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Selasa, 01 April 2014

One evening I went out to the streets to find a barber. It had been a while since my last visit to a barber. I used to have a long hair. During those times, barber was never in my destination list. The hair was all long and natural, never to be modified. Then I got it cut. Now it had grown again. And would have to be cut again in that very evening.

So before I got to a barber, I made an unusual pre-selection. I wanted to cut my hair with a unique barber that had to both look and work different. It might not be a very big deal, but I wanted my return to the barber, memorable. Haha

Anyway, I turned my steps towards the main street. There I had my pre-selection started. You have to know that there so many barbers in Turkey. Unlike most Indonesian, hair growth here is pretty fertile, just like many other countries in Europe.

People here don't only have their hair cut, they also have their face shaved in the barber. So this bussiness are always around to meet people's demand.

After a while I started to feel hopeless cause as I walked farther, there were no sign of a barber that met my qualifiation. Thus I decided to simplify my criteria. From then on, I would get into any barber who were either bald or long haired.

Not long after my wish were granted. There were this bald guy, who came out of his shop and greeted me. I was not very sure about him but, as he was bald, I decided that he was the barber.

So I went into his shop and immediately sat in front of the mirror. We talked for a while. He was thirty eight, married with two children. He thought I was of Chinese origin. He said that my eyes were really small, similar to those who played kung fu in the movies.

His comment was really hillarious. Explaining would not correct him anyway, so I decided to enjoy his joke.

I showed him a photo, and was expecting him to immitate the style the picture had. At first he shooked his head, approving my wish. But then as he cut through, my hair was only getting shorter. It didn't turned into the model I had desired.

Then on he finished up his job. He asked me of my satisfaction with his job. I had actually wanted to complain. But what had been cut could never return back to mu head. Thus I smiled and told him that it was great.

I paid the fee and went back. The haircut wasn't really bad though. It was just not as what I had expected. While walking, I rubbed my head, trying to convinced the world.

"This is my new hair man!" haha

Kamis, 27 Maret 2014

Selepas matahari terbenam dan hari jatuh dalam gelap, panggilan sembayang berkumandang. Jalanan sekitar ramai dilalui kendaraan, membawa pulang orang-orang. Klakson dan suara TOA berpapasan, saling sapa kemudian berlaluan.

Sementara itu ramai masih nempel di jalanan. Beberapa polisi berjaga, siaga apabila ramai jatuh dalam larinya. Setiap hari selama beberapa puluh tahun, ramai rutin lari-lari pada pagi dan sore. Usianya tak bisa dibilang tua namun polisi tetap berjaga pada sudut-sudut jalan yang menjadi jalur kesukaan ramai.

Aku ikut mengamati maraton tunggal ramai. Tak hanya mengamati, bahkan beberapa menit yang lalu ikut terlibat. Tadi aku turun di salah satu halte.

Sedari tadi kedua kaki diam berdiri tertopang tiang dalam bus. Kini mereka melangkah, menuju tempat istirahat. Melewati gang sepi.

Tak seperti ramai, sepi diam di antara himpitan rumah-rumah. Ia enggan memilih jalan hidup si ramai yang haru berolahraga dua kali sehari.

Sampailah aku pada suatu pohon, lalu berhenti. Di situ terduduklah badan, menikmati petang. Mengambil nafas lalu melepas kembali. Begitu berkali-kali sampai senada, irama antara mengambil dan melepas.

Lelah sekali, padahal sudah beratus hari berlalu. Lantas bagaimana bisa baru terasa lelah sekarang?

Ketika sibuk banyak tenaga kerja sana sini semua terlihat mudah. Urusan ini beres, yang itu selesai. Tiba tiba semua kacau.

Ternyata yang terlihat hanya menyenangkan mata. Organ lain tak terpuaskan pandangan. Jatuhlah satu persatu sampai seluruhnya. Kini terduduk badan, dengan kelelahan semua organ.

Menatap langit kemudian mencari Tuhan. Di antara bintang-bintang dan rembulan.

"Adakah Engkau melihat di sana, kelelahan organ-organ di bawah sini?"

Meski sunyi, sorot mata Tuhan menghujam. Memandangi hambanya yang lemah. Memancarkan harapan, yang sayangnya tak sampai pada si hamba. Pancaran itu nyata namun si hamba tak mampu mengambilnya.

Aku di sana, di antara pancaran itu diam. Pancaran itu lari ke sekitar,masih dalam jangkauan mata.

Organ-organ lelah ini belum bangkit, masih terduduk di bawah pohon tadi. Sinar rembulan dan bintang masih di sana bersama Tuhan. Memandangiku dengan keheranan.

"Ini harapan sudah terpancar, kenapa masih diam hamba itu? Selelah itukah? Selemah itukah?"

Mungkin itu yang terucap di atas sana.

