Visit Indonesia Mengajar and @America

Visit Indonesia Mengajar and @America

Last Saturday (26 November 2011) I just had a visit after a week-before enrollment for an event ICC Goes To External by IAAS LC-IPB to head for Indonesia Mengajar Headquarter and @America at Pacific Place South Jakarta. Participants departed from IPB campus at 7 am and has disembarked at IM (Indonesia Mengajar) headquarter first. The staffs welcomed us warmly then pleased to have sits for discussion. We didn't take any chair nor was round table discussion, but relaxing on the clean floor (very Indonesian way) covered with leather carpet.

The plenary opened with some speeches but eventually the discussion has just really begun some minutes later. I just still wonder someday we have less opening speeches rather than the core of discussion. Or else modifying some of those common ways practiced into varying appearance.

First presentation from IM Head of External and Public Affairs, Pak Israr revealed background behind existence and commitment IM was conducted and being widely paid by hilarious attention that of 'fresh graduate'. A brief summary of his presentation is as following:

IM was founded based on hard swiftly desire to give more, present more, contribute more, brought by high responsibility of this educational circumstance of this nation. Elementary education in which is very basic and more attractive to trigger future that of pupil as the first step to move on further, unfortunately in some areas particularly remote areas within this nation is adequate or less.

The fundamental problem of basis encouraging elementary education particularly are two cases, "Quality" and "Quantity". Quality of teacher is not that advanced, somehow it doesn't belong to their mistakes completely. Access of torrent information is still lacking meanwhile some trainings are almost rare. In consequence, it has been so fragile to insist what so called good educational services even though the presence of pupil attendance in the class is thankful for their passion.

Talking about the Quantity, in some schools in remote area there's only one teacher resembling a headmaster practically to manage all things and doing very multi-tasking. He or she whose hand handles entire classes is the only one booster to keep what educated people called 'education' though they don't really know exactly things are happening over some schools outside their convenient reach there. Can we imagine what would be happening with pupils when one standing teacher takes home medicine for illness. Education surely would be terminated for awhile and they don't get any lesson along the way they go home.

The preambule of Indonesia Constitution 1945 clearly declares that " give birth nation's intellectuals" is one of basis compiled by founders of this nation inspired by importance of becoming well-educated country. It's been 66 years since this country proclaimed its Independence from colonialism, stupidity, retarded, and poverty and many more pains. They definitely didn't want the darkness put its cursed possibility on appearing to this country in hell someday.

Thus, initiated by Dr. Anis Baswedan (currently as Rector of Paramadina University) and other colleagues to make a leap program called Indonesia Mengajar recruiting best fresh graduate students over this nation to be sent to designated places spreading over archipelagos assisting schools through very breakthrough ways for a year long.

Pengajar Muda is term for selected graduate whose missions are on their arm to lighten up the candle. It's such a challenging life for year to survive, to serve, and to understand deeply what they really have to do.

Nothing is that so precious rather than to give our contribution to society. "To educate is duty belonging to educated people".


Very impressive notions and so triggering. It has opened our eyes wider we need to make an action right know. Additionally an amusing sharing by a Pengajar Muda Batch 1 who has passed a year on duty in a remote school in East Borneo. Extending the program now IM is going to place Pengajar Muda in border zone of this country every odd number of Batch session.

Eventually the last destination was a heading to @America where a central of US culture center offering some services from education till entertainment with high technology facilities. Everything there is digitally displayed and informing visitors by very different ways. Nice place and comfort :)

Thanks to : IAAS LC-IPB

Sky Trip

Sky Trip

When getting a chance on travel by airplanes, I still retain my curiosity on capturing videos of my trip. Intended to share to other people and hoping they also enjoy virtual trip though catching them up merely over the desktop. Currently I only collect few of my sky trip, the rests were not captured for limit circumstance.

Thus, about a year ago I registered for a YouTube channel through namely "FASTchannel" refering to "Fun | Art | Science | Travel". You might have caught how the content is. Regarding abbreviation stands to related video content I upload.

Herewith are some of them containing my travel vids spotting in airport based on recent activities:

Garuda Indonesia
Flight Number : GA 431
Fleet : Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (60's-80's paint)
Route : Selaparang International Airport Lombok (AMI) to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta (CGK)
Departing Time : 7:00 am. (Indonesia Middle Time)

Time to Destination : 2 hours

Batavia Air
Flight Number : Y6-345
Fleet : Boeing 737-400
Route : Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta (CGK) via Juanda International Airport Surabaya (SUB) to Selaparang International Airport Lombok (AMI)
Departing Time : 17:00 pm (Indonesia Western Time)
Time to Destination : 2 hours (excluding 20 minutes transit)

