20 Something and what I’ve learned so far

Finally I could say to myself I am now a 20 something girl. It can lead to any confusion because honestly, I am not a girl anymore, but not yet a woman (Hello, Britney?).

Honestly as a 20 something girl, I learned much more than any other girl at same age. I left home by myself at a pretty young age, done almost everything by myself at the time. But I wasn’t always like that. Before, I was always good at school, good marks, good behaviour (quite rebel now and there), I respect my teacher, but I was a spoiled and lazy brat. Okay let’s be honest, I am pretty sure I would get everything that I wanted, if I spoke about it. I never do the house chores because duh “Hotel Mama” (It’s a German term when you still live with your mom) and even though I was at my father, his helpers would do the chores. So it was a surprised for people who know me to hear my decision to go abroad at such a young age. They were all wondering if I could survive alone in a foreign country. Even I was wondering to myself and at some point I doubted the idea of going abroad. Then, people talked about how impossible it was for me to be independent at such a young age remembered I was a spoiled kid. One thing that I like about me is whenever people doubt me, I want to prove them wrong and so now I proof them wrong. I kept going with the idea and I wanted to prove them wrong so badly. Look at me, survived and still alive in a foreign country that I’m starting to call it home.

One thing for sure, it was hard at first. It was hard to adjust from the distance, it was hard to adjust from the food, the weather, the culture and especially the language. The first two weeks were a living hell for me. All the time I was thinking about giving up the whole idea about going to school in Germany or living abroad in general. I just couldn’t stand it. It was a big culture shock for me, but then I met many new friends. They helped me little by little to adjust with the culture. They spoke to me everyday so I could improve my German quickly. I met lots other people with different background, we talked a lot about different things mostly about their culture, their value of family and their hobbies. At the time I realized that I like to meet people and talked about something deep and meaningful, not just an usual weather chit chat. Even though I am actually a shy and awkward person. For me to open up conversation with new people, is scary, exciting, nervous and curious at the same thing. The feelings are mixed into one.  I notice that people are different, there are no identically same person. Each individual is interesting, inspiring and coming from different background with story to tell.

I learned a lot from them. I learned how to bake  from a lady friend of mine, who can make the best green tea cake I’ve ever tasted, I learned how to grind a soapstone, I learned poetry. I know one time my first roommate was teaching me how to use dishwasher and washing machine because I’ve never done it myself before, at home there were always people who clean up after me. The first time I had to do it alone, I was nervous. I had that feeling if I touched a button, then it exploded, but it was just a paranoia and of course it was unreasonable. From that moment on, I did my own house-chores (Boom! in Your face people). I learned many skill from different people. I heard their story because I know I could learn something from them, but the true lesson I learn from people is, that we met for a reason. Sometimes they are staying with you the whole time and sharing your best laughter, your misery and angst, but not a few friends  are just a hello or like intersections that are meet at a point and never meet again. One thing, I find it pitiful is when people you used to share your story with, now just to be somebody that you used to know. Maybe just like one of my used to close friend said, “time is changing and so is people.” Yes, a lot of things happened and it is amazing what a year can do. A stranger last year can mean so much to you and it is terrible to see someone who meant so much to you last year or last couple of months could be a stranger now.

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I am grateful to have them by my side
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People might go but the memories stay

Relax, let go, my life is in perfect flow,
danantidewi

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Indahnya Permata di Bali Timur

Pulau dewata Bali memang masih memiliki daya tarik sendiri untuk para pengunjung wisatawan lokal maupun mancanegara. Untuk sayapun yang notabene adalah orang Bali asli yang lahir dan besar disini (okay, mungkin hanya sampai umur 14 tahun), Bali masih merupakan salah satu destinasi terfavorit untuk saya menghabiskan waktu berlibur. Tak sedikit pula teman-teman saya yang sering berlibur ke Bali. Rata-rata dari mereka menyukai apa yang mereka lihat di Bali. Tapi sayangnya juga tidak sedikit yanga berkata “Bagus sih, seru tapi bosan yah itu itu saja, walaupun banyak hal yang baru tapi konsepnya sama!” Nah biasanya nih yang berkata seperti ini sudah sering ke Bali, mungkin lebih sering lagi daripada saya. Karena terpikir seperti itu dan juga karena saya ingin mengenal Bali lebih dalam lagi. Saya menjelajahi Bali sebelah timur, mencari “permata-permata” yang hilang agar kalian dapat menikmati faset Bali lainnya yang masih asri dan belum tersentuh turisme masal.

