26 December 2011

Just so you know...

I now have a tumblr!

millergirl92.tumblr.com

My tumblr post will be in English. So, English speaking friends, please do follow me on tumblr.

I will still, of course, write here. My writings here will be noticably longer. And some of my post here will be in Indonesian, as you might have noticed.

13 December 2011

Will Presiden SBY ever gonna make it to the TIME cover?

I read bunch of stuff about Indonesia's former President, Soekarno, earlier today. And found out that he was on TIME Magazine Cover. Twice. December 1946 and March 1958.

I was just about to tweet how cool he is, until I realized that President Suharto must have made it too. And searched for it, and yes he did. Sometime in 1966.

In addition, I saw tons of cool pictures of President Soekarno, with bunch of cool people, speaking at cool places, listened by cool people.

Indonesia needs another figure like him, I guess that's my point.

Links to those covers:
President Sukarno, December 23, 1946.
President Sukarno, March 10, 1958.
President Suharto, July 15, 1966.

And by the way, "Presiden SBY" was not a typo. It just sounds better that way, instead of "President SBY."

05 December 2011

Nama : Nisa
Asal : Jakarta
Agama : Islam
Obsesi : Kuliah di Amerika

21 October 2011

The Road Not Taken – by Robert Frost


The Road Not Taken – by Robert Frost


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

03 October 2011

Ceplas Ceplos

Beberapa hari yang lalu, gue baca status fesbuk salah satu temen gue sesama exchange student, "Kebiasaan yang dari Amerika yang harus gue ubah : Ngomong ceplas ceplos," begitulah kira-kira isi statusnya.

Nah, baru tadi nih, ceplas-ceplos kejadian ama gue.


Jadi, sore ini gue naik ojek dari Tebet. Secara jelas gue bilang ke Abangnya bahwa gue mau ke Balai Kartini, dan gue tekenin apakah dia bener-bener tahu tempatnya. Dia sih iya-iya aja. Ngga tau nya kita malah nyasar. Muter-muter muter-muter kuningan, pancoran, bidakara, kluar masuk komplek sana sini, 45 menit baru nyampe Balai Kartini (dari Stasium Tebet loh!)

Pas gue turun, si abangnya bilang, "Udah neng, ngga usah bayar deh. Kan nyasar." Hee, seneng lah gue. Gue bilang, "Okedeh, makasih ya, Bang." Langsung cabut dan melengos pergi.

Sampe rumah, gue ceritain ke nyokap. Eeeh, nyokap malah bilang, "Kasian, Dek! Kan bensin..." Setelah gue pikir-pikir, iya juga sih. Tapi abangnya bilang nya ngga usah bayar. Kalo dia suruh bayar pun gue juga akan tetep bayar. Gue jadi mikir, itu cuman bentuk kesopanan aja dia sok-sok bilang ngga usah bayar, padahal sebenernya.....

Hehehe, itulah repotnya, ngomongnya ngga straight forward, kebanyakan bumbu! Teheheheh.

Okeh, back to midterms studying!! 

21 August 2011

Life Goals

- Harvard College Class of 2016
- Get a master degree from Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School of Government
- Work for the IMF or for the World Bank or for the UN or at an Indonesian Embassy
- Master Spanish and/or German and/or Arabic and/or Chinese
- Have traveled to 30 countries when I turn 30
- Publish a book

16 August 2011

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Kemarin, hari Senin tanggal 15 agustus, ayah angkat gue ulang tahun.

Gue pun melancarkan rencana untuk nelfon Beliau ke henfonnya (bukan Skype loh ya) dengan :
1. Nelfon biasa = lebih bermakna
2. Keluarga angkat gue lagi liburan di luar kota, jadi mereka ngga online setiap saat seperti biasanya.

Karena beda waktunya 11 jam (lebih duluan Jakarta), gue mutusin untuk nelfon tanggal 15 jam 9 malem, atau jam 10 pagi waktu Eastern Time nya US.

2 hari sebelumnya, gue jungkir balik nyari cara ngisi Skype credit gue tanpa pake credit card. Setelah minta tolong sana sini, coba berbagai macam cara, salah satu temen gue yang bantuin, yaitu si @silfaralubis, bilang, "Emang kenapa harus nelfon pake Skype sih? Kenapa ngga pake henfon aja?" Eh bener juga lo dut!!! Gue pun googling tarif  nelfon ke Amrik pake ayemtri. Eh ternyata, cuman kena 400 perak-an permenit. Meskipun ngga yakin kalo tuh data valid, gue putusin untuk tetap nelfon pake hape.

Akhirnya, gue telfon lah Ayah Angkat gue...
Dering nya lamaaa banget. Mungkin lebih dari 5x. Lega banget pas diangkat. Beliau biasa angkat telfon sambil sebutin namanya. Kalimat pertama yang gue bilang ke beliau adalah, "Am I speaking to God?" karena Ayah Angkat gue sering becanda menganggap dirinya adalah "God". Hahaha. Trus ga ada tanggapan dari Beliau selama beberapa detik. Gue kira telponnya lemot kaya pas jaman SD gue nelponin abang gue yang kuliah di Ostrali. Gue kira koneksinya putus. Gue kira hape gue mati. Gue kira pulsa gue langsung abis. Gue kira ini semua hanya mimpi dan sebentar lagi gue akan terbangun #eh #berlebihan. Tapi terus akhirnya Beliau bilang sesuatu juga,"Ah NISA!" Mungkin daritadi Beliau mikir, kira-kira siapa nih yang tahu kalo dia itu sebenernya Tuhan. Hahaha.

Terus....Ya udah kita ngobrol. Gue super grogi gitu. Bingung deh, kenapa gue grogi. Kayanya emang sindrom ya kalo udah lama pengen ketemu, eh pas ada kesempatan ngobrol malah bingung mau ngomong apa. #curhat #pengalamanpribadi #eyaa

Beliau nanya-nanya tentang sekolah, college applications, basket...

Setelah kira-kira 5 menit, gue bilang gue harus hang up. Bukan karena pengen belajar PKn (yang emang kebetulan besoknya ulangan), atau takut pulsa abis (hadeh), tapi takut udah kelamaan aja dan pembicaraannya makin awkward. We said good byes, he said he loves me and misses me. I said the same thing. Jadi sedih deh.

Sebenernya dia mau angkat telfon gue aja gue udah seneng banget. Gue yakin nomor telfon yang masuk yang keliatan di hape dia itu super aneh, dan nyokap angkat gue most likely ngga akan angkat telfon dari nomor telfon aneh. Untungnya ayah angkat gue orang  nya ngga se suspicious itu. Atau mungkin juga karena udah sering terima telfon dari luar negri. Maklum, Beliau kan kerja di departemen pertahanannya amerika serikat, jadi sering berhubungan ama orang-orang asing.

Bagian paling manis dari petualangan ini adalah........... Ternyata hasil googling gue itu bener!! Nelfon 5 menitan ke AMRIK cuman kena 2000perak!! Gila ngga?? Itu mah sama aja nelfon ke hape biasa. Koneksinya juga oke banget lagi ngga pake lemot/putus2/kresek2. Salut deh sama In****T.

Well, i guess thats it.

Dad, i know there's no chance you're reading this, but this post is for you. Happy birthday. I love you. I miss you. :)









13 August 2011

The Truth is.....


We walk away to see who will follow,
We hide because we want to be found,
We cry to see who will wipe away the tears,
and we let our hearts be broken to see who will come and fix them

Isn't that so true?

06 August 2011

Dear Dad,

I know you're the King, but I thought you're the God too. So, which
one is it then? Is this theocracy or something?

Hugs,
Daughter #4

ps. I miss you so much.

02 August 2011

Day-Offs Don't Do Me Much

I had 2 days off because Ramadan started yesterday (Happy Ramadan, all Muslim friends!) and I did not do as much things as I wanted. Not even a proper, 8-hour sleep. No hard core studying, no cleaning my room. Nothing.

I did, however, make a list. You know, things you do when you got bored. This time is about things that make me happy and things that do not, at least in the first month I'm back in Jakarta.

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

1. Reading. I read a whole bunch of stuff this past month, surprisingly. From the States' debt-ceiling articles, to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Even more surprising, I read everywhere. In the computer, for some stuff that I can only get online, between classes, even in a packed, bad-smelling Jakarta's public buses that I take regularly.

2. Playing basketball. There were times when I played basketball too much and happened to hate it, wondering why I started playing in the first place. Thank goodness this past month basketball practices had been fun. I'm so happy to see my teammates again, and play with them. Practices are also not as intense as they used to be, yet.

