Saturday, 8 April 2017

DEWA ATHENA

Hello, folks! It is me again and now is story time. So keep reading, if you will.


We,  SMAN 3 students except those who are in their last year, just had an event called Dewa Athena. Dewa Athena is some kind of a sports festival or something; you get what I mean. The name itself is rather interesting. Well, at least it is, for me. Dewa Athena is literally the name of the Goddess of Wisdom in Greek Mythology, Athena. It is also the name of the capital city of Greece : Athens. Why the committe chose such a name, I only have a guess. I actually wonder why they named the event like that. I mean, Athena is not only the goddess of wisdom, but also the goddess of warcraft. My best guess is because Athena is the goddess of wisdom, it is only reasonable that she would be the patron of SMAN 3 students which are known for their ardent will to keep studying. But she is also the goddess of warcraft. So, I guess during this event, we are expected to play the games with  strategies not unlike during a war. However, that is just a mere guess of mine. So, don’t assume things up.

Okay, enough with my speculation and momentary blabbering. Now, I am going to describe the event as best as I can. So, Dewa Athena is an event of sport competitions. There are games to play with, or, to be more precise, to compete against other classes. The games include volleyball, football, dodgeball, badminton, relay race, tug of war, and even a traditional game called gobak sodor. We played the games as best as we could. We actually won lots of them but we lost during the final. I, myself, only played gobak sodor. I mean, that’s the only game I can contribute since I suck at any other games. 

We made it to the final with gobak sodor, volleyball, relay race, and tug of war. However, we only won the tug of war despite our effort. I really love watching my team played tug of war, because the faces they made during that game are just funny. They screamed and exert so much energy they look like total savages. But we lost against the 11th graders in tug of war, though. I mean, just look at the size difference. One look at our team and their team, and the winner is obvious. The only comfort we had is that we won against all other 10th graders, so that must count for something. Here I will insert some pictures taken during the event, credits to my dear classmate: Raihana and Adila. 


watching the relay race
during gobak sodor


pink squad, cheese!


Anyway, would you look at our jersey? Because the jersey of our class just stands out so distinctly you can recognize one from, like, a hundred meters away. I mean, the color is ridiculously pink. It looks even more ridiculous on boys.  I don't have a picture with the boys, so... yeah, my apologies. The jersey really helps, though, especially when I am lost in the crowd and I have to look for the others. We call ourselves the pink squad because of this.

However, this event is rather exciting. It helps us build solidarity among our class mates and other classes as well. We experienced glory, exhaustion, joy, disappointment, even heartbreak. But that is all sport is about. Also, this event keeps us moving during weekend, so we may become healthier. Maybe.

Okay I guess that is all for now. Thank you for reading and see you next post!

xoxo 

Friday, 7 April 2017

xx Crosswords xx






 HORIZONTAL

1. Preposition that means next to or near to.                                                                                     
2. The quality of being impartial or fair.                                            
3. Preposition used to indicate position in or in contact with an outer surface.
4. Tremendous in size, volume, or degree; synonymous with gigantic.
6. Solemn promise or assertion.
8. An exercise designed to examine progress or test qualification or knowledge. (reverse)
10. To drink in small quantity.                                                                                                           
12. Feeling or showing strong desire, endeavour, and support for a person, cause, etc.
13. Synonymous with back or rear.                                                               
15. To make someone/something afraid.                                           
17. An exchange of property usually without use of money.
19. The condition of being known                                                     
22. A supreme and independent ruler of a duchy                 
24. Relatively low in position, rank or order  (reverse)


VERTICAL

2. Great happiness or pleasure. (reverse)
5. Synonymous with tint.                                                                               
6. The decision of a jury on the matter submitted to it in trial. (reverse)
7. An ornament or emblem fastened to a cloth.
9. Any of a class of bryophytic plants.
11. Extreme anger.                 
14. Synonymous with seize or capture.                     
16. To remain floating over a place or object             
18. To go from place to place without purpose or direction              
20. To ...  or not to ...  - Shakespeare  (reverse)
21. To give up possession of on claim or demand (reverse)
23. Exactly the same in number, amount, degree, etc            .
24. To make an untrue statement with intent to deceive.

      


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Regarding Nature: Then and Now

Nature, in a way, is indescribable. For something that is very fundamental and as old as time itself, nature, for some people (both ancient and modern), is even considered divine. In fact, our ancestors worship nature and henceforth sprang the Pagan religion.  A lot of artifacts, famous buildings, and symbols we see today and even use are a reference to paganism. For example, the pentagram that is often mistaken as the symbol of the Devil is actually a reference to Venus, a pagan goddess. However, humans’ perspective regarding nature has changed, and it is not for the better.

