Mediocre Teachers: One More Reason Why Indonesian Education is Retarded

Days ago, my dad gave me some sheets of paper which apparently were a set of English examination papers for elementary school students. He works as an elementary school and kindergarten supervisor here in my hometown. It is customary that he is in charge of the examination papers proofreading several weeks prior to test. His English is not really good now and then so he asked for my ‘professional’ assistance (I got paid for this, don’t ask the amount, you’ll never believe it, folks).
My dad told me I did not have to work really hard because who made the exam papers was a bunch of certified  teachers. He emphasized on the word printed in bold as if it was highly unlikely for me to find errors or mistakes there. I, nonetheless, was challenged  to prove my dad wrong.

And I did succeed! It is not something to be bragging  about, literally. Quite effortlessly, I (and perhaps some NON-English department freshmen equipped with proper knowledge on basic English) would detect the errors they made. The errors might look trivial yet fundamental. My grammar radar was continually beeping while perusing the papers. Some punctuations were mispositioned, some others were omitted. Capitalization was sometimes ignored, a number of misspellings occured and on top of that, some misconceptions were found. These misconceptions mislead those naive students to a worse understanding of English in the future. That is what we all have to be concerned about.

I gave the papers back to my dad and he of course never expected to find errors as many. He even asked me “Are you sure they made such an unexpectedly high number of mistakes? Some of them are certified, son”.

So this is the conclusion I eventually arrived at. Certainly the word ‘certified’ is utterly overestimated. Being held the title ‘certified’ does not necessarily make someone capable of performing his/her jobs. My dad told me afterwards that some of certified teachers are to get this based on sheer luck. They actually did not do anything impressive or beneficial to the school they are working at. They are just lucky! Then I asked by heart, what’s the point of teachers certification??!

I know being overly critical and pessimist is never good for us but there may be some times when we really have to review what the government is doing. They at times create more problems than they solve. And as a good citizen, I do feel obliged to tell them that some policies they make are far from success. How can we jeopardize the nation’s future by appointing incompetent teachers to teach our children?

IT'S or ITS?

This time I will share one more way of avoiding simple but fundamental mistakes in spilling your ideas. Surprisingly enough, some were found on sites or blogs written by bloggers living in English-speaking countries. This may sound unbelievable but it did happen. Slip of the fingers? Could it be the case? Regardless of the cause, let us learn how to use both appropriately. 

How and when to use IT’S

First thing first, we ought to always keep in mind that IT’S could be the contraction of IT HAS or IT IS. 

  1. As for the first alternative (IT HAS), what comes after is always a past participle (your English teacher might refer to this as V3). For example:’It has It’s been a week since the last time I saw her at school‘. In the sentence, ‘been’ is the past participle of verb BE (be – was/were – been).
  2. As for the latter (IT IS), what comes after can be:
  • a present participle (V-ing): e.g. ‘It is It’s running so fast‘. (present continuous/progressive)
  • an adverb/ prepositonal phrase :e.g. ‘We all know where the Burj Al Arab is. It is It’s in Dubai‘. (‘in Dubai’= adverb of place)
  • a past participle (to make passive voice) : e.g.’After we fix the car,  it is it’s now reupholstered‘. (‘reupholstered’ = past participle)
  • a noun phrase (to make up a nominal clause): e.g. ‘It is It’s not an antelope, it’s a llama‘. (noun phrase = ‘an antelope’ and ‘ llama’)

How and when to use ITS

Perhaps we already know but I had better remind us of what ITS is. Depending on the context, ITS could serve as a possessive adjective and possessive pronoun.

As a possessive adjective of an inanimate (dead) object, an organization as a unit (not as a group of people) or a singular animal (remember ITS is never used for humans),   ITS can be used in this way:
The lamb’s leg (=its leg) is eaten raw by a group of lion cubs.’
The earth’s atmosphere (its atmosphere) is now increasingly polluted by green house gases.
The United Nation’s policies (its policies) on some international political issues are considered biased by Hugo Chavez.’

As a possessive pronoun, ITS replaces a noun phrase:
The lamb’s leg Its is eaten raw…’
The earth’s atmosphere Its is now increasingly polluted…’
The United Nation’s policies Its are…’

Sounds complicated and too technical? Take your time to extract the points and you’ll nod in agreement that this is not as tricky as you previously thought. I would be glad to elaborate some points you might think unclear or not well-explained. Until next time, XOXO!

