17-an with Alea Neighbors

The big family of Alea
Even we don’t have games this year, we still continue the tradition for celebrating Indonesia independence day with our neighbors in Alea Townhouse. Featuring delicious bakso from Poltangan, and various coffee beans from Andalan Coffee, owned by one of our neighbor. Mantap!

Even ‘bule’ love the bakso!

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She is in Good Hands


I guess I'm now reaping the benefits of being quite active student and alumni for my campus. I met with so many familiar faces during the meeting of parents with faculty members. Most of faculty officials recognized and called me by name, as they were my juniors, who have been successful in their academic career by their own right. It's great to reconnect again with them, albeit now in much different situation as we were 20-25 years ago.

So now my mission is complete. It's time to fly back to Jakarta, and leave Aya in my friends' good hands and Allah grace. I know she will be fine. Insya Allah.

Gadjah Mada University New Students Inauguration (PPSMB UGM)

I'm driving Aya to Bulaksumur, Jogja, this morning, taking her to inauguration day for Gadjah Mada University (UGM) new students. She joined with 8000+ other new students at Grha Sabha Pramana field (GSP), right in the center of campus for the first day of Pelatihan Pembelajar Sukses Mahasiswa Baru UGM (orientation training)

It is one of the biggest inauguration in the country, as UGM is known as the oldest and biggest university in Indonesia. How proud I am to see my daughter, wearing UGM jacket and soon will share the same campus as I used to have 25 years ago.

Good luck Mbak Aya! Spread your wings!

Here are some pictures I took in the morning:


Thousands of UGM students in front of Grha Sabha Pramana (GSP)
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Settling in Her New Room


My mission is almost accomplished. After buying some stuffs required for her study, I helped Aya to settle in her new room in Jalan Kaliurang area.

Tomorrow is a big day, when she will be inaugurated as Gadjah Mada University (UGM) student, starting her campus life in Jogja. Bismillahirahmaniirahiim

Reconnect with Jalan Kaliurang Jogja

Sitting here in Starbucks Jalan Kaliurang Jogja, with happy heart to reconnect with the city I used to call "home".

This street was my 'playground' when I studied in Jogja. Many things have changed. Aside from this Starbucks, there are now McDonalds, high rise apartments, gelato place and many symbols of globalization and modernization occupying Jogja. But I can still feel the vibe of the city, the uniqueness of the place, and the warmth of the people.

I love Jogja. I really do.

She Wears the Same Jacket!

Line up for jacket registration at Gelanggang UGM, and trying out the jacket for the first time

Sorry friends, but can’t help to take pictures of her and post this! (Sorry for crap pics, she hates me when I took pics of her 😅)

Flew to Jogja with the first flight to take her stepping outside of her crib for the first time of her life, starting a new chapter of life studying in Jogja. Today she has schedule to collect university jacket and ID photo taking session.

And how proud and happy I am to see her wearing the same university jacket like I did 25 years ago. Yes, the jacket’s color may raise eyebrows, and it may not be many people’s favorites, but still, when we don it, we feel the pride as part of Gadjah Mada University. I hope she is too.

Her Student ID Card. Happy to know we share the same nomenclature for Student ID. Mine was 12165/EK, hers is 21594/EK

Bakmi Mama: A Nice, Upscale Mie Ayam at Neighborhood

The Mie Ayam and Bakmi Mama from the front

There is relatively new restaurant at my neighborhood around Jalan Tarogong, South Jakarta. Located at Hero Supermarket complex, just next to Starbucks Tarogong, the place is called “Bakmi Mama”.

This morning I had breakfast there with Rafif, had previously ate there with Elok, with a conclusion: it was nice, not bad.

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The Family ‘Tradition’ Continues in Third Generation

After her grandfather and father, Insya Allah Aya will be the next Gadjah Mada University graduate, having been accepted in Accounting, International Undergraduate Program, at Faculty of Economics and Business. 

So proud of my baby, her months of preparation have finally taken her to the place she deserves. Our prayers have been answered in the best option possible, one we have envisioned for long. Alhamdulillah!