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Monday, March 30
Rumours have spread about Indonesia's current president. It is crucial for every person, even leaders, to make mistakes, but that doesn't change who they may be. HOW they deal with their mistakes is what matters.
As I scrolled through my Line, I saw a post shared by a friend, regarding Indonesia's lack of discipline and so on. I couldn't say it any better, so here's the writing:
To all my Indonesian brothers and sisters;If you can read this article in English and understand it without any problem, chances are you’ve got a good education, good enough to communicate in a foreign language, or you’re open-minded, open-minded enough to know that being able to speak English doesn’t make you less patriotic.
In fact, this whole article is about patriotism. Yes, Indonesia. I’m looking at you. Sharply. And the smart people of Indonesia, you too. I want to say this: We failed our country, didn’t we?
I was pretty hopeful to see the new Indonesia, since we have our new president and a new set of parliaments. But Indonesia is the same, even backward. I know there are many people, just like me, put their hopes up along with the new Jokowi administration. I also understand change doesn’t happen over night. But looking at the situation in my country, I wondered if change ever going to happen. Nothing’s wrong with the new elected President. He’s a man of integrity and very down-to-earth. But putting him in a society who refused to change is like putting world’s best driver in a broken car: it doesn’t matter. It’s not going to work.
I feel so saddened. I feel frustrated. Our society, our people, my people, your people, we don’t understand even the very basic rules: You put the trash in a trashcan. If you can’t find a trashcan, it’s not going to hurt you to carry your trash until you find one. You follow the way the traffic goes, you don’t drive your motorbike in the opposite direction when everyone goes one way. You don’t drive your motorbike at the sidewalk – that’s not for motorbikes, but I’m sure it’s very hard to understand. It’s rocket science. And if you got killed in an accident as a result of your moronic act, at least we finally come to understand that stupidity literally kills. Although in some place there is no written rule, you don’t smoke in a public restaurant or in a public space: there are babies, kids, and pregnant women there. Walking a little bit further from a public space to smoke is better than having everyone inhales your selfishness. You form a line by going to the back of a person in front of you or if you happen to be the first person there, stand in the line behind the counter. No, you don’t form a line by standing on the left or right of the first person, that will only create anger since it’s never clear who gets there earlier than who. And no, being an hour late is not funny anymore. It’s pathetic.
I see too many Indonesians don’t understand (or understand but refuse to do) those basic rules, and yet we dream of a new Indonesia: a free-corruption country. Tell me how do we stop corruption at a national level when we can’t even stop ourselves from smoking in front of kids? How do we stop corruption when we can’t even stop throwing trash out the street from the windows of our expensive cars? How do we stop corruption when we can’t even stop people who drive the opposite way? There is a reason why Indonesia is called a developing country: because our character is still being developed. We can put someone as honest as Mahatma Gandhi to be the president of Indonesia, but if we keep our character the way it is right now, not even Gandhi can make a change. Indonesia, I say this out of love. Let’s not fool ourselves. We’re a broken car.
We boast ourselves as a religious country, a country that believe in God and acknowledge the existence of different religions. We’re really committed in doing our religions rules: if you’re Islam, you’d be busy praying 5 times a day and suggesting the usage of hijab to the females. If you’re Christian, you’d be busy deciding which fancy church you can go to and check-in on Facebook, and even busier deciding which music the church should have on. Now tell me, if our religion is so great, why doesn’t it reflect in the country’s condition? If we pray to God as hard as 5 times a day, why the kindness of the God we worship does not illuminate the country? What do we do wrong here, my Indonesia? How do we go wrong?
I remember a tweet written by Rizki Ridyasmara, the author of The Jacatra Secret. He tweeted, “Indonesia needs a dictator who means well for the country.” If we can’t go soft anymore, let’s go hard. Let’s put on ourselves a punishment, a fine, or a jail time if we break the rules. Let’s say it’s wrong when it’s wrong and it’s right when it’s right. Justice should serve any religion at any status.
We say we refuse any kind of western influence because it’s not aligned with our values. I tell you what. People in the western side of the world, they don’t need a rule to line up. They don’t need a punishment so that they would throw their trash in a trashcan. And they don’t smoke in public, with or without a sign telling them to do so. As much as you hate to hear this, maybe, just maybe, we do need western influence. If their society understands the basic rules as if it is installed in them, maybe, just maybe, there are one or two values we can learn from.
And if you still understand the content of this article up to this point, my friend, it has been our responsibility to educate the country. So far we fail. But as long as there’s still tomorrow, there is still hope, and I’ll keep trying through the articles that I write here or at IndonesiaMengglobal.com. Take your part. Education is one way to help our people from this mentality for education is the most powerful weapon to change ourselves, the most powerful weapon to change your family, the most powerful weapon to change the society, the most powerful weapon to change Indonesia.
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Saturday, March 21
It'll only be three more weeks until my big exam, and then I... won't be necessarily free. I still have to study for the public universities test incase I don't get through those by report cards. Anyway, I cannot wait until senior year is over. It is such a pain to know that from now on until then, you will only be learning them six examined subjects. Thank goodness my school still keeps the PE lesson, otherwise my brain would just die. I mean, SEVEN periods of math per week? And SIX periods of biology, chemistry, and physics per week? That is deadly. So I thought, maybe I could do some silly and undetermined doodle to keep my brain's creative section on and alive.
Sunday, March 8
FESTIVAL KERONCONG MUDA INDONESIA
The first ever Keroncong festival and competition for the youth! Event is held on Saturday, 14 March 2015 at Sekolah Pilar Indonesia, Cibubur. Keroncong festival starts at 13.00!
