Rasa yang ingin saya sampaikan

Awalnya begini :

Tidaklah sempurna di hati, 2 insan manusia yang tidak dipersatukan,


Bagai Bidadari Surga yang penuh sinar, hanya untukku

Dia yang selalu tersenyum untukku

Penuh cinta, halus, dan terjaga

Gadis, gadis

Seperti mutiara terpendam, sesuatu yang tersembunyi tdak penah dipegang, seperti cahaya yang menyinari hati

Sungguh mempesona,

Apa jadinya bila aku mencintai potensi yang ada darinya

Apa jadinya aku memikirkanya dan tidak pernah bosan, SubhanaAllah

Indahlah pada waktunya nanti

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Achsanul Fahruddin I
Mahasiswa Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Budaya, Maritim, dan Pariwisata

Budaya adalah hal selalu kita banggakan dalam negeri ini. Budaya adalah tradisi yang terus kita lestarikan. Budaya merupakan nilai yang tidak bisa ditukar. Indonesia haruslah bangga, dengan negara Bhineka Tunggal Ikanya ternyata kita memiliki banyak budaya yang menarik. Budaya berupa kesenian : Tarian, Kegiatan, permainan tradisional dll banyak dijumpai di Indonesia. Budaya Indonesia adalah pakaian Indonesia, pakaian yang selalu menjadi jati diri kita masyarakat Indonesia. Budaya Indonesia bagian timur dengan budaya Indonesia bagian barat pasti berbeda. Hal ini membuat kita negara Indonesia yang saling menghargai satu sama lain. Hal ini yang membuat kita selalu tersenyum bercerita tentang budaya kita kepada semua orang. Berapa budaya yang dimiliki Indonesia ? pernahkah terfikirkan? tentu kita tidak bisa menghitungnya. Karena begitu besar Indonesia dan budaya kita sangat melimpah ruah, sangat banyak.

Peran pemuda dalam melestarikan budaya Indonesia bisa dimulai dari hal yang sederhana: dengan mencintai karya-karya Indonesia,  dengan mendukung penuh kesenian daerah, dengan ikut melestarikan budaya Indonesia, dll. Pemuda sudah saatnya terlibat dalam kegiatan-kegiatan kesenian masyarakat. Pemuda sudah saatnya berperan menginisiasi dan mengembangkan budaya Indonesia melalui perannya masing-masing, melalui disiplin ilmunya masing-masing.

Budaya saya yakin tidak akan hancur termakan zaman jika pemudanya siap, siap untuk mempertahankan, melaksanakan, dan mengembangkan, walaupun teknologi sudah merajalela. Tapi Optimisme pemuda selalu kita gerakkan untuk kepentingan negara ini dengan ekspresif berbasis budaya. Pemuda-pemuda dari sabang sampai merauke pasti siap menjaga habis-habisan budaya Indonesia, saya yakin seperti itu karena budaya adalah warisan nenek moyang kita yang selalu kita hargai dan hormati.

Saya pernah mengikuti kegiatan yang melibatkan mahasiswa di seluruh Indonesia, saya merasa hebat dengan adanya kehadiran mereka. Mahasiswa Indonesia itu peduli dengan budayanya, Indonesia sangat indah dengan budayanya sendiri : dengan tariannya, bahasanya, dengan sikapnya, orangnya, itu semua luar biasa. Mahasiswa Indonesia memiliki banyak cara untuk mengembangkan budaya ini, melalui ide mereka yang kreatif dan bermanfaat.

Sedangkan kalau kita berbicara kemaritiman Indonesia, Indonesia adalah negara maritim, yang terdiri dari banyak pulau. Adalah potensi luar biasa yang patut kita semua syukuri bukan. Pulau-pulau Indonesia ini unik-unik, apalagi lautnya yang besar. Pasti menyimpan banyak sumber daya yang bisa kita olah bersama. Salah satunya adalah keberlanjutan Wisata laut Indonesia. Di Indonesia, wisata kita sangat menarik dan masih alami. Pariwisata Indonesia selalu menjadi investasi negara yang akan menjadi ujung tombak Indonesia. Maritim selalu kita jaga karena dari sini juga kita hidup, bisa menikmati ikan, makanan-makanan laut yang mungkin tidak ditemui di negara lain.
Peran pemuda dalam dunia maritim sangat beragam : mulai dari membangun, membuat industri kapal, inovasi wisata bahari, inovasi produk lokal, pengembangan energi alternatif dari sumber daya laut dan masih banyak lagi. Peran pemuda Indonesia dimulai dari hal yang sederhana, yang mampu menggerakkan masyarakat umum, khususnya daerah terpencil
Peran pemuda Indonesia dalam budaya dan keberlangsungan pariwisata laut Indonesia dimulai dari disiplin ilmu kita masing-masing. Contohnya adalah saya misal : saya adalah mahasiswa jurusan Teknik Sipil, maka saya membuat infratruktur yang lebih baik, membuat alat penyaring air untuk memnuhi air bersih di masyarakat, atau bisa juga saya membuat perpustakaan untuk melestarikan budaya melalui ruang baca budaya, dll. Di dunia maritim saya membuat kritik saran mengenai transportasi laut, mengenai wisatanya, mengenai pelabuhannya, dll.

