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Nur Imroatun Sholihat

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I'mNur Imroatun Sholihat

IT Auditor and Storyteller

So I heard you are curious about IT and/or auditing. I'm your go-to buddy in this exciting journey. My typical professional life consists of performing (and studying!) IT audit and managing the award-winning magazine, Auditoria. Armed with a Master of Commerce in Digital Transformation from UNSW Sydney, I'm currently wearing multiple hats—ambassador at IIA Indonesia's Young Leader Community, mentor at ISACA Global, Head of Public Relations at MoF-Cybersecurity Community, and trainer at IIA Indonesia. You'll also find me sharing insights on my YouTube channel, speaking at seminars, and crafting content on LinkedIn. Let's connect and dive into the world of IT and auditing together!


Showing posts with label thoughts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thoughts. Show all posts

So I Am A Top Scorer?

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So I am a top scorer? Of course not in football or any sports games. Don’t expect me to be that good in sports because I even still need to find the constant motivation to exercise. Maybe I need an attractive athletic man to be my trainer? *kidding *runnnnn 😊

When this “I don’t know about IT but I want to learn” girl first started working in the said field, she put getting some certifications as her dream. Don’t ask her how can she achieve those goals because for sure she had no clue. She who at that time wasn’t even able to perform operating system installation only know that as long as she put in her earnest effort and attitude, she will eventually end up somewhere better. 

Fast forward to a few days ago, that girl received a certificate of appreciation as the top scorer of the CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) Certification period of July-December 2022 by the ISACA Indonesia Chapter. She remembers taking the exam feeling rather nervous, so far from even imagining that she will achieve the highest mark out of all the Indonesian CRISC aspirants that took the exam in the second half of 2022. She is just grateful.

Through this moment, she reminds herself again an advice given by someone when she started her career in IT.

“You know what’s the most important part of a certification? Not the certificate, not the title, but the knowledge we gained along the way.”. That person also reminded her to pursue certification with righteous intention and an earnest attitude. She should take it seriously by proving that she deserves the acknowledgment of competency. She must truly understand the knowledge and perform her job with qualities accordingly. The certification is merely a recognition of the hard work and dedication a candidate put into the learning process. Instead of focusing solely on passing the exam, she began to approach her studies to truly understand the material. Now, she realized that perhaps this mentality helped her accomplish this achievement.

She was lucky to receive such beautiful advice that shaped the way she approached certifications. Since that day, she knew that exam preparation isn’t about trying to conquer the passing threshold but trying to get as much knowledge as she can. Therefore, she spent countless hours poring over textbooks, discussing with people with the relevant expertise, and reflecting on how the knowledge could enhance her performance--even when passing the exam might not need her to go to that extent.

If she can only share one piece of advice with certification aspirants, she would say “I hope you are obsessed more with getting the knowledge, not the certificate”. Your true value is in the competency, not the certificates. The best part of the journey isn’t the certificate itself but the newfound knowledge and understanding you gained. Therefore, she suggests you approach the exams as an opportunity to better yourself instead of to obtain a new title. Seeing yourself grow and improve as a better person and professional is the real prize. The title, my friends, is just a byproduct. 






The Moon Is Beautiful, Isn’t It?

“I wish you a flight to the vast and bright sky.” - Missing You in The Wind, Hu Xia (Flight to You OST)

I know some of you might furrow your brows while thinking, “seriously she hasn’t moved on from ‘Flight to You’ yet?”. Hihihi. Please don’t judge me, bear with me, and don’t give up on me yet *I can hear you say: sis, you asked for too much :) *can you hear my dumb giggle? hihi. Recently, I found out the translation of the song I mentioned at the beginning of this post and realized that my heart felt warm when I figured out the track’s last lyrics, which are quoted above. I held my breath when the lyrics said, “I want to ask you whether your dream is within your reach now” but what made me lose it was the subsequent words, “I wish you a flight to the vast and bright sky”. I meant the level of subtlety it has got me thinking that any direct love confession for an aviation person couldn’t top this one.

Let me get you the background story. The “you” in this song is a passionate ‘flying-is-my-life’ female pilot he trained. Therefore, ‘I wish you a flight to the vast and bright sky’, both literally and figuratively, had the depth of the Pacific Ocean. He wished her ease in doing the thing she likes (for a pilot, flying to a bright sky indicates an easy-breezy supposed-to-be-safer trip) and also signified his hope about her sunshiny future (as a bright sky connotates peacefulness and happiness).

