26 Dec 2012

These people are the ones I've spent my latest 3,5 years with. And it breaks my heart to say that this might be the last time we took pictures like this.

An Update from Miss Molly

25 Dec 2012

Two nights ago, Ernestine successfully guessed that I named my cat after Molly Hooper, the pathology lab assistant who works at the morgue of Barts in Sherlock BBC. Yeah, I'm that obsessed with the series. Actually, I'm planning on getting two more (male) cats and name them Sherlock and John. Oh how wonderful it would be...

A few days ago, Molly went outside, just like she always does every morning, and got into a fight with a big cat. She came how very dirty and shaking. She's still too young for a cat fight, I guess. I gave her a warm bath and hugged her for half an hour. Poor creature... :(

After that incident, Molly still goes outside every morning, but never too far from our front door. I guess she learnt a lesson from the fight.

The Apocalypse

22 Dec 2012

Hi! Just a quick post to let you know that I survived the apocalypse and that I am safe and sound. Hope everyone is doing okay too!

PS. I put "2012 apocalypse survivor" under my photo on the sidebar, just so you know ;)

PPS. Those pictures above have nothing to do with the post, actually. (Duh!)

At the Parking Lot

19 Dec 2012

Have you ever remembered someone all of a sudden and how he treated you wrong, and then you looked around and found that there is someone else in front of you now who treats you so much better than him? I know I shouldn't have compared them, as it's unfair for both of them, but I couldn't help it. I couldn't help but think how lucky I am now to have this person by my side. Perhaps I've finally found someone worth fighting for.

(And there you were, at the parking lot, folding the raincoat for me.)

Almeria versus Crazy World

17 Dec 2012

On 11 December, two of my favourite bands released their latest albums: Lifehouse with their Almeria, and Boys Like Girls with their Crazy World. Both of them had released a single a few months ago, so I had been waiting excitedly for these two albums.

However, I must say that I'm a bit disappointed with Almeria. Lifehouse's last album before it (Smoke and Mirrors) was very good. Of all the 18 tracks, only 2 or 3 that I didn't like. Almeria has 13 tracks, and the only one I like is only Between The Raindrops. The rest of the album don't sound like Lifehouse at all. Well, I understand that they wanted to try new things, but this thing they did didn't please my ear. Sorry.

Crazy World, on the other hand, has made me fall in love right since the first seconds of the first track, The First Time. Boys Like Girls have released three albums so far, and I've never been disappointed with any of them. They surely tried new things in Crazy World, but they didn't lose their identity. The songs are still 'Boys Like Girls-ish'.

What do you think? Have you bought these albums? Which album do you think is the better one?

Table Manner: Round 2

16 Dec 2012

You might (or might not) remember that last year I took a table manner course as one of the requirements to pass Intercultural Communication class. I passed the class successfully (I got a B); but since I was supposed to take that class this semester, I didn't take the table manner course with my classmates. It was such a bummer because I got to attend the course with seniors. I didn't dress very well and didn't take many pictures.

That was why I decided to retake the course (not the class, though; only the table manner course).

Last year, the table manner course was held at lunch time and the students wore more casual. This year, it was held at dinner time and we were asked to wear formal clothes. The guys were all suited up and the girls wore dresses. Everybody took the course very seriously that some of them went dress and shoes hunting and such. Suddenly it was all like high school and prom night over again. It was fun, though, since I didn't attend my senior prom in high school (it's a sad story I don't wanna tell ya. Sorry...)

I wore a cute pink-ish purple floral dress (of which Velentina said was unlike me at all) and had my make up and hijab done by Ian. I took 130+ photos and had fun. It was much more fun than last year, I swear!

And being pretty didn't prevent me from being me. I photobombed. A lot!

"Guru adalah pahlawan tanpa tanda jasa."

4 Dec 2012

The title is a famous saying in my country. I don't know if there's an English version of the saying, but it literally means "Teachers are heroes without medals." You know, since they have a very noble and honourable job, teaching (and raising) young generations and future leaders.

And I may or may not become one.

Growing up, I had always wanted to be a teacher. When I was a kid, I used to play with my friends where they played students and I got to play the teacher. It was fun. And I also have some relatives who are teachers, so teaching has been a part of my life so far. When I was a senior in high school, I knew that I wanted to go major in English education. It was simply because 1) I wanted to be a teacher; and 2) I loved English.

