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EF#14 Three Smart and Brave Characters

I love cartoons. When I was a little, I used to watch many cartoons (mostly anime) on tv. There are two kinds of anime, namely Shounen and Shoujo. Shounen is more aimed at a young male audience, while Shoujo for female. I like watching both, but my favourite anime characters are from Shounen anime. Anyway, is it bad if I still like watching cartoons until now? :mrgreen:

My favourites when I was little were Doraemon and Detective Conan. My elder sister said that many episodes of Doraemon and Detective Conan on tv were repeated, she had watched the same episodes before. I didn’t really care, I still loved watching them. Conan Edogawa (Shinichi Kudo) was my favorite cartoon character for years. As the time passed, I watched many more anime and read more manga. I read Death Note manga series and fell in love with it, the main character, Light Yagami has become my other favourite since then. I also started watching Naruto at that time, and Sasuke  Uchiha joined Conan Edogawa and Light Yagami on my top list.

1. Conan Edogawa (Shinichi Kudo) from Detective Conan (English Version: Case Closed) Series

Who doesn’t know Detective Conan? It is a very popular anime which is adapted from manga series by a manga artist and author, Aoyama Gosho. Shinichi Kudo is a prodigious young detective whose body shrinks into a kid after being poisoned by two men. Then he takes up the alias Conan Edogawa. He is so brilliant. The way he solves the cases makes me admire him. I read the manga series also. Well, since I love to draw, here I share my fanart drawing of Detective Conan.

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2. Light Yagami from Death Note Series

Death Note is an anime adapted from manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Death Note is only adapted into a movie, not tv series. The main character in Death Note is Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook that grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know. He is always accompanied by a shinigami called Ryuk (the previous owner of the Death Note) everywhere since then. Light Yagami is very intelligent, although he is also tricky and too ambitious. But that makes him become more attractive to me. I adore Light Yagami so much! I’m in love with him, and wish him existed in real world 😁 This is my fanart drawing of Light Yagami together with Misa Amane and the misterious L.

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3. Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto Series

Honestly, I don’t watch Naruto very often. I only like watching it in the early episodes. I don’t read the manga either. I love Sasuke Uchiha. He is a smart ninja, although  he has cold and detached attitude. I think he is the most good looking ninja among others. No wonder, Sakura likes him so much. And they are married in the end. I’m a brokenhearted fan. My lil nephew sometimes calls me Sakura because he knows I like Sasuke so much 😁 This is my fanart drawing of Sasuke. I drew it this morning.

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Well, those three cartoon characters are my favourites. Perhaps, Light Yagami is my most favourite between those three, hmmm  but Conan Edogawa also, and Sasuke… Sorry, I can’t choose. I love them because they are smart and brave. The characteristics that I will value the most from a guy in real life. Well, this is my story of my favourite cartoon character. What about you?

In response to BEC English Friday 14th Challenge: Favourite Cartoon Character.

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EF#11: A Lovely Day – Bunkasai

“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.” Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic

Whoahmm…. Good morning, muggles! Happy Sunday! 🙂

Actually, I wanted to skip this week’s challenge since I was too lazy to take OOTD pictures or write. But, yesterday my cousin asked me to accompany her to Bunkasai (Japanese Cultural Festival) USU 2015. I asked her to take some pictures of me there. So, I decided to post one of those pictures to fulfill English Friday 11th  challenge: Outfit of The Day.

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Talking about OOTD, I’ve always wanted to post my OOTD pictures on my blog, but I’m not confident. I think I can’t be a fashion blogger 😀 I’m not a fashionable girl. I am never obsessed with any brand. I would buy clothes from any brand or the unbranded ones, as long as they fit me, the fabrics are good, and I feel comfortable when I put them on. Oh, the size will be one of things that I really consider when I want to buy clothes since I am so skinny, tiny, and cute.

I love casual outfit. I like wearing jeans and shirt. If I want to look girly, I’ll choose a dress, or skirt with blouse, yet still in casual look. And I don’t like to wear too many accessories. However, I would consider to have a bit festive outfit when I went to a party.

Okay, I will tell you the details of my casual-girly outfit yesterday.

  • Blue floral dress. I don’t remember its brand, I bought it at one of boutiques at Sun Plaza. I love this dress because it makes me look not so thin.
  • Black cardigan. Ninety Degrees.
  • Veil and pants. I got them from my sister’s online shop. My sister gave me. Well, actually I asked her to give me, hahaha.
  • St Yves black flat shoes. I’m so much into flat shoes. It makes me feel so comfortable. Most of my shoes are flat shoes and sneakers. I don’t like wearing high heels. Even when I went to a party, I would prefer to wear flat shoes. I have two pairs of high heels, though.

