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Farewell 2016

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Some people see life as a journey while for me, life is the most complicated massively multiplayer role-play-game. You are playing as yourself. Growing up, interacting with other players (family, friends, rivals), learning new abilities, acquiring new skills, buying and trading items, having job, building your own guild (business and company), even better, you can produce new players, seeing them to grow and develop and finally reach your limits and finish your part of the game once the death come. It is obvious that the disturbing part is our zero knowledge about our age limit. However, the absence of such knowledge has driven us to keep improving physically, mentally and spiritually since we don’t want to waste the life that has been given to us.

Life is a game. The obstacles, challenges and problems started from the day I was born until today were the quests, missions and objectives that I have accomplished, achieved, failed and gone through. My age is my level  (by thinking this way I won’t feel older but stronger instead because it means I am responsible to be productive to grow better each year) and my profession is my class. I have told you in my post several weeks ago that I sometimes put daily objective that is similar to daily quest in video game. Then how about day, week, month, and year? I see the days to months as sub-chapters with the years as the main one. So 2016 is a long chapter in a game with several hidden unannounced quests that I may or may not take. Each quest rewards me and improves my experience so that I would not only grow older but grow stronger every year. Thus, I would like to reflect what have I done during chapter 23: 2016.

January

  • After previously sending the application for scholarship, got a call from the Indian embassy for further tests and interview.
  • Preparing other applications to be sent for other scholarships. You know, if one failed, here comes another chance.
  • Teaching English to rascals as usual. This was, by the way, the daily quest of mine.

February

  • Another interview call for scholarship.
  • Met other players during the interview and other tests.
  • Found that some of them are bad at geography for they asked why did I take the test in Jakarta instead of Medan since I came from Lampung. Duh.
  • Started the single player mode after staying on cooperative multiplayer for about two years.
  • Teaching English to rascals as usual.

March

  • Failed miserably on the previous month interview.
  • Forget the hell and went on a short trip.
  • Preparing for another opportunity to USA.
  • Seeking more wisdom to higher level players (lecturers, professors, and so forth).
  • Composing some essays while helping as the assistant of some lecturers.
  • Casually encountered weird stuffs.
  • Teaching English to rascals while thinking of resigning.

April

  • Basically almost the same with previous month with extra weirdness and no holiday trip.
  • Started a long term project which is still on going until now.
  • Thinking more seriously about resigning.

May

  • Talking about the plan to resign to the guild master (my boss, duh).
  • Remember the interview on January? Everyone got the announcement while I didn’t.
  • I thought I failed and started to focus on the other opportunities.
  • Desperately looking for other chances by asking and talking more to more experienced players.
  • This blog was born as a part of desperation.

June

  • Surprisingly found the announcement of my acceptance in the spam box.
  • Telling my guild master that I would depart on the following month.
  • Took care of visa and other documents.
  • Cursing the bald guy in the Indian embassy. Thanks, mate. Won’t ever forget ya.
  • Officially quit from my job.

July

  • Meeting an old friend.
  • Farewell to everyone.
  • Witnessing some stupid things before departure in Jakarta.
  • Malaysia for eight hours.
  • Stranded in Hyderabad.
  • Struggling for settling in the wasteland.
  • Thank God, I was helped by seniors.
  • Meeting more seniors.
  • Settled safely and got the first three month reward of accomplishing a set of quests.

August

  • College life started.
  • Not bad.
  • Went to New Delhi and Aligarh for a week.
  • New Delhi was cool but Aligarh was wasted.
  • Made stronger bond with others.
  • It feels good to have another player back you up.
  • Back to College.
  • Assignments everyday.
  • Thought I was okay.
  • I was not. The assignments were not stopping.

September

  • ASSIGNMENTS
  • Recruited as a member of Indonesian Students Association in India.
  • Started meeting more people and understood more about this country.
  • Farewell with some seniors.

October

  • The semester was almost end.
  • More assignments.
  • There was cold war among comrades but I stayed neutral.
  • Nothing much really.

November

  • Final BOSS on this level (EXAM MONTH).
  • Planning for holiday on December.
  • The war was getting colder.

December

  • Passing this first level of the second college life.
  • Committing typical ENTP stupid insensitive stuffs that led to disappointment of the important one.
  • Finally get flinched and paralyzed (sick) for the first time after six months
  • Got rid of horrible things and continue living.

Overall, I would like to say that this stage, or year, has been successfully passed and completed. I am not a planner, but I surely have lot of things to do on the next chapter which will be started less than three days. Until next time.

