Memudarnya Adab Menonton di Bioskop

Halo pembaca semua, selamat memasuki bulan Juni. Tidak terasa tahun 2015 sudah separuh jalan ya. Jadi, apa kabar kalian? Sudah berapa bucket list yang kalian coret sebagai bagian dari resolusi 2015? Salah satu yang sudah saya coret adalah menonton Mad Max: Fury Road dan Avengers: Age of Ultron setelah penantian panjang.

Tidak, kali ini saya bukan membahas mengenai kedua film tersebut. Melainkan curahan hati saya akan kelakuan para moviegoers yang membuat saya kerap menghela nafas panjang.

Sebagai seseorang yang menganggap serius menonton (dan karaoke) film, saya kerap terganggu dengan kelakuan-kelakuan seperti:

  1. Menyalakan/ berkomunikasi via hape

Sebelum kita memasuki studio dan mulai menonton suatu film, kita tentu sudah berkomitmen dong dengan film yang akan kita tonton. Maka segala komunikasi seperti WA atau bahkan update status pun bisa menunggu setelah film usai. Orang yang mengontak kita pun akan paham bila kita sedang di bisokop. Coba pikir, kita menonton di studio yang gelap dimana satu-satunya pencahayaan adalah layar di depan kita, lalu tetiba ada distraksi berupa pendar cahaya dari LCD layar ponsel, itu kan sangat mengganggu. KZL! Lain halnya bila yang mengontak adalah keluarga kita, tentu patut kita prioritaskan. Tetapi jangan lupa untuk mengangkat telepon di luar studio ya.

  1. Keluar studio, kemudian menanyakan jalan cerita yang terlewat

Ketika kita memutuskan untuk keluar dari studio, tentu kita mengetahui dong konsekuensinya dari aksi kita ini, yaitu tertinggal alur cerita dari film yang kita tonton. Tentu saja tidak salah untuk menanyakan apa yang terlewat, tetapi tolong pertanyaannya bisa menunggu seusai film. Tidak enak lho ketika sedang khusyuk dengan tontonan di depan kita lalu diinterupsi dengan suara-suara di kanan kiri. Hih!

  1. Menendang-nendang punggung kursi di depannya

Ini biasanya dilakukan oleh anak kecil/remaja tanggung/ atau sekumpulan individu yang kelewat antusias oleh adrenalin atau rasa takut. Saya akan memahami bila tendangan itu dilakukan tidak lebih dari 5 kali selama satu film. Tetapi bila lebih dari itu, jangan salahkan saya bila kemudian saya menegur dan memberikan tatapan maut.

Haduh, saya ternyata rewel ya 😀 Habisnya, meski sudah banyak media untuk nonton film secara online, tapi saya tetap masih setia dengan bioskop. Bioskop dengan layar lebarnya, pilihan untuk menonton 3D/4D, dan yang terpenting adalah merasakan atmosfer suatu film bersama dengan seisi studio. Oleh karena itu sangat perlu adanya adab menonton agar kepuasan nonton di bioskop dapat terus terjaga. Kalian sendiri bagaimana? Termasuk moviegoers teladan kah? 😀

Candu Teknologi

Halo semuaa, seperti yang sudah-sudah, saya akan kembali melontarkan permintaan maaf karena telah terlalu lama menelantarkan blog ini. Saya harap kalian tetap menanti postingan saya ya. Jadi apa kabar kalian bulan Mei ini?

Akhir-akhir ini saya merasa sedih melihat perkembangan jaman. Norak ya, tapi sungguh! Saya sedih melihat bagaimana kita semakin diperbudak oleh teknologi. Saya suka mengamati ketika sedang berkumpul bersama teman-teman, lebih banyak dari mereka yang memperhatikan ponsel pintar mereka ketimbang bercakap-cakap sesamanya. Terkadang ada awkward pause dimana semua orang menjadi diam dan akan kembali menatap layar ponsel mereka. Biasanya disitulah saya akan berusaha sebisa saya untuk menghidupkan percakapan.

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Oke, saya bukan orang suci yang tidak pernah berkomunikasi dengan ponsel pintar saya. Tapi saya tidak sampai adiktif dengan ponsel pintar dan media sosial. Saya pun termasuk golongan individu yang tidak memiliki banyak akun media sosial karena menurut saya terlalu banyak drama dan saya lebih menyukai kedekatan untuk bertukar kabar secara langsung. Tidak dengan menjadi stalker di sosial media. Entahlah, mungkin saya kuno. Tetapi saya benar-benar masih menghargai komunikasi verbal secara langsung, dengan emosi nyata, tidak hanya melalui emotikon-emotikon semata. Jengah rasanya melihat orang tua yang sudah memperkenalkan gadget ke anak-anaknya, setidaknya tunggulah sampai mereka mulai beranjak remaja. Biarkan mereka bermain langsung di halaman, di taman, tanpa gadget. Percayalah, itu jauh lebih menyenangkan dan bermanfaat bagi mereka di masa depan!

