Mikrohidro untuk Masa Depan yang Lebih Cerah

Dewasa ini masih banyak ditemukan daerah-daerah terpencil di Indonesia yang kekurangan akan suplai listrik dan air. Di era yang modern seperti sekarang ini, tuntutan akan air bersih dan listrik yang memadai tak lagi menjadi hal yang mustahil tapi suatu keharusan untuk bisa dilaksanakan.

Indonesia sebagai negara dengan beragam lanskap yang indah (Courtesy: GettyImages)

Indonesia sebagai negara dengan beragam lanskap yang indah (Courtesy: GettyImages)

Hal yang paling mengejutkan adalah ketika mengetahui daerah dataran tinggi yang seharusnya memperoleh jatah air berlebih malahan kekurangan suplai air. Kejadian ini sungguh memilukan, karena tak hanya terjadi di satu atau dua tempat saja, melainkan beberapa lokasi yang tersebar di seluruh penjuru tanah air.

Ketersediaan listrik masih menjadi isu utama yang dihadapi beberapa wilayah di Indonesia (Courtesy: GettyImages)

Ketersediaan listrik masih menjadi isu utama yang dihadapi beberapa wilayah di Indonesia (Courtesy: GettyImages)

Seperti yang dihimpun dari situs Balitbang, berikut adalah beberapa daerah di Indonesia yang tengah mengalami kekurangan sumber daya air atau listrik:

  • Di Desa Sukarame, masyarakat Kampung Sukarame, Legok dan Cigasti yang berada di atas bukit mengalami kesulitan untuk memenuhi kebutuhan air baku untuk MCK dan pembuatan batu bata.
  • Di Kabupaten Tanggamus  masih ada 160 desa yang masyarakatnya belum menikmati listrik.
  • Di Kabupaten Nabire, listrik berasal dari PLTD yang tidak bekerja sepanjang hari dan bila pasokan BBM terlambat, pemadaman listrik berlangsung lama.
  • Di Kabupaten Banyumas baru 59% dari jumlah KK yang menikmati listrik.
  • Di daerah pegunungan tengah Provinsi Papua masih > 90% masyarakatnya belum menikmati energi listrik PLN
Tak hanya masalah listrik, Indonesia juga sering mengalami masalah kekurangan air terutama pada saat musim kemarau (Courtesy: GettyImages)

Tak hanya masalah listrik, Indonesia juga sering mengalami masalah kekurangan air terutama pada saat musim kemarau (Courtesy: GettyImages)

Kemungkinan besar masih banyak daerah di Indonesia yang belum terjamah sama sekali akan listrik dan air bersih. Dua kebutuhan pokok ini hendaknya menjadi skala prioritas yang harus ditangani tak hanya oleh Pemerintah Indonesia saja tapi kita bersama.

Dalam hal ini, ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi sangat berperan untuk mengubah kehidupan para warga yang tinggal dalam kegelapan di malam hari dan yang susah mencari air bersih. Salah satu contoh penanganan akan terhambatnya suplai listrik adalah dengan teknologi mikrohidro. Teknologi ini sebenarnya sudah dikenal baik oleh masyarakat Indonesia. Mikrohidro sendiri adalah teknologi berskala kecil yang dapat diterapkan pada sumber daya air untuk mengubah potensi tenaga air yang ada menjadi daya listrik dan atau pemutar peralatan lainnya antara lain pompa air, mesin giling padi dll, yang secara tidak langsung akan bermanfaat untuk menunjang kegiatan sosial ekonomi masyarakat di pedesaan. (Dikutip dari situs Balitbang)

Ada banyak sekali keunggulan yang bisa didapatkan dari penerapan teknologi mikrohidro, diantaranya:

  1. Karena teknologi ini memanfaatkan sumber daya yang terbarukan, maka biaya operasi dan pemeliharaannya lebih rendah dibandingkan dengan mesin diesel yang menggunakan energi fosil (BBM)
  2. Penerapannya relatif mudah dan ramah lingkungan, tidak menimbulkan polusi udara dan suara.
  3. Efisiensinya tinggi.
  4. Apabila teknologi ini di gunakan untuk memutar pompa air, aman karena pompa tidak digerakan dengan motor listrik. Disamping itu efisiensinya menjadi lebih baik.
  5. Apabila sistem pemasangan turbin di saluran irigasi sedemikian rupa sehingga air penggerak turbin dapat dialirkan kembali ke salurannya, maka efisiensi menjadi lebih besar, karena dengan demikian air irigasi ditingkatkan daya gunanya.
  6. Masyarakat yang menikmati manfaat mikrohidro dapat membantu menjaga kondisi lingkungan daerah tangkapan airnya.

Meski begitu, pembangunan satu buah mikrohidro bisa memakan biaya yang sangat besar. Hal yang menjadi pertanyaan sekarang adalah bagaimana suatu daerah yang kekurangan suplai listrik ini bisa membangun mikrohidro degan biaya yang terjangkau. Perlu diketahui bahwa total biaya pengadaan untuk satu buah mikrohidro bisa mencapai 200 juta rupiah. Biaya yang sangat besar ini sebenarnya akan sebanding dengan manfaat yang akan dirasakan oleh warga sekitar.

Aliran sungai yang deras bisa menjadi potensi untuk dibangunnya mikrohidro (Courtesy: GettyImages)

Aliran sungai yang deras bisa menjadi potensi untuk dibangunnya mikrohidro (Courtesy: GettyImages)

Dengan demikian, diperlukan usaha pemerintah untuk ikut serta membangun daerah-daerah yang kekurangan listrik ini ‘bersinar’ pada malam hari. Seperti yang sudah disebutkan di atas, IPTEK akan memberikan dampak positif bagi masyarakat apabila terdapat dukungan yang kuat antara pemerintah dan masyarakatnya.

