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Oct 1, 2010

Where's the Singapore Trip Story?

O u r G r a n d e s t G r a n d P r i x


extraordinary, in every way

The Formula One Grand Prix

right outside the window

of today’s TEDxChange event.

Outside, cars are racing fast.

Our world’s racing fast.

After all,


Hungry for speed

Hungry to get ahead

Hungry to win!


Yes, everywhere too

there's millions and millions

of us hungry

...for just something to eat each day.

....for a cup of clean water to drink.

...for children not to die.


So, let



Let us think:

"Who are we leaving behind in our human race?"


Outside, cars are racing,

F1 drivers changing gears.

Inside our heads, let us remember:

We are drivers of our future.

What gears shall we change?

What change shall we bring?


Outside, cars are racing.

Inside, our hearts are racing,

racing, racing


because there are people

all around us,

all around our planet,

with ideas in their heads

with passion in their hearts

for the future we will make!

It's our grandest Grand Prix.



(written by Dave Lim, Curator, TEDxSingapore during global TEDxChange week.)

Well, I didn't come to this TEDxChange week on September 25th, but I've just been there few days before in Spikes Asia advertising festival on September 19th-21st, and after I left that city, the F1 racing was begun. And talking about Grandprix, it reminds me about advertising award super champion. Well, it just the same pronounced and spelled. GRANDPRIX
When my country, Indonesia could win that? So, where's the Singapore trip story from me? Just wait, post it soon. PROMISE

Sep 19, 2010

Spikes Academy 2010

It's so awesome, but sorry for the late notification, since I'm in Singapore already now!

Just want to share with you guys :


For the second year, Spikes Asia has teamed up with Cheil Worldwide to form a dedicated Academy for 15 students from across Asia Pacific offering a unique educational programme during the regional annual advertising and communications festival.

Guided by their own tutor, Noor Azhar Mohamed, lecturer in Creative Media Design at Singapore Polytechnic, the students will benefit from the various festival activities, which include a world-class seminar programme, engaging workshops, interactive kiosks and screenings of all the competing work and shortlist exhibitions. To further enhance their learning experience, the students will also enjoy their own unique master-classes and tutorials given by top international industry figures. The Academy’s activities will culminate in a graduation ceremony.

Commenting on their Spikes Academy sponsorship, Nack-Hoi Kim, President and CEO of Cheil Worldwide said, “We are very happy to once again be involved in the Spikes Asia Academy. We are committed to the development and nurture of young talent in the region, and as such, Spikes Asia is a great opportunity for the future of our industry to be involved in.”

“Last year’s students all commented on their outstanding learning and inspirational experience after participating in the Spikes Asia Student Academy. We are therefore delighted to work with Cheil Worldwide again to deliver a unique learning platform and insight into the industry to another group of enthusiastic students to further assist in the development of their careers,” said Terry Savage, Cannes Lions Festival Chairman, joint organisers with Haymarket of Spikes Asia.

This year’s group of students in tertiary education studying advertising, marketing and communications who have earned a place on the 2010 Spikes Asia Academy are:

Peter Wang Di, Xiamen University, China
Chen Jia, Communication University of China, China
Nelson Tsui Lap Shing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Ma Sui Mei, Sammy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Khushboo Sharma, H.R. College, India
Abhishek Iyer, ICSE Arya Vidya Mandir, India
Ethenia Novianty Windaningrum, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
Ji-Seong Park, Kookmin University, Korea
Jeong Yumi, Korea University, Korea
Nida Shaukat, Royal Holloway University in London, Pakistan
Sarah Faye U. Wu, Grace Christian College, The Philippines
Marcus Lim Kok Hao, La Salles College of Arts, Singapore
Charmaine Ang, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore
Alvaro Bruch, MCU Taiwan, Taiwan
Naruporn Srisukri, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Thailand

- Ends -

The Spikes Asia Advertising Festival celebrating and inspiring Asia-Pacific creativity in advertising. Suntec City, Singapore, 19-21 September 2010.

Building on 23 years of the illustrious Spikes Awards, the Spikes Asia Advertising Festival is the result of a collaboration between the International Advertising Festival, organisers of Cannes Lions, Dubai Lynx and Eurobest, and Haymarket. The Festival provides the region’s growing creative and advertising industry with a platform to network and exchange ideas, bringing together some of the finest creative thinkers from across the region and around the world.

Spikes Asia offers a challenging programme of seminars and workshops focusing on creativity and learning, exhibitions of creative work from Asia-Pacific, networking events in the evening and the Spikes Asia award show.

The Awards, judged by leading international and regional creatives, honour the best creative work in the categories of TV/Cinema, Print, Outdoor, Radio, Digital, Integrated, Direct, Sales Promotion, Media, Print Craft, TV/Cinema Craft and Design.

Key Dates

Delegate registration open from 22 April 2010
Entries now closed
Festival 19-21 September 2010

taken from :

Aug 6, 2010

World Heritage Volunteers , "Borobudur International Workcamp"

SAYA RELAWAN, "I AM A VOLUNTEER". So, starts from 13th July until 26th, I am officially a volunteer for World Heritage Volunteers UNESCO, and the location was in Borobudur Temple, central Java, Indonesia. And what is World Heritage Volunteers? It's a volunteer project for World Heritage Site UNESCO. You may check this website for details information :

The name of this project is 'Patrimonito Voluntary Action 2010'. All the 28 projects in 17 countries and 4 continents of the world aims at raising awareness about necessity to protect, preserve, and promote cultural and natural heritage in general and the inscribed or potential world heritage in particular.

The project furthermore aims at demonstrating the value of non-formal education as an approach to disseminate the values and expertise developed at the inter-governmental level to a large public and to young people in particular.

It aims at exploring opportunities for a dynamic dialogue between the heritage and education experts involved in the promotion and protection of the sites and the volunteers and youth developing concrete World Heritage projects.

So, what is Patrimonito?


