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Tuatara

Tuatara are reptiles endemic to New Zealand. Although resembling most lizards, they are part of a distinct lineage, the order Rhynchocephalia. The single species of tuatara is the only surviving member of its order, which flourished around 200 million years ago. Their name derives from the Māori language, and means “peaks on the back”. Their most recent common ancestor with any other extant group is with the squamates (lizards and snakes). The average lifespan is about 60 years, but they can live to be well over 100 years old. Some experts believe that captive tuatara could live as long as 200 years.

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25/4/17 Lest We Forget. It is the first year I have managed to get right through the dawn service without a tear. Every year they sing my mum’s favourite hymn, which was sung at hers and my Grandads funeral. He too was a serviceman. Every year it brings back lots of sad memories. But they are my memories and no one can take them from me.

Menikah itu Energi yang Melahirkan Sinergi

Belakangan lagi pro-kontra tentang pembahasan mengenai pernikahan yang “too much” . Iya Lika juga sepakat kalau akhir-akhir ini topik itu “too much”, ini mah buat catatan pribadi aja ko, karena lagi nemu aja sumbernya. Kalau dibiarin gitu aja suka lupa soalnya. Lika nulis memang tujuan awalnya buat jadi catatan pribadi, tapi kalau kemudian ada yang mendapatkan manfaat dari catatan Lika Alhamdulilah.. tapi sungguh ini ga ada maksud buat nambah-nambah “too much” nya topik pernikahan.hehe

Judul diatas sama persis dengan salah satu chapter di buku bunda Tatty Elmir & Kurniawan Gunadi yang berjudul “Never Ending Hijrah”. Bukunya sangat direkomendasikan syekaliii. Review singkat : buku ini bercerita tentang kisah nyata sepasang perantau yang menambah list pasangan favorit Lika. Silvia Pamudji dan Reza Abdul Jabbar, keduanya asal Indonesia yang sukses membangun bisnis peternakan dan pertanian di New Zealand. Buku ini adalah sebuah catatan tentang bagaimana keduanya berjuang menghidupkan Islam di negeri paling selatan dunia itu.

Pertama kali Lika ngobrol langsung dengan beliau-beliau saat acara FIM Bandung bulan Ramadhan kemarin pada acara bedah buku “Never Ending Hijrah”, meski hanya lewat skype tapi energi keduanya kerasa banget dari NZ ke Bandung, ini serius! Lika ga bercanda sama sekali, semoga diberi kesempatan bertemu langsung keduanya di Invercargill. Nyata betul jika menikah itu energi yang melahirkan sinergi. Saat itu pertanyaan Lika pada keduanya : “apa bekal yang ditanamkan pada anak-anak untuk bisa tetap ‘survive’ di negri mayoritas non muslim?”. Keduanya kompak menjawab ‘Tauhid’. Tauhid bagi keluarga pak Reza sudah pasti harga mati ga bisa ditawar. Tauhid ini topik yang menarik banget jadi tulisan selanjutnya, jadi ga akan Lika bahas sekarang, next….

Pak Reza meyakini, pernikahan itu bukan cover zina. Pak Reza dan Bu Silvi menyepakati bahwa pernikahan itu adalah institusi yang melahirkan peradaban dengan meletakkan Al-Quran dan Sunnah Rasul sebagai dasar. Bu Silvi meyakini seyakin-yakinnya, bahwa pernikahan itu adalah kunci surga dunia hingga akhirat. Semakin cepat seorang wanita menyadari posisisnya, semakin cepat dia beriman. Semakin cepat dia beriman, maka semakin mudah hidupnya. Seseorang yang menerima aturan Allah itu hidupnya berlimpah kebahagiaan, kemuliaan serta berkah. Dan salah satu aturan Allah itu adalah kepatuhan seorang istri kepada suaminya. 

Pernikahan yang melahirkan energi diyakini Pak Reza, mampu melahirkan sinergi. Sinergi itu bukan 1 + 1 = 2, namun bisa 10, 100, 1000 bahkan beratus juta dan miliar kebajikan. Menurut Pak Reza, bu Silvi adalah perempuan yang luar biasa, miliknya yang berharga dan tak tergantikan kebahagiaan memilikinya dengan apapun, selain shalihah, patuh pada suami, Bu Silvi bagi Pak Reza adalah partner yang baik dalam segala hal.

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Catatan bagi saya khususnya, atau bagi siapapun yang ingin mengambil hikmah. Ternyata mempersiapkan diri menuju pernikahan bukan hanya perkara memperbaiki diri, tapi juga membekali diri dengan ilmu agama dan pemahaman yang baik dalam menjalani kehidupan. Karena yang dibutuhkan suami kita nanti bukan hanya seorang ibu untuk anak-anaknya, bukan hanya urusan ‘domestik’. Tapi life partner yang bisa kompak menjalani perjalanan di dunia menuju akhirat. Kompak artinya ada dua individu yang sama-sama berusaha, meski awalnya memiliki pemahaman yang berbeda justru disitulah peran pernikahan. Dua individu yang lahir dari keluarga dan lingkungan berbeda, budaya berbeda dan sudah pasti karakter yang berbeda kemudian dipersatukan dengan pernikahan yang memiliki standar yang sama Al-Quran dan Sunnah Rasul.

