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Wisata Bromo-Sempu 2013

Dear all,

Saya dan tiga orang teman saya berencana jalan-jalan ke Jawa Timur pada 29 November sampai 1 Desember 2013, yaitu hari Jumat sampai Minggu. Tujuan wisata kami yang utama adalah Gunung Bromo dan Pulau Sempu. Tiga orang akan berangkat dari Jakarta dengan menggunakan pesawat terbang, dan yang seorang lagi berangkat dari Solo naik kereta. Rencananya, kami akan bertemu di Malang (meeting point), lalu berangkat dari situ.

Setelah cukup lama browsing untuk mencari informasi tentang agen-agen tour and travel yang memiliki paket wisata ke Bromo dan Pulau Sempu selama tiga hari dua malam, kami agak kesulitan menemukan yang cocok. Biayanya terlalu mahal, rata-rata Rp 800 ribu ke atas per orang, bahkan itu untuk kuota minimal sekitar tujuh orang. Selain itu banyak juga agen-agen yang tidak mencantumkan biayanya di situs web mereka, sehingga kami harus menghubungi mereka dulu untuk menanyakan secara langsung. Tetapi sayangnya, email yang kami kirimkan hanya dibalas sekali untuk menanyakan berapa jumlah pesertanya, kemudian setelah dijawab, tidak dibalas lagi sampai sekarang.

Kami yang naik pesawat dari Jakarta, dijadwalkan tiba di Surabaya pada Kamis malam, 28 November 2013. Sepertinya kami akan menyewa mobil/travel atau, jika ada, bus semacam DAMRI seperti di bandara Soekarno-Hatta. Namun akan lebih baik jika kami mendapatkan agen tur wisata yang juga memberikan jasa antar-jemput ke bandara.

Saat ini kami masih mencari-cari agen tour and travel yang oke. Semoga ada agen yang membaca tulisan ini dan memberikan penawaran yang menarik dan sesuai.

Kalau kawan-kawan yang membaca tulisan ini ada yang berminat untuk ikut berwisata ke Bromo-Sempu tanggal 29-31 November 2013, silakan berkomentar di sini. Tolong share juga kalau ada agen tur yang recommended. Siapa tahu bisa terkumpul banyak peserta, dan semakin banyak peserta, tentunya biaya paket wisata akan menjadi lebih murah. J Kita pun bisa menambah banyak teman, dan FYI, dua teman saya masih jomblo, jadi bisa juga kalau mau cari jodoh. Hahahaha 😛

Thanks

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Travel

 

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Joint Trip to Bromo-Sempu (November 2013)

Dear all,

My friends and I have long been planning to travel to East Java, and we have decided to go on November 29 to December 1, 2013. Our destinations are particularly Mount Bromo and Sempu Island, located in Malang. Four of us are going to meet in Malang; three fly from Jakarta to Surabaya and one go by train straight to Malang station.

After taking so much time browsing to search any tour and travel agencies which offer a Bromo-Sempu trip for three days, we have yet to find the one we’re looking for. Most of them set high, expensive fee for the trip; it’s more than Rp 800.000 per person (for at least seven participants). Some even do not put the exact or range of fees on their websites, so we personally contacted them to ask about it. But they replied once just to ask about the number of participants, no further information, and then they did not reply anymore.

The three of us take a night flight on Thursday, November 28, 2013. We will probably rent a car from the airport to Malang but it would be a lot better to get a travel agency which includes a pick-up service from and to airport.

I hope many people read this and join my trip so we can travel together and, of course, find lower fees. 😀

This is open for anyone, Indonesians or foreigners. So readers, if you are interested, you can comment here. Please share any information you have regarding this issue.

Thank you.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Travel

 

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Sherlock, Lupin & Aku

Kalian semua pasti sudah sangat mengenal Detektif Sherlock Holmes, apalagi film-filmnya yang dibintangi Robert Downey, Jr. masuk box office.

Nah, novel yang satu ini cukup berbeda, karena mengisahkan petualangan William Sherlock Holmes sewaktu remaja. Ia bersahabat karib dengan Arsene Lupin, yang menjadi pencuri termashyur ketika dewasa. Di masa belianya ini, ia juga berkenalan dengan si cantik Irene Adler. Ketika akhirnya mereka bertiga berkawan, tiga remaja ini menemukan sesosok mayat misterius. Inilah awal petualangan mereka yang seru dan menegangkan. Yang lebih mengejutkan lagi, ketika menghubungkan analisa mereka dan mencoba mengurai benang-benang kusut dari misteri itu, bukti-bukti prematur mengarah kepada ayah Lupin dan ibu Sherlock! Benarkah dugaan mereka?

