Thursday, March 27, 2008

NIMROD AND THE SITOHANGS BROTHERHOOD IN BATAM

Nimrod Sitohang is one of not so many Sitohangs who live in Batam. We came to know each other through internet two months ago. Nimrod is an engineer, father of one girl Naomi Sitohang and works for a heavy equiment sparepart supllier in Batam. We never met before. But like any other Batak who still preserve the tradition well both Nimrod and I immediately feel like brother. And start talking about our own pedigree or in Bataknese called martarombo. I told him, that I'm 15th generation of Sitohang, he said he's 16th. Because of that and in keeping with our tradion he start calling me Bapauda or uncle. Although I encourage him to call me just brother, he insist calling me uncle. So be it...


It was the same way I get to know Benhard Sitohang, PhD who is one of the pioneer of IT education in Indonesia and was the first Dean of Informatics School in the most reputable engineering school in Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). It didn't take me too long to persuade Benhard to come to Bintan for holiday last year. And he came all the way from Bandung together with 3 of his four children.

And when Benhard emailed me last month that he plan to come to Batam to give a presentation in a Seminar today, I only informed Nimrod about this visit on Monday. Eager to meet Benhard in his town, Nimrod immediately start calling the other Sitohangs in Batam. In a shortwhile he managed to invite the elders of Sitohang in Batam including Ama Indah Sitohang, the chief of The Sitohangs Brotherhood in Batam; Kalper Sitohang, a local businessan and politician; Harrison Sitohang, an Engineer; Ronald Sitohang, police officer; Nikson Sitohang, a teacher and Nimrod's brother; Marwan Sitohang, a martial arts athlete; Motton Sitohang and others. And like Nimrod and me, they all immediately feel like brothers.

Was it just that? No. Nimrod said that during the dinner, the have came out with one big plan this year. A gala performance of the best Sitohangs artists like Marsius Sitohang and Martogi Sitohang.

Hmmm........... sounds cool..... I really missed that night...

Anyway keep the Sitohang brotherhood going bro...

I wish my Sitohang brothers and sisters, their sons and daughters, whereever you are: "God bless. Horas... horas ...horas...!,"

Nimrod Sitohang (right) and Benhard Sitohang (second from right).


Having fun (left to right) Motton, Harrison, Ronald, Benhard, Kalper, Ama Indah and Nikson.


7 comments:

Harrison said...

Terimakasih buat Appara Sitohang parbintan yang menampilkan ini diblokspot. Saya Harrison Sitohang, sekaligus salam kenal buat Appara.

Par Bintan said...

Horas appara. Salam kenal juga buat appara dan keluarga di Batam. Semoga keluarga sehat-sehat selalu.
Kalau sedang ke Bintan, mampirlah di rumah kita di Tanjungpinang.

Terimakasih juga sudah mampir di "rumah" kita yang satu ini...

Pasaribu said...

Horas lae
salam Kenal sian albert Pasaribu/br Tohang Batam
semoga tetap Sukses lae
Tuhan Yesus memberkati

Pasaribu said...

Horas Lae...
salam kenal dari Albert Pasaribu/Br Tohang in Batam
Semoga tetap sukses dan Tuhan Yesus memberkati

Par Bintan said...

@ lae Pasaribu

Horas laeku. Bah saya tidak pernah tahu ada lae saya marga Pasaribu di Batam. Ternyata banyak juga ito saya di Batam. Salam sama ito ya lae.

Kalau ke Tanjungpinang mampirlah ke rumah kita lae.

jotohang said...

Kayaknya sesekali kita perlu ngumpul nih bang, Godang do hape angka abang dohot appara di pulau batam.

Par Bintan said...

@Jotohang

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Oh ya soal yang satu itu sudah kalian putuskan kapan tanggal pesta dan tempatnya? Usahakan di batam lah. Kalau di Jogya repot kali bawa rombongan pasukan kita ke sana. Kalau di Bintai mgkn masih kuusahakan sekalian pulang kampung...

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