Langitnya Laut Masalembo

Akhirnya hari pertama di pulau, hari yang ditunggu-tunggu, telah datang. Destinasi pertama kami dalam perjalanan berhari-hari tampak luar biasa indahnya. Kami yang berkumpul di anjungan depan pantai terus membuka mata lebar untuk menganggumi hijau birunya pemandangan di hadapan kita. Angin pun juga tampak bahagia karena berputar-berputar dingin di badan kami.

Dermaga beton tua sedang menanggung beban-beban manusia yang sudah siap menyambut kerabat, keluarga, bahkan bahan jualannya. Tiap orang bergotong royong untuk saling membantu menurunkan dan menaikkan muatan dari kapal. Diriku yang jarang melihat aktivitas pelabuhan sangat terkesima, ternyata ini yang orang-orang biasa lakukan di dermaga.

Selain tim ekspedisi dan masyarakat ternyata ada orang lain yang disebut sebagai penumpang kapal. Mereka adalah Anak Buah Kapal (ABK). Mereka tampak baik, padahal baru sehari tetapi mereka sudah akrab atau banyak berinteraksi langsung dengan kita. Pagi itu, tim kami sudah kehabisan stok makanan dan berniat untuk turun ke Pulau Masalembo berhubung kapal akan bersandar untuk waktu yang cukup lama. Siapa sangka, para ABK juga sedang kelaparan, akhirnya mereka menawarkan kami untuk makan bersama di warung tempat kesukaan mereka; Warung Bandar Syahbana.

Bersama beberapa awak kapal serta kapten kapal, di warung makan, kami disuguhkan makanan-makanan seafood dan minuman es soda gembira. Tapi minuman es di sini tidak terlalu berdampak karena suhu di pulau sangat panas. Lalu ada makanan seafood yang baru kulihat pertama kali yaitu cumi dengan tinta sebagai kuahnya serta udang kipas goreng. Sayang, kami datang di bulan delapan. Katanya kalau kita datang pada bulan sembilan atau sepuluh akan lebih banyak variasi seafood seperti rajungan dan lobster. Secara keseluruhan makanan, minuman, suasana, dan momen kebersamaan dengan seluruh tim ekspedisi dan kapten beserta anak buah kapalnya benar-benar membuat awal perjalanan ini semakin menarik.

Sejam setelahnya, berhubung kami butuh untuk membeli barang, yaudah beberapa dari kami, Isma, Sidik, Slam, dan diriku, pergi menyusuri jalan utama pantai untuk mencari pasar terdekat. Perumahan di jalanan yang kami terlusuri sudah cukup modern. Banyak toko elektronik, counter HP, bahkan tempat karoke kecil. Sudah banyak mobil dan motor juga yang lalu lalang. Tapi hal tersebut tidak membuat pulau ini “sedikit modern” dalam berjualan hasil tangkapan ikan. Mereka masih berjualan secara eceran di pinggir jalan. Pasarnya juga terkesan sporadis karena tidak memiliki tempat yang khusus. Pasar yang kami kunjungi kebetulan berada di gang-gang antar rumah warga dengan fokus barang sandang dan pangan sebagai bahan dagang.

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Kurang dari tiga jam kami menginjakkan kaki di pulau pertama dari pulau-pulau yang akan kami kunjungi. Impresi awal perjalanan sudah sangat baik. Pantainya benar-benar mengelilingi pulau secara keseluruhan. Bahkan sebuah rumah warga biasa saja sampai punya halaman belakang pantai putih sendiri. Di sepanjang perjalanan, terutama saat menyusuri trestle dermaga, aku tiada henti terus bersyukur dan memuji-Nya karena laut di sini bagaikan langitnya, sangat bening serta terlihat biru dan hijau. Bahkan melihat kapal-kapal berlabuh saja sudah seperti melihat kapal yang mengapung di udara. MasyaAllah!

Diriku kadang bersyukur di pulau ini tidak ada sinyal telekomunikasi. Mungkin jikalau ada, aku akan terlalu sibuk dengan memamerkan apa yang kulihat lewat akun instagramku (@fayeddd). Tapi sekarang, aku bisa membiarkan lensa mata dan kameraku lah yang menikmati keindahan pulau dan membiarkan surat ini menjadi cerita untuk kalian.

dan..
Perhentian selanjutnya, Pulau Keramian. Sampai jumpa di sana!

