Saturday, March 25, 2017

Learning From Nature

            Nature is an art of god; it’s a gift and a blessing. We have learned that nature is the world around us which cares us and nourished our lives. And yet while we appreciate what nature gave us, we often forget that we also destroy them. We burn the forest, pollute the river, cut the trees, and blame the nature when the air is blurry due to the heavy pollution and the river starts to flood.

            Indonesia is adored by its diverse in nature and by its natural scenery. Sadly, these gifts from god are slowly diminishing. As we know in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia the nature has been destroyed since Jakarta needs more buildings for houses, malls, schools, and offices due to its high population who came to Jakarta to have a better life. As Jakarta damaged the nature, we could see the problems about nature increased. The citizens of Jakarta couldn’t find place to throw away their garbage so they throw it to the river and when it’s raining season, the river starts to floods then they blame the nature for it. I think that they should reflect on themselves instead complaining the weather, the nature.

            Nowadays, people rarely enjoy nature, they prefer to do other things than to just sit and listen to sounds around them, listen to the sound of nature. There are also people who do a morning walk to avoid any kind of diseases but if we look closer, even when those people walk in a park through canopy trees, the plugged their earphones to their ears. Wouldn’t it will be better if they walk they listen to the music of nature? With the chirps of birds, feel the breeze that goes through them, sound of the leaves as they fall. It will relieve stress, and stress is a common cause to any disease.

            Nature itself has lots of benefits such as improved short term memory, restored mental energy, stress relief, reduce inflammation, and increased humans immune. We damaged nature even when they give us life; they give us oxygen without asking for feedbacks. Nature only asks us to take care of them but what have we given them? We destroy, damage, and complain the nature. What have the nature done that we did such things?

            Just remember that every time we cut down the tree, every time an oil spill despoils the ocean, we are destroying the most precious inheritance we can leave behind for the next generation, for the future.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Melly Goeslaw - Bunda


Kubuka album biru

Penuh debu dan usang
Ku pandangi semua gambar diri
Kecil bersih belum ternoda

Pikirkupun melayang
Dahulu penuh kasih
Teringat semua cerita orang
Tentang riwayatku

Kata mereka diriku slalu dimanja
Kata mereka diriku slalu dtimang

Nada nada yang indah
Slalu terurai darinya
Tangisan nakal dari bibirku
Takkan jadi deritanya

Tangan halus dan suci

Tlah mengangkat diri ini
Jiwa raga dan seluruh hidup
Rela dia berikan

Back to reff

Oh bunda ada dan tiada dirimu
Kan slalu ada di dalam hatiku

          When I was a little, I always cried each time this song was played because the lyrics are sad and It reminded me of how hard my mother struggled to takes care of me. I still remember when I attended my kindergarten's graduation, they played this songs and I cried during the whole events. This song is really heart warming and makes me feel sorry to my mother but also thankful.

           Melly Goeslaw is an Indonesian singer and songwriter. This song was published in 2006, when she was still in a band called "Potret" and this song were selected by Rolling Stones Indonesia as some of the best Indonesian songs of all time.

Monday, January 9, 2017


          Hi guys! It's been awhile since I left my blog, and now I want to tell you about how I spent my holiday. Well, I was quite busy this holiday because there is an Australian exchange student that live in my house for 2 months, her name is Caroline and I have to guide her around. The first week of holiday, me and my family went to Bali. We went to Uluwatu Temple, a place that we could watch kecak dance (Bali traditional dance) with sunset as it's background and it was so beautiful even though I've been here 3 times, I still enjoy the show. We also went to Ubud, to see the famous rice terrace but when we arrived there, it was raining so we couldn't get any decent photo, but it was okay. And we played some water games such as banana boat, flying fish, parasailing, and other fun stuffs at Nusa Dua Beach, the sun was so bright that I burned my face a little because I didn't use enough sunblock so my skin was dry and sore, but it's getting better now.

          During the new year's eve, I stayed at home to spend quality time with my family, we had a barbecue as our main course, salad, salmon, and other delicious food. We always spend new years eve at home because it was a lot easier and we avoid the traffic.