The Patrimonito image represents a young World Heritage Guardian and was designed by young people based on the UNESCO World Heritage emblem which symbolizes the interdependence of culture (square) and nature (circle). The emblem is round like the world and at the same time symbol of protection. The World Heritage Volunteers initiative uses the Patrimonito image to sensitize young people about the necessity to protect and promote World Heritage as testimonies and links between the past and the present and as symbols and places capable of contributing to a sustainable future.

These are the 28 projects:

Kenya, KVDA, WHV - Mijikenda Kaya Forest, 10th – 31st July
Malawi, AYISE, WHV - Lake Malawi National Park, 4th – 17th July
Togo, Les Amis de la Terre, WHV - Aného-Glidji, 4th – 17th September
Togo, FAGAD, WHV - Koutammakou, 16th July – 5th August
Zambia, YAZ, WHV - Victoria Falls, 4th – 17th July

Mexico, Nataté Voluntariado Internacional, WHV - Yecapixtla, 18th – 31st July
Mexico, Nataté Voluntariado Internacional, WHV - Tecpatán, 4th – 17th July
Mexico, Nuestra Tierra, WHV - San Sebastian, 16th July – 1st August
Mexico, Vive Mexico, WHV - Morelia, 14th – 30th July
Peru, BVBP, WHV - Chan Chan, 5th – 25th July

Arab States
Palestine, IPYL, WHV- Hebron, 7th – 20th July

India, FSL, WHV - Hampi, 1st – 11th November
Indonesia, Dejavato, WHV - Prambanan, 17th – 31st July
Indonesia, IIWC, WHV - Borobudur, 13th – 26th July
Japan, NICE, WHV - Ginzan, 11th – 25th September
Republic of Korea, IWO, WHV - Geomunoreum, 27th July – 8th August
Vietnam, SJV, WHV - Halong Bay, 2nd – 13th August

Albania, Union REMPART, WHV - Berat and Gjiokastra, 12th – 25th July
Armenia, HUJ, WHV - Geghard, 30th June – 15th July / 15th July – 7th August
Armenia, HUJ, WHV –Zvartnots, 30th June – 15th July / 15th July – 7th August
France, SJ, WHV - Fort Liédot, 7th – 28th June
France, Union REMPART, WHV - Saint-Emilion, 2nd – 14th August / 18th – 30th August
Italy, Legambiente, WHV - Matera, 11th – 24th June
Italy, Legambiente, WHV - Paestum, 26th June – 9th July
Italy, Legambiente, WHV - Riomaggiore, 26th August – 6th September
Italy, Legambiente, WHV -Venice, 18th – 31st August
Ukraine, Alternative-V, WHV - L'viv, 1st – 14th August

So, our project was in the red area letters above that was in Borobudur. So, what was this project about? It was the 2nd project of WHV Borobudur supported by IIWC (Indonesia International Work Camp), the first one was.last year. And this follow-up project will be organized in three parts : training of 30 "new young guardians" from selected nearby borobudur temple high schools, workshop with local young people (high school students) for the creation of promotional and educational materials, a 5-day awareness-raising campaign involving 70 local students and visitors of the temple in 5 spots. 2000 target groups were expected to be reached (and I think that we succeeded). It also aims the cooperation between all the WH site managers and project managers for a stronger awareness-raising campaign about WH issues in Indonesia. 

As a volunteer, we need to pay the participation fee, but it's not a big deal since we gain a lot of experiences, new friends, and the pride as World Heritage Volunteers. During our camp, we stayed at the Head of Borobudur Village's House, Mr. Maladi, and it was pretty nice, near the rice field with the calm atmosphere, it had
internet connection and we were allowed to use it.

Mr Maladi's house, our camp site

view from the terrace

So, who the volunteers are? And where do we come from? There were 12 volunteers for this project, 4 from Indonesia (camp leader, co-camp leader, and 2 volunteers), 3 from South Korea, 2 from Taiwan, 1 from Japan, 1 from Peru, and 1 from Estonia. The volunteers’ name are : Puji, Rahmat, me, and Fika (Indonesia); Coco, Injun, Dongil (South Korea); Julia and Ethan (Taiwan); Midori (Japan); Giuliana (Peru); and Helen (Estonia). We also had additional two volunteers from Indonesia, although they only helped for three beginning days. Their names were Asih and Fitri, and they already became members for IIWC.

Puji, our camp leader, she has so many experiences, and I am her secret friend

Rahmat, our co-camp leader, he's so funny and identical matched with the "banana dance"

Fika, we call her Fika-chu, since she's the cutest one

Coco, she has big courage, the queen of the game, and she can speak French

Injun, he's so damn funny, Mr. Ring Ding Dong, but who knew if he was shy to face the visitors?

Dongil, he's so funny and helpful, but is he really Korean? kkk

Julia, she's so knowledgeable, discipline, and so practical

Ethan, he's 18 years old, but he's 190 cm, and he really likes to say "NO"

Midori, she could teach you some yoga moves and also how to shape your body

Giuliana, Miss Peru who can speak 4 languages and dance salsa

Helen, Estonian high school girl who's always hungry, she shares the same birthday with me

from left : Asih and Fitri; Asih is so talkative and funny, Fitri is the mature one, but also funny

In our work camp (and also in all of the voluntary projects), we were divided into three working groups everyday with the rolling system. Each of us will be in turn for the cooking team, washing team, and cleaning team. The cooking team duty is preparing for the breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But usually we only cooked for dinner, since we had bread for our breakfast, and lunch box at the conservation office. The cooking team also must buy the ingredients of the meal that we are going to cook at the traditional market in the early morning (around 6 AM). For the washing team, our duty is to wash the dishes or the eating and cooking utensils that all the members used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And the last, cleaning team will be responsible to clean our area in the campsite (living room and the bathroom that we used). Everyday we also played very entertaining games to select the tomorrow daily camp leader and diary writer. (I was selected as daily camp leader twice). The most interesting part was the one who got selected most for writing the diary were Rahmat and Dongil. So, we could say that it was Rahmat and Dongil’s diary, couldn’t we? (just kidding).

Anyway, how is the condition of our camp site? Where do we sleep? We were asked to bring our sleeping bag, then we were sleeping on the floor with the sleeping bag. Although we had two bedrooms with one bed each, but the bedrooms were used as a space to put our luggage (we brought lots of stuff, lol).

