Monthly Archives: February 2010

Cafe World: Spice Rack

The Spice Rack Tab is an upgrade which added recently by Zynga. To make your own Spice Rack, you need to complete the materials needed. The materials are: 5 shelves, 5 small jars, 5 medium jars, 5 large jars, and 15 lids. Everytime you gather one kind of material, you will get something from it. For example, I gain 1 café item (spice rack) after I completed my shelf-gathering and 1000 coins for small jar-gathering. You can also ‘Ask for Help’ to your Facebook friends by clicking the button to send a notification to your friends’ News Feed.

Supposedly, when you gather just about everything and the Exotic Spices are already available, you can improve your cooking! I don’t really know what it means, but I’ve got a feeling that you can raise food’s worth, increase its serving amount, shorten or prolong the cooking time, or prevent the food from spoiling.

Before the Spice Rack upgrade, Zynga took some poll for every Café World players to ask what kind of improvement that they want for Café World, so I think the Spice Rack is the kind of upgrade that they wish can fulfill Café World Chefs 🙂 What kind of improvement Zynga offers? We’ll see. I’ll update this post when they gave the official announcement.


Cafe World: Advanced Playing

If you enter Café World Tips and Tricks on Google, you probably got through Café World Domination, the proven guide for advancing quickly in Café World. Well, I didn’t buy it, so I don’t really know what’s inside the book. I got through level 30 in less than a month through sheer determination alone, with no cheat usage. And I advise you to do the same… Although cheats will give you quicker results, they tend to fail too. I’ve read about people who use it and had their 2-days-to-cook food to disappear! Bummer, huh…

Okay, enough with the chit-chats, let’s go through the Advanced tips. Now that you’ve understand the basics, it’ll be easier for me to share my experiences 🙂

First, plan ahead your cooking schedule. You need to plan it in order to maximize your playtime. If you know you’re going to be gone in an hour, cook something that will take an hour to cook, like Tikka Masala Kabobs. If you’re tired and want to go to sleep, cook something that will be finished by the time you woke up, such as Spaghetti and Meatballs, Stardust Stew, or Bacon and Eggs. The idea is to have freshly cooked foods waiting to be served when you’re online.

But when you’re online for a while and sits in front of your computer, it’s best if you make ONLY Super Chunk Fruit Salad and Bacon Cheeseburgers until you leave. And when you do want to leave, cook something that will take some time until you can back online again. Why?

Because Bacon Cheeseburgers have the biggest profit and café points based on time. In 5 minutes you can gain 7 café points on one burger and 52 coins when it’s eaten. If you cook it on five stoves, that will be 35 café points and 260 coins in 5 minutes. But the problem is, at a high Buzz Rating, you’ll sell out your Cheeseburgers before you can finish cooking the next batch. Therefore, you should also concentrate on Super Chunk Fruit Salad, which has 100 servings for 15 minutes of cooking time. It’s better if you concentrate on making Salads first for the first hour and start cooking on the Burgers next.

Second, maximize the waiter/waitress performance. You can design your café in a Sushi Restaurant design, to make it easier for the waiter/waitress to serve the food and clean the dirty plates, like this:

OR, you can surround your waiter/waitress by the counters and the walls. If you do so, they will automatically serve customers and clean up after them without moving to the table. By using the waiter/waitress exploit, you only need ONE waiter/waitress, since serving is extremely quick. Just make sure that the counters are still accessible.

Third, maximize the cook’s performance. If your cook is surrounded by his stoves and can’t reach the counters, he/she will automatically place the food on the counters when you click the stoves to serve the food. It’s not as useful as the waiter/waitress exploit, but it’ll be quicker than waiting for the cook to serve the food from the stove to the counter.

Here’s a tip for all the beginner players or advanced players. Start upgrading your café (buying decorations or other nifty things) when you’ve reached level 30 or so. Before level 30, it’s kinda hard to gain coins, since most of your earning will be for buying more tables, chairs, stoves, counters, or saing for café expanding. You should only start upgrading all of your equipment if you are sure you have the coins to do so. As I said before, you can still reach 105 buzz rating with the cheapest items.

Here’s the layout of my current café.

