The Beauty of West Kutai

Nothing beats Indonesian richness when it comes to multi-cultural with its traditional fabrics and textiles. Now is the time for "Tenun Ulap Doyo" and " Sulam Tumpar" from West Kutai, East Borneo.

The Beauty of West Kutai
October 3rd, 2018
at Pelataran Ramayana - Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

This event is a collaboration event among Kutai governor and also creative industries, also Ms. Lia Candrasari as event initiator to present the natural process of Tenun itself and how they transform it into ready-to-wear fashion nowadays. Who would have thought that the idea of making this big event is originated from the small talk of group travelers who were fascinated by the natural beauty of West Kutai... and they are breaking a leg!

Serenade of Tenun Doyo
by Billy Tjong
Exclusive Collection by MADEIND X Billy Tjong 




The current mission is introduce this "Tenun Doyo" to be as popular as another Indonesian traditional fabrics like North Sumatera's Ulos, South Sumatera's Songket, and even as Javanese Batik pattern.

From the opening dance before the show, also shown the making of materials which is made by Doyo leaves, where can only found in East Borneo. So, they aren't made by regular cotton like many fabric use. This creative process really makes this ethnic fabric more special, because they are different even from the very beginning.

As we know, fashion is universal language. No matter where it is made, the most important thing is how to style them properly. Fashion today should not only focus on selling, but also the ways we can make a difference with social issues directly. Cultural and heritage, remembering these young peoples do not want to know some kinds of traditional clothes. Maybe this issue isn't a huge reality in our country, but when we realize some peoples are turning a blind eye doesn’t erase the issues.
That's why...since it is the new form of our local heritage, then if I could say these collections are going trending topic, surely it doesn't too much.




There's also fashion film preview, directed by Reza Bustami. Book launching about "Tenun Doyo and Sulam Tumpar" Seni Wastra Kutai Barat by Syahmedi Dean. The event will continue with photography exhibition "Potret Indah Dayak Benuaq" at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, by Honda Tranggono.

Yayyy, congratulation for the peoples behind who make this show extravagant! Support our local brand... And thank you for inviting me :)




#CeritaDariHutan: Hutan Trembesi De Djawatan

Banyuwangi sebagai kota dengan berbagai kawasan eko-wisata terpendam, banyaknya pantai dan gunung di sekitarnya menjadi tujuan para wisatawan saat ini. Namun, yang membuatnya berbeda adalah adanya objek wisata hutan yang dikelola oleh Perhutani. De Djawatan merupakan objek wisata hutan yang terletak di Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur. Lokasi yang tidak jauh dari perkotaan serta suasana teduh dan nyaman, membuat saya terkagum bahwa kita memiliki hutan se-indah ini di Indonesia.




Rindangnya pohon trembesi tua, dengan tumbuh-tumbuhan pakis yang menjalar hidup di antara batang pohonnya membawa kita ke dalam fantasi tentang berada di kawasan magis, dimana para raksasa akan mengejar buruannya dan peri terbang bebas di sekelilingnya. Maafkan imajinasi saya... Bahkan sebelum Tim Burton mengubah persepsi kita dengan memvisualkan kisah fiksi 'Alice in Wonderland', kita sudah memiliki imajinasi sendiri tentang kelinci yang tiba-tiba keluar dari salah satu lubang pohon di hutan.

Insipirasi yang sama saya dapatkan disini, entahlah mungkin memang saya selalu suka berada di tengah hutan. Kita bahkan bisa bersembunyi di balik warna hijau yang menyejukkan, sinar matahari hanya berani mengintip dari celah rimbunnya dahan pohon. Warna-warni yang kontras pun ditambahkan sebagai wajah baru dari hutan wisata ini.

Ketika berkeliling menyusuri hutan, kita akan menemukan rumah pohon disana! Yang saya suka dari rumah-rumahan yang terbuat dari kayu ini adalah betapa sejuk dan damainya. Berapa banyak dari kita yang sewaktu kecil dulu selalu bermimpi untuk bisa memilikinya? Hmmm, rasanya tidak apa-apa kan orang dewasa seperti kita memanjat rumah pohon sesekali, menyembunyikan diri dari paparan sinar matahari yang sudah saya dapatkan selama beberapa hari berwisata pantai di Banyuwangi.





