The “What Next” Question

A wise man,
is one who after many years of learning,
still able to say “I don’t know”..
Because, life, all life, is about asking questions,
It’s not about knowing answers..

(~Allie Keys – Taken, The Series)

 You see, for me, life can be seen as a series of chapters – stepping stones, opportunities, branches splitting off into a million different directions, big and small decisions. These chapters may have obvious beginnings and ends, and sometimes those definitions are blurred. The key thing to keep in mind is that all segments flow together. Everything falls into place, whether we plan it that way or not.

With all chapters, there are underlying themes. There are questions that come and go with the passage of time. One of the questions that I could never shake was “What comes next?” No matter how far I ran in my life, it kept pace. Wherever I went, it’s like accompany me.

I remember when college graduation came and went, there it was again: “What comes next?” And this time, it wasn’t only my mind asking the question – it felt like the entire world was fixated with what my response would be.

It’s hard to think of it. It seems that I’ve done my part, you know. I did what I have to do. And, what to do next in life? This question is always asked by myself for these few weeks. Especially, when September is coming next, and I’ll celebrate my birthday, and it’s always the month and time where I reflect about my own life.

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Ramadan Kareem in Abu Dhabi

No life ever grows great by itself,
Until it is devoted, focused and closely controlled.
Also no life is ever happy until,
it is lived for the glory of Allah.
May Allah bless all of us..
May the spirit of Ramadan ,
enlighten the world and show us,
the way to peace and harmony..
(~Ramadan kareem)..

Well, this is my first time experience for the holy month of ramadan, to do fasting (puasa) in overseas. The thing is, since I’ve arrived in this city (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), I know I felt amazed with the way of life of the people in here.

Then, when Ramadan month was coming, I become more amazed. Because, all activities during Ramadan are always related with worship to God (Allah SWT). Not surprise enough for middle east country, that ruled by Islam religion. But, when I’ve experieced for the first time, It makes me wondering in a good way, that make me really thankful for experienced Ramadan in this good city.

In this part of the world, the phrase used to greet during Ramadan, is “Ramadan Kareem”, meaning ‘Ramadan is generous’. Well, Ramadan is a time for giving. People give to the poor, and help out their fellow man. Charity tents are erected for those who wish to donate to the needy, and charity desks abound.

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Pipeline Engineering World

Some kids dream of being astronauts.
Some kids dream of playing baseball.
Some kids dream of becoming rockstar.
When I was a kid, I had only one dream
To create something useful to people & society..
And eventually, I became an engineer..

(~Ted – HIMYM)

Well, there are a lot of responses on my blog and my e-mails that asking about pipeline. The thing is, It’s not like I’m more expert than you, because honestly, I’m also same like you that still required to learn more. So, I hope, this post is useful to give a basic understanding for you, who also want to pursue the career on pipeline’s world.

What is ‘Engineering’?

There is little point in talking about pipeline engineering without first understanding what ‘engineering’ is, isn’t it?

Engineering basicaly means an application of science to create something through practical of technical knowledge on design, or implement, or problems solving, or improvements for materials, structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes that safely meet its intended function, efficiently & economically.

In a big / establish country, Engineering is a high demand and prestigious profession, because Engineers can make a big ‘difference’ in the world by clever designs on energy worlds, or on infrastructure projects such as building, bridge, or water treatment to give people clean water to drink.

What is ‘Pipeline’?

The term pipeline refers to a long line of connected segments of pipe, with pumps, valves, control devices, gas compressor stations, and other equipment/facilities needed for operating the system. It is intended for transporting a fluid (liquid, gas, mixture of fluids, etc.), of under or above the ground or sea.

In a “rich oil” country, pipeline systems are always in high demand. As transportation by pipelines reduces traffic on highways and streets, reduces noise, air pollution, and damage to highways & streets caused by trucks and other vehicles.

Define “Pipeline Engineering”

What is the first thing you think of when I say “pipeline engineering”? “I don’t know” or “that’s a good question” was a common first response to me. Although many specifically said “mechanical engineering”, some identified “civil engineering”, but there seemed to be a bit of “process engineers”.

