Ups and Downs
Saturday, December 20, 2014 // 0 comment(s)




Never Give Up, satu kata yang selalu manjur bagiku di saat mulai lelah menghadapi hidup. Keinginan boleh banyak, mimpi boleh tinggi. Tapi, semua itu nggak berarti kalau kamu cepet putus asa. Berkali-kali gagal? It's okay. Take a deep breath and start over. It works for me kok. I know for sure what I want to do in life. Tapi, setelah 20 tahun berlalu, I wasn't getting closer. I'm not giving up. To keep myself busy, aku buka online shop, which worked very well. Dari situ, aku belajar buat komunikasi sama orang lain, distributor, bahkan belajar berbisnis! Yes, rasanya otak nggak bisa berhenti mencari cara buat menghasilkan profit.

Nggak cukup dengan online shop, di kampus, aku sibuk ikut seminar dan kepanitiaan. Tujuan awal sih buat berburu SKP (kredit wajib dari universitas). Tapi, it felt nice to get to know new people. Beberapa waktu kemudian, aku dapet kesempatan buat jadi volunteer di acara bergengsi, Sunday Market. Aku sama sekali nggak tahu kalau bakal dibayar. But hey, I got 300k for two nights! Jumlah yang lumayan buat anak yang masih minta uang ke orang tua sepertiku. Waktu itu aku sedikit shock dengan dunia malam di Sutos. I had to witness all those wilderness (drinking, smoking, clubbing). Thanks buat Apa yang mau jemput dini hari selama dua hari jadi volunteer di sana.

Welcome Party 31 Des 2014
That volunteering activity ternyata jadi salah satu tiket buat jadi reporter di DetEksi. Yap, my beloved uncle, Rukin Firda, ngabarin kalau ada lowongan di DetEksi Jawa Pos as reporter. I got in! Berbekal kemampuan menulis and of course wawasan tentang pop culture, aku diterima dan menjalani welcome party di pergantian tahun 2014-2015. I was sooooo happy. I got new friends, Bogi, Bobi, Gelar, Rere, and Icha. They all came from different universities. But only Bogi, Bobi, and me who can make it 'til now.
Setelah itu, my life can never be the same. Nggak lagi bisa 'kupu-kupu' (kuliah-pulang). Nggak bisa lagi nongkrong lama di kantin. Nggak bisa lagi pulang dan ngobrol lama sama Ama. Nggak bisa lagi tiduran baca buku. I can say that my job ruins my teen life. Aku harus ke kantor pukul 17.00 sampai paling cepat 20.00. Hari Sabtu selalu ada weekly meeting yang dimulai pukul 11.00. Tired? YES! But, this is what I love to do. Nilai kuliah emang sempet anjlok. Aku pun berniat buat menebusnya next semester. I believed aku bisa me-manage waktu dengan lebih baik setelah adaptasi selama sekitar enam bulan.
The Soemarto's on Vacation July 2014

But God had another plan. Serasa Dia nggak mau aku terlalu fokus sama kuliah, or He knows I'm capable to manage college and work, aku diangkat jadi editor sejak Agustus. Tapi sebelum itu, setelah liburan bersama di Hari Raya, that beloved uncle who told me about the vacancy passed away. I honesty didn't too close with him. But, somehow, he influenced my path. Uncle-ku adalah redaktur Jawa Pos. Dia yang biasa mengoreksi tulisan-tulisanku sejak SMP. We usually shared books, well, his books. I look up to him. He was a brilliant man with a lot of adventures to envy. We also love music. I still remember the day when we sang karaoke of Ada Band feat. Gita Gutawa song at a restaurant. I still remember when we had an awkward moment on the office's elevator. I didn't cry a single tear on the day he died. Tapi, waktu aku harus kembali ke kantor, it feels like he's still there, walking trough the door and say hi to me. Sampai sekarang, rasanya beliau masih ada, di rumahnya, cuma jarang main ke rumah dan lagi ambil cuti. I'm glad his daughter is strongest one. I'm proud of her.

