Beberapa waktu yang lalu, di awal puasa tahun 2016, saya dan teman-teman dari sekolah saya diberikan kesempatan untuk menjadi seorang pengajar pesantren ramadan untuk adik-adik sekolah dasar disekitar sekolah saya. Sebagian besar dari kami telah menunggu waktu ini, karena siapa yang tahu, kapan lagi kami akan diberikan kesempatan untuk mengajar adik-adik di sekolah dasar.
Pesantren ramadan dilaksanakan selama lima hari, dengan jam yang bervariasi. Hal ini dibedakan sesuai dengan kelas yang sedang ditempati oleh adik-adik tersebut. Saat itu, saya dan seorang teman saya, Shenia, diberikan tugas untuk mengajar adik-adik yang duduk di kelas 5A.
My last day in Bali was so quick. We woke up and then pack our bags, went for bath, and had breakfast. I waited for our departure, which was 12.00 pm by waiting in the hotel room, while Michelle, Andreas, Helga and Rifqi went to waterblow for morning jogging and also sightseeing.
I went to the airport together with Stela and Ilham, but then near the airport he took off because he wanted to go to Kuta to stay with his mother until his time to went back to Turkey.
The next day was a very nervous day. But we still managed to take pictures!
We were hoping and praying for the best for the announcement of the senior category, since it was announced at the end of the whole conference program. Even during the lectures, the four top finalist couldn’t hide their anxiety.
The lectures began at 8 am, and finished around 1 pm, and then the announcement begin. At as a result, three of the four top finalists will go to Paris, France for their continuous study of tourism, sustainability and environment. The the champions are Rifqi, Risma and Andreas. Congratulations guys!
It’s mightier than the sword.
Once you’ve said something hurtful,
You can never take it back.
And once the person heard what you’ve said,
You may have stabbed that person deep in the heart.
Watch out your words.
And if you cannot control them,
Years from now people may avoid you.
They may forgive you too.
But the heart that torn into pieces,
Would never be able to forget that.
And though people know revenge is not good,
They will plan to do it anyway.
Even when they realise that revenge is evil,
They will not forget how evil you words were too.
So be careful with your mouth and your words.
Because you always carry them wherever you go,
Whenever you go,
And they are always following you.
The sword is a part of your body.
And my friend, if you’re not careful with it,
That sword might kill you as well,
And never stop to haunt you.
The second day in June, 2016 was the first day of the FITE conference. Stela and I prepared early in the morning, and then we had breakfast upstairs. I met new friends there. There were Michelle Yohanne, Rismalasari and Muhammad Rifqi from STP Bandung ; Oktifani Winarti who is a student at IFI ; Dian Sasmita from STP Makassar ; and Muhammad Ilham who is majoring electrical engineering in Turkey. Oh, and have I mentioned before that Stela is actually a student in STP Trisakti Jakarta? Apparently, almost every finalists came from tourism major.
All of my new friends are from the senior category (besides Stela). After we finished our breakfast, we walked from the hotel to the conference hall to attend the conference. We got some souvenirs, such as a cap with Wonderful Indonesia printing on it, and a Wonderful Indonesia pin. I really love the cap! It is just really simple and yet classy at the same time.
We also got a booklet that gave us background information about the lecturers that were going to give presentations & speeches about tourism and sustainability, and some specific topics about the current situation of tourism not only in Indonesia, but also in other countries throughout the world.
I also met the other finalists that came from Bali that day. They were Andreas Bryan Wagey, Pande Wulan, and Helga Christi from STP Nusa Dua Bali ; I Made Cahya Naraya from Udayana University majoring in tourism ; and Lieony Mega Sari from Bali Politechnic majoring in tourism too. Lieony was also one of the junior finalists.
That day, I just realised that I was the only high school student, and was the youngest, at the age of 16.
A week before the day I flew to Bali was my examination’s week. A week full of stress, pressure, and hectic preparation for the exams. A lot of things happened so fast, and at some point they started to messed up–somehow.
I got sick. I got a high fever, a bloated stomach, a numb head, and every possible bad thing that slowed me down. I was unable to get up, and I missed the fourth day of my exam, which was chemistry, P.E, and Bahasa Indonesia. It lasted for several days, until day-1 from my departure to Bali.
1st June in 2016, I went to Soekarno Hatta airport in Cengkareng by Damri, checked in all by myself, and wait for the plane in the waiting room ’til boarding time. Luckily I have just copied Game of Thrones (yes my friend, I do love TV shows) into my tablet so I killed boredom by watching it.
When boarding time came, everyone who helds economy ticket made a line, waiting for their turn to show their boarding pass, and enter the way to the bus that will bring us to the plane. Then, a woman in front of me looked like as if she was looking for someone. When I checked my tablet, Stela Sebastian, another junior finalist was looking for me. She stood in front of me, so I tapped her shoulder, and ask her name, to check whether I have found the right person or not.