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First Night di Ho Chi Minh City

Setibanya di apartemen aku langsung menyimpan barang bawaan dan segera ku temui Trang dan Linh yang menunggu di luar. Memang ternyata mereka masih menungguku.

Mereka sedang asik mengobrol dan meneguk minuman tradisional vietnam. Linh menyodorkan satu gelas padaku. Rasanya agak aneh dimulutku. Ku lihat beberapa tongkat seperti kayu, oh ternyata itu tebu manis dan sedikit jeruk nipis yang menjadi bahan utama minuman ini.

Agak susah berinteraksi dengan Linh. Seringkali kami menggunakan google translate. Ku lihat usahanya ingin sekali bisa bahasa inggris dan bekomunikasi dengan ku. Padahal aku pun tidak terlalu fasih dalam berbahasa inggris. Sedangkan, Trang kini dia sudah berani berbicara menggunakan bahasa Inggris dibanding saat kami berjumpa ketika di Bandung tahun lalu.

Kemudian kami pergi mencari makan, aku baru menyadari kalau dari keberangkatan dari Malaysia aku belum makan. Trang dan Linh membawaku ke suatu resto kecil yang menjual Pho, makanan Pho ini memang menjamur, mungkin kalau di Indonesia seperti resto Mie Ayam Bakso. Tapi Pho ini seperti soup ditambah ada irisan daging kemudian didalamnya ada mie dan beberapa sayuran. Kesan pertamaku, seperti biasa aneh di lidahku tapi ternyata enak banget apalagi kuahnya. Aku tidak memikirkan halal atau tidak, tapi saat itu aku benar-benar lapar dan butuh asupan energi.

Kali ini Trang mentraktir ku. Lalu, Trang bertanya padaku

“Where do you want to go now?”

Aku bingung, jujur aku tidak mempunyai plan. Akhirnya aku meminta Trang mengantarku ke minimarket ada beberapa barang dan cemilan yang ingin kubeli. Susah banget mencari minimarker dan letaknya jauh dari apartemen tempat aku menginap. Aku baru mengetahui bahwa letak pusat kota jauh dengan penginapanku. Tapi sudahlah aku terima karena telanjur booking disini.

Ku keluar dengan senyum dan belanjaan ditangan kanan kiri ku, Trang dan Linh telah menunggu. Lalu mereka mengajakku ke downtown. Wah! Ini seperti alun-alun di kota ku dalam hatiku. Yang membedakan ialah berdiri megahnya Gereja yang dengan gaya khas eropa, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon yang didirikan di abad ke-19. Gereja ini dikenal juga dengan ‘Pink Church’ karena warna batu bata yang tampak kemerahan saat siang hari. Kemudian terdapat patung besar Bunda Maria di tengahnya.

Selepas puas berfoto depan Pink Church, kami lanjutkan trip malam ini mengunjungi sebuah gedung yang besar, Ho Chi Minh City Museun. Sayang karena hari sudah malam kami tidak bisa masuk kedalam, hal hasil kami hanya berfoto depan gerbangnya.

Tidak puas sampai disana, Trang dan Linh mengajakku ke Book Street. Jalanan yang menjual berbagai buku dengan harga yang bersahabat, karena yang dijual memang buku-buku second hand. Aku mencoba menikmati dengan melihat dan membuka halaman-halaman buku, sayang aku tidak memahami arti dari tulisannya. Kulihat buku dengan judul Harry Potter, wah! Pasti ini dalam bahasa Inggris, setelah ku buka halaman tengah ternyata ini terjemahan dalam bahasa vietnam dan langsung ke tutup. Sepanjang jalan ini penuh dengan toko dan booth yang menjual berbagai jenis buku.

Kemudian kami berjalan menulusuri trotoar. Ku temukan tulisan vietnam disebuah tembok, entah apa artinya aku meminta Trang mengambil foto untukku. Yah, lumayanlah sebagai kenangan kalau aku pernah mengunjungi Vietnam. Lanjut, mereka mengantarku ke penginapan, kami pun berpamitan. Aku lupa untuk mengatakan terimakasih pada mereka, tapi aku harap kami dapat berjumpa kembali di hari berikutnya. Baiklah, momen itu menutup perjalanan malam pertama ku di Vietnam. Hari ini sangat melalahkan tapi berkesan.

