Jakarta View from Plaza Semanggi
It was 5:30 A.M., Saturday morning in late October 2011. I was sitting on the back of taxi, leaving North Jakarta and heading to South Jakarta. I felt so tired and restless. I just wanted to jump to my bed and closed my eyes. But I could not because I was still sitting on the back of the taxi.
As always, every time I sit on the back of the taxi, I always put my iPod on, kept looking outside the window and kept my eyes on whatever passing by me. I really like to do so because this particular activity would teach me a lesson about life directly or indirectly which I believe we will never get those kind of lesson in the schools.
This particular morning, I saw several things that make me thinking about life, a big city life and a stiff competition in a big city such Jakarta. I smiled and said to myself ‘How lucky I am to be here and experience such a thing in this early stage of life, whether it is a good or bad experiences”
As the taxi drove by slowly, I saw an old man driving an old Honda motorbike with many cheap steel pots on the back of his motorbike, he drove slowly in the left side of an empty road in Pulo Mas area. I believed that he was heading to the market to make some cash. Usually, the earlier a merchant arrived in the market, the more money they could make.
Few minutes later, I passed by on some young women and men, who were lining up in the busway stop somewhere in Cempaka Putih, who were ready to work. Another few minutes later, my eyes on a fancy sport car driving pass by so fast, super fast. I was just amazed. ‘WOW! When will I get one of those? Will I even be able to purchase the cheaper one?’
As I was just amazed to see what I saw in the past few minutes, suddenly a memory of a bad incident was flashing to my mind. An incident where I lost my hand bag in Equinox Club, Senayan and I lost a blackberry torch, Rp 800,000 of cash, Mandiri ATM card, HSBC credit card, apartment key, apartment pass card, press card and a driving license. An incident, where I had to ask the security guard to break down the door. An incident, where my cash was being stolen from my ATM. An incident which happened on Friday night , 17 September 2011.
An incident, where I swore to myself that I would never come back to Equinox anymore even I did enjoying the atmosphere there.
The reason that I did not want to go back to Equinox anymore because Equinox did not give me a positive respond on how they would help me toward my case when I told them that I lost my handbag. Instead, a girl name Masha said arrogantly to me that their security was not only taking care of one person. (Of course, I have acknowledged that but could you please give me other positive respond as your customer was getting panic for losing her stuff?)
As I was super panic, I lost my temper, I screamed to Marsha and I said FVCK YOU BITCH! (Of course, you could not expect me to treat you nicely when you responded me arrogantly. No! You don’t go around the fire and expect not to sweat!) Remember that you guys are selling a service and I paid for that!
I just could smile with a broken heart remembering that night! It sucks and I said to myself
“Either I was too naive or too stupid to think that somebody will give you a hand when you are in such a difficult time because in the end of the day human is too selfish to deal with their own business. Security ain’t offering any help and the waitress and PR were being bitch. Life is not as sweet as candy. Life is indeed a bitch!”
When we cannot differentiate between angel and devil anymore
Anyway, all the things, I saw with my own eyes and the bad memory which suddenly flashed by in mind, really got me thinking that a big city life is not easy. A big city life is full of competition and competition is indeed stiff. It is all back into ourselves on how we want to respond on every challenge in the competition, either we want to stay in a healthy competition or we would like to cheat to win the competition.
Remember that a big city life is indeed a bitch! It would be so hard to find a saint in the big city because by being a saint, nobody would be able to survive. By being a saint, nobody would be able to make some cash to purchase for some basic need. By being a saint, nobody would be able to live a life that the world has offered to us.
A businessman, a member of parliament, a police officer and the government turned to be a corrupt politician, a poor people turned to be a thief, a young girl turned to be a prostitute, a young boy turned to be a drug dealer, etc, etc. Many people tend to be cruel to each other, many people tend to hurt others to live a comfortable life for themselves and their family, many people tend to be greedy and many people tend to show nothing but hate because of jealousy.
A stiff competition has effected the innocent children to be unable to get their education
A Contrast View from North Jakarta where an Apartment is Built Next to the Poor Neighbourhood.
It is very sad to see what happened in a big city life, isn’t it? Especially when I tried to compare a big city life to Yogyakarta or Bali life. And for me, money has made human losing their humanity, sometimes money has turned human to be an evil. I wonder what the world would be if every one is fighting for money while the competition is getting stiffer. They can just kill each other.
I vividly remember when I did an interview with Wanda Hamidah about her plan if she would be elected as Jakarta Governor.
“I want Jakarta to be a city that is more humane, one that strives to fulfill the rights of the disenfranchised, including women and special-needs children,” Wanda Hamidah said on Friday (29/10)
Listening what she said, it really got me thinking that Jakarta is a city where the humanity is slowly fading away because everyone is trying to meet their own need. So I questioned myself:
‘Fani…How would you respond on every challenge that you are going to face when you are living a big city life? Will you be the evil? Or, will you be the saint?’
To be honest, I do not know what the exact answer for those questions because a big city life is a bitch! It is a very hard life! I vividly remember that some people said to me ‘Girl! Don’t be too Javanese in Jakarta (Javanese are well-known to keep saying yes because they do not feel okay if they say NO)! If you do, people will take an advantage from you and you will be doomed!’
But the only thing that I can say is I just want to live my life, work hard to reach my dreams and enjoy every penny that I make from my own sweat. Hence as long as people do not bother or hurt me, I will not bother them because I am typical of quite person and that is how my parents taught me. As Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) said “Don’t poke the dragon because the dragon will poke you back,”
Anyhow, they say that life is a bitch but no matter how cruel life has treated us, I believe that we would be able to face every challenge that come to us because G.O.D would give us a challenge that we cannot handle it. However, it depends on our own willing. Other than that, even though they say that competition is stiff but it would be better that we win the competition without hurting somebody’s else. Let’s have a healthy competition than the bloodly one.