3. Receiving letters. I got letters from my family and friends in Arlington, which made me incredibly happy. I have a new habit : checking the mailbox every single time I see it. Really, letters are something that I look forward to and having something to look forward to, according to my experience, really is a good thing.

4. That jazz musician. I went to two of his shows this past month, after going to none of them for 10 months. It was just so awesome.

5. Hang out with AFSers. I actually just realized why I get along very well with these kids. We got through the same process of selection to go abroad. I guess AFS had some kind of criteria, and we all are in that criteria, and so, character-wise, we are similar. Also, we got pretty similar experience living thousands miles away from home for 10 months, and going back to school with kids a year younger.


THINGS THAT DO NOT

1. School. Yeah, school just sucks in general.

2. Sick people. I mean literally sick people. My Papa was hospitalized when I was gone. In fact, he is taking medication right now. I have a sister who has been sick for several years. My brother is sick right now. I was also sick for a couple times since I arrived (I think it's due to body-adapting, or something like that).

3. College applications. Started some of them this morning, and it's horrible. It's so complicated,  even  with that Common Application thing.

4. Not playing guitar. I haven't play guitar for... I don't even know. One month, for sure. And probably the last couple of weeks in the States, since I was too busy doing the end of the year stuff and of course packing.

5. Not being home. Not being with my family. Not being with my dogs. I hate missing everything at home. I hate being away. I hate thinking of home -- I want to be actually in it.


So yeah, that's it. I have been blogging for nearly 3 years now, but still do not develop the skill to end a post. So, that's it. The end. Whatever.

23 July 2011

Dear Mom and Dad,

I miss you.

Love,
Your Indonesian Daughter

07 July 2011

Jetlag : Season 2

Sore ini gue baru pulang dari Re-Orientasi AFS selama 3 hari. Super capek dan  tidurlah gue dengan normal di sana. Eh, ngga taunya tadi sore abis solat magrib gue rebahan sambil baca buku.... Pas sadar lagi udah jam 1 pagi. Ternyata masih Jetlag saya.

Selama orientasi banyak banget kejadian-kejadian yang bikin ngelus dada. Bikin berkali-kali bilang sama diri sendiri, "Anything. Anything can happen to you. But being happy really is your choice." Mulai dari rasa kesel karena harus ikut orientasi, menghitung waktu untuk balik lagi ke rumah dari saat pertama menjejakan kaki di Wisma Handayani dengan segala memori buruk orientasi hampir setahun lalu, sampe merasa beda dan dikucilkan banget berada diantara siswa/siswi YES.

Tapi bukannya Re-Orientasi ngga berguna loh. Gue jadi tahu apa yang normal dilakukan sama exchange students yang baru balik, ngurangin kebiasaan-kebiasaan exchange students yang kurang baik, dan lain-lain sebagainya. Iya gue masih kangen, kangen banget sama keluarga angkat gue di Arlington, tapi setelah Re-Orientasi gue jadi berasa bener-bener udah berada di Indonesia. Dan bukannya kangen itu bukti bahwa kita yakin kalo kita ini sekarang jauh dari orang-orang yang kita kangenin ya?

Rencana beberapa hari ke depan... Kayanya masih berkisar sama beres-beres di rumah. Pengennya ketemu temen-temen. Juga pengennya siap-siap mental buat balik sekolah. Dan juga pengen baca buku dan olahraga.  So... let's see what's going to happen in the next few days..... :)

03 July 2011

The Second Day

If I ever said that packing is the hardest time of the year, then I was wrong. This is the hardest time of the year.

Not particularly the 2nd day of being back in Jakarta, but when I unpacked my stuff from the suitcases and realized that this is not just a camping trip, or senior trip, or whatever trip. This is it. I'm not going to go back to Arlington. At least not in the near future. And then I started to hold my tears everytime I see my family picture which is framed nicely and put in the living room.

When I was thinking to drink tap water and realized that I might have a diarrhea if I do that here.

When I took wrong steps in the stairs.

When I tried to reach for a sea belt in a cab, but there was no seat belts.

When I have to stay up all night, with nothing to do and no one to talk to, because of jetlag.

When I read texts from my mom over and over and over again.

I guess I am not ready to move on. At least not on the 2nd day of being back.

09 June 2011

I remember sitting in this library about 10 months ago, crying over the fact that I have to move to a new family. I listened to Kings of Convenience's "Homesick" over and over again; yet I still seemed to not have any control about the tears streamed down my face.
Now, sitting in the very same room, I could not help to cry while looking at my host family's pictures. It was old pictures. I was not in any of them. The kids were small. My dad was young. My mom seemed ageless -- she did not change at all.

I am leaving Arlington in 18 days.

"It's getting closer, huh?" my teacher said. "But you'll be back before you know it."

And that just made my day.

04 June 2011

Boston - Philly

Friend : "Nisa, you look so tan!"
Me : "I've been going to the pool a lot lately."
Another friend : "Wait, I thought you were going to... (thinking) Philadelphia. "
Friend : (giving him a look) "She went to Boston."
Another friend : "Same thing!"

29 May 2011

Why tell about Boston?

I just got back from a 3 day trip in Boston yesterday morning. I have a bunch of pictures, tons of stories that I would like to share with you guys.

But my family does not even want to hear about it. They don't ask about it. They don't care about it. Whereas I'm pretty sure in the next few days they will do it to their oldest, most loved, genius daughter.

But I am not their daughter. In fact, I just knew them 10 months ago. I am no one here.

So, what the heck.

I feel like running away from my own life during this time.

12 May 2011

Junk

(watching Sidekick 4G ad on TV)
guy : "I need 4G!"
Another guy : "Do you have 3G?"
Guy : "In my iPad? No. I have it in my Blackberry. But Blackberry is a piece of junk."
Me : "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I'm totally gonna tweet that.
Guy : "It's true. And government Blackberry is a piece of disabled junk."
Me : "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA."
(I walked to my room these things down.)
Guy : "No camera, no music..."

05 May 2011

Loners Don't Visit College

The problem with being an loner is, people think there's no such thing as a "loner," therefore, the first question they'd ask is : "Who are you here with?" whereas in fact I was not with anybody and I cannot careless taking anyone with me. And it's not completely my fault because first of all, other people's presence does not necessarily means making things easier. Second of all, I've usually tried to get people to come with me, but no one would. Lastly, even though deep down inside, I am lonely, no one cares about my being lonely.

(Thoughts after seeing a deal from Amtrak for college campus visitors : Buy One Full-Fare Ticket, Get 50% Off Companion Ticket! Hey, what if I'm going by myself? Oh wait, no one goes to college visits BY THEM SELVES.)

p.s. I change the word "Individualist" to"loner" because I think it fits better.

Pre and Post AP Calculus AB Exam

Ooooooh ah!

I did my very first AP Exam yesterday. It was Calculus AB. As I said to anyone who asked about it, alhamdulillah it went okay.

What I'm going to post here is some of my writing I put in my cellphone the night before the AP Exam and the night after the AP Exam. Not that they are coherent -- they're just fun to post.

Note details:
Date:
03.05.2011
Time:
10:07 PM
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Tomorrow morning is the AP Exam. But I hate being at home right now. I think my mom hates me. I thought she was being quiet and looked tired and all in the last couple of days because Dad is not in town. But Dad's in town this evening. But she still didn't talk to me. She didn't ask me how my day was and all. I hope she does not hate me. Not that it really matter, because no matter how, I love her so much.
And of course no one really cares about my taking the AP Exam. Except Zoe, who probably doesn't have anything better to be thought about. So I texted some people I love, telling them about the exam. And God is so good that they responded very quickly, unusually. It feels good to know that you have people who love you and care about your taking silly little AP Exam.
Probably there's nothing wrong. Probably I'm just being selfish, self-centered, and hungry of attention. Being a grossly immature 18 years old. Maybe I should stop writing and go to bed.


Note Details:
Date:
05.05.2011
I wonder why I can't go to sleep sometimes.
I probably get too excited. Yeah, probably. I was very excited about my new idea for the senior project.
I'm probably too tired. Yeah, I walked for like 45 minutes today.Or probably I just simply missed the moment. Probably went to bed too late and I missed the moments to sleep and life is all about the perfect moments and there's no such thing as second chances.
Gah. I'm blabbing.
It's 2:37. I'm going to be dead at frisbee practice tomorrow. I don't want to go to school in the morning.


