Tuesday, 31 January 2017

My Gratitudes for ....

Hello!! First blog on the month of february, exactly on February 1st, yay!. This time I am going to say thank you to the person(s) I feel indebt to. Who is it, I wonder? Well, I’m not even sure myself but let’s see.

I've decided. I would like to give my biggest gratitude this week for ...

Several people! Teehee

Why, you ask? because I cant decide who is the one i feel the most grateful to, so I'll just write them all!

First. Well, not just this week but all my life, I would like to thank my family. My family is a very lively family and I love it that way. We might have quarrels from time to time but they never last long. My family is never too stiff or serious or stuffs like that, so I always feel at home with them, well, duh, they're my family.

Second, I would like to thank my friends in class. They might be weird (sorry not sorry), have low humor levels (re:receh), aaand talk about the most unimportant things you can think about but that's okay, I enjoyed them because of all of that. School might be hard and gave me a lot of pressure but because of the unimportant light talks with them I actually look forward to go to school. So, I hate you guys, nah, kidding, but I wont say I love you guys either, ew.

Third, I would like to thank my drawing community friends. They are friends that I met from a community of drawing. The community might be big, but the one I'm close to the most and the one I thank the most are the 7 people in our small group chat. They are very talented digital artists and they often inspire me to keep on improving. What have they done to me was, well, they spend time with me? Just like my friends in class, they made my day more enjoyable despite all the unimportant thing they talk about as well.

Fourth, lately I want to thank my friends from NK3. They have the same hobby as me so I can talk about it with them a lot. I don't know why but lately I'm really happy to spend time with them.

Fifth, well, it's not someone I know but.. maybe, I want to thank a comic artist named Mochizuki Jun. Her serial, Pandora Hearts has always been my all time favourite comic. I've started reading it since I was in 4th grade and even though it has ended at 2015 (and believe me I have mixed feelings about it) I still feel the same whenever I re-read it. Lately I'm having bad days so I decided to re-read the comic and it really made my day.

Last, it's another person I dont know personally too, but she really made my day. I would like to say thank you to a Japanese composer Kajiura Yuki because one of her song, titled Cradle had really made my day(s) lately. I keep on replaying it on my phone, the song brings so many mixed feelings, happy, sad, bittersweet, but it always made my day lately!

I'm not sure about this to be honest but this is what I honestly feel right now. So for the ending here let me just say Thank You.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

2017 New year Holiday!

Hello! A new year has started and a new semester has started too. This will be my first entry of the year, yay~! Well, as expected, I will tell you about my new year holiday.

Well, I went to several places this holiday, but they're all pretty close. The furthest will probably be Jakarta, Ciwidey, and Cipanas. The rest was.. well, I spent it in Bandung, home sweet home.

One of the things I often do during this holiday was taking care of my little cousin. She is 10 months old by December, and will be one year old this February. She stayed at my house for two days this holiday, but she often visit us indeed. Most of my cousins are living in Bandung so it's pretty easy to visit each other. Even my grandparent's house is in Bandung too, so it's not far if we want to gather. It's just hard finding a time where all of us can gather because we are getting busier and busier.

Anyway, my little cousin is really cheerful. It's so easy to make her laugh or smile. Sometimes I don't even understand why she's happy but, well, she's happy. She really likes it when we clap our hands and when we sing. Her favourite song is probably Happy Birthday because she seems so excited whenever we sang that. Sometimes it confuse other people, making them ask "who's birthday is it today?". Other songs that she likes are The Wheels On The Bus and Baa Baa Black Sheep. When she cries, if we sang her that song, most of the time she will settle down and laugh like nothing happened before.