© 2013

Referensi: Mikrohidro – Balitbang PU

The Coverage of National English ‘SUPER’ Olympiad 2013

A welcoming banner was flagging over the name of our faculty

A welcoming banner was flagging over the name of our faculty

What a nice day to recall something!! Via this reminiscence, I tried to reminisce and bring all stuff back to be recounted to y’all with a great pleasure of mine and my style as well. Not only would this story probably affect your ‘shitty’ life, it would also take you all away back to a time when it happened in the month of Halloween, THAT OCTOBER!

This is another best story ever made yet; I can’t even pick that awesomeness out of my mind for a while. I was a cast in this long journey and my friends were too. Never did I think it would really affect my life on interactions and cooperation my solid team had built so far. Let me steal your souls and put them in a tube fully o’ recording smokes.

This writing is fully and chiefly dedicated to my close-friend, DIMAS GALIH WIJAYA who is lying on his eiderdown to brave his illness when this coverage was being composed. We do miss to see your smile…

This is a truly dedicated writing

This is a truly dedicated writing

April 2013

I think I am still able to collect those missing pieces and lay them over my lap in a cool way. For the first time, couple of days after the anniversary of my English Department, we sat on edge of the evergreen rug discussing the wholesome idea which just popped out of our minds. It was not that easy to award one’s idea for the best than the others’. Not that easiness we did look forward to.

The official poster for National English Olympiad 2013

The official poster for National English Olympiad 2013

Conferring became so much serious that we almost missed out our main goal. Fortunately, it was capable of being settled down neatly as well as controversially. WORLD HERITAGE had just been mentioned for the theme of the year. Some speculated it would just be boredom for any reasons. No matter what it was, that theme took over others.

In a spirit of the Almighty, I did not know what I was feeling about, but God seemed to have whispered me to say that PRESERVE THE NATURE – CONSERVE THE CULTURE was true slap-bang. I tried conveying this idea to the team and approval had just been made for that.

May – September 2013

Supposing I were not in this brilliant team, I would have larked around during my 3-month holiday. I lucked, howsoever, into a part of this backbreaking work I had never done before. My team: Shinta, Uyun, Cita, Ima and Arlita had been trying to make this event look more fabulous and challenging as well. Some opined this so-called NATIONAL ENGLISH OLYMPIAD would just go ruined and I was even pushed to quit of this troublesome event, yet I kept my feet unmoved anywhere else. Staying on your mind, especially the burden of responsibility you must deal with at the same time, proved to be uneasy. Nevertheless, in case you believe in what you are doing, thou shalt gain rape.

Situation in the hall prior to the opening of NEO 2013 'Preliminary Round'

Situation in the hall prior to the opening of NEO 2013 ‘Preliminary Round’

In certain cases, I did not know which one I should do first. Contacting lecturers was so demanding. On the other hand, I had to travel miles away from my hometown to Malang, a small town in the southern East Java, to hold a meeting with my team. If you were me, I am pretty much sure that you would not want your vacation to be distracted and eventually concluded you would not leave. Not everybody is as THUG as my team. We, as one of the most solid team, have done our best to create excellence throughout this long journey.

Stalls were open for anyone

Stalls were open for anyone

October 2013

That day came and neared… willy-nilly we had to be ready for all things gonna happen. One thing for sure was that this event was hosted not only in Malang, but also in other cities, even other islands. Similar to the last year’s event, some of the teammates were flown and assigned to this vac-like job. I would, however, have rejoiced if I had been assigned to it. Unfortunately, I was supposed to stand by for the one in Malang.

Registration Centre was swamped with participants

Registration Centre was swamped with participants

13 cities witnessed what we had built for almost 6 month. It was not that easy as the bullshitters yelled at us. In one particular case, my lady friend was even persuaded to stay at a mosque while she was away. It was unjust tbh to assign a chick doing this risky work. Nonetheless, we are all EQUAL here. That’s a point I underline here literally.

Ssshh..!! PRELIM. ROUND is IN PROGRESS :D

Ssshh..!! PRELIM. ROUND is IN PROGRESS😀

12th October, 2013

All participants from all around the places just touched down and they all must have been astounded by the design, thanks to Rizky and his team. That day, there were two rounds all participants must undergo and there would be only 4 representatives of each city and they were gonna compete on the final round.

All this work would be nothing without the helping hands of our dear lecturers :)

All this work would be nothing without the helping hands of our dear lecturers🙂

These two rounds were similar to Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In each round, there were levels of difficulty and these were challenging for sure. It is undoubtedly nobody wanted to go homewards early, but this is a challenge.

LOs is always the main aspect of this occasion

LOs is always the main aspect of this occasion

Last but not least, we possessed LIAISON OFFICERS whom also worked hard to guide all participant towards their own rooms. I used to be one of them tho!! Starting from 7 a.m. and ending in the afternoon was an absolute proof that we did it all. One point I was proud of was actually that there was no incoming complaint during that single day.

27th October, 2013

2 weeks after 12, we had such a quick heartbeat again. That was a final round and all selected-participants from all Indonesian cities would come to our event anyway. It is absolutely different from the other day because we had LISTENING, GAME, WRITING, and QUIZ SECTIONS. I was eager for that.

A round-table game was a part I love in this event

A round-table game was a part I love in this event

All was started at 7 a.m. punctually. Every one of us was on standby ready for unwished things. At 8 a.m. Listening Section was begun somehow. I confessed that I was particularly not good at listening, but glancing at the participants’ eagerness doing their test just lit my willingness FYI.

Regularly, the participants would be eliminated throughout all sections till we obtained the real WINNERS. I was truly proud that the WINNER was a student of Surabaya in which I was coming from. I did appreciate and salute her!!

Here are the real winners of NEO 2013

Here are the real winners of NEO 2013

This story for me is remarkable and always beautiful to remember until uncertain times and one thing for sure that I will always cherish is a process to present this event as best as we can. I am so much thankful to have these MAJAH partners: Desfri and Dian. Without their huge effort, it would never happen as prettily as we’ve seen!!

