Reflective Writing

Power of WordsLast week I registered myself into four session of writing workshops. Isn’t it too much, you might think. But hey, I will be in the middle of mid semester break, what else I can do during the break?

I got ‘proofread and editing‘, ‘reflective writing‘, ‘literature review‘ and the last but not least: ‘great report‘ workshop.

So here I was, sat politely 15 minutes before the first workshop. I managed to pack my own lunch that day so I spent time by enjoying handmade sandwich, ignoring the Chinese guy and other ‘I-can’t-recognized-his-nationality’ guy next to me.

Turned out the unknown nationality man sat beside me during the reflective workshop, and he became my partner to review each other reflective writing. Oh man, I didn’t know that we have to pass it to the friend next to us. I wrote the worst one, more suitable to be categorized as blog post instead of report.

So, basically what is reflective writing? This is a new kind of report for me because usually I got report or essay or other type of academic writing. Reflective writing examines YOU as the writer. What’s your view, response or opinion upon a case or event. Maybe I can practice this kind of writing in this blog, given I already allocate this blog as my English one.


It’s Been a While

Last time I wrote in this blog was 5 months ago. Wow, that’s a long period. I’ve been busy with other matters, not because I was hibernating. My other blog kept updated regularly, it’s me that’s been lazy to think and write in English casually, mea culpa. I got paper to read, to think about and also to write.

Full Score!

I consider myself as lucky one as my peers graded me full point!


I got 3 for this categories below:

  • Did the student use the correct name for the problem (if the problem has a name we discussed in this course)?
  • Did the student give a clear indication of why the behavior is problematic?
  • Did the student tell us what the scale of the problem was?

Another perfect 3 for these:

  • Did the student summarize the experiments and findings about this behavior? This should include only relevant experiments and findings.
  • Did the student refer to experiments from the assigned readings and/or lectures?
  • Did the student cite his or her sources?

Last but not least, for these also:

  • Did the student propose a solution?
  • Did the student show the solution was based on existing behavioral research?
  • Was the solution original? That is, did the student come up with plan that was not exactly like another we have studied?

Happy? Of course 🙂

Irrational Behaviour – Short Essay

People in class or course often do immature behaviors in classroom incivilities such as cheating in examination. Fraudulent behavior that frequently be discovered is doing discussion during exams. It can be found not only in undergraduate class but in graduate class and online class also. It brings disadvantages to students themselves as this does surely not help the learning process. This disruptive behavior as well affects teacher and staffs as this is a violation to education society norms.

Rendering to one specific research, social environment define individual’s behavior (Cialdini et al.,1990; Reno, Cialdini, & Kallgren, 1993). One research conducted by Cialdini et al., shows that unethical behavior can be contagious. In that experiment they did littering in front of test subjects.  As consequences, they litter more than they who did not shown that negative candidly.

Two experiments were conducted to investigate how the unethical demeanor affects surrounding. First experiment did observation of internal peer engaging in unethical behavior that resulted increasing in committing that negative. Fun fact arose when cheater comes from out group, the participants most likely not do the same action. Second experiment delivered results that support saliency theory. It showed that when saliency of dishonesty increases, unethical behavior decreases. Both experiments support the theory that surrounding attitude brings significant influence. Conclusion of the paper ensures the work, education and social environment to create ethical norms and values. (Gino et al., 2009).

Overcoming unethical behavior in educational might not be easy but it can be done by teacher and staff. Importance of class honor should be emphasized in the beginning of the exam. Violation toward this rule leads to expulsion from University. Teacher also can foist student by placing them based on drawing so students can not choose their own position. Aside from that teacher can give multiple versions of exams. Another trick for online class is providing random question and multiple choices for each quiz attempt hence people can not retake the similar exam questions. The smaller the cheat opportunity, the lesser student behaves unethically.



Cialdini, R.B., Reno, R.R., & Kallgren, C.A. (1990). A focus theory of normative conduct: Recycling the concept of norms to reduce littering in public places. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 1015–1026.