She is really active and always moving around, so we had to keep a close eye on her. She haven't learn how to walk but she crawls quickly. She really likes to go to my room and mess with the stuffs there. She cant really stand up on her own yet, but she can if she's holding on to something. Even like that she would sometimes fall down, so we had to keep an eye on her. The thing is, she is really confident that she can stand up so she does it all the time, more reason for us to keep an eye on her all the time. *sighs*

She eats almost ANYTHING she can eat. She only had one tooth for now, gladly, if she had more I cant imagine just how will she eat. Even with one tooth she is always curious on what we're eating and will want to try it too. Sometimes i'll only give her my rice because that's the only part she can eat, but she's still happy as long as it is my food. Other than that she also likes porridge, fruits, baby biscuits, baby crackers, and rice with cheese, but the list keep on increasing.

When she's sleepy, she refuses to go to sleep instead, and keep on playing although usually she will be easily upset. When this happens, usually we let her watch children nursery rhymes on youtube and not long after, she will fall asleep by herself.

Well, I guess thats all I'm going to write here for now, thanks for reading!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Little Match Girl



It was terribly cold and nearly dark on the last evening of the new year, the snow was falling fast. In the cold and darkness, a poor little girl with bare head and naked feet roamed through the streets. It is true that she had a pair of slippers when she left home, but they were not of much use.

They were very large, so large, indeed, for they had belonged to her Mother and the poor little girl had lost them in running across the street to avoid two carriages that were rolling at a terrible rate.

One of the slippers she could not find, and a boy seized the other and ran away with it saying he could use it as a cradle when he had children of his own. So the little girl went on with her little naked feet, which were quite red and blue with the cold. In an old apron she carried a number of matches, and had a bundle of them in her hands. No one had bought anything of her the whole day, nor had anyone given her even a penny. Shivering with cold and hunger, she crept along, looking like the picture of misery.

Lights were shining from every window, and there was a savory smell of roast goose, for it was New-year's eve. In a corner, between two houses one of which projected beyond the other, she sank down and huddled herself together. She had drawn her little feet under her, but could not keep off the cold, and she dared not go home, for she had sold no matches.

Her father would certainly beat her; besides, it was almost as cold at home as here, for they had only the roof to cover them. Her little hands were almost frozen with the cold. Ah! Perhaps a burning match might be some good, if she could draw it from the bundle and strike it against the wall, just to warm her fingers. She drew one out- "scratch!" how it sputtered as it burnt. It gave a warm, bright light, like a little candle, as she held her hand over it. It seemed as though she was sitting by a large iron stove. How the fire burned! And seemed so beautifully warm that the child stretched out her feet as if to warm them, but suddenly the flame of the match went out.

The stove vanished, and she had only the remains of the half-burnt match in her hand.

She rubbed another match on the wall. It burst into a flame, and where its light fell upon the wall it became as transparent as a veil, and she could see into the room. The table was covered with a snowy white table cloth on which stood a splendid dinner service and a steaming roast goose stuffed with apples and dried plums. The goose jumped down from the dish and waddled across the floor, with a knife and fork in it, to the little girl. Then the match went out, and there remained nothing but the thick, damp, cold wall before her.

She lighted another match, and then she found herself sitting under a beautiful Christmas tree. It was larger and more beautifully decorated than the one she had seen through the rich merchant's glass door. Thousands of tapers were burning upon the green branches, and colored pictures, like those she had seen in the shop-windows, looked down upon it all. The little one stretched out her hand towards them, and the match went out.

The Christmas lights rose higher and higher till they looked to her like the stars in the sky. Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it it a bright streak of fire. "Someone is dying," thought the little girl, for her old grandmother, the only one who had ever loved her, and who was now in Heaven, had told her that when a star falls, a soul was going up to God.

She again rubbed a match on the wall, and the light shone round her; in the brightness stood her old grandmother, clear and shining, yet mild and loving in her appearance.

"Grandmother," cried the little one,

"O take me with you; I know you will go away when the match burns out; you will vanish like the warm stove, the roast goose, and the large glorious Christmas-tree."

Then she made haste to light the whole bundle of matches, for she wished to keep her grandmother there. The matches glowed with a light that was brighter than the noon-day. And her grandmother had never appeared so large or so beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms, and they both flew upwards in brightness and joy far above the earth, where there was neither cold nor hunger nor pain, for they were with God.

