FRIDA

30 09 2010

You rarely appear on the telly, for I watch just occasionally.

Maybe…you’re ordinary woman. But there’s something special hidden behind your brown-sharp eyes. Perhaps…you’re not the best news anchor this nation ever had, as I care only that you’re one of a kind. An elegant rarity. Probably…you sometimes do some sillyness in daily life. After all, you’re just a human. A being of imperfection.

No matter what the topic is. Whether it’s the conflict between Indonesia-Malaysia or the activity of Studi Banding. Watching you conduct the show with polite but striking questions send me reeling. Shall I lie about this feeling?

With or without glasses, your charm still magnifying. Yet the simple smile upon your face is a blister for many viewers across the archipelago.

Thy name is Frida. To me…you’re the stellar of news TV media!

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Yang Terindukan

15 09 2010

Ramadhan telah menghilang,

Beserta segala kenikmatan yang tersemat di dalamnya

Ketika tubuh sudah mulai terbiasa, harus rela melepaskannya

Melesat menuju luas langit dan pendar gemintang

Tak ada lagi ibadah istimewa setiap malam selama sebulan

Meski jujur, tak selalu mampu kulaksanakan

Merajut temali kasih, mengirim doa dan pinta pada Penguasa Semesta

Sambungan komunikasi spesial dengan Yang Maha Segala

Hari kemenangan sudah berlalu, menjalin hubungan antarsesama

Saling bertukar maaf, bersihkan diri

Kini berganti kenormalan hidup, menjemput rezeki

Menyusuri hari demi hari, berkelebat dengan ujian sesungguhnya

Coba persiapkan jiwa secara gemilang

Walau godaan mesti tak henti menerpa

Sembari menanti hadirnya kembali sang bulan suci

Sebelas bulan masih lama terbentang

Kala nuansa ruang dan waktu terasa begitu indah

Ramadhan selalu kurindu, hingga ajal menghampiri





Kolase Lyricus

3 09 2010

"The Lyrics"

Sambut hari baru di depanmu, sang pemimpi siap tuk melangkah. Kita takkan berhenti di sini. Mengejar mimpi-mimpi.

Hidup bagai balerina, biar tubuhmu berkelana. Lalui kegelisahan, mencari keseimbangan, mengisi ketiadaan di kepala dan di dada.

On and on the rain will fall like tears from a star, On and on the rain will say how fragile we are.

We speak in different voices, why can’t we say what we’re thinking of? I’m just trying to find a decent melody. A song that I can sing in my own company.

Damn my education. I can’t find the words to say about the things caught in my mind. Life’s a journey, not a destination.

A moment, a love, a dream, a laugh, a kiss, a cry, our rights, our wrongs. I look at the world and I notice it’s turning, With every mistake we must surely be learning.

Don’t let the world bring you down. Not everyone here is that fucked up and cold. Remember why you came and while you’re alive, experience the Warmth before you grow old.

You have to learn to crawl, before you learn to walk. What you don’t have you don’t need it now. What you don’t know you can feel it somehow.

Changes happening, what you had in mind turning into something of another kind. Timing’s everything and this time there’s plenty. I am balancing, careful and steady.

Jangan takut, jangan layu pada semua cobaan yang menerpamu. Demi masa depan cipta…Tetap tersenyumlah biar semakin mudah, karena kesedihan pun ternyata hanya sementara.

Better days will come (No you can’t always win, I guess you’d rather just wait) It’s up to us to make the best of all the things that come our way. In the time when new media is the big idea. Be yourself, no matter what they say…

Semua teman yang engkau sayang dan tinggalkan (sengaja atau tidak). Satu per satu menghilang, seiring waktu yang makin lama kian menua. Tapi kita coba kenangi semua walau telah tiada, bagai etalase jendela.

Now the time has come, so I must go. And though I lose a friend, in the end you will know.

Whatever happened to the life that we once knew, can we really live without each other? When you’re through with life and all hope is lost, hold out your hands. ‘Cos right till the end, friends will be friends !!!


Courtesy of Words (in no appearance order): U2, Oasis, Aerosmith, Incubus, The Temper Trap, Sting, So7, GIGI, Ipang, Efek Rumah Kaca, SORE, Saosin, Tahiti 80, Jason Mraz, Queen, and The Beatles.





Symbolistic Independence

31 08 2010

The moment has passed 14 days ago. During these past three years, the taste of independence to me felt so ordinary. Just another 17th August, a redundant ritual celebrated in only single day. Red-White flags were flying over, wave in the blue sky.

The glorious day that supposed to unite the whole country. The day when we reach our freedom, seemed to have long gone. As if we’re trapped in the past, lost in present to step forward.

Every time I heard the founding fathers’ speech on the telly, the inspiring fearless words sent me shiver. There’s always a glimpse of pride and dignity…which reminds me we were once a great country and inspired many nations to also grab their freedom.

I don’t blame those who decide to change their citizenship…the ones whose daily lives are actively on the other side of the border. When they feel neglected by their motherland, what more can I do? Not being nationalistic, some say. Nay…for life is a choice.

My blood is still red, the bones are always be white…65 is just a number. As a proud nation, there must be some ways to be great again !!!





Write is feel…Feeling write

19 07 2010

Dear you (writer, and the one who likes to spill your heart out through words),

“In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential” ~Oscar Wilde

Ever since I was young, writing is the best way to transfer the energy of sorrow and joy. Either on paper, napkin, notebook, or save it in the cell-phone. Back then, I adore the writing style of Hemingway, Pramoedya, Charles Dickens, or Hermann Hesse. Their works of word-art were and still are amazing, but as time goes by I need to find my own identity. The way to send my thoughts.

