I’m Flying…..

Aside

On April 21st, I have a change to visit my friends guntur and met his newly wedded wife, Ita, guntur’s hometown is Malang. Malang is a wonderful city in east java province which has a lot of beautiful scenery of  hills and mountain. fresh air. cold water. hot water. and delicious food.

Malang also has a lot of tourism places. I used to goes to Malang for a school vacation since I was in the primary school, and after I became a student in a university I used to goes there to get some fresh air after spending sometime to study.

How to go there,

From Surabaya, the capital city of east java province, you can ride a bus, it is only cost about Rp. 20.000; or you can go with train from Gubeng Station. another option is by car, it is faster and saver. Hehehhee….

Paralayang

Paralayang (English: paragliding) is a free-flying sport using a fabric wing which made from parachute, which took off with the foot for the purpose of recreation or competition. The pilot sits in abelt (harness) that hangs below the fabric wing shape is determined by the rope and the pressure of air entering vents in the front wing. This sport began to emerge at around the 1950’s.

I knew the sports Paralayang since 2004, when I was visited Batu, one of Malang hills and now became a City. Batu city is located in a highland, and one of the tourism place is paralayang in a Banyak Mountain.

at that time,I was afraid to try it, and did not have enough of money to pay it. hehehehe,,,,,,,                So I just watched people’s fly and thinking when I’m going to able to do that.

and now is the time to try it.

at first, I go to Banyak Mountain from malang city with guntur and his wife, to go to paralayang places you can ride a car or motor cycle. after that I registered to one of the pilot and he will prepare everything.

Learn to Fly

after I was prepared, helped by the pilot, I was asked to stand in front of him and ready to run towards to ravine in front of me.. Wow !!!!!

I thought that I was gonna be placed behind him, but it’s NOT. and i have to run for a take off towards a ravine,,,,, this is hard for a beginner to run towards a ravine. can you imagine that !!!

it was so thrilling for me,,,

I’m not afraid of height but to run to the ravine, is like a suicide,,,,

oh my God… that word come out of my mouth everytime.

the pilot said, “it’s Okay”

hehehehe,,,,

and we wait for the wind to blow….

so when he (the pilot) says that he ready, I have to runs, because we have to wait for the right wind to fly us…

and this is it,,,

the moment is come, and the Pilot said. “OK… RUN !!!!”

hah ?!!! OMG…OMG…OMG…. after a few minutes

and I fly….

Up in the air

after a few moment to take off,  I was surprised that I AM FLYING !!!!

WOOAAA…… I’M FLYING !!!!!

that what’s I screamed all the time..

the pilot was laughing. he also realize that this is my first time doing paralayang.

we tried some style like swing style and manuver style, and it was awesome !!!!

well guys, if you want to try to push your adrenaline, you can try paralayang in Batu City, Malang, East Java.

have a nice trip.

this is the information about the Batu Paralayang.

http://paralayangbatu.blogspot.com/

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Moving on

Moving on berarti berpindah, dapat diartikan pula berubah, dalam islam bisa diartikan hijrah. Tidak tahu kenapa selama 3 tahun terakhir ini setiap bulan januari adalah perpindahan bagi saya. Januari 2010, adalah perpindahan saya dari Perusahaan Swasta ke Salah satu instansi Pemerintah Di Jakarta. Dimana saya belajar dari berubah pola pikir dari engineer to manager. Januari 2011 adalah Perubahan yang Pahit bagi saya yaitu ditugaskan di Bagian yang menurut saya tidak sesuai dengan background pendidikan saya dan selama setahun saya berjuang untuk pindah akhirnya Januari 2012 ini saya dipindah ke bagian yang saya idamkan dan didaerah yang paling nyaman buat saya, yaitu rumah, surabaya. Banyak sekali suka dan duka yang saya alami. Banyak orang-orang tersayang yang dan terbenci yang sudah mampir ke dalam perjalanan hidup saya. Banyak kejadian-kejadian yang tak dapat dilupakan. But, as we know… life must go on.