Sanus 57, Pulau Masalembo, 6 Agustus 2017

 

Fayed, Pemimpi Tapi Tidur

Surat Perintis Ekspedisi

surat lama yang baru dapat dipublikasikan sekarang

Aku teringat sore itu di saat Jembatan Pasopati meneduhkan kami dari hujan rintik Bandung, Kami adalah orang-orang Kementrian Relakan Kabinet Suarasa ITB yang sedang bersilaturahmi sambil menunggu waktu magrib tiba. Diriku juga kebetulan termasuk orang-orang itu. Di tengah perbincangan, HPku tiba-tiba berdering dan menunjukan layar telepon masuk dari Isma, teman kepanitiaanku di awal tahun 2017. Semua ucapan darinya terasa sangat tiba-tiba dan terlalu bagus untuk menjadi kenyataan. Karena saat itulah dia pertama kali memperkenalkan program Ekspedisi Nusantara Jaya kepadaku dan aku tiada henti menjawab “mau ikut” setelah tiap kalimat keluar darinya.

Untuk kalian yang juga belum tahun apa itu Ekspedisi Nusantara Jaya, sepertinya boleh untuk aku ceritakan sedikit. Program yang biasa disingkat sebagai ENJ ini adalah acara tahunan dari Kemenkoan Kemaritiman Republik Indonesia. Sudah tiga tahun acara ini dilaksanakan termasuk tahun ini. Negara mengundang orang-orang umum, pemuda SMA dan  mahasiswa untuk menjadi bagian dari petualangan dan pengabdian ke pulau-pulau terluar ataupun terpencil di Indonesia. Kita dijadikan perancang acara secara keseluruhan dan negara sebagai pembantu dan pendukung pendanaan.

Singkat cerita dan dengan rasa syukur, perjuangan dan persiapan diriku akan ekspedisi ini terbuahkan hasil. Diriku akhirnya dipertemukan dengan dua puluh enam mahasiswa ITB dari lintas angkatan dan jurusan. Walaupun sebenarnya dalam proses pertama kali ku mendaftar hingga hari minus satu keberangkatan semuanya tampak abu dan tidak jelas, tetapi nyatanya semua anggota tim ekspedisi ITB ini masih tetap bertekad dan semangat untuk terus melanjutkan ekspedisi. Mereka adalah Fadli (MK 18), Pandu (MS 15), Satria ( TL 15), Ka Ais (BW 14), Bang Andre (TG 14), Antal (KL 16), Zalza (KL 16), ka Dhany (TL 13), Isma (PL 15), Kevin (MK 18), ka Mila (KL 13), ka Pale (TM 14), Amsyari (SI 16), ka Hardian (KI 14), Rian (GD 15), bang Rafid (TA 13), Slam (TG 16), Sidik (SA 16), ka Aya (BA 14), teh Sofia (BA 13), Sonny (GD 15), ka Ute (BW 14), ka Wahyu (EP 13), ka Yul (PL 14), ka Yongky (EL 13), dan terakhir diriku Fayed (KL 15).

Tim Ekspedisi ENJ ITB 2017

Kami meniatkan diri untuk mengabdi ke Pulau Marabatuan, Kalimantan Selatan sejak tanggal 4 hingga 17 Agustus 2017. Alasannya kenapa ke Pulau Marabatuan? aku masih tidak begitu yakin sampai sekarang. Tapi sepertinya karena memang pulau ini jarang dilirik dari luar dan tapi masih dapat terjangkau oleh kami yang dari Bandung. Berdasarkan informasi yang didapat, pulaunya memang seterpencil itu bahkan sinyal hp hampir tidak ada. Akses untuk ke pulau itu juga hanya ada Kapal Perintis Sabuk Nusantara 57 dan kapal nelayan yang sepertinya hampir imposibble dipilih.

Kapal Perintis Sabuk Nusantara 57 ini lah yang nanti akan mengantarkan kami ke Pulau Marabatuan. Berangkat dari Tj. Perak, Surabaya dengan tujuan akhir Kotabaru, Kalimantan Selatan. Pulau Marabatuan adalah destinasi terakhir kedua setelah Pulau Masalembo, Pulau Keramian, dan Pulau Mata Siri serta sebelum Batu Licin dan Kota Baru. Berdasarkan estimated time of arrival, kapalnya baru akan sampai Pulau Marabatuan setelah 3 hari 2 malam dari Surabaya, Lamanyee. Aku gak begitu kebayang juga awalnya tentang kapal ini, tapi ternyata kapalnya lebih bagus dari dugaanku. Kapan-kapan lah aku cerita tentang kehidupan di kapal sanus ini. Untuk ke Surabaya kami menggunakan Kereta Pasundan. Berangkat dari Stasiun Kiaracondong, Bandung dan turun di Stasiun Gubeng, Surabaya. Di kereta tidak begitu banyak kenangan menarik, tapi Alhamdulillah cukup mengeratkan pertemanan kami sebagai tim.