My dad was a little bit (just a tiny bit) against my idea. He thought that I shouldn't have taken English as my major; English was supposed to be a complementary, not the primary thing to study. But he let me choose it anyway.

And here I am now, almost at the end of my seventh semester in English Education Department. Do I still want to be a teacher? I doubt so. Why, you may ask? Because I partially don't feel the passion anymore. When I'm sitting in front of my laptop like this, writing and reading stuffs on the internet, being a teacher is not what I want anymore. I want to be something else, just not teacher.

However, I really enjoyed teaching in fifth grade a few weeks ago. I even thought of going back to the school to teach for several more meetings.

I've still yet to figure out what I want to be after graduating university and getting my sarjana pendidikan degree. But as for now, I know I have to be a teacher. At least for the student teaching program; one full semester starting on February.

Oh and by the way, did I tell you that I'm going to student-teach in SMAN 3 Bandung? It's currently number one high school in Bandung. Boy am I so afraid to start this program.

Oh December!

2 Dec 2012

For us seniors, this December is the last month to sit in class and (pretend to) listen to the teachers and lecturers. This is the last month to be overwhelmed by the (seemingly) never ending homeworks and assignments. Next month, we're all going to have our very last exams as college students. After that, we'll have a drama performance and then we should say goodbye to campus life and focus on the student teaching program. The program will last for a semester, and then we should start focusing on our final paper.

The end is near; it's actually getting closer and closer each day.

Quoted Saturday

1 Dec 2012

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. (Paulo Coelho)
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Hi! Miss Molly here! (And I got tons of pictures of me.)

29 Nov 2012

Silly Darla took a blurry picture of me
Hello... I'm Miss Molly, Darla's new cat. She loves me so much that she allows me to write a blog post on invade her blog. So, let me introduce myself:

My name is Molly. Duh. But I prefer being called Miss Molly. Thank you.

I'm only 4 months old, but I'm already fabulous. I even have black spots on the right side and left side of my nose which look like a moustache. Add a monocle, and I look like this guy.

Once at a red light.

26 Nov 2012


I have been riding my motorcycle everywhere since June 2010. I have also been ranting and rambling and complaining about this city's traffic on Twitter since June 2010. Bandung is a beautiful city but the traffic is seriously annoying. I have met a lot of ignorant people who don't give a damn about their lives, let alone other people's, by recklessly driving. I do believe that my ability to curse has been increasing for the past two years. Seriously.

However, last Sunday morning, I met an extraordinary man who successfully made me smile all my way to Arif's place.

That Sunday, I had a meeting appointment with some people in Arif's place. I went there by riding my motorcycle as usual. I was at a red light in Sukajadi, when a man riding his motorcycle with (seemingly) his wife stopped beside me. He looked at me and noticed that I was bringing an extra helmet. He then mocked me "Why do you have two helmets with you? I bet you told your mother that you were meeting a friend, when it really is a guy you are going to see." And then he laughed. I looked at him, rather surprised since no stranger had ever talked to me at red lights; though I laughed anyway. But the light turned green right then and we had to drive off.

It was just a simple joke that you might find not funny at all, but it really made my day. I had always thought of the traffic as the ugliest side of the society, but this man had given me back a little hope for mankind.

Quoted Saturday

24 Nov 2012

When all the wishes in your mind, all the dreams you’ve had and all the things you’ve ever hoped for soared into the sky and were reflected in someone’s eyes, then you have found your destiny. (Anonymous)
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Welcoming a new family member.

16 Nov 2012

So, my future career as a crazy cat lady has officialy begun, as yesterday I brought home a 4-month-old cat. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Miss Molly:

I am yet to take better pictures using a proper camera. Those are taken from my Instagram (follow @DarlaOct!).

And yes, that last picture is Miss Molly messing around with my laptop and watching One Direction's video for What Makes You Beautiful. I have a Directioner cat!

The Winner Takes It All

13 Nov 2012

I'm just so much in love with ABBA. It's a shame that they haven't reunited and recorded a new album yet. I mean, come on! Who else could create such a sad, sad song with the music that we can dance to?

Weekend is for...

11 Nov 2012

1. ... boarding a third-class passenger train to Padalarang together for the first time.

2. ... going to a wedding reception together for the first time.

How was your weekend?

Quoted Saturday

10 Nov 2012


So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them. (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)


6 Nov 2012

Tonight, he and I talked about several things for two hours. I've been a little bit more sensitive than I usually am, but talking to him tonight had made it better. It's nice, sometimes, to just sit and talk and listen and do nothing else.


