Tuesday, December 12, 2006

One For Sorrow by STEPS

"One For Sorrow"
I wanted your love,
But look what it's done to me,
All my dreams have come to nothing,
Who would have believed?

All the laughter that we shared would be a memory,
I cannot count the tears you've cost me,
If I could have seen.
And do you ever think of me,
And how we used to be?

Oh, I know you're somewhere else right now,
And loving someone else no doubt,
Well I'm one for sorrow,
Ain't it too too bad?

Are you breaking someone else's heart?
'Cos you're taking my love where you are,
Well I'm one for sorrow,
Ain't it too bad about us,

I wanted your love,
But I got uncertainty,
I tried so hard to understand you,
All the good it did me,
Now the places that we knew,
Remind of how we were,
Everything is just the same,
But all I feel is hurt,
And do you ever think of me,
And how we used to be?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Ruddy Lumangkun dan Reading Interest in Indonesia

On the last weekend, at Saturday noon…it was very hot day outside. Billy was in Cikarang to lead a company training, while the children and I were staying at home, spending the time together, reading some books.

While I was reading a chapter of the book, I heard a call from outside, and I have been told that someone wanted to see me. Reluctantly, I went out from the room, and wondering who was coming at that time.

I found an unknown man with pair of glasses standing in front of the gate, with smiling, asking me whether it was Billy’s house. I tried to figure out my husband's friends.....No clues at all...


Ruddy Lumangkun



Then he asked me whether I knew him. Ehmm? Then he introduced himself as Ruddy Lumangkun, from Manado, South Sulawesi. He is walking around Indonesia archipelago, and he has walked for 15 years. Now, he's on his way towards Sumatra island.

His opening conversation attracted my attention. I asked him to come in and ask my maid to prepare a glass of ice tea for him. Then he started to tell his story while I was studying his file which consists of official letters he got from various Departments, individuals and companies in Indonesia, Banks statement, articles about himself, photos with Rano Karno and other notes. All the letters and notes were testifying about his journey. Most of them on original letterhead! I remember I saw one from Sekretaris Negara!

He plans to write two books once he complete his journey. One book about NKRI and the other one about his faith on God's guidance during his walking.

Before he went off, I took some pictures of him. Since I don’t have enough money with me, I promise him that I will write something about his mission on my blog so that more people would know about his journey online. When he has gone, I was a little bit regretful for not jotting down the information I needed to complete my writing about him. However, if you type in Ruddy Lumangkun on a search engine, then you'll find many information about him.
if you type in Ruddy Lumangkun on a search engine, then you'll find more information about him there.

Seminar International Pengembangan Minat Baca
Now, I’d like to correlate Ruddy Lumangkun’s story with the Reading interest in Indonesia. In the last two days before I met Ruddy, I was invited by National Library, well, by mba Yati Kamil, to be honest, to attend the International Seminar on Reading culture. There were many International speakers there talking about their experiences about reading habit.

It was Tantowi Yahya, Indonesia Reading Ambassasor 2006 and Rashidah Haji Bolhassan from Pustaka Negeri Sarawak session who are talking about reading habits. Both of them agree that reading habit should be instilled in the family at the first go. Tantowi Yahya stated that to build Indonesia’s future readers now is to involve family as the main source of readers, starts with parents reading to the children. He even mentioned that their tagline for 2006 campaign: Ibuku, perpustakaan pertamaku. Meanwhile, Rashidah shared the experiences in Sarawak on their family library campaign to build reading interest by having home library competition! Interesting idea.

From Singapore, Mrs Kiang-Koh Lai Lin also shared their programme called Read! Singapore 05. How they make people in Singapore starting aged 15 years old to read a selected titles. And it worked! The initiative taken by NLB adapted from highly successful reading programmes around the world like “One Book, One city” project in US, “One Book, one Brisbane” in Australia. The key objective of this reading initiative is to promote a culture of reading among Singaporeans as it aims to provide Singaporeans an opportunity to rediscover the joys of reading , by creating a common topic of discussion and conversation amongst the people, as Mrs Kai wrote. For kids, NLB also has a programme for children called kidsREAD.

At the end of seminar, Deputi Bidang Pengembangan Sumber daya Perpustakaan, Hj Suprihati SH, MBA concluded that reading interest need to be developed regularly with coordination with relevant organizations, private or national, to create a reading society and life long learners. Gerakan Membaca Nasional (National Reading Movement) will be happened with the availability of reading facility, Taman Baca Masyarakat and home library.

Hopefully, experiences from other countries would enrich our knowledge to have more creative idea in formulating a real plan to instill love of reading in Indonesian community!

Well…may be we can learn from Rudy Lumangkun. We cannot expect instant result. He still has two more years, so there would be 17 years, to complete his Expedisi cinta Tanah Air by walking around the archipelago. The patient, high commitment and willing to share (well ...Ruddy may have many people support his mission because he's not ashame to meet people and share, right?) are the important elements to reach something that valuable that last forever. As we are now realize and understand the instilling reading habit should start immediately especially to yourng children, we also have to share the idea to others and take action about it.

We will not wait for those years to make Indonesian people read! Let’s start reading! NOW! What book are you reading today?

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Queen Elizabeth Birthday and children reading interest in Indonesia

It was Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday celebration on 25th June. Well ... she was actually born on April 21, but her official birthday celebrations are held on June 17 to take advantage of warmer weather. Many celebrations were held for her birthday this year. It happened to reach people at BIS as well! We were given a piece of ' crown' biscuit with 80 written on it. Yummyy...They say that people who work in British companies would have been given similar biscuits to celebrate Queen's birthday. All over the world? You may ask for it!

However, I'm not writing about that yummy crown cake. It is how the Queen celebrate her birthday at Buckingham Palace, London. One of the celebrations was Children's Party at the Palace on June 25, 2006. The Queen invited about 2000 children in her formal garden parties.

The palace was conjured up into an attractive and amazing children area, including a spectacular stage show that quested whereabout Queen's handbag that consisted of her glasess and her birthday speech. The children were welcomed by a children entertainer and the Queen provided them with special healthy picnic lunch. There were also Pirate characters rowed across the lake in Buckingham Palace. The guests also would find Mr MacGregor's garden with its character, Peter Rabbit, Pooh's Howse , Teddy bear's Picnic table, and also author's corner.

There were about 20 Britain's leading children's author took part in the party and performed 5 minutes each story telling to the children. They were J.K Rowling who wrote Harry Potter series; Phillip Pulman (His Materials Trilogy); Eric Hill, Raymond Briggs, Michale Bond and Michale Morpurgo, a British Children Laureate. He told to Telegraph newspaper online that "we hope they will come away thinking..stories are fun to me. I love them. I even want to write one. Thats what we're trying to do.

More than that, the children even would be able to interact with the life-size Winnie the Pooh, Tiggy-Winkle, Thomas the Tang Engine, Rupert Bear, Mr Toad, Postman Pat, Fireman Sam, Dennis the Menace & Gnaster, and Womble who looked had fun with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

By the end of the celebration, Queen's handbag was found so that she would be able to read her birthday speech.

It was really to celebrate the magic of books with children.

Now...back to my country, Indonesia..who is still roaring that we need to develop our reading interest (to which many people against that opinion). Some people said that the interest of reading is there, however, the books to read are not there yet. Indonesian population is 250 millions people. There were 10.000 titles with 20 millions copies were published. It means that 1 book is read by 10 people. (Permanasari in Minat Baca 1, Kompas June 20, 2006 p.14). That's the problem. If we're talking about the reading books, we're talking about the books publication and the authors. If the Queen would be inviting Indonesian's children literature authors...who would be in the tent? Name it...
That's number one condition.

Secondly, many Indonesian people would prefer to buy food, clothes, shoes (it's not only for prestige purpose, but people need them in most areas in Indonesia!). On the other hand, the price of the books themselves are expensive. Library, should be the alternative way to have the free access for reading. Where? Which library? Public library? School library? We still face many factors that slow the process of the library development. One of them is, the lack of awareness of decision makers about the library's role to support reading habit among children. The library are very rarely in getting full attention of its development area.

Thirdly, the library is still seen as separate unit of the whole process of education. Starting from formal education level, the library at school should play the important role to trigger children's 'love to read' habit. Moreover, the library should be the place to where the students learn to be independent learners so that they would learn how to solve problems, in the school, and in the future! It may sound so ideal! But better start from the ideal situation to develop current circumstances, right?

To finish this writing, may be it would be interesting if government would allocate some fresh funding to get authors' interest to write and get their books published. Not only reading books but also curriculum supporting books to be available in school libraries.

or may be we can ask Mr President or Mrs President or anyone in SBY's cabinet to celebrate their birthday party with children in Kebun Raya Bogor, for instance, or Istana Negara and invite 10.000 children from all over the archipelago. At the same time, either government or/and publishers donate books to public libraries and school libraries or Rumah Belajar in suburbs or villages areas in Indonesia, especially those areas that got direct impact from earthquake and tsunami...

Or....

Monday, July 10, 2006

Good bye...
The end of term 3 has come. Many teachers who are leaving have started they 'goodbyeing' ritual since three days before the 'D' day. This is life in British International School. Many people leave and many people come. Only me, us, who are permanent staff are staying. Being a witness of this circumstances is not easy sometime. It was such a hard time to say goodbye to people to whom you work very close and get along with. It was a happy time to say goodbye to those, by any chance, you can't team with... Difficult people, may be the term is.

Now, to my own experience, goodbyeing ritual become even harder when you have to say bye bye to a person who has been very supportive, understanding, always there when you need a hand, an exemplary leader is the word, I think!

... Tears has been coming down earlier when the news came out...On the 'D' day, mouth suddenly locked off, and heart cant stop beating... don't know what to say, except trying hardly to hold the tears from the wettening eyes to drip off.

Good bye!
Only God knows when we're going to meet again.
All the fond memories for the past few years will remain in our hearts.
All the best...(and stay in touch!)