I was in a transjakarta from Pluit to Slipi last week. I saw a family there. It was a young family, with children on elementary school age.

I saw the father gave his children some biscuits, which, I think… is very wrong. It is okay to eat in a bus or train, but in a busway? The children even had the biscuits splattered in his hands.

I wonder if people know about the rule that prohibit everyone to eat inside a busway or transjakarta. For your info, there is a sticker posted on the busway window that prohibit people to smoke, eat, and drink. However, sometimes I found people do not obey these rules.

I have my own thoughts on that father and his children. I don’t know whether the father knows about the rule or not. I hope not, because he does, it is such a shame.

In many ways, that behavior was a bad example for his children. If his children was able to read, they will know that their father disobey the rule. The best case if the children are curious, perhaps they will ask the father why he did that. But I think, in most cases, children don’t do that. Thus, the children get a bad example from their parents, and might be a motivation to disobey another rule.

Even if his children haven’t been able to read, they will be able to read someday. If they still remember that case… Who knows what will happen?

Sadly, another similar case about obeying the rule also occured quite often. It is our job then, to set a good example, even in small things, to younger people.


May … be?

I know I am not the greatest and the most consistent blogger in the world. So please forgive my activities that keep me busy. #yeahblameallthosestuff

May 2010 is probably the most wearing month I have had in my entire university years. May 2010 is when each and every activity I take this semester get its main part. The final exam, the Compfest 2010 main event, the Evaluation of PKM-will talk about this shortly-, the first financial report of Computer Science’s Student Executive Board, and last but not least, the relationship.

As Compfest 2010 is the first main event took place this month, so I will start from it.The Compfest 2010 is an event arranged by the students of Computer Science of University of Indonesia. It is one of the Student Executive Board of Computer Science work program. Compfest stands for Computer Festival, and this year’s Compfest took place in Smesco, Gatot Subroto, the first Compfest that took place outside the University of Indonesia! I served as secretary there, which is a very busy position, if I may say. Alhamdulillah, the event went well. However, the burden is still left: the accountability report. Sigh.

What came next is the final exam. The final exam is like it always have been. Studying until late, regretting all the time that is lost-even though they are lost in a good way-. Is still praying and hoping for the best.

Interleaved with the final exam’s schedule is the evaluation of PKM. PKM is Program Kreativitas Mahasiswa, a part of Pimnas (Pekan Ilmiah Mahasiswa Nasional). The mechanism work this way. So a team of students propose a proposal to the Dikti (Departemen Pendidikan Tinggi) to get financed. The proposal is about serving the community in any field. To conclude, every students in different faculties can take part as long as the goal is to help the community.

Alhamdulillah, our proposal is financed by the Dikti. Our job this semester is to bring the proposal into reality. Most of our team are campus activists, means the most problem is about taking time to gather. Nevertheless, we are succeed in making the program!

The first financial report of the Student Executive Board is amazing. The report was declined a few times. For the sake of transparency of finance, I guess it is acceptable.

Everything in May is wrapped, so I am taking off. There will be more writing this summer, for I may be more vacant than ever :p

Take a breath, folks! 🙂


A Few Updates

It’s been too long I let this blog in its hibernate mode. Let’s write something before the mood wears off.

A lot of things have been going on in the past one month plus plus that I’d like to share.

On a committee, I was asked to be a treasurer. Wow, this position is something that I have almost never done before. Secretary probably is my specialty, but handling money?? That’s something different. Anyhow, I learn a lot from it. Making budget plan, writing down the expenses and income, and finally making the financial report. The trouble I had in this position is that the other committee mostly forget to TAKE THE RECEIPT from the sellers (aka kwitansi). Other thing that is quite nasty is that the report should be with dates, while most of the incomes have no date info on the receipt we have. Daaaang!

In the other committee, I happen to be a staff of the eating section section which take care of the food matters. I kinda love this job, since the job is fun and we deal with lots of food there  And this one will last for a few months, so let’s keep the spirit up!

The new semester have started. More interesting difficult courses are coming, more efforts must be done to accomplish those ones well. Not to forget, more obstacles are in the way. Well, not obstacles, but a few things that might be a distraction this semester. Such as, say, upcoming committees? Emotional distraction? More to come, I guess.

And now of course are Ied Fitr holiday, which is a pseudo holiday for college students, where they bury us with lots of assignments. Ah! How beautiful high school was

Yeehauw, let’s get back to reality! Face your future!

Summer Course and Buses

Summer course in University of Indonesia is now on! The cost is Rp 250.000,00 per credit. If you took 1 course (mostly 3 credits), you must pay Rp 750.000,00. Quite a money, huh?

I only take 1 course, which only take 2 meetings per week. Unfortunately I still have to go to the campus 4 days a week. What the heck?? So many consequences of taking a lot of activities and committees. Moreover, this holiday I don’t live in my cozy and lovely dormitory, but I live in my parents’ house in Jakarta. Consequently, I take buses in order to get to campus.

What? Me? That spoiled girl is taking buses? Yes, I finally get the chance to taste public transportation in Jakarta Jakarta-Depok.

Public transportation in Jakarta is somehow pathetic and enjoyable. I often use Depok-Grogol buses. Even one of the bus only cost you Rp 2.500,00 for that distance! But most of these buses will give you what people say “tua di jalan” because taking them -especially in traffic time- means losing 2 hours++ on the road. Some that are more expensive only took less than 2 hours, but you lose more money.

Anyway, I learned a lot from taking buses. I am one of the people who just sit on the back of the car, mostly don’t look out to learn the road. I sometimes sleep on the car and even read books (yeah, this one is bad for your eyes’ health). I also find it enjoyable to be in the car, cool and is sheltered from any kind of weather outside.

Taking buses means another way. I must watch the road in order to know where should I stop. I must also bring umbrella everyday, a preparation to face the rain while waiting on the road. Most notably, buses are not too comfortable. It’s hot, especially when you take it in the traffic time, which will make the bus full. A full bus means a lot of singing beggar inside, because they look for a crowded bus.

I know some people dislike these singing beggars. However, I think we should respect them, at least they who sing and play the instruments nicely, and it’s not too hard to find. They are also human, and by singing they also do some job, not just begging. Still, not every people are lucky. Jakarta is difficult, dude! Before going to the bus stop, I found myself preparing not only the money for the bus cost, but also some small coins to give to the singing beggar.

On the other hand, I don’t like to give money to children singing beggars. I don’t think they are supposed to be singing on the road and the bus like that. Moreover, I like the idea of giving them milk, as our friends in Bandung do. Not too difficult to try, eh?

Back to topic, one of the issues in public transportation is safety. This one depends on the owner. Most of buses user is likely to use their cellphones on the bus, whether to call or text message, which made me quite surprised. As long as you take care of your belongings well and be confidence (don’t look as if you’re scared) then it’s OK to use it. Yet don’t show off, only a fool done that. I even aslept sometimes, but alhamdulillah my belongings are safe. Asleep in the bus is not recommended, however!

That’s all. Some tidbits of my experience as a beginner in public transportation in Jakarta. Silly, I know. Guess I will make a page of buses around Depok-Jakarta later.

Good day, may the force be with you! 😀