untuk demonstran dari orang awam

Selamat sore,

Saya adalah Gisca Syalindri seorang mahasiswa tingkat empat jurusan Psikologi di Universitas Indonesia. Selama di bangku kuliah saya tidak pernah ikut aksi untuk turun ke jalan. Namun, bukan berarti saya memandang negatif tindakan tersebut. Tidak sama sekali. Saya memposisikan diri sebagai bagian yang netral. Tidak mendukung, tapi tidak juga menentang. Saya menghargai apapun pandangan mengenai usaha mahasiswa untuk aksi turun ke jalan.

Belakangan ini saya mendapati banyak sekali pemberitaan mengenai demonstrasi untuk menolak kenaikan harga BBM. Saya yakin kalian mengetahui bahwa alasan dibalik kenaikan BBM juga karena secara finansial negara ini sudah tidak mampu memberikan subsidi. Saya juga sadar bahwa efek dari kenaikan BBM juga akan melonjakkan harga berbagai barang dan kebutuhan pokok rumah tangga. Sedih kalau harus melihat teman-teman mahasiswa berdemonstrasi untuk menolaknya. Karena apapun cara yang kalian lakukan sesungguhnya penaikan harga BBM tidak terelakan (kalau pun tidak jadi naik, coba lihat bertahan sampai berapa lama). Namun, sebelumnya saya ingin bertanya (kepada teman-teman yang melakukan unjuk rasa, apa yang kalian pikirkan ketika kalian akan pergi untuk mendemonstrasikan penolakan kalian terhadap penurunan BBM? Sesungguhnya apakah alasan kalian? Jika kalian menjawab karena pemerintah tidak meninjau efek domino dari kenaikan BBM, lalu apa solusi yang kalian tawarkan? Saya belum melihat ada demonstrasi yang menyampaikan ide sesolutif itu hingga detik ini.

Alangkah lebih bijak bila kita menyimpan tenaga dan pikiran untuk memikirkan solusi dari kebijakan pemerintah yang sering kali membuat kita mengelus dada. Sebagian besar penduduk di negara Indonesia, menurut awam saya, adalah keluarga kelas menengah. Mereka yang setiap hari bekerja keras untuk menyisihkan pendapatan untuk pos-pos pengeluaran yang makin hari makin membuat helaan nafas semakin panjang. Kenaikan harga BBM jelas akan berdampak signifikan. Namun, bukan berarti tidak ada solusi untuk mengatasinya. Pada dasarnya memiliki kemampuan untuk menemukan jalan keluar keluar terefektif dan terefisien untuk mengatasi masalah hidupnya. Mengusahakan advokasi untuk meluluskan kebijakan mengenai pendidikan dan kesehatan mungkin bisa jadi solusi. Saya tidak secerdas dan sepintar kebanyakan mahasiswa lainnya, mungkin kalian punya lebih banyak solusi daripada saya.

Saya tidak mendukung pemerintah (buat apa mendukung sekumpulan orang yang menyulitkan jalan hidup saya selama ini). Namun, sebagai sesama orang terpelajar, berpikir, berujar, dan bertindaklah seperti orang terpelajar. Jangan sia-siakan pendidikan yang telah kalian enyam.



Hello, Architecture in Helsinki!

It happened three weeks ago, but still it’s memorable. Happy reading!

It was my last year at high school; around 2008 if I’m not mistaken; I started listen Architecture in Helsinki (AIH) by a friend recommendation. To me AIH’s music sounds cheerful. That’s why I let my self sang a long the songs of “Places Like This” while studying. Well, it was a few year ago.

February 2012, I heard news that they would come to Jakarta. Then, I saved some money, but too bad I have to use the money for the other priority. So, I made a plan to try some quizzes (or almost all of the quizzes maybe). I tried it for two weeks, but it was zero. I even made some (silly) conspiracy theories through my observation of the quizzes. As you might have guess, I’ve already learned helplessness.

BUT! Somehow, someone gave me the ticket. Yes! I won the ticket out of pity! But, I didn’t beg to anyone, I didn’t ask for it, I didn’t cheat, and it wasn’t a crime either. So, I don’t care as long as I was able to see AIH. HAH!

At the day, I came earlier than my prediction. Bottlesmoker as the opening, they wore some eye-catchy thingy. Since, they dressed as an Astronaut and an Indian.

Anyway, I have to go there alone. But still, I was having fun. Who’s not going to have fun to see how magnificent the band was. Kelly was sick, but she still moved energetically. Cameron? He electrified me. The girl next to me couldn’t stop saying “OH MY GOD!” anytime Gus danced. The drummer, he jumped from behind the drum into in front of Cameron’s microphone. Overall, I lost my sanity. They played about 15 songs and for that took my breath away. Awesomeness.

Whoaaa :0


I have other good impressions about the concert. All ages and smoking-free. I hope the organizer will keep their good work. So readers, if they make a gig, buy the ticket! Hahaha.

So, what did I learn from this experience? First, as long as you keep on trying, the help might come from anywhere. Just like a stranger who gave me the AIH’s ticket. You know who you are, thank you very much. Second, AIH performance was great because they just be who they are and did the things they like (despite the fact it was their last concert of the tour). They were having fun at the stage and that’s how they entertained the mass. Be happy and then you will able to make anyone as happy as you.

I think I have to stop blabbering on this post and go back to my thesis.

Seize the day, reader!

Sleep! (Slap!)