In the dawn of morning there lay the poor little one, with pale cheeks and smiling mouth, leaning against the wall. She had been frozen on the last evening of the year; and the New-year's sun rose and shone upon a little child. The child still sat, holding the matches in her hand, one bundle of which was burnt.

"She tried to warm herself," said some. No one imagined what beautiful things she had seen, nor into what glory she had entered with her grandmother, on New-year's day.

source : classiclit.about.com

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Hehe did you enjoy the story? "The Little Match Girl" is a story written by Hans Christian Anderson, and a quite famous one it is. I hope you read it thoroughly, because now I'm gonna give you some questions, yay!

1. When did most the story takes place?
A. 25th of December
B. 31st of December
C. 1st of January
D. 1st of December
E. 2nd of January

2. Why was the girl barefooted?
A. One of her shoe was missing, the other one was seized by a man
B. One of her shoe was burnt, the other one was seized by a boy
C. One of her shoe was seized by a boy, the other one fell into a well
D. One of her shoe was broken, the other one was missing
E. One of her shoe was missing, the other one was seized by a boy

3. Why did she not want to go home?
A. She wanted to see the midnight sky
B. She wanted to search for her shoe
C. She was sure that her father will beat her
D. She was overwhelmed by the savory smell of roast goose
E. She wanted to spend the night with her grandmother

4. What did the girl saw when she lit up her matches?
A. A stove, a fancy feast, her family, and a warm bed
B. Her mother, a christmas tree, a glorious feast, her grandmother
C. A cozy home, a stove, her shoes, and her grandmother
D. A christmas tree, a fancy feast, a stove, and her grandmother
E. A stove, her grandmother, a cozy home, and a stove

5. Which of these scenarios did not happen in the story?
A. By lighting up the match, the little girl tried to warm herself
B. The little girl's shoe was missing and her match was seized by a boy
C. The little girl froze herself to death
D. A passerby said that the little girl tried to warm herself
E. The little girl saw a shooting star and was reminded of her grandmother


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Green Sea Turtle

 

[Classification]

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Reptilia
Order : Testudines
Suborder : Cryptodira
Clade : Americhelydia
Family : Cheloniidae
Genus : Chelonia
Species : C. mydas

Chelonia mydas, or the Green sea Turtle is also known as the green turtle, black (sea) turtle, or Pacific green turtle. It is the only species in the genus Chelonia.

 

[Appearance]

A typical green sea turtle has a dorsoventrally flattened body, a beaked head at the end of a short neck, and paddle-like arms well-adapted for swimming. They are easily distinguished from other sea turtles because they have a single pair of prefrontal scales (scales in front of its eyes), rather than two pairs as found on other sea turtles. The fat under its carapace (shell) is greenish, hence the name "Green Sea Turtle". And adult green sea turtle can grow up to 1.5 metres long. The average weight of mature green sea turtles are 68–190 kg and the average carapace length is 78–112 cm. Even so, some specimens can weigh 315 kg or even more. The largest known green sea turtle is 395 kg in weight and 153 cm in carapace length.

A Green Sea Turtle

Unlike their close family the Hawksbill turtle, the green sea turtle's snout is very short and their beak is unhooked. Their neck cant be pulled into their carapace. As adult turtles, males are easily distinguishable from the females by having a larger tail and longer claws on the front flippers.

 

[Food]

The unique fact about a green sea turtle's food is that it changes from each phase of its life span. The young green sea turtle are carnivores. They eat fish eggs, mollusks, jellyfish, small invertebrates, worms, and crustaceans. They are still carvinores until they are juvenilles, but when they mature, they become onnivores. When they grow older, they are herbivores. They feed on algaes and seagreass. They eat a large ammount of them and their fat turns more greenish due to the vegetations they eat.

 

[Habitat]

Sea grass meadows
Green sea turtles range from tropical to subtropical areas worldwide. The most abundant ones can be found in the atlantic and pacific oceans. Since green sea turtles are a migrating species, their global distribution spans around the world. The green sea turtle is estimated to inhabit coastal areas of more than 140 countries, with nesting sites in over 80 countries worldwide throughout the year. 

