Things I Learn from My Daughter

My daughter, H loves to draw.

She started to draw before she could talk.

“Elpen”, she said to my brother, Ibrahim and his wife, Nurfika while showing her rough drawing one day. That time, H was about three years old. We were still staying at my parents’ place after the divorce.

“Elephant?” Nurfika asked.

“El-pen!” she said, slightly frustrated because nobody seemed to understand what she had just drawn.


And still, nobody got her.


My Story

Never restart a journey and use the same road that failed you before.

(Dennis E. Adonis)

My life story in 10 points

  1. A geophysicist. Blogger, writer and poet.
  2. First created a blog when I was in university circa 2008. Blogging on and off but always ended up deleting my posts. I bought the domain on May 2017. This will last, insyaAllah.
  3. Love poetry. Writing and reciting them since I was in high school. Probably had performed twice in college.
  4. Love writing and journalling. Always have a diary/journal with me. I am very much influenced by my mother, she documents everything. Because of that, my other siblings must have kept a journal too in any part of their lives.
  5. Got married too early at 20 years old with my classmate. Married for 7 years before divorcing with two beautiful and talented kids. My ex now, is a wonderful father to them.
  6. My divorce in early 2016 is a big turning point for me. I learned so many things to keep myself distracted from being depressed. Random things that I learned include photography, videography, social media marketing, writing, copywriting, storytelling and more on blogging.
  7. Since then, I also start to pay more attention to my appearance. I learned basic makeup that gets me beautiful pictures on Instagram – now I look 10 times prettier in pictures. In real life, I am just a normal looking girl (but yes, with a beautiful soul). However, I do not own more than 50 items of clothing to validate my sense of fashion. That includes bags, shoes, hijab and undergarments.
  8. Being divorced affected my financial so much because I was so used to having support. So, I learned how to manage my wallet and discovered minimalism. Never turning back since that.
  9. Exploring online resources makes me obsessed with self-development. I’m a full-time learner now. I read daily and very passionate to share what I’ve read with my friends and loved one.
  10. I created this blog because my boyfriend is already tired listening to me. Just kidding.

I love noodle soup.