When Puppet Unite The World

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Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Euro-Asian, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Togo-Liberia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Bolivia, Lebanon, Norway, Cambodia, Croatia, Guatemala, Netherlands, Armenia, Sweden… The puppeteers from those countries came to Jakarta, Indonesia to be united in the language of puppet.

Started from first of September until eight of September, Indonesia has a big pleasure to host the puppeteers  from around the world to do the event of World Puppeteers Carnival 2013. The show is held in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, National Monument, National Museum, and Usmar Ismail Hall. For Jakarta people, it is really a big shot to explore the cultures of 41 countries instantly, without visiting them. Please click and check the details of the show, event and schedule of shows in this link : WWPC2013.

Unfortunately, I can’t visit them all because of I got jobs to do in the office. But I will surely come to the show at 12:00, 18:00 and 20:00.

Try to come to their show, they (the delegator) will be so happy to see the hall is full of audience to see their show.

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Farewell for Mr. Nandakumar

I am really happy to spend some time with my good friend, Nandakumar Rajasekaran and also his family, Ms. Amutha – his wife and Jeevan – his son.

In the morning of June 8th, 2013, we started from Rasuna Said Kuningan at 6am and arrived in Muara Angke around 8am. We were little bit lost due to lack information. We went to another harbor what lead us to pass the fish market. On the way to Kapal Kayu Muara Angke Harbor from Fast Boat Muara Angke Harbor we saw a sad view – the death body of sharks without fin. This view influenced my mood for enough long time, until we arrived in Pari Island.

The wood boat was not really big, but there were too many people on that boat, probably around 100-150 people. So you must able to imagine how full was the boat. The condition was getting worse when the departure time got postponed till more than 1 hour with unknown reason, the sun was cheerfully lighting us that time, makes the weather hotter. Good thing was me and Jeevan were playing around during waiting time, so we still have a good time.

On the  boat

On the boat

Still have a good time on the boat

Still have a good time on the boat

PEAAACEEE... the new favorite pose of Jeevan

PEAAACEEE… the new favorite pose of Jeevan

The journey from Muara Angke to Pari Island took 2 hours with this wood boat. When we arrived, the friendly guy named Budi welcomed us and brought us to Homestay. The homestay where we stayed wasn’t luxurious but enough comfortable, it was equipped by fan in each room (living room, tv room, bed room), 2 “mandi” room, 1 television and 2 bed. The bicycle was included in the IDR 450,000 price of the tour package we took.

In the homestay

In the homestay

We took 1 hour to have some rest. After that Budi brought  us to Lipi Island. It was beautiful beach, beside some of debris from the city came visited as well. When we arrived in that beach, it was a low tide, therefore we decided to walk little bit far from the beach. When we walked, we saw some live sandy starfishes  and there were more possibilities that some other live organism stay there as well. I can imagine if we accidentally step on them, then we can kill them easily, very easy. Or else, we will able to get sting by them. That was why I decided to go back to the beach as soon as I saw starfishes. So for everyone who will visit Lipi beach in Pari Island, I suggest you to just stay on the beach only and don’t take walk in the water/wet sands.

This kind of Starfish were everywhere in Lipi Beach

This kind of Starfish were everywhere in Lipi Beach

In LIPI Beach

In LIPI Beach

From Lipi beach, we visited the nearby beach – Kresek Beach. It was not really large beach but it was good enough to chill out in that area. There was a little shop selling the coconut and some small snacks. This beach was the place we had a barbecue at night. From Kresek beach, we prepared our self for like 30 minutes, then we started snorkeling.

