Cin…………… ta.

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Ah! Mungkin banyak yang bosan mendengar kisah cinta. Tapi, tidak pernah bosan bahwa tanpa cinta, yang ada hanyalah perang di muka bumi ini. Cinta tidak pernah terdefinisi dengan mutlak, mungkin Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia atau Oxford Dictionaries tidak sepenuhnya mendefiniskan kata sakral itu dengan baik. 

Aku kembalikan padamu. Yang mengerti betul definisi itu.

Naik turunnya perbuatan dan kejadian cinta yang dialami oleh segelintir perasaan, membuat pikiran ini ingin sekali menuliskan beberapa poin sederhana yang mungkin mampu menyelamatkan hari-hari dalam bercinta.

Pertama,

Bahwa cinta itu saling mengisi. Mengisi kekurangan, mengisi kelebihan. Kesepahaman, bahwa satu tujuan yang ingin dicapai dengan rasa yang sama.

Kedua,

Bahwa cinta itu tidak mengikat. Pernikahan adalah salah satu bentuk ikatan atas dasar perasaan cinta. Dalam hukum negara dan agama, dua insan yang saling mengikat cinta mereka tak ayal akan saling terikat. Namun, perasaan yang ada dalam hati masing-masing pecinta? Biarkanlah bebas. Komitmen adalah apa yang membuat kita bertahan, yang menjadi alasan kita untuk kembali memperjuangkan perasaan yang mulai luntur, nilai-nilai kenangan yang mungkin belum ingin dilepas. 

Ketiga,

Bahwa cinta itu saling percaya. Kamu percaya aku, aku percaya kamu.

Keempat,

Bahwa cinta itu tidak harus memiliki. Banyak yang mengatakan bullsh*t dengan cinta tak harus memiliki. Saya juga pernah berkata demikian. Apakah kalian memiliki Tuhan? Tidak secara nyata. Hanya nafsu yang membuat kita memaksa untuk saling memiliki. Keadaan yang tidak memungkinkan untuk saling memiliki, terimalah. Bahwa, mungkin takdir cinta berkata lain, bahwa ikhlas, untuk mencinta dalam bentuk lainnya. Ikhlas. Pahami, dan biarkan cinta itu bebas.

Kelima,

Bahwa cinta itu tidak berharap. Ketika kita biarkan cinta itu ikhlas, menguasai pikiran nafsu, cinta itu tidak berharap. Tidak memaksa, tidak mengecewakan, tidak menyedihkan, tidak bergantung. Menjadi dewasa untuk cinta, dan biarkan hati ini bercinta.

 

Tulisan ini hanya untukmu yang ingin mengerti. 

 

 

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Senang Bertemu (kembali) Denganmu

Aku sempat berseringai dalam hati, entah kenapa, entah sampai kapan. Kutunjuk dalam-dalam lubang di hati ini, dia mengangguk, dia memang sedang terluka. Aku menunduk pada kenyataan hidup ketika harus menyembuhkan luka ini yang entah sampai kapan bisa terobati. Tunggu, ini bukan sakit hati, ini penyakit hati yang akupun mungkin belum temukan obatnya.

Tahun-tahun yang lalu, aku menemukan definisi tersempurna yang sering kusebut sebagai cinta. Cinta yang terkategori pada sesama manusia. Hal yang tidak mungkin kulakukan, tidak mungkin kuwujudkan, pada tahapnya menjadi terang dan nyata menjadi ungkapan dan bukti definisi atas cinta tersebut. Aku merangkak membuktikan cinta, membuktikan bahwa diri ini adalah manusia yang berkomitmen, ingin membahagiakan cinta yang lain. Bahkan ketika aku terbangun dari tidurku, komitmen ini terasa nyata, terasa tanpa henti menyeruak ke dalam benakku, masuk dan bertahta di tempat yang paling kokoh dalam hatiku.

Aku tumbuh menikmati cinta. Aku sadar aku menjadi kuat dalam cinta. Tidak peduli kenyataan pernah menyerangku, aku tahu aku sedang apa. Ini perjuanganku, jangan kau ganggu. Ketika itu membuatku lemah, aku tahu itu, tapi kubiarkan lemah itu menjadi perjuanganku.

Cintaku menenangkanku, aku biarkan logika ini disirami pelajaran hidup yang aku imani akan menguatkan sisi lain dalam hidupku, nanti. Ini pedoman yang menjadi arahku, bahwa takkan kusesali segala yang terjadi dalam perjuangan cintaku, aku akan menjadi orang yang kuat. Itu ikrarku.

Ada yang bilang aku bodoh, ada yang bilang aku gila, ada yang bilang aku sia-sia. Ya, itu juga definisi cinta untukku. Bodoh, gila, dan sia-sia. Mereka bukan aku, mereka tidak tahu perjuanganku dan imanku terhadap definisi ini. Aku merasa benar, dan ini bukan salahku, bukan juga urusan mereka.

Sampai akhirnya, aku menemukan pelajaran berat untuk tambahan definisi ini. Aku menyerah, sempat menyerah, dan akhirnya menyerah. Sempat aku katakan bahwa aku bukan orang yang mudah menyerah. Tapi aku harus melakukan ini sekarang, dan membiarkan orang menertawakanku. Tak apalah.

