot pants, tank top, dll, dan masih punya sepatu converse tapi jauuuuh lebih sering pakai sepatu cewe, dan udah bisa pake high heels. Kalau saya nggak ketemu sama sekelompok orang luar biasa yang nggak pernah ada capeknya ngurusin saya, I would not be like what I am right now. That’s indisputable.

Nggak kerasa enam tahun bareng sama mereka, berhasil membawa perubahan besar ke diri saya. Enam tahun yang luar biasa, enam tahun yang dipenuhi dengan debat, diskusi, berantem, saling support, bercanda nggak penting, habisin waktu di coffee shop sampai diusir karena mau tutup, dan above all enam tahun yang penuh kasih sayang. Mungkin agak jijik denger kata “kasih sayang”. Tapi, apa kata yang paling tepat untuk menjelaskan kesabaran orang-orang ini yang tetap selalu ada disamping saya setelah sekian banyak naik-turun yang terjadi selama enam tahun ini selain kata “sayang”?

Enam tahun ini, nggak pernah sedetikpun saya nggak merasa bersyukur karena memiliki mereka. Orang-orang yang menerima saya apa adanya, sabar perlahan-lahan masuk ke dalam benteng yang sudah bertahun-tahun saya bangun, membiasakan saya untuk bercerita ketika saya butuh bersuara, memeluk saya ketika saya runtuh, mendengarkan saya merajuk ketika saya manja, menampar saya jika saya berbuat salah, menggandeng tangan saya ketika saya takut melangkah, membangunkan saya ketika saya terjatuh, dan tidak pernah sekalipun meninggalkan saya dalam keadaan apapun. Dan itu semua membuat saya belajar untuk menjadi saya yang lebih baik, saya yang lebih peduli pada orang lain, saya yang bisa menyayangi diri saya lebih dari sebelumnya, membuat saya percaya, dan membuat saya menyayangi mereka.

Untuk semua hal yang terjadi selama enam tahun ini, I still cannot give something in return. Only thanks and thank you that I can give. I know that you know how much I cherish this friendship.

“The BFF Martini
If I could take a glass and make one special cocktail with the mixture of Thank You, You’re the Best, What Would I Be Without Our Endless Discussion and I Think I’ll Be Fine As Long As You’re Around . I would.
And I would hand over the glass to you. So you’d really know what I feel about our friendship.
It’s like the best cocktail ever. In hell, heaven, and on earth.
It really is.”
– Kristy Nelwan

And I’d hand over the glass to you: @shinanandana, @elisabethpauli, @gathoRT, @bejenk_a
Cheers for these amazing six years.

Absurd Friend

I have a friend. She’s weird, out of the box, absurd, she’s just simply different. But I love her so much.

As most people know, pisces have a very wild imagination. Pisces are dreamer. I am pisces. And every time I am with her, I can express my imagination, we play together with my imagination or her imagination as if it is real.

I am a very logic and realistic person. Yet, I love absurdity. Knowing she can accept my absurdity and I can also accept hers, furthermore we can play with our absurdity is sooo fun. Reality is nice, sometimes sucks. But imagination and absurdity are just other thing. And we love it. Love you and your absurdity, twinos 🙂

This Year Birthday Gift

March 10th was my 22nd birthday (Gosh, I’m old!!). I was not prepared to face another chapter of my life because I heard some unpleasant news days before my birthday.

But thanks God, I still got birthday surprise from my work mate. Even Kak Bornok who resigned exactly one day before my birthday was there and involved for the surprise. It really was something. And those birthday wishes from friends and family really brighten up my day.

But above all, I’ve got something more than cadeaux. I asked God days before my birthday: “Dear God, this year gift is not another lost, isn’t it?” I am always afraid of losing something (or someone) and I got a big big feeling that I’m gonna lose something. Well, yes I lose something but guess what I’ve got in return? New friends, lessons and experiences!

New friends in a totally new environment. What’s different between friends in university and workplace? in workplace, your friends are those who work with you, you’re related to them because you need their help and vice versa. But my friends here are not just working partners. We’re literally friends. I can share my stories to them, I know that they’ll cheer me up everytime I’m down (because of my own sill expectation to myself). I know I won’t be alone here.

Lessons. Working with people older than you means you can have a shortcut to know about things that will come years later. Learned about things I’ve never knew. Simply, it feels like take a peek to something I’ll face in the future. Some down feelings I’ve felt also make me learn how to deal with myself. I also learn how a company works. Oh, and I learned something about friendship and relation ship. People might come and go. But they actually never really go. It depends on you, whether you wanna keep on touch with them or not. Even if they go far far away and you can’t see their face again, they actually there with you all the time. They live in your memory. I’ve been taught lots of things.

Experience. My best teacher. How can I say experiences while It’s only been 4 months since I joined the company? It’s nothing compared to those who’ve been worked for years. But, in this 4 months I got so many chances to have more experiences than I expected (including have a face to face meeting with the Global Vice President).

And above those gift, God doesn’t even forget to taught me how to be grateful.

Dear God, thank you. I know this year will be tough. But I also know that You make it tough because you want to make me a better person, don’t You? 🙂

Birthday 2011: Good Friends, Great Birthday!

March 10, 2011 was my 4th birthday in university. The first one was yeah, I could say so-so. The second one, my friends made an amazing race for me. Third birthday, they poured me with vomitous liquid and made me be bra-less along the day. And days ago… They give me surprises (like i always wish to have for years).