Karena kurangnya marketing dari pihak pengelola tempat wisata ini dan akses yang tidak transparan membuat Bali timur tidak sering untuk dikunjungi. Padahal banyak sekali tempat-tempat menarik yang bisa kita lihat disini, misalnya saja tiga tempat yang baru-baru ini saya kunjungi seperti Desa Tenganan, Taman Ujung Sukasada dan juga Taman Air Tirta Gangga. Penasaran dengan tempat-tempat ini?

Desa Tenganan
Desa adat Tenganan adalah sebuah desa tradisional yang terletak di kecamatan Manggis, kabupaten Karangasem. Desa ini merupakan salah satu dari tiga desa yang disebut “Desa Bali Aga”, dua dari yang lainnya adalah Desa Trunyan dan Sembiran (fyi, Sembiran ini letaknya tak terlalu jauh dari kampung Author, Bondalem, mungkin sekitar 7,5 km atau kira-kira 15 menit). Bali Aga itu adalah desa yang masih memegang teguh nilai-nilai yang diwariskan oleh nenek moyang mereka, baik itu adat-istiadat, pola pengaturan bangunan maupun pola hidup. Jika kalian berada disini, kalian akan merasakan bagaimana masyarakat Bali hidup dan menjalani aktifitas mereka sehari-hari dulunya. Meski minim sarana transportasi umum untuk ke desa Tenganan, kalian masih bisa mencapai desa yang letaknya 60 km dari Denpasar dengan menggunakan sarana transportasi pribadi. Untuk masuk ke desa ini kalian hanya perlu mengeluarkan “Dana Punia” yang diartikan secara harafiah sebagai pemberian suci, jadi maksudnya disini kalian dapat membayar berapapun yang kalian mau untuk memasuki areal desa Tenganan ini. Seringkali juga masyarakat Tenganan mengadakan upacara agama, misalnya salah satu yang terkenal adalah upacara keagamaan “Perang Pandan” yang biasanya dilakukan pada “Sasih Kalima” atau setiap bulan kelima, upacara ini dilaksanakan sebagai wujud penghormatan kepada Dewa Indra yang dikenal oleh umat Hindu sebagai Dewa Perang. Sayangnya saya tidak melihat acara ini karena saya berkunjung pada “Sasih Kasanga” (Bulan kesembilan.red). Dari desa Tenganan ini pula datangnya “Kain Gringsing”. Kata Gringsing dapat diartikan sebagai penolak bala. Itu sebabnya kain ini sering dipakai pada saat upacara keagaman. Warna dari kain ini terdiri dari hanya tiga warna yakni, merah, hitam dan putih. Tiga warna ini lebih dikenal oleh masyarakat Hindu Bali/Dharma (Saya menyebutnya Hindu Dharma untuk membedakan Hindu yang ada di Bali dengan yang ada di India.) dengan sebutan “Tridatu”. Konon katanya dahulu warna merah yang dipakai untuk Kain Gringsing adalah darah yang berasal dari musuh-musuh mereka yang telah kalah dalam berperang! (Wow so Rad!). Sayangnya saat saya berkunjung ke desa Tenganan, tidak banyak yang menjual kain Gringsing yang asli. Tetapi walaupun ada rasanya saya tidak akan mampu membelinya karena harganya yang sangat mahal. Kalaupun kalian ingin membeli cindera mata dari desa Tenganan, kalian bisa membeli hasil kerajinan tangan mereka yang lain misalnya saja topeng-topeng khas Bali atau Lontar yang mereka gambari dengan motif dari kisah pewayangan dan juga kehidupan masyarakat bali sehari-hari.

