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Mendeskripsikan Aroma yang Membangkitkan Emosi (2)

Lanjutan dari artikel beberapa hari yang lalu; Mendeskripsikan Aroma yang Membangkitkan Emosi

Menyontek dari wikihow tentang cara mendeskripsikan aroma dan menambal-sulam dari pengalaman sendiri, akhirnya ada beberapa hal yang kudapat, setidaknya dari diri sendiri, bukan secara saintifik, tentang bagaimana mendeskripsikan aroma. Kita butuh ini, karena aroma selalu membuat emosi terjentik dengan mudah.

Membangun Indera-indera yang Lain

 

Dalam bahasa Indonesia, ternyata kutemukan istilah-istilah untuk mendeskripsikan aroma jauh lebih banyak daripada bahasa Inggris. Kemudiannya, aku tahu kalau kekayaan bahasa Indonesia juga dipengaruhi oleh kekayaan bahasa daerah di sini. Contohnya saja, istilah sengit, yang mendefinisikan aroma terbakar atau yang biasanya dikeluarkan serangga, berasal dari bahasa Jawa. Lainnya? Terlalu panjang kalau dideskripsikan di sini.

Jadi, sebenarnya akan lebih mudah untuk mendeskripsikan aroma dalam bahasa Indonesia. Itulah keindahan bahasa nasional kita 😉

Bagaimanapun, untuk semakin mempercantik kalimat, satu kata saja tidak cukup. Kita bisa menggunakan kata harum untuk sebuah bunga, tapi harum seperti apa? Aroma mawar dan aroma melati bisa dikatakan sangat jauh berbeda. Kalau aku mencoba mendeskripsikan dengan lebih jauh, aroma mawar menyentuh indera penciuman kita dengan lebih lembut dan mengawang. Bandingkan dengan keharuman aroma melati yang menyengat, menusuk indera penciuman dengan aroma yang lebih tajam.

Di sini, aku menggunakan kata-kata semacam lembut dan tajam. Keduanya sebenarnya lebih tepat digunakan untuk indera peraba yang adanya di kulit. Ini yang kumaksudkan dengan membangun indera-indera yang lain.

Yang pasti, penggunaan indera ini lebih untuk analogi, daripada menjelaskan aroma dengan konkrit. Ya, analogi yang lain-lain juga,  sih. Misalnya lagi,

Bunga itu berwarna kekuningan dengan aroma yang membangkitkan kehangatan pagi hari, pun sesegar berkas matahari yang masih bersinar malu-malu.

Pada kalimat di atas, aku mencoba mendeskripsikan aroma dengan menggunakan indera penglihatan, tanpa melupakan kata-kata kunci yang menggambarkan aroma. Seperti “sesegar” yang biasa digunakan untuk mendeskripsikan aroma.

Yang paling sering kulakukan juga adalah menggunakan indera pencecap alias lidah, seperti aroma yang manis, kecut, atau sebagainya. Entah kenapa hal ini lebih mudah untuk dibayangkan daripada aroma yang sifatnya mengawang-ngawang. Kenapa, ya?

Membandingkan Aroma dengan Situasi Lain

 

Menganalogikan aroma dengan situasi lain juga bisa memperkaya deskripsi kita dalam menggambarkan aroma. Seperti contoh sebelumnya, aku membandingkan aroma dengan kehangatan cahaya matahari pagi dan berkas sinarnya. Ini juga analogi dalam situasi yang lain.

Sebelumnya, aku sudah memberitahukan kalau aku menyukai aroma selepas hujan, dengan aroma kayu dan rumput yang lembab, tapi aku sendiri selalu menemui kesulitan untuk menyampaikan aroma yang kupersepsikan dengan persis apa yang aku dapatkan sendiri. Namun, memang untuk mendeskripsikan aroma bukan sekadar untuk menyamakan persepsi atau membuat orang lain berpikir seperti yang kita mau. Dalam mendeskripsikan aroma, terutama dalam tulisan fiksi, itu artinya mencoba membangkitkan emosi dengan cara yang lebih unik.

