Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quick Post?

I have left UK for good (HUHUHUHU) since September. Means it has been almost two months since I left. Haven't posted anything because, I don't know, don't have anything I really want to write really. Been doing this and that, not much to mention here... I'm sick at the moment, that's why I have the time to make a blogpost.

Anyway.

One thing I can tell is that I have enjoyed Makassar food extremely well since I got back.

But of course there are foods of Manchie that I'm seriously craving:
- Italian BLT, wheat bread, Subway.
- Beijing Duck, Pacific.
- Five layers of chocoloate, Oxford Pub.
- Any food pub, really.

Well.

Later.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Korean Wave for Laladanilela

*reader discretion is advised*

This is another pointless post. Please don't take it too seriously.

Lately I've come to like Korean entertainments: variety show, dramas, and music. I used to watch these kind of show quite often, during junior high and undergrads. K-drama, Taiwanese drama, Japanese... Then for some reason I don't watch it as much anymore. 

I remember during undergrad I used to watch a variety show called Golden Bell. Watched it diligently every week on cable. It was a "cerdas cermat" kind of show. So Golden Bell team would go/invite a middle/high school, put 100 students on mat, give them 100 questions (if i remember correctly). The one student left have to answer the 100th question correctly under the golden bell, then he/she/the school would received a handsome prize. The show was impressive for me because the questions appear to be quite difficult, but the students can answer them well. And they'd do funny mini games should there were too few students left on the mat. Perhaps my memory of the game isn't quite accurate. But I do remember I like the show a lot. After the Golden Bell, there's a funny kids sitcom. I stopped watch the two shows because at one point there were no more subtitles.

Anyway. About a month ago, I was somehow in a very bad mood. I tried to watch the usual series that I love: modern family, friends, big bang theory, himym... But since I've watched all of the episodes over the years, I wasn't quite entertained. Then I remember some of my friends have recommended this Korean variety show titled "Running Man". So I tried search them on youtube. Then I watched it. What I found was: A HILARIOUS SHOW. I laughed so hard I cried. It is seriously so funny, I couldn't stop watching. One episode is quite long, about 85 mins. The show is so entertaining, with ridiculous yet very entertaining games. They put on different kinds of race and games every week, so we don't get bored watching it. There's one actor I like in particular, named Lee Kwang Soo. He always act so pitiful, but his counter attack is sharp. He spread ridiculous rumors and lately he easily betray people. I love it. I understand that he does those things for the sake of humor and damn it I'm entertained. Ok. Moving on.

After finished writing my dissertation, I decided to try watch some dramas my friends been telling me about. So I watched Love Rain and Rooftop Prince. As I've mentioned, I haven't watched k-dramas in a long time. I forget how cheesy and mushy they could be. Do you remember those old movies or serial cantik where the protagonists are shy, they can't express their feelings and all those kind of cheesy crap that we love during teenage years? Well, I do. And watching LR made me feel all nostalgic, as if I'm 13yo again with all the insecurities about romance. Not all the main characters in LR are shy and cheesy, so I think it kinda balances it. If you what I mean. Then I watched Rooftop Prince. Not as good, not that funny, but whatever it's ok. Oh. In addition, Love Rain have some serious soundtrack that makes you feel their pain. My goodness. I find the soundtrack lovely.

After I started get all excited about Running Man, I come to understand why many of my friends love k-pop idols. The likes of Super Junior, SNSD, and so on. I myself fell for Siwon SJ when I saw him on Running Man. Damn that guy is gorgeous. Anyway.

The Korean idol groups are trained for years before they make their debut. They spend those years in trained in all sorts of aspects, I assume. Singing, dancing, probably playing instruments and acting as well. Most of them are extremely good looking. That makes me think, damn it sounds like manufacturing! It seems like producing living barbie dolls. Get good looking young people, put them into years of training so they DO have singing dancing skill to some extent. Then exploit. Do massive marketing, put them in all sort of shows: variety, get them to play in dramas, and so on. Do you know you can get a HOLIDAY TOUR for concerts and drama locations? You know how people visit landmarks and museum on holiday tour. Well in Korea, you can add an idol group concert as part of your tour destination. I think that's awesome. That is utilization to the core. Add merchandising and advertising, I imagine it's worth serious money. According to wikipedia, the international activities of Korean Wave contribute billions to the South Korea economy. Again. UTILIZATION TO THE CORE.

