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Monday, 29 December 2014

PHOTO GALLERY: Mt. Merbabu 3145m ASL, Central Java, Indonesia

Merbabu, Dec 26, 2014

© sita ariana pangestu (2014)

"We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun down is weaving when it comes in the morning."- Henry Ward Beecher

-ariana-

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

LIONESS' Observation: Bandeng and Its Undercover Story

Semarang, 23 November 2014

Si Ikan Bandeng
Mendadak sejak Rabu lalu eyke dapat tugas dari kantor untuk jadi mandor onshore pipeline route survey milik sebuah perusahaan gas milik negara yang berlokasi di Semarang. Cabcuslah eyke ke kota pelabuhan yang menjadi ibukota dari Propinsi Jawa Tengah ini. Nyokap yang biasanya bawel tiap kali eyke ada kerjaan di luar kota kali ini malah senang banget soalnya eyke bisa sekalian disuruh ziarah ke makam Almarhum Eyang Kakung dan Eyang Uti di Purwodadi yang dapat ditempuh dalam waktu 3-4 jam dengan menggunakan bus umum dari Semarang.

Siaaap! Begitu beres project, eyke akan nyambung cuti 2 hari untuk melaksanakan amanat dari Nyokap.

Selama eyke di Semarang, hampir setiap hari Nyokap neleponin eyke; nanya hotel tempat menginap enak atau nggak, nanya tadi kerjanya ngapain aja, capek apa nggak, ngingetin untuk selalu jaga kesehatan dan keamanan, ngingetin jangan lupa ketemuan sama Mas Andi (sepupu eyke yang lagi kuliah dan kost di Semarang), dan ujung-ujungnya ngingetin untuk jangan lupa bawa pleh-oleh yang banyak dari Semarang. Mulai disebutlah aneka panganan khas kota ini: lumpia, wingko babat cap kereta api, bakso tahu yang kardus kemasannya bergabar lumba-lumba biru, dan pastinya bandeng presto. Eyke pastinya ngeIYAin. Kebahagiaan nyokap kan kebahagiaan eyke juga.

Disini, total ada 4 (empat) titik lokasi pengeboran dan pengampilan sampel tanah yang harus eyke awasi. Dua diantaranya berada di sepanjang jalan raaya di depan Pelabuhan Tanjung Mas dan dua lainnya di area Tambak Rejo. Tiap kali eyke on-duty di area tambak ini, eyke merasa dan mencium bau aneh yang cukup menyengat hidung. Untung eyke sedia masker penutup mulut dan hidung. Kalau masker wajah dan rambut sengaja nggak dibawa, soalnya nggak ada nyokap yang biasa makein.

Hari ini pas eyke lagi ngaso di salah satu warung yang ada di area tambak tersebut, eyke ngelihat beberapa truk sedot tinja nangkring disana. Hooo pantesan area itu bau. Setelah ngobrol-ngeobrol dengan pemilik warung, eyke jadi tahu kenapa kawasan itu jadi pangkalan truk sedot tinja.

Jadi… ternyata ada simbiosis mutualisme antara pemilik usaha sedot tinja dan pemilik usaha tambak. Pemilik usaha sedot tinja bisa untung dengan membuang hasil sedotannya gitu aja ke tambak-tambak yang ada disana. Sang pemilik tambak pun untung karena bisa dapat pakan gratis untuk ikan-ikan yang dibudidayakannya, which is ikan BANDENG.

Apa jangan-jangan yang punya usaha sedot tinja itu adalah sama dengan pemilik tambak?!?

Oh my GOD!

Dan mulai saat itu, tiap kali ngelihat plang iklan bergambar ikan bandeng otomatis ke-convert jadi plang iklan sedot tinja. Setelah lele (yang dari dulu emang terkenal dikasih pakan tinja), kali ini bandeng resmi masuk ke dalam daftar ikan yang pantang dimakan. Dan pokoknya, eyke nggak mau lagi makan ikan darat (Balagu betul ya? Bodo amat!).

Eyke juga mengurungkan niat untuk beli bandeng presto sebagai oleh-oleh untuk Nyokap tercinta dan juga beberapa handai taulan eyke. Eyke kan nggak mau merasa durhaka dengan ngasih tinja ke Nyokap. Semoga Nyokap bisa memahami keputusan yang eyke ambil ini.

~ari~

Monday, 22 September 2014

KL's SPOTLIGHT: BATU CAVES

Kuala Lumpur, September 13, 2014

I checked out from Shangri-La KL on mid Sunday and put my bag on its concierge counter. I asked the officer there about how to go to Batu Cave, one of recommended place to have sight seeing in KL. That Indian descent man told me that I should go to nearest LRT station i.e. Dangwangi to take the green line LRT to KL Sentral. Then from that interchange hub, I should continue by taking red line KTM Komuter (commuter train) to its last station, Batu Caves. The temple I'd like to visit located right after the exit of that station. He told me instead of walking to Dangwangi, it was better for me to wait for a free shuttle bus provided by the hotel that would pass several main attraction/point in KL. I could get off at KLCC and take the LRT from the station there. Eventually, that officer named Babu himself that would be the driver for that bus. I took his suggestion. 

