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Monday-Thursday are full of recruitment process

Jakarta, Bandung, and Cimahi are the cities that I have visited for recruitment process. Fight, efforts, way, travel, train, Bob’s rent room, Semanggi, Sudirman, Mulia, Mid Plaza, Wisma Nugra Santana, Tosari, Gatot Subroto, Mega Kuningan, Pancoran, Blora, Cimareme, Setiabudi, and many keywords are relatively new for me.

I hope it works. I want to celebrate Christmas first. And… get one of the jobs. kek ktrima semua aja… πŸ™‚

Thanks God.


A Journey to Jakarta (part 1)

Yesterday I got up so early in the morning. Why? because I wanna go to Jakarta. I should reach the Senopati Raya street, SHL office, at 9 am for a corporate recruitment psycho test. I wanna thank Bryan, my girlfriend’s young brother, who carried me to Baraya travel. He made me get ready up at 5 am.

I hope I will get the first schedule of the travel, at 5.30 am. But, sadly, the first travel was chartered by passengers to airport. That condition made me start the journey at 6 am.

During the journey, I met an old man who sitted near by me beside the driver. He wanted to do a business thing with someone in Blok M, Jakarta. Oooo, he told me that he is a Pertamina employee pension. He started to join Pertamina in 1968 and ran his first job in Papua. Wow, I can imagine that 1968 was five years after clustering Irian Barat with Indonesia. He said that Papua at that time is really lack of leaders. He dare to take that chance and gained his chance to Germany and Japan. He was 22 years old at that time.

orang tua dan anak

He asked me where do I want to go. I told him my destination, Senopati Street. He talked too much. Maybe because of many experiences that he got during his jobs, for 30 years.

I can classified his story into three sections. The first is about his debut in Germany, the second is about his child who gain the recruitment process in Chevron as a accomodation manager, and the third is his experience when take an airport project in Dumai, Riau.

First, he said onto me, “It is no use for studying if you don’t have capability in English.” He is really concerned about alumni of Indonesian Bachelor who do not have capability both of speaking and writing in English. He told me that because of his debut in Germany, he was stressed and felt desperately. Why? He couldn’t speak Deutsch. He felt trouble when he couldn’t tell anything with many people there. Then he studied hard and take some lessons there. He felt it. He don’t want to make all the youngster bachelor felt terrible because of the language. He added that a bachelor should have an added value, including capability in English.

The second, his child, 37 years old man. He is a manager of Hotel in Mulia. His salary is IDR 11 million a month. Then he apply to Chevron which has many facilities and good salary. He is still in a medical check up test. He is an NHI alumni who continued his study abroad. I think, he is an extraordinary child because all his siblings are state employee (PNS). He dares to be different.

The third, this old man ever handled an airport project in Dumai. At that time, Pak Harto and Bu Tien would visit some oil field in Dumai. He got an assignment letter. He was surprised because of the unmatched job. It was not relevant to his background, mechanical engineering. But, the general manager took his potency in leadership. Finally, he could do it. He said that he ever seek many things such as bath and toilet equipments for Bu Tien which was not available in Dumai. He went to Jakarta, Singapore, and many places. Sadly, Bu Tien didn’t use it. Moreover, Pak Harto and Bu Tien went there by chopper. Is it useless?

Frankly, I was so worried of the late time. It was 9 am, and I was still in Gatot Subroto. The transportation was really crowded. Fortunately, I have a telephone number of SHL. I called Mbak Francis, an SHL team. She wanted to wait for my arrival. Thank God.

I reach that place by ojek (bike). I think IDR 10 thousand was so expensive. But, I asked the receptionist of SHL, IDR 10 thousand is usual. I cannot imagine if I live here, Jakarta.

Go To Surabaya and Pandaan (2)

On the second day, I left Taman Dayu Residence to go to Sukorejo Plant. This place contains Machine Kretek ciggarete factory. I didn’t have a chance to enter the factory, but in the company profile movie, I got that the machine can produce eighty thousand more ciggarete a day.

We met the management of PT. HM Sampoerna Tbk. Again, it was very interesting because I could learn how Sampoerna succeed, started from the founder, Mr. Sampoerna (Leem Sing Tee) until Philip Morris International (PMI) acquisition. In this opportunity, we had a discussion session. Someone asked them about why Sampoerna family sold the equity to PMI. The answer is clear that the family sold when the price of equity was in the peak position. No intervention at all.

