Thursday, January 12, 2017

Day I : Where the Journey Begins

Balitong, January 12, 2017
11.10 am

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.

Hati-hati baper.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Lifetime Goal

Yeay! New years finally here!
I don’t know whether it’s my good mood or a new spirit influenced by the new year’s stuffs, or is it just me who’s trying to keep the positive vibes alive?

Well, hello there!

I wish you happy new year, may you have a very pleasant years full of grace, bless and of course happiness. Well, since we’re still in the beginning of this New Year, people may love to write down their resolutions for this whole year. Mine is just trying to keep up the good work from the previous year, even I also have some additional resolutions to do in this year. Sounds less-motivated? Not really, it was me, trying to be more realistic.
One of those resolutions I always write in the beginning of the year, is that “I’m going to write more this year” or something like “what about writing once per week to the Blog? My God that sounds so challenging, I’m going to do it!” and lately I know, I can’t make time for it. At least that’s what actually happened in 2 or 3 previous years before I make this posts. Pathetic, I know.

In this 2017, I’m welcoming myself in my last –supposedly, semester. Finally, after doing some long terms project for the assignments, I can start to do my last project which happen to be a SKRIPSI –even I haven’t started any single words for it when I write this.  Nice, Anin. You know, I’ve ever been a jerk junior students in my faculty I think, to think that “it’s SKRIPSI, you don’t have to worry about it, Just do it”. Lol, now in the middle of the projects that I want to do in this years, I feel like breathe easy and sigh “Just do it my A**!”

It’s not as dramatic as I write, actually. But suddenly, something come from the closest part of my life. We named it, pressure. And it’s correlating to life standard.

If we’re talking about life standard, the nearest question would be, “what kind of thing that could make you happy?” when your happiness measured by where your house is, what you drive, how much your money, where you go to travel to, to whom you talk to, what brand you use, all those standards that media spread just somehow makes people…..I don’t know, obsessed? The condition I had 7 years ago, taught me a lot about how material thing or physical thing actually don’t matter.
That’s the life goal I put in every years after 7 years ago. To put up my happiness standard not on physical thing, material thing, even human, because they can somehow disappoint you. Well, even sometimes I failed it too. You know I’m not as wise as Prophet Muhammad SAW or any other figure. I’m still learning, right? Even somehow, I feel like tired or wanting myself to stop doing whatever I’m doing. But, I think that’s normal, since it’s a human thing. We’re tired. We stop. We fall. We get up again. And run. That’s why, never ever put any of those I mentioned as life standards, cause, it’s going to be like running in inner wheel. It’s not going to stop, soon or later, it will change you to be obsessed, disgraced, full of anger, loser. So just let go of all those things.

And be happy
Cause this will be
this year’s goal,
Or even a lifetime’s goal.