Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Practice What to Say When They Say…

Baru aja baca buku Parent Talk! : The Art of Effective Communication With the School & Your Child. Banyak tips praktis mengenai hal yang terjadi dengan anak berhubungan dengan pelajaran atau lingkungan sekolah. Salah satunya tentang membaca. Ini cuplikannya:


“I hate reading!
I’d rather watch TV or
play with my friends.
Why do you make me
read every night?”

“Reading every night is important. Books can be like a
best friend, always there for you, ready to entertain you,
help your imagination, teach you new information, and
even increase your writing skills. Would it help if I read
with you or even next to you? Let’s set time aside every
day for family reading time. I can catch up on my
favorite book or the newspaper and you can read
something that interests you. When would you like to go
to the library together so we both can find books we
like? We can then share and talk about them.”
“Reading is very important, for lots of reasons. First, the
more you read, the smarter you get—and being a good
reader helps you in all your other subjects. Books can
be good friends, too, always there when you want to be
entertained; they can take you away to other places or
back in time or introduce you to famous people. I love
to read, so why don’t we set aside some family reading
time each day when we can read together. Would you
like to go to the library together so we both can find
books we like? Or maybe you’d like to read some
magazines about your favorite hobbies? We can talk
about what we’ve read with each other.”

Very very inspiring. Terkadang kita memang butuh sesuatu yang aplikatif model gini dibandingkan hanya sekedar teori.

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Amazing Niece

Percakapan via HP... 
Anak 2th4bln: "Anti tau sunami itu apa?"
Aunty: "Apa ya tsunami itu?"
Anak: "Sunami kasian, kaya wedus gembel airnya. Smua anyut"
Aunty: "Apa yg hanyut?"
Anak: "Mobil, rumah. Orang kasian."

Real Woman

Real Women are classy, strong, independent, loyal and lovable. One thing about them is they know they deserve better.

Just because her eyes don't tear doesn't mean her heart doesn't cry. Just because she comes off strong doesn't mean there's nothing wrong.

For her, sometimes there is no next time, no timeouts, no second chances, sometimes it's now or never.If SHE truly loves someone, then the only thing SHE wants is for them to be happy, even if its NEVER with her.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

OXYMORON: I Am Clearly Confused

Oxymoron! What a strange word!
An oxymoron describes a combination of two contradictory words. The words derives from the Greek word 'Oxus' (sharp) and 'Moris' (stupid). We hear these combinations all the time and we understand them, too. But if we stop to think about them seriously, they are really quite weird.
For example: "That hound dog is pretty ugly." How can something be pretty and ugly at the same time? Can you explain these oxymorons?

- The plant is growing smaller. (I thought growing means getting larger)
- My fav flavor is bittersweet. (Make up your mind!)
- Do you like jumbo shrimp? (what size do you mean-jumbo or shrimp?)
- I would like a hot ice tea. (You must be kidding me. Do you want it hot or cold?)
- That was a cruel kindness.
- It was a living death.
- Let's pig out moderately.
- The two of them are friendly enemies.
- It was a peaceful war.
- He is a little giant.

Can you think of an oxymoron which you have heard? make up an oxymoron...

-just an outstanding ordinary girl-

'School is as a Waiting Game’

Iain, siswa gifted berusia 8 tahun, mengekspresikan rasa frustrasinya terhadap sistem pembelajaran yang menurutnya tidak sesuai melalui puisi yang ia buat. puisi ini ia buat di tahun 1990an. coba perhatikan penggunaan repetisi untuk menggambarkan perasaan dan pandanganya terhadap sekolah.

School is as a waiting game,
waiting for the time when the game has
gone for long enough
and I will play my own game
with no waiting, waiting,
except for waiting for
tomorrow, which will be filled
with excitement and decisions, ideas and
anything, anything except waiting, waiting
as there will be nothing to
wait for, as the waiting game will have
ended, and a new game begun, begun.

Monday, March 7, 2011

What does it mean?

Sering bingung dengan beberapa akronim atau abreviasi yang kerap ditemui ketika sedang berkomunikasi? baik itu via e-mail, messenger programs, SMS, MMS amaupun cara berkomunikasi lainnya.

Nah, supaya tidak dianggap lama loading atau "kuper", gak ada salahnya kalo kita juga tahu beberapa akronim yang sering dipakai di media. Here're some, people....