Dalam hal ini, hujan tentu selalu membawa kenangan, siapapun akan berpikiran sama. Hujan selalu ada, dan memberi kesan lebih mendalam dengan suasana yang dingin dan sejuk. Semua orang akan memikirkan kenang-kenangan masa lalu terkait dengan hujan.

Kita bisa bermain kata di sini, dengan mendeskripsikan aroma hujan dengan kenangan semasa kecil, karena siapapun pernah bermain hujan ketika kecil. Misal,

Aroma hujan menarik ia ke masa lalu, di mana ia kecil tak berdaya, tapi tak ada beban yang dipikul. Aroma kenangan seperti kaki-kaki kecil yang menghempas-hempas kubangan air yang tiba-tiba saja muncul.

Saat aku mendeskripsikan ini, dengan segera aku kembali ke masa kecil, ketika aku berani berbasah-basah tanpa mencemaskan macam-macam. Bagaimana dengan aku yang sekarang, sepatu basah saja aku bisa merasa kesal. Boring adult hehe…

Bisa juga mendeskripsikan dengan sesuatu yang menyebalkan. Misal,

Aroma itu busuk dan berbau tidak enak, seperti tempat pembuangan sampah dengan banyak belatung di tengahnya.

Weew, lebih baik kalimat di atas ini dijadikan bagian dari cerita thriller, ya, jangan romance, hehe…

Analogi dengan Aroma Lain

 

Sebenarnya, ini cara mendeskripsikan aroma yang paling tidak memuaskan menurutku. Masalahnya, ini hanya akan merambat kepada pikiran-pikiran lain tentang bagaimana lanjutan mendeskripsikan kata yang kita pakai untuk menganalogikan satu aroma. Rasanya dia hanya jadi aroma di atas aroma.

Misal, aroma ruangan itu menebarkan aroma bunga. Nah? Aroma bunga yang seperti apa? Jadinya, aku merasa kurang puas. Tapi, tentu saja, daripada meninggalkan ketidakpuasan seperti itu, aku bisa juga mengembangkannya dengan cara mendeskripsikan aroma yang lain. Misalnya dengan menambahkan;

 

Mengingatkannya akan sejuknya embun pagi hari yang mengitari taman yang sepi,

atau

 

Membangkitkan kenangannya akan kampung halaman yang penuh dengan bunga-bunga tropis.

Yang pasti, tentunya kita harus menggunakan perbandingan dari dua benda yang sangat berbeda. Maksudnya, tidak mungkin menganalogikan aroma bunga yang satu dengan bunga yang lain, kan? Rasanya jadi tidak masuk akal dan memang hampir tidak mungkin membandingkan aroma objek yang sama, karena biasanya memang mereka pastinya memiliki aroma yang berbeda. Misalkan,

 

Aroma tubuhnya sesegar lavender yang bercumbu dengan embun pagi hari.

 

Atau yang paling sederhana dan terlalu jelas untuk dideskripsikan, bunga bangkai yang mirip dengan bau bangkai atau kotoran. Haha, rasanya tidak perlu lagi dijadikan contoh.

Mendeskripsikan Aroma seperti Pelaku

Kita mungkin sering mendengar bagaimana nyiur melambai, angin berhembus, majas yang kuingat sebagai majas personifikasi, dimana kita memposisikan benda mati seperti benda hidup. Karena yang biasanya melambai adalah tangan manusia, kan? Atau, yang kekerabatannya dekat dengan kita, seperti hewan primata lah.

Lantas, kenapa tidak kita coba dengan aroma? Kita bisa personifikasikan aroma dan membuatnya seperti kanak-kanak yang nakal, atau orang dewasa dengan pendirian yang kaku dan dingin. Dia bisa melambai, menggelitik, atau yang lain-lain. Aku paling suka penggambaran aroma seperti ini. Tidak hanya aroma, aku paling suka menggambarkan majas personifikasi dalam hal apapun. Misal,

 

Aroma bensin itu menguar kuat, melompat-lompat di indera penciumannya, mengganggu dan mengolok-oloknya.

Di sini, aroma bertingkah seperti anak-anak iseng yang riuh-rendah suka mengolok-olok. Ini membuat kita merasa lebih dekat dengan aroma, bukan? Walaupun, aroma itu tidak tergambar secara konkrit, tapi emosi yang didapat dari aroma itu cukup jelas.

