Green Bay Gateaway

I am AVATAR Aang from Air Nomad and I can fly! You can’t see my air balloon underneath my feet because you’re all human!


At least that’s what’s happening in the photo above, or what I pretend what’s happening. So, we were visiting Green Bay, a hidden beach in the area of Meru Betiri Conservation Park. Personally, I’d rather call it TURQUOISE Bay, because, hey! Can’t you see the water is indeed turquoise?? Well, this beach, Green Bay, or the locals call it “Teluk Hijau” is located inside Meru Betiri Conservation Park. Meru Betiri itself is huuugeee and vaaaasttt and therefore, it is divided into two regions: Jember and Banyuwanyi. Green Bay is a lot closer to Banyuwangi and it is, in fact, located in Banyuwangi region.

You never heard about Banyuwangi? One of the biggest canned tuna producers? Ugh, and the fact that Banyuwangi is very close to Bali island? You know Bali island? The island of gods and beaches and Puré (Hindu temples) and the last time I checked, the island where some folks deployed bombs TWICE in the name of religion. That tropical Bali island? Yes! You’re right.

Well, Banyuwangi is just a ferry away from that island and it covers the widest region in East Java. So, on that faithful Friday evening, the most important day of my life, we set off to Green Bay not through the north, but south. We took Surabaya – Sidoarjo – Probolinggo – Jember route because it is shorter in distance. However, this very route, mind you, has its downside. After you go pass the main city of Jember, there lay thick forests with its up-and-down the hill rides. Cuss the government for that! Plus, the roads are not smooth, either. And what’s worse? No food stall selling coffees and nasi bungkus! This Nasi bungkus is basically cooked white rice with some chicken or meats , sauté veggies, and sambal wrapped in brown paper. The price? Well, it ranges between 5K IDR to 8K IDR. Since I told you that we set off in the evening, it was around 3 in the morning when we arrived to the last civilization. Anyway, thanks Heaven! We found one food stall selling nasi pecel before the T-Junction from Jember main road going on to Southern Banyuwangi – where Green Bay is located and one that goes straight to Banyuwangi Town.

I didn’t take photos of my nasi pecel back then, because it was so dark and I even didn’t realize I had this blog to update.  But here’s a glimpse of what nasi pecel usually looks like:


[Nasi pecel : Javanese rice dish served with cooked veggies and peanut sauce]

The price is around 5K to 10K IDR, depending on what main-dish or meat you have. It usually goes great with dadar jagung – savoury fried ground corn kernels, empal – savoury fried sirloin meat, fried chicken marinated in bumbu pepek (Indonesia complete 9 spices), Continue reading


Visit Indonesia 2015!

Because why NOT?

That was what my grade 5 students made last year. A kind of poster after their inspirational teacher *cough* saw a Visit America banner published by travelling agencies. And thaaatt inspirational teacher was thinking, “Hey! I’d like to have this in my class for a change. So one of my students who loves drawing so much , and other creative type can showcase their talents! Besides, it’s gonna suit my lesson plan and my feet could have some rest from always standing straight for a while.” (Yes, we, teachers are all super hero in that kind of sense!) So that inspirational teacher *double cough* decided to make a Visit Indonesia 2015 Poster, mainly because she just arrived from travelling to Banyuwangi and she really wanted her students to know and love amazing hidden places in Indonesia. I know what they did was elementary, Watson. Nevertheless, they are still elementary students. I, however, find their works are good enough. Besides, the main point is: they get to know more amazing places in Indonesia. So instead of spending so much money just to take pictures in front of Sea-lion hybrid statue and purchase 50% off Giordano clothes, next time their families decide to travel during holiday, why not having fun in…well, Sempu Island? So, here’s their result… Act (60) Then, of course, what is result without process? Just like Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.”

Act (52)[I don’t know what’s happening here but LOOK! They are drawing maps!] Continue reading

Wall Magazine Gr.6 2013/2014

I always think that school projects, be it in the form of wall magazine, making comic strips, writing a diary or *cough* making blogs *dead-stare to my English Professor* are fun. It’s like students are given free time to express themselves, to convey what they understand about particular subjects or lesson to the Whole Wide World school members.

So, last year during this time, I assigned my grade 6 students to make a wall magazine. They were doing pretty much good. But do you know what I loooooove the most about projects? Teamwork and Fun!

Act (2)[Introducing: Nathan, Anju and Albert]

 And you know who’s The Boss:

Act (3)[Nathan: “Because I’m Fantastic!”]

And the result was 76

Hullo Readers!

So, after a long no-post, I decided days ago to revive this old blog, thanks to Forever Amber here. And being a sanguine, only Heaven knows how long I can stay on track without going “Oh! Hey a butterfly”. I should be typed as ENFP and not an ENTJ. Sorry, fellow ENTJS, I’m such a shame to your pack.

And my first post would be no other than *drumroll*, My top 9th grade student got 7.6 for her National Exam Try-Out!


As if not being consistent as ENTJ is not such a shame, and now there is 7.6 as the highest score for English try-out. So you see, Indonesia – my oh-so-beloved-country, always holds National Exam to err, well, test the standard of education across the country, even so far in the heart of Papua. Yes! Papua, a place where “mengambil air so dekat“. NO. It’s not. Thus, in the fear of not passing the exam, all schools work together with various Educational Institutions such as Primagama, Ganesha Operation and stuff to have Try-Out test. The purpose: to humiliate me. Because I don’t actually see what else. Ha-ha. Not funny, I know. Back to the Try-Out thing, it was purposely made so difficult that when the students actually do National Exams, all of them will surprisingly pass. YAY! Fireworks!

For some background,  Continue reading