Monday, January 9, 2017

KOPI SIAN HUTA



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Kopi Lintong

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Kopi Mandailing


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Lake Toba coffee

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Ale Ale coffee, Sidikkalang

Tingki digurithon lae Transiswo Siagian torsa SO TINGKOS AMA NI HAPOSAN huhut di sirup kopi Lintong, tor huingotma anakku, si Monang, namarhuta di California, diposting imana tong gambar ni kopi Mandailing, Organic Sumatra Mandheling. Dang diboto imana didia Mandailing i.
Digadis do kopi i di Amerika, tontu dang talu hulala tabona sian kopi Lintong.

Hujaha muse blog ni Starbuck, America, nunga digadis kopi Sumatra Lake Toba coffee di restoran Top di Amerika. Jaha hamuma di bloghu www.jingga-senja.blogspot.com.
Najolo tarbarita do tabo ni kopi Sidikkalang, nuaeng nunga digadid nasida tu Jerman

Jou jou tu hita di partungkoan on aso rap hita mambaritahon ia kopi ni hutanta sian Sumatera Utara nunga di tanda di luat sileban ala ni tabona.
Autsugari ma nean dibaen kopi sachet di plastik na gelleng, nga disi kopi, susu dohot gula inama ra inumonta tiap ari. Argana pe mura. Alai nang pe songoni ba tamulai ma manginum kopi Lintong, kopi Sidikkalang dohot kopi sian hutanta, Sumatrea Utara.
Sada nai, boima nian kopi naopat macam on digadis gabe Öleh oleh khas sian Danau Toba, Samosir dohot haliangna.


Ditoruon ma tulisan di blog Star buck Melody.

Sumatra Lake Toba coffee – Another limited exquisite Starbucks offering

Now available in limited international markets, Starbucks is offering Sumatra Lake Toba coffee.  It is from the Lake Toba region of Sumatra and is described as “earthy and woody”.  Some interesting facts about this coffee and its growing region:  This coffee comes from three select villages perched on the shores of Lake Toba, a volcanic crater lake in northern Sumatra.  Lake Toba is the largest volcano-tectonic lake in the world – 54 miles (86.90 km) long and 17 miles (27.35 km) wide.
As good luck would have it, a twitter follower of mine (located in Amsterdam) sent me a bag of this precious coffee to try.  And as I have done many times in the past, I ran to 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea and asked them to cup it with their daily cupping.
On June 13, 2010 barista-Lauren did the daily cupping at 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea, and we cupped the following coffees:
  • Three Region Blend
  • Sumatra (core line up coffee)
  • Sumatra Lake Toba (limited international Starbucks coffee)
  • Sulawesi Kalosi (currently a seasonal Starbucks Clover small batch coffee offering)
Three customers joined in the cupping, hosted by barista-Lauren.  Everyone loved the Sumatra Lake Toba.  Several of us noted a sort of creamy mouth-feel with hints of cocoa to the Sumatra Lake Toba, like a nice chocolate pudding.  Though the packaging describes it completely differently, so we were a little surprised to get so many cocoa notes out of the Lake Toba.  At the end of the cupping, Lauren and I tried the Lake Toba on the Clover and suddenly we both picked up the more herbal notes that this coffee is known for, but the creamy mouth-feel lingered.
The customers loved the cupping.  One particularly liked the Three Region Blend.  It was definitely a success.
I write frequently about cuppings and 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea, and so if you’re brand new to this blog, there have been a few key previous blog posts to help explain why I’m often writing about these two things and what I mean when I talk about a “cupping”:
  • There are two street-level Starbucks – This is a great blog entry to explain that there are two totally uniquely stores operated by Starbucks
  • Your introduction to a cupping at 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea – The reason this is a great blog post is because it involves some conversation about my very favorite coffee (Arabian Mocha Sanani) and talks about the difference between a coffee “cupping” and a coffee “tasting” which are really two different kinds of coffee education experiences.
  • Sumatra Aceh and Sumatra Siborong-Borong – Continuing Coffee Education – This blog entry talks about two more very rare Starbucks Sumatra coffees.  My understanding is that Starbucks produced four very small batch Sumatra coffees, all coming from different regions, from small farms or small cooperatives.  I’ve had the chance to try three of the four coffees: Sumatra Aceh, Sumatra Lake Toba, and Sumtara Siborong-Borong.
As always, here are some photos from today’s event.  Does anyone else love this coffee?