In front of the Lord Murugan statue
I only needed 45-minute journey from KLCC to reach Batu Caves that has become the most popular shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan (the son of Shiva and brother of Ganesha). At the base of the hill there is a 140-ft gigantic statue of Lord Murugan erected in January 2006. It is the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world and the second tallest statue of Hindu deities after Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal. An Indian guy who was eventually being there asked me to capture his pic. I did what he asked. In return he captured my pic by using my iphone.

The steep flight of 272 steps to reach the top
In Batu Caves, there're is no entrance fee but donation. Here, visitors need a strong legs to climb a steep flight of 272 steps to reach the shrines rising almost 100 m above the ground. Please be informed that women with short skirts or pants are not allowed to enter the shrines. Fortunately I brought my long trousers to cover my knee-length jeans. For you who doesn't wear proper pants/skirt, in the base stairs there's a counter where you could rent the sarong to cover your lower body.

The fancy prepared alter
Once I arrived on the top of the hill, I saw a pair of dad and daughter were preparing a fancy altar, They put several metal plates containing flowers, yellow-colored rice grains, coconuts, some short wooden benches, and fire furnace above the mat. Suddenly the Indian man I previously mentioned approached me and informed me that it was an altar prepared for Indian marriage.

Naveen while praying in one of shrines
That Indian man introduced himself as Naveen. He comes from Chennai, the biggest industrial and commercial center in South India. Like me, he came to KL for a business trip. Together with him, I looked around inside the caves. Eagerly he told me several things about Hinduism. One of his statement I highlighted most is, "Hindu is not a religion. It's a way of life."


Interior of Batu Caves
We had a look inside the cave. The temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. Naveen spared a time for a while to pray in one of the temple.

The bride and groom
We came back to the altar once it was crowded by other visitors. The bride and groom had been ready also there. I was so excited for seeing a real Hindu India marriage procession (that I used to see in Bollywood movies). But later on I knew that it was only for movie setting LOL.

The Dark Cave
Below the Temple Cave is the Dark Cave, with rock formations and a number of animals found nowhere else. It is a two-kilometer network of relatively untouched caverns. Stalactites jutting from the cave's ceiling and stalagmites rising from the floor form intricate formations such as cave curtains, flow stones, cave pearls and scallops which took thousands of years to form. In order to maintain the cave's ecology, access is restricted. The Malaysian Nature Society organises regular educational and adventure trips to the Dark Caves.

The square full of doves
Having felt enough of sight seeing, we step down the hill. The square in the foothill was crowded by doves a bit similar with one in San Marco in Venice. Somehow 'paint My Love' by MLTR crossed my mind when seeing that scene. And before leaving the temple, kindly Naveen treat me a fresh coconut which sellers mushrooming around there.From Batu Caves, Naveen and I took the same commuter train to reach KL Sentral. We parted there. Naveen continued his day trip around KL. While me, I should go back to take my bag in Shangri-la and continue my trip to Penang as per I had planned.

Good bye Naveen! Thanks for your companion and sharing. May we meet again someday :)

---L---

Sunday, 31 August 2014

JAKARTA COFFEE SHOP: JOIN COFFEE

Jakarta, August 23, 2014

Join Coffee. I first knew this coffee shop from a workmate of mine, Hafiz. Together with other mates, we went there on a fine Friday evening after our office hour finished. Actually, we had chosen to visit another coffee shop, 1/15 Coffee, located in Gandaria. Too bad that we couldn't enjoy our time on that over-priced coffee shop. Therefore we moved our gathering venue to Join Coffee.



Join Coffee located inside the compound of GOR Bulungan. That outdoor coffee shop has various menu both for coffee and non-coffee drink. For coffee, they serve cappuccino, coffee latte, hazelnut latte, caramel latte, and some Indonesian origins such as Gayo, Toraja, Mandailing, Papuan and many others. For non coffee drinkers they have tea, chocolate drinks, green tea latte, and lime squash. For food they serve toasts, grilled banana and cassava. All food and beverages sold with very affordable price. For food it starts from 5k to IDR and for beverages it ranges from 12k to 20 k IDR. Costumers could also order food from the sellers whose carriage surrounding this coffee shop.

Besides because of their good taste of food and and beverage, I personally fall in love with this coffee shop after seeing the blackboard on which Garuda and Pancasila (symbol and five philosophical foundation of Indonesia state) are stated.

(1) Ketuhanan Yang Maha Esa (Belief in the one and only God)
(2) Kemanusiaan Yang Adil dan Beradab (Just and civilized humanity)
(3) Persatuan Indonesia (The unity of Indonesia)
(4) Kerakyatan Yang Dipimpin oleh Hikmat Kebijaksanaan, Dalam Permusyawaratan dan Perwakilan (Democracy guided by the inner wisdom in the unanimity arising out of deliberations amongst representatives)
(5) Keadilan Sosial bagi seluruh Rakyat Indonesia (Social justice for all of the people of Indonesia)

From now, Join Coffee has officially become my favorite coffee shop in Kebayoran Baru area :)

---L---

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

PRAGUE EVENT: Street Theater Festival "Behind The Door" (Za Dveřmi)

Text and Photo are by my beloved Wolfie

Prague, July 14-18, 2014

The annual International street theater festival took place at Prague’s Wenceslas square in the week of July 14-18, 2014. In its sixth season already, the festival Za dveřmi (Behind the Door) really caught on. There were four performances a day, beginning at four in the afternoon and ending at ten in the evening: a total of 20 performances featuring 18 or 19 troupes from nine countries including Poland, Hungary, Portugal, Ukraine, Israel and Germany, and of course the Czech Republic.

