2 Years and Still Counting



I wrote the first post of this blog in October 28th, 2008. So, it’s been exactly 2 years now. Time flies. Actually, I’ve started blogging since I graduated from high school in 2006. Back then when I was still in school I barely used the internet for something useful-an action which now I regret so much. The first media that I used for blogging was Friendster. After that, in the middle of 2007 I had a desire in my heart to seriously start writing. I created a blogspot blog at that moment, which was lasted for a year.

The content of my previous blog was more or less resemble a diary because I wrote my daily activities which was finally I found very boring. Yeah, which were the interesting part about the daily live of a college student? haha :D. I wrote about my so-called crazy college schedule, about my best friends, and don’t forget that I also wrote about my crush explicitly. That was crazy. However there were my youth memories behind those posts. Though, few months ago I had to delete my blogspot account because there were already lots of unnecessary comments posted there and I had abandoned that blog for so long. So yeah I decided to delete it. Goodbye, my blogspot. Hehee 🙂

In this wordpress blog, sometimes I still write about my personal life but I’m not flooding all of this blog’s contents with those kind of posts. I often write my own opinions about the current situations happening around me. I also routinely read some blogs, such as this, this, and this. I never know them in person, but their posts really inspired me.

What are the reasons that make me do blogging? The first reason, I really want to make a documentation of some big moments in my life, such as the moment when I was busy with the lab project (it was the 3rd year of my college periods), when I did my internship, when I was doing my final project research, when I faced the thesis defense few months ago, and when I finally graduated. All of those moments have been documented in this blog so someday when I get older, I can remember that I once have had a very interesting period of life. The second reason is that I’m a kind of introvert person who is not comfortable to express my feeling verbally, so it’s better for me to write my thought. 🙂

In this 2 years, I’ve changed this blog’s name for several times depends on my mood. Currently, its name is “La Vie est Belle”. It’s a French phrase that means “Life is Beautiful” in English. I choose to make that name as the trademark of my blog because I want to encourage myself and others to always search for the positive sides of every problems in our lives, because we’re not really living if we never face problems, right.

At last, thank you very much for you readers who have read on my posts and also gave comments. Thanks. I will keep blogging. I promise.

The Beauty of Learning Different Languages

The first foreign language that I learned was English, of course. I started learning that language when I was in the 1st grade. Back then, learning English was such a temptation for me because I didn’t enjoy it. I saw it like an obligatory because I hadn’t really known the benefit of learning other languages. I had just started to enjoy it when I was already in junior high school. I found that because of my good command in English, it really could increase my self confidence. I always been sent as my school representative to participate in some speech competitions. Honestly, I was really proud of myself. Thanks to my parents who always push me not to stop learning English because nowadays, if you can’t speak English, you’ll dead. Yeah, English is not just our foreign language anymore. It has become our second language because we have to admit that when we want to apply for a job, most companies will give more appreciation for the candidates who possess good commands in English, right?

Since 2 years ago, I have had a curiosity to learn other languages. I know it seemed a little bit too late for me to learn a new language when I’ve already become a graduate student. I started to learn French back then and I’m still doing it until now. In my opinion, French is an extremely difficult language, but once  you can make a sentence or write a paragraph, you’ll find that this language is very beautiful. You’ll appreciate yourself when you can do such things because that was happening to me. I have 2 purposes that made me start learning this new language. The first one is that I really want to continue my study in France so that I should expert in French. Just for your information, you’re totally don’t necessary to pay your tuition fee in France if you take the course in French languge, but on the contrary you have to pay a very high amount of tuition fee if you take an international class in France. That’s why I really give my effort to learn French. I will get much benefit in the future, of course. My second purpose is that I simply love the language, I love the accent that -as my friend says- is very sexy and exotic. 🙂 And I really want to be married to a French  guy someday. *I wish*. So, it can be an “excercise” for me before I literally  interact with my future husband, right? *insane* 😀 Yeah, currently I spend most of my time from Monday to Friday for 4 hours each day learning French at CCF. My Dad sometimes says that I look too busy in doing my activities everyday by waking up early in the morning while I suppose to just stay at home doing nothing since I have to enjoy my post graduation syndrome. Well, Dad if I just stay at home, I’ll be so boring. He also sometimes so worry that I’ll get sick. Haha..no I won’t ,of course. I really enjoy it.

