• (not too) personal,  bits and pieces,  random thought

    Jalan Kaki di Kota

    Semenjak ada taksi online (Gojek dan Grab), kami jadi malas bawa mobil sendiri kemana-mana. Nyetirnya capek, susah cari parkir, belum lagi segala macam drama di jalan raya. Selain mudah dan jangkauannya luas, pakai taksi online juga lumayan lebih murah lah. Tapi ada ga enaknya juga ya, kita ga begitu leluasa kalau mau ke beberapa tujuan sekaligus, apalagi yang jaraknya nanggung. Jadi kemarin kami dari Library Cafe di jalan Baluran, mau ke Javanine resto di ujung jalan Pahlawan Trip. Ga jauh sih, 1.5km-an, lumayan juga kalau jalan kaki. Tapi kemudian kita memutuskan, yuk deh jalan aja sekali-kali. Buat Anda yang di luar negeri, silakan ngece, anggap kami lemah… hahahaha, karena memang…

  • Uncategorized

    Failing a CPNS Test and the future of my teaching ‘career’

    So, this is the end of this year’s journey of trying to become a civil servant. I’ve passed the administrative selection and failed in the standard competence test. The test consisted of civics, general intelligence, and personality sections. Guess what? I failed in the personality one! That is so absurd. :)) I am sad, of course, but that is already predicted. I could blame the exorbitant passing grade, the construct validity or reliability, or the absurd reasoning behind it or whatever, the fact remains: I fail, some of my colleagues succeed. It does not matter, though. I could still teach without being a civil servant, right? Or can I? Actually…

  • Literary

    Lombok, Palu, n Donggala

    by: Ahmad Effendi Kadarisman Tuhan, Duka Lombok, Palu, n Donggala adalah duka kami semua Kami yg jauh di sudut2 Indonesia Terguncang hati kami oleh gempa Remuk jiwa kami oleh nyawa2 yg hilang meregang Terhempas kesetiaan kami oleh ganasnya tsunami Ada jerit tangis di sana, n sembab tangis di sini Air mata, air mata kami semua menyatu jadi mata air Yg terbenam di bumi terpejam bersama tanah air Ketika laut surut, ya Allah Izinkan kami bersujud Mencium tanah, mengharap berkah Merasakan jemari-kasihMu membelai kepala kami yg lelah Lalu kami sapa malam, yg memeluk trauma n mimpi hitam Tapi antara nyeri jantung n celah mendung Sempat terlihat cahaya bintang O Tuhan, Bukankah…

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    I am so basic

    For those of you who stumbled upon this blog months or even years ago, you might realize how it hadn’t seen changes for quite sometimes, right? Not on the design, nor the content. I have been just blah. Now I try a new theme, and I am just too lazy to find other picture for the header, so i let it just be. With snow. I have never seen snow in my life, but i could just imagine how cold it would be. And my body couldn’t handle cold. Well, that is also the reason why the top menu is ‘Setup menu’, I have tried and tried and tried and…

  • Teaching diary

    Teaching Genre at An ESP Class

    In this new semester, I have a new teaching resolution that I’d like to see through. I’m trying to trust my students more to take charge of their own learning, to set their own goal, and of course to bring their own material.  This way, the class instruction is more individualized and customized to each student’s level and need. It is an important consideration since the proficiency levels in an ESP class are not uniformed and setting one syllabus for all is not working (trust me, I know). Of course, as a teacher, I should still set the standard competence as a guideline. For an introduction to genre, this week…