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India: It is Surely Incredible, Though

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Despite the horrible things I mentioned previously, this country is actually not completely messed-up. You may have thought that I was being sarcastic on my previous write-up when I said the madness makes India an incredible country. Well, it was mostly sarcastic, but actually there was something that everyone could learn from what I have written previously: If you survive in India and her incredibility, you will grow much stronger than before. Living in such countries will build your mentality to be more open minded, grateful, sensible and obviously patient.

That is one out of several good things about this country: As a foreign students, India teaches me to survive in the way I do not even want to imagine in real life. What I have in mind about wasteland is only expected to exist in video games, but here I am. This is not sarcasm. I mean it. Survival skill improvement is very essential aspect of living in India. Now we go to the other great aspects of this country.

Super Affordable Living Cost

If you have ever heard some people said that living in India is very inexpensive, they are right and I would like to convince you once more. I live in my campus flat and mostly cook by myself. I do hangout once a week with my Indonesian fellows. Guess how much money do I spend for a month only for living including the flat rent? Not more than Rs.10.000. If you have no idea about Indian currency, it is equal to US$ 147. Sometimes I spend less than that. India is a country where you can live properly for a week with only 30 bucks.

Books are Very Cheap

I talked to some local students and they have the opposite perspective about this one. They find books are expensive while for me and other foreign students, books in India are much cheaper than the ones in my country. Most books that I have bought here cost me less than Rs. 500. Thus, my side mission here is clear: Collecting books that I always want to have but I cannot afford because of the very high prices in my country.

The Diversities Enrich You

I am not new to cultural or language diversities for I used to spend 22 years of my life in a country where each region has its own language and customs. However, knowing different cultures, language and customs will make you a more open minded person. You will decrease the stereotypical thoughts in your mind if you have more understanding about different cultures and habits around the world. If you are a foreigner who accidentally or intentionally lives in India for the first time, you will realize that the people here are not only using Hindi and English to communicate. They have different languages in different states and different customs indeed. I live in Hyderabad, a city in a state called Telangana where Hindi is rarely used. Telugu or English only. So, please don’t ask how well I speak Hindi after my time in India.

The Taste of The Food Will Accidentally Force You to Learn Cooking

I have mentioned earlier that some foods are overly spiced and taste like ointment. Well, it is surely horrible but you live in India where food poisoning is a tradition for some foreigners. Therefore, to avoid wasting money and risking your life, the option you have is making your own food. There are lots of advantages besides avoiding poisoning. By cooking your own food, you will save more money, your mood will be saved from Vicks Vaporub-in-the-curry, and indeed, your cooking skill will improve significantly.

You Will Always Remember to Go Back to Your Home Country

Some people find their new home after spending some years studying or working in foreign country. I have heard lots of such stories from my lecturers, teachers, friends who said how much they fell in love with the country they were studying or working at and they found it difficult to go back to Indonesia. Obviously, it is because they live in more advanced countries where the challenge is not including separating smelly herbs from your bowl of chicken curry, seeing a group of kids shitting by the railway or waiting for three hours to withdraw money. You may forget to go home if you stay in USA or France, but you are probably an insane Indonesian if you do not want to go back home after spending months here. My lecturer was right, the difficult time in India is not a poison, it is a cure that reminds you to your home.

I will have more to write once I spend more time in this Incredible Country. Until next time!

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Maddening Madness makes Incredible Country

 

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Maddening Madness makes Incredible Country

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I have been keeping this for almost a half year. You wonder what ‘this’ is? The answer is fury.

Since last July up to June 2018, I will be staying in the one and only incredible country, India, to finish my study while at the same time wishing it could be done faster which is quite impossible. Well, I am a quarter way done anyway and I am not joking by saying I wish it could be done faster because they were right. My lecturers, my friends, everyone that gave me words of wisdom ARE right about this country. India is incredible in very frustrating way.

I always have very little expectation about almost everything, but this country has successfully triggered me to reach an unexpected level of my limit. I have written a list of what the seniors, lecturers, and everyone who have experienced the life in this country had ever said and then divided it into the ups and downs. Here they are as I remembered and how I found it true after several months of surviving:

It is better to start from the negatives so that we would have a good and happy ending for the conclusion.

  1. Lots of people do not like to use toilet

    I have known this ever since. Though I still keep the positive mentality in my mind, thinking lots of possibilities. Maybe only when they are far away from public places. Maybe there are not enough public toilets and so forth. Everything changed once I saw a group of men peeing right next to a public toilet. Well, maybe they just like it that way.

