I know him since I was 16 and I finally met him when I was 23. We crossed path along the way, but we finally met in Yogyakarta. After long emails on Pablo Neruda poems, of Garcia Lorca and all the long listed favorite authors that we are both crazy with.
I come to Yogyakarta when he left. We met accidentally seven years later, not recognizing each other over beers and bilingual conversation. He thought I was Japanese and I never thought that he was Coki. He cut his famous dreadlocks by then and time changes our expectation.
Through time he become one of my great friend, part of my soul mates, my brother and the trusted uncle to my son. He is my partner in crime of the twitter timeline in making people drown with melancholia by posting the lines of our favorite poet, Pablo Neruda. We share recipes because we both love cooking. Though he complain that I never cooked for him yet and when we met it always the other way around. He is one of the amazing cook that I ever know.
I love how his tattoos grow. His amazing personalities, heart and his personal bluntness on every single thing. Above all, I’m a big fan of his works, all his writings and documentaries (click the youtube links and you will know why). Something did not change since I was 16, and my brother, Coki, happy belated birthday :)
With this video of his, it reminds me that it is so hard to not fall in love with this country. And when you did, it is so hard to keep on loving it.
i would say kakara island is the heaven on earth
i’m still breathless on how to say it. how do you really reach this heaven? take a plane from jakarta/surabaya to ternate. take the ferry to north halmahera then take a drive to tobelo, and yes, be patient in that 2,5 hours drive. in tobelo, usually from tanjung pilawang you could rent a small fishing boat. and reach here around 20 minutes trip.
then you decide whether to stay, amazed until dark. or even might decide to stay forever. i nearly did anyway (then i remember i have a son waiting for me).
kakara island become an obsession during our stay in tobelo, every chances we got to go here, we always go for it. either to just swim around, jumping from the docks and do snorkeling around the area. the coral rocks! there is even one absurd afternoon where we spend one of the most dreamy sunset of my life. where the color of the sky turn very vivid. and then a kite flew into the kakara island from the island across. i suddenly felt to be in one of salvador dali’s painting. the clouds was like cotton candy in different colors. psychedelic.
kakara island also have a legend of a woman warlord in the pirate legend among the tobelo people. buranita (say it with respect), whose husband is a white crocodile, ruler of the halmaheran seas. we met one of the her straight descendant called, mama pere. she is an amazing little women. i’ll write in another post of all this amazing kakara mamas. i miss them so much.
for now just enjoy the sight of this amazing island beauty :)
amazing color even in not so sunny afternoon | this is how clear the water is | taking picture with mamas from dufa-dufa island | kakara’s children – photo courtesy by sigit d pratama | sunset at kakara with the boys – photo courtesy by sigit d pratama | the way home to tobelo at the back of the talented mr. photographer @sigitdpratama