Okay, I am just going to be horribly honest here: first, the title to this is really bad (but I just want to get this thought out), second, it sucks to live in the third world country.
So, following my return, I cannot help noticing things the way I never did before neither ignoring the feelings that follows. I know it is really bad to be whiny and some of you might think that it only exacerbates things, but to be truthfully honest: I FELT SO GOOD THAT I WHINED ABOUT THESE THINGS. Because, I feel like I can let out the anger, sadness and disappointments faster instead of bottling it. I don't want to force positivism, happiness and optimism should come sincerely (I mean otherwise what's the meaning of it, right?!). The next thing after the storm of whining is the peace of mind that now I can move on to find solutions to those things!
So, here are the things that I think are such necessities in life; that I have been so lucky to experienced but not all people are privileged with. First, clean air: ever felt how deliberating it is when you go somewhere far away from crowded big city? Then you get to taste a lot of cleaner air without having to worry that you might poison your lungs? It feels good and it makes up for those tiny things that makes you happy.
Second, clean water: It is such a significant difference having to get used to buying bottled water/filtered water all my life then slowly getting used to drinking tap water that tastes so clean and fresh, and.... switch back again to not drink tap water. Third, separating waste and recycling!: Imagine how happy I was when I finally be able to separate my waste during my exchange semester. It is so easy because Scandinavian countries already have a very neat system for it. So, it goes like this: Plastic, organic, carton, paper, cans, glasses and mix waste. I remember I did that wholeheartedly, because it as if I was not such a horrible human for this earth, that I actually did something, even though it was such a tiny, insignificant act but it was better than nothing, I felt a bit better. The first day I came back to Jakarta, I cringed so much for coming back to the careless me (just throwing it all together).
Fourth, access to healthier diets; I really do not know how to explain this but let me give you example: 1 L of rapeseed oil = 30k IDR or around 2euros, there is no rapeseed oil in Indonesia, only palm oil would actually cost that cheap! Fifth, comfort of safety: I am so lucky to have my semester in one of the safest country in the world. In fact, I don't remember feeling scared ever when I went out alone in Helsinki, even past midnight! I do not ever remember being cat-called or seen someone being cat-called regardless the clothes. This obviously in contrast to what happen in Indonesia, cat-calling is very common and I hate it with all my being because it is so derogatory and demeaning and no women should ever be treated like that! Sixth, fast & free internet: Did you know that Finland actually put forward the idea that reliable and free internet is part of human's rights? I wish every government in every country could be this sober and thoughtful!
Wishing all of these things to happen in developing countries is a little bit far-fetched right now, but hey I don't know, it is still possible to fix the wrongs!
Until next time!
Months really went by fast! Especially if you are enjoying something! My semester in Helsinki is over now, so I think it's best to give tips on the 10 things must do or see in Helsinki!
Finns love sauna. Literally, every apartment buildings equipped with sauna facility! So, if you ever go to Finland, don't forget to hit some sauna places! Oh, it is especially unique experience if you come in the winter and swim in really cold lake and then have some sauna or the other way around. (image does not belong to me)
2. Central Railway Station / Rautatientori
What kind of person who would travel to a city without seeing the very centre of it? So, go here first after you arrived and experience the very busy and highly diverse-looking part of Helsinki! You can also get yourself travel card to go around the rest of Helsinki with public transportation of your choice (Train, Bus & Tram). Veeery convenient!
3. Cafe Regatta
Do you know that Finland is ranked the 1st in the world for coffee consumption with total 12 Kg/Capita? So, to enjoy a cup or two in one of the coffee shops would only be right! I can safely say that Cafe Regatta is among the best coffee shop! Especially in bright summer day, with smell of cinnamon and baked goods... Other cafes that I can recommend is Johan & Nyström, and Fazer cafe.
I love Aleksanterinkatu... because it is such a pretty street and giving me this real-europe vibe! If you crave fancy-schmanchy shopping spree, this is the place! All famous brands are along the street of Aleksanterinkatu
5. Market Square & Helsinki Cathedral
Still located around the center, market square & Helsinki cathedral are mustvisit placesfor people who wants to truly experience Helsinki, because you haven't truly visited a place until you have picture in front of the famous landmark building, right? :)
6. Hakaniemi market
this is the place you can buy some local fish, reindeer meat as well as finns traditional dishes! Also on different floor you can find some fabrics with famous finnish design
7. Esplanade park
There are not really any nice parks in Jakarta, so I am way too excited when I see how beautiful Esplanade park is!
If you consider yourself party-goers or like going to the bar or whatever (which I dont) Kallio district is the place... it is especially so vibrant in the weekend
9. ART Museums
I loveeee going to contemporary art museums just for the sake of seeing the unthinkable concept called art! Being an European city known for its design; then spending 4 hours in ART museums is very justifiable!
10. Design District!
Known as Hipster district (although, you do know you won't be hipster if you visit this district right?). I consider this Instagram-worthy visit! Also, there are about hundrends of shops that are just simply not anywhere else in the world!
Of course there are tons of other things/places to see (such as: somenlinna - UNESCO's world heritage), but I only focus on things at the very center of the city for now!
Until next time!
“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”
― Judith Thurman
in the amidst of overly deafening society, some people really go all out in doing it. They feel that it is part of their right to be personally involved in people's personal choices.
You see, happy people will not have time to do these such of things. They are content with their life. The people who tend to do these things are either highly insecure with their life and themselves and/or they are simply ignorance individual - who lacks conscience of how to be progressive, open-minded and accepting human being.
I have come across individuals like this; I think the best you can do is to just forgive and to avoid social contact with them. People with negative energy and bad vibe is not worth it to be kept around.
What are your thoughts on this?
Here is to the amazing and very cold night full of beautiful lights and...shaky selfie!
Linnanmäki Amusement Park
The first thought that came into my mind before I landed in Helsinki was that... "Well, it will feel like Sweden only slightly bit different". But no, I was wrong, Helsinki looks and feels totally different. It certainly does not feel very Scandinavian. I guess in a way Helsinki's architecture adopt Russian legacy rather than Scandinavian impression; even though Finland has been Swedish for longer. To put it simply, it has this Eastern European vibe instead (even though I have never been to Eastern Europe, well...); which makes sense because it is close to Estonia and Russia. Someone from Belarus even said that He feels like home when he visited Helsinki. I notice that larger part of the city has lots of building from cold war era, some parts constituted by modern glassy buildings and other has these grand "european" buildings from older era. However, Helsinki certainly has its own charm, the more you look around, the easier it gets to appreciate this city plus there are so much more left to discover (Although, Stockholm is still my favorite and I will tell you why :))
P.s: Hopefully can review Oslo/Norway soon!
Known for its deep-rooted urban lifestyle for design and even awarded as City of Design by Unesco, Design district is one thing that can not be missed when you are in Helsinki. The district consists of sustainable design & local food, classic & vintage stores, nordic-style household showrooms, scandinavian organic make-up brands and paper & craft stores. The buildings around design district are also quite distinctive due to their unique architecture and colors. Design district is truly heaven for all design enthusiasts.
A collaborative work of photography division - Cohort. magazine.
I was in the middle of conversation, calling with my sill and then quite naturally he saw a really nice weather and automatically said: “It is such a nice weather, I will get outside and run (…and enjoying the mighty good weather of northern hemisphere) *not a sarcastic remarks, the weather can be really lovely there
Pictures (left: personal collection; right: google image) No picture enhancement used.