Descriptive Text: Green School Bali

Green School at 3.30 PM

Sounds of shoes hitting the pebbles accompany the loud chattering of the students as they exit the classes build from bamboos. Iced lemon teas are served with traditional sweet snacks on the side. Sweet but slightly sour aftertaste of the fruit tea refreshes the tired body under the dim sunlight of the afternoon. Cold drinks and the breezing wind are a match made in heaven. The mini tour around the school starts as we begin to separate into two big groups of twenty students. Small clicking sounds come out of the kitchen right next to the lounge we are sitting in as the cooks are wrapping up for the day. The smell of delicious foods fills the whole place when we get closer to the kitchen while the guide explains how the palm oil is the key to every food in served in the school. The big crystal stone in the middle of the school is one of the most amazing things that we’ve ever seen. When the sunlight hits the clear stone, we can see the complex structure on the inside. It amazes us that it stays cool under the hand even if fires are set on it. Traditional music rings from behind the big bamboo door right in front of the kitchen as the walk continues. Various kinds of plants from big trees to small bushes lines up on the side of the road as we walk down the hill. Mud field, greenhouse, fish ponds, and small gardens raise our curiosity while we follow the guide around the school area. The distinct smell of bird food starts to spread as the bird cages come into view. Chirping sounds of the infamous Bali Starling catch our attention before the big bamboo bridge that connects the Green School to the village snatch our eyes. Ripple sounds as water flows down the river under the sturdy bridge gives a sense of peace that motivates us to climb the hill again. A cow is eating calmly under the shade of the bamboo house on the right, a neighbor to the chickens. As the walk continued, the big bamboo building is suddenly right in front of our eyes. It looks amazing, made out of only bamboos, with a number of names carved on its side. The wind is blowing calmly and we enjoy a very peaceful afternoon in Bali.

 

Green School in the morning (when it suddenly rains)

It was a peaceful morning. Chirping sounds of the birds answer the clucking sounds of the roosters. The distinct but sweet smell of early morning and the warm sunlight were like a perfect combination of toast and a cup of coffee to start the day. Rippling sounds of the river under the sturdy bamboo bridge only add the sense of calmness that morning. The weather didn’t look bad, but it didn’t look friendly either. Under the cozy sunlight, a woman was seen crossing the bridge with a group of boys. Loud chattering and laughs were heard as they climb the hill together hand in hand. They sat in a circle inside the big bamboo building. A guy was eating his sweet cornflakes, another boy drank his hot tea, one was playing with soft plushies, and the rests were either sleeping or running around. A man in his forty approached the boys to greet them a simple good morning as he proceeded to sweep the dry leaves that get in the way. A group of girls came next, greeting the man in return. They ran around the school area, coming closer to the big crystal stone sitting lonely under the shade of the trees. Even under the sunlight, the clear crystal kept its cool under the hand. The teacher called the girls as the class was about to start. Excited yells and curious questions were a total opposite to the sudden group of dark clouds crowding in the sky. The school turns lively but so did the sounds in the sky. Growling thunders came after the surprising attack of the blinding lightning. The girls were hugging each other as the teacher smiled at them. Comforting the scared kids with a cup of sweet hot chocolate to warm their hands. As the rain started to pour down, it was cold but calm. Small palms were opened under the rain together, curious to feel the water running down their little hands. The smell of damp soil and wet grass was a great way to start the day even with the pouring rain.

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“The Rise and Rise of Social Media”: Draft 2

For the past ten years, people have experienced sending letters to pagers to phone calls to actually seeing faces real time even when thousands of miles apart. Technology is continuously growing and so do the internet and social media that connects people by opening the doors that separate countries all over the world.  However, with more doors opening, lines are seen no more. Some people crossed the line because they feel like the social media is their home now and choose to ignore the real world they live in. Is it a good choice to join social media? Or is it doing more than good? So, why social media? The answer is right in your hand.

Social media open doors that separate every individual in this world, as it connects people. Everyone can go as easy as knocking on their neighbor’s house to know what are they doing but social media made it even easier for everyone. Simply by going to their home profile to check their latest posts or just by hitting them up on chats. Thanks to social media, it’s now a piece of a cake. It seems as if we can see everyone in real time from social media. Some people have gone through meeting their childhood friends with the help of social media, they believe, it helps them bring back old memories and make new ones. Even recent data shows that more elderly are signing up on social media to contact their friends from years ago. Social media, in fact, is not only for young ones, but ranging from people of generation x to z. And they have done an extremely good job in connecting people.

