Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jangan Lupa Oleh-olehnya - Don't forget the souvenirs

      The phrase written in the title is a common phrase mentioned by Indonesian when their family,friends, relatives, even neighbors go for a trip or for a visit to another city. Oleh-oleh means souvenir or gift. So the phrase jangan lupa oleh-olehnya means don’t forget to bring me some souvenirs/gift.  Instead of saying, “have a great journey” or  “I hope you’ll have great time there” it’s common for Indonesian to say “Jangan lupa oleh-olehnya”  

       It is common in Indonesia to bring or buy in this case souvenir or gift when they visit a place. For a short journey out of town, someone can buy souvenirs for their family which is almost a must; close relative; or say neighbor. Say I leave my city to have a trip to nearby city. My landlady knows where I’ll go and also my sister of course, I will buy some snacks for the landlady and snacks and maybe T-shirt for my sister. I will also buy some snacks or cheap souvenir for friends at the office and maybe a bit fancy souvenir for my boyfriend. It’s not a surprising thing that when I arrive home the landlady will ask me, “Where have you been?” or “You just arrived? Where’s the souvenir?” It’s not rude or impolite but asking for souvenir is considered normal here. It is considered impolite if you don’t give people around you (even if they’re not close relatives) souvenirs.

        I remember my last journey to the capital city, Jakarta with my father 3 years ago for a scholarship interview at the Indian Embassy. We went by train in the afternoon. During our stops there were many sellers offer local food, snacks, and other souvenirs from Batik shirt, calligraphy, to hat. We didn’t react and especially for me I was too busy with the book and material I’ve prepared for the interview. We arrived the following day in the morning. In the afternoon we took a train again to got back to Surabaya, the city where I live. I was so sleepy so that I slept during the journey. I woke up at about 4:30 am in the morning just few hours before we reached the destination train station.

        To my surprise I found some plastic bags next to father’s seat. He bought many things for himself, for my grandma and aunts, and for the neighbors. He bought 4 shirts, 1 shorts, and many snacks for grandma and the neighbors. Those shirts weren’t for him, but for the neighbors too. He didn’t buy me anything. He offered me snacks but I didn’t like it. So though the neighbors didn’t ask him to bring them some souvenirs (coz my father is an old adult, and for sure the neighbors respect him and they didn’t ask for souvenirs) still my father bought them some souvenirs. It would be uneasy for him to get home without brought some things for the neighbors.

          In fact, a few hours ago a friend of mine, who’s visited his parents in another island called me and he said he’s at the airport ready to return to Surabaya, where we live. I didn’t say or ask him anything but he said that he bought me something. And still, as Indonesian and being his close friend I asked him to bring me a t-shirt. Well, that’s our custom.

         So don’t be surprised if you say you’re going to leave to another city for a trip and your fellow Indonesians will say, ”Really? Wow that’s great. Don’t forget to bring us some souvenirs”

Senja di Inamuragasaki

Teluk indah di ujung Barat Yuigahama
Dari sini
Bisa kau lihat indahnya Pulau Enoshima

Indah menawan saat matahari terbenam
Dari sini
Tampak siluet Gunung Fuji
Cantik rupawan tempat dewa bermalam

Pelancong muda dan tua
Terbengong takjub terpana

Paras Inamuragasaki
Ayu  berseri
Terima kasih Kenjcxi
The view of Enoshima-Island from Inamuragasaki
This area, including Enoshima-Island is one of the most
popular resort for young people (as printed in the postcard)
From Kenjcxi, Japan, Received on 16th Dec 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Belarusia, The Landlocked Country

Via postcrossing I have received and sent postcards from and to Belarus. I am curious about the country. I knew that this country is located somewhere near Russia and I believe they speak Russian, but I want to know more about the country. So, I check out two trustworthy sites the CIA World Factbook and also the country’s official website.
Belarus - Europe map

Belarus is a landlocked country, meaning it borders by land. Ukraine in the south, Poland in southwest, Russia in west and Lithuania and Latvia in the north. The official name of the country is the Republic of Belarus.  The country attained its independence in 1991 after once it became a constituent republic in the USSR.  It is a presidential republic country with Minsk as its capital city. The country’s first president is Aleksandr Lukashenko, he won the election in 1994. The president has ruled the country for 16 years, wow it’s quite a long time for a president to be elected 4 times. Anyway the 9,503,800 population country has very close political and economy relations to the Russia.