The smaller wood boat was supposed to bring us to go snorkeling to 3 spots. But because of bad weather we only visited 2 spots plus visited Tikus Island, we missed bintangrama spot, the spot what I heard be nominated as the best spot in Pari Island. Overall, the spot here was a fringing reef. The most common type of reef in South-East Asia. I met some genus of coral such as chypastrea, favia, porites, montipora, acropora, and lobophylia. I met some fishes as well and some of them were colorful such as some batfish, sweetlips fish, rainbow fish, etc, I can’t describe fish very well. My review about the spot here was,,, m.. Better I give my wish about spots in Pari Island, or more correct to all spots in Thousand Islands. I wish people stop to step on the corals, it will really kill them. And please mind your fins, consider your fins has a very big possibility in killing not only corals but also the organism in it, so keep your fins away from the sea creatures is very wise act. I wish also the boat will mind about their way in placing their anchor. Because honestly I saw many death corals here, some corals have turned to white color. We might not be able to bring the color back but at least we can try to stop killing them, right?

On the way to snorkeling spot

On the way to snorkeling spot

Jeevan peaaaceeee!!

Jeevan peaaaceeee!!

Pose in the middle of the sea with Mrs. Amutha!!

Pose in the middle of the sea with Mrs. Amutha!!

Pose in the middle of the sea with Nanda

Pose in the middle of the sea with Nanda

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Hehe,, I can get a pic of me freediving!!

Hehe,, I can get a pic of me freediving!!

Hehe,, I can get a pic of me freediving!!

Hehe,, I can get a pic of me freediving!!

Underwater pic was included in the tour package

Underwater pic was included in the tour package

We back to Main Dock of Pari Island at 4pm. So the total of our sea tour was 3 hours. Budi told us to get clean and be ready at 6pm, therefore we can enjoy the sunset. He wasn’t lying when he said the sunset here was the most beautiful thing we can’t missed. Because the sunset was so beautiful, it was look so big and close.

After we enjoyed the sunset we went back to our homestay to enjoy the dinner. Speaking about food. The food service in Pari Island was the nicest food service I have ever experienced in my islands tour. It is a default to serve 3 kind of foods, 2 side dish and 1 vegetable dish, with rice, sambal and chips. It is a simple food but very tasty. They brought food by cart to each homestay. We didn’t have to go to the restaurant or leave our room to have food. They serve a warm food, hence possible us to reach the top of pleasure in enjoying the food. When we have just arrived they served a fried calamari, corncake, and vegetable soup with rice , sambal (chili sauce) and chips. After sunset they brought us a fried tempe (soycake), fish, sour vegetable soup with rice, sambal and chips. At night we went to Kresek beach and enjoyed the barbecue. And in the morning they served us the omelet, fried rice and tempe, and again with sambal and chips!

It wasn’t only the sunset was beauty, but also the sunrise. Budi picked us from our homestay in early morning to enjoy the sunrise in Perawan Beach to see the beautiful sunrise. In Perawan beach there were some people who built a tend and slept on the beach. There are small shops what sells coconut with gorengan (fried snacks) what make this beach more beachy hehehe… There are also canoe and volley ball net what give tourist a choice to have some fun on the beach. And the mangrove, it is completing all this beauty.

Perawan Beach

Perawan Beach

Perawan Beach

Perawan Beach

Chill out in Perawan Beach

Chill out in Perawan Beach

Because of I wasn’t satisfied enough with my intimate time with fish and sea a day a go, so I decide to go snorkeling alone nearby the Main dock. And I didn’t regret it at all. I saw more kind of corals and fishes, sword fishes, prawn, snapper fishes, sea anemone with anemone fish, etc, etc. I spent another 1 hour alone and I loved it.

We leaved the island at 12:30pm and arrived in Muara Angke 2:00pm. End of journey.

We ready to go home!!

We ready to go home!!

I really enjoy my time with Mr. Nandakumar Rajasekaran and his family. Unfortunately he is no longer working in Jakarta office. But we know, no matter how far is our distance, they will never be far from my mind and my heart.