If  you ask for the schedule, then our schedule from 13-26 July are :
13 July              : this is our first day, and we had orintation in the IIWC office and our camp site, and also division of working groups for us
14-15 July         : we had workshop with the Borobudur conservation officer in the office and we also went around the Borobudur temple, Sewu, Pawon, Mendut, Pustaka Sala, and some of the other temples around Magelang and Jogja. The theme of the workshop was “Trail Of Civilization” or “Meniti Jejak Peradaban”.

day 2, Mura, the staff from conservation office took us to see around Borobudur temple

16-17 July         : workshop with the high school students about Borobudur conservation. The students came from 4 schools nearby Borobudur. The students were so cute, funny, creative, and they had big passion for this project. Actually, the workshop must be conducted in English, but unfortunately the English skill of these high school students was not so fantastic for the conversation, so we had to speak in Indonesian to them. But… the foreigner volunteers couldn’t speak Indonesian, so most of the time I was in charge for being a translator, whether it was Indonesian-English, English-Indonesian, or even Javanese-English and English-Javanese. We also prepared some games for the students, and they showed big enthusiasm about the games (or big enthusiasm of the foreign volunteers?)

The high school students were making posters for the campaign

There was one very interesting and touching moment during the workshop with the high school student. On July 15th, one of the student from SMAN 2 Magelang named Vidha had her birthday, and our camp leaders prepared cute watermelon with mouth and eyes carving on it for the celebration. After we sang “Happy birthday” song for her, she was asked to give the first slice of the watermelon to anyone there, and it was given to “ME”. Wow! I was really touched and impressed at that moment. And the reason why she gave it to me was because I helped them so much during the workshop to make posters and also help with the translation, lol. Well, Midori (the Japanese volunteers) said that I looked like an elder sister for them, yeah, I love kids and I love teaching.

Vidha, the birthday girl, cutting the watermelon
On 17 July, In the early morning before our activity, we (the volunteers and some of high school students from workshop) went to the hill to watch sunrise, but the view was not so good since it was cloudy, it was pretty tiring to climb the hill, though.

taking pictures together at the hill

18 July              : we had free day, and we went to Jogja. They went to Prambanan temple and also Malioboro. But I just went to Malioboro since I went there with our co-camp leader and we had to frame our posters first (it was quite expensive). After we met in Malioboro, we had our lunch together in the Malioboro shopping mall. I forget the name of the restaurant, but the food was delicious and they love it, I think. We also bought some souvenirs in Malioboro.

19-20 July : preparation for the campaign

Coco, and Injun, approached by many high school students, Dongil already escaped successfully

We had an observation in the temple at noon, and something happened. Since we had the Koreans here, and many of Indonesian youngsters are influenced by Korean culture or entertainment, maybe, the Korean volunteers (Dongil, Injun, and Coco) were approached by many high school students to have some picture taken together, especially Dongil since his skin is so pale.

There was also an accident happened to one of the high school students. We, all the volunteers were shocked and sad when we heard the sad news. The high school student, named Tri, was passed away because of the motorbike accident. Hope that his family is okay now.

21-25 July : campaign in Borobudur temple with high school students
We only had campaign until lunch break, and after that we went back to our camp site for having some rest (seriously it was sooo hot and exhausting).

From 21-24 July, we had around 14 students (4 who already joined the workshop + additional 10 students from each school) that helped us to do the campaign, and everyday we had different students from different school.

the stupa sand workshop

We were divided into 4 groups. And every group was in charge for different task and different spot. The 1st group was in the entrance to distribute the questionnaire. The 2nd group was in the 1st level of the temple to give the direction of the best way to enjoy the temple, that is to enter to the left (following clockwise) which means of respecting birth. The 3rd group was in the top of the level, and it was the hardest thing to do, besides it’s very hot there, it’s so hard to remind the visitors of not sitting, climbing, either touching the stupas and the reliefs. Even there was an accident happened when two of us tried to remind the visitor who actually Indonesian and even a tour guide (the tour guide must be out of his mind,lol). The last one was in charge in the exit gate which on the last day was moved to the front to held a quick sand stupa workshop in order to remind the visitors for not touching either climbing the stupas.

top of the temple, the hardest part, people were in race for touching the finger of Buddha, and surely the climbed

But so far, me, who ever been on top, or entrance, or exit gate never met any obstacles, maybe just some ignorance from the visitors. But most of the time, when I tried to approach the visitors, they were accepting and hearing (especially the young guys, lol). I also met some cute visitors, and one very goodlooking Indonesian guy who was speaking so nice, polite, and filled the questionnaire for me. :D
I think probably I have pretty good communication skill (since my major is communication?) or maybe I have that talent in me XD

our last picture in Borobudur

25 July was the last day of our campaign and we had around 25 or maybe more high school volunteers from around 5 schools. It was the most entertaining day for me, since one of the high school students were soo funny (I laughed every 3 minutes, I think). Thanks for your entertaining drama, Achil^^ Although Helen and Coco couldn’t understand what were we laughing about.

On the last day, we had farewell party in the conservation office with the officers and highschool students. And some of the high school students asked us to have some picture taken with us, and one of them named Farras also sang a song for us. Yeah, Farras was very talented. We had many talks with the highschool students, and we were laughing together a lot.

for the farewell gift, every volunteers signed in Fatikh's t-shirt

In the evening, we must had farewell party at our camp site, but since we hadn’t planned anything yet, so we only had final evaluation (everyone to say her or his impression during the project and work camp), followed with the revelation of secret friend. Shortly, in this work camp, and like in any work camp held by IIWC, there will be secret friend for every one. And what the secret friend must do is to please his or her secret friend (in any kind of way). So, every one must have one secret friend, and first, Puji, our camp leader was guessing who her secret friend was, then she guessed that it was me, and it was correct, lol, although it seemed that I did nothing special for her, but actually I tried to please her by being a good participant and help her task as the camp leader, haha. And who was my secret friend? I really couldn’t tell who he or she was. But he or she was very nice. He or she sometimes sent me a paper with sweet greetings like “Good morning… Here I give you a candy to…”
First, I thought that it must be “her” not “him”, since the greetings paper was put on the girl’s bed (in the girl’s bedroom), so I thought that it must be impossible for boy to come inside and put that paper. So, I just guessed Coco as my secret friend. But it was wrong. And… my secret friend was… Rahmat. OMG, a male and our co-camp leader. Ok, it was nice anyway. Thanks, Rahmat.

