Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vertical relationship

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. 
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. 
Be kind anyway. 

If you are honest, people may cheat you. 
Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. 
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. 
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. 
Give your best anyway. 

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. 
It was never between you and them anyway.”

― Mother Teresa

Monday, October 8, 2012

Preserving Lake Matano non-endemic fish

On last Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, Lake Matano in Sorowako, East Luwu regency, South Sulawesi, was jam-packed with people attending a social event “BSA Cup 2012” held by sponsors of PT Bahana Selaras Alam, Sorowako Diving Club and PT Vale Indonesia, along with other communities. This event has programs related with conserving the Lake’s endemic species. In the event, people can register to join the spearfishing, fishing and cooking contests.

An information board informs people some knowledge about the Lake and its rare creatures

Takdim, chairman of the event committee, explained the idea of this event is to campaign the need to save and care for Lake Matano endemic fish. “Meanwhile, the contests are about catching the non-endemic fish in the Lake as a symbol of our fight against the population of non-endemic in the Lake as due to its dreadful impact,” he said.

A spearfishing participant gets prepared
Spearfishing and fishing participants on the boat
Mostly women take over the fun cook competition
As 8th world deepest lake, tectonic Lake Matano possesses one of kind species that scientifically proved are threatened species: butini fish, several unique and glowing shrimps and Telmaherina fish.

Lake Matano is part of Malili Lakes which the locals believe the different condition in the Lake environment has occurred in the past years due to the mining industry and rapidly growth human population in the village. The natural excessive of fresh water supply has also been locals’ main source of economy. And this contributed to the non-endemic fish to be thrown out and bred into the Lake, such as Mozambique tilapia, Lou Han or Flowerhorn, Catfish, Nile tilapia, Pleco and Oscar.

Total of 3,000 Flowerhorn fish in the cought
A menu of the cook competition
Lake scientist Dr. Ir Fadly Tantu who was the speaker of the event elaborated that those outsider fish are potential to be invasive fish in the Lake.

"Their existence in the Lake becomes a competitor of food consuming, carriers of disease, predators of origin fish, hybridization that can damage genetic resources, and changing the aquatic ecosystems by changing species composition, population and the food chain," said the lecturer at the Agriculture and Fisheries Faculty of the Tadulako University, Palu.

Some fill in the questionnaire about the Lake and conserving the environment
Visitors dance through the music in the event

Trophies for spearfishing and fishing winners
This event was considered a great first step for other social events following. Hopefully all society elements, not only the company and community; but also the locals and government, can realize and start doing some actions to save the environment – especially the rarely found ones just like in Lake Matano. 

Wouldn’t it be shame on us if we don’t let our children see how beautiful the deepest lake in Indonesia is? 

Lake Matano

 *all photos courtesy by Amelia Winnie and Levin Hidayat.

Friday, October 5, 2012

In the maze of confusion

So here it goes, a cup of rarely made hot chocolate and some jazz, fusion songs playing at the background. 

After done working out and sweating out my butt, I still can't stop thinking of some "points" lately. Well, I'm in my period, which has come super earlier for the last few months, and I don't want to use it as an excuse to feel some situations around.

Whether or not I was busy helping out here and there lately, and let's not forget how my mind cannot stop thinking of some things, indeed I feel tired. I manage to sleep at the right time and ensure I get good sleep quality, but I still feel tired. At some hours I am content of everything, but at another hours I'd end up feel sorry for myself of some odd reasons.

I am now in the middle of some job process that requires my time to the never-sleep city. And it makes me confused. the quick process confuses me. I can't also clearly decide the "what do you see yourself in 5 years later?" kind of question the user once asked, and I'm sort of reviewing it hard now. I feel sad every time I have thoughts on leaving this gorgeous village (someday), realizing that I'd probably cannot traveling as much as I've done here. And it makes me more and more like the ugliest bitch crying over an unstable condition of life that has occured.

I miss "wasting" time with my good friends before they leave pursuing their dreams one by one. Time cannot be taken back and I am aware of that. Yet, it's just tough to spare some little time for that -- for some wasted, happy hours with those loved ones. As an individual human being, I have my own dream and goals in life that I pray to God to support me attaining them. In fact, so many "obstacles" to encounter, and it makes me even much stronger. Some times I feel weak and vulnerable like I can't keep it up anymore; while some other times I feel awesome and super blessed, like I am on the top of the world. 

Isn't it hard being a grown-up and pretending to be one?

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