28 December 2008

Refreshing My 2008

Last year I wrote that I change my mind from "someday I will be happy" into "I'm living happily starting now". But it's hard. I'm not saying that I'm not happy, but I (and my closed friends) realize that me sighing all year. One problem had finished, then came other ones I babbled about. It seems that I got a thousand reasons to be unhappy.

Yes, thesis time had passed in the beginning of this year, it's a moment when I feel so free. Then job seeking moment really really made me crazy. I felt depressed and being in the lowest situation. I was embarrassed with my life, didn't dare to come out gathering with some friends. Well lucky that time had gone, at the end of this year I got a job I like, it's a moment when I feel so relieved. Those are not the only problems of my life. Trust me, there are many, and complicated. Even in this time, when I've already been in Singapore, when I'm writing this bullshit posting, I still feel unhappy in someways.

Anyhooo, my traveling life starts here! Yez, who's not dreaming of traveling around the world, huh?! Everyone's drooling it. For next year, I've already spotted some leave times and planned to go some places in Southeast Asia. Amen! Being independent and living far from parents, it's so dream-comes-true. I want to bring more reality in my life, and less imagination and online time.

But it leads me to other fantasy (hope not the dirty one), him. LDR and HBL is very irritating T.T. Anyway, he helped me a lot to bring smile in my life along my dark times on this year: final year stressing, graduating, job hunting, self seeking... I've been through those things with him. Aaargh why suddenly my iTunes playing Depapepe *garuk-garuk tembok* (that and D'Cinnamons always remind me of him). Some friends think that these fucking acnes in my face along this year is because of my hormonal reaction of this first love relationship. Ha-ha, people around me are getting married but my hormonal is just starting to react, very mature! But yeah I'm not totally agree with this one, I still believe the acnes come from stress.

Owkey then, I want to try again next year, living happily no matter what. Sometimes I think I never let my self happy. Like when good news comes, I'm searching for another reason to be worried about. Because, life is up and down right?! I'm afraid this is my up time and soon I will be down again. That's why my mind keeps telling me, "this is not your happy time, there's another moment you will be happier, just hang on don't be happy right now okay, there's still another one coming." Then when will I be happy?

26 December 2008

Bug or Feature?

When you're using y!messenger, suka ada notification dari system tray di kanan bawah monitor itu tuh yang mengabarkan si ini online si itu offline dengan suara pintu dibuka tutup... naahh baru nyadar klo y!id yang sudah di-delete dari friend list masih suka muncul disana.

24 December 2008

Aren't we all like this?

siang malam ku selalu
menatap layar terpaku
untuk on line on line
on line on line
jari dan keyboard beradu
pasang earphone dengar lagu
aku on line online
on line on line

tidur telat bangun pagi pagi
nyalain komputer online lagi
bukan mau ngetik kerjaan
e-mail tugas diserahkan

tapi malah buka facebook
padahal face masih ngantuk
beler kayak orang mabuk
pala naik turun ngangguk-ngangguk

sambil ngedownload empitri
colok i pod usb kiri
ngecekin postingan forum
apa ada balesannye? belum

biar belum sikat gigi belum mandi
tapi kalo belum on line paling anti
liat friendster myspace, youtube
me and him, everybody you too

nah udah mandi siap berangkat
langsung cabut takut terlambat
tak lupa flash disk gantung di leher
malah lupa sepatu jadi nyeker

flashdisk isinya bokep atau lagu
kalau ada kerjaanpun gue ragu
kalo emang berani coba pada ngaku
cek isi foldernya satu satu

di kantor online pakai proxy
walau diblok server bisa dilolosi
namanya udah ketagihan internet
produktifitaspun kepepet

jam kerja malah chatting ym
ngobrol online sama ehehem
atasan lewat langsung klik data
pura pura kerja di depan mata

makan siangpun aku cari sinyal wifi
mengapa ku kecanduan oh why why
kadang terasa bagai tak berdaya
ingin ku berubah.. eh ada e-mail dah dulu ya

cek e-mail spam semua
email benerannya cuma dua
yang satu email lama
yang satu forwardan yang sama

ngarep komentar buka friendster
loading, gue tinggal beser
pas balik ngecek komputer kok lagi maintenance server

ya udah download lagu
bajakan gratis gak pake ragu
saykoji satu album
setengah jam bisa rampung

sore sore bosen hambar
ide nakal cari cari gambar
download video dengan sabar
ketahuan pacar digampar

Online - Saykoji

07 December 2008

A Week

It has been a week here senyum
Selama 2 minggu pertama gw tinggal di apartemen gratisan dari kantor. Untungnya Sialnya gw dapet apartemen nun jauh dari kantor dan flat teman-teman, sendirian disana selama seminggu pertama (my Philippines roommate would come a week later). So I had to figure out everything alone. Ga enaknya, di jalan jadi keliatan bego dan bingung. Tapi efeknya gw jadi cepat menguasai jalanan (sadis!), teknologi yang dipake dan kebiasaan orang-orang.

Hari ini gw solat Idul Adha di Mesjid Al-Falah di Orchard bareng temen-temen sekalian lanjut jalan-jalan disana. Kami bolak-balik ngelewatin underpass buat nyebrang dari satu mal ke mal yang lain, mestinya sih gw sudah hapal jalan hingga tiba-tiba seorang ibu dari Indonesia menguji gw, "Dek dek, kalo mau ke Lucky Plaza dimana ya? Saya terpisah dari rombongan nih." FYI sebelumnya gw udah ngelewatin plaza itu 2 kali, yang pertama bahkan masuk ke dalamnya! "Emm uhh ohh.. *melihat kiri kanan bingung* ..klo ga salah yang itu ya bangunannya ya *sambil nunjuk ke sebrang* .. Ehh bener ga ya, umm kemana ya.." Panik-panik akhirnya manggil temen (yang udah duluan jalan di depan) buat ngejelasin ke si ibu itu.