After the final evaluation, we ate blackforest cake, since I requested that to Puji, lol. And some of us were playing with the cake by put the cream on other’s face. That was quite funny.

26 July is finally coming. And we had to say goodbye to the camp site also to each other participant. It was so sad cause there were too many moments we shared together, although only for very short 2-week term. I think that we already feel so close with each other, maybe because we stayed at the same house, the same space, and we altogether did the same things. Before we said goodbye, I already took videos for every participants to know what they felt during the work camp. And surely we had picture taken together. 

Agung (helen's boyfriend), Coco, and Injun at the terrace before saying goodbye to the camp site

So, at the end of the day after this work camp officially over most of us (me, Ethan, Coco, Injun, Dongil, Giuliana) went to Jogja. My house is in Jogja, Ethan would fly to Jakarta, and Coco, Injun, Dongil, and Giuliana would have a trip to Bali (all their flight was from Jogjakarta airport). Julia also went to Jogja for her vacation, but she didn’t take the same car as ours since her hotel’s car was picked her up at our camp site. Puji, our camp leader went back to IIWC office in Semarang with Asih, while Fika went to her friend’s house before she went back to her hometown, Kudus. Rahmat, our co-camp leader also went to Jogja, but beforehand he had to finish several things around Borobudur. And Helen, she stayed in Borobudur until mid of August since she had middle term voluntary project in Borobudur with the high school students. Midori? Well, she already left first on 21 July, I think, since she was sick, then she went back to Japan after changed her flight schedule.

After we left our camp site with car, I got news that Helen was terribly crying. I knew that it must be hard for her since all of us, including Rahmat were leaving, and she would still stay alone in Borobudur (she had her boyfriend and very kind host family actually), but it would just still hard to let us go, I supposed. So, in Jogja, our plan were : had a lunch, exchange the money, and went to the shopping mall (since their flight was around 8 PM). I took them to Kangen Desa restaurant, a kind of seafood restaurant with natural, village kind of decoration style with several fish ponds in it. I thought that it was pretty nice, but unfortunately, Coco told me that she really hates fish, and I was felt so sorry for that. And there were also some annoying and aggressive big ants (So sorryyyy, guys). But I think that they liked the dishes, hopefully they did.

Coco and Dongil in Ambarukmo Plaza

After we had lunch, we went to exchange the money to the city center, and we went to Ambarukmo Plaza shopping mall. It’s the biggest shopping mall in Jogja. And we also met Rahmat there. I was quite amazed since there were some changes in the mall (now they really have all the exclusive branded store in it). I think that my friends also loved the mall (better than Malioboro mall or any souvenir shops around Borobudur, lol). Some of them bought souvenirs, apparels, and some other stuff there. After we done, we went to Adi Sucipto airport, although me and Rahmat flight was on 28 July, not 26, lol. But we just wanted to take them to the airport, since probably, (but hopefully not for real) it would be the last time we met them. After giving hugs to each one of them and saying goodbye, I rushed to the car and I went straightly to my house. The bad thing was, the driver was tuning in the sad song in the car (Avril Lavigne- “I’m with you”), then I suddenly just cried, I didn’t know why, of course I felt sad and the goodbye pain was in my heart T_T (P.S I love all of you without any exception).

Now I will list several most interesting things I met during the work camp :
1)      The first one must be the other participants, they were so friendly, funny, kind, smart, and crazy.
2)      The experiences, it was so valuable for me also I found and learned a lot (including the experience to taste the traditional cooking from some other countries, yummy ^^)
3)      The high school students, they were so damn funny, cute, and remind me of my high school friends that probably as funny as them, the moment was including with the first cut of watermelon birthday gift from Vidha to me.
4)      The local people around Borobudur, including the visitors and high school students again, some of them thought if I were foreigner (maybe from China, Japan, Thailand, or what so ever). Actually one of the volunteers, named Dongil, also thought if I were from Thailand at the first time we met, lol. The funniest thing was when the high school student visitor approached me with English to have a picture taken together, and I just replied with English and acted as if I couldn’t speak Indonesian, and they just believed if I were foreigner, lol.
5)      A very good looking Indonesian visitor guy I met and talked to (no, I am just joking). I mean, there were a lot of foreign visitors in Borobudur, and it was quite interesting for me to watch some of the foreign volunteers could speak with them in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, and Spanish.

Dongil met two korean women and asked them to fill the questionaire

Now will be the saddest parts:
1)      One of the high school students, Tri, passed away because of the accident.
2)      Midori was leaving to Japan even before the campaign began.
3)      Farewell with the other participants, though I still keep in touch with some of them through facebook (just promise that we will always keep in touch this way and we’ll meet again someday).
4)      I lost my slippers since it was fell off and swallowed with the mud in the rice field, but I bought the new ones after that accident.

Jun 17, 2010

Brown eyes - Don't Go Don't Go

This duo is really awesome with the outstanding vocals! I really love this song as well as the MV. And the male model especially (the cute Yoo Seung Ho^^)

Jun 15, 2010

This is the first radio commercial I made, and luckily it brought me to broke the student ad contest in Indonesia. The theme is about "more vocal with local product" and I picked the tourism issue.

Copywriter : Ethenia Novianty W
                      Farikha Azizia

Jun 11, 2010

Tidung Island : Magical Heaven in Little Village part 3

Cerita di bagian final ini akan sangat panjang. Tapi jangan bosen-bosen buat bacanya ya... Haha.. Kalau kalian mau ke sana, cerita yang sangat lengkap ini akan jadi panduan buat kalian menjelajahi Pulau Tidung. Yeah...