About Truth (and Untruth)

The truth always comes out. It’s one of fundamental rules of time. 

In reality the untruth, however, always overshadows the truth even though eventually the truth overcomes its foe. And it’s another fundamental rules of time.

And when it comes out, it can set you free or end everything you’ve fought so hard for. 
But before the truth can set you free, you have to deal with your fear, fear of being known and exposed to the world, fear that unveiling the really you will weaken and subvert you and most of all, hurt your dignity.

Another way the truth comes out? When you don’t even mean it to. 
How many times do we witness that the truth always make an unexpected appearance? No matter how humans try to conceal the truth and tell myriad lies to cover the truth, the truth is destined to never lose its edge.

Or when, without saying a word, it’s still loud and clear
The truth needs no words to make itself apparent because even when all mouths are shut, the truth somehow finds its way to show up.

But the worst thing the truth can do is when you finally tell it, it doesn’t set you free but locks you away forever.

Keeping the truth away may benefit you. But the benefits are less worthwhile than the confinement coming after. The truth is not always something we’re proud to admit and sometimes we’d rather die than let people know that. Being tortured by not telling the truth is bad. There’s something worse than that, nevertheless. That is being still tortured and exiled from the crowd after spilling the truth for not completely accepting who we are.

*(Just quoted the lightbrown background lines from some movie dialogs that I really like and I hope you really like as well)

On Migration to Dot Com

Welcome back to my blog, my beloved readers! After more than 3 months clinging to blogspot as a parasite, I resolved to purchase a new domain. I suppose the practicing phase has got to be ended soon and I have to gradually shift to a more professional stage. This is my historic moment as today my new domain is already set up successfully.

It took me a while to realize that staying in blogspot doesn’t really give me much space to monetize this blog. In spite of my intense craving for dollars, I promise you and myself that I will never leave my idealism here although everyone knows how hard it is to be ideal and authentic amidst the gigantic trends of capitalism.

As a blogger who gets bored easily with my blog’s appearance, now I apply a different kind of template. It’s brown and darker than the previous one. Even though blue is always my favorite color, this  brown template  called WOODY is so lovely I fell in love with it at my first sight. It also gives more spacious and warm impression on my blog.

And still don’t know why, my jumpbreak issue still persists. I tried to break my posts into two so my homepage doesn’t load too long when you try to view it. To no avail, the whole layout of my blog got screwed up. My right column went down! Anyone of you can tell me how to solve this?

Metro TV's Mata Najwa: The Premiere (part1)

Najwa in action: When beauty and intelligence come in the same package
Najwa Shihab is always a magnet for TV audience particularly news programs lovers.  Miss Shihab (who is no longer ‘miss’ as she is married and has given birth to a son) is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding female anchors this nation has ever had. This wide-eyed daughter of Quraish Shihab also topped the best and the most celebrated Metro TV’s anchors list airing a couple of days ago. The rest were Fifi Aleyda Yahya, Sumi Yang, Tomy Cokro, Prabu Revolusi Frida Lidwina, Desi ‘the relic’ Anwar,  Kania Sutisnawinata, Zelda Safitri, and Meutia Hafidz (if I’m not mistaken, the order wasn’t precisely that way actually). Perhaps that is why Metro TV gave her a new responsibility, to anchor a newly launched talkshow program named after her, MATA NAJWA (The Eyes of Najwa). But why eyes? Chances are Metro TV got inspired by Sony Muchlison’s remark about the dashing anchor’s alluring eyes. Sony said Shihab’s best physical feature is her captivating pair of eyes and who dares to deny that?

Last night the show was premiered and my eyes got glued to the TV screen for about an hour. Unlike the other talkshows which are typically produced by Metro TV (tend to be formal in style and rigid in the way of ‘packaging’), Mata Najwa is absolutely a breakthrough and standing out of the crowd. It is a unique and balanced blend among shrewdness, witty banters, refreshing jokes, and parody. In other words, it is informatively amusing, simply offers a new alternative of enjoying hard topics without having to be an erudite academician or making us frown in the effort of digesting beyond-our-ken points.