FAILED
tumbuk Yak itulah ruginya kalo cuma ngikutin temen yang udah hapal jalan, walaupun dah lewat berkali-kali gw tetep ga ngerti arah.

Well, masih banyak yang bisa dieksplorasi. Gw juga masih belum bisa berdiri di MRT pake hi-heels tanpa pegangan. So I haven't been bored with Singapore la jelir

28 November 2008

Do Fun

Ga perlu ngantri lama buat masuk wahana, toilet, sholat dan beli makanan. Semua wahana yang pengen dicoba sempet dinaikin. Naik Niagara, Kicir-Kicir, Tornado dan boom boom car 2 kali (Tornado pun jadi terasa ecek-ecek).

Dufan in weekday is so much fun!

24 November 2008

What's Up!

Hmm isn't it quite bright here? Hehe a new theme, replacing the old dark one (thx bub for helping me to choose those kawai blogskins).

So what's up with me is I'm back in Jakarta still dreaming of Weh island haha. Well udah seminggu sih disini, sempat mengalami sindrom balas dendam abis travelling: I don't wanna go out from home! Kerjaannya malas-malasan dan pacaran: nonton dvd, marathon Ally McBeal series, dan tak lupa pantengin facebook terus buat ngecek status relationship orang-orang yang sering berubah. Hingga akhir minggu barulah punya niat buat mulai nyiapin kepindahan ke Singapore yang tinggal seminggu lagi. Dimulai dari mencabut membership Fitness First. Huwaaaa I felt kinda mellow feeling when I visited FF Pacific Place. Setelah cuti nge-gym 3 bulan (sejak puasa), I'm missing it a lot! The group class, the street dance, the yoga and body balance class, the cardio things, the people, the place... all about FF. Hiks yeah life goes on.

I love my TBI time too. Kemaren sempet kesana juga buat ngambil balik duit jaminan library. Trus nyari token Mandiri... belom dapet juga dooong ampe sekarang, fully booked everywhere T.T (cuma ngecek 2 tempat sih ahahaha lusa deh coba beredar lagi). Dan tak lupa belanja-belanji. Emang selalu deh, pas mo berangkat kemanaaa gtu, baru nyadar kekurangan baju lah, kekurangan sepatu, kekurangan celana dalam ahakhakhakhak... jadilah sekarang kekurangan duit.

Dan besok gw ke Dufan.

13 November 2008

The Beautiful Weh Island

Now I want to share some information about going to Sabang Weh island. First let me correct the common misunderstanding about Sabang. Sabang is actually a city, the capital city of Weh island. I even did not stay any night at Sabang. Yeah, after doing some research, I found out that Gapang and Iboih (read. Iboh, in Aceh language means "is put", dunno what's philosophy in it) are the perfect places for diving and snorkeling. So those were my main destination. "Weh" in Aceh language means "go away", maybe because it is isolated from other Aceh regions.Here is the ferry schedule between Ulee Lheue harbour in Banda Aceh with Balohan harbour in Weh island.
Express ferry (45 minutes)
Price: Economy - 60.000 IDR, Executive (AC) - 70.000 IDR, VIP - 90.000 IDR
Ulee Lheue - Balohan:
10.00 and 16.00 WIB

Balohan - Ulee Lheue: 08.30 and 15.00 WIB
Slow ferry is cheaper (about 15.000 IDR per person) and able to take vehicles in it, but it sails for 2 hours.

In Balohan, there are many public transportations (car that can be filled by 10 people) have waited, they are called L300. To Gapang/Iboih, we can charter 1 car (300.000 - 500.000 IDR) or just pay per seats (50.000 IDR per person).

Resorts (offer bungalows) in Gapang:
1. Leguna (ph. +628126951415)
2. Flamboyan (ph. +6281360272270)

3. Lumba-Lumba (ph. +62811682787)
Lumba-Lumba is the most exclusive one. I spent a weekend night there for 25 euro (while other resorts will cost about 250.000 IDR), but they only provide accomodations for their divers. So if you use their diving services or equipments, you are allowed to book a bungalow. Lumba-Lumba diving center is owned by a dutch couple, while the rest resorts are managed by local people. I took an introduction dive course, 1 professional dive master was only for me. For the price lists, you can check at the website. I do not know if this is just a temporary euphoria, but I can not wait for my next diving! It is a nice experience, I think I want to learn it seriously.

Gapang to Iboih only takes 3 km. Not like Gapang, accommodations in Iboih are more poor, suitable for backpacker. They only offer basic needs for staying. So I and my friend decided to stay the night at Gapang and go to Iboih in the afternoon. I went there by renting a motorcycle (50.000 IDR for half day, 80.000 IDR for full day). In Iboih, I took fiber glass boat to go around Rubiah island to see the Sea Garden. With fiber glass boat, we can see the corals, fishes and other sea creatures under. It costs 250.000 IDR. There are many dive sites, but I just did snorkeling, with fear. Haha the next island to Rubiah is Seulako, people said we can find many sharks there T.T it was so frightening me out *haha culun* Although the boat-driver said my snorkeling place is far from Seulako, but still it's the sea rite! They can go to any part of the sea. Well I was afraid maybe because I jumped to the sea alone. While when I dived in Gapang, I did it together with a professional guide, so I even felt excited when I see a little shark in my first diving. Ohh for snorkeling, we can rent the equipments each cost 15.000 IDR.

From Gapang, I went to Sumur Tiga for relaxing in Santai resort, owned by Freddie (a south african old nice guy). You can contact Pak Walid (ph. +6281377384747) from Kedai Naguna (one of restaurants in Gapang) to take you from Gapang to... anywhere you want using (still) L300. It cost me 50.000 IDR from Gapang to Sumur Tiga.