Clowns, puppeteers, acrobats, mimes and other colorful street artists took over the Wenceslas Square in the city center and created a very dynamic, animated and spontaneous atmosphere. This time the overarching theme was freedom and personal liberty. In that context, one of the topics was support for Ukraine. On Monday there was a „parade of hope“ backing up Ukraine and also a performance by the Ukrainian troupe Teatr Voskresinnia.

© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)

© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)

In artists’ performances the elements of Physical Theater and nouveau cirque (New Circus) met cross genres like „dance grotesque“, musical cabaret, fire show, acrobatics, slapstick, installations or land art. Add to it wandering theater, contemporary modern dance, juggling, the list goes on, and you get the idea.

Among prominent acts we can name “Mr. Hunger” performance by the Polish troupe Teatr Biuro Podrozy that has been inspired by the literary work of Franz Kafka, particularly his short story “The Hunger Artist” – the artistic idea was to create a new, contemporary form of so-called “mysteries of death”, historically represented by market circuses or freak shows. One of them was Kafka’s Hunger Artist who in his obsessive fasting becomes a saint as well as a masochist or a provoker.

Portuguese, Berlin based Teatro Só brought its haunting, poetic performance about loneliness in old age. In the twilight of life, one can easily get stuck in a big lonesome bubble. It takes a brave man to keep seeking for joy and friends. He has remained young at heart, although trapped in a time-constrained body. For lack of time, in the name of progress and of the rapid evolution of society, the elderly are being forgotten, sometimes even abandoned by friends and family. Gone are their successes, their conquests, their dedication to work over the years and they are simply ALONE. Alone. At a bench. In the emptiness of a day...

© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
Zadam Company, a project based Hungarian contemporary dance group, using highly stylized visual elements, brought their I'M PRO project: not a specified show but a series of performances based on structured improvisation. They seek to interpret the elements of theatrical shows in a brand new context. Each part of this series is a unique unrepeatable artistic experience for the public and for the performers as well. Their Friday act featured whips.


© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
One of the headliners was the a Czech/Slovak duo of lady clowns, Vanda Hybnerová and Lucia Kašiarová, who in their touching pantomime Angel-y became heavenly clownesses. Nobody is as lonely as angels, guardians at the heavenly gate. They are waiting, but nobody comes. Silence. Time goes on. They are useless. They have to amuse themselves, somehow... Come and have a look at a mixture of clichés of various sorts, at two cynical women, who are not afraid to be pathetic, at two bodies under the burden of wings that should have lifted them, but nobody knows where. We share the awkwardness and primitive poetics with them...

To sum up the spirit and impact of this festival and the street theater as such, we asked one of the performers:

“Street theater has a huge advantage in the fact that you don’t have to translate it into other languages. Mostly, you work in a body or silent language which has no barriers. The context is sometimes political, and then you don’t need any explanation, but mostly street theater focuses on life stories, themes understandable to each one of us. So, that’s a great thing about street theater – you can tour all of Europe and everyone will understand you.”

And the organizer’s view?

“I think it is fair to say that the festival has found its audience since it was founded six years ago. That first year we were in city center but not in the square proper, and there might have been more foreigners in the audience. That has changed. Czech theater lovers know about us and attend, sometimes planning to spend the whole day. It’s definitely not just passers-by running into us by chance. We are very happy with how things have developed and it is a big difference from when we started.”

-wolfie-

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

JAKARTA SPOTLIGHT: Wayang Museum - Preserve The Nation's Culture Heritage

Jakarta, July 5, 2014


Museum Wayang © Sita Ariana Pangestu (2014)

Jakarta as a vibrant city offers a wide-ranged choice of activities and places to be enjoyed. One of the rarity offered to residents of Jakarta and tourist is strolling at museum which also becomes a respite from malls mushrooming this beloved city. Wayang Museum becomes one of the most recommended one.

Wayang Museum occupies one of old Dutch-colonial building located in Fatahillah square (known as Kota Tua square). This two-story building was donated by H. Probo Sutedjo to DKI Jakarta provincial government in September 2003 under suggestion and advice from former governor, H. Ali Sadikin. Through the prasasti (inscriptions) in the garden inside this building, we could also know that previously this building had been occupied as a church named "De Oude Holandsche Kerk".

A display of wayang golek  representing one of stage in Ramayana grand tale © Sita Ariana Pangestu (2014)

Wayang Kulit display © Sita Ariana Pangestu (2014)

Wayang Museum displays its wide range collection of wayang (Indonesian term which generally translated into puppet) behind the glass displays. It's not only dominated by wayang kulit (leather crafted puppet from Java and Bali) and wayang golek (Sundanese wooden puppet) but also puppets from across the archipelago. Even this museum also displays some puppet collection from abroad such as from Thailand, Cambodia, China, India, Britain, Poland, France, and Russia.