Tantangan Baru. Setelah pindah ke tempat baru, there comes another mountain, datang tantangan baru yang bagi saya benar-benar menggetarkan nyali saya, dimana tanggung jawab yang akan saya pikul akan sangat berat, tidak ada lagi main-main seperti saya di tempat sebelumnya, tidak ada lagi rekan-rekan seru yang selalu menghibur saya dikala suntuk, dan tidak ada lagi ketidak-seriusan dalam pekerjaan. Saya mengahadapi gunung baru yang saya harus taklukkan. Ada seseorang senior saya yang mengatakan, if you can not move the mountain, you may try to climb it. But the question is: I don’t know the way to the top. Well, that is the challenge, I have to find my way to climb it.

Change. Menurut pak Rhenald Kasali, dalam bukunya management of change. Saya keluar dari comfort zone into discomfort zone. Zona nyaman ke zona tidak nyaman. Hal ini merupakan ujian bagi saya untuk naik kelas. Karena tidak ada siswa yang lulus sebelum ujian dan tidak ada pula nahkoda yang mendapat predikat handal jika hanya berlayar di laut yang tenang tanpa pernah menghadapi badai di lautan. Memang hal ini terasa menyakitkan, tidak nyaman dan memusingkan. Seakan-akan jika saya bisa memisahkan bagian kepala saya dari tubuh, maka akan saya taruh sejenak kepala ini pada lemari es untuk mendinginkan otak yang terlalu panas sehingga terasa meleleh. Ada beberapa karakteristik perubahan menurut beliau, salah satunya perubahan merupakan pertanda kehidupan. So is that means that I’m alive?

Tidak boleh mengeluh. Seorang atasan tidak tahu sengaja atau tidak sengaja telah mengirim bbm saya mengatakan bahwa “berhentilah berbicara tentang kesuksesan masa lalu dan berkeluh kesah tentang masalahmu, setiap manusia mempunyai medan perangnya masing-masing. Jadilah pejuang tangguh dan berhenti mengasihani diri sendiri”. Seakan-akan ini merupakan cambuk bagi saya yang sering mengeluh akan ini itu. Saya jadi teringat dengan rekan satu kos dengan saya yang merupakan rekan seperjuangan saya dikuliah dulu, selama hampir setahun ini dia tidak pernah memberitahukan beban pekerjaan yang ada padanya pada saya yang biasanya curhat mengenai ini itu padanya. Padahal setelah kemarin saya tanya ternyata dia adalah Kepala Bagian Produksi salah satu PDAM di Jakarta. Bukankah hal tersebut adalah sangat berat jika dirasa-rasa, karena jika plant nya berhenti beroperasi maka hampir sebagian besar wilayah-wilayah penting di jakarta tidak akan bisa mendapat air dan itu menjadi tanggung jawab dia. Namun rekan saya ini terus maju, meskipun dia naik dengan melompati banyak karyawan yang jauh lebih senior dari dia. Wow.. saya salut, karena hampir selama setahun ini beliau ini hampir tidak pernah mengeluh atas cobaan-cobaan dalam pekerjaannya. Rekan saya ini menyarankan pada saya untuk terus maju, berani mengambil resiko dan berani menerima tanggung jawab atas apa yang terjadi. Ini adalah kesempatan saya maju…

Pelajari medan perang. Setelah beberpa hari ngantor, saya akhirnya mendapat gambaran awal medan yang saya hadapi. Beberpa orang menerima dan menyemangati saya, beberapa yang lain masih belum menerima orang baru dan beberapa malah bilang “tidak salah memilih ditempatkan disini?”. Hahaha… macam-macam reaksi rekan saya. Saya sempat mengajukan pimpinan saya untuk mempertimbangkan kembali amanah yang diberikan kepada saya, namun beliau bersikeras saya bisa. Seorang atasan saya yang lain mengingatkan saya tentang perjuangan Nabi besar Muhammad SAW, mana pernah nabi Muhammad dahulu menolak amanah yang diberikan ALLAH SWT saat awal beliau menerima wahyu. Beliau gemetar? Iya. Beliau takut? Iya. Beliau menolak? TIDAK. Wow… itu yang menyemangati saya untuk maju. Kita tidak akan bisa melihat seberapa jauh lompatan kita jika kita tidak pernah mencoba untuk melompat. Teorinya begitu sih, tp jika kita merasakan sendiri. Bergetar juga nyali ini untuk melompat. Jadi saya akan mencoba mempelajari medan perang saya, dan memetakan apa yang ada didalamnya untuk menyusun strategi dalam menjawab tantangan ini.