Updates after and during these 2 posts:
- I woke up early in the morning on May 4. Dad was in the kitchen having breakfast. He "good luck"-ed me with the AP Exam and I "good luck"-ed him for his testifying that day. "You'll do great. See you tonight." he said. But I didn't saw him last night. :) :(
- I still did not feeling very great at home. So I went to the Cherrydale library after school (and saw Jordan! and talked to him), did some work. And then I went to KFC to get dinner, instead of going to Senior Recital as my initial plan. I walked home from KFC. I arrived just in time for Mom, Dad, and their friend walked out the door for going out for dinner.
- I talked to Armedi!! :)
- I wrapped some souvenirs from Indonesia for people in my government class. Will give it to them tomorrow.
- I finally talked to mom this morning, like in normal way. I hope she does not (and did not) hate me
- I got a super duper awesome idea for Senior Project! Instead of shadowing Coach Garrison in the kindergarten, I would VISIT COLLEGES around Arlington, and intensively preparing myself for the SAT and TOEFL. I called it "My Second Senior Year Preparation."
- Last thing : Next AP Exam : US History on Friday, May 6 and US Government and Politics on Tuesday, May 10. Wish me luck! :)

Okay... I'm getting tired now. Write to you soon!! xxx

03 May 2011

David : "Do we bore you to death, Nisa?"
Nisa : (talking under the sweatshirt) "Sort of."
(Ruth and David laugh)
David : "That's what I like about Nisa."
Nisa : "What?"
David : "Honest."
(Ruth and David laugh again)
David : "Actually, what I like about Nisa is......... If I sleep right here, right now, it'll be fine."
Ruth : "Rachel acts bad and impolite when you are here."
David : "Yeah, you're like the part of the family!"

01 May 2011

Post Spring Break Post

I apologize because of my absence in the last couple of weeks.  I wrote some stuff during Spring Break, have not had any chance to post it though.

What keeps me busy in the last 6 days : Crooked.

Yup. It's tech week and I did not later than 8 in the morning and did not come home before 9 pm (although it's nothing to compared to my daily activities in Jakarta). And missed frisbee practices, even a tournament this weekend (Althoug AP Exams also being my consideration in this particular case).


I will start a list :

- AP Exams
I ended up registered for 3 AP Exams : Calculus AB, U.S. History, and U.S. Government and Politics, although none of them I'm really gonna study for, except Calculus. We registered during E block on Thursday in the cafeteria. Test dates : May 4th, 6th, and 10th. Please wish me luck.

- Senior Project
After trying to apply to VOA and Arlington Public Library and rejected by both (sadness) I ended up doing Senior Project at Mt.Daniel Elementary School with Coach Garrison. Good deal because I know him well and I like him and I hope the schedule could be more flexible to accommodate my studying schedule for the SAT and TOEFL. Again, please wish me luck.

- Frisbee
I missed all 3 JV practices this week. Instead, I attended 1 Newbie boys practice. Yes, I know I'm so fucked up. Also, I'm not going to the tournament this weekend because of Crooked and AP Exams next week. Poor me. #1 Wish : Dave does not change his mind putting me in JV.

- Friday
I went to GWU to attend a seminar : 2011 hours against hate, which was kinda lame but had a silver lining. We (Muhammed, Ma Prang, Jody, and I) met a reporter and they ended up interviewing us and we are really going to be on TV. How cool is that.
However, this interview thing ruined my schedule to come to frisbee practice. So I did not come to practice and went home instead. I prayed, grabbed snacks, and lying down for a total of 40 minutes, and the went to school to start the show.
The show went up at 7:30 and ended at about 9:15. Eventhough very small number of people came tonight (about 15 people), they are better audience then yesterday's. We were still very excited and happy!
After the play, we went to Silver Diner. I was with the Culbersons onthe way to the diner. We talked a lot and  I think it was pretty cool. Hahaha.
I arrived home from Silver Diner at about 11 pm.

- Crooked
As I said, it's tech week and the show went up on thursday, friday, and saturday night. We went to Silver Diner after Friday's show and went to Lily's after the final show for Cast and Crew party. It was so much fun. Crooked is definitely one of the highlights of my year in the United States.
What's sad : My mom and Dad did not have a chance to come and see the play :(

- Conflicts
I kept roaring on twitter that life is not fair. At all. That's because I have a lot of opportunities to do interesting stuff BUT a lot of them are happening at the same FREAKING time.

Benagridazir (a school play in which I'm going to be "Queen Haggie") : May 19, 20, 21
Easterns (this year's Ultimate Frisbee biggest tournament) : May 21, 22
Volunteering Oportunity in Arlington Food Festival : May 22

Thats one of them.


Gah. I'm so tired. Write to you later.

16 April 2011

Postingan Sebelum Spring Break

Besok, Sabtu 16 April 2011, Spring Break libur musim semi untuk semua Public School di Arlington County, kota Arlington, Virginia.

Keluarga gue liburan ini nyewa Beach House di North Carolina. Emang sih ngga sekeren temen-temen gue yang pada ke Florida, California, San Fransisco, New York, dan sebagainya. Tapi tetep seneng kok bisa liburan sama keluarga.

2 minggu terakhir ini gue lagi sibuk sama 2 hal : "Crooked" dan Ultimate

"Crooked" ini salah satu school play (alias drama sekolah) di sekolah gue. Orang-orang terdekat gue di sini dari dulu udah sering menyarankan untuk involve di drama sekolah, karena theater department di sekolah gue emang keren banget. Tapi gue ngga ada waktu dan ngga ada keberanian untuk mulai (hahaha). Trus suatu hari gue baca flyer di sekolah tentang drama ini, dan di flyer itu ditulis (kira-kira bahasa Indonesianya begini nih) : "Barang siapa yang tertarik untuk bantuin Crooked, silakan hubungi Cassandra Kendall" karena waktu itu gue udah ada waktu karena musim basket udah selesai, jadi lah gue menghubungi si Cassandra, dan tau-tau gue udah jadi Assistant Stage Manager. Pastinya gue belajar banyak hal. Mulai dari etos kerja umum seperti disiplin, cekatan, dll, sampai hal-hal yang tentang play production yang gue ngga pernah tau sebelumnya (Bikin property list, peroperty, table, run list???!!!). Drama nya main tanggal 29-30 April dan 1 Mei. Doain sukses yaa :)

Kalo Ultimate ini olahraga baru yang gue tekuni sejak musim gugur yang lalu, selain basket tentunya, hehe. Bukannya gue ngga cinta sama pembaca blog gue, tapi emang ribet kalo nerangin Ultimate ini olah raga macam apa, jadi ke setiap orang yang nanya, gue selalu bilang, "Silakan di google."ULTIMATE FRISBEE"" dan Wikipedia emang menerangkan dengan sangat baik. Intinya olahraga ini lempar-lemparan disc "frisbee" main goal nya adalah disc sampe di ujung lain lapangan (agak mirip sama American Football). Yang bikin gue seneng....

Jadi ada 3 level tim:
Varsity (level tertinggi, paling jagoan, isinya Seniors, which is banyak temen-temen gue, dan beberapa juniors),
Junior Varsity (level kedua tertinggi, isinya sophomores dan juniors),
dan Newbie (Isinya para pendatang baru. Ngga tau apa-apa tentang ultimate, ngga bisa ngelempar. Isinya Freshmen dan sophomores).
Pertama datang, pastinya gue latihan sama newbie dong. Seru sih dan gue senang karena gue jadi superior banget di tim itu,  karena rata-rata mereka lebih payah dari gue, baik teknik main maupun kemampuan fisik. Terus minggu lalu pelatihnya ngomong ke gue dan bilang dia pengen gue main untuk JV alias junior varsity. Hehehe. Jadi seneng kan. Lebih seneng lagi karena, dari newbie, yang pindah ke JV seengganya ada 3 orang, dan 2 orang yang lain itu, yang gue tau, mereka diajak ngomong sama pelatih kita, dan si pelatih bilang mereka cuma akan latihan sama JV dan mungkin ngga ikut turnamen..... Sedangkan gue, si pelatih nge-facebook gue suruh isi biodata untuk turnamen. :)

Capek deh gue jadi pamer-pamer gini.

Dan malam ini, sambil nunggu indomie rebus rasa soto mie gue agak mendingin, gue nulis blog pake bahasa Indonesia. Itu indomie rebus terakhir gue. Entah bisa dapet lagi atau engga. Mungkin gue kangen Jakarta. Atau mungkin gue ngga cukup percaya diri untuk nulis pake bahasa Inggris.

