Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Last Village of Singapore



It was a quiet scene. Only dogs, cats and chickens were seen wandering around. You can see rusty mailboxes, wooden houses, unpaved roads in the area. And it is hard to believe that such scene is in the middle of Singapore, one of the most developed country in Asia where everythings seems to be modern and tidy, where apartment, HDBs and buildings decorating the sky.

But this is real. In Kampong Lorong Buangkok you can see a simple life hidden from modern buildings that surrounds it. The area of 1.5 hectares is valued $SGD 33 million an offer of which the landlord of the village repeatedly rejected.

Old Singapore is the words to describe it. But the question is how long can it last? Hopefully it will be for very long time.


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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Birthday, a Reminder


Minutes to Dusk. Yogyakarta. 2008

I turned 24 recently. It's not something too special and of course I never did celebrate it. Well, I don't take it for granted but for me birthday is more like a reminder instead of a milestone.

I am really grateful for the last twelve months I have experienced good, exciting, spontaneous and adventurous moments. From skipping my graduation day, climbing a volcano, hitchike till swimming in an open sea. Crazy moments during a journey, with mother nature, with friends.

I don't have a favourite year, I never picked one, and never compare between those years. I am just happy enough that so far I have experienced every year of my life differently.

I do sometimes look back, remembering moments that have passed. And for me birthday is a reminder to look forward again, not too long looking at the same page, to yet again make new adventures.

And to experience another year differently...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Kontemplasi


Pulau Pramuka, Kepulauan Seribu. 2008.

Minggu lalu seorang kawan baik, Rama, mengajak saya ke kepulauan Seribu selama tiga hari. Ia sedang melakukan penelitian bawah laut bersama timnya dari Institut Pertanian Bogor dan dia sangat berbaik hati mengijinkan saya untuk ikut. Tentu saya senang karena Kep. Seribu merupakan salah satu tempat yang belum pernah saya kunjungi, walau masih berada di kawasan Jakarta.

Berada didalam laut merupakan pengalaman tersendiri buat saya. Saya selalu menyadari akan keindahan dunia bawah laut dan saya tidak merasa perlu membuktikan hal itu. Namun saya menyadari sesuatu saat berada dibawah sana. Sekeliling menjadi sunyi sepi, tiada suara selain nafas, tak ada percakapan yang asyik, tak ada suara angin semilir, sepi dan diam titik, hanya kita dan laut. Kita manusia, ternyata begitu kecil dan sendiri ditengah laut yang besar. Namun kenyataan tersebut tidak menakutkan namun menenangkan, terasa damai bukan sepi. Laut kini sungguh menjadi teman baru saya. Tempat saya leluasa berbincang dengan alam, dengan diri saya sendiri. Berkontemplasi

Saya yakin semua orang pasti pernah melakukannya, baik secara sadar maupun tidak. Saya sering melakukannya saat dalam perjalanan. Saat duduk di kereta, di bus, di puncak gunung atau ketika sekadar menunggu lelap datang di malam hari. Semua membuat perjalanan saya makin berarti. Menunggu jawaban dari pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang selalu ada. Entah yang terucap atau yang tidak. Tapi jawaban pasti ada seperti halnya adanya pertanyaan-pertanyaan itu.

Juni 2008.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Quotes from Henri Cartier-Bresson

"You have to milk the cow a lot – takes plenty milk to make a little cheese."

"Life is once. Forever."

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)