Sharing dengan teh Elma semoga menguatkan : perintah Allah untuk memantaskan diri itu memang benar adanya.

Mengapa ?

Karena hanya yang mulia di mata Allah, berhak atas yang terbaik. Dan yang oleh kita terlihat sebagai kurang baik, maka bisa jadi mata kita yang batasnya hanya bisa melihat dalam rentang waktu pendek saja, padahal orang itu bisa berubah. Atau Allah memang punya rencana untuk dia, yang sama sekali belum kita pahami kali ini.

Namun itu tidak menurunkan nilai pentingnya perintah Allah untuk memantaskan diri menjadi mulia. Karena kita sedang fokus menjalankan perintah Allah, bukan sedang fokus memenuhi hitung-hitungan kita. Berserah dirilah pada Allah, dan bersedialah menjalani kurikulum Allah yang Allah buat khusus untuk kita, “our own stairway to heaven”.

 insyaAllah, ya Rabb guide me :)

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Librarians Are Secretly the Funnest People Alive – Electric Literature
If you think all they do is shush you, you’re in for a treat
By Jo Lou

Last week, librarians from Invercargill, New Zealand had a “totally impromptu, definitely not planned” photo shoot spoofing The Hollywood Reporter’s The Kardashian Decade cover, and everyone is losing their minds. But did you know that librarians have always been lowkey the most fun people on the planet? Here are seven times that librarians have debunked the stereotype that they are uptight scolds ready to shush those who dare to have fun in their sacred institution.

Caution: These musical tributes to libraries and the amazing people who run them will have you wanting to break out in song and dance at your nearest library. And then you really might get shushed.

enecoo  asked:

What are the most common misconceptions that you hear from non-jews about Judaism or Jews? :o

1. Judaism is basically ‘ethnic’ Christianity.

This one mostly (but not always) comes from culturally Christian atheists, who think that everything they were taught growing up- especially the bits they don’t like- comes from my lot. We don’t believe in original sin, we don’t believe in Hell. So all those smug posts about ‘well teeeechnically we’re all going to Hell because the Torah says-’ are, um, categorically false. Stop reblogging them, peeps.

2. ‘Jews think that…’

No, we don’t. Judaism is, essentially, a millennia-old argument with G-d. I guarantee you that whatever you are about to say, there’s a Jew arguing precisely the opposite because we are the finickiest people known to man.

3. Anything using halacha or Torah to justify/deny the existence of Israel.

don’t do this goyim just don’t

4. We secretly control the world.

This ranges from overt conspiracy theories (my favourite so far is the one where we’re all told in secret that we’re going to Hell by our rabbis, so we have to cause as much pain to the people who are going to Heaven as we can, because it’s like I’m a secret agent) to slightly subtler methods, like arguing John Key got his job because of the Jewish influence on New Zealand. A brief maths exercise: even if by some astonishing coincidence every single Jew in New Zealand voted National (all six thousand of us), how many times would we have to have voted to drown out the four and a half million gentiles in this country who all voted New Zealand First?

5. We’re all white.

This one is… complicated. I mean, you can look at Watto from Star Wars or the Happy Merchant cartoon or Nazi propaganda and see that we aren’t seen as white, or why would those be seen, specifically, as cartoons of Jews? Not all Jews are Askenazim, and not all Ashkenazim are white. Often, the idea of ‘white’ makes no sense outside of the US.  I’m light-skinned and Ashkenazi, and I usually pass for white. My older sister was blonde, my brothers have black curly hair and classically Jewish features, my younger sister’s black-haired and olive-skinned. My mother would be white-passing if she didn’t wear a tichel- as it is, people tend to guess that she’s Lebanese. We are, after all, from the Levant and not Invercargill.

i woke up from a sleep on a couch in a public library (I was stranded in invercargill basically after i went to the ale house and the park there was nothing i could do)  and this girl around my age was staring at me and she introduced herself and started talking and she was like asking where I was from and being very nice to me but it was obviously weird and then she was like “I love the tourists — except the Asians, they take our jobs” and I got up and i was like “how do they take your jobs…. they’re tourists lmfao” and then I told her not to wake up people and say racist shit to them and I honestly was so pissed off cuz I could’ve slept another hour but I had to leave and walk back to the bus station and it was closed so I wound up going to a burger place that people recommended to me and it was really bad

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Prince Harry meets members of the Public outside the National War Memorial on May 9, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland.

Source: Chris Jackson/Getty Images AsiaPac

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Prince Harry speaks with members of the Student Volunteer Army during a visit to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand on May 12, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland.

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Prince Harry is presented with a daisy by two young children as he walks to church on Stewart Island on May 10, 2015 in Oban, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland.

Source: Chris Jackson/Getty Images AsiaPac