That brought me to a revelation: subtle expressions, both in words and acts, hold a dear place in my heart.

I know it sounds unconventional as straightforward expressions are considered more effective in communication. However, for me, finding an expression’s hidden meaning, sometimes wandering around extensive interpretation, is alluring. In several instances, I like when emotions, thoughts, and ideas are conveyed in a nuanced way even when denotative speaking is more understandable. Now when I think about it, my inclination toward subtlety might stem from 2 circumstances: my cultural background and my special liking for literature.

I grew up in a culture where people likely deliver their purpose in a vague way, closely accompanied by a grandfather who was enthusiastic about vague expressions in literature. At an early age, I learned wayang (puppet theatre play) and many classical Javanese dramas. In my teenage days, I meandered classical Indonesian literature pieces and continued with modern ones as I grew older. I was enchanted with the beauty of indirect expressions, both spoken and acted, approved by my cultural upbringing.

On the topic of the influence of culture on someone’s way of communication, I couldn’t help mentioning renowned Natsume Soseki’s poetic phrase “The moon is beautiful, isn’t it?”. Based on the explanation I found several years ago (read it here), at that time Soseki as an English teacher overheard his student translating “I love you” literally, which he believed rejected Japanese sensibility and was unfit for Japanese cultural context. Therefore, he pointed out that the expression should be translated to a more subtle, nuanced wording,

月が綺麗ですね (“The moon is beautiful, isn’t it?”).

For years, I couldn’t forget that phrase after uncovering its hidden meaning. Sometimes when I looked above and see the full moon (like tonight when I write this post), I nodded in agreement on why confirming whether the moon is beautiful implies that your heart belongs to someone you share the moon-viewing experience with. Not only that it is a more beautiful lexicon but also it allows deeper, more diverse, and more layered interpretations. Therefore, it offers the readers their own connections to and conclusions about the text. This creates a more immersive emotional experience, as the one hearing the expression more actively engages and participates in the process of understanding it.

The phrase above, for example, could be interpreted as, "actually the moon isn't that beautiful, you are,", “the moon is even prettier because a beautiful soul is by my side looking at the same sky object,”, “What I meant is you’re beautiful”, “What a pleasing night to be in love with someone,”, and so on. The readers can personally interpret it which enriches the meaning. The late Sapardi Djoko Damono, my favorite Indonesian poet, touched on this topic in his ASEAN Literary Festival 2016 interview:

Poetry is alive because there are various interpretations. If there is only one (interpretation), one-time reading then it's over,” (Sapardi Djoko Damono)

Based on my observation, I agreed with Sapardi’s argument that roundabout expression in poetry makes it more memorable and impactful. The reader needs to pay closer attention to every word and nuance, and is encouraged to have further thoughts and discussions, which lead to a long-lasting impact. After days of understanding the lyrics “I wish you a flight to the vast and bright sky”, the words lingered on my mind and probably will stay there for a long time just like “The moon is beautiful, isn’t it?”. Both made me hold my breath as my heart fluttered. I mean, you can sincerely pray for someone, you can generously praise the moon--but that person needs to figure out that what you mean is “I love you with all my heart”. That kind of expression is beautiful, isn't it?


*I must applaud the people behind "Flight to You" OSTs as they crafted the lyrics to suit the character's personality. The indirect ways Gu Nanting shows his adoration for Cheng Xiao are even captured in the lyrics. He is definitely the kind of man who stares at you with deep endearment, saying "I wish you a safe flight" and "Your perfect flight is my biggest comfort" while hiding his feelings.


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Dear Cheng Xiao of Flight to You (Part 2)

(Alert: contained spoilers of “Flight to You”.)

Heyyy, I am back. You should be glad that this “you’ll hear from me again when I am in the mood of writing” blogger was on fire, coming back only 2 days after posting something. Hihi. I swear, at first I didn’t have any intention to make the sequel to my previous post. I was quite satisfied that it contained my major thoughts about the drama I am currently having withdrawal syndrome over. However, after finishing the last episode, I couldn’t help wanting to write the second part of my thoughts regarding Cheng Xiao of “Flight to You”. No, I wouldn’t talk about the romance side, as the drama itself didn't put the romance in the center, even though I will still mention her love interest, Gu Nanting. Through this post, I would love to give the spotlight on her journey and struggle as a female pilot.