While our ancestors regarded nature as something divine and they dared not stain it let alone wreaking havoc on it, we modern people regard nature as something that we have at our disposal and is there to serve our purposes. The later is a terribly twisted perspective. We rely on nature in order to live. Nature provides us everything we need. Nature gives us foods to eat, woods to build, metal to make useful contraptions, and countless other things.

We earn a lot of lessons from nature.  We learn how to be loyal like dogs, calm like a still lake, tough like the roots of trees which trunks soar up to the sky. Nature teaches us how to be fierce and unpredictable like the wildlife, but also to be gentle like a morning breeze.

We owe a lot to nature, but what have we done in return? Open your eyes to the world today. Humans have inflicted catastrophe upon nature so great that the hurt we caused cannot be hidden anymore. The damages we have done to Mother Earth are laid bare to be seen even with naked eyes. Just take a look at the obvious evidence:  global warming. This phenomenon causes lethal climate change that threatens to tear the Antarctica apart and therefore not only bring doom upon the polar bears, but also raises the sea level which can be mortally dangerous especially for certain communities who live in a land below sea level. Who is responsible for this? Us. Look at those dying endangered species, teetering on the brink of extinction, almost losing their existence just because some irresponsible human beings one day come up with this ‘brilliant’ idea that they can make a lot of money by smuggling those species and sell them illegally. Animals losing their home and family just because some greedy fellows can’t get enough of money so they expand their lands by burning the forest. Animals choking on garbage we threw at our whim. Fish filled with cancer because of the polluted river. Sadly, those examples are just a wee bit of numerous horrible things we have done to nature.

I don’t worship nature like the ancient people did, but I see it as a divine beauty that must be protected. I used to live in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia which is known for its hot temperature. The average temperature there is 33 degree Celsius which is too hot to endure without air conditioner. I constantly felt bad about using air conditioner way too often, so I decided to move to a cooler city. Fortunately the city where I live now, Bandung, is also a big city, but the air there is still cool and clean. I don’t use air conditioner now and that makes me feel good. I start reducing plastic usage and other things that will take thousands of years to decompose.  Small acts like that if done by everyone will make a tremendous change.


Our ancestors were able to understand nature but that ancient wisdom is either lost or forgotten. Humans’ first quest of truth is all about understanding nature, and they succeeded, which explains their behavior and perspective toward nature. Modern humans err because they fail to grasp the true concept of nature. They are too blinded by their greed to see the beauty and importance of it. Thus, we cannot just be a damsel in distress.  Everybody should do everything in their power to make amend, to repent for their mistakes and restore what’s damaged. That way, nature can be saved.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Holidays

Hello, I'm Ghefira, in case you forget, and now I'm going to post something again.

This post, as you may have guessed, contains my ranting about my dull, ordinary holidays.
I mean it quite literally. I did ordinary things, ate ordinary foods, etc. Everything is exceptionally ordinary, except the books I read.

Nonetheless, I miss those days. I mean, I have so much time to use, although I'm quite sure I didn't use that dearly precious time that I had properly.

I filled my leisure time during those two weeks off to read books. My to-be-read list is abundant and I decided to tick some of the titles off. Those books that I read during my holidays are Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the original screenplay) also by J. K. Rowling, and some of Dan Brown's legendary books. Those books enticed me in their arresting beauties and because of that my bad habit of reading 300 to 400 pages book in a matter of hours came up again. That bad habit made me finish those books faster than I gathered money to buy another. And that is a real, huge problem for readers.

Other activities that I did are draining and refilling my pond, going somewhere (I don't really know exactly where that place's location is) to buy fish and aquatic plants to adorn my pond, gardening, going to the mall, buying more books *haha*, and attending my riding school as per usual.

I went to Trans Studio Mall, Bandung Indah Plaza, Paris van Java, and several restaurants. I did that simply to keep me alive and not be dead due to boredom. You can say I'm the kind of person who is so easy to get bored, and I like overstating, overreacting the situation. One second without an activity and I went on screaming and whining about how bored I am and how I'm going to be dead due to boredom. See? I'm the queen of exaggerating when it comes to boredom.

Oh yeah, there this one time when I was in the riding field, an accident happened. I was riding this black, big, lazy horse but the thing is I couldn't make him gallop after his colleagues no matter how many times I kicked his torso. I was left behind my other riders.

