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Meeting Some Young Diplomats. Pt. 2

Meeting Some Young Diplomats. Pt. 2

For those of you who are confused why this part is in English, it’s because the conversations I had there was in English, so, I will rewrite this in English too.

Oke, kecuali sedikit bagian dimana aku akan bicara dalam Bahasa Indonesia.

During the 1 hour ++ period where we were allowed to have a private conversation with these diplomats, I talked to 3 of them, and passively took part in one of them.

Nigerian Diplomat

My meeting with Akang (yes, I’m inputting sundanese here) Muhammad started because of the museum’s head of administrations help. Mr. Prima felt a bit guilty for taking away my front seat a while ago when Ms. Marsudi, our foreign minister visited the museum. So, I’m thankful for his help.

I wanted to ask a question that I’ve been planning to ask for all day, but I always got… outsped by other people in our fellowship and chats, so, I just asked this question to Akang Muhammad here.

I also felt that Nigeria is a country that is much-much similar to Indonesia in the terms of ethnic groups (the topic I’m about to ask) because there are… I have no exact number at the time, but well, more than 100, so a lot.

My question to him was this…

Indonesia has a lot, of Ethnic groups, and many cultures. It’s a large country, and I sometimes feel a bit bad for the other cultures and places that when someone mentions Indonesia, people would immediately think of “Bali, Rendang, Batik.” If I’m not mistaken, Nigeria too has a lot of ethnic groups, is there any attempted solution for now? and if there isn’t, what’s really caused the problem here?

Kang Muhammad asked me another question before answering it wholly… “Well, Nigeria has nearly 200 ethnic groups, with a population of 180 million, give or take, and if I’m not mistaken, Indonesia has around, 350 ethnic groups, with 250 million population, is that right?”

At first I wasn’t quite sure to answer with a yes or a no, I don’t want to give a wrong information. But, at the moment, as thoughts sped around my head, I knew that, if a Nigerian somehow knows about my country, it’s a good thing right? So, I try to remember a bit, and I said, “I’m not really sure, but yes, we have a lot of ethnic groups, and more than 200 million people populate Indonesia…”

He nodded, then continued. “Well, we’re facing the same problems here…” He paused a bit, and Googled something on his phone, he spoke deep in his African accent… “Tell me, which of these tribes do you think of as Nigeria?”

I wasn’t sure… I suck at geography, and well, my international history isn’t that good either, sure, I can tell you about Einstein’s personal life, or Alan Turing’s personal life, but… Well, I suck at history in general. So, I just pointed to one I’ve heard or read about, somewhere, the Yoruba Tribe. (fun fact: Dele Alli, Tottenham’s young Midfielder, and the Premier League’s rising star [kinda rising, he’s well known now], is the son of the Yoruban Tribe’s eldest prince, so, be sure to call him Prince Dele… Wait, no, don’t…)

“Yes, that’s our largest tribe indeed…” I just thought something like, where on earth did I hear that? But, well, I was relieved I wouldn’t be ashamed of pointing something else.

He continued by saying this… “Now, I’m sure that the both of us here, we’d want to have every tribe and ethnic group to be known by the world right?” I nodded, saying a short “Yeah”, waiting for him to continue. “I personally don’t think it’s possible, firstly, some people don’t really think of Indonesia as people from Bandung, Jakartans, and so on…” he stopped, and asked, “Is that right?”

I chuckled a bit, saying that “People who live in Bandung are Sundanese, people who originate from Jakarta are usually Batavian, and people from Bali is… Well, Balinese”.

As he continued, I just listened, enjoying his African accent… “Now, people who don’t live in the mentioned countries don’t see neither Indonesia nor Nigeria as the tribes that live in it… They just see the country, and they correlate it as such.” He stopped, rejecting a call from his phone, then he continued… “Well, most people come to Indonesia and think of Bali, and its beaches, well, it’s also partially because of media.”

I thought about this as he continued, it’s always the frame, the media shows what they want to show, and the media being a business, they want something that can generate money…

“The international media shows the showstoppers, they show what people from around the world wants to know. People who got a glimpse of Indonesia visit Bali, because that’s what the international media shown, then, people visit Bali…” I nodded, agreeing to this. “That’s why it’s important to give as many glimpses of your smaller cultures whenever international media is there. Show the world what you want to show…”

So, simply from this talk alone, I learned about manipulating the frame, so the media doesn’t completely frame it. The media shows what they want to show. Proper media, at least not the hoax-making, click-bait slave media… they show what people want to see, or show it entirely. But it’s still up to the people that is reported by the media to show what they want to show.

We talked a whole lot more, well, not a whole lot actually, about 15 minutes. He showed me his selfie with our Foreign Minister, he showed me some Nigerian clothing on his phone, and, he asked me about my club.

I talked about Global Literacy, and he asked me about some literature, those I’ve read at least, and well, he told me a few books that was written by Nigerian authors.

I mentioned about Nigeria and their Scrabble federation, and he just laughed, saying that when people get bored, they find something to do. We just gotta hope they found something useful to do.

Hey, what is our country #1 (on the top) again… hang on, let me google that… Oh shucks… Mobile Legends. 50% of the total Mobile Legends players come from Indonesia… Ah well.

Nigeria is pretty good in Soccer as well, with John Obi Mikel, and Alex Iwobi coming from there…

One can’t only hope that Indonesia would grow to be a better country, one that loves its culture as well. One must act…

Anyways, I rolled in to the next Junior Diplomat… One from Guyana. I had the most fun talking to him.