Faktanya, keragaman hutan di Indonesia dapat menjadi manfaat kreatif yang lain, ekowisata misalnya. Bukan tidak mungkin bahwa suatu hari nanti, kedepannya kita akan menemukan hutan-hutan lain yang ternyata menyimpan potensi tersembunyi, disamping sumber daya alam yang tiada habisnya dalam suatu ekosistem hutan.

Dengan mengunjungi hutan, pengetahuan kita tentang tumbuh-tumbuhan akan semakin bertambah, bahkan semakin tergelitik untuk memunculkan pertanyaan-pertanyaan baru tentangnya. Rasa ingin tahu yang besar justru membuat kami semakin penasaran.
Saya sendiri masih bertanya-tanya tentang bagaimana mereka memelihara hutan yang kini sudah menjadi kawasan wisata terbuka seperti De'Djawatan ini, tanpa menghilangkan fungsi hutan itu sendiri, yaitu sebagai kawasan lindung yang menyimpan banyak unsur hara dalam tanahnya. Adakah hewan-hewan buas dan liar di dalamnya? Masih adakah hutan yang belum terjamah?

Saya sudah beberapa kali mengunjungi hutan wisata di Indonesia, antara lain Taman Nasional Gunung Leuser di Sumatera, Taman Nasional Gunung Bromo di Jawa Timur, serta Taman Nasional Gunung Rinjani di Nusa Tenggara Barat. Semuanya memiliki potensi yang berbeda, dan dari perjalanan masing-masing hutan tersebut saya membawa pulang pengalaman yang tidak sama pula. Keadaan geografis wilayah dan kesuburan tanah tentu menjadi penentu jenis-jenis tumbuhan di dalamnya.

Semakin dipikirkan, saya pun menyadari bahwa pada kenyataannya hutan akan kembali ke fungsi utamanya, sebagai habitat para satwa, juga sebagai jantung bagi negara kita, Zamrud Khatulistiwa, karena jika dilihat dari atas maka hijaunya pepohonan diantara lautan Archipelago terlihat seperti batu Zamrud yang mengapung diatas birunya lautan. Kita seharusnya bangga dengan julukan ini, tidak banyak negara yang terkenal karena keindahan alamnya. Kehijauan hutan-hutan tersebut wajib dipelihara kelestariannya, bukan malah melakukan illegal logging dan hal-hal yang dapat merusak hutan. Marilah kita menjaga hutan Indonesia dan segala ekosistem di dalamnya.

#AsyiknyaNaikFerry: Pulang ke Laut



Sebagai seseorang yang tumbuh di provinsi terujung di Pulau Sumatera, Lampung, saya sangat familiar dengan pantai dan laut. Sejak kecil, seringkali saya dan keluarga bepergian menuju Pulau Jawa melalui jalur darat yang dilanjutkan melalui Selat Sunda menggunakan Kapal Ferry dari ASDP Indonesia Ferry, baik pergi hingga pulang kembali ke Bandar Lampung.

Tentunya banyak kenangan-kenangan menarik selama perjalanan melintasi Selat Sunda. Apalagi, sudah tidak terhitung berapa banyaknya saya pergi menggunakan Kapal Ferry  Berbagai variasi rute sudah saya jalani, mulai dari menggunakan kendaraan pribadi, Damri, ataupun Bus Pariwisata antar kota.

Pemandangan di sekitar dermaga Merak dan Bakauheni biasa diikuti dengan perpisahan-perpisahan, diikuti oleh aroma khas lautan yang langsung bermuara pada Laut Jawa dan Samudera Hindia, keindahan pemandangan alam yang masih belum terjamah dari pulau-pulau kecil di sekitarnya, serta gugusan Anak Gunung Krakatau di tengahnya. Saya tidak pernah bosan bepergian melalui jalur laut, karena setiap perjalanannya memberikan nuansa yang baru dan selalu ada pengalaman yang berbeda-beda pula.

#AsyiknyaNaikFerry adalah suasana yang selalu berbeda di setiap kapalnya, baik awak kapal maupun menu jualan di dalamnya. Pilihan kelas di dalam badan kapal pun bervariasi. Tidak semua bentuk dan jenis Kapal Ferry itu sama. Diantara Kelas Bisnis dan Ekonomi, terkadang ada pilihan Kelas Lesehan segala. Sangat cocok bagi yang akan melakukan perjalanan jauh lintas Jawa/Sumatera dan butuh istirahat lebih nyaman.