Friday, January 6, 2017

KEYAKINAN AYAT SUCI TIDAK BISA DIPERDEBATKAN



Akhir akhir ini ramai dipedebatkan tentang Ayat ayat kitab suci di Media sosial dan menimbulkan amarah dari agama yang memeluknya. Kenapa marah ?. Ya karena pemeluknya tidak mau Ayat suci yang diyakininya dinistakan, dihina.

Kita semua sejak kecil dididik Agama dan budi pekerti yang baik oleh orangtua. Jadi Ayat ayat tersebut sudah mendarah daging, tidak akan mudah digoyahkan oleh siapapun.
Masing masing rela mati demi mempertahankan keyakinannya.

Kita jangan berdebat tentang Kitab suci fihak lain karena tidak akan bisa ketemu dan akan memperruncing perdebatan. Keyakinan orang lain itu tidak bisa dinilai dengan LOGIKA. Namanya keyakinan adalah KEPERCAYAAN. Jadi berhentilah memperdebatkan Ayat ayat dengan logika.
Agamu Agamamu, Agamaku, Agamaku.

Ingin memahami keyakinan orang lain ?. Beli saja bukunya di toko buku. Baca dan carilah persamaannya, bukan perbedaannya. Saya pernah mendapat Al Quran hadiah dari seorang teman, pemilik Toko buku di kota Kudus. Al Quran ini terbitan Departemen Agama dalam Bahasa Indonesia. Saya membacanya sebahagian,untuk memperluas cakrawala pemahaman saya.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

BOASA INGKON IMPOR LASIAK






Dung sae ari pesta natal dohot taon baru sai jotjot do ro udan, ai ido somalna, sega ma parbue ni lasiak, ujungna otikma lasiak di onan, argana pe habang sahat tu Rp 150.000 sakilo. Sadia arga ni lasiak dihutamu ?.
Tuani ma naung salpu ari pesta dohot taon baru. Boama i molo hurang siak ni jagal, hurang manggoit ma panghilalaan.

Ala argana, marsangkap do Pamarenta naeng impor lasiak lau holan asa tabo panganon sude sipanganon. Hape songoni ma bidang ni tano di negara on, songoni dihutanta. Ala ni losok ni roha do lao manuan lasiak dihuta, manang na lao do angka naposo bulung mangaranto ndang adong na lao manuan ?

Hubege sian pulau Lombok, asal ni lasiak, sega parbue ni lasiak ala udan. Dungi angka naposo tumagon do lao gabe TKI/TKW tu huta sileban. Tiap ari kapal mamboan jolma tu Bali, tu Jawa torus ma tu huta sileban.

Nuaeng lasiak godang ro sian Sulawesi Utara. Hupikkiri boasa ndang sian huta nami ?. Di huta nami mura hian do mananom lasiak on, jala hatop do marpabue.Boasa ndang disuan lasiak di sude Kabupaten ?. Bahat do contoh mananom cabe di You tube. Na ummahat do gabe PNS angka naposo ?
Naso mangolu do lasiak di huta na ngali, songon Kabanjahe, umbaen na holan mananom sayur naeng gadison tu Singapura.

Holan sungkun sungkun do dirohangku. Alusi angka dongan ma di partukkoan GPPP on. Mauliate.

 

Friday, December 23, 2016

BLESSING BEHIND THE MERGER


Monang (standing) in Christmas breakfast


Monang, Sarah before take off back to State

"I preferred to stay, not to find another job in another Banks", my son Monang Situmeang told me this morning. He kept stayed in the same Bank office for 11 years although the Bank merged early this year. The old Bank, National Bank of California merged by Commercial Bank of California then the name changed became Commercial Bank of California. The old owner, Jewish American sold out the Bank to a new owner, Indian American.

The old Bank was good in Saving based costumers while the new Bank was good in loan based costumers. Since the merger, the new Bank became good in both sides, loan and saving. The new owner set a high expansion in a year, US,$ 1 billion asset.

Monang kept in the same office building with the same coworkers and the same Branch manager, a senior single mother with 2 kids. They work as a team in a good environment. Monang knew the Branch Manager character well, he knew if any occasion his boss upset and the boss knew if Monang upset too.
He also knew the costumers well as the costumers knew Monang well. Some time costumers preferred served by Monang alone, not by another workers. If Monang away, the costumers preferred to wait until Monang back to office.