Apa lagi, ya? Mungkin;

Aroma pantai itu membelai hidungnya dengan lembut, membisikkan kata-kata yang melepasnya untuk terlelap.

Sejauh ini, hanya beberapa poin di atas yang aku temukan. Mungkin ada lagi yang lebih menarik kalau dibahas lebih lanjut atau ada cara-cara mendeskripsikan aroma yang lebih unik. Kalau memang ada yang lain lagi terbersit di pikiran, nanti aku update lagi.

Akhir kata, kalau contoh-contohnya agak mirip dengan wikihow, mohon dimaklumi, karena memang inspirasinya datang dari sana. Tapi, masalah-masalah begini lebih enak didiskusikan, karena ini murni opini yang tidak ada dasar keilmuannya. Mudah-mudahan ada lulusan sarjana bahasa Indonesia atau Sastra Indonesia yang mampir untuk mendefinisikan keilmuannya. Atau, siapa saja juga boleh diskusi dengan meninggalkan komentar. Ditunggu, ya 😉

 

Ini artikel lengkap dari wikihow tentang bagaimana mendeskripsikan aroma (Sayang, dalam bahasa Indonesia aku belum menemukan); Describe a Smell by WikiHow

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Mendeskripsikan Aroma yang Membangkitkan Emosi

Sekarang aku menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia. Kenapa? Waktu aku browsing google, aku kesulitan menemukan situs Indonesia yang membahas tentang cara mendeskripsikan aroma lewat kata-kata, kebanyakan malah bicara parfum. Sebenarnya, situs-situs parfum itu mungkin membantu dalam menemukan beberapa kata, tapi tidak sepenuhnya bisa membantu untuk mendeskripsikan aroma dalam kisah fiksi yang bisa sangat membantu dalam membangkitkan emosi pembaca.

Secara saintifik, aku tidak punya sumber. Namun, aku ingin mengeksplor banyak hal dari deskripsi aroma sebagai pelengkap setting kisah fiksi.

Novel yang aku tahu bicara tentang aroma secara mendalam adalah Perfume dari Patrick Süskind, dimana tokohnya mengenal dunia hanya lewat aroma. Ulasan lengkapnya di sini : Perfume .

Salah satu deskripsi aroma yang aku ingat dari buku ini adalah aroma manusia yang seperti keju asam. Analogi yang bagus.

Kenapa sulit sekali mendeskripsikan aroma? Karena aroma tidak berbuat apapun. Ia tidak berhembus seperti angin, ia tidak melambai seperti nyiur, ia tidak menari seperti api, aroma hanya sensasi yang tertangkap oleh hidung.

Memang ada beberapa aroma yang bisa dideskripsikan dengan gamblang. Busuk, pesing, apak, harum, segar, sengit. Belum-belum aku sudah pusing mencari yang lain selain enam ini. Kalau sudah begini, aku jadi salut dengan bahasa daerah yang biasanya lebih kaya dalam mendeskripsikan sesuatu, termasuk aroma.

Sebutan bau-bauan dalam bahasa Sunda :

Bau : bau bangkai

Hangit : bau benda terbakar

Hangru : bau darah

Hangseur : bau air seni

Hanyir : bau ikan (anyir)

Hapeuk : bau pakaian kotor/belum dicuci

Haseum : bau kotoran kucing/keringat

Penghar : bau jengkol/obat-obatan yang mengandung bahan kimia

Segak : bau tembakau/air tapai

Seungit : bau bunga/parfum

(sumber : wisatabdg.com)

Ini cuma dalam Bahasa Sunda, belum lagi dari bahasa daerah lain.

Masalahnya, dalam kisah fiksi, terutama novel yang membutuhkan setting lebih lengkap, penggambaran aroma ini akan membuat isi novel lebih kaya dan menarik. Semakin membuat pembaca mendalami emosi setiap karakternya, karena aroma biasanya membuat kita lebih mudah menginsafi segala hal.

Contoh sederhana, makanan. Makanan yang berbau sedap akan menggugah selera daripada yang berbau tidak sedap ataupun tidak berbau.

