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When I read Masaru Emoto’s RICE EXPERIMENT not too long ago, I didn’t see any pictures on the internet. I didn’t look. As much as I believe in my ability to mentally picture a lot of things I read, I took the whole rice experiment with a grain of salt.

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But when I visited a friend whom I had not met for 20 years, who successfully runs an international school and who took me to her school lab not knowing if I was aware of Masaru Emoto’s experiment, what I saw humbled me to the core. I thought I had read it all. I thought I had seen it all.

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The rice in the jar with the ‘I Love You’ label looked good. The rice in the jar with the ‘I Hate You’ label looked horrible.  Yeah, it was almost a cliché. But there was another jar with worse than horrible looking rice in it. Unlabelled. And I learned from Zaliza that the rice was not given any attention at all. Not spoken to, not touched. Nothing. And strangely, all I could think of at that very point was the line from Agnes Monica’s song: “Tak dianggap sama sekali.”

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Rice Experiment

Credit to: smt.blog.com/mari_diary.

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Driving all the way home from the visit that day, the image of the worse-than-horrible-looking rice kept playing in my mind. And that image has kept me praying… that I shall keep speaking to my children for as long as I could talk. That I shall keep holding my children’s hands for as long as I could walk. That I shall keep embracing my children for as long as I could. That I shall never ever love them in silence.

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That I shall keep praying for Enida…

Teruskan lah, teruskan lah… kau begitu.

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Over You

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Ketika Duka

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Tahajjud Cinta

Kau datang ketika duka
Dan bintang bercahaya
Tunjukku ke jalan syurga

Ku haus di tengah laut
Lemas mencari tempat berpaut
Kirimkan aku kekuatan
Peta pedoman di kesesatan

Ku sunyi dalam gembira
Perit pedih tanggung derita
Sungguh aku bukan wali
Yang suci dari hina dan benci

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Kitreena has been learning to play ‘Getaran Jiwa’ on her violin these two weeks without the musical notes from Mr. Rudy. I actually like that method, as it encourages Kitreena to play by ear. And Mr. Rudy is only giving out two lines per week. My violinist, who is not overly familiar with the song, has not been able to play the whole song every time she practices it.

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So I took the liberty to jot down the notes by slowly ‘pecking’ it on the keyboard. And after not playing any instrument for many many years, last night Kitreena and I spent over an hour duetting on Getaran Jiwa.

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I thank God for music and for the violinist and the pianist in my house who have made it all worth it. All.

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Masih Sempat

Saat kau kucup keningku...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ada Yang Tak Mampu Ku Lupa
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Ada yang tak mampu ku lupa
bulu lembut di keningmu
yang meremang kala ku kucup
dan ketika ku sibak rambutmu.
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Ada yang tak hendak ku buang
serangkaian kenang-kenangan
yang tergambar di gelap malam
dan tersimpan di pucuk daunan.
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Langit di atas simpang jalan
menemaniku bernyanyi
bagai gejolak pohon nan runtuh
bersama gitar
bersama sepi
bersama luka
dan cinta.
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Aku masih sempat bernyanyi lagi.
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Ada yang mesti ku fikir lagi
melepas dendam dan sakit hati
dan berjuang membendung benci
Tuhan jaga lah tanganku ini.
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Ebiet G. Ade
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I Was All Right For A While

Cik Rome,
I don’t know what it means,
when you asked me if I was all right,
and I am all right tapi airmata menitik.

Apakah? .
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Yang benar,
Cik Nid .

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Goodpie My Love, Goodpie

With a heart in the middle....

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Some pie hati.

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