Guyanese Diplomat

Around the edge of the room I saw the Guyanese diplomat, just standing in the corner, hoping for someone to come by his face and talk to him. But well, no one did anyways… So, I decided to take initiative and I stepped up and talked to him.

Based on what I heard from him during the public discussion, it’s that he’s from Guyana, he’s a sports promoter, and he’s also a substitute for the Guyanese National Cricketing team. Apparently the Guyanese cricketing team is pretty large, so he’s gotta be pretty good if he can make it as a substitute.

I’m not that much of a sports fan, and I also don’t keep up with the sporting stuff they do nowadays… But fortunately enough, I do some soccer homework every year when the transfer market opens, and I google stuff, so when my father (who is a huge Liverpool fan) mentions a new player, or puts on some Soccer on TV, I won’t get too confused.

I missed this homework last year and I had no clue who Mohamed Salah was until Bubi saw him on TV during a big match and she said, “Who’s that? He looks good”

Well, I wanted to talk to him about many of hiss appealing details. Number 1 was his height… He’s like, very tall, almost 10 centimeters taller than me, and I’m not short as well, but he is an athlete, so no surprise there.

Then I moved to see what’s in his collar. There is a pin of the Guyanese national flag there, so I asked him a question about it… Well, here’s how the conversation between me and Akang… actually every single person who came there forgot his name (yes, I asked all 30 SMKAA members who came there, and none remembered his name). Myself included…

It was a rather African sounding name, and trust me, it’s not an easy name to remember. With names like Justin, Muhammad, Sheila, Miguel and Tomo there, his name was very easy to forget. I remembered 9 out of 10 names, except his…

  • Me: Nice pin you got there…
  • Oh this, you know what this is?
  • Me: Well, I think that’s an easy question, it’s the Guyanese National Flag…
  • Have you seen our flag before?
  • Me: No I haven’t
  • Well, that’s good, now you know our flag. Hahah
  • Me: Did you wear that because you want to, or…
  • No, actually I am wearing this because Guyanese diplomats need to stand out.
  • Me: *in my head* That’s cool…
  • Me: So, it’s there because you have to wear that?
  • It’s not wrong, but it’s there, because it is a piece of our country that we bring with us everywhere. It’s also a piece of our identity.
  • Me: Ah, I see…
  • There are currently 3 countries whose name sounds like Guyana, and trust me, people forget us all the time. So our foreign minister makes it a must for us to differ our identity with others, through this pin, and the way we speak English.
  • Me: Reminds me a bit of Slovenia and Slovakia… 2 countries where people mix each one with…
  • Guyana, Ghana, and Guinea, most people mix all 3 of those all the time. Lucky enough, they have very different flags, so we decided to wear our flag everywhere.
  • Me: I wish that Indonesians would be proud of themselves…
  • You know, you could give the museum a suggestion for their employees and guides to wear a flag of Indonesia. Tourists who visit Bandung visit the Museum a lot…
  • Me: That’s actually a good idea…

Then, we talked a bit more about sports.

Honestly, I haven’t talked that much about soccer since I was in fourth grade 7 years ago.

It all started with the question, “So, you’re a sports promoter?”

He said yes, and he also played Cricket and Football for the Guyanese national team. Both of them as a substitute, but honestly, just being able to make it onto the national team is an achievement in itself. Rabiot didn’t play any games at all for France last world cup, but he still took the Glory when they won.

His job is simply to travel around the world, and whisper the names of Guyanese players to scouts for many clubs. So, a sports promoter is basically Varys…

It’s not his job to scout out players, but more like, enticing the scouts to come there and possibly recruit players.

He then mentioned, it’s because of Sports Promoters that a team can know who is Mohamed Salah, who is Didier Drogba, and so on.

With the name of Didier Drogba mentioned, I thought a bit of players in the Premiere League nowadays… And, I shared a flash of inspiration…

It just came to me that Liverpool’s main forwards are Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and the both of them are players from Africa. Naby Keita becoming an addition, also added up onto the already long list of African (and Asian, since this is the Asian African Museum after all 😉 ) players in the Premiere League.

He then said, there’s a better example as to why Sports Promoters are necessary in African and Asian countries. Take a look at France, winning the last world cup…

They had many African players who are given the same opportunity with European players to get the same tactics and ideas that European players had. France won the world cup with Mbappe, Pogba, and Umtiti becoming powerful forces in their arsenal. All of them are of African descent, whilst still getting the techniques and tactics of European footballers.

He said that if these Africans were given a chance to experience the tactics and strategies of European football, maybe they would be better than European players.

With Mbappe mentioned, I thought to say how fast and how athletic he is. He said that there’s a huge chance Mbappe will be a legend one day, he’s not even 22 (full age of physical development) yet, and he is already showing really great signs of his skills.

And now, in present time I’m mourning my memory loss for not remembering his name… But remembering the names of 9 other diplomats.

I then mentioned the premiere league when he asked me about my favorite Premiere League team.

I told him I actually haven’t watched a premiere league game for the last… 3 to 4 years… But I also told him my father’s a Liverpool fan, and I’m liking Liverpool too. He on the other hand is a Chelsea fan, because of none other than Didier Drogba.

At 2004, perhaps, he was 12 or 13 at the time, he started watching Soccer and Drogba helped won the Premiere League for Chelsea. Being colored, and I think one of the most skilled African players in his prime, he liked Chelsea.

That’s a rather respectable reason to me.

When I told him that my family liked Liverpool, he then said to me that Naby Keita, was discovered partially because of one of his mentor’s helped.