As you can see, currently I’m using the Cafeteria design for my 12×13 café, since I’m still saving up to upgrade my café into Extravagant Café which needs about 999,999 café coins… I’m using the Waiter Exploit to maximize my Buzz Rating, by putting the counters in the corner and join it with the stoves. You can see that although I’m using 33 sets of tables and chairs, there are still some space for more tables and chairs, but since I use the Waiter Exploit, the Cafeteria design still leave many chairs and tables for new customers to use, so I don’t think it’s necessary to add another table or chair.

Cafe World: The Basics (Part 3)

In this part I will explain about many things you need to consider after learning how to cook.

First, about serving the food. When you done cooking your food, your chef will bring it to the counter. At first you will only have three counters, but you can buy more as you level up. Here are some things you need to know about counters: each counter can only have one KIND of food, but unlimited servings of it (as far as I know). For example, if you cook 3 servings of Bacon Cheeseburger, you will only need one counter for them. But, if you cook Bacon Cheeseburger and another kind of food on the stove, you will need another counter to serve it when it’s done cooking.

When a customer walks in, they will sit on a chair next to a table. As I said before in my previous post, one customer need one chair and one table, so two chairs for a table is a big NO. After they sit, your waiter will bring a food from your counter to the customer. If you have more than one kind of food, your waiter will bring random food to your customer. For example, if you have Bacon Cheeseburger and Super Chunk Fruit Salad on your counters, and a customer sits in one of your chair, you can’t order your waiter to serve Bacon Cheeseburger instead of Super Chunk Fruit Salad for your customer just because it worth more than the other. Just relax and let it flows by, since they will run out eventually and you’ll get all the coins you need. After the customer eats, they will pay for the food and give you 0,1 buzz rating. Oh, don’t worry about the dirty plates, your waiter will clean after them.

Second, the Buzz Rating. Since my previous posts, I mention a lot about these, huh? Basically it’s the points to show how popular your café is. You start with 5 buzz rating and can maximize it to 105. It’s actually one of the key points to earn more money in a quick time, because more buzz rating means more customers.

You know that the customer will give you 0,1 buzz rating after they finished eating. But, you have to remember that once a customer walks in, they will find every possibility to walk out of your café and give you -0,5 buzz rating. It’s seriously bad though… Here are some things that can make a customer angry and leave your café: if there are no seat or table left for them to eat in, if they are sitting next to a table with a dirty plate on it, and if there are no food left to serve.

To achieve the highest buzz rating, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Maximize the amount of space you have in your café for tables and chairs, but with rooms left for the customers to reach the table. When you have some excess coins, use it to expand your café.
  2. Make sure the waiter/waitress can reach the counter and the tables quickly.
  3. Keep cooking! Never leave your café with empty counters. Make sure there’s at least one counter with some servings on it.
  4. Buzz Rating can only be achieved through serving your food. Luxurious café doesn’t always mean high Buzz Rating. You can still achieve 105 buzz rating with the cheapest items.

Note that it’s not always good to have a high Buzz Rating. At a Buzz Rating above 70, you will start getting customers at a rapid pace. At 105 Buzz Rating there is about one customer for every 10 seconds. Which means, at 105 Buzz rating you will have about 360 servings eaten every hour. That’s why I don’t advise you to have more than two doors in your café. More doors mean more customers pouring in, which means more tables and chairs needed.

But rest assured, your Buzz Rating freezes if you are not playing. When you are not playing, your food will still be served to your customers and you will gain some coins that way, but you won’t gain any Buzz Ratings as you usually do.

Here’s a nifty tip. When you run out of food in the counter, and are still waiting for the food to finish cooking, you can close your café by drag your doors to your Customize menu tab. That way, you will have no customers pouring in while waiting for the food to finish cooking. When you have some foods in the counter and are ready for business, you can open the Customize tab and put your door back to the original place.