As a woman who is also navigating a male-dominated field, I think the attachment I have for Cheng went stronger as the story progressed. She faced doubt and underestimation from the senior pilots, was persuaded to quit by her instructor (who was Gu Nanting himself -__-), received sexist hatred from an influential pilot, needed to start over, was transferred to the ground handling department, was treated roughly by some passengers, was slandered, even faced a legal issue: she basically was in a hamster wheel of misfortunes. Of course, I didn’t even feel 1% of her struggle intensity however it still resonated well with me.

Contrary to giving up, she bravely faced everything because she believed flying is her life. She fought back the pointing fingers because she knew it is a dream she put her soul into. I found myself admiring her for fighting for the things that matter to her. So, when the last three episodes showed that the table was turned, I can’t help feeling what she felt as if she shared it with me. Unknowingly I smiled proudly at the scene where she pulled her suitcase to the plane with four bars in her suit (four bars epaulet/suit stripes indicate someone is a captain). On top of that, someone who initially she addressed as “the biggest enemy” because he had discouraged her from becoming a passenger pilot became the one who promoted her and called her “Captain Cheng” for the first time. Such a dramatic, well-executed emotional scene that made me once again say, “Cheng Xiao, you’re awesome.”

However, the utmost goosebumps I got from the drama was when the company assigned her as the captain for the maiden flight of the first Chinese-made aircraft--a historical moment in Chinese aviation. Initially, Gu Nanting was prepared to take the driving seat but he suffered a vision problem so he passed it on to Cheng Xiao, his chosen-over-selection co-pilot. Cheng Xiao immediately rejected the idea of taking over his position and instead wanted to accompany him doing the eye operation. However, he convinced her by saying:

Domestic planes are what generations of Chinese aviation professionals have hoped for. They have devoted their whole lives to this one thing. All their efforts on those 80 tons of metal. At first, I thought I could turn this blueprint into reality as soon as possible. But I don’t have the chance anymore. So, I’m passing it on to you. You are doing this not only for me, for Luzhou Airlines, but also to fulfill the wishes of several generations of Chinese aviation professionals,”

Cheng Xiao was teary hearing such encouragement from Gu Nanting who hoped that she could be strong in shouldering the huge responsibility. Both Tan Songyun and Wang Kai executed that scene greatly as we can see how Cheng Xiao, no matter how tough she looked was still a woman who had doubt and fear while Gu Nanting, no matter how fearful he was of the situation tried to always be her rock. Those words were beautifully said but what made me lost it was when he, a prideful man himself, concluded his heartfelt message by uttering:

Cheng Xiao, you have always been my pride. Promise me. Fly well tomorrow.

Guess who was crying? I was not *grabbed my tissue. The reversal from hearing “Don't be proud of yourself” when she showed Gu Nanting her rapid learning progress to “You have always been my pride” when she became the captain of a historical high altitude journey caught me off guard. As if I copied Gu Nanting’s feelings, I can feel how proud I was of her as well. After going through an emotional rollercoaster with her during the show, I can say: Gu Nanting, she is also my pride.

Several hours after I finished the drama, those words still lingered in my mind. You have always been my pride. How beautiful it is to hear someone direct that confession to us. It holds a deeper meaning compared to “I am proud of you”. It is someone acknowledging you as their source of any great feelings. It is someone recognizing you as their hope and wish.

Looking up at the blue sky from my window, I found myself praying that someday I can hear someone says: “iim, you have always been my pride” or something similar to it. Until then, I will work my hardest to be someone who can make myself proud. Until later, I will continuously improve myself to be my better version. I will definitely give my all to be someone who deserves that confession. When the time comes, will you say that I am your pride?

Dear Cheng Xiao, I hope I can be a brave and strong-willed woman like you. On top of that, if Allah permits, I wish that I can hear a similar declaration you heard from Gu Nanting be expressed to me. Even if eventually I couldn’t hear it from someone, I would still wish it as if one day it will come true. I will pray often. I will also work my hardest.


All photos belong to iQIYI. All right reserved.



1. A special mention: Ni Zhan's quote cheering up Cheng Xiao who was demoted to the ground handling department: "I used to think that life is unfair. All roads lead to Rome, but some people are born in Rome.". I am glad that this story had such a beautiful soul who was there for Cheng in her ups and downs.

2. Now after finishing the entire episodes and taking time to process the story, I can eventually understand why my heart, just like Cheng Xiao's,  was attached to Gu Nanting. I tried to be rational and said that I would choose Ni Zhan but then I remember my own words to a close friend, "You know, even if I haven't loved someone, probably would accept him if I admire and respect him,". Cheng Xiao's feelings stemmed from the admiration and respect she had for Gu Nanting. I must say that a man we respect and admire is totally in a different league. Also, what a relationship goal it is to be each other's pride.

