17 Western Songs Banned in West Java. Really?​

17 Western Songs Banned in West Java. Really?​

Indonesian regional broadcasting commission (IRBC) in West Java restricted 17 western songs. It is not completely banned, but it can only be played between 10pm and 3am. Songs such as ‘That’s what I like’ and ‘Versace on the floor’ by Bruno Mars and ‘Dusk till down’ by my baby Zayn were considered pornographic.

On his Instagram, Ridwan Kamil, the governor of West Java, explained that (1) internet is not IRBC’s authority, so they only authorize radio and TV station; (2) IRBC is an independent institution, it is not under the government rule; (3) IRBC is not totally banned the songs but only limit it and it based on public complaints; (4) on 2016, IRBC banned several dangdut songs too; (5) this year IRBC banned 17 western songs because it has ‘adult content’; (6) those songs can only be played between 10pm and 3am; (7) West Java government committed to strengthen character education; (8) West Java government also committed to appreciating artwork and creativity.

I read in comment section that the majority of people disagree with the regulation. They thought the rule is useless since kids and teenagers still could access the songs on internet and music player such us spotify and apple music. They also commented about films and sopa opera that airing in the TV now are uneducated, as well as some Indonesian pop songs and dangdut songs. In the point (7), it said that West Java government wants to enhance the character education, but how about the Indonesian films and songs itself?

So, does such rule really necessary?

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Indonesia Gawat Toleransi?

Indonesia Gawat Toleransi?

Jiu Jiu, nama Restauran Jepang tersebut. Tahun 2018, restauran tersebut adalah satu-satunya Restauran Jepang yang menyediakan Ramen dan Udon di suburbtempat kami tinggal. Letaknya pun di pojokan dan restaurannya tidak mewah-mewah amat. Kalau di Indonesia, modelnya seperti warung pinggir jalan. Tapi bersih, rapi, dan restaurannya ke-Jepang-Jepangan banget karena banyak tulisan hiragana-katakan beserta hiasan-hiasan Jepang.

Aku dan teman-teman saat itu sedang craving for ramen, sehingga kami memutuskan makan di tempat tersebut. Tidak ada tulisan halal di restaurannya, tapi biasanya ada banyak pilihan ramen dari chicken ramen sampai vegetarian ramen. Porkatau daging babi di ramen cuman sebagai hiasan atau toppingbiasanya.Kuah ramen pun biasanya bisa milih miso atau chicken atau apalah. Jadi, insyaallah aman.

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Curhat Thesis (2): Transkrip Data

Curhat Thesis (2): Transkrip Data

Sebelumnya, aku ingin berterimakasih kepada teman-teman yang sudah membaca dan menulis komentar di postingan aku berjudul curhat thesis. Apa yang kalian lakukan berarti banyak buat aku, karena aku kadang bingung harus bercerita kepada siapa. Kadang tidak semua orang mengerti dan memahami apa yang sedang aku kerjakan. Jadi, aku berfikir, lebih baik aku tuliskan saja di blog. Bisa jadi tulisan tentang proses menulis thesis ini bermanfaat bagi kalian yang sedang menulis skripsi dan thesis, bahwa, kalian tidak sendirian! Wahai pejuang skripsi, thesis, dan disertasi, be strong!

Ohya tulisan ini, aku sengaja tidak terlalu serius. Tulisan ini lebih seperti tentang berbagi pengalaman, suka duka yang aku kerjakan, dan mungkin aku juga akan berbagi tips. Bagi teman-teman yang sedang membaca dan ingin memberi kritik dan saran, apalagi menyemangati, boleh banget! (haha).

Selain itu perjuangan thesis-ku masih panjang, jadi aku jamin akan ada seri curhatan thesis yang banyak sekali. Dan hari ini aku ingin bercerita tentang sulitnya membagi waktu, bagaimana mengatasi diri sendiri agar tidak panik, dan transkrip data wawancara.

