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By: Muhammad Jusuf*
My mom and my dad ever told me one time, that I was born in premature. My mother still seven months pregnant and I were born on Friday, April 10, 1959 in Military Hospitals in Balikpapan city, East Borneo.
My mom said that I should stayed in Hospital incubator around six months, and when my younger brother Rachmat Edy was born in the same Hospitals in two yeas later, I still could not walk yet. ‘’You can walk normally when you was three years old, other kids, event your Sister and Brothers do not needs more than two years to stand and walk alone.
Later, My Parents have ten kids, five man and five women. I am a second kid. My Father , Agusno who was passed a way in June, 2004 at 73 years old, was told me that in the past as an Sergeant army officer, his offices do not have a family planning program. So, that was why My Father every months got around 100 kg of rice from his offices to feed their family.
My Father is only single kids of my Grant Parents names Diran Wirotiyoso, a Javanese from Klaten, Central Java who was killed by Japanese marine group when the Japan and Netherland marine broke the war in Australian sea border. My Grant Parents is a Netherlands marine sergeant who joint with Netherland military corp. in 1930’s. He was joined in Netherlands Sub Marine Corps who was involved in Sea Battle in Australian sea border, close to Papua islands in 1940’s.
My Grant Mother, Inah, is a ‘’Dayak Paser’’ ethnic from Tanah Grogot, Paser Regencies, East Kalimantan. My Mother, Temah, 80’s is also a “Dayak Paser’’. My Grant Mother from my mom side is also Dayak Paser, but his husband was from Selayar Island, South Sulawesi. My Grand Father names from my mom side are Baco Benu, Bugis Ethnic names. So, Ethnically, I have three mixes in ethnicity, Dayak, Bugis and Javanese.
From my birth to around 1968, I stayed in Sentosa Dua, closed to the Prapatan Market areas. Sentosa II is a Military base dormitory and Military Real Estate. Around 1969, my Father build their own houses, two storey, about 300 m2, bigger than the one when we stayed in Military Dormitory, only size 60m2.
My Father build a big houses in ‘’Kampung Baru Tengah’’ (New Central Village), South of Balikpapan city, around 25 km from Sentosa II areas. The newly locations is more comfortable, because we have a house which upper the neat of beach. ‘’So, when my school was in the afternoon, around 12.00, before I attended the elementary school, I fish back to my houses. I usually catch the crab and other kind of fish, so my mother can save their money to buy fish or crab. I used small boat, or small kayak to fish the crab. When my school times were in the morning, I took to fish at around 16.00 local times’’.
My father decided to build their own houses, because my parents has already have 8 kids, four man and four women, because two other brothers and sisters, Yuni Suryaningsih and Wahyu Eko Buwono were born in Jakarta later.
So, when we stayed in Balikpapan, I have my Older sister, Sri Marginingsih, my younger brother Rachmat Edy, Agus Santoso, Bambang Widodo, and my younger sister Sri Mulyani, who right now more than 20 years living in San Diego, California, the United States. Sri Mulyani got married with American zitizens Umar Abdul Madjid. Umar is a new name since he converted to Islam 30 years ago when he attended at Law School in San Diego. My other younger sister was Titin Fatimah, and Yuni Suryaningsih.
Rachmat Edy and Agus Santoso were like me, working as a Journalist. Sri Mulyani, Erni Rahayu, and Yuni Suryaningsing are a Teacher in profession.
I remembered that in Ramadhan fasting months times, in 1960’s, My grand mother always took me to her houses in the Borneo Jungle, we call it Wain river areas, 50 km from Balikpapan city, East Kalimantan. In the past, the school holidays always match with Ramadhan times, either in December, November, or October or other Gregorian months. Usually, Ramadhan holidays w