Month: January 2022

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Why I Will Never Gatecrash A Party Again

It is Saturday night, I am working, the neighbors have amazing music, I feel like asking them to turn it up…

In my misspent youth, I soon found out that where party music sounds good, you can get a bottle of wine, dress nicely, smile, say “John invited us”, and you’re in.

But there were times when it didn’t quite go according to plan…

Such as the time when I (Caucasian) and some Asian friends tried to gatecrash a party that sounded just amazing, great music, awesome music system, we got so excited… We got our alcoholic offerings and knocked on the door.kampanye di media sosial A smiling black man answered the door, with smiling black people from 4 generations behind him in the living room, all bearing a remarkable similarity in looks, dressed in their Sunday best, and well, you’ve probably guessed it, a family celebration! Red-faced, we quickly made our excuses. We had the wrong address we said. We went back to our homes and just watched TV on our own…

Years later, obviously this fiasco was forgotten, as I was tempted yet again. I had not learnt my lesson.

My next door neighbours seemed to party every day. And I was not invited. The music, coming through the thick concrete walls, sounded amazing. The heavy bass, a nice beat, and the sound of their laughter, well it was more than I could bear! So, armed with a bottle of good wine, I gathered up my courage and knocked on their door; the point of no return. The door opened, they smiled broadly and said sure, I was more than welcome. They invited me in and I could see everyone was sat around the TV. Not many people actually, only a handful. All watching the film Jungle

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HIJAB

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Hijab for me, is not something to be questioned, nor is the answer to be defended. Not a limitation but I always believe as freedom, not labeling identity but always a matter of convenience of choice.

In the early days of making the decision to wear the hijab in the late 90s, the number of women wearing the hijab in Indonesia was not as large as in 2021. Although I did not find accurate research (there is one figure from a hijab-only shampoo manufacturer which says 72% of Indonesian Muslim women wore the hijab in 2018) it can be said that the number who did not wear it at that time (at least in my immediate environment) were fewer than those who did not. (a situation that has changed significantly in the last dozen years).

It was also the early days of my work, where I also began to regularly participate in international forums. Hijab The context of this decision-making period is important to convey, because in discussions with many friends, although choosing to wear the hijab is very personal, when and why is determined by internal and external factors that are interconnected. I’ve always seen the hijab as a way of navigating the world, and after wearing it, I realized that I then seemed to have received a “new bonus of glasses” with a different perspective and view.

I chose to wear the hijab before Mama, without even having a long discussion with Abi and my husband (for a description of the definition of aurat or women’s obligations which I will not discuss in this article because I have no expertise, please read Abi Quraish Shihab’s book entitled “Jilbab”) . Start thinking on the weekends, then jump right into the office on Monday mornings for the weekly meeting. At Read More ...