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Kesimpulan saya, kuantitas percakapan semakin berkurang karena orang-orang tidak lagi merasa nyaman berkomunikasi langsung dengan bertatap muka, mulai bingung dan gagap mencari bahan pembicaraan karena semua update yang terjadi pada diri dan sekitar kita telah kita pajang di media sosial. Sebaliknya, mereka semakin pandai merangkai kata melalui media sosial. Menyedihkan yaa, mungkin di masa depan, ketika alat pembaca pikiran sudah ditemukan, kita akan dihadapkan pada dunia yang hening karena orang-orang tidak akan perlu (atau mau) berinteraksi lagi.

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Road To Java Jazz Festival (JJF) 2015

Dear all, how are you? I hope you’re doing okay in managing the unbearable weather in the capital. Well, I gladly announce that my last three weeks have been extraordinary. I simply still pinch myself just to make sure that what was happened at March 7, 2015 was real. Do I already get your attention? Okay then, what if I told you that I performed in the Java Jazz would you believe that? But guess what? Hell yeah I DID!

I was as shocked as you when my friend slash pianist slash conductor, Rizka, called me when I just arrive in the office to ask me whether I (as part of the Gita Bhuana 37 choir) could perform with The Diplomats Band in the JJF. I remember that I pause for a while try to chew that request in my lunatic brain before I finally said “Yes I can”.  After giving her the answer I finally notice that it was only three freaking weeks to the D-Day! Not to mention it was now only me and my deputy director in our busy sub-directorate. Well okay, those were the cons! The pros were much satisfying, like, OMG, who does not know about JJF? It’s the one of biggest jazz festivals in the world or probably in the largest in Asia! Thousands of people were dying to see the world class performers during the event. And we were there not only to watch, but to perform and entertain the crowd! UBER COOL!

Enough with the pros and cons, here comes the hardest part, the rehearsal! Since the clock was ticking, we had to maximize our best effort and time to rehearse. I told you bluntly that our rehearsal was … wait for it … hardcore. Well, we usually start rehearsing at 7.30 pm to almost midnight. The trigger of it was because the approaching time, the duration we perform (it was one hour!), and the number of songs (they were ten!).  So, there were the band and the choir. There were moment when the choir was the lead singer, but there were also moment where we were the backing vocals. This decision was wisely taken to prevent the fatigue once we were on stage.  As part of the choir, we had seven songs to accomplish. They were Quizas Quizas Quizas, Ayam Den Lapeh, Indonesiaku, Arirang, Fate (OST Full House), Song for Peace, and Just the Two of Us. I was only familiar with four of them, and clueless by the rest. And fortunately it was not only me who felt that way. So, in order to keeping up, we conducted private rehearsal in the weekend.

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Due to our hectic schedule during and after office hours, some of us were sick and losing their voices. But JJF knew nothing about mercy. In order to return the voices, my sick friends then used the shotgun, the kencur. This traditional herb plant was long heard as powerful medicine to maintain the voices and as dry cough best enemy. Some of them wildly chew the kencur, some of them decided to process it first into simple extract. Both ways win anyway.

And we finally reached the D-Day. The mystical March 7, 2015. We arrived in Kemayoran at 4pm, two hours before our performances. We then ate, wondering around for a while, did a mini sound check, and we went up to stage!

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I could not know how to describe my feeling when I was on stage. Seeing number of people passing by and finally approaching our stage made me nauseous. I felt like a robot when trying to keep smiling while my stomach knew better. But then I heard the cue from the drum and the piano, the intro was started, and there was definitely no way back. So, I kept on singing, a little dancing, and smiling to the audience. I could recognize a face or two, but most of the time I was blurred by the light. Sixty minutes felt like a glimpse when I finally realize it was over. I heard people clapping and cheering. As we returned to back-stage, some of the crew stages said that we were amazing. And suddenly our dear Sekdilu 37 friends joined us in the back stage and yelling happily to us. At that moment I was beyond happy and run out words. I felt relieve and shed a silence tears of joy.

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Well then, that was one night to remember. All of our hard work was finally paid off. Thank you the awesome The Diplomats band, you guys are fantastic! And for the Gita Bhuana choir, I love you guys! Let’s do more in the future.

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And that will be my goodbye for this sentimental post. So, did you see our performance? If you didn’t please do enjoy the flow of photos here. And once I got the video of that night I will definitely share! Till next time you all!

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(Part 2): Banda Aceh and Sabang: A Treasure in the Westernmost Part of Indonesia

Dearest readers, happy new year 2015. I do wish this year brings you all joy and sophisticated adventure. As i promised last year *sigh*, i will continue my writing about my trip to Banda Aceh and Sabang. In this part, i will mostly elaborate about my favorite part, the beaches! Do enjoy!

