Saturday, 24 July 2010

"A story of a friend who get depressed"

My Friend’s Depression

My Friend was in a depression when he was brokenhearted with his girlfriend. My friend was a good looking boy. He was quite famous in my senior high school because of his naughty and disobeyness. He was the Head of Go Green Organization, an adventure Organization which usually climb and conquer the mountain. He loved his girlfriend and admired her very much. I became closer with him when we are in second level of Senior High school. He often told me about her girlfriend, his attitudes toward her, even His romance.

As time went by, their relationship was getting worse. Perhaps because of his freak attitude showed by him when met her. At first, everything was allright but it became worse in the following time. My Friend couldn’t control himself, and getting depressed because of that problem. Her girlfriend finally want to end their relationship, but unfortunately he couldn’t do anything. He started to behave uncontrolly. He seldom went to school and was not passionate to socialize with other people. Smoking cigarettes and drinking liquors became his activities almost everyday. As his friend, I just can give advices eventhough he agreed at the first but finally he do nothing to implement those advices.

He seemed to be alienated by himself, as he often do everything and spend his time by himself. Camping and Climbing done by him as his pleasure in order to erase his special one from his mind, but he can’t do it. Memories is very difficult to be forgotten futhermore it’s all about love. I believed that he might need time to overcome his problem. A year later, he was getting better. He started to lessen his smoking and drinking activity. As time went by, he started to lived normally and tried to reach his dreams.

Friday, 23 April 2010

"The Story of Mount Bromo"

This is a legend about the creation of Mount Bromo, a famous mountain in East Java, which is so famous with the beautifulness of sunrise and the panorama on it's peak.

A hundred years ago, during the reign of the last king of Pringgondani (13-14 century AD), Gatotkaca, one of the King's wives gave birth to a girl, Roro Kunti. Later, when it was the time, she got married to Parikesit, a man comes from Brahman (priests) caste. After having married with Parikesit, They decided to take an important decision about their life. Actually, because of an unfortunate situation, they were forced to leave the kingdom. They left anything except their clothes, their lovely horse, and a sword. They wandered with no direction just looking for shelter, prevention, and freedom. Five months wandering with no results, finally, they found an area in the foot of a mountain. Having felt cozy and comfortable with the place where they stood, a place with fresh air, fertile soil, and nice atmosphere, Parikesit and Roro kunti determined to live in. They settled an area in the mountain, named "Tengger", a traditional village that has own characteristic in it’s settlers such as using ancient Javanese language to communicate each other and believing in the Mahayana Hinduism. Their unique was “ Every boys who born in Wage’s day in Javanese Calendar had to use an earring in his left ear. (Until now, the village of tengger is very well known).

For years, they were unhappy because they didn't have a child. They were anxious and always ask to the Gods, “ Why weren’t we given child ?” Roro Kunti and Parikesit pleaded. Then, to make it happen, they climbed the peak of the mountain, prayed to gods. Fortunately, the God of fire heard their prayer. Eventually, Betara Bromo, the God of fire, gave them an agreement, he promised them many children, but they had to sacrifice their youngest children. Without Thinking twice and considering the agreement, they surely agreed. “Fyuuuh...let’s go! We have to announce this great news to the settlers of Tengger”, Parikesit chuckled. Finally, Roro Kunti and Parikesit came home happily; joyful, ecstatic, and delighted.

As time went by, they had 25 children. This is the time that they had to sacrifice the youngest, Kesuma. Because of loving him so much, they attempted to hide him. As a consequence, an eruption happened, No one can avoid the fate, although they had done many efforts. Finally Kesuma fell into the crater. Then his voice heard: "I have to be sacrificed so that you will all stay alive,” Kesuma shouted like a wicked lighting blows the earth. “From now on, you should arrange an annual ceremony on the 14th of Kesodo,” kesuma demanded.

As a result, Kesuma's brothers and sisters held the offering ceremony every year by offering fruits, vegetables, and rice, and meats. This is named sesajen. This has been done until today by Kejawen sects. (The Javanese original religion that mixed with Islam.)