Well, this is all I can write for this week’s challenge. I love fashion. But I don’t always follow the latest fashion to apply in my outfit, I would concern more about my own style. The most important is I have to feel comfortable when I put my clothes on. The more I feel comfortable with my clothes, the more I feel confident. Fashion may change, style will last. So, create your own style!

This is my story about OOTD, what’s yours? *Go back to sleep.*

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EF#10 Delicious Homemade Food by My Mom

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
Mark Twain

Talking about food, Medan- the city where I live- is very well known as a city where you can find many kinds of delicious food. Medan is the heaven of food! You will easily find many kinds of cuisines if you travel to my city, from Indonesian food, Chinese food, Indian food to Western food. But, I’m not going to write a review of any places related to Medan cuisine here. I want to write about my mom’s homemade food.

My mom is a great cook! It’s not just my opinion, our big family, and even my friends love food which are cooked by her. She is very good at cooking Indonesian traditional food. I’m a bit confused to choose which one of Indonesian food is my favourite, since I love many. But, nasi goreng (fried rice) could be my favourite. It depends on my mood, though. I also love gado-gado (known as Indonesian salad in some countries), and rendang. Honestly, I get bored of rendang sometimes, but it will always be in my Indonesian top list food. And of course, to me, nasi goreng, rendang, and gado-gado cooked by my mom are the best.

Other homemade food by my mom that I really like is lontong sayur.  She always makes it on Eid Fitr and Eid Adha. In my family, the popularity of lontong sayur that is made by mom always beat the popularity of the so-called nastar and other Lebaran cakes and biscuits. I always love the moment when my big family gathered, my sisters and my mom would cook together. Me? Don’t worry, I took part too. My part was to take pictures of those dishes 😀 . Yes, I am a food lover who can’t cook (Booooo!). My mother has never asked me to learn how to cook. She knows that her youngest daughter doesn’t like doing any kitchen thingy, so she doesn’t want to force me. She said she believes that I’ll change when I get married someday. Yeah, I think so. Perhaps, someday I’ll learn how to cook, especially Indonesian food.

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My Mom 🙂

Indonesian cuisines are known as the spicy ones. All members of my family (except me) love hot spicy food. My dad is from West Sumatra, and my mom is a Mandailing (Hasibuan) woman. As a Minangese-Mandailing girl, I should’ve liked spicy food. But, no, I don’t really like it if it’s too spicy. Beside, my stomach cannot tolerate any hot spicy food with too much peppers or chilies in it. So, my mom always makes the special meals for me. Ah, thank you so much, Mom. You are the best. You’ll always be my inspiration. I love you, Bunda!

Well, that’s my story about my favourite Indonesian food. Tell me yours!

In response to BEC English Friday 10th Challenge: What Is Your Favourite Indonesian Food?

Pictures are personal documentation.

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EF#7 Water

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” 
― Ansel Adams

I am not a professional photographer, yet I’m really into photography. I’m just a hobbyist who doesn’t know much about photography techniques. I just love taking pictures, snap here and there, snap this and that, even some random things can be so interesting to me. Sometimes I take pictures using my brother’s DSLR camera, sometimes using my tiny digital camera, and mostly using my phone camera (Does this count as photography? 😛 ).

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This picture I took when I and my friends visited Hairos Waterpark. It is located at Jl. Letjend Djamin Ginting, KM 14.5 Medan, North Sumatra. It took about 30 minutes to get there by car from the centre of the city of Medan where I live. Actually there was no story behind this picture. I was just curious how lovely it would be if I captured the picture of the pouring water with the perfect sky-clouds-trees background. And snap! I loved it.

Hairos Waterpark is one of many water-parks in Medan. The facilities here are well maintained and the scenery is just great, all is green surrounding. It is a nice place to visit if you come to my beloved city, Medan.

Well, maybe this is the shortest post I’ve ever written for English Friday Challenge, but hopefully it’s still worth a read. 🙂

“The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.” 
― James Jeans

In Response to BEC English Friday 7th Topic: Snap and Tell A Story! and Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

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EF#6 Alter Ego – The So Called Adventurous Girl

“The fact that both ego and self say “I” is a source of confusion and miss-identification. The well-informed ego says truly, “I am what I know myself to be.” The self says merely, “I am.” ― Stephen LaBerge

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What Is An Alter Ego?

