December 8, 2014

Independence Day {Part 2: the dawn}



It was good to be dressed like that. 

The independence day's evening celebration was kind of special because it was our first big event that semester. We were all excited about having some fun in the beginning of our twelfth grade. However, looking at it now, the whole night wasn't exactly about celebrating independence day. It was more like a back-to-school party but with a mix of traditional touches here and there.

One of the things we looked forward to was the theme of the party. This year, it was decided that we had to dress up in vintage style. Unexpectedly we both wore clothes with floral pattern. Well, I guess it wasn't that unexpected because people tend to associate vintage styles with floral patterned clothes, right? Anyway, as we have said, it was good to be dressed like that.

Many great things had happened to us since then. Some are unbelievably exciting, some are incredibly frustrating, and some are merely indescribable. And perhaps next year we will be having another independence day celebration in a new place, with different people, and in a totally different atmosphere. Of course we're looking forward to it!


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.


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