bad news always travel fast

24 Januari, 2012

Bertempat tinggal di United States of America, kaum imigran muslim harus pandai-pandai menjaga diri, jika tidak berbaur dengan masyarakat pada umumnya maka dengan tidak membuat masalah di lingkungan saja sudah cukup bagus. Stigma masyarakat yang liberal dan beberapa di antaranya fundamentalis kristen dengan segala sektenya, masih memandang buruk citra muslim, apalagi sejak peristiwa 9-11 sepuluh tahun yang lalu. Sayangnya kaum imigran muslim dari berbagai penjuru dunia ini tidak hanya membawa identitas muslimnya, namun juga membawa identitas kesukuan serta mazhab agama yang dianutnya. Dengan demikian, gesekan di antara sesama muslim pun dimungkinkan terjadi jika tidak bijaksana dalam bersikap. Dan ketika friksi itu memanas, maka yang dirugikan tentulah komunitas muslim sendiri.

Oleh karena menyadari bahwa berita buruk selalu mengembara lebih cepat, maka seruan kepada Islam yang satu didengungkan oleh berbagai kelompok muslim yang ada di Amerika Serikat. Mereka menyerukan kebaikan-kebaikan untuk bersama-sama membangun citra Islam yang baik di dunia barat, dengan berupaya menafikan semua perbedaan dan menguatkan semua persamaan. Persamaan yang dimaksud tentulah persamaan akidah dan ibadah. Segolongan umat menyerukan untuk menghidupkan kajian-kajian quran dan sunnah, tahfizh quran, pelayanan ibadah, dan gerakan sosial. Menghidupkan budaya nasehat menasehati sesama muslim dalam rangka menjaga persatuan dan kesatuan. Walaupun tak jadi heran, karena yang menyambut ajakan tersebut hanya segelintir orang saja.

[muslim in america, 02Aug2011]


travel for london

17 Mei, 2010

Terdapat banyak cara menikmati transportasi umum di London: bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, kereta, taxi, kapal. Kecuali taxi dan kapal, membayar tiket perjalanan dapat dilakukan dengan kartu perjalanan yang disebut kartu Oyster. Semacam kartu tap yang berisi deposit uang yang dapat digunakan berkali-kali serta dapat diisi ulang. Mirip kartu toll bank mandiri, tap bca, atau “busway tap” bank dki. Kartu Oyster ditap pada: setiap pintu masuk dan pintu keluar stasiun Tube, DLR, Overground dan kereta; setiap masuk bus dan tram. Kartu Oyster juga dapat digunakan untuk mendapat diskon kapal sungai, atau tempat-tempat wisata dengan program yang berganti-ganti.

Sangat diakui, moda transportasi umum di London sangat mahal, untuk jarak tempuh 30 km dengan Tube (angkutan paling ekonomis) harus dibayar 4.50 sterling (setara dengan Rp75 ribu). Dan kondisi stasiun akan sangat ramai pada jam-jam berangkat dan pulang kerja. Bahkan sering dijumpai kemacetan apabila menumpang bus atau taxi.


Refuelling Trip

11 Desember, 2009

Everytime you need to refueled your spirit, go visit somebody. It could be anybody: hang out with the groups, talks to your friends, consult with the pious, romantic dinner with your love. While you far away, you may contact them via telephone, e-mail or internet chatting services. You also may visit somebody you’ve know at where you’re assigned.

In this trip, I would like to visit my relative and friend at my spare time. It takes about 3.5 hours to Austin from Dallas, 2.5 hours to College Station from Austin, and 3 hours to Dallas from College Station. Pass the highway, interstate and country road. Take some night race with a growled sportcar. Creep behind the police car. Refill on low tires  and gas at gas station. Speeding through the fog and mist. This weekend trip has refueled my spirit.

My relative is US residence and working in the US since 1997, runaway from Indonesian companies which can not suffice his idealism on professionalism attitude. While my friend is a Master Candidate of Petroleum Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, runaway from Indonesian company to reach his dream studying in US. And my travel mate during this trip is an experience  who become wiser at his age.

Conversations were made in this trip. Share the experiences and perspectives that may enrich my knowledges. Build close relationship and keep contact with them.


jetlag, what kind of animal is that?

4 Desember, 2007

jetlag, usually faced by people who go for travel across the time different. it’s a kind of body condition adjustment to the new ambien. usually happened to people who travel which the time different more than 6 hours from the origin. some people consume medicine to avoid this condition so that the body can forget its tired, and adjusted with no pain instantly. but this magical treat of medicine will give your body an anti, and will effect your future condition. i would not recommend you to do this.

our body, by the grace of Allah, was built to adjust itself to face new condition naturally. there are some tips for you to get off the jet lag and if we do that correctly, we will not get it seriously.

try to take enough rest before you travel, is the way for your body to ready for travel. arrange your flight wisely so that you can take enough rest for each transit, and take one or more days before do your job in arrival. when on board, drink much water and juice, so that your body get the need of vitamin and mineral, take light meal to keep your body fit. try to take enough rest  on board. try to keep in motion while awake and take light exercise so that your body feel comfort and to avoid serious deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

hopefully this will help you handle the jet lag. if you feel this tip useful, please let us know by giving us your comment.


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