Penulis: Irene Adler
Ilustrasi: Iacopo Bruno
Penerbit: Bhuana Ilmu Populer
Harga: Rp 45.000
Tersedia di: Toko Buku Gramedia

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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Review (Resensi)

 

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Saras Dewi Bilang Cinta (Resensi Buku “Cinta Bukan Cokelat”)

Cinta memang tak pernah ada habisnya untuk dikupas. Buku yang satu ini rasanya sangat cocok dibaca kawula muda yang selalu diliputi rasa ingin tahu tentang cinta. Apakah cinta mendatangkan penderitaan? Atau mendatangkan kebahagiaan? Tentunya tidak semua orang berpendapat sama akan hal ini. Bahkan ada yang mengatakan: Masa bodoh dengan cinta! Persetan sama cinta! Makan tu cinta!

Dengan penampilan buku yang sederhana, ringan, dan bisa dibilang cukup “imut”, Saras Dewi menyajikan pemahaman cinta berdasarkan teori-teori filosofis. Kenapa filosofis? Ya, karena kata yang berasal dari bahasa Yunani philia dan sophia mengandung arti rasa cinta dan kebijaksanaan. Mungkin juga karena banyak teori filsafat tentang cinta yang mungkin belum banyak diketahui orang awam.

Isi buku ini dibagi jadi empat bagian: Filsafat Cinta, Sains Meneropong Cinta, Membongkar Valentin, dan Cinta Itu Universal. Selain membahas teori-teori cinta, Saras juga membubuhkan contoh-contoh kasus anak muda yang dikemas menggunakan ragam bahasa sederhana, sehingga mudah dimengerti.

Buku ini sarat dengan kata-kata indah dan penuh makna yang dicantumkan penulis. Mungkin anda bertanya kenapa judul buku ini Cinta Bukan Cokelat. Penulis mengatakan “Cinta jauh lebih misterius dibandingkan dengan sebatang cokelat”. Disamping itu, sebuah pesan lain berbunyi “Kamu bukan siapa-siapa sampai kamu dicintai oleh seseorang”. Meski tebalnya hanya 127 halaman, buku ini mampu meninggalkan kesan unik tentang pengertian cinta.(2010)

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Review (Resensi)

 

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Linguistic Politeness in Written Communication

Being polite is undertaken through various ways and the three of them are attitude, behavior, and utterance. Polite or impolite attitude cannot be judged directly by eyesight but it will reflect to our behavior. It is clearly seen whether our behavior is considered polite or not (although it culturally depends). However, through the third way, utterance, we can measure the rate of politeness from the sentence structure, word choice, tone, intonation, and also facial expression. Those are the reasons for the uniqueness of politeness through utterance. To refer to this kind of politeness, Holmes called it as “linguistic politeness” (Holmes, 2001).

According to Holmes (2001), politeness in the way people behave is different among various communities. The rules of being polite in Sweden, for example, are not the same as the rules in Indonesia. There are even many differences of what is considered polite amid several ethnicities in the same country. Also, we can still find some distinct expressions of politeness there. Especially through language, being polite or impolite can be seen either in a formal or informal utterance. To speak a formal language is not always meant speaking politely. Similarly, speaking informally is not meant that it is impolite. Holmes (2001) also claimed that making decisions about what is or is not considered polite in any community therefore involves assessing social relationship along the dimensions of social distance or solidarity, and relative power or status (p.268). The considerations of the closeness of social relationship really work in Indonesian community. People should speak differently to older people, those who are of higher status, and those who have a far social distance relationship. We have to be more respectful to them than to the other. When it comes to spoken language, we can judge whether it is polite or not by paying attention to the facial expression, tone of the voice, intonation, the form of the sentence, the structure, and word choice.

Since we live in the world where technology is getting more advanced and sophisticated day by day, people get more addicted to it. What we acknowledge from it is that technology has now been inseparable from the contemporary society. Certainly, it influences the way people socialize and communicate with others. Due to the practicality and effectiveness, most people prefer the modern way of communicating such as SMS, email, online chatting, social networking, blogging, etc. Those tools commonly involve people in written communication rather than spoken one.

