We began today's learning journey with something healthy and delicious: Soybean!
We went to Rumah Wisata Kedelai Sehati (Sehati House of Soybean) to learn directly from its founder and owner, Mr. Eko Susilo.
He taught us that the key to success is by keep moving and trying. Never give up. Yes, it is normal to feel like giving up sometimes. What matter is the spirit to get up and grow. Based on his experience, one of the secrets to maintain this spirit is by "always be thankful to God as we go through the up and down."
A cool, soothing morning breeze, just enough to wake us up, was blowing. We gathered near the pool to play a game and have a light discussion about travelearning.
His business was started right after he was fired from a company in 2006. Together with his wife, which has cullinary art basic, he first produced kacang telur (a peanut snack similar to masala peanut) and sold it to traditional store.
The initial attempts did not run smoothly. Many of them were not sold and were perishable since it was oily.
His mechanical engineering background and creativity helped to fix the problem: He invented an oil drainer machine by modifying his old washing machine. The result was good. His kacang telur can be kept longer until 6 month and many of them were sold out.
It does not stop here. He keeps innovating, both in term of products and processing machinaries. Currently, he has developed more than 6 types of machinary and dozens product innovations mainly with the basic ingredients of soybean and nuts.
(Photo: Mr. Eko explaining his vacuum tools. No electricity needed, no complex mechanical configuration. Very simple. Are you curious? Go visit Rumah Wisata Kedelai Sehati in Salatiga. Drop us an email to arrange your learning travel with us.)
Before we proceed the journey to Temanggung, we stopped by at Dtech Engineering headquarters.
Accompanied by one of the co-founder, Mr. Arfi'an Fuadi, we learned about 3D Engineering and the opportunities that can be utilized with the presence of internet, creativity and ever-developing technology, such as collaboration with people from all over the world. Almost all of the designs that they made were produced overseas.
He reminded us that "simple does not mean low technology."
Company visit to Magno and Spedagi guided by Ibu Tri Wahyuni, Pak Singgih's wife and head of the production house.
The accuracy of each components of the product is highly concerned. They pay attention to every single detail, even if it is just a small brass nail who hooks two components.
We learned that we have to be sincere when working on something, no matter how small it is.
You know you are in Temanggung when there are a lot of shady trees guarding on the roadside.
I personally hope that it will not be cut down solely for a road expansion purpose. We need to prepare the regeneration of these big trees from now on.
Sleepy yet curious.
Mbak Sisca, the project manager of Pasar Papringan – a curated traditional market in a bamboo garden, explaining the development process of the project. It began from approaching the local society, identifying, developing and curating local potentials to be exhibited in the market, until cleaning, repairing and beautifying the bamboo garden or papringan.
After getting her master degree of community development in Japan, she stay in Kandangan Village for 1 year and blend with the local communities there to develop Pasar Papringan. You should hear the inspiring story directly from her one day.
The game was called "newstory". We were divided into several teams, each consists of 3-5 people in which every person had already picked up one picture from a newspaper randomly. Each team was supposed to make a story by combining the pictures that they have and tell the story in front of the others.
It trains us to think fast and logically within the limited time given, developing creativity and teamwork. Constructing a story from several pictures can also be applied in the context of travelearning: as we travel to several places, we capture the journey, observing and photographic memorizing so that it increases our knowledge and references to be connected and cultivated into an idea. When we have a project idea, the skills that we developed from today may lead to a good ROI (Return on Investment) in term of business, but also ROI (Relevant, Original, Impactful).
Relevant: (on strategy), corresponds with the objectives.
Original: idea that has never been done before.
Impactful: disruptive enough to cause positive changes in society.
Moving on to the next schedule: sharing session with Pak Singgih, the owner and founder of Magno and Spedagi.
We discussed a range of topics, starting from the characteristics and philosophy of his designs, the thought and idea about village revitalization, until life lessons.
Pak Singgih believed that after industrialization, the society would be back like the pre-industral stage – characterized by decentralized society in rural area that honors nature, spiritualism and localism – yet the close, unconnected society in pre-industrialization is now open and connected in post-industrial era due to the presence of technology developed through industrialization.
In big cities in Indonesia, we often experienced traffic jam caused by the large number of vehicles on the road. Here, the car needed to stop for about 10 minutes due to the reverse flow of pedestrians who had just returned from watching a traditional performance. Such a unique phenomenon.
It is a traditional way of having dinner together with family and friends. Usually, only men in the neighborhood do this to celebrate or commemorate something.
We ate with hand as our spoon and banana leaves as our 'giant' plate. As a rule, the number of dishes being served must be odd.
"Nowadays, we can work from the village, with global access and international quality," said Pak Singgih, whose business activities are concentrated in his hometown: Kandangan Village, Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia.
Everyone has both positive and negative sides. Accept your weaknesses and focus on your strenghts. Believe in yourself. Believe in what you are doing.Keep moving, as long as you know the direction. You will learn from the experience, the process of achieving the intended goals.
Checking out the cocoon homestay houses in the middle of coffee garden. Some of us would sleep here tonight, while the rest sleep in a group in bamboo stilt houses.
See the morning view of this traditional "capsule" style bungalow in the next day.