Freddie have two resorts there: Santai and Casa Nemo, really closed to the beach, very perfect place for relaxing (just like its name, Santai means "relax" in Bahasa). I was swimming (read. playing with the water), sleeping on the lazy-beach-chair, playing scrabble, domino, snake and ladder with friends, reading books and magazine upon a swing... like heaven! (And I wonder why the good resorts are always owned by the foreigners)

Price list in Santai (ph. +6281360255001).
Bungalow: weekend - 275.000 IDR, weekday - 225.000 IDR
Ensuite room:
weekend - 250.000 IDR, weekday - 210.000 IDR
Eating (buffet):
Breakfast: 30.000 IDR, Lunch: 40.000 IDR, Dinner: 50.000 IDR
Transportation Balohan - Resort:
25.000 IDR

Transportation Resort - Balohan:
20.000 IDR


For the bungalow, staying at Freddie is indeed cheaper than Lumba-Lumba. But in Gapang, we can find many warung (local restaurants) along the beach in cheap price. While in Sumur Tiga, it's hard to find warung so we need to order in the resort. So at the end, it costs more when staying in Sumur Tiga -__- (the breakfast is wonderful, but I sooo regretted paying for dinner hehe *mestinya makan Pop Mie aja*).

Last, I cried on the ferry back to Banda Aceh. I promised myself for going to Weh again someday *mellow mode on*

08 November 2008

To the Beach

Enough with the city, let's go to the beach! Well Banda Aceh is surrounded by sea, we could get to some beaches: Lampu'uk, Ujong Batee, Ujong Kareung, Ulee Lheu and Lhoknga. I've only visited Lampu'uk. Lampu'uk word comes from Lampoh that means garden/land and U which means coconut tree. So on the way there we could see many coconut trees. The beach is sooo awesome! And that is the only beach there that has banana boats.
Well, still many beaches to visit in Banda Aceh, so I have reason to be back again rite? kenyit Cause now my job here had been finished. Time to go holiday home. Sabang -> Berureuneun -> Lhokseumawe -> Medan -> Jakarta.

Let's enjoy the life!

I've crossed deserts for miles
Swam water for time
Searching places to find
A piece of something to call mine
(I'm coming, I'm coming)
A piece of something to call mine
(I'm coming, coming closer to you)

Ran along many moors
Walked through many doors
The place where I wanna be
Is the place I can call mine
(I'm coming, I'm coming)
Is the place I can call mine
(I'm coming, coming closer to you)

I'm moving, I'm coming
Can you hear what I hear?
It's calling you my dear
Out of reach
(Take me to my beach)
I can hear it calling you
I'm coming, not drowning
Swimming closer to you

Never been here before
I'm intrigued, I'm unsure
I'm searching for more
I've got something that's all mine
I've got something that's all mine

Take me somewhere I can breathe
I've got so much to see
This is where I wanna be
In a place I can call mine
In a place I can call mine

Many faces I have seen
Many places I have been
Walked the deserts, swam the shores
(coming closer to you)

Many faces I have known
Many ways in which I've grown
Moving closer on my own
(coming closer to you)

I'm moving, I feel it
I'm coming, not drowning
I'm moving, I feel it
I'm coming, not drowning

(Pure Shores - All Saints)

02 November 2008

My Random Facts

Ira tagged me (long long time ago).

The rules
1. Each blogger must post these rules
2. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves
3. Bloggers that are tagged need to write on their own blog about their ten things and post these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose ten people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged and to read your blog.

I've done 6 before hahaha ga mau rugi. So here are the rest.
7. I have scuba diving certification.
8. I have lived in 4 different cities so far.
9. I have danced with Inul.
10. I cried after finished reading Harry Potter #7 book. Who's not??!
Guess which one(s are) is not true! I am not a liar type person, so it must be easy.
Tagged!
Whoever interested with it senyum

31 October 2008

In Banda Aceh

Yosh, I've been here in Banda Aceh for 2 weeks. And 2 weeks more till I go back to Jakarta. I got a project job here (it's not related to previous post :D) for 3 weeks to help to build a system for Meuraxa Tsunami Drill. Let's skip about the event (and the system, I'll write them next days), and look around the city!

I went here by plane from Soekarno-Hatta to Sultan Iskandar Muda (transit in Polonia). It's my first experience stopping in SIM actually, cause everytime I went back to Aceh, I'm going to Lhoksukon plane stop airport, the nearest place to my reminiscently hometown Lhokseumawe. Yeah Lhokseumawe FTW! Because of bad weather, my flight to SIM was delayed for 3 hours for sake, luckily my flash is always with me *kisses flash* (no hotspot in Polonia). SIM is a very small building for a Malaysia an international airport.

On the first weekdays I got very busy. My work responsibility is like... can I make it??! So I was starting to walk around the city on Saturday. First destination: Baiturrahman Great Mosque. It's great, as usual. Next destination: Taman Sari Kerajaan Aceh. I don't know why I love history so much, so archeological of kingdoms are must visited! There are many sites of Taman Sari. First: Gunongan. It's a gift from Sultan Iskandar Muda (a king of Aceh Kingdom on 16th century) to his queen Putroe Phang (from Pahang, Malaysia). Aceh people relate very closed to that neighbour country. Instead going to Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bali or other Indonesian great places, they tend to go to Kuala Lumpur for holiday and to Penang for medication. Nooo wonder, since our ancestors are also related to that neighbour (selain emang lokasi yang sangat dekat).
Alkisah, Putroe Phang sering merasa kesepian di tengah kesibukan sang suami sebagai kepala pemerintahan. Ia selalu teringat dengan kampung halamannya di Pahang. Untuk membahagiakan sang permaisuri, ia membangun sebuah gunung kecil (Gunongan) sebagai miniatur perbukitan yang mengelilingi istana permaisuri. Hari-harinya banyak dihabiskan dengan bermain bersama dayang-dayang di sekitar Gunongan, sambil memanjatinya.

