#indonesiaunite

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Indonesia berduka.

Itu yang saya tangkap pagi ini, ketika saya tiba di kantor dan mendengar bahwa dua hotel internasional di kawasan Kuningan, yakni Ritz-Carlton dan JW Marriott, menjadi sasaran pengeboman oleh oknum yang tidak bertanggungjawab. Saya panik ketika itu. Mengapa? Bagaimana kepercayaan dunia internasional terhadap Indonesia? Saya, sebagai salah satu orang Indonesia yang berkesempatan untuk berinteraksi langsung dengan masyarakat internasional, mendengar langsung pandangan dari orang-orang di negara lain terhadap Indonesia yang semakin ke sini, semakin membaik. Kita telah bersusah-payah bertahun-tahun mengembalikan gambaran baik mengenai Indonesia kepada dunia internasional yang sempat punah, dan dengan beberapa ledakan, gambaran tersebut harus kembali rusak. Entah berapa lama waktu yang kita butuhkan untuk memperbaiki hal ini.

Pagi ini pula, saya login di Twitter dan menemukan ‘Jakarta’ dan ‘Ritz-Carlton’ menjadi dua dari trending topics yang ada Twitter.

Malam ini semuanya berubah. #indonesiaunite menjadi trending topic di peringkat teratas, mengalahkan pemutaran perdana Harry Potter, pembicaraan tentang Michael Jackson, dan bahkan #iranelection. Hari ini kita membuktikan pada dunia bahwa teroris tidak mengguncang Indonesia. Manchester United boleh jadi batal ke sini, begitu juga dengan beberapa band yang dijadwalkan untuk menyelenggarakan konser di Bulan Agustus, tapi warga Indonesia – khususnya pengguna Twitter – justru melakukan sesuatu bersama-sama, menunjukkan bahwa Indonesia tetap kuat dengan mengupdate banyak informasi berhubungan dengan #indonesiaunite dan mengganti avatar Twitter dengan warna merah-putih.

Hari ini, ada banyak pesan nasionalis yang muncul melalui status di Twitter. Pada awalnya, semua status di Twitter menunjukkan kebencian terhadap teroris, main tuding kepada capres-cawapres yang tidak menang dalam versi Quick Count, sampai mengutuk teroris hanya karena MU dan band-band favorit mereka batal datang ke Jakarta. Namun, semua itu berubah, menjadi kebanggaan sebagai orang Indonesia, menjadi keinginan agar Bangsa Indonesia bersatupadu melawan ancaman teroris.

Prestasi ini membawa kebahagiaan tersendiri untuk saya. Mengapa? Saya merasa bahwa nasionalisme masyarakat Indonesia sudah meningkat secara drastis. Pada peristiwa-peristiwa pengeboman sebelumnya, Indonesia hanya bisa berduka. Tapi hari ini, kita melakukan sesuatu. Sesuatu yang kecil, tetapi ternyata sangat berarti, dan membawa impact emosional yang besar.

Ada seseorang yang mengirimkan tweet:

werenotafraid

Hal ini menyadarkan saya, bahwa mungkin hikmah dari kejadian ini adalah bersatupadunya pemuda-pemudi Indonesia untuk membuktikan pada dunia bahwa Indonesia akan berusaha semaksimal mungkin melawan terorisme. Hal ini juga menyadarkan saya bahwa nasionalisme belum mati. Bangsa Indonesia tidak mengutuk terorisme karena batal melihat Ryan Giggs secara langsung, mereka mengutuk terorisme yang telah merusak nama bangsa di mata dunia.

Mengutip Arsalan Iftikhar, international human rights lawyer dan pendiri TheMuslimGuy.com: As the 240 million wonderful people of Indonesia mourn this terrorist attack on their soil this evening; we want the people of Jakarta to know that the rest of the world mourns alongside with you.

Semoga nasionalisme Bangsa Indonesia tidak berhenti sampai di sini.


Are you a Global Changemaker?

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Hey everyone,

I got two news. Bad news: I am ill. Good news: read on.

Do you remember my trip to Guildford and London earlier this year? I represented Indonesia in two events held by British Council UK & Switzerland, which are Global Changemakers Guildford Forum 2009 and Global Changemakers at the London Summit 2009. Global Changemakers itself is a programme by British Council that will create and support a large global network of future young activists and social entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 25 and develop them into Changemakers. There are some of you who have asked me earlier about joining this programme, and I sadly answer: “I am afraid that Indonesians won’t be able to apply in 2010, because we need to share the opportunities to other countries in East Asia.”. Well now, I have a great news.

I just received an e-mail from a British Council staff who works in Social Development division. The e-mail contained stories from Mimi (GCM at the London Summit), Thom Woodroofe (African Youth Summit), and Linn Kyaw Swar (GCMGF). By the end of the e-mail, it was written that they are “actively promoting this programme to networks of young activists in Japan, Burma, Thailand and Australia. But, they welcome applications from eligible young people from the whole region!

If you live in one of those countries (Japan, Burma, Thailand, Australia), you can contact these people at your local British Council office: Kyi Kyi Pyone (Burma), Amrit Gill (Australia), Tom Mayes (Japan), and Matumon Katerenchuk (Thailand). And if not, here is something for you to remember, take notes, anywhere…

Promotion of the programme for the next cohort will begin in July, and registration via the GCM website (http://www.global-changemakers.net) will run from 1 to 21 August.

So, if you are a young activist who’s willing to be the change you want to see in the world, prepare yourself. Make sure you register yourself for the programme. Make Indonesia proud. Make other countries bored with Indonesians invading their events and getting the awards. I’ve told you on my blog header: WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

Good luck!

You can read about my trips to London here:

Update:
Steve Adams, GCM Manager for East Asia region, said that you need to be between 16 and 19, speak good English, be active in your community and want to make a positive change in the world. So, do you think you are eligible to apply?


Yay yay Holidays!

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  1. My first and last prom night. It was held at Mulia Hotel’s Ballroom. We had Kamga as our guest star and the theme was A Night at the Opera. I dined at The Café with my boyfriend on midnight (Agnes Monica was there too! Haha). My cousin works at The Café so we got free signature drinks and snacks.
  2. After-prom Party at J Lounge, Gran Melia Hotel—my first clubbing night with schoolmates! It was fun. I didn’t drink nor smoke, and still had so much fun!
  3. Volunteered for one week as box score officer at Little League® Asia Pacific Baseball Tournament 2009. Met heaps of new friends, including the ones from Guam!
  4. I was invited to the launching of Energi Positif book—a compilation of 100 people’s thoughts about Mr. President. The editor is Dr. Dino Patti Djalal. A few days before D-Day, I was interviewed (and filmed) with Mirwan Soewarso, the man behind Jangan Bikin Malu 2009 and a few popular movies (he’s Nova Eliza’s hubby btw). Too bad I had to leave earlier when Bu Mari Elka Pangestu was delivering her speech. It was one day before the graduation ceremony!
  5. My graduation ceremony. My grades were not that good. My NEM was only around 42 while most of my friends got above 45, which made me very surprised when I was awarded as the best student from science class!
  6. Went to Tribute to Michael Jackson at SHY Rooftop. It was only a usual Friday night at SHY with DREW’s performance on stage. But since we all were mourning for MJ, they made such thing and jammed with lots of great singers, including Tere, Dira (Humania), Lala (Inersia), Aditya, Afgan, and of course Aqi (Alexa). You can spot all of ‘my’ brothers on stage (on mic and bass). Great night! All hail Jacko!