Philosophically wayang means shadow. It reflects the human's inner psyche such as rage, benevolence, greed, etc. In each of the play, puppet always carry a moral message that we shall always adhere to the Creator and to do good for others. Invariably, the play climaxes with the triumph of good over evil.

Gamelan assemble which always consort the wayang show © Sita Ariana Pangestu (2014) 

The Hindus used Wayang to spread the religion by mixing the harmony of Hinduism and Indonesian native culture i.e. animism and dynamism. Ramayana and Mahabarata are two grand tales that are most represented and symbolized. When Islam began spreading in Indonesia, the display of God or gods in human being was prohibited. Hence as the alternatives, wayang play displayed only the shadow instead of the figures itself. It was the origin of wayang kulit (shadow puppet show) birth. Later on, the Christians also used wayang named wayang wahyu to preach their religion with the story based on old testament and new testament, start when Adam and Eve was tempted by devil.

Betawi features against Dutch-colonial features © Sita Ariana Pangestu (2014)

Si Unyil Family © Sita Ariana Pangestu (2014)

As a dynamic art, wayang develops either in form and function in accordance with its era. In post colonial era, wayang perjuangan (known as wayang reformasi) is used for telling the heroic acts against the Dutch-colonial. Wayang is also used to tell about local folk fore e.g Si Jampang stories, Si Manis Jembatan Ancol. It also represents some critics of the time, some satiric plays. And in modern area, wayang also becomes an interactive educational media especially for kids as such presented by Si Unyil series.

UNESCO proclaimed Wayang Puppet Theatre Indonesia as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on 7 November 2003. In return of the acknowledgment, it shall be our pleasure for Indonesian to preserve our nation cultural heritage.


From Poland © Sita Ariana Pangestu (2014)
From Russia © Sita Ariana Pangestu (2014)

Souvenir shop near the exit gate © Sita Ariana Pangestu (2014)
-ariana-

NOTES:

Opening Hour
Tuesday to Sunday               09.00 - 15.00
Monday and Public Holiday          Close

Tickets
Adult Rp. 5.000,-     College Student Rp. 3.000,-     Children/Student Rp. 2.000,-

Groups (min. 30 persons)
Adult Rp. 3.750,-     College Student Rp. 2.250,-     Children/Student Rp. 1.500,-

How to go there:
5 minutes walking from Jakarta Kota train station or Kota bus stop of Trans Jakarta (known as busway) passed by Corridor/Line I (Blok M - Jakarta Kota) or Corridor/Line 12 (Pluit - Priuk).

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

JAKARTA EVENT: Kota Tua Creative Festival 2014

Jakarta, June 21, 2014

Kota Tua Creative Festival merupakan pilot project dari Program Ruang Publik Kreatif, sebuah inisiatif untuk menginspirasi ruang-ruang publik di Jakarta, baik secara temporal maupun permanen. Festival ini berlangsung selama dua hari, yaitu pada tanggal 21 dan 22 Juni dan mengambil tempat di Lapangan Fatahillah, Jakarta. Saya dan George datang ke festival ini di hari pertama.
Kota Tua Creative Festival was a pilot project of Creative Public Spaces Program, an enterprise which initiates the creation of temporary and permanent physical public spaces to be built in central locations in Jakarta, where open public spaces should have existed. This festival took  2 days and was located in Fatahillah Square, Jakarta. I and George came there on its first day.

© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)

 Barisan sepeda onthel yang telah dicat beraneka warna menyambut  kami saat memasuki Lapangan Fatahillah. Para pengunjung dapat menyewa sepeda-sepeda tersebut lengkap dengan topi berwarna senada untuk para nyonya dan helm jaman kompeni dulu untuk para tuan untuk berkeliling arena festival atau sekedar untuk menjadikannya properti foto. Di sekeliling arena festival juga terdapat installasi berupa potongan plastik mika tebal berbentuk belah ketupat yang digantung dan berisikan harapan-harapan terhadap Kota Jakarta.
A line of colorful onthel (old) bikes greeted us when we entered the Fatahillah Square. Visitors could rent the bike together with the matching-colored hat for the ladies and Dutch-colonial helmet for gentleman to round the festival venue or just to make them as photo properties. In the perimeter of the venue, there was also art installation in the form of diamond-shaped mica plastic hanged above together with the wishes for Jakarta.


© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)

Sebagai pecinta kopi, otomatis stand ini yang mencuri perhatian saya dan George. Terlebih lagi saat kami mengetahui bahwa kami tidak perlu mengeluarkan uang sepeserpun untuk mendapatkan kopi yang kami mau. Kami pun mengantri bersama beberapa pengunjung lainnya sembari mendengarkan penjelasan dari sang pemilik stand yang antusias mempromosikan produknya.
As a coffee addicts, this boot automatically caught our attention. Moreover when knowing that we didn't need to spend any cent to get the coffee we ordered. So, we queued together with other visitors while listening the owner who was enthusiastically promoting his product. 


© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
Di festival ini dipajang beberapa poster yang menampilkan sejarah pendudukan nusantara oleh Kolonial Belanda, khususnya di wilayah Batavia yang merupakan cikal bakal Kota Jakarta.
In this festival, it was displayed several posters about the history of our archipelago occupation by Dutch colonial, especially in Batavia (the former of Jakarta).


© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)

Salah satu poster lainnya yang dipajang adalah poster yang menampilkan daftar situs Warisan Dunia versi UNESCO yang dimiliki oleh bangsa Indonesia.
another displayed picture was a poster showing Indonesia UNESCO World Heritage.


© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
Festival ini merupakan ajang bagi para pelaku industri kreatif untuk memromosikan dan menjual produk hasil kreasi mereka, seperti contonya  kaligrafi berlafadz Bismillah ir-rahman ir-rahim yang diukir di atas lempengan kuningan ini.
This festival was a showcase for creative industry players to promote and sell their products, for example this calligraphy "Bismillah ir-rahman ir-rahim" (in the name of Allah, The Most Compassionate and The Most Merciful) above this brass plate.


© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
Beberapa pedagang makanan kaki lima pun turut meramaikan festival ini dengan Kerak Telor sebagai makanan khas Jakarta yang menjadi primadona para pengunjung.
Several food-street vendors also participated on this festival with Kerak Telor, signatre dish from Jakarta, as the primadona.

-ariana-

Monday, 30 June 2014

BANDUNG SPOTLIGHT: Saung Angklung Udjo

Bandung, June 15 2014

It was at 2 PM and Bandung was still cloudy with patchy drizzle when I and my Wolfie arrived at Saung Angklung Udjo (SAU) located in Jl. Padasuka. That compound of bamboo houses is a cultural center to preserve the Sundanese culture - Angklung in particular - which was established in 1966 by Udjo Ngagalena and his beloved wife, Uum Sumiati. Our main purpose to visit that place established , was to see the Afternoon Bamboo Show which regularly performed there.

I and my Wolfie purchased tickets for performance showed at 3.30 PM. Instead of printed paper, they gave us Angklung-pendant rope necklace as the ticket. The show was packed with several mini performances. It consisted of wayang golek (Sundaneese wooden puppet) demonstration, Helaran procession, Traditional Dances and Angklung for beginner, Angklung orchestra, Angklung interactive to Arumba.

© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)


The dalang (puppet master) performed some scenes of Ramayana tale. One of them was the scene when Hanoman (the white monkey general) was having fight with the devil Rahwana as part of his mission to save King Rama’s wife, Sinta. Cepot ,the most legendary figure in Sundanese wayang golek, was also showed up here complete with his signature jokes.

© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)

Helaran is a traditional procession that comes along to celebrate the khitan (circumcision) for boy or rice/paddy harvest. The boy is be carried in a bamboo carriage to round the kampong (village) in order to amuse him and make him forget about the pain after his  circumcision.

© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)

There are two kinds of traditional dance performed here; mask dance and peacock dance. At the time we came, the peacock dance was the performed one.






Angklung Orchestra, conducted by kang Chandra - one of the offspring of Mang Udjo - the fouder. Each youth brought up to 10 angklung.  In assemble they played several songs both local and foreign. This video was captured when hey were playing I Love You Baby - Can't take My Eyes Out of You which first popularized by frank Sinatra in 60s.  

© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)

Angklung for kids. Each kid brought 2 - 3 angklung. In assemble they played several Indonesian traditional songs across the archipelago starting with Bungong Jeumpa from Aceh until Yamko Rambe Yambo from Papua.

There is also souvenir shop that's integrated with the ticket counter. Besides Angklung and its miniature, there we saw so many other handicraft craved from bamboo and wood. There were also some displays of traditional clothes and some T-shirts either for kids and adults. My wolfie brought a wooden mask for his collection and some souvenirs such as pandan-leaf-woven wallet and wooden pen for his colleagues in Prague. While me, I bought a sheet of Batik and a pair of shoes with ikat pattern.

Inside the souvenir shop © +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
© +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)
Various kinds of T-shirt sold at Saung Angklung Udjo © +Jiří Sedláček  (2014)

Last but not least, Saung Angklung Udjo is definitely a great spotlight not to be when visiting Bandung.

-ariana-

Notes:

Address and Contact
Jl. Padasuka 118, Bandung 40192 West Java - Indonesia
Phone. +62 22 727 1714, +62 22 710 1736 Fax. +62 22 720 1587
Email. info@angklung-udjo.co.id

Schedule of Afternoon Afternoon Bamboo Show
15.30 PM - 17.30 PM & 18.00 PM - 20.00 PM

Entrance Fee for Afternoon Bamboo Show
60,000 IDR for local & 100,000 IDR for foreigner

How to Go There with Public Transportation
Take green angkot Cicaheum - Ciroyom directing to Cicaheum, get off at Jl. Padasuka, walk for around 200 m or simply take ojek (motorcycle taxi) for 5,000 IDR to reach the venue.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

HOTEL REVIEW: Rumah Dangdos Bandung

Bandung, Juni 2014

Tampak depan Rumah Dangdos (sumber: www.klikhotel.com)

"Selamat datang di Rumah Dangdos. Jangan sungkan-sungkan, anggap saja rumah sendiri," sapa seorang pria paruh baya begitu saya dan George memasuki sebuah rumah bergaya kolonial Belanda yang terletak di Jl. Pangeran Kornel No. 3, Bandung. Ia mempersilakan kami duduk di atas sofa salah satu common room (ruang bersama) yang ada disana.