Damn, why our queen was so childish? Gunongan is indeed a nice place for playing around.. but not for whole days! I got bored after 30 minutes there (maybe because there are no dayang-dayang to serve me). If I were her, I would rather help my husband to lead the country better than playing in a "gunung-gunungan". Di area ini ada bak mandi nya Putroe Phang, dimana ditengah-tengahnya terdapat lubang untuk dayang-dayang meracik shampoo organik khusus untuk Putroe Phang mandi. Selain tempat bermain Putroe Phang, wilayah ini juga dulunya dijadikan sebagai tempat peristirahatan prajurit-prajurit kerajaan yang disebut Kandang (di sebelah Gunongan). Saat ini disana merupakan persemayaman Sultan Iskandar Tsani, menantu Sultan Iskandar Muda.

Entry ticket.. hemm mystic ahaha. Waktu gw datang pintu pagar terkunci rapat. Untung lagi ada bapak-bapak di deket pagar, langsung aja hajar "Pak, pak, boleh masuk ga?" Ehh ternyata dia welcome banget, dan jadi tour guide private kami. Well, of course then we have to pay him for his story and accompaning seikhlasnya (suggestion: more than 5000 IDR per person).

Next Taman Sari sites: Museum Negeri Aceh. There are Lonceng Cakradonya, Rumoh Aceh, and museum. Penjelajahan Taman Sari gw lanjutkan keesokan harinya dengan mengunjungi makam Sultan Iskandar Muda dan keturunan kerajaan lainnya. Lalu singgah bentar di Pendopo gubernur di sebelahnya. Hehe iseng banget ya! Gossips:
1) Pendopo merupakan bekas istana Kerajaan Aceh.
2) Ada jalan bawah tanah dari istana ke Gunongan (tapi belum ditemukan sampai sekarang)
3) Jika Lonceng Cakradonya, bunyinya sampai ke seluruh Taman Sari. Dahulu digunakan untuk memanggil para prajurit berkumpul. Sekarang lonceng ini sudah tidak bisa berbunyi lagi karena anak lonceng di dalamnya sudah tidak ada.

I also visited Taman Ratu Safiatuddin and Kapal Terdampar. Kapal PLN itu saksi bisu kehebatan tsunami. Ngeliatnya bikin takjub sendiri, dan agak merinding gitu (btw, sekarang sedang dibangun museum tsunami oleh BRR)
Selain tempat wisata, of course I do some wisata kuliner!
1) Gunung Salju. Well lebih tepatnya wisata kuliner kenangan haha because it's a restaurant that me and my friend often came to eat. Try the original ice cream! Try. the. ice. cream!
2) Mie Aceh: goreng, basah, tumis, rebus... you name it. But my favo is the fried one. I mean, the SPICY fried one. More spicy more yummy! The most famous one is Mie Razali I think, tapi ada tempat lain yang lebih enak kok (di daerah Penayong juga, but I don't know the name)
3) Roti Cane. Beda lohh sama roti cane yang biasa dijual di Gampoeng Aceh Bandung Well basically the taste is same. Kalo di Bandung, gula/susunya ditaburin di atas roti. Kalo di Aceh, gula/susu ada didalam rotinya. Ga cuma gula/susu, ada juga isi srikaya, strawberry, nangka, coklat, dsb
4) Kopi Ulee Kareng. Kabarnya mengandung ganja lohh
5) Ayam Tangkap. Hohoho dah lama jadi orang Aceh, baru kali ni nyobain ayam tangkap Disebut juga Ayam Sampah (lihat saja bentuknya)6) Phenomenon in Banda Aceh lately, many burger shops in the street at night, don't know why! Don't eat there, there are many mosquitos. Actually the mosquitos are everywhere. Banda Aceh is full of mosquitos!! Ga di rumah (sepupu), di kantor, di jalanan.. gw selalu digigitin nyamuk, bahkan soffell tidak mempan. Susah memang jadi gadis manis.

(*) more photos

19 October 2008

Melelahkan. Melegakan. Mengharukan

Hhff, ijinkan saya untuk mengundurkan diri sejenak dari dunia pencarian kerja babai

Un cocomero tondo tondo
che voleva conquistare il mondo
che voleva che tutti gli altri superare
un bel giorno si mise a…
viaggare!

(Semangka yang bundar
ingin menguasai dunia
dan mengalahkan yang lain
suatu hari yang indah ia pun…
berpetualang!)
— lagu anak-anak Italia

13 October 2008

Kerugian Teknologi

I'd never experienced it before. Pernah sih kalau lagi pake ATM suka mengkhayal sendiri... gimana ya kalo tiba-tiba kartu gw ga mau keluar? Gimana ya kalo duitnya ga keluar padahal tabungan gw dah berkurang? Gimana ya kalo tiba-tiba isi tabungan gw bertambah banyak? Kalo yang terakhir sih didiemin aja ihikhik

On last friday at 16.30 WIB I took 100,000 rupiahs from ATM Mandiri at Plaza Semanggi. Jreng jreng, one of 50,000 came out with... torn! It's totally not my fault!I got panicked. It was at the mal (no bank office). And friday afternoon (all banks had closed). What should I do? Where should I go? Who's responsible for this? How could I prove it? Then I called Call-Mandiri 14000. They said that I could exchange it in any Mandiri office.

So on monday (which is today), I went to Mandiri office at Wisma Tugu Kuningan (the nearest one from my english course place, Menara Kuningan) just before I attend my course. So I didn't go there for that certain purpose.

After they discussing it, they said that they couldn't exchange it because the serial number part of the money was gone. If it's torn at the upper part, or just any parts except the serial number, then they could. Instead they suggested me to go to Bank Indonesia, or any Mandiri offices closed to Plaza Semanggi xpasti

Yeah right, it will cost me then (transport-expense and time). Goodness it's only a sheet of 50,000 rupiahs. Just take it as I was being unlucky when back there (and it was a sign actually, shit really happened on that night).