AFAIK =» As Far As I Know
AFK =» Away From Keyboard
ASAP =» As Soon As Possible
BAS =» Big A$$ Smile
BBL =» Be Back Later
BBN =» Bye Bye Now
BBS =» Be Back Soon
BEG =» Big Evil Grin
BF =» Boyfriend
BIBO =» Beer In, Beer Out
BRB =» Be Right Back
BTW =» By The Way
BWL =» Bursting With Laughter
C&G =» Chuckle and Grin
CICO =» Coffee In, Coffee Out
CID =» Crying In Disgrace
CNP =» Continued (in my) Next Post
CP =» Chat Post(a chat message)
CRBT =» Crying Real Big Tears
CSG =» Chuckle Snicker Grin
CYA =» See You (Seeya)
CYAL8R =» See You Later (Seeyalata)
DLTBBB =» Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite
EG =» Evil Grin
EMSG =» Email Message
FC =» Fingers Crossed
FTBOMH =» From The Bottom Of My Heart
FYI =» For Your Information
FWIW =» For What It's Worth
GAL =» Get A Life
GF =» Girlfriend
GFN =» Gone For Now
GMBA =» Giggling My Butt Off
GMTA =» Great Minds Think Alike
GTSY =» Glad To See You
H&K =» Hug and Kiss
HABU =» Have A Better 'Un
HAGN =» Have A Good Night
HAGU =» Have A Good 'Un
HHIS =» Hanging Head in Shame
HUB =» Head Up Butt
IAE =» In Any Event
IC =» I See
IGP =» I Gotta Pee
IMNSHO =» In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO =» In My Opinion
IMCO =» In My Considered Opinion
IMHO =» In My Humble Opinion
IOW =» In Other Words
IRL =» In Real Life
IWALU =» I Will Always Love You
JMO =» Just My Opinion
JTLYK =» Just To Let You Know
KIT =» Keep In Touch
KOC =» Kiss On Cheek
KOL =» Kiss On Lips
L8R =» Later
L8R G8R =» Later 'Gater
LHM =» Lord Help Me
LHO =» Laughing Head Off
LHU =» Lord Help Us
LMAO =» Laughing My A$$ Off
LMSO =» Laughing My Socks Off
LOL =» Laugh Out Loud
LSHMBB =» Laughing So Hard My Belly is Bouncing
LSHMBH =» Laughing So Hard My Belly Hurts
LSHTTARDML =» Laughing So Hard The Tears Are Running Down My Leg
LTNS =» Long Time No See
LTS =» Laughing To Self
LUWAMH =» Love You With All My Heart
LY =» Love Ya
MTF =» More To Follow
NRN =» No Reply Necessary
NADT =» Not A Darn Thing
OIC =» Oh, I See
OL =» Old Lady (significant other)
OM =» Old Man (significant other)
OTOH =» On The Other Hand
OTTOMH =» Off The Top of My Head
PDS =» Please Don't Shoot
PITA =» Pain In The A$$
PM =» Private Message
PMFJI =» Pardon Me For Jumping In
PMP =» Peed My Pants
POAHF =» Put On A Happy Face
QSL =» Reply
QSO =» Conversation
QT =» Cutie
ROFL =» Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLAPMP =» ROFL And Peeing My Pants
ROFLUTSROFL =» Unable to Speak
RTFM =» Read The F****** Manual!
SETE =» Smiling Ear To Ear
SHID =» Slaps Head In Disgust
SNERT =» Snot-Nosed Egotistical Rude Teenager
SO =» Significant Other
SOT =» Short Of Time
SOTMG =» Short Of Time Must Go
SWAK =» Sealed With A Kiss
SWAS =» Scientific Wild A$$ Guess
SWL =» Screaming with Laughter
SYS =» See You Soon
TA =» Thanks Again
TGIF =» Thank God It's Friday
TCOY =» Take Care Of Yourself
TILII =» Tell It Like It Is
TNT =» Till Next Time
TOY =» Thinking Of You
TTFN =» Ta Ta For Now
TTYL =» Talk To You Later
WAS =» Wild A$$ Guess
WB =» Welcome Back
WTH =» What/Who The Heck (or sub an 'F' for the 'H')
YBS =» You'll Be Sorry
YG =» Young Gentleman
YL =» Young Lady
YM =» Young Man

Untuk akronim yang lebih banyak boleh intip

Ok, selamat mencoba

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Childhood is measured out by sounds and smeels and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows. 
John Betntjemen

