KORU (Season 3, Episode 1)

This drama called KORU, a story of some people who work as volunteer in Waiheke Island, in New Zealand. There are two guys and two ladies as main stars this drama. Hasan (23) is a man from Indonesia, Carmen (20) is Chinese lady, Michael (20) is Polish guy and the last one is Anne-Sophie (19) from Switzerland. They haven’t met each other before and then an international student-run organization unite them in a project called KORU. That organization is AIESEC Auckland. And the drama made based on true story.  Enjoy reading each of the scenes

Scene #1

First meeting with completed team.

Location               : University Auckland

Everyone has to be boarded in University to go to harbour and then take ferry to the Island. Hasan has waited for 1 hour and eventually the rest of the team came. Carmen came the big luggage, Michael came with the big yellow backpack and Anso who just arrived from her 26 hours flight came with her black big luggage. They had a guy from AIESEC who managed all the things to go to the Island.

Scene #2

Arriving in Waiheke Island

Location : Matiatia Ferry – Onetangi, Waiheke Island

Robin and Bryan

After 45 minutes trip from the city to Waiheke Island, they finally arrived in harbour, well-known as Matiatia Ferry. They’ve been told that somebody will pick them up. When Hasan heard about that, he expected that the one that would pick him is the Jennesse. She was the one who interviewed him before he accepted in that project. Then he found it wasn’t. Two old people waved their hands and said “Welcome to Waiheke Island.” An old lady is Robin and the old man is Bryan, they are about 70 years old. They took them to the cottage where Hasan and his friends would stay. The cottage is so lovely then Bryan invited them to have dinner together. What a great welcome!

Scene #3

First day work.

Location : Onetangi – Man O’ War Bay

New Zealand Fact : More Sheeps than Human.

First day was a orientation day for them. Bryan is the chair of Forest and Bird which is the NGO that Hasan and his friends work for. He took them around Waiheke to see all the reserve that Forest and Birds manage in the Island. He also took them to popular places in Waiheke. They found it was so beautiful places, they saw green hills along the way. It was so extraordinary especially for Hasan. Since he arrived four weeks ago, he has never seen any sheep in Auckland and at that time he was able to see hundreds of them. He even took a picture with them.

Scene #4

Grocery Shopping

Location : Supermarket

Fully Loaded Refrigerator After Shopping

Living together with new people and new habit is not that easy easy with them. They need to buy some grocery stuff to survive during their stay. They found a way to cook by themselves. As first step they bought a lot of food stocks for the first week. They come from across of the world so they must have different prefferance of food. Indonesian and Chinesse often eat rice and Polish and Swissh don’t. That small thing actually unites them in one decision because they have to respect each other, buy rice. At least, the grocery shopping has taught them a valuable thing: cross-cultural communication.

Scene #5

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Location : Cottage

The Cottage

They have to cook by themselves. Everyone has different taste of food but not everyone can cook. Deciding what to cook and who cook also takes time. They kind of enjoy whatever food that they have for each meal time. Even sometimes failure happens. They plan to have country special cooking in the next week.

Scene #6

Tree Plantng

Location : Reserve

Tree Planting

One of the job descriptions that they have to do is planting trees. In the first week, they have target to plant 300 trees in the reserve. Tree planting activity is new things for Carmen, Hasan and Michael but not for Anso. Her father is gardener, so sometimes she has to help father to plant something. They do three steps of planting : (1) Digging the hole, (2) Plant the tree and (3) Pour fertilizer.

Scene #7

Track working

Location : Forest and Bird Reserve

Getting Rid of Dead Leafs

Another physical work that they have to do is track building. Reserve area of Forest and Bird has various birds and trees. It’s good if people can see the diversity of nature inside the forest so they build the new track to make people easier to walk in the forest. They get rid of the dead leafs among the track with the rag.

The first week was over and they came to the city to have fun with all AIESEC member. Hasan, Carmen and Anso went to Auckland Museum karaoke and Michael didn’t go with them. WHY?