At first I thought Keita was Guyanese, but he wasn’t… He’s from Guinea and NOT Guyana. Maybe this mentor of his was at Guinea, looking to promote some Guyanese talents when he met Keita and helped Leipzig purchase the Midfielder.

We moved on to tourism somehow, after that Naby Keita talk and Guyana Guinea confusion… I asked him how he related to Indonesia… Like, what’s his first memory when someone mentions Indonesia, and he said… Bali.

Well, no surprise there, but here’s some of the more… disappointing parts.

Not long when I discussed tourism, he told me that Guyana has the largest single drop Waterfall, and he’s really proud of it. He showed me a google search of Guyanese Tourist destinations and apart from waterfalls, and some rainforests for those wanting to hike or swim near a waterfall… There isn’t much. (I didn’t tell him that_

I then thought and talked to him, about Indonesia.

We have dozens of things to be proud of, we have Bali, we have Rote Ndao, (he asked me what it was, I told him it’s the Indonesian island that is closest to Australia) we have Raja Ampat, we have Bromo, we have the only Observatory in South East Asia, and so on…

But, I don’t know, why aren’t we proud of it? I mean, to be honest, having the largest single drop waterfall is a rather specific situation to meet. From far away it’ll look nice on pictures, but, seriously, jumping off there is borderline suicide… But… we have something less specific, we are the largest bunch of islands in the world… Has any Indonesian mentioned that to tourists? I don’t know…

Well, eventually, like most people working in foreign ministry, most of their works are… international, and he got a call he’s got to take, so I moved on to the Japanese diplomat for the last 7 minutes.

The topic wasn’t much though…

Japanese Diplomat

Akang Tomo was nice.

He spoke to me in Indonesian, and myself already knowing that he’s Japanese instead spoke to him in English… it was reflex.

Me, an Indonesian spoke to a Japanese in English, while he speaks to me in Indonesian… thumbs up 🙂

EDIT: A friend of mine who saw this said that I speak in English when she spoke to me in Bahasa… At least I slip a bit of English in some of my phrases…

We spoke of nothing important, I commented on his shirt with cheese patterns and a 3 dimensional mouse coming out of the sleeve, he said to me that when you visit Tokyo, if you like shirts like these, you have to go to a store that sells these kinds of shirts. They’re informal shirts.

And you have to know, I loveeeeee wearing shirts, especially the informal ones.

Overall, the 7 minute conversation we had was… funny.

  • We talked about Japanese Shirts in two different languages.
  • I kept telling him I’m trying so hard to speak Bahasa with him (though I said that in English)
  • He tried to speak Bahasa with me so I speak Bahasa to him, we both laughed since I can’t stop speaking English.
  • I was rather embarrassed of myself, but he told me to not worry, it’s not rare that Indonesians who knows he can speak Indonesian, ended up speaking to him in English.


We should be more proud of ourselves…

It really is that simple.

We sometimes envy others too much that we forget that we have something others admire… Hence, we’re not proud of what we have.

We should appreciate what we have, and we shouldn’t let envy and impatience take over.

That’s all from me today, goodbye!

Bertemu dengan beberapa Diplomat Muda… Pt. 1

Bertemu dengan beberapa Diplomat Muda… Pt. 1

Jadi begini…

Sebenarnya aku sudah ingin menuliskan ini dari 2 minggu yang lalu, tetapi, dikarenakan satu dan lain hal, gak jadi…

Maaf sedikit (ehem, sedikit Zriel?)… Ugh… Maaf sangat ngaret.

Anyway, 22 Juli kemarin ada acara di Museum Konferensi Asia Afrika, yang mengajak kita bertemu dengan diplomat junior dari 10 negara… Aku tidak akan menceritakan semuanya dengan detil, terutama bagian dimana penanggung jawab acara ini dari Kemenlu secara spesifik bilang… “Tolong jangan beritahu ini ke umum ya, anggap saja ini bonus untuk anggota SMKAA yang memang sudah sering membantu museum.”

Acara dibagi menjadi dua sesi. Diawali dengan diskusi publik, dan obrolan santai, dimana para diplomat junior ini dikencar dan mengobrol dengan orang-orang secara private.

*COUGH, aku dan diriku yang sangat-sangat enjoy ketika dalam momen tersebut… Lupa mengambil satu pun foto… COUGH*

Bagaimanapun juga, mari kita masuk ke artikel hari ini…


Courtesy: Viva Atas (kanan ke kiri) Guyana, Jepang, Meksiko, Portugal, Nigeria. Bawah (kanan ke kiri) Fiji, Myanmar, Ibu Retno Marsudi, Kamboja, Bangladesh, Papua Nugini

Foto para Diplomat kemarin. Karena umm… Aku lupa foto..

Open Discussion

Sesudah para diplomat dikenalkan oleh Penanggung Jawab, yang juga merupakan Direktur Diplomasi di Kemenlu… Kami langsung masuk ke sesi diskusi terbuka, dimana SMKAA bertanya kepada para diplomat, dan mereka bergantian menjawab.

Pertanyaan-pertanyaan saat Open Discussion cukup sederhana, dan lebih banyak ditanyakan ke semua orang sekaligus, tidak cenderung terlalu spesifik.

Aku memilih 3 pertanyaan yang menurutku paling menarik, di antara… sejujurnya aku tidak ingat ada berapa pertanyaan. (aku kurang beruntung dan tidak sempat bertanya di Open Discussion)

#1 How is Bandung so far?