  2. When they say tomorrow, it means three days later

    and when they say next week, it means you probably have to come back next month. I have a Vodafone sim card that is still inactive and obviously useless after three complains to the store and they just shook their head like a dashboard doll in a car while kept promising me that the card will be activated tomorrow. Tomorrow never ends.Only that? Nope. The heater in my bathroom is broken, I have given up waiting for tomorrow that the electrician has promised me a month ago.

  3. If you are not get poisoned by the food, you are not cool, Mate!

    Thank God I am not cool. However, my friends here are super cool! Especially my flatmate, he hold the record of our batch by getting three food poisoning in five months. He even got diarrhea after consuming a well packed snack from supermarket.

  4. It is probably not poisonous. It just has the same ingredients as your ointment

    Seriously, it is overly spiced. You can feel Vicks Vaporub in your mutton curry. Enough said about food!

  5. Some people are racist

    I did not think so on my first three days here. I thought everything was normal until my third month. I realized the security treat us differently. Not only me but also my friends who have different physical features to Indians. I saw an Indian stranger who lived outside the campus may pass the security check but they keep checking event interrogating us as we are stranger. When I asked why don’t they remember the answer was simple: you and your friend look like Asians. WE ARE, SO WHAT?

Right then, I do not want to burn myself in fury. Now let’s see what’s good about this country.

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However, it is not relevant anymore if I share the good things here. The prompt says ‘Maddening’. Thus, those are the maddening madness that I have encountered so far. Next time will be about the good stuffs in India. Cheers. 

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Conundrum: The ENTP’s Point of View

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Familiar with that term? Or did you just checked your dictionary for definitions? 

If any of you look for the meaning in the dictionary, conundrum [kuhnuhn-druh m] means anything that puzzles or riddle. Therefore, if the word is taken literally, it will lead to wordplay, pun, riddle or anything that triggers us to think about answering or fixing the flouted rules. An instance of famous conundrum is the Sphinx riddle.

What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three legs in the evening?

Which was answered by Oedipus during his journey. Legend said that ever since the riddle was solved by Oedipus, Sphinx met his death and stop devouring the explorers who passed by.

Though it literal meaning has a very close definition to riddle, conundrum has another definition as a moral dilemma or difficult situation that people might face in their life. These kinds of conundrum are known as moral and practical conundrum. The two types include the absence of deciding whether something is right or wrong and the difficulties in choosing which one is better than another respectively. This post, will deliver some possible moral and practical conundrums that you might have or might not have ever thought before with some opinions from an ENTP.

The Robin’Hood

Everyone must be familiar with the tale of a guy who robs from the rich and then spreads the loots to the poor people. Imagine if this Robin’Hood guy was one of your friends and you figured out what he always did. What would your action be? Turn him or her to the authorities? Let him or her be for the treasures are distributed to the unfortunate ones? You might argue for this but I have my point of view.

Stealing, robbing or anything similar are obviously breaking the law.However in this case, the robber does not enjoy the loot he’s obtained but instead, he gives it to the ones who need it. I will say that I will let him be for awhile, warn him later and then if he refuses to stop, I will wait for the time to take a serious action once he starts to go completely evil. You have to keep in mind that most people who do heroic action by breaking the law may die as a hero or live long enough to turn into a bad guy

World War

It will be cruel to say thanks to everyone who participated in world war one and two but wait a minute, I said that as a person who lives in 21st century. Imagine living in the years of 1920s to 1940s, you would curse a lot and feel the insecurity in every minute of your life. Surely I would either if I imagine how horrible living next to battle field, preparing to evacuate to the nearest bunker or isolated mountain. That’s how it was back then, but how about now? Think as a person from this generation. Did we learn something from it? Yes we do. Did lots of us get something from it? Yes we DO. Now you want to revise my grammar for answering past questions in present form. No you can’t, because what we got and what we learned back then, are eternal. Some countries seized their independence, some others learned that war is a waste and peace should be maintained, making them more powerful and advanced than before. Without mentioning those countries, I would like to salute the people from the past and be grateful as the person from the present.

Death Sentence

You reap what you sow. The proverb is surely relevant to this controversial punishment. It should be noticed that death sentence is only enacted to they who commit serious crimes such as assassination, mass murder, massive illegal drugs distribution, and so forth.the impact of death sentence is very influential not only to the suspect who will obviously lose his life but also to the public for it might spread the fear of doing such criminal actions that may lead him to horrifying punishment. Some people find death sentence is unfair since it gives no chance for the suspect to amend his mistake in the past, turning him from a suspect into another victim while some others see the punishment is just and acceptable.  However, again, what if a close friend of yours has committed an assassination that made him sentenced to death. Would you defend your dearest one or stand by the justice?

