#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!



Thai Playlist

I was a Thai fan since my first tennis tournament to Songkhla in 2010...and keep coming back to the land of White Elephant a few years after that. Thailand and Malaysia trip in particular for tennis tournament. What I love the most is the cultural, the peoples, the foods, everything about Thailand makes me feel calm and peaceful.

I just visited Thailand again last month with my family as holiday trip. It feels like long time since my last international flight. Different from my previous trip with my teammates, now I have lots of family time, exploring some spiritual places I never visited before...

You know if you are on a trip where you spent many hours, you will find some interesting things into your playlist. Whether they are international hits songs or even another song from different languages. Well, whatever it is, in those moments you need to leaning back and listening with your travel companion. In my case, I love to listen to local songs from the country I visiting. I posted it in my IG story, and some friends ask me what song it was. So here they are, I share it with all of you...




1. Pang Nakarin ft. Takkatan Cholada - Poom Pae Krungthep (Bangkok Allergic)
There's a story that make this song as number one on my Thai playlist. Yeah, this is the first Thai song that I knew and fell in love after I heard hundred times from my second visit to Songkhla at 2013. Maybe it was such the top playlist in Thailand that year. Of course it bring some memories back for me personally. I remember searching for this song on Youtube right after I arrived at my homeland! It wasn't easy, you still need the luck to find the song you didn't know the title, the lyric, as well as the artist. But luckily, I finally found it! Felt in love with the song once again after watching the video clip and even more after I know the lyric is unexpected and out of the box. Funny but true at the same time. Now, I already memorized the Thai lyric and could pronounce it fluently! Hahaha.



2. Ice Sarunyu - Pahk Wahng (Free Mouth)
My search still continues... Well, when you found a Thai song which is nice to hear, you'd want to find another more and more. It's kind of hearing sense addicted. Then my next favorite artist is Ice Sarunyu, a Thai singer that seem so popular in his country. No doubt, because most of his songs are easy-listened. Pahk Wahng is one of them, that sounds soooo suitable for a trip.



3. Getsunova - Glai Kae Nai Keu Glai (How Far is Near)
The way I like this song wasn't the same as I like the other Thai songs I mentioned before. I need more time to hear this as a good song which I would love to put in my playlist. I just didn't like a sad song, because in my mind Thai songs are always about cheering up. Hahaha, forget my crazy thought. Until this song was appear in a movie but in woman version, sorry I forget what movie is it. The feeling found the song you know in a random movie is totally something! I listen carefully and search for the lyric, then I've finally like it...and maybe it becomes the first lyrics I remember in my mind when you ask me a Thai song.


4. Ice Sarunyu - Yahk Dohn Bpen Jao Kaung (I Wanna Be Taken)
Another Ice's song I've heard on top 10 playlist that year. The tone sounds friendly and fun to heard many times. No more explanation about this song, because the singer is Ice Sarunyu, the singer you won't missed to.



5. Yes Sir Days - Meur Rai Ja Dai Pop Ter (When Will I Get to See You)
Got it from a Thai drama series Pon Prom Om La Weng. Ya, I ever be that Thai biggest fan so I watch the series. I don't really sure about the title and artist actually. I can't find any similar video clip about it in English title, or at least in Thai lettering. Maybe this song isn't popular outside the country. Simply search for it with keywords original soundtrack (OST).



There are still more songs on my Thai playlist, but I can't find the English title. Furthermore, I'm not sure you will like it too or not... As you may already know, my music taste is a bit weird. The new comers of Thai singer and bands are just emerging nowadays, I don't know why I still stick on my old playlist. But I have any favorite band to recommend, like SPF or Basketball Band. The rising women actress as well as singer like Aom Sushar, Ice Preechaya, or Tina. And sometimes, watching the movie may be help to find a good Thai songs on their soundtrack. Explore some and look for something that suits your music taste best!

Bangka, A Wonderful Island

This is my second time to celebrate new year in the wonderful island, Bangka.
A little different from 2 years ago, this time for a big family trip!


The main purpose of visiting Bangka was reigniting family ties from our father's and my Grandmom from mother's side. Hahaha sorry for confusing here, my family tree is indeed complicated story.
My father's homeland always be a special place to me, and I filled a lot of internal gaps on this trip. Visiting some relatives is a memorable thing for me, even this tradition had been taught since I was a kid. Growing up as a city kids, we were sadly never that close to families and relatives here, so big familial gatherings were never a regular thing. It was an exploration of one’s roots. A re-connection with family from our father's side. An eye opening vision to a place where you belong, a place that's so different from home, but so familiar at the exact same time!


As you know, Sumatera has a lot treasure when it comes to nature theraphy. So, here are some of my footprints during the trip:

Tri Agung Monastery
My family will never forget to visit the sacred temple, the place where all the prayers started, even while on vacation. It also good for a religious trip. Can't get enough of that monastery hill-view! So excited to be back... It all felt the same and very safe in my heart. Peacefully and calmness! I like it when places feel reliably welcoming and nostalgic like this. You can leave and they wait for you to come back always.

The Dochen's Family

Parai Tenggiri Beach
Beach is always be my happy place! Beaches are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. Thanks God Indonesia is an archipelago country, so I can visit my paradise all the time I want to. In addition, beaches are ones of Bangka tourism pride. The uniqueness of Bangka's beaches are they have the big meteorite stones spread across the landscapes. And here I am in the right place!



Red Hill
Due to the abundant natural resources, especially in the mining sector, Bangka has several craters formed by tin mining area. I know there are many similar tourist attraction out there, but Red Hill was special because it has the red clay ground, not the white one as usual craters.
We have to struggling first to reach the top of the crater, and it was a dangerous journey if I could say. Other than because the rocky hill is very steep to climb, the clay also too sticky to step up because of rain the day before. Huh, but fortunately it worth every bit, and even I enjoyed every step I made on this adventurous trip!



Bangka Golden Bridge
The locals call it 'Jembatan Emas', the new infrastructure that built over the long river. That Bangka sway with the palm trees surround...it goes like that all day.



Bangka Botanical Garden
Who's say only Bogor has Botanical Garden? Bangka has it too! I think Bangka has its specialty when it comes to the clay. The road we crossed were all made by red soil, and of course it will be muddy when it rains... Oh, they have the good pure cow's milk too in every flavor, don't forget to stop by, have a milky-drink and enjoy the view!


Planning to go home again someday, maybe?