Target unlocked?

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I’m just gonna drop a post and run away again. News flash: It’s May 2016. On a positive note, seeing this list of books, I actually achieved my target. I said I wanted to read more non-fiction books, and I did just that! There are nine out of thirty non-fiction books on my list. About the number, again, I didn’t make it to 50, but to maintain the same amount of book is actually an achievement in itself. Before you accuse me of excusing myself, I will tell you why. 2015 is quite a feat, I finally graduated and have a lot of free time, but the pressure of getting on the next path could be really distractive. There were times when I didn’t feel like doing anything, then the guilty feeling from wasting time would force me to be productive, but soon the exhaustion of being rejected would lose my hope and I’d go back on being a certified potato couch. This kept going on a circle until I managed to break it down on December (kind of). Anyway, 2015 was not all bad, I experienced and did many things too.

As for this year, I have a quite ambitious plan; to read 100 books and write each of the reports. You may wonder, how far I have come with this plan, knowing that it’s already in the middle of the year. That, will be answered in the Books List tab as usual, lol.

February

  1. Menjadi Djo – Dyah Rinni

March

  1. Creative Writing – A.S Laksana

April

  1. The Giver – Lois Lowry
  2. WonderStruck – Brian Selznick
  3. The Tunnels – Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

May

  1. The Deeper – Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

June

  1. The Freefall – Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

August

  1. A Chapter of Happiness- Transformer Community
  2. Magical Seira #3: Seira and The Destined Farewell – Sitta Karina
  3. Cecilia dan Malaikat Ariel – Jostein Gaarder
  4. Mari Lari – Ninit Yunita
  5. Antologi Rasa – Ika Natassa

September

  1. City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare

October

  1. City of Glass – Cassandra Clare
  2. City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare
  3. City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare
  4. City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare
  5. Insiden Anjing di Tengah Malam yang Bikin Penasaran – Mark Haddon
  6. Kau, Aku & Sepucuk Angpau Merah – Tere Liye
  7. Pulang – Leila S. Chudori
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  9. 2 – Donny Dhirgantoro

November

  1. Notes From Qatar – Muhammad Assad
  2. Generasi 90-an – Michelle FP
  3. Le Petit Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  4. Anak Juga Manusia – Angga Setyawan
  5. Kenali Anakmu – Angga Setyawan

December

  1. Pendidikan Anak Ala Jepang – Saleha Juliani M.Si & Juniar Putri, S.Si
  2. Otobiografi Malcolm X – Malcolm X & Alex Haley
  3. Anak Bukan Kertas Kosong – Bukik Setiawan

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“We long for Saturdays because that means books. We’re like a bunch of little kids with present. Ordinary people don’t know how much books can mean to someone who’s cooped up. Our only diversions are reading, studying and listening to the radio”.

(Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl)

Book report: Pendidikan Anak Ala Jepang

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I didn’t take this from my old reports, it’s going to be very new as I just finished this book yesterday. This book needs a shoutout! Just like how it’s stated in the back cover, this is great for parents, teachers, day care or homeschooling practitioners and government. In general, those who have interest in education just like me! 

It tells about the education system in Japan, specifically in daycare, preschool-kindergarten, and elementary school. Coming from the experience of Indonesian mothers who live in Japan, this is quite personal, which makes this even more enjoyable. 

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I’ve always been a fan of Japan Culture (as you can see here). And when I read this book, actually I’m already familiar to how the schools are. The rough pictures from their entertainment products; movies, dramas, and animation. So, this book gives a deeper insight to my knowledge. The information here are pretty detailed and systematic. From the kinds of formal education for children in Japan to the all activities they do at school. Pictures also provided as an examples to make it clearer. There is even the description of how is teacher as a profession perceived in Japan. Turns out, teacher is a prestigious job which many people in Japan want to be. Japan takes children as a very precious being who would be the future of Japan so education is number one priority. That’s why, people who dedicate their time and effort to educate them will be highly respected. 

‘Japan really think of education seriously, the system is very well thought of’. This thought kept coming when I read this book. Because, every aspects needed to make children learn and become a proper human-being is taken care of. They emphasize the importance of learning-by-doing and the development of characters not study for the sake of tests only. And what makes  me really envious of them is the government plays a huge role in this. All the public schools there could possibly have the same standard as some of private schools in Indonesia. From the facilities to the curriculum. So, Japan citizen prefer to put their kids in public school with no worries. Since private school is also much more expensive. 

There are many lessons we can take even for us, adults. The principles thought there such as to respect people (greet people, queuing), be responsible (of their own trashes and own belongings), be productive (many activities at school, even when in summer breaks schools encourage students and family to do something together), be knowledgeable (reading is a habit), and to converse traditional culture. Imagine all this are thought at school and not only that but the society is embracing the same values as well. In this book, the authors also give example on how to apply the principles to your children. Surely not everything can be easily applied, since there is difference in culture and habit. As much as we want our children to learn and adapt the principles, the society may have different values. So, it wouldn’t be as easy. The authors itself told how hard it is to keep the values learned from Japan’s school once their children come back to Indonesia. 

Besides the lessons learned, it actually inspired me to build a school using the same system. As well made me wonder is there any school in Indonesia who has applied this system? (I’m hoping there is, lol). All in all, I like this book and it’s truly a suitable book for those mentioned above. If the government can’t be relied on, let’s just do it from ourselves.

