• Dad's Notes

    Music Learning for Kids: 15 Things Parents Need to Know

    When I decided that my daughter have music learning –piano in particular- for years ago and followed by her younger brother two years after, I was actually finding myself at a crossroad. While I was dreaming of my kids were to have musical skills on one hand, I had a big doubt if this would work out in upcoming years. Sometimes, many parents think that talent and historical record of a family on a specific achievement are the determinant prerequisites for kids’ success in their learning. In fact, parents have no obligation to have a musical education background. And, children don’t have to be specially endowed with music talent. Everybody…

  • Dad's Notes

    My Dad, My First Love

    A couple of years ago I read a Facebook status of my colleague when we were in university. She was in grief as she just lost her father who just passed away. On her Facebook status, she uploaded a photograph of her father when he was quite young, with a caption: “My First Love”. A love of a daughter to her father. All this time, indeed, I never thought that a father would ever be the first love of his daughter. When they love each other, it is a sure thing. A father –alongside mother- raises his children with love, embedding values of life, and being a role model. The…

  • Motivation

    Jack Welch, a Down-to-Earth Boss

    Jack Welch is the most admired CEO by other CEO’s in the world. Their minds always refer to Jack Welch when it comes to the question: who is the best CEO in the world. What Jack Welch did in the 1980’s is actually rarely done by other CEO’s in most giant companies until nowadays. The CEO’s in large companies generally control theirs from the headquarters. Jack is different. He had been the most important person. However, much of his time had been spent with a direct going from top to down to his employees. He never stopped moving from one factory to another factory listening to his employees. He was…

  • Guest Posts

    6 Easy Cleaning Tips for New Parents

    Usually, before the baby arrives home, people have enough free time to deal with all household duties. They can cover the weekly domestic chores by the means of professional cleaning products and have peace of mind that their house is clean and well organised. Bringing home a baby is a special time for everyone. It is full of love and pleasant emotions as well as sleep deprivation and a variety of messes. In most of the cases, parents learn how to deal with them on the go and this is linked with a huge hassle. Here are some helpful tips that will make your life easier. Make a new cleaning…

  • Kids' Workout

    Year End’s Music Recital

    Indonesia Young Musician Performance 2017. It has been what my kids keep looking forward to in every other year. Yes, it’s a joint music concert for kids who are in beginner phase of learning music. A place for them to show their talent playing piano, violin, or cielo –instruments most played in such a music event. Initiated and arranged by Staccato, a music magazine, this concert has been expected by every participant from all over Indonesia since it’s held in marathon series which take place in many big cities in Indonesia consecutively, including my hometown, Surabaya. And my kids participated in this event for the second time from the first…

  • Kids' Workout

    Kids and the Piano: Recalling the Initial Struggles

    In my eyes, playing piano is beautiful. Mastering this type of music instrument might auspiciously put our feet on many steps ahead, I believe, since it’s so much likely to be an added value embedded to someone when coming into future thresholds in life, like new schools and even work circumstances. Indeed, having piano skill had been a very long-lost dream of me and my wife, coincidentally, long before we were united as a family. As we had never had the chance to make it real, we intended to deliver the valuable favour to our kids. And thankfully, we could avail ourselves of it this time. Three years ago, Rasha,…

  • Motivation,  Reflection

    Many Ways for Blessings to Come

    Sustenance in the form of money might come from any unexpected direction. Not everything can be understood with sense-making and logic circumstances to find where it comes from. Here is an awesome sharing of thoughts from Jamil Azzaini, the inspirator of Sukses Mulia. A friend once asked, “How can I not be so busy seeking for money, but instead money itself is so busy seeking for me?” “Take two ways simultaneously, the professional path and the spiritual one.” The professional way is when we set the skill and continue to sharpen it to become experts in that field. While the spiritual path, do the activities commanded by the Almighty who…

  • Dad's Notes

    Support Your Kids Facing New School Season

    Holiday is over. New school’s annual study season has begun. For a large number of students, holiday is a time for fun after a year of undergoing one study level. For them, vacation is vacation. What about the new challenge on the next level will be, they don’t wanna think about it. Only as the holiday ends, they begin to be anxious about the new atmosphere they must face. Starting from the dread of not being able to adapt to new buildings, new friends, even new subjects. Also, worried about not getting clinging friends as they had before. As parents, we always have to guide our children who are experiencing…

  • Kids' Workout

    Ramadhan Fasting Completion

    Ramadhan has just slipped away, I’ve got through the righteous month away from home, and Rasha –my daughter- made a significant improvement of her Ramadhan good deeds. Well, those brought about a coincidence that seemed to have made my feet so light to step for the upcoming days, and I do hope this would be keeping so. Indeed, the focal point of this situation was what Rasha reached out during Ramadhan. As all Muslims should do in this kind of honorable month, Rasha has made a good step in her fasting deed learning. Yeah, she’s only 10-year-old and in 4th grade of elementary school girl and yet to be compelled…

  • Family Time

    I See that Good Thing, Dad

    In the phase of rapidly growing mental, emotional, and psychological aspects, a son goes out by igniting his eyes on his dad. All his dad’s behavior, gestures, speeches, and habits are likely the things to be absorbed into his mind, even planted for the longest period of his whole life. A dad must be aware and alert for this circumstance. Take a good planning before going out for an act. However it is nothing to worry about. This could indeed be the golden moment to disburse good values to his son. Moreover, in the long run it will strengthen the relationship between dad and son. I have a little experience…