Furthermore, just like how social media connects people, it also connects individuals to the world in real time. Anyone gets to read the breaking news just seconds after it happens. And that is a big help for the world with how things are going on now. For example, everyone can see the war happening in Syria. Pictures of dead bodies, kids crying, and even videos of bombs exploding. It opens people’s eyes and it moves their heart to send help to these people in pain. Campaigns are held to give these victims of war a better life. It is all easier by the help of social media. Everyone is aware of their surrounding even miles away and good deeds are done too, simply just by checking into social media. There are people in need of help in every part of the world every day, and with social media, we can offer it to these people, be it a physical support, material support, or mental support. If everyone uses social media for good things, it is easy to spread and builds peace in this world.

However, not everyone is using social media for good purposes only, as cybercrime is something that everyone should be careful of. Stalking, scamming, identity theft, or even abduction is possible. As more doors are opened, more victims are counted. The problem with social media is that it is too easy for someone to join it. Faking identity is simple, so ‘bad guys’ of the internet can just easily do their thing. Everyone have to be very careful and pay more attention while interacting with strangers on social media. It is not that different from the real world. As social media is also getting more ‘real’ too. So, is that the only bad thing about social media? Well, no it is not, unfortunately.

In addition to cybercrime, social media can also change how people mind works, into a more negative way. First, it is bad when someone gets addicted to social media. They tend to be positive in the real world and forget about their priorities as they chose to ignore the reality. Next, social media gives the impression of how living the perfect life is the only thing that matters. Seeing friends going on a holiday, celebrities partying, or just someone popular showing off their designer bags and dressed with ‘pricey’ stuffs from head to toe, for some people, a feeling of jealousy and negative desire to have the same thing to brag about on social media might comes out unknowingly. It seems as if they believe that social media is only for people to brag about their glamorous lifestyle. They left out the ‘realness’, only to act fake on social media. When everyone actually experiences bad and good things in life. It gives a bad impression for kids to pursue and chase over the luxury, fame, and fortune life. Some people who can’t afford it might resort to doing anything just to achieve the lifestyle. It is sad to see that happen to some people, that some end up cyberbullying others.

In conclusion, social media, in fact, has its own black and white. It connects people with one another and also with the surrounding environment. And yet, at the same time, social media can’t help but support the activity of cyber crimes, cyber bullying, and promotes bad lifestyle to some people. It is the choice of the user of social media to use it only for good things or to join the bad apples of the internet instead. It is important not to let everything on social media influences us as an individual. So, is it a good choice to join social media? Or is it more harm? Again, the answer is right in your hand.

 

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RECOUNT TEXT: Last Minute Holiday

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If I have to describe my holiday, in short, I would go with the word: last minute. My family originally had no plan on going on a trip this time around and I actually had the internship program scheduled for the whole month, but the place I’m supposed to intern in gave me zero information about the program. So, I was planning on being a couch potato until new year came since I had no choice but to laze around the house anyway.  Out of the blue, my Dad said we are going on a new year trip. He and my brother prepared all the things, like hotels, transportation, and itinerary in one day for a 6-days trip. And that’s how we ended up exploring the beauty of Indonesia from Labuan Bajo, Komodo Island, to Bali for this impromptu(?) holiday.

We catch a plane to Bali before continuing another flight to Labuan Bajo with a smaller plane for 2 hours. I didn’t expect much, but the moment we went for a (very short) city tour, I was amazed by the breathtaking view. Endless blue sea, bright sky, and green dry fields along the ride to the hotel. I spent the day just sitting under the shade on the beach reading books and taking short naps from time to time. It felt like heaven with sounds of birds and waves. Plus, I was (extremely) satisfied by the amazing wifi service on the beach. As a big fan of seafood, the food here is just wonderful.20161228_141508.jpg

The next day, we went to Komodo Island by wood boat for 4 hours. We can actually ride a speed boat there, but my Dad chose the wood boat for the experience, well he said so. Komodo Island was pretty much dry, but meeting the komodo is one amazing experience. They look just like a big lizard, but something about them was mesmerizing. The way they move, sleep, eat, mate, I learned a lot about them. After that, we went snorkeling around the pink beach (yes, the sand really is pink), it was so pretty, definitely recommended for a holiday!

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Last days of 2016 were spent in Bali. We went to Ubud to experience green life for a day, it was pretty cool, I actually like it. As I planned on being a couch potato before (but the plan got robbed jeez), I ended up laying around in the hotel room doing nothing but munch on snacks and watching tv. New year’s eve was great, my brother and I strolled around Kuta beach to watch the firework at midnight. One thing that I regret is that I didn’t get to swim. Hm.

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I have to say I’m very much satisfied by the trip. Although I got sick of eating seafood for a few days, and my skin got really tanned that my Mom can’t stop complaining. I would love to go back to Flores, and explore the rest of the island (with a speed boat this time, yes). Definitely on top of my bucket list.