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

"How To Make an Effective Presentation"

The report from video of effective presentation

Presentation is an activity of showing and explaining topic to the audience in order to persuade, discuss, and debate. In this Report we intend to explain how to make an effective presentation.

What we should do in presentation are:

1. Prepare the materials well
2. Use the right body language and expression
3. Give the complete data
4. Use the right pronunciation and intonation
5. give emphasis on the important thing in order to make its strong

What we should not do in presentation are:

1. There is no contact with the audience
2. Feeling nervous
3. Reading the text
4. Coming late
5. Doing strange things

Key Facts of Presentation

1. Know the Material

2. Know the audiences

3. Prepare the script

4. Self confidence

5. Using Video, Slides and Pictures

6. Body Language

7. Intonation and Pronunciation

8. Fluency

How getting others to understand and accept your idea

There are three parts to deliver your idea in front of the public

1. What do you say?

2. How do you say it?

3. What is your expression?

Presentation won’t run smoothly because several reasons

A. Distraction of eyes

1. The nervousness.

2. Too much Hesitation.

3. Uncommunicative delivering Presentation.

What should we do to solve this problem?

1. Be confidence

2. Use appropriate words when representing the presentation

3. Control the movement and eye contact to the audiences

4. Diminish the gestures when you deliver the presentation

5. Mastering the Subject

6. Be communicative to the audiences

B. Distraction of ears

1. The nervousness

2. Too many ineffective words

What should we do to solve this problem?

1. Be confidence.

2. Control your voice and deliver the presentation calmly.

3. Use appropriate words and are not supposed to use many ineffective words.

4. Using appropriate pronunciation and good intonation.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

"Investing in the Future"

I believe that “giving something more to others is somehow an investment in the future”. Sometimes the belief of giving something to others sounds like exaggerating. No matter what people may say, this I believe, as I had ever felt some experiences about it. It is such an activity that easily said but hard to do.

Two years ago, after the funeral ceremony of my father, I started to realize about the ability of giving. Thus, giving something more to others. I learned something from my father; how to enjoy our life, how to face the problem, how to react toward things happening in our life, etc. The most interesting one I learned from my father was about getting an investment for the future by giving something more to others.

In fact, this happened in my family’s life in the funeral ceremony of my father. My father passed away because of lung cancer. He would be buried in Surakarta as at last having a treatment in the hospital of Dr.Moewardi. At that time, my sister and I were in Balikpapan, East Borneo. My mother left us alone to accompany my father’s treatment in Solo, Central Java. It sounded like a lightning blows to my ears when my mother told me by telephone, “Your father is gone. Be mature, strong, and patient.” I tried to be rigid, then I whispered to my mother, ”This is our fate, God had other plans for us, Let’s take this occurence as a wisdom.”

For a while, a friend of my father picked me up in my senior high school and my sister in her junior high school. My sister started to cry hearing that our father had passed away. As soon as possible, I made her understand that this was God’s plan and we had to approve it as rigid as we can.

Arriving home, I was surprised at the crowd of people waiting for us. They were my neighbours and my parents friends. Everything was prepared by my neighbours, particularly our luggages, our tickets, our necessity for going to Solo to attend the funeral cermony of my father. Unusually intensive, an international departure terminal in Sepinggan Airport was prepared as a waiting room for me, my sisters, and my parent’s friends. This was very exclusive. I never imagined how this could happen. All of us were in grief in the departure terminal. Eventually my sister and I accompanied by three of my father friends went to Jogjakarta by an aeroplane.

In Jogjakarta, picked up by two cars, we were going to Solo with a good reservation. Everything was easier with the help of others. When the funeral ceremony held in Solo, again, I gasped, “Oh there was my father’s friend, coming from Surabaya, Semarang, and Jogjakarta.” Despite my father funeral ceremony not conducted in Balikpapan, our city where we live in, there was still many of his friends from another city. How good, he make a relation!. Many statement of grieving came from many cities outside Balikpapan by the big family of PT. Angkasa Pura 1 throughout Indonesia, his friends from Makassar, Ambon, Jakarta, Manado, Mataram, Bali, Solo, etc. I attempted to interpret this condition, and finally I got something. Perhaps, this was because of his good relation with others.