          The second week of holiday, I went to Jogjakarta. It was so humid and scalding there, I thought that Jogjakarta isn't as hot as Jakarta, but it was quite the same. In Jogjakarta, we went to Borobudur Temple one of the famous seven wonders, there were lots of tourist. We strolled around the city with becak, the traditional transportation and we bought some gifts and souvenirs at Malioboro Street. I also meet my friends there, we had dinner together at a restaurant. We went back to Bandung with a train, it was a nice experience since it's been a long time that I use train. I had a nice holiday even it was tiring, but in the same time it also very exciting.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Whitney Houston's Biography

Early Years

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Born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, Whitney Houston almost seemed destined from birth to become a singer. Her mother Cissy Houston, cousin Dionne Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin were all legendary figures in American gospel, soul and pop music. Cissy Houston was the choir minister at New Hope Baptist Church, and it was there that a young Whitney got her start. Even as a child, Whitney was able to wow audiences; she later told interviewer Diane Sawyer that a rapturous response from the congregation at New Hope had a powerful effect upon her: "I think I knew then that [my singing ability] was an infectious thing that God had given me."
By the time she turned 15, Whitney was performing often with her mother and trying to get a record deal of her own. Around the same time, she was discovered by a photographer who was awed by her natural beauty. She soon became an extremely sought-after teenage model, one of the first African-American women to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine. But music remained her true love.
When she was 19, Whitney Houston was discovered in a nightclub by the renowned Clive Davis of Arista Records, who signed her immediately and took the helm of her career as she navigated from gospel to pop stardom. In 1983, Houston made her debut on national television, appearing on The Merv Griffin Show to sing "Home" from the musical The Wiz. She and Davis spent the next two years working on her debut album, finding the best producers and songwriters available to showcase her amazing vocal talent.
Pop Stardom

In 1985, she released her debut album Whitney Houston and almost immediately became a smash pop sensation. Over the next year, her hit singles "Saving All My Love for You" and "How Will I Know" helped the album reach the top of the charts, where it stayed for 14 non-consecutive weeks. Houston won a Grammy in 1986 for "Saving All My Love for You"; the award was presented to the singer by her cousin Dionne Warwick. Houston followed the monumental success of her first album with a second release, Whitney, in 1987. That record, too, went platinum many times over and won a Grammy for the single "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," with a successful world tour following. During this time, the singer also appeared at a concert for Nelson Mandela's birthday and founded the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization that funds projects to help needy children over the world.
By 1992, Whitney Houston was on top of the world, but her life was about to get very complicated very quickly. That year she married the R&B singer Bobby Brown, formerly of New Edition, after a three-year engagement. At first the marriage was passionate and loving, but things turned sour as the decade progressed and both Brown and Houston battled substance abuse and increasingly erratic behavior, with Houston later alluding to emotional abuse from Brown and domestic violence.
In spite of these growing personal troubles, Houston continued to progress in her career, crossing over successfully into acting in 1992 by starring opposite Kevin Costner in the wildly popular The Bodyguard. With this project, she set a trend for her films to follow: For each movie she also released hit singles, creating sensational record sales for the soundtracks. Her smash single from The Bodyguard, a cover of Dolly Parton's 1974 "I Will Always Love You," proved to be Houston's biggest hit ever, spending a record-breaking 14 weeks atop the U.S. charts. The soundtrack album went on to win Houston three Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Later in the 1990s, Houston also starred in Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife, both accompanied by hit soundtracks as well.

Troubled Times
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In 1998, Houston released My Love Is Your Love, her first non-soundtrack studio album in many years, and it earned her another Grammy for the single "It's Not Right But It's Okay." But the album could not top the chart performance of her previous full-length releases. However, her collaboration with Mariah Carey in the animated film The Prince of Egypt produced a hit single, "When You Believe," which won an Academy Award.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Houston's increasingly rocky marriage, struggles with drugs and health problems threatened to derail her career. Several concert cancellations and a notorious TV interview with Diane Sawyer in 2002 in which Houston appeared far too thin and in poor health led many to speculate that she was on the verge of a breakdown.
In 2004, Bobby Brown began filming a reality show for Bravo entitled Being Bobby Brown; Houston received substantial airtime. The show aired during the worst years of the couple's crumbling marriage; drug use, lifestyle excess and bad behavior were all caught on tape and Houston's reputation sunk to new lows. Houston tried to ignore the controversy, charging ahead with her music by releasing Just Whitney… to combat her detractors, but it did not match the success of her earlier works. In spite of her troubled relationship, Houston was still celebrated as a singer, being named the most-awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records in 2006.
Over the next few years, Houston attempted to repair her marriage and to break her drug habit, but after several relapses her mother Cissy had to step in. As Houston explained to Oprah Winfrey in 2009: "[My mother] walks in with the sheriff and she says: 'I have a court injunction here. You do it my way or we're not going to do this at all. You're going to go on TV, and you're going to retire. And say you're going to give this up because it's not worth it.'" Whitney took a break from her career, divorced Bobby Brown in 2007 and won sole custody of their child, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.
After almost a decade of struggling with her personal life, Houston seemed to be pulling herself together. She released a new album, I Look To You, in 2009. "The songs themselves will speak to you and you'll understand where I am and some of the changes I've gone through for the better," Houston told Entertainment Tonight. The recording received a warm welcome from music fans, making it to the top of album charts. Her live shows, however, garnered mixed reviews, with some complaining about the quality of her voice. 

