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…

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.

The First Practical Exam

At least I can take a long breath now. The very busy usual school days has ended yesterday, meaning we don’t have any more homework to do during the following days…except studying for the practical exams :P. The first practical exam, Mandarin, is held today.

This Mandarin practical exam somewhat reminds me of the Mandarin oral tests in my old school. It is a conversation test, but unlike the one I joined in grade eight—which required students to converse with each other, in this test we only need to answer the questions asked by the teacher. In other words, the teacher is the one conversing with us. The answer must be according to the data given to the student, which is in the form of table. Recently my class had such test from the same material as a daily practical test, but it was easier because it had the pin yin (Mandarin pronunciation) of each word on it. But this time, it only has the Indonesian meaning! Thanks to the last-minute practice, I got 88 :P.

When the exam was over, I and the other members of my SBK dance group started to make our properties. Those were made out of recycled materials, such as unused plastic bottles. The process includes finding the materials and making the properties. What a tiring job!

I wish with this elbow grease done today, we can perform as well as possible on Monday. Good luck, 9B girls!

Anime Roleplaying on Twitter

I attended the Teachers’ Day celebration at my school yesterday. Well, it’s not actually held at school, since it took place in the hall at the hospital beside my school, which is owned by the foundation. For some unknown reason, I enjoy the last year’s celebration than this year’s. Maybe it’s because last year I was involved in a hand gesture dance performance with Siti, Eric, Andhyka and the seniors, that gave me some delightful memories? While this time I didn’t join any performance, other than the souvenir handover to the teachers? I don’t know the truth, but to be honest, the previous year’s is more memorable to me.

It’s almost noon when the celebration ended, before I went home. I opened my Twitter roleplay account and stopped my hiatus—I paused using that account for a week, due to the second try out. Oh yes. Since I’ve never told about my experience in roleplaying, I’ll say something about it this time.

Roleplaying, shortened as ‘RPing’, is like representing a character by acting as if we’re him/her. Seems that there are several types of RPing in Twitter, and I’m in the anime category. I currently play as Kiyoshiro Yumemizu, the forgetful detective from The Great Detective Kiyoshiro Yumemizu manga. I usually shorten its title as ‘TGD’, and it’s now becoming my favourite story in Nakayoshi :3. It’s my sister who introduced me to this RP stuff last September.

After doing it occasionally for two months, I find RPing quite interesting to me. By having this account, I gain information about manga and anime more easily. I’m an otaku (a term for those with great interest on something), so besides that I can also communicate with the ones with the same interests with me :D.

Anyway, this afternoon I coincidentally found an amazing video of TGD while browsing for that mysterious mystery manga—I say so because although TGD has many fans, its online scanlations are nowhere to be found and there aren’t much information about the manga on the web. What makes me super glad is that the video shows the animated version, though I haven’t heard anything about TGD’s anime! Big thanks for the one  who uploaded it >.<!

The First Dancing Practice

Yesterday is as tiring as the usual Fridays. Actually it’s supposed to be less tiring, because this time there wasn’t any PM subject after the Friday devotion. But it turned out differently since I had my first dancing practice with my group mates.

This practice is for the sake of our coming SBK (Seni Budaya dan Keterampilan, or arts and crafts) lesson. Last Tuesday Bu Paksi had announced about the group dancing activity. I had agreed to affiliate with the group I’d used to have during the previous SBK singing activity: Hanny, Eric, Cindy and Andhyka, when she declared that this time students should be classified to the groups of five, according to their respective genders. So we split up with Eric and Andhyka. But then we became confused of whom to affiliate with. After discussing with the other girls, we got an idea to have all girls teaming up together so that we can perform all together as one. We asked for Bu Paksi’s permission for this, and she agreed.

The dancing practice was chaired by Hanny. We practiced on the fifth floor—not in the hall where the Buddhists usually have their devotion (anyway it’s under service yesterday, so we had the devotion on the third floor of the primary students’ building), but the fifth floor that doesn’t connect to the hall and can only be reached by using the middle staircase. Since we couldn’t find Sri after the devotion, we carried out the practice without her. Eric, Andhyka, Willy, Wilson, Alvian and even Dandy came and watched us. It turned out that Eric brought his laptop and showed us some dance suggestions. The only thing silly was that he shyly took it out from the case, giggling, and saying it’s an iPad, with I and Melia watching him, wondering.

First of  all we assigned our positions. It took quite a long time, before we finally began our practice. We danced to AKB48’s song (or JKT48?) entitled Heavy Rotation. Since Hanny had already mastered the movements (seems it’s her favourite song), she’s the one who coached us. And the leader-spirited Wilson taught her how to coach us, so that the pupils wouldn’t have difficulty to follow her. Funny to think that Wilson was the teacher of our teacher :P.

