akuarium planet – 1

10 Juli, 2012

“Baba, kita kan jadi pergi ke planet-akuarium, ya?” tanya Tsuraya, 3 thn 9 bln, di sela jalan kaki antara Stasiun Cikini dan Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM), jarak yang cukup jauh bagi anak sekecil itu untuk berjalan kaki tanpa digendong dan menikmatinya dengan berbagai dialog. “Bukan planet-akuarium, adek, Planet-arium! Emangnya planet itu ikan ya, Baba?” sanggah dan konfirmasi Radya, si kakak 6 thn 2 bln, yang juga menikmati perjalanan bermotor sejak dari rumah menuju Stasiun Pondok Cina dilanjut ber-KRL Ekonomi. Sesampainya di Planetarium, hanya pintu kantor saja yang buka. Ternyata, setiap hari Senin fasilitas pengunjung ditutup untuk perawatan.

“Is-ma-il-mar-zu-ki,” Radya mengeja tulisan di bawah patung kepala, “itu patung kepala orang ya, Baba?” saat kami keluar dari halaman TIM. “Iya, nak. Dia adalah salah satu penyair Indonesia yang karya-karnyanya menggugah rasa kebangsaan rakyat negeri ini,” jawab Baba. “Ayo, itu Bubu dan adik-adik sudah menunggu di depan.” Naik Kopaja P20 turun di Jalan Pegangsaan Timur, menikmati KFC Kids Meal dan mainan Spiderman Swing, lalu kembali ke Depok dengan KRL Komuter yang perbedaannya dengan KRL Ekonomi hanyalah AC dan pintu gerbong.

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working lunch

22 Mei, 2012

Setiap kali tiba waktu makan, kami mengajak pemandu kami di Beijing untuk makan bersama dan setiap itu pula ia menolak. Ia memilih untuk makan di meja yang berbeda, bersama dengan pengemudi bus kami. Ketika kami tanyakan alasannya, ia hanya menjawab, “working lunch” atau “working meal”. Pada awalnya kami tidak memahami maksudnya, karena hal itu berbeda dengan kebiasaan di negeri kami. Seiring waktu bersamanya, kami mulai mengerti bahwa sudah menjadi “code of conduct” alias tata krama bahwa pemandu dan pengemudi telah dibayar untuk melayani tamu, tidak sepantasnya duduk dalam satu meja makan.

Pada makan malam terakhir, kami sengaja mengundang sang pemandu untuk duduk bersama kami. Kali itu bukanlah “working dinner” karena berasal dari luar paket pelayanan mereka. Selesai makan malam, ia terlihat sangat senang dan berterima kasih.


muslim in China – 5

8 Desember, 2010

Shopping at Ikea, Dalian was spending much time. We almost forgot to eat until our tummy were rumbling. But first, we need to find the Dalian Mosque in Beijing Street, near People’s Square, Dalian, and took day prayer there. The mosque was built in 1922. At the time of Cultural Revolution happened in China until 1979, all of worship building for any religion include this mosque did not operate.

In the courtyard there are several holes that had been prepared for the slaughter of the cattles. And there is  a wall inscribed with a verse of the Qur’an which reads: “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.”

你們當全體堅持真主的繩索,不要自己分裂。

We met Imam Hajj Yusuf as the master of the mosque, he invited us to come to the mosque at 9 a.m. in the next day for Idul Adha prayer. After had a light chat with him, we say goodbye to him, and went for late lunch at Alabo Dalian Minzu Restaurant which laid just the next building to the mosque. This restaurant managed by Chinese muslim, serving meals in mediteranian style. We feel very relieved and satisfied eating at this restaurant because it guarantees provided halal cuisine.


muslim in China – 4

7 Desember, 2010

It was a lucky for me that our generous Chinese friends understood muslim can not eat pork nor can drink alcoholic beverages. They took us to restaurants that muslims are the owner. Sometime they took us to Chinese restaurants that serve vegetarian meals or just don’t serve pork.

Although Muslim Cuisine Restaurant on Qianmen Street, Beijing (near Tian’anmen Square) served halal and very nice taste of Chinese food and Arab (阿拉伯) Dalian Minzu Restaurant, Dalian (near People’s Square) served halal and very nice taste of middle east food, they still provide wines, chinese liquor, and beer.

I did not know the reasons until then I found that many diners are not muslim, and these restaurants still have to survive. This issue is one of a matter of Islamic jurisprudence that is perhaps still likely to be understood as an emergency condition.


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