I'm saying this with admiration. In UK they also utilize all sorts of pop culture. Beatles museums, Harry Potter studio tour, and so on. So adding concerts  famous drama location as tourist spots are not exactly an original idea. But who cares? People like it and they can get profit from it. Means more jobs for the koreans, more prosperity.

Now about the idols. Teaching people to be an idol may make it sounds...for the lack of better word, manufactured. They seem like a commodity. A group of people that have been trained massively trained to become an "artist". It somehow lost the dramatization of how "artists" "seniman" supposed to make their way to be known. You know, the typical story about friends get together and start their band... but hey!! Again, this system is not exactly original since there are so so many groups that were put together through auditions and competitions. In return of being exploited, they got money and fame. Not shabby at all. Some people might say that these idols are not real artists, they are auto-tuned and so on. But if their purpose is to entertain and people are in fact entertained, then what's the problem?

So what's the problem? There is no problem. I'm merely trying to put my thoughts out there now. 

But there are two things that bother me a bit. 

One. Browsing the net and findings these numerous fan-sites about these idols made me realize that the word idol suits very well. These people are greatly admired by a huge number of people. They are being idolized by their fans. Now let's try to think from the agency perspective. The agencies are the people who put together these idol groups, train them, and market them. Is it possible that the agencies look at the fans as target market? 

Let me paint a very exaggerated picture. So there is a huge market on "idol land", where market demands someone to be idolized. People that can be admired, to have crushed on, to be stalked upon, to be the very center of life itself! These agencies identify this opportunity, so they supply the market with the idol groups. But they want to ensure that their products, the idol groups, to have quality that can be justified. So the agency train and polish these idols-to-be. Turns out the product are hugely successful, so they exploit it more and more and more! In short, the thing that bothers me is the identification of idols demand... If these people are product of market demand, does it mean their works don't come from their heart? Hence their work isn't sincere?

Oh God. I admit, my observation of this phenomena is cynical. May be I'm too caught up with the romantic ways of "supposed artists". May be the "idol land" is the new innovative system. And I probably jumping to conclusion that their work isn't sincere. The people is the "idol land" work really really hard to make their music. But is hard work equal sincerity? I don't know. I'm not going to think about that now.

Two. My friend Kiki would tell me I'm being too serious, but it bothers me when people underestimate or even look down to korean wave. I personally think that the source of entertainment can come from anywhere. That not only Hollywood produce good quality entertainments, may it be movies, tv series, or music. I understand that many people label some countries to produce crappy music. For instance, Bollywood movies or dangdut songs. But I beg to differ. Bollywood made "3 Idiots", "Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gum" while "Kopi Dangdut" is amazing to dance to, especially in kareoke. Not only the western produce good music. And Hollywood and UK are not the only western countries, German Italy and so on also produce music and tv series and movies. Don't they? What I'm trying to say is, embrace what other countries offer for entertainment. This earth we live on is HUGE. Hence, there are millions of people try to make their movies, tv series, and music. They work hard to do so and countless of them do produce good entertainment. Including Korean drama and music. If you don't like the idol groups, well it's just a matter of taste. Doesn't mean there aren't any other type of music from Korea, does it?

I'm not imposing that everybody should like Korean wave.
If it's not too much to ask, please just don't look down to it.

Ah I've blabbered so much. Now these thoughts are out there, I don't have to think about it too much anymore. That's why I love blogging. It eases my mind off things by writing it out instead of just keeping it by myself. Don't get me wrong, though, i don't hate idol groups. I even like some of Wondergirls' songs despite how auto-tuned they sound. 

That's enough nyampah for today. Let me end this post by my most recent favorite song. Cheesy by Sweet Sorrow.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Counting Down Manchester

Writing blog posts while listening to ballads WILL put you in melancholy.

I've bought my return ticket. My return for good ticket. Needless to say, I have mixed feelings about going home. I'm super excited to meet all my loved ones back home. However, it would be really sad to say goodbye to my friends here. Especially my classmates, whom will also return to their homes and jobs in every corner of the globe. We don't know when we'd meet again. How do you make a promise to see a friend in Nigeria in foreseeable future? I'll meet my Indonesian friends again, I'm sure. Most of them live in Jakarta, it is not that difficult to see each other in, say, next four months. But the ones in Chile, Brazil, India... I have only known them for a year. It's very short, yes. But I've spent a lot of my time with them and they are a big part of my life here. That's how life goes, I know. But I'm not made of stone, so the thought of having to say goodbye is saddening.