Aku sempat terdiam untuk beberapa lama. Mempelajari definisi-definisi yang hampir utuh mengenai cinta. Kubiarkan iman ini mendalami mana yang benar, untuk apa yang telah kubiarkan terjadi. Aku tidak menyesal, bahkan ketika aku tahu semuanya memang sia-sia, dan aku memang bodoh. Aku tahu itu. Aku dapat definisi lain. Kucoba berdiri, di atas imanku, perlahan tapi nyata.

Detik ini, aku menjadi lebih lengkap. Tahun itu aku berjuang sekuat tenaga menemukan definisi cinta. Yang aku kira itu adalah definisi cinta. Namun, setelah definisi itu semakin lengkap, aku menemukan bahwa hal ini bukanlah definisi yang kuharapkan, bukan begini harusnya cinta. Ternyata aku salah, tapi tidak sepenuhnya salah, ini adalah definisi hidup. Dan untuk itu, aku sadar bahwa pencarianku akan makna hidup dan berbagai embel-embelnya tidak akan secepat ini berakhir.

Aku yang arogan, aku yang sok tahu pada diriku sendiri, ternyata sempat salah. Ini juga definisiku tentang hidup.

Tahun ini, kubuka daftar panjang mengenai apa yang harus kucapai. Aku sempat ragu untuk memasukkan cinta di dalamnya lagi. Aku sudah punya rencana yang lebih besar. Biarlah kutunggu sampai kapan definisi yang gagal kutemukan itu menjadi lengkap. Tidak sepenuhnya kosong, tapi aku akan belajar menemukan definisimu bersama dengan kupahami definisi yang lain tentang hidupku, cinta.

Senang kau kembali muncul setelah aku hampir kehabisan asa, dalam bentuk yang lain, dalam definisi yang bertambah banyak, dalam relung yang lebih luas, dalam keyakinan yang lebih dalam.

Tunggu aku, di sana.

Aku bersalah. Aku manusia. Aku akui.

Pernah, ada yang merasa kalau hidup ini penuh dinamika? Semuanya saling bertemu di satu titik yang bercabang ke arah tak berujung. Berujung sedih, bahagia, benci, kecewa, tawa, penyesalan, bangga, dan sebagainya. Siapa yang tidak pernah berbuat khilaf? Memang kodrat, dan kehendak Tuhan yang menginginkan manusia berbuat salah. Bukan hanya usaha untuk meramaikan neraka kelak, bagi yang percaya, melainkan untuk membuat manusia tahu mana yang benar. Hingga benar dan salah menjadi nyata, jelas bedanya.

Ketika kita mencapai ujung kebahagiaan, mungkin tidak banyak yang terpikir bagaimana proses menuju titik bahagia itu tercapai. Mungkin lebih banyak memori otak digunakan untuk memamerkan bagaimana kita bisa meraih bahagia, atau relung hati yang menanti bagaimana hal tersebut dikaji orang lain, hingga puji-pujian terlontar untuk diri sendiri. Manusiawi. Tidak apa-apa.

Siapa yang sanggup hidup sendiri? Semua yang hidup berdampingan, siapa yang tidak punya emosi dan kepentingan? Saya sendiri akui, saya penuh emosi dan beberapa kepentingan. Pernah menyakiti orang lain? Lahir dan batin. Saya akui pernah. Saya menyesal? Tentu terbersit.

Lalu apa?

Saya sadar ketika kesalahan menjelma dalam hidup dan merajai keseharian saya, membelenggu kebebasan rasa tidak bersalah, saya menjadi lemah. Singgungan yang saya yakin telah membuat hati orang lain terluka, perbuatan yang tanpa sengaja menguak kepedihan pada lawan bicara, atau penolakan lainnya, adalah bentuk bahwa memang sebagai insan, kita memiliki emosi dan kepentingan.

Lalu bagaimana?

Perlukah kita hidup tanpa emosi? Tidak begitu. Bukankah Tuhan Sang Maha Pencipta yang menciptakan segala atribut perasaan sehingga manusia kelak menjadi belajar? Tuhan tidak tidur, dan membiarkan segala bentuk kemaksiatan terjadi tanpa alasan.

Lalu kapan?

Ketika kita menyadari berbagai pelajaran hidup yang terjadi, ketika terjadi pada diri sendiri, atau ketika kita cukup cerdas untuk mencerna kejadian dari orang lain, dan ketika menjadi benar paham. Paham bahwa memang segala yang terjadi dengan alasan, dengan konsekuensi, dengan solusi.Pada waktu itu, waktu yang tepat. Jangan tergesa-gesa, jangan memaksa, jangan aniaya diri sendiri. Bersabarlah, sampai memang kita punya cukup tabungan untuk menyadari bahwa itulah hidup.

Lalu siapa?

Kita. Aku, kamu, dan seluruh penghuni planet bumi. Hidup berdampingan, tidak sendiri, kecuali hidup di gurun, atau kutub. Tetangga yang menyebalkan? Bos yang tak berhenti memberikan setumpuk pekerjaan? Supir taksi yang terus berusaha menunjukkan jalan yang melipatgandakan meteran? Pramugari cantik yang terkadang tidak ramah? Para ilmuwan yang merasa penelitian mereka tidak terbantahkan? Masinis yang kadang enggan untuk menoleh ke belakang? Semuanya. Semua, termasuk saya, dan kamu.