Taman Ujung Sukasada
Masih terletak di Karangasem kira-kira 17 Km dari Tenganan terdapat sebuah Puri dari kerajaan Karangasem. Puri ini dinamai Puri Taman Ujung Sukasada. Puri ini terletak di banjar Ujung, desa Tumbu kabupaten Karangasem. Taman ini dibuat oleh Raja Karangasem yang terakhir yaitu, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, dibantu oleh tiga arsitektur dari Bali, Belanda dan Cina. Sangat terlihat dari gaya arsitektur yang bercampur gaya bali, eropa dan cina. Pemandangan dan arsitektur yang unik inilah yang sering menarik pengunjung datang ke obyek wisata di Bali timur ini dan tidak segan-segan juga lokasi ini sering digunakan untuk lokasi pemotretan Pre-Wedding. Dahulunya tempat ini seluas 400 Hektarare, tapi yang tersisa sekarang hanyalah 10 Hektarare dikeranakan Landrefom yang terjadi pada era kolonialisme Belanda. Harga tiket untuk masuk ke lokasi adalah Rp. 10.000,00 untuk wisatawan lokal (kemungkinan wisatawan asing Rp. 20.000,00), parkir mobil Rp. 5.000,00, tiket kamera (ya kamera juga harus membayar tiket masuk) seharga Rp. 50.000,00 dan untuk yang ingin melakukan pemotaratan harga yang harus dibayar untuk seluruh kru dan sudah termasuk kamera set adalah sebesar Rp. 600.000,00.

Tirta Gangga
Rasanya tidak akan lengkap jika tidak mengunjungi Tirta Gangga bila sudah berada di Bali Timur. Terletak 15 menit dari Taman Ujung, Tirta Gangga masih merupakan sebuah properti dari Puri Karangasem. Properti ini juga dibuat oleh Raja Karangasem terakhir yaitu I Gusti Bagus Jelantik. Memang sudah hobi sang Raja untuk mendesain dan membangun sebuah istana, konon tidak segan sang Raja turun tangan langsung untuk menggali dan membuat Tirta Gangga dan juga Taman Ujung. Tirta Gangga dapat di artikan sebagai air yang berasal dari Sungai Gangga yang merupakan sungai terbesar di India dan sangat di sakralkan oleh umat Hindu India ataupun umat Hindu Bali Dharma. Taman ini sempat hancur karena letusan gunung Agung di tahun 1963 tapi di bangun kembali dan di restaurasi.
Tiket masuk untuk wisatawan alokal adalah Rp.10.000,00. Para pungunjung dapat menikmati indahnya arsitektur dan air mancur yang terdapat di Tirta Gangga. Selain itu terdapat pula Pura untuk umat Hindu jika mereka ingin bertirta Yatra dan meminta Tirta (nunas Tirta) untuk memasuki daerah Pura pengunjung diwajibkan untuk berpakaian rapi atau sesuai adat bali, sebuah restaurant untuk sekedar melepas lelah dan penat dan juga kolam renang agar dapat menikmati segarnya air dari “Gangga”. Tidak luput juga dari dekat lokasi Tirta Gangga ada juga sebuah penginapan kalau-kalau kalian merasa lelah dan ingin melanjutkan perjalanan esok harinya.

Itulah tiga dari salah satu banyaknya permata tersembunyi yang terdapat di Bali Timur. Jika sudah penat dengan Bali selatan tidak ada salahnya untuk mengunjungi tiga permata ini, dijamin kalian akan terkesan dengan pemandangan yang indah baik di selama perjalanan dari Denpasar ke Karangasem adan juga tentunya di lokasi obyek wisata dan juga arsitektur lama dan unik yang akan membuat tercengang karena indahnya peninggalan sejarah.