Another thing I'd miss is walking from WP Hall to Precinct. Not exactly the destination, but the journey...There's nothing special in Precinct, really. But you have to go there to reach Harold Hankins, where we go for Kemisan and the PGT admin is also located there. Also, I like the one long stairs that takes you three levels. That's why I use Precinct access to go to EDL or MBS PC cluster.

Nowadays, I usually walk everywhere because my bus pass has expired. Most of the time, I'd walk while listening to music. Everyday, in this past year, I'd walked four flights of stairs, pass other houses in Whitworth Park Hall, press the fob to pass the gate, and walk to wherever I need to go.

These past few days, the sky is clear. With breezy summer wind, walking with my music. It feels so good, however hipster it may sound. I will definitely miss these walks. Because I doubt I'd walk in Makassar. It's hot and mostly we drive everywhere there. You either drive, or use motorcycle, or pete2, or becak. You don't walk. I don't know whether Makassar has sidewalks or not now. But unless we do, I don't think I'm gonna walk with my earphone on like I do here. 

Again, one year is a short period. But it is the one period in my life where I experience SO MUCH. I live by myself, I've met plenty good people, tried countless new things. I have spent my whole life living in the same city. Don't get me wrong, I love Makassar. I am going back and planning to spend my life there. That's what makes my one year in Manchester so special. It is the one year in which I don't live in Makassar. A whole year of all different things. It has been a wonderful year.

OK that's enough melancholy for one post hahaaha. 

Here are some random pictures of street corners I usually walk through.





Gorgeous Manchester summery sky




My favorite popsicle: Calippo!! 
Perfect for sunny days :D

Now that I only have few weeks left in Manchester, I want to enjoy every single day of it. 
Meaning: walk while listening to music more, spend time with my wonderful friends, eat good food, and do massive downloading. I'm gonna miss the amazing internet speed so much. Hahaha. 

Cheerio!

Dissertation: what's done and not done

Sekiranya ada yang biasa blog saya, maaf ya lama baru diupdate. Juni Juli kemarin adalah bulan beban bernama "THE OVERVIEW OF MAMMOGRAPHY SERVICE: THE ROLE OF INNOVATION AND SERVICE BLUEPRINTING". A.k.a my dissertation.

Now what's left is editing, finishing touches, and so on.
But the major part is done, thank God.

Emm... Dan belum di proof read juga sih, tapi tinggal itu aja.
Minggu depan proof read, abis itu dijilid, terus submit deh. Terus tenang deh. Terus pulang deh. Hehehe. Deadlinenya sih tanggal 3 September, tapi kita harus selesai sebelumnya, karena harus di kasi ke supervisor dulu, terus harus kasi ke proof reader biar perbaiki grammarnya huhuhu, terus karena mahasiswa master yang mau jilid disertasi banyak jadi proses jilid bisa makan beberapa hari. Makanya kita harus itung2 biar gak kepepet. Makanya dikejar slese nih barang sekarang. Sekarang saya AGAK lega.

Agak harus capital semua, karena saya tidak bisa bilang saya sudah sepenuhnya lega dan bahagia.
Alasannya adalah,  disertasi nilainya sangat menentukan whether saya dapat gelar atau tidak. Dan di UK itu sistemnya kalau disertasi Anda tidak lulus, tidak bisa coba lagi semester depan. Kalau gagal ya gak dapat master, dikasi diploma. What. A. Terrifying thought. Tapi kita semua harus lewati. Doakan saya teman-teman... Feedback dari supervisor sejauh ini positif, jadi boleh berharap. Tapi balik lagi. Semua saya serahkan sama Tuhan Yesus. Semoga Tuhan berkati biar hasilnya baik dan saya bisa lulus. Amin.

A bit contemplating, it is amazing how His grace has helped me throughout my one year of pursuing masters degree in Manchester. During this dissertation period, I really feel His graciousness. It is beyond my expectation to be able to interview two Breast Unit Directors  of NHSBSP. I believe, it is all thank to His guidance. He open doors for those who pray and try. And He didn't stop there. My supervisor is extremely helpful and very quick to response. I mean. I heard stories about busy supervisors that don't respond to emails or supervisor that wouldn't read drafts. I'm deeply grateful that everything went relatively smooth so far. There were challenges, of course. But He, Jesus, got me through it.

Which brings me to my last note, to my dear keces Karina Sampepajung who's starting her pursue of getting master degree in another part of the world.
Cik, He helps in every challenges and hardships that we face. In EVERY single one of them.