According to Oxford Dictionary, alter ego is a person’s secondary or alternative personality, and the other meaning is an intimate and trusted friend. An alter ego is usually the opposite side of personality which is created by an individual. Some people may not realize that they actually have alter egos. People who have alter egos tend to use their alter egos to reach all their goals that they cannot achieve in their real lives. Alter ego personalities need a relationship with a self-object that by conforming to the self’s appearance, opinions, and values confirms the existence, the reality of the self [1].

My Alter Ego and Me

She is a brave and adventurous girl. She explores every inch of the world. She climbs the mountains, she survives in the jungle, and she does backpacking around the world. She is not afraid of animals and any dangerous things. She is the real adventurer. Who is she? Is she my alter ego? She probably is. In fact, I am the opposite side of personality. I am just a childish girl who is afraid of many things. I am afraid of blood. I dislike pets or any other animals, and I have a tremendous fear towards certain animals such as snakes. I could be so frightened when I saw a snake even though only on television. I would throw book or magazine- that I read- away if I saw a picture of a snake in it. Even just to think about it already nauseated me. I do not have the guts to do any dangerous things. I feel easily annoyed by every uncomfortable thing. Then, with all my weaknesses can I be like the so-called adventurous girl? I would not let myself be obsessed with my alter ego. I think I have to overcome my vulnerability first. My father passed away three years ago, this fact makes me become more fragile. So, I would prefer to regain my self-esteem rather than thinking how to be an extraordinary adventurer. Nevertheless, the stories of the adventurers will always fascinate me.

How to Deal with Alter Egos

Having an alter ego can be good at times, as long as we do not let our alter egos lead us. It can encourage a person to do more to succeed. An alter ego can give the person the supports of self-esteem. For instance, Eminem was successful in his career with his alter ego, Slim Shady. And you may hear the stories of other public figures who succeed with their alter egos as well. In my case, I will use my alter ego to motivate me to slowly defeat all my fears. Even though I cannot be as brave as my alter ego, at least I will no longer be a neurotic. However, an alter ego will bring us down if we let it dominate our life. So it is important for us to identify our strengths and do our best to meet our needs and to achieve our dreams with our efforts, instead of being obsessed with the perfect personality. We need to establish ourselves and strengthen our abilities to make it possible for us to lead a creative and productive life.

“Forget the self and you will fear nothing, in whatever level or awareness you find yourself to be.” ― Carlos Castaneda

[1] Kohut, H. and Wolf, E. S. The Disorders of the Self and their Treatment: An Outline. International Journal of Psychoanalysis.,

In Response to BEC English Friday 6th Week’s Topic – Alter Ego

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EF#5 What BEC Means to Me

Another BEC challenge! And the fifth week’s theme: What is BEC to you?

I created my WordPress blog in early 2014. I had no idea what to write about. But then, I started posting football articles in English. But it seemed no one was interested in football like me, I got no response for every single of my article. I was so inactive 2014. In December, I joined Writing 201 Longform course (Blogging U) where I met a lot of nice fellow bloggers. I started feeling excited to do blogging since then. But I didn’t find any Indonesian there. And I’m so happy here in Blog English Club (BEC) I can interact with many Indonesian bloggers. I actually hesitated to join BEC at first- because of my bad English- but my willingness to learn has encouraged me to do so.

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It’s fun to be part of BEC. It helps me to improve my English, enhances my creativity to write some worth reading posts, and makes me more disciplined to post regularly. It’s nice to see the BEC members give feedback to each other. BEC gives us different challenge every week. And each member will write based on the topic with their own styles. It’s always interesting to see something from different perspectives. It obviously gives you more knowledge and insight. I learn a lot from many awesome bloggers here. They have great writings on their blogs. I envy them a little bit, yet it encourages me to do more for my self-improvement. So, I can say BEC has become one of the fun ways to learn. That is what BEC means to me.

It’s probably too early to say, but considering the massive response to BEC in the first few weeks, it’s not impossible BEC will be one of the Indonesian big forums for those (bloggers, in particular) who want to learn English or to improve their English more. I can see BEC becoming an integrated community and cozy place to learn English in nearly future. Hopefully, and I believe, BEC will continue taking the consistent steps to broaden the scope in order to take a role in education. That is my wish. Thanks to the admins and mentors. And to all BEC members, I am happy to connect with you all here. Viva BEC!

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EF#3 Me & Gadgets

Another BEC’s challenge day! And the third week’s topic is How Gadgets Affect Our Life. I actually have no idea what to write. But well, I’ll talk about the influence of gadget in daily life and how I rely on gadgets.