Lucky me, I have been to many different countries since I was young. Everytime I went to a new country I always asked the local guide about their local language of the daily words, such as “good morning”, “thank you”, “sorry”, etc. You know, local people will appreciate tourists who can speak in their language although only a little. You’ll get a special price reduction when you talk in the local language to a seller in the local market. 🙂

Don’t be afraid to learn new languages other than English. Whatever language!  Believe me, you’ll find a pleasure when finally you can expert in that language. And I suggest you to practice it by reading books (start with the simple one, for example comics or children storybooks), watching movie without the subtitle, or listening to the music. It really affect so much because I’ve had practiced it. However, the most effective method is to find a partner and then start a conversation. 🙂

You’ll become a part of a global citizen when you can speak many languages.

The Adorable Mr. Lennon


you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
and the world will live as one


Do you know who’s the handsome guy in that picture? 🙂

I mostly “know” John Lennon through The Beatles, his group. I barely listen to his personal works, other than ‘Imagine’ and ‘Stand by Me’. He together with Paul McCartney wrote almost all of The  Beatles’ hits, that have became my favourite playlist off all time. So yeah maybe you can guess what’s my favorite band. I love The Beatles so much and the reason why I love that band is because there’s John Lennon.

I don’t know why but every time I watch The Beatles videos on YouTube, my center of attention suddenly always go to John Lennon. The first reason is (definitely) because he was handsome especially in his young age. The second reason is that he got the charisma. Too bad he died in such a young age. 40 years old, can you believe it? In spite of his complicated personal life, I adore him so much.

About 3 days ago, he celebrated (if he’s still alive) his 70th birthday. Sometimes I wish I was growing up in the 60s era when The Beatles was still exist and I could  witness  their popularity.

Happy birthday, grandpa Lennon. Thank you for your songs that are timeless. I learn a lot from them. I hope you’re happy now in heaven above where peace are everywhere, as you had wished when you were still here on earth.

John Lennon, a simple human being who had a very simple hope for this earth he once had lived in. He just wanted a world that are full of peace, no war, and people who  spread loves to each other. Unfortunately, good people like him had to die young. 😦


poor you, girl

I know this girl. She’s much younger than me and has just graduated from high school. Probably she’s only 19 years old now. My first impression about her was she’s a very sweet and calm girl.

I rarely speak with her because she always busy with” her world”. But when we’re speaking to each other, yeah she becomes a quite nice partner actually. I never have this suspicious feeling of her, although sometimes I found her with a box of cigarette. I never see her smoking. So, I thought maybe those cigarettes belong to her friend or someone else. And finally today I saw her smoking. I was a little bit surprise actually. How come a sweet and young girl like her becomes a smoker?

I used to hate smokers and couldn’t tolerate them.  Now I realize, maybe from the bottom of their heart, they don’t want to be smokers. Maybe they do that dangerous activity to be accepted by their societies or perhaps that’s their sign of rebellion to their  parents’ strict regulation. I never know their background until they fell to be smokers. So, it will be unfair for them if I keep directly labelling them with the term “bad people” yet I don’t know what are their real situation, right?

I won’t say that now I support smokers. Not at all. I’ll never support smokers for the rest of my life. What I’m gonna say is sometimes reality is different with my expectation. Every people has their own problems and some of them choose to be smokers to reduce their “pain” that resulted from those problems they have. So yeah what I can do right now is just evacuate myself whenever she starts smoking. What more can I say to her? I can’t suddenly force her to stop her smoking habit.

To my friend. You’re still young. Why did you dare  damaging your own body by smoking? Don’t hurt yourself, my friend.

just the way you are

cause you’re amazing, just the way you are

Beberapa hari ini, lirik lagu dari Bruno Mars itu terus terngiang-ngiang di benak saya. Dan ya lagu itu sukses bikin saya mendapatkan semangat baru. Ketika perasaan saya sedang galau, saya coba nyanyikan 1 kalimat itu : “cause you’re amazing, just the way you are”

Semua manusia itu unik, dengan kelebihan dan kekurangannya masing-masing. Dengan talentanya masing-masing. Jadi, tidak ada alasan untuk kita jadi (atau berandai-andai) seperti orang lain. Dengan menjadi diri kita sendiri saja, itu sudah lebih dari cukup. Karena manusia itu tidak ada satupun yang sama, makanya kita gak bosan. Coba bayangkan kalau seluruh dunia dihuni oleh manusia-manusia dengan wajah dan tindak tanduk yang sama. Apa gak serem tuh? Apa gak bosan?

So, daripada meratapi nasib dan pengen nyamain kehebatan orang lain, lebih baik bersyukur sama apa yang sudah kita miliki. Iya gak? Asal tau aja, mungkin ada orang di luar sana yang menganggap kita hebat, dan ingin menjadi seperti kita. Mungkin saja. Cause we’re amazing just the way we are 🙂