Thursday, September 22, 2011

Never give up...

It has been a long time to hold my appetite for one of my favorite cake in my new place Yogyakarta...
I used to have the best one in my previous city Jakarta which is located in traditional market in tasted so yummy til you can't stop before it finishes... :)

I surf thru the internet attempt to find out which store has the best layer cake (lapis legit) in Yogyakarta..
then I went to the store promoted in internet....from one store to another...from the cheap to the expensive one....but still no luck...

Finally this morning I found it in MIROTA bakery on FM. Noto Street No. 7 Kotabaru Yogyakarta...alhamdulillah...the best layer cake in Yogyakarta so far... :)

not as spicy as the one in Jatinegara where you can taste very strong spices aroma in it...however it is as juicy as it...
I think they do not put the spices too much incase some people prefer the light one...
but at least I can spoiled my appetite...after hold my patient...

a reminder for me...never give up as long as you have a will then you will find a way...

Another bakery that also has good layer cake (lapis legit) is Parsley Bakery.

In this bakery you have to order in advance...they don't have it in the display til you order it...

Monday, September 12, 2011

What to do when alone and having heart attack

Due to the changes in our life styles, heart attack could be found among people in all age groups. It usually happens when you are alone.

After a long hard day in the office, you are about going home and driving by yourself alone. With the traffic that is so pack it even makes you're really exhausted and frustrated. You feel stressed and upset...

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Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw.
Unfortunately you don't know if you will be able to get to the nearest hospital.

How to survive a heart attack when you are alone????

Many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begin to feel faint, has only about 10seconds left before losing conscious.

1. start coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
2. a deep breath taking should be taken before each cough.
3. the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
4. a breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breath get oxygen into lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart keep the blood circulating.
All the squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to the nearest hospital.

Now, it is the time to change your life styles to be as HEALTHY as possible...
LOVE your heart before it's been attacked...
Eat healthy food and do exercise.... (the last one is the most difficult for me ^_^ )

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*information from Journal of General Hospital Rochester*

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Loving Caring Dad...

This morning I got something unusual from my Facebook...a touching note that makes my tears drop.
A story about nurturing our kids. How LOVE plays role in our life.

Here are the story   *free translation from the article by Neno Warisman*
When my first son was born, he has a dark skin like his father. I told to my husband, "Subhanallah (God Heaven), he is just looked like you." My husband replied, "Is that really what you one right. If the boy you wanna be like me." I nodded and he went back to his work as usual.

I named my son Ahmad following the Prophet (peace be upon him) calls. Year after year he grows up as a smart boy like his Dad. We are so proud of him.

We celebrated his 5th birthday by inviting our big family to our home. But somehow Ahmad felt so bored and frustrated with his party. He just wanted to play with his Dad who was so busy walking around talking to all the guest. Suddenly he climbed his Dad's back and it made his Dad was so angry. I did not know why my husband acted like that. Perhaps he thought that Ahmad is not a little boy anymore.

Then Ahmad felt down from his Dad's back because his Dad didn't want to hang around with him. It made his face red, burst into tears. On his 5th birthday he was hurt and humiliated. His Dad done something unpleasant to him. Since that day he became so quiet boy, joyless and like to stay in his room alone. He changed into an anger boy.

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I attempted to discuss this with my husband but he has no interest. He was drowning with his paper, working with his due thesis. He said that he did not want to get involved with a SMALL problem. Astagfirullah (may Allah forgive him).

Time went by, Ahmad has graduated from his bachelor degree. He married and gave me a grandson. When his wife gave a birth his first son, she told him,"Honey, he is look like you. He has a dark skin." Ahmad was offended and with no attention said," Is that as you want, if boy you wanna be like me. It is not my fault but your wish."
I was there listening the conversation. It shocked me, felt like dejavu for me. I felt something burn in my heart.

Oneday we visited Ahmad's home. Ahmad junior was in his hand. Suddenly Ahmad was so upset because the little innocent baby boy was leak on his hand. He shouted to his wife,"Why don't you put a diapers to him." Then he handed over his baby to his wife roughly and went rushed to the bathroom to clean up his clothes.

My husband kept reading his newspaper not bothering et all with the atmosphere. I felt something want to explode from my chest. The hard pain I buried for years melt down. I was cried out loud. I grabbed the newspaper my husband read and told him,"Do you remember what's happening on Ahmad's 5th birthday. You slammed Ahmad to the floor just because you don't want to be bothered. I ask you to fix it but keep saying you are busy. Do you listen what Ahmad just said? Do you? He doesn't like his baby leak on him. He feel strange to his own son."