Too bad we’re supposed to have a quicker and less tiring training if we’d done it more seriously. We only had learned the first part of the song, before we’re finally dismissed. Again, another exhausting Friday. But again, another joy we had :D!

“First” yet Fun Friday

I’m supposed to write this post in the day when it’s still fresh, which is last Friday. But it’s all right; at least I can finally find time to say about this interesting experience before it’s too late.

Why am I putting quotation marks for the word “first” on the title? Actually there’s another change in the system of the school days for this semester, aside from the five-days-in-a-week attendance. The other amendment is in return for the becoming of Saturdays into holidays, our school hours for Friday is increased—if we’re dismissed at 1 o’clock on Monday till Thursday, we go home at 3 on Friday. This regulation is just been performed after the fasting month, so the “first” here describes the first Friday we practice the new rule.

In every Friday morning, the seventh and the eighth grade students gather and do one of these activities, which sometimes is called “the Friday morning activities”: cleaning the classroom, exercising and attending the devotion of their respective religions. They do these three activities alternately, according to the schedule. My whole grade took part in the same activity last year, but since we’re now in grade nine and we’re having the national exams this year, we don’t longer participate on it. In exchange, we attend the extra class of the four main subjects that is called Pendalaman Materi or PM in short. This PM’s focus is to provide us with preparation for the exams.

Last Friday we spent the first PM (which is Bahasa Indonesia, Indonesian language) in discussing about finding the main idea of a text. Bu Dian made a paragraph about Indonesian traditional food as an example. When she additionally asked about the typical food of the other countries like America and Japan, I was surprised to hear my classmates yelling the wrong answers purposely, such as oncomtape and even batagor! These false answers made the total class burst into laughter. And when she asked the the typical food of Indonesia apart from rendang, Hanny confidently answered cilung. We laughed even more :D…

That’s just the first fun we had. The second one is during the PE time. This is also the first time; the first time we had the practice. With the similar reason as above, in the fasting month we don’t do the practice—instead, we learned some theory about sports. This time we had a training for basketball. Our recent PE practice was filled with as much humour as the ones my class ran into during grade eight. At the moment when Jovian passed the ball towards Doni, it accidentally hit Kenny’s face till his nose turned red. Fortunately it didn’t break his glasses. Not a serious pain, but we, the girls who were sitting and waiting for our turn, couldn’t help giggling because he made an awkward face expressing his pain.

We had an great Mandarin lesson—this time we used our self-made vocabulary cards to play a game involving the lesson we just learned. The game was simple but it required agility, accuracy and a little teamwork. We had fun until a siren noise startled us. Actually we’d been informed earlier that there would be a fire alarm simulation later, but the siren noise was a quite shock to all of us. Everyone, led by their respective current teachers, immediately went out of the classroom and lined up. At first my class, together with 9A, moved towards the middle staircase. But then Pak Rafiq showed up and gave us a sign to use the other staircase, so we reluctantly turned and follow what’s instructed.

After that we gathered at the basketball court with the kindergarten, primary and even the senior high school students (it appeared to be a very very big crowd :P). Lao shi Chai was counting our total when we’re amused by Sri’s joke that we’re supposed to do the hand-gesture dance during our self-preservation :D. Then Lao shi noticed Jovian wasn’t there with us in the moment. It’s silly that the boys joked he’s probably trapped in the fire, whereas there’s nothing like real fire in this simulation -.-;… After a while we finally found him walking towards us, making a face; maybe he didn’t recognize Pak Rafiq’s instruction earlier, so he joined the other classes going downstairs using the middle staircase :P…

There’s nothing special in our English period, since we’re just having the tests. Followed by the second break time, then the Friday devotion—this is also the change of the school hours: in the morning, the ninth graders have the PM while the others have either the classroom-cleaning or the exercising activity, and after the last subject we all attend the Friday devotion. I, together with Lita and Vallerie went to the hall where the Buddhists have their devotion. The comedy that happened was I almost fell when we reached the fifth floor—I felt an ache on my legs (it began to hurt after the PE time) when I was walking up the stairs, and I lost my balance when I stepped on the last stair. Luckily I managed to support my body by the holding the floor, so it didn’t hurt me. Both Lita and Vallerie were surprised to see me “falling”, while Eric straightly laughed. It’s not “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”, but it’s “Michelle had a so-called fall” :P. How embarrassing!

We spent the rest of the day by having our second PM period, which was Matematika. It’s scheduled that we’re going to have the PM for Bahasa Inggris (English), but due to some reason we’re dismissed after the Matematika time.

As what I’d expected, though this day was a super tiring day, it brought lots of pleasure to all of us. I’m grateful that we had such a fantastic first Friday experience. Last but not least, TGIF :D!