Kurangkum saja ya…

Semua diplomat (ini hari kedua di Bandung, dan hari masih pagi) sepertinya menikmati dan juga senang sekali dengan Bandung. Komentar mereka tidak jauh dari…

  • Bandung is a more enjoyable and calm city, it’s slower than Jakarta here, and definitely closer to Nature.
  • I heard that Bandung is a city that’s filled with many creative industries in it, and Mr. Azis here said that it’s known as Paris Van Java.
  • For now, I prefer Bandung over Jakarta because it has far less smoke, and the people here seem friendlier.
    • Pak Azis (penanggung jawab, serta direktur diplomasi di Kemenlu) mengomentari “There are lots of pretty girls here in Bandung, you’re single right?”
    • Kami tertawa…

Diplomat dari Jepang, sudah cukup fasih berbahasa Indonesia, karena sempat berada di Indonesia untuk 6 bulan, melakukan riset (atau studi banding, aku tidak ingat dengan pasti) di Universitas Padjajaran.

Bahasa Indonesia yang ia gunakan sopan, lembut, dan juga… Baku. Tidak dicampur dengan Bahasa Inggris, dan secara keseluruhan, kurasa, lebih baik dan enak didengar daripada bahasa indonesia yang aku gunakan. Jadi, sepertinya, jika dibandingkan dengan bahasa millennial yang… ya, kacau balau, dan serba singkatan, seharusnya kami, sebagai orang Indonesia, sedikit malu dengan foreigner yang bisa berbicara bahasa ibu-nya. (Seriously, he’s that good, orang yang ketemu dengannya, kalau ia berbicara dengan Bahasa Indonesia, mungkin mengira dirinya sebagai WNI)

Kembali ke topik utama, ia menuturkan sedikit, “Saya mungkin paling kenal dengan Bandung daripada teman-temanku yang lain. Saya sempat belajar selama 6 bulan di Universitas Padjajaran, dan menurutku, Bandung itu kota yang indah, jajanannya… enak. Kata teman saya, Batagor di… umm, cafeteria kampus enak, dan saya sangat suka. Selain itu, saya juga senang bisa kembali mengunjungi Bandung…”

Dan, dari situ, aku melupakan apa yang dikatakan… Maklum, manusia hanya bisa mengingat 10-30% dari apa yang ia pelajari.

#2 How has the Asian African Conference affected your country?

Sekali, lagi, dirangkum saja…

  • It has changed, quite a lot really… Not only did it help our country feel less restrained to the remnants of the invasion there, not only did it help us gain our independence, it also gave us a strong fighting spirit to make the most out of it.
  • It’s not just the Asian African Conference that mattered, but also the aftershocks of what happened next. Like the, uh… Non aligned movement. Overall, the sound from Bandung at 1955 sounded loud around the world at the time and it still echoes until today.
  • Myanmar, or perhaps, Burma is still in gratitude of Indonesia for holding the Asian African Conference, and is very thankful for it. Dasasila Bandung helped us in building some of the foundations of our human rights, and we will not let go of such a large event.
  • I’m sure that several countries who were not independent yet at the time in both Asia and Africa became independent. (yes, that is what happened)

Kembali ke titik A…

Jadi, bertemu dengan diplomat-diplomat muda ini membuat aku makin, geleng-geleng kepala, dicampur dengan sedikit face-palm juga… Ke orang Indonesia.

Kita sudah melawan dan juga, tentunya mendapatkan kemerdekaan kita sendiri, dan kita memberikan serta membangkitkan semangat banyak negara lainnya untuk ikut merdeka. Tetapi apa? Kenapa, oh, kenapa? Kita, yang sudah diusung, dihormati, dan diberikan banyak tanda terima kasih dari negara luar, malahan… menyia-nyiakan kemerdekaan ini.

Ketika aku berumur 11 tahun, dan masih bersekolah formal, pada pelajaran PKn, diwajibkan untuk mengetahui cara mengamalkan pancasila, dan kurasa materi ini masih diberikan ke anak kelas 5 dan kelas 6 lainnya, tetapi… Masalahnya, mau diberitahu sesering apa tentang cara mengamalkan pancasila, kalau tidak diamalkan juga, tidak ada artinya dong…

Kesal kan? Gawat ini…

#3 Why did you become a diplomat? and How?

Pertanyaan sederhana, tetapi, jawabannya, kurasa, sangat-sangat relatif… Bisa saja, sudah direncanakan, bisa saja sederhana, dan bisa saja… karena kebetulan.

  • I became a diplomat because I love my country, and I want to share its culture with the world.
  • I am a sports promoter from Guyana, and, actually, I also played for the Guyanese Cricket Team. I always loved sports, but I myself know that I’m not really that good at it, so I chose to be a sports promoter instead…
  • As a child, I am actually one of the few people in Japan who is actually good at speaking English… So, I guess, being a diplomat in a country whose first language doesn’t use latin letters just, lead me here.
  • I used to be a reporter, back in Portugal that is… Well, it enabled me to travel around the country, catching whatever event happened there. Eventually, since I enjoy travelling, I knew that, if I’m a diplomat, I could experience different countries. So, I chose to be a diplomat instead of a reporter. Funny enough, I am actually an international relations graduate, but I enjoy writing. So, I guess, I went back to where I am supposed to be…

And so on…

Untuk pertanyaan, How, tetapi… dijawab oleh Pak Aziz.

Dan iya, tidak boleh disebarkan, Pak Aziz, benar-benar spesifik bilang bahwa ini khusus untuk SMKAA, so… boohoo 😛

Tetapi, mengutip sedikit, kuncinya di Interview, dan kamu bisa jadi diplomat jika kamu pantas, dan jika kamu mampu.