O Allah, bestow blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

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Oh my prophet (peace be upon him), I want my son following you, behave like you, admiring you.
You carried your grandsons on your back, you chased them and played with them, you even looked at a kid when his bird pet was died. You are the one who also told a mother who took her sons very rough from your lap just because the baby leak at you, "This dirt can be wiped out, but can you replace the soft nerves that broke in his head?"
You are a noble man that has a soft heart...

I staring at my husband who is glued. I looked at my son that stood still like a hard rock. I looked at them, tears dropped from my eyes. I can not be desperate from God mercy.

Then I hold my husband rigid hand, I walked him close to Ahmad and put his hand on Ahmad's hair. Let him stroking his son's hair. Ahmad was so trembling, shaking, he never felt this soft lovely touch from his Dad for a long time....

I said to both of them, "Please do this for the one who can be passed away anytime. I can't give anything except LOVE. Please give your LOVE for every baby boy who are going to born and will give you your next generation. Do it for a big changes in our family and the rest of the world. There won't be any PEACE in this world if you never teach your son LOVE, affection, intimacy speech, caring. Not only a lesson for being valiant but has no HEART...

There was a tears in the eyes of those two sturdy men. Not easy to to change something that being stuck for years...but there is no word for being LATE..and I believe God will help you to solve your problems.

Now those two men start to learn for being a good grandpa and father. Carrying the baby, changing the diapers and even pretending to masterpiece his future...thanks God you always be there when I need you...

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Now their laugh fill my heart with happiness. I entrust my three men I love to YOU, someday when I meet you my prophet (peace be upon him) I just want to say, "I try as hard as I could to ask my son to be like you."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Peacefull Islam

"Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things." (Al Baqarah 'The Heifer' - 256)

I believe that Islam in not a dogmatism religion which forcing people to follow it, especially with strength. It is very obvious which one is the truth and which one is not. You have the heart that will always lead you to the good deeds. Islam thru the Quran will open up your heart.

Reading the Quran and understanding the ayah in it need awareness. The process of awareness can only be done by the interaction of thinking. At the end, with the knowledge it will lead you which one is glory and which one is humiliation...

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Being smart to understand and aware of the universe, also observing your surrounding will teach you there is something very MASSIVE that makes all those happens...
subhanallah Allahu akbar...

*inspired by The Cortex Energy of Kabah book by Agus Mustafa*

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Philosophy of Tumpeng...the cone shaped rice

For Javanese people, this food is very commons in their ceremony, such as birthday or inauguration of a new house.
Usually it was made of yellow rice or white rice depends on the ceremony itself. For birthday generally using yellow rice which showing the happiness and joy, and for inauguration of a new house they use white rice which symbolized purity as they are hoping all the family members will be.

white cone rice with veggies,anchovy,eggs,tempe and tofu

Cone is a cone-shaped pile of rice, soaring upward. This form stores the meaning of hope to our lives even more "up" and "high". That's why a conical shape should still be maintained and not altered in other forms, though may be beautiful to look at the new form as a stupa it was still made conical.

Cone is also a symbol of life and the ecosystem. The towering cone of rice also symbolizes the glory of God as the creator of nature and its contents.

It is surrounded by assorted Indonesian dishes and every single part in the cone rice has a symbolic meaning.
Some veggies were picked to symbolized different aims. String bean (kacang panjang) means thinking far ahead and innovative. Bean sprout means growing. Water spinach (kangkung) means protect and reached. Spinach means calm.
Red chilli on the top of the cone is a symbol of fire which gives lighting/models that are beneficial to others.

Usually the eggs were served with the shell so you have to peel it before you can eat it, which symbolized there is nothing so easy in this world.

Anchovy fish (ikan asin) life at sea and always clustered symbolizing togetherness and harmony.

chicken ingkung as a complimentary of cone rice

A whole rooster cooked with thick coconut milk and turmeric (ayam ingkung).
It is a symbol of worship God solemnly with calm heart . Sobriety is achieved by controlling the self and the patient. Slaughtered rooster also has meaning to avoid the bad habit (represented by red roosters) among other things: arrogant, conceited, always interrupted when speaking, unfaithful.