Semoga Allah selalu hadir untuk membimbing saya. Semua ini saya tulis untuk membagi kegundahan pikiran saya, kebergetaran nyali saya dan membagi api semangat saya bagi pribadi-pribadi yang juga sedang berjuang dalam perubahan….

Good luck for us… Allah Bless us..

Unfinished bussiness in Bromo

Bromo is an active volcanoes mountain located in the east java province. In the Kabupaten of Probollinggo. 2 hours from Malang City and 2 and half hours from Surabaya city. Mount bromo is very famous, it interest every people from all over the world because of its unique condition and very beautiful scenery. Bromo mountain is surrounded by a wide sand caldera that makes you want to run every where. The height of its mountain reach 2.300 meters above the sea.

look how the wind is trying to fly us !!!

The temperature in Bromo is very cold. It could reach 00 degree in the morning (before the sun rises). So if you are willing to travel to bromo, you may have to prepare some cold outfit, like hat, big jacket, and scarf. But if you forget or did not expect that it will be cold,n you can try to buy some cold outfit in the local merchant. It is quite cheap.
Local people in bromo are called the Tengger tribe. It was taken from the name character of  legend roro anTENG and joko seGER (Tengger), they believe that they are the descendant of Majapahit Kingdom. For them, Bromo mountain is very sacred, in some time they held kasodo ceremony, a sacred ceremonial to the Gods by sacrificing their harvest or sometimes cattle to the crater. It is very unique, some of tourist are fighting to get this moment. I was told that this kasodo ceremony was held every Kasada month on the 14th day (Javanese calendar).
Transportation in bromo is only hardtop jeep. Local people usually called it hardtop. Other transportation is a horses. Vehicle besides that is not allowed. Because it is usually got stuck in the sand desert.
On jan 7-8 2012, I had a chance to visit it, along with 7 friends, our objective is a beautiful sunrise. I went there by car, I rent the car from Surabaya, it cost me about Rp 350,000 include a driver. I hired a driver so that we didn’t have to worry about who supposed to drive while everybody is tired. It is a Safety reasons, actually. The cost for the gasoline from Surabaya city to bromo and went back is about Rp 200,000.
I was went to bromo on Saturday eve at 23.00 pm and reached the location on 02.00 am the next day (Sunday). Its almost 3 hours ride cause of the rain. After I reached the entrance of the location, a lot of local guy offering us some Hardtop jeep with negotiable price, my suggestion is that to go straight to the official Hartop’s ticket counter which is located in the edge of the road near the Hotel Bromo view. The hardtop tickets it’s about:
Rp. 350.000 to go to the Penanjakan 1 loacation
Rp .250.000 to go to the Penanjakan 2 location.
The location to enjoy the beautiful sun rise is divided in two. There are penanjakan 1 and penanjakan 2. Penanjakan 1 was up in the top of the hill besides bromo mountain, and it has been known as the best location. While penanjakan 2 is also has a beautiful sun rise view  but it is located in the side of the hill not on top of the hill. So, we decided to go to the Pananjakan 1.

in the gate of Penanjakan 1

After we reach the location, hard rain comes and the fog was down, so it was white all over the place. We decided to continue to climb to the top and wait until 08.00 am. The result was, we did not see anything. Well, not a good luck for us that day. That is why we have to get back at summer time.

it was all white (a picture with meme)

After waiting for sunrises in the penanjakan 1 was unsuccessful. We move on to the next location which is sand desert. From that location we could visit a temple and climb a bromo mountain and you can try a horse riding to the stairs in bromo mountain. It cost about Rp. 50.000. We were there until 10.00, again it was a hard rain that makes us end our journey.

jump !! in front of Batok mountain

in the sand desert with Asta, Laras, Meme, Buts, and Mr. Ayang

Well, from that experience we could see that the best time to visit bromo is in a summer time moreover when the Kasodo ceremony is held. That would be nice one.

Banda Aceh short trip

Aside

What I remember about aceh is the worst disaster of Tsunami that happened in 2004. It has been 7 years since the day of the Tsunami. It happened on 26 december 2004 which is the most power full earthquake ever happens in the last decade. Tsunami wave has swept everything in its way over 1000 km from the sea shore and left only a ruins in its way. Tsunami has caused the death of 132.000 souls and another 37.000 souls were claimed lost and never found.