If you notice that we have not mentioned the beaches yet, you got it right, because we want to save the best for last. When we arrived in Sumur Tiga Beach in Sabang, we were totally stunned. We saw a postcard-view quality. White sand beach with very few visitor (less than 10, we believe), not to forget the relaxing coconut trees completed with hammocks to enjoy the view. 10351228_741593719228938_8525495700549757728_n 10325556_741594049228905_7129410859247883115_nIf you want to go to Sumur Tiga Beach, you can rent a minivan from the Balohan Port for IDR50,000. Luckily the cottage we stayed-in had shuttle service and only only 10 meters by the Sumur Tiga beachside.

You know what, i do wish i’d get the chance to spend more time in Sumur Tiga, not just one night like what i did. The beach is glorious and spoiled me intensively with the view. I wish i could just escape there, feeling the sands in my feet and filling my lungs with the fresh air. The cottage itself also should be reviewed. I stayed in Freddies Santai Sumur Tiga. It was perfect from the beginning. Freddie and the staffs made me feel welcome. What i love the most was the breakfast, it was delicious and made by Freddie himself. From the moment i made the reservation until i leave the cottage, i keep telling myself that i will be back, whether with my family or with my love one. The beach, the cottage along with the soothing waves had impressed me deeply.terrace brekkie cottage lobby sunrise 2

Strolling away in Sabang was fun. There are lot of beaches which way less crowded than Bali. We managed to visit Gapang and Iboih Beach. These two beaches are about 45 minutes away from Sumur Tiga Beach. Iboih is well-known for their diverse underwater ecosystem which makes it perfect for diving and snorkeling along with it calm waves. 150722_741602429228067_6710479834413827107_n 1888547_741595922562051_8007415544485389334_n 10801608_741593565895620_3271203258216477303_n 10849979_741597502561893_7843335471803872804_n 10850229_741598225895154_1052627294471963677_n 10850297_741595725895404_980211876910583250_nYou can also find some cottages near the beaches. Make sure you spare your time to enjoy the sunrise/set here.

Since we only have limited time in Banda Aceh and Sabang, we have not explored to the max. But seeing the glimpse of paradise we have experience for 4 days, we would surely return to explore more.

Travel Tips:

  1. If you plan to go to Banda Aceh in November-December, please do make hotel reservation immediately due to room availability.
  2. Please dress properly and for women please get your scarf ready to cover your hair.
  3. Since nature is unpredictable, always check the ferry schedule and the weather, you do not want to miss the ferry, or worst, your flight.

(Part 1): Banda Aceh and Sabang: A Treasure in the Westernmost Part of Indonesia

Saint Augustine once said “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”, and as a person who religiously followed that statement, I could not say no when there was an offer to explore Banda Aceh.

Banda Aceh is the capital and the largest city of Aceh. It is located in the Sumatera Island, or about 1800 kilometers from Jakarta. Fortunately there are several direct flight to Banda Aceh for 2:45 hours. To maximize the fun, me and my travel buddy, Cerya, decided to take the afternoon flight to Banda Aceh. Sultan Iskandar Muda is a small yet clean airport in Banda Aceh. The only way to go the downtown is by taxi or renting a car. No worries, the taxi tariff is already settled, the one way trip to the downtown will cost you maximum IDR100,000. Luckily, there was airport shuttle facility from our hotel so once we arrived in the airport, we were happily greeted by the hotel driver that we already order.hotel pade

We stayed in The Pade Hotel for 3 nights. Our first impression in the hotel was full of Mediterranean ambiance, especially the building. In Banda Aceh, there are only one four-stars hotel and some three-stars hotels, including The Pade Hotel. Pade itself means paddy in local language, and it is no surprise that in almost public room in the hotel you can find a pot filled with paddy and as an ultimate treat, you can find splendid paddy field view from your balcony.

Both Banda Aceh and Sabang are well-known for its famous landmark. Once we arrived there, we decided to go to PLTD Apung Monument. Located in Punge Village, PLTD Apung once was a ship that serves as a power plant for Banda Aceh people. In late 2004, when the tsunami hit Banda Aceh, the ship was washed from Ulee Lheue Port to the Punge Village (which about 5 kilometers away). Imagining 2600 tonnes weighed ship could easily moved by tsunami wave give us unexplainable chill. Near the ship you can also find the monument and photo gallery as a silent proof when the tsunami came.  In the evening, our driver took us to Baiturrahman Mosque, 10 minutes away from the PLTD Apung. The huge white mosque was built in 1292 and become the symbol of nationalism, struggle, and religious for Acehnese people. Baiturrahman is considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. And when we stepped in into the mosque, we were easily convinced. The architectural detail in the wall and in the ceiling is breathtaking. Every surface is carved with precision, such an masterpiece.inside Baiturahman