Gino F., Ayal S., Ariely D. (2009). Contagion and differentiation in unethical behavior: The effect of one bad apple on the barrel. Psychological Science, 20, 393-398.

Mazar, N., Amir, O., & Ariely, D. (2008). The dishonesty of honest people: a theory of self-concept. (6 ed., Vol. 45, pp. 633-644). Journal of Marketing Research.

Opa and Oma House

Disclaimer: again, this post is inspired by my friend’s writing in her blog. Thanks a bunch Dian for letting me rewrite your beautiful moments 🙂

There are many interesting places located in Lasem, Rembang. My friend once visited one of them, an ancient house that resides at Karangturi street.


I believe that you can not find any discrepancy among this house and others. Then what’s special about this one? It dwells on the story behind. This house was established since 160 years ago. It currently is in well-preserved condition. Most of its interior and exterior are unique, including the altar.


 Take a look at this bed


.. and also the kitchen


They keep the fresh water in those barrels


This is picture of my friend Dian and the house owner


They even find the old magazine with that old spelling. Honestly, it took an extra effort to read the alphabet as its spell is dissimilar with current letter.


Another capture of that precious copy


Pardon me, I can’t resist the urge to laugh reading this letter


Overall, my friend truly enjoyed this trip very much for that valuable experience she had. I think I would feel the same if I were her 🙂

PS: oops sorry, in case you wondering the meaning of this title, Opa means grandpa and Oma means grandma. Cheers!


I love kebaya. Please don’t confuse it with that restaurant in Malaysia :D. I’m talking about a kind of traditional dress originated from Indonesia.  I have a friend whose has various models and colors. Hence I courage myself to ask her if I can publish her collection. Good things should not be hidden, rite? Guess what! She said yes! Yippee!

Her collection of colors are very marvelous and delightful!

Taken from her pre wedding collection

This is her preggie-kebaya. Nice, isn’t it?

What do you think? Suddenly I have an urge to go to nearest tailor *wink*. Btw if you wanna get that Oline fresh look, feel free to contact Dea at 0813-16053446

Lasem Batik

disclaimer: this is English written version of my friend’s post here. I already have permission for posting her picture and story. Enjoy!

My best friend in Indonesia got her luxury as not many can experienced firsthand: visiting the batik craft. Have you ever heard about batik? It’s beautiful piece of  cultural fabric.

lasem, central java

Lasem, Central Java

Lasem batik dwell on Indonesia heritage since along time ago. Its pattern is inimitable by other culture. Most of them are affected by Chinese inheritance. You can see it from the reddish shade of the weave, aside from unique motif such as Hong bird and bamboo tree. Dutch also sketch its influence into Lasem design. There are bright color tinged into the hue. Not only Dutch and Chinese, Yogyakarta and Solo, who have their batik design on their own put their uniqueness into Lasem through the design called parang.

Broadly speaking there are two kind of batik design, for which define the rate of exclusiveness: Batik Tulis and Batik Cap. It’s the technique that distinguish both of batik. Batik tulis is handmade, by handmade I mean that it is literally crafted using hand. Lasem Batik are made using batik tulis method.


Batik cap technique is a little bit simpler (not really, actually) than batik tulis, because the craftsman has her/his stamp to fill the ink in.

Both technique involved complex stages. It is started with painting the fabric using canting, locking the color, sealing the color using paraffin wax, another coloring phase, shedding the wax, and last but not least: drying the fabric in the sun. Totally, one fabric costs you 2 weeks until 1 month to be delivered. Yeah, I can hear you gasp there :p

Nenny & Batik Lasem

Lasem batik price tag is varied, Rp. 100.000,00 – Rp. 50.000.000,00 (10 USD – 5.000 USD). It depends on the pattern.

batik workshop

My friend and her group went into two batik workshop. They visit Rumah Batik Padie Boeloe in Babagan area and Batik Bu Sutra in Karangturi area

Such a wonderful trip they had, eh?