Infrastructure development in Indonesia in my eyes during 25 years I live in Indonesia

It just few days after my Twenty Fifth birthday, it’s official now that I can call myself as a quarter centenarian. During my 25 years living as Indonesian in Indonesia I witness many things at different level, regime and condition. In that span of time Indonesia surely developed into better shape but I will not talk about “it could be better” kind of idea since it is historic narration.

Government backed health care

I was born at the late of 1991 in private Catholic institution owned hospital at a small town in East Java, my sister also born at the same hospital two years later. Even though my family is Muslim but they seemed didn’t trust government owned hospital, it shows how back then people was having more distrust to public facility compared with today’s condition. Me and my sister also got extra shot of immunization in this hospital, since my mother thought that government backed immunization program was not complete.

Fortunately we didn’t have much experience with health care in 90’s until early 2000, so I don’t have enough knowledge to tell about it, but still I know a bit about that time.

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This card helped my mother

Government effort and commitment for people’s health had been started at that time. There was scheduled gathering at place called Posyandu (Pos Pelayanan Terbadu?) for mothers and their under 5th children. At that moment they measured children nutrition condition from their height, weight and age, there was also a card for mother to track their child record from time to time. What impresses me know is the fact that the record was noted not in traditional table form but in beautiful curve graphic, so it’s easier to understand even for uneducated mother.

At Posyandu I also got immunization and extra nutrition like biscuit, green bean kolak and fish oil. However another important thing about this Posyandu is not only about me as a child, but also my mother as house manager in general. They taught mothers mother about family nutrition, clean house and government population control program which we call KB (Keluarga Berencana).

Outside of Posyandu I also got another shot of immunization at the second grade accompanied by extra nutrition like vitamin and fish oil. Still remember how me and friends trying to swallow that disgusting oil together at the mosque terrace. We had long discussion about the different from red colored and blue colored fish oil capsule, which one is taste better, at the end we agree that both of them was awfully disgusting.

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The fish oil capsule is like this, back then we have to open the capsule before swallowing the content

For the historical context why the government put extra effort in people’s nutrition, at that time because there was no understanding about balanced nutrition. It was easy to find someone eat with only rice and kerupuk (cracker) or rice with salt or sweet soy sauce. No milk for child because it was so expensive, tajin (rice milk) was regarded to be the milk substitution. Government pushed a “4 Sehat 5 Sempurna” (4 good 5 perfect) campaign, which suggested people to eat carbohydrate source, vegetable, fruit, protein source (4 good) and milk to make it perfect. Although at my village traditionally people understand that they need that balanced food, common dish at that time was rice, side dish like fried tempe or tofu or salted fish, sambal and vegetable.

Back then at 90’s health infrastructure was good enough even-tough not as good as today of course, there was no hospital or 24 hours health facility near my village. There was 1 clinic we call Puskesmas, I’m not sure if there was doctor but they give capable enough to handle common health problem. I got some stitch at my knee when I was 5th grade in that Puskesmas, I still remember that day.

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Ours is better than this actually!

I still wanna talk about 90’s before shortly talk about today’s condition. One day there was officer came to my home, they surveyed about my house condition. He checked about how clean my house is, do we have enough ventilation, where we eat, where we sleep, how about bathroom and toilet. At that time we didn’t have WC, ours was a big hole in the land with plaited bamboo with small hole on top. After that survey my father built proper bathroom with WC inside.

Now the condition is much more better, Indonesian have better health care insurance and facility. Near my village there are at least 3 hospital with 24 hours facility, drugstore everywhere and many clinics with doctor. People are better educated, their home are better and cleaner, there are fewer family with more than 3 children, healthy food are relatively cheaper (more middle class demography).

What I really appreciate is how better government backed insurance makes the health care is more accessible. Before BPJS Kesehatan there was government backed insurance like AsKes and jamkesmas for poor family, but that involve many uncertain procedure and facility. BPJS Kesehatan (with many critic around it) give clearer and more professional service, and not only available for poor family.

Next time I will write about other public infrastructure like electricity

We are not that bad

See, we are not that bad.
 
Immediately after Indonesian elected Joko Widodo as president many turmoil happened in the country and continues until today. People says we are not mature enough in democracy, but look our beloved super power (puff girl) country. They are the prophet of so called democracy yet they are acting slightly same as us.
Don’t say it’s different because jokowi is not like trump, it’s same some people think he is good but other is not (I’m sure believe there are American out there who think trump is good guy).

Tak Suka Puisi

Aku tak suka orang membicarakan kehidupan
Mereka seakan tahu semua
Dengan bumbu di akhir setiap kisahnya
‘aku juga masih belajar’

Atau sebenarnya mereka hanya pamer saja
Dengan dalih mengucap syukur

Atau mereka memang pamer
Dengan alasan saling mengingatkan

Tak pernah kusuka puisi
Penulisnya sok tahu
Kadang juga sok romantis
Yang kemarin aku nemu
Dia sok puitis

Siapa tak heran
Itu cuma kombinasi kata-kata yang sudah ada
Dibolak-balik, dijejer-jejer sedemikian rupa

Tak pernah kusuka puisi
Saat sakit hati, patah hati dan bencana menjelma jadi puisi

Pindahan kerja

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1. Memutuskan untuk keluar dari zona nyaman

Hal berat pertama yang harus diputuskan adalah mengenai kesiapan untuk keluar dari zona nyaman dan berbagai implikasinya. Banyak yang mengatakan zona nyaman adalah salah satu pembunuh paling mengerikan, namun tak banyak yang mengatakan bahwa bukan berarti kita tidak dapat tumbuh dan berkembang di dalam zona nyaman. Di dalam zona nyaman pun sebenarnya tetap saja ada tantangan dan tuntutan untuk tumbuh dan kondisi itulah yang saya sebut lingkungan yang mendukung untuk berkembang. Pada saat saya memutuskan resign dari Gameloft, saya berada pada kondisi itu. Kondisi di mana saya bisa berkembang secara teknis tanpa harus khawatir dengan kebutuhan akan materi maupun non materi, karena saya punya teman yang saling mendukung, materi yang cukup, dan lingkungan hidup yang nyaman.
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