Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Airasia Turut Berperan Mengubah Hidupku

Dahulu si gadis berkulit sawa matang yang akrab disapa Danya ini hanyalah seorang gadis rumahan yang hanya bisa bermimpi tanpa berani bertindak. Mimpinya memang sudah sampai kemana-mana, bahkan hingga ke belahan benua Amerika. Namun itu semua tetaplah mimpi.

Berdomisili di Pulau Batam selama lebih dari 19 tahun membuat dia semakin menghadapi banyak rintangan untuk keluar dari pulau kecil ini barang hanya ke pulau Sumatra.

Namun seperti kebanyakan orang yang suatu saat pasti akan bertemu dengan titik terendah dalam hidupnya dan hal itu memaksanya untuk mengambil keputusan terberat dalam hidupnya, begitulah yang terjadi pada Danya ketika ia genap berumur 22 tahun.

Bermula setelah kepergian Ibunda November 2012, Danya yang adalah anak pertama dalam keluarganya secara mendadak menjadi pemikul banyak tanggung jawab yang, jujur saja, pada saat itu belum dapat dia terima. Kacau, tidak siap, bingung dan panik. itulah yang dapat menggambarkan keadaanya selama beberapa bulan ia ditinggal sang ibu.

Di depan pusara ibu.

Dan titik terendah itu dijumpainya tepat setelah ia membuat keputusan terbesar dalam hidupnya setelah merayakan ulang tahun yang ke 22. Ia bertekad untuk keluar dari Indonesia agar dapat menenangkan diri dan menerima kepergian ibunya. Tanpa pikir panjang, segera dicarinya harga tiket promo luar negeri termurah, dan dapatlah penerbangan dari Medan ke Bangkok dengan harga Rp 500.000.

Setelah bersusah payah meyakinkan ayahnya bahwa ia akan baik-baik saja, akhirnya Danya pergi ke Bangkok pada bulan Maret dengan hanya berbekalkan uang Rp 1.500.000. Penerbangan hampir 2 jam tersebut adalah masa-masa yang paling mendebarkan dalam hidupnya. Tidak tahu apa yang akan dihadapinya di sana, belum mengerti satupun bahasa Thai bahkan tidak tahu harus tidur tinggal dimana.

Ketika pesawat akhirnya mendarat dan penumpang diperbolehkan turun, tak lupa Danya berdoa memohon agar ia ditunjukkan jalan oleh yang Maha Kuasa.

Maka dimulailah perjalanan yang sebenarnya itu.

Danya yang dulunya hanyalah seorang gadis penakut kini harus berani berjalan dituntun oleh nalurinya sendiri sambil memikul tas seberat 7 kg. Bahkan ia terpaksa menghabiskan malam tidur di stasiun bus.  Belum lagi uang yang semakin menipis sehingga memaksanya untuk hanya makan 2 kali sehari (buruknya ia harus bertarung dengan tikus yang mencuri salah satu apelnya).

Singkat cerita setelah 2 minggu lebih menganggur di negeri orang, akhirnya ia mendapat pekerjaan menjadi Guru Bahasa Inggris dan Bahasa Indonesia di sebuah sekolah menengah atas yang terletak di daerah Hatyai. Menjadi guru di sekolah itu dijadikannya sebagai pemicu untuk lebih menghargai hidup.
Bersama murid di Ranot Wittaya School
Menemukan bendera Merah Putih di parade budaya Thailand

Semasa mengajar di sana, Danya mempergunakan waktu sebaik mungkin untuk mempelajari bahasa dan budaya Thailand. Dan tak lupa ia mengenalkan budaya Indonesia melalui kelas Bahasa Indonesia yang ia ajarkan. Juga, tak terhitung banyaknya tempat yang telah ia kunjungi, mulai dari Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi, Koh Pangan hinggap Pattani, tempat paling berbahaya di Thailand.

Berpose bersama ladyboys

Di Poda Island, Krabi
Di Full Moon Party, Koh Pangan



















Tepat setelah 6 bulan ia mengajar di sekolah itu, kini saatnya ia kembali ke Batam, Indonesia. Dengan perasaan lega, ia melangkahkan kaki meninggalkan Thailand yang telah mengajarainya banyak hal.

Perjalanan itu walau singkat saja, namun telah mengubah hidupnya!
Dari seorang gadis penakut menjadi orang yang berani mengambil resiko.
Dari anak yang masih bingung akan apa yang ia mau, menjadi anak yang paham betul medan kehidupan yang berat di luar sana.
Dari seorang anak rumahan yang kini hobinya adalah melancong ke sana  ke mari.
Dari seorang anak pemalu dan berpikiran sempit menjadi seorang anak yang lebih berpikiran terbuka.
Dari seorang anak yang dulunya hanya bisa bergantung di bawah ketiak orang tua kini menjadi anak yang mampu menyokong hidupnya serta keluarganya.
Dan yang paling terutama, seorang anak yang dulunya menganggap berat beban yang ia pikul sebagai anak sulung, kini telah menerima tanggung jawab itu dengan senang hati.

Terimakasih Airasia! Semua ini tidak akan pernah terjadi jika kau tak rajin-rajin memberi tiket promo.
Terimakasih Airasia! Karena berkatmu, ia telah berhasil menemukan jati dirinya.
Terimakasih Airasia! Karena berkatmu, hidupnya telah berubah.
Terimakasih Airasia! Karena berkatmu, pola pikirnya pun telah berubah.
Terimakasih Airasia! Karena berkatmu, apa yang dulu ia anggap tidak mungkin menjadi mungkin.