—– TO BE CONTINUED —–

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I think I’m Falling in Love to Auckland

“Thanks Driver!” a passenger said while getting off from the bus. It woke me up from the mind of silence. From that point of time I could assume that people in Auckland always appreciate each other. Bus driver is the one who help them to go to anywhere in Auckland. They appreciate it by saying thank you every time they get off from the bus. How friendly they are! This is the reason why I love Auckland.

It has been several weeks since I arrived in biggest city in New Zealand, Auckland. I’m working with AIESEC Local Committee (LC) Auckland at the moment, well-known as Cultural Envoy Exchange Development (CEED). I’ve been through meeting by meeting to know AIESEC Auckland very well. I’ve met a lot of AIESEC member in New Zealand especially in July Conference.

My CEED Team

Shadow (Maccau), Rachel (Mainland China), Jun (Seattle, US) and Me (Indonesia)

Attending conference in New Zealand is so worth. AIESEC New Zealand has a vision of revolution this year and I’m so sure that they can do it. How can I be so sure about that? I saw a high excitement during the conference. Each LC in New Zealand has strong passion to have a better performance in current term. The enthusiasm could be seen from their proactiveness in each session. I’ve participated in all session in conference and been in different group of people. There were 2 sessions that I like most. Firstly was the presentation skill session and secondly was OGX simulation session. Most of people asked to me about the difference between NZ conference and Indonesia conference. I’d probably say that there is no difference about the session but NZ conference has a lot of awards to delegates. Gobo, race gracey, chappie, the womble, man of the conference, woman of the conference and Honey to name those. Gobo is the most anticipated one! It goes to LC that helps OC and Facis most and participates most in each session. That’s actually a good way to encourage all delegates to be more active in session. JulyCo was held at Mototapu Camping area which is located in the quite Island and it takes 40 minutes walk from the wharf to get there. The venue is bloody beautiful but its way too cold for me. This year, AIESEC Auckland has honour to be a host of JulyCo and they did it very well. Excellent! GOOD JOB guys!

Island Where JulyCo is Located

Mototapu Island

Venue of JulyCo

JulyCo's Venue

Wif All JulyCo Delegates

Delegates of JulyCo New Zealand

I attended another AIESEC event called Changeover on the day I arrived. It was the occasion to officially start a new term of AIESEC Auckland. The awarding night was done in University Hall and the changeover party was held in one of the bar in city. I was still blank about AIESEC Auckland so I did nothing and I just enjoyed the show. One thing that I love most was the chocolate tradition. The previous EB gave a chocolate to the current EB. Each chocolate has different brand that describe the personality of each EB. It was so sweet. Another sweet thing I had was cakes from Josh Levent in the end of the show. Thanks for the cakes-giving moment. I love it! I finally went home to my host family. I was totally exhausted and a lil’ bit jetlag.

EB of previous Term

Previous EB Team of AIESEC Auckland

Cakes-Giving Moment

Cakes-Giving by Josh Levent

I stay at one of AIESECer’s house, his name is Shingo. He works in IT Company and he went exchange to Padang last year. When I just arrived and I didn’t know where I’d stay but then I found my second home in Auckland. I met Shingo’s mom and had talk while having breakfast in the morning of my second day. She’s so good, she always reminds me about my mom who is the best mom in the world. Shingo’s family is Japanese so everyday his mom always makes Japanese food. Yeah, it’s like I’m on exchange to Japan. Me and Shingo’s mom always spend time together watching TV and having conversation just like what I always do back home with my mom. At first I was confused how to call her, but then she asked me to call her Mom. I’d love to! We’re getting close day by day. We went jogging together, made origami and cooked together. She also asked me to go to neighbour with her. They are very nice to me. I’m having my new family right now.

This is house where I stay

Shingo's House

Cooking Tempura wif my hostmom

Cooking Tempura w/ HostMom

Dinner with hostfamily, Sushi Time!

Sushi Time with Host Family

Visiting Neighbour

Visiting Neighbour

Thanks AIESEC! If I wasn’t AIESECer, I wouldn’t be here.