THE END

© 2013

Beasiswa Data Print 2013

Lagi hunting beasiswa di tahun 2013 ini? Ide cemerlang..!! Karena di semester 2 tahun ini, Data Print lagi bagi-bagi beasiswa bagi mereka yang masih pelajar maupun mahasiswa di seluruh perguruan tinggi di Indonesia nih!! Ngapain ribet-ribet mikir??!! Peraturan lombanya sekilas seperti berikut:

Persyaratan Umum:

1.  Pelajar/mahasiswa aktif dari tingkat SMP hingga perguruan tinggi untuk jenjang D3/S1

2.  Terlibat aktif di kegiatan atau organisasi sekolah/perguruan tinggi

3.  Tidak terlibat narkoba atau pernah melakukan tindak kriminal

4.  Tidak sedang menerima beasiswa dari perusahaan lain. Jika saat ini peserta masih menerima beasiswa dari kampus, peserta berhak mengikuti pendaftaran beasiswa dari DataPrint.

5. Penerima beasiswa di periode 2 tahun 2012 tidak dapat menjadi penerima beasiswa di periode 1 tahun 2013.

Peraturan Lomba :

1.  Mengisi formulir registrasi di kolom Pendaftaran

2.  Satu nomor kupon yang terdapat di dalam produk DataPrint, hanya berlaku untuk satu kali registrasi

3.  Pendaftaran tidak dipungut biaya

4.  Isilah formulir dengan sebenar-benarnya.

5. Kolom NAMA, diisi dengan nama lengkap

6. Kolom KODE KUPON, diisi dengan kode yang tertera pada bagian belakang kupon yang ada di dalam produk DataPrint

7. Kolom EMAIL, diisi dengan email aktif yang masih berlaku

8. Kolom NO TELPON, diisi dengan no HP atau no telpon rumah yang masih aktif dan bisa dihubungi

9. Kolom JENJANG PENDIDIKAN, diisi dengan jenjang pendidikan yang sedang ditempuh saat ini.

Contoh: SMA, D3, S1

10. Kolom NAMA PERGURUAN TINGGI/SEKOLAH, diisi dengan nama sekolah/perguruan tinggi tempat kamu menuntut ilmu.

11. Kolom PRESTASI YANG PERNAH DIRAIH, diisi dengan prestasi dari kompetisi yang pernah diikuti.

12. kolom KEGIATAN YANG PERNAH/SEDANG DIIKUTI, diisi dengan penjabaran partisipasi pendaftar beasiswa DataPrint di unit kegiatan pada lingkungan belajar, lingkungan rumah dan acara-acara khusus (seminar, dll).
Aktivitas berupa kuliah atau belajar di sekolah, tidak termasuk prestasi.

13. Kolom LAMA MENGGUNAKAN DATAPRINT, diisi dengan waktu penggunaan produk DataPrint

14. Kolom MENGETAHUI INFORMASI BEASISWA, diisi dengan narasumber awal yang memberitahu mengenai program beasiwa pendidikan DataPrint

15. Kolom NILAI RAPORT (BAGI PELAJAR dan MAHASISWA BARU), diisi dengan total nilai secara keseluruhan beserta jumlah mata pelajaran pada semester terakhir. Ingat, kolom ini hanya diisi oleh pelajar atau mahasiswa baru yang belum mempunyai IP.
Contoh: 98 dari 7 mata pelajaran

16. Kolom IPK TERAKHIR (BAGI MAHASIWA), diisi dengan nilai IPK atau jika belum memiliki IPK boleh diisi dengan nilai IP semester terakhir. Tuliskan juga semester yang sedang ditempuh. Ingat, kolom ini hanya diisi oleh mahasiswa, bukan pelajar.

17. Kolom URL BLOG, diisi dengan copy URL blog kamu yang memuat informasi mengenai beasiswa DataPrint. Isi kolom ini jika kamu memiliki blog. Pengisian pada kolom ini akan menambah 1-3 poin pada penilaian.

18. Kolom ESSAY, diisi dengan karya tulis/essay berisi hasil pemikiran kamu sendiri sesuai dengan tema yang telah ditentukan. Panjang penulisan minimal 100 kata, maksimal 500 kata. Tema akan berubah setiap periode.
Dilarang mengcopy paste tulisan orang lain. Jika bermaksud untuk menyadur atau mengutip tulisan orang lain, tuliskan juga sumbernya.

19.  Beasiswa akan dibagi menjadi 2 periode.

20.  Jika gagal di periode pertama, peserta BOLEH mendaftarkan diri di periode selanjutnya.

21.  Penerima beasiswa yang telah mendapat dana beasiswa di satu periode TIDAK DAPAT menjadi penerima beasiswa di periode selanjutnya.

Untuk informasi lebih lanjutnya mnegenai peraturan beasiswa yang kece ini, silahkan aja klik link berikut ini: http://bit.ly/hb9VLJ

Kamu juga bisa klik http://www.beasiswadataprint.com dan http://www.dataprint.co.idAYO…!! Tunggu apalagi??!! Nyesel kalo sampai ketinggalan….!!

The Backbreaking PAMERAN KARYA 2013

            Another story I wanna tell y’all is so much different in spite of the fact that some might have said it ain’t as different as I stated. It has something to do with a particular event my friends and I had prepared for almost 5 months. This is not about commercial or else, but something bigger.

My team is truly multitasking!!

My team is truly multitasking!!

            FYI that I’m eagerly attached to writing skill so that I implied to join a club in which there is a bunch of people with the same interest. It is very interesting to be around those such persons. They’re open-minded and highly educated. When it came to host an event, they didn’t want to have a cheapo one. This event is so-called PAMERAN KARYA 2013 where there was a sequence of events during a week.

Taking their seats at first day

Taking their seats at first day

          Since we had been holding several meetings to make this event not only fabulous, but also marvellous, the guests whom we invited were really eye-catching. We mentioned one of them; that is Ahmad Fuadi, a popular writer of Negeri 5 Menara. I felt it ain’t as easy as many people thought about. We had been assiduous in inviting so many guests that they would come to our event anyway.

