Jumat, 15 Januari 2016

Persuasive Text: Pros of Turning Off the TV Once in a Week

What if we turn off the TV for a day once every week?

Naila Fadhilah Fithriah

Persuasive Text: Agreeing on the Idea

In this cyber and technology era, television has been known as the most common and one of the easiest source of media. Even if we don’t have any at home, we can accidentally come by one of them in the restaurant we visited, the huge public TV at the park, or even at the school for the modern teaching essential. A Television is a telecommunication medium used by people these days to access the news, watch some sport games, provider of fun and easy entertainment to accompany you when you decided to have some leisure, to be your gladly inseparable friend while you go couch-potato-ing, or even only to kill some time. Television has channels, and every channels has a lot of purpose and each of it conducted in every television programs. There is also worldwide accessible channels, locals, or even some private ones. There are kid channels, sport channels, music channels, news channels, cooking channels, and many more. There are truly lots of benefit from television, as we would not miss any news, could watch every sports game without having to attend the game on the spot, or to watch movies without having to go to the cinema.

While having it does have a lot of advantages, I must say, television had caused even more social downfall. It had caused a huge gap between generations, and even worse, the lack of communication between families. As you know, television has started to go public and popular between the 80s-90s. We see TV as something essential, while our parents see them only as one of the invention of technology development, and they have lived more than TVs does. Thus, 90s and above generations are more likely to get addicted to TV more than our parents. Well, I must say that's not everything about TV is bad for you. Today's programs such as study or research documentary may be good to increase our knowledge in some specific contents such as oceanography documentary, and to set an example, channels like discovery channel, national geographic, and some news programs on TVone (the local one) is actually good for you and I also like to watch them. In spite of the light side of watching TV, TV programs not always are educational worthy and especially in Indonesia there would be more likely to show some soap drama or celebrity issues and gossip news which is very bad for our children. This is surely be a major worries for our parents, to see us, their children to live with TV every day. That’s why, siding with every parents on the whole wide world, I would say that it is a good idea to turn off TV every once in a week. Here, I will give you some noticeable reasons why we have to get off from TVs, or even better, the whole technologies, at least a day in a week. First, to be more productive and make use of your time to the fullest. It is undeniable that TV does make us tend to be lazier, and it could also be a cause to obesity and decreasing eye sight to some children who are addicted to watching TV for a daily dose.

Therefore, turning off the TV once every week will be so much helping in the communication between family members. When we turn off the TV, we will be more likely to talk to each other, catching up of each other life. That way, our parents are going to know us a lot better, and they will understand us better, and that will minimize the arguments and fights. You can also use your spare time to do something productive, like to build up your hobbies, whether it is drawing, cooking, knitting, or to work up your stamina and durability by going out for a jog or a run. It would also increase your health, after some weekly scheduled sport to replace the TV time, you will definitely feel that you have become much healthier, I can guarantee that. Or, if you’re in the senior years of your school life, you can use the time to study the subjects you are lacking. There is absolutely no harm to turn off the TV once, or even a couple of times in a week, and that will also makes you value your time more, you will tend to be more likely to watch only the shows you really need/want, and not watching the one which is bad for you. Or you can also use the time to watch the TV to watch something with the whole family, isn't that great?

The conclusion of all of these whole writing is, please consider it well to turn off the TV every once in a week. I can make sure that it will definitely not bring any loss to your time, instead, you will be more likely to socialize, working up on something you have been dying to do—but you don’t have any time, be more productive with your hobbies/study, or to just simply appreciate life in the meantime. Also, you have 7 days every week, if you are truly dying to watch the TV, you still have another 6 days or less to watch the TV. Therefore, let’s turn off the TV once in every week~!

Selasa, 17 November 2015

Peace Day

At first this task was confusing. “Peace Day? What is that for?” Question pops up in my head. I thought Peace Day is related to some celebration quite like Independence Day, or something similar. And then as I stumble around my line chats log, I happened to see that my friend has already asked the same question in the group. And then the other friend answered that it should be about us making up with someone whom has been angry to us.

