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Mesakke Bangsaku

I’m not sure how to translate the title. The first word of it is in Javanese, while the second one is in Indonesian language (bahasa Indonesia). Together, it means something like “Oh, my poor nation”.

“Mesakke Bangsaku” is the third stand-up comedy special by Pandji Pragiwaksono, after “Bhinneka Tunggal Tawa” (2011) and “Merdeka dalam Bercanda” (2012).

This time, I watched the show with my youngest sister. Like the other shows by Pandji, the challenge began at the time we have to buy the tickets. It’s almost like a race, if you’re not fast enough you might wouldn’t get the ticket you want. It would be safe if we click (since it was sold online) at the exact minute the ticket start to be sold. So that’s what we did, and just a few hours later, the tickets we want (the cheapest one :p) were sold out.

The next challenge is how to get to the location of the show (which is about 12-15 miles from our house) the cheapest, fastest, most convenient way possible. Hahaha. It might not a challenge at all for most people. It just that it’s our first time going there by public transportation and it just sounds more fun to call it a challenge :p

Anywaay.. The day finally came. Desember 21, 2013. We got there at around 5 pm to exchange the online tickets with the real one (the trip was great by the way :D). The show was going to start at 8 pm. While waiting, we’re doing this:

I actually experienced some things for the first time that day. After the first time trip to that area with those particular buses, I finally get to try this food called Kerak Telor (I quite like it, but it’s not really my favorite). It’s our first time to go to that part of Taman Ismail Marzuki and watch a show in Teater Jakarta. 😀

So, the show began. Right on 8 pm, opened by Arief Didu (he’s one funny guy! :))). He might only performed for about 20 minutes and used around 10% of the stage (which he used as part of his bit) but he almost drained the audience out laughter. If Pandji was about to talk about how “mesakke” our nation is, then Arief was talking about him as the most “mesakke” comic (and that’s why he was choosen to be the opener that night). Lol.

Apparently, we had more stock of laughter than we thought or maybe we were just keep producing them again and again, because laughter was all over Teater Jakarta that night, until the very show ended.

Teater Jakarta
The stage view of the location, where around 1200 audience sat and watched the show (and the price of the ticket for each stage :p)

That was my sister’s first time and my second time watching live performance of stand-up comedy special, both by Pandji. I personally feel that there were some improvements than the first one I watched. The material, the way Pandji brought the whole set. As before, I learned somethings from that night show. About Indonesia, about us as a nation and about myself.

The funny thing is, listened about how “mesakke” our country is, made me love it even more. I think that just what comes out from the ability to laugh ourselves. Not to hate ourselves or deny our own flaws, but to accept everything and learn to love ourselves as what we are, while trying to be our better selves.

With Arief Didu
With the headliner of the show: Pandji Pragiwaksono

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Berani Mengubah

This post is about the first book that I finished this year. I started reading it at the end of 2012. It took a pretty long time I know. I haven’t really read many books lately. This is exactly why I made the book list.

So I finally finished a book. A good one too. It titled “Berani Mengubah” (dare to change) by Pandji Pragiwaksono. The book basically tells about how we should be doing something to create change instead of only demand it to happen. To be more specific, how we can change Indonesia.

The book reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

“Be the change you want to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi

I do think that proactivity is one of the most important mentality anyone should have. Being proactive means taking a full responsibility of your life. Believe that you can make things happen, not just blaming everyone or everything else for what happened to or around you. It means taking control of yourself and all the potential in it to create some action towards change rather then just complaining or waiting for the change to happen.

Proactivity is one thing that you should have to be able to create change. Once you believe that you have the power, the next thing you need to know is how to use the power. What could we actually do for Indonesia? This is what the book then try to answer.

Berani Mengubah

To change something, we first of all have to understand about its condition. First four chapters of the book mentioning the area of knowledge that we have to learn in order to change Indonesia, from politics, law, economy, to the history, characteristic, and the development of the country so far.

All those knowledge will open our eyes, help us understand what is really going on in Indonesia, the reason behind events and decisions our government makes, how things works and influence other things. Then we can see what kind of problems Indonesia are dealing with, how we could help solving them, and which part we could change to be better.

One thing you should know about Indonesia is its wide diversity. It is the biggest archipelago in the world with ten of thousands of islands spread between  Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. There are around 240 millions people in Indonesia with all kind of differences in culture, religions, believes, educations, views and way of thinking. The problem is, most Indonesian people still having a hard time to accept and appreciate those differences. Some to the level of hurting their fellow Indonesian. Just because they’re different.

To be more open to new and different things. To understand before hate. To not see differences as threats but more as a natural thing in life that we can even make a good use out of. To live side by side and work together in harmony despite of any differences. Those are things that Indonesia have to learn to be able to move forward. To create unity in diversity not to force an uniformity. That’s what the book talk about in its next chapter.

Of course we can’t do everything. That is why, by showing examples of some Indonesian heroes, those who are already out there doing amazing things and creating changes, it said that we better focus on the thing our heart lean into the most. Our calling. Our passion. That way we can create more change. Consistently generating a significant impact.

The book also mentions about being known internationally. Because, by then we could bring greater impact to more people. We could give and contribute more as the  part of the world community. Indonesia would also be acknowledged by the world.

“Berani Mengubah” gave me basic insights and knowledge to start creating changes. It contains so much in 198 pages. The words Pandji used in the book are easy to understand. But like what he said in the last part of it, it’s time to act upon what you read. It’s not easy to create change. It takes courage. And that’s what the title of the book is all about.

I also like to quoted a poem from W.S. Rendra that are written in the last page of the book:

Kesadaran adalah matahari

Kesabaran adalah bumi

Keberanian menjadi cakrawala

Dan perjuangan

Adalah pelaksanaan kata-kata.