Persoalan Koneksi

Saya baru saja pulang kampung.

Saat saya bilang “kampung”, yang saya maksud memang benar-benar kampung. Tepatnya kampung papa dan mama saya, karena kalau saya sendiri tidak pernah merasa punya kampung. Gara-garanya tentu saja asal-usul saya yang kurang begitu jelas. Saya dilahirkan di Jakarta. Umur setahun saya dibawa orang tua saya ke sebuah desa di Sulawesi Tenggara. Setelah lulus SD, saya dikirimkan ke Bandung, hingga lulus kuliah. Setelah lulus kuliah saya hidup di Jakarta. Jadi, istilah “kampung” bagi saya kurang jelas maknanya.

Continue reading

(Desperate Need To Be) Connected

I was away a little over a month ago to one of the many Indonesia’s national parks. The one I went to was called Gunung Leuser and located somewhere in North Sumatera.

The park was interesting. To enter the park, I had to actually cross a small river with somewhat fast current. The area around the park was quite secluded. It was hard to find reception for cellphones and the attempt for using a wifi failed quite horribly.

Continue reading

Current Wishlist – Pacific Islands Edition

I was/am so crushed when I read about Cyclone Pam and how bad it is affecting Vanuatu. I’ve made jokes with countless friends about how I (and they too) need to go to the Pacific Islands soon, before they all disappear due to climate change. Frankly, it has always been an innocent joke. I mean, I know that climate is changing and everything, but seeing the damages that Cyclone Pam caused just made everything even more real.

(For more article on what the President of Vanuatu said in regards to how climate change is causing the disaster, you can read this and/or this. It reminds me of the incredible documentary of The Island President, which you HAVE TO watch, incase you haven’t!)

This devastating disaster made me decide to share my current wishlist, Pacific Islands edition, as well as to let everyone knows that my thoughts and prayers go to everyone in the Pacific Islands and the climate change threats they are facing.

(Also, this post is a continuation to a previous post that you can see here)

Continue reading

Aksen Indonesia

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 14.37.19Tulisan ini tadinya ingin saya publikasikan pada 17 Agustus 2015 dalam rangka merayakan hari kemerdekaan Indonesia yang ke-70. Namun karena satu dan lain hal, saya tidak bisa dan sempat untuk melakukan hal tersebut. Jadilah saya mempublikasikan tulisan ini pada hari ini, hari terakhir di Agustus. Semoga semangat kemerdekaan masih terasa di dalam diri saya dan semua orang Indonesia.

 


Continue reading

Oldest Questions

It all started by me. I have been doing this stupid thing within the past year and I cannot believe it myself.

That stupid thing I’ve been doing is meeting new people.
No, if you’re pervertibly thinking something else, maybe in relation to this post, sorry, my friend, you are wrong.

This stupid thing of meeting new people is 100% plutonic. It usually is for work or project or just casually meeting a friend of a friend of a friend.
The ironic thing is that I don’t hate meeting new people – although I hate it even more so now that I’m older. I actually quite enjoy meeting new people.

Continue reading

Fasilitas Tidak Berguna

Masih dalam rangka merayakan banjirnya Jakarta, saya masih ingin bercerita tentang fasilitas lain yang sering saya temukan di Jakarta, terutama di kawasan Jakarta Pusat dan sekitarnya. Berbeda dengan tulisan saya sebelumnya, beberapa fasilitas yang akan saya bahas pada tulisan ini adalah fasilitas-fasilitas yang, menurut saya, tidak berguna.

Hah? Tidak berguna? Memangnya siapa sih saya sampai berani-beraninya menghakimi penting atau tidaknya, berguna atau tidaknya, suatu fasilitas yang ada di sebuah kota?

Jawaban saya: terserah saya dong! Ini kan opini saya sebagai seorang warga – walaupun saya sebenarnya warga Kota Tangerang Selatan, Banten (berdasarkan KTP), tetapi setiap hari saya mondar-mandir di Kota Jakarta ini, sering jalan kaki pula. Jadi secara sepihak, saya mengklaim bahwa saya punya hak untuk ikut menyuarakan opini saya soal fasilitas yang ada di jalanan Jakarta.

Continue reading