August 30, 2018

Untuk tiap 1 daun pintu yang tertutup, ada 10 daun pintu yang terbuka. Tapi tak semua mata dapat melihatnya. Tak semua pintu yang terbuka itu hadir dalam bentuk yang kita jangka. Hati yang terlalu kecewa khususnya, selalu saja buta. 

August 29, 2018

Guru/bapak saya Pak Agi pernah berkata, "Once a teacher, always a teacher." Saya dulunya bertugas sebagai seorang pensyarah dari tahun 2008 hingga tahun 2015, sebelum saya berkeputusan menjadi seorang penulis mandiri. Tugas pendidik membuatkan saya berasa kerdil. Ilmu saya sebenarnya sedikit, diulangberi sampai rasanya dah tak tinggal apa lagi. Although I'm no longer an academician, I realize that I can't seem to stop sharing. Hence the writing/poetry workshops, seminars, talks, discussions. Mungkin saya bukan tukang didik. Mungkin saya sebetulnya tukang kongsi. Once a sharer, always a sharer.

August 27, 2018

Unpopular opinion: Food in Ipoh is nothing. Compared to its people. Its people is something. Thank you so much Kak ET for the best brownies in Ipoh! Saya tak banyak kawan perempuan selama 2 tahun menetap di Ipoh dulu. Kak ET adalah salah satu daripada tiga, barangkali. The other two was Kak Luly whom I went to dance fitness classes with and Fafa who assisted me in hosting Rumah Ipoh and now has taken over the management of the bed-and-breakfast. Also, thank you Yus and Nureen for the gorgeous bouquet of lilies and lemons by Maryam Flowers! Yus and Nureen were part of Panggung HBRT as production crew. Yes, all the way from Ipoh. Kalau ada rezeki untuk Panggung HBRT dipentaskan lagi, insyaallah sinografi bakal direka oleh mereka berdua ini. See, this is why I will never get over Ipoh. :) 

I have always admired the way Adam Jalaludin build and shape PBUY into becoming the label it is today. I had an experience of doing copywriting for them before and...

August 26, 2018

Beside/behind every fitbit-wearing weekly-hiking 60-something guy is a woman who is the queen of our home, ayah ajak panjat bukit dia ngeluh tapi ikut, sakit kaki tetap nak jenjalan gi europe, marah anak on the phone pas tu text balik kot-kot anak merajuk, tak romantic but if you mess with her loved ones dia boleh ajak gaduh. Too bad I didn't inherit my mom's badassery. Happy birthday, girlfriend tuan haji selfie! Long live my queen!

August 25, 2018

Ummi. Literally my safety net. How can a person this old with all of her sakit sakit badan and sakit sakit kaki be my safety net? Shouldn't it be the other way round? I don't know lah. Till I die also I believe she will always be stronger than I could ever be. Despite being her first and eldest daughter, I still am the lembik one and I kinda give no shit. Maybe I secretly just want to mengada and manja sementara masa masih ada. She should live forever.

August 22, 2018

Except overwhelmed "thank you" and "alhamdulillah", I often find myself not knowing how else to react every time people come up to me telling me that they can feel what I feel; they can relate to my writings. I am a selfish writer. It is my weakness. I rarely write as a response or on behalf of anybody else. I respond to me. To the voices in my head. To the characters that I see through my eyes. To the news that I choose to read. I often forget that this is the social media. This is the internet. I share. People read. My bad. See, I write quite shamelessly- if you prefer the word 'shamelessly' over the word 'honestly'. I sometimes struggle to look at people in the eye; afraid they'll peek into my crooked soul. But give me a blank page at anytime- my god, do I magically bare it all. 

August 21, 2018

I've always believed in the growth and greatness of poetry. Saya percaya puisi tidak berkasta rendah berbanding bentuk seni yang lain. Saya percaya puisi berpotensi besar dan tidak pernah bersifat hanya atau sekadar. A poem is never just a poem, the way a poet is never just a poet. Begitulah.

August 20, 2018

Ipoh akan selamanya menjadi tempat di mana hati saya tertinggal. Oleh sebab itu, apabila Rumah Ripta berhasrat mengadakan #rapatripta atas permintaan para pembaca setia di sini-sana, Ipoh menjadi destinasi pertama pilihan saya. 

#rapatripta merupanya siri kongsi puisi dan sembang santai yang bersifat intim serta bersaiz kompak. Mana-mana penulis yang karyanya pernah diterbitkan Rumah Ripta akan turut serta sekiranya kelapangan. Berbual sejam dua, lepak minum petang. 

Jemput datang, okay? Dan jika anda ada kafe kecil lagi comel yang hendak diunjurkan buat #rapatripta, boleh dm/pm Rumah Ripta di Instagram, Facebook, dan Twiter, atau Whatsapp Rumah Ripta di 010 218 3184. Insyaallah bersua kita di PBUY Store hari Sabtu akan datang ini. Tell your friends! 

August 19, 2018

I am learning so much about love, connection, and relationship from the eyes of my child. Being a mom changes all major things in me. My actions. My decisions. "Everything I do, I do it for you." Including the things that make me healthy and happy. Health and happiness is a choice. I choose self-care over having my boy witnessing my meltdowns and breakdowns. I choose to get out of bed, walk on, be grateful to Allah, and be a mom. Many mistakes were made, many hearts are broken, but despite feeling like I'm dying again and again, every morning God allows my eyes to open. "A second chance. Don't lose yourself no more." I may not be strong yet, but I am slowly putting my first step forward towards recovery. Insyaallah. 

August 16, 2018


Am soooo excited to tell you that I'll be part of Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival this weekend at klpac! Festival seni PERCUMA secara besar-besaran selama dua hari berturut-turut. Be sure to bring your tikar, umbrella, water bottle, hat, insect repellent, sunblock, and powerbank for picnic by the lake. Saya akan hidangkan puisi menerusi 3 slot persembahan di antara jam 1 tengahari hingga 5 petang pada hari Sabtu dan Ahad. Tell your loved ones, I'll see y'all tomorrow and the day after. Jumpa di klpac insyaallah!

Tips: Naik tren ke Sentul kemudian Grab ke klpac. 

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