Sepasang Bono di Taman Tunjuk Ajar Integritas

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Gagal check-in lebih cepat, kuputuskan tiga hingga empat jam ke depan untuk menjelajah area Senapelan, area dimana Kesultanan Siak Sri Indrapura pernah menggapai masa keemasannya. Aku mencoba menapak tilas sejarah kesultanan dengan melawat ke beberapa peninggalannya yang abadi hingga kini.

Atas alasan itu, berangkatlah aku menuju Sungai Siak yang kesohorannya melegenda di Nusantara. Betapa tidak, Sungai Siak pernah menjadi sungai terdalam di Indonesia.

Kawasan Pecinan di Jalan Dr. Leimena masih sepi pagi itu, hanya satu dua mobil melintas. Aku berbelok ke kiri ketika mulai memotong Jalan Ir. H. Juanda dan menemukan area hijau yang tampak mengakuisisi junction area yang dibatasi Jalan Riau dan Jalan Ahmad Yani. Tak jauh, kuperkirakan sekitar setengah kilometer di utara hotel.

Ke kanan: Jl. Ir. H. Juanda, lurus: Jalan Jend. Ahmad Yani dan ke kiri: Jl. Riau.

Taman seluas dua kali lapangan bola ini layaknya taman kota di Jakarta. Memamerkan nameboard dan menyediakan trotoar luas sebagai pembatas antara jalan dan area taman.

Ini dia nama tamannya.

Ruang Terbuka Hijau (RTH) Tunjuk Ajar Integritas merupakan spot playground terkenal di Pekanbaru dan menjadi taman terfavorit bagi warga yang tinggal di area Senapelan.

Tak pelak, di panasnya siang pun, masih ada beberapa keluarga kecil yang membawa anaknya ke taman dan beraktivitas di area bermain pasir yang dilengkapi dengan ayunan (swing seat), tangga naik turun (kids up down stairs) dan prosotan (kids slide) berketinggian rendah.

Sementara beberapa petugas kebersihan taman berkaos panjang warna hijau muda tampak sibuk mencabuti rumput liar, menyiram tanaman dan menyapu setiap sudut taman. Taman memang luas, tetapi kebersihannya tak bisa diragukan.

Menempati bekas kantor Dinas Pekerjaan Umum, dana sebesar delapan milyar rupiah yang telah diinvestasikan dalam pembuatan taman ini tercermin dari lapangnya area dan lengkapnya fasilitas yang disediakan taman.

Di empat pojok taman disediakan kanopi beton dengan atap berbentuk jamur dan sebuah kanopi tepat di tengah taman dengan atap khas Melayu berornamen selembayung.

Di sisi kiri, tampak ruang terbuka melingkar yang ditata layaknya area teater lengkap dengan podium tiga tingkat. Beberapa anak muda tampak terduduk di sebuah kanopi memegang papan skateboardnya masing-masing. Sementara pemilik rental mobil-mobilan berdaya baterai tampak mulai menata mainan sewaannya di area yang lebih rindang.

Jogging track membelah taman.
Area terbuka multifungsi.

Tunjuk Ajar” yang bermakna “Memberikan Teladan” dan “Integritas” yang mewakili sebuah “Sikap Kepemimpinan”, cukup menjelaskan bahwa taman ini adalah wahana untuk mencontohkan integritas dalam kepemimpinan masyarakat. Makna ini dipertegas dengan keberadaan sebuah tugu di salah satu ujung taman.

Tugu Integritas.

Dibangun dan dimiliki oleh Pemerintah Provinsi Riau, taman ini didedikasikan untuk program perlawanan korupsi di Pemerintahan Daerah.

Tugu Integritas menampilkan Bono Sungai Kampar dan Bono Sungai Rokan serta keris Melayu.  Bono merujuk pada ombak yang terbentuk di muara Sungai Kampar dan Sungai Rokan sebagai akibat pertemuan air tawar yang menuju ke laut dan air laut yang menuju ke darat. Sedangkan keris Melayu mendiskripsikan proses penancapan integritas di seluruh lapisan masyarakat.

Tak rugi juga, mampir di sebuah taman yang tak sengaja kutemukan sebelum mencapai tepian Sungai Siak.

Stoping by at Abon Mesran Mistopawiro Shop and Closing at Javenir

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Two slices of Serabi Notosuman were enough for me to enjoy this Solo’s typical culinary. After picking up a dozen others at cashier counter as souvenirs, I immediately left the shop for another souvenir shop, i.e Abon Mesran Mistopawiro Shop.

An online taxi drove me to that souvenir shop in five minutes. Now I was in Jayengan area to review shop feasibility for Marketing Conference participants to stop by.