Belarusian is the major ethnicity. Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Jewish are the other ethnicity live in Belarus. The languages use in the country are Belarusian and Russian. Most people work in industry and agriculture. Belarus main industries are metallurgical, mechanical engineering, cars, machine-tool, etc.  And according to 2010 data Belarus has 8927 thousands hectares of farmland which then cultivated by its people.

Belarusian celebrates its independence day on 3 July. Belarusian national costume is still popular but usually worn only on festival days and for celebrations. The people are also skillful in weaving, woodworking, and glass blowing as their traditional arts and crafts. Here i attached a video of Belarusian folk dance

It is such an interesting fact about Belarus. Thank you for the postcard. It did trigger me to search and find out more about the country.

The Official Website of The Republic of Belarus :

Melalui postcrossing Saya telah menerima dan mengirim kartu pos dari dan ke Belarusia. Saya ingin tahu tentang negara ini. Saya tahu bahwa negara ini terletak di suatu tempat di dekat Rusia dan saya tahu mereka berbahasa Rusia, tapi saya ingin tahu lebih banyak tentang negara ini. Jadi, saya mengecek dua situs yang dapat dipercaya CIA World Factbook dan juga situs resmi negara tersebut. Ternyata…..

Belarusia adalah negara landlocked, yang berarti perbatasan dengan tanah. Ukraina di selatan, di barat daya Polandia, Rusia di barat dan Lituania dan Latvia di sebelah utara. Nama resmi negara ini adalah Republik Belarusia. Negara ini meraih kemerdekaan pada 1991 setelah sebelumnya menjadi sebuah republik konstituen di Uni Soviet. Bealrusia adalah negara republik dengan presiden Minsk sebagai ibukota. Presiden pertama negara ini Aleksandr Lukashenko, ia memenangkan pemilu pada tahun 1994. Ia telah memerintah negara itu selama 16 tahun, wow itu cukup lama bagi seorang presiden untuk dipilih 4 kali. Sebagai tambahan, negara berpenduduk 9.503.800 jiwa ini memiliki hubungan politik dan ekonomi yang dekat dengan Rusia. 

Belarusia adalah etnis utama. Rusia, Polandia, Ukraina, dan Yahudi adalah etnis lain hidup di Belarusia. Bahasa yang digunakan di negara tersebut adalah bahasa Belarusia dan Bahasa Rusia. Kebanyakan orang bekerja di industri dan pertanian. Industri utama adalah industri metalurgi, teknik mesin, mobil, mesin-alat, dll Dan menurut data tahun 2010, Belarusia memiliki 8927 hektar lahan pertanian yang kemudian diberdayakan oleh rakyatnya. 

Belarusia merayakan hari kemerdekaan pada tanggal 3 Juli. Baju tradisional masih populer diapaki tetapi biasanya digunakan hanya pada hari-hari festival dan perayaan. Orang-orang juga terampil dalam menenun, pertukangan, dan meniup kaca sebagai seni tradisional dan seni kerajinan.
Ini adalah sebuah fakta menarik tentang Belarusia. Terima kasih atas kartu posmu, teman. Kartu posmu membuatku penasaran untuk mencari informasi dan mengetahui lebih lanjut tentang Belarusia. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Maharani Zoo and Cave

On the 4th of November 2011, I visited Maharani Zoo and Cave . It is located in a town called Lamongan, East Java. I’ve never visited this new   renovated tourism spot before.I thought I would see big, muddy, humid cave, but I was wrong. I saw nice indigenous animals from other countries in its zoo collection and I also nice gems collection in its museum.
There are dozens of animals in the zoo. Though it doesn’t have a big zoo, but Maharani Zoo and Cave has nice collection such as albino kangaroo, a real big hippo, huge iguanas, llama, and my favorite as always are the camels. Wait, I forgot to mention its bird’s cage. Though the zoo only has parakeets but thesecute birds are just too adorable to be missed.
Next is the cave itself. The cave is well managed and I was amazed by how the cave has been formed by nature for hundreds of years. That’s super cool. It’s hot and humid inside the cave though there were some big giant fans. However it was a nice and clean cave.
The other spot which took my breath away was a small museum where hundreds of gems and fossils are kept. I saw big jade, amethyst, sapphire, and other beautiful mineral gems. The fossils were also super awesome. You should visit this place one day if you haven’t visited yet. With IDR 25,000 you could enjoy magnificent combination of zoo; cave; and precious gems,isn’t it cool?
Thx for Dewi Cahya and Ema Yuwana for documenting the trip