Setelah sampai di Pulau Tidung Kecil, kami terus berjalan dan berjalan tanpa tahu akhirnya di mana. Sebenarnya tujuannya untuk mencari pantai sih. Tapi kok pantainya nggak nongol-nongol ya? Adanya semak-semak aja di sepanjang kanan dan kiri jalan setapak.

Tapi setelah kami bertemu dengan segerombolan remaja cowok yang kayaknya penghuni asli pulau dan bertanya pada mereka pantainya ada ato nggak dan masih jauh ato nggak, ternyata memang ada pantai dan masih agak jauh sih. Ya sudah, kami terus berjalan, sampai bertemu dengan segerombolan orang yang wisatawan juga, kemudian pantainya ketemu deh. Hehe... Pantai yang pertama kami kunjungi yaitu pantai di sebelah utara. Ternyata cukup ramai orang juga. Niatnya kan kami mau berenang, dan kami sudah membawa atau memakai dalaman pakaian renang, jadi kayaknya nggak enak kalau berenang ditonton banyak orang. Hohoho

Jadi kami berjalan lagi sampai menemukan pantai yang sepi dan tidak ada wisatawan lain di sana. Tapi sepanjang kami berjalan sampai tidak ada wisatawan lain, tapi yang ada malah sampah di sepanjang pantai yang meskipun tidak banyak, tapi cukup mengganggu. (Iya kan? Masa berenang sama sampah?)

Akhirnya kami dapat juga pantai sepi yang bebas sampah. Hanya ada kami di sana. Dan kami langsung kegirangan diikuti melucuti pakaian (karena pakai pakaian renang di dalam) terus berjalan ke arah laut. (Kecuali Riry, karena dia merasa kelelahan, jadi tidak ikut ke laut, melainkan menjaga tas kami aja). Tapi oh my... Ternyata banyak sekali karang-karang tajam di laut yang melukai kaki kami. Uh,sakit. Kami harus ekstra hati-hati melangkah untuk menghindari karang-karang tajam ini. Sampai akhirnya ke daerah yang hanya terdapat sedikit karang di bagian dasar. Daerah ini dalamnya hanya kira-kira seatas lutut orang dewasa. Hehe... Kami tidak berani untuk terlalu jauh melangkah karena takut akan ada laut pasang alias ombak, berhubung saat itu sudah sore. Tapi ya, kami sok-sok aja berenang (duduk dan tidur-tiduran di laut sih sebenarnya). Sampai akhirnya aku merasakan ada benda empuk-empuk aneh dan bergerak menyentuh tanganku. Aku pun langsung berteriak. Ketika melihat ke kanan aku melihat benda panjang berwarna coklat dengan diameter kira-kira 4 cm. Karena aku mengira ular laut, aku lebih berteriak lagi dengan volume lebih kencang. Yodsa, Sasha, dan Arif langsung ikutan panik, "Ada apa sih?" Kemudian mereka melihat ke sebelah kananku, dan kata Sasha, itu teripang atau landak laut gitu. Tetep aja aku masih merasa sangat histeris, karena mengingat sensasi empuk dan basah-basah di tanganku.

Pokoknya setelah merasa cukup puas, kami berjalan kembali ke arah pantai. Mengenakan pakaian lagi, dan berjalan lagi untuk melihat pantai di bagian selatan. Sebelum menemukan pantai, kami melewati perkebunan (atau hutan) mangrove, sebenarnya itu kayaknya tempat budidaya mangrove gitu. Lumayan membingungkan sih dengan keberadaan pohon-pohon mangrove itu untuk menemukan celah ke arah pantai. Tapi akhrinya dapet juga. Kami kira di sana hanya ada kami, tapi ternyata ada juga wisatawan lain yang sedang berfoto-foto ria. Tadinya kami kira pantainya bagus (kata Pak Nafi tadi gitu), tapi ternyata sama aja kayak pantai di sebelah utara. Tadinya kami mau berenang di pantai ini juga, tapi kami cuma bisa berjalan-jalan sebentar di laut dengan jarak ke pantai yang tidak jauh berhubung angin agak kencang dan prediksiku mengatakan bahwa akan segera datang air pasang yang disebabkan angin laut. Dan ternyata benar. Ya sudahlah, karena sudah mau maghrib juga dan langit sudah mau gelap, kami memutuskan untuk kembali ke jembatan saja. Mari kita kembali ke Jembatan Cinta. (bahasa Inggrisnya The Gate of Love, wkkwkkwk).

Sebelum sampai ke jembatan, alias masih di jalan setapak dengan kanan kiri semak-semak, kami melihat pemandangan yang sangat indah. Apa itu? Pantai lagi? Bukanlah. Melainkan, pelangi yang terlihat di antara langit merah yang menimbulkan gradasi warna sangat indah. Kami melanjutkan berjalan lagi ke arah jembatan. Dan bagus, langit sudah bertambah gelap lagi. Dan kami foto-foto kembali di sepanjang jembatan dengan latar pemandangan langit merah.

Setelah cukup puas berfoto ria, kami kembali berjalan menyusuri jembatan dan kembali ke tempat penitipan sepeda. Tapi melihat banyak orang berhenti di dekat tempat penitipan sepeda sambil makan siomay, aku pun tergoda. Jadi, sebelum mengambil sepeda, aku mengajak teman-teman untuk menyantap siomay dulu. Baru kemudian kami mengambil sepeda dan menaikinya lagi menuju tempat penginapan kami dengan keadaan pakaian agak basah ditemani langit yang semakin gelap saja.