As soon as the online taxi stopped at shop parking area, I immediately entered shop and glanced around to observing merchandise completeness on display. Then I concluded that the shop was worth visiting as a place to hunt for souvenirs. It didn’t take long to visit it, just ten minutes. This was because Rahadian, my friend in doing a survey, would back to Bandung soon.

Abon Mesran Mistopawiro Shop.

After visiting Abon Mesran Mistopawiro Shop, Rahadian said goodbye and headed straight to Balapan Station. Meanwhile, I prefered to head to hotel to spendind remaining two hours of my staying time. Rahadian already took an online motorcycle taxi and left, so I ordered an online taxi to Amaris Hotel Sriwedari.

After arriving at hotel room, I spent two hours for compiling a survey report which I started from the day before yesterday and ended this morning. The report was targeted to reach Marketing Conference’s Event Division today as material for decision making regarding which destinations to visiting. I was so serious about preparing a report, but the phone rang. “It must be a receptionist call as a reminder that the staying time is over,” I inwardly groaned. But whatever it was, I had to leave immediately before being charged an additional cost.

But where was I going? Remembering that my return flight to Jakarta was still in afternoon. I had to think to make use of my remaining time. My hand moved quickly to touch my smartphone screen and started for surfing to find something.

Yes, I know where to go“, my heart cheerfully cried out .

I left the room, walked down the floor in the lift and handed the key to reception desk. I ordered a taxi online and drove to where I intended. The taxi quickly moved out of Solo City’s gate, seven kilometers away. And in 20 minutes I arrived.

Yes …. Javenir“, my heart said.

Javenir courtyard.

Javenir, a well-known souvenir center on western edge of the city which was a favorite for travelers in looking for souvenirs, even some tourist buses which were full of local tourists seemed to go back and forth in this place. I entered selling room and toured every corner. There wasn’t doubt about souvenir completeness in this store, from batik clothes, handicrafts and snacks. I decided to add this place as a list of preferred destinations for Marketing Conference later. I left the shop with a pack of coffee beans and rushed to its back building which was functioned as a restaurant. I decided to have lunch with a group of local tourists there.

Parking area.
Restaurant.
Restaurant inside.
The menu.

This lunch was the closing of my survey adventure in Solo, this free journey has reached the end of the story. Because after lunch, I had to immediately go to Adi Soemarmo International Airport to return to Jakarta.

Savory and Soft Serabi Notosuman

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Enjoying local culinary delights is always an interesting thing for travelers. This type of culinary is a special attraction because it reflects culinary treasures of region in question. This time I would taste one more typical Solo culinary after I’ve tasted five of them.

That morning, I decided to leave Alun-Alun Kidul (South Square of Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace) early because the sun had shone on that open area. After taking shelter for a while under Waringin Kurung Sakembaran*1, I immediately ordered an online taxi service to Jayengan area.

Shortly after executing the order, a black Toyota Avanza came to pick me up. Taxi driver was very easy to recognize me after I had given my characteristics in detail starting from the color of my clothes, bag and shoes which I was wearing. I opened the front left door and buried myself in the seat.

Serabi*2 Notosuman, Sir!”, I confirmed the destination.

“Ok, Sir”.

The online taxi drove to east, tracing morning streets of Solo City. It was a national holiday, Islamic New Year, and streets were deserted. I arrived in ten minutes and entered parking area. The first glance was a large green nameboard with words “Serabi Notosuman”, this was the famous Solo City snack. I should try it or at least bought it as a souvenir.

Parking area.
Production area.

In a corner, six production employees were busy working on making serabi. Those employees deftly handled more than a hundred mini serabi pans, carried large basin of dough from the kitchen, greased each pan with oil using a round brush, poured the dough with a distinctive hand shake to form a thin layer over the puddle of dough, then covering the pan for three minutes to produce a cooked serabi. Hot serabi were started to be lifted one by one using a small taper and then were cooled on top of tampah*3, then were wrapped in banana leaves to be ready to sell to buyers. Indeed, the serabi which sold in this outlet were fresh serabi because they were directly taken from the stove.

I entered the inner room, it turned out that this outlet didn’t only provide serabi. But it also provided some other traditional culinaries such as intip, jenang, lanting, jipang*4 and others.

Selling room.

Serabi Notosuman itself was almost a century old, had a distinctive and savory taste of coconut milk. That morning, I chose to order two kinds of serabi, plain serabi and chocolate ones at a price of IDR. 2,000 per piece to bring as a souvenir.

Located on Mohammad Yamin Street, this outlet operated from 06:00 to 17:00. This culinary based on rice flour and coconut milk had two outlets with different owners, namely Serabi Notosuman Ny. Handayani, which was characterized by its orange color packaging and Serabi Notosuman Ny. Lidia with green color packaging.