Ash Cloud Drama

I’m in a drama called “Ash Cloud Drama”. I suppose to be in Auckland today but things are changing. There was a volcano disaster in Chile and it affects whole flight to pacific continent meanwhile few airline is still operating but JetStar isn’t either. In fact, my flight to Auckland was cancelled. Once a plane that took me from Jakarta to Singapore landed, I got a text from Jetstar regarding the cancellation. Couldn’t imagine how panic I was. It was terrible. I was out of my mind. I didn’t know to whom I should confirm about that since my phone didn’t work. Just one thing in my mind : If I was told before I depart from Indonesia, I’d probably stay there.
Time answered everything.
I arrived at 12.45 hrs (Friday) and straightly headed to transfer counter and it wasn’t opened yet. I waited until 16.00hrs and finally saw the counter open but I didn’t get any certain thing about when I’d be able to fly out to Auckland. Since my luggage was supposed to be on the next flight I took but then it was cancelled so I didn’t know where it was. That was probably another thing that might cause panic situation. The only certain thing I knew was my flight was cancelled. Couldn’t repeat it more.
My flight is cancelled.
After waiting for an hour, I finally got a clear situation. Jetstar provides a hotel to wait until the next flight. Yeah, good and bad news came up at once. At that time, I started to make friends with other cancelled-flight passengers. I met Penny and Henna who are local people from Auckland who just finished their holiday in KL. We’ve talked a lot of thing and finally went to hotel by taxi. Anyway, taxi fee was refunded by Jetstar.
I didn’t expect a fancy hotel. One thing came up in my mind is I got it for free so I can save my money during waiting in Singapore. BUT I finally found that the hotel is fancy, I think it’s one of the 4-stars hotel in Singapore. I stay alone in the big room with big LED 3D TV inside and swimming-pool-view right from my window. I thanks to Jetstar about this. Cancelled-flight is never always devastated.
Hey, now I’m enjoying free holiday in Singapore before I go exchange and ceed in AIESEC LC Auckland. I called all my friends who live in Singapore and met up with them in a bar. It was such a wonderful Friday night.
I’m making a lot of friends here. I call it as JetStar Family. I’m a lucky bastard!
Different story comes from Maya. She’s from Argentina. She’s been here for 3 days without knowing when the next flight would be. Once she knew that her flight was cancelled she looked for another airline but it away more expensive, it’s like 5 times from JetStar’s fare and she didn’t buy it and decided to wait. Before she finally checked-in to hotel where I stay, she was told that a transport that was provided to go to airport but it wasn’t. The transport took her to another hotel not to Airport. One question I asked to her, “Was the hotel better than this?” Can you guess what she answered? The answer is YES. Can’t imagine!
This is totally unexpected thing, so I can do nothing about it. Just wait and enjoy every good moment in Singapore. WHAT A LIFE-CHANGING-EXPERIENCE!

