Born in May, 1983, this little baby girl was called Ninoy. Until now, she's still commonly nicknamed as such. Not like other nicknames given by friends as someone grows up, this nickname was given after a Pinoy activist, who was murdered in the same month, the same year she was born, Ninoy Aquino.
What was it behind the nickname? Perhaps, a prayer, that this little girl would go far - like the activist, or then again, it might be just because it was catchy and fun.
And the name was Ratna Dewanda.
In her first years, she and her parents lived together with the grandparents, aunts and uncles. As she became one of the youngest between the members of the house , she grew up nourished with lots of love and care.
Becoming HerselfFrom pre-teen to a young adult, she experienced some changes: moving out from the grand family house, physically growing up (more to the weight than to the height), and different environments.
Being lovingly protected in her first years, she was determined to encounter a bigger 'world' of her own once she was old enough.
Her motto was 'If I can, why not?'
Even if that meant, looking for trouble like what she had with the deers.
In 2001, she went to Bandung to study Electrical Engineering in Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) where she learnt more than just Ohm's law. She had endless support both from family and from her mother's side grand family in Bandung and managed to finish her study in time in 2005.
Her Bigger World
After graduation, she joined one company that could help her with her mission : facing a bigger world. It was one of the global oil and gas service company. She was located in Balikpapan base until now.
Being on the drilling rig, that is what is normal for her on her first years with the company.
Not that she regretted it. She had the fun on helicopter ride, computer games, radioactive source blast, and for sure, the personnel basket ride - couple of hundred feet above mean sea level.
Other than that, she had true fun with other important components she gained in this company - friends.
As you may have noticed, she had been a 'lone-rider'- young, free and single.
Until she finally met the other half of the puzzle.
Now, she is ready to continue her life, with even better rides to enjoy and challenges to overcome. It's not going to be only hers anymore. She is willing to share.
To be Continued...