Sekarang ini, sesudah merantau ke ibukota Jakarta, saya selalu menyempatkan diri untuk pulang kembali ke kampung halaman di Sumatera. Walaupun di era yang serba digital ini, semua serba cepat dan mudah, semua orang berbondong-bondong naik pesawat terbang. Namun bagi saya, momen naik Kapal Ferry tetaplah yang selalu saya nantikan. Klasik tetapi asyik. Bagi saya, setiap mil perjalanan yang ditempuh sangatlah berarti, mereka mempunyai ceritanya sendiri-sendiri. Saya selalu tidak sabar kembali ke rumah, menikmati pantai-pantai di pesisir Sumatera, yang kini mulai banyak di eksplor oleh para pelancong domestik maupun mancanegara.


Kadangkala ketika perjalanan dilakukan pada senja hari, kita bisa sambil melihat sunset di pinggir dek kapal. Suasana yang damai sekaligus romantis, yang pastinya jarang ditemui di tengah kota besar. Keindahan matahari berada di ujung cakrawala, berikut kemilaunya hamparan laut yang menjadi berwarna jingga keemasan. Benar-benar pesona yang luar biasa, mengingat bahwa kami bukan dalam perjalanan liburan, namun sangat menghibur.

Bila perjalanan di lakukan pada pagi atau siang hari, jika beruntung kita dapat melihat lumba-lumba bermain dan berloncatan mengikuti lajunya kapal, seolah-olah mengajak untuk bermain dan berlomba adu cepat.
Bahkan jika melakukan perjalanan malam hari, walaupun hari telah gelap dan pemandangan laut tidak begitu kelihatan jelas, kita masih bisa merasakan semilir angin laut serta gemerlap lampu-lampu di sekeliling pulau, jauh di seberang, yang terlihat berupa titik-titik terang berwarna-warni.


Saya tahu, bukan hanya saya seorang yang memiliki kenangan tentang pulang ke kampung halaman. Setiap orang pasti punya ceritanya masing-masing.
Bagi kami, para perantau yang berada jauh dari rumah, ingin selalu kembali ke pelukan Ibu. Seperti pelari yang tetap berada di jalur trek nya, seperti pemain musik kembali pada nada-nada, petani kembali pada rumahnya setelah seharian bekerja di sawah. Ya, ada sisi romantisme yang mampu mengarahkan imajinasi liar kami di sepanjang perjalanan laut yang ditempuh selama 2 jam tersebut.

Bagaimanapun, kembali dan pulang ke sisian laut merupakan hal yang selalu ditunggu-tunggu. Kembali pada kapal-kapal dan perahu yang membesarkan saya, menerjang ombak dan gugusan pulau-pulau, bahkan yang sudah mengajarkan saya kerasnya kehidupan.

Seperti inilah rasa 'pulang' itu seharusnya.

West Sumatera: Somewhere in Between The Hill and The Ocean

Kampuang Nan Jauah di Mato

Kampuang nan jauh di mato 
Gunuang Sansai Baku Liliang
Takana Jo Kawan, Kawan Nan Lamo 
Sangkek Basu Liang Suliang
 
Panduduknya nan elok nan 

Suko Bagotong Royong
Kok susah samo samo diraso
Den Takana Jo Kampuang
 
Takana Jo Kampuang

Induk Ayah Adik Sadonyo
Raso Mangimbau Ngimbau Den Pulang
Den Takana Jo Kampuang

The lyrics of a popular folk song from West Sumatera, ringing in my ears while typing this. I came here to attend my best friend's wedding party. Feeling so familiar with those kind of Sumatera's vibes, but this is my first time in West side... and who knows I am even falling in love with this city!

The sound of the tide seemed to echo with more vibrant. It's because you're surrounded by ocean on all sides, feel the breeze from West Sumatera. All along the beaches are directly connected to The Indian Ocean. Ya, West Sumatera is a member of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), an international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.


Air Manis Beach
Do you know that the most popular Indonesian folklore "Malin Kundang" is come from here? I spend a time to visit the sites. It's only a heap of human-shaped stones with his ship next to. No border line or guardrail. I am regretting there's so many illegal traders on the coast, disrupting its natural beauty.