To Be Continued, Tomorrow… This time with names

Kenapa belum ada nama? Lupa…

Iya, aku bisa ingat cerita sepanjang ini, tetapi, aku seringkali melupakan nama.

On the bright side, ada daftar nama yang ada di Koordinator Eksekutif kita, dan akan dicari, segera 😉

EDIT: Nama, gak jadi… Tetapi, aku sukses mengingat 6 dari 10 nama, mencari catatan di bukuku yang hanya berisi, coretan nama, bisi aku lupa… kedua perempuan dari Myanmar dan Kamboja, sayangnya tidak tercatat… Jadi… ada sedikit kemajuan!

Muhammad, dari Nigeria. Javier, dari Meksiko. Justin, dari Papua Nugini. Miguel, dari Portugal. Alanieta, dari Fiji. Sheila, dari Bangladesh.

Ironisnya, aku mengajak ngobrol Diplomat dari Guyana, dan melupakan namanya… Mengajak ngobrol diplomat dari Jepang, dan juga lupa namanya… Ada apa denganku…

ATCS Bandung. Intip Kedisiplinan Pengguna Jalan

ATCS Bandung. Intip Kedisiplinan Pengguna Jalan

Sore tadi, dari jam 15.30-17.15, aku mengambil kursi di ATCS Bandung.

ATCS adalah singkatan dari Area Traffic Control System. Untuk Bandung, kita sudah memiliki sistem untuk mengontrol lalu lintas berupa CCTV dan juga speaker untuk memberi peringatan kepada pengguna jalan yang tidak menepati peraturan, ataupun rambu lalu lintas.

Selain itu software yang digunakan oleh kakak-kakak di ATCS ini juga bisa digunakan untuk mengatur lampu merah jika ada kepadatan.

Tetapi, ada sedikit hal yang menarik di ATCS hari ini. Setiap Rabu dan Minggu, ATCS membuka ruangannnya untuk umum agar warga kota Bandung bisa melihat cara kerja CCTV dan speaker di Kota Bandung.

Aku baru saja datang ke sana hari ini, dan aku juga mencatat beberapa hal… Menurutku rada-rada menarik, dan ironis bahwa pengguna jalan (aku cukup yakin mayoritasnya sih) berpuasa, sebuah ibadah untuk melatih menahan nafsu, dan kesabaran… Tetapi tidak bisa menahan diri untuk mengambil hak orang, dan juga berburu-buru. Mereka juga bahkan ada yang gak peduli keamanan diri sendiri dan keluarganya.

Jika aku perlu mengambil satu kata saja untuk menjelaskan pekerjaan para admin (aku belum diberikan istilah resminya sih, jadi kita gunakan admin ya 😀 ) ATCS ini secara singkat dan padat. Kata yang akan aku ambil adalah gregetan.

AAAHHH GREGET aja pokoknya… Kenapa? Mari kita lihat artikel hari ini…

Apa yang dilakukan dalam Intip Disiplin?

Sekilasnya yang dilakukan oleh peserta Intip Disiplin tiap harinya adalah…

  • Mengambil kursi, CCTV dan juga mic para Admin ATCS dalam menertibkan jalan.
  • Mempelajari sedikit tentang cara kerja ATCS, software yang digunakan, serta cara menegur (atau menghimbau) seseorang yang melanggar hukum.
  • Tentunya, juga melihat kemacetan dan arus lalu lintas di jam sibuk tersebut (15.00-17.00 merupakan rush hour selama bulan Ramadan, dan lalu lintas hampir pasti padat).

Tentunya tidak sebatas ini saja, tetapi selama 2 jam yang kuhabiskan di sana, gambaran luasnya seperti itu.

Langsung saja, kita akan masuk ke pekerjaan tadi, baru kita masuk ke hasil monitor hari ini.

Pekerjaan Kita…

Kita diberi hak untuk menegur dan menghimbau orang-orang. Tetapi menegurnya tidak sembarangan, tentunya ada naskah yang perlu diikuti, lengkap dengan salam pembuka, perkenalan, serta peringatan yang umum. Baru kita masuk ke peneguran dan himbauan.

Untuk menghimbau pun, tidak bisa asal, dan ada eskalasinya untuk menjaga kesopanan dan privasi orang-orang ini. Meski mereka melanggar, hak mereka masih “terjamin”. Untuk menegur, kurang lebih (atas pengamatanku) ini tingkat eskalasinya…

  1. Himbauan anonim, yang hanya merujuk tindakan yang melanggar tersebut.
  2. Jika himbauan tersebut tidak ampuh (karena orangnya gak tahu diri), akan ada pengulangan dengan nada lebih tegas.
  3. Kalau sudah diulangi dan belum ada reaksi apa-apa, spesifikasi motor, dimulai dari warna kendaraan, jenis kendaraan, sampai plat nomor akan disebut.
  4. Jika orang itu gak tahu malu, atau mungkin gak peduli… Sampai plat nomor disebut pun gak ngaruh.Titik eskalasi nomor 4 ini adalah level dimana kami gregetan, dan foto plat nomor dan pelanggaran tersebut itu diambil. Menurut admin-admin di ATCS, banyak foto di upload ke Facebook untuk memanfaatkan rasa malu.
  5. Keburu lampu hijau sehingga tidak bisa menghimbau lagi.