Lalu mengapa?

Inilah hidup.

Bahwa esok hari akan tetap tiba, bahwa kematian akan segera menjemput, bahwa kehidupan akan terus bergulir. Kesalahan yang kita buat, akan menjadikan kita kuat. Menjadikan kita tersadar, menjadikan kita terpelajar. Mahasiswa kehidupan. Akuilah kesalahan apapun yang kita lakukan dengan ksatria. Jujur, menjadikan hidup yang berdampingan tenang, dalam terang. Aku pernah bersalah, aku yakin kamu pun begitu. Aku malu mengakuinya? Tentu tidak, kalau iya, aku akan berhenti bersuara.

Sudahlah, aku hanya ingin hidup dengan bahagia. Hidup yang hanya sekali, hidup penuh maaf, hidup dengan jujur, hidup dengan manfaat.

Kamu?

 

Rumahku Bukanlah Rumahku

Hidup yang menyuarakan kedamaian. Ketenangan akan berlindung dari berbagai bentuk ketidaknyamanan dan usaha untuk memenuhi banyak kebutuhan dalam ratusan wujud. Sebuah sistem yang kadang kita sebut sebagai keluarga, biasanya bernaung pada suatu bangunan yang sama, ya, ketika belum datang masanya tiap anggota keluarga saling terpisah, berlindung pada satu tumpuan bangunan yang sama, boleh disebut sebuah rumah.

Kehangatan dan ketenangan yang diberikan sebuah rumah, maksudnya, diberikan oleh interaksi antaranggota penghuni rumah, akan menentukan bagaimana rumah dapat menjadi magnet bagi para penghuninya. Seberapa besar keinginan anak, ayah, dan ibu untuk kembali ke rumah, mengatur dan membuat sebuah rumah menjadi indah dan nyaman, seberapa besar keinginan penghuninya untuk mempertahankan kehangatan sebuah rumah. Sepertinya hal yang sederhana. Tapi, bagi beberapa keluarga, kehangatan sebuah tempat tinggal seringkali menjadi topik hangat.

Tidak sedikit rumah mewah di Jakarta hanya dihuni oleh beberapa asisten rumah tangga, sementara Sang Ayah dan Sang Ibu sibuk bekerja di hiruk pikuk Jakarta, anak-anak kuliah di luar negeri. Hangat? Belum tentu untuk keluarga tersebut. Atau rumah di kawasan Menteng yang mentereng dihuni oleh keluarga yang setiap hari harus bertengkar mempermasalahkan komitmen rumah tangga yang dirundung kemelut, sedangkan anak-anak berusaha mencari ketenangan dan kehangatan di luar rumah.

Bangunan berukuran 3×3 yang dihuni oleh 3 orang, atau mungkin tidak dapat disebut bangunan karena hanya bersekat jerami, atap terkadang bocor, lantai terkadang basah, angin terkadang berhembus masuk, juga disebut rumah oleh keluarga tertentu. Bahkan mungkin kehangatan mereka rasakan pada bangunan yang bagi beberapa orang tidak layak disebut rumah. Tapi, itulah rumah mereka. Tempat mereka menemukan suka dan cita ketika kesedihan melanda, satu-satunya tujuan akhir hari untuk beristirahat ketika kelelahan mendera, tempat bertukar cerita kejadian sehari-hari, juga tempat bertemu ayah dan ibu.

Berbagai kejadian mendewasakan penghuni rumah sehingga membentuk berbagai kepribadian yang mengarahkan kebiasaan yang bermacam-macam. Tidaklah perlu diuraikan kejadian apa saja yang mungkin membentuk kepribadian. Bahwa seluruh kejadian tentu menyimpan makna, hendak dimaknai sekarang, atau 5 tahun lagi, silakan pilih. Pada dasarnya, kehidupan dalam rumah juga turut menyumbang pembentukan kepribadian seseorang. Rumah yang dihuni oleh penghuni yang seringkali bertengkar, tentu akan membuat penghuni lainnya merasa tidak nyaman, dan sangatlah dewasa apabila akhirnya mencoba untuk menemukan ketenangan di luar rumah, karena itulah pertahanan hidup seorang manusia. Atau rumah yang diisi oleh ketidakjujuran, akan membuat seisi rumah ikut menjadi tidak jujur, atau mungkin mencoba menemukan kejujuran di luar rumah, jika memang cukup dewasa.

Pernah terbayangkan membangun sebuah rumah yang tidak memberikan kehangatan?

Tidak hanya seorang anak atau seorang ayah yang menjadi terganggu. Sistem yang kita sebut sebagai keluarga akan menjadi dipertanyakan. Seorang anak akan tumbuh kembang menjadi pribadi yang selalu berusaha menemukan kebahagiaan di luar rumah, seorang ayah yang justru memilih makan di restoran daripada makanan ibu, seorang ibu yang sibuk menyibukkan diri berbelanja berbagai barang di luar rumah untuk menghabiskan waktu ketimbang di rumah, dalam cara yang baik ataupun kurang baik.

Tidak ada yang patut disalahkan akibat karakter individu yang berkembang seiring dengan budaya yang terbentuk akibat keseharian dalam rumah. Ada atau tidaknya perbaikan untuk membangun keseluruhan sistem dalam rumah untuk menjadi lebih baiklah yang membuat rumah terasa sebagai rumah.

