A short PSA we made about Malaria for our Biology class.
Visit http://malarianomore.org to find out more.
Neira Ardaneshwari, Natashia Fransisca, Jessica Widjaja, Geoffrey Charis Prasetyo.
Class 11Galileo 2012 - 2013, Binus International School Serpong. All drawings and texts are original.
Asked by Anonymous
Hey if you dont mind i rly would like to know your preference in novels, i mean like what do you read at the moment (or in the past) or whose novel that u would recommend to anyone? Or ur alltime fav novel? Anything! Thanks for sharing! It would means a lot to me :) xx
Hi thereee. Aww reading your message made me smile; the fact that someone would actually ask me for a novel recommendation is sweet. Anyways I would really recommend reading PC and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series. It’s up to its 9th book now and I’ve read everything and the mother and daughter pair has never failed to make me sit hours on end with my head buried in their book. See for yourself.
As the 27-year-old singer-songwriter releases his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, a look at why the R&B crooner is ready to take over the world:
99. Born Peter Gene Hernández, the artist arrived fully formed. Although he had setbacks before his first album, Doo-Wop & Hooligans, when it was his time in the spotlight, the kid was ready.
98. Mars had done his homework and came with a tailor-made image.
97. He was original, yet familiar. It’s like Michael Jackson meets Adele. It’s soul music that feels good.
96. All his family members are entertainers. When your uncle is an Elvis impersonator, you don’t make your art too precious.
95. He joined his family’s band, The Love Notes, at just four years old.
94. Think about that: Mars has already spent 23 years in showbiz.
93. Which is why he handles himself so well. He’s the anti-Lindsay Lohan. He’d make a terrific date to your daughter’s prom.
92. But it’s not just about his clean image. Mars is a bona fide star and his music — irresistible R&B, light reggae, sweet harmonies — passes the sniff test.
91. He’s gorgeous, sure. And always photographs well in terrific hats. But the music is catchy and timeless. It doesn’t make you embarrassed to be listening to the same record as your mom.
90. Which is another part of his appeal. He’s melodic, which is worth a lot more than being hip, no matter how many hats you own.
89. That said, he’s also pretty cool. And we really want to borrow his hats.
88. He wrote F–k You for Cee Lo Green and Wavin’ Flag for K’naan.
87. Even if that might not have turned out so great for K’naan. 86. But you don’t see Mars complaining about the woes of fame in The New York Times.
85. Last month, he earned his stripes as one of the few talents to be both the musical guest and host of Saturday Night Live.
84. As with Andre 3000, it’s obvious there’s more than just music on Mars’s mind.
83. He can play the guitar.
82. Sometimes with his teeth.
81. And he listens to everything from Jack White to Jodeci, though calls Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black record his North Star.
80. Which is why he hired Winehouse producer Marc Ronson for Unorthodox Jukebox. Which brings us to pop mega-fame rule No. 1:
79. Never be too cool to collaborate with someone you love.
78. His parents met onstage in Hawaii. His father played percussion and his mom was a hula dancer.
77. Whose mother is a hula dancer?
76. Zero Canadian pop stars can claim such a colourful ancestry.
75. Which just adds to his appeal. He’s Hawaiian, Puerto Rican, half-Jewish and grew up in Brooklyn. He’s a living Benetton ad.
74. And how did he get the name Bruno? His father thought he looked like the wrestler Bruno Sammartino.
73. That just makes his father sound awesome. This being the man who married the hula dancer from his show.
72. But Mars took his time before releasing his first record. He wrote for Sean Kingston and Adam Levine before writing his first album.
71. The reason? He was teaching himself how to write.
70. Which is why Just the Way You Are, the lead single from his first record, reached No. 1.
69. He kept his friends close. After his record deal with Motown fell through in 2009, he joined The Smeezingtons, a hit factory based in Los Angeles, and perfected his retro sound.
68. The Smeezingtons produced Unorthodox Jukebox. And even though they wrote hits for Snoop Dogg and Adam Lambert, they save the best stuff for Mars.