Ayah gue belum pulang kerja. Ibu gue pasti lagi nunggu dengan was-was di kamarnya sambil baca buku. Gue sayang banget sama mereka. Setiap kali lihat mereka lagi berdua, gue selalu pengen cepet-cepet nikah (ampun, mulai ngaco).

Okedeh. Teman-teman di Jakarta, selamat siang dan sampai jumpa.

09 April 2011

Legally Blonde 2

(After months without writing/reading in Indonesian, I, without any particular reason, wrote this post in Indonesian. I probably do miss Jakarta. Probably. Whatever.) 

Kebiasaan gue nih, kalo abis nonton film selalu cari "memorable quotes" nya di IMDB, atau sepanjang nonton di catet sendiri, terus gue tweet, atau plurk, atau kaya gini nih, gue blog. Hehehe.

Korban kali ini Legally Blonde 2. Gue tertarik nonton film ini karena ini diomongin di kelas US Government gue a while ago, dan gue juga suka Legally Blonde yang pertama. Setelah nonton, gue berasa keren gitu karena hampir semua tempat-tempatnya udah beberapa kali gue sambangi (secara settingnya di Washington DC) dan ternyata ga selucu yang gue harapkan. Lebih parah lagi, setelah googling-googling, gue nemu blog orang yang masukin film ini di "The 25 Worst Movie Sequels Ever Made" yang dia tulis thaun 2009 (dan film ini keluar tahun 2003). Hadeeeh :)

So, here they are!

"It's like you don't realize how bad some things are until you live them"
"Yeah, like breastfeeding"

I literally laugh my head off pas bagian sini. Langsung keluar kamar dan nanya ke host mom, "Did you breastfeed the kids?" yang mengiyakan dan dengan tampang bingung ngeliatin gue yang cekikikan masuk kamar lagi lanjutin nonton.


"It will never work, Elle. You can't get people to care." Huh. Yes. This is true. At least for me.


"I don't think I've been this excited since Gucci became a publicly-traded company." HAHAHA


"You have the full support of the Sunshine State!"
"Yay for Ohio!"
Hahaha. Ini juga part dimana gue ketawa abis-abisan. Hahahah.


"An honest voice is louder then a crowd's." At least there's one good, true thing, being said in this movie.


"I didn't know I could be this happy without incurring credit card debt!" Hahaha.



Okay! That's it! Thinking about watching another movie tonight. Or maybe blog about my week and my plans this weekend (one of which is going to see DAVID BECKHAM (!)). So stay tuned :) See ya!

07 April 2011

5 Day Weekend

What happened :

Thursday

So, I got only 2 classes that day. 8:20 block and a 1:30 pm College Essay Writing class, which is an elective class, and it was our very last meeting (because electives change every quarter and it was the last day of the quarter). And, ARCTIC MONKEYS's concert tickets start being sold at 10 am sharp. Also, it was the Washington Nationals opening day, which mean their very first game of the season. So, I decided to skip history class (with, of course, full support from my pretty mommy) get tickets, and go to school at 1:30 to go to that stinking 50 minutes long class.
Okay, so I waited for the tickets but I ended up did not get it because it sold out like 2 seconds after 10 (literally) ("Life is so unfair," I skyped my mom). My writing class finished after only 30 minutes of trash talk. I went to the library and miss the school bus. Life was (and is) hard.

Friday

Teachers' Work Day! It's the end of third quarter (so sad) and no school for students. However, my Calculus class held a AP Calculus Test Practice Day. So I went to school at ten, work on the practice test, until about noon, ate doughnuts and bagels, and went to the library for a little bit, and went home.
In the afternoon, I betrayed my family by watching "The Kids Are All Right" all by myself! ("Sorry, Mom, it's (the DVD) been there FOREVER and I've been wanting to watch it," the betrayer said.) It's a good movie.

Saturday

I went to Dee's in the morning. We're supposed to visit American University except I forgot to make reservation for the tour and stuff. So we ended up went to her house and work on our presentation about Indonesia at AFS Meeting on Thurdsay afternoon (this afternoon!!). We had a very nice lunch, ramen + eggs. Too bad they did not have Indomie. Later in the afternoon, Dee and I went to Botanical Garden (which was very nice, warm, and pretty. And has lots of things we see in our backyard in Indonesia) and to the Holocaust Museum (which was VERY crowded (Yes, locals are not supposed to visit museums on weekends) but very good museum. Although I feel that we have not explored enough because we were very tired. I arrived home late afternoon.

Sunday
Mom and Dad took us to the baseball game on Sunday. It was Nats vs Atlanta Braves. Yes, it was the vary same team that the Nats played when I came to the baseball game for the very first time last fall, except Adam Dunn is no longer here, and I do not know what has changed for the Braves. Anyway... Nats were suck! They lost 11-2 :( But as my mom said, we still love them :D
I watched "Revolutionary Road" on Sunday afternoon/evening. It was the first movie Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet play together after Titanic. Review? Well, that was one of few movies that I forced myself to keep watching just to finish what I have started.

Monday
On Monday, I watched WASHINGTON CAPITALS practice in Ballston. It was very, very crowded. I cannot imagine how its going to be on the weekends. Got a lot of pictures of the players. It's cool because we were like super close to the players. I got some tshirts for my brother. And I will definitely come back to get my stuff signed by those players (some of them do go out and sign stuff after the practice).
After watching the practice, I supposed to have lunch at Ballston and go downtown to do a volunteer work for the Cherry Blossom Festival.... until Yannick called and told me about the SENIOR BBQ. So I skipped the volunteer work and went to Bluemont Park instead. It was fun. I talked to people. I ate a lot of  junk food, which made my stomach upset later.


Wow, THAT'S a lot of writing! Appreciate everyone who reads it! (or just come by and put comments, or whatever)


See ya all!

01 April 2011

The Kids Are All Right

I just watched the Kids Are All Right this afternoon. I think it is nominated in a lot of different nominations in the 2011 Academy Awards (if not winning).

So yeah, i think it is a pretty good. movie. Kinda gross to think that you have 2 moms (1 of them is kinda manly.... and obviously gross). I, of course, jealous about the whole older guy figure (I WANT AN ADULT BEST FRIEND, seriously... I think I'm very, very comfortable with adults around. Anyway.... )But they done it so well.

Favorite lines (also, of course, I tweeted them) (chosen because when I heard them I screamed quitely (even sometimes loudly) "OMG THAT'S SO ME")

"I don't know... I just wish that you could've been............. Better."
Yep. This is right. I do not know what I want people do to me. I just want to feel better.

 "If you want a family so much, you go out and make your own."
This is so me. I kinda wish I have a family like my host family. Not that I dont like my natural family. It's just... Regardless, I love both my natural family and host family.

Laser : "Are you serious about the crying?"
Jules : "I wish you were gay, you'd be much more sensitive."  
Hahaha!

Life updates:
- 4 day weekend turned to 5 day weekend! 
Yup, friday is teachers' work day, and monday is senior skip day, so four day weekend for me. Plus, I hardly have any classes today because half of school was going to Florida for a music trip. So I skipped HIstory class at 8:20 in the morning (with a full support from my mom) and went to my last college essay writing class which only last for 30 minutes.
- We talked about love at the first sight during dinner today
- I ate frosted flakes for the first time in a very long time

Okay, this is getting boring. See ya!

31 March 2011

1. I know nothing about it.
2. They don't want to hear anything from me
3. They don't give a shit about me
4. I am not going be here next year anyway
5. I am no one here

So chill, Nisa.

30 March 2011

College Visit Episode 1 : Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Good things :
1.  2 incredible things happened in the first 10 minutes of my visit in GU :
        1. I saw an INDONESIAN looking guy, talking in INDONESIAN in front of the campus library.
        2. I saw a young woman CLEANING HERSELF before praying (she was obviously a muslim)
I just had a very good feeling about this school since.

2. The campus is very pretty.

3. I, finally, ACTUALLY do this college visit thing.

4. I talked to a guy about international application and that pretty much ENCOURAGED me to ACTUALLY apply to GU next year.

5. I walked from GU to Rosslyn Metro Station. Very, very nice view from the key bridge.

6. I ended up not doing frisbee (Yay! It was too cold outside!) and went to the library.



Bad things:
1. I was so tired.

2. I was sad for some part of the visit. 2 substantial reasons :
- I felt lonely. Everyone but me was with either their mom or their dad or both. I was all alone. And I   realized that I really am all alone. I dont have my family with me in the U.S.
- I'm not gonna be able to pay for this school = My chance to go to this school is very,very small.


