8 PM in Magelang, inside the partially closed workshop sat the 64 year-old Tan Djian Hua, working with his tools under the dim light. Despite his old age, Tan is still highly spirited in doing his job, wearing nice shirt and thick glasses. “We just have to enjoy what we do,” he said without a slight hint of exasperation on his face, even though he has been repairing small dynamos for more than 50 years. “When the school was closed, I had to work for a living. My family was so poor that even I had to depend on scholarship to go to school,” he recalled. Not long after the narration shifted to his children.
The way he told the stories of his children clearly showed his pride to all seven of them. When the night fell onto his dark, small workshop, lit with only one desk lamp, so was the old Tan’s freckle of hopes to have all his children schooled. One of them apparently followed his father’s path to become a repairman. Tan Djian Hua also uses his small workshop as his house, “so whenever I got tired, I could rest,” he explained. But in that simple explanation, he did not looked tired at all.