Hari 2 Ekspedisi Mahengetang: KM Marin Teratai

Hari 2: Sabtu, 9 Juli 2011

Karena tidak disimpan dengan baik, kami kelilangan transect quadrant, sebuah alat bantu penelitian terumbu karang berupa potongan-potongan pipa PVC yang bila disatukan membentuk bingkai kuadran/persegi.

Sore itu, kami bersiap untuk melanjutkan perjalanan dari Manado menuju Tahuna, Ibukota Kabupaten Kepulauan Sangihe. Proses loading barang menuju barang tidaklah mudah. Kami harus melewati papan-papan sempit dan melintasi kapal yang lain untuk dapat sampai di kapal KM Marin Teratai  yang akan membawa kami.

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Hari 1 Ekspedisi Mahengetang: ‘Membongkar’ Hercules

Hari 1: Jumat, 08 Juli 2011

Meningkatnya aktivitas Gunung Soputan (1.809 mdpl) di Kabupaten Minahasa Tenggara dan Minahasa Selatan, Sulawesi Utara, mencapai puncaknya berupa erupsi pada Minggu, 3 Juli 2011. Aktivitas Gunung Soputan tersebut membuat Bandar Udara Sam Ratulangi, Manado sempat ditutup dan mengancam rencana perjalanan kami yang akan mendarat disana pada Jumat 8 Juli 2011. Namun, alam berkehendak lain, beberapa hari sebelum keberangkatan, aktivitas gunung mereda, sehingga kami dapat mendarat di Pangkalan Udara TNI-AU Sam Ratulangi seperti yang telah direncanakan. Sebuah awal yang melegakan dalam pencapaian kesuksesan “Mahengetang Submarine Volcano”, sebuah ekspedisi penyelaman kerjasama antara Tim Pendaki Gunung dan Penjelajah Alam YEPE Malang denganFisheries Diving Club (Fishdic) Fakultas Perikanan dan Ilmu Kelautan Universitas Brawijaya Malang.

Ekspedisi berlokasi di Pulau Mahengetang, Kepulauan Sangihe, Sulawesi Utara. Lokasi tersebut memiliki gunung api bawah laut yang berada hanya 300 meter dari sisi barat daya Pulau Mahengetang. Titik kepundan gunung ditandai oleh keluarnya gelembung di antara bebatuan di kedalaman 8 meter dengan suhu air rata-rata 37-38 derajat Celsius dimana di sejumlah lubang mengeluarkan air panas.

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Matarmaja: Gerbong Rakyat Lintas Pulau Jawa

Aku menyesal tidak mengikuti saran temanku, Yudha, untuk datang ke Stasiun Kota Malang pagi-pagi. Benar saja, pukul 10.30 di loket hanya tersisa ‘tiket berdiri’ untuk kereta ekonomi  jurusan Malang-Blitar-Semarang-Jakarta atau lebih populer dengan Matarmaja. Yudha mengajaku mundur dari jendela loket, menuju pintu stasiun dimana seorang pemuda menawari kami beberapa tiket. Jurus tawar-menawar yang dilakukan Yudha tidak cukup membuahkan hasil, empat buah tiket terbeli dengan harga masing-masing Rp 65.000,- dimana harga di loket hanya Rp 51.000,-.

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Sangihe: Hangatnya Tahuna dan Eksotisme Mahengetang

Pertengahan April 2011.

Sepanjang malam itu kami habiskan diatas KM Terra Sancta yang membawaku, Nabhan, Diffi dan Ferdinan dari Manado menuju Sangihe, sebuah pulau di bagian utara Sulawesi yang  termasuk wilayah perbatasan RI-Filipina.

Subuh dini hari kami kami tiba di Tahuna, Ibu Kota Kabupaten Kepulauan Sangihe. Kondisi masih gelap. Kami berempat, masing-masing membawa ransel ‘carrier’ besar plus tas jinjing berisi alat-alatsnorkeling, berjalan keluar dari pelabuhan kecil yang tidak terlalu ramai itu. Penampilan dan wajah asing kami mengundang suara riuh supir mikrolet atau ojek yang menawarkan jasanya.

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H&L Diaries | Day 3 Chapter 2: We Hate Goodbyes

©Greenpeace/Lalitia Apsari & Hanifah Azzahra

Hani and Lalit

Dear diary,

Before we say goodbye *sniff sniff*, we feel obligated to share the stories about the rest of the elephants (because we already mentioned Kajapatara and Dok Kaew’s love story).

The rest of elephants also have great stories or characters, this is why each of them has their own ’mahout’.  More than a trainer, a Mahout is a friend, a companion to the elephants, because they not only take care of them, they protect them from harm as well.  How a mahout establishes connection with an elephant is an interesting study – which could be explored maybe in the future (a sequel to the H&L diaries, perhaps).  And since each elephant has his/her own way of life, the mahout is the only one who understands the elephants more than anyone else.  So here are brief overviews of their stories:

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H&L Diaries| Day 3 Chapter 1: Full of Sh*t

Albert Lozada, Philippines

This is our last day in Ancient Siam, which means the last day of the Chang(e) Caravan project, which also means the last day with the elephants (Noooooooo!!  But that’s okay, we promise to visit them when we go back to Thailand in the future).  The Chang(e) Caravan ended with a press conference.  Dealing with the elephants means dealing with dirty jobs, but apparently this job is not a big deal for Didit Wicaksono, Solar Generation Coordinator for Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Indonesia and Albert Lozada, Solar Generation Coordinator for Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines.

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H&L Diaries | Day 2 Chapter 2: The Little Ones With The Big Elephats

©Greenpeace/Albert LozadaThe second day was a big day for the Chang(e) Caravan project.  In the morning, we marched from the entrance of Ancient Siam to the ’Bench of Public Appeals’.  Before the long march, a small ceremonial activity was done with one of the elephants, Tong Dang, along with his mahout, to pay respect to the holy figures located in the entrance of Ancient Siam.

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H&L Diaries | Day 2 Chapter 1: Alongkot, Born for Chang

Dear diary,

©Greenpeace/Albert LozadaThroughout our trip, we met several amazing people—one of which was Dr. Alongkot Chukaew, the director of Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Fund (TREF).  If you want to know anything about elephants—from their physical appearance to their behavior—he’s the best person to ask.

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H&L Diaries | Day 1 Chapter 2: Chang Cin lok

If you’re thinking Chang Cin Lok is a Chinese name, then you are…………..wrong!

©Greenpeace/Hanifah Azzahra

Chang in Thailand means elephant, and Cin Lok in Indonesia is short for “cinta lokasi” which means love upon meeting each other and being in the same location at the same time.  So in short, Chang Cin Lok illustrates 2 elephants participating in this Chang(e) Caravan journey.  From hundreds of elephants in the Khao Yai National Park, 5 lucky elephants were selected to participate in the journey and we were so excited to meet them today!!!

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H&L Diaries | Day 1 Chapter 1: Introduction

Chang, Thai for elephant

We are Hani and Lalit, Greenpeace University SEA (GPU) graduates who were given the opportunity to join the Chang[e] Caravan project in Thailand.  As recent graduates of GPU, learned a lot of things about constructing a campaign, and being part of the journey and activities was an opportunity we truly welcomed as it was a chance for us to apply what we learned from the 3 month program.

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