67. Who often delivers his hits with a smile. That smile, which you didn’t see on Justin Bieber at the Grey Cup, is the key to his cool.
66. He’s enjoying himself, enjoying his music. Which makes it difficult to resist.
65. No wonder he says one of his earliest influences was Little Richard.
64. Mars doesn’t come across like a tortured soul.
63. That said, he has a dark side. He was arrested for cocaine possession in 2010. He said it was the first time he ever used drugs.
62. So maybe send along a chaperone when you let your daughter go to prom with him, OK?
61. Also: He’s sold 40 million singles.
60. Why is that? He blends genres, taking things you know — acoustic guitar licks, Motown choruses — and mixes them into something new.
59. You know who else did that? Elvis. 58. Unorthodox Jukebox may be the name of his new album, but it’s also the recipe for his success.
57. Because, when you think about it, he’s flooded the market with his music. Not just his own stuff, but what he’s written for other artists. Yet it remains current and vital.
56. One reason for that is he works with colourful artists, who make his sound their own. But another reason is that he’s working with an entire music catalogue, which incorporates everything from The Beatles to Zeppelin.
55. You don’t repeat yourself if you never run out of influences.
54. And Mars changes with the times.
53. And let’s get into fashion. Even if rappers are wearing skinny jeans, Mars makes his tailored clothes look effortless.
52. Who else dresses like The Rat Pack and rolls with Snoop?
51. But that’s what makes him unique. The most prized possession of a pop star is their authenticity. Mars has this in spades.
50.Because he doesn’t wear his clothing like a costume. When Bieber’s in overalls, it’s embarrassing. When you see Mars in his suit, it looks out of a page in GQ.
49. Even if the suit is gold lamé.
48. Mars doesn’t need a coach to teach him his swagger.
47. And he doesn’t have a Svengali. Even Justin Timberlake had Timbaland.
46. Mars comes by his fully formed sound and image on his own.
45. Which translates easily to the studio. He’s not only a singer, but he plays bass, keyboards and drums.
44. To wit: Playing every instrument adds to Mars’s musicality — and forget about his live show.
43. The man doesn’t have to lip-synch — though he dances like Janet Jackson.
42. Which is why he’s been nominated for 13 Grammys.
41. Nothing’s cooler than a boat load of success.
40. And who’s going 39-times platinum these days?
39. And earning critical acclaim? Rolling Stone gave Unorthodox Jukebox four stars.
38. Even though the record hints that he’s still growing. He spent two years on the album’s 10 songs.
37. But it’s only the tip of the iceberg. This is his boy-to-man album, where he can talk about strip clubs and drugs.
36. Eventually, he won’t have to define himself.
35. But, in the end, it doesn’t matter, because he’s such a convincing performer. He could read our January social calendar and make it sound exciting.
34. That comes from innate rhythm. You can’t teach what Mars has.
33. Nor can you teach his sincere desire to be famous. Not every artist is willing to release a Target-exclusive track, after all. (That song, Old & Crazy, features Esperanza Spalding, who may rival Mars for coolest person in the world.)
32. Although not quite. Because it was Mars who was smart enough to recruit her.
31. And Unorthodox Jukebox is a beauty. Young Girls, the opening track, is a pop star’s lament, with Mars crooning like Al Green over a beat that marries Stevie Wonder with — yes! — Skrillex.
