At the State of Freedom

To overcome my one-month hiatus, I was supposed to write this post last Tuesday and publish it immediately. But since there wasn’t enough time, I had no choice other than delaying it till today… Oh never mind, let’s just go to the topic.

National exams are all done, finally! This single word came to all grade nine students’ mind last week: freedom. Yeah, nothing more to worry about—except for the result, since we are free now!

But freedom is not yet everything. The only thing is at this freedom state, there isn’t much for us to do. No more homework, no more exams, no more busy days… Oops, I’m starting to miss our busy school days ;)!

We still had to come last Monday, only that it’s at eight instead of the normal time, 06.30. Nothing much we did that day; we just receive an announcement from our teacher about the future schedule. It was supposed to be a sports activity and classroom cleaning afterwards, but they were then cancelled. So we just spent our time for chatting, playing and such. I chose to go to the library with Vallerie.

Soon after we reached there, she told me she had to go upstairs to get the students’ attendance book, if I’m not mistaken (that’s the price for delaying this post, Michelle!). After she left, I took R’s Revolution comic and sat behind a table. It’s been long since the last time I read that one―quite a good shoujo, I should say―so I’ve forgotten some parts. And I don’t know why, but I had no enthusiasm in reading at the moment.

So I was leafing through the comic aimlessly, when Wilson suddenly called. He was on a nearby table, and as usual, with his two best friends: Cindy and Alvian. It then turned out that he wanted me to teach him how to draw manga. He had a thick drawing book and a manga tutorial book on the table. Both books silently told me they had just been bought recently.

I thought that was weird. I never knew that Wilson was an otaku (fan of manga and anime), like I and Cindy are. So I asked him first whether he’s interested with this stuff. He said yes, and he had been like that lately. Then, instead of reading, I spent my time in becoming Wilson’s sensei (teacher in Japanese). I have no talent in teaching, so I just instructed him to draw the atari (first common step in drawing manga) first, and gave Since he was a newbie, anyone to whom he showed his drawing couldn’t help laughing―even he himself!

And thanks to him again, he introduced two new games to me: PokéMMO and osu!. Just hoping they can entertain me in this super long holiday!

Anti-Climax Days

Readers, please don’t be bored since these days I always talk about exams :P.

Honestly, I can say that I enjoy these days as much as I did before the non-stop exams. They are over now, so as what I’ve said in the last post, we just spend the rest of our time in focusing on the four main subjects. To me, if those exams were the climax, then these pre-national exams days would be the anti-climax. And the national exams would be the resolution, where all problems are solved.

Wait a minute. If last time I compared the exams with video games, why am I similizing them with narrative plot structure this time ;)?

So since it’s an anti-climax, I’m trying to relax a bit. But indeed, I will still study for the final exams.

Lately I spend my spare time for learning SAI. My sister said it’s an easier colouring tool compared to Photoshop. She downloaded some anime linearts and tutorials. I always wanted to learn digital colouring, so these days I practice colouring Kirito and Asuna using SAI and with the help of those tutorials.

Anyway, next Wednesday, it’s my turn to be the PIC of the Eating Together activity, with Mellia and Rojak. As its name suggests, it’s an activity where students have lunch—which is provided by our school—together in the classroom. It is sometimes called Healthy Eating activity, since the menu is vegetarian. Speaking of vegetarian, I used to avoid most vegetables when I was small, so I was nearly “carnivorous”. But everything changed then. Five times we have this activity so far, and the meal always enchants me!

The Four Final Boss

Everything feels like a game. We can’t get completely relieved after the school exams, which had just finished yesterday. They were like the semi-final boss that sets the minor subjects aside. They also lessens our burden before dealing with our masterful enemy on the last stage—no other than the national exams! I should have written the title this way:

Coming soon: the four final boss.

Hang on. So two months of keeping myself away from VBA and the other games (for exams sake, definitely) don’t keep myself off from my game-based paradigm, do they? Am I suffering from “gamesickness”?

All right, all right, no more silly thoughts… At least we’re free from those minor subjects now. Starting on Monday we’re going to study only the four major subjects: Indonesian, English, Maths and Science. And day by day, week by week, time will eventually bring us to the end.

To describe my feelings now, I’m right between independence and restlessness. Kind of glad to have only four subjects for one month ahead, as I love all those subjects. Yet the restlessness refers to the natural feeling I have every year, when I’m to proceed the next level. It somehow utters, “Congratulations, dear. You’re getting bigger now. Say farewell to your beloved class!” I personally can’t accept that, but I have to.

I can still remember my first time in 9B—the first time we gathered together as a class. Still quite unfamiliar with the classmates, I wondered, How will things turn out this year? Funny to think that everything is different now.

To all ninth graders, let’s unleash our power for the very final boss!

Meanwhile in the “Exams Month”

It’s like a while ago we were standing in front of the grade nine classes, waiting for the announcement of which class would we belong to for one year ahead. And suddenly we appeared in the middle of the exams, which will claim whether we are worth enough to proceed to the next level. Things just went really fast!

Before the exams, like what I said earlier, we were at the point of—how should I say it—a junior high school student’s climax, perhaps? We got many school tasks, and those have not been included to the practical exams. And how about the final semester exams? And the final school exams? And the most final of the finals…the national exams?

Actually this is not the time to relax at all. But since I got very tired these days, there’s nothing wrong to have a rest on weekends, isn’t it ;)?