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DanantiDewi

Five Favorites Mangaka and a New Project

Well I guess I’ve been hiatus for such a long time. The last time I wrote on WordPress, it was 2014 and now we have 2015 April already. My sincere apology to myself (since nobody will care about this blog) because my lack of enthusiasm. Well anyway now that I have some free time because I don’t have any more exams or work to do. Although I’ll have a new term in a couple of days. Hiks, how can I fully enjoy and travel when I don’t have much free time?

Ah enough with ranting. Since I have free time, I usually spend my free time doing something I have less time for like such as cleaning up my studio room or reading! Reading is for me the best thing you can do when you can have some quality time with yourself alone and when you are actually enjoy yourself without any disturbance. I’m currently reading an Indonesian Novel called “Senopati Pemungkas” written by Arswendo Atmowiloto and “Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden”, it’s a manga from Watase Yuu. She is one of a few Mangaka I like and I’ll write about in this post.

So here are my top five Mangaka ever!

Hero

She’s the original author of Horimiya or Hori-san to Miyamura-kun. There are not much I know about her, but since I lay my eyes on her Web-comic I just can’t get enough. Now there’s even a Manga from this Fourstrip comic. Basically the story is about school life, friendship and everyday life. The way Hero doesn’t exaggerating things in her story makes it more reliable and reflects to my everyday life.

Picture Illustrated of Hero. She like to use this Illustration on Editor's comment
Picture Illustrated of Hero. She like to use this Illustration on Editor’s comment
The main character Hori and Miyamura on Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
The main character Hori and Miyamura on Hori-san to Miyamura-kuna

Tian Ju and Old Xian

Tian Ju and Old Xian have the same genre like Hero. They like to write about every day life and I’m pretty sure too it was a Web-Comic on Weibo, Tian Ju write “Tamen De Gushi” it is about a funny romantic story of how Qiu Tong (a very tomboy yet beautiful girl) and Sun Jing (a year older from Qiu Tong, very cute and sweet girl) met and fell in love. The story is so funny. Tan Jiu can really capture the sweetness and naiveness of first love and love at first sight and delivered it to the audience without a single package missing. On the other hand Old Xian writes a story about two young men, who are best friends since they are a child. The story is more a bromance thing with a touch of slightly “Shounen Ai” aka Boys Love but in a good way (you know it’s not YAOI!). I really enjoy his work and Old Xian has a very unique style of drawing which you’ll easily recognized. Oh you can also visit Old Xian‘s Tumblr page, I don’t know if this is his tumblr or is it just a fansdom site but anyway you can enjoy Old Xian‘s illustration more, click here if you want to go to the page. Together with Moss, Old Xian and Tian Ju’s currently project is Mosspaca Advertising Departement. Which is a slice of life story about their work, but it’s so funny and easy to read. Please check them out if you want something that can brightenen your day a bit 🙂

The main characters in 19 Days by Old Xian
The main characters in 19 Days by Old Xian
First Cover of Mosspaca Advertising Department from left to right, Old Xian, Moss and Tan Jiu
First Cover of Mosspaca Advertising Department from left to right, Old Xian, Moss and Tan Jiu
Sun Jing and Qiu Tong, Tamen de Gushi's main Characters
Sun Jing and Qiu Tong, Tamen de Gushi’s main Characters

Watase Yuu

As someone who is known in “Shojo” loves story genre you probably already know this name. Yup the one and only Queen of Shojo in my opinion. Watase Yuu born March 5 1970 in Osaka-Japan. She’s very known for her work “Fushigi Yuugi”. The story tells a Priest, who will come from another dimension and world to save world in a book called “The Book of Four Gods”. Beside Fushigi Yuugi, she’s also known for Agashi No Ceres and Zettai Kareshi. They even have a Dorama for Zettai Kareshi in Japan. What I like about Watase Yuu beside her fabulous art is the way she mixed an urban legend and twist it with a modern touch. She makes really a great plot and storyline even though sometimes I feel the woman main character is a little bit dumb and naive in my taste. Regardless, I learn a lot from her story, which is never underestimated the power of friendship. Watase Yuu is currently working on “Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Ibun” 🙂

