Gadjah Mada University New Students Inauguration (PPSMB UGM)

I'm driving Aya to Bulaksumur, Jogja, this morning, taking her to inauguration day for Gadjah Mada University (UGM) new students. She joined with 8000+ other new students at Grha Sabha Pramana field (GSP), right in the center of campus for the first day of Pelatihan Pembelajar Sukses Mahasiswa Baru UGM (orientation training)

It is one of the biggest inauguration in the country, as UGM is known as the oldest and biggest university in Indonesia. How proud I am to see my daughter, wearing UGM jacket and soon will share the same campus as I used to have 25 years ago.

Good luck Mbak Aya! Spread your wings!

Here are some pictures I took in the morning:


Thousands of UGM students in front of Grha Sabha Pramana (GSP)
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Reconnect with Jalan Kaliurang Jogja

Sitting here in Starbucks Jalan Kaliurang Jogja, with happy heart to reconnect with the city I used to call "home".

This street was my 'playground' when I studied in Jogja. Many things have changed. Aside from this Starbucks, there are now McDonalds, high rise apartments, gelato place and many symbols of globalization and modernization occupying Jogja. But I can still feel the vibe of the city, the uniqueness of the place, and the warmth of the people.

I love Jogja. I really do.

DEWA: Rise from Ruins

The latest “DEWA” band photo series, which we took last week from our Roti Abon trip in Cirebon. This was the first group photo taken from Drone (Pelican). I made quite a bit ‘stamping’ over Photoshop to remove unwanted people in the background (sorry, groupies!)

This band-like photo series was originally started in 2005 back in Jogja. We had many of them throughout the years. I’m thinking of creating a page in my blog, solely dedicated for these photos. Watch this space.

Thank You Cirebon! Thank You Friends!

The Sparingga Roti Abon team, happily posed at Cirebon station, before leaving the town back to Jakarta. Take a look at those shopping bags!  It’s been really fun day. Such a bless to be together with these crowd for many years. Here is hope for many more years to come. Aamiin!

So habis ini kemana? Jenewa? Apa? Jogja? Ooh Bandung…! 😅😅

Another shot with me in the picture

Sparingga Family at Sunyaragi

The whole Sparingga family who joined this Roti Abon trip took pictures from the hill, with background of Sunyaragi cave, one of tourist destination in Cirebon.

We didn’t spend much time here. But we managed to fly Pelican around the complex and took the customary “Dewa” photo shoot. Stay tuned for the release! 

Meanwhile here are the pictures and video from the place:

Another picture of us

Delicious Empal Gentong and Refreshing Es Kopyor 4848

Our first culinary destinations are “Empal Gentong Mang Darma” and “Es Kopyor 4848” at Jalan Setiabudi Cirebon.

In my opinion,  “Empal Gentong” Mang Darma is better than a much popular H. Afud, which I visited last time I went to Cirebon. It is served with cow skin crackers which is really delicious and add complete taste to it.

The old bike and “4848 Cab Sign” which becomes the legendary sign of this Es Kopyor place
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Perjuangan Setahun Mendapatkan SIM Tanpa Menyogok

Wajah gembira setelah mendapatkan SIM A dan SIM C setelah proses selama 1 tahun
Hari ini genap setahun sudah ikhtiar saya mendapatkan SIM A dan C dengan jujur, tanpa menyogok. 

Tenang, judulnya aja yang dibuat dramatis. Kesannya sepanjang tahun saya berjuang untuk lulus ujian SIM. Padahal kenyataannya adalah, hari ini tepat setahun yang lalu saya mengikuti ujian mendapatkan SIM baru, dan gagal pada ujian prakteknya. Sialan. Nah hari ini saya datang kembali untuk mengulang.

Sewaktu tahu saya gagal ujian SIM, teman-teman saya pertanyaannya sama, “kok nggak bayar aja sih?”

Hehehe. Begitulah Indonesia. Makanya gimana mau ngarep bangsa ini bebas korupsi, kalau dari diri sendiri aja kita malah mau nyogok. Tapi serius, itu memang salah satu alasan kenapa saya berniat untuk mengikuti ujian SIM tanpa menyogok. Alasan lain, tahun lalu memang monitoring pengurusan SIM sedang ketat-ketatnya. Waktu saya mengurus di Kantor SIM di Daan Mogot Tangerang, susah sekali saya menemukan “escort” (baca: calo) yang dapat membantu pengurusan SIM dengan “jalur cepat”. Semua terlihat mengikuti prosedur dengan tertib. 

Jadilah pada tanggal tersebut, tepat setahun yang lalu, tanggal 11 Juli 2016,  dimulainya perjuangan saya mendapat SIM selama setahun.

Semua ini gara-gara satu hal: saya lupa memperpanjang SIM saya yang sudah expired per tanggal 1 Mei 2016. Dan berdasarkan peraturan terbaru dari Kepolisian RI, telat mengurus perpanjangan satu hari saja, maka SIM Anda akan dibatalkan, dan Anda diwajibkan untuk mengulang proses mendapatkan SIM, lengkap dengan ujian-ujiannya. Blimey. Jadi itulah cerita kenapa saya harus mengulang mendapatkan SIM lagi. 

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