Japan Airlines
Flight Number : JL 726 and JL725 (vv)
Fleet : Boeing 777-300 Extended Range (ER)
Route : Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta (CGK) to Narita International Airport Tokyo (NRT) vv
Departing Time : 23:25 pm (Indonesia Western Time)
Time to Destination : 7.5 hours

Air Asia Indonesia

Flight Number : QZ 7553
Fleet : Airbus A320
Route : Adisucipto International Airport (JOG) to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta (CGK)
Departing Time : 12:10 pm (Indonesia Western Time)
Time to Destination : 50 minutes

Going by Air Asia shuttle bus from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3

Air Asia Indonesia

Flight Number : QZ 7697
Fleet : Airbus A320
Route : Kuala Lumpur International Airport (LCCT) to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta (CGK)
Departing Time : 14:55 pm (Unified Malaysia Time)
Time to Destination : 2 hours

Landing to CGK

Welcome Aboard! Enjoy your flight! :-)

SEA Games XXVI Palembang Indonesia

SEA Games XXVI Palembang Indonesia

Photo of Byron Bay - one of Australia's best beaches!

It was contradictory to escape from dispute of question, Indonesia's preparation to host biggest biennial sport event in ASEAN region South East Asian Games (SEA Gamecs) by the year 2011. Looking back few months ago when we (most Indonesian) were accustomed served by 'embarrassing news' of corruption scandal shadowing whether the games will be held or postponed. The last choice was definitely unexpected, what a relieved circumstance it is not happening now.

Till the last minutes before Opening Ceremony in Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang was really started, we never expected much instead of Indonesia would run it ordinarily then going into the games tomorrow. But we were almost wrong. Our notion was immediate spinning into relieved fresh air how great they treat it. Some fireworks and laser played over the night with colorful performance beneath. Thousand dancer, children formation, and the region's divas caught million eyes. We were stunned!

Live opening ceremony on TV is not that enough. I browsed on YouTube and find out an auxiliary member uploaded entire series of view on his account. Getting gather with friends we prove how amazing it is. I just still wonder how people then immediately changed. They (Indonesian) know every single day was not benevolent during preparation. They've just already put pessimism on this event but later might be another story.

I was pulled on to see the world perception on the opening ceremony, yet inevitably bad news was spreading off few days in advance. But later, I was surprise they gave high appreciation of stunning ceremony regenerating my blooming optimism Indonesia "Together Yes We Can Give" as blown over the stadium where Joy Tobing sang a song composed by the president SBY. reported three times of SEA Games with complete chronology but they needed to recognize Firework and Laser blasted the ceremony leaving for scandal behind. Some praises came from little neighboring Singapore while precedent daily (StraitsTimes) shared their happiness the grandest ceremony ever since the games introduced many years ago. Even more Vietnam, Cambodia, and Philippines published to their people of a miracle one night when people only see an amusing performance.

When other countries do their appreciation of hardworking the Indonesian masterpiece to compose the event, our people need to evolve more than a praise. Therefore massive support and helpful optimism would become great power beyond merely a praise for a stunning night. The games is till running and till I posted here thankfully Indonesia still collect the most medal. My highest gratitude to all athletes, committee, and people who always support of successful 26th SEA Games Palembang with its co-host city Jakarta.

Credit : Image from

Pesta Sains 2011

Pesta Sains Nasional 2011

Pesta Sains FMIPA IPB!

Organized by Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Bogor Agricultural University, "Pesta Sains Nasional 2011" paid by huge attentions those of high school student particularly coming from greater developing region JABODETABEK (Jakarta Bogor Depok Tangerang Bekasi) additionally some from varying origin over Java, Sumatra, Bali, even Kalimantan and others uncounted here. Pesta Sains is a program arranged by students in Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science under supervision from lecturer in regarding faculty. This is annual program purposing to introduce Departments under faculty in the mean time attracting high school student by ordering choice for them the educational service in Bogor Agricultural University (particularly intended faculty) as their future education institution through scientific competition.

At least there are eight departments differed as many as number of competition which every student only points one of amongst out. The department taking participation are as following :

  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Geophysics and Meteorology
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Computer Science

Participants undergo their immediate qualification in an occasion held in Graha Widya Wisuda (GWW) in the first day. But only designed number of student may pass into next qualification on the second day. Students are from quite diverse background of either school or character. They don't only come with obvious sight representing their background but also their excellent knowledge is indisputable. Here is where we can see students from varying state school in rural or urban, private school with religious background, Christian school or Islamic school, indeed boarding school with their little more straight rule yet common school. They really reflect pluralism in this country but once resembles uniqueness and colorful mind.

Though lot of students flock over this precedent agricultural campus, only few of them take their praise as their name announced to achieve the highest point excelling other participants. The pride doesn't belong to them only but their school or moreover their region.

Good luck!
"Tut Wuri Handayani"
- Ki Hajar Dewantoro