Kami menyerahkan voucher hotel yang kami beli dari salah satu situs online booking. Sembari menunggu kamar kami disiapkan, ia bertanya kami mau minum apa. Tanpa banyak pikir panjang kami pun menyebutkan minuman favorit kami, 'kopi'. Tidak lama berselang, seorang pembantu rumah tangga menyajikan minuman yang kami pesan. Sebuah aroma yang tidak asing menghigapi cuping hidung saya. Ah... Kopi Aroma!!! Kopi khas Bandung yang menjadi favorit saya semasa kuliah di ITB dulu.

Ruang bersama di Rumah Dangdos © Jiří Sedláček (2014)
Patio di area void Rumah Dangdos © Jiří Sedláček (2014)

Sembari menikmati kopi dan rintik hujan yang masih bersisa, kami cukup banyak berbincang dengan pria bernama Pak Yusron itu. Ia merupakan staff sekaligus pemilik Rumah Dangdos. Dengan bahasa Inggris-nya yang fasih, ia bercerita tentang penginapan yang dimilikinya itu. Diakunya bahwa Rumah Dangdos mengadopsi konsep Bed & Breakfast (B&B) seperti yang banyak terdapat di Inggris atau negara-negara Eropa lainnya. Biasanya B&B menempati sebuah rumah pribadi dengan jumlah kamar yang disewakan kurang dari 10. Berbeda dari hotel pada umumnya, servis yang disediakan B&B tidaklah bersifat 24 jam. B&B hanya menyediakan akomodasi berupa tempat bermalam dan sarapan pagi.

Untuk rumah Dangdos sendiri, disini terdapat total 4 (empat) kamar tidur yang disewakan dan 1 (satu) kamar mandi bersama (sharing bathroom). Interior dan eksterior bangunan ini sarat bernuansa vintage dan didominasi oleh perabot kayu. Di ruang tamu yang menjadi common room, selain foto keluarga, dinding-dinding disana banyak dihiasi oleh beberapa lukisan. Salah satu lukisan yang paling menarik bagi saya adalah replika lukisan Raden Saleh yang menggambarkan 4 (empat) ekor singa tengah menyerang seorang ksatria berkuda lengkap dengan sebilah pedang panjangnya. Selain itu, terdapat juga sebuah piano yang dapat dimainkan oleh pengunjung yang berminat.


Kamar di Rumah Dangdos © Jiří Sedláček (2014)

Sembari menunjuk pada peta Bandung yang ada di dekat kami, Pak Yusron bersemangat sekali merekomendasikan beberapa objek wisata yang ada di Bandung. Untuk tidak memonopoli pembicaraan, ia juga sangat antusias mengorek cerita dari George tentang kota kelahirannya, Praha. Suasana akrab pun makin terasa.

Kami dipersilakan masuk ke kamar kami begitu kamar tersebut sudah beres dibersihkan. Kamar kami dilengkapi dengan sebuah ranjang ukuran sedang, kipas angin kecil, meja-meja kecil, cermin dan standing lamp. Dua potong handuk bersih pun tersedia. Saya dan George tidur sore terlebih dahulu untuk melepas penat sebelum petang nanti kami harus bertolak menghadiri resepsi pernikahan salah seorang kawan kuliah saya dulu yang diadakan di gedung Serasan Sesko TNI di Jl. Martanegara.


Pak Yusron sendiri yang melayani sendiri para tamunya, termasuk pada saat sarapan

Menu sarapan di Rumah Dangdos © Jiří Sedláček (2014)

Keesokan harinya, kami terbangun saat terdengar alunan denting piano yang dimainkan oleh salah seorang tamu lain. Benar-benar romantis. Dan begitu kami keluar kamar, kami menjumpai ruang di bawah void yang ada di depan kamar kami disulap menjadi ruang makan bersama. Tidak seperti hotel pada umumnya yang menyajikan roti dan atau nasi goreng, Rumah Dangdos menyajikan paket nasi kuning dengan potongan telur dadar keripik tempe, dan suwir daging dibungkus dalam daun pisang. dilengkapi pula dengan kerupuk renyah. Indonesia banget! Free flow jus jeruk dan kopi turut menemani. Tak lupa kue tradisional berupa kue mangkuk disajikan sebagai makanan pencuci mulut.

Rumah Dangdos benar-benar memberikan pengalaman yang berbeda dari menginap di hotel lain. Keramahan dan kenyamanan disini benar-benar membuat serasa tinggal di rumah sendiri. Lain kali menyambangi Kota Bandung, Rumah Dangdos sudah pasti menjadi pilihan utama  kami untuk menginap.

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Catatan:
#  Jl. Pangeran Kornel terletak persis berseberangan dengan Jl. Maulana Yusuf.
- Dari arah Simpang Dago ke BIP: belok kiri perempatan Dukomsel (atau toko mainan Celebrate), jalan beberapa puluh meter, belok kiri lagi.
- Dari Jl. Surapati arah Gazibu ke Cikapayang: belok kiri di jalan tepat sebelum Restoran Citroen Grass.