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“Oleh-Oleh” of the Journey to Wakatobi and Java Island

Wakatobi View - Behind of Hotel Wisata

Wakatobi View – Behind of Hotel Wisata

Waha Diving Site and Waha Beach

Waha Diving Site and Waha Beach

With friendly people in Wangi-wangi

With friendly people in Wangi-wangi

Wakatobi underwater (photo captured by Seto Ariyadi)

Wakatobi underwater (photos captured by Seto Ariyadi)

Wakatobi underwater (photo captured by Seto Ariyadi)

Wakatobi underwater (photos captured by Seto Ariyadi)

Wakatobi underwater (photo captured by Seto Ariyadi)

Wakatobi underwater (photos captured by Seto Ariyadi)

Wakatobi, Me and Pierre under water

Wakatobi, Me and Pierre under water

Peucang (Selat Panaitan)

Peucang (Selat Panaitan)

KARANG COPONG IN PEUCANG

KARANG COPONG IN PEUCANG

Keraton - Djogjakarta

Keraton – Djogjakarta

Djogja Taman Sari

Djogja Taman Sari

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta

Djogja Borobudur

Djogja Borobudur

Djogja Candi Mendut

Djogja Candi Mendut

Wonosobo Village

Wonosobo Village

Wonosobo, Our favorite guide - Fidel

Wonosobo, Our favorite guide – Fidel

Wonosobo Dieng Plateau Lakes

Wonosobo Dieng Plateau Lakes

Wonosobo Dieng Plateau Arjuna Temples

Wonosobo Dieng Plateau Arjuna Temples

Wonosobo Sikidang Crater

Wonosobo Sikidang Crater

Semarang Susan Spa Resort

Semarang Susan Spa Resort

Semarang Dusun Pitoyo Susan Spa Resort

Jepara Air Terjun Songgolangit

Jepara Air Terjun Songgolangit

Karimun Jawa Landscape

Karimun Jawa Landscape

Karimun Jawa Landscape2

Karimun Jawa Landscape2

Karimun Jawa Sharing Budget Partners

Karimun Jawa Sharing Budget Partners

 

 Bromo - Malang

Bromo – Malang

 Bromo - Malang

Bromo – Malang

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EXPLORE WAKATOBI AND JAVA ISLAND (MARCH 8TH, 2013 – MARCH 30TH, 2013)

GUYS!!!!!!

I have planned to do 2 weeks trip to explore Java since I was 18 years old. Then finally I got the chance to do my planning. But beside of explored Java, I explored Wakatobi also. It was really exciting moments. I am so lucky I can do this all.

It is my pleasure to share you the basic information during my journey. Enjoy 😉

Please don’t hesitate to send me email to okharismagita@gmail.com, if you need more information. I will be so happy to share the information to you guys.

Remember, this all delightful nature and enjoyable beauty will be always beauty and enjoyable only if we keep the nature. Don’t destroy it, don’t throw your garbage arbitrarily and don’t touch any marine life while diving / snorkeling. ^_^

I would like to send my thanks to Pierre-luc Cote who was accompanying me and supporting me until we can accomplish the plan and thanks for your love as well. Beside that I would like to thanks Pak Udin, who gave me such a good  open water training + fun diving as a bonus in each lesson session. Then thanks to all pleasant staff of Hotel Wisata, to Halim our driver in Wakatobi, to Arif – the most favorite diving guide of Pierre, to Mawadah Diving Centre, to Seto – who gave the accessibility to people to enjoy diving in Wakatobi with cheap price but memorable moment, to Erlangga – who maintain our trip to Peucang, to  Eljohn travel – who gave me hotel vouchers, to Pak Handoko – our becak driver who accompanied us exploring Yogyakarta, to Fidel – the best travel guide I’ve ever met, he was enabling us to explore the details of Djogja and Wonosobo, to Nicky, Jelle, Rudy, Mutha and hers boyfriend to be a sharing budget friends in Karimun Jawa.. I wish to meet you again one day. You become my family now.

Please access the summarize of information I collected during the trip as below :

Expense to explore wakatobi and java island

Expense to explore wakatobi and java island

Thanks a lot for reading. See you at my next journey ^_^

Cheers,

O.K.Gita

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SMALLEST THING CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCES

The amount of phytoplankton is getting decreased more than 40% since 1950. It can cause the extinction of some animals and plants, climate changes, unhealthy air for human, starvation in some countries and finally maybe human extinction! Don’t you agree that we have to do the urgent action now?

