PS: the pictures aren't following the rightful timeline
I spent my January 1st on 2010 with four people on a very marvelous and calm place called Puntuk Sethumbung. We saw the first light of a predicted-to-be-bright new year in front of Mount Merapi, Mount Merbabu, and Borobudur Temple. After that, we went down and visited the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. I really enjoyed contemplating the journey of Siddharta Gautama which is carved on the temple's wall. Witnessed the clear blue sky, I was so optimistic of better days waiting for me ahead. January was also month of preparation for the first delegation of Willem C. Vis East. The deadline of respondent memorial was here, the final exams for the first semester were also here. I did a very great job on it. Proud of my own GPA.
One of the busiest, most productive, tiring, and full of excitement month of the new year. Finding sponsorship at my hometown for our team haunted me everywhere. I was having a fun time with peeps back on Makassar for semester break when all of sudden I found myself sitting on a train's seat heading to Jakarta. I got sick of sore-throat during the oral pleading training. The weather was inconsistently bad, sometimes it could be very hot, sometimes it could be really chill. All of my classes started at 9 am. I signed up for IFL's committee and selected as their contributor (in this case, as a writer). The best moment of this month are: 1) Spaghetti Day with my friends at Makassar, 2) Sky-Dinning with C. Vis team (minus two people) on the roof of Plaza Semanggi, and 3) All night out with Rijal, Diku, and Randy during Chinese New Year (which is also a Valentine's Day. And Randy's birthday!). Crazy, but I loved it :)
Here we go! It's Hong Kong (and Macau as well) time, baby! Wonderful weekend there. The competition was okay (we're all forgiven, since that was our first time), nice cultural-sightseeing (TKW, fashion in HK, modern v. tradition life), spooky experience with our "neighboring world" at Konjen Indonesia, and some intern intrigues as the intermezzo. The mid semester around this month was kinda horrible, but I could made them up at the end of the year.
My birthday on 16th was so simple but fun. Dahye, Diva, mami Michelle and abah Dandi, Zein, and Ivan. We ate KFC (can't think of better idea) and cakes. Thank you guys, that was so meaningful for me. I watched "My Name is Khan" on the beginning of the month with Farid Alwajdi, cried for the story and inspired by it. My sister, Rani, came from Makassar and spent some amount of time at Jogja with Bude. I got my new shoes and trousers. This month was also wet. I helped on AFS Ch. Jogja second test as an English interviewer, helped on AFS Outleducation with Anies Baswedan, and helped Mahkamah's team as one of the drafter for MCC Internal FH UGM. I started to plan some big future plan and trip around this time.
I moved out from Bulaksumur Residence and warmly welcomed in on my current place: E7 Trengguli. Thanks to Kak Dila, now I could live closer to the campus. Hectic but exquisite moment with Mahkamah and mcc internal practice, failed to apply for YES Summer Internship (because I can't find someone either from Makassar or Jogja to make me a recommendation letter), and started to worry of my attendance on some classes (which I don't really like). Thank God, the grade was released and I'm saved. Criminal Law class is an exception. Crap.
Final exams! As I've told you above, I was doing great except for Criminal Law. I enrolled on summer class to gain up more on this class. But before that I went back to Makassar for awhile. Since I'll stay at Jogja til July, I joined with the Welcome Orientation committee and got accepted as one of the Program handler. June is a month of transit, I just used this easy month to lay on my own bed at Damar 22nd.
Welcome Orientation for the newbies' preparation. Planning trip to Spore with Diku and Zein. Small tension between me and mom. Criminal Law summer class exam. Everything came fast in this month. And the most important thing was: my 2nd Ramadhan at Jogja. I enjoyed the leisure time of this month, and meeting with the committee. Ah, missed it.
Hectic, hectic, superhectic. Dancing in front of three hundred-something newbies. Timekeeping-ing PPSMB. Woke up in the blind morning and walked like zombie to campus. I honestly missed those moments, the days when FH UGM becoming one big family without any frills of LSO, whatsoever. After that, aaah... unforgettable backpacking journey with two of my favorite person: Diku and Zein. Singapore was a blast, loved every inch of it. Then flew back to Makassar, a perfect time to celebrate the end of Ramadhan. August made me smile so wide :)
Amazing stuff available here! My article (about Islamic Law) is being published by HMINews. And I'm so honored to be chosen as the new PR for AFS Ch. Jogja, still can't believe it. IFL sent me to be their delegation on International Youth Conference on Climate Change, but it was cancelled due to the Merapi eruption. Willem C. Vis East looked for new member, and I helped on the progress. Postponed my intention to enroll on Erasmus Lotus exchange program, better save it for next year. Voluntering my time by accompanied two exchange teachers from New Zealand at SD Muhammadiyah Kleco with Mas Jun. The term of "anxiety" in this month referred to the Mount Merapi's activities.
Mid-term, I personally believe that I did good, although none of the grades are released yet. Right after done with the test, the Merapi's situation getting worst. My mom called me back, and within 48 hours from the last exam, I already set my hotpanties back to the Pearl of Eastern Indonesia. We began to get busy for the second delegation of Willem C. Vis East in this month. I really like the new formation of the new team, and hopefully we can last this teamwork until the very end :)
Spending a quality of time together with my family on the first phase of this month. Idul Adha was gratifying, hang out with Diku and Amel, besties, family. By the time
I fled back to Jogja, the C. Vis East entered the claimant memorial business. Days of research, nights after nights of making a good legal writing, and the building of friendship.
The end of November and the first quarter of December maybe aren't the best days I've ever experienced. I witnessed two accidents on the street, struggling with papers and others, also need a break from all of campus activities. Considering that this is the end of the year and I will have another big year coming up, I get pumped with hopes and prayers. Just like the way I began this year with contemplation, I shall write new pages of the new year with positive attitude that'll give me some good results. I knocked the door of 2010 with nice lesson from Buddha's life, spontaneous adventure, and moon eclipse. So, I'm waiting for the new surprises on 2011. New year, new journey, new challenges.
"I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done." - Sidharta Gautama