Watase Yuu-Sensei. So Kawaii (cute)
Watase Yuu-Sensei. So Kawaii (cute)
Fushigi Yuugi's Main Characters
Fushigi Yuugi’s Main Characters

Last but not least favourite, in fact I love her the most: Yazawa Ai

All hail for the Josei-Queen (Josei means Woman’s love, mainly the genre is directed for women) Yazawa Ai, born 1967 in Hyo Perfecture in Japan. She is probably (definitely!) my favorite Mangaka of all time. The first time I saw/watched her work was “Paradise Kiss” on Animax (it is an Anime-Channel) and I fell in love in an instant with this Anime. So I began to search for her works and so I falling deeper and deeper into Yazawa Ai‘s World. She’s so brilliant and all the character she made had their own persona. Her plot and story lines, even the character’s arch are enjoyable and make you not tired to watch or read it over and over again. From her stories, I learn a lot of valuable things that makes me prepare to go to “womanhood” (wow I feel so strange to typed that word). From “Paradise Kiss” I learnt that you have to seek first what your passion is, then persuade it and always true to yourself. A relationship is not something you can be imposed and if this relationship makes it hard to achieve your goal, you just have to let it go. Even though you are not be together again, you can still encourage and support one another. Just like the relationship between Caroline and George (both are the main charachters in Paradise Kiss) in the end (SPOILER ALERT!) their relationship doesn’t work out the way the wanted to and have to go their own way to achieve their goal but they still support one another secretly. From “NANA” how incredible and beautiful a mutual relationship between two young women could be. Nana and Hachi show me how beautiful their friendship are, despise their different background and characters. The Bond they create makes me jealous, I do want a relationship like that, which support and trust are the big headlines. Both of the Works Yazawa Ai‘s wrote help me going through my womanhood. I can relate to some of the events occurs in her works and that making Yazawa‘s work always stay in my heart. I wish Yazawa Ai-Sensei to recover from her illness, because there are lots of fans who is waiting for her on-going “Nana” (I know this sounds so selfish) and also that she’s not over-working again. Anyway I wish she regains her health soon.

Yazawa-Sensei in her Viviene Westwood Attire. She's a big fan of this english-Designer
Yazawa-Sensei in her Vivienne Westwood Attire. She’s a big fan of this english-Designer
Caroline with George. Their lovestory just like a modern Romeo and Julliet without one or both of them dead
Caroline with George. Their love story just like a modern Romeo and Juliet without one or both dead
Nana and Hachi. Two beautiful women, who taught me to always stand up for myself
Nana and Hachi. Two beautiful women, who taught me to always stand up for myself

So these are my favorites Mangaka. I hope you guys enjoys today’s post as much as I was enjoying myself to write it in WordPress.

Ah yeah I almost forgot about the next theme. I have a new blog with my friends. It is merely just a blog about four of us as friends and also as student diaspora in a foreign country. Right now is written only in Indonesian, so probably it is the best for Indonesian-speaker. Well anyway don’t forget to read it VAKE.ME

much love,
danantidewi

What A Sheer Luck

Just after two days I posted on WordPress about how hard it was to find a flat in Aachen, I got a called from a nice lady telling me she had a flat to rent in Aachen. With a glimpse of happiness I told her if we could meet up and she told me we could meet up as soon as possible. So the day after that, I found myself there, in my future flat and my future landlady told me everything about the old house, the neighbors, the sharing bathroom, and my future room/flat. I signed the contract, I was overjoyed, the searching and struggle was finally come to an end. My uncle and auntie congratulated me, they were happy for me even though they found it quite sad because then I’ll move out from their house.

