Wednesday, 22 February 2017

India's Random Thoughts (and words) Ep 01.

This is a fun clip I made with my phone (sorry for the bad quality) in which I voiced out any words that came to my mind while matching them with my pet tortoise India's actions. Sorry for the strange accent and some unclear words, as I'm having the flu.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Money Report

Total money brought (excluding flazzcard): Rp. 575 000

Day 1 (in Jogja)

Rp. 5000: Indomie

- Flazzcard (Rp. 2000 something)

Rp. 20 000: Public bus to Borobudur

Rp. 50 000: Andong

Total: Rp. 75 000

Day 2:

Rp. 1000: Fixed the bike wheel.

Rp. 3000: Paid for bike park.

Rp. 3000: Drink

Total: Rp. 7000

Day 3:

Rp. 1500: sweet potato

Rp. 7000: Geblek and Gethuk

- Flazzcard: (Rp. 2000 something)

Rp. 15 000: egg roll

Rp. 10 000: ceriping

Rp. 50 000: lost

Total: 83 500

Day 4:

Rp. 10 000: Andong

Rp. 15 000: Public bus

- Flazzcard (around Rp. 2000 something)

Rp. 10 000: Public bus

Rp. 6000: Chicken noodle

Total: Rp. 41 000

Day 5:

Rp 10 500: Mi Letheg and lime juice

Rp. 40 000: Church offering

Total: Rp. 50 500

Day 6:

Rp. 10 000: Nasi bakar

Rp 8000: 2 portions of fried rice.

Missing: 52 000
Total pay for living cost: Rp. (around) 100 000

Left: Rp. 77 000

My Eksplorasi Private Project: Ketela

Actually, this isn’t my original private project idea. I was interested with getuk, since the one shown to me in the peyek home industry. At that time, I didn’t know that the most known getuk is the snack version, not the main staple food. What caught my interest was that it just looks so unique, squishy, and appetizing, only, Kak Kukuh told me that it would be hard to find any information about getuk, as there are not that much sources about getuk around the village and in the market, so we moved the topic a step away, which is ketela, because getuk is made out of ketela.

I already received lots and lots of information about ketela from Pak Ceriping, from seeing his plantation, going to Rumah Ketela, and information from my observations and interviews in the market. At the same time, I bought some snacks made out of Ketela, which are getuk (I was surprised when I saw that the getuk is totally different from the one I saw in the village, as this is the first time I saw the snack version. Since then, I relized that there were many versions of getuk, so I didn’t ask the seller any further.

I’ll give you an introduction of what Ketela is. Ketela is basically another word for singkong/ cassava. It’s the root of the Cassava plant, and it’s normally used for food. The peeled skin is used as the cattle’s food.

The Ketela tree is multifunction, as villagers use the bark as firewood or planted again, the leaves as vegetables or if it’s too old, as goat’s food, and the roots (the cassava) could be used as food.

The first information I got about Ketela was from Pak Ceriping, who makes Ceriping out of Ketela. We saw a big pile of cassavas behind him as he sliced the cassava using machine, and he must finish slicing them all, and have them fried by his wife, or else they would not be good, although still edible.

Next we went to Pak Ceriping’s cassava farm, and there we saw a lot of cassava trees, and several papaya trees. We were allowed to help harvest the trees, and we helped/played cutting the cassavas off from the trees. It was pretty fun, although the earthworms scared me.

I got my next information from the market. I looked around for Ketela sellers, and I saw that there were plenty, but they were either busy with their customers or my friend who had the same topic as me already got them.

I found a vacant old woman named Ibu Sutia, 60 y.o, and has been selling in the market for 30 years. She not only sold cassava, but she sold vegetables too.

There were many types of cassava, ubi (sweet potato), and talas. Cassava are: Singkong mentega, telo Jendral (telo is the Javanese word for singkong and sweet potato), telo kuning, telo putih, and telo merah.  The cassavas are not precisely the colours mentioned above, but to differenciate them, the Javanese gave them their respective names. I didn’t get any information about what types of talas there were, I forgot to ask, but these are the types of ubi that I got: Ubi Kuning, Ubi Biru, and Sumbowo. I also got several receipes of snacks made out of Ketela, such as Geblek and Getuk.
I was running out of time as she had plenty of customers out of a sudden and they all bought their goods in large quantities, so off I went to one of the snack sellers.
These sellers (there were 2 woman) were Mbak Dah (55 y.o) and Mbak Yah (35 y.o)(both aren’t siblings) were more friendly than Bu Sutia, and I bought 1 geblek and 1 getuk. I was so surprised seeing the getuk, as it was totally different from the one I saw in the Peyek industry. Apparently, this is the snack version. I asked for other types of getuk but I saw and was told there were none. I then assumed that the one I saw in the home industry was the main staple food, Pak peyek did say that too :p.