The combination of the seemingly contradictory elements was shown by picking a one-of its-kind list of guests. Last night’s show was mainly about TV industry and how TV and its industry have been changing the human civilization. The first pair of chosen guests were Garin Nugroho and Don Bosco Selamun. Garin (who is a respectable titan in Indonesian film industry) along with Don Bosco (who is one of prominent figures in the country’s TV and broadcasting world). They, I think, represent the serious side of the show. They elaborated the issue in such a way a layman would find their remarks a bit hard to understand. The light side of Mata Najwa appeared as the presenter invited three young men who happened to be some members of Band Efek Rumah Kaca (Green House Effect Band). From these youths’ insight, audience was introduced to different ideas and opinions about Indonesian reality shows phenomenon. What struck me most was the ‘insanely’ comical appearance of a celebrated blogger, Raditya Dika, at the penultimate part and  the end of the show. In his exaggerating way, he explained about what it takes to be a good reporter. Raditya (who was reportedly Sherina’s BF, some say? But I truthfully saw them  with my own eyes exchanging twitter updates quite frequently) looked convincing enough, trying to make us laugh at some mockeries inspired from the Indonesian TV reality.

But that was not the entire show…..

On Migration to Dot Com

Welcome back to my blog, my beloved readers! After more than 3 months clinging to blogspot as a parasite, I resolved to purchase a new domain. I suppose the practicing phase has got to be ended soon and I have to gradually shift to a more professional stage. This is my historic moment as today my new domain is already set up successfully.

It took me a while to realize that staying in blogspot doesn’t really give me much space to monetize this blog. In spite of my intense craving for dollars, I promise you and myself that I will never leave my idealism here although everyone knows how hard it is to be ideal and authentic amidst the gigantic trends of capitalism.

As a blogger who gets bored easily with my blog’s appearance, now I apply a different kind of template. It’s brown and darker than the previous one. Even though blue is always my favorite color, this  brown template  called WOODY is so lovely I fell in love with it at my first sight. It also gives more spacious and warm impression on my blog.

And still don’t know why, my jumpbreak issue still persists. I tried to break my posts into two so my homepage doesn’t load too long when you try to view it. To no avail, the whole layout of my blog got screwed up. My right column went down! Anyone of you can tell me how to solve this?

Dangers of Tongue

People say, “Your mouth is your tiger, which will anytime devour you”. 
Our prophet Mohammad advocated : “What a moslem utters is men is safe from the dangers of their own tongue and arms”.
Imam Ali Radhiallhu’anhu stated: ”An evil heart lies in its mouth and an angelic mouth lies in its heart”.
At times, human beings are against odds, which is the logical consequence of living a life on earth. Often times, we have to deal with inconceivably unwanted shocks.

We’d better watch our mouth because each word counts. Our prophet stated: “Kullu kalam addu’a, each utterance is prayer”. That is why we’d better try to control our temper whenever everything seems to get out of hand, not going just the way we want.

The beloved prophet Mumahammad always stated: “Those who defeat enemies are not necessarily called brave, since those who can take full control of themselves when outraged have more audacity than the previously mentioned “.

Seldom do we realize that patient people are already patient even when the first second s/he hears the bad news that strikes without warning, instead of those who are patient after that.

In Hadist, we can find a story about a bereaved mother who just lost her entire family.  At the time, Muhammad came along to advise her “Stay patient”. After Muhammad went away, the woman asked who the man who gave her advice and she knew afterwards that it was Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him). She then came to see Muhammad to find Him saying :” Real patience is one that arises the first seconds when a disaster hits”.


Wanna, Gotta, Gonna, Gotcha, and Kinda

Some of you may watch or see some American or English movies and/ or songs. And perhaps you have more favorite Hollywood movies or English songs than Indonesian ones / i do, and I don’t give it a damn being called un-patriotic.Whichever you watch or listen to, chances are you encounter the words I mentioned in the title.

You might never wonder what they mean and just keep humming the lyrics or listening to the dialogs. But that’s not helping you improve your English, folks. I know it sounds corny but if you wish to master English or -at least- master its basics, you ought to have a dictionary with you. Or if you’re a shy learner type like me, just try to remember  or take a note about what you’ve just heard or read and once you get a chance to look up a dictionary, do that!

Prior to explaining what they mean, I need to emphasize on the appropriate usage of these words. Readers, you are not encouraged to use them in formal context, such as academic papers, final projects, theses, disertations, journal articles (unless it is part of your data/ corpus of study), formal presentations, formal speeches, etc. Rarely will you see a (good, well-behaved) student says one of the words while in classes to his/her teacher. These words are meant only for informal environment. Therefore, it is advisable that we always observe the convention although you might find some people violating them.