5 Nov 2012

One week before started teaching at Cipaganti Elementary, my friends and I did an observation there. We sat at the back of the class and watched the teacher delivering the lesson. At one point, one of my friends was asked to pronounce some words in front of the class for the students to repeat. She accidentally pronounced ninth as [neenth] instead of [nahynth] and the students all followed her.

This is the kind of mistake that I'm afraid I would do when teaching them.

She said she would fix it when she got her chance to teach the class, though. Her turn is this coming Wednesday. Mine is next week. It's getting closer and closer. I'm really nervous.

Birthday Gifts

4 Nov 2012

Last week, on Friday, I had my 21st birthday. And you know what is the most exciting part of having a birthday? No, not the aging, but the gifts! Oh yes, the gifts! (I'm 21, but still 5 on the inside...)

So, I'm skipping the regular Weekend is for... series to share with you what I got for my birthday. Here they are:


1 Nov 2012

My manfriend is bad not so good at this game :p

I have to admit that this game is kinda addicted. Besides, it's available for Android devices too. So, yeah...

Do you play this game? I'm darlaoct. Challenge me! :)

Teaching Fifth Graders

31 Oct 2012

I'm not new in teaching. I gave a private English course to a second grader when I was in tenth grade. I also taught a 19 year old boy to prepare for SNMPTN when I was in fourth semester. Not to mention the microteachings I had done for Teaching Media and English Teaching and Learning classes. However, for the English for Teaching Young Learners class I'm taking this semester, I must teach in a real classroom, in a real school, with real students. I'd be lying if I said that it didn't freak me out. I'm really nervous. What if the students don't like me and give me troubles during the class? What if I do something wrong, like pronouncing a word wrong and they end up pronouncing it wrong too? I took Teaching English to Young Learners class last semester, and from that class I can conclude that teaching children is not easy and we have to be very careful. They're still in the phase of immitating and if we do something wrong, they can carry that wrong thing all their life.

This Wednesday, it was Ijal's turn to teach in the fifth grade in Cipaganti Elementary. I myself got the third turn, so I will teach in the next two weeks. Ijal did a very good job, by the way. He could grab the students' attention and kept them excited during the whole lesson (something I'm not sure I could do when it comes my turn to teach them). Ijal used puppets, the "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" song, and Simon Says game. His lesson's focus was on listening, whilst mine would be on reading. Reading; sounds boring huh? A lot of people don't like reading nowadays, especially children. So I have to come up with a really good idea to make the lesson fun and interesting (since they are the keys of teaching children).

Now, now... Do you guys have any idea to help me out?

PS. I changed my header and tweaked some stuffs yesterday. Do you like it?

Trifles (another 'nevermind!' post)

30 Oct 2012

Merriam-Webster Dictionary's definition of trifle

Last week we were assigned to discuss a play script written by Susan Glaspell entitled "Trifles". It was about an investigation of a murder of John Wright in his bedroom with her wife, Minnie Wright, as the main suspect. The class was divided into 6 groups, and my group was assigned to discuss the theme of the play. I, being the internet-addict (and the laziest student my university has ever had) that I am, decided to google it and found some arguments that the play has the theme of feminism. Here's what I finally delivered as a report in front of the class:

In this play, the male characters mock the female ones because they think that the ladies put too much attention to small and 'unimportant' things. This makes the title: Trifles. The men keep looking for evidence in the form of weapons, blood, prints, and such. The women, on the other hand, pay more attention to the personal side of the suspect in the form of the state of her kitchen and all the things they can find there; or the real evidence, as the ladies can find the real motive behind the murder whilst the men find nothing.

The first thing that came into my mind when I concluded said things about was exactly like: "Oh my God, this is so true!" Putting too much attention to small and 'unimportant' things? That's us, ladies. From my own experience, I believe that I tend to overthink and overanalyse small things in my everyday life. On one of those days, I could spend more than an hour to decide which clothes I should wear or if my headscarf match my shirt or not. Small things like that could easily stress me out.

And right now, I've been feeling so grumpy about a really unimportant thing (and by 'unimportant', I mean 'very, VERY unimportant'): my relationship status on Facebook. I know, right?

This is silly. Thinking about this trifle won't help me solve any murder cases; nor will it help me get through all these assignments that I really should pay attention to instead.

Oh nostalgia!