Understanding

Once, several years ago, Anastasia's parents had had a huge fight about sewing. Her mother was sewing some buttons onto something at the time and had just pricked her finger with the needle, and she had the tip of her finger in her mouth, sucking it, when suddenly she got mad.

"This is the most sexist household in Cambridge," she had announced angrily. "Why is it that the wife gets stuck with the sewing? Myron, you do some of the cooking. Will you tell me one good reason why you don't sew?"

"Because I don't know how," her father had said, chewing on his pipe.

"I'll teach you, then."

"Thank you, but I don't want to know how to sew."

Her mother sat there for a minute, sucking her finger, looking madder and madder. "In that case," she said finally, "thank you, but I don't want to do any laundry anymore. Ever."

"In that case," said her father, "I don't think I want to be an English professor anymore. I have always, if you must know, wanted to be a beachcomber. So I think that from now on I will walk on empty beaches -- all alone, by the way -- and recite poetry to myself. Of course that means that there will be no more paychecks."

Anastasia's mother folded the shirt which was still missing two buttons, very neatly, and laid it on the table. "As a matter of fact, I have been wanting for a long time to go to the Cotswolds and live in a small cottage with a thatched roof -- all alone, by the way -- and paint."

Anastasia had scurried away to her room, terrified. If her father became a beachcomber -- all alone -- and her mother went to the Cotswolds, whatever the Cotswolds were -- all alone -- what would happen to Anastasia?

But after a while, she heard her parents laughing. When she went back to where they were, her mother was giggling and had her father's pipe in her mouth, and her father was sewing a button on his shirt.

Since then, her mother had always done all the sewing.

From: Anastasia Again! by Lois Lowry

12 October 2008

Mengunjungi Istana Maimoen (part 2)

Saatnya mendongeng.
Dahulu kala saat Kerajaan Deli masih bernama Kerajaan Haru, ada seorang puteri cantik jelita bernama Puteri Hijau, yang saking cantiknya memancarkan cahaya hijau dari tubuhnya. Ia memiliki 2 saudara laki-laki Mambang Yasid dan Mambang Khayali. Suatu hari Raja Aceh datang ingin meminang Puteri Hijau namun ditolak. Karena merasa tersinggung dan marah, Raja Aceh menghimpun pasukan kerajaannya untuk mulai menyerang Kerajaan Haru.

Saat itulah Mambang Khayali berubah jadi sebuah meriam, yang menembak pasukan Aceh tanpa henti. Lama-kelamaan meriam itu menjadi panas hingga akhirnya meledak, pecah dan terlempar. Mambang Khayali pun meninggal. Bagian depan pecahan meriam terlempar ke dataran tinggi Karo di dekat Kabanjahe (tus??! Take me there!), sedangkan bagian belakangnya terlempar ke Labuhan Deli yang lalu dipindahkan ke pekarangan Istana Maimun.
Selanjutnya karena semakin kalah, Mambang Yasid menyarankan adiknya untuk berpura-pura menerima pinangan Raja Aceh, dengan syarat Puteri Hijau diberikan keranda kaca tersendiri di dalam kapal yang akan membawanya ke Aceh. Permintaan itu disetujui dan Puteri Hijau pun berlayar ke Aceh. Saat itulah Mambang Yasid berubah menjadi naga. Ia mengibaskan ekornya untuk merusak ujung kapal, hingga terbuka ruangan untuk ia mengambil keranda kaca berisi Puteri Hijau. Sang naga membawa Puteri Hijau melalui sebuah terusan (sekarang Jl. Puteri Hijau Medan) dan memasuki Sungai Deli hingga akhirnya sampai di Selat Malaka. Menurut legenda, mereka kini berdiam di bawah laut dekat Pulau Berhala.

Sedangkan cerita versi sejarahnya...
Seperti yang telah gw tulis di postingan sebelumnya, Kerajaan Aceh menganggap Haru-Melaka adalah ancaman, sehingga pada tahun 1539 M Aceh mulai menyerang Kerajaan Haru. Saat itu Kerajaan Haru hanya dipertahankan oleh sebuah meriam besar yang dibeli dari orang Portugis (yang kemudian pecah menjadi Meriam Puntung). Lalu saat Sultan Haru tewas, Permaisuri Anchesin berlayar ke Melaka meminta bantuan Portugis dan Sultan Riau-Johor (menggunakan perahu berkepala naga). Singkat cerita, Haru tetap kalah dari Aceh saat ditaklukkan oleh Laksamana Gocah Pahlawan.

Hm kisah dongeng memang selalu lebih menarik. Percaya ga percaya, pada tahun 1995 Meriam Puntung (red. Puntung means Buntung in Batak, CMIIW) ini sempet hilang dari gubuk peristirahatannya, dan ditemukan di pinggir Sungai Deli. Padahal, pintu tempat persemayaman Meriam Puntung itu dalam keadaan terkunci. Tidak ada orang yang sanggup mengangkatnya, akhirnya beberapa kerabat kesultanan Deli datang dan berhasil membawanya kembali ke Istana Maimun dan dibuatkan pondok baru berbentuk rumah adat Karo.

Untuk masuk, per orang bisa bayar Rp 2000-3000 (buat masuk Istana Maimun juga segitu.. pinter-pinternya nawar) ke penjaganya atau dimasukkan ke kotak amal deket si meriam (Meriam Puntung tentunya, bukan Meriam Belina *halah*). Di meriam itu terdapat sebuah lubang. Penjaga disana mempersilahkan kita untuk mendengar suara dibalik lubang itu, suara air sungai (Deli) mengalir. Gw pun mencoba mendengarkan sambil membayangkan kalo gw Puteri Hijau.

Yang terdengar adalah suara mendengung. Iya sih, mirip suara air sungai, tapi setau gw dimana-mana pipa terbuka pasti bersuara kayak gitu. Inget pelajaran fisika dulu kan, tentang organa terbuka dan tertutup? Selama udara masih bisa keluar masuk pasti ada suara yang ditimbulkan. (There is explanation for everything, I love science).

