Sunday, January 16, 2011
The cold Dieng mountains at the end of the year 2010 was getting warm as 126 vehicles, Troopers and Non-Troopers, started to gather in the Annual event of 10th Trooper Indonesia Gathering (TIG X). The event that has been held during the last 9 years, still able to show a magnificent spirit of togetherness created among the Trooper lovers. They were coming from throughout Indonesia islands and various areas such as Riau, Palembang, lampung, Cilegon, Bandung, Jakarta, Bekasi, Bogor, Yogyakarta, Solo, Blitar, Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Bali, and other region. An absolute proof of a strong unity for Indonesia Trooper Community (KTI) as a family, not only just a community.
Choosing the Dieng mountains for this year's spot, the participants who attended in groups began to arrive since December 31, 2010. The main event was held on January 1st, 2011 night time, giving the opportunity for all participants who might just depart on New Year's Eve from their location, to participate in the Gathering's main event. This place was deliberately chosen by the event committee in the middle of Java island, so it is still reachable by our fellow from the eastern region such as Bali, and western region such as Sumatera.
This year Gathering is indeed quite unexpected by the event committee. Initially, TIG committee expected around 50 vehicles who might attend this Gathering, so the concept of the event was 'Simplicity' by bringing back the spirit of togetherness as a family, as the first time TIG was implemented back in year 2003. However, the reality was different, because it turned out that the registered participant was exceeding 120 vehicles. It was even exceeding the Famous 9th Trooper Indonesia Gathering back in 2009. This was a new record for KTI in terms of number of participants in one particular event.
The 10th TIG was divided into 2 (two) parts, the 31-December-2010 event and the main event in 1-January-2011. The first event was designated for participants who arrived earlier in Dieng. The event committee who consist of the KTI member assisted by the local Chapter, Banjarnegara Chapter, prepared the Country Road (CR) event for those who liked to enjoy the scenery of Dieng plantations around the area. It was such a great experience for the participant having this trip accompanied by pouring rain during the evening.
That night was the New Year's Eve and all participants were gathered in Pendopo Soeharto-Whitlam, located not far from the area of Arjuna Temple. With fireworks to close this New Year's Eve with a festive atmosphere and laughter to warm up the cold night. Some participants decided to relax on their home-stay to rest, due to their long journey from home.
First day in the New year was made for a free event for families. Most participant use their time to visit tourism spots in Dieng area while enjoying the clean fresh air. By noon, the 2nd group was created to have their CR trip. The trip was prepared by the CR Committee and this time was very fortunate for them because the weather is so nice and friendly. There were no obstacles during the CR trip so all participant were able to return to the parking area in mid-afternoon.
That night on 1-January-2011 was the main event of TIG. Most participant who attended from various regions gathered in the Hall of Soeharto-Whitlam Pendopo, accompanied by a live music performance to warm the atmosphere. Unfortunately as the day before, heavy rains flushed the area from late afternoon until the evening, giving more laziness for some participants to come.
The main event was opened by the Chairman of the Indonesia Trooper Community, Mr. Tono, accompanied by Ichal Oemarella (Yogyakarta Chapter) as MC. Full with humorous speech to give even more joy during the session. Each Chapter representatives were given time to give their speech and introduction, including one of the KTI Founding Father who is also one of the KTI Advisor, dr. Leonardus Trissoemardiarto, Leader of the East Java Trooper community Mr. Widiyantoro, and other representative such as Haji Agus from Sriwijaya, Anto from Bali, Alvis from Blitar and so forth. Such a great and beautiful moment for us to see all peopole gathered together in the warmth of TIG. Seems we did not want to return home and seing this moment took place without and end. Hopefully this moment will last forever.
Article by Yudhi
Pictures by Yudhi, Ryco, Ian, Avis, Arin, Mailing list 01-11