We have a saying in Indonesia: Garam di laut, asam di gunung, bertemu dalam satu belanga (salt from the sea, tamarind from the mountain, both meet in a pot).
This refers to people who come from different and even far-flung areas but are meant to be together (and hopefully don’t go to pot).
Husband and wife JP/Ian Rahmadi, founders of the Tanoker community center in Ledokombo, East Java, met in at least three “pots”.
Ciciek hails from Ambon and is descended from an Arab-Indonesian family. Suporahardjo is Javanese and was born in the tiny village of Ledokombo in East Java. Despite the 1,700 kilometers between Ambon and Ledokombo, they got together.
Their first “pot” was Yogyakarta, where they both studied. Ciciek took philosophy at the State Islamic University and Supo social forestry at Gadjah Mada University.
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