Quote pembuka yang mengawali film The Boy in The Stripped Pajamas (TBTSP). Berhubung sudah baca resensi bukunya (walaupun sayangnya belum dapat kesempatan membaca keseluruhan isi buku), saya jadi bisa membayangkan kira2 gambaran film ini seperti apa. Latar belakang kehidupan di salah satu kamp Nazi yang dikemas dalam ‘dunia anak’ sedikit banyak membuat saya kembali menggali ingatan tentang film Life is Beautiful (LIB).  Visualisasi awal film cukup membuat bayangan awal saya terkuatkan (awal pemandangan indah, ¾ bagian film pemandangannya ‘suram’). Setting pemandangan yang menakjubkan, kehidupan yang nampak normal, anak-anak bermain2 di jalanan, riang gembira seperti yang seharusnya. Sama seperti LIB, dunia anak digambarkan dengan indah. Mungkin bedanya, yang satu menyoroti ras Aria, dan yang satu Yahudi. Dan alih-alih di Itali, film TBTSP mengambil setting di Berlin dan (sepertinya) Hungaria.  Ceritanya mengenai ‘kepolosan’ Bruno, anak seorang Komandan Jerman. Ia sangat senang bereksplorasi dan memiliki rasa ingin tahu yang besar. Promosi yang didapat ayahnya mengharuskan ia pindah melintasi negara ke sebuah pedesaan yang tampak sunyi. Hal yang membuatnya bosan setengah mati. Jiwa petualang membawanya pada sebuah ‘pertanian’ yang terletak di belakang rumahnya. Walaupun ia menganggap orang2 di pertanian tersebut aneh2 (karena tampak kuyu dan selalu memakai piyama), namun ia mendapatkan teman yang memang ia butuhkan, yaitu Shmuel.  Persahabatan ‘rahasia’ mereka terus berlanjut. Dan selama itu, Bruno selalu menganggap hidup di ‘pertanian’ seperti Shmuel sepertiya mengasyikkan, karena bisa bermain setiap saat (sama saja seperti image yang ingin dibentuk sang ayah pada anaknya di LIB). Sampai pada satu waktu ia mengetahui kebenaran bahwa itu adalah kamp buat Yahudi, yang merupakan musuh mereka dan seharusnya dijauhi. Namun, seperti quote pembuka, Bruno tidak memahami apa yang terjadi dan alasan yang melatarbelakangi. Ia tetap berteman dengan Shmuel dan membawa pertemanan itu ke level yang lebih tinggi. Namun dunia anak yang polos dan begitu murni terkadang tidak sejalan dengan kenyataan yang sebenarnya dibentuk oleh orang dewasa untuk dilegalkan terjadi. Ke-naifan Bruno untuk membantu mencari ayah Shmuel yang hilang di dalam kamp (yang pada kenyataannya sudah menjadi abu dan asap di cerobong pembantaian) malah membawanya pada pembuktian yang nyata ke hadapan orang dewasa (dalam hal ini orangtua dan pasukannya) bahwa apa yang sedang terjadi adalah hal yang seharusnya dengan sadar bisa dihindari. Walaupun inti cerita antara kedua film hampir sama, namun masing-masing memiliki sisi yang berbeda. Jika pada LIB, mudah saja bagi sang ayah (terutama) untuk melindungi anak dari mengetahui situasi sebenarnya karena usia anak yang memang masih balita, pada TBTSP sandiwara seperti itu tidak mempan terjadi. Walaupun sang ibu sudah berusaha untuk menghalangi Bruno, namun pada akhirnya ia tahu kenyataan (walau tidak sepenuhnya). Jika di LIB banyak sekali bittersweet-nya dan kental humornya (karena memang cerita menuntut begitu), di TBTSP jangan harapkan itu terjadi. Termehek-mehek deh lihat akhirnya duh(bagian termehek2nya sih sama aja dengan Life Is Beautifull)  
  • Akting polos dan wajah lugu pemeran Shmuel bikin jatuh hati
  • Seneng denger lagu kebangsaan Jerman versi piano asli, biasanya denger kalo pembalap atau kesebelasan jerman menang pertandingan doang haha.
  • Music composernya James Horner (penting gak ya? Gak tau deh, tapi suka aja) 
 XOXO“Pencinta film tentang kehidupan”