Monday, April 22, 2013

Pengalaman Tiga Kota

Halo para pembaca yang setia, 

Meskipun seringkali bahasa ini lebih tertuju kepada saya, dimana saya sebagai penulis yang tidak setia menulis blog ini yang berangkat dari pengalaman pribadi. Murni pengalaman pribadi, karena saya percaya bahwa dengan berbagi pengalaman pribadi inilah, maka orang - orang disekitar kita dapat hal baru untuk dipelajari. Pelajaran apa yang didapat? Ya belajar dari kesalahan, kelakuan bodoh, hasil baik, sampai aktivitas remeh yang bisa saja justru menjadi hal baru bagi orang lain. 

Dalam deretan tulisan saya ini, saya ingin sedikit merangkum beberapa pengalaman saya setelah berkelana dari daerah ke daerah. Lintas kota diantara perairan Indonesia. Saya ingin bercerita mengenai Pengalaman Tiga Kota. Mengapa tiga kota, karena tiga kota ini sangat membekas dalam memori saya, tiga kota ini sangat membentuk saya dalam langkah hidup kedepan saya. Tiga kota ini secara tidak sadar menjadi orangtua imajiner saya selama ini, mereka lah yang memandu saya dalam setiap derap langkah hidup saya. 

Saya akan bercerita dari satu kota kemudian ke kota berikutnya. Yang pertama adalah : 

Kota Yogyakarta a.k.a Jogja
Mengapa Kota Jogja dan bukan Semarang? Saya sadar betul atas pilihan awal saya ini, Semarang saya anggap kota kelahiran dan kota saat saya mengambil pendidikan. Dari TK sampai Kuliah saya habiskan waktu di Semarang. Artinya, sudah lebih dari 20 tahun saya habiskan di Semarang. Apa yang saya dapatkan? Gelar Sarjana, that's it!

Jogja, justru menjadi awal gerakan saya dalam mengenal dunia sebenarnya, yang tidak saya dapatkan di kota kelahiran saya. Awal saya membentuk diri dalam dunia yang sesungguhnya dalam pandangan saya. Di Jogja, saya belajar bekerja dengan penuh profesionalitas dengan segala bentuk naik turunnya, dengan segala intrik dan jebakan yang ada, saya belajar bagaimana membangun relasi yang baik dengan sesama pekerja, berelasi dengan atasan, dan bersikap yang seharusnya kepada bawahan. Oleh karena itu, saya sangat berterima kasih kepada Kota Jogja dengan segenap isinya. Banyak kata yang terserap disana, dimana saya sering mendengar kata - kata lucu tapi justru nyaman terdengar, seperti : "trembelane" yang menunjukkan umpatan kepada orang lain, "gombal mukiyo", yang sedikit banyak juga berupa umpatan, atau bahkan ucapan sapaan seperti "dab" yang artinya mas/kakak laki - laki, dan kosakata yang lain yang justru lebih asyik jika didengar langsung ketimbang dibaca disini, maka itu saya dorong untuk para pembaca untuk datang dan menikmati sendiri keramah tamahan Kota Jogja.

Kota Pontianak
Aneh dengan pilihan saya? Banyak teman saya langsung tanya, kenapa Pontianak? Saya selalu jawab, Kota ini unik dan punya ciri khasnya. Meskipun tiap orang akan punya pandangan yang lain tentunya. 

Menurut saya, Kota Pontianak menjadi pemandu saya berikutnya. Sedari sekolah saya suka berkelana, saya suka traveling dan memimpikan untuk bisa bekerja di tempat yang jauh. Kota Pontianak ini menjadi kota perutusan saya yang pertama. Mengapa saya sebut perutusan? Karena sedari awal saya tidak pernah menduga akan dibawa kemari, dari awal saya bergabung kerja, saya hanya berpikir pekerjaan hanya ada di sekitar saya. Dan ternyata, pekerjaan itu bisa dimana - mana dan justru disitu asyiknya. Kota Pontianak menawarkan banyak sekali pekerjaan, dari yang ringan sampai yang kelas berat, yang saking beratnya harus dikeroyok rame - rame, hehehehe....