This is the brief explanation about ‘wanna’, ‘gotta’, ‘gonna’,  ‘gotcha’ and ‘kinda’ based on MY OWN perception and observation of their usage so in case any of you, readers, finds some fallacies, I do welcome your criticism or correction, no matter how harsh it’ll be.
  • WANNA : This is the shorter and more informal form of ‘want to‘. As far as I’m concerned, it only applies for certain subjects only, i.e. ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘we’, and ‘they’. With the other subjects (‘she’ and ‘he’), ‘want’ is inflected by adding -s, thus becomes ‘wants’. And definitely there is no equal form for ‘wants to’. It’s weird enough to say ‘wansna’, isn’t it? Always remember that ‘wanna’ always takes an infinitive (or Verb 1, you might prefer to call it).
  • GOTTA : It is originally derived from ‘have/has got to‘ (meaning: obligation/ necessity, just like ‘HAVE/HAS TO’ or ‘MUST’). For example, ‘SBY has got to announce his final decision today‘. In informal conversation/ writing, you can say, SBY gotta announce his final decision today‘.
  • GONNA : This word is the contracted version of ‘be going to‘, e.g. ‘Obama is going to gonna come to Indonesia in 2010‘. Notice that we should never drop the verb BE (or TO BE, like your high school teachers always said). In everyday conversation,  the verb BE is often weakly pronounced or stressed, which makes ‘Obama’s gonna come to Indonesia in 2010‘ more likely to find.
  • GOTCHA : ‘Gotcha’ actually consists of modal ‘have got‘ and pronoun ‘you. It is an interjection that  indicates/ shows that someone was tricked or caught out in some way. Sometimes you may find or hear people using ‘-cha’ in tag questions. For instance, ‘You will go around Rome, won’t you wontcha?’        
  • KINDA :  ‘Kinda’ is actually derived from ‘kind‘ and ‘of‘. Preposition ‘of’ is most of the time pronounced weaker than the rest of sentence. You might notice that some words with preposition ‘of’ also have the same ending (‘-a’), such as ‘out of’ which tra
    nsforms into ‘outta’.

 Ok, that’s all, folks! Until next time, XOXO…

A Snapshot on Indonesian Law Enforcement: Why are Minah and Aguswandi Different from Anggodo?

This just in, another tragicomedy arises in Indonesia. Check out the story of Mbok Minah – an unfortunate elderly lady in Darmakradenan, Ajibarang, Banyumas, Central Java – who was reportedly arrested after being charged of stealing THREE cocoas (worth IDR 2,100) at PT Rumpun Sari plantation. On, it was reported after she ‘took’ stealthily those three cocoas to plant the seeds on her own field, she was taken to court by PT Rumpun Sari so as to make the other cocoa ‘thieves’ (other villagers living around the plantation who sometimes do exactly what Minah did) think a thousand times before stealing the company’s cocoas. But another tragicomedy is yet to come.

In the meantime, a 57-year-old man named Aguswandi Tanjung had been accused of making use of electricity from a public facility socket illegally (Kompas Cetak). The ill-fated man has been detained since September 8 allegedly due to his resistance against  the unfair policies made by ITC Roxy Mas developer, where he has been running two kiosks.

DetikNews covered another headline about (perhaps) the most sought-after siblings in the republic after Noordin Moh. top was shot dead, i.e. Anggoro and Anggodo. The younger sibling, Anggodo, has been dealing with a lot of prosecutions after his ‘private’ phone conversations tape with some of his scheming cohorts was exposed to the rest of the world without mercy. As we can see, however, neither Anggodo nor Anggoro is now announced to be officially charged of any crimes although their misdeeds are so  unforgivably degrading to the nation. It feels like every time I hear their names I am instantly nauseated. Don’t ask me why. 

As for what is happening to our law enforcement these days, I could do nothing but fly the red-white flag at half-mast as I’m mourning for this nation’s utterly chaotic and hopelessly miserable law enforcement. Day by day, this nation is like sinking deeper and deeper, and it doesn’t take a long time for us to reach the bottom. We grass roots absolutely can do anything effectual about this but we do hope those elites who are just around the axis of power realize that whatever they do is effecting the whole nation and of course determining our future. If this continues, I may be an abstainer in the 2014 general elections. I swear!

Is a Person's Cell Phone the Windows to his Soul?

Your cell phone may mirror your personality

The classic proverb “a person’s eyes are the windows to his soul” might need revising. Amidst current rapidly growing developments in communication technology, your eyes are not the one and only window to your soul, reader. These are some findings I gathered after conducting what so-called unscientific, groundless research on a cell phone user personality. This is based purely on my daily observation, which of course you may or may not believe.