Satu hal yang aku pelajari dalam mendeskripsikan aroma, tentunya selain hanya menyebutnya kata-kata sifat yang sebelumnya kusebutkan, adalah menggunakan analogi seperti dalam novel “Perfume.”

Dan untuk menambah ide, aku juga membaca artikel ini : Wikihow : Describe a Smell.

Oke, ada masalah dengan koneksi internet, jadi aku akan lanjut pada posting berikutnya. Nanti mari kita sharing ide masing-masing, karena butuh banyak putar otak untuk mendeskripsikan aroma.

…tunggu…

Looking Back

Been only two days.

Time, I talk many times about time. My mysterious fellow, unforgiving-straightforward foe. How do you live knowing you never stop even to glance at another things around you, huh, time?

I’m so different from you. I looked back a lot, of course, I never stayed in those shadows that cannot be touched anymore. But, I love rowing back on the river of past, just to have fun, or analyzing lesson I knew I’d learned.

The year of 2017 had been great! Surely I faced the ups and downs, we’re talking about bipolar tendency here, the personality that can’t be consistent. I’ve struggled a lot about this, but 2017 present all better for me. I mean, that’s the only way you can survive in all uncertainties, just be positive and, sometime, forgive yourself.

What I mean with forgive yourself is evaluating the bad decisions that you made, and turn it into the good one. How you can turn those over? By being better everyday and make it a lesson.

Like what I did during 2017 with this blog, I’ve been very inconsistent in writing here. But, instead of regretting that, I chose the other way. Instead of letting my blog empty because I don’t have any inspiration for assembling the stories yet, I put some random thoughts like this and posting my finished work.

Ah, I’m rambling! Please share with me what lesson you learned during 2017, and we can discuss it together! 😉

Happy New Year and Happy Everywhere, Everywhen

 

Cikarang
The street in Cikarang, West Java, Indonesia, after a new year celebration. Many cars pass by, but not at heavy traffic. No more fireworks. No wonder, it’s like the edge of the urban life that are in his way to be a developing city.

 

Happy new year!

Why happy? We can start a very lousy or miserable new year, but everyone chose the words.

A simple reason we all, I’m sure, already know, but maybe already forget why. I just read something stunning about our body. Dopamine. A neurotransmitter who makes us happy, in short.

No worries! I won’t make you bored with Dopamine 101 or whatsoever, just want to let you know that everyday situation we already used to, doesn’t release dopamine again.

Why, of course, you might think! But, the problem is the water from our faucet at home can cause of dopamine release on some people who might not have the easy way as we do everyday.

Like, Palestine which the clean water supply has been cut out by Israel, will be very happy when clean water come out from their faucets. Meaning, the brain has released dopamine. But, we’ll never think it matters anymore, and get upset easily if the faucet is stuck even only for one hour or even less.

That’s something we see everyday until it lost its real meaning. That our life actually is very easy, guys!

And a “Happy New Year” is one of the things we forgot. I might not know well, but I’m sure back then people said it to have a wish, a pray they whisper everyday because the past year hadn’t been very good.

Now, it seems just a word. A praying along with the words, seems more like a formality. At least, maybe I’m the only one who feels so.

There are a bigger meaning about those positive remarks. Not only because it’s a praying, but also because the words are suggestive. Those positive words will make us hope for a real happy year. Not expectation, fellas, because expectation holds a very selfish and too concrete an idea that it will be easily distract us from reality.

I think I did talk about hope and expectation in my blog before. Yes! Click this link please.

All in all, “Happy New Year” is not merely words, but a believe that a happy new year will come. And believe it or not, those kinds of thoughts will help increasing our confidence, to ourselves, to others, to surrounds.

And you always know those confidences can make us doing our activity better, be more determined in every thing we do, and our confidence will show itself in the result. I’m ensure you it way better that the usual before.

So…

Happy new year!
Happy new year!
Happy new year again!

 

Regards from Indonesia from Cikarang, West Java, 01.37 WIB*

 

WIB : Waktu Indonesia Barat

Waktu yang Terlalu Jauh

Sekali aku pernah dengar perkataan, “kalau aku tidak menuliskan apa yang ada di kepalaku, aku akan mati.” Di sini, di dalam jiwaku sendiri, aku bisa merasakan apa yang ada di benak orang itu. Betapa kematian ada dalam beragam rupa dan mengintip dari banyak celah.