Di luar itu semua, silakan kita coba untuk mensyukuri pilihan rumah mana yang sekarang sedang kita huni, karena itulah kehendak Tuhan sementara waktu ini.

Stay positive, while your house is not your home. You’ll find it someday. 

Kedai Kopi. Kopi. Santai.

Courtesy from intelligentrunning.com

 

Berapa banyak kedai kopi yang bisa kita temukan di Jakarta? Ya, sebutlah tiap jarak beberapa ratus meter, atau mungkin di setiap mal yang jumlahnya puluhan, di banyak gedung kantor, atau mungkin warung-warung kecil pinggir jalan, berjualan kopi.

Dari kopi yang harganya Rp2000 per gelas, sampai yang harganya mencapai ratusan ribu pergelasnya, ya, sebut saja kopi termahal di dunia kebanggaan Indonesia, kopi Luwak. Dalam seruput demi seruput kehangatan yang ditawarkan kopi, dalam tiap rupiah yang kita telan untuk menuai sensasi biji kopi yang sudah melalui proses pengolahan panjang.

Mereka yang menggilai kopi, justru paham betul mana yang kopi betulan, mana yang mungkin kopi oplosan. *ada gak, ya, kopi oplosan* Jangan coba-coba menipu mereka yang paham betul aroma kopi Arabika, atau kopi Robusta, apalagi menipu mereka yang menggilai kopi dengan harga yang mahal. Tapi, tidak sedikit mereka yang rela hanya memenuhi gengsi untuk bersosialisasi melalui kopi. Ya, kopi juga merupakan salah satu bentuk sosialisasi, sama halnya seperti rokok, wine, atau fine dining. Sebut saja St*rb*cks. Anak Jakarta mana yang belum pernah nongkrong di kedai kopi itu? Ya, setidaknya mereka pernah mencicipi seteguk saja kopi olahan waralaba asal Seattle, Washington tersebut.

Fakta-fakta unik, penting, dan menarik tentang biji kopi, khasiat meneguk kopi secara rutin, efek samping kebanyakan minum kopi, juga tersaji dengan jumlah yang banyak di dunia maya, silakan googling. Bahkan, kopi juga disebut-sebut sebagai World’s Most Important Beverage

Saking merajalelanya kopi di dunia, tidak sedikit mereka yang percaya bahwa kopi dekat dengan kenyamanan, sehingga para pengusaha tidak takut untuk bertarung menciptakan kedai kopi dengan kenyamanan sekelas restoran. Tidak sungkan bagi mereka yang senang dengan tata letak suatu kopi, rela menghabiskan selembar uang seratus ribuan tiap kali datang. Bahkan, persinggahan di kedai kopi sudah menjadi gengsi tersendiri di beberapa kalangan. Banyak dari mereka yang memang senang minum kopi, namun tidak sedikit dari mereka yang terpaksa duduk di kedai kopi karena harus menemani temannya menghabiskan puntung rokok dan secangkir kopi.

Sayapun sering menghabiskan waktu di kedai kopi. Menyelesaikan tugas akhir yang njelimet (dulu), numpang wifi gratis, atau mungkin hanya sekedar ingin minum kopi menahan kantuk.

Santai, menghabiskan waktu, bertemu orang lain, ngobrol, meeting, keseruan yang mungkin dilakukan sambil duduk di kedai kopi. Indonesia sebagai negara yang memiliki kopi (yang menurut banyak orang adalah kopi terbaik di dunia) patut berbangga bagaimana kopi lokal dapat berprestasi di dunia internasional. Mungkin buat yang gak terlalu suka minum kopi, bisa coba menanam kopi, membuat lapangan pekerjaan. Atau mungkin mencoba menjadi pedagang biji kopi, atau barista di kedai kopi. Memahami, dan kemudian bersantai bersama kopi.

Have a nice Monday’s coffee!

 

 

Another “Real Stages” of Life

October 20, 2012 – My Graduation Day.

Sure you guys know exactly what you do now in daily. What to achieve, what to pursue, what to handle, what to fight for, what to believe, what to be responsible, what to keep our faith with, what to do.

I’ve just completed my 4-year education as an Geophysical Engineer, and graduated as bachelor. This is my new responsibility. When the university asked my vow to be committed as Indonesian Bachelor, I do my vow. To be fully meritorious Sarjana (bachelor’s degree in Indonesia) for the nation. Hopefully.

When I entered my university 4 years ago, it’s like a super new stage of life, which require another huge struggle and high-maintained mentality to deal with those experiences. I felt like a super tough person, that time. Struggled to finish my degree by a super complicated thesis defense, my friend would be admit it–ask them, and felt like I am the super duper brilliant individual, as well. Now, I am a graduate. Jobless. I should recharge my faith about it. And I am on it.

You should understand how it feel being unemployed. The spirit would come up and down while your soul keep convincing yourself which job is the better. Which type, which way, which salary, which city, which company, which industry should you worth to fight, considering things around your life. No supplementary funds to support your daily life since you are no longer under your parents’ full-responsibility, none. You should survive your life, as you are.

And, this is my now.

The point is, never give up on something you believe as your future, your another way of enjoying this harsh life, your dream. Whoever in this stage right now, don’t worry, I’m with you guys. Keep our spirit up!