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I’m Working Overseas in Middle East

It’s like sometimes not knowing,
how crazy you doing something, is a good thing..
You’re just goofing around..
Until someone noticed it, shows up, and says, “Wow”..
And the rest of my life story, is unfolded little by little..

You know, to be honest, somehow I’m still thinking, all of these are “too good to be true”. Yes, surely there are times when I imagined this one before, but it’s just some fantasy or fairy tale that I actually never thouht to became reality. You can see those my previous posts are quite reflecting it.

I still remember, the first time when I want to actually make this happen, and being focus to achieve it. It was 3 months ago, during my Field Break time, I was alone at my room, and I was watching How I Met Your Mother with “Unfinished” episode. It made me look real hard about my lifelong dream and relate with what I’ve achieved on my life so far..

And, at the end of movie, Ted said that,
I know that successful person don’t just live in life. They change it, they shape it, they make their mark upon it, and mark it with amazing result. They never gave up on their dream..

But, you see, that’s not usually how it goes. I mean, usually, it isn’t a speeding bus. Most of the time, it’s just too difficult or too expensive, or too scary. It’s only once you’ve stopped, that you realize how hard it is to start again. So you force yourself not to want it. But it’s always there. And until you achieve it, it will always be…unfinished..

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Menjadi Calon Imam Untukmu..

Aku belum tahu, apa namamu pernah terucap dalam serak suaraku,
Aku belum tahu, apa asal usulmu pernah hadir dalam diskusi kehidupanku
Aku belum tahu, apa wajahmu pernah mampir dalam mimpi-mimpiku
Namun hidupmu akan selalu mengaliri semangatku
Sebab, kau adalah hadiah agung dari Tuhan..

Maklumilah bila sampai saat ini aku belum datang,
Bukan ku tak ingin, bukan ku tak mau, bukan ku menunda,
Tolong jangan paksa aku, aku hanya ingin berkarya..
Karena hidup itu bukan hanya untuk memikirkan siapa jodoh kita.
Tapi, berpikir akan membangun visi & hidup seperti apa bersama jodoh kita..

Aku masih dalam proses pembelajaran, muridnya si guru kehidupan..
Belajar untuk konsisten dalam perjuangan hidup..
Belajar agar kelak mampu menjadi Imam yang kamu syukuri kehadirannya..
Dan, adalah sangat tidak adil bagi hidupmu,
jika aku membebanimu dalam lingkaran ketidakmatanganku sekarang..

Di mana pun engkau sekarang, janganlah gundah, janganlah gelisah
Aku akan datang, tapi memang tidak sekarang,
Karena jalan ini masih panjang..
Resah hati itu kadang memang datang tanpa diundang,
Tentang sekelebat bayang, tentang sepenggal masa depan..
Tapi, karang asaku tiada ‘kan terkikis dari panjangnya jalan perjuangan,
hanya karena sebuah kegelisahan..
Lebih baik mempersiapkan diri sebelum mengambil keputusan,
Keputusan besar untuk datang kepadamu..
Karena, siapa aku, bukan hanya dari apa yang ada di dalam hatiku,
Tapi juga tercermin dari sikap & langkahku..

Aku akan belajar untuk mampu berbicara benar padamu,
dan bukan hanya sekedar membenarkan kata-katamu..

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Opportunity and Choice

Sometimes, opportunity knocks at the strangest times.
Well, I know, it’s not the time that matters,
but how I answer the door.
I mean, our life is defined by our own choice.
Our story may not have such a happy beginning,
but that doesn’t make you, who you are.
It is the rest of your story – who you choose to be…

You see, at every move in our life, we have to choose and proceed. We might like it or not. Life is nothing but a totality of conscious choices that we continuously make. Someone else does not choose for us in our life.