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Curhat Thesis

Curhat Thesis

Kalau zaman skripsian dulu, ada namanya panduan skripsi. Didalamnya sudah lengkap dari susunan skripsi sampai cara mereferensi. Jadi, sebenarnya ya tinggal dibaca.

Kalau sekarang, mana ada panduan thesis. Sebenarnya kalau susunan thesis kami sudah pernah diajari pada matakuliah Research Method, yang aku sudah ambil pada semester dua malah. Cara referensi juga sudah terlatih dari semester satu, karena pasti sama aja dan itu-itu aja. Panduannya bisa klik di sini kalau mau baca.

Penampakan kampus tercinta
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Graduation Ambassador

Graduation Ambassador

It was December graduation.

I was interested in becoming a graduation ambassador because I was not sure if I want this kind of graduation ceremony if I graduated. My scholarship doesn’t include graduation allowance. If I want a graduation ceremony, it will be on my own expense; and it is not cheap. So,  I’m not interested. Therefore, I became a graduation ambassador to feel the vibe, and in case it could change my mind. Besides, there will be a certificate, letter of reference, and coles voucher for ambassadors. I really wanted the last one.

A graduation ambassador is primarily a volunteer, but Monash community division called it ‘ambassador.’ There were few roles that could be chosen by the ambassadors, such as walk-with graduates ambassador, cloakroom ambassador, marquee ambassador, information center ambassador, and floating ambassador. The easiest one is the cloakroom ambassador, and the toughest one is the marquee ambassador, especially in the photography stall. The most fun one is walk-with graduate, especially if you are an extrovert.

I was an information center ambassador on Tuesday in front of Robert Blackwood Hall. My job was to let people know where they should take the gown, where the ceremony held, where they could buy the photography session, etc. The graduation was held in Monash Clayton, but apparently, not everyone is from Clayton Campus. Monash has campuses in Peninsula, Caulfield, Parkville, and other. So that is why some people were not familiar with Clayton campus.

It was okay, but I was pretty bored because I had to answer the same questions over and over again. I was tired too because I had a double shift. I had to stand there for approximately 7 hours. Besides, it was very sunny, and I totally got tanned.

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​Does Your Extrovert/Introvert Personality Affect your L2 Learning?

​Does Your Extrovert/Introvert Personality Affect your L2 Learning?

I really love this week reading material!

We discuss about affective and personality differences whether it will affect second language (L2 learning). I’m always interested in psychology, so when the topic is about character, I couldn’t be more excited!

In this post, the topic that I discuss is from classroom discussion and from Ortega’s book: Understanding Second Language Acquisition (chapter 9), which actually you could download for free at b-ok.xyz. But I would not discuss everything, I will only focus on the extrovert and introvert personality. *I adore that website, anyway, since they always provide a range of materials that I could download for my assignments.

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I Got a Racist Email (2)

I Got a Racist Email (2)

Karena email yang dia tulis tersebut, yang menyatakan bahwa kebanyakan orang Australia terganggu dengan keberadaan wanita muslim yang memakai hijab, tertutama burqa, membuatku berfikir bahwa apakah kebanyakan orang-orang Australia seperti itu. Walau aku juga yakin, yang dia nyatakan itu adalah sebuah hiperbola. Toh, dia juga tidak menyatakan data autentik yang mendukung argumennya itu. Tetapi, ada beberapa orang yang bilang beberapa orang Australia memang rasism, terutama di negara bagian Queensland. Namun, seberapa banyak? Aku pikir, ada baiknya bertanya kepada orang lokal.

Sabtu lalu, aku bertemu dengan temanku di tempat aku mengajar, yang merupakan orang lokal. Dia juga mahasiswa di Monash University, jurusan International Development. Aku cukup akrab dengan dia, dan kami sering bercerita banyak hal. Jadi, aku ceritakan ke dia tentang pengalamanku pahitku itu. (Well, ga pahit-pahit banget sih. B aja).

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