The instructors kept yelling at me to kick the horse to make him gallop, but instead of galloping, the horse raised its front legs so I pulled the reins tight to keep him from being such an unruly horse. As time passed, the horse began to obey me. I almost got the situation under control. But how unfortunate of me! Suddenly, the horse kicked its hind legs and I was flung and smote the ground really hard headfirst. What's more, I didn't wear a helmet that day. I was stunned out of my wits and just lay there sprawling on the ground, unaware of my surrounding. I had a black out until my instructor pulled me aside. I got a terrible headache, puked, and slept for 12 hours. I also received several wounds .

I guess that's the only interesting that happened to me during my holidays, and it is not really a good one, is it?

Anyway, that's all I can tell you  or else this post would be too long and tedious. Thank you for reading this! See you next post.

Monday, 31 October 2016

A Hero to the World

Hi again. This time, I'm going to tell you about a person who is influential to the world, a person who has contributed a lot to the world we live in. Here, an amazingly brave woman, Severn Cullis-Suzuki.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki.jpg

Are you familiar with her face? Her name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki. She is a Canadian environmental activist, speaker, television host, and author. She was born on November 30th, 1979 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her mother, Tara Elizabeth Cullis, is a writer meanwhile her father, David Suzuki, is a Japanese Canadian geneticist and environmental activist.

Cullis-Suzuki attended Lord Tennyson Elementary School in French Immersion. Cullis-Suzuki graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology. After Yale, Cullis-Suzuki spent two years traveling. Cullis-Suzuki co-hosted Suzuki's Nature Quest, a children's television series that aired on the Discovery Kids in 2002.  She enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Victoria to study ethnobotany under Nancy Turner, finishing in 2007. Severn is married and lives with her husband and two children in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands.

While she was attending her elementary school, at age 9, she founded the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learn and teach other youngsters about environmental issues.In 1992, at age 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the summit, where she was applauded for a speech to the delegates. The video has since become a viral hit, popularly known as "The Girl Who Silenced the World for 6 Minutes".

In 1993, she was honored in the United Nations Environment Programme's Global 500 Roll of Honour. In 1993, Doubleday published her book Tell the World, a 32-page book of environmental steps for families. In early 2002, she helped launch an Internet-based think tank called The Skyfish Project. As a member of Kofi Annan's Special Advisory Panel, she and members of the Skyfish Project brought their first project, a pledge called the "Recognition of Responsibility", to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in August 2002. The Skyfish Project disbanded in 2004 as Cullis-Suzuki turned her focus back to school.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki is the main character in the documentary film Severn, the Voice of Our Children, directed by Jean-Paul Jaud and released theatrically in France on November 10, 2010.
Cullis-Suzuki is also an Earth Charter International Council Member.

She has done so much for the sake of our environment. Even since she was very young, she has done great things. She was very bold for speaking up, representing the unheard voices of all who suffered because of the severe environmental problems, in front of many adults in Rio Summit. This should be an encouragement for all of us, especially fellow youngsters, to contribute anything, to do everything in our power for the sake of the world we live in.

source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severn_Cullis-Suzuki

Monday, 10 October 2016

~Story-telling Time~

 STORY ONE : Why The Bat Flies At Night

http://fairytalesoftheworld.com/quick-reads/why-the-bat-flies-at-night/
Moral value : We, as decent living creatures, must spread peace and accept everyone just the way they are. 

STORY TWO : Bell The Cat
http://www.english-for-students.com/Bell-The-Cat.html
Moral value : Empty solutions are of no worth.

STORY THREE : Elephant and Friends
http://www.sekolahbahasainggris.com/10-contoh-cerita-binatang-dalam-bahasa-inggris-dan-artinya-terbaru/
Moral value : We must be brave to say our thoughts

STORY FOUR : Pinocchio
http://www.belajaringgris.net/teks-cerita-pinokio-dalam-bahasa-inggris-1221.html

Moral value : We must not lie

Monday, 3 October 2016

~ANNOUNCEMENT~

ATTENTION!

To all dear students of 3 Senior High School,

We are going to do our final exams from December 5th -  December 13th 2016. The exams will start at 7 a.m. and will be finished at 12 p.m.

Therefore, students are expected to arrive at school before the test starts. Please prepare yourself and bring your own stationery.

Best luck and best regards,

Thanks for your attention.

youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytBYYu1ww5k&feature=youtu.be