Semangat pemuda Indonesia, kita bisa kok!
yang penting semangat dan terus belajar :)

International Essay Content for Young People (2012)
Youth Category – 1st Prize

Counting the Uncountable

Anjali Sarker
(Age 21, Bangladesh)
University of Dhaka

When I was born, my complexion was quite dark and that made my parents worried. In Bangladesh, everyone prefers girls having fair skin color. Relatives and neighbors used to tell that my father would need to pay a large dowry in my marriage. I grew up hearing such comments. I felt sad, worried, and even ashamed. From a very young age I was desperate to make up for my not-so-beautiful look through my works. I studied hard; I tried singing, dancing, painting, and what not. I tried frantically to be the best, so that no one can look down on me because I lack beauty.

Eventually, all those hard works started to pay off. Successes rushed in my life, one after another. When I was 18, I got admitted into the most prestigious business school in my country, which made me even more desperate for achievements. However, things started to change gradually. Earlier my world was very small; school, home, family and a few friends. In university, I met hundreds of people, who were hankering after achievements, jobs, money and social status. I talked with many of my school alumni whose lives were full of pride, status and prestige. I observed their so-called “successful” lives. Surprisingly, successes could not make them happy. Deep inside, they were depressed. They cursed their bosses, felt dissatisfied with work and could not spend quality time with their families.

I was confused. What do we really expect from life? What should we do today to build our future tomorrow? I observed carefully and sensed a lack of positivity in the air. Dissatisfaction, intolerance, and cynicism were whimsically growing everywhere. I felt something was wrong. Statistics says our country is progressing, but what is about our people? Are we happier than before? Or, are we happy at all?

I talked with more people and tried to discover the exceptional things, events and people around me who are different from the crowd. I looked for people who were living happily, working hard to fulfill their dreams, helping others and contributing to the society. Gradually I realized what kind of future I want.

Nowadays, we are driven by material pleasure in life. Money, property, salary, luxury – these things matter most to us. We often forget the value of little things; small gifts that have made our lives truly blessed. Things like health, relationships and family, that we consider as given and never consciously think about, are the most important things in our life. We need to think beyond numbers and objects, care about numerous intangible gifts that are surrounding us. Our values, thoughts, dreams and beloved ones are taking our lives forward, not the food we eat or the money we spend.

I was a typical business student, waiting to work in giant multinational corporations, earn a fat paycheck at the end of month and live a luxurious life. But when I realized what really matter in life, I choose not to follow the crowd and design my own destiny. I decided to be a social entrepreneur and established a startup that provides rural poor with safe sanitation.

When I learned to acknowledge the small blessings in life, I understood that to achieve true success, we should cooperate, not compete. So I started motivating my classmates and juniors. I shared my thoughts with my teachers. At first everyone considered my wish to work for the poor a short term fantasy. They advised, forbade and even ridiculed me. But I followed my heart. As I set my priorities right and gave importance to the small things that matter, nothing could discourage me. The idea of following one’s heart is not new, but I have learnt through my experience why so many people fail to do that. We often forget to acknowledge value of the most precious things and crave for the not-so-valued ones. Small things matter, but we often ignore those.

Now I am 21 years old. My heart is full of passion, my eyes sparkle with confidence. No more confusion, no more inferiority complexes, no worries for not being a beauty queen. I am ready to do something for my country and the world through what I love- social business. Every social business aligns people, planet and profit simultaneously. I love to work in my social business, but I love even more to help other entrepreneurs to establish their own ones! That’s how happiness is created in a community and spreads itself. I inspire young girls to come out of their cocoons and see the world, as I am doing now. I am a free bird and now I am encouraging other birds to break their cages!

Future is nowhere, but in our own hands. Enough running after petty material things; let’s start counting the uncountable!

Jadi Caleg DPR-RI: Perjuangan Mewujudkan Cita-Cita

Originally posted on Neng Koala:

Menjadi salah satu Kartini 2010 Majalah Gatra - courtesy: Gatra

Menjadi salah satu Kartini 2010 Majalah Gatra – courtesy: Gatra

Setelah melalui proses yang  panjang, jalan menuju cita-cita saya untuk ikut memperbaiki  tata kelola pemerintahan Indonesia mulai terbuka.  Nama saya masuk dalam daftar calon tetap (DCT) anggota DPR-RI dari PDI Perjuangan Dapil Jakarta III (Jakarta Barat, Jakarta Utara dan Kepulauan Seribu) nomor urut 8 untuk berkompetisi menjadi anggota legislatif pada Pemilu  9 April 2014.   Cita-cita ini berawal dari kegundahan saya sebagai seorang anak yang harus berjuang keras untuk dapat bersekolah.