Though many people think such kind of punishment is barbaric and ruthless, I would say that death sentence, to whom in may be applied, is fair enough since the punishment is only imposed to serious and worrisome criminals who commit particularly serious crime. The authority will not have any right to impose death sentence on a robber who snatch money from the cashier machine in Seven Eleven. Thus, as long as it is on track and not rashly implemented, death sentence is fine.

The Titanic

We all know what happened at the end of the movie. Jack Dawson died sacrificing himself to let Rose survived. Cheesy, you may have said, but for some people, they prefer to die rather than seeing their loved one dies. How about you? Have you ever imagine that Jack is you, and Rose is your lover. You guys are on a very amusing trip when suddenly a fatal accident occur. Giving you two options: You live but you have to let your lover dies, or vice versa, you die and the loved one lives. Will you save him or her by giving up your own life or leave her?

My view about lovers and death is quite different. I would like to have a question regarding to this: Imagine you are in a very settle and happy relationship. You get married and live even happier. Now the question is: would you die first leaving your lover in a very depressing lonesome and lost or you would let him or her dies before you so they do not need to feel the loneliness and the pain of losing loved one?

You may think that I am rude, but I won’t let the person that I share affection with and I care about to feel the fear of losing and lonely. It is okay  for me if she dies leaving me behind. 

You may have different opinions about those stuffs I shared. Cheers.

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Boring People are Bored

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Does the title speak to you? If so, then you have to figure out something to do. Actually, the feeling of bored is related to an urge to change and a need of something new to do or to have. Your mind never let you turn into a boring person. Thus, when someone feel bored, the brain shoots the flare as a signal for the individual to change something that also indicates the person has not changed for way too long and started to get too satisfied on his or her comfort zone. The problem is your reaction to the signals. If you react on it and do something, then you are not a boring person. However, if you ignore it and stay in your comfortable cave yet keep whining of your boring life, you have some issues. Accordingly, there are someways to prevent or to escape the disturbing feeling of bored.

1. Don’t let your schedule bind your freedom

Having organized daily agenda is awesome but being too attached to it is as bad as being disorganized. Scheduling your routines means to put your priorities clear without limiting yourself to do more outside the schedule. Thus, it is surely okay to improvise and modify the agenda without neglecting what’s important.For instance, if you usually go home directly after work every weekdays, you may try to stop by or go somewhere without waiting for the weekend to come. Schedule is meant to be obeyed yet it is you who control it. Break it sometimes, it won’t harm.

2. Run the Opposite Day

I do not mean the one in Spongebob Squarepants since that one is too extreme that your neighbor might call the police for your actions. What I meant by the opposite day is still related to the first how-to-kill-boredom-idea that I pointed out. Do something that you usually don’t on your daily basis. If you are a person who puts much concern on health and run a very organized healthy diet, try to break it by having some pizzas or other junk food. The opposite way is applied for the one who regularly consumes McDonald’s Big Mac. That is one example, the idea is still getting away from an organized agenda for a little while.

3. Game On: Pretend that you are on some quests

Let’s imagine that this life is a super realistic role play game and you are the main protagonist. When you play video game, especially the RPG one, you will have lots of quests to do. In every quest you will earn experience and probably some rewards if you are lucky.This is what I usually do to make my daily responsibilities sound more fun. For instance I will arrange one main objective and three optional objectives for one day. The main objective will be: Having the assignments done before tomorrow. While the optional objectives may something in relation to the main objectives such as: Spend less than three hours to finish the assignments, not opening 9gag before the assignments are done and so forth. This might sound weird but pretending you are on a quest instead of thinking about how miserable your job is may help you work under less pressure and more enjoyment. Don’t forget to reward yourself once you are done with the quests because that’s how it works in the video game.

4. Adventure time

Does it mean you have to go on a trip that spends some days? Not really. This one is in relation to previous tricks especially the third one. You can either run this one as a stand alone or combine it with the number three so that you will have this as quests. Here are some possible adventures you might do on your daily routines:

  1. Find an alternative way to go to the workplace.
  2. Eat the food that you’ve never tried before.
  3. Randomly offer some helps to people around then help them.
  4. Leave your vehicle. Go walking for a day.
  5. Go cycling to the nearest wood and take picture of any animal you encounter.

The list will go endless depends on how creative and how bored you are. In fact, trick number two is somehow similar to this one.

As long as they live, people are changing gradually and boredom, as I have mentioned earlier, is the signal that indicates people’s urge to change. Thus, do something to kill it before it kills your sanity. You may have more options to defeat the feeling of bored. Good luck killing such feelings and stay awesome.