A Friend from Faraway

Today I feel so heart broken.
As I mentioned before, I will start working next Monday and I have been waiting for this moment to come since months ago. I am no doubt very very excited and happy. I feel so ready to break a leg!
But at the same time, I feel sad because that means I probably will not have more time to have skype session with my Japanese friend, T-san.
First, let me tell you about T-san.
He is 61 years old Japanese guy lives in Malaysia, suffers from Parkinson Disease which restricts him to do heavy exercise. I dont know in detail how PD affects him, but from what he told me, he spent most of his time at home. He cannot be under stress, or being too tired, he cant walk long, he cant sit for too long, but that doesnt stop him to learn new things. He wanted to learn bahasa Indonesia, and he saw my ads on a website (I posted an ads about me teaching english and bahasa).
He called me to get a trial session.
At that time, I know little about PD. I asked him to send me email, he said though it will be difficult, but he will try. He did try. It must be hard for him, I feel bad after knowing more about his PD.
So we began our chat session, me learning Japanese from him and he learns Bahasa from me. He is really kind, easy to talk to, has a lot of energy and eagerness to try and learn. That kind of spirit is very rare for someone at his age. We talk twice a week for one hour (sometimes more), about many issues, from politics to celebrity.
It was really fun. I will tell the stories of each session to my husband, and he also found Me and T-san’s friendship as unique and interesting. He is glad that I am able to make friends even though it was online friends. And it became a habit for him at the end of the day to come home from work and ask me about the chat session as he most certainly will hear a new interesting story.

For me who spend most of my time at home with no friends, talking to him feels refreshing. I feel less lonely. I was once joked that we both are the same; kinda feel lonely and need friends to talk to, and it happened that we found each other.
And soon I feel him as a friend. He listened to my struggle on finding job, he even helped me to practice for my interview for my current job. I hope I was ever the same help as he was to me.
Now that I look back, I never regret of being unemployed for 6 months if that means I made at least one person in this world happy, or at least I was being useful to other people. I am glad I have ever been a friend of him, even just for a short time.

Now that I will start working, I promised him that we will still try to find a time to talk to each other and learn Japanese-Bahasa again. But deeply inside we both know it will be more difficult to find time, or at least it wont be the same.

I hope he will stay healthy and he will find himself surrounded by blessed people so he wont be ever feeling lonely.

As for me, I will try my best at my new job and always learn new things everyday. He has inspired my that age and condition should not stop us from learning. So, that is exactly what I am going to do!

Thank you T-san for being such a good friends for the past 4 months.
お世話になりました。 元気でね。

Wrong Perception

You know how usually judging people the first time you met them and then later on it is proven that your judgment is true?

You were happy for a minute, probably proud of yourself for having the right intuition, and you probably take some distances from eople whom you thought will not be kind to you. Then you live your life.

Have you ever been in the situation where you meet those people after several years, and see that those people are completely different person than you thought they were, and you have to face the truth that they actually, the kind of people that you want to hang out with?

Have you always been good in swallowing your ego, even if it comes from the past, and admit that you were wrong, probably for the entire time. And that your nasty judgement on someone could actually turn into an actual admiration?

 

The Wind of Change

Change is hard. Because you are comfortable being in the current situation and new things can be so risky, it is scary.
But once in a while, change is necessary. Moving forward is no longer an option, but a necessity.
Sometimes, change is something you desperately seek for.

March is the season of renovation, I think. It is when things are changing for betterment. Companies recruited new employees, school welcomed new students, people are moving to new apartments, some stores at mall are renovating. March also marks the end of cold winter, inviting the wind of change to blow hard, cold, bitter, sometimes slapping our face.
But as uncomfortable as it is, the wind indicates that spring is coming. Flowers will bloom, warm sun will accompany, things will change.

And so do I.
I was offered an opportunity for a big change in my life. I dont know about how big the impact will be, but I know I wont be the same person I was before.
Alhamdulillah, God finally answered my pray, if everything went smooth, I will start working as a staff in one well-known university in Japan.
As exciting as it sounds, I also feel anxious. Whether I could survive the wind, whether I could adjust myself well, and whether I could fulfill the expectation of my colleagues.
But I have been waiting for this wind of change to come, so I had no time to chicken out and back-off now. It is just not me.
For now, I have many anxiety. But I figured, the best thing to get through them is by taking them one by one. One step at a time.
Bismillah, may Allah always bless my way.

The wind of change is coming. It can be cold, bitter and harsh. But hang on there! You will get through it. Spring is right in the corner. Enjoy the wind, enjoy the ride.

Steak Ayam Tofu

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Weekend telah tiba! Hore, hore, hore! :mrgreen:

Seminggu yang lalu saya bergabung dengan page Langsung Enak di facebook yang juga ada situsnya. Seneng deh liat banyak inspirasi masakan dan kue. Apalagi kalau baca cerita membernya bagaimana mereka membuat masakan tersebut khusus untuk keluarga tercinta. Walaupun saya sekarang baru tinggal bersama suami saja, saya sudah bisa membayangkan senengnya kalau bikin masakan atau kue yang bikin anak sendiri lahap makannya. Pasti ketagihan masak!