As I know, my father is generous, quick to help, and respectable. He had done many things for others. Giving something more to others is really somehow an investment to the future, because the effect is not only for himself but also for his family.

Up to now, my father’s friends often help my family, not only by material but also by giving more attention or interest with us whenever we need them. Sometimes, when we were far away from our hometown, I think , “Neighbour is more than relative”, they were like our family. We are born as sosial creature that can’t live alone, do all the things alone, solve the problem in the real world by ourself, we need friends, we need our family , we need others, we need affection, we need moral support, “God creates us not only for doing the worship for Him but also for creating a prosperity, peace, a balance in the earth”

"This I believe"

Thursday, 25 February 2010

"Great Britain, United Kindgom, and England"

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK, or Britain) is a sovereign state located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe. It is an island country, spanning an archipelago including Great Britain, the northeastern part of Ireland, and many small islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK with a land border, sharing it with the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea. The largest island.

Great Britain is an island] situated to the northwest of Continental Europe. It is the ninth largest island in the world, and the largest European island

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland consists of over790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom, bordered by England to its east, and the Atlantic Ocean andIrish Sea to its west

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west and the North Sea to the east, with the English Channel to the south separating it from continental Europe. Most of England comprises the central and southern part of the island of Great Britain in the North Atlantic. The country also includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Idiomatic Expressions

1. A bear for : very enthusiastic, very spiritful,.( antusias,. sangat bersemangat )
- She was a bear for holding that party
Ia sangat bersemangat menyelenggarakan pesta itu

2. A blue rose : impossible
- If we always try and try, there is no a blue rose in this world
Jika kita selalu mencoba dan mencoba, tidak ada yang tidak munglin di dunia ini

3. A fish out of water : not in the place, not at the place
- He scolded with his brother before many people. I think it was a fish out of water
Ia memarahi saudaranya di hadapan banyak orang. Saya rasa hal itu tidak pada tempatnya

4. A gone coon : despair, hopeless, ( putus asa )
- A gone coon condition can create a failure
Kondisi putus asa dapat menciptakan satu kegagalan

5. Abreast off : Follow ( mengikuti )
- He is usually abreast of my advice
Ia selalu mengikuti nasehat saya

6. Absorbed by : Passionate, be infatuated ( asyik )
- Sometimes, we are absorbed by ourselves but forget anyone else
Kadang-kadang kita asyik dengan diri kita sendiri namun lupa dengan orang lain

7. As a matter of fact : Fact, truth, reality ( Kenyataan, sebenarnya )
- They are intructed to practice the material given in their home, as a matter of fact They didn't do that
Mereka diinstruksikan untuk melatih materi yang diberikan di rumahnya, namun tidak mereka kerjakan

8. As I see it : In my opinion, I personally think, to my mind ( menurut pendapatku )
- As I see it, you have to go to the psychologist, because your awareness starts to dissapear

9. As the day is long : continously, the whole day ( sepanjang hari, terus-menerus )
- You look so pale, do you work as the day is long ?
Anda nampak pucat, apakah anda bekerja sepanjang hari.

10. At bottom : Pada Dasarnya, pada hakekatnya
- It's a nice at bottom but you have to consider the others
Pad dasarnya hal itu baik namun anda harus mempertimbangkan hal lain

adopted from : "Develop your Vocabulary and Idiom" Yusran Pora

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

The Oxford 3000

As we know that English Language is the most Frequent used language in the world, In order to become fluently in speaking English, we have to memorize a lot of vocabulary which may be useful and important for our Daily speaking, although there are many words in English Language. It needs much time in enlarging, enrichment, and memorizing all of them, So we have to know which vocabulary are most frequently used or rarely used. In this occasion, I intend to give you the vocabularies based on Oxford Advanced Learners 7th Edition Dictionary.

It is named The oxford 3000 which have been selected by a group of language experts and experienced teachers, because of their importance and usefulness.

For more information and The Oxford 3000 word list, you can follow this Link

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