Sometimes we are left with no choice at all but to find ourselves at the crossroad of life, with two paths each beckoning and beguiling us. One is short, well kept, with flowery plants and bushes on both sides, so easy to negotiate, but ending up in a blank wall. The other is long, labyrinthine and bumpy, and difficult to negotiate, but ending up in a vast orchard of fruit-bearing trees and sweet-scented flowers.

For all I understand, where I am today is because of the choices I made in the past. But, Many times, I was at a dilemma just like, “To be, or not to be”, that is the question. It is easier to say this but, I know it isn’t so easy in practice, especially when those opportunities right in front of me.

There are no guarantees..

I don’t really know where a road will lead me until I take it. There are no guarantees. Nobody said that choosing to do the right thing all the time would always lead you to happiness. Loving someone with all your heart does not guarantee that it would be returned. Gaining fame and fortune does not guarantee happiness. Accepting a good word from an influential superior to cut your trip short up the career ladder is not always bad.

I mean, there are too many possible outcomes, which I really cannot control. The only thing I have power over is the decisions that I will make, and how I would act and react to different situations.

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The Lie to Ourselves, Stop It..!!

A man may become master of his destiny,
when he has power to influence his own mind..
If you aren’t doing it,
that means you don’t want it badly enough,
so stop kidding yourself..!!
Actions speak louder than words, definitely..

Are you…
…waiting to get the perfect job?
…waiting to perfect time to ask that cute girl?
…waiting to meet Miss Right?
…waiting to start living your life, on your own terms?
…waiting to an offering before you start the career you really want?
…waiting for someone, somewhere to tell you what’s important for you to do?
…waiting to give you permission to do what you want with your life?
…waiting for someone to take care of you?
…waiting for the great adventure finds you?
…waiting for the magic happens?
…waiting to start living, rather than just existing?


Look, there’s something that I need to get off my chest. I’ve been thinking about this for a while. And I’ve noticed that our habits are the most part that create our life. It’s our habit that are in charge of our life. Because, the things I do every day are pretty much what I did yesterday and perhaps what I’ll do tomorrow.

One of the things that separates us from “having the time we want” is that we constantly, blatantly, and unapologetically lie to ourselves about our scheduling, abilities, and our priorities. I don’t deny I do it myself. And it kills my time, slaughters my schedule, and smashes my plans to tiny little bits.

But in all seriousness, we do lie to ourselves. For example, when you say “I don’t have the time to …”, that’s almost certainly a lie. Since I can walked on this earth and observing other people, I know that nobody operates at 100% efficiency.

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Goo Goo Dolls – Feel The Silence

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take,
Relationships we were afraid to have,
and decision we waited too long to make..
As the saying goes, silence is often the loudest cry…


Well, I used to hear this song during late at night. It has so much meaning and depth. Sometimesn, It just feels like this song’s written for me. I know it isn’t, but having it feel that way is what music’s supposed to do to you, right?

The first time I heard this song it hit me like brick wall. It’s the kind of song that make me thinking about life in general. This song makes me feel like I’m apart of something a lot bigger than myself and my own problems.

I think this song is about dealing with someone who he really care about. He wants to help this person and become part of her world. She may be struggling with something. Maybe her life is hard, or she’s going through a hard time.

Even though he thinks he may know a great deal about her, he can’t help her. He only know that something is wrong, yet he can’t reach her. He feels like she hasn’t told him everything, that there is so much more to her life that she hasnt’ shared with him yet (positive or negative things).

And he’s trying so hard to let her trust him. But, she just won’t completely let her guard down for some reason. And no matter how much he would like to help, she can’t seem to let him in.

And after a while of being persistent, he come to realize that she will tellhim in her own time when she is ready … Because, sometimes what a person needs most is a hand to hold and a heart to understand, right? It’s really quite sad, but true. It happens…

Yup, hope you enjoy the song…

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The Harsh Truth of Career

It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow.
Sometimes, it’s hard to hear these things
but, in the end, they make you stronger.
I might not even make it myself,
but I sure as hell ain’t leaving without putting up a fight..