3. Shout out to Liu Yuning who lent his voice to this drama's soundtrack "Gravity". I knew he is the singer behind many dramas that I like but this time, I fell for his voice even more. (please turn the CC on to see the subtitles.)



Dear Cheng Xiao of Flight to You

(Alert: contained spoilers of “Flight to You”.)

If you’ve read my Certified in Cybersecurity Exam Experience post, you might've noticed that during the study sessions, I watched a Chinese drama in between. So what kind of drama had made me couldn’t wait until I took the exam to watch? *insert dramatic drumroll *hihi. I shall blame iQIYI for dropping an enticing summary of a drama with a poster of Wang Kai in pilot uniforms! (the caption: “Nick Wang (Wang Kai’s international name), please always wear your uniform”. YES please!).

Previously watched a drama where he transformed into a stern team leader of the Violent Crime Unit, I can totally portray him being a strict flight instructor. In my biased opinion (yes, here I am unapologetically biased), I couldn’t imagine any Chinese actor can exceed his performance in portraying a calm and charismatic super-strict-almost-annoying yet soft-hearted man. He is built for this kind of role. Also, his beautiful translation of “how a man’s icy heart gradually melts” was just mesmerizing. In addition, the talented Tan Songyun will showcase how a female pilot navigates the male-dominated profession. Those two actors are synonymous with good dramas so there I was couldn’t put my priority right. Argh, I just studied then watched it then studied for a bit then watched it again as if I was so ready to risk the exam *can you hear my dumb sobs?

I love her character. Cheng Xiao, you are awesome!

Now, I am gonna talk about the drama because so many thoughts flooded me while watching it. “Flight to You”( 向风而行) revolved around the lives of the flight crew of Luzhou Airlines, largely inspired by 12 real-life aviation cases. Cheng Xiao (Tan Songyun), a pilot in the cargo flight department had to move to the passenger flight department due to the company's restructuring. After 8 good years of serving, becoming a captain should be just a matter of time for her until Gu Nanting (Wang Kai), the Deputy Director of the Passenger Flight Department became her direct supervisor and instructor. He mentioned several times that what she lacked as a passenger pilot couldn’t be overcome by hard work and she should just quit (even wrote a resignation letter on behalf of her. LoL). As if her journey as a woman in the piloting field wasn’t nerve-racking enough, she had to go through a hamster wheel of mistreatments from several parties including the devil instructor.

(Before moving forward with the romance side of the drama, I would like to applaud the show for spotlighting the obstacles that women go through in the workplace. For example, there were episodes where she was involved in a rumor and it did bigger damage to her compared to her male counterparts. The fact that a woman can be talented, hardworking, and have credentials yet be easily knocked down by a false accusation while the men involved weren’t affected as much showed the double standard society has against women).

Let's go back to the track of romance. As someone who closely saw her determination and persistence, eventually, Gu Nanting's opinions about her slowly shifted. We can find him in the later part of the drama defending, supporting, and protecting her behind her back. Therefore, it was understandable that Cheng Xiao developed a special feeling for him as he was there assisting her growth. A straightforward and fearless woman she was, she openly admitted her secret to him--in hope that the feeling would reciprocate. She pursued him with the attitude of “even if I have to take 99 steps to close the 100 steps between us, it doesn’t matter as long as he is the one taking the final step”.

The problem is, it became frustrating that she already threw herself at him yet he was battling with his own demons: denials (for 34 episodes like seriously the man being a turtle in front of his feeling), avoidances, trauma, “you’re just a student to me” (a.k.a the C-drama's most heartbreaking statement of early 2023) reason, “not with you, not without you” attitude, and “one hand holding the past, one hand holding her” manner. He did everything but be honest with his feeling. Yet at the same time, he’d drop everything just for her, in rescue mode whenever she was in danger, and was the most panicked one when it comes to her. Imagine the confusion you get from a man whose acts and words were perfect contradictions. Should you give up? What if his actions were truer than his words? Should you stay? But isn’t it disheartening to see him keep pushing you away?

Should be an interesting watch, the drama became draggy and plain infuriating because of several things including his inability to have an honest conversation with himself. I skipped the middle part of it to the part where Gu Nanting started to realize that he was wrong in putting the walls against Cheng Xiao. I'll be honest: I must say Gu Nanting is one gorgeous man I can’t deny. He is ridiculously attractive and his soft calming smile cured the hard days of a stressful job. On top of that, his actions signaled that he saw her as more than just a colleague, so as a woman who has initially developed a special liking toward him, it’s hard for Cheng Xiao to ignore and get past her feeling.

