Anjing (!)

Sebenarnya aku agak takut anjing. Bukan karena anjingnya, tapi aku takut najisnya. Apalagi di Australia banyak orang memelihara anjing. Setiap kali aku ke pantai atau ke taman, aku pasti ketemu anjing. Situasi yang sangat berbeda jika dibandingkan di Malang.

Di Malang, jarang sekali orang memelihara anjing atau mengajak anjing jalan-jalan di taman. Memang sih, di Malang mayoritas masyarakatnya adalah Muslim. Jadi karena air liur anjing itu najis dan hukum memelihara anjing –tanpa ada tujuan yang jelas– adalah haram, jarang orang memelihara hewan ini. Paling banter, orang biasanya bawa anjing di CFD (Car free day) Jalan Ijen. Selain itu, paling banyak juga kucing liar, yang mana kucing hukumnya tidak najis dalam islam.

Sepemahamanku, air liur anjing najis hukumnya. Kalau bulunya, waktu pertama kali datang ke Australia, aku belum melakukan ‘research’ dan aku pikir itu juga najis. Jadi, aku sangat takut anjing. Aku takut dengan najisnya.

Tapi lama-lama aku pikir, ngapain sih aku harus takut anjing. Toh walaupun Allah SWT menciptakan air liur anjing itu najis, Allah SWT juga mengajarkan bagaimana mensucikan najis. 

Dan akhirnya, aku pun melakukan research di google. Ada tiga pendapat tentang najisnya anjing yang kamu bisa baca disini, disini, dan disini. Aku setuju bahwa air liur anjing najis, sedangkan bulunya jika kering tidak najis. Toh kalaupun terkena air liurnya, juga bisa disucikan dengan cara dibasuh tujuh kali dan salah satunya dengan debu/tanah. Bisa dibaca disini juga tentang hadist membersihkan najis anjing.

Acara stressless week di Monash Kampus Clayton
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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?

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)

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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Jalan-jalan ke NGV

NGV adalah National Gallery of Victoria yang letaknya di pusat Kota Melbourne. Sebenarnya tahun lalu aku sudah pernah ke sini, tetapi yang membuat aku tidak pernah bosan adalah NGV selalu meng-install seni tematik baru setiap beberapa bulan. Akhir tahun kemarin mereka memasang karya-karya Yayoi Kusama, sedangkan sekarang tema mereka adalah MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) New York. Selain itu, karena aku tinggalnya satu jam jauhnya dari kota, pergi ke kota selalu hal yang menyenangkan. Dan foto di bawah merupakan foto yang aku ambil di pameran seni Yayoi Kusama.

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Culture Shock

Hari ini pas satu minggu aku berada di Malang, Indonesia. Dalam satu minggu, aku sudah makan nasi padang, bakso, nasi goreng, sate ayam, ceker, dan, soto. Makanan-makanan yang aku idam-idamkan selama ini. Masih banyak lagi makanan yang ingin aku makan sebelum kembali studi ke Australia. Dalam satu minggu, jadual bertemu teman-teman lama, silaturahmi ke saudara, dan family time juga full. Satu minggu berlalu dengan sangat cepat, dan aku sukanya, aku jarang buka media sosial. Walaupun agak-agak bersalah karena aku punya tanggungjawab di organisasi.

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First Ramadan in Australia and a Story Behind My Blog

Hi Y’all!

This week is pretty hectic. I have three essays more to go due on 25 May, 4 June, and 8 June. Also, this is Ramadan month which I actually have some to do list as well such as read Quran one day one juz. I also genuinely want to write to you all of my very first experience fasting in Australia, but I merely have time about it.

Anyway, before I ‘talk’ about my fasting experience, I would like to talk about this blog. So, I actually have two blogs, this one and the other one that I deactivated. I set it as a private mode so no one can’t see it but me because I write some personal stories there. I don’t want to see it again, and I don’t want people to reread it, because what’s done is done. However, somehow, a few weeks ago I feel like my posts on my other blog is precious and it is what’s a waste if just dump it like that. So, I export it to this blog, and tadaaaa there are more than 400 posts from 2013 on this blog. But, now, I realise, why I do I even did it. Thank God that  WordPress has an excellent system, and I can move those post into draft posts easily.

The reason I made a new blog, Not Average Girl, because I want this blog is much more professional and less private stuff of my daily life. Ideally, I want to run two blogs, this one is to share my scholarship and school stuff, while the other is where I can tell you my personal stories, my romance stories, in a frank way, and just be me. Meanwhile, I just can’t run two blogs. It is exhausted, and I don’t have much time. So, I exported all of my posts here without thinking about the consequences, and have moved it again into drafts post. I’m so-so-so silly.

I love writing on the blog, even telling my personal stories. Yet, recently, I feel like, people are judging me based on what I write here. I don’t know whether this is just my anxiety or what, but I have changed my mind, and I don’t want to write too personal stories. I used to write everything on my blog, and it is so much fun! And a lot of people leave comments on my blog, share their experience or leave a suggestion. I also used to write about my romance life. When I re-read it again, I feel like, “Omg, it is such a drama”, “Omg, why do I even like this bloke”, and whatsoever. And I still do remember about a guy who liked me, but he also liked another girl in the same time. It’s so funny. Now he is so chill to me, I don’t even know whether he remembers what he did in the past. He was like, “Hi Gadis, can you write some wishes to me on a piece of paper and capture it when you hang out somewhere in Australia”. I’ll be like, dude. Okay, I’ll leave it here.

Alrighty then, so here we go, my first Ramadan in Australia.

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