Saturday, 10 September 2016.
Today, we have free time because this is a weekend. Actually, it should not be a weekend because we have a deal to do a fieldwork test in order we can evaluate what should we do and what should not. However, due to an accident that we have yesterday which Mas Tyo steps on the oyster shell so that his feet is not able to do a fieldwork test for today. Where I believe if we only working with 3 people, it cannot operate correctly because I know that another 2 of a team also looks like so exhausted. It’s only a beginning mate!!! It’s not even beginning yet.
I woke up at 5.13am, exhausted but better than yesterday. Yesterday, perhaps a thousand mosquitoes bite me right on my face and my neck because I did not put a DEET (insect repellent). As consequences, I felt so hot (bitten by mosquitoes) plus too much ultraviolet. Slowly I took a few steps and went to a bathroom to have a wudhu and a shubuh pray. I know it was too late but better than I did not pray.
We have breakfast at 7.46am with scrambled egg, rice and vegetable soup. Then, all boys are packing while I am sitting on a chair and read a book. I have packed while they are sleeping. We are planning to put some of our equipment in Pak Slamet’s place because it’s easier for us and accessible with a boat nearby. Pak Slamet is not at home, and we are asking for her daughter where we can meet up with Pak Slamet. She suggests to going to a Warung (a traditional store which provides many kinds of drinking water and gorengan, street food). Mas Tyo and Daniel found him and put some of our tools there. While Mas Arif and I also brings some stuff and put it together as one.
Pak Slamet shares some stories about how Timbulsloko looks like a long time ago. He told us that there was no water at all near his Warung and a lot of mangrove forest in the 1960s. But unfortunately, local inhabitant cut down mangrove trees and develop an aquaculture pond. At that time, aquaculture was well developed and a promised business which makes many of local people shifting mangrove forest to open aquaculture pond. Well. As we know that mangroves forests are woody trees live in a tidal area with muddy or clay substrate. Mangroves provide a home range for so many species that associated with mangrove, as a nursery area, feeding ground and other biological function. For human, mangroves do not only provide a biological function but also provide economic services as well. For instance, people can utilize a small branch or wood of mangrove. In ecological side, mangroves’ root help as a sediment trap and as a breakwater.
Many evidence shows that the decreasing of mangroves trees will decrease a land, or we can simply say that loss of mangroves mean we will lose a chance to prevent abrasion and flooding hazards. Not only people but also biodiversity is threatened because they lose their habitat.
Well back to what we have during the day. We were back to Semarang and have a free time until 14 September. Because on 12 September 2016, we will have Idul Adha and I am going to Malang and will arrive in Semarang on 14 September 2016. I wish all the things will be done correctly and smoothly, foremost for our team work!!