Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

japanese and their engRish part 2

well I just got home, after closing the camp with overflowing foods, unexpectedly 'okay' presentations from the kids, and waved goodbyes.

Regardless their limited engRish, this camp has been a really great experience I treasure. 

I'm proud to see them trying their best to make the presentations, I was touched to see the sign-board they gave me, and, most importantly,
instead of teaching them *which I think doesnt have that much influence since it's only for two days and we speak Japanese in 90% of the conversations*, I learn how nice it feels to share my thoughts to others, and how priceless to know I can inspire other people, be someone they can look up to and hearing them saying 'I like your presentation and I wanna try harder for my future'.

I am touched indeed.

So, I have taken another step forward on this leading-to-my-future path.
Yes, being an inspiration, passing the blessing I've got, and be SOMEBODY in someone's live have always been one of my dreams - and this camp has given me the chance to put a small piece in this yet incomplete puzzle of my future.

From now on, I gotta continue finding the other scattered pieces. I know it's a tough work but knowing that I have a beyond-wonderful heavenly Father, I believe I can. And so can you.


p.s. photos will be uploaded soon

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

japanese and their engRish

I'm currently working as one of the leaders of an English camp in my uni for two days where we have to help 250 japanese high school students exploring their dream and thinking how to reach their goals in the future. (I'm currently listed as a 2nd year student in Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan)
It has been really great because I get along well the other leaders, the project itself is fun, I make new friends, I learn a lot from  the kids, I can practice my japanese ability, and last but not least, I get paid*wink*

BUT the thing is, I kinda had such a high expectations on their english because the program director said it's an english camp and it turned out to be all wrong.

First, at the beginning of the program, we tried to do the ice-breaking games, and the first trouble appeared. I explained the instructions and no one moved. I was stunned. Yes, they dont understand my simple explanation * i just ask them to make a circle,ask about their group mates' hobby, and we will 'test' them afterward*

After that, we had to take them on campus tour. It went pretty much ok because we dont need that much explanation and I also had to make a presentation about how I view my future but since I had my translator with me, it was alright. *my japanese is not good enough to make a presentation. sad*

Then, the last session of the day is preparation for tomorrow's presentation. So we had to help them making presentation about how to make their dreams come true in the globalized society. IT WAS REALLY REALLY HARD,trust me. 
Because, they DONT understand the english explanation and I don't understand some of their Japanese explanation either, so we have to use our limited language skills to explain as good as possible. After a hard struggle of using gestures, writing kanjis, finding the easier words to explain, they finally understood what to do, but then it took FOREVER for them to make their own future plan.

Well, I believe doing such thing for senior high school students in Indonesia won't be hard at all. And anyway, they're from Tokyo, people.. yes, TOKYO, the capital city of this so called uber developed country. How come their english is even worse than those students in some small cities in the under-developed Indonesia????

Besides, after spending the whole day with them, I learned how narrow their views are about the world. They don't know what's going on in this world, starting from the closest part of their lives, music for example. They only know Japanese music. 
They don't know who on earth is Condoleezza Rice.
And other facts that really wow-ed me. It really makes me wonder how could Japan be a leading county if their young generation don't speak English and live their under-the-rock-life.

Being a part of this camp has really opened my eyes that there REALLY are certain points at which Indonesians are even better than the Japanese. Then if we have such skills than it's surely possible for us to reach higher than the Japanese do.

The world does need English. And we've already possessed one of the world's needs. So let's add some other skills up and I believe, starting from the small scale, we can pile up the efforts to make Indonesia a better country. =)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I got tagged..and since I (pretend to) have nothing to do..yes I'm writing them down now

fact #1
it's 2.19am with final exam and report waiting in the next two days, but instead of getting tired after extracting my brain,I feel truly refreshed because i just got back from KARAOKE...yes.karaoke instead of studying will bring you luck for the exams.*amen*

fact #2
I'm missing last week times. (read: hijacking my neighbor's room, glueing our eyes on youtube, cuddling around to bed, get up late with nothing much to do, slack off) argh, screw exams week!

fact #3
i seriously can NOT stand temptation whatever the form, whoring over the internet instead of studying, and some stuffs

fact #4
I keep telling my self to stop everyday, know i should stay away, yet deep down inside I'm still gripping tightly on it

fact #5
It's 2 degrees here today. It's still mid november and the weather forecast said it's gonna snow tomorrow. It's freakin weird since it started to snow around the last days of december last year

fact #6
I haven't been in the shower for err..2 days? and my hair smells like ciggs. shoot

fact #7
I am craving for nikon D90, oxford flat shoes, and hydesk's pumpkin bag (STILL)

fact #8
I'm supposed to be in the shower, get ready to sleep because it's 2.32am and I'm planning to go for a so-called-relieving-trip at 9am tomorrow and it's gonna be for the whole day. Guess I better start piling up enough energy from now

fact #9
I'm thinking of what should I type here

fact #10
I miss you, neighbor

and these are the people I tagged
1. Denise
2. Sarra
3. Clay
4. Sam
5. Gilang

1. Each blogger must post this rules.
2. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themseves.
3. Blogger that are tagged need to write about their own blog about their ten things and post. these rules . You need to choose some people to get tagged and list their names .
4. Don't forget to live them a comment telling them they've been tagged and to read your blog.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

tilt shift photography

does it ring a bell?
if it doesn't, check these pictures out, maybe you'll find out what's it all about

as a result of a pile of those asstivities of mine in the past few days, me and my friend found some nice photography websites and those miniature look alike photographs are the result of tilt-shift photography, one of the dope works of Vincent Laforet's that have successfully made me drooling.



Was it love, or just something that reminded me of
Something that felt a lot like, but wasn't, love
Just friends, friends then, until the end
You know I still pretend, just friends

Was it love, I think it was but I'm far from sure
I'd never felt that way before, was it love?
Just friends, am I a fool to be asking for,
a fool to wish that we could be more than friends

Friday, November 7, 2008

my math teacher called it PROBABILITY

those eyes that stare would probably be the same eyes that tear out
this heart that loves would probably be the same heart that struggle to endure the pain
these blessings I am thankful for would probably the same blessings I try not to recall
these hands that tangled would probably be the same hands that let go
those arms that embrace would probably the same arms that wave good bye
these lips that kiss would probably be the same lips that whisper you the prayer, best wishes, and thank yous for the past times

but those thoughts would also probably be the thoughts I look back on, while telling you 'I was a fool back then for having such silly thoughts for we are now still together'

I am keeping my fingers crossed, wishing the right things on the right time

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I do

everyone's looking round, thinking I'm going crazy
trying hard not to hear but they talk so loud
their piercing sounds fill my ears..
try to fill me with doubt,
yet I know that the goal is to keep me from falling

but nothing's greater than the risk that comes with
 your embrace
they try to pull me away but I keep.......................
photograph by

Saturday, November 1, 2008

stealing kisses. taking wishes

hi, my holga baby back home how's my sister treating you?

anyway. my fisheye camera is kinda broken  now and I still haven't saved enough money to get the polaroid film. Darn!