“Excuse me, you look a lot like my computer teacher on high school,”

Do you believe in coincidence?

So there I was, in Carrefour to do my monthly grocery, shopping list sticked to the handle of the trolley thinking about the quickest route to get everything when a group of foreigners caught my eye. Now, it’s not that I’ve never seen foreigners in this particular branch of C4 is just that when a whole bunch of them popped out at the same time it kinda noticeable. There’s something about them that I couldn’t quite place but I shrugged it off and get in line to the escalator when I realise the guy in front of me looked so much like my computer teacher in high school. I looked to the left and pow! There’s this other guy who chatting with a lady that looked a lot like my drama teacher. I thought, am I hallucinating or did I just see two of my high school teacher on C4’s escalator each of them holding a trolley? I racked my brain for their names. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out my computer teacher’s name but I am so curious that I decided to go ahead and ask him anyway. I just have to know, how come there’s not 1 but 2 people that look so much like my former teachers, in a hypermarket no less.

So, once we’re safely on the top floor, I zoomed out to the guy in front of me and asked,”Excuse me, you look like my computer teacher from high school. Did you by any chance, worked in Amsterdam, in International School of Amsterdam?” A pair of friendly eyes peered at me, smiled and said yes. I knew it! I recognise that smile! Then the second surprise, “Sita?” I spun around and said, “Mr. Westerberg, is that you?” a big bear hug was the answer. I couldn’t believe it. I can’t believe not only my hunch was right, but that they remembered me as well! Needless to say, a small riot ensues mostly by my doing, shrieking and kinda jumping up and down in excitement. Well, they were surprised too but being male and older they’re more composed than me . It turned out that they’ve been looking to work here, apparently Mr. Westerberg visited Jakarta back in 97 and fell in love with the city. They’ve been keeping an eye out for job opening and just got it now.

In the mean time I keep racking my brain for my other teacher’s name and still couldn’t find it so with great embarrassment I said,”Please, could you tell me your name, I can’t keep calling you my high school computer teacher!” Thankfully he just laughed and said his name. Dude I am getting old. But the funniest was to see their expression when they found out that I now have 2 kids. It’s priceless. Since they’ve only been here for 3 days they haven’t got a cell phone sorted. So I gave them my details and an invitation to dinner whenever they are ready.

Now here’s the twilight zone moment, when I arrived at C4 I took a detour to KFC to get some snack so I won’t shop on empty tummy. Had I head straight to the trolley and go shopping I would’ve missed them completely, I would’ve gone upstairs and swallowed into C4’s belly. But I didn’t. Mr. Westerberg keep saying this is meant to be and I believe him. You don’t see each other for 13 years and suddenly you bumped into each other, in a hypermarket of all places, it is bound to be some sort of fate.

So, do you believe in coincidence?

Wow Irak!!!

Dari awal saya sudah memegang Irak untuk menang piala Asia, rasanya akan jadi kado yang manis untuk negaranya yang sedang perang. Dan ternyata… permainan yang sangat mendebarkan! Kedua kiper sangat bagus dan tangguh, kami sudah ngeri aja bakalan berakhir dengan adu penalti namun tidak, game berakhir dengan sebuah gol cantik dari sang kapten Younes Mahmoud (sp?) Menurut si Gibol itu memang gaya khas sang kapte, menyundul dari belakang, bukan dari tengah jadi dia bebas nggak ada yang jaga. Ok deh Gib, aye percaya ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yang jadi pikiran saya, Irak, negara kecil yang lagi hancur balur masih bisa menang Piala AFC, lha kita negara besar konon gemah ripah dan seterusnya masuk babak selanjutnya aja nggak bisa.. Piye tha? But, saya tetap bangga pada timnas kita, Ponaryo and the gang is soo cool, next time better ok!

Selamat untuk tim Irak. Anda pantas menjadi pemenang

Tentang Memasak

Memasak, menurut saya bukanlah hal yang sulit. Tidak perlu suatu bakat khusus untuk bisa memasak. Tentunya kalau kita ingin menjadi tukang masak di hotel internasional atau sejenisnya kita perlu sekolah tata boga terlebih dahulu. Kalau kita ingin menjadi ahli kuliner seperti Wiliam Wongso atau Suryatini Ganie maka diperlukan juga kesukaan atau passion untuk makanan. Tapi kalau hanya sekedar masak untuk menyambung hidup maka yang diperlukan hanyalah kemauan. Itu saja. Kalau kita nggak kepingin masak, mau yang ngajarnya Jamie Oliver langsung ya tetep aja apalagi disini harga makanan jadi relatif masih murah – meski pelan-pelan mulai mahal – jadi nggak masak pun masih bisa makan.

Tapi kalau kita sudah punya kemauan, maka kita sudah punya modal awal yang besar.

Hal lain yang kita perlukan adalah ketelitian dan kesabaran. Ketelitian diperlukan dalam membaca resep agar ketika kita mulai memasak kita pas mengukur semua bahan baku yang diperlukan, dan tahapan-tahapannya tidak terlewati karena tidak dibaca.

โ€˜Bahan bakuโ€™ terakhir adalah kesabaran. Ya, perlu kesabaran dalam memasak karena mengolah bahan mentah menjadi matang perlu waktu. Hanya merebus air saja perlu waktu. Kalau kita nggak sabar bisa-bisa airnya belum matang sudah kita pakai atau kita tinggal dan akhirnya hilang menguap semua di panci.

Kalau kita sudah punya ketiga hal tersebut baru deh kita main-main dengan mencari resep yang mudah, yang kelihatannya menarik, atau yang gambar pengarangnya keren. Trus belajar deh mengenali aneka bumbu dapur, sayuran, potongan-potongan daging, ayam, ikan, belajar mana yang enak untuk sop, tumis, atau panggang. Merasa-rasa kombinasi apa yang asik antara sayur dan daging. Dan dimana tempat terbaik untuk membeli semuanya.

Kalau sudah adem dengan bahan mentah, lirik deh temannya alias peralatan masak. Apa saja yang masih kuramg dari dapurku? Penggorengan dari Teflon, dari baja, panci presto, panggangan roti? Dan kalau sudah serius soal mengisi dapur, merek! Apakah Maxim, Pyrex, Vision, Corelle, Le Creuset?

Tapi yah, kembali lagi ke soal memasak, bukan merek pancinya yang membuat sop buntut ibu saya aduhai enaknya, tetapi kemauan, ketelitian dan kesabaran. Khusus untuk sop buntut ibu saya ditambah juga dengan bumbu cinta yang membuatnya sop buntut paling enak sedunia. Oh, dan pisau yang tajam juga akan sangat menolong dalam mempersiapkan apa saja.

Jadi, mari memasak. Kalau mau. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Almost Three

You are still very small

Your little legs

Can not yet match your

Mommyโ€™s longer stride

And your hands

Is still enveloped by mine

You are 2 years old, almost 3

Apparently, twoโ€™s are terrible

But you are not

Not all the time ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yes, you start to assert

Your wants and needs

And yell and cry

If you donโ€™t get your way

And you test your parents

For their patience

And maturity

Everyday J

And I am sorry to say

That I sometimes failed

To be that mature, older

(and supposedly) wiser person

When all you want is attention

Because sometime

You can not help

But get jealous

Of your little brother

Even though you love him

And he is the first thing

You look for every morning

So everyday I try

To be a better mommy

Than yesterday

For you and your brother

For there is no sweeter sight and sound

Than when you run towards me

Arms outstretched

Smiling widely

And says,

โ€œMommy!โ€

For Laras, on the eve of her 3rd birthday

(Laras actually already turned 3 back in June, but this was composed way before)