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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 dislike pets or any other animals, and I have a tremendous fear towards certain animals such as snake and worm. 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. 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. 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.

 

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? 🙂