• Personal

    Make better use of my time

    As the weather gets warmer after a harsh and long winter, I just realized that I haven't made a better use of my time here. And as I feel more comfortable living in the US, I also come to a realization that I will be going back home in less than a year. There are still so many things I haven't tried or explored which won't be available or comfortable to do during colder seasons.Suddenly I feel extremely anxious. What have I done for my personal development during these past 9 months? I

  • Personal

    Hijrah

    Memantau Indonesia dari kejauhan, saya mengamati semakin banyak orang yang berhijrah, mulai dari artis, teman, bahkan saudara, diantaranya dengan memperbaiki cara berpakaian sesuai syariat agama, rajin ikut berbagai kajian agama, dan lainnya. Di sudut apartemen di Pittsburgh, saya berkaca, betapa iman saya dalam kondisi berantakan. Shalat, mengaji, puasa. Betapa kuantitas dan kualitasnya semakin menurun. Pesan ibu saya dari dulu sama, berulang-ulang di hampir setiap telepon, Whatsapp ataupun

  • Personal

    Book Review #3 and My Happiness Project

    Book Review #3The next book I read was The Happiness Project, or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin. It's been a long time since I observed that many people have read this book but I was unsure and a little bit skeptic. Can you really teach people how to be happy?It turns out you can! It’s a very enjoyable reading and my heart lighten up as I read more pages. If mere reading (this book)

  • Personal

    Personality Test

    You have probably taken a lot of personality test before, but this one is a little bit different since they have a certain name for each different combination of traits which makes your personality. I took it a while ago and I thought the result was worth-noting and elaborate. It gives a deeper understanding on your personal traits and provides several means on how you can improve in various aspects.I'll share mine here, just a brief. Apparently, they named my type of personality as a

  • Motherhood,  Personal

    Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

    During Alya's 9 months-check up, I asked her pediatrician if it was possible for baby blues to come this late. I look okay, don't I? But apparently I am not. I took a simple test and I was diagnosed being depressed, a little high.Yeah, I guess so. I feel anxious most of the time, I doubt myself, I can be suddenly sad, I have insomnia and I explode once or twice in a month. I was told to seek out help cause it could be dangerous (here in US, it is considered very reasonable and handled very