Please be aware about 1 worst case scenarilly possible to happen to our live. It is Phytoplankton Extinction.

Phytoplankton Extinction

Many things are depending on phytoplankton. Sea, land, air, they need phytoplankton to be a home for every organism what alive in their body. Without phytoplankton, the bottom of ecosystem will be disturbed and finally will impact to each organism that alive – include human.

First let me tell you what phytoplankton is.

Phytoplankton is basically a plant. The name of phytoplankton is coming from  Greek words, phytons meaning “plant” and planktos meaning wanderer or drifter. Because of phytoplankton is a plant so they don’t need to eat, but to grow phytoplankton needs some minerals from the sea and it’s doing the photosynthesis by combining the energy of sun and CO2 (carbon dioxide).

ice_phytoplankton_ courtessy from http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

ice_phytoplankton_ courtesy from http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

Try to see the color of the sea, if you see the green color on the surface of the sea it might be bunch of phytoplankton stay there, because phytoplankton will cause the green discoloration of the water consider phytoplankton contain a lot of  chlorophyll. Phytoplankton is a kind of “grass” of aquatic habitats but we can’t see it by our unaided eyes. Because phytoplankton is a microscopic plant. They are the base of the food chain and also the biggest producer of the oxygen in the world.

What make phytoplankton have a very important part in the whole live?
There are 2 basic reasons but they are very important. Phytoplankton have the very big and important contribution not only for marine live but also for every live in the earth. It is regarding 2 things what keep all population of the earth, include human to survive – Air and Food.

  1. AIR, more than what forest can provide in filtering carbon dioxide to be oxygen what we consume daily, phytoplankton in the sea give us 80% of oxygen supply to the world.  Other 20% are coming from the forest. They produce lots of oxygen by photosynthesis process. As the plants on the land do, phytoplankton also needs to combine the sun’s energy and water into simple foods. These processes can possible 2 things, first it allows the water absorb a lot of carbon dioxide produced in atmosphere and second – it can possible carbon dioxide removed from the water. Consider 70.8% of the earth is covered by the water, therefore it’s impossible to survive without phytoplankton although all the lands covered by trees only. And else, the amount of phytoplankton will cause the air become colder or hotter, in the other way we can say that the growth of phytoplankton is also influencing the climate change of the world.

    photoplankton - courtesy of A New Wave of Ocean Science, U.S. JGOFS s

    photoplankton – courtesy of A New Wave of Ocean Science, U.S. JGOFS s

  2. FOOD. Since Phytoplankton contains ‘phyto’ and phyto means plant-like, phytoplankton make their own food through photosynthesis process and do not need to eat. It makes phytoplankton becomes the first link in the food chain. Primary consumers such as zooplankton and other small animals will eat phytoplankton. Therefore zooplanktons become a resource for consumer in higher trophic levels (including fish). Phytoplankton isn’t only consumed by small animals like as zooplankton. It is also the main source of food for whales. Without phytoplankton, then the zooplankton will not exist. It means the supply food of larger organisms such as bivalved, crustaceans and fishes will be gone. And starvation will be everywhere, starvation in the sea and on the land and in the air.

    pytoplanktonchain _ courtesy from http://actionoutdoors.org/

    pytoplanktonchain _ courtesy from http://actionoutdoors.org/

Condition of phytoplankton in the world
As reported by Scientific American on July 29th, 2010, the numbers of phytoplankton have dwindled since the down of the 20th Century, with unknown consequences for ocean ecosystems and the planet’s carbon cycle. Canada’s Dalhousie University announced their research and informed the people that the global population of phytoplankton has fallen about 40 percent since 1950.

According to the NASA, phytoplankton populations in the northern oceans have declined by as much as 30% since 1980.

What will happen if phytoplankton will be completely extinct?

There are three points about what will happen to the world without phytoplankton, and those three are very serious.