After that, I wonder, “When did I make my friend angry?” and the answer is, actually I made my friends angry quite often. It was hard to remember though, since I’m not used to letting myself remember the not so good memories. Actually, the reason of my action become all happy-go-go is because I never let bad memories to take over my day. If you happened to see me smiling all day, being all cheerful, it’s not that I don’t have any problems, I just don’t let people see it in public. Well, once I got home though… I could be locking myself in my room, ignoring the world, wrap myself with blankets and cover my face with pillow to recover from all the blue.

I will tell you about when I made my friend angry. This was happened recently, so I still remember most of the part. It was a usual school day, and my class was studying in the chemistry laboratory. And then suddenly this guy, a friend of mine, suggesting to pull a prank to my other friend. Let’s just say the guy friend is B and my friend whom I pull a prank to is A. B told me to borrow A's phone and change his profile to the name of her crush, and then chatted him as if it was A who told her crush that she has been like him.

I did it, with no guilt at all, since I thought she would only take that as a joke. So, after pulling such prank, I continued to study and act like there was nothing wrong. And she seemed not bothered by it either. But suddenly, few minutes later, her stiff voice calling me from the back. And yes, there was when I realized I've made a trouble.

I turned around, the guilt start to sink in, but I still had managed to smile and asked her what is it she want to talk about. But it was all the end when I had not seen any trace of smile in her angry face. "Did you do this?" she asked, simple, clear, yet really scary at some point. I don't want to lie to her, so I told her the truth, and her face gotten even more stiff while listening to my story (that it was all intended to be a mere prank). She didn't reply my story, not a single word, but instead she went back to her desk.
But, I felt very guilty back then. I kept wishing in my head, "If only you didn't do such prank". But time moves on. You cannot change the past, as it was already happened, but the future is in your hand, and you had the choice in the palm of your hand.

So, since she is my precious friend, and I don't want to lose her over some trivial matters, I build up my courage to stood and went to her seat, trying to apologize. But that's what scary about a nice person getting angry. Usually she is very nice to me, and maybe she had already tolerated many actions of mine since she is very kind. And that was the first time I have seen her angry for real. So apologizing for once didn't help at all. She hadn't loosen her stiff face and act as if she didn't see me around, continued to the chemistry task.

I was panicking. Negative thoughts started to fill up my head, "what if she won't ever talk to me again?" and I was desperate to gain her forgiveness. So I sit there, on the floor, exactly beside her and wait for her to gradually forgive me while continued to ask for forgiveness. I knew what I did was wrong, and since then I promised myself to not pull any prank that I cannot be responsible about.

Maybe she was uncomfortable with me apologizing all the time, so she answered "yes, just go already" but I know she was still mad at me. There was nothing I can do though, so with sad steps I went back to my seat, praying that she would forgive me soon.

And actually, my wishing did come true. When I went to do the Dhuhr Prayer, she decided to talk to me again! I was confused but happy. So we did the Dhuhr Prayer together, and since she gave the vibe of "don't bring up that topic again", we talked normally.

My actions were wrong back then. But since she is so kind and forgiving, she gave me a second chance to be her friend, and I'm surely grateful for that. And that is how I made peace with my friend.

Senin, 16 November 2015

Book Review: Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

Where Rainbows End (in the US known as Love, Rosie or Rosie Dunne) is Irish writer Cecelia Ahern's second novel, published in 2004. The entire novel is written in epistolary structure in the form of letters, emails, instant messages, and newspaper articles. The book reached number 1 in Ireland and the UK, and was a best seller internationally. The book won the German CORINE Award in 2005.

Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General,Romance 
Written by: Cecelia Ahern 
Pages: 578 

Rosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S.
She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She's pregnant by a boy she'd gone out with while on the rebound from Alex.
Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn't done with them yet.
From the gifted author of PS, I Love You comes this charming, romantic, addictively page-turning novel that will keep readers laughing and guessing until the very last page.

