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August 2011

Homework on holiday?

Due to the Eid Mubarak, the school got another 2-week holiday. And as I always do, I don’t give homework for my students during the long holiday like this. I just want them to enjoy their free time.  But still, they’ve got homework from other subjects. So, before the holiday started, I invite them to join me in my holiday self-challenge (since I’ve got a pile of homework too!). It is simply to manage our holiday time, so we can finish the homework, and yet enjoy the holiday.

The challenge is simple:

I start each day by doing a part of the homework, let’s say from 8.30-ish until lunch time. No phone, no emails, and no TV. Just me and my homework. I choose to do it in the morning because the brain is fresh and it works best in the morning 😀

After lunch, I read the book I’ve bought for my holiday, for about an hour or two. Then, usually, I would fall asleep – and so, I take a nap.

After the nap, then I would make myself my afternoon-tea, then turn on the TV, then turn on my mobile phone, then check my email, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress. Or I can go out.  😀

Guess what? I enjoy it! I think this is one of the most organized stay-home holiday I’ve ever had! I have fun with myself, I have a lot of rest, and my homework are mostly done (still have some more, and the holiday isn’t finished yet!).



10 Wishes + One (via From the Desk of Mr. Foteah)

a beautiful prayer to start the school year =)

10 Wishes + One As we begin a new school year, replete with wonder and excitement about its potential for us and our students, here is what I wish for you: I wish you the faith to trust your gut and the belief that you are doing what's right for your students. I wish you the wisdom to trust your students to take ownership of their own learning. I wish you the courage to defend your students, and help them learn how to stand up for their rights. I wish you the kn … Read More

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I will be here… (Steven Curtis Chapman)

Yesterday a friend who’s preparing for his wedding asked me for a list of wedding songs. He said that he still couldn’t find the right song. So I emailed him a short list, and I put a high recommendation on a song by Steven Curtis Chapman “I Will Be Here”. I told him that my husband once sang it at a wedding, and it was beautiful. Not long after, this friend texted me saying “I”m in the office listening to the song and holding my tears. It’s so touching. This song describes how a husband should be…” – well yes, but I think to be exact how both husband and wife should be 🙂




This morning I listened to this song one more time, and almost cried, too. I mean, I have known this song for a very long time, but this morning I realised that it accurately describes my husband all these times! He’s always there for me through my ups and downs. No wonder he sang it beautifully, he has been living all the words up personally all these years. The song has become a person: him.

I’m not being sentimentil here. I am acknowledging and honoring the man who simply loves and loves simply with all his entire being. The man of integrity.

So, I dedicate this post for my darling hubby – the man who keeps his promises to me and the One who has brought us together…

I love you. Beyond beautiful words and love songs.


 To go a full week without admitting at least one of your OPINIONS was wrong means you’re neither listening nor learning.

(Rick Warren)

On the hunt of the exotic insect

I am a Indonesian and I am proud of it. This beautiful homeland of mine is rich with exotic flora and fauna – big and small; plain and colourful; you name it… 

Some of the flora and fauna are found among us, people, in everyday life. Among those are mosquitoes!

Yes, the exotic insect can be found everywhere. They travel confidently almost everywhere. They hang out happily around human beings, as if they want to befriend with us. Unfortunately, none of us has any interest to befriend with them. Maybe because they are too aggressive… or annoying to be exact! And that’s why I refuse to insert their picture here…

Me against Mosquitoes! Especially these days… It seems that they are having a jubilee, a conference, a rock festival or anykind of mass-attract event. I have no clue why there are soooo many mosquitoes around the house in the evening these days. It’s just too annoying!

I try as hard as I could not to use the toxic-spray to massacre them – considering the long-term effect for me and my family and the environment (hey, I care about my health and the planet, too). My mom used to plug in a soothing-scent anti-mosquito electric aromatherapy. It didn’t work as expected. Today, my husband bought an ultra-violet lantern to trap those tiny blood-suckers. The result? Not satisfying at all! They prefer to poke and cling on our bodies… arrggh!

So, I’m back with the traditional – or should I say the primitive way of mosquito-hunting: bare hands!