Ni Zhan, a man you are.
However, there was a point where I, as a viewer, stopped wishing her to be with him. if I were Cheng Xiao, I would just give up on Gu Nanting when he decided to coldly reject me many times yet continued to play with my heart. I would not go after him after a series of hot and cold immature treatments and multiple avoidances from him. If he needed me and everyone else around him to take that much effort to make him realize his true feeling, I don’t want it. Nobody crushed yourself way too harshly like that deserving your heart. No man, no matter how gorgeous he is, is allowed to make you feel humiliated and rejected for a long time only to finally realize he was wrong. Please, he’s not the only man in the world. Instead, I would just settle with Ni Zhan who was brave enough to pursue and escort me (considering that Ni Zhan isn't even among my favorite second male leads yet I would prefer him over Gu Nanting showed how flawed Nanting's attitude toward love is). I mean, if two men with relatively equal qualities come to me, I would just go with which one feels easy for my heart--the one wouldn’t put me in pain, wouldn’t hurt, wouldn’t deny, wouldn’t torture. 

Dear iQIYI, shouldn't you also say: "Liu Chang, please always wear your uniform"? :)

I know the writer tried to convince the viewers that Gu Nanting is worth all the pain but still for me, Ni Zhan is the man. I’m sold at how he was selflessly there for Cheng Xiao, helped her, cheered upon her, treasured her, and thoroughly thought about her happiness above anything. Ni Zhan simply won my heart with his firm decision and sure steps toward Cheng Xiao. But then I realized that choice stemmed from my cowardice while in reality, my heart would probably belong to Gu Nanting for all my life. 

So under what circumstance can someone be trapped in the middle of this beautiful friendship? *cough *only Cheng Xiao's circumstance

As I progressed towards the end of the drama, I can sense my heart little by little changed as Gu Nanting became more humane. On top of that, I must admit that Nanting's small detail of softness all over the episode is what makes him worth the long wait. I am also glad that the writer gave him chance to redeem himself which made the decision to choose him well-justified. Then I understood that maybe if I was Cheng Xiao, I wouldn’t be able to turn my head away from him as well. In this world, there is a magical feeling which makes someone’s smile greatly powerful for us. Perhaps if I was Cheng Xiao, I don’t care how long shall I wait or whether I would end up with him or not, but seeing him standing there, all the hardships the world throws at me would be less excruciating. Maybe if someone like Gu Nanting himself appears in my life, I would do exactly the same. I would also work my best to be the woman he’d run to every day.  

Therefore, who I am to give her advice? Because when the heart says seeing someone even from faraway calms the stormy day, then perhaps it's enough. :)


When Cheng Xiao finally got promoted and Gu Nanting said, “Captain Cheng, please have a safe flight”, I smiled widely. Some people just couldn’t express their thoughts well. For them, “I hope you’re okay” translates as “You mean the world to me”. 


All photos belong to iQIYI. All right reserved.


Fate is like invisible cards that are distributed to us.... 

When I was a kid, besides several traditional games, I sometimes played cards with my playmates. (I hope I know the name but am still clueless even after trying to search it on Google. Hihi. Also, don’t get it wrong. No money, bet, or punishment was involved. It was purely a game for fun.)

Since I don’t know what it’s called, I’ll explain the rule so you can imagine it. (Someone who knows the name please let me know. Hehe). The cards are shuffled then 5 up to 8 of them are given out equally to each player, leaving the undistributed ones as a deck. Following right after, the paper on the top of the deck is revealed. Each player has to put a card which matches that particular card’s suit. Subsequently, the one with the highest card decides the suit for the next round. If a player doesn’t have a similar suit to the one which is being presented, that person needs to take the cards in the deck until he/she finds it. The one who finishes their cards first wins and the last one to do it loses the game.

When I was a child, never I had any thoughts, expectations, or anticipation about the cards being shuffled. It was just a game so whatever I got, I would still be excited about it (only slightly was disengaged when I got low cards. Nevertheless I enjoyed it). Now if I have to play it again, maybe I will wonder which cards would be played by me and what wouldn’t be in my hands. I wonder if the cards would vary significantly for each player and there is no favorite card in mine. I am also curious if favorable cards are handed to me instead. Moreover, what if I got no spade or diamond or heart or clover among them?