As you see, career means a long term path of what we do that have directions & goals. And the thing is, just like everything else in life, there also some harsh truth that we need to face regarding our career. So, here is some facts that based-on my experience on real world… 🙂

Starts at the bottom

Almost everyone starts at the bottom. Regardless of what you think you deserve, you probably will to. Get over it, and just get started. And the thing is, it’s not enough to be good at what you do. Talent and skill will only take you so far. It’s like video game, more problems solved, the more experience gained, and the more character growth.

Job Hopper Fact

If you find yourself job-hopping, moving from one career to other different career in a short time, and still, nothing ever satisfies you for any period of time, it’s time to look at yourself. Most likely, you’re part of the problem.

Professional growth requires discomfort

Embrace it don’t fight it. There is no learning in the comfort zone. Achieving long-term career goals requires sustained effort and deliberate action. It’s no accident or coincidence. It’s a process that takes time. Sure, it won’t be fun at times, but nothing is. Do you really want to stay where you are and look back at your life in the future and regret not having taken the steps to go after it?

Your career is all about YOU

If you’re unhappy with your career, it’s up to you to change it. Sticking around because you’re afraid will only dig you deeper into the rut. No one else controls your situation. No one else responsible. Stop asking for everyone’s opinion about what you should do. Again, it is all about YOU.

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Be Myself..

And here I am,
right here in the place where I belong,
it’s a life with a beating of young heart

Saya masih ingat “kesan” yang muncul ketika pertama kali mendengar puisi ini. Waktu itu saya baru masuk kuliah & baru resmi berubah status menjadi mahasiswa. Sepertinya baru kemaren, namun ketika dibaca lagi, segala motivasi, harapan, & idealisme dari dalam diri itu masih membekas kuat.

MENJADI KARANG, meski tidak mudah.
Sebab ia akan menahan sengat binar mentari yang garang.
Sebab ia akan kukuh halangi deru ombak yang  menerpa tanpa kenal lelah.
Sebab ia akan menahan hempas badai yang datang menggerus terus-menerus dan coba melemahkan keteguhannya.
Sebab ia akan kokohkan diri agar tak mudah hancur dan terbawa arus.

MENJADI POHON yang tinggi menjulang, meski itu tidak mudah.
Sebab ia akan tatap tegar bara mentari yang terus menyala setiap siangnya.
Sebab ia akan meliuk halangi angin yang bertiup kasar.
Sebab ia akan terus menjejak bumi hadapi gemuruh sang petir.
Sebab ia akan hujamkan akar yang kuat untuk menopang.
Sebab ia akan menahan gempita hujan yang coba merubuhkan.
Sebab ia akan memberikan buah yang manis dan mengenyangkan.
Sebab ia akan berikan tempat bernaung bagi yang singgah di dahannya.
Sebab ia akan berikan tempat berlindung dengan rindang daun-daunnya.

MENJADI ELANG , dengan segala kejantanannya, meski itu juga tidak mudah.
Sebab ia harus melayang tinggi menembus birunya langit.
Sebab ia harus melanglang buana untuk mengenal medannya.
Sebab ia harus melawan angin yang menerpa dari segala penjuru.
Sebab ia harus mengangkasa jauh tanpa takut jatuh.
Sebab ia harus kembali ke sarang dengan makanan di paruhnya.
Sebab ia harus menukik tajam mencengkeram mangsa.
Sebab ia harus menjelajah cakrawala dengan kepak sayap yang membentang gagah.

MENJADI MELATI, meski tampak tak bermakna.
Sebab ia akan tebar harum wewangian tanpa meminta balasan.
Sebab ia tak takut hadapi angin dengan mungil tubuhnya.
Sebab ia tak ragu hadapi hujan yang membuatnya basah.
Sebab ia tak pernah iri melihat mawar yang merekah segar.
Sebab ia tak pernah malu pada bunga matahari yang menjulang tinggi.
Sebab ia tak pernah rendah diri pada anggrek yang anggun.
Sebab ia tak pernah dengki pada tulip yang berwarna-warni.
Sebab ia tak gentar layu karena pahami hakikat hidupnya.

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