Balitong, January 12, 2017
Today is the second day after touching down here in Belitung or people may call it, Balitong. A land where Andrea Hirata –one of my favorite author, the writer of Laskar Pelangi Tetralogy, ‘s story taken place in the book. In the second day, actually I haven’t really gone out to somewhere, except to the nearest traditional market to buy the logistics for today and having a little chit chat with the local people. Plus, got surprised of the food’s price lol, even I’ve been warned by the eldest about the price, it shocked me still. But we’re okay.
I believe that not every trip count as a journey. Because some trips has passing us by, but when we say it as journey, there’s a lot more experience, learnings, inspirations or else you can unpredictably find on the way. By that I’m going to try to tell it to you –if I have enough time to write and post. About what I got here in the land of coffee, Balitong.
My journey starts in the Purwosari Station. We go from Solo to Jakarta first and continue our trip to Belitung by plane from Soekarno Hatta International Airport to Tanjung Pandan, Balitong. For me, who was a lone-traveler, it’s both quite exciting and tiring. For heaven sake, I could use the 2-2 seat and sit nearby the window and sleep, yesterday I sit in 3-3 seat in between my 2 friends, lol pray for my backbone and neck. But then I try to remember, when was the last time I could play poker on the train and share about how the crocheting goes with my friend? I think I remember none. I even use Antimo –a meds for those who’s having “a hard time” in the transportation, to sleep. We arrived at Jakarta at 00.45 am, and found one spot to rest because, my other friend was late and our luggage for logistics was left in the station, luckily she got the ticket to go to Jakarta. The funniest thing about waiting yesterday is when we’re craving for food and we found this lucky little guy, a street vendor who sell fried rice. We bought it 12 packs, and my friend said,
“Kalo nggak ada piring, berarti kita bayarnya Rp. 11.000,- aja ya, Bang!”
Lol, it was my first time to buy bargained fried rice, haha. I remember how his face want red when my friend said that. But then he said, okay anyway. We waited until 5.00am then we went to the airport. Shit happened we over-ordered the online taxi, sadly, my ears were having a bad vibe to hear the grumbling from the taxi driver in the early morning, sorry Sir.
We took off at 9.50am something, the airplane was a bit late, just a bit. But you’re forgiven, Lion Air. Thanks to the excitement that has saved my mood. After arriving in Tanjung Pandan, we continue our trip to Desa Lalang Jaya, that’s the place where we’re going to arranged all the things before we do our KKN lyf for 45 days ahead.
Truth to be told, I lost my excitement from 2 days before I go to Belitong. I don’t know, I feel like making such as empowerment to people is not enough only with this living in the area, making some programs in 45 days. And leave it for 3-4 months without any controlling tools until the next groups come in the next semester. Even I know, KKN is so promising for some university to make people realize its existence.
But after all those bad vibes, I know, this could be something for me. Because, there must be so much to learn, not just about the people but about myself too you know, living with 22 people in the same area, sleep with the 13 girls under the same roof must be something.
Cause some say,
Open your heart,
For making more things,
to come along.