Bicara tentang tim, jujur persiapan kami tidak begitu terasa banget secara tim, tapi diskusi dan perencanaan apa yang akan kami lakukan sepertinya sudah cukup matang. Buktinya, sekarang, kami sudah bisa sampai di kapal dengan aman, walaupun kita naik kapal saat keberangkatannya 10 menit lagi. Tapi ya itulah yang kadang bikin seru, pengalaman-pengalaman tidak terduga.

Oh iya, misi utama kami nanti adalah untuk memperkenalkan potensi kemaritiman Indonesia dan informasi pekuliahan serta pencarian data & informasi di bidang pendidikan, kesehatan, kebudayaan, ekonomi, sosial kemasyarakatan dan pariwisata. Kami juga sudah sepakat untuk tidak “mengajarkan” mereka tapi lebih ke “belajar” dari mereka, serta tidak “memaksa” kuliah tapi lebih ke “mengajak yang mau” kuliah. Pengalaman mengajarku di Skhole juga kuharap bisa berguna nantinya, entah apakah anak-anak di sana akan sama seperti biasa anak yang kuajar atau tidak, lihat saja nanti.

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Waktu itu tanggal 3 Agustus, kami dilepas oleh pak Sonny, dari pihak LK dan pak Hendar, dari pihak kemenkoan. Ada juga kak Ardhy yang ngasih sambutan selaku perwakilan Kabinet. Kak Ardhy bicara tentang Nusantara, pak Sonny bicara tentang keselamatan kita,dan pak Hendar terus mengingatkan kalau ekspedisi ini harus bisa mencerdaskan ekspeditor dan masyarakat tentang kemaritiman. Baru sambutan aja udah banyak inspirasi yang didapat, apalagi nanti, pikirku.

Waktu itu tanggal 4 Agustus, kami hampir seluruh tim segerbong kereta antusias untuk saling berbagi hal tentang pernikahan, pengabdian masyarakat, Skhole, Gebrak, Satoe Indonesia, ilmu fotografi, ilmu sosial, dll. Baru di kereta aja udah banyak inspirasi yang didapat, apalagi nanti, pikirku.

Sekarang tanggal 5 Agustus, kami semua sedang duduk di kapal. Menunggu bahtera ini berlayar menjauhi pulau Jawa dan mengantarkan kami ke pulau yang katanya sangat mendewakan pulau Jawa. Sambil menatap ke luasnya laut, jingganya langit, kabutnya Madura, dan wajah-wajah bimbang teman-temanku, diriku berharap untuk bisa nanggung amanah ini dengan baik dan kembali dengan sejuta inspirasi yang patut diceritakan.

Jingga Langit Laut Jawa

Diriku sudah tidak sabar untuk menulis apa yang bisa kutulis dan kuharap kalian juga antusias untuk membaca apa yang akan kutulis.
Terakhir, Bismillah, Selamat tinggal Jawa, sampai bertemu lagi.

Sanus 57, Selat Madura, 5 Agustus 2017

Fayed, Pemimpi Tapi Tidur

Yogyakarta Journey. Ch 4 : Jogja’s Beach

This story is specially written for my Indonesia Oceanography Lecturer, Dr.rer.nat. Mutiara Rachmat Putri.

Day 3, It was supposed to be our holiday peak. Because we were going to visit special beaches in Jogja. We were so exciteeeed!! but..

We woke up quite late this time, maybe because yesterday was really exhausting. Today we were being lazy, sleeping and watching tv while had a snack and etc. We ended our sloth-alike when noon came. We prepared all things mentally and physically. Btw we used white clothing as dresscode, I didnt know who start this smartupid idea. Then we leaved the house and ready for the adventureee!

Day 3

We started the journey with eating in Waroeng SS or Waroeng Spesial Sambel or Special Sauce Restaurant. We ordered variations of food and sauce. They were delicious and spicy. This might be the hottest food I had ever taste when I was in Jogja.  We didnt spend much time there, only half hour and then we leaved. Next we went to our main destination; Wediombo Beach.

We used an alternative route so we can see the sea from the roads. The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the sea was be like “Oh it must be short wave! Where is the Seas area? Oh I can see the Swell! Oh it must be the Surf area where the h/H is more than 0,78 and the wave will break!”. I was quite proud that finally my knowledge from the lectures can be used in reality.