  1. Without phytoplankton, zooplankton will not exist, without zooplankton the fishes and corals will not survive, therefore at the end it means no more marine ecosystem – no more lives in the sea.No more lives in the sea mean lesser food for human and other organism on the land, much lesser. Because of the 70.8% of the earth are covered by the water, so the mounts of organism in the world what are living in the water is more than the organism what are living on the land. The other thing is so many organism what are living on the land also get foods from the sea include human.
  2. Without phytoplankton the carbon fixation in the ocean is disappear and it will increase of 1/3 in the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere.
  3. Without phytoplankton the oxygen production in the sea will extinct which mean no organism can survive beside bacteria. It will decrease of 40% supply oxygen on earth


How do phytoplankton extinct dramatically in the last 50 years?

plasticocean _ courtesy from http://wasteequalsfood.org/

plasticocean _ courtesy from http://wasteequalsfood.org/

Phytoplankton needs minerals what were brought from the bottom of the sea to the surface. The minerals what phytoplankton consume such as silicic acid, nitrate and phosphate. But the most of the bottom of the sea is covered by trash and debris especially plastic. A recent survey from the state of California found that 3 percent of the southern California Bight’s ocean floor was covered with plastic. But little, overall, is known about how much plastic has accumulated at the bottom of the ocean, and how far offshore this debris field extends.

As you read in the 4th paragraph, phytoplankton needs sun energy and CO2 to be combine with minerals in producing their food, survive, grow and multiple them self. But trashes in the ocean shades the surface and challenge the sun energy down into the ocean. Too much shade means less plankton and more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Besides that, global warming is believed to be the main cause of phytoplankton extinction. The warmer water challenge the water rises the nutrients from the bottom and finally it is decreasing the nutrients for the phytoplankton.

Carbon dioxide emissions are causing the decline of phytoplankton  too. The ocean absorbed very big amounts of carbon dioxide nowadays consider the pollutants are increasing extremely.

What can we do to stop their extinction?

According to the article what wrote by Megan Richards in http://wasteequalsfood.org/ , “Plastics don’t biodegrade, they photo degrade meaning that UV light from the sun makes plastic brittle so it breaks into pieces – these pieces can look like natural prey. Plastics like PCB and DDE are toxic so anything swimming around the ocean eating jellyfish also has a good chance of consuming potentially lethal plastics.

From the above paragraph you must have got the conclusion that the plastic is a big problem for the sea. And for your knowledge, 85% of debris in the ocean is plastic. So for that you can do 3 simple things to stop the phytoplankton extinction :

  1. Stop throwing garbage arbitrarily, especially to the river and sea. If you can’t find the trash bin nearby, please keep it with you until you will find the trash bin. It is simple thing to do but it is so important. When you throwing the garbage arbitrarily, your garbage will slowly go to the gutter, gutter will slowly flow to the river and river will flow to the sea. So your garbage will slowly but sure will come enter the sea. And once they reach sea, they will stay there forever.
  2. Take all garbage what you see on the road or anywhere and put it in the appropriate place (trash bin) as many as possible.  Let’s say you take three pieces of plastic what you see while you are walking on the street, and put it in the trash bin what you see nearby or put it for a while in your bag. There is a big possibility there will be 1 or 2 persons will be inspired with what you are doing, and they might do the same in the future. We know it might not give too big influence, but it’s very good to believe that smallest thing can make all the differences. At least we are keeping some of garbage stay away from the sea as long as possible.
  3. Try to recycle as often and as much as possible. Don’t throw your plastic bag in just one time used. Bring your own bag whenever you go shopping. Avoid using plastic bag as much as possible.  Bring your own glass to the café. Make some handmade crafting with the garbage. Choose to buy products with less plastic packaging.  Etc, etc, etc, many list things to do to keep garbage stay away from the sea as long as possible. The more unnecessary plastics we take off the street, the fewer will end up out in the natural world.