Death and Legacy
In early 2012, Houston was rumored to be experiencing financial trouble, but she denied this claim. She, in fact, seemed to be poised for a career upswing. Houston worked on a new musical film Sparkle with Jordin Sparks, a remake of the 1976 movie about an all-girl musical group similar to The Supremes. She had reportedly been approached to join the singing competition The X Factor as a judge. Unfortunately, Houston did not live long enough to see the latest comeback reach fruition.
Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 on February 11, 2012, in Los Angeles at a Beverly Hilton hotel where a Grammy party was being held by Clive Davis. Houston had been seen out in the days before her death, including at one of the pre-Grammy parties. According to a report released by the Los Angeles County coroner's office on March 22, 2012, the official cause of her death was accidental drowning. The effects of heart disease and cocaine found in her system were contributing factors as well. With her passing, the music world lost one of its most legendary stars. Davis once said that Houston "is in the great tradition of great, great singers, whether it's Lena Horne or Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughn or Gladys Knight."
Bobbi Kristina
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Daughter Bobbi Kristina dealt with much tumult after the death of her mother. She was hospitalized immediately after the passing of Houston due to emotional trauma, but later spoke with Winfrey about returning to her mother's home and feeling her mother's presence. Houston left everything to her daughter, but with grandmother Cissy fearing that the fortune could become the target of predators, sister-in-law Pat Houston became the executor of the estate.
Bobbi Kristina had public conflicts with her grandmother over the publishing of the Houston biography Remembering Whitney. In early 2014 she was reported to have been married to Nick Gordon, who had been taken in by Houston during his childhood and raised with Bobbi Kristina, yet later reports stated that they weren't legally wed. In another confrontation, she made disparaging comments via Twitter about Angela Bassett after the actress/director opted to cast a trained actress in the lead role of a Houston biopic instead of Bobbi Kristina.
On January 31, 2015, nearly three years to the date of her mother's death, Bobbi Kristina was discovered face down in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia home by associate Max Lomas. After being admitted to North Fulton Hospital, she was eventually taken to Emory University Hospital, having been placed into a medically-induced coma. 
Bobby Brown and grandmother Cissy visited her bedside amid calls for public support and prayer, with a public candlelight vigil held on February 10 in suburban Atlanta. Bobbi Kristina Brown died on July 26, 2015 at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. She was 22 years old.
Investigations remain ongoing into the circumstances of how the young woman was found and her home situation with Gordon. It was also revealed by the Associated Press via police reports that days before she was hospitalized, Bobbi Kristina had lost control of a jeep she was driving and crashed into another car, with two people receiving medical attention.  
Her Voice Before and After Drugs

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Story of Hansel and Gretel

          There once lived a poor woodcutter, his wife and their 2 children, Hansel and Gretel. Unfortunately, their mother died when they were young and his father remarried thus making Hansel and Gretel living with a stepmother. When a great famine settles over the land, the woodcutter's abusive second wife decides to take the children into the woods. Her plan was to abandon the children into the woods because the children eat way too much, so that's the only solution for them to not starve to death. However, her husband, Hansel and Gretel's father, opposed the plan but finally he agreed with the idea. While talking about their plan, they were unaware that Hansel and Gretel have overheard them from the children's bedroom. After the parents have gone to bed, Hansel sneaks out of the house and gathers as many bread as he can, then returns to his room, reassuring Gretel that God will not forsake them.
                    Two day later, the family took a trip into the woods. As they walked down the forest, Hansel left some bread crumbs every time they went deeper into the forest. Then, their parents left them as they were in the heart of the forest. Unfortunately, the bread crumbs were eaten by some local birds, thus making them completely lost. 
          After days of wandering, they follow a beautiful white bird to a clearing in the woods, where they discover a large cottage built of gingerbread and cakes with window panes of clear sugar and a candy-cane door handle. Hungry and tired, the children begin to eat the rooftop of the candy house when the door opens. A hideous old hag emerges and lures them inside with the promise of soft beds and delicious food. Unaware that their hostess is a bloodthirsty witch who built the gingerbread house to lure children to her to cook and eat them, the children enter the house.
          The following morning the witch locks Hansel in a cage, and forces Gretel into becoming a slave. The witch force-feeds Hansel regularly to fatten him up, but he cleverly offers a bone and the witch feels it, thinking it is his finger. Due to her blindness, she is fooled into thinking Hansel is still too thin to eat. After weeks of this, the witch grows impatient and decides to eat Hansel anyway.
          The witch prepares the oven for Hansel, but decides to kill Gretel as well. She coaxes Gretel to open the oven and prods her to lean over in front of it to see whether the fire is hot enough. Sensing the witch's intent, Gretel pretends that she does not understand what she is being told to do. Infuriated, the witch demonstrates and Gretel instantly shoves her into the oven and slams and bolts the door shut. Gretel frees Hansel from the cage and the pair discover a vase full of treasure and precious stones. Putting the jewels into their clothing, the children set off for home.
          A swan ferries them across an expanse of water. When they reach the house, they discover that their stepmother has died and that their father has spent his days mourning his children's deaths. When he sees them, he becomes happy again. The family becomes rich thanks to the witch's treasure and they all live happily ever after.
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The illustration of Hansel and Gretel