Sebelum masuk hasil monitor hari ini, coba tebak dulu deh… Berapa persen orang  yang patuh, dan berapa yang tidak. Kalau mau tebak mereka patuh pada himbauan ke berapa juga silahkan… Karena sebenarnya… Ini membuatku merasa… malu.

Kalau mau nebak, kukasih tahu jawabannya sesudah hasil monitor ya.

Hasil Monitor Hari Ini

Aku mencatat tentunya. Dengan buku catatan SMKAA-ku, aku mencoret, dan mencatat tiap orang yang melanggar, serta yang patuh sesudah melanggar juga.

Baiklah jadi, hasil monitor hari ini akan dibuat tidak terlalu merinci… Tetapi dari hasil monitor di…

  • Simpang Cikutra
  • Tol Pasteur
  • Simpang Pasirkoja
  • Sayap-sayap Riau, yang termasuk tetapi tidak terbatas ke… Lombok, Anggrek, Cihapit
  • Dan juga jalan Laswi.
  • Pasir Kaliki, sebelum naik ke Pasteur

Jam yang digunakan hanya 1 jam, dari jam 16.15 sampai 17.15.

Ketahui bahwa satu screen hanya bisa melihat 4 CCTV sekaligus, dan jalan yang di monitor butuh 8 CCTV, jadi sangat mungkin ada yang terlewat saat menghimbau di kamera lain, karena yang menghimbau di Intip Disiplin hanya 3 orang…

Jadi, inilah statistiknya. (ingat, ini hanya satu jam, dan sangat rentan ke Human Error)

47 kendaraan melewati garis stop dan mengambil ruang di Zebra Cross.

  • 12 dari ini merupakan kendaraan beroda 4, yang benar-benar membuat kagok orang-orang yang menyebrang.
  • 35 kendaraan lainnya adalah kendaraan beroda 2.
  • Dari 47 kendaraan tersebut, sekitar 36 mengabaikan, atau bahasa Gen Z-nya, ngacangin himbauan yang kita berikan. (tentunya tidak semuanya bisa mundur, tetapi setengah dari kendaraan yang kucatat masih ada ruang untuk mundur)
  • 11 kendaraan lainnya melakukan perintah pada himbauan ke 3.
  • Tidak satu kendaraan pun sadar bahwa mereka mengambil ruang di zebra cross yang merupakan hak pejalan kaki pada peringatan pertama (yang anonim, tanpa menyebut spesifikasi kendaraan).

Jadi, di bulan Ramadhan ini, yang penuh berkah, dan bermaksud membantu kita melakukan lebih banyak hal baik… Cukup banyak orang yang gak tahu diri sampai ngambil hak orang.

60 orang (orang bukan kendaraan, dihitung jumlah kepala) yang mengendarai sepeda motor tidak menggunakan helm. Perlu diketahui bahwa menemukan orang tanpa helm bukan hal yang mudah, dan karena diperlukan zoom dan kami tidak bisa mengerjakan beberapa kamera secara simultan… Hanya 1 kamera yang bisa dicek tiap saatnya.

  • 19 dari 60 tersebut merupakan balita.
    • Dan semua orangtua yang diberikan himbauan tidak memberikan reaksi sedikit pun. Gimana gak greget coba. Bagaimana cara kita sebagai negara mau menjaga balita kita dari dampak buruk di dunia luar kalau yang namanya ngejagain kepala anaknya sendiri aja kagak bisa… (ups, mulai terkesan kasar… maaf)
  • Dari 41 orang yang tidak menggunakan helm, sekitar 32 merupakan penumpang, dan 9 lagi merupakan pengendara.
    • Untuk pengendara, ada 5 dari 9 yang bereaksi pada himbauan dan memutuskan untuk memutar balik untuk mengambil helm sesuai himbauan.
    • 5 lainnya selamat karena lampu hijau, atau beneran tidak peduli, jadi kita capture.
    • Untuk penumpang, ada 16 yang tidak menanggapi, 11 panik (kelihatan dari mukanya), tetapi tidak turun dan selamat karena lampu hijau, dan 6 lainnya… paling kebangetan.
    • 6 orang ini turun, dan untuk sesaat kita merasa mereka taat. Tetapi ternyata sesudah lampu hijau naik lagi ke motor tersebut. Tahu gak sih seberapa sakitnya di PHP-in sama orang-orang kaya gini? ADUHHHH BENERAN DEH!
    • Untuk penumpang, tidak ada satupun yang patuh, dan mengikuti himbauan dan turun dari motornya…

Jadi, kalau mau dihitung persentase, seberapa banyak orang yang patuh… Untuk helm, ada 5 dari 60 orang yang patuh, dan ini berarti persentase suksesnya adalah… 11%. Pada rush hour atau jam sibuk. Kalau mau menghitung yang panik juga sebagai sukses, angkanya tentunya membaik, menjadi 16 dari 60, atau sekitar 26.5%

Untuk garis stop, nilainya lebih baik… 11 dari 47 menerima dan melaksanakan himbauan, ini berarti sekitar… 23.5% (ish, tidak pasti). Hampir seperempat…

Akan jauh lebih menarik jika kita akan memonitor 4 jalan saja, tanpa mengganti kamera, dan benar-benar mencatat dengan super fokus, pada bulan ramadhan. Lalu kita juga bisa melakukan yang sama di bulan lainnya. Apakah ramadhan dan puasa ini benar-benar diamalkan? atau hanya sebatas simbolis gak makan minum sampai Maghrib saja?

