I never expected that these couple of months would be so stressful. I thought I could handle it well, since I was okay during the term 1. In fact, it isn’t.
I was struggling to finish every courseworks. Once one assignment was finished, I had to do the other one. Though I wanted my last assignment to be perfect, I did the opposite instead. It feels like you can hardly breathe. I don’t know how many times I cried because it was just…….exhausting.
Now, the real struggle finally stands in front of my eyes. I haven’t even finished my literature review and methodology, but I have to write chapter 4 and make interview form this month before going back for data collection. I thought doing interview while spending time at home would be a nice break. I guess I am a completely wrong. Everything is in a rush.
And now I’m spending this precious time just to complain on this blog

….and tell me, how I’m gonna go through this?

A Not So Good Winter Holiday

Last year I spent my Christmas break by going to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Curious with the splendid review, I thought it would be fun to explore the northern part of United Kingdom. Hence, the two cities are on my list.
Initially, I planned to celebrate my new year’s eve in Edinburgh, seeing how Hogmanay was like. However, I got no place to stay and went home instead on 31st December, how poor! Bad luck still haunted me as my trip to Glasgow highlands was ruined due to the broken mini bus. Weeks before going to Glasgow, I booked one day trip to Glasgow Highlands. At first, the trip went well. The tour guide was very informative and attractive, in a way that he could boost our mood despite of the gloomy weather. However, the bad luck came. As our mini bus stopped at the edge of the hill, rain was pouring down and the wind blew the door of the mini bus. It got broken. Couldn’t be closed because of the wind. Hence, we waited over an hour without any certainty.
Although we knew that we could …

A Goodbye to 2016

2016 has passed and when everyone was celebrating the new year’s eve, I stuck in my bed. Yes, my kind of new years’ eve was not that great since my plan was a little bit ruined. Well, anyway 2016 was a year full of changes.
First, change of living. I am now living 1000 miles away from home, with different language and culture. At first, it was hard to adapt, but now I get used to it. Although I still miss my home and when everything was easy back then, I know what I’m doing right now is for good.
Some plans haven’t gotten ticked from my notes list. Once, I planned to go on solo travel to Liverpool but then I met my friend with her Spanish friend and ended up going on a trip together. Well, maybe I should rearrange my next solo trip.
2016 also taught me that after all you just had to rely on God and yourself. Problems definitely exists, but at the end you are the only one who can fix it. Even you live with other housemates, they have their own life and you cannot simply hope them to help …

Life in Leeds

It’s been almost 2 months living in Leeds and  I’m still struggling to get used to the weather. Although I'm freezing most of the time, I’m liking my life right now.

However, Uni life is another story. There are up and downs in this first two months. First, I feel like I’m more introverted and shy when I have to speak English. It seems like I don’t know how to open a conversation, what topic I should talk to, and end up being silent (now, I'm trying to change that). It is totally different back in Indonesia where I can get along easily with others. Also, I’m feeling a bit tired with deadlines. When you just finish one essay, then you have to write for another. Hell yeah. But other than that, I’m okay. At least, I try to be positive and thanks to UK’s attraction, so that I can travel :D

Well, anyways here are some pics that I took from my last travel

Having Academic Writing Course at LBI UI

Akhirnya saya memutuskan untuk keluar dari zona nyaman. Kenapa zona nyaman? Karena saya akhirnya memilih menggunakan weekend saya di hari sabtu untuk mengikuti les academic writing di Lembaga Bahasa Internasional UI. Sesungguhnya cukup berat memilih keputusan ini, karena selain leisure time yang terpakai, jarak tempuh yang harus saya lalui juga cukup jauh dari rumah. Saya harus berangkat pagi-pagi menggunakan Transjakarta yang kemudian dilanjut dengan KRL untuk mencapai Depok (rumah lo dimanasi jauh banget T_T). Bahkan guru dan teman sekelas sayapun kaget dengan hal tersebut :") in the end success needs sacrifice, right?
Saya memilih mengikuti academic writing course ini karena manfaat yang akan saya dapat cukup besar. And after having 3 meetings, I guess I made the right decision. Berhubung saya akan melanjutkan studi S2 dan pada studi tersebut akan banyak tugas-tugas essay, rasanya lebih baik saya punya basic menulis akademik yang baik. Walaupun bisa menulis essay dalam bahasa…

What Happened to Social Media These Days

I think I'm tired seeing what people do in social media.

Sepertinya semua orang berubah ketika menggunakan social media, dan itu semua terlihat jelas di beberapa platform social media terutama facebook, instagram, dan path. It seems like everyone wants to look cooler. Status sedang makan di restoran fancy atau baru saja mendarat di bandara XXX menghiasi laman path saya. Kemudian ditambah dengan foto-foto yang instragamable dengan harapan bisa mendapatkan banyak like. Apakah mungkin lebih penting mendapatkan banyak love/like daripada mengucapkan syukur terlebih dahulu untuk makanan yang lezat atau bisa mendarat dengan selamat?

Melihat fenomena-fenomena tersebut, rasanya saya seperti melihat orang-orang yang berbeda. Orang-orang yang memiliki alter ego ketika berada di social media. Sebagian seperti haus akan apresiasi sebagian lagi ingin akun social medianya terlihat keren (ini berlaku pada instagram). Bahkan sayapun menemukan beberapa orang yang memang sengaja menggunakan jasa pen…

Big Bad Wolf Jakarta (a review from a not-so-happy visitor)

Long weekend kemarin, para pecinta buku dihebohkan dengan Big Bad Wolf. Big Bad Wolf (BBW) sendiri merupakan bazaar buku impor yang biasa diselenggarakan setiap tahunnya di Malaysia. Pada tahun 2016 ini, pihak penyelenggara BBWpun meluaskan pasarnya ke Indonesia. Bisa dibilang bazar ini merupakan surga bagi pecinta buku impor. Bagaimana tidak, karena diskon yang diberikan pun gila-gilaan. Buku ensiklopedi yang biasanya harganya selangit pun, di bazaar ini hanya dibanderol sekitar 100-200ribu saja!
Sayapun akhirnya berkesempatan datang ke BBW sebanyak dua kali. Tapi, dari dua kali kedatangan, hanya sekali saya masuk ke dalam hall bazaar, how sad :( Pada kunjungan yang pertama tanggal 5 mei, saya datang pukul 15.30 dan disambut dengan antrian yang menggila! Iya segila itu, bro! Tidak pernah terbesit sebelumnya dalam pikiran saya kalau pameran buku akan ramai, coz it's a common fact that most Indonesians do not love reading (only a few people do). Nyatanya BBW merupakan anomali.