When we were in Sabang , we managed to visit Monument 0 Kilometer of Indonesia. Yes, it is a spot to signify the beginning of Indonesia. For quite long time, we had been strive to see how the edge of Indonesia looks like. In front of the monument there are some locals selling souvenirs and traditional food. The view near the monument is spledid, you can see huge cliff where  you can see clear horizon, such a prefect place to enjoy the sunset. What i really like the most from this place is you can also get sertificate as a solid proof that you have been visiting the westernmost part of Indonesia. You can get the certificate for IDR. 30,000 with your name written on it. Uber cool !sertifikat o kilometer

Banda Aceh is extremely rich of their cuisine. For you who fancy culinary will be indulged by the spice explosion all over your taste buds. If you are a noodles lover, of course you should start by the legendary “Mie Aceh”. You can find Mie Aceh almost in every food stall. But I was told to try Mie Aceh Razali, the most well-known Mie Aceh in the city. Since it has several branches, we decided to try the one in the downtown in Panglima Polem street. Well, the place was pretty swarming when we arrived. I ordered Mie Aceh with crab, which seemed to be what they were famous for, and it did met my expectations. The one whole crab was covered with the noodles, showered with tasty broth, completed the enormous portion I had that night. mi kepitingFeeling hungry yet? We also tried “Ayam Tangkap”, another signature dishes from Banda Aceh. Ayam Tangkap is slices of crispy chicken covered by fried leaves such as pandan and turmeric leaves. Overall the combination of those leaves making the Ayam Tangkap have an unique taste and fragrant.

Moving to Sabang, you have to try the octopus satay at least once.  As an island surrounded by the sea, Sabang has privileged to access the seafood. We found the octopus satay in the Taman Wisata Kuliner in Sabang’s downtown. This place is open from 5pm to almost midnight. The satay was cheap yet delicious. We even asked for second round.sate gurita taman wisata kuliner

Visiting Banda Aceh and Sabang will not be legit if you have not tried to sip the glorious Gayo Coffee in the coffee stall all over Banda Aceh. Our driver told me that the rendezvous trend in the coffee stall started in around 2007. The coffee stall is the place where the local people and the tourist blend together enjoying coffee. If you are a coffee intolerant like me, no worries, they also serve teh tarik, a mix of tea and milk which make you crave for more.

Well readers, i hope you are doing well, sorry for the late update, the second part of the story is coming soon. Happy weekend *smooches*

Dressed up: Dutch Style

Dear Readers, I hope you are doing great in this late September. I feel like time running up in extreme pace. Suddenly the end of 2014 is getting closer. Anyway, I would like to share some stories about my gone local experience in Holland. I knew I’ve posted a lot about Holland, but this stuff is worth to tell.

So, back then when I studied in the Hague, I didn’t waste any weekend by just staying in my room. Me and my friends wandered around not only in The Hague but also several cities in Holland. One day we decided to go to Volendam, a boat city in Northern part of Holland. The view in this city is quite breathtaking, as you can see the old boats in the harbor. But, the main reason why we went there is not to see the boat and the small conblock path all around the city, but we were filled with desire to pose in Volendam traditional costume!

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Well, Volendam has known for its costume, a peaked cap, black long dress  and kraplap (to be worn on the shoulders). Rumor has it that until now if you are lucky you still can see local people wear it in the street, especially on Sunday. When we arrived there, we went straight to the downtown and find many outlets offering Volendam traditional costume photo experience. Before we went there, we already heard that many Indonesian visited Volendam to get their photo taken. And by doing quick research, we decided to take picture in Fotograaf de Boer. This place located in Haven 83 Volendam. The interior design was neat, old-fashioned, and look promising as well. I can tell that by seeing many famous and friendly Indonesian photos there, from Indonesian former president to celebrities.1620443_10203084748025783_1543221339_n 1920426_611123868942591_523346245_n

We then changed and get dressed, my first impression wearing the Volendam costume is very practical and quick. We only needed 10 minutes tops and ready to be photographed.

Delft

Two week before I return to Indonesia, me and my friend, Mia, went to Delft. Not only we want to buy the souvenirs before we finally of from Holland, but we also want to take picture wearing Delft traditional costume. Why we did it all over again? Because the traditional costume in Delft is different than in Volendam. A white long-sleeves top, with blue long skirt. Delft costume still use a peaked cap like the one we wore in Volendam. What I really love in Delft is the outdoor concept. Yes! We got our pictures taken outdoor, while sometimes people stopped by just to check on us.mia white

So, what do you think readers? Which one suits me better?

Transportasi ibukota, tak kenal maka tak sayang

Sebagai orang yang hampir tiga tahun tinggal di ibukota dan tidak memiliki kendaraan, saya cukup sering  menggunakan transportasi umum sebagai pilihan saya (selain menebeng tentunya, hihihi). Nah, secara terdapat banyak pilihan moda transportasi yang berlalu lalang di jalanan ibukota, saya ingin berbagi bagaimana caranya memilih moda yang tepat bagi para pembaca yang mungkin masih awam dengan transportasi di Jakarta.

