Traveling to Pulau Tunda

Sunday morning, April 10th 2016, some groups of professionals gathered in Dermaga Ancol and Jalan Sudirman, to travel together not only for vacation but also for volunteering. Those groups were from Komunitas Inspirasi Jelajah Pulau (KIJP) Batch 5, which just expanded their area of voluntary works from Kepulauan Seribu to northern Banten province. Eventually there was also another group of KIJP Batch 5 that already departed on Saturday morning since they were heading to Pulau Sebira, the northest island of Kepulauan Seribu, even closer to Lampung province.

Membangun Generasi Jujur di Pulau Tunda | Photo by Harditya Pragola

I was blessed to be assigned into a group full of cheerful and creative people. They are professionals with various background: medical doctor, banker, marketing communication, humanitarian aid agency, entrepreneur, CSR planner, art director, environmentalist, fin-tech, social media consultant, digital agency, journalist, etc.

The recruitment committee placed 18 of us to Pulau Tunda. It is located in northern Banten province, 2-3 hours from Karangantu. The island is about 300 hectare with two main villages: east and west. There was only one elementary school there, and we were going there to share our life experiences while building connection with the local people and planting seeds of dreams to their kids. It was also a beautiful place to visit as seen on Instagram, especially for snorkeling, diving, fishing, or photo-hunting for dolphins.

That Sunday we departed from Jakarta around 7am. It took around 2 hours to get to Karangantu, Serang. Some people said that Karangantu was the second largest pier after Sunda Kelapa in the history of Sunda. Our bus stopped in front of sun-drying salted fish area where our boats anchored. If you want to get there by public transportation, you can take a bus from Jakarta to Serang, and then change to mini bus from Serang to Karangantu. Make sure you arrive at Karangantu before 1pm since there is only one public boat (KMP Tunda) from Karangantu to Pulau Tunda per day.

After waiting for almost an hour, our boat finally came. It was a small boat with a single machine, with maximum capacity around 25 people. We took a rest for a while since the boat was moving.. so.. slowly. [insert zootopia's sloth here] Make sure that you bring your powerbank or additional battery for camera since there is no electricity at Pulau Tunda during the day. Moreover, your cell phone will be useless unless you use Indosat or XL and stand in the corner of the pier to find proper 2G signal.

Payung Teduh

Finally I watched the live performance of one of my most favorite Indonesian musicians, Payung Teduh. It's been few times I missed their concerts due to deadlines and other things, but finally I made it last Sunday at Red Festival, where Payung Teduh performed with my other favorite musicians: WSATCC and Sore. The most special thing about Payung Teduh is they are one of very rare Indonesian bands with a balanced mix between very good music - fusion of pop, keroncong, and jazz - and brilliant poetical lyrics. Perfect!

Sketch of "Berdua Saja" – by @aselaastrelia

But there is nothing tricky from Payung Teduh’s popularity. The quartet’s instant fame proofs that people miss good music with good lyrics. The attempt to “normalise” keroncong music into something more tangible is another strong point from the Depok-based quartet. Asked about their music in an interview with BBC Indonesia, they revealed that the calming, soothing mood is deliberately embraced to counter Jakarta’s tiring life. "Jakarta is already super hectic, at least our listener could sit down and relax a bit with our music," they explained. – Sounds From The Corner #11

Berdua Saja


Ada yang tak sempat tergambarkan oleh kata
Ketika kita berdua
Hanya aku yang bisa bertanya
Mungkinkah kau tahu jawabnya

Malam jadi saksinya
Kita berdua di antara kata
Yang tak terucap
Berharap waktu membawa keberanian
Untuk datang membawa jawaban

Mungkinkah kita ada kesempatan
Ucapkan janji takkan berpisah selamanya

Menuju Senja


Harum mawar di taman
Menusuk hingga ke dalam sukma
Dan menjadi tumpuan rindu cinta bersama
Di sore itu menuju senja

Bersama hati yang terluka, tertusuk pilu
Menganga luka itu di antara senyum
Dan menapaki jejak kenangan di sore yang gelap ditutupi awan
Bersama setangkup bunga cerita yang kian merambat di dinding penantian
Ada yang mati saat itu dalam kerinduaan yang tak terobati

Harum mawar di taman
Menusuk hingga ke dalam sukma
Dan menjadi tumpuan rindu cinta bersama
Di sore itu menuju senja

Baru saja kuberanjak beberapa saat sebelum itu
Ada yang mati menunggu sore menuju senja, bersama..

Harum mawar di taman
Menusuk hingga ke dalam sukma
Dan menjadi tumpuan rindu cinta bersama
Di sore itu menuju senja

Untuk Perempuan yang Sedang di Pelukan


Tak terasa gelap pun jatuh
Di ujung malam menuju pagi yang dingin
Hanya ada sedikit bintang malam ini
Mungkin karena kau sedang cantik-cantiknya

Lalu mataku merasa malu
Semakin dalam ia malu kali ini
Kadang juga ia takut
Tatkala harus berpapasan di tengah pelariannya

Di malam hari
Menuju pagi
Sedikit cemas
Banyak rindunya

My Year in Review: 2015

This post is basically a regular review of my life, lessons learned from what went wrong and what went right in the past year.

Backpacking mode - in front of Duomo di Milano (2015)

Intermezzo: For much better year-in-review contents, just watch the following videos and skip the remaining stories of this post ;)