I decided to buy geblek too, as I’m curious of how it looks like. It looks more like white chips.
I was told there were 3 types of getuk, Getuk Karet, Getuk Lindri, and Getuk Ubi Jalar. I didn’t know the name of the getuk that I bought. J

My next information came from Rumah Ketela, where the founder was Pak Ariswara Sutomo. He opened Rumah Ketela to show us how we can reduce our use of wheat, which we imported from various other countries, by cassavas and sweet potato. Importing wheat can cost up to 16 trillion, although most of the imported wheat will be made into instant noodle. One way to reduce the use of wheat is by not buying wheat flour (although I still buy them sometimes :p), as the less buyers, the more expensive wheat flour will be. A replacement for wheat flour is mocaf, or sometimes corn flour could be used, although the result won’t be as good as wheat flour. Like for example, cake, the ones made by wheat flour have smoother textures than the ones made by mocaf.  Another advantage of cassavas are they are gluten free, and some people must avoid eating gluten. Gluten could be found in wheat.

In the past, when Mount Merapi erupted, all our crops failed, but we still could survive by eating cassavas and sweet potato, as they grow underground, so they are protected, which shows that we actually can depend on ourselves, not on other countries for our main staple food. Cassava and sweet potatoes could be found everywhere in Indonesia, so it won’t be much of a trouble for the citizens to find them.

In Rumah Ketela, we were served with snacks on first arrival, which names most of us forgot. All of them were still warm (except the ones in containers) but for me, the most delicious is the purple one. We were also introduced to a new kind of root, Suwek, another type of edible root, papaya jam, a mixture of papaya and pineapple, which was put into the container when it was still hot so that it would be sterile, egg roll from suwek, which all of us (except me) tried to roll in the frying pan, 4 types of flour: mocaf, sweet potato, Suwek, and corn, and 2 types of ice cream: one from sweet potato and the other from corn.

They showed us how to make mocaf, and some facts about them. Mocaf is easy to keep, and they stand for a long time, starting from a month to 6 years.  Keeping wheat (flour too) is pretty difficult, as bugs often nest themselves there.

To make mocaf, they were washed, peeled, spread and dried, immersed for 3 days and 3 nights, and every 24 hours the water is changed. They were then fermented, dried again, then milled into powder by a machine called selem, and powered by gasoline.

I actually wanted to buy the corn flour, as I thought my mom never used it before, but after weighing the risks, I decided not to buy it. I bought an egg roll made out of Suwek instead.

We were then shown their vast garden of all kinds of root plants and some fruit plants. From all the information that I was given, the only thing that I remember is that there’s an itchy part on the talas plant and rainy seasons support the growth of the sweet potatoes. Now, I knew that there were 3 most known types of roots, ketela, ubi (sweet potato), and talas, but I didn’t know how to differenciate them. I didn’t really get a “full attention” answer, but from what I conclude from her answer was by looking at the plants.

Why isn’t Rumah Ketela really known? It's because they weren’t well advertised, they’re not even shown on TV. 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

OasEksplorasi Day 8

I went to watch sunrise that morning and then went back home at 3 p.m.

OasEksplorasi Day 7

I went to learn about tempe making from Bu Cicil and interviewed the tofu home industry. That night I packed up my bags and went to sleep. I won't write details because I have no energy to write the details. I'll write them next time.

OasEksplorasi Day 6

After breakfast we all rode an Angkudes droven by one of the mentor's friend. Angkudes was like Angkot (Angkutan Kota), a public transportation, but Angkot is for the city, while Angkudes ( Angkutan Desa) is only for around the village. It was a private Angkudes though :p

We were all heading to Pantai Depok , and my group was to research about  Penangkapan. So when we reached there, we directly went out to the beach and searched for fishermans that we could interview.

The first fishermen we interviewed was Mas Jogi, 18 y.o. He became a fisherman because he had no option other than being a fisherman, in which he was self-taught. Despite that, he had been fishing for 3 years now.

He worked from 10-11 a.m, but he said that most fishermen worked at 11 a.m. We interviewed him around 10, so there wasn't much fishermen seen yet. Some fishermen started work from 5 a.m. to 12 though. Using nets and fishing rods, Mas Jogi had finished fishing and had caught crabs and several fishes. He only went fishing once a day, and that's it. The fish that fishermen caught depended on the season and weather. They would be sent to the collector where they would be put into ice and either sold somewhere or made into snacks by other people to be sold. The fishes won't smell and rot until the evening.