Although we will never know the truth of this myth, whether it is true or not. But, I really care about the moral story. Hopefully the fact about my Malaysian friend even know this Indonesian folklore, she said that the story was in their textbook when she was elementary school, is the proof that it is very very popular across country too makes you believe that I ain't only joking.


Museum Adityawarman
A local museum with the unique "Rumah Gadang" characteristic architectures. It is just a minute by walk from our hotel, so I came here twice. Pretty much of history collection, they also have an Earthquake Monument to remembering the victim of tsunami and huge earthquake in 2006 and 2009.

a touchily poem by governor
Chinatown (Pondok)
Culinary area in town, just fixed for every budget. From a modest street food to fancy cafe, soft beverages, desserts, and typical dish, all in one along the street.
The buildings are one of attraction too, oldies but classic. Some of them are out of use too. Some sections have damage here and there, and become the heritage of the city. I am pretty sure that everything has a historical value here.




West Sumatera has a new road to reach Malin Kundang stone! A quite long road winding up the hill, where we can stop by and see the panoramic view of the city from above. If you have more time enough, you can also cisit Siti Nurbaya village, from the bridge among the hill. The myth says that she was meet her backstreet lover uphill. Then she buried there.

It only takes 1 hour and 30 minutes for me to explore around the city alone by online rides before my friends were arrived one day after. It's a tiny city with larger life attitudes. The locals also very friendly, how its people want you to be welcomed into the city. I know some Minangnese by this trip. Even I just strolling around the capital Padang City, but I was attracted by the beach, the hill, the downtown, the foods, even the local language and cultures. Every single corner of this city are also very attractive and instagramable, that's why I took a lot of pictures of landscapes.

Luckily I got the kindly driver since Day 1. They drove me to explore around and recommend some cool spots. So many places in this city to discover over and over. I had not left yet, but I was already planning my trip back!
"Go look for places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are."




Abroad You(th) 3rd Chapter

I believe that one journey will lead you to another ones. Never imagined I was at this point before. This story is based on my international tennis tournament when I was in uni. Who knows that destiny bring me to the next level?

For me, writing is a basic skill to maintenance your existence nowadays. I prefer the print out media such as book, because books will stand last longer than archives in social media or internet.
I have contribute my experience into a book! It's been an honor to me to write about my favorite part, sport and how to deal going abroad in that industry you always focus on. Can't ask for a better starting point of my own little career as a writer.

Abroad (You)th
First published in 2016, now we launched the latest chapter, the 3rd! Initiated by Kak Putri. It's a compilation stories of young people who had took a part in youth programs from many countries. In this book you can steal our journey to motivates you going abroad and see the different part of the world. Ssssttt, there are some tips and tricks too!

at Kediri's Landmark, "Simpang Lima Gumul Monumen"t





Launched on The International Book Day 2018 at Pare, Kediri, East Java. I feel so special can join this hype in Kampung Inggris, a place where many youths from around Indonesia come here to learn English with good environment.

We had a mini talk show. Q & A about the book, also meet & greet with the contributors. Although it was just a simple event, I amazed with audience's enthusiastic during the talk. They seemed interest into our topic, and many unpredictable questions from them. I like to inspire people, so I gave my best to discuss and keep a good interact with audience.



Just remembering that day I was sitting behind my work desk, thinking about the first draft of inspiration, even all the glisters and blisters through my student-athlete journey. Then now...voila!! It's come to life!

Thanks for the great opportunity. I'll take this chance to jump higher someday.
You neither, guys. Hopefully this little work will bring you to another great opportunity to reach you dreams. Good luck and keep going!


PIFW 2018

Plaza Indonesia Fashion Week 
Fall Spring 2018
"28 Fabulous"

Too many cool collections can be seen on a fashion week. These are I put some highlights, steal from the shows.

Danjyo Hiyoji X Lucky Trend
"SPLENDOR FORCE"
Aaahh my favorite brand, Danjyo Hiyoji will never disappointing! That kinda magical glow in the dark things...are totally brilliant!

Micca by Michelle Tjong
"GAMINE"

The inspirational show comes from Alleira Batik who present some kids with down-syndrome to walk on runway. They were success winning the audience's heart, standing applause for these bravest kids!

Alleira

Bateeq
"KELIR"
(X)S.M.L
"KISAH"
From the tule things, traditional fabrics, monochromatic, until layer on layer, all worth to the grandest night.
Thank you to all brands and designers who invited me, thank you for a busy week. See you next year, PIFW!