07 June 2012

How I Met Arki Wisnu

I have mentioned earlier that before I leave for the States, I have to personally meet these three people. I happened to see one of them last weekend. Arki Dikania Wisnu.

Picture by: Rocky Padila
Source: http://lockerz.com/s/201811741

A little intro about him, Arki is an Indonesian basketball player. Playing for Satria Muda Jakarta, he also in the roster of Indonesia Warriors, a team that plays in South East Asian League (ABL - ASEAN Basketball League). He is 2012 NBL Indonesia Rookie of the Year and Sixthman of the Year. He as well secures a spot in the league's first team. He was raised in New York. After spending years of schools and college there, he went back to Indonesia last year.

Now let's move on to the part where I get to meet him.

It was all started when my teammate was talking about our coach's having free tickets for Indonesia Warriors vs Philippines Patriots game on Sunday. I was so excited, but I had already made plans with Silfara and I couldn't turn her down (thanks to Tuesdays with Morrie, which I recently read, that says "Invest on people..."). So I thought... I can always meet Arki any other time, I can't break my promise to a good friend. The plan was she picked me up after a basketball practice on Sunday morning, and then we're off to a dancing event that she wanted to see.

On Sunday, Silfara texted me and say..... "Uh I'm still in Cileduk (okay, for those of you who don't know what/where Cileduk is, let's just say that this place is HORRIBLY far away from almost anywhere in Jakarta. Or on the planet. Seriously.) Can't pick you up in time for the thing...... What do you wanna do?" I called her and said, "Uh... Is it okay if I'm not coming?" Cause she sounded like she was with her friends from her dancing teams. "Sure," she said. "But make sure you sleep over at my house tonight."

So, I went to the game in Sports Mall Kelapa Gading with my two teammates. It was the second game of league's semifinal. Indonesia Warriors had won the first game in Manila, Philippines. If they won this game, they'll go straight to the finals. The game was awesome. Lots of dunks. Great players from around the world. The seats were nice as well, thanks to my coach. Arki did play for several minutes in the 4th quarter and scored a couple points from the free throw line. He's a rookie, okay....

After the game, my two teammates went off with their other friends and I was still there waiting for the players to come out with my other two friends. With about a jillion other fans there, we were quite doubtful that we're gonna get to see any of the players. And then, BOOM, Arki came out. He was one of the first players who came out. And he was still in his full uniform!!! Probably not taking a shower because he wasn't really sweaty at all. I got into a messy line to take picture with Arki. 

The signed article.
Translation: "First Year, Three Awards!"

When it was my turn, I gave a magazine that has a 4-pages article of him, and asked him to sign it for me. He was pretty confused how he was supposed to sign cause there was no table or anything like that and the room was full of people! So he asked me to hold the marker's cap, and AWKWARDLY bend down, to sign on his lap while standing up. CAN YOU IMAGINE?? I should have offered my back for him to write on. Ugh.

He was very quiet. Maybe because he does not speak Indonesian very well. I knew he loves Chipotle, so I asked him:

Nisa : "Arki, kamu suka makanan apa di Chipotle?"
Arki : ??????? (translation : Please speak a lil bit slowly. I don’t speak Indonesian that well)
Nisa : "What’s your favorite food in Chipotle?"
Arki : (Okay-now-I-get-it face) "Steak burrito."
Nisa : "Oh great!"

And then my friend snapped a picture. Winner!!!!

After that, I said thanks to him and he moved on to other fans that had been waiting for him. My friend and I walked away from the crowd, and I was sort of hugging her of happiness.

Arki is a great player. I adored him because he plays the American basketball and he played in a Division 3 school in the States, which is (hopefully) the league where I'm going to play in the States as well. THANK GOD FOR THIS CHANCE!!!!

One down!!! Two to go!!!!

P.S. About my other two targets... I actually HAVE met Monita Tahalea. A friend of mine actually WORKS with her and we've been introduced, and she had signed the album of her that I have (She knows my name and all!!!) I was just stupidly did not take any picture when we met!!! :(
Also, last week, I got an invitation to an event in which Adhitia Sofyan performed. But my friend who agreed to going there with me had no idea at all who Adhitia Sofyan is, which made me feel bad to STILL take her with me. And it was only me and my dad at home that night, so leaving him alone would be unethical (Invest on people, Morrie Schwartz said.)
Well, I hope there's still a chance to see them before I leave.. :)

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