The boats were powered by machine, or else it couldn't float. It's on only at sea though, as they were given something like a wheelbarrow below it either when sending it off to the water or taking it back from the water so that the bottom side won't rip, as the boat's made out of fiber. When on sea, 2 people handle the boat, but when sending it off or taking it back, many fishermen helped.

When interviewing Mas Jogi, there are 3 local tourists who also asked questions, so mostly here we observe the boat around.

The next person we interviewed was Mas Sulis. He just came back from the sea, and had caught Patin and fishes, stingray, and one big Jambal fish (Ikan Patin, Ikan Pari dan Ikan Jambal). The one big Ikan Jambal would be sold in one big piece, it won't be sliced into smaller pieces.

When it's Ikan Bawal season, fishermen could earn from 2 million up to 15 million. It depends on the season too though, the amount of money they could earn.
Strong wind, big waves, and rain were some of the factors that makes fishing hard. It could damage or break the boat.

It's been a long time since I went to the beach, so when I was there I felt really happy and went to dip my feet in the seawater. We actually were not allowed to go near the waves because of the big waves. Well, when I just reached there and started looking for fishermen, I was still allowed, watched by Kak Kukuh from afar. But when waiting for some of the boys to come back, and went to dip my feet again, I was called by Kak Inu. I walked around barefoot though, except when we're about to go back.

We waited for the boys to finish their interview, then off we went to the Mi Lethek factory. But before that, we ate in a simple food stall that served Mie Lethek so that we know how it looked and tasted like. At first I didn't want to eat because I was worried that I would run out of money for paying transportation and other things, but then my mentors told me that I won't be eating for a long time, so I finally agreed to eat fried Mie Lethek and cold lime juice. Most ordered Noodle soup. I was really surprised by the taste, it tasted so fresh, unlike the ones that we often see in the city. When the Noodle soup came, our first impression was that it looked dull, and light grey not the whitish transparent vermicelli.

The fried ones came after a really loong time, until the ones who ordered the Noodle soup finished long before us. All those waiting made me really hungry, so when I got it, I quickly finished mine and shared with Zaky. But then I got full so I finally shared with Yla :p. 

After that we rode the Angkudes to the factory. Along the way, our mentors told us that President Soekarno was a customer there along his presidential year. I will tell the whole story of it in another article, as I have a lot to talk about. :v. But my part was finding about the history of the factory, alongside Yudhis and Kaysan. We were the history group.

After that we went back home with the Angkudes. We reached our homestay, and wrote our logbooks.

We went to church (except Ceca), the Ganjuran church at 5:30 p.m. (the Bahasa Indonesian one).

I'll stop here and I'll continue next time. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

OasEksplorasi Day 5

I woke up earlier than the alarm today :) and I prepared my pack. It was this morning that I just realized that my pencil case was missing. I tried to look around the house for it, among the girls' things on the floor, in Gatotkaca, but it wasn't there. It was then I just realized that it was missing, and I either left it in the market or in Rumah Ketela. After the girls woke up I asked them if they'd seen my pencil case, but non of them did. Well, I didn't really remember the way to the market, nor to Rumah Ketela, so I just accepted it and got ready.

I ate breakfast and made sure that nothing was left behind in the room, tidied it up, and at this time I "lost" my Ceriping gelombang :(. So Adinda and me were discussing about how to, well, in my point of view was how to bring the Ceriping that we bought in an easier way, but maybe in Adinda's view it's how to give the Ceriping to our host in a nice way together with the bag that I bought in which Adinda and Yla painted among those 3 days that we stay in Dusun Maitan. We thought that the other was thinking the same. My plan was to put the Ceriping into the unused bag (the bag that they hadn't painted on, for the one in Dusun Palbapang). Adinda's plan was to put it in the painted bag. Well, in the end when we're about to leave, my Ceriping was in the painted bag, and if I asked for the Ceriping......

Well, it's another "loss" :). But anyway, my family  rarely ate chips, because we considered it unhealthy (especially when I bought a lot. My plan was 1/4 for me and 1/4 for my family, and I ate none). So well....

After we all had metup in Gatotkoco, our mentors were to take our photos with our hosts. Actually the girls didn't plan on taking a photo with our host, but as everyone did it...... We were the last to take though.

