Taman Vertikal Baru Di Rumah Dan Koleksi Anggrek

Saya sangat suka dengan bunga dan tanaman, sejak saya kecil. Bagi saya mereka adalah keindahan yang sesungguhnya yang tidak pernah membuat saya bosan. Lagipula, mereka adalah teman saya bicara setiap hari. Setiap bangun tidur dan sore hari, pada saat saya menyiram mereka, saya selalu berbincang dengan mereka. Tak jarang juga saya memutar lagu-lagu dan membacakan puisi saya untuk mereka dengar, Mungkin kelihatannya seperti orang gila, tetapi tak apalah. Mereka makhluk hidup yang bisa mendengarkan suara saya dengan cara mereka sendiri. Dan, saya sangat senang karena baru dua minggu lalu selesai merenovasi taman vertikal di dalam rumah, di atas kolam tepatnya. Senang sekali bisa melihat anggrek-anggrek koleksi saya jadi semakin banyak berkerumun tepat di depan kamar tidur dan ruang tempat saya biasa menulis dan membaca. Segar!

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Taman vertikal baru sedang ditata.

Sewaktu saya masih baru lulus SMA dan mulai kuliah di jakarta, saya dan kawan saya memutuskan untuk membuat sebuah toko bunga segar di Mall depan kampus. Pada waktu itu, tahun 1992-an, boleh dibilang hampir tidak ada yang membuat toko bunga segar di Mall, dan kami memberanikan diri untuk memulainya. Saya yang mendesain dan merancang semua rancangan bunganya, dan saya selalu berusaha menggunakan bunga yang masih berakar, bukan bunga potong. Saya ingin orang lebih menghargai tanaman dan mencoba untuk merawatnya, dan saya yakin bila sudah saya hias tentunya akan berbeda. Alhasil, toko kami laris manis apalagi kalau sedang menjelang hari raya dan ada peryaan khusus. Hotel, para pengusaha, dan pejabat pun menjadi langganan toko kami. Sejak saat itu jugalah saya memutuskan untuk mengoleksi anggrek, kembang sepatu, paku-pakuan, suplir, anterium, dan kembang sepatu. Saya sangat jarang sekali pergi ke pertokoan, saya lebih senang berburu tanaman yang saya suka dan menjadikannya koleksi.

Anggrek sisir yang rajin berbunga.

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Happy Batik Day! Selamat Hari Batik! (Bilingual)

October 2nd is Batik Day in Indonesia as a celebration as well as to mark the anniversary of when UNESCO I recognized put batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and on the representative list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009. This is important to be recognized by the world and especially or Indonesian since Batik is very precious. Batik is not only represent the culture and beauty, but also long history of civilization and philosophy of life. Some might still refuse the existence of Batik because it is seen as for Javanese only, but the the fact that batik is exist in Indonesia throughout the islands and even in the world. The differences is in about the processes of making, the motives, the tools, and the color, each has own character and very much depend on the culture. Batik itsef is a way to draw pictures on the fabric which not only needs skills to do it but also patients. It can takes months to finish just one piece of batik, and its designed should be very thoughtful and full of meaning. That is why we need to appreciate batik, at least we know that Batik is an intangible heritage of humanity in the world.

>Tanggal 2 oktober diperingati sebagai Hari Batik di Indonesia sebagai perayaan sekaligus untuk memperingati hari ketika UNESCO mengakui batik untuk masuk dalam Daftar Representatif sebagai Budaya Tak-benda Warisan Manusia pada tahun 2009. Hal ini patut dikethui dunia dan terutama lagi oleh masyarakat Indonesia sendiri karena batik sangat berharga. Batik tidak hanya melambangkan budaya dan keindahan tetapi juga memiliki sejarah panjang atas peradaban dan falsafah hidup manusia. Sebagian orang mungkin masih menolak mengakuinya karena dianggap hanya sebagai warisan dari budaya Jawa, namun sebenarnya batik ada di seluruh Indonesia dan bahkan dunia. Perbedaannya ada pada cara pembuatan, motif, peralatannya, pewarnaannya, semua memiliki karakter masing-masing dan sangat tergantung pada budaya. Batik sendiri merupakan cara menggambar di atas kain yang tidak hanya membutuhkan ketrampilan tetapi juga kesabaran. Bisa memakan waktu berbulan-bulan untuk bisa menyelesaikan sepotong kain batik, dan setiap desainnya harus dipikirkan baik-baik serta memiliki arti. Itulah sebabnya mengapa kita harus menghargai batik, paling tidak kita tahu bahwa batik adalah merupakan warisan yang sangat berarti bagi dunia.