Me and my students Desy and Dewi

       Pada tanggal 4 November 2011,saya mengunjungi Goa dan Kebun binatang Maharani. Leatknya di kota Lamongan, Jawa Timur. Saya belum pernah mengunjungi tempat ini sebelumnya ketika belum direnovasi. Awalnya saya berpikir saya akan melihat goa besar yang lembab dan berlumpur. Ternyata saya salah. Saya melihat banyak hewan khas dari beberapa Negara di koleksi kebun binatangnya, saya juga melihat koleksi batu-batu berhargadi museumnya.
Ada puluhan hewan di kebun binatang. Walaupun kebun binatangnya tidak besar tapi koleksinya sungguh unik, misalnya kanguru albino, kuda nil yang benar-benar besar, iguana raksasa, llama, dan favorit saya onta. Tunggu, saya lupa menyebutkan kandang burung di kebun binatang ini., Walaupun isinya hanya burungparkit, tapi burung-burung kecil ini sungguh menggemaskan, sangat sayang untuk dilewatkan.
Selanjutnya sang goa sendiri. Goa ini dikelola dengan baik dan saya terpana dengan keindahan goa yang terbentuk secara beratus-ratus tahun lamanya oleh alam. Ini benar-benar keren! Walaupun di dalam goa sangat lembab dan panas, oleh pengelola disediakan beberapa kipas raksasa. Goa ini juga sangat bersih kok.
Tempat lain yang membuat saya sangat terpana adalah museum kecil yang berisi ratusan batuan berharga dan fosil. Saya melihat giok besar batu kecubung, safir, dan batuan mineral berharga lainnya. Koleksi fosilnya juga keren. Kamu harus mengunjungi tempat ini jika belum pernah. Cukup membayar Rp. 25,000 kamu bisa menikmati poerpaduan unik kebun binatang; goa; dan koleksi batuan berharga lain. Keren kan? 
Terima kasih pada Dewi Cahya dan Ema Yuwana yang telah mendokumentasikan kegiatan ini.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

From Russia With Love

From Alena, Russia, Received on 21st November 2011

Datang dari Alena
seorang wanita Rusia
Dikirimnya aku sebuah kartu
Yang menyulap lebih indah hariku

Dari Rusia dengan cinta,
tulisan di pojok kanan bawah berkata
Aku terima cinta Alena,
beribu kilometer jauhnya

Aku suka gambarnya
Lukis badan wanita
Abu-abu hitam bergaris seperti zebra
Membawa hati di dada kirinya
Bercat bendera Rusia

Tak lupa teruntai menyulur
Dedaunan pohon birch terlihat jujur
Menampilkan keindahan sang sulur
Sungguh aku mujur

Mendapat cinta kawanku dari Rusia
Mendapat salam manis darinya
Mendapat tiga perangko indahnya
Tertempel bertumpuk di kartu posnya

спасибо Alena,
spasiba - thank you

Stewart's Postcard - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

On 29th November 2011 I received a postcard from Stewart in Canada. He sent me a very beautiful postcard. It has old photo of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Stewart said he loves old photographs and when he was a kid and visited Ottawa, the capital city of Canada once he took picture with an RCMP officer in his red dress uniform. Nowadays the officer wears regular blue and dark blue uniform but in formal occasion the police officer still uses the magnificent red uniform.
Check more about the RCMP in this link

Pada 29 November 2011 saya menerima kartu pos dari Stewart di Kanada. Dia mengirimi saya kartu pos yang sangat indah. Kartu posnya bergambar foto lama dari Royal Kanada Mounted Police (RCMP). Stewart mengatakan dia menyukai foto-foto lama. Ketika ia masih kecil dan mengunjungi Ottawa, ibukota Kanada  ia berfoto dengan seorang petugas RCMP dalam seragam merah. Saat ini petugas RCMP memakai seragam biru biru dan biru-gelap sehari-hari, tetapi dalam kesempatan formal polisi masih menggunakan seragam merahnya yang megah.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). adalah kesatuan polisi nasional Kanada dan sebuah lembaga dari Departemen Keamanan Publik pemerintah Kanada.