Like you said:

"If He brings you to it, He'd bring you through it"

:)

Sunday, July 01, 2012

An Ode To Unirider

HAHAHAHAHA what a pretentious title. Naah, I can't write poems. Fear not lads and babes, I'm not gonna pretend I can write a poem, let alone an ode. This is just a regular blog post about.... Unirider!! It's the bus pass we students use throughout this past 10 months, since September 2011. Today is its last day. *sentimental song as background.*

The Unirider is a very important item, for me at least. It's much cheaper to go around the town with, compared to buying, say, weekly bus pass or daily rider. I use it to go to MBS, church, city centre, Trafford, gym, and so on and so forth. Sometimes I walk to school but other times, when I was almost late, it was snowing or raining, I use the bus.

About a month ago I lost it somehow. However, somebody returned it. That's one thing I like about UK, people return your belongings. If you left your mobile in a cafe, you could go back and still find it safely kept for you! Well I can't guarantee, but it happened to me. :)

Le Unirider of Danilela
That's not my real student card, btw. My photo for student card is hideous, it's too embarrassing even for me. So I edited it with this photo of me wearing Beatles wig doing hipster teens pose. ;)

Cheers.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Spaghetti Carbonara ala Danilela

Made this for today's meal! Easy, quick, deliiiiicious :)

Recipe loosely based on this vid:



Ingredients: 
Eggs, bacon, mushroom, spaghetti, milk, cheese, garlic.


 I don't have cream, so used semi skimmed milk instead. Don't have Parmesan cheese either, so instead used cheddar singles - sliced them really small. Nyahahaha ala anak kos!!
 
Mix whole egg, egg yolk, bit milk, and cheese into bowl.


Put a bit of olive oil in the cooked pasta so they don't stick to the pan. Then pour the egg mix into pasta.


On separate pan, heat a bit of olive oil. Put in cloves of garlic, I personally like to cook with A LOT of garlic. Then mix some bacon until it's a bit crunch, then throw in mushroom and spinach.


DONE!!


Nomnomnomnomnom!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wondrous Wednesdays

Me and Amaka started this habit since weeks back, perhaps around the time before second term's deadline. After the last class, we arrange to have a day out every Wednesday. We wanted to ensure to still have a bit of social life besides pressing deadlines. Normally we just had lunch or dinner at the Oxford Pub or Ford Maddox. Other times we go to museums.

A few weeks ago we went to the Manchester Museum. It's right in the middle of the uni, free entrance applies for everyone, so we went.



















However, this past two weeks we have missed the Wondrous Wednesday. One reason is because we've been to all the free museums hahaha. We don't have any WW schedule for tomorrow either.
Oh well. May be next week.


Toodles!



Olympic Torch Bearer...




 




The London Olympics will start next month. The Olympics Torch Relay has been started and last Sunday it was relaid in Manchester. One of the torchbearer was Leehom Wang, apparently a famous Chinese singer. My friend Yuke likes him a lot, so instead of watching the whole relay show in Albert Square, we went to... was it King Street? Well it was right beside Harvey Nichols. We waited for that guy for an hour, saw some athletes passed by, some dancing, and when Leehom Wang finally showed up we saw him for a mere eight seconds. Hahaha. Oh well. He was a damn good looking guy, so it's ok. However, Yuke, the one who waited the most somehow didn't even see him. She was distracted by her cellphone or something. Of course after she was a bit disappointed, so I made her this slowmo video.:D


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

We Call It Sunday Comfort Food

Meet my dear dear friend Amaka the Chiamaka Callo! She is a smart funny witty woman and also a good cook.

Last Sunday I asked her to cook a rice dish. She doesn't exactly have a name for it, so I'm just gonna call it the "Sunday Comfort Food".

First, you take regular long grain rice.


Put some tumeric, because "I like my food to have sexy colors" - A.O., 22y.o.



Add paprika powder, pepper, and cayenne pepper.


And a bit of Knorr to ensure it tastes great.


Mixed it up, then add some coconut milk and water then boiled it until the rice is cooked.


Put some carrots, mushrooms, and other vegetables of your choice.
Stir some more until vegetables are cooked, put rice aside.


For the protein, we marinated pork and put it in the oven.  

 

Since we like our vegetables, we also stir some spinach with okra and red onion, mix with butter and some olive oil.