So, take your time to stop by at Serabi Notosuman when traveling to Solo.

Note:

Waringin Kurung Sakembaran*1: The twin banyan tree is full of magic in the middle of royal’ south square

Serabi*2, one of the most common snacks in the market when visiting Java

tampah*3 is tray which is made from woven bamboo

intip, jenang, lanting, jipang*4 are typical Javanese snacks

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Dari Hotel Sri Indrayani Petualangan Bermula

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Aku masih saja tak bergeming dengan tawaran para sopir taksi, sementara para penumpang Bus INTRA yang lain lebih memilih menggunakan jasa taksi menuju tujuan akhirnya di Pekanbaru.

Beberapa waktu kemudian, dari seberang jalan, pengemudi ojek online melambaikan tangan kepadaku. Tentu dia tahu, aku memakai jaket biru dengan backpack berwarna sama. Aku telah mengirimkan deskripsi itu kepadanya lewat pesan dalam aplikasi.

Asli sini, Bang?”, tanyaku di jok belakang,

Bukan, aku asal Padang, Bang. Mas asli Jawa ya? Suaranya medok banget”, jawabnya balik bertanya

Aku mbiyen kuliah ning Jogja, mas. Sampeyan Jowone ngendi?”, belum juga kujawab, sudah bertanya lagi.

Aku asli Solo, Bang. Orang sini baik-baik kan, Bang?”, aku mulai penasaran.

Warga Pekanbaru kebanyakan perantau Padang, Bang. Tenang, abang kemana aja aman”, ucapnya menenangkan.

Dari artikel yang kubaca setelahnya, memang benar 40% warga kota Pekanbaru adalah para perantau asli Minang. Memang hebat orang Minang ini dalam urusan merantau.

Belum juga pukul 10 pagi, aku tiba.

Hotel bintang tiga yang kupesan melalui Airy Rooms tepat sembilan hari sebelum kedatanganku di Pekanbaru ini hanya berharga Rp. 81.000 per malamnya. Murah, kan?

Aku sengaja memilih tinggal di daerah Senapelan hanya untuk menapak tilas kejayaan Kesultanan Siak Sri Indrapura. Melihat aktivitas perekonomian warga kota, mengingat nama Pekanbaru berasal dari kata Pekan Baharu yaitu sebuah pasar yang dirintis oleh Raja Muda Tengku Muhammad Ali, Sultan Siak ke-5. Boleh dikatakan bahwa daerah Senapelan adalah cikal bakal terbentuknya Kota Pekanbaru yang terlahir sebagai dampak positif berkembangnya ekonomi Kesultanan.

Halaman depan hotel yang berada di tepian Jalan Sam Ratulangi.

Merasa datang terlalu pagi, aku mencoba peruntungan di depan meja resepsionis. Barangkali mereka bisa memasukkanku lebih cepat untuk beristirahat di kamar.

Kamar belum siap, Bang. Abang tunggu aja ya di lobby sampai jam 1”, ungkap pemuda berseragam rapi yang bertugas.

Oh baik, bang. Saya titip backpack saja ya. Saya lebih baik keliling kota dulu, nanti balik lagi pas sudah bisa check-in”, ujarku membalas.

“Oh, boleh bang. Taruh sini saja”, Dia meminta backpack untuk ditaruhnya dibelakang meja.

Bang, ada colokan listrik buat ngecharge HP?”, permintaanku kepadanya

Oh colokan ada di restoran di sebelah kanan lobby. Masuk aja, Bang!”, telunjukknya mengarah pada sebuah pintu.

Meluruskan pinggang sebentar di lobby, aku masih saja menatap bentuk ruang resepsionis yang autentik, kuning emas mendominasi. Tiga atap dengan tiga selembayung di ujungnya. berbentuk tangan menengadah perlambang hubungan erat antara makhluk hidup dan Sang Pencipta.

Selain selembayung, motif layaknya songket khas melayu sangat mempercantik ruangan.

Selepas daya kameraku terisi maka untuk memanfaatkan waktu sembari menunggu waktu check-in, aku mulai menelusuri beberapa jejak Kesultanan Siak yang terepresentasi jelas di sepanjang Sungai Siak, Rumah Singgah Tuan Kadi dan Masjid Raya Nur Alam.

Memasuki twin bed room pada pukul 2 siang.
Kamar hotel yang murah namun mewah bagiku.

Hotel Sri Indrayani awalnya adalah mess yang disewa oleh sebuah maskapai penerbangan untuk para air crewnya sejak 1971. Seiring berkembangnya Pekanbaru, wisma ini menyempurnakan diri dengan bertransformasi menjadi hotel syariah terkemuka di Pekanbaru pada masa perkembangan kota. Letaknya yang berseberangan jalan dengan Kawasan Pecinan juga membuat perkembangan hotel ini berlangsung sangat cepat pada masanya.