            One thing that caused this event named PAMERAN KARYA is because the main goal that is to achieve has something to do with ‘an exhibition’. Every member of this club was supposed to turn in their book(s) in any forms. No matter what we wrote about, we just had to write, edit, print, and publish it. Eventually ours would be displayed on the racks standing up during the event. Personally, I found it a bit harder to jot down whatever crossing into my mind. For this year, I didn’t TURN IN any single book. Despite this, I guarantee myself to create one or two by next year.

After the show

After the show

            Regarding with the books, there had been more than 118 books collected in a month. It is less than what I hoped though for there are more than 100 members and there should have been so. This, however, staggeringly came to be a huge appreciation to be awarded to those whom were capable releasing theirs. CONGRATULATIONS!!

            PAMERAN KARYA 2013 was officially launched on September 29, 2013 in a bookstore in Malang. At that day, we had not only exhibition, but a discussion as well. The discussion was so mesmerising that some of the bookstore’s visitors came to see. We had an almost-two-hour discussion about the short stories made by a particular group of our folks.

Exhibiting the books wasn't proven easy thus far

Exhibiting the books wasn’t proven easy thus far

            The first day ran smoothly although there were not so many visitors as we all expected. We assumed that it may be because we did less effort to promote the first day. At least we thankfully rejoiced to have this run in good way.

Situation at Campus Library was pretty damn hectic on that day

Situation at Campus Library was pretty damn hectic on that day

            On the following day until the 4th of October, there were no significantly grand events. It had been planned to launch this exhibition once more at different venue, our campus library. For almost 5 days, 5 racks standing to put our books on show were attractive enough. Some students paid a visit to just go grabbing and reading one or some books. There was also a review competition for public. A chance also came for the club’s members and I tended to try this anyway. Ever having joined the same competition, but failed in the end didn’t discourage me to do it all again. I supposed it would be a great winning for me, though it finally was not.

Oops..! It's blurred pic, but somehow Imma figure this shyt out

Oops..! It’s blurred pic, but somehow Imma figure this shyt out

               One part I loved from this event is a discussion amongst the journos held at Tuesday night at a hall. Unfortunately, I skipped this event for I had to have my own business that late night. As said, the discussion talked about what’s happening in Indonesia and particularly about corruption cases. This should be interesting though.

Ahmad Fuadi on his throne!!

Ahmad Fuadi on his throne!!

            The last day of PAMERAN KARYA 2013 exhibited a talk show, not really free for anyone though. This was hosted on 5th October at City’s Library. We whipped everything needed out of our camp. Our preparation was made since Friday night of October 4. Everything in the hall was well-set and nothing unexpected was to be expectedly happening. The chief of this event wanted any spots should not be missed for any ways. From the seats to the stage had to be noticed carefully without missing another thing.

            When Saturday came by, our feelings mixed. Worrying about tardiness and anything else was such dilemma, but we must control it. Ahmad Fuadi arrived almost 20 minutes late from the schedule set already. One and half hour event was staggeringly causing the audience to give a standing ovation to him, and maybe the committee as well.

          PAMERAN KARYA 2013 made me deeply realise that what we have been trying to achieve eventually meets with what we have been dreaming about and this would not be successful without teamwork we had built so far…

THE END

Examples of English Essay

Tonight I would dearly love to share what I have been through in my essay class for almost two months. The essays below have all been APPROVED and SIGNED by my lecturer prior to publishing. It is so exciting to give y’all chance peeking at my works. I do wish that it will work out for you and I shan’t bother having you comment on this post. I won’t easily get you taking and applying this work on your school’s works, but it should capably be your reference to compose your own essays. Have a nice reading!

My Splendid Surabaya

             Some people might think that the existence of an old city would not be able to attract so many tourists due to the fact that it is presumably outdated. With all modernity anywhere you can see, it is even impossible to catch a glimpse of the old city in which both history and splendour are blending with. There are, however, some cities, with their exclusivity, capably preserving their heritage places. One of them is Surabaya in which modernity and decrepitude are still easily discoverable.

            One of the examples to be seen is Kembang Jepun which is located in the northern Surabaya. This borough is characteristically an old town which survives amongst the city skyscrapers. Kembang Jepun was a major trade centre in Surabaya prior to and during the colonialism era. Both exported and imported products were administered through a river near Kembang Jepun. Then it is not a rarity to see so many ethnics living around here; one of them are Chinese. Because of the great numbers of Chinese residences, the municipality built the arches along the Kembang Jepun Street in order to praise them. The fairness of Kembang Jepun shines even more brightly in the evening. In addition to sparkling bulbs, the dragon statuary, installed on every towering arches, even makes Kembang Jepun look like a Chinatown.

            A few metres from where the Kembang Jepun is located, Ampel boasts its own specials. Known for having ever been the centre of Islamic culture in Surabaya and a settlement of Sunan Ampel, one of the most predominant Islamic preachers in East Java, Ampel is nowadays likely to be a place of pilgrimage whom came from various cities or even countries. Also, the culture of Arab grows so rapidly that lots of settlements and stylistically Arabian stores are easily found. They mostly sell fragrances and dates. This is another magnetic point of Ampel that you rarely see in other cities.

            Going northwards, we shall be in Tanjung Perak Port, one of the busiest ports in the world. Having been the most crucial port in Eastern Indonesia for centuries, Tanjung Perak is another spot that no one has to miss out. Rolling Lorries inwards and outwards prove that the economic activities are still running. All of this hustle and bustle do not degrade the grandeur that Tanjung Perak possesses. With the gentle breeze cooling the faces, you are furthermore entertained by a panoramic view of Madura Island at distance. It will be even nicer to see the sun rising in the east every morning.