Third, about Neighbors. When you send a Café World Neighbors invitation to your friends and they accept it, they will be added to this tab. Or, you can also accept their invitation too. You can have as many neighbors as you like. Don’t hesitate to add as many neighbors as you possibly can! When you go over into the Neighbors tab, you will see a list of your friends who is playing Café World. Just click the ‘Add as a Neighbor’ button and the invitation will be sent automatically. You can also send invitation to your friends that are not playing it. Who knows, they might be interested in playing the game as well 🙂

The good thing about having many neighbors is you can gain 5 café points and 20 coins every time you visit your neighbor and eating their food. This can only occur once a day though. And after you visit 20 neighbors in one day, the café points you gain is lowered to 1 point per neighbor. You can also send and receive gifts from them. If you send them gifts regularly, they will most likely to return the favor.

Another thing is that you can measure how far you are in the game to them, like I do 🙂 For example, currently I’m in 9th place out of my 19 neighbors. You can also check out their café designs as an inspiration to upgrade your café. Trust me, rather than buying the decorations and try it out yourself, it’s much better to check out their design to see what’s good to put in your café and what’s not.

I think that’s enough for now. Next, I’ll explain how to maximize your café business and gain levels quickly!

Cafe World: The Basics (Part 2)

Once you understand the basic things in the game, it’s really easy to start. When you start the game for the very first time, you will be given a guide on how to cook your food, clean after spoiled food, and clean after dirty stoves. And of course, you will have to choose your first waiter/waitress. You can choose whoever you like in your friend list. Note that even if you choose a high level Café World player as your waiter/waitress, the serving time to your customer is the same as your non-playing friend.

Here’s a general flow of the game:

Cook the food – serve the food – customers eat the food – you get more café coins and buzz rating.

As long as you have enough food on the counter and waiter/waitress to serve the food, this flow will go on even if you turn off the game. More details on this later.

You can choose any kind of dish to cook. Just remember to serve it if it’s finished cooking. For example, the most basic food is the Bacon Cheeseburger. You will see these stats on your Cook Book or when you click on the stove to cook them.

After you click the Buy icon, your chef will prepare the food on the stove, and it’s your job to click on it to start cooking it. You need three clicks on each food you want to cook, and after that, the dish started to cook. All you have to do is wait for them to finish.

When you cook the food, you get some café points for preparing the food, serve the food, and cleaning the stove. Here’s a simple example for Bacon Cheeseburger on a stove. When you click on the stove and choose the Bacon Cheeseburger, your chef will prepare the food, which costs you 15 coins for cooking it. Next, you will need 3 clicks to start cooking it. For Bacon Cheeseburger, you will get 1 café points for each click. After 4 minutes, the food is ready to serve. When you click on the stove to serve them, you’ll get 3 café points. And when you clean the stove, it’ll cost you 15 coins, but will earn you 1 café points for any kind of dish you cook.

Here’s a nifty tip: Instead of paying 15 coins for each stove-cleaning action, you can put your dirty stove in the Functions menu tab. When you put it back to your café, it will be clean. You can save 15 coins, but you won’t gain 1 café points for cleaning each dirty stove as you usually do. It’s your choice though.

Some notes here, the café points you earn when you prepare the food and serve the food differs for each food. Here’s a comparison when you cook 5-minutes-to-cook Bacon Cheeseburger and 4-hours-to-cook French Onion Soup.

Bacon Cheeseburger: 3 café points for preparing the food (1 café point for each click), 3 café points for serving the food, and 1 café points for cleaning the stove. Total: 7 café points.

French Onion Soup: 12 café points for preparing the food (4 café points for each click), 48 café points for serving the food, and 1 café points for cleaning the stove. Total: 61 café points.

As you can see, the café points you get for preparing the food and serving the food differs on HOW LONG IT TAKES TO COOK THE FOOD. The longer it takes to cook the food, the more café points you’ll get. Simple food cooks fast, but less café points. Just remember to serve the food after you cook them, and you will overflow with café points, which makes it easy for you to level up and gain more access to more food.

Oh, here’s another thing. Longer-to-cook foods are usually serves for large amount of customers, which can get you more coins. For example, French Onion Soup takes 4 hours to cook, but serves 205 customers and can get you a total of 615 coins when you done cooking and serving. The amount of servings is related in increasing your buzz rating, which I will explain more later.