Now when I think about it, it resembles life in many ways. Forrest Gump (1994) has popularized “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.” and for me, instead of a box of chocolates, I would like to put the cards as a metaphor. The major difference is that our cards are shown before we begin the game, thus planning is greatly possible. On contrary, the cards are unveiled gradually one by one in life. Furthermore, compared to the cards in the game in which we know the precise meaning, in life sometimes we are oblivious of the denotation even after it is disclosed.

Fate is like the cards that are being distributed to us. We equally get a life yet the cards vary. We simply don’t know what cards would be handed to and played by us. We can’t withdraw from the game just because we think the cards aren’t on our side. We also can’t automatically win just because we have the cards that are beneficial for us. When interacting with other players, we realize that it’s not just ours that matters but also other people’s cards. And above everything, some things are out of our control like the suit that would be uncovered by the player with the highest card. Nevertheless, we still follow the game and try to gain control over it. Life also acts in that sense. Several things are within our control while the others are beyond it. Still, there is a space where we are in the driving seat.

If I may add one more lesson I learned from the card game is that everyone has a different set of cards. Consequently, the way we play the game would be different--our strategies are personalized and our stories are unique. Thus, there is no point in comparing our life with others. 

However, what resonates the most with me recently is, that in the game, we can always put an effort to find the card we don’t have. We could always attempt to search for the missing piece in life. It might take a long time. It might make us unable to finish the game early, but there is always a probability of winning or at least not being the ultimate defeated.

Presently, when I have to take a longer route than the normal one, I will remind myself of how often I didn’t lose the game even when I didn’t have a certain suit in my cards then needed to take a lot of them from the deck. While finishing all the cards cost me ages and I might be left behind anyone who can spend theirs earlier, I had the courage, patience, and confidence to continue the game. Rarely did I lose back then when I was a kid and I believe that I would not lose too in life.

Because until the game is finished, I never knew how it would be ended. So do with life, I want to have the same courage about my cards. I want to trust my journey like that little girl back then who has confidence in the cards in her hands. Win or lose, she still smiled genuinely and continue the game. In life, I want to face "the cards" with a similar frame of mind.  Would you too?





Courage, patience, and confidence—how I wish I could have those words plastered all over the place so I will always remember them. 


image credit: istockphoto.com via mentalfloss.com


image source: pikrepo.com

Sonder /noun/ The realization that everyone, including each random passerby, is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.


Bagian 1: Setiap Manusia Memiliki Cerita

Semalam, saya merampungkan bahan papar untuk sharing session "How to Write with Data" yang akan diselenggarakan oleh MoF-DAC Rabu ini. Ketika menyusun kerangka materi yang ingin disampaikan, saya teringat sebuah kata indah dalam bahasa Inggris: “sonder”. Setiap manusia di muka bumi, termasuk yang tidak kita kenali, memiliki kehidupan yang sama pekat dan kompleksnya dengan kehidupan kita. Kita mungkin hanya orang asing bagi orang lain dan sebaliknya tetapi masing-masing insan punya cerita yang dramatis, puitis, mengiris, dan manis--hanya saja berbeda alurnya.

Cerita malam lalu adalah tentang kebimbangan bisakah saya menyampaikan materi yang bagus sementara saya tidak lebih banyak bersentuhan dengan data seperti anak-anak MoF-DAC lainnya. Betul saya diberi kesempatan ini karena pengalaman saya di dunia menulis tetapi tetap saja ada ragu yang membelenggu. Orang-orang yang mengenal saya barangkali berpikir kepercayaan diri adalah bagian yang manunggal dalam diri manusia satu ini tetapi sebenarnya ada cerita yang tidak pernah terungkap tentang hal-hal sebaliknya.


Begitu juga ketika saya menatap orang lain. Saya menjadi tersadar sepenuhnya bahwa terdapat kisah mereka yang tidak tersampaikan kepada dunia. Kurir yang mengantar paket saya, apa kabar hari ini? Penjual makanan langganan saya, ada cerita apa di balik sorot matanya? Tukang parkir yang berpanas-panasan siang ini saat saya melintas membeli makan, bagaimana perasaannya hari ini? Seseorang yang tersenyum ketika berpapasan dengan saya, apakah dia benar sedang baik-baik saja? Seseorang yang tidak saya kenali di belahan bumi lain, apa sesuatu tentangnya yang ia berharap orang-orang sekitarnya mengetahui?