         Eventually, there are still some cities, one of which is Surabaya, willingly putting their old heritage sites on display for tourist attraction. Those sort of landmarks are noteworthy for both their history and beauty. Surabaya with its own identity that differs considerably from others should be on everyone’s top list of this year’s holiday.

Problematic Living in My Boarding House

         Living in a boarding house is truly an option for those who are away from their homes, especially the students. Some say that it will develop the maturity of one’s self. This, however, is not easy. Problematic situation which will then bring a dilemma is something that they must deal with. There have been a lot of startling hassle I am concerned about since I moved to my boarding house. Utilities, housework responsibility, neighbours’ introversion are the reasons why I do not feel at home.

            First things first, the utility problem has been such concern not only to me, but to other residents as well. Sometimes the lights get turned off due to the shutdown. Unfortunately, this matter will then affect the supply of our water because it is pumped up out of the ground electrically. When it really happens and coincides with the time to take a bath, it feels like an absolute hell.

            Another hassle which I consider severe is the share of the housework responsibility. It seems like it never crosses my neighbour’s minds to cleanse the room, for instance either sweeping the floor or mopping. It is pity that I have to do it by myself without being respected at all.

            Refusal to do the housework responsibility probably has something to do with their introversion. Whenever they get back from campus, they will just sneak into their own rooms without ever having a light talk to each other. It is even impossible for me to seek for consideration, so that I feel like intruding.

            Thus I think that staying any longer here is not a good decision considering what has been happening to me. Nonetheless, it would just be such a lame excuse to leave and live a life somewhere else.

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Thesis Statement         :           iPhone 5s is more advanced in built-in technology than BlackBerry Z10

  1. The appearance of iPhone 5s is slightly different from BlackBerry Z10’s.
    1. iPhone 5s’ appearance looks even luxurious to handle with.
      1. Materials
      2. Lightness
      3. Size
    2. BlackBerry Z10’s appearance is less premium.
      1. Materials
      2. Lightness
      3. Size
  2. Either iPhone 5s or BlackBerry Z10 has significant performances.
    1. iPhone 5s performs more ultimately.
      1. Processor
      2. Operating system
      3. Browsing
      4. Wireless technology
    2. BlackBerry Z10 performs generally.
      1. Processor
      2. Operating system
      3. Browsing
      4. Wireless technology
  3. Numerous hardware is built both in iPhones 5s and BlackBerry Z10 differently.
    1. iPhone 5s has yet up-to-date components.
      1. Storage
      2. Screen
      3. Camera
    2. BlackBerry Z10 is built with average and unsurprising components.
      1. Storage
      2. Screen
      3. Camera
  4. iPhone 5s and BlackBerry Z10 differ in the installed software.
    1. iPhone 5s boasts legion impressive software.
      1. Application store
      2. Messaging
      3. Media
    2. BlackBerry Z10 stands with its monotonous software.
      1. Application store
      2. Messaging
      3. Media
  5. Neither iPhone 5s nor BlackBerry Z10 is an exactly schlocky purchase.

Smart Technologist on iPhone 5s and BlackBerry Z10

          It has been such a phenomenon that everyone has been drowned into the technological era. The progress of the mobile phones is undeniable and has caused a craze amongst the techno-lovers. From featured phones to smartphones, everyone is likely to be hypnotised by cutting-edge technology. In this year, there have been hundreds of million smartphones already activated by people all around the world and the number keeps increasing.

            This, however, is influenced by major trademarks, that contribute to huge smartphone users, such as Apple and BlackBerry. Apple with iPhone 5s, released last September 2013, and BlackBerry with BlackBerry Z10, released last March 2013, have been captivating anyone’s eyes. Nonetheless, some technologists stated that iPhone 5s is more advanced in built-in technology than BlackBerry Z10 is.

         Seen from how each looks like, the appearance of iPhone 5s is slightly different from BlackBerry Z10’s. iPhone 5s is made of fully aluminium which makes it even look luxurious. Despite being made of aluminium, this smartphone is not heavy to carry with. It staggeringly weighs only 112 g and measures 59 x 124 x 7.6 mm. In contrast to iPhone 5s, BlackBerry Z10 is not fully made of aluminium which make it less premium. The rear cover is awfully made of black plastic. It measures 66 x 130 x 9.2 mm and weighs heavier, 135 g.

          Apart from the appearance, either iPhone 5s or BlackBerry Z10 has significant performances. iPhone 5s itself performs more ultimately with all-new A7 chip and 64-bit processor. With this processor, iPhone is able to work very fast. This gadget is also built with iOS7, the latest operating system for iPhone. This advantage crucially affects the speed to browse a page in the internet. Also supported by 4G network, Wi-Fi, and built-in Bluetooth, iPhone 5s proves to be ultimate. BlackBerry Z10, on the other hand, performs generally as other smartphones. Built in dual core 1.5 GHz processor and OS BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry Z10 might look outlandish since most of the latest smartphones have preferred quad-core processor. Notwithstanding the issue, BlackBerry Z10 with OS BlackBerry 10 and also 4G network enables users to browse as rapidly as iPhone 5s. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are also available inside.

           Numerous hardware is built both in iPhones 5s and BlackBerry Z10 differently. iPhone 5s has yet up-to-date components, for instance, storage which varies from 16GB to 64GB, 4-inch widescreen supported by Retina Display, and 8-megapixel camera with 1.5 micro pixels. It literally spoils those who love playing games or watching movie in their gadgets. Meanwhile, you can store your files in your BlackBerry device only up to 32 GB which is lesser. 4.2-inch widescreen is sufficient for doing many tasks despite the fact that it still uses 1280 x 768 pixels of resolution. BlackBerry Z10 is also built in standard 8-megapixel camera.

           iPhone 5s and BlackBerry Z10 also differ in the installed software. The Apple product has its own application store, so-called App Store. This store displays many kinds of applications that are downloadable both for free and purchase. Messaging can be very simple with assistance of Siri which makes you no longer have to type all the words and sentences you want to send to someone else. iPhone 5s eases your life by turning itself as a Passbook, so that you needn’t buy and bring a conventional card to go somewhere and watch anything. In contrast to iPhone 5s, BlackBerry Z10 stands with its monotonous software. There are not huge contrasts to BlackBerry World, a built-in application store, for previous series of BlackBerry devices. Messaging service remains to rely on BlackBerry Messenger despite an absence of task assistant. In spite of the absence of a Passbook-like ability, BlackBerry Z10 capably boasts its headlining software, BlackBerry Hub, which combines user’s work and social networks to be nice to do.