Sebelum sampai ke penginapan, kami melewati warung makan tempat kami makan siang tadi, namanya Gelora kalo nggak salah. Kami berhenti sebentar untuk menanyakan apakah ikan bakar pesanan kami sudah jadi. Dan ternyata sudah jadi beserta lauk pauk lainnya. Mmm... Yummy! Kami pun meminta dinner dish ini untuk diantar ke penginapan Lima Saudara tempat kami menginap. Setelah makanan diantar dan kami membayar, kami belum langsung menyantapnya meskipun ikan bakar, udang goreng, tahu, tempe, oseng-oseng buncis, sambal kecap dan nasi itu terlihat sangat menggiurkan. (Murah lho, satu porsi komplit kayak gitu dengan ukuran ikan yang besar cuma Rp 15.000,-). Kenapa nggak langsung makan aja? Ya, kami kan mau sholat dan mandi dulu (mandinya antre gara-gara cuma ada 1 kamar mandi, dan aku mandi terakhir. Sial, gara2 aku mandinya paling lama). Jadi, gara2 itu aku mandinya nanti habis makan. Jadi aku deh yang pertama makan. Enak banget deh sumpah... Ikan bakarnya rasanya bener-bener fresh banget. Sambal kecapnya yahud. Pokoknya TOP banget.

Selesai mandi, aku harus interview dengan Pak Mid (pemilik penginapan lima saudara) dan Pak Sanwari (bagian Humas Kantor Kelurahan Pulau Tidung) untuk tugas Komunikasi Stratejik kelompokku. Hasilnya, kami berhasi interview dengan Pak Mid dan mendapatkan fakta kalau ternyata bisnis persewaan sepeda di Pulau Tidung itu pertama dirintis oleh Pak Mid, dan penginapan yang ia miliki juga merupakan jajaran penginapan pertama yang ada di Pulau Tidung. Kalau Pak Sanwari, setelah diantar oleh Pak Mid ke rumah beliau, ternyata orangnya tidak ada di tempat. Mungkin juga karena sudah malam. Dan sepertinya dia pergi untuk melihat pertunjukan lenong di lapangan desa. Malam itu keadaan desa terlihat lengang di sepanjang jalan, karena sangat banyak penduduk yang melihat pertunjukan lenong. (Kayaknya jarang ada hiburan rakyat di Pulau Tidung ini). Jadi, selepas mengembalikan sepeda, kami menonton pertunjukan lenong itu karena penasaran seperti apa. Anyway, sebelumnya aku sama sekali belum pernah melihat lenong secara langsung. (Pernahnya di TV).

Tanpa mengetahui di mana tempat lenongnya, kami terus berjalan mengikuti suara arah musik dan dialog super ramai itu berasal. Dan akhirnya kami sampai juga. Buset! Yang nonton lenong banyak banget, kayaknya ratusan gitu (sekitar 60% penduduk Pulau Tidung mungkin). Terdapat pula para penjual yang menjual makanan dengan gerobak sepeda dan juga beberapa tukang becak dan tukang ojek yang mangkal. Lenongnya cukup lucu dan menarik sih, tapi bagiku tetap kurang lucu. Ternyata setelah bertanya pada warga sekitar, lenong itu diadakan bukan event bulanan, melainkan acara itu diadakan apabila akan ada perusahaan yang akan membanggun suatu proyek di sana. Jadi cara untuk mendapatkan acceptance dari warga ialah dengan mengadakan suatu acara hiburan yang memang dibutuhkan oleh penduduk Pulau. Karena angin malamnya sangat dingin dan cuaca menandakan akan turun hujan, kami pun memutuskan untuk pulang ke penginapan. Besok pagi kami juga harus berkemas untuk pergi ke pulau-pulau kecil di dekat Pulau Tidung untuk snorkeling.

Paginya, sekitar pukul 8 setelah menyewa peralatan snorkeling (harganya Rp 35ribu) dan membelo oleh-oleh (ada dodol rumput laut, kripik sukun, dll yang dijual di tempat persewaan alat snorkeling di dekat gerbang dermaga Pulau Tidung), kami telah siap naik kapal yang kami sewa (harga kapal plus snorkeling guide Rp 400ribu, dan bisa dipakai hingga 8 orang). Untuk menyewa kapal silakan menghubungi Mas Afif. Kami nanti akan snorkeling di sekitar Pulau Payung, Pulau Ayer, dan Pulau Karang Beras. Naik kapal ukuran relatif kecil ini asik banget, karena hanya ada kami berlima ditemani dua orang guide yang sekaligus pengemudi kapal (Mas Afif dan satu bocah remaja cowok). Jadi serasa kapal ini kapal pribadi kami. Beruntung, kami jadi lebih punya privacy untuk mau ber snorkeling berapa lama dan kapan mau pindah tanpa persetujuan anggota rombongan lainnya (Ada kapal lain yang dinaiki sekitar 12 orang termasuk senior kuliahku dan kalo kayak gitu harus minta persetujuan anggota lain kalo mau pindah). Padahal di kapal lain tempat senior kuliahku, Si Tirza ini ada cowok ganteng dan keren banget yang bertelanjang dada super hot. Mukanya mirip2 cowok Chinese Thai yang ganteng, ya perpaduan Mike Lewis dan Daniel Henney lah. Kayaknya cowok ini emang bukan orang Indonesia. Sayang, baru lihat hari Minggu ini dan belum sempat kenalan. Hahahahhahhaha. Di atas kapal sebelum kami mencebur dan basah kami telah berfoto dulu dengan rompi pelampung, haha.

Rute pertama snorkeling kami adalah Pulau Payung. Sebelum kami semua mencoba bersnorkeling maupun menceburkan badan kami ke laut, terlebih dulu guide kami turun dulu ke laut (tanpa alat snorkeling apapaun) untuk memastikan apakah daerah itu aman untuk bersnorkeling atau tidak. Dan setelah Mas Afif berkata oke, baru kami berani mencebur. Yang pertama mencebur di antara kami adalah Sasha, dia sangat antusias dan tidak sabar. Begitu menceburkan badan ke laut (dengan perlengkapan snorkeling lengkap tentunya), aku merasa sangat takjub, kagum, dan gembira luar biasa (karena ini pertama kalinya aku snorkeling, begitu juga dengan teman-temanku yang lain). Teman-temanku juga terlihat sangat bahagia seakan hari itu adalah pengalaman liburan paling menyenangkan dalam hidup mereka. Kita bisa menyebut alam bawah laut itu sebagai surga dunia (karena sangat indah). Ikan-ikan dan terumbu karang yang berwarna-warni dan bergerak itu bahkan lebih indah dari yang biasa aku lihat di akuarium. Serius. (Aku kelihatan norak ya?) Tapi beneran, underwater view nya emang bagus banget. Bahkan aku melihat ada ubur-ubur kecil berwarna kuning (kalau lihat ubur-ubur jangan sampe kena ya... Nanti disengat). O ya, air laut itu rasanya beneran asin parah, jangan sampai airnya masuk ke alat snorkeling yang nempel mulut ya, nanti bisa panik kalau airnya ketelan. Lautnya yang dangkal bahkan bisa membuat kami berdiri di atas karang. Tapi teman-temanku agak aneh, mereka malah snorkeling di bagian yang terlalu dangkal. Awalnya aku belum tahu, tapi setelah merasakan tergesek karang dan agak lecet, aku jadi menghindari snorkeling di daerah super dangkal ini. Di antara temanku sepertinya ada yang lecet tergesek karang juga.