Akhirnya menemukan air hangat setelah 38 jam tak mandi.
Taman di belakang hotel berbatasan dengan Jalan Bangka.

Dari hotel Sri Indrayani inilah petualangan mengeksplore Pekanbaru bermula. Saatnya berkeliling kota mengenal Ibukota Provinsi Riau ini.

Kisah Selanjutnya—->

Soaking “Kebo Bule” in “Alun-Alun Kidul”

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My success in enjoying Tahok made my morning worthwhile because I could enjoy again one of many typical Solo City’s culinary. My third day in Batik City continued. The limit was this afternoon when I have to leave Solo City to return to capital city.

Now I was standing back in front of Gede Hardjonagoro Traditional Market’s gate, waiting for an online taxi to came and picked me up. Not long after, a white Toyota Agya stopped its speed right in front of market gate. I walked towards it and the driver seemed to understand that I was the passenger who he would pick up.

Alun-Alun Kidul, Sir“, I confirmed the destination.

It’s quiet in the morning. You should have come there at night, Sir, it will definitely be festive”, online taxi driver provided information.

What festivy is on the night, Sir?

Usually, families will play with their children to try various game rides, and young people will hangout around to enjoying culinary delights, Sir“, he lightly said.

Oh, I see….but I just went there for a survey, Sir, just a moment. The main event is still two months away”.

I see, Sir. It’s okay

Ten minutes later, I arrived at Alun-Alun Kidul (South Square), in Gajahan area. Dropped off at east side of square. My attention was immediately fixed on two large banyan trees in the middle of square. The square still looked very quiet that morning.

OOOngng… .aa… .kkk ……… OOOngng… .aa… .kkk”.

Ah, that’s a buffalo sound“, I thought.

I quickly turned around to voice origin, a little further behind me.

Kebo Bule“, I was shocked.

Kyai Slamet” Buffaloes was othet their nickname.

Five buffalos were seen in an iron cage. That was “Kebo Bule” (“Albino Buffalo”) which was usually paraded at “Malam Satu Suro” (“1st Muharram”) celebration parade around Solo City. It was a routine event which held by Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace to welcoming the arrival of Islamic New Year 1 Muharram.

Illustration of “Malam Satu Suro” celebration (Source: SINDOnews).

I knew that “Kebo Bule” parade had been done overnight when I fell asleep at Amaris Hotel Sriwedari. Even though I had invited Rahadian to watch the celebration. But our bodies were just too tired after doing some survey for fourteen hours yesterday. So we chose to sleep and enjoy hotel facilities.

It seemed that that buffaloes was rested in Alun-Alun Kidul after last night parade, “Kandang Mahesa” is their cage’s name. Very lucky, I could see that buffaloes up close even I could touch their head.

For a long time I watched “Kebo Bule” behavior with several people who deliberately stopped from their vehicle to take a brief look at that sacred buffalo.

In the end, I decided to walk towards the middle of square to feel a magical nuance when I passed that two twin banyan trees. I thought that magical power of that banyan tree was just a myth, but I also didn’t blame it when many people believed in magical power of that trees. People’s beliefs were different each other and couldn’t be enforced.

Waringin Kurung Sakembaran” (the name of that twin banyan tree) which have magical powers in the eyes of Solo City’s people.

Not felt, the sun began to rise and its heat began to pierce into the square. I have to get away from here.

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Ginger Scent in a Bowl of Tahok

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I have finished exploring Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace and its square, Klewer Market and Great Mosque of Surakarta Palace. I started down southern point of Jenderal Sudirman Street heading north. This was administrative area of ​​Solo City, I felt impressed when I passed Surakarta City Hall which was very majestic with its Joglo*1 roof.

Surakarta City Hall.

Sidewalk in front of city hall seemed to be made wider without a fence, this was because the office where mayor worked also acted as a people’s house who was ready to accept their complaints. The city hall was still quiet that morning, it hadn’t yet touched nine o’clock.

Arriving at a T-junction, classic appearance of Pasar Gede Clock Tower really captivated my eyes. The tower, which was neither high nor low, still showed the spurs of Dutch colonialism. This was Sudiroprajan area with its main icon, i.e Gede Hardjonagoro Traditional Market.

Gede Hardjonagoro Traditional Market.

I started to go to Gede Hardjonagoro Traditional Market. My goal was only one….TAHOK.

I didn’t even know what this traditional Solo culinary looked like, even the location and shape of its stall, I never imagined it. My step was getting closer to market building which looked silent when I looked at it from front gate.

