High School oh High School

Hello readers! I’ve been off for a super long time, yes I admit it―so sorry for that! Many many and many things happened during my hiatus, too bad I couldn’t post anything that time >.< That's why I'm trying to tell everything―just the urgent ones, of course―in this post now (and as if I'm in a real urgency, I'm typing this so hurriedly!).

Half a year has passed, and I've become a senior high school student. So far in my first year in high school, I found that high school is…challenging. Yup, super challenging. High school is absolutely not the time to slack off and loaf around, even in just a minute. Literally, of course. Compared to what we had in middle school, high school is a lot different. During middle school, no matter how many tasks we had at a time, we would always have at least some free time. As in high school, daily tests―just like our monster enemies―are always out there, waiting for us to show up. At any time, they're even ready to devour us with all their might (whoops, my gamesickness symptom haven't healed even until now :P!). This means we can't relax as much as we did in middle school. There's always something to worry about, even at the moment when all homeworks are done. Wondering if there will be a pop quiz or such tomorrow, thinking of how will I proceed to the next lesson if I haven't understood the current one… Though that's how the situation is, I feel that I spend more time for playing more than for studying in a day (doesn't make much difference from the younger me, I guess ._.).

As we all know, in high school, both Science and Social Studies are split into their respective branch subjects: Science consists of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while Social Studies has Economics, Geography and Sociology. Probably these subject splits are the main cause of this endless rush x_x…

However, most of all I can say that I'm happy with the new friends I have right now. There must be the time when I miss the friends I used to be with in middle school―I'm still glad though, since all my close friends are still here. Only that some chose to enter Vocational High School instead of Senior High. At first I thought it's a wrong decision for me to enter SHS―I found that the lessons and tasks were way more extreme than what I'd ever expect. But in fact I was wrong; they said that they also faced such extreme rush in VHS!

Speaking of my recent experience, lately we just had this event called the Exhibition Project. For some reason, this event is held only for students of grade X. It's actually the first time for this school―not only for SHS, but for the whole school―to hold such activity. This event's aim is to improve students' independence, teamwork and creativity. Each class was divided to groups consisting of ten students, where each group had to work on a project for one subject. These projects were to be displayed during the D-day, which was about one month after the briefing day.

I wasn't so interested at first. That time I thought, Life’s been incredibly busy without such energy-and-time-wasting activity. Why on earth should I spare my time for that? I thought back then (speaking of energy conserving, I’m reminded of Oreki Houtarou xD).

But in fact, again, I was wrong. Back then on the briefing day, I found that this event wasn’t something I should ignore. At least by now.

Because it sounded far much interesting than I had ever thought!

On the same day, the groups were formed. Each student was given a small piece of paper to write their most interested subject, right after listening to every subject teacher’s demonstration of what project would be made. Only subject with most votes would be chosen for every class. I chose Bahasa Indonesia since the planned project revolved around literature >,<.

To my excitement, my vote was chosen! We were asked to gather with our respective groups. And here we are.

My group consisted of Yansen, Alven, Aldo, Reynaldi, Dicky, Ryan, Yanuar, Stanley and Richard. Yeah, believe it or not, I'm the only girl here! I managed to work together with them in doing this bulletin project, though. Although most of us were so pessimistic in the days towards the D-day, surprisingly, we got the first place xD!

And now, after going through many experiences in this project, we were asked to work for this bulletin's upcoming editions. They merged us―whom we named The Bullets―with the existing Journalistic Club. Looks like school tasks aren’t just enough for us.

High school really is the busiest time a student should encounter before proceeding to the world of career. Don’t you think so? ;)

These Visual Activities…

To my excitement, I saw them there: Pandora Hearts #8, #14 and #15. I was trying to get them when the setting suddenly changed…into my old school’s lobby. I wonder why there were my two schoolmates, still in their junior high school uniforms, walking there together. One of them just noticed my presence and waved at me, when I opened my eyes. Yes, it’s a strange dream!

People say there’s a meaning behind every dream. Let’s see… The first one is because I just bought these mangas from the bookstore last evening. What a coincidence―the only Pandora Hearts tankobons I could find that moment was these, with Lily and Liam starring each cover :D! Guess I was overjoyed that it was brought into my dream. As for the second one… well I have no idea for that.

Pandora Hearts #11 and #13, featuring Lily and Liam

Anyway, things I do during this holiday (when I’m at home, of course) is mostly visual activities so far: reading manga, watching anime, playing computer, writing, and drawing. It’s no different from the otaku-ish holiday I had before, actually. The only thing I’m worrying about is that these activities are all eye-risking! But it can’t be helped―these are my hobbies, after all. Seems I need to practice not to attach myself too much with these things!

The Hands-Shaking Day

It was 10 a.m. when I checked the web that announces students’ result for the national exams. This might sound exaggerating, but my hands were almost freezing while waiting for the page to load. After a few seconds, the result popped out before my eyes. Not bad―I got 9 for Bahasa Indonesia, English and Maths, and 8 for Science. The only thing wrong is I only lost one point to get perfect in Maths, as what I had targeted before. But never mind; at least I’ve done my best to defeat the final boss.

Again, if these school years are a game… The final boss has been beaten, which means we’re now close to the credits. Oops, another “gamesickness” symptom ;)!

Last Monday, as what had been announced last week, we came to school. The time to go to school had not been specified, so we could go there at any time we wished. What we did that time were simply recognizing our teachers by shaking their hands. The first that came to the teachers’ room to do this were I, Virgin, Vallerie, Carissa and Sri. All the teachers were happy because we all passed. After a while, the others arrived and did the same thing. We, who had done with the hands-shaking, waited outside the room while watching them. What made us laugh was they looked so nervous that they even lined up in doing it!