NB: For everyone who finally touched and feel blessed to give me a job, just contact me. Seriously. ;p

Хало, Serbia and (accidentally) Merhaba, Turkey!

THE ITINERARY

Day 1: [Jakarta] Soekarno-Hatta International Airport [Singapore] Changi International Airport
Day 2: [Istanbul, Turkey] Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and Klassis Resort Hotel
Day 3: [Belgrade, Serbia] Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Hostelche, Kalemegdan Park, KFC – Studenski Square, Usce Shopping Center, Mikser Festival 2012, Ada Ciganlija, ‘?’ Restaurant
Day 4: Belgrade Fortress, Military Museum, Gyropolis – Knez Mihajlova, Nikola Tesla Museum, Danube Riverside
Day 5: Zemun, Danube and Belgrade Fortress ‘Crazy’ Walkside, Pizzeria Trg – Republic Square
Day 6: IGSC Day 1, Glumac Food Shop, Red Bar – Skadarlija
Day 7: IGSC Day 2
Day 8: IGSC Day 3, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Day 9: [Istanbul, Turkey] Istanbul Atatürk International Airport [Singapore] Changi International Airport [Jakarta] Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

Thursday, May 24, 2012

This is the time for 3rd AAPG/SEG/EAPE International Geosciences Student Conference in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. I’ve been invited by the committee through my scientific paper “Geophysical magnetic method for detecting intrusion body and lithology ucomplex in Parang Mountain, Karangsambung, Central Java, Indonesia” which also composed with Dimmas Ramadhan (@dimramad).

For any Indonesian citizen who planned to go to Serbia, I’ve got some tips for tourist visa application:

  1. Prepare all documents needed to support your application. There will be application form (asked through email:embjakarta@serbian-embassy.org) attached with a 3.5 x 4.5 cm photograph, proof of sufficient funds (bank statement, credit cards, etc), invitation or sponsor letter from recognized institution or organization in Serbia if any, hotel booking, and flight ticket.
  2. Send all the requirements through email. It actually already ease your job without having to submit it directly to the embassy in Jakarta.
  3. Pay the nonrefundable visa fee (Type C €60 paid to the embassy’s bank account). For you whose live in Jakarta and nearby, I suggest to debit your Rupiah cash directly through the Deutsche Bank in Jl. Imam Bonjol, not far from Bunderan HI. Don’t bring original money (euro) to the bank or else you should pay service fee ($10 or €10).
  4. Send the bank payment proof also to the embassy’s email.
  5. Make sure you are having sufficient time before your departure to Serbia at least 3 weeks after applying visa. They need to send the documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affair in Serbia, got authorization, then come your visa is accepted. Don’t take a risk applying visa in a short time before departure, it may caused visa rejection.
  6. Visa approval or rejection. If your visa is granted, you may directly take your visa sticker to the embassy after paying (€2) through the bank, or you may send additional fee together with the sticker fee(€30) so the embassy send it to you by DHL.
  7. Have your trip to Serbia!

Flight Turkish Airlines from Jakarta – Singapore – Istanbul

This trip would be my first Europe Solo Trip. Turkish Airlines TK067 plans to depart on 19.50, but there were 30 minutes late, may be caused by the heavy traffic in Jakarta’s airport. The flight to Singapore were about 1:20h and leaving the aircraft for an hour in transit room. Singapore to Istanbul were taking 10:30h with one time inflight snacks, one time dinner, and one time breakfast. 13:00h total. The flight attendants were not really helpful, since they comment too much on anything that they was not supposed to. The meals, so so.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Istanbul Atatürk International Airport

After arriving in Istanbul Airport, I was checked the gate number for connecting flight to Belgrade in the giant screen. Second check, third check, later I asked the information officer. My flight was not on display. He told me to go to the transit desk. Officer in transit desk told me that the 07.45 flight to Belgrade was cancelled, so I transferred to the next flight in 18.45. I heard a man beside my line, he was delayed until next 2 days. This was my first time having a cancelled flight. The airlines told me that they were gonna give me a hotel until my next boarding. But, the weird part is that I have to pay the Visa on Arrival ($25) on my own. It may caused of my passport. Indonesian passport needs to pay the visa on arrival fee. After getting the visa, I went to the passport control, stamped, and moved to the Turkish Airlines Hotel Desk. Again, they kept us waiting for about 30 minutes after they made the reservation for the hotel. There were about 20 persons whose flight was cancelled and brought to the hotel with me.

Klassis Resort Hotel

The trip to the hotel was an hour and a half, long trip. I was hoping that the hotel in the central town, so, I can make a short explore around the city. But, what I got was different, the hotel was having their own beach and like nowhere-to-go. Yet, the hotel was incredibly huge, but old-designed. I have never been in such a huge hotel like this. I also having my lunch here, buffet. Thanks to Turkish Airlines, at least, I got a chance to taste expensive food before many days ahead which has been planned to be in a very tight outcome. Using a van, they dropped us to the airport whose got a boarding time in the afternoon.