But I was still on other side of street when I noticed a long queue which started at a food cart. I still didn’t know what the culinary which sell in food cart. After approaching and reading small banner which was hanging on its roof, I just found out, it turned out that a culinary which I had been looking for was right in front of my eyes. This was Mr Citro’s Tahok.

Me: “Sir, what are the ingredients?

Mr. Citro: “This is made from beancurd and ginger water, Sir“.

Me: “Rahadian, do you want to try or not ?. I want to try ”, I offered to Rahadian, who had been hesitating.

Rahadian: “No, sir. I don’t really like ginger. Sir Donny can eat it, I’ll just wait ”.

Me: “What?. You come for far way to Solo and how come you don’t try its culinary. It’s strange ”, Rahadian just smiled and took a bench in the corner of sidewalk.

I started to queue, some customers prefered to take away their orders. It show that they were loyal customers of this culinary. Not long in queueing, it was my turn to get a bowl of Tahok. The seller seemed to start to lightly scooping the beancurd and put it in the bowl many times until it was full, then poured ginger water until it drowned all beancurd.

Tahok food cart.
Tahok.

This was the fifth Solo City’s typical culinary which I enjoyed after Dawet Telasih Ice, Jenang Suro, Soto Kwali and Wedang Ronde which I ate a day ago. Combination of subtle texture and warmth of ginger made it perfect to ete in that morning which still blowed remains of last night’s cold wind .

I finished this culinary experience by handing over IDR 7,000 (USD 0.5) and started to leaving the food cart. Now I was heading to Gede Hardjonagoro Traditional Market inside for second time since yesterday. I was still curious about Bu Dermi’s Dawet Telasih Ice which I didn’t find a day ago because it wasn’t open yet. I did have time to drink Ibu Hj. Sipon’s Dawet Telasih Ice as the replacement.

But my curiosity still paid off with no luck. Stall which I was looking for had not opened yet, even the market was still deserted and not many traders were present. My desire was delayed again.

Gede Hardjonagoro Traditional Market inside.

Later I would taste this Bu Dermi Dawet Telasih Ice two months since my arrival that day.

Note:

Joglo*1 is a type of traditional vernacular house of the Javanese people

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7 Destinasi Wisata Pekanbaru

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Memasuki Pekanbaru, semua penumpang Bus INTRA diturunkan di sebuah bangunan warung non-permanen berbahan kayu warna hijau. Memasuki bagian belakang warung makan, deretan panjang kamar mandi sederhana memudahkanku untuk berbasuh muka dan besiap diri untuk mengeksplorasi “Kota Madani”.

Memasuki jalanan kota untuk pertama kalinya diatas jok ojek online, aku mulai menyimpan rasa penasaran tentang apa saja yang bisa kukunjungi di kota. Hingga akhirnya aku tiba di lobby Hotel Sri Indrayani lebih cepat dari jadwal check-in. Setelah mengisi daya kamera dan smartphone hingga beberapa cell bar di restoran hotel, aku segera mengayun langkah ke beberapa spot terdekat.

  1. RTH Tunjuk Ajar Integritas

Tak jauh, setengah kilometer di barat laut hotel ada sebuah taman yang cukup terkenal di Pekanbaru. Adalah Ruang Terbuka Hijau Tunjuk Ajar Integritas yang menjadi play ground favorit bagi warga kota yang pembangunannya didedikasikan untuk program perlawanan korupsi dalam pemerintahan daerah.

Tugu Integritas dalam taman.

Belum juga tengah hari, udara panas mulai terasa. Memaksaku untuk berteduh di tepian taman. Masih sepi pengunjung, mengingat aku tak berkunjung saat weekend.

2. Sungai Siak

Melanjutkan langkah, aku turun ke Jalan Wakaf sebelum akhirnya dituntun oleh seorang polantas untuk berbelok ke kanan melewati Jalan Jembatan Siak I dan mencapai tepian Sungai Siak.

Mengunjungi Sungai Siak dan membayangkan kejayaan serta kemakmuran Kesultanan Siak Sri Indrapura yang pernah berdiri di tepian sungai adalah hal yang menarik minatku untuk menjadikannya sebagai salah satu destinasi kali ini

Panorama dari Jembatan Siak I

3. Rumah Singgah Tuan Kadi

Masih berkelana di sepanjang sungai, kini aku menuju ke Jembatan Siak II. Khalayak menyebutnya sebagai Jembatan Sultan Muhammad Ali Abdul Jalil Muazzam Syah, diambil dari nama Sultan ke-5 Kesultanan Siak.

Tertegun memandangi bangunan di bawah jembatan, rumah asli sejak era keemasan Kesultanan Siak.  Situs pariwisata ini dikenal dengan nama Rumah Singgah Tuan Kadi. Kadi atau Qadhi sendiri adalah gelar tersohor pada masa kesultanan. Pemilik awal rumah ini adalah Qadhi Haji Zakaria bin Haji Abdul Muthalib yang pernah menjabat sebagai Ketua Kerapatan Syariah Kesultanan Siak.

