Dancing on the Sun

One of the top souvenirs from Tasikmalaya, Jawa Barat, Indonesia, is colourful painting umbrellas. I doubt myself to buy this kinda cute umbrella, coz it’s created for protecting from rain, and I’m afraid that the rain will ruin the floral painting on the umbrella.

I captured this man as my train stopped at station of Tasikmalaya last week. He stood by the station, and opened his umbrellas one by one. Then he revealed from his black bag, something looked like a fan, then he waved the fan by dancing like a Balinese. Then I found out that it wasn’t a fan, you could fold it and it turned into a hat. And finally, demonstratively, he took out map from inside his bag and stretched it, so people could see that he was offering a map of highway in Java.

I regretted that I wasn’t quick enough to capture the whole of his maneuver.

And I was a little bit of sad, coz no passenger bought his stuffs.

I wish someone told him, that none of passengers in executive class train would buy things sold in a 5-minute-stop station. The method only worked for passenger of economy-class one, but where in da world would we find any economy-class passenger interested to buy painting umbrellas?

But, watching his skilled style, I assumed that this method had worked once, at least for a buyer or two. So he repeated that way, each time any train stopped, everyday, on and on. Wish someone would buy his stuffs. So his life could go on continuously.

If a poor never gives up his life, then that’s the way we must do.

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together,

Told you I’ll be here forever,

said I’ll always be a friend, took an oath, I’m stick it out till the end.

Now that it’s raining more than ever, know that we’ll still have each other.

You can stand under my umbrella.

Ella, ella, eh, eh, eh.

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24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. fahmi!
    Feb 24, 2010 @ 07:07:48

    kalo dia jualan disitu, mestinya memang disitu ada rejeki. walopun aku masih belom bisa nangkep… sapa konsumennya? penumpang kereta eksekutif bukan, penumpang kereta ekonomi juga bukan. menarik. kapan2 kalo naek kereta lagi, jangan cuman difoto, kalo sempat diwawancara juga itu bapaknya ya 🙂 eh btw kapan naek kereta lagi? 😀

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      Feb 24, 2010 @ 09:32:37

      Pasalnya kalo ngewawancara bapaknya, aku takut dia bakalan minta ikut naik kereta.. 😀

      Kapan mau naik kereta lagi? Nantilah, kalau ada yang ngundang aku ke rumahnya.. 😀

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  2. tukang komen
    Feb 24, 2010 @ 09:02:48

    Hmm… sometime we didn’t get what we were expecting… but life must go on. Just like the umbrella man, even-though he didn’t get any customer from the executive class train nor business and economy class, he realizes that he must do his job. God is not deaf or blind, He will give His blessings to everyone who work hard.

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  3. henny
    Feb 24, 2010 @ 12:44:15

    biasanya mbak, penjual yang seperti itu nomaden. liat aja..dia bawa tas gede. saat dia sadar bahwa di sana ga bakal ada yang mau beli dagangannya *kecuali waktu hujan* dia pasti bakal ikutan naik kereta dan pergi ke kota lain *sotoy*

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  4. Bang Aswi
    Feb 24, 2010 @ 13:26:00

    Orang-orang seperti ini memang selalu berpindah dari satu tempat ke tempat lain saat sudah mengalami kejenuhan. Di tempat saya ada tukang jagung yang asal (ngambilnya) adalah dari luar kota, tapi setiap hari jualan di daerah saya. Ternyata dia selalu naik kereta ekonomi yang kebetulan stasiunnya tak jauh dari rumah saya. Luar biasa!

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      Feb 24, 2010 @ 13:35:32

      Kadang-kadang pusing juga kalau naik kendaraan umum dan lihat pedagang-pedagang bawa gembolan itu. Makan tempat..

      Eh, saya sangka Bang Aswi rumahnya di Hegarmanah lho dan itu kan jauh dari stasiun. Lha rumah Bang Aswi deket stasiun mana?

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  5. Sylvia, Jake and Matt
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 03:06:20

    Just wondering how he makes sure the wind not gonna blow his merchandise?

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  6. hendriawanz
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 12:56:36

    I’m touched with these photos and the title. He looked do his job with his heart even though the worry about money always be ready to haunt him. He kept continueing his dance as if he wanted to say to himself,”God knows when I and my family are hungry and thirsty”

    I guess you don’t like this gloomy comment..hahaha!

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  7. richo
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 14:35:15

    bapaknya pake joget payung juga ga yah pas nawarin hehehe

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  8. zee
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 15:10:32

    Kasihan banged.
    Saya pengen beli satu atau dua deh, untuk membantunya menghabiskan dagangan. Sedih jg melihat orang susah banged cari duit……..

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  9. Itik Bali
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 16:46:05

    Di Bali masih ada juga yang jual payung2 kertas
    meski bentuknya tidak sama tapi di Bali Payung2 seperti itu masih diminati dan banyak pembelinya
    Karena beberapa bentuk emang dibuat untuk upacara agama

    Tapi nglihat penjual payung di daerah Tasikmalaya seperti itu selain payung itu fungsinya untuk dekorasi kira2 untuk apa ya??

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      Feb 26, 2010 @ 17:27:36

      Itulah masalahnya, Yu. Payung-payung itu nggak ada fungsinya selain cuman buat hiasan doang. Coba kalau bentuknya bisa dilipat, dan dibikin dari bahan kedap air yang lukisannya tahan lama, kan lumayan bisa saya bawa dalam tas..

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  10. Dewa Bantal
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 23:55:20

    Putting aside that I really hate that Ella Ella song, it’s a nice post 🙂

    Sometimes my empathy flew to those who were struggling with their small business at the sidewalk. Especially when they really put up a great effort promoting their goods, and yet no one buying it for any reasons.

    It’s their personality, not the merchandise I’m worry about. I can only say, they probably a great people on the wrong business…

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    • Vicky Laurentina
      Feb 27, 2010 @ 03:56:59

      “Great people on the wrong business”, I like the phrase. 🙂

      See, this is why I wrote the post. I wanted to expose that the umbrella man had spirit of business, but he did the wrong marketing.

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  11. Bang Aswi
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 16:16:17

    Rumah saya di Papanggungan (sebelah Pindad), jadi dekat dengan Stasiun Kiaracondong. Vicky sendiri?

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  12. budhy
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 11:47:30

    tuh mamang naek apa ya jualan disitu… hehe lucu2 asik2

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