       Nabila Hadini
       Rafi Musthafa

Monday, October 3, 2016



To all of the students and alumni of SMAN 3 Bandung,
Our school's 50th anniversary is coming soon!
And we would like to invite you to celebrate this event with us
with RAN and Raisa as our guest star

This event will be held:

At Lapangan Bali
On Saturday, 6th August 2016
From 5.00 PM to 10.00 PM 

Don't miss the chance to experience an unforgettable night with us!

For further information, please contact us 
via line @SMAN3Bandung

Monday, September 26, 2016

Unforgettable Moment

             Earlier 2012, me and my family decided to go umrah and I was 12 that time, I didn't quiet know what was the meaning of it, but still, I looked for it. I remember feeling excited, nervous, and also quite scared as I boarded from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport of Indonesia in Jakarta.
          It took about 10 hours, maybe, I don't know, I barely remember, but it took such a long time in the airplane. Eventhough it took lots of time, I still didn't get tired or bored because there was a tv in front of each seats that allows us to play games, watching movies/series, listens to musics, and others.
          The colourful bustle of Dubai, array of new faces, different languages and vibrant personalities from around the world filled the grand airport of Dubai. I was so amazed with the atmosphere of this place, with such high technologies stuffs and modern skyscrapers that I didn't even know it was exist before. We wait there for around 4 hours and we would take another plane to go to Jeddah and we' would take a bus to go to Mecca.  
          There was a sense of deep-rooted history and soul in Jeddah, which was in stark contrast to the somewhat soulless Bandung. I saw men dressed in the two white pieces of cloth which they are required to wear from the miqaat (the point at which Muslims performing the Hajj or Umrah must enter into the correct spiritual and physical state that is ihram) and women dressed in white clothes and hijab. The simplicity of it, I thought, was quite beautiful; basic clothing, no makeup, nothing fancy, just back to basics, enchanting their inner beuty..From Jeddah, I would make my way to Islam’s holiest site.
          We arrived in Mecca, another metropolitan city with a rich history of trade with it's crowds. We checked into the hotel and as we walked from the hotel to Al-Masjid Al-Haram (the Grand Mosque), the atmosphere transformed from bustle and noise, to tranquillity. When I looked up and saw the mosque, the feeling was surreal. This could have been a dream. I just couldn’t believe I was there, in a land where past Prophets had live and died and where history had been written.
          We fulfilled the rituals; circumambulating the Kaaba which was reconstructed by the prophet Ibrahim, walking between the two hills where Hajar, the wife of Ibrahim, once ran, frantically searching for water to quench her baby’s thirst. The Kaaba with Muslims of all nationalities circumambulating resembled the planets orbiting the sun. There was a sense of unity and harmony in the motions, which I was now part of. If had to summarise what I felt in a word, it would be peace.
          As we finished our umrah, we did some shoppings, visited historic places, discovered the cuisines and walked around Mecca for the rest 2 days that we stayed here. And after we went to Mecca, we would go to Medina to visit Prophet Muhammad's grave and the beautiful 'Nabawi Mosque'. I fell in love with the architecture of this mosque, it was so impressive and yet artistic. 
         We stayed in Medina for about 4 days, and we would continue our trip to Turkey. Well as you already knew, Turkey, was sublime. Not only the scenery, but also its climate, architecture and the mixture of islamic-europe culture.
         If only I could turn back time, I tremendously wanted to rewind these magnificent moments.