Taksi

Memilih taksi di Jakarta itu gampang-gampang susah. Ada taksi kelas premium, taksi kelas bawah, sampai taksi bodong yang memakai argo kuda. Alhamdulilah sampai sekarang saya belum pernah terjebak menaiki taksi bodong tersebut. Seraaaam! Taksi yang (katanya) paling aman itu taksi Burung Biru, tapi argonya juga batas atas juga.  Armada taksi kedua yang saya suka adalah taksi Ekspre*, karena selain tarifnya lebih murah, taksi ini juga jalannya ngebut. Jadi kalau emang lagi buru-buru bisa berhentikan saja itu taksi putih. Buat yang mudah mabuk perjalanan agak tidak disarankan yaa, kecuali sudah menenggak obat anti mabuk. Nah, kalau kalian butuh pergi ke airport, dapat memesan taksi kuning Taxik*, kenapa? Karena jika naik armada taksi ini ke airport, kita tidak perlu membayar tol airport. Lumayan kan bisa menghemat 13.500 rupiah.

Busway

Sering juga disebut Transjakarta. Moda transportasi massal yang terdiri dari 12 koridor ini hampir mampu menjangkau seluruh Jakarta. Saya cukup senang menggunakan busway. Pertimbangan utama saya adalah karena murah dan cukup nyaman (kalau pas tidak penuh loh ya). Tiketnya pun hanya 3500 saja, bila kita naik antara pukul 05.00-07.00 pagi, kita hanya  perlu membayar 2000 saja. Armada busway yang ada di Jakarta kini jumlahnya semakin banyak dan baru, ya tapi kalau sedang apes kita bisa dapat armada yang sudah butut dan bergoncang-goncang kalau dinaiki. Mulai awal bulan Juni kemarin, Pemda Jakarta berencana untuk menambah jam operasional busway menjadi 24 jam. Sekarang sedang diadakan ujicoba pada 3 koridor, yaitu koridor 1, 2, dan koridor 9.

Bis kota

Bis kota ini banyak macamnya di Jakarta, ada metromini dan juga kopaja. Cukup membayar 3000 rupiah saja, kita sudah bisa diangkut. Yang perlu diperhatikan saat berkendara dengan bis kota adalah banyaknya tangan-tangan jahil (alias penyeluk saku atau copet), sebisa mungkin jangan terlihat mencolok dengan mengeluarkan gadget atau dompet, sangat disarankan untuk mempersiapkan uang pas sebelum naik. Pengemudi bis kota juga kerap mengemudi dengan ugal-ugalan demi mengejar setoran. Saya sih karena justru senang kalau bisa cepat sampai sih tidak keberatan dengan hal ini.

Patas AC

Patas AC ini termasuk salah satu moda transportasi kesukaan saya. Jarak tempuh Patas AC ini tergolong luas karena bisa keluar Jakarta juga. Alasan tambahan kenapa saya suka Patas AC itu karena bayarnya tergantung jauh dekat kita pergi, relatif nyaman karena ada ACnya , dan hampir pasti dapat duduk. Ssst, sekedar tambahan info, biasanya para pengamen yang masuk kesini lagu-lagu sama suaranya bagus-bagus deh 😀

Ojek

Di Jakarta ini saya termasuk jarang menggunakan ojek, kecuali sudah sangat terlambat mengingat ojek itu dapat menyelip-nyelip diantara kemacetan ibukota yang sudah melegenda.

Bajaj

Bajaj di Jakarta terdiri dari bajaj oranye dan bajaj biru yang berbahan bakar gas. Sekarang ini sebisa mungkin saya selalu menggunakan yang biru karena suaranya yang halus dan tentunya lebih ramah lingkungan. Tahukah kalian, kalau saya baru saja menyadari suatu fenomena, yaitu, bajaj-bajaj yang ngetem biasanya memasang tarif yang lebih mahal ketimbang yang bisa kita cegat di jalan. Alasan mereka sih, mereka sudah lama mangkal dan menunggu giliran.

Omprengan

Ini salah satu moda transportasi di Jakarta yang belum pernah saya coba. Modelnya sih mirip angkot yang biasanya warna putih dan rutenya ke lokasi Jakarta coret. Konon katanya sih lebih nyaman dan jatuhnya lebih murah.

KRL

Merupakan singkatan dari Kereta Rel Listrik yang kerap dijadikan pilihan bagi para kaum urban yang memilih berdesak-desakkan dan tidak terancam macet. Saya pribadi sih bukan pengguna rutin KRL ini. Saya hanya pernah mencoba menggunakannya ketika akan pergi ke Kebun Raya Bogor dan itupun di hari libur sehingga bisa menghindari mitos kaleng sarden di dalam KRL.