My thoughts:
Where Rainbows End‘ (also called ‘Love, Rosie‘) was written by the same author who brought us ‘P.S. I Love You,’ Cecelia Ahern. This novel was written in what has to be the most unique writing style I’ve ever read, with the story being told through emails, instant messages, and the odd letter. Don’t let that discourage you, though. It sounds weird, but you truly do get sucked right into this story, which is about two people—a girl named Rosie, and boy named Alex—who are so obviously meant for each other and love one another, but can’t seem to admit it.
While reading ‘Where Rainbows End‘ you feel like you’re snooping through someone’s personal emails, which is kind of fun because it’s something that’s totally unacceptable to do in the real world. Cecelia Ahern even spells words wrong in the emails Alex and Rosie share as children to make it more realistic.
So here’s the thing that frustrated me about this book: Rosie and Alex kept making the same mistakes, and they kept being too afraid to tell each other the truth. I hated that these two were so obviously right for each other, but neither of them could just suck it up and say something. Granted, Alex did write a letter to Rosie once, telling her how he truly felt about her. But when he found out she didn’t receive said letter he didn’t even bother telling her what it had said. At some points I was actually hitting the book against my forehead and saying, “Why. Don’t. You. Just. Tell. Each. Other. How. You. Feel. My. Goodness.”
This book makes me both happy and sad: Sad because I think Rosie and Alex would have made a perfect couple in their youth—but instead they wasted their youth on people who were so wrong for them. It makes me sad when I think of how many amazing moments they could have spent together, how beautiful their children would have been, etc. And it makes me happy because the story is realistic, and because at least Alex and Rosie do get a happy ending (better late than never, right?).

·         Rosie Dunne - Rosie is one of the main characters who lives in Dublin with her daughter Katie and has always dreamed of working in a hotel. The book follows her relationship with best friend Alex as distance and circumstances are forever testing their friendship. Rosie begins to question whether she was always meant to be more than friends with Alex and these feelings soon begin to take effect on their friendship.
·         Alex Stewart - Alex is the other main character of the book, originally from Dublin where he grew up with Rosie, his family move to Boston where Alex eventually becomes a surgeon. Alex gets married and has a son called Josh but has his heart always really belonged to Rosie?
·         Phil Stewart- Phil is one of the minor characters of the book and is Alex's brother. The two often communicate via email and Phil is always giving Alex advice about love and his friendship with Rosie.
·         Sally- Sally meets Alex in Boston and the pair fall in love and get married and have a son together called Josh. Soon their relationship begins having problems, could Alex's feelings for Rosie be the cause of this?
·         Greg - Greg is a minor character in the book who marries Rosie. It soon becomes apparent that Greg is not right for Rosie and he is unfaithful to her.
·         Katie - Katie has a best friend in the book called Toby and their relationship mirrors the relationship that Alex and Rosie had as children. As she gets older her relationship with Toby changes and it teaches Rosie about her real feelings for Alex.
·         Toby- Toby is Katie's best friend and their relationship is very similar to the relationship Alex and Rosie had as children. Toby and Katie lose touch and meet after several years where they realize they were always meant to be more than friends.
·         Brian - Brian is Katie's dad who comes back in to her life mid way through the book. He went to school with Rosie and Alex.
·         Ruby - Ruby is best friends with Rosie after they meet working in an office for a stationery company. Ruby is always on hand to offer Rosie advice when she is unsure of her feelings in life and love.
·         Mrs. Julie Casey - Also known as "Mrs. Big Nose Smelly Breath Casey" by Rosie and Alex. Towards the middle of the story Rosie, after quitting her job, goes to work at her old primary school as a receptionist and the two become friends.
·         Bethany: Alex's second wife. She was his first girlfriend in high school, but were reunited years later. They have a son named "Theo." Rosie never liked her.
·         Stephanie - Rosie's older sister.
·         Kevin - Rosie's younger brother.

The Movie Adaption of the book 'Where Rainbows End'

Who would I recommend Where Rainbows End to? Someone looking for a lighthearted, fun read that shows what happens when we don’t gather up the courage to say how we truly feel. Someone who wants a more realistic read (because everyone knows a Rosie and Alex—or maybe you are the Rosie or the Alex?). And lastly, someone looking for something a little different and who won’t mind the unique writing style.
P.S. They made a movie out of this book; it’s called Love, Rosie and stars Lily Collins and Sam Clafin as Rosie and Alex.