After the interesting discussion with the management, we took photo session with the management. Then, we went to the training centre of Sampoerna. There are many training programs there. This program is a part of Contribution and Corporate Social Responsibility to the surrounding society. There are entrepreneurship program, Cow Livestock and disemenisation of papaya program, clean water program, cultivation of rice planting method with SRI (System of Rice Intensification), etc. My groups, Rungkut 1, got the clean water program topic. Unfortunately, I couldn’t follow the observation because of uncomfortable body at that time.

Then we had dinner at “Ayam Bakar Cianjur”. πŸ™‚ It is funny because we came from West Java and we again ate dinner at West Javanese restaurant. Nope. The food were ready to be eaten in each tables. During the time of our dinner, we talked about East Java governor election, Lapindo, the campus policy, etc. I think the best student is appropriate for them, because they really care about the Indonesia situation.

Then, we went to Surabaya city and arrived Novotel by bus. I always took the front chair of the bus with Fermi.

Ooooh… I slept tightly because Fajar (Undip) have treat me due to my uncomfortable body, by balm-scratching my body. Thanks, Dude!

Go to Surabaya and Pandaan (1)

It is a pleasure that I am chosen by my campus to follow the “Sampoerna Best Student Visit 2008 Program” in Surabaya and Pandaan, East Java. It is such as a study tour program during July 23-27, 2008. This is an annualy program, and 2008 is 4th year. By plane (Merpati) started from Husein Sastranegara Airport, with 14 mixed of ITB, Unpad, and Unpar students, I went to Juanda Airport. Arrived there, we met other students from Gadjah Mada University, Surabaya University, ITS, UNS, etc. Then, by bus, we went to Taman Dayu Residence in Pandaan, Pasuruhan. During the journey, I saw the dike of Lapindo outpouring gas. There was Eko, an ITS students who guided us. He said that the Lapindo outpouring gas now has changed to be a touring object, that is traded from surrounding society. Arrived at Taman Dayu Residence, we are devided into several residence. Pak Tole, a SAR team leader, said that Soeharto, Gus Dur, Megawati, and SBY have ever slept at VIP residence, called Bromo. I think it is such a suite place in Jawa Timur, because the back side of the residence facing the golf park. There is also a mini swimming pool there. I slept in Welirang residence for one night with other nine students. There are many activities today. Flag Market Games. This was very interesting. We are devided into several groups. We have task to buy the materials, produce, and sell the flags. The price of each materials and flags are fluctuative. It is such a mini business game. Our mision is to get the benefit. My groups, called Dji Sam Soe, lose 13.500 out. πŸ™‚ Though, we are the third best group. Not bad. Again, We have been chosen as a best yell group. πŸ™‚ At night, we have a gathering dinner at the park. It is very interesting. Some of the students from each university introduce themselves. Unfortunately, it is not cover all of the students because the time was limited. There were 89 students followed the program. The students come from 18 universities in Indonesia, start from USU to UNHAS. Salam Ganesha have been proudly presented by ITB students, (including me). My room mate are Rozy (Unibraw) and Harbun (UNS). I slept tightly. But I forgot to switch the air conditioner off. Then unfortunately, I’ve got a head ache. I want to thank Farid Baskoro, my best friend, who carried me to the airport early in the morning at 4.30 am. I’ll bring you something from Surabaya, buddy! THank’s so much.

Back to My Home Village

Not a hometown. But a home village. I said that because of my home is in a quite and remote village. Yeah, My home is in Lampung. I went there for being home, visiting my beloved parents. Mmm, it was an interesting. Looking at my parents are healthy is a wonderful thing.

It made me aware that what I have done in Bandung and Jogja has so many meaning. It was a process. I am not a child anymore now. I should make them happy in their whole life. You know, I am lucky being their child. Careness, love, faith, and many things they have taught me bring me like this. Thank’s Mom and Dad. I love you very much.

Tuesday (29/4), I went to Lampung. I don’t have any story to tell about the trip because it was night and I couldn’t see the scenery. It is 10 p.m. from my rent room. I asked my kind friend, Nantha, to carry me to Leuwi Panjang. Thank’s, Dud! Then from Leuwi Panjang, I rode a bus to Merak harbor. A half past three a.m. I arrived Merak. Then continue to ride a Ferry, acrossed Sunda Strait. The next destination is Bakauheni Harbor. After 2 hours in a ship, I rode a travel to Panjang, a place before Bandar Lampung. It was 8 a.m. Then, I might ride a public transportation to reach my home. It was such a tiring trip. But then I was really happy because home and parents near to me.