Ash Cloud Drama

I’m in a drama called “Ash Cloud Drama”. I suppose to be in Auckland today but things are changing. There was a volcano disaster in Chile and it affects whole flight to pacific continent meanwhile few airline is still operating but JetStar isn’t either. In fact, my flight to Auckland was cancelled. Once a plane that took me from Jakarta to Singapore landed, I got a text from Jetstar regarding the cancellation. Couldn’t imagine how panic I was. It was terrible. I was out of my mind. I didn’t know to whom I should confirm about that since my phone didn’t work. Just one thing in my mind : If I was told before I depart from Indonesia, I’d probably stay there.
Time answered everything.
I arrived at 12.45 hrs (Friday) and straightly headed to transfer counter and it wasn’t opened yet. I waited until 16.00hrs and finally saw the counter open but I didn’t get any certain thing about when I’d be able to fly out to Auckland. Since my luggage was supposed to be on the next flight I took but then it was cancelled so I didn’t know where it was. That was probably another thing that might cause panic situation. The only certain thing I knew was my flight was cancelled. Couldn’t repeat it more.
My flight is cancelled.
After waiting for an hour, I finally got a clear situation. Jetstar provides a hotel to wait until the next flight. Yeah, good and bad news came up at once. At that time, I started to make friends with other cancelled-flight passengers. I met Penny and Henna who are local people from Auckland who just finished their holiday in KL. We’ve talked a lot of thing and finally went to hotel by taxi. Anyway, taxi fee was refunded by Jetstar.
I didn’t expect a fancy hotel. One thing came up in my mind is I got it for free so I can save my money during waiting in Singapore. BUT I finally found that the hotel is fancy, I think it’s one of the 4-stars hotel in Singapore. I stay alone in the big room with big LED 3D TV inside and swimming-pool-view right from my window. I thanks to Jetstar about this. Cancelled-flight is never always devastated.
Hey, now I’m enjoying free holiday in Singapore before I go exchange and ceed in AIESEC LC Auckland. I called all my friends who live in Singapore and met up with them in a bar. It was such a wonderful Friday night.
I’m making a lot of friends here. I call it as JetStar Family. I’m a lucky bastard!
Different story comes from Maya. She’s from Argentina. She’s been here for 3 days without knowing when the next flight would be. Once she knew that her flight was cancelled she looked for another airline but it away more expensive, it’s like 5 times from JetStar’s fare and she didn’t buy it and decided to wait. Before she finally checked-in to hotel where I stay, she was told that a transport that was provided to go to airport but it wasn’t. The transport took her to another hotel not to Airport. One question I asked to her, “Was the hotel better than this?” Can you guess what she answered? The answer is YES. Can’t imagine!
This is totally unexpected thing, so I can do nothing about it. Just wait and enjoy every good moment in Singapore. WHAT A LIFE-CHANGING-EXPERIENCE!

Random Trip to Tidung Island

After a long nite of boys’ nite out, I and 6 of my friends decided to go Tidung Island last Saturday (11/06). We’ve never done a plan in hurry. I could say it was a random plan but it’s totally worth.
Tidung Island is located in Kepualauan Seribu. It’s about 2 hours away from Muara Angke Harbour. You have to go there by boat. Kepulauan Seribu is one of the regions which has a lot of islands, Tidung, Pramuka, Payung and Bidadari Island to name a few. Tidung is quite more popular than other Islands.
This is what I love from all my friends. We take it all the things easy, so we don’t really care about where we’d stay and what we’d eat. Just go and see what would  happen then.

We finally met someone who take cares all the things we need. I thank to Bedul because he called a local man who organized our activities in Tidung Island.

On Saturday, we arrived at Muara Angke Harbour so early. It was about 6.30 AM. A local man said that the boarding time to the boat was 7 AM. Once I arrived, I couldn’t hold myself to pee. That was terrible when I saw a very long line at the restroom. There was only one restroom for men and women. Couldn’t complain more about the facility of restroom near the harbour.
We arrived at 11.00 AM and directly got to homestay. For your information, there are no such a fancy resorts or hotels in Tidung Island. All tourists stay at local people’s house. Don’t worry though, most of the houses have air conditioning and it’s very comfortable.

After we finished one plate of rice and fried chicken we headed to go snorkeling near Payung Island. We got there by boat. We played around with fishes and coral reefs. It was so beautiful to see what happened in deep of ocean. All fishes seemed really happy when they got smile from us. I felt the hospitality of them. Sadly, no one brought underwater camera but we were still excited.


After 30 minutes snorkling, we headed to the beach and boarded to go on Banana Boat. Wow! But it was just 10 minutes riding. I wasn’t that satisfied.

Now, we’re going to the most favourite spot in this holiday. At first, I was quite wondering why there were a lot of people standing on the bridge and looked down to the sea. But then the local man told us that the bridge, well-known as Love Bridge, is the most favourite spot in that Island. I thought it’s because we could find our true lover but I was wrong. People who were standing were waiting to get the turn to jump from the bridge to the sea. Quite challenging, it’s because the height between bridge and water is 8 meters. It’d be just like you jump from your top of 2nd floor of your house. Hmmm, I was thinking to try and I did it. At first, I was scared when I looked down to the water but then I was brave enough to jump. Here we go!!!! I jumped and then I wanted more and more. It was kind of an addictive thing to do. We were running out of time because the boat driver was waiting for us so I could only jump twice. But tht’s okay. It was totally awesome to realize that I could do it.