Pernah menjadi tempat singgah Sultan Syarif Kasim II, Sultan Siak ke-12.

4. Masjid Raya Nur Alam

Matahari mulai tergelincir dari posisi tertingginya, artinya aku sudah bisa memasuki kamar Hotel Sri Indrayani. Mengambil arah tenggara, aku berniat mampir untuk bershalat Dzuhur di Masjid Raya Nur Alam sebelum tiba di penginapan.

Masjid tertua di Pekanbaru.

Masjid peninggalan Kesultanan Siak Sri Indrapura ini masih berdiri kokoh dengan kubah kuningnya sebagai simbol kebesaran Melayu. Rasa-rasanya, rakyat Pekanbaru pantas berterimakasih kepada Sultan Abdul Jalil Alamuddin Syah, Sultan Siak keempat yang mendirikan masjid megah ini.

5. Masjid Agung An-Nur

Panas kota mulai mereda apalagi aku sudah selesai berbasuh badan di hotel. Selesai menyantap makan siang maka aku melanjutkan eksplorasi. Setelah mengunjungi masjid tertua, kini aku menuju ke masjid termegah di Provinsi Riau.

Kelelahan telah berjalan hampir 4 km, aku memilih menggunakan ojek online saja menuju Masjid Agung An-Nur, dua kilomoter ke tenggara.

Taj Mahalnya Indonesia.

Masjid Agung An-Nur sendiri telah menjadi icon religi Provinsi Riau sejak tahun pertama dibangun, yaitu tahun 1963. Pastikan kamu tak terlewat mengunjunginya jika berada di Pekanbaru.

6. RTH Putri Kaca Mayang

Berikutnya, aku bergegas menuju ke pusat kota. Pilihanku berikutnya adalah Ruang Terbuka Hijau (RTH) Putri Kaca Mayang. Terletak di sebuah sisi jalan protokol kota Pekanbaru, taman ini terlihat lebih rapi dari taman pertama yang ku kunjungi.

Nama taman diambil dari nama seorang putri dalam dongeng yang melegenda di masyarakat.

Waktu yang sudah menggelincir ke arah sore, satu persatu warga terlihat mendatangi taman untuk sekedar melepas penat atau mengajak anak-anak untuk menghabiskan waktu dengan bermain di sekitar taman.

7. Jalan Jenderal Sudirman.

Seperti nama jalan yang sama di Jakarta, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman di Pekanbaru juga memainkan peran sebagai jalan protokol di kota Pekanbaru.

Sebagai jalan utama tentu banyak hal yang bisa dinikmati di sepanjangnya. lebarnya ruas jalan dengan sibuknya lalu lalang kendaraan dihiasi oleh arsitektur bangunan-bangunan mentereng di kedua sisinya menjadikan Jalan Jenderal Sudirman menjadi spot fotografi yang layak dikunjungi.

Perpustakaan Soeman HS, Menara Lancang Kuning, Kantor Gubernur Riau dan Menara Dang Merdu adalah arsitektur yang tampak mencolok dan berbeda dari bangunan-bangunan lain di sepanjang Jalan Jenderal Sudirman.

Jalan berhiaskan asmaul husna di sepanjang tepinya.

Yuk, berlibur ke Pekanbaru.

Kisah Selanjutnya—->

Klewer Market and the Great Mosque of Surakarta Palace

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Klewer Market in the morning.

I started walking to north towards Alun-Alun Lor (North Square) of Hadiningrat Surakarta Palace. Its distance was less than half a kilometer from palace courtyard. I arrived in five minutes. As far as my eyes could see, Alun-Alun Lor was quite well-maintained, with an area of ​​almost seven hectares. Covered by imperfect green grass which was covering the entire square, asphalt paths crossed from north to south and from west to east and in each side of square were surrounded by large trees (banyan trees in between). Meanwhile, to limiting the road which surrounding the square, a chest-high iron fence were built which aligned with inner boundary of sidewalk.

I seem lazy to go to the middle of square, just kept walking around it and intended to go to eastern part of square to kill my curiosity about the biggest textile shopping center in Solo, i.e Klewer Market. Like Tanah Abang Market in Jakarta, Klewer Market was the city’s economic pulse with a very capable cash flow cycle. I arrived right in front of market gate which was still quiet. Some traders have started to come and bringing coli of textiles upstairs. Meanwhile, several stalls seemed to be opened to prepare for trade that morning. I tried to step to the first floor and went around looking at each side. Looking at its surrounding conditions, I could imagine that this market would be very busy if all stalls were opened.