Hamba dalam duduknya melanjutkan lamunan. Di antara sepi himpitan bangunan-bangunan. Di bawah pohon dan bulan bintang, masih dalam pengawasan Tuhan.

Jumat, 21 Februari 2014


Kepul asap tipis nongol sedikit sedikit
dari para muda,
yang berdiri pada bibir jalanan kota

Biasanya botol-botol biru ikut serta
meramaikan kepulan asap mereka
Namun kali ini tidak,
asap saja yg mengiringi mereka

Senyum muda-muda menguning menertawai isi dunia
Lalu sesekali tutur mereka mancur,
keluar comberan kata-kata

Dua tiga jam berlalu, tibalah senja
Berlanjut petang gelap segera
Asap mereka menebal,
putih namun tetap merebak aroma

Senyum mereka masih bersanding tawa
Seolah tiada habis kelucuan dunia
Angin sepoi yang kebetulan lewat,membawa aura canda di sana
Ke sudut-sudut jalan sampai...
Menyentuh telinga Paman Hoca

Telinga Paman Hoca lalu mendatangi sumber suara
Sesampainya di sana geleng-geleng paman

Marahnya disambut tawa,
Himbaunya dijamu comberan,
yang sedari tadi masih muncrat dari tutur mereka

Baunya tak sebusuk tadi sore namun efeknya sama.
Paman hoca kini mual-mual
Telinganya nyeri lalu muntah-muntah pada kedua mata

Inilah yg disedihkan Paman
Beliau takut nanti busuk comberan jadi wabah
Seburuk-buruk wabah di dunia

Maka didekapnya dalam hati mimpi menjauhkan
jutaan jiwa dari minum comberan
Agar tak banyak korban tertular
Mual-mual minum comberan!

Kamis, 23 Januari 2014


            Glaciation is a process of accumulating snow into a large block of ice. This block of ice is called glaciers. This process of glaciation occurs commonly in cold environment that has a sufficient amount of snowfall. Although most Glaciation take place in the polar region, glaciation also appeared in the high mountains of tropical areas.

            Isostasy is the concept of floating Earth’s crust to maintain gravitational equilibrium. The concept is similar to a floating wooden block above water. Since water is denser than the wood, it makes the wooden block float. When woods float, another behavior is also observed. The thicker wooden block floats higher than the thinner ones. It also has deeper root that are covered by water.

            Glaciation is related with the concept of isostasy in two ways. First is the effect of glacier’s presence on the continent. Second is the glacier’s behaviour when floating free in the oceans as icebergs.

1.        Continental thickening
Glaciers covers approximately 10 percent of the total land area on Earth. Most of them are located in Greenland and in Antartica. Glaciers at this place are so thick they can reach the thickness of 4300 meters in Antartica. In addition, glaciers of Antartica covers around 80 percent of world’s ice. So if they melt, sea level worldwide would rise to 70 meters.

This huge block of ice give additional weight to the underlying crust. Because of the massive size, additional weight is sufficient enough to cause uplifting of the crustal root. Meaning that the crust in these area have deeper root to maintain balance with the additional ice weight.

2.        Floating icebergs
In Greenland, lots of glaciers melts and brakes into large icebergs. Those iceberg than floats south-wards to the Atlantic Ocean. Free floating iceberg are nightmares to sailors. The most famous one is the sinkage of Titanic a century ago.

Icebergs cause accidents as only small portion of the ice are floating above water level. Meanwhile huge block of it is covered underneath. Thus iceberg is not very visible from distance. Sailors may only realize the iceberg as they approach near.


The behaviour of iceberg here is also similar to the uplifting of crustal root in antartica. Both behaviour take place in order to maintain gravitational balance.

Kamis, 16 Januari 2014

Tahukah kamu tentang lautan, yang dangkal dan yang dalam?
Laut dangkal itu indah, 
Banyak ikan dan terumbu karang
Sehariannya dicumbu orang, apalagi daerah kepulauan
Seperti Indonesia,,,, 
dengan Balinya,,,,

Laut yang dangkal masih menempel pada daratan,
Tangan kanannya memegang lautan,
Kirinya menggenggam pasir pantai,
Ombak di sana hanya deras ketika petang
Selebihnya tenang, damai...

Rabu, 01 Januari 2014


Ground water is the main fresh water resource that can be used by humans. Although Ice Sheets that are available in the poles contains much more fresh water than any other place, they are not usable. That way ground water acts as the main fresh water resources in this planet.

As time goes by more human roam around planet Earth resulting in the rise of fresh water demands. Every year more and more people are using water for agriculture, daily needs and industry. At the same time the amount of fresh water abundant in nature stays the same.

The problem with ground water is not only they are limited they are also effected by human activity.

1.Polluted ground water.
Human create waste that are being dumped in landfill. These dumps contain liquids and chemical which may absorbed into the soil. If too much of these harmful material goes into the soil, they may not be well filtered when entering the ground water below. Thus the ground water of that area will be polluted and can’t be used. If they are being used the human will get the deceases.