Guess what? It may sound silly, but I found an excitement and satisfaction of being able to catch and slap them with bare hands, especially when I could get 10 or more mosquitoes in an hour or so. It has become some kind of sport of my own in the evening – slapping mosquitoes with bare hands. The funny thing is, it annoys me much whenever I cannot catch them. You know, sometimes it is so close before your eyes or on your arm or leg, the bloody-fat mosquito – so easy to catch – and yet you miss it! … another arrggh!

Well, this is the risk of living in an exotic tropical paradise =) *as I struggle between typing this blog and slapping the mosquitoes… at the same time… =(



This evening I watched “Oprah & J.K. Rowling in Scotland” where Oprah interviewed J.K. Rowling regarding her latest Harry Potter movie release. We know well that it’s Oprah who does the interview, a.k.a. asking her guests questions. But there was an interesting part when  suddenly J.K. Rowling interviewed Oprah with a simple, yet profound question regarding her resignation from the Oprah Show – “How do you know that it’s time to stop?”

I like Oprah’s simple answer – “I just knew it’s the right time to stop.” J.K. agreed on this.

Then they talked about how the late Michael Jackson never realised that his phenomenal album “Thriller” was a huge phenomenon; and so he spent the rest of his life unsatisfyingly chasing for the phenomenon. They don’t want to do that. The two influential ladies know that they have done all. I may say, they have become the phenomenons, but they know when to stop.

I can see that they stop when they know they have accomplished their purpose. They are not blinded by the phenomenon they’ve made (or become). They focus on their purpose, that is why they are not blinded.

I believe God entrusted each creation with a special purpose in each one’s life. So, know your purpose in everything you do. It will enhance the best in and out of you.


The Bridge Builder (via plain steam rice)

Building the lives of the young is building bridges for them to their future.

The Bridge Builder This week my grade 11 class read this beautiful poem entitled "The Bridge Builder" from the textbook. As we read and discussed this poem, I was personally stunned by the message sent through this masterpiece.   THE BRIDGE BUILDER An old man, going a lone highway, Came, at the evening, cold and gray, To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim; The sullen stream had no … Read More

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The Bridge Builder

This week my grade 11 class read this beautiful poem entitled “The Bridge Builder” from the textbook. As we read and discussed this poem, I was personally stunned by the message sent through this masterpiece.



An old man, going a lone highway,

Came, at the evening, cold and gray,

To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,

Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim;

The sullen stream had no fears for him;

But he turned, when safe on the other side,

And built a bridge to span the tide.

‘Old man,’ said a fellow pilgrim, near,

‘You are wasting strength with building here;

Your journey will end with the ending day;

You never again must pass this way;

You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,

Why build you the bridge at the eventide?’

The builder lifted his old gray head:

‘Good friend, in the path I have come,’ he said,

‘There followeth after me today

A youth, whose feet must pass this way.’

‘This chasm, that has been naught to me,

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;

Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.’

~ Will Allen Dromgoole ~

“There followeth after me today, a youth, whose feet must pass this way… I am building the bridge for him.” It is never a waste of time and strength building the lives of the young.

It is an honor for me to say this: I am a teacher, and I am that bridge builder. –

… it’s when you look up…

Last January I had a pilgrimage trip to Israel with my husband and a group of amazing new friends. It was a fun, inspiring and memorable trip indeed. Everyone was having a great time, enjoying each other’s company and the whole trip.

Visiting a place totally different from where we live is always interesting. You find a lot of things to learn and enjoy the different culture. To be added, you spot many photo objects!

We took zillions of pictures of about anything (of course!). Some of them were the interior of the ancient churches.

Tabgha, Caphernaum















I wish I could have the mini version of this chandelier at home…

Stella Maris Church, Haifa





























This church is located on top of the hill. The view from the gate is breath- taking!

The Gethsemane Church, Jerusalem


















It’s just so regal! Magnificent.

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem
The Church of Nativity
















(above) This is very gothic, according to my opinion.

St. Catherine, Bethlehem


































I love the pattern.

Chapel of the sheperds
















If I could have this kind of dome for my back verandah, it will be awesome!

Upper Via Dolorosa, Old Jerusalem



















Escala- ting hope

The first stop of Via Dolorosa


















Look at the same pattern with the previ-ous one

The West Wall Tunnel




















magni- ficent!

The Upper Room
















It’s old and needs some re- painting, but the beauty stays.

The foyer of Nebo Restaurant at Mt. Nebo, Jordan

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