– with Elok and Athaya at Senayan City

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Futsal FE UGM is back!!

The boys after the game
Finally the long overdue futsal games of FE UGM 91-93 boys is back! Had a great time, and good game (won the game and scored a hattrick, not bad). 

Many friends came and played this time around (positive effect of the silver reunion), helped on the substitutions, so the old hearts and bones were not exerted too much! 

Let’s do it again in much shorter time, guys!

92++ (on whites) vs 93 (on reds)

Anatomy of a Birdie

I saw friends posted about their personal best on 10K run, their epic cycling ride, or their yoga stunts. So, this time, let me share one of highlights from my golf round this morning: Birdie on Hole 7 on Pangkalan Jati golf course.

So what’s so special about it?

Well, as golfer, even for the pros, birdie is always special, as it means you shot better than “Par”, which is the target. But what made this birdie even more special, was because it helped me to post my best score in Pangkalan Jati, and finally break 80 in this course.

The way of doing it was also nice. Started from a good drive down the middle of fairway, I followed up with a flush hybrid shot (tagged as 5I on the GameGolf map). And what a way to close out the hole, by putting the ball into the hole on its very last roll. Cue my scream of excitement. Haha.

Finally break 80 in Pangkalan Jati

Alhamdulillah, Free from Imatinib!

Alhamdulillah, it’s time to go back home. I’m pleased with the check result. No sign of recurrence, which means I’ll be free from Imatinib, after 3 years of daily medication.

I might have won the battle, but the war is not over. Got to continue to live healthy, stress-free life. Strive to be a better moslem and father for my loving wife and children. Insya Allah, aamiin.

“And when I am ill, He heals me” – Qur’an Sura 26 Al-Shuara, Aya 80

Pertemuan dengan Bang Novel Baswedan, Pejuang Anti Korupsi yang Inspiratif

Saya dan Bang Novel Baswedan di Masjid Al-Falah Singapura
Ternyata niat saya untuk sholat Maghrib di Al-Falah tadi, memberikan saya bonus yang berharga: kesempatan bertemu dengan Bang Novel Baswedan, penyidik senior KPK yang saya yakin teman-teman semua sudah dengar atau baca beritanya. 

Saat saya bersiap untuk berdiri di shaf paling depan jamaah shalat maghrib Al-Falah, tetiba berdiri di samping saya sosok yang begitu akrab, karena postur, wajah dan (maaf) mata kirinya yang cacat akhir-akhir ini menghiasi media massa tanah air. Agak sedikit kurang khusyuk jadinya awal sholatku, karena aku langsung berniat, “habis sholat ini harus ketemu Bang Novel”

Dan sesaat setelah bersama-sama menunaikan ibadah shalat maghrib dan sunnah ba’diyah, saya menghampiri Bang Novel yang masih duduk di masjid bersama seorang saudaranya. 

Saya sapa sambil mengulurkan jabat tangan, “Bang Novel, Assalamu’alaikum… saya Iben dari Jakarta. Lanjutkan perjuangan Bang! Kita kaum professional nggak akan terima kalau KPK dilemahkan. Kita pasti akan turun ke jalan”

And by saying that, I really, really mean it.  Continue reading

Maghrib at Al Falah

I normally went for Friday prayer in Al Falah mosque whenever I did medical checks, as previously I always took the test on Friday. This time around, given the difficulty in scheduling, I do the check on Monday, so no Friday prayer this time around. But the ritual of praying in this masjid continues, albeit I go for maghrib prayer. 

Happy to see the masjid is now completely upgraded and renovated. It is really a spiritual home for us, the moslems, in the middle of ocean of materiality named Orchard Road. Subhanallah.

Evening Coffee at Pison Coffee

Our group tonight

Learned from our lesson yesterday, when we experienced bad traffic on our way to Kuta, we opt to look for nice hang out place within strolling distance. 

Our choice tonight is Pison Coffee, a seemingly popular cafe in Seminyak, where young travelers meet up, enjoy a nice sip of coffee while listening to fine acoustic band.  

Nice cappuccino served
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HSBC HR Team Building 2017: Bali! Keep Cruising

Here we are, on our way to Ubud for the main event of HR Team Building 2017. Our group will be cycling through rural villages of Ubud, Bali, enjoying the scenery and fun activities while improving the relationships among HR Team. 

The GoPro headcam is back!

I reattached my GoPro at helmet, and documented the trip. And yes, the Pelican drone was with me to capture the moment from bird eye view. Take a look at the video: 

Jumatan di Bali: Masjid Al Ikhlas Ngurah Rai Airport

Menara Masjid Al-Ikhlas terlihat dari depan
Jumat siang ini berkesempatan untuk sholat jumat di Masjid Al-Ikhlas, yang berlokasi di kompleks Bandar Udara Ngurah Rai, Denpasar Bali. 

Kebetulan akhir pekan ini ada acara kantor di Bali, dan pesawat tiba di Bali pada jam “tanggung”: sekitar jam 11 siang. Sebagian teman memilih untuk memanfaatkan status sebagai “musafir”. Tapi karena saya minggu lalu juga sudah tidak ibadah sholat Jumat karena bertepatan dengan hari Idul Adha, maka kali ini saya berniat untuk sholat Jumat. Continue reading