29 Oct 2012

If you're friends with me on Facebook, you might've seen that a few weeks ago I posted tons of old anime songs (with Indonesian dub) I found on YouTube. From all the videos I shared, this one is my favourite. It's the closing theme of Mojacko, a series about a boy who befriends aliens. It was aired when I was still in elementary school. This song is very catchy and the singer's voice is also good, unlike most of the other songs' singers.

This is the Indonesian dubbed version:

This is the original version:

Good, isn't it? What do you think? Do you know this anime series?

Weekend is for...

28 Oct 2012

1. ... celebrating Eid al Adha (and my birthday!)

Ciwastra, 26 October 2012

2. ... going on a date to the zoo and posing with the elephants.

Kebun Binatang Bandung, 27 October 2012

3. ... having a BBQ party with my manfriend and our friends.

Supadio 18, 28 October 2012

How was your weekend?

Quoted Saturday

27 Oct 2012

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. (Louise Erdrich)

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Eid Mubarak and Happy Birthday to Me!

26 Oct 2012

My web developer manfriend made me a 'cake' for my birthday.

Today I turn 21.
And this year my birthday happens to be the exact same day as Eid al Adha.

These friends are golden.

23 Oct 2012

Let's spend a minute just to talk about how thankful I am for having these girls as my best friends. I keep drifting away from them every now and then, but they're always there for me whenever I'm in need of anything. I love them very much.

PS. Ian just started wearing hijab yesterday. How wonderful could it be? :)

A Confession.

22 Oct 2012

I feel like I'm starting to lose myself.

These things I'm on: college, friendship, or even just life in general; I feel like they're all tumbling down. I can't keep my head on every subject I'm taking this semester. I'm drifting away from all of my friends (I haven't even met Mijra for weeks. Sorry, dude...) And I'm slowly yet surely taking myself away from the world. I'd prefer lying down doing nothing. I have zero motivation in studying. I don't want to be a teacher anymore. I feel like this is the lowest point of my life so far.

I don't know me anymore.

Weekend is for...

21 Oct 2012

... having lunch with my boyfriend.

How was your weekend?

Vicky's Graduation Day

17 Oct 2012

Today is Vicky's graduation day. And because she just had her birthday five days ago, we decided to surprise her with a birthday cake on her graduation day.

Here's to the new phase in your life, Vicky. We love you!!!

Weekend is for...

14 Oct 2012

1. ... going to Kickfest with my favourite person.

2. ... playing badminton with said person.

How was your weekend?

"But I promise you, you'll see the sun again."

11 Oct 2012


See The Sun by Dido on Grooveshark

And you're asking me why pain's the only way to happiness,
and I promise you you'll see the sun again...

In which I got a new phone.

10 Oct 2012

Ladies and gents, let me introduce you to my new phone! It's the newest one in the Sony Xperia series: Sony Xperia Miro. And because it's still new, the only available colour is black. So far, it has everything I could ask for from a phone. It perfectly suits me in every single way (no exaggeration at all :p). I may or may not write a review about it soon, so just stick around, will ya? ;)

I am so happy. Woohoo!

Weekend is for...

7 Oct 2012

... spending two days and one night in a beach with my family.

Pangandaran Beach Ciamis, 5 October 2012

How was your weekend?

And so it's safe to say that I don't have a phone now.

1 Oct 2012

I had planned to write how shitty September was for me and how I had these hopes and fears for October. However, since my phone decided to die and went into coma last night, I think I'll just save those things for later and ramble about my phone instead.

So, last night I'd finally had enough with all the forced-closes and lags. I googled the latest version of GingerDX and downloaded it. I installed it on my phone, but then my phone got stuck on this screen after reboot:

Based on what I read in an article, it is called 'soft brick'. No worries, though. I just needed to repair it using the PC companion software, and so I did. And it worked. But it got my phone back to unrooted Eclair. That means I could only do very limited things with my phone. I tried to root it again and re-installed GingerDX (because, ya know, you can't use Instagram on Eclair). Andddddd... it went nuts once again. It's been on the same screen for hours now.

Guess it's time for me to get a new phone.

Weekend is for...

30 Sep 2012

1. ... going out to watch my team beat Arsenal 2-1 in a London derby on a Saturday night with my sis and my favourite person.

2. ... going to Bandung Air Show with my mum and my niece.

Husein Sastranegara International Airport Bandung, 30 September 2012

How was your weekend?

Quoted Saturday

22 Sep 2012

In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are at its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of people be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved integrity. Do not lose your knowledge that our proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it’s yours. (Ayn Rand)

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