Okey, Kota Pontianak adalah kota yang panas, secara harafiah memang panas, karena Kota ini dilewati Garis Katulistiwa. Saking terasa panasnya, rumah yang saya tempati sampai harus saya renovasi dengan membongkar dinding dan atap rumahnya untuk mendapatkan angin yang cukup dan mampu mendinginkan rumah. Saya juga belajar banyak dari Kota ini tentang kesabaran, penantian, dan pengharapan. Di kota inilah saya mulai memikirkan bagaimana seharusnya saya hidup. Bagaimana seharusnya masa depan saya dijalin dengan kesungguhan, harapan, dan jerih payah. Memang betul suatu ungkapan, "Tidak ada makan siang gratis", semuanya selalu ada dampak sesudahnya apabila kita melakukan sesuatu. Di Kota Pontianak ini, saya mendapatkan pengaruh kerja yang luar biasa, menggerakkan tubuh dengan kesungguhan hati. Bagaimana caranya? Dengan banyak bertemu masyarakat di pinggiran Sungai Kapuas dan wilayah pinggiran kota. Berinteraksi dengan mereka sambil menikmati makanan khas berupa Bubur Padas, Nasi Campur daging merah, sayur asam, dan masih banyak lagi.

Banyak sekali saya temui masyarakat disini sangat beragam tetapi sangat universal. Banyak etnis berinteraksi disini, konon katanya pernah ada kerusuhan besar di Kota ini, tetapi saat saya berada disana, tidak ada bekasnya sama sekali, hal ini menandakan masa lalu telah terkubur dan saatnya maju ke depan. Di Kota ini, harapan saya terpupuk untuk selalu bekerja dengan hati dan saya sering menyebutnya Karya Perutusan. Untuk hal berupa lokasi pariwisata juga sangat unik, banyaknya daerah yang masih asri dan belum terjamah modernitas justru membuat nuansa yang nyaman untuk berpetualang. Bagi para pembaca yang ingin berpetualang, Kota Pontianak bisa jadi tujuan anda berikutnya. 

Kota Palangkaraya
Selepas dari Kota Pontianak, saya sebenarnya terus berkelana ke beberapa kota lain di Indonesia. Tapi dari kesemuanya itu, justru Kota Palangkaraya yang berkesan bagi saya. Entah karena apa, tetapi kota ini menjadi magnet tersendiri bagi saya selama ini. Setelah bertahun - tahun merindukan dapat bekerja di kota ini, akhirnya kesampaian juga bisa mengabdi disini. Saya bekerja lebih dari 1 tahun dan masuk keluar hutan selama bekerja disini. Selama di pedalaman, saya mendapat banyak pelajaran bahwa hidup berserah itu sangat penting. Selama perjalanan seringkali hal - hal yang lucu dan mengerikan terjadi. Dimana suatu kali, perahu yang saya naiki mati mesinnya dan hujan deras mengguyur habis hingga kami semua basah kuyup dan hanyut mengikuti arus sungai. 

Tetapi ada juga hal yang menarik, seperti makan durian dan buah lokal yang eksotis sepuasnya hanya bermodalkan kenal dengan penduduk lokal. Semua itu membuat saya dapat meresapi apa yang selama ini saya kejar. Kondisi alam yang cepat berubah dan sulitnya medan yang dilalui juga seringkali menjadi pertentangan batin saya kala itu, tetapi dengan keyakinan bahwa segalanya akan selalu berakhir baik yang kemudian menjadi motivasi dalam setiap karya saya. Nah, Kota Palangkaraya sangat menjanjikan bagi kita untuk didatangi dan menjadi destinasi wisata sungai yang luar biasa. 

Demikianlah Pengalaman Tiga Kota yang bisa saya sampaikan, banyak lagi sebenarnya cerita yang dapat saya sampaikan. Tetapi, saya akan simpan untuk tulisan - tulisan saya berikutnya. 

Salam dan sampai jumpa lagi di petualangan saya berikutnya, Goen's Adventure!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Journey Re-started

Another journey in my life is about to happen (again). After thrilling situation and deep reflection of my life journey. My traveling restarted in immediate time, the travel that can't be avoid. I will return to the city that I came from, the choice that should take.

This travel will fill my life again with experiences and enrich myself for the future. My life that focus on Option to  the Poor still remaining same, not decreasing a little bit. I believe, my retreat is one of my way that I need to follow. I am just surrender to God's will.


