Monthly Archives: Agustus 2014

Help Me With My English

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Hi guys,

For a month or so, I am going to write an opinion, story or anything in English to practice my writing skill as I being told by IELTS exercise book :-)…. I know I have a problem with grammar, so please do help me to improve my English by giving me the correction of my post on this blog.

This is really fun way to learn English. I am writing a blog, listening to the music and watching a movie previously just for fun but now… I will have to really focus on these activities to honed my English…

Bear with me and wish me lots of luck so I can get the score that I need to pass the scholarship selection 🙂

Thank you in advance, deeply thankful for your help

cheers

Nita

The Plastic Bag Dilemma

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Been thinking which one is more dramatic title – the plastic bag saga or story or dilemma- either way, the content of the story will significantly the same.

At the beginning of this week, I found myself in a dilemma of plastic bag whether to continue using it or should I totally leave it behind and move to other material, tote bag for instance. But fact is, I couldn’t totally stop from using plastic bag.

That day, I was running out of plastic bag for trash and dirty clothes to send to the laundry. The positive side is, yes, I did manage the plastic bag diet. I have been declining the plastic bag whenever I shop. On the negative side, hey, what am I going to do with my trash and dirty clothes?

First thing first, I have to count how much exactly my personal waste so I can tell how many plastic bag do I need in a week or month?

I live in 12 square meters rented room and single. I have lunch at work, and mostly have light breakfast and dinner with fruit or bread. As far as I remember, I throw my trash per two days and around half kilos in weight. So I only need 3 plastic bags per week, 12 ones monthly. Hmmm, where can I get one?

Yes some of the convenience shops are using degradable plastic bag, yes they are good and I should appreciate this new efforts. BUT, they are degradable in 2 years, until then it remains as a TRASH! And remain danger to the environment. This kind of plastic bag will have the same faith, being burned or end up on the river or at the sea; the problem remains the same…. So what’s the point of being degradable?

Yes, I am not against totally the plastic bag, I need it but I will try my very best to do the plastic bag diet. I carry on bring my tote bag for shop. For the trash and dirty clothes; here is my simple solution… I will take one from the office hahaha… silly… but there are plenty plastic bags right now. I can always reuse them and at the same time reducing numbers of new plastic bags. What if one day we are totally running out of plastic bags? Hmm…. There will always someone you can ask the plastic bag from 🙂

For the dirty clothes, I put on big bag, bring it to the laundry spot and bring the clean one with the same bag. Hopefully it will work for a long time 🙂

 

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If It Wasn’t For Ben

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Somehow I always found a ridiculous reason to encouraging myself achieving my goal in life. In Junior High, back in 1990-s, damn I am so old, my English teacher asked where did I learn my English and I said from New Kids on The Block, I listen, read the lyric on the cover and sang… My parents were too poor to send me to an English course.

In 2012, I fall in love with this curly guy on AXN. It was just a glance and I knew I would love to see his movie or hear more of his deep voice. When my colleague gave me the copy of Sherlock Holmes the series, she first said “the movie was so great but the actor is just okay. I couldn’t understand why anyone liked him.” AHA so that was him on AXN!

Since then, I am following news, gossip and saw his movies!

Recently, after years I kept my will to get a master degree on the back of my mind and put it on the lower priority in life, it reappears once again. The time has come to pursuing the dream to come true and this time I promise to myself that I will try my very best to get one.

But it is not without a reason, a ridiculous one…

I want to meet Ben in person, better yet; I want to be part of Sherlock Holmes’ screenwriter team. I believe that there is no mountain is too high to climb or sea too deep to dive. All you have to do is trying to make your dream come true.

So for many times, I watch Sherlock Holmes Season 1-3 without Indonesian Subtitle. I downloaded audiobooks read by Ben and his other movies that I could find on internet. Oh yeah I also went to the movie for Star Trek and 12 Years of Slave.

If it was not for Ben, I would never know Cassanova the biography by Giacomo Cassanova in 1822 , Ode to Nightingale wrote by John Keats in 1819, To the Ends of The Earths, a trilogy written by William Golding in 1980 and less care about Stephen Hawkins- played by Ben in 2004, or even Van Gogh- Painted with words in 2010 and Neverwhere by Neil Gailman 1996.