         Neither iPhone 5s nor BlackBerry Z10 is an exactly schlocky purchase. On its first releasing day, BlackBerry Z10 was sold at dear price, nearly 8 million rupiahs. Meanwhile, iPhone 5s outrageously costs 10 million rupiahs depending on colour and storage capacity.

          With all jaw-dropping features from the appearance to software boasted by each, regardless the price, both iPhone 5s and BlackBerry Z10 always spoil their lovers. The appearance, performance, hardware, and software should be considered prior to purchasing a new gadget and eventually you really have to check your own budget.

P.S. This page will be always updated whenever a new essay is available to post up

William Shakespeare and His Eternal Works

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              William Shakespeare is known for his famous art works, such as drama, tragedy, and poetry. However, not everybody knows how his life was like. William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. Many scholars assume that he might have attended the King’s New School, in Stratford. This assumption arose due to the lack of records recounting Shakespeare’s childhood.

            William Shakespeare wedded Anne Hathaway of the neighbouring village of Shottery on November 28, 1582 when he was 18 years old, and she was 26. The marriage took place in Worcester, in Canterbury Province. From this marriage, Anne gave birth to three children; they are Susanna, who was baptized in Holy Trinity, and the twins Hamnet, and Judith, baptized on February 2, 1585. Nevertheless, Hamnet died from unknown disease at age 11. After that, William Shakespeare was missing from the records which was assumed to be ‘the lost years’. Some believed that he might have hidden himself from a landlord or taught as a schoolmaster in Lancashire.

            William Shakespeare was believed to touch down in London in mid- to late 1580s. In this city, his ability as an actor as well as playwright emerged. Some of his plays were produced. In 1597 he bought a new house, in which was also the second largest house in Stratford, and then took the whole family of his to that new residence. By 1599, William Shakespeare was in partnership with his business partner to establish a theatre close to the Thames River bank called the Globe.

            As a rising star, some people were envious of him. One of them is Robert Greene stating his remarks in the Stationers’ Register that he implicitly coveted Shakespeare’s success. What makes William Shakespeare different from Greene is that he is not only a writer, but also an actor.

          William Shakespeare died on April 5, 1616 at Trinity Church. He bequeathed his possession to his eldest daughter, Susanna. In some reports said that Shakespeare left only a “second-best bed” to his beloved wife. After his death, the popularity of Shakespeare became widespread, especially in Europe in the 19th and 20th century. Despite his popularity, the existence of Shakespeare is occasionally questioned. According to the report made by the Holy Trinity Church and the Stratford government, William Shakespeare did ever exist, but was never noted as the actor or prolific playwright.

            However the doubt is like, the works that had been resulted by William Shakespeare seem to be eternal. Some of his notable works are like Hamlet (a tragedy), Shakespeare’s sonnets, the Lover’s Complaint, etc. Most of his works about human life go with plenty of emotions. There are also conflicts depicted through the works he made. These points are what makes William Shakespeare different from other poets. The moral value and history-accounts may be able to be found in every one of his works.

            On the other hand, most of his poems are unrhymed iambic pentameter or blank verse which means that every line in each verse does not contain unstressed syllable followed by stressed syllable, and so on. This partly made William Shakespeare unique. It, however, is very common at that time to use such rhyme.

           In every work composed by William Shakespeare always contains the quotations and extracts that do reflect to our life. One of them is “God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another face” which means that sometimes do all men get unsatisfied with whatsoever belongs to them. They do not acknowledge having been given by God all things that make them live on. This quote was extracted from Hamlet act III scene I.

            Another quote that exposes a reality is “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” taken from Shakespeare’s As You Like It act II scene VII. This quote implicitly means that the life all men are undergoing right now is just like a stage with the actors and actress, and in it, some conflicts may arise. Life is probably depicted in such way because men always must have a contradiction in their life in order to make their life more alive and that might be the purpose of living on this earth. It is merely similar to what happens in a theatre with so many actors and actress playing their roles, facing conflicts, and being contented after being able to solve all matters. Without any conflicts, the plays could have been so bad and even dead.

           Of all the works composed by William Shakespeare, one that is so interesting is The Lover’s Complaint. This narrative poem was published in 1609 by Thomas Thorpe. Recounting a lass weeping next to a river bank, this forty-seven-stanza poem is sort of narrative one. It functions to retell how badly a woman feels after being abandoned by her guy. The woman sat down on the edge of the river, weeping as stated on sixth stanza:

A thousand favours from a maund she drew

Of amber, crystal, and of beaded jet,

Which one by one she in a river threw,

Upon whose weeping margent she was set;

Like usury, applying wet to wet,

Or monarch’s hands that let not bounty fall

Where want cries some, but where excess begs all.

            This sort of poem is comprised of seven lines for each stanza which numbers 47 stanzas. Uniquely, each line consists of ten syllables. Moreover, most of the rhymes used is perfect rhyme, as exemplified in tenth stanza of The Lover’s Complain:

So slides he down upon his grained bat,

And comely-distant sits he by her side;

When he again desires her, being sat,

Her grievance with his hearing to divide:

If that from him there may be aught applied

Which may her suffering ecstasy assuage,

‘Tis promised in the charity of age.

            This stanza, rhyming a-b-a-b-c-d-d, is called rhyme royale due to being composed of seven lines. This circumstance also applies to other stanzas in The Lover’s Complaint.

