31 Mei 2015

Moving to new place

Living in Ho Chi Minh City has become easier for me. It is not as though as I thought in the beginning when I arrived in this country. It becomes possible as I got new friend day by day. Neighborhood where I stayed so far also not bad, in the sense that I have easy access to my daily needs (food, entertainment and praying). I stayed in several places since I came to this city. In the first five months, I stayed in a Japanese hotel. The room was not big, but it was enough for me to have proper rest. One good thing from Japanese hotel is I can easily get halal food since most menu are seafood and I already familiar with Japanese food. One disturbing issue for staying in the hotel for a long term is that the management frequently asked me to move from one room to another when my staying period is extended. Maybe it won't happen if the occupancy rate is low, but my case was different. With above situation I'm getting used to be a "nomad." Packing and unpacking stuff is usual thing for me. After staying at hotel, I move to a serviced apartment. This so-called apartment actually is a renovated hotel. Maybe the previous owner had difficulty in running hotel service, so he/she sold the property to a serviced-apartment company. I stayed eight months in this new place. I got bigger room and better access to mosque (Musulmane Mosque in Dong Du Street). I can easily go to mosque for Fajr and Isya and extend my network with local and foreigner muslim in Ho Chi Minh City. Even every day after Fajr we recite Quran together as we have constant jamaah since I moved to that serviced-apartment. That "connection" made me feel uneasy when I decided to move to family-size apartment in the beginning of May.

I have to look for a new place because my wife will join me staying in Vietnam. I have browsed  several apartments long time before. Actually the information I collected was mainly from my Indonesian friend. Often I visited their place when I was still single and imagined what would it like if I stay there with my wife later. One area that attract me stay there is Phu My Hung (PMH) in District 7. It is a residential complex consisted of many apartments and living support (shops, schools, banks, hospital, etc.). The landscape of PMH is not like common Vietnamese neighborhood. It is completely different. The area was designed in modern style. It become one of popular destinations of people to spend their weekend. For me, I sometimes rent a bike in PMH and strolling around with my friends on Sunday. Since I already felt that PMH is suitable place for me to live, I began contacted property agent to see apartment unit for rent in early April. Unbelievably, I fell in love with the first unit I visit. And after comparing to other units, still, the first one was the best for me. It has spacious kitchen, integrated family space and dining room, study room, and relatively manageable in area (easy to clean, hopefully ;) ) Then after one month, I decided to move to that unit in Sky Garden apartment complex.

Sky Garden is beautiful and lively. It has shuttle bus stop to go to District 1. Very convenient in term of accessibility. Moreover, new big mall has just opened just next to our complex. With the same name as its Singapore branch, Vivo City offers new option for shopping and entertainment.

Although my new apartment is far from mosque, I hope I will find more barakah in there. It will be our first home to manage our small family with my wife :)

14 April 2015

Kenapa Semangat Yang Hidup?

Semua ini berawal dari tahun 2008 saat saya memutuskan untuk mencoba blogging. Postingan pertama saya (Izin masuk dunia Blog Pak!)juga masih ada dan cukup menjelaskan kenapa saya ingin ngeblog. Lalu mulailah saya memulai perjalanan tulis menulis saya di dunia online. Memulai ngeblog saat itu menjadi sesuatu yang sangat menarik. Mulai dari galau ganti-ganti background (banyak kepengaruhan orang-orang), nyoba-nyoba pake kata ganti (mulai dari aku dan akhirnya jadi saya), nyoba-nyoba style penulisan (formal, semi-formal, mencoba ngebodor), hingga akhirnya lambat laun menghasilkan karakter penulisan saya yang seperti ini. Dulu saat mau ngeblog sempet muncul di pikiran tentang keeksisan saya di dunia maya. Alhasil pernah pula saya sengaja mosting tulisan yang menggaet banyak visitor (seperti: Cara Menulis Daftar Pustaka, hehe...). Saat itu saya sangat ingin nyaingin visitor counter yang ada di blog salah satu senior saya, sebut saja Kang Mahmuy (bukan nama sebenarnya --> nama sebenarnya adalah M*c*m*e* Sa*t*s*). Motivasi memang kadang berganti-ganti. Pernah pula saya termotivasi menulis gara-gara ikutan kompetisi menulis, pernah juga karena sengaja pengen curhat, ataupun yang paling sering adalah karena ingin merekam pengalaman berharga. Untuk motivasi yang terakhir ini saya sangat merasakan sekali manfaat ngeblog. Pernah suatu saat saya sedang down, lalu iseng-iseng baca postingan-postingan lama saya dimana saya pernah merasakan manisnya perjuangan (uhuy, alhamdulillah) dan akhirnya saya pun bangkit lagi, semangat lagi. Ternyata tidak butuh orang lain untuk membangkitkan diri sendiri :)

15 Maret 2015

Dari WC ke Saigon

Siapa yang sepakat klo cingogo atau duduk sambil melakukan "aktivitas" di WC itu adalah salah satu momen yang pas untuk berkontemplasi? Kadang dari situ bisa muncul sebuah solusi tentang masalah yang sedang kita hadapi atau muncul ide-ide brilian tentang rencana yang akan kita lakukan di masa yang akan datang. Bahkan beberapa orang membuat perpustakaan di WC untuk memanfaatkan waktu "luang" mereka seperti gambar di bawah ini.

No need to be explained further :D (sumber: koleksi pribadi)


Saya pun pernah melakukan hal yang sama. Di tahun 2008, saat baru menjadi mahasiswa tingkat tiga, saya sempat memikirkan tentang masa depan saya di dunia teknik sipil. Saat itu saya mengingat-ingat kenapa saya memilih jurusan teknik sipil. Sejak kecil saya punya keinginan untuk membangun sesuatu, tapi saya masih belum tahu profesi apakah itu, apakah jadi arsitek atau insinyur. Lalu saat saya mulai menyenangi mata pelajaran Fisika di SMA, akhirnya saya memiliki kecenderungan masuk jurusan teknik sipil. Setelah masuk jurusan inilah kemudian saya mulai berpikir, mau jadi apa saya nanti.