They lay eggs and hatched on the beach, but the mature green sea turtle spend most of their time in shallow coastal waters with lush seagrass beds, seagrass meadows, and lagoons.

 

[Life Cycle]

Beaches in Southeast Asia, India, islands in the western Pacific, and Central America are where Green sea turtles breed. Most of them went back to the beach where they hatch from, no matter where they live as an adult. Mating seasons vary for each population of green sea turtles. 
Laying eggs
While females went to the sea to lay eggs, the males went to the sea there they hatch from to mate. After mating in the water, the female moves above the beach's high tide line, where it will dig a hole 11-22 in depth with her flippers and lay her eggs. After that, they covered again the hole with sand. 

The eggs are round and white, and about 45 mm in diameter. They will hatch altogether later at night, after around 50-70 days. Then, the hatchlings will insticntively attempt to go to the water, but there are many predators waiting to hunt them, such as gulls and crabs. 
A Hatchling
 Those that reach the ocean will swim to the habitat they decide to live on. Juvenilles spend three to five years in the open ocean before they settle as still-immature juveniles into their permanent shallow-water lifestyle. It takes them 20 to 50 years to reach sexual maturity. Scientists believe that they are very long lived and may live to 100 years in age.

 

[Behaviour]

Green sea turtles spend most of their time underwater, but they still need air to breath. They can hold their breath until around 5 hours by keeping it in their lungs. The lungs permit a rapid exchange of oxygen and prevent gases from being trapped during deep dives. Green sea turtles can rest or sleep underwater. During the night while sleeping, to protect themselves from potential predators, the adults wedge themselves under rocks below the surface and under ledges in reefs and coastal rocks. Many green sea turtles have been observed in returning to the same sleeping location night after night.

Breathing

 

[Social Structure]

Sea turtles are rather loners, but it's not rare to see several sea turtles living in the same enviorment. Even so, while they do acknowledge that others are around they don’t seem to make it a point to communicate with them in any way, but they dont show any aggression or dislike either, as long as there are enough food for all of them to live. There are a few times though when they are seen interacting with each other. When it's time for them to migrate, they always move in large numbers, but they dont show many interactions between each other even in the pack. They also migrate to different places depending on where they hatch from. The older sea turtle usually leads the pack.

Sea Turtles interacting

The males do engage in various types of courting for the female’s attention when it is time to mate. But there are no social structure on who gets the female or which male does the female chose at all. The young sea turtles have no social structures. Even the female sea turtles have no social structure while they lay eggs in the same coast as well. Simply put, there really isn’t much of a social structure for the sea turtle. Yet this format is one that continues to work for them in a positive way. They don’t seem to be affected negatively and there is no chaos. For the most part these creatures live in harmony both alone and when it is time for them to come together as a unit.


Sea turtles are often stuck in nets

[Status]

The IUCN and CITES has listed the Green Sea Turtle as an endangered animal and it is illegal to collect, harm, or kill them. However, turtles are still in danger due to human activity. The greatest threat for the green sea turtle is from the commercial harvest for eggs and food. Other green turtle parts are also used for leather and small turtles are sometimes stuffed.

[Facts!] 

1. Sea turtles are amazing swimmers, they can move from 0.9 to about 5.8 miles per hour
2. They are excellent divers too, because may reach depths of more than 3,900 ft. in order to reach food
3. It is a common myth that sea turtles cry. But it's not because they're sad. They are actually excreting the salt water from their bodies through their eyes
4. It is believed one method that males use to see who should get to mate with the female is who can raise their neck the highest
5. The largest sea turtle every found was close to 2,020 pounds and 9.8 feet long
6. They all have eyelids that offer them protection from the sunlight for their eyes. They are able to see very well in the water but not on land. They are also color blind


Thank You For Reading!!