Sepertinya sudah cukup banyak yang saya ceritakan mengenai transportasi di ibukota. Saran saya dalam memilih moda transportasi adalah pastikan anda mengetahui arah menuju tempat tujuan anda, bila memilih pulang di waktu yang larut, selalu waspada dan jangan tertidur, dan terakhir, pastikan  pilihan transportasi anda sesuai dengan budget Anda 🙂

Prahara Perbankan saat Travelling

Selamat siaaang, apa kabarnya niy ? Ibukota makin gerah saja, baru terpapar mentari 10 menit saja sudah gobyos keringetan. Siang ini, menanggapi maraknya kasus skimming Bank Mandiri, saya jadi kepengen berbagi keapesan saya dengan Mandiri kala sedang di negeri orang.

1. Lille, Perancis. Januari 2012

Cerita pertama terjadi ketika saya sedang kuliah di Perancis. Saat itu merupakan H-1 menjelang kepergian saya dari Perancis. Karena pesawat saya akan terbang pada pukul 11 siang keesokan harinya, jadilah saya telah membeli tiket kereta untuk ke airport pukul 6 pagi (saya bersekolah di Lille, sebuah kota pelajar yang terletak 1 jam dari Paris). Nah, sorenya (sekitar pukul 5), saya berkunjung ke suatu pusat perbelanjaan untuk mencari oleh-oleh dan berniat untuk menarik sejumlah euro guna mengantisipasi ancaman overweight bawaan saya. Nah, saya pun mencari ATM bank lokal seperti yang biasa saya lakukan sebelumnya. Nah, ketika saya memasukkan kartu debit saya dan sudah menginput jumlah euro yang saya kehendaki, tiba-tiba di layar ATM tertulis bahwa transaksi dibatalkan dan kartu saya pun keluar dengan sendirinya. Saya pun berusaha mengulang transaksi dan memasukkan kartu saya lagi, lalu transaksi kembali dibatalkan dan kartu saya pun keluar lagi, ketika saya hendak mengambil kartu saya, tiba-tiba, tanpa peringatan apapun, kartu saya ditelan oleh ATM.

Panik! Itu yang langsung saya rasakan, terlebih lagi karena kartu itu tertelan di saat yang tidak tepat seperti:

  • Besok adalah kepulangan saya dari Perancis, dan saya akan menggunakan pesawat pagi dimana saya tidak akan mempunyai cukup waktu untuk mengurus kartu saya sebelum keberangkatan saya
  • hari itu adalah hari Senin dimana bank-bank di Perancis tidak beroperasi 😀
  • saya tidak akan langsung kembali ke Indonesia, melainkan akan singgah selama 2 hari di Singapura, dan saya membutuhkan uang selama saya disana
  • uang cash yang saya pegang hanya ada sekitar 100 Euro
  • saya tidak punya kartu ATM lain

Saya pun menghubungi hotline layanan bank lokal tempat kartu mandiri saya tertelan dan mereka mengatakan akan membantu mengambil kartu saya besok pagi. Saya menjelaskan situasi saya dan mereka tetap tidak dapat membantu mengurus kartu saya pada hari itu juga. Saya lalu beralih menghubungi CS Mandiri via telepon, saya menjelaskan kondisi kartu debit saya yang tertelan dan meminta pemblokiran. Alhamdulillah dapat dilakukan via telepon, dan prosedur pengurusan dan pencetakkan kartu baru baru bisa diproses ketika saya sudah sampai di Indonesia.

Sesudah saya mendapat kejelasan mengenai nasib kartu saya, saya pun mengontak teman-teman sesama orang Indonesia yang berada di Lille untuk meminjam uang. Barang bawaan saya yang sudah saya atur rapi pun saya bongkar lagi demi menghindari overweight yang sekilonya dicharge 30-40 USD. Saya juga meminta tolong untuk teman-teman saya  untuk mengirimkan barang-barang saya ke Indonesia menggunakan jasa kirim kapal laut yang memakan waktu 3 bulan.

Alhamdulillah semuanya berjalan lancar meskipun ternyata di airport pun bawaan saya masih kelebihan 1.5 kilo, hahaha. Untungnya petugas counter check-in baik hati dan mempersilahkan saya masuk tanpa membayar biaya tambahan.

2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. November 2013

Cerita kedua terjadi ketika saya sedang magang di KBRI Kuala Lumpur. Disana saya dan teman-teman saya tinggal di hotel yang berjarak 15 menit berjalan kaki ke kantor. Sistem pembayaran di hotel adalah dengan DP dan pelunasan yang dapat dilakukan ketika akan meninggalkan hotel. Seminggu sebelum kepulangan kami, saya meminjam kartu Mandiri teman saya (karena rate nya jauh lebih bagus dibanding rate bank yang saya gunakan) untuk mengambil uang yang sebelumnya sudah saya transfer ke rekeningnya. Ketika saya akan mengambil uang, transaksi kembali tidak dapat diproses, saya ulangi sampai 3 kali namun transaksi masih tetap tidak dapat diproses. Kami pun pulang dan akan mengulang transaksi dilain waktu. Keesokan harinya, dua teman saya yang lain juga mengalami permasalahan yang sama yaitu tidak dapat mengambil uang dari ATM menggunakan kartu Mandiri, dan ketika dilakukan pengecekan saldo, didapat bahwa saldo sudah berkurang sejumlah angka yang tadi dimasukkan. Saya pun menjadi khwatir dan mengecek saldo ATM milik teman saya, dan benar saja, saldo pun berkurang 1000 Ringgit.

