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.

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Self Talk

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Taken from my personal notes, haha. One of the thing that I usually do. So often that it becomes a habit: To reflect upon myself. This is addressed to me, but I think it’ll be okay to share once in a while 😉

Memang ya, menyampaikan apa yang ada dalam diri kepada orang lain membutuhkan keberanian. Bertahun-tahun aku menulis di buku harian, tidak ada artinya saat harus menulis untuk dibaca oleh orang banyak.

Semakin besar semakin sadar akan batasan-batasan. Apa yang bisa disampaikan dan apa yang sebaiknya disimpan sendiri. Mungkin jika aku menulis blog saat masih anak-anak, yang ditulis akan lebih gamblang, tidak ada yang ditutup-tutupi. Tapi sayangnya tidak (untungnya?).

Saat dewasa, rasa takut semakin besar. Kesadaran akan bahaya semakin tajam. Memang mungkin akan muncul reaksi yang tidak menyenangkan saat kita membuka diri. Mungkin orang lain akan menolak kita, menutup pintunya, menyatakan ketidaksukaannya. Tapi kemunculan itu akan sama besar kemungkinannya dengan muncul orang-orang yang merasa senang, menyambut dan membuka pintu mereka, juga orang-orang yang berkata “Akhirnya kamu datang juga”

(Jangan lari dari takdirmu sendiri, Ai – Detective Conan)

Lari, sembunyi, memang terasa lebih mudah. Kamu tidak perlu berhadapan dengan kemungkinan-kemungkinan itu. Yang kamu hadapi hanya dirimu, orang-orang yang sudah kamu kenal baik, dan kenyataan.

Ya, kenyataan.

Kenyataan bahwa kamu akan merasa takut selamanya. Bahwa kamu sebenarnya kesepian. Karena tidak pernah mau mencoba membuka dan melangkah keluar, yang kamu tahu hanya rasa takut ditolak, tidak disukai. Padahal mungkin rasa takut itu akan berganti dengan rasa lega, rasa bangga dan bahagia.

Kan kubilang, kemungkinannya sama besar.

Bersembunyi dari kemungkinan keduanya. Kemudian berlindung pada ilusi bahwa kamu tidak apa-apa sendirian. Lebih baik sendirian

(Tidak ada orang yang suka menyendiri – The Extra Kobayashi)

Benar. Tidak ada. Termasuk kamu, kan?

Ingatlah bahwa penolakan itu hanya masalah kecocokkan. Kamu akan diterima, pada akhirnya, oleh orang-orang yang benar-benar menyukaimu karena merasa cocok denganmu. Dan itu berarti tidak semua orang bisa menerimamu, sama dengan kamu yang tidak bisa selalu cocok dengan semua orang.

Buka saja pintunya. Ceritakan pada dunia kisah hidupmu. Sebenarnya hidupmu tidak perlu terlalu dirahasiakan kok, kecuali kamu buronan. Tidak perlu menunggu sampai mati untuk menceritakan kisahmu pada orang lain.

Biar saja apapun yang mau orang lain katakan tentangmu, karena sebetulnya mereka lebih banyak berpikir tentang diri mereka kok. Sama seperti kamu yang sering cemas memikirkan apa yang orang lain pikir tentang kamu, mereka juga begitu.

Jadi, tenang saja 🙂

18/2/13 12.00 AM

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

Failed Books Mission 2013

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Finally! Here is the list of books that I managed to read in 2013. It dosn’t meet up my target though which is 50 😦 but nevertheless I read more books than last two years! I hope this year my reading spirit will be much better and stable because if you see the list, there are months when I didn’t read at all and the other month when I read like mad (August to be exact). To read regularly is what I hope to achieve this year (which actually already failed on the first month, but still…) I’m still gonna try for the next months! Let’s see then. I’m gonna post the books I read in 2014 on the usual Books list tab, so keep an eye on me haha

unrelated image just because I want to

unrelated image just because I want to

January

  1. 100% Wolf – Jayne Lyons

February

  1. The Naked Traveler 4 – Trinity
  2. My Life As: Actor – Haqi Achmad
  3. Surprise! Surprise! – Agatha Christie

July

  1. Hallowe’en Party – Agatha Christie
  2. My Life As: Writer – Haqi Achmad
  3. Ranah 3 Warna – Ahmad Fuadi
  4. 5cm – Donny Dhirgantoro
  5. Marginalia – Dyah Rinni
  6. Divortiare – Ika Natassa
  7. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
  8. Charlie, Si Jenius Dungu – Daniel Keyes

