Crossing the Border, Witnessing “Mental Revolution”

Meja Belajar Aichiro

*Tulisan ini telah dimuat di media daring the Huffington Post pada 15 Juni 2016.

On short notice, I had to go on a business trip from Jakarta to Tanjung Pinang, a city in the Riau Islands province. All domestic flights, including those to the nearest cities, were sold out. The only option was to go via Singapore because Tanjung Pinang is located near Indonesia’s maritime boundary with Singapore. Considering the urgency of the business, I could not cancel the trip, so I took a direct flight from Jakarta to Singapore, and then a ferry ride from Singapore to Tanjung Pinang. It was not a bad experience after all—it was eye-opening.

Apparently, I was not the only Indonesian at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore en route to other places in Indonesia. There were a couple others headed for the same destination—that is, Sri Bintan Pura Ferry Terminal in Tanjung Pinang. While I was…

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