# Selain melalui online hotel booking seperti www.agoda.com, untuk informasi harga dan reservasi Rumah Dangdos dapat menghubungi  022 61415463 atau email ke rumahdangdos@gmail.com

Saturday, 28 June 2014

PELAJARAN DARI MAHAMERU - ARTI DARI KEGIGIHAN

Jakarta, 23 Juni 2014

Mahameru memanggil © Jiří Sedláček (2014)
  
"Done!" seru George usai mengaitkan sebuah gembok mungil pada kedua sleting koper besarnya, menandakan bahwa ia selesai membenahi semua barang-barangnya untuk pulang ke kota kelahirannya yang terletak di jantung Benua Eropa.

"Beres semua?" tanyaku untuk memastikan.

"Yes, Hanyshku*," ucapnya sembari mengacak-acak lembut rambut ikal panjangku. Kupaksakan otot pipiku bergerak untuk merangkai senyum di kedua bibirku. "Lets have coffee!" lanjutnya. 

Aku yang masih beler usai bangun dari tidur siang pun mengiyakan. Aku butuh kafein, tidak hanya untuk mengusir kantuk yang masih tersisa namun juga untuk mengikis gundah gulana yang menghampiri. Kami pun bergegas menuju sebuah kedai kopi yang terletak di lantai lobi di tower tempat kami tinggal di Kalibata City. Setibanya disana kami langsung memesan 2 (dua) gelas kopi tarik: panas tanpa gula untuknya dan dingin dengan gula untukku. Sepiring pisang goreng pun ikut meramaikan meja kami.

Kupandangi sosok pria berkebangsaan Republik Ceko di hadapanku lekat-lekat. Kupandangi rambut pirangnya, wajah tirus berbingkai jenggot dan kumisnya, kedua mata hijau kebiruannya. Semuanya kupandangi lekat-lekat. Rasanya baru kemarin aku menjemput kedatangannya di bandara Soekarno Hatta dan hari ini, aku harus rela melepaskan kepergiannya. Sempat terpikir olehku untuk mencuri atau sekedar menyembunyikan paspornya sebagai upaya menyabotase kepulangannya. Ya Tuhan, aku belum siap melepaskan kepergiannya.

Tak terasa enam minggu kebersamaan kami berlalu. Each moment counted. Moment of love, lust, happiness, infuriation, frustration, laugh, cry, dream... Jakarta, Bandung, Bogor dan Malang menjadi saksi kebersamaan kami dengan pendakian ke Gunung Semeru menjadi highlight dalam kunjungannya ke Indonesia kali ini. Pikiranku pun melayang ke masa itu...

...

"Bangun! Bangun! Summit! Summit!" seru Ucup yang merupakan tour leader pendakian kami ke Semeru.

Aku, George dan rekan-rekan sesama pendaki lainnya yang tergabung dalam open tip bersama Ants Adventure pun bergegas bangun. Kami melapisi diri kami dengan jaket, kupluk dan juga sarung tangan untuk melindungi diri dari dinginnya udara yang mungkin mencapai beberapa minus derajat celcius sebelum akhirnya keluar dari tenda masing-masing. Headlamp pun menempel di dahi kami masing-masing. Tak lupa pula masing-masing dari kami membawa sebotol besar air minum dan beberapa cemilan untuk perbekalan menuju puncak.

Setelah semua berkumpul lengkap, kami berdiri membentuk lingkaran. Ucup memberikan briefing singkat kepada kami. Ada 3 (tiga) hal penting yang ia sampaikan.

1. Perjalanan dari Kalimati menuju Mahameru (puncak Gunung Semeru) memakan waktu 6 - 8 jam. Hal tersebut tentunya tergantung dari kekuatan fisik masing-masing. Dikarenakan perjalanan yang panjang, setiap peserta diwajibkan membawa perbekalan yang cukup. Ia mengingatkan agar setiap peserta membawa minimal 1 (satu) botol besar air minum dan beberapa cemilan. Coklat dan madu sangat direkomendasikan karena dapat memberikan energi instan.

2. Semua peserta diharuskan berjalan beriringan, jangan terpisah agar setiap peserta dapat menjaga satu sama lain. Perhatian khusus diberikan saat kita mencapai batas antara vegetasi dan lereng pasir. Di perbatasan tersebut bila salah mengambil jalur bisa-bisa kita memasuki suatu area bernama Blank 75. Area ini merupakan sebuah area hutan yang rawan sekali dimana banyak sekali pendaki dinyatakan hilang karena tersesat di dalamnya.

3. Mahameru bukanlah sesuatu yang mudah untuk digapai. Kita harus melewati lereng pasir setinggi kurang lebih 1000 meter dengan kemiringan sekitar 45 derajat. Selain kekuatan fisik, kekuatan mental alias keyakinan pada diri sendiri lah yang akan membawa kita mampu menggapai Mahameru. Saat berada di lereng pasir nanti, akan ada sebuah efek bernama Summit Illusion, yaitu sebuah fenomena dimana puncak terlihat seolah sangat dekat namun kita tak kunjung jua mencapainya. Di saat itu lah mental kita benar-benar diuji. Hanya keyakinan kita lah yang dapat membawa kita menuju Mahameru. Namun sampai tidak sampai puncak kita harus turun sebelum pukul 9 pagi karena mulai jam itu mulai ada ancaman awan panas yang dapat membahayakan pendaki.