Served with some more fresh tomatoes!! Full of vegetables so the dish is very healthy and appropriate for two young sexy ladies.


However, since the rice is cooked with coconut oil it somehow didn't really go well with pork.
Better to have this rice dish with some other protein like roasted chicken or maybe fish...


Toodles!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Game of Thrones - TV Series

*reader discretion is adviced*
FREAKIN FANTASTIC *with the Brit accent* is the appropriate term for these installments. 
FE-REAK-IN-FAN-TAS-TIC. Bloody hell, it got me excited and blown my mind away over and over throughout the series. I just finished the last episode of its second series, so the excitement is still very much overwhelming me. I love fantasy novels, probably not as hardcore as some other people, but I still do. Even though I just recently discovered this series, which probably means I'm a late entrants of this fandom, but bloody hell I don't give a damn. A credit's due where a credit's due. 

The storyline in freakin complicated, the problems felt so real. You have traitors and uprisings, a woman eating raw heart, incest within castles with a king whom is the son of that relationship - good grief that one is very very sick, zombies within the snowy northern wall, and so on. Oh no, the scandals do not stop there. Those are just some of the first two season of the tv series. I haven't read the books yet.

It is a story when people thought they are the civilised people (don't we always do?), the thought of magic is laughed at, while dragons hatched on different land. The story has so many characters. The  main characters would struggle on issues and concepts such as seeking the greater power of gods, justice, treacheries, question the existence of magic and magical beings, and so on. There are no telling of plain good or bad character. Not exactly a black and white story. One time you'd think this person has a gentle heart, but as the story goes she kills her brother. One time you like this character but it turns out he is stupid. Or even someone who was portrayed as the evil one could turn out to be the hero of the moment. Every character has a background story. The queen conduct incest because the king love a dead woman far more than he loves her. A sister made his barbaric husband pour hot melted gold on her brother's head because he abuses her. Then she walked into fire and hatched dragons. A man betrayed the man he called his brother to prove loyalty to his real father. It is fckin complicated. There is no one character pin as the 'bad guy'. Well, some do characters seem evil, like the red witch for example. But maybe her story hasn't been told yet.

Since it takes place in ancient time, I can accept that people at that time have many gods in different lands, degrade woman, eat human flesh, go to despicable pleasure houses, and show almost no sign of human rights practice. I mean, to my understanding, it took our species a LONG time to get around the idea of human rights, law, democracy, and such. So of course there would be time when people conduct what seems to be very barbaric to us but very normal to them. Like vengeance, for instance. I think most people nowadays are thought that vengeance would give more harm than good, that it is more noble to forgive those who have wronged us. But there were times when the noble and good thing to do is to do revenge. Even if the result is war.

Goodness. I've got my mind blown away many times by this series. It's so good, I've made an order for the books. Not buying the whole series tho. I'm waiting for the collection set hahaaha.

This TV series is adapted from a novel series - Song of Ice and Fire. It has five books already, out of the seven planned. Judging from the tv series alone, the storyline is beyond excellent. But the characters are built so vividly. They have different souls, different traits. It doesn't feel like there is one author telling the stories. You know how in some stories some people say things which are out of their characters? Well, haven't see such thing in in this one. The storyline is also unpredictable. Let me try to make a comparison. In The Secret of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series there is a certain plot the author uses plenty of times. He would build a tension, then as the climax someone whom first portrayed as the enemy to save the day. Repeat at the next chapter. Well. Probably it isn't exactly like that. But there is a certain style he uses over and over again which makes the stories kinda predictable in each books. Don't get me wrong, I like The Secret of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel. It just didn't didn't amazed me as much as Game of Thrones did. Or perhaps I'm just being over excited here, I can't judge the book - haven't even read it yet. However, if wikipedia is factual on this one, the author said that the tv series is very faithful to the original books. Sooo, there's a considerable chance that the books are, in fact, EPIC.

Now that I think about it, I'm glad I discovered this series very recently. The reason is the vulgarity of the story. It shows violence, adulteries, raw flesh eating, a lot of sodom and gommorah kind of things. The books series started in 1996. I would be too young to read it then. If I found it during my teenage years, well I'm not sure how I'd handle it. But now I'm older and hopefully wiser, I can digest a more complicated stories like this. Harry Potter's last book, for example. I read it as a 2nd year undergrad student and was kinda disappointed with the ending. For me, to end the most powerful dark wizard with an open big battle like that was too, for a lack of better word, smooth. It just didn't feel epic enough. But then, Harry Potter is aimed for younger audience. It shouldn't have accurate and sadistic war scenes. Meanwhile, A Song of Fire and Ice is within the epic fantasy genre. Not everyone, nor should they, stomach the indelicacy of the story. The killing scenes are probably as sadistic as the Raid. They freakin show you people beheaded and cutting off throats. And. There were many sex scenes. Good grief, this is no story for kids. Nope nope nope. Ok I'm going off topic.