Most of the time, it took me around 2-3 hours to finish one article (including this new Post or what I say as die Neue Poste). Swinging from one sentence to another in order to form a good paragraph, is like finding the correct recipe to make a tasteful bowl of spaghetti (pardon my absurd analogy).

I don’t really have journalistic theories stuck in my head and don’t even know of how a good article should be. Ideas swim across my mind and I’ll try to transform them into a troop of words. Music is a great comrade to stimulate my thoughts, but sometimes a complete Silenzio (Silence) is exactly what I needed to express the inner feelings.

Because for me, to write is to feel and how I can spread the news (from my point of view) to a reader, anywhere he or she is. Doesn’t really matter how many minutes you spend or where to find pile of words… Maybe on the bed, in the bathroom or while you’re eating or singing or driving. When it cling right, it just fit in. That’s the greatness of bonding words into sentences. That is why: When writing becomes obligatory, the fun side is fading out.

I realized gramatically speaking, the title above is wrong. But then again, writing is to feel…and I felt that title just soothe me well and “rings” goooood.

Pick the style and taste to tell a story through your own choice of words. And that is all !!!





CERITA BOLA DI 5 PIALA DUNIA (lanjutan)

11 07 2010

GERMANY2006> Setelah tahun 1974, pentas terakbar sepakbola kembali digelar di Jerman, berkat usaha der Kaizer Franz Beckenbauer. Segelintir wajah baru menghuni setiap fase grup, bahkan negara kecil Trinitad & Tobago sukses hadir di sana. Australia yang waktu itu belum hijrah ke zona Asia juga cukup hebat prestasinya. Begitu pula dengan Ukraina sebagai tim debutan yang berhasil menembus babak perempatfinal.

Drama banyak terjadi di babak gugur WeltMeister Deutschland 2006. Mulai dari penalti kontroversial Francesco Totti, keributan antarpemain Jerman dan Argentina setelah adu penalti, tumbangnya Brazil lagi-lagi di tangan Prancis dan insiden antara Wayne Rooney versus Cristiano Ronaldo.

Namun, tak ada yang lebih hebat daripada drama yang terjadi di partai puncak, Olympia Stadion Berlin, Juli 2006. Aktor utama: Zinedine Zidane dan Marco Materazzi. Keduanya merupakan pencetak gol bagi masing-masing negara. Dua manusia ini pula yang mewarnai laga final dengan perseteruan yang berakhir dengan insiden “tandukan Zidane”.

Akhirnya setelah menunggu sekian lama, sepanjang hidup berhasil juga saya menyaksikan kejayaan Italia. Walaupun harus ditentukan lewat cara yang tidak saya sukai, adu penalti. Monsieur Zizou akan selalu dikenang sebagai pemain besar dan memang begitulah seharusnya seorang maestro sepakbola, ada masa sukses ada masa hancur, bagaikan kehidupan.

Sementara lewat caranya, Italia berhasil menjungkirbalikkan semua prediksi kala itu. Dengan sedikit keberuntungan (kata Fortuna berasal dari bahasa mereka), Gli Azzurri merengkuh gelar dunia untuk ke-empat kalinya. Empat tahun lalu di kisaran tanggal yang sama, saya tak peduli meski esok harinya terlambat masuk kerja serta harus berlari mengejar bis kota. Yang utama: Italia juara !

SOUTH AFRICA2010>

Tepat bila dikatakan setiap Piala Dunia selalu menghadirkan kejutan. Tak terkecuali pada gelaran kali ini. Spanyol tumbang oleh Swiss, Prancis rontok di fase penyisihan, Jerman sempat ditaklukkan Serbia dengan skor tipis 1-0, dan juara bertahan Italia terbenam di dasar klasemen usai dihempaskan Slovakia.

Setiap pesta empat tahunan ini digelar, hadir pula prestasi tim-tim tak terduga. Ada Swedia, Bulgaria dan Romania di USA’94. Kroasia menjadi kekuatan baru Eropa Timur di France’98. Korea Selatan, Turki dan Senegal adalah wujud tim eksplosif di Japan-Korea 2002. Pada Germany 2006, Portugal dan Ukraina merangsek ke jajaran elite tim besar dunia. Kiprah Ghana dan Uruguay bisa disebut fenomenal untuk pentas di Afrika 2010. Entah kapan lagi tim-tim “selingan” Piala Dunia ini akan kembali berlaga, tapi kisah heroik negara-negara semenjana itu sudah tertoreh dalam lembar sejarah, tak akan luntur ditelan zaman.

Sejarah pasti tercipta. Juara Dunia yang benar-benar baru lahir di tanah Afrika. Entah warna Oranye atau Merah Menyala yang akan bergelora di Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg. Pada satu sisi bakal ada yang bersorak gembira sementara di ujung yang lain derai air mata niscaya menetes.

Bukti untuk mensahihkan selintas keyakinan yang menaungi pikiran saya selama ini. Hanya ada 3 kata untuk menggambarkan jagad si kulit bulat:

Sepakbola Memang Gila !!!





CERITA BOLA DI 5 PIALA DUNIA

11 07 2010

Beberapa saat lagi, pesta sejagad sepakbola mencapai puncak. Dengungan Vuvuzela yang terkadang mengganggu tak akan terdengar lagi. Rutinitas bangun dini hari demi menyaksikan tim-tim terbaik dari segenap negara pilihan lenyap dan kembali pada denyut kehidupan normal. Irama gembira alunan nada yang membaur dengan deretan lirik unik lagu Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) berangsur surut ditelan roda waktu. Read the rest of this entry »