Stuck in a Second Gear

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ketika merasa "stuck in a second gear" Alloh WST memberikan kesempatan lain untuk berkarya dan mencoba hal baru. Belajar Psikotes ternyata mengasyikkan ya ;-) emang awalnya sempet desperado kok bisa ada soal semenjengkelkan itu. kirain soal matematika teh yang paling menyeramkan ternyata masih ada lagi. tapi aga ada yang ga bisa kalo mau mempelajari dengan tekun. Akhirnya jadi apal cangkem juga ga apa apa lah yang penting bisa berusaha semaksimal dan seoptimal mungkin dalam mengikuti tes CPNS ini.
Soal-soal seperti TPA, Analogi, Penalaran, Psikotes dll memang sangat bermanfaat bagi suatu lembaga dalam menilai dan menggambarkan seperti apa seorang manusia yang akan atau sedang dipekerjakan di tempat tersebut. Kenapa soalnya belibet dan jelimet seperti itu? ya karena memang manusia pada hakiktnya manusia yang sulit. Bukan kah Alloh pernah berfirman dalam salah satu ayatnya tentang tabiat manusia yang selalu membangkang, tak pernah bersyukur, selalu berkeluh kesah, sering merasa sombong, dan sering merasa selalu benar dengan keyakinan yang salah karena hanya mengikuti hawa nafsunya. Subhanalloh...jenius tuh manusia yang menciptakan alat untuk menilai manusia lainnya.
Pokoknya semangat terus mengejar cita2..!!! (sambil terus berdoa juga tentang cinta ^^)

Memorable Moments in Malang

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Never crossed my mind i would present my paper of bachelor degree to such a prominent conference (TEFLIN ; Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia) in front of honorable prof and all determined teachers.
It started when my supervisor told me that he sent my paper to that program. i wasn't that enthusiastic, since what more bothered me was the horrifying presenting duty!!! frankly speaking,,,presentation (especially in the teacher forum) is not pretty my cup of tea. but then by hook or by crook i had to face it, overcome my reluctance, and i began to bust my chops.
I did the rehearsal first to share my paper in the internal of workplace. i was aghast that nearly everyone didn't get my ideas on my paper. Seemed for me it was useless that i made quite thick photo copies of it. Seemed for me i shared nothing for them. I felt a bit hopeless and clumsy.
Still, the journey must go on, the show must carry on...I left for Malang on 7 December 2009 by train. I was with my caring, attentive, and kindhearted fellow teacher, Ibu Sri Wahyuni. We chit-chatted along the way. We were getting know each other better and closer. I asked a myriad things about working in this institution and she gave me lots of enlightenment what-so-called feedbacks, suggestions and advice.
The following day on 8 Dec 2009, we ultimately arrived in Malang Train Station. Malang is a small but peaceful city. We took a cab to get to the hotel. Wow! the hotel is so idyllic. The snack of Apple and Jack fruit chip perfectly teased us every time we passed by the vendor.
The first day of the conference,,,we had no time for shower.hmmm...what a smelly participant! but at around 3 pm we were allowed to leave the opening ceremony to unpack, take a shower, put on some make-up, and prepared for the next event.
We incredibly had a fantastic time there not because we were able to show off our paper but rather we would be able to meet and mingle with splendid prof, authors, educators, teachers from every region in Indonesia and some from other countries like Aussie, Singapore, Malaysia, U.S.A etc. And on top of that, i met the most important Prof. L.F.Bachman (Bachman, L. F. (1990). Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing. Oxford: Oxford University Press), whose inspiring theory was my theoretical background of my paper! unbelievable... he was so humble and warm. and i didn't miss a chance to take a pic with him..cheese!

On the second day, it came for my presentation. it was after lunch. i was totally speechless and numb. i lost my appetite all of a sudden. then when i stepped into the hall, i found only two persons sitting on the chair. what a relief! i finally made it. it was done, and i had nothing to fear no more...then the following hour it was my colleagues' turn to present. and it ran smoothly! thank goodness...whoa,i almost forgot to tell the surprising moment of this priceless experience was that my paper was selected to be one of the international recommended journals! what a nice surprise,,,beside the fact that there was a cash for a credit to this achievement too.nothing more could i do but being so more thankful...
the last day,,,was the happiest moment during the conference. we went on picnic to apple picking-up right in the apple garden! it was deadly hilarious, fascinating, and tantalizing! it was years ago when i last climbed a tree (a "kersen" tree..) that time i was hanging on the apple tree! and picking some apples. though the apples tasted not real satisfying yummy or whatsoever...a bit disappointing yet we enjoyed the sightseeing, picking, and damn sure climbing.

the following day,it came the day we had to check out the hotel and leave Malang.
thank you TEFLIN, my beloved colleagues, Malang city, apples...for making me realize that taking a part in this education world is splendidly worth living.

An Apple Tree

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A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it everyday. He climbed to the tree top, ate the aples, took a nap under the shadow...He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him.
Time went by...the little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree everyday. Oneday, the boy came back to the tree and he looked sad.
"Come and play with me," the tree asked the boy. "I am no longer a kid, I don't play around trees anymore." The boy replied. "I want toys. I need money to buy them." "Sorry, but I don't have money...but you can pick all my apples and sell them. So, you will have money." The boy was so elated.
He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy never came back after he picked the apples. The tree was sad.
One day, the boy returned and the tree was so excited. "Come and play with me," the tree said. "I don't have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?". "Sorry, but I don't have a house. But you can chop off my branches to build your house." So the boy cut all the branches of the tree and left happily. The tree was glas to see him happy but the boy never came back since then. The tree was again lonely and sad.
One hot summer day, the boy returned and the tree was delighted "Come and play with me!" said the tree. "i am sad and getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?" "Use my truck to construct your boat. You can sail far away and be pleased." So the boy cut the tree truck to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.
Eventually, the boy returned after he left so many years. "Sorry, my boy. But I don't have anything for you anymore. No more apples for you..." said the tree. "I don't have teeth to bite" the boy replied. "No more truck for you to climb on" "I'm to old for that now" said the boy. "I really can't give you anything ...the only thing left is my dying roots" said the tree with tears dropping."I don't need much now, just a place to rest, i'm tired after all these years" replied the boy. "Good! Old tree roots is the best place to lean on and rest. Come. Come sit down with me and have a peaceful rest." The boy sat down and the tree was replete with joy and smiled with tears...
This is a story of everyone. The tree is our parents. When we were young.
We loved to play with Mom and Dad. When we grown up, we left them...only came to them when we need something or when we are in predicaments. No matter what, parents will always be there and give everything they could to make you happy. You may think the boy is mean to the tree but that's how most of us treating our parents. your parents! (Adopted from an old story)

What does a girl want???

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What does a girl want?
She wants a good-looking guy. But what does she need more? She needs a shield from being harmed both physically and mentally.
What does a girl want?
She wants to be teased by sweet poems. But what does she need more? She needs the truths,no lies.
What does a girl want?
She wants a fancy car. But what does she need more? She needs a loyalty.
What does a girl want?
She wants a brilliance. But what does she need more? She needs a modesty.
What does a girl want?
She wants to travel the universe. But what does she need more? She needs a home sweet home with adorable babies and a gentle husband.
What does a girl want?
She wants everything's worth the world. But what does she need more? She needs a happiness by being loved wholeheartedly,an unconditional love.