As I said before, longer-to-cook foods give you more café points, servings, and café coins. But you have to remember to SERVE THEM. For example, when you’re cooking 4-hours-to-cook French Onion Soup, you’ll have to remember to serve them 4 hours later. Note that there’s a spoil time for each food, and it differs, depend on its cooking time. The spoil time for each dish is about 100% of the cook time. For example, the Bacon Cheeseburger takes 5 minutes to cook, and if you don’t serve it afterwards, you got another 5 minutes of time to serve it before it spoils. When a food spoils, you lose it completely, and won’t get any café points or café coins from it. Although you’ll get a reward for a certain amount of spoiled food :p

You can also delete the food you’re cooking or serving by clicking on them. Simply click the in-cooking-progress food or food on the counter and select ‘Yes’ from the Delete Dish Confirmation pop-up. Be careful though, since deleted food can’t be returned.

Cafe World: The Basics (Part 1)

Okay, he’s the boring stuff for you advanced Café World Chefs… The Basics…  You can skip this post if you’ve understand the Basics.

Here are the general things you found in your café:

  1. The café itself. It’s basically the area where your cook your food and serve it. You can customize it too. You’ve started with a small area, but you can expand it using your cafe coins. I’ll explain how to do it later.
  2. The chef. Well, this is you. Your job is to cook the food. You can change the dorky look on your chef by clicking it. Just remember that you have to buy it using café coins…
  3. The waiter/waitress. This is your friend. You can choose it from your Facebook friend list via Café World, even though they aren’t playing it. Basically, their job is to serve the food. They take the food from the counter, serve it to your customers, and clean the dirty plates. Don’t worry about them, they do it automatically.
  4. Stoves. This is the life of your café, and, well, the joy of the game 🙂 You cook you food with it. You start off with four stoves, and gain more as you Level Up. You should have as many stoves as you possibly can to maximize your café points. More about this later
  5. Counters. When you finish cooking your food, your chef will bring the food to your counter. You start with three, and gain more as you Level Up. Each counter can only contain one kind of food, but with unlimited serving. For example, if you cook 4 servings of Bacon Cheeseburgers, it will only need one counter. You have to have at least one counter in your café.
  6. Chairs and Tables. Here’s where your customers sit and eat their food. You need one chair and one table for each customer.
  7. The customer. He/she could be your Facebook friend, or just an animated avatar made by Zynga.
  8. Café Coins. This is your blood in café world… Without coins, you can’t cook the food. If you can’t cook the food, you have no earning… Get my point? Spend it wisely on foods, decorations, stoves, counters, expanding the café, etc. Maybe this is kinda stupid, but I think I should tell you, COINS ARE NOT CASH. You can’t cash it into your everyday money in real life (even though I wish I could…).
  9. Café Cash. Yes, this is the real one… Basically you buy them with your money to convert it into Café Cash. I don’t use this, so I don’t think it’s really important
  10. Café Points and Level. Like any kind of games, you can earn the café points by playing the game. When you Level Up, you gain access to more foods with more café points.
  11. Café Name. You can change the name of your café by clicking it. Name it anything you like.
  12. Buzz Rating. Basically, this is the score of your café. When your customer is done eating, they add 0,1 buzz rating onto your café, but if they aren’t, they will leave and decrease it for 0,5 points. You started with 5 buzz rating and can maximize it to 105. I’ll explain more about this later.

Okay, next are menu tabs. Here are the things you can found.

a. New Gift tab. You will find list of new gifts that you can give to your neighbors or Facebook friends. Gifts are free, but limited to one gift for every friend in one day.

b. Manage Friends tab. You can manage your waiter/waitress here. And by manage, I mean adding or firing them. You can add more waiter/waitress for free as you Level Up.

c. Customize tab. You can decorate your café with list of things you can buy here using café cash and café coins. You can buy tables, chairs, doors, wallpapers, tiles, and other nifty decorations for your café here.

d. Change Clothes tab. You can customize your avatar here if you can’t find your chef in the midst of your customers :p Note that you need some café coins to customize it.

e. Cookbook tab. It’s the list of foods you can cook, its cost, selling price, number of servings, and how long it takes to cook until it’s ready to serve. You gain access to more foods as you level up.

f. Functional tab. This is where you buy your stoves and counters. You can buy more unique stoves and counters as you level up. Note that it doesn’t change the amount of time needed to cook the food or the selling price of each food.

