the children

20 Sep 2016



If you've never heard a website called Top Documentary Films, you must check them out like right now! I spent a huge amount of my time watching docs from that website. Fuck the rom-com, the thriller, the drama, these are real stuff. They always got me in tears. And sometimes ago i watched War/Dance and Invisible Child. I'm lost for words to tell you how they made me feel. Absurd. They creeped my soul away.

Children have the right to grow up in an environment in which they are enabled to reach their full potential in life. And it’s the duty of parents, other caregivers and family members, communities, civil society and governments to ensure that these rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

Meanwhile the armed conflict has affected the lives of millions of civilians around the world. And children are the most vulnerable one during the conflict. Millions of children are injured, homeless, lost education, or orphaned by war. They may be refugees, internally displaced or migrants.

In war-ravaged lands where schools have been closed, fields destroyed, and relatives arrested or killed, many children voluntary and involuntary becoming a child soldier, forced labor and trafficking for sexual slavery. Those options are more attractive alternative than staying home alone and afraid. Furthermore, they earn money by being a soldier, labour, etc. Those child become the way they are simply to survive.

They are children; no matter where they come from, whoever they are, and without exception.

They do not bear any responsibility for the bombs and bullets, the violence, or the country’s politic situation. But they are, however, always the first to be affected by war and conflict. This needs to stop. 

It’s not their responsibility; it’s us that made it happen in the first place.

Children have enormous energy, high curiosity, a great willingness to learn and an innate sense of justice. Given the opportunity, children are the doctors, teachers, inventors and leaders of tomorrow. It wasn’t without a reason why children are called the world’s future.
If only they have the chance to learn and grow, and to develop their potential, they can be a source of stability and economic progress. Girls and boys should be encouraged and supported to speak up for children's rights and to take an active role in their own protection against abuse, violence, exploitation and discrimination. 
The children are willing to be exploited and not being in school, because the school doesn't give them money. So instead of lecturing them about biology, mathematics, physics, etc which i think is important, but less suitable to their situation, i think it will be better if we offer the children something else like, SPORT! (also really inspired by Invictus, how a diverse country can be united in the name of sport), music, art, etc to improve their soft-skill. Or also vocational trainings like sewing, carpentry, etc so they can earn money from that.
Children are the ones who are very vital for deciding how the world is going to be after some years. So if one can do some good in the life of a child then there can be change, at least a slightest change, in the world to come. And if more people have the same awareness and the same vision about this then we can hope of a better future ahead.


P.s: Thanks to LIMUN 2017 that became my main motivation to write this. 



Indonesia Merdeka Hari Senin

25 Agt 2016


*this post is written in Bahasa* 

Suatu pagi yang cerah di SDN Inpres Moilung, Sulawesi Tengah. Seorang Bu Guru sedang mengajar di kelas 5b, lalu bertanya kepada murid-muridnya. 
"Anak-anak, siapa yang tau kapan Indonesia merdeka?" 
"Aku tau!" 
"Ya, Ani. Apa jawabannya?" 
"Indonesia merdeka hari Senin, Bu!" 
"Kenapa hari Senin?" 
"Soalnya tiap hari Senin ada upacara bendera, Bu." 
Hening sesaat, 
"Ada yang punya jawaban lain?" tanya Bu Guru 
Seisi kelas menggeleng.


Cerita diatas merupakan cerita nyata, yang saya baca disini, dan kemudian dengan sesuka hatinya dielaborasi dan diberi sedikit bumbu oleh nalar imajinasi saya pribadi.

Termotivasi untuk mencampakkannya disini karena satu dan lain hal. 

Dari kegaduhan mengenai status kewarganegaraan menjelang tujubelasan, isu sekolah full-day, carut-marut bakal calon gubernur di ibu kota, kemenangan Indonesia di partai final ganda campuran, sidang kopi Vietnam yang kunjung usai, dan yang teristimewa headline salah satu surat kabar nasional pada tanggal tujubelas yang berbunyi "Kaum Muda Merdeka Berkarya" . 


Duh, kalau-kalau ada yang peduli. Baru-baru ini saya menginjak kepala dua.

Mereka-mereka yang muncul di halaman surat kabar nasional tadi itu, masih muda-muda seperti saya. (re: Ghalib Kubat, Wregas Bhanuteja, Eldwin Viriya, etc) 

Dua puluh taun saya hidup kok rasa-rasanya belum pernah melakukan sesuatu yang bermanfaat bagi nusa dan bangsa.

Bung Tomo berumur 25 tahun saat bertempur di pertempuran 10 November.

Christina Marta Tiahahu menginjak 17 tahun saat berperang melawan koloni.

W. R. Supratman umurnya 21 tahun saat menyanyikan Indonesia Raya untuk pertama kalinya di Kongres Pemuda II.

Apa iya saya harus bergerilya puputan hingga semaput seperti begitu?

Katanya, jadi mahasiswa yang lulus tepat waktu dan tidak jadi pengangguran saja sudah meringankan beban negara kok, syukur-syukur jikalau malah membuka lapangan kerja baru. Ah tapi kok, rasanya masih saja kurang yah dibanding pemuda-pemuda di atas.

Minggu lalu saya ditampar oleh si Andrew Morgan dengan salah satu dokumenternya, The True Cost. Masih sering saya menyimpang dari jalanmu, pak Rick Ridgeway. Tak segan menunggu berbulan-bulan untuk punya merk tertentu dengan harga miring. Bantu hamba, tegur hamba, tapi jangan kau tinggalkan hamba. Inilah namanya budak-budak kapitalis. Korban-korban merk. Padahal sering cuci mata di website AOTW. Ironis. Semua iklan itu tujuannya jualan, kawan. Ya pasti ada tipu-tipunya. Kenapa sikapmu masih tak ubah jua, Bulan. 