Well, setelah jadi editor, porsi kerjaku bertambah. Aku semakin kewalahan untuk urusan kampus. Thanks to all my friends (Faiz, Prima, Mila, Ocy, Mirtha, Maria, Ima, and Riska), I can keep up with every single assignments. Keadaan jauh lebih sulit saat aku harus jadi editor DetEksi Convention. Waktu masih sekolah aku jarang dateng ke event itu, waktu jadi reporter belum pernah jadi penulisnya, eh langsung jadi editor. I had tons of hard times, but I survived. Ama selalu ngasih dukungan. Nggak jarang ucapan 'aku pengen resign' keluar dari mulutku. Tapi, beliau selalu bikin aku yakin if it's the right thing to do, if i won't regret it later. And I'm glad I didn't resign!! :)


Everything you do, just enjoy it. You'd do better for the thing you love. Curhatlah ke orang yang bakal membimbingmu ke arah yang lebih baik. Jangan ke orang yang ternyata syirik dan nggak punya misi yang sama to move forward. Pokoknya, surround yourself with positive people, like what Taylor Swift do. Dengan begitu, kamu juga terpengaruh buat ngelakuin hal-hal positif ;) Welcome to 2015! Semoga tahun depan lebih banyak hal-hal inspiratif dan membanggakan.

God bless us all x

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Sunday Market Surabaya Vol. 4
Monday, December 30, 2013 // 1 comment(s)


It was started when I felt so desperate 'cause what I did was just sitting in front of my laptop or laying on bed to read books. I already knew that I wasted my time. So I'm not sure what I was looking for that day, but I ended up on +Hestia Istiviani 's twitter and started to stalk her. Apparently, she is an activist on campus and outside campus. And I was inspired. From her tweets, I know about SYC (Surabaya Youth Community), TEDxTugu Pahlawan, and of course, Sunday Market! They were looking for volunteers. Without asking my parents' permission, I signed up. And few days later, they called me for meeting. I knew I was gonna step into a whole different world.

There were only six volunteers (including me!), which is less than vol. 3's volunteers. I met Gagat, Edo, Oddy, Lini, and Sita. And my, umm...some kind of volunteers' coordinator, named Tinta and the other crew. They were cool, and so adult. It was like I'm the only junior high student and they're professional workers. But no worry, Sita was my best bud there! x) We shopped, we talked, we shared....hell yeah she's like my own sister. There was a moment where we spent our really 'quality' time cutting plastic for the tenants to cover their stuffs. Well, I was happy to do that, but my bones were disagree.


"SUNDAY MARKET is a conceptual market which combining four elements : Fashion, Music, Art and Good Food blending into one packed of entertainment. Held in Surabaya Town Square, designed and merchandised to meet the needs of buyers of moderate, better and contemporary collections."
One stop entertainment, that's how I call it. And this month, the theme is Tokyo Rising, which is providing you with Japanese things. There were a lot of sakura at the gate. And there was a kaiju, a japanese monster, which you probably have seen it from Pacific Rim movie. On the first day, there were performances from four different band with various japanese songs. Sorry to say, but I didn't really get the music. On the last day, there were two performances from indie bands. Have you heard about Agrikulture? They were so sick that night! I wasn't able to watch them on the stage, but I still could hear them and I was like, "Hey, this is my jam!"

Booth C2O, my fav one! They sell postcards, simple vintage notes, vinyl, etc.

It was hard to get a piece! But the taste is so damn delicious x

There were a lot of unique stuffs! I really wanted to take pictures by myself, but I was too busy. So I took all photos from Sunday Market Surabaya's facebook page. See what you've missed. Sunday Market next volume will be held on February 2014. Can't wait!!! Even I started to work at 8 am and went home at 2 am, I hope I'll be able to take part on this event again *finger crossed* I've seen pubs, hot chicks, people drink beers, which I used to think those activities are scary, but hey, I can take care of myself. I'm not doing those things but I can't stop myself from making friendship with them.

Welcome to freedom!....and democracy.. x

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Hello 2014!

Well, I don't know if I can post this on Jan 1st 2014, so I better post it now! :)
As you can see, I've said goodbye to my over-than-two-hundred-posts and thirty-thousand-page-views. I'm starting over. At first, I was just gonna delete the posts-that-make-me-super-sick and the posts that totally not important, but well, it was hard to do, and deleted all of them in one click was so much easier ;) So welcome to the clean slate!

I'm not planning to write any of my love story or making this blog as a diary, no way! This blog is gonna be about travel, food, family, friends, and work! If you haven't heard, yeah I have job now, like, a real one. If you want to read my review about movies and music, you can go here and if you want to jump to my book world, you are welcome to visit this blog.

I know I don't update this blog as often as I used to, but I promise you that this blog is gonna be more....errr....useful!! Informative. Mature. Bright. What else? Well I think that's all. I haven't figured out another terms. I don't know which language I'm gonna use for the rest of the posts, but I think English is better, even I'm not that expert on English. But hey, we gotta learn, right? Oh and FYI, I've changed my google account. So for you who are already following this blog and I'm not following you yet, please let me know :) I'll be happy to keep in touch.

Ciao x

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