@mariska.lubis

Hong Bird Batik – Batik Burung Hong (https://steemit.com/indonesia/@mariska.lubis/batik-doodle-indonesia-6-hong-bird-bilingual)

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Benarkah Kita Berada Pada Titik Nadir Kehidupan?

Jika kita melihat keadaan saat ini, segala sesuatunya menjadi simpang siur dan tidak lagi ada kejelasan apalagi kepastian. Ilmu filsafat dan ilmu pengetahuan tidak lagi digunakan untuk mencari kebenaran, hanya digunakan seperti untaian kata-kata yang indah semata. Kata-kata itu sendiri pun bukan untuk menjadi jalan mencari kebenaran, tetapi untuk dijadikan objek perdebatan yang pada akhirnya semuanya menjadi begitu berlebihan. Sementara ketika semua sudah berlebihan dan ekstrim, maka jalan lebar itu begitu terbuka, bukan untuk menjadi lebih maju melainkan justru menuju pada titik nadir kehidupan. Apakah benar memang kita semua sesungguhnya sedang berjalan pada kematian dan kehancuran?!

“Apa yang ada di balik semua yang terlihat oleh mata”? – @mariska.lubis

Percakapan antara saya dan putra sulung saya @marranarayan menjadi sangat menarik untuk dipikirkan lebih lanjut. Kami membicarakan betapa kami sekeluarga tidak ada yang “galur murni”, bahkan untuk menyebutkan kami ini berasal dari suku apapun tidak bisa, kami hanya bisa menyebut kami adalah “orang Indonesia’, yang lahir di kota Bandung, Jawa Barat. Sementara bila melihat sejarah dari leluhur saya saja pun, semuanya sudah merantau dan beradaptasi bahkan “berkembang biak” dengan berbagai suku bangsa dan etnis di dunia ini. Bisa dibilang, kami sangat beruntung, karena kami tidak perlu harus menjadi seseorang yang begitu ekstrem memandang diri sendiri hanya berdasarkan kaca-mata kesukuan atau etnis semata, tetapi menjadi anugerah karena kami menjadi bisa lebih menerima keragaman dan perbedaan yang ada, yang semuanya merupakan rahmat anugerah, di mana semua selalu ada kebaikan dan kekurangannya.

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Pemikiran Yang Salah Kaprah Namun Membudaya Haruskah Dipertahankan Dengan Alasan Budaya?

Sudah terlalu sering saya mendengar budaya menjadi alasan untuk membenarkan sesuatu yang sebenarnya salah atau kurang tepat. Budaya dijadikan tameng, dan apa kata orang itu menjadi lebih penting dari kebenaran terima dan mau dibilang bodoh. Mau dibilang pintar pun, kenapa tidak juga berpikir lebih maju agar budaya yang salah itu diubah menjadi yang benar? Apakah memang semua budaya itu sudah pasti benar hanya karena sudah menjadi budaya yang dibenarkan dan bahkan diyakini banyak orang? Bagaimana bila budaya itu sendiri sudah bertentangan dengan ajaran agama yang katanya diyakini dan diimani, bahkan diikuti sebaik mungkin, apakah tetap harus dipertahankan?

@mariska.lubis

Sudah bukan satu dua orang lagi pasangan muda yang bercerita kepada saya bagaimana mereka sulit untuk menikah, karena mereka belum sanggup memenuhi segala persyaratan yang diberikan oleh orang tua mereka. Persayaratan itu sebenarnya bukan persyaratan utama yang memang diwajibkan dalam agama, namun lebih kepada karena budaya yang dilakukan oleh kebanyakan orang dan dibenarkan. Antara lain adalah pesta pernikahan yang memakan biaya banyak, dan seringkali membuat pasangan baru menikah terjebak dengan hutang justru pada saat baru saja memulai membangun rumah tangga.

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After 44 Years Living In This World (Bilingual)

Today is my 44th birthday and I think this is the right time for me as well to think about what I did before and what should I do next. It is my aim to give all that I have to be as useful as possible for others and this world. That is actually my pray to God everyday and every time I pray. This is not because I am a good person, but I feel that I have to do my best to be as human as possible, it is such a bless to have opportunity to be born as human. I believe the purpose of our existence in this world is nothing but to be as useful as possible for others and this world.

When I was just a little girl with my parents and younger brother.

I don’t know how to describe myself nor my profession. I was studying in a lot of different fields, from economics, science, philosophy, math, to politics. I am working in different fields as well, I am a mother of four lovely children, professional writer, artist, teacher, businesswoman, and consultant. I work with different people, community, and for different purposes as well, and they have their own labels for me. I don’t even know how to describe my self in terms of originality, I have so much different bloods running in me. I could never say, I am Sundanese, Mandailing, Acehnesse, Chinese-Indonesia, or other, I could only say that I am Indonesian. I describe myself as salad, you can put any kind of spices and dressing with it, and turn out to be with different names, but I am still salad anyway.