g. Expand tab. You can expand your café using café cash or café coins. Bigger café means more room for tables and chairs, and can maximize your earning.

h. Spice Rack tab. It’s a new feature which added recently in Café World. I will explain more about these.

i. Mystery Crate tab. You will find these buttons on special occasions. For example, when I made the picture, I was in the Winter Game occasion and Chinese New Year occasion. Basically you buy these mystery gifts using Café Cash. I never use these buttons though…

j. Gift tab. You can see the gifts that your friends sent you. You can also ‘made’ you’re a gift for yourself by cooking the food you never cook before, or reach a chef’s special by cooking a certain amount of food in your stove. Each gift may vary on the number of servings, but usually it’s 100 servings of ready-to-cook food. You can use this gift if your counters are empty to keep the business flowing while you cook the food.

k. Medals tab. Basically it’s the achievements you have as you progress in the game. You can get a certain amount of café coins or café points based on what kind of achievement you gain. I’ll explain about these later.

l. The Handy Buttons. Basically, they are the settings buttons. You can find the Save Game, Quality Toggle, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Music, and Sound button. Here’s a brief explanation for each buttons. Save the game by Save Game button, toggle to image quality using the Quality Toggle button if your computer’s specs don’t really support fine quality for playing the game, zoom in and zoom out your Café World window using the Zoom In and Zoom out button, turn the Music and Sound on or off using the Music and Sound buttons.

Next, I’ll explain about what to do in your café.

Cafe World Addiction!

In my previous blog, I mention about my addiction to Café World, one of Zynga’s game in Facebook. And when I said addiction, it really is an addiction. I started to play this game on 4th of February 2010, and when until the day I write this post, 23rd of February 2010, I’ve played every day. Whaddya know, I’ve reached level 30 in less than a month. Pretty cool, huh? It’s because the game is so simple! And heck, I don’t need any cheats to do so!

The goal for this game is… Well, there’s no goal actually… Just like most of online games, Café World doesn’t have a goal, you just play and play until you got bored and eventually got tired of it. One of my friends asked me why I played this game. She said with a grumpy tone, “Why are you playing this game anyway? Is there any goal to this?” I answered, “Well, no…” “THEN WHY BOTHER PLAYING IT??” Sure, she’s not a gamer, so she wouldn’t understand why, but for those of you who played this game and in the same situation as I am, you would understand it, right? :p

But I actually set a goal of my own. It’s like a means to an end for me. My goal is to outrun my other friend, and he’s currently on level 62… Only God knows how long he’s been playing :p But when you look at his café, all the expensive decorations, the shining tables, it just made you want to outrun him!

Okay, enough of that… For the next posts, I will try to explain the basic of the game, and of course, the tips and trick! Ooh I love tips and tricks :p I’ve got plenty of it on the net, so I’ll try my best to gather it all 🙂

And from now on, unlike my previous posts, I will try to write my posts in English. It’ll be like a practice for my written English :p

Beasiswa: Menyulitkan atau Memudahkan? Part 2

Jam 7 lebih, saya mulai tidak sabar. Aslinya memang ga suka nunggu, jadi yaa mulai emosi. Apalagi nyamuk-nyamuk itu benar-benar tidak manusiawi, benar-benar memancing emosi saia. Ayah saya yang kebetulan ada di situ, ngobrol dengan penjaga parkir warnet sebelah rumah. “Kantor RW tu bukanya jam berapa ya mas?”. Si mas-mas itu dengan entengnya bilang, “Wah, kalo itu sih bukanya jam 8 pak.” Ayah saya kaget, “Lho? Jam 8 ya? Trus tutupnya jam berapa mas?” “Jam 9 sudah tutup pak.” JDIENG! Mulai deh saya memulai demo saya dengan tweet-tweet yang menghina RW-RW. Jujur, saat itu saya belum tau kalo kantor RW buka jam 8. Dari pengetahuan umum yang saya dapat selama 19 tahun, namanya kantor itu buka jam 9 pagi dan tutup jam 5 sore. Jadi mengetahui kantor buka jam 7 saja udah aneh, apalagi jam 8? Tutupnya jam 9 pula. Masa cuma buka 1 jam?