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International KKN Program, Collaborate UPI with AIESEC Bandung

Hello! Long time I am not Online on this wordpress since I had bustle with my academics and organizations. I’ve many stories who want I inform to you but that’s impossible if I should do that I really need more time and I am busy. Ok Just trying to take the mickey! 😀

I don’t know what I have to write now hahaa. Ok I got it!

Brevity, I just finished my exam for all subjects in this semester but I still have one subject who must finish it which is KKN (Kuliah Kerja Nyata) the subject is about dedecation from students to society with purpose to make social impact for them. Basicly KKN will be held during summer or about July – August about six weeks. I have research some place, I meant a rural area who nearest with my home. I won’t KKN far from my home/dorm, because I have to saving money for Indochina Trip 2017 in this Summer. I had plan to KKN in Kab. Bandung.

On February, I applied the Global Volunteer AIESEC Program for. Actually I still fifty-fifty to join or not because If i choice exchange in the same time with my KKN. And until faced interview session with AIESEC Malaysia. I really nervous a lot when the interviewer gave some questions and case study, I didn’t knew that can happened whereas that I am a interviewer too in AIESEC Bandung. So ‘A interviewer has been interviewed by Interviewer’ (Hope you understand Lol)

After three days there was notification that I passed from selection. Yeahh it was overwhelming when received the result. But and the end I decided to breakmatch after knew that Project Fee spent much money like I must paid for accommodation. In truth, they have provided but not covered that. Huh.

On March like wave I got frustrated between mid-test and interview schedule, but I can handle it. In the middle daydreaming that I really want my summer will be memorable so I decisionmaking to go Global Volunteer AIESEC program. At that moment I choice Thailand country and applied for Sawasdee Wave 25 in AIESEC Chulalongkorn University. That’s one of my aspiration to stay a long time in Thailand. For me Thailand is second home after my beloved country. If it will be happening to me that mean’s my first time experience I visit it and live while six weeks. It is impressive of me.

แจมมิกา วรรณมโนมัย was my interviewer and I forgot her name then I can’t red her Thai character but I still keep in touch with her since I accepted became Exchange Participant in Thailand this summer. Wow, remarkable for my forgetfulness! 😦

So, how about KKN if I picked out Global Volunteer. Actually i felt insecure a lot of the decision because I have prepare money for exchange and with ungrudgingly I will lost my KKN score only for join Global Volunteer. So must consider and think twice more. In the middle march I got good news that KKN has collaborate with Global Volunteer AIESEC. That’s mean when I join Global Volunteer so I’ll get KKN’s score. We called International KKN. Ok Solved!

Next problem is money. I must have much money for join the project. I thought i can use my money in Bank to pay AIESEC administration about 150$ and issued flight ticket from Thailand to Indonesia about 73$. Then for other expenses like Insurance, Bagage, Visa, Project Fee, and Living Cost I’ll lobby and negotiation with my parent especially my Dad. Well I decided to do not rent a dorm in next semester my study so the dorm fee will be oper for Global Volunteer. Actually I felt sorry for my parent have them spent out of money. But I am promise after i graduate and getting job I will make them really happy one day. I whispered that this problem solve.

And how about Indochina 2017? I will keep going there before Global Volunteer without back again to Indonesia. I have booked ticket from Bandung to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City and going to Thailand by cross border between Cambodia and of course Thailand. Is it solve? Yes.

So many problems I have to faced but I try to overcome it and being solution oriented. Frankly, this is so challenging experience and planless before due to I didn’t thought that I will walk as far of these. Hopefully my decision will be unforgettable moment for me because I won’t my study as always flat like most of them or laypeople, I just want exceptional and different. When I get living diversity, cross-culture, international networking, and make powerful impact to society those are missions of my alive.

Next I’ll share you about other my experiences 🙂

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