    Debris on the river what are going to the sea

    Debris on the river what are going to the sea

The declining plankton population is a very serious issue. In 1997, El Niño caused a sharp increase in the ocean’s temperatures around the Galapagos Islands. Plankton populations plummeted, and this in turn decimated fish populations. The island’s famous seal population, which depended on the fish for food, also decreased. As El Niño passed, the ecosystem rebounded, but the event was a clear indicator of the severe effects that a plankton extinction would have. Researchers in California fear that a similar disaster may be occurring throughout the entire northern Pacific Ocean. Researchers warn that its impact could be permanent.

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IT’S ABOUT TANGGUH (IN ENGLISH – STRONG)

“Ok, Gita, so this is your package, you will have to work for 12 hours a day and 7 days a week. Your schedule is 6 weeks onsite and 3 weeks offsite. You will do your medical check-up this week, once we will get the result of your Medical Check-Up, we will inform you when you will have to go to Tangguh”.

I remember those were the sentences what Mr. Tato told me after the interview day.  Those were the sentences what cause an exciting but also afraid feeling for me and my family. That job offering was responded by my relatives and friends negatively, consider they heard a lot about how hard and cruel are Papuans. But those sentences were the sentences what I believe can provide me more colors, experience and my live changing. October 8th, 2010 for the first time in my live I put my step in the airport, airplane and another place beside Jakarta, klaten, jember and kertosono. October 9th, 2010 was the first time I put my step in LNG Tangguh.

Tangguh is a LNG land site of British Petroleum. Tangguh is located in Bintuni Regency. To go to Tangguh, the employee should go to Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport, Jakarta or Surabaya International Airport. From there, the BOEING 737 of Travira will bring us to Biak Airport. In Biak Airport we will wait for the next airplane but smaller to go to Babo Airport. In the first 2 years I went to Babo Airport by Beechcraft what can contain 18 passengers. In the last 1 year the beechcraft to go to Babo was replaced by Dash8 what can contain until 45 passengers. From Babo Airport we will have two options to reach site, either by boat or by helicopter. When the employee enter the site, they will be transferred to  their camps by bus. But no one can go into the site without passing the security check and front office check in first. And me, I was the one of some employee who joined in that front office team.

Tangguh is the place where I learnt about discipline and meticulousness what built my disposition to do the job. Mr. Tato was the first manager I had while I was in Tangguh. Unfortunately we weren’t being a colleague for a long time. But he was the one who pursued me to put a perfection and meticulous job as something important all the time. And the other person who inspired me in discipline and meticulousness what built my disposition to do the job is Mr. Gunter Weber.

Besides inspiring me in discipline and meticulousness, Mr. Gunter Weber also inspired me in being loyal. He works in Tangguh for long years. He was the person who known as perfectionist person. People in Tangguh call him Opa. It is to show how people respect him with his experience. I will give you very small examples. “This pot’s angle wasn’t right, it supposed to be diagonal then it will look right” (by the time correcting the position of the pot). I remember that I had to come back to him for several times because my report wasn’t meticulous enough, he found some correction what I didn’t realize before. One day I saw him showed how to clean the table correctly to the messhall staff, I saw him humble disposition from this experience, he doesn’t mind to do something what a Project Manager wasn’t supposed to do – clean the table, to make sure that everything under his responsibility are meticulous. He put his wife picture on his office and also on his desk. One day I heard him call her, he was talking warmly and call her “my dear”. Those memories are stick on my mind. Those actions are carving my personality, the personality what I bring until now.

Talking about loyalty, it reminds me to Kak Zainul. He was the person who has hidden but unbelievable skill in problem solving. He is meticulous person, but he has never pursued someone to be as meticulous as him. He was only care that his job should be done kindly. He is working for Indocater for long years also. People call him “dedengkot reception” consider he was there since the first year of Tangguh started running. He has a beautiful wife in Sorong. He always calls her whenever he finished working. Sometimes I was there when he made calls. He was making jokes with his wife, he made funny sounds, sometimes gentle. I can see that he is enjoying his conversation with her a lot. Kak Zainul was one of my some reasons to not quit from room management team when people do that.