More good stuff afterwards:
1. Mom picked me up at the library.
2. I talked to Mom about my sadness. And she made me feel better. And she was glad I told her about my feelings.
3. Mom hugged me.
4. I found a note on my suitcase that I took out from the closet saying, "Put me away! I like my closet!"

And I obviously can not list ALL the good things. There TOO MANY of it. God is so good.

See ya.


ps. episode 2 : American University, Washington, D.C. supposed to be this SATURDAY. (4/4/11) stay tuned!

Pendaftaran Program Pertukaran Pelajar AFS/YES/Jenesys 2012-2013

Kamu mau mendengar dunia dan didengar oleh dunia? Kalau kamu mau dan berani, ini untuk kamu.

14 Maret-17 April 2011 Bina Antarbudaya Chapter Jakarta membuka pendaftaran seleksi program pertukaran pelajar untuk tinggal selama 11 bulan di Amerika Serikat, Belgia, Belanda, Italia, Jepang, Jerman, Norwegia, Prancis, Swiss bagi siswa kelas 1 SMA/sederajat. Pendaftaran dibuka bagi kamu yang:
  1. Warga Negara Indonesia
  2. Sehat Jasmani dan Rohani
  3. Siswa kelas 1 SMA / Sederajat  (saat pendaftaran pada bulan April 2011 )
  4. Aktif berkegiatan.
  5. Mengikuti dan lulus proses seleksi bertahap yang diadakan oleh Bina Antarbudaya.
  6. Mendapat izin dari orangtua dan sekolah
Tahun ini, formulir pendaftaran hanya tersedia secara online mulai tanggal 14 Maret - 17 April. Berikut adalah langkah-langkah untuk mendaftar sebagai proses seleksi:
  1. Formulir Pendaftaran
  2.  Surat keterangan akselerasi (hanya untuk siswa akselerasi SMA)  
  3.  Panduan Pengisian Formulir  
  4. Video Panduan Pengisian Formulir
  • Isilah formulir pendaftaran dengan mengacu kepada Dokumen dan Video Panduan Pengisian Formulir. Kamu juga bisa melihat contoh formulir yang telah diisi.
  • Lengkapi formulir pendaftaran serta siapkan kelengkapan dokumen yang dibutuhkan.
  • Serahkan 2 (dua) rangkap formulir yang telah diisi dan ditandatangani ke Sekretariat Chapter Jakarta. Tanda tangan yang tercantum harus asli (tidak boleh fotocopy) dan diserahkan dalam dua buah map biru Diamond.
  • Sebelum mengembalikan formulir, pastikan kamu telah memenuhi checklist yang terdapat di halaman terakhir formulir pendaftaran. Periksa kembali formulir dan dokumen yang dibutuhkan.  Jumlah dokumen yang diperlukan hanya seperti yang tercantum, tidak perlu dirangkap dua.
  • Mohon pastikan agar hasil cetakan/ print-out terbaca dengan jelas. Tulisan tangan harus rapi dan bisa dibaca.Formulir dikembalikan oleh siswa yang bersangkutantidak boleh diwakilkan) dengan membayar biaya pendaftaran Rp. 40.000,- di Jl. Limau No.22, Gandaria, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12130, pada: (
Sabtu dan Minggu tanggal 19, 20, 26, 27 Maret, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 dan 17 April
Pk. 10.00 - 16.00 (Pengembalian juga dibuka di SMAN 2 Tangerang Selatan, pada hari-hari yang akan diinformasikan selanjutnya)
  • Kamu baru resmi terdaftar sebagai peserta seleksi pendaftaran jika kamu sudah mengembalikan formulir dan mendapat Kartu Tanda Peserta Seleksi. Jadi jangan lupa mengembalikan formulirnya ya . 
  • Hari terakhir pengembalian formulir adalah tanggal 17 April.

Kalau di sekolah kamu ada kakak-kakak returnee program AFS/YES/ Jenesys, kamu bisa menanyakan langsung perihal program ini kepada mereka. Namun jika sekolah kamu ingin didatangi untuk mendapatkan presentasi mengenai kegiatan program/ pendaftaran seleksi ini, kamu bisa meninggalkan komentar di situs ini atau menghubungi Kak Wendy di 081310107638.

Jika kamu bingung, kamu bisa bertanya ke Kak Abimantrana (08159659532), Kak Wendy (081310107638), dan Kak Ayumi (08159356663). Jangan SMS ya, menelepon saja agar penjelasannya bisa lebih menyeluruh. Mohon juga untuk menelepon pada jam kerja, ya.  Kak Wendy dan Kak Abi telah bersedia menyediakan waktu mereka di sela kegiatan perkuliahan dan pekerjaan mereka antara Pk. 09.00 - 19.00 (9 pagi - 7 malam)

28 March 2011

Weekend Madness

What's true :

I have NOTHING left on my MARCH MADNESS brackets. Dammit. The good thing is, VCU is going to the final four. VCU is from Virginia, so I'm gonna cheer for it! wahoo!

Spring break is in 20 days!

I have a load of work to do, Dammit.

I am currently reading "Play Their Hearts Out" by George Dohrmann. It's about grass roots basketball business. Next on the reading list : The Brain Book.

I still can not get "See the World" out of my head.

I had a very busy weekend:

1. Friday : School's highlight: Got 3 tests in a day! Doing pretty okay on Gov't test and Physics test... And I do not know what's gonna happen to my Spanish vocab quiz. I got frisbee practice after school. It was FREEZING cold. So I left 30 mins early. I went to Ballston to take care of my 'dead' phone, which turned out to be only needed to be refilled. I ate a huge bag of chips for dinner. I read my book. I went back to school to go to "Boy Gets Girl" a play. It was AMAZING. My dad picked me up afterwards... I was extremely tired.


2.
Saturday :
Mom came to my room in the morning, asked how was my day and stuff (which made me very happy) and after lots of planning and re-planning, instead of volunteering for the CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (which resceduled to the next day) and going to LASER TAG with my basketball team, Mbak Vici of VOA and I ended up going to BALAWAN's Concert at Jammin Java in Vienna. He was AWESOME.
I also happened to meet PAK DINO PATTI DJALAL the Ambassador and his family.
Except of being a TRUE Indonesian event (delays for an hour, the famous important people came very late... etc.) the event was very, very cool. I felt like I was at Rumah, surrounded by these Indonesians. Afterwards, again, after planning and re-planning, instead of going to eat TOFU, we went to the movies, watching LIMITLESS and get a very famous CREPE at CHINATOWN. I would say it's a good movie. The crepe was pretty good too.
I took metro and bus and walk home... Was very tired.


3.
Sunday
Did not get enough of those two tiring days, I went downtown today to VOLUNTEER for THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL. I happened to work with 3 girls from McLean High School. We pick up trash and recycling and stuff.... Cherry on top : I skyped with a person I always wanted to skype with.


Fiuh. I gotta go to bed. See ya soon!

26 March 2011

Shy

My mom said something true this morning

Adri : "Nisa, you don't want more dresses?"
Nisa : "No."
Mom : "Yes, she does!! She just shy!"

Well, *that's* partly true.

Have a great weekend, Monsters.

23 March 2011

Accomplishments, weatherwise

Accomplishment #1:
I walked to the library wearing nothing but a t-shirt on top.

Accomplishment #2:
I have been applying lotion to my hand regularly in past week.

Hoho.

Now let me tell you what happened:

1. GANA ADI IS GOING TO DC! Yes, my partner Gana Adi Samertya is going to visit Washington DC and STAY IN MY HOUSE! Kaboom.... It's going to happen in June. So, just wait and see :)

2. Some words from Dave Soles that he said during ultimate practice today that makes me happy:
- "DID YOU SEE NISA'S AWESOME DEFENSE?"
- ".... because she's a trained basketball player!"
- "She is tall, big, SHE IS A VARSITY BASKETBALL PLAYER!"
Oh well. Okay Dave.

3. The card I sent to my mom and dad and basically the whole family arrived today. I guess dad has not read it.

4. I talked to Dad right  after he got home on Monday, which is kinda unusual. It happened because Mom was not at home and I called him when I heard he entered the door. He aware that I was doing SAT and he said I can just put the black computer in my room if I want to.

5. Going to make my popnotes video for VOA tomorrow...Wish me luck! :)

I think that's all I know....