Tapi, begitu banyak pula alasan untuk tidak menulis. Atau, sederhananya, terlalu takut untuk menulis.

Pekerjaan.

Keluarga.

Kepincangan pribadi.

Sesuatu yang benar bukan dalam selongsong yang tepat. Rasionalisasi, itu saja yang diperlukan manusia untuk beralih dari situasinya, yang sebenar-benarnya. Dan aku sudah rasakan akibatnya. Pahit dan terlalu pahit. Kata-kata berlompatan dan tumpang-tindih semaunya, tidak mau teratur dan tidak bisa diatur.

Ekspresi yang tidak memadai, tidak mau berbenih dari waktu-waktu yang terbuang. Siapa bilang lebih banyak waktu maka lebih banyak karya? Kebohongan yang manis dari jiwa-jiwa pesimis yang hanya mau bermimpi dalam tidur. Waktu bukan apa-apa, kecuali kita yang menggandengnya.

Terlalu banyak bicara tentang waktu, sampai kehilangan makna di balik bayang-bayangnya. Bukan, bukan waktu yang menyembuhkan, tapi pikiran yang mengelanakan waktu ke peraduan semestinya, maka ia yang akan menang.

Aku sudah sekarat, tapi enggan untuk mati. Jadi, kulakukan hal yang sudah seharusnya, sejak lama, menginjak tanah dengan kakiku sendiri. Terseok jatuh bukan hal luar biasa. Bercengkerama dengannya, menjadi satu lalu menumbuhkan yang lain, barulah kemenangan pelan-pelan itu terjadi.

Inilah ketakutan yang kubicarakan, kemenangan pelan-pelan yang tak terasa, bahkan tidak tergubris oleh mata telanjang. Kemenangan yang diinjak oleh keserakahan dari pikiran yang terselubung jentik-jentik ekspektasi. Bergerombol pelik hingga hilang celah untuk mengintip.

Kadang, aku hanya tak sabar untuk melompat ke satu waktu yang belum lagi kukenal.

 

The Rarity of Certain Indonesian Classic Literature

classic indonesian

I want to talk all about my country now, Indonesia. People might know Bali more, but fyi, Bali is one of the province in Indonesia. So, if you know Bali, just keep in mind that it is part of Indonesia.

Actually, there are many many tourism spot that as beautiful as Bali. Although I must admit that maybe Bali becomes really famous not only because the beauty, but also because their people are very welcoming to any visitors all around the world with all varied cultures.

But…

I don’t wanna discuss that now. I want to talk about literature. There are many various Indonesian literature from many different eras, and it’s safe to say that I don’t really know them all.

One thing for sure, literature here becomes really important since there are times when journalism is controlled by tirant and literature replaces the function of the journalism, to spread news and thoughts.

For many years, writers were being pressured and being imprisoned without any court and justice. For example, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, famous for his Quartet Buru, was being imprisoned for 14 years just because his books were considered dangerous. He did have rather radical thoughts. Moreover, all of their works; books, journals, any writings, were destroyed and banned. Many of their works are missing until now, and few of their writings become rare goods.

Why do people not reproduct the books remain a mystery. Two possible reasons are for personal benefit, because the more books become rare, the more expensive they are.

I found one of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s books, titled “Di Tepi Kali Bekasi” (I think it’s not being translated in other languages). One of online shop sell it with the Rp3,000,000,00 which is a lot to the ordinary people like me (if we convert it to USD it will become USD222 or so). And even though I have those money, it will be just gone with one click and dissappear again from the market. That’s how rare the certain books are.

Second, I hope it’s not true because it only makes me still belong to the feudal era, someone still tries to put their thoughts hidden, so they don’t influence many people. Maybe people who will be injured with a critical thoughts of the citizens.

However, indie publishing books publish them, but it creates other dilemmas for us because they don’t exactly get a legal agreement for it. So, whenever we buy it, we promote the piracy. In the other hand, if we don’t read them, we lost much more; the history, the different thoughts and paradigms, the social situation back then. It will be a great loss, since history is the lesson we all need to learn.