I have some other people who inspired me a lot in Tangguh. Irna, the beautiful girl who is so silly and approachable. Pak Ketut, the balines guy who is funny and serious the same time. Pak Dudi and Pak Awan with their million tons of experiences. Pak Hendri and Pak Rianto who are always find us the new ideas to solve the POB problem to be implemented by us (room management team). Pak Amri, Pak Tamim, Kak Arisandi, Kak Tri, Kak Sandi wali, Kak Iren, Kak Mirna, Kak Lily, Kak Ratna, Pak Hadi, Pak Hendra, Pak Muji, Pak Sri, Glen, Mama Ode, Wati, Ranny, Magda, Rina, etc. I can’t mention them one by one. But really I do miss them.

Tangguh was the place where I met my first love, Tangguh was also the place where I felt really broken hearted. Tangguh was the first place I deal with many different cultures daily. Tangguh was the first place I felt wanted by people. Tangguh was the first place where I learnt about leadership. Tangguh was the place where I learnt to work in 1 big team – 1 team Tangguh. In Tangguh I was real alive.

I quit from Tangguh since March 2012, after my schedule was promoted to be 4 weeks onsite and 4 weeks offsite, and the decision to quit was caused by my will to please my family. But honestly I lost the half of myself when I leaved that site. But it’s ok, I have my own live now and it is not bad. If the chance to go back to Tangguh is zero, I will still be happy, at least some people notice that I love Tangguh a lot.

 

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Jepara – The Nice Solace when You Run Out the Ticket to Karimun Jawa

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It is common  to hear the people ran out of tickets to Karimun Jawa, especially in certain seasons. Coupled with a schedule that tends to KMP Muria uncertain and this ship will immediately departed ahead of schedule when the ship is already full.

But a day or two-day delay in Jepara do not have to be a sucks choice. Because Jepara also have tourist attractions. What can we explore in Jepara?

Finding out more about the figure Kartini (woman hero of Indonesia), in his native land – Jepara. Dated December 30, 2011, I – Gita, and beautiful women mulatto India – Ama, totally amazed by painting on the wall depicting a glimpse of the life of Kartini. We can immediately conclude that the image was not only made by hand but also with a full appreciation. All the details are not made without meaning and purpose, but it have a story. About all personal details and supporting documentation Indonesian life heroine – Kartini. The museum was not open when we have just arrived to that museum, because we came too quickly, at 9 am. But drivers who we rent to get around working on it very well, he went to the house of the guard of this museum and spoke to him. Therefore the door is opened more quickly for us. When entering the room we were greeted with a large painting of RA Kartini. Just a few steps away from the painting, we find an inscription carved in large size. There is an explanation that tells you exactly what’s inside this museum. Here’s writings: MUSEUM KARTINI ESTABLISH GOALS: 1. Documenting and exhibiting relics of the form of objects, clothes, papers Kartini, 2. Visualize life of Kartini, 3. The central collection and documentation of historic objects and cultural spread in the Jepara, 4. A place of scientific research ….. and 3 other goals. It’s worth it for us to wake up early and took a look around the museum as start. For those who love history or like an interlude between nature adventure, try to visit The House of Kartini, surely you will not regret it.

Jepara - The House of Kartini

Jepara – The House of Kartini

Trio tourist sites – Portuguese Coast, the Portuguese fort and Mandalika Island. One and a half hours from The House of Kartini, we finally arrived at the other tourist sites. I like to refer to this site as a Trio. Because of these three things as being a package for people who want to make a trip there. It’s nice to be there, in a single view, we could see the mountains and the sea. This landscape, roughly equal to Amed. Only difference in Amed we could see the sand, and in here – the rocks. This makes the view of the more unique compared to other sea views. From the Portuguese Coast, we can see Mandalika Island. For those of you who like fishing with a challenge, Mandalika Island is a good spot. Here there are also historical sites, his name is also Portuguese, certainly by hearing the name alone, we can be sure that this has to do with colonialism. Yeah right. In the Portuguese colonialism, the fort was used by the colonists to scout the enemy or watching the ships pass and come. To see the rest of the relics of the war, we could drain a little energy and climbed to the top of the Portuguese fort. Not only relics of war that we can see, but also a nice ocean view. We can see in all directions from there. It’s not to hard to get to the top, because the local government had already prepared a special stairs to climb up.