Katanya, di daerah Deli tua ditemukan pesan Puteri Hijau seperti berikut, "jika ada wanita yang secantik diriku, maka dia pasti tidak sempurna." (Entah kenapa gw teringat si Anna, sama-sama dari Medan pulak. Jangan-jangan lu keturunan Puteri Hijau na, sama narsisnya)

11 October 2008

Mengunjungi Istana Maimoen (part 1)

Saatnya membuka kembali buku sejarah.

Pada abad ke-15, Kerajaan Haru yang berlokasi di Sumatera Timur (Bengkalis), is one of the biggest kingdoms, along with the Kingdom of Melaka (Imperium Melayu Riau-Johor) and the Kingdom of Aceh Darussalam. Hubungan yang erat antara Haru dan Melaka (dikarenakan adanya perkawinan antara Raja Haru dan Putri Raja Melaka) menyebabkan Aceh khawatir akan kekuasaannya di Sumatera, apalagi saat itu Portugis mulai mengambil alih pemerintahan Melaka. Aceh terus menerus menyerang Melaka dan Haru. Hingga akhirnya dibawah pimpinan Muhammad Dalik atau Gocah Pahlawan yang bergelar Laksamana Khoja Bintan, Kesultanan Aceh dapat menaklukkan Haru. Sejak itu, Dalik dipercaya Sultan Aceh untuk menjadi wali negara di bekas Kerajaan Haru.

Pada tahun 1630 M, Dalik mendirikan Kerajaan Deli, setelah menikahi Puteri Nang Baluan Beru Subakti dari Batak Karo. For the detail explanation about this marriage, please let me quote from Melayu History:
Gocah Pahlawan menikah dengan adik Raja Urung (negeri) Sunggal yang bernama Puteri Nang Baluan Beru Surbakti. Sunggal merupakan sebuah daerah Batak Karo yang sudah masuk Melayu (Islam). Di daerah tersebut, ada empat Raja Urung Batak Karo yang sudah masuk Islam. Kemudian, empat Raja Urung Raja Batak tersebut mengangkat Laksamana Gocah Pahlawan sebagai raja di Deli pada tahun 1630 M. Dengan peristiwa itu, Kerajaan Deli telah resmi berdiri, dan Laksamana Gocah Pahlawan menjadi Raja Deli pertama.

Setelah Dalik meninggal di tahun 1653, putranya Tuanku Panglima Perunggit mengambil alih kekuasaan dan pada tahun 1669 mengumumkan memisahkan kerajaannya dari Aceh, memanfaatkan situasi Aceh yang sedang melemah (katanya sih) karena dipimpin oleh raja perempuan (mungkin terpengaruh tradisi Minangkabau), Ratu Taj al-Alam Tsafiah al-Din (hey, what's wrong with a girl power??!). Ibu kotanya berada di Labuhan, kira-kira 20 km dari Medan. Makanya beberapa sumber menyebutkan bahwa Kerajaan Deli berdiri pada tahun 1669. Let me quote again:
Pada tahun 1723 M terjadi kemelut ketika Sultan Deli III mangkat, karena putera tertua Raja, Tuanku Umar, yang seharusnya menggantikannya memiliki cacat di matanya, sehingga tidak bisa menjadi raja. Putera nomor 2, Tuanku Pasutan yang sangat berambisi menjadi raja kemudian mengambil alih tahta dan mengusir adiknya bersama ibundanya Permaisuri Tuanku Puan Sampali ke wilayah Serdang. Menurut adat Melayu, sebenarnya Tuanku Umar yang seharusnya menggantikan ayahnya menjadi Raja Deli, karena ia putera garaha (permaisuri), sementara Tuanku Pasutan hanya dari selir. Tetapi, karena masih di bawah umur, Tuanku Umar akhirnya tersingkir dari Deli. Untuk menghindari agar tidak terjadi perang saudara, maka 2 Orang Besar Deli, yaitu Raja Urung Sunggal dan Raja Urung Senembal, bersama seorang Raja Urung Batak Timur di wilayah Serdang bagian hulu (Tanjong Merawa), dan seorang pembesar dari Aceh (Kejeruan Lumu), lalu merajakan Tuanku Umar sebagai Raja Serdang pertama tahun 1723 M. Demikianlah akhirnya Kesultanan Deli terpecah menjadi dua: Deli dan Serdang.

OK, lupakan Kerajaan Serdang. Pada pertengahan abad ke-18:

Berkat perkebunan tembakau, Sultan Deli yang berkongsi dengan Belanda dalam membuka dan mengelola lahan perkebunan kemudian menjadi kaya raya. Dengan kekayaan yang melimpah ini, para sultan kemudian hidup mewah dan glamour dengan membangun istana yang mewah dan indah, membeli kuda pacu, mobil mewah dan sekoci pesiar, serta mengadakan berbagai pesta untuk menyambut para tamunya yang kebanyakan datang dari Eropa.

Peninggalan kekayaan tersebut adalah Istana Maimun yang masih berdiri megah di kota Medan hingga saat ini. Itulah tempat yang gw datangi saat gw berkunjung sebentar ke Medan minggu lalu. Istana ini didirikan pada tahun 1888 oleh Sultan Deli Makmun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alamsyah sejak ibukota Deli dipindahkan dari Labuhan ke Medan. Istana ini bercorak Islam campur Eropa dengan warna kuning ngejreng, terdiri dari 3 bagian (tengah/utama, sayap kanan dan kiri), 2 lantai dan 40 kamar, dimana 20 kamar ada di lantai atas tempat singgasana sultan dan 20 lagi di bagian bawah. Yang bisa kita masuki adalah lantai atas bagian tengah saja (balairung), karena di bagian lain istana ini didiami oleh 20 keluarga keturunan Sultan Deli (saat mulai masuk gerbang istana, kelihatan deh banyak jemuran baju di halamannya. Lihat gambar paling atas!).