Minggu lalu Mbak Tika alias mama Nisa, cerita tentang Nisa yang lahap banget makan hambagu buatan sang Mama. Pas cerita Mbak Tika keliatan berseri-seri gitu, duh jadi ikutan seneng, deh. Makanya jadi terpikir, mumpung sekarang belom riweh dan masih banyak waktu, kalau bisa mau praktek bikin masakan yang aneh-aneh sebanyak-banyaknya!

Nah, semingguan ini juga Langsung Enak isinya update tentang steak tempe. Bikin ngiler banget, apalagi saya ini penggemar tempe kelas berat. Tapi berhubung disini tempe mahalnya ngalahin daging, apalagi sekarang udah masuk tanggal tua dan demi menghabiskan bahan makanan di dalam freezer, saya cari-cari cara buat bikin makanan yang agak sama tapi bukan hambagu lagi. Akhirnya setelah baca-baca, saya berniat mempraktekkan resep dari salah satu blog favorit saya yaitu blog Nami-san. Resepnya adalah Chicken Tofu steak. Kebetulan ada sisa ayam cincang dari bikin siomay waktu itu. Akhirnya siap dieksekusi. Saya modifikasi sedikit dari resep asli juga memakai saus yang saya pakai di resep hambagu dulu.

Steak Ayam Tofu

untuk 2-3 porsi

Bahan:

  • 200 gr tahu putih (jangan pakai tahu sutera), tiriskan lalu hancurkan dgn garpu
  • 250 gr ayam cincang
  • 3 buah shitake, cincang
  • 1 cm jahe, cincang (bagi anak-anak yg kurang suka, boleh diskip, ganti dgn 1 shitake)
  • 2 batang daun bawang, iris halus
  • 1 butir kuning telur
  • 1 sdm maizena

Bahan bumbu-bumbu:

  • 1 sdm maizena
  • 1 sdt minyak wijen
  • 1/2 sdt shoyu (atau kecap asin)
  • sejumput garam
  • sejumput kaldu bubuk rasa ayam
  • sejumput lada hitam

Bahan saus :

  • 1/2 sdm butter
  • air 80 ml
  • 1 sdm maizena dicairkan dgn air
  • 2 sdm pasta black pepper (opsional)
  • sejumput lada hitam
  • 4 sdm kecap inggris
  • 3 sdm saus tomat
  • 1 sdt gula
  • sejumput kaldu bubuk rasa ayam

Cara pembuatan:

    1. di dalam mangkuk besar, campurkan shitake, daging ayam, daun bawang, jahe, tepung, telur, dan tahu putih. Uleni sebentar dengan tangan.
    2. masukkan semua bahan bumbu lalu aduk kembali dengan tangan.
    3. ambil adonan sekepalan tangan (jangan terlalu banyak), lalu bulatkan.
    4. main lempar tangkap (lemparkan adonan dari satu tangan ke tangan lainnya) selama lima kali, untuk membuang udara di dalam adonan, kemudian bulatkan (jangan dibentuk pipih dulu). lakukan sampai adonan habis

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    1. masukkan adonan ke dalam 1 sdm minyak yang telah dipanaskan. Setelah adonan ditaruh di wajan, pipihkan dengan dua ruas jari hingga membentuk patty.
    2. Goreng selama 5 menit tanpa dibalik dgn api sedang, balik adonan ketika sudah kecoklatan.

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  1. setelah dibalik, turunkan api dan goreng selama 10 menit atau sampai adonan sudah coklat keemasan.

Cara membuat Saus:

  1. di dalam panci kecil, campurkan semua bahan kecuali butter. kemudian didihkan.
  2. ketika sudah agak mendidih, masukkan butter dan aduk terus.
  3. setelah benar-benar mendidih, cicipi dulu dan tambahkan apa yang kurang sampai terasa pas.
  4. terakhir, masukkan cairan maizena dan masak sampai mengental.
  5. tuang saus diatas steak.

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Steak bisa dihidangkan dengan sayuran atau salad kesukaan dan kentang goreng atau bahkan nasi. Kalau suami saya jelas ga bisa makan steak ini tanpa nasi. Lebih enak sih memang! hihihi.

Untuk teksturnya sendiri, steak ini lebih terasa ringan dan ga “ndaging” banget. Cocok buat yang mau diet. Juga ada distinguished taste dari jamur shitake dan jahe. Tapi karena jahenya terasa kuat, saya pikir mungkin anak-anak kurang suka ya. Yah, bisa diskip, kok. Waktu saya tanya suami, dia lebih suka hambagu atau yang ini, tentu saja dia bilang dua-duanya! Jadi kalau pernah bikin hambagu, saya cukup yakin bakal suka juga dengan resep yang ini…*yakin amat* :mrgreen:

Anyway, selamat hari Sabtu semua dan selamat makan!

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