RCMP adalah institusi yang terbilang unik di dunia karena merupakan, institusi polisi yang melayani wilayah nasional, Negara bagiuan (federal),  provinsi dan kota. 
Tanggung jawab institusi ini meliputi 3 wilayah besar, 8 provinsi (kecuali Ontario dan Quebec), lebih dari 190  kota, 184 komunitas Aborigin dan tiga bandara internacional, sesuai dengan perjanjian yang telah disepakati.
Keterangan lebih lanjut klik

Lu's Remarkable Postcard

On 1st December 2011, I received another postcard from my friend Lu in China. He sent a postcard with a picture that is quite unique because there are only two pillars of the image. Like two entrance pillars  in a large park. Lu explained that the place is a popular place in town called Ornamental Column on the Sacred Path. This place is the tomb of the emperor of China. One of the tomb shown in this picture is the tomb of first emperor of Ming Dynasty  (reign in 1368-1644), Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang.

Furthermore I find out about the existence of this tomb. It is located in the foothills of Purple Mountain in Nanjing city. The name of this so-called tomb is Xiaoling tomb. According to the site I refer to,  Xiaoling Tomb is the largest of the tombs of other members of the Ming Empire. In Beijing alone, there were 13 tombs. Most  tombs were destroyed by war and the only remaining part were brick and  stones only. During the Qing Empire, some of the tomb is rebuilt.  Despite the changes, its main building structure was remain still.

In addition, this tomb building is one of the UNESCO protected cultural sites, also known as World Heritage Site. I’m so happy to receive this postcard. Although the picture is simple and a bit confusing at the beginning, but it has historical value of the building. Thanks to Lu in Nanjing for sending me this postcard.

Pada tanggal 1 Desember 2011 saya kembali menerima kartu pos dari teman saya Lu di Cina. Ia mengirimi kartu pos dengan gambar yang cukup unik karena hanya ada gambar dua pilar. Seperti dua pilar masuk di sebuah taman besar. Lu menjelaskan bahwa tempat itu adalah tempat yang terkenal di kotanya yang disebut Ornamental Column on the Sacred Path. Tempat ini adalah makam dari para kaisar China. Salah satunya yang ditunjukkan di gambar ini adalah makam kaisar pertama dari Dynasti Ming (masa pemerintahan 1368-1644), yaitu Kaisar Zhu Yuanzhang.
Lebih lanjut saya mencari tahu tentang keberadaan makam ini. Ternyata letaknya di kaki bukit Ungu (Purple Mountain) di kota Nanjing. Nama makam ini disebut makam Xiaoling. Menurut situs yang saya rujuk, Makam Xiaoling adalah yang terbesar dari makam –makam anggota kekaisaran Ming lain. Di Beijing sendiri terdapat 13 makam Kekaisaran Ming. Kebanyakan banunan makam ini hancur oleh perang dan hanya tertinggal batu bata dan sebagian batu-batunya saja. Ada beberapa bangunan makam yang kemudian dibangun di jaman Kekaisaran Qing, walaupun mengalami perubahan, tetapi struktur bangunan utamanya tidak berubah sedikitpun.
Sebagai tambahan, bangunan makam ini merupakan salah satu situs budaya yang dilindungi UNESCO alias World Heritage Site. Senangnya menerima kartu pos ini. Walaupun gambarnya sederhana dan sedikit membingungkan di awal, tetapi ternyata tersimpan cerita bersejarah dari bangunan yang tampak di kartu pos ini. Terima kasih Lu di Nanjing telah mengirimkan kartu pos ini. 

Musim Gugur di Jerman

Musim Gugur di Jerman

Daun-daun menguning
From Nicole, Germany received on 3rd Dec 2011
Jatuh terbaring
Di tanah yang mulai mengering

Musim gugur di Jerman
Kata seorang kawan
Indah menawan

Yang hijau berubah jadi kuning
Berkilau berubah kemuning

Nicole tinggal di dekat Cologne
Kartu pos darinya tiba pagi ini
Tiga Desember dua ribu sebelas
Di depan teras rumah kosku

Saturday, November 12, 2011

When I Miss Her So Bad

       When I was a kid when my mum came home I always jumped into her, hugged her, and sniffed her. She would just giggle. I love my mum's smell. Though she just came home and was sweating from work. I know it's eww but that's not what it seemed to me when I was a kid. I just loved my mum's smell. I wouldn't even let her went to the bathroom before I sniffed her first.
       And when I missed her so much and she's still away, I would run into my room, grabbed her dress, and cried while huggin the dress. I remember when I went to my granny’s house and I had to stay there for a week or two I always miss my mum so bad. So in my harsh time I would cry while hugging her dress.
       Whoa...I really love her. In fact I just dreamed about her few hours ago in my sleep. We went to the market and met a fruit seller. I saw big yummy bananas and she wanted to buy me some. I didn't remember why but in the end I didn’t get them. Latley I dream a lot about her. When I wake up I pray for her. I miss her so much.
I always miss her, but she's far away from me. She’s in heaven now

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blood Donor

It's not as scary as i thought. 