See you on my other journey.


Trully yours,


^Goen

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Close to the Nature and the Creator

Dear reader,

For a long time I am not writing some of the notes from my life experiences. But today I will write a little bit to you about my experience last day in my journey in Kahayan area. This is one of spectacular life experience that make me close to the nature and the creator of life.

Not much, but I near to death... But, I have another excitement after I get into the village. The beauty of Borneo jungle, the exoticism of the natural resources; fruits, animals, and of course the water. Please take a good look in the pictures below, some of the presents from the jungle. 



Friday, September 2, 2011

Traveling: Strands of Gold and Diamonds in the Heart of Borneo

The journey starts from the capital province of Central Kalimantan, Palangkaraya, the Beautiful Neat and Clean City . This time, going North becomes of my purpose, the trip very interesting. As we can see on the right and left stretched a vast land and forest with a variety of vegetation and the creatures of life. The trip becomes more interesting when my car were riding into the territory of Kuala Kurun, the capital city of Gunung Mas. Hilly areas with green plants and yellow colors indicate fertile soil of this region.

Shortly after entering the Tewah 
territory, many sights to follow the road up and down hill stretch. From here can be seen clearly that there are hills that form the region such areas and magnificent scenery. After two time crossing the river through the exotic and exciting boat, we arrived at Tumbang Miri. North Gate area in Gunung Mas to the area - a remote area sorround it.

Tumbang Miri, the area through which Kahayan Channel and several small rivers the main attraction with swift currents and its flows that joyful as the rafting activity. Some of the existing river with rapids flows in Miri Manasa and Hamputung region. The river is interesting and makes adrenaline so fast felt. However, we will get something commensurate with it, a forest scene in the middle of Borneo's forests that have its own legendary. Silence of the woods who showed friendship to the human nature. The number of giant trees that very difficult to find in other parts of Indonesia. The diversity of living creatures on land and in water to our attention when walking through this river flows. Our view has always focused on the beautiful shade trees and gurgling water that split from our boat ride. The trip aims to pass the river of Tumbang Korik, where we will provide guidance to the public in terms of farming and pisciculture.
Back to nature challenging and fascinating, the North region of Central Kalimantan was incredible. With a cluster of hills and enormous trees that can be suggested that Borneo as a golden strand of diamonds in Indonesia is indeed correct. Its natural source of minerals and biological resources are very memorable moment for our team.

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Life Naturally

Dear Readers,

Really happy today, where I can be given the opportunity to re-experience God's amazing grace in my life. I can meet directly with peoples who live in humble and struggle with love for his family.

For not less than 3 weeks, I was in the hinterland area in the Gunung Mas and Kapuas in Central Kalimantan. There, I can feel how the communities work tirelessly and mean-really for the fulfillment of basic needs of their families. In everyday life, indeed I do not always participate in their activities, but on several occasions, I noticed that everything they do.

They have made a lot of sacrifices in their life. The material may not be valuable, but socially what they do is a greatly touch that can be felt. How the locals work tapping rubber and gold mine in traditional ways. Although many things to their stake, but the forms of struggle that they do, really made me reflect on the meaning of life.

That human was created and lived to relate to each other and give each-other strength.That human always been authorized by the Creator of Life to touch each-other and create peace, as well as Heavenly peace. Their strength is an example for me to be able to continue to do selfless service to all people in need.

Lord teach me to always humble serve in all my time.

See you in the next adventure, Goen's Adventure...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Experience!!

Dear all reader,

Recently I have a lot of new experiences, since I work for the community development in the remote area for now. In that place, I figure out how people can make improvement by themselves, we just need to trigger them to change their mind. There also that I found in the community is, how they share their life each other. They share their benefit to the people around them... One of it is the event for commemorating family that passed away. In Dayaknese culture, there some occasion that held to gathering family and neighbors to house.

The best is the food! Yeah, I already enjoy the time with the enormous food... One of it Babi Guling... Haha...
I had ate it until "almost end" of Babi Guling...


The others is perfect!