Berpindah ke rute pulau setelahnya, yaitu Pulau Ayer, pemandangannya lebih bagus, kita akan menemukan karang-karang raksasa yang indah  ketika kita snorkeling. Karangnya bentuknya sangat bervariasi dan perpaduan warnanya sangat unik. Di sini aku sempat mencoba menangkap ikan dengan jala bertangkai kayu milik guide kapal, tapi susah sekali. Karena aku memakai ban pelampung aku jadi tidak bisa berenang ke bawah menerobos karang-karang tempat ikan-ikan yang kukejar kabur dan bersembunyi. Bahkan guide kapal kami yang masih remaja mencoba menangkap ikan dengan berenang ke bawah tanpa alat snorkeling apapun (karena sudah jago berenang), tapi ia pun tidak berhasil mendapatkan ikan. Ya sudah lah. O ya, di pulau ini lebih banyak ubur-ubur meskipun semuanya berukuran ekstra kecil. Dan temanku, Sasha sempat tersengat di pahanya (jadi bentol-bentol merah kecil-kecil). Pengalaman besok kalau snorkeling harus pakai baju panjang dan legging panjang, intinya pakaian renang panjang dan menutupi kulit lah. Melihat waktu, kami memutuskan untuk naik ke atas kapal dan pindah ke pulau lain, yaitu Pulau Karang Beras. Tidak lupa kami telah berfoto ria di atas kapal maupun ketika kami sedang snorkeling.

Di Pulau Karang Beras, seperti biasa sebelum kami mencebur, guide kami mencebur ke laut dulu untuk memastikan keadaan. Kata asisten Mas Afif, "Ikannya besar-besar." Di bayanganku ikan besar itu ikan hiu, di bayangan Riry ikan besar itu ikan barracuda. Hahaha
Saking penasarannya, aku sangat antusias untuk mencebur. Dan benar, ikannya besar-besar dan semuanya ikan hias (tidak ada hiu maupun barracuda, he he). Pemandangannya sangat bagus. Kalau aku bilang, di sini paling bagus. Sayangnya, waktu kami ke Pulau Karang Beras sudah agak siang (sekitar jam 11) jadi ombaknya agak besar dan sempat gerimis juga. Jadi kami yang snorkeling terombang-ambing oleh ombak hingga sampai agak jauh dari kapal. Kekhawatiranku yaitu : ombak yang mengendalikanku akan membuatku menyenggol hewan-hewan laut berbahaya maupun menggesek karang yang akan menyebabkan lecet-lecet lebih lanjut. Mana di sini kakiku sempat kram lagi. Sial! Ombak besar, kaki kram. Makin khawatir aku akan sengatan dan gesekan itu. Melihat ada Riry di dekatku, aku pun meraih dan menggandeng tangannya. Aku bilang kalau aku kram, dan kami bersama-sama kembali ke kapal. O ya, ngomong-ngomong, dalam keadaan basah setelah snorkeling, untuk naik ke atas kapal terasa sangat berat. Dan sepertinya aku lebih memiliki masalah untuk naik ke atas kapal dibanding temanku yang lain (sampai harus ditarik tangannya dan dibantu oleh 2 orang guide). Yang lain biasanya dibantu satu orang saja sudah cukup. Padahal aku juga nggak gemuk, tapi kenapa ya? Setelah kami semua berada di atas kapal, kapal pun berangkat menuju tujuan terakhir yaitu Pulau Pramuka, letak ibukota kabupaten administratif Kep. Seribu. Di sana kami akan naik kapal yang kira-kira berangkat pukul 1.00 menuju Muara Angke (dengan kapal lebih besar dan kapasitas lebih banyak dibandingkan kapal Muara Angke-Pulau Tidung).

Kapal berangkat menuju Pulau Pramuka. Siang itu cuaca agak hujan alias gerimis, tapi kami berhasil tiba di Pulau Pramuka dengan selamat kira-kira pukul 12 kurang. Di sana kami sempat bertanya kepada orang setempat yang ada di dermaga mengenai kapan kapal menuju Muara Angke berangkat dan di sebelah mana. Kemudian ia mengatakan kalau kira-kira pukul 13.00 sambil ia menunjuk arah di mana kapal akan berangkat. Sampai di sana kami agak bingung ke mana kami akan pergi. Kemudian kami bertanya lagi kepada orang yang ada di dermaga tentang di mana ada kamar mandi untuk bilas dan di mana ada restoran atau warung makan. Setelah ia memberikan petunjuk, kami berjalan mengikuti arah tersebut. Ternyata... warung makannya rame banget, penuh orang, dan nggak ada meja yang kosong. Kami melihat kanan kiri warung itu, ada sih warung makan lain di dekatnya, tapi nggak banget, dan nggak ada tempat untuk bilas. Gyahhh...