 [Questions]

Now, let's see how much you remember about the Green Sea Turtle. It's better if you try to not peek to the text above. Good Luck~

1.  What is the Green Sea Turtle's Phylum?
A. Chordata
B. Cryptodira
C. Cheloniidae
D. Reptilia
E. C. Mydas

2. Why are they called "Green Sea Turtle"?
A. They live in green waters
B. Their shells are green
C. They are fully green colored
D. Their fat is green
E. They eat green seagrass

3. How many years does it takes for a Green Sea Turtle to reach sexual maternity?
A. 15-20 years
B. 20-50 years
C. 20-60 years
D. 30-45 years
E. 80-100 years

4. Which Green Sea Turtle usually leads the pack when they migrate?
A. The oldest one
B. The strongest one
C. The one that migrates the furthest
D. The only female in the pack
E. The largest one

5. Which one is the false statement?
A. The Green Sea Turtle does not have a social structure
B. During the night while sleeping, the adults wedge themselves under rocks
C. The female moves above the beach's high tide line to lay eggs
D. The Green Sea Turtle's global distribution spans around the world
E. They are distinguished from other sea turtles by their two pairs of prefrontal scales

Thats it for now, once again, thank you for reading!

Source :
wikipedia
conserveturtles.org
seaturtle-world, green sea turtle
seaturtle-world

Thursday, 13 October 2016

New Luminox Watch!!

Heyy guys! I made an advertisement with my friend Farha Luzaimia, or Mia, about the New Luminox Watch!

So, what is this "Luminox Watch"? Whats so special about it?

Well, the new Luminox watch is a brand new watch by luminox, created with amazing features like :
- 3 small clocks to tell the date inside the actual clock
- the fabric that will feel soft in your hand, and
- the glorious black colour!

 
The Watch
Are you interested? Check out our video on youtube on this link!
Featuring our classmate, Muhammad Dika Nugroho~
check out Mia's blog too! --> http://farhaluzaimia.blogspot.co.id/

Thanks~!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Musée du Louvre

Hello!!

Now i'm going to tell you about a place many people would probably already know about. What place is it? A quick guess perhaps? Well you can see it clearly from this post's title actually..

The museum's main building and the iconic glass pyramid in front of it
Musée du Louvre, french for Louvre Museum, is a very well known museum in Paris, France, and one of its landmark. The museum itself is housed in the Louvre Palace. The museum had a huge collections of arts, starting from painting, sculptures, and many objects d'arts. The total collection as in today is more than 380.000 displayed objects and 35.000 works of art.

Before actually being a museum, Louvre had a long history. When and who built the building in the first place was unknown, the oldest history known is that in the 12th century as Louvre Palace, the fortress by Phillip II. Later in the 14th century, Charles V changed the building into a residence and in 1546, Francis I modificate it in French Revulotionary style. After Louis XIV then chose to live in the Versailles Palace instead, the Louvre Palace was used as a residence for artists.
Arts are displayed even on the ceilings, mostly Classical Arts
The building was transformed into a museum in 1791, when French was having the French Revolution. During that time, the Assembly declared that Louvre will be "a place for bringing together monuments of all science and arts". The museum opened on 10th of August, 1793 with an exhibit of 537 paintings. The date itself is the anniversary of the monarchy's demise. Later, the building had a structural problem, and it was closed from 1796 until 1801.
The Museum's location
The museum is located in the center of Paris, capital of France. The neighbourhood is known as the 1st arrondissement. The building had 3 entrances; the main entrance with the glass pyramid, an entrance from Carrousel du Louvre, an underground shopping mall, and at the Porte des Lions, near the western end.

The museum had a massive collection of arts, divided into eight curratorial departments, in which each deparment had several rooms.

Some of the egyptian collections
The first department is the Egyptian Antiquities. It displays several antiques originated from egypt like mummies, papyrus scrolls, tools, clothing, jewelry, weapons, and musical instruments. It occupies room 1 until 19, including the temple rom and the. sarcophagi room. It holds more than 50.000 pieces of art, including a large sphinx in the entrance of the department.