On the last BK subject, for the last time Pak Andre admitted 9B was the only class that spent the days without any tense. They didn’t seem to have any burden. And still looked as cheerful as always. This is true, and I too, don’t feel any tense for the exams. I just think exams are fun, which adds some spices to our life as a secondary student. Only that—of course—we can’t experience this every time!

The only thing I don’t like with these exams is that I can hardly relax (no difference with the usual days, actually). It’s very important to take care of our health during this exams period, yet I find it difficult to have enough sleep these days…

March, March. Are you testing my readiness of being a high school student? As I just turned fifteen last week :P?

Our Unending Rush

You know, it’s very very hard for us, grade nine students, to catch a breath these days. We just had the fourth try out last week, which was from the province. My grades for B. Indo and English are not bad, but last Friday Bu Yuwanti told me that my Maths gets lower this time. It’s not a surprise—I felt like racing against the time while working on it! This means I have to train myself, so that I can use my time effectively in doing the coming Maths exams.

Last Friday was Mandarin Day, the day where each class (except grade nine, of course) participate on the hand gesture dance contest. So the school made some changes to our schedule that day—everything was PM until the dismissal. We were actually dismissed at 10.30, but my class had an extra hour for the PE.

The first period was English PM. After discussing the PM book with Miss Syifa, we played hangman. I don’t know whether Gerald and Enjang understand the rules, but they drew the hangman awkwardly that everyone laughed. They seemed to follow their own intuition, so they added antennae and even a pig nose to the hangman :D!

The next silly thing was Willy, who belonged my group, spontaneously shouted the answer when it’s not our turn! We got minus point, and of course, the other group took advantage from it. I think he’s too careless to tell us his thoughts in a quieter way :P.

After hangman, there came truth or dare. I played it with Vallerie, Cindy, Carissa, Maria and Andhyka during the break. Vallerie’s “dare” was to confess to Gerald. She did as what she was challenged, by adding “dare!” to the end of the confession. The funny thing is Gerald’s exaggerated reaction.

“Seriously?” asked him dramatically, pretending to accept it as reality.

The next “dare victim” was Carissa, and she got the same challenge. She did the same thing as Vallerie, but unfortunately, the respond she got was worse.

“Are you serious? Why do so many people love me today?” Again, he pretended to believe those words. He even chased Carissa, who was scared enough, into the classroom! The rest of us couldn’t help laughing…

Perhaps that’s the fun we had, before facing March—a month full of exams for the grade nine students. So I guess I’ll leave this blog not updated until the national exams is over, which is at the end of April. Wish us luck for those exams ;)!

Another thing. I hope you won’t be bored of this statement, readers. But from what I experienced so far in grade nine, I conclude that Fridays are never apart from “exhausting yet exciting”. And this also works for last Friday!

No More Time to Relax

Aaah. I sometimes wonder, why do I usually update this blog on Friday? Is it because I normally have free time on Fridays? Well, let’s just forget it and focus on what I’m going to tell.

It’s February today, meaning the ninth graders’ last month of studying is before our eyes. Yes, we had just been convinced about this last Monday. That day we had the students-teachers meeting after school about preparing for the national exams. After the flood incident mentioned in the last post, our teachers announced that the exams schedule had been advanced by one week. On that meeting Pak Edhy showed us the revised schedule; it’s true that they had been advanced. And there will be tests every day this March! There’s no more time to loaf around, so I think I’ll blog more rarely until all those exams are over :P.

We’re dismissed earlier today since the Muslims were going to celebrate Maulid Nabi. After the dismissal, I continued the SBK project with my group mates till it’s half-done. It is a project of making a traditional house. My group’s house is from South Sumatra. We make it out from ice-cream sticks. Last Tuesday, during SBK, Eric made a mini-sized Sadako using origami as its decoration. He added a paper spring on its back and put it inside the enclosed well, so that the ghost would bounce upwards when the lid’s opened. We laughed a lot that day :D.

Well, at least we can still have some fun before facing the exams :P…

Welcome Back to School

Sorry for the late update, readers… Many things happened during my hiatus, but I’m just going to tell the important ones this time.

Guess what? We had just been off from holiday last 7th January, and we were to face the third try out just the week after! Instead of our school, this time the TO is from the sub-district. But although it’s from outside of the school, somehow I found it easier than the ones from our school ;). Like usual, the sequence of the try out subjects are Indonesian, English, Maths and Science. The only thing causing this time’s tests to be different is the sudden holiday on the last day, which was Science.

So here’s how it went on. I was awakened by the noise of the super heavy rain that morning. Actually I’m not sure whether it is my normal-waking-up-hour or not, since the sky was pitch dark. I was still sleepy so I continued sleeping. It took some time until I was really awake. At the same time I realized it’s still pouring heavily outside. I quickly turned on my phone and directly received a message from Erna, announcing there’s no school for that day due to flood. It was then proven that many areas in Jakarta were “drowned” by high mass of rainwater. What a misfortune…

Aside from that, there’s a silly happening last Friday. Like what I’ve been saying all the time, Friday is always fun :D! In my school, every morning students take turns to write quotes on the board. So during break time, the boys did a prank by erasing some words and letters till it formed an amusing line (that’s also the habit of my old friends :P). At that time it formed the phrase which means “big disasters are caused by Hani”. “Hani” here is very close to Hanny’s name. Seems that Ananta found it very silly, because he couldn’t stop laughing at it. On the other hand Hanny didn’t see anything funny with it, so she finally gave him a blow :D!