Kami pun berjalan lagi nggak jelas (anyway, Pulau Pramuka itu kecil, jauh lebih kecil dari Pulau Tidung, mungkin cuma seukuran stadion). Dan kami menemukan ada Tourist Information Center, dan kebetulan ada Mas-mas yang nongkrong di depannya. Ya sudah, bertanyalah diriku padanya di mana ada letak warung makan. Kemudian ia menjawab, "Yuk, ke sana sama saya. Di sana ada warung nasi padang, nasi goreng, dll. Kebetulan saya juga mau beli makan." Ya udah, kami pun mengikuti dia, sambil bertanya tempat penangkaran penyu ada di mana. Ia pun menunjukkan suatu arah lagi, tapi kami mengejar waktu dengan waktu keberangkatan kapal, jadi kami pikir tidak akan sempat untuk pergi ke sana. Setelah menemukan warung makannya (yang kebetulan ada meja kosong), aku langsung meletakkan tas dan seluruh barang bawaan di atas meja) dilanjutkan dengan memesan makan. Warung makan ini adalah warung nasi padang dan lauknya lumayan enak juga. Harganya kira-kira Rp 10.000,- an lah kalo nggak salah. Di warung ini, aku menjumpai segerombolan anak muda yang berbicara dengan bahasa yang bukan bahasa Indonesia pada umumnya. Setelah kusimak dengan lumayan seksama, kusimpulkan bahwa itu adalah bahasa Melayu dan segerombolan anak muda itu adalah bukan orang Indonesia, kayaknya sih orang Malaysia dengan tipikal wajah Chinese, tapi beda dengan wajah suku Tionghoa di Indonesia.

Setelah makan, aku ke kamar mandi untuk berganti pakaian dan berbilas (dengan air saja, tanpa sabun). Kemudian beberapa dari temanku juga melakukan hal yang sama, tapi tidak tahu apa mereka juga bilas. Setelah kami semua selesai, kami berjalan keluar warung, dan di sana aku menjumpai seseorang cewek yang sepertinya aku kenal wajahnya. Cewek itu melambaikan tangan ke arahku. Setelah aku menghampirinya, dia bertanya, "Nia bukan ya?" Dan aku pun yakin kalau dia adalah Mei, teman lama jaman aku masih aktif debate yang sudah 4 tahun nggak ketemu. Dan kami dipertemukan di Pulau Pramuka ini. Duh duh duh... banyak banget ya yang libur weekend snorkeling di Kep. Seribu? Tapi ternyata Mei ini menginap di Pulau Pramuka, bukan Pulau Tidung dengan tarif rumah Rp 500.000,- yang katanya sudah ada AC nya dan bahkan ada mesin cucinya. Hahaha... Mei juga mau ke dermaga karena ia juga mau ke Muara Angke, ya sudah, kami berjalan bersama-sama ke sana. Ternyata sudah ramai saja di dermaga. Terlihat antrean manusia yang membeli tiket (di sini tiketnya dibeli dan dibayar diawal, berbeda dengan kapal dari Muara Angke ke Pulau Tidung yang dibayar di atas kapal tanpa tiket).

Dan di sana aku bertemu dengan teman lama lagi. Ada kakak kelas SMA yang sudah 5 tahun nggak ketemu. Namanya Mbak Chemist. Wah, surprise banget bisa ketemu dia di sini. Ternyata dia juga liburan weekend buat snorkeling di Kep. Seribu, dan dia menginap di Pulau Pramuka sepertinya. Setelah membeli tiket (yang harganya kalo nggak salah Rp 30.000,-) kami masuk ke dalam kapal. Kapal ini memang jauh lebih besar dari kapal yang kami naiki dari Muara Angke menuju Pulau Tidung, tapi tetap aja banyak banget penumpang di dalamnya (mungkin sekitar 100 orang lebih), dan kayaknya kami telat naik karena kapal udah penuh dan kami jadi dapat tempat duduk yang kurang strategis. Kami duduk di atas kapal yang nggak ada atapnya karena bagian atas yang beratap sudah habis ditempati penumpang lain. Jadi kami harus berpanas-panasan (untung nggak hujan). Lain kali jangan lupa ya, kalau mau naik kapal dari Pulau Pramuka ke Muara Angke harus masuk lebih awal. 

Dalam perjalanan kami menuju Muara Angke, banyak penumpang lain yang tidur di atas kapal. Dan kalau aku perhatikan, mereka adalah golongan menengah ke atas dan kebanyakan anak muda usia 22-30 tahun. Di dekat aku duduk ada seorang cowok botak yang masih muda dengan tampang mirip Jae Beom 2 PM. Tapi dia kurus banget, pake kacamata item, dan kalo ketawa giginya.. masya Allah, nggak rapi banget. (nggak penting untuk diceritain). Perjalanan yang kami tempuh kurang lebih sekitar 2 jam dan kami melewati beberapa pulau-pulau kecil di Kep. Seribu yang kayaknya menarik tapi nggak tau namanya apa. O ya, di atas kapal waktu udah hampir sampai akan ada petugas yang menagih tiket yang tadi kita beli. Jadi jangan sampai hilang ya. 

Muara Angke sudah kelihatan, dan sebelum sampai (di dekat Muara Angke) kami melihat ada beberapa orang yang memancing di laut, tapi anehnya, kok kakinya bisa sampai ke dasar laut sembari mereka duduk ya? Emangnya lautnya dangkal? Tapi kan bukan di pantai? Lautan yang dekat dengan daratan Jakarta sangat keruh, berbeda dengan lautan di sekitar Pulau Tidung yang super bening, biru atau hijau gradasi yang bersih. Jadi sorry sorry ya, pasti nggak akan ada orang yang mau snorkeling di lautan keruh ini. Hahaha... Bisa-bisa mati karena menelan air laut yang terkontaminasi timbal berbahaya.

Akhirnya setelah nganggur dan berpanas-panas di atas kapal, sampai juga kami di Pelabuhan Muara Angke, Jakarta. Kira-kira jam 3 sore-an lah waktu itu, dan aroma amis khas dermaga benar-benar menyesakkan pernapasan. Yeaahhhh... Kulitku benar-benar keling terbakar matahari selama belibur di Pulau Tidung, jadi jangan lupa bawa dan pakai sun block ya kalau ke sana, kalau bisa yang SPF 50 sekalian biar nggak keling. (aku dan teman-teman semua lupa bawa sun block)

Sampai jumpa Kep. Seribu. See you again next time in the next episode...