August

  1. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  2. Dari Merem ke Melek – Ernest Prakasa
  3. Merdeka Dalam Bercanda – Pandji Pragiwaksono
  4. Filosofi Kopi – Dee
  5. Bukan Negeri Dongeng – Helvy Tiana Rosa, Izzatul Jannah, dkk
  6. Young On Top – Billy Boen
  7. Misteri Shalat Subuh – Dr. Raghib As-Sirjani
  8. Berani Mengubah – Pandji Pragiwaksono
  9. Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
  10. Percepatan Rezeki – Ippho ‘Right’ Santosa
  11. 7 Keajaiban Rezeki – Ippho ‘Right’ Santosa
  12. Freya Valkrye – Tita Rosianti
  13. Unfriend You – Dyah Rinni

September

  1. Food Combining di Bulan Ramadhan – Erikar Lebang
  2. Rantau 1 Muara – Ahmad Fuadi
  3. The Babysitters Club #14 – Ann M Martin
  4. The Babysitters Club #16 – Ann M Martin
  5. Kelas 5 di St.Claire – Enid Blyton
  6. Pasukan Mau Tahu: Misteri Penyamar Ulung – Enid Blyton
  7. Kastana Taklukkan Jakarta – Soleh Solihun

October

  1. For One More Day – Mitch Albom
  2. Detektif Imai dan Rahasia Pesan Api – Dyah Rinni

December

  1. How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
  2. How to Be a Pirate – Cressida Cowell
  3. How to Speak Dragonese – Cressida Cowell
  4. How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse – Cressida Cowell
  5. How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale – Cressida Cowell
  6. Kreatif Sampai Mati – Wahyu Aditya
  7. Ayahku (Bukan) Pembohong – Tere Liye
  8. Magical Seira #1 – Sitta Karina
  9. Magical Seira #2 – Sitta Karina
  10. Magical Seira: Sand Castle – Sitta Karina
  11. Princess on The Brink – Meg Cabot
  12. I Can (not) Hear – Feby Indirani & San C. Wirakusuma
  13. More About Nothing – Wimar Witoelar
  14. Ngeblog Dengan Hati – Ndoro Kakung

It’s okay

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Only few more hours left and it’s gonna be 2014. Thus, this will be the last post I make in 2013. At least I’m gonna end this not-so-good year for my blogging activity with a post.

I just realized something recently.

I used to be highly attached to things. It’s hard to let go of things that I possessed. The picture of losing what was mine was far from possible. I thought I was gonna have it like, forever. Toys I got, dresses I loved, crayons I used together with sisters, people I loved, even the time I had back than as a kid should’ve always stayed. I was so afraid to grow up back then. It’s like you know you’re going to be happy that way, so why let go?

The first realization stroke when my grandfather passed away, I was eight. So it’s possible to lose a person that ‘belongs’ to you. I didn’t fully understand so the feeling of sad is kind of the least compared to the surprised that I got.

I lost my school stationary quiet a lot when I was an elementary student. Being borrowed and didn’t comeback, forgot to place it somewhere and missing, dropped it or just mysteriously disappeared haha. At first it felt sad, but later I realized that it’s just things. Inanimate object. Unlike my grandpa, those weren’t gonna cried because they’re afraid. Not gonna starved or hydrated for being lost. It’s something that you can replace with just anything new. Guess that’s the first time that I learnt the art of letting go.

But it’s just a start. 

It’s harder than I thought to let go of something bigger than just a pencil. My happy childhood or should I call it past now. I kept finding myself trying so hard to get back, longing for the feeling when everything was just fine. Looking through the old photo albums, old toys, diaries, anything that enable me to remember again, and maybe happy, again.

Time passed, a lot of things happened. A lot of loss occurred. The contact to my friends, the moments, school things, money (haha), hope and dreams. Several times I faced the time when I got to learn to let go. To detach my arms out of those what was mine without feeling too much of sadness and lost. Nothing last forever, that’s true.

This time, I may gonna have to let go of another thing, something that I never thought I have to lose this fast. It’s unimaginable at first. I resisted hard. Like I’d probably enter the grief phase of Kubler-Ross.

But then the realization came. It’s only things. Yes it’s precious. Yes it holds a lot of memories. Yes it’s huge. Yes it’s hard. But, to my surprise, I can see myself doing that.