One of my resolution in upcoming 2011 was to donor my blood. It’s cool and pretty scary so I think it should be on my New Year resolution list. After months I’ve forgotten my goal until I had a chat with one of my student, she’s an active student who involves herself at the red cross. She deals with blood donor too in her school. Most important thing she has been an active blood donor for more almost a year.
I’ve heard from her that donor our blood is good. So then on the 16th October I went to the red cross donor unit, I was rejected. My blood hemoglobin was under the minimum requirement 12.5; mine was 12.3. Shoot! 0.02 and I couldn’t donor my blood? Well I was already nervous at that time. I plan to return the next week.  So as the previous visit I filled in the form, mine was blue – it’s for the new blood donor, blue is for the “official” donor. Next I went for a first medical check-up, to find out if I had enough blood to be sucked up by the machine later :P. At that time my HB was 13.4. I passed!! I passed the minimum requirement of 12.5
Then I went to a small room where I met a doctor to check my blood pressure and had a short interview about my medical background. Basically I was OK till she said that my blood pressure was quite high, 150. What the??? The normal one is 110 – 120 and I got what? I should have been dizzy if I reached that number. However I passed.  Then the officer at the registration room gave me my first ever donor card, with my name on it and my register number.

Officially a blood donor! Yeah!!
Then the time finally came. I went to the room where I could see many special chair was seated the donor. Before that I had to wash my hand till it reached my elbow. Dried it. Gave the white form and my new blood donor card to the officer and then she seated me on the chair. I tried to sit and then lay as relax as possible. Then a nurse came and brought all of her needle things stuff. I heard the metal clanging in a small metal box with her. She asked me to make a fist, then found my nerve, then stick a big point syringe and ouch..i could see my blood was running down through a plastic pipe. My blood!!! Finally.
After 10 – 15 min she pull it off from my hands, then the nurse gave me a box of bread with salted duck egg, and a small box of chocolate milk. They also gave me merchandise. I went home in a bigsmile. I did it!!! And next donor time is on 29 January 2012. Here I come!!!!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pendidikan yang Membebaskan

Taken from
            Sebuah film apik besutan sutradara Rajkumar Hirani, 3 Idiots, membuka hati dan pikiran saya akan kebebasan dan pendidikan. Film ini bercerita tentang kehidupan tiga mahasiswa Imperial College of Engineering, sebuah universitas teknik terkemuka di India, dan permasalahan yang mereka hadapi: sebuah sistem pendidikan yang mengekang kebebasan berpikir, menekan, dan mendasarkan kompetisi untuk menjadi nomer satu. Di universitas tersebut, siapa yang lulus pada setiap mata ujian dipastikan akan mendapatkan pekerjaan bergengsi dan posisi terhormat di masyarakat. Sebaliknya mereka yang gagal dipastikan menjadi orang-orang kalah yang tidak berguna.