Pesticides in agriculture may also pollute ground water. As they are spread out to crops using water, pesticide also got into the soil and polluted the bellow ground water reserve.

2.Unbalanced water cycle.
Ground water is closely related with the water cycle, which are also being effected by human activity. If the water in-land is being pump without control, too much water will be taken out of the ground water reserve. Ground water table will fall and rainfall may not get the previous water level back.

This will result to scarce water reserve and in some case may lead to land collapse.

Humans have to be wiser in using these resources. Ground waters are located below us unseen, thus contamination or scarcity could not be observed immediately. It is not impossible that if not taken care properly, human may have to look for an alternative to ground water like refining sea water to fresh water.

But before this happens humans must treat ground water resource as un-renewable resource. 

Selasa, 31 Desember 2013


Flood is one of the most common natural disasters that threats human. Every year flood destroys human settlement, sometimes costing lives. Flood itself is a natural process. But even so, the development of human civilization also play a great role in the making of flood. Thus human need to put effort in order to minimize flood.

There are many reasons for a flood to occur. Natural causes of flood might come from rapid ice melting in the mountain summits or heavy rain. Both reason trigger massive water current which the river or steam could not handle. As a result water level rise and water finally spills to villages nearby.

The first two reasons though, don’t really harm human since it is naturally occurring. Unfortunately causes that are resulting from human growth, add the list of flood causes.

Urbanization
As people move to the city, more and more building are being built. As more building appeared, more open land is being covered by concrete blocks. The covering of these open land results in less water infiltration. So when flood occur the water could not go into the Earth.

2.       Deforestation
Cutting of trees might not get rid of open areas as in the case of urbanization. However the open area left after deforesting leaves soil vulnerable to erosion. Tree roots, which used to hold together soil, disappear. More soil eroded to the river decreasing the river’s volume. Thus flood will occur more often.
 
3.       Dumping the river
Similar to deforestation, dumping in rivers also decreases the river’s ability to transmit water. But dumping is also more dangerous because the dumps are toxic. When flood occur, contaminated water spread throughout the human settlement, very often causing deceases.

4.       Dam failure
This reason might be the least common but very dangerous when it occur. Huge amount of water which are held back behind the dam wall suddenly burst-down the stream.

Engineers have come up into brilliant solutions to flood such as canalization. However it will not become a permanent solution if humans are still dumping rubbish to the river or cutting too much trees or building too much concrete block without leaving any open space.


The four reasons mentioned above should be taken into everyone’s mind. Because preventing flood is not only the duty of certain job. Everyone must take their part, even children. 

Senin, 25 November 2013


            For centuries human have been using metallic ore minerals to support their civilization. Before metal was introduced to the human society, stone were the most common means of making tools. But as human evolves they discovered that metals are stronger and much more practical as it could be crafted into varies shapes.

            The first metals that were used by humans were bronze and iron. Both were widely used in almost every aspect of life. Glass, spoon, forks, kettle, cooking utilities are good examples from household utensils. From political aspects, metals were used to equipped soldiers with weapons and shields. Metals were used for trade when gold became the major means of exchanging. Travel and many other aspects of life were also dependent to metals as well. The usage of metals increased until the time of industrial revolution.

Jumat, 22 November 2013

Ini satu lagi penggalan cerita gila semasa SMA dulu. Kawan-kawan memang sering berbuat gila, nakal, onar, binal. Ah semua kata itu tidak cukup menggambarkan semua. Atau mungkin memang semua kawan SMA kita gila. Atau masa SMA semua manusia memang menjadi gila.

Entahlah yang jelas SMA itu masa yang sangat menyenangkan. Penuh dengan canda, kita sering tertawa sendiri bagai orang gila waktu SMA. Bisa jadi inilah penyebab kenapa kita semua gila waktu itu. Yang gila tak cuma putra, putri juga begitu. Kadang mereka lebih gila. Bayangkan saja ada suatu masa di mana mereka______. Ah sudahlah tak usah, malah membuka aib para wanita. Nanti bisa babak belur muka ini dibuat pukulan mereka.

Jadi waktu itu kami sedang berada di kawasan Bandungan. Setiap akhir semester ada acara jalan-jalan ke tempat yang kami inginkan. Ada acara tambahan yaitu membaca buku. Atau mungkin bisa jadi jalan-jalan adalah acara tambahan, dan baca bukulah acara inti. Bagaimanapun cara melihatnya kami pergi setiap akhir semester.  

Semester itu kami tak banyak uang maka dari itu kami memutuskan untuk menginap di Bandungan saja. Di sana dekat, murah dan tidak banyak menguras pikiran dalam perencanaan. Hanya satu jam perjalanan dan banyak pemilik vila yang sudah kami kenal.