As well as a very interesting event, a photography workshop & competition with the one and only, KOMPAS senior phtographer ARBAIN RAMBEY! The photography workshop is a workshop to take amazing pictures with your dearest smartphone. To register for the workshop, contact (line): janisargeswara or call Ibu Kiki/Novi during working hours at 021-8493-6222.
So what are you waiting for? The entrance is free, the music is relaxing and the night is young.
SHARE the art. PRESERVE the music. JOIN the fun.
Sunday, March 1
It amazes me how honest I can be when I write. I have a stack of hand-written letters on my drawer that I never got/afraid to send. This March I will be quite busy, and I think my mind will go nuts for a while because my art, ICT, and music lessons are cut due to the preparation of the national and school exam. I am glad that my PE lessons are still there to keep my class semi-sane. Thank goodness for music. March is known for the Java Jazz Festival, one of the biggest jazz festivals in SEA, which I will be attending on Saturday. Therefore if anyone is going there as well, let us catch up or meet up and scream our hearts out into an unknown music blasting from the stage. My school is also having Festival Keroncong Muda Indonesia for the first time, and yes I will also be there [for I am one of the committee]. The entrance is free, the food stalls are mouth-watering [IMAGINE KUE APE, MARTABAK, KUE PUTU... Oh thank God for traditional food] and you get to watch quite a lot of keroncong performances that will make you feel really grateful for being an Indonesian.
Like wise, one of my goals in life is to create better bonds with my friends and families. I am glad that this March started nice, because: Early in the morning, I danced with six very, very beautiful girls that I love so much. At noon, I went to a family lunch and catching up with the Djanos have always been pleasurable. Right now, I am home with my dearest ones, with our fingers covered with oily butter after eating my failed mini muffins.
If you aren't a senior and have flexible schedules, go get some fun this March. Go to Pantai Indah Kapuk for a day and have a culinary trip. Go to Sawarna, Banten for a better beach than Anyer. Hop on to a commuter line and commute around Jakarta, making stops at random places. Jakarta is big but easy. You won't get lost. Try pilates or boxing. It only lasts an hour or two. Burn them calories. Drive to Sentul for fresh air that's only an hour away from the mid-city noise. Run at the Car Free Day, and eat interesting street foods. Surprise your oldie-but-a-goodie friend and talk until the sun sets. Plan a trip for the summer. I mean, planning is the greatest part.
You know what? Even if you are a senior, go get some fun. A little fun won't hurt.
Have a great March, lovers.
Wednesday, February 25
For my english practical exam, my class was told to make a speech about anything. So I made a speech on Indonesian music. Hope this persuades you Indonesians and non-Indonesians to listen to our local music as well.
Today, I would like to talk to you about a big deal that not everyone is aware of: good local music. The Westernization of art and culture into Indonesia is spreading quickly without us knowing it is. Therefore, we automatically know more international music rather than our own music. Why yes, some people might say Indonesian modern music is a shame, since they aren’t meaningful and have very bad music arrangements. Well, I thought of that too a few years back. But I grew up going to music festivals and events, that I received a bunch of very good Indonesian music that is worth listening to. And I want you guys to consider listening to them as well.
Indonesia has very high levels of culture, which leads to a variety of music, outfits, languages, visual and performing arts, and so on. Although we are built out of various music, Indonesians would still like to catch up with what’s trending and due to that, they will create a new kind of music. The new kind of music they will create will definitely be different than western music, because we have traditional music. Gamelans, angklung, keroncong, dangdut… The list goes on! With the creative minds of our youth, they could combine Indonesian and modern music into one. An example of a local duo that is greatly influenced by Indonesian traditional music is Parisude. White Shoes and The Couples Company also produced an album on their arrangements of traditional music which is amazing.
Remember when I said most Indonesian songs aren’t worth to listen to? Well, that’s just because the bad ones hide the good ones! Nowadays, music isn’t art anymore, but it’s business. The more money you make, the success you’ll be. But ‘more money’ doesn’t determine whether you music is good. Since the radio is determined to play the newest songs there are, they don’t really care whether it is considered good or bad. There are good Indonesian songs on the radio, for example Raisa, Sheila on 7, RAN and Maliq & d’ Essentials… However, the media in Indonesia should explore that hidden/independent music and play their songs instead. I mean, did you know a band called White Shoes and The Couples Company have traveled around the globe, bringing Indonesia’s name with them? That’s because the not-so-important music news hid the amazing news!
Finding good local music isn’t hard. You just need a will and an Internet connection. Explore websites such as Soundcloud, 8tracks, Youtube or last.fm, and the list of Indonesian music will blow your mind. Follow on twitter or instagram a variety of hangout places, because some Indonesian acts usually have a gig at cafes and restaurants. And lastly, go to local music festivals! If you’re not allowed to go by yourself, ask an older sibling, a friend or even your parents to accompany you. Local music festivals usually cost around Rp. 50.000 – Rp. 100.000, but I promise you, it is worth it. I once went to a festival called Djaksphere’s Joyland Festival, and I watched some very powerful and soothing acts that changed my paradigm on Indonesian music.
As you can conclude from my speech, Indonesian music is wide and some of them are really good. You just need to know where to look. If the locals start listening to their own music, the music will expand. And when the music expands, it will probably be recognize internationally. When it is recognized internationally, Indonesia will create an outstanding progress that will benefit the country and the people itself.