Anyway, I feel really bad to turn this blog into a shitty emotional journal like this. I'll try to figure out the best way to deal with it. Love ya all :)

22 March 2011

See The World

Day to day
Where do you want to be?
cos now you're trying to pick a fight
With everyone you need

You seem like a soldier
Who's lost his composure
You're wounded and playing a waiting game
In no-man's land no-one's to blame

See the world
Find an old fashioned girl
And when all's been said and done
It's the things that are given, not won
Are the things that you want

Empty handed, surrounded by a senseless scene
With nothing of significance
Besides a shadow of a dream
You sound like an old joke


You're worn-out, a bit broke
An' askin me time and time again
When the answer's still the same

See the world
Find an old fashioned girl
And when all's been said and done
It's the things that are given, not won
Are the things that you want

You've got a chance to put things right
So how's it going to be?
Lay down your arms now
And put us beyond doubt
So reach out it's not too far away
Don't mess around now, don't delay

See the world
Find an old fashioned girl
And when all's been said and done
It's the things that are given, not won
Are the things that you want

The things that you want
Are given not won
The things that you want
Are given not won



See The World  
by Gomez

This song has stuck in my head for the last few days.....  

Speak English

At some point of my life, I have to admit, I had talked to myself. Not only in front of the mirror, but also while playing basketball, while walking. I just wanted to bable. What's interesting is, I used to do it, well, at least some of it, in English. I just wanted to bable in English because despite of English courses I'd taken for years even at that point, I barely had a chance to speak English.

So my point is, it's really nice to be able to actually speak English now, after that years of expensive English courses.

21 March 2011

Monday morning

I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT'S MONDAY. Morning. Again.

COULD EVERYDAY BE FRIDAY, PLEASE?

O well. I did a lot of things this weekend, so... Let's see....

1. I went to a WIZARDS GAME yesterday. Yup. I know they're sucks, I know the last time I went it was NO FUN AT ALL. But I did because this time we have AFS Students from Baltimore joining us. So it was, me, Dee, Icha, Handy, Luisa from Germany, Mike from Turkmenistan, A boy from Thailand, and Samira from Ghana.

Anyway..

The Wizards UNBELIEVABLY won the game! And because they were winning for the most of the second half, everyone was cheering, and guess what, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!! Also, Handy, Dee, and I were CHANGING OUR SEAT. So we bought tickets for the TOP MOST seats, which from there we unexpectedly ABLE to see the game (I'm being serious), and on the second half we moved to the lower seats. It was not until 10 minutes letter, an evil-looking woman came and get us. Hahahaha.

And I started having a crush with YI JIANLIAN, the Chinese player. I think it's the same thing as I have a crush on YAO MING, which is the ONLY chinese in Houston Rockets, and PARK JI SUNG, who is the only KOREAN in Manchester United.

And,

We want to a Chinese restaurant afterwards. I got a kungpao chicken. It was over priced for 10 bucks, but it was okay.

2. And then after the meal, we separated because the Baltimore kids wanted to go to the Mall. Dee and I went to ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL. And watched a movie titled, "CLIMATE OF CHANGE" it was interesting. Mr.Macgregor was there too. And then they took me home all the way to Arlington, which was very nice of them.

3. On Saturday, Yannick and I went to Miriam's place! We cooked and ate Miriam's birthday chocolate cake. It was AMAZING!

4. Oh. And we cooked for the next big thing afterwards, AFS HOST FAMILY APPRECIATION DINNER! So each student has to cook a dish, preferably a dish from their country. I happened to make PANCONG which was a very easy coconut cake. Yannick made Bratwurst, which smelled REALLY GOOD but cannot be eaten by me because they're PORK. Gaah.

5. And them the dinner itself was so much fun. Dad wore the BATIK I gave him for Christmas. Zoe and Adrienne came too. And of course Mom too. Highlight : I PLAYED STAR SPANGLED BANNER ON GUITAR ON THE TALENT SHOW. Hahahaha. I cannot even believe by now. I'm glad it turned out fine. Everyone was standing up, singing very, very weakly. I missed a fatal note and a not-very fatal note. "IT WAS JUST A STINKIN' NOTE!" my mom said. I got out of stage and Chana hugged me and said it was very touching and thanked me for doing that. Dad hugged me and said it was great. He said it took him 30  seconds to realize that it was the national anthem and he has to stand up because I practice this song all the time at home. And HE KISSED MY FOREHEAD for the VERY FIRST TIME! :) and mom hugged me too. Miriam too. It was just a good night.

Note : So I LIED to my mom a day before this. I told her that Miriam's boyfriend MAURICIO is an awesome guitar player and he's going to teach me some stuff when I came over her house, so I need to bring the guitar.... But OF COURSE HE DID NOT. I said that to cover my performance. Hahaha.


6. I was at home on Friday. I slept all afternoon and missed the Jamestown Elementary School play, in which ADRIENNE being a stage crew. "I thought you're gonna be grumpy if I woke you up," my mom said. And I skipped frisbee practice too, despite of a VERY GOOD DAY. It was on the seventies, very warm and not windy. Sun shined beautifully. So, yeah, it was all because I slept for only FOUR HOURS the night before.


So yeah... That's probably it. I gotta run. It's 7:09 -- need to get ready to go to school. Ciao! :)

18 March 2011

Dog Poop Scooping

Hello!

Time for late night writing! Hahaha! Let's see what I've got here...

- It's ST. PATRICK'S DAY! everyone at HB wear some weird GREEN thing today. A couple of kids walking around HB playing this irish musical instrument. Very interesting.

- "Crooked" casts and crews meeting was postponed to tomorrow

- there was BAKE SALE! Yeah! It's been a while since the last time there was a bake sale at HB (by a while, I mean like a couple of weeks). I got myself a couple of chocolate peanut buttery thing (which the seller said something about OHIO or IOWA about that thing. I should probably google it.) and a mini cupcake.

- I went to TOWN MEETING -- It's been also a while since the last time I did so. Nothing's really substantial been talked about -- mostly discussion about green-ing HB's front yard. Highlight : It's BEN BRENNAN's BIRTHDAY! he is regularly being in charge for Town Meeting and someone brought DONUTS for everyone during Town Meeting. So it was not even 10 in the morning, and I have consumed A LOT of SUGAR. Good that I got plain corn flakes for breakfast.

- None of my classes are very interesting today. I read quite a lot in history class, which is good. We did some exercises in Physics -- was okay. Mark is always a wonderful teacher. I polished my essay for College Essay writing class during free blocks. And also talked to Yannick about a lot of stuff (Including host family appreciation dinner!). And also read my reading assignment for government. My college essay writing class was painful, as usual, despite we spent a lot of time talking about other things instead of writing. We did a reading quiz in Gov't, which I sorta able to do, which is good.

- TODAY'S WEATHER WAS VERY AWESOME! It's warm, crispy, sunny, very very nice... I took sports bus and to Yorktown and walked home. Took me about 15 minutes but it was a very nice walk.


- Another thing I have not done for a while (due to lack of availability) is WALKING THE DOGS! Yup. I did Bear and Venus today. About 10 minutes walk each. The weather is so nice that I did not want to get inside! A bit terrified by yesterday's Bear running away from Zoe while walking, I am thanking God that everything worked well this afternoon. Venus actually did something NASTY to me. So I walked out the door without any PLASTIC BAG for poop (okay, so this is not COMPLETELY her fault :p) but I had these PLASTIC GLOVES with me, so I thought I'm gonna be okay. And I did. She pooped, and I managed to make the gloves being a bag. Until a few meters after that, SHE POOPED AGAIN. I was literally swear, "S**T!! Oh S**t.... Oh Venus... You're such a s**tty dog...." (Okay, from my knowledge, the S word has a similar meaning as poop (please do correct me if im wrong) so since she pooped so much, that S word wouldn't be very wrong. Anyway.....) And so what I did was SCOOPING her second poop, which is kinda soft and warm (Euh. For the record, she just got bad diarrhea last week. Uh.) using WOOD I found on the sidewalk to the plastic glove/bag. I am such a failure. I told the whole story to mom and she said, "Well, I would always go back if I forgot plastic bag." That's the moral of the story guys.


- Oh. I almost forgot about this. I skype my family in Jakarta this morning. They sounded great, except my sister got cold. We talked about a lot of things, which made me feel very scared. I do not want to go home. I am not ready. I am not good enough. I am very, very scared to go home.


- Which leads me to at least 30 minutes of crying session after school in my room, despite all the good things Ive mentioned before. I am really scared. This really is a time I need nothing but a hug and someone who told me that whatever happened to me, whether I can get into college or not, they will always love me. But of course I did not get one. First of all, I am not sure there's anyone like that. Second of all, I didn't ask for it. Very simple. I didn't ask, I didn't get it. No rocket science.