 Adalah sebuah kebanggaan tak ternilai bagi orang tua Farhan, Mahasiswa dari golongan ekonomi menengah jika putra mereka bisa kuliah di universitas bergengsi. Walaupun Farhan sendiri tidak mempunyai kecintaan pada teknik, ia mencintai fotografi. Sayangnya orang tua dan lingkungan sekitarnya menganggap insinyur adalah pekerjaan yang teroandang dan mampu mengangkat harkat dan derajat seseorang. Raju, sahabat Farhan, mahasiswa dari keluarga miskin menjadi tumpuan hidup bagi keluarganya. Gelar insinyur adalah satu-satunya harapan bagi keluarganya untuk meningkatkan kehidupan ekonomi kelaurga. Beban ini memberikan tekanan dan ketakutan akan kegagalan yang luar biasa bagi Raju. Sebaliknya, Rancho, tokoh sentral dari film ini, yang bersahabat dengan Farhan dan Raju digambarkan sebagai sosok yang sangat menikmati belajar, sangat mencintai ilmu pengetahuan, haus akan pengetahuan baru, tidak mudah menyerah, dan memaknai semua pengetahuan yang didapatnya.
Tokoh kunci lainnya, rektor ICE adalah rektor sekaligus pengajar yang disiplin, berorientasi pada hasil, tujuan, rangking, dan kesuksesan akademis. Sang rektor sangat  disiplin dan mengutamakan nilai sebagai pencapaian yang maha penting. Baginya hidup adalah persaingan. Siapa yang tidak mampu bertahan dalam sistem maka ia akan tergilas. Kesuksesan dimenangkan dengan memenangkan persaingan dan menjatuhkan yang lemah. Pendidikan adalah alat untuk mengantarkan sesorang mencapai kehidupan yang lebih baik hanya bagi mereka yang mampu bekerja seperti mesin. Bekerja keras, mengikuti semua pola dan aturan, berjalan sesuai dengan apa yang diajarkan, dan terus menerus berkompetisi.
3 Idiots adalah kritik bagi sistem pendidikan yang menekan dan mengekang. sistem pendidikan ini hanya menghasilkan mesin, yaitu siswa yang tidak mempunyai kemampuan menganalisis sebuah permasalahan dan bekerja hanya sesuai dengan panduan yang ada. Mesin tidak mempunyai hati, pikiran, dan akal budi. Seluruh organ difungsikan untuk menyelesaikan tugas, keberhasilan tanpa cacat dan nirkesalahan. Sistem pendidikan yang hanya mengunggulkan kesuksesan dari segi akademis inilah yang meracuni jiwa seorang pelajar.
 Kompetisi dan tekanan bukanlah sesuatu yang sepantasnya diberikan kepada siswa secara berlebihan. Sekolah, universitas, dan institusi pendidikan yang lain seharusnya menjadi tempat siswa menikmati proses belajar dan memaknai segala sesuatu yang mereka pelajari. Tekanan akan menjadi yang nomer satu di kelas, yang terbaik, kompetisi yang diunggulkan hanya akan menghasilkan siswa-siswa yang tertekan dan “mati”. Digambarkan dalam film ini seorang mahasiswa yang ditekan oleh tanggung jawab keluarganya menjadi insinyur pertama di desanya berbuah upaya bunuh diri karena sang rektor menolak memberikan tenggat waktu lebih pada sang mahasiswa untuk menyelesaikan tugas akhirnya. 
Di dunia faktanya berdasarkan laporan yang dikeluarkan oleh Arizona State University, diperkirakan 11% dari mahasiswanya memutuskan bunuh diri. Antara bulan September sampai Maret 2010 enam mahasiswa pada Cornell University memutuskan untuk bunuh diri. Depresi adalah penyebab utamanya, tekanan dari tugas kuliah, tuntutan orang tua dan masalah adaptasi dengan lingkungan dan rekan belajar adalah beberapa penyebab utamanya. Raju tokoh mahasiswa lain dalam film ini mendapat tekanan yang luar biasa besar untuk mengangkat harkat keluarganya dengan menjadi insinyur dan lulusan universitas terkemuka ICE. Farhan, dipaksa oleh orang tuanya untuk menjadi insinyur walaupun sebenarnya ia ingin menjadi fotografer. Tekanan-tekanan ini mengerdilkan keindahan pendidikan yang seharusnya mengangkat harkat hidup orang apapun cita-cita orang tersebut. 
Pendidikan seharusnya menciptakan kecintaan terhadap ilmu pengetahuan, kehausan mencari pengetahuan baru, dan kesukacitaan memecahkan permasalahan dengan bekal ilmu pengetahuan yang dimiliki. Bersekolah dan belajar seharusnya merupakan kegiatan yang menyenangkan yang tidak memenjarakan siswa dalam bangunan yang disebut sekolah. Bersekolah dan belajar seharusnya juga tidak mengkotak-kotakkan siswa berdasarkan kemampuan, kekayaan, dan segala kekhasan pada diri masing-masing siswa. Semua siswa mempunyai keistimewaannya sendiri. Pengajar dan orang tua seyogyanya mengasuh para siswa dengan tidak menyamaratakan kemampuan dan minat siswa. Dengan dukungan penuh keluarga dan suasana belajar yang memerdekakan pemikiran siswa, belajar perlu dimaknai sebagai sebuah kegiatan yang menyenangkan dan bukan sekedar untuk mendapatkan ijazah akan tercapai.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Bemo M queues to get passengers in bemo station
Bemo is a famous public transportation in Indonesia, well at leas in my place. It's a four wheel car, mostly wagon  with two long seats for 11 passengers. One seat next to the driver is for 2 passengers. No aircon and in some cars equipped by sound speaker. But never expect to have a nice comfy car. You'll get a "fine" hot car since you can just rely on the window. I forgot to tell that you need to share the seat with 3 other passengers for the short seat and 6 other passengers for the long seat. If you're lucky you can seat next to the driver so that you don't have to share seat, but..still you need to share with one more passenger.