To find a flat or house in Aachen is a 40% work, searching and 60% luck. It was a sheer luck that I made an advertisement on ebay and she accidentally clicked it. Now, I am still euphoric that I have my own flat and a nice landlady. So right now I could really focus on my studying 🙂

regards,

DanantiDewi

Conchita, Tolerance, and Eurovision

It is almost a week already that Europe have the new winner for their Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). If you still wonder who are the winner, meet Our Conchita Wurst. Conchita Wurst born as Thomas ‘Tom’ Neuwirth is an Austrian Singer. Wurst represented Austria with her song “Rise like a Phoenix” and won the title ESC winner of 2014 in Copenhagen Denmark.

Wurst’s song remind me somehow to bond-theme song. It is powerful yet so touching. She does rising like a phoenix when she sung that song. At first I was betting for the Netherlands though, but I a really happy that Conchita won the competition. With all the full remarks Conchita got in the competition I couldn’t been agree anymore, this winning for people who still believes in tolerance and better europe.

Congratulations Conchita for your winning, i hope you can always inspire and amazed us with your big heart.

Event: MUNDOlogia – Exhibition of Photography, Media, Travel and Outdoor

MUNDOlogia Logo

If you are German or expat who is living in Germany specially near Freiburg im Bresgau, has a passion for photography and a globetrotter? This event suited you the most!

MUNDOlogia is a three days fair, which usually takes place in the first weekend in February. MUNDOlogia derived from Spanish mundología, literally mean knowledge of the world. Equivalent to the world meaning they want to take the viewer not only into the superficial view of tourist attraction but also to show their unique stories and individual interest. They want to give us not only aesthetic and entertaining program under the wing MUNDOlogia, but at the same time to contribute to a better understanding of foreign culture, ways of life and also address social, political and economic problems beyond infamous tourist attraction.

I’ve been to their event for three-year in a row like now and I never felt disappointed with what they presented. From year to year they are getting bigger and better, their correspondents are not only a true globetrotter but also national geographic photographer and traveller. What I like the most that they describe not only trivial facts but their own interest and interact with native culture. Opening our eyes with what beyond beautiful places, mostly hide grieve and surprising story.  I am so grateful to Tobias Häuser and David Hettich, making this Exhibition eleven years ago and wake my ambition to go travelling around the globe especially to be an environmentally conscious traveller.

If you want to know more about MUNDOlogia, just go to their Website and dive into the world of MUNDOlogia. Just some tips for me, check their next event (february 2015) latest in October 2014, if you are interested just click buy/reservation as soon as possible because their tickets are sold out as fast as lightning!

I hope I’ll see you guys in MUNDOlogia nex year

love,

danantidewi

 

 

A Story that makes you believe in God

Usually on my holiday I study to prepare my self for the upcoming test or exams but since I wrote my Abitur on April and there is no more test and exam coming up, I decided to give me some time to enjoy myself (something I couldn’t do for the last five months due to bunch of exams and Abitur) in the last holiday.

I saw “Life of Pi” a movie from famous Chinese director, who also made “Hidden Dragon and Crouching Tiger” Ang Lee. The movie fascinated me, dark and horror story yet beautifully wrapped with some faith and hopeful Meaning. The best part in the film is not its visual effects but the quite in the end of the story where Pi told the Japanese detective or investigator his human-story part. Even though the story is quite terrifying yet it gives a nice twist in the story and I learn a lot from it.

Well here is a short summary from “Life of Pi”, which I copy-pasted from Wikipedia
Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

After watching the movie, I ran into my bf’s sister to borrow her “Life of Pi” book, because I couldn’t get enough of the movie and there were some part I couldn’t understand. So since then I read the book and finished it within just three days! Before I was quite surprised because the book was titled with sentence “story that makes you believe in God”. Piscine told two different stories— the story with animal and the story with human and let the writer choose the version so in the end Pi didn’t lead the writer to the specific dogma, instead his story help the writer to consider which version of world he prefer. The sentence “so it goes with God” simply points that we believe in what makes us comfortable or content. That is what the writer does, he believe in the animal story, simply because the story is less terrifying and more beautiful than the other version.

And so it goes with God…