- I really want to spend more time with my mom and dad. But of course I could not, they got 5 kids and do not need a whiny 18 year old weirdo.


Oh. Sounds like an awful end, huh? Well, a few more good things.


- March Madness is getting REALLY maddening! (I totally make that last word up) I talked a lot to even Luke and Colin about March Madness. People at school talk about it too. We filled in brackets and put it on Kelli's wall. I will soon try to put my brackets up here.

- I could possibly play basketball again! *finger crossed* I could probably play for a house team, which only play on friday nights.

- Zoe and I skyped a lot this afternoon, eventhough we were only a few feet apart. We talked about a lot of stuff and made up a new lango : WTV, which is WHAT THE VENUS! Hahaha!


Okay! That's it! It's 3 minutes before mid night and I REALLY need to go to bed.

Bye!

17 March 2011

Whining letters


Hi

I am now in college essay writing class and it is boring like hell. I can not write and I do not want to write and it is still five minutes before the class ends. I WANNA GET OUTTTA HERE. But, really, mostly, I really like this class because I would say writing is my least skilled English skill.

And I have not pray and I do not know where I can pray and it’s killing me!

And there’s something smells REALLY good. I do not know what but it’s DISTRACTING me.

And I do not know what’s gonna happen to tonight’s Miriam’s birthday dinner since she has not send me ANY details about it.

And I WANT INDOMIE REBUS PAKE TELOR!
And I don’t wanna go home.

And I love my mom.

Stephanie, can you please let us out?

Oh, yes, she lets us out. Thank Lord.

Bye!

The Pentagon, Arctic Monkeys, and everything in between

Hello!

It's been such a long, tiring, GREAT day for me.

Lets see what I've done...

1. A couple minutes ago, I found out that ARCTIC MONKEY is going to have a concert in DC!!!!! Oh my God. It's such a great trade with Good Charlotte, Yellowcard, All Time Low, and Adele that I cannot come to any of them because I DID NOT GET THE TICKET. Arctic Monkeys's will be sold starting on March 31st. So I'm good. (I hope....)

2. I went to the Capitol, watching Dad TESTIFYING. Despite its boringness (which was caused by, mostly, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT, and I texted my Mom like ALL THE TIME), It was INCREDIBLY COOL. Dad testified, and answered questions from some mean representatives, and introduced me to some guys in military uniform. And we took pictures. And people with awesome cameras took our picture. It was just VERY AWESOME. My Dad is, no doubt, the COOLEST DAD in the WHOLE WORLD.

3. After at least a couple hours at the Capitol, Dad and I and his guys drove back to the PENTAGON, where he FINALLY gave me a TOUR that he's been promising me for EVER. There are some pretty cool stuff in the Pentagon besides its pentagon shape : cool paintings, cool displays of branches of Department of Defense, etc. Dad showed me his office, which has A LOT OF MONITORS and a cool bathroom. He introduced me to his guys and ladies in his office. He also introduced me to the NUMBER THREE PERSON IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE : MICHELE FLUORNOY : UNITED STATES UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR POLICY. Too bad we did not took pictures. Anyway.... it was just SO COOL. Again guys, my dad is just so awesome. HE IS SO COOL! (Gosh, he'd be really, really happy if he ever read this (apparently, he does not))

4. And then Dad dropped me off at CRYSTAL CITY, where MIRIAM and his unattractive boyfriend Mauricio picked me up. We were going to Miriam's friend's house for MIRIAM'S BIRTHDAY DINNER. It was fun. I talked a lot to people. Miriam's friends are very interesting and very nice. One of them even got a lyme disease, which made me pretty sad. And also, about her boy friend, I really do think that he is unattractive. He might be smart or whatever (At least he looked he is. In fact, Miriam said that he is an architect!). He is also very nice. But still, unattractive. Anyway....

5. I think about A LOT OF THINGS on math class this morning. We looked over our test that we took yesterday, and I realized that I made a lot of mistakes, despite the fact that Kris joked after the test that she would use my test as an ANSWER KEY (see my older post).... and then I felt like I PROBABLY don't REALLY understand math. I probably just MECHANICALLY do what my teacher told me. I even considered to not taking Mathematics major in college. And then when I walked out the class, Kris stopped me and said, "You did a really nice job on your test." Me : "Really? I think I made a lot of mistakes." Kris : "You did make some mistakes. But you did a nice job. want to encourage you. I'm satisfied." It was around 10:20 in the morning and I know it's too early to make my day, but it did.

6. Spanish class has been so BORING and PAINFUL in the last couple of weeks. I haven't done ANY of the homework and it's just very painful.

7. And so does COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING CLASS. It's been very painful to me. I just CAN'T WRITE. Uh, God....

8. Cherry on top : Dad, for the very first time, called me "SWEETHEART" this afternoon. A term which I found he only uses to my younger sister Adrienne, and then to my older sister Allison when she got back from college, and then to Zoe after Allison's short stay at home -- but not me until this afternoon. He said, "See you later, SWEETHEART." He'd never know how HAPPY I was (Well, unless he's reading this post, of course)


Fuh. It's so great. Well, tomorrow's game plan:

1. Come to "Crooked" (a play at my school) crew first meeting

2. Skype my sister tomorrow morning

3. TRY TO GET ARCTIC MONKEYS TICKETS

4. Finishing the first draft of a couple of my essays for my college essay writing class (this is very sh*tty)

5. Swimming!

And that's pretty much it.


Uh.. I probably need to go to bed, although I'm not sure I'm going to be able to or not (STILL VERY EXCITED ABOUT ARCTIC MONKEYS!) So yeah, God is unbelievably REALLY GOOD to me. Thank You, God.

16 March 2011

A Journal, really

Bah. It's 11:27 PM right now. Another late night post.

What's up:

1. Miriam called! Thank God! After almost a month without hearing anything from her I was so glad she called me this evening -- a few hours after I told my mom that I was worried something's bad happened to her. Thank God she's fine and was just practically busy. In fact, tomorrow is her birthday and she wants me to come to her birthday dinner. Very nice. Now I am thinking what I should bring her.

2. Zoe and I, for some unknown reasons tried on A LOT of dresses. Zoe's conclusion : I need a new bra. Uhkay, Zo.

3. You would not even believe this: THERE IS AN INDONESIAN HILT STUDENT IN H-B! *pant pant* So HILT is High Intensity Language Training and H-B does have a number of HILT Students, whose classes and lives in general are very different from regular H-B Students. Most of them are immigrants and can not speak English. So, yeah, anyway. I accidentally found him in the computer lab when I was doing my work and he was looking for Indonesian flags image at Google. This 19 year old Indonesian is named Joko. He is from Semarang. We talked a lot about a lot of things, mostly in Indonesian, since he can barely speak and understand English. I still do not understand why no one happened to connect us earlier.

4. First outdoor frisbee practice! It was NASTY. Very cold, I can not feel my hand most of the time.

5. Dad will be testifying at the Capitol Hill tomorrow and I am going to watch him and gave him emotional support. This should be very, very, awesome. By the way, I will be skipping GOVERNMENT class to go to this thing. My mom said, "How could Casey (my gov't teacher) said no?" Oh true, Mom.

6. I am just finishing my cover letter + resume + writing sample for Internship in VOA. Uh. *Finger crossed*

7. Big calculus test this morning went pretty well, unexpectedly. Kris even joked that she would use my test for the answer key. -__-

8. March Madness is officially started and one of my predictions is correct! Wahoo! I got very very excited about this tournament. Now I can see why people get so attached to this tournament : people bet at offices, the post had a huge section for this, etc., mostly because of this prediction. Yup. Since you predicted, for whatever reason, you have a side to pick in every single game. That's why you'll get very excited. Oh well. At least it is for me. This brackets-fill-in thing is definitely going to be one of a few things that I am planning to do for the rest of my life.

I am kinda tired. I have a long day tomorrow. And I still have an essay to polish, which I think I will do tomorrow.

Hasta luego!

15 March 2011

Lack of sleep nights

It is 12:06 right now and I am not willing to get off the couch and go to bed in the near future.

I have not got any good sleep in the last couple of days but 3-4 hours every night.

It was all started last Friday, when 2 visiting Indonesian YES Students from Alaska and Texas, Ella and Risni, Mr. Macgregor, Dee, and I had a major Washington D.C. sightseeing for literally nine hours. I swear we walked at least 5 kilometers that day.

Like it was not tiring enough, the next day we went to a prom dress give away in Reston, Virginia (which was, unexpectedly, very amusing. It was not crowded at all and all the volunteers were very nice and helpful.) and to Great Falls.