The driver is very skillful, meaning they really know well how to speed and cut the car line in a crowded city. Hold your breath since they will make you feel you're in a formula one race. But don't get too nervous since lately less and less people take bemo. So, bemo will move very slow like a snail, a giant motor snail which stops at almost every alley and every city corner to wait for passengers. So in this case, just be patient. 30 minute travel will be 1 hour travel. Just add 30 min to the normal time you take for a certain distance when you take bemo. 

Bemo driver is the king!!! You cannot complain if he goes so fast or he goes so slow. You have to accept that . Passengers' safety is number something for the driver. As long as he can get money then things will be just fine. Well don't be worry. So far i can assure you that private cars accident involved more than bemo. 
You cannot complain too when the bemo wants to stop in a nearby factory to wait for the workers to go home. You cannot also ask the driver to stop smoking. No one can make him stop smoking! Cigarette and music are a driver's friend to keep focus on their job.

Passengers in a bemo
You have to be extra patience. I think it works in both way, extra patience for the driver and also for the passengers. If you're in a hurry but you're still 50 m from the bemo, the driver will be happily waiting for you. And if you ask for his permission to stop for a few minutes to buy some fruit along the street, he will say yes. Don't forget to give him some. You can also carry heavy luggage as long as it doesn't take lot of place. If it does, then just pay for your luggage.

Bumpy car? Well you cannot expect to get same ambiance like a taxi. You just can't expect to have a clean seat too. It's passengers' responsibility too to keep the bemo clean and comfortable. 

But i like taking bemo to everywehere. I meet people, i learn about people and mostly i get good experience. I can also look at the city view longer. Who cares if it’s slower? The bus gives me a chance to look out the window at the trees.

Cute girl with her doll and
her mommy in a bemo
In Surabaya, the city where i live, bemo is differentiated by its name and color. Like the green one with the letter "E" then we call it Bemo E takes from Balongsari to Karangmenjangan. Then bemo O the yellow one for example takes you from JMP to Keputih. there are dozens of destination and dozens of bemo.'ll take time to list the place. However will try to list them below based on my experience as a bemoer ( the term is invented by me LOL)

PS: The bemo faire range from IDR 3000 to IDR 4000
North Surabaya

1. Bemo "K" (white) from JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza) to Tanjung Perak Port 

West - North Surabaya
1. Bemo "Z" (red) from Benowo, Tandes to  JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
2. Bemo "LMJ" (light brown) from Lakarsantri to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
3. Bemo "BJ" (grey) from Benowo, Tandes to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
4. Bemo "Z1" (light blue) from Benowo, Tandes to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
5. Bemo "DA" ( yellowish green) from Pakuwon Trade Center to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)

West - South Surabaya
1. Bemo "TV" (brown and light brown) from Manukan, Balongsari to Joyoboyo Bemo Station

West to Central Surabaya
1. Bemo "E" (light green) from Balongsari to Karangmenjangan (Province Public Hospital area)

Central Surabaya
1. Bemo "P" (pale yellow) from Joyoboyo bemo station to Karangmenjangan (Province Public Hospital area)
2. Bemo "M" (dark grey) from Joyoboyo bemo station to JMP (Jembatan Merah Plaza)
3. Bemo "G" (dark green) from Joyoboyo bemo station to Karangmenjangan (Province Public Hospital area)
4. Bemo "C" (orange) from Karangmenjangan (Province Public Hospital area) to Blauran

West to East Surabaya
1. Bemo "MLK" (blue) from Manukan, Tandes to Kenjeran Beach

South to East Surabaya
1. Bemo "T2" (light brown) from Joyoboyo bemo station to Mulyorejo

So far these are bemos i've taken in my life almost regularly. I LOVE BEMO!!!!!