               On the second out of 47 stanzas, we can have a look at an alliteration:

Upon her head a platted hive of straw,

Which fortified her visage from the sun,

Whereon the thought might think sometime it saw

The carcass of beauty spent and done:

Time had not scythed all that youth begun,

Nor youth all; but, spite of heaven’s fell rage,

Some beauty peep’d through lattice of sear’d age.

              The first line’s alliterations are her-head-hive with the initial sound ‘H’ while the second and third line’s alliterations are fortified-from with ‘F’ and the-thought-think with ‘T’, respectively. Through this stanza, we can also find figurative language, such as Nor youth all; but, spite of heaven’s fell rage (line 6). A heaven in abstraction was pictured as if it were wrathful like a man. In line 3 at the same stanza, it said Whereon the thought might think sometime it saw which figuratively means that the thought in the writer’s mind ‘thinks’. For sure it is not the ‘thought’ that thinks, but men do.

              By learning this kind of poem, we can infer that William Shakespeare mostly used the smart-way to compose it by ignoring the rhyme standard (blank verse). Nonetheless, the message that it contained is so deep though the language used is primarily an Old English. The Lover’s Complaint has a theme of love and social. These topics might be very common in that era.

            The Lover’s Complaint sends us a morality implicitly (through the story of the lady) to honour for women. This issue may be relevant to the condition at that time when Shakespeare lived. A condition in which women became so weak for man’s dominant power or arbitrariness. Shakespeare may have wished to unveil what was really going on through publishing this poem.

             Being himself, Shakespeare is admired with his writings that are all picturing freedom and a truth. He was who he was and had tried to jot down anything around in order to introduce them to many people that what he had written down was a reality you all cannot deny.

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This mini biography was ever submitted in order to fulfil a literature final assignment of mine in 2013

Ku Bangga Cita Rasa Indonesia (Cerpen)

Cerpen ini adalah karya saya sendiri dan telah diikutsertakan dalam Lomba Menulis Cerpen Tingkat Nasional – Festival Sastra 2013 oleh KMSI Universitas Gadjah Mada tanggal 3 Mei 2013. Segala bentuk penggandaan tanpa izin demi kepentingan pribadi maupun publik dianggap melanggar HaKI.

Ku Bangga Cita Rasa Indonesia

Oleh Helmi Airan

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        Hidup mewah, bergelimpangan harta, dan semua hal yang membuat kehidupan lebih mudah adalah impian banyak orang, terutama masyarakat Indonesia. Tidak semua orang bisa hidup seperti itu. Namun, di tengah-tengah padatnya ibukota, berdirilah rumah megah yang dihuni oleh seorang perawan muda. Tidak pernah sedikitpun ia merasakan kekurangan dalam hidupnya. Tiap malam ia selalu menghabiskan waktu dengan bersenang-senang bersama teman-temannya di sebuah klub malam di ibukota atau kalau tidak, mungkin menghabiskan malam itu di sebuah restoran mewah bercorak internasional. Mungkin ia menganggap ini wajar, sebab sudah seharian penuh ia bekerja sebagai seorang sekretaris di sebuah perusahaan multinasional. Hal ini membuatnya sedikit depresi ketika tiap hari, dia harus berkutat dengan kertas dan banyaknya telepon berdering di meja kerjanya.

            Sebut saja dia, Resti. Meskipun masih muda, ia sudah mampu membangun istana megahnya sendiri dengan pundi-pundi yang ia mampu kumpulkan dari hasil kerjanya selama ini sebagai seorang sekretaris muda. Malam itu, ia siap bergegas pulang, tapi ia sadar bahwa ia belum sempat makan malam. Oleh karena itulah dia mengajak salah satu teman di kantornya untuk makan malam bersama. Mereka meluncur di jalanan malam ibukota yang penuh gemerlap cahaya, mengalahkan gemerlap bintang-bintang nan indah di angkasa. Mobil yang mereka kendarai pun akhirnya berhenti di salah satu rumah makan Padang di Jalan Padang Jaya.

            “Loe gak salah makan di sini? Gue anti yang namanya masakan Indonesia. Lanjut aja!” kata Resti.

            “Apa salahnya sih? Sekali-kali kita coba masakan Indonesia, biar gak yang internasional melulu yang kamu cicipi,” kata temannya, Enny.

            “Gak ah! Gue ogah sama masakan yang begituan. Apalagi ini di pinggir jalan yang berdebu, bau… ihhh enggak deh,” geram Resti.

            “Udah ayo turun! Nyesel kalau lu sampai gak makan di sini” ucap Enny.

           Seketika itupun, Enny mengajak Resti makan malam di rumah makan Padang itu. Interior rumah makan itu memang tidak seperti tempat biasanya Resti mengisi perutnya yang meronta-ronta untuk diisi makanan. Hanya ada meja kayu yang lusuh dan tempat duduk plastik. Cahayanya pun tak seterang restoran biasanya ia kunjungi.

            “Nasi Padangnya dua ya mas,” ucap Enny ke salah satu pelayan yang sudah menunggu di sebelah meja mereka.

            “Minumnya apa?” tanya sang pelayan.

            “Lu minum apa Res?” tanya Enny ke Resti

            “Ehmm… milkshake chocolate ada gak?” tanya Resti dengan nada sombong.

            “Lu kira itu minuman asli Indonesia apa? Jangan blagu deh Res. Es teh dan es jeruk adanya,” jawab Enny tegas.

            “WHAT??!!… restoran apa yang gak ada milkshakenya, ha?! Udah gue pergi aja deh

            “Hei Res!! Lu harus coba dulu makanan Padang! Jarang-jarang kan anak seperti loe makan makanan yang asli cita rasa Indonesia,” ucap Enny.

            “Sori En! Gue gak mau!! Udah deh gue cabut aja dari sini,”

           Resti langsung pergi meninggalkan Enny yang masih bingung dengan perilaku temannya itu. Pergi meninggalkan Enny dan masuk ke dalam taksi yang ia panggil.