Di dalamnya ada pelaminan dan kursi singgasana yang juga serba kuning. Jadi agak merasa gimanaaa gitu duduk di singgasana raja/ratu jaman dulu. Fakta yang paling menarik adalah, kesultanan ini masih ada doooong! Dipegang oleh Sultan Mahmud Lamanjiji Perkasa Alam (biasa dipanggil Aji) yang baru berumur 11 tahun! Dia dilantik 3 tahun yang lalu, saat ayahnya Letkol Inf Tito Otteman Padrab, Sultan Deli XIII yang bergelar Sultan Otteman Mahmud Perkasa Alam meninggal dunia karena kecelakaan pesawat saat mendarat di Bandara Malikussaleh, Lhokseumawe.

Karena Aji masih belum akhil baligh, maka tampuk kepemimpinan dipegang Raja Muda Deli, Tengku Hamdy Osman Deli Khan, yang masih terhitung kakeknya, adik dari Sultan Deli XII Azmy Perkasa Alam Alhaj. Tengku Hamdy memang sudah sering dijadikan Raja Muda Deli ketika Sultan Deli bepergian ke luar Medan. Bagi Kesultanan Deli, pengangkatan Aji merupakan sejarah, karena memecah rekor sultan termuda. Sultan termuda sebelumnya adalah Sultan Ma’moen Al Rasyid (1873-1924), yang diangkat pada umur 15 tahun. Katanya sekarang Aji tinggal di Makassar, ikut ibunya yang anak mantan gubernur Sulawesi Selatan Zainal Basri. Hayooo kejaaaar... cakep lohh anaknya (ayo ayo sini sama tante).

(sorry, angle-nya kurang pas. Yang ngambil gambarnya adek gw nih, makluum.. dia suka grogi kalo liat cowo cakep)

Jadi inget Goong! Ga usa jauh-jauh ke Korea deh, disini juga masih ada istana, pangeran dan kesultanan kerajaan. Kesultanan Deli sudah tidak mengatur pemerintahan lagi sejak proklamasi kemerdekaan Indonesia, tetapi masih dianggap sebagai pemuka/datuk Sumatera Utara untuk menjaga adat istiadat dan budaya Melayu.

10 October 2008

Next Destinations in Aceh

First, I want to go to Sabang. Percaya ga, 15 tahun gw hidup di Aceh tapi belum pernah ke Sabang? Sabang is the most western part of Indonesia Aceh, closed to Banda Aceh but not to Lhokseumawe (North Aceh) as my hometown. So my family never took me there. But then I moved to Banda Aceh to continue my senior hi school, while my parents were still in Lhokseumawe (it's far for 6-7 hours by car). The only chance I could go to Sabang was with my school friends. Di liburan panjang selesai tahun pertama SMU, temen-temen sekelas pun berencana jalan-jalan ke Sabang selama 3 hari. I was so excited, until Dad suddenly told me that he would take me to Singapore for that holiday. So yeah then I chose Singapore.

But now, I can go there by myself. Before going to Aceh last week, I've browsed a lot about Sabang. There are 0 kilometres monument and the beautiful beaches and the perfect quiet places for diving... owhh I'm really craving to go there. But yeah, I think I couldn't do it last holiday, my time was full with my family. Ied is family holiday rite? So yeah, probably next time I will visit Sabang. Ada yang berminat?

Aaaaand I've just heard about the renovation of Cut Nyak Meutia's cemetery!! I'm sooo into Cut Nyak Meutia, rather than other famous heroes from Aceh.. you know, Cut Nyak Dhien and Teuku Umar. That's because she comes from North Aceh nyehehehe. Her house was in Matangkuli but she died in the upper of Krueng Peutoe (Krueng means river), 31 kilometres from her house, where she was buried until now. Tahun lalu, sekumpulan tentara TNI bersama sukarelawan dari universitas ntah apa, melakukan ekspedisi ke makam Cut Nyak Meutia. Dari rumah Cut Nyak Meutia ke makamnya itu cuma bisa ditempuh dengan jalan kaki melewati medan yang sangat berat, menembus hutan lebat, sungai dan jurang. Saat tiba disana, makam Cut Nyak Meutia sangat tidak terurus, tidak terlihat sebagai makam seorang pahlawan nasional. Sejak itu, pemerintah Aceh (Utara) mencanangkan renovasi makam Cut Nyak Meutia itu, dan akan membangun jalan kesana sehingga masyarakat dapat sering mengunjunginya. So yeah, I wanna go there too.

Entah kenapa, gw cenderung tertarik dengan sejarah Aceh justru saat gw sudah pindah dari sana. Tiga tahun lalu saat gw pulang, gw menanyakan letak peninggalan Kerajaan Samudera Pasai sama saudara gw, karena yang gw tau kerajaan itu letaknya di Lhokseumawe. Sedangkan Kerajaan Aceh (belum pernah ke situs ini, pengen juga...) baru letaknya di Banda Aceh. Tapi saudara gw tidak menanggapi dengan antusias dan mengatakan bahwa tempat itu ga terurus dan ga menarik untuk dikunjungi. So yeah, waktu itu gw ga jadi kesana, dan terlupakan ampe sekarang. Maybe, next time.

Ameeen!