I won’t wait until Klewer Market actually was opened, I immediately went down and heading to north of the market. This time I would visit Great Mosque of Surakarta Palace which was still part of Hadiningrat Surakarta Palace. The mosque, with a three-tiered roofs, appeared to be devoted to witnessing the marriage of a couple who seemed to be important people, because I saw there was a greeting flower board from President Joko Widodo and his family. That event then discouraged me to entering the mosque.

Great Mosque of Surakarta Palace.
Great Mosque of Surakarta Palace

The mosque was decorated with classic lampposts in its courtyard, even more beautiful with its elegant single minaret which standing in north of courtyard. This 232-years-old mosque was still quite dashing and elegant standing at east side of Alun-Alun Lor which was side by side with Klewer Market.

Finally, I had been in the last part of Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace complex. I started to leave palace area by passing eastern side of Slamet Riyadi Street which was marked by a Brigadier General Slamet Riyadi statue who looked dashing while pointing a gun into sky. Slamet Riyadi himself was a hero of Solo City who fall in Ambon while carrying out state duties in quelling the rebellion of Republic of South Maluku.

Now my intention was turning towards my first destination when I did the survey yesterday. I wasn’t looking for Dawet Telasih Ice, but a traditional culinary which was quite famous in Solo.

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Visiting Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace

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Soundly resting in Amaris Hotel Sriwedari made me woke up just as Shubuh call to prayer rang out. Taking time to enjoy the dawn from behind a glass window in the room, I decided to splash under the shower with warm water afterwards. I deliberately lingered under the shower, perfecting my muscle relaxation after since two day before I had to chase with time doing lots of survey agendas exploring Solo City.

After more than half an hour of bathing, I immediately cleaned up, tidied up my bag and prepared myself for my third day of survey. On exactly seven in the morning, I was at hotel’s restaurant for breakfast. While Rahadian, my Vice Chair of Marketing Conference, had been in the restaurant since half an hour ago. He leaned closer to my dining table when I ate fried rice combined with mendoan*1 and hot coffee. We chatted and discussed about the last survey that day.

After thirty minutes in enjoying a variety of restaurant menu, Rahadian and I started ordering an online taxi for heading east to Baluwarti area. That morning the official palace belonging to Surakarta Sunanate became the first survey destination on my third day in Solo. Shortly waiting in the lobby, a black Toyota Agya came to pick us up. I immediately got into front seat and Rahadian at back, then that online taxi started went for two kilometers in ten minutes to reach the destination.

The palace building was 277 years old.

Fifteen minutes before eight o’clock, I arrived at Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace. That day, I planned to shorten our survey time because Rahadian would come home early by catching Lodaya train departure to Bandung at 13:00 hours. Therefore, I went to palace when its operating hours weren’t yet opened.

Rahadian and I enjoyed palace frontyard which also functioned as a one-way traffic lane. But there was one part of palace building which really stole our attention, i.e a thirty meter high tower which was visible from palace frontyard. That was Sanggabuwana Tower which was founded 38 years after palace building was built. It could be guessed that this tower functioned as a watchtower because this palace was founded during Dutch colonialism era.

But it was said that the tower was also used to meet Nyi Roro Kidul*2 “The Queen of South Sea” by Sri Susuhan Pakubuwono III.

Like an city planning of the ancient kingdom era, Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace was flanked by square, i.e Alun-Alun Lor (North Square) and Alun-Alun Kidul (South Square). Alur-Alur Lor was a busier square, this was where the “Sekatenan” (Night Market) was held to commemorate the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday every year.

So to explore area around the palace, I started to continue my journey to Alun-Alun Lor by walking. Alun-Alun Lor was no more than half a kilometer from palace and could be reached by walking in ten minutes.

What were destinations around Alun-Alun Lor?

Note:

Mendoan*1  is a type of fried food that comes from the residency of Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia

Nyi Roro Kidul*2 is an Indonesian goddess of the sea. She is the Queen of the Southern Sea (Indian Ocean) in Sundanese and Javanese mythology

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7 Destinasi Kilat Pematang Siantar

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Duduk di ruang tunggu, tatapku terus tertuju pada jam tangan dan halaman kantor bus INTRA….Tak pernah melihat kapan dia tiba, dari ujung halaman sebelah kanan dia berteriak memanggilku. Senangnya hati, bertemu teman lama.

Kebaikan dan kesederhanaannya masih sama seperti Bang Erwin yang kukenal di Kuala Lumpur 2013 silam. Kembali teringat ketika dia menyodorkan sekotak kue berwarna merah di atas Hop on Hop off Kuala Lumpur. Dan kini dia menghadiahkan waktunya selama empat jam kepadaku untuk menikmati Pematang Siantar.