After 3 hours trip, Finally we arrived at Wediombo Beach. In truth, it can be reached for 2 hours, but because of the alternative route it prolonged the trip. To reach the beach, we need to walk down through the stairs. Eventhough it was quite exhausting, everything became positive again when finally we could see the beach from close distance. MasyaAllah the beach was so beautiful. Most of south beach have so many rocks and corals, so no wonder that Wediombo Beach was not that smooth. Besides of many corals, there were also many of people. We didnt like the crowd, It made us not free to play. So we just walked along the beach while enjoying the scenery.

In the middle of our walking, Suddenly one of my friend said that there is actually a very good beach which is beside Wediombo Beach. He said that we could reach it with just walking. Then we agreed to go there, maybe it was better to have a little walk again to reach the more beautiful beach.

Furthermore, We walked inside the brushes and went out with very different atmosphere. It was like in Narnia or typical magical story. We entered into brushes and went out to very wide rice fields. We walked cross the field and kept going east. Also we didnt forget to have a pose for photos. The terrain wasnt easy to go through, some of us had troubles with walking in here. Step by step, eventually we could hear the wave sound. Ah I was so happy and couldnt wait to see the beach.

All struggles was paid off after we saw the white-sandy beach. It was much much more amazing than Wediombo Beach. This beach is called Jungwok Beach. There were less people and rocks. I looked to the right and left and still not believed what i saw.

Jungwok beach has own special thing. There was a unique small island which was called Jungwok Island. I guess the island was created by vulcanic eurption’s rock. That island broke the wave so the north side of the beach had a smaller surf wave. Where the south side had a very big surf wave. If only i could do the surfing, probably I were already enjoying that big wave. Anw The weather was also perfect; It was warm and shiny.

So for the first hour, I spent the time to swim with Rais. Since the wave was on tide and too big, so we didnt swim too far. Meanwhile my other friends enjoyed the beach with sitting and sunbathing under the trees.

For the next hours, we decided to have a creative photo sessions. eh I meant the boys. Yeah we were the boys had stupid ideas of poses. We set the shutter speed faster and ulala! we had a bunch of cool photos.

Afterwards, we eated Mi Goreng or fried noodle in local stall. Eating together along the beach with the unlimited wind and wave and white-sandy beach were just great. Its been a quite long time I never feel this peaceful feeling. Probably it was one of the best decision I’ve made that moment because I almost felt that “Life is starting to get away from me”. So maybe I could say…

“I travel is not because i want to run away from life but because I dont want life run away from me.”

The time showed nearly 6 pm. We didnt want to miss the chance of seeing sunset, so we went back to Wediombo Beach because we couldnt see the sunset from here.


We were happy to be together here in the beach when the sun was sink. That moment was also the last thing we did in the third day before we went back to the house and sleep.

…last day story will be in chapter 4

Rancabuaya Beach. Ch 4

This story is specially written to my Indonesia Oceanography Lecturer

Fried Fish

The sky was getting brighter. The sunray was getting hotter too. We ended the play and packed all the things back. Since the beginning, we already planned to go back before noon to avoid the traffic. But our stomach gave a sound of hunger. We started the driving and searched a restaurant market, because Surya said it is much cheaper and fresher to eat in restaurant market around the beach. We stopped in the medium cottage not far from the first place; Wa Jabrig Putra Restaurant . There were no any visitor at that moment. We asked for the fried fish, squid and Kangkung. Twenty minutes of waiting and an hour eating and chatting, we got satisfied. It was exactly like what Surya said; cheap and delicious. Yum!

Coming Back Ganesha

After tried the beach’s culinary, we directly went home. I kept awake along the road. The scene was different like what I saw when coming here. It was so dark and empty but now there were many lives. Students just finished their school, people did the trades and etc. Hence, it was more challenging because of the crowd.

Five hours driving, finally we arrived at the Ganesha. It was exhausting but the experience really amazing. I rarely do a long vacation like this, especially with my friends. I guess, I am addicted with travelling, and the beach, and Indonesia.

This line finishes my story, I hope You really enjoy the story and inspired to explore more the beauty of Indonesia. See ya in the next posts!

… the end …

Rancabuaya Beach. Ch 3

This story is specially written to my Indonesia Oceanography Lecturer

The Ships

In the early morning, life in the Rancabuaya Beach started to come alive. The Womans went outside and cleaned their houses and prepared their things. Since mostly they are housewife, no wonder you would smell something delicious in the morning. While the mens are fishermans, You couldnt find them aroudn, I guess because they were still on the sea.