Jam menunjukkan pukul 7.30 WIB, saya mulai tidak sabar, dan ibu saya sepertinya juga sudah lelah setelah seharian bekerja. Beliau akhirnya mengajak saya untuk ke kelurahan untuk melihat apakah kantor tersebut sudah buka. Sesampainya di sana, saya dan ibu saya disambut dengan pertanyaan dari mas-mas yang duduk-duduk di situ. “Ada keperluan apa bu?” “Mau ngurus surat mas buat anak saya. Kantornya sudah buka mas?” “Wah, ya belum bu. Jam setengah 8 baru buka.” Padahal jam saya sudah menunjukkan pukul 19.34. Karena belum ada tanda-tanda kehidupan di kantor tersebut, saya dan ibu saya menunggu (lagi) di depan kantor tersebut.

Pukul 8, ada seorang bapak-bapak datang. Kebetulan di situ ada ibu-ibu yang sepertinya mau mengurus KTP, dan bilang, “Nah, itu lho pak RTnya sudah datang!” Ibu saya langsung mengajak saya menuju kantor RT. Di dalam, ada meja-meja kecil bertuliskan nomor-nomor. Karena di KTP saya tertulis bahwa RT saya adalah RT 01, saya menunggu (lagi) di dekat meja kecil bertuliskan 01. Sekitar 10 menit, datanglah bapak-bapak yang membuka kunci di meja tersebut dan mempersilakan saya dan ibu saya untuk duduk. Setelah menyerahkan KSK asli dan form-yang-sudah-ditulis-dengan-rapi, bapak itu menuliskan sesuatu di buku besar, kemudian menuliskan surat kecil yang bertanda-tangan. Setelah menulis, beliau menyerahkan surat tersebut kepada saya untuk ditanda-tangan, dan kemudian mempersilakan saya untuk menuju kekantor RW yang terletak di bawah kantor RT.

Di kantor RW, saya mulai merasa lega. Penantian ini sebentar lagi akan berakhir, dan besok semuanya sudah beres, pikir saya. Di kantor RW, sekretaris RW menanyakan surat saya. “Surat apa ya mbak? Di kantor RT barusan saya cuma dikasih surat ini.” Mbak sekretaris itu mengiyakan saja. Kemudian pak RW masuk, dan melihat-lihat form saya. Surat yang diberikan oleh pak RT itu juga diambil, sambil berkata kepada saya dan ibu saya, “Ditunggu di kantor RT sebentar ya bu, suratnya mau saya stempel dulu.” Langsung terpikir dalam benak saya, mau ngasih stempel aja kudu nunggu di atas? Emangnya stempelnya di atas? Bukannya ini kantornya RW?

Saya dan ibu saya menurut saja, dan naik (lagi) ke kantor RT. Setelah duduk sebentar, ada bapak-bapak yang menanyakan kepada ibu saya. Kira-kira percakapannya seperti ini.

Bapak-bapak (BB): Ibu yang minta surat pengantar ke kelurahan buat beasiswa ya bu?

Ibu saya (IS): Betul pak.

BB: Kalau mau minta surat ke kelurahan, ndak bisa bu kalo cuma menyerahkan surat dari RW. Paling tidak harus ada surat pernyataan bermeterai 6000 seperti ini (memperlihatkan fotokopian) yang harus ditulis tangan.

IS: harus pake itu ya pak? Kalo misalnya ndak ada?

BB: ya ditolak bu sama kelurahannya.

IS: (melihat ke saya dengan tatapan letih, entah emosi entah lelah) tuh, kamu harus buat surat dulu, dikasih meterai 6000.

BB: trus ibu juga harus mbawa kartu kuning* pas menyerahkan ke RT (sambil menyerahkan fotokopian kepada ibu saya)

IS: (memberikan fotokopian kepada saya) ni kamu tulis dulu.

Gw: (dengan malas-malasan mengetik kata2 tersebut di handphone. Kemudian menemukan kejanggalan dari fotokopian tersebut.) Sebenernya ini yang nulis orang tuanya atau anaknya sih? Kok yang ditulis tangan ni orang tua, trus di belakangnya atas nama siswa yang diketik, di belakangnya lagi juga ada atas nama siswa, tapi isinya beda?