By the way, I’m really glad to know that everyone passed :D.

Waiting.

The shortest title ever for my blog post. That’s right; I, together with all other ninth graders, are currently waiting. From now, it takes less than an hour before we can see our national exams result. Just hoping for the best for everyone!

Anyway it reminds me. Seems that try outs and PMs help me a lot in those exams—I didn’t feel any new difficulty in working on any of the four subjects, honestly. To me, they only felt like our last-of-the-last try out. Only that since it’s an exam, we had to be really serious in doing it. Many thanks to our teachers for their patience in teaching us. And of course, to my family for their help and support ;).

I guess there’s nothing more to talk about here. Just a few minutes to go, and we’ll be able to check our result on the web. Again, best of luck to all of us :D!

Too Many To-Reads Already!

If I have time for reading a manga today, I will probably read Arisa. Recently a site claims that it has reached the final chapter. And the author, Andou Natsumi, is now working on a new series. To be honest, I enjoy reading the first chapters of Arisa—the mystery makes me feel hard to read only one chapter at a time. But things turn out differently in the part I read last time; the content seems to lose its sense :(… That’s why I didn’t feel like reading it lately. But since I’m on my way towards the ending, I’ll continue reading after all. I’m just hoping it has a good ending…

Aside from Arisa, there are a lot of titles in my to-read list: Tsubasa Chronicles, x Shina!, Law of Ueki Plus, Chocolate and the most urgent…Pandora Hearts! There’s still lots and lots more actually though (sorry for the bad grammar; I’m too excited)…

That reminds me now. If you, readers, know a good manga, feel free to recommend it to me. I know my to-read list is overflowing now, but I will be glad if you can give me a suggestion by posting it as a comment here :D!

My Otaku-ish Holiday

I just finished colouring Kirito’s clothes yesterday. My colouring is almost done now, and I can say that SAI is a far easier colouring tool compared to Photoshop. I think Photoshop is more practical for image editing, so I’ll to use it to make the lineart’s background once I’ve done colouring. You know, I find it really exciting to work on this stuff. Looks like I’ve been in love with digital colouring ever since I learned from the tutorial.

I can still remember the first time I used SAI. I practiced colouring an ordinary black and white image instead of a real lineart, and it ended up by turning into an eyesore :P. I didn’t finish it though, as I couldn’t stand looking at my own messy brush strokes!

Besides lineart colouring, I spent this holiday in watching animes. I don’t know why, but I’m more on animes compared to mangas lately. I finished watching Fairy Tail 3 last Tuesday. I haven’t watched the previous seasons, yet I can consider this anime as one of my favourites. I also watched Hyouka, Amnesia, Sword Art Online and Angel Beats! recently. Their fine animation is amazing ^^.

As what is listed above, it’s been quite long since the last time I read a manga—an online manga, to be specific. I paused reading Arisa and x Shina! (short for Watashi ni xx Shinasai!) for months that I forgot some parts of the stories… Perhaps I have to continue reading them soon or I’ll forget the entire stories—just joking, I’m not that forgetful!

Now that I’m in the last paragraph, seems that this post is mostly related to my otaku-ness… Anyway happy birthday to the author of x Shina!, Tooyama Ema-sensei!

A Not-to-Forget Three-Day Stay

For some reason, instead of writing new posts here, these days I chose to write more in my diary book. It had been very very long since the last time I wrote something there! I was too lazy turn on the computer, then open WordPress, then spending lots of time in writing a new post―maybe I’m too much like a perfectionist, but so far I can’t spent just a short time to write one post ;). My mood for blogging was not that good, so I changed my mind to spill my thoughts into my old diary instead of blogging them.

Anyway, I was just back from an unforgettable stay recently. This staying activity is called Pendewasaan. ‘Pendewasaan‘ itself is an Indonesian word, which means maturity. It is an annual activity held by my school, which is participated by grade six, nine and twelve. So as its name suggests, it is an activity where students’ independence are trained before proceeding to the higher level.

There is a difference between this year’s Pendewasaan with the last years’. If in the past years the activity took place at our school, this year it took place at the Center.

What made us have to come after the exams back then was for this activity’s sake. I admit I was a bit lazy to join this post-exams activity. I thought all exams were over, so why did we still have to come to school? I was chosen to perform a shou yu (hand gesture dance) with the other 18 students. Yet the non-chosen ones had no choice rather than practicing the singing.

And guess what? It was totally a wonderful experience! We went directly to the Center last Thursday morning. After getting to know our respective groups, mentors and rooms, we had a rehearsal for our performance. I was so tired, yet I found it difficult to sleep during the night. The same thing happened to the others. Seems we hadn’t get used to that place…

The second day was the busiest, I guess. It’s full of sessions about morality, health, self-image, cyber safety and cyber crime and more. These seminars were probably the core of this activity, since I learned a lot from them. Finally we all gathered and had some contemplation, before returning to our respective rooms.

Nothing much in the last day. After having breakfast, we had the closing ceremony―grade nine performed the last, if I’m not mistaken. The celebration was somehow like a graduation to me. Since it’s a real one instead of a rehearsal, I could feel a totally different atmosphere from what I experienced two days before. Our parents were invited, making the hall more crowded, so we had to avoid mistakes as much as we could. The ceremony ended and that’s all―everyone went home afterwards.

Now I can say I really can’t regret participating in this activity, since it gave me some sensation as a ninth grader :D…