Kami semua mendengarkan dan menyerap briefing tersebut dengan seksama. Setelah semuanya clear, kami pun memnjatkan doa bersama. Tepat pukul 11 malam barulah kami memulai pendakian kami menuju Mahameru.

Pendakian kami berjalan gembira dan penuh semangat. Sesekali bahkan kami bernyanyi beberapa lagu nasional. George yang tidak mengerti bahasa kami pun ikut bertepuk tangan, terlarut dalam semangat yang menggelora.

Waktu demi waktu berlalu. Detik demi detik merangkai menit. Menit demi menit merangkai jam. Tanpa terasa jalur vegetasi pun terlewati. Lereng pasir pun dengan dinginnya menyambut kami. Pendakian ke Mahameru baru benar-benar terasa.


Terjalnya jalur menuju Mahameru © Jiří Sedláček (2014)

Lereng pasir Semeru benar-benar sulit diarungi. Tak jarang tekor langkah terjadi. Satu langkah yang kita panjatkan justru membuat kita merosot ke bawah sebayak 2 (dua) langkah. Tenaga pun berangsur-angsur habis. Sesekali kami berhenti untuk memakan perbekalan kami untuk me-recharge energi. Kami terus melangkah dan melangkah. Saat kedua lutut kakiku sudah lemas, George harus menuntunku dengan menggunakan tracking pole yang kubawa. Ia melangkah terlebih dahulu lalu mengulurkan tracking pole untuk kupegang ujungnya dan ia akan menarikku naik.

Tak terasa waktu sudah menunjukkan pukul 3 pagi. Rasa capek makin menyelimuti. Rasa putus asa mulai menyapa.

"This is the hardest path I've ever experienced," ucap George. Aku hanya mengerutkan dahiku. Bagaimana bisa ia yang pernah mendaki Himalaya kalah oleh Semeru?!? Namun kami tetap berjalan, mengerahkan segenap tenaga untuk tidak takhluk pada rasa frustrasi kami.

"Hanyshku, this is impossible mission!" seru George sembari mengecek GPS-nya. Tepat disaat itu semburat orange mulai melukis langit. "Sedari tadi kita berjalan, kita nggak berprogress apa-apa. Kita masih jauh berada beberapa ratus meter di bawah puncak."

Aku pun melongok ke atas. Sang Puncak pun mulai terlihat. Ia terlihat sangat dekat. Ia menggoda kami untuk bergegas menggapainya.

"Hanyshku, sudahlah sampai disini saja! We can't make it!"

"What?!?" aku terbakar emosi. Dengan tegas aku menyatakan, "dengan atau tanpa kamu, aku akan tetap melanjutkan perjalanan menuju puncak!"

"Silakan!" ucap George tidak kalah emosi. Dilemparkannya tracking pole yang digunakannya untuk menggeret diriku sepanjang perjalanan tadi.

Aku jadi makin emosi. Aku beranjak naik meninggalkannya. Satu langkah naik - dua langkah turun benar-benar terasa. Aku benar-benar ingin menangis. Kesal, capek dan kecewa karena ternyata pacarku tidak setangguh yang aku kira.

Beberapa saat kemudian, "Hanyshku, pegang ini!" ucap George. Ia kembali mengulurkan tracking pole-nya padaku. "Ayo naik!" ucapnya dengan lembut sembari kembali menggeretku untuk membantuku naik. Kami pun bersemangat kembali untuk menggapai puncak. Kami kalahkan segala ego dan keputusasaan kami.

Akhirnya pada sekitar pukul 8 pagi kami berhasil menapakkan kaki-kaki kami di Mahameru. Semua rasa lelah langsung luruh, terbasuh oleh segenap rasa haru dan suka cita. Aku peluk erat George seraya menumpahkan air mata haruku di dadanya. Diusap-usapnya rambutku.

"We made it!" ucapku.

"Yes Hanyshku," balasnya seraya mengecup dahiku.

"Maaf sudah berperilaku menyebalkan..."

"Ssssttt..." potongko agar ia tak melanjutkan ucapannya. "Terimakasih, Sayang. Terimakasih sudah menemani dan membantu saya menggapai puncak yang telah lama saya mimpikan ini."

Ia menggaguk. Kemudian, didekatkannya wajahnya ke wajahku. Dikecupnya kedua bibirku. Kami terlarut dalam romansa kebersamaan di Puncak Mahameru.

We made it!!!

...

"Bagaimana kopinya?" tanya George membuyarkan lamunanku.

"Good!" jawabku diiringi sebuah senyuman.

Aku dan George menikmati sepiring pisang goreng yang tersaji di meja di antara kami dengan khidmatnya, menikmati petang terakhir kami bersama di Jakarta. Kedepannya kuyakin masih banyak hari-hari lain yang akan kami lalui bersama.

Mahameru telah mengajarkan padaku arti kata sebuah perjuangan dan kegigihan. Jakarta - Praha bukanlah sebuah jarak yang dapat dengan mudahnya digulung. Namun, bila summit illusion menuju Mahameru dapat kami lalui, bukan hal yang mustahil bahwa kami dapat melewati segala rintangan yang terbentang di hadapan kami dalam menjalani hubungan jarak jauh ini.

@misslejonet

NOTE:

Hanyshku: panggilan sayang George padaku, bentuk diminutive Ceko untuk honey.