Thursday, October 25, 2007

TAMBELAN ISLAND AND SEA TURTLE


Tambelan islets is the most outer part of Bintan Regency. In fact Tambelan is actually closer to West Kalimantan (West Borneo) than to Bintan Island, where the regency is domiciled. It takes 16-18 hours sea travel by motor vessel from Port of Kijang on Bintan Island to reach Tambelan, while only 8 hours from Pontianak in West Kalimantan. That is why Tambelan people do business to Kalimantan more than to Bintan itself. But the history has seen that despite this geographical distance, Tambelan people associate themself culturally as part Riau Malay than to Kalimantan Malay.

I felt grateful that I finally able to visit this beautiful island and meet with the friendly and humble people of Tambelan when I joined the entourage of the Governor of Riau Archipelago Ismet Abdullah and the Regent of Bintan Anshar Ahmad in conjuction with eid al fitri celebration in Tambelan last week. The entourage was consist of almost 300 people, probably the biggest government entourage ever visited Tambelan in history. The group sailed to Tambelan from Port of Kijang by MV Leuser.

Tambelan people thronged to the warf to welcome Bupati (the Regent) Anshar Ahmad (no. 2 from right) and the country Senator from Riau Archipelago Idris Zaini (behind Ansar Ahmad) upon arrival at the Tambelan port (foto Rikson Situmeang).

Pompong the main moda of transportation in Tambelan isles (foto Rikson Situmeang).

Traditional boat race in Tambelan (Foto Rikson Situmeang).


Mr. Ishardi a local fisherman who have succeded release 1,000 over sea turtle babies to the shore of Tambelan after 6 months growing in the feeding net. Ishardi is guided by his own belief that the sea turtle will one day come back to its place of origin for breeding (Foto Rikson Situmeang).


Exitedly holding a 6 months sea turtle baby before it's release (Foto Rikson Situmeang).

Monday, October 15, 2007

LENA AND ANGEL IN NEW DELHI




My niece Tio Marasi Magdalena Hutasoit (Lena) is the eldest daughter of my sister Frisda Sitohang and her husband Sabar Hutasoit. Lena came to Bintan in 1999 and started her first job as Caddy at Ria Bintan Golf Course in Bintan Resort. After work as caddy for a few years, she moved to work for Angsana Resort Bintan.

Lena went to India for work in mid 2005. She is now working for Trident Hilton Gurgaon Hotel New Delhi India. When she first mentioned her plan to go to India, I was worried whether it's a right decision. I always think that if you plan to work oversea, you should go to a more developed country. And my perception compare to Indonesia, India is not one. But as Lena was so determined to go, I have no choice but to wish her all the best.

She was true, she is now enjoying work in India together with her only daughter Angel. In her last email, Lena told me that Angel now goes to a kindergarten in New Delhi which uses English as teaching language. Besides that, Angel is also now picking up Hindi.

Angel and Lena in New Delhi


Lena poses in one of New Delhi garden.


Angel poses in Indian sari.


Friday, October 12, 2007

EID AL-FITR

From Tanjungpinang, the capital city of Kepulauan Riau Province Indonesia,

I wish all my moslem friends and colleagues whereever they are

"A very happy and peaceful Happy Eid al-Fitr"
"Eid Mubarok"
"Selamat hari raya Idul Fitri 1st Syawal 1428 H"
"Mohon maaf lahir dan bathin"

Sultan Riau Grand Mosque, Penyengat Island, Tanjungpinang

Friday, October 5, 2007

BINTAN OFFSHORE CELEBRITIES


If you think a shipyard is a very dull place to work then you're wrong. If you think a shipyard only have grumpy looking men rushing and shouting at all the time to meet the terribly tight project deadline, you're also wrong.

At Bintan Offshore yard in Kijang Bintan Island, we have a lot of good looking, friendly girls and caring collegues to keep you feel happy. This is just one example.

Cherry Delissa, our purchasing staff, presenting my birthday cake. You find for yourself how old I am today.

Bintan Offshore celebrities who gave me a pleasant surprise and birtday cake (standing from left) : Cherry Delissa, Endang, Dina Julianti, Ivy, Novy Ayumi, Linda, Cray Oh, me, Hariani and Yenny. In front: Ana, Dumanti and Tini.