I spent for 4 days. I did many activities there. I did my final project, went to Church, pray together every morning, recover my nutrients by eating :), and many more ( I think it is an important activity… mmmm!). I also attended my friend’s marriage mass in Church. They are Ismunadi and Nita. Mmm, it’s such a quick time I think. I feel like just yesterday he and I play on a Sunday School in Church.. πŸ™‚ Congrats, Man! Be a good father and husband!

Sadly, four days is over. Sunday afternoon, 3 p.m. I leaved my home. By an ‘ojek’ I went down the hill. The way is the same as the first way I went to. In a ferry ship, I enter the executive class, only paid 8 thousand rupiahs extra price to get a cozy room with an air conditioner. There was an ‘organ tunggal’ entertainment. There were two singers and some passangers tried to sing. Mmm, Indonesia like dangdut, right? It is true. Why? The first five songs are Pop, but the next request songs are dangdut. Mmm, nope. Even I don’t like dangdut very much, I enjoyed it. I just watched them and did not participate to sing.

The ship leaned on the Merak Harbor at 8 p.m. Then I rode a bus which goes to Bandung.

Having arrived Leuwi Panjang Bus Station in Bandung, I might wait for an hour in a public transportation car because there are only a few passanger. It is not comfortable.. I arrived my rent room at 3.30 a.m. As a result, I spent 2 hours from Leuwi Panjang Bus Station to Cisitu. It was crazy…

I calculate how much money I spent for transportation. Here it is:

Mmm, the trip style like this is cheaper than I went to Lampung by a direct bus. I can save some money. Let me compare:

My trip style:
Bandung-Merak Bus: 45.000; Ferry Ship: 10.500 + 8.000 (extra price for executive class); travel to Tanjung Karang/ Bandar Lampung: 30.000. Total: IDR 92.500,00

Direct bus Bandung-Bandar Lampung: IDR 150.000,00.

Then I can save IDR 67.500,00.

Catholic Churches in Bandung

A French said that Churches in Europe has changed to be a touring place. I don’t know it is true or not. But in Indonesia, Churches are still being a holly place to pray especially for Christian.

There are five Churches that I have visited in Bandung. They are Cathedral, St. Boromeus, St. Melania, St. Therecia (Karmel), and St. Laurentius. Exactly, I have ever visited Pandu Church, near by Istana Plaza, Jl. Pajajaran. But I don’t have a photo.

Cathedral Church, Jl. Merdeka

St. Boromeus

St. Melania, near by Jl. Diponegoro (Geology Museum)

St. Therecia, Lembang

St. Laurentius

Mostly, the architecture of churces are Netherland inheritances. Especially for St. Boromeus and Cathedral. I usually follow Mass in one of them.

Finally, I finished my report and back to Bandung

I have finished my on Job Training program on Friday (August 10th 2007). Then I decided to go to Bandung at that Day… Friday, at 14.15 pm from Sepinggan. I said good bye to my mentor, Mas Harly, Bu Daisy, Pak Mudjoko, Pak Evans, Pak Tommy, Mas Hadi, Ica (she will go back on Wednesday), and Pak Sugeng. I also met mbak Apri to finish all my administration. But She forgot to remember me to give her my badge. It’s a pitty coz I have to send her my badge. If I don’t send it, I will not get my approval. (Ica said that on her sms!)

Tezar, Intan, and I went to Bandung by Garuda Indonesia. You know what we had to do on the trip? We met several famous persons. They are Ana Maria (Roy marten’s Wife) and Dirly Idol. Trezar and Intan didn’t realize about Dirly… (I just remember that Tezar’s i ring is ” Kemenangan Hati ” from his song. haha…. I thought that Tezar’s Idoll is him… haha…

Finally I arrived Soekarno hatta. I went to Intan’s hoz in Kelapa Gading first. Then I went to Tezar’s Hoz in Cianjur. In the end I went to Bandung. I arrived my kos-kosan at 11 am. Oh… ( How tired I was). — I forget to bring my Mandau btw, it’s still in Intan’s car). maybe tomorrow, I will pick it.

OK… it’s start to live in Bandung. I should start my training of ITB Choir and Student Choir. I don’t know I can follow the training or not. Coz I missed the training for 2 months. Hopefully I can.