Panorama in Rancabuaya beach, with the short wave hits the beach, was so lovely. The scene of ships docked along the beach shore added mild feeling. Most of the ships were same, those were called Perahu Jukung or Jukung Ship. With the blue=yellow color and some cool quotes like “Mantap”,”Rezeki” and etc, the ships  were lined up.

Waiting Them Coming

When I enjoyed the beauty of the beach, I saw something from the distance. It was a ship and coming closer. Finally the mens, that had been waited by anyone here, had arrived. Directly I prepared my camera to capture the moment.

They simply docked the ship and brought what they got from the sea. I can clearly sea the fish that they got was not really many nor big. Even some of the fishes were in half condition. I didnt see the worthy between their hardwork and the result. I felt bad for them. But they showed in different way. They still felt grateful in any condition. Well, the beauty of the beach panorama didnt really picture the beauty of the people’s life there.

… continue to chapter 4

Rancabuaya Beach. Ch 2

This story is specially written to my Indonesia Oceanography Lecturer

Rancabuaya Beach

Before had a plan to go here, i did some researches about south side of West Java. Actually there are couple of beaches, but the internet says Garut has the best beaches. In Garut alone there are 8 most famous beaches ; Santolo Beach, Geder Mountain Beach, Manalusu Park Beach, Cicalobak Beach, Puncak Guha Beach, Karang Paranje Beach, and Rancabuaya Beach.

We choosed Rancabuaya because we wanted to see fisherman’s daily life directly. Eventhough there was so many activities, the beach was relatively clean. It also had small wave so You can play around in the beach without worried of drowning.

Morning Life

Finally the sun arrived at the mountain side. The lights started to fill the horizon. People went out and had a little walk. Getting warmed up in the beach was so fascinating.

Now, I managed to see the beach clearly. It was beautiful, the sand had a white-cream-brown gradient color and the sea had a green-blue-darkblue gradient color. MasyaAllah it was so wonderful! I took several pictures and experienced to walk along the beach. But then I just realized I was still wearing shoes, hence I went again to the car.

Poorly I didnt bring any sandals, but luckily there was a shop around. There was an old man sitting in front of the shop. I greeted him and he greeted me back. I bought the sandals for only Rp 15.000, I guess it was a normal price. After got my sandals, I tried to have a conversation with him. Well surprised! he had very interesting story. He told me that he had been in Rancabuaya since eight years ago, before the beach got famous. He was quite sad because Garut Government didnt take the chance to develop the beach seriously. However, he is already pleasured with his current condition.

Sparkling Water

Sandals were ready, my body was ready, without doubt I run to the water. The water was warm and clear, didnt like what I thought. There were plenty of rocks and little corals, You need to be careful here because it was slippy. I couldnt find any fish nor sea weeds. There was ecosystem though. It was group of white crabs. They digged a hole to survive from the beach wave. It’s great to see and feel the “beach things” after a long time never go to the beach.

… continue to chapter 3

Rancabuaya Beach. Ch 1

This story is specially written for my Indonesia Oceanography Lecturer


Planning

Since the early of March 2017, My friends and I had planned to go to a beach somewhere in Indonesia. With Gilang, Adam, and Surya, we decided to go Rancabuaya Beach in Garut, West Java. We prepared a car to bring us there.

Travelling

We grouped up in KMKL Secretariat at 11 PM, on 20 March 2017. We shared foods and drinks before we went a board. Adam as the driver already warmed up to hold the wheel. We approximate to arrive there in 5 hours from Bandung. That’s why we prepared everything since midnight.

We started the travelling at 1 AM and I spent a three-half hour sleeping meanwhile my friends were awake to have chats. We stopped awhile to have a Subuh Prayer. I didnt really notice where it was but from what i saw the surrounding was calm and mild. The stars in the sky was really clear even you could stare them for all night. The people there was nice and so welcome to foreigners. Eventhough the mosque was not really clean, but it has really fresh water.

Adam continued the driving and we tried to keep him on the right way. The road was so dark and lonely even it was nearly 6am. After an hour we finally met a small coastal town and you could smell the sea salt even from distance. We parked the car beside Rancabuaya Hotel and set the parking position so we could see the sunrise.

First Things To Do in Rancabuaya Beach

The ride from Bandung into here was exhausting. My other friends went to sleep since it was still dark. But I preferred to go outside and felt the breeze. It was so nice, eventhough Bandung air is already good but this was much better. I could see the blue hour clearly in the first time and it was really refreshing. I was quite afraid to crawled down because there was no light around but then i tried to take a picture with low light setting. I guess that was one of my coolest pictures i had ever take.

… continue to chapter 2