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Last Saturday, I went to my friend's concert. I don't know what type of concert was that. The instruments they played were the same instruments that people would play in an orchestra but the genre is definitely not a classical music. Pardon me for my lack of knowledge in music.

I remembered the time when I was playing a percussion instrument in my school. We performed in every festival. It was thrilling yet it felt so good.

I believe I have talent in music. Too bad my parents don't allow me to take the lesson. Their reason was illogical. It's sad if you can see someone doing what you want to do and you know deep inside you also want to do it but you really can't.

Trying to write again

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Hi!

I've been trying to read for the past weeks (even though I still fail on the day when I have classes and when I get a little bit busy), but I'm trying to read in my free time. It's still nothing, I only read about 1-2 pages each day. The book was from my lecturer so it somehow adds value to me.

Now I'm trying to retrieve back my old habit--writing.
I wrote regularly on this blog when I was in my middle school. I blogged about everything I had in my head. And somehow a few of my friends visited my blog. I once also got a hit from my writing of Pierre from Master Chef Junior. I really liked him back then so I kinda fangirl-ed and so wrote about him on my blog. That post hit thousands of readers. I can't believe my writing about him with that naive mind (I am less naive now) could achieve that.

So this is my short attempt at writing. Will try to write longer or deeper next time.


Free Online Courses List

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This is a compilation of websites that offer free online courses or classes per September 2017. I got this list from Gbemipedia on twitter. Some may charge, but it is optional if you want a certificate upon completion of the courses/classes.

  1. Khan Academy (khanacademy.org)
  2. Coursera (coursera.org)
  3. Open Culture (openculture.com/freeonlinecourses)
  4. Udemy (udemy.com)
  5. Academic Earth (academicearth.org)
  6. edX (edx.org)
  7. Alison (alison.com)
  8. Oedb (oedb.org)
  9. 99u.com 
  10. Teamtreehouse (teamtreehouse.com)
  11. Stanford Online (online.stanford.edu/courses)
  12. Harvard Extension (extension.harvard.edu/open-learning-initiative)
  13. Open Yale Courses (iyc.yale.edu)
  14. UC Berkeley Class Central (class-central.com/university/berkeley)
  15. MIT OpenCouseWare (ocw.mit.edu/index.htm)
  16. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative (oli.cmu.edu/learn-with-oli/see-our-free-open-courses)
  17. Codecademy (codecademy.com)
  18. We Think Code (wethinkcode.co.za)
  19. Code (code.org/learn)
  20. University of London Podcasts (london.ac.uk/podcast.html)
  21. University of Oxford Podcasts (podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series)
  22. BBC Podcasts (http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts)
  23. TED-Ed (ed.ted.com)
  24. LessonPaths (lessonpaths.com/categories/browsePlaylists/academic)
  25. Memrise (memrise.com)
  26. National Geographic Kids kids.nationalgeographic.com
  27. Fun Brain (majority for kids) (funbrain.com)
  28. Whyville (majority for kids) (whyville.net/smmk/nice)
  29. Tutorialspoint (tutorialspoint.com)
  30. Charles Sturt University Short Courses (itmasters.edu.au)
  31. Learn.olico.org
  32. W3schools (w3schools.com)
  33. Kadenze (kadenze.com) (art)
  34. Open2Study (open2study.com)
  35. eWorker (eworker.co) (code)
  36. ctrlpaint.com (art)
  37. NPTEL (nptel.ac.in) (engineering)
  38. onlinemeded.org (medical)
  39. FutureLearn (futurelearn.com)
  40. volunteerministers.org
  41. datacamp.com
  42. kotivu.ng
  43. gcflearfree.org
  44. zydii.com
  45. cybrary.it
  46. iTunesU Free Courses 

Balakosa

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Indonesia adalah salah satu negara agraris terbesar di dunia yang sebagian besar penduduknya masih berprofesi sebagai petani. Masyarakat perkotaan sering terlupa bahwa Indonesia adalah negara agraris yang sumber daya alamnya melimpah dan dapat dimanfaatkan untuk bahan pangan. Namun, pada kenyataannya, masyarakat perkotaan lebih memilih hasil alam impor. Balakosa membawa jawaban dari fenomena kecenderungan pemilihan bahan pangan impor.