Sebelum kesimpulan atau renungan… (hehehe, liat nanti ya artikel hari ini mau menyimpulkan atau merenung). Aku ingin memberikan pujian dan terima kasih untuk Kakak-kakak Admin di ATCS

Special Thanks 🙂

Pertama-tama, pujian dulu bagi admin di ATCS.

  • Hebat, akang teteh Admin ini bisa sabar ngeliatin orang-orang nyebelin dan gak tahu diri ini. Selain itu Admin disini juga tidak menyerah beres ketemu orang-orang gregetan yang bahkan make helm aja gak mau.
  • Selama aku disini, aku tidak bisa memonitor lebih dari 4 kamera dengan teliti, itu pun seringkali kameranya salah diputar dan jadinya… blindspot. Aku juga takjub dengan ketelitian dan konsistensi admin di ATCS ini deh… Jempol
  • Admin-admin ATCS juga sangat santun, tapi tegas dalam memberikan himbauan. Aku kalau ngomong dan memberikan warning kaya gini, kalau gak ngeliat naskah bisa lupa, dan bahkan sampai salah ngomong, atau kelupaan satu dua kata. Hebat dalam mengatur kata dan memberi himbauan

Serta terima kasih ke Admin di ATCS, dan juga Kak Laras yang mau sabar kalau ngedenger aku salah ngomong pas ngasih himbauan, dan terus mau memberikan aku bimbingan…

Terima kasih untuk kesempatannya! (kalau baca artikel ini, tolong diberikan komentar yaaaa… aku penasaran)


😛 renungan yaaaa

Nyatanya, meski ada sistem yang sangat keren, canggih, serta berisi orang-orang yang konsisten dalam memberi peringatan… Semuanya kembali ke orangnya.

Aku yakin ada orang yang tidak memakai helm, dan merasa sangat-sangat malu ketika plat nomornya disebut keras-keras di speaker. Setidaknya, rasa malu ini bisa dimanfaatkan untuk memperingati orang-orang ini untuk patuh pada lain waktu.

Dan kalau mau bicara persentase, diantara banyak yang tidak mematuhi, tentunya, masih lebih banyak yang mematuhi. Berdasarkan yang aku ketahui, mungkin yang mematuhi ini dulunya tidak, tetapi merasa malu dan kapok ditunjuk-tunjuk oleh speaker, jadi mereka memutuskan untuk menggunakan helm.

Meski tidak sesuai dengan tujuan utama dari penggunaan helm, tujuan utama membuat pengguna jalan yang lebih patuh terpenuhi…

Sekarang untuk merenung… Masih banyak orang yang tidak peduli, dan juga tidak tahu malu… Apa perasaanmu mengetahui bahwa warga yang satu tanah air sama anda, berperilaku seperti itu?

Tidak usah bahas agama atau apapun, cukup bahas sesama warga Indonesia… apa perasaan anda mengenai kondisi-kondisi seperti ini?

Sampai lain waktu!

Jaja’s Opinion on Millennials, and Tech Myths

Jaja’s Opinion on Millennials, and Tech Myths

Disclaimer: My opinions are not from a professional, but it’s considerable. Also, consider this a debate, and if you disagree, do comment your arguments.


Most teenagers in this century, or also known as the millennial generation, are commonly referred to as natives in technology, whether this is a good thing or not is debatable, as it depends on the common usage of technology by teenagers. As for the children born in this century, after seeing some of them, I personally think their parents are misusing technology to parent these children using a gadget, which is definitely not a good thing.


Tech Savvy Teenagers, Is it true?

Firstly, I don’t think that most teenagers in Indonesia could comprehend how a program even works, and their knowledge is limited to using software, while it is still possible to learn how software could work. Sure, they check social media much more often and are way more updated in terms of information. But do they really stand out in terms of things other than usage? I’d answer no.

They might send like a hundred posts a day on Instagram, or make a million amounts of stories in a month. Adults still could do that. They just don’t want to, or maybe they don’t have the time. Yet us teenagers, those that do have the time, spend it posting selfies, or looking for memes on Instagram, who by the way is also too lazy to look for funny memes in the right place… Reddit. Unfortunately, Reddit is blocked in Indonesia, so if you want to look for memes there, you need a VPN, which would take time to set up, and not many teenagers even know how to set up a VPN service.

For example, a common thing I see from my elementary school friends, now in Middle School is using filters, to have a doggy ear and tongue, of which I disapprove cause… EW! what’s that? Do you know how that even works? I haven’t really asked anyone whether or not they know how this works, but maybe if I have time I’ll give it a shot at researching this. Without any research, I’m sure a majority of users don’t even know how that works.

To me just the ability to use something does not really mean comprehending, and so, teenagers (the common one) have a slight advantage when compared to the non-Tech Natives

Their slight advantage comes from their more updated ability to keep up with the latest news, and of course, younger brains work faster. In fact, I’m sure there are much more adult programmers than younger ones.

“Socializing Via Nongkrong”, Is It Still True?

Honestly, this isn’t a myth, it’s my observation… First of all a bit of an apology from me cause I used the phrase Nongkrong, which isn’t formal, but since this website post isn’t supposed to be that formal, I’ll keep it that way.

In the 21st century since phones have been invented, well, I’ll let a popular biscuit logo talk, and tell you about it.

This is supposed to be a joke, but somehow I think it’s true… Also, not my image, found it online, Babah told me that awhile ago and I remembered about this article, so I thought it’d be a fun correlation.

Now, when Bubi was a teenager, she did say she liked to hang out with her friends a lot, and I can’t really blame that, I mean they are teenagers. But back in Bubi’s time, they used to spend their time talking, and at the very least, they’re still involved with one another, meaning they are socializing, regardless what kind of topics they are actually talking about. The social interaction still exists.

