Thanksgiving at Lincoln

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My first Thanksgiving celebration at Lincoln. Had three places to visit, missed the fourth one and ended to engage in a long deep conversation with a group of fun and lovely people. Lucky enough to skip the Black Friday madness shopping, though 🙂

With Korean superstar, a.k.a my little brother Paulus. 😎😎

Having Thanksgiving at the Fortune Place with Inez, a fellow Indonesian who works at Lincoln.

With Carlos Riera and Hector Palala. (photo taken by Chelsea Hampton)

It’s us! (Left to right). Carlos Riera, Hector Palala, Christopher, Gaby, Chelsea, me, Valerie and Ivan. (photo taken by Gabriella Palomo)

Two versions of Turkey. American and Cambodia. (Photo taken by Utami Diah Kusumawati)

Turkey, green beans, mashed potatoe and gravy.

Super delicious Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Coconut Cheesecake. OMG. I love them so much!!

House of dream

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I dreamed about you.

About a house where you live. 

A house that has a table with lots of thick-page books, a dim light yellowish room with a standing lamp, several big teakwood  opened windows, and a comfortable red couch.

In that dream, I was standing outside that house, playing and talking with my friends. They spoke about something and we were having fun together. While you were studying inside the house, drowning with the reading. Suddenly you appeared and interrupted us.  

I saw your face, popping out from one of the big windows of that cozy house. And you smiled at me. 

I looked back at you and then, we talked and laughed and talked and laughed and talked and laughed until my friends’ face got disappeared one by one. Until the sun went down and we forgot about time.

And everything started to felt connected and reduced into a small world of us. I felt that you were so familiar to me. Your comfy house, your activity of reading the books on the table, your red couch, your smile and maturity, and the way you carried yourself. Your life, my life, and our crossed path. 

All that smile that I saw on the first time I knew you at that event I could not mention. I felt like I had known you for years and years. 

And, I woke up. It was still dark outside. There was only shadow of trees from my one and only window, and a light bulb. But, the feeling lingered on.

_tam_

Dingin yang Tiba di Bulan Oktober

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Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tuesday, October 10.

Musim perlahan berganti. Kini, cuaca tidak lagi sehangat saat pertama kali aku datang ke kota ini. Meski masih masuk ke dalam periode Musim Gugur, namun suhu sudah menurun drastis. Salju bisa tiba-tiba saja datang di tengah bulan Oktober ini.

Setiap hari, dari pagi hingga malam, udara terasa dingin. Kamu tahu seperti apa rasanya?

Fear of losing you

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Lincoln, Nebraska.

12:21 AM

Sometimes, I feel like I have lost you inch by inch.

Each time you speak or write, I am always afraid that I will find the fact there is too much difference between us that is not meant to be together. Threads that do not cross one another.

And that you do not want to unite those threads because it will require too much effort, too much time, in the end.

Menyamar di Korea Utara bersama Para Pemimpin Masa Depan

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Oleh Suki Kim

Diterjemahkan Utami Diah Kusumawati dari buku All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing The Unknown
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Taken from Sukikim.com.

Aku sedang merapikan koperku ketika sebuah ketukan di pintu muncul. Aku tahu siapa itu, maka aku mengabaikannya dan tetap berkemas. Namun, dia terus mengetuk, maka akhirnya aku menyerah dan membuka pintu.

Perempuan itu merupakan salah satu dari kelompok Kristiani Evangelikan yang pernah bekerja bersamaku dalam enam bulan terakhir.

Dia berkata,” Lelaki itu telah meninggal.”

Saat itu, aku bingung. Aku kira maksudnya adalah Tuhan.

Catatan Menjadi Seorang Novelis

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William Boyd menceritakan bagaimana novel pertamanya diterbitkan

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William Boyd. Photo taken from Amazon.com

Diterjemahkan oleh Utami Diah Kusumawati dari Notes on Becoming a Novelist oleh William Boyd dari buku the Writers’ and Artist‘ Yearbook 2014

Pada awal 1970-an, semasa masih kuliah, aku mulai membayangkan menjadi seorang novelis. Persoalannya adalah aku benar-benar tidak punya petunjuk bagaimana merealisasikan mimpiku yang samar tetapi terasa begitu kuat.

Sulit untuk membayangkan hal tersebut saat ini – di mana internet telah menawarkan ratusan kursus penulisan kreatif, blog penulis, festival sastra dan semacamnya — betapa tak terjangkau dan misterius pekerjaan novelis pada masa itu. Hal itu ibarat mencoba bergabung dengan beberapa klub yang luar biasa eksklusif.

Dan Jarak yang Membentang Diantara Kami

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Lincoln, Nebraska.

06.00 AM

Sudah sebulan aku berada di negeri Paman Sam dan mengejar mimpiku. Setiap hari berlalu, aku merasa semakin terbiasa dan mulai familiar tinggal di kota yang terletak di bagian tengah Amerika Serikat ini. Kota yang dinamai dari Abraham Lincoln, salah satu presiden Amerika Serikat yang terkenal gigih menghapuskan perbudakan dan rasialisme di AS.

Hari demi hari, aku mulai menemukan keteraturan di ibukota negara bagian Nebraska ini.

