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

Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Unforgettable Moment

Hi guys. In this post I'm going to tell you a story which is about my unforgettable experience. So, the story began like this...

I was still 9 back then, if I'm not mistaken. My family and I were spending a holiday in an island called Tidung Island. It is not far from Jakarta, and since I still lived in Jakarta back then the island is the right destination for spending a short holiday.

We had so much fun there. We went bicycling along the beach, playing and running to and fro, exploring the island which was still pure, no cars and such pollution as in Jakarta. But little me who was very curious about everything and pretty reckless, eagerly pleaded to my parents to let me go snorkeling. And surprisingly, they approved. They granted my plea!! I was overjoyed then.

The next day, approximately at 3 in the afternoon, and it was a hot day, my family and I, accompanied by a tour guide, went to the middle of the sea with a small boat. We only use a fisherman boat. After quite some time, the guide explained that we were in the middle of two islands, though as far as my eyes could see, the said islands were nowhere to be seen. The vast, blue sea was a delight to me. I am a kind of person who loves to be in nature, whether on land or sea. I couldn't swim but I was dying to jump into the calm sea. To break the still surface of the water.

Not long after the boat has stopped and I've put on every required equipment, I went down first. I was still the youngest kid back then, but the boldest also if it comes to nature. There is no such thing as the feeling I had when a nine-year-old me got to see the undersea creatures. Corals and various kinds of fish all danced before my eyes. I swam around and it felt like walking in a dream. My dreamy mind took control of my limbs that I almost bumped my head into the boat. But as I was enjoying the exquisite view, I was jerked back into my senses when I felt pain in my bare hands and feet. Apparently, i got stung by jellyfish multiple times and red bumps covered my hands and feet.

Nevertheless, I didn't care about the pain. What mattered to me was that I also got to see the jellyfish. And that was not even the best part of this trip. I still swam around when a large dark shadow passed by out of the blue. My eyes went wind with amazement and I did not dare to make a tiniest move. MAN I THOUGHT IT WAS A SHARK AND I WAS SCARED TO DEATH. But as I inspected it, after the creature swam away, I realized it was a huge stingray!

 'What a day to remember!' I thought. I reappeared on the surface and got back into the boat. But since I was a quiet kid and didn't speak much, I buried my feeling along the things that I saw and kept it all to myself but the memory of it burned itself in my brain so that I could not forget it, not even until now, 6 years later.

It was a blissful day for me. I got to enjoy nature. I love the view, I love its captivating beauty, I love the smell of the sea, I love the cool water of the sea, the salty water that stung my eyes. I love everything about that day. It was perfect and I hope I can enjoy a vacation not unlike that one. I guess I just gotta wait for the next opportunity to come to me at the right time.

That is my unforgettable moment. The moment when I let go and overcame my fear of swimming. The moment when I got to enjoy nature. That moment meant a lot to me. And, if you don't mind, I'd love to hear about yours. Tell me anything and I promise I will try my best to be a good listener.

That's all for now. I look forward to interact more with you guys. See you next post!!

xx

Friday, 16 September 2016

A Place I'd Rather Be In

I'm a man of my word. Therefore, I am here to fulfill my promise, which is to publish another post before long.

It's me again, Ghefira. I bet you are getting tired of me being here. Haha, sorry for my boring posts. You will have to excuse me for my lack of ideas and time to write.

Anyway, this post's topic is about a place I would love to visit. Sometimes, you just get tired of your own place. Craving to go somewhere else is normal, especially when you've been staying in one place for too long a time. And just like everyone else, I have a place that I badly want to go to.





Kakadu National Park is its name. It is an archaeological and ethnological reserve located in Australia's Northern Territory. With terrain encompassing wetlands, rivers, and sandstone escarpment, it is home to some 2,000 plant species and wildlife from saltwater crocodiles and flatback turtles to birds. Aboriginal rock paintings, dating to prehistoric time, can be viewed at sites such as Nourlangie, Nanguluwur, and Ubirr.

Kakadu National Park is an enormous area, the area even reaches 19,804 km². 
This National Park is not only a conservation for its biodiversity, but also an archaeological site since this land is considered ancient and has lots of archaeological remains.

         

Kakadu has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, and many of the park's extensive rock art sites date back to thousands of years. Kakadu's rock art provides a window into human civilization in the days before the last ice age.

Aside from the archaeological sites, this park also preserves the greatest variety of ecosystems on the Australian continent including extensive areas of savanna woodlands, open forest,  floodplains, magroves, tidal mudflats, coastal areas, and monsoon forests. The park also has a huge diversity of flora and is one of the least impacted areas of the northern part of the Australian continent. Its spectacular scenery includes landscapes of arresting beauty, with escarpments up to 330 metres high extending in a jagged and unbroken line for hundreds of kilometres.

  



The most famous fauna here is the crocs, especially the saltwater crocs since Australia is known for its huge population of crocodiles. Over one third of Australia's bird species, one quarter of Australia's land mammals and an exceptionally high number of reptile, frog and fish species also are the inhabitants here.



Me, as someone who deeply loves nature and has an enormous affection towards animals, really really want to visit that extraordinary national park. I hope I can go there someday and enjoy nature at its best.

That's one of so many places that I want to visit. Do you have any places that you long to go to? Mind to tell me about it? I'd love to hear your thoughts about my blog, so feel free to contact me anytime you wish.

I guess that's all for now. Bye-bye!
Xoxo

Source: google.com


And now, let's answer these questions~~

1. Where is Kakadu National Park located?
     A. Australia's Northern Territory
     B. West Java, Indonesia
     C. Orlando, Florida
     D. Osaka, Japan
     E. Brazil, South America

2. Which is not mentioned in the text?
     A. Kakadu National Park area reaches 19,804 km²
     B. The most famous fauna there is the crocodiles
     C. This National Park contained over one third of Australia's bird species
     D. Kakadu has been home to Inca people for more than 50,000 years
     E.  It is home to some 2,000 plant species

3. "This park also preserves the greatest variety of ecosystems..."
     the underlined word means...
     A. Maintain something in its original state
     B. Cause irreparable damage  to
     C. Able to be maintained at a certain level
     D. The natural world
     E. Strengthen or support physically or mentally

4. "Kakadu National Park is an enormous area..."
     The antonym of the underlined word is...
     A. Huge
     B. Tiny
     C. Vast
     D. Immense
     E. Colossal

5. "since this land is considered ancient and..."
     The synonym of the underlined word is...
     A. Excluded
     B. Secluded
     C. Praised
     D. Deemed
     E. Thought