            “Taksi!! Kemang ya pak” ucap Resti ke sang supir. Di sanalah, Kemang, ia menghabiskan malamnya sendiri dan masih marah terhadap Enny yang tiba-tiba mengajaknya ke rumah makan Padang.

            “Mimpi apa gue semalam?” tanya Resti pelan kepada dirinya.

            Tahun demi tahun berjalan dengan cepat. Resti pun mendapatkan promosi sebagai seorang manager di perusahan di mana ia bekerja selama ini. Suatu ketika ia diharuskan pergi ke sebuah kota di benua Eropa, namanya London. Beribu-ribu kilometer harus ia tempuh demi urusan pekerjaan. Bagi Resti, ini adalah pengalaman pertamanya untuk bisa pergi ke London.

           Ia akan melakukan presentasi di hadapan para manager muda dari seluruh dunia. Ia sedikit merasa gugup, namun ia yakin harus bisa menghadapinya. Sesampainya di terminal bandara Heathrow, ia langsung dijemput oleh mobil khusus untuk dirinya pribadi. Beberapa menit ia tempuh, melewati jalanan di kota itu, dan sampailah di tempat ia menginap untuk beberapa hari kedepan.

            Esoknya ia menemui berbagai rekan kerja yang berasal dari beragam bangsa. Di situlah ia melakukan presentasi, di hadapan banyak orang dari berbagai dunia.

           Beberapa menit sudah terlewati, dan pada akhir sesi, kejadian yang tak pernah diduga sebelumnya terjadi.

            “What is the special food of Indonesia1?” tanya pria Perancis berkemeja hitam yang duduk di tengah audien. Resti pun dibuat pusing dan gugup oleh pertanyaan yang dilontarkan oleh pria Perancis itu. Namun, ia ingat saat itu ia pernah diajak oleh temannya, Enny ke rumah makan Padang yang terletak di pinggir jalanan ibukota, maka ia pun menjawab.

            “Masakan Padang,” jawabnya dengan gugup tapi meyakinkan.

            “How does it taste like2?” tanya audien lain. Hal ini semakin membuat keringat dingin bercucuran dari wajahnya yang tak tau seperti apa jawaban yang harus ia lontarkan, karena ia memang tidak pernah mencicipi masakan Padang. Dengan sedikit ide yang tiba-tiba muncul di benak kepalanya, ia berkata,”You should try it by yourselves, guys. There are lots of kinds of Indonesian food. Have a visit Indonesia, then3!”

           Setelah presentasi itu berakhir, Resti merasa lega. Ia merasakan sedikit kebebasan yang sangat ia idamkan, meskipun pertanyaan itu tidak ada hubungannya dengan hidup ataupun matinya. Resti pun menghabiskan sisa malamnya di London untuk berjalan-jalan santai di Trafalgar Square, sebuah alun-alun kota yang sangat ramai oleh para wisatawan dan penduduk lokal di kala malam hari tiba.

       “Andai saja kota Jakarta dan kota-kota lainnya di Indonesia sebersih dan seindah di sini,” katanya dalam hati. Ia pun melanjutkan perjalanannya ke kompleks restoran yang berjejer di kiri dan kanan jalan sempit. Ia bisa melihat banyak jenis restoran, mulai dari restoran masakan China, Eropa, India, Amerika. Ia merasa bahwa ia sudah pernah mencoba masakan itu.

          Ia pun ingin merasakan masakan yang belum pernah ia cicipi sebelumnya. Akhirnya ia melihat sebuah restoran di akhir jalan yang ia lewati dan banyak orang yang nampaknya antre di depan bangunan kecil itu. Ia melihat papan yang terpampang di depan restoran itu dan betapa terkejutnya ketika ia sadar bahwa tulisan di papan itu menyebut ‘Rumah Makan Bu Ida – Indonesian Restaurant’.

            Entah angin apa yang tiba-tiba memanggilnya untuk masuk ke dalam restaurant mungil itu. Ia masih terkejut akan keberadaan restauran asli Indonesia di kota modern London. Ia akhirnya masuk setelah beberapa menit antre. Ia pun duduk di sebuah kursi empuk yang berada di pojok dekat jendela. Yang mencengangkan lagi adalah ketika lagu-lagu keroncong asli Jawa diputar dan menemani siapa saja yang makan di situ.

          Resti memesan beberapa masakan khas Indonesia, meskipun ia sedikit ragu akan rasanya. Semanggi Surabaya, Soto Ayam Lamongan, Nasi Pecel Kediri, Ayam Betutu Bali, dan Teh Hangat menjadi menu pilihannya saat itu. Setelah semuanya sudah di atas meja, Resti mencoba mencicipi satu persatu makanan tersebut. Betapa terkejutnya ketika ia sadar kalau masakan Indonesia tidak kalah enaknya dengan masakan asing. Selama ini ia merasa bodoh karena menganggap masakan Indonesia adalah masakan yang tidak ada nilai di matanya. Sejak itulah ia mulai menyukai masakan Indonesia dan ia bangga karenanya.

            Esoknya ia kembali ke tanah air. Di bandara Soekarno-Hatta, teman-teman Resti, termasuk Enny sudah menunggunya di sana. Tak lama setelah menunggu, Resti pun muncul dari pintu keluar. Mereka meluapkan rasa kangen dengan pelukan hangat satu sama lain.

            “Lu kelihatan semakin keren, Res,” kata salah seorang teman Resti.

            “Ngomong-ngomong, selama di London, siapa sih yang lu kangenin?” tanya Enny.

            “Gue kangen… kangen… masakan Indonesia!!” jawab Resti dengan semangat yang belum pernah ia rasakan sebelumnya.■

1Apa makanan khas dari Indonesia?

2Bagaimana rasanya?

3Kalian harus mencobanya sendiri. Ada banyak jenis makanan khas Indonesia. Ayo kunjungi Indonesia!

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