Percuma saja upaya Alim Markus dan Titiek Puspa menjerit-jerit "Cintailah produk-produk Indonesia!", masuk kuping kiri keluar kanan.

Bukannya membantu, malah menambah utang negara.

Ah sial, susah kali jadi pemuda!

Awalnya ingin mencampakkan tulisan ini dengan dua bahasa biar seru, gara-garanya teman saya ada yang sedang candu main duolingo. Tapi kebetulan bulan lalu saya selesai baca buku ini dan itu. Bagus bukunya. Saya jadi semangat lagi menulis dengan Bahasa, malah jadi malas inggris. 

Kalau kamu tidak semangat  membaca yang Bahasa, ya sudah tidak apa-apa. Tak ada yang paksa. Tapi kalau sudah terlanjur, ya sudah terima kasih ya. Jangan lupa mampir lagi di lain waktu. 

Dan mari berharap semoga Bu Guru tidak lupa bilang pada seiisi kelas bahwa Indonesia merdeka tanggal 17 Agustus 1945. Amin



a situation where you have no idea how you end up there

20 Jul 2016

the interview


Last couple months, i'm trying so hard to make a good post. I'm trying really hard to post more words than pictures. I wanna write something that matter, something like #BlackLivesMatter, or the attack on Istanbul airport, or about Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama's speech. Something that worth your time to read. But  still got nothing yo.

So here we go.

Have you ever been in a situation where you have no idea how you end up there? Like how did you become best friend with your best friend? or how did you even know about Facebook at the first place? or how you stop watching Power Rangers when you were a kid?

I remember it was mid 2009. My chairmate, an alternative-rock enthusiast, having this music-related conversation with another boy that sat behind us, I remembered trying to join in with saying that I like Greenday (since i only know that one) and they were like “Boo, Greengay! they sucks.”

That was like a slap in the face. I shut up. But i remembered they once mention about Arctic Monkey. Going home, in order to be fit in (yeah, i was that pathetic) i downloaded the Arctic Monkeys songs. Three songs of them.
+ The view from aftenoon (check out the MV, reminds me of Whiplash! HAH!)

At that time, songs on my phone either HSM ost or Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber’s first single, BABY. So can you even imagine how my reaction is when I heard those songs.

It freaking hurt my ears at that time. So i delete it. I gave up trying to fit in.

On 2011, i move to Bogor. One of my classmate, Sapi, saw my playlist then laughed. "ew disney.." she said. She told me that i should hear ARTTM. So i did. Since that i started paying attention to any other bands, trying to evolve my playlist. I remembered how hype i was about The Killers. I also remembered seeing All Time Low on MTV. I started diggin’ them and guess what, my ears didn't hurt from listening to their song. HAH.

Then one day my classmates discussed about whose band has the best drummer. Someone said, Arctic Monkey. BOOM. My brain relive those 2009 memory.

The next thing i know, when i got home i tried to listening to arctic monkey. 
Their songs started to make sense.

Now its 11pm on 19th of July 2016, and here i am crying over this.


Fun things i found on internet when i wrote this :
- Kurt Cobain's suicide note. I. just. can't.
- Oh how i love when people analyses art with a logical thinking, a writing about Alex Turner's voice 

Ps : not a big fan of arctic monkeys, just tryin to track down how i end up listening to their song


The art of being alone

30 Apr 2016

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper


Call me a laggard but the truth is I just discover how to use podcast on iPhone....

and God knows how joyful I am to ever discovering this podcast and stuff.  There's a lot of superb podcast channel out there, but my current favourite is 99% Invisible. I've been listening to their podcast almost every morning during my walk to campus! I see myself as a "visual" person than an "audio" person. Among the 4 basic communication skills, listening is the most difficult one for me. So listening to podcast really helps me improving my listening skill.

Also, I kinda wonder why podcast isn't that popular in Indonesia.

Anyway, last week I listened to The guardian's podcast, who interview Olivia Laing (the author of The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone). They talked about the connection between isolation and creativity. Its such a good podcast, that inspires me to wrote this post.

And the book itself talks about how Olivia Laing explore the lonely city (re: New Yorkby way of art. Its so cool, how the loneliness can affect some artist's works (from Edward Hopper's Nighthawks to Andy Warhol's Time Capsules, from Henry Darger's hoarding to David Wojnarowicz's AIDS activism) and suggest we should all be a little less frightened of being alone.

From what I experienced, we live in a society where children raised to be social and make many friends. Then they grew up thinking that "alone" is associated with "shame", "anti-social" and "unwanted". As a proud introvert, its actually irritating for me being with people that fear of being alone. People needs to understand the difference between being alone and being lonely. Even one says that lonely itself have two different reasons, because the lack of intimacy with human being or because the lack of connection with like-minded person.


Agnes Martin, an American minimalist-abstract painter, once said that 
"The best things in life happen to you when you're alone."

I've read somewhere, that there is a term called "Spotlight Effect", it refers to the tendency for individuals to think that others are observing them more closely than they actually are. Based on the research, people actually aren’t paying as close of attention to your appearance and actions as you are because they are too busy paying attention to themselves. I mean like, maybe you're the only one that realise you're having a bad hair day or your shirt is the wrong size. 

So the next time you're walking the wrong direction, no need pretending to check your phone before turning around. 
Because less likely people see that.