Selasa, 15 September 2015

Job Vacancy and Business Application Letter

January 5, 2014

Naila Fadhilah Fithriah
Jl. Parakan Arum No.18
Bandung 40266

Manager Administration & Personnel
Nishat Chunian Limited
31-Q Gulberg II, Lahore-54660
Tel: 35761730

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing to express my interest for possibility of applying for employment opportunity for a position in your Dyeing & Printing Factory in your reputable company. I am an Electrical Computer Engineering fresh graduate of the Intitusche Technology Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia. I bring with me my three years value of internships experiences and data as Electrical Computing Assistant at Google Indonesia, Inc.

My strong computer skills, knowledge of modern word processing software, and HTML code encryption skills are but some of the things that make me an asset to your company. I also have well-developed written and oral communication skills that can be very useful in carrying out the duties for the empty position. I have also been trained in Electrical departments.

On top of these competencies, I adhere to a work ethic and can effectively interact with people across all levels of the organizational structure. I believe I can be an asset to your company.

My internships resume is enclosed with this cover letter for your perusal. It shows my overall expertise and experience in the field. Should you require any further information, I can be reached at 0838-2940-92xx (during regular and also business hours)


Naila Fadhilah

Kamis, 18 Juni 2015

Interesting Places: Things to Do in Bandung

Shop in factory outlets 

I am not exaggerating here, nobody goes back from Bandung empty handed. Especially if you go to the factory outlets at Jl Riau or Jl Dago, you will find all the hidden gems of quality clothes, shoes, bags and all else in various famous brands. All the items you find here are in good condition, brand new but in half the price!
Shopping at Bandung, Java, Indonesia
Shopping at Bandung
Catch sunset at The Valley
If you are looking for another option to dine in Bandung, you can choose to go to The Valley for dinner. This Western restaurant is located at a hilltop with amazing sunset view. The food is good too, so enjoy your meal while watching sunset over Bandung city.

Eat at Kampung Daun 
One of the Bandung’s best restaurant, many tourist come here for the relaxing ambiance with bamboo huts, streams and waterfall. Food is not especially delicious but it is extensive and inexpensive. Come here for the overall experience of enjoying Indonesian cuisine in a comfortable and serene outdoor setting.
Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung, Indonesia
Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung
Get lost in Pasar Baru
This epitome of Indonesian market in Bandung, you can get lost here and find all sorts of things that delight you. Travelers come here to source for fabrics and souvenirs. Prices here are unbelievable too especially if you have special bargaining skills. Though do take care of your belongings as this place is really crowded.
Enjoy the musical performance at Saung Angklung Udjo
This traditional musical performance is one of the best way to explore Indonesian culture. It is a 2 hour show of several parts including puppet show, mask dance, Angklung performance and dances with little kids.
Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung, Indonesia
Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung
Walk off the beaten path in search of rice terraces
How can one come to Asia and not be awed by towering rice terraces. Unknown to many, Bandung actually do have rolling rice fields and some rice terraces in the highlands. Bribe a local to tell you the location is and head there for a soul refreshing time. There’s one apparently in Ciwidey!
Rice Terraces at Bandung, Indonesia
Rice Terraces at Bandung
Kawah Putih
Definitely in top of the list of attractions for its stunningly beautiful lake as if set out of a movie. It is 2 hours away from Bandung city center and in the highland. The place is cooling but beware of sunburn as it is still really sunny here without feeling it. This is a sulphuric lake as it is from a volcano.The entire area can be explored in 30 minutes.
Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java, Indonesia
Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java
Tangkuban Perahu
About 1.5 hours from Bandung, it is yet another crater from volcano of Indonesia that is worth the visit for the sheer awe of the view from the top. This may be second best to Kawah Putih but still worth to visit.
Villa Isola 
Built by an Italian millionaire and perched at the northern part of Bandung overlooking a breathtaking view of the city to the south.
Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java, Indonesia
Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java
Gedung Sate
Built and used by the Dutch companies, it is popular for its satay food decoration. It has 6 ornaments symbolizing 6 million guldens. Now it is used as the office for West Java governor. Luckily, the place is open to public and don’t forget to have a good chill and drink at the top floor while overlooking the city.
Gedung Merdeka
Another architectural wonder built for the rich previously and then made famous for hosting the first Asian-African conference. Though not much of an attraction but worth to take a look if you are nearby.
Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java, Indonesia
Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java
There you have it, the best of what Bandung have to offer in terms of things to do and attractions to see. You will be amaze how you can enjoy yourself so much without actually really spending a lot, especially good for budget travelers who are backpacking in Indonesia, though carrying a lot of things after the shopping is another story altogether!