Saya dan teman saya lalu menghubungi CS Mandiri dan mendapati kenyataan bahwa jaringan internasional Mandiri kala itu sedang bermasalah. Dana dijanjikan akan kembali masuk ke rekening setelah diadakan investigasi dan setelah berkoordinasi dengan bank lokal tempat saya memasukkan ATM Mandiri. Alhamdullilah, dana yang sempat hilang itu pun kembali setelah 1 bulan.

 

Moral dari dua cerita saya diatas adalah selalu memiliki kopi dokumen perbankan kita, terutama di email jadi dapat selalu kita gunakan sewaktu dibutuhkan; jangan panik dan ceritakan kronologi kasus secara runut; selain itu pastikan menyimpan bukti-bukti transaksi Anda, jadi bila ada kasus dan pihak bank membutuhkan bukti-bukti untuk memproses kasus Anda, bukti transaksi tersebut akan sangat membantu.

Kalau kalian, pernah mengalami permasalahan serupa kah? Selamat menyambut hari Senin yaaa

Italy Trip – February 2014

Buongiorno everyone. Happy seeing me again this fast? Well, I promise you last time that I’d do whatever it takes so that I can write you more, and that includes my laziness.

I feel tingle in my fingers when I type this post, because right here right now, I finally get the opportunity to tell you that I finally made it to visit Italy last month *dance* I went there with Ima, the one that I told you in this post. We took the flight to Milan from Paris. Why Paris? Because during my ticket hunt, I found that flying to Italy from the Netherland cost you a fortune. So when my friends prefer to prolong their stay in Paris after the working visit, me and Ima decided to go to Italy over the weekend.20140207_171657 20140207_174617

First Day

We arrived in Malpensa airport at 5pm, and waited for about 30 minutes before my friend, Anggi, picked us up. Anggi is my colleague when I worked in ELTI. She married an Italian and lives in Genoa, Italy since May 2013. She saw my status and post in FB and invited me over to visit her. Who am I gonna say no for this rare opportunity? Of course I said yes and I manage to bring Ima with me.20140207_202258 20140208_084531

Anggi and her husband, Carlo, picked us up and drove us to Genoa. It was quite long trip, about 2 hours, and I believe Anggi was aware with the hungry look in me and Ima’s face, so we stopped near Genoa, ouch, I forgot the name of the city, but we found snow there, super weird! What did we order that night? If you mention pizza then you are super right. Pizza in Italy is thin, less spice, huge, and delicious. And one pan is all for you. You should see the look in me and Ima’s face when Anggi told me that we have to finish it up, and I almost fell down of my chair when she continued that Italian people did not casually bring back the left over. So yes, we both struggle to eat our first Italian pizza, while we about to take the second slice, Anggi’s husband already finish his. Hahahaha.  After a slow and long dinner, we then continue the journey to Anggi’s house in Genoa, and fell into deep sleep.

Second day

We woke up quite early because we decided to visit several cities that day. Me and Ima then helped Anggi in the kitchen, by mostly taking pictures and asked her a lot about Italy. Anggi then shut us off by giving us a homemade pear jam. Seriously readers, it was the most delicious jam we ever taste, we even take picture of it. After a warm and delicious breakfast we were ready to start our trip. Our first destination is Leaning Pisa Tower.20140208_094016

20140208_122218 20140208_123159 20140208_123532 20140208_125252After 90 minutes driving, we finally arrived in Pisa. The weather that day was perfect, blue sky with some with clouds raise my instinct to never stop taking pictures. You know what, it wasn’t easy to take picture with Pisa Tower. Ima needed to almost laid in the grass so she can take a good picture, so Asian, but we love the result. And oh, there was also a Cathedral near the Pisa Tower, but unfortunately it closed.

We only stay in Pisa for like one hour only, we then grabbed the lunch (pasta and enormous Italian salad) and continued to our next destination, Florence.20140208_155230 20140208_160941 20140208_163526 20140208_164304

The trip to Florence was about one hour and a half. I couldn’t remember it precisely because I spent most of the time sleeping. Florence or Firenze (the Italian version) is a small classy town in Italy. Along with other 24 cities, Florence has been categorized as one of must have visit in Europe. And I found it true. Florence is so artsy. There were many statues crafted detail. They looked surreal. We almost stop everywhere just to ooh aaaah admiring the view, and taking pictures. At the end of our journey in Florence, Anggi’s husband take us to a hill, where we can see Florence city view at night. Good grief, it was splendid!1948011_630287040359607_371959070_n 20140208_165306 20140208_165134 20140208_181828 20140208_182155_night 20140208_182712_night

