Commitment is about doing whatever it takes.—Anonymous

Going To Seminar

Friday, April 15, 2005

On Wednesday, I went to the best seminar I ever attended. It was on Democratization and The Issue of Terrorism in Indonesia, held by Parahyangan University and Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Findie invited me -- with an early warning "Pake kemeja dan sepatu ya Kram,".

Why was it the best?

Well, it was held in Hyatt Regency. The surroundings were totally different from any seminars I had gone to. From the moment I got off the angkot and proceeded to the lobby, I had been nervous already. I saw lots of police standing and greeting each others at the yard.

Of course there were cops. This is about terrorism, I thought to myself. I kept walking, entered the door, walked through the metal detector while having my bag checked.

But right in front of the ballroom, I saw a much more policemen than before. Some were in uniforms, some were not. I asked a hotel officer why there were so many policemen -- are we having a real terrorist as the speaker or what?

From him I knew that apparently there were two seminars held at the same time in the hotel. The other was held by BP Migas, and this is why so many police coming. Apparently BP Migas has a connection with Polri. I don't know what and why.

After I signed in, I had the first luxury: snack. They served croissant with cheese and ham inside -something I never had for snack. Slowly, I pick one -- only one, because this was not Aula Barat.

The second reason is that it was in English. Damn, I pushed myself hard to understand the talks. It was easier to listen to the man from Konrad, Norbert Eschon, than the Unpar's. Eschborn talked with a similar accent I heard at movies, or English tapes. You see, even if you have 600 or more on TOEFL, but you still speak with Indonesian accent ... they didn't count it. You still sound "cheap" :p

Ledis en jentelmen... Ai wuld laik to teng everiwan for kaming in dis seminar

I don't know. The way American speak is cool. British is elegant. Afro people is funny. Indian is funnier (they zig-zagged their head). But when it comes to Indonesian, it sounds cheap!

So there I was, attending an English-spoken seminar without ever knowing what they were talking about. Lucky me, I sat next to Risa (yup 'Fan, right next to her). When I began feeling depressed, I wrote to her some lines and she corresponded. It's as if we were discussing something serious, but the truth is I was just asking her about some personal things :)

The last reason for stating this is the best, of course would be the topic. Though I have got nothing to do with Democratization nor Terrorism, I could see they are related to each others. Democratization means tolerating the difference, while terrorism tends to eliminate the difference and forces what one wants. Hence, it's against democracy.

They had one session focused on Islam. I had known it would be an issue, so I paid more attention to the talk. One of the speakers, Sri Yunanto from Ridep Institute (ever heard about it?) classified Muslim into radical, fundamentalist, and moderate. He talked much about Hizbut Tahrir, Front Pembela Islam, Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia, and else. Stupid me, I didn't catch up well!

So friends, thanks for reading the final story. Gee, I won't publish something unfinished again ...

21 Komentar:

Blogger benx »
15 April, 2005 17:03  

ok kram...i'll be waiting, will give a comment after i've already read it (speak with Minangkabau's sound "sexy") hahahhahaha....

Anonymous Irfan sotoy »
15 April, 2005 20:41  

yah! kok dikontinyuin? Gile! Inggris loe jago juga ya? Apa gara2 sering berhubungan ama yang jago juga? Hehehehe...Cuma bukannya judulnya mestinya Going To The Seminar? Kok Going To Seminar kedengarannya janggal ya?

Blogger ANDRE »
15 April, 2005 23:47  

to irfan sotoy: because the word "seminar" has never been mentioned before! That's why we can't put "the".

to Ikram; Oi, great story!
Funny and sassy!
Loe banget deh!

balik ke depok?
ke rumah gw lagi donk!
Miss u, pal!

Blogger batari saraswati »
17 April, 2005 15:37  

pantes lo kmaren nyebut2 sarapan pake croissant. baru nyambung gw. eh, bahasa inggris lo jago. hihihi, bener kata irfan, gara2 deket ama yang jago juga yaaaa....

Anonymous Yunus »
18 April, 2005 10:24  

Menurut saya tulisan anda agak sedikit jayus, meskipun saya terkagum dengan bisanya anda membuat website sendiri ha..ha..................ha.......................ha

nb:Kapan pulang?

Anonymous gil »
19 April, 2005 12:03  

One day I saw on TV news Amien Rais was interviewed in English, but his accent is thick local accent, Javanese. He learned English, but not the correct one. But c'mon, our ability to speak english fluently, with perfect intonation and so on, can be reached in process.., not in one clapping hand.

Anonymous andiw »
19 April, 2005 12:06  

jadi nyang diomongin di seminarnya apaan?

atau pengalamannya emang lebih berharga kali ye? sering-sering aje ye ngalamin hehe. ampun dah!

Blogger firman »
19 April, 2005 14:00  

Enak-keun nih gaya penulisanyah...
Btw lam kenal yah

Blogger benx »
20 April, 2005 10:40  

andiw said...
jadi nyang diomongin di seminarnya apaan?

hahahha........aye juga nanye hal yang same nie pak...sering buka ni blog tapi kok tu cerite kaga ade lanjutannye..jangan-jangan sebenarnye "yang bersangkutan" kaga ngarti tu bule ngomongin apaan..

ups......speechless ('',)
(kayak slankers aje..)

Anonymous ikram »
21 April, 2005 19:12  

Dear friends,

The story hasn't finished yet. I still have many things to write but the PC I usually use has been broken down. It made me using another at himpunan, but the connection there was so lame--I can't stand waiting for it while looking at the status bar raising one by one.

So, just wait, okay?

Anyway, thanks for the comments!

Blogger benx »
24 April, 2005 01:13  

dan akhirnya mereka hidup bahagia selamanya...... ^_^

Blogger ariani »
04 May, 2005 12:09  

Kram, inggris lo jago banget ya.. enak bacanya. Lebih lucu lagi kalau ada suaranya, biar bisa dibandingin suara-suara dari berbagai belahan dunia. Recorder barunya dimanfaatin trus dimasukin ke blog(hehe.. bisa ga ya?)

Blogger ikram »
04 May, 2005 14:30  

Thank you Yut. Eh gua pernah ke blog orang, tau-tau ada lagu aceh keluar. Tapi nggak tau gimana caranya... Terus recorder barunya.. Ya dimanfaatin buat nyari duit dong! Biar cepet balik modal, ntar duitnya dibeliin TabletPC. Hihihi.

manusia banyak maunya...

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