October 12, 2014

Independence Day {Part 1: the afternoon}


Actually this is a very late post. Once a year, we celebrate our nation's Independence Day. And because this is Indonesia, we give this post in two shots; Indonesian and English.

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Indonesia merdeka pada 17 Agustus 1945. Setiap tahunnya, kami menyelenggarakan acara selebrasi untuk merayakan ulang tahun kemerdekaan kami. Walaupun hingga sekarang kami kurang tahu mengapa dan bagaimana asal-usulnya, perayaan ulang tahun kemerdekaan selalu diwarnai dengan lomba-lomba seperti tarik tambang, panjat pinang, makan kerupuk, menangkap belut. Sangat menyenangkan, terutama saat kita merayakannya bersama teman-teman kita. Di sekolah, pasti selalu diadakan lomba serupa yang diikuti kami sendiri. Mungkin bagi sebagian murid, hal ini merupakan salah satu kesempatan bagi mereka beristirahat dari kepenatan pelajaran sehari-hari. Tetapi, pada kenyataanya yang kami rasakan lebih dari itu. Perayaan 17 Agustus memberi kesan tersendiri bagi kami, sekaligus menghidupkan semangat serta solidaritas dengan teman dan guru.

Dalam semangat serta pengenangan akan jasa-jasa pahlawan demi memerdekakan negara ini, kita diajak untuk merenungkan, seberapa besar kontribusi yang sudah kita buat bagi negara. Seberapa tinggi semangat kita untuk tetap setia pada Indonesia di tengah gemerlap dunia barat yang sering membuat kita lupa betapa indahnya Indonesia.

Salah seorang Bapak Proklamator kami, Ir. Soekarno--yang juga merupakan presiden RI pertama--pernah melontarkan suatu amanat penting; "JASMERAH." Yang artinya, 'jangan sekali-sekali melupakan sejarah'. Kita memang diharapkan untuk terus melaju ke masa depan yang lebih cerah, tetapi sejarah ada bukan untuk dilupakan. Sejarah merupakan alasan mengapa kita bisa hidup hingga saat ini, alasan mengapa kita tidak mengalami masa kolonialisme yang berat seperti dulu lagi. Kita patut bersyukur dan berbangga akan perjuangan para pahlawan yang telah memerdekakan kita.

Selamat atas 69 tahun merdekanya negeri kita ini. :)

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Indonesia declared its freedom on 17th of August 1945. Each year we celebrate our independence day by holding games such as tug of war, kerupuk eating contest, and eel catching race. It’s really fun, especially when we celebrate it with our friends. At school, we also have that kind of games. For some students, this might be one of the few chances of getting away from tiring everyday school life. But in the end, the meaning of Independence Day celebration is more than that. It gives us special impression, gives us the spirit of solidarity with friends and teachers. 

In the spirit and reminiscence of our national heroes’ services, we are somehow asked to reflect on how much our contribution for this country is. How big our spirit is on staying loyal to our country among the sparkling names of the western ones which often makes us forget the beauty of Indonesia.

Ir. Soekarno, the one who declared the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence and also Indonesia’s first president, once gave us an important message through an acronym, “JASMERAH”, meaning “Jangan sekali-sekali melupakan sejarah” or in English, “Don’t ever forget the history”. It is right that we are expected to step forward to a brighter future, but history exists not for being forgotten. The past is the reason why we can live until today, the reason why we are no longer being colonized literally by other countries. We have to be grateful and proud of our heroes’ struggles in gaining freedom for Indonesia. 

Congratulations for completing 69 years independently, happy Independence Day Indonesia. :)


August 13, 2014

Childhood?


Remember about our childhood when everything was so enchanting? Well not that 'everything', but things like leaves, grass, and even brick wall were so delighting. When we grew up, we started focusing on the 'only matter' things. At the end of the day, something was always felt like missing from the life routine. Looking back to the old-charming days, knowing that childhood moments need to be gotten back by some ways is a usual thoughts.


August 3, 2014

The Beginning Of Senior Year


We entered our last year of high school! It's kind of a difficult combination of feelings--you're glad that you've graduated from the previous phase and now heading to something big, but on the other hand you realize that this is the last year for you to wear school uniform, the last year of the years you spend on school.

Thousands, and maybe millions things that we had done turned into memories. Maybe we still remember our first day of school when we were just 4 or 5 years old. Still a tiny-innocent creature who didn't even know what 'school' really was. As the years passed by and we grew up, suddenly we knew and learned about the world--which is full of its sweetness and its bitters. Still on the mind when we first learned about special relationships and about the spirit of hard work even when you felt you were about to die. Often, we think about why do we have to learn all those things. Why do we have to be thrown into such world?

School is an unforgettable place. We think maybe that's why people reunite with their old school friends, why people miss school and especially high school so much. School may have recorded 70% of our teenage life, with the loves and adventures in it. Many people met their first love at school, many broke their heart at school, many found their turning point at school, and many other withered at school. Everything could happen in the 14 years of school life, in the 6 or 3 years of high school period. Because seriously, where else did you learn about those jerk-handsome-player-overwhelming boys?

Of course, there were some days when going to school really sucks. Tests, homework, screwy teachers, social life, pressures, and any other tiring things. Parents used to say like, "Just enjoy it. You'll miss all of them when after you graduate." At the end we learned that things are already placed in their own places. It's okay to be annoyed with school, but what else we can do except to enjoy it? It's okay to miss school life when you've graduated, but what else you can do except to reminisce and cherish it?

The most difficult fact that we have to admit is that this is the time when we are somehow forced to make our own important decisions. This is the time when we are required to choose and make our own futures. What if we make wrong choices? That scares most of us. There's always a way out though, but still, we have to take responsibility. We're young yet still have to deal with the risk of losing our time, and losing ourselves.

This senior year, our last year in high school, may become the most tiring year of school, but that's what we call 'phase'. Let's pass this phase alive, throw the tears if it is needed, spread the loves in the air, and it's okay to smile mischievously to the freshmen {kidding}.


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