30. It’s current and classic.
29. Mars plays the lonely heartthrob on Locked Out of Heaven, then turns into R. Kelly on Gorilla.
28. He can switch from hero to villain, because even his come-ons are winking.
27. Mars doesn’t want to alienate.
26. Which isn’t to say Mars can’t sing. He makes his records work beyond the videos.
25. We saw what happened with LMFAO: If you’re only a gimmick, you can’t last.
24. And Mars sounds assured. When I Was Your Man opens up with a Billy Joel-like piano lick.
23. It’s a perfect lead-in to Natalie, which brings back the beat from Grenade.
22. No need to recreate the wheel on every track.
21. It’s like Chris Rock said: “That thing that you do which bought your mother a house? Do that.”
20. Mars doesn’t stray too far from that thing that scored him one billion views on YouTube.
19. For instance, the reggae inflection of Show Me could’ve been a hit and brought back Sean Kingston.
18. Interestingly, though, none of his songs have guests.
17. Mars is too smart for that. Every track is him, and him alone.
16. Which creates a more unified package and singular vision.
15. One that’s perfected on the album’s last tune, If I Knew, which could almost be by The Temptations.
14. And he knows where his strengths lie: Mars traverses dark territory but, in the end, he’s the lovestruck crooner under a street lamp snapping his fingers.
13. That’s the image the record leaves in your head.
12. After all, his parents’ band was The Love Notes, and Mars is keeping their vision alive.
11. He wants to record and tour with his parents.
10. He told The Associated Press: “When the right time comes, you’ll see it on some kind of reunion tour, Behind the Music: Bruno’s Family, trying to revive my career.”
9. This is a smart because: 1) fame is fleeting; 2) that would revive his career, since his parents have experience playing Vegas.
8. But, for now, Mars doesn’t need any help.
7. He’s following his own plan.
6. Which makes it all appear so effortless.
5. So, in case you couldn’t tell, this is no sophomore slump.
4. From the styling to the album art, Mars maintains his gleam of perfection.
3. He’s upped the vulnerability and let his teeth show a little beneath the grin.
2. He’s an entertainer, after all.
1. And Unorthodox Jukebox will continue his ascent on the charts.
Sometimes the world looks so much better when our eyes do not see.
The most beautiful things in life are not seen.
They are felt.
To speak truthfully, I have no idea how to start this post.
I don’t exactly know how to describe, with mere words, the experiences I went through last month. I guess I’m just going to start by telling what International Young Leaders Forum (IYLF) really is, in hopes that as I delve deeper into the inner workings of my mind, I’ll find the right words to write.
International Young Leaders Forum. Quite a mouthful to say, so I just refer to it easily as IYLF… An abbreviation that has often caused people to give me blank stares whenever I mention it in a conversation (which I do quite often, as you probably have already predicted).
The name itself is pretty self-explanatory, but just to make it clear, IYLF is a conference for high school students from different countries to gather, share, and learn new experiences together in order to become better leaders in the future.
I have to admit; at first, I was skeptical. Even though I was pretty excited, I still didn’t manage to eliminate all the negative assumptions I so foolishly made before the forum even started. I thought that the forum would most likely be quite boring and all that - after all, every leadership camp I’ve ever participated in fell short in reaching my (considerably low) expectations.
Little did I know how wrong my conjectures were.
My mixed emotions climaxed when I stepped into that waiting room full of delegates from Korea, China, Australia, and Singapore on the first day. I didn’t know what to expect.
It turned out that having no clue about what to expect was a good thing. The moment I realized how lovely they all are came to me as much more of a surprise.
We experienced the best possible way of getting to know each other - games, creating presentations, community service, long bus rides, eating meals together, basketball matches, cultural performances, nonsensical truth-or-dares, ice skating, midnight conversations and pizza party by the pool, or even just talking and sharing…. I cannot describe how much I miss those little moments we had, one after another.
Up until now, a month after our time together, I still walk around with a heavy heart refusing to believe that IYLF is over. You must think that I’m a bit of a drama queen, but I’m not going to apologize for missing something as much as I miss them.
I know that the reality of the situation is a far cry from what I truly want, but what really keeps me going is the fact that in my heart I know that this is not the end.
Like what Eugene Shim so wisely said: “It’s an end, but it’s not the end.”
If anyone of you guys is reading this, I want to say thank you. Thank you for all the memories. They will always remain precious to me. I will never, ever, ever forget the brief period of time I had with you guys.
I hope, with all my heart and soul and mind, that I can see you guys again someday.
