Sunday, March 04, 2012


the eleventh challenge is to write a short biography of myself. cited from wikipedia,
a biography is a detailed description or account of someone else's life. It entails more than basic facts (education, work, relationships, and death), biography also portrays the subject's experience of those events. ....a biography presents the subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality.
at first, i did not know what to write because this blog is kinda already show how my life is. but then i realized i have not talked about how i feel about europe after one and half years. in the future, if i will write my own biography, this part of my life definitely will be on it. so, here it goes.

coming to europe obviously made me a minority. living as minority made me more respect to other people. what i mean respect is, i highly tolerate people's behavior and thoughts. it's their life, depends on themselves. actually, i don't really like that excuse, but i'll write about it more later.
it also made me more cautious about the food. i believe that we are what we eat. back in Indonesia, i just assumed that everything is halal while probably it is still in question. here, i try to eat only halal food. some places are not very easy to get halal food. i never found any halal meat in crete, thus i only ate seafood or eggs. i know that some people say there's rukshah or flexibility (? i dont know what the right word in english) for us if we can't find halal food then just eat as long as it is not pork. but, for me, it feels like i'm being too weak. well, i'm not fond of red meat, so it's not really a big problem.
but in netherlands, or any other countries which has many muslims, it is veeeery easy to get halal food. if i live in this country and i eat non-halal food, that's just unreasonable. and super lazy.
another thing i found difficult is looking for place for shalah. there are some mosques in netherlands but in unstrategic location. while in germany, i can't tell where mosque is because it usually not publicly known. it becomes more tricky in autumn-winter because the day is shorter and the time between dhuhr and ashr is really close. it's difficult if i want to go somewhere in the city during the day. not so much time to do if i don't want to missed shalah. but the bright side, i should make a fast decision, especially for shopping :p
this is one thing sometimes i take for granted. i'm grateful that i can find mushalla or mosque easily in indonesia.  
this made me thinking about various events that happened in Indonesia lately, especially about the clash between religions. probably they should try change places and feel how to live as the opposite side.   

1 komentar:

Anonymous said...

Please do tell more story like these. It's interesting to read friend's story abroad