Near Eastern department collections
The Near Eastern Antiquities department is the second newest department. It hold arts from the Arabian Penissula, North Africa, and central asia before the Islamic age. The department is divided into 3 geographic areas, Levant, Mesopotania, and Irac.

Greek, Etruscan, and Roman arts collections
The department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities holds arts from the Neolithic ages, Cycladic period, until the Roman Empire. Most of the collections are sculptures and classical arts, but it has expanded and now it also had other stuffs like vases and other object d'arts. It is one of the earliest department the museum had.

Islamic arts collections
The Islamic Arts department is the newest department in the museum. It displays ceramics, glass, metalware, wood, ivory, carpet, textiles, and miniatures spanning 1300 years of Islamic history from Spain until Southeast Asia. It includes around 5000 works and 1000 shards. It was originally part of the decotative arts department, but later made into its own department.

Sculptures collection
Example of the sculpture exhibition, people are allowed
to take photos and artists are allowed to draw the sculptures
The Sculpture Department holds sculptures that does not belong in the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities. The department was seperated into two areas, the French collection thats located in the Richelieu Wing and the foreign collection thats located in the Denon wing. The collection overview French sculptures including the romanesque works.

Decorative arts collection
The Decorative Arts department holds various type of arts (Object d'art) from the middle ages until the 19th century. The collections include jewelries, silverwares, stained glasses, enamels, furnitures, rugs, and many more. It holds around 1500 middle-age and faience works. The works are displayed in rge Richelieu Wing and the Apollo Gallery.

Painting collections
One of the galleries for the Painting Department
The Mona Lisa is one of the most anticipated exhibit
The Painting department holds a massive collection of more than 7.500 works from the 13th century until 1848. Nearly two-thirds are painted by French artist and others are mostly from Northern Europe and Italy. One of the collection here is the painting almost everyone know about, Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. But if you take a look at the pictures above, you can see that Mona Lisa is actually really small compared to the other paintings!

Paper based print and drawings collections
The Prints and Drawings department holds thousands of works on paper. The works include drawings, prints, and illustrated books from the royal collection. The arts are displayed in the Pavillon de Flore but due to its fragileness, only some are displayed at a time.

The Pavillion de l'Horoge
Additionally, the Pavillion de l'Horoge is located on the west wing of the Louvre Palace. This building is a museum that exhibits the history of the Louvre Museum, equipped with interactive models, digital displays, archived documents, films, and artworks to help telling the story.

I think thats all for now, I hope the information is helpful and poke your interest. Forgive me if there are any mistakes. Are you interested to go to the Louvre Museum now?

sources :
http://www.louvre.fr/en/departements
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louvre#Collections

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Megantara Report!

Helloo!!

Last Saturday, a big event was just held by SMAN 3 Bandung, and it is MEGANTARA!

Megantara is a Cultural Festival held by SMAN 3 on 10th of September 2016. We all gather at lapangan bali on 7.00 in the morning. Then, we walk trough the streets around the area as a parade, wearing pangsi and kebaya, our cultural clothes. After we've done our parade, we return to lapangan bali.

We have to wait for quite some time for the gates to open. The parade finishes around 8-9 and the gate wont open until 11.30, so during that time we change our clothes (because who wants to go to a festival all day until the night with kebaya *cries*). I was with some of my friends that's not the comitee of the event from my class, we had lunch first to kill some time. At first we want to go to Takolada, but we end up eating Baso Tahu in gront of the school gate.

We enter the gate around 1.30 because why not. After I went inside, I met my Junior High School friends and take a look around the stands there.

We watched the Cultural Fashion Show to see my friends from my class and guess what, Hafizh, from my class, dressed with Papua Barat clothes WIN! It was amazing because his clothes was really something, but it's full of effort too.

After that there was a peformance from The Changcuters and RAN. It was fun. After that I went home. I can only say gll luck for the comitee to clean up the place afterwards, it was was really, really, messy because of the confetti.