Ayo bang, naik!”, katanya sambil memutar tas punggungnya ke arah depan. Sekejap aku meluncur di atas motor bebek Jepang keluaran era 90-an menuju kediamannya. Dia harus mengganti seragam dinas pengajar yang dipakainya sebelum berkeliling kota.

1. Warung Miso Pematang

Makan siang dulu yuk, bang! Ada yang spesial buat, abang. Yukkss!”, senyumnya menghiraukan penolakanku karena dia hanya ingin menjadi tuan rumah yang baik. Menelusuri jalan tikus yang aku tak pernah tahu lokasi persisnya, kurasakan ban belakang yang sedikit oleng. Membuatku yakin bahwa Bang Erwin ini orang yang tulus nan sederhana.

Warung Miso Pematang. Oh, inikah hidangan spesial yang dimaksud?”, gumamku. Bang Erwin bergegas memasuki resto yang berpintu depan di belakang. Sedangkan aku masih saja di pelataran, sibuk menangkap gambar. Enak luar biasa semangkuk Miso itu, campuran mie kuning-putih yang terguyur kuah sop bercampur tahu goreng, hati-ampela dan jamur seharga Rp. 17.000.

Hidangan ditutup dengan es jeruk segar….Hmmmh.
Makanan khas Siantar pertama yang  kucicipi.

2. Pedicab Monument BSA (Birmingham Small Army).

Yuk, kutunjukkan icon Siantar!”, selorohnya sambil menggenjot engkol starter motornya. Kuacungkan jempol sebagai pengganti kata setuju. Menyusuri Jalan Sudirman hingga akhirnya tiba di sebuah tugu bermahkota becak bermotor. Konon kota ini memiliki hampir 1.000 motor perang jenis ini. Oleh karenanya kamu harus mengantri untuk bisa berfoto di depan tugu.

Tokoh utama kali ini.

3. Perpustakaan Umum Sintong Bingei

Tepat di belakang tugu adalah perpustakaan umum milik pemerintah kota sedangkan di seberang kanan adalah Balai Kota Pematang Siantar dimana Sang Wali Kota berkantor.

Perpustakaan Umum Sintong Bingei. Sintong Bingei adalah ayah dari Raja Rokok Sumatera Utara Edwin Bingei Purbo Siboro.

4. Balai Kota

Balai Kota Pematang Siantar adalah bangunan Belanda berusia persis seabad.

Ornamen cicak di sebagian besar gedung-gedung besar di Siantar membuatku mengajukan pertanyaan tentangnya. Bang Erwin menjelaskan singkat bahwa cicak adalah simbol kebijaksanaan dan kekayaan bagi Suku Batak. Orang lokal menyebutnya sebagai Gorga Boraspati.

5. Hangout Area dekat Pedicab Monument

Sementara di sisi kanan tugu adalah deretan kedai kopi yang sepertinya hanya menunggu waktu untuk dipenuhi oleh para kaum millennial kota untuk ber hangout di malam hari.

Sayang aku tak sempat menyeruput kopinya.

6. Taman Bunga Kota Pematang Siantar

Sementara tepat di belakangnya adalah Taman Bunga Pematang Siantar. Sebagai Ruang Terbuka Publik Ramah Anak (RTPRA) menjadikan taman ini menjadi tempat favorit untuk menghabiskan waktu bersama keluarga selepas penat bekerja.

Tempat tepat untuk merayakan weekend para warga kota.

7. Toko Roti Ganda

Bang, sudah sore, ayo kembali ke kantor INTRA!”, Bang Erwin mengingatkanku. Aku melompat ke motor dan bergegas  menuju kantor bus INTRA. Upss….”Kenapa Toko Roti?”, aku curiga.

Jangn Ge eR, aku ga beliin roti buat abang, tapi beli buat keluargaku  di rumah”, dia tersenyum tipis. Aku tertawa terbahak melihat polahnya. Kusempatkan sejenak menikmati etalase dengan aroma harum roti yang menggoda.

Toko Roti Ganda yang legendaris sejak 1979.

Sepuluh menit kemudian, aku sudah berdiri di luar dan menunggunya menuntaskan pembayaran di kasir. Dannnn…..Ditentengnya dua bungkus roti di kedua tangannya.

Nih, buat sarapan besok di perjalanan”, ujarnya sambil menyodorkan sebungkus roti tawar dengan selai srikaya yang katanya terkenal enak. Dilarang menolaknya maka kuterima saja dengan banyak berterimakasih.

Yuk, sekarang beneran ke kantor Bus INTRA dan ga mampir-mampir lagi!”, katanya sambil tertawa. Itulah akhir petualangan kilatku di Pematang Siantar.

Thank You Bang Erwin. See you later.

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