Consequently, I spent all Satruday afternoon SLEEPING and WIDE AWAKE THE WHOLE NIGHT.

I can not really sleep until like 5.

Additionally, It was the very same time as the Day Light Saving ends, which means, It was not really 5, it's actually 4.

So, yeah. I chose a really bad day to stay up all night.


More cool things happened last week:

- I finally went to CostCo! Wahoo! After weeks of waiting, Mom finally took me to Costco, and yes, I would have to admit, it was HELL. Now I can see why Mom does not want to go there even once a month, despite its bargain prices.

- I threw frisbee with Dad and Zoe on nice Sunday afternoon... It was the first time we played frisbee since Bethany Beach. It was a really, really nice, warm afternoon.

- A bit out dated, but still fun to share, of course. I went to VOA Headquarters with a few other AFS Students last Monday. We did interviews with language services from our own countries. Dee and I were interviewed for a radio program by the Indonesian Service. Mine was aired last Friday by Prambors Radio Jakarta. They sent me a copy of it. It was HORRIBLE. But, still, it's very cool to be on the radio. Soon, we also supposed to have our profile featured on VOA's TV Program for a short 2 minutes. The other cool thing is I met VENA ANISA!!!! She used to be a radio host whose morning program my siblings and I used to listen to every single morning. Finally, that visit to VOA Indonesian Service office was a lot of fun. It was like being in my native land for a couple hours.

Oh well. That's probably it. I have a Calculus test tomorrow and a Spanish vocab quiz, and neither of them I've been studying for so very hard. Also, I got an Essay due Wednesday for my College Essay writing class. And, I am supposed to read a whole bunch of stuff for my history class which supposed to start in approximately 7 hours and 40 minutes.

Uh. I really need to go to bed.

A few last thing:

- I read A LOT of Sports Illustrated articles this evening, I did not know they are VERY interesting in a lot of way. It's probably because the last time I tried to read SI articles was like 6 months ago when I understand NONE of them and judged that they are NASTY readings, which in fact, of course, they are not. Results : I subscribed to SI in my Google Reader.

- I REALLY DO MISS BASKETBALL SEASON! Uh, I really hope they still open the registration for the Friday Night Basketball thing and they have girls team *finger crossed*

- My liaison Miriam can not be reached in ANY way I could ever think of. I know she's busy -- she works at the Pentagon. I hope she's okay, and will be able to help me to cook for the AFS Host Family Appreciation Potluck Dinner on Saturday.

- I need suggestion for filling in my NCAA Tournament brackets. So my family does it every year as a tradition. Everyone fills in and the one who got the best guess got a prize from our parents (We happened to have all this conversation about Muslims do not bet). I have asked some of Indonesia's major basketball enthusiasts : @mainbasket , @pandji , @MarioWuysang , and @Kelly_Purwanto but none of them has responded, yet. Well, I hope they respond soon, otherwise I will fill my brackets based on random prediction I found on the internet, since the brackets has to be finished by tomorrow evening.

Okay, I really need to go to bed. It's been a very long, boring post and my head starts hurting and my eyes starts showing their desire to shut for at least a good few hours. And, I have Ultimate Frisbee practice tomorrow, which tomorrow will be held outdoor for the first time since fall.

I promise this is REALLY going to be the very last thing. This is one of my favorite quotes I read this evening (which is also my most recent facebook status):

Dear Icebergs, Sorry to hear about global warming. Karma is a bitch. Sincerely, Titanic.
(retweeted by @str8edgeracer)


Hahahah! Ciao! (finished at 12:56 am)

14 March 2011

Love and Affection

Last weekend my mom and I had a conversation, in which I could not help to be teary.

At one point she asked, "What do you need?"

I should've answered, "A hug. Every time I am about to go to bed. Every time I wake up in the morning. Every time I go home after a harsh day. Every time I need one. Like right now."

I should have. But I did not. I did not have the guts to.

I could've emailed her right now. Telling her every thing I wrote here. I probably should. But I will not. I still do not the guts to.


Oh well. I am such a coward.

05 March 2011

To be perfectly honest.....

I was so sad.

When Dee, Dee's Dad, and I were ice skating at the National Mall last weekend, I was so very sad. Her dad held her hand while they're ice skating, making sure she wouldn't fall. Teach her how to skate, and stuff.

While I was on my own, tried to figured out how to skate. Wondered if there would be anyone who's gonna teach me how to here in the U.S.

Oh well. No one's gonna do that to me in Indonesia anyway.

04 March 2011

I dont love you anymore

So last night, Zoe came to our parents' room after finding out Adrienne, who was sleeping over her friend's house, was not on her bed....

This is what happen tonight

Mom : "Zoe, Adrienne is at Emily's"
Nisa : "Hahaha"
Zoe : "I dont know why do you think it's funny"
Nisa : "Ooops. Sorry. I mean, I know you were worried about her last night."
Zoe : "No! I'm not worried about her! I just...."
Nisa : "What??! You're not worried about her??"
Mom : "That's not nice! I don't love you anymore!"


(okay, u might think this is not funny. i dont care. :P)

01 March 2011

Some random stuff

Okay. So it makes me feel really bad to not posted anything on my blog since like a month ago. And since it's a new month (!) I hope this is also a new start and I will have the willingness to write on my blog again.


Okay, so here are some notable stuff I got in the last couple of weeks  which I managed to remember and put here......



Friend : (coming after my locker) "Nisa, who are you talking about on twitter?"
Nisa : "Uh?"
Friend : "You can't make them proud. Your parents?"
Nisa : "Uh.. Yeah."
Friend : "Which parents? Your parents here or your parents in Indonesia?"
Nisa : "Uh... It's kinda both, actually."
Friend : "Why? Because you get low A on math test?" (smirking, and went away)


"Don't worry. Nisa will have a chance to go on vacation with us during a few years of college."
-Dad (when we were talkingabout summer vacation they will go in August)





"Let me tell you this, if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappointed them."
- Jodi Picoult
(This is actually become one of my favorite quotes of all time!)

Alrighty! Hope you guys are well! Ciao!

05 February 2011

Senior Night

My basketball team had this senior night thing last night. It is basically a game which is followed by honors to seniors who are in the team. And I'm one of that lucky seniors. Woohoo.

So, I would say that night was one of the happiest nights of my life.

Not that I played super awesome -- I was suck, actually. I played like sh*t. I traveled once, I played really bad defense. I did score though, once. But, still.

Anyway.

The fact that My family was there (Mom, who's just got back from the hospital, after almost 48 hours without eating anything but pills; Dad, who's always busy; Zoe, who usually can not stand crowds; and Adrienne. Kinda disappointing that Luke wasn't there. Mom did ask him to come, though. But he said he has not much time (!!!).), my aunt and unk, Ruth and David, were there, and Miriam was there, brought me flowers, made me unbelievably happy. I tried to not making eye contact to any of them during the game. I was afraid I would smile all the time and lost my focus because I was really happy.

What make me even more happier is that Casey Robinson, which is my Government teacher, and Dave Soles, which is a chemistry teacher, which I don't take the class, whom I know from a few weeks of ultimate frisbee practice and a fall hiking trip, came to the game too! My mom said Dave shouted as loud as he could, "PUT USMAN IN! PUT USMAN IN!!" and Casey said to Mom that I did an incredibly great job on Government, which I do not believe entirely, despite the fact that I can not help to believe it, since it was very delightful. (I know my English is suck. Sorry, folks!)

Anyway. That's what make me happy.

Well, I was sad, to be honest, in some part of the game. Unlike my other senior friends, I don't have bunch of high school students shouting my name, bringing signs with my name on it. But then I thought, Hey, what am I talking about? I got everyone who loves me here. I think I just need to be more thankful of what I have, instead of regretting what I dont have.

Also, I got lots of interesting things from the gift bag and the gift basket. A framed photograph of the team, a commemorative mini basketball with my name and my number on it, a cool senior t-shirt, starbucks gift card, and some things that would remind me of the team : McDonalds gift card, because we go to mcdonalds ALL THE TIME! ; Prudent Gum, which is the kind of gum that is always in our yellow boxes; and some other candies. And, they made cupcakes with our names and numbers on it! Hahaha.


Oh well. That was a great night. I hope tomorrow's going to be great too, despite that skiing was canceled because of weather and probably going to go bowling with the team, but still not sure. Either way, I need to sleep.




And, hoping for one last thing, I really wish I ALWAYS have enough time to write. Duh.

Anyway.

Bye folks!