Kota ini tidak sesibuk dan sebesar Jakarta. Penduduknya bahkan hanya 280.364 penduduk, menurut sensus penduduk dari the United States Census Bureau tahun 2016. (Bandingkan dengan Jakarta yang mencapai angka 10 juta penduduk). Namun, kota kecil ini ramah dan hangat seperti seorang teman baik yang selalu terbuka dan menerima kedatanganmu kapan saja dan dalam kondisi apapun.

Setiap hari, aku mulai akrab bepergian dengan moda transportasi mereka (tidak 24 jam) yang terbatas namun gratis sepenuhnya bagi mahasiswa, berjalan kaki selama 10 menit hingga satu jam dari kampus ke apartemen atau ke pusat kota Lincoln, bergulat dengan angin yang berhembus sungguh kencang dan seringkali mengacaubalaukan rambutmu, atau bajumu (Aku belajar untuk tidak pernah memakai rok selama di sini).
Aku terbiasa pula wara-wiri diantara udara dingin (seperti suhu malam hari di Puncak, Indonesia) yang membuatmu menggigil setibanya di apartemen, memakan pizza mereka yang tipis dan tanpa pinggiran tebal ataupun sajian menu Asia seperti Panda Express yang harganya cukup mahal bagi kantung mahasiswa, hingga berada di ruang perpustakaan kampus yang sungguh nyaman dan membuatmu betah berlama-lama membaca buku atau mengerjakan tugas di sana, khas mahasiswa.


#LetsCook! Tom yum Steamboat

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Tomyum steamboat with noodles. (Doc.Utami Diah Kusumawati)

Just found out this great sentences on cooking from Lea Michelle. It resonates with me directly and I would like to share it with you. :-). So, here we go.

“I just moved into a new house, so I love spending time at home. Everything for me is all about self-care because I really feel that if I’m at my best, than I’m able to come to my job and really be feeling the best, so if I’m not working out or going on a hike, than I’m at home recharging and cooking dinner and hanging out with my cat.”

Last night, after finishing some assignments for my Master Degree classes, I sat in front of my laptop reflecting. On a life that is so unpredictable and a feeling that has been vulnerable. One can easily break down in a minute after experiencing sunshine  in that same day. You cannot hold it, nor hide it. When your heart feels kind of heavy, you just cry. Enjoy the crap that the life gives you. (And after that you can call a friend, or eat a lot of chocolate or ice cream, hahaha).

People think you are strong and you think also the same for yourself. You have done many things in your life, you achieve what you have wanted, and you get all the appraisal from people and relatives. You have come so far to the point you know you only need to focus and focus and you will arrive finally in a place where you thought you cannot do it at the first place.

But, in one second, one thing or one sentence came from particular people and it hit you, and all your self love, self confidence, self worth, broken down into pieces. You asked why to a silence blanketing out there… and tears flowing down. You hope nobody will see your vulnerability. That you only want to keep that feeling by yourself and hope that in the next days, you will be ready to face the everyday activities again, as a part of your journey to achieve your next dream. But, it is not a wise decision. Sometimes, you just need someone to listen to. You know you can pass through it, and be back as strong again, and smile to everything that world gives you in, but a good friend is a always be a best gift you can get for yourself.

Besides a good friend, doing what you love the most, is also the best gift you can give to yourself. And for me, one of them is cooking.

So, after doing my assignments, I think on what to cook and with still full of feeling of….. many questions in my mind, I decided to cook Tom yum Steamboat. Hoping it can ease down my feeling. It turns out that the steamboat tastes delicious. I am so satisfied with my self. This cooking ritual really boosts up my mood in a good way. 🙂 So, let me share the recipe of this comforting food for you.

Tom yum Steamboat

Ingredients

  1. Baby Boy Choi
  2. Udon or noodles (I used noodles because I hadn’t bought udon, :P)
  3. Carrots
  4. Sausages
  5. Chicken broth (boil chicken and use the water as the basic soup for your tom yum steamboat)
  6. Chopped onion
  7. Minced garlic
  8. mushroom (you can use either shiitake or other mushrooms depend on your personal preference)
  9. fish tofu
  10. crabstick
  11. meatballs (preferable)
  12. Tom yum paste (2 to 3 spoons)
  13. salt
  14. a pinch of Knorr cal doe de tomato with chicken flavor

How to make

  1. Boil chicken, use the water as the basic soup for tom yum
  2. Stir fry chopped onion and minced garlic. just a minute. Do not take too long and pour the mixture into the basic soup (chicken broth)
  3. Add tom yum paste. For one big pan I use 2 spoons of tom yum paste. mix it together. use small fire
  4. Add a pinch of Knorr cal doe de tomato with chicken flavor. Mix it. Add bit of salt (preferable)
  5. Put carrots, mushrooms, sausages, meatballs, fish tofu, and the crabstick.
  6. Add udon or noodles.
  7. Turn off the fire. Add baby boy choi and mix it.
  8. Tom yum steamboat is ready to serve! 🙂 Happy eating….!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tomyum steamboat with noodles. (Doc.Utami Diah Kusumawati)

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I forget how beautiful it is to write..

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Lincoln, Nebraska. 11.08 PM.

It has been two weeks for me at Lincoln, the capital city of Nebraska, an US state which is famous for its corn and Husker team. 😀