New Year’s Resolution

I didn’t make any targets last year, but I think I need some for 2016. For the sake of progressing and moving forward.

Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something

The key word this year is skill. I want to learn several new skills that I think I will enjoy to do and will be useful.

  1. Able to make bags and purses. I will take sewing classes for it early this year and buy a decent sewing machine.
  2. Able to play harmonica. I really like the bluesy sound of harmonica and I think this instrument is cool to play. Have been checking some tutorials on Youtube, and I will be diligent to practice. Nothing too ambitious about this, I just want to fluently play a couple of songs.
  3. Able to make graphical designs using Illustrator and Photoshop. This one is rather tough because not only learning the technique, but I will also need to polish my sense of art.
  4. Understand and speak basic Swedish.
  5. Read more books. I’m inspired by Mark Zuckerberg who reads one book a week. I will try that. Yes, 52 books.

That’s all. If they are accomplished, I believe I would be a completely different person by the end of the year :).




Day of Silence

SilenceTomorrow is the Balinese New Year, following a Hindu holiday especially celebrated in Bali known as “Nyepi” or “Day of Silence”. Yes, today is one of the days which I found very inspiring. This is the day that I wish we had more among 365 days given in a year. To stay in silence, be quiet, accomplishing self-reflection through meditation.

During this time, Bali is very quiet. The roads are empty, there is almost no noise from either TV or radio, and some people are not even talking. Although Nyepi is originally a Hindu holiday, the non-Hindu residents of Bali show respect by obeying the prohibitions as well. Tourists should also stay in their hotels and not allowed to be out on the streets nor beaches. The airport is closed the entire day.

Nyepi rituals consist of several activities which we can briefly learn from Wikipedia. Here I will share several prohibitions as part of the ritual:

Amati Geni: no fire or light, including no electricity. Amati Karya: no working. Amati Lelunganan: no traveling. Amati Lelanguan: fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment

The rituals started at 6 AM until 6 AM the next day. 24 hours. On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni or Ngembak Agni, all Hindus will gather with families and friends and perform a ritual of forgiving each other and welcoming the new days to come.

Folks celebrate New Year differently, I might say. The Christian New Year is celebrated through a gigantic party with fireworks. It is important to be with your loved ones and have a New Year kiss on midnight. Muslim New Year is celebrated by congregation prayer as a symbol of starting a new book of deeds as well as a moment of introspection. Chinese New Year is mostly about forecast or prophecy; what year is it now and how is the fortune this year. Meanwhile, this Balinese New Year is celebrated through a moment of silence.

So, no matter who you are and what you are, would you mind spending a moment of silence today? Or perhaps a few hours? Or a few minutes? And then… see what happen.

30 Things to do Before 30

Alert: very narcissistic post. Run for your life! 🙂

I have the idea to make this post because it is new year and I am getting older. I never really make any new year resolution before. Mostly I only make such thing on birthdays. Anyway, let’s go to the point. Here are the things I want to do before I turn 30. I really will make some serious efforts to achieve them.

In alphabetical order:

  1. Buy a property
  2. Buy my mother some jewelry
  3. Cook for my family
  4. Dance among strangers
  5. Dye my hair
  6. Finish reading The Godfather, Adolf Hitler, and David Copperfield
  7. Get lost in a country where I don’t speak the language
  8. Get married 🙂 (I just realized that I never put this in any resolution. Well, I think now is a good time for it)
  9. Get my thesis published
  10. Go to an opera
  11. Have an official Amalia Suryani website (soon after I finish importing my [selected] writings on multiply to this WordPress profile)
  12. Have some holiday trips with my boyfriend/husband
  13. Join a yoga class
  14. Learn French or continue learning Dutch
  15. Learn Salsa dance
  16. Learn to drive
  17. Learn to use my SLR camera decently and then practice it 🙂
  18. Make a top model photo style of myself
  19. Publish one novel which is not teenlit
  20. Spoil myself with a full day body treatment: spa, massage, menicure and pedicure
  21. Swim 50 m three rounds in a row (= 300 m)
  22. Take my sister for holiday overseas or to watch a music concert she wants *
  23. Traveling around Europe (um, can I do this? I have only two years left! The outstanding countries are Spain, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, uh oh… I should stop. This list is just extended uncontrollably)
  24. Traveling to Vietnam or Australia or New Zealand
  25. Try diving or paragliding
  26. Try skiing (assumption: I am able to visit Europe)
  27. Send some serious comments and criticisms to the President
  28. Straighten my teeth (I’ve started the process since last month, hopefully on January I will start to wear braces. And hopefully I have straight teeth before I am 30)
  29. Switch jobs until I find the one I really enjoy
  30. Wear a dress to work


I and Wulan agreed to make this list at once and publish it exactly on the first of January. We have a totally different world now: my world of being a single woman and her world of being a wife and mother. Nevertheless, we both come up with 30 interesting things.

Happy new year! Wish you a wonderful year ahead!

PS. You can always make your list yourself. And for the ones who are already above 30, well, you can change the number as you like 🙂

* Syarat dan ketentuan berlaku 🙂