As part of technology, gadgets play a big role in our life today. Gadgets not only increase the efficiency and flexibility in our life but also keep us updated with the latest information from all over the world. We cannot deny the importance of technology to our daily life, the usage of gadgets has given us so much ease to do things in our life. We cannot stay away from gadgets. I salute those who can.

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I am not saying that I am a gadget addict who relies on gadgets as much as I rely on oxygen to breathe (okay, I know I exaggerate it). But, to be honest, I cannot live a day without gadgets. I do a lot of things with my gadgets. Call, text, works and assignments, chat apps, social media, email, music, online shopping, payment, etc. And the fact that internet has become the fastest way to get information nowadays makes me stick with my gadgets. And in addition, gadgets have trained me to be a multi-tasker. I could write on my laptop while having dinner but my eyes focused on tv watching football match, and soon I would take my phone to tweet “Goooooooalll!” when a player of my favourite football team scored. What kind of multi-tasking is that? 😛 I’ve rarely been on social media these days. I get bored of it sometimes. However, as much as I rely on gadgets, I always try not to distance myself from people around.

The overuse of gadgets can also negatively affect health. The excessive use of gadgets can lead to depression, sleep disorder and other negative impacts. But we can avoid it if we use gadgets wisely. So let’s reflect on ourselves and try to lessen our dependence on gadgets, instead of blaming it all on technology. We may often hear a statement “Today we are not controlling gadgets instead the gadgets are controlling our life”. It could be true if we let the addiction of gadgets take over our life. It will not happen if we use gadgets appropriately, not excessive. So, it depends on us. Will we be the masters of our own gadgets or the slaves to them instead?

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EF#2 My Wildest Dream

Actually, I’ve already published two similar posts about my dreams. I rewrite some sentences from those previous posts to this post. So, I’m sorry if this is not something new to read. It’s special for Blog English Club’s challenge, and the topic for this week is “WILDEST DREAM”.

Everyone has a dream. Some people have big dreams, some have the simple ones. Some people have managed to achieve their dreams, some failed to achieve theirs and choose to forget and move on. No one can guarantee someone will successfully achieve their dreams or not. Some people do not have specific dreams. For them, dream is only to achieve success in life. The most needed things to achieve dreams are willingness, prayer and effort. Luck may be part of life too. But don’t rely on luck, we cannot trust luck, because it sucks sometimes. We must stand on our own feet, work hard, and be the master of our own destiny. However, humans can only plan, pray, and do efforts. God is the only one who can decide what is best for us.

I have many dreams. One of my dreams is to become a novelist. I love to write and read. One of my favorite novelists is Jane Austen, the author of Pride and Prejudice. I really admire Elizabeth Bennet character in this novel. I love most of Jane Austen’s novels. I like her writing style and the way she described each character in her novels. I also read some of Julia Quinn’s books. She is a romance author as well. Yes, I love romance novels. I also love fantasy novels like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, though.

I once fantasized about being an international novelist. Julia Quinn or Stephanie Meyer’s comment will be included in the comments field in my novel, and my novel will be adapted to a movie. I know you are like “Are you for real?” Or “What the …”. But the topic for this week is “Wildest Dream”, so don’t blame me 😀 But don’t take it seriously, it was just a daydream. I know it is laughable and a bit unreachable. I sometimes laugh at myself. I’ve never finished a novel, and if I ever manage to finish it, will it surely get published? Even it’s hard to be recognized by Indonesian publishers, how could I dare to dream that my novel will be published internationally?

To be honest, I realize that I am a lazy person. I can be inspired to write a story by anything. Once I got an idea, I can describe the plot, scenes, dialogue, and even the ending. But all is stuck in my head. I’m so lazy to write it. I’m so moody, I just write when I’m in good mood. That’s why I never did finish my novels. I have like ten drafts of my fictional writings on my laptop. But each just contains the prologue or the first chapters only. When I got a new idea, I’d write excitedly. But then I would leave it for days, months, and then forget it.

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So what I can conclude here is that I shouldn’t think about my novels are going to be published or adapted to a movie whatsoever. But the important thing is I have to overcome the laziness first. I should be more disciplined and determined to finish my writings. Another important thing is that I have to improve my knowledge and insight, so I can produce good and worth reading books. And I shouldn’t dream too much, but I have to wake up and work hard to make it happen instead. Well, that’s my wildest dream. What’s yours? 🙂