Jepara - Portugis Fort

Jepara – Portugis Fort

Finished enjoying time at the Portuguese fort, we still have a lot of places we wanted to visit. Tritis Cave, Songgolangit Waterfall (also often called Jurang Nganten), Banyu Anjlok Waterfall, look around the the original Joglo House, wood carving, Troso fabric crafts, Monel jewelry shopping, to eat durian in the Market Ngabul. We would love to do anything, but unfortunately our time and energy are limited.

JEPARA TOURISM MAP

JEPARA TOURISM MAP (courtesy from xplorejepara.com)

Finally we decided to go to the Songgolangit Waterfall. This Waterfall is located 30 km to the north of Jepara city center, located in the Village Bucu. In addition to the name Songgolangit Waterfall, it is also known as the Jurang Nganten. In accordance with the legend back to the existence of this waterfall. Two brides were not sanctioned parents, eloped, then fell off a cliff when they cross the river with a chariot drawn by buffalo. Less so was the legend. Heard the story, I was immediately reminded of the story of Romeo and Juliet. Maybe this Indonesian version. Hehehehe… Upon entering the site, I am personally very shocked by her charms, not only the charm of the waterfall, but also a view towards the tourist sites – we can enjoy the mountains and rice paddy fields during the trip. Jurang Nganten abyss is really, really steep. I can feel a little splash of water on my face, like the wind but watery. Very beautiful. But unfortunately, we can only be lovers of scenery. People are not allowed to swim under the Falls, because it is too dangerous. The interesting thing is there are 2 small waterfalls, not far from the main Falls. Since the two small waterfalls that stand next to each other like a couple. In my mind, maybe it was the incarnation of Romeo and Juliet of Jepara .. Lol .. There are other sights that we take into account the unique landscape. A cow crossing a small river on the side of a waterfall to the side where we stand up without slipping.

Jepara - Air Terjun Songgolangit

Jepara – Songgolangit Waterfall

We have 2 reasons, why we chose to visit Songgolangit Waterfall alone. First, we’ve tried to go to the Banyu Anjlok Waterfall, but the site is very difficult to grasp. It’s located in the village of Mayong. Our car tires was almost broke down and we had to continue the journey on foot, because the car can not fit into a narrow and consider the road to Banyu Anjlok Waterfall is too extreme. This makes us discouraged us see Banyu Anjlok Waterfall. The second reason is the time, we still want to see the the original Joglo House, wood carving, Troso fabric crafts, Monel jewelry shopping, to eat durian in the Market Ngabul.

Jepara - menuju Air Terjun Banyu Anjlok

1. The road view to get Banyu Anjlok Waterfall, 2. Pak Selvi, our driver tried to find out how to go to Banyu Anjlok Waterfal, in this spot we cancelled our plan to go to Banyu Anjlok Waterfall

It’s delightful to know that we accomplished to do it all (see the the original Joglo House, wood carving, Troso fabric crafts, Monel jewelry shopping, to eat durian in the Market Ngabul). We were spending a lot of money for jewelry, well I also still have a lot of ladies side though…. Interestingly, it turns out they do not just process Model, but also silver and titanium. And the most interesting point is the fun plus the jewelry VERY CHEAP AND DURABLE. I didn’t regret to buy that much. We also bought fabric Troso. The shop owner kindly let us see how to make this fabric. Wihiii, bonus!! The next night of heavy rain coming, but not discouraged us to eat durian Petruk durian the king. Yummy ..

Jepara - the nice closing of journey

Jepara – the nice closing of journey

It is rather odd we eat desert first and dinner. But who cares?? We ate fried duck of H. Slamet, located at Jl. Pemuda No.23B. Fried duck with amazingly spicy chili and delicious taste brought a delightful disaster in the morning after that night. On the morning of December 31, 2011.

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