Tuesday, 9 January 2018


#ACYC2017: The Story of Unforgettable December

Hello 2018

It's new year already. But I won't to write about new year, instead it will be a bit long rambling about December memories. I honestly admit I still cant move on from December activities especially ACYC2017, it's like my heart refuses to let go. Hey, move on it's not something you need to do anyway. It will just happen gradually over time, but for the time being, let me remind my sweetest December.

There will be time when I feel that my life is not so blessed till I joined ACYC2017. I'm not strong willed or persistence, somehow they said as too laid back, and some other will describe me as immature who trapped in her own daydream. But joining ACYC and meeting passionate friends change my perspective in viewing my dream. My sister said that life is not a place where dream can survive with only passion alone. So many things swayed my dream. So many obstacles halted my steps after my graduation, and I almost lost. I almost swayed. I almost chased away my own dream. But life is really something. When life was the one who swayed my dream, it was life too who lift up my dream through Anti Corruption Youth Camp 2017.

After attending Anti-Corruption Youth Camp 2017, I became one of those fortune people to have experienced a life changing. Anti-corruption activities was never be my concern. I rarely discussed that issue with my inner circle. But in this camp i learn a lot about anti-corruption activities, made me think again about the issue and why us as the agent of change ( we always say that right in college) have to care and take action against corruption in Indonesia. Thus, being selected as participant, I was given the opportunity to meet anti-corruption activists and inspiring people across Indonesia. A week of meeting and interacting with many young content creators, working with teammates throughout the night discussing anti-corruption campaign, and experiencing a responsibility producing our individual creative project.

There were so many fun things happened during camp, with memorable activities and events. A day in Kampung Dago, HAKORDIA night, car free day, dancing and karaoke times (i never expected this to happen). But for most of us, our favorite moment might be the breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee break session. In our ordinary-broken-anak-kosan-lyfe, it would make our piggy bank goes to bankruptcy. So, as anak kos the time we could eat a healthy-yummy-free food three times a day plus had coffee break was a bliss. It also counts the time when we had a free time to finish our individual project but turned out we went to some cafes and ate a bit expensive food which we might not able to afford as anak kos. Hey, but it's not even the highlight of this event. I still have a lot of things to share.

Unexpected exciting class

with Iqbal Hariadi after podcast class
This is one reason why ACYC2017 program was valuable and exciting. Aside learning about anti-corruption activities we also had creative class. Because this program not only emphasize on anti-corruption only, but also the importance of building our creative potential, i guess. Overall, Creative class session had two classes, morning and noon class consist of blog, vlog, meme, comic-strip, music, podcast, and motion graphic class. We were divided based on our work and interest which had been submitted for application process.

I end up joined podcast class at morning and blog at noon. And podcast was absolutely my favorite class ever. Since I had no idea and due to lack of knowledge about podcasting, so, yeah, i got trouble to follow the flow in the beginning of class. But my decision in choosing podcast class turned out to be one of the best decisions in this camp. Our podcast facilitator, Iqbal Hariadi, was kind and he's great in explaining the content, he's also guiding and encouraging us to create our podcast. And the class was so lively and intimate, maybe because we just had twelve of us. 

A group full of absurdity 

how to pose a perfectly fine group photo

I was grouped with the other six friends called Loading and we have tagline mohon bersabar ini ujian. We were just an ordinary group, never that stellar whether in discussing or presenting session. Nonetheless, we completed each other, we went hand in hand to finish each group session. At first, I don't have any opinion about our group except most of us really expert in coming late. I still remember the awkwardness the first time when we started to know each other in introductory session but unconsciously it end up in the point that we were so close each other.

I also amazed with Arif and his volunteer experiences, Fido with her bizarre way of thinking, Widia who has a lovely voice, Cicilia who really expert in poetry, Kahar with his disappearing ability, and we must agree we almost got tired of hearing #savesayadi at camp until we make a #wearesayadi'shaters. It turns out our group full of absurd members but believe me they are nice friends. I treasure the moment we discussed, talked, and loved to joke about our facilitator, Kak Asta and Kak Fatia's relationship. The joke never gets boring. Kahar and Sayadi sure knew how to tease our facilitator.

Not the best but my favorite facilitator

Mind my face. This picture's all i have.
Have you ever met someone who want to sing Beethoven music? If you already have, maybe that person is in the same sect with my facilitator. Angga Miga Pramono, we call him Asta. Honestly speaking, I wasn't happy when I knew that our group was facilitated by him. kak Fatia was okay, but why on earth it ought to be him? Like he came from other planet with all of his goofy chara.

Yet, all of my first impression about Kak Asta turn to be false. Except his special ability to disappear all of sudden (just like Kahar did) during Loading's photo session, Kak Asta with his silly and unexpected weird idea created funny atmosphere and always lit up the mood in our group. He's handling Kahar and Sayadi well. Kak Asta did care about Loading, listened and supported us as well as Kak Fatia. Even though he lied about cilok rab duaribu but I was grateful that Loading's facilitator is him.

