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Tentang Kebahagiaan

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About 30 to 50 percent of happiness is genetically determined;
about 10 to 20 percent reflects life circumstances (such as age, gender, health, marital status, income, occupation);
and the rest is very much influenced by the way we think and act.
(Gretchen Rubin in her book “Happier at Home”).

Anybody agrees with Gretchen Rubin’s research-based-thought? ūüėČ

Bahagia itu relatif. Bentuk relativitas yang sangat tergantung pada standar tertentu yang dibuat setiap orang. Bisa sama dan mungkin banget berbeda.

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Pearl Island, Memories Remain

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It was a place where she arrived enthusiastically, nearly five years ago, as a newly wed, thinking about nothing other than spending time with her other half.

It was also a place where she realized that living faraway from family means she got to manage all things without any intervention, which was a good thing, but she’s not saying it was easy.

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Virtual Friend vs Real-life Friend

Virtual friend gave you his/her ‘Like’, real-life friend gave you a bold hand-shake.

Virtual friend commented on your status, real-life friend gave face-to-face advice.

Virtual friend sent you emoticons, real-life friend shared with you real emotions.

Virtual friend sent you a ‘hug’ emo, real-life friend gave you a warm¬†hug.

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Who Would Have Known?

In life, one long journey, many phases are encountered.

Phases of life.. each with different kinds of roads, intersect one another.

At the intersection, one road leads to another…. and yet, you are clueless, in a way, guessing which road to choose, where this road would take you, how this road would end, and what kind of phase you would face afterwards.

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To My Dearest Alma on Your 3rd Birthday

Alma sayang,

Three years ago, we’re welcoming you with hearts full of blessing. You’re born in an induced labor after we’d waited anxiously for days at home since the latent phase of dilatation. Hence, I thank Allah who has sent us a beautiful healthy baby girl. Almost everyone, including the nurses at the hospital, said that you’re a calm, peaceful, and untroubled baby – that was also one of the reasons we named you Sakina :).Alma bayi Continue reading “To My Dearest Alma on Your 3rd Birthday”