If NKOTB contributed to my English exam during school year, Ben should be the one that I have to thankful for his sexy voice, clear articulation and for being a passionate reader in improving my English. If I can get the IELTS score that I need, and pass the scholarship, I would love to catch him and shake his hand tightly and thank him for being HIM….

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Harta Karun Pinggir Jalan

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Saya suka sekali jalan kaki. Ada banyak hal yang bisa ditemui sepanjang jalan, bahkan saat kamu melalui jalur yang sama saban hari, selalu ada hal baru yang mau temui. Ga percaya?
Telur ayam
Ga Cuma satu tapi TIGA TELUR AYAM…
Pagi tadi melalui jalur biasa, jalan kaki dari kos ke kantor, 15 menit kadang 20-30 menit kalau pakai acara mampir ke tukang sayur dan terjebak bersama pelanggan lain yang biasanya melakukan transaksi tawar menawar yang tak kunjung usai. Mata saya menangkap telur ayam tiga biji di depan gerbang sebuah rumah yang saya pernah tau itu tuh kos-kosan mahal. Dua tahun lalu saya sempat mampir tanya harga, aje gile 1,5 juta perbulan, bisa ga makan tuh.
Pandangan pertama, saya acuhkan. Tapi kok bentuk telurnya utuh ya? Bukan telur pecah. Saya balik badan, berdiri beberapa menit dengan penuh adegan tanya jawab di kepala. Tapi siapa yang bertelur di sana? Lah jelas ayam bodoh… tapi ayam siapa? Rute saya itu perumahan mewah, bukan perkampungan yang memungkinkan orang beternak ayam di pekarangan rumah. Ajaib lagi itu telur ayam negeri, bukan ayam kampung.
Saya ambil ketiga telur itu, masih bau tai ayam. Aha telur asli, bukan photoshop, eh… bukan kw buatan cina, bukan mainan anak-anak. Saya celingukan kiri kanan sapa tahu ini acara jebakan di TV, bakalan ngetop konyol sih, ga papa deh, yang penting ngetop eh…
Tibatiba geli sendiri, kok jadi ingat cerita mami saya yang masa mudanya itu bandel setengah mati. Mami itu sering banget keluyuran malam jumat Cuma buat “nyolong” sesajen, lumayan dapat rokok, ayam bakar dan telur gratisan. Si pemberi sesajen pasti bahagia, sesajennya dimakan “setan” kecil, mami dan kawan-kawannya.
Telur itu saya bawa sepanjang jalan di tangan termasuk saat kunjungan ke mamang sayur. Mamang sayur tanya ngapain bawa telur, saya bilang nemu mang, mau? Dia malah ketawa. Pagi tadi saya jadi selebritas di warung sayur, ditanya-tanya, sebagian khawatir itu jangan jangan, lala lili.. seorang ibu malah memberi saya plastic dan bilang, “rezekimu bagus teh.” Alhamdulillah
Sebenarnya sih ga penting juga saya ambil telur itu, mampu beli. Tapi ada telur di lokasi tadi itu, aneh bin ajaib. Saya ga suka menyimpan rasa penasaran, maka telur itu saya bawa.
“Kalu lu nemu dompet atau hp di jalanan masih wajar, nemu telur itu ajaib!” begitu pesan yang sampai di hp saya pagi tadi.
Ga kalah heboh, Kang Dede meneropong pakai kertas digulung dan telur diarahkan ke cahaya lampung, bening! Artinya fresh, bagus. Bisa dimakan dong kang? Ya bisa, kata kang Dede, kita rebus aja, buat Nita satu, saya dan teh Rini pas kan tuh 3 orang. Alhamdulillah lagi, bisa dimakan rame-rame.
TAPII… apa kabar ibu ayam?
Apalagi Aa Rafi yang seumur hidup berkutat sama ayam bilang “itu induknya belum pengalaman bertelur, jadi dia akan bertelur di tempat yang sama. Kalau lu tinggalin 2 telur di sana, saban hari lu dapat 1 telur gratis.” Hahahaha
Maafkan aku mamah ayam… besok aku beliin telur pengganti yaaa…
Kang Dede memakan telur rebusnya sambil berteriak “Bismillahirahmanirahim”

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