by Jaspher Babon Pandaraoan*
Visiting a place foreign to you often leads you to two diverging roads: the left road of distress and the right road of gratification. Upon setting foot in the urban jungle of Jakarta, I felt like I also set foot deep along the left road. During that day, the sky seems to dissent with my mood because the sun was shining brightly and the firmament was clear. Things, however, started to harmonize with my spirit — as the sun sets, the rain poured heavily as if there’s no tomorrow. I was indeed touched by the welkin’s solicitude.
Early in the morning during my second day in Jakarta, I felt a sudden pivot in my spirit. I felt like I enchantingly escaped the left road as we, together with my companions from UNAIR, head to fulfill our first agenda.
Everything went smoothly when we went to the Office of the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Getting a chance to talk about the legal instruments and other things related to Southeast Asia with those people responsible for the better good of the ASEAN gave me high spirits. The experience was fulfilling and destabilizing. It was destabilizing because it somehow changed my views, dreams and goals in life.
The next two agendas were related to Nuclear Law. And despite of not being part of the Nuclear Law class, I still got to visit BAPETEN and BATAN. The trip to those agencies gave me an insight on how Indonesia institute regulations and undertake research and development activities for the usage of nuclear energy and technology.
Overall, the trip was indeed rewarding. Jakarta, the city which cradles the institution that facilitates economic and political integration and camaraderie among the countries in Southeast Asia, will always have a special place in my heart.
*Student of Departement of Chemical Engineering University of the Philippines Los Banos, student of AMERTA Program in Universitas Airlangga Surabaya, member of PSN Unair 2017