Friends are precious to me and here are the updates and their whereabouts. Blog is also cool as it can strike ideas and build or mantain relationship. Here are some updates….
On February this year I got a visitor on my blog who wrote me this request:
I have been reading your blog and am wondering whether you can do a small favour for me. First though – Greetings from Calgary, Canada. I am a retired airline worker and stamp collector, now attempting to have a postcard mailed to me from every country in the world. Currently have received cards from 112 different countries. I would like to add Indonesia to my list, making it number 113. I have been attempting to receive a postcard from Indonesia for quite some time now, but with no luck. Since I don’t know anyone there, I try for contact through blogs such as yours. Hopefully, I’ll get a little lucky.
I would really appreciate it, if you could mail a postcard to me, and help out in my quest. My name and address is: (He is G…. M….. from Calgary, Canada)
No envelope required, just a stamped postcard with a few comments as you see fit, is all that’s required.
Hope to hear from you and thanks in advance. Feel free to check out my profile at The Postcard Crossing Project.
I did send him three postcards from Indonesia, although much later than I’d expect. By around mid of June I received postcard from him about Osoyoos (Home of Canada’s only desert) in British Columbia Province. It turns out that it is the driest city in Canada but the best wine-producing region – in the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. Cool!
Then, around mid March I got an e-mail from Pak Mohamad Tauchid (an ITB alumni I met during the 50th Commemoration of Canada-Indonesia bilateral ties in Ottawa) that updated me on how’s he doing lately:
What a surprise to read my name in your blog. That made me think on the occasion when we met. Unfortunately, the first Indonesian female geologist, Karmijuni Pratignjo Nixon, noted in our brief conversation, passed away over 3 years ago.
Anyway, this is just to tell you that I am still kicking, in fact just return from a 2.5 months trip to Indonesia (1.5 months), Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. While in Indonesia I gave a talk at BATAN and was consulted on matters that are of interest to them. In fact, we are in constant communication since they need information not easily obtained in Indonesia.
It may be of interest to you that at the moment I am thinking about writing on the decentralization of the administration of mining matters to the districts. I understand that it is being implemented in Indonesia. Frankly, I am for it. The problem is the way it is being done. As in Canada, mineral rights under the jurisdiction of the Provinces and the Territories. However, it took years before each regional administration is ready to take over that right 100%. The more developed provinces (Ontario, Quebec, BC) were among the first to mature. Now, all provinces administered these rights fully. However, the 3 Territories (Northwest Terr., Nunavut, and Yukon) are just started on the matter. Much of the administration on matters related to mineral rights are still being handled by the Federal Government. No doubt in a few years they too will be ready to take full responsibilities. This takes time to establish the appropriate infra structure and having the trained people to handle it.
Anyway, I do not want to get carried away on this. I am still doing a research particularly on Nunavut related to the manpower development and the required infra structure to handle this matter.
There are so many things that can be done in Indonesia with very little, but it is not being done. I wish I can do more.
With best regards,
From March to May I got an update on CCEVI’s annual activity around May-June. This time CCEVI invited Suciwati to their annual event.
Images of the event from York Centre for Asian Research.
Around second week of June I got very good news from close friend in Toronto: Tessar’s graduation ceremony on June 5, 2007 from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. (Sheridan is known internationally for its classical and computer animation programs.) Welcome to the real world, Tes!
Got Frans mobile number through Hasta. Frans was a member of Suara Gea when I was studying in ITB. He’s now a big business shot in Papua – owned the heavy equipment and transportation rental for oil and gas, mining, and timber business in the most eastern province in Indonesia. Time’s fleeting…
My colleague in Malaysia had short working trip (from late June to mid July) to Athens. The weather around that time was hot (very hot and dry)! It sometimes reached fourty-something degree in Celcius. Got a postcard from her – the Meteora. Cool! I told her, for geologist rocks are always cool. *smile* Athens is expensive. Of course, everything in Euro is always expensive. The roads are narrow. Some spots in the city are messy and dirty (graffities, trashes, pigeons’ “leftover”).
Yukiko did spent a short trip to London for a couple of weeks in mid June. It’s a business as well as pleasure trip. London was chilly and raining that time. Some incidents and events happened in the UK during her stay, such as the floods, the car bombs in downtown London and Glasgow airport (the London one didn’t explode actually), changing of Prime Minister, and The Wimbledon Championship. The daylight saving made the day long – natural light until around 21:30!
Japan is already expensive for me. But, even for a Japanese, London is much more expensive than Japan.
Fransiskus J. Sugiaman
Frankie just responded my May e-mail in July. Got his contact throug
h Tyo. Frankie is now on a working assignment to Houston. He’s still with Chevron. (I guess Anton is still there too, but with ExxonMobil.) Frankie and Anton are those very dedicated and excellent geologists from Indonesia.
I am glad to know that they’re all doing fine and well.
Till we meet again… keep in touch through this cyber channel.