Terimakasih Airasia! Karena kau turut serta berperan mengubah hidupku!



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

10 Things to do in Jogjakarta

Jogjakarta is one of 33 provinces in Indonesia that is well-known as the culinary centre. It is located in Java Island with Central Java and east Java surrounding it and it’s facing Indian Ocean.
Most of the listed places below are not located exactly in this province, but in the border cities of Central Java like Solo. And instead of going to Central Java, tourists usually choose to come here because it is close to the touristic area.

Here are some of the “Must-see-places” in Jogjakarta. 

1.     Prambanan Temple

The entrance fee is 35.000IDR for local citizens and US$20 for foreigners. The best time is in the morning before the sun goes higher. 


2.    Borobudur Temple

The best time to come here is in the morning so you get a chance to enjoy the view before it gets crowded when the group of students coming for field trip. Also, it has lots of stairs to reach the highest part of the temple, so it’s better to come when the sun is still not too high. The entrance fee is the same with Prambanan.
In these two temples, there are many locals, mostly young age, approach the foreigners for a picture. It can be cute sometimes when they all take a picture together, but not when there are more than 10 students and each of them wants to take individual picture with the “bule”.





3.    Pindul Cave (Cave Tubing and Rafting)

It costs only 30.000IDR per person, it is included the equipment and tour guide. The local people here still believe that they should respect the spirits who live in that cave. So, they forbid any kind of swear words while we are in the cave.
You can bring your camera into the cave, but you will be in charge of it and make sure it doesn’t get wet, which is quite impossible as 80% of your body will be wet. Or, you can hire a guy who can help you taking pictures with your own camera for 100.000IDR.


4.    Sri Gethuk Waterfall
This waterfall is on the same area to Pindul Cave, around 30minutes by car. So make a visit here right after Pindul Cave. 


5.    Malioboro Street
 
This 24-hours street is well-known as the place to buy cheap handicrafts. So shop till you drop! Also you can find street painters, street musicians, and other street artist along the way. 






6.    Kampung Ramadhan (Ramadhan Fasting Village)

If you come during the Muslim Fasting month, you should visit this place in Malioboro Street. In this small alley you can find authentic and cheap Jogja food. This place opens at 4pm and closes sharply only 10 minutes after break fasting. So, don’t be late.


7.    Beach
The beach in Jogjakarta is directly facing Indian Ocean. Far away from the city centre around 3hrs by car but it is worth of visiting for its beautiful view. 

8.    Mount Trekking
Jogjakarta is surrounded by many mountains such as Lawu Mount, Merbabu Mount and even the most active volcano in Indonesia, Merapi Volcano. But sadly, this activity is the least attractive place for tourist as you know it is more tiring and challenging compare to selfie pictures session using selfie-stick in front of the other touristic places. (you know what I mean J) Come here in a group and with a person who is familiar with the trekking so you won’t get lost. The scenery is worth it of hours of hiking! 



9.    Star Hill
Come here at night to see the night view of Jogjakarta up from the hill. And enjoy Jogja’s drinks served hot, Wedang Uwuh, a mix of various kinds of herbs that is good for your health.



10.  Alun-alun / City Square
Last but not least, end your holiday in Jogja visiting City Square. You can find many street food with affordable price and get to see people playing kites. As the day gets dark you can find old cars that have been modified with light and loud music and even TV! These cute cars will bring you around the Alun-alun




                                                                   Danya

Monday, August 18, 2014

12 reason why you should enjoy being single in your 20s


When you first read the title, you probably think how miserable it is to be single in your 20s. Seeing couples holding hands on the street or a girl walking with a bucket of flower on her hand, how could you really enjoy being single?
That what I thought so before I read the similar article. And honestly I am surprised of what I never thought I can and experience at this moment. So I decided to list 20 reasons why we should enjoy being single in our 20s.

1.      You can flirt with almost anyone you like.

From a hot ‘Chris Pine twin’ co-worker to a cute tattooed guy you meet while queuing for an ice cream or even a sexy cute waiter who is apparently too young for you, go flirt as much as you want, girls! You don’t have to be worry about a pair of jealous eyes of  your partner.

2.      You can make a decision based on what you like and what you want to do.

Whether you are still a college student or a full time worker, you can make a decision or change planning. From continue studying, find a new job, quit your job, volunteer, travel, move to a new apartment or city or even country, you can do what you want to do in your life based on what you really want to do, without having to consider what your partner will think.

3.      You can laugh out loud.
 

Thing that you probably won’t dare to do in front of your boyfriend is to laugh out loud because you don’t want him to find you ugly. But hey, you can do that now!

4.      You can spend time with your family and friends.
Though it sounds pathetic spending Saturday night with family or friends instead of your boyfriend, but to be honest it can be a bit of a fresh air for you who used to stick with your guy almost every night.

5.      You don’t have to inform anyone if you are going home late or staying over at friend’s house.

6.      Travel.

7.      You are the “Starfish Queen” on your bed.

8.      Trying out new things.
Make a list of things that you never thought you would do: “diving, cooking, basking, mount hiking, beach camping, cave tubing,…” Go ahead, do it girls! You will be surprised to find yourself enjoy doing those new things.

9.      Have I mentioned travel?

10. For the first time in your life, you’re only accountable to yourself: no boyfriend or parents to stop you from doing what you want.

 

11.  Take care of someone else? Hmmmm I am still trying to figure out how to takecare of myself.

12. You will finally realize that it’s better to be single and happy than to be in a shitty relationship.




       And right now I choose to enjoy being single to the max!
       and hope you too :)

                                                    Danya