• Motivation

    A Shoe Salesman

    A boss sent his salesman out to a remote island to sell the shoes he manufactured. When the salesman reached the island, he found that all the resident people had no shoes. Feeling like targeting wrong, he came back home in a lethargic manner. “Boss, there is no market there. People do not wear shoes,” he explained in the doldrums. The boss found himself curious and sent another salesman to carry out the same. As having arrived on the island, the salesman called his boss. “Boss, you won’t believe it. It’s such a gigantic market. Everyone doesn’t wear shoes,” he said. Well, the world is something relative. While some people…

  • Reflection

    Trust Me, Someday You’ll be Missing It Back

    Trust me, someday you’ll be missing it back When your lovely kid keeps tailing you wherever you go And just can’t let go While a pile of dirty dishes is awaiting to be taken out Trust me, someday you’ll be missing it back When your lovely kid is retained on your left arm Crying out for not to be left alone While your right arm is busy with wok in the kitchen Trust me, someday you’ll be missing it back When you have yourself feed your baby with lactation Hugging and lying on  messed-up bed While your other lovely kid yells on the bathroom Calling for your help wiping his…

  • Dad's Notes,  Family Time,  Kid's Workout,  Work-Life Balance

    Parents are to Keep Learning too

    As my kids are growing up, I once ever thought that I have come up to be a complete parent. My experiences in raising my kids –alongside with my wife, of course- for my ten and six-year-old kids had led to bringing me out as a perfect parent, I thought. But I then found I was wrong. Now I realize that there’s no limit of time for parents to keep learning in guiding and keeping an eye on their children, following each stage of their life. This is one priceless moment that opened my eyes how I should realize that a parent is a never-ending learner. Three days ago, on…

  • Family Time,  Work-Life Balance

    Mom is the Teacher at Home

    Recently, my wife supposed to get back to work (again). Come on my Dear, please don’t start it again. Think about the kids… As I was expecting the final decision of my assignment to new office out of town –and then I got in charge at the beginning of this year, my wife coincidentally quit her job five months beforehand. This made a joy happen to our kids. Finally, they had their mom stick around after having been left alone everyday as their mom had to hang around in ‘diaspora’ working at office for mostly overtimes, and for years –do you believe that? It was not a problem when kids…

  • Work-Life Balance

    A New World of Mine

    I’ve heard for long about work-life balance. It’s been a dream for an office worker like me to have a fair time in my daily life, along with my family, of course. There’s a time for work at office, while other ones for spending with my kids, religious and spiritual part, and even me-time. All this time I found that work-life balance has only remained a daydream, or a utopia – you can say that. For in fact, the working style of modern people in big companies and big cities, furnished with constant high pressures, has led to being a determinant factor in washing away the true meaning of work-life…

  • Dad's Notes,  Family Time,  Work-Life Balance

    Dad is 50 Miles Away

    It’s been three weeks long I haven’t got in touch with my blog since the last time I posted my story. There was one thing that got me to pay a full attention and distracted me from my blogging activity. Yeah, the bank I work for had assigned me to a new place out of my town. So I had to prepare things I needed for my moving to my new office. I moved to a smaller town than the one I have been living in all the time, my home town. It’s not so far away indeed which is only about 80 km away (50 miles) and takes me…

  • Motivation,  Reflection

    Broken Racquet

    A little boy had unintentionally broken his dad’s badminton racquet. In a fear of being punished by his dad, he desperately hid the racquet beneath the bed in his bedroom. Each time his dad got inside the bedroom, the boy constantly showed a fearful attitude. On purpose he sit on the bed covering the racquet beneath in order to distract his dad from getting closer to the bed, so his dad would never think that the racquet was indeed around. Consequently, the boy always tried to manage to move the racquet from one place to another as frequent as he could hoping his dad couldn’t find it. Things were going…

  • Reflection

    We Remember You, Dad

    Yesterday was Mother Day. But I’m not telling a story about mum, it’s about remembering my deceased dad instead. It’s been 11 years since my dad passed away. A couple of weeks ago my mum had asked her four children to spend time together at her house to gather around and pray for Dad. Yes, the house where we used to live together. The place where Dad, Mum, my three sisters, and I had spent our full-of-memories past times.

  • Family Time,  Kid's Workout

    Failing is not a Loss

    “Dad, I didn’t make it…” That was what my son said just last week after getting done his piano playing on a music competition. Alongside of his elder sister at the same contest who ended up as the first winner at her category, my boy didn’t get his name on the stage call for the winning inaugural ceremony. However, he was kept awarded a consolation trophy in appreciation of his participation. And those words were all what I had waited to hear…

  • Family Time,  Kid's Workout

    English First, My Boy

    I am an Indonesian. I and my family speak Indonesian language in our daily life. To be specific, we also speak our local region language, Javanese. To be more specific, the city where we live, Surabaya, has absolutely influenced the way we communicate with its distinctive local dialect added to our Javanese language. In practice, we may use those three languages all together or mix them in our everyday conversations.