Klassis Hotel Resort, Istanbul

Klassis Hotel’s beach

Istanbul Atatürk International Airport, again

I still have 2,5 hours before my boarding time. I looked around duty shop, bought some Turkish Delights and collectible items, and grabbed some early dinner in food court. I thought the price in Turkey a little bit pricey. But, I don’t know about the outside’s condition. I continued my flight using TK1083 to Belgrade in 18.35. It delayed for about 20 minutes. The flight to Belgrade were about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport

Finally, after a long trip, I landed in Belgrade! The airport was not really big, many parts of it still under renovation. Most of Serbian people was tall, if its compared to me, and they walked really fast. Most of the girls and boys were good-looking, so, what are you waiting for? HAHA. For you who first come to Serbia, they got tourist information desk near the baggage claim area. The officer was very nice and helpful.

Some important info might be useful from me:

  1. Make sure you have a valid visa to enter Serbia.
  2. In the airport, you might a little confuse of queue line in passport control. They have the line special for crew, for EU and not requiring visa passport, and other passport. But they were not really into it, just in line which the officer existed. Doesn’t matter.
  3. Currency in Serbia is Serbian Dinar (RSD), make sure you have it. The rate in airport and city is almost equal.
  4. For cheapest travel to the city, I used bus no. 72 from airport. They come every 30 minutes, and fortunately, I just need to wait about 15 minutes. You need to have the BusPlus card, the topup card for paying fees, or else just pay cash to the driver. The fare is RSD150 (about €1.3 or IDR15,000). I met a very friendly driver and asked him to drop me in the area which I point from the map given in the airport. You may use taxi, a little bit expensive, but, make sure you ride the authorized taxi from the taxi counter near the baggage claim also. The taxi to the central will be around RSD2000
  5. Around end of May, daily temperature was 8 C – 28 C. So, bring your jacket.

Hostelche

I finally used the bus no. 72 and dropped of at the last stop, Zeleni Venac. Took a walk, and a litlle lost. Most people I met around there ever heard the name of the street, but they forgot which street it is. Because, finally I recognise, the Kralja Petra street is connected with the famous pedestrian area, Knez Mihajlova, which many of another street were also parallel connected just like Kralja Petra does. But, at last, I found the street. The thing you must take note, is “Ulica” is Serbian language for “Street”, and they did not write the street’s name in latin alphabetical. So, very careful.

The girl at receptionist were very nice, Bojana was her name. She asked me whether I’m going to take a rest or grab some meal, but I choose to sleep, yeah, because you know, it took almost 2 days trip from Jakarta until i finally arrived at Belgrade’s hostel.

Kalemegdan Park

This famous and must visit park is located very close to my hostel. Only about 5-10 minutes walk. In the morning, most of the people used to take a walk with their dog, while the others may sit down to relax and chat, or read the newspaper. At some border, you may find the famous Belgrade Fortress, but I haven’t planned to enter it, so, next day would be okay. The fortress from the outside actually making me goosebumps. An old historical building, as the part of Serbian’s history is in front of me. I must go inside. At another border, there was also many bench right to see the beautiful scenery of New Belgrade and also the junction of Sava and Danube River. This was amazing, I shouted many times, “This is amazing! I love this city!”

So, ended up, I took around, the Belgrade Fortress from the outside, Monument of Gratitude to France, Great Staircases, Belgrade Cathedral, walk along Knez Mihajlova to find a food, and finally went to the KFC.

National Bank of Serbia

Belgrade Fortress

View of Danube River and New Belgrade from the Kalemegdan Park

KFC Studenski Trg (Students Square)

The menu was totally different with another KFC I have ever met. There were mostly chicken wings, chicken strips, and another specialties. I ordered chicken fillet burger RSD220 (Filet sendvic), a mixed-berry pie RSD150 (Tortica), and a cup of hot chocolate RSD105 (Topla cokolada). Total of RSD475 for my breakfast. The pie was so delicious.

Usce Shopping Center

It’s actually quiet far from the Students Square, but I took a walk from there. In the map, it may look like only 1 or 2 bus stop, but if you really walk, it may took almost 30 minutes to get to Usce area. So, this shopping mall is one of the biggest and most modern shopping mall in Belgrade. Yea, shopping time! The way back, I took the bus. Oh, I almost forgot, if you pay using BusPlus card, it only cost RSD60, for all trip, half cheaper than pay cash.

Mikser Festival 2012

It a long walk since the morning I left the hostel. I went back to the hostel, took a rest, and not long after, my roommate was came back and ask me to join him and another friends. So, there are five of us. Two of my roommates coming from Germany and Hungary, and there are also another two Scottish brothers Rob Huntley (Canada) and Seoras Speirs (Ireland).

So, we were going to Savamala, to see the festival. It is the Biggest Regional Festival of Creativity. So, there were an almost-demolished-and-old building filled with an art materials, there were also “recycle” area just to remind us to always be care with these things, also creativity workshops by Chevrolet, etc. They had like 38 buildings which joining the festival showing their own creativity of each building.

My Hungarian friend came back to the hostel, while me and the rest continued to the lake, like the plan at the first time.

Remake Recycle Rethink Recreate Reset

Mikser Festival 2012. Find the yellow in Savamala, Belgrade

Ada Cigalinja

Stephen was right to took a cab to Ada Ciganlija. It was cheaper and much faster. We paid the cab RSD408, divided by 4 persons, so per person wouldn’t be more expensive than took a bus.

It is an artificial lake in the middle of the city. City’s people called it Belgrade’s Sea. The river was dammed so it looks like a lake. The beach from the far, it may looks like sands, but after you see in closer, it was gravels, actually.