Minggu, 07 Juni 2015

Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

Kingsman: The Secret Service
(2015; R)

Kingsman is just English in manners. Rest is a hotch-potch of blood, gore and some guiltily enjoyable acting.

In theaters:
Friday, 13 February 2015

Action, Adventure, Comedy

Matthew Vaughn


Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

Because it’s a spy movie, Kingsman will undoubtedly be compared to the James Bond films and the Bourne Identity films — which is fair. I’d say Kingsman is a great modern take on both the Bond and Borne films… like a cool younger brother. I love the concept of this secret British spy agency that is loosely modeled on the Knights of the Round Table. This movie has it all … high action, great story, excellent acting and surprisingly lots of bloody gore. It’s not quite as gory as, say, Kill Bill, but it gets pretty close. I was also very impressed with how well the female characters are presented in this movie (for the most part). Gazelle is honestly one of the coolest, most badass villains I’ve seen in a movie in a very long time. But, I guess my only complaint is how the very last scene in the movie turned out. While I get what that they were going for cheeky fun, it really felt out of place and jarring. EVEN STILL, I loved the movie. Colin Firth is excellent, of course, and I was really impressed with Taron EgertonSamuel L. Jackson did well as the campy big bad and, well, I just really enjoyed this movie entirely. I think the movie does really well because it is based on great source material (I’ve yet to read the graphic novel myself but I understand it is a quite excellent read). Here’s hoping the inevitable sequel will be able to turn out just as good as this movie. If you are up for a high energy, really fun movie (and don’t mind too much blood and gore, and I’m not kidding here) then you will probably love Kingsman as much as I do.

I really enjoyed this movie from start to finish. The action was amazing, spectacular, superb; plus, there was no shaky cam. I forgot how a “non-shaky” cam film looks like. I felt as if I was seeing fire for the first time. After the bar fight, which was done with class. Then, Vaughn took me to church!
Hands down, it’s the best fight scene of the year. I don’t know who Vaughn gets to do his fight choreography, but give that man an Oscar. I love the villains, an echo friendly nerd and a woman with blades for legs – you can’t make this stuff up. The soundtrack is very enjoyable. The visuals are okay until the head musical, when you see it, you’ll know. It was simply beautiful. I don’t know what that says about me, but I’m just calling it as I see it.
The plot… was pretty average. There was no surprising twists or any deeper than life meanings, nor does it have to be. The Kingsman is a high-level popcorn flick that caters to even the most extreme action fans. I walked out the theater feeling giddy ( yes, I said giddy) with enjoyment saying, “I can’t wait to see part two.” It has a great cast, great music, magnificent action, and is a must see. It’s has a James Bond flavor with badass style, fun for everybody, I can’t recommend this movie enough. If you do nothing else in life, watch this movie. Treat yourself. Don’t mistreat yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Though, you should aware of strong words and gory explicit violence in this movie. If you are not one of a fan to blood, then this is not a movie for you! :))