There are so many things happened in my life, not all are good but I am so grateful about it. I know how it feels being so rich and poor, being on the top of the mountain and deep under the sea, being alone and surrounded by so many people, being unknown and famous, I have been there. All my life, I think since I was born, I live in different “worlds”, like heaven and earth. That is probably the reasons I always feel that I have to know more and more, educate myself to be as flexible as possible, accept everything and every situations, the most important I always very hard to teach myself to be patient and understand. It is not easy to understand others since we all tend to ask others to understand us more than trying to understand others.

I have to admit that I have a lot of problems with politics and all the regimes in my country. For most people, perhaps they don’t like or suffer from certain regimes only, but hey, I have problems with them all. I like my freedom to think and though I know it will be very much contradict or different, some of my friends said that I am too far and beyond when I think, but still I can’t help it. I know exactly how it feels being in prison and had nothing left, I know how it feels being threaten to death, so for me, I am just grateful that I am still alive at the moment. I don’t see it as something that I have to regret or I have to feel sad about it, but for me, it is just a process of learning that make me have to always think and learn. I don’t want to waste my time for nothing useful and being too much, I never like hyerbolic drama. For me, we are just like a grain of sand that pushed away from the sea when we are ready to be free with the sun and the moon, or being pulled away to the deepest sea when we do not know how to get our own freedom.

Me on the right with Kebaya.

That is why I am very happy when I was introduced to Steem by one of my dearest long time best friend @rismanrachman. He dragged me to this community and made me learn more about blockchain. He said because he knew that I would feel comfortable and would learn a lot, will do everything to make sure that my aims will be fulfilled with this new technology. He knows that I don’t want to complain or even to touch the “politics’ anymore, but deep down in my heart, I can’t leave it just like that. With blockchain, I can do a lot, not just talking and complaining too much. I can do a lot more better since I can be that independent, all I need is myself. I have to know exactly what I have to do and always being together to create a real changes in this world. I could never be able to do it myself and blockchain give me the opportunity to do what I want together with all people who really have the same thinking as mind, to make this world much better, so we all could have a better future.

There are so many programs on my head, I and some of my friends in here are building @nusantaraxchange to exchange Steem/SBD direct to our currency, I am planning a lot of national and regional events, publish my books and others books, a lot of community programs such as Rubbish Bank development, but well, I have to do it step by step. I am glad I can be part of Indonesia Steemit Community, @sndbox, @ocd, @promo-steem, @oracle-d, @promo-mentors, @celfmagazine, and hopefully I can be with more community. One think that I realize a lot that not all people are not aware or really sure about what is going on and what they are suppose to do. Not all people are willing to open their eyes, minds, and hearts for others and for the future. Not all people are even willing to learn, to read, to listen, they prefer to stay in traditional or primordial ways of thinking. It is allright, it is their choice, but they will not stop me to move on and get what we actually really need. This is the real challenge that I have to face on Steem and blockchain.

Hence, for those who are truly my readers from a long time ago will realize that what I wrote on Steem are totally different than what I used to write. I don’t have a chance to write something that really “Mariska Lubis’. Most of my writings in here are example and guidance for others to learn how to write and to learn more about blockchain and cryptocurrency. I can’t explain one by one and on and on, but they could read and learn from the way I write. This is not only for Steem actually, but as a teacher, I want all to learn to be as professional as possible in their fields and at anywhere. Of course it takes times and have to be very patient and consistent, but time will come to proof that it’s all worth it. It is useless to have high rewards and reputations if they never be able to develop themselves, in terms of working and especially way of thinking which reflceted very much from their posts and behaviours. Lies and manipulative are not the best thing to do in blockchain.

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I innitiate 1st KSI National Meet Up in Indonesia. Source: https://steemit.com/meetup/@mariska.lubis/press-release-1st-ksi-national-meet-up-bandung-16-februari-2018.

I hope we can do a lot together to make something that really useful for this world. We can’t wait for magic to change everything to be better, we have to do something. I don’t expect that all could understand what I am trying to say, I don’t ask everybody to understand as well. What I ask is just to always think further, don’t be too late to regret everything later on.

This is for me, on my 44th birthday, and I did it. May God bless give us a chance to be and to do better.

Note: This post is written also for @sndbox challege

Bandung, August 6th, 2018

Warm Regards

Mariska Lubis

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