We had a chat in the lakeside bar, talked almost about everything, social, religion, damn-politics, in our own country. Nice time, actually.

I drank water for RSD260, while the others’ beers just RSD180. Yeah, beers are just cheaper than mineral water. We went back to the Republic Square, so we can split easily to the nearest point back to our hostel. Stephen and me were heading back to the hostel. Taxi from Ada Ciganlija to Republic Square was RSD560.

Ada Ciganlija

‘?’ Restaurant

Yes, blame me to be too lazy to walked out the hostel. Today was very tiring. This famous ‘?’ Restaurant was fortunately located just next to my building (Kralja Petra Street 6).

I ordered ‘Serbian Beans with sausage’ and water. Aaannddd, it’s my another bad not to rechecked it, I forgot about most of the sausage were pork, while I don’t eat pork. The waiter was very nice so they change my meal to Beef stewed goulash. The taste was delicious, and worthy. It all costs RSD750.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Residence of Princess Ljubica

Bajrakli Mosque

Serbian National Assembly

Belgrade City Assembly – Old Court

Belgrade Fortress

As I noted in the previous day, I must get in to the fortress. This a free of charge entry. All I can say is Amazing! Just like fortress in movies, with double gates, tanks, and friends. You will be in the Upper City, if you entered from Kalemegdan Park, and obviously, you would be able to stare the beautiful panorama of Lower City and the junction of Sava and Danube River, as I previously mentioned. The pictures will tell you more.

Belgrade Fortress 2nd gate

Belgrade Fortress (Upper town’s view from Lower town)

Monument of Gratitude to the France

Military Museum

This museum is located just in the area of the fortress. Pay RSD150 and explore the history of previous Serbian war, since they were with Yugoslavia, Turkish invasion, Montenegro separated, etc. A total complete of piece of history you could find in ordered number and sign. It was also good to see the silent witness of the Serbian history.

Military Museum

Gyropolis – Knez Mihajlova

Not really far from the Kalemegdan Park, and very close to Kralja Petra Street, i found the food shop. The meal was named Gyros, I thought it were originally come from Greece, yeah, let me say it was a Greek Wrap or Kebap. The price was only RSD250, why I said it ‘only’? It is a perfect fast food lunch. With much fries and chicken meat, it’s worthy. You can pick the mayonnaise, while the man offered me the traditional one because I was confused of many options, you can asked whether you like tomatoes, onions, etc, and you can also pick the meat, pork, chicken, or mixed. Just asked them!

Chicken gyros

Nikola Tesla Museum

I was told by Stephan from Germany that I should visit the Nikola Tesla Museum. From the very beginning, I was wondering, Tesla should be very important to the country, besides, yes, I know, Tesla was a world’s great scientist and inventor. So, I got to the Tourist Information Center in Knez Mihajlova, and fortunately the officer was really nice and helpful. He’s speaking english very well. He told me to go straight on to the museum, and for easiness, he suggested me to take a walk instead of having bus. I walked about 30 mins to the museum.

I got to the museum around 1 pm, the ticket officer told that in that time, they had guide with Serbian language, while the English-guided tour will be on 2 pm. I was waiting in the park not far from the museum, until it’s rain, I wait in the lobby. The museum fee was RSD500 with or without the guide, included the movie.

The guide was explained it very well, attractive, and informative. The most important inventions made by Nikola Tesla was the motor (stator and rotor) which generate the magnetic field from inducing metal, if I’m not mistaken.

There were also an attraction which also the part of the invention. So, some people in the groups were holding the neon bulbs, standing around the appliances which generate 250,000 watt of electricity and also great lightning. Without touching the bulb to the appliances, the bulb will lighted on, because of the magnetic field happened by the rotating metals around the generator.

Another show, the lightning which could generate wireless electricity for the model so the model could moved, was not conducted through our body, but our skin. This called ‘skin effect’. I felt it, a little shocked, but not killing or hurting at all.

They also got the bed, drawers, and room-stuff which occupied by Nikola Tesla together with his personal belongings. This things is regularly moving around the worldwide. So, we were lucky to having seen it today in our trip. What a great experience, the worthy one.

The bulb is on!

Nikola Tesla’s room

Danube Riverside

I met with this nice Albanian-Croatian friend, was lived in Serbia also Montenegro, now used to live in Netherlands, named Goran Zekaj Tarik (www.goranzekaj.com). He is an graphic designer, photographer, web designer also his cat was also a moviestar. He was organizing his exhibition in one of the building in Mikser Festival which I attend yesterday. Yeah, finally I got someone to asked many things about the country. We talked alot, exchange the information about both country. We went to the cafe in the side of Danube River. Goran was taking me through the shortcut from Kralja Petra street, using stairs downwards, and voila, here we are in the riverside of Danube River.