Senin, 25 Mei 2015

Song Review: Taylor Swift - The Story Of Us

Hello everyone! Now I'll tell you about a song that I've been keep repeating on my mind, It's a song sang by Taylor Swift called "The Story Of Us". Why do I keep repeating this song? Neither do I understand (haha). Well, actually I did. You know, lately I've been having a crush to my close friend. We were sooooo close, but it was all in the past. Recently, he had been placing walls between us. No matter how much I've tried, we were just weren't suited for each other. Well, I guess he had always been having someone in his mind, and maybe I had always been the intruder? That's why this song really represent my situation with him, when I used to be very close to him, and now we even barely to talk to each other because of this huge miscommunications. Honestly, yes, I liked him, but all I ever wanted is to us, never changed. Just talk casually, like nothing happened. That's all I ever wanted, to be his bestfriend, but he still cast me out. So I present you, a song made by Taylor Swift, The Story Of Us

"The Story Of Us"

I used to think one day we'd tell the story of us,
How we met and the sparks flew instantly,
and people would say, "They're the lucky ones."
I used to know my place was the spot next to you,
Now I'm searching the room for an empty seat,
'Cause lately I don't even know what page you're on.

Oh, a simple complication,
Miscommunications lead to fall-out.
So many things that I wish you knew,
So many walls up I can't break through.

Now I'm standing alone in a crowded room and we're not speaking,
And I'm dying to know is it killing you like it's killing me, yeah?
I don't know what to say, since the twist of fate when it all broke down,
And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now.

Next chapter.

How'd we end up this way?
See me nervously pulling at my clothes and trying to look busy,
And you're doing your best to avoid me.
I'm starting to think one day I'll tell the story of us,
How I was losing my mind when I saw you here,
But you held your pride like you should've held me.

Oh, I'm scared to see the ending,
Why are we pretending this is nothing?
I'd tell you I miss you but I don't know how,
I've never heard silence quite this loud.

Now I'm standing alone in a crowded room and we're not speaking,
And I'm dying to know is it killing you like it's killing me, yeah?
I don't know what to say, since the twist of fate when it all broke down,
And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now.

This is looking like a contest,
Of who can act like they care less,
But I liked it better when you were on my side.
The battle's in your hands now,
But I would lay my armor down
If you said you'd rather love than fight.
So many things that you wish I knew,
But the story of us might be ending soon.

Now I'm standing alone in a crowded room and we're not speaking,
And I'm dying to know is it killing you like it's killing me, yeah?
I don't know what to say, since the twist of fate when it all broke down,
And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now, now, now.
And we're not speaking,
And I'm dying to know is it killing you like it's killing me, yeah?
I don't know what to say, since the twist of fate 'cause we're going down,
And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now.

The end.

Minggu, 24 Mei 2015

Book Review: P.S. I Love You

"A novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again."

Title: P.S. I Love You
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: 2007 (first published December 29th 2004) 
ISBN: 978-0-00-726308-0

Pages: 503

Holly and Gerry met through mutual friends while still in junior high school. They became sweethearts as both recognized that they had met their love buddy. Eventually they married. He promised Holly that if he ever left her, he would leave her with a list. Two months later Gerry is dead. After fifteen plus years from they met, thirty years old Gerry was diagnosed with a brain tumor. 

A few months after Gerry's death an almost thirty Holly remains grieving unable to leave her home. Her mom calls to tell her that she has a package addressed to Holly with the word List above her name. A stunned Holly realizes somehow Gerry marshaled his energy to give her ten months of lists to help regain her equilibrium because he loved her so much he wanted her to live. Now Holly begins to follow Gerry's list with one envelop opened per month as he reaches from beyond the grave to help his beloved return to the living. 

Title aside even if it is the salutation of each of Gerry's notes, PS, I LOVE YOU is a powerful character study that focuses on grieving and healing. Holly is a fantastic protagonist who begins to mend through the solace provided by Gerry. Her weird family and her best friends provide sympathy, but cannot help her overcome her dread of life without Gerry. The hero is incredible as he knew when he will die and planned accordingly for what he could do to get his cherished Holly out of her depression and mourning and into the light of life. Cecelia Ahern provides a powerful drama that will leave no one dry-eyed. 

My Thoughts: This book was a mixture of emotions. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry, it made me sad. It was such a bittersweet book. And I loved every bit of it! 

