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

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.

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