Reading Series “The Lion Never Sleeps” Chapter 3

Starting to write my reading series in this blog and share the insights I get from books I’m reading. Currently I’m reading The Lion Never Sleeps by Mike Taliaffero. Great book full of insights.

All animals are at risk when they are young. Lions won’t touch a full-grown elephant but they will eat a baby elephant if they can get it away from the herd. Indeed, animals must grow up quickly to survice in Africa.

Semua hewan beresiko ketika mereka kecil. Singa tidak akan menyentuh gajah dewasa tetapi akan memangsa bayi gajah yang terpisah dari kawanan. Bahwasannya, hewan harus cepat bertumbuh agar bisa bertahan hidup di Afrika.

Insight: Dunia dgn segala yang ditawarkannya bisa membuat seseorang jatuh ke berbagai-bagai pencobaan dan keiinginan sehingga menjadi sasaran empuk si jahat. Secara spiritual seseorang harus cepat bertumbuh dan berada di dekat brothers and sisters in Christ untuk saling menjaga dan menguatkan satu sama lain.




1 Januari 2016 diawali dengan bermalas-malasan di rumah. Setelah semalem jam 2 baru bisa tidur, kenapa demikian? Tetangga-tetangga kiri kanan depan belakang pada ber-pesta kembang api yang berisik nya minta ampun. Wait… Kenapa juga mulai tahun baru dengan gerutuan… Mari berhenti sampai disini gerutuannya.

Well I just want to start right on the first day of 2016 by start writing again in this abandoned blog 😰

Mumpung lagi liburan tahun baru di kota kecil Salatiga, yang bisa jadi topik buat dibahas di blog dan berhubung hari ini judulnya cuma bersantai di rumah dan menghabiskan waktu bersama keluarga, jadinya kita bahas all about family and life aja.

Setelah tahun lalu ngalamin banyak kehilangan. Kehilangan papa, yang dipanggil Tuhan di bulan Maret. Gak lama di bulan Juli, hari pertama masuk kerja eeh apes banget motor hilang di parkiran sekolah. Gak lama di bulan Agustus salah satu sister in Christ decided to leave the church. Waah 3 macam kehilangan yang harus dilewatin di 2015.

Tapi entah kenapa dan yang pastinya dengan kekuatan yang dari Tuhan, semuanya bisa dilewatin. Air mata paling banjir tentunya di bulan Maret waktu Papa meninggal. Seperti Papa selalu bilang “Kalau aku meninggal nanti, nggak mau pake sakit dan nggak mau nyusahin keluarga. Kalau Tuhan mau panggil pulang, panggil aja.” And that exactly happened as he wished for. Cuma jadinya yang super shocked yah istri dan anak-anaknya. Ditinggal tanpa say goodbye and final words from him. Papa passed away on Wednesday morning at 4 am because of heart attack. Dulu kalau ada temen yang orang tuanya meninggal,aku nggak pernah bisa relate the pain and sadness inside. Tapi setelah ngalamin sendiri kehilangan orang tua, baru deh bisa relate.

Tapi dibalik semua kehilangan yang aku bilang tadi God wants me to learn one thing, to fully trust Him, that He will never leave my side. God has been so good back in 2015. I can’t thank Him enough. I just cannot wait for more journey walking with Him this year.

2016 bring it on… I am ready!



My daily reminder




HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015 EVERYONE! Hope all of you had a great time with your loved ones.

It’s the first day of 2015. I have not made resolutions for this new year yet, there aren’t many,but I hope to be a better person for my self, my family and those around me. Ooh and one thing I have promised my self to post more on this abandoned blog too 😂

Wish everybody a better year, no matter what year it is!

Recycled Costume Banquet


Good morning from Indonesia!

I’d like to share this post, this was actually from early this year. But I just feel like sharing it. So we had this church banquet and we should make our costumes from recycled materials. Church members came with creative ideas and it was a fun night watching performances and recycled costumes.

These are some of the photos!

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Can’t wait for this event again next year!

Beautiful Bromo

I’ve been wanting to go to Bromo mountain for years. Back in high school, I was so “jealous” of my friends who got the opportunity to go there. Then last Sunday, it’s finally got my chance to go  there, and from what I heard these days are the best time to go there. My friends and I took the midnight tour, so we have imagined how cold would it be later. But still our thick jackets were not enough to warm us from the extremely cold night. But when we got there, with all the excitement from many other visitors, the cold night suddenly feels like nothing.

The view is absolutely breathtaking! sunrise never looked this good. And I came to to that moment when I feel I’m just a little creature in this huge universe. Everything was worth seeing. amazing!



Teaching Ideas

I know I haven’t posted in ages, I’ve been dealing with a lot of difficulty managing my time. So much things to do so little time.I sometimes have too many ideas for my students to do in class, then I realize that I have no full-time teacher assistant to help me to do it. At the end I will have to do it on my own. Well it’s really tiring but I know my students are happy and experience fun learning activities every day.

So now, I am going to share activities I did with my students. I will not go by theme, everything is included here. Science, arts and crafts, maths and language.

Sink or Float Science Experiment

They were simply amazed. Easy to do activity yet effective to show them what sink and float mean.


Foot Print Ladybug

The tickling sensation was unbearable, they could not stop laughing and moving.



Ordinal Numbers Ice Cream



Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

I love Dr Seuss and all his books. And my students love reading them too. We were painting a hat based on “The Cat in a Hat” book.


Planets in Our Solar System and 7 Continents



My students love to sing the 7 continents song. It goes like this :

Seven Continents Song (Sing to the tune of Frère Jacques)

North America, South America

Antarctica Brrr.. Antarctica Brrr…

Europe and Asia, Africa, Australia

Seven Continents Yeah… Seven Continents Yeah…

Writing a Valentine’s day card for mom and dad.


Flashlight Day (Learning about Shadows)

I asked the parents to send a flashlight to school. The classroom’s windows were all covered with cloth all week. We also went out to the playground to draw our shadows in the sun.

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Drawing and coloring “Me and My Shadow”


Arranging Numbers (Skip Counting by 2s)


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Tana Toraja Trip


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To spend my Idul Fitri break, I decided to visit Tana Toraja. Tana Toraja is a district in South Sulawesi province, Indonesia.   This place is amazing, so beautiful. I’d love to share some photos taken from this place.



You see two white spots on the left? Those are churches. Can’t imagine, how they built them on the hill. The roads here are rocky and the hills are very steep.


This is Toraja’s traditional house or Tongkonan. Tongkonan has boat-shaped and over sized saddle back roof. Like most of Indonesia’s Austronesian-based traditional architecture Tongkonan are built on piles. The construction of Tongkonan is laborious work and it is usually built with the help of all family members. In the original Toraja society, only nobles had the right to build tongkonan. Commoners live in smaller and less decorated homes called Banua. (Source:Wikipedia)

We stayed here. No need AC, because it’s VERY cold at night. I even  wore two pairs of socks. Still, they’re not enough to keep me warm. Brrrrrrrr……


This is another Tongkonan.


This is the rice barn,this one is the original version, many of the Torajans have modernized their rice barn.


People in this village eat brown rice every single day. My happy tummy is grateful for that.


Rice field everywhere.


A woman is working near her rice field, Tough job!


You think it’s a house? Nope, it’s someone’s grave. The family built it on a high hill. Usually followed by traditional funeral ritual. Stunning culture!