See you on my next journey!
^RIG

Monday, September 20, 2010

New task, new responsibility

Recently, I already have a new task than I should face it with full of sincerity, respect, and proud. The condition in the extreme areas will be my guide to take any chance to overcome the obstacles. I understand that with my decision, it will take considerately to all of my future. But I am sure, that I will learning something from this. Something... Something that can be my proud... Working with people, encourage the community, and emphasize the technical support to the grass root level.

Working with media, and directly supervise what is going on in the field. That will be the interesting action to be made of. I can't hardly wait to establish this new task....

Well, see you on my next adventure,

The Goen Adventures...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Run Out to Borneo Island


Next September 2010, the time for me to settle me into next chapter of my life. The destination is define, Borneo Island. I will go there for some reasons, the first is to study more with regards about Dayaknese culture that will be written into my thesis. The second is for private reason. I will distributing my time to surrounding the Capital City of Central Borneo to see what is happen and what will happen in the future.

The idea is I will settle down into long time in there. Building career, family, and also expansion for my future business. As you all can see, I can't stop in one place without any proof of my life exposure. The time is limited, and I want to see more and learning more and more.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Dreams are Become True one by One

Dear all readers,

It's a miracle in my life at this time. My dreams are become true one by one. Yes... It's happen! I don't know what is the driver is, but, indeed... two of my dreams at this time become real. The one of it is at this time I am responsible for the development of the organization that make improvement of the people and another organization. The second is, I will going internationally, at the short time, I will go to foreign country as official task. I was going to foreign country, but I must say, I am using illegal way and just for couple of hours. This time, I will go in three days and with full day working, and plays of course.

The first country is Hongkong, and the second is to China at Shecuan Province, especially in Chengdu. I must confess going to China is trembling my body, I don't know how to speak Chinese, and how to act like native as well. But,, I have spirit in this journey. I will not go down... I will survive...

After all, I am the man that enthusiastic with new adventure, learning, and pleasure.

Cheers!...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Romantism of Faithfulness

For a moment my gaze focused on a stewardess who was demonstrating the safety standards in emergency conditions for aircraft passengers. Not because of beauty, or their body shape was ideal. But in my heart, there is a sense of admiration for their loyalty in demonstrating that safety standards would not want to have them back again - time for the passengers, most of whom do not pay attention very carefully. It may be that the passengers who do not pay attention also was saturated because it has seen and listened to it over and over - time when they boarded the plane. Greater admiration when they voluntarily provide excellent services where there are passengers who request special treatment for types of food, beverages, or equipment that will be provided. Above the plane seat, then I will ponder and reflect on myself. Often the loyalty that I learned from the flight attendants had vanished from me. Determination to continue to serve as vanished, lost by the thick daily, monthly, even yearly. Without realizing it, prayer - prayer that long kudaraskan with smooth flowing. But my right brain as if out of sync with the left brain, a kind of storm that came roaring - roaring at the time. Looks like this in my brain a voice - a voice louder and louder said, "You have to go back, with all humility to serve". Hearing this voice, I remembered the motto of the Archbishop of Semarang archdiocese currently has become the Coadjutor Bishop of the Archdiocese of Jakarta, Mgr. Suharyo (Serviens Domino Cum Omni Humilitate - Serving the Lord with all humility, Acts 20: 19). The voice sounded like really loud and not like a whisper again when my eyes are closed to hold in the arm chair because of shaked of body plane since of bad weather for about 45 minutes on the air.

Once my eyes opened again, I felt the urge to go back to remember what I've done about 10 years ago which at that time I was an active coach in the area Delik Sari then we call Delik Sari Division. Vaguely remembered with all the ups and downs, intimacy, absurdity, and can not be denied also annoyance and resentment that characterizes the way of the Delik Sari Division team at the time. From the field conditions we had to face, the doings of children, and various kinds of conflict and its accompanying romanticism. All show the world is full of color, it is fun and gives significance to me at the time. Whatever it is, there is space in the heart is filled with such comfort.