Kak Asta, the one who taught me and gave me new insight how to deal with problem and view current issues through another perspective. Honestly, I never think about it before, but since I wrote this thing, I start to think that Kak asta is the best facilitator and will always be my favorite in ACYC 2017. Actually, his appearance in HAKORDIA night was surprising, he sang with Bang Greg which has a gorgeous-nice voice. Yet, I found myself enjoying his performance with cranky voice even if I didn't really know the song.

A long tiring night

Lastly, the most exciting yet exhausting activity in this camp was the time we had to produce our individual creative project. We could choose the form of our project, whether it's vlog, blog, meme, poster and soon. But we were just given a short time (a day) to produce our creative project that keep everyone busy. Since I was newbie in podcasting, Nisa kindly helped me to made one. There's also Daru and Yopi who help me in editing the sound. Ah not to forget Arya Sandhi who lent me his recording equipment, I owe you guys. It was the moment I realize how wonderful to feel the joy being surrounded by people who support and share the same interest. Although each of us busy with our project, it didn't make us forget to help each other. I still remember most of us stayed up late in main hall until morning to finish our work. It was really long and tiring night but we cheered and supported each other.

Sum up, all of us come from different ages, racial, field of studies and preferences. In short, the gap in our personalities is severe. But as the time goes by, as much as the differences go, it never stops us to easily synchronize our sound together. There were so many disputable discussions, many words or gesture they did that somehow irritated me. I believe they felt the same way about me. Since I'm so childish, naive and hella noisy person. But what surprise me was, how easy we felt back to our pace again.

ACYC2017 was the sweetest closing event for 2017. I learned so much in a week about anti-corruption activities and made a lot of new friends. Sure, it took many tolerance, consideration, and understanding for us to unite under the name of ACYC2017. All those experiences, lessons, and opportunity to meet a lot of great people are worth to be remembered. May we meet again in the future, and fighting for the ongoing campaign project fellas.



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Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Menggali ingatan

Untuk yang tak lagi dapat kupeluk

Jember adalah sebaik-baiknya perantauan.
Tempat mimpimu disemat untuk kemudian beradu dengan peluh dan malam-malam yang gaduh.

Kota ini pernah sehangat matahari musim semi. Menghangatkan harapan yang dilupakan. Merengkuh setiap doa yang dipanjatkan.

Ada kalanya kota ini menjelma badai di musim penghujan. Menghempas segala yang kau punya. Memporak porandakan apa yang telah kau bangun sejak lama.

Kiranya Jember adalah janji yang ingkar. Tentang ribuan rencana yang ditinggalkan oleh kisah yang pernah kita perjuangkan.
Lenyap, janji itu makin tertinggal di belakang, sejauh kakimu dilangkahkan.

Jember adalah saksi bahwa rindu seharusnya tak buru dipangkaskan. Karena tepat saat keretamu bertolak pergi. Kenanganmu tertahan tanpa bisa mengejarmu lagi.

Ahirnya Jember berubah menjadi kegetiranku pukul 4 pagi. Terlalu enggan untuk tinggal, terlalu lelah untuk pergi. Hingga yang tersisa hanya tangis yang terisak menahan perih. 

Jember, pernahkah kau mengunjunginya lagi?
Kamu akan melihat segala kenanganmu mengisi setiap ruang-ruang sunyi. Terdiam, menunggu untuk kelak kau sapa lagi.

Jember adalah aku, kamu, dan kita di waktu yang tak lagi bisa kita miliki.

Liliy | Surabaya, 22 November 2017

Note: Kali ini saya ingin sekali percaya. Dalam jarak yang tuhan ciptakan pasti akan ada jalan untuk kembali.

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Friday, 3 November 2017



I'm sad
in the despair of my self agony.
When the sun passed by
and the darkness had interfered the sky,
I saw your retreating back
faded away in a distance.
And for long,
I've been living in the darkness
waiting in my bewilder feeling
waiting for your uncertain coming
as much as I may wish for
I should know
you never will.

Liliy | Jember, 02 May 2017
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Wandering in the Old Town

Bulan lalu saya sempat menghabiskan waktu di Semarang selama satu minggu dan selama hampir seminggu itu pula hanya dihabiskan di dalam rumah karena Semarang panasnya tidak manusiawi. Tapi, sehari sebelum saya pulang ke Banyuwangi saya sudah berjanji pada diri sendiri untuk setidaknya jalan-jalan di Semarang. Sebenarnya agak clueless harus ke mana, baru ketiga kali ini ke semarang dan hampir tidak pernah kemana-mana. Jadi saya benar-benar buta arah dan hanya mengandalkan Google Maps untuk melihat jalan dan tempat yang akan saya kunjungi. Akhirnya setelah pergolakan batin, saya memutukan utuk ke Kota Lama saja karena disebut-sebut sebagai Little Netherlands. 

Titik poin saya saat itu adalah Taman Srigunting. Ruang terbuka hijau yang berada di tengah-tengah kota lama. Saat saya tiba di sana taman ini cukup ramai dengan orang-orang yang berfoto dengan instalasi yang sudah disediakan seperti sepeda, bunga, dan becak. Cukup membayar seikhlasnya saja sudah bisa berfoto sepuasnya. Saya berhenti sebentar di taman Srigunting sambil mengamati sekitar, baru setelah itu saya menentukan saya mau berkunjung ke mana dulu. Dan ini beberapa tempat yang sempat saya kunjungi ketika di Kota Lama.

Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery

Semarang Gallery adalah salah satu objek wisata seni yang wajib dikunjungi saat ke Kota Lama Semarang. Awalnya saya mengira bahwa ini  museum milik pemerintah kota, namun ternyata ini adalah gallery milik pribadi. Lokasinya tak jauh dari taman Srigunting dan cukup bayar 10.000 rupiah saja sudah bisa menikmati koleksi lukisan serta instalasi karya yang ada.  Petugasnya ramah dan sabar ketika berulang kali saya tanya maksud dari berbagai lukisan yang ada di sana. Maklumlah saya ini buta sekali dengan seni. Kemudian dalam hati ingin sekali foto dengan salah satu karya seni yang ada, tapi kok hati kecil saya ini langsung nyolot dengan mengatakan "eksistensimu merusak karya seni li", jadi saya urungkan lah niat buat berfoto dengan salah satu lukisan di sana.

Pasar Barang Antik Klitikan

Tepat di samping kanan taman Srigunting berjejer stand-stand penjual barang antik mulai dari piring, radio, gelang, koran, komik lawas, kamera analog bahkan ada pecahan uang jaman dulu. Berada di Pasar Klithikan ini mengingatkan saya pada film-film jadul. Saya cuma bisa mengamati dan sesekali memotret barang yang ada selebihnya saya tidak berani menanyakan harga yang ada. Ya maklum wisatawan budget minim ya begini.

Gereja Bleduk

Sebenarnya ketiga tempat yang saya kunjungi ini semacam paket lengkap dalam satu lingkup wilayah dan tempatnya pun tak berjauh-jauhan kaya hubungan kita. Jika di sebelah kanan Taman Srigunting ada Pasar Klithikan, maka di sebelah kirinya berdiri kokoh gereja dengan arsiktektur Eropa yang lebih dikenal dengan Gereja Blenduk karena bentuk kubahnya. Hingga kini Gereja ini masih aktif dijadikan tempat ibadah dan bukan hanya bangunan wisata saja. Saya kurang tahu juga gereja ini dibuka untuk umum apa tidak, karena saat saya sampai di sana sudah terlalu sore dan pintu gerejanya sudah di tutup. Jadi maafkan, untuk itu saya hanya sempat memotret bangunan luarnya saja dan itupun tidak mumpuni karena susah sekali bagi saya untuk menentukan spot foto terbaik karena saya takut ditabrak orang.

Setelah selesai dari gerejea bleduk saya mulai bingung akan ke mana lagi, jadi saya hanya terus berjalan ke mana kaki saya melangkah. saat itu saya sudah seperti anak hilang di kota orang, saya berjalan ke arah barat kemudian mempotret sebentar kemudian balik lagi. Tapi perjalanan saya kali ini lebih seru dibanding perjalanan saya sebelumnya karena kali ini saya benar-benar sendiri. Dan asiknya lagi wisata kota lama semarang ini menurut saya sangat ramah untuk female solo traveller. Saya berjalan sendiri kemanapun tanpa ada gangguan, catcalling maupun street harassment. Warganya pun sangat ramah ketika saya menanyakan arah maupun letak tempat. Intinya saya sangat menikmati menghabiskan akhir pekan mengelilingi kota lama. Nanti jika saya diberi kesempatan mejadi bagian dari Semarang lagi saya pastikan untuk kembali mengunjungi Kota Lama.

*In regards to the title of this blog post i use wandering instead of exploring because wandering is not always lost. My friend used to ask to me when they know i'd been travelling alone whether i was lonely to travel by myself or i was ever afraid of getting lost. The answer was no, is no, and will be no. I think becoming a solo traveler is fun, it's an opportunity to explore something new, to encounter the new friends, socialize with the local people, and more importantly to know your self better. Instead of relying on travel partner i prefer travel alone. However, I really enjoyed my weekend gateway in Semarang Old Town.


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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Pisang Bakar Keju Ijen Shelter

Di penghujung bulan September kemarin saya dan Vanadia sempat bingung akan main ke mana. Padahal di Banyuwangi tak sedikit destinasi wisata yang bisa jadi pilihan, tapi tetap saja teman saya yang zodiaknya Gemini ini selalu geleng kepala setiap saya ajukan opsi tempat wisata dengan alasan sudah pernah kesana. Maklum teman saya ini adalah satu diantara anak hitz Banyuwangi yang menyandang status Duta Wisata Banyuwangi 2015 jadi pantas saja semua sudah dikunjungi. Beda halnya dengan saya yang tidak pernah pulang ke Banyuwangi dan sekalinya pulang hanya ngerem di kamar.
Akhirnya setelah saya sudah kehabisan ide, teman saya akhirnya bilang jika dia ingin  ke Ijen Shelter. Mbok ya dari awal bilang biar saya gak usah mumet mikirin tempat. Tapi karena teman saya ini cantik, baik, pintar, bersahaja, dan saya tidak punya pilihan lain, jadi saya segera mengiyakan saja.
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