2014 Books List (boring title yeah)

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This is one of the next posts that I said earlier. A degradation from last year. by half. Sometimes I’m tired of making target since I’ve failed them most of the times. But yeah my target this yeaaar (lol) is to read more, probably still chasing the 50 books target. And what’s new is to read more facts than fictions book. For example, maybe biography or knowledge books (like encyclopedia, haha noo, wait, it’s okay too actually). In this year adventure, I found a new place to get books, which is my own campus’ library lol. I usually just read there, but I just knew that there are more fiction books that can be borrowed. I managed to take out four books out there, yay! And I’m glad that I still can see my favorite author on the list, which brings to my hope that she’ll stay productive and be on my 2015 book list

February

  1. Psikologi Pendidikan – Santrock

March

  1. Gadis Jeruk – Jostein Gaarder
  2. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas – James Patterson
  3. The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Bryan Seiznick
  4. The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemmingway

April

  1. Health Psychology – Edward P. Sarafino & Timothy W. Smith
  2. Industrial/Organizational Psychology – Michael G. Aamodt
  3. Psikologi Sosial – Sarlito Sarwono

May

  1. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
  2. Sons of The Sun: Onew, Key Taemin of SHINee in Barcelona – Onew, Key, Taemin
  3. Remember When – Winna Efendi

June

  1. Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild – Hwang Sun Mi
  2. Please Look After Mom – Kyung Sook Shin
  3. The Tales of Beedle The Bard – J.K Rowling
  4. One Amazing Thing – Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni
  5. Inferno – Dan Brown

July

  1. Jangan Cuma Nonton, Jadilah Penulis Skenario Profesional – Sony Set

August

  1. Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  2. Divergent – Veronica Roth
  3. Insurgent – Veronica Roth
  4. Allegiant – Veronica Roth
  5. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
  6. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  7. Catatan Indah untuk Tuhan – Saptuari Sugiharto
  8. Charlotte’s Web – E.B White

September

  1. Beautiful Liar – Dyah P Rinni
  2. Sabtu Bersama Bapak – Adhitya Mulya
  3. Olive’s Ocean – Kevin Henkes

October

  1. Black Out – Lisa Unger

Book Report: Ranah 3 Warna

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Memutuskan untuk mengambil book report yang kedua, dengan sedikit suntingan agar lebih indah. Ternyata ini merupakan book report yang pertama kali ditulis.

“Man Shabara Zafira”: Siapa yang bersabar akan beruntung.

Buku ini merupakan buku ke-2 dari trilogi Negeri 5 Menara. I really like it as much as the first one if not more. sebelumnya, mantra mujarabnya itu ‘Man Jadda wa Jada” Siapa yang bersungguh-sungguh akan berhasil. Nah, ternyata, kesungguhan itu tidak cukup. Di antara usaha dan keberhasilan ada jembatan yang bernama sabar. Karena tidak semua usaha kita bisa mulus dan sukses, kita perlu kesabaran untuk bertahan. Sabar itu berarti percaya pada Allah SWT, bahwa Ia tahu yang terbaik untuk kita, bahwa setelah kesulitan ada kemudahan.

Setelah membahas kehidupan Alif sebagai santri, buku ini memusatkan ke kehidupan Alif sesungguhnya selepas dari pondok. Alif lebih dihadapkan pada kenyataan hidup dan ujian yang lebih berat dari sekadar ujian sekolah.

Kepedihan dan perjuangan Alif menghadapi semua itu benar-benar dapat dirasakan. Rasanya benar-benar terbawa dalam ceritanya. Saat Alif kesal karena diremehkan, saat ia penat belajar, saat ia berhasil membuktikan, juga saat Alif benar-benar berada di titik terendahnya T_T. Yang mengagumkan, Alif menerapkan segala yang pernah ia dapatkan di Pondok Madani. Alif tidak lupa semua nasehatnya. Mental pondoknya itu yang inspirasional. Jadi ikut bangga saat usaha keras dan sabarnya membuahkan hasil. Perasaan kayak ‘he deserves it’ itu berkali-kali muncul 🙂 Rasanya jadi pengen sekolahin anak ke Pondok ‘Madani’ haha.

Lagi-lagi rasanya seperti membaca jurnal pribadi Alif. Dari situ bisa terlihat kalau Alif itu  manusiawi sekali. Alif bukan manusia sempurna yang selalu baik. Ada saat-saat dia iri, lelah, buruk sangka, bahkan malas. Tapi pribadinya yang selalu reflektif yang membuat dia menjadi lebih baik. Itu yang mly pribadi sukai dari Alif.

Ranah 3 Warna adalah buku sambungan kisah Alif yang menarik dan inspirasional!

“Man Shabara Zafira!”

12/7/13 09.40 PM

Anxiety Disorder

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If you were a psychology student like me you may be familiar with the picture that I’m posting below. A 3rd year student I am, has now learned about clinical psychology in my class. Some of the disorder names may have been heard by you through movies or serial TVs or possibly books.

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It’s, as you can see there, Anxiety Disorder. A feeling of anxiety is normal for human, as we deal with a lot of things in life in a daily basis. But, it becomes a disorder when the amount of it is way out of proportion. Worry excessively about things that you shouldn’t be and is become bothersome to your life. That is what we call Anxiety disorder (and other symptoms that you should check in the holy book of clinical psychologist; DSM-V).

This is actually a group assignment; to make a flyer filled with the explanation of the disorder in a language that can be understood by common people. I got help from my sister (@yangauliaa) to draw the girl, and a little help on how to make the bubble (thanks a lot!).

I was having fun making this. I like the feeling of accomplishment when I finished it. I rarely use photoshop properly so it’s like a new thing to have it designed well like this. (although with help :p) Anyway, I hope through this flyer people can know more about what is Anxiety disorder, and learn it in a fun way!