BB: iya, yang ditulis tangan itu orang tua siswanya. Harus ditulis tangan dan dikasih meterai. Yang siswa itu diketik juga ndak papa, tapi isinya kira-kira harus seperti itu.

IS: kalo misalnya ndak gini ndak bisa pak?

BB: ya ndak papa bu, tapi di kelurahan nanti bisa ditolak.

Gw: (menghembuskan napas panjang-panjang)

*saya kurang tau kartu kuning yang dimaksud kartu seperti apa, tapi sepengetahuan ibu saya, kartu itu semacam kartu iuran sampah dll.

Di luar kantor RT, demo saya mengenai beasiswa dimulai kembali. Tidak berlangsung lama, ada comment dari kakak kelas saya, yang menyatakan bahwa beasiswa tersebut hanya bisa diterima jika ada keterangan tidak mampu. What?? Lah terus dari tadi siang tuh buat apa coba??? Mending duduk manis di rumah deh!

Gw sempet baca sedikit surat pernyataan yang dicontohin di kantor RT, isinya memang dari seorang bapak yang minta pengajuan beasiswa karena keluarganya pengen mengurangi pengeluaran buat anaknya. Tapi, si BB di kantor RT itu bilang, beasiswa kan macem-macem, ga buat yang keluarga ga mampu aja. Ada beasiswa prestasi juga. Lagipula, di form Cuma ditulis, ‘membantu mengurangi beban biaya sekolah’. Nah? Berarti ga cuma buat yang ga mampu juga dong? Yang sekiranya mampu tapi pengen mengajukan juga (seharusnya) boleh, dengan catatan beasiswa karena prestasi, dll.

Katanya pelayanan publik. Namanya melayani, seharusnya kan memberikan kemudahan dan kejelasan. Kalo cuma ditulis surat dari lurah, ya udah surat dari lurah. Kenapa harus buat surat pernyataan dulu? Kalo memang benar-benar dibutuhkan, mbok yaaaaaaaa ditulis di formnya, ato paling ngga di kantor lurah sendiri harus memberikan info kalo sekiranya ingin meminta surat keterangan harus disertakan surat pernyataan.

Gila, suratnya bermeterai 6000 lho! Haloooo, ini beasiswa, bukan kredit motor! Meterai 6000 itu kan sudah menyatakan dengan sah, dan bisa dituntut secara hukum. Berapa sih, harganya beasiswa itu? Bukannya gw menganggap itu suatu hal yang remeh ya, tapi masalah beasiswa kaya gitu, kalopun memang bermasalah nantinya, apa harus dibawa ke pengadilan karena penyalahgunaan? Dengan kekeluargaan juga beres, ato nggak ya udah beasiswa dicabut. Gampang kan? Sesuatu yang (seharusnya) mudah kok malah dibuat ribet sih?

Trus lagi, yang bener-bener bikin gw bingung, RW ternyata ga dibayar sama pemerintah, tapi ditunjuk sama masyarakatnya. Which means, dia mau ke kantor ato ngga, ya ga peduli. Lha wong gajinya ngga tetap. Jelas kan kenapa jadi ga jelas dan menyulitkan gitu? Karena si RT ga memiliki sense of belonging terhadap pekerjaannya itu, dan ga punya motivasi yang kuat buat datang tepat waktu ke kantor. Kalo memang itu pelayanan masyarakat, yang mendasar dan berpengaruh pada tingkat-tingkat di atasnya, ya udah lah dikasih gaji yang jelas, jam kerja yang jelas. Kenapa? KARENA ITU PELAYANAN PUBLIK. Kalo memang RT dan RW itu penting buat ngurus keperluan ke Kelurahan dan Kecamatan, yang kemudian ke Kabupaten, kenapa keadaannya carut marut dan ga jelas?

Gimana Indonesia mau berkembang, kalo dasarnya aja udah kacau?

P.S.: Doakan semoga aspirasi saya ini dianggap sebagai wakil dari suara-suara lain, dan bukan sekedar kritik yang bisa menghasilkan gugatan kepada saya. Saya merasa bahwa saya masih memiliki hak berbicara dan menyatakan aspirasi saya. Hey, this is my blog. I have my rights to say what I want here.