Don’t stop #YOLO-ing, ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Came home to a sweet surprise yesterday: 2 new puppies in my backyard! We named them Baskin & Robbin, since all 5 members of my family love ice cream.
This little guy right here is Robbin, a 1-month-old black Labrador. I can tell he’s going to be my new best friend. <3
Hi. First of all, I’d like to personally apologize for the lack of updates/posts. I’ve been tremendously busy, because you see, the new academic year just started. I’m a sophomore now. I’ve been one no longer than a month, so I still need some time to settle down. I’m quite certain I’ve lost some followers because of my inactivity, and I probably will lose some more after this post, but…. My brain has been overloaded with information lately (most of them Chemistry/Biology/Physics-related), so I really need to get at least something out of my system. This is going to be a long text post, so if you’re not really in the mood to read, then I suggest you skip this (not that I want you to— but if you do, I don’t blame you, so go ahead).
So today I felt that compulsive need to write that I haven’t been feeling for quite a long time. I actually do enjoy writing, it’s good practice for my English, but most of all I love doing it because I can let my thoughts run freely without fear of someone judging me right in front of my face. So, finally, after finishing up on my Chemistry practice questions a while ago, I decided I will allocate some time to write here, on my blog (thank you, self!).
Today I’m going to write about a lesson I learned just this morning, during my church’s Sunday service. The sermon was by Malcolm Cox, a visitor from London. Over all, I used a total of 2 and a half pages to write the lessons I got from him, but I’ll just sum it all up here. It was a simple sermon, really- about living like Christ.
One thing that really struck me was when he said this: “Ask yourself today, do you walk around in this world thinking that it owes you something? Thinking that you are entitled to something?” It was then when I realized that when Jesus was on earth, He didn’t feel like He was entitled at all. He regarded himself as nothing. We may think it’s easy for Him, since He’s God and all, but sometimes we forget that when He came here, He was also a human. A human, like you and me. He was tempted. He had struggles. Just like you and me. The difference being the fact that He never once failed God. But even though He was sinless, He still didn’t feel like He was entitled. We easily fall into the sin of thinking that the world owes us something. What does it owe us? Everything we have is from God. We are not entitled to anything- not even God’s love. But because of His grace, He made us entitled. This is all because of Him, not us.
The other thing that hit me was when Malcolm taught us how to respond to God’s love. The first thing that he said was this: “STOP grumbling, complaining, and arguing.” Philippians 2:15. I know, you know, and God knows that there is ALWAYS something to complain about. Always. But that doesn’t mean we ALWAYS have to complain. We start to complain when we look down and we look at the things in our lives that we do not like. Everything comes down to the fact that even though God gave us EVERYTHING, it’s still not enough. Is it? I asked myself that question, and immediately became overwhelmed with guilt and embarrassment by the amount of complaints I hurl at God. How I’ve been so incredibly ungrateful. When someone sins against me or hurts me, I complain- I focus on the faults in people, without realizing that I have imperfections, too. I am a sinner, too- of the worst kind, but God is still patient with me. There is no reason why I should complain, but there is always a reason why I should be grateful and be filled with joy.
Philippians 2:15 teaches us to do everything without complaining or arguing, so that we may become blameless. Pure. A child of God. To shine like stars.
Shining like stars. I asked myself this: “Do I have the strength to shine like stars?” No I don’t, but I know that I can always go to God for the strength. That’s how we can shine like stars. Not because we want to make ourselves shine, but because it comes from inside you, and spreads out and affects the people around you.
In the end, everything comes down to this:
I will not complain. Instead, I’ll ask God for the strength, to have faith instead of fear, to shine like stars everywhere I go.
Indonesia, tanah airku.
I may dislike it for all its flaws, but I love it so much more for all its beauty.
“A country where diversity is a culture.”
- Drananda R.
On my bedroom wall.
In a scorching hot city like Jakarta, a glass of ice tea is everyone’s best friend.