Playing Gun

Minggu kemarin gw berlebaran di Aceh. Ternyata ritual permainan anak laki-laki disana masih tidak berubah, bermain senjata! Menjelang Idul Fitri, bukan cuma lilin kembang api dan alat-alat pembakaran lainnya yang banyak dijual di pasaran, tapi juga senjata mainan laras panjang. I dont know much about gun types, maybe they're AK47 one. Tipe yang dijual sama bo (beda warna doang), gw ga ngerti deh darimana dapet stok barang-barang ini. Kebiasaan ini cuma ada di Aceh, well at least I don't see it in Jakarta. Di hari-hari lebaran itu, kita akan menjumpai sekumpulan anak laki-laki dengan masing-masing memegang senjatanya dan berkeliling kota naik becak, mencari kumpulan anak laki-laki lain untuk diserang. Dan mereka tembak-tembakan pake anak peluru kecil bulat-bulat yang kalo kena lumayan juga sakit bo! What the hell are they thinking?! I think they still couldn't think. Lucunya, main-main senjata ini cuma ada pas lebaran. Seperti sepupu kecil gw, pas malam lebaran dia mengeluarkan senjata mainannya lagi setelah terakhir kali digunakan saat lebaran tahun lalu.
I don't remember since when this ritual happened in Aceh. Waktu gw kecil, yang ada cuma keliling-keliling kompleks pas malam lebaran sambil bawa alat penerangan. Ada yang bikin obor (yang jadi ketua kelompok) dan ada yang cuma narok lilin di batok kelapa. Kalau yang sedikit cerdas, suka bikin kereta-keretaan dari kaleng susu, plus roda dan tongkat penarik dari kayu, dengan lilin nya dimasukkan ke dalam kaleng itu. Not only girls, all boys did that too. Justru biasanya cowo-cowo itu suka bikinin kereta-keretaan yang lucu buat cewe-cewe :) very nice! Tapi waktu gw uda agak gedean dikit (SMP or SMA, that means umm year 1997-2000), adik gw yang cowo mulai dibeliin senjata mainan (tanpa peluru! Haha bokap gw parno banget). Dan kayanya dia juga biasa-biasa aja mainnya, not too into it. I mean, he didn't go around the town to shoot people/things (bener kan yi? :P) eventhough his friends did that.

What I thought is... mungkin awalnya, ada kelompok tertentu yang ingin mempersiapkan aneuk agam (anak laki-laki) untuk berperang, dengan cara sedari kecil diajarkan bermain senjata. Dan hal ini berlanjut terus ampe sekarang (malah menjadi budaya), eventhough the conflict has been finished. Hehe it's just a thought.

21 September 2008

Movie Marathon

So yesterday I watched these 5 old movies. I'd grabbed them from rileks (kinda multimedia portal in itb) since a year ago when still in college, but they're just buried forgetfully in my BenQ.

The Man from Earth
There is this one professor guy named John Oldman who was quitting his job. On the day his moving, some colleagues in university (biologist, psychologist, historian, anthropologist) came to his house to make farewell party. They're very surprised with his movement and wondering why. Until finally John confided them that he's a cro-magnon human who had lived for 14.000 years, always faced new eras without getting old, so he had to move to other place every 10 years. At first his fellas didn't believe it, but every answers and stories he told are perfectly fit. He had ever sailed with Christopher Columbus, met Budhha, and the most strained part is when he admit that he's one of the religious figure in the world.
The setting is so simple, mostly at John's living room with only 8 persons in science terms discussing about the possibilities a prehistoric man could live until now. It's kinda boring, but you need to see the whole part to know whether this guy only made a hoax or he's really the man from earth. Well it's worth it, the ending is shocking, I even replayed it twice (only the ending part).

OnceAn Irish musical film, reminded me of Music and Lyrics. A street musician guy (played guitar) met a Czech girl who loves music also (played piano) unintended, then having a great friendship. With her support, this guy became brave to make his recording and chase his ex-GF again. Well, the songs are not bad, and I was kinda interested with their dialect and the situation there in Dublin city.

The Greatest Game Ever Played
This one IS awesome! Nyehehe sorry for the late watching. True story, it's all about golf who's being played only by gentlemen. There's this caddie boy named Francis Ouimet from Massachusetts, who loves playing it but his father appearantly liked to see his son being a businessman that could bring real wage to home. Francis's debut is in US Amateur Championship (cmiiw) but didn't win, so he'd made a promise with his dad that he would never play golf again. Then the US Open was held, the committee invited him to participate on it. With so many conflicts, finally he joined that big game, along with the legendary Harry Vardon. The movie told us about how ordinary citizens (like Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon) could be out of the ordinary. Ohh I noted a good quote that once Harry told to Francis, "Even in our darkest hour, we must always remember, we never despair." T__T

Garfield, Gets Real
Garfield bored with his life in comic strips and suddenly found a way to the real world, the readers of his comic strips. With his dog Odie, he'd had fun for a while. On the next day, the newspaper was out of Garfield's story (because he'd disappeared), so they wanted to look for a new comic strips figure. With his friends' help, Garfield tried to go home. Hmm not so interesting, it's just... good way for improving your english (without subtitle :P).

August Rush
Well here it comes the best one. I know, I am overdue, sorry! It's about how a family (an 11 years old boy and his parents) met and gathered around by following the music. Music is around us, all you have to do is listen. All songs here are wonderful, especially August's Rhapsody (I can't stop playing its soundtracks in my harrIPODder after that). And the child is sooo cute!!!

OK, I think I'm done with this reviewing things.

Added. Well, today I'd just known that in foreign cinemas sometimes they played movie marathon for certain movies, such as LOTR. So when the last episode of LOTR came out, they offer this packet to watch 3 LOTR episodes one by one, so we could be reminded how the previous stories are. Unfortunately 21 here didn't do it. I think I would take it if they offered marathon of LOTR, POTC and Harry Potter.

14 September 2008

My Smile :(

Still about pictures. And a new invention.
Ternyata senyum tidak selamanya melengkung ke bawah senyum

My Favorites XD

Lagi bersihin harddisk laptop (baca. ngubek-ngubek folder Pictures, Music dan Movies sengihnampakgigi) setelah sekian lama terlantarkan karena kesibukan ngantor *halah*, nemu gambar ini yang selalu bikin gw ngakak jaya...

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