After six years had passed since my first assistance in 1999, then in 2005 I decided to stop for a moment from my service in the Division Sari offenses. At that time I decided to go to Central Kalimantan (Palangkaraya) to feel the different life experiences. As my memory insists on showing sketches that has happened in that time the voice in my brain appears motto Bandung diocese bishop, Mgr. Pujasumarta (Duc in Altum - Go to the deep in place). Then inside I was laughing. "Oh, what a Javanese", I thought to say. All the "gotak, gatik, gatuk". But apart from it all, fix and match, of course, but the reply to be honest, yes, that's what I felt at the time. The decision to retire from the service in PS Garam I realize to fill the other side of my life for the departure to a place in the search for meaning in real life for me. Travel in Borneo at that time only four months and then returned to Semarang for the next six months then I go to Yogyakarta for a year and a month it is to prepare myself to want to be sent back to the ground mission as I see it. Appropriate decisions in organizations was made, I was sent to Borneo (again) but this time in Pontianak. I felt when I was a bit chaotic, to be honest and if I can choose, I wouldnot prefer to go there.

However, when going off to Pontianak I feel this is my way, this is my calling. Like it or not, I had to leave, because this is my decision and deal with the organization. In my heart, still lucky not be sent to a further place, although this time my heart says to. In short, in Pontianak was forged for me to life for myself. All alone, no family, no relatives, all alone. Fortunately, I have many friends who in the same careness and life. We are the same bachelor at the time, so be a little waste of money and time for fun - happy, even with cheap karaoke and TV screen 20' belongs to us in our home office. In the capital of West Kalimantan, we really tested for daring departure to a place in our view. We often go into strange areas that we do not know to perform a variety of human services and who can believe and do not yet, do the exact same thing while still active in the PS. Garam. What a great plan of God, turned out he had been prepared long before I was deployed in this wilderness, that prayer gratitude every day while getting out of bed. During the Pontianak many places that had I went, until I was sent to Singkawang, Sambas, even to cross-border and into the region of West Malaysia. This is why I say I was sent to the ground mission, here I have to fight for humanity and the rights - the rights of children and women are small, weak, poor, marginalized, and difabel.

In each service I feel the excitement and joy, as I was born for it. However, there are things I must confess a bit lost, or it can be said that debris can not come back perfectly. Fragments that is a dream, a dream that constantly rings in recesses of the heart. Rang loud cry, "When are you going back to serve children with the same spirit as in PS. Garam, Ndra?? ". And then, spontaneously I said to myself, "When I was ready with all the consequences, my God". A second later I realized I had made offers, and hopefully Jesus want to offer, hehehehe ....

Currently, where now I'm back in the land of Java, and is often invited to join my colleagues in Social Service activities. PS. Garam again, from recollection, PS. Garam's birthday, and "Kumpul Bocah". Often I did deny it mildly, the reason I was not in Semarang at that time, although now it is still not in Semarang. "But at least, right now under a single agency haven't you?". That's the answer that always comes up when there is someone who invites. Yes, now I'm at Charity Institutions for Archdiocese of Semarang Indonesia (Karina KAS) based in Jogjakarta. However, each time it was taken by my partner, there are actually the same vibration when I was in an airplane at the time. Maybe while I'm ready, that's what I always tell myself to calm vibration.

Maybe, one day I'll go back to Semarang and again repeated the romanticism of service with PS. Garam. Stepped back together with glad and smiled broadly. Feel every beat, a whisper, and the old thrill that I missed. In my heart hope to be back to support this good movement, sharing five loaves and two fishes, the remarkable movement's. This is a normal thing, just share it wong? Who could not? What is required is, a willingness to share what you have now, that's it! That's it! Is not bombastic, fantastis, but this is a romantic thing. No more. By dividing our property, it will be much to be done to our fellow small, weak, poor, marginalized, and difabel it. Sharing is common, but it will be a tremendous spirit of sharing which is owned by everyone who has been, is, and who will be PS network. Salt.

In my opinion, this is the spirit of our loyalty to the PS. Garam. I must admit, I may not be faithful in the spirit of this sharing, however, can also be ascertained, the spirit of sharing continues I carry wherever I am. Movement of five loaves and two fish is now up to all corners of the world. Animate the spirit world has been filled with this injustice. Now it is time we move more rapidly to continue to share with all around us. While this is we as a church youth to unite and move in unity to continue to glorify the name of God with the spirit of sharing. Because we are one body in His name. Therefore, let the Garamers, we continue to remember the romance of a loyalty, and we keep the spirit of sharing fertilizer is in us for we develop in our environment. This simple, and ordinary. But given the extraordinary impact. So sharing my feelings I feel for this.