So, what happen? Why did a major publisher not publish them? Can’t they ask for legal permission from the families or the copyright holder of those rare books?

What I found is the rare books mostly the books considered as the left-wing politics books, or socialism or communism. Some people thought that Pramoedya’s books contain the communism ideology, I, myself never see it in his works. I only saw that Pram was really concerned about injustice and repression among Indonesian people in the middle of chaotic social-politic condition here.

The problem is Pram told us the other side of history, which of course will cause a rupture among the creator of historical textbook nowadays. It means a very huge change that I am certain that half of people might not be ready for it yet. But, learning from the wrong history certainly will produce the wrong result. It’s not about ready or not, it’s all about not repeating our mistakes from long time ago.

I think it doesn’t matter who is true or who is false, only the truth will helps us to avoid the same mistakes.

Classics, I Love Thee

 

Oh my God!

When did the last time I write in my own blog? Every time I want to write, I just lose it, all those inspirations is gone. Well, actually it’s still there, but only as a fuzzy shadow behind my penniless mind.

There are many ways to write something, and I just can’t seem to pull it off. Silly me!

To be honest, I don’t even know what to write right now, so maybe a random thing will help. Usually, writing any random thing, or reading mostly, helps me to let my brain works properly again. Hope it works.

This last two years, I realized something. It’s because I finally found what my dream is. A little bit too late, but I’m happy I, at least, reach this moment. Considering many opinions of my close relatives about writing and the life of writer, I sometime still can’t believe I’m doing this now.

I might not become an author yet, but deciding to pursue career in writing is a great deal for someone like me 😉

And now, to develop my writing skill, of course I need to read something. Maybe I’m too conservative, but I choose, first of all, classics. Not only because I love classics, but it is really extraordinary that a work from 150 years ago, for example A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, can stay alive, more than that, enlightens and inspires a literary world nowadays still. How great is that?!

When I actually did, and still do, hopefully forever after, I fall in love with classics. What strikes me most is, I can reread this classic novels all over again. I mean, I always thought that classics have deep and heavy meaning, difficult phrases that will very hard to grasp. Well, at some point, it’s true. But, they have definitely fascinating way of expressing stories.

You can see I already mentioned Charles Dickens is his spesific work. Well, I gotta be honest, due to my indesiciveness, I start reading seriously (here, I also mean studying them to develop my writing skill) very late. So, this novel is the only one of Charles Dickens’ novels that I’ve read. How sad I am?

Anyway!

I love how Charles Dickens expressed his opinion and feeling in this novel. The first paragraph is especially astonishing. You know, “it was the best times, it was the worst times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” the description of two cities that in their ups and downs at the era. Great teaser that makes me wants to read more and more. Well, since I’ve written all my opinion of this novel, you can read more in my review: A Tale of Two Cities (Gaya Bahasa Narasi dan Dialog).

Do you know that I wrote the review of A Tale of Two Cities in four parts? You can call me dork, but I’m just really amazed by this novel (and the fact that I was finishing it too long, too ^^; )

The other novel that I’m stuck with is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. At first, I thought the most romantist writer there is, is Shakespeare. But, after I read this, I actually changed my mind. The awkwardness of Mr.Darcy is something that enlighten the romantism between him and Elizabeth Bennet.

The great thing about classics are the author always put a good description of the social situation in which the story happens and it always blends into the character’s situation. They are comperehending each other to make a very sensible yet delightful story composition.

In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen expressed her opinion about the social purposes of women at that time, through the silly act of Mrs.Bennet and many sarcastic comments of few characters inside. My favourite is by Mr.Darcy, “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” (My review of Pride and Prejudice is here: “Pride and Prejudice”)

Never forget one sentence that makes this novel being in uproar, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” I think it’s a sarcasm about how the culture always drives women to chase after life partners.

At last but certainly not the least, because this is my most favourite author of lifetime, classics author, too, and from my country Indonesia, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Unlike those two I mentioned, Pram (his nickname, by the way) had a very simple way of writing. He’s a true realist, but what amazes me is that he could make such simple words touch my heart and emotion. Very deeply, too.

And just like the other two novels, Pram described the social situation that happens in Indonesia at the moment. Sometime with literal explanations through dialogues, sometime with the implicit scenes of the characters. He had a radical thoughts, so reading his work can be challenging, but definitely worth it!

