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.

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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!

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!

Games For Holiday

I woke up so early this morning and helped my dad in making onde, a kind of meatball-like food made from flour. Onde is usually served during Indonesian Mother’s Day, which is on 22nd December. Yes, it’s supposed to be tomorrow, but for some reason we serve them today. Actually I didn’t help much, because I only made four. I did it by shaping coloured flour into my family’s Chinese zodiac :P. It took quite a while to make one as I had to carve its face, but it’s fun!

Family Onde

Left to right: tiger, snake, pig, monkey.

Oh yes, something good happened last Monday—I finally downloaded Harvest Moon game on my PC! Previously I had been wondering, “How difficult it is to find its file on the web…” I used to reckon that the suitable version of such game is required if we want to play it on PC. I just knew it from Wilson that day; we need to have a suitable program to play the game. When I opened it for the first time, it turned out that VBA (the name of that program) enables us to access GBA games. This is a good news to me and my sister—at least we have some entertainment for this holiday ;).

By the way, yesterday was our report day. I’m really grateful to achieve the first rank for this semester :D. Hope all of us can get better grades on the coming semester!

Goodbye, Exams!

As you see from the title, the reason to my hiatus back then is very obvious—exams. Since I failed to write about my practical exams regularly, and yet the theoretical, I’m “paying the price” now :P.

The best moment I experienced with my classmates in the practical exams is during the SBK exam. My group’s dancing properties didn’t work well—most of them were broken during our last practice, so we finally perform without using it. Andhyka’s group, which consists of Eric, Kenny, Ananta, Adrian and himself, performed very well. They did a stunning modern dance accompanied by a K-pop song. I think Andhyka was the one who chose the song; just like my old friend Angela, he’s a fan of Korean stuffs. Different from my group, they had costumes instead of properties. Among all members, Eric was the one who totally amazed the whole audience! We still had some spare time after the exam, so the whole 9B—I don’t know who first suggested this—danced to Gangnam Style song. Well it’s just for fun :P… Eric and Kenny were the best at it. They perfectly amused the whole room, including Bu Paksi :D. She even took a video of us!

The theoretical exams ended by last Thursday. To me, the hardest test was PKn (Pendidikan Kewarganegaraan, a subject about nationality). But surprisingly and luckily, I got the highest score at it o.o! To be honest, I never expect this to happen until I saw it with my own eyes this morning. We’re supposed to come today for the remedial tests. So since I passed in every subject, I did nothing today aside from helping my friends in making the class wall magazine for December :P.