Saturday, November 26, 2011

Status quo, no!

Everyone indeed evolves, but not everyone realizes that he or she has evolved. Evolving can be in any way either good or bad way. Here of course I am talking about the good one within me and I hope within yourselves, I encourage the strangers to share with me here.

I am a college student and almost everyday (as it is supposed to be) I learn by reading, listening or observing things that I encounter in my life. I call them all as mean for me to evolve. To me, realizing that we have evolved is important since we will always think, act and behave differently (supposed to be better). The essence of changing the way we think, acting and behaving is improvement itself. These are the very noticeable measurement of us in the present time compared to the past. And yet, the improvement and changing in a very dramatic way will be perceived not similarly by people around us, especially by the closest friends, families or spouse (if you have). They might think that you are stranger or whatsoever they never thought before, they might hate you. This massive change can be called as evolution or maybe revolution within you. I personally love to be evolving myself toward the better one, as this is what I understand in the teaching of my religion – islam. What in yours? But, not that extreme anyways.

A trap that will be faced by those to have committed to improving themselves in a radical way is that the bad perception from other people. But it’s not solely that, the sense of pride obviously felt by them also jeopardizes themselves. So, keeping a sincere intention to change is so much inevitable, the very 1st thing must-have beforehand.

Changing in the way we speak, write, or act is visible more frankly to those who are closest to us because they see us quite often and have known quite well. I have been writing on this blog for almost 3 years and I realize that the topics I pick have changed, the way I use certain words also changes. And so the openness or expressiveness in writing. The only reason I decided to publish writing and make a blog is to drill my writing skill in English. Unconsciously I thought I have touched something quite far from that – expressing my ideas. Yes, you may see some of my ideas and philosophy, at least you can value and judge me in ease, for some it’ll be hard still.

All in all, writing on a blog has to benefit me and other people. Yes I have gotten benefit since I can practice my writing and gauge the improvement, I laughed sometimes when I read my past posts. Nonetheless I won’t delete them as I think it’s a good stuff to measure me. So to me now, blog is one of the measurement instrument to know how much you have changed toward the better ones. So, I urge you to keep writing on blog of yours, or if you haven’t got it, make one. It’s free!
Happy measuring yourselves!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011


Everyone who is concerned about English will always be needed to master grammar. Grammar, what is grammar? Well, it is kind of rule we use in dealing with language, I am sure every language has it. Grammar is indeed a very big deal for those who, in this time I would call, English learners since the degree of mastery of English can one be indicated or identified by grammatical usage in speaking and writing, in which they are called as active learning. Learning Grammar in order that we are able to speak and write in English correctly has always been a critical issue, at least for some (read most) people I met so far. Many of us are doubt in speaking or have lack of confidence due to the poor grammatical skill we have. Some of them, even English students at college, barely have strong faith within themselves to really practice English in a very correct in terms of grammar, in a way that they are supposed to do. In a word, grammar is something we tend to ignore or to be afraid of. Well, is it true that grammar is that scary?

One of the ways to master English grammar is to learn it in a regular basis and in an automatic way. Reading book or taking a course can be a very brilliant idea. But what I meant by automatic way is that, we don’t have to be really aware that we are learning, as example by reading book. Learning grammar must be lots of fun but what we have experienced so far, might be always boring since we were perplexed by long, not easy to understand formulas. Yes, this is what I did experience during my most English learning at classes. So, I was personally fond of getting to master grammar by not even knowing what grammar really was. I never learned or remember too hard about the formula and the name of the tenses. When your brain tries hard to remember the sentence “Present Perfect” for example, it then uses some energies of yours. As a fact, you have no more energy to really learn or master the grammar itself. Being confused by the name, never try to remember it, trust me!

So what did I do then? Well, I just read the book - trying to figure out the content, then gave the comment or thought of mine regarding to the book’s content. Grammar? I left it behind quite far somewhere I didn’t really care. By doing this kind of thing quite often, unconsciously I know which one is wrong and which one is correct. My sense tells me that this is wrong and that the proper one is blah..blah…

I’ve been learning this kind of method for about 10 years or so, since I was at first grade senior high school obviously. Of course, this thing might won’t work for everyone. I am not English graduate. And I am sure that on this planet, there is only few of us who are so-called English students or English graduates. But almost of us need to learn English and have a considerably good skill and understanding in speaking, writing in English. I am not saying that the writing of mine here is perfect – flawless. Indeed, I just wrote what I had in mind in to scatter out the hesitancy of ours in learning English grammar. If your are English students or graduates, of course you might be not allowed to do the same as I did, you guys need to know the terms and such and such.

So, learning grammar at its best, for you non English students or graduate, is not by first remembering the names, don’t fill your tiny brain with such less important stuffs. Instead, keep learning and enjoy the process of English learning. Question, how to find pleasure when learning English? I’ll answer this query in the forthcoming note. Learning grammar in an automatic way will become so easy for you. If you did it, English grammar will be so piece of cake like the way you ride the automatic scooter. So, grammar mastery is automatic, too!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Many of the people living in the big cities want their children get the best education. And yet, the better education, the higher cost they must pay. This seems not a problem for affluent families anyway. But for most Indonesian it is indeed a very big deal.

School starts from pre-school till higher education such as doctorate degree. The tuition spent by each person varies depending on where he studies and from what level of economy he comes from. Private schools are often more expensive and unfordable for most Indonesian citizen, yet they provide more extensive and far better quality in the teaching. It allows the students attain much knowledge and get chance to the splendid world in terms of job.

The problem of education has been the concern of government. My govt. launches scholarship program for those who cannot afford the tuition but want to continue the study. I am one of the getters and now taking master degree at Padjadjaran University. The scholarship program is also given by foreign institution or countries. Just google to get one.

Either you get study by scholarship or by money from your parent, you can always get the finest result! The best school or university has indeed a plus, but all in all it is you who determine the future. In the end, there’s nothing to do with the prestige’s school.
I wish you a beautiful future!

You Need a Mentor

A person can never live alone. As social being we always be around people - getting involve with them. Yet we have also goal as an individual, maybe to be a professional teacher, doctor, successful entrepreneur or whatever. Or maybe you want to be an professional in sport? One of they ways to get that done is to have a mentor in our lives.

Yes a mentor is a person who supports, coaches us for a continuous time. We cannot just be taught for a period of time. For the best result the process of this organized informal education should be taken seriously to boost up our skill in whatsoever field we want, an of course in our entire live for sure.
A boxer can never be a champion without a coach, a special coach who drills him hard and professionally. A professional motivator such as Tung Dasem Waringin acknowledge that he has some mentors teaching him a lot of knowledge. A mentor has much more experience, skill, power and calmness to teach someone under his age. So, basically we need an older person to teach us everything. Alone? The result will be just immaculate, you won’t get any spectacular result for an auto learning (without a teacher).
So, are you a freshman? Want to be a superb student? Trust me, you need a mentor. The process of mentoring usually held once a week or more. Ask your senior that you are eager for joining mentoring. An amazing you awaits!