Writing: I liked Cecelia's writing. I have been always loving her books, ever since I read Where The Rainbows End. It was light but it still touched the reader's heart. It was capturing and she described things really.... perfectly. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of this author's work. As a debut novel this was pretty amazing.

Story: The plot and the story were great. It was unique and I liked how it wasn't totally revolved around Holly getting a new guy. It was more about Gerry helping Holly move on with her life. It showed that true love never dies and Gerry did love Holly very much! I just wish that there was a sequel to this book. I would like to know what happens to Holly afterwards. 

Characters: There were so many characters in this book and each and every character contributed something to it. I must say, though Holly was a great character, she was not my favorite. Actually I'm not sure I have a favorite character. But I really enjoyed and adored Holly's family. I loved Ciara and her quirkiness, Richard and how he changed from annoying to likable, her Mom and how much she resembled me mom! Other than that I loved seeing Holly's transformation. At first I didn't really like Daniel, but then I started liking him and till I reached the end I just didn't care about him anymore. Holly's friends were also amazing! All in all the characters were well-built and each had it's own unique voice.

Negatives: There weren't many 'negatives' in the book. The only thing that kinda irritated me was that in the beginning the book moved slowly but by the time it reached the end everything was happening really quickly and it became fast-paced. I would have liked it if the pace of the book had been normal through out.

Selasa, 31 Maret 2015

Dewa Athena

Dewa Athena – 21 Februari 2015

Well hello there~ Long time no see, eh? Yeah, I know I know, even you are bored to read this sentence over and over again. But it is the truth tho, I’m terribly sorry that I, likewise, will not ever be able to update the blog frequently. Just facing the truth… Life is killing me in so much ways, although I am, and always will love my life. I’m thankful to God that I’ve had so much in my plate. Sometimes life does hard, but its ok, because everything will get better, sooner or later. And also, even if I were having a blast or experiencing the sugar part of life, I should always remember that this, this exact moment, will also last. And therefore, I shouldn’t be over-proud or over-depressed by something, since “this too, will pass”.

Yeah… Enough with the ranting! Now I will tell you about the recently booming event on my school called “Dewa Athena”. It actually has always been an annual event in my school, and this is the 7th year of the event. Yet for me, this is the 2nd time I participate in the event. Last year, I participate as a junior, still so pure and passionate, really excited to the bones for the event. And now, I’m a carefree sophomore. Yes of course, it’s my duty to participate in the event, and I did, for my class. But the passion, the strike for winning, somehow… I feel like I have been losing them. Maybe the spirit runs out since this semester was really eating my soul and my life. I’ve been feeling like a walking dead through the days. Do the same routines, tasks, homeworks, study sessions, tutoring, blah blah blah. And what’s more, this semester is the climax of every active organization in SMAN 3 Bandung. As a sophomore,you had these juniors, you have to train them, give them, teach them everything they have to learn to continue your jobs and duties in the organization. And the thing is, sometimes it is tiring, and took so much time. No, but no, there is never have, and never will be regret for me. Because I’m happy. The point is, no matter how tiring it can be, even when I’m truly on the edge of questioning my purpose of living at this school, they are whom I lean to. I might think that they are the ones who needs me, but apparently, no. I have always been the one who needs them. Because this whole organization things, even tho it does, and frequently often gets very tangled with each other, I don’t mind. For me this is some kind of breathers, and once again, I’m very thankful that I had them when life is hard.

Okay, so I think we missed the topic again. As I said earlier, Dewa Athena is a sport-related event that being held by the OSIS. Since It’s too troublesome for me to explain it from the very first part, I will just quote from my past posting about Dewa Athena when I was still a junior at 10th grade.

Do you guys read Greek's Mythology? Yes, In Greek religion and mythology, Athena or Athene (/əˈθiːnə/ or /əˈθiːniː/; Attic: Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnā or Ἀθηναία, Athēnaia; Epic: Ἀθηναίη, Athēnaiē; Ionic: Ἀθήνη, Athēnē; Doric: Ἀθάνα, Athānā), also referred to as Pallas Athena/Athene (/ˈpæləs/; Παλλὰς Ἀθηνᾶ; Παλλὰς Ἀθήνη), is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Minerva is the Roman goddess identified with Athena.

