Tag Archives: Human Interest

Photo: The Faces of Yangon

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Shy [2017:EO]

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It was a real a scorcher, the temperature reached up to 39 degree Celsius [2017:EO]

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Asthma Aid [2017: EO]

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Praying [2017:EO]

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Drowning into cyberspace [2017:EO]

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Warm smile [2017:EO]

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Monk-to-be [2017:EO]

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Catatan: Skilled Workers

Sejak melahirkan, saya belum sempat melakukan Brazilian waxing lagi. Selain takut akan rasa sakit di bagian luka operasi caesar, saya juga belum menemukam tempat yang bisa dipercaya kebersihannya di Dhaka. Ada sih tempat waxing tapi sayangnya enggak hygienic di mana mereka menggunakan satu mangkok besar dan satu butter knife untuk semua customers; belum lagi kain blacu yang dipakai sepertinya dicuci ulang -karena saya pernah lihat bulu rambut di kain blacu tersebut-. Ngeri enggak sih? Emang sih lebih ramah lingkungan karena enggak harus cuci mangkok dan buang kain berkali-kali. Tapi, gimana kalau ada salah satu customers yang punya penyakit kulit? Ya kan?

Anyway, kemarin saya baru ingat ternyata adik asisten rumah tangga saya bekerja di salon. Saat libur, dia bekerja sebagai freelancer mulai dari memijat, meni-pedi, scrubbing , eyebrow threading dan juga waxing. Dengan modal gula dan lemon untuk homemade sugar wax, baby powder dan kain blacu, akhirnya saya bisa waxing di rumah. Brazilian waxing dan half legs waxing. Cepet, bersih dan rapi.

Nah, kenapa saya cerita ini? Saya suka dengan orang-orang seperti perempuan bernama Rina ini. Dengan keterampilan yang dimilikinya, dia sangat passionate dalam melakukan pekerjaannya. Hal itu nampak ketika saya memberikan kain katun untuk waxing tetapi ternyata kain katun terlalu tipis, susah untuk angkat bulu rambut sampai ke akar-akarnya. Dia sampai kesal sendiri setiap kali mencobanya. “Huh? What happened?” katanya penasaran karena  tak satu helai rambutpun ketarik. Meskipun demikian, dia terus berusaha dan dengan cekatan, dia menyelesaikan pekerjaannya dalam satu jam saja.

Rina mengingatkan saya pada hairstylist langganan saya. Andre. Dia ‘pegang’ rambut saya dari tahun 2011. Kalau tidak sibuk, hampir setiap bulan saya ke salon. Entah untuk coloring atau haircut. Saya enggak pernah ke salon lain sejak kenal Andre. Atau Mas Boni, penjahit langganan saya di ITC Kuningan. Dia tahu bagaimana memotong batik menjadi dress tanpa mengubah motifnya. Atau Mas Otoy, anak buah Mas Boni, yang tahu bagaimana memermak pakaian tanpa merusaknya dan tetap nyaman dipakai.

Saya suka dengan orang-orang seperti ini,  mereka tak malu dengan apa yang mereka lakukan.  Selain itu, mereka make sure memberikan service yang terbaik untuk customer mereka agar mereka kembali lagi. Dengan demikian, saya sebagai customer tak rugi merogoh kocek untuk kinerja mereka bahkan tak enggak memberikan lebih.

Jujur saja, saya suka iri dengan orang-orang yang memiliki keterampilan seperti ini. Entah memotong rambut, memijat, memasak, menjahit, olah raga atau main musik. Mereka menggunakan kreativitas mereka dalam bekerja dan mereka tidak harus bekerja pada sebuah perusahaan, mereka bisa menjadi pekerja lepas di waktu tenggang misalnya dan dapat menggunakan keterampilan mereka di mana saja mereka berada.

Jadi pengen belajar menjahit..

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Photo: The People of Bangladesh

Take Me to Church  [2016:EO]

Take Me to Church [2016:EO]

"Friday morning,"

“Friday morning,”

"Amen" [2016: EO]

“Amen” [2016: EO]

Thoughtful [2016:EO]

Thoughtful [2016:EO]

A lifetime of poverty [2016:EO]

A lifetime of poverty [2016:EO]

Baby's Daddy [2016:EO]

Baby’s Daddy [2016:EO]

Mamma [2016:EO]

Mamma [2016:EO]

 

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Photo: Good Morning Jakarta

Conversation [2015: E O]

Conversation [2015: E O]

Pangeran Diponegoro Statue [2015: E O]

Pangeran Diponegoro Statue [2015: E O]

Journey [2015:E O]

Journey [2015:E O]

Undercover? [2015: EO]

Undercover? [2015: EO]

Toiling [2015: E O]

Toiling [2015: E O]

Pagi Ini [2015:E O]

Pagi Ini [2015:E O]

Good morning Jakarta [2015: E O]

Good morning Jakarta [2015: E O]

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Photo: Self-Reflection

Disappointment is part of life but sometimes we have to learn how to laugh at ourselves before other laugh at us. 

Disappointment is part of life  [2013: C P]

Disappointment is part of life [2013: C P]

We have to learn to laugh at ourselves [2013: C P]

We have to learn to laugh at ourselves [2013: C P]

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Photo : Timorese Kids from Timor Leste

Christo Ray in Dili, Timor Leste

When I was sitting at the fourth grade of elementary school in 1997, my social science teacher taught us [the student] that Timor Leste was the youngest province in Indonesia. Timor Leste, which was known as Timor Timur or East Timor, was the 27th province in Indonesia. It is located in Timor Island. But later in 1999, Timor Timur was separated from Indonesia and became an independent country, Democratic Republic of Timor Leste.

To be honest, when I was still in elementary school, junior [00-03] and senior high school [03-06] , I did not know what happened in Timor Leste exactly such as why it separated from Indonesia, how is the exact condition there. Well you know… whenever you studied history of your country at the school, the text book did not explain about the history in detail especially as the book are edited by Ministry of National Education.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I visited Timor Leste for the very first time in 2008 and I have visited Timor Leste several times since then. Even though I have not visited all the places in Timor Leste, I have already decided that my favorite place is Baucau District because it has an old market, a nice hotel and a hidden white sand beach, which is so quite and clean. However, I heard that we cannot swim in the beach anymore as there was a crocodile.

And here I am presenting another human interest snap shot that I took on several trips.

They are Timorese children, who make and sell a hand-made shell necklace to earn extra money. Each necklace would be sold for as much as 1 USD

Some Timorese children, who are living in Com Timor Leste, are making and selling a homemade shell necklace. They usually sell it to tourist, who stay in Com Beach Resort, for as much as 1 USD

The smile of Timorese children from Dili Tais Market, Timor Leste

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May 31, 2012 · 7:50 pm