I just knew that most of the building in the riverside are clubs, cafes, and restaurants. But, I haven’t took any pictures, so sorry 😉 Anyway, thanks Goran!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Today, I was almost running out of plan. So, let anything happened as it could be. I first planned to go inside the National Bank of Serbia which located near my hostel. They told has a visitor center and modern gallery which opens Mon-Fri from 10-16h. When I was about to leave the hostel, XXXX from the hostel suggest me to go to Zemun. I was thought ‘How could I did not ask her how to there. I already planned to go there, but too lazy to ask. So, she explained me a little history and the way to get there. It’s not really far, so I just let my feet took me there. I grabbed my lunch in Usce Shopping Center, in New Belgrade (Novi Beograd), so I don’t think you guys want to read about it anymore. 😀

Zemun

I took the bus no. 84 from Brankova Bridge down the Glavina Street in Zemun. Once again, the bus fare was flat everywhere RSD60 if you’re using your BusPlus card. Less than 15 minutes by bus, I got there. On the way, just seen the Palace of Serbia on the left, the old Hotel Jugoslavija which is not operated anymore, I thought some part of the hotel were changed to be a Grand Casinoe, but the rest of the hotel seems never been touched, kinda spooky anyway.

So, hop off in Glavina street, I felt the different atmosphere of the city. Yeah, Zemun was the only city which existed in the war time, while the other part of New Belgrade was swamps. So, you can imagine, while the Old Belgrade occupied by Turkish, then Zemun was the only area of Yugoslavia to fight the Turkish directly.

I walked down along the Danube River, found a group of iBikeBelgrade (www.ibikebelgrade.com), pictured some churches (Church Sv. Nikola, Haris’s Chapel of St. Demetrius, Roman Catholic Church of Blazene device Marije), Remnants of the Medieval Fortress and Millennium Tower on Gardos Hill, Zemun Cemetery.

Actually this was a small town, which still occupies by the the people. Most of them are not English speaker, even a young man. The area somehow complicated even you with a map, so, be really well prepared with enough information or guide.

Zemun

Gardoš Tower, Old Zemun

Danube and Belgrade Fortress ‘crazy’ Walkside

View of Danube River and New Belgrade (Novi Beograd)

So, at night, Goran was made his promise to accompany me on the other night, so tonight was the other night. We chatted alot, talking almost about everything, up and down the hills, walked through railway, went to the ship factory, trashes’ final station, and many other part which wouldn’t be seen by tourist. Another thank to you, Goran. We walked like about 3 hours, yeah, three hours. That’s somehow amazingly a long time to walk and chat nonstop. I thought the way Goran chosed was almost equal to my orientation time in campus, just for you who understand the situation. *Right, TERRA?*

Until I gave up and hunger to the fullest, finally we went to Pizzeria Trg, a pizza and pancake store around Republic Square. I went to eat the pancake with Nutella and Banana’s topping. But, the pancake here was more like crepes in Indonesia, but the crepes itself was thicker and softer, not crispy that way. It costs only RSD130, and somehow, because I miss the sweet meals, it was like the best meal I ever eat, so far, here, in Belgrade. *too much*

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Belgrade Cathedral

I thought the conference would be started on 9. I came to the hotel before 9, and everybody just like don’t know about the conference. Until, the very kind Prof. Snezana came to me. She was very warm and gladful to welcome me to the city. She also already knew my name! So, she explained about the schedule and took my poster which would be my presentation’s media for tomorrow.

I went back to the hostel for awhile. I grabbed my lunch in Gyropolis, yes, it also one of my favorite.

(I will make separate post regarding on the 3rd International Geosciences Student Conference)

After the conference, I, again, met Goran in Republic Square. He was just watching a theater play with his family in National Theater. I asked him to eat yesterday’s pancake, because I really like it. We went to another food stall, and I tried different toppings. Now, with traditional chocolate cream, banana, and cherry. Btw, thanks Goran for the treat!

Republic Square (Surrounded by National Museum, National Theater, and National Art Museum)

Skadarlija

Like he always ‘did’, he took me around like don’t-know-where-to-go. He supposed to find his favorite bar, but he didn’t remember the place since he always went there by car. Finally, we went to Skadarlija Street, which acclaimed as the oldest street in Belgrade. This street was another atmosphere of the street side cafes. Along the street, and area, you would easily find restaurants, cafes, or bars. People like to spend their time here. Just get here if you’d like to feel different atmosphere. People here until the late of night. We went to Red Bar, nice bar. Quiet full of people, but still nice.

Skadarlija

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Today is the second day of IGSC. As I have mentioned before, i will make another post about it.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Just grabbed a quick dessert in a building’s cafe, in Milentija Popovica 5B, Smokvica, and ordered Cheese Cake RSD260 and Orange Juice RSD230.

After the halfday-skipped’s conference, I went back to take my luggage at hostel. Yeah, Hostelche was very nice to let me put my luggage even I have checked out. I met Bojana, the nice girl who received me at the first day, and then it’s her shift when I left the hostel for the last time. I like Bojana very much, because she is very nice, informative, and I thought we have something in common, right, Bojana? 😉 See you, when I see you. Thanks Hostelche, for giving me such an experience, the very new one. Now, I understand why do people love to stay in a hostel, the one like Hostelche. Full of kind people, we can have roommates from all over the world to share everything, and that’s worth more than the price you have paid for the room. Priceless.

Brankova Street. Old building.

Friday, June 1, 2012

So, just for anyone information, I got a kinda long trip back to Jakarta. Belgrade – Istanbul for 1:45h, transit 0:30h, Istanbul – Singapore for 10:15h, transit 0:45h, and finally Singapore – Jakarta for 1:30h. Fiiiuuhh, looonnnng waaay. But, finally, I’m hooome from my first solo trip!