Masjid Raya Baiturrahman tower, Sultan Iskandar muda Airport, and Masjid Raya Baiturrahman

On November 2, 2011, I have a chance to visit aceh. My aim is to cooperate with the Provincial Government of Aceh in a several project which related in a development of Banda Aceh, the capital city of Aceh.  The local governments were so welcome, they realize that need to work really hard to get all facilities built back again for the city and province. After several smooth meetings, I was offered to visit Aceh Tsunami Museum.

My first opinion was,,,” WOW,, is this design by foreign architect?”  I believe it is. But the fact that I’ve found in a field was like a punch in the head for me. This is really design by Indonesian architect. Wow…. I am so surprised. It is located in Banda aceh city, it has built over the land, approximately 10,000 square wide. The museum was separated into several parts. There are some monitors to view many pictures of Tsunami disaster and other things that remind us of what happened that day. It also has a video room to play short movie about tsunami and a tsunami simulation. After all visit, I think it is one of the best Indonesia’s museum. It has a modern and philosophic design, and also a modern concept of a museum. You should put it in your itenary when you visit Aceh.

Aceh Tsunami Museum

Then we continue to visit masjid Raya Baiturrahman Banda Aceh, which we all know that it is the symbol of Aceh. It did not take a long time to go there from Tsunami Museum. And I took my time to Pray (Sholat Azhar) in that beautiful mosque. Then, we continue to visit a boat that carried by the Tsunami wave on to the top of a house. Wow… it also being created to a  monument of Tsunami by the local citizen. I take several pictures of it. hehehehe…. and after that, I went to the hotel in Grand Nangroe Hotel. It is a four star Hotel and the rate was Rp 500.000 ++/night.

in masjid Baiturrahman, in Aceh Tsunami museum, in Aceh Tsunami museum, and in a boat of tsunami monument

Then in the time after maghrib, we continue our trip with tasting  a famous aceh Coffee. The coffee shop I visit is one of the famous coffees shop in aceh Kopi Solong (Solong coffee shop). It is located in Ule Kareng not so far from the city. The coffee was mix with traditional ingredients and that what makes the coffee taste so good. It only cost about Rp 5000 for a cup of coffee, and I bought a few to give away. Hehehe… I love coffee very much… this is the one that you have to taste, besides Mie Aceh (Aceh’s Noodle). Well… that’s it my story, the thing I learnt is that we never know what a disaster may happens in this beautiful earth, it is a GOD’s will. So we have to be prepared.

@ Solong Coffee Shop

Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project/Jakarta Emergency Dredging Initiative


Flood has been an annual disaster in Jakarta.  It is quite embarrassing that the Capital City of Indonesia, the Biggest City of Indonesia, the Representative city of Indonesia, is still can not manage the drainage system. On  29 January 2007 until 3 February 2007 flood  was attacked Jakarta, and almost 528,8 km2 area in Jakarta was covered in water with its depth reach 1 m high. Wow… can’t imagine how the activities of the city were much interrupted.

Banjir Jakarta 2007

Well, we have to face it, it was a mess all around Jakarta. But we can not just sit and wait for the GOD’s miracles to happen. We should stand to solve it. The Government should do something in improving it to better city. Luckily, The Provincial Government and The Ministry of Public Works came up with one of many solutions to solve the flood problems. This project, the Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project/Jakarta Emergency Dredging Initiative or we can call it JEDI, is one of the resolution offers by the Government of Indonesia through Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta and The Ministry of Public Works in cooperation with the World Bank.

This project was to aims to :

  • Reduces the flood’s frequencies in Jakarta through dredging some of the main canals and drainage system in Jakarta.
  • Strengthen the technical institution in managing the drainage systems and repair the Flood management system through capacity building in managing a good operational and maintenance system in DKI Jakarta Province.

first meeting @ borobudur hotel

meeting day 2 @world bank office

last night, we (ministry of Public Works, Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta, Ministry of National Planning and Ministry of Finance)  had a discussion with World Bank in its office. it was a tough deal. we have prepared for these discussion in Monday. The discussion started on Tuesday and ended last night.