Beasiswa : Meringankan atau Menyulitkan? Part 1

Udah lama juga yah saia ndak nulis di blog ini. Gara-gara candu Café World, Gangster City, Pet Society, dan Fishville, jadi lupa sama blog kesayangan :p

Eniwei, blog kali ini bukan untuk menceritakan kecanduan saya terhadap game-game online tersebut. Karena emosi saya sedang di ubun-ubun, dan saya merasa tidak ada media yang cukup tepat untuk menyalurkan emosi saya, saya memutuskan untuk membuat post ini. Semoga bahasa saya yang semi formal cukup menunjukkan emosi saya. Post dibuat dengan 2 bagian untuk memudahkan membaca.

Semua ini bermula dengan keinginan ibu saia agar anak perempuan satu-satunya ini menerima beasiswa dari fakultas. Beliau sering sekali cerita, “Itu lho, anaknya si ibu itu dapet beasiswa lagi lho! Kamu ga nyoba minta ta?” Karena saia adalah anak yang berbakti kepada orang tua, baik hati, dan tidak sombong (apa hubungannya coba?) saya memutuskan untuk mengajukan permintaan beasiswa. Kebetulan pas mampir ke bagian kemahasiswaan, form-form beasiswa itu bisa diambil.

Di form tersebut tertulis:


–          K T M

–          K H S

–          K S K

–          Slip Gaji / Daftar penghasilan ortu. Dari Lurah*

*ditulis dengan keadaan yang sebenarnya tanpa kurang suatu apapun.

Pas baca tulisan itu, saya membatin, “Wah, simple banget? Makanya banyak yang ditolak, lha wong gampang banget persyaratannya.” Itu adalah pemikiran saya saat itu. Pemikiran itu berubah 180 derajat 2 hari sesudahnya.

Hari Jumat tanggal 18 Februari 2010 saya bermaksud merampungkan pengajuan beasiswa tersebut. Form sudah diisi dengan rapi, fotokopi KTM, KHS, KSK, udah beres, tinggal minta surat keterangan dari kelurahan. Siang itu, saya dengan ibu saya menuju ke kelurahan. Sampe sana, langsung ditanyain KTM asli. Beres, udah bawa kok. Lha kok ternyata form-yang-sudah-ditulis-dengan-rapi itu ketinggalan dengan manisnya di meja makan… Akhirnya saya memutuskan untuk mengambilnya dan meninggalkan ibu saya sejenak di kantor kelurahan.

Sesampainya (lagi) di kelurahan, setelah menyerahkan KSK asli, langsung ditanya, “Surat pengantar dari RWnya mana?” Saya cengo (maap, ga ada kata yang lebih tepat. Bengong mungkin bisa ya). Dengan bodohnya saya bilang, “Lho? Di formulir itu kan tulisannya cuma surat keterangan dari lurah?”. Mbak petugas yang juga kenalan ibu saya itu bilang, “Iya, tapi kalo mau minta surat keterangan dari lurah, harus ada surat pengantar dari RW dulu.” Trus buat apa ya tadi saya pulang ke rumah? *amnesia mendadak*

Karena hari itu saya harus mengurus keperluan kuliah lain yang tidak bisa diganggu gugat, saya meninggalkan ibu saya (lagi) di rumah nenek saya yang menjadi tempat kerja ibu saya. Kebetulan, kantor RT/RW memang dekat dari situ. Sekembalinya dari kampus, beliau berkata bahwa kantor kelurahan baru buka jam setengah 7 malam. Saya jadi membatin lagi, “Kantor apa coba yang buka jam segitu?” Karena jam masih menunjukkan pukul 12 siang, saya memutuskan untuk pulang dulu sambil menunggu pukul 7 tiba.

Pukul 6, saya tiba (lagi) di rumah nenek saya, dan disambut dengan kalimat, “Kantornya baru buka jam 7 ki.” Ealah.. Tau gitu tadi kan lanjut lagi tidurnya… Tapi karena kalo pulang lagi nanggung, saya memutuskan untuk menunggu dan menyerahkan tubuh saya bagi nyamuk-nyamuk yang bertebaran di situ….