One day, I woke up in a restless condition. Just like any other college student, sleep deprivations is a common thing to me. But, whatever the condition, I have a duty to go campus. In an occasion, on my way to campus I met this old lady at the train. She told me a story about her niece. Her niece, 25 year old married woman, died recently. The cause was her niece’s lack of sleep. I tried to confront her at first that it can’t be that easy (even though I know it that people potentially die, if they don’t sleep for three days). But she seems in grief so I asked her whether she wanted to tell the full story. She agreed.


She explained that her niece has a bad habit when it comes to sleep. Since, her college time she rarely slept well due most of her time working on the assignments (dear lecture, mark this part). After graduated, she worked from early morning until midnight. Yes, it made lot of money, but it’s not worth it anymore. She didn’t have much close friends. She didn’t have any chance to spend her time with her family and her husband. Actually, I was curious to ask about the niece relationship and her husband (especially how they interacted since the niece was very busy). But, the old lady was telling the story in a very intense way. I decided not to interrupt her. One day, the niece diagnosed with a disease because her lack of sleep. She burst into tears, so I decided to keep my curiosity of what the disease was. She couldn’t take herself outside the grief, since her niece was very close to her. Her family members said that she shouldn’t have to be that sad because she wasn’t her mom. Well, rite (this is sarcasm).


I told her to let her niece go. The good part is her niece won’t be in lack of sleep because she can take a rest in anytime she wants to. The old lady stuck in silence for a while, but then she laughed very hard. She said I’m funny. Then, I shared her some ways to cope with her grief. Then, we have to separate because I arrived at where I destined to. She said thank you. She told me not forget her (no, instead I wrote about you).

What’s  the moral of the story? First, enjoy your time. What the use of working too hard without ability to enjoy the results? Second, get some enough sleep. It was quite a shock to hear someone died because of her sleep deprivations while I was restless myself. Third, I don’t advice you to trust a stranger, but you’re a human too. I guess you can sense genuine emotion. So, when people look pretty genuine, it’s good to let them talk about their story. You might well learn something from them. Last but not least, next time you’re going to sleep, please sleep tight!



If you ask me about the things I hate (beside sushi), then it will be a surprise. I’m kind of a realist but mostly a cynic, that’s why I prefer the certainty to uncertainty. I don’t even like to be surprised on my birthday actually. So, there were some moments when some of my friends made a birthday surprised for me and I didn’t know what to feel. It made me feel some kind of awkward when your friends put a big effort to do something that you don’t like. At that moment, I felt guilty  and happy at the same time.

But, there is always an exception for anything in this world. Yes! ANYTHING. I’m going to tell you about the surprise that I like.

Few days ago, I was working on my undergraduate thesis. My undergraduate thesis is such a sacred thing in my life (I’ll make a special post about it later). While I was typing, I felt so tired and bored. So, I checked my twitter’s timeline and I found some of my friends were planning to watch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I hate those tweets. I envy my friends. Since, I wouldn’t be able to see the concert. I have to work for my undergraduate thesis and this. But, since I felt bored then I randomly planned to go to @America, Pacific Place at that concert day . Actually, I read some of @atamerica tweets at that day. They said they are going to make a meet and greet. I didn’t have any clue who’s going to come at the moment. But, I believe you do while reading this post.

You’re right The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in the house yo!

I talked about lot of things with them. Such as how Peggy didn’t bring an iron while on tour and her disappointment  of Laneway Fest’ sound system. I also talked with Kip, he also gave me two pins for me and my friend, Yunda. But, the longest conversation happened with Alex.

He said that he is one of the biggest fans of White Shoes and The Couples Company (WSATCC), and he would really love to hang out and have some bottle of beers with Ricky. They watched WSATCC while they were playing at Hongkong. When they saw WSATCC, they wanted WSATCC to be their opening act at Indonesia. “This is music, I fall in love with them. They are amazing.”, said Alex. I also asked about some silly things, such as how does it feel to know his (band’s) song featured on a television series(Skins season 5). Alex answered he didn’t know the song was on Skins until his father told him (after that, he have been wondering why his father watched it). Since, I saw Kip was drinking so much mineral water, I asked Alex whether the weather was too hot. He said no, he felt little bit hungry actually. Since, they only got Dunkin’ Donuts as lunch (it doesn’t count, I know). But, the most memorable topic is about being an Idol. Someone told Alex about Balai Sarbini, that it was the place of the memorable Indonesian Idol. So at the end of the concert, he must have turned into an Indonesian Idol. Only him, the other members will stay as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart band members.

Actually, I still got plenty more stories about the meet and greet. But, I’ll keep it by myself.

Anyway, what did I learn that day? First, I learned that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart members are too humble to be true. Second, the most genuine facial expression shows when people talk about something they like. Like, when each member talked about how amazing WSATCC. Their faces showed excitement. Last, I learned not to worry much about life. I’ll enjoy my idle time and go to some random places. I would never know whom I’m going to meet.

Then, surprised me!

a vision and a mission.

Hello, world!

It’s been so long since the last time I posted something on a blog. The last time I made a blog, it was the cheesy one. Yeah! I was like, “what the hell I’ve been doing? I’ve got to stop this stupidity and start to write more meaningful”. But instead of writing of something meaningful, I made a tumblr and the only thing I did rebloged someone’s else posts.

Such a waste. Then, I thought to make a new post on one of my old blog (the one that I forgot the password. yes, this one actually). But, I want to make a meaningful blog, that’s why I came out with a concept. That concept based on a vision and a mission. I visioned to post something popular yet scientific, uncommon experiences, or at least some useful ideas for the readers. Then, what is my mission? So, you could learn something from my writings.

So, enough with the prologue. Happy reading, readers! :’)