These are some characteristics a phone user may have based on some criteria.  Read it through and tell me if my ‘research’ findings are correct, exaggerated, or wrong.

Based on cell phone’s form factor
  • Candybar : conventional, modest, functionality-minded
  • Clamshell : superficial, caring too much about appearance/ looks, feminine, unmanly, impractical, spoiled and fragile
  • Flip : hip, fresh and funky
  • Swivel : swingy, easily changing mind, playful, childlike
  • Slide : glamorous, classy, poised, secretive, proud

Based on cell phone’s segmentation 
  • Entry-level : thrifty, modest, dull
  • Fashion : self-conscious, selfish, shallow, sensitive, indoor
  • Business : firm, determined, responsive, controlled, stable
  • Multimedia : merry, carefree, outspoken, crowd-loving, full of surprise, creative
  • Rugged : careless, adventurous, outdoor, harsh, stubborn

Based on cell phone’s brands
  • Nokia : mainstream-thinking, obedient, regular, predictable
  • Motorola : generous, savvy, show-off, extravagant
  • Local, not-so-famous brands : price-conscious, greedy, demanding, brave
  • Korean brands (LG & Samsung) : superficial, elegant, professional, worldly, hardworking (workaholic), fashionable
  • Sony Ericsson : lively, vibrant, youthful
  • Blackberry : demanding, determined, impressive, hardworking
  • Vertu : untouchable, lavish, financially-imprudent
  • Apple : agile, active, avant-garde

 Based on cell phone’s prominent feature(s)

  • QWERTY : communicative, practical, industrious
  • Megapixel video-camera : lively,showy
  • GPS : exploratory, independent
  • Dual SIM :  unreliable, clandestine
  • Complete connectivity (Bluetooth, WiFi, EDGE, 3G) :  easily bored, insatiable, innovative
  • Various games : playful, mischievous, daring, careless,
  • Long standby and talk time : mobile, busy, practical, chatty
  • Music player and FM radio : musical, sociable

Based on ringtones and alerts

  • default/ simple ringtones : uncreative, ordinary
  • vibrating mode : secretive, polite, considerate, stealthy
  • vibration & loud ringtones : talkative, comandeering, bossy, haughty, expressive
  • loud and unusual ringtones/ message alerts : creative, extraordinary, perverse
  • gradually louder ringtones : thoughtful, tactful

All about Articles

Hi, people! Have you ever wondered what to choose among THE, A, AN before a noun or noun phrase while making an essay in English or composing a short paragraph in your Writing lesson? Choosing the right article is sometimes as tricky as picking a boy/girlfriend. Articles look insubstantial but don’t take them for granted. Your sentence may convey different meaning or turn odd if you’re not very trained at selecting the wrong article.The same thing happened to me in my first year learning English, but guess what, there some tricks you can practice to know how to use them correctly.

So what is article actually? Article is a word that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase. In a nutshell, there are three types of articles usage in English:

  • indefinite articles
  • definite article
  • zero article

The indefinite articles include a and an. The word ‘indefinite’ itself may be defined as ‘not decided or not known’. Based upon that definition, indefinite article can be described as a type of article that shows or indicates that something or someone is not known yet. For example,    I say “A blogger is someone who writes and runs a site”. The noun phrase ‘a blogger’ here means ‘any blogger who lives on earth, who comes from any country in the world, whose name we don’t know exactly’. Therefore by using indefinite article, speakers do not really know which particular thing or person is being discussed because the scope is general (too wide). That’s why a/an is always used to make a definition or generalization, e.g. “A pig is a four-legged, nasty, disgusting animal“. You can’t say “The pig is ….” to make a definition about pigs in general.

As we already know, article A precedes a noun/ noun phrase whose first sound is vowel and vice versa. I stress more: SOUND not LETTER. And watch out, as you must notice some exceptional cases here. For instance, ‘an honest attorney’ or ‘an herbal man’. The letter is H (consonant, thus supposedly uses article A not AN) but people pronounce ‘ho’ as a vowel /o/. We pronounce ‘honest’ /onest/ not /honest/. Another example is ‘a unit’ because it’s pronounced /yunit/ not /unit/. That’s what I mean by ‘SOUND not LETTER’. So we must pay attention to the pronunciation (instead of the spelling) to decide which indefinite article suits a noun phrase best.

