I attended a special event last Friday to see the short movies made by a Canadian artist who has been traveling around my country, Indonesia, for about 20 years.
What I learned after the event is quite unexpected! It was one of those rare opportunities to see my own country in the eyes of a foreigner be it we share the same point of view or not.
I, for one, will always welcome the chance to share opinions freely even though in the end we have to agree to disagree.
Then came the moment when he said this:
“We can not know where we are going if we do not know where we are from!”
~ Carl Valiquet
Those words hit me and I started asking myself some questions that I know will take me years to answer. Even though I don’t have any obsession to visit ALL parts of my country, there are places I’d like to discover in the future. For now, I’m grateful for being able to get to where I’ve been and among all the islands I’ve visited, there is only one I called “home”.
That is Bunaken island in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
It is special mainly because it is located right by my hometown, Manado. So my families and I have been there numerous times. We stayed at my uncle’s cottage, dived, snorkeled, sunbathed, slept on a hammock and so on and so forth, just like all the other activities one can do on many islands out there! However, there are some things I only do on Bunaken island.
These are what make the island even more special.
Unfortunately, it is not the same anymore. Lots of trash from the city is carried by the water to the shore of this island every day. I was told that the local government is trying to do something about it so hopefully it will be okay sooner than later. Regardless of that, it is still a part of me. It is a place where so many great moments were shared which made me who I am now.
I hope knowing where I’m from will help me knowing where I’m going.