Feeling hungry and tired, we then drove to Italian restaurant, where we’re gonna meet Anggi and Carlo’s friends. The restaurant was so cozy. The food again was huge (I ordered Californian steak, don’t ask me why, but I saw a tiny recommendation thumb next to the menu) yet delicious, but what I like the most from Italy is the people. They were loud and super friendly. The waiters and the chef sometimes greeted us just to check we were happy with food, and yes we were!20140208_194306 20140208_194843 20140208_203212 20140208_194243

Third day

It was our last day in Italy. We had our pancakes breakfast and the legendary pear jam in the dining room. Anggi and his husband then drove us to Malpensa because we need to catch our flight at 3pm. We arrived there on time. I can’t thank Anggi enough for the hospitality during our short stay in Italy. Thank you so much Anggi and Carlo, I wish you both happiness ever after. Ciao!20140209_144931 20140209_143225 20140209_144858

2013 In a Glance – Uber Late Post!

Morning readers! Happy belated new year! I hope you guys welcome 2014 as excited as I am. Nevertheless, 2013 has just went away, I have no doubt that last year was one of the important years in my timeline. There were excessive moments in 2013, the good and the bad, which makes me stronger and better. And here is some summary from my 2013:

1. January

  • In the beginning of 2013, i officially moved to Jakarta to start my 8 months diplomatic training. I was still remember the anxious feeling of that time.

2. February

  • I started my diplomatic school training (Sekdilu) in Jakarta. It was such a great things since i got the chance to meet other 58 brilliant young diplomats (in the making). LOL. And since then, we’re labeled as Sekdilu batch 37 till now.

3. March

  • The “late” opening of Sekdilu 37 in Gedung Pancasila, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But hey, better late than never, right?
  • I force my lazy ass to joined Fun Running Prambors. I’m not a fan of doing a sport but you can count on me for watching! Surprisingly, the event was really fun. In the beginning, the committee suddenly showered us with color powder, hahaha, so we run in mix color!

4. April

  • April was mostly about study, and also we keep on practicing on our choir since we’ve already scheduled to some events in the near future.
  • We celebrated Kartini Day by wearing traditional costume, looking good, girls!

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5. May

  • Sekdilu 37 went to Surabaya! Yay! We got the chance to visit Madura as well and experience the famous Suramadu bridge, Bromo mountain, Sampurna house, KRI Dewaruci and also TKI training class. It will be hard to forget Surabaya since we had many memories and class performances!

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  • Hey you! Happy bday my precious!

6. June

  • My favorite month in a year! June means birthday! And birthday means presents and surprise. Thank you all for the gifts and the cake and the mid-night lilies :*

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7. July

  • July was 2013 fasting month. And i went through it with my Sekdilu 37 fellow. I also sometimes spent my “ngabuburit” time by going to Bendungan Hilir market to find delicious snack and food.

8. August

  • I bought myself a new gadget. It feels nice spoiling yourself with your very own money after a long and tiring work.
  • Went back home to celebrate Eid Al Fitr with my family. One of my favorite holiday at all times.
  • Gita Bhuana choir was appointed to sing in the opening and closing 2nd Congress of Indonesian Diaspora in JCC Jakarta. We could see our president, minister of foreign affairs, and other very important people in extremely close distance.

9. September

  • Sekdilu 37 finally graduated! Our graduation ceremony was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs, and what made me even happier, my mother and my brother managed to come as well in very short notice.
  • My brother’s birthday
  • Sekdilu 37 successfuly held Salam ASEAN in one of Jakarta most famous landmark, Monas! We also make a new world record as the longest ASEAN Handshake! Splendid!

10. October

  • In October, i was appointed to be Liason Officer for Peru for the APEC event in Bali. That was stunning. My knowledge before the APEC in escorting the high level was, lets say, zero. I was continuously asking about this and that. Fortunately, things were ended up perfectly. And i have no doubt in trying this again.
  • October also means abroad internship. And where is the perfect internship for young diplomat? Yep, you’re right, we were sent to the Indonesia representative office in four countries, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. I was sent to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with my other 9 colleagues.

11. November

  • Half of this month was still spent in Kuala Lumpur. One month internship was quite fast and hurry. I do wish the next batch will have at least 2 months internship abroad.
  • One of GenkGonk member, Riri, finally got married. So some of us flew to Malang to attend the birthday. Such a warm and bonding experience. It remained us how fast time flies. Happy wedding Riri!

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12. December

  • I celebrated new year eve with my friends in Jakarta. We marched to Bundaran HI with thousands of people. We then saw fireworks and exhibitions, not to mentions, the new media darling, the governor of Jakarta, Jokowi. That was fun!

Well, then, so we can bluntly conclude that almost most of my 2013 was about Sekdilu 37. But i also manage to spent time with my GenkGonk, and also my dearly cheri. Well, i guess it’s a wrap. I hope this year will bring joy, blessing, and happiness. 2014, bring it on!!!