To be honest, I once told @babetos that I always wanted my friends giving me surprise in my home but then I continued, “But don’t you think it’s impossible to come to my home at 00:00 o’clock to give me surprise while my home already locked at 10 p.m.?” In addition, no one in my home stays up late except me.

So, I didn’t wish they’d come to my home just for giving me surprise and I just spend the first minutes on my birthday by replying messages in my phone from people who congratulated me happy birthday (well, I do that year to year).

And guess what? The idiots didn’t send me any messages!!!! Even @shinanandana just texted me to ask me help her editing some dance song! Another idiot, @babetos phoned me in the afternoon, and said, “Ajeeeng! Happy birthday! Gosh, I’m so sleepy. Bye!” What was in her mind at that time????? @shinanandana even worse, I called her just to make sure which part of the song should I edit, and at the end of my call she said, “Eh, un. Happy birthday.” THAT’S ALL!!!!!!! (high blood pressure alert!)

I went to campus, to the library exactly. Actually, Bejenk told me to meet him but I was busy sending emails so he went back home to sleep (damn you!). Then @nikensusanto texted me to go to Podjok Koffie. Kay! I went to Podjok Koffie and met @miitrii and @ge_napitupulu but I couldn’t find @nikensusanto. After short chit-chat with @ge_napitupulu and @miitrii, suddenly I saw someone brought a cake with candles. That person was @nikensusanto! Then, they sang me the happy birthday song! Aw, you guys are so sweet! I had no idea that you’d gimme a surprise hugs. Then we continued our chit-chat in PK until finally they had to go.

And I was alone at Podjok Koffie. Waiting for @babetos whether she’d go to ARDAN with me or not. But then, I finally went to ARDAN alone. Simply, I spent most of my time on my birthday ALONE! (nasib angkatan tua). After training session in ARDAN, @babetos (unusually) went back to her place fast! She said her schoolmate was in her place. Errr, so she wouldn’t spend even the last hours of my birthday with me? Fine! I’m getting old, I should learn to be mature and not being over-sensitive for things like this. But, I still couldn’t accept the fact that @shinanandana didn’t give anything even a nice birthday wishes!!! So I decided to give her time until midnight to congratulate me nicely!

About half to 11 p.m I arrived at home. Somehow I didn’t want to go to my room, chose to stay downstair and replied my facebook walls and twitter. I peeked my Y!M friends and I saw @shinanandana was online. She also appeared on my twitter timeline but she didn’t say happy birthday to me!!!! Darn! Almost 12, I went upstair.

I opened my room’s door. It was dark. But I saw a macbook in my room. That was weird because I brought my macbook with me. But then, when I looked down, I saw two bodies on the floor! Yeah! You’re right! @shinanandana and @babetos were there, in my room! I was so shocked so I closed the door! After took some breath, I opened the door again, and yes, they were there with a cappuccino cake (you girls know me so well!) and lots of candles. They sang a happy birthday song for me, I made a wish, blew the candles and yeaaayy! Hurraaahh! Surprise on the last minutes of my birthday in my home!!! (my wish came true!!!) But that was not the end anyway! @babetos gimme a clue: “Pojok Bahasa”. There’s a corner in my room where I put my france, german, korean, and english book. I went there and found a SCRAPBOOK!!!!! I opened it and I was so flattered reading the message and the photos. On the last page, there’s even a poem for me. Aw, (almost cried)…

But wait! That (still) wasn’t the end! @shinanandana opened the photobooth application in her mac and showed me a video. A video of @shinanandana and @babetos singing a song written and composed by me, titled “Hello My Friend”. Hwaaaaaa! If they didn’t show me the ‘behind the scene videos’ when they made the fix video of “Hello My Friend” I must’ve cried out loud because I was totally flattered by what they’ve prepared for me. Since I could not express how happy and flattered I was, I just repeatedly said tons of thanks to God for giving such friends like them.

Dear friends, thank for the surprises, thanks for being here, and above all, thanks for being you. My birthday wouldn’t be complete without you. Not just my birthday, my life wouldn’t be complete without you :).

XOXO

-sarasvvati

Human Error: Tukang Adzan

Budi: Kalian nonton apaan sih? Serius amat? (ikut liat tv)
Budi: Ya ampun, adzan maghrib ditonton lah!
Gege: Kan kita lagi #NowPlaying kalo di twitter mah
Ajeng: Bwahaha, eta pisan! #NowPlaying Adzan Maghrib! Eh, tukang adzan teh apa sebutannya?
Stu: Adzaner
Aj, Ge, Dit: Bwahahahaha
Dita: Muadzan tau!!
Stu: Bukannya muadzin ya?
Ajeng: Eta lah pokokna mah.

Human Error: Dugong

Ajeng: Iya, aku kan kalo manggil Iken “Dugong”.

Mit, Bol: Ih, mau-maunya iken dipanggil Dugong! Dugong kan jelek?

Graw: Ih, kok Dugong sih? Gudong kali Gubuk Dongeng (ket: Gubuk Dongeng adalah taman bacaan di daerah Ciumbuleuit).

Hening Sesaat

Mit, Bol, Aj, Nk: Bwahahahahahahahaha kenapa dia ngomongin gubuk dongeng?

Graw: Lha? Iya kan bener kan gudong itu gubuk dongeng!

Ajeng: Kita lagi nggak ngomongin itu, graw. Kita lagi ngomongin dugong. Nama ikan.

Graw: Hah? Dugong nama ikan? Ikan apaan tuh? Kok ngga sampe Dumai.

Mit, Bol, Aj, Nk: Bwahahahahahahahahaha nggak sampe Dumaiiii!!!!