Awal Pemahaman akan Pentingnya Tata Kelola Pemerintahan yang Baik

Sebagai anak pertama dari empat bersaudara dari keluarga pegawai negeri yang sederhana, sejak kecil saya sudah terbiasa bekerja membantu orang tua untuk mendapatkan uang bagi pendidikan saya dan adik-adik.  Setiap hari, sebelum pergi ke sekolah, saya bangun subuh untuk menemani ayah ke pasar, lalu membantu ibu untuk mempersiapkan rantangan pesanan tetangga dan juga makanan untuk dijual di kantin.

Kartu suara Jakarta III Pemilu 2014.  Nama saya yang diwarnai oranye Kartu suara Jakarta…

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Indonesia Cultural Heritage

Cultures is always things we are proud in Indonesia. Culture is tradition that continues we preserve. Culture is a value that can not be exchanged. Indonesia should be proud and turns we have a lot of culture who we love. Cultural art form of: dance, activities, traditional game etc. Indonesian culture is Indonesian clothing, clothing that has always been our identity Indonesian society like BATIK. Eastern Indonesian culture with the culture of western Indonesia would have been different. This makes our country Indonesia of mutual respect to each other. It always makes us happy tells the story of our culture to everyone. Culture of Indonesia of course we can not count them. This is because our culture so a lot.

The role of youth in preserving the culture of Indonesia is the Indonesian loved product, with full support of our culture, to help preserve the culture of Indonesia. The youth it is time participate directly in cultural activities in society. The youth it is time initiating and developing role of Indonesian culture through their respective roles, through the knowledge of each. I believe culture will not survive the passage of times when youth prepared, ready to defend, implementing, and developing, even though the technology has been rampant. But the optimism of youth we always move to the country with the expressive interests. Youths from Sabang to Merauke definitely ready to maintain completely of Indonesian culture, I confident like it because it is cultural heritage of our ancestors which we always appreciate and honor.The spirit of Indonesian youth,
the important is spirit and continue to learn :)

Water Sand Filter at Dayakan Village, Ponorogo Indonesia

Social Project of Ponorogo Community (KMPPS, 2013)

( Source : Social Project of Ponorogo Community KMPPS, 2013)

Water is a fundamental necessity for human life . When water conditions are not able to meet the needs of a large impact on health and social . Every day humans is estimated to require a minimum of 100 liters of water per – person , such as : the need for drinking , bathing , washing and others ( WHO Regional Office for South- East Asia , 2013) . Clean water is the water used to meet the daily needs of qualified healthcare quality and can be taken when it is cooked first ( MOH RI , 2002) .
Indonesia has many sources of water such as sea water , rivers , lakes , rain or from sources that we should be able to benefit properly . According Kusnaedi (2004 ) In rural areas generally have a human resources ( HR ) and inadequate funding , the water from the water source is generally taken as a direct clean water without taking the risk of health problems that occur due to the use of water resources is likely to contain pollutants or bacterial pathogens . On average in Indonesia , the current level of water turbidity exceeds the limit of 1,000 NTU . In fact , during the rainy season could reach 15,000 NTU . However , the existing technology is only able to treat water with turbidity levels of 5 NTU to 1000 NTU ( Reuters 2013) . The maximum allowable level for turbidity is 5 NTU , based on the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia No. 907 / MENKES / SK/VII/2002 , the physical requirements of water are as follows :

Tabel. Water Requirement

In the Dayakan Village Ponorogo in East Java there is a problem difficult to handle the needs of clean water or drinking water. When the dry season according to the village head Dayakan, in the Dayakan we can only rely on a backup water from the rainy season and the source of surface water, but the water source is far from the village settlement. Landmark Village Dayakan Ponorogo town located 22 km from Ponorogo to the natural conditions of steep mountains immediately adjacent to Wonogiri and Pacitan. Has a population of 1958 with an area of ​​12.6 km2 soul, this village needs clean water is high enough as a daily use (Government of Ponorogo, 2013).) Not only the problem that, according to information the head of the village and the local community in the village of Ponorogo Dayakan the water is murky. Difficult entry in this village make a technology very difficult and not easily applied. In fact Ponorogo District-PDAM could not even enter the village overall, due to the terrain and conditions that had not been to support. Map Dayakan Ponorogo Village, can be seen in Figure 1: :

Map of Dayakan Village, Indonesia

To solve this problem it is necessary that an effective alternative water treatment and raw water in accordance with local conditions. The selection of water treatment technology course must satisfy the technical requirements of the applicable water and produce the best, simplest and cheapest in the operation and maintenance, so we hope could be better implemented by involving the local community.

Therefore, we offer an alternative concept of water treatment are simple, cheap, long-term conditions by adjusting raw water sources and understanding the technology community as “Water Sand Filter”: slow sand filter system. Water sand filter a simple water treatment technology that produces clean water with good quality. The advantages of this system is it does not require chemicals (coagulant) which means environmentally friendly, filtering speed can reach 1-10 m3/m2/hari (BPPT, 2013).
Expectations of “Slow Sand Filter System” can overcome the problems of the local water supply in the long term at a low cost.