The scopes of the project are dredging a main canals and drainage system and make the function of the drainage effective again. The canals and drainage systems that are included in this project are :

  • Sungai Ciliwung Floodway
  • Waduk melati
  • Cengkareng Floodway
  • Lower Sunter Floodway
  • Cideng Thamrin Drain
  • Sentiong-Sunter Drain
  • Waduk Sunter
  • Tanjung Drain
  • Lower Angke Drain
  • Krukut
  • Grogol
  • West Banjir Canal

Sungai Ciliwung

Sungai Grogol

at last,  we hope that this project will implemented as soon as possible. so that Jakarta could free from flood and increase its performances. Fight for a better environment !!!

The Beautiful Dieng Plateau

April 22, 2011 was a Friday and it is a holiday. So it is means that it will be a long weekend. After a several discussion with my friend Alvan, Tya and Laras, we decided to go to Dieng Plateau. A beautiful highland in Middle Java Province. and guess what, we decided to go on a Backpackers way. This is what happens next…

Alvan, Laras, Tya and Me @arjuna Temple

History

When I heard the name Dieng, I was thinking like “what an odd names!!”. After I get a little researched about the place it came that the name Dieng was taken from a sansekerta language which was the word “di” means a place and “Hyang” means God of creation. So the word “dieng” means that a place where the Gods (Hyang) belongs. Therefore the ancient society built a temple, moreover, a complex one, that given with the name arjuna temple, which is become one of the oldest temple in Java island. Dieng is placed in 2000 meter above sea level. It has incredibly beautiful and exotic land.  Because it place on a high land, the temperature in dieng is quite cold. Sometimes it reach -100celcius.

@ Arjuna Temple
still @arjuna temple

How can I get there

Well to get there, was not an easy way. Because it is place in a highland that far from Yogyakarta or Semarang. So, there was 2 options to get there. First, we can ride a bus. It takes more time, but cheaper. Second, we can go with the travel car that has destination to wonosobo, a city near dieng plateau. After long consideration, we take second option. So we go to wonosobo first and then went up to dieng by local transportation, which is minibus. I go there by pak Gito travel, the number is 085711487666. The cost of the travel is about Rp. 200.000; The cost for minibus from wonosobo to Dieng is Rp. 2000;

in front of Hotel Bu Jono (me, Tya, Laras, Alvan)

Where do I stay

There were not much options to stay in Dieng, the average type of place to stay is motel or homestay. Well after several call I get two empty rooms for us in Hotel Bu Jono. Actually, it was like homestay to me than a hotel.  Well, these are the details.

HOTEL & RESTAURANT BU JONO
Jl Raya Dieng Km 27, Dieng Wetan, Kejajar, Wonosobo
Phone:
+62 85227389949/+62 81392162734/+62 85643958085

Harga kamar / malam:
Rp. 75.000 (kamar mandi luar)
Rp. 100.000 (kamar mandi luar)

mie ongklok…

Dieng Plateau experience

Well, it was a busy day on Thursday 21 April 2011, we were planned to go to dieng in Thursday night and hopefully arrived at Dieng on Friday morning. After a long journey finally we arrived at wonosobo city on Friday morning at 11.00. it was a little bit late than the schedule. Then, the driver asked us weather we continued using the same car with a extra charge or step out and ride a bus. Considering we have been through a long journey, so we decided to continue with the travel. Before we left wonosobo, the driver offers us to taste a delicious traditional noodle called “mie ongklok”. YES we tried it and it was delicious. It also cheap. It cost us about, Rp. 10.000;++. Then, after finished eating we continued our journey to go up to Dieng Plateau. It didn’t take too long to go there. The scenery around us was incredibly beautiful.

Finally, alhamdulillah, we reached Dieng’s plateu. First, we have to go to the Bu Jono hotel to put some of our weight and continue to visit the tourism object.

The rooms at bu Jono was not bad. It has too bed and a hot water. But it is quite small. But it was OK. The hotels owner offered us a car to take us everywhere in Dieng. I was thinking about going with the angkot but after I saw, angkot is rare. So we took the rent car. It cost us about Rp 200.000;. These are some destination we have visit.

jump up !!!
@ Telaga Warna
Laras and Tya…
sunrise… this is what we came for…. (Laras and Tya)
sikidang creater… (Tya and Laras)
someone being a model in the middle of the rain
hungry……
ready to go home @ wonosobo