Konflik apa yang mereka hadapi? Kebahagiaan apa yang membuat hati mereka tersenyum? Apa yang membuat mata mereka terlapisi air mata? Apa yang akhir-akhir ini membuat mereka tertawa? Saya tidak tahu jawabannya. Akan tetapi, saya jadi mengerti bahwa ada kisah yang bisa diceritakan oleh tiap-tiap orang. Begitu juga dengan data. Ada cerita di dalam serangkaian data. Ada deretan kata yang tersembunyi di balik angka-angka.


Bagian 2: Tentang Cerita yang Tinggal Di Pikiran Selamanya

Masih ingat cerita-cerita yang begitu lekat di pikiran? Cerita tersebut bisa membawa kita pergi jauh ke dimensi waktu dan tempat yang sebelumnya tidak ada di memori. Ya. Kita semua memiliki buku, film, dongeng masa kecil, atau kisah pribadi yang bisa kita ceritakan ulang dengan lancar meski sudah bertahun-tahun lalu membaca/menonton/mendengarkan/mengalaminya. Itulah keajaiban sebuah cerita. Keajaiban serupa ingin diadopsi di dunia data: menggugah rasa, menggetarkan pikiran, menggerakkan jiwa, dan mengendap di ingatan.


Ketika menyaksikan karya yang bisa merenggut batin dan pikiran, saya berharap bisa menjadi penulis yang demikian. Sebut saja Lee Woo Jung yang begitu apik menggubah hal-hal sederhana menjadi menawan. Cerita yang ditulisnya selalu hangat, lekat dengan kehidupan sehari-hari, menyentuh dinding jiwa, dan muncul begitu saja ketika saya memikirkan karya yang bagus. Dia adalah storyteller yang kemampuan menulisnya ingin saya curi.


Atau Yuro Sumino dengan “I Want to Eat Your Pankreas”-nya yang dengan begitu kreatif membuat saya penasaran membaca lalu tenggelam dalam dan menjadi seseorang yang tanpa sadar menghafal isi bukunya. Detail emosi dalam novel itu masih bisa saya rasakan ketika judulnya tiba-tiba melintas di kepala. Dia adalah penulis yang membuat saya kesal mengapa tidak menulis lebih banyak buku agar ada lebih banyak yang bisa saya baca.


Baik menyajikan kisah yang sederhana seperti Lee Wong Jung maupun kisah yang dramatis seperti Yuro Sumino, semua cerita punya tempat. Asal kita bisa menarasikannya dengan baik, semua cerita ternyata menarik. Sonder menyadarkan saya bahwa setiap orang memiliki kisah yang menarik asal bisa dinarasikan dengan tepat. Sonder juga menyadarkan saya bahwa setiap data memiliki kisah yang menawan asal bisa disampaikan dengan apik.


Di dunia data, saya berharap data bisa disajikan seperti cerita-cerita yang begitu lekat kepala itu.

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Oh ya, mari bertemu Rabu ini bersama saya dan Mas Sindhu untuk membahas data storytelling :)


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Dalam bahasa Jawa, terdapat falsafah sawang-sinawang. Sejatine urip mung sawang sinawang, mula aja mung nyawang sing kesawang. (Sesungguhnya hidup hanyalah saling memandang, maka jangan hanya memandang yang terlihat)


Kemarin, tiba-tiba saya teringat salah satu novel Tiongkok yang saya suka berjudul “Silent Separation” karya Gu Man. Selaiknya novel lain, novel ini juga “menyibukkan” kita dengan samudra perasaan dan setumpuk kejadian yang dialami tokoh utama. Uniknya, novel ini memberikan epilog berupa penyajian cerita dari perspektif tokoh lain—sesuatu yang membuat saya termenung kala membacanya. Pemikiran yang berkelebat kala itu: seandainya kita mengetahui persis kisah dari sudut pandang lain, perasaan hati yang lain, gejolak pemikiran orang lain, apa yang harus dilalui jiwa lain—masihkah kita berpikir yang sama?


The review in the most straightforward manner: "A book that made me ugly cried"
source: bookbarista.nl
Saya baru saja rampung membaca buku “Tuesday with Morrie: an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson”. Memoir yang ditulis oleh Mitch Albom, seorang jurnalis dan penulis, itu disebutnya sebagai “tesis terakhir”-nya bersama Profesor Morris Schwartz yang membimbingnya semasa kuliah. Enam belas tahun tidak pernah bertukar kabar pasca kelulusannnya, Mitch melihat sang profesor muncul di acara TV Nightline membahas penyakit yang dideritanya, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Acara yang membuatnya menyadari bahwa profesor favoritnya tidak memiliki banyak waktu tersisa itu memutar kembali ingatan Mitch akan kebersamaan mereka. Tatkala duduk di bangku kuliah, hampir semua pertemuannya dengan pria yang dipanggilnya “coach” itu terjadi di hari selasa. Kini, dia pun mengunjungi Morrie setiap hari selasa untuk berbicara dengannya: rangkaian pertemuan yang sarat pesan tentang kehidupan.