One more essential thing about indefinite articles is use it only for a SINGULAR and COUNTABLE noun phrase. Some examples are ‘a tin of biscuits’, ‘an enchanting lass’. Always bear in mind that we can never say ‘I drink a water’ because you cannot count water. But you can say ‘I drink a gallon of water’. In daily conversations, however, people usually say ‘a coffee’ or ‘three cappuccinos’. It might sound wrong but I tell you that in daily context people love shorter expressions. Instead of saying ‘a cup of coffee’ or ‘three cups of cappuccino’ (which is far too long), they tend to say ‘a coffee’ or ‘three cappuccinos’ (although coffee and cappuccino is liquid and thus you can’t count them). 

The definite article is only one, i.e. the.  Unlike indefinite articles, it can go along with either plural or singular noun/ noun phrase. As what the name explains by itself, ‘definite’ means ‘decided/ known’. In other words, by using definite article, speakers are assumed to have understood which object they’re talking about. Let me give you an example, suppose we’re talking about ‘the Indonesian President‘, it means you (reader) and I have mutually known that we’re discussing about SBY, not Soekarno, Soeharto, Habibie, Megawati, or Gus Dur (although we know the five others used to be our president). It’s totally different when we’re speaking about ‘an Indonesian president’. We don’t  know which is our subject of conversation simply because there are many presidents that this republic has had so far. ‘An Indonesian president‘ could refer to any of our five former presidents or our current president.

In writing a composition or a narrative, usually we introduce a noun/noun phrase using indefinite article. After the introduction, we are supposed to use definite article. Take a look at this:

“That morning it was suddenly raining. I had no umbrella with me as minutes earlier the sun was shining brightly. I had to stay at that filthy bus stop until a gorgeous girl came along and lent me an umbrella. She looked like a heavenly nymph coming down from the  seventh heaven to rescue me from the raging rain. The umbrella had some tiny holes on it, yet it was fine so long as such a hottie lent it to me.”

Zero article means we must not use any of these articles (‘zero’ means ‘absent, not exist, omitted’). These are some exceptions where articles are not needed at all.

  • An institution (not a building) after a preposition:  bed, church, class, college, court, home, hospital, market, prison, school, sea, town, university, work. By saying ‘Sandy goes to school‘, we mean Sandy is a student attending a certain school. ‘Sandy is going to the school’  means Sandy is going to a given school building and it doesn’t necessarily mean she is a student or teacher there,nonetheless. Sandy is going to the school perhaps because she has a 7year-old child who is waiting for her there or she is a businesswoman who is about to see the principal. There are a lot more speculations no need to elaborate here.
  • Years: never say ‘the 1970’ because without it the context (which year) is already clear.

Two points above are some of cases where articles are not needed. This list contains the other cases.

people Joe, Mrs Smith
seasons & months Winter, February
festivals Easter
continents Africa, Asia, America, Europe
days Monday, Tuesday
parts of day/night midnight, midday, noon, night
magazines Cosmopolitan, Time
countries America, Britain, Arabia
cities & towns London, New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Cairo
streets Acacia Avenue, Pall Mall, Sunset Boulevard
buildings Buckingham Palace, number 10
airports Heathrow, Gatwick
mountains Everest, K2, Mont Blanc
games football, tennis, bar billiards

(extracted from ICALwiki)

My Second Award

One of my fellow bloggers, Rendra Sangir, a couple of days ago told me in my shoutbox that he gave me an award. Hmm, thanks a million buddy. This is another award after my first award given by Blogger Ingusan a.k.a. Dudi

As you can see, my blog is now equipped with a top commentator widget and I do hope it stimulates my visitors to leave more comments. To avoid myself grabbing the crown of the top commentator, from this moment on I try hard to quench my craving to respond to any visitors’ comments, no matter how tempting it feels to me. Now that I was officially handed the award, I would love to give this to some of my top commentators (except the one who has broken the record, i.e. myself).

I hereby bestow an award on all of my fellow bloggers mentioned below:

  1. Blogger Ingusan
  2. Bunda Don’t Worry
  3. Ches
  4. Nyubi
  5. Zippy
  6. Belajar Blog
  7. Action Figure Toy
  8. Abid Famasya
  9. Angga
  10. Nura
P. S. : I’ll be always grateful for her sporadic visits on this blog, but I simply had to leave Azky out of the list (sorry sis) as she has no blog. As for Fitri, she apparently left me a link directing to an official site of an educational institution, instead of her own personal blog. Thus I can’t give the award personally to her.
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