Overalll my experience in Dusun Maitan is OK, the only thing that I have to get used to was the crouching toilet and eating the really spicy vegetable. I couldn't handle the vegetables served by every host that I went to, but I didn't dare say/complain anything about it, because that's what I got from every host, so it's like their local food. So if I complain, I thought that it would be like, "insulting" them. But then I was told by my mentors that it's okay to complain that the vegetabls are too spicy.  

After the photo session the Andongs arrived, we were all still waiting for the (always late) Zaky and Ceca who stayed in one Homestay.

We rode the Andong and then walked to Terminal Borobudur. We then rode the bus to Jombor, from Halte Jombor we then took the Transjogja to SMA 7.

In Transjogja, a funny event happened. Ceca was debating with a man. I didn't know how he looked like because I sat rather far from where the funny event happened, but from my friends' description, he looked like a person from an institute. This was what happened (translated to English):

Man: Which school are you from?
C: Oh, we're homeschooled Sir.
Man: If I were Indonesia's president, I would make Homeschooling illegal!
C: Why sir?
Man: Why homeschool when you'll try to get a certificate in the end?
C: Because we're forced to Sir.
Man: You can have a lot of friends in school.
C: As school students you only have limited friends, while homeschooled children could make lots and lots of friends.
Man: School kids can find friends in the holidays.
C: For homeschoolers, holiday is everyday!

And then the man changed the topic. Yudhis, who sat near them, was already putting a sour look. He couldn't bare listening to the conversation :D. Too bad I was sitting far away from them.

We reached Desa Palbapang with a local bus. A woman who sat next to me asked where we were heading and we said Desa Palbapang. She said in a rude tone that we already passed Desa Palbapang. I don't like people like that so I just kept silent after answering a few of her remarks.

We met 2 old women when we were dropped outside Dusun Ngringinan, where we were going to stay. They were from Dusun Ngringinan, and were actually on their way home from the market. Yudhis offered to carry her bag at that time. He thought that it would be light, seeing that she's an old woman. When he tried to carry it, he said it was soo heavy, it's unbelievable that the old woman could carry that much. Yudhis finally took turns with Zaky and Yla when carrying the bag.

One of the old woman.

The old women led and directed us to our respective homestays. Some of the boys' homestay were changed because of certain reasons. We girls stayed together with our mentors in Bu Gun's house. But before we went to our homestays, we all went to Bu Cicil's house, a tempe maker. We were given refreshments, and all of them were organic and handmade, or just plain fruit.

I thought at first that the peanuts were the fried/baked ones, but this one was steamed, so it's soft. It's delicious though, but it's new for me. The purple liquid that you see was actually boiled Telang flower mixed with lime. If you don't mix it with lime, the colour would be blue. It's purple if mixed with lime. Nice though!

We all relaxed (I fixed my broken strap) ourselves because the walk we had just now was so tiring. We also just knew that Bu Cicil's husband's name was Pak Gun, there were a lot of people named Gun there, that's why when the girls said we're going to Pak Gun's house, the old woman became confused. And I think she directed us to Bu Cicil's house too. We relaxed until the bike that we ordered came. We were then allowed to go to our respective homestay and agreed to meetup in Bu Gun's house (where the girls and mentors stayed. We made it as basecamp).We were also allowed to bike around and explore around before the meetup. 

Before the meetup, we helped peel Bu Gun's Hibrid corn, which were mainly there for the chicken's food.

 After the meetup, we then decided to visit the reservoir, but most of us took the wrong way and only Zaky and Kaysan made it into the reservoir. The rest of us went to the dove training place, where they trained the doves for a racing competition, by letting the male flew to a chosen place, then called to go back by holding (more like trapping) a female one. So it's like the male flies back as fast as he could to "save" the female. Even though we didn't go to the reservoir, the scenery was just so beautiful, I wished I had brought my camera. 

After that we went back to our homestays to have dinner then meetup in Bu Gun's house to write our logbooks. I noticed that there's 52k missing from my money, and so I was helped by Kak Kukuh to count. Zaky and me were still doing our logbooks, while the others that had done their logbook played Werewolf, including Kak Inu and Kak Melly. I really wanted to play too, so I ended the discusion quickly (the conclusion from the discussion with Kak Kukuh was that 52k was missing) and in the end everyone played. 

After playing werewolf, our mentors said that they had a surprise for us, that's why they let us had a great time first. I thought it was something really special. Well, the surprise was that our groups were changed. Here are the new groups:

Group 1: Yudhis, Andro, Ceca
Group 2: Kaysan, Zaky, Fattah
Group 3: Yla, Donna, Adinda

My reaction was just usual, because I'm sleepy :)

P.S. We saw fireflies there too which made us look like kids who'd never seen fireflies before :p.