REPLY 1997

“Some people believe they are born with an invisible red string tied around their little finger… The string is tied to a person they’re destined to be with. However, it’s hard finding out who is the person at the other end.
 The string is as tangled as the number of people tied together. As we untangle it, we get to see our fate. If the red string of fate really exists, where will mine end?” – Reply 1997

Saya baru saja selesai menonton Reply 1997. Butuh waktu 2 tahun sejak menonton seri Reply lainnya yaitu Reply 1988 sampai akhirnya saya tergerak untuk menonton Reply 1997. Jujur saja, saya sangat menyukai karya sang penulis skenario, Lee Woo Jung. Jika saya ditanya apa drama favorit saya, jawabannya tak lain Reply 1988. Tetapi karena cukup terpukul dengan ending ceritanya, saya memilih untuk mengambil jeda sebelum menonton Reply lainnya. Long story short, minggu lalu, tak sengaja saya menemukan video clip All For You (Seo In Guk ft Eunji) yang merupakan salah satu soundtrack Reply 1997. Tiba-tiba saya ingin menonton drama tersebut dan kembali mengatakan: Lee Woo Jung adalah penulis skenario yang ingin saya curi kemampuan menulisnya.


A must visit place in KL: Petronas Twin Towe
Nah setelah di part 1 dan part 2 sudah diceritakan sisi serius (yang sebenarnya nggak serius-serius amat) dari keikutsertaan saya di CAAGA Conference 2017, kali ini saya akan bercerita sisi main-mainnya. Meskipun ini adalah kali kedua saya pergi ke KL, kota ini tetap saja menarik untuk dikelilingi. I guess there's no "boring" term in travelling dictionary. Selama berkeliling KL saya menggunakan 3 moda transportasi yaitu LRT (hotel tempat saya menginap dekat dengan stasiun LRT), Bis GoKL, dan jalan kaki (iya harus banget disebutin. Soalnya kadang beberapa tempat wisata berdekatan jadi harus jalan kaki). FYI, jenis wisata yang saya lakukan adalah wisata foto-foto, bukan wisata belanja atau wisata kuliner. Maklum wisatawan sederhana :p


Holla I’m back. Saya sedang pulang kampung dan jaringan selular di sini menyedihkan. Hehe. Saya memutuskan mengganti provider dan yeaay saya terhubung kembali dengan blog. Masih dalam suasana lebaran, saya ingin mengucapkan “Taqabalallahu minna wa winkum” semuanya. Mohon maaf atas segala kesalahan dan kekhilafan saya. Semoga kita semua menjadi pribadi yang semakin baik seiring bergulirnya waktu. Aamiin.


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(Alert: it contained spoiler of The Genius Season 1)

I just finished watching The Genius Season 1. Dan kalau saya menulis tentang sebuah tayangan yang menarik hati saya, Rizki Wulandari alias Mbak Ki hampir selalu ada di belakangnya. Baru-baru ini, Mbak Ki merekomendasikan “The Genius” kepada saya. Setelah selesai menonton season 1 dari acara ini, it's safe to say that this show is my ultimate favourite reality show. Saya suka konsepnya yang nggak sekadar menguji kecerdasan para peserta tetapi juga kemampuan mengolah taktik dan strategi serta kemampuan bekerja sama kala diperlukan. Para peserta memiliki latar belakang yang berbeda-beda dan kemampuan memecahkan masalah menjadi seragam mereka. Aturan dalam acara ini adalah seluruh peserta harus bertanding dalam sebuah game di tiap episode. Pemenang di setiap episode akan mendapat imunitas dari eliminasi dan berhak memberikan imunitas kepada 1 peserta lainnya. Sementara peserta yang kalah dalam game akan memilih satu orang peserta tanpa imunitas untuk bertanding bersamanya di death match guna menentukan siapa yang tereliminasi. Sungguh dilematis ketika kita harus menggunakan strategi yang kadang kala menuntut kita untuk menjatuhkan orang lain tetapi orang-orang tersebut menjadi penentu siapa yang tereliminasi. 


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