His full name is Fransiskus J. Sugiaman, but I usually call him Frankie. He’s my junior when I studied Geology at Bandung Institute of Technology. He’s very good at everything he does, be it geology or mountaineering or basketball. He’s the only friend that I could confide when I had to make a decision whether went straight for my Masters degree or accepted the teaching position at ITB or scientist position at BPPT – not even my boyfriend at that time had this privilege. *smile* He’s the one true friend when I studied at ITB and even after I entered the real working life.
He sent me the picture of thin section from rocks in his field thesis as birthday card when I was studying in the US. He sent me the pictures of his wife and three girls. He told me about the house he bought. He always updates me with his and his family whereabouts. I met his sister and her family when I was in Toronto.
So, tonight I met him and we had dinner together. (Thank you to Tyo that provided me with Frankie’s current contact detail.) He’s still the humble and honest Frankie, my good friend – sometimes like a brother. I always feel comfortable around him… ibaratnya, walaupun lagi jerawatan juga nggak ngerasa sungkan buat ketemu. *smile*
He’s on a Chevron’s working assignment to Houston. He’s now working on deep water project near the former West Seno off East Kalimantan’s shore. He and his seven other team members come to Jakarta to present their Plan of Development (PoD) to BP Migas. We talked about geology, Indonesia’s oil and gas sector, pay and benefits in this sector, what happened during and after Chevron bought Caltex and Unocal, the whereabouts of some of our friends:
- Yusak is now with Hess in Malaysia (was with Unocal before)
- Anton is still with ExxonMobil in Houston – currently in managerial position
- Bambang Gumilar is currently with Chevron after had left Caltex
- Herman is still with Shell in Brunei
- Agus Budianto, Ade Kadarusman, and a few others are working on their PhD degrees
and, of course about his three girls. Frankie emang cocok punya anak perempuan deh, orangnya sabar, sopan, dan baik banget. *smile* His eldest daughter is 13 years old and the youngest one is 9 years old.
Talking about jobs, I’ve been with more companies and involved in more sectors compared to him. He asked me whether I still remember what I studied in geology, whether there’s any earth science that sticks in my memory. Ya iya lah… Geology was my first love. Who can ever forget their first love? *smile* The technology in the oil and gas sector has sped very fast and has revolutionized the way people process the data and do modeling – either static or dynamic. The software I used when I studied for my Masters degree is so outdated when compared to the software available right now.
It didn’t surprise me when he said that he likes what he’s doing right now and he’s content with his technical position – he won’t take the managerial position although it was offered to him before. He once tried to work with Citibank (after a stint with ARCO) but he said it’s not for him – he said that at least he tried and proved that his true calling is as professional geologist. The simple and humble Frankie can say, “I have enough. If my family’s happy then it’s all that matters… not more money.” I know he’s still Frankie, the friend I met about twenty years ago, the person with integrity.
I dropped him off at Hotel Mulia after dinner and we promised to meet up again before he departs for Houston on August 10.