Trying to bring back my old habit

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I think it is important for a person to be able to express oneself. Emotions can be expressed in any form, it is also possible to create a new form if a person wants to.

This comes to me seconds after I decided to write for this blog. I realized that I have inadequate experience in expressing my emotions and feelings into arts--painting, film, music, literature, and many others.

The only form of transforming emotions I feel like I had experienced enough is in writings-writing for this blog especially.

I used to have many thoughts that I expressed through my writing back then. My grammar was so all over the place but it didn't stop me from writing. The most important thing back then was to be able to express them. But the more I gained knowledge, the more I realized that I am nothing in this world. I became too afraid to show the world what I like and I feel like to do because I know no matter what I do, other people's works will be better than me.

I then changed myself from a writer to a silent reader. I read other people blogs, learned their perspectives, and tried to make sense of them. At the same time, things were becoming overwhelming and I got carried away. Gradually, I came to forget to write.

I did get some jobs involved in writing such as becoming a reporter and a writer. But I did not find joy in those jobs. I had to write topics that I did not have my interests in. I guess this was the start of my conclusion that I no longer enjoy writing and writing wasn't actually for me. I made false conclusion.

I am really trying to write again, and I said this in my last post too. Avoiding writings for years impacted my habit. A habit that was once left is difficult to retrieve back. But I am really trying my best. Now that I have more time I want to write... I'll start with once a week?

Hopefully, it will work out.



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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