A World Through Lens
Chapter I -Trip To Nowhere-
-------"It will costs Rp 15.000,00 kid." "well, thanks sir," I bought the last ticket to Venice, luckily. Rp 15.000,00? oh that's not the cost, fool. that's the cost of an ice cream I bought for my flight. who am I, you said? whoops, sorry. Too excited for the trip, tough. you can call me Richie, I was born in Jakarta, 7th July 1992. and yes, I'm an Indonesian. a photographer. a poet. a musician. a writer. I noted now is 2nd March 2011, made me 19 years old this year. My parents are rich, don't know was it the reason they named me 'Rich'. My high school? It passed really well but in the other way, it sucks. What am I doing in this airport with this cup of ice cream? Well, that question will just bring us to the past 2 years before, in this very day. where all the story began.
-------2 March, 2009. I was just 9th grader. I was going to had the last vacation with my class. I had this girl in my class, Nova. She didn't really at my attention at first but in that time she was the one I won't let go forever. She was so beautiful on that day. at night, when everybody were already asleep, I couldn't even close my eyes so I just played my guitar when someone got near me, and it's Nova! "Nov! weren't you sleeping?" "Nope, I can't sleep either. So I just listen to you all night, hehe." god, she's so sweet when she laugh. "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith, isn't it?" "yep, could you sing?" we sang all song we know that night, till 2 in the morning.... "311 - Love Song, yeah?" when I sang 'I will always love you' she kissed me on the lips and said 'I love you, Chie' and from that day we were dating. We were strong. We were invincible. we were... in love.
-------Classic love story, eh? we just did just like another lovers do and to be honest, that was the second time I had girlfriend. It was lasts for about 15 months. How did we end up? Oh I just don't want to talk about it right now. In short, I ruined my own life since the day she walked away, that's it. Until now we're just fine, still contacting each other like any other friends. But to be honest, I'm deeply in love with her, but I was trapped between two doors, a door to her heart and a door to my dreams. Don't know why, I can never concentrate between girls and hobbies. That's why I lame on women things.
-------*click* "Hey, what's that all about?" "Sorry ma'am, I accidentally pressed my shutter button when I look the expression of you and your son..." "It's a girl." "...I mean your daughter, she's just too cute, just like you." "Nice of you to say so, dear. No problem." I showed the photo of her and her daughter, "wow it's amazing! are you a photographer or something?" "Thanks. Yeah, kind of. But still in learning." We were talking about anything. her name's Sophia. She was divorced about 4 months ago because her husband was cheating. But she was so patient about her condition. I respect that so much. she's gonna go to Bangkok and live there with her aunt. When the plane is about to depart we split to our own destination. Where I am going? didn't I tell you? I'm going nowhere.
-------I'm going to China, Japan, Australia, Brazil and all country I can visit. In fact, all country is in the very same world. In the very same land and in the very same sea. Where we are going, all the things just the same. The people we meet are our own brothers and sisters. So that's why I said I'm going nowhere. initially, my parents were not agree to let me travel myself. but luckily, I have a very damn useful ability 'speaking and seducing'. I have a photo of my little brother, Kevin. Actually he was my cousin, who was an orphan. His family was died on an earthquake. it was the first time I love photograph.
-------May 19, 2010. I was 10th grader. we were on the table, having dinner. just the sound of the forks and spoons hit the plate. "Mom, dad, I wanna quit school and travel the world, by myself!" I told my parents. "What a stupid thing to say, Richie!" "What are you talking about?" "What will you do without knowledge? Destiny won't come to you, you're the one who make your own destiny!" my parents shouted. "What I believe what built destiny is experience." I said. "Say whatever you want, Richie. we'll always support you but not for this one.". I punched the table and went up straight to my bed. an hour later Kevin came to my room and touched my shoulder,"Hey bro, what's up?" "Not funny, Kev." "Haha, I'm not joking at all, bro. Hey you still want to be a photographer, won't you?" "Yeah, just a fuckin dream. I don't want them to know and I'm still on my way to collect the money to buy an SLR" "Whoo, watch your tongue bro. Don't you like the digital camera? it still seems nice to use and the pictures too." "I can't create miracle with a simple thing." He put his hands on my shoulders and told me,"Look, bro. Miracles are not from what you use, but they come from how you do it and when you have it enough, that's miracle. *sigh* You shouldn't say something bad to your parents, bro. Listen, I know that you don't give damn about what they think. well, don't! finish your school with the best score, and we'll travel the world. so, what do you say?" "*smile* you should watch your tongue too, brother." From that night I've been thinking about what Kevin told me.
-------20 Mei, 2010. I was on my way home from school. Kevin and I were on the different school. and oh I forgot to tell you. I was studying photography on my own. with my digital camera or borrowing my friends' camera, whatever camera it was. My friends liked my result so I explore more on photography. Back to the story, I arrived at my house and till 06.00 pm Kevin didn't show up. I called his friends and they said he already leaving school since the bell rang. The clock showed it's 07.00 pm. 07.05 pm, my phone rang. I wore my jeans, shoes, and jacket to the hospital. Kevin was lying there on the bed. With full of colour red. His friends were there, and my parents after me. I talked to him,"Hey buddy, what's going on?" "Heyy bro, just a victim of a hit-run, bro. hehehe." "Don't talk like you're not the victim, damn." "Hey, remember. watch your tongue." 15 minutes later, his friends went waiting outside
-------He talked to me,"Hey, by the way, look on the desk, bro!" I saw the desk and there was a camera bag there,"Wow, splendid! how much it costs?" "Well, about 75% of my savings, tough." "Wow, I wish I could have one after you, bro." "Well, god already answered your wish, bro. It's yours." "What..? How could you...? Man..." "No need to be stammered, fool." "Thanks bro, you're the best man I ever known. I love you, Kevin." "I love you too, Richie. Oh come on, don't be such a gay hahaha. Let me have a rest. oh by the way, could you take a picture of me? and us?" "Oooh you're underestimating my skill, don't you? Let's see what I've got!" And just like that, something unexpected happened. He didn't rest for minutes or hours, or days. He rested forever.