I know this year hasn’t been a great year for my blog (it’s so dry of inspiration I’m gonna die T_T) but I’ve got to let it pass again. Instead of cursing myself for not doing it best, I’m just gonna prepare for the next step so it can be better. As much as it sounds like an excuse wrapped up in good words, that’s all I can say for welcoming the new year. /sad/

Happy 2014 everyone!! I hope you made 2013 better than me! 😀

Book Report: Bukan di Negeri Dongeng

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Hello! After arguing with my own self about what to post in the blog, I finally decided to write a book report that for all this time is kept in the shelf. This is one of my holiday project: to write a report after I read a book. Unfortunately it’s written in Indonesian, and to translate it into English, I guess, will change the feels that I put when I wrote it. (or it can also be because I’m lazy to do so). Anyway, here we go!

Bukan di Negeri Dongeng adalah kumpulan kisah-kisah nyata tentang para aktivis dan pengurus PKS (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera). Buku ini disusun oleh, salah satunya, Helvy Tiana Rosa. Kisahnya memang singkat-singkat tapi isinya luar biasa. Inspiratif sih.

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cr: kalengkentang

Dari semua ceritanya bisa ditarik benang merah: kalau mereka adalah orang-orang yang sebisa mungkin memanfaatkan waktu yang dimiliki untuk berbuat baik dan bermanfaat bagi orang banyak. Gimana ya, mereka cuma tidak punya waktu untuk hal-hal yang tidak berguna dan tidak penting. Mereka selalu punya waktu untuk berdakwah, membantu sesama, belajar, membantu urusan rumah tangga, merawat keluarga, dan lainnya. 24 jam hanya untuk yang baik. Waktu tidur mereka rata-rata 4-5 jam sehari. Quote yang tepat tuh, bisa jadi ini:

“Hidup memang hanya sekali dan kau tak ingin sedetik pun melewatinya tanpa perjuangan” (HTR)

Ada juga inspirasi lain soal ketulusan. Mostly, mereka dalam buku ini, adalah orang-orang yan selalu berusaha menjaga silaturahim dan benar-benar menganggap sesama muslim sebagai saudaranya. Benar-benar bisa sedih dan menangis saat saudaranya sedang kesusahan. Berusaha selalu membantu sebisanya. Ini, salah satu hal yang masih harus mly pribadi tingkatkan.

Mereka juga memegang teguh islam dan selalu percaya sepenuhnya pada Allah SWT serta janji-janjiNya. Tidak pernah merasa takut kekurangan atau sengsara. Hebat.

Buku ini dibagi ke dalam enam bab kisah yang semuanya inspirasional. Personally, it motivates me to be a better moslem. 🙂

Radiant Raid

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The main reason why I watch this movie was because my cousin is responsible for the music scoring. The most phenomenal movie of the year I guess. The Raid or Serbuan Maut starring Iko Uwais, the martial arts actor who masters in Pencak Silat. This is an action type of movie.

from heads to toes

from heads to toes

It is from the beginning till it ends covered by punch and kick and all those moves of martial arts. Between the good and the bad. It was really really good, all of it looks real and amazing. It’s too much to handle for anyone I suppose, at least for me. Absolutely for those who is beyond 18 years old.

The story itself firstly took place in the houses of the good. Iko was seen kissing his pregnant wife before going to the ‘war’. Iko was one of the soldiers who has a mission to raid the quarters of their enemy. It was in an old flats. With only more or less 10 people in the group they walked in the building quietly until the spy boys of the enemy saw them and press the alarms. The thrill started here.

You may not be able to sit still throughout the movie, especially if you are a scaredy cat like me. Screams most likely to come out in some scenes. It was horrific yet marvelous, really intense. In the end, all the people in the theater can’t help to not clapping their hands. We are very proud of the production from our country. It’s indeed, an international standard movie.

Since my cousin was one of the crews, we still sat until the credits showed up, and when his name scrolling up we clapped and cheering for him. Our proud cousin in the most phenomenal movie of Indonesia this year! 😀

Hope to see more of great Indonesian movie like this one, any genre is good as long as the making is with all the heart on and original story. One to be put attention on is seriously, the audience. It’s definitely not a children movie. It will damage really bad if any kid watches this. I mean, even I was old enough to watch this, the effect is still pretty bad. Please, pretty please, don’t take your under aged kids to watch those movie that is not suitable for them.

Hopefully next years, high-quality Indonesian movies will raid the theaters brutally! 😀