Overall, I'm super excited for this awesome series, looking forward to the day the books arrived, looking forward for the new season, and I recommend it to anyone age 21+.

I hope the Imp will survive and prosper, as will Arya. And of course, may the mother of the dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea will always be victorious. 


Two Weeks of Sun in Manchester

About two weeks ago, we had quite a lot of sun. There was no rain whatsoever and the weather was just plain hot. So hot it made me bought sunscreens. You'd see people walking around half naked. Well, it's understandable, really. Imagine people who are very used to cold weather that they wear only thin jackets in winter, if they feel that warm in winter, the warm weather was probably unbearable for them. Even I feel so hot. What worse is, my room has narrow ceiling which makes it even warmer.

I prefer cold weather really. I mean regular MCR cold, not like, I dunno, north pole cold. During regular rainy Manchester cold, I can turn on the heater, wear layers of clothing, use the umbrella. However, when it's super warm, I've got no AC in my room. Good thing I have a fan. Not electrical fan. A kipas lipat, which I used to kape-kape all night.

The warm weather and the sun didn't stay long, though. Manchester has already returned to its usual rainy and windy days. I'm going home in three months. Honestly, I hope the weather would stay like this until then. I can have all the sun I want once I'm in Makassar.




Saturday, June 09, 2012

14,400 words

There are no exams for the classes I took on the second term. Instead, each of the courses have assignments and reports with various grade ratios. If I remember correctly, there were three reports and four essays. Each required various minimum words count and in total it's 14,400 words. Quite a big number, but after all the writings demanded for this course so far the total word count is not as daunting as it was when I first started the course. I'm not saying it's easy, far far from it. For a few weeks I didn't have any social live, after ICN I so rarely left my room. My days would start at 7am in the morning, usually began with a number of Carmina Burana - O Fortuna. Such powerful, only slightly frightening but it does motivate me. The classical playlist have helped me write until noon and I usually ended my days at 2am. The next morning start again at 7. Of course there were a lot of breaks in the middle, for food and youtube videos. But somehow I got through it all.

May the Lord lead the way for my dissertation, the final challenge to get the MSc degree. The bloody Msc degree. Man. The head and heartache I've endured and tears I've shed  to pursue the degree. Whoa. That last sentence is totally dramatic. Bloody hell. So what if I'm dramatic. I'm an adult, I don't need to apologize for my actions. Unless I offend anyone, of course.

Now I'm in the middle of preparing data collection for my dissertation. I'm not quite sure why in the UK they called it dissertation instead of thesis. Anyway.

Here is the playlist for the classical music I listen to help me concentrate. Perhaps some of you would find it entertaining or probably even help you studying as well.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9A8EF608F4E18505&feature=mh_lolz

Indonesian Cultural Night - PPI GM 2012

I was given the opportunity to become the project leader of Indonesian Cultural Night, an cultural and culinary event of  Indonesian Student Society in Greater Manchester. After months of preparation, by the grace of the Lord, we succeeded. The show and the fair was a great success and we managed to make a very sound profit and donate them to an NGO in our homeland, an organization called "Indonesia Mengajar". The idea was, as Indonesian students in Greater Manchester, we are very fortunate to pursue knowledge here and we would like to help others with their education to our abilities. In addition, we are sick and tired of British and many other people not what where and what is Indonesia. Thus we attempt to make the event.

We had dances, song performances, free photo booth with traditional costumes, food, even batik workshop and traditional dance classes. Some Indo students from different cities also helped us with the event: Putu from Leeds (I think) danced a Balinese number, Haikal (Lanchester) gave the batik workshop. The ambassador and his team also payed a visit. Amaka said he looked like powerful Bollywood actor hahaha. He was very kind, tho.

What more is, I was amazed with the commitment all of the committee gave. Our main purpose of coming to Manchester is to study, unquestionably. But the effort they have put out and to balance between all the preparations and rehearsals and the crazy assignments is more than I could asked. My salute to PPI-GM 2011/12!!