Monang direct supervisors, an assistant vise President away for a new assignment as Merger team and Monang took over his position. As a logic consequences Monang seated in his position as Operation officer and Asistant Vice President and off course the higher salary as well. In his condition he afford to buy a house in the near future.   
"Seated in a higher position as a Boss doesn't meant to assigned subordinated to do the job done just like in Indonesia", he said. The subordinates thought a higher salary has the the high burden jobs to do.

We talked about the Bank business a lots when he and wife Sarah spend 2 weeks holiday in Jakarta at the end of October 2016. Monang followed my profession as a Banker so we understand the business. As a father I was please that he continue my path as a Banker.
   




Monday, November 21, 2016

KABUPATEN BATAK


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Wilayah Tapanuli sejak kemerdekaan dipimpin seorang Residen Indonesia pertama yaitu Dr. Ferdinand Lumban Tobing yang berkedudukan dikotapraja Sibolga, tidak jauh dari sekolah SMEP.

Kabupaten Tapanuli  asalnya hanya terdiri dari 4 Daerah Tingkat dua yaitu:1 Kotapraja Sibolga dan 3 Kabupaten yaitu Tapanuli Utara (Kabupaten Batak), Kabupaten Tapanuli Tengah dan Selatan.
Jika penduduk Kabupaten Tapanuli Utara mayoritas adalah Batak Toba yang beragama Kristen, sedang penduduk Tapanuli Tengah hampir fifty fifty, sedangkan penduduk Tapanuli Selatan mayoritasnya adalah suku Batak Mandailing dan mayoritas beragama Islam.

Di zaman Belanda Kabupaten Tapanuli Utara disebut Kabupaten Batak, tetapi karena ada beberapa etnis Batak seperi Toba, Mandailing, Karo dan Simalungun, maka sebutan Kabupaten diganti dengan Tapanuli Utara.

Kini dengan  sejak Reformasi dengan konsep Otonomi Daerah bermunculan Daerah Tingkat II baru sehingga Tapanuli berubah menjadi  7 Kabupaten dan 2 Kotamadya. Tentu latar belakang pembentukan Dati II itu adalah karena potensi Daerah yang bisa menghidupi daerah tersebut. Hanya Kabupaten Tapanuli Tengah yang miskin sumer daya alam tidak terjadi pemekaran. Hanya Ibukota Kabupaten dipindahkan dari kota Sibolga ke kota yang baru, Pandan, 10 klometer disebelah Selatan Sibolga. Dulu terkenal pantai Pandan nan indah dengan Ikan bagar, dari ikan segar, tangkapan baru.

Kabupaten baru pemekaran Kabupaten Tapanuli Selatan ada  4 yaitu Kotamadya Padangidempuan, Kabupaten Mandailing Natal, Padang Lawas dan Padang Lawas Utara.
Sedang pemekaran Tapanuli Utara ada 3 Kabupaten baru yaitu Toba Samosir, Samosir dan Humbang Hasundutan.
Apakah dengan pemekaran daerah, rakyat tambah sejahtera ?. Tentu masih jauh dari harapan. Kotamadya dan Kabupaten baru beserta DPRD sibuk berpolitik untuk meraih kekuasaan dan kesejahteraan rakyat hanyalah sebagai obyek kampanye saja.

Walau Kotamadya Sibolga, beragam warna suku dan rasnya namun kota ini sangat tentram dan damai. Suku dan ras yang ada ialah suku Batak, Minang, Nias, Jawa, Sunda, Aceh, Tionghoa, Arab  dan lain lain. Jadi sudah kawin main antar suku dan Agama memperkuat kohesi  multi etnis.
Percakapan sehari hari di pasar kota Sibolga tidak menggunakan bahasa Indonesia tetapi menggunakan bahasa khas mirip bahasa Minang pesisir.  Misalnya : “Kamu mau kemana?”, disebut “Nak kamano muna”.  “Bara”, maksunya “Berapa ?”. Dan sebagainya.
Kotamadya  Sibolga menjadi contoh sebagai ”Indonesia mini” yang damai karena saling hormat menghormati. Tidak pernah terjadi keributan yang bernuansaSARA.
 
Memang kota Sibolga terletak diteluk yang indah dan aman dari ancaman Tsunami karena Teluk ini dilindungi oleh pulau Mursala dan pulau Poncan di mulut Teluk. Sehingga amukan tsunami  tahun 2000 yang meluluh lantakan pulau Nias disebelah Barat dan Aceh tidak ikut menghancurkan kota Sibolga dan Kabupaten Tapanuli Tengah.