Could you guess why they named the event by 'Dewa Athena' (God of Athena), instead of 'Dewi Athena' (Goddess of Athena)? Actually I didn't know either, but I believe the reason they picked Athena as the name, because she is Goddess of Wisdom, Warfare, Divine Intelligence, Architecture, and Crafts. And how is that related to the event?
Dewa Athena! Yup, that's right! The event was about sport competition, which used a champion styled of competition, so if we won, we will go to the next level, meet some fiercer competitors, and fight on some harder and tougher match. Of course it has to be related to the event. The real connection between it? Yeah, we have to be the 'Athena' at the event. Why is that? What I meant by that statement is, we've to be someone who lead ahead in wisdom, courage, law and justice, strength, just warfare, strategy, arts, and skill. We've to be prepared, and well trained, but if we lose, we should take that professionally and train better for the next match! We gotta learn from our lose, to be the motivation for us to train harder and harder! And that's what I thought about the event.

And so on. Last year motto for the event was UBI CONCORDIA, IBI VICTORIA. Yet I still got no clue about the motto of this year. Hahaha sorry if I seemed to be ignorant to the current happening events, it’s not that I don’t want to know, I just seems to always forget the new motto (apparently, last year’s really stamped on my head). That’s why I’m having trouble to remember this year’s, peace bro~

So… This year’s, the opening was held on February 21st, and as always, the 10th grader must participate in the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was held at Lapangan Bali (really close to our school), to officially open Dewa Athena VII. The ceremony was started at 07.00 AM. It was arranged to be an official statement from the head of the school, continued to an event called ‘Color Run’. The participant was running through a path that were made by the committee, and they will be rained by colorful powder, which is the reason for the name of color run. The after effect of the event were colorful stained t-shirts and jeans, face and skins too. But I bet it was very fun! To be honest, I didn’t participate in the opening ceremony nor the color run after that, first it because sophomores weren’t bound or obligated to participate from the first place, they only require the sportsman and sportswoman to attend from each class to represent their own class. Second, resting time in this semester is oddly rare and you are very lucky if you had tons of them. So, since It’s okay to not be there, I choose to stay at home and went there at the middle of the day to support my class, Yudhistira’s first match.

Kamis, 19 Februari 2015

A Bird in a Cage

You are living in a cage
at the corner of a dusty
gloomy room.

It doesn't suffocate
doesn't supply enough, yet.

You barely slept every night
waiting for
some miraculous thing
to happen
so maybe
could just
from this endless nightmare.

You woke up to the sound of the door
and the steps of the man
who put you into

you saw his back
taking enough food
for you.
He doesn't give you less,
it never fills your hunger.

Who have stolen your freedom
Your options
You cannot hate him
No, you can't.

Even though he was the one 
who took away everything of you
You just
Persuade yourself
to hopefully, hate him
No, you can't.

He barely
talks to you
give you the attention you deserve.
He had his own priorities
And it left you hanging
in your cage
in despair
But, he would never notice you
Would he?

You are not the one
He placed his eyes to

The only thing you could do
watching his cold back
from the pillar of your cage
waiting him to look back
But, he would never look back
Would he?

Little birdie
You actually had a chance to shine
to fly
to free your wings
to color the world with your sing
He took it away.
Nothing's left.

Your trembling voice
deep in the dark room
with a little light
you let your voice
behind the pillars.

Little birdie
Why do you stay?
It is either
You are
an unbelievable
just a dumb
who have drowned 
in your thoughts.

But, no.
Actually this is all just
a cage
by yourself
So you can blame someone
for every
things you do

No, he didn't lock you
in this cage
the one who locked you
is yourself.

The door is always open
the window too
deep inside
the little bird's heart
all she wanted was
so he could look back
he didn't.

You still loved him anyway.

"A bird in a cage, will forget how to fly. But, it will never forget how to sing, sings it heart out. Endlessly."