Bergs (2006) said that language variation in online communities, particularly with younger speaker-writers, seems to play a different role than in face-to-face interaction. The difference between spoken and written communication is on the sound and expression. People can directly hear the tone and intonation or see the facial expression of the speaker when they have an oral conversation. Unfortunately, they cannot do that in written conversation. It is difficult to say whether it is polite or impolite because of the absence of the speaker. Yet, as people do not see directly the person they communicate with in written communication, they usually tend to ignore the rules of politeness.

The main point is that politeness is important in both spoken and written communication. Although the way people speak in written communication is different from the way they speak in spoken communication, they still need to maintain a sense of politeness because they socialize with others. Since childhood, people were usually taught to behave and speak politely to others for they should show respects to anyone despite the age or who the person is. Therefore, they have to pay attention with whom they communicate and the situation or context when the communication happens. 

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Language, Opinion Article

 

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Students Hate Reading

This is an opinion article toward an essay “How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading” by John Holt.

Glancing at the title, I was quite surprised that children in American or Western countries also hate reading. I thought only Indonesian children who feel so. An article from The Jakarta Post “Do young kids lack of reading culture?” by Evaries Rosita (01/22/2009) showed there is a myth which many people believe that Indonesia “does not have reading culture” but rather “oral culture”. Rosita then describes the actual factors of what she called “literacy crisis”. The factors are teaching of literacy at school, access to books, and poverty. From those three factors, teaching literacy at school is similar to what Holt discusses in his essay. Thus, I see that how children are taught reading is a common problem for some countries in the world.

In the essay, Holt talks about the issue from his perspective as a teacher. On the first paragraph he says he did not give students a chance to speak up their opinion about the book. I wanted to compare that case to what happened in my childhood but it was hard to catch back my memories from the past. But as far as I remember, my elementary and junior high school teachers always chose what students had to read for reading assignment. We were never given an opportunity to pick books we wanted. I think children are not supposed to be forced to read what the teacher wants because it will block their creativity. Children can be creative only for what they are interested and what they really like.

On paragraph two, the writer tells how he gave some vocabulary tests to students. Those tests are silly, according to Holt. I believe that students dislike vocabulary test if the reading text is in their first language. Sometimes it is difficult for children to define a word. They may be afraid to make mistakes or frustrated when they cannot find the meaning.

However, Holt once argued that students should find the meaning of words they do not know. Yet, his sister reminds him of his childhood which then makes him realize that he is wrong. I think I agree with his sister that when we were child, we never opened our dictionary to find words we did not know. For me, I usually asked my parents the meaning of words I did not know. I have an Indonesian dictionary at home, but I only used it when parents asked me to when they could not answer my questions. But when I was interested in books I read, I did not stop to find the meanings of difficult words. In addition, Paulo Friere suggests that acquiring literacy is when one reads and writes what he/she understands. Therefore, children are not supposed to be forced to know fully what they are reading. Letting them find what they want to know by themselves is important.

In one paragraph of the essay, Holt tells that reading aloud can cause humiliation because children do not know the words. I do not agree with the reason. Even when children know the words, they can still have mistakes. Students may feel nervous to read while others listen to them. It’s because in every classroom, there are always be naughty students, who like to make fun of their friends when making mistakes. In another paragraph, the writer says that many students enjoy reading aloud, but some of my friends in schools dislike it. Perhaps the reason is also humiliation. Then, I think that teachers should decrease the frequency of reading aloud activity or teachers should ask each student to read only a short sentence.

In the rest of paragraphs, I find three opinions which I agree with. First, when students are worried about spelling, it will slow down their writing; but when they are free to make mistakes, they can show their brightness and talents. It is similar to my own experience. I have to eliminate my fear and worries about making grammatical or other kinds of mistakes to create deep and full writing. Second, Holt states, “If the amount the students write is limited by what the teacher can find time to correct, or even to read, the students will not write nearly enough”. Yes, that is right. If students are given limitation, they cannot create their best. Children need to feel comfortable when doing something, including learning and working on a task. Any pressure that comes to them will make them feared and worried. Third, people “learn to write by writing, not by reading other people’s ideas about writing”. As children, the most effective way of learning is by practicing, not by reading or knowing the theory. Teachers’ feedback about writing should be given to more adult learners when they have had more time to practice writing.

Reading is a very good activity as a source of knowledge and information. Teachers are the most influential helpers and motivators for children at schools. I hope that there will be more people who concern about this issue.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Education, Opinion Article

 

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