Great and easy-going friends, astonishing island, exciting water sport and Love Bridge are things that make my holiday wonderful. You’re such great friends, guys! Perhaps, this is my last trip with you before I leave from Indonesia. Thank you very much. Let’s do another random plan again at times and break the ‘ordinary’.

Letters to God

Extravagant. That word comes up when people describe a lifestyle of American family. In fact, it is not as like as you see in American TV serial or movie. Somewhere in America has another story of family that might be even far away from what people think about.

It may happen to Doughtie’s family. They have been in the tough life when his son, Patrick “Tyler” Doughtie, was dying because of brain cancer. A single mother of him has gotten through everything to cure his son. In another day, she realized that she must be strong to let him go. In year of 2005, when he was about 10 years old, he died. As a matter of fact, his spirit will always be alive around us.

His inspirational story has inspired David Nixon to direct movie titled “Letters to God”. Tanner Macguire was killing the part of Tyler. This talented boy has made fabulous work. His acting has touched everyone who watched it. He has shown how Tyler fought with his disease and kept writing letters to God. He believes that God has chosen him as a warrior.

Even though there are a lot of bible quotes, story of this movie has universal message for everyone. It is that faith would make people stronger when they’re suffering.

Letters to God the movie is highly recommended for people who feel down because of life. Failure of examination, job seeking and profit seeking could be nothing compare to what Tyler has gotten through a battle with cancer.

“It feels like everything I touch turn to dust. It feels like it’s slipping through my fingers.  I can’t hold on to anything,” movie quotes. Whenever you feel the same as that quotes, you have to try writing a letter to God and sharing everything like Tyler did in the movie

 

Ide, Kamu Di Mana?

Semua yang ada di dunia ini memang berawal dari ide. Dunia pun diciptakan brawal dari sebuah ide Tuhan dan Tuhan pula yang membuat ide tersebut menjadi nyata. Tetapi tak ada ide yang melebihi ide Tuhan tersebut, karena manusia itu jauh berbeda dengan Tuhan. Bahkan seorang manusia pun terkadang sulit untuk melahirkan sebuah ide.

Mencari ide itu ada kalanya mudah dan ada kalanya susah sehingga kita harus dapat memanfaatkan suatu momen disaat kita punya banyak ide. Apa sebenarnya ide? Tidak ada pengertian yang pasti tentang ide. Dalam kacamata penulis, ide adalah pemikiran yang muncul baik secara sengaja maupun tidak sengaja. Dimana manusia dapat menemukan ide? Pertanyaan ini mempunyai jawaban yang cukup panjang. Ide bisa ditemukan dimana saja, di atas lemari, di bawah kasur, di kamar mandi, di luar, di dalam, di sana, di sini dan di mana-mana. Ini terlihat seperti lelucon, tetapi memang kenyataannya bahwa ide bisa ditemukan dimana-mana.

Ada beberapa faktor yang mempengaruhi mengapa manusia sulit menemukan ide. Hal yang pertama adalah timbulnya sugesti dalam pikiran manusia bahwa ide itu harus bagus sehingga secara otomatis manusia membatasi diri dalam mencari ide. Padahal hal ini yang menjadi faktor utama timbulnya kesulitan mencari ide. Faktor kedua adalah malas. Manusia mengandung kadar kemalasan yang cukup tinggi. Jika seseorang itu giat maka orang tersebut memiliki anti-malas yang cukup tinggi. Rasa malas tersebut yang membuat manusia kesulitan melahirkan ide. Hingga saat ini belum ada penelitian dalam hal penemuan obat anti-malas. Yang ada adalah obat untuk meningatkan antibodi dan itu tidak ada korelasinya dengan anti-malas.

Beginilah salah satu contoh penulis blog yang berada di jalan buntu dalam proses menemukan ide tulisan. Semuanya tidak berarah.