Besides, he had an excellent way of thinking. My most favourite quote is “seorang terpelajar harus sudah adil sejak dalam pikiran, apalagi dalam perbuatan.” The english translation would be, “an educated person must learn to act justly, beginning, first of all, with his thoughts, then later in his deeds.” Really helps me out to stop and think before I try to make any judgment about anything or anyone.

However, I think, to grasp the current situation of literature development, I need to read modern ones, too. I will talk about modern literature any time soon.

So, what’s your choices of classics?

It’s Gone!

How do you feel if you finished a story, even though it is short, then suddenly it’s gone? Moreover, it was because your stupid mistake? I must tell you that I will have felt very upset if that happened. Yet, it did.

To find an inspiration such a rare case. Well, I can’t tell it’s really rare occasion, but still, for me, an inspiration costs more than a jewel. It’s very very at the high price, the highest, if you want to add more spice into it.

Especially, when my blog hasn’t been updated since…forever, I might say? It just struck me when it’s happened. But, it is what it is, right? Instead of caught of the silly moment of me, I’d rather fix that.

For me, to find another inspiration after that incident is really hard. I might be afraid of doing the same mistake. Then, I chose the easiest way; run away. Usually, I did. But, of course, I can’t always pull of the same “me” over and over again. Everyone must be changed, developed, and become something better than he/she ever was.

So, here we go, just write my heart out. I can’t scream it, it’s in the very early in the morning, the dawn hasn’t even been struck yet, so I just write whatever so I can move on with my life err…my writing, I mean. I really, really never thought that writing can be a very difficult job.

But, it’s still a lot of fun, because I love writing!

(Somehow I really really see this post like a young girl’s post, but whatever! 😀 )

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This is the logo of my site of hell 😀

I can’t believe that managing one site can be very stressful! But, it definitely makes me learn so many new things. And I think I wanna share it with you, guys! Well, to get one domain isn’t really hard. All you have to do is contact any hosting service that provides domain site. You pay, and there you are! It’s all yours!

I’m blogging for the long time, but I only manage free blog, so I got totally no clue about having a domain and manage them. I once thought that how hard can it be? I bet it’s just the same with managing the free one.

Actually, if you got the same CMS as you do when you free-blogging, it’s not gonna be that different. Unless, in the free-blogging, they already fill your canvas with some automatic facility that you can use automatically (please, I’m such a dork! L.O.L). In your own domain, you are totally got a blank canvas.

Which means good and bad at the same time. Good, you can fill them up with anything you want. Bad, you must carefully choose the facility that you think you need. There is no practical providing anymore!

I feel kinda naive (okay, you can tell me that I’m stupid!) when I think it will go the same exact way. I don’t know whether it applies to any other free-blogs, but in my free blog, there is one plugin installed, which is Jetpack. It kinda smooths my way whenever I’m blogging and I don’t even have to do anything else (I don’t know whether it’s my another naive-power) to spice it up. But, in paid domain, apparently I don’t even have it.

Then, here goes some beginner’s pack that I think we must have. So far, I’ve got few…

1. C-panel

When we pay our domain, of course c-panel comes along with it. What I want to say is we gotta understand about how c-panel works. I have a little silly story. When I got my domain site, I’m confused because nothing comes out. Here’s what it looked like :

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When I saw this, my inner thought said, Nooo!!!

It’s a good reason to be panicked, is not? Well, I gotta be honest, I was panicking a little bit and contact the hosting provider right away. Apparently, I must download the CMS first, then set it up. After that, the blank canvas of my domain site opened.

As I got further with my site, I just learned that c-panel is everything. And I think I still learn it about 10% of its performance. Good grieves! Long way to the end of the rainbow!

2. Plugin

Duh! It’s a must-have!

Plugin really simplifies our life as site manager, thanks God for technology. Now, there are generous people (let’s skip the premium facility that drools us, but we gotta pay for it) who even simplify the building of our page. I use Elementor, by the way. It’s not perfect if we’re using the free one, but I think it’s more than enough to make our site looks cool (in my case, look cute). You can do everything with many plugins, but you still have to work to learn it.