Now, that Khong Guan image will become a fact… As I’ve seen with teenagers, they end up playing with their phones, doing a separate activity, and ignoring each other. Almost every High School student, or some Middle School students ask me how I socialize, and how many friends I’ve got. If I wanted to be a jerk, which is bad for image, and might prove them right, I’ll tell them, I’ve got friends that I do socialize with when we’re together, even when we aren’t we still talk, and I have friends I actually talk with. Sorry… i don’t mean to be rude, but sometimes, people do things without even knowing a bit on the subject.

Bubi told me several times why hanging out is now pointless… It’s phones, blame them, PHONES ruin the definition of socializing and playing for teenagers. OK, well I don’t do sports, but seriously, you’ve got friends, talk to them, don’t chat with them. The ability and wording while writing and speaking in a direct conversation is clearly different, if we don’t stop to talk, then teenagers would just lose the ability and life skill to properly form words in a direct conversation.

So, thanks to phones, we’ve just lost one possible activity, that could’ve been a discussion of ideas, and could be something useful. Thanks a lot! (of course, I’m not ignoring the function of smart phones entirely too, they are still useful)


Does YouTube Really Teach Children?

Okay, first of all, I hear lots of parents make excuses when someone tells a parent that YouTube is bad. Some of the excuses include that they learn about science and other things when watching YouTube. Let me ask… What would a 3 year old or maybe slightly more, like a 4-5 year old, would really benefit from YouTube? They don’t need science yet right? Besides, long term memory (on most children) won’t stick too well until you are about 6.

For the record, Alice never watches YouTube, yet she plays board games fairly well, has a lot of words in her vocabulary, is very active as a child, and loves reading books.

When I meet babies around her age, I immediately see a difference between those that do watch YouTube, and those who don’t. Hold on, before some of you say that it’s just their personality, some versions of developmental psychology states that children are empty slates, and every action we do is basically drawing on that slate, giving them personalities.

Those might be some personal examples, but if we are talking on a more scientific and global way… in case you didn’t notice, the amount of people with Speech Delays has risen up a lot this century, and if we look at the most important inventions people use for children in this century, its Gadgets, and GMO Foods. Blame GMO? Okay, I can’t really correct opinions, but I mean, not everyone eats GMO, but a majority of people uses YouTube as a parenting method.

So, does YouTube really teach children? Nope, think of a better argument to give gadgets to a child, don’t say it’s educational until you really have proof it’s educational.

Maybe YouTube parenting isn’t as bad as the Greek Gods and Titans when they are parenting, but it’s probably just under the list a bit.

You Don’t Want This… Trust Me

Negative Effects of YouTube Parenting

So, I have shared my basic argument on this subject, but what are the negative effects?

So, in the 21st century, a lot of things have changed in terms of children growth, and speech delayed, and tantrum-y children have risen up in numbers, I believe it’s YouTube parenting’s fault, but again, assume it is a debate and disagree with an argument.

Now, a couple of talks with Babah and Bubi, reading Psychology books, and observing some of Alice’s friends, have given me some of the negative effects, based on my opinion, with a supporting agreement to accompany.

  • Speech Delay
    • Delayed Speech is pretty straightforward, usually, if a child couldn’t speak at the age of 3 or 4, or lacks vocabulary and pronunciation skills.
    • YouTube doesn’t teach proper pronunciations, and is often times meaningless, unlike reading a story book to your child.
    • YouTube’s constant changing pictures really distract your child from focusing on the meaning, so even a good video; can really disrupt linguistic skills growth.
    • YouTube is a one way conversation, the child watching YouTube doesn’t even have to say a word, or interact with it to gain full benefits, in fact, the video amounts on YouTube is endless, a child could watch all day without a problem.
  • Loss of Appreciation on Things
    • A child would begin losing appreciation on anything unlike YouTube; they would dislike anything because they have insanely high expectations on entertainment.
    • YouTube is fairly memorable. Children would see YouTube as their basic standard of entertainment. Anything not YouTube is ugly, because YouTube itself is already something very eye-catching.
    • So, this means after a child is addicted to YouTube, then chances of rehabilitating that would be hard.
    • For adults YouTube is more OK (I didn’t say this is a good option, just an OK source of entertainment) because we already have a general view on nicer and less nice things (I meant this as in quality)
  • Less Active Children
    • This doesn’t always lead to bad things, as some basic personality could affect this and make children more silent and quiet. But most children affected by YouTube tend to be less active and move less than those who don’t.
    • Let’s say being an active baby is like doing a job. While being an inactive baby that can lie down and watch YouTube all day is basically a lazy day for employees. If you’re the baby, what would you choose? Don’t lie, of course you would be lazy and chill if it is possible.


Well, firstly, thanks a lot for reading, I might want to start on the fact, I’m a bit sorry this article is pretty short, regardless, I hope it’s useful, if you disagree with me, please leave a comment down below, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

OK! That right there is how YouTubers usually close a vlog… (I watched a bit of YouTube, usually those regarding Superheroes, I’m a geek). Now, that, cannot be implemented on a writing or a conversation can it? Of course not, the wording should generally be different, and that just won’t work.

The future isn’t gonna be filled with robots who do the work for us, people would need to interact with each other, and one way conversations, or chatting just won’t work when you want to speak in public, or have a presentation. I personally don’t see a single possible reason why teenagers are actually wasting their time in social media, and doing their definition of socializing, but don’t change the current definition, please just do not.