aku membuang muka ketika laut tenang yang ku lihat membawa ikan-ikan segar ke tepian, lalu menepikan kehadiran mu yang mulai langka. Aku menatap malas pada lampu lampu kota yang berkedip cerah ketika hitam memenuhi ruangan saat bayangan mu perlahan memudar. Kini, aku mulai mengerti ketika wajah ku memerah dan mata ku memanas bersamaan, bahwa ada hal dalam hidup yang tak bisa di paksakan.
Kopi Darat in English literally means ‘ground coffee’, but it is actually a term that refers to meeting in person between consumer to consumer when they used e-commerce services for trading. Internet users are familiar with this term especially young people who are active users of e-commerce and internet In Indonesia. Kopi darat as an e-commerce term was firstly used by Kaskusers, a term to refer netizens who are active in Kaskus forums. It has affected other e-commerce websites ever since. “As matter a fact, E-commerce rate is raising from 3% in 2009 and became 6% in July 2012. The value of E-commerce was gaining 290 dollar AS,” according to Andi Surja Boediman, Presiden Direktur Ideoworks (Kompas 05/06/2012).
Kaskus is the most famous E-commerce forum in Indonesia, we can find almost everything including expensive items such as handphone, tablet, Laptop, Camera SLR, and etc. Those expensive items are the main factors that created the term of Kopi Darat. Basically, internet users are doing kopi darat only when they need to buy expensive stuff that cost from Rp 500.000 and above. Unfortunately, Indonesia doesn’t have secure payment system yet for E-commerce, event some website have their own payment systems nowadays to prevent online trading fraud but internet user’s were creating their own way to feel safe by meet in person. I think internet generations was a smart buyers that build their own way to prevent the risk. Besides creating a kopi darat system, buyers also reported their opinion and comment on each seller whether positive or bad, as a tool to helping others being smart buyers. Meanwhile, for cheap product with the possibility of losing a big amount of money is small, buyers were not creating any protection and kopi darat system become unimportant.
What did they do basically is simple, buyer and seller will arrange the meeting place and time for doing Kopi Darat, then buyers will take a look the condition and having a moment to try the function in details. If a buyer doesn’t like the items condition then the trade process will be over in stage I. Stage II is price negotiation that will take several minutes, the trade could be over if the price didn’t match between them. Stage III is about how to deliver the money. If buyers were willing to pay in cash then the seller will sit in their place and hold the items until the buyers coming back from ATM with cash money. Most sellers prefer to get non cash so both of them were going to the ATM together, after the seller get the ATM receipt then buyers will get the items. Stage 4 is shake hand moment as the symbol of the end of the kopi darat process. Kopi darat now becomes part of life style for internet users. It is also considered as a habit that exists since E-commerce began in Indonesia.
Rusa bertanduk banyak ditemui di pantai barat pangandaran, terutama menjelang matahari terbenam. Biasanya rusa cantik ini duduk santai bersama koloninya jauh dari garis pantai. Rusa bersama koloninya sering kali terlihat di bawah pohon rindang yang menjadi batas antara pantai Barat pangandaran dengan cagar alam. Mereka hidup di wilayah cagar alam Pangandaran namun kerap berjalan melewati batas pagar untuk memasuki wilayah pantai barat, dan kemudian menyapa pengunjung pantai. Memberikan pertunjukan gratis berupa gerakan cantik dan luwes. Meliuk-liukan kepala bertanduk dan berlari-lari dengan koloninya di bawah matahari terbenam. What a beautiful deer.
Rusa adalah hewan mamalia. Ciri khas rusa adalah adanya antler atau tanduk yang tumbuh setiap tahun pada rusa jantan. Bobot rusa umumnya berkisar 30-250 kilogram. Saya menamai rusa sebagai hewan penari. The dancing deer karena gerakannya yang damai dan gemulai dengan tanduk cantik seperti mahkota seakan-akan menyerupai penari wanita dengan hiasan tari dikepala.
Sidoarjo water resources have been contaminated by the mudflow caused by PT Lapindo-Brantas for almost 6 years. Since that, Sidoarjo citizens were complaining their contaminated water resources, which are very important for daily needs such as drinking, washing, and bathing.
Pungky Hertanto, a high school student from a small town Mojokerto, who actually living near to mudflow areas, found a technology to clean the water pollution. His innovation brings him to be the first winner of the national scientific innovation competition last September 2012.
Pungky developed water-purifying equipment by testing water from six different resources. He checked out the water temperature, color, smell, and the bacterium to find out how bad the mud has contaminated the water. After that, he bought some equipment to build water-purifying equipment that costs him Rp 100.000.
With only small amount of money, he bought zeolit to reduce the water smell, manganese greensand to reduce iron and bacterium, and dry bagasse as water purifier. He made a pipe as the water goes to get clean, with electricity help and ultra violet lamp to make it prefect. He made a tool that looks like a shoot gun and he named it as SPAT, a short for Sistem Penjernih Air Terintegrasi (Integrated Water-Purifying System).
As a result, after using SPAT, the water quality in two sampling areas are successfully clean based on the Ministry of Health’ standard. However, the rest water resources are not fully clean, the cleanliness level is only around 61% – 77%. Although his innovation is not perfect yet, Pungky is quite satisfied with the result. In the future he will create better tools in big scale for Sidoarjo citizens, so they will have more clean water resources for daily life usage.
This innovation might look ordinary because a high school student invented it and the effects of the result can only be seen in small scale. However, if the government helps with better research and funding aspects, the SPAT water purifier can be developed further and in big scale so the effects will be bigger and there will be more Sidoarjo citizens that can enjoy clean water for their daily lives.
In my opinion, if the government supports this kind of invention, there will be more high school students like Pungky who will create and innovate useful things out of the knowledge that they get from school. More students will be more eager to apply their knowledge to the society and help improving many people’s lives, as well as earning achievements in their early teenage.