It’s alright, we have another technology that full of knowledge. You tube, what else? I mean, it’s video, so you can really look up the tutorial. But, another texting tutorial can be helpful, too. Also, thanks God for bright and generous people.

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Here’s the home page of Kiddy Reader. I’m building it with Elementor only.

Not really professional-looking, but I do want it to be homey and childish, so it can be comfort for children who read this site, too. Don’t forget visit my site, okay? Just click here: Kiddy Reader

3.  Contents

When I decided to finally have my own site, I think about some money I must pay. Well, it’s not much, but I can’t just waste money! Besides, I bet people will want to ask some more when they see the site with paid domain, it’s not that it has to be more important than free domain, but who wants to pay some money only to use it carelessly? I won’t, at least! And I don’t want to let anyone down (of course, after I got some traffics :p ), so I already prepared the contents months ahead, so when I already published my site, I will come nice and prepared for at least antother few weeks.

Another reason, because I’m moody and can’t work properly under pressure, so I need to prepare something like contents, so I can update my site every day. Even only one post for one day. I must really work on my mood performance, though! ^^;

Now, where am I? Stuck between two writing media. Only two, and I already fall behind in managing these. I’m definitely gonna work this somehow, hope I can gain more traffic than today.

Thanks to all of you who are willingly to follow me and to all of you who are willingly to read my blog! You’re the best!

p.s. I really need anyone who reads it can leave comment of anything else that we must understand when we begin our life as a site manager, I’m not even sure I got any term that I mentioned earlier is the right term. Oh, well! 😀

 

I am Honored

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What are the honorifics meant to be?

To honor someone, of course. To let people know that you respect them. And maybe, further, to let them know you care or love them. Somehow, it was used for older people. In Indonesia, it was also used to unknown person, no matter what age.

Lately, there’s a slight change about all those things. The culture of using honorifics started to be ignored, especially in mentioning government officials. Even the president itself. (Back in the old days, government officials or figure called “Bung” in Indonesia. It’s an honorific that was being used in revolutionary movement in Indonesia, an honorific used, but never lose the meaning of equality among people.)

Some people think that it’s a moral degradation, that they who leave the use of the honorifics are lacking respects toward other people. But, are they really?

I acknowledged that some people do leave the honorifics to make fun of the certain person. To show that they do no longer respect that person. But, it’s not the same of every people that I know. There are people use it, hm… I don’t know their thoughts behind their action, but certainly in their writing, even if they don’t use the honorifics, they never mean to mock the people they talked about.

True, the removal of honorifics is not Indonesian culture at all. Moreover, we will use special word to describe the most respectable person. One of the word is “beliau” which is used to impersonate “you,” but only for the special person, such as national heroes, the important figure as president, etc.

Furthermore, we even used three different word to impersonate one word, only because it’s meant to be used by different subject. The example is, if God said it, then it will be Tuhan berfirman (similar to commandment, but any sentence said by God, then it’s “firman”). If it’s being said by The Prophet, it will be “sabda” which actually has the same meaning as firman. And if the ordinary people said it, then it will be the usual, “say”, “tell”, or such. In Holy Koran itself, I found it was just the same in every different subject, which is “qul” (meaning : said). There is no difference whatsoever, whether for God or the disbeliever.

Honorifics translate into different kind of words in Indonesia. Come into many terms, I lost the track already.

Back to the slight changes in the Indonesian culture about this honorifics things, I guess it was influenced by culture acculturation. Like in English language, if it’s meant “you,” then it will you for every person we meant. Maybe a little bit different if it meant for God, which is I usually heard as “thee.”

I really agree about people to honor other people. I would think it’s great to show that either. But, to pinpoint the exact word to do it, I don’t think it’s necessary. Okay, but not necessary, let alone be forced. Honor someone is meant to act, to do something good and respectable. It’s the action that actually we need to point it out whenever we want to show respect.

However, to respect also about how we heard someone else’s opinions or wants. So, of course what really matter is considering what other people want. For example, if they do want to be called by honorifics, it won’t hurt to use honorifics, too. It’s like you accepting their subjective opinion even though it’s different for yours.

Well, the last but not least, I am honored enough if you’re willingly read my blog 😉