Balakosa membantu petani dan meningkatkan nilai pangan lokal dengan menyediakan berbagai macam program yang mencakup lingkup produksi dan distribusi serta kreasi, seperti aplikasi, training, pembukaan restaurant, dan program-program lain dengan satu tujuan yaitu memberikan manfaat bagi petani Indonesia dan penduduk lokal.

Dari banyaknya kegiatan inovatif dan beragam yang disediakan Balakosa, saya paling menyukai inovasi tambahan Balakosa seperti Balakosa Kitchen dan Balakosa Skin Care. Di Balakosa Kitchen, makanan di restoran ini disajikan dari bahan pangan lokal. Dengan adanya Balakosa Kitchen, orang-orang dapat melihat contoh makanan yang dapat diolah menjadi nilai yang tinggi. Ambience yang nyaman juga menjadi fitur unggulan Balakosa Kitchen. Saya juga menyukai Balakosa Skin Care mengingat kosmetik di Indonesia dikuasai produk impor.

Namun yang saya sayangkan dari program Balakosa adalah training yang hanya dilaksanakan dua hari. Sepertinya jika ingin memiliki dampak besar, training sebaiknya dibuat lebih lama, sekitar seminggu, dan berkelanjutan. Dengan begitu, ada progress yang bisa diukur oleh Balakosa sendiri yang nantinya bisa menjadi data sebagai sumber program inovasi lainnya. Begitu juga dengan seminar yang perlu dibuat berkelanjutan di tempat yang berbeda.

Secara keseuluran, saya menyukai ide inovatif dari Balakosa dan mengembangkannya menjadi program-program unggulan lain. Dalam pengerjaannya Balakosa harus memperhatikan setiap program akan akan dijalankannya supaya sesuai dengan visi Balakosa sendiri.

Saya harap

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Hey, it's been so long since our last talk. I couldn't contact you in any way because I only know your account here and your number in WhastApp, and the last time you went online there was in May 2016. I know it's no different here, with your last login was 11 months ago... You haven't told me about your result on IELTS yet and I'm still waiting for the news. I hope the result was great so you could go to the UK for your bachelor degree pursuing study in the fashion business and marketing. I hope now you're currently living your dream and making the most of it.

I suddenly remembered you with our conversations and calls, and I wish someday we could continue to be friends, talking about anything and calling each other when we feel like it. I usually counted the time difference that we had when we messaged each other because I didn't want to bother you. At certain times I purposely stayed up until late at night in case you send me messages so I could reply right away.

You are the person whom I first have called with on this site and you gave me this warm, comfortable, and enjoyable feeling. You were very welcoming and open-minded to me despite our countries' gap in terms of development and location. You took away all my concerns trying to speak in English after some time, and right after our first talk, I knew right away I wanted to continue to talk to you.

It was near until our last conversation in WhatsApp when you asked me for some little chit-chat, you said. You asked me to wait for you to have a shower and I did. By the time you called, I was doing something else for a short time and away from my phone. I kept waiting for you until I realized you had called me before. I said sorry I didn't notice your call and you didn't answer. You answered the next day that it was no problem for you and told me you had thought you did well on the IELTS by sending text messages. It was very plain to just read it. I wanted to hear it directly from you but I couldn't simply say that. And that was the last day we talked. That day was also the day you told me your intention of taking IELTS specifically by mentioning the name of the university and major you aimed for. You hoped everything goes well as your very last message to me and I'm still hoping that everything is